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FBI: Nashville bombing was meant as suicide, not linked to terrorism

Nashville bombing suspect Anthony Quinn Warner was motivated by "paranoia" and "eccentric conspiracy theories," the FBI said Monday.
Nashville bombing suspect Anthony Quinn Warner was motivated by “paranoia” and “eccentric conspiracy theories,” the FBI said Monday. File photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation

March 15 (UPI) — A powerful explosion set off in downtown Nashville early on Christmas Day was a meant as an act of suicide rather than of terrorism, the FBI said in a report issued Monday.

The bomber, identified as Anthony Quinn Warner, died in the blast but no one else was injured in the early morning explosion on a deserted street just north of downtown Nashville’s historic Honky Tonk district.

Following a “coordinated and comprehensive investigation” conducted by the federal, state and local law enforcement authorities, the FBI announced Monday the evidence shows Warner acted alone and the bombing was not related to terrorism.

Rather, the investigators concluded, the bombing was “an intentional act in an effort to end [Warner’s] own life,” motivated by “a totality of life stressors — including paranoia, long-held individualized beliefs adopted from several eccentric conspiracy theories, and the loss of stabilizing anchors and deteriorating interpersonal relationships.”

Man Yelling ‘Go Back to China’ Pepper Sprays Asian Gas Station Owner in Oakland

The incident occurred at a gas station along Broadway at around 11 a.m. on March 11. The man became frustrated after trying to pay for gas using quarters, according to ABC7’s Dion Lim.

“My staff, she’s like, ‘Well, wait, hold on there. You kind of have to take this to the bank because I can’t fit this all in the till,'” the owner of the gas station, who wishes to be identified as Cwell, said. Cwell reportedly attempted to calm the man down.

However, the situation escalated once the man started spewing xenophobic remarks at Cwell. 

“He just started mouthing off… ‘You should go back to China,’ like that,” Cwell shared. “We were just bursting out laughing because it was so unbelievable.” 

The man told the gas station staff he would return. 

U.S. pandemic relief program mistakenly paid $692 million in duplicate loans: watchdog

The watchdog did not say how much if any of the $692 million mistakenly distributed by lenders had subsequently been reimbursed by the government. It initially said it would only guarantee one loan per borrower, meaning lenders, rather than the taxpayer, may be on the hook for the error.

Reuters reported in June that lenders had been trying to retrieve duplicate loans from borrowers.

In response to Monday’s report, SBA officials said the agency would flag all suspected duplicates for further review, and expected to have the matter resolved by September.

The watchdog added it did not see any evidence that borrowers intentionally exploited SBA systems to obtain multiple loans.

US to house up to 3,000 immigrant teens at Dallas site

Center will be used for up to 90 days beginning as early as this week, according to written notification sent to members of the Dallas City Council on Monday, March 15, 2021.
Center will be used for up to 90 days beginning as early as this week, according to written notification sent to members of the Dallas City Council on Monday, March 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez File)

DALLAS (AP) — The U.S. government plans to use the downtown Dallas convention center to hold up to 3,000 immigrant teenagers as sharply higher numbers of border crossings have severely strained the current capacity to hold youths, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be used for up to 90 days beginning as early as this week, according to written notification sent to members of the Dallas City Council on Monday.

Federal agencies will use the facility to house boys ages 15 to 17, according to the memo, which describes the soon-to-open site as a “decompression center.”

U.S. Health and Human Services is rushing to open facilities across the country to house immigrant children who are otherwise being held by the U.S. Border Patrol, which is generally supposed to detain children for no more than three days.


Man drives car into homeless camp, killing 3: Police

A 71-year-old man drove his car into a homeless camp in San Diego, killing three and injuring nine.

The driver is being investigated for driving while impaired, according to police.

Chicago police sergeant shot in the face outside precinct

Whether the sergeant was targeted or struck with a stray bullet remains unclear. The officer’s identity has not been released, but Brown said they remain in “good spirits” in the hospital.

According to Brown, the shooting marks the 13th officer shot so far in 2021. Last year, 70 Chicago Police Department officers were shot.

The Windy City recorded a staggering 769 homicides in 2020, increasing 55 percent from 2019 – a jump in killings that puts last year among the highest in Chicago’s history, reversing a three-year trend, the Associated Press reported.

The city also logged 3,261 shootings in 2020, a significant spike from 2,140 shootings in 2019. Deadly shootings jumped by 53 percent, with December alone totaling 50, more than twice the number during the same month a year earlier.

ABC 7 reported that 78 percent of Chicago’s gun violence victims were black, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Two men charged with alleged assault on Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after riot

Demetrius Freeman- Pool/Getty Images
Demetrius Freeman- Pool/Getty Images

Federal law enforcement authorities have arrested and charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building, but the cause of his death is still unknown.

The two men are charged with nine counts including assaulting three officers with a deadly weapon, civil disorder, and obstruction of a congressional proceeding. If convicted, they could each face up to 20 years in prison.

Officer Sicknick was one of five people who died during and after the riot. Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama; Benjamin Philips, 50, of Ringtown, Pennsylvania; and Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia, died of medical emergencies.

Ashli Babbitt, 35, was fatally shot by police during a confrontation inside the Capitol building.

Initial reports suggested that Sicknick had died from blunt force trauma after being struck by a fire extinguisher, but later reporting revealed that medical examiners did not find signs that the officer sustained any blunt force trauma.

New York train operator sues former union over continued dues deductions

According to the case filed in the U.S. District Court in New York’s Eastern District, Wayne Wong, who works for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, tried repeatedly to resign from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 starting last June. However, each time, he was told to resubmit.

Finally, Wong claims union officials told him in July he had to submit his resignation in person at the union’s office in New York City.

Even after he complied with that request, the union dues deductions continue.

Wong is represented by the Fairness Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm. The lawsuit claims Wong’s Constitutional rights are being violated.

DEADLY SHOOTOUT Shock moment woman is shot and killed by cop after firing gun at officer while being Tasered

The footage, which has just been released, shows Officer Baker attempting to detain Holbert in the parking lot of a Dollar General store on Brick Church Pike, in Nashville, Tennesse.

Officer Josh Baker pulled over a black Chevrolet Camaro, whose owner had six outstanding drug warrants, according to reports.

Officer Baker reportedly discovered what appeared to be marijuana and a white powdery substance and attempted to detain her, at which point he requests back-up officers.

Baker tells her to “turn around” as he tries to arrest her as she responds: “No hold on, don’t put me in handcuffs, I haven’t done anything wrong”.

MNPD Video News Release on March 12, 2021 Officer Shooting

Field Training Officer Josh Baker remains in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being shot during an exchange of gunfire this morning with a woman in a parking lot at Brick Church Pike and Ewing Drive.

Officer Baker is a 14-year MNPD veteran and is assigned to the East Precinct.

Here is an MNPD video news release that outlines the shooting incident and contains footage from Officer Baker’s body-worn and in-car cameras.

Mother of murder victim lashes out at liberal DA Gascon

Desiree Andrade, whose son Julien was murdered in California in 2018, says ‘nobody has our back’ with George Gascón as L.A. County district attorney.

CBS investigating ‘The Talk’ after Sharon Osbourne defends Piers Morgan

Joe Concha reacts to the ‘internal investigation’ at CBS into Osbourne’s comments.

‘It’s not about social justice’: Jason Rantz slams riots on the West Coast

Radio talk show host Jason Rantz reacts to violent protests that erupted in Seattle, L.A. and Portland on the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death.

Black Market Vaccines | Full Measure

Americans recently began getting doses of the third Covid-19 to receive approval for emergency use.

To date, well over 50-million people in the U.S. have been vaccinated— at least officially.

Lisa Fletcher reports on a surprising development: an online black market for coronavirus vaccines.

KING ZUCK: Facebook Global Planning Lead Reveals Dire Need For Government Intervention In Facebook

[NEW YORK – Mar. 15, 2021] Project Veritas released a new undercover video today in which Benny Thomas, Facebook’s Global Planning Lead, revealed that Facebook has too much power and that government action is not only warranted but necessary to limit the damage the Big Tech giant does to society.

KING ZUCK: Facebook Global Planning Lead Reveals Need for Government Intervention:

‘The Single Biggest Thing is this Company Needs to be Broken Up’…‘No King in the History of the World has been the Ruler of Two Billion People, but Mark Zuckerberg is’

Thomas expressed his desire to see Big Tech companies held to account and laid out a vision for how to accomplish that goal.

MyPillow CEO Says New App Will Be ‘Safe Place’ for Those Canceled by YouTube, Twitter

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, on Jan. 15, 2021.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, on Jan. 15, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“You won’t have to walk on eggshells anymore,” said Lindell, whose personal and MyPillow accounts were suspended by Twitter last month, noting that the release of his platform, Vocal, is scheduled within the next fortnight.

“It’s YouTube and Twitter kind of combined. There’s nothing like it out there…journalists can actually go out and invite guests on and speak the truth,” Lindell told NTD’s “Focus Talk” host Jenny Chang.

“I’m really looking forward to it and it’s been four years in the making and it is absolutely amazing, there’s technology out there that nobody else has.”

“I think it’s great to have more than one place to speak out the truth,” said Lindell, when questioned on the possibility of a platform launched by the former president, who has also been suspended by Twitter, Facebook, and others.

YouTube Demonetizes World Net Daily for Defending Mike Lindell

AP Photo/Reed Saxon
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

World Net Daily, a conservative news and commentary site in operation since 1997, was demonetized by Google-owned YouTube after releasing a video defending MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

WND said it was demonetized (meaning its ability to generate ad revenue and receive donations through YouTube has been switched off) after “posting a short video in support of Mike.

In a press release, WND said Big Tech wants “totalitarian control” over what you are allowed to read, watch, and hear online.

As we’ve warned about for over four years, the lords of the Internet – Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and others – have now made their big move for all-out, undisguised, totalitarian control of everything you are allowed to read, watch, hear – and therefore think. Remember, Twitter permanently banned a sitting president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, depriving him of close to 90 million personal followers.


ABC, NBC, CBS ignore Portland violence, chaos during evening newscasts

Portland has been rocked by violent and dangerous protests this year, but anyone who relies on ABC, NBC and CBS’ evening newscasts for information would have no idea.

ABC’s “World News Tonight,” “NBC Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” have all completely avoided the story, according to the Media Research Center.

“The ABC, CBS, NBC evening news anchors, reporters and producers are suppressing this story.

As they’ve devoted zero seconds to the ongoing acts of anarchy in Portland this year,” MRC deputy research director Geoffrey Dickens wrote.

The MRC analyzed coverage from Jan. 1 through March 14 and found no coverage of the violence in Portland. The report came after a chaotic weekend that saw rioters vandalize property, resulting in multiple arrests.

‘Liberal Hack Tournament’ brackets announced, stars from CNN, MSNBC compete for ‘hack’ royalty

The “Ruthless” podcast announced on a special Sunday “progrum” the competitors in the second annual “Liberal Hack Tournament,” an NCAA-style contest pitting members of the mainstream media against each other in the ultimate fight to become the supreme hack.

CNN’s leftwing media guru Brian Stelter, who last year became the first-ever “Liberal Hack Tournament” champion, is back to defend his title as the No. 1 seed but has switched divisions from the “Way-Too-Online” hacks to the “Fake News” hacks out of Atlanta.

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, who was defeated by Stelter in the “Liberal Hack” championship, is the No. 1 seed in the “Liberal Activists” division out of Seattle.

And former ABC News political commentator Matthew Dowd is the No. 1 seed among the “Establishment” hacks in Georgetown.

Police find 4 dead at Indianapolis home, suspect found hiding in attic

Malik Halfacre, 25, was captured Sunday following a mass shooting that left three adults and one child dead.
Malik Halfacre, 25, was captured Sunday following a mass shooting that left three adults and one child dead. (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Twitter)

At the multi-unit residence on North Randolph Street, officers found four people dead, including a child. It’s not clear how old the victims were.

Halfacre was apparently identified as a suspect in the case and remained at large Sunday following the mass shooting, Indianapolis Star reported.

Police said they believe Malik took off with the baby girl, though didn’t provide any details about the nature of their relationship.

Around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said the baby was located unharmed.


Florida man allegedly pulled out human ears while being questioned for grandpa slay

Kolby Parker (Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Kolby Parker (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Parker initially told investigators that he acted in self-defense, saying the older man attacked him with a knife during a fight the two had while smoking marijuana, according to the report.

Kolby Parker, 30, was accused of fatally stabbing his 77-year-old grandad Ronald Wells, Sr., on Saturday evening inside the Lake County home they shared, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

He claimed he was forced to turn the knife on Wells, whose body was found on the front porch with multiple stab wounds.

But while he was being interviewed in the case, Parker allegedly took his grandfather’s ears out of his pants — and then lunged at a deputy, while trying to grab his gun and taser, the report said.

Florida driver mows down woman in Cracker Barrel parking lot

The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a pickup truck that struck a female pedestrian in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel in Fort Myers last week. 

Video footage of the incident shows a white pickup truck towing a utility trailer parked in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store lot at 4260 Boatways Road at about 11:30 a.m. on March 8.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call FHP or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).


Ted Cruz demands meeting with Marine Corps leadership after ‘inexplicably inappropriate’ attacks on Tucker Carlson

“I am deeply troubled that the commitments you made, and the military’s broader obligation to avoid political endorsements and controversy, are being systematically undermined for the sake of leftwing ideology and political expediency,” the Texas Republican wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Cruz then said the Pentagon launched “systematic, public attacks against television host Tucker Carlson that in substance, tone, and political resonance are inexplicably inappropriate.”

Cruz also pointed to videos and posts by active-duty members of the military, including the II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, and the Senior Enlisted Leader of U.S. Space Command, responding to the Tucker Carlson Tonight segment on official accounts or in uniform.

Politics:

Data Shows 18 Active Cases Related To Election Irregularities

Election workers in Chester County, Pa., process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election on Nov. 4. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)
Election workers in Chester County, Pa., process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election on Nov. 4. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Twenty-one cases related to election fraud were based on merit with President Trump and the GOP winning 14 of those.

There are active lawsuits in 11 states with the majority in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

According to the Heritage Foundation, there have been over 1,300 proven cases of voter fraud in recent years and over 1,100 convictions.


New documents revealed in Wis. election investigation

Investigations are underway across the country in many battleground states to see just what went wrong in the 2020 election.

One America’s Jack Posobiec spoke with Phil Kline, director of the Amistad Project, to learn more about new documents that have just been revealed in connection to Wisconsin election integrity.

Gavin Newsom vows to ‘fight’ potential recall election with launch of new Pac

Gavin Newsom in Long Beach, California on 22 February 2021.
Gavin Newsom in Long Beach, California on 22 February 2021. Photograph: Étienne Laurent/EPA

California’s governor on Monday launched a political committee to raise money to defend his seat in a potential recall election, the strongest acknowledgment to date that he expects to be on the ballot this year.

But Newsom’s new fundraising arm could soon send a powerful message to his possible rivals: under state rules, the governor alone is allowed to raise money in unlimited amounts, while other candidates must adhere to contribution limits.

It’s likely Newsom will soon receive a flood of cash from his familiar Democratic constituency, including powerful public worker unions that spent millions of dollars helping install him in office in 2018.

Newsom has lined up support from state and national Democrats to defeat the campaign against him. The committee started the drive with an advertisement attacking the recall effort as a Republican power grab.

Military ‘Launching Political Attacks’ at Tucker Carlson: Sen. Cruz; Biden Hiding Virus Data: Texas

Texas says the Biden administration is withholding information on migrants coming across the border. And FEMA heads down there to manage the surge of illegal immigrants pouring in.

Is the military getting political? Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) says the military is launching political attacks against civilians who don’t agree with its policies. He wants to put a stop to it.

President Joe Biden says he wants to re-join the Obama era deal with Iran. Former Trump administration officials advise him to follow Trump’s path to success instead.

Afghan Waste | Full Measure

President Biden faces critical decisions on whether to move forward with a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in America’s longest war.

The determination is being made amid the continuing waste of massive amounts of U.S. taxpayer dollars, as flagged in the newest report from the Special Inspector General tracking waste, fraud and abuse.

JFK & Vietnam | Full Measure

Now, a historical mystery from the Kennedy Presidency and the early days of the Vietnam War.

A key piece of the puzzle that has been missing for close to six decades, a critical Oval Office tape recording has finally been uncovered by an enterprising historian.

Correspondent James Rosen reports.

After COVID-19 spending bonanza, Democrats readying massive infrastructure bill

Now that President Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package into law, House and Senate Democrats are gearing up for a sweeping infrastructure package likely to come with an even higher price tag.

Democrats have been meeting with President Biden about the future package, which they hope will address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure as well as climate change concerns that are also a top party priority.

Senate and House committees have started working on proposals, and Democratic aides said they anticipate legislation as early as May.

The size and scope of the bill, while still unknown, is likely to run in the multitrillion-dollar range and will almost certainly run afoul of Republicans.

Biden energy policy having ‘negative impact on economy’: Oil expert

The Schork Group principal Stephen Schork explains what’s driving the increase in oil prices.

The Woke Award Shows

Award shows, like the Oscars, are beating themselves up for their history of white supremacy.

Future awards will go only to films that meet diversity quotas.

“These awards just shouldn’t even be seen as legitimate,” musician Eric July tells me.

“If the work is good, it doesn’t matter if it’s exclusively black people working on it, exclusively white, Asian, none of that should even matter!” Eric July says.

World News:

Sri Lanka Announces Burqa Ban as Easter Jihad Anniversary Approaches

LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP via Getty Images
LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP via Getty Images

As the federal government does not have the unilateral power to implement such a ban, ministers will reportedly be working alongside lawmakers to draft it into law.

Reports indicated the government in Colombo will accompany this move with the shutdown of hundreds of madrassas, or Islamic schools, operating without government license or supervision in an attempt to diminish the influence of radical jihadist ideology.

Sri Lanka is a majority Buddhist country with significant Muslim, Christian, and Hindu minorities.

It was the site of one of the deadliest Islamic State attacks in history on Easter Sunday 2019 — a coordinated series of suicide bombings that killed over 250 people. The bombers targeted churches and hotels catering to Christians with Easter-themed brunch meals.

Witnesses told local media the suicide bombers in churches attempted to target the smallest children in the room, detonating their explosives in the back of the church where parents usually stand in the event they have to duck out with a fussy child at a moment’s notice.

Kosovo opens embassy in Jerusalem;US reserves right to respond to Iraq attacks-TV7 Israel News 15.03

1) The Republic of Kosovo has officially opened an Embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the first European and Muslim-majority country to open a full-diplomatic mission in the capital of Israel.

2) U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reveals that diplomatic efforts between the United State and Iran were continuing apace, but not via direct talks.

3) The United Arab Emirates announces its intention to establish a 10 billion US Dollar’ investment-fund focused on strategic sectors in Israel.

As many as 70 killed in protests as Chinese factory torched in Myanmar’s bloodiest day since coup

A protester holds onto the shirt of a fallen comrade, during a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup, in Hlaingthayar township in Yangon, March 14, 2021.
A protester holds onto the shirt of a fallen comrade, during a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup, in Hlaingthayar township in Yangon, March 14, 2021.

Myanmar security forces killed 51 people in an industrial suburb of Yangon after Chinese-funded factories were torched on Sunday, firing on protesters in the bloodiest day in six weeks of protests against the junta that deposed the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, civic and aid groups said.

The 51 deaths occurred at Hlaingthaya township in Yangon, and another 12 were killed in other townships of Myanmar’s commercial hub and former capital, home to 5.4 million people.

At least 24 bodies had been taken to Hlaingthaya Hospital and other remains were kept in family homes, the aid groups said, requesting that their names be withheld for safety reasons.

The torching of the Chinese-financed factories came amid rising anti-China sentiment in Myanmar, where protesters accuse Beijing of supporting the coup and are wary of growing Chinese influence, and drew an appeal from China’s embassy in Yangon.


France also suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine pending EMA guidance

France will stop administering AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine pending an assessment by the European Union’s medicine regulator due on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

Macron said the EMA regulator was expected to give guidance on Tuesday afternoon after a number of countries suspended use of the AstraZeneca shot.


Beijing skies turn orange as sandstorm and pollution send readings off the scale

A massive sandstorm has combined with already high air pollution to turn the skies in Beijing an eerie orange, and send some air quality measurements off the charts.

State media reported at least 341 people were reported missing in neighbouring Mongolia, which was also hit by sandstorms, and flights were grounded out of Hohhot in inner Mongolia.

Some residents in Ningxia, in China’s west, said they woke up in the middle of the night feeling as though they couldn’t breathe.

Large-scale deforestation is also considered a factor in the spring dust storms, 

Commentary/Opinion:

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast – S4E10: Bret Weinstein

@Bret Weinstein​ and I discuss the events that led to his resignation from Evergreen State College, dealing with controversy, pair bonding, the new political landscape, paranoia created by having communities online, discordant opinion budgets, and more.

Bret Weinstein is a theoretical evolutionary biologist, host of DarkHorse Podcast, and a former Professor at Evergreen State College.

Social Justice Warriors at the Pentagon | Ep. 720

A military leader attacks a conservative journalist for suggesting that pregnant women don’t make great soldiers,

Tom Cotton turns a libs’ racial attack against her, and a leftist comedienne rips the Democrat Party.

Ep. 1477 Troubling News I Heard About The Biden Border Crisis – The Dan Bongino Show

In this episode, I discuss an explosive tip I received about the crisis at the southern border.

I also address another massive media correction about the 2020 election.

Finally I address the secret ways big-tech monitors you on the web.

Did Capitalism Save Communist China?

How did one of the world’s poorest countries—China—become, in thirty years, one of the world’s richest?

The answer is surprisingly simple and surprisingly powerful.

China scholar Helen Raleigh breaks it down.

Mike Lindell: We Cannot Give Up as What’s Coming Next is Communism | Focus Talk

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been very vocal about election irregularities and his support of former President Donald Trump.

As a result, his products have been canceled by 22 retailers, and his social media accounts shut down. How does he handle this enormous pressure? What kept him going, to not give up?

In this exclusive interview with Lindell, he shares how faith has helped him through all the difficulties and motivated him to continue with the gift of giving.

He also discussed his soon-to-be release social media platform, Vocal, as well as the upcoming release of his new film Church People.