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Surveillance video shows man attacking McDonald’s manager in Davie

A 21-year-old man, upset because his McDonald’s food order took longer than he wanted, took his anger out on a manager at McDonald’s.

Court reinstates guilty verdicts against Flynn partner over Turkey lobbying

Flynn’s legal culpability is now a moot point. | Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP
Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor under President Donald Trump, takes part in the announcement for Pastor Jackson Lahmeyer’s run for the United States Senate Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in Jenks, Okla.

The unanimous decision Thursday from the Richmond, Va.-based appeals court said U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Trenga erred by rejecting the jury’s verdicts and by concluding that his own rulings may have led jurors to base their decision on emails he admitted at the trial only for a limited purpose.

4th Circuit Judge James Wynn acknowledged that the evidence against Rafiekian was far from overwhelming, but he said jurors were free to convict the defendant based on circumstantial evidence and inferences.

“We are convinced that the jury heard sufficient evidence that Rafiekian acted as ‘an agent of a foreign government,’” Wynn wrote.


He Applied for a Gov’t Job—Then Fessed Up to Terror Plots on the Polygraph Test: Feds

Dima Korotayev/Getty
Dima Korotayev/Getty

After three failed polygraph examinations while applying for a government gig, the Colorado resident finally admitted he actually hates the U.S. government and has an affinity for terrorism, revealing he had been planning for months to “take down” several buildings.

Then he disclosed his support for mass destruction—like the Nashville bombing and ISIS attacks, federal prosecutors said.

“Collins considers himself as a patriot, not a terrorist, but at one point during the interview did state he felt he was a terrorist.

Collins said he has spent a lot of time thinking about how easy it would be,” according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday in Colorado.

‘We’re being victimized again’: Sister of murdered LAPD officer rips liberal DA Gascón

“Crime has gone through the roof right now and it’s scary,” Diaz said, adding that Gascón is “playing with people’s lives.”

In July 2019, Officer Juan Jose Diaz, 24, was shot while off duty at a taco stand after confronting a man spray-painting gang graffiti on a wall, according to authorities. He was shot as he and the people he was with, including his girlfriend, tried to drive away to avoid a violent confrontation, investigators said.

Detectives said the shooting happened during a two-hour series of crimes by gang members that included another attempted shooting nearby where the targets were not injured.

Diaz said her family was “hoping for at least a life sentence before Gascón came into office and implemented these new policies.”

Diaz’s comments came two days after a majority of the Beverly Hills City Council voted no confidence in Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, who has been under increasing pressure to leave office, KCBS-TV reported.

New Jersey district pays $325G in Trump yearbook censorship

In this June 9, 2017, file photo, Grant Berardo, a student at Wall High School, flips through his 2017 school yearbook in Wall, N.J. The yearbook includes a photo of him wearing a digitally altered T-shirt that originally included the words "Trump Make America Great Again."
In this June 9, 2017, file photo, Grant Berardo, a student at Wall High School, flips through his 2017 school yearbook in Wall, N.J. The yearbook includes a photo of him wearing a digitally altered T-shirt that originally included the words “Trump Make America Great Again.”(Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)

The Wall Township school board approved the settlement agreement with Susan Parsons on Tuesday, NJ Advance Media reported. The district made no admission of wrongdoing or liability. The money will be paid by the district’s insurance carrier.

Parsons was the high school’s yearbook adviser when she said a secretary acting on behalf of the principal ordered her in 2017 to remove “Trump Make America Great Again” and make it appear as if the student was wearing a plain navy blue T-shirt.

Parsons, who said she voted for Trump in 2016, said she was made a scapegoat and received death threats. She was suspended with pay after the incident. She claimed she regularly complained about being forced to alter photos.


Fort Hood shamed sexual assault victims, missed ‘textbook’ grooming, ‘serial’ offenders, investigators say

Vanessa Guillen was a 20-year-old Houston native who loved to run.
Vanessa Guillen was a 20-year-old Houston native who loved to run. She was a small arms repair soldier at Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the country, in Killeen, Texas.

“There was a serious risk there that should’ve been known by the leadership. The NCOs [non-commissioned officers] became the blockers,” Chris Swecker, chairman of the review panel, said.

“They did not facilitate or encourage reporting and were part of the shaming of victims.”

“One of the most disturbing things we came across was within two days we were able to identify two or three serial offenders,” Swecker told lawmakers as he recalled when independent investigators first began the review. Fort Hood “didn’t have enough experienced agents on board to connect the dots and address that intelligence,” he added.

More than two dozen Fort Hood soldiers died in 2020, including in multiple homicides and suicides.

The death of Guillen, whose remains were found in July, and other cases prompted an independent review, which found that military leaders were not adequately dealing with high rates of sexual assault, harassment, drug use and other problems at the base.

DeSantis condemns critical race theory, says it won’t be taught in Florida classrooms

DeSantis this week proposed to spend $106 million to support civics education in the state after receiving the boost in funding from the coronavirus stimulus package that President Biden signed into law last week.

Under the governor’s proposal, teachers who get credentialed in teaching civics would get a $3,000 bonus. Some $16.5 million would be devoted to training teachers and principals in civics education.

“Let me be clear: There is no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory,” he continued. “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”

Asian woman, 70, fights back against attacker in San Francisco: witnesses

Video posted to Twitter by KPIX-TV San Francisco sports director Dennis O’Donnell showed the woman with a black eye holding an ice pack on her face with one hand and carrying a stick she reportedly used to fend off her alleged attacker in the other hand.

The suspected attacker, who was handcuffed to a stretcher, had a bloody mouth. He appeared to be in his 30s. 

“You bum, why did you hit me?” she shouted at the man in Chinese, according to the station. She also turned to bystanders on the sidewalk to accuse him of hitting her.”

The woman said that she was hit,” O’Donnell said. “She attacked back. From what I could see, she wanted more of the guy on the stretcher and the police were holding her back.”

Investigators raid home of ex-Florida senator in shill candidate probe

Prosecutors are trying to determine if former state Sen. Frank Artiles illegally planted and funded a sham candidate in the November election.

Politics:

Tour Guide Under Attack

When Michelle became ill and was diagnosed with Lupus, she confronted the city, saying she might not be able to pass the physical. They told her that she’d have to find another occupation then, and that if she didn’t like it then she could sue them.

So that’s what she did.

With the help of the Institute for Justice, Michelle sued Savannah, and the city backed down.

Savannah isn’t the only city to create a bottleneck for those who want to give tours. Charleston (SC), New York (NY), Williamsburg (VA), St. Augustine (FL), and New Orleans (LA) all have tests.

And DC used to, until the Institute of Justice fought them too. Watch John Stossel give his own segway tour in DC, and learn about yet another way that the government makes it harder for people to find jobs.

Katie Hopkins with ATP: Gruesome Newsome will try to ‘claw back’ support from petition signatories

Commentary/Opinion:
Like a desperate thief, clinging on to the people he stole from.

Do You Meet the New Definition of Insurrectionist? | Rand Paul | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Rand Paul, the U.S. Senator for Kentucky, about how people visiting Washington DC will find a dystopian ghost town.

He describes how the Capitol riot has created an a justification for a new crackdown on domestic terrorism.

He likens it to the push for the Patriot Act after 9/11. He fears this new irrational fear of insurrection and domestic terror will lead to a broadening of the definition of an “ insurrectionist”.

Rand is also concerned about how the woke Left has taken over the Democratic party.

Rand also shares his thoughts on why he believes COVID is ending, but governments may continue to look for reasons to continue lockdowns.

Sen. Capito questions legality of Biden halting border wall construction

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W. Va., discusses President Biden’s executive order to halt border wall construction and the infrastructure package.

McCarthy files resolution to kick Swalwell off intel committee over past ties to suspected Chinese spy

The two-page resolution — obtained by Fox News — says Swalwell, D-Calif., “has not denied public reporting that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative helped raise money for Representative Swalwell’s political campaigns” and “other troublesome elements of public reporting.”

Republicans have said that somebody who was so egregiously compromised by a foreign power should not remain on the critical intelligence panel.

The Democrat tweeted in response to McCarthy’s resolution on Thursday, accusing the GOP leader of “the New McCarthyism.”

Lawsuit filed by 21 states challenging President Biden’s move to revoke Keystone Pipeline permit

“The power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce belongs to Congress – not the President.

This is another example of Joe Biden overstepping his constitutional role to the detriment of Montanans,” Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said in a statement.

“There is not even a perceived environmental benefit to his actions – his attempt to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline is an empty virtue signal to his wealthy coastal elite donors.

It shows Biden’s contempt for rural communities in Montana and other states along the pipeline’s path that would benefit from and support the project.”

Bartiromo: Chinese Communist Party strategy is rob, replicate, replace

‘Fox News Primetime’ host says Biden administration can’t allow ‘Beijing to take advantage of free world.’

World News:

French PM to announce new Covid-19 restrictions for the Paris region

French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a press conference on,
French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a press conference on the current French government strategy for the ongoing Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic on February 4, 2021, in Paris. © Martin Bureau, AFP

The French capital braced for new restrictions on Thursday after a surge in Covid-19 infections that has overwhelmed hospitals and forced the government to consider a much-resisted new lockdown.

President Emmanuel Macron has strongly argued against a third national lockdown, preferring instead to enforce local restrictions to try to slow the spread of the virus and rising numbers of the more contagious British variant.

“Let’s be clear, we’re in a third wave mostly down to the rise of this famous British variant,” Macron said late Wednesday after a day of talks with medical staff and local mayors in the Paris region. “The situation is critical. It’s going to be very hard until mid-April.”  


Biden defense secretary warns US forces ready to ‘fight tonight’ after North Korea warning

U.S.-led diplomacy focusing on North Korea’s nuclear weapons remains stalemated because of disputes over sanctions.

Some experts say North Korea may further raise animosities with missile tests to boost its negotiation leverage.

North Korea’s moribund economy is hurting because of the pandemic-related border closure that has significantly shrunk its external trade and a spate of natural disasters last summer.

After Thursday’s talks, Blinken, Austin and their South Korean counterparts said in a joint statement that North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile issues are “a priority for the alliance” and reaffirmed a shared commitment to address those issues.

Commentary/Opinion:

Kevin Sorbo on his new pro-life documentary | Leaders for Life

Actor Kevin Sorbo joins us to discuss his new documentary film on abortion, in which he and his wife praise President Trump’s leadership on the controversial topic in “Leaders for Life”.