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Ark. House and Senate Override Veto on Bill Protecting Kids From Chemical Castration

Surgical tools. Image via Pixabay.
Surgical tools. Image via Pixabay.

The Arkansas House overrode Hutchinson’s veto, 72 to 25. The Senate overrode the veto by a 25-8 margin.

There is no evidence that transgender surgery improves the mental health outcomes of gender dysphoric people.

Men and women who formerly identified as transgender and underwent surgery have grown to reject transgender identity and lament the damage they did to their own bodies.

Last year, Britain’s High Court ruled that children under age 16 lack the ability to consent to “puberty-blocking” drugs and cross-sex hormones that have irreversible life-long effects.

Michigan’s COVID-19 rates are worst in the nation, despite restrictions

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers remarks at her March 2, 2021, news conference. 

Photo: Press@mich.gov
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers remarks at her March 2, 2021, news conference. Photo: Press@mich.gov

As of Tuesday, Michigan has added 100,000 cases and 532 deaths in the last 27 days, outpacing all other states, the Detroit News reported.

The state’s percentage of positive COVID-19 tests continued to increase for the sixth straight week. On Saturday, the state had a 17.6% case positivity rate.

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail blamed rising case rates on people breaking COVID-19 rules.


Owosso barber Karl Manke appeals $9,000 fine for defying Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s lockdown orders

Owosso barber Karl Manke cuts hair at 'Operation Haircut' on May 20. 

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square
Owosso barber Karl Manke cuts hair at ‘Operation Haircut’ on May 20. By Scott McClallen | The Center Square

The Michigan Board of Barber Examiners fined Karl Manke $3,000 for violating state sanitation and equipment regulations and another $6,000 for giving haircuts during the Operation Haircut protests on the steps of the Lansing Capitol in May 2020.

Six other haircutters who participated in Operation Haircut had their criminal charges dropped. Manke has prevailed on all other criminal charges except for the administrative fees. 

Manke called on Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel to dismiss the remaining administrative licensing action and all fines, reasoning that the Michigan Supreme Court declared all of her COVID-19 executive orders already in place or issued after April 30, 2020, unconstitutional.

In the appeal, Manke argued he was fined $6,000 for exercising his First Amendment right.

“Cities Will Be on Fire” – Black Lives Matter Activist Warns “All Hell Will Break Loose” If Officer Chauvin Is Not Convicted in George Floyd Death

Black Lives Matter activist Maya Echols, who is also a signed model with IMG Worldwide, warned in a recent Tik-Tok video that “cities will burn” if Police Officer Derek Chauvin is not convicted in the death of drug addict and thief George Floyd.

Maya Echols: “If George Floyd’s murderer is not sentenced just know that all hell is going to break loose. Don’t be surprised when buildings are on fire.”


DeSantis Drops a NUKE on 60 Minutes for “Smear Campaign”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis just SLAMMED 60 Minutes for pushing a “smear campaign” after they manipulatively edited his speech on Publix and vaccine distribution. WATCH Psaki SNAP and get nasty with reporter for asking legitimate question:

California plans to lift most pandemic restrictions June 15

Fashion designer Josie Vand wears a facemask as she retrieves a bag with organic vegetables from a farm box from County Line Harvest in Los Angeles on Friday, April 2, 2021.
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The mask mandate in the nation’s most populated state will remain in effect, Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said Tuesday, and he cautioned that California will reopen more widely in mid-June only if vaccine supply remains sufficient and hospitalization rates remain stable and low.

Businesses can open with “common-sense risk reduction measures,” including mandated masking and encouraging vaccinations. The state will continue contact tracing and testing.

Most capacity limits will be lifted, although large-scale indoor events, such as conventions, will be allowed only with testing or vaccination verification requirements, Ghaly said.

Iowa governor signs ‘constitutional carry’ into law

Then-Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds in her formal office talking about the transition to becoming Iowa’s next governor, May 2, 2017 (Iowa Public Radio Images/Flickr)
Then-Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (Iowa Public Radio Images/Flickr)

House File 756 “protects the Second Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals,” the governor said in a statement.

The new law also takes “greater steps to inform law enforcement about an individual’s mental illness helping ensure firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands,” she said.

“We will never be able to outlaw or prevent every single bad actor from getting a gun, but what we can do is ensure law-abiding citizens have full access to their constitutional rights while keeping Iowans safe,” the Osceola Republican said in the statement.

72% of Americans say illegal immigration is a ‘direct threat’ to US: Poll

Migrants wearing "Biden, please let us in," t-shirts at "El Chaparral" US border crossing on March 2, 2021.
Migrants wearing “Biden, please let us in,” t-shirts at “El Chaparral” US border crossing on March 2, 2021. (Photo by Stringer/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Seventy-two percent of Americans say illegal immigration poses a “direct threat” to the United States according to a new poll, and more than 50 percent disapprove of how President Joe Biden is handling border security and immigration as illegal border crossings are on pace to reach the highest rate in two decades.

Forty percent of Americans disapprove of how Biden is handling the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children crisis, with 66 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Independents disapproving.

Just 15 percent of Democrats disapprove of the president’s approach; 40 percent of Democrats said they neither approved or disapproved.


Gunman in shooting near Ft. Detrick in Maryland was Navy corpsman, reports

Police respond to the shooting in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday morning.
Police respond to the shooting in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday morning.

The Navy said the suspect is a 38-year-old male who worked as a Navy hospital corpsman, according to several news reports.

A gunman allegedly shot two people who are now in critical condition at a tech park in Frederick, Md., then fled to a nearby military base.

The suspect was fatally shot by police who had followed him, according to the Associated Press. He reportedly got inside the fort’s gates before he was stopped.


‘Duck Dynasty’ alums Korie and Willie Robertson recall ‘ugly comments’ made about their biracial son

Korie Robertson and Willie Robertson of the reality series "Duck Dynasty" share six children.
Korie Robertson and Willie Robertson of the reality series “Duck Dynasty” share six children. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine)

On the premiere episode of At Home With The Robertsons, Willie & Korie invite Love and Hip Hop’s Yandy and Mendeecees Harris to discuss racism and raising a black son in America.

Plus, Will, Willie and Korie’s bi-racial son, shares his experiences growing up in a white family.

Willie recalled being told by an adoption agency that biracial children are “the hardest ones to place here in the south.”

He remembered the two having no qualms about adopting a biracial child, and Korie recalled their adoption of Will being “all love and all excitement and just gratefulness for this beautiful baby boy that we had.”

Texas mother accused of killing her 6-year-old son for insurance money

Ashley Marks had taken out two life insurance policies, each worth $50,000, for her son and she was the sole beneficiary, investigators said in court documents.
Ashley Marks had taken out two life insurance policies, each worth $50,000, for her son and she was the sole beneficiary, investigators said in court documents. (Houston Police Dept)

An autopsy ruled the boy’s death a homicide after finding toxic amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine and various antihistamines, according to court records.

The boy’s grandfather told Houston police that after Marks had given her son medicine, the boy started hallucinating and “believed there were bugs on his clothing” and that his grandson “became scared of his hallucinations,” according to court documents.

Adam Marks told police that his daughter gave her son more medicine, Nyquil, a few hours before he died, police said.


Police identify 6 people dead in Texas murder-suicide pact

Police stand at the scene on Pine Bluff, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Allen, Texas,
Police stand at the scene on Pine Bluff, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Allen, Texas, (Jason Janik/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

The Allen Police Department said investigators believe brothers Tanvir Towhid, 21, and Farhan Towhid, 19, made a pact to kill their parents, sister and grandmother before killing themselves.

The victims were identified as Altafun Nessa, 77; Iren Islam, 56; Towhidul Islam, 54; and Farbin Towhid, 19.

Fazia Rahman, who graduated Allen High School last year with Farhan and Farbin Towhid, said the family was welcoming and the parents “treated everyone like they were their own kids.”


Politics:

Facing humanitarian crisis, Biden debates building MORE border wall!

President Donald J. Trump stands before a plaque Tuesday, June 23, 2020, commemorating the 200th mile of new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma, Arizona.
President Donald J. Trump stands before a plaque Tuesday, June 23, 2020, commemorating the 200th mile of new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma, Arizona. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Biden gave Mayorkas 60 days to evaluate current federal contracts to work on the wall, Fox News reported.

During the 60 days, taxpayer money continued to fund the contractors despite a pause on any construction or related work, according to Fox News.

“The government is paying contractors up to a million dollars a month to be on standby. That’s going to the total cost,” Associated General Contractors of America’s Brian Turnmail said, Fox News reported.

“So, if the government takes a long time to resolve the dispute, that will cost taxpayers more.”


Stacey Abrams to blame for costing Georgia $100 million in lost All-Star Game revenue: Rand Paul

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The founder of Fair Fight, Ms. Abrams led the charge against Senate Bill 202, the Georgia election law that requires identification for absentee ballots, expands early voting and bans electioneering within 150 feet of polling entrances, calling it “Jim Crow 2.0.”

“There’s all these people who are woke, but now even the woke like Stacey Abrams, are starting to see, oh, no what have I unleashed?

I just lost my state $100 million in revenue,” said Mr. Paul on Fox’s “The Story.”

“Stacey Abrams and the Democrats cost Georgia $100 million in revenue because they complained about something they didn’t read and they said something about it that wasn’t true.”

Make America California

Commentary/Opinion:
California is the Biden Administration’s role model for America.

“People are just emptying out of California!” says Kristin Tate, who reports on why so many abandon the state: “exorbitant tax rates, the high crime rates, the failing public school systems, the exorbitant cost of living.”

Despite these failures, the LA Times writes, Make America California Again? That’s Biden’s plan.

Why would the rest of us want California’s problems?

Our video above highlights California laws and regulations Biden pushes for, and the California politicians who failed their way into his administration.

“If we make America California, we are all going to be paying for it,” concludes Tate.

‘Epidemic of fear’ driving MLB, businesses out of Georgia: Byron York

Commentary/Opinion:
President Biden ‘mischaracterizing’ Georgia’s voting law has led to ‘something weird going on’ with corporate leadership dipping into politics, Fox News contributor Byron York argues.

Tucker: Americans deserve to know the real number of migrants here

Commentary/Opinion:
‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host analyzes steps government is taking to hide critical info about border crisis.

Gutfeld: Only way to make money is to make people hate each other

Commentary/Opinion:
Gutfeld!’ host takes on corporations wading into battle over Georgia’s election law.

Cuomo to hit New Yorkers with $4.3B in tax hikes

CEO of ‘The Partnership’ Kathryn Wylde warns against the state increases.

This mayor is leaving ‘socialist’ Dems to join ‘working class’ GOP

After being elected as a Democrat, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee said on ‘Fox & Friends’ Tuesday that he’s switching to the Republican Party.

Lee argued the Democrats’ “elitist” and “socialist” agenda is not one he “can stand with anymore.”

World News:

US-Iran start indirect nuclear talks; Netanyahu tasked with forming new govt – TV7 Israel News 06.04

1) President Reuven Rivlin assigns incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the task of forming Israel’s next government.

2) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stresses the imperative need to learn from the country’s past for the purpose of ensuring the security of its future.

3) The United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran are holding indirect talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Russian troop movements shouldn’t scare anyone, Moscow says. But others watch with alarm

Russian military vehicles on an exercise
(Erik Romanenko \ TASS via Getty Images)
Russian military vehicles on an exercise
(Erik Romanenko \ TASS via Getty Images)

“The Russian military build-up close to the Ukrainian border is a reminder that the war in Ukraine is not a frozen conflict,” said Alyona Getmanchuk, director of the Kiev-based New Europe Center, in a statement. “On the contrary, Russia’s war against Ukraine remains very much active and ongoing.”

The situation is volatile, observers said; but, some noted, it might not lead to war.

“In recent days, Moscow has moved more weapons and troops around, and let loose a volley of nasty threats,” said the Atlantic Council’s Melinda Haring in a statement. 

The situation prompted a flurry of phone calls from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to their respective overseas counterparts.

Cargo ship adrift off Norway after dramatic rescue

The crew of a Dutch cargo ship was evacuated in stormy weather off the coast of Norway late on Monday, leaving the abandoned vessel adrift and in danger of sinking and causing an oil spill, local authorities said.

Iran, U.S. begin indirect talks to revive nuclear deal

European diplomats shuttled between U.S. and Iranian representatives in Vienna in an effort to bring both sides into compliance with a 2015 accord. 

Commentary/Opinion:

Barbie Cartoon FAKES Racism To Indoctrinate Children | Will Witt Live

This is DISTURBING. @Barbie​ is selling fake racism in order to teach social justice.

Kids will grow up believing that these situations, which they made up, will be the default attitude in real life.

Stories of Us: Siaka Massaquoi

Actor Siaka Massaquoi entered Hollywood with big dreams.

However, after witnessing racism firsthand and seeing colleagues lose roles because of their skin color, he began to ask questions.

This is his story of breaking free.

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