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Exclusive Video: Glenn Allen Brooks, 61, Of Huntington Beach Arrested Thursday In Connection To Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol Riot

Security camera video shows the moment just before the FBI raided the home of 61-year-old Glenn Allen Brooks, who owns a home remodeling firm, in Huntington Beach.

According to the criminal complaint, Glenn Allen Brooks, 61, entered the Capitol through a broken window on the senate side and peacefully walked through the building.

According to the criminal complaint, a member of Brooks’ prayer group first tipped off federal agents back in January when, in a group chat, the Orange County man shared a photograph of himself standing in the crowd that had broken into the U.S. Capitol.

Science Writer Suspended From Twitter For Quoting Results Of Pfizer Clinical Trial

Foto: Arne Müseler.www.arne-mueseler.com.hallo@arne-mueseler.com
Foto: Arne Müseler.www.arne-mueseler.com.hallo@arne-mueseler.com

Twitter suspended the account of science writer and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson for sharing the newly-released results of the “pivotal” Pfizer clinical trial which completely undermine the narrative of our medical establishment.

“Blocked again, for a week this time,” Berenson said Friday on his Substack. “For this tweet, which is completely accurate and does nothing but quote PFIZER’S OWN CLINICAL TRIAL DATA.”

Berenson’s tweet quoted directly from the results of Pfizer’s own clinical trial:

Twitter at one point removed the “misleading” tag before later putting it back and suspending him.

American Medical Association urges shocking change to birth certificates

“Assigning sex using binary variables in the public portion of the birth certificate fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity,” claimed Willie Underwood II, who wrote Board Report 15 for the AMA.

The report startingly claims “there is no clear standard for defining sex designation” on those legal documents.

Further the AMA charges that “a person’s gender identity … may not always correspond with their sex assigned at birth,” and in most states those who choose a transgender lifestyle already can have their designations changed.

But that isn’t enough, the report said.”Race” has been dropped because of the potential for discrimination, but “sex” still is included … “despite the potential for discrimination.”

Texas rancher says illegal immigrants have caused $60,000 in property damages on his land: ‘We don’t have the same rights as other people do’

Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Brent Smith, a rancher and attorney from Kinney County, told Fox News on Monday that ranchers in the area where he lives have been forced to hire private security “to defend their own property rights.”

“Us Americans, in this part of Texas, we don’t have the same rights as other people do,” Smith said. “We can’t enjoy our property and go in our backyards anymore at night. It’s a tragedy.”

He harshly criticized President Joe Biden for neglecting to enforce immigration law by permitting migrants who cross the border illegally to be released from detention and enter the U.S.

Police Appreciation Week

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–For the sixth consecutive year, Robbinsville Township Mayor Mayor Dave Fried signed an Executive Order July 28 declaring August 1-7, 2021 “Police Appreciation Week” throughout the Township.

New, hybrid color first responders flags are being flown at the Municipal Building, Police Department and Fire Department, while blue lights will be prominently featured at all municipal buildings.

“Showing our appreciation to police officers in Robbinsville and across the country, men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day, is something we are very passionate about,’’ Mayor Fried said.

National Night Out (NNO) will be held tomorrow, August 3 in coordination with “Police Appreciation Week” after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

After vilifying police, Portland unsurprisingly can’t find officers to fill unit to fight soaring crime

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Nathan Howard/Getty Images

According to the Wall Street Journal, officers in the riot-ravaged city are thinking twice about joining the police department’s revamped version of the Gun Violence Reduction Team.

The unit, originally disbanded by the city council in 2020 amid Black Lives Matter protests, was resurrected earlier this year after a wave of gun violence began to rock the city in its absence — only it was not the same.

Rather, the Enhanced Community Safety Team, as it is now called, was refashioned to be significantly more woke. Here’s more from the Journal’s report:

Pittsburgh U-Haul employee dies after customer dispute ends in shooting

“Burton stated that at that moment he said to himself, ‘I’m taking this truck’ and Burton said that he shot the guy,” according to the paperwork. Police say Burton shot the victim in the neck and was initially reported to be in critical condition.

Burton then stole a U-Haul vehicle and fled the scene, according to police. Burton was then pursued by police on Route 28 near the 31st Street Bridge where he was then taken into custody.

An employee at the U-Haul center spoke with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Kylie Walker and said the victim is a co-worker and explained what led up to the shooting.

Medical experts still searching for best approach in spacing Covid-19 vaccines

With vaccine manufacturers saying that Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness is wearing off much more quickly than desired, there is a search to figure out how to improve results.

Medical experts have been left on the one hand defending the vaccine program as it stands, stating that the vaccines may not always be very effective in preventing Covid-19 infection, but insisting the medicine is doing a good job of preventing the most serious Covid-19 infections; and on the other hand, actively searching for how to improve upon what is a massive, global medical experiment.

Still, authorities say the vaccination program is limited in its value if it cannot prevent infections and keep them from spreading to others.

Washington, DC, murders surpass coronavirus deaths in July by nearly 3-to-1 ratio

Washington Metropolitan Police gather on bikes. A new unit will be manned by officers on bikes and scooters. (Washington D.C., Metropolitan Police Dept.)
Washington Metropolitan Police gather on bikes. A new unit will be manned by officers on bikes and scooters. (Washington D.C., Metropolitan Police Dept.)

In the month of July, D.C. Police say there were 21 homicides. According to the most recent COVID-19 data for the city, 8 people died from the virus in July.

After the murder of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney,

Ward 8 councilman Trayon White called the city’s gun violence a pandemic.

“We’ve put a lot of resources and time into the COVID pandemic,” said White. “We’re in a pandemic right now when it comes to crime in this community and we got to start acting it.”

The statistic comes as Washington, D.C., recorded 100 homicides by July 10 – the earliest the city has hit that number since 2003.

Stuck seat led to wild brawl on American Airlines flight: witness

The clip, obtained by KXAN, shows two men trading blows in the cramped cabin as other travelers look on and beg them to stop during Sunday’s trip from New Orleans to Austin, Texas.

The footage shows one man wagging his finger in the face of another passenger before he punches the man as another person stood between them.

Two men then pummel the passenger who appeared to throw the first blow, sending them into another row of seats as others scream for the unhinged melee to stop, the clip shows.

Watch: Two Men Pull Guns, Open Fire in Mayor de Blasio’s NYC

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Screenshot

Fox News reported Sunday the crowd was gathered outside a laundromat late Saturday night “near 99th Street and 37th Avenue,” when the gunmen opened fire.

Ten people were wounded in the attack, then the gunmen fled the scene on mopeds.

Police recovered 40 shell casings from the crime scene.

Chicago Gun Violence: 461 Shootings Reported in July, Up 15% From Last Year

Those statistics, released by the Chicago Police Department Sunday morning, show that there were 105 homicides recorded in the month of July. That is down slightly from last summer, when 107 people were killed in July, but up significantly over 2019, when 44 murders were recorded, representing a 139% increase in monthly homicides within the last two years.

Police say that 445 homicides have been recorded so far in 2021, compared to 446 during the first seven months of 2020. Once again, both numbers are significantly higher than those recorded in 2019, when 290 people were killed in the first seven months of the year, representing a 53.4% increase.

Those statistics, released by the Chicago Police Department Sunday morning, show that there were 105 homicides recorded in the month of July. That is down slightly from last summer, when 107 people were killed in July, but up significantly over 2019, when 44 murders were recorded, representing a 139% increase in monthly homicides within the last two years.

Police say that 445 homicides have been recorded so far in 2021, compared to 446 during the first seven months of 2020. Once again, both numbers are significantly higher than those recorded in 2019, when 290 people were killed in the first seven months of the year, representing a 53.4% increase.

Full Measure: August 1, 2021

Tens of thousands of people and businesses are moving out of New York City.

They’re fleeing Covid restrictions, high taxes, rising crime and government regulations. We’ll take a look at the mass exodus, and what could be the impact on America’s biggest and most famous city.

In 2020, Sturgis South Dakota made headlines for hosting their famous motorcycle rally in the middle of the Covid shutdowns. Was it really the deadly super spreader event some made it out to be? We head to South Dakota to find out.

And non-essential foreign travel has been halted because of the pandemic.

But commercial traffic to and from Mexico never stopped… and unfortunately, neither did the drug and human trafficking. We explore the issues Border Patrol encounters in Nogales, Arizona.

Concha on CDC Director Walensky being the ‘wrong COVID-19 messenger’

Commentary/Opinion:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky walks back remarks on vaccine mandate. Fox News contributor Joe Concha weighs in on ‘Fox & Friends First.’

Bombshell report about Wuhan lab released by House GOP lawmakers

Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel on new questions about the Wuhan lab leak and Australia’s COVID lockdowns.

Mark Levin: It’s time to liberate our school systems

Commentary/Opinion:
‘Life, Liberty & Levin’ host discusses how to use leftist tactics to combat Marxism.

New ‘bombshell’ exposé shows public officials’ exorbitant salaries

MS Center for Public Policy’s Douglas Carswell and Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz weighs in on bureaucrats living lavishly on taxpayer money.


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Politics:

‘Diversity’ Group Linked to Swing-District Dem Pushes for Critical Race Theory in Michigan Schools

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.) / Getty Images
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.) / Getty Images

Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s (D.) top aide in a conservative Michigan county sits on the board of a “diversity council” that is lobbying to teach critical race theory in local schools.

Mona Shand, Slotkin’s self-described “eyes and ears” in Livingston County, serves on the board of the Livingston Diversity Council, a group working to “advocate for critical race theory education” in local schools.

The council’s website—which features Slotkin’s official logo—links to resources that call critical race theory “necessary curriculum in schools” and bemoan “right-wing fear mongers” for criticizing the controversial curriculum.

The relationship could spell trouble for Slotkin, a swing-district Democrat who has yet to take a position on critical race theory or its inclusion in K-12 curriculum.

Voting in Sep. 14 California Recall on Gavin Newsom Begins in Mid-August

Mario Tama / Getty
Mario Tama / Getty

The San Diego Union-Tribune notes that the local registrar there expects high turnout of about 70 percent, and notes that ballots will be sent to every registered voter on the rolls, rather than every voter who requests a mail-in ballot.

Senate Bill 29, passed by Democrats in the California legislature at the height of the pandemic, governs every election “proclaimed or conducted prior to January 1, 2022,” requiring mail-in ballots to be sent to all registered voters.

Republicans worry that Democrats will use California’s unique system of “ballot harvesting,” in which unvetted party operatives are allowed to return unlimited mail-in ballots belonging to other people, without additional verification.

Bipartisan ‘Infrastructure’ Bill Defines ‘Gender Identity’ as Protected Class 

AFP
AFP

On page 2149, the bill reads:

No individual in the United States may, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that is funded in whole or in part with funds 16 made available to carry out this title [emphasis added].

The biological genders, male and female, have been under assault during the Biden administration.

The announcement reflected a reversal of the judgment by HHS under former President Donald Trump’s administration to restore the biology-based, male-female definition of sexual discrimination in federal healthcare regulations.

Joe Biden, The Authoritarian President! Case Made Using Their Criteria

Joe Biden, The Authoritarian President. I make the case using their criteria. Here’s the Simple Truth.

Liz Peek: Biden’s great slip and slide — Americans now doubt his honesty, empathy and leadership

Commentary/Opinion:
There may not have been widespread voter fraud in 2020 but that doesn’t mean a horrendous fraud was not perpetrated on American voters.

Most worrisome today for Biden: people are even souring on the character issues that his campaign touted, like honesty and empathy.

Most worrisome today for Democrats: they cannot rely on the president to carry them to victory in 2022. No wonder they’re trying to jam through their progressive wish-list via a massive $3.5 trillion budget package with zero GOP votes. They know it is their only chance.

A brand new Economist/YouGov poll contains alarming readings for Biden and his party:

Florida, Texas lead states’ rights resistance against Big Tech and Big Government

From open borders and COVID-19 to critical race theory and censorship, Florida and Texas have formed a vanguard against the leftward tilting of America by the Biden administration, the Democratic Congress and Big Tech.

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas have created a model for other GOP executives to use the states’ rights enshrined in the Constitution’s 10th Amendment to confront creeping government and monopolization, rallying conservatives who at times are frustrated that Republicans in Washington have failed to muster much resistance.

They’ve already rolled up a few wins, and unmistakably caught the attention of the Biden Justice Department, which on Friday sued Abbott for issuing an executive order prohibiting the transportation of illegal migrants through his state if they may be infected with COVID-19.

World News:

German High Court Rules Facebook Illegally Censored Content

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The Federal Court of Justice ruled on July 29 that Facebook violated German law when it removed posts from a German user that were critical of migrants.

The court says Facebook should have warned the plaintiff before removing his post, explained the removal, and allowed the user to appeal the removal. Facebook has not announced how it will respond but said it will look closely at the ruling “to ensure that we can continue to take effective action against hate speech in Germany.”

The Court of Justice’s ruling is the latest challenge to Facebook’s content moderation policies. In the United States, state and federal lawmakers are attempting to ban social media platforms from censoring content.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R.) recently signed a bill that would prohibit social media companies from removing political speech and give users the right to sue platforms that do so.

West faces dilemmas over tanker attack

These British maritime security guards are "showing weapons" to ward off pirates from the bridge of a merchant tanker.
These British maritime security guards are “showing weapons” to ward off pirates from the bridge of a merchant tanker. Photo: Frank Gardner

Angry words are being traded, diplomats are being summoned to foreign ministries and threats of retaliation made public after a deadly drone attack on a merchant tanker last week. Britain, the US and Israel all blame Iran, which has vehemently denied it while vowing a severe response to anything that harms its interests. So what exactly happened and what’s behind this?

Late in the day the tanker was struck by an explosive-laden Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or drone, that exploded close to the bridge, damaging the nearby living quarters.

Two people were killed – a Romanian and a British security guard – and after putting out a mayday distress radio call the tanker was then escorted to port by two US Navy warships.

If, as Britain, the US and Israel claim, Iran was behind the attack then it was almost certainly a blunder by Iranian intelligence. Its quarrel is primarily with Israel so dragging in a permanent member of the UN Security Council – Britain – by killing a British national has brought on a heap of diplomatic opprobrium.

Chinese officials forcibly remove crosses, erase ‘Emmanuel’ from Christians’ fishing boats. Victims say gov’t did not do the same to other religions.

Beijing’s particular disdain for Christianity has not subsided, even after the U.S. government has repeatedly opened up trade opportunities with the communist country using the reasoning that American interests will influence the brutal, authoritarian Sino government and blunt its anti-Western, anti-God agenda.

Assumed Western impact on the communist regime has not played out the way trade advocates predicted.

When the victims asked the Communist Party officials to show legal documents allowing the forced removal of the religious symbols, they could provide none, the outlet reported. But it did not stop them.

German court sets October date for trial of alleged former Nazi guard, now 100 years old

Superior court Kammergericht in Schöneberg, Berlin. Photo taken Oct. 7, 2019
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Superior court Kammergericht in Schöneberg, Berlin. Photo taken Oct. 7, 2019
(Eduardo Fonseca Arraes/Getty Images)

The name of the man has not been released because of German privacy laws, but he allegedly work from 1942 to 1945 as a guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, north of Berlin. His trial date is set for early October.

According to the court spokeswoman, the man was evaluated and deemed fit to stand trial despite his age. The amount of time spent in the courthouse though could be limited because of his age.

Over 200,000 people were held in the camp through 1945, according to the Associated Press.

Tens of thousands of inmates died of starvation, disease, forced labor and other causes medical experiments, gassing and shootings. Sachsenhausen prisoners were liberated in April 1945 by the Soviets.

How communism killed 80 million in China: Chinese Communist Party at 100 years | CLIP

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s founding.

But as accusations of human rights abuses grow… one question often crops up: Why the Chinese people don’t just revolt against the Chinese Communist Party?

One important factor is fear, imprinted onto Chinese peoples’ hearts through decades of bloodshed caused by the CCP.

In this special report, we look at the grueling facts about that killing—and even human cannibalism.

And why experts warn the world should watch out for the spread of communism. Or else risk the same tragedies that happened in mainland China, striking in their own backyards.

COVID Purge: Google’s YouTube Suspends Sky News Australia For Coronavirus ‘Misinformation’

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Getty Images

Silicon Valley tech giant Youtube has banned the centre-right Sky News Australia network from uploading video content after being issued a strike for supposedly spreading “misinformation” about the Chinese coronavirus.

The digital editor for Sky News Australia — which is separately run from the more left-wing British branch of the news network — Jack Houghton said that the suspension represented an attack on the fundamental human right of freedom of speech.

Houghton cited the United Nation’s Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Australia cranks up COVID curbs with army patrols

Hundreds of soldiers hit the streets of Sydney on Monday to assist police officers with enforcing COVID-19 curbs. Australia’s biggest city is in its second month of lockdown. Eve Johnson reports.

Belarusian sprinter is ‘in the hands of authorities’: IOC

A Belarusian athlete who refused to board a flight after she said she was taken to an Tokyo airport against her will was safe and in the hands of authorities, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

Commentary/Opinion:

The Media’s Liberal Bias for the Palestinian Narrative and Against Zionist Israel, the Jewish State

Larry Elder was once called a flag-waving, #Jew -loving, Uncle Tom. Well, he cops to two out of three. Tune into this episode to watch Larry’s speech at the Jewish National Fund, where he talks about the #media ’s unfair bias against the great state of #Israel.

Who Celebrates Che Guevara?

Che Guevara is the face that launched a billion T-shirts.

Even now, more than fifty years after his death, he inspires would-be revolutionaries and social justice warriors.

Why is his appeal so enduring? Guatemalan radio and TV host Gloria Alvarez explains.

The real Che was a murderous, homophobic, racist hypocrite.

Yet Che flags are a feature of Black Lives Matter protests.