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Marine who Trump brought on stage at rally now under military investigation for it

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 (YouTube screenshot)

On Saturday, September 25, Clark appeared on stage with former President Trump during a campaign-style rally in Georgia. Now Clark is being investigated by his military unit over whether he violated the military’s ban on active-duty troops engaging in partisan political activity.

Clark’s appearance at the Trump rally is not the only time a service member’s actions have raised questions about the politicization of the military.

During the 2020 Democratic National Convention, two uniformed U.S. Army Reserve soldiers stood alongside American Samoa’s Democratic Party leaders as they endorsed then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for office.

Those soldiers ultimately saw no disciplinary action, but their supervisor did receive an unspecified reprimand.

Plan approved to sell collapsed condo property to UAE outfit

A plan to possibly sell the South Florida property where the collapse of a condo building killed 98 people to a United Arab Emirates-based developer was endorsed Thursday by a Florida judge.

Under the plan, the almost 2-acre (0.8-hectare), oceanfront property would be purchased for $120 million in cash by East Oceanside Development.

At the same time, an attorney appointed to manage the interests of Champlain Towers South will continue to market the Surfside property, and an auction will be held if competitive bidders emerge willing to pay a higher price.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman said during a court hearing that he would approve the plan, provided his court maintained jurisdiction over any lawsuits that come out of the proposed sale. He said he didn’t want the property “tied up in litigation” if the contract falls apart.

Hospitals fear staffing shortages as vaccine deadlines loom

(Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP, File)
(Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Hospitals and nursing homes around the U.S. are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

With ultimatums taking effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island and Connecticut, the fear is that some employees will quit or let themselves be fired or suspended rather than get the vaccine.

The Biden administration also will require the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid to be fully vaccinated under a rule still being developed.

That has worried some hospital officials, particularly in rural communities where vaccination rates tend to be lower.

Cheltenham man sent to prison for child sexual assault

MediaNews Group File Photo
MediaNews Group File Photo

Christopher M. Matsinger, 49, of the 500 block of East Glenside Avenue, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 12 to 25 years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child under 13, aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 16 and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2018 at various locations in the township and in Delaware.

The girl was between the ages of 6 and 15 when the sexual abuse occurred, detectives said.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill, as part of a plea agreement, also ordered Matsinger to complete five years’ probation following parole, meaning Matsinger will be under court supervision for a total of 30 years.

UPDATE: HHS Whistleblower Jodi O’Malley Has Been Placed On Administrative Leave

Dr. Scott Atlas : Vaccines Work, But Natural Immunity Should Not Be Ignored | CLIP

Dr. Scott Atlas says that the end point for the pandemic should be to focus on reducing the risk of hospitalization and death, not reducing the rate of infection with COVID-19.

He says that even if the efficacy of vaccines for preventing infections wanes of over time, the vaccines do still work in reducing risk for hospitalization and death.

Even still, Atlas warns against ignoring the natural immunity aspect of the equation, citing data showing that natural immunity from previous infection still continues to be the most effective way of preventing serious illness and reinfection.

Report: Trans Athletes Retain Physiological Advantages over Women

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Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Such is the competitive advantage the report urges consideration be given to adopting “universal” or “open” categories in order to protect female-only competition, while allowing transgender participation after concluding men who identify as women do retain physique, stamina and strength advantages.

The report follows the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer where transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard made history by competing in the women’s +87kg weightlifting.

Hubbard became the first openly transgender athlete to compete at a Games in a different gender category to the one in which they were born.


San Francisco’s Outdoor ‘Outside Lands’ Festival to Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test

Trixie Textor / Getty
Trixie Textor / Getty

The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Datebook reported Wednesday:

Officials from Another Planet Entertainment, co-producers of the mega fest in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, outlined plans to safely bring the three-day concert back to city over Halloween weekend for the first time in more than two years, stating that in addition to the previously announced requirement that patrons must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative coronavirus test for entry into the festival, they are taking measures to help mitigate traffic, safety and noise issues.

The festival, which typically takes place in August, is now set for Oct. 29-31, due to a series of pandemic-related delays. That means it starts on a school day and ends on Halloween, a holiday in which children and adults alike are known to gather in large groups.

The strict requirements are being imposed despite the fact that the risk of outdoor transmission of coronavirus is considered relatively small.

Panama warns of looming Haitian migrant wave, tens of thousands on the way

In this Sept. 20, 2021, file photo, migrants, many from Haiti, board a bus after they were processed and released after spending time at a makeshift camp near the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
In this Sept. 20, 2021, file photo, migrants, many from Haiti, board a bus after they were processed and released after spending time at a makeshift camp near the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

In a new interview with Axios, Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes said that since the beginning of 2021 more than 85,000 Haitians have crossed through Panama and that she believes “they all are heading toward the U.S.”

“We’ve engaged with every single authority that we can think of, that we can come across, to say, ‘Please, let’s pay attention to this,'” Mouynes told the outlet.

Mouynes said she also met with members of Congress and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this week.

In addition to the 85,000 people that have already made their may to Panama and beyond, Mouynes said another 30,000 are waiting in Colombia while Panama is unable to take them.


Repairs completed on Limerick nuke plant’s failed emergency cooling system

MediaNews Group File Photo, Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station on the banks of the Schuylkill River.
MediaNews Group File Photo, Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

The problem was discovered during a routine “surveillance test.”

“The system did not pass the test and was declared inoperable.  After troubleshooting and repairs, the system was returned to service early” on Monday, Screnci wrote in an email response to a query from MediaNews Group.

“Our inspectors were there over the weekend monitoring Exelon’s effort to troubleshoot and make repairs,” Screnci wrote in the email.


Donald Trump being courted by Twitter alternative Gettr — run by his ex-adviser

"Free speech" platforms like GETTR and Parler are battling to sign up ex-President Donald Trump.
AP
“Free speech” platforms like GETTR and Parler are battling to sign up ex-President Donald Trump.AP

Trump hasn’t agreed to sign up — yet. Far from the days of lending his name to vodka, steaks and ties, the former president wants to “make sure it’s a viable platform” before joining, Miller told The Post.

Gettr currently looks like a bare-bones version of Twitter, but Miller says the platform plans to add features like direct messaging and live-streaming in the coming months. Gettr Pay, an alternative to Apple and Google Pay, is expected next year.

Trump also wants something else as a condition of joining, according to an Axios report last month: equity in Gettr. Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

And Miller is looking to set Gettr apart from rival pro-Trump platforms by making it more international in scope. Miller already persuaded Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to sign up and is pushing other global right-wing populist figures to join.

The CEO traveled to Europe in September to recruit politicians including French anti-immigration media figure Éric Zemmour, who is widely considered to be a leading candidate in the country’s 2022 presidential election.

Lara Trump rips media’s lies of omission: ‘Not accidents’

The Fox News contributor discusses Panama warning the U.S. about Haitian migrant surge, and Obama’s comments about open borders.

Mike Pompeo Reacts to General Milley’s Testimony | The Megyn Kelly Show

Megyn Kelly is joined by Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State, to discuss the latest testimony from Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, the general’s leadership, whether or not he should resign, and more.

Ingraham: America was betrayed by woke military leadership

Host Laura Ingraham asks why Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was punished for fighting for freedom while our military leaders won’t.

Politics:

Federal judges’ decision provides TERRIFYING message for us ALL

Two Ohio men charged with misdemeanors from the January 6th riot were just given JAIL TIME.

According to Axios, “Federal judges have debated whether the no-prison plea deals offered to low-level Jan. 6 defendants are too lenient to deter potential future attackers.”

But jail has never been a consequence for misdemeanors before. Glenn explains how this move — along with everything else government is doing today — is a message to YOU.

They’re telling us that if we don’t sit down and shut up, then we’ll face serious consequences…

SEN. MARSHA BLACKBURN: On Senate Armed Services Hearing

@Dana Loesch is joined by Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) on the Senate Armed Services hearing over the past couple of days & more.

163 Lawmakers Urge Removal of NDAA Statute Confiscating Soldiers’ Guns

George Frey/AFP via Getty Images
George Frey/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Bice tweeted against the red flag provision on September 29, 2021, writing:

Today, Rep. Richard Hudson & I, along with 161 of our colleagues, sent a letter to the chairman & ranking members of the House & Senate Armed Services Committees, urging full removal of a “red flag” provision in the House NDAA during the conference committee process.

The letter signed by Hudson, Bice, and other lawmakers is short and to the point, saying, in part:

[W]e write to strongly urge you to strike Sec. 529 of the House version, H.R. 4350. We are greatly concerned that if enacted, Sec. 529 would violate the Second Amendment rights of our nation’s brave servicemembers by allowing military judges and magistrates to issue military court gun confiscation orders.

Elitist Democrat Spills The Beans! Oops!

Terry McAuliffe has essentially admitted why Democrats are against school choice. Here’s the Simple Truth!

Mark Levin exposes Democrats’ reckless schemes and lies

‘Life, Liberty & Levin’ host tells ‘Hannity’ that Democrats are trying to ‘draw all concentration of power’ from the American public to D.C.

Tucker: These are the moral priorities of the Democrats

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host discusses how the left has weaponized public health.

(READ) Arizona Elections Integrity Unit plans to review audit that questioned more than 57k ballots

According to official results, Joe Biden won the Arizona by fewer than 11,000 votes.

The recently-completed audit flagged more than 57,000 ballots in the one county alone.

Critics of the audit effort mounted by Republicans insisted it was not a fair process and that the results could be trusted. When the audit was completed, many in the media falsely reported that it proved Biden had won the election fair and square, and many one-time critics heralded the results.

In fact, although a hand recount was within a few hundred votes of the original count, that mechanism did not address the thousands of anomalies found.

DEAR CONGRESS, I CALLED FOR PEACEFUL DC RALLIES JANUARY 4-6. RESPECTFULLY, INVITE ME IN. I PROPOSE 10 AGENDA ITEMS:

4) On the morning of January 6, the January 5 Georgia Senate Run-off results appeared. The data showed egregious artifacts of manipulation.[iii] Perhaps for this reason, temperatures on January 6 were running a bit higher, perhaps, than they otherwise might.

5) Over the last three weeks, results of two investigations into Maricopa’s November 3 election have been announced, revealing massive election fraud vindicating the concerns (though not the unruliness) of those who rallied on January 6.

10) That terrible feeling of fear that you experienced on January 6 at the hands of those unruly and misguided protesters (and whatever agents provocateurs existed amongst the crowd and police), that crippling insecurity that traumatized you, you are now visiting on hundreds of millions of other citizens. Because they are afraid. That is because they get the joke: only 31% of Americans will tell a pollster they believe Biden won fair and square, while 69% say that fraud was “Significant”, “Very Significant”, or they are “Unsure”. And that was before this month’s news about Maricopa’s canvassing results and forensic audit.

World News:

“I Want to Go Back to My Village, My Home”

After Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup, ethnic Karenni school teacher Kay Mo fled with her husband and four children to a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border.

Junta Soldiers Evict Hundreds at Gunpoint, Highlighting Military Impunity in Post-Coup Myanmar

A villager packs construction materials from his home onto a truck after being evicted by the military in Mandalay region's Sintgu township, in an undated photo. Citizen journalist
A villager packs construction materials from his home onto a truck after being evicted by the military in Mandalay region’s Sintgu township, in an undated photo. Citizen journalist

Residents of Sintgu township told RFA’s Myanmar Service that around 40 armed soldiers entered Ngwe Daung, Nyaung Wun and Ye Htut villages on Sept. 24, demanding that they dismantle their homes and relocate within a week because they had “encroached on military land.”

A resident of Ye Htut, who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing reprisal, said that when villagers complained, they were told that they could “set up temporary tents in the fields” and stay for a week until they had harvested their crops, but would have to leave when they had finished.

“All the villagers were afraid and did not want to stay in the area,” despite having nowhere to relocate to, the resident said.


British warship passes through Taiwan Strait, angering China

A photo of the British frigate HMS Richmond published from its official Twitter feed on Monday as it transited the Taiwan Strait.
A photo of the British frigate HMS Richmond published from its official Twitter feed on Monday as it transited the Taiwan Strait.

China strongly condemned Monday the passage of a British frigate through the Taiwan Strait as the U.K. looks to bolster its presence in the Indo-Pacific.

The Royal Navy’s HMS Richmond unusually broadcast its location while sailing through the sensitive strait on its way to Vietnam.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command said in a statement that military units have been dispatched “to follow and monitor the voyage.”

China has been conducting exercises around Taiwan and Chinese military aircraft are making regular incursions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.

Kim Jong Un vows greater nuclear capability, warns US

 (KCNA/Xinhua via Zuma Press/TNS)
 (KCNA/Xinhua via Zuma Press/TNS)

“As the actions of the past eight months of the new U.S. administration have clearly shown, the U.S. military threat and hostile policy toward North Korea has not changed at all,” Kim said in a speech on the second day of a parliament meeting, the official Korea Central News Agency reported Thursday.

Washington’s North Korea policy is becoming “more cunning,” he added, saying that he would step up new weapon developments to deter any possible “military provocations by hostile forces.”

The speech came just a day after Pyongyang declared that it had successfully tested of a new “hypersonic missile,” putting the Kim regime closer to putting nuclear warheads on what it called “high-speed gliders that can evade U.S. missile defenses.”

3 Russian fighter jets intercept US B-52 bomber near Japan

US strategic bomber B-52H
© Russian National Defense Control Center/TASS
US strategic bomber B-52H
© Russian National Defense Control Center/TASS

PACAF spokeswoman Capt. Veronica Perez told Stars and Stripes on Wednesday that “A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress positively identified and observed three Russian Sukhoi-35S fighters in the vicinity of Iturup over the Sea of Okhotsk in the early morning, 26 September.”

Iturup is the Russian name for an island also referred to as Etorofu by Japan. Russia has been holding military drills at the island in recent weeks after it announced it would expand military capabilities on the island.

The encounter was first reported on Sunday by Russian state-run news agency TASS, citing a statement from Russia’s National Defense Command Center, who said the U.S. plane was first identified through air defense radars when it approached Russian airspace.

IDF continues to strike Israel’s enemies; Terrorist neutralized in Jerusalem TV7 Israel News 30.09

1) IDF Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi stresses Israel’s resolve to thwart the malign plans of its enemies.

2) An attempted stabbing-attack once again plagues Jerusalem’s walled city – merely several hours after Israeli security forces neutralize a member of the Iranian-proxy’ Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

3) EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell insists that Iran is ready to re-engage in nuclear diplomacy – despite failure to coordinate a time for resumption of talks.

‘It’s a Horse, Not a Cow’ – Bizarre Media ‘Fact-Check’ on Reports of Bestiality, Child Porn on Migrant Phones

WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images
WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Poland declared a state of emergency on its border with Belarus, the former Soviet Socialist Republic governed by Alexander Lukashenko, after the quasi-Stalinist regime in Minsk began pushing migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia into the country and the neighbouring EU member-state of Lithuania earlier this year.

Under pressure from globalist European and United Nations officials to give in, Poland’s interior minister, Mariusz Kamiński, held a press conference revealing that mobile telephones recovered from migrants at the border feature child pornography, acts of bestiality, and terrorist atrocities, even showing some censored images of the material — prompting an angry backlash from elements of the mainstream media.

Interior Minister Kamiński, for his part, looks set to stand by his position that evidence of “sexually distorted persons” among the migrants is reason enough to keep them out of Poland, and will address the Polish parliament on his decision to share censored images of the sexually deviant and terroristic material discovered by the authorities on Monday.

Report: W.H.O. Ebola Response Staff ‘Traded Sex for Water’ in Congo

JUNIOR D. KANNAH/AFP via Getty Images
JUNIOR D. KANNAH/AFP via Getty Images

The commission confirmed that at least 21 of 83 men accused of sexual abuse or exploitation during the 22-month period were official W.H.O. staff members. The majority of the alleged perpetrators and accusers are Congolese nationals.

“In total, the review team received testimony from 63 women and only 12 men, ranging in age from 13 to 43 years and with an average age of around 20 years,” the report, published on September 28, stated.

Several female accusers told the commission they were raped by W.H.O. staffers and subsequently became pregnant. Some of these women further alleged that their perpetrators later forced them to abort their pregnancies.

While most W.H.O. staff accused of sexual abuse or exploitation were employed as contractors or temporary workers, some were high-ranking employees, including “WHO doctors, consultants and senior staff,” according to the commission’s summary.

Belgium to Pay for Women in Poland to Have Abortions Abroad

WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images
WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images

In January, the government of President Andrzej Duda enacted a citizen-led bill to ban abortions with exceptions for rape, incest, or in cases in which the mother’s life is in danger. Doctors who perform abortions in Poland for other reasons face up to three years in prison.

On Tuesday, marking the so-called “International Safe Abortion Day”, the Belgian Minister of Health and the Junior Minister for Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Sarah Schlitz announced that the government would be donating €10,000 to a pro-abortion group in order to pay for women to seek abortions outside of Poland.

The abortion law in Poland came in the wake of a ruling from the country’s High Court last October, which ruled in an 11-2 decision that aborting babies who are disabled — the most common reason for abortions in Poland — was unconstitutional and discriminatory.

Rocket wreckage falls in residential area; Japan’s incoming prime minister vows to counter China

A new team is formed by the World Health Organization. Its goal is to push forward a new phase of study on the origin of the pandemic.

Three pet cats test positive for the virus in China. But authorities quickly stepped in, putting the animals down despite their owner’s objections.

A rocket launch fails in China. It’s the fourth this year for Beijing.

What do China’s ugliest buildings look like? An annual competition titled “China’s Top 10 Ugliest Buildings” is showing them off.

Following fierce accusations, U.S. General Mark Milley defends his phone calls with China. He called them an effort to avoid conflict.

Japan will soon have a new leader. The incoming prime minister has pledged to counter Beijing’s growing influence.

China’s Power Shortage May Spark Systemic Economic Changes; Japan’s New PM Against China

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party chooses Fumio Kishida as the next leader of the party. He is the next likely Prime Minister of Japan after the general election later this year.

His primary focus? China and peace in the Taiwan strait. We ask experts on the links of Taiwan and Japan, what binds them together. Then an analysis on why China suffers electricity shortage.

The surface problem, but also what I see is the bigger implication. Is it a coal shortage or something worse? Plus, how are the expanding data centers in China playing into this power crunch.

Commentary/Opinion:

New Evidence of FBI Involvement in the 1/6 Protest — With Darren Beattie, Who Broke the Story

When former Trump speechwriter Darren Beattie reported in June that there was evidence suggesting FBI foreknowledge of the January 6 protest at the Capitol, if not active involvement, the corporate media mocked him and others who took it seriously for being deranged conspiracy theories.

But now, the New York Times just reported that the FBI had at least one informant at the Capitol on that day.

On the latest SYSTEM UPDATE, Glenn Greenwald speaks to Beattie about what do know now about involvement by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. They also discuss whether concept of “right” and “left” are changing radically.

Inside the Gabby Petito murder investigation: Could she have been saved? | 60 Minutes Australia

This past week the world has watched an American tragedy unfold. Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brain Laundrie were a young couple who seemed to have it all.

An enduring love for each other and a longing for adventure; a road trip in their little van across the United States. Like so many others they also had a desire to show off their idyllic and carefree lives on YouTube and Instagram.

But now we know the postcard images and million-dollar smiles were hiding an ugly and murderous truth – and it’s one that raises a difficult question: Could Gabby Petito have been saved?

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