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Julius Jones: Oklahoma governor commutes death row inmate’s sentence hours before execution

Julius Jones' death sentence has been commuted. Pic: Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Julius Jones’ death sentence has been commuted. Pic: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Jones, who was convicted of killing Paul Howell, a businessman in the affluent Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, in 1999, was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 4pm on Thursday at the State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Republican Governor Kevin Stitt granted clemency to Jones and commuted his sentence just hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.Advertisement

Doubts about evidence in Jones’ case have increasingly drawn attention, rising as high as Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board, which has twice voted 3-1 to recommend Mr Stitt commute his sentence.


Man DETAINED With Gun Outside Kenosha Court House at #RittenhouseTrial

November 18 2021 Kenosha, WI – a man was DETAINED outside of Kenosha Court House, he was taken away in a police vehicle for reportedly having a fire arm within 1000 feet of a school.

MSNBC banned from Rittenhouse trial courtroom after reportedly following jury bus

As the jury deliberated in the Kyle Rittenhouse case on Thursday, Judge Bruce Shroeder announced that individuals had followed the jury bus, following at a distance of “about a block.”

This individual claimed that he worked for MSNBC, and was instructed to follow the jury bus by the outlet.

As such, Shroeder banned MSNBC from the courtroom.

The individual who followed the bus identified himself to police as James J. Morrison, and that individual reportedly said that he was following the jury bus at the instruction of Irene Byon, who is a booking producer with NBC in New York.

Monkeypox case confirmed in Maryland: CDC

(Photo By JUDY GRIESEDIECK/Star Tribune via Getty Images)
(Photo By JUDY GRIESEDIECK/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they were collaborating with the Maryland Department of Health and other health partners to investigate further.

“Late yesterday, CDC laboratory scientists confirmed the patient had monkeypox and that the infection matches the strain that has been re-emerging in Nigeria since 2017. The person is currently in isolation in Maryland,” the CDC wrote in a Wednesday release. 

Officials noted that the general public doesn’t need to take any special precautions.

The CDC said it was also working with international health counterparts, the airline and state and local health officials in the Washington, D.C. area to reach airline passengers and others who may have been in contact with the patient. 

New York City man sentenced to 33 years for role in friendly-fire shooting death of police officer

Detective Brian Simonsen was killed in February 2019. (NYPD)
Detective Brian Simonsen was killed in February 2019. (NYPD)

Christopher Ransom, a 30-year-old from Brooklyn, was handed the punishment Wednesday after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter and robbery charges in relation to his role in the February 2019 holdup of a T-Mobile store.

When officers arrived at the scene, Ransom pointed a fake pistol at them – prompting police to discharge their weapons, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. Simonsen, 42, died after being shot once in the torso. 

“My hope is that the family of Detective Brian Simonsen may finally have some closure with the sentencing of this defendant,” she said in a statement.

“His lawless, selfish behavior set the terrible events of that day in motion. He committed one of several robberies and terrified the employees of that cell phone store before drawing the fire of police. 

NYPD officer rips judge who freed attacker on bail after attacking another cop: ‘Insane’

A veteran NYPD officer is outraged that the man who nearly stabbed him to death in 2008 was freed without bail Sunday for an attack on another cop.
A veteran NYPD officer is outraged that the man who nearly stabbed him to death in 2008 was freed without bail Sunday for an attack on another cop.

A veteran NYPD officer is outraged that the man who nearly stabbed him to death in 2008 was freed without bail Sunday for an attack on another cop.

“I was in shock,” said Queens Officer Demitrios Raptis, 42. “I didn’t even know he was out of jail. The guy hit him in the head with a safe and could have killed him.”

Isus Thompson, 38, is accused of randomly assaulting Officer Kyo Sun Lee in the Bronx, approaching him from behind and smashing him over the head with a metal safe that was inside a backpack, according to prosecutors.

But Judge Audrey Stone released him without bail on six charges including felony assault — despite a prior attempted murder conviction for the brutal ambush of Raptis, court records show.

Bodycam Shows Suspect Ramming Into Patrol Cars Before Police Shooting

The Nevada Highway Patrol released body-worn and dashcam video from an officer-involved shooting at Red Rock Canyon last week.

According to NHP, on Nov. 11. shortly before 6 a.m they received a call from the mother of the suspect 29-year-old Erik Legried. She told police her son was going to shoot himself or drive head-on into upcoming traffic to kill himself in his black 2021 Toyota Tacoma.

Legried drove through a campsite at Red Rock National Conservation Area before leading law enforcement into the visitors center parking lot. Troopers blocked him in, but he rammed their cars to get away.


WATCH: 25 Shots Fired During Shootout Between New Orleans Police & Suspect With AR-Pistol

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISANA – NOPD (New Orleans Police Department) released body camera footage of police activity where at least 25 shots were fired during shootout between New Orleans police & suspect with AR-Pistol.


LAPD SWAT Shoots Woman Who Emerges From Tent With Gun & Hostage In Downtown LA

On October 6, 2021, around 10:45 p.m., LAPD Central Patrol Division and Central Traffic Division officers responded to a female armed with a firearm in the area of Arcadia Street and Spring Street.

Officers were directed by a citizen who told them the female suspect was inside a tent in a homeless encampment.

While officers were trying to communicate with the suspect, she fired multiple shots at officers over the course of several minutes.


Ahmaud Arbery trial: McMichael pressed on behavior at police station, ‘I just killed a man’

Travis McMichael speaks from the witness stand during his trial Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021,(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool)
Travis McMichael speaks from the witness stand during his trial Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021,(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool)

McMichael, his father, Greg McMichael, 65, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, are on trial for murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment. 

The three White men suspected that Arbery, 25, was a burglar and pursued him through the Satilla Shores, Ga., neighborhood for five minutes before the fatal encounter. 

Arbery “trapped like a rat” lunged for Travis McMichael’s shotgun, Greg McMichael told police.  The two tussled over the weapon then Travis McMichael opened fire, blasting Arbery twice in the torso.

Dunikoski pointed out that Arbery was unarmed and hadn’t threatened the men, who have argued they acted in self-defense. 

Anti-Rittenhouse protester body-slams reporter outside Kenosha courthouse, arrested for battery

The 20-year-old male suspect, Anthony Chacon, has been charged with felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping, battery, resisting and disorderly conduct, Sgt. David Wright, a spokesman for the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department, confirmed to Fox News Digital. 

A Fox News Digital reporter witnessed the male suspect, who was wearing a “F— Kyle” black T-shirt, body-slamming a reporter, attacking a counter-protester and slapping multiple cameras before being arrested. 

A second suspect arrested Wednesday, 34-year-old Shaquita Cornelious, is facing charges of resisting, disorderly conduct, and possession of marijuana, Wright added.  

California teacher told conservative students to ‘jump off a bridge’ over anti-Biden flag

California elementary school teacher Kristin Usilton is under fire after she posted a video saying conservative high school students can ‘jump of a bridge.’ (Credit Google images/ Paso Robles Unified School District)
California elementary school teacher Kristin Usilton is under fire after she posted a video saying conservative high school students can ‘jump of a bridge.’ (Credit Google images/ Paso Robles Unified School District)

It appears the teacher has deleted her Instagram account, Fox News found during a search of her social media Thursday morning. 

An investigation has been launched into the video, which circulated around Paso Robles Joint Unified School District over the last week and then on social media. Usilton describes herself as a dual immersion teacher,

The Paso Robles Press reported. She has worked for the school district for six years. 

She then showed a short clip of students ahead of Veterans Day waving American and military flags on the Paso Robles High School parking lot, according to the local outlet. One of the students also had a “F— Joe Biden” flag.

NYC school fires employee over vaccine mandate

A New York City charter school denies an employee’s medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine after a physician said otherwise. One America’s Caitlin Sinclair has more.


FDA Asks Federal Judge to Grant it Until the Year 2076 to Fully Release Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Data

The FDA has asked a federal judge to make the public wait until the year 2076 to disclose all of the data and information it relied upon to license Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.   That is not a typo.   It wants 55 years to produce this information to the public. 

It took the FDA precisely 108 days from when Pfizer started producing the records for licensure (on May 7, 2021) to when the FDA licensed the Pfizer vaccine (on August 23, 2021).  

Taking the FDA at its word, it conducted an intense, robust, thorough, and complete review and analysis of those documents in order to assure that the Pfizer vaccine was safe and effective for licensure.

While it can conduct that intense review of Pfizer’s documents in 108 days, it now asks for over 20,000 days to make these documents available to the public. 

So, let’s get this straight. The federal government shields Pfizer from liability.  Gives it billions of dollars.  Makes Americans take its product.  But won’t let you see the data supporting its product’s safety and efficacy. 

Pfizer Signs $5.3 Billion COVID-19 Pill Deal with US Government

The company earlier this month said the drug cut by 89% the chance of hospitalization or death for adults at risk of severe disease.

The trial’s results suggest that Pfizer’s drug surpasses Merck & Co Inc’s pill, molnupiravir, which was shown last month to halve the chance of dying or being hospitalized for COVID-19 patients at high risk of serious illness.

The U.S. government has also signed a contract worth $2.2 billion for courses of the Merck drug.

Pentagon: Unvaxxed Nat’l Guard troops to be ‘state militia,’ not part of US military

(Oklahoma National Guard photo by Sgt. Jordan Sivayavirojna)
(Oklahoma National Guard photo by Sgt. Jordan Sivayavirojna)

Last week on his first day in command, Oklahoma National Guard Adjutant General Thomas Mancino issued a memo which said no Guardsmen will be ordered to take the COVID-19 vaccines and “no negative administrative or legal action will be taken against Guardsmen who refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine.”

That state-level policy is at odds with a Pentagon policy that imposes a vaccine mandate across the entire federalized force.

“I did not initiate a civilian-military crisis just because I thought it was cool,” Mancino said in defense of his state-level vaccination policy, according to the Washington Post.

Mancino said he is vaccinated and encourages service members to be vaccinated. He also said if troops are placed under federal orders, he will carry out the federal vaccine mandate, but while Oklahoma National Guard troops remain in state-level status “my governor said it’s a personal choice” to vaccinate.

US Embassy in Pakistan repeatedly hangs up on veteran pleading for help

The former staff sergeant, an Afghan native, said he traveled from the U.S. to Pakistan to try to help his family escape the Taliban and flee Afghanistan. He went to the embassy to request diplomatic aid for his family and for American citizens, green card holders and Afghans with special immigrant visas he said were stuck at the border.

“I showed up outside the U.S. Embassy and I literally begged them to let me in,” the veteran, who goes by call sign “Legend,” told Fox News. “It was that embarrassing. A U.S. citizen is not permitted entry in U.S. soil.”

Additionally, the Pakistani government won’t allow anyone to cross the border from Afghanistan, even if they have the appropriate documents, according to the veteran. As a result, Afghans are stuck at the border, unable to return to cities like Kabul because of the Taliban checkpoints.

Everyone seeking to get across the border into Pakistan are “all begging the U.S. embassy to step in,” the veteran said.

A group of retired U.S. Navy SEALs heavily criticized the Biden administration for focusing more on mandating vaccines than rescuing American citizens left behind in Afghanistan.

During a Fox News interview on Thursday, Morgan Luttrell, who is running for Texas’ 8th Congressional District, slammed Biden’s Covid-19 protocols. He inquired, if the administration truly cared about the American people, “why don’t they mandate we rescue our citizens and save their lives as well over in Afghanistan?”

“If the Biden administration is so concerned about saving American lives with these mandates, these mask mandates and so on so forth, why don’t they mandate we rescue our citizens and save their lives as well over in Afghanistan? Luttrell said.

Politics:

Video: Rep. Boebert calls Rep. Ilhan Omar ‘jihad-squad member’ while ripping Dems

Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia Commons)
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia Commons)

“Democrat policies are so pathetic and have done so poorly that the left has nothing else to do but troll the internet looking for ways to get offended and then try to target members and strip them of their committees,” Boebert said.

“This is a dumb waste of the House’s time. But since the Speaker has designated the floor to discuss members’ inappropriate actions, shall we?”

“The jihad-squad member from Minnesota has paid her husband, and not her brother husband, the other one, over a million dollars in campaign funds,” she continued, pushing back on the Democrats censure hypocrisy.

“This member is allowed on the Foreign Affairs Committee while praising terrorists.”

Biden bank cop nomination in doubt after fiery hearing

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Saule Omarova, tapped to be comptroller of the currency, was met with resistance from Republicans over her advocacy for a dominant role for government in finance.

One GOP lawmaker questioned the Cornell law professor, who was born in the former Soviet state of Kazakhstan, about her previous affiliation with a communist youth organization and asked if he should refer to her as “comrade.” Omarova vigorously denied having any sympathy with communist views.

But in an evenly divided Senate, the real threat to her nomination could come from moderate Democrats like Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Mark Warner of Virginia, who took issue with her opposition to a 2018 law they spearheaded that rolled back regulations on some banks, largely small and regional lenders.

A potential defeat for the nominee would be a blow to Biden, who has won the broad support of Senate Democrats for almost all of his appointments.

Kamala Harris the ‘most unpopular person’ in American politics

Sky News host Paul Murray says Kamala Harris is the “most unpopular person” in American politics right now as her approval ratings sink to 28 per cent.


‘I Will Be Frank And Honest’: Tim Scott Decries Saule Omarova’s Nomination To Her Face

At today’s Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) questioned Saule Omarova, nominee for Comptroller of the Currency.


‘Not Lacking In Subtlety’: Cruz Drags Biden Nominee Over Tweets

During a recent Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz read tweets from Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission nominee, Alvaro Bedoya.


WISCONSIN LAWMAKER MOVES TO DECERTIFY THE STATE’S 2020 ELECTION RESULTS

Trump Releases Statement On Wisconsin Resolution
Trump Releases Statement On Wisconsin Resolution 

President Trump congratulated State Representative Tim Ramthun, R-Wis., on Thursday for presenting a resolution to decertify the 2020 Presidential Election in Wisconsin.

“Congratulations to Tim Ramthun, State Representative of Wisconsin, for putting forward a powerful and very popular, because it’s true, resolution to decertify the 2020 Presidential election based on the recently found absolute proof of large scale voter fraud that took place,” the 45th president wrote.

Ramthun’s resolution calls for a “full forensic physical and cyber audit” to be conducted in Wisconsin based on evidence of “widespread voter fraud” in the 2020 election. Wisconsin Republicans claim the bipartisan Legislative Audit Bureau report found 44,272 voters did not have proper voter identification.

The audit report was not the only piece of evidence that prompted Ramthun’s resolution to decertify the election. The state representative claims that the Wisconsin Election Commission intentionally directed all 72 county clerks to violate state statutes in the 2020 election.

Pa. County Whistleblower: Data Regarding Thousands of Return Ballots Erased

Delaware County was the last county in the state to fully report its ballots for the 2020 election, and several races were in the scope of being flipped by a few thousand votes.

The lawsuit suggests an election machine shredded thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots, with the data corroborating it deliberately erased in the lead up to the right-to-know filing.

Several videos were released as part of the effort to corroborate the claims.

In the first video shared, Tom Gallagher, an attorney for Delaware County, appears to be throwing return ballots into a trash can in anticipation of the election data audit.  Gallagher says in the video. A second video shows A third video was released 

World News:

Children as young as seven at risk of child marriage in UK, campaigners warn

Natasha Rattu said many of these issues happen in minority communities
Natasha Rattu said many of these issues happen in minority communities

Sky News has been given access to call logs held by the Yorkshire-based charity Karma Nirvana.

A bill is being presented to parliament to raise the age of marriage in England and Wales from 16 with parental consent to 18 and make coercing children into marriage a criminal offence rather than putting the onus on the child to raise the alarm.

They’ve spoken of their shock when a call came through from a health professional who told an operator: “A sibling is concerned that, because of the shame she has been told she has brought on her family, her seven-year-old sister may be married off.”

We’ve also spoken to a member of the travelling community who claims she’s aware of 14 and 15-year-old girls being given blessings by priests in the past year – an insight into the power of ceremonies held within different communities which, whilst not legally-recognised marriages, leaves children trapped because they are seen as having made the same commitment as any other wedding.

Gravitas: The implications of unrest in Sudan | 15 protesters killed by troops

15 protesters were killed in Sudan’s bloodiest day since the coup. The unrest has persisted for 3 weeks.

Palki Sharma tells you the consequences of the turmoil in Sudan & why stability in the country matters to the world.


New satellite images expose China’s latest land grabbing attempts in Bhutan: 4 new villages in one year

 Photograph:( Agencies )
 Photograph:( Agencies )

China has purportedly built four new villages in Bhutan’s territory in the last one year, new satellite images have revealed.

It is being claimed that the villages were constructed between May 2020 and November 2021.

The images tweeted by a leading satellite imagery expert showed multiple villages being constructed over an area of 100 square kilometres in the disputed land near the Doklam plateau, which lies at a tri-junction between China, India and Bhutan.

It was in Doklam plateau where India and China had a face-off in 2017 over Beijing’s attempt to extend a road towards the south of the plateau into Bhutan’s territory.

 Contestants pull out of 70th Miss Universe

Many contestants are pulling out of the 70th Miss Universe because the beauty pageant is being held in Israel. Activists say there is no beauty in occupation.

Palki Sharma asks why don’t we scrap these pageants altogether? Why do we need to sexualise women year after year?


India: French air defense destroyer Chevalier Paul enters Mumbai | World News | International News

French air defense destroyer Chevalier Paul enters Mumbai. It is the most powerful surface combatant that France has ever built. The deployment comes as a part of naval cooperation amid Indian and French navies.


U.S. Sanctions Six Iranians, Indicts Two For Attempted Interference In 2020 U.S. Election

The U.S. Treasury Department announced the sanctions in a statement on November 18, saying that it has identified “attempted cyber-enabled intrusions by state-sponsored actors, including Iranian actors who sought to sow discord and undermine voters’ faith in the U.S. electoral process.”

The sanctions came as a result of the collective efforts of the Treasury Department, the State Department, and the FBI, the statement said.

The November 18 statement said that in the three months ahead of the poll, the state-sponsored cyberactors, who obtained or attempted to obtain U.S. voter information from U.S. state election websites, were responsible for an online operation “to intimidate and influence American voters, and to undermine voter confidence and sow discord, in connection with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”

Terror-attack plagues Jerusalem; Israeli couple released from Turkish prison TV7 Israel News 18.11

1) Two border police servicemembers sustain injuries in a Jerusalem terror attack perpetrated in the alleyways of the old city.

2) Following one-and-a-half weeks of custody in a Turkish prison over allegations of espionage; a Turkish court ordered the immediate release of the Israeli couple.

3) Libya is gearing up for Presidential and parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held on the 24th of December.

Commentary/Opinion:

Will I Run for Office & the Most Pathetic Generation (Pt.1)| Candace Owens | POLITICS | Rubin Report

In this clip Candace explains why many people seem eager to let the government tell them how to live their lives and why freedom is hard, but worth it.

She also discusses how we went from the greatest generation to the most pathetic generation and how she became so fearless.

Candace also hints at what the future may hold for her pursuing public office. Candace also describes why people should not fear their government officials like Ted Lieu and instead they should fear us.

Candace also describes the key difference between liberals like Ana Kasparian and Russell Brand.


Jordan Peterson Says That He Feels Stupid After Taking The Jab

The popular psychologist told Dave Rubin he believed the Canadian government would leave him alone after receiving the jab.

He also very openly opposes any possible and further inclination that kids should take the jab, or make the jab mandatory for them.”

In a rant against government COVID despotism, popular Canadian psychologist and cultural commentator Jordan Peterson admitted he made the “stupid” decision to get the COVID jabs because he thought doing so would mean the government would leave him “alone,” Life Site News reported.

“Look, I got vaccinated and people took me to task for that and I thought, all right, I’ll get the damn vaccine,” Peterson told Dave Rubin last Wednesday while speaking out against government COVID rules.

The Media’s Verdict on Kyle Rittenhouse

Unless you’re a regular reader of independent reporting — Jacob Siegel of Tablet Magazine and Jesse Singal stand out for being ahead of the pack (and pilloried, like clockwork, for not going along with the herd) — you would have been served a pack of lies about what happened during those terrible days in Kenosha.

And you would have been shocked over the past two weeks as the trial unfolded in Wisconsin as every core claim was undermined by the evidence of what actually happened that night.

This wasn’t a disinformation campaign waged by Reddit trolls or anonymous Twitter accounts.

It was one pushed by the mainstream media and sitting members of Congress for the sake of an expedient political narrative—a narrative that asked people to believe, among other unrealities, that blocks of burning buildings somehow constituted peaceful protests.

Take each in turn:

First, the idea that Kyle Rittenhouse was a white supremacist.

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