News and Headlines: 1/7/2022, Keeping you informed.

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Two Florida Deputies Both Commit Suicide, Leave Behind 1-Month-Old Son

Lucie Sheriff’s Office Deputy Clayton Osteen attempted suicide on New Year’s eve but survived after being rushed to hospital.

Clayton was placed on life support before his family made the difficult decision to take him off it.

Just days after Osteen’s suicide, his partner and colleague, Victoria Pacheco, 23, also took her own life.

Three Men Convicted in Ahmaud Arbery Death Sentenced to Life in Prison

(L–R) Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. (Getty Images)
(L–R) Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. (Getty Images)

Three men who were convicted in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced Friday to life in prison, and the judge in the case denied any chance of parole to two of them.

While Gregory and Travis McMichael were denied parole, Bryan was granted a chance for parole but first must serve at least 30 years in prison.

“I’ve read somewhere, and I don’t remember where it was, that at a minimum, Ahmaud Arbery’s death should force us to consider expanding our definition of what a neighbor may be and how we treat them. I argue that maybe a neighbor is more than the people who just own property around your house. I believe that assuming the worst in others we show our worst character,” Judge Timothy Walmsley said before the sentencing on Friday.

20% of San Francisco Teachers Skip School to Protest Reopening Conditions

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As Breitbart News reported early Thursday morning, nearly 600 teachers had signed an online petition in advance, urging members of the of United Educators San Francisco (UESF) to send a message to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and to “shut the whole system down.”

The district received funding to deal with the coronavirus, but had spent it on other priorities — ironically, those favored by teachers unions, such as staff retention and hiring additional ancillary staff:

The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

The absences included 616 teachers, up from 414 Wednesday, with only enough substitutes to cover abut 180 of their classrooms. Central office staff with teaching credentials covered many of the remaining classrooms, with teachers also stepping in during their free periods to ensure a qualified adult was in each room.

Mom charged after 14-year-old found in car trunk at Cy-Fair ISD drive-thru COVID testing site, district confirms

Sarah Beam has since been charged with endangering a child. Cy-Fair ISD Police Department said a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

According to reports, Beam pulled into the drive-thru COVID testing site located at 11355 Falcon Road in northwest Harris County and that’s when an officer heard something in the trunk. When Beam opened the trunk, officials said the 14-year-old was found.

Officials said the mom explained that the child tested positive for COVID and had to be quarantined.

Omicron may be nearly 100 TIMES less deadly than flu, scientists say

Some experts have always maintained that the coronavirus would eventually morph into a seasonal cold-like virus as the world develops immunity through vaccines and natural infection. But the emergence of the highly-mutated Omicron variant appears to have sped the process up.

MailOnline analysis shows Covid killed one in 33 people who tested positive at the peak of the devastating second wave last January, compared to just one in 670 now. But experts believe the figure could be even lower because of Omicron. 

The case fatality rate — the proportion of confirmed infections that end in death — for seasonal influenza is 0.1, the equivalent of one in 1,000. 

Meanwhile, researchers at Washington University modelling the next stage of the pandemic expect Omicron to kill up to 99 per cent fewer people than Delta, in another hint it could be less deadly than flu. 

Andrew Cuomo sex-misconduct complaint dismissed by judge

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

The livestream for the virtual hearing had a rocky start, with several minutes of indiscernible noises and muffled speech from the courtroom.

Cuomo, represented by Michael McDermott and Rita Glavin, did not make a statement or comment on the complaints of “forcible touching.” Instead, the defense rested on paperwork and evidence previously filed.

The prosecution did not object to the dismissal, stating that they did not have the necessary evidence to procure a conviction.

CBS News Hides Poll Showing Most Americans Believe January 6 a ‘Protest that Went Too Far’

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File

While neither favorable toward Democrats or Republicans, the YouGov poll did show that while Americans have strong opinions about what happened on January 6, they were at least united in the idea the day was not an attack on Democracy by Trump-supporting terrorists.

Polling 2,063 U.S. adults with a margin of error ±2.6 percent, the poll showed that 76 percent of Americans believed January 6 was a “protest that went too far” while 55 percent of those polled believed it to be an insurrection; 63 percent believed the riot was to overturn the election and keep Trump in power.

The poll further showed there was a bipartisan consensus among those who believed the January 6 riot was “a protest that went too far” – 80 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of Democrats, and 80 percent of Independents.  However, the graphic shared by CBS News displayed only the other options, leaving out the majority opinions.

Tucker Carlson asks why Ray Epps and other possible FBI plants have not been charged

Tucker presses Ted Cruz for using this term

Sen. Ted Cruz says it was ‘a mistake’ to call the Jan. 6 Capitol riot a ‘violent terrorist attack’ on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Jason Whitlock says Ted Cruz “needed to be held accountable” for calling Jan 6 a “violent terrorist” attack

Producer who quit Canadian broadcaster over ‘radical political agenda’ says American outlets have same issue

Tara Henley, a former TV and radio producer, penned an entry on Substack on why she left the CBC, detailing a newsroom stifled by far-left ideology that limits critical thinking and obsesses over race.  (Rebecca Blissett)
Tara Henley, a former TV and radio producer, penned an entry on Substack on why she left the CBC, detailing a newsroom stifled by far-left ideology that limits critical thinking and obsesses over race.  (Rebecca Blissett)

Henley, who identifies as a liberal herself, published her scathing resignation announcement on Substsack, detailing a newsroom stifled by far-left ideology that limits critical thinking and obsesses over race.

In her piece, Henley blamed “a radical political agenda that originated on Ivy League campuses in the United States and spread through American social media platforms” whose proponents “monetize outrage and stoke societal divisions” for setting the tone of current media outlets such as the CBC.

She feels that too many newsroom-decision makers are products of the prestigious universities that helped create the issue in the first place. 

“I mean, this used to be a working class profession… this is now an elite profession. And we in the media are living alongside and working alongside and having our kids go to school with the other elite,” she said. “How can you possibly be adversarial when you’re in that same world? Our job is to question.” 

Henley’s Substack entry quickly went viral, and while she had a feeling it would start a conversation in Canada, she had “absolutely no idea” it would garner global attention. 

California’s Riverside School District Lies About Teaching Critical Race Theory

According to records of the minutes taken at two local school board meetings, one of which was held on July 15, 2021 and another on August 5, 2021, multiple public employees at Riverside Unified School District claimed that critical race theory was not taught in the school district. Superintendent Renee Hill is one such public employee. 

The Local Control and Accountability Plan revealed the district spent a whopping $942,103 on programs for cultural proficiency training, culturally responsive teaching, and other programs that frequently feature the themes of CRT.

Particularly striking was a link to a pdf entitled “Transforming Our Public Schools: A Guide to Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education,” which preached the need for “culturally responsive education.”

Starship Recovery Closer to Reality with Testing of Rocket-Catching Tower

SpaceX Starship recovery tower comes alive. Another flock of Starlink satellites heads to orbit. And we finish with today’s Honorable Mention. Ep 289.

Supreme Court Weighs President Biden’s Vaccine Mandates

Justices are hearing arguments over the vaccine-or-testing requirement for large employers and a separate vaccine mandate for health care workers.

Supreme Court Justices Spew ‘Shocking’ Misinformation During Arguments on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Source: (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
Source: (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

During questioning, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a number of false statements about the vaccine’s ability to prevent transmission of the virus. While it may protect against death or hospitalization, the vaccine does not prevent transmission. 

Sotomayor falsely claimed the Omnicron variant of the virus is just as deadly as the previous Delta version. This is false

Further, the Justice claimed 100,000 children are in “serious condition” and “on ventilators” for the disease. This is not true and according to the data from the CDC, children are still at little risk for serious illness or death from the disease.

Further, the Justice claimed 100,000 children are in “serious condition” and “on ventilators” for the disease. This is not true and according to the data from the CDC, children are still at little risk for serious illness or death from the disease.

Supreme Court Justices Spread COVID Misinformation, with Robert Barnes | The Megyn Kelly Show

Megyn Kelly is joined by attorney Robert Barnes to discuss the latest on the Supreme Court looking into the arguments against Biden’s vaccine mandates, the Supreme Court Justices spreading COVID misinformation, and more.

Conservative Supreme Court justices grill Biden lawyer on OSHA vaccine requirement

The Supreme Court shown Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court is taking up two major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation's vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Supreme Court shown Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court is taking up two major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation’s vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

For three hours and 40 minutes, the justices heard oral arguments over federal vaccine and testing rules for businesses with 100 employees or more, and on vaccine mandates for health care workers at facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding. 

Enforcement of the policies, which were announced in November, has been put on hold pending resolution in the high court. 

In early arguments, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested that government officials had overstepped, with Roberts declaring that it is “hard to argue” that officials had been given the power to act by Congress. Justice Brett Kavanaugh also noted that Congress had yet to pass any type of vaccine statute. 

“This is something the federal government has never done before,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. 

Politics:

The Real Story – OAN GA Ballot Harvesting with Garland Favorito

Garland Favorito, co-founder of VoterGA.org, gives The Real Story on if illegal ballot harvesting occurred in the 2020 Georgia elections.

This isn’t just about incompetence: Pavlich

Fox News contributor sounds off on the left’s ‘deeply held ideology’ to avoid incarceration as a model of criminal justice.

Newt Gingrich tears into Kamala Harris: ‘Totally unfit’ to be vice president

The former house speaker discusses Mitch McConnell signaling openness to election reform and Vice President Kamala Harris laughing off questions about office turmoil.

Flashback: Nancy Pelosi Praised the Storming of Wisconsin State Capitol in 2011

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Scott Olson/Getty

As the media fawned over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) commemorating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot on Thursday, few remembered when she praised protesters who stormed the Wisconsin State Capitol in 2011.

Over a decade ago, in the February of 2011, unionists stormed the Wisconsin State Capitol to prevent a vote on collective bargaining reform – the Act 10 protests. As Fox News noted, “thousands of demonstrators managed to enter the building by violently breaking down doors and shattering windows.”

Nancy Pelosi not only refrained from words like “insurrection” or “terrorism” in reference to the public disorder, she outright praised the occupation as “democracy in action.”

Rep. Banks joins “Hannity” alongside Rep. Jim Jordan to discuss Democrat double standards on the anniversary of the January 6 riot.

Lara Trump tears into Democrats for January 6 ‘theatrics’

 Fox News contributor Lara Trump on Democrats getting mocked for theatrics on anniversary of the January 6th Capitol riot.

Ingraham: This is what really happened today at the Capitol

Pelosi’s propagandistic production was a blatant, cheap attempt to deflect attention from cascade of calamities piling up under her Democrat majority.

Mark Levin on the Democrats January 6th Lie

World News:

Activist Loses ‘Gay Marriage’ Cake Discrimination Case Involving Christian Baker

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Leon Neal/Getty Images

Lee first took the Co. Antrim Ashers bakery to court after issues regarding a cake order emerged in 2014.

While the order was initially accepted, Lee’s request was subsequently denied by the bakery due to the messaging the activist had requested to appear on the baked good.

Lee, supported by Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission, subsequently came out on top after a number of initial rulings in 2015 and 2016.

However, Ashers bakery owners Daniel and Amy McArthur appealed the rulings to the UK’s Supreme Court with support from the Christian Institute.

The pair’s appeal succeeded in 2018, with the court’s then-president, Brenda Hale, noting that the bakery’s refusal was based on the family’s religious beliefs regarding marriage.

“As to Mr Lee’s claim based on sexual discrimination, the bakers did not refuse to fulfil his order because of his sexual orientation,” Hale stated, instead noting that it was over the McArthur’s belief that “the only form of marriage consistent with the Bible and acceptable to God is between a man and a woman”.

Kazakh president gives shoot-to-kill order

Security forces appeared to have reclaimed the streets of Kazakhstan’s main city on Friday after days of violence, and the Russian-backed president said he had ordered his troops to shoot to kill to put down a countrywide uprising. Soraya Ali reports.

Austria to Deactivate COVID Passes After Six Months in Bid to Push Boosters

Protesters Party in Central Vienna in Defiance of NYE Lockdown
Protesters partied in central Vienna on Friday evening in defiance of Austria's various lockdown restrictions.
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Protesters Party in Central Vienna in Defiance of NYE Lockdown
Protesters partied in central Vienna on Friday evening in defiance of Austria’s various lockdown restrictions.
breitbart.com

According to a report by Wiener Zeitung, “Green Passes” issued in the country will start expiring after six months after the person’s last dose from February as a result of a government decision on Thursday.

Having been shortened down from nine months, the significant reduction in the pass validity period was seemingly done in an effort to increase the uptake of booster jabs, according to a report by Kronen Zeitung, with the nation’s vaccination rate having slid in recent days.

The announcement comes not long after all those in the country who received a single, not double dose vaccination lost their COVID passes, with all certs related to one-dose inoculations having expired on January 3rd by government decree.

Christian Nurse Wins Tribunal After Being Illegally Sacked For Wearing Cross

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diego_cervo / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Mary Onuoha, a theatre practitioner nurse for Britain’s socialised National Health Service, was bullied out of her job by Croydon University Hospital bosses for wearing a cross, with an employment tribunal ruling she was unfairly dismissed.

Onuoha, who was born in Nigeria and is a devout Catholic had worked at the hospital for eighteen years and claimed she faced a “campaign of harassment” by hospital bosses who tried to force her to remove her small gold cross necklace during work hours.

At the tribunal, the panel sided with Ms Onuoha and said she was forced to quit her nursing job in 2020 following her employers creating an “offensive, hostile and intimidating environment” for her to work in.

The Red Wall deserts Boris Johnson.

The Tories haven’t noticed yet, but a surge of discontent is building in the Red Wall seats.

200 Military into NHS. All headline. No substance

Taiwan’s army simulates urban warfare confrontation; Indonesia bans coal exports, China to suffer

On the second day of a military drill, the Taiwanese army is simulating a scenario where its cities are under attack amid ongoing concerns of a Chinese invasion.

Democracies in the Indo-Pacific region are coming together. Australia and Japan sign a historic defense deal in face of the Chinese communist regime’s threat.

A Chinese real estate company has defaulted on loans—and it’s not Evergrande. Property developer Shimao Group missed a $100 million payment.

Four people in California died of opioid overdose within an hour. Police suspect fentanyl is to blame, a drug primarily sourced from China.

Another pregnant woman has lost her unborn baby after hospitals in one Chinese city turned her away. That’s as humanitarian concerns circle the city’s strict lockdown.

Commentary/Opinion:

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