News and Headlines. 5/29/2018

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In The News:

Fan shields JROTC member from rain in powerful photo

A simple gesture by a fan to a JROTC member at the Atlanta Braves game on Memorial Day was captured in a powerful image.DeTg5FDW0AEsKFh

The fan, dressed in a red raincoat, held his umbrella over a U.S. Marine Corps JROTC member as he stood at attention next to the Braves’ POW-MIA Chair of Honor in the rain, according to FOX5 Atlanta.

It begins: Church sued for refusing to host LGBT event

The core issue – whether LGBT community members can force members of faith organizations to endorse their lifestyle – now is before the U.S. Supreme Court, with a decision expected in the coming weeks.

ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after Barr’s racist tweet

Just hours after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, her wildly popular reboot of “Roseanne” was given the heave-ho by network brass.

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement on Tuesday that the network would not be producing the show’s second season.

Here’s our estimate for the sales Starbucks will lose because of racial-bias training

How much is a day’s sales worth? For Starbucks, millions of dollars.

The Seattle-based cafe chain will close all of its US stores today (May 29) in the afternoon for staff training about racial bias. That means shutting down about 8,400 stores for several hours.

Federal agency urges banks to compete with payday lenders

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has gone on the record to formally urge U.S. banks to begin offering small-dollar installment loans to consumers.

The OCC did not specifically mention payday loans, but it is clear that its purpose is to provide consumers a “responsible” alternative.

“Millions of U.S. consumers borrow nearly $90 billion every year in short-term, small dollar loans typically ranging from $300 to $5,000 to make ends meet,” Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said in a statement. “Consumers should have more choices that are safe and affordable, and banks should be part of that solution.”

Twice-deported illegal immigrant held in New York toddler’s disappearance, mom’s death

A twice-deported Mexican citizen was being held by immigration authorities Tuesday as police continue to search a rural New York town for a 14-month-old child feared dead after his mother’s body was found last week.

Everardo Donoteo-Reyes

ICE says Everardo Donoteo-Reyes went by the alias Alberto Ebavardo Gutierrez-Reyes.

Evarardo Donoteo-Reyes, a 25-year-old who is in the country illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is facing an evidence tampering charge after the body of his girlfriend, Selena Hidago-Calderon, was found Wednesday in a wooded area of a farm in Sodus where the two lived and worked.

Michigan mom who admitted to sexually abusing infant son sentenced to at least 6 years in prison

A young Michigan mother who admitted to performing oral sex on her 5-month-old son during a live-streamed video was sentenced to at least six years in prison.

Jazmine Pacyga, 20, was sentenced to at least six years in prison

Jazmine Pacyga, 20, was sentenced to at least six years in prison after she admitted to fondling and performing oral sex on her infant son. (Muskegon County Jail)

Jazmine Pacyga, 20, admitted to fondling and performing oral sex on her baby while she live-streamed it in a video sent to Nathan Osborne, who allegedly pressured her into the act, reported. Pacyga was sentenced last week to a minimum of six years in prison and a maximum of 25 years as she was a second-time offender, according to

Trump accuses Mueller’s ’13 Angry Democrats’ of ‘MEDDLING’ in midterms

President Trump warned Tuesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the “13 Angry Democrats” on his team “will be MEDDLING” in the midterms by pursuing their Russia probe so close to the election.

The special counsel reportedly is expected to lie low going into the midterms if the probe has not wrapped up by that point, so as not to be seen as swaying voters.

But in a Tuesday morning tweetstorm, the president effectively argued that the probe is already threatening to interfere in the vote — and questioned again why the team is not investigating “totally Crooked Hillary Clinton” and Democrats.

Sources: FBI Agents Afraid To Testify, Say Congress Likely Won’t Protect Them

Even as a new Rasmussen poll shows a majority of voters believe senior law enforcement officials broke the law to stop Donald Trump from beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, rank-and-file FBI agents who want to testify against their superiors to Congress feel they can’t due to an ineffective whistleblower protection law.

These agents believe the sluggishness of the law exposes them to an inordinate risk of reprisal, so they have remained in hiding and afraid to speak the truth.

This story is based on interview transcripts with two FBI agents that one former White House official provided The Daily Caller.

Trump Hits Dems, Media For Blaming Obama Migrant Scandal On Him

President Donald Trump blasted Democratic lawmakers and members of the media for mistakenly blaming 2014 photos of migrant children detention camps on his administration.

The photos stem from a 2014 Arizona Central story showing migrant children in steel cages. The cages were implemented at the height of the Central American migrant crisis under the Obama administration.

Republicans who won’t be coming back to Congress after 2018 midterm elections

On average, 22 House members retire each cycle, Roll Call reported. But this year has seen a record number of GOP lawmakers leaving Capitol Hill.

So far, 44 Republicans have either resigned, retired, been appointed to another position, lost elections or announced gubernatorial bids.

Here’s the list of Republicans, in the House and Senate, who have announced they will not seek re-election:

Backed by Trump, Republican John Cox is a force in California governor race

Republican businessman John Cox is shaking up the gubernatorial contest in liberal California, as he enjoys a strong position in the polls and the full-throated endorsment of President Trump ahead of next week’s primary.

“California has a rare opportunity to turn things around and solve its high crime, high tax, problems — along with so many others,” Trump tweeted on Memorial Day, 10 days after first endorsing Cox. “On June 5th, vote for GOP Gubernatorial Candidate JOHN COX, a really good and highly competent man. He’ll Make California Great Again!”

California has the Sixteenth Highest State and Local Tax Burden in the Nation for FY 2016

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, California collected $235 billion in state and local taxes—or $5,979 for every man, woman, and child. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the average California taxpayer can afford this level of taxation?

To better answer this question, this analysis will calculate California’s tax burden relative to the private sector. Ultimately, it is the private sector that creates new wealth and income. A high tax burden means a state is hobbling its private sector relative to other states and reducing their long-run economic growth potential.

As shown in Chart 2, California’s tax burden has increased over time by 31 percent to 14.9 percent in FY 2016 from 11.3 percent in FY 1950.

Franklin Graham encourages Christians to vote this election

Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, stops in Fresno with a message for Christians to get involved in the political process and help the Christian voice be heard.

New research reveals one of the bad things about a higher minimum wage

It sounded like a win-win situation, and policymakers felt confident enough to introduce large increases in the minimum wage—with mixed results.

A new paper challenges the evidence that minimum-wage hikes are harmless. But first, the good news.

News from the Blogosphere:

Beware of CA gun laws: Bakersfield man arrested after registering his AR-15

Suffice it to say, if you are a gun owner in California you are in for a world of hurt and confusion. And you are required to soon register your “assault weapons” with the state.

There are over 800 California state statutes regulating the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, and use of firearms. There are thousands of overlapping federal laws regulating firearms that apply in California. And there are hundreds of administrative regulations, local ordinances, and California Department of Justice written and unwritten policies that also apply.

KGET reports that on Thursday, May 17th, the District Attorney’s office filed a dozen felony gun charges against a member of a prominent farming family.

The California Department of Justice raided Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann’s home in Bakersfield last month, after he tried to register an illegally modified gun online through the state’s website.

Liberal Insanity: Square dancing is racist

A December 12, 2017 Quartz op/ed, penned by Robyn Pennacchia — a Chicago-based freelancer who “regularly” writes for Friendly Atheist — calls square dancing white-racist:

[T]here’s an unusual reason why so many American students spend their formative years learning to do-si-do. Twenty-eight out of 50 states have declared square dancing their official dance. This is part of a coordinated campaign—a dancespiracy, if you will—to make square dancing the official dance of the United States, in the hope that doing so “would give square dancing and its related activities more visibility and have a positive effect on recruiting new dancers.”

But the institutionalization of square dancing isn’t just about the joy of dance. It’s also about America’s legacy of racism and anti-Semitism—and the surprising tools that get used in the effort to uphold whiteness.

Pennacchia then goes into a rant about Henry Ford…

The first hot weekend brings violent mobs to Chicago streets as media turn a blind eye

“Wilding” is the term for mobs of violent young people taking over upscale neighborhoods and wreaking havoc, looting, mugging, and attacking innocent people just for the fun of it.  A “good” neighborhood is no guarantee of safety anymore in Chicago.  The breakdown of civil order, in other words, is well underway in the Windy City.  Bit by bit, civilization is slipping away in Chicago.

weekend violence on and near the Magnificent Mile

Screen grabs from videos of weekend violence on and near the Magnificent Mile (credit: CWB Chicago).

If you want to know how bad things have gotten there, the major media outlets are no help.  The last thing they want is for people to stay away from The Mag Mile – the stretch of Michigan Avenue just north of the Chicago River – full of glittering shopping, towering condo buildings and hotels, and the iconic Water Tower that is Chicago’s rival to Fifth Avenue around Trump Tower.

AFS: Islam is not Part of Sweden!

Hundreds of people arrived on Friday to listen to the Alternatives for Sweden’s square meeting in Växjö, which was a protest against the city’s Muslims announcing their prayer calls on speakers.

At the protest, as the party meeting broadcasted live on Facebook, there were also many police officers present, including a police helicopter flying above in the air.

On Friday, Alternatives for Sweden held a protest meeting against the prayer call in Växjö. At Storgatan in Växjö, the party had, among other things, addressed the issue of Muslims wearing the burka.

World News:

Three killed, including 2 police officers, in possible terror attack near Belgian coffee shop

A knife-wielding man stabbed two police officers, stole their weapons and shot and killed them and a bystander in an attack near a Belgian coffee shop that officials fear could be terror-related.

The attacker, who was later killed by police and has yet to be identified, was an inmate who had been granted a few hours release Monday, but failed to return to prison. Local media reported that he was a known drug offender and may have been held in a prison with radicalized inmates.

Israel bombards militant site in Gaza after more than 25 mortar shells fired into its territory

Israeli jets bombarded militant position in Gaza on Tuesday hours after more than two dozen mortar shells were launched at the Jewish State in what appears to be the largest single barrage since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war.

The Israeli military said no one was hurt by the 25 mortar shells launched into its territory as most were intercepted by its Iron Dome missile defense system, although one of them landed near a kindergarten shortly before it opened.

Geert Wilders On Tommy Robinson: ‘Britain Behaving Like Saudi Arabia’ (Video)

The activist English leader of the EDL, Mr Tommy Robinson, is at the time of writing still imprisoned without due process in the UK whilst the press over there is gagged and banned from reporting on it.2c931c05af1fdd26759736ca71b95d79fa48172dce4142368f0aa0f68a7afd93

For this reason, Mr Geert Wilders, the leader of the biggest opposition party in the Netherlands, recorded a video in front of the British embassy in Amsterdam pleading with UK authorities to release Mr Robinson before arguing that because of his arrest, the “UK is now behaving like Saudi Arabia”.

“Freedom of speech is being violated all over Europe and also in Britain. The lights of freedom are going out.”

Ramadan Rage: Islamic Terrorists Kill at Least 203, Wound 322 in First 10 Days

Jihadists have killed more than 200 people and injured an excess of 300 others so far during Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, according to a Breitbart News tally.

In the first ten days of the holy month, which started on May 17 for most Muslims across the world, the number of casualties reached at least 525 (203 deaths, 322 injuries).

Islamic terrorists killed about 20 people and injured another 30 each day on average since the beginning of Ramadan. At least 52 attacks have taken place so far during the holy month.

Protests Grow as Syria Takes Chair of Global Disarmament Body

The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad created diplomatic uproar Tuesday as it assumed the rotating presidency of the UN-backed Conference on Disarmament (CD) at a time when Damascus is widely accused of using chemical weapons against its own people.

“Monday, May 28 will be one of the darkest days in the history of the Conference on Disarmament with Syria beginning its four-week presidency,” tweeted US ambassador to the CD Robert Wood ahead of the official appointment of Syria to the position.

Russia seething: Poland wants permanent U.S. military base, willing to pay $2 billion for it

Russia threatened retaliation Monday after news that Poland wants a permanent U.S. military base within its borders and is willing to pay up to $2 billion for the facility.

The proposal for an American base touched off a rhetorical firestorm between Moscow and Warsaw, as leaders from both sides traded threats and cast a fresh spotlight on simmering tensions in Eastern Europe.

Russian journalist shot and killed in Ukrainian capital

Babchenko had been scathingly critical of the Kremlin in recent years. He left Russia in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed.

Tech Watch:

Papua New Guinea bans Facebook for a month to root out ‘fake users’

The Papua New Guinean government will ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on “fake users” and study the effects the website is having on the population.

The communication minister, Sam Basil, said the shutdown would allow his department’s analysts to carry out research and analysis on who was using the platform, and how they were using it, admits rising concerns about social well-being, security and productivity.

FBI warns Russians hacked hundreds of thousands of routers

(Reuters) – The FBI warned on Friday that Russian computer hackers had compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could collect user information or shut down network traffic.

The U.S. law enforcement agency urged the owners of many brands of routers to turn them off and on again and download updates from the manufacturer to protect themselves.

Lamborghini’s electric supercar won’t contain batteries; it will be one

Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) introduced the Terzo Millennio, an ultra-futuristic design study powered by electricity, last year to show what the eco-friendly sports car of tomorrow could look

While the whole package tells a tale set in the relatively distant future, Digital Trends learned from Maurizio Reggiani, the head of Lamborghini’s research and development department, that it might not be as science fiction-esque as it appears.

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