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In The News:
An hourly wage of $22.10 is now what’s needed to afford a typical, modest two-bedroom rental nationwide, according to a new report released Wednesday, and most renters don’t earn nearly that much.
In its report, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that the typical renter instead earns just $16.88, meaning that for most the average “affordable” rental housing, as defined by the government, is not within financial reach.
June 13 (UPI) — Poverty, unemployment, a poor economy and one of the nation’s highest violent crime rates is what ranked Detroit atop a list Wednesday of the worst places to live in the United States.
A new report by 24/7 Wall St. ranked the 50 worst U.S. cities using nine categories — crime, demography, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure and leisure.
The top executive at Dick’s Sporting Goods is facing renewed pressure from a conservative shareholder to reverse a policy raising the minimum age for gun purchases to 21.
Dick’s “is willfully giving up money,” Almasi told the CEO. “It has damaged its reputation by lending its voice and its resources to those who want to abolish the 2nd Amendment. Thirty percent of American adults own guns, and another 11 percent live with someone who does. You’ve now alienated them.”
Target is apologizing to offended customers after shoppers began slamming the retailer for offering “Baby Daddy” greeting cards ahead of Father’s Day, and after one Twitter user calling them “an insult to black fathers and a slap in the face to the African-American community as a whole.”
“We want all guests to feel welcomed and respected when they shop at Target,” Joshua Thomas, a spokesperson for Target, shared in a statement to Fox News. “We were made aware of some concerns about this card last week and are working with our vendor to have it removed from Target stores.
Authorities in Southern California are searching for whoever has been leaving concrete blocks, parking stops, and other debris on an interstate since the start of the year, triggering multiple late-night crashes.
The California Highway Patrol’s El Cajon office said in a news release that between the New Year’s Day and Feb. 7, there were four reports of landscaping retaining wall blocks lying in the westbound lanes of Interstate 8 near Alpine, located about 30 miles east of San Diego.
Each incident took place between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. around Exit 27, and involved the same type of large blocks in travel lanes.
Brenda Michelle Holt, 40, and Rickey Brunell Holt, 39, of Bunker, Missouri, were freed on bond Monday. They are charged with felony voluntary manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old Joe Girard of Oak Ridge.
Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs said the melee started Saturday when Girard slapped or punched the boy while people were camping at Brick’s Off-Road Park in Poplar Bluff during the “Trucks Gone Wild” event, The Daily American Republic reports.
Witnesses described Girard as highly intoxicated and said he then began tearing up the camp. Dobbs said the boy fled to a family friend who was standing nearby and that another family friend then hit Girard several times. Dobbs said the boy’s mother and father then showed up at the camp and began beating Girard.
Helen Law is accused of leaving a 6-year-old boy in a sweltering locked car parked on an Alhambra street, police said in a news release. Officers found the boy crying and “sweating profusely” around 2:20 p.m. after a passerby called 911 about the boy inside the vehicle.
Law allegedly left the boy in the car – with the windows rolled up – to run errands and eat at a nearby restaurant for nearly two hours. During that time, the temperature inside the vehicle soared up to 120 degrees.
Lane pleaded guilty to the murder charge, against the recommendation of his attorney Mathew Victor, and also pleaded guilty to other charges including two counts of gross child neglect creating serious bodily injury or death and one charge of domestic battery.
Dwayne Michael Lane, 48, of Beckley, stands accused of the murder of 48-year-old Belinda Cox. In September 2017, he allegedly covered Cox in gasoline and set her on fire in front of her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old niece.
A Florida man who held four children hostage, then killed them all before turning the gun on himself, had previously threatened the children’s mother with a knife and had a history of violence and arrests that dated back at least a decade, reports said.
Gary Lindsey Jr. was found dead, along with four children — Dove, 1, Aidan, 6, Lillia, 10, and Irayan, 12 — on Monday after a nearly 24-hour standoff at apartment near Universal Studios, police said. Lindsey, who was the father of Dove and Aidan, had barricaded himself after shooting Orlando police officer Kevin Alencia late Sunday morning.
DETROIT – A Detroit man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the accidental fatal shooting of his 18-year-old friend that was livestreamed on social media.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 18-year-old Dawone Cook entered his plea Wednesday to a charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing death.
An 18-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday in the shooting death of a Missouri woman who was gunned down in front of her three children during an attempted carjacking, police say.
The suspect, who has not been identified by St. Louis County police and has yet to face charges, left Porsha Owens, 28, dying in the hands of her 8-year-old child Monday morning after shooting her while she was trying to take her kids to day care, her mother said.
The shooting occurred in an area that is part of a 50,000-acre ranch, said Jim Chilton, owner of the vast property.
He said Mexican drug cartels smuggle drugs and people through the area, and there is only a cattle fence covering 25 miles along the Arizona-Mexico border that touches his ranch. The closest Border Patrol station is 80 miles away, according to Chilton, and cartel lookouts can easily spot agents approaching.
Chilton said the shooting took place 6 or 7 miles from his ranch house.
“Several subjects in the area were taken into custody,” Customs and Border Protection’s Arizona Twitter account said.
These are all red herrings. The salient fact, reported by no media outlet, is that Villavicencio was an unlicensed driver attempting to enter a federal installation.
New York State, unlike a dozen jurisdictions around the country, does not license unlawful residents to drive. Any guard worthy of the designation should be curious as to why someone driving a car onto a military base would be unable to produce a license.
Indeed, most domestic military bases advertise that civilians entering the grounds must undergo background checks and present government ID. Security is very tight.
Driving without a license in New York State is a crime, punishable with a fine and possibly a 15-day jail sentence.
Illegal aliens are frequently arrested for unlicensed driving, as is well known.
Zahra M. Abu, 25, of Portland had been on paid administrative leave since she was charged by Worcester police with assault and battery, resisting arrest, trespassing, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace on Jan. 13.
The charges stem from alleged conduct inside the Palladium, a music venue where Abu was attending a concert by Ja Rule and Ashanti.
More than half of all non-citizen children and teens in the United States are receiving taxpayer-funded welfare, mostly Medicaid, while nearly half of all non-citizen adults legally in the country are on welfare, according to a new report.
In a just-released study of welfare use by U.S. born Americans, naturalized citizens and non-citizen aliens, the Migration Policy Institute found that of the 22 million non-citizens in the country, 10.3 million are one at least welfare program.
The report said that 54.2 percent of children and teens up to age 17 receive at least one of four major public welfare benefits while its 46.3 percent for those aged 18-54 and 47.8 for older aliens.
A new government office created to investigate bogus naturalization applications estimates there are at least 3,000 cases of aliens who used false identities to obtain U.S. citizenship, federal officials told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The office, housed inside U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has identified the potential fraud cases as a part of its ongoing review of more than 300,000 fingerprint records uploaded to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) database beginning in 2014.
Based on the review to date, officials could uncover more than 3,000 instances where an ineligible alien assumed another identity and used it to become a U.S. citizen, USCIS associate director for field operations Daniel Renaud told TheDCNF Tuesday in an interview.
Government/Politics/Social Media Rant’s:
The House was set to vote Wednesday on legislation that that would ban the import or interstate sale of sex robots that look like children, in an effort to curb pedophilia.
The CREEPER Act, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., is one of 11 suspension bills to be considered on Wednesday and has bipartisan support. The bill has 33 co-sponsors, including Republicans and Democrats, ahead of the Wednesday vote.
“It’s a uniquely vile person who preys on children to fulfill horrific pedophilic urges,” Donovan said in a statement when he announced the legislation in December. “During my 20 years as a prosecutor, I put away animals who played out their disgusting fantasies on innocent children. What I saw and heard was enough to make anybody sick.”
House Republicans unveiled a draft proposal this week that would place fines on states that block offshore gas and oil drilling.
The Republican draft proposal, first reported by The Washington Post, will be discussed at the Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.
It would allow states to disapprove of offshore drilling for gas and oil in half of its lease blocks without facing any penalties.
However, states with proposed lease sales that disapprove of drilling in more than 50 percent of the blocks would have to pay a fee equal to at least one-tenth the estimated revenue the government would have made if it had leased the blocks.
An initiative that would divide California into three separate states qualified Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November’s general election.
Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California — subject to approval by US Congress.
The proposal by venture capitalist, Tim Draper to break up California in a campaign called “Cal 3,” received more than 402,468 valid signatures — surpassing the amount required by state law.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s public image has sunk to an all-time low since he began his probe into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Months of sustained conservative attacks led by President Donald Trump and his allies has harmed Mueller most among Republicans, with a record 53 percent now saying they view the lead Russia investigator in an unfavorable light. That’s a 26-point spike since July, when the poll first started asking voters whether they viewed Mueller favorably or unfavorably.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his deputy Rush Atkinson filed a 14-page motion Tuesday arguing that the government shouldn’t have to release certain evidence to indicted Russian company Concord Management and Consulting LLC due to ongoing “interference operations” against the United States.
In the motion, Mueller’s team requested a protective order to: (1) keep other co-defendants named in the February 16 indictment from accessing the government’s evidence against them; and (2) to keep additional evidence under the control of government attorneys and away from Concord Management itself.
“PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS, GOTTA GO,” Ingraham tweeted, while linking to the Washington Post report that disclosed Pruitt’s wife Marlyn had secured a job at a conservative legal group.
The tweet makes Ingraham the highest-profile conservative to call for the ouster of Pruitt, who is facing a dozen congressional and EPA investigations into his spending on security and first-class travel, sweetheart condo rental from a lobbyist and using aides to handle his personal business.
The far-left Stasi, whose mean-girl column is titled “Fox should fire reporter Kimberly Guilfoyle, who can’t possibly stay neutral while dating a Trump kid,” asks us to take seriously the notion that Guilfoyle, whose role on Fox News is that of a commentator, should not be on television offering opinions because of a personal relationship. Which makes one wonder…
Where was the appropriately named Stasi’s concern with such things just a few days ago when we learned that a 26-year-old New York Times/BuzzFeed/McClatchy/Politico/HuffPo “reporter” slept with her source for years; a 57-year-old man who seemed interested in only leaking classified information damaging to President Trump?
Obviously, the appropriately named Stasi is not at all concerned with “ethics,” or “journalistic integrity.” She is just another bitter leftist baring her claws, and doing so by deceiving her readers with misinformation while marinating in the worst kinds of sexist and racist stereotypes.
Amazon is the latest major tech company to reveal it relies upon the Southern Poverty Law Center to police social and financial transactions on its platform. The Daily Caller recently found that Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and Google let SPLC affect their platforms’ transactions despite years of documentation from a wide variety of outlets that SPLC’s business model is to deliberately increase animosity.
It’s so good at raising ire with inaccurate claims that SPLC has been able to fill offshore bank accounts and an endowment to eye-popping levels, which has also raised eyebrows among nonprofit analysts.
From its charitable donations program AmazonSmile, “We remove organizations that the SPLC deems as ineligible,” an Amazon spokeswoman told The Daily Caller. This recently prompted Amazon to blacklist Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-bono legal nonprofit that has won repeatedly before the Supreme Court. SPLC opposes the organization merely because ADF advocates for ideas common on the Right side of the political and social spectrum.
The SPLC last Thursday published a misleading article about PragerU on its “Hatewatch” blog, which the SPLC claims “monitors and exposes the activities of the American radical right.”
The article was misleading in two ways.
For one, it listed no actual ties between “the American radical right” and PragerU.
PragerU is a conservative nonprofit that publishes five-minute educational videos on a variety of subjects, ranging from the Ten Commandments to crony capitalism.
Eight months ago, PragerU published a video labeling the SPLC, “the ‘anti-hate’ group that is a hate group.” To date, the video has racked up over 1.6 million views on YouTube.
CNN’s Jim Acosta was caught on a hot mic bragging that he had intentionally disrupted the historic peace summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Trump as petty revenge for him not being allowed to sit in on their denuclearization meeting.
Acosta was reportedly heard bragging: “Hey, if they’re not going to let me in the f*cking meeting, that’s what happens. That’s the way it goes, baby.” Breitbart’s Joshua Caplan posted the audio on Twitter. Acosta has not denied that he made the comments.
A pair of Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after he signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
The nomination, reported by Norway’s state broadcaster NRK, comes a little more than a month after a group of House Republicans sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee formally requesting that the president get nominated for the highly coveted prize.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the U.S. hopes to achieve “major disarmament” of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal during President Donald Trump’s first term in office and has informed Kim Jong Un that it is prepared to resume joint military exercises with South Korea if the talks stall.
“We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in the 2 1/2 years,” he told reporters.
Pompeo, who arrived in Seoul to confer with senior South Korean and Japanese officials, also bristled at criticism that the summit declaration signed by Trump and Kim was vague and had failed to secure an explicit commitment from Pyongyang to intrusive verification.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The global chemical weapons watchdog says the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were “very likely” used as weapons in two attacks in central Syria in late March 2017.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Wednesday that its Fact-Finding Mission probing alleged attacks in Syria found that “sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon” in the south of Latamneh in Hama province on March 24 and that chlorine was very likely used a day later at and near Latamneh Hospital.
Italy summoned the French ambassador and demanded an apology as it ramped up its standoff with Paris over migration on Wednesday.
The new populist Italian government challenged France to take in more asylum seekers after French President Emmanuel Macron accused them of cynical, irresponsible behavior for refusing entry of a rescue ship with hundreds of migrants on board.
In addition to summoning the French diplomat, Italy also canceled a planned between the countries’ finance ministers and warned that diplomatic relations have been compromised.
CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan officials say they’re setting free 43 prisoners in an ongoing campaign to ease tensions in the politically divided country.
It’s the third round of prisoner releases in recent weeks.
President Nicolas Maduro announced a national dialogue, including prisoner releases, upon being re-elected May 20 to a second term in office. The election was challenged by his leading rival and was met with broad international rejection.
A Japanese woman mourned the death of her husband, whom she believed was found dead in a river, only to be stunned nearly a year later when her spouse returned very much alive at her doorstep.
Tokyo police said a body of a man — initially believed to be in his 40s — was discovered in the Edo River in the city’s Katsushika Ward in June 2017, three days after the unidentified woman reported her husband missing. The wife, along with two relatives, went to police and “positively” identified the man as a family member.
The family cremated the body.
It was in 1848 that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published their epic work, Communist Manifesto, that has impacted so much of the world since that time, but not in positive ways. The concept they introduced, referred to as “scientific socialism”, spread quickly throughout parts of Europe. From this concept arose the general concept of socialism which as defined today is a form of government that establishes only 2 classes of people – the elite and everyone else and where the government dictates every aspect of life for the people that they can possibly dictate. They control the government, businesses, land, economy, banks, media, communications and education.
It was only a matter of time until socialism spread from Europe to the United States when around 1900 a group of progressive socialists developed a conspiracy to follow the teachings of Marx and Engel by converting America from a capitalist nation to a socialist nation. Even then it was realized that converting this nation from a capitalist nation to a socialist nation would be difficult and might take 100 years, for it would require undermining the founding principles that controlled American government and life, including its strong Christian influence, family structure, and patriotic spirit.
Realized early on is that it would be necessary to control the public education system in America by having access to America’s children for 6-8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 9 months a year for 12 years. In this way it would be possible to shape and mold the thinking of future generations.
For decades, multiculturalism, quotas, and identity politics have been pervasive in humanities departments at most major universities—but not in scientific fields. Now that’s changing, as the identity-politics obsession has penetrated STEM programs, and administrators, professors, and other officials attempt to increase the number of women and minorities in the field, by almost any means necessary.
As Mac Donald writes, this pressure is “changing how science is taught and how scientific qualifications are evaluated. The results will be disastrous for scientific innovation and for American competitiveness.”