News and Headlines. 7/12/2019

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In The News:

Maui residents are allowed to go home, but wildfire persists

Firefighters will continue to monitor the blaze that has consumed an estimated 10,000 acres of fallow former sugar cane and dry brush, according the county.

The County of Maui activated its Emergency Operations Center in the morning. By afternoon, the flames were burning out of control and emergency officials sent a mobile alert warning nearby residents to evacuate.

More than 600 people fled as the blaze scorched 3,000 acres, the mayor’s office said. The Maui Humane Society moved its animals in crates and kennels to a nearby high school.

Labor Secretary Acosta announces he will step down, amid criticism over Epstein plea deal

“I called the president today … I submitted my resignation,” Acosta said. “It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the incredible economy we have today.”

The president, though, underscored that it was Acosta’s decision to resign from his post, and touted his work in the administration.

“Alexander is a great labor secretary — not a good labor secretary,” he said. “There is no need at all, as far as I’m concerned…

This is a person that I’ve gotten to know. There hasn’t been an ounce of controversy at the Department of Labor.”

INCYMI: President Trump Hosts A Social Media Summit

Donald Trump Thanks James O’Keefe at White House Social Media Summit

Video Of Confrontation At White House Edited To Cut Out Reporter’s Initial Taunting Of Crowd

Yes, we have come to this. Yesterday the White House was the setting for a scene that seems to capture the total loss of decorum in our politics and press.

What is equally troubling is that videos posted by outlets like the Washington Post and reported on cable cut out Karem unprofessional taunting and only showed Gorka’s boorish response:

Here is the full clip:

Device resembling pipe bomb found at Philadelphia airport, prompts shutdown of baggage room

The checked bag triggered an alarm, causing a Transportation Security Administration officer to open the luggage and discover the device, which had the makings of a pipe bomb.

TSA evacuated the checked baggage room and called the police. A bomb squad arrived at the scene, a press release shared.

Officials were able to track down the passenger, who explained the bomb-like apparatus was actually a prototype laser for a robot.

South Carolina deputy saves choking 12-day-old infant after stopping speeding vehicle

The infant can be seen making small movements and crying every so often but there is one point in the video where she appears to stop moving all together.
(Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office)

In the footage released Thursday, the deputy was captured on his own body cam feeling for a pulse before beginning to massage 12-day-old Riley’s chest. He attempts to open the child’s airway by lifting her neck and inserting his finger in her mouth.

Deputy W. Kimbro with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office pulled a vehicle over on June 11 in the Summerville area for speeding.

After the car stopped, one of the passengers exited and explained to Kimbro that they were rushing a small infant to hospital after she was found choking and had stopped breathing.

Kimbro immediately jumped into action, “Let me have the baby.”

Chick-Fil-A manager changes 96-year-old WWII veteran’s tire in ‘beautiful’ act of kindness

Chick-Fil-A manager Daryl Howard is seen coming to the aid of a 96-year-old man with a flat tire outside of a restaurant in Severn, Maryland. (Photo credit: Rudy Somoza)

Chick-Fil-A manager Daryl Howard was working the front line of the restaurant on Thursday in Severn, Maryland.

The veteran, known to employees as 96-year-old “Mr. Lee,” entered the store “shaking” and “almost in tears,” according to fellow manager Rudy Somoza.

Standing in line, Mr. Lee told employees he was driving on three tires and barely made it to the entrance of the restaurant due to a flat tire and didn’t have any help to change it.

Man Beaten to Death After Stealing Car With Kids Inside, Police Say

The violent ordeal began around 9 p.m. when a 25-year-old woman parked her Hyundai sedan outside a pizza shop on 29th and Dauphin streets in North Philadelphia.

The woman left her three young children inside the running car as she went inside to visit her boyfriend, who was an employee at the restaurant and the father of two of the kids, police said.

The woman’s boyfriend ran after the thief, police said. The man drove about half a block before getting stuck in traffic at 29th and York streets, officials said.

Oklahoma man arrested in stolen car with snake, uranium, gun, whiskey: Cops

In this booking provided by the Guthrie, Oklahoma Police Department, Stephen Jennings is pictured. (Guthrie, Oklahoma Police Department via AP)

Stephen Jennings was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, transporting an open container of liquor and driving with a suspended license after police initially pulled him over on June 26 for having expired tags.

After making the arrests, police began the process of impounding the SUV — when they noticed a terrarium in the backseat.

Further inspection revealed that Jennings was in possession of a Timber rattlesnake — that was directly next to powdered uranium.

Police: Utah man deceived teen girl on Snapchat before raping her

20-year-old Tristan Todd Larson charged with rape of a child

According to a probable cause statement, 20-year-old Tristan Todd Larson posed as a middle school student on Snapchat to talk to the girl.

Investigators said he sent messages to the teenage victim who believed Larson was a female classmate.

The probable cause statement alleges, on June 22, when the victim went to visit the person she was chatting with, Larson opened the door of his North Logan apartment, pulled the girl inside and tied a bandanna around her mouth before he raped her.

Prominent liberal church ousts pastor after alleged sex toy shopping spree

The Rev. Amy Butler, an anti-Trump rising star at Riverside Church known as “Pastor Amy,” had a formal harassment claim filed against her in May in a shocking fall from grace for a congregation known for its inter-denominational liberalism and progressive beliefs on LGBTQ, immigration, and environmental issues, according to the New York Post.

The 49-year-old minister, who was hired in 2014, allegedly led one member of her flock and two fellow preachers into a Minneapolis sex shop called the Smitten Kitten, while they were there for a religious conference.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Star Snubbed For Being Openly Christian?

“Many have wondered if the snub had anything to do with the player’s refusal to promote the LGBT lifestyle, reportedly on Christian moral grounds,” reports Sputnik.

Coach Jill Ellis claimed that the decision to leave out Hinkle was ‘solely based on soccer’, but this explanation was greeted with “widespread scepticism,” according to the Washington Times.

Many believe that Hinkle was frozen out because she spoke out against the US Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage and in 2017 refused to play in a match where the US team wore special rainbow-themed team jerseys for two international friendlies celebrating Gay Pride Month.

L.A. business owners fed up with homeless crisis: Mayor keeps promising action, but ‘there is no improvement’

According to the L.A. Times, there are about 59,000 homeless people in the county, with the population in the city of Los Angeles growing 16 percent this year to more than 36,000 and the majority living on city streets.

Peter Mozgo and his wife, attorney Maria Janossy, told Fox & Friends on Friday that they’re losing potential customers because more and more people are sleeping on the sidewalks around their business, the Hungarian Cultural Alliance.

Mozgo said the city must take “immediate” action and characterized Garcetti’s statements as all talk with little action.

Kanye West building Star Wars inspired low-income housing prototypes

During an interview with Forbes, the rap mogul revealed he has been working on “prefabricated structures” that were inspired by Star Wars – specifically Luke Skywalker’s childhood home.

West reportedly has a meeting with potential investors in San Francisco, which is battling a massive homelessness problem.

He is reportedly hoping to use them as a low-income housing option.

Pentagon acknowledges burn pits exposes veterans to health risks but refuses to close them, report shows

The burn pits were used to dispose of all manner of waste – including highly toxic chemicals and compounds. (Courtesy of Dan Brewer)

Since veterans returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a long and contentious debate over the data surrounding the effects of burn pit exposure.

Thousands of veterans have linked their chronic medical issues, including cancer and respiratory illnesses, to burn pits that release dangerous toxins.

A feasibility study conducted by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, which was provided to Congress last month, was supposed to figure out how to end burn pits for waste disposal on overseas military bases.

Instead, critics said, the report seemingly defended the use of burn pits because there are no other options.

Over 400,000 Facebook users pledge Area 51 raid: ‘lets see them aliens’

DigitalGlobe satellite image Area 51
DigitalGlobe satellite image Area 51. The United States Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51 is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)

As of Friday, 416,000 people were listed as “going” to the planned raid, which event organizers say will take place on September 20 at 3 a.m. An additional 428,000 people were listed as “interested.”

Attendees will supposedly meet at a nearby “tourist attraction” where they will “coordinate our entry.”

“If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,” the event description said referencing a Japanese comic character known for his speed.

The Coast Guard seized $569 million worth of drugs

The Coast Guard stands watch as vessels seized for smuggling drugs are scuttled and sunk into the Pacific Ocean in May. (U.S. Coast Guard/Released)
The Coast Guard stands watch as vessels seized for smuggling drugs are scuttled and sunk into the Pacific Ocean in May. (U.S. Coast Guard/Released)

A significant portion of those seizures — roughly 85 percent of the cocaine — will be used as evidence in cases that will be tried in the U.S. Middle District of Florida in Tampa, said Homeland Security Investigations Tampa Special Agent in Charge James Spero.

The Coast Guard, Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration all took part in the investigations.

A majority of the cocaine comes from Central and South America and was on its way to Mexico or other Central American countries via the high seas, Spero said.

Then smugglers would likely have tried to smuggle them across the U.S.’s southern border.

Immigration:

‘Helping People Avoid Justice’: Border Patrol Union President Reacts To Clinton’s Advice To Illegal Aliens

“I’m amazed that somebody that somebody that ran for president of the United States — that was willing to promise to uphold the laws of the United States, the Constitution of the United States — is now actively helping people avoid justice,” Judd, who leads the Border Patrol’s union of nearly 20,000 members, said Friday on Fox News.

Judd’s comments follow a tweet Clinton sent Thursday.

The former first lady and Democratic presidential candidate published an image that contained a list, written in Spanish, of recommendations for illegal aliens to follow in order to avoid apprehension and deportation from ICE agents.

Pastor who volunteers at Florida migrant shelter blasted by Dems says care at facility is ‘phenomenal’

Russell Black, pastor and president of Latin Impact Ministries,

“It’s actually been overwhelmingly surprising how good the care is at the shelter,” Black told “Fox & Friends” Friday morning.

He pointed out that, unlike the candidates, has actually been inside the facility and interacts with the children, not shouting at them from a distance.

The pastor explained that thousands of migrants have attended services church held every Saturday morning and “lives have been changed.”

He also refutes allegations made from “staged visits where tours are conducted,” adding he visits multiple times during the week and has made spontaneous visits but has found the care “consistent” each time.

Donald Trump Confirms Sunday ICE Raids: ‘We’re Focused on Criminals’

US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on July 12, 2019. – Trump is traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cleveland, Ohio. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

“It starts on Sunday, and they’re going to take people out and they’re going to bring them back to their countries,” the president said of the planned raids as he left the White House for a trip to Wisconsin and Ohio.

“We’re focused on criminals as much as we can, before we do anything else.”

Asked by the media if the administration had given warning of the raid, President Trump said there was no need to do so.

“There’s nothing to be secret about,” he said. “ICE is law enforcement, they are great patriots, they have a tough job. Nothing to be secret about. If the word gets out, it gets out.”

CBP Completes 50 Miles of New Border, 50 More Underway

View of the Mexico-US wall in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico on June 18, 2019.
View of the Mexico-US wall in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico on June 18, 2019. (AGUSTIN PAULLIER/AFP/Getty Images)

“Fifty miles of new border wall on the Southwest border and construction continues every day,” Morgan announced in a July 10 Twitter post.

“Construction is underway for more than 50 additional miles and more contract awards are anticipated by the end of the year.”

Accompanying Morgan’s Twitter post were a few photos, some showing the construction process—others depicting the finished product. It didn’t say exactly where the new wall was being built.

Last month, President Donald Trump praised a decision reached by the federal court denying a request by House Democrats to block funds being appropriated from other accounts for the construction of the border wall.

Ex-ICE chief Homan delivers fiery defense of border agents at hearing, rips lawmakers: ‘Do your job’

“If you don’t like this, do your job. Fix it,” Homan testified before the House Oversight Committee, recalling in graphic detail his own experiences on the job seeing dead bodies in tractor-trailers as he underscored the severity of the border crisis.

He said agents, amid this crisis, have been subject to “unprecedented attack and vilification” and “those men and women who chose a life of service to this nation deserve better, not only from the media but those in this committee and other members of Congress.”

“As a 34-year veteran of law enforcement, it is shocking, shocking to see constant attacks against those that leave the safety and security of their homes every day, put on a Kevlar vest and put a gun on their hip and risk their own safety to defend this nation,” he said, at times appearing to get choked up as he defended his former colleagues.

Princeton Policy Study: 300,000 Illegal Immigrant Kids Will Enroll in School in a Few Weeks

“We anticipate more than 700,000 migrants will successfully enter the country, increasing the unauthorized Hispanic population by nearly 10 percent,” the organization reportedly wrote in a memo.

Under the Obama administration, if an illegal family group couldn’t prove it lived in the district — or if a parent or guardian showed up with children to the school and didn’t have valid identification — school officials had to treat the children as homeless students.

“By year end, nearly 300,000 migrant children are expected to enter the U.S. Over time, these will show up in the U.S. public school system,” the Princeton Policy Advisors memo said, as The Washington Examiner reported.

This projected increase places a huge burden on local school districts and states — many of which are already struggling to provide a good education for the children who live there legally.

Politics:

White House says the American people have a right to know who is in this country illegally

Fox New Video: White House says the American people have a right to know who is in this country illegally.

AOC tears into Trump for ‘manufactured’ border crisis at emotional hearing on migrant detention

At the hearing, Ocasio-Cortez maintained: “This is a manufactured crisis because the cruelty is manufactured.”

The lawmaker — who demanded to be sworn in before her testimony despite Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., noting this was not normally done — said that blame was not to be placed on border agents, but on the Trump administration. She took aim at senior adviser Stephen Miller.

Testifying next, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, broke into tears as she recalled what she saw at the border, and also scolded President Trump and others for using the phrase illegal immigrants.

Republicans on the panel slammed Democrats for allegedly downplaying the crisis at the border for years, and noted the sizeable Democratic opposition to a bill granting funding for humanitarian aid at the border.

That bill passed last month, but Ocasio-Cortez and her allies opposed it.

Mueller testimony could be delayed amid ‘breakdown in negotiations’

Internal talks over the structure of the hearings originally scheduled for July 17 have been heating up for days, with some members complaining they might not have enough time carved out to ask questions.

Sources said Friday morning the hearings will be pushed back to July 24. A senior source said there was a “breakdown in negotiations” to have Mueller appear.

Yet the Democratic majority on the House Judiciary Committee maintained: “At this moment we still plan to have our hearing on the 17th and we will let you know if that changes.”

Conservative Aims to Hold Trump Antagonist Schiff Accountable

Eric Early. Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP

Trump has called Schiff “a disgrace” and “Little pencil neck Adam Schiff.”

Early shared his contempt for Schiff in an interview with The Epoch Times.

“I’ve watched Adam Schiff lie to every one of us for two years about Russian collusion,” he said. “I’m done watching the ever-evolving disaster that is Adam Schiff.

“He’s been in elected office for 23 years and has nothing to show for it other than vanity clips on national television and tens of millions of wasted taxpayer dollars. …

Homelessness has skyrocketed on his watch. Every day Californians’ cost of living is out of control.

Crime is on the rise and Schiff, by his actions and inaction, shows that he couldn’t care less,” Early said.

Early said he’s in the race “to hold him accountable, for the people.”

World News:

Despite US Warnings, Russian S-400 Systems Land in Turkey

Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems ride through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2017. (Kirill Kurdyavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

A Defense Ministry statement said “the first group of equipment” of the S-400 air defense systems has reached the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said three planes carrying the equipment landed at the airfield on Friday, adding that the delivery would continue in the coming days.

Although President Donald Trump expressed sympathy toward Turkey’s decision to purchase the Russian system during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of a G-20 meeting in Japan, Washington has repeatedly said that the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems and is a threat to the F-35.

The deal with Russia—the first such deal between Russia and a NATO member—has also raised concerns that Turkey is drifting closer to Moscow’s sphere of influence.

South African army descends on Cape Town to combat spiraling gang warfare

Soldiers parade at the inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa as South African president at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa May 25, 2019. (Reuters)

“It can’t continue, people are dying,” South Africa’s Police Minister Bheki Cele announced Thursday evening. “We’ll have to do something extra”.

With that, the minister announced the army will be sent into the city’s Cape Flats suburbs to help stop the latest spate of murders.

Armored military vehicles and troops in full combat gear will be on these city streets for up to three months in an attempt to combat what has become a gangster’s battleground.

Somalia extremist attack in port city of Kismayo kills 10

Abdi Ahmed, a local district official, told The Associated Press Friday night that the death toll may rise as fighting is continuing inside the Asasey Hotel between the extremist gunmen and security forces.

He said gunfire is continuing inside the hotel.

He said most of the victims were patrons of the hotel, which is often frequented by lawmakers and local officials. He said the victims include two journalists.

Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebels have claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Dozens of birds ‘bleeding from their mouths’ fall from the sky in Australia

The majority of birds found by rescuers on Tuesday and Wednesday were long-billed corellas, a protected species, and on the brink of death when they landed near a local primary school, according to reports by ABC Adelaide.

“Only two or three were actually deceased.

The rest were just screaming on the ground. They couldn’t fly anymore, they were bleeding out of their mouths,” Sarah King, the founder of Casper’s Bird Rescue, told The Guardian.

King, whose staff member discovered the birds, said the corellas were “literally falling out of the trees” and likely died “a horrible, miserable and very stressful death.”

New Finnish Study Finds No Evidence For Man-Made Climate Change

The study found that, “During the last hundred years the temperature is increased about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about 0.01°C.”

Kauppinen and Malmi conclude that global temperatures are controlled primarily by cloud cover and that “only a small part” of the increased carbon dioxide concentration is anthropogenic.

The study also calls into question the claims of the UN IPCC, which concluded that global temperatures are largely driven by human activity.

While the methods and results of the study can be debated, this once again illustrates how there is no overwhelming consensus on man-made global warming as the media often claims.

Commentary/Opinion:

With ‘Diversity’ And ‘Multiculturalism’ The Weapons Being Used To Destroy Freedom And America, We Must Rise Up To Face The Challenge Or Western Civilization Comes Crashing Down

While many Democrats are still screaming out in insanity when Americans say that we need to restrict immigrants coming into America, claiming we are ‘hateful’ because we’d like to see some kind of ‘law and order’ surrounding who can come into this country and who cannot, none other than the Dalai Llama recently warned BBC in an interview that “Europe is for Europeans” while warning that if too many migrants are allowed to stay, the continent could become “Muslim” or “African”.

With the Dalai Llama’s warning coming during the same time period that we have seen Western Civilization under complete attack, with Tommy Robinson a prime example of what happens when Islamo-fascist tyranny comes into an area with him now facing at least 9 months in prison (and possibly a death sentence for carrying out ‘the crime of journalism’) for simply reporting upon truthful stories such as Islamic child grooming gangs, the UK and much of Europe have become dead nations walking and a huge warning to America should Democrats have their way. Breitbart also recently reported on the Dalai Llama’s comments.:

So we’ll be taking a look within this ANP story at some of the latest signs of freedom and Western Civilization under attack with a huge focus on what we as awakened Americans can do to peacefully fight back against emerging tyranny via us taking a look at a new book written by Jamie Walden titled “Omega Dynamics”, with Walden recently doing an outstanding interview in a video recently posted to Steve Quayle’s youtube channel that we’ve embedded as the only video at the bottom of this story to talk about preparing for the battle that we are now facing.

Here’s Why the George Washington Mural in San Francisco Must Not Be Destroyed

The reasoning and faulty logic sounds familiar to most conservatives: The picture includes slaves and Indians laboring for colonists and George Washington, and celebrates colonialism, slavery, and white supremacy and thus should be erased.

But the counter-arguments are particularly persuasive in this case.

This is not Confederate statues that are used as symbols of white supremacy but George Washington, the founder of our country.

The “Life of Washington” was painted by Victor Arnautoff 83 years ago, so it is from a famous and respected artist.

His work was controversial at the time because his inclusion of slaves and Native-Americans was a subtle critique of American history.

It praised George Washington and America’s founding but reminded anybody who looked at it that it was based in part on conquest and slavery.

Much like the streets at West Point that were named after Confederates in the name of reconciliation, the San Francisco officials ignore the intent of this critical piece of art.

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