Pretty busy news day. Scroll down for all the News and Headlines, World News and some pretty good Commentary. Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday
“An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 startled many people out of their sleep in western Montana early Thursday. The shallow quake was felt for hundreds of miles from its epicenter southeast of Lincoln, including in parts of neighboring states and in Canada.”
In the News:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — “An inmate who has escaped twice from maximum-security prisons in South Carolina remained on the run Thursday as authorities sought the public’s help in their manhunt by offering a reward.” More here.> REWARD OFFERED AS POLICE INVESTIGATE INMATE’S 2ND ESCAPE
“A woman from Hawaii said United Airlines gave a standby customer the nearly $1,000 seat she purchased for her young son, forcing her to hold the boy on her lap during a three-hour flight.
Shirley Yamauchi said she noticed nothing unusual when she boarded the United flight in Houston last week with her 27-month-old son, Taizo, while traveling from Hawaii to Boston.” Article and video here.> United Airlines gives away toddler’s seat, forces mom to hold him during flight
“Emily France, the mother whose 4-month-old son overheated on a United Airlines flight June 22 in Denver, said she does not want other mothers and babies to endure a lengthy delay in a hot cabin after her baby had to be rushed by ambulance to an emergency room.
Her attorney, David Rapoport of Chicago, said he hopes the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board get involved, and that he would be prepared to file a lawsuit on France’s behalf if United Airlines doesn’t prove reasonable and fair in its response to France’s complaints.
“Cabin safety for infants and everyone else is part of an airline’s job,” Rapoport said in a statement to The Denver Post. “Airlines owe their passengers the highest duty of care under federal and state law. Infant safety is part of that duty, and the airline here failed everyone aboard that overheated flight.” Article and video here.> Colorado mom of infant who overheated on United flight has retained an attorney
OKLAHOMA CITY — “Oklahoma City police are investigating an Uber driver’s complaint that a state senator “made advances on her during transit,” The Oklahoman has confirmed.
Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, is accused of grabbing the driver forcefully and kissing her on the neck while she was driving late June 26.” More here.> Uber driver tells police that state senator committed lewd acts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – “Over objections from sheriffs’ unions and the California Police Chiefs Association, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee took a step forward in making the Golden State a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, said his measure, Senate Bill 54 or the “California Values Act,” is intended to prevent state and local law enforcement from cooperating with what he calls the “Trump Deportation Machine.”
Opponents call it a “sanctuary state measure” that goes against federal immigration law and obstructs the ability of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to do their job.” More here.> California Closer to Creating Sanctuary State
“Disused military tunnels snake beneath the crater of Diamond Head, out of sight of the tourists lounging near the volcano on Waikiki Beach but very much on the mind of Gene Ward, a state representative from Honolulu.
Alarmed by North Korea’s latest missile tests and claims that its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can carry a large nuclear warhead, Ward believes it is time to refurbish the tunnels as civilian shelters in case of a North Korean attack.
“We’ve had wake-up calls before but what happened on July 3 is shaking us out of bed,” said Ward, referring to Pyongyang’s latest missile test.” More here.> Hawaii, Alaska contemplate coming into North Korean missile range
“Twelve more wealthy individuals in Lakewood, New Jersey have been charged with defrauding Medicaid and other government assistance programs by misrepresenting their incomes, prosecutors said Thursday, after seven couples were charged last week for gaming the system out of $2 million.
The defendants have all been charged with theft by deception, misrepresenting their incomes to show levels low enough in order to qualify for public assistance programs including Medicaid, heating benefits and food stamps (SNAP).” More here.> NJ millionaires-on-welfare sting: 12 additional individuals charged
“A driver caught the dramatic moment when a cargo truck flipped on a highway near Broomall, Pennsylvania, on July 3.Victor Alarcon began recording after he noticed there was something wrong with the tractor-trailer, which had been swerving from lane to lane on northbound Interstate 476 near the Broomall exit.” Article and Video here.> Good Samaritans Rescue Truck Driver After Dramatic Crash in Pennsylvania‘
THE WEST WILL NEVER BE BROKEN. Our values will PREVAIL. Our people will THRIVE and our civilization will TRIUMPH! pic.twitter.com/sozuVgdp5T
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2017
Watch as President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks to the people of Poland.>President Donald J. Trump shared The White House’s live video.
“Hardcore anti-capitalist protesters have been hit with water cannons and pepper spray by German riot police after they attacked officers with bottles and stones at the G20 summit in Hamburg.
Police say they repeatedly asked a group of demonstrators to remove their masks and hoods but instead officers were hit with bottles and bricks – breaking the window of a riot van.
The violence broke out near the start of the demonstration at a riverside plaza used for Hamburg’s weekly fish market.
As many as 100,000 protesters from across Europe are pouring into the port city for a demonstration dubbed ‘Welcome To Hell’. Police believe as many as 8,000 are ready to commit violence.” More here.> German police fire water cannon and pepper spray at black-clad bottle-hurling demonstrators after Porsche dealership is torched
Economy / Stocks:
“U.S. tech giant Microsoft (MSFT) announced Thursday it will lay off thousands of workers amid a massive global reorganization of its workforce.
The company will cut 3,000 jobs and many of those positions will be in sales, according to a report from CNBC. The majority of the lay-offs, 75%, are expected to involve workers outside of the United States.” More here.> Microsoft to slash 3,000 jobs amid organizational transformation
“A public policy analyst contends that possible collusion related to ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server could be problematic for former President Barack Obama.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee want ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appear before the panel and respond to allegations of “political interference” in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into Clinton’s private email account.” More here.> Obama getting away w/Hillary’s email scandal?
“The Trump administration is facing an “alarming” and “unprecedented” cascade of media leaks that pose a potential danger to national security, according to a Senate report released Thursday.
The Republican-authored report, which estimated the administration has dealt with roughly one leak per day, was sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The authors urged law enforcement officials to step up their investigation of leaks exposing potentially sensitive information.” More here.> Senate report: ‘Avalanche’ of media leaks hurting national security
Commentary / Opinion:
Military As Social Engineering, Not National Defense.
“The force-wide presentation sheds quite a bit of light on the implications of the rule change on transgender service members. The policy prioritizes subjective feelings over combat-readiness and inverts military order by placing the needs of individuals over the well-being of their units.”
“On June 30, hours before the policy took effect, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis postponedthe opening of military enlistments to transgender people for an additional six months. The delay does not prevent currently serving soldiers from transitioning, however. It is intended to give the joint chiefs more time to review and mitigate the Obama-era rule’s impact on the “readiness and lethality of our [armed] forces.”
Late into President Obama’s last term, his military officials allowed transgender soldiers to serve openly, even funding gender-change surgeries with taxpayer dollars. Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter set a July 1 deadline for all four military branches to write policies for accepting openly transgender enlistments. Formerly, soldiers exhibiting gender dysphoria were automatically discharged.
While the Pentagon’s review takes place behind closed doors and the inevitable culture-war volleys spill into the public square, it is critical to understand the real-life implications of the policy shift. I recently received a copy of the new “Tier Three Transgender Training” materials—a PowerPoint and accompanying lesson planexcerpted below, with full documents at these links—that the Army is now using in mandatory training for all soldiers. The active-duty officer who sent the materials completed the training with 40 other soldiers last week instead of conducting their morning physical training as usual.” More here.> New Army Training Tells Female Soldiers To ‘Accept’ Naked Men In Their Showers
“If you want to know why Donald Trump will go down in history as a great president, listen to (or read, when it is available) his speech in Krasinski Square, Warsaw today.
Yes, there is a lot of the usual diplomatic persiflage: “Thank you, President Duda. Thank you, Poland.” But be an adult and distinguish the gem from the setting. While the anti-Trump press was busy running stories warning about “unease in Brussels” over Trump’s visit to Poland, Trump once again totally outflanked his critics. Those who have ears, let them hear:” More here.> Trump’s Warsaw Uprising