News and Headlines 12/16/2021: Keeping you informed.

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In The NEWS:

CDC advisory panel recommends Pfizer and Modern vaccines over Johnson & Johnson

Regulators eventually decided that the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh the risks, but the FDA released new data this week showing that more cases have occurred in the summer and fall. 

Women between the ages of 30 anjd 49 are most affected by the blood clotting issue at a rate of about 1 in 100,000 shots. 

There have been nine deaths linked to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through September. 

The ‘Normals’ are winning in their fight against Biden’s COVID-19 mandates

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

OPINION:

There are signs that corrupt politicians and their attendant bureaucracy using COVID-19 to gain complete control of our lives is hitting a wall. Acceptance of anti-science and bizarre edicts are being challenged and rejected by thoughtful and fed-up Americans across the country.

As of now, almost every arbitrary vaccine mandate issued by President Biden has been stopped by federal judges. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s farcical mask mandate suddenly morphed into just a suggestion considering her tortured responses to reporter’s questions about the issue. At least a quarter of New York’s counties has announced that, nah, they’re not complying.  

Ms. Hochul now wants everyone to know that the state will not be enforcing the mandate and that she hopes people will do the right thing. Persuasion is always the best approach, but true to their nature, the Democrats have found the feel of those jackboots is just too comfortable.  

NYC mandate expands to kids 5-11

Pic: NFL touts Chinese Communist propaganda, publishes map claiming Taiwan belongs to China

The map was published as part of the NFL’s announcement that “18 teams have been granted access to 26 International Home Marketing Areas (IHMA) across eight different countries.”

Among the countries listed is China, which includes Taiwan, according to the league’s map.

Joel Glazer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Owner/Co-Chairman and NFL International Committee Chairman called the announcement “a significant milestone in our efforts to broaden the NFL’s global reach by building long-term relationships with these international markets that will play a large role in the continued growth and expansion of our sport for years to come.”

China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, but the island governs itself as a nation independent from Chinese rule. The NFL’s disregard for Taiwan’s independence sparked backlash on social media.

Boston Tea Party happened 248 years ago today

USS Constitution (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular)
USS Constitution (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular)

On March 5, 1770, a street brawl turned deadly riot on King Street in Boston inflamed already rising tensions between the colonists and British. The event that left five colonists dead and six others wounded would come to be known as the Boston Massacre.

Around the same time, a group of colonial merchants and tradesmen founded the Sons of Liberty, a revolutionary group that included prominent patriots like Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams.

On the morning of December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty rallied against the British government in protest of the arrival Dartmouth, Beaver and Eleanor: three British East India Company ships carrying tea from China.

Thousands of colonists gathered at Griffin’s Wharf where the ships were docked and voted to refuse to pay taxes on the tea. The patriots also refused to allow the tea to be unloaded, stored, sold or used.

100 people detained in human smuggling attempts off Florida coast from Sunday to Tuesday

U.S. Coast Guard. (Mate 3rd Class Jacob J. Kirk/WikiCommons)
U.S. Coast Guard. (Mate 3rd Class Jacob J. Kirk/WikiCommons)

Along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations officers, Coast Guard members detained 43 people on Sunday off Jupiter’s coast and one suspected smuggler was transferred to Homeland Security Investigation officers for further investigation, according to the Coast Guard.

Another 26 people were apprehended on Sunday by Border Patrol officers after a “maritime smuggling event” landed in the vicinity of Ocean Boulevard, the Coast Guard added.

Authorities also detained 28 people of various nationalities on Tuesday off Pompano’s coast, and the case is under investigation by Homeland Security Investigation officers.

Four arrested at New York Applebee’s following demonstration over vaccines at Cheesecake Factory

“What happened to the Constitution? What happened to free speech?” one protester was heard asking in a clip posted by independent photographer Leeroy Johnson.

The individuals were then charged with criminal trespass, police added.

Other clips featured the crowd chanting “Shame on you” while officers escorted those they arrested out to their vehicles.

The Applebee’s protest occurred a day after six unvaccinated individuals were arrested in a Cheesecake Factory located at the same mall on Tuesday night.

Suspected Santa Cruz BLM mural vandals set to face hate crime charge in January

"Defund the Police" is painted on the street in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 14, 2020.  (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
“Defund the Police” is painted on the street in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 14, 2020.  (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

SANTA CRUZ – The two men suspected of vandalizing the Black Lives Matter mural on Center Street will face felony vandalism and reckless driving under the enhancement of a hate crime after Judge Syda Cogliati ruled Wednesday the court found probable cause the defendants committed all three acts.

The men, 20-year-old Brandon Bochat from Santa Cruz and 19-year-old Hagan Warner from Boulder Creek, are suspected of performing two burnouts in Warner’s truck over the Black Lives Matter mural on July 23.

Both men admitted the acts to the authorities but pleaded not guilty in July. The burnouts left large black marks across the mural.

Warner’s attorney, Jeffrey Stotter, argued the act committed by the men was “stupidity and alcohol-fueled,” and that it was “not based on hate for any ethnic group or people of African descent.”

New info indicates good AND bad news regarding Omicron variant

New information indicates good AND bad news regarding the Omicron variant of COVID, though nothing is certain yet. The bad news?

This strain SEEMS to be more transmissible and potentially can more easily out-smart both natural and vaccinated immunity.

The good news? It also SEEMS to be less virulent than other strains.

Either way, Glenn says, he’s worried most about the economic ramifications that have struck our nation — and the world — every time a new COVID strain is discovered…

Oxford study shows vaccines less effective against Omicron variant

There’s new scientific data on the Omicron variant, showing vaccines are less effective against it. One America’s Scott Wheeler has more.

Source Shows Video and Texts of CNN Producer Fantasizing About Sex Acts with Fiancé’s Young Daughter

[WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 15, 2021] Project Veritas published a story today featuring graphic texts and videos provided by a source that show a producer for CNN fantasizing about molesting his fiancé’s daughter.

In one text exchange, the producer tells the source how his fiancé’s daughter “was wearing very closely cut bottoms at the pool,” before using graphic language to describe how he could see the outline of her private parts.

Other texts were too graphic and sickening to directly quote. The messages and videos were obtained by a woman who engaged in a sexual relationship with the producer in question for a decade.

Melania Trump releases first NFT, launches blockchain technology venture

Former first lady Melania Trump is joining the very hot world of cryptocurrency with the announcement of an NFT platform that will release NFTs (non-fungible tokens) periodically on her website.

Trump’s first NFT, titled “Melania’s Vision,” will be available for a limited time, from Friday until Dec. 31.

Part of the proceeds will go to aiding children aging out of the foster care system “by way of economic empowerment and with expanded access to resources needed to excel in the fields of computer science and technology,” read a release about the endeavor.

Politics:

Jan. 6 Committee Confirms Schiff Presented Doctored Text Message Between Meadows and Jordan

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The graphic was displayed as the Jan. 6 panel was discussing whether to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over information related to the probe.

However, the message was actually a direct quote from former Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, according to The Federalist. The text included an attachment of Schmitz’s determination that Pence could object to electoral votes from states.

The text was also altered to cut off the rest of the sentence, which stated, “in accordance with guidance from founding father Alexander Hamilton and judicial precedence,” the outlet said.

A spokesman for the House panel confirmed to The Epoch Times that the message was doctored.

Congress Approves $200 Million for Israel’s Missile Defense Needs

Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired by Hamas in May 2021 / Getty Images
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired by Hamas in May 2021 / Getty Images

The National Defense Authorization Act, the sprawling yearly spending bill, allocates $108 million to Iron Dome, Israel’s chief defense against rocket attacks from Hamas and other Iran-armed terror group.

This funding will allow Israel to procure the components necessary to keep Iron Dome operating in the face of mounting regional threats. Some of that money will also make its way back to the United States since the system relies on components made in America.

In addition to missile defense, Congress authorized more than $6 million for joint U.S.-Israeli cybersecurity initiatives. These have become critical in recent years as Iran and other malign regimes use sophisticated hack attacks to disrupt Israel’s defenses and interfere with military operations.

IRS Filings Confirm Left-Wing Zuck Bucks Recipient Funneled Millions Into Manipulating 2020 Election For Biden

“CTCL is a product of the professional Left founded by three veteran Democratic campaign operatives,” the CRC report states.

“In late 2020, these operatives devised a strategy to unseat President Trump by boosting turnout for Democrats in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and other battleground states.”

The same process occurred in Wisconsin, where a local elections clerk said CTCL used its influence to push “five major Democratic base cities” into “election reforms” that sacrificed election integrity.

“As we got closer to the November election, we found out that this outside group had come in and was basically trying to redo our forms and documents that we use statewide. And these people were from out of state and had no business doing that,” she told CRC.

Joe Concha: Americans are ‘overwhelmingly rejecting’ Build Back Better

The Fox News contributor joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss the bill, roasting Democrats for advocating for its passage despite record-high consumer prices.

Lara Trump: Many parents had no idea CRT was being taught to kids

 Fox News contributor Lara Trump rips critical race theory.

Dr. Carol Swain: Democrats have turned the country backwards to segregation

Dr. Carol Swain, former Princeton and Vanderbilt professor, joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss her thoughts on a Denver school that hosted a ‘families of color’ playground night.

The Real Disinformation Agents: Watch as NBC Tells 4 Lies in a Two-Minute Clip

It is absolutely true that U.S. political discourse is drowning in deliberate disinformation campaigns and lies.

But it comes not from ordinary citizens on Facebook or 4Chan, but from the very media corporations — led by NBC News — that most flagrantly complain about “disinformation” to the point of wanting to censor the internet in its name.

We dissect a two-minute NBC report on Assange from Joe Scarborough and Claire McCaskill to show how casually, easily, aggressively and frequently they tell outright lies.

World News:

Ukraine, Canada, U.K., Sweden Set Deadline For Settlement With Iran Over Downing Of Airliner

“The Coordination Group’s patience is wearing thin,” the four countries said in a statement on December 16, adding that they told Tehran it had until Jan 5, 2022 to respond or the countries would “have to seriously consider other actions to resolve this matter within the framework of international law” but gave no details.

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752 crashed on January 8, 2020, while en route to Kyiv, killing all 176 people on board. More than 130 of the passengers had ties to Canada. Citizens or residents of Afghanistan, Britain, Iran, Ukraine, and Sweden were also killed.

Days after official denials, Iran admitted that a unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had inadvertently shot down the plane when it fired two missiles amid heightened tensions with the United States.

‘Purported brain-control weaponry’: US blacklists Chinese biotech firms over Uyghur surveillance

Trade with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and 11 of its research institutes has been restricted by the US Commerce Department over its biotechnology work including “purported brain-control weaponry.”

According to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, “The scientific pursuit of biotechnology and medical innovation can save lives. Unfortunately, the PRC is choosing to use these technologies to pursue control over its people and its repression of members of ethnic and religious minority groups.”

“We cannot allow US commodities, technologies and software that support medical science and biotechnical innovation to be diverted toward uses contrary to US national security,” she said.

Damascus accuses Jerusalem of cross-border strike; IDF drills readiness for war TV7Israel News 16.12

1) Damascus accuses Jerusalem of launching a cross-border missile strike on a number of targets in Southern Syria.

2) The IDF concluded a week-long exercise, which took place throughout the country, aimed at simulating combat scenarios in order to improve the military’s readiness for the next war.

3) The IAEA confirmed that Iran has granted it partial access to the Karaj plant, which is a centrifuge parts manufacturing facility, for the purpose of replacing damaged or missing surveillance cameras.

Commentary/Opinion:

Tucker Carlson reveals what upset Kyle Rittenhouse most during trial

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson joined ‘Fox & Friends’ Thursday to discuss his interview with Kyle Rittenhouse.

For a Free Press, Free Assange

What Happened to Journalism? How the Woke Media Abandoned the Working Class | CLIP

Journalism has evolved from a working class trade to an elite profession, with the more highly educated moving into the field, says Batya Ungar-Sargon.

As a result, the profession has shifted away from simply ‘reporting,’ and has become an echo chamber for the elite.

This means the “vast majority of liberal media that’s being produced is being produced for an ever smaller elite, but ever more highly educated elite,” Ungar-Sargon says, adding that “it’s the conservative press that has the working class audience these days.”

Why has media ignored aftermath of Waukesha attack?

Former congressman Sean Duffy addresses the Waukesha tragedy being ignored weeks after the attack.

Ep. 1669 Another Scandal Erupts Involving This Sleazeball Democrat – The Dan Bongino Show

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