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News and Headlines 10/19/2021: Keeping you informed.

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In The News:

Husband of missing mom-of-three Maya Millete arrested for her murder

Nine months after California mother May ‘Maya’ Millete vanished without a trace from her home in suburban San Diego, police on Tuesday arrested her husband, Larry Millete, for her murder. 

Maya, 39, a mother-of-three, was last seen alive at her family’s home in Chula Vista on January 7, the same day she was said to have been scheduled to meet with a divorce lawyer. 

According to the police department’s press release, investigators have interviewed 87 people, written 67 search warrants and followed up on more than 130 tips about Maya’s possible location or reason for the disappearance.

‘Today, the Chula Vista Police Department is announcing the arrest of Larry Millete for the murder of his wife May,’ police stated. 

Officials Vote to Remove Thomas Jefferson Statue From Council Chambers

The New York City Council chamber at City Hall has housed a 7-foot-tall Thomas Jefferson statue for over 100 years.

The city officials decided they will remove the statue after decades of black and Latino council members complaining about Jefferson’s history as a slaveholder.

The members did not set a removal date or place, which upset the black and Latino lawmakers:

The unexpected delay angered some Black and Latino lawmakers, who had expected the statue to be moved from City Hall because, as the caucus said in a letter to the mayor, it serves as “a constant reminder of the injustices that have plagued communities of color since the inception of our country.”

Art Institute of Chicago Lets 100 Volunteers Go For Being Mostly White Women

On September 3, 2021, Veronica Stein, the executive director of Learning & Engagement, sent an email terminating all 100 volunteer docents, offering them two-year free passes to the museum in gratitude for their unpaid educational service. The average tenure of the docents was 15 years each.

According to Stein, the issue was that the docents were mostly older White women of above-average financial means and with plenty of time on their hands.

Stein explained that the institute needs to go to a more professional model, “in a way that allows community members of all income levels to participate, responds to issues of class and income equity, and does not require financial flexibility.”

AOC, Omar and Bush spent nearly $100K on private security last quarter, despite defund police rhetoric

The Bronx congresswoman has been a staunch advocate of defunding law enforcement, while Pressley said she stood “ready to continue the systemic work necessary to radically reimagine a system of public safety in our country that finally censures the dignity and humanity of all.”

Both Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley are dwarfed in their security spending, though, by Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Cori Bush, D-Mo.

Omar’s FEC records revealed the defund law enforcement advocate has spent over $22,000 on private security with Aegis Logistics LLC and Lloyd Security Services while Bush took the cake by throwing down another $65,000 on private security.

The Minnesota Democrat called the Minneapolis Police Department “rotten to the root” in June of last year.

Bombshell report shows Biden admin secretly transporting migrants around US

‘Outnumbered’ panel reacts to a New York Post report saying the administration is resettling migrants in Florida and New York.

Law enforcement blame ‘defund the police,’ liberal prosecutors for dramatic spike in assaults on police

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

New FBI statistics show that 60,105 law enforcement officers were assaulted on the job in 2020, with 30.9% of them – 18,568 – suffering injuries as a result. The total number of officers assaulted jumped by 4,071 from 2019, when 56,034 line-of-duty assaults were reported, the FBI said.

The president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) Jason Johnson blamed the spike in assaults due to the rise of activist movements, including defund the police, which encouraged the decriminalization of crimes, emboldening criminals and making it harder for police to do their jobs.

“This spike in assaults on law enforcement officers comes at a time in which law enforcement is seemingly under attack on all fronts,” Johnson told Fox News. 

Chicago Cops Who Retire Instead of Getting Vaccine Might Lose Benefits

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown threatened to deny retirement benefits to cops who choose to retire instead of complying with the COVID vaccine mandate:

On Sunday, Chicago Police brass issued a memo that threatens those who do not comply with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s COVID-19 vaccination policy with a disciplinary investigation that could result in the termination of officers who refuse to get the vaccine — but the agency’s largest police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, in its own memo to officers maintains the order is “invalid.”

The police memo, sent Sunday night by a member of Superintendent David Brown’s office staff, also threatens officers who might choose to retire rather than get the vaccine. It says: “sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials.”

Portland Breaks Annual Homicide Record with More than Two Months Left in 2021

AP Photo/Noah Berger
AP Photo/Noah Berger

The Associated Press notes that there have been “about 1,000 shootings” in Portland and “firearms have accounted for three-quarters of homicides.”

While many of the shootings can allegedly be traced to “gangs, fights and retaliation killings,” the violence is so widespread that innocent bystanders are endangered.

For example, 34-year-old Jacob Eli Knight Vasquez was struck by a stray bullet and killed in late September while sitting in a popular pizza bar.

On June 22, 2021, Breitbart News observed Portland Police Association Executive Director Daryl Turner describing officer morale being “as bad as it’s ever been.”

Housing Starts Unexpectedly Plunged in September

Homebuilder confidence has surged recently but builders say they are hindered by episodic shortages of materials and a persistent shortage of workers. At the end of August, the construction industry had 344,000 open jobs, with similar figures in July and June.

Home prices have soared over the past year and a half, boosted by demand for single-family homes on the part of people moving out of city centers.

Long-standing patterns of real estate prices indicate that American families tend to favor single-family houses in communities where that is the predominant or even exclusive form of housing.

ACLU fights against free speech, argues Loudoun County teachers must use ‘gender-affirming’ pronouns

Cross was placed on leave May 27 and subsequently sued for his reinstatement. He was awarded an emergency injunction to return to his job, a decision the school district appealed and lost in the state supreme court.

The ACLU has, as a result of the ruling, filed a brief – on behalf of the ACLU of Virginia, Equality Virginia, Equality Loudoun, Side By Side, and He She Ze and We – challenging the ADF’s amended suit, which now represents three Loudoun faculty members who believe the “gender-affirming” language policy is unconstitutional.

Some, including journalist Glenn Greenwald, have noted that this is the first instance in which the ACLU – an organization known for defending free speech – is opting to argue that the First Amendment’s free speech clause “has been interpreted too broadly by courts.”

Media Mistakes in the Biden Era: the Definitive List

30. Mon. Sept. 27, 2021

Some media, such as Axios, began deleting their unsupported reporting that claimed Border Patrol agents were whipping Haitian immigrants who had illegally crossed the border.

27. Sunday Sept. 5, 2021

Rolling Stone had to retract a false story it published claiming an Oklahoma hospital had been overrun by people who poisoned themselves with the Covid-19 treatment ivermectin, and that had resulted in gunshot victims and others being turned away or were left waiting for emergency care.

After the story was published, the hospital issued a statement that prompted a correction.

23. Saturday Aug. 28, 2021

Writing about a major study in Israel that finds, like many others, natural immunity is far superior to vaccination for Covid-19, Meredith Wadman falsely writes in the journal Science that those who were infected with Covid-19 and gained natural immunity still benefitted from vaccination afterwards.

When the false information was flagged by a reader, Science deleted the false information and posted a clarification.

Conservative pundit Bongino threatens to quit radio show if Cumulus doesn’t rescind vaccine mandate

Bongino on Monday told listeners and on social media that Cumulus Media can either rescind its mandate that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or he’ll quit.

“You can have me or you can have the [vaccine] mandate,” he tweeted. “But you can’t have both of us.” 

The company reportedly gave employees until Sept. 27 to be fully vaccinated before returning to the office and wrote in a memo, “it would neither be fair nor do we have the bandwidth to make exceptions based on individual preferences.”

Bongino is vaccinated because he has Hodgkin’s lymphoma but says he’s protesting the mandate on behalf of other employees who don’t want to get vaccinated.

Manhattan judge rules that unvaccinated father must be restricted from visiting 3-year-old daughter

An attorney for the father, whose name was not revealed in the court order, argued that the man has natural immunity and therefore does not need the vaccine.

“My client is not a conspiracy theorist. He has concerns about the vaccine. He’s heard about side effects. He once had a bad reaction to a flu vaccine,” argued Lloyd Rosen, the man’s lawyer.

Legal representation for the mother in the case agreed heartily with Judge Cooper, saying his ruling is “an incredibly important one that highlights the extraordinary times we are living in and reinforces that a child’s best interests are paramount.”

Politics:

‘I Can’t Believe You Didn’t Look At That Guidance’: Blackburn Rips Biden Nominee On Vaccine Mandate

At today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) grilled John Coffey, nominee to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy, on military discharges over vaccine mandates.

Zuckerberg Money Infiltrated Conservative Utah’s Election To Sway It

Did You Hear Biden’s Great Reset WARNING SHOT to Banks? Probably Not …

On Friday afternoon, as most Americans were preparing for the weekend, the Biden administration laid out its latest plans to fundamentally change America as we know it.

But Glenn won’t let this game-changing admission slip through people’s radars.

Glenn breaks down Biden’s “warning shot” for banks to “comply or feel the pain” that he believes will bring The Great Reset “directly to Main Street, USA.”

Tucker Carlson: What Else But Affirmative Action Could Explain the Ascent of Pete Buttigieg?

On Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on FNC, host Tucker Carlson reflected on former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s passing but compared him to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

Carlson reminded viewers that Powell was often called an “affirmative action” hire. However, according to Carlson, Powell “deserved to be where he got, which was not quite as apparent in the case of Buttigieg.

Democrats to pare down Treasury’s IRS bank reporting plan, raise threshold from $600 to $10,000

The initial reaction to the administration’s plan was met with overwhelming opposition from fiscal conservative groups, the banking industry and other over concerns about financial privacy.

The new proposal will still allow the IRS to access information on accounts that transfer or receive more than $10,000 annually. However, it will exclude all wage income from counting toward the $10,000 threshold. 

GOP attorneys general from more than a dozen states have signed a letter to President Biden and Yellen calling the plan “unacceptable, illegal, and contrary to the well-founded constitutional principles against illegal searches and seizures.”

The Mountain of Data Showing How Authoritarian Democrats Have Become

World News:

Search for missing WA girl resumes

The mother of missing WA girl Cleo Smith has pleaded for her safe return – saying the four-year-old would never leave the family’s tent or wander off on her own.

The little girl has been missing from a campsite since the early hours of Saturday morning – and police won’t rule out an abduction.

Children ‘hijacked’ for climate cause

Child psychologist Clare Rowe says children who have been “hijacked” for the climate cause face “real” anxiety about the issue.

“They do believe that unless we as adults do something, the world is going to go up in flames,” she told Sky News host Paul Murray.

“That’s a terrifying position for an 11-year-old to be in.”

It comes as thousands of school students have demanded climate action at protests across Australia.

‘We need to be a little more careful’ on unskilled migration

The Spectator Australia columnist Caroline Di Russo says Australia needs to be “a little more careful” when it comes to unskilled migration which is “much harder” to sell to the community than skilled migration.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting the Morrison government is considering a rethink of the nation’s migration program in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When … you think about the pressure on infrastructure that’s when people start to get a little bit iffy about it,” she said.

“Skilled migration yes, unskilled migration I think we need to be a little more careful on.”

North Korea tests possible submarine missile amid tensions

(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Japan’s military said its initial analysis suggested that North Korea fired two ballistic missiles. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said officials were examining whether they were submarine-launched.

Kishida interrupted a campaign trip ahead of Japanese legislative elections later this month and returned to Tokyo because of the launch. He ordered his government to start revising the country’s national security strategy to adapt to growing North Korean threats, including the possible development of the ability to pre-emptively strike North Korean military targets.

“We cannot overlook North Korea’s recent development in missile technology and its impact on the security of Japan and in the region,” he said.

‘Out of the Road You Silly @$#&!’ — Mother Tries To Drive Though Insulate Britain Blockade

Insulate Britain
Insulate Britain

Footage released on social media on Monday by the climate change alarmist activist group Insulate Britain showed an exasperated woman pleading with the radicals to move out of the way so she could bring her child to school.

“I’m not joking, my son needs to get to school, move out of the road,” the mother shouted at the Insulate Britain activists, who were seen sitting in the middle of the road.

The woman then was seen getting back in her car and attempting to drive through the blockade and push the activists out of the road with her car. A bystander was heard shouting: “Get out of the road you silly c**ts”.

Egypt to deepen ties with Israel; Indian-Israel-UAE-US to bolster cooperation TV7 Israel News 19.10

1) Prime Minister Naftali Bennett cautions Israelis to act responsibly to ensure the eternal existence of the Jewish State.

2) The United States, Israel, India and the United Arab Emirates hold talks to bolster cooperation on deepening economic relations.

3) Sweden and Israel seek to turn-a-page after years of strained bilateral relations.

Zimbabwe: Unvaccinated Civil Servants Denied Right to Work, Be Paid

Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty
Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty

“[T]hose who are not vaccinated would not be allowed to work. And further to that is the fact that those who are not vaccinated and those who are not working will not be paid because the thrust is that if you do not work, you don’t get paid,” Mangwana said, as quoted by VOA.

The majority of Zimbabwean civil servants work in the education sector as public school teachers. The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) — the country’s largest such union — told VOA on Sunday it plans to challenge the legality of Harare’s federal vaccine mandate.

“Fundamentally, there was no agreement over the issue of vaccination,” PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou told the American broadcaster.

Commentary/Opinion:

One Middle School Teacher Fighting the Race-Based Obsession in Her School | The Megyn Kelly Show

Megyn Kelly is joined by Ramona Bessinger, to discuss the race-based obsession in her school, the push on gender roles in schools, how to fight against it, and more.

Thanks, But No Thanks: Guy Who Wants To Blow Up A Pipeline | The Megyn Kelly Show

In our latest feature “Thanks, But No Thanks,” Megyn Kelly talks about climate change and Andreas Malm’s book “How to Blow Up a Pipeline.”

Would You Want This Creepy Humanoid Robot To Replace Your Nurse? | DM CLIPS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report shares a clip of a creepy assistive robot named Grace that is designed to be a robot for COVID patients.

This healthcare robot can take your temperature and even administer talk therapy. Is this the future healthcare that we think will deal with nursing shortages?

Scott Mann: Afghan Vets ‘Are Not Condemned to a Life of Pain’

Sara welcomes U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Mann (Ret.) to discuss the painful impact that the U.S. abandonment of Afghanistan is having on our American heroes who fought, bled, and lost their friends there.

Mann was an organizer of the Pineapple Express, through which veterans helped to rescue more than 700 Afghan allies and their families.

Sara and Col. Mann discuss the challenge of transitioning from military service to civilian life, a change that drove Mann to the brink of suicide, and how telling your story is helpful to veterans and the civilians who have no idea what our service members went through.

They also reflect on how four different American presidents didn’t give the war in Afghanistan the attention and policies it needed.

American Optimist

Don’t let the bad news get you down — there’s LOTS of good news that media mostly ignore.

Amazing innovations like technology that lets a monkey playing computer games using only his mind, satellites beaming internet to remote parts of earth, and falling cancer death rates.

The above new technologies are all reasons that tech innovator Joe Lonsdale is optimistic about America’s future.

He’s now started a podcast and YouTube channel called “American Optimist. He highlights positive things that his innovator friends create:

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