News and Headlines. 8/6/2019

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Adult Entertainment Company Déjà Vu Services Pledges Strippers To Help In Area 51 Raid

There has been nonstop chatter online for awhile now about more than a million people trying to storm the secretive military base in September to find aliens.

The event page has been removed from Facebook, but that doesn’t mean the event won’t go down.

When/if it does, the company will be happy to assist.

Toilet explodes in Florida home after lightning strikes septic tank

A toilet exploded inside a home in Florida after lightning struck nearby over the weekend. (A-1 Affordable Plumbing Inc.)

Marylou Ward and her husband were sitting in their Port Charlotte home as a thunderstorm rolled through on Sunday when she said she heard a “boom” that was “the loudest noise I ever heard.”

“We smelled smoke and I looked outside,” Ward told WINK News. “It was the smoke from the septic tank that was coming.”

When she stepped into her bathroom, she discovered the toilet was now in hundreds of pieces.

Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winning author of “Beloved,” has died at 88

Morrison was one of the most iconic writers of her time, excelling as a novelist, essayist, editor, and short story writer.

She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, the first African American to receive the distinction.

Morrison is best known for her novels “Beloved,” “The Bluest Eye,” and “Song of Solomon,” all of which explored African American identity and America’s complicated history of race relations.

A student of William Faulkner’s works, Morrison was the rare writer who could create mythic stories of the American experience through vivid imagery and poignant language.

Post-Mass Shootings, Tlaib Labels Palestinians ‘Activists’ and Israel ‘White Nationalist’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich).. Photo: Screenshot.

Tlaib’s comments were in response to Tapper saying on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday program that “either tone matters or it doesn’t.”

“You hear conservatives all the time rightly so, in my opinion, talk about the tone set by people in the Arab world.

Palestinian leaders talking about … and the way they talk about Israelis, justifying in the same way you’re doing,” he said.

“No direct link necessarily between what the leader says and the violence against some poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria,” apparently a reference to the 2001 bombing at a Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, where 15 civilians, including a pregnant woman, were killed.

“But the idea that you’re validating this hatred and yet … you can’t compare the ideology of Hamas with anything else,” continued Tapper.

Police, FBI provide updates on Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

The Gilroy Police Department & the FBI San Francisco field office hold a joint press event on the Gilroy Garlic Festival incident.

Four dead in apparent triple murder-suicide at Texas home

San Antonio Police cordoned off the neighborhood where a suspect killed three people Monday. (Valeria Olivares/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Police spokeswoman Romana Lopez said officers responded to a report of a family disturbance at a home in southwest San Antonio, just south of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

When authorities arrived, they found the house engulfed in flames and two bodies in the front yard with gunshot wounds.

Firefighters were unable to immediately extinguish the flames because the suspect was still considered a threat, but later discovered the bodies of the suspect and his grandmother inside the house

‘Largest Pedophile Ring On Earth’: Abuse Lawyers Make First Case Against The Boy Scouts

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Pennsylvania and the plaintiff, who has remained anonymous, alleges that he was assaulted hundreds of times by a scout leader in the 1970’s.

The file contains the names of over 300 alleged sex abuse predators from 48 states and the District of Columbia.

North and South Dakota are the only states that have not spoken out to the AIS team, the lawyers said Tuesday.

“Each one of these 350 abusers has probably dozens of other victims who have not come forward,” lawyer Stewart Eisenberg told reporters.

FBI Busts 67 Sex Traffickers, Recovers 103 Child Victims

The initiative—dubbed Operation Independence Day—was a month-long operation that took place in July. In total, 161 operations were conducted nationwide as part of the initiative, which was a revamp of a previously successful program.

More than 400 agencies participated.

According to the FBI, the sweep included undercover operations that led to the opening of five dozen federal criminal investigations.

FBI agents and analysts worked closely with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to identify potential victims, which can include “young runaways, missing kids, and juveniles.”

“This initiative has two crucial goals: rescuing children being sold for sex and prosecuting their adult traffickers,” Attorney General William P. Barr said in a statement.

“Child sex trafficking is a heinous crime that preys on the most vulnerable in our society.

Comedy club owner David Kimowitz and family nanny stabbed to death in NJ suburbs

David Kimowitz, left, with comedian Artie Lange, attends the grand opening of The Stand comedy club in New York City,
David Kimowitz, left, with comedian Artie Lange, attends the grand opening of The Stand comedy club in New York City, September 20, 2012. (Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images via JTA)

There had been only 15 homicides in Maplewood, a town of about 25,000 people, over the past three decades, the New York Times reported, citing state and federal authorities.

David Kimowitz, 40, owner of The Stand comedy club in New York City, was found dead on Saturday morning in his suburban Maplewood home.

The au pair, Karen Bermudez-Rodriguez, 26, was found dead on the street outside the home, the New York Times reported.

The woman’s boyfriend, Joseph D. Porter, 27, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was arrested in connection with the deaths and later charged with two counts of murder.

He reportedly was upset because Bermudez-Rodriguez wanted to break up with him and used the key she had given him to enter the home where he allegedly killed Kimowitz.

Louisiana woman says meth found hidden inside body part is not hers: police

Ashley Beth Rolland, 23, allegedly told police the drugs inside of her vagina were not hers. (Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Ashley Beth Rolland, 23, was accused on July 31 of stealing $5,000 from the apartment of a man she’d been staying with for about a week, according to documents published by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The man told the West Monroe Police Department that while he was showering, Rolland swiped his cash and left.

Rolland allegedly confessed to police she did take the man’s money and left his apartment.

Montana man allegedly assaulted boy, 13, for not removing his hat during national anthem: reports

Charles James Brockway, 39, has been charged with assault of a minor.
(Montana Department of Corrections)

Charles James Brockway, 39, was arrested Saturday evening at the Mineral County Fair and Rodeo in Superior, a small town in northwestern Montana, the Missoulian reported.

Taylor Hennick, a witness cited by the paper, said the national anthem had begun at the fairgrounds when she saw a boy, “lying on the ground.”

“He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent,” Hennick said.

Other witnesses told Missoula’s KPAX-TV they saw Brockway slam the boy to the ground.

Brockway allegedly told encroaching bystanders the assault was justified because the boy had been “disrespecting the national anthem,” Hennick said.

Protestors Shout Death Threats Outside McConnell’s Home

Protestors Shout Death threats outside of Mitch McConnell’s Private Residence saying things like “stab him in the heart.”


California sued over tax return law targeting Trump

Four California voters represented by Judicial Watch have sued the state after Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill requiring presidential candidates to release at least 5 years of tax returns to appear on the state primary ballot; William La Jeunesse reports.

Jon Huntsman resigns as ambassador to Russia

“American citizenship is a privilege and I believe the most basic responsibility in return is service to country,” Huntsman said in the letter to Trump.

“To that end, I am honored by the trust you have placed in me as the United States ambassador to Russia during this historically difficult period in bilateral relations.”

The posting in Russia was Huntsman’s third as ambassador: he also served as ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993 and ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011.

In his letter, Huntsman urged Trump to take a firm stance with Russia: “Going forward, we must continue to hold Russia accountable when its behavior threatens us and our allies,” he said.

Huntsman, who unsuccessfully ran for president as a Republican in 2012, previously served as governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009.

The Salt Lake Tribune cited “people close” to Huntsman in saying he considering another gubernatorial run in Utah.

Gabbard doubles down on Harris slam: Her ‘entire campaign is based on a lie’

Gabbard went viral after the second Democratic debate, when she unleashed a blistering attack against Harris, charging she enforced strict policies that undermine Harris’ current progressive platform.

Gabbard, a combat veteran, maintained the offensive on Tuesday.

“Kamala’s entire campaign is based on a lie — that as AG of California, she was a fighter for the oppressed and for criminal justice reform,” Gabbard tweeted.

“But her criminal justice record shows that her policies exemplified the worst aspects of our criminal justice system.”

Trump campaign blasts Dem rep for trying to name and shame donors: ‘Delete & apologize’

“How low have Dems sunk?” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted.

“This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign.

Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for their political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights.”

He added: “Should delete & apologize. Castro campaign should disavow.”

Hillary Flips On Violent Games To Spite Trump

Hillary’s stance on violent video games goes against her own legislation.

Dem group exposed millions of email addresses in file linked to Clinton Senate campaign

The data breach research team at the firm Upguard discovered the files last month.

They apparently showed that an employee at the DSCC, the organization dedicated to electing Democrats to the Senate, had uploaded a spreadsheet of millions of Americans’ email addresses to a “misconfigured” Amazon S3 storage bucket in 2010.

The file, according to the firm, was last modified on Sept. 17, 2010—nearly a year after Clinton became former President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

The file also predates Clinton’s own server scandal, in which she exclusively used a private server for government business during her time as secretary of state.

The firm said they contacted the DSCC on July 26 and by that afternoon, the bucket “had been secured, preventing future malicious use of the data.”

Judge dismisses one count against ex-Obama counsel Greg Craig days before trial

Craig, a former White House counsel for then-President Barack Obama, pleaded not guilty to the charges in April.

The first count accuses Craig of engaging in a scheme to “knowingly and willfully falsify, conceal, and cover up…material facts” to avoid registering as a foreign agent.

The second count accused Craig of making false statements in an Oct. 11, 2013 letter furnished to the DOJ National Security Division’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.

Craig’s legal team had filed a motion requesting both counts be dismissed. Jackson dismissed only the second count.

Craig, whose trial is scheduled to begin Monday, will still go on trial for the other count.

Prosecutors on Tuesday told Jackson that Craig engaged in a “scheme to conceal [his] registration obligation” and claimed Craig was asked “to act at the direction of Paul Manafort and Ukraine to bolster the authenticity” of a report Craig’s firm was working on, which would ultimately speak positively about Yanukovych, who was Manafort’s client.

World News:

Iran warns of ‘mother of all wars’ amid crushing US sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz may not be safe; Ellison Barber has the details.

Israel involved in US-led naval mission in Strait of Hormuz — foreign minister

Illustrative: A UH-1Y Venom helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer
Illustrative: A UH-1Y Venom helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Strait of Hormuz, July 18, 2019. (US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton Swanbeck/Released)

Speaking at a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Katz said Israel was assisting the mission with intelligence and other unspecified fields, the Ynet news reported.

He said the mission was in Israel’s strategic interest of countering Iran and boost ties with Gulf countries.

Katz also reportedly praised Britain’s announcement Monday that it would join the mission, making it the only country so far to officially do so.

The report did not specify whether Katz said Israel would send naval vessels to take part in the US-led mission. A report from the Kan public broadcaster last month said that Israel was not expected to send ships, but would provide intelligence.

Police nab 2 Palestinians suspected of involvement in alleged rape of 7-year-old

Illustrative: Orthodox girls arrive at their school. (Flash90)

It is not immediately clear how the pair were involved in the incident.

Last month, police dropped their indictment against Mahmoud Qadusa, who had been the central suspect in their case.

He had been arrested for over 50 days before police released him without pressing charges.

Man shoves baby’s stroller in England, calls parents ‘dirty Jews’

JTA — A Jewish family from the United Kingdom complained to police about a young man who was filmed hurling an object in their direction and calling them “dirty Jews” in a city near London after shoving their baby stroller.

The incident Sunday, which police are treating as a hate crime, escalated after the man pushed aside the family’s baby stroller while an infant was inside it, The Independent reported Monday.

The parents, who were sitting at a café in St Albans, protested, prompting the man to call them “dirty Jews.”

The Turkish summer camp where children are taught to shout ‘death to Jews’

The footage appeared on Twitter on last week (Photo: Twitter)
The footage appeared on Twitter on last week (Photo: Twitter)

The video footage, which went viral on social media in Turkey last week, showed her prompting an audience of young girls by shouting the word yahudiye — Turkish for “to the Jew”.

The children are then shown raising their fists in response and shouting “death”.

The group — which is seated in a forest setting — is also prompted to shout “Palestine will be set free”.

The video has been viewed nearly 400,000 times since it first appeared on Twitter on July 31.

Turkish media reports said no one has been charged in relation to its content.

Hate crimes became a criminal offence in Turkey after being added to the country’s penal code in 2014.

‘We Will Make Them Pay’: North Korea Launches Missiles, Condemns US-South Korea Drills

People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing two unidentified projectiles, in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 6, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles were fired from near Kwail on North Korea’s west coast, about 125 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Pyongyang, in South Hwanghae province early on Tuesday.

They were the fourth set of launches since July 25.

The missiles flew about 450 kilometers (280 miles) and reached an altitude of 37 kilometers (23 miles), the JCS said.

US and South Korean intelligence agencies deemed they had similar flight characteristics to the short-range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea on July 25, it said.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday the missile launch went against the spirit of easing tension on the Korean peninsula.

A United Nations report said on Monday Pyongyang has continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programs and used cyberattacks to take in $2 billion to fund the development.

Pentagon Plan to Deploy Mid-range Missiles in Asia Draws Vow to Counter from China

Fu Cong, the director of the Chinese foreign ministry's Arms Control Department speaks to the media at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria on July 28, 2019.
Fu Cong, the director of the Chinese foreign ministry’s Arms Control Department speaks to the media at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria on July 28, 2019.
(Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images)

The director of the Chinese foreign ministry’s Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, made the statement after the United States formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia on Aug. 2 and announced plans to deploy missiles in order to deter China.

“China will not stand idly by and be forced to take countermeasures should the U.S. deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in this part of the world,” Fu said.

Fu also called on South Korea, Japan, and Australia to not allow the United States to station the missiles in their territories.

The United States has military bases in all three nations.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters in Asia over the weekend that he wants to deploy ground-launched missiles “within months” and stressed these weapons’ importance to the military theater in the Asia-Pacific region.

Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both stressed that the goal of the deployment is deterrence.

Russia arms dump fire: Huge blaze in Siberia extinguished

Thunderous detonations continued for hours at the arms dump. AFP
Thunderous detonations continued for hours at the arms dump. AFP

A defence ministry statement said “there are no more fires” at the site, an old dump due for closure housing some 55,000 artillery shells.

More than 9,500 people were evacuated.

Six injured people are in hospital, but they are not critically ill.

Flying munitions damaged a school and a kindergarten in the village of Kamenka.

But Deputy Defence Minister Gen Dmitry Bulgakov said that besides smashed windows there was little structural damage in the area.

Trump freezes Venezuelan government assets amid tensions

The ban, blocking American companies and individuals from doing business with Maduro’s government and its top supporters, took effect immediately Monday and is the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades, following an asset freeze against Gen. Manuel Noriega’s government in Panama and a trade embargo on the Sandinista leadership in Nicaragua in the 1980s.

“The apparent goal is to give the U.S. the ability to apply the law beyond its borders to allies of Maduro like China, Russia, Cuba, Iran and Turkey,” said Russ Dallen, the Miami-based head of Caracas Capital Markets brokerage.

“Should those foreign entities continue doing business with Maduro they can have their U.S. assets seized.”

The executive order signed by President Donald Trump justified the move by citing Maduro’s “continued usurpation of power” and human rights abuses by security forces loyal to him.

Philippines declares national epidemic as Dengue fever cases rise past 145,000

The agency’s Secretary Francisco Duque III made the announcement Tuesday in hopes that local governments would now be able to tap into a special Quick Response Fund to combat the quick-spreading disease.

At least 146,062 cases of Dengue fever have been reported from January to July 20, showing a 98 percent jump from the same period last year.

The outbreak has lead to 622 deaths, officials said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dengue is common to more than 100 countries and, on average, about 400 million people will get infected with the disease each year.

Of that number, 100 million will get sick and 22,000 will die from the infection.

This is the face of the ISIS sex slave market

Lamiya Aji Bashar, an 18-year-old Yazidi girl who escaped her Islamic State group enslavers.
Lamiya Aji Bashar, an 18-year-old Yazidi girl who escaped her Islamic State group enslavers. AP

The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, weapons and tactical gear.

It was shared with the Associated Press by an activist with the minority Yazidi community, whose women and children are being held as sex slaves by the extremists.

While the Islamic State group is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves.

In a fusion of ancient barbaric practices and modern technology, IS sells the women like chattel on smartphone apps and shares databases that contain their photographs and the names of their “owners” to prevent their escape through IS checkpoints.

The fighters are assassinating smugglers who rescue the captives, just as funds to buy the women out of slavery are drying up.

Brazil gang leader whose elaborate daughter disguise failed found dead in jail cell

As he made his way toward the penitentiary’s main door, his air of nervousness gave him away as prison guards took a second look and realized that he was dressed as a woman. Once apprehended, prison officials forced him to strip in front of cameras and reveal himself. (Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat via AP)

Authorities found convicted drug dealer Clauvino da Silva, 42, hanged in Rio de Janeiro.

He was serving a sentence of 73 years and 10 months in solitary confinement on counts of drug trafficking, the BBC reports.

Silva, also known as Baixinho or “Shorty”, attempted to escape prison Saturday when his 19-year-old daughter visited him for the day.

During her visit, she stayed in his cell while he tried to make his escape by dressing up as her, donning a pink t-shirt, a black wig, silicon mask and tight jeans to conceal his identity.

Tech Watch:

Trump slams Google over alleged political bias: We’re watching ‘very closely’

In a series of tweets early Tuesday, Trump attacked the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm, citing former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee’s recent allegations of bias within the company.

The president mentioned his recent meeting with Pichai in the Oval Office, adding that the Google chief “was working very hard to explain how much he liked me, what a great job the Administration is doing” and “that they didn’t help Crooked Hillary over me in the 2016 Election.”

“It all sounded good until I watched Kevin Cernekee, a Google engineer, say terrible things about what they did in 2016,” Trump added.

He also referenced Cernekee’s comments that the tech giant wants to make sure that Trump loses the 2020 election.

EXCLUSIVE: Google Leftists Condemn CPAC as ‘Circus Platform for Hate’ in Leaked Discussion

In the discussion, multiple Google employees expressed their hostility towards the conference and Google’s previous sponsorship of it.

Only one employee, recently-fired Google software engineer Mike Wacker, disagreed with the company’s decision not to fund the conference, suggesting Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s claims of political neutrality were becoming “empty words.”

“Google CEO Sundar Pichai has insisted time and time again that Google is a nonpartisan company, but more and more those words seem like empty words” wrote Wacker.

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Parler on Real News Insights

John Matze CEO of Parler sits down with Lara Trump to discuss the ongoing threat of big tech bias.

Hamas Just Violated Twitter’s Rules. Now What?

Hamas fighters take part in a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the terror group’s founding, in Gaza City, Dec. 16, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

Given that Hamas has directed thousands of Palestinians to riot on the Israeli border, murdered many innocent Israeli civilians, and launched innumerable rockets toward the Jewish state, “hateful conduct” may be the least of its offenses.

But Twitter’s finding brings up some major questions: Does this mean the platform will suspend and/or deactivate the @HamasInfoEn account — and why, for that matter, is Hamas allowed to have a Twitter account in the first place?

The fact that Twitter acknowledged the problems with the Hamas account indicates its efforts to address hateful content — antisemitic and otherwise.

Yet the idea of an organization dedicated to the destruction of a country (which Hamas is) operating openly on social media is troubling.


Eliminating the Death Penalty Cheapens Murder

Should capital punishment be abolished or not?

Opponents of the death penalty say that executing murderers is the same as murder.

Dennis Prager explains what makes that equivalency so deeply and fundamentally flawed.

You Can’t Fix Other People, But You Can Fix Yourself

Want a better life? Want to make the world a better place?

You can, when you take responsibility and start bettering yourself.

Best-selling author and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson explains how incremental daily changes can lead to a better life and ultimately a more harmonious world.

America Is Drowning in the Left’s Lies About Trump

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House
President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border on Feb. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The major news media need to understand these are important reasons that half of America considers them frauds. And we get no pleasure from this fact.

The reason we don’t recoil when the president labels the mainstream media “fake news” is that we know the charge is true.

Has one major media news outlet yet apologized to the American people for preoccupying them for nearly two years with the lie of “Trump collusion” with Russia? Has one Democrat? Of course not.

Because with regard to the Trump-Russia collusion issue, the news media were never driven by a pursuit of truth; they were driven by a pursuit of Trump.

In my last column, I offered a way of proving Trump supporters are not racists. The timing was, unfortunately, perfect.

I could not anticipate how two horrific mass shootings would enable the left — the press, the Democrats, academics and Hollywood — to scream even louder than before that Trump and his supporters are racists and that their racism is why such shootings are taking place.

This is all predicated on what may be the most glaring lie of all: that, after the Charlottesville demonstrations, President Trump said Nazis are “fine people.”