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>Ukraine accused Russian forces on Sunday of launching rockets at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, further ratcheting fears of an accident a day after the United Nation's watchdog warned that fighting at the occupied complex risked a "nuclear disaster."
>It was the second time in as many days that the plant, which is the largest of its kind in Europe, was hit. Ukraine and Russia have traded blame for both attacks.
>The rockets launched on Saturday night struck near a dry storage facility, where 174 casks with spent nuclear fuel are kept, according to Energoatom, Ukraine's state-run nuclear power company. Explosions blew out windows in parts of the plant and one worker was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds.
>"Apparently, they aimed specifically at the containers with processed fuel, which are stored outside next to the site of shelling," the company said in a statement on Telegram.
>Three radiation monitoring detectors were also damaged on Saturday, making "timely detection and response in case of aggravation of the radiation situation or leakage of radiation from spent nuclear fuel casks are currently impossible," Energoatom said.
>"This time a nuclear catastrophe was miraculously avoided, but miracles cannot last forever," it added. Y'all Qaeda back at it again.
Ohio State Highway Patrol officers reportedly exchanged fire Thursday morning with a man who tried to break into an FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Interstate I-71 North was shut down after the suspect drove away from the scene and reportedly started firing at police from a cornfield, NBC 15 News reported. FBI negotiators have also arrived on the scene.
FBI officials at the Cincinnati field office confirmed to WLWT that the situation began after the armed man showed up at the office and made potential threats.
The suspect was described as a white male over police scanner traffic, according to the News Journal.
“Blood splatter on his shorts. Right thigh area,” an officer in a police helicopter said over the radio. “Part of windshield shot out ... Suspect on knees, holding rifle.”
"Rifle down for the moment. He is on his knees,” the officer added about 15 minutes later.
A lockdown has been put in effect for all buildings within a one-mile radius of the suspect's current location as of late Thursday morning.
The incident comes after the FBI carried out a search warrant of former President Donald Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
For some strange reason democrats are super fucking pissed off. D.C.'s mayor already claims to be overwhelmed, calling in the national guard to help. Mayor Adams of NYC is declaring a city emergency. Its a hard ask, though
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele defended the FBI’s search of former President Trump’s home in a Monday tweet, arguing it was not a random move.
“Trump failed to return classified docs requested by the National Archives,” Steele wrote in response to a tweet by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
“A federal judge issued a search warrant for probable cause of a crime. This is not some rando move by the FBI so you shitforbrains Republicans calling for ‘defunding the FBI’ for once try to be less stupid,” Steele wrote.
Republicans have generally reacted with fury to the news about the FBI raid.
“Defund the FBI!” Greene tweeted on Monday evening.
Trump announced himself on Monday evening that a “large group” of FBI agents were raiding Mar-a-Lago and broke into his safe, calling it not “appropriate” and saying it was unannounced.
The search appears to be the first of its kind against a former president.
Eric Trump, the former president’s son, told Fox News host Sean Hannity that the search was focused on documents sought by the National Archives.
The National Archives reportedly previously asked the Department of Justice to examine the former president’s handling of records at the end of his term after classified information was recovered that Trump should have turned over.
Greene was one of many Republicans angered by the news, with many echoing the former president’s statement that the agency had been weaponized for political reasons. Senate Republican leadership, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have largely remained quiet on the raid.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chair of the Republican Study Committee, will lead a group of conservatives to meet with Trump on Tuesday at his property in Bedminster, N.J. https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/10/asia/north-korea-kim-covid-victory-coronavirus-pandemic-intl-hnk/index.html
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared victory in the battle against the novel coronavirus, ordering a lifting of maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May, state media said on Thursday. North Korea has not revealed how many confirmed infections of the virus it has found, but since July 29 it has reported no new suspected cases with what international aid organizations say are limited testing capabilities.
North Korea's official death rate of 74 people is an "unprecedented miracle" compared to other countries, KCNA reported, citing another official. https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/mar-lago-search-trump-challenged-release-warrant-rcna42263
Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general in the Obama administration, is aware of the Republican pushback against the search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago. On MSNBC today, the Supreme Court lawyer responded with a challenge to the former president:
>Donald Trump, you have a copy of the warrant. It explains what they were looking for, what statutes they think were violated, and what judge signed off on that. Release the warrant. You called on [Barack] Obama to release the birth certificate and all sorts of nonsense. If you believe this is such an abuse, let us see the warrant and let us decide for ourselves.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, pushed a similar line soon after. “Donald Trump has a copy of the search warrant,” the California congressman said via Twitter. “He’d show us the warrant if he were so wronged. Show it or shut it.”
To be sure, there are some Republicans pushing the FBI and the Justice Department to also release the warrant, which seems unlikely. Not only are there protocols in place to protect the rights of those facing federal law enforcement scrutiny, but such disclosures could conceivably interfere with an ongoing investigation. What’s more, there’s no reason to think the judge who signed off on the warrant would share such materials with the public.
But the FBI, the Justice Department and the judiciary aren’t the only ones with access to the search warrant. Trump and his lawyers have it, too. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/us/politics/trump-fbi-mar-a-lago.html
Former President Donald J. Trump said on Monday that the F.B.I. had searched his Palm Beach, Fla., home and had broken open a safe — an account that, if accurate, would be a dramatic escalation in the various investigations into the former president.
The search, according to two people familiar with the investigation, appeared to be focused on material that Mr. Trump had brought with him to Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence, after he left the White House. Those boxes contained many pages of classified documents, according to a person familiar with their contents.
Mr. Trump delayed returning 15 boxes of material requested by officials with the National Archives for many months, only doing so when there became a threat of action being taken to retrieve them.
Mr. Trump was known throughout his term to rip up official material that was intended to be held for government archives.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Mr. Trump said, maintaining it was an effort to stop him from running for president in 2024. “Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries.”
“They even broke into my safe!” he wrote. “What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.” According to the latest data, the average household in the Netherlands, forced to renew its energy contract, will pay about 3,700 euros more per year than last year, that is, about 6,500 euros per year - for electricity alone. Considering that 2/3 of households have an income of less than 34,000 euros, this means that up to 20% of all incomes of the majority of the population will go only to pay electricity bills.
https://nltimes.nl/2022/08/10/netherlands-highest-gas-price-eu It's funny how it always comes back to the Nazis for Trump.
Former President Donald Trump reportedly complained about his generals not being loyal enough to him, at one point lamenting they did not act enough like Adolf Hitler’s generals in World War II, according to a new book.
The authors of “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” The New York Times’ Peter Baker and The New Yorker’s Susan B. Glasser, detailed an exchange Trump had with his then-Chief of Staff John Kelly years before the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection, in an except published by The New Yorker Monday.
“You fucking generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?” Trump reportedly asked Kelly, referring to German generals in World War II.
To which Kelly later responded: “You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?”
Still, Trump — in an attempt to rewrite history — insisted those generals “were totally loyal” to Hitler.
Baker and Glasser also revealed a draft resignation letter Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, wrote following him standing alongside Trump when the former president decided to stage a photo-op at Lafayette Square holding a bible after police had fired tear gas to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters. In the end, Milley decided to stay on and never sent the letter.
“It is my belief that you were doing great and irreparable harm to my country. I believe that you have made a concerted effort over time to politicize the United States military,” Milley wrote. “I thought that I could change that. I’ve come to the realization that I cannot, and I need to step aside and let someone else try to do that.”
Milley also accused Trump of damaging the country on the international stage. Presidential age limit ‘amendment’ needed to keep Biden, Trump from running for office: Washington Post column
Fearful that either former President Trump or President Biden could get the presidency for a second term, Washington Post columnist Charles Lane argued for a constitutional amendment that would put an age cap on anyone seeking presidential office.
Besides keeping the office available to those with full mental capacity and less tendency for injury, Lane argued such an amendment would also be easier to use to block Trump from office than the January 6 hearings, and may prove more efficient than trying to invoke the 25th Amendment for future presidents.
Lane began his Thursday piece recounting how a majority of voters "are not excited" to see Trump or Biden run again in 2024. He wrote, "A CNN poll in late July found that three-quarters of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters wish the party would nominate someone other than Biden, while 55 percent of Republicans and Republican leaners do not want Trump as their standard-bearer."
Lane lamented that a rematch between the two is still "possibly the likeliest" scenario, so he proposed his idea: "If only the Constitution had the following proviso: ‘No person who has attained the age of 75 years shall be eligible for election to the Office of President.’" https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/very-out-of-character-witness-saw-pit-bull-dragging-woman-by-neck-in-fatal-mauling-2621116/
‘Very out of character’: Witness saw pit bull dragging woman by neck in fatal mauling
Something caused Buck the pit bull to snap. He was usually right beside Joan Cafflel, fiercely protective of her.
On Tuesday morning, Buck killed Cafflel, dragging her by the neck from her bedroom and into another bedroom, said shaken caregiver Gelena Kelly, who saw the attack unfolding, then hid in a bedroom until police arrived after seeing a crazed look in Buck’s eyes, fearing she would be next.
“Very out of character,” Kelly said Wednesday.
Kelly and Cafflel’s grandson Peyton Faircloth are baffled. The dog slept beside Cafflel and would even participate in Cafflel’s morning exercises with Kelly, lying on his back and dancing with his paws in the air, Kelly said. He was gentle and friendly, they said.
Faircloth, 39, who lived with Cafflel, Kelly, and his son in the apartment at 4124 Pennwood Ave. between Valley View Boulevard and Arville Street, was also stunned Wednesday.
“Buck didn’t have a mean bone in his body,” Faircloth said, adding that his grandmother was 89 and was still sweet and generous despite her dementia. Looking for a gay, Asian-American pencil-seller? Princeton has you covered.
Princeton University has created a "supplier diversity" tool that allows staff to search for vendors with "diverse attributes," part of a multiyear plan to inject diversity quotas into the school’s procurement process.
The tool, a screenshot of which was circulated on social media, lets users exclude suppliers outside a boutique cross-section of identities. A department buying office supplies, for example, could restrict its search to businesses owned by LGBT African Americans, Native American veterans, or "Asian Pacific American" women, among other combinations. Biden makes history and beats inflation. Biden's $3.5 Trillion agenda is about to kick inflation in the nuts.
Fade to black.
Enter from side stage: The Inflation Reduction Act
“Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act will make Biden one of the most legislatively successful presidents of the modern era. We once noted that the mismatch between the size of Biden’s ambitions and his margins in Congress made it seem like he was trying to pass a Rhinoceros through a garden hose. It ended up being more like a pony, but it’s still pretty impressive…”
“That’s a nearly $3.5 trillion agenda. The scope of the issues addressed is notable: the pandemic and its economic fallout, highways, bridges, broadband, rail, manufacturing, science, prescription drug prices, health insurance, climate change, deficit reduction and tax equity.”
“He also expanded NATO, passed a new gun safety law and passed a bill to address the effects of vets exposed to toxic burn pits. Five out of seven of these laws — all but the two biggies, the ARP and IRA — received significant Republican support.”
“There’s not much debate anymore over whether Biden has been a consequential president. In the long run, his first two years may be remembered as akin to LBJ when it comes to moving his agenda through Congress.” https://nypost.com/2022/08/09/judge-who-approved-fbi-raid-on-mar-a-lago-once-linked-to-jeffrey-epstein/
>The Florida federal magistrate judge who signed off on a search warrant authorizing the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort left the local US Attorney’s office more than a decade ago to rep employees of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had received immunity in the long-running sex-trafficking investigation of the financier.
>Reinhart was elevated to magistrate judge in March 2018 after 10 years in private practice. That November, the Miami Herald reported that he had represented several of Epstein’s employees — including, by Reinhart’s own admission to the outlet, Epstein’s pilots; his scheduler, Sarah Kellen; and Nadia Marcinkova, who Epstein once reportedly described as his “Yugoslavian sex slave.”
>Kellen and Marcinkova were among Epstein’s lieutenants who were granted immunity as part of a controversial 2007 deal with federal prosecutors that allowed the pervert to plead guilty to state charges rather than federal crimes. Epstein wound up serving just 13 months in county jail and was granted work release.
>According to the outlet, Reinhart resigned from the South Florida US Attorney’s Office effective on New Year’s Day 2008 and went to work for Epstein’s cohorts the following day. Epstein, who was found dead in August 2019 of an apparent suicide in the Manhattan Correctional Center while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges, had hired a stable of high-powered lawyers, including former independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
>Reinhart was later named in a civil lawsuit that accused him of violating Justice Department policies by switching sides in the middle of the Epstein investigation, suggesting he had used inside information about the probe to build favor with the notorious defendant, the Herald reported in 2018.
Really activates the almonds https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/11/us/politics/trump-fbi-subpoena.html?smid=nytcore-ios-sharehttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/11/us/politics/trump-fbi-subpoena.html?referringSource=articleShare https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2022/08/08/the-ukrainians-are-hitting-the-russians-where-they-arent/?sh=648d129f7f48
The Russian army in Ukraine apparently is shifting a third of its forces in eastern Ukraine to southern Ukraine in order to defend against Ukrainian attacks in the south.
But that’s exposing gaps in Russian defenses in the east. And now the Ukrainian army reportedly is exploiting those gaps, especially around Sloviansk and Izium. Hitting the Russians where they aren’t.
In pressing these attacks, however, the Ukrainians risk overextending their own forces.
“Ukrainian forces are likely taking advantage of the redeployment of Russian forces away from the Sloviansk axis and conducted localized counterattacks to regain ground southwest of Izium and northwest of Sloviansk on Aug. 4,” the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, D.C. reported.
The purported Ukrainian counteroffensive around Izium, reportedly involving the 93rd Brigade and other units, at best has liberated a few villages such as Dibrovne, Mazanivka and Dmytrivka.
But the eastern counteroffensive belies what ISW described as a more profound shift in Russia’s wider war in Ukraine, which began in late February.
“Ukraine’s preparations for the counteroffensive in Kherson and the initial operations in that counteroffensive, combined with the dramatic weakening of Russian forces generally, appear to be allowing Ukraine to begin actively shaping the course of the war for the first time.”
Five months into the wider war, Kyiv finally has the momentum, according to ISW. It’s an open question, however, whether the Ukrainian army has the resources to sustain this momentum. https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/08/politics/mar-a-lago-search-warrant-fbi-donald-trump/index.html
The FBI executed a search warrant on Monday at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the former President confirmed to CNN.
Trump declined to say why the FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago, but the former President said the raid was unannounced and “they even broke into my safe.”
“My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” he said in a statement.
Trump was not in Florida at the time of the raid.
The raid began early Monday morning and law enforcement personnel appeared to be focused on the area of the club where Trump’s offices and personal quarters are, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The Justice Department declined to comment, as did the White House. A White House official said it was not notified about the raid. The vise is tightening around Donald Trump as 2024 decision looms
The FBI's search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday makes one thing crystal clear: The legal vise is tightening around the former President even as he weighs whether to run for president again in 2024.
"My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents," Trump posted on Truth Social, his preferred social network, on Monday evening. He added that "they even broke into my safe." Agents appear to be focused on the area of the sprawling estate where Trump's living quarters and offices are located.
It was not immediately clear what the FBI was after -- or what, specifically, the agents were looking for. Boxes of items were taken during the search, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.
We do know that federal investigators issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administration in May for access to classified documents that were taken to Trump's home in Florida -- part of a grand jury investigation into whether Trump or anyone else close to him mishandled classified documents that he took with him after leaving the White House last January.
Earlier this year, 15 boxes of White House records that Trump had brought to Mar-a-Lago were retrieved and returned to the National Archives. Among the items in the returned boxes included letters from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and former President Barack Obama. https://www.businessinsider.com/japan-mom-give-up-baby-sues-sperm-donor-for-education-and-wife-lies-2022-1
2022 July 29
A Japanese woman is giving up her child to the state and suing her sperm donor after he lied about his ethnicity and educational background.
The woman, in her thirties, who lives in Tokyo with her husband and first-born child, had sex with the sperm donor ten times due to conceive a second child, after it came to light her husband had a hereditary disease, according to the Tokyo Shimbun.
The donor told her he was Japanese, single, and a graduate of Kyoto University, one of the best universities in Japan.
The woman, who has remained nameless in Japanese news reports, got pregnant in June 2019.
However, during her pregnancy, she learned that the donor was, in fact, Chinese, went to a different university and was married.
Woman Gives Up Child After Learning Sperm Donor Lied About His Ethnicity and Education
The woman had sex with the sperm donor 10 times to get pregnant, Japanese media reports.
By Hanako Montgomery
Japanese women using white sperm
https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/12/2700d6ae77fd-feature-japans-unmarried-sexual-minorities-forced-to-use-foreign-sperm-banks.html Trump has become deeply suspicious of being surveilled and that those close to him could be wearing wires: report
According to a new Rolling Stone report, Trump has become paranoid about being wiretapped.
Sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone he has asked if the phones are being tapped "by Biden."
Trump also got suspicious of Republicans visiting him at his clubs, and if they were wearing wires.
FBI agents scoured Melania Trump’s wardrobe and spent several hours combing through Donald Trump’s private office, breaking open his safe and rifling through drawers when they raided the former First Family’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida Monday morning.
The Post has learned that the search warrant used by the FBI to enter the palatial Palm Beach property focused solely on presidential records and evidence of classified information being stored there.
A source close to the former president expressed concern that FBI agents or DOJ lawyers conducting the search could have “planted stuff” because they would not allow Trump’s attorneys inside the 128-room building to observe the operation, which lasted more than nine hours.
The raid by over 30 plain clothes agents from the Southern District of Florida and the FBI’s Washington Field Office extended through the Trump family’s entire 3,000-square-foot private quarters, as well as to a separate office and safe, and a locked basement storage room in which 15 cardboard boxes of material from the White House were stored. Folsom native killed in lightning strike near White House remembered for "unwavering positivity"
FBI timed Trump raid for when he’d be away in bid to limit blowback: report
The FBI planned Monday’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence to take place when he was not there in a misguided attempt to limit the furious reaction from the 45th president and his GOP allies, according to a report Wednesday.
Two senior government officials told Newsweek that the bureau believed carrying out the search while Trump was at his residences in New York and New Jersey would deny him the opportunity to either “grandstand” or directly affect the operation.
In that respect, a senior Justice Department official acknowledged, the raid was “a spectacular backfire.”
“I know that there is much speculation out there that this is political persecution, but it is really the best and the worst of the bureaucracy in action,” the source added. “They wanted to punctuate the fact that this was a routine law enforcement action, stripped of any political overtones, and yet [they] got exactly the opposite.” https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-medvedev-controversial-post-vk-hackers/31970322.html
A nationalist, pro-imperial post calling Georgia and Kazakhstan "artificial" creations briefly appeared on the VKontakte (VK) social network account of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev before being taken down and attributed to hackers.
The post in question appeared on Medvedev's VK account, which has 2.3 million followers, on August 1 and was removed within about 10 minutes. Still, it was viewed about 2,000 times, according to multiple screenshots posted on social media, and also placed online by Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak. Her post quickly went viral with nearly 450,000 views in just a few hours.
Medvedev's aide, Oleg Osipov, on August 2 denied the ex-president had written the post, adding that it appeared on the account after it was hacked.
"VK's administration, and those who are supposed to do the job, will take care of those who hacked the account," Osipov wrote on Telegram.
Medvedev, who positioned himself as a liberal politician while he served as president from 2008 to 2012, has completely changed his image since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, publicly calling to fight against the West and what he called "nationalists" in Ukraine. He has also said Russia should seek to expand its borders.
The controversial text in the post on VK said that Georgia never existed as a country, while it calls Kazakhstan an artificial country and accuses the Central Asian nation's authorities of genocide against Russians. The territories of the two countries must be returned to Russia, it adds.
Moscow is "getting ready to undertake the next move to restore the borders of our homeland," it says, adding that the invasion of Ukraine in February will liberate the country and return "lands that were taken away from us." Google explained that the reason for the removal of the YouTube channel of the Russian blogger Goblin (Dmitry Puchkov) was a violation of the company's policy on hate speech, the Telegram channel "RBC" reported.
It is clarified that Google has removed content from Puchkov's channel, which, as the company noted, "denies, downplays or trivializes well-documented events of violence," including military actions in Ukraine. After that, the blogger was issued a warning (strike).
"This was the third strike of the channel in 90 days, therefore, in accordance with our three warnings policy, Dmitry Puchkov's channel was deleted," RBC quotes a message from Google.
The blogger himself informed about the removal of the channel on Thursday evening, August 4th, by posting a screenshot in his Telegram channel with a notification from the administration of the service, which stated a violation of the rules of the YouTube community.
Later, Puchkov said that "everyone who does not support the Ukrainian Nazis is being removed from the Internet site," and Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev promised to "take revenge" for what happened.
P.S. I also liked Dmitry Puchkov's YouTube channel, but it's worth admitting that besides the Nazis, he often makes fun of Western politicians and even Quentin Tarantino, calling them idiots. He received 3 strikes in 90 days because of a video about Stepan Bandera - just ass of most Ukrainian Nazis caught fire. Now he will perform on rutube and in "in contact (VK)". Maybe it's even better. Britons Advised To Stop Showering To Conserve Energy
By Charles Kennedy - Aug 08, 2022, 11:30 AM CDT
Water utilities in the UK are advising customers to save water and energy by using damp towels or spray bottles instead of taking showers during a heatwave and drought this summer.
Customers say the pieces of advice water companies are giving are "laughable," including looking up a four-minute-long song to take a shower or collecting the cold water in the shower until the water heats up, the Mail on Sunday reports. Other advice includes using oak barrels to collect rainwater.
Water supplies in the UK are reduced due to the recent heatwaves and a lack of rain, and some utilities have already introduced hosepipe bans in some areas to save water resources.
Cat Hobbs, a campaigner at We Own It, which calls for water companies to be put into public ownership, told Mail on Sunday: "Are the firms competing to offer the daftest advice? Who has an oak barrel, even if there was any chance of rain to fill it? 'Water firms' hypocrisy is incredible."
Customers and campaigners accuse water utilities of paying millions of pounds to their bosses and shareholders while giving "daft" advice to people to save resources.
Meanwhile, UK customers are paying more and more on their energy bills, and those bills are set to rise further by the end of the year.
Energy bills in the UK are set to surge more than expected this winter, with many households struggling to be able to pay them after Russia further slashed gas deliveries to Europe, sending gas and energy prices for the winter and for next year soaring, UK-based consultancy BFY Group said at the end of last month.
https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Britons-Advised-To-Stop-Showering-To-Conserve-Energy.html The latest Russian campaign of lies is one of their most twisted war tactics yet.
Russian authorities have been trying to sow the seeds of a propaganda effort aimed at convincing residents of occupied territories that Ukraine is already divided, according to a new report from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
“Ukraine has already been divided,” the Russian occupiers said, according to the intelligence agency. “In the territory of the western regions, Polish zlotys were put into circulation, in most shops there are double price tags. There is nowhere to run from Russia. Ukraine is not what it used to be.”
The false information, which has been focused on Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia, according to the agency, is intended to inject doubt into residents of Ukraine nearly six months into the war, the intelligence agency said.
“The moves are aimed at undermining the moral and psychological stability of the Ukrainian-minded population remaining in the city,” the agency said in a statement.
Ukraine’s government urged residents to remember that Ukraine will not bow to Russia’s intimidation tactics, and that one day the territory will rid itself of occupiers.
“All residents of the occupied territories should remember: All Ukrainian lands will be freed, Ukraine will remain an indivisible and unitary state, and every occupier and collaborator will receive a well-deserved retribution,” the agency said. Former president DonaldTrumpon Wednesday he declined to answer questions and invoked his right against self-incrimination during a deposition with investigators working forNew YorkAttorney GeneralLetitia James’ office.
“Under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution,” Mr Trump said at the end of a lengthy, rambling statement filled with attacks on Ms James, who has been overseeing a long-running probe into whether Mr Trump’s eponymous real estate company violated New York tax laws.
Shortly after posting on his own social media platform about having arrived at Ms James’ “very plush, beautiful, and expensive” offices, the ex-president sent out the statement through his government-funded post-presidential office.
Under an image of the Great Seal of the United States, Mr Trump accused the Empire State’s top prosecutor of “mak[ing] a career” of “attacking” him and his business and of being “a failed politician who has intentionally colluded with others” to “carry out this phony years-long crusade that has wasted countless taxpayer dollars”.
“What Letitia James has tried to do the last three years is a disgrace to the legal system, an affront to New York State taxpayers, and a violation of the solemn rights and protections afforded by the United States Constitution,” said Mr Trump, who added that he “did nothing wrong”.
Video of Russian Ammo cooking after the Ukrainian HIMARS attack
Ukraine continues to escalate its bombardment of Russian supply lines in southern Ukraine. But it might not matter that much in the end. Emphasis on might.
Before dawn on Sunday, Ukrainian forces—perhaps a battery of American-made High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems—reportedly struck a 40-car train carrying ammunition from supply dumps in occupied Crimea to Russian forces in Kherson Oblast.
The train exploded, killing as many as 80 Russians. Video reportedly depicting the blaze circulated online Wednesday.
The artillery raid in Brylivka, 20 miles southeast of Kherson, reportedly wrecked the train and the rails. It was the fourth time the Ukrainians have destroyed a Russian supply train.
“As a result of a Ukrainian strike against a Russian ammunition train in Kherson Oblast, southern Ukraine, it is highly unlikely the rail link connecting Kherson with Crimea remains operational,” the U.K. Defense Ministry stated.
That’s a problem for the Russian army, which never had enough trucks and thus heavily relies on trains to shift supplies to front-line forces. The Ukrainian army for weeks now systematically has been severing Russian supply lines in southern Ukraine—blowing up ammo dumps, poking holes in bridges.
The train strike compounds the destruction and deepens the supply woes for Russia’s 49th Combined Arms Army, which oversees most of the 30 or so battalion tactical groups gathering in and around Kherson.
The Russians can patch bridges and unbend rails, but that takes time. And with every day that passes, the 49th CAA draws down its existing supplies. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/one-killed-blasts-rock-russian-air-base-annexed-crimea-2022-08-09/
A Russian airbase deep behind the frontline in Crimea has been damaged by several large explosions, killing at least one person, although it was not immediately clear whether it had been targeted by a long-range Ukrainian missile strike.
Multiple social media videos showed explosions and clouds emerging from the Saky military base in Novofedorivka on the western coast of Crimea on Tuesday afternoon, prompting questions about how a location more than 100 miles (160km) from the frontline could have been attacked. Later a senior Ukrainian official appeared to claim responsibility, without giving details.
Russia’s defence ministry told the RIA Novosti news agency that the explosions took place at about 3.20pm local time, and that “several aviation munitions detonated” in a storage area. It said it was trying to discern the cause of the incident.
Russian tourists holidaying on beaches nearby could be seen leaving in fear. It is one of few occasions that the peninsula, occupied by Russia since 2014, has been directly affected by the latest fighting. Local people told one Russian news site that explosions went on for an hour.
Sergey Aksyonov, the Russian-appointed head of occupied Crimea, said one person had died. Earlier, he had filmed a video statement near the site, with smoke rising in the distance, saying that ambulance crews and medics were on the scene.
Ukrainian officials were slower to comment on the incident but in the early evening, one adviser to the president, Mikhail Podolyak, appeared to suggest the strike could herald a new phase of the conflict.
Podolyak said that Kyiv’s long-term goal was “demilitarisation of the Russian Federation”. He added: “The future of the Crimea is to be a pearl of the Black Sea, a national park with unique nature and a world resort. Not a military base for terrorists. It is just the beginning.” https://www.comicsands.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-fbi-trump-2657835416.html https://www.businessinsider.com/paul-manafort-exclusive-interview-trump-campaign-polling-data-russia-kilimnik-2022-8
Paul Manafort, the chairman of former president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, has admitted sharing confidential campaign polling data with a suspected Russian intelligence officer at the same time Moscow was interfering in the 2016 election on Mr Trump’s behalf.
In an interview with Insider, Mr Manafort — who was later convicted of tax evasion but received a pardon from the ex-president — said he shared the data, which the Department of the Treasury described as “sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy”, with suspected Russian intelligence officer Konstantin Kilimnik in hopes of financial gain for himself, not to aid Russia’s efforts to help Mr Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
"The data that I shared with him was a combination of public information and stuff for the spring that was — it was old,” said Mr Manafort, whose claim is at odds with what he told his former deputy, Rick Gates, in an email seized by federal investigators during the Justice Department’s probe into whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia’s pro-Trump interference efforts.
The email, which was seized by investigators working for then-special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller, said Mr Manafort ordered Gates — who was also convicted of multiple federal crimes discovered during Mr Mueller’s probe — to provide Mr Kilimnik with internal data from just two weeks before a meeting with the alleged Russian agent. >The outcome is a huge win for pro-choice advocates that will likely set the tone for what’s to come on abortion rights in a post-Roe America.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters on Tuesday sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights, rejecting a ballot measure in a conservative state with deep ties to the anti-abortion movement that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten restrictions or ban the procedure outright.
It was the first test of voter sentiment after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June that overturned the constitutional right to abortion, providing an unexpected result with potential implications for the coming midterm elections.
While it was just one state, the heavy turnout for an August primary that typically favors Republicans was a major victory for abortion rights advocates and provided a dash of hope for Democrats nationwide grasping for a game-changer during an election year otherwise filled with dark omens for their prospects in November.
It also provided a warning to Republicans who had celebrated the Supreme Court ruling and were moving swiftly with abortion bans or near-bans in nearly half the states.
“Kansans bluntly rejected anti-abortion politicians’ attempts at creating a reproductive police state,” said Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. ”Today’s vote was a powerful rebuke and a promise of the mounting resistance.” https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/10/war-on-parents-male-teacher-asked-this-moms-11-year-old-transgender-daughter-to-sleep-in-boys-cabin/
At the beginning of the school year in 2019, Jennifer received an email from her daughter’s 5th-grade teacher. The teacher, a male, was using a different name for her then-10-year-old daughter. Jennifer thought it was a mistake. The teacher must have accidentally emailed the wrong parent.
But then, Jennifer went to her daughter’s room and found a yellow Post-It note stuck to her dresser with that same name, along with the pronouns “they/them.”
“Do you have a new nickname?” Jennifer asked.
Her daughter responded yes.
Jennifer didn’t think much of it beyond harmless identity exploration. But a couple of months later, Jennifer received a more concerning call from a school counselor informing her that her daughter had used the words “suicide” and “cutting” with a friend.
The counselor recommended her daughter start seeing a therapist who was contracted with the school. That therapist was free to use, accessible during school hours, and qualified to handle her daughter’s mental health problems, Jennifer was told. Worried about her daughter, Jennifer said yes. But because her daughter was only 10 at the time, Jennifer would have to go into the school and give written permission. …why no federal marijuana legalization?
>Marijuana legalization question makes November ballot in Missouri
patchwork of 9001 state and local rules is unnecessarily and pointlessly overcomplicated
https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/marijuana/marijuana-legalization-question-makes-november-ballot-in-missouri/article_cb68f576-b482-56d0-aaba-e903a73a376f.html Former President Donald Trump invokes Fifth Amendment rights and declines to answer questions from NY attorney general
Former President Donald Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and declined to answer questions from the New York attorney general at a scheduled deposition Wednesday. https://news.yahoo.com/hillary-clinton-trump-fbi-raid-mar-a-lago-but-her-emails-hat-183731036.html
A day after the FBI conducted a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Hillary Clinton responded on Tuesday with a tweet promoting merchandise emblazoned with the phrase “But Her Emails” — which has become the sardonic response among her supporters to Trump’s many scandals.
Clinton wrote that every hat or T-shirt sold benefits Onward Together, the political action committee she founded following her loss to Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
In a follow-up tweet, the former secretary of state said that the $30 hats quickly sold out but could be preordered for when they are back in stock.
On Monday night, Trump revealed that the FBI executed a search warrant at his private club and residence in south Florida.
According to multiple reports, Monday’s FBI search at Mar-a-Lago was related to an investigation into Trump’s potential mishandling of classified documents.
Trump made Clinton’s allegedly lax security in her email practices a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign, leading chants at his rallies to “lock her up” for the possible crime. But Trump’s own handling of government documents and intelligence has long been scrutinized. https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canada-seizes-ghost-guns-3d-printed-gun-parts-2022-08-03/
OTTAWA, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Canada said on Wednesday it intercepted gun parts sent into the country through international mail, leading authorities to seize "ghost guns" and related 3-D printing equipment from two locations in British Columbia.
Ghost guns are privately made firearms that are not marked with a serial number and are difficult for law enforcement to trace.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in a statement ghost guns pose a serious risk and are becoming easier to manufacture and difficult to trace when used by criminals.
Border services officers in Vancouver and Toronto found firearms parts arriving by international mail and then tracked down people importing those parts, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in a statement.
The CBSA did not say where the mail was sent from.
Authorities searching a British Columbia home in April seized a 3D printing machine making a lower receiver for a handgun, along with six more handgun parts with no serial number.
In a separate search at another British Columbia location, investigators seized a loaded 9mm handgun with no serial number, nine non-restricted long guns, among others, CBSA said. Two people were arrested after the raids but were released pending investigations.
Canada's gun homicide rate is much lower than the rate in the United States, where rules on buying firearms are looser, but it's higher than the rates of many other rich countries and has been rising, according to official data.
Ottawa has been trying to combat rising gun violence through domestically focused policies, such as a ban on handgun purchases. But hard-to-trace smuggled guns from the United States pose a bigger challenge to Canada's problem, Reuters reported last month.
Between Jan. 1, 2019 and June 30, 2022, the CBSA in the Pacific region seized 581 firearms at ports of entry and in international mail shipments. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2022/07/29/in-southern-ukraine-kyivs-artillery-drops-bridges-and-isolates-a-whole-russian-army/?sh=56c992b1e1a5
The 49th Combined Arms Army is the main Russian force in southern Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast.
That makes it the Ukrainian army’s main target as the Ukrainians put more weight behind their counteroffensive in Kherson.
The Ukrainian army in recent days systematically has cut off the 49th CAA’s main supply lines. The Russians are adapting. But the tension, in the 49th CAA’s headquarters, must be palpable. And not just because the Ukrainian army has become fairly adept at blowing up those HQs.
The 49th CAA is one of a dozen field armies that oversee the bulk of the Russian army’s front-line forces. The Kremlin has committed 10 of these armies to Russia’s wider war in Ukraine.
The 49th CAA on paper is a powerful force. It draws its roughly 10 battalion tactical groups—each with several hundred soldiers and dozens of vehicles—from motorized, air assault and costal-defense regiments, brigades and divisions. In all, the 49th CAA might oversee 10,000 troops.
Those troops struggle with unfavorable geography. The port city of Kherson with its pre-war population of 300,000 is the center of gravity of the oblast the 49th CAA occupies. Holding Kherson is central to Russian war aims. Liberating it is central to Ukrainian war aims.
But Kherson is surrounded by water. The city lies on the northwest bank of the wide Dnipro River, which winds south through Ukraine before emptying into the Black Sea. The Inhulets River, a tributary of the Dnipro, cuts south across Kherson Oblast and merges with the Dnipro east of the port.
There are three main bridges that connect Kherson to territory south and east: the Antonovsky Bridge across the Dnipro on the southern edge of Kherson as well as a nearby rail bridge, plus the P47 highway bridge across the Inhulets just outside the city. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/mexico-testing-limits-of-using-law-to-bar-cultural-appropriation
Mexico’s new ban on the unauthorized use of indigenous art and design highlights questions about how far intellectual property laws can be used in a global push against exploitation of marginalized cultures.
The Federal Law for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Indigenous and Afro-Mexican People and Communities empowers groups to sue if someone without permission copies or imitates symbols, designs, or other elements of their heritage, “even in a degree of confusion.” It carries up to a 10-year prison term for illicitly producing or selling indigenous creations.
But as the law raises the stakes, it leaves open crucial questions that could make guesswork of compliance and enforcement. And legally protecting a collective ownership of a culture may prove fundamentally problematic because of inherent subjectivity and conflicts with free expression and intellectual property law principles.
The goal of the sanctions enacted this year are “noble,” but “the law is too abstract,” intellectual property attorney Kiyoshi Tsuru of TMI Abogados in Mexico City said. He also said creators may respond by “avoiding Mexican culture altogether” rather than just the indigenous groups the law aims to protect.
“This is something that needs to be addressed. However, there are still doubts on whether this is the most efficient way,” Tsuru said. “Creators need to have a basic level of legal certainty, and also they need to have their freedom of expression and freedom to work and be protected.” https://youtu.be/J9iS60_Mlqc
The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022 was approved in the House for reauthorization with a massive majority of 401 votes to 20.
The act combats human trafficking — particularly sex trafficking — through severe penalties for perpetrators and support services for victims.
It first came into law as the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, when it passed the House and Senate with almost no opposition, and has been reauthorized multiple times without significant challenge.
Gaetz has been under federal investigation since 2020 over the question of whether he had sex with a minor, and whether he paid for her to cross state lines, as The New York Times first reported. Paying for a minor to travel interstate for sex would count as sex-trafficking.
Gaetz has not been charged with anything and has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
A former associate, Joel Greenberg — whom Gaetz once called his "wingman"— has pleaded guilty to six charges, including sex trafficking a minor, Politico reported. Greenberg's sentencing has been delayed in order to cooperate with the investigation into Gaetz, per the outlet.
Gaetz did not immediately respond to Insider's query about the vote, made outside normal US working hours, about why he voted no.
In comments to Insider on Wednesday in response to a quip by a Mike Pence aide about the matter, a Gaetz spokesperson described the idea that he had engaged in sex-trafficking as a "debunked conspiracy theory."
Gaetz did not speak in a 40-minute debate on the day of the vote. Republicans will defend when they shadowban people.
Former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform bills itself as a free speech playground. But a new study from Public Citizen finds that the site “blocked content on topics such as abortion and the January 6 attack on the Capitol.” A researcher with the progressive advocacy group writes: “In the wake of that [Jan. 6] hearing, I attempted to post, ‘Trump’s defamatory lies about Shaye Moss and her mother were cruel, racist, and dangerous. Time for accountability. #Jan6 #january6th #January6thHearings.’ That post was blocked.” Elsewhere, the study alleges that posts in favor of abortion rights could be “blocked” and fail to appear on the user’s profile. Neither a Trump spokesperson nor a Truth Social representative returned The Daily Beast’s requests for comment Tuesday evening. The study follows The Daily Beast’s reporting on pro-Trump users accusing the platform of “censorship” with its “sensitive content” notices. The Daily Beast further reported on a pro-MAGA Truth Social influencer claiming Trump had blocked her.
https://www.citizen.org/article/truth-cant-handle-the-truth/#_ftn4 https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/americans-fear-irs-will-use-inflation-reduction-act-funding-to-audit-average-and-lower-income-taxpayers/ar-AA10sDQ4 Global Warming is fake
>The Great Barrier Reef has recorded it's highest amount of coral cover since the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) began monitoring 36 years ago, according to a report published Thursday.
>An AIMS survey of 87 reefs found that between August 2021 and May 2022, average hard coral cover in the upper region and central areas of the reef increased by around one third.
>It's a rare piece of good news for the world-famous reef, which in March underwent its sixth mass bleaching event.
>AIMS CEO Dr. Paul Hardisty said the results in the north and central regions were a sign the reef could still recover from mass bleaching and outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish that feed on coral.
>However, he emphasized that the loss of coral cover elsewhere in the reef suggests it is still susceptible to threats, like marine heatwaves. The report added that due to climate change, these disturbances that could reverse the progress in coral growth were likely to become more frequent and longer lasting.
>AIMS monitoring program team leader Dr. Mike Emslie said that most of the increase was driven by fast-growing Acropora corals which are "particularly vulnerable" to coral bleaching, wave damage caused by tropical cyclones and as prey for the starfish.
In other environmental news, Greta's mom stopped giving her daughter puberty blockers when she turned 19 and Greta hit the wall hard as fuuuuuuuu Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA) on Thursday temporarily halted card payments for ads across Pornhub and parent company MindGeek after a lawsuit raised questions around the role of payment processors in facilitating the distribution of child pornography.
In a ruling Friday, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Central California denied Visa’s request to be dismissed from a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed Visa was responsible in allowing a sexually explicit video of her at age 13 to be circulated across Pornhub.com.
Visa and Mastercard stopped allowing payments on Pornhub in December 2020 following a New York Times report by columnist Nicholas Kristof that alleged the pornographic website showed videos of child abuse and sexual assault. However, the payments processors continued to allow card payments for ad purchases.
"The legal decision, with which we disagree, has created new uncertainty about the role of TrafficJunky, MindGeek’s advertising arm," Visa CEO Al Kelly said in a statement Thursday.
"Accordingly, we will suspend TrafficJunky’s Visa acceptance privileges based on the court’s decision until further notice," he said. "During this suspension, Visa cards will not be able to be used to purchase advertising on any sites including Pornhub or other MindGeek affiliated sites."
Mastercard followed suit in suspending the use of its cards at TrafficJunky shortly after Visa's decision.
"New facts from last week’s court ruling made us aware of advertising revenue outside of our view that appears to provide Pornhub with indirect funding," the company said in a statement to Yahoo Finance. "This step will further enforce our December 2020 decision to terminate the use of our products on that site.
An apparel company known for inflammatory apparel championing the Second Amendment and Donald Trump has been fined after the Federal Trade Commission found the company falsely claimed its imported apparel is made in the U.S.
Utah-based Lions Not Sheep and its owner, SeanWhalen, were slapped with a $211,335 fine last week after the FTC found the company removed “Made in China” tags, replacing them with fake “Made in the USA” labels, according to a FTC news release.
The fine comes on the heels of a complaint filed by the FTC in May.
According to the FTC, the company added phony Made in USA labels to clothing imported from China and other countries. The FTC release did not not identify the other countries.
The apparel company sells items including T-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets on its website as well as through Amazon and Etsy.
Products, according to the FTC, are marketed heavily through social media channels, claiming that it would “show people it’s possible to live your life as a LION, Not a sheep.”
Some shirts on its website read “give violence a chance,” depict former President Trump as the Terminator and feature military-style firearms. The fire at the Matanzas supertanker base has killed at least one person and injured 125 others, with another 14 firefighters still missing. It also forced officials to shut down a thermoelectric plant on Monday after it ran out of water, sparking concerns about additional blackouts.
The facility caught on fire late on Friday after lightning struck one of its tanks, sparking several explosions as it spread over the weekend. The first tank was at 50% capacity and contained nearly 883,000 cubic feet (25,000 cubic meters) of fuel. The second tank was full.
Officials have yet to provide an estimate of damages.
The blaze comes just days after the government announced scheduled blackouts for the capital of Havana amid a sweltering summer.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/09/cuba-matanzas-oil-depot-fire-energy-shortage "RIA News". Due to the constant shelling of the Zaporozhye NPP by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), the station is in danger, and the ongoing Ukrainian attacks could lead to a global man-made disaster, Russia warns.
On August 7, the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at the power plant again, as a result of which the high-voltage line was damaged, there was an energy surge at the NPP itself, and the staff needed to reduce the capacity of two power units to 500 megawatts, the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, reported.
"There was a voltage surge at the Zaporozhye NPP, which caused smoke on the open switchgear of the station. The protection system also worked, which turned off the power supply. The arrived firefighters managed to eliminate the smoke," he said.
The representative of the Defense Ministry described the Ukrainian attack as an act of nuclear terrorism aimed at creating a humanitarian catastrophe in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.
On the same day, the head of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, Yevgeny Balitsky, also said that after the attack of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, two power units of the Zaporozhye NPP were not working at full capacity. He called on the IAEA and UN delegations to come to the station to inspect and record the facts and the direction of the shelling.
Prior to that, the head of the National Defense Control Center of Russia, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, warned that a potential accident at the Zaporozhye NPP threatens unpredictable and unprecedented consequences for the whole world.
"In the event of an accident at the Zaporozhye NPP, a global man—made catastrophe will occur, which in terms of the scale of radioactive contamination will significantly exceed the consequences of accidents at the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants," Mizintsev said.
Former President Trump on Friday criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) planned trip to Taiwan, which has been condemned by China but generally praised by congressional Republicans.
Beijing has warned Pelosi against visiting the island, saying it would challenge a “red line” and will be met with “resolute countermeasures.” The Chinese government has stepped up military drills near Taiwan, which it claims sovereignty over, in the past few months.
Trump said on his social media platform Truth Social that “the China mess is the last thing she should be involved in — She will only make it worse.”
“Everything she touches,” he wrote, “turns to Chaos, Disruption, and ‘Crap.'”
Trump’s comments put him at odds with some members of his party who have commended Pelosi for seeking to defend democracy and human rights.
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, said the United States should show solidarity with Taiwan and not “cower” to the wishes of the Chinese government.
The White House, meanwhile, has not been an enthusiastic backer of Pelosi visiting, with President Biden saying that the U.S. military “thinks it’s not a good time right now,” though he has made no public moves to try to stop her.
Biden had a 2 1/2-hour call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, during which the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the status of Taiwan. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2022/08/03/do-you-know-what-perjury-is-attorney-for-sandy-hook-parents-says-alex-jones-lied-about-phone-records/
Attorneys representing the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims accused InfoWars host Alex Jones of perjury at his defamation damages trial Wednesday, saying Jones' legal team accidentally sent records proving Jones wrote numerous emails and text messages referencing the massacre, even though Jones testified he could not find any of that information.
Plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Bankston said Jones' lawyers mistakenly turned over years of records from his cell phone during discovery in the Texas damages trial.
Jones previously testified under oath that he searched for "Sandy Hook" on his phone, but the search yielded no results.
Jones also testified he could not have written emails that referenced Sandy Hook because he does not use email, but Bankston showed Jones did, in fact, write emails that mentioned Sandy Hook.
The InfoWars host insisted he did not lie, telling Bankston at one point, "this is ridiculous."
"Do you know what perjury is?" Bankston asked.
He's fucked. But thats okay, at least he can appeal on the fact that his lawyer is incompetant...
Guess not! Ethan Liming a white boy who was killed by three remarkable pride of the community black guys were actually defending themselves against a water gun. They were so afraid by that they got into fight or flight mode and beat up the nasty perpetrator and because they were so afraid continue to stomp his head while he was unconscious resulting in his death. When the friend of Ethan tried to call the emergency service, they took his phone fearing the racist police of course. Imagine the trauma they had to go through and they still charged them with involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor, and yet still some people are asking for harsher sentence for murder which is simply just self defense against racist white people THE AUDACITY. I am going to start a go fund me for their bail and take this onto the streets, I saw new Jordans that I need after all. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!
VINCENT, Ala. — A racist text message sent by a police officer has prompted officials in a small Alabama town to disband their police department and fire the police chief and assistant chief.
Vincent Mayor James Latimore on Thursday confirmed that Police Chief James Srygley and Assistant Chief John L. Goss had been dismissed, al.com reported.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office on Friday condemned the two officers' actions and said it stands with the city "in providing emergency law enforcement related service to the citizens (of Vincent) at this time."
In the message, which recently surfaced on social media, someone identified as "752″ texts: "What do y'all call a pregnant slave?" An unidentified recipient responds twice: "?" and "??"
"752″ answers: "BOGO Buy one, get one free"
"This has torn this community apart. It doesn't matter what color we are as long as we do right by people," City Councilman Corey Abrams said during Thursday's council meeting.
On Tuesday, Latimore said "appropriate action has been taken" against the officer alleged to have sent the text, though at the time he would not name the person or anyone involved.
The city's website lists three people in its department: Srygley, Goss and Officer Lee Carden.
During the council meeting, Latimore announced he had suspended the chief and assistant chief, and the council voted to end the agency. Latimer said Carden turned in his resignation via text message just hours after the city council voted to dissolve the department.
Located in central Alabama, southeast of Birmingham, Vincent has a population of just under 2,000 people. It's located in Shelby, St. Clair, and Talladega counties. Rodney A. Barber, the person who pled guilty to bribing Democrat party chairman Phil Nichols in exchange for winning a contract to do work for the Muncie Sanitary District, and also giving Democrat official Tracy Barton $5,000 in cash to "illegally contribute" to democrat Mayor Dennis Tyler's re-election campaign, is being sentenced this week
MUNCIE, Ind. — The sentencing hearing for a Delaware County contractor charged in a federal investigation of corruption in Muncie city government has been rescheduled for Sept. 6.
Rodney A. Barber, 54, had most recently been set to enter a guilty plea — to a count of fraud — and be sentenced on July 27. U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson granted Barber's request for a continuance.
According to a plea agreement signed in 2021, Barber will admit to paying Phil Nichols, ex-local Democratic Party chairman, $5,500 in cash in exchange for winning a contract to do work for the Muncie Sanitary District, and giving then-MSD official Tracy Barton $5,000 in cash to "illegally contribute" to Mayor Dennis Tyler's re-election campaign.
The latter payment led to Tyler's November 2021 conviction on a count of theft of government funds. The former mayor later spent five months in a federal prison in West Virginia.
The democrat former mayor spent time in a federal prison in West Virginia.
According to court documents, Barber also has admitted to removing a tree from outside Tyler's northside home "in exchange for favorable consideration" in the awarding of future contracts.
That charge stemmed from a conspiracy — also involving Nichols, MSD administrator Nikki Grigsby, then-city police officer Jess Neal and contractor Tony Franklin — to solicit bribes in exchange for the awarding of Muncie Sanitary District contracts. https://www.reuters.com/world/us/exclusive-trump-backed-michigan-attorney-general-candidate-involved-voting-2022-08-07/
The Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general led a team that gained unauthorized access to voting equipment while hunting for evidence to support former President Donald Trump’s false election-fraud claims, according to a Reuters analysis of court filings and public records.
The analysis shows that people working with Matthew DePerno - the Trump-endorsed nominee for the state’s top law-enforcement post - examined a vote tabulator from Richfield Township, a conservative stronghold of 3,600 people in northern Michigan’s Roscommon County.
The Richfield security breach is one of four similar incidents being investigated by Michigan's current attorney general, Democrat Dana Nessel. Under state law, it is a felony to seek or provide unauthorized access to voting equipment.
DePerno did not respond to a request for comment.
The involvement of a Republican attorney general nominee in a voting-system breach comes amid a national effort by backers of Trump’s fraud falsehoods to win state offices that could prove critical in deciding any future contested elections.
In Arizona last week, three Trump-backed candidates who claim the 2020 election was stolen won Republican primary elections for governor, attorney general and secretary of state, the top official overseeing elections. In Pennsylvania, Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano has vowed to decertify any election he considers fraudulent through his appointed secretary of state. Michigan, Arizona and Pennsylvania are all presidential election battlegrounds. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gop-slams-weaponization-doj-after-trumps-mar-a-lago-raided-fbi-dems-call-accountability
After former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida was raided by FBI agents, Republicans are slamming the Biden administration and accusing the Department of Justice of "political weaponization," while Democrats are lauding the agency for holding Trump accountable for "wrongdoing."
Intersting how this same DOJ, FBI cannot "see" the second generation of political corruption represented by Nancy Pelosi. She used the Taiwan trip to distract from the scandal of her family making millions off insider trading, and her husbands second DUI.
And Bill Clinton's 26 trips to Epsteins Lolita Island are also invisible to the current DOJ/FBI.
Hunter Biden and Joe Biden just happening to team up on the sweet sale of some oil to a Chinese Company Hunter happens to sit on the board of is invisible to this DOJ/FBI too.
Their official oaths are meaningless.
They by their behavior, are below Banana Republic tier. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nancy-pelosi-reacts-fbi-raid-trumps-mar-a-lago-resort-says-authorities-justification
What she really means is not her millions made in insider trading, nor her husbands second DUI. She used the Taiwan trip to deflect the liberal media and her NPCs attention from that.
Bill Clinton had 26 trips to Epsteins Lolita Island. Hunter Biden just happened to be on the board of the Chinese company Joe Biden sold 850,000 barrels from the US strategic Oil Reserves.
Banana Republic is tiers above the crap Democrats are pulling. "Forcing those who evade taxes to pay their taxes is tantamount to a tax hike'
WASHINGTON — Democrats have ditched their dreams of higher tax rates on individuals and corporations, settling instead for a corporate minimum tax and stricter enforcement of current laws.
Merely proposing that the Internal Revenue Service crack down on tax evasion, however, has prompted a fierce Republican response.
“They’re just gonna go attack every small business person,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) told HuffPost. “We know how the IRS treats people. You’re guilty until proven innocent.”
The Inflation Reduction Act, which Democrats are hoping to push through the Senate without any Republican votes this month, would boost the IRS budget by $80 billion, with more than half of that going toward enforcement and $3 billion of it for improved customer service.
“This is an agency that only succeeded in answering about one out of every 50 phone calls during the 2021 tax season,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Yet 4% of the $80 billion is going to taxpayer services — 57% goes to enforcement, so that the IRS can spend more time harassing taxpayers around this country.”
The U.S. relies on voluntary compliance with its tax code, and the American people collectively underpay their taxes by hundreds of billions annually. Much of the so-called tax gap results from people underreporting non-wage income, such as from sole proprietorships or business partnerships. (Regular wage earners typically have their income reported directly to the IRS and federal income taxes are deducted from their paychecks.)
Since there’s so much tax noncompliance, including through willful evasion, stricter IRS enforcement more than pays for itself. Investing $80 billion in the IRS would yield $207 billion in revenue over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Remember our toilet scoop in Axios AM earlier this year? Maggie Haberman's forthcoming book about former President Trump will report that White House residence staff periodically found wads of paper clogging a toilet — and believed the former president, a notorious destroyer of Oval Office documents, was the flusher.
Why it matters: Destroying records that should be preserved is potentially illegal.
Trump denied it and called Haberman, whose New York Times coverage he follows compulsively, a "maggot."
Well, it turns out there are photos. And here they are, published for the first time.
Haberman — who obtained the photos recently — shared them with us ahead of the Oct. 4 publication of her book, "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America."
A Trump White House source tells her the photo on the left shows a commode in the White House.
The photo on the right is from an overseas trip, according to the source.
Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich told Axios: "You have to be pretty desperate to sell books if pictures of paper in a toilet bowl is part of your promotional plan."
"We know ... there's enough people willing to fabricate stories like this in order to impress the media class — a media class who is willing to run with anything, as long as it anti-Trump."
Between the lines: The new evidence is a reminder that despite the flood of Trump books, Haberman's is hotly anticipated in Trumpworld. In effigy
DALLAS — It was a Trump rally with a Hungarian accent.
Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister who has consolidated autocratic power with hard-right opposition to immigration and liberal democracy, addressed a crowd of thousands of American admirers in Dallas on Thursday with a red-meat speech that could have easily been delivered by any Republican candidate on the campaign trail this year.
Orban presented the two countries as twin fronts in a struggle against common enemies he described as globalists, progressives, communists and “fake news.”
“The West is at war with itself,” Orban said. “The globalist can all go to hell. I have come to Texas,” he added, stumbling over a famous slogan attributed to Texas legend Davy Crockett.
The speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) went ahead despite Orban’s latest controversy: a speech in which he railed against Europe becoming “mixed race,” saying that Europeans did not want to live with people from outside the continent. One of his own close advisers resigned in protest, calling the speech “pure Nazi.” Democrats are the corporate party, as one of their own proves she is pay2play and pro corruption
Remember the days when taking half a million bucks from an industry, and then passing legislation that only benefits that industry, while passing the costs onto everyone else, would be called corruption? Today it's just lobbying as usual.
Sinema Received Over $500K From Private Equity Before Shielding Industry From Tax Hikes
Senate Democrats passed a pared-backed reconciliation package on Sunday, but only after a pair of widely supported provisions that would have made it harder for Wall Street tycoons to reduce their tax bills were removed at the behest of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema—the right-wing Arizona Democrat who has taken more than $500,000 in campaign contributions from private equity executives during the current election cycle.
"Remember the days when taking half a million bucks from an industry, and then passing legislation that only benefits that industry, while passing the costs onto everyone else, would be called corruption?" Brown University political economist Mark Blyth asked on social media. "Today it's just lobbying as usual."
Last week, Sinema agreed to back the Inflation Reduction Act as long as the so-called "carried interest loophole," which benefits hedge fund managers and private equity moguls by allowing their investment income to be taxed at the long-term capital gains rate of around 20% rather than the ordinary top income rate of 37%, was preserved.
Democrats, who needed Sinema's support to pass the filibuster-proof bill through the evenly split Senate, obliged, forgoing a modest reform that would have raised an estimated $14 billion in federal revenue over a decade by increasing the holding period for investments to qualify for preferential tax treatment from three to five years. The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog last year suddenly scrapped plans to recover missing Secret Service text messages linked to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, sources have told The Washington Post.
The crucial texts were lost as the Secret Service switched to a new system and new devices.
After learning of the vanished texts, DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari’s office initially planned in February 2021 to contact all Homeland Security agencies, offering data specialists to help retrieve any relevant messages from their phones, according to government whistleblowers who provided reports to Congress, the Post reported.
But according to three sources who spoke with the Post, Cuffari’s office suddenly decided later that month not to collect phones or review any data.
A senior forensics analyst in Cuffari’s office had arranged to collect some phones, according to sources. But late on the night of Feb. 18, one of several deputies who “report to Cuffari’s team” wrote an email to investigators instructing them not to take the phones and not to seek any data from them, according to a copy of an internal record shared with the Post.
The House Jan. 6 committee is seeking the text messages to shed light on Donald Trump’s actions around the time of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Blockbuster testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, later corroborated by others, revealed a confrontation between the president and his Secret Service detail. Hutchinson said Trump demanded to go to the Capitol as the assault was getting underway, but that Secret Service agents refused to take him.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/07/29/homeland-inspector-general-texts/ A tracing virus introduced into the pedo community to trace out the extent of the pedo problem in the US is already showing success.
Already 454 pedos have been outed in Texas 447 men, 7 women.
The tracing virus has been named "Monkeypox" by the pedo community.
The Pedo in Chief Biden has declared PTV1 a pedo health emergency.
>After five months of fighting, Ukraine's military has forced Russia to reduce its ambitions.
>Much of Ukraine's battlefield success is owed to its more capable noncommissioned officers.
>With strategic competition increasing, Western militaries are emphasizing the role of skilled NCOs.
In the five months since Russia launched its attack, Ukraine's military has relied on its enlisted leaders to frustrate Moscow and force it to reduce its ambitions after heavy losses and limited progress.
Speaking to senior enlisted leaders from 65 countries on Monday, Chief Master Sgt. of the Ukrainian Air Force Kostiantyn Stanislavchuk attributed the effectiveness of those noncommissioned officers — which refers to troops who have risen through the enlisted ranks but have not been commissioned as officers — to a training process that was revamped after Russia's 2014 invasion in order to emphasize leadership and the ability to think and act independently.
"I believe the sergeant corps plays an important role in this" success, Stanislavchuk said at the Senior Enlisted Leaders International Summit hosted by the US Air Force outside Washington, DC. "After all, the actions of small army units are managed by our junior commanders."
"The sergeants of the armed forces, without waiting for instructions from the above, took the initiative" to conduct "independent, small operations" and act "independently and resourcefully," Stanislavchuk said through a translator. "In this way, the defense forces are comparatively different from the enemy, where generals are forced to personally raise their subordinates to attack." https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/29/us/russian-indictment-florida.html
MIAMI — The Russian man with a trim beard and patterned T-shirt appeared in a Florida political group’s YouTube livestream in March, less than three weeks after his country had invaded Ukraine, and falsely claimed that what had happened was not an invasion.
“I would like to address the free people around the world to tell you that Western propaganda is lying when they say that Russia invaded Ukraine,” he said through an interpreter.
His name was Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov, and he described himself as a “human rights activist.”
But federal authorities say he was working for the Russian government, orchestrating a yearslong influence campaign to use American political groups to spread Russian propaganda and interfere with U.S. elections. On Friday, the Justice Department revealed that it had charged Mr. Ionov with conspiring to have American citizens act as illegal agents of the Russian government.
Mr. Ionov, 32, who lives in Moscow and is not in custody, is accused of recruiting three political groups in Florida, Georgia and California from December 2014 through March, providing them with financial support and directing them to publish Russian propaganda. On Friday, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions against him.
David Walker, the top agent in the F.B.I.’s Tampa field office, called the allegations “some of the most egregious and blatant violations we’ve seen by the Russian government in order to destabilize and undermine trust in American democracy.”
In 2017 and 2019, Mr. Ionov supported the campaigns of two candidates for local office in St. Petersburg, Fla., where one of the American political groups was based, according to a 24-page indictment. He wrote to a Russian official in 2019 that he had been “consulting every week” on one of the campaigns, the indictment said. https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/04/economy/monthly-jobs-report-preview-july/index.html
The US economy has now regained all jobs lost during the pandemic, after a blowout July jobs report that showed a gain of 528,000 jobs, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The massive monthly gain was more than double the 250,000 that economists were expecting, according to Refinitiv.
The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% after holding at 3.6% for the past four months. The July jobless rate matched the half-century low last seen in February 2020.
Friday's employment snapshot marks the 19th consecutive month of job growth and is the highest monthly gain since the economy added 714,000 jobs in February. July's job totals outpace the average monthly gain of 388,000 jobs of the past four months, BLS data shows. >Trump indicates if he were president, he wouldn't make any deal to free the imprisoned basketball star because she "makes, you know, a lot of money."
Former President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at American WNBA star Brittney Griner as “spoiled,” and indicated he wouldn’t make any deals to get her out of prison in Russia because she “makes a lot of money.”
Griner was arrested in Moscow in February as she entered the country for a tournament when officials discovered vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her luggage.
Trump claimed on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show that Griner entered Russia “loaded up with drugs.”
In fact she had .7 grams (.024 ounces) of cannabis oil, which is legal in her home state of Arizona and in many other states in America. Russian media, which reported the amount, said officials considered it “significant.”
Griner, who said she had a doctor’s note for the cannabis oil, explained in a Russian court when she pleaded guilty early this month that she had forgotten that it was in her bag and brought it into the country inadvertently.
The athlete was arrested as Russian officials were railing against Western sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine. Griner faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of transporting drugs.
Trump criticized reports that the U.S. is considering trading notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, being held in an American prison, to secure the release of Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence in Russia on what U.S. officials call baseless espionage charges.
Griner “knew you don’t go in there loaded up with drugs, and she admitted it,” Trump said.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the self-ruled island that is claimed by China in 25 years.
Pelosi’s visit has triggered increased tensions between China and the United States. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, to be annexed by force if necessary, and views visits by foreign government officials as recognition of the island’s sovereignty.
China had warned of “resolute and strong measures” if Pelosi went ahead with the trip. The Biden administration did not explicitly urge her to call it off, while seeking to assure Beijing it would not signal any change in U.S. policy on Taiwan.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was believed headed for Taiwan on Tuesday on a visit that could significantly escalate tensions with Beijing, which claims the self-ruled island as its own territory.
Pelosi is on an Asian tour this week that is being closely watched to see if she will defy China’s warnings against visiting the island republic, a close U.S. ally.
China has vowed to retaliate if Pelosi becomes the highest U.S. elected official to visit Taiwan in more than 25 years, but has given no details. Speculation has centered on threatening military exercises and possible incursions by Chinese planes and ships into areas under Taiwanese control.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Washington’s betrayal “on the Taiwan issue is bankrupting its national credibility.”
“Some American politicians are playing with fire on the issue of Taiwan,” Wang said in a statement. “This will definitely not have a good outcome ... the exposure of America’s bullying face again shows it as the world’s biggest saboteur of peace.” The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to expand health care and disability benefits to millions of veterans — less than a week after more than two dozen Republicans blocked it and drew outrage from the veterans’ community, comedian Jon Stewart and others.
The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, or the PACT Act, passed in a 86-11 vote. It now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
It should have passed the Senate last week. A similar version of the PACT Act passed the Senate in June, in an 84-14 vote. It’s not particularly controversial: It would allow soldiers, sailors and airmen exposed to pits of burnt waste in combat zones to be covered by the Veterans Affairs health care system for related illnesses. Many of these vets got sick from exposure to burn pits during the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
But last Wednesday, right after the news broke that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had struck a deal on a massive tax and climate change package, 25 Republicans unexpectedly blocked the PACT Act despite previously voting to advance it. It made no sense, except in the context of Republicans having a full-blown tantrum about a Democratic deal they didn’t like and taking out their anger on a totally unrelated veterans bill.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) led the GOP effort to block the bill, saying he wanted to add an amendment related to budgetary spending.
The GOP vote to block the bill spurred veterans to show up outside the Capitol in protest, some of whom had been camped outside of the building for days. Stewart, who has advocated on behalf of veterans for years, joined them and tore into Republicans as “stab-vets-in-the-back senators.”
“If this is America first, then America is fucked,” Stewart fumed.
https://apnews.com/article/biden-entertainment-jon-stewart-health-care-reform-congress-a015fc694b7faa3227446bc9cf822441 https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-says-the-fbi-raided-mar-a-lago-and-broke-into-his-safe/ar-AA10sfA1 https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-moscow-donetsk-prisoners-of-war-609be7f88cbcb2e730b7c5d1bf368df5
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials believe Russia is working to fabricate evidence concerning last week’s deadly strike on prison housing prisoners of war in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine.
U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russia is looking to plant false evidence to make it appear that Ukrainian forces were responsible for the July 29 attack on Olenivka Prison that left 53 dead and wounded dozens more, a U.S. official familiar with the intelligence finding told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Russia has claimed that Ukraine’s military used U.S.-supplied rocket launchers to strike the prison in Olenivka, a settlement controlled by the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic.
The Ukrainian military denied making any rocket or artillery strikes in Olenivka. The intelligence arm of the Ukrainian defense ministry claimed in a statement Wednesday to have evidence that local Kremlin-backed separatists colluded with the Russian FSB, the KGB’s main successor agency, and mercenary group Wagner to mine the barrack before “using a flammable substance, which led to the rapid spread of fire in the room.”
The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the classified intelligence — which was recently downgraded — shows that Russian officials might even plant ammunition from medium-ranged High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, as evidence that the systems provided by the U.S. to Ukraine were used in the attack.
Russia is expected to take the action as it anticipates independent investigators and journalists eventually getting access to Olenivka, the official added.
Ukraine has effectively used HIMARS launchers, which fire medium-range rockets and can be quickly moved before Russia can target them with return fire, and have been seeking more launchers from the United States. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-62458703 Reminder: FBI Director Wray was one of the people responsible for the fucked up surveillance of Americans under Bush.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-says-mar-a-lago-home-florida-siege-fbi-agents As we all know hyper spending from the government helps inflation. Here is the bill that just passed due to the Vice President. $300mil for climate change. Some things about Medicare prescriptions and taxes. Also the IRS got given 80billion.
>NPR article about the bill
>The inflation bill
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/22128080-inflation-reduction-act-of-2022 Two Democrats, including the elected democrat official and mayor of San Luis, Arizona, convicted of running a “sophisticated” election ballot crime ring scheme in Arizona are scheduled to be sentenced September 1.
Read more below: https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2022/06/02/election-fraud-plea-deal-leads-to-disturbing-disclosures-about-ballot-harvesting-investigation/
Two women convicted in a ballot fraud scheme in Arizona are scheduled to be sentenced September 1.
Prosecutors say Guillermina Fuentes, a school board member and former mayor in the border city of San Luis, Arizona, used her influential position in local Democrat politics to run a “sophisticated” election ballot crime ring in 2020. She has pleaded guilty in the case, along with an accompilce: Alma Juarez.
Fuentes convinced voters to let her illegally gather and, in some cases fill out their ballots in the 2020 primary, according to prosecutors. Under state law, it’s illegal for anybody except a family member or caregiver to deliver early ballots on behalf of another voter.
Prosecutors gathered evidence that Fuentes was part of a well organized illegal ballot ring, allegedly paying people to give her their ballots in 2016, in addition to the 2020 fraud. Prosecutors allowed Fuentes and Juarez to each plead guilty to far lesser crimes: a single charge of ballot abuse in the 2020 matter.
An ex-employee of Fuentes reportedly told investigators Fuentes paid approximately 50 people for their ballots in the 2016 election. In 2020, video shows Fuentes allegedly giving multiple ballots to Juarez. https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/08/03/india-approves-climate-plan-with-increased-ambition-clarifying-energy-goals/ https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/metro-atlanta-couple-charged-with-using-adopted-kids-make-child-porn/DQIMBH4YZNFC5E6UUSSXM2HLDA/
August 06, 2022 at 11:32 am EDT
WALTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Walton County couple has been arrested and are facing child sex crime charges for acts deputies say they committed against their adopted children.
Last month, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office raided a home in unincorporated Loganville where they believed a man was downloading child pornography. When interviewing him, the suspect admitted to collecting child porn and identified a second suspect in Oxford.
The suspect told deputies that the other suspect was making the child porn with at least one child who lived in his home. The first suspect’s identity has not been released.
Deputies were able to get arrest warrants for both adult men living in the home, William Dale Zulock, 32, and Zachary Jacoby Zulock, 35.
Walton County’s Division of Family and Child Services joined deputies in responding to the home to help protect the two children in the home.
After making sure the children were safe, investigators found evidence that the couple, who were the adoptive fathers of the pair of brothers living there, were recording themselves committing sexually abusive acts against the children.
Both men are being held in the Walton County Jail on charges of aggravated child molestation, sexual exploitation of a child and enticing a child for indecent purposes. William Zulock has an additional charge of child molestation.
Deputies say their investigation is ongoing, but the boys are now safe. https://www.businessinsider.com/covington-kid-nicholas-sandmann-loses-lawsuits-against-abc-nyt-others-2022-7
Nicholas Sandmann, the teen who appeared in a viral video in an apparent confrontation with a Native American elder in 2019, has lost his defamation lawsuits against several media companies.
A federal judge struck the cases filed by Sandmann against The New York Times, CBS News, ABC News, NBC Universal Media, Rolling Stone, and Gannett on Tuesday, court documents show.
Sandmann's lawsuit was based around statements by the elder, Nathan Phillips, that Sandmann had blocked his path in the encounter — which were widely aired in the media.
In summary, however, Judge William O. Bertelsman said these were "objectively unverifiable and thus unactionable opinions."
The case stems back to a widely-covered encounter at an Indigenous People's March in Washington, D.C. in January 2019, when a crowd of students from Covington Catholic High — many wearing "MAGA" hats – met with the march in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
One short video showed Sandmann, then 16 years old, standing in front of Phillips with a smile on his face, as Phillips played a drum. The fellow high schoolers Sandmann was with danced and yelled along with the drumming.
The footage was widely shared on social media and on mainstream media outlets, and sparked criticism of Sandmann and the school.
While many commentators interpreted Sandmann's demeanor as smirking and blocking Phillips, Sandmann said he was trying to "defuse the situation" by "remaining motionless and calm," CNN reported.
Further footage emerged a day later, providing much greater context — including the fact that a separate group of protesters had been yelling offensive terms at the group that Sandmann was standing with, prior to the moment Phillips approached him. Elected Democrat Michael DeFilippo, pleaded not guilty to 16 different felonies relating to election fraud.
His trial for election fraud has been postponed.
Bridgeport councilman Michael DeFilippo gets election fraud trial delay
BRIDGEPORT — The federal trial of former city councilman Michael DeFilippo, indicted by a grand jury on multiple election fraud charges, has been continued to next year.
U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden rescheduled jury selection from Sept. 6 to Jan. 30, 2023.
“The court has determined that additional time is necessary to ensure and prepare an adequate defense for Mr. DeFilippo, including ensuring that he is not unnecessarily denied the continuity of counsel,” the judge stated Friday.
DeFilippo’s lawyer, Francis O’Reilly, declined comment.
DeFilippo, 35, a Democrat who represented Bridgeport’s 133rd District, resigned his seat in July 2021 following his indictment. He had been a city councilman since 2018.
He is accused of conspiring to “interfere with and obstruct Bridgeport citizens’ right to vote by falsifying his tenants’ voter registration applications and absentee ballots applications, then stealing tenants’ absentee ballots and forging their signatures in order to fraudulently vote for him,” according to then-Acting U.S. Attorney Leonard C. Boyle.
DeFilippo pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy against rights, four counts of identity theft, and 11 counts of fraudulent registration.
The conspiracy offense carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, and the identity theft and fraudulent registration offenses carry a maximum term of imprisonment of five years on each count.
He is free after posting $250,000 bond Democrat staffer posing as an FBI agent to control MAGA crowd in D.C. escaped from cops on bikes in a fake police car - but was tracked down by an agent via his T-shirt
A congressional staffer who posed as an FBI agent using clothes and gear he bought online was fired after leading bike cops on a chase through Washington, D.C. before being caught weeks later in Georgia.
Sterling Devion Carter, 25, who worked as a staffer for Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), lost his job after impersonating law enforcement and openly carrying a firearm illegally, according to his lawyer Robert Lee Jenkins, Jr.
On Nov. 14, 2020, two police officers, who were attempting to control post-election MAGA protesters, spotted a suspicious police car with a man standing close by with a shirt that read 'Federal Agent.'
While the police car looked legitimate to the untrained eye, complete with emergency lights, a laptop mount and a divider to contain detainees, the officers noticed the font on the license plate was wrong, according to the Daily Beast.
Carter, who stood next to his faux police vehicle, 'had a full police duty belt on to include handcuffs, a pistol, two magazines and a radio with earpiece attachment,' according to court documents.
As the officers inspected the impersonator from a distance, they noticed he made a rookie mistake: Carter placed his extra gun magazines near his gun holster, which would make it hard for law enforcement to reload with their free hand during a gunfight.
The officers were not aware of any FBI agents helping manage the protests, and noticed Carter would move away from them whenever they got close.
Real federal agents then contacted the Secret Service Joint Operations Center and asked police officers to approach Carter, who said he was 'FBI' while wearing a facemask and baseball cap, obscuring his identity. …revealing their comically low IQs
Washington — Senate Republicans on Sunday blocked a $35 monthly cap on the cost of insulin in the private market from being included in Democrats' economic tax and spending package, voting down an amendment to the measure during a marathon session leading up to what Democrats hope will be final passage of the bill.
The Senate on Saturday night began consideration of more than 30 amendments to the Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats' $700 billion legislation that aims to combat climate change, raise taxes on large corporations and address rising health care costs.
Amid the proposed changes to the plan was to set the $35 per month cap on insulin, the pricy medication needed to treat diabetes. Seven Republican senators voted with all 50 Democrats to keep the price ceiling in the legislation: Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Cindy Hyde Smith of Mississippi, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Dan Sullivan of Alaska.
Still, with a vote of 57 to 43, the provision failed to garner the 60 votes needed to waive special budgetary rules and include it in the bill. The House passed a similar cap on the price of insulin in April.
Democrats are hoping to clear their overall legislative package on Sunday, setting the House up to briefly return to Washington this week to approve it. Its passage would notch President Biden and congressional Democrats a key win before the midterm elections, when they are working to maintain control of Congress. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/research-shows-coronavirus-pandemic-originated-in-wuhan-wet-market-and-not-from-a-chinese-lab-11658930569
Research published Tuesday by the journal Science offers more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic that has caused the deaths of more than 6 million people globally originated in a wet market in Wuhan, China, and not from a Chinese lab.
Two new studies concluded that the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, called SARS-CoV-2, passed to humans from animals.
The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was identified as a likely source of cases in early reports, but later this conclusion became controversial, the authors wrote.
“We show the earliest known COVID-19 cases from December 2019, including those without reported direct links, were geographically centered on this market,” said the report. “We report that live SARS-CoV-2 susceptible mammals were sold at the market in late 2019 and, within the market, SARS-CoV-2-positive environmental samples were spatially associated with vendors selling live mammals. “
While the exact circumstances “remain obscure, ” analyses show that the virus spread from the live-wildlife trade in China and that the market was indeed the epicenter of the pandemic, they wrote.
The news comes at a time when U.S. COVID cases are hovering close to 130,000 a day, the highest level seen since February, as the BA.5 omicron subvariant continues to spread. BA.5 is understood to be the most transmissible variant so far and to have an ability to break through vaccination and cause reinfection.
The daily average for new U.S. cases stood at 128,496 on Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker, down 2% from two weeks ago. The true case count is likely higher, given the number of people who are testing at home and from whom data are not being collected. https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/02/politics/defense-department-missing-january-6-texts/index.html
(CNN)The Defense Department wiped the phones of top departing DOD and Army officials at the end of the Trump administration, deleting any texts from key witnesses to events surrounding the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, according to court filings.
The acknowledgment that the phones from the Pentagon officials had been wiped was first revealed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit American Oversight brought against the Defense Department and the Army. The watchdog group is seeking January 6 records from former acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, former chief of staff Kash Patel, and former Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, among other prominent Pentagon officials -- having filed initial FOIA requests just a few days after the Capitol attack.
Miller, Patel and McCarthy have all been viewed as crucial witnesses for understanding government's response to the January 6 Capitol assault and former President Donald Trump's reaction to the breach. All three were involved in the Defense Department's response to sending National Guard troops to the US Capitol as the riot was unfolding. There is no suggestion that the officials themselves erased the records.
The government's assertion in the filings that the officials' text messages from that day were not preserved is the latest blow to the efforts to bring transparency to the events of January 6. It comes as the Department of Homeland Security is also under fire for the apparent loss of messages from the Secret Service that day.
Miller declined to comment. Patel and McCarthy did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The US Army Public Affairs media relations chief, Col. Cathy Wilkinson, said in a statement that, "It is our policy not to comment on ongoing litigation." CHINA vows to react militarily to the provocation, opening the most serious crisis in years between the world’s two largest economies amid global tension sparked by the Ukrainian War, in which Beijing supports Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
He infuriated China, which has considered the island a rebellious province since an autonomous Pro US-puppet regime was formed there by those defeated in the revolution that led the communists to establish their dictatorship in 1949.
China sees any political gestures in favor of Taipei as supporting the island’s sedition ideal. In 1997, the last time someone in Pelosi’s position was in Taiwan, in this case Republican Newt Gingrich, the Chinese had to swallow it.
https://newsbulletin247.com/world/145378.html https://www.earth.com/news/the-amazon-is-drying-out-with-far-reaching-consequences/ The DOJ has charged four current and former Louisville police officers, sources told VICE News: Brett Hankison, Joshua Jaynes, Kelly Hanna Goodlett, and Kyle Meany.
The FBI has arrested current and former Louisville Metro Police officers who were somehow involved in the deadly raid that killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, according to multiple sources.
The three officers, who were taken into custody Thursday morning, include former detectives Brett Hankison and Joshua Jaynes, as well as Sgt. Kyle Meany. Detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett was not arrested but has been charged.
The Department of Justice confirmed the charges in a press conference Thursday morning during which U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland elaborated on the charges. They include two counts of deprivation of civil rights against Hankison for firing 10 shots through a window and glass door along the side of Taylor’s apartment.
The three other officers—Jaynes, Goodlett, and Meany—have been charged with conspiracy for violating Taylor’s Fourth Amendment rights due to their roles in drafting and submitting a false affidavit used to secure a search warrant for Taylor’s residence in a drug-related investigation.
No officers have been directly charged with Taylor’s death, including the officer who shot her, Myles Cosgrove, although he was fired 9 months after the deadly raid.
“Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” Garland said Thursday.
Hankison was not part of the initial investigation that led to the search warrant on Taylor’s apartment, but he played a pivotal role in the execution of the warrant during which she was killed. The Russian war criminal, infamously known for her slaughtering of civilians and wearing a Ukrainian uniform to stage false flags, was in the lead car of this convoy as it was taken out by a DM-22.
An infamous pro-Russian fighter from Donetsk died in Ukrainian action, Russian forces reported Wednesday. Olga Kachur, also known as Korsa, was the commander of the 'Grad' MRLS division when she died in combat.
Korsa was a member of the Horlivka police until she defected to the Russian side in 2014. She then joined the pro-Russian side and began working against Ukrainian authorities. Her death was also confirmed by the Strategic Communications Department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
According to The New Voice Of Ukraine report, Korsa often disguised herself as a member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine while committing war crimes in order to discredit the Ukrainian army. In her interviews, Korsa allegedly admitted that she enjoyed killing Ukrainians.
"(She was) guilty of the shelling of the cities of Donbas and the deaths of civilians. In Ukraine, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison in absentia,” according to Ukrainian journalist Denis Kazansky. Korsa had since been hiding in the Russian-occupied parts of the Donetsk region. She was declared "wanted" by the Ukrainian authorities.
An earlier report had mentioned how she commanded an artillery division of the illegal armed group "Golden Eagle 3rd Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade" in Donbas, and took up arms against the Ukrainian forces. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Korsa's actions with "Grad" MLR systems near Ilovaisk, Debaltseve, Vuhlehirsk, Marynivka, and Avdiyivka in the Donetsk region had resulted in mass casualties. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/technologyinvesting/air-conditioning-is-a-climate-disaster-and-bill-gates-is-investing-in-this-startup-to-fix-it/ar-AA1049IL Democrats continue to piss off everyone internationally. China ceases cooperation with the United States on drugs, climate change, defense, crime and illegals, because Democrats want fucking global instability and are warmongers
TAIPEI, Taiwan — China said Friday it would halt cooperation with the United States on areas including military relations and climate change while imposing sanctions against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as Beijing stepped up its retaliation to her Taiwan visit.
The new measures were announced as military drills Beijing launched furiously in the wake of her trip earlier this week sent warplanes, naval ships and missiles menacingly close to this small island democracy despite growing criticism
Beijing said Friday it will cancel phone calls between regional military commanders, defense meetings, talks on maritime safety and on climate change. It also said it would end cooperation with the U.S. on anti-drug efforts, returning illegal immigrants and transnational crime. Earlier, China took personal action against Pelosi, announcing sanctions on the speaker and her immediate family in response to what the Chinese Foreign Ministry called her “egregious provocations.”
The unspecified sanctions, China's latest retaliation for the brief trip to the self-ruling island it claims as its own territory, came as Washington and its allies urged de-escalation.
The U.S. summoned the Chinese ambassador Thursday to lodge a formal protest over Beijing's actions against Taiwan and reiterate that Washington does not want to stoke a crisis in the region, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed. The Washington Post first reported news of the rebuke.
Pelosi, in Japan for the last stop of her Asia tour, said China would not be allowed to succeed in it's efforts and that the United States vows to "fight for democracy in Taiwan down to the very last Taiwanese." Looks like voter suppression, as Republican ballots run out at several dozen polling places in Arizona. Pinal County's elections director, David Frisk, is "no longer employed" with the county, according to a release today.
>"Republican ballots were largely the ones that were running short on ballots at voting centers."
Pinal County elections director "no longer employed" following primary election errors
PINAL COUNTY, AZ — Pinal County's elections director, David Frisk, is "no longer employed" with the county, according to a release today.
The news comes two days after the Arizona primary election, where Pinal County saw several issues related to ballot availability. More than 20 Pinal County voting centers either completely ran out or were very short on in-person ballots Tuesday.
On Wednesday, officials spoke publicly about the issue and cited human error for the ballot shortages. One official said they had a higher amount of people requesting day of, in-person ballots, and Independents requesting Republican ballots because so many Democrats were running unopposed in major races.
"As a result of discussions with the Board of Supervisors and County Leadership, and in order to restore confidence for voters in the November Election, Recorder Virginia Ross has resigned from her elected office and has been appointed Elections Director effective immediately," the county said in a statement emailed Thursday to media outlets. https://boingboing.net/2022/08/05/wounded-veteran-gets-first-dod-approved-penis-transplant.html/
Wounded veteran gets first DOD-approved penis transplant
Photo: White House / Pete DeSouza (public domain)
The MIT Technology Review has a surprisingly fascinating piece about a US Navy veteran who lost his everything below the waist when he stopped on a landmine during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2010. Over the years, he'd gotten used to his shiny new prosthetic legs, and even came to display them proudly for the everyone to see. But the loss of his penis was a shame that haunted him for eight years — until he became the fourth-known person in the world to undergo a fully functioning penis transplant, and the first military veteran to do so.
A total of 1,367 American infantrymen sustained significant genital injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2013. Such hidden wounds of war represent a relatively new problem. Bombs from below used to be a death sentence, but better body armor and modern casualty care ensure that more wounded soldiers survive—and more of them with devastating genital-urinary trauma. In a report last year, military urologists wrote that groin injuries have increased "to a level never before reported in the history of war."
The US Department of Defense recognized the problem as long ago as 2008, when it set up an institute to research various reconstructive transplants. Eventually, the TOUGH Project—Trauma Outcomes and Urogenital Health—placed a figure on it: among infantrymen with genital urinary injuries from Iraq and Afghanistan, 502 were injured so severely that a penis transplant might be their only recourse.
Quantifying the number of such injuries is easy. Outlining the psychological toll they take on guys in their 20s and 30s is much harder.
Meet the wounded veteran who got a penis transplant [Andrew Zaleski / MIT Technology Review]
Image: Public Domain via PxHere https://www.fox5vegas.com/2022/08/07/human-remains-discovered-lake-mead-saturday-morning/
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - More human remains have been located at Lake Mead National Recreation Area as water levels continue to drop.
The National Park Service said rangers received a call reporting the human skeletal remains at Swim Beach at about 11:15 a.m. Aug. 6
Rangers responded and recovered the remains with help from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police’s dive team. The Clark County Coroner also responded and will determine the cause of death.
NPS said the investigation is ongoing.
It’s the fourth set of remains found at Lake Mead in the past couple months. Human remains were found in a barrel at Hemenway Harbor on May 1. A second set of remains were found at Calville Bay on May 7. A human torso was also found at Swim Beach on July 25. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2022/07/30/roger-stone-matt-gaetz-pardon-mueller/
As Roger Stone prepared to stand trial in 2019, complaining he was under pressure from federal prosecutors to incriminate Donald Trump, a close ally of the president repeatedly assured Stone that “the boss” would likely grant him clemency if he were convicted, a recording shows.
At an event at a Trump property that October, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) predicted that Stone would be found guilty at his trial in Washington the following month but would not “do a day” in prison. Gaetz was apparently unaware they were being recorded by documentary filmmakers following Stone, whom special counsel Robert S. Mueller III had charged with obstruction of a congressional investigation.
“The boss still has a very favorable view of you,” said Gaetz, stressing that the president had “said it directly.” He also said, “I don’t think the big guy can let you go down for this.”
Gaetz at one point told Stone he was working on getting him a pardon but was hesitant to say more backstage at the event, in which speakers were being filmed for online broadcast. “Since there are many, many recording devices around right now, I do not feel in a position to speak freely about the work I’ve already done on that subject,” Gaetz said. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/04/fbi-thibault-cover-up-hunter-biden-information-00049922
FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday that allegations of an FBI agent’s partisan social media posts and efforts to suppress information in the investigation into Hunter Biden’s business activities were “deeply troubling.”
Speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Wray appeared to condemn the alleged actions of Timothy Thibault, who he said was an FBI assistant special agent in charge at the Washington field office until “relatively recently.”
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who pursued the line of questioning with Wray, said that Thibault — who had been at the FBI for more than 25 years — is now on leave.
Kennedy grilled Wray on Thibault’s alleged partisan actions on social media over the past few years, such as “liking” a Washington Post article titled “William Barr has gone rogue” and tweeting to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) that her father — former Vice President Dick Cheney — was a “disgrace.” Kennedy also mentioned Thibault’s retweet of a Lincoln Project post saying that “Donald Trump is a psychologically broken, embittered, and deeply unhappy man.”
Kennedy then pressed Wray on allegations that Thibault — who Kennedy said worked on both the investigation of links between Trump and Russia and the ongoing Hunter Biden probe — had “covered up derogatory info about Mr. Biden while working at the FBI.”
Wray gave similar answers to Kennedy’s questioning on both the social media posts and covering up of information, saying that he’d seen “descriptions to that effect” but wanted to be “careful” of not interfering with any ongoing personnel matters. But he did concede to finding the allegations about the social media posts “troubling.” 04.08.2022 - 22:20
A text about the deplorable state of affairs in the Armed Forces of Ukraine got on the Internet, it is claimed that these are excerpts from the report of the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny to President Zelensky.
It is indicated that the report was made on July 29 and allegedly angered the president. In particular, it was about the low staffing of the ranks of the Armed Forces and the losses of almost 200 thousand people.
The theses from Zaluzhny's report were published by the Ukrainian Telegram channel, noting that "we understood that everything was not going well, but so much...".
Here is the text published on the Web:
"— The staffing of the Armed Forces remains at the level of 43-48%, despite the mobilization;
— Losses among military personnel — more than 191 thousand killed and wounded;
— More than 80% of reservists from the fifth wave of mobilization have already been killed, wounded or deserted;
— Medicine is working at the limit, the seriously injured are being taken through Poland to Germany, France, Italy and other countries for treatment;
— Statistics on missing persons are not kept;
— Stocks of small arms and bulletproof vests are sorely lacking, one out of three servicemen is equipped and ready for combat, the rest have to fight with whatever they have to;
— The mobilized have stopped payments at the place of civilian work, the military is detained for up to three months;
— The resource of some samples of equipment transferred by the allies is running out. (We are talking mainly about the first batches of American M777, M109, and, oddly enough, quite new Panzerhaubitze 2000 and MARS II);
— Lack of qualified specialists in the operation of Western weapons.
Source: https://rusvesna.su/news/1659640852 https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/02/rnc-stop-the-steal-advocates-poll-workers-00049109
The Republican National Committee has been relying on a stable of the party’s most prolific spreaders of false stolen-election theories to pilot a sweeping “election integrity” operation to recruit and coach thousands of poll workers in eight battleground states, according to new recordings of organizing summits held this spring in Florida and Pennsylvania obtained by POLITICO.
On the tapes, RNC National Election Integrity Director Josh Findlay repeatedly characterizes the committee’s role as supporting in-state coalitions — delivering staff, organization and “muscle” in key states to the person they identify as the quarterback of the effort to create a permanent workforce: Conservative elections attorney Cleta Mitchell, who was a central figure in former President Donald Trump’s legal strategy to overturn the 2020 election.
“Cleta Mitchell, she’s like the best election and election law expert out there. We’re not going to tell her what to do,” Findlay told a March 31 Pennsylvania session organized by Mitchell.
Publicly, the RNC has insisted its goal is to ensure there are enough trained poll workers to protect the electoral process and ensure partisan parity at polling centers. The recordings, however, indicated that the RNC is relying heavily on people who have spread false or unproven claims of irregularities and conspiracies. The recordings feature Findlay speaking at a number of Mitchell’s “Election Integrity Network” summits, which her group has hosted in battleground states including Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. The RNC is just “part of the team,” he told a Florida summit the same month. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/08/05/ukraine-war-javelins-russia-tanks/
NEAR IZYUM, Ukraine — It turns out, some Ukrainian soldiers discovered, that Javelin cases make great beds. The U.S.-made antitank missiles are packed in large, black rectangular capsules — perfect for elevating a slim cot off the dirty, cold floors of front-line positions.
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“Make sure you mention they’re empty,” said a soldier, showing off the makeshift beds. “The last thing we need is Americans thinking they’re sending us Javelins just so we can sleep on them.”
It’s the opposite, actually: The 93rd Mechanized Brigade had fired so many Javelins at Russian tanks that they needed something to do with the pile of empty cases.
The fighting in this stage of war between Russia and Ukraine has shifted toward an exchange of long-range artillery and missile strikes. But despite Javelins being a shorter-range weapon — its maximum range is about 2.5 miles — soldiers here near Russian-occupied Izyum in northeastern Ukraine still consider Javelins an effective way to inflict punishing damage on Russian troops. Lt. Oleksandr Sosovskyy referred to the weapons as his “good buddies.”
He said the Ukrainian and Russian troops in many places are dug in on front lines just a few miles apart — within Javelin range.
“We keep burning their vehicles, and that means that a few more houses in Ukraine will stay intact,” he said. “Children won’t get killed. Civilians and military won’t get killed.” Another blow to pride was received by the Kyiv regime from Western "partners". The international organization Amnesty International, which considers itself a human rights organization, has published a report on human rights violations in Ukraine. The article came out with a telling headline: "Ukraine: military endanger civilians by deploying troops in residential areas - a new study."
The report cites numerous testimonies from residents of Ukrainian cities - Bakhmut (Artemivsk), Nikolaev and others - that the Ukrainian military deploy military equipment and equip their positions and locations on the territory of schools, hospitals, other social infrastructure facilities - in residential areas.
A resident of Bakhmut (Artyomovsk):
We cannot say anything to the military in this regard, but we only have to pay for their actions.
The Amnesty International material says that Ukraine violates international humanitarian law by turning civilian objects into military targets. It is emphasized that this leads to the destruction of civilian infrastructure and the death of civilians.
The study argues that not everywhere the Ukrainian military act in such a way that Russia "in some cases commits war crimes itself", but adds that there is a lot of evidence of how exactly civilian objects use the Armed Forces of Ukraine in their interests.
From the material of the organization:
The mother of a 50-year-old man who died in a rocket attack on June 10 in a village south of Nikolaev told Amnesty International: The military lived in a house near our house and my son often took food to the soldiers. I begged him several times to stay away from there, because I was afraid for his safety. On the day when the shooting started, my son was in the yard of our house, and I was in the house. He was killed on the spot. Our house was partially destroyed.
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/ukraine-military-endangering-civilians-locating-forces-residential-areas-new FBI Director Christopher Wray said whistleblower allegations claiming FBI agents falsely labeled derogatory information on Hunter Biden as disinformation are "deeply troubling," but Republicans are calling on him to further acknowledge broader "politicization" within the bureau.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Wray was asked by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., about allegations "highly credible whistleblowers" at the Justice Department and FBI shared with Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office last week. Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter to Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland last week, detailed the allegations and indicated that the whistleblowers said there was "a scheme in place among certain FBI officials to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation."
The whistleblowers also alleged a "pattern of active public partisanship" at the agencies pertaining to investigations into the Trump campaign and suppression of information on the Hunter Biden probe.
"When I read the letter that describes the kinds of things that you’re talking about, I found it deeply troubling," Wray testified Thursday.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/wray-says-fbi-downplaying-hunter-biden-information-deeply-troubling-republicans-demand-answers They are biased (I am too, I love porn) and I assume some of you agree with the anti-porn stance for whatever asinine reason but this isn't the road you want to take. More micromanaging of our private activity by self-proclaimed "holier-than-thou" prudes who always bs reasons why we aren't allowed to see their criminal sex acts is unacceptable.
First: a california judge dismisses Visa's demand to not be included in the charges against mindgeek/pornhub for seemingly profiting off CP.
Next: asshole billionaire bill ackman takes the above news to cnbc and social media to pressure visa to drop mindgeek now not later which the visa CEO ended up doing. After that ackman is now targeting Discover for continuing to do business with mindgeek and wants them to bend the knee too, inviting the public through twitter to join a class action lawsuit that a trump lawyer started ("based" trump, sure he is).
And right after that the conservative new york times wants to severely fuck the internet up by pushing congress to change their pending change to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to make it so you have to be 18 to basically do anything online and must verify identity which would be against how 4chan operates and has been in the crosshairs of various politicians recently.
NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Congressman Stephen Buyer has been charged with insider trading over purchases of shares in telecommunications company Sprint before it merged with T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O), prosecutors said on Monday.
Buyer, a Republican who represented Indiana in Congress between 1993 and 2011, was working as a consultant to T-Mobile ahead of the 2018 merger, according to an indictment filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
"It's always troubling whenever there's someone who has had a position of public authority... engaged in this conduct," Damian Williams, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, told reporters.
Andrew Goldstein, a lawyer for Buyer, said the former congressman is innocent and that his stock trades were lawful.
"He looks forward to being quickly vindicated," Goldstein said in a statement.
Prosecutors said Buyer used non-public information he learned through his consulting work to buy 112,675 Sprint shares in four brokerage accounts ahead of the April 29 merger announcement, earning a profit of about $126,000.
The next year, Buyer allegedly generated $223,000 in profit by trading in professional services firm Navigant Consulting Inc after learning non-public information it would soon be acquired by Guidehouse, his consulting company, prosecutors said.
Buyer, who was arrested on Monday, faces four counts of securities fraud over the alleged deals, and related civil charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Diplomatic crisis over Pelosi’s Taiwan trip widens as White House summons China’s ambassador
Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang has been called to the White House following a strong reaction from the Chinese government to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) trip to Taiwan.
“After China’s actions overnight, we summoned Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to démarche him about the PRC’s provocative actions,” White House national security spokesman John Kirby told The Washington Post, referring to the People’s Republic of China.
Kirby said that the White House “condemned” the military drills China began conducting in the waters surrounding Taiwan following Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.
“We condemned the PRC’s military actions, which are irresponsible and at odds with our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” he said.
Pelosi visited Taiwan as part of a trip to multiple countries across the Indo-Pacific region to discuss security issues in southeast Asia.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the visit violated the “One China” policy and that it “gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for ‘Taiwan independence.’” https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/former-student-testifies-during-sentencing-of-tomball-teacher-who-abused-him-e2-80-98it-ruined-me-e2-80-99/ar-AA10h0dp
Former student testifies during sentencing of Tomball teacher who abused him: ‘It ruined me’
A 17-year-old boy testified that he was half the weight and nearly half the height of his former Tomball teacher amid years of inappropriate behavior – misconduct that on Tuesday led to a judge sentencing the defendant to 10 years deferred adjudication probation.
During one sex act, the Tomball Intermediate School teacher sat the teen on a chair and he recalled that his feet could not touch the ground.
The 32-year-old teacher, Marka Bodine, will also report to the Harris County Jail in a year to serve a 60-day sentence as part of that punishment, a delay intended to avoid separating the defendant from her 3-month-old child, the judge ordered. https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-deleted-references-prosecuting-jan-6-rioters-remarks-testimony-2022-07-25/
WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump crossed out sentences that distanced him from the rioters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and refused to call for their prosecution in a draft of a speech he delivered the next day, congressional testimony showed on Monday.
The former Republican president deleted lines that said, "I want to be very clear: You do not represent me. You do not represent our movement," according to an image of the script posted on Twitter by a member of the Jan. 6 committee investigating the attack, U.S. Representative Elaine Luria.
He also deleted a reference to directing the "Department of Justice to ensure all lawbreakers are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We must send a clear message — not with mercy but with JUSTICE. Legal consequences must be swift and firm."
In a primetime hearing last week, the congressional committee probing the attack played video outtakes from the Jan. 7 speech that showed Trump refusing to admit the election was over and he had lost. "I don't want to say the election is over," Trump said in footage recorded as he rehearsed the speech. read more
In the attack, thousands of Trump supporters breached the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden's November 2020 presidential victory.
Video clips that Luria posted, not previously made public, included testimony from the former president's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and White House lawyers and aides who described Trump as reluctant to give a reconciliatory address after the Capitol attack. https://sacupdate.com/sex-offender-arrested-again-for-child-porn/
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A local man who pled guilty to possessing a sprawling collection of child pornography in 2009 has again been arrested for possessing explicit imagery.
Federal prosecutors yesterday unsealed one child pornography charge against John Kalani Hatchie of Curtis Park, who can face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors also seek to seize a MicroSD card he allegedly used to store the content.
Hatchie admitted, in a separate federal case in 2009, to purchasing access to two Australian child porn websites for around $100 each. When investigators raided his house several days later, they discovered a briefcase filled with a collage of nude children.
“I am busted!” Hatchie exclaimed as the briefcase was opened.
Analysis of his computer revealed over 1,000 images and 100 videos depicting infants being raped by adults. Around 217 of those images and three videos were identified by NCMEC as real children forced to perform sex acts in 39 different “series” filmed across foreign countries and other states.
The charge unsealed on Friday appears to stem from a recently filed violation of his supervised release in the prior case. Authorities say they were tipped off by the Queensland Police Service in Australia that someone using the name “Kidfinders” shared several images and videos of child sexual abuse to a law enforcement source of information. https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/news/victor-lafay-quits-tour-cites-mystery-illness-which-hampers-respiration/
Vaxxtards sportmen can't even do their sports anymore because of the clotshot, kek It's always darkest before the dawn.
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday reached a deal with Democratic leaders on a spending package that aims to lower health-care costs, combat climate change and reduce the federal deficit, marking a massive potential breakthrough for President Biden’s long-stalled economic agenda.
The new agreement, brokered between Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), opens the door for party lawmakers to try to advance the measure in the coming weeks. It caps off months of fierce debate, delay and acrimony, a level of infighting that some Democrats saw as detrimental to their political fate ahead of this fall’s critical elections.
Under the deal, Schumer secured Manchin’s support for roughly $433 billion in new spending, most of which is focused on climate change and clean energy production — the largest such investment in U.S. history. The Democrats coupled the spending with provisions that aim to lower health-care costs for Americans, chiefly by allowing Medicare to begin negotiating the price of select prescription drugs on behalf of seniors.
To pay for the package, Manchin and Schumer also settled on a flurry of changes to tax law that would raise $739 billion over the next decade — enough to offset the cost of the bill while securing more than $300 billion for cutting the deficit, a priority for Manchin. Democrats sourced the funds from a series of changes to tax law, including a new minimum tax on corporations and fresh investments in the Internal Revenue Service that will help it pursue tax cheats. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/us-says-russia-using-nuclear-shield-ukraine-risks-terrible-accident-2022-08-02/
ISTANBUL/LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday accused the United States of direct involvement in the Ukraine war while the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain to world markets since Moscow's invasion headed towards Lebanon without problems.
Russia said it was responding to comments by Vadym Skibitsky, Ukraine's deputy head of military intelligence, about the way Kyiv used U.S.-supplied long-range HIMARs rocket-launch systems based on what he called excellent satellite imagery and real-time information.
Skibitsky told Britain's Telegraph newspaper there was consultation between U.S. and Ukrainian intelligence officials before strikes and that Washington had an effective veto on intended targets, though he said U.S. officials were not providing direct targeting information.
Russia's defence ministry, headed by a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, said the interview showed that Washington was entangled in the conflict despite repeated assertions that it was limiting its role to arms supplies because it did not want a direct confrontation with Moscow.
"All this undeniably proves that Washington, contrary to White House and Pentagon claims, is directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine," the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.
"It is the Biden administration that is directly responsible for all Kyiv-approved rocket attacks on residential areas and civilian infrastructure in populated areas of Donbas and other regions, which have resulted in mass deaths of civilians."
There was no immediate reaction to the ministry's allegations from the White House or Pentagon.
Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of carrying out devastating missile attacks on civilian targets on an almost daily basis. Both sides deny deliberately targeting civilians. On July 26, a 22-year-old woman in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, died after suffering from complications caused by long working hours.
On July 9, the woman, named Huihui, who worked in the operations department at a media company, was sent to ICU after she suddenly stopped breathing. After 17 days in hospital, Huihui passed away.
Huihui had been staying up and working until 5am for 5 days in a row. By the time she arrived at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, she had stopped breathing.
According to doctors, Huihui was unconscious and her whole body had turned purple. She was diagnosed with myocarditis.
https://www.thatsmags.com/shanghai/post/34806/daughter-dies-at-work-company-forces-family-to-lend-rmb100-000 Furious China fires missiles near Taiwan in drills after Pelosi visit
China holds military exercises after U.S. official visits Taiwan
China angry at U.S. and Taiwan, calls drills internal matter
Taiwan says 22 Chinese fighter jets cross media line
Japan says five missiles land in its economic zone
Exercises around Taiwan scheduled to run through Sunday
TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) - China deployed scores of planes and fired live missiles near Taiwan on Thursday in its biggest-ever drills in the Taiwan Strait, a day after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a solidarity trip to the self-ruled island.
China's military confirmed multiple firings of conventional missiles in waters off Taiwan as part of planned exercises in six zones set to run until noon on Sunday. It activated more than 100 planes, including fighter jets and bombers, and over 10 warships, state broadcaster CCTV said.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/suspected-drones-over-taiwan-cyber-attacks-after-pelosi-visit-2022-08-04/ Up to 130 servicemen were killed and 13 armored vehicles were destroyed as a result of strikes by high-precision weapons of the VKS (aerospace forces) on the positions of the 92nd mechanized brigade near the city of Kharkiv.
In the area of the settlement of Konstantinovka (DPR), a temporary deployment point of units of the 95th airborne assault brigade was hit. Up to 400 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed, 20 units of military equipment were destroyed.
The Ukrainian units of the 54th Mechanized, 56th and 58th motorized infantry brigades lost their combat capability and left their positions as a result of the offensive of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the forces of the LPR and DPR in the areas of the settlements of Soledar, Bakhmut and Avdiivka.
During the day, rocket troops, aircraft and artillery hit two control points and formations of "nationalists" in the Zaporozhye region, as well as manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 194 districts. Two warehouses of rocket and artillery weapons and a fuel storage for Ukrainian military equipment were destroyed.
Three platoons of Grad MLRS, four platoons of Gvozdika guns and three platoons of D-30 howitzers were suppressed as part of the counter-battery struggle.
Air defense systems shot down four drones and intercepted five MLRS shells during the day.
https://t.me/mod_russia/18254) Dmitry "Goblin" Puchkov told the details about the removal of the channel on YouTube.
August 4, 2022, 21:26 — Public News Service — OSN
News about the removal "Oper.ru ", one of the most popular historical and political channels of the Runet, came on the evening of August 4. Just a week ago, the owner of the resource Dmitry Puchkov, known to fans under the pseudonym "Goblin", celebrated a milestone: the channel gained 3 million regular subscribers.
And, lo and behold, now such a blow. To find out more, a correspondent of the Public News Service contacted the founder and regular presenter Oper.ru
— Dmitry Yurievich, the news has come that you have problems with the YouTube channel? Have the strikes arrived or is everything more serious?
— All in a heap. The channel was deleted.
“For violating community rules.” What rules are violated, where exactly, what should be done so as not to break the rules – no one ever explains it there. The channel with 3,000,000 subscribers was deleted. All.
— We waited, you bastards!
— Yes, everything is fine. It's all expected.
— And the source code of the programs remained? Will it be possible to duplicate somehow?
— Of course. But how? I've shot five thousand videos in 10 years. All, of course, are preserved.
— That is, the contingent will not be left without the necessary information?
— No, of course not. I'm smart. I transferred all this to Rutube, Yandex and Vkontakte a year and a half ago. Only "Classmates" are not covered. And so everything is.
— Are the old videos there, and will the new ones be there now?
— Yes, yes, of course.
— Will you fight for the channel somehow? Or "dead, so dead"?
— Well, if President Trump is being chased like a (liquid–defiled, non-baked) garbage cat, then who am I? What will I achieve there? A foreign country, a foreign resource, foreign laws.
https://www.osnmedia.ru/news/dmitrij-goblin-puchkov-rasskazal-podrobnosti-ob-udalenii-kanala-na-youtube/ The video shows the suspect put the cop in a headlock during the attack.
The video shows the teenager attacking a cop after jumping a turnstile at an Upper Manhattan subway station. https://www.wwlp.com/news/democrats-attempting-to-pass-historic-climate-change-legislation/
Meanwhile people are starving due to Biden gas & energy & food & house prices Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party leader Karen Carter Peterson pleaded guilty to fraud this week. She defrauded about 150k.
Former Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party leader Karen Carter Peterson pleaded guilty this week to one charge of federal wire fraud, according to court documents.
Former Sen. Karen Carter Peterson entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance, court records show. Documents filed Monday outlined a scheme in which she diverted more than $94,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including for casino gambling. Prosecutors said she also arranged for another $53,000 in state Democratic Party funds to be kicked back to her by associates she arranged to be hired by the party, who remained unidentified as of Monday.
Carter chaired the state party from 2012 until 2020, while also serving in the Legislature.
Sentencing was set for Dec. 7. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years but it is uncertain how harsh her sentence will be after she signed a plea agreement and cooperated with prosecutors.
Her attorney, Brian Capitelli, said earlier this month that she has paid back all of the fraudulently obtained money. Vance has given attorneys until Nov. 30 to file arguments regarding the sentence.
Peterson, 52, was elected to the state House in 1999 and to the state Senate in 2010. She twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress. She lost a U.S. House election last year to another New Orleans Democrat, Troy Carter. ‘A slap in the face’: Saudis spurn Biden’s request to boost oil output
President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia was deemed a failure by analysts after oil-producing states announced Wednesday that they would boost output by just 100,000 barrels a day starting next month — a drop in the bucket compared to America’s vast energy needs.
The Saudi-led Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies announced the modest increase in supply following a policy meeting held via videoconference.
The Biden administration had held out hopes that its diplomatic overtures to the de facto Saudi ruler — Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — would yield a bigger boost in supply.
Americans consumed an average of 19.78 million barrels of oil per day in 2021, according to the US Energy Information Administration — meaning Wednesday’s production increase would meet between seven and seven-and-a-half minutes’ worth of nationwide demand. Because innocent people destroy all the evidence that would exonerate them if they weren't guilty of sedition.
The Jan. 6 House select committee revealed Thursday that there is no official record of President Donald Trump’s actions during more than 2½ hours while a violent mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Though the official record does not detail Trump’s actions or movements, witnesses told the committee that Trump was watching his favorite cable channel in the White House dining room.
“Witnesses told us that on Jan. 6, President Trump sat in his usual spot, at the head of the table facing a television hanging on the wall,” Luria said. “We know from the employee the TV was tuned to Fox News all afternoon.”
During that time, Trump never called to request law enforcement to respond to the rioting or to check on administration staff, testimony given to the committee showed.
“We have confirmed in numerous interviews with senior law enforcement and military leaders, Vice President Pence’s staff and D.C. government officials, none of them — not one — heard from President Trump that day,” Luria said. “He did not call to issue orders. He did not call to offer assistance.”
No calls in the log. No photographs of the president. And no notes about his activity.
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a member of the House committee, detailed the gap in information during Thursday night’s hearing.
“As you can see, there is no official record of President Trump receiving or placing a call between 11:06 [a.m.] and 6:54 p.m.,” Luria said, displaying the White House call log. “As to what the president was doing that afternoon, the presidential daily dairy is also silent. It contains no information for the period between 1:21 p.m. and 4:03 p.m.”
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jan-6-trump-official-record-gap_n_62d9f572e4b06e213fbd3267 Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was among the 20 House Republicans who voted on Tuesday against a bill that seeks to combat human trafficking.
The legislation, titled the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, passed in a 401-20 vote, with all opposition coming from Republicans. Eight Republicans and one Democrat did not vote.
Gaetz, who is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice for sex trafficking allegations involving a minor, was among the Republicans who opposed the bill that aims to bolster programs including shelters, mental health care, education and job training for victims of human trafficking.
Gaetz was joined by GOP Reps. Brian Babin (Texas), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Ken Buck (Colo.), Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Andy Harris (Md.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Tom McClintock (Calif.), Mary Miller (Ill.), Troy Nehls (Texas), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Scott Perry (Pa.), Chip Roy (Texas) and Van Taylor (Texas).
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/3576150-gaetz-among-20-house-republicans-who-voted-against-anti-human-trafficking-bill/ And they're going to take Kherson, because the Russians cannot being in new heavy equipment or tanks due to the bridges into the area being destroyed, and they're going to be bleed dry by the Ukrainian army until they're forced to retreat.
Rather rare anti-aircraft missile systems "Buk-M2", were spotted in the city of Melitopol captured by russian invaders and turned into a logistical hub. The M2 is the latest modernization of this Soviet system.
We can tell this one is actually a Buk-M2 thanks to the 9S36 radar station which is designed to detect and designate low-altitude targets.
Moreover, there are two of these stations in the video, and the standard number of these radars is one per battery. Defense Express reminds that "Buk-M2" began to appear within the army of the russian federation in the 2010s, and the estimated quantity is about 100 air defense systems. And only four air defense missile brigades have those in service: the 297th and 61st of the Central Military District, the 90th of the Southern MD, and the 5th of the Western MD.
Taking into account the location they were filmed, it is most likely that these complexes would be involved in countering the frontline aircraft of the Air Force of Ukraine, which operates at extremely low altitudes. And also possibly in a futile attempt to intercept GMLRS missiles for HIMARS, based on the fact that the Buk-M2 has a faster reaction time compared to the other russian air defense systems.
At the same time, such objects as Buk-M2 are just the right target for anti-radar missiles, which Ukraine is about to receive in the next military aid package from the USA. According to the available information, this anti-radar missile is a special upgrade of the GMLRS, which is only being developed for the US military by the Northrop Grumman corporation. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62382492
A Texas man who joined the US Capitol riot armed with a holstered pistol and threatened his own children to keep quiet about his role has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.
Guy Reffitt, 49, was found guilty in March on five felony counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding and interfering with police in a riot.
His sentence is the longest imposed on any of the US Capitol rioters.
Nearly 900 people have been charged in the 6 January 2021 raid on Congress.
Reffitt did not actually enter the Capitol with the horde of Trump supporters who breached the complex as lawmakers met to certify Joe Biden's win in the November 2020 presidential election.
He retreated after an officer pepper sprayed him in the face, but video evidence showed Reffitt egging on the crowd and leading other rioters up a set of stairs outside the building.
Multiple videos Reffitt took on and after 6 January, in which he discussed planning and bragged about participating in the riot, were used in evidence against him.
Issuing a prison sentence of 87 months on Monday, US District Judge Dabney Friedrich said Reffitt's actions and statements were "frightening claims that border on delusional".
An oil-field worker and alleged recruiter for the far-right Three Percenters militia, Reffitt is said to have driven from Texas to Washington DC and led fellow Three Percenters up the main staircase to the Capitol building.
According to court papers, he had told fellow members of the militia that he planned to drag US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of the Capitol building by her ankles, "with her head hitting every step on the way down".
Reffitt was reported to the FBI by his son, Jackson, 18 at the time, who told investigators his father had threatened him.
"He said 'if you turn me in, you're a traitor," the younger Reffitt said at his father's trial earlier this year. "'And traitors get shot'". https://www.newsweek.com/himars-have-killed-these-members-russia-military-elite-full-list-1727632
Western HIMARS—High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems—are enabling Kyiv to launch a series of devastating strikes on Russian targets in Ukraine, which the country's authorities claim have killed at least four members of Russia's military elites.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his officials had long been asking for the U.S. to send Kyiv the state-of-the-art weapons to enable Ukrainian troops to reach Russian targets beyond the enemy's front lines and match Moscow's firepower. In June, the U.S. finally agreed to Zelenksy's requests.
The HIMARS have been called a game-changer in the war and have already bolstered Kyiv's military power. Only about a month after Ukraine received the HIMARS, the country's defense minister Oleksii Reznikov said they were already making a "huge" difference on the battlefield.
Since receiving the weapons, several strikes attributed to U.S. HIMARS have been reported in occupied areas of Ukraine, some of which are claimed to have killed several high-ranking Russian military personnel.
On June 27 news media reported that a Ukrainian strike using U.S. HIMARS long-range rocket systems had killed more than 40 soldiers after blowing up a base near the city of Izyum in the Donbas region.
Ukraine's armed forces said a colonel was among those killed in the strike, though the claim could not be independently verified and was not specifically confirmed by Russian authorities. If true, the colonel killed would have been the 56th top officer killed during the war, according to reports. https://coloradosun.com/2022/07/22/barry-morphew-guilty-ballot/
A Colorado man who had been charged in the presumed death of his missing wife has pleaded guilty to forgery for casting her 2020 election ballot for then-President Donald Trump.
Barry Morphew pleaded guilty Thursday and was fined and assessed court costs of $600, The Denver Post reported. He avoids jail time as part of a plea agreement.
Suzanne Morphew was reported missing on Mother’s Day in 2020 after she did not return from a bike ride near her home in the Salida area in southern Colorado. Barry Morphew, who pleaded for help finding his wife, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in 2021, but prosecutors dropped the charges in April.
That decision followed the judge’s move to bar prosecutors from presenting most of their key witnesses during Morphew’s scheduled trial because they repeatedly failed to follow rules for turning over evidence in his favor. The evidence included DNA from an unknown male linked to sexual assault cases in other states, which was found in Suzanne Morphew’s SUV and raised the possibility of another suspect being involved.
Suzanne Morphew’s body has not been found.
In the voter fraud case, investigators said Barry Morphew filled out his missing wife’s ballot because he thought Trump could use the extra vote. Trump lost Colorado to President Joe Biden by 13 percentage points.
“Just because I wanted Trump to win. I just thought, give him another vote. I figured all these other guys are cheating,” he told an FBI agent who confronted him about the ballot in April 2021, according to court documents.
Trump has made repeated claims about fraud and “rigged” election results, but experts say there has been no evidence found of widespread fraud that would have changed the election’s outcome.
Morphew also told the agent he didn’t know it was illegal to fill out a ballot on behalf of a spouse. https://news.yahoo.com/russia-ukraine-trade-missile-strikes-094121363.html
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles hit Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odesa just hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed deals to allow grain exports to resume from there. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry denounced Saturday's airstrikes as a “spit in the face” to Turkey and the United Nations, which brokered the agreements.
Two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles hit the port's infrastructure and Ukrainian air defenses brought down two others, the Ukrainian military’s Southern Command said. Odesa regional governor Maksym Marchenko said an unspecified number of people were injured in the attack.
Command spokeswoman Nataliya Humenyuk said no grain storage facilities were hit in Odesa. Turkey's defense minister, however, said he had spoken with Ukrainian authorities and one missile struck a grain silo and another landed nearby but neither affected loading at Odesa's docks.
“It took less than 24 hours for Russia to launch a missile attack on Odesa’s port, breaking its promises and undermining its commitments before the U.N. and Turkey under the Istanbul agreement,” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said. “In case of non-fulfillment, Russia will bear full responsibility for a global food crisis.”
“The invaders can no longer deceive anyone,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.
Nikolenko described the missile strike on the 150th day of Russia’s war in Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin's “spit in the face of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who made great efforts to reach agreement.”
Guterres' office said the U.N. chief “unequivocally condemns” the strikes. Europe's imports of Russian-sourced diesel spiked 13% last month as the continent struggled to wean itself off Moscow's fuel in response to the war in Ukraine.
Russian-sourced diesel to Europe outpaced non-Russian-sourced diesel by nearly 200,000 barrels a day, according to a report published Tuesday from Vortexa, which tracks energy commodities. Overall, Europe's imports of Russian diesel increased a staggering 23% from July 2021.
The uptick in Europe's appetite for Russian diesel underscores the complexity of choking Moscow's energy flows as its war in Ukraine rages on. The European Union pledged earlier this year to be 90% rid of Russian crude imports by the end of 2022 but has since struggled with skyrocketing prices and production constraints on alternative sources.
Because of the rising diesel prices, as well as refineries struggling to keep pace with demand, "it appears questionable whether Europeans will manage to carry through on the announced diesel import ban fully" Vortexa's chief economist, David Welch, said.
WASHINGTON — A bill to codify federal protections for same-sex marriage has passed the House, but Senate Republicans are agonizing over whether they should block it or allow it to pass.
With Democrats seeking to portray Republicans as belonging to a retrograde and primitive party that wants to strip away modern rights, their decision could play a role in the midterm elections this fall.
Some GOP strategists want the party to move past the issue by codifying protections, but that risks upsetting the cultural conservatives, which make up a significant portion of the party's base. A Gallup poll released last month found that most Americans — 71 percent — favor legal same-sex marriage.
“The issue puts Republicans in an awkward spot," said Jack Pitney, a professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College. "Most Americans support same-sex marriage. Even a majority of self-identified Republicans support it. But evangelicals represent a huge share of GOP activists, and they still oppose it.
“More broadly, Republican activists dislike the idea of giving the Democrats a win — even on an issue where there is consensus in the general public,” he said.
For now, Democrats have locked down nearly half the Republican votes needed to break a 60-vote filibuster. With many GOP senators dismissing the bill as unnecessary and accusing Democrats of trying to weaponize an issue they say is settled, it's still unclear if the legislation will draw enough Republicans to become law. https://www.foxnews.com/media/twitter-explodes-dave-chappelle-show-cancelled-minnesota-totalitarian-censorship
Its official, the left is no longer the counter culture. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/3583306-oans-troubles-spark-questions-for-conservative-cable-news/
Verizon’s decision to drop One American News from its channel listings is raising questions about the future of conservative cable news networks that have sought to position themselves as competition to Fox News.
Before the 2020 presidential election, few news consumers had tuned into or even heard of the One America News (OAN) and Newsmax cable networks.
But the networks won outsized attention as both covered and supported former President Trump’s fight to contest his election loss.
OAN’s future is very much in question after Verizon last month became the latest major cable provider to cut it from its lineup.
In January, DirecTV announced it would not renew its contract with the San Diego-based channel following an aggressive pressure campaign from critics who argued the content on OAN was harmful.
A recent New York Times analysis estimated the two decisions could cost OAN a presence in some 20 million homes, and it is unclear how the channel will stay operational at the scale it had been during the period immediately following the 2020 election.
The network declined to comment on Monday. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3577296-gop-senators-block-bill-expanding-care-for-veterans-exposed-to-toxins/
Republican lawmakers blocked passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate Wednesday that expands healthcare coverage for military veterans who were exposed to toxins and burn pits during their service. Throughout the course of the investigation, Uppal prescribed both Promethazine Codeine Syrup and Oxycodone to undercover detectives without ever seeing, examining or speaking to them. Detectives received the prescriptions after paying $650.00 cash for each Promethazine Codeine Syrup prescription and $450.00 cash for each Oxycodone prescription.
NAPPANEE, Ind. -- Four people died in a crash at SR 19 and SR 119 near Nappanee Wednesday afternoon. One of the victims was US Rep. Jackie Walorski.
The crash happened at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday between two vehicles near the intersection of SR 19 and SR 119.
Three people in an SUV were killed in the crash, including Walorski, Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson.
The sole occupant of the other vehicle involved in the crash was also pronounced dead at the scene. She has been identified as 56-year old Edith Schmucker of Nappanee.
Walorski has represented District 2 since 2012.
Area leaders have been issuing statements expressing condolences on the death of the Congresswoman. the New York Post, which broke the story on Tuesday, cited an unnamed source who said the budget had actually exceeded $100m and that the film had performed so poorly during early test screenings that Warner Bros decided to cut its losses.
“They think an unspeakable Batgirl is going to be irredeemable,” the source told the New York Post.
https://deadline.com/2022/08/warner-bros-batgirl-1235083809/ What's motivating Pelosi to visit Taiwan
• China responds to Pelosi's trip by putting military on 'high alert'
• Chinese ambassador: Pelosi's Taiwan visit will escalate tensions
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan Tuesday evening, marking a significant show of support for Taiwan despite China's threats of retaliation over the visit.
Pelosi's stop in Taipei is the first time that a US House speaker has visited Taiwan in 25 years. Her trip comes at a low point in US-China relations and despite warnings from the Biden administration against a stop in Taiwan.
The California Democrat is leading a congressional delegation on a tour in Asia this week, which includes stops in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan. Although not included in her official itinerary, expectations that she was planning a visit to Taiwan have fuelled US-China tensions since reports of a potential trip emerged last month.
In a statement after landing, Pelosi and the congressional delegation that accompanied her said the visit "honors America's unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan's vibrant democracy."
Pelosi, a forthright critic of Beijing, has previously said it is important for the US to show support for Taiwan.
China has lashed out at the visit. In a statement following Pelosi's arrival, China's Foreign Ministry said the trip would have a "severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations." "Eight young models have been brutally gang-raped by a group of up to 80 armed men who ambushed them on the set of a music video shoot."
Kinshasa (Reuters)Soldiers returning from leave to a United Nations intervention brigade in Democratic Republic of Congo opened fire at a border post, killing at least two people and injuring 15 others, Congo's government and the UN peacekeeping force said on Sunday.
The incident at the Congo - Uganda border post in Kasindi in the restive eastern part of the country is the latest involving the peacekeeping mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, which has come under pressure from days of protests.
It was not clear why the soldiers opened fire.
"This serious incident has caused loss of life and serious injuries," Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Congo, said in a statement.
Keita and the Congolese government said an investigation had begun and the suspected perpetrators arrested.
"Faced with this unspeakable and irresponsible behaviour, the perpetrators of the shooting were identified and arrested pending the conclusions of the investigation which has already started in collaboration with the Congolese authorities," Keita said.
At least five dead as anti-United Nations protests rock Democratic Republic of Congo
A Reuters reporter saw UN peacekeepers shoot two demonstrators dead as protesters threw rocks, vandalized and set fire to the agency's buildings.
Some stormed the houses of UN workers who were evacuated from the city in a convoy of vehicles escorted by the army, another reporter said.
Demonstrations began on Monday, when hundreds attacked and looted a MONUSCO -- the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the country -- warehouse in Goma demanding that the mission leave the country, and flared again on Tuesday. https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-steve-bannon-donald-trump-congress-government-and-politics-26c539434d968d642563b38c34a62916
WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of contempt charges for defying a congressional subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Committee leaders called the verdict “a victory for the rule of law.”
Bannon, 68, was convicted after a four-day trial in federal court on two counts: one for refusing to appear for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena. The jury of 8 men and 4 women deliberated just under three hours.
He faces up to two years in federal prison when he’s sentenced on Oct. 21. Each count carries a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail.
David Schoen, one of Bannon’s lawyers said outside the courthouse the verdict would not stand. “This is round one,” Schoen said. “You will see this case reversed on appeal.”
Likewise, Bannon himself said, “We may have lost the battle here today; we’re not going to lose this war.”
He thanked the jurors for their service and said he had only one disappointment — “and that is the gutless members of that show trial committee, the J-6 committee didn’t have the guts to come down here and testify.”
Prosecutors were just as firm on the other side of the verdict.
“The subpoena to Stephen Bannon was not an invitation that could be rejected or ignored,” Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney in Washington, said in a statement. “Mr. Bannon had an obligation to appear before the House Select Committee to give testimony and provide documents. His refusal to do so was deliberate, and now a jury has found that he must pay the consequences.” Louis Koch, registered Democrat in NYC, arrested after years of ballot fraud and identity theft as he registered to vote on behalf of others, without their knowledge. Koch describes ballot fraud as "his hobby"
Police arrested a New York man for allegedly acquiring more than 100 absentee ballots, bearing the names of local celebrities and other prominent persons — without their permission — over the past two years.
Louis Koch was charged July 8 with using false information in voting and identity theft, after requesting that several ballots get delivered to his home, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal district court.
In the same complaint, Koch, a registered Democrat, reportedly viewed his act of harvesting ballots of well-known lawyers, journalists, and politicians "as a hobby."
Nevertheless, New York state officials were quick to apprehend Koch.
"We take ballot security very seriously," Vincent Ignizio, the deputy executive director of the elections board, told The New York Times. "We're proud we uncovered a potential vulnerability, and we'll continue to tighten up the process in order to ensure that security is paramount."
According to the complaint, Koch requested at least 95 absentee ballots in the last week of May, a move that involved "recognizable politicians, media personalities and lawyers."
Koch was able to collect the ballot information by merely providing names, date of birth, counties of residence, and zip codes — for which he reportedly researched online.
After that, as the complaint attests, Koch directed the board of elections to deliver the ballots to his apartment in Manhattan or a family home in New Jersey
The FBI reportedly searched Koch's two residences on June 30 and located 100-plus absentee ballots registered in the names of people from New York, California, and Washington, D.C., according to the complaint. Silent Sinema stresses Dems as they race to pass Manchin-blessed deal
They might have to litigate their climate, tax and health care agreement against Republicans in real time. And the Arizona centrist hasn't weighed in yet.
Almost every Senate Democrat is locking arms to push their $700 billion-plus climate, tax and health care bill past the chamber’s strict rules for avoiding a filibuster. Kyrsten Sinema is still a question mark.
The Arizona Democrat has not commented on the legislation and isn’t expected to do so until she reviews the text and the rulings from the Senate parliamentarian, according to her spokesperson. At the moment, with the package set to reach the floor as soon as the middle of next week, her timeline for reaching a decision is uncertain. https://www.ajc.com/politics/breaking-kemp-to-testify-in-fulton-co-trump-probe/PXZ4ZEMJRJCSTCJJBYVU6IK7EU/
Gov. Brian Kemp will deliver testimony next month to Fulton County prosecutors investigating Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 elections, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
But unlike the parade of witnesses who have appeared at the Fulton courthouse to answer questions in front of a special grand jury, the Republican will instead deliver a “sworn recorded statement,” according to a letter from the Fulton County District Attorney’s office dated Wednesday and obtained by the AJC on Thursday.
In the letter to Kemp’s attorney, Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor hired by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to help with the investigation, said the DA’s office agreed to the terms “in a spirit of cooperation with the Governor and his schedule.”
Kemp’s sworn examination will take place on July 25.
The 23-member special grand jury also subpoenaed a bevy of evidence from Kemp’s office, which Wade said must be made available at least 72 hours before the governor’s scheduled testimony.
Among the requested documents is anything that “represents, explains, and provides context” about the Nov. 2020 elections and the 60 days after, the certification of Georgia’s presidential electors on Jan. 6 and rally held at the Capitol that day.
Jurors are also seeking any documents that shed light on what then-President Trump and his associates were thinking and doing as they sought to reverse Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow win in Georgia, including telephone logs, emails, texts and other correspondence. Elected Democrat mayors and auditors cover up the fraud of elected Democrat Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, who is arrested for stealing money from public schools for the last 6 years. Charged with fraud, racketeering, money laundering and other crimes
In a state full of roadrunners, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber’s administration should adopt a tortoise as its mascot.
The city’s audit for the 2021 fiscal year was due Dec. 15. August has hit the calendar, but the audit remains unfinished.
Never fear. A committee of the city government is convening Monday evening to hear an update from Webber’s interim assistant finance director. It should be a breathless session.
Webber’s failures on completing annual audits on time are chronic — three in succession. With his Finance Department unable to do its job, why didn’t the state auditor assert himself years ago?
Former Democratic state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton is charged with stealing vast sums of money from the Albuquerque Public Schools for at least six years. Why weren’t state auditors leading the way on that investigation?
APS and the city of Santa Fe are large governments with ample resources. Yet they did not keep track of their own bank accounts.
The state auditor is supposed to be a line of defense in combating this sort of fraud and waste. But politicians for two decades have treated the auditor’s office as a stepping-stone to loftier positions.
Hector Balderas, a Democrat, was just 33 when voters elected him as state auditor in 2006. Balderas served two four-year terms, though not by choice. He attempted to shorten his time as auditor by heading for the browner pastures of Washington. Two elected democeat officials, one a supreme court justice, the other was a chairman of the Democrat party, are sentenced for felony crimes of corruption and bribery.
The democrat party chairman is also currently charged with additional, unrelated crimes and awaiting another trial: two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, First Degree Rape and other charges.
Attorney General James Announces Sentencing of Former New York State Supreme Court Justice and Former Chairman of Erie County Democratic Committee for Corruption
Former New York State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek Accepted Bribes
from Former Erie County Power Broker and Democratic Committee Chairman Steven Pigeon
NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced the sentencing of Erie County power broker and former Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee, G. Steven Pigeon, 61, and former New York State Supreme Court Justice, John A. Michalek, 71, for their roles in a bribery scheme that influenced judicial decisions and official appointments. The Honorable Judge Donald F. Cerio, Jr. sentenced Michalek to one year and four months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Pigeon was sentenced to one year in jail to run concurrent to his federal four-month sentence and a $5,000 fine.
“New Yorkers put their trust in judges and public servants to serve the interests of the people, not make a mockery of our institutions for personal financial gain,” said Attorney General James. Democrat party chair, John Mallozzi, will begin trial this week after being charged with 28 felonies related to election fraud.
Trial to begin Monday for former Stamford Democratic Party chair accused of absentee ballot fraud
STAMFORD — A former city Democratic Party leader accused of absentee ballot forgery will have his case heard by a judge instead of a jury beginning Monday.
John Mallozzi has been charged with 14 counts of second-degree forgery and 14 counts of making false statements in absentee balloting. All of those felony charges are tied to the 2015 local elections in Stamford.
Since his arrest in early 2019, Mallozzi has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He rejected a deal in 2021 and waived his right to a jury trial earlier this year, according to a Superior Court filing from July.
Mallozzi was the Stamford Democratic City Committee’s chairman from 2012 to 2016. He became the head of the organization after serving on the boards of Representatives, Finance and Education.
The charges arose after a Stamford resident tried to vote in person at his polling place on Election Day in 2015 and was initially turned away because he had been marked as having voted by absentee ballot, according to an affidavit for Mallozzi’s arrest.
After signing a statement swearing that he hadn’t voted absentee, the resident was allowed to cast his vote in person
The State Elections Enforcement Commission launched an investigation that was eventually turned over to the state’s attorney’s office for the Stamford and Norwalk Judicial District.
Investigators found that before the 2015 elections, Stamford’s town clerk agreed to an arrangement with Mallozzi: He would drop off completed absentee ballot applications at her office on behalf of voters and then pick up the ballots for them, the affidavit stated. Prosecutors have asked witnesses testifying before a grand jury in recent days about conversations with the former president, his lawyers and other close advisers about “fake electors”, according toThe Washington Post.
Justice Department lawyers have asked “hours of detailed questions about meetings Mr Trump led in December 2020 and January 2021; his pressure campaign to overturn the election; and what instructions he gave his lawyers and advisers about fake electors and sending electors back to the states,” two sources told the newspaper on Tuesday.
The sources, who have not been named, told the newspaper that some questioning focussed on Mr Trump’s direct role in the “fake elector” scheme, that was headed by Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman.
Prosecutors in April received the phone records of Mr Trump’s top White House officials, including his then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, thePostreported.
“TheWashington Postand other news organizations have previously written that the Justice Department is examining the conduct of Eastman, Giuliani and others in Trump’s orbit. But the degree of prosecutors’ interest in Trump’s actions has not been previously reported, nor has the review of senior Trump aides’ phone records,” the newspaper stated.
Two individuals familiar with the investigation told the newspaper that there were two “principal tracks of the investigation that could ultimately lead to additional scrutiny of Trump.”
The sources told the newspaper that the first includes seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct a government proceeding, the kind of charges already filed against the leaders of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, who did not enter the Capitol on Jan 6 but helped plan what happened there.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom called out another major red state governor Friday, as his re-election campaign ran full-page ads in Texas newspapers attacking GOP anti-abortion policies and saying his own recently-signed gun control measures “protect the right to life.” The campaign spent about $30,000 purchasing space for ads in the Austin-American Statesman, Houston Chronicle and El Paso Times on the same day he was set to sign Senate Bill 1327, a measure modeled after Texas’s bounty-style anti-abortion law. NBC News first reported on the ads. This is the second national ad Newsom’s campaign has produced for media markets in other states. Earlier in July, the governor’s campaign aired television ads in Florida going after Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican Party for legislation on abortion, book banning and ballot access restrictions. The Texas newspaper ad has bullet holes in the shape of stars at the top and a quote taken from Gov. Greg Abbott when he signed the anti-abortion measure, Senate Bill 8. “Our creator endowed us with the right to life. And yet ... children lose their right to life every year because of abortion. In Texas, we work to save those lives.” The word ‘abortion’ is crossed out and replaced with ‘gun violence.’ ‘Texas’ is crossed out for ‘California,’ and ‘Greg Abbott’ is replaced with ‘Gavin Newsom.’ The bottom of the ad contains smaller type that reads: “These were Governor Abbott’s words when he signed SB 8 into law essentially banning abortion in the state of Texas. Today Governor Newsom signed SB 1327, California’s answer to Texas’ perverse bill that placed bounties on doctors and patients.” “If Texas can ban abortion and endanger lives, California can ban deadly weapons of war and save lives,” it continues. “If Governor Abbott truly wants to protect the right to life, we urge him to follow California’s lead.” https://www.reuters.com/world/us-send-four-more-himars-ukraine-pentagon-chief-2022-07-20/
WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) - The United States will send four more high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) to Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Wednesday, in the latest military package to help it defend itself against Russian forces.
Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu earlier this week ordered generals to prioritize destroying Ukraine's long-range missiles and artillery after Western-supplied weapons were used to strike Russian supply lines.
Nearly five months since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion, Russian forces are grinding through the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine and occupy around a fifth of the country.
"(We) will keep finding innovative ways to sustain our long-term support for the brave men and women of the Ukrainian armed forces and we will tailor our assistance to ensure that Ukraine has the technology, the ammunition and the sheer firepower to defend itself," Austin said at the start of a virtual meeting with allies on Ukraine.
The West has supplied Ukraine with longer-range heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems so it can hold out despite Russian artillery supremacy in numbers and ammunition.
Ukraine says it has carried out successful strikes on 30 Russian logistics and ammunitions hubs, using several multiple launch rocket systems recently supplied by the West.
In a press conference after the meeting, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said Ukraine had used HIMARS to hit Russian command and control nodes, logistic network and air defense sites within Ukraine.
>About 200 Ukrainian forces had been trained on the HIMARS and none of the systems had been destroyed by Russian forces, Milley said. https://www.9news.com.au/world/russia-ukraine-russian-war-casualties-seventy-five-thousand-us-intelligence/78c66f96-1287-4c1d-9509-6d4c656da99f
US politicians who attended a classified briefing on the war in Ukraine said Biden administration officials informed them that more than 75,000 Russians have been killed or wounded.
The briefing also said the Russian military is fatigued, but Ukrainians are looking for additional reinforcements as they aim to launch a counteroffensive in the south before the northern winter.
"We were briefed that over 75,000 Russians have either been killed or wounded, which is huge, you've got incredible amounts of investment in their land forces, over 80 per cent of their land forces are bogged down, and they're tired," Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and recently visited Ukraine, said.
"But they're still the Russian military."
US and Western officials have said in recent weeks that the next few weeks of war will be crucial, because the Ukrainians are going to try to mount a major counteroffensive in the south.
Richard Moore, the head of the UK's secret intelligence service, MI6, said last week at the Aspen Security Forum in the US that he believes the Russians will begin to lose steam in the coming weeks because they are running out of manpower.
US and western officials believe Ukraine will aim to take back the southern city of Kherson, which has been occupied by Russia since March.
"The sort of main conversation in the briefing was, you know, what more we can and should be doing for the Ukrainians, literally in the next three to six weeks, very urgently. Ukrainians want to go to the south and do operations in the south. And we want them to be as successful as possible," Slotkin said. ALVIN, Texas – A mother in Alvin has accused the city’s school district of mishandling an alleged violent attack against her daughter, at the hands of another student.
The victim, who has been referred to as “Janie” to protect her identity, has special needs. According to her mother, Janie, who was 18-years-old at the time of the alleged attack last fall, was raped after a teacher allowed her to go to a bathroom without supervision at Alvin High School.
She said the alleged rape occurred on Nov. 5, 2021.
“I’m angry. I’m heartbroken,” said Janie’s mother, who requested her name not be reported for safety reasons.
The mother told KPRC 2 that Janie has the cognitive function of a child no more than 6-years-old and, because of that, she had instructed staff at the school to supervise her at all times.
“Their special needs bathroom was broken for four days and she said she had to go to the bathroom and they let her go to the restroom. No one watched,” Janie’s mother said, adding after school administrators called her after she took Janie to an emergency room for a nurse to examine her.
“[The nurse] said she’s been assaulted. She said there is bruising. There is tearing,” she explained.
Janie’s older sister said it was during that exam that the nurse informed her of what school officials neglected to mention.
“They didn’t tell us that she was strangled. They didn’t tell us that he tried to smother her. They didn’t tell us that he had molested her,” the sister said.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge said Thursday that a Republican-ordered, taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election found “absolutely no evidence of election fraud,” but did reveal contempt for the state’s open records law by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and a former state Supreme Court justice he hired.
Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn awarded about $98,000 in attorneys’ fees to the liberal watchdog group American Oversight, bringing an end in circuit court to one of four lawsuits the group filed. Vos’s attorney, Ron Stadler, said he was recommending that Vos appeal the ruling.
The fees will be paid by taxpayers, which is why the judge said she was not also awarding additional punitive damages against Vos. Costs to taxpayers for the investigation, including ongoing legal fees, have exceeded $1 million.
“I think the people of the state of Wisconsin have been punished enough for this case,” Bailey-Rihn said. “I don’t think it does anyone any good to have punitive damages placed on the innocent people of this state.”
All of American Oversight’s lawsuits stem from records requests it made to Vos and Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice hired by Vos in June 2021 to investigate the 2020 presidential election won by President Joe Biden. Vos ordered the investigation under pressure from election loser Donald Trump, who continues to falsely claim there was widespread fraud in Wisconsin and that Biden’s win should be decertified, which is impossible and which Vos has repeatedly refused to support.
Even Gableman’s attorney said decertification was “pointless.” How is this legal? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiM1At3O53E https://youtu.be/OTbnBXih-7o https://youtu.be/wWVuOUqvEDY
Russian stuck are with old tactics. In modern war, Tanks do nothing but get destroyed. Ozillo news Ukrainian correspondent reported from the ground today that confirms 5 Russian tanks blown up and 9 combat vehicles.
Putin will have to use Museum tanks soon!