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Progressives kill Brooklyn project that would’ve created 20,000 jobs over gentrification concerns — and even the NYT pans them

A host of progressive politicians and community groups in Brooklyn recently killed a major business project that would have created as many as 20,000 jobs in the city at a time when it is struggling to regain its footing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

The project — approved by the city planning commission — which called for rezoning and expanding the Industry City complex on the Brooklyn waterfront in Sunset Park into a burgeoning retail space, was yanked this week amid a pressure campaign from the left.

Why were progressives so outraged over the job-creating project? Because it would have led to more “displacement and gentrification” among the working-class community, a group of 10 Democratic lawmakers, including members of Congress, argued in an opposition letter this week.

Even the New York Times took note of the unfortunate politics at play in a recent write-up on the news:

It was slated to be one of the biggest real estate projects in New York City in years, a major expansion of the Industry City complex on the Brooklyn waterfront that could have created as many as 20,000 jobs at a time when local unemployment has soared because of the pandemic.

But on Tuesday night, the project’s owner canceled the expansion in the face of fierce opposition from left-leaning Democrats, ending the biggest clash over development in the city since the collapse of the Amazon deal in Queens last year, and highlighting the growing influence of the left in local politics.

What are they saying?

In a statement announcing the withdrawal of the application, Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball blamed “the current political environment and a lack of leadership” for the project’s failure.

“Over and over, we have heard from key decision makers that while the substance of the project is strong, the politics of the moment do not allow them to support any private development project,” Kimball said, according to the Gothamist. “Even the historic nature of our commitments — which significantly elevated the bar for future development projects — and a seven-year record of creating jobs and opportunity weren’t enough to overcome purely political considerations.”

“If a project like this can’t succeed, it concerns me very much about the future of New York City — a place I’ve spent my whole life,” Kimball added in an interview with the Times on Wednesday.

Far from concerned, Sunset Park Councilman Carlos Menchaca championed the project’s defeat as “a win” for the community.

Menchaca had come out against the rezoning months ago and, on Tuesday, he was joined by other Democratic New York lawmakers, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velázquez, Yvette Clark, and Hakeem Jeffries.

The group wrote in the opposition letter that the project “would further exacerbate real estate pressures, displacement, rising rents, and forever shift the nature of the waterfront away from one of the few remaining manufacturing hubs to commercial tourism and service economy.”

Another city councilman, Eric Ulrich of Queens, disagreed. He told a Times reporter: “We are sending such a terrible message to the rest of the country that we’re not open for business, and we’re not open to economic development and new jobs.”

He was even more straightforward on Twitter, writing, “NYC is going to s**t. God save us!”

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New York City is projected to lose at least half a million jobs this year as a result of the coronavirus-related economic shutdowns, and the city’s unemployment rate is currently 16%. It is estimated that low-income workers of color are being disproportionately affected by the downturn.

Yet even so, progressives in the city have proven themselves to be more concerned with gentrification than job creation.

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Progressives kill Brooklyn project that would’ve created 20,000 jobs over gentrification concerns — and even the NYT pans them

A host of progressive politicians and community groups in Brooklyn recently killed a major business project that would have created as many as 20,000 jobs in the city at a time when it is struggling to regain its footing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

The project — approved by the city planning commission — which called for rezoning and expanding the Industry City complex on the Brooklyn waterfront in Sunset Park into a burgeoning retail space, was yanked this week amid a pressure campaign from the left.

Why were progressives so outraged over the job-creating project? Because it would have led to more “displacement and gentrification” among the working-class community, a group of 10 Democratic lawmakers, including members of Congress, argued in an opposition letter this week.

Even the New York Times took note of the unfortunate politics at play in a recent write-up on the news:

It was slated to be one of the biggest real estate projects in New York City in years, a major expansion of the Industry City complex on the Brooklyn waterfront that could have created as many as 20,000 jobs at a time when local unemployment has soared because of the pandemic.

But on Tuesday night, the project’s owner canceled the expansion in the face of fierce opposition from left-leaning Democrats, ending the biggest clash over development in the city since the collapse of the Amazon deal in Queens last year, and highlighting the growing influence of the left in local politics.

What are they saying?

In a statement announcing the withdrawal of the application, Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball blamed “the current political environment and a lack of leadership” for the project’s failure.

“Over and over, we have heard from key decision makers that while the substance of the project is strong, the politics of the moment do not allow them to support any private development project,” Kimball said, according to the Gothamist. “Even the historic nature of our commitments — which significantly elevated the bar for future development projects — and a seven-year record of creating jobs and opportunity weren’t enough to overcome purely political considerations.”

“If a project like this can’t succeed, it concerns me very much about the future of New York City — a place I’ve spent my whole life,” Kimball added in an interview with the Times on Wednesday.

Far from concerned, Sunset Park Councilman Carlos Menchaca championed the project’s defeat as “a win” for the community.

Menchaca had come out against the rezoning months ago and, on Tuesday, he was joined by other Democratic New York lawmakers, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velázquez, Yvette Clark, and Hakeem Jeffries.

The group wrote in the opposition letter that the project “would further exacerbate real estate pressures, displacement, rising rents, and forever shift the nature of the waterfront away from one of the few remaining manufacturing hubs to commercial tourism and service economy.”

Another city councilman, Eric Ulrich of Queens, disagreed. He told a Times reporter: “We are sending such a terrible message to the rest of the country that we’re not open for business, and we’re not open to economic development and new jobs.”

He was even more straightforward on Twitter, writing, “NYC is going to s**t. God save us!”

Anything else?

New York City is projected to lose at least half a million jobs this year as a result of the coronavirus-related economic shutdowns, and the city’s unemployment rate is currently 16%. It is estimated that low-income workers of color are being disproportionately affected by the downturn.

Yet even so, progressives in the city have proven themselves to be more concerned with gentrification than job creation.

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Pregnant wife reportedly jumped into the water to save husband after he was attacked by a shark in the Florida Keys

After a man was attacked by a shark while snorkeling in the Florida Keys, witnesses say his pregnant wife immediately jumped into the water and pulled him to safety.

According to the Miami Herald, 30-year-old Andrew Charles Eddy of Atlanta was attacked on Sunday by what was believed to be a bull shark in the water on Sombrero Reef, a popular snorkeling spot near a lighthouse in the Middle Keys.

Witnesses say that the shark slammed into him and bit his shoulder as soon as he entered the water. But without hesitation or regard for her own safety, Eddy’s wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy, immediately jumped into the water to rescue him.

“Dukes saw the shark’s dorsal fin and then blood filling the water [and], without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat,” Monroe County Deputy Christopher Aguanno wrote in a report about the incident.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Eddy was taken to the beach where paramedics were waiting before being airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Upon arrival, his injury was described as “severe.” As of Tuesday, Eddy’s condition was not available, the Herald reported. A hospital spokesperson indicated that the family was requesting privacy.

“This was a very rare medical crisis for the Florida Keys, but everyone came together — including those witnesses on the boat to 911 Communicators to all our emergency responders — in order to ensure this victim received life-saving care,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay, according to a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

Other boaters who were in the area Sunday morning told police that they had seen “8 or 9 foot bull shark” in the water that day.

Eddy and his wife, Dukes-Eddy, were reportedly on a 20-foot open motorboat with her parents, her sister, and her sister’s boyfriend on the day of the attack. No other injuries besides Eddy’s were reported.

While the presence of sharks in the water in Monroe County is typical, shark attacks are rare. According to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File, there have only been 17 unprovoked shark attacks in the county since 1882.


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MSNBC host says there is ‘no difference’ between President Trump and Adolf Hitler, shames Jewish Trump supporters

Advertising expert and host of MSNBC’s “Saturday Night Politics,” Donny Deutsch, argued on Wednesday there is “no difference” between President Donald Trump and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

“What is the difference between Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump? he asked during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “I’m not saying there’s a holocaust, but when you look at the tactics … this is where we are right now.”

During the interview, Deutsch, himself of Jewish heritage, also lambasted Jewish supporters of the president.

“How dare you!” he exclaimed. “How dare you, with what our people have gone through in history, and you see a man who is a dictator. And once you give a man absolute power, he is possible of anything.”

“If you are a Jew in this country and you are supporting Donald Trump, you are not looking back at our history,” he continued. “And you are blind and you are walking like a lemming off a cliff. It is time to wake up. I’m sorry.”

“There is no difference from what Donald Trump is preaching, from what Adolf Hitler preached in the early ’30s. Let’s just say it once and for all,” he declared.

Deutsch was commenting on a recent rally held by the president in Pittsburgh, which he said “looked like a rally from the early [1930s].”

Look at that crowd,” he said. “There’s not one person of color anywhere. Like, usually behind him he puts one kind of token in there, a token person.”

Deutsch then drew comparisons between Nazi Germany and Trump’s America: “Basically, you had a destruction of the belief in the free press. You had a blurring between the executive branch and the Justice Department. You have creating an other, whether it’s Muslims, whether it’s Mexicans, whether it’s congressmen who weren’t born in this country. And then you have the destruction of free elections. And we’re here.”

Comparing Trump to the murderous, tyrannical chancellor of Nazi Germany, though shocking, has become a somewhat routine practice among the president’s opponents.

The long list of Trump-Hitler comparers include actress Debra Messing, actor Alec Baldwin, a New York University professor, former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, and Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.).

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It’s official: Hallmark to run Christmas movie about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child

The Hallmark Channel will for the first time ever feature a holiday movie about an LGBT couple as a part of this year’s popular “Countdown to Christmas” lineup.

What are the details?

The movie, titled “The Christmas House,” starring Jonathan Bennett of “Mean Girls,” will spotlight a storyline about “a gay couple looking to adopt their first child,” the network announced in a statement Wednesday, according to People.com.

“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever. This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming. “Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions — a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

A fuller description of the movie, provided by People.com, states:

Synopsis: Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons — TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) — home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake (Harder) make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.

The movie is slated to premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Nov. 22.

Why does it matter?

Though not a surprise — Hallmark had telegraphed the coming of a holiday film featuring gay leads for months — the move nonetheless marks a major shift in the network’s programming.

Over the last several years, the channel, often considered the last beacon of conservative entertainment on cable television, became almost synonymous with traditional, family-friendly programming, especially around the holidays.

As such, the channel’s decision to show a movie with an LGBT storyline will likely be perceived as the ultimate act of caving to the cultural left.

Last year, Hallmark Channel leadership waffled amid pressure from the left after it pulled ads featuring a same-sex wedding. The ads, produced by Zola, a wedding planning start-up, showed two women kissing during a wedding ceremony.

The channel originally pulled the ads after a petition for their removal by One Million Moms gained more than 20,000 signatures, but after backlash from the left, the network reversed its decision and began running the ads again.

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Construction company gives up Utah Jazz suite, slams NBA’s anthem kneeling and ‘divisive’ BLM ‘propaganda’

A construction company in Salt Lake City recently sent a letter to the Utah Jazz announcing it would no longer pay for an arena suite after the NBA essentially turned itself into “a billboard for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the company, SME Steel Contractors, Inc., is fed up with the “divisive political propaganda” and is asking the team and league to “put a stop to all disrespectful actions during the anthem and remove the Black Lives Matter logo from the arena.”

In a letter sent to Jazz owner Gail Miller earlier this month, company leadership wrote: “The recent actions of the NBA — including the owners, coaches and players of the Utah Jazz — have converted a beloved entertainment venue into a forum for dissemination of political propaganda which is divisive and completely out of step with our company and its values.”

The letter went on to cite players kneeling during the national anthem and displaying Black Lives Matter-related slogans on their jerseys as specific reasons for the company’s “disappointment and disillusionment.”

“Standing quietly and respectfully during the anthem is not merely an antiquated or courteous tradition, it is a way of honoring the many thousands who have protected this country and its unique freedoms-through their service and sacrifice,” the letter states before hammering athletes and coaches for kneeling.

“To say the least, it is ironic that pampered and exceptionally well-paid athletes cavalierly exercise the freedom bought for them through the courage, and sacrifice of this nation’s servicemen and women by disrespectfully kneeling during the country’s anthem,” the letter reads. “By the same token, it seems odd and inappropriate for NBA players to adorn their jerseys with names and tributes for felons and politically-divisive slogans from Black Lives Matter, when true heroes like Chris Kyle and Pat Tillman go unnoticed and unremarked.”

SME claimed it has spent in excess $6 million over the 28 years that it has licensed a full suite to Jazz games and that several of its employees were “personally involved” in the construction of the arena.

In a statement, the company added that the feedback it has received since sending the letter has been “overwhelmingly positive.”

“We have received emails and letters from individuals and companies throughout the country thanking us for standing up for the country, the national anthem, and the idea that sporting events do not need to be a venue for forcing controversial political views on patrons,” SME general counsel Mark Wilkey told the Free Beacon.

Since its restart over the summer, the NBA has struggled to attract viewers, with many fans claiming the league has “become too political.” During the shortened season, the league has allowed players to kneel during the national anthem and opted to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the shared courts used in the Disney World “bubble.”

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump took notice of the ratings drop and wrote on Twitter that “people are tired of watching the highly political NBA.”

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Seattle bankrolls ‘Street Czar,’ ex-pimp, BLM activist at $150K to help the city consider ‘alternatives to policing’

The city of Seattle has hired a Black Lives Matter activist and convicted ex-pimp to be its “Street Czar,” paying him $12,500 a month for a year to come up with “alternatives to policing.”

What are the details?

Andrè Taylor was once sentenced to more than five years in prison for illegally working as an escort hustler in Las Vegas (he ended up only serving one year) and was featured in the 2000 documentary, “American Pimp.” He also came to Seattle in 2016 vowing to “go to war” after his brother, Che Taylor, was killed by police.

Now Taylor and his organization, Not This Time, have been bankrolled by the city at $150,000 over the next 12 months to provide “community de-escalation services.”


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The contract, published for the first time this week by news website PubliCola, provides Taylor’s organization office space in the city’s Municipal Tower and requests Taylor’s help “provid[ing] recommendations to the City on de-escalation, community engagement, and alternatives to policing.”

Under the agreement, which was reportedly Taylor’s idea, Not This Time will also work toward the “urgent de-escalation of conflict and violence between the police and the community assembling in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.”

The Seattle Times noted that the contract came just one year after Not This Time was paid $100,000 by the city to host a speaker series called “Conversations with the Streets.”

What else?

According to the Seattle Times, Taylor’s public presence during protests and riots in Seattle has evolved considerably over the last several months. He reportedly led one of the very first rallies in Seattle in the immediate aftermath of the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, and appeared at a news conference beside Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) on the same day.

Later, while publicly disavowing the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, he attempted to broker a deal between CHOP protesters and the mayor, insisting that the protesters demand money in return for leaving the area.

“Don’t just leave. Leave with something,” he told a small group of protesters in a recorded conversation. “Let me make that happen for you, and then I can bring that back to you. I don’t know, we’ll ask for $2 million. They might give us $1 million, but let’s ask for it.”

The paper reported that the activists eventually rejected his advice, one saying that the money grab felt “off.”

Taylor then reportedly drew ire from CHOP protesters when he appeared at a news conference with the mayor on June 22 telling them to shut down CHOP — the same day he was offered a six-figure contract by the city.

Anything else?

Kelsey Nyland, a spokesperson for Durkan, said, “the City sought a contract with Not This Time because of our existing working partnership … but also because of the organization’s lived experience with the criminal legal system, and their history of successful advocacy and activism on issues of policing and dismantling systemic racism.”

Nyland added that the city is spending millions this year on similar contracts with various other groups.

“Not too many people can go talk to gangbangers in their territory, and then go talk to the government in their territory,” Taylor said of the contract.

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Charlie Hebdo head of HR forced to flee her home after French mag republishes Mohammed cartoons

The head of human resources at Charlie Hebdo — the French satirical magazine targeted in a deadly radical Islamic terror attack in January 2015 — has been forced to flee her home because of death threats.

What are the details?

BBC News reported Tuesday that Marika Bret told a French newspaper that her security guards received the “precise and detailed threats” last week.

The threats came amid the long-awaited trial of 14 people accused of assisting the two gunmen, brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, in their attack on the magazine’s offices, which left 12 dead and 11 injured.

The two gunmen were killed by French police in a shootout two days later, but the attack sparked a string of subsequent jihadist attacks across France.

As the trial began, Charlie Hebdo decided to republish the cartoons of Muslim prophet Mohammed that served as the motive for the original attack.

“Since the start of the trial and with the republication of the cartoons, we have received all kinds of horrors, including threats from al-Qaeda and calls to finish the work of the [gunmen from the 2015 attack],” Bret said.

She reportedly blamed “a level of hallucinatory hatred around Charlie Hebdo” for the recent threats.

Speaking with Le Point Magazine, Bret recalled, “I had 10 minutes to do my business and leave my home, 10 minutes to give up part of my existence … I won’t be coming home.”

What else?

Earlier this month, the magazine posted an explanation for republishing the cartoons that lampoon Islam and its principal human figure.

In the explanation, the magazine suggest that the drawings belong to history and argue it would be “inadmissible for [them] to approach this trial without communicating [the drawings] to readers and citizens.”

To not republish the caricatures would amount to “political or journalistic cowardice,” the explanation read.

Here is the full statement (translated into English using Google translation feature):

The reasons for this coverage are as follows. These drawings are now part of history, and history cannot be rewritten, nor can it be erased. This happened: it is the publication of these drawings, considered blasphemy by a number of Muslims, which is the motive for the January 7 massacre by assassins who wanted to, as they shouted on leaving from the premises of Charlie Hebdo , ” avenge the Prophet “.

These drawings are therefore exhibits. It was inadmissible for us to approach this trial without communicating them to readers and citizens. Because since 2006, fourteen years have passed, and the young French people who have been born since will be the witnesses of a trial that they would not understand, these drawings having never been republished. It is therefore a duty of information which imposes to bring to the knowledge of the public these documents which have both historical and criminal value.

We have often been asked since January 2015 to produce other caricatures of Muhammad. We have always refused to do so, not because it is prohibited, the law allows us to do so, but because there had to be a good reason to do it, a reason which has meaning and which brings something to the debate. Reproducing these cartoons this week of the opening of the January 2015 terrorist attacks seemed essential to us. All the reasons that could be opposed to us relate only to political or journalistic cowardice. Do we want to live in a country that prides itself on being a great free and modern democracy, and which, at the same time, gives up on asserting its deepest convictions? For our part, it is out of the question. Except to live in another country, another regime, another world.

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CDC says trick-or-treating is too ‘high risk,’ suggests small ‘open-air costume parades where participants can remain 6 feet apart’ instead

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put a major damper on forthcoming fall festivities with its newly released guidelines for celebrating Halloween amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” the guidelines state, adding that Americans will need to practice the October tradition differently this year.

Among the traditional activities considered to be no-no’s by the health agency are trick-or-treating, crowded costume parties, haunted houses, and even rural fall festivals. So essentially everything fun that many Americans associate with the holiday.

Here’s the full list of “higher risk activities”:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19

Fortunately, the CDC has not left Americans without ways to celebrate, but made sure to suggest “several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween.”

Of course, these suggestions all account for proper sanitation and usually involve people staring awkwardly at each other from at least six feet away.

Among the agency’s suggested “lower risk” or “moderate risk” activities are:

  • Small group, open-air costume parades where participants can remain six feet apart;
  • Outdoor costume parties where protective masks are used and social distancing is required;
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with

The guidelines also made sure to clarify that costume masks don’t count as protective face coverings, for all the clever kids who thought they’d be able to kill two birds with one stone.

“A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask,” the guidelines note. “A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.”

“Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe,” the guidelines add.

“Instead,” it continues, one should “consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.”

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The 2020 Emmy Awards pandered to the left and garnered the lowest TV audience ever

The 2020 Emmy Awards aired on Sunday, but you probably missed it.

According to culture and entertainment site Vulture, this year’s awards ceremony became by far the least-watched in Nielsen ratings history. Just 6.1 million viewers tuned in to watch the once-popular TV awards event, which is 13% fewer than the previous low mark set the year before, when 7 million people watched.

Apparently, celebrities accepting awards over video as late-night host Jimmy Kimmel operated alone in an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, wasn’t intriguing enough for people to tune in.

Vulture blamed the low viewership on COVID-19 and “unprecedented sports competition,” including Sunday Night Football — which isn’t exactly new — and NBA playoff coverage.

But awards show viewership has been on a steady decline for years, as Hollywood show hosts and honorees have consistently alienated audiences by pandering to the left and attacking conservatives during the ceremonies.

The 2020 Emmy Awards were no different in this regard.

Pandering to the left

During his opening monologue, Kimmel took a swipe at President Donald Trump and his supporters, congratulating himself and the Emmys for choosing not to have a live audience amid the coronavirus pandemic, in contrast to rallies recently held by the president.

“Of course we don’t have an audience; this isn’t a MAGA rally, it’s the Emmys. Instead of the live audience, we took a page from baseball tonight and we filled the seats with cardboard cutouts of the nominees,” Kimmel said.

Then later in the show, actor Anthony Anderson, star of the sitcom “Black-ish,” awkwardly led Kimmel in chanting “Black Lives Matter!” on stage.

“Louder, Jimmy!” Anderson hollered at Kimmel during the rehearsed bit. “Say it so that my kids can hear it!”

TheBlaze’s Dave Urbanski noted that there was, curiously, no mention of the fact that Kimmel was recently forced to take a leave of absence from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” after a controversial video of him in blackface resurfaced.

The show also spoofed the ongoing controversies surround the postal service and mail-in voting with a rehearsed exchange between Kimmel and a peculiar — and obviously Russian — mail carrier.


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Though not watched by many, the awards show was praised for its diversity of nominees and winners. Deadline reported that black and LGBTQ nominees experienced a marked uptick in this year’s ceremony.

“On the acting side, there were more than 30 people of color nominated, while actors who have openly identified as members of the LGBTQ+ community took in nearly a dozen nominations. On the hosting side, six people of color were nominated while seven people who identified as LGBTQ+ received nods,” the outlet noted.

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Tim Tebow joins AG Barr to announce $100 million grant to fight human trafficking

Attorney General William Barr — joined by former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, first daughter Ivanka Trump, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) — announced at a roundtable event on Monday that the Department of Justice would be awarding more than $100 million to help combat human trafficking.

The grant money will be given to task forces aimed at stopping human trafficking and to organizations that provide housing and services to victims, the Associated Press reported.

The announcement comes just one month after the Trump administration awarded $35 million in separate grant money to organizations that provide safe housing for victims.

The Tim Tebow Foundation, a charitable organization run by the former NFL quarterback and his wife, Demi, is heavily invested in anti-human trafficking efforts around the world.

During the roundtable, Tebow called human trafficking the “greatest form of evil in the world today.”

He also charged those in the room, which included members of law enforcement and other philanthropic organizations, to “push back this evil” and finally say “not on our watch.”


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“The reason why we got into this,” Tebow continued, “was because eight years ago, my dad was preaching in a remote country, and there were four girls that he was next to that were being sold, and he took out all the money out of his wallet — which was $1,250 — and he bought those four girls.”

“Then, he called me and said, ‘I just bought four girls and I’m not really sure what to do now.’ And I said, ‘That’s okay, Dad, we’ve got your back,'” Tebow said.

Tebow’s foundation now works with the federal government to strengthen families in areas where trafficking is prevalent, support rescue missions of trafficked individuals, and support survivors’ long-term recovery.

According to the International Labor Organization, there are as many as 40 million people around the world who are victims of some form of modern-day slavery or human trafficking. Among the victims, women and children are disproportionately affected.

Last month, the Tim Tebow Foundation launched a fundraiser to aid the war on human trafficking.

“I can’t help but feel that we are at a point in history where we cannot stand silently and passively watch as evil rages on,” Tebow wrote on the GoFundMe page. “It’s time for Christians around the world to take a stand, to raise our voices and say no more. No more will we allow girls and boys, many of whom are just children, to be bought and sold as if they were just products for someone else’s personal gain. Every person on this earth is created in the image of God – uniquely, beautifully, and perfectly. Their value is priceless, and they are not for sale.”

At the time of this article’s publication, more than $700,000 had been raised.

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Firefighter is killed battling blaze started by botched gender-reveal party

A firefighter in California has died in the El Dorado fire, the wildfire that started earlier this month from a pyrotechnic device used during a gender-reveal party.

What are the details?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement that the firefighter, who has not been named, was killed on Thursday.

“USDA Forest Service officials on the San Bernardino National Forest have confirmed the death of a firefighter on the El Dorado Fire,” the statement said. “The incident took place on Thursday, September 17, 2020.”

“Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time,” it continued. “The cause is under investigation. More details will be made available as they are confirmed.”

On Thursday night, SoCal Air Operations tweeted that a search and rescue operation had been initiated for a missing “hot shot” near Pinezanita, California. Hot shots, according to the San Bernardino County Sun, are “specially trained firefighters who battle blazes in remote regions by hiking in or being lowered from a helicopter” and “build fire breaks with tools they carry.”

In a tweet about the tragedy, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, tweeted: “I am deeply saddened that the firefighter who went missing while fighting the El Dorado Fire has died. Each day, our nation’s courageous firefighters and first responders risk their lives to protect our communities. May this brave soul rest in peace.”

What’s the background?

The massive fire, which started after a pregnant couple set off a firework in El Dorado Ranch park, resulted in an initial containment effort consisting of more than 500 firefighters, 60 fire engines, and four helicopters.

The couple reportedly used a cylindrical device to send either pink or blue smoke into the sky in order to reveal the sex of the baby, but sparked a fire in the process. They attempted to douse it with water from their water bottles, but it was to no avail.

From there, the fire quickly spread and, as of Friday morning, had burned 21,678 acres and was 66% contained.

The San Bernardino County Sun added that 12 injuries have been reported in relation to the fire so far, not including this most recent death. Four homes have been destroyed.

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Furious NYC mom says hackers streamed porn during her child’s online class, demands the district return to school

A New York City mother is furious after her 10-year-old daughter’s first day of remote learning was interrupted by hackers streaming pornographic images across the screen.

What are the details?

Devon Morales tweeted the horrifying news Wednesday, directing her anger at NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the city’s Department of Education, using the hashtag #returntoschool2020.

“Day one of remote learning. 5 minutes into my daughter’s Google meet with her first class, and several ‘students’ have hijacked the meeting, the first posting Trump pics, and then someone streamed PORN!!” Morales posted along with a screenshot of the video.

“I shut the laptop in horror,” she wrote in a subsequent tweet. “I’m INFURIATED. My daughter and all the other students present were sexually assaulted today.”

Morales added: “No teachers should be hosting online classes without remote conference managers or IT monitoring them. Intro to b******s should NOT have been part of my daughter’s 6th grade curriculum. Do better!”

Mayor de Blasio announced this week a delay to the start of in-person schooling in the city, even for parents and students who opted to return to the physical classroom.

What else?

WNBC-TV reported that a Department of Education spokesperson had confirmed the incident and that an investigation had been launched.

“We have strict security settings for DOE-approved platforms to prevent outside parties from entering. The class was immediately taken offline, and this incident is being investigated,” DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said in a statement. “We will provide [any] necessary follow up support to the school community.”

Carranza said that there is no evidence of an external breach, but rather it appears that someone within the school “decided not to play by the rules.”

In response to the news, Democratic City Councilman Justin Brannan said, “I thought we had this figured out. This is totally unacceptable and completely avoidable.”

According to the New York Post, another DOE spokesperson said that “troubleshooting” was a goal of the first week of remote orientation.

“Instructional orientation this week exists to get students and families reconnected with their school communities and to troubleshoot any device or connectivity issues,” said Sarah Casasnovas. “As with the first days of school every year, there are initial adjustments that need to be made, both technical and otherwise, and that’s what we accounted for during these orientation days.”

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Illegal immigrant ‘caretaker’ accused of beating 81-year-old woman to death with a rolling pin

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say that a woman accused of beating an elderly woman to death with a rolling pin in Frederick, Maryland, was in the country illegally.

The officials told WTTG-TV that Maria Gloria Vazquez-Mebo, 35, a Peruvian national, is being held on an ICE detainer following her arrest over the weekend.

Vazquez-Mebo was reportedly a live-in caretaker for the victim’s husband, who is in a wheelchair. The victim, whose name is being concealed at her family’s request, did not live with her husband but would often come over to visit and was doing so Sunday.

Police said that on Sunday evening around 6:30 p.m., Vazquez-Mebo called 911 as well as the couple’s daughter to report that the 81-year-old woman had fallen down the stairs and was seriously injured and in cardiac arrest. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a police report, upon arrival, officers noticed several traumatic injuries to the victim’s head as well as “other unusual circumstances.”

Court documents show that after an autopsy report was completed Monday, Vazquez-Mebo was called in for questioning. At that time, she reportedly confessed to retrieving a rolling pin and striking the elderly woman multiple times in the head after she had fallen down the stairs. No motive or explanation was given for the crime.

“It’s very shocking,” neighbor Heidi Horkey told WTTG. “You think you’re safe in your home and then something like this happens. [It] makes you really aware about who’s around.”

Horkey added that she often saw Vazquez-Mebo walking around the block with a young child but never had more interaction than the occasional greeting.

“We spoke and said hi to her and she said hi back, but that was about it,” she said.

Along with having an immigration detainer issued for her, Vazquez-Mebo is reportedly being held without bond on charges of first-and second-degree murder.

ICE issues detainer requests to local law enforcement when they have reasonable cause to believe that an arrested individual is in the country illegally and is subject to deportation.

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FBI director confirms ‘Antifa is a real thing,’ we have ‘quite a number’ of investigations ongoing

FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed Thursday in testimony before Congress that “Antifa is a real thing” and not just a fantasy conjured up by right-wing conspiracy theorists.

What are the details?

Wray was speaking at a House Homeland Security Committee meeting when he told lawmakers that Antifa, though perhaps not an organization in the traditional sense, is certainly a real movement that has resulted in a multitude of arrests this year.

“Antifa is a real thing. It’s not a group or an organization. It’s a movement, or an ideology may be one way of thinking of it,” the FBI director said.

“And we have quite a number — and I’ve said this quite consistently since my first time appearing before this committee — we have any number of properly predicated investigations into what we would describe as violent anarchist extremists, and some of those individuals self-identify with Antifa,” he added.


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Elsewhere in the testimony, Wray affirmed, “Antifa is a real thing, it’s not a fiction … we certainly have, as I’ve said, a number of … properly predicated investigations into violent, anarchist extremists who subscribe to, self-identify with, Antifa. They say, you know, I am Antifa.”

Wray’s remarks rebuff attempts by Democratic lawmakers to downplay the influence of Antifa or, in some cases, dismiss its existence altogether.

In July, Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), who serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, claimed that the well-documented Antifa violence being conducted night after night in Portland, Oregon, was “a myth that’s being spread only in Washington, D.C.”

What else?

To the dismay of President Trump, however, Wray was reluctant to call Antifa an organized group and preferred to consistently characterize it as a “movement or ideology.”

Trump appeared to push back at that notion in a tweet following the hearing, calling the group “well funded” and chastising the FBI, which he said “is simply unable, or unwilling, to find their funding source, and allows them to get away with ‘murder.'”

Fittingly, much of the mainstream media reporting on Wray’s testimony focused on this apparent disagreement between Wray and other members of the Trump administration.

The Associated Press reported that Wray’s testimony “puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate [Antifa as] a terror group.”

The president announced earlier this year that the United States would designate Antifa as a terrorist organization.

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Students at Skidmore College demand professor be fired for attending a ‘Back the Blue’ rally

Student activists as Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, are demanding that an art professor at the school be fired after he and his wife decided to simply observe a pro-police rally in town.

What are the details?

David Peterson, 61, who has been teaching at the school for 31 years, told the Times-Union last week that it was “civic interest and curiosity” that led him to attend a “Back the Blue” event in Congress Park in late July.

The rally was advertised on Facebook as a peaceful protest intended to show “law enforcement that they are valued, loved, respected and appreciated.”

The Times-Union reported that “the Petersons arrived at a little after 7 p.m., watched from the edge of the crowd as ‘Back the Blue’ supporters and counter-protesters traded barbs, then departed to get dinner after about 20 minutes.” Perhaps most importantly, they left before a small clash between police and Black Lives Matter protesters resulted.

“Neither [Peterson nor his wife] thought much of it,” the report added.

Nevertheless, some students at the school were incensed. By the time Peterson arrived on campus for the fall semester, a campaign to oust him had already been set in motion.

An email circulating around campus read: “I and other Skidmore students witnessed Profs. David Peterson and Andrea Peterson at an anti-Black Lives Matter protest. We demand the immediate dismissal of both Skidmore staff members for engaging in hateful conduct that threatens Black Skidmore students.” (Turns out Peterson’s wife Andrea is not on faculty at the school)

One day, Peterson came to his classroom and was confronted with a notice taped on the door, saying: “STOP. By entering this class you are crossing a campus-wide picket line and breaking the boycott against Professor David Peterson.”

The notice reportedly went on to vaguely accuse Peterson of past sexism and transphobia and added: “This is not a safe environment for marginalized students … by continuing to take this course you are enabling bigoted behavior on this campus.”

What else?

Peterson, for one, has not backed down or caved to what he calls a “cancel campaign” being launched against him.

He told the Times-Union: “What’s troubling is the mob mentality. All of a sudden, you have all these people who hate your guts and they know nothing about you.”

But apparently, the administration has failed to stand up for the longtime professor. Instead, they launched an investigation into the incident and have tried to toe the line.

In a statement to the Times-Union, a school spokesperson expressed “unequivocal support” for First Amendment rights but added that the school is also “committed to fostering a working and learning environment in which all its members can flourish.”

It also appears that students have been allowed to successfully boycott Peterson’s classes without consequence. According to the professor, he has no remaining students in one of his classes and only a small number of students in his other two.

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At least 13 people have been arrested for West Coast arson crimes. Here are the details.

As wildfires scorch the West Coast, debate is raging on the internet over what exactly is causing the fires — climate change or human acts of arson. And as Glenn Beck pointed out on Wednesday, it appears the left and Big Tech have already made their determination and have resolved to make that everyone else’s determination, too.

Over the past week, PolitiFact summarily shot down allegations of human-made fires and Facebook announced a sweeping policy to flag and remove posts on the platform suggesting as much.

But that flies in the face of the truth of the matter regarding the wildfires, which is that many of the fires burning through California, Oregon, and Washington state were in fact started by criminals. While reasonable people might argue about the extent to which climate change and/or poor forest management made the fires worse than they otherwise would have been, there can be no doubt that many of these fires would not have existed at all if they had not been intentionally started by humans.

A quick survey of national and local media reports show that there have been at least 13 named individuals arrested on arson crimes in recent weeks.

Here are the details

1. Jeffrey Acord, 36, was arrested in Puyallup, Washington, last Wednesday on reckless burning charges. When police arrived on the scene, Acord reportedly started Facebook livestreaming the incident to act like he had discovered the fire. Acord is a known Black Lives Matter activist who led a BLM rally in June. He had previously been arrested on weapons charges during a 2014 protest in Ferguson, Missouri.

2. Elijas Newton Pendergrass, 44, was arrested under suspicion of starting the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 fire west of Eugene, Oregon, earlier this month. That fire has burned hundreds of acres and prompted evacuations.

3. Christine Comello, 36, was arrested in Spokane, Washington, last week on first- and second-degree arson charges. She had allegedly started fires near a commercial business and an old oil drum that reportedly “gave the fire the potential to explode into something much larger.”

4. Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, was arrested near Portland, Oregon, this week for starting a fire using a Molotov cocktail. A day later, police said he was arrested again for starting six more small brushfires. He was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation and is being held on a total of seven counts of reckless burning.

5. Michael Jarrod Bakkela, 41, was arrested in Phoenix, Oregon, last week on two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief, and 14 counts of reckless endangerment. According to police, Bakkela is responsible for setting one of the two origins of the Almeda fire, which burned thousands of acres in southern Oregon and has killed two people. As of last week, 50 people remain unaccounted for as a result of the fire.

6. Jonathan Maas, 44, was arrested in Dexter, Oregon, for allegedly starting a fire in the woods near a frisbee golf course.

7. Anita Esquivel, 37, was arrested in Salinas, California, for allegedly starting multiple fires along Highway 101. There were reportedly some indications that Esquivel was connected to Antifa, but the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has since denied those allegations.

8. Osmin Palencia, 36, a homeless man, was arrested last month for allegedly starting the Ranch 2 Fire in Azusa, California. That fire ended up burning through nearly 5,000 acres of land and took hundreds of firefighters to contain.

9. Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 31, has been arrested under suspicion that he was involved in starting the massive Dolan Fire in Big Sur, California, which has burned through at least 23,000 acres. Gomez was also detained under suspicion of illegal marijuana cultivation.

10. Sammy Piatt, 53, was arrested for setting a pile of leaves on fire near a county building last Friday in Oregon City, Oregon..

11. Jett Avery Thomas, 36, was arrested for allegedly trying to set a hotel gas pipe on fire in Portland, Oregon.

12. John Davies, 55, and reportedly a transient, was arrested earlier this month for starting multiple fires in Novato, California.

13. Jacob Altona, 28, was arrested after being chased by cops along State Route 512 and State Route 7 in Washington. He was alleged to have started a fire in the brush along the highway.

Anything else?

It should be noted that these are only the instances in which law enforcement were able to catch the individuals allegedly starting fires, as well as only the instances in which the suspects names have been released. There have been more reported arrests.

Also, on Sept. 7, after 300,000 acres were reported to have burned the day prior in Washington state, public lands commissioner Hilary Franz said she believes all 58 of the fires were caused by humans.

“Because there was no lightning in the area, we believe all of these fires we saw yesterday were human caused,” Franz said.

While information is still being collected about the fires across the West Coast, it’s fair to call it malpractice to brush aside claims that criminals are responsible for starting many of the fires.

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Video flashback: Obama alum John Kerry proved dead wrong by President Trump’s Israel peace deals

Former Secretary of State John Kerry once declared, “There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world.”

That emphatic statement — which the former Obama administration official and now Joe Biden surrogate called a “hard reality” at the time — appears to have been dead wrong.

The proof: Over the course of about a month, President Trump brokered two separate peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Israel and Bahrain. On Tuesday, the president even added that “five or six” more Arab countries were ready to follow suit.

Kerry’s backward comments came in 2016 while he was speaking at the Brookings Institution’s annual Saban Forum.

In a resurfaced clip of the comments, first shared by Institute for Policy & Strategy senior fellow Udi Evental, Kerry can be heard amazingly prophesying the exact opposite of what would come to pass four years later.

“There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world. I want to make that very clear to all of you,” Kerry said. “I’ve heard several prominent politicians in Israel sometimes saying, ‘Well, the Arab world’s in a different place now. We just have to reach out to them and we can work some things with the Arab world, and we’ll deal with the Palestinians.’ No, no, no, and no.”

“I can tell you that, reaffirmed even in the last week, as I have talked to leaders of the Arab community. There will be no advance and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace,” he continued. “Everybody needs to understand that. That is a hard reality.”

Kerry, who also once wrongly predicted that Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be an unmitigated disaster, was widely panned for the cold take.

“John Kerry with a 2016 Middle East take that aged like milk in a sauna,” Tablet Magazine associate editor Noam Blum said in the tweet above.

“Has anyone been more abjectly wrong about something?” National Review contributor Pradheep Shanker asked.

Hudson Institute senior fellow Rebeccah Heinrich wrote: “Exactly backwards. Remarkable.”

Ed Morrissey, covering the news at Hot Air, wrote:

It’s tough to choose what is the most embarrassing quality of this Kerry declaration from four years ago on the impossibility of what Trump has achieved. Is it his dead certainty of his own position? The way Kerry uses his cheaters to look down on the audience in his faux-professorial manner? The way he condescendingly dismisses politicians in Israel who actually turned out to be right, and to whom Kerry should have listened? It’s an abundance of riches, my friends, an abundance of riches in 44 seconds.

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Peter Strzok: History will remember me as a ‘patriot’

Disgraced former FBI official Peter Strzok said Wednesday that he thinks history will ultimately remember him as a “patriot.”

Strzok, a key player in the FBI’s investigation into the Trump administration and alleged Russian collusion in 2016, rose to national infamy after text messages between he and his paramour, FBI agent Lisa Page, were released to the public as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

In the texts, Strzok disparaged President Donald Trump and his supporters and an at one point promised to “stop” Trump from becoming president.

The FBI’s 2016 investigation into Trump collusion is now being investigated by United States Attorney John Durham and has been widely criticized for serious missteps, yet Strzok remains proud of his work.

When asked by MSNBC host Katy Tur, “25 years from now, how does history see you?”

Strzok replied: “I think it sees all of us as patriots who were working as hard as we could to defend America against a Russian threat, against a Russian attack on our elections that helped elect the 45th president of the United States.”


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Strzok was on MSNBC to discuss the Durham investigation and the contents of his new tell-all book about the Russian collusion investigation, called “COMPROMISED: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump.”

During the interview, he continued to suggest that Trump is under the sway of the Russians.

“There are things in President Trump’s background that he does not want known, whether it’s his financial entanglements, whether it’s actions he’s taken in his past that he’s actively and aggressively fighting from becoming known,” Strzok said. “Now if you’re a foreign intelligence service like the Russians have which are [sic] really, really good, you can get to that information.”

“I think that not only have they gotten to it, but that they are using it in a way that is placing a coercive force over him such that he is not able to act in America’s interests,” he continued.

Regarding the Durham investigation, Strzok said that he is not concerned about being a potential target.

“I didn’t do anything wrong, let alone illegal, nor did I see anybody else that I worked with doing anything that was inappropriate,” he clarified. “So I’m not worried about that.”

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Portland rioter who shined high intensity laser into police officer’s eyes charged on multiple felony counts

A grand jury has indicted a rioter in Portland, Oregon, for allegedly shining a high intensity laser into a law enforcement officer’s eyes late last month.

What are the details?

Bryan Kelley, 36, was charged with second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer,” according to a news release from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday. The former two charges are felonies.

In the release, District Attorney Mike Schmidt alleged that Kelley used “the laser pointer as a dangerous weapon to unlawfully and intentionally and knowingly causing physical injury to a person he knew to be a police officer.”

Kelley reportedly committed the crimes during an Aug. 25 demonstration in which protesters breached Portland City Hall and vandalized the property. At the time, police declared the demonstration to be an “unlawful assembly,” or riot.

An arrest report indicates that Kelley was seen by at least one officer directing the laser into a Portland police sergeant’s eyes, “causing injury.” He was subsequently detained by police and his laser was confiscated.

Detectives then reportedly tested the laser by pointing it at a piece of cardboard. A video of the test where the laser appears to burn through the material and set it on fire was uploaded to YouTube by Portland police.


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At the time of the arrest, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said: “An assault on the police is an assault on the community we are sworn to protect. I commend the officers out there every day and night, and detectives whose follow up makes arrests like this possible. Anyone hiding behind legitimate protests to commit acts of violence should know the investigations keep going even if you get released after your initial arrest.”

What else?

The use of high intensity lasers among other dangerous weapons such as mortars, machetes, and even components for a pipe bomb, has been widely reported since the start of the nightly riots in Portland several months ago.

In July, when the Trump administration dispatched federal agents to the city to help quell the riots, it was reported that at least three agents had suffered from laser attacks that could potentially leave them permanently blind or with lasting eye damage.

Sadly, this type of assault on police officers has not been limited to Portland. In a news release last Friday, the Justice Department announced charges against a rioter in Rochester, New York, who similarly attacked officers with a high-powered laser.

(H/T: Fox News)

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Facing financial crisis, NYC Mayor de Blasio to furlough himself and 495 members of his staff for a week

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Wednesday that all members of his mayoral staff — including himself — will be subject to a mandatory one-week furlough due to the city’s massive revenue shortfall amid coronavirus lockdowns.

The policy, which forces city employees to essentially take an unpaid vacation sometime between October and March, will affect 495 people, including de Blasio himself and first lady Chirlane McCray, the New York Times reported.

The forced furlough comes as de Blasio has so far failed to petition New York state for longterm borrowing or the federal government for a stimulus bailout.

It is a largely symbolic move as it is expected to yield $860,000 in savings — a mere drop in the bucket compared to the city’s $9 billion, two-year revenue shortfall.

In recent weeks, the embattled mayor has threatened laying off 22,000 city workers unless the city receive a bailout of some kind. But so far, state and federal officials have balked at his warnings.

President Donald Trump, for one, has voiced opposition to granting federal bailouts to Democratic states and cities, which he argued suffered from significant fiscal mismanagement long before the virus.

On Wednesday, de Blasio took on a more somber tone in making the announcement.

“This is a step you never want to see for good, hardworking people, the folks who work here throughout this crisis,” the mayor said. “So it is with pain that I say they and their families will lose a week’s pay.”

“We have to make tough choices to move this city forward and keep our budget balanced,” he added.

During the news conference, de Blasio made sure to call on constituents yet again to push their federal and state representatives to act on behalf of the city.

“We’ll keep fighting for those bigger changes,” he said.

Speaking with the Times, Citizens Budget Commission President Andrew Rein argued that, now six months into the pandemic, the mayor should have already produced a plan to tackle the debt.

“It would be great if this helps dislodge that inertia,” Rein said. “It’s hard to say if it will.”

In contrast, Bill Neidhardt, a spokesman for the mayor, hailed the move as “a significant gesture that reasserts City Hall recognizes the sacrifices that will have to be made across the board if we don’t get a stimulus or borrowing.”

Fox News reported that with a mayoral salary of $258,541 per year, de Blasio is set to lose just short of $5,000 during his weeklong furlough.

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President Trump says ‘5 or 6’ more countries are ready to make peace with Israel

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that “five or six” more countries — in addition to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — are ready to make peace with Israel.

The comments followed historic agreements brokered by the president that normalized relations between the lone Jewish state in the Middle East and two of its Arab neighbors.

While speaking with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House ahead of the signing ceremony for the Abraham Accords, Trump said, “We’re very far down the road with about five additional countries … frankly, I think we could have had them here today.

“We’ll have at least five or six countries coming along very quickly and we’re already talking to them,” Trump continued.

“They want to see peace,” he said. “They’ve been fighting for a long time. They’re tired. They’re warring countries but they’re tired, they’re tired of fighting. So you’re going to be seeing further announcements.”


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“You’re going to see a lot of great activity. There’s going to be peace in the Middle East,” Trump said later in the meeting.

The president noted that only two Arab nations, Egypt and Jordan, had made peace with Israel over the past 72 years. But now that number has doubled in the span of one month.

Trump has been lauded by many for his role in brokering the peace agreements between Israel and its Middle East neighbors. He was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions to secure the deal between Israel and the UAE.

If it is true that several other nations are prepared to follow suit with the UAE and Bahrain, it would become increasingly difficult for critics of the president to deny his peace-making success, though they almost certainly will try.

As for Netanyahu, he seemed elated with the developments.

“Israel doesn’t feel isolated at all,” he said, responding to a question from reporters. “It’s enjoying the greatest diplomatic triumph of its history.

“I think the people who feel isolated,” Netanyahu said, “are the tyrants of Tehran.”

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Juan Williams: Israel peace deals are ‘accelerating’ the ‘chance of war’ in the Middle East

Fox News contributor Juan Williams made the case Tuesday that recent peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain brokered by President Donald Trump are actually “accelerating” the “chance of war” in the Middle East.

President Trump has been lauded by many for his role in brokering the deals, which officially normalized relations between Israel and the two Middle Eastern countries. The president was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for securing the deal between Israel and the UAE.

But Williams, a Trump critic, interpreted the news of peace much differently.

Williams presented his argument on Fox News’ “The Five” while the panelists were discussing recent remarks made by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in which she called the deals a “distraction.”

“It is [a distraction],” Williams said. “The real trouble here is between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and that situation has not been helped. What we’re doing here in this situation is we have the Bahrainians and the United Arab Emirates, they already had diplomatic, security and trade ties with Israel … and it opens the door to some possibilities.”

“The real action here is the United States giving arms, giving serious arms to UAE potentially to go after the Iranians,” he argued. “And so what we’re doing is stirring up a proxy war, and that doesn’t diminish the chance of war or disruption in the Middle East — it accelerates it.”

You can watch his comments in the video below starting at the 5:10 mark:


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“So I think we have to just look honestly at this,” he continued. “We have to note that it’s taking place in the midst of an intense American election and that what’s going on at the White House. I don’t think anybody is fooled by it. There certainly is reason for hope, but let’s not fool ourselves.”

It is true that some conflict has already arisen as a result of the peace deals. On Tuesday, as the deal was being signed at the White House, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket attack on Israel, injuring two people.

But it is particularly difficult to make the case that peace agreements should be to blame for violence. Violent offenders should be blamed for violence, which, in this case, would be the Palestinian militants.

After Williams finished, fellow Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich, chided his comments, saying, “Well you would hope the normalization of Arab countries against the Israeli state that they wanted to annihilate previously would be a good thing, but we’ll move on.”

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Illinois governor says no to high school football this fall. Every bordering state is allowing it.

Despite every bordering state deciding differently, Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker doubled down on his decision not to allow high school football in the state this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Ptitzker’s stance on the issue has not changed at all since he announced restrictions to high school sports in late July, even as parents and students around the state have engaged in protests and rallies demanding a return to the fall sports season.

The rallies were to no avail, however, as during a news conference Tuesday, the governor handed down his ruling.

“I’m not willing to sacrifice people’s lives or their health, neither the children nor their parents who would be affected also,” he announced. “We are being careful about it but I’m relying on doctors and researchers to give us the information. This isn’t a political decision. I know that there are people who would like me simply to make a political decision to allow people to endanger themselves.”

When asked about the bordering states — Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin — which have all permitted play, Pritzker said “if they decided to endanger children and families … that is their decision.”

“It’s not something that is good for the families and the children of Illinois,” Pritzker concluded, even after noting that Illinois has a lower positivity rate than many of the other states.

The Chicago Tribune reported last week that the Illinois High School Association sent a letter to Pritzker requesting “permission for the IHSA “to resume control over determining the resumption of IHSA sports and activities.”

At least for now, that request appears not to have been granted. However, it is not clear whether the IHSA would move to resume football even if it were to regain control.

Anything else?

While Illinois is unique as only state to ban high school football despite no bordering states doing so, it is far from the only state to postpone the fall season.

According to a Max Preps survey of where high school sports stand in all 50 states across the country, as of last week, 17 states along with the District of Columbia have opted not to have a fall football season.

It may be worth noting that out of those 17 states, 15 of them have Democratic governors.

In Illinois, it seems that Pritzker’s decision is not popular with residents. Sun-Times writer Michael O’Brien posted a poll Tuesday asking: “Do you think Illinois should play high school football now?” He noted that the last time he asked a similar question, readers were in favor of shutting down fall sports.

Though the results are certainly not scientific — since the poll is open to anyone, and not just Illinois residents — it demonstrated that public opinion on the matter has changed.

At the time of this article’s publication, 1,992 votes had been cast with 72% saying “yes.”

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