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Alyssa Milano’s family calls 911 on a teenager hunting squirrels with an air gun. Now she’s lashing out at ‘rightwing media.’

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano hit out at the “rightwing media” and internet “trolls” on Tuesday after she and her family went
viral over the weekend for reportedly calling authorities to report an armed man in their neighborhood.

Judging by her storied social media presence, Milano, a vocal leftist, apparently supports defunding police departments across America.

What are the details of the incident?

Milano, in her latest Twitter update, said that her husband and neighbor called police over the weekend to report what they believed was an armed man, clad in all black, roaming the neighborhood with a gun.

The call brought in a massive police response, but authorities determined that the “man” was nothing more than a teen who was hunting squirrels with an airsoft gun.

The story went viral after the
Daily Mail reported it, and many social media users pointed out the hypocrisy of Milano supporting the “Defund the Police” movement when her family was so quick to call authorities for help.

Despite Milano’s assertion that her husband casually phoned authorities to see when they’d arrive, the Daily Mail reports that she and her husband “dialed 911 when they heard what they believed to be gunshots on their 1.39-acre property.”

The outlet added, “[Milano and her husband] allegedly told the emergency hotline the sound ‘scared their dogs’ and made them feel like a gunman was nearby. A description was given to the officers of a suspect who was ‘male, 40 years old, with long rifle.'”

A local resident told the outlet, “It turned out it was a neighborhood teen with an air gun shooting at squirrels.”

The Daily Mail also reported, “The officers then had an impromptu meeting with some of the residents in the Bell Canyon community center, confirming what they dubbed, ‘Squirrelgate.'”

A neighbor told the outlet that they weren’t happy about Milano’s conduct.

“She can tweet those things [about defunding the police] because at the end of the day she lives behind gates in a gated community,” the source said. “She knows the police will come to save her. But what about all those people who don’t have that luxury and live in unsafe neighborhoods? She obviously doesn’t care.”

The source added, “She uses her platform in hypocritical ways. Why not send your husband into the yard to find out what is actually going on before you call the police? I would guesstimate the response today from law enforcement cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.”

So what is Milano saying now?

On Tuesday, Milano took to Twitter to defend her position, slamming the “rightwing media” in the process.

Milano shared a lengthy statement on Twitter, captioning it, “Apparently, rightwing media & trolls have decided that they should target me because my neighbor called the police after seeing a person dressed in black holding a rifle behind my home where I live with my young children and husband. Here is my statement and what really happened.”

She proceeded to admit, however, that her husband did call 911 about the matter, and requested to know when law enforcement would be arriving on the scene to deal with the purported threat.

In her statement, Milano explained that their neighbor saw “a man dressed in all black, walking in the woods between our properties with a gun,” so they reported it to authorities.

“We then received a call alerting us to the potential situation and that the officers had been dispatched,” she continued. “My husband subsequently called 911 to check on when police would be arriving. While he was on the line, they arrived.”

She added, “These are exactly the type of situations that police officers are trained for and should be responding to, and we will always support police having the resources they need for appropriate police actions.

“We’d love to see equally trained non-police professionals respond to addiction and mental health crises and non-violent events so that these brave officers can do the jobs they are so good at handling, as they demonstrated this weekend,” Milano’s statement concluded.

You can read her full statement
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Woman goes berserk, trashes supermarket after employee tells her to follow COVID-19 store regulations

A U.K. woman has gone viral after a video caught her raging about a supermarket’s directional aisle markers and demolishing a wine display.

What are the details?

According to the Telegraph, the incident — which took place in May, but was recently released and is now going viral on the internet — featured an irate, unnamed woman, who was shopping at the Lingfield High Street Co-op grocery store in Surrey, England.

The outlet reported that the woman went berserk after a store employee reportedly reprimanded her after she allegedly ignored the one-way system the store used to enforce social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Metro reported that the woman also began “kicking and punching” a glass divider after staff attempted to enforce the store’s mandatory safety measures.

In the video, the clearly irate woman can be seen tearing down two product shelves, leaving puddles of wine and broken glass in her angry wake.

She can also be heard screaming, “I’ve done nothing wrong!” and repeatedly hammers her hands against a glass divider in the grocery store.

What else?

The outlet also reported that a store employee — who described the incident in detail — said that the woman also threw a basket of groceries that contained milk and eggs.

“One day in May at the height of lockdown, a female customer became very agitated when we asked her to follow the store’s one way system,” the unnamed employee said. “She got very angry and started shouting at me and my colleague who were serving customers from behind the protective till screen.”

The employee noted that the woman then approached the workers, who were standing behind the protective glass, and took her anger to another level.

“She stormed up to the till screen and just flipped out, punching and kicking it before rushing over to the alcohol aisle where she started grabbing bottles of wine, sending them smashing them to the ground,” the employee added.

The employee continued, “Two entire shelves of glass bottles came crashing down. She then picked up a basket containing milk and eggs and threw it across the store.”

Jo Whitfield, Co-op Foods chief executive, told Metro, “The role played by shop workers in serving their communities is nothing short of amazing, yet they have to contend with unprecedented levels of violence and abuse on a daily basis.”


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School wastes no time sending fourth grader home after he sneezes in class

An Arlington, Massachusetts, school reportedly sent home a 9-year-old boy after he was caught sneezing in class.

The child’s father said that the school will not permit his son to return to the fourth-grade class until he receives a negative COVID-19 test.

What are the details?

Parent Thierno Keita told WBZ-TV that his son, Lancinet, was sent home from Bishop Elementary School on Tuesday after an apparently concerned teacher sent him to the nurse’s office for sneezing in class.

Lancinet told the station that after he “sneezed two times,” his teacher directed him to visit the school nurse even though he felt just fine.

Lancinet told WBZ that he had to wait in the nurse’s office until his father was able to come and pick him up.

“I was thinking I didn’t have anything, just a couple sneezes,” the child told WBZ.

Keita told the station that he’s not happy with the way the school behaved over a few sneezes.

“I’ve been so upset about it,” he admitted. “I’m so upset about sending my kid home.”

Keita also said that his son doesn’t have any symptoms indicating a coronavirus infection.

“He don’t have any symptoms, no one, and he’s OK,” he explained. “And I checked his temperature. Everything was perfect. His temperature was OK. It’s OK.”

Keita said he has no choice but to take his son for a COVID-19 test so he can go back to school.

‘An abundance of caution’

A spokesperson for Bishop Elementary School told WBZ that school officials elected to send the child home out of an “abundance of caution.”

“A student at Bishop Elementary School was sent home early today after he displayed COVID-19 related symptoms,” the statement explained. “This decision was made both out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with district protocols related to COVID-19.”

The statement continued, “This isolated incident is not indicative of any need for wider concern of COVID-19 exposure. Per district protocols, the student will either have to produce a negative COVID-19 test, written documentation from a health care provider stating it is an alternative illness or be symptom free for 10 days following the start of the symptoms.”

At the time of this reporting, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 127,969 confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, with at least 9,328 deaths attributed to the virus.

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Bill Clinton reportedly had an ‘intimate’ dinner with Ghislaine Maxwell as recently as 2014, according to report

Former President Bill Clinton reportedly had an “intimate” dinner with British socialite and accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell in 2014.

Maxwell is in a New York City prison after accusations that she helped to procure underage victims for accused pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

She was charged with two counts of conspiracy, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transporting minors for illegal sex acts, and two counts of perjury. She has denied all charges laid against her.

What are the details?

According to the Daily Beast, Clinton met Maxwell and other friends at high-end Los Angeles restaurant Crossroads Kitchen for an “intimate dinner” in 2014.

The outlet reported that Clinton’s team secured the reservation for those invited, including Maxwell.

“Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say [Clinton] aides had squabbled over Maxwell’s invitation beforehand due to her links to Epstein,” the report explained. “Even to this day, Clinton insiders continue to point fingers over who should be blamed for Maxwell’s addition to the event.”

One source purported to be close to the situation told the outlet, “This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in L.A. Think of all the people he knows in L.A. and Ghislaine gets to attend.”

The outlet noted that by 2014, the media had widely reported on the lurid allegations against Epstein, and that the Clintons even knew of the allegations against Maxwell regarding her alleged connections to Epstein.

“It’s unclear why Maxwell was reintroduced into Clinton’s circle — at least for one cozy meatless dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014,” the report noted.

‘It’s always someone else’s fault’

The outlet also reported that Maxwell was close to both the former president and first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

“One friend of the Clintons told The Daily Beast that Ghislaine was close to Clinton and daughter Chelsea, went backstage at Clinton Global Initiative events, and even visited their homes,” the report noted. “The source said the Clintons should take responsibility for spending time with Maxwell, who allegedly offered the Clintons hotel stays, air travel, and other largesse.”

The source added, “It’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always not true. … They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem.”

Angel Ureña, a spokesperson for the former president, pointed the outlet to a 2019 statement when pressed for comment on the allegations of the “intimate” 2014 dinner. The statement did not mention Maxwell at all.

The 2019 statement read:

President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.

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Costco reportedly yanks Palmetto Cheese from shelves after founder says Black Lives Matter is a ‘terrorist organization’

Costco will reportedly no longer sell Palmetto Cheese in at least 120 of its stores after Brian Henry, Palmetto Cheese’s founder, said that the Black Lives Matter organization was a “terrorist organization.”

Henry, who is also mayor of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, made the remarks in a since-deleted Aug. 25 Facebook post that prompted many people on social media to call for a boycott of the company.

What are the details?

According to NBC’s “Today,” a Costco store announced the company had removed the cheese items in question from at least 120 stores as prompted by Henry’s remarks.

Henry’s remarks were purported to be in response to the news of a murder of two residents in Georgetown, South Carolina.

The Facebook read, “I am sickened by the senseless killings in Georgetown last night. 2 innocent people murdered. Not 2 thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. 2 white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man. So why do we stand by and allow BLM to lawlessly destroy great American cities and threaten their citizens on a daily basis … this has gone on too long. Rise up America. This BLM and Antifa movement must be treated like the terror organizations they are.”

The outlet pointed to a release from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, which detailed the incident.

Henry, in the post, apparently referred to 23-year-old Ty Sheem Ha Sheem Walters III, who was arrested the day before Henry’s viral post after reportedly shooting three people and killing two others following a car accident that day.

In a store sign announcement following social media outcry, a Costco franchise wrote, “Over 120 Costco’s [sic] throughout the US are no longer carrying this item.”

The sign also read, “The *(asterisk) on this sign means that these 2 items are discontinued and will not be re-ordered by Costco.”

Several outlets — including “Today” — reportedly reached out to the company to confirm the decision, but the company refused to provide comment.

Henry says ‘sorry’

On Sept. 3, Henry issued an apology during a news conference.

“I am profoundly sorry to those I offended with my post last week,” he said in his remarks. “My comments were hurtful and insensitive. I spent that past 10 days listening and learning. The conversations I’ve had with friends, our staff, the community and faith-based leaders provided me with a deeper understanding of racial inequality and the importance of diversity sensitivity, which is very much needed to heal Pawleys Island, Georgetown and our country.”

In response to Henry’s August remarks, Marvin Neal — the NAACP branch president in Georgetown, South Carolina — called for the Pawleys Island mayor’s resignation.

“When two white people were allegedly killed by a black man in Georgetown, SC, Mayor Brian Henry of the neighboring town of Pawley’s [sic] Island Beach had the opportunity to bring citizens closer together,” the statement read. “He instead chose to use his platform to cause further racial divide and controversy by venting his frustrations on social media.”

In a statement to “Today,” Neal said, “Mayor Henry used the power and privilege afforded to his office to further his personal agenda and spread hateful, racist rhetoric with the potential of inciting violence. These situations must be taken seriously. Racism cannot and will not be tolerated by the citizens of Pawley’s [sic] Island Beach and Georgetown County, SC. Mayor Henry’s actions reflected negatively upon himself and the community in which he serves.”

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal team releases new video of shooting showing that at least one gunshot was fired before teen ever opened fire

Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorneys released brand-new footage appearing to show a Black Lives Matter demonstrator fired shots from a gun before Rittenhouse did, saying it clinches Rittenhouse’s insistence of self-defense.

What’s a brief history here?

Rittenhouse faces murder charges after he allegedly killed two rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and wounded another on Aug. 25 during ongoing protests. He is due to appear in court on Thursday for a hearing on his extradition to Wisconsin.

The teen faces several felony charges in connection with the fateful night, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Protesters took to the streets late in August following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

In an August statement, Rittenhouse’s legal team said, “Kyle did nothing wrong. He exercised his God-given, Constitutional, common law and statutory law right to self-defense.”

What are the details?

Attorney Lin Wood released the footage on Tuesday evening, arguing that all three shootings were self-defense. Wood also argued that his client was being rushed and “pinned” against parked cars on the Kenosha streets.

The footage — produced by Wood’s #FightBack Foundation — appears to show at least one gunshot before Rittenhouse even opened fire.

The video, titled “The Truth in 11 Minutes,” features a narrator discussing the new footage and depicts Rittenhouse’s version of events. In the video, Rittenhouse’s defense argues that at least one shot was fired before the first fatal shooting, which killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, a Black Lives Matter demonstrator.

A portion of the video appears to show Rosenbaum engaging in a dispute with men guarding a nearby gas station in Kenosha, and Rittenhouse’s legal team argues that the decedent was furious that men guarding the gas station put out a dumpster fire that demonstrators reportedly had started earlier in the evening.

The video shows Rosenbaum repeatedly screaming, “Shoot me, n*****!” at one of the guards.

Later, the video shows Rittenhouse attempting to extinguish another fire, which his team says Rosenbaum helped light, and then features footage of a man appearing to be Rosenbaum, who is chasing after Rittenhouse.

The video then shows Rittenhouse fleeing into a nearby parking lot, closely followed by the man who appears to be Rosenbaum, as well as video journalist Richard McGinness.

The narrator says, “Directly in front of Rittenhouse, armed with bats and other weapons, a mob is forming a barricade.”

It is at that point viewers can see and hear a gunshot. Rittenhouse’s legal team identifies the source of the shot as protester Alexander Blaine.

Following the shot, Rittenhouse then turns on Rosenbaum and appears to open fire as Rosenbaum attempts to rush him.

Rittenhouse’s legal team says that their client fired four shots — striking Rosenbaum four times — but the video documents three more shots all hailing from an unknown source.

Following Rosenbaum’s shooting, Rittenhouse attempts to call emergency services but is forced to flee after a crowd converges on the scene.

As he flees, the crowd gives chase and he trips. While on the ground, Rittenhouse is attacked by several other demonstrators, and the teen fires two warning shots into the air as demonstrator Anthony Huber strikes him with a skateboard. Rittenhouse fires at Huber once, killing him.

Armed demonstrator Gaige Grosskreutz then approaches Rittenhouse, prompting Rittenhouse to fire another shot, wounding the protester.

You can see the full video below. (Content warning: some viewers might find some portions of the video disturbing)


Kyle Rittenhouse – The Truth in 11 Minutes

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Joy Behar concedes Democrats’ SCOTUS loss: ‘We’ve lost that battle’

Joy Behar, co-host on “The View,” said Tuesday that Democrats have lost the fight for the Supreme Court.

What are the details?

Behar said on the daytime show that Republicans won the battle for the control of the Supreme Court during a segment about replacing late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.

“You know, I was thinking about the Supreme Court, because we’ve lost that battle,” she admitted. “I don’t want to talk about the Republicans anymore. We’ve lost the battle. That doesn’t mean we lost the Senate. There are states up for grabs — Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas … and Arizona, too.”

Behar added, “Those states could become Democratic, help the Democrats win the Senate.”

She insisted that she personally doesn’t need to worry too much about what the Supreme Court does because she’s “white.”

“I don’t have to worry about the Supreme Court that much because I’m white. Because I’m post menopausal so I can’t get pregnant, thank God,” she continued. “I happen to be straight. I have money because I’ve been working on ‘The View’ for so many years.”

Behar pointed out that those in more precarious situations should worry about what the Supreme Court will be like in the coming years.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg voiced her agreement and admitted that she didn’t want to think about the Supreme Court all that much, either — but she couldn’t help taking a backhanded swipe at purported top SCOTUS pick, Amy Coney Barrett.

“Well, here’s what I’ll say about — you know, talking about the woman who has the seven kids,” Goldberg said. “She’s up for becoming a justice. You know, you can’t really Kavanaugh her because Kavanaugh was Kavanaughed because he was accused of rape and people wanted to make sure that that wasn’t the case. No one’s going to accuse her of anything. And I haven’t really seen people going after her for her religion.”

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney indicated Tuesday that he would vote to confirm a qualified Trump nominee, which would likely kill any chances Democrats had of obstructing the nomination.

(H/T: The Daily Caller)

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Taxpayer-paid leftist professor uses Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death to attack ‘M*GA f*ckstick bootlicker’ Trump supporters

A professor at the University of Alabama is under fire after using the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to insult supporters of President Donald Trump.

Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday Campus Reform report, University of Alabama-Birmingham professor Sarah Parcak made the inflammatory remarks on her personal Twitter page.

On Friday, Parcak — an archaeologist and professor in the school’s department of anthropology — wrote, “[Ginsburg] hung on as long as she could. Icon. Genius. Loving wife, mother, grandmother. Beloved wearer of Egyptian menat collars adorning Pharaohs of old. Powerful arbiter of truth and justice, even when she was in the minority. In her honor, dig deep, fight like hell, VOTE #rbg.”

She later added, “RBG planked for a minute for multiple sets at AGE 86 and did tons of pushups. She was stronger in her mid 80’s [sic] than any M*GA f*ckstick bootlicker could ever dream of. Take that energy with you tonight and always into the voting booth, the polls, and online to donate.”

Her Ginsburg-centric diatribe didn’t end there, and two days after Ginsburg’s passing, she wrote, “You know what happens when the most brilliant ethical judges with huge hearts and love for this country get nominated+confirmed to the Supreme Court? When they die, our country weeps. Imagine an entire SCOTUS with RGBs.”

In an apparent jab referring to the allegations made against Trump-nominated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, she added, “Imagine a SCOTUS filled with qualified judges and not rapist drunken abusers[.]”

A spokesperson for the school told Campus Reform that Parcak’s comments “reflect poor judgment.”

“Comments such as these reflect poor judgement and do not represent the opinions of our university,” the spokesperson told the outlet. “Our 45,000+ students, faculty, and staff often use social media to express thoughts that do not necessarily reflect the voice of the university.”

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Bodycam footage of police officer shooting autistic teen paints painfully grim picture after mother calls cops on ‘sick’ son — who is afraid of police

Utah authorities have
released bodycam footage showing a Utah police officer shooting a 13-year-old boy with autism during a mental health call.

What are the details?

Salt Lake City authorities released the footage on Monday, showing an unnamed officer shooting 13-year-old Linden Cameron
during a Sept. 9 encounter in the city.

Linden’s mother, Golda Barton, phoned authorities when her son reportedly began experiencing a mental health emergency.

“He’s sick,” Barton told the dispatcher who answered the emergency call. “He needs to go to the hospital.”

Barton also told dispatchers that she was looking for a crisis intervention team to assist her son. She added, however, that her son had threatened to shoot one of her co-workers and break the windows in their home.

She also told dispatchers that her son had been involved in a “shootout” in Nevada, as well as a high-speed chase with police, according to audio released by the department.

Barton told dispatchers during the call that her father was reportedly killed by a sheriff’s deputy earlier in the year and that her son “does not like cops at all.”

“That’s why we need a mental health worker,” she added. “It’s super important.”


SLCPD 911 calls from September 4, 2020

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According to previous reports, the child suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and experiences separation anxiety.

Salt Lake City police officers responded to Barton’s home, where she told them that her son — whom she described as an out-of-control narcissist —was experiencing a mental health episode.

Barton, in the video, told the officers her son likely had a BB gun or pellet gun or prop gun, adding that she did not believe it was a real gun.

Responding officers told Barton that even if the teen was not armed that they would have to proceed and approach him as if he were, according to protocol.

“Unfortunately, we have to treat them all as if they are,” an officer told her.

Barton told the officers that she understood.

She remained behind as the officers began chasing the teen and demanding that he stop. When he refused, an officer fired several shots at the teen, striking him.

While on the ground, the teen said, “I don’t feel good. Tell my mom I love her.”

At the time, Sgt. Keith Horrocks of the Salt Lake City Police Department said that officers were responding to a call reporting a “violent psych issue” involving a juvenile “having a mental health episode” and “making threats to some folks with a weapon.”

None of the officers involved in the call have been identified at the time of this reporting, and the department has not yet announced whether any of the officers involved in the call were placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.

An independent police investigation is being conducted.

A GoFundMe page for the teen, who is still hospitalized, and his family has received more than $99,000 in donations at the time of this writing.

Content warning: rough language and disturbing imagery


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On Monday, former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said that he couldn’t understand how an officer of the law could shoot a 13-year-old even in crisis.

“This is not an adult in mental health crisis. This is a 13-year-old,” he told KSL-FM. “I don’t know why you get to the point where you pull your gun out of the holster in this circumstance.”

He added, “I’m really struggling to understand why deadly force was used, when there are so many other options available to police today. There is hands-on physical, there are tasers, there is pepper spray, there are batons. What was it that caused the need for a physical confrontation? The threat to the community was minimal, if at all.”

“If [Cameron] had a gun and pointed it at a police officer,” he insisted. “That is the only [rational] explanation in my mind.”

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Fla. governor Ron DeSantis proposes law that would protect drivers who kill or injure demonstrators if they’re fleeing a ‘mob’

Flordia Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Monday a proposed new law that would protect drivers who kill or injure demonstrators if the drivers are fleeing a “mob.”

The move comes following the death while under police restraint of George Floyd and amid heightened tensions across the U.S. between law enforcement and protesters.

The proposed legislation will be filed for the March 2021 session.

What are the details?

On Twitter, DeSantis wrote, “Today I announced bold legislation that creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. We will always stand with our men and women in uniform who keep our communities safe.”

DeSantis released the proposal on Monday. It targets protesters and increases existing penalties for such actions as “toppling monuments or blocking roadways,” Insider reported.

The bill, titled the “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Protecting Law Enforcement Act,” would also criminalize certain road-blocking protests, and violation of the law would create a third-degree felony for those who “obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest, demonstration or violent or disorderly assembly.”

In the proposed law is a new protection against liability for drivers who kill or injure protesters if they are “fleeing for safety from a mob.”

A portion of the proposal reads, “Driver is NOT liable for injury or death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.”

Protections for police officers

The proposed law would also include protections for individual police officers and departments at risk of losing funding.

“Florida cities that enact any legislation aimed at reducing funding allocated to their police forces amid activists [sic] call to ‘defund the police’ would have their access to state grants and aid revoked,” Insider reported.

The bill, if passed, would deny bail to any persons arrested for a crime “during a violent or disorderly assembly” until their first court appearance.

Further, the Republican governor is calling for a mandatory six-month sentence for any persons convicted of striking a law enforcement officer “during a violent or disorderly assembly.”

A “violent or disorderly assembly,” according to the bill, is defined as a group of seven or more people who are “involved in an assembly and cause damage to property or injury to other persons.”

‘I will not allow this kind of violence’

During a Monday press conference, DeSantis said, “Our right to peacefully assemble is one of our most cherished as Americans, but throughout the country we’ve seen that right being taken advantage of by professional agitators, bent on sowing disorder and causing mayhem in our cities. I will not allow this kind of violence to occur here in Florida.”

He also added, “[The law will] require a felony if you incapacitate any of the roadways. We see people take over interstates. That is absolutely hazardous. It’s not fair to motorists who get caught up in that, so that will be unacceptable.”

You can read more about the proposals here.


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Anything else?

In May, a protester jumped on the hood of a vehicle during a demonstration in Minneapolis.

Video footage of the incident showed a driver attempting to move through the crowd that swarmed the vehicle. As the driver accelerated, the protester was forced to get off. The driver, according to reports, then made a U-turn and hit the protester, knocking them to the street.

In June, an angry mob smashed the windshield of a police patrol vehicle in Florida while it was transporting arrestees to jail. Police officers were forced to retaliate and go after the rioters.

In July, violent rioters converged on the vehicle of a 58-year-old man with cerebral palsy. The man, who was just trying to make his way down an Ohio street, said that he was worried that the demonstrators would kill him.

The list goes on and on.

What is the opposition saying about this?

Florida House Minority Leader Evan Jenne told Politico, “Most of this stuff is already illegal, [DeSantis] is just hell bent on silencing any voice of opposition. None of this is about policy … it’s about buoying President [Donald] Trump, who has slipped precipitously in the polls. It’s dog-whistle base stuff.”

Ignoring the repeated examples of protesters threatening violence against innocent drivers, the African-American Policy Forum said DeSantis’ proposal was trying to give drivers a license to mow down protesters.

“Ron DeSantis sending as loud a signal as possible that he is okay with, and would even encourage, anyone who wants to use their car or truck to mow down BLM protesters,” the organization wrote in a Monday tweet. “We should not understate how dangerous this is.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes added, “Today a GOP Senator released an ad jokingly (?) endorsing killing liberal journalists, and Ron De Santis introduced a bill in Florida making it legal to run over protesters with your car. So it’s not just randos in line at rallies.”

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Man demands parents choose between Trump signs in their yard and seeing their grandkids. It spectacularly backfires — and now he’s sorry.

Writer Leo Guinan went viral after sharing a
personal, anti-Trump anecdote Friday on Medium, revealing that he told his mother and father that they would have to choose between having a Trump 2020 sign in their front yard and seeing their son and grandchildren.

Guinan received heavy pushback over the piece, and, admitting that he made a mistake, published a follow-up entry Monday revealing that
he was sorry for what he told his family.

What did he say in the original post?

The original article, titled, “Today I Gave My Dad A Choice: Trump or His Grandkids and His Son,” Guinan revealed that his father had the audacity to place a pro-Trump sign in his front yard.

Guinan was apparently so upset and offended that he told his father that he would not be visiting with his children until he removed the offending sign from the property.

Guinan, who said he was “really pissed” over the move, said he sent his father and mother a text message.

“Hands shaking, tears in eyes. This is what it said,” he wrote. “Due to the signs in the yard, the kids and I will not be down. The current occupant of the White House is preaching hate and violence, endangering the lives and safety of many of my friends. This is not acceptable to me at all. There is a complete disregard for women, minorities, science, ethics, and morality. Please consider if you support Trump that much. Because I hate him that much. I wanted to be upfront and honest about my feelings.”

Guinan said that he felt empowered after he pulled the trigger on the message and felt secure in his anti-Trump convictions.

“At this point, it is not acceptable to me,” he wrote. “You can vote for whom you wish. But I can choose who I surround myself with. I love my dad, but I can’t be around him until he understands how vital I believe this election to be and what is truly at stake. It is not easy. But it was necessary. ”

What did he say in his follow-up post?

Just days later, Guinan admitted that he might have acted irrationally in trying to hold his family hostage over their political differences.

In a follow-up post titled, “How To Fail At Everything,” Guinan said he wanted to “go viral” his apology to his father.

“I took an emotional moment in my life and framed it in a specific way because I wanted to trigger a response,” he wrote.

And he did. He said he received “mostly negative” responses, which he admitted was unsurprising.

“I was trying to prevent others from being manipulated by manipulating them,” he reasoned. “And I was doing this because I had the ability to, through social networks. And I let that go to my head. I am sorry to everyone who experienced that. It made me truly realize the incredibly destructive power that social media can provide.”

Guinan added that the posting “sucked me into doing the very same behaviors I thought I was fighting.”

“I apologized to my dad in person,” he revealed. “I screwed up with him, and I owned that. I am OK with making mistakes because that is the best way to learn. But my dad did teach me growing up that it is better to own your mistakes and make them right.”

“I screwed up by trying to influence others through social media,” Guinan continued. “[I’m] sorry that I influenced your thoughts and actions via social media. … [I] deleted all of my social media accounts. There were toxic to my life.”

Guinan continued, insisting that social media is toxic, and encouraged his followers to examine their online lives.

“[Social media] came very close to ruining my life,” he admitted. “I refuse to let it do that.”

At the time of this reporting, it does appear that
Guinan’s Twitter account has been deactivated.

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Delaware officials, FBI seize enough fentanyl to kill 75 percent of state’s population in Operation No Mas

Delaware investigators along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation say they seized enough fentanyl during a massive drug bust to kill 75 percent of the state’s population of 973,764.

What are the details?

Delaware State Police and the FBI on Monday announced 28 arrests in connection with the drug bust, titled Operation No Mas.

According to WPVI-TV, all 28 suspects have been charged with 252 felonies, including criminal racketeering, conspiracy, drug dealing, and more. The station reported that the organization also “carried out a great deal of violence.”

Authorities executed 31 search warrants in their investigation of the group, referred to as the Renteria Drug Trafficking Organization for its “leader,” Luis Renteria. They discovered at least $5 million worth of fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin.

Renteria reportedly owned rental properties in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

In a statement, Jennifer Boone, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore field office, said, “Included in these results was the largest fentanyl seizure by Delaware law enforcement in the state’s history, making a major dent in the supply of fentanyl that would have been distributed on the streets of Newark [Delaware] and surrounding areas. Alone, the quantity of fentanyl seized could have killed thousands and thousands and thousands of people.”

Jones added that sources of supplies for the Renteria organization “were located in numerous states including California, Pennsylvania, and Florida.”

The News Journal reported that authorities are investigating whether Renteria’s organization is “directly responsible for any overdose deaths.”

“Drug dealers often have unique stamps to differentiate their heroin from others, so police are working to trace whether any overdoses came from drugs linked to Renteria,” the outlet noted.

Renteria and others would likely also be charged with those deaths if so, according to authorities.

Enough to kill 750,000 Delawareans

Lt. Robert Jones of the Delaware State Police said that the quantity of fentanyl seized was incredible.

“It was enough … to kill 750,000 Delawareans,” Jones said.

Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings added, “The amount of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, drug money, and guns seized in this sting has saved lives and will save lives — point blank. The actions of these narcotics enterprises have ripples stretching across our region and, at times, across the nation.”

“Disrupting them helps disrupt a drug trade that I and everyone else here today can attest breeds violence in Delaware and elsewhere,” Jennings added.

Anything else?

A media release from the Delaware State Police noted that investigators seized at least five vehicles and more than $260,000 in cash including the following:

  • Approximately 7,519.5 grams of fentanyl (7.5 Kilos)
  • Approximately 4,215.5 grams of cocaine (4.2 Kilos)
  • Approximately 1,114 grams of crack cocaine (1.1 Kilos)
  • Approximately 537 grams of heroin (.5 Kilos)
  • Approximately 45.3 lbs. of marijuana
  • 14 Doses of LSD
  • 288 Xanax prescription pills
  • 20 firearms
  • Over $260,000 in suspected drug proceeds
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Black man goes on profane rant against ‘Antifa’ rioters stirring up trouble in Portland: ‘You ain’t from here, motherf***er!’

The moment a black man purporting to be a Portland, Oregon, resident went off on demonstrators has gone viral.

In the video, the black man can be heard shouting at a group of protesters, complaining that they are not from the area and are only there to cause problems.

What are the details?

Journalist Andy Ngo shared the video Sunday evening on Twitter,
captioning it, “You ain’t from here motherf—er! An angry black Portland driver gets out of his car and yells at the antifa rioters. They’re stunned and speechless.”

In the video, an unnamed black man can be seen exiting his vehicle.

He is dressed in a pair of shorts, a T-shirt, and a hat, and begins accusing the group of coming to Portland to stir up trouble.

As he gets out, he says, “I’ve got something to say. Yeah. What do you represent? You don’t represent this motherf***er!”

He turns on those filming and at least one demonstrator in close proximity, saying, “Whose house is there? Whose house is this at the corner right here? You don’t know! Because you ain’t from here, motherf***er! But you come here and got a little motherf***er situation for us, how we’re supposed to be. You ain’t from here, you got a little situation for us, n****.”

“You ain’t from this motherf***er!” he shouts. “You don’t know what we went through, motherf***er!

At the time of this writing, Ngo’s video has been viewed more than 231,000 times.

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Anything else?

Journalist Kitty Shackleford
shared a concerning clip to Twitter on Sunday featuring two men in a pickup truck surrounded by demonstrators on a Portland street.

As protesters converge on the truck, members demand its occupants “say Black Lives Matter.”

The camera focuses on the truck’s passenger being confronted by the mob as its members order to him to “say Black Lives Matter, homie!”

“It lets us know that you’re cool!” another person can be heard shouting from the crowd.

It goes south from there.

“Say f***ing Black Lives Matter right now!” another person demands.

A subsequent
clip from the same social media user shares what appears to be the same truck with its passenger window smashed.

The driver of the vehicle can be heard asking, “Who did this? You f***ing p***y! Who did it?”

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Meghan McCain unloads on ‘The View’ over Democrats’ behavior ahead of SCOTUS nomination: Dems will do ‘anything and everything to smear any conservative’

Sparks flew on Monday’s broadcast of “The View” when the co-hosts discussed President Donald Trump’s plans to announce a nominee to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the end of the week.

Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87 following recurring bouts of cancer.

What are the details?

Conservative co-host Meghan McCain squared off against her fellow co-hosts over the news, proclaiming that she backs Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) announcement that the Senate will vote on Ginsburg’s successor before the November general election.

“One of my biggest concerns is if we have a contested election in 2020, and it’s split like it was in 2000, we have to have a full court ruling on it,” she explained. “The potential for constitutional chaos is absolutely the most imminent it has been in my modern lifetime.”

McCain pointed out that while she agrees with her fellow co-hosts who said McConnell is a hypocrite over the announcement after he refused to confirm former President Barack Obama’s nominee in 2016, she believes that the circus surrounding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation could occur once more due to political division and underhanded dealings.

“Democrats on their side will do anything and everything to smear any conservative,” she insisted.

Co-host Sara Haines insisted that the focus should not be on rushing a SCOTUS nomination in the 45 days preceding the election.

“In the shadow of what’s been left behind after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, the irony of what type of human she was, and what we’re seeing in our politicians is disheartening,” she said.

McCain fired back, “At the same time, you have people on the left who are screaming that they’re gonna pack the courts and create violence and you’re gonna see chaos that we’ve never seen if Mitch McConnell does this. Everyone is behaving badly across the board, and the deep politicizing that happened after she passed is true, and while you’re correct that the majority of Americans are against repealing Roe v. Wade, 47% of Americans are pro-life.”

“Every time I talk about it on this show, it’s received as if it’s this vast minority in the country,” McCain said. “It’s not. I’m telling you, for people who are pro-life, not never-Trumpers … for people like me, it is a meat and potatoes issue, much like guns. It will get people out [to vote], period.”

Haines then went on to read a quote from Amy Coney Barrett — purported to be a potential SCOTUS nominee — but McCain wasn’t having any of it.

“I would be very careful slandering her, Sara, before she’s even been put forth,” McCain warned. “This is what I’m talking about with the Kavanaugh stuff!”

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg had to pull the plug on the segment, and, quickly cutting to commercial, yelled, “Everybody stop! We’re going. We’ll be back.”


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After high school suspends football players for carrying Thin Blue, Red Line flags, a local group awards scholarships to the two teens

An Ohio nonprofit group has
awarded a scholarship to the two Little Miami High School football players who were suspended from school after carrying a Thin Blue Line flag and a Thin Red Line flag before a Sept. 11 game.

What’s a brief history here?

Brady Williams, whose father is a sheriff’s deputy, and Jarad Bentley, whose father is a fireman, insisted that they wanted to honor those killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Following the move, school authorities suspended the two and in a statement said that the teens were turned down when they initially requested to fly the flags before the game.

Superintendent Gregory Power said, “We can’t have students who decide to do something anyway after they’ve been told they shouldn’t be doing it. … We did not want to place ourselves in a circumstance where another family might want a different flag to come out of the tunnel, one that may be [one that] other families may not agree with from a political perspective.”

Following outcry, the administration
rescinded the suspension order and permitted the teens to return to school.

What are the details?

On Friday, an Ohio nonprofit group called “Holiday for Heroes” announced it would be awarding the teens a scholarship for their support of police officers and firefighters.

In a statement, the group said, “Brady and Jarad are true PATRIOTS, they did something last Friday that showed they are far beyond their years. These men stood up for a cause they believe in. As they took the field with flags in hand it reminded us how we felt 19 years ago, heartbroken yet strong and united.”

According to Fox News, “Holiday for Heroes” has not yet disclosed the scholarship amounts.

Previous scholarship awards have been issued in the amounts of $2,500 and $5,000, according to the group’s website.

Last week, the two told “Fox & Friends” that they found a lot of support in the community following the dust-up.

“We wanted to carry out flags to honor the first responders who went towards danger instead of running from it 19 years ago, and we were told ‘No’ and we kind of took that to heart and we still wanted to honor them and so we did,” Williams said during the appearance.

Bentley said he felt compelled to carry the flags “because if it was my dad that had died trying to save those people, I wanted someone to honor him in that way as well.”

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Vet kills self hours before turning himself in to police after fatally shooting BLM protester. His attorney says killing was self-defense, slams trial by ‘social media jockeys.’

Jake Gardner, the veteran and Nebraska bar owner charged in the fatal shooting of Black Lives Matter protester James Scurlock, is dead after committing suicide, his attorneys said.

What are the details?

In a Sunday statement, Gardner’s attorney, Stu Dornan, said, “The family of Jake Gardner has asked [fellow attorney] Tom Monaghan and myself to share the news of his death today, at his own hand.”

Authorities charged Gardner, 38, with killing an unarmed Black Lives Matter protester during May protests in Omaha, Nebraska. He was due to turn himself in just hours before authorities discovered his lifeless body outside a medical clinic.

Authorities are working to determine his cause of death.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Gardner’s legal team added that their client was killed by “a cocktail of behavioral health problems stemming from head trauma he experienced during military service, the belief that people were out to kill him, and an ‘incessant rush to judgment’ by social media jockeys.”

Gardner fatally shot Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black Lives Matter protester, during a protest on May 30. Gardner encountered Scurlock outside his downtown Omaha bar. Following the fatal shooting, Gardner faced death threats, and the owner of the building that housed the bar revoked his lease.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine initially declined to file charges against Gardner, reportedly believing that the suspect acted in self-defense.

At the time, Kleine said, “We’ve reviewed the available evidence and made our decision based on the evidence and the law. I made a decision, and I would not change that decision based on anything we know today. … However, I’m not afraid of having a decision that I’ve made reviewed by others.”

Following the announcement, Kleine appointed special prosecutor Fred Franklin as well as a grand jury, saying that he had hopes the gesture would “restore public faith in the justice system.”

“The grand jury indictment was a shock to him, it was a shock to us, it was a shock to many people,” Dornan told the World-Herald following his client’s suicide.

What else?

Surveillance footage taken of the incident appears to show Gardner speaking to Scurlock. Gardner can be seen producing a gun, prompting Scurlock to back away.

According to reports, two other people who were with Scurlock at the time reportedly shoved Gardner to the ground. Gardner then fired what appeared to be two warning shots into the air, when Scurlock reportedly jumped on Gardner’s back.

Reports say that Scurlock allegedly had his arm around Gardner’s neck, which prompted Gardner to fire over his shoulder at Scurlock, killing him.

On Tuesday, a grand jury charged Gardner with manslaughter, attempted assault, making terroristic threats, and using a gun to commit a felony.

Dornan added, “Unfortunately, there are two men who have died in a terrible tragedy. It’s a terrible tragedy for the Omaha community, it’s a terrible tragedy for James Scurlock and his family, it’s a terrible tragedy for the Gardner family.”

You can read more on the history of the fatal shooting here.


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Social media shreds Jimmy Kimmel for joking about ICE deporting John Oliver during Emmy Awards

Social media castigated comedian and TV host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday night following remarks he made about calling ICE on a fellow talk show host during the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

The awards show was held virtually, and the nominees — dressed in typically ostentatious awards ceremony garb — livestreamed themselves from their homes in a production that resembled a vast conference call.

What did Kimmel say?

Kimmel, following news that he lost the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series to British TV host John Oliver, made a joke about calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Oliver.

Oliver’s show — which is broadcast on HBO — has won the award for the last five years.

As highlighted by the
Daily Mail, Kimmel quipped, “Congratulations again to John Oliver. I will be reporting him to ICE.”

In response, social media said that Kimmel was guilty of using “white privilege” in making such an off-handed remark.

What was the response?

A bevy of social media users took to their respective channels to condemn Kimmel for the remark.

One user wrote, “The amount of white privilege it took for jimmy kimmel to get up on stage at a nationally televised event and make a joke about ice and not have one tell him that it isn’t okay, is absolutely astonishing to me.”

Another added, “[I] don’t think Kimmel is all that funny. Particularly when he jokes about ICE and the systemic terror that they cause, or any of his other highly weird jokes.”

“My dad was deported,” another user wrote. “He was literally placed on a plane with two federal agents. He was in chains. He was dropped off at Heathrow Airport and that’s it.”

Another user complained, “I didn’t know that it was needed, but @jimmykimmel making a joke about calling #ICE on @iamjohnoliver is not only poor taste, but completely out of touch w/ everything happening right now.”

“Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from the #Emmy’s where the only Latinx representation we got was Count von Count ft. Lin Manuel [and] America Ferrara presenting an award and Jimmy Kimmel’s tasteless and hurtful ICE joke,” another user said.

Another added, “[J]immy kimmel should be kicked off the show for making an ice joke.”

Kimmel has yet to respond to the ensuing controversy at the time of this reporting.

Of note, Oliver became an American citizen in December.

Anything else?

In June, Kimmel
admitted to benefiting from white privilege.

During a monologue on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the longtime TV host said that he understood the damage caused by the notion of white privilege and said that he and other white people shouldn’t be offering insight on the police killing of George Floyd, who died the last week in May.

“Over the past week, I’ve been hearing, I’ve been reading very thoughtful posts and words from very smart people, some of whom say white people shouldn’t be talking right now, they should be listening. And I get that,” he said during the monologue. “And I don’t disagree with that. But I’m the only one here and it’s a talk show. So, I want to share what I’ve been thinking about and trying to sort through.”

“I know that a lot of white people bristle when they hear the word ‘privilege,’ as in ‘white privilege,’ because there are millions of white people who didn’t grow up with money, or a good education, or a solid family background, or maybe even a family at all,” he said. “So when they hear the word ‘privilege,’ they go, ‘What privilege? … You hear the phrase ‘white privilege’ and it’s easy to get defensive. The first time I heard it, I did. To me, white privilege was what Donald Trump had, a wealthy father and a silver spoon in his mouth. It wasn’t what I grew up with, so I rejected it because I didn’t understand what white privilege meant. But I think I do now. I think I at least understand some of it.”

He added that white people don’t often have to deal with “negative assumptions being made about us based on the color of our skin.”

“It rarely happens, if ever, whereas black people experience that every day. And please don’t tell me you don’t ever make assumptions based on the color of their skin, because I just don’t believe it,” he insisted. “We all do. I know I have. I’m embarrassed to say it, but I have.”

He concluded, “I read something last night that I think makes a lot of sense. It’s this: ‘White privilege doesn’t mean your life hasn’t been hard. It just means the color of your skin isn’t one of the things that makes it harder.’ Wherever you stand, I don’t see how you can argue with that.”


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Twitter acknowledges its ‘racist’ photo algorithm, issues lengthy apology: ‘It’s 100% our fault’

A spokesperson for Twitter has issued an apology for the social networking site’s “racist” photo algorithm.

The algorithm in question comes into play when a user tweets a photo that is too large to properly display as a preview — then the algorithm kicks in to try to place in the preview the most important part of the photo (instead of randomly selecting, for example, the middle or top of the photo). Twitter users alleged that, when a photo is posted with both a black person and a white person, the Twitter algorithm is biased in selecting the image of the white person as the part that displays in the preview image.

The issue was initially brought to light when Colin Madland, a white education tech researcher, tweeted about how Zoom cropped a black person out of a call because it reportedly wouldn’t detect the black face as a human face. When he tweeted his picture of himself and a black colleague together, he noticed that the preview image selected by Twitter displayed only his face.

What are the details?

On Sunday, social media users shared their experiences with how Twitter reportedly displays users of different colors and insisted that the algorithm and the artificial intelligence — loosely modeled after a human brain — is biased against faces with darker skin tones.

Cryptopgrahy engineer Tony Arcieri was one of those users.

In a tweet, he shared a photo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former President Barack Obama. A preview of the photo cropped out Obama and only showed McConnell. Regardless of whether Obama or McConnell was oriented on the top of the photo, the algorithm always displayed only McConnell’s face.

He wrote, “Trying a horrible experiment… Which will the Twitter algorithm pick: Mitch McConnell or Barack Obama?”

According to Newsweek, Dantley Davis — Twitter’s chief design officer — also acknowledged “evidence of racial bias in how a neural network used by the platform generates photo previews.”

“Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and we did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing,” Dantley told a user. “But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take.”

The outlet reported that Davis on Saturday carried out his own experiments with the social media giant’s algorithm. He reportedly discovered the same issue.

In response to a fellow Twitter user who complained about the algorithm, Davis said, “It’s 100% our fault. No one should say otherwise. Now the next step is fixing it.”

A spokesperson for Twitter told Newsweek, “We’ll continue to share what we learn, what actions we will take, & will open source it so others can review and replicate.”

Newsweek reported that on Sunday, chief technology officer Parag Agrawal said it was not known how long it will take Twitter to fully investigate its AI system.

“This is a very important question,” Agrawal wrote. “To address it, we did analysis on our model when we shipped it, but needs continuous improvement. Love this public, open, and rigorous test — and eager to learn from this.”

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Seattle elementary school lesson reportedly encourages children to see police officers as racist

A Seattle-area school reportedly encouraged young children to complete a school assignment about a police officer shooting a black male that had what many called an anti-police bent.

When reached for comment, a school official told KTTH-FM‘s Jason Rantz that the assignment was a “non-story.”

What are the details?

According to Rantz, some Seattle-area elementary school students received a head-scratching homework assignment sharing a decidedly anti-police sentiment.

Students at Grove Elementary were reportedly asked to watch a video that was said to teach kids “that racist police routinely target innocent black Americans.”

Rantz writes, “Among the lessons being promoted, either in the virtual classroom or via third-party resources to parents, students as young as 7-years-old are taught that racist police routinely target innocent Black Americans but don’t suffer consequences because police cover for each other.”

The schools pushed a video titled, “Animation Series: Something Happened in Our Town,” which apparently tells the story of a police officer who shot a black male, told from the perspective of a young white child and a young black child.

“When the white girl asks why police shot the man, she’s told by her sister, ‘The cops shot him because he was black.’ The girl’s mom says it was a mistake to shoot the man, noting that, ‘It was a mistake that is part of a pattern’ where white people are treated well, but not black people,” Rantz added.

Students were required to watch the video with their parents, and a week later, the students were set to discuss the video in a virtual classroom setting.

When the black boy, however, discusses the shooting with his parents, the story is a little different.

“The boy’s father notes that the officer ‘won’t go to jail,'” Rantz writes. “The boy’s brother says, ‘Cops stick up for each other. And they don’t like black men.'”


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A ‘non-story’

Jodi Runyon, Grove Elementary’s director of Communications, Engagement, and Outreach, told Rantz that the video “was successfully addressed at the school level” and refused to provide further comment on the matter.

Rantz persisted, and pushed Runyon for more information. Runyon reportedly responded by calling the issue a “non-story.”

Runyon added that the video was set as “an optional resource to build understanding in challenging times.”

She also added that the school yanked the video and the assignment after two parents complained.

There was no further discussion, she insisted, because “the teacher addressed the parent’s concerns appropriately.”

You can read more about what’s reportedly happening in other Seattle-area schools here.

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Man reportedly burns pro-Trump sign, punches elderly woman, pulls pocketknife during rally. Then a retired cop jumps into action.

Authorties arrested a 33-year-old California man after he allegedly punched an elderly female Trump supporter and two other people during a pro-Trump gathering in Aliso Viejo, California, Wednesday evening.

A retired cop jumped into action and intervened before the suspect could do any more damage.

On Friday, the Daily Mail reported that the suspect, Alvin Shaw, is a U.S. postal service worker.

What are the details?

Reports say that anywhere between 20 and 30 people gathered in support of Trump’s re-election bid on a street in Aliso Viejo on Wednesday evening. Many of the demonstrators wore the Trump campaign’s signature MAGA-wear and carried signs professing their support for the president.

Video footage of the incident, according to reports, depicts the group’s apparently lighthearted nature and reportedly shows demonstrators laughing and cheering as people drive past the rally and honk their horns.

According to several reports, the suspect approached the group of Trump supporters as the rally began to wrap up and blew smoke from what appeared to be a cigar in some of their faces. Shaw then allegedly took the cigar and burned at least one sign.

Authorities say an agitated Shaw then struck at least three people, including 84-year-old Donna Snow, then pulled out a pocketknife.

Snow told KCAL-TV that Shaw “took his hand out … from way back, and whack, right across my face.”

“Broke my earring off,” she said.

A retired police officer then arrived on the scene and drew his weapon on the suspect, who reportedly tried to flee.

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According to reports, the suspect was forced to the ground and held until authorities arrived.

One witness told KTLA-TV that she initially thought Shaw was coming over to join the demonstration.

“Instead,” the eyewitness said, “he actually was pretty upset, and he started using profanity from the minute he arrived.”

Snow said, “He kept coming over to me and getting in my face, and all he could say was the F-word.”

Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of elder abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault and battery.

He was reportedly released Thursday on bond.

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Chiefs fan who attended live game tests positive for COVID. Now 10 others are in quarantine.

The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday announced that they advised at least 10 fans to self-quarantine after possibly being exposed to COVID-19 during a recent game.

What are the details?

According to CBS Sports, at least one NFL fan tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the Chiefs’ Sept. 10 opener against the Houston Texans.

The game was one of two that week that permitted fans in attendance.

In a statement, the team said, “The individual and the individual’s group were seated in the lower level of the stadium. By design, the stadium’s COVID protocol plan limited potential exposure to a single seating zone within the stadium. All staff with known interactions with the positive case were required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including a mask. Additionally, the protocols in place at the stadium require all attendees to be wearing masks inside the stadium.”

The Kansas City Department of Health said that those fans being asked to quarantine were all sitting in the same “pod” as a person who was reportedly infected with COVID-19.

In a statement, Dr. Rex Archer — Kansas City health director — said, “I want to remind everyone that COVID-19 is anywhere and everywhere. While we’re all tired of it, frustrated and even angry at how it has altered and stricken our lives and livelihoods, we must continue to think of those who have not and will not survive it.”

“We still don’t understand why it strikes some so viciously while others have only mild symptoms. If you have an existing or prior health condition such as cancer, diabetes, heart or lung disease, or if you’re older than 65, you should not be taking unnecessary risks like being in large crowds,” Rex added. “We hope those around you aren’t taking those risks either and possibly bringing the virus home to you.”

The outlet reported that there were a total of 15,895 fans in attendance at the stadium.

ESPN reported that all players’ tests came back negative following the game.

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Black Americans band together and demonstrate against BLM — and what they say could change the narrative

A viral video is making the rounds across the internet, featuring black anti-Black Lives Matter protesters in various stages of discussion about the movement, what it means to be black in America, and what “black lives matter” really means as a concept.

At the time of this reporting, the video — published on the Daily Wire’s
Facebook page — has been shared more than 4,000 times.

What are the details?

The video begins with one man passionately speaking out against the Black Lives Matter movement.

Here are some of his key quotes:

  • “They’re full of hate. Nobody listen to them. Don’t listen to them. Don’t try to understand them. Why? They are full of hate. You don’t need it. America don’t need it.”
  • “In a black neighborhood, black-on-black crime is real. … White people aren’t doing anything to them.”
  • “White people voted Barack Obama in for eight years. … Everything that the blacks could be crying about should have did it on his watch. And they didn’t.”
  • “I’m black, 52, I’m not oppressed. Ain’t nobody oppressing me. America’s more free than it’s ever been.”
  • “Some little young, 19-year-old black person. ‘They been through this.’ They ain’t been through nothing. They’re creating it! They’re creating a problem that does not exist like they’re talking about!”
  • “They don’t know who they’re mad at. Remember, this started with George Floyd. It went from George Floyd to now, it became the white people. Then it went from the white people, now it’s the whole system of America. They don’t know what they’re mad at. They don’t know what they’re bothered by. … Don’t get caught up in the hype. It’s all wrong.”
  • “The only people that’s oppressed in this world is people that embrace being oppressed.”
  • “If they are so bothered, why don’t they leave and go to Africa or to another country? If you’re that bothered with America, pack your stuff, hold a crusade, because I think some of us will put money up and help you leave.”


Image source: Facebook video screenshot

The video cuts to another man, who speaks out about his support of the police and what he believes “black lives matter” really means.

Here are some of his key quotes:

  • “I gotta be out here supporting the police. The people that we need. The people that stand in the gap for us when it comes to crime, when it comes to delinquency. … They’re being vilified across the board. It’s unacceptable.”
  • “They think it’s gonna be some type of utopia without the police. It makes no sense. … We all know when there’s a lack of police presence, crime goes up. Lawlessness goes up. Civil unrest goes up. … To abolish the police is an asinine concept that’s gonna do nothing but bring about the destruction of America.”
  • “The police are here for our benefit, not for our detriment.”
  • “Black Lives Matter has been hijacked by Antifa, by … first of all, it’s not even a legitimate cause. If we’re going to talk about Black Lives Matter, let’s talk about the abortion rate. The black abortion rate. Talking about more black babies being killed in New York City than birthed. … Black-on-black crime, [in] all these inner cities. … If we wanna really talk about black lives mattering, then we gotta be proactive in our approach to stop these black lives from being murdered and killed on the street. Black Lives Matter doesn’t really stand for black lives matter — it’s all about the narrative, and that’s all they’re trying to push.”
You can watch the men’s remarks — along with others — in the video below.
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Teen reportedly shoots pizza deliveryman multiple times at point-blank range during botched robbery

A 37-year-old Domino’s deliveryman is dead after a 17-year-old Indiana girl reportedly shot him during a robbery attempt.

The deliveryman, Joshua Ungersma, was the father of a newborn baby. Delivering pizza was his second job; a means of bringing in more income for his young family.

Now, 17-year-old Jaelynn Billups, is being tried as an adult in Ungersma’s murder.

What are the details?

The killing took place on Aug. 31 after Billups and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Alberto Vanmeter, reportedly decided to rob a pizza deliveryman, WTHR-TV reported.

The ill-fated deliveryman turned out to be Ungersma.

Billups and Vanmeter reportedly lured Ungersma to a vacant home in Lafayette, Indiana, under the guise of ordering pizza delivery.

Witness and neighbor Patrick Gibson said he exited his home after he heard gunshots. He said he discovered Ungersma, who said he needed help and asked him to call authorities. As Gibson’s roommate called 911, Gibson said he saw Billups reportedly took the opportunity to shoot Ungersma, WTHR-TV reported.

According to reports, Ungersma and Vanmeter were both dead by the time they arrived on the scene, and said that Billups was in the process of discarding a 9 mm handgun when police demanded she show her hands.

The new father died of multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

In addition to two murder charges, Billups was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, theft, pointing a firearm, carrying a handgun without a license.

The Journal & Courier reported that Ungersma, during the attempted robbery, pulled out a gun and shot Vanmeter.

Despite not pulling the trigger herself, Billups still faces charges in Vanmeter’s death.

“Anyone who is killed in the commission of a felony, such as robbery, can be charged with that person’s death, even if it was a partner in crime,” the outlet reported, citing charging information.

A portion of the charging information — which apparently refers to Vanmeter as “Vanmetere” — stated, “Jaelynn Niree Billups did aid, induce or cause Joshua Ungersma to kill … Alberto Edwardo Vanmetere, while Billups and Vanmetere were committing or attempting to commit robbery.”

The probable cause affidavit states that Billups shot Ungersma several times at a point-blank range.

Tippecanoe County Criminal Magistrate Daniel Moore set Billups’ trial for Feb. 23 in Tippecanoe Superior 2. Billups is being held without bond.

‘Joshua was such a great man’

A GoFundMe page for the Ungersma family has received more than $24,000 so far.

A portion of the page states, “Joshua was such a great man, he saw the good and potential in everyone. With his passing being so tragic and unexpected, i wanted to ask for assistance with covering his funeral expenses. Any help and/ or encouraging words and memories are welcomed and appreciated. Josh’s mother, Sheila Anderson, will be beneficiary of your generous donations. She will ensure that after funeral expenses are covered, your contributions will be put into a trust fund for Sebastian. Thank you for all your love, your caring, and your help.”

WTHR-TV reported 75% of last Friday’s profits at the Domino’s restaurant in Lafayette, Indiana, would go to the young family.

The station reported that the response was so overwhelming that the restaurant had to close early after running out of food.

“We want to be able to do whatever we can for the family,” Domino’s store owner Jimmy Ruedlinger told WTHR. “They’re going through a lot right now, obviously, with the loss of their father, the husband, a son in the mom’s case. We’re a family here, and we’re a team, and we’re going to take care of whatever we can take care of at this point.”

The station reported that Ungersma worked as a deliveryman for the pizza franchise as a second job. His primary job was as a meat cutter at a local supermarket, Payless, where he worked for more than a decade.

“He usually worked the late shift,” Ruedlinger revealed. “He’d get off work at Payless and come over here. He had a wife, a step-kid, and a 6-month old baby, and he cared so much about those kids. He was always willing to pick up extra shifts, always wanting to work extra hours just so he could take care of his family.”

Mary Smith, the meat department manager at Payless supermarket, added, “How could that happen? All he ever wanted to do was take care of his family. That’s the only reason he had that second job was so he could provide, and his wife could take care of the baby and his stepson. That’s all he cared about.”

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Herschel Walker shreds BLM, calls out NFL owners, players who support ‘trained Marxists’: BLM is ‘anti-government, anti-American, anti-Christian’

In a now-viral video, former NFL star Herschel Walker blasted the Black Lives Matter movement as “anti-government, anti-American, anti-Christian,” and “anti-everything.”

Walker, in his heated remarks, also challenged NFL leaders to speak up about whether they will support what he says is a Marxist movement.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said during a 2105 interview that she and a co-founder were “trained Marxists.” The interview recently resurfaced online and has caused some controversy.

What are the details?

In the video, Walker demanded that Black Lives Matters demonstrators who support the ideology come out and tell the American people “this is exactly who you stand for” in supporting Black Lives Matter.

Walker shared the video on Wednesday, captioning it, “I have finally WOKE UP…I am shaking you America! As Maya said, when someone tells you who they are, believe them.”

In the video, Walker said, “First I want to apologize to the American people, because I was blind, but now I can see. I was deaf, but now I can hear. The other day, I was listening to one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, and I heard her say that they are ‘trained Marxists.'”

During the 2015 interview, Cullors outright admitted, “Myself and [co-founder] Alicia [Garza] in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories.”

The Heisman Trophy winner continued his remarks, insisting that he was calling on all people and organizations — including the NFL and its players — to speak up about whether they will support an organization whose leaders referred to themselves as “trained Marxists.”

“I’m challenging every owner in the NFL, every owner of major league sports, every owner of stadiums, every commissioner, every leader in Washington, every church,” he said. “I’m challenging every professional player: Is this who you’re supporting? Because a trained Marxist tells you that they’re anti-government, they’re anti-American, they’re anti-Christian, they’re anti-everything.”

He continued, “I see all these signs, I see all these logos, I see all these commercials, I see all this stuff, and it’s OK, ’cause we’re in America. You can support who you want and do what you want, but I need to know, and the American people need to know, that when you talk about supporting BLM — are you supporting the group that says they are trained Marxists? Because they’re making a lot of money, and I like to know.”

At the time of this reporting, the video has been viewed more than 131,000 times and liked 17,000 times.

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