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Justice High School graduates warned of world full of ‘racism,’ ‘white supremacy’ — and hear Pledge with phrase ‘one nation under Allah’

It was a high school graduation ceremony as rife with woke ideology as you can imagine — but then again, with a moniker like Justice High School, what else could one expect?

What are the details?

By way of introduction, Justice High School — which is part of the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia — was known as J.E.B. Stuart High School until July 2018 when the powers that be
decided on a name change in order to “represent a fundamental American value but also specifically in honor of three outstanding individuals identified by our community for their roles in championing equal rights, inclusivity, and justice for all: Barbara Rose Johns, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Col. Louis G. Mendez Jr.”

The school is dominated by students of color; only about 20% are white, according to the latest
demographics. And it’s an “international student body” with “over 50 different languages … from more than 70 countries.”

And last Monday, more than 500 graduates gathered with their caps and gowns — and folks got a taste of what the school apparently is all about.

For starters, about
25 minutes into the ceremony, the class president recited the Pledge of Allegiance — which she called “the nation’s anthem” — and used the phrase “one nation under Allah,” which caused a bit of a stir in the aftermath.

Then came a strident keynote address from Abrar Omeish — the
lone Muslim member of the Fairfax County School Board — who told graduates they’re entering a world full of “racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, [and] white supremacy.” Her speech begins just before the ceremony’s one-hour mark.

At one point — speaking to students apparently in Arabic — Omeish uttered the word “jihad” after she had urged them in English to “be reminded of the details of your struggle.” In Arabic, “jihad” means “struggle” but also has been tied closely to radical Islam.

But mostly she urged students to live up to their legacies as “the justice class of 2021” since they were “made for something different” and “something bigger” — in other words, to cause “good trouble” as they live as woke activists.

“Social justice is only political for those who can afford to ignore it,” Omeish added to the students, emphasizing that “‘neutral’ is another word for ‘complicit.'”

Eye-opening background

The
Daily Wire reported that the student government president introduced Omeish by highlighting that she was “Virginia co-chair for the Bernie Sanders campaign” and that her father, Esam Omeish, was a “leader and a board member of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center” who “raised his daughter to be an outspoken woman.” Omeish noted that her dad was in the crowd, the outlet said.

The outlet added that two 9/11 hijackers and the 2009 Fort Hood killer attended the Dar al-Hijrah mosque — and that its American-born imam was Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who was killed under former President Barack Obama for his connection to terrorism.

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In her introduction, the student leader said Omeish faced “hatred for speaking truth to power about the Palestinian experience” but “continues to overcome and be an example so that young leaders like us will do the same.”

The introduction from a student also stated that “two years ago [Omeish’s] civil rights were violated by the police due to her appearance: she was attacked and discriminated against.” That entire incident is on
video, which shows that an officer pulled over her car after watching her run a red light from a distance, from which her appearance was not visible. She repeatedly refused to show her license and then refused to get out of the car, leading to her arrest.

Here’s a snippet of Omeish’s nearly 30-minute speech:


School board member urges high schoolers to remember jihad as they enter a world of white supremacy

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Little League coaches in far-left Virginia city to receive ‘anti-racism’ training. But one parent complains it’s a ‘bunch of busybodies virtue signaling.’

Little League baseball coaches in Alexandria, Virginia, will be required to receive training in “anti-racism” this month, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

What are the details?

The city’s Little League board President Sherry Reilly in an email to coaches last week said the league had partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance and that all coaches and league board members were asked to cancel May 24 practices to make room for a Sports Can Battle Racism workshop, the paper said.

The Free Beacon said the workshop document for coaches includes themes such as “Create a Caring Climate” to “Model Anti-Racist Behavior” and that coaches are encouraged to teach themselves to take note of their own “internalized racism” and look for “potential institutional racism” in the community. The paper added that coaches also are asked to “be on the lookout” for moments that can serve as “anti-racism learning opportunities.”

Casey Miller, a spokeswoman for the Positive Coaching Alliance, told the Free Beacon that training costs are between $1,000 to $10,000 but didn’t say how much the Alexandria Little League spent on the yearlong partnership or the coaches’ training.

The training will be conducted over Zoom, the paper said, near the end of the Little League’s spring season, which ends the first week of June.

Pushback from a parent

Alexandria parent Barry Bennett, however, told the paper that the Little League coaches’ training is “a bunch of busybodies virtue signaling. Leave 10-year-olds alone.”

As it happens, Alexandria is a decidedly far-left city; of the residents who voted in the last presidential election, 80% voted Democratic. The paper added that Positive Coaching Alliance’s online resource library for “overcoming racism in sports” is similar to the “antiracist” and critical race theory-based training in some of the public schools in the state.

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Virginia school districts have mandated similar training for their teachers. Arlington County schools required teachers to participate in an equity training program in which they were taught how to create an “actively antiracist learning environment.” Loudoun County schools spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on teacher training sessions based on critical race theory—the idea that American institutions are inherently racist.

One resource, geared toward high school student athletes, is a definition guide with more than 30 entries, such as “cultural appropriation,” “systemic racism,” and “intersectionality.” The guide links equality with “meritocracy” and includes an addendum that asks “whether equality is enough” and if “equity is a more important principle.”

Gender “transcend[s] biology,” according to the guide, and is “very complex since people can identify in diverse ways.” It notes that Facebook offers more than 70 gender options.

The alliance also offers a quiz that allows high school athletes to assess their “privilege.” Being a child of a parent or guardian with a college degree is one example of privilege. Athletes and coaches can also use the website’s “identity wheel,” which includes sections on sex, sexual preference, race, and religion, to “increase awareness of how privilege operates to normalize some identities over others.”

But parents of late have been battling woke overreach:

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Watch: Angry Virginia moms line up to read ‘pornographic’ excerpts from books assigned to 9th graders

A group of furious parents lined up before Virginia’s Loudoun County School Board this week to read several “pornographic” passages from books assigned to ninth graders in the district, amid a recall effort against several of the board’s members.

What are the details?

In a clip from Tuesday night’s meeting provided by Media Research Center, the first mom reads from a book describing a domestic violence scenario where the narrator talks about a female “coming out of some car in these tight-a** little shorts…telling me she’s going to leave me.”

“I grab her by the neck and start punching her,” the mother continues to read. Later, the narrator describes keeping the female “in a closet for a couple of days” where “she kept on screaming, begging to be let out. Begging for water.”

The rest of the excerpts were sexual in nature.

“Jasper wasn’t even my boyfriend, just this dude I did some hacking with once in a while,” the second mother reads. “He was pretty basic…but he had a big d***. And sometimes a girl just needs a big d***.”

A third parent read about sex acts involving a “boy — his pants around his ankles — squeezed between April’s straddled legs as she lay on top of a teacher’s desk.” The narrator describes flipping the “boy” around, “pushing him against the wall” and then dropping to their knees.

The fourth mother reads an excerpt where the narrator declares, “she sucked my d***. I didn’t really want it to happen, it just kinda did.” Another character in the book replies, “Wait a minute, is that what was really going on? She did your homework and you ate her c******!”

A gentleman who said he is representing a group of parents in a harassment suit addressed the board following the readings.

After listing off a number of the sexual acts covered, he pointed to the panel and asked, “By show of hands, does anyone up here want to talk about that stuff now? Not a single hand, because it’s very uncomfortable and we’re in a room full of adults.”

He said the reason no one wants to talk about it is “because they’re not acceptable topics,” and added, “my kids don’t go to your crap schools, but theirs do.”

What was the reaction?

When asked for reaction by Fox News, Loudoun County Public Schools pointed to a news release published Wednesday where the district reminded “parents that if they feel a book is not appropriate for their student” they may “submit a formal request for the Reconsideration of Instructional Materials.”

One parent, who did not want to be named, told the outlet, “This is the same district that banned Dr. Seuss and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ as being ‘offensive,’ yet they’re having children read pornography that violates every code of conduct in their sexual harassment training.”

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‘Look at me!’: Black mother blasts ‘racist’ critical race theory to school board members’ faces in fiery address

A black woman who
reportedly is a mother of children in Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools absolutely eviscerated critical race theory in front of the school board Tuesday night.

What did she say?

The unidentified woman, wearing a face shield, began her address to board members by quoting from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech — specifically the part in which the late civil rights leader said he didn’t want his children judged by the color of their skin but rather by the content of their character.

Then she let it rip.

“[Critical race theory] is not an honest dialogue — it is a tactic used by Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan on slavery very many years ago to dumb down my ancestors so we could not think for ourselves,” the woman said, using the acronym “CRT.”


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @iandprior

“[Critical race theory] is racist, it is abusive, it discriminates against one’s color,” she added. “Let me educate you: An honest dialogue does not oppress. An honest dialogue does not implement hatred or injustice. It’s to communicate without deceiving people. Today we don’t need your agreement; we want action and a backbone for what we ask for today — to ban CRT.”

She also said “we don’t want your political advertisement to divide our children or belittle them. Think twice before you indoctrinate such racist theories. You cannot tell me what is or is not racist.”

Then the mother glared at the school board members and growled, “Look at me! I had to come down here today to tell you to your face that we are coming together, and we are strong. This will not be the last ‘greet and meet,’ respectfully.”


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @iandprior

Here’s the clip:

What is critical race theory?

Critical race theory has come under fire from those who say the concept — which calls the United States a racist country and says academics are filled with racism — is dangerous and divisive.

House Republicans on Wednesday
introduced the Stop CRT Act, which bans critical race theory training in the armed forces.

“Critical race theory is a divisive ideology that threatens to poison the American psyche,” U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) said at a news conference, according to NBC News. “For the sake of our children’s future, we must stop this effort to cancel the truth of our founding and our country.”

Chloe Valdary — who is black and is the founder of a New York City anti-racism firm — penned a
Newsweek op-ed Monday blasting critical race theory: “We should reject critical race theory’s social gospel not only from a wish to see no one — including white people — dehumanized because of their skin color but also as an affirmation of the enduring power, beauty, and triumph of black American life, despite the tragedies we have been made to bear.”

What did the school district have to say?

A Loudoun County Public Schools spokesperson
told Fox News on Wednesday that critical race theory “is not part of the Loudoun County Public Schools curriculum” and noted interim superintendent Scott Ziegler’s post on the district’s “equity work,” which included hiring a third-party group — the Equity Collaborative — that offers “equity coaching” and performed a “systemic equity assessment” on the district.

Fox News noted that racial equity is a key tenet of critical race theory.

Battling back

There’s an effort under way to recall six Loudoun County school board members from parents who say they’ve pushed critical race theory and were indifferent when parents who questioned it were attacked, the
New York Post reported.

A video ad was released Tuesday accusing the district of training teachers that Christians are oppressors and pushing the concepts of “white privilege” and “white fragility” on students, the paper said.

Here’s the ad:


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In March, GoFundMe reportedly took down a page run by the parents fighting against the district’s leftist agenda after local progressive activists complained.

And the woman who blasted critical race theory at the school board meeting earlier this week wasn’t the only person who received national attention for such a move. In January, an unnamed man blasted the board for keeping students out of school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The garbage workers who pick up my freaking trash risk their lives every day more than anyone in this school system! Figure it out! Or get off the podium!” he screamed. “Because you know what? There are people like me and a line of other people out there who will gladly take your seat and figure it out! It’s not a high bar! Raise the freaking bar!”

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Ruling Class Says There’s No “Shortage” Of Fuel, Then Blames The Shortage On “Hoarders”

This is getting more and more difficult to believe by the day. The ruling class has come out and said there is no gasoline or diesel shortage in the aftermath of the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.  They also said the shortage they claim doesn’t exist is the fault of “hoarders.”

Because of things like this, we constantly urge everyone who reads this site to use critical thinking and discernment.  The Biden administration denied there was a “shortage” and blamed “hoarders” for the “supply crunch.” Apparently, “shortage” and “supply crunch” do not mean the same thing to Sleepy Joe’s people and the other tyrants running around.

Virginia and Florida declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, following North Carolina’s declaration the day before, as the disruption in pipeline operations led to over 1,000 gas stations across a dozen states running out of fuel, according to S&P’s Oil Price Information Service, according to a report by RT.

Every day Americans are sharing images of gas stations out of fuel online. But the mainstream media is acting like the rulers claiming there is not a shortage of fuel.  The New York Times claimed that since the pipeline’s shutdown due to a ransomware attack, there have been no long lines or major price hikes for gas.”

So they are obviously lying to us and telling us to ignore what our own eyes are showing. We live in the strangest of times, folks, and it could get even more interesting as the rulers continue to open their mouths and attempt to continue to brainwash the public into servitude.

Ruling class puppet known as the Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm insisted the East Coast was not facing a “gasoline shortage” but rather a “supply crunch.”  The ruling classes’ talking head went on to say: “We know that we have gasoline; we just have to get it to the right places,” Granholm told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. She said there was “no cause for hoarding gasoline” and compared it to “hoarding toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic.”

This is the very reason we ask that all people use discernment and critical thinking. It’s time to start figuring out what these psychopaths are doing and the reasons these agenda items just happen to tick off all the boxes of enslavement.

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Virginia plans to eliminate all accelerated math courses prior to 11th grade in an effort to achieve equity: report

The Virginia Department of Education is eliminating accelerated math courses before 11th grade to “improve equity in mathematics learning opportunities,” according to a report by Fox News.

Loudoun County school board member Ian Serotkin brought attention to the reported academic changes on Tuesday with a Facebook post exposing the plans. Serotkin warns of a “sweeping initiative by the Virginia Department of Education to revamp the K-12 math curriculum statewide over the next few years.” Serotkin’s post included a chart of proposed math courses for 2022-2030.

“The Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI) is a joint initiative among the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS),” according to the VDOE website.

The initiative set goals to redefine “mathematics pathways for students in the Commonwealth to address the knowledge, skills, experiences, and attributes that students must attain to be successful in college and/or the workforce and to be ‘life ready.'” The VMPI will also “improve equity in mathematics learning opportunities” and “empower students to be active participants in a quantitative world.”

“As currently planned, this initiative will eliminate ALL math acceleration prior to 11th grade,” Serotkin wrote on Facebook. “That is not an exaggeration, nor does there appear to be any discretion in how local districts implement this.”

Serotkin said the initiative would only allow accelerated math classes in 11th and 12th grade. “All 6th graders will take Foundational Concepts 6. All 7th graders will take Foundational Concepts 7. All 10th graders will take Essential Concepts 10,” Serottkin stated. “Only in 11th and 12th grade is there any opportunity for choice in higher math courses.”

VDOE spokesperson Charles Pyle did not dispute Serotkin’s claims, but said the math courses would be malleable to each student’s skill level. “Differentiated instruction means providing instruction that is catered to the learning needs of each child (appropriate levels of challenge and academic rigor),” Pyle told Fox News.

“The VMPI implementation team (VDOE, college and university staff, and school division staff) is currently working to seek feedback to help ensure local implementation practices address concerns like the shift from acceleration to deeper learning,” Pyle added.

“Offering an inclusive learning environment that engages and challenges students of varied levels of understanding and different interests will be a focus of the common mathematics pathways proposed in grades K-10,” Pyle told the news outlet. “These pathways seek to restructure mathematics education by focusing instruction on reasoning, real world problem solving, communication and connections while shifting away from an emphasis on computation and routine problem practice.”

An anonymous parent of a student who attends school in Loudon County reacted to the reports of the elimination of accelerated math classes by saying, “Lower standards for all students in the name of equity.”

“These changes will have a profound impact on students who excel in STEM-related curriculum, weakening our country’s ability to compete in a global marketplace for years to come,” the unnamed parent stated.

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Residents livid at Democrat-dominated county for considering limits on flags — including American flags — on private property

In Fairfax County, Virginia — a Democratic stronghold outside of Washington, D.C., where nearly 75% of ballots last fall were for President Joe Biden over former President Donald Trump — flags have become an issue.

So much so that the county is looking into enacting an ordinance that would regulate the size, height, and number of flags that residents and businesses can fly, WDVM-TV reported — and that includes the American flag.

Image source: WDVM-TV video screenshot

The station said a public hearing was held on the matter last month.

What are the details?

“We’re not stopping anybody from flying an American flag if they want to,” Leslie Johnson, zoning administrator for the county’s Zoning Ordinance Modernization committee, told the public, according to WDVM. “All we’re doing is putting parameters around the size, the location, and the height.”

But Daniel Gade — a former Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate — wasn’t too understanding. He’s concerned about the proposed flag requirements since they call for smaller flag sizes than those that are draped over fallen soldiers’ coffins, the station said.

“Let’s make a stink about this because it’s ridiculous,” Gade said, according to WDVM. “And the idea that a bureaucrat would tell us how big of an American flag to fly, right here in America, is offensive.”


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Others expressed similar sentiments at the public hearing, the station said.

“No other flag or display can in any way be equated to the American flag,” Robert Maggi, a county resident, said during the hearing, according to WDVM. “For me, it is the right of every American to fly the American flag on their property. Please ensure this right is made clear in the pending zoning regulations.”

Resident Adrienne Whyte asked “why flags and flag poles were rushed into the agenda. It seems like solution in search of a problem, and I fear the solution could be worse than anything we are experiencing now,” the station reported.

WDVM added that some also have raised questions about why the American flag is not distinct from other flags, as the proposal treats the American flag the same as all other flags.

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Wife of Sen. Josh Hawley takes criminal action after ‘anti-fascist’ group targeted family’s personal residence

Erin Hawley, the wife of Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.), has taken action against the alleged organizer of a protest outside the Hawley’s Virginia home last month.

What is the background?

Demonstrators gathered outside Hawley’s personal Washington, D.C.-area residence on Jan. 4 to protest the Missouri senator’s planned objection to the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. At the time of the protest, Hawley was in Missouri with his two sons, but his wife and newborn daughter were at the Vienna, Virginia, residence.

In response, Hawley claimed the protesters “threatened” his family — but said he would “not be intimidated by leftwing violence.” Hawley claimed the demonstrators were affiliated with Antifa.

“Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence,” Hawley said.

What did Erin Hawley do?

Erin Hawley filed a criminal complaint against Patrick Young, the alleged protest organizer who is part of the self-described “anti-fascist” group ShutDownDC. The criminal complaint was filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, where the incident took place.

According to ABC News, a local magistrate found sufficient probable cause to issue Young a summons, charging him with one misdemeanor count of illegally demonstrating.

“[B]ased on a citizen, the magistrate issued a summons for a defendant for a violation of Virginia Code 18.2-419 (picketing or disrupting tranquility of home), a Class 3 misdemeanor,” a police spokesperson told ABC News.

Video of the demonstration showed protesters standing just feet from the Hawley residence. According to Erin Hawley, the protesters “were screaming with bullhorns and shouting ‘Come out, come out!’ I was frightened.”

A police officer with the Vienna Police Department later arrived on scene, informing the protesters they needed to disperse because the town prohibits demonstrations outside private residences. The protesters were also allegedly violating noise ordinances. However, the protesters allegedly continued demonstrating for 10 more minutes.

What was the response?

ShutDownDC issued a statement claiming their protest was a “candle light vigil,” and accused Hawley of using his power as a U.S. senator to “harass a normal person.”

“We are not aware of any summons issued related to our candle light vigil at Senator Hawley’s house. Police on the scene did not believe a crime was committed. That was confirmed by the Vienna Police department in media reports days later. If a summons has been issued, it is outrageous that a rich and powerful person — a United States Senator — can go to their magistrate to get a summons to harass a normal person,” the statement said, according to the Kansas City Star.

However, Hawley’s office said the senator’s family has been targeted with numerous threats in recent weeks, which are being investigated by law enforcement.

“Because of the attacks in the media and from the left over the past few weeks, Josh’s family has been the subject of numerous threats on their lives that are being monitored by authorities,” Hawley’s communications director, Kelli Ford, told ABC News.

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Judge rules Virginia elections board violated law with late absentee mail-in ballot rule

Last August, the Virginia Board of Elections issued a rule that would’ve allowed elections officials to count late mail-in ballots that arrived without a postmark up to three days after the November election. On Monday, a state judge ruled that the board’s decision was illegal.

Virginia Circuit Court Judge William Eldridge said that Virginia’s mail-in ballot rule violated state elections law and issued an injunction preventing the state from adopting the rule for future elections, the Daily Caller reported. The judge’s decision was announced by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a legal group representing Frederick County electoral board member Thomas Reed in his case against the state mail-in ballot law.

“This is a big win for the Rule of Law,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “This consent decree gives Mr. Reed everything he requested – a permanent ban on accepting ballots without postmarks after Election Day and is a loss for the Virginia bureaucrats who said ballots could come in without these protections.”

The Virginia Board of Elections issued its election guidance to county boards on Aug. 4, 2020, notifying them that any ballots “received by the general registrar’s office by noon on the third day after the election … but does not have a postmark, or the postmark is missing or illegible” were not to be rendered invalid. But a week later, the elections board decided that such ballots should be counted.

On Oct. 13, PILF filed a lawsuit against the state elections board on behalf of Reed, who argued that he would not enforce the directive because it violated state law.

The relevant Virginia statute states: “Any absentee ballot returned to the general registrar after the closing of the polls on election day but before noon on the third day after the election and postmarked on or before the date of the election shall be counted.” Reed’s lawyers argued that a plain reading of state law prevents ballots that lack a postmark from being counted.

Two weeks later on Oct. 28, 2020, the court sided with Reed in a preliminary injunction hearing, issuing an order that prevented the state of Virginia from accepting and counting late absentee ballots that were missing postmarks.

The result is that none of the contested ballots were counted in the November election and Judge Eldridge’s final ruling siding with Reed over the Virginia elections board will not change the outcome.

The ruling, however, will apply to future elections in Virginia, including the November 2021 gubernatorial and state legislature elections.

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‘There is no room for celebrating the bigotry of the Confederacy’: Statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee removed from U.S. Capitol

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed from the U.S. Capitol building over the weekend, by request of the governor of Lee’s home state of Virginia.

What are the details?

“Last night, Virginia removed its statue of Robert E. Lee from the U.S. Capitol,” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tweeted Monday, saying, “This is an important step forward—it is past time we tell our story with images of perseverance, diversity, and inclusion.”

The statue of Lee will be replaced by civil rights leader Barbara Rose Johns, who led a 1951 student walkout at her all-black high school at the age of 16 to protest conditions of the institution compared to those at a nearby all-white school. She is credited with playing a critical role in the desegregation of America.

Northam said in a statement:

“We should all be proud of this important step forward for our Commonwealth and our country. The Confederacy is a symbol of Virginia’s racist and divisive history, and it is past time we tell our story with images of perseverance, diversity, and inclusion. I look forward to seeing a trailblazing young woman of color represent Virginia in the U.S. Capitol, where visitors will learn about Barbara Johns’ contributions to America and be empowered to create positive change in their communities just like she did.”

Fellow Virginian Sen. Tim Kaine (D) took footage of the Lee statue being removed:

According to
NBC News, “For 111 years, the statue stood alongside that of the nation’s first president, George Washington, as the state of Virginia’s contribution to the National Statuary Hall. Each state is allowed two statues in the collection.”

A news release from Northam’s office noted that the statue of Lee “had been one among 13 located in the Crypt of the Capitol, representing the 13 original colonies.” The Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond, Virginia, will now take ownership of the statue, according to the release.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hailed the decision, saying in a statement, “The removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee and its forthcoming replacement by a tribute to Barbara Johns, a civil rights pioneer and pride of Virginia, is welcome news. The halls of Congress are the very heart of our Democracy, and the statues within the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans.”

She added, “The Congress will continue our work to rid the Capitol of homages to hate, as we fight to end the scourge of racism in our country. There is no room for celebrating the bigotry of the Confederacy in the Capitol or any other place of honor in our country.”

Not everyone agreed with the decision. Republican state Sen.-elect Wendy Rogers from Arizona tweeted in reaction, “Robert E Lee was a great patriot and a great leader. They are not just tearing him down. They are coming after all of us. Get involved now. You could be next.”

She argued later that Lee “fought a war to defend the Commonwealth of Virginia which is where his family lived. Upon surrendering, he did more than anyone to heal the divide between the North and the South. Very ignorant liberals simply create straw men and red herrings.”

The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh also defended the legacy of Lee, tweeting that the general “was a far better and more impressive man than all of the people pulling his statues down.”

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Virginia GOP candidate for governor says ‘Trump should declare martial law’ in election fight

Virginia gubernatorial candidate and Republican state Sen. Amanda Chase says President Donald Trump “should declare martial law” as his challenge continues in the wake of the Electoral College officially voting to affirm Joe Biden as president-elect.

What are the details?

In a Facebook post reacting to the news of Biden’s electoral victory, Chase wrote, in part:

“Not my President and never will be. The American people aren’t fools. We know you cheated to win and we’ll never accept these results. Fair elections we can accept but cheating to win; never. It’s not over yet. So thankful President Trump has a backbone and refuses to concede. President Trump should declare martial law as recommended by General Flynn.”

On Dec. 1, former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn — who was recently pardoned by Trump — tweeted an apparent endorsement of a news release from the We The People Convention, which began:

“Tom Zawistowski, President of the TEA Party affiliated We the People Convention (WTPC) and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, published a full page ad in the Washington Times newspaper demanding that President Trump Invoke limited Martial law in order to allow the U.S. Military to oversee a new free and fair federal election if Legislators, Courts and the Congress do not follow the Constitution.”

The Washington Post reported:

In an interview Tuesday, Chase said she was holding out hope that Trump somehow would be declared the winner when the electoral college ballots are formally counted during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 — an all-but-impossible outcome, especially as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday publicly acknowledged Biden’s victory for the first time since the election. Barring that extremely unlikely turn of events, Chase thinks martial law is in order.

Under martial law, she said, troops would “go and seize these [voting] machines and voting equipment to find the voter fraud. There needs to be a national audit.”

What else?

Del. Kirk Cox, Chase’s GOP primary rival in the governor’s race, condemned her message, saying in a written statement, “Senator Chase’s suggestion that martial law be imposed is absurd and dangerous.”

The retired teacher continued, “I taught government for 30 years and have great respect for our constitutional republic. Per that system and the Electoral College vote yesterday, Joe Biden will be the next President.”

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Virginia Ramps Up The Tyranny: Curfews, Mask Mandates, Gatherings Limited

As Christmas approaches, Virginia governor Ralph Northam imposes tyrannical edicts to try to keep people under the controlling boot of the state. In addition to tougher mask mandates and curfews, Northam has limited gatherings to ten people.

“New daily case numbers are higher than they have been at any previous point in the pandemic, and while the trends in Virginia are better than most of the country, we are taking action now to slow the spread of this virus before our hospitals get overwhelmed,” Northam said according to RT. 

The curfew will go into effect on December 14 and is scheduled to run through at least the end of January. Northam told reporters on Thursday that everyone other than people traveling to and from work should abide by the curfew. He also urged Virginians to stay home at other times of day unless they must go out.

Northam expanded the state’s mask mandate to include outdoor public spaces where people are within six feet of each other. He also reduced the capacity limit on social gatherings to 10 people – just in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations – and said restaurants will have to stop liquor sales by 10pm and close by midnight. –RT

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is also putting the boots on the necks of the public and restricting their freedom. Wold has tightened his Covid-19 restrictions, banning indoor dining and closing theaters, casinos, and gyms. Its weekly average of nearly 10,000 cases is up 51 percent from late November. Wolf, who revealed on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the virus, said the surge in infections necessitated tighter restrictions.“We all hoped that it would not come to this,” Wolf said. “The current state of the surge in Pennsylvania will not allow us to wait.”

They are losing control of the public, and that’s likely why there’s a rush to inject people with whatever it is that’s in this vaccine.

After Brainwashing People For Decades, MSM and Governments Are Losing Control of People

Wake up, before it’s too late.  Stay alert and stay prepared.  Many states are ramping up lockdowns right before the magical vaccine is put into the veins of the public.  The more they can panic you, the better chance they have of you lining up to take this thing willingly.

Medical Journal: Get The COVID-19 Vaccine, Or Be Punished HARSHLY

 

 

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Virginia Dem. Gov. Northam tells faithful how to worship, discourages church attendance: ‘You don’t have to sit in the church pew for God to hear your prayers’

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced new COVID-19 restrictions Thursday that are designed to impact social gatherings, expand mask mandates, and install a curfew for Virginians.

Northam used the announcement to link the spread of the virus to worship services and to lecture the faithful on how they should practice their faith, specifically calling out believers who feel they need to gather in person in order to worship.

Not coincidentally, the announcement came just hours before the start of Hanukkah.

What did the governor say?

During a news conference Thursday, Northam outlined the new restrictions included in his newly signed executive order, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

The restrictions include limiting all social gatherings to 10 people, instituting a curfew for citizens from midnight to 5 a.m., expanding mask mandates to require anyone over 5 years of age to wear one indoors and outdoors when they are away from their home, further reducing the number of people permitted to attend kids’ sporting events, and emphasizing already strict requirements on restaurants and gyms that want to stay open.

The order will go into effect Sunday night at midnight and is set to expire Jan. 31.

After laying out the new edicts, the governor went on to lecture religious Virginians and attempted to tie faith services to the spread of COVID-19.

The governor delivered his chastisement on the same day that Jews were preparing to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah and as Christians continue to mark the days of Advent leading up to Christmas.

“I’d like to take a moment to talk about our faith communities,” the governor began his admonishment. “This is a holy time for multiple faith traditions. Tonight, as a matter of fact, is the first night of Hanukkah. Christmas is two weeks away.”

However, the governor warned, those who value the importance of corporate worship should not let the joy and beauty and togetherness of the season cloud “what is truly the most important thing.”

‘What is truly the most important thing’?

In an attempt to discourage church attendance, he then scolded anyone who wanted to gather for worship for apparently not knowing what is truly important — worship — or how to appropriately engage in it.

“The holidays are typically times of joy and community. We gather together, we celebrate our faith, and we celebrate with family,” Northam said. “But this year we need to think about what is truly the most important thing. Is it the worship or the building? For me, God is wherever you are. You don’t have to sit in the church pew for God to hear your prayers.”

Gov. Northam turned his focus to religious leaders to “set an example” for the faithful, explaining to them what real worship is.

“I strongly call on our faith leaders to lead the way and set an example for their members,” he said. “Worship with a mask on is still worship. Worship outside or worship online is still worship.”


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Thomas Jefferson name dropped from school due to pain his legacy can cause black students, board says

A Virginia elementary school named after Thomas Jefferson is dropping the name of the third president of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence, and iconic Founding Father after the Falls Church School Board voted 7-0 for the change, WTOP-FM reported.

The station said the board also voted Tuesday night to change the name of a high school named after George Mason, another Founding Father.

What are the details?

“After deep and careful consideration of everything I’ve heard and read, I conclude that renaming both schools is in the best interest of our students and a necessary part of our equity work,” board Chairman Greg Anderson said Tuesday, WTOP said.

The move to drop the schools’ names began in the summer at the height of social unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the station said.

Some school board members said their thinking evolved over the months in favor of changing the school names, and they began to understand the hurt the Jefferson and Mason names can cause black students, WTOP reported.

“The voice of some African Americans in our community who spoke up pushed me off the fence on to the side of seeing that it is essential we change the names,” board member Shannon Litton told the station. “What I heard from them is that this matters.”

Board Vice Chairwoman Shawna Russell said students should not feel marginalized or uncomfortable, WTOP said: “We must serve all the children. … We need to find names welcoming to all.”

Most parents against name changes

The board’s unanimous vote to drop the names came despite a community survey that found 61% of the parents of Thomas Jefferson students and 57% of George Mason High parents were opposed to the idea, the station said.

A major reason survey participants said they were against changing the school names is because Jefferson and Mason were Founding Fathers who greatly contributed to Virginia and the nation, the station added.

“I considered the survey results and the community discussion that followed, and I revisited our public hearings … I conclude that the public is split, and if you go beyond the simple number, I’ve heard reasoned perspectives from those in favor of retaining the names and from those in favor of changing the names,” Anderson said, according to WTOP.

One of the speakers at the board meeting, Dr. Jennifer Santiago, said she represented those in the minority who favored dropping the names, the station noted.

“While there are many times majority rules works in issues of equity, it is the opposite that is needed,” Santiago said, WTOP reported. “If the majority rule worked for traditionally marginalized groups, we would not have systemic racism.”

Former student William Henneberg — who attended the elementary and high schools — said the name change is a bad idea, the station reported.

“Do not encourage our students to be victims or to use offense as a means to shut others down,” Henneberg said, according to WTOP. “Encourage our children to be critical thinkers.”

But Santiago disagreed, saying the majority’s decision-making has ruled for a long time and that those in the minority are most impacted in this case, the station said.

“We need to listen very strongly to the minority response to this survey,” Santiago said, according to WTOP. “Because the voices making up that number are the ones most negatively affected by the lives and legacies of these two men.”

The renaming process will begin with the board’s meeting next Tuesday, the station said.

‘Petty tyrants’

On her Wednesday night show, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham called the Falls Church board members “petty tyrants” for their vote, which she said sides with the “purgers of history.”

Here’s her segment, which explores the woke educational trend nationwide:


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Trump supporter faces simple assault charges after blowing on anti-Trump protesters

A man wearing a Trump shirt and seen breathing on anti-Trump protesters in a video that went viral over the weekend has been charged with misdemeanor assault by Virginia police.

Loudon County police charged Raymond Deskins, 61, of Sterling, Virginia, with misdemeanor simple assault after he allegedly blew on two women who were protesting outside the Trump National Golf Club on Sunday, WRC-TV reports. One of the women, Kathy Beynette, told WRC-TV that Trump supporters were counterprotesting across the street from where they were.

“Then, quite out of nowhere, the guy came over from across the street, came charging across the street,” Beynette said.

She began filming as the man, wearing a Trump T-shirt and an inflatable Trump innertube around his waist, confronted her and her fellow anti-Trump protester.

In the video, one of the women tells the man, “You’re in my face and you don’t have a mask, so you need to back off.”

One of the women yells, “Get away from me! Get away from me!”

The other says, “You don’t get up in somebody’s face,” and the man responds, “I’m not in anybody’s face.”

Then she replies, “You are in my face — and you don’t have a mask, so you need to back up.”

Then the man takes a deep breath and begins blowing on them.

“He just proceeded to assault us by taking a deep breath and doing a very powerful exhalation on both of us,” Beynette said.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s office released a statement on Sunday announcing charges against Deskins.

“Two separate parties reported they were assaulted during a verbal argument outside of Trump National Golf Club,” police said. “As the incident was not witnessed by law enforcement and the video did not capture the entire interaction, an investigation was conducted on scene and both parties were advised they could go to a Loudoun County Magistrate and seek a citizen obtained warrant.”

“This afternoon our deputies served a warrant obtained by a citizen through a Loudoun County Magistrate. Raymond Deskins, age 61, of Sterling, VA, was charged with simple assault (misdemeanor) and released on a summons.”

Beynette told WRC-TV she’s worried that about contracting COVID-19 from the incident, saying that she’s had to cancel her Thanksgiving plans because she might have been exposed to the virus.

“We’re both senior citizens both close to 70 years old, which puts us in a high-risk category,” she said. “Because of this guy, my family has had to cancel the small Thanksgiving that we had planned with just a few people because I said I might’ve been exposed.”

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Black police chief fired after black leaders — including state senator — were charged with conspiring to damage Confederate monument

The police chief of Portsmouth, Virginia, was fired Monday after two months on paid administrative leave following a controversy in which police charged local black leaders — including a state senator — with conspiring to damage a Confederate monument during a protest in June, WAVY-TV reported.

What are the details?

At the June 10 protest in Portsmouth, demonstrators damaged Confederate statues as part of a nationwide wave of racial justice protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death — and one Portsmouth demonstrator was seriously injured after a toppled, beheaded statue fell on his head.

In August, city police charged Democratic state Sen. Louise Lucas — Virginia’s most senior black legislator — and 18 other plaintiffs, including a school board member and members of the local NAACP chapter and the public defender’s office, with conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000, NBC News reported.

Greene, who is black, said Lucas and others “conspired and organized to destroy the monument as well as summon hundreds of people to join in felonious acts,” the network added.

NBC News, citing the police version of events in a probable cause summary, reported that Lucas was with a number of people who were shaking cans of spray paint, and she told police they were going to vandalize the statues “and you can’t stop them … they got a right, go ahead!”

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We asked Greene whether she would argue there were political and city leaders that wanted the monument to be defaced, to which she nodded her head “yes.” We also asked whether she believed they didn’t want her to pursue charges in connection with the monument vandalism — also a “yes.”

But on Monday, the charges against Lucas and the other black leaders were dismissed.

The Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney’s Office said there was “no proper evidence” to support the charges that the plaintiffs’ actions “rise to the level of felony destruction of property or conspiracy,” NBC News reported, citing a dismissal motion.

A judge also questioned why police went around local prosecutors to bring charges, the network said, adding that city leaders questioned Greene’s involvement in the Confederate protest investigation due to an unspecified conflict of interest. Local activists and clergy leaders called for her resignation or firing, NBC News added.

The dismissal drew praise from Democrats who condemned the charges, the network said:

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Lucas’ office could not immediately be reached for comment. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported that she said dismissal of the case “gives people hope” that “when they come to these courtrooms that they will be treated in a fair and just manner, even though you may have a rogue police department who intends to criminalize the justice system against people like me.”

WAVY said Greene was placed on leave in September with pay — and then on Monday she was fired. A city spokeswoman declined to tell NBC News if Greene’s firing was connected to the charges filed against Lucas and that other black leaders.

Prior to her firing, which took place during a 15-minute meeting, Greene told the station her hope was for “full reinstatement, because I did nothing wrong.”

After the meeting she confirmed to WAVY that she “was terminated, and I am one less badge and one less gun” — and that she wasn’t given any explanation for her firing or given severance pay. The station said Greene has young children and an elderly parent, and a fund has been set up to help with her expenses.

What happened after the chief’s firing?

Greene held a news conference after the firing and said she’d file a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city, WAVY reported.

“I believe I was wrongfully terminated for upholding the law and being retaliated against for sticking to my sworn oath that I swore to serve and protect my citizens, community and keeping my officers safe,” she said, according to NBC News.

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US Marshals rescue 27 missing kids in Virginia during ‘Operation Find Our Children’

The Department of Justice announced on Friday that the U.S. Marshals had rescued 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.” The mission lasted only five days, but was able to recover 27 missing kids throughout the state, and located six more children who were reported as missing but were found to be in the custody of their legal guardian.

The multi-agency effort involved more than 60 law enforcement investigators, including members from the U.S. Marshals from the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, federal and state law enforcement agents, and local police departments.

There were also over 50 employees from the Virginia Department of Social Services, as well as a team of medical professionals and experts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“I can think of no more critical or satisfying mission for a law enforcement officer, than rescuing an endangered child,” Nick E. Proffitt, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, said. “This operation brought together a formidable team that was, and is, determined to come to the aid of our youth and bring to justice those among us that choose to prey on these vulnerable children.”

“I am proud of the Deputy Marshals in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and their partners for the work they accomplished this week – and the results speak for themselves; these 27 children are safe once again,” Proffitt continued. “I am deeply humbled and highly honored that our team in Eastern Virginia is a continuing part of this critical Marshals Service mission. We want the missing children across this great nation to know the U.S. Marshals Service will never stop looking for you, we will find you.”

“The U.S. Marshals Service has a legendary history of finding fugitives and bringing them to justice,” Thomas L. Foster, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia, said. “Because of this specialized skill set, finding missing children is a natural extension of the Marshal’s mission.”

“Although many of the 27 recoveries occurred in Virginia’s larger population centers, seven occurred in the Western District of Virginia to include Roanoke and Abingdon,” Foster added. “This operation brought missing and exploited children to a place of safety and those who made the decision to prey upon them to justice.”

“The Department of Justice is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable children in our society and ‘Operation Find Our Children’ does just that,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said. “While this Virginia operation is the most recent recovery of endangered and missing children led by the U.S. Marshals Service this year, we have also recovered more than 440 kids in Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Louisiana and other states. Because of this initiative, the recovered children are now out of harm’s way.”

Last week, the United States Marshals Service announced the recovery of 45 missing and endangered children in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.” The operation also resulted in 179 arrests that were made by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.

On Oct. 1, the agency rescued 11 children in New Orleans, two of which were in “extreme danger.

On Sept. 21, U.S. Marshals announced that they had recovered 35 missing children during “Operation Safety Net” in Ohio.

On Sept. 17, U.S. Marshals Service completed “Operation Triple Beam,” a 60-day mission to decrease violent gang crime in Oklahoma City. U.S. Marshals made 262 arrests, seized illegal firearms and narcotics, as well as located five missing children,

On Sept. 4, the U.S. Marshals Service said that they had rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana during “Operation Homecoming.”

On Aug. 27, U.S. Marshals found 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida during “Operation Not Forgotten.” Authorities said the children were between the ages of 3 to 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

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USPS collection boxes broken into in multiple Virginia counties, sparking fears of missing ballots

Virginia election officials have issued an alert to voters who submitted mail-in ballots at United States Postal Service outdoor mail collection boxes after officials discovered six receptacles spanning multiple counties in the central part of the state were broken into in recent days.

What are the details?

The Virginia Department of Elections sent out a news release Monday warning that “six outdoor mail collection boxes were broken into sometime between Saturday afternoon and this morning.”

WWBT-TV reported that “several post offices” called law enforcement to report that the door latches on the busted mail boxes had been “pried open with a tool or force.”

Three of the compromised mail boxes were located in Henrico County, two in Chesterfield County, and one in the capital city of Richmond, an independent city.

The announcement stated that “neither the department nor USPS has information about whether any election mail was contained in the boxes,” adding that the postal service had launched an investigation.

Mail theft is a federal crime in the United States, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Election authorities noted that voters who fear their ballot might have been dropped into one of the damaged mail boxes can track their ballot online at the state’s election website, and reassured them that a new ballot could be issued, if necessary, at their local registrar’s office.

According to the Washington Post, “The incidents tapped into worries about the security of mail-in voting at a time when more voters who are worried about being infected by the coronavirus are choosing that option instead of voting in person.”

The newspaper added, “President Trump has heightened those worries by repeatedly alleging without evidence that the mail-in voting process is filled with fraud.”

Indeed, the security of mail-in voting has become a major political issue with Election Day approaching on Nov. 3 in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Democrats cried foul last week when Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation directing counties in his state to only allow one location for ballot drop-offs.

As TheBlaze reported:

The governor argued the measure would “strengthen ballot security protocols throughout the state” as concerns over voter fraud have increased amid the coronavirus pandemic. The measure also allows for parties to install poll watchers at voting sites to observe ballot deliveries.

Abbott argued, “These enhanced security protocols will ensure greater transparency and will help stop attempts at illegal voting.”

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‘This is an issue’: Some Virginia voters received duplicate ballots in mail, but officials say all is well

Just weeks before Election Day, at least 1,400 Virginia voters who had requested absentee ballots received duplicates in the mail.

What are the details?

According to the Washington Post, at least 1,000 registered voters in Fairfax County received multiple absentee ballots, while voters in Henrico County and the city of Richmond also received duplicate absentee ballots.

Maurisa Potts told WRC-TV that she was shocked to find four ballots in her mailbox recently, two for her and two for her husband.

“When I got the mail, we got four ballots — two for me, addressed to me, and two addressed to my husband, so for someone who is a first timer doing mail-in I was confused,” she said. “With this year, with people are concerned about election fraud and being fair and counting ballots, this is an issue.”

Jean Brennan, a voter in Leesburg, told WTTG-TV that she received one ballot in the mail and her husband received two.

“This is what [Trump’s] concerned about and I am too and I wanted to bring it to your attention,” Brennan told the news station.

Despite the alarming development, officials said there is no reason for concern. Officials in both counties blamed the error on printing issues and record demand for absentee ballots.

More from the Post:

[E]lection officials said safeguards are in place to ensure that only one ballot is counted per voter. Each ballot cast by a Virginia voter is recorded into a state verification system, election officials said. If someone were to try to vote more than once with the same identity, the system would reject the extra ballot as invalid.

What’s the background?

With concerns over the spread of coronavirus, this year’s election will place a greater emphasis on absentee and mail-in ballots than ever before. Republicans claim the process is ripe for voter fraud, while Democrats say mail-in voting is safe for conducting a national election.

But there have been numerous problems with mail ballots thus far.

For example, as many as 140,000 mismatched ballots were mailed in New York. As TheBlaze reported, voters received ballots containing the wrong name, wrong address — or someone else’s ballot altogether.

Meanwhile, over 20% of the mail-in ballots cast during New York City’s presidential primary in June were disqualified.

In Georgia, state Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed in August that 1,000 people voted twice during Georgia’s primary, casting absentee ballots and voting in person. Although the apparent voter fraud did not change the outcome of any elections there, Raffensperger suggested it proved mail-in voting is not suitable for conducting a fair and safe election.

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Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for COVID-19

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday morning that he and his wife, first lady Pamela Northam, had tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement posted on the governor’s website, said Gov. Northam does not have any symptoms; however, Mrs. Northam is “experiencing mild symptoms.”

The statement added that the governor and first lady plan to isolate for the next 10 days.

Doesn’t Virginia have COVID-19 mandates? How did they get the virus?

According to the governor’s office, the couple was notified Wednesday evening that a member of the residential staff had developed symptoms and had later tested positive for COVID-19. The staffer works within the governor and first lady’s living quarters.

On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor used the opportunity to remind citizens of the dangers of the coronavirus.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said. “The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of.

“We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us — and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians — is to take this seriously,” he added.

Fourth governor to test positive

Northam is the fourth governor to test positive for COVID, CNN noted.

In July, Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt became the first governor to reveal he had tested positive for COVID.

Earlier this week, Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson and his wife announced they had tested positive.

Last month, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced he had tested positive in a rapid test shortly before a scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump. However, a few hours later he tested negative for the virus in a more sensitive test, the Associated Press reported.

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Virginia Senate approves bill downgrading assault of a police officer to a misdemeanor

The Virginia Senate approved legislation that would allow assaulting a police officer to be charged as a misdemeanor instead of a felony if the law enforcement officer does not suffer any bodily injury. The bill also removes the mandatory minimum six-month sentence for assaulting a police officer.

Senate Bill 5032 would eliminate “the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury.”

The legislation would allow judges to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor if the law enforcement officer was unharmed or if the assailant suffers from diminished capacity or a developmental disorder. If the charge is brought as a felony, it requires an investigation by a different police officer and must be approved by a Commonwealth’s Attorney, according to the Washington Post.

The Virginia Senate voted 21-15 to pass Senate Bill 5032 on Wednesday during the Virginia General Assembly special session, WSLS-TV reported. The legislation was approved after all 21 Democrats voted in favor of the bill and 15 Republicans voted against it. The legislation will now move to the state House, where Democrats hold a 55-45 majority.

Democrats argue that the law would allow judges to distinguish between minor and serious assaults. The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Scott A. Surovell, noted that the bill “does not defund the police” and “does not grant anyone the right to assault first responders.”

“For too long in this commonwealth, there have been cases where the punishment is disproportionate to the crime,” Democratic Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan said. “That is part of what people are marching in the street and demanding change for.”

Republicans contend that the bill would subvert law enforcement, and many referenced the current nationwide protests that have escalated into riots where police officers have been attacked.

“What in the world are we doing here?” Republican state Sen. John Cosgrove Jr. said, The Washington Post reported. “Have you watched television for the last couple of weeks? Have you seen what our police officers are going through? And here we are with a bill that’s going to actually make it easier for someone to actually assault a police officer.”

“That message to law enforcement is that we don’t care about you,” Republican Sen. Ryan T. McDougle said. “And we’re sending a message to people that riot in our streets … that if you encounter a law enforcement officer you don’t need to be concerned because if you assault them it’s not as serious.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is vehemently against the legislation.

“This is unhinged,” Cotton wrote on Twitter. “The Democrat Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would dramatically reduce penalties for assaulting a police officer. Liberal politicians are endangering police officers and fueling the riots in our streets.”

“And it’s not just the police,” he added. “The bill reduces penalties for assaults against judges, firefighters, EMS personnel, and more! Democrats want to declare open season on public servants.”

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Air Force helicopter hit by gunfire while flying over Virginia, forced to make emergency landing

An Air Force helicopter was hit by gunfire Monday while flying over Virginia, damaging it and forcing it to make an emergency landing at a regional airport, officials told McClatchy DC. A crew member also was injured, the outlet said.

What are the details?

The UH-1N Huey helicopter — assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews — was flying about 1,000 feet off the ground about 10 miles northwest of Manassas Regional Airport when the incident occurred, the outlet said, citing an Air Force statement.

The injured crew member, who was not identified, was treated and released from a hospital, McClatchy said.

“Initial findings are that the helicopter was struck by a bullet resulting in a minor injury to an aircrew member and damage to the aircraft,” the Air Force said, according to the outlet.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident, McClatchy added.

The FBI “dispatched special agents and its Evidence Response Team to the Manassas Airport after receiving reports that a helicopter was shot at from the ground nearby,” the FBI’s Washington Field Office said in a statement, according to the outlet.

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Officials at Manassas Regional Airport said they received a call at about 12:20 p.m. alerting them that “a military helicopter was inbound and that paramedics were on the way,” said airport operations officer Richard Allabaugh.

A second airport official said the injured Air Force crew member was taken to a local facility for treatment. The helicopter remained at the airport as an investigation was launched into the shooting incident.

“The FBI Washington Field Office is working jointly with our law enforcement partners, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. One individual in the helicopter sustained a non-threatening injury, for which he was treated and subsequently released from the hospital,” the FBI said, according to the outlet, and added that “anyone near this area at the time of the incident who may have information please call the FBI at 202-278-2000.”

Joint Base Andrews said it had no further details to release, McClatchy noted.

“The Office of Special Investigations is fully engaged with our FBI colleagues on this incident. OSI take threats to our Airmen and our resources very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further investigative details can be released at this time,” Joint Base Andrews said, according the outlet.

Here’s a clip of a UH-1N Huey helicopter making a landing:


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Virginia Democrats propose lowering criminal penalty for assaulting police officers

Democrats in the Virginia state Senate have proposed reducing the charge for assaulting a police officer from a felony to a misdemeanor as a part of a broader police reform agenda, according to the Fort Hunt Herald.

Currently, assaulting a police officer is a Class 6 felony that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of six months of confinement. The Democrats’ proposal would “defelonize” the offense and make it only a misdemeanor.

“The deaths of Floyd, [Ahmaud] Arbery and [Breonna] Taylor have awoken Americans and Virginians to long-standing problems in policing in America,” Virginia Senate Democrats said in a statement. “After people are arrested, additional damage is done by a criminal justice system that has been streamlined to produce convictions and punishment instead of rehabilitation and justice.”

Virginia Democrats have a long list of police reform proposals, many of which have already been presented as legislation but which has not been passed. Some other priorities include banning no-knock warrants, banning chokeholds, requiring police to warn before shooting, and creating a “duty to intervene” for officers who see other officers committing acts of misconduct.

According to statistics released by the Virginia State Police, there were nearly 2,000 assaults on police officers in 2019. One officer was killed, and hundreds of other officers sustained minor-to-severe injuries during assaults.

Democrats control the state House, the state Senate, and the governorship in Virginia. The police reform proposals will be considered ruing a special work session scheduled for August 2020. Gov. Ralph Northam is reportedly supportive of police reform. From WRIC:

The governor said police reform is necessary and that he’s already been talking about it with legislators. According to Northam, a fairly ambitions agenda will be introduced during a special session in August.

Ahead of their special session, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus called for immediate action to reform the police.

“The Commonwealth is past the point for studies on policing and law enforcement—immediate action must be taken to eliminate law enforcement abuse, prevent and punish racist behaviors, weed out institutional discrimination, and increase accountability at all levels of law enforcement” VLBC said in a statement Wednesday.

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Terrified mother to 911 about protesters: ‘They’re on my car right now … and I’ve got a little girl in the car crying!’

A terrified mother’s 911 call about protesters in the streets of Fredericksburg, Virginia, has garnered the attention not only of a regional radio host but also Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

What are the details?

The incident took place June 13 during a protest authorized by the city, according to Fredericksburg Today. The caller to 911, Tara Durant, complained to the dispatcher about protesters blocking an intersection — and then things got intense after the dispatcher told her that “unless you’re hurt or something or get in an accident, our officers can’t intervene.”

Durant told the dispatcher that the protesters were gesturing at her car and beginning to get “really threatening.”

After the dispatcher told her that she “cannot hit people with your car,” Durant updated the situation, saying, “They’re are on my car, all right? They’re on my car right now!”

The dispatcher’s reply? “We can’t do anything, ma’am. The city told us that this is a sanctioned event.”

Durant soon was panicking: “Get out of my car!” she screamed at protesters. “You know, this is gonna get dangerous! I’ve got a kid here!”

‘We suggest that you call up City Hall’

“Yes, ma’am,” the dispatcher replied. “We would suggest that you call up City Hall to let them know about your frustrations.”

“Get out of the way! … This is getting scary!” Durant yelled, adding, “I cannot get out of here, OK? Get out of the way! … They’re on my car! They’re on my car!”

Soon she was in tears: “They’re on my car right now! … I’ve got a little girl in the car crying! Are you kidding me?”

Finally Durant was able to get away, and that’s when the call ended.

What was the reaction?

Durant spoke to Charlottesville radio host Rob Schilling last week about the incident. Below is their interview, which includes the entire 911 call. The segment begins just before the 19-minute mark:

‘Absolute abomination’

Durant told Schilling that her “very scared” 12-year-old daughter was “traumatized” by the incident and was “afraid” the protesters were going to hurt her or her mother and “wants justice.”

She added that her husband did contact City Hall and that she contacted Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw and the city council to little avail. But Durant said one officer who heard the 911 call told her, “We’re as frustrated as you are.”

“I would like to see our community return to a place where it’s safe,” she told Schilling. “I want my children to be able to go into downtown Fredericksburg again and walk around and get ice cream and not feel like it’s not a safe situation.” Durant added that it’s an “absolute abomination to ever even designate them as peaceful protesters.”

Tucker chimes in

Tucker Carlson featured Durant’s 911 call on his Fox News program and also offered his reaction to it:


Tucker plays 911 call in Fredericksburg, VA

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How did the city react?

The City of Fredericksburg offered the following statement to Fredericksburg Today:

The protest on June 13th was authorized by the City Government and monitored by the Police Department. Officers were staged one block from the demonstrations to divert traffic while protesters exercised their First Amendment rights. Unfortunately, protesters did not advise police where they would march, and some vehicles were not able to be diverted.

The 911 Communications Officer informed the caller that the protest was a City authorized event and officers were monitoring the activity from afar. When the caller stated a person jumped on her vehicle (exhibiting criminal behavior), the Communications Officer notified officers staged nearby of the situation.

When officers arrived at the demonstration, the caller had vacated the area. A Patrol Division Sergeant followed up with the caller by phone the following day and began his investigation. Public safety for everyone is the number one priority of the Police Department and the Sergeant exhausted all available resources to identify the suspect who jumped on her vehicle. His investigation continues.

Anything else?

According to local paper the Free Lance Star, a representative of various protesting groups said a 13-year-old boy who wasn’t with the protesters did jump on Durant’s car and that the group immediately pulled the boy away.

“We do not condone or participate in that type of behavior,” the protesters wrote in a statement to the paper.

Durant responded to the Free Lance Star’s story in her Facebook page saying the paper “did not make any attempt to interview me and my little girl to determine the facts of what happened.”

More from her post:

The Fredericksburg Police have actively searched for video evidence. My daughter and I saw several cell phones presumably capturing what was transpiring. None have surfaced. I challenge these protestors to prove the false assertion I attempted to run protestors over. There is no doubt that video evidence would have been produced had there been a shred of truth to what they are saying now.

But therein lies the problem. These protestors cannot get a consistent story straight. Case in point: the conflicting articles published by the Free Lance Star and Potomac Local.

For weeks, various protestors have vehemently denied the incident occurred. Now, there has been acknowledgment, according to the Free Lance Star, that someone did in fact jump on my car; allegedly a minor 13 year old boy not affiliated with a protest group. This is news to both me and the Fredericksburg Police.

Conversely, The Potomac Local also published an article today on the incident. The Potomac Local interviewed protestors who deny anyone jumped onto my car.

The protestors who were interviewed for both articles have acknowledged they laid hands on my car, ostensibly to prevent me from striking the protestors on the road. This is a lie. As heard in my 911 call, I was unable to move due to my car being surrounded. I was only allowed to proceed onto Caroline Street after a motorcyclist that we have since identified in various other protest videos ordered the protestors off of my car. He then repeatedly swore at us to get the f*** out of there.

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