News and Headlines.8/1/2020

News and Headlines, Saturday Edition: In The News, Politics, World News, Commentary/Opinion.

In The News:

Police: 150 Bullets Hit Eight Apartments, Seven Cars, and One Woman in Portland

Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Data from the bureau reportedly showed the number of shootings in Portland more than doubled in June and July compared to last year, according to Fox 12.

The outlet spoke to a woman recently who said someone shot five times through her bedroom while her two young grandchildren were inside.

“I felt something go past my head,” Jaime McKay told the outlet.

“This is just one of the many shootings that’s happened in Portland since the PPB’s Gun Violence Reduction Team disbanded July 1,” Fox 12 noted.

Chicago homicides and shootings rise sharply in 2020

FILE - This July 27, 2020 photo, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year.
FILE – This July 27, 2020 photo, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

There were 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings, including people who were killed, in the first seven months of last year.

July was especially violent, as the city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings.

Among them was a 9-year-old boy who was killed Friday when someone opened fire in the direction of a number of people, including him and his friends, according to police.

There were 308 shootings and 44 homicides in July 2019.

Google accused of racism for rolling out labels for “black-owned” businesses

Google has introduced the feature for Google Maps.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, tech giants and corporations have scrambled to do what they can to show their support for the movement and, in some cases, their attempts have been met with pushback for falling into the horseshoe theory trap.

Their attempts to gratify calls for action have meant they themselves have been accused of being racist or of trying to capitalize on the movement.

Users of Google Maps in the United States will start to see a new label when looking for businesses: the black-owned attribute. At the moment, Google has not specified whether the label will reach other parts of the world.


‘I Can’t Breath’: Police Officers Won’t Face Charges After Man Resisting Arrest Dies In Custody

Lionel Morris, 39, ran from officers after they received a report that he was shoplifting in Conway, Arkansas, on Feb. 4, CBS affiliate KTHV reported.

Morris placed one officer in a chokehold and threatened them with a knife before he resisted arrest and was tased by at least three different officers, according to the report.

Tapley said a toxicology report found methamphetamine, morphine, amphetamine, opiates and cannabinoids in Moris’s system at the time of the incident.

“The level of drugs Mr. Morris had in his system and the strain he exerted while struggling with police ultimately contributed to his death,” Tapley said.

DC Police Reveal Why They Arrested Teens Writing Pro-Life Messages In Chalk

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JUNE 16: In an aerial image from a drone, a ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural chalk painting is seen on the 300 block of South Madeira Street on June 16, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JUNE 16: In an aerial image from a drone, a ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural chalk painting is seen on the 300 block of South Madeira Street on June 16, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

MPD spokeswoman Alaina Gertz told the DCNF that the students were arrested for “the defacing of private/public property.”

She said the students were “both citation released” and referred the DCNF to a description of what “Defacing public or private property” means.

Both advocacy groups had sent a July 20 letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser requesting permission to paint the words “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” in order to “to celebrate the beautiful children with endless potential who are the future of their community and deserve the opportunity to make their mark in the world.”

Neither Bowser nor MPD immediately responded to requests for comment regarding the permit.

The DCNF asked MPD whether graffiti on the streets of D.C. done in the name of George Floyd or Black Lives Matter also counted as defacing of private/public property. MPD did not immediately respond to this question.

Students Arrested For Writing “Black PRE-BORN Lives Matter” On Sidewalk

Pro-life students were arrested for writing “Black Pre-born Lives Matter” outside a Planned Parenthood with chalk.

New Jersey gym owners squaring off with Gov Murphy kick down the barricades at entrance

Co-owner Ian Smith posted a video of himself and his business partner, Frank Trumbetti, kicking the barriers and entering as a crowd cheers their decision.

The dramatic display indicated that the months-long standoff between Gov. Phil Murphy and the gym owners wasn’t finished.

Smith’s caption contained a defiant message for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy: “You will not trample one [sic] our rights and you will not destroy our lives. We will not back down. Ever.”

Smith added: “Please share this to show what lengths we have to go to just to make a living for our families.”


The One Statue in Seattle That Is Not at Risk

In February 2019, a group of Republicans in the state’s Congress introduced House Bill 2120 seeking to create “a work group to study and make recommendations on a statue to replace the Vladimir Lenin statue.”
In February 2019, a group of Republicans in the state’s Congress introduced House Bill 2120 seeking to create “a work group to study and make recommendations on a statue to replace the Vladimir Lenin statue.” CORY PARRIS/ZENGER

“Although the plaque on the property states that the monument is meant to be a reminder of an historic era, the statue evokes strong reactions,” he said.

“For some, it is seen as a kind of ironic statement, an irreverent nod to the fact that those celebrated by some as heroes can just as accurately be seen as evil by others, and that placing anyone on a pedestal can be an exercise in historical delusion or simple propaganda.

Others object strongly to a monument that could be seen as a tribute to Lenin, and therefore offers tacit acceptance of the dire human toll of communism and particularly of Stalinist Russia.”

Breitbart remains locked out of Twitter days after covering Frontline Doctors press conference

The Twitter account for Breitbart News is still locked and the organization is suspended from posting after it live streamed a press conference with doctors who say treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine is working well for them.

During this declared pandemic Twitter and other social media networks have taken down or limited the visibility of content provided by scientists and medical professionals that fail to strictly toe the official line set by the World Health Organization or the CDC – and even for asking questions and showing skepticism.

But Twitter’s action against Breitbart, a news organization, is more surprising as it means that journalists are now being punished for reporting on the word of medical professionals.


Portland Protesters Burn Bibles, American Flags in the Streets

Nathan Howard/Getty Images
Nathan Howard/Getty Images

According to the Portland Police, which did not engage with demonstrators, the crowd lit several fires, including a large bonfire in the middle of the street in front of the federal courthouse.

One video shows protesters feeding a small fire with Bibles, which were engulfed in flames:

Portland Police did not engage with the demonstrators but did respond to a nearby shooting, where over 150 rounds were shot. One round struck a woman, per the Portland Police Bureau:

Hartford police say man decapitated landlord during rent dispute, claimed ‘sovereign’ status

Jerry Thompson is charged with murder in the slashing death of Victor King, a retired Travelers employee and champion bridge player.
Jerry Thompson is charged with murder in the slashing death of Victor King, a retired Travelers employee and champion bridge player. (Hartford Police Department)

The pair was arguing about Thompson’s overdue rent, with King telling Thompson he had to move out if he couldn’t pay.

The following morning, police received calls from King’s friends who were concerned for his safety after they couldn’t reach him.

Officers forced their way into King’s home later that afternoon and found his body slashed and covered in bedding, with blood everywhere.

Maher panel blasts ‘cancel culture’: It’s a form of ‘social murder’

As Bill Maher noted, the letter faced heavy criticism from the left.

“What strikes me about it is the pushback is coming from liberals and almost everyone who signs this letter … is a liberal!”

Maher exclaimed. “Bari, the fact that you — they call you a centrist or right-winger! I mean, if a hip, millennial, Jewish bisexual girl living in San Francisco is not a liberal … who is these days?”

Weiss called the open letter a “warning cry from inside the institutions” and linked cancel culture to “social murder.”

Ohio woman who received first US face transplant dead at 57

Culp was left severely disfigured in 2004 when her husband, Thomas, blasted her with a shotgun inside their Hopedale, Ohio, apartment.
Culp was left severely disfigured in 2004 when her husband, Thomas, blasted her with a shotgun inside their Hopedale, Ohio, apartment.

The Cleveland Clinic, where Culp underwent the historic procedure in 2008, confirmed her death in a statement Friday.

“Connie was an incredibly brave, vibrant woman, and an inspiration to many,” said Dr. Frank Papay, chair of the clinic’s Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute.

“Her strength was evident in the fact that she had been the longest-living face transplant patient to date,” Papay said.

Emergency Room Dr. Simone Gold Fired from Hospital After Attending White Coat Summit — Says She Has Hired Lin Wood to Represent Her (VIDEO)

Dr. Simone Gold, a board certified emergency physician, spoke this week at the White Coat Summit. After over 18 million views of their conference on Monday Google, YouTube and Facebook removed their videos.

On Thursday night Dr. Gold told Tucker Carlson that she was fired from her position after 20 years as an emergency room physician because she appeared at the White Coat Summit this week.

Dr. Simone Gold also told Tucker Carlson she has hired respected Attorney Lin Wood to represent her.


Detroit police chief ‘excited’ for continuing relationship with federal law enforcement under Operation Legend

Detroit is just one of many cities across the country which will see an increased presence of federal officers, though The Detroit Free Press says some agents are already working gun investigations in the Motor City.

The team will reportedly focus on five areas of crime including arresting fugitives, gun violence, gang violence, illegal gun use and unlawful possession of guns, and violent drug trafficking.”

The federal agents will not police demonstrations and officials have stressed that there are no plans to confront or spirit away protesters.

In addition, the Department of Justice has pledged $1 million specifically to help Detroit police with gun and gang violence prevention. A $100,000 grant was also awarded to the city for acoustic gunshot detection technology and new equipment.


Tucker: Our system holds the elite to different standard

FOX NEW VIDEO: Commentary/Opinion:
The Jeffrey Epstein case paints a picture of a justice system in which the rich and well-connected can do virtually whatever they want.

Gretchen Whitmer Blocks GOP Bill That Would Have Kept Coronavirus Patients Out Of Nursing Homes

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

“The bill was a direct challenge to the Whitmer administration’s current handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has focused on caring for those with the virus in isolated spaces of existing homes,” The Detroit News reported.

“About 33% of the state’s deaths linked to the virus have been nursing home residents or employees, according to state data.”

Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) blasted Whitmer’s decision to not take more action to protect vulnerable seniors in nursing homes, which “account for more than 41 percent of the country’s pandemic fatalities,” according to The New York Times.

Tucker: CNN omits any mention of China to NBA chief

Former NFL player and Utah congressional candidate Burgess Owens joins Tucker Carlson with insight on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’


Steve Scalise forces Fauci to admit Trump saved lives with his COVID response

During questioning by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, Fauci praised the administration’s moves to largely ban travel from China and Europe — both of which were widely questioned by both Democrats and the media at the time.

And, as it turns out, he was involved in the decision-making behind both travel bans.

“Do you think that decision saved lives, Dr. Fauci?” Scalise asked about the China travel ban. “Yes, I do,” Fauci responded.

Again, this wasn’t bound to make any headlines.

Vaccine news is more important.

For diversions, we had the contentious lines of questioning from both Democrats and Republicans to keep us occupied — this being a House hearing and all, where donor clips and storylines are more important than actual news.

However, let’s not forget that the Trump administration’s reaction to the coronavirus saved lives.

GOP Rep slams Dems for holding up stimulus to include ‘pet projects’

There are significant health implications for America’s children if we don’t reopen schools, says Tennessee Rep. Mark Green, Republican member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Ingraham: Agents of suffering

Evidence is mounting that Joe Biden’s party has adopted a by-any-means necessary approach to winning in November.

Trump administration to increase immigration fees, impose fee for asylum claims

The rule, first proposed last year and published in the federal register Friday, increases the application for citizenship fee by 81 percent to $1,160 among a number of fee increases for immigration applications.

Immigrants will be charged a $50 fee to claim asylum — although that applies to claims that are made from within the U.S., and therefore would not apply to people arriving across the U.S.-Mexico border or other ports of entry.

Citizenship and Immigration Services has said that it pays $366 in adjudication costs to process each affirmative asylum application, bringing the total to almost $1,800 once overheads are included.

The agency, in announcing the change Friday, noted that that it is almost entirely funded by fees rather than taxpayer money and that a recent review found that current fees would leave the agency underfunded by approximately $1 billion a year.


Judicial Watch Victory: Court of Appeals Adopts Judicial Watch/AEF Argument to Uphold Alabama Photo Voter ID Law

The court ruled the law does not violate the 14th or 15th Amendments or the Voting Rights Act and that the anti-voter ID plaintiffs failed to demonstrate the Alabama law causes the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on account of race.

The burden of providing a photo ID…in order to vote is a minimal burden on Alabama’s voters—especially when Alabama accepts so many different forms of photo ID and makes acquiring one simple and free for voters who lack a valid ID but wish to obtain one.

“As we argued to the court, voter ID is good policy and protects the votes of all voters,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“The Left is dishonestly playing the race card to try to stop common sense voter ID measures in Alabama and elsewhere.

We’re pleased that we were able to help the Court see through the canard that voter ID requirements harm any American voters.”

World News:

Daniel Andrews to announce hard lockdown for Vic

Victoria is expected to announce a move to stage four lockdown on Sunday, to curb the state’s coronavirus outbreak.

The Andrews government will deliver a range of tough lockdown measures to come into effect on Wednesday, putting restrictions on shopping, workplaces and travel.

‘Masks make us slaves’: thousands march in Berlin anti-lockdown protest – video

Up to 17,000 people, including libertarians and anti-vaccination activists, have marched in Berlin to protest against Germany’s coronavirus regulations.

Many flouted guidance on wearing masks and social distancing as they accused the government of ‘stealing our freedom’.

‘Mob rule’ campaign cancels Christian group’s bank accounts, social media

(Image courtesy Pixabay)
(Image courtesy Pixabay)

A Christian non-profit in the United Kingdom that offers help to people seeking healing from unwanted same-sex attractions has been targeted with death threats and had their bank accounts shut down.

Davidson rejects the term “conversion therapy,” contending LGBTQ activists wield it as a political term to describe long abandoned and outlawed extreme therapies such as electroshock and “corrective” rape.

At the end of June, Barclays Bank notified CIT it was closing the group’s accounts.

Mailchimp and Paypal did the same, and Facebook and Instagram have censored the group’s posts.


UN Officials Cite Study That Finds Lockdowns, School Closures KILLING More Children Than COVID

Boy and girl from back, looking trough the window.

UNICEF nutrition program chief Victor Aguayo noted that the most harm is being done “by having schools closed, by having primary health care services disrupted, by having nutritional programs dysfunctional.”

The officials pointed to a study published in The Lancet that notes “physical distancing, school closures, trade restrictions, and country lockdowns” are worsening global child malnutrition.

The study estimates that an extra 6.7 million children will be at risk, and that lockdowns and other coronavirus responses could lead to more than 10,000 additional child deaths every month.

The UNICEF officials noted that would mean 128,000 more deaths among children within the next year.

Sweden Close To Reaching Herd Immunity Countrywide

“This strategy was successfully implemented in Malmo, Sweden, which had few COVID-19 deaths by assiduously protecting its elder care homes, while ‘schools remained open, residents carried on drinking in bars and cafes, and the doors of hairdressers and gyms were open throughout.’”

Off-Guardian continues with Stanford’s Nobel-laureate Michael Levitt, who is among those in support of Sweden’s lighter restrictions.

Levitt successfully predicted the trajectory of COVID-19 deaths in China, including when the deaths would slow, and has stated that the pandemic would not be as dire as many have predicted.


China Insider: With More Policies Banning TikTok, It Is Becoming the Second Huawei | Epoch News

TikTok has 800 million active users worldwide. It is available in 155 countries and 75 languages. It ranked as the topmost downloaded app in Apple’s iOS App Store for Q1 2019, with more than 33 million downloads.

The TikTok app has been downloaded over 2 billion times on the App Store and Google Play.

TikTok’s user privacy policy clearly states that it can record what websites the user usually browses, the user’s typing habits, and can obtain photos, videos, and address books stored on electronic devices.

It also tracks the user’s IP address and GPS location, etc.


America Is Led By Mass Murderers – What Can Citizens Do?

What Dr. Fauci and others like him who are complicit in mass murder has is unlimited financial resources, as he is part of the Wall Street Central Bankers who pretty much control the affairs of the world through International organizations such as the World Health Organization, the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many other organizations that are linked to Central Bankers.

An uprising among the “common folk” is what they fear most, because the “common folk” outnumber them significantly, and it would not even take a majority of the “common folk” to overthrow their power.

They use subtle mind-control techniques to control narratives, and they also use the media, and especially today in the 21st Century, they use Big Tech to squelch freedom of thought and expression.

Here are a couple of suggestions I have today, here in July of 2020, of how citizens could potentially take back the country away from the powerful bankers and Wall Street.