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Judge rules woman must choose her Confederate flag or her biracial child
Albany, N.Y., district court justices ruled last week a Confederate flag painted on a rock in a woman’s driveway could play a role in an ongoing battle for custody of her multiracial child.
An appellate division of the state’s second highest court ruled in a 5-0 decision that a couple would retain joint custody of their child born in 2014, The Albany Times Union first reported. But Justice Stanley Pritzker wrote in the court’s ruling the woman has until June 1 to remove the rock from her driveway. Otherwise, it could factor “into any future best interests analysis.”
“Given that the child is of mixed race, it would seem apparent that the presence of the flag is not in the child’s best interests, as the mother must encourage and teach the child to embrace her mixed race identity, rather than thrust her into a world that only makes sense through the tortured lens of cognitive dissonance,” Pritzker wrote.
As “Critical Race Theory” Becomes Toxic Term, New Codenames and Keywords Emerge
The term “Critical Race Theory” is becoming toxic. Widespread publicity of race-shaming and neo-racist activism on campuses, public and private K-12, government, and corporations, has sparked both state-level legislation to keep such instruction out of public schools and grassroots pushback from parents around the country.
The terminology used always has had some variation, as we explained on our CriticalRace.Org website (emphasis added):
We have researched and documented Critical Race Training in over 300 colleges and universities in the United States. The website explains Critical Race Theory itself and provides resources to learn more. Additionally, it allows users to look up the steps their school has taken to mandate Critical Race Training in different parts of the college experience, from changing academic codes of conduct to funding “equity” projects.
Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight
The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside.
Confidential data obtained by the AP shows the number of migrant children in government custody more than doubled in the past two months, and this week the federal government was housing around 21,000 kids, from toddlers to teens.
A facility at Fort Bliss, a U.S. Army post in El Paso, Texas, had more than 4,500 children as of Monday. Attorneys, advocates and mental health experts say that while some shelters are safe and provide adequate care, others are endangering children’s health and safety.
Key HHS Agency Officer: Annual COVID Booster Shots May Be Needed
“We’re in the process right now, working with our interagency colleagues as well as the Food and Drug Administration, to determine if we’re going to need potentially annual boosters for any of the potential circulating strains,” Disbrow told The Hill.
“Right now we do feel that we will potentially need a boost in the fall for those people, especially those above the age of 65, where you do see a more dramatic waning of immunity than you do in younger people.”
BARDA, which heads federal vaccine research and development and therapeutics for pathogens, has played a major role in the development of COVID-19 vaccines, and Disbrow said the agency will continue to be the main force in preparing for future pandemics.
Suit: Workers lured from India paid $1.20 per hour for years
The lawsuit filed in federal court accuses the leaders of the Hindu organization known as Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, or BAPS, of human trafficking and wage law violations.
The lawsuit says more than 200 workers — many or all of whom don’t speak or understand English — were coerced into signing employment agreements in India to work at the Hindu temple in Robbinsville, outside Trenton. They traveled under R-1 visas, which are meant for “those who minister, or work in religious vocations or occupations,” according to the lawsuit.
When they arrived, the lawsuit says, their passports were taken away and they were forced to work at the temple from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with few days off, for about $450 per month. That wage works out to roughly $1.20 per hour.
Surveys show largest expansion of school choice in U.S. history
“This is a banner year for the educational choice movement. Hundreds of thousands of children nationwide will now have greater access to educational opportunities,” Jason Bedrick, director of policy at Ed Choice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs, told The Center Square.
At least 50 school choice bills have been introduced in 30 states so far, designed to create or expand vouchers, tax-credit scholarships and education savings accounts, among other measures.
To date, 10 states have proposed five new programs and 10 states have expanded existing programs, Bedrick told The Center Square.
They include the legislatures of Indiana and Nevada creating Educational Savings Accounts for the first time in their states, as well as Kentucky and Missouri creating tax-credit-funded Education Savings Accounts for the first time in their states.
Cyberattack on US pipeline brings lines to East Coast gas stations, signs of panic buying
Motorists along the southern East Coast on Tuesday began forming lines at gas station, following the recent cyber attack on the major U.S. pipeline that apparently sparked fear of a petroleum shortage in the region.
Lines former in states including Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina following the ransomware attack Friday by Russia-based criminal group DarkSide.
Several gas stations in North Carolina’s Triangle region were out of fuel by sunrise, according to WRAL-TV, as gas-hunters along the coast flocked to Twitter with reports and pictures of long line.
Epoch Times Reporter Attacked By Man With Metal Bat in HK; New Arizona Law Protects Gun Sellers
Bombshell Report Reveals CDC Risk of Covid Transmission Outdoors Greatly Exaggerated
A bombshell report from the New York Times revealed the CDC greatly exaggerated the risk of Covid transmission while outdoors.
According to the NY Times, the 10% transmission rate was based “partly on a misclassification” of some transmission in Singapore in a setting with a mix of indoors and outdoors.
The real outdoor transmission rate is 1% or less!
“There are limited data on outdoor transmission,” a CDC official told the Times.
Planned Parenthood Injures Teen in Botched Abortion, 911 File Censored to Cover It Up
The audio file was redacted to remove any mention of an abortion, even though the incident took place on a surgical abortion day when services other than abortion are either greatly curtailed or unavailable.
Because of the information in the 911 audio recording and the “Call for Service” report,it is likely suffered serious complications to a first trimester surgical suction aspiration abortion.
The ambulance was dispatched under a Priority 1 – Critical designation, which would require lights and sirens.
It took just ten minutes after the ambulance arrived at Planned Parenthood until it arrived at the hospital with the seriously injured teen on board.
‘Monster’: 7 Life Sentences for Ex-Hospital Worker in Deaths
Reta Mays has a history of mental health issues, and offered no explanation Tuesday for why she killed the men.
But U.S. District Judge Thomas Kleeh told her “you knew what you were doing” before sentencing her to seven consecutive life terms, a punishment that means she’ll likely die in prison.
Mays, 46, pleaded guilty last year in federal court to seven counts of second-degree murder for intentionally injecting the men with unprescribed insulin at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
2 Texas deputies killed in shootout with suspect while responding to ‘dog complaint’
Concho County deputies arrived at a home on the 100 block of Bryan Street in Eden, Texas, to respond to a complaint about a dog around 8:20 p.m. Monday, KSAN/KLST reported, citing an update provided by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
The alleged gunman — 28-year-old Jeffrey Nicholas — led deputies on a short foot pursuit and barricaded himself in a building. A standoff resulted in gunfire being exchanged, KLST/KSAN reported.
During the investigation into the complaint, Nicholas was contacted and an altercation broke out, the outlet reported.
Under Biden, Pentagon Rejects Permit for Annual POW-MIA Motorcycle Ride
Under President Joe Biden’s leadership, the Pentagon has rejected a permit for the annual Rolling to Remember motorcycle ride that is held in Washington, DC, each Memorial Day to honor POW/MIA veterans.
Ep. 1518 You’ll Never Believe Who Biden Just Hired – The Dan Bongino Show
Joe Biden’s latest hire was a huge supporter of this deep-state scandal. In this episode, I discuss the disturbing connections between these major figures in the Biden administration, and these fake Trump scandals.
House Republicans To Hold Cheney Recall Vote Wednesday
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed the vote in a letter to his colleagues.
Newsom offers cash to voters from budget windfall, federal COVID relief money, ahead of recall vote
California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is offering COVID-19 relief money to resident-voters amid a likely recall election vote – using a stunning $75.7 billion state surplus that was fueled by capital gains taxes collected during the pandemic and $26 billion in direct state aid from the federal stimulus plan that congressional Democrats passed in March.
Newsom announced the plan Monday in a statewide road show. Money in his $100 billion California Comeback Plan will help residents pay utility bills and back rent, according to Politico.
The checks would arrive in voters’ mailboxes before the recall voter is expected to be put to residents on a November ballot.
Under a constitutional spending cap, the state must refund taxes and direct more money to schools once revenues top a certain level, Politico also reports.
Welfare for the Rich
Welfare is supposed to be for poor people — but BILLIONS go to rich people (bailouts, subsidies, taxpayer-funded special grants). Rich people got lots of extra money recently from government “relief” efforts.
In the “Heroes Act”, Congress sent $350 million to the 50 RICHEST zip codes in America.
“They didn’t have to prove anything,” Lisa Conyers, author of “Welfare for the Rich,” tells me. Researching her book, she “ended up traveling around the country for four years … looking at state budgets and federal budgets.”
Owens on Michelle Obama claiming oppression: She’s ‘absolutely’ not suffering
‘Candace’ host joins ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ to discuss the former-First Lady’s interview with CBS.
Rand Paul, Fauci again spar over COVID origins, controversial Wuhan lab
Fauci and Paul have come to verbal blows before over both COVID-19 and related restrictions such as lockdowns and mask-wearing. On Tuesday, Paul zeroed in on gain of function research — which works on making pathogens deadlier or more easily transmissible.
He alleged that a U.S. virologist had been working with the Chinese institute on such research and said it was funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Moving to suspicions that the COVID-19 virus originated after experimentation from the Wuhan Institute in 2019, Paul cited reporting that the top doctor in Wuhan wasn’t sure if it was a virus that had escaped the lab.
FOX NEWS VIDEO: Tucker: Why isn’t Dr. Fauci investigated for his role in COVID pandemic?
Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host examines why the NIAID director helped fund research at the Wuhan lab.
Tucker reveals more ‘damaging’ Hunter Biden messages
Daily Mail online senior reporter Josh Boswell, who first reported on the messages, reacts to Hunter Biden’s latest alleged connection to China on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’
Clash Reported Near Iran’s Border With Turkey
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) forces on May 11 killed seven militants and dismantled their cell in the country’s northwest near the border with Turkey, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported.
Two members of the IRGC were also reportedly killed in the shoot-out.
IRNA reported that the “group of terrorists” had entered Iran illegally from Turkey.
The clash took place around noon in the city of Salmas in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province, according to the report. The city is located about 650 kilometers northwest of the capital Tehran.
Lawmakers, Experts, and Organizations Condemn the Attack of The Epoch Times’ Reporter in Hong Kong
Lawmakers, experts, and organizations worldwide decried the latest brutal attack on an Epoch Times reporter in Hong Kong, voicing their support for The Epoch Times’ efforts in speaking the truth about the horrors of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Sarah Liang, a reporter for the Hong Kong edition of The Epoch Times, was beaten by an unidentified man with an aluminum softball bat on Tuesday afternoon.
The attack is believed to be orchestrated by the Chinese regime in its latest attempt to silence the publication’s reporting.
“This attack is likely yet another egregious example of the Chinese Communist Party using violence to silence their critics and those seeking to hold them accountable for human rights abuses and oppression in Hong Kong,” Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) said in an email to The Epoch Times.
Brazilian States Suspend AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant Women After Death
ANVISA, the countries’ National Health Surveillance Agency, recommended the “immediate suspension” of the vaccine for pregnant women in a statement issued late on Monday, without providing many details.
The health regulator cited that the recommendation was the result of “constant monitoring of adverse events related to COVID vaccines in use in the country.”
Brazil’s Sao Paulo has temporarily paused the use of the vaccine for pregnant women with previous medical conditions and Rio de Janeiro suspended it for all pregnant women, Reuters reported.
7 Students, 2 School Employees Dead in Russian School Shooting
A gunman launched an attack on a school in the Russian city of Kazan that left at least nine people dead Tuesday — including seven youngsters — and sent students hiding under their desks or running out of the building.
At least 21 others were hospitalized, six in extremely grave condition, authorities said.
The attacker, identified only as a 19-year-old, was arrested, officials said.
But Russian media said the gunman was a former student at the school who called himself “a god” on his account on the messaging app Telegram and promised to “kill a large amount of biomass” on the morning of the shooting.
Putin Reviews Victory Day Parade
Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended the main Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square. Russia showed off its military might in the annual event on May 9. In an address, Putin hailed the Red Army’s defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 but did not mention any role of the Western Allies.
Gaza-Israel hostilities escalate; Deadly rocket-fire intensifies IAF strikes- TV7 Israel News 11.05.
1) At least two Israelis killed and dozens others injured – as Palestinian Islamists fire the heaviest barrage of rockets – yet recorded – toward Israel’s southern communities.
2) Israel launches operation “Watchmen of the Walls” – striking over 130 militant targets – including targeted assassinations – which reportedly also claims the lives of innocent civilians.
3) EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell voices satisfaction over thwarting Jewish worshipers entry into the Temple Mount – labeling it a contribution to calming the situation.
Gordon Chang: Communist China Has Committed ‘Mass Murder’ of Americans | American Thought Leaders
Last year, Congressman Eric Swalwell’s ties to the suspected Chinese spy Fang Fang brought Chinese espionage to the forefront of national discussion. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
And beyond espionage, the Chinese Communist Party has become increasingly belligerent globally—from fueling riots in America to encroaching in Nepali territory to celebrating COVID deaths in India. What is the Chinese leadership hoping to achieve, and why do they believe—according to Chang—that they are running out of time?
Furthermore, one year on, over 3 million people have died globally from COVID-19.
Beyond covering up the initial outbreak, did China’s communist leaders intentionally spread this virus beyond its borders? And if it did, what does that mean for America and the world?
Israel Defense Forces Release Recap of Last 24 Hours of Events in Israel
Israel mobilizes 5,000 reserve soldiers as Egypt trying to broker cease-fire with Gaza militants
Israel is calling on 5,000 reserve soldiers to help bolster its defenses Tuesday as rockets continue to fly into its territory from Gaza, striking buildings and prompting warning sirens to wail in cities and towns throughout the region.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz authorized the move as Egypt is engaged in “intensive” talks with Israel and Gaza militants on reaching a cease-fire to end the latest round of fighting, an official said, with hopes of brokering a deal as soon as Wednesday.
The mobilization of the 5,000 reserve soldiers “is for the continuation of operations … and reinforcements for defending the home front,” Gantz said Tuesday, according to The Times of Israel.
Stories of Us: Adam Carolla
Cancel culture is eroding America as we know it. It’s up to every person, especially those in the media and Hollywood, to stand up against it.
Comedian and podcast host Adam Carolla explains why it’s time to be courageous on this episode of Stories of Us.
Provocations: Nicole Arbour interviews Jordan Peterson
Throughout this interview, Nicole Arbour and Dr. Peterson take an energetic look at role models, casual contempt, sales and marketing, social media, Harry Potter books and films, Gender Dysphoria, dating advice for women with high IQ, and much, much more.
Nicole Arbour is a Canadian (now American) comedian, choreographer, singer, and YouTuber.
She is known for her work in acting on television and film and more recently as a comedian and entertainer through the most popular social media channels.