News and Headlines 12/22/2021: Keeping you informed.

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Illinois Dem senator carjacked, shots fired, police say


Three masked subjects driving a Durango SUV hijacked a black Mercedes-Benz SUV belonging to Lightford, Chief of Police Thomas Mills said. 

There were no reports of injuries to the suspects who fled in both the senator’s car and in the Durango. Mills told Fox News that the suspects remain at large as of Wednesday afternoon.

He said the senator was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and there was no indication she was targeted. 

As a senator, Lightford has been a major sponsor of police reform in Illinois. She played a pivotal role in the state’s criminal omnibus bill passed during a lameduck legislative session in January 2021.  

Oklahoma sixth grader Davyon Johnson saves choking classmate and elderly woman from house fire in same day

Image source: Muskogee Public Schools/Facebook
Image source: Muskogee Public Schools/Facebook

An Oklahoma sixth grader is being hailed as a “dual hero” after he saved the lives of two people in the same day.

Davyon Johnson was honored by the Muskogee Police Department, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and Muskogee Public Schools earlier this month after he used the Heimlich maneuver to rescue a choking classmate.

Later on that same day, 11-year-old Dayvon rescued an elderly woman from a burning house.

The young hero was named an honorary member of the police and sheriff’s departments, according to a Dec. 15 Facebook post from Muskogee Public Schools.

Davyon’s mother, LaToya Johnson, told the Enid News & Eagle she was not surprised by her son’s heroic actions. She noted her brother, Wendell Johnson, is an emergency medical technician, and that Davyon aspires to be like his uncle.

The Curious Case of ‘Videographer’ Baked Alaska: Marched and Filmed at the Charlottesville Tiki Torch March – Conversed with Ray Epps on Jan. 5 – Broke into Lawmaker’s Office on Jan. 6 to Film Faces – But Somehow Spared from Jail?

Tim Gionet, AKA “Baked Alaska”, real name Anthine Joseph Gionet, is an alleged white supremacist, an antisemitic videographer who was a Trump supporter before he wasn’t. Then he became a Democrat Yang supporter. He attended the Jan. 5th and 6th rallies in Washington DC and broke into Nancy Pelosi’s office.  He appeared to use her phone.  And he filmed EVERYONE in the office with him.

Gionet live-streamed his jaunt inside the US Capitol on January 6. He interviewed several Trump supporters and filmed everyone in the room with him when he entered Pelosi’s office.

He also broadcast himself cursing a US Capitol Police Officer who was escorting him from the building.

Via The Hill Reporter: Gionet, who also took part in the 2017 “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, was arrested on January 15th and charged with illegally entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds during the January 6th insurrection.

But Baked Alaska is not being held in prison. He was released from house arrest back in March!

Was the FBI’s Whitmer Chicanery a Warm-up for January 6?

As questions mount about the government’s animating role in the Capitol protest on January 6, the criminal case against the men charged with conspiring to “kidnap” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 continues to collapse. 

Defense attorneys in the Whitmer case are carefully compiling evidence that depicts an elaborate tale of FBI entrapment; at least a dozen FBI informants were involved in the failed plot—equaling one FBI asset per defendant

BuzzFeed News reported over the weekend that Impola won’t be on the government’s witness list after defense attorneys accused Impola of perjury in another case.

In fact, the Justice Department notified the court on Friday that all three of the top FBI agents in charge of the Whitmer investigation, including Impola, will not testify on behalf of the government amid accusations of misconduct, domestic abuse charges, and political bias.

Chaos: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Mandates Patrons Show Proof of Vaccination to Enter Indoor Venues 

Carlos Barria/Pool via AP
Carlos Barria/Pool via AP

The mandate’s particulars will be unveiled in January, but the mayor indicated the mandate will be enforced by businesses on patrons 12 years and older. Grocers and churches will be exempt:

Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a CDC-issued vaccination card, an immunization print out from the patient portal of a person’s vaccine or health care provider or through a COVID-19 verification app like VaxYes or CLEAR.

Bowser’s mandate follows New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago — all Democrat-controlled cities — forcing individuals to become vaccinated to enter certain private businesses.

Researchers: Army Creates Single Vaccine Against All COVID, SARS Variants

(Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
(Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

The remarkable achievement comes after nearly two years of work on the virus, the news outlet reported.

The new vaccine will still need to undergo phase 2 and phase 3 trials.

“We decided to take a look at the long game rather than just only focusing on the original emergence of SARS, and instead understand that viruses mutate, there will be variants that emerge, future viruses that may emerge in terms of new species,” he told Defense One.

“Our platform and approach will equip people to be prepared for that.”

Man Arrested After Hiring Crane Service to Steal Bridge: Police

The bridge originally was located at Middlebury Run Park, a trail along the Little Cuyahoga River, but was moved to the other side of the river when a wetland restoration project was initiated in the Middlebury Run Park area.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, there were plans for the bridge to be reused in a project for a women’s shelter. 

On Nov. 3, it was discovered that someone had cleared brush around the bridge and had removed the treated deck boards, according to police. On Nov. 11, the entire structure was gone.

Oklahoma murder conviction tossed after judge found to be having affair with prosecutor

Robert Hashagen III was convicted in February of murdering 94-year-old Evelyn Goodall in 2013. (Oklahoma County Jail)
Robert Hashagen III was convicted in February of murdering 94-year-old Evelyn Goodall in 2013. (Oklahoma County Jail)

Robert Hashagen III was convicted in February of murdering 94-year-old Evelyn Goodall in 2013.

But now that conviction has been tossed after former Oklahoma County District Judge Tim Henderson admitted to having a sexual relationship with a district attorney in his office who helped prosecute the case, FOX25 Oklahoma City reported.

Henderson, who is married, resigned in March after three female attorneys came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against him, the Oklahoman previously reported.

One of the three attorneys was a prosecutor in the Hashagen case. She said the judge began sexually abusing her in April 2016 and continued until July or August 2018, according to the paper.

Ex-Harvard professor Charles Lieber convicted of lying about China ties

Charles Lieber was convicted after a six-day jury trial, followed by two hours and 45 minutes of deliberations.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Charles Lieber was convicted after a six-day jury trial, followed by two hours and 45 minutes of deliberations.AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A former Harvard University chemistry professor was found guilty Tuesday of lying about his ties to China and not reporting income paid to him by a Chinese-run recruitment program.

Charles Lieber, 62, the former chairman of the Ivy League school’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, was convicted in Boston federal court of two counts of making false statements, two counts of filing a false income tax return, and two counts of failing to report income from foreign bank and financial accounts.

The program was designed to recruit people with high-level ​knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China.

As part of the recruitment program, the Wuhan institute paid Lieber $50,000 a month and living expenses of up to $150,000, as well as giving him more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab.

Arizona 6-year-old girl tests positive for STD, her dad’s roommate is arrested

26-year-old Jacob Sullivan was arrested by deputies with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office after they say he sexually assaulted his roommate's 6-year-old child. (Pinal County Sheriff )
26-year-old Jacob Sullivan was arrested by deputies with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office after they say he sexually assaulted his roommate’s 6-year-old child. (Pinal County Sheriff )

Jacob Sullivan was arrested Tuesday in Peoria, and booked into the Pinal County Jail the same day, according to a news release by PCSO.

Officials say an investigation began Nov. 14, when deputies were contacted by a Queen Creek urgent care clinic after a 6-year-old child tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease

During the investigation, the child disclosed her father’s roommate, Sullivan, had sexually assaulted her. 

Sullivan lives in San Tan Valley, authorities say. He is now accused of multiple counts of sexual conduct of a minor. A bond of $103,343 has been set for Sullivan.

Longtime CNN producer John Griffin pleads not guilty to child sex trafficking charges

(Vermont State Police)
(Vermont State Police)

Griffin, 44, pleaded not guilty to three counts child sex trafficking and faces anywhere from 10 years behind bars to life imprisonment if convicted. 

Judge William Sessions III granted Vermont Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Drescher’s motion for Griffin’s pretrial detention. He will be held at a Cheshire County, New Hampshire, prison without bail.

“[Griffin] has a history of mental illness and substance abuse, and he recently admitted to continuing to use intoxicants,” Drescher wrote in the motion. “He faces not only a significant loss of liberty, but also extraordinary reputational damage. He has dishonestly tried to talk his way out of being held accountable. He has tried to buy his way out of trouble. There is no set of conditions that can assure the Court of his continued appearance or address the danger he presents if released.”

Tech billionaire slams Mormon Church, pledges to give away fortune

File Photo by Sopotnicki/Shutterstock
File Photo by Sopotnicki/Shutterstock

Green, CEO of digital ad firm The Trade Desk, is the wealthiest person from Utah. He publicly disavowed ties with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Monday in a fiery letter to LDS President Russell Nelson.

He told Nelson that while most members are good people, the church is “actively and currently doing harm in the world.” He accused the church of hoarding more than $100 billion in wealth and demanded the church do more to help the world and its members.

Green made the giveaway announcement via The Giving Pledge, an organization through which 230 wealthy people have promised to donate the majority of their fortunes to help solve worldwide problems.

Forbes reported Green’s October 2021 net worth at $4.4 billion.

Mom uses Christmas card to announce her kindergartener is non-binary — a decision the child made after mom read a book about gender identity

The child, kindergarten-age Claire, now wants to be called “Clark” and asks those around to refer to her as Chen’s “kid” or “son who is non-binary.”

“I’d like you all to meet Clark (formerly known as Claire),” Chen captioned the family photo.

“Clark prefers they/them/he pronouns and would like to be known as my kid/my son who is non-binary. Clark asked us to tell our friends & family who they are now.”

Chen added that she and her husband fully support their child, and their daughter Chloe is following suit.

Fresh Express recalls salads linked to listeria outbreak in 8 states

The Food and Drug Administration said illnesses have been reported in Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Fresh Express has recalled products with codes Z324 through Z350 and has halted production at its Illinois plant.

The same outbreak strain found in the cases matched a sample of Fresh Express Sweet Hearts salad mix, the FDA said Tuesday.

Listeria can result in death in younger and older people. Severe symptoms can include headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. Mild symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Omicron infections result in 80% lower risk of hospitalization, 70% lower risk of severe illness: study

Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty Images
Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty Images

The study, released Wednesday by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, comes as countries around the globe grapple with how to handle the new strain, which appears to be more resistant to current COVID-19 vaccines.

In the study, researchers compared Omicron infections with Delta and other variant infections from October to November and discovered that Omicron infections resulted in a considerable 80% decreased chance of hospitalization.

“When compared to non-[Omicron] infections, we found that [Omicron] infections had an 80% lower odds of being admitted to the hospital,” South African researchers concluded.

Donald Trump’s Christmas Greeting From The First Baptist Church of Dallas December 2021

Record number of immigrants are evading apprehension: Brandon Judd

National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd warns that cartels and terrorist organizations are able to exploit ‘wide open’ holes in the border.


Kayleigh McEnany: Biden’s list of 2021 accomplishments is very thin

The ‘Outnumbered’ co-host argued there is no comparison between the Trump and Biden presidencies in terms of accomplishments.

‘Naughty Nancy’ at it again: Masters

Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters exposes the extent of left-wing hypocrisy on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

World News:

The Palestinian School of Terrorism

(Image source: Palestinian Media Watch)
(Image source: Palestinian Media Watch)

A Palestinian teacher and three school children were directly involved in the recent spate of terror attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

This came as little surprise to those familiar with the ongoing hate and incitement against Israel in Palestinian schools and textbooks, as well as in the media, mosques and university campuses.

On November 21, Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, a 42-year-old high school teacher from Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, shot and killed Eli Kay, a 26-year-old immigrant from South Africa.

The shooting attack took place in the Old City of Jerusalem. Four other people were injured before the terrorist was shot dead by police.

‘Suicide Pod’ Creator Planning Implantable Device That Will Kill You If Not Deactivated

Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke (aka the "Australian Doctor Death"), 
(JASPER JUINEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke (aka the “Australian Doctor Death”), 
(JASPER JUINEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The announcement comes amid controversy surrounding Nitschke’s “suicide pod” — a  3D-printable death chamber that has been designed to painlessly flood the occupant’s body with fatal amounts of nitrogen, according to the Independent.

Nitschke, who administered the first voluntary lethal injection in 1996, said he plans to help people die by suicide in Switzerland by using the device called the Sarco from next year.

Now, in a new interview with the Independent, Nitschke has shared that his team is already brainstorming their next creation. 

The implantable device he plans to create for people with brain disorders will need to be switched off on a daily basis. It will beep for “a day or two” before activating in order to ensure the user’s disease had progressed far enough for them to forget to deactivate the device. 

Worker dead, many missing in Myanmar after landslide hits jade mine

Crews search for missing miners at a jade mine in Hpakant, Kachin State, Myanmar, on Wednesday. Photo by Myanmar Fire Services Department via EPA-EFE

Authorities said the miners were working at the mine in the overnight hours when the slide struck a couple hours before dawn. The mine is located in Hpakant in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state.

The landslide buried more than 100 people. A local administrator said the landslide trapped jade scavengers and vendors along with the miners.

“The landslide left over 80 people missing and the rescue operation is being carried out,” U Kyaw Min, an official of a village administration office, said, according to Xinhua News.

Many in the Hpakant area make their living from the jade industry, despite the dangers of constant landslides. A landslide in July 2020 killed 174 people and injured dozens.

UK’s Own ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Moment as Sports Fans Turn on Boris Johnson

Leon Neal/Getty Images
Leon Neal/Getty Images

British sports fans seem to have begun their own ‘let’s go Brandon’ movement, with sports stadiums playing host to a number of chants targeting restriction-loving PM Boris Johnson.

Johnson has become the centre of much controversy in the UK over the last number of weeks, having reimplemented severe COVID restrictions in England despite the Prime Minister himself being allegedly caught flaunting harsher restrictions last year.

Chants of “stand up if you hate Boris” rang out at the World Darts Championship in London yesterday evening, according to a report by The Mail, as documented by a video viewed nearly one million times online.

U.N. plans $6 mln payment to Taliban for security

The United Nations is proposing to pay nearly $6 million for protection in Afghanistan to Taliban-run Interior Ministry personnel, whose chief is under U.N. and U.S. sanctions and wanted by the FBI, according to a U.N. document and a source familiar with the matter. Olivia Chan reports.


Clay Travis: This is a total, unmitigated disaster

Outkick founder Clay Travis joins ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ to discuss transgender UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas as she argues she has no un-fair advantage over her female competitors.

The Masks Are Just “Decorations” | Ep. 911

CNN’s medical analyst tells the public not to wear cloth masks, Democrat senator Joe Manchin pushes back on the White House, and Attorney General Merrick Garland releases thousands of criminals.

The Incarnation Tells Me the Most Important Thing I Need to Know About God

These rabbis and Jewish leaders are right, of course, to emphasize that God is not a man. He certainly is not.

But can the infinite and eternal God visit us in human form while remaining fully God, sitting enthroned in heaven and filling the universe with His presence? Of course he can.

And these Jewish thinkers are right in saying that it is the height of idolatry to make a man into a God. But it is quite another thing if the one and only God decided to make Himself known through a man. That is exactly what happened in the person of Jesus-Yeshua, and as we worship Him, we worship God.

As John 1:18 explains, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”

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