In The News Today: 4/12/2022

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US News:

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried dies at age 67 following a ‘long illness’

Longtime character actor Gilbert Gottfried has died at the age of 67, it was announced on Tuesday on his Twitter account.

The comedian died Tuesday due to complications from muscular dystrophy, his friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz said in a statement. 

His family posted a personal, heartfelt message to announce his death on Twitter.

‘We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long sickness,’ the tribute with a photo of the comedian said.  

“It’s a Crime, What’s Happened to Us” – The Vaccine Injured Share Their Stories

Pro-LBGTQ eighth grade teacher — who said ‘f***’ parents who ‘don’t love and accept you for who you are’ and ‘I’m your parents now’ — resigns

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @libsoftiktok
Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @libsoftiktok

“Tyler Wrynn is no longer in the classroom, and the Board of Education accepted his resignation on April 11 at its regular monthly meeting,” Owasso Public Schools told TheBlaze in a statement Tuesday. “As this is a personnel issue, we are unable to provide further comment.”

Wrynn’s name and photo were listed on the school’s website early Tuesday but were no longer listed after TheBlaze reached out to the district for comment.

The phrase “I’m your parents now” that Wrynn used in the video is not unique. There are shirts for sale using a variation of the phrase as part of LGBTQ advocacy.

In addition, Newsweek ran a story last month detailing a controversial sign posted on a Wisconsin high school staff member’s door telling students “If Your Parents Aren’t Accepting Of Your Identity I’m Your Mom Now”:

Sixteen Children Recovered In U.S. Marshals Operation Tackling Human Sex Trafficking

NEW ORLEANS, LA – A U.S. Marshals task force out of New Orleans reportedly recovered 16 children who were listed as “missing/endangered” and landed five arrests during a three-month operation to combat human sex trafficking.

Per the agency’s press release, Operation Fresh Start resulted in the “recovery of sixteen (16) missing/endangered children. In addition, six (6) children self-returned, three (3) children were recovered as other status, and three (3) more were recovered by other law enforcement agencies.

Five (5) arrests were made during the operation. Investigations as part of the three-month MCU operation also uncovered allegations of human sex trafficking in several of the cases.”

At least 29 injured in Brooklyn subway shooting, undetonated devices found

The attack happened on a Manhattan-bound N train.
Derek French/Shutterstock
The attack happened on a Manhattan-bound N train.
Derek French/Shutterstock

A jammed Glock and two extended ammo magazines were later recovered at the scene — suggesting the gunman could have unleashed more mayhem if his weapon hadn’t malfunctioned, law enforcement sources told The Post.

“An individual on that train donned what appeared to be a gas mask. He then took a canister out of his bag and opened it,” Sewell said. “The train at that time began to fill with smoke. He then opened fire, striking multiple people on the subway and on the platform.” 

Police have only released a bare-bones description of the mass shooter and said he is a roughly 5-foot-5 black man with a heavy build at around 170 pounds.

Cops also found a slew of other weapons, including a hatchet, a can of pepper spray, two gas canisters, a bag full of fireworks and another satchel holding what appears to be BB pellets at the scene, sources said. It’s not immediately clear if all of the items belonged to the shooter. 

There was ‘intent, planning’ behind Brooklyn subway shooting: Former FBI official

Former FBI investigator Bill Daly discusses the details about the shooting at a Brooklyn subway station as officials continue to search for the suspect.

Saudi Comedians Roast Biden And Harris Like ‘SNL’ Never Would


Two Saudi Arabian comedians are going viral on social media Tuesday for a sketch roasting President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

The sketch portrays Biden as a sleepy and confused and Harris as desperately trying to manage his repeated missteps and gaffes.

A television station owned by the Middle East Broadcasting Center, which is part of a Saudi Arabian government-owned conglomerate, broadcasted the 67-second sketch, according to Mediaite.

California man killed after car runs him over while trying to steal its catalytic converter, police say

Catalytic converters are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system and control emissions.
Catalytic converters are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system and control emissions.

The man was identified as 28-year-old Jose Adolfo Rangel, the Sacramento Bee reported, citing the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Investigators said they believe the suspect was tampering with the vehicle to steal its catalytic converter before the collision.

Catalytic converter thefts have risen in cities across the country this year.

Police in Minneapolis have reported a nearly 38% jump in catalytic converter theft compared to this time last year. Dallas has seen a 20% increase, and Philadelphia police have seen a 172% increase. According to Las Vegas Police Department data, officers have seen a roughly 87% hike.

Five Sexual Predators Arrested in West Texas Border Sector in One Week

Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted this week about the arrest of a previously convicted sex offender. The Mexican national attempted to hide in a group of 15 migrants who illegally crossed the border on April 5.

The man identified by CBP officials as Honorio Santa Maria-Vasquez has a 2009 conviction from a court in Indiana for sexual misconduct with a minor.

Earlier that day, Carrizo Springs Station agents arrested another group of seven migrants attempting to sneak into the U.S. interior.

During processing, agents identified a Guatemalan national, Selvin Danilo Chocooj-Boztoc as a criminal alien with a conviction in Washington State for forcible sex abuse in the 3rd degree from 2018.

EXCLUSIVE: Migrants Are Advised Against Riding D.C.-Bound Buses, Claims Texas Mayor

Bob Price/Breitbart Texas
Bob Price/Breitbart Texas

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told Breitbart Texas in a Tuesday interview that Border Patrol agents told him they were instructed to urge migrants not to board the D.C.-bound buses. The mayor said his city had been told to expect the release of up to 150 migrants per day.

Uvalde has a population of 16,000 and is located approximately 130 miles from the Mexican border.

“We are a small town with very limited resources,” Mayor McLaughlin said. “We are already faced with police pursuits and migrants harassing or threatening our residents nearly every day.”

“If Biden releases them into our community, I will be there to encourage them to take the free trip to D.C.,” he added.

Pics/Vid: TX Nat’l Guard, cops run border drills ahead of expected 500,000+ illegal immigrant surge

Texas National Guard and law enforcement partners conduct drills along US-Mexico border, April 2022. (Texas Department of Public Safety/Released)
Texas National Guard and law enforcement partners conduct drills along US-Mexico border, April 2022. (Texas Department of Public Safety/Released)

The drills are taking place in several border locations, including Eagle Pass and Del Rio. The exercises include riot control and forming perimeters along the Rio Grande River.

“It’s just to show the presence known to the United States and the counties and citizens that we’re here to support them,” said Sgt. Juan Maldonado of the Texas Department of Public Safety. “As well to show force and presence to the Mexico side in case the migration starts to occur.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety shared photos and videos of the drills on Facebook.

“Under the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Military Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Parks and Wildlife and our local partners continue to work collaboratively in taking a proactive approach to secure the border. #OperationLoneStar,” the department wrote.

Preschool teacher — and ‘polyamorous, gender-fluid witch’ — goes viral for admitting how she teaches her young students about sexuality and identity

Image source: Twitter video screenshot
Image source: Twitter video screenshot

The teacher, who, according to the Post Millennial, goes by the name Lois Schwartz, recently shared a video in which she bragged about her woke students and their informal education on human sexuality.

“Man, y’all thought me teaching the children about me being poly was crazy. But, not only that, but they also know that I’m gender-fluid!” she said in the video.

“At one point last year, I had explained to them that I was not Miss Lois or Mr. Lois. It’s just Lois because I’m not a boy or girl.

And this was all well and good until October, when I also explained to them that I’m pagan, so I am also a witch.”

NY lieutenant governor arrested on bribery charges

Lieutenant Governor of New York Brian Benjamin speaks in New York, on Jan. 16, 2022. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Lieutenant Governor of New York Brian Benjamin speaks in New York, on Jan. 16, 2022. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The indictment also alleges that Benjamin and others worked to “cover up” the plot, engaging “in a series of lies and deception.” 

According to the indictment, from 2019 through 2021, Benjamin carried out the scheme while he was a state senator and a candidate for state comptroller.

During that time, Benjamin allegedly solicited campaign donations from and to be raised by a real estate developer, win exchange for appropriating state funds for the developer’s non-profit organization.

Mom’s Dreams Shattered by Corrupt Prosecutor. She’s Fighting Back.

Petty spent 20 years moonlighting as a law clerk for the same judges he argued before, effectively playing both prosecutor and judge in more than 300 cases.

It is one of the most brazen and obvious examples of prosecutorial abuse in modern American history, yet Petty and the others who oversaw this miscarriage of justice have never been held personally accountable for their actions in a court of law.

With a lawsuit it filed on April 12, 2022, the Institute for Justice seeks to change that.

‘I’ve Been Grounded’: Six Marine Pilots Speak Out Against COVID Vaccine Mandate


The video marks one of the most public displays by active duty service members of opposition to the mandate, which was ordered by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last August.

In the video, the six pilots — including the first female Marine F-35C pilot — speak about the effect their opposition to the mandate has had on their lives.

They all face discharge from the military, the loss of benefits, or have faced some punitive measures.

Marine Lt. Col. Scott Duncan, a former Top Gun instructor and F-35 pilot, begins the video saying he was competitively selected to command an F-35 squadron, but that was rescinded due to his opposition to the vaccine mandate.

More than 1,500 Marines have been discharged, as well as approximately 100 soldiers, approximately 250 airmen, and approximately 800 sailors, over the vaccine mandate so far.

Thousands more are expected to be discharged, including many who applied for religious accommodation but were denied. So far, several dozen have been approved, but the circumstances around those approvals are unclear.


Dr. Naomi Wolf Suggests Democrats May Unveil New ‘Emergency’ Ahead Of Midterms

‘Failed to Act Fast Enough’: Manchin Publicly Slams Joe Biden for Inflation

Al Drago, Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Al Drago, Drew Angerer/Getty Images

“It is a disservice to the American people to act as if inflation is a new phenomenon,” Manchin wrote in a press release. “The Federal Reserve and the Administration failed to act fast enough, and today’s data is a snapshot in time of the consequences being felt across the country.”

The Labor Department released numbers on Tuesday showing the consumer price index soared 8.5 percent in one year, the largest year-over-year increase since 1981. Biden’s 40-year-high inflation will reportedly cost consumers an extra $5,200 in 2022.

“Instead of acting boldly, our elected leaders and the Federal Reserve continue to respond with half-measures and rhetorical failures searching for where to lay the blame,” Manchin stated about Biden’s unwillingness to accept responsibility.

Lockdowns 2.0: The Largest Prison Camp In Human History, Our ‘Leaders’ Are Defending It – Tucker

You remember the COVID lockdowns well. Those drastic orders that closed down church services in America but allowed abortion businesses to operate. That sent millions of kids home to learn on their laptops.

It was even worse in China, where the virus apparently originated, likely with help from the Chinese Communist Party.

There, some people were welded into their homes and some ultimately starved to death.

Biden warned by Iranian American scientists, scholars over perils of removing terror status

Technicians at the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit,150 miles southwest of Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 23, 2019. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, FILE)
Technicians at the Arak heavy water reactor’s secondary circuit,150 miles southwest of Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 23, 2019. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, FILE)

A group of more than 500 Iranian American scientists, scholars and engineers urged President Biden Tuesday to not remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations as nuclear talks stall. 

Biden made bringing Tehran back under a nuclear deal a cornerstone of his candidacy, and indirect talks facilitated by European partners have continued for nearly a year.

Iran has demanded sanction relief and the removal of its top military branch from the U.S. list of designated terrorist groups – an idea the administration has reportedly considered in exchange for regional peace

“This regime has survived on two pillars,” University of Connecticut professor and dean of the School of Engineering, Kazem Kazerounian, told Fox News Digital. “One is repression at home and terrorism abroad. IRGC has been the main instrument in securing its survival and pursuing these two sinister objectives. 

Dagen McDowell: We deserve to know the truth about Hunter Biden’s laptop

FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo, Dagen McDowell and contributor Steve Forbes on calls for a Hunter Biden text investigation.

Disgraced Former CIA Chief John Brennan Joins ‘Secretive’ Firm Staffing Biden White House

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The firm, described as “Biden’s Cabinet in waiting” by Politico after the 2020 presidential election, employed Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, and many others. 

Politico noted: “WestExec is loaded with other former top Democratic national security and foreign policy officials who raised money for the Biden campaign, have joined his transition team, or have served as unofficial advisers.”

In a press statement Monday, WestExec announced: “John O. Brennan has joined the firm’s distinguished and growing team as Principal.

As Principal at WestExec, he will advise on strategy and geopolitical risk, and help clients capitalize on key business opportunities and navigate the world’s most pressing challenges.” He is described as an “exceptional public servant.”

Georgia elections chief cracks down on non-citizens seeking to vote, refers 1,600 for prosecution

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he referred more than 1,600 cases of potential non-citizens attempting to register to vote in Georgia to local prosecutors and state investigators.

The secretary of state referred the cases to the State Election Board, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and local prosecutors. The announcement comes weeks after Raffensperger said the state completed the first citizenship audit of the state’s voter rolls.

According to a news release, the audit identified 1,634 non-citizens as having attempted to register to vote. The state could not verify the non-citizens through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.

World News:

Israel Sees an Opportunity as E.U. Looks for Alternatives to Russia Energy Supplies

File/The platform of the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea  is pictured from the Israeli northern coastal city of Dor on December 31, 2019. – ( JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
File/The platform of the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea  is pictured from the Israeli northern coastal city of Dor on December 31, 2019. – ( JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

EU states remain divided on the time scale, but European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the bloc hopes to phase out its dependency on Russian gas, oil and coal by 2027.

Israel could build one or more pipelines, potentially via Greece or Turkey, or increase the quantity of gas piped to Egypt to be liquified and shipped off, say officials and experts.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said after a recent visit to Athens that “the war in Ukraine stands to change the structure of the European and Middle Eastern energy market”.

“We are also examining additional economic cooperation, with an emphasis on the energy market.”

The Jewish state has worked for years to create gas export routes, with mixed results so far.

Global Food Crisis: Russian Forces Actively ‘Bombing and Destroying’ Wheat Stocks in Ukraine As Crisis Mounts

Russian military assets have been actively targeting and destroying stocks of wheat in Ukraine — one of the world’s largest producers of grains — during a period when the world needs it most, an EU official has claimed.

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Tsar, made the claim shortly after a meeting of foreign ministers from across the bloc partially aimed at implementing even more sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

According to a report by Euronews, Borrell said that the Russian forces had not only been blockading Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea, preventing food exports from the invaded country, which is responsible for a vast amount of the world’s wheat supply, but are also going so far as to actively target and destroy stockpiles of the much-needed resource.

Russian policy regarding Israeli strikes on Iran & proxies in Syria unchanged TV7 Israel News 12.04

1) Tensions continue to run high in Israel and the West Bank districts of Judea and Samaria, as operation “Waves Breaker” enters its second week.

2) Prime Minister Naftali Bennett voices outrage over vandalism of Joseph’s Tomb and pledges to rebuild the ancient site.

3) Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz asserts the necessity to confront the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which remains the biggest exporter of terror globally.

Manet masterpiece given ‘MISOGYNY’ alert over ‘male gaze’: London’s Courtauld Gallery puts ‘woke’ warning beneath 1882 piece A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

The Courtauld Gallery has been criticised for introducing a ‘woke‘ new label on a Manet masterpiece to warn viewers of the ‘unsettling’ presence of a man.  

The London gallery, which holds the UK’s most prestigious collection of Impressionist paintings, reviewed its labelling as part of a £57million refurbishment. 

Édouard Manet’s 1882 work A Bar at the Folies-Bergère is one of the paintings that has received a new label. 

The work depicts a barmaid at the famous Parisian cabaret club staring at the viewer and a male customer who can be seen in a mirrored image behind her. 

The new information panel both in the gallery and online states that the female subject’s ‘enigmatic expression is unsettling, especially as she appears to be interacting with a male customer’. 

As Palestinians Destroy Jewish Holy Sites, Media Focus On Fake ‘Attacks’ on Al-Aqsa Mosque

On Friday, thousands of Muslims were able to peacefully pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem (right).

On Saturday night, Palestinian terrorists vandalized Joseph’s tomb, one of Judaism’s holiest sites (left).
On Friday, thousands of Muslims were able to peacefully pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem (right). On Saturday night, Palestinian terrorists vandalized Joseph’s tomb, one of Judaism’s holiest sites (left).

Palestinian rioters this week twice damaged Joseph’s Tomb, a Jewish holy site under Palestinian Authority (PA) control. Seemingly in defiance of its commitments under international agreements, the PA has hinted that it will not cooperate with Israel to repair the damage.

The affair did not generate headlines in any of the major international publications, with the Associated Press only briefly mentioning the arson attack at the end of a piece about the death of a suspected Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank.

After Israeli forces on April 8 killed Palestinian gunman Raad Hazem following his Fatah-claimed attack in Tel Aviv that killed three Israelis and injured more than a dozen others, terror groups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip were quick to link the act of terror to the pervasive lie that the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City is somehow being threatened.

Israel: Stabbing Attempt in Ashkelon, Assailant Shot Dead

Israeli Border Police officers stand by a main road, in downtown Jerusalem, Sept. 25, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Ronen Zvulun.
Israeli Border Police officers stand by a main road, in downtown Jerusalem, Sept. 25, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Ronen Zvulun.

i24 News – A police officer was left lightly wounded after being stabbed in Israel’s southern city of Ashkelon early Tuesday morning, Israeli media reported.

According to reports, the officer went to perform a security check on the man, who was acting suspiciously. During the investigation, the man drew a knife and stabbed the officer.

The officer was lightly wounded and evacuated to Barzilai Hospital by Magen David Adom rescue services.

The assailant, a man from Hebron in his 40s, was shot and killed by the officer.

Donbas: Battle in east Ukraine expected to be bloody and decisive

Hundreds of thousands of people have already fled to the relative safety of western Ukraine. Once again large columns of Russian vehicles have been spotted by satellite – this time heading towards the east.

Here in the Donbas we’ve also seen signs of Ukraine bringing in more military equipment, including armoured vehicles and longer range air defence systems. But not in the volume of Russia’s reinforcements.

Ukraine may be being more tactically astute about their movements, or simply have less. Both are probably true.

Key Russian railway bridge destroyed in Belgorod border region with Ukraine

Photograph: Twitter
Photograph: Twitter

The incident comes as Russia has begun militarising its border regions near Ukraine by raising threat alerts, erecting military checkpoints and mobilising local townspeople in a sign that Russia’s war effort is shifting toward east Ukraine.

Ukraine has not confirmed if it stands behind the attack on the railway bridge, which commentators said would make sense as a cross-border raid meant to slow Russia’s shifting of heavy artillery and other military vehicles needed to prepare for an assault in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Ukrainian officials said that Russia may seek to drive public opinion in support of the war by staging attacks that can then be blamed on Ukraine.

North Korea appears to be rebuilding tunnels at closed nuclear testing facility

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (COURTESY OF KCNA)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (COURTESY OF KCNA)

Foreign journalists who attended the closing ceremony Kim Jong Un presided over in May 2018 in the northeastern province of North Hamgyong reported that tunnels used for testing had been destroyed.

But later reports noted that only the entrances to the tunnels were demolished and that maintenance activity at the site had resumed.

The Open Nuclear Network (ONN), a non-profit organization headquartered in Vienna, Austria, reported last week that North Korea is believed to have built an entrance to tunnel 3, south of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. The ONN report was based on satellite imagery taken between March 24 and April 6.

Residents of the province who were near the Punggye-ri test site told RFA’s Korean Service that they too have seen evidence of construction activities.


A Solution to Children’s Book Propaganda

Bookstores are full of “woke” books.
In the children’s section of the bookstore, “There’s probably 27 different books about former Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg..” children’s book editor Bethany Mandel tells me.

There are also a lot about Kamala Harris… Hillary Clinton, Justice Sotomayor, Rachel Carson, and AOC. But she couldn’t find ANY on conservatives.

Since there were no books about conservative heroes like Amy Coney Barrett, Margeret Thatcher, or Winston Churchill, she’s publishing her own “Heroes of Liberty” series.(