In The News Feed:Daily Update.2/16/2023.

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US News:

Man Gets Shot by Shreveport Police Officer Responding to Domestic Disturbance

During the course of the investigation, both officers responded to a second floor apartment.

Once inside, Bagley exited the apartment on the balcony and jumped to the ground. He then fled on foot.

Following a short foot pursuit, SPD officer Alexander Tyler located Bagley and fired one shot from his service weapon, which struck Bagley in the chest.

Bagley was transported to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport for treatment, but was later pronounced deceased.

Shreveport Police officer Alexander Tyler, 23, has been arrested in connection with the death of Alonzo Bagley. Louisiana State Police said that Tyler was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on the charge of Negligent Homicide.


Fetterman checks himself into Walter Reed for clinical depression

Fetterman checks himself into Walter Reed for clinical depression

US Senator John Fetterman’s Chief of Staff released a statement on Thursday confirming that the Pennsylvania congressman has checked himself into Walter Reed medical center to “receive treatment for clinical depression.”

“While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks,” the statement adds.


Erin Brockovich: I’ve never seen anything like this

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich on the devastating chemical release in East Palestine, Ohio.


East Palestine ‘ineligible’ for FEMA help two weeks into train crisis

Unlike in hurricanes or tornadoes, where homes are physically damaged if not destroyed, the homes in East Palestine remain in tact.  

That – coupled with the fact that Norfolk Southern is already paying for accommodation, food and water – means the request can’t be granted and money that would be released in other disasters remains tied up, according to people familiar with the situation. 

While FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) isn’t offering any funds, the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services have been drafted in. 

The CDC’s team will track whether there are any clusters of illness on-the-ground that may be related to the derailment, while the HHS team will provide additional healthcare staff, according to the governor’s office. 

The Ohio National Guard and the USEPA is also helping. 

But there has been a notable lack of support from President Biden and Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 


Train derails outside Detroit, Michigan, with one car carrying hazardous materials

One car on the train outside of Detroit, Michigan, was carrying hazardous materials, officials say. (WJBK)

Officials that spoke to WXYZ, which reported that at least six cars were seen off the track, said one of them was carrying hazardous materials.

The derailment comes less than two weeks after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio.

Police told Fox2 Detroit that roads will be closed in the area while an investigation is ongoing.

“We are also in touch with the relevant federal authorities, including the EPA,” Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said in a statement obtained by Fox2 Detroit.

“At this time no one is aware of the release of any hazardous materials, the car carrying hazardous material has been put upright and is being removed from the area of the other derailed cars, and EPA is dispatching a team to ensure public safety,” she said.


Massive fire breaks out at Florida warehouse.

Massive fire breaks out at Florida warehouse. Authorities are tracking air quality in the area.


Kentucky prayer “revival” is going viral on TikTok


Glenn: This MIRACLE gives me MORE HOPE than any other story

Asbury University, a small, Christian college most have never heard of before, is now going VIRAL.

What started as a routine chapel service at the university is now bringing in worshippers from thousands of miles away, and the ongoing prayer hasn’t stopped for days.

It’s a miracle, Glenn says, and THIS story is giving him more hope than any other ‘good news’ story today.

In fact, Glenn says, this may be the biggest story of this time. In this clip, he’s joined by Asbury University Student Body President Alison Perfater who describes how this revival began, God’s overwhelming presence at the chapel, and why it’s provided a ‘healing’ journey for so many.


Cedarville University experiencing ‘outpouring of the Lord’ in campus revival

Chapel worship at Cedarville University of Cedarville, Ohio, February 2023. | Facebook/Cedarville University

A Christian university in Ohio is seeing spontaneous prayer and worship among its student body days after a revival began at Asbury University in Kentucky.

Cedarville University President Thomas White described what was happening as “a special outpouring and sensing of the presence of the Lord,” adding that it “will be left to the historians” to determine if it was truly a revival.

According to White, the outpouring began during Cedarville’s Monday morning chapel service on campus, as students were going through the Old Testament passage of Psalm 86.


Christian teacher Jessica Tapia on refusing to comply with school gender policies


Residents demand answers from officials after Ohio train derailment


Outraged Ohio residents erupt at town hall: ‘Where’s Pete Buttigieg?’

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson reports live from East Palestine, Ohio, on residents’ frustrations with the federal response to the toxic spill. ‘Fox & Friends’ co-hosts react to the developing situation.


Norfolk Southern’s $4.5m CEO REFUSES to visit East Palestine

Alan Shaw has been silent about the ecological disaster, as residents demand answers from the railroad company about what happened, how the company could help the town rebuild, and whether they will suffer long-term health problems from the carcinogenic chemicals that have leaked into the soil and water.

He was last seen days before the train derailed on February 3, posting on LinkedIn that ‘the best part of my job is getting out in the field’ as he joined the company’s COO at its 2023 Operations Kickoff Meetings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The company has since announced that it would create a $1million fund to help East Palestine residents while continuing remediation work, and will expand how many residents can be reimbursed for their evacuation costs.

Representatives from the company were also expected to attend a town hall meeting on Wednesday night to answer residents’ questions — but backed down citing unspecific concerns for their physical safety.


Oakland police chief fired after alleged cover-up of officer misconduct: ‘Significant cultural problems’

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao announces the firing of Oakland police Chief LeRonne Armstrong during a press conference at City Hall in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Democratic Mayor Sheng Thao announced she was firing Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong after an independent investigation concluded the chief and the department failed to properly investigate and discipline Sgt. Michael Chung, who was involved in a hit-and-run with his patrol car in 2021.

A separate incident also showed Chung fired his firearm inside an elevator at police headquarters, according to The Associated Press.

Armstrong was placed on paid administrative leave last month while the mayor reviewed investigations by the department’s federal monitor that found Armstrong responsible for “gross dereliction of duty.”


New prison data blows up narrative that low-level drug offenders are filling up US prisons: experts

Prisoners in 2021 – Statistical tables report released December 2022. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)

Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) show only 12.6% of state prisoners are behind bars for drug-related crimes and only 3.2% are locked up on possession charges – while five times as many people are in state prisons for violent crimes rather than drug charges.

“If you listen to people on the left, you’d think that everyone who has a joint in their pocket is getting sent to prison for 20 years, which just is not the case,” Zack Smith, a legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, told Fox News Digital.

Prominent Democrats and some Republicans across the country have pushed to decriminalize drugs by arguing, in part, that harsh drug laws have led to a prison-population boom.

Smith and Keith Humphreys, an American psychologist and Esther Ting Memorial professor at Stanford University, told Fox News Digital that those positions simply aren’t backed up by the data.


Fashion Notes: Raquel Welch’s ‘Most Desired’ Looks that Defined an Era

Hollywood screen goddess, Raquel Welch. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Hollywood screen goddess, Raquel Welch. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Welch’s goddess feminism predates that of the Gloria Steinem’s. She worked for years while attending school, caring for two young children, and eventually becoming a household name seemingly overnight.

After a decade of fair skin and blonde domination from the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Mamie Van Doren, Welch changed the game with her roles in Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C. 

Both films made her a fixture of the 1960s and ’70s, and, even more, the antithesis of the decades’ feminists who looked down on her for embracing her sex appeal that Americans loved.

“A sex symbol in the Age of Flower Children didn’t sit very well with the hard-line feminists of the time,” Welch wrote in her memoir, Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage. “They dismissed me as nothing more than a sex object. They didn’t look beyond the poster image to see what I was made of. It felt like a slap, until I realized that official feminism had a political agenda that is not inclusive of all women. It’s only for those who fit a criterion, which does not include a bikini. So be it.”


Commentary:

Matt Gaetz Cleared: The Importance of Due Process & the Dangers of Prosecutorial Leaks

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Honor Codes Are Racist Now?

An op-ed at Princeton argues that the student honor code should be dismantled because it’s discriminatory against black students. What?


Neil Oliver ‘…conflict & conversation’

‘…by altering & adapting words they want to stop us engaging in debate by making us fearful of saying the wrong thing…’


Exclusive: FBI McGonigal, who is he?

The ex girlfriend of former FBI official Charles McGonigal gave an exclusive sit down interview to One Americas Caitlin Sinclair.


Spike protein in the brain after vaccination


Is the Dam Breaking On The COVID Vax? (Ep. 1952) – The Dan Bongino Show

Is the dam breaking on the COVID vaccine? In this episode, I address the growing concerns about the dangers from the vax, and the puzzling media response.



World News:

NATO chief urges Turkey to lift block on Sweden and Finland joining alliance

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrive for a joint press conference in Ankara, 16 February 2023   –  Copyright  Burhan Ozbilici/AP

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has repeated his claim that Sweden and Finland have done enough to satisfy Ankara’s demands that they crack down on extremism. He visited Turkey on Thursday in an attempt to move forward the ratification process for the two countries to join the military alliance. 

Alarmed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago, the two Nordic nations abandoned decades of nonalignment and applied to join the alliance.

All 30 NATO members have to approve their applications and 28 have ratified their accession. Only Turkey and Hungary have failed to do so.

In recent weeks, Sweden has been the focus of Turkey’s opposition to the pair joining, partially due to anti-Muslim protests in the country, including one where the Muslim holy book, the Quran, was publicly burned.


Ukraine war: Battle for Bakhmut continues as Russia launches round-the-clock attacks

Russia claims to be making ground near Bakhmut as round-the-clock attacks continue on the city and on other positions in eastern Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called Bakhmut “our fortress”, but civilians in the neighbouring town of Chasiv Yar are leaving as the situation in the city becomes more dangerous. 

Lubov is a Chasiv Yar resident. She is one of the many who have made the difficult decision to leave.

President Zelenskyy described the situation in the direction of Bakhmut as the “hottest” at the moment, but insisted troops were standing firm.

Ukrainian officials have recently restricted access to the area for aid workers, sparking speculation Kyiv’s forces could be getting ready to withdraw after a gruelling months-long battle.


Zelenskiy Addresses Opening Of Berlin Film Festival, Asks Filmmakers To Support Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (right) and American actor Sean Penn meet in Kyiv on November 8, 2022. Zelenskiy appears in Superpower, Penn’s film about the war in Ukraine, which premieres at the Berlinale film festival.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked artists and filmmakers to declare their support for Ukraine as he addressed the opening of the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival on February 16.

Cinema can overcome barriers — real and ideological — said Zelenskiy, referring to Wim Wenders’ 1988 film Wings of Desire, which anticipated the end of the postwar division of Germany.

Now, Russia is building a new wall in Ukraine, a figurative wall “between freedom and slavery,” he said. Art cannot remain indifferent because in silence, the “voice of evil only becomes louder and more convincing,” he said, speaking in a live stream video.

Ahead of the opening ceremony, U.S. actress Anne Hathaway praised Zelenskiy as a modern-day hero and thanked the festival organizers for inviting him to give the address.


Video: Right-Wing Protesters Attempt To Storm Serbian Presidency In Belgrade

Police in Belgrade blocked right-wing protesters who attempted to storm the country’s presidency building following a rally to mark Serbian Statehood Day.

The rally was organized by the far-right People’s Patrol, known for its anti-immigrant actions and support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Activists in London stage mass ‘die-in’ after murder of trans TikToker Brianna Ghey

Two 15-year-olds have been charged with murder after Brianna Ghey was found with fatal stab wounds in Culcheth Linear Park on Saturday afternoon, according to The Guardian.

 Cheshire Police said at the time that there was no evidence the murder was motivated by hate, but that hasn’t stopped trans activists from declaring it to be the result of transphobia.

Ghey was something of a TikTok celebrity, with a following of around 31,000. Ghey’s account has since been deactivated.

Trans activists organized vigils across the UK with large crowds of mourners gathering, holding Pride flags, signs, and candles to pay tribute to the teenager. 

At the vigil outside the Department for Education, the crowd chanted “Protect Trans Youth,” and “When trans rights are under attack, what do you do? Stand up, fight back.”

At the end of the vigil came the “die-in,” where everyone laid down on the ground chanting, “How many of our corpses does it take for you to care?” reports Sky News.


Israel adopts bill revoking citizenship of terrorists; EU straps sanctions Iran TV7Israel News 16.02

1) Amid the rising tide in Palestinian terror, Jerusalem has ratcheted-up its retaliatory measures to try and deter future attacks.

2) The United States reportedly holds indirect talks with Iran on releasing American citizens unjustly detained by the Islamic Republic.


Left-Wing Activist Plows Car into Anti-Immigration Rally in Dublin


‘They stole everything’: Beirut banks set on fire

Lebanese protesters, furious at not having access to their own savings, set fire to banks in Beirut on Thursday.

The country’s financial crisis has demolished the local currency and prompted drastic measures. Lucy Fielder reports.


Court acquits Christian worker accused of praying outside abortion business

(Unsplash)

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce was arrested in December after an officer accused her of praying outside of an abortion clinic, which is against the law in the United Kingdom.

The Birmingham Magistrates’ Court ruled that Vaughan-Spruce was not guilty and acquitted her of all charges, according to Alliance Defending Freedom U.K.’s press release.

Vaughan-Spruce said she was pleased with the verdict but that she “should never have been arrested for my thoughts” for “praying on a public street,” according to the press release.

Vaughan-Spruce had been accused of violating England’s Public Protection Order (PPO), which prohibits any type of demonstration or “antisocial behavior” near abortion clinics.

In February, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dropped all the charges against Vaughan-Spruce, but ADF UK announced that they would be pursuing an official verdict in court to prevent CPS from reopening the investigation in the future.


Father Sean Gough talks about being charged after praying for free speech

Father Sean Gough talks about being charged after praying for free speech near a closed abortion clinic, as well as for having an “unborn lives matter” bumper sticker:

“Nobody should be criminalized for the thoughts that they’re having in their own head.”


South Korea refers to North as ‘our enemy’ for first time in six years as tensions heighten

South Korean army soldiers work by K-9 self-propelled howitzers in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
South Korean army soldiers work by K-9 self-propelled howitzers in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

When relations were on better terms, such references were not made.

The latest defense papers listed the main objectives of South Korea’s defense policies as bracing for threats and a potential invasion by North Korea, adding that its nuclear program and provocations “are seriously threatening our security.” 

South Korea first called North Korea its “main enemy” in 1995, a year after the North threatened to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire.” Similar rhetoric has been used repeatedly since then if tensions are heightened.

The South stopped using the enemy terminology in the 2000s during a time of low hostility, but brought it back in 2010 when 50 navy sailors were killed in a torpedo attack attributed to North Korea.

South Korea again avoided referring to North Korea as its enemy when it was governed by Moon from 2017 to 2022, who focused heavily on reconciling with the North. 


South Africa to Hold Joint Naval Exercises with Russia, China on Ukraine War Anniversary

The Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov will take part in joint South African-Chinese-Russian war games from 17-27 February 2023. © By Mil.ru, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

RFI reports:

The South Africa National Defence Force (Sandf) confirmed on 19 January that South Africa will host the navies of China and Russia during a “multilateral maritime exercise” over the period 17 to 27 February.

The exercise, codenamed “Mosi” (“Smoke” in Swahili), will take place around the Durban and Richards Bay areas of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, according to the statement.

According to Russia’s Tass news agency, the Admiral Gorshkov, a ship “carrying Tsirkon hypersonic missiles” will take part in the exercises as well after taking in supplies in Russia’s navy base in Tartus, Syria.

The South African National Defence Force confirmed the planned joint exercises:


Politics:

Failed experiment: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside continues to be a house of horrors

Guest host Sheila Gunn Reid examines the sordid state of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


CEO of ChatGPT’s parent company reportedly donated more than $500K to Democrats

FOX Business’ Lydia Hu breaks down the controversy surrounding OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and their chatbot, ChatGPT


GA State Senator Calls Clarence Thomas “Uncle Tom”During Statue Vote

“I don’t really know the origin of ‘Uncle Tom’,” said Georgia State Senator Emmanuel Jones (D) — but that didn’t stop him from using the racial slur.


Katie Hopkins on The Sturgeon Resignation…


No heavy weaponry to Ukraine – Thierry Baudet in Dutch Parliament


What’s The Deal?’: Steve Daines Grills Biden Admin Official About Dependence On Russian Energy

At Thursday’s Senate Energy Committee, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) pressed Dr. Andrew Light, Assistant Secretary at the Office of International Affairs at the Department of Energy, over Biden Administration energy policy.


‘Don’t Play That Game With Me’: Josh Hawley Snaps At Biden Official

At today’s Senate Energy Committee, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) pressed Dr. Andrew Light, Assistant Secretary at the Office of International Affairs at the Department of Energy, over Biden Administration energy policy.


Tulsi Gabbard: Biden’s government doesn’t care about this ‘massive catastrophe’

Fox News contributor Tulsi Gabbard discusses the lack of response from President Biden and Secretary Pete Buttigieg in addressing the situations in Palestine, Ohio, and Jackson, Mississippi, on ‘Jesse Watters Primetime.’


Tucker Carlson: This is very bad news

Fox News host Tucker Carlson calls out officials handling of the toxic chemical spill in Ohio on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’


Marjorie Taylor Greene attacks Nikki Haley as ‘Bush in heels’ after 2024 announcement

An unabashed supporter of former President Donald Trump, Greene quickly endorsed him after he declared his 2024 bid last November.

Her remarks came the same day Haley became the first heavyweight Republican to challenge Trump, announcing her 2024 bid in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday.

After her campaign launch, the Trump campaign greeted Haley with a similar line of attack, panning her track record and tying her to the likes of Hillary Clinton and former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). The campaign also flagged many of Haley’s past remarks that Greene mentioned.

Greene also recounted how Haley opposed “refused to support a transgender bathroom bill to protect children.” Back in 2016, while serving as governor of South Carolina, Haley rejected a bill mandating individuals use the bathrooms that correlated with the gender on their birth certificate. Haley said she didn’t “believe it’s necessary.”


SCOTUS to reconsider hearing case alleging Biden, Harris, lawmakers ignored 2020 fraud, broke oaths

The Supreme Court is set to reconsider whether to hear a lawsuit alleging President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former Vice President Mike Pence, 291 House members, and 94 senators violated their oaths of office by refusing to investigate evidence of fraud in the 2020 election before certifying Biden as the victor on Jan. 6, 2021, allowing for Biden and Harris to be “fraudulently” inaugurated.

The plaintiff, Raland J. Brunson, seeks the defendants’ removal from office for violating their oaths.

After the Supreme Court declined on Jan. 9 to hear Brunson’s lawsuit, he filed a petition for reconsideration on Jan. 23. On Feb. 1, the court scheduled the private conference for reconsidering the petition on Friday, when four of the nine justices must vote to grant the case a hearing for it to move forward.


Another ‘err of corruption’ surrounds the Biden family

The Spectator’s Washington editor Amber Athey reacts to reports of Chinese donors at President Biden’s alma mater.


Reports of Chinese donations to second Biden-linked university prompts new calls for investigation:

  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Analysis from the Government Accountability Institute analysis found that the University of Delaware received more than $6.7 million in secret Chinese donations, including direct funding from the Chinese government, after President Biden set up a program there in his name.

The news comes after records revealed that the University of Pennsylvania, which runs the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., where classified documents were recently discovered from Biden’s time as vice president, similarly received over $14 million from unnamed contributors in China and Hong Kong after establishing a center in the president’s name.

GOP lawmakers have vowed to take a closer look at the donations while the Department of Justice continues to investigate Hunter Biden’s financial dealings oversees.


Tucker Carlson: Did Biden family negotiate with Saudi government?

Government Accountability Institute president Peter Schweizer shares concerns about potential impropriety in Biden family finances on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’


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