News and Headlines: 2/18/2022, Keeping you informed.

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Meta worker caught in amateur pedophile sting video

Jeren Miles, manager of community development at Meta, was filmed by a group of anti-pedophile activists discussing alleged sexually explicit texts with a person who said they were a 13-year-old boy. Miles allegedly planned to meet the boy at a hotel, according to the video.

Miles identifies himself as “manager of community development” at Meta in the video when confronted by members of “Predator Catchers Indianapolis,” who were performing an amateur anti-pedophile sting operation. 

Miles admitted to the group that he sent sexually explicit messages to a person he believed to be a 13-year-old boy.

Students Strip Searched for Vaping Devices

Six teenage girls say they were forced to strip so school administrators could check them for vaping devices. Families of the teenagers—students at Suring High School in Wisconsin—have now retained a civil rights lawyer, after the local district attorney declined to bring criminal charges against Suring High officials.

In Wisconsin, it’s illegal for any official, employee, or agent of a school district to conduct a strip search of a student. School policy also specifies that this should not be done.

But District Attorney Edward D. Burke, Jr. said Tuesday he would not press charges against Superintendent Kelly Casper and the school nurse (both women) who made the girls disrobe, because Wisconsin law defines a strip search as requiring the exposure of genitals, pubic areas, breasts, or butts.

Report: Drunk Democrat Ruins Tween Slumber Party, Denies Everything

A Valentine’s Day slumber party for tween girls ended in tears last week after a former journalist turned Democratic candidate for Congress showed up, got drunk, and verbally abused the children before vomiting in a laundry basket.

NonDoc reports that Abby Broyles, who is running to represent Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District, was invited to the Feb. 11 sleepover by the host, whose daughter was among the eight girls in attendance. Broyles was reportedly drinking wine and was initially pleasant before she suddenly lashed out at the children for no apparent reason:

According to multiple accounts of the evening, Broyles became intoxicated and spoke derogatorily to some of the girls. She allegedly called one girl an “acne fucker,” which prompted the girl to leave the room in tears. Broyles allegedly called another girl a “Hispanic fucker” and another a “judgy fucker.”

At one point, Broyles allegedly vomited into a laundry basket and onto one girl’s shoes.

Sarah Matthews, a mother of one of the girls who attended the party, tagged Broyles’s campaign account in a Twitter thread posted on Wednesday.

Team USA track star pens blistering essay about biological men competing in women’s sports: Something needs to be done before ‘women’s sports is erased’

Image source: Fox News video screenshot/Blaze Media composite
Image source: Fox News video screenshot/Blaze Media composite

In a lengthy essay for Fox News, Monteleone, who has competed in various world championships and is also a track coach, said that if biological males continue to compete on women’s sports teams, it will mean the end of women’s sports as we know it.

“I had watched proudly as my strong and determined girl did all the right things – made personal, difficult sacrifices to train her body to be as fast and fit as possible for her first race,” she wrote.

“Yet all her hard work seemed to drift away along with the male-bodied athlete, who had just transferred from the boys’ volleyball team to the girl’s team the season before. The athlete breezed right by her to win first place, leaving her to finish second.”

Monteleone added, “How can you win as a female when you’re lined up next to a male body whose strength, heart and lung capacity, and pace are all greater than your own no matter what the ‘treatment’?”

‘Irony Of Someone Who Wants To Take Away Our Guns…’: Rand Paul Slams Alleged Attempted Assassin

In a virtual town hall on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) responded to the attempted assassination of a Louisville mayor candidate, and slammed the suspect in the crime who was an anti-gun activist.

Kim Potter gets 2 years in Daunte Wright death

Kim Potter stands in court Friday as Judge Regina Chu announces her sentence. (Alpha News)
Kim Potter stands in court Friday as Judge Regina Chu announces her sentence. (Alpha News)

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was sentenced to two years in prison Friday, a significant downward departure from the presumptive sentence.

“Her conduct cries out for a sentence significantly below the guidelines,” said Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu.

Potter was found guilty of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in December for fatally shooting Daunte Wright during an April 11 traffic stop. She accidentally grabbed her gun instead of her Taser.

“This is just profound. This too is unheard of,” one of Potter’s attorneys, Paul Engh, said in court Friday, holding up a thick stack of letters in support of Potter.

Tennessee theft suspects ‘pray’ with elderly woman in church as they steal her wallet: police

Video footage of the incident shows the female suspects approaching the 78-year-old victim sitting in a pew and engaging her in conversation.

One suspect “requested the victim pray with her,” public information officer Scott Beaubien wrote in the video’s description.

“While they were praying, the second female rummaged through the victim’s purse and stole her wallet,” Beaubien said. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact 931.552.1011.

California bill would allow citizens to enforce weapons ban

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday backed legislation that would let private citizens enforce the state’s ban on assault weapons. It’s modeled after a Texas law that lets private citizens enforce that state’s ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Newsom said he hopes the proposal forces the U.S. Supreme Court’s hand on the Texas abortion law. He said it will either expose their “hypocrisy” if they should block California’s proposal that affects the gun industry and not the Texas law on abortion.

The Firearms Policy Coalition, an advocacy group, pledged a court challenge should the California bill become law.

“California already has the strictest gun laws in the nation, so it’s not clear what Governor Newsom is hoping to accomplish here besides a sad publicity stunt,” Gallagher said in a statement.

Meta Faces New Whistleblower Complaints Over Climate Change, COVID Misinformation

The two new complaints were filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this month by Whistleblower Aid, a nonprofit group representing former Facebook product manager turned whistleblower Frances Haugen.

The complaints allege that Facebook made “material misrepresentations” and omitted information in statements to investors about its efforts to stem misinformation on its platforms, according to The Washington Post, which cited redacted copies of the documents. 

“The documents shared with the SEC make it totally clear that Facebook was saying one thing in private and another in public regarding its approach to climate change and COVID-19 misinformation,” said Andrew Bakaj, senior counsel at Whistleblower Aid, in an emailed statement. 

14-Year-Old TikTok Star’s Dad Shoots, Kills Her Alleged Stalker


The incident occurred on July 10, 2020, but the New York Times highlighted it on February 17, 2022, because Ava just had to pull out of school in order to avoid an individual she feared may be planning a copy cat attack.

In the early part of 2020 Ava noticed that one of her TikTok followers, EricJustin111, was also messaging her on Instagram and Snapchat. The fan turned out to be 18-year-old Eric Rohan Justin, of Maryland.

Justin allegedly went from being a fan to being a stalker, eventually asking “one of Ava’s male classmates whether he had access to a ‘strap,’ or gun, shared plans to assault her, and wrote, ‘I could just breach the door with a shotgun i think.’”

EXCLUSIVE — Gov. Stitt: Oklahoma Banks are Lined Up to Do Business with Gun Companies

Sue Ogrocki/AP
Sue Ogrocki/AP

Stitt said, “We’re a pro-Second Amendment state. I’ll sign any Second Amendment legislation that hits my desk.”

He noted that constitutional carry was the first bill he signed upon taking office, and he made clear that he would use executive orders, lawsuits, and/or sign legislation to further shield Oklahomans’ gun rights in the event of a federal gun control onslaught.

Stitt stressed that Oklahoma’s love for the Second Amendment includes passion for gun and ammo makers.

Victoria’s Secret welcomes 1st model with Down syndrome

Puerto Rican fashion model Sofía Jirau makes history as the first model with Down syndrome in a Victoria Secret campaign. Jirau joins the lingerie brand in its new Love Cloud Collection. (Victoria's Secret)
Puerto Rican fashion model Sofía Jirau makes history as the first model with Down syndrome in a Victoria Secret campaign. Jirau joins the lingerie brand in its new Love Cloud Collection. (Victoria’s Secret)

Puerto Rican fashion model Sofía Jirau revealed she’s made history as the lingerie brand’s first model with Down syndrome in an Instagram post she shared on Monday, Feb. 14, the day Victoria’s Secret announced it’d launch a Love Cloud Collection.

“One day I dreamed it, I worked on it and today it is a dream come true. I can finally tell you my big secret… I am the first Victoria’s Secret model with Down syndrome,” Jirau wrote, in Spanish.

Jirau went on to thank her supporters in the post, which shows a black and white snapshot of the model in Victoria’s Secret’s new campaign.

Texas grand jury indicts 19 police officers over protests in Austin

Austin police keep watch as demonstrators gather on June 4, 2020, in downtown Austin, Texas, as they protest the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Austin police keep watch as demonstrators gather on June 4, 2020, in downtown Austin, Texas, as they protest the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Word of the indictments came hours after Austin city leaders approved paying $10 million to two people injured by police in the protests, including a college student who suffered brain damage after an officer shot him with a beanbag round.

Combined, the charges and settlements amounted to conservative Texas’ liberal capital of 960,000 people taking some of its biggest actions as criticism still simmers over its handling of the protests, which intensified pressure on then-Police Chief Brian Manley to eventually step down.

Cassidy, the president of the Austin Police Association, called the move “devastating” for law enforcement in the city, but also said he’s confident that no officer will be convicted.

He criticized Garza, calling the investigation politically motivated.

Migrants in custody after police chase on highway | Wake Up America

Newsmax Border Correspondent Jaeson Jones gives details on a police chase that involved migrants being smuggled in through the border on Friday’s “Wake Up America.”

LA sheriff rips push to fire 4,000 unvaccinated deputies amid crime wave: ‘Immoral position’

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

“This is nothing but a power grab by the board. And it’s shameful, and it’s going to be harmful to public safety,” Villanueva told Fox News Digital.

He noted that the board endorsed Gascon, who is now facing a second recall effort backed by wealthy Democratic donors and Hollywood honchos.

“The board couldn’t care less about the opinion of the residents,” Villanueva said, referring to public safety concerns.

“They’re that power hungry in there, so walled off from normal life. While they were in the comfort and security of their homes during the pandemic, when there was no vaccine, our deputies were on the front lines out there answering calls for service … And now this board of supervisors wants to turn around and fire those very same people who sacrificed everything to keep public safety.

It’s just, it’s really an immoral position these people have adopted, and just shame on every single one of them.”

“Waste Of The Week” on The National Desk: State Department office mismanaged $3 Million

OpenTheBooks CEO/Founder Adam Andrzejewski discusses our findings on the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools mismanaging more than $3 million.

Also, Adam discusses Forbes terminating him as a contributor, following his investigations on Dr. #Fauci.

Episode 7 | Fired By Forbes After Fauci Investigations | Rip-Off The Week 2022

After 8 years and 200+ columns, OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski was CANCELED after ‘too many investigations on Dr. #Fauci.’ Where does censorship end?

“My Choices Now are Between my Job and my Life” – Woman Shares Her Tragic Story Following Pfizer Shots

Yolanda Vosloo
Yolanda Vosloo 

In a Facebook post, Yolanda Vosloo detailed how her life was changed from being a very healthy and active person to someone whose body is incapable of fighting off a simple inflammation and infection following Pfizer shots.

It all started when she received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. She had a cough and other issues like heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, and fatigue.

Vosloo wanted to take a different vaccine for her second dose, but she was advised to take the same vaccine she had on her first dose. The nurse told her that her previous reaction was a common reaction with the Pfizer vaccine and would disappear after three weeks.

Now, she has blood clots, inflammation, viral infection (which all contributed to the strain on her heart), chest pain, body aches, constant headaches, and feeling exhausted all the time.

Nunes: TRUTH Social working with non-woke partners to save free speech

Trump Media & Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes joins Fox Business’ Stuart Varney to discuss the direction of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the Russia Hoax and what TRUTH Social is doing to avoid Big Tech cancelation.


These Radical Progressive Groups Benefit From Hillary Merch Sales

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton / Getty Images
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton / Getty Images

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is giving proceeds from her online merchandise sales to an anti-police organization, as well as to the pro-immigration group that last year stalked Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) in a bathroom.

Clinton’s group Onward Together is hawking coffee mugs, face masks, and other merchandise emblazoned with the phrase “But her emails,” a joking reference to the scandal involving her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Proceeds go to Onward Together partners, a list that includes Color Of Change, an online racial justice group that supports the movement to defund police departments.

Onward Together also partners with Living United for Change in Arizona, whose members came under fire for harassing Sinema in 2021.

‘A Crisis Level’: Chuck Grassley Confronts Top IRS Official

At Thursday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned National Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS Erin Collins.

‘How Do You Know That?’: Mike Lee Presses Biden Nominee On Past Claims She Made

At Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) grilled Nina Morrison, nominee to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, on her past writings in the New York Times.

Steve Hilton: This is a terrible way to manage the Ukraine crisis

‘The Next Revolution’ host discusses the Biden administration’s foreign policy strategy regarding Russia and Ukraine.

Hillary Clinton fuels speculation of 2024 run with new speech

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Stagwell CEO Mark Penn discuss Hillary Clinton’s speech regarding her commitment to Democrats ahead of the midterms.

Rep. Jim Jordan reveals something ‘unusual’ about the Durham report

Ohio Republican gives his take on the Durham report and the U.S. response to the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine on ‘Kudlow.’

Tucker: When will Joe Biden stop talking about this?

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host examines Biden’s response to Russia-Ukraine tensions.

So much drama, you can’t say we’re not learning a lot, though. And one topic we’ve learned a lot about over the last year is Russia. And the reason we’ve learned about it is that Russia is Joe Biden’s number one favorite topic of conversation. 

World News:

Darwin commemorates 80th anniversary of bombing

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

A formation of 188 Japanese aircraft bombed Darwin just before 10am on February 19 in 1942 in the first of two raids that day.

At least 235 people were killed and more than 400 injured by the day’s end in the first and largest act of military aggression by a foreign power on Australian soil.

The City of Darwin Council has committed to live streaming the memorial service from the Cenotaph today which several thousand people are expected to attend.

Canada threatens to seize, potentially euthanize truckers’ pets

The ‘Outnumbered’ panel discusses actions taken by PM Justin Trudeau and the Ottawa police against the Canadian trucker convoy.

U.S. to sell 250 Abrams tanks to Poland as tensions rise in Eastern Europe

U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tanks prepare to cross the Hantan river during a river crossing operation, part of an annual joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tanks prepare to cross the Hantan river during a river crossing operation, part of an annual joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

The $6 billion price tag also will include support vehicles, maintenance equipment and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The sale was approved by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, and other GOP lawmakers have been pushing the Department of Defense to expedite the tank deal with Poland.

U.S. officials said the sale will “improve Poland’s capability to meet current and future threats” by providing them with a crucial force capable of deterring potential adversaries and participating in NATO exercises.

Ukraine crisis: Satellite images show Russian push toward border

A satellite image shows troops and equipment, as well as a large field hospital, at the Osipovichi training area in Belarus on Monday. Exercises are still underway in the area. (Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies)
A satellite image shows troops and equipment, as well as a large field hospital, at the Osipovichi training area in Belarus on Monday. Exercises are still underway in the area. (Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies)

Videos have been posted on TikTok showing trains carrying tanks in Korenevo, near the border with Ukraine in western Russia. Polish military analysis group Rochan Consulting used this footage and other sources to identify four locations where troops are moving closer to the border.

“Over the past few days, there was again an influx of videos which showed new equipment arriving to the border with Ukraine, or near the border,” despite Moscow’s claims of a pullback, said Rochan President Konrad Muzyka.

Russia unveils nuclear drills as Putin blames Kyiv for ‘escalation’

A Russian "Uragan" self-propelled multiple rocket launcher fires a rocket during military exercises at the Opuk training area in Crimea on Feb. 15. (Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters)
A Russian “Uragan” self-propelled multiple rocket launcher fires a rocket during military exercises at the Opuk training area in Crimea on Feb. 15. (Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters)

Moscow said it planned to hold nuclear exercises to test ballistic and cruise missiles as President Vladimir Putin blamed Kyiv for “escalating” tensions in eastern Ukraine where Moscow-backed separatists have ordered an evacuation of civilians to Russia.

The developments heightened fears that Russia is planning to invade Ukraine after the U.S. warned an attack was “imminent” and raised its estimate of Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s border to more than 169,000.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that units from its air force, army and navy would take part in the drills to test its launch crews and personnel as well as its nuclear and conventional weaponry. Putin will personally supervise the drills.

Speaker cancels Emergencies Act debate on Friday due to ‘police operation’

OPP 'offender transport' vehicles arrive early Friday on Elgin Street in front of the war memorial in anticipation of a police operation targeting Freedom Convoy protesters. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER NARDI / POSTMEDIA NEWS
OPP ‘offender transport’ vehicles arrive early Friday on Elgin Street in front of the war memorial in anticipation of a police operation targeting Freedom Convoy protesters. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER NARDI / POSTMEDIA NEWS

OTTAWA – The House of Commons will not be sitting on Friday and parliamentarians are exhorted to avoid downtown Ottawa due to a police operation to remove Freedom Convoy protestors throughout the day.

“A police operation is expected to take place on Wellington Street and other locations in the downtown core of Ottawa,” Speaker Anthony Rota warned in an email to parliamentarians Friday morning.

Hours later, Ottawa police said officers have begun arresting more anti-vaccine mandate protesters in the city core and advising others to exit the parliamentary precinct.

China Mocks Joe Biden, U.S. Corporate Media over ‘Russian Invasion Day’

AP Photo/Evan Vucci
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Chinese state media mockingly commemorated Wednesday as “Invasion Day,” the day U.S. President Joe Biden and some of his top officials allegedly predicted Russia would launch an all-out invasion of Ukraine.

The Chinese jeered that while Biden anticipated the thunder of guns, the only sound to be heard along the Ukrainian border was a hype bubble popping.

China’s state-run Global Times wrote a sarcastic editorial that treated February 16 as a pivotal date in history the world could “learn” from, but not for the reasons advanced by the Biden administration:

Lawmaker on trial in Europe for religious views a ‘cautionary tale’ for the US, says laywer

MP of the Finland's Christian Democrats Paivi Räsänen holds a bible as she speaks to media ahead of a court session at the Helsinki District Court in Helsinki, Finland. ( (Photo by ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images))
MP of the Finland’s Christian Democrats Paivi Räsänen holds a bible as she speaks to media ahead of a court session at the Helsinki District Court in Helsinki, Finland. ( (Photo by ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images))

A criminal case involving religious expression in Finland may seem obscure and irrelevant to many Americans, but those involved in the case said it could have implications far beyond Europe. 

Finnish Member of Parliament Päivi Räsänen and Lutheran Bishop Juhana Pohjola are both facing charges of “ethnic agitation” for expressing traditional Christian views on marriage and homosexuality. If convicted, both could face fines and time in prison.

The trial itself could have a chilling effect on free speech around the world regardless of the verdict, Alliance Defending Freedom International’s Lorcan Price, who is involved with the case, said.


Life as a Black Woman and Her Journey from Liberalism to Conservatism | Rudy Giuliani | Ep. 214

Ep. 3: “Return to the Middle Ages” – The Movement by Thierry Baudet

The Middle Ages were characterised by a total absence of centralised control over territorial jurisdictions – and some of the bloodiest domestic and international conflicts in history.

It was the realisation of the sovereignty of the nation-state that ensured centuries of relative peace, progress and prosperity.

But today we are once again witnessing the rise of overlapping jurisdictions – only this time at the international level by supranational organisations such as the EU and human rights courts like the ICC.

A continuation of this trend will lead to the abolition of the nation-state as we know it, while a resistance movement may ensure its preservation. The choice is ours.

John Stossel – No, They Cant: Why Government Fails

From 2012, in a Manhattan Institute presentation promoting his book, “No They Cant: Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed”, John Stossel debunks the belief that government can solve our problems.