Ukrainian troops fire thousands of explosive shells at Russian targets every day, using high-tech cannons supplied by the United States and its allies. But those weapons are burning out after months of overuse, or being damaged or destroyed in combat, and dozens have been taken off the battlefield for repairs, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials.
One-third of the roughly 350 Western-made howitzers donated to Kyiv are out of action at any given time, according to U.S. defense officials and others familiar with Ukraine’s defense needs.
Swapping out a howitzer’s barrel, which can be 20 feet long and weigh thousands of pounds, is beyond the capability of soldiers in the field and has become a priority for the Pentagon’s European Command, which has set up a repair facility in Poland.
According to a report from Breitbart, a report by The Hill posted on Thanksgiving Day has misleading data about the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the United States in 2022.
From The Hill, nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA) information noted the U.S. had experienced 609 incidents in 2022, qualifying as mass shootings. Four or more people were involved in each shooting, not including the attacker. According to the GVA, the U.S. is on track to be at the 675 incident mark by the end of 2022. The stats for 2021 were 690 across the country, 610 in 2020, and 417 in 2019.
Researchers from GVA said, “The country is three mass shootings away from 2022, being the second-highest yearly total since we began tracking data.” Only two more shootings would put the country at 675 incidents by post-time on Thursday.
The GVA also reported the U.S. had reached violent death by gun at 39,816 so far in 2022. That breaks down to around 21,500 deaths by suicide and over 18,000 deaths attributed to homicides.
GVA researchers also reported, “GVA had never logged a
month of 60+ mass shootings before 2020. It happened five times in 2020, six times in 2021, and now six times again this year.” Researchers also noted an average of 1.68 mass shootings occurred each day in 2022.
Breitbart points out that the GVA includes multiple reasons in their calculations of mass shootings, such as gang violence, double and triple homicides, drive-by shootings, murder-suicide, and firearm occurrences that do not have fatalities.
Breitbart also reports that according to the Rand Corporation, the standard set number used to determine mass shootings by the FBI’s 1980s definition of a mass murderer is someone who “kills four or more people in a
single incident (not including himself).” This definition means that a “mass shooting” involves a single incident by a single gunman resulting in the death of four or more people.
The 2013 definition was altered slightly by the U.S. Congress when it defined a mass killing as a single incident resulting in the death of three or more people.
Regardless of which definition is used, “four or more deaths” or “three or more people dead,” Breitbart notes either definition does not agree with the claim of 600+ expected “mass shootings” in 2022 reported by GVA.
A Virginia Walmart night supervisor left behind a chilling “death note” before turning the store’s break room into a bloodbath Tuesday night, killing six store employees and injuring six others, the Chesapeake Police Department revealed Friday.
Amid rumors that he may try to run for the White House in 2024, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to quiet those rumors by asserting his support for President Joe Biden, Politico reported.
Twitter’s new owner, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, says he will create a new smartphone if the social network is removed from the Apple and Google app stores.
“I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone,” Musk tweeted on Friday, in response to a user’s suggestion that Musk should produce his own phone instead of the “biased, snooping iPhone and Android,” if the Twitter app becomes unavailable on them.
On October 28, Musk finalized the acquisition of Twitter, which cost him $44 billion. Following the takeover, Musk changed the company’s day-to-day operations, including the termination of Twitter’s executives, who were responsible for the platform’s privacy and cybersecurity, as well as regular Twitter employees. The significant policy changes have caused a wave of concern.
Content moderation is still alive and well at Twitter as an account has been suspended for a not-so-veiled threat against conservative voices.
According to a screenshot, @little_hoot tweeted: “Chaya Raichik, Tim Pool, Matt Walsh, Jaimee Michell, et al have been way too comfortable lately. I personally think they should have to fear for their lives more.”
The screenshot was retweeted by Greg Price and posted by Libs of TikTok. It asked if such threats are still restricted by the social media platform’s terms of service. New Twitter CEO Elon Musk replied: “Yes.”
In remarks to reporters on Thanksgiving, President Joe Biden once again attacked Americans’ Second Amendment rights — claiming that allowing “semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick” and vowing to ban them.
During his Thanksgiving vacation — while visiting a fire station on Nantucket Island and bringing pies to firefighters for their holiday celebration — Biden stopped to speak with reporters.
“The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick,” the president said. “It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero.”
Biden was also asked about the recent shooting at a Walmart, in which one of the store’s managers allegedly opened fire on several of the store’s employees with a handgun, killing six. In response to the deadly massacre, the president shared his thoughts on gun control.
“Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” he said, continuing his comments attacking the idea of Americans being allowed to purchase semiautomatic firearms.
Twitter owner Elon Musk has announced that the company may soon release internal discussions related to the social media platform’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Musk argued that the release of the information is necessary to restore public trust in his response to a tweet from Alex Lorusso, whose Twitter account was recently reinstated.
“Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency,” said Lorusso, a staffer at the conservative campus organization Turning Point USA.
State election laws are under fire after a Staten Island grand jury found various instances of ballot fraud in the city council race last year according to reporting from the New York Post.
Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon released a report from the grand jury that consisted of 38 pages and made recommendations for changes that could be made to the law to ensure that these elections are fairer and that fraud doesn't creep more into the process.
"This report should alarm all involved in the electoral process on Staten Island and across New York city and state, including the general voting public," said McMahon about the process.
The report didn't make it clear as to which race the fraud was found in. It stated that there wasn't enough evidence to convict anyone specifically related to this event. However, there was enough evidence for the grand jury to release the list of recommendations for how the law could be changed for the betterment of the way that the city runs its races.
New shocking reports from Breitbart state that leadership in Canada spoke about the potential to use the Canadian army to try to handle freedom protestors last year.
Text exchanges between Justice Minister David Lametti and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino show that the two discussed the possibility of using the military to try to shut down some freedom protests throughout the country.
Breitbart reports that the messages between the two stated the following:
“you need to get the police to move. And the CAF [Canadian Armed Forces] if necessary. Too many people are being seriously adversely impacted by what is an occupation. I am getting out as soon as I can.”
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, accused that criticism against her might lead to violence.
This is according to the latest reporting from The Blaze.
You might wonder why this would have come up at this moment. The answer is because Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is starting to see what might happen if he takes a step in the direction of potentially running for President in 2024.
If he moves in that direction, he must be able to say what he wants and express his opinions in full. However, Weingarten doesn't seem to think so. She insists that Pompeo expressing his frustration with the education system will "lead to violence."
The first Starbucks to unionize was in the restaurant’s home city, Seattle.
Now, that same Starbucks is closing its doors soon.
According to CNN, “A company spokesperson cited safety concerns, saying that “unfortunately, despite several mitigating efforts, safety and security incidents at our Broadway and Denny store have continued to escalate.” The spokesperson said the store will be closed to customers on December 9.”