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"Organized Christianity has probably done more to retard the ideals that were its founder's than any other agency in the world." -- Richard Le Gallienne
The IDF launched Operation Breaking Dawn against Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip on Friday evening, striking multiple targets belonging to the group and killed close to a dozen terrorist operatives including the head of the group in the northern part of the enclave. By late Friday night, over 100 rockets had been fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved a draft call up order of up to 25,000 soldiers in reserve duty for operational purposes and the IDF began calling up reservists in the Southern Command, Air Defense Units, the Homefront Command and combat troops and officers.
"The goal of this operation is the elimination of a concrete threat against the citizens of Israel and the civilians living adjacent to the Gaza Strip," Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement.
A coordinator from Israel’s security service Shin Bet spoke with a Palestinian resident of the Gaza Strip ahead of an Israeli strike on a Palestinian Islamic Jihad ammunition warehouse, according to a statement released on Sunday. During the conversation, the Shin Bet coordinator urged the Palestinian to make sure the area around the building was clear: “We don’t want anyone getting hurt.”
Webmaster addition: I wondered how so many videos were aimed at the building before it exploded!
Alec Baldwin is among stars who've been condemned for supporting Anne Heche after the actress crashed into a house after a 100mph joyride, allegedly while drunk.
In a video posted to Instagram on Saturday, Baldwin called Heche 'an amazingly talented woman' as he asked his fans to send their 'support and love' to the 53-year-old actress who is currently in stable condition at a local hospital.
'Hey, I just want to send out my best wishes and all my love to Anne Heche,' said Baldwin, who is continuing to face scrutiny over his fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his film last year.
Elon Musk has waded into the federal government's efforts to free WNBA star Brittney Griner from Russian captivity, saying the Biden administration should also free anyone else jailed for weed offenses in the United States.
'If the president is working so hard to free someone who is in jail in Russia for some weed, shouldn't we free people in America?' Musk said in an episode of the Full Send podcast.
'There are people in jail in America for the same stuff, shouldn't we free them too?' he asked, adding: 'My opinion is that people should not be in jail for nonviolent drug crimes.'
Griner, 31, was found guilty on Thursday of smuggling drugs into Russia after a judge rejected her claims she accidentally left a marijuana pen in her bag when she entered the country in February. She was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Almost immediately following the verdict, U.S. President Joe Biden said he would work 'tirelessly' to pursue 'every possible avenue' to bring her and Paul Whelan - another American imprisoned in Russia - home.
The State Department is now working to negotiate a prisoner swap for the two Americans in exchange for Viktor Boult, a Russian arms dealer known as the criminal known as the 'merchant of death.'
Israel on Sunday agreed to an Egyptian-proposed truce with Palestinian militants in Gaza after three days of intense conflict, an Egyptian source said.
Islamic Jihad confirmed that talks toward a ceasefire were underway, but stopped short of saying an agreement had been reached.
The negotiations raise hopes that Egypt could help broker a deal to end the worst fighting in Gaza since an 11-day war last year devastated the impoverished coastal territory, home to some 2.3 million Palestinians.
At least 31 Palestinians have been killed including six children, and 275 people have been wounded since Friday, health authorities said.
Since Friday, Israel has carried out heavy aerial and artillery bombardment of Islamic Jihad positions in Gaza, with the militants firing hundreds of rockets in retaliation.
Islamic Jihad is the smaller of the two main Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, and is vastly outnumbered by Hamas, which controls the enclave.
In an interview with FOX News' Dan Bongino on Saturday, Republican lawmaker Mark Robinson said Democrats' 'ideology of control' towards black people 'has not changed' over the course of American history.
'If you look back through the history of America, Democrats have notoriously despised black people who just don't go along,' and 'push back against stereotypes and all ideologies that are dangerous to them,' Robinson said.
'It has always been an ideology of control,' he continued. 'And when they cannot control you, when they cannot control your thought, they will hate you and they will try to destroy you.
'It's been done to me in several venues since I started this venture,' he noted, 'and it's nothing new.'
Senate Republicans have successfully forced Democrats to remove a provision in their $740 billion climate and healthcare package that would have capped the price of insulin for all Americans at just $35.
Senators have been inside the US Capitol from Saturday night through Sunday morning voting on dozens of amendments to Democrats' spending bill, in a lengthy process known as a vote-a-rama.
Democrats had left the insulin cap in the bill despite the Senate parliamentarian ruling that it violates rules of the budget reconciliation process by which the legislation is being passed.
Republicans raised a point-of-order on Sunday, forcing a floor-wide vote on whether to overrule the parliamentarian.
The measure ultimately fell three votes short of the 60-vote threshold needed. Forty-three lawmakers voted to strike the price cap down.
A convicted burglar was arrested for murdering an elderly couple, a mother and her 15 year-old daughter then taking to Facebook to claim they'd been controlling his mind by using telepathy.
Stephen Marlow ranted after he allegedly killed Clyde Knox, 82, Knox's wife Eva, 78, Sarah Anderson, 41, and Anderson's daughter Kayla, 15, in Butler Township, Ohio on Friday.
He said: 'I will be launching the first counter-attack against mind control in human history.
'I want to be very clear, this will not be an active shooter event. I will be executing some of the people responsible for activating active shooters.
'If I happen to survive, please visit me in prison, only to see the same man you’ve almost known. I will gladly die to expose this.
'If I can help another targeted individual fight back against telepathy, then the sacrifice will be worth it.'
THE Eurozone will collapse if the European Central Bank makes a crucial mistake in tackling surging inflation, with Europe possibly facing "the biggest financial crisis of its history", an EU critic has warned.
Last week, the European Union faced a new crisis when it was revealed eurozone inflation had skyrocketed to a record high, piling yet more pressure on the ECB as surging prices show no sign of slowing. In July, eurozone inflation jumped to 8.9 percent, up from 8.6 percent in June and 8.1 percent in May. The ECB has forecast the rate to average 6.8 percent in 2022 before falling to to 3.5 percent in 2023 and 2.1 percent in 2024.
This thief picked the wrong smoke shop to rob.
Nevada – A Las Vegas smoke shop owner repeatedly stabbed a masked robber dressed in black bloc on Wednesday.
An immigrant blocked from ascending to Florida’s highest court by a Democrat-initiated lawsuit was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Friday by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Former CNN Anchor Felicia Taylor was arrested after an alleged hit and run accident that took place on July 28th.
A Covid-19 vaccine study funded by the French government and conducted by university researchers have confirmed the elevated risk of heart inflammation with Covid ‘boosters,’ particularly with the Moderna series.
“In the study, French researchers analyzed 4,890 myocarditis cases admitted to hospitals in the country between Dec. 27, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2022,” the Epoch Times reported. The researchers used 48,900 controls from the general population.
The COVID-19 vaccine booster was associated with an elevated risk of myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation, particularly after the Moderna booster. The adjusted heart inflammation risk was three times higher for those who took a Pfizer booster and four times higher after a Moderna booster.
A media outlet has filed a legal document seeking to make public the names of the clients of Jeffrey Epstein.
The list of clients became a much-discussed item during the recent trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime associate. Maxwell was convicted of sex trafficking in December.
In May, as Maxwell’s sentencing was making headlines, Elon Musk called for the list to be made public, wondering at one point why the Department of Justice was keeping it hidden. UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya suggested that the list, with prominent names upon it, appeared to have vanished.
WNBA star Brittney Griner’s Russian attorney said that her client was “devastated” with the nine year prison sentence handed to her by a Russian judge.
She was sentenced on Thursday to the harsh punishment on charges of drug possession and smuggling, for less than a gram of cannabis oil, on Thursday.
She pleaded guilty to bringing vape cartridges that contained cannabis oil into Russia, which is a crime.
“She’s devastated. She is very upset and she’s honestly quite shocked, so she needs to digest what happened today,” her attorney Maria Blagovolina, a partner at Rybalkin Gortsunyan Dyakin and Partners, said to People.
Her attorney said that the punishment for this crime is usually not as severe as Griner’s sentence.
“So nine years, it’s pretty unusual and it contradicts the existing court practice in Russia,” she said. “That’s why we are really disappointed and very much surprised by this decision of the court.”
A Georgia couple has been charged with using their two adopted children to record child pornography, police said.
Walton County Sheriff’s Office raided a home in Loganville July 27 on reports that a man there was downloading child porn.
After interviewing the suspect, who was not identified, police said they learned there was another suspect in the county who was “producing homemade child sexual abuse material with at least one child who lived in the home,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday.
Around 11:30 p.m. that same night, executed a search warrant in Oxford at the home of William Dale Zulock, 32, and Zachary Jacoby Zulock, 35.
Walton County’s Division of Family and Child Services joined deputies in responding to the home to help protect the two brothers who lived there.
During their search, deputies found evidence the pair, who were the children’s adoptive fathers, “were engaging in sexually abusive acts and video documenting this abuse,” the sheriff’s office said.
Here we are, sweating through one of the hottest summers in recent years, and I'm already talking about frost. What in the world is wrong with me? I know it seems strange, but Fall really isn't that far away. Before you know it, we all be bundled up, cheering for our team under those 'Friday night lights.' One indication that Fall has officially arrived is the appearance of frost.
A Democratic congressional staffer impersonated a federal agent and led the Secret Service on a weeks-long manhunt between late 2020 and early 2021.
The congressional staffer, Sterling Devion Carter, worked for Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois, according to reporting from The Daily Beast.
Police spotted Carter impersonating law enforcement on November 12, 2020, at around 11:45 a.m. He was spotted standing near a blue Ford Taurus resembling a police cruiser in Washington D.C.
The vehicle had blue emergency lights activated, an affidavit in support of Carter’s arrest warrant said.
The vehicle also had a D.C. license plate, although officers said it appeared to be fake, since the letters on the tag appeared longer and bolder than regular D.C. tags.
The housing and renting market continues to teeter on the brink, and the newest incoming data doesn't offer up any clear signs of stabilization. In fact, new data continues to suggest the opposite: that volatility in housing could only be beginning...and that we're going to have plenty of fodder on deflation, which we have talked about frequently, invoking the effects of a "reverse bullwhip" on the economy.
A new report from Apartments.com examining multifamily rent growth trends for July 2022 shows that the Sunbelt markets are set up for what is being called a "a significant collapse of demand" heading into the back half of 2022.
Sunbelt cities, which had previously "dominated the top 10 rent growth markets in July with eight out of 10 located within the region" are now setting up for the fastest pullback.
The Senate parliamentarian has given the green light to a $740 billion budget reconciliation bill that will reform the tax code, tackle climate change and lower drug prices, putting the Senate on track to begin voting on the bill Saturday afternoon.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Saturday that the bill is on track to pass this weekend now that the parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, has ruled that its provisions comply with the budgetary rules enabling it to circumvent a GOP filibuster.
“Our meetings with the parliamentarian have now largely concluded, and we thank her and her staff for their hard work and diligence on such a large bill in such a short period of time,” he said. “Now that our meetings with the parliamentarian have largely concluded, we have a bill before us that can win the support of all 50 Democrats.”
Schumer said the bill’s major provisions remain “largely intact,” though the parliamentarian did strike a provision that would have limited prescription drug price increases to the rate of inflation. The Senate rules official allowed to the inflation cap to be applied for Medicare beneficiaries but ruled out extending the cap to people with private health insurance.
Warlords in Ukraine? Who could have seen this coming?
During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray repeatedly deflected Republican lawmakers’ questions and refused to take responsibility for the partisan mess his agency has become.
In his opening statement, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who has been one of the most vocal critics of the FBI in recent weeks, said that recent reports have put the agency’s reputation “on the line.”
“Director Wray, simply put, the FBI’s credibility is on the line, as are principles that helped found and sustain our great nation,” Grassley said.
An exhibit dedicated to those who have faced criminal prosecution stemming from the January 6 Capitol riots created a stir at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend in Texas.
The set inside the Hilton Anatole in Dallas featured a mock prison cell complete with a live action model prisoner who sat barefoot in an orange jumpsuit crying.
At one point, headsets were distributed to viewers which played harrowing courtroom testimony from Jan 6 defendants.
“It’s stunning really,” Michael Lovorn, 50, Dean of School of Education at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, who said he found the exhibit to be “compelling.”
The exhibit organizer — who also played the role of the prisoner — was Brandon Straka. The one-time New York City hair stylist rebranded as a pro-Trump activist and founder of nonprofit Walk Away Foundation which encourages people to leave the Democratic party.