As the new year begins, the violence ramps up a notch.
As many around the country celebrated the New Year with parties, friends, and family, some were met with muggings, gunshot wounds, and hospital trips. This was the theme in Philly.
CBS states, “The year started with an 87-year-old woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the left shoulder in Port Richmond, police say. This incident happened at 12:15 AM on Sunday on the 3400 block of Salmon Street. She was transported to Jefferson Frankford Hospital in stable condition. No arrests have been made in this incident.”
On Tuesday, the next round of Twitter Files were dropped by journalist Matt Taibbi.
The bombshell dropped continued to expose how government agencies were working closely with Twitter to censor and ban their opposition.
One revelation from Taibbi showed how Democratic Representative Adam Schiff used his influence to attempt to get investigative journalist Paul Sperry banned from Twitter.
Twitter was accepting requests “from all over: from Treasury, the NSA, virtually every state, the HHS, from the FBI and DHS, and more,” Taibbi explained.
“They also received an astonishing variety of requests from officials asking for individuals they didn’t like to be banned. Here, the office for Democrat and House Intel Committee chief Adam Schiff asks Twitter to ban journalist Paul Sperry,” Taibbi reported.
An alleged intruder entered a Lake County, Florida, home through a window Monday and was shot dead by a person inside the house.
WFTV identified the alleged intruder as 35-year-old Ryan Michael Baldasare.
Deputies responded to a 911 call and found Baldasare, who was declared dead at the scene.
The Sheriff’s office said Baldasare allegedly entered the home “forcefully” before being shot, Villages-News.com pointed out.
WESH noted deputies saying, “Based on the evidence gathered so far, the incident appears to be a case of self-defense.”
Baldasare was arrested in July 2022 for punching a man who was with his girlfriend. Baldasare allegedly bloodied the man’s nose and caused facial swelling. He was purportedly “in possession of 1.31 grams of methamphetamine” at the time of that arrest.
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz is demanding to know why fellow Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy is occupying the Speaker of the House Office when he's yet to be elected to the post.
"How long will he remain there before he is considered a squatter?" Gaetz asked about McCarthy in a letter Tuesday to Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton, who oversees Capitol building operations.
Gaetz, of Florida, who nominated Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan for speaker, said that "it seems Mr. McCarthy can no longer be considered Speaker-Designate following today's balloting."
McCarthy lost three elections for speaker Tuesday. In the final vote, 20 Republicans defected from the party to support Jordan. McCarthy is the first speaker candidate to lose his party's vote in 100 years. Voting will continue Wednesday.
Gaetz said Tuesday that he and other anti-McCarthy Republicans were "threatened" that if they did not support the California Republican's bid for speaker, they would be "removed from committees."
Tomorrow, Thursday, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, former FBI Agent Robert Cessario will finalize a plea agreement to a federal felony with his former employer who is now prosecuting him, the Department of Justice, in which he will receive an incredibly lenient one year of probation for destroying evidence in a political trial involving former pro-Trump Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods.
Woods remains in prison even though the government has admitted destroying evidence in his trial that might have been vital to his defense. FBI Agent Cessario will be admitting to just one count of Obstruction of Justice, and will receive an incredibly lenient sentence despite on-site protesters agitating against this injustice.
A decade in the making, the conservative-led revolt that thwarted Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s bid to be Speaker on three consecutive votes Tuesday isn’t likely to stop in the House as those eager to disrupt the GOP’s status quo also have set their sights on Republican Party chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Some of the 20 House members who helped deprive McCarthy of the Speaker’s gavel on Tuesday said the votes should serve as a wakeup call to GOP leaders everywhere that the party needs to return to its roots of fiscal conservatism after two decades of reckless spending in Washington.
“In our mind, and so many people's minds, spending is out of control,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., told the Just the News, No Noise television show Tuesday night. “[Either] we'll face it now, or just sit here until we come up with some type of solution and a leader that will fight.”
The votes left the House in limbo, without a Speaker and no clear path yet to solve the deadlock, which has pitted Tea Party and America First conservatives against establishment Republicans.
McCarthy lost 19 GOP defectors on each of the first two votes Tuesday, then fared even worse in the third tally when Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., flipped his support from McCarthy to Rep. Jim Jordan.
Pakistan appears poised to launch a major ground and air offensive against Tehreek-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants that could target hideouts in neighbouring Afghanistan, experts say, as a surge in attacks on security forces threaten to plunge the country back into a cycle of violence.
Dozens of Pakistani soldiers and policemen have been killed and wounded in recent months in near-daily armed assaults, assassinations, roadside bombings and suicide attacks by the TTP, or the Pakistani Taliban, in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, the two western provinces bordering Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s civil and military leadership issued a warning late on Monday that “the full force of the state” would “take on all and any entities that resort to violence”.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised eyebrows in DC this week when she floated a potential power-sharing agreement between Kevin McCarthy and the Democrat Caucus.
After three votes Tuesday afternoon, McCarthy failed to secure enough support from his fellow Republicans.
“I do not believe that Kevin McCarthy has the votes. I believe that a lot of the opposition to him is very personal. I believe his leadership style is incompatible with a lot of Republican members and certainly the Democratic Caucus.” Ocasio-Cortez said on MSNBC Tuesday night.
“So the question is, is there anyone in their caucus that can build that consensus? If there isn’t, McCarthy’s team may have to come to the Democratic Party? And, if that’s the case, then what would that even look like. It’s rather unprecedented? Could it result in a potential coalition government?”
“Could we get Democratic chairs of committees as a result?”
Webmaster addition: Bad idea.
One of the most significant cultural transformations of the last two years has been the newfound glorification of the pharmaceutical industry.
An industry plagued by decades of fraud, corruption, and criminality managed to quickly rebrand itself as the savior of humanity during the covid-19 crisis.
But nothing inherently changed. Big Pharma still values shareholders’ profits more than people’s lives.
The regulatory agencies still operate as revolving doors to the pharmaceutical giants they are said to regulate.
Big Pharma still dominates lobbying efforts in Washington DC and spends billions each year advertising pharmaceutical products.
Despite the notorious corrupt nature of the pharmaceutical industry, Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla claimed during a November 2021 interview, that a small group of “medical professionals” who are intentionally circulating “misinformation” critical of the Pfizer vaccine narrative are “criminals”.
The judge presiding over Abe Hamadeh’s election challenge dismissed the case Dec. 23 without knowing that Pinal County would admit a few days later to mishandling hundreds of ballots that contained votes in the Attorney General race.
Instead, numerous Pinal County officials –including the board of supervisors, County Attorney Kent Volkmer, and two elections directors– kept the substantive information from Mohave County Judge Lee Jantzen, the candidates, and voters across the state.
It is the latest in a series of questionable decisions related to Pinal County’s elections. In August, then-Elections Director David Frisk lost his job after a botched Primary Election.
Days later, County Recorder Virginia Ross resigned to temporarily take over the beleaguered and understaffed elections department. Her four-month contract the county approved for Ross included $175,000 in salary and the potential for an additional $25,000 if the General Election ran smoothly.
There is plenty to blame Russia for. But here in the West a pattern continues of blaming Russia prior to an investigation, or even despite one. Blame Russia, whatever the facts.
In a recent Foreign Affairs essay, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz takes advantage of the general ignorance of his readership in order to rewrite history. In a section that blames Putin for deflating the promise of partnership and peace in a world order that should have followed the end of the Cold War, Scholz charges that, in 2008, “Russia launched a war against Georgia.”
Many of Scholz’s readers will take him at his word, especially because they have been primed for it by the Western media for many years. But Scholz knows that his testimony is a lie. A European Union Independent Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia found at the time that Georgia, not Russia, had launched the attack.
On August 7, violating its own ceasefire of just five hours earlier, Georgia launched an attack on the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali. Georgia claimed that Ossetia had been shelling Georgian villages. But OSCE observers on the ground said that was not true. The European Union Independent Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia found that "None of the explanations given by the Georgian authorities in order to provide some form of legal justification of the attack" were legitimate. The report said "there was no Russian military invasion under way, which had to be stopped by Georgian military forces."
U.S. defense companies are finding it tough to quickly replenish weaponry such as missiles and artillery shells for Ukraine, leading Pentagon officials to revisit whether industry consolidation has gone too far.
Two decades of mergers and acquisitions have left the top six contractors to share the majority of Pentagon spending on military equipment. In the 1990s, some 50 firms vied for big contracts.
Russia is planning a protracted campaign of aerial bombardments and attacks using Iranian-made drones in a bid to “exhaust” Ukraine into submission, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In his nightly address to the nation on Monday, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine had received intelligence that Russia would increase its campaign of drone raids on the country.
On 2 January, Israel’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Eli Cohen signaled a policy shift with Russia after relations soured due to the war in Ukraine since early 2022.
Cohen announced that Israel would take a step back on the conflict and no longer publicly condemn Russia.
“On the issue of Russia and Ukraine, we will do one thing for sure – speak less in public,” the foreign minister said.
While Cohen announced that Israel would continue to supply humanitarian aid to Ukraine, he also said that Israel would draft a “responsible” policy on the war and “will prepare a detailed presentation to the security cabinet on this issue.”
The Israeli foreign minister reiterated that Israel was seeking better relations with Russia and said he would call his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on 3 January. This would mark the first phone call between the countries’ foreign ministers since the start of the war.
any tombstones were damaged Tuesday by unknown vandals at the Protestant Mount Zion Cemetery in Jerusalem, the Israel Police said.
Police said in a statement that officers arrived at the scene after receiving a report of vandalism. Photos handed out by police showed toppled gravestones and broken masonry.
Security camera video shared on social media showed two apparently Jewish men wearing kippot pulling over tombstones or dropping rocks and masonry on graves to damage them.
Russian sappers have begun another round of explosives clearance operations in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
According to an MoD press statement released Wednesday, the current mission, which will run until March, will see the clearance of some 56 hectares of land (over 138 acres), plus the training of Laotian sappers.
The current mission is the Russian sappers’ fifth, with previous operations seeing Russian forces clear and destroy over 2,200 explosive objects across an area of over 140 hectares (346 acres) in the central Laotian provinces of Bolikhamsai, Khammuan and Xiangkhousang. Russian troops have also already trained about 100 Laotian troops in mine-clearance.
The sappers’ mission in Laos is complicated by a range of environmental factors, including tropical, heavily overgrown forests, large number of insects and poisonous snakes, as well as unexploded ordinance – ranging from cluster munitions to human being-sized bombs, buried at depths up to 170 centimeters (five-and-a-half feet).
Russia and the Soviet Union before it have dispatched sappers to hot spots across the world over the course of many decades, deploying to countries ranging from Algeria and Angola to Syria. The Laos mission began in 2018.