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Netflix Faces Widespread Criticism over ‘Cuties’ Film that Sexualizes Young Girls

The worldwide streaming platform Netflix has come under heavy fire in recent days for its premiere of a controversial documentary called “Cuties,” which many have said is guilty of sexualizing young girls and bordering on child pornography, as reported by Variety.

The film, directed by a French woman named Maimouna Doucoure, is about an 11-year-old Muslim girl in Paris who becomes a member of a “free-spirited dance clique,” which features pre-adolescent girls dancing provocatively in revealing clothing. As a result of the film’s premiere, the hashtag “#CancelNetflix” reached #1 on global trends, as users from across the political spectrum encouraged their followers to cancel their Netflix subscriptions and hold them accountable for endorsing the film.

In response to the backlash, Netflix issued a statement in support of the film, pointing to the fact that it won an award for the “drama” category at the annual Sundance Film Festival. The statement claimed that “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” and “encourages anyone who cares about these important issues to watch this movie.”

But the Sundance Festival’s description of the film admits to the highly sexualized nature of the film, saying that the girls have an “eagerness to be identified as sexualized,” and describes the cast as “vivacious” and “young.”

As such, many online commentators have not bought into the idea that the film is actually against sexualization of children, claiming that it goes too far and could have conveyed an anti-sexualization manner in a better way. The film has been condemned by the Daily Caller and the Parents Television Council, and a Change.org petition calling on people to cancel their subscriptions has currently garnered over 600,000 signatures.

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Far-Left Judges Demand that Illegal Aliens be Counted in the Census

A federal three-judge panel ordered that the Trump Administration be required to count illegal aliens in the 2020 United States Census even though they are not citizens, according to The Hill.

The ruling came from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which has been notorious for numerous politically-motivated rulings against President Donald Trump. The action was in response to President Trump’s recently-announced intentions to make sure that illegals were not counted in the census, so that representation in Congress and electorally would be based solely on American citizens.

The panel’s 86-page ruling falsely claimed that the government has a “constitutional responsibility to count the whole number of persons in each State,” even if some are not there legally, and said that “the merits of the parties’ dispute are not particularly close or complicated.” The judges even went so far as to falsely claim that President Trump was attempting to “substitute his own view of what is most consonant with the principles of representative democracy for the view that Congress already chose.”

The far-left Attorney General of New York, Letitia James (D-N.Y.), called the ruling “a major victory,” and falsely accused President Trump of attempting to “hinder, impair, and prejudice an accurate census and the subsequent apportionment.” In a similar statement by the far-left American Civil Liberties Union, a spokesman said that the ruling was “a huge victory for voting rights and for immigrants’ rights,” even though illegal aliens technically have no rights under U.S. law.

While the Trump Administration has substantially increased its efforts to deport many illegals around the country, it has tried to deal with the problem of illegals who are still here by curbing their ability to disproportionately impact population totals and subsequent apportionment of the number of seats in the House of Representative for each state.

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NFL Player Charged for Using Coronavirus Relief Funds for Personal Use

Joshua Bellamy, a former wide receiver for the New York Jets, is facing charges of fraud using coronavirus relief funds for his own personal use, as reported by CNN.

The Justice Department announced the charges against the former NFL player on Friday, where he was charged in the Southern District of Florida. Among the charges were wire fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire- and bank-fraud.

According to the charges, Bellamy managed to get a loan of over $1.2 million for his company, Drip Entertainment LLC, only to use over $100,000 of that money to buy things such as jewelry and clothing for himself. He is also alleged to have spent nearly $63,000 of that money at a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Seminole, Florida.

Even the acquisition of the loan was fraud, according to the DOJ, since one of Bellamy’s associates used “falsified documents” to obtain the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. After submitting an initial PPP application, the associate in question “worked with other co-conspirators, including Bellamy, on a scheme to submit numerous fraudulent PPP loan applications.”

In response to a request for comment, the Jets disavowed Bellamy and simply said “Josh is no longer with us.” Bellamy’s attorneys issued a statement defending him as “a good and decent man,” and hoped that “the public will give him the benefit of the doubt at this time,” while also mostly blaming the alleged crimes on the associate “taking advantage of” Bellamy.

 

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Morning Greatness: Remember 9/11

Good Friday morning:

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president and first lady  participate in a Flight 93 National Memorial Nineteenth Anniversary Observance in Shanksville, PA
  • The president presents the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas Payne, United States Army

Today is 9/11. Take a moment and remember:

Election/campaign news:

Barr casts doubt on mail-in voting: ‘There are going to be ballots floating around’

Biden Spox Won’t Say Whether Biden Used Teleprompter During Interviews

Bret Baier Presses Biden Campaign Official On What Biden Would Have Done Differently To Tackle COVID-19

ABC’s Jon Karl asks Trump why ‘did you lie to the American people’ about coronavirus

NY Times reporter claims Trump campaign removed her from president’s Michigan rally

California mail dumps prompt USPS investigation: report

Russian man charged with stealing Americans’ identities as part of election interference efforts

Google is removing search suggestions about candidates and voting

Joe Biden Ignores Record Offshoring of American Auto Jobs in Pitch to Auto Workers in Michigan

 

Riots/protests/Black Lives Matter/crime/police:

Woman Attacks Security Guard in Seattle with a Machete After ID’ing Him as an ‘Officer’

50 GOP Congressmen Ask DOJ to Investigate Who May Be Funding Riots

Portland mayor bans cops from using tear gas during protests

More voters think that it’s harder to be Black in US now than in 2016: Pew

California man charged with trying to torch GOP women’s club

South Carolina art museum pulls ‘Wear Their Names’ jewelry named after police brutality victims

American Airlines attendant gives Black Lives Matter note to travel influencer

1619 Project founder says US ‘not an exceptional nation,’ Founding Fathers ‘did not believe in democracy’

New Orleans shootings: 4 dead, 1 hurt in separate shootings

4 Houston police officers fired after shooting man on the ground 21 times during alleged mental health crisis

 

Coronavirus news:

Senate Democrats block $300 billion coronavirus stimulus package, leaving little hope for relief before November

Teachers in at least five states have died with coronavirus since fall semester started

Cuomo threatens New Yorkers with tax hikes over COVID-19 shortfalls

Long Island student defiant after arrest for showing up at high school on remote learning day

Dolphins announce they will stay inside locker room during national anthem, ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ rendition

NFL player charged with fraud in coronavirus relief scheme

 

Other morsels:

WUT. Killer Mosquito Clouds Rise From Swamp, Descend On Louisiana Livestock And Drain Their Blood

Trump admin may postpone admitting refugees: report

Court blocks Trump order to exclude undocumented immigrants from census

Texas Lawmaker Asks Attorney General To Investigate ‘Cuties’ For Violations Of Child Exploitation Laws

26 Fort Hood Soldiers Have Died So Far In 2020. Here’s What We Know About 10 Of Them

Pelosi On Fires In California: ‘Mother Earth Is Angry’

White House moves to curb policing of corporate misbehavior

Family frightened as Texas officers break into wrong home to serve warrant

Wildfires burned millions of acres across the West. See what that looks like.

US Marshals capture Oklahoma man accused of recording sexual assault of 6-month-old baby and posting it on social media

Critics blast CNN’s Jake Tapper for ‘lying’ after claim about GOP candidate Sean Parnell

CNN gives Netflix CEO a pass on ‘Cuties’ controversy despite #CancelNetflix hashtag

Treasury Department says Ukrainian linked to Rudy Giuliani is ‘Russian agent’

 

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

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Left-Wing Agitator Arrested for Starting Fire in Washington, Suspected of Starting Two Other Wildfires

A Washington man with a history of left-wing agitation was arrested Wednesday evening after he allegedly started a fire in the brush along a highway near Tacoma.

Jeffrey Acord, 36, was charged for reckless burning in the second degree. He is now reportedly also a suspect in two other Washington wildfires.

Acord appears to be a man of the left, according to his Facebook page.

#Disobey.#Resist.#Fight.#Ops.

Posted by Jeff Demologik Acord on Friday, July 10, 2020

 

Acord called 911 to report the fire he apparently started himself, and then livestreamed what ensued to his Facebook page.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Ryan Burke announced his arrest later on Twitter:

Accord had drawn attention to himself earlier in the day by walking around the highway holding a lighter, according to Q13Fox.

State patrol said they had spoken with him earlier on Wednesday morning when a woman called to report a man walking on the highway in Sumner holding a lighter.

The Sumner Grade Fire in Sumner and Bonney Lake has burned more than 800 acres and was 20 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

When an officer questioned Acord, he claimed that he was looking for his $1,000 recording equipment because the camera case had supposedly fallen out of his backpack while he was biking the previous day.

“I’ve been out here all day searching for my camera,” Acord told police. “I’m trying to cover the area thoroughly.”

During his Facebook Live broadcast, Acord did an Oscar-worthy job sounding alarmed by his fire.

 

The fire was contained to the interstate and extinguished by the local fire department, although Puyallup Police were forced to close the northbound ramp.

“There’s nothing you can connect to me to this at all,” Acord stated before the video cut out. “I was literally calling this in.”

Acord was detained in the Puyallup City Jail with bail set at $1,000 and then transferred to the Pierce County Jail where he was booked under a separate burglary charge.

The suspected antifa militant has a history of anti-police protesting and encounters with law enforcement, court records show. According to his Facebook, Acord also attended a Black Lives Matter march in Seattle on June 5 of this year.

BLM March for justice 06-05-2020 Seattle, WA🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻✊🏿✊🏻✊🏼✊🏾✊🏿✊🏼✊🏽✊🏻✊🏿🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻KIRO 7 News KING 5 Q13 FOX Dori Monson…

Posted by Jeff Demologik Acord on Friday, June 5, 2020

Previously in 2014, Acord was caught with a cache of weapons and arrested during the Ferguson Decision Protest. Officers found the man carrying a 7-inch knife in his backpack, a box of ammunition, an assault rifle, a shotgun, and a box full of illegal fireworks in his car, according to a KOMO news report. When officers contacted Acord, he admitted to carrying a loaded gun without a permit. His bail was set for $10,000. The following charges were levelled against him.

In the 2014 incident, officers reportedly found Acord carrying a 7-inch knife in his backpack, a box of ammunition, an assault rifle, a shotgun, and a box full of large fireworks in his car.

Acord attempted to justify the 2014 case as “a misunderstanding” to arresting officers during Wednesday’s arrest.

According to Protester Privilege, sources say Acord is now a suspect in two other wildfires in Washington, including the Bonney Lake fire that has burned more than 800 acres.

The Oregonian reported on Wednesday that a group of wildfires in Lincoln County may have been caused by human activity, as opposed to lightning or other natural ignition sources. These massive wildfires have have destroyed more than 2,400 acres.

At least five other individuals have been arrested for starting fires in Washington, Oregon, and California in recent days, although a connection to left-wing domestic terrorism has not yet been established.

Washington State Representative Jim Walsh released a statement on the suspicious wildfires:

“I am getting a lot of reports from residents of Washington State that the current wave of wild fires in Washington and Oregon may be caused or at least made worse by politically motivated arsonists,” he said. “How could their motives be political? To set fire to blame them on climate change?”

We have pretty good evidence that several of the major fires burning recently in Washington were human made but not arson. However, a larger number of the fires burning in Oregon seem to have suspicious origins and a growing number of people in Washington are reporting suspicious behavior on the part of strangers and visitors which raises concerns.

Residents of Bonney Lake told Kiro 7 news that they found broken glass with newspaper in the brush. Residents of Buckley Washington have reported similar claims in neighborhood social media groups.

According to Law Enforcement Today, federal law enforcement sources say that some of the people who started the fires may be connected, and more attacks could be on the way.

“We are reacting to a coordinated series of attempts to start fires anywhere and everywhere in Oregon. Public and Private lands, incorporated and unincorporated areas.

By all indications so far in the preliminary stages of these investigations there is a coordinated effort on the part of these individuals to start fires in areas that are the least protected and most vulnerable then slowing working their way into more populated areas and neighborhoods.

Please take this information as an advisory for you own account and welfare and please act in good faith with due diligence to plan accordingly for your own safety and the well being of your community.”

 

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More than a Dozen Companies Pledge to add a Black Director to Their Boards

More than a dozen companies, including Zillow and M.M.LaFleur, have pledged to add at least one black director to their boards within the next year, according to ABC News.

Zillow, RealSelf, Nextdoor and others are among the 17 companies that have signed the initial pledge launched Wednesday and dubbed the “Board Challenge.”

The 14 other companies that have promised to add a black director in the next 12 months are Accolade, Altimeter Growth, Amperity, Bolster, Gusto, Heritage-Crystal Clean., Heritage Environmental Services, HopSkipDrive, Kin, PagerDuty, RealSelf, Ripple, Senreve, Vinyl Me and Please.

Another 27 companies that already have at least one black director on their board also pledged to encourage corporations to accelerate efforts to get full representation on boards. They include the New York Stock Exchange, Lyft, SurveyMonkey, Nasdaq, Nordstrom, United Airlines, Verizon and Weight Watchers.

The founders of “The Board Challenge,” Altimeter Capital, Valence, and Boardlist are encouraging other companies to join the commitment as well.

“America has been reminded again in tragic fashion that we must redouble our efforts to build a more inclusive society,” Brad Gerstner, the CEO of Altimeter Capital and co-founder of The Board Challenge, said in a statement. “Business leaders can’t let this moment pass us by without playing our part and taking this tangible step to build a more diverse boardroom.”

The pledge comes amid protests and riots taking place throughout cities in the U.S in support of “Black Lives Matter” which added pressure on the private sector to address these supposed racial issues.

According to Black Enterprise, nearly 40% of the companies listed on the S&P 500 stock index did not have any black directors on their board last year.

“One objection we hear is whether companies can find the kind of diverse board talent they are looking for. It is 2020 — it is not a pipeline problem, it is a perspective problem,” Guy Primus, CEO of Valence and a fellow co-founder of The Board Challenge, added in a statement.

In recent months there have been numerous “Black Lives Matter” statements from companies pledging support for the movement but they were met with skepticism for their apparent lack of diversity at the top.

In June, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced he resigned from his company’s board to make room for a Black business leader to take his place.

“I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now,” Ohanian wrote on Twitter at the time. “To every

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University of Michigan Apologizes for Apparent Segregation of Student Events

The University of Michigan has apologized after setting up segregated online ‘cafes’ – one for white people and other for people of color – in a ‘bid to promote discussions about race and diversity,’ The Washington Free Beacon reports. 

The University of Michigan satellite campus in Dearborn created two virtual online events that were held Tuesday one event was advertised as a “Non-POC Cafe”(People of Color) and the other as a “BIOPIC Cafe” (Black, Indigenous and People of Color). Both seminars, hosted by the Center for Social Justice and Inclusion were meant to promote discussions about race and diversity, the students experience as a given racial identity on campus. and help them  ‘process current events.’  Both events took place at the same time.

Critics labeled the initiative as divisive and argued that safe spaces were typically created for marginalized groups.

The school now claims their initial descriptions were misleading and neither event was intended to exclude individuals of any race.

“UM-Dearborn sincerely regrets the terms used to describe the ‘cafe’ events held on September 8,” a UM-Dearborn spokeswoman told the Washington Free Beacon. “The terms used to describe these virtual events and descriptions themselves were not clear and not reflective of the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

According to the university, “the original intent was to provide students from marginalized communities a space that allowed for them to exist freely without having to normalize their lives and experiences. While also providing students that do not identify as persons of color the opportunity to deepen their understanding of race and racism without harming or relying on students of color to educate them.”

After a tweet noted the events’ segregated appearance  the university took down the event page and published an apology letter. The use of “cafe” also caused much confusion as people online thought the university was building two separate,

The school’s Center for Social Justice and Inclusion did not respond to requests for comment.

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Biden Claims 6,000 U.S. Military Members Died From Coronavirus

The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a campaign stop in Warren, Michigan on Wednesday grossly misstated the number of military members killed by Covid-19 was 6,000 when in reality it is only seven.

The Biden campaign told Fox News that the former vice president confused the number of Covid deaths in the military with those for the state of Michigan, saying the armed forces had seen 118,984 cases and 6,114 deaths.

“Vice President Biden has the utmost respect for the men and women of the armed services and believes it’s the sacred duty of our country to properly equip them, look after their families when they’re deployed, and care for them when they return,” Biden’s rep Michael Gwin said in a statement to Fox

“To honor their service, the Vice President carries with him each day a card detailing the number of Americans who have given their lives for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, and frequently cites that number to recognize their sacrifice.”

This is not the first major numerical blunder by Biden, in June, the presidential candidate incorrectly said 120 million people in the country had died from the coronavirus. At the time the number was about 120,000.

President Trump’s campaign was quick to jump on Biden’s verbal slip-up and use it as evidence that the Democratic candidate was “confused” and “not playing with a full deck.”

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Staffer for Top Oregon State lawmaker Arrested With 58 Other Agitators During Violent Portland riot

Portland Police arrested a Democrat staffer for the top Democrat in Oregon’s House of Representatives this weekend after she interfered  with a police officer during a particularly violent riot.

She was reportedly released the same day on her own recognizance.

“Kristina Narayan was arrested for interfering with a police officer after the event became a riot and the crowd was given multiple orders to disperse, which she did not do,” a police spokesperson told Fox News.

Narayan, who is legislative director for House Speaker Tina Kotek, was arrested along with 58 other agitators during a riot in which fire bombs, mortars, rocks, and other items were thrown at law enforcement. The violence began at about 9:00 p.m. near the East Portland Community Policing Center Saturday night, and continued into Sunday morning, according to the Portland Police Bureau report.

Narayan, 29, has worked for Kotek since September 2016, according to her LinkedIn profile.

The East Precinct police station, a repeated target of violent antifa/BLM arsonists and vandals, is reportedly located near occupied townhomes and is across the street from a school and a community event center.

Many in the antifa mob were “dressed in protective gear including helmets, gas masks, body armor, and all black clothing” Saturday night, tipping off the cops that their intent (for the 100th+ night in a row) “was not peaceful protest.”

Portland Police Rapid Response Team and Oregon State Police were deployed to respond to the threat.

Officers positioned themselves to block the agitators from reaching the East Precinct and announced over a loudspeaker that the march would “not be allowed to proceed that direction.”

At about 9:15 p.m, as the crowd approached officers, individuals began throwing multiple fire bombs at officers. One of them caught a community member on fire. Officers later located the injured person and Portland Fire and Rescue medics offered treatment. The injured person was later taken to a hospital by private vehicle.

This criminal activity presented an extreme danger to life safety for all community members, and prompted a declaration of a riot. The crowd was advised over loudspeaker that it was a riot and they were to leave the area to the east immediately. They were warned that failure to adhere to this order may subject them to arrest, citation, or crowd control agents, including, but not limited to, tear gas and/or impact weapons.

Individuals within the crowd began throwing illegal fireworks/mortars at officers. Others were seen throwing rocks. At least one had a “wrist-rocket” type of slingshot launching unknown objects. In order to defend themselves from these assaults, officers used crowd control munitions, including tear gas. Officers made numerous targeted arrests.

For the next four hours, the crowd appeared to meander through the Mill Park community, attempting to get to get around the police blockade and reach East Precinct. Officers moved ahead of the rioters to prevent them access. Rioters lit fires in the streets, including dumpsters, garbage cans, and wooden pallets. Officers moved in to push the crowd back in order to extinguish the fires.

During numerous confrontations with officers, individuals launched attacks on law enforcement, including throwing objects. A sergeant was directly struck by a commercial grade firework, which burned through his glove and injured his hand (photos). Several officers and troopers were struck by rocks in the head, arms, shoulders, and feet. Only their protective gear prevented serious injury. An Oregon State Police vehicle was damaged by rocks, including broken windows and dents (photos). An unexploded mortar was recovered by police (photo).

Of the people who were arrested, at least two were wearing body armor, one had a dagger, and another had a knife.

Because Portland police precincts had to pull officers out of patrol to assist with the riot, their ability to respond to calls were severely limited. “At about 2:00 a.m., there were almost 150 calls for service holding in the City of Portland,” the police report stated.

Narayan’s boss, Rep. Kotek, 53, wrote a scathing letter to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler back in July, chastising him for allowing the Portland Police to interfere with “peaceful protests.”

“It was an unnecessary escalation by the PPB against people exercising their freedom of assembly and freedom of speech,” Kotek after the police had responded to a riot.

“It showed an utter inability to exercise restraint,” she scolded.

Earlier this month, Kotek advocated for the decriminalization of interfering with a peace officer.

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United States Has Revoked Over 1,000 Visas for ‘Security Risks’ from China

Since June, over 1,000 Chinese nationals located in the United States have had their visas revoked after being labeled national security risks, as reported by CNN.

The State Department released a statement on Wednesday addressing the matter, revealing that the initiative had specifically targeted “graduate students and research scholars” at various American universities who had been determined to be “high-risk,” and were thus removed from the country.

The initiative was implemented following President Donald Trump’s Presidential Proclamation 10043, issued in late May, declaring that China “is engaged in a wide-ranging and heavily-resourced campaign to acquire sensitive United States technologies and intellectual property,” with the aim of bolstering “the modernization and capability of its military.”

The operation was carried out by both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Acting Secretary of DHS Chad Wolf also released a statement on Wednesday, declaring that “China has leveraged every aspect of its country…demonstrating a rejection of western liberal democracy and continually renewing its commitment to remake the world order in its own authoritarian image.”

The increased diplomatic and national security scrutiny is part of the numerous retaliatory efforts against China ever since the Chinese government botched the efforts to contain the coronavirus, which has since spread all across the world and killed hundreds of thousands.

Although the worst of the pandemic seems to have passed, and the rate of infections and deaths have continued to decrease dramatically, China is still facing widespread criticism for its part in the spread of the virus. The Chinese government has also been accused of taking advantage of the global panic to continue its prior acts of aggression, including cyberattacks, theft of intellectual property, and aggressive expansion of its military.

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Dozens of Activists at Cornell Demand an End to ‘Colorblind’ Admission Practices

A group of activists at Cornell University, consisting of students, faculty, and alumni, have published a letter demanding that the university abandon its “colorblind” approach to admissions and enact racial quotas instead, as reported by Fox News.

The letter was published on Monday, and declares that “every ‘colorblind’ event, mechanism, and process at the university – from new faculty orientations to selection of endowed positions – perpetuates racial disparities and reinforces an unjust status quo.” The letter, however, fails to give even a single example of any such alleged “disparities.”

One of the demands is that the number of black faculty be increased to 7 percent in 2025, and 10 percent in 2030. It also calls for an increase of overall “faculty of color” to 20 percent in 2025 and 25 percent in 2030.

In addition to the focus on faculty representation, the letter also demands that the university no longer consider SAT/ACT scores as criteria for undergraduate admission, claiming without evidence that standardized testing has a role “in exacerbating race/class disparities, especially given the racialized history of intelligence testing.”

The many racially-charged proposals in the letter represent the kind of race-based rhetoric and teachings that the Trump Administration is currently pushing back on, with the president banning the teaching of “Critical Race Theory” in all branches of the federal government, as well as threatening to defund any public schools that teach the New York Times-endorsed “1619 Project.”

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University of Rhode Island to Remove Historic WWII Mural Due to ‘Lack of Diversity’

Two 70-year-old murals depicting several scenes from World War II are set to be removed from the University of Rhode Island, due to students’ complaints that it is not “diverse” enough, as reported by Breitbart.

The murals, painted by a World War II veteran and depicting several scenes, including the heroes’ welcome for returning veterans and a class reunion of veteran alumni at the university, were targeted by several far-left students who complained to the administration, due to the subjects of both murals being overwhelmingly White.

In a statement addressing the matter, Vice President of Student Affairs Kathy Collins said that she had “received complaints about the murals that portray a very homogenous population. The persons painted and depicted on the wall are predominantly White, and that does not represent who our institution is today.”

Collins even admitted that “some of our students have even shared with us that they didn’t feel comfortable sitting in that space.”

The veteran who painted the mural is 95-year-old Art Sherman, who recalled the experience of painting them. Sherman admitted that he “never had any formal education in painting,” and that he “just used to cartoon.” He said that as he was painting it, “a lot of students, friends of mine, would come by and say ‘why don’t you do this, why don’t you do that?’ So that’s what I did. So everybody chipped in.”

Responding to the complaints by leftist students that the mural was not “diverse” enough, Sherman simply said that “it depicted that era.”

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Morning Greatness: Another Day, Another Anti-Trump Media Freakout

Good Thursday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president meets with the Secretary of State
  • President Trump delivers remarks live from Michigan Freeland, Michigan

Five minutes of hate:

On Wednesday, Bob Woodward released some curated recordings from his interviews with President Trump for his new sensational book. The book is coming out next week. Who cares. Now why would Trump talk to Woodward? WHY? This was a horrible, horrible decision. Trump, if you are reading this, stop giving your enemies the bullets with which to shoot you.

The clip causing so much sturm und drang is about the coronavirus and reads: “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump added at the time. First of all, you need to know that this was released because the Democrats have focus grouped Trump’s weaknesses with undecided and target voters and coronavirus is a big concern. We are hearing about this now, because it hurts Trump. You must always remember that every news story and every action from the Democrats and media are carefully selected to hurt the president and not because they are news worthy.

So the actual clip is causing freak outs because IT SHOWS THAT TRUMP DOWN PLAYED THE VIRUS. This is the narrative. What it really shows is the president didn’t want to panic people but also, we didn’t know much about the virus, that is why we call it a novel virus. At the time, in January and February and March, we didn’t know mostly because China was lying and did not cooperate. Trump did not want to cause a panic, and he was right not to do so. Can you imagine what would happen in a national panic?

It’s also important to remember that the Democrats had access to the same information the president had. The Gang of 8 is briefed on these kinds of threats but the Democrats were too busy impeaching the president at the time to take the information as serious as they say Trump should have. The left was also invested in contradicting the president no matter what he said so Nancy Pelosi was telling people to go to Chinatown and hug people, Bill DeBlasio was telling people to go out and enjoy themselves and Joe Biden was saying Trump’s China travel ban was racist. The media was also along for the ride.

The Democrats are desperately trying to blame the virus on Trump to hurt him but also to divert the real responsibility from Democrat mayors who mismanaged the situation. Cuomo put sick people in nursing homes where they infected and killed thousands, state economies have been destroyed because Democrat leaders have shutdown businesses. Suicides are way up, crime is up and that is not on Trump, he doesn’t control the states, but the Democrats and media want you to think so.

The kill shot to this artificial hysteria came from none other than Dr. Anthony Fauci who was interviewed yesterday and said, “No, I didn’t,” Fauci responded. “I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything. I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, ‘We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,’ and would talk about it. So it may have happened, but I have not seen that kind of distortion.”

Was Trump breaking from his advisers? “You were there through that whole thing,” Roberts said. “Was that the playbook or was that the president just going his own direction?”

“I don’t think so, John,” Fauci responded. “I don’t recall anything different than in our discussions that we had with the president that he said things quite similar publicly.”

Ouch man. That has got to hurt but it won’t stop until the next artificial hysteria which is Whistleblower says top Trump appointees tried to censor reports on Russian influence. Stay tuned for that.

Election/Campaign News:

HERE WE GO AGAIN. Michael Cohen says Trump is not joking about staying in office for more than 2 terms

James Mattis Warned Intellligence Chief: ‘Collective Action’ May Be Required Against Trump

Susan Sarandon receives backlash after voicing support against Joe Biden vote

House panel details ‘serious’ concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections

Trump unveils Supreme Court list, includes Cruz and Cotton

Biden Campaign Admits It Edited Out Redskins Logo On Old Photograph For CNN Feature, Citing Copyright Concerns

Woman votes topless after getting stopped at polls wearing anti-Trump shirt

Washington Post report praises Kamala Harris for ‘shoe choice,’ gets slammed on Twitter

LOL. Pence to attend event hosted by QAnon backers

YES! Trump plans for Nevada rallies conflict with virus limits

 

Riots/violence/Black Lives Matter/crime:

Rhode Island professor says killing by Portland activist OK from ‘moral’ perspective: ‘He killed a fascist’

More than a dozen police chiefs faced backlash – and left – after George Floyd’s death. Here’s a list.

Jessica Krug, the professor who pretended to be Black, resigns from George Washington University

DOJ Awards $16 Million To Advance Community Policing, A Top Demand Of Police Reform Advocates

University of Michigan Apologizes for Apparent Segregation of Student Events

Multiple workers fired after George Floyd’s medical records ‘improperly accessed’

Cornell faculty-student group demands racial quotas, criticizes ‘colorblind’ practices

A grand jury will soon hear case of Breonna Taylor’s killing

More than a dozen companies pledge to add a Black director to their boards

 

Coronavirus news:

Biden incorrectly states 6,000 U.S. military members died from coronavirus

Senate paralyzed over coronavirus relief

Biden says Trump downplaying coronavirus threat was ‘almost criminal’

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Rochester Police Chief Resigns in Wake of Riots

Rochester, New York Police Chief La’Ron Singletary abruptly retired today after days of rioting in the city following the death of 41-year old Chicagoan Daniel Prude while in custody of the Rochester police.

“As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities try to destroy my character,” Singletary stated in a media release announcing his resignation.

“The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for,” Singletary wrote.

Deputy chiefs Joseph Morabito and Mark Simmons resigned as well.

The three were the entire command staff of the city’s police department.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren had earlier said, “Institutional and structural racism led to Daniel Prude’s death. I won’t deny it. I stand before it, and I call for justice upon it.”

Action has already been taken to suspend the seven officers involved, without pay, and the case is being investigated by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

The head of the police officers’ union, Michael Mazzeo, told the San Diego Union Tribune the officers in Rochester were faced with someone with a mental health condition when they encountered Prude. The officers appeared to have responded to the situation as they were trained to do, including the use of the spit sock placed over Mr. Prude’s head, Mazzeo explains.

“Police officers absolutely need more help in dealing with people who are mentally ill or on drugs,” Mazzeo said. “It wasn’t that long ago when New York state mental health facilities were closed and people were put out on the street, and who was the only other agency who was able to deal with them? The police.”

Police officers are expected to handle many of society’s ills beyond typical policing.

“Police officers are doing the jobs no one else will,” attorney Luis Robles told Budget and Tax News.

With the increase in the homeless population, particularly the drug-addicted homeless, along with rising crime rates in so many areas, police officers are stretched thin and tasked with problems beyond their job description.

As the investigation of Prude’s death progressed, the city erupted in protests and violence. In a recent press conference, Mayor Warren described the activity as “righteous anger and heartfelt protests from many residents of our community,” though both the mayor and the city’s police chief expressed concern about outside agitators.

“We do have intelligence that we’ve been receiving that there have been outside agitators that have come to Rochester; as you know, we monitor social media,” Singletary told WROC-TV. “We have arrested people who provided addresses from Alaska, Massachusetts, and other parts of the country.”

Rochester, in upstate New York, is described by Visit Rochester as “one of the best regions for living, working and raising a family.” With a population of just over 200,000 people, it is a relatively small city compared to other recent trouble spots such as New York City (population approximately 8.4 million), Chicago (approximately 2.6 million), and Seattle (750,000). The presence of outside agitators in a small city like Rochester suggests few other communities or suburbs can be confident that they will avoid such disturbances.

During riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, police arrested a group from Seattle identified as members of Riot Kitchen, FOX News reports. Authorities were alerted to the out-of-town license plates and investigated.

“The minivan tried to drive away, authorities said. Inside the vehicles, officers found helmets, gas masks, protective vests, illegal fireworks and suspected controlled substances, police said. Nine people were arrested,” FOX reports.

A Riot Kitchen board member acknowledged that the group had been on the way to a D.C. protest when they decided to take the detour to Kenosha.

In Washington, D.C., Mayor Bowser also commented about the residency of those arrested, reports Fox News. While some protesters came from Virginia and Maryland, others came from as far away as Portland and Minneapolis, Bowser stated.

“From Thursday until early this morning, the large majority of arrestees—over 70 percent—are not from the District of Columbia,” told FOX News. “So, they appear to be folks who are coming into our city, our peaceful city, with the intent of destroying property and hurting folks.”

A protester arrested in D.C. was also at Portland and Kenosha riots, writes Jennifer Smith for the Daily Mail. Newsham and Mayor Bowser are looking into the funding of groups travelling to the city.

“We are seeing a shift with who’s involved and the kind of tactics being used,” Bowser told the Daily Mail. “I don’t think anything that we have found can connect any outside protester to a single group or funded [sic] or organization. Though I don’t think it would be a big leap to say that the type of organization and resources that they’re bringing to bear are organized and funded. I don’t think that would be a big leap.”

The man arrested in D.C., Jeremy Vajko, was a Microsoft employee until May when he left his job as a senior engineer and began travelling with Black Lives Matter. He has been on the road with them ever since, writes Smith. The van he drives, registered in the state of Washington, has been in both Portland and Kenosha, evidence suggests.

When rioting erupted in Miami Dade County in May, Mayor Giminez told CBS4 News the violence was orchestrated by professional agitators. Law enforcement in the area reported they were tracking activities of outside agitators through social media.

Portland police discovered individuals from Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, and several of unknown residency, among recent arrestees, reports KEPR news.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr cites numerous reports of outside agitators, writes Andrew Solender for Forbes. Barr said he had reports of protesters from Seattle, Portland, and other places flying into D.C. “for the specific purpose of causing a riot.”

“With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda” Barr said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating who is coordinating riots across the country, reports Katie Pavlich at Townhall.

“Violent agitators not only delay real reform but make our community less safe by keeping law enforcement from responding to other critical calls for service,” U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said in a statement reported by Pavlich.

“There is a secondary consequence to allowing looting,” notes the Chicago Tribune editorial board. “Summer looting contributed to the mass shooting Sunday on Chicago’s Far Southwest Side. The shooters and their target, the now-deceased Devon Welsh, were fighting over the dividing up of looted merchandise.”

Welsch was shot several times, and four others were also hit by gunfire. All of this happened in a pancake restaurant where families were having Sunday breakfast.

“Looting isn’t just about stolen gym shoes or jewelry or people trying to feed their families, as Ariel Atkins, a Chicago Black Lives Matter protester, said last month defending the mass theft. It is criminal activity that can have grave consequences,” the Tribune stated.

“Everyone who wants law and order and everyone who wants to run a business need police to hold the line,” attorney Luis Robles told Budget and Tax News. “People who run a business are no match for those who want to destroy it.”

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A Biden Administration Could Cause Problems for Eastern European Countries

In August, the United States signed an agreement to redeploy troops from Germany to Poland. Currently the U.S. has about 4,500 troops in Poland and the new agreement will bring the total to 5,500. “This is going to be an extended guarantee – a guarantee that in case of a threat our soldiers are going to stand arm-in-arm,” Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said when the deal was signed. “It will also serve to increase the security of other countries in our part of Europe.” While the Trump administration has built up America’s relationship with Eastern Europe, a Biden administration could move in a very different direction.

The redeployment of U.S. troops brought outrage from many Obama-friendly stake holders in America’s generous, Euro-centric foreign policy. Trump detractor Mitt Romney complained “The Administration’s plan to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany is a grave error. It is a slap in the face at a friend and ally when we should instead be drawing closer in our mutual commitment to deter Russian and Chinese aggression.” But Germany is comfortable enough with Russia to purchase and depend on their energy, so why should the U.S. military protect them against Russian aggression? ­­­

Trump’s addition of troops to Poland is as much a military move as it is an ideological positioning, a demonstration of U.S. support and affection for the nascent free-market Eastern European economies with which Trump shares a populist vision. By comparison, the Obama-Biden administration preferred to cultivate U.S. relations with China while snubbing Eastern Europe and denying missile defense systems for Poland and their neighbor, the Czech Republic.

As Trump was making overtures to the Eastern European countries, the administration’s relationship with Western European was deteriorating. U.S expectations that member states pay their pledged support to NATO contributed to the tension along with the U.S. withdrawal from the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) known as the Iran deal. Instead, the Trump Administration moved closer to populist countries like the Eastern European nations while turning away from Western European globalism.

Early in his administration President Trump visited Poland where he demonstrated U.S. affinity for the growing democracy with an impassioned speech in front of the Monument to the Warsaw Uprising where he stood before the Polish people and asked:

The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.  Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?  Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders?  Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?

Yuri Vanetik, and American lawyer and political strategist shed some light on the powerful relationship between the Trump administration and the Eastern European countries. “Poland, Romania and Hungary like Trump because they understand him.  While offending Western European sensibilities with his tweets, and his rhetorical form, he endears himself to rougher and less politically correct Eastern European democracies.  It fundamentally amounts to the fact that Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic understand how horrible a socialist regime really is.  For them Trump epitomizes laissez faire markets.  They see him as someone who supports free enterprise and who puts the interests of his country first.  He is not a globalist from their perspective.  This resonates in Eastern Europe. What we as the refined and educated West find deplorable (ad hominem attacks on those who challenge or frustrate him, lack of understanding of foreign policy or political protocol, etc.), Eastern European democracies dismiss as either personality quirks or even as admirable attributes that speak to courage and leadership skills.  Where we see a buffoon, Eastern Europe sees an unrefined maverick.  To them Trump is John The Savage from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. These are the cultural and economic bonds that make Trump appealing to Eastern European mindset.”

But a possible Biden Administration and a return to the status quo globalist movement would threaten the trajectory of Eastern Europe’s continued growth and fortification.

“With the possibility of advent of Biden, Poland and other former Iron Curtain European nations (Eastern Block) are concerned that U.S. will turn into a welfare state, and by virtue of that transition, will be forcing them to emulate Western European social culture.  They do not want to turn into apologists, and they do not want to open their doors to migrants.  It’s not in their DNA, and they (despite progress and membership in EU) are themselves transitioning from a 3rd world paradigm. In recent years, US foreign policy has not been consistent. Despite erratic positions on certain US policy issues, Trump administration has actually been more consistent in his foreign policy rhetoric,” said Vanetik.

Of the many steps that might be taken by a Biden Administration, one might condition support and building an economic relationship on the adoption of a more progressive domestic policy a la Western Europe. Vanetik thinks that would pose a problem, as social and racial justice without practical solutions are not as important in Eastern Europe.

But there would be problems between a Biden Administration and Eastern Europe on more than the domestic policy front, there could also be repercussions over the Eastern European countries’ attitude toward China. Romanian company Romaero just signed a deal with a Lockheed Martin subsidiary to make Black Hawk helicopters and Romania recently ruled out Chinese participation in their 5G technology system.

Milos Vystrcil, a senior politician in the Czech Republic offered a strong rebuke of China during a speech in Taiwan last week, proclaiming “I am Taiwanese.” China promptly respond that Vystrcil would “pay a heavy price for his short-sighted behavior and political opportunism.” Would a China-friendly Biden Administration push Romania and Czech Republic to change their attitudes toward China by threatening future and existing economic relationships with U.S.?

The growing Eastern European countries have much to fear with a Biden presidency. A return to the status quo globalism seen under the Obama-Biden administration, could pressure them to deal with China not to mention the pressure them to adopt a Western European social paradigm. The November election will be critical not only Americans but also for our Eastern European friends trying to rebuild their countries from communist occupations and socialist policies.

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New Documentary Exposes the Biden Family’s Shady Financial Relationship With Red China

An explosive new documentary tells the hidden story of the secret financial relationship between Joe Biden’s family and the Chinese government, exposing their business deals, financial transactions, and secret agreements.

The documentary, called “Riding the Dragon: Uncovering the Bidens’ Chinese Secrets,” purports to show how the Bidens’ politically-wrought business dealings even served the strategic interests of the Chinese military while Joe Biden was Vice President of the United States.

The film was produced by Lightspeed Pictures in association with BlazeTV, and is narrated by New York Times bestselling author and president of the Government Accountability Institute, Peter Schweizer.

“This is the remarkable and largely hidden story of the secret financial relationship between the Biden family and the Chinese government,” Schweizer explains in the film.

His investigation reportedly relied on corporate records, financial documents, legal briefings, and court papers.

“It’s the story about the second most powerful man in the world at the time, and how his family was striking deals with America’s chief rival on the global stage,” Schweizer said.

The film begins with a series of clips showing Joe Biden downplaying the threat China poses to the United States.

“China is not an enemy … not a problem … what are we worried about … come on man!” the candidate insisted during various public appearances.

“I believed then what I believe now that a rising China is a positive, positive development,” Biden once said.

The documentary digs into why Biden would welcome China’s efforts to supplant the United States as the world’s greatest superpower.

“Perhaps it’s personal. Perhaps it’s about his family. Perhaps it’s about money,” Schweizer speculated.

“This isn’t just another story about a politician’s kid getting rich,” Schweizer said. “Hunter’s new firm started making investment deals that would serve the strategic interests of the Chinese military.”

The film chronicles how Biden and son Hunter went on an official trip to Beijing for a “series of sensitive meetings with Chinese officials” in December of 2013.

No one knows precisely why Hunter was included on the trip, Schweizer says, but “ten days after father and son returned to the United States, Hunter Biden’s small investment firm [Rosemont Seneca Partners] announced a $1 billion dollar  private equity deal with the Chinese government.”

It was a deal like no other, Schweizer pointed out. Neither Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, or UBS could boast such a lucrative deal with China.

“What’s interesting is, Hunter Biden had no real background in China, in finance, in private equity,” Schweizer noted. “In fact, Hunter had what might be called a spotty resume.”

Most or all of Hunter’s previous employment seemed to have been as a result of his father’s powerful influence, such as his position as a director of Amtrak based on his experience riding on trains, according to the author.

“He’d been addicted to cocaine, had an unsettled domestic life, and a brief attempt at a Naval career ended with a discharge over drug use,” Schweizer said. “So why did the Chinese pick him?”

When asked recently about the suspicious deal, Biden attempted in vain to justify what happened.

“My son’s business dealings were not anything where everybody that he’s talking about not even remotely, number one,” he blustered.

In the Spring of 2017, the FBI arrested a corrupt Chinese businessman named Patrick Ho on bribery charges. Ho worked for an energy company with close ties to the Chinese military.

“While he was in FBI custody, Ho made to phone calls. One of those, strangely, was to James Biden, Joe Biden’s brother,” Schweizer noted, adding that he was likely trying to get ahold of Hunter.

The documentary goes on to detail how Biden’s entire family for years profited off of his political connections.

 

 

 

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‘Sleepy Joe’ Appears to Use Teleprompter to Answer Scripted Questions During AFL-CIO Zoom Event

During a virtual event with AFL-CIO members Monday night, a seemingly exhausted and befuddled Joe Biden appeared to ask his staff to “move up” a teleprompter before he could answer a question.

The request came right after a barista named Rebecca Vedrine asked the Democrat presidential nominee what his administration planned to do to help 60 million non-union workers vote for union jobs.

“What would you do to help give them that chance?” Vedrine asked.

“Move it up here,” the sleepy-looking Biden ordered his staff. After a long pause, he began a long and highly detailed answer:

There used to be a basic bargain in this country. Worker shared in the wealth their work help create. It didn’t go well. They shared in the losses as well, but that bargain’s broken. CEOs are more beholding to shareholders and workers. Instead of boosting wages, they’re increasing stock buy backs and their own pay. 30 years ago, the average CEO fortune 500 companies made 58 times the average worker’s salary. Today, 30 years later, it’s 278 times. What in God’s name happened in the meantime?

The rest of his scripted answer can be read here.

“I hope the press digs into this,” wrote former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari  Fleischer on Twitter. “Did Biden really have the answer to this Q pre-loaded into his teleprompter? This is why we have the press: to dig in and get answers.”

President Trump retweeted Fleischer’s tweet, adding the comment, “Wow!”

Fox News commentator Greg Gutfeld said Tuesday afternoon that Biden seemed to be “out of gas.”

“It’s kind of like when you drive a lemon off the lot and it doesn’t make it to the highway,” Gutfeld noted on “the Five.”

Biden’s former White House stenographer meanwhile told Fox’s Laura Ingraham that the former VP is a “different guy” than the man he worked with four years ago.

“That’s not Joe Biden. That’s a shell of his former self,” said Mike McCormick, who worked as a White House stenographer for 15 years and with the former vice president from 2011 to 2017.

“Joe Biden is a different guy than he was. He doesn’t have the same vitality. I listened to every word Joe Biden spoke,” he explained.

McCormick worked under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, as well as one year under Donald Trump, and is the author of Joe Biden Unauthorized: And the 2020 Crackup of the Democratic Party.

This book is an insider’s look at how Biden and the Obama White House covered up the vice president’s corrupt dealings in Ukraine.

McCormick said he wrote it because “there was a lot of things I saw that America needs to know.”

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Georgia Secretary of State: 58% of Double Voters in June Primary Were Democrats

The Georgia Secretary of State announced Tuesday that about 1,000 Georgians face investigation for voting twice in the state’s June 9 primary, and 58 percent of them were cast for Democrats. A Georgia voter must request a specific party ballot in the primary election

“While the investigation is still ongoing, initial results show that of the partisan ballots at issue, approximately 58% were Democratic ballots,” a spokesman for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told the News Outlet.

Raffensperger’s office said that voting twice is a felony and those accused would be vigorously prosecuted. “And as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.”  Double-voting is punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

Georgia residents cast votes by absentee ballot and then went in person to polling places on June 9 and voted again, Raffensperger said. Many double-voters are able to be stopped, but county election officials “weren’t able to catch everyone,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

“A double voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law,” Raffensperger said. “Those that make the choice to game the system are breaking the law. And as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.”

According to the paper, about 150,000 Georgians requested absentee ballots and showed up at polling places on election day, often because they never received their absentee ballots in the mail or decided to instead vote in person.

Most of them were intercepted, but 1,000 double-voted.

Raffensperger said in past elections, absentee ballots accounted for five percent of all ballots. In the June primary election, 50 percent of votes were mailed in.

One voter, Hamilton Evans admitted he intentionally voted twice to show it could be done. The voter told Fox 5 Atlanta last week that he wanted “to prove a point.”

“It’s not set up right,” Evans said. “If I did it, how many other people did it?”

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Riots Cost Portland Police $6.9 Million on Overtime

Amid calls by rioters to defund the police, the Portland Police Bureau spent $6.9 million on overtime over the span of just two months as a result of the ongoing often destructive and violent riots in the city, Breitbart reported.

According to Portland’s KATU News overtime spending in June and July skyrocketed 200% compared to the same time period last year when police spent $2.3 million.

After the death of George Floyd protests against “systemic racism” and police brutality have occurred every night in Portland since May 25.

According to authorities in Portland there were 59 people arrested during the riot that took place Saturday night and Sunday morning. Forty-three were processed by the Portland Police Bureau.

Data for August has yet to be provided, however the amount spent on overtime likely exceeds $7 million, according to the News outlet.

“The sharp uptick in overtime spending during June and July account for more than half of what police had spent on overtime throughout all of 2020. From January through the end of July, PPB spent $11.4 million on OT. Last year, through mid-July, police had spent $7.7 million.”

“KATU News asked PPB multiple times last week for comment, hoping to find out how the city can keep up these overtime costs but never heard back. On Monday, a PPB spokesperson cited Labor Day as the reason for not providing comment.”

Over the summer Portland City Council voted to cut $15 million from police funding in June and fell short of the $50 million demanded by activists.

Breitbart News reported, on July 1 the police bureau eliminated its Gun Violence Reduction Team at the direction of the city council — a move that coincided with “the highest number of murders in one month than has been seen in over 30 years.” Since the group was eliminated fifteen murders occurred in Portland in July 2020 and 63 shootings in the same month, up from the 28 seen in July 2019.

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Study Finds Hollywood Casts Light-Skinned Actors to Appeal to China

An academic study has found that Hollywood cast more light-skinned actors in starring roles to appeal to Chinese audiences, according to a report on Tuesday by Axios.

Since 2012, US filmmakers were made aware of the aesthetic preferences of Chinese movie-goers — who place a higher premium on light skin — a practice known as colorism, citing a 2017 study published by Johns Hopkins University, The New York Post reported.

“The researchers concluded that Hollywood is not only influenced by Chinese censors but by cultural preferences, as well.”

The study, “Impacts of Chinese Colorism on Hollywood Castings”, looked at 3,000 films between 2009 and 2015 and discovered that the movies made after 2012 showed an 8 percent increase in the number of light-skinned actors in starring roles.

That means that “for 1 of every 3 films in this category, the film went from having 2 out of 3 as very light-skinned actors, to having 3 out of 3 very light-skinned actors,” which the study’s authors termed “light-skin shift.”

This light skin casting only happened in film genres that the Chinese government typically allows into the Chinese market, such as action movies and big summer blockbusters. U.S. studios increasingly create these films from start to finish with the Chinese market in mind.

Horror and comedy movies that aren’t produced with the Chinese market in mind didn’t show the same “light-skin shift.”

The study’s author said a promotional poster for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015 that minimized a black actor in the lead role, leading to racism allegations, prompted the examination.

“Colorism does not equate to racism. There may be significant variation in skin tones within races, and colorism may manifest within individuals of the same race,” Manuel Hermosilla and the other co-authors wrote.