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Did the NFL RIG games for Taylor Swift ratings?

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 14:30

Former Super Bowl champion Derek Wolfe knows a thing or two about the NFL — and he’s fairly certain that there’s something seriously sketchy going on within the league.

“My rookie year, which was 2012, we had Peyton Manning, we lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs,” Wolfe tells Alex Stein of “Prime Time with Alex Stein.”

“The way they were able to kind of get the score tight again, was all these calls that the refs were making, these pass interference calls that can be called both ways at any time pretty much. There’s a penalty on every play. So, it all depends on when the ref wants to call it,” Wolfe explains.

The NFL is a business at the end of the day, and Wolfe believes that part of their strategy is “who’s going to bring the most money” and “the story.”

The story this year was a love story: Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift.

“The Chiefs weren’t that great of a team. They lost to the Broncos this year in a game, so they weren't at their best. They played really good football in the playoffs, but a lot of things were going their way,” Wolfe says.

“The X factor there is the Swifties, and they’re bringing an entire new market into the NFL,” he continues. “People that would never watch football are now gonna watch football, and they’re getting the ratings because where the money comes from is the ratings.”

While many people assume the NFL’s money comes from ticket sales, they couldn’t be more wrong.

“What pays our salary is the TV deals,” Wolfe says.

“Have you felt that there was a game particularly that you remember that was just totally robbed from you?” Stein asks, intrigued.

“It’s that 2012 playoff game,” Wolfe answers, telling Stein that he believes the game was rigged in order for Ray Lewis “to go out as a champion.”

“That’s a bold statement, Cotton,” Stein says in amazement, adding, “I love to hear it, because people think it’s real. But it’s sports entertainment.”

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Amtrak trains keep breaking down, even after historic $66B taxpayer cash infusion. Where is the money being spent?

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 14:25

A new report from the Department of Transportation revealed that Amtrak, a federally chartered company, is still experiencing routine breakdowns and interruptions despite receiving tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds to continue operations, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

The passenger rail company was created in 1971 and has never turned a profit. Instead, it has relied on taxpayer dollars to remain operational. The company loses roughly $1 billion per year. According to documents obtained by Open the Books, despite losing money, the company paid its 19,000 workers an average salary of $121,000 for fiscal year 2022.

'Without significant taxpayer support, Amtrak could not operate.'

The Biden administration has funneled billions of taxpayer dollars into the company, including announcing in November a $16.4 billion investment for rail system improvements for its Northeast Corridor. The funding will be used to rebuild tunnels and bridges as well as upgrade tracks, power systems, signals, and stations.

"If the Northeast Corridor shut down for a single day, it would cost the economy $100 million in lost productivity," the White House previously stated.

The administration's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law earmarked $66 billion for rail improvements, which the administration boasted was the "largest investment" in Amtrak's history. As part of this investment, the Biden administration allocated $3.07 billion to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The project has not made significant progress since it was approved in 2008.

According to the White House, Biden envisions turning Amtrak into a "world-class passenger rail" experience. The investments aim to "ensure that train service is more convenient and climate-friendly than either driving or flying."

Approximately 22.93 million traveled aboard Amtrak in fiscal year 2022, Statista reported. From January through December 2022, roughly 853 million passengers traveled with U.S. airlines.

The DOT's latest report revealed that from 2021 through July 9, 2024, Amtrak experienced 333 incidents nationwide, slightly fewer than the 397 incidents that occurred during the Trump administration between 2016 and July 2020, the DCNF reported.

Since Biden took office, there have been 66 derailments, 84 obstructions, 115 incidents involving trains crossing over roadways, five fires or "violent ruptures," and 54 events described as "other."

A recent power outage from a malfunctioning circuit breaker interrupted service between New York and Boston last week. WCBS reported that the outage impacted all tracks between Penn Station in New York and Union Station in New Haven, Connecticut.

"Amtrak is communicating directly with customers impacted by these adjustments and offering options for rebooking their travel plans," the company stated. "Amtrak apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the disruption."

Last month, Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner addressed the rail company's recent service interruptions, stating, "We understand the impact the recent events had on both Amtrak and NJ Transit customers and their families, and we share their frustration."

"It's vital we work with NJ Transit to identify the root cause of these disruptions and return to on-time service and the quality experience customers expect," Gardner added.

On Monday afternoon, an Amtrak train headed from Kansas City, Missouri, to Chicago, Illinois, derailed. According to the company, a tree on the tracks caused the incident. KCTV reported no injuries.

Last year, House Republicans proposed legislation to cut Amtrak's funding. The Biden administration rejected the cuts, calling them "draconian."

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure argued, "Without significant taxpayer support, Amtrak could not operate."

Neither Amtrak nor the DOT responded to a request for comment from the DCNF.

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Suspect in brutal shopping mall murder got no jail time from left-wing prosecutor after previous felony arrest: Report

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 14:08

One of the suspects accused of brutally murdering a 68-year-old woman outside a posh mall in Newport Beach last week reportedly got no jail time from the office of left-wing Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón after a previous felony arrest.

Citing interviews and records it reviewed, the Los Angeles Times reported that the murder suspect in question — 26-year-old Leroy Ernest Joseph McCrary — was placed on probation for stealing a Rolex at gunpoint in Santa Monica in 2022, avoiding prison time after L.A. County prosecutors agreed to a three-year suspended sentence.

The Times added that Nathan Hochman — Gascón’s opponent in this November's election — said Gascón’s 'malpractice appears to have cost another life.'

The Orange County District Attorney's Office said McCrary on July 2 ran over New Zealander tourist Patricia McKay and dragged her body 65 feet amid a violent robbery of the victim and her 69-year-old husband at the Fashion Island mall, adding that McCrary is eligible for the death penalty if convicted of a special circumstances murder charge.

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McCrary faces additional felony charges of attempted second-degree robbery and evading while driving recklessly, the Orange County DA's office said, adding that he has prior felony convictions for residential burglary, criminal threats, and robbery, all in Los Angeles County.

The Times noted the following in regard to the 2022 incident:

Santa Monica Police Lt. Erika Aklufi said surveillance video in that case showed McCrary putting a handgun to the head of a man on Broadway. He and an accomplice demanded the man’s watch, she said.

McCrary’s DNA also was recovered from the victim’s shirt, which he’d grabbed during the robbery, police said.

Prosecutors charged McCrary, who had been arrested by L.A. police a month later, and Donta Baker with robbery in the Santa Monica case based on the DNA evidence, according to court records reviewed by The Times.

The Times said McCrary pleaded no contest in 2023 to one count of robbery, after which L.A. County Superior Court Judge Cathryn Brougham sentenced him to three years. But the paper said Brougham suspended the sentence and placed McCrary on two years’ probation, also ordering him to complete 200 hours of community service.

The Times added that McCrary’s suspended sentence ran concurrent with another suspended sentence following a conviction for possessing a gun as a felon in a separate case the LAPD investigated.

The paper said that while Brougham ordered the completion of a probation report before McCrary’s sentencing, courthouse clerks could find no report upon the Times' request. Probation reports typically provide sentencing recommendations along with defendants' probation suitability, the paper added.

The Times reported that L.A. County prosecutors defended their handling of the case related to stealing a Rolex at gunpoint, a case which officials said “had significant problems with proof.”

More from the paper:

A spokesperson in the district attorney’s office said an inability to identify the defendant in the surveillance video hampered the case. Two witnesses were unable to identify the suspects, the spokesperson said, noting that the robber’s face was not shown in the video because he was wearing a mask.

She also said that prosecutors were unable to identify the item in the suspect’s hands, and that a confirmatory DNA test was never conducted on the robbery victim’s shirt, which called into question its accuracy.

“As a result of these issues, the management team ... authorized a plea offer that allowed [him] to be placed on probation with a suspended state prison sentence,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement, the Times reported.

Opponents of Gascón told the paper that the handling of the case demonstrates how his office has been mismanaged. The Times added that Nathan Hochman — Gascón’s opponent in this November's election — said Gascón’s “malpractice appears to have cost another life.”

Anything else?

The two other suspects in last week's brutal killing in Newport Beach are Malachi Darnell and Jaden Cunningham, both 18, the Orange County DA's Office said.

(L to R) Jaden Cunningham; Malachi DarnellImage source: Orange County (Calif.) District Attorney's Office

The DA's office said McKay and her husband were waiting for a ride after finishing shopping at the mall when a white Toyota Camry pulled up next to the couple. The DA's office said two masked suspects — later identified as Darnell and Cunningham — jumped out and attacked McKay’s husband, putting a gun to his head and demanding his watch as they forced him to the ground as bystanders ran away.

When the pair couldn't get the husband's property, Cunningham is accused of throwing McKay to the ground, stealing her shopping bags, and dragging her into the street in front of the getaway car, which McCrary was driving, the DA's office said.

With McKay lying in front of the Camry, McKay’s husband jumped in front of the vehicle in an effort to stop his wife from being run over, but McCrary is accused of accelerating forward with Darnell in the vehicle, pushing McKay’s husband out of the way, and running over McKay and dragging her body 65 feet, the DA's office said.

While McCrary was dragging McKay under the car, Cunningham was running to try to catch up to the getaway car, the DA's office said, adding that a good Samaritan tried to stop Cunningham from getting back into the vehicle. Darnell is accused of shooting from the getaway car at the good Samaritan, the DA's office said, adding that McCrary is accused of slowing down to allow Cunningham to jump back into the getaway vehicle, after which McCrary drove away.

The DA's office said Darnell and Cunningham also are eligible for the death penalty if they are convicted of the special circumstances murder charges. Darnell also has been charged with second-degree attempted robbery, attempted murder, and felony enhancements of personal use of a firearm and personal discharge of a firearm, the DA's office said, adding that Cunningham also has been charged with one felony count of attempted second-degree robbery.

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Biden biographer exposes the 'red flag' he saw inside Biden's White House: 'I'd never heard of that before'

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 13:32

The author of a Joe Biden biography revealed Tuesday that he believes the Biden administration is the most "scripted" White House in modern American history.

Last year, author Chris Whipple published his book "The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden's White House," which covers the first years of Biden's presidency. The White House granted Whipple significant access to Biden's inner circle for the book, which ultimately produced in Whipple a unique perspective about the Biden administration.

'You can look at it two ways: This is obviously a White House with either with something to hide or just obsessed with controlling the narrative.'

In an interview on CNN, Whipple shared what he learned.

Despite granting him unique access, Whipple told CNN anchor Abby Phillip that control is baked into the DNA of Biden's administration.

"The thing to understand here is that the DNA of this White House is controlling the narrative. And I can tell you, having written a book about it, that this White House is the most battened down, buttoned up, scripted White House in modern history," he alleged.

Not only does the White House control its narrative, but access to Biden is tightly supervised — even for his biographer.

"While I was able to interview in real time almost all of Joe Biden's inner circle, when it came to Biden himself, the deal was: Written answers to written questions," Whipple revealed. "I'd never heard of that before."

Phillip then asked Whipple if he viewed the extreme level of control as a "red flag," a question he answered in the affirmative.

"You can look at it two ways: This is obviously a White House with either with something to hide or just obsessed with controlling the narrative," he explained.

Later in the interview, Whipple revealed that he has spoken with one of Biden's "closest friends," who believes the president needs to undergo a full battery of cognitive testing.

"I will tell you that one of the president's closest friends thinks that Joe Biden should go up to Walter Reed, have a complete neurological exam, release the results, and let the chips fall," Whipple said.

"Now, I don't think that friend has said this out loud to Joe Biden because that's a hard thing, even for a close friend, to tell him," he added. "But I don't think he's going there without a major push."

Although Biden has reportedly not undergone extensive cognitive testing, the White House continues to claim the president is in good health.

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Project 2025 has liberals (and even some conservatives) UPSET. Here’s what we know so far.

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 13:00

You might have heard the phrase Project 2025, also referred to as the Presidential Transition Project, being thrown around lately – especially by Biden and fellow Democrats who are using the initiative as a way to scare the nation about a second Trump term.

But what exactly is Project 2025, and does it bode well for America’s future?

Sara Gonzales and Chad Prather discuss the implications – both good and bad – of Project 2025.

"Project 2025" - What is it, and Why are Liberals SO TERRIFIED?

“Project 2025 is initiated by the Heritage Foundation, and it aims to prepare for a future conservative administration by focusing on four pillars,” which are “restore family values, dismantle the administrative state … defend national sovereignty, [and] secure individual rights,” says Sara.

So far, so good.

Some of the key policies within those pillars will target abortion, the executive branch, economic policies, taxes, deregulation, free market principles, health care, energy and environmental policies, education, immigration, and national security and defense, among other categories.

Liberals, of course, are calling Project 25 “far-right extremism,” but Sara thinks the initiative is rooted in “common sense.”

Chad Prather, however, sees some areas in Project 2025 that could be considered genuinely radical.

Overall, he’s optimistic about the initiative, especially considering that it centers around the concept of “[making] the government smaller,” but he does think “it has some radical points.”

When he looked at the finer details of the initiative, he found mentions of “eradicating choice in marriage” and the elimination of “no-fault divorce.”

“It’s a little strong,” he tells Sara.

To hear more about Project 2025 and Trump’s potential involvement in it, watch the clip above.

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Following Blaze Originals documentary, senators from both parties reach deal to ban congressional stock trading

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 12:20

U.S. senators from both parties announced on Wednesday that they had created a bill that would ban congressional stock trading, an issue so important that Blaze Media created a Blaze Originals documentary — entitled "Bought and Paid For: How Politicians Get Filthy Rich" — about it earlier this year to put pressure on federal lawmakers and keep our audience in the know.

While the STOCK Act, passed in 2012, technically requires members of Congress to be more transparent about their stock trades as well as those of their spouse, it has done little to curtail the seemingly rampant shady stock trades from members of both parties that "Bought and Paid For" exposed.

According to a University of Maryland poll, fully 85% of Americans want to ban stock trades for members of Congress.

Now, four senators — Democrats Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jon Ossoff of Georgia, and Gary Peters of Michigan and Republican Josh Hawley of Missouri — have developed new legislation with heftier penalties that may finally resolve the problem once and for all.

Their plan is called the ETHICS Act, and if passed, it would prevent members of Congress from buying or selling stock or similar investments beginning 90 days after the bill is signed into law. It would further prohibit congressional spouses and other members of their immediate family from purchasing stocks as of March 2027.

Violations of the law would result in a fine of either a month's salary or 10% of each asset's value, whichever is greater.

According to a University of Maryland poll, fully 85% of Americans want to ban stock trades for members of Congress. Between the countrywide consensus regarding the issue and the bipartisan nature of the legislation, supporters of the ETHICS Act are hopeful that it may in fact pass, despite the contentious election season and the failure of similar legislative efforts in the past.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is already scheduled to begin considering the bill on July 24.

Meanwhile, members of Blaze Media are already celebrating the bill as a major victory following the release of "Bought and Paid For" in April. James Poulos, host of "Bought and Paid For" as well as the editor at large of Blaze Media and the editorial director of its RETURN division, is particularly encouraged by this turn of events.

"Members of Congress can get rich on stock trades thanks to their special access to information ordinary Americans don’t have — and many do just that, because wrongdoing is so hard to prove in court and current congressional rules are so lax," he told Blaze News.

"Americans across party lines agree this practice should be brought to an end, and cracking down boasts bipartisan support on the Hill. It’s heartening to see a new group of senators take a fresh swing at a solution that’s long overdue."

The trailer for "Bought and Paid For" can be seen below. To view the entire 30-minute program and other Blaze Originals documentaries like it, click here to become a BlazeTV subscriber.

TRAILER: Bought And Paid For: How Politicians Get Filthy Rich | Blaze Originals

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4 Indian nationals accused of trafficking 100 people or more in Texas and forcing them to perform tech labor: Report

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 12:05

Four people of Indian origin have been arrested and charged after allegedly forcing perhaps more than 100 people to live in confined quarters in Texas and perform computer-related labor.

In March, a pest control company became concerned after providing services for bed bugs at a residence in Princeton, Texas, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas. When company staff members arrived at the home, they reportedly discovered between three and five women crammed into each room, suitcases strewn everywhere.

Further investigation revealed that the alleged forced-labor scheme involved perhaps more than 100 victims, both male and female, and several locations, including in nearby cities Melissa and McKinney.

The company called Princeton police, asking for a welfare check at the home. Detectives eventually obtained a search warrant for the residence, and what they found there was shocking.

According to reports, at least 15 women had been living at the home, working as programmers for shell companies owned by the homeowner, Santhosh Katkoori, and his wife, Dwaraka Gunda, both of whom are 31 years old.

At the home, investigators discovered "multiple" electronic devices, including laptops, cellphones, and printers, a police press release said. They also found allegedly forged documents.

Further investigation revealed that the alleged forced-labor scheme involved perhaps more than 100 victims, both male and female, and several locations, including in nearby cities Melissa and McKinney. Electronic devices and "documents" were confiscated from those sites as well, the press release said.

On Monday, four individuals — Katkoori and Gunda as well as 24-year-old Chandan Dasireddy and 37-year-old Anil Male — were arrested and charged with trafficking of persons, a second-degree felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The press release states that the four suspects currently live in Texas, but other reports indicate that they may originally come from southeastern India. "Four persons from the Telugu States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were arrested in Collin County, Texas, United States, on Monday on charges of alleged trafficking of people," read an article from the Hindu, an India-based outlet.

The Times of India used similar language, describing the suspects as "four individuals of Telugu origin."

Blaze News left a message for the Princeton detective assigned to the case, asking for further clarification on the suspects' citizenship but did not receive a return call.

Police did hint that further arrests will be made in the case and other charges may be forthcoming.

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Biden admin is ‘complicit’ in trafficking of unaccompanied minors: Gov’t whistleblowers

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 11:50

Federal government whistleblowers told senators on Tuesday that the Biden administration's Office of Refugee Resettlement, within the Department of Health and Human Services, likely placed unaccompanied minors with child traffickers, neglecting to properly vet sponsors.

Deborah White and Tara Rodas, federal employees, stated that they first discovered that the ORR was placing children in "dangerous" situations in June 2021.

'The most horrific injustice.'

After minors cross the border, Customs and Border Protection places unaccompanied children in the custody of HHS' ORR. It is the department's responsibility to find and vet sponsors to look after the minors. Its order of preference is first to try to turn the children over to parents or a legal guardian; however, according to Tuesday's testimony to the panel of senators, this rarely occurs.

"What I discovered was horrifying: children were being trafficked with billions of taxpayer dollars by a contractor failing to vet sponsors and process children safely, with government officials complicit in it," White stated. "Children were sent to addresses that were abandoned houses or nonexistent in some cases."

"In Michigan, a child was sent to an open field, even after we reported making an [sic] 911 call after hearing someone screaming for help, yet the child was still sent," White continued. "When I raised concerns about contractor failures and asked to see the contract I was told, 'You're not gonna get the contract and don't ask for it again.' So I took it upon myself to create trainings for significant incident reports of sexual abuse and for flagging trafficking, in order to equip case managers."

According to White, despite reporting her concerns, the children continued to be sent to "dangerous places."

"When we questioned documents, HHS ORR leadership said, 'You're not fake ID experts, and your job is not to investigate the sponsor. Your job is to reunify the child with the sponsor,'" White said.

Rodas told senators that the ORR did not meet with sponsors in person and noted that children were being placed with "random people."

She explained that a 16-year-old girl from Guatemala was placed with a man who claimed to be the child's brother, but it was "clear" that he was not. The female "looked drugged" and like "she was for sale" in pictures posted to the male's social media. She added that the male was "touching her inappropriately" and possessed other accounts on social media that contained child pornography.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris claimed that only 10% of unaccompanied minors are placed with their parents.

"It defies logic and is inhumane," Harris remarked.

Both White and Rodas claimed that the ORR and Cherokee Federal, a taxpayer-funded contractor tasked with resettling the unaccompanied children, ignored warning signs of potential trafficking operations.

White stated that Cherokee Federal staffed "several unqualified unvetted and quite frankly dangerous contractors with access to vulnerable children that did not get the appropriate support, services, or humanity they deserved after a most treacherous journey."

She added that the stories she has heard from some of the children "will haunt me for the rest of my life."

"HHS ORR leadership and the contractor allowed children to be trafficked on their watch and the taxpayers continue to fund it," White said, calling the department's program "the biggest failure in government history."

"This is the most horrific injustice against children that I have witnessed in my entire federal career," Rodas declared.

Neither HHS nor Cherokee Federal responded to a request for comment from the Post.

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Disease that wiped out over a third of medieval Europe is back — in Colorado

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 11:35

The plague swept through medieval Europe, killing between 30% to 50% of the population — up to an estimated 200 million people. While the bacterium responsible, Yersinia pestis, is found in rodents, it can be transmitted to humans through the bite of infected fleas. Between humans, it can be spread through unprotected contact with an infected person's bodily fluids or through inhalation of respiratory droplets expelled by someone stricken with the pneumonic plague.

Outbreaks of Yersina pestis were responsible for numerous nightmarish epidemics — not only the Justinianic plague in the 5th-7th centuries and the 14th century Black Death, but also in modern times, largely in Asia and Africa. According to the World Health Organization, the three most endemic countries are Madagascar, Peru, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Public health officials in Pueblo County, Colorado, confirmed Tuesday that a resident was infected with the plague.

Officials did not disclose the identity of the infected person.

'If you develop symptoms of plague, see a health care provider immediately.'

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment advised locals to:

  • eliminate places rodents can breed or hide, such as rock piles, brush, and trash;
  • avoid contact with dead animals;
  • use insect repellent to avoid flea bites;
  • treat pets for fleas;
  • keep pets away from rodent-infested areas, including prairie dog colonies; and
  • don't sleep with pets.

Alice Solis, program manager of the county's office of communicable disease and emergency preparedness, said, "If you develop symptoms of plague, see a health care provider immediately. Plague can be treated successfully with antibiotics, but an infected person must be treated promptly to avoid serious complications or death."

Infection is brutal and frequently lethal. Systemic infection caused by the bacteria in the bloodstream and lung-based forms have a case-fatality ratio ranging from 30% to 100% if not treated.

Symptoms vary depending on the variety of plague.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those infected with the bubonic plague — which is not spread person to person — develop swollen, tender lymph glands as well as fever, headache, and weakness.

Those with pneumonic plague, which is contagious and spread through the air, suffer chest pain, high fever and chills, a cough, difficulty breathing, and an upset stomach. If untreated, the disease can lead to lung failure, shock, and death inside 24 hours.

When plague bacteria multiply in the blood leaving a patient with septicemic plague, the patient is likely to suffer similar symptoms as well as profuse bleeding.

The U.S. does not presently have a plague vaccine available for use. However, streptomycin, gentamicin, the tetracyclines, and chloramphenicol are reportedly all effective against pneumonic plague.

Although infections are extremely rare, plague occurs naturally in areas of the western United Sates. For instance, it is endemic throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains and other parts of California, where it is often carried by squirrels and chipmunks.

Other once-eradicated or controlled diseases have made a comeback in recent years, in part as a result of unchecked illegal immigration.

Blaze News previously reported that cases of polio, tuberculosis, leprosy, and malaria have cropped up amid record influxes of illegal aliens as well as refugees and asylees — whom the CDC indicated are not required to meet vaccination requirements before entering the country.

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Blaze News original: 10 instances when everyday people stood up to violent carjackers and thwarted their plans

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 11:30

Carjacking victims repeatedly are told to simply surrender their vehicles to the perps — and certainly don't resist or fight back. Those who witness carjackings in progress? The vast majority are going to stay out of harm's way and not intervene.

But every now and then, everyday folks go against conventional wisdom — and they fight back and fight for others.

'We are proud of these two citizens for their heroic action, for helping our officers make the arrest, and for keeping our community safe.'

Just last month, video showed an Amazon delivery driver beating up an alleged wannabe carjacker who punched his female coworker in the face, the New York Post reported.

The paper said the suspect suddenly attacked the 23-year-old female Amazon driver when she was stuck in traffic near one of the company’s warehouses in Jamaica, Queens. The suspect — identified as 29-year-old Kevon Wilson — allegedly punched the female Amazon driver repeatedly, dragged her from the van, and then jumped into the driver’s seat, the Post noted, citing police sources.

But the victim grabbed the keys out of the ignition as her male coworker entered the fray and was seen on video repeatedly punching the suspect in the middle of the road, the paper said. When the mini-brawl ended, the suspect actually got back into the driver's seat of the Amazon delivery van, the paper added.

Wilson later was arrested for robbery and assault, the Post said, adding that sources indicate he's been cuffed numerous times, including for a May 2020 assault, and he also has an open bench warrant for a traffic violation. Wilson had his bond set at $7,500 following his arraignment in Queens Criminal Court, the paper said, adding that he's scheduled back in court next Tuesday. Amazon told the Post the company is investigating the incident.

The following are 10 other times when everyday people stood up to violent carjackers and thwarted their plans.

Pair of citizens help capture career criminal; wild police bodycam video shows one of them thwart crook's carjacking attempt

Police in Ocala, Florida, said on the morning of Oct. 24, 2023, 39-year-old Michael Prouty forced his way into a woman's home in the Villages and stole her purse, cell phone, and car from the garage. Prouty later was driving the stolen car in Ocala, fled from police who spotted him, crashed into several vehicles — which left multiple people injured — and ran off. Police said "heroic citizen" Tom Episcopo grabbed Prouty, who got away but was slowed down. Police said Prouty then tried to carjack a woman while she was in a Starbucks drive-thru, but another "heroic citizen," Shane Spicer, intervened and tried to pull Prouty out of the vehicle. Bodycam video shows Spicer running after and grabbing and holding Prouty, after which officers took over and arrested him.

Prouty was facing multiple charges, including fleeing and eluding and attempted carjacking, police said, adding that Prouty also was involved in an early-morning robbery of an Ocala 7-Eleven hours before the home invasion. Police added that Prouty was sent to prison in 2017 after being charged with burglary and robbery and was released in July 2022, after which he committed more felony crimes in Miami-Dade County. Police said Prouty returned to prison and was again released in February 2023. Police said he was turned over to Miami-Dade jail and bonded out in March 2023.

Police formally recognized Episcopo and Spicer on Feb. 13 for their actions. “We are proud of these two citizens for their heroic action, for helping our officers make the arrest, and for keeping our community safe," Ocala Police Chief Mike Balken said at the time of the incident.

Philly public bus driver hailed as 'Batman' for barreling toward carjackers who were trying to take woman's vehicle while he was on his route, scaring them away

Chris DeShields, a bus driver for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, was driving north on Frankford Avenue in the city's Fishtown neighborhood not long before midnight on Jan. 25, 2023, when he said he saw a trio of 20-something males surrounding a young woman they’d forced out of a car, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, adding that one of them snatched her keys.

DeShields was carrying five passengers at the time, the paper said, citing Chris Valentin, chief bus operations officer for the agency. But DeShields wasn't about to let the crooks get away with it. The Inquirer said DeShields veered the bus toward the trio, leaned on the horn, flashed the blinkers, and shouted out the windows.

“They had masks on, but you could see their eyes popping wide open,” DeShields, who's been driving buses for 17 years, told the paper. “Like, ‘What do we do now?’” With a 30,000-pound bus heading toward them, the Inquirer reported that the trio ran off.

DeShields told the paper he exited the bus to ask people in a bar to watch the woman until she was able to get help — and then he got back inside and continued his route “to get my passengers home.”

DeShields — who at the time was 38 and worked a 4:30 p.m. to 2:05 a.m. shift — added to the Inquirer that he "caught hell in the depot the next day. My coworkers were laughing and teasing me, saying, ‘We heard you were Batman.’”

“If you were raised a certain way, and you’ve got a bit of heart, you’re going to get involved with certain things," DeShields also told the paper. "I’ve got a soon-to-be wife and my sister — I would love somebody to help them if they get in a jam.”

Chick-fil-A worker rushes from restaurant to rescue woman, baby from armed carjacker — and tackles, subdues suspect

A woman was getting a baby out of her vehicle near a Chick-fil-A in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, on Sept. 14, 2022, when a male armed with a stick confronted her and allegedly demanded her keys. The victim cried out as the male wrenched her keys from her waistband and climbed inside her vehicle — and that's when Mykel Gordon took action, Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies said.

Gordon, a Chick-fil-A employee, heard the victim's cries for help, tackled the suspect, and subdued the male despite taking a punch to the face. Others soon aided Gordon's efforts. The sheriff's office said 43-year-old William Branch of DeFuniak Springs — who reportedly was involved in another incident before the carjacking attempt — was charged with carjacking with a weapon and battery.

Matthew Sexton, operator of the Chick-fil-A, told CNN he was grateful for "amazing team member Mykel Gordon, who so selflessly jumped in to intervene and help our guests" and "couldn't be prouder of his incredible act of care."

You can view cellphone video of the incident here.

Lyft driver with concealed carry license opens fire on carjacking duo — one of them armed — and sends them both to hospital

A Lyft driver in Philadelphia who's licensed to carry a firearm thwarted an armed carjacking on the afternoon of Jan. 3, 2022, by shooting and wounding two suspects as they tried to steal his vehicle.

The 38-year-old rideshare driver was transporting a female passenger when he was rear-ended twice by a Honda Accord on the 4200 block of Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia, WTXF-TV reported.

After being hit a second time, the Lyft driver exited his 2011 Infiniti sedan to confront the two males in the car behind him who, according to police, were in their 20s. That's when one male allegedly exited the trailing car and pointed a gun at the Lyft driver, demanding possession of his vehicle.

The Lyft driver got his passenger out of the vehicle before the carjacker sat in the driver's seat — but once the suspect did so, the Lyft driver opened fire, striking the suspect in the chest. Fox New said the getaway driver then tried to run over the Lyft driver — but the Lyft driver shot him, too. Both suspects reportedly drove the vehicles from the scene in opposite directions, but neither made it more than a few blocks. Philadelphia police took the suspects to a hospital shortly afterward. The Lyft driver wasn't hurt. Cops reportedly recovered all the weapons from the scene, and the identities of those involved weren't immediately disclosed.

Trio of crooks try carjacking man when witnesses say another person pulls gun, opens fire, and hits 1 suspect; the other 2 flee 

Three people tried carjacking a man in Dallas in late 2022 when another person pulled a gun, opened fire, and hit one of the suspects, KXAS-TV reported, adding that the other two suspects ran off.

Witnesses dining in Odelay near the Dallas North Tollway and Lovers Lane told the station the victim had just left the restaurant around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 when the incident unfolded. Witnesses added to KXAS that another person, whom police haven’t identified, shot one of the suspects. That suspect was taken to a local hospital while the other two fled, KXAS reported, adding that no one else was hurt.

Many customers couldn’t return to their cars that night, as Odelay’s parking lot became a crime scene and police continued to search for evidence, the station said.

Witness Thomas Gleason told KXAS he heard “six, eight, maybe 10" shots, adding that "it was not one or two. It was a number of them. Immediately, everyone just started to scatter like they would in a gunshot situation.” Gleason, who has a permit to carry, added to the station that he pulled his gun but didn't have to fire it.

Pair of karate instructors reportedly thwart alleged armed carjacking in broad daylight

Amid an apparent carjacking attempt in Oakland last summer, KTVU-TV said a pair of instructors from a karate studio across the street jumped into action.

Fox News said the incident unfolded at 2:45 p.m. Aug. 14 on Piedmont Avenue. KTVU obtained surveillance video from a plant nursery showing the victim exiting his car — and two masked, hooded assailants exiting another vehicle and taking the victim's keys. But then two Good Samaritans ran toward the scene and started smashing the windows of the assailants' car with sticks — one of them shattered the windshield. That apparently was a signal that the would-be carjackers were in the wrong place, and they were seen quickly getting back into their vehicle, which sped away. The victim's car was spared.

'You come here bullying people on my f***ing street!' Young black man reportedly defends elderly Asian man from violent carjacking

In October 2022, a video was posted on the Instagram account Black and Asian Souls Unite showing a black man using a handgun allegedly to protect an Asian man from a carjacking. The black man with the gun is seen shoving another black man down a sidewalk; the video does not show the alleged carjacking itself.

"Get the f*** off my street!" the Good Samaritan with the gun shouts at the other unidentified man. "You come around here bullying people on my f***ing street, [N-word]?"

"F***ing picking on an old-ass Asian man," the man concludes as the alleged would-be carjacker continues to walk away.

In the beginning of the video, the Good Samaritan fires a warning shot, likely to show the other man how serious he is. The Good Samaritan also can be seen tossing back what appear to be keys to the alleged victim, who responds, "Thank you."

Viewers said the video shows the "true allyship" of the black and Asian communities in the greater Los Angeles area. Carl Samson of NextShark — an outlet that describes itself as "a leading source covering Asian and Asian American news" — reported that the video was given to an LAPD volunteer, but it's unclear whether law enforcement investigated.

Passerby armed with hammer intervenes in attempted carjacking; cops arrest suspect

A passerby armed with a hammer intervened in an attempted carjacking earlier this year in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Patch reported, citing police.

Cops said in a news release that Guy Guery, 23, tried to steal a vehicle while a person was inside it by Fulling Mills Deli on Prospect Street around 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25, the outlet reported, adding that investigating officers determined that a passerby armed with a hammer intervened.

Guery fled on foot through a nearby wooded area, after which cops found and arrested him, police told Patch. Guery was charged with attempted carjacking by robbery, second-degree reckless endangerment, and interfering with officer/resisting arrest, the outlet reported, adding that Guery was held on a $500,000 bond and arraigned in court the next morning. Guery also had several outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court for which he was charged, Patch said, citing police.

Citizen helps off-duty Border Patrol agent pull would-be carjacker from vehicle belonging to local church pastor

A citizen helped an off-duty Border Patrol agent prevent a 24-year-old male from carjacking a local church pastor in Westmorland — a California city near the Mexican border.

Suspect Antonio Mendoza sustained undisclosed minor injuries when the pair pulled him from the vehicle and a scuffle ensued around 12:50 p.m. July 25, 2021, the Calexico Chronicle reported, citing Westmorland Police Chief Perry Monita. The suspect allegedly was in possession of a knife at the time of his arrest but reportedly did not brandish it during the incident, Monita added to the Chronicle.

Mendoza was treated and released at a local hospital before being booked into Imperial County jail, Monita told the paper, adding that Mendoza was charged with carjacking, making criminal threats, and making criminal threats to an officer.

The chief told the Chronicle that Mendoza allegedly assaulted the church pastor, but the victim wasn't injured — nor were the citizen or the Border Patrol agent who intervened. The paper said the victim is a pastor at Westmorland Apostolic.

Woman turns the tables on carjackers in lethal fashion, fatally shooting one of them with his own gun

A woman told detectives she picked up a friend on their way to a Friendsgiving on Nov. 19, 2022, and they parked in North Las Vegas to wait because they were too early, KVVU-TV reported. She noticed a vehicle approaching them fast; then the driver parked directly in front of her car, blocking it, the station said, citing arrest report documents.

The woman told detectives two black males exited the vehicle with guns pointed at her and her friend, the station said, adding that one of the males opened the driver’s-side door, grabbed her by the shirt, and yanked her out of the car. One of the males got into the driver’s seat but couldn't drive away, presumably because he didn't know a button needed to be pushed, the station said, adding that the male then placed the gun in his lap. The woman, who told her friend to run away, grabbed the gun and ran, the station said.

The male tackled her from behind, and she shot him, the station said, adding that a second suspect started shooting at her, after which the woman ran to a house and hid in a side yard. Officers found a dead adult male in the street bleeding from his head, the station said. Police determined the woman acted in self-defense.

KTLA-TV reported that police arrested 18-year-old Jaylin Morrison on Dec. 2, saying he was one of the would-be carjackers. The station, citing records, said he faced charges of second-degree kidnapping, attempted robbery, burglary, and conspiracy to commit robbery, all with a deadly weapon. Days later police arrested two additional suspects — Jaylyn Mays and Derico Jackson, both 19, KLAS-TV reported.

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WATCH Jake Tapper’s facial expression when he reads recent Joe Biden quotes

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 11:30

As one of two moderators, CNN’s Jake Tapper had a front row seat to the first presidential debate when Joe Biden had perhaps the worst debate performance of any president in the country’s history.

Since then, it seems Tapper, awakened to the reality of the president’s cognitive decline, has turned on Joe Biden.

Dave Rubin plays a clip of the anchor reading recent Biden quotes, and his facial expressions confirm that his faith in the president has indeed waned dramatically.

First Tapper brought up Biden’s call-in conversation on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” during which Biden said, “The fact of the matter is how can you assure you're going to be out on you know on your way to go you know work tomorrow age age wasn't you know the idea that I'm too old.”

Tapper’s face when he’s rereading Biden’s line is better seen than described:

Watch CNN Host’s Face After Reading This Biden Quote Word for Word

“That sounds like it’s supposed to be reassuring to those Democratic supporters who have gone wobbly,” Tapper said in response, adding that “many Democratic officials with whom [he’s] spoken are worried that President Biden and his family and his inner circle appear to be in complete denial, not just about whatever might be wrong with him but the state of his candidacy right now.”

Tapper then played another clip from Biden’s damage control interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, during which he tried to explain away his poor debate performance but ended up just making matters worse.

When asked if he had watched the debate footage, Biden, sporting his typical confused visage, replied, “I don’t think I did, no.”

“He doesn't think he did?” Tapper asked, perplexed.

Perhaps Biden’s worst post-debate move, however, was when he “called into a couple of black radio stations.”

During one interview, he said, “By the way, I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice president, the first black woman, to serve with a black president, proud of the first black woman in the Supreme Court. There’s just so much that we can do because together we — there’s nothing. Look, this is the United States of America.”

“He’s proud to be the first black woman?” Tapper asked, adding that the response is simply “not coherent.”

But it gets even worse.

“Then we later found out later from the radio host that the Biden campaign had given her a list of questions to ask President Biden. That is a huge no no in journalism,” Tapper reported. “It remains quite telling that in the Biden campaign's efforts to show that the president has not missed a step, his campaign felt the need to feed questions to the hosts for a call-in radio interview, and the president still even then failed to deliver in many of his answers.”

According to the CNN anchor, however, Biden’s biggest blunder was when George Stephanopoulos asked him “how he would feel if he ultimately loses to Donald Trump.”

To hear Biden’s response, watch the clip above.

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'You're rich and still try to scam your fans': Sean Strickland accuses UFC fighter Khamzat Chimaev of huge crypto scam

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 11:20

UFC contender and former champion Sean Strickland has accused popular fighter Khamzat Chimaev of scamming his fans using a cryptocurrency coin.

Chimaev, a popular fighter known for dominating performances, was entrenched in accusations of a cryptocurrency scam using a coin called Smash.

The allegations, according to, were that Chimaev performed a pump-and-dump scheme and came away with more than $1 million.

In similar cases, content creators or celebrities use their reach to promote a particular cryptocurrency that they own a large percentage of, and when fans and followers purchase shares of the coin, the person — usually the celebrity or his team — sells a large amount of the currency at a much higher value than when he purchased it.

'I've been offered a ton of money to do this same exact thing.'

Reputable outlet CoinMarketCap reported that a well-known investigator in the space revealed that developers had purchased over 70% of the coin's supply.

"Using timing analysis confirms 71% insider and dev team wallets are directly linked as they were funded by same address on Ethereum."

Market trading statistics showed that the value of the coin increased about sixfold on June 8, 2024.

Chimaev's manager reportedly denied any connection to the coin after accusations started pouring in.

"I was approached by a group claiming to be fans of my client Khamzat Chimaev. They wanted to record a short video promoting their launch. So I agreed to that, nothing more, nothing less. Maybe I was misled. Khamzat wasn't involved and know[s] just as little as you do. So the news is really unpleasant and I’m seeking an explanation from those responsible. My apologies to Khamzat and all others of you affected by this, if I could have done anything differently. Thank you for your understanding, I'll keep you updated."

Chimaev indeed recorded a short video promoting the coin in question.

Following the manager's statements, a man claiming to be involved in the crypto team for the Smash coin clarified that he never spoke directly to Chimaev but admitted to the team owning 80% of the coin's supply.

The video was posted on Chimaev's X page.

“Regarding the supply, yes, we sniped 80%of the supply, and we still own almost 80% of the supply. We did not sell, we were not the cause of the major downfall that happened in the token," he claimed. "Everything is public, you can track all wallets. There is no scam that has been happening. It's simply people that bought early that sold very late and took profits, and not us. Neither is it Khamzat's team nor us who caused that."

About 12 hours after the video was posted, UFC contender Strickland began accusing his fellow fighter of scamming fans.

"I've been offered a ton of money to do this same exact thing...... Crazy man you're rich and still try to scam your fans," he wrote.

"That was 100 percent to scam his fans," Strickland continued. "How do I know this?!? I was just approached to do this same thing... [integrity] you either have it or you don't. Yall shouldn't let this vanish in a news cycle. Absolutely wrong."

Chimaev has yet to directly respond to the accusations.

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Does she have the courage? Speaker Johnson calls on Harris to consider invoking 25th Amendment: 'A dangerous situation'

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 11:05

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) called on President Joe Biden's Cabinet to consider invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Biden from office.

Passed after John F. Kennedy's assassination, the 25th Amendment outlines the important process of presidential succession and what happens when the president is incapacitated and left unable to carry out his duties.

'There's a time to every purpose under Heaven — desperate times call for desperate measures.'

Section 4 reads:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

On Tuesday, Johnson said he believes most Americans would agree that Biden's Cabinet should strongly consider invoking the 25th Amendment against their boss.

"In good conscience, if I were in the Biden Cabinet, I would be wrestling with that question because I would know what we all know now, that Joe Biden is not up to the task, and it's a dangerous situation," Johnson said.

"There's a time to every purpose under Heaven — desperate times call for desperate measures. I think the 25th Amendment is appropriate here," he continued.

"We all know that the House doesn't have the authority to do that; it's the vice president of the United States that has to initiate that process," he explained. "We don't have any involvement unless there's a disagreement between the president and what the vice president and the Cabinet decide."

His perspective aside, Johnson added that he is "under no illusion" that Vice President Kamala Harris or the Cabinet will actually invoke the 25th Amendment.

The fact that few people are discussing the 25th Amendment in this situation is interesting.

Not only was the 25th Amendment repeatedly weaponized when Donald Trump was president, but the fact that a significant number of Americans — including Democrats — think Biden should not run for re-election raises an important question: If Biden can't be president for four more years, how is he qualified for the job right now?

No matter the case, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen confirmed on Tuesday that Biden's Cabinet is not considering using the 25th Amendment.

Still, House Republicans could pass a resolution calling on Harris to act, much as Democrats did to then-Vice President Mike Pence after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

It's not clear, however, whether Johnson plans to take the symbolic action.

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'There are serious concerns': Biden's supporters on Capitol Hill do not sound very enthusiastic

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 10:50

President Joe Biden has fended off calls to step down from the presidential race by pointing to support from congressional Democrats, but as this week has worn on, more and more members who say they still support him at the top of the ticket sound far from enthusiastic.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said on Tuesday, "I am fully behind him as our nominee until he's not our nominee. ...There are serious concerns that have been raised."

'Weakening a weakened nominee seems like a losing strategy for a presidential election.'

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) simply said, "We're ridin' with Biden. We're ridin' with Biden," when he was swarmed by reporters and peppered with questions when leaving a meeting with Democratic lawmakers.

When pressed by MSNBC on Wednesday on whether she wants Biden to remain in the race, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, "I want him to do whatever he decides to do, and that's the way it is. Whatever he decides, we go with."

Pelosi got defensive with her answer when she returned to Capitol Hill after an ABC News reporter continued to ask her in the hallway if she supports Biden staying in the race.

"Am I speaking English to you? I’m not going to be making any statements about any of that right now in the hallway," she told the reporter.

Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) issued a statement on Monday that criticized Democrats who had publicly said they do not want Biden to be the party's nominee, claiming, "Weakening a weakened nominee seems like a losing strategy for a presidential election."

But by Wednesday, Torres slightly changed his tune with another statement that called for a "serious reckoning with the down-ballot effect of whomever we nominate. What matters is not how we feel but what the numbers tell us."

Biden has remained defiant in the face of the lukewarm support and open revolt within the party and party donors. Biden has said he will stay in the race because he believes he is the best chance to defeat former President Donald Trump, going so far as to dare anyone else to challenge him during the Democratic convention in August.

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Potential Trump Cabinet pick Vivek Ramaswamy wants America First movement to lean libertarian

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 10:33

Ohio businessman Vivek Ramaswamy is convinced that President Donald Trump is going to win in November. Ramaswamy, a potential Cabinet pick, is, however, uncertain about what making America great again means to some of those who may ultimately claim victory with Trump come Election Day.

In a speech Tuesday evening at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C., Ramaswamy identified two dominant branches within the America First movement and indicated which he thinks is more likely to bear fruit.

In his remarks, Ramaswamy noted how Trump effectively landed the killing blow against the neoliberal consensus, offering instead a "nationalist vision for America's future." While the America First movement could apparently agree that nationalism is the way to go, Ramaswamy expressed concern about what kind of nationalism would dominate in the years to come: national protectionism, which some might alternatively recognize as economic nationalism, or national libertarianism, which he favors.

National protectionism, according to Ramaswamy, is animated by a desire to ensure that "American workers earn higher wages and American manufacturers can sell their goods for a higher price, by protecting them from the effects of foreign competition." National protectionists apparently also "believe in reforming the regulatory state to redirect its focus to helping American workers and manufacturers."

Judging from Ramaswamy's comments, it appears he figures Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance (R) — a favorite to become Trump's running mate — for a champion of the protectionist branch of the America First movement.

Vance has, after all, signaled a willingness to use statist interventions to improve the lot of Americans, as in the case of raising the minimum wage. The Ohio senator recently drew the ire of libertarians by advocating in a New York Times interview for "applying as much upward pressure on wages and as much downward pressure on the services that the people use as possible."

The national libertarianism advocates alternatively "care foremost about making sure that our trade and immigration policies do not compromise our national security and national identity, in ways that neoliberal policies inadvertently did."

'We don't want to replace a left-wing nanny state with a right-wing nanny state.'

National libertarians "don't believe in reimagining the regulatory state, but instead believe in shutting it down — not because National Libertarians are agnostic to the plight of American workers and manufacturers but because it is their profound conviction that the regulatory state is indeed the enemy itself," said Ramaswamy.

Despite railing against the old consensus, Ramaswamy advocated in his speech for the kind of deregulation that previous National Conservatism speakers indicated was symptomatic of the outgoing liberal regime — the kind of deregulation that elements of the protectionist group might otherwise be resistant to.

After detailing the divergence between these two branches of America First nationalism when it comes to the regulatory state, immigration, and trade, Ramaswamy underscored that he is partial to the national libertarian view because he believes it "is the way to help American workers and manufacturers."

"The National Libertarians — and if it's not obvious already, that's the camp I'm in — believe that we won't beat the left by adopting its methods," Ramaswamy said in his conclusion. "We don't want to replace a left-wing nanny state with a right-wing nanny state. Instead our goal is to dismantle the nanny state and its regulatory apparatus altogether, permanently, once and for all; to metaphorically burn its edifice and then to burn the ashes. And if we succeed in doing so, that will mark the beginning of an American revival that starts with the radical principle of our Founding: The people we elect to run the government will once again be the ones who actually run the government."

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'They're just going to steal my body': Nicolas Cage says he's terrified of what AI will do to art

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 10:10

Iconic actor Nicolas Cage said he doesn't want his likeness to be used after his passing and wonders what effect artificial intelligence will have on artists.

Cage gave an interview ahead of his latest project described as a Spider-Man noir show for Amazon Prime and mentioned that he was dreading doing digital body scans for his role.

'What are you going to do with my body and my face when I’m dead? I don’t want you to do anything with it!'

The actor said that he needed to end his interview a bit early because of his prior commitments:

"I have to slip out after this to go get a scan done for the show, and then also for the movie I'm doing after the show. Two scans in one day!" he said begrudgingly.

The 60-year-old was asked what the purpose of the body scan was, at which point Cage began to express his discontent with the new, digital aspects of his art form.

"They have to put me in a computer and match my eye color and change — I don’t know," he tried to explain. "They’re just going to steal my body and do whatever they want with it via digital AI. ... God, I hope not AI," Cage told the New Yorker.

"I'm terrified of that. I've been very vocal about it."

The living legend clarified that he didn't know what would happen to his likeness after he passes away but is certain he doesn't want anything to be done with it.

"It makes me wonder, you know, where will the truth of the artists end up? Is it going to be replaced? Is it going to be transmogrified? Where's the heartbeat going to be? I mean, what are you going to do with my body and my face when I'm dead? I don't want you to do anything with it!" he exclaimed.

Cage also answered questions about his aura and the "meme-ification" he has received over time for his performances, both iconic and infamous.

"Well, I used to be in control of [the myths]. I don't think I'm in control of that anymore. ... I'm now 60. Nonetheless, some of the roles that I've gravitated toward have created this mythology, or compounded it. When I signed up to be a film actor, we didn't have the Internet. We didn't have cell phones with cameras. I didn't know this was going to happen to me in such a pervasive way—the so-called memes. So that, now, is out of my hands."

In addition to stating that he wasn't a fan of playing violent roles anymore — killing monsters is ok — he isn't interested in "$100 million science fiction" movies, either.

"I'm interested in 50mm [cameras], right in your face ... the psyche," he added.

Cage has explained some of his meme-able roles in a 2018 interview with GQ. In the sit-down, Cage said that he was actually blackout drunk while filming "Leaving Las Vegas."

"There were a couple scenes where I really wanted to be hammered because I wanted to be out of control and have them photograph that so I could reach that kind of credibility, of authenticity of what I saw on the streets of Mexico [while researching for the film]."

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Megyn Kelly delivers EPIC rant to Piers Morgan about Jill Biden: ‘She wants a shadow presidency’

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 10:00

Since Joe Biden’s disastrous debate against Donald Trump in the first presidential debate, the first lady has been in the headlines perhaps more than ever. Recent footage shows Jill Biden giving speeches and hyping up her husband. She’s even on the cover of Vogue magazine’s August issue.

Why the sudden keenness for the camera?

Dave Rubin plays a clip of Megyn Kelly telling Piers Morgan her thoughts on the possible motivations behind Jill’s abrupt publicity.

Piers Morgan Looks Visibly Shocked When Megyn Kelly Said This

“What do you think of Jill Biden’s role here and her responsibilities?” Morgan asked, setting the stage for Kelly’s brutal castigation.

“I think she’s been exposed as a power-hungry aspirant herself to political power,” she responded frankly.

“She is on the cover of Vogue magazine right now. Why? Because she wants to promote herself,” Kelly continued, adding that Jill also “tweeted out a photo of herself sitting in the president's chair not long ago when he was preparing for the G7 meeting.”

Kelly also pointed out the first lady’s insistence on being referred to as “Dr. Jill Biden.”

“She's got her Ph.D. ... in education,” she told Morgan. “I don't make fun of that degree; my own father had that degree, but my father would never have insisted somebody call him Dr. Kelly.”

“He went by professor, and that was a title he'd earned. Why does she insist on [being called Dr.]? Because she's power hungry — because she has a small, fractured ego that she needs built up. She needs the affirmation of strangers to give her an honorarium,” Kelly criticized.

“I do think it's tied to what we're seeing now — the big reveal about her. She's power hungry ... what did we see from her on debate night? We saw her take the stage and guide the president of the United States down the stairs like a mama would.”

“And then after the debate that clip that was everywhere with her saying, ‘You did it! You answered all the questions’ — again speaking to him the way I speak to my dog when he sits on command. ... She knows how infirm he is. She wants a shadow presidency.”

To hear Kelly’s epic rant, watch the clip above.

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Leftist former constable who apparently hinted at Trump assassination laments coarsening of political discourse

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 09:55

A radical leftist has now resigned his elected position as a state constable in Pennsylvania after he apparently took to social media to express ideas about assassinating former President Donald Trump and killing some of his supporters. Now, he claims that he has just been misunderstood.

'Far-left whackadoodle': Meet Matt Croyle

Until a week or so ago, Matt Croyle was the first ward constable of Oil City, Pennsylvania, located about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. He also apparently had accounts on X and Facebook using his actual name and alluding to his elected office, according to screenshots shared by Republican voter registration activist Scott Presler.

'Get ready to die.'

But just before the July 4th holiday, Croyle apparently used those social media accounts to lash out against Trump, his supporters, and even justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. The language he reportedly employed is both crass and violent:

  • "Punch the f***ing bully right in the g**d*** f***ing mouth. Hard. No restraint. Lock [Trump] the f*** up immediately. If it's an official action, jail the f***ing Supreme Court. Save us from ourselves."
  • "Remember when political assassinations used to happen a lot? I mean, I'm not saying one should happen here, but am saying one COULD happen here and most folks wouldn't cry about it."
  • "If you have friends and family members who support Trump—if it comes down to it, you may literally have to kill them before they kill you. This is where this is headed. This is a fifty-alarm f***ing fire."
  • "The only thing I can wish for, at this point, is for some p*ssed-off far-left whackadoodles to start taking potshots at Trump. I'll be over here drinking coffee."
  • "Get ready to die."

'Hypothetical situation': Croyle attempts to clarify

After Presler and Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec shared images of those social media posts, Croyle's X account was temporarily suspended. Though defiant about the suspension, he later issued a lengthy statement to contextualize some of his violent rhetoric and to call out his critics for poor "reading comprehension."

Croyle also admitted that he would not 'mourn' if Trump did not 'exist.' He then inexplicably claimed that his fascination with the death of his political opponents could unify the country.

"I did not and would not advocate for the killing of, or threaten, anyone. Period," he wrote in part. "Anyone who read the out-of-context screenshot [about killing loved ones who support Trump] needs to understand the situation I was wailing about was a hypothetical situation brought about by the fear that our nation could end up in a civil war again—something I hope never comes to fruition."

In the statement, Croyle also admitted that he would not "mourn" if Trump did not "exist." He then inexplicably claimed that his fascination with the death of his political opponents could unify the country. "We're all human," he wrote in the same paragraph about Trump's hypothetical demise. "But we're also all Americans and we don't have to be enemies."

Though apologizing for any "confusion" he may have caused, Croyle continued with more shallow references to American unity, claiming "we all want the same things," and we just simply "see different routes to get there." "I just hope we can start to find a way [sic] see in each other what we see in ourselves."

Raging leftist calls out others for 'political extremism'

The rambling quasi-mea culpa did little to assuage concerns, though, and Croyle soon afterward canceled his X and Facebook accounts, claiming that he had been doxxed and had subsequently received death threats. He also resigned his position as constable, even though he was just elected in November.

Of note, he said he ran for office mainly to oversee elections, and he apparently brought a Kurt Vonnegut novel to his swearing-in ceremony to avoid placing his hand on the Bible. He also apparently simultaneously prefers both "he/him" and "they/them" pronouns.

In an interview published on Tuesday, Croyle told Explore Venango that he regrets some of his social media posts. "That was a huge mistake on my part because I’m the least scary person in the world," he insisted. "I am not violent by any means. I don’t want anything to do with violence. If that hypothetical situation that I was talking about were to ever happen, I would literally leave the country."

Even more, he regrets the over coarsening of political dialogue in the U.S. and on social media. "There is a real danger in letting political extremism, that is more prevalent now than ever, take over," he said.

"And sometimes we need to use language, staying within the perimeters of what is legal, to get people’s attention to the dangers that are happening."

Croyle claimed he has reported all threats against him to local authorities and the FBI. Reports indicate that his alleged threats have been similarly reported, though American Greatness could not confirm that the Pennsylvania State Police or the Secret Service had opened an investigation into his case.

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After Tractor Supply victory, a normalcy advocate is taking John Deere to task over its woke capture

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 09:40

The Tennessee-based retail chain Tractor Supply Co., established in 1938, fell captive to DEI and other systems ostensibly crafted to maximize corporate compliance with leftist ideology.

As Carmel Richardson recently noted in Compact magazine, the company not only required its employees to undergo compulsory "LGBTQIA+ training" but funded sex-change mutilations through its health plan and sponsored so-called "family-friendly" transvestite performances.

Having undoubtedly gleaned insights into corporations' low tolerance for consumer backlash from the Bud Light saga, conservative filmmaker Robby Starbuck and others campaigned to test Tractor Supply's commitment to race-obsessive policies, gender ideology, and an altogether alienating radical worldview.

Realizing that such commitments were unpopular with its customer base, Tractor Supply quickly abandoned its woke posturing, announcing on June 27 that it had taken "this feedback to heart."

The company revealed that it would no longer submit data to the mammoth LGBT activist group known as the Human Rights Campaign; would eliminate "DEI roles and retire [its] current DEI goals"; withdraw its carbon emission goals; and refocus its team member engagement groups on mentoring, networking, and supporting the business.

While this singular battle against woke was won in short order, the broader war rages on.

Starbuck shared a video to X on Tuesday, indicating that the next battle would be aimed at liberating John Deere. Deere & Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as DE — a stock that has taken a tumble in recent months.

The conservative filmmaker noted that John Deere "has been one of the most beloved brands by conservative farmers but recently on CEO John May's watch, they've gone woke."

Starbuck cited the company's sponsorship of pride events for children, its expectation that employees state their "preferred pronouns" -- "such as he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs" -- in all communications, and its commitment to DEI policies as three of several signs of the company's ideological capture.

According to the company's code of business conduct, employees are expected to support diversity, equity, and inclusion and complete "required diversity awareness training to better understand [their] responsibilities in this area."

'John Deere seems to have forgotten who their customers are.'

Last year, Human Rights Campaign gave John Deere a score of 95 out of possible 100. According to the LGBT lobby group, Deere & Co.

  • provides "four LGBTQ+ internal training elements (including an intersectionality training)";
  • provides at "least one LGBTQ+ inclusive data collection effort";
  • provides "Gender Transition Guidelines and ata least one additional transgender inclusive policy or practice for its employees";
  • has "either an LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group or an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Diversity Council";
  • has at least five distinct "LGBTQ+ efforts of Outreach or Engagement to Broader LGBTQ+ Community";
  • follows "an LGBTQ+ Supplier Non-Discrimination policy ... and an LGBTQ+ inclusive philanthropic giving guideline"; and
  • has an employment non-discrimination policy that "includes sexual orientation and gender identity for all operations."

Besides the company's apparent efforts to pander to LGBT activists, Starbuck took issue with John Deere's apparent de-prioritization of American workers, noting that "Deere also just announced layoffs in the US and that they plan to shift large segments of production away from the US to Mexico."

The company is planning to fire roughly 600 employees across three American factories amidst a shift of production to a facility in Ramos, Mexico, reported CNN.

As of Aug. 30, around 310 American employees will lose their jobs at two Iowa-based John Deere plants in Dubuque and Davenport. Another 280 workers will be laid off from a factory in East Moline, Illinois.

Extra to canning American workers and chasing after LGBT activists' approval, the company appears immune to the pleading of groups like the National Legal and Policy Center, which has criticized in recent months John Deere's pursuit of so-called "green" policies, which appear to be at odds with the very industries it serves.

"To put it mildly," wrote Starbuck, "John Deere seems to have forgotten who their customers are. Having a farm myself, I'm disgusted that a once great American brand is now taking this turn to seemingly embrace leftist policies that are diametrically opposed to the values of most farmers."

"What's unknown is whether CEO John May is knowingly forcing these policies or if it's gotten out of control and he's out of the loop on how bad it is," continued Starbuck. "His response to this story will be very revealing as to his culpability in the implementation of woke policies."

In his video, Starbuck provided potential customers who might want to speak out with the company's email and corporate service number, noting that his intent is not destruction but rather to "inform consumers about the values major companies are adopting so they can make choices about what they're willing to support."

"When we use our voices and wallets to vote our values, we can change the world and we can restore great American companies to a culture of sanity, meritocracy and culture war neutrality OR we can inspire competitors to step up to the plate to fight for our business," added Starbuck.

As with his previous video criticizing Tractor Supply, Starbuck's latest critique appears to have gone viral, netting well over 4 million views just on X.

Blaze News has reached out to John Deere for comment and will update this article in the event of a reply.

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Alleged home intruder fires pepper spray at resident. But victim has a gun, which proves far more effective.

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 09:25

Los Angeles police said at least two suspects entered a home in the 11600 block of Addison Street in the neighborhood of Valley Village around 3 p.m. Monday.

Police said when the resident noticed the suspects inside his home, he grabbed a semi-automatic handgun.

The homeowner was not arrested and isn't facing any charges as of Tuesday, KTTV said.

One suspect confronted the resident and "dispersed pepper spray," police said.

Of course, one should never bring pepper spray to a gunfight.

Police said the resident fired several rounds, striking one suspect, and the wounded suspect remained at the scene until police and paramedics arrived. Police said the second suspect fled the location and entered a waiting vehicle.

The wounded suspect was taken to a local hospital and was in critical but stable condition, police said. KTTV-TV said the suspect was shot in the neck.

Police said the resident was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries; KTTV said the homeowner and the suspects were involved in a scuffle.

Police said the suspect in custody has been identified as 35-year-old Chucks Chukwudi, who will be "booked for the appropriate criminal charges as the investigation continues and his medical condition allows."

Chukwudi has an extensive criminal record for burglary, robbery, and firearm possession, KTTV said, adding that he was recently on probation.

Police said North Hollywood detectives are working to identify all other suspects involved, and it's believed the suspects are connected with other burglaries in the North Hollywood community.

KTTV, citing sources, reported that the wife of the 56-year-old homeowner had left the house, and police believe the suspects — assuming the home was unoccupied — broke in through a sliding glass door.

"Yeah, crazy, middle of the afternoon," one neighbor told KTTV. "Not the time you would expect it, you know, curious how it all unfolded and came to be. I hope it all goes as it should for him. Somebody protecting their property doesn't always go that way, you know, especially more so here, I think, than other places."

The homeowner was not arrested and isn't facing any charges as of Tuesday, KTTV said.

Detectives want those with information that could lead to the identification of additional suspects to contact LAPD North Hollywood Detectives at 818-754-8410. During nonbusiness hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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