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No PJs allowed! Illinois school district bans students from wearing pajamas during online learning

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A school district in Illinois is getting some push-back from parents after banning students from wearing pajamas while they're taking online classes.

WCIA reports the rule is listed in the district's handbook.

Some parents and even the district's school board president aren't fully on board.

Comment: Absurd situations naturally create absurd problems.


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'Enough is enough' - Police chief says Portlanders are tired of violence at protests, and elsewhere

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Scene from Portland protest
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell lamented the destruction and criminal activity happening downtown during a meeting with the media on Wednesday morning, and he said the recently defunded Gun Violence Reduction Team should come back.

Protesters have gathered in downtown Portland each night for nearly 10 weeks since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly 8 minutes.

Portland's protests and rallies against systemic racism and police brutality have mostly been peaceful, with thousands of people gathering in downtown Portland to chant, listen to speakers and call for change.

"There have been some really large peaceful protests where people have come out, listened to and given speeches, marched to different parts of the city, and that has required zero police engagement," Lovell said.


Comment: As protests in Portland have turned into riots, even the elderly are targeted. Two women were splattered with white paint for trying to disrupt demonstrators from attacking a police stations and setting it on fire:





"As officers dispersed the crowd, they were hit with projectiles ranging from glass bottles to heavy rocks. Large rebar ties were thrown into the street with the intention of popping police vehicle tires. Several police vehicles ran over them, which caused damage to tires. While officers dispersed the crowd, several custodies were taken."



Impression management by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Mayor Ted Wheeler was in high gear:


On their 71st night of demonstrations, another police HQ was attacked as protesters threw rocks and fireworks at officers and used lasers to obscure police vision - including shining it into a police helicopter. The Penumbra Kelly Building that housed Multimomah County Sheriff's Office and the Portland Police Bureau came under attack:





The latest actions were violent enough to finally force the mayor to call 'Wednesday's Assembly' not peaceful. His concern was Trump might appropriate it as 'a prop for his reelection campaign':
Trump addressed the ongoing protests in Portland during a press conference on Friday, where he said Mayor Wheeler has "surrendered to the mob" and he called the demonstrations "the radical left's agenda in action."




Family

Charting the collapse of marriage and the traditional American Family

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The Joint Economic Committee of Congress has just produced an important new study titled "The Demise of the Happy Two-Parent Home."

The report exhaustively presents data showing the shocking collapse of marriage and traditional family in America and then explores possible explanations for why it has happened.
  • In 1962, 71% of women ages 15-44 were married. By 2019, this was down to 42%.
  • In 1962, 5% of women ages 30-34 had never been married. By 2019, this was up to 35%.
  • In the 1960s, less than 1% of couples living together were not married. Today, it is over 12%.
  • And the percentage of births to unmarried women has risen from 5% in 1960 to 40% in 2018.
  • In 1970, 85% of children lived with two parents. By 2019, this was down to 70%.
The relevant questions are: Why should the collapse of marriage in the United States concern us? And why is this happening?

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Portland antifa and black bloc set fire to police union office, attack officers with lasers

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Security cameras capture rioters setting fire to the police union office in Portland, OR.
Violence continued in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night into Sunday morning as a "peaceful protest" once again became a riot, with activists blockading streets, setting fire to the police union offices, and attacking local police.

According to a press statement by the Portland Police Department, several protests had been peaceful on Saturday until a march Saturday evening blocked traffic illegally outside the offices of the Portland Police Association, the local police union. "People within the crowd committed crimes when they erected a fence, pushed dumpsters into the street to block traffic, set a dumpster on fire, vandalized the PPA office with spray paint, and destroyed security cameras," police said.

Yellow Vest

Khabarovsk protests 5 weeks on: Smaller crowds, but thousands still turn out to back ex-Governor Furgal & vent anger at Moscow

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Residents of Khabarovsk have taken to the streets once again in a continued show of support for former Governor Sergey Furgal, arrested in July on suspicion of ordering two successful murders, and a third failed killing.

Saturday's march marks the 29th day in a row of protests in the largest city in Russia's Far East, although the number of participants has significantly dropped off since two weeks ago. According to Khabarovsk city authorities, 2,800 attended the rally - far fewer than in July, when local sources estimated tens of thousands of people were out on the streets (while official numbers suggested a little over 10,000).

Furgal, the then-governor of the Khabarovsk Region, representing the far-right LDPR party, was arrested on July 9 on suspicion of ordering three murders, dating back to the 2000s. The politician, who in 2018 beat a candidate from the country's ruling United Russia party, was immediately flown to Moscow, where he's in custody, pending trial.

Many Khabarovsk locals are infuriated that their former governor was lifted by federal forces, and will face the charges over 6,000km away. After gathering at the city's central Lenin Square, Khabarovsk residents marched through the center, shouting "This is our choice!" and "A fair trial in Khabarovsk!" The protesters in Khabarovsk demand that Furgal's case be handled in the region he once represented.

Comment: It has been a full month, and while numbers have shrunk, the protesters seem determined. Looks like they'll be protesting in the weeks to come, too. See also:


Fire

Beirut protesters clash with police, demand govt. resign; explosion death toll climbs to 157 - UPDATES: Government buildings stormed, set on fire

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Residents inspect the damage of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday August 5, 2020
Lebanese security forces and protesters clashed in Beirut as demonstrators took to the streets in anger as the death toll from Tuesday's devastating explosion continued to climb.

Officials said the death toll from the blast that damaged several city blocks in downtown Beirut has climbed to at least 157 but it is expected to further rise as search-and-rescue operations continue, Al Jazeera reported.

The blast near the Beirut port was the equivalent of a 3.3-magnitude earthquake that razed buildings and injured more than 5,000. Officials believe its cause was nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at a nearby warehouse.

Protesters who blame the explosion on government negligence demonstrated near parliament Thursday night and clashed with security forces who attempted to disperse them with tear gas, the BBC reported.

Local law enforcement has arrested 16 people in connection to their investigation into the explosion.

Comment: In the mean time, the number of those killed in Tuesday's huge blast in the port of Beirut has risen to 158 and over 6,000 have been injured, local media said Saturday, citing the Lebanese Health Ministry.

The police action was taken response to protesters trying to break into the Parliament Building.




Protesters are calling for the resignation of the entire Lebanese government


Update 08/08/2020: Clashes between police and protesters in Beirut has claimed one life, with 240 injured. One government building was set fire amid the chaos, while the Foreign Ministry and Water and Energy Ministry offices were occupied by protesters.





A local paper reported that "a smash and burn operation" was underway at the office of the country's Banking Association.



Protesters also built gallows and used nooses to hang the cardboard cutouts of the country's top political figures. Among others, their 'victims' were Lebanese PM Hassan Diab, President Michel Aoun, and the leader of the country's influential political and military movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah.


The military was called out to attempt to restore order in the capital.


According to Lebanese Red Cross figures, over 230 protesters have been injured, with 55 transferred to hospital. At least one police officer has been killed and multiple others have also been injured in the unrest.

UPDATE 09/08/2020: The protests have continued into early Sunday morning. A total of 490 people have been injured, and one law enforcement officer died in the unrest.


Brick Wall

Ex-Green Berets sentenced to 20 years for Venezuela attack

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This May 4, 2020 file photo released by the Venezuelan Miraflores presidential press office shows what Venezuelan authorities identify as the I.D. cards of former U.S. special forces citizen Airan Berry, right, and Luke Denman, left, in Caracas, Venezuela. The two former Green Berets were arrested in May 2020 while participating in a botched raid organized from neighboring Colombia to oust Maduro.
A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro.

Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from the secretive jailhouse proceedings Friday night in what they consider a violation of their constitutional rights to a defense.

Maduro's chief prosecutor announced the surprise decision late Friday night.

USA

New York City dumps homeless pedophiles in hotel near elementary school playground

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Mayor De Blasio’s New York City placed at least six homeless pedophiles, all of whom were parole for child sex crimes, at a luxury Upper West Side hotel located just one block away from an elementary school playground.
Mayor De Blasio's New York City placed at least six homeless pedophiles, all of whom were on parole for child sex crimes, at a luxury Upper West Side hotel located just one block away from an elementary school playground.

The poor reasoning behind housing homeless people in luxury hotels notwithstanding, the city's moves to irritate its residents — and in this case, endanger children — boggles the mind.

New York Post reports that this "slap in the face to residents of the Manhattan neighborhood" is just the city's latest move that has garnered widespread anger and outrage from residents already reeling from an influx of a new homeless population that relocated to the area following the coronavirus pandemic.

Comment: That should mix nicely with the city's recent move to cut police funding by $1 billlion. The last thing anyone would want is adequate police protection when a gang of child rapists have moved into your neighborhood. It's like they're deliberately trying to sow chaos. NYC is headed for hell on earth at this point.

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Portland rioters storm man's home while fleeing police: 'Get the f*** off my property!'

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Rioters attacked a Portland police building in a residential neighborhood on Friday night and stormed onto people's private property when law enforcement officials repelled their attack and flushed them out of the area.

Journalist Andy Ngo, who testified before Congress about Antifa violence this week, tweeted out a video of the Portland Police chasing the rioters through the neighborhood, at which point they began to go onto people's private property, where their homes were located, in an effort to evade law enforcement.

One homeowner came outside and repeatedly yelled at the rioters, who were trespassing on his property, telling them: "Get the f*** off my property!"

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Brick Wall

Madness in Melbourne: A once great city turned into police state hell

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Melbourne, that glorious city in the state of Victoria in Australia, granted me some of the best travel days of my life during two separate trips each lasting a full week.

A happy, civilized, highly educated people are here living amidst modern architecture, inspiring bridges, and natural beauty, a place where even the police are kind, and when you ask them for directions they reply with a smile, and when you say thank you, they say "No worries."

Now there are big worries in Melbourne.

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