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Police bombarded with pigs' heads in Catalonia over regional president's removal

Barcelona police
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Following the Spanish Supreme Court's decision to uphold the suspension of regional president Quim Torra, hundreds of protesters took to the streets, some of whom pelted heavily armed police with pigs' heads.

The protests were organized by the Committees for the Defense of the Republic, and supporters filled the streets of the Catalonian regional capital to express their indignation at the decision, as well as their growing ire over Madrid's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

When the protesters reached the Public Prosecutor's Office, they were stopped by a barrier erected by the police, the Mossos d'Esquadra, at which point they began bombarding the officers with the severed hogs' heads. Local media reported that there were at least five arrests during the marches.

Comment: Perhaps the Spanish government considered this to be an opportune time to get particularly unpopular things done. Because, over in Madrid, thanks to the coronavirus hysteria, they've already set a precedent by locking down the low income, high density areas along with the deployment of the army onto the streets, and so should there be any escalation with these protests - any protests - they have 'effective', albeit tyrannical, measures at their disposal: Anti-lockdown protests continue in Madrid, police response grows increasingly violent, army checkpoints at 'restricted zones'

Heart - Black

Leftists mock Brad Parscale following report on mental health issues; Trump campaign responds

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Brad Parscale
Leftists mocked and made derisive comments on Sunday evening in response to news reports that former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized in Florida following threats he allegedly made about harming himself.

Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for the Trump campaign, said in a statement:
"Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible. The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they've done to this man and his family."
Democrat congressional candidate Bob Lynch responded to the news:

Comment: Forget 'compassion'...the guy works for Trump:
The man's apparent mental health issues did not stop some of the more vehement anti-Trumpers from attacking Parscale. Moreover, when confronted about seemingly downplaying a person's mental issues, they doubled down on their dismissal of the supposedly newfound "mental health crusaders."
Statements such as the above, gives pause to the true mental state and lack of emotional control displayed by those who flaunt their ignorance and venom in social commentary.


Female kindergarten teacher handed death sentence for poisoning dozens of children in China

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A map showing the location of Henan province.
A kindergarten teacher in China has been sentenced to death for poisoning dozens of children in an act of revenge against a colleague that left one toddler dead.

A court in the central Chinese province of Henan said Wang Yun put sodium nitrite into porridge being prepared for her colleague's students, sickening 25.

The attack took place in March 2019 and left one boy severely ill for months before he died in January this year, according to news reports.

Comment: See also: Poll Suggests Majority of Canadians Support the Death Penalty


Tulsi Gabbard says bipartisan bill banning ballot harvesting will protect 'sacred right to vote'

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Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tweeted Monday that her bipartisan bill to ban ballot harvesting is required to safeguard Americans' "sacred right to vote."

The former Democratic presidential candidate tweeted, "Congress needs to pass our bipartisan bill to ban ballot harvesting so no one can exploit our sacred right to vote." She recently introduced the Election Fraud Prevention Act with Republican Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis.

Gabbard also cited a Project Veritas report that claims the practice was rife during Minneapolis's Ward 6 city council special election race. Minneapolis police announced that they are investigating the allegations.

Comment: The warnings are out there and they are not unreasonable. Others agree this is a crisis in the making:

See also:
Pelosi's stimulus bill: Nationwide 'Ballot harvesting' without 'any limit' - what could go wrong with that?


NYC residents receive invalid ballots with wrong names, addresses sparking confusion

mail in ballots voting fraud
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New York City residents have reported receiving ballots with wrong information, sparking confusion and a response from the city board of elections department.

Multiple voters who live in Brooklyn have reported errors — including a wrong name on their ballot envelope — which would invalidate their ballots, according to Gothamist. The error was due to an "outside vendor error," the New York City Board of Elections said Monday in a tweet instructing residents on what steps to take if they encounter the error.

"I just got my New York mail-in ballot today and the security envelope I'm supposed to put it in and sign has some other guy's name and address on it," Nathan McDermott, a CNN reporter and Brooklyn resident, tweeted Monday.

Comment: The military's voter rolls seem to be particularly affected by mail-in ballot irregularities:
Reports from concerned Queens civilians who'd received forms labeled "official absentee military ballot for the general election" began proliferating on social media over the weekend. They may have gone out to everyone in the borough who requested an absentee ballot, according to a Monday report from the New York Post - which has seen several of its own reporters receive them.

While the city Board of Elections has denied a mix-up, instead blaming a typographical error, many who received the ballots fear their votes might be thrown out on a technicality.

Sunnyside city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told the Post that about a dozen of his constituents had contacted him for advice about what to do with the seemingly-mistaken mailing. "It appears that everyone has gotten this particular ballot," he said, suggesting the early reports were "just the tip of the iceberg."

While the NYC Board of Elections responded to one Queens resident's Twitter query, confirming it was "the correct ballot, even if you are not serving in the military," it has not issued a public statement about the ballots on its own Twitter feed (never mind the usual publicity channels). However, a BOE spokesperson confirmed to the Post that the ballots were legit, explaining the confusion stemmed from a typographical error in which a hyphen between "military" and "absentee" was not printed and insisting the ballots are the same for military and absentee voters.

Despite these attempts at reassurance, the New York State Board of Elections was not pleased to learn of the mistake. Co-chair Doug Kellner pledged to look into the matter, acknowledging that "there are lots of questions of whether there is adequate quality control" at the city BOE.

The seemingly-minor typo could come back to haunt absentee voters if the ballots are challenged after Election Day, and voters already on edge due to the political firestorm that has erupted around mail-in ballots don't need more reasons to distrust the system. Last month, it emerged that a quarter of mail-in ballots cast by New Yorkers during the 2020 primary were disqualified for reasons that were largely the fault of the city's Board of Elections and the US Postal Service.


Second thoughts: Minneapolis plan to defund police collapses, city council members 'regret' making pledge

rioters police station minneapolis
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Protesters set fire to a police station in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US May 28, 2020.
Minneapolis, Minnesota's plan to defund and then disband their local police force has "collapsed" according to a New York Times report from over the weekend. Some of the Minneapolis City Council members who pledged to abolish the city's law enforcement — including the City Council president — now say they regret making that promise.

The Times headline blares that the "pledge to dismantle the police department has collapsed," and notes that "a majority of City Council members promised to 'end policing as we know it'" after George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis police department. Instead, though "they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter."

Mr. Potato

USA Today really did fact-check Babylon Bee's "claim" that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death was overturned by 9th circuit court

robocop ginsberg
© The Babylon Bee
USA Today embarrassed themselves earlier when they fact-checked a ridiculous, over-the-top Babylon Bee story that nobody — not a single person — believed to be true. Here is the satirical story from The Bee that so-called journalists at a real news outlet somehow felt the need to debunk:

Comment: To quote Not the Bee's masthead: "What a time to be alive!"

Bizarro Earth

Ohio University gives students 'support spaces' to get a grip after the presidential debate

Ohio University
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Ohio University, West Green Quadrangle
Is the prospect of a presidential debate too triggering? Well, the Ohio University hosting the showdown between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has offered "presidential debate support spaces" for students traumatized by the face-off.

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden face off against each other on Tuesday night, in the first of three debates before November's election. The political slugfest takes place at Ohio's Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and will be moderated by Fox News's Chris Wallace.

It'll be watched by a studio audience of around 75 people, and by millions of Americans at home.


Devouring their own: Left turns on poster boy of gun control David Hogg for daring to denounce political violence

David Hogg
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Activists including Parkland Shooting survivor and activist David Hogg gather before the final mile of the 50 Miles More walk against gun violence which ends with a rally at the Smith and Wesson Firearms factory on August 26, 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts
Revered anti-weapons protester David Hogg got a taste of woke Twitter in the worst way, after setting out his belief that violent revolution would only lead to a violent government. Now he's been forced to repent.

Of all the political activists in the United States, I can't think of many that are as divisive as David Hogg. One of the group known as the Parkland kids (the students who survived the 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead), David is known for his anti-NRA and anti-gun diatribes. He seemed to become one of the political left's darlings. He is the poster child for gun control in the eyes of many. That in and of itself makes him one of the most divisive figures in politics of the last five years.

Given what he went through and how much he's beloved by the political left and those who describe themselves as woke, you wouldn't expect the young man to be called out for an anti-violence stance. I mean, the entire platform that he stands on is based on this and he went to a school where there was a mass shooting. Despite my substantial disagreements with him, an opinion that comes across like a pacifist doesn't exactly surprise me. I don't believe it should surprise anyone. But when he decried political violence, the "Church of Woke" decided that was a sin, and he had to be punished until his mind was changed and he showed contrition.

Comment: See also:


Meet Blythe Masters - The mastermind behind JPMorgan's gold and silver manipulation "crime ring"

Blythe Masters
There was a time when the merest mention of gold manipulation in "reputable" media was enough to have one branded a perpetual conspiracy theorist with a tinfoil farm out back. That was roughly coincident with a time when Libor, FX, mortgage, and bond market manipulation was also considered unthinkable, when High Frequency Traders were believed to "provide liquidity", when the stock market was said to not be manipulated by the Fed, and when the ever-confused media, always eager to take "complicated" financial concepts at the face value set by a self-serving establishment, never dared to question anything.

All that changed in November 2018 when a former JPMorgan precious-metals trader admitted he engaged in a six-year spoofing scheme that defrauded investors in gold, silver, platinum, and palladium futures contracts. John Edmonds, then 36, pled guilty under seal in the District of Connecticut to commodities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, commodities price manipulation, and spoofing, a trading technique whereby traders flood the market with "fake" bids or asks to push the price of a given futures contract up or down toward a more advantageous price, and to confuse other traders or HFTs which respond to trader intentions by launching momentum in the other direction. As FBI Assistant Director in Charge Sweeney explained at the time, "with his guilty plea, Edmonds admitted he intended to introduce materially false and misleading information into the commodities markets."