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Entire Portland Police Rapid Response Team resigns after officer indicted for breaking up Antifa riot

Portland Police Rapid Response team
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Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team
Following the criminal indictment of a fellow officer, the entire Portland Police Rapid Response Team made the unanimous decision to resign, according to police sources via Portland news outlet KXL.

Cory Budworth, 40, is the first officer in the county to be prosecuted for using force during a violent protest.

The Rapid Response Team is a group of volunteer officers who respond to civil disobedience, demonstrations and riots. At the time of the incident, Officer Budworth was assigned to the Rapid Response Team for crowd control.

Indeed, Budworth was indicted for breaking up an Antifa riot in 2020, charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. He was accused of "unlawfully, knowingly and recklessly causing physical injury" to Teri Jacobs on August 18.


Texas Governor Abbott signs anti-critical race theory bill

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed legislation on Tuesday outlining how state schools can teach students about race and racism and forbidding schools from teaching that individuals bear responsibility for actions committed by people in the past because of their race.

It's the latest GOP-backed state bill to take aim at what is known as critical race theory, which examines how race and racism have impacted history and the present-day United States.

The Texas measure, House Bill 3979, doesn't actually use the term or address critical race theory, but it does echo other GOP arguments that have been used against it.

The legislation, which takes effect Sept. 1, mandates how the State Board of Education should frame its curriculum on history. It says that schools cannot teach that "an individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual 's race or sex." Further, schools cannot "require an understanding of The 1619 Project," a project published in The New York Times Magazine that investigates the history of slavery and race relations in the United States.

The bill says that schools are not allowed to teach that "an individual, by virtue of the individual's race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex."

Comment: History offers examples of actions and consequences - teachable moments. Some states understand this and put it in proper perspective.

Arrow Up

Georgia audit documents expose significant election failures in state's largest county

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Fulton County ballots
Documents that Georgia's largest county submitted to state officials as part of a post-election audit highlight significant irregularities in the Atlanta area during last November's voting, ranging from identical vote tallies repeated multiple times to large batches of absentee ballots that appear to be missing from the official ballot-scanning records.

The problems in predominantly Democratic Fulton County potentially impact thousands of ballots in a presidential race that Joe Biden was certified as winning statewide by fewer than 12,000 votes.

The memos reviewed by Just the News include the handwritten tally sheets for all absentee ballots counted by the county as well as a private report from a contractor hired by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to monitor the Atlanta-area election process. The report, which chronicled seven days of problems, recorded troubling behavior like the mysterious removal of a suitcase of sensitive election data known as polls pads, used to authenticate voters.

Snakes in Suits

DeSantis pardons Floridians facing penalties for breaking local coronavirus restrictions

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis granted pardons to Florida residents who were still facing fines and other penalties for violating pandemic orders issued by local governments. While announcing the pardons Wednesday, DeSantis said:
"This action is necessary so that we can recover, have a good transition to normal operations, and also just a recognition that a lot of this stuff was way, way overboard."
Former gym owners Mike and Jillian Carnevale also attended the clemency board meeting where the pardons were issued. They were arrested multiple times and had their business shut down over their refusal to make their members wear masks while working out. They each explained:
"I'm here today to say health and wellness has always been one of our foundational responsibilities to ourselves. It has never been the role of government to be legally and lawfully enforcing and dictating health and wellness. So, today is something I am really grateful for.

"You know, we're business owners, not criminals, so it feels really good to know I can move forward."
Mike Carnevale was reportedly arrested three times for his refusal to follow his local government's mask mandate, eventually resulting in the seizure of their business. But DeSantis said the couple did not deserve to be treated like criminals. "I just want to say, we've got to stop that. Let's focus on the real criminals."

Comment: See also:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to pardon anyone charged for defying COVID rules


Unrecognized Donbass republic claims 'irrefutable evidence' that Belarusian 'activist' Protasevich fought for neo-Nazi battalion

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Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, detained last month after his flight was forced to land in Minsk, speaks during an interview with Belarusian state television, in this still image taken from undated video footage.
Prosecutors in the self-proclaimed Lugansk Republic (LNR) have accused Roman Protasevich, the activist who was arrested when his plane was forced to land in Minsk last month, of being part of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion.

The LNR is an unrecognized state located in Ukraine, and has existed since the 2014 war in Donbass, when separatists unilaterally declared independence from Kiev. Founded in 2014, the Azov Battalion is an ultra-right military unit now incorporated into the National Guard of Ukraine, and is loyal to Kiev.

On Wednesday, LNR Prosecutor General Sergey Gorenko claimed that he had obtained evidence that Protasevich had taken part in the Donbass war on the side of Ukraine, fighting for the neo-Nazi militia.



Trump says Biden-Putin summit 'good day for Russia': 'We didn't get anything'

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Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday night that his successor's summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was "a good day for Russia" and added that "I don't see what we got out of it."

"We didn't get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing," Trump told Fox News' "Hannity." "We gave up something that is unbelievably valuable. I stopped the pipeline, Nord Stream [2], and that pipeline was stopped. It was given back and nothing was gotten for it."

The Biden administration announced last month that it had waived sanctions against the Russia-owned, Switzerland-based company Nord Stream 2 AG, which is overseeing the construction of a natural gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany under the Black Sea. Lawmakers from both parties consider Nord Stream 2 a security risk that undermines NATO and American interests by binding Germany closer to Russia and depriving Ukraine of key revenue.

Black Magic

Pathetic psychoanalyst desperate to boost his woke points: 'Whiteness' is a 'parasitic' condition with no 'permanent cure'

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Protesters wave signs during protests in front of Trump Tower in New York City
A virtue-signaling medical paper called 'On Having Whiteness' is gaining attention and getting away with horrendous racism purely because he's talking about Caucasians and not any other race.

Dr. Donald Moss' paper was published last month in the Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. It argues that "whiteness" is a "malignant, parasitic-like condition" that comes with "perverse appetites."

"Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has - a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which 'white' people have a particular susceptibility. The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one's body, in one's mind, and in one's world," Moss writes, making sure to add that white people's "deformed appetites" most often target nonwhite people.

What is the cure for this terrible light-skin condition?



Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

Jack Phillips
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A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled.

In Tuesday's ruling, Denver District Judge A. Bruce Jones said Autumn Scardina was denied a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate her gender transition on her birthday because of her transgender status in violation of the law. While Jack Phillips said he could not make the cake because of its message, Jones said the case was about a refusal to sell a product, not compelled speech.

He pointed out that Phillips testified during a trial in March that he did not think someone could change their gender and he would not celebrate "somebody who thinks that they can."


China disease expert says COVID-19 origins probe should shift to U.S.

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A senior Chinese epidemiologist said the United States should be the priority in the next phase of investigations into the origin of COVID-19 after a study showed the disease could have been circulating there as early as December 2019, state media said on Thursday.

The study, published this week by the U.S. National Institutes for Health (NIH), showed that at least seven people in five U.S. states were infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, weeks before the United States reported its first official cases.

A China-World Health Organization (WHO) joint study published in March said COVID-19 most likely originated in the country's wildlife trade, with the virus passing into humans from bats via an intermediary species.

Light Saber

UK union boss: Many care workers would rather quit than be forced to take Covid vaccine

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More than a third of care staff will consider quitting if they are forced to have a compulsory coronavirus vaccine, a union has warned.

GMB said that the move, which is being considered by the Government, was an attempt to "strongarm" care workers into taking the jab.

Under the plans, care home staff in England who work with older people would be required to get the jab or risk losing their jobs. They will reportedly have 16 weeks to get vaccinated.