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Former home of defense witness in Chauvin trial targeted by vandals: police

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© Santa Rosa Police Department
Vandals targeted the former home of an expert who testified in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's defense, leaving a pig head and blood, according to police.

The Santa Rosa Police Department said in a statement on Saturday that officers responded to a call at approximately 3 a.m., after an unnamed victim said a group of individuals dressed in black threw a pig's head on their front porch and spattered blood on the front of their home.

Barry Brodd, a use-of-force expert who was called to the stand by the defense in Chauvin's trial last week, previously lived at the house. Police said that in the statement that it appeared "the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony."

However, Brodd had not lived at the residence for several years, and he no longer lives in California.

Police said the blood appeared to be animal blood.

Approximately 45 minutes after officers arrived at the house in the California city, a large statue of a hand in front of a shopping mall was also vandalized with suspected animal blood. The perpetrators reportedly left a sign in front of the statue with an image of a pig that read "oink oink."

Comment: If Chauvin is found not guilty, the jurors may well have to enter witness protection! Especially with Biden and Waters fanning the flames.






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Arizona bans 'vaccination passports' and ends wearing masks in school requirements, prompting backlash

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© Courtney Pedroz/Getty Images/AFP
Glendale, Arizona vaccination site
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey says the state's progress in the immunization campaign means the nearly yearlong school mask mandate can be repealed and that there is no need for people to present proof of vaccination.

The Republican governor signed an executive order prohibiting state and local officials from requiring people to provide their vaccination status in order to receive services or enter a specific area.

Arizona residents must not be required to share their private medical data, Ducey tweeted. "While we strongly recommend all Arizonans get the #COVID19 vaccine, it's not mandated in our state - and it never will be," he wrote.
Ducey added that nearly 4.5 million vaccine doses have been administered across the state with a population of over 7.2 million. He said that over 1.9 million people have been fully vaccinated in Arizona to date.

Comment: While some folks are enjoying a breath of fresh air, others cling to the restrictions as if their lives depend upon them.


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Biden considers 'slashing amount of nicotine in cigarettes'

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The Biden administration may force tobacco companies to slash the amount of nicotine contained in cigarettes, a report says.

The White House is considering implementing a measure that would force cigarette companies to adjust the levels of nicotine in their products to a non-addictive or minimally-addictive level, according to The Wall Street Journal.

They are also reportedly considering a total ban on menthol products, which have long been considered a gateway product for younger smokers.

The Food and Drug Administration, which has regulatory oversight of tobacco, must respond in court by 29 April to a citizens' petition to ban menthols.

Comment: Curiously, New Zealand, seemingly at the forefront of the totalitarian agenda, just announced similar moves: New Zealand govt 'considering' outlawing tobacco altogether by 2025


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Apple lifts ban on social network Parler after it agrees to 'content moderation' but users worry 'free speech' site's now neutered

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© AFP/Olivier Douliery
The self-proclaimed 'free speech social network' Parler will be allowed to return to Apple's App Store after it was previously banned for not censoring enough content and was also accused of allowing threats of violence.

In a Monday letter to Republicans, Senator Mike Lee (Utah) and Representative Ken Buck (Colorado) - who had requested info on Parler's ban - Apple claimed that the app could now return to the store as it had "proposed updates to its app and the app's content moderation practices."

"Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasing it," the company continued. Apple said the decision was made after "substantial conversations" in an effort to "bring the Parler app into compliance" with app-store guidelines.

Comment: The gatekeepers proved they can lock access any time they want.


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Fear and loathing in Tallahassee: Joy Reid's baseless allegations against Ron DeSantis show just how scared the media are of him

Joy Reed/Ron DeSantis
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MSNBC's Joy Reid • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
MSNBC host Joy Reid implied an investigation into rep. Matt Gaetz may implicate Florida governor Ron DeSantis, despite there being not a shred of evidence. Imagine the media reaction if Tucker Carlson did the same to a Democrat.

Ron DeSantis is a rather popular figure among conservatives in the United States. His brashness and anti-lockdown stance have resonated with many on the right. On top of this the Florida Governor is a strong advocate of constitutional rights, specifically the rights of, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms. These elements are steadily coming together to make him a strong potential candidate for the Republican nominee in the 2024 presidential election.

No wonder Democrats fear and loathe him so much, especially those in the media.

Joy Reid of MSNBC encapsulated this animosity recently. She was discussing the sex trafficking allegations against Florida representative Matt Gaetz on her show, and spitballed the idea that the investigation might find something on Ron DeSantis. Reid said:
"If you're Ron DeSantis, does it feel like it's creeping closer to you? Because these are your friends, these are your allies."

Comment: See also:


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Republicans slam Rep. Waters for telling protesters to 'get more confrontational'

Maxine Waters
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Rep. Maxine Waters, (D-CA)
On Sunday, Rep. Maxine Waters received severe pushback from Republicans for her call at a protest on Saturday night in Brooklyn Center MN for protesters to "get more confrontational." Republicans responded vehemently to Waters' statements, which they considered to be inflammatory, to say the least.

Waters flew into the Minneapolis area on Saturday to be a keynote speaker at a rally held amid the protests over the officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, according to the Daily Wire. She was speaking about Wright's death, and also the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd in May 2020, when she stated:
"We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business. We cannot go away," if the officers aren't convicted for murder.

Comment: Is Maxine one of those do unto yourself as you do unto others? She risks becoming a possible witness against her own lawsuit! See what legal expert Jonathan Turley had to say:
Rep. Waters' statement [to stay confrontational] is ironic since Waters is one of the House members currently suing former President Donald Trump and others for inciting violence on January 6th with his words on the Mall. Waters insists that Trump telling his supporters to go to the Capitol to make their voice heard and "fight" for their votes was actual criminal incitement. Conversely, Waters was speaking after multiple nights of rioting and looting and telling protesters to stay on the streets and get even more confrontational. There was violence after the remarks, including a shooting incident where two National Guard members were injured.

Waters has now guaranteed that she could be called as a witness by Trump in his own defense against her own lawsuit. Waters' most recent words could well be cited in the ongoing litigation over the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill. Waters has gone further and insisted that Trump should not only be charged with criminal incitement but actual "premeditated murder." She stated,
"For the President of the United States to sit and watch the invasion and the insurrection and not say a word because he knew he had absolutely initiated it - and as some of them said, 'he invited us to come."
That bring us back to Brooklyn Center this weekend. She called on people to stay in the streets and get more "confrontational." She added that there would be no acceptance of court decisions to the contrary in the Chauvin case: "We're looking for a guilty verdict. If we don't, we cannot go away." Protesters have not only been camped around the courthouse but the home of a witness in the Chauvin case was targeted. (It turned out to be his former home). Critics could charge that Waters' statement and these protests are meant to intimidate witnesses or influence the trial — just as critics charged that Trump was attempting to intimidate or influence Congress.

After Waters remarks, protesters confronted reporters in a tense scene. Also protesters descended upon the home of the prosecutor responsible for the second degree manslaughter charge against the officer who killed Daunte Wright. Also the Minnesota National Guard was fired upon, injuring at least two Guardsman.

That is not to say that Water incited such actions but that the same claimed nexus could be raised in making such an allegation as was done in the Trump impeachment.

In my view, those words are political speech and should not be subject to criminal sanctions. I also rejected prior claims against Waters like when she encouraged protesters to confront Trump officials in restaurants and "push back on them and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere." It is all protected speech.

Yet, that standard cannot be selectively applied to some but not all riots or protests. Waters was encouraging protesters to continue to fight for what they believe in. Her over-heated rhetoric could easily be seen by some as an invitation or endorsement for rioting. However, criminalizing such speech would shred the guarantees of free speech in our country.

Carl Jung once said that "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves". That certainly seems to be the case with Waters and Trump. It is also why Waters could prove the only witness that Trump needs to call to defeat her own lawsuit.
Waters has a long arching trend for incitement to protest and riot.

See also: Petition calls for Maxine Waters removal from congress for inciting public attacks


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Helen Pluckrose: We need liberal social justice, not "critical social justice"

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Helen Pluckrose
This is a contribution to Symposium No. 1, our invitation to explore and explain the basic principles of a liberal outlook.

Liberalism is a much misunderstood word. In the US, it can be used to mean "left." In the UK, it is often understood as "centrist," and in Australia, it can be taken to refer to the conservative party. However, liberalism is not a political position. It is a set of values that seeks to defend every person's freedom (individualism), tolerate and even appreciate difference (pluralism) and recognise and value our shared humanity and see in it a moral responsibility to ensure that the same rights, freedoms, and responsibilities belong to everybody (universalism.) Liberalism, therefore, can be at home on the left where it mixes with left-wing aims to distribute goods more evenly to enable everyone to reach their potential, or on the right where its concepts of freedom extend more into the realm of markets and overlap with libertarianism.

Liberals on the left and liberals on the right might therefore disagree with each other on economic issues. What they agree on however, are the centrality of the individual, the importance of freedom of belief and speech, the value of tolerating different ideas, and the need for a consistency of principles in which the same rules and freedoms apply to everyone.

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Scores killed, over 100 houses razed in petrol tanker explosion in Benue, Nigeria

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Over 100 houses have been razed, scores killed and many declared missing after a tanker conveying petroleum product exploded at Oshigbudu in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue state.

A source in the area told Vanguard that the tanker laden with petrol was travelling from Oweto and heading towards Otukpo when the driver lost control of the truck and it fell over spilling its content at the Oshigbudu/Obagaji junction.

According to him "the whole thing happened suddenly and when the truck fell, the petrol spilt into people's house and a nearby petrol station and there was a huge explosion. "Many houses are presently on fire and most of those living in those houses did not escape because of the manner the accident happened," he said.

Confirming the development, Vice Chairman of Agatu LGA, Mr, John Ikwulono said the accident occurred at about noon.


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'Insane' video of children being paraded and tipped at DRAG SHOW causes uproar

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© Twitter / @DistortedLinds
Footage from a drag show in Los Angeles is causing uproar on social media as it shows children posing for the crowd and being tipped cash.

"Why in the hell do these people got these f***ing little-bitty a** kids at this f***ing drag show," the unidentified person in the video says, before a couple of young girls are brought out onto the stage.

The person filming notes it is nearly midnight. An adult drag performer can be seen encouraging the kids to take cash tips from the audience, as they direct the children in poses and take them on a catwalk.

Comment: It seems there are those in the world who will use every opportunity available to them to sexualize children. It's at least heartening to see some people still see it for the sick and twisted perversion that it is.

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When it comes to woke tyranny, are the worms beginning to turn?

Grace Chruch School
For three days, I've had sitting on my virtual spindle a post that Bari Weiss, formerly of the New York Times, posted on her Substack page. It's entitled "I Refuse to Stand by while My Students Are Indoctrinated." The author isn't Weiss but is, instead, Paul Rossi, a math teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan (annual tuition: $57,330). On Friday, Weiss added another open letter, this from Andrew Gutmann, a parent who had just pulled his daughter out of Brearley, another expensive private school (annual tuition: $54,000). Both are horrifying exposés of and attacks against the woke culture saturating these institutions.

Both letters are long and don't yield easily to a brief summary. I'll quote a few select paragraphs from each, but you must read them to get the full flavor of the Maoist madness at these institutions.

Paul Rossi, the teacher, writes that Grace Church is focused on "'antiracism' training and pedagogy that I believe is deeply harmful to [my students] and to any person who seeks to nurture the virtues of curiosity, empathy and understanding."

Comment: Yes, the worm is turning. Level-headed individuals everywhere are beginning to call out this highly damaging brain-mushing nonsense: