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Florida deputies filmed pepper-spraying, tackling and punching teens gathered to witness a fight

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The Broward County Sheriff's Office is investigating cellphone videos that show deputies pepper-spraying and tackling teenagers Thursday afternoon outside of a McDonald's in Tamarac.

A witness told NBC 6 that a large crowd of students from J.P. Taravella High School had formed outside of the restaurant before 3 p.m. after rumors that a fight was going to happen.

The fight never occurred, but the witness said deputies arrived and threatened to spray the crowd with pepper spray if they didn't disperse. It's unclear whether BSO units were called out to the scene or if they were already there, BSO said.

The witness said a student was grabbed and handcuffed by a deputy. Another student who was trying to defend the first student approached the deputies and got pepper-sprayed and thrown to the ground, the witness said.

Comment: Video footage:


Two Florida girls arrested in school kidnapping and murder plot

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Two 14-year-old girls enrolled at Avon Park Middle School in Avon Park, Fla., were arrested for an alleged school shooting plot on Friday, April 19, 2019.
A pair of 14-year-old Florida middle school girls are facing felony charges for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder after being arrested this week in what authorities described as a plot to kidnap and kill 9 people.

Court records reviewed by ABC News Tampa affiliate WFTS indicate that a teacher told police she observed the girls acting "hysterical" while searching for a folder at school, and heard one say that "I'm just going to tell them it's a prank if they call me or if they find it."

ABC News is withholding the identity of the girls due to their age.

The teacher located the folder, which allegedly contained eight handwritten notes detailing the kidnapping and murder plot, and notified authorities, according to WFTS. The letters outlined plans to obtain guns and discussed the transportation and disposal of bodies. One contained plans about what the two youngsters would wear during the kidnappings and murders.

Arrow Up

'Smart activism requires a grasp of reality': Factual Feminist calls on students to embrace empirical data

Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers
Christina Hoff Sommers's recent appearance at Skidmore College was punctuated by a fiery question and answer session where she engaged in back-and-forth discussions with several students who challenged points she'd made concerning campus activism and sexual assault.

A crowd of roughly 60 students and faculty packed the auditorium to watch Sommers's 90-minute long appearance Monday, hosted by the College Republicans and Young America's Foundation chapters.

The talk proceeded without interruptions outside of some hissing and laughing from audience members. Several campus security officers were also present.

Sommers's speech focused largely on what she called "advocacy research," which she described as "empirical investigations carried out by someone who cares passionately about the subject of study."

Comment: See also: Is America waking up to the farce that is feminism?

Bizarro Earth

Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman pleads guilty in NXIVM New York sex cult case

Clare Bronfman
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FILE PHOTO: Clare Bronfman, an heiress of the Seagram's liquor empire, arrives at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, for her trail regarding sex trafficking and racketeering related to the Nxivm cult in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., January 9, 2019.
Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman pleaded guilty on Friday to harboring an illegal immigrant and enabling credit card fraud as part of an alleged sex cult based in upstate New York.

Bronfman, 40, entered her plea to the two criminal counts before U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. She is one of several people charged in connection with a secretive organization called Nxivm, which federal prosecutors have described as a racketeering organization.

Bronfman admitted that she knowingly harbored a woman brought to the United States on a fake work visa in order to obtain that woman's labor for herself and the organization. She also said she helped Nxivm's founder, Keith Raniere, use a deceased woman's credit card.

Comment: Perhaps unsurprisingly: NXIVM sex-cult prosecutors claim evidence for illegal Clinton campaign contributions seeking "political influence"

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Bizarro Earth

'Don't touch Notre Dame': Fury at suggestion of 'reimagining' cathedral with modern twist

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Suggestions that Notre Dame Cathedral be reimagined following Monday's fire, complete with modern architecture and materials, have been met with outrage across France and around the world.

"Let's stop this madness: we need to have absolute respect for French heritage," Jordan Bardella, another member of the right-wing party, said to LCI channel.

"Modern art makes me nostalgic for the arts of the past."

Comment: While efforts to restore Notre Dame to its former glory are noble, they will likely never come close to the achievements of the original builders - but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try - as Heinrich Heine in Maxims and Descriptions writes:
While I was standing before the cathedral at Amiens, with a friend who with mingled fear and pity was regarding that monument,-built with the strength of Titans and decorated with the patience of dwarfs,-he turned to me at last and inquired, "How does it happen that we do not erect such edifices in our day?" And my answer was, "My dear Alphonse, the men of that day had convictions, while we moderns have only opinions; and something more than opinions are required to build a cathedral."
Obviously if the warped minds of Macron and his ilk get involved, like their 2018 interpretation of France's annual Fête de la Musique event, it could result in an abomination: And check out SOTT radio's:


Facebook brings in Daily Caller affiliate for fact-checking mission

Tucker Carlson
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Tucker Carlson, co-founder of the Daily Caller
When Facebook said it was getting its shit together to do a better job of preventing the spread of false news after the 2016 election, this wasn't exactly what we had in mind.

Facebook has added CheckYourFact.com to the already-crumbling list of its independent Poynter-certified fact checkers that identify and debunk false news stories shared on the website, Axios reported on Wednesday. CheckYourFact.com is better known as the "fact-check department" of the right-wing website the Daily Caller, co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Comment: Sounds like the author is less interested in whether 'Check Your Fact' is doing a credible job, than in being offended that a portions of the staff does not boast the political bona fides she finds acceptable. Perhaps she should offer her services to redress the perceived imbalance? And yes, the existence of a second Beetlejuice movie might be of interest to some people.

Eye 1

Turpin children speak out as parents are sentenced in torture case: 'I'm taking my life back'

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David Turpin faces a judge for sentencing, April 19, 2019.
A son and daughter of David and Louise Turpin spoke out in court for the first time Friday as their parents were sentenced for torturing and imprisoning them for years.

"Now I'm taking my life back," a daughter -- one of the Turpins' 13 children -- said in court. "I'm a fighter. I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket."

"I'm in college now and living independently," she said. "I love hanging out with my friends and life is great. I believe everything happens for a reason. Life may have been bad, but it made me strong. I fought to become the person I am."

"I saw my dad change my mom," she said, visibly shaking and clutching tissues. "They almost changed me."

Heart - Black

Young journalist shot and killed during riot in Derry, Northern Ireland

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A young journalist was killed in Northern Ireland overnight in what police are treating as a "terrorist" incident. Lyra McKee, 29, was shot during riots ahead of the anniversary of the revolt that led to Irish independence from Britain.

McKee was an investigative reporter and editor. Her work often focused on the conflict in Northern Ireland, known as "The Troubles," which saw decades of violence between those who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom, known as "unionists," and those who wanted it leave and join a united Republic of Ireland, known as "republicans." The conflict officially ended with a peace accord, the Good Friday Agreement, in 1998.

The latest rioting broke out in Londonderry after the Northern Irish police, fearing violence over the weekend, conducted a series of raids searching for weapons and ammunition. Gunshots were fired towards police and McKee was struck, they said.

Comment: We now know that British intelligence was responsible for framing republicans and committing heinous acts of terrorism during The Troubles. The same covert criminality is still active in the UK, and we should apply the lessons from the past to today. With Brexit coming, the desire for an independent Ireland remains strong.

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Finley: America's hate crime surge is a hoax

Jussie Smollett
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Before actor Jussie Smollett’s whopper unraveled, it was wildly parroted by a media too eager to believe anything that confirms its conviction that America is boiling with hate, Finley says.
It's been repeated so often it's taken as fact: Hate crimes have soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President Donald Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.

It's a compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.

But it isn't true. The surge has little to do with Trump and his red hat brigade. This according to Will Reilly, a Kentucky State University associate professor, who extensively researched hate-fueled violence in America for his book Hate Crime Hoax.

"Almost all of that surge is due to the simple fact that in 2017 the number of police departments reporting hate crimes to the FBI increased by 1,000," says Reilly. "The surge narrative is pretty dishonest."

Comment: See also: The Jussie Smollett Hate-Crime Hoax is Nothing New in Trump's America


WikiLeaks calls for release of unredacted Mueller report

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses a crowd from London's Ecuadorian embassy, 2016
WikiLeaks has called for the US Justice Department to remove some of its redactions to the Mueller report, claiming that the blanked-out sentences only fuel conspiracy theories about WikiLeaks' role in Trump's election.

"WikiLeaks has always been confident that this investigation would vindicate our groundbreaking publishing of the 2016 materials, which it has. We disapprove of the large redactions which permit conspiracy theories to abound. Full transparency please," WikiLeaks tweeted on Thursday.

Some observers wondered whether WikiLeaks disputes Mueller's claim - expounded in the report - that 'Russian hackers' had stolen Democratic National Convention emails in 2016. Large chunks of text concerning the supposed hacking operation are left blank in Mueller's report, to protect the investigative techniques used.