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Most Americans generally favor gun ownership

A recent poll, conducted by Ipsos for NPR, found that a majority of Americans, 73 percent, say they have "no problem" with people owning guns generally. The majority of those surveyed also struggled with gun-related knowledge questions.

Only eight percent of those surveyed were able to answer seven or more gun-related knowledge questions correctly, out of 10.

According to the poll, "Americans' misperceptions lie in the estimated number of guns per capita (21% correct), the decline in gun deaths (20% correct), and whether or not the U.S. regularly conducts research on gun deaths (29% correct)."

Family

New bill allows Canadian government to take children from parents that don't recognize child's gender identity

Canada, our misguided neighbor to the north, has really outdone themselves this time. Specifically, and in fairness to the rest of Canada-which, let's be honest, isn't that much different anyway-the topic of this article specifically deals with the passage of a piece of legislation through the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

The inconspicuously titled "Bill 89" otherwise known by the Orwellian euphemistic title "Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017," is quite a destructive piece of legislation. Rather than supporting families, it quite literally destroys them.

Bullseye

US porn king Larry Flynt offers $10mn for 'smoking gun' to impeach Trump

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Unease over Donald Trump appears to have hit a new level after 'porn king' Larry Flynt offered the hefty sum of up to $10 million for a "smoking gun" that would help to impeach the "moron" president.

"Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine announce a cash offer of up to $10 million for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office of Donald J. Trump," an advertisement published in the Washington Post on Sunday said.

Sheriff

'Please don't kill me!': Gang of cops pummel and choke cooperative man

Sheriff's deputies in Pinellas County are reportedly under an internal affairs investigation after alarming dash cam video was released that clearly shows them beating and choking a man who appears to be complying with their orders.

The dash cam video starts with a police cruiser driving around 70 mph down the street, racing past surrounding cars at 11:30 p.m. on May 25. Fox 13 reported that deputies were responding to a call about a man with a gun in a residential neighborhood.

When the police cruiser reaches a stop, 25-year-old Jimarez Reed can be seen crouching down by the side of a parked car. He looks shocked by both the bright headlights speeding down the dark street and by an officer who is already on the scene approaching him with a gun drawn. But even as Reed hides near the car, it is clear that both of his hands are raised, and he is not holding any weapons.

"Get on the ground!" one of the deputies yells, and Reed complies.

While the camera continues to capture the scene, one of the deputies mutes the audio, and it remains off for several minutes. As Reed lays flat on the ground with both hands out, a deputy jumps on top of him and punches him SEVEN times in the head.

Map

Philippines Army claims Islamists making 'last stand' in Marawi

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An Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and government troops march towards Mapandi bridge, southern Philippines.
The Philippines military is about to end the long battle of Marawi where an Islamic State-linked terrorist group is making its "last stand" amid heavy fighting, top army commanders announced, according to AFP.

"We are hoping that we will end this Marawi siege very soon," Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of the task force battling the militants, told reporters on Friday, as cited by AFP.

Around 40 militants remain in the besieged area, including warlords like Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, whose group has pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Around 100 civilians, including hostages and families of the militants, are also trapped there, Brawner added.

"Women and children are now forced to fight together with the Maute-ISIS fighters. These are desperate measures the Maute-ISIS are doing. This is their last defensive stand," the officer said.

The military previously estimated that they will liberate Marawi by Sunday. They said more than 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting, according to AFP.

Twenty soldiers were wounded in the offensive, which illustrates the extent of the fighting, Colonel Brawner said.

Cross

Many top US Christian leaders are working with Russia - Again

Some very big names - Pence, Buchanan, Franklin Graham, Rick Joyner, and many others are involved. And Liberals hate it.
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PENCE MEETS WITH ONE OF PUTIN’S TOP CLERICS
It looks like the close cooperation between Russian and American Christians is gathering steam again.

There was a lot of hobnobbing and event-going during the Obama years, but many American groups felt compelled to back off in 2014 when the Ukraine hostilities and the demonization of Russia in the media reached fever-pitch.

But now those memories are fading, and the same old bonds are pulling the natural allies back together.

The two share a strong affinity based on similar views on gay rights - especially gay marriage, abortion, divorce, homeschooling, large families, Islam, prayer in schools, Hollywood, moral degeneracy, worldwide Christian persecution, and the importance of putting Christian values front and center in society

Comment: Religion is a powerful tool for the establishments throughout history, around the world. Let's hope this is not another US deep state operation. We can assume that Putin is closely watching the developments with a caution.


Arrow Down

We are not amused: Comedian George Lopez gets booed off stage as Trump jokes fall flat

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George Lopez
Comic George Lopez was booed off stage at a gala for juvenile diabetes in Denver last week, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd.

We're told the flap began when Trump backer and Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei donated $250,000 but requested that Lopez cool it with the anti-Trump jokes at the Carousel Ball.

An attendee at the event - where tables sold from $5,000 to $100,000 to benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes - commented on a YouTube video that "George was asked nicely to stop making Trump jokes by a man in front row [Maffei] who just donated $250K." But "George doesn't, continues. Gets booed."

We're told that Lopez responded to Maffei, "Thank you for changing my opinion on old white men, but it doesn't change the way I feel about orange men."

Camcorder

RT crew films shocking stockpiles of ISIS arms abandoned inside liberated Al-Mayadeen

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An enormous arsenal of various weapons and production facilities, plus a fleet of explosive-laden and armored vehicles has been discovered inside the recaptured Islamic State stronghold in Deir ez-Zor province, RT reports from the Al-Mayadeen frontline.

Following in the footsteps of the Tiger Forces, commanded by Syrian Army Brigadier General Suheil Salman al-Hassan, nicknamed 'The Tiger', an RT Arabic crew managed to film a number of warehouses full of weapons that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) hastily abandoned, fleeing the city to the eastern side of the Euphrates River.

"Weapons warehouses here were simply huge. I'm just shocked by the amount of weapons I saw," Syrian Army Lt. Col. Rahmi Mauwas told RT at the battlefront. "There are hundreds and even thousands of weapons and ammunition of various kinds."

Stock Up

50,000% return: Assange thanks US government who forced him to invest in Bitcoin

© Manuel Romano / Global Look Press
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange posted a sardonic 'thank you' note addressing US authorities who forced the whistleblowing website into investing in Bitcoin in 2010. The cryptocurrency has seen a 50,000 percent bump in value in the interim.

"My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin -- with > 50000% return," Assange tweeted.

For context, Bitcoin reached highs of up to $5,746.51 this week in yet another unprecedented surge in value, The Coin Telegraph reports.

Bomb

Death toll over 230 after twin bomb blasts in Somali capital

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A general view shows the scene of an explosion in KM4 street in the Hodan district of Mogadishu, Somalia October 14, 2017.
The death toll from two car bomb explosions in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has risen to 231, police and hospital sources told AP. The attack has become one of the deadliest in the recent history of the country beset by Islamist insurgency.

Over 200 people were injured in the explosions, AP reported, citing police and hospital sources.

Medics are attempting to help hundreds of victims, many of whom have been burned beyond recognition, AP added.

The first blast happened near the Safari Hotel, close to Somalia's Foreign Ministry. The blast area lies in the center of the city where government offices, hotels, restaurants, and shops are located, police said.

The second explosion took place in the city's Madina district hours later, according to police.