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Parent push back on forced vaccines!

California’s new law restricting medical exemptions for vaccines has a challenge from a group of protesters who want voters to overturn it.

Three women who protested the vaccine law, Senate Bill 276, at the Capitol this year on Wednesday submitted a petition for a referendum on it, according to an announcement from the Attorney General’s Office.

They submitted a separate petition for a referendum on Senate Bill 714, which is a companion law that Gov. Gavin Newsom requested to narrow the vaccine law.

The activists must gather 623,212 signatures from registered voters to qualify the referendum of the ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

f the measures qualify, voters would have a chance to strike down the laws.

Documents released by the Attorney General’s Office say the petition was submitted by Denise Aguilar, Heidi Munoz Gleisner and Tara Thornton. It was sent from a postal office near the Capitol.

Aguilar, Munoz Gleisner and Thornton protested the vaccine bill throughout August and September. They temporarily shut down an Aug. 30 Assembly Appropriations Committee hearing where they stood on chairs and chanted after lawmakers advanced the bill.

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, wrote the vaccine bill to target what he called “unscrupulous” physicians who granted medical exemptions for mandatory vaccines for dubious reasons. The law lets the state Department of Public Health review doctors who grant medical exemptions for vaccines and schools with low vaccination rates.

Pan wrote a 2015 law, Senate Bill 277, that eliminated a personal belief exemption for parents who did not want their children to receive vaccines that mandatory in California schools.

“It is the right of any Californian to file a referendum against a law, however opponents failed in their referendum against SB 277, failed in recalling me in 2016, and failed in four lawsuits, which resulted in strong rulings by the Second and Third District courts of appeal upholding the constitutionality of SB 277,” Pan said.

Seven vaccine activists were arrested at the Capitol on Monday, when the Legislature passed the bill and Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it. Newsom agreed to it only after lawmakers crafted the companion law that narrowed liability for doctors.

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California among the top 10 in POVERTY!

California, typically one of the most prosperous and progressive states, is also one of the poorest.

That’s according to new data from the US Census Bureau that offers insight into the economic status of people in California and the nation. The annual release of survey data measures income, poverty and insurance status.

For California, that means another reminder that the state’s poverty rate of 18.2 percent is exceeded only by Washington DC, which has a poverty rate of 18.4 percent when you account for the cost of living. It accounts for about 1 in every six residents.

The state’s poverty rate in 2018 was about 5 percentage points higher than the national average of 13.2 percent, using the “supplemental poverty measure” that accounts for the cost of living in each state, namely food, clothing, housing and utilities. Only states in the Deep South like Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida came close with poverty rates floating around 16 percent.

In recent years the federal government has released two measures of poverty. The “official measure” is used to determine eligibility for government programs. Researchers, particularly in California, say the supplemental poverty measure best captures the state’s high cost of living.

The state’s share of poor residents has steadily fallen from 20.6 percent in 2015. Policy experts say the data reflect California’s efforts and future challenges.

“The data point to two key challenges for the state. One is that a key driver of our high poverty rate is the relatively high cost of living in a lot of parts of California,” said Sara Kimberlin, a senior policy analyst with the California Budget and Policy Center.

“At the same time, earnings except for those at the highest end of the wage spectrum have seen wages that have not really grown in recent years.”

Overall, the report was a mix of grim and expected new figures. Still, the numbers are a striking contrast to the state’s efforts to combat poverty, raise wages and provide insurance for all its residents.

Nationwide, the median household income rose by about 1 percent to $63,179.

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Electric Cars are KILLIN the eco system!

In 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) made a prediction that had the potential to disrupt the auto industry: by 2030, there would be nearly 125 million electric vehicles owned by people around the world, they said. That was a significant increase compared to the 3.1 million electric vehicles globally owned in 2017.

“The uptake of electric vehicles is still largely driven by the policy environment,” the IEA said in the report. “The 10 leading countries in electric vehicle adoption all have a range of policies in place to promote the uptake of electric cars.”

In 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) made a prediction that had the potential to disrupt the auto industry: by 2030, there would be nearly 125 million electric vehicles owned by people around the world, they said. That was a significant increase compared to the 3.1 million electric vehicles globally owned in 2017.

“The uptake of electric vehicles is still largely driven by the policy environment,” the IEA said in the report. “The 10 leading countries in electric vehicle adoption all have a range of policies in place to promote the uptake of electric cars.”

Last week, Bloomberg published a report detailing how the boom in lithium mining is irreversibly destroying the local environment of northern Chile’s Atacama desert. Mining for lithium means means removing large amounts of water, which means depleting the water supply for locals. According to the report, the Tilopozo meadow in Chile used to be a shelter for shepherds traveling at night, yet has become barren due to lack of grass or water. That puts a severe strain on local farmers.

“We’re fooling ourselves if we call this sustainable and green mining,” Cristina Dorador, a Chilean biologist, told Bloomberg. “The lithium fever should slow down because it’s directly damaging salt flats, the ecosystem and local communities.”

Cairn Energy Research Advisors estimates the lithium ion industry is expected to grow from 100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of annual production in 2017 to 800 GWhs in 2027—not only as a result of electric cars, but also because lithium is used in batteries to power various electrical and electronic goods, including mobile phones. Much of this will be mined from the South America’s Lithium Triangle, which spans across Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, an area that is said to hold more than half the world’s supply of the metal beneath its salt flats. Another major deposit comes from Australia.

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Almost 2 million PHONY voters!

A bombshell report has proven that President Donald Trump was right — and it’s good news to all patriotic Americans.

As it turns out, there were potentially millions of illegal aliens and ineligible citizens registered to vote in American elections all over the United States in 2016 — and they’re being removed from the voter rolls.

A successful lawsuit from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch means at least 1.59 million “inactive” and “illegal” registered names on voter rolls in California will be removed.

Back in January, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the State of California and County of Los Angeles amid evidence that potentially millions of people were allowed to illegally vote in American elections.

After fighting it out for several months in court, California caved and agreed to Judicial Watch’s terms to avoid being further embarrassed in court.

JW President Tom Fitton released a video this week detailing the progress and how 1.59 million names in LA County have already been removed:

In a press release from Judicial Watch back in June, the group explained that they reached a deal with the far-left state to remove around 1.5 million inactive and potentially illegally registered names from its voter rolls.

Judicial Watch just announced that it has been informed that Los Angeles County has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters on its voter rolls. This mailing is a step toward removing the names of voters who have moved, died, or are otherwise ineligible to vote.

The massive mailing is the result of a settlement agreement with Judicial Watch requiring the County to remove as many as 1.5 million inactive registrations.

In addition, the California secretary of state has alerted other California counties to clean up their voter registration lists to comply with the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), as the secretary promised to do in that same settlement agreement.

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Lithium Batteries for Electric cars is a real issue for the planet!

Lithium Batteries for Electric cars is a real issue for the planet!

TRUMP wins victory with supreme court! 7-2 justices allow immigration asylum rules as stated by the Trumpster…

ANY topic of the day is on the table, What do YOU want to discuss?

SCOTUS rules (7-2) on Trump Admin policy that it was ok to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on their way to the U.S. without seeking protection there first. If you’re coming up from another country looking for asylum, why wouldn’t you stop in the first country you came to? Why continue making the long journey to the U.S. unless there were better incentives?

Are we safer today than in 2001?

Are we safer? Do we have the proper safeguards to protect us in place?

Eighteen years after the worst single terror attack in history, most of the recent violent incidents in the US have been random attacks unrelated to Islamic terrorism. Has the hatred that led to the death of 3,000 Americans dissipated? Is radical Islamic terrorism a thing of the past? Or is it alive and poised to strike again?–and possibly on U.S. soil?

My guest David Rubin is not only the former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, and the author of “Trump and the Jews”, but is also a victim of a terror attack in which he and his three-year-old son were wounded. He reminds Americans that just this week explosive rocket attacks struck near where Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was speaking and that terror leaders have not lost track of U.S. landmarks and key targets.

The Economic numbers show recession rumors!

September 11th 2001 as it unfolded!

9/11 Tribute
9/11 Tribute

Joe honors those Heroes of September 11th and those that lost their lives… Don’t EVER forget!

Ilhan Omar speaks against the 911 survivors and victims!

What makes someone a hero? Another word that too many use loosely and water down the honor we should be giving REAL heroes.

9/11 Heroes 18 years later!

On September 11th,  I’m reminded of the great sacrifices others have made for my freedom. Being asked to speak at an event was a great honor, not considering myself heroic by any stretch of the imagination.

I got to thinking… What makes someone a hero? What is a hero? How do you identify a hero? And let’s not confuse Heroism with Bravery!!!! Some say a hero is born and not made. I say a HERO is made, by the examples they see and touch them throughout their lives.

A hero is not someone with extra human strength or special abilities. A hero, in the simplest form, is someone who puts others before themselves. NO MATTER WHAT THE RISK!!!  Or NOTORIETY. Or personal gain.

To steal a phrase from a “geeky” movie, when “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one”. That is the thought process of a HERO.

With the recent an ongoing damage being done by hurricanes in the south we will see many heroes and hear many hero stories surfacing over the coming days, please keep praying for them and their families that those first responders and heroes will not see their families and loved one for days and some will never be seen again!

Most people think of the superhero, the knight in shining armor rescuing the damsel, or the soldier overseas. I want to bring it closer to home as well. Not a larger than life person. Some want to go right to a mother or a father (parental love is very strong). Who comes to mind, for me?? Teachers, public safety officials, healthcare personal, fire fighter, police, military service personnel, hard working and under-appreciated frontline workers.

Community leaders who also make great sacrifices of time and family for the greater good of the community as a whole. People who make this community, city, state, country, and world… a place you want to be part of. What’s the motive?? Fame, fortune (HA!)  How about to simply help society and others!

Not only the war heroes but their parents, spouses, children, brothers and sisters who in an act of selflessness bid their loved ones goodbye never really knowing if they will ever see them again BUT understanding it’s for the greater good and safety of US all. And ALL of us owe them honor and gratitude.

When you think of those who sacrifice for the greater good who do YOU think of!?!?!?

Abraham Lincoln…fought slavery…   Roosevelt, Truman…dropped the bomb to stop the war…   John Kennedy…the Bay of Pigs…
Who comes to mind, for me…..   Rosa Parks…standing for others…   Martin Luther King… Civil rights… Ronald Reagan .. “tear down this wall..”…  Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi

Those are among the many big ones!

What about the ones around us the everyday, but not ordinary, Heroes…

Today this country will mark what is considered one of our darkest hours next to Pearl Harbor. In that dark hour, we should look at the light that overcomes the darkness… THOSE HEROES… men and women that ran toward when others ran away…

Inside the World Trade Center, there are many hero stories. One man who could have saved himself but stayed until the end at the side of his quadriplegic friend. A beloved priest died giving the last rites to a firefighter. Two office workers, finding a disabled stranger, carried her down 68 floors to safety… these are true heroes.

To the group of moms and dads who get up early on Saturday morning to go out and fix the sports fields their kids play on so that ALL the children can be safe…

And to the parents that spend the time with their children involved and active in their lives even at the LOUD objections of that child for their greater good…

Locally… the police and firefighters who put their lives on the line every day to protect people they don’t even know, a youth counselor staying with a child in crisis averting a possible suicide, the men and woman who deliver meals to the elderly… These are true heroes too.

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes, colors, races, religion.

I salute all of you today! Thank you for your service!

I pray daily for your safety and that God’s angels would be camped around and about to protect and keep you, and that He comfort and bless you and your families for the daily sacrifice you make…

Thank you for your service and I thank all of you for your time. Republican, Democrat, Independent, AMERICANS alike…

University of Texas eliminates free speech zones

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The University of Texas has eliminated its free speech zones, confining free speech to certain spaces, after the Texas legislature passed a major piece of free speech legislation in the spring.

UT Austin President Gregory Fenves said that the university made the policy changes in order to conform with the new state law, in an August 30 statement addressed to the campus community.

“For generations, the University of Texas at Austin has thrived because of its commitment to free speech and an open exchange of ideas,” Fenves said. “Our campus is a hub for people to gather and share different perspectives and experiences.”

Another provision of SB 18 forces universities to create “disciplinary sanctions” for those who interfere with others’ right to free speech.

UT Austin spokesman J.B. Bird said that the policy still permits the school to regulate expression that disrupts the campus learning environment.

“A good example that makes it easy to understand is that you can’t just have a rock concert…because that would disturb the daily activities of the campus,” Bird said, according to the Daily Texan.

Additionally, SB 18 prohibits universities from discriminating against organizations due to religious, political, philosophical, or academic viewpoints.

UT spokeswoman Shilpa Bakre told Campus Reform that while “the law went into effect Sept. 1, 2019 thus ensuring compliance by that date,” but that “it allows universities until Aug. 1, 2020, to finalize specific rules for implementation. The interim policies and procedures that UT Austin has introduced at this time will be finalized and recommended for approval by the UT System Board of Regents by that date of 2020.”

However, the University Democrats are not pleased with the bill and argued that organizations could use it to make some students feel unsafe.

“What [some organizations] are currently doing is making students feel unsafe and unwelcome,” University Democrats President Joe Cascino, according to the Daily Texan. “I believe that universities should be able to step in and keep people like [Richard] Spencer or useless incendiary protests like [Young Conservatives of Texas’] or Turning Point’s from happening.”

Texas state Republican Rep. Briscoe Cain told Campus Reform that “only time will tell whether UT’s new policies are in conformity with the commands of the legislature and the constitution.”

Read the rest at: Free Speech Zones

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UNPLANNED the movie – DVD Release!

Black Lives Matter?
Black babies aborted in large numbers
56% of black pregnancies end in abortion

Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, co-wrote and co-directed the film “Unplanned,” the story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director (responsible for selling 22,000 abortions!), and her decision to join the pro-life movement.

They join Joe tonight to discuss the affect the movie has had for many.

Black babies are disproportionately aborted. Why doesn’t anyone care?

Are your Legal rights being undermined? Can you fight back?

Bolton OUT – Wanna know why?

US had the most powerful bomb on the planet and yet….

Teacher forces kids to divulge their religion, sexuality and more!

New California Law would stop schools from administering discipline to a certain group of kids.

Pacific Justice Institute’s (PJI) founder Brad Dacus joins Joe to discuss legal issues of the Day that affect your parental and religious rights!

Is forced vaxxing legal?

As always, we’ll be covering current events, including those weird news items that you may not have heard or read in the mainstream media accounts. Be sure to tune in!

California Lawmakers Ruin The Gig Economy!

Assembly Bill 5  by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) could destroy California’s Gig economy if passed and signed into law. The Gig economy includes ride-share businesses like Uber and Lyft, and food delivery services Postmates and DoorDash.

A gig economy is a free market system in which freelance, temporary and flexible job positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 55 million people in the U.S. are “gig workers,” which is more than 35 percent of the U.S. workforce. That number is projected to jump to 43 percent by 2020, Forbes reported.

The Service Employees International Union is pushing a separate ride-share driver bill to organize drivers, ignoring the April decision by the National Labor Relations Board and the US Department of Labor  determining that that Uber drivers are independent contractors.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has thrown in his support for this takeover of independent contractors. In a recent op ed, Newsom said, “Reversing the trend of misclassification is a necessary and important step to improve the lives of working people. That’s why, this Labor Day, I am proud to be supporting Assembly Bill 5, which extends critical labor protections to more workers by curbing misclassification.”

Business industry policy experts warn that the turmoil that will be created by this decision effects virtually every industry and its freelance, flexible and independent workforce in California from beauticians to real estate agents, from construction workers to Gig workers and everything in between.

The problem is two fold: the bill is based on the legally flawed California Supreme Court Dynamex decision, and more than just Uber and Lyft would be forced to reclassify their drivers from independent contractors to employees.

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6 more killed in Chicago this weekend! Where’s Sharpton?

At least 34 people were shot — six of them fatally — over the weekend in gun violence across Chicago, including a 17-year-old girl who was killed Sunday in Back of the Yards on the South Side.

She was walking about 9:30 p.m. in the 900 block of West 52nd Street, when a man emerged from an alley and the two of them got into “a verbal altercation,” Chicago police said. The man then pulled out a handgun and shot her three times in the head and multiple times in the upper body.

The teen was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.

The weekend’s latest fatal shooting happened Monday in South Shore.

A 32-year-old man was driving about 3:10 a.m. in the 7500 block of South Coles Avenue when someone unleashed gunfire, police said. The man was struck in the head and crashed into a parked car.

He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details about his death.

On Sunday, a man was shot to death in Austin on the West Side.

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert about 11:15 p.m. in the 900 block of North Long Avenue and found the 49-year-old unresponsive, police said. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and one to the back.

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First amendment rights can lead to arrest!

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A free speech nonprofit organization is suing a Mississippi community college after campus police stopped students from tabling on campus and even took them into a police station.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is suing Jones County Junior College because of a policy that requires groups to fill out paperwork before “gathering for any purpose” on campus, according to a news release.

The policy became an issue when Jones County Junior College student Mike Brown and other Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) activists polled students on campus in April to see if they support the legalization of recreational marijuana. However, according to FIRE, the YAL members were quickly stopped by campus police, all because paperwork was not filled out before the event.

The campus police even took Brown into the station, according to the lawsuit.

When Brown asked the campus police officer what policy they violated, she replied: “That’s illegal, first of all, and you’re on a school campus.”

According to the lawsuit, Stan Livingston, chief of campus police, told Brown that he was “smarter than that [violating the policy].”

“Some people get in trouble for smoking weed, but at Jones College, I got in trouble just for trying to talk about it,” Brown said, according to FIRE. “College is for cultivating thought and learning and encouraging civil discourse with your peers. That’s not what’s happening at Jones College.”

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California Legislators to be in charge of your medical information

California legislators pass bills that will only allow THEM to decide if you get a waiver for virus shots or not…
That’s right California legislators have passed 2 bills giving them the ability to take a doctors ability to sign vaccine waivers.
GOP Legislator says we may be better off cutting Higher Education… He may be right!
NK sets off 2 missiles right after agreeing to restart talks with the US… Rocket man smoking weed again?
Shooting in Chicago over the weekend killed 6 more – no outrage
California Legislators to be in charge of your medical information.


California Democrat trying to destroy the Gig Economy

SEIU is helping California Legislators to UNIONIZE contractors… AGAINST a ruling
by the National Labor Board!

California Democrat is trying to destroy the Gig Economy. You know, food deliver, Uber, Lyft. #freemarket
IAEA Find Traces Of Uranium In Iran Atomic Warehouse: Bibi Exposes Another Iran
Nuke Site
Drew Brees in trouble for doing a commercial for Bring your Bible to school day

Trending Topics – Whacked stories of the day!

Kimberly Morin, Gun Range

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) student arrested for asking other students on campus for their opinion about smoking weed. Campus police claim you cant do it without filing out a form. But it comes down to, no free speech for you

New Hampshire conservative independent writer and activist, Kimberly Morin joins Joe to discuss the hot issues from the weekend and in the coming week.

Joe and one of his pop culture “experts” will be on to discuss recent news events that you probably won’t hear anywhere else. Tune in, you’ll be surprised at some of the weird news stories and what passes for news nowadays!

Dems ditch faith!

The Democratic National Committee has declared the Democratic Party the party of the “religiously unaffiliated” in a resolution it passed championing the values of secular America as inclusive, while condemning religious liberty and Americans of faith as repressive and discriminatory.

“The resolution passed Saturday at the DNC’s summer meeting in San Francisco affirmed the religiously unaffiliated as sharing their values and being ‘the largest religious group within the Democratic Party,’” the Washington Examiner reported. “The unanimously passed resolution also criticized ‘religious views’ and ‘religious liberty’ that threatened minority groups.”

During the DNC’s summer meeting in the City by the Bay, it embraced atheists and those not identifying with any faith as constituting its dominant group, while tagging religious Americans and their religious freedoms as a threat suppressing the overwhelming majority of its party that holds secular values.

“WHEREAS, the religiously unaffiliated demographic has tripled in the last two decades – now representing 25% of the overall American population and 35% of those under the age of 30,” the DNC resolution states. “Religiously unaffiliated Americans overwhelmingly share the Democratic Party’s values, with 70% voting for Democrats in 2018, 80% supporting same-sex marriage, and 61% saying immigrants make American society stronger; and … the religiously unaffiliated demographic represents the largest religious group within the Democratic Party, growing from 19% in 2007 to one in three [33%] today.”

The resolution goes on to portray nonreligious Americans as victims of the religious liberties upon which America was founded centuries ago when Europeans fled across the Atlantic to worship God and practice their faith according to their sincerely held religious beliefs – without government interference or persecution

“WHEREAS, the nonreligious have often been subjected to unfair bias and exclusion in American society – particularly in the areas of politics and policy making, where assumptions of religiosity have long predominated,” the resolution claims. “Those most loudly claiming that morals, values and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views – with misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty’ – to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities.”

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University offers credit for solving Rubik’s Cube!

The University of California-Berkeley is offering students more entertaining ways to earn credit toward graduating but, while these alternatives might make students happy, some conservative scholars are anything but thrilled.

How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube” and “Henna Art: Application and Cultural Perspectives” are both courses offered to UC-Berkeley students for credit toward graduating. According to the course descriptions, they teach students “how to solve the Rubik’s Cube, [or] get faster at solving it” and to understand the “theoretical basis of the transnational meanings of Henna tattoos.”

Campus Reform reached out to UC-Berkeley to further inquire about these course offerings and their academic value. A spokesperson explained that the classes are creations of the school’s “DeCal” program. DeCal stands for “democratic education.” DeCal classes are “legitimate university classes run by students,” the university website explains.

“The responsibility of such courses rests on the department chair, faculty member, and student facilitator, who all sign a contract of understanding before the DeCal is reviewed by [the Committee on Courses of Instruction] / the Academic Senate. Grades are only offered as Pass / No Pass, and the academic credit for each class typically range from 0.5-2 units,” the DeCal program’s website states.

While Campus Reform has reported on other courses,  such as “Cal Pokémon Academy,” “UC Marvel Cinematic Universe,” and “UC Hogwarts: The Wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” which are also part of the DeCal program and worth as many as two credits, “How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube” and “Henna Art: Application and Cultural Perspectives” are each worth one credit.

UC-Berkeley runs more than 150 DeCal courses, which are taken by 3,000-4,000 students. The university says DeCals are “an excellent way of meeting the University’s minimum unit requirement” and that “and all students are encouraged to consider taking a course!”

Neither of the students in charge of the Rubik’s cube or Henna classes were available for comment.

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The wall IS working and MEXICO is paying!

The Mexican government announced Friday that the number of migrants coming to its border with the U.S. had dropped by 56 percent over the past three months as the country tries to avert President Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexico’s exports to its northern neighbor.

Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, citing data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the number of migrants apprehended at the frontier in August was 63,989 in August, down from 146,266 in May. Those numbers included people who presented themselves at U.S. ports of entry and were deemed inadmissible.

The Mexican government has deployed more than 20,000 police officers and National Guard troops across the country as part of an aggressive campaign meant to deter Central American migrants from passing through its territory en route to the United States. Ebrard said there had been seven formal complaints of human rights violations involving the National Guard, a relatively low number which he saw as another sign of success.

The U.S. and Mexico agreed in June to a 90-day window to allow Mexico to reduce the flow of migrants from Central America to the U.S. The agreement averted plans by Trump to impose a five percent tariff on Mexican goods in the U.S. that would have increased every month until it hit 25 percent.

Ebrard, is scheduled to meet with U.S. officials at the White House Tuesday to review the Mexican government’s progress.

“We’re showing that the strategy that Mexico put forward has been successful,” Ebrard told reporters. “I don’t expect a tariff threat Tuesday because it wouldn’t make sense.”

While drops in migration are typical during the summer months, officials denied any link between the drops in migration and seasonal trends.

Despite the apparent progress in stopping illegal migration, Ebrard repeated his government’s refusal to become a so-called “third country,’ as Trump has proposed. That would require migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to apply for such protections in Mexico instead.

“The Mexican strategy is working,” said Ebrard, according to Agence-France Press. “We will not agree to be a safe third country … because it goes against our interests. It is unfair to our country.”

Read the rest at: The Wall

Epstein Investigator dead!

Again, another story that didn’t quite make it into the mainstream news’ narrative involving Jeffrey Epstein.  In June of last year, decorated former Palm Beach detective Joseph Recarey died after a “brief illness” at the age of 50, and that’s basically all we know, but do a search for him and you’ll barely see anything in the mainstream media, or even alternative media about his death.

In 2018, The Palm Beach Daily News reported on his death, but there wasn’t much to report concerning the cause.

Joseph Recarey, a former Palm Beach detective who had a knack for making others smile, who tackled the island’s largest and most important investigations, and who cared deeply for his family and friends, died Friday, May 25, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 50. 

Recarey was one of the most decorated police officers in the history of the department with more than 150 commendations, 11 officer-of-the-month awards and a 2013 Palm Beach Police Foundation Officer of the Year award, Reiter said. He worked in several units, including the Organized Crime Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit. He was a lead detective in many major investigations, including the high-profile solicitation-of-minors case against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. 

No other information about the cause of death was released. 

In reading the account, it seems ironic that it is mentioned that Mike Mason, one of Recarey’s closest friends and a former Palm Beach police officer, said he “last saw Recarey on a recent Thursday. Recarey took off work the next day to spend time with his family.”

Now, the story was printed on a Friday, but I’m not sure if “recent Thursday” would apply to the previous day or possibly another Thursday in the past week or two.

Regardless, all we know is he had a sudden, brief illness and died as a result at the young age of 50.

Read the rest at: Media Bllackout

Toronto Chick-Fil-A’s first day protesters!

The grand opening of Chick-fil-A’s first international location in Toronto was met by a grand protest Friday by LGBTQ activists, who argued that the chicken-centric chain owner’s historically antigay policies will clash with the culture of Canada’s largest city.

Protestors caused a commotion as soon as the restaurant opened its doors at 10:30 a.m., chanting “shame” and “cluck you,” CBC News reports.

“Hey hey, ho ho, Homophobia’s got to go,” activists can be heard shouting in video shared to Twitter by BlogTo.

Celebrity drag queen RuPaul’s likeness was used by protesters picketing for the cause.

“We won’t allow hateful rhetoric to be here,” Justin Khan of local LGBTQ organization The 519 told CBC. “The fact that Chick-fil-A is opening on the streets of Toronto is something that is quite alarming.”

Founded in 1967, the biblical values of Chick-fil-A’s management strategy have long stirred controversy.  Company chairman and CEO Dan Cathy has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, but Chick-fil-A says it doesn’t have a political or social agenda. The company says that in 2017, it donated $1.6 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a group that is overtly against gay marriage, for sports camps for inner-city youth. It also donated $150,000 to the Salvation Army, which has also been accused of discrimination.

That same year, the chain asked its franchisees to not make public statements on political issues.

Though most activists took issue with the chain’s reported anti-LGBTQ-stance at the Friday event, others called out the chain’s alleged treatment of animals. Some staged a “die-in” to honor chickens slaughtered by the business, as per BlogTo.

Despite the commotion, franchise owner Wilson Yang remains hopeful about Chick-fil-A’s future in the city.

“We respect people’s right to share their opinions and want all Torontonians to know they are welcome at Chick-fil-A Yonge & Bloor,” he said in a statement shared with CBC. “Our focus is on offering a welcoming and respectful environment for our guests and team members, and we encourage people to give us a try.”

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