Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/25/2020

An attack that left two people wounded near the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris has been designated as terrorism by the French police. The incident is described as a “stabbing” in news reports, but at least one of the weapons used was a meat cleaver, based on a photograph taken at the scene.

Meanwhile, the gunman who shot and killed a policeman at a police station in London was allegedly known to British counter-terrorism police.

In other news, Virginia Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam and his wife Pamela have tested positive for COVID-19, and are self-quarantining.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to Caroline Glick, Insubria, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

Financial Crisis
» S&P Sees Italy’s GDP Down 8.9% in 2020, Up 6.4% in 2021
 
USA
» 15 Point Swing: Most Americans Now Hostile to Black Lives Matter
» 2 Americans Arrested for Plotting Terror Attacks on Trump Tower, Other U.S. Sites to Show Allegiance to ISIS
» 4 Arrested in Texas for 2018 Vote-Harvesting Scheme in Democratic Primary That Changed Result of Race
» 9-Year-Old Louisiana Kid Threatened With Expulsion for Having a Toy Gun in His Bedroom During Online Learning
» Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal Defend Police in Breonna Taylor Case
» Facebook Suppresses Distribution of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson
» FBI Agent: Mueller Report Investigation Continued Despite Lack of Evidence Because Team Had “Get Trump” Goal
» Federal Law Enforcement Opens Investigation After Multiple Military Ballots With Votes for Trump Found Discarded
» Flashback Video: Joe Biden Calls US Troops “You Stupid Bastards” During 2016 Speech
» Florida Man Friday: Probably Ineligible, Florida Ex-Con Voted Democrat in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
» Florida Governor Lifts Restrictions on Businesses to Boost Economy
» Indiana Drops Restrictions on Restaurants’ Operations
» Kyle Rittenhouse to Fight Extradition to Wisconsin Over Kenosha Shootings, Lawyer Says
» LA Driver Crossing BLM Protest Gets Chased, Beaten and Arrested on Live TV
» Milwaukee’s Homicide Rate on the Rise: 137 Fatal Shootings in 2020 Compared to 66 in 2019
» Pelosi Pushes Biden to Skip Debates With Trump: “Why Bother?”
» Pope Francis Knocks Nationalism, Pushes Multilateralism in U.N. Speech
» Ron Paul Hospitalized After Suffering Apparent Medical Emergency During Live Show
» Senator Josh Hawley’s Bill Against Big Tech Censorship Blocked by Democrats
» Spotify Employees Reportedly Threaten Strike Over Joe Rogan Content
» Trump to Nominate Pro-Life Champion Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court: Multiple Sources
» Uber Demands Refusniks Take ‘Mask Selfies’ Before They’re Allowed to Use Service
» Updated: California Man Finds Thousands of Unopened Ballots in Garbage Dumpster — Workers Quickly Try to Cover Them Up — County Says Ballots From 2018?
» Update: Democrat Lawmaker Attica Scott — the Author of Breonna’s Law — and Her Daughter Arrested for Rioting in the Streets, Breaking Curfew (Video)
» Video: Students Say Trump’s SCOTUS Pick is “Scary”, Even Though He Hasn’t Named One Yet
» Virginia Churchgoers Come to Settlement With Gov. Northam to Lift Many COVID-19 Restrictions
» Virginia’s Governor, Wife Test Positive for Coronavirus
» Virginia Officials Try to Cancel President Trump’s Newport News Rally Tonight, Calling it a “Severe Public Health Threat”
» ‘Yes I’d Do it Again’: ‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ Speaks Out After Criminal Charges Filed for His Dan Ryan Protest
 
Canada
» Burlington, Ont., Man Faces Terrorism Hoax Charge After Claiming to be ISIS Member
 
Europe and the EU
» Almost 400 Czech Teachers Have Caught COVID-19 Since Schools Reopened
» Czech PM Babis Discusses Migrantion and Coronavirus in Brussels, Asks for Better Communication With Epidemiologists
» Facebook Removes Hungarian Coronavirus Skeptic Pages
» France: Paris Attack: Stabbing Near Charlie Hebdo Office ‘An Act of Terror’
» German Minister: Lockdown Will Kill More Than COVID-19 Does
» Italians Love Freedom Too, Mattarella Says in Reply to Johnson
» Italy: Don’t Just Listen to Pharmaceutical Companies on COVID — Pope
» Politico’s Orban Article is a Collection of Baseless Accusations, Say Officials
» Pub Stasi: UK Rent-a-Mob Patrol Streets to Check if Bars Are Open
» Report: UK Chief Scientific Adviser Owns £600,000 Worth of Shares in COVID Vaccine Manufacturer
» UK: Officer Shot Dead at Croydon Police Station in London
» UK: Report: London Cop Killer Was ‘Known to Counter-Terrorism Police’
» UK: Students Say They’re Being Treated Like ‘Prisoners’ Due to Draconian COVID Measures
» UK: Van Morrison Set to Release Three Anti-Coronavirus Lockdown Protest Songs
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Israel’s Cautionary Tale for Risk Averse Republicans
 
Far East
» Japan Will Host Olympics in 2021 ‘As Proof That Humanity Has Defeated the Pandemic, ‘ PM Suga Vows at UN
 
Australia — Pacific
» Is This Proof Victoria’s Health Minister Knew About Private Guards? Bombshell Video Shows Jenny Mikakos Heard Security Would Man Hotel Quarantine Two Months Before She Recalled Finding Out
» Melbourne Man Arrested for Anti-Lockdown Facebook Posts Pleads Not-Guilty, Plans to Fight Charges
» Two Months After He Forced Victoria Into the World’s Harshest Lockdown, Dan Andrews Finally Issues a Last-Minute Apology for the Disastrous Quarantine Fiasco (After Almost Two Hours of Saying He Doesn’t Know Anything About What Happened)
» Victorian Health Minister Sensationally Quits Just a Day After Daniel Andrews Pointed the Finger at Her Over the Hotel Quarantine Debacle — and Takes a Stinging Swipe at the Premier on Her Way Out
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» 31 Christians Freed From Prison in Eritrea
 
Immigration
» France Endorses New EU Migration Pact
» France to Take in 1,000 Greece-Based Migrants
» France Demands Brussels Force Every EU Nation to Take Third World Migrants
» Greece to Recruit 800 New Border Guards After Turks Push Migrants to Frontier
» Hungary is the Least Accepting of Migrants After North Macedonia
» Poland: ‘Brussels Might Try to Introduce Migrant Relocation Through a Back Door, ‘ Warns MEP Beata Kempa
» Poland’s President Says Migrants Should Stay Close to Their Countries
» Quarantined Migrants Grow Angry, Set Fires in Italian Hotel
» UK: Home Office Apologises for Lack of Consultation on Barracks Housing for Migrants
 
Culture Wars
» BC Party Leader Supported J.K Rowling Against Rape Threats, Forced to Resign After Trans Activist Outrage
» EC Permits Profanation of Polish National Flag With LGBT Rainbow
» Google Stifles Growing YouTube Competitor LBRY by Banning it From Play Store for Pedantic Reasons
» Lizzo Claims ‘Body Positivity’ Movement is Being Taken Over by White Girls Who Aren’t Fat Enough
» Soros/Gates-Funded Org Says World May Need ‘Climate Lockdown’
» U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Bar Transgender Athletes From Women’s Sports
 

S&P Sees Italy’s GDP Down 8.9% in 2020, Up 6.4% in 2021

Outlook less bad that in previous forecast

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 24 — S&P Global Rating said Thursday that it sees Italy’s GDP falling 8.9% this year and growing by 6.4% in 2021.

Those figures are an improvement on the agency’s previous forecast of negative growth of 9.5% in 2020 and a GDP rise of 5.3% next year.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

15 Point Swing: Most Americans Now Hostile to Black Lives Matter

A new Associated Press poll finds that there has been a massive 15 point swing and that most Americans are now hostile to Black Lives Matter protests.

“The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 44% of Americans disapprove of protests in response to police violence against Black Americans, while 39% approve. In June, 54% approved. The new survey was conducted Sept. 11-14, before Wednesday’s announcement that a lone Louisville police officer would be charged in the Taylor case, but not for her actual death.”

The figures are also interesting when broken down along racial lines.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

2 Americans Arrested for Plotting Terror Attacks on Trump Tower, Other U.S. Sites to Show Allegiance to ISIS

According to federal authorities, two men allegedly plotted terror attacks against Trump Tower and the New York Stock Exchange, believing the destruction would be “Netflix worthy” and earn them “rock star status.”.

The two men, Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina and Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Texas, were arrested on Monday. After coming up with several possible sites for the U.S. terror attacks to take place, Matthews suggested to “hit government centers” rather than places “like malls where innocent children are.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

4 Arrested in Texas for 2018 Vote-Harvesting Scheme in Democratic Primary That Changed Result of Race

The attorney general of Texas has announced charges against four people accused of election fraud and ballot tampering in the 2018 election, including a county commissioner who won as a result of the tampering.

On Thursday, AG Ken Paxton arrested Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, Marlena Jackson, Charlie Burns, and DeWayne Ward for swinging the race in Brown’s favor through a ballot harvesting scheme.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

9-Year-Old Louisiana Kid Threatened With Expulsion for Having a Toy Gun in His Bedroom During Online Learning

The Jefferson Parish Schools threatened 9-year-old Ka Mauri Harrison with expulsion from the institution for accidentally displaying a toy gun during virtual learning.

The events occurred on September 11 when Harrison was taking a social studies test in his room on a live broadcast with his teacher and his classmates. In the broadcast, one of his brothers entered his room and dropped a toy BB gun.

The boy, who was doing the exam, got up for a moment to pick up the toy and put it back in its place, but the young man made the mistake of showing it briefly on camera. Harrison’s teacher tried to warn him about his actions, but since he was in an exam, Harrison had the computer muted, so he could not hear her.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal Defend Police in Breonna Taylor Case

NBA all-stars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neil discussed on Thursday the ongoing protests surrounding the decision to not charge two of the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case, emphasizing how the incident differed from other cases involving police misconduct or racist intent.

Talking on air before the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets game, the two said the shooting of Breonna Taylor should not be classified with other high-profile deaths of black people at the hands of police, citing the search warrant and the fact that her boyfriend opened fire on officers.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Suppresses Distribution of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson Tonight’s Facebook Page is now being restricted on Facebook, 38 days away from the US presidential election. Sharing the notice Facebook sent to the page, Tucker Carlson Tonight wrote on Facebook: “Today’s censorship by Facebook. ‘Reduced Distribution.’ It’s no coincidence that the election is just weeks away.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

FBI Agent: Mueller Report Investigation Continued Despite Lack of Evidence Because Team Had “Get Trump” Goal

An FBI agent who played a lead role in investigating Michael Flynn told the Department of Justice that the investigation continued despite a lack of evidence because Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had a “get Trump” agenda.

Agent William Barnett claimed in an interview with the Justice Department released Friday that both FBI superiors under agency Director James Comey and Mueller’s team went against normal investigative decisions and tactics because they had a bias against Trump.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Federal Law Enforcement Opens Investigation After Multiple Military Ballots With Votes for Trump Found Discarded

Federal law enforcement have ordered a county in Pennsylvania to change its election practices after multiple military ballots were found discarded, with all open discarded ballots marked with a vote for President Trump.

“The FBI has recovered a number of documents relating to military ballots that had been improperly opened by your elections staff, and had the ballots removed and discarded, or removed and placed separately from the envelope containing confidential voter information and attestation,” U.S. Attorney David J. Freed said in a letter to Shelby Watchilla, Director of Elections of Luzerne County Bureau of Elections. “Specifically, a total of nine (9) military ballots were discovered to have been discarded. Seven (7) of those ballots when discovered by investigators were outside of any envelope. Those ballots were all cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump. One (1) of those seven (7) ballots was able to be identified to an envelope that was recovered, and thereby potentially tied to a specific voter. Two (2) military ballots that had been discarded were previously recovered by elections staff, reinserted into what appeared to be their appropriate envelopes, and then resealed. Therefore, the votes cast on those two (2) ballots are unknown. Thus, is appears that three (3) of the nine (9) recovered ballots can be potentially attributed to specific voters. Six (6) of the ballots were simply removed and discarded, and cannot be attributed to a specific voter at this time.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Flashback Video: Joe Biden Calls US Troops “You Stupid Bastards” During 2016 Speech

Far left journalist Jeffrey Goldberg posted a ridiculous hit piece on President Trump on Thursday in The Atlantic. The BS hit piece comes as President Trump continues to surge in the polls following the RNC convention and continued leftist riots across the country.

In the garbage report Goldberg used anonymous sources to accuse President Trump of disparaging US veterans and war heroes.

This was an ugly piece. One attack on President Trump for not attending a World War I cemetery in France was debunked years ago by the White House but Goldberg decided to run with the smear anyway.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Florida Man Friday: Probably Ineligible, Florida Ex-Con Voted Democrat in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016

There was so much Florida Man Friday material to sort through today, that I’m going to miss my deadline if I try to write a witty introduction.

So let’s dive right into this week’s…

Florida Man Friday!

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Florida Governor Lifts Restrictions on Businesses to Boost Economy

In an effort to boost the state’s economy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is lifting major coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, even though he acknowledges that the pandemic is far from over.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Indiana Drops Restrictions on Restaurants’ Operations

Indiana is lifting all capacity limits and several of the operational restrictions that have hampered sales at restaurants and bars, marking one of the biggest steps toward normal yet taken by a state.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the move Wednesday afternoon, to the surprise of many. He essentially skipped many preliminary reopening steps and jumped from a 75% cap on indoor seating to no limit whatsoever as of Saturday.

The Republican, who has drawn fire from some for not moving faster on the state’s reopening, also lifted the ban on bar seating. But customers eating in bars or taverns must remain seated while eating or drinking.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Kyle Rittenhouse to Fight Extradition to Wisconsin Over Kenosha Shootings, Lawyer Says

The Illinois teenager accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring a third during the unrest in Kenosha, Wis., last month is fighting his extradition in a hearing Friday.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, faces several felony charges in Wisconsin, including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, as well as attempted first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

The teen’s attorney John Pierce said during a hearing Friday that he intends to fight extradition. The judge gave 14 days for the defense to review papers and file pleadings ahead of an Oct. 9 hearing.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

LA Driver Crossing BLM Protest Gets Chased, Beaten and Arrested on Live TV

The driver of a white Toyota Prius who had carefully weaved through a BLM protest was heckled, chased down by a black pick-up truck leading the protests, and then assaulted on Thursday night. The driver was then arrested.

“It wasn’t traveling at a fast speed — it was inching forward, trying to get past, and that upset people,” said photojournalist Christian Monterrosa.

People in the crowd began striking the car’s windows and doors, the news footage shows. After the Prius cleared the crowd, a black pickup truck with several people sitting in the bed gave chase, accelerated ahead of the Prius and pulled to an abrupt halt. A man got out of the truck and, according to the footage, appeared to try to pull the driver out of the Prius.

The Prius reversed and collided with a green Mustang convertible, which was associated with the protest, according to the LAPD. A person got out of the convertible and began striking the Prius with a flagpole, the footage shows, and another person arrived on a skateboard, which he used to smash the Prius’ windshield. The motorist drove off but was detained a few blocks away by the LAPD. No one was injured in the incident, according to police. —Los Angeles Times

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Milwaukee’s Homicide Rate on the Rise: 137 Fatal Shootings in 2020 Compared to 66 in 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS58) — The homicide rate in Milwaukee is up this year. Officials tell CBS 58 there have been 137 homicides from Jan. 1 to Sept. 24, 2020. During the same time period last year, there were 66 homicides — which means the rate more than doubled.

There have been 508 non-fatal shootings this year. In 2019, during the same time period, there were 301.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Pelosi Pushes Biden to Skip Debates With Trump: “Why Bother?”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi again called for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to skip debating President Trump, saying the debates are not worth it.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Pope Francis Knocks Nationalism, Pushes Multilateralism in U.N. Speech

ROME — Pope Francis told the U.N. General Assembly Friday that the world stands at a crossroads between multilateralism and a dangerous resurgence of nationalism.

In an apparent swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump and his “America First” motto prior to the upcoming presidential elections, the pope said that the world should embark on a path to enhance “multilateralism” and “globally co-responsibility” in order to build on the values of justice, peace, and the unity of the human family.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Ron Paul Hospitalized After Suffering Apparent Medical Emergency During Live Show

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul has been hospitalized on “precautionary” grounds after he seemed to suffer a stroke on a live episode of his show “Liberty Report.”

Paul, 85, began to slur his words during his Friday show as a guest watched.

The video, which may be disturbing to some, can be viewed here.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Senator Josh Hawley’s Bill Against Big Tech Censorship Blocked by Democrats

Senator Hawley’s attempt to force a vote on the Senate floor for his “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act” has been blocked by Democrats.

When introducing the bill, Hawley accused the Big Tech platforms of “trying to use their power to shape the outcome of the election” and engaging in escalating acts of censorship against conservatives. He also cited Big Tech’s censorship of President Trump, censorship of pro-life groups, and Google’s threat to demonetize The Federalist.

Hawley positioned the bill as a “simple, straightforward solution to the censorship power of these digital platforms.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Spotify Employees Reportedly Threaten Strike Over Joe Rogan Content

Spotify employees are reportedly threatening a strike if they are not allowed to have editorial oversight over Joe Rogan’s podcast.

Rogan, a UFC color commentator and high-profile podcaster, signed an exclusive, $100-million deal with Spotify earlier this year.

Select Spotify staffers were dissatisfied with the way Rogan’s controversial material was handled by senior management, despite multiple internal meetings being held, and reportedly are demanding direct editorial oversight over the show.

[Comment: Fire those woke employees. They can be easily replaced by better employees.]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Trump to Nominate Pro-Life Champion Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court: Multiple Sources

President Trump will choose Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat, numerous sources (Fox, NYT, CNN, WEX, Axios, CBS, among others) reported Friday evening.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Uber Demands Refusniks Take ‘Mask Selfies’ Before They’re Allowed to Use Service

Uber is now demanding that customers who have been flagged for previously refusing to wear a mask take a ‘mask selfie’ within the app or be barred from using the service altogether in future.

A lecturing new ad campaign from the taxi service screams “No mask. No ride. We said it. We meant it.”

The company then touts its “Mask Verification Service,” which forces customers who were previously reported by drivers for not wearing a mask to take a picture of their masked face within the app to be allowed to use the service again.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Updated: California Man Finds Thousands of Unopened Ballots in Garbage Dumpster — Workers Quickly Try to Cover Them Up — County Says Ballots From 2018?

Last night we received these photos from a reader in California. They appear to show hundreds of alleged unopened ballots in a garbage dumpster in California. We are working to verify. Big if true.

This is an exclusive from a Gateway Pundit reader in California.

Hey Gateway Pundit,

I thought you might find this interesting. My dad found THOUSANDS of unopened ballots at the garbage dump in Petaluma, California, north of San Francisco.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Update: Democrat Lawmaker Attica Scott — the Author of Breonna’s Law — and Her Daughter Arrested for Rioting in the Streets, Breaking Curfew (Video)

As reported earlier by Cassandra Fairbanks —

Louisville Black Lives Matter rioters have smashed the windows in the public library and thrown a flare inside, in a clear arson attempt.

Unsurprisingly, not a single book was looted by these heathens.

According to the police scanner, there is a fire at the libary, but it is currently unclear if they meant the flare or if it has ignited.

The incident took place approximately 15 minutes after the 9 p.m. curfew in the city went into effect.

Now this…

Louisville police later arrested several rioters at the local Unitarian Church.

Police later identified one suspect as Democrat Rep. Attica Scott who is the author of “Breonna’s Law.” She was out rioting with her daughter.

This is the modern day Democrat Party.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Students Say Trump’s SCOTUS Pick is “Scary”, Even Though He Hasn’t Named One Yet

Students reacted to President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court with disdain this week, describing them as ‘scary’, ‘unsettling’, and ‘unqualified’. The only problem is that Trump hasn’t even announced a nominee yet.

Campus Reform tested just how bad the orange man is in the minds of young leftists, by playing along and pretending that Trump had announced a SCOTUS pick.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Virginia Churchgoers Come to Settlement With Gov. Northam to Lift Many COVID-19 Restrictions

Four Virginia men who filed a lawsuit against Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for his excessive COVID-19 restrictions placed on churches have come to a mutually agreeable settlement with the state.

Brian Hermsmeier, Joe Sansone, Mike Sharman, and Charlie Sheads took Northam to court over limitations the state had placed on churches and churchgoers that they felt were more restrictive than those placed on any other category of business or public gathering.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Virginia’s Governor, Wife Test Positive for Coronavirus

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and first lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for coronavirus.

“Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the governor and first lady will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms. The governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion,” the governor’s office said in a news release Friday.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Virginia Officials Try to Cancel President Trump’s Newport News Rally Tonight, Calling it a “Severe Public Health Threat”

President Trump is campaigning around the clock as we head into the final month before the election.

Meanwhile, feeble Biden is hiding in his basement.

Democrats are furious that President Trump is holding massive outdoor rallies so they are doing everything they can to cancel his events by using the old Covid excuse.

Covid has fizzled out across the nation, however, Virginia officials are trying to cancel President Trump’s Friday night rally in Newport News.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘Yes I’d Do it Again’: ‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ Speaks Out After Criminal Charges Filed for His Dan Ryan Protest

The man known as the “Dreadhead Cowboy” was surprised to be criminally charged with animal cruelty and said he’d consider carrying out more protests after riding his horse 7.5 miles on the Dan Ryan Expressway during rush hour earlier this week.

Adam Hollingsworth, who was charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to an animal and other misdemeanors stemming from his Monday ride, said during a press conference Thursday afternoon that he “had to make a statement” about the number of children who have been killed this year in Chicago.

“Would I do it again? Yes I’d do it again,” he said, explaining why he carried out the protest in support of the #KidsLivesMatter movement. “I’ve been in jail, I had a background, I’m not perfect … That was something worth going to jail for.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Burlington, Ont., Man Faces Terrorism Hoax Charge After Claiming to be ISIS Member

A 25-year-old Burlington, Ont., man who publicly discussed his role in ISIS and execution-style killings is now facing charges for allegedly lying about all of it.

After a lengthy investigation the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s O Division Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (OINSET) arrested him on Friday and charged him with hoax-terrorist activity.

As early as 2016, Shehroze Chaudhry posted on social media about his involvement with ISIS. When Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) saw the online posts, it released a bulletin about Chaudhry.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Almost 400 Czech Teachers Have Caught COVID-19 Since Schools Reopened

Ladislav Dusek, director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS), announced that in the first two weeks of September, almost 400 teachers in Czech schools became infected with COVID-19.

Dusek also stated that from the beginning of the epidemic until mid-September, workers in administration and engineering, the unemployed, and the self-employed were the groups that got infected most often.

The number of infected healthcare professionals has also grown significantly recently. According to data published by the Czech Medical Chamber, 259 physicians became infected up until September 19. However, just a month earlier it was four people. Among nurses, the number of people infected increased from three to 433 from August 20.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Czech PM Babis Discusses Migrantion and Coronavirus in Brussels, Asks for Better Communication With Epidemiologists

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his counterparts from the Visegrad Four met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, discussing topics such as the coronavirus pandemic, migration, and budget.

Before Andrej Babis left for Brussels on Thursday morning, he had told journalists that his priority is to discuss the new migration pact on redistribution of refugees presented by the European Commission on Wednesday.

The Visegrad Four wants the Union to put more emphasis on the fight against people smugglers.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Removes Hungarian Coronavirus Skeptic Pages

Facebook has banned some of Hungary’s most notable virus denier, virus skeptic, and anti-mask groups from its platform. The removal includes pharmacist-influencer Dr. Godény’s group called ‘Adherents to Normal Life,’ and Scientology-linked physician Gabor Lenkei’s page.

György Godény, who often appears in the media and has become one of the most notable figures among COVID skeptics, told his followers about the removal of his social media group called ‘Adherents to Normal Life’ in a Facebook post. In this, the once pharmacist turned vlogger Gödény, likens the situation to the ‘night of the long knives’ when Hitler killed his rivals.

Dr. Godény was also one of the main organizers of the recently held demonstration in Budapest against the government’s measures to counter the novel coronavirus’s spread.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

France: Paris Attack: Stabbing Near Charlie Hebdo Office ‘An Act of Terror’

A stabbing in Paris that left two people seriously injured is being treated as a terror attack, the French interior minister has said.

Gérald Darmanin said the attack near the former office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism”.

An eighteen-year-old man of Pakistani origin described as the main suspect was arrested near the scene.

Six other people are in custody and are being questioned, police said.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

German Minister: Lockdown Will Kill More Than COVID-19 Does

Germany’s Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Muller, has warned that lockdown measures throughout the globe will end up killing more people than the Coronavirus itself.

In an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, Muller warned that the response to the global pandemic has resulted in “one of the biggest” hunger and poverty crises in history.

Muller warned that further damage will be done if draconian measures continue to be enacted by governments.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Italians Love Freedom Too, Mattarella Says in Reply to Johnson

But seriousness is dear to us as well, says president

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 24 — Italian President Sergio Mattarella said Thursday that the Italian people cherish freedom as much as any other nation after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently put the UK’s rising COVID-19 infection rates down to the country’s superior love of liberty.

“We Italians love freedom too,” Mattarella told reporters during a visit to the Sardinian city of Sassari when asked about Johnson’s comments.

“But seriousness is dear to us as well”.

When asked in parliament on Tuesday why Germany and Italy were doing better at containing the virus, Johnson said: “there is an important difference between our country and many other countries around the world: our country is a freedom-loving country.

“If we look at the history of this country over the past 300 years, virtually every advance, from free speech to democracy, has come from this country,” he continued.

“It is difficult to ask the British population to uniformly obey guidelines in the way that is necessary”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Don’t Just Listen to Pharmaceutical Companies on COVID — Pope

Everyone’s contribution needed says Francis

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 23 — Pope Francis warned leaders against consulting only pharmaceutical companies as they seek to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The large pharmaceutical companies are listened to more than the healthcare workers employed on the front lines in hospitals or in refugee camps,” the pope said during his weekly general audience .

“This is not a good path.” “The contribution of individuals, of families, of associations, of businesses, or every intermediary body, and even of the Church, is decisive,” he said.

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Politico’s Orban Article is a Collection of Baseless Accusations, Say Officials

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga and government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said the Brussels edition of news portal Politico’s recent article on Prime Minister Viktor Orban was but a string of baseless accusations designed to discredit Hungary.

“Again, @politicoeurope strains to push this tired, liberal, anti-Orban narrative, abandoning objectivity, relying on the same leftist, irrational-liberal sources to make a ‘story’. These ppl don’t represent the European mainstream. Otherwise, we’ll take this as a compliment,” Kovacs wrote in a tweet.

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Pub Stasi: UK Rent-a-Mob Patrol Streets to Check if Bars Are Open

Images posted to Twitter show ‘COVID enforcers’ in London patrolling the streets peering into windows and letterboxes to ensure pubs and clubs are closed as part of the government’s draconian new coronavirus curfew.

As of last night, pubs and restaurants were required to close at 10pm, another crushing blow for the hospitality industry which is already on its knees thanks to COVID hysteria.

Newly empowered ‘Marshals’ and ‘Environmental Health Officers’ have been empowered to roam the streets looking for people violating social distancing rules.

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Report: UK Chief Scientific Adviser Owns £600,000 Worth of Shares in COVID Vaccine Manufacturer

The UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of shares in a company that has been contracted to develop a coronavirus vaccine for the government, a report has revealed.

The Telegraph notes that Vallance owns 43,000 shares in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) where he used to work as head of research and development.

Vallance previously accumulated 404,201 GSK shares, equating to a humongous £6.1 million in six years between 2012 to 2018, according to the report.

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UK: Officer Shot Dead at Croydon Police Station in London

A police officer has been shot and killed by a man being detained at Croydon Police Station in the south of London.

The officer, yet to be publicly identified, received treatment from paramedics at the scene of the shooting and was taken to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries.

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UK: Report: London Cop Killer Was ‘Known to Counter-Terrorism Police’

The man suspected of gunning down a “much-loved” custody sergeant in Croydon Police Station in London “was known to counter-terrorism police”, according to BBC sources.

The publicly-funded broadcaster’s home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, said it is “believed the suspect… was known to counter-terrorism police having been on their radar in the past” — although he added that London’s Metropolitan Police have not “officially confirmed” this.

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UK: Students Say They’re Being Treated Like ‘Prisoners’ Due to Draconian COVID Measures

Students at universities throughout the United Kingdom are being treated like ‘prisoners’ as draconian coronavirus rules mandate they eat alone, aren’t allowed to go out and are forced to cut themselves off from others or face suspension.

Interviews with students at Edinburgh University illustrate how overbearing the new rules are, with students being made to bring their own cutlery and eat alone at spaced out exam-style desks as the room is constantly patrolled by monitors ensuring they don’t violate the protocols.

“Now they have taken the takeaway option away and I’ve been told that everyone is forced to eat alone and not allowed to get up from their allocated table for more food or water,” said Liberty Phelan, who edits the student newspaper.

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UK: Van Morrison Set to Release Three Anti-Coronavirus Lockdown Protest Songs

Van Morrison will soon release three protest songs that slam the coronavirus lockdowns in the UK as being “fascist,” claiming they “enslave” the population.

Van Morrison, the Northern Irish singer behind such hits as “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Gloria,” is set to release the three coronavirus-themed songs over the next couple of weeks, called “No More Lockdown,” “As I Walked Out,” and “Born to Be Free.”

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Caroline Glick: Israel’s Cautionary Tale for Risk Averse Republicans

The battle over the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death drives home the extent to which judicial politics have become polarized, ugly and disruptive.

Some Republicans fighting for re-election in purple states, like Maine Senator Susan Collins, want to leave the seat vacant until after the November 3 elections. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prefer to have the fight now, while Republicans have the votes to confirm a conservative justice, rather than risk losing the opportunity on November 3.

This is not a minor dispute. How Republicans act now will have a major impact not only on the Court, but on the future of representative politics in America.

To understand the stakes involved, Republicans should consider Israel’s predicament. Today, a thoroughly politicized Supreme Court and an army of politicized government lawyers stand on the verge of destroying Israeli democracy.

It’s a complicated and convoluted tale. But a good place to being it, is with a seemingly esoteric story that flashed across Israeli local news for a few days last month…

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Japan Will Host Olympics in 2021 ‘As Proof That Humanity Has Defeated the Pandemic, ‘ PM Suga Vows at UN

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to prove the world’s triumph over Covid-19 with next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, telling the United Nations the games will be held safely after a year-long postponement.

Making his debut speech to the international body on Friday, Suga told the UN General Assembly that Japan is committed to “leave no one behind” amid the health crisis, and argued the 2021 Olympics will serve as a symbolic victory against the virus.

“In the summer of next year, Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic,” he said in the recorded message.

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Is This Proof Victoria’s Health Minister Knew About Private Guards? Bombshell Video Shows Jenny Mikakos Heard Security Would Man Hotel Quarantine Two Months Before She Recalled Finding Out

At an inquiry in the bungled quarantine program on Thursday, Ms Mikakos said she did not know private guards were enforcing the scheme until late May when the Rydges hotel suffered an outbreak.

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Melbourne Man Arrested for Anti-Lockdown Facebook Posts Pleads Not-Guilty, Plans to Fight Charges

During lockdowns, threats to civil liberties are increasing, and those that challenge the idea of lockdowns often have to do so online. And while social media censorship is one hurdle to overcome, in some states around the world, getting arrested for those online posts is an increasing likelihood.

One of the strictest and most invasive attempts at suppression of anti-lockdown ideas has been the Australian state of Victoria where arrests have been made.

Tony Pecora, a 43-year-old, was recently charged with two counts of incitement after anti-lockdown posts on Facebook and encouraging people to protest.

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Two Months After He Forced Victoria Into the World’s Harshest Lockdown, Dan Andrews Finally Issues a Last-Minute Apology for the Disastrous Quarantine Fiasco (After Almost Two Hours of Saying He Doesn’t Know Anything About What Happened)

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has told an inquiry into the COVID-19 hotel quarantine fiasco that he too does not know who made the decision to employ private security guards.

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Victorian Health Minister Sensationally Quits Just a Day After Daniel Andrews Pointed the Finger at Her Over the Hotel Quarantine Debacle — and Takes a Stinging Swipe at the Premier on Her Way Out

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has resigned from parliament.

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31 Christians Freed From Prison in Eritrea

At least 31 Christians have been released from prison in Eritrea. The government may be releasing prisoners as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Eritrea outlawed all religions outside of Sunni Islam, The Eritrean Orthodox Church, Roman Catholicism, and the Lutheran Church in 2002. Those who worship in unregistered churches are considered enemies of the state.

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France Endorses New EU Migration Pact

France’s interior minister Gerald Darmanin on Thursday issued a statement in support of the European Commission’s new pact on migration and asylum. “Each member state must do its part in a common effort, whether it is relocations or other exceptional measures through other types of mandatory contributions,” he said.

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France to Take in 1,000 Greece-Based Migrants

“France will welcome around 1,000 people, half of whom are minors,” said France’s European affairs minister Clement Beaune. He had also told French broadcaster RTL that they will take in 500 unaccompanied minors from Moria, the EU hotspot on the Greek island of Lesbos. “France has already made a precise commitment for 350 minors and we are going to make a commitment for 150 more minors,” he said.

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France Demands Brussels Force Every EU Nation to Take Third World Migrants

France has demanded that every EU country be forced to take in a share of illegal immigrants arriving on European soil.

Speaking to France Inter on Wednesday, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin asserted that “the migration question can only be settled at the European level” and that every EU nation must share the burden of resettling third world migrants.

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Greece to Recruit 800 New Border Guards After Turks Push Migrants to Frontier

Greek Minister of Civil Protection Michalis Chrysochoidis has revealed that another 400 border guards will be recruited to man the border in addition to the 400 previously announced by the government.

Minister Chrysochoidis made the announcement on Tuesday during a visit to the Evros border region and was welcomed by local vice mayor Dimitris Petrovic, who took to Facebook to thank the minister for increasing the contingent of border guards.

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Hungary is the Least Accepting of Migrants After North Macedonia

Hungary comes in second place after North Macedonia as the least accepting country in the world for migrants, according to the second Migration Acceptance Index compiled by polling institute Gallup in 2019.

The first index was compiled in 2016 and has shown that in three years global attitude toward migrants has sunk dramatically in some cases, the agency said in a recent press release.

“Since Gallup’s first measure of people’s acceptance of migrants in 2016 and 2017, and the signing of the Global Compact on Migration in 2018, people’s acceptance of migrants has declined globally, and people are even further apart in some countries than they were before” the institute said. “These divides underscore the challenges that remain as the world, and the future of migration policy, both try to find their footing in the post-COVID-19-pandemic world.”

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Poland: ‘Brussels Might Try to Introduce Migrant Relocation Through a Back Door, ‘ Warns MEP Beata Kempa

Brussels may try to implement migration relocation schemes through the back door, warns Polish Law and Justice (PiS) MEP Beata Kempa following the latest European Commission migration pact proposal, the details of which were announced on Wednesday.

Kempa, who is the former minister for humanitarian aid affairs and a current MEP, will be a “shadow reporter” of the European Parliament’s work on legislation concerning the migrant return directive which is an essential part of the migration package proposal.

“The most important component among all of this is that the agreements which were meant to fulfil the mandatory migrant relocation program went bankrupt. It turned out that Poland was 100 percent right in rejecting these solutions,” she declared.

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Poland’s President Says Migrants Should Stay Close to Their Countries

WARSAW (Reuters) — Migrants fleeing conflict should stay as close as possible to their home countries, Poland’s president said on Friday, criticising proposals for an overhaul of the European Union’s migration and asylum rules.

“For the sake of those countries from which these people are escaping war today, they need to be as close to their borders as possible in order to have the greatest possible enthusiasm and motivation to come back and rebuild them,” President Andrzej Duda told public broadcaster TVP Info.

He criticized proposals for the EU to distribute migrants among member countries, saying that Poland opposed being forced to receive migrants and migrants having no choice in their destination.

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Quarantined Migrants Grow Angry, Set Fires in Italian Hotel

Migrants housed in a Sicilian hotel set fires in the accommodation to protest against anti-coronavirus measures.

The Villa Sant’Andrea hotel, located in the town of Valderice, has been used to quarantine migrants to prevent the spread of the Wuhan virus. Italy has struggled to find places to isolate the newly-arrived migrants as numbers continue to surge.

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UK: Home Office Apologises for Lack of Consultation on Barracks Housing for Migrants

The Home Office has apologised for a lack of consultation over plans to house migrants at a military barracks in Kent.

About 400 people will be housed at Napier Barracks in Folkestone as the Government struggles to find beds for large numbers of migrants arriving on small boats.

The converted military facility is set to house more people than any other Home Office “initial accommodation site”.

More details about the controversial plans for the Kent barracks emerged at a virtual public meeting on Friday, held in response to concerns from the local community.

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BC Party Leader Supported J.K Rowling Against Rape Threats, Forced to Resign After Trans Activist Outrage

The British Columbia Ecosocialists party leader, Stuart Parker, has resigned as a result of backlash after he supported J.K Rowling.

On September 12, Nicola Spurling, a leader of the BC Green party and its candidate in the 2017 provincial election, posted on Facebook that she was disappointed with Judy Graves, who was once an advocate for homelessness, for supporting J.K Rowling.

The Harry Potter author has been vocal about her beliefs that activists are trying to remove the idea of biological sex and has been facing backlash by those activists for her views.

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EC Permits Profanation of Polish National Flag With LGBT Rainbow

Leftist activists displayed an image of the Polish national emblem in LGBT colors on the façade of the Head Quater of the European Commission in Brussels. The Campaign Against Homophobia (Polish non-governmental organization) is responsible for the operation on September 22.

Apart from showing the Polish flag and emblem in LGBT colors, the activists also displayed slogans calling for action against the supposed “LGBT-free zones” in Poland.

Recently, leading global politicians including Ursula von der Leyen and Joe Biden have spread misinformation about such “zones”.

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Google Stifles Growing YouTube Competitor LBRY by Banning it From Play Store for Pedantic Reasons

Google Play has suddenly suspended LBRY, a decentralized, censorship-resistant YouTube alternative, that has been growing rapidly and had over 100,000 app downloads.

The app was suspended after Google claimed an image of a comedic scene from a short film that contained no explicit nudity was in violation of its “Sexual Content and Profanity” policy.

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Lizzo Claims ‘Body Positivity’ Movement is Being Taken Over by White Girls Who Aren’t Fat Enough

Pop star Lizzo has complained that the ‘body positivity’ movement is being hijacked by white girls who aren’t large enough.

Yes, really.

In an interview with Vogue, the singer said that the ‘fat acceptance’ crusade has become too “mainstream” and too white.

“It’s commercialized,” she claimed. “Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body positive’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls. And I feel no ways about that, because inclusivity is what my message is always about.”

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Soros/Gates-Funded Org Says World May Need ‘Climate Lockdown’

Liberal billionaire George Soros had said the pandemic was providing a “revolutionary moment.”

Now Project Syndicate (PS), a group funded by Soros and fellow liberal billionaire Bill Gates, is peddling a tyrannical proposal.

Specifically, the group is pushing an eco-extremist idea that the world may need a “climate lockdown” to preempt climate change unless we have a “green economic transformation.”

In a piece headlined “Avoiding a Climate Lockdown,” author Mariana Mazzucato propagandized that, “The world is approaching a tipping point on climate change when protecting the future of civilization will require dramatic interventions.”

According to Mazzucato, “Avoiding this scenario will require a green economic transformation — and thus a radical overhaul of corporate governance, finance, policy, and energy systems.”

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U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Bar Transgender Athletes From Women’s Sports

Five U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would bar biologically male, transgender athletes from competing in girls’ sports at a high school level.

Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, Mike Lee of Utah, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, James Lankford of Oklahoma, and Tom Cotton of Arkansas introduced the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act” on Tuesday. The bill amends Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to clarify that the definition of “sex” is based on “reproductive biology and genetics at the time of birth.”

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