Rock Throwing ‘Teens’ Kill Man on Interstate

Authorities say several teens are in custody and being questioned in connection to the throwing of a rock off an I-75 overpass which killed a 32-year-old Michigan man.

Kenneth Andrew White, 32, of Mount Morris Township, was in a van Wednesday heading south on I-75 when the windshield was struck by a large rock in Vienna Township, police said. The rock went through the windshield and hit White, who was in the passenger seat. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Authorities said four other cars were struck with large rocks and were waiting for police to arrive when the van was hit. No other injuries were reported.

Officials said it’s been an intense homicide investigation. They are asking for information from anyone who has heard anything about the incident. (Read more from “Rock Throwing Teens Kill Man on Interstate” HERE)

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DACA Deal ‘Existential’ Threat to U.S.

An activist group that has helped defeat several amnesty bills says the White House’s new 70-point immigration plan – which asks for concessions from Democrats in exchange for allowing “Dreamers” to stay in the U.S. – would be the death of the nation.

The White House proposal – seeking to fulfill promises that got Trump elected – includes completing the border wall, more deportation agents and cracking down on sanctuary cities, chain migration, unaccompanied minors and visa overstays.

Among its 70 points are 39 improvements to enforcement and 27 regarding border security. At least four more address the legal immigration system.

“Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems,” a White House source told the Washington Times. “If you don’t solve these problems then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.” (Read more from “DACA Deal ‘Existential’ Threat to U.S.” HERE)

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California Hepatitis A Outbreak on Verge of Epidemic

The California hepatitis A outbreak is on the verge of reaching statewide epidemic status, as cases have spread through homeless tent cities from San Diego north to Sacramento.

California health officials have reported that at least 569 people have been infected with the hepatitis A liver disease and 17 have died since a San Diego County outbreak was first identified in November. Cases have migrated north to homeless populations in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Sacramento over the last 11 months.

Although local and state authorities have tried to underplay the risks and severity of the outbreak, the most recent annual totals for cases of hepatitis A in the United States was 1,390 in 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). California only reported 179 cases during the same year. (Read more from “California Hepatitis A Outbreak on Verge of Epidemic” HERE)

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Trump Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary

President Donald Trump observed the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks Monday, his first presidential remembrance of the attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

The president, joined by the first lady, called the occasion “extraordinary.”

“Our values will endure. Our people will thrive,” Trump said, speaking at the Pentagon in tribute to those who perished there on 9/11. “Our nation will prevail and the memory of our loved ones will never, ever die.”

Trump, alongside Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, spoke to America’s strength in the face of hardship.

“The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit, but America cannot be intimidated,” Trump said. “And those who try will soon join the long list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle.” (Read more from “Trump Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary” HERE)

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Mysterious Jets Over Philly Were Actually Saudi Arabian Aircraft

We’re learning more about the five planes flying in formation Monday night over the Philadelphia and South Jersey area.

A spokesperson for the FAA told KYW Newsradio on Monday that the group of jets flying in formation was a “military operation.” . . .

We now know they were Saudi Arabian aircraft headed back home by way of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County, according to officials at the base.

A Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst spokeswoman says they were four fighter jets and a refueling tanker.

She says they were making a planned stop at the base after military exercises at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. (Read more from “Mysterious Jets Over Philly Were Actually Saudi Arabian Aircraft” HERE)

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Unmasked: 11 Antifa Mugshots Guaranteed to Make Your Blood Boil

Berkeley Police released mugshots Tuesday of 11 of the 13 persons arrested at Sunday’s violent political riots in the California university town . . .

The rallies Sunday saw approximately 4,000 Antifa agitators and other leftists shut down a “No to Marxism” rally and prayer vigil being held by about 400 conservative Christians. The leftists took over Martin Luther King Jr. Park near the University of California Berkeley campus and beat several of the anti-Marxist protesters.

One officer was injured while making an arrest, and several others were struck with paint and bottles.

The San Francisco Chronicle, a mainstream, left-leaning newspaper, had reporters on the scene Sunday and described the rally as follows, referring to the Antifa crowd as anarchists:

“The masked counterprotesters, often referred to as antifa or antifascists, significantly outnumbered the people who had come for the rally, many of whom wore red clothing indicating support for President Trump. The anarchists chased away the right-wingers, and in one case four or five pummeled a man with fists and sticks before a radio host for Reveal, Al Letson, jumped in to shield the victim. Anarchists also attacked reporters who documented their actions.” (Read more from “Unmasked: 11 Antifa Mugshots Guaranteed to Make Your Blood Boil” HERE)

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Admits Heavy Policing Kept Violence at Bay

Baltimore’s state attorney and the city’s police commissioner admitted that police officers using heavy policing tactics in the past helped keep Baltimore’s murder count down.

Baltimore is currently struggling with one of its highest murder counts in years, something that could have been influenced by a change in policing tactics, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis implicitly acknowledged in an exclusive interview with the Baltimore Sun Wednesday.

Years ago, the city had tamped down on the violence and brought the homicides down to less than 200 in a year by using “heavy handed police tactics” that are now frowned upon, the two noted in the interview. (Read more from “Baltimore Police Commissioner Admits Heavy Policing Kept Violence at Bay” HERE)

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Schumer Inadvertently Reveals Democrats Number 1 Worry

In a head-spinningly illogical non-sequitur, top Democratic U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer has managed to reveal what his party is most worried about from the Trump administration.

That would be the Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity, which President Trump established by executive order in May.

But Schumer insisted Thursday that Trump dismantle his commission dedicated to investigating voter fraud. What reason did he cite?

Well, you see, it all has to do with white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Charlottesville.

In a post on the Medium website, headlined “After Charlottesville, It’s Time to End the Assault on Voting Rights,” Schumer wrote: “Under the guise of voter fraud, which experts agree is practically non-existent, conservative forces in the administration, cheered on by white-supremacy-stoking publications like Breitbart News, are reviving the old playbook of disenfranchising minority voters. (Read more from “Schumer Inadvertently Reveals Democrats Number 1 Worry” HERE)

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The New Face of Islamic State Terror Is a 10-Year-Old American Boy

A new face of the Islamic State is a 10-year-old American boy the terror army claims came to Syria two years ago with his mother from the United States.

In a new ISIL propaganda video, the boy is identified as an American citizen named “Yusuf” and says he is the son of a U.S. service member who deployed to Iraq.

“This battle is not going to end in Raqqa or Mosul. It’s going to end in your lands,” the boy says.

He looks straight at the camera lens to deliver an anti-Donald Trump diatribe, speaking in what sounds like Americanized English. He is shown living among the residences and destruction of Raqqa, the central Syrian city that ISIL claimed as the capital of its Muslim caliphate.

Scenes depict him with a male friend, Abdallah, 7, horsing around at home, walking among the rubble and learning how to fire a sniper rifle. (Read more from “The New Face of Islamic State Terror Is a 10-Year-Old American Boy” HERE)

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Time to Relieve Pacific Command? Another US Destroyer in Collision, This One Much Further South Than Reported, Near Disputed Chinese Base

By Bernard Betancourt. On Sunday August 20th at approximately 6:24 A.M. Japan time, the Liberian Flagged MV Alnic MC (Alnic) collided with the USS John McCain. Initial assessments from the Pacific Command are that the Alnic’s bow, its forward-most section, hit the USS McCain’s aft port side (left side near the back end of the ship) approximately 150 miles east from the Straights of Malacca, and about 100 miles from shore (based on data from The collision occurred in the morning, at or near sunrise under partly cloudy skies and minimal sea conditions.

There are numerous issues that will require thorough investigation, but what’s obvious now is that accident occurred in open waters. And importantly, the USS McCain was much further south than the initial headline-grabbing naval operations originally stated. In fact, the collision occurred near the disputed South China Sea Islands where China has already built one base. Also nearby is Mischief Reef, about 100 miles from the coast of the Philippines. This location is where a new base is currently under consideration for construction by the Chinese.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In this situation let’s begin with the ugly. Ten US sailors are missing, and five are injured. That alone should be cause for pause. If the issue of strict maritime law plays out, right-of-way is going to be a major factor in determining fault and for the most part all parties will be held responsible in one way or another. Plus, one could ask why the USS McCain was that far south to begin with when their supposed operations were well to the northeast of the collision.

There really is no good news, but at least it appears at first blush that the USS McCain was likely not at fault. Based upon the Collision Regulations and the subsection on “Rules of the Road,” it appears the Liberian-flagged ship is likely to blame. But again, nothing can spin a real positive in the face of multiple US casualties.

Here’s the really bad news: US warships are designed to emit a minimal radar signature in order to evade radar detection. Additionally, a grey colored ship can be difficult to spot under certain weather conditions. They also typically operate with minimal running lights, which can be an issue when close encounters happen. The USS McCain just like the USS Fitzgerald collision two months ago was the far more maneuverable vessel. When the investigation occurs, this will likely be taken into account. An oil tanker is in a difficult situation, especially in a crossing situation. This scenario can get the USS McCain crew into hot water.

With the McCain collision unfolding just two months after the USS Fitzgerald Collision with the MV ACX Crystal, scrutiny needs to be applied to the upper echelons of US Pacific Command. Substandard training may be part of the problem, as one active-duty Navy officer expressed concern to Fox News over the training of young Navy officers aboard ships: “It’s not the same level of training you used to get.”

Incredibly, the McCain collision marks the fourth mishap for U.S. Navy ships in the Pacific since February. Aside from the USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald incidents, the Navy cruiser USS Antietam ran aground dumping over 1,000 gallons of oil in Tokyo Bay in February. In May, another cruiser, USS Lake Champlain, hit a South Korean fishing vessel. At minimum, Trump should seriously consider a change of command for the Pacific Fleet.


Pacific Command: Destroyer Sailing Under its Own Power

By Ryan Pickrell. The USS John McCain sustained damage after colliding with a merchant vessel Monday, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet public affairs office.

The American Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer was involved in a collision with the Alnic MC, an oil tanker several times larger than the U.S. naval vessel, while operating east of Singapore, near the Strait of Malacca. Initial reports indicate that the ship suffered damage to its port side. Search and rescue operations are underway. “Our first priority is determining the safety of the ship and crew. As more information is learned, we will share it,” Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said on Twitter.

The ship is sailing under its own power back to port while crew members fight flooding in multiple compartments, a possible sign that a decent-sized hole may have been punched in the ship’s hull. The Singaporean navy and coast guard are assisting U.S. naval vessels and aircraft with search and rescue. The extent of the damage is unclear at this time, but the Navy assesses that 10 sailors are missing and five are injured. (Read more from “US Destroyer Sustains Damage in Collision With Massive Oil Tanker” HERE)

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