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Mark Hamill has eyebrow-raising opinion on ‘the best president we’ve ever had’

Actor Mark Hamill of “Star Wars” fame made the eyebrow-raising claim that President “Joe Biden is the best president we’ve ever had.”

The post from Hamill, who played the character Luke Skywalker in multiple “Star Wars” films, has earned nearly 7 million views so far on X.

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“Not satire,” Seth Dillon, CEO of the satire site the Babylon Bee, wrote when retweeting Hamill’s post.

“The galactic level of delusion or dishonesty necessary to even form that sentence Is gobsmacking,” Jim Hanson wrote in response to Hamill’s post.

“Hollywood liberals like Mark Hamill think regular Americans are stupid. All it takes is one trip to the gas station or grocery store to know Joe Biden is a horrible President,” Brigitte Gabriel wrote.

“The Last Jedi is the worst Stars Wars movie we’ve ever had,” Stephen Miller tweeted.

“Worst Jedi mind trick ever,” John Cooper wrote.

Hamill, who is an outspoken Trump opponent, tweeted on April 1, “I was thinking of posting that I’ve changed my mind & decided to join the MAGA crowd, then I remembered how much I dislike April Fool’s jokes.”

“I voted for four more years of an orange-free Oval Office,” he wrote in a March 5 tweet, adding the hashtag “#BidenHarris2024”

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‘Fixed it for you’: Chip Roy fires back after WSJ editorial board brands him and others ‘The GOP Isolationist Caucus’

Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas fired back in response to a Wall Street Journal editorial board piece titled “The GOP Isolationist Caucus.”

According to the piece, Roy and 13 other House Republicans voted across the board against four of the bills that passed in the House on Saturday.

The WSJ editorial board, which dubbed the list of the 14 House Republicans “the dishonor roll,” claimed that the nation and the GOP “dodged a geopolitical disaster on Saturday with the House passage of military aid to allies in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.”

“‘Opinion – The GOP anti-open borders, anti-debt, & anti-Hamas caucus.’ Fixed it for you… but you won’t care because you are fine with (unpaid for) war & cheap labor (on the welfare state), Americans be damned,” Roy tweeted.

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In a statement about his votes, Roy said, “For months, House Republicans — specifically, Speaker Mike Johnson — have been unequivocal that we would not send billions in additional aid to Ukraine without securing our own border first. This package represents a complete reversal of a position that previously unified the Republican conference, despite the clear and present danger the southern border represents to U.S. national security.”

Regarding his vote against a bill related to Israel aid, Roy said in the statement that “the Israel aid package was paired to gain Democrat support with over $9 billion in humanitarian aid to Gaza and other areas, which will certainly and inevitably find its way into the hands of Hamas — effectively funding both sides of the war and undermining Israel.”

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Transgender registered sex offender tried to grab kid at elementary school in Colorado, police say

A transgender man allegedly tried to kidnap a child at an elementary school in Colorado, and police said that he was a registered sex offender.

The Aurora Police Department said officers were called to the Black Forest Hills Elementary School on Friday over the incident.

Investigators say 33-year-old Solomon Galligan got onto school property and approached a group of children. He allegedly tried to grab a young boy before fleeing from the school. Police are unsure what prompted him to leave on his own.

He was later arrested by police and charged with attempted kidnapping. Galligan is being held at the Aurora Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

The mother of the child Galligan allegedly tried to kidnap spoke to KCNC-TV about the boy.

“This has changed his life forever, and my life,” said Miranda Ayala. “He was touched by somebody else who walked up onto a field at school at recess with other adults that should’ve been taking care of my son.”

She says that her child told police he smelled like alcohol and had a white powder on his face.

Other parents told KCNC that they were upset at the school for not being as transparent as it should have been to the parents about the incident.

School officials tried to reassure parents in an email saying they had increased security at the elementary school.

“We take all safety concerns very seriously and have launched an investigation into the incident that happened Friday,” read a statement from a school spokesperson. “We are committed to being transparent and accountable to our community, and the school is in communication with families.”

Ayala says that the school officials who were supposed to protecting the children were distracted by their phones. They were alerted by other children yelling, “Stranger danger!”

“It was these kids who saved my son’s life,” she added.

The Daily Mail reported that Galligan had documented his gender transition in 2012.

‘So I’m starting my hormone shots and I really can’t wait I’m on my hormone pills I’ve been on them for almost 4 months,’ Galligan wrote at the time.

He had been convicted of nonconsensual sexual contact in Denver and failed to register as a sex offender.

Here’s a local news report about the incident:

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Three boys arrested for assaulting homeless man; one is only 12 years old, according to California police

Three young boys were arrested after witnesses told California police they were assaulting a homeless man on Saturday.

The Long Beach Police Department said that they were called to downtown Long Beach near Pacific Avenue and 1st Street over a call of assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said the three boys had gotten into a verbal altercation with the homeless man at about 6:25 p.m. and then began to beat him with tent poles and a tripod. They also allegedly threw objects at the man.

As officers arrived, the juveniles ran away from the scene, but police said they were able to identify them and detain them.

Video showed police putting the smallest of the boys, who was 12 years old, in handcuffs and into a police cruiser. The other two boys were reportedly 14 years old and 15 years old.

The three are facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime. Their identities were not released due to their ages.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries to his upper body. He was treated by paramedics and declined to be taken to a hospital.

The homeless crisis is worsening in California, where it’s considered the worst in the nation, according to some reports. The Golden State accounts for the largest homeless population in the nation, which some estimates put at 30% of the homeless population.

That crisis has led to crime by homeless people and against homeless people. In one recent alarming incident, a homeless man allegedly punched a 6-year-old without provocation in the middle of the day in Santa Monica. She was not seriously injured, and the man was arrested after a second assault on a 7-year-old child.

Christina Tullock, a friend of the family of the 6-year-old who was assaulted, issued a warning to those wanting to visit California for fun.

“Don’t come to Venice or Los Angeles, it’s not safe if you have children or elderly people with you,” said Tullock to KTTV-TV. “Don’t come visit us, it is not under control.”

The average home in Long Beach sells for about $840k according to Zillow.

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John Fetterman endorses the idea of Mitt Romney for Harvard president

American Jewish Congress president Daniel Rosen wrote an opinion piece suggesting GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah for the position of Harvard University president. And now, Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania has endorsed the idea.

“As an alumnus of Harvard, and after this mad season of antisemitism at Columbia, I co-sign. This former Governor of Massachusetts doesn’t need a paycheck, but Harvard and its academic peers needs to recalibrate from far-left orthodoxy,” Fetterman stated in a tweet.

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Romney, who has been serving as a senator since 2019, announced last year that he would not seek re-election. His term ends in early 2025. The Republican politician, who was the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, lost that election to Democratic President Barack Obama. Romney has previously served as governor of Massachusetts.

In the piece titled “Harvard is in an almighty mess. Let Mitt Romney clean it up,” Rosen wrote, “Romney has the moral courage and independence to identify the root sources of antisemitism at the university, address the decline in Jewish student applications and enrollment, and teach a new generation of young adults the importance of mutual tolerance and civilized coexistence.”

“Mitt Romney has what it takes to lead Harvard in once again engaging in the kind of open discourse needed for every student — regardless of race, religion or orientation — to feel part of the university community,” Rosen wrote.

Fetterman has been outspoken in supporting Israel and condemning Hamas in the wake of the horrific attacks in Israel last year when terrorists raped, slaughtered, and kidnapped. Fetterman has pointed out that if Hamas would release the kidnapping victims and surrender, “the death, destruction, and misery in Gaza would end right now.”

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PA DA says woman will not face charges after shooting and killing home intruder in her basement: ‘She did nothing wrong’

A Pennsylvania district attorney says a woman who shot and killed a home intruder will not face charges because of the Castle Doctrine state law.

Beaver Falls police said a woman was alerted by the sounds of a door slamming and glass breaking in her basement on Wednesday in the middle of the night at about 5 p.m.

She armed herself with her 9mm handgun and went downstairs to investigate and found a stranger in her basement.

“The door to her basement opened and there stands this guy who she had no idea who he was, and she ended up shooting him three times and killing him,” said Beaver County District Attorney Nate Bible to KDKA-TV.

The woman showed KDKA the small basement window that the alleged intruder broke in order to get inside of her home. She told police she had never met the man before.

KDKA asked Bible whether the woman did the right thing.

“I think so. In that situation from a legal standpoint, yes, she did nothing wrong,” he responded. “If someone enters your house, they are making that conscious decision. They are there to steal from you or hurt you in other ways. You have that right to protect yourself and use deadly force.”

Bible also said that the woman had a legal right to own the gun. She was questioned by police about the incident and then released.

Police later identified the alleged home intruder as 49-year-old Brent Alan Farmer.

KDKA asked Bible what people could do to protect themselves if they don’t have a gun.

“There are classes to learn self-defense, get a big dog to help you,” he replied. “Outside of having a firearm, anything can be used as a weapon.”

Beaver Falls Police and Beaver County detectives are still investigating the incident.

The city of Beaver Falls has about 9,000 residents and is located about 31 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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‘The Ukrainian-Russian border is our border,’ Democrat declares while advocating US aid to Ukraine

During remarks before the House passed a Ukraine aid bill on Saturday, Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia passionately advocated for the U.S. to green-light assistance for the Eastern European nation.

After noting that some people say that the U.S. needs to address its border first, Connolly said, “The Ukrainian-Russian border is our border. It’s the border between depraved autocracy and freedom-loving people seeking our democratic way of life.” He said, “We must meet this test today. We must stand with Ukraine.”

In response to Connolly’s comment, GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida tweeted, “No it isn’t.”

“Nope, it sure isn’t,” Republican Rep. Kat Cammack of Florida tweeted.

GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia described Connolly’s claim as “the America Last Uniparty in a nutshell.”

“This has got to be a joke!!! This is offensive to all Americans,” Republican Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina tweeted.

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The House passed the Ukraine aid bill on Saturday in a 311-112 vote. All 112 of the votes against the measure came from Republicans.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy heralded the House’s passage of the bill.

“I am grateful to the United States House of Representatives, both parties, and personally Speaker Mike Johnson for the decision that keeps history on the right track,” he noted in a post on X. “Democracy and freedom will always have global significance and will never fail as long as America helps to protect it. The vital U.S. aid bill passed today by the House will keep the war from expanding, save thousands and thousands of lives, and help both of our nations to become stronger.”

The Senate is expected to vote on a package that rolls the Ukraine aid together with other items. President Joe Biden has indicated that he plans to sign it.

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VIDEO: Woman struck by out-of-control car at illegal takeover was carried away by pedestrians, LAPD says she may be dead

The Los Angeles Police Department is looking for a woman who was violently struck at an illegal street takeover as seen on a viral video on social media.

Street takeovers have plagued cities as car enthusiasts race their vehicles and skid in circles in intersections dangerously close to spectators who record on their cellphones.

Police said the video came from a takeover on April 13 at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and San Pedro Street in the Florence neighborhood of south L.A. A driver was “conducting dangerous maneuvers known as donuts,” with an Infinity G37, according to police, when they lost control and slammed into the crowd.

The woman appeared to be unconscious and bleeding from her head after it hit the pavement. Police said the driver fled and some spectators carried the injured woman away.

The condition of the woman is unknown.

The LAPD South Traffic Division says they are trying to identify the woman who was struck in the video and so far, their efforts have been met with no success.

“We’ve checked in with the coroner’s office, our missing persons, I think these guys even tried using some facial recognition software to try and identify this person, and so far, we’ve struck out everywhere,” said LAPD Detective Ryan Moreno at a media briefing.

No hospitals reported admitting a young woman with head injuries about that time either. He went on to say that investigators have been able to obtain some information that leads them to believe she may be dead.

“We started monitoring some of the chatter in that street racing world and some of our investigators from street racing task-force intercepted some chatter that would leave us to believe that there’s a slight change that this girl might be deceased,” Moreno added.

“We don’t know who she is, where she is, or how seriously her injuries are,” he said.

Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver.

Law enforcement officials caution race fans from attending or participating in street takeovers. In one lethal incident from St. Petersburg, Florida, a 13-year-old boy was struck by a racing motorcycle and killed as he attended the illegal event with his father.

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Violent suspect allegedly breaks into LA mayor’s home a week after mayor brags she’s ‘lowered crime’

Just a week after Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass bragged during the State of the City address that her administration had “lowered crime,” a man broke into Bass’ home while residents were inside. The suspect in the case is a man with a history of violence.

Around 6:40 a.m. on Sunday, LAPD responded to an alarm at the Getty House, the official residence of the Los Angeles mayor. According to reports, 29-year-old Ephraim Hunter had broken a window to gain entry to the residence and may have even made his way to the second floor of the home before police arrived.

Hunter was reportedly arrested without incident and is expected to be charged with first-degree burglary soon. He remains in custody on a bail of $100,000.

Though Bass was home at the time of the break-in, thankfully, she was not hurt, and no items were stolen.

“Let me just say first of all, I am fine. My family is fine. And we are going to do everything we can to keep Angelenos safe. I believe our budget makes significant contributions and investments toward keeping Angelenos safe,” Bass said at a press conference on Monday.

Bass and her family may have been lucky as the suspect in the case has already been convicted of a violent crime in Massachusetts. Back in 2015, Hunter and three others were accused of beating a man unconscious with a hammer and another instrument in a van near Boston.

Hunter, who is originally from Massachusetts, was eventually convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to serve five to seven years. Whether he served his full sentence is unclear. His mother, Josephine Duaa, indicated to the L.A. Times that he had moved to L.A. to get a fresh start but had likely been “smoking” a drug recently and may have become “scared.”

“He needs some help,” Duaa said. “Somebody please help him; he’s gonna lose his mind.”

Last week, during her 2024 State of the City address, Bass used the topic of crime to promote her accomplishments while in office. “Violent crime and homicides were down in 2023,” she insisted.

“We’ve lowered crime.”

She claimed that the reduction in crime was made possible because her administration has focused “on preventing crime and interrupting the cycles of violence.”

Two years ago, when Bass was a congresswoman and running for mayor, two men broke into her private residence and stole two firearms. The suspects in the case later pled no contest to burglary and grand theft charges, CNN reported.

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WATCH: Megyn Kelly has BLISTERING response to Biden’s Title IX revisions

Joe Biden has failed women once again with new Title IX amendments that largely overhaul Trump-era rules. Title IX, which was intended to protect women in athletics, will now pave the way for female athletes to continue being overpowered by trans competitors, as Biden’s new rules stipulate more protections for LGBTQ+ students. The rules state that students cannot be discriminated against for sexual orientation or “gender identity,” although a mandate on whether trans athletes can be barred from competing in the division opposite of their biological sex remains undecided.

The changes also target the way sexual harassment and sexual assault are defined and how due process is conducted. Per Biden’s revisions, the definitions of sexual harrassment and sexual assault will be expanded, and alleged victims will no longer be required to attend live hearings or cross examinations where they would otherwise have to face the accused.

Megyn Kelly, who Dave Rubin says is “loud and proud and hear me roar” in all the right ways, had something to say about Biden’s revisions as well as her voting history.

“I voted for Donald Trump to prevent things like this,” she said. “What Joe Biden just did to women’s rights and Title IX and due process for young men on college campuses and free speech — I was horrified.”

“I’m ashamed of him! I’m disgusted at you, Miguel Cardona. Shame on you,” she spat. “Your daughter … will now have to go into [a] college bathroom, [a] college locker room and be faced with men posing as women — many of whom are only there because they get off on wearing women’s clothing … and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.”

“It’s direct, and it’s true,” says Dave.

Even though “Donald Trump has gone after [Megyn] personally,” she is still “endorsing [him] for 2024” as she did in 2020.

“It wasn’t about me,” she said. “It was about my concern for this country and my children and what was happening in particular in [the transgender] culture lane but in other lanes as well.”

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Rep. Ilhan Omar’s daughter learns the hard way that actions have consequences after arrest at anti-Israel Columbia protest

Isra Hirsi, the 21-year-old daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), is not happy that her actions have consequences.

Last week, Hirsi was one of more than 100 students arrested for setting up and participating in the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” on Columbia University’s campus.

The anti-Israel protest remains ongoing, forcing Columbia to cancel in-person classes on Monday. The protest, moreover, is reportedly threatening the safety of Jewish students. On Sunday, Rabbi Elie Buechler, a prominent Jewish leader who works at the university, said police “cannot guarantee Jewish students’ safety in the face of extreme antisemitism and anarchy.”

After her arrest, Hirsi revealed she had been suspended from Columbia University’s Barnard College, a consequence that school leaders warned of the day before the arrest.

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In a new interview with Teen Vogue, Hirsi explained the panic that set in after she learned the consequences of her actions are real.

“When I got to 1 Police Plaza, my roommates had brought me a bag of clothes because they knew that I was likely evicted. We were reading our email and it said we had 15 minutes to go get our s*** if we wanted it, and we’d have to go with a public safety escort,” Hirsi said.

“I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that.’ But I was a little bit frantic, like, ‘Where am I going to sleep? Where am I gonna go?’ And also all of my s*** is thrown in a random lot. It’s pretty horrible,” she added.

According to Hirsi, she hasn’t been officially banned from campus or expelled, but she is suspended.

“I don’t know when I can go home, and I don’t know if I ever will be able to,” she said. “I haven’t formally been evicted. I haven’t been sent a ‘move out’ email, but they’ve just said that I can’t get in, whatever that means. I have like four shirts, two pairs of pants.”

“I cannot go to the dining hall. I sent them an email like, ‘Hey, I rely on campus for my meals, I rely on my dining plan,’ and they were like, Oh, you can come pick up a prepackaged bag of food, a full 48 hours after I was suspended. There was no food support, no nothing,” Hirsi explained of her consequences.

Despite her comments, Hirsi is not homeless, and she is not going hungry. She is, after all, the daughter of a sitting congresswoman.

That congresswoman, on the other hand, is “enormously proud” of her daughter for “pushing her school to stand against genocide.”

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Nonprofit allegedly misuses taxpayer funds to buy illegal migrants plane tickets to ‘destination of their choice’

A nonprofit organization allegedly misused federal taxpayer funds by purchasing airline tickets for illegal migrants, according to Border Report.

United States Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) accused Catholic Charities of San Antonio of misusing funds granted to the organization through the FEMA Shelter and Services Program, which aims to reimburse nonprofits for the costs associated with housing migrants.

Cuellar contends that the program, which he helped start, was never intended for air travel. Instead, the funds are meant to cover food, shelter, and other humanitarian costs.

While the program does allocate “a set percentage” of funds to transportation, he noted that it was intended to provide migrants with free rides around the immediate area. He claimed that the transportation funds should be used only in emergency situations or within the city.

The free plane tickets are attracting more migrants to the San Antonio area, Cuellar argued. He explained that when he spoke to Holding Institute, a Laredo-based nonprofit, representatives there stated migrants want to come to San Antonio in part “because they pay for transportation,” he told Border Report.

“And they say, ‘Queremos ir al San Pedro,’ which is the street where they have this migrant center. And they call it the milk and honey place,” he added. “When I first started this program, I said it would only be used for food and shelter, maybe transportation inside a city, but not to be sending them up there. The family or somebody should pay for that, not the taxpayer dollars.”

United States Rep. Monica De La Cruz (R-Texas) called it a misappropriation of taxpayer dollars.

“These tax dollars were not intended to be used to fly illegal immigrants all over their country to the destination of their choice,” De La Cruz told Border Report. “They misused funds and sent these illegal immigrants where their preferred destination was with taxpayers’ hard-earned money. This is just simply unacceptable.”

Catholic Charities of San Antonio did not respond to Border Report’s request for comment.

The organization is slated to receive another $10.8 million in funding through the program for its MRS Centro de Bienvenida temporary shelter, which provides humanitarian aid to migrants. According to the organization, the facility offers “safety, meals, hygiene kits, and blankets to those in need.”

The nonprofit said the additional funding will be used to provide “newcomers” with “shelter, food, and clothing.”

“In addition to meeting basic needs, Catholic Charities provides wrap-around services such as trauma-informed care, mental health counseling, legal assistance, and pastoral care to those who may have experienced trauma. Catholic Charities is committed to serving the most vulnerable among us with love, dignity, and respect,” it stated.

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Taylor Swift course at UC Berkeley gets students singing along — and starry-eyed: ‘She’s incredibly fearless’

Students in a Taylor Swift-focused course at the University of California, Berkeley, began a class session by singing the pop superstar’s tune, “Cruel Summer,” CBS News reported.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

“Taylor Swift is a phenomenon,” senior Sejal Krishnan — a chemical engineering major — told the news network. “Her tour has essentially revitalized so much of the economy and boosted the local economy everywhere she goes.”

The course is titled “Artistry and Entrepreneurship: Taylor’s Version,” and two undergraduates — Sofia Lendahl and Miaad Bushala — teach it for 44 other students, CBS News reported.

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“Taylor is so strategic in all the things that she does,” Bushala noted to the news network. “When you think of a brand, that’s all they ever want. They want loyal customers. And that’s what Taylor has.”

Krishnan added to CBS News that “there’s a reason top institutions are studying that. They know it’s a trend.”

The news network said other schools such as Harvard and Stanford are offering similar Swift-focused courses in departments that range from English to gender studies and even political science.

“I’ve been very interested in media law and policy,” another UC Berkeley student in the course told CBS News, adding, “I’d love to apply those sort of concepts that apply to law and policy and art all together in the professional world.”

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As for how their parents reacted to students taking the Swift course, Krishnan told the news network that “my parents were super thrilled. My mom took me to the ‘1989’ concert.”

Jessica Revolorio — a sociology major who is the first person in her family to attend an American college, CBS News reported — said her parents “were like, ‘You have to take this class.'”

Business student Angelique Zoile told the news network that Swift is “incredibly fearless in the ways in which she doesn’t mind taking creative risks. To me, it’s like, climb the corporate ladder. … I’ll end up as a manager in five years or so.”

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RFK Jr. admits he was WRONG to call for Glenn Beck’s censorship: ‘I would never say anything like that today’

Last week, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sat down for an extensive interview with Glenn Beck. The two discussed a range of subjects, including the World Economic Forum (which Kennedy fittingly called the “billionaires boys’ club”), the complexities of NATO, the depravity of Big Pharma, and the ongoing conflicts between Russia/Ukraine and Israel/Gaza, among other issues.

Glenn also pressed Kennedy on his thoughts regarding ESG, the Second Amendment, as well as the candidate’s previous statements on climate change — one of which was aimed directly at Glenn.

At a Live Earth concert back in 2007, RFK Jr. made the following statement:

“So, I’m gonna tell you this, that the next time you see John Stossel or Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity — these flat-earthers, these corporate toadies lying to you, lying to the American public, and telling you that global warming doesn’t exist — you send an email to their advertisers and tell them you’re not going to buy their products anymore. This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors.”

“You’re smart enough to know what that means constitutionally,” Glenn said after reading the quote.

“I wouldn’t say that today,” was Kennedy’s humble response. “Part of the reason I wouldn’t say that is because I watched our country run over not only the First Amendment but all three arms of the First Amendment.”

He then cited the way the government “closed a million churches for a year,” “[rolled] over the rights of freedom of assembly,” “shut down 3.3 million businesses with no due process, no just compensation,” and “got rid of the Seventh Amendment” as the reasons he feels differently today.

“The First Amendment was not written to protect speech that we all want to hear. It was for the speech nobody wants to hear,” even if it’s “embarrassing,” “appalling,” or shares “ideas that are horrible ideas,” he told Glenn.

“I would never say anything like that today,” he continued, referring to his 2007 statement. “My thinking on it has evolved, and I can see how dangerous statements like that are.”

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Couple allegedly tries — and fails — to con Florida lotto out of $1 million jackpot

A Florida couple recently met up with agents from the state lotto, apparently expecting to receive a massive payout, only to be arrested for alleged fraud instead.

On March 1, 36-year-old Kira Enders walked into a Florida Lottery office in Pensacola and handed an employee there an allegedly winning 500X The Cash scratch-off ticket with a grand prize of $1 million. She even filled out the back portion of the ticket, which reportedly notes that any falsifications on the ticket can result in criminal prosecution.

It appears that agents immediately suspected a problem because the ticket was later declared a “non-winner.” Whether the agency initially intended to investigate the problems with the ticket is unclear. However, when Enders called less than a week later for an update on her alleged winnings, she likely forced the agency’s hand.

Enders was invited to meet with a lotto special agent on March 11. She and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Dakota Jones, then drove to the designated meeting location. Rather than walk out with a hefty check, the two were quickly separated and interrogated about the ticket.

Apparently, the winning ticket was actually two separate tickets that had been taped together and then laminated. Escambia Sheriff Chip Simmons indicated the “two tickets” had been put together “crudely” to try and create “a million-dollar winner.”

It seems that Enders and Jones also gave drastically different explanations for the ticket pastiche. According to reports, Enders initially told police she couldn’t remember where she purchased the ticket. She then must have had a moment of clarity because she later stated she bought it at a Winn-Dixie but that it had fallen out of her car in the rain and tore in two when it became wet.

She explained that she taped the two pieces together to rectify the problem, not to deceive anyone, the affidavit indicated.

She then allegedly expressed bewilderment when the serial numbers on different sides of the ticket didn’t match. “What, they don’t go together?” she allegedly stated. She also called the revelation about the mismatched serial numbers “insane” and that her “mind” was “blow[n],” the affidavit said.

By contrast, Jones reportedly told investigators that the couple had randomly stumbled upon the winning ticket while walking down the street. He claimed that the ticket was already torn when they found it, but he advised his girlfriend not to tape it together or to submit the taped ticket to the lotto agency because it looked “jank,” the affidavit said.

Jones also allegedly insisted to investigators that he and Enders are “honest people” who had no intention of trying to pull a fast one on the lottery. “When they looked at the ticket, they thought it was legit,” he indicated, according to the affidavit

Enders and Jones have both been charged with three crimes: forgery/alteration of a lottery ticket with intent to defraud, passing a forged/altered state lottery ticket, and larceny-grand theft of $100,000 or more. Enders was released on $20,000 bail, and Jones was released on a bail of $17,500. Both have a hearing scheduled for May 10.

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‘Trump is desperate’: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder says new song is about Trump’s election denial — claims Trump gave people PTSD

Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder explained the meaning behind the band’s politically-themed song off their album “Dark Matter.”

The song titled “Wreckage” is purportedly about Donald Trump, Vedder told the Times, calling the former president and candidate “desperate to win” and only looking to avoid imprisonment.

“There is a guy in the United States who is still saying he didn’t lose an election,” he told the British outlet. “And people are reverberating and amplifying that message as if it is true.”

“Trump is desperate. I don’t think there has ever been a candidate more desperate to win, just to keep himself out of prison and to avoid bankruptcy. It is all on the line, and he’s out there playing the victim — at least they’re doing this to me, because if not they would be doing it to you — but you haven’t falsified your tax records,” he continued.

Some of the song’s lyrics allude to Trump not willing to admit that he is wrong so long as he wins by any means, leaving nothing left in his path:

Oh, visited by thoughts and not just in the night
That I no longer give a f***who is wrong and who’s right
This game of winner takes all and all means nothing left
Spoils go the victor and the other left for dead

Uh-huh, combing through the wreckage
Holding out, holding on
Combing through the wreckage

You don’t have classified information in your basement. So the song is saying, let’s not be driven apart by one person, especially not a person without any worthy causes,” Vedder went on.

Prompted with the possibility that Trump’s time in the spotlight is waning, the singer said that he felt if a person doesn’t have some sort of mental qualms with 45th president, they may not be a “thoughtful” person.

“I can’t wait,” Vedder said in response to the end of the Trump era. “Most thoughtful people are going through a bit of PTSD about it now, so maybe you’re right.”

The 59-year-old concluded by waxing poetically about art being the truest expression of one’s personality.

“I knew I wanted to express myself in music, whether anyone heard it or not … you think, if someone were to hear this, maybe they would know me better. Maybe that is the power of any art form, actually: to get to know someone.”

The April 19, 2024, release is Pearl Jam’s twelfth studio album. The band has sold over 25 million albums worldwide since their 1991 debut “Ten,” which went diamond (13 times platinum).

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UCLA School of Medicine’s radical DEI czar clumsily plagiarized vast portions of her dissertation on DEI: Report

Harvard is not the only woke university whose top race obsessives are unrepentant plagiarists. The University of California’s David Geffen School of Medicine apparently also has at least one identitarian hack on staff earning hundreds of thousands of dollars annually at taxpayers’ expense thanks in part to stolen scholarship.

Manhattan Institute fellow Christopher Rufo and Luke Rosiak of the Daily Wire have revealed in a
damning new report that the medical school’s DEI czar plagiarized a significant portion of her dissertation on DEI. What little of the publication Natalie Perry ostensibly wrote on her own was largely spoiled by error and incoherence.

UCLA Med School has been in the news recently for promoting ideology about “Indigenous womxn,” “two-spirits,” and “structural racism.” A guest speaker praised and two residents championed “revolutionary suicide.” nnThe DEI director, who advances “anti-racism,” is Natalie Perry.

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Perry, formerly an associate dean for academic programs at the American International College’s School of Education in Springfield, Massachusetts, presently serves as the DGSOM’s so-called “Cultural North Star Lead.” The Cultural North Star initiative is the product of a 2017 culture audit conducted by the Dean’s Office, serving to advance the cause of DEI at the school.

biographic statement on the school’s website references her 2014 doctoral dissertation, “Faculty Perceptions of Diversity at a Highly Selective Research-Intensive University,” noting that her “wealth of experience in understanding and improving the culture of higher education, including at an academic health system, will be invaluable to our ongoing efforts to embed our aspirational Cultural North Stars [sic] value in our organizational DNA.”

It turns out that others may instead deserve credit for the “wealth of experience in understanding” Perry has submitted as her own.

Rosiak noted on X that Perry, “the DEI czar at UCLA School of Medicine, which blamed opiates on ‘whiteness,’ had doctors praise ‘revolutionary suicide,’ taught about ‘two-spirits,’ and led a class in chanting ‘Free Palestine,'” is responsible for the “most egregious case of plagiarism” he and Rufo have so far encountered.

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According to Rosiak, Perry’s wealth of published knowledge, reducible to a single paper, “stole thousands of words from 10 other papers.”
In one instance, the DEI czar ostensibly directly copied five continuous pages of material from someone else’s work.

Perry apparently wasn’t even stealthy when stealing other people’s ideas, having lifted the first pages of her dissertation from the first page of other published works, including more than 100 words from the first page of a paper by Angela Locks, Sylvia Hurtado, Nicholas Bowman, and Leticia Oseguera.

In addition to sometimes porting over the exact text formatting from the works she was plagiarizing, Perry apparently also copied the parenthetical citations from uncredited authors without even factoring their source material into her final list of references.

Perry was so lazy that the first pages of her paper stole from the first page of multiple other papers. Here’s a passage taken from a paper by Adalberto Aguirre Jr. and Ruben Martinez, who were never mentioned anywhere in Perry’s paper.

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The only significant alterations Perry appears to have made to the elements she lifted from other writers were errors.

Rosiak noted, for instance, that when
plagiarizing a paper from John C. Smart, the DEI czar “changed a few words, and added errors almost every time (e.g. changing Smart’s ‘distinguishes between X and Y’ to ‘distinguish between X from Y’).”

Perry seems virtually unable to write a single word without error. Here, she stole from John Smart, changed a few words, and added errors almost every time (e.g. changing Smart’s “distinguishes between X and Y” to “distinguish between X from Y”).

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The medical school’s future Cultural North Star lead was afforded a chance to shine in a section in her dissertation devoted to original research. However, she instead cobbled together a few half-baked sentences containing spelling and grammatical errors.

“The positionality of the participants informed the perspective on the origins of the commission. /in response to the needs of the varios [sic] stakeholders within the university, the commission addressed issues of diversity on the faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and university level,” she wrote in the ostensibly original section.

The Daily Wire indicated that neither the university nor Perry returned requests for comment.

Perry is the latest and perhaps the most brazen among the university professionals recently outed for passing off other people’s work as their own.

Christina Ross, a race obsessive and assistant sociology professor at Harvard University, was
accused last month of various form of plagiarism, including “verbatim plagiarism, mosaic plagiarism, uncited paraphrasing, and uncited quotations from other sources.”

Harvard Extension School administrator Shirley R. Greene was
accused in February of 42 instances of plagiarism — just in her 2008 University of Michigan dissertation.

In January, Claudine Gay resigned her post as Harvard’s 30th president
in disgrace after nearly 50 plagiarism complaints had been filed against her, implicating nearly half of her published works, including her doctoral thesis.

That same month,
affirmative action expert Sherri Ann Charleston, the university’s chief DEI officer, was slapped with a complaint identifying 40 examples of alleged plagiarism in two of her academic works.

Rufo and Rosiak
reported earlier this month that Lisa D. Cook, a tenured professor at Michigan State University who was successfully nominated to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2022, was also guilty of academic dishonesty, having based her most celebrated article on flawed data and misled about the quality of one of her other publications.

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Columbia bars Jewish, pro-Israel professor from campus where pro-Hamas students have taken over — cancels in-person classes

Columbia University has reportedly barred an Israel-born, Jewish professor from entering the Ivy League’s main campus, where pro-Hamas students have taken over, the New York Post reported.

Shai Davidai, an assistant professor at Columbia Business School, has been an outspoken supporter of Israel and called for “a PEACEFUL sit in at Columbia’s declared ‘Liberation Zone’” on Monday morning amid the ongoing protests at the New York university.

Anti-Israel students set up an encampment on the lawn at the center of campus, where they have erected Palestinian flags and draped their tents with protest signs. According to the New York Times, the area is being referred to by some as the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment.”

When Davidai arrived on campus Monday morning to hold the scheduled peaceful counterprotest, he discovered that his school identification card had been deactivated.

In a video posted to social media, Davidai shouted to fellow pro-Israel students, “I have not just a civil right, a civil right as a Jewish person to be on campus, I have a right as a professor employed by the university to be on campus.”

“They deactivated my card,” he added. “They are not letting me on main campus.”

As of last October Davidai was apparently not tenured, so Iu2019m unclear how many legal protections he has, but Columbia going back to kid-glove treatment of students occupying their campus and then firing a Jewish professor by deactivating his ID badge seems like bad optics to me

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Davidai pointed out the “irony” that his card still grants him access to Columbia’s Manhattanville campus, where he teaches.

“I was just told by [administrators] that I am [to be] let on the campus of the business school where I’m teaching tomorrow,” the Post reported. “So they are willing to use Jewish brains, but they don’t want to let Jewish people in.”

In a post on X, Davidai explained that Columbia claimed it deactivated his card because it could not ensure his safety on the main campus, given the ongoing protests.

Earlier today, @Columbia University refused to let me onto campus. nnWhy? Because they cannot protect my safety as a Jewish professor. nnThis is 1938.

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He slammed the university for continuing to protect the pro-Hamas protesters whom it has allowed to take over the campus.

“We know whose safety they can ensure — for the past five days, they’ve been ensuring the safety of the students who are calling on Hamas, to target Jewish students. That’s the safety that they are ensuring,” Davidai said.

He urged Jewish and pro-Israel students to be cautious around the protesters and called on them to take videos of the encampment.

“If they don’t let you in, and then document the fact that they’re not letting other Jewish people into campus,” he stated.

Columbia President Minouche Shafik testified before the House earlier this week. She told lawmakers that there have been several complaints about Davidai and that the university has launched an investigation into the professor.

Davidai has called for Shafik’s firing, as well as “everyone in the antisemitism task force at Columbia to resign right now.”

Last week, pro-Palestinian students took over campus and refused to leave until the university met a list of demands, which included removing funding from companies with ties to Israel, the Times reported.

Shafik called the police to remove the protesters; more than 100 arrests were made.

On Monday, the university announced that it would cancel in-person classes and switch to remote learning due to the unrest.

“I am deeply saddened by what is happening on our campus. Our bonds as a community have been severely tested in ways that will take a great deal of time and effort to reaffirm. Students across an array of communities have conveyed fears for their safety and we have announced additional actions we are taking to address security concerns,” Shafik wrote in a Monday statement.

She claimed that the school needs “a reset” due to increased tensions that “have been exploited and amplified by individuals who are not affiliated with Columbia who have come to campus to pursue their own agendas.”

“To deescalate the rancor and give us all a chance to consider next steps, I am announcing that all classes will be held virtually on Monday. Faculty and staff who can work remotely should do so,” she added. “Our preference is that students who do not live on campus will not come to campus.”

“I know that there is much debate about whether or not we should use the police on campus, and I am happy to engage in those discussions,” Shafik continued. “Over the past days, there have been too many examples of intimidating and harassing behavior on our campus. Antisemitic language, like any other language that is used to hurt and frighten people, is unacceptable and appropriate action will be taken. We urge those affected to report these incidents through university channels.”

Additional encampments sprouted up at Yale, the University of Michigan, and MIT to support the protesters arrested at Columbia.

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Nation’s largest Christian college fights back after Biden’s education secretary vows to target the school: ‘Shut them down’

Grand Canyon University, the world’s largest Christian college, is fighting back after Education Secretary Miguel Cardona vowed to target the school.

At a House Appropriations Committee hearing this month, GCU became a topic of discussion when Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) asked Cardona how his agency is tackling “predatory for-profit colleges.”

In his response, Cardona didn’t reference GCU specifically, but he did allude to the school.

Cardona told DeLauro the Education Department is “going after predatory schools,” which he claimed “have a shiny brochure and a great commercial, but the product is not worth the paper it’s written on.” Cardona promised to “crack down” on such schools, invoking an example of how his agency has already done so: fining GCU nearly $38 million last year.

“We are cracking down on them, not only to shut them down, but to send a message across the country that you cannot prey on our students and expect to be successful,” Cardona explained.

Last year, the Department of Education fined GCU $37.7 million, claiming an investigation found that “GCU lied to more than 7,500 former and current students about the cost of its doctoral programs over several years.”

“GCU falsely advertised a lower cost than what 98% of students ended up paying to complete certain doctoral programs,” the agency claimed.

GCU has denied the claims are true and is refusing to pay the fine.

Now, GCU is forcefully pushing back against Cardona’s latest comments.

“Mr. Cardona’s inflammatory comments, which are legally and factually incorrect, are so reckless that GCU has no choice but to demand an immediate retraction,” the school said in a statement. “He is either confused, misinformed, or does not understand the actions taken by his own agency.”

The statement continued:

There are no factually supportable allegations that warrant an attempt to shut down GCU and, in fact, ED has already granted a three-year extension of GCU’s provisional program participation agreement that allows it to continue to receive Title IV financial aid dollars. Those Title IV funds go directly to students, who can use them at whatever institution they choose. More are choosing GCU than any other university in the U.S., which does not happen if you are deceiving a small number of students as ED claims.

Moreover, GCU says school officials have asked the Education Department for evidence to prove its claims that GCU has lied to or preyed on students. But the agency hasn’t provided such evidence.

“As Mr. Cardona’s comments confirm, those opinions reflect a deeply held bias against GCU, which has manifested itself in his Department’s selective and punitive enforcement actions against the university,” GCU said.

School officials said they are prepared to take their fight with the government all the way to the Supreme Court.

“[The Education Department’s] conduct related to GCU goes well beyond normal regulatory activity. It epitomizes the weaponization of federal agencies’ power against a private Christian university,” the school said. “To borrow a term ED uses liberally to describe every for-profit institution it is trying to harm, the comments by Mr. Cardona and actions taken by his Department are predatory in nature and designed to achieve their own ideological agenda.”

Currently, GCU enrolls more than 118,000 students in residence and online programs.

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Former Obama terrorism adviser accused of child sex crimes in Britain: Report

A counter-terrorism adviser to former President Barack Obama has been arrested in Britain on charges related to child sexual abuse, according to an exclusive report from the Daily Mail.

Rahamim “Rami” Shy, a 46-year-old U.S. citizen who lives in New Jersey, was actually arrested in late February by police in Bedfordshire, a county some 50 miles north of London.

Where Shy was arrested is unclear, but the charges against him are quite disturbing: one count of “arranging the commission of a child sex offence,” possessing two “indecent images of children,” and possessing one “prohibited image of a child,” the outlet reported. It is unclear when the alleged arrangement of the child sex offense or the discovery of the alleged images took place.

On Friday, Shy made a virtual appearance in Luton Crown Court. He has not yet entered a plea for the charges. Instead, he will wait to do so until another hearing scheduled for June in anticipation of a trial in August. He remains in custody in a Bedford prison.

Shy spent years working for various high-profile Democrats, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama. From 2008 until 2014, he held a “senior role” in the Treasury Department, the Daily Mail reported, investigating ways to combat the financing of known global terrorist groups, particularly Al Qaeda and the Taliban. He also provided “strategic policy analysis to chiefs of staff” at the Defense Department, the outlet added.

The nature and extent of his work with Obama while he was president are unclear. The Daily Mail stated only that Shy “worked for the White House under president [sic] Barack Obama.” It cited Shy’s LinkedIn profile as the source of much of the information regarding Shy’s work history. That LinkedIn profile is no longer available.

After his work in Washington ended, Shy began working for the banking group Citi. A Citi spokesperson told the Daily Mail that Shy is no longer employed with the company.

The New York Post‘s attempts to reach Shy for comment were apparently unsuccessful.

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