Baltimore Murder Rate Spikes from Lack of Police Presence
The murder rate in Baltimore has skyrocketed since Black Lives Matter activists began protesting law enforcement for the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in the back of a police van in 2015. Residents are now upset, blaming the murder spike on the lack of police presence in the city, which is ironically exactly what BLM activists called for.
After calls for a police pullback, the murder rate subsequently spiked in Baltimore, hitting a record high per capita homicide rate. In the final week of 2017, the city reached a total of 343 homicides.
In a report from NPR, residents came out swinging over the disturbing climb in murders.
“We wanted the police there,” claimed Rev. Kinji Scott. “We wanted them engaged in the community. We didn’t want them beating the hell out of us, we didn’t want that. We need the front line police officers and we need the heart of the black community to step to the forefront of this discussion. And that’s when we’re going to see a decrease in crime.”
Scott continued, arguing that Baltimore is in need of higher levels of good policing.
Saudi Princess Reveals Elites Participate in Sex and Sex Slavery with Underage Girls
Saudi Princess Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef has revealed that children, especially the orphans, from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria had been bought and rented as sex slaves in Saudi, Dhaka Tribune reported on Sunday.
Giving exclusive statements to the French Newspaper Le Monde, she has said slavery in Saudi Arabia had different forms, but it was done in secrecy and permitted only among the primary beneficiaries of the princes of the House of Saud.
Princes Aidan is the ex-wife of the Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, who was recently arrested in scope of the anti-corruption purges in the country.
She said those who accuse others of corruption and money laundering are in fact highly corrupted themselves.
Russian online news portal Fort Russ has reported quoting Aidan’s interview on Le Monde that the corrupted had turned the city of Jeddah into a slave market where underage girls are being exploited for sex parties involving drug and alcohol abuse.
Princes Aidan said that one of the main reasons why this keeps going on was that the members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Saudi Sharia police) tend to keep away from the matter, fearing they might lose their jobs, should they intervene.
Clinton Allies Paid $700K for Women to Accuse Trump Just Before Election
Left-wing political operatives and Hillary Clinton backers David Brock and Susie Tompkins Buell bankrolled $700,000 allegedly to find people who would accuse then-candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct before Election Day 2016.
Brock’s American Bridge 21st Century Foundation and Buell, a major donor to the foundation, reportedly donated the six-figure sums to Lisa Bloom’s law firm, which specializes in sexual harassment allegations against public figures, according to a report from the New York Times.
Brock gave $200,000, and one of his major donors, Susie Tompkins Buell, gave $500,000.
Bloom’s firm capitalized on the sexual harassment allegations against Trump in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to media outlets for a 33 percent commission.
Bloom, who is the daughter of feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, admitted to contacting donors in an interview with The Hill in December, but she never released the identities of the donors and denied being in contact with Clinton’s campaign.
However, Bloom did not mention whether her firm was in contact with Clinton-supporting Super PACs. Democrats familiar with Bloom’s operations told the Times that Brock and Buell were behind the donations supporting a last-ditch effort to get women to come forward with their stories to potentially sway the election results.
LGBT Classes Now Are Mandatory for Elementary School Children in California
Transgenders Allowed to Join Military Eligible for Free Sex-Change Surgery
Barack Obama will go down in history as one of the worst, if not the worst president in U.S. history.
His “leadership” left the world in chaos, our economy in shambles, national debt approaching $20 trillion, and our nation divided as never before in a profound crisis of identity and confidence. And as our culture moves from dysfunctional to bizarre, one of the hot button issues Obama left behind is transgenders in the military, and forcing taxpayers to underwrite the cost of elective transgender surgery for military members.
Donald Trump was elected president on the hope that he would reorient national priorities to actually serve our nation. One such action he took in August was to end military payments for elective transgender surgery and to bar transgenders from enlisting in the military. He suspended recruitment of transgender people, ordered the Defense Department to develop policies regarding those transgender service members already on duty, and only pay for transgender surgeries that were in progress.
The cost of transgender surgery can exceed $100,000. Estimates of the number of transgenders in the military range from a low of 1,320 to as high as 12,800. If all individuals identifying as “transgender” elected the surgery, it could cost the military between $132 million and $1.3 billion. It is claimed that only a small percentage will actually undergo the surgery, but doctors ironically claim that it is medically necessary. Either way, with taxpayers underwriting the cost, many more will likely take advantage of it.
Iran Protests Grow, 2 People Dead, Iran Blames ISIS/Al-Nusra Foreigners
The deaths were reported in the city of Doroud (Dorud), 325 kilometers southwest of Tehran, in Iran’s western Lorestan Province, the semi-official Mehr News Agency reported. The unauthorized rally ignited clashes, Habibollah Khojastepour, the security deputy of Lorestan’s governor, told the agency, adding that two protesters were killed in the clashes.
“The gathering was to be ended peacefully, but due to the presence of the [agitators], unfortunately, this happened,” Khojastepour said. The official did not specify the causes of the deaths, adding that “no bullets were shot from police and security forces at the people.”
The ongoing protests across Iran started on Thursday as a demonstration against soaring food prices and unemployment, snowballing into the biggest anti-government movement in eight years.
Speaking to state TV, Khojastehpour said that those killed in Doroud were targeted by foreign agents, not the police, Reuters reports. “We have found evidence of enemies of the revolution, Takfiri [Sunni extremists] groups and foreign agents in this clash.”
Thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets across Iran since Thursday. Anti-government protests were prompted mostly by discontent over economic hardship and alleged corruption. The crowds also aimed their anger at the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“People are protesting because [they] are under economic pressure and the government must be responsive in the face of rising inflation and these economic hardships,” Mostafa Kiaie, a demonstrator, said, as cited by AFP.
Pro-government protests were held in around 1,200 cities and towns, local media reported. Mass pro-government protests took place in Tehran and Mashhad, Iran’s second most populous city.
Bakers Who Refused to Make Gay Cake Found Guilty of Discrimination
An Oregon court upheld a January decision forcing two Christian bakery owners to pay a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a lesbian wedding cake.
On Thursday, the state’s Court of Appeals found Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Melissa and Aaron Klein illegally discriminated against a same-sex couple in February 2013.
The Kleins had cited religious objections for not wanting to bake the cake, but the court ruled the refusal was in violation of an Oregon law which restricts businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation.
The bake shop, located in Gresham, was forced to close under intense criticism, but donations allowed the couple to operate the business out of their home up until October 2016.
“We lost everything we loved and worked so hard to build,” Melissa Klein told KATU. “I loved my shop. It meant everything to me and losing it has been so hard for me and my family.”
Lawyers defending the Kleins argued in March the court was violating the bakers’ First Amendment-protected free speech rights.
“We believe that freedom of expression for ourselves means freedom of expression for others,” an attorney for the First Liberty Institute said. “And what’s unfortunate here is that a family and their business has been punished because of their religious beliefs. And that’s not America. That’s just flat out wrong.”
The lesbian couple, Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her partner Laurel, were pleased with the court’s decision.
“All of us are equal under the law and should be treated equally. Oregon will not allow a ‘Straight Couples Only’ sign to be hung in bakeries or other stores,” they said in a statement.
Roy Moore’s Lawsuit to Challenge Election Result Was Dismissed Despite Vote Fraud
This morning, Alabama’s state canvassing board will officially declare Doug Jones (D) the winner of the Dec. 12 special senate election. We are told that Jones defeated Roy Moore (R) by 1.5% or about 20,000 votes.
Late yesterday, Moore filed a lawsuit to stop Alabama from certifying Jones as the winner. The defendants in the lawsuit are Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill and Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan L. King.
As reported by the New York Post, Moore’s attorney said in a statement that he believes there were irregularities during the election and that there should be a fraud investigation and eventually a new election because “This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone.”
While saying he has so far not found evidence of voter fraud and that his office will investigate any complaint that Moore submits, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill nevertheless told The Associated Press yesterday evening that “It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be certified (Thursday) at 1 p.m. and he will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January.”
In the complaint, Moore’s attorneys noted the higher than expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and that Moore’s numbers were suspiciously low in about 20 Jefferson County precincts.
Roy Moore’s lawsuit complaint states the following:
(1) The “purported” election results “were contrary to most of the impartial, independent polls conducted prior to the Special Election and in contrast to exit polls.”
(2) There are “multiple public outcries of election fraud,” including:
- Pre-marked (for Doug Jones) sample ballots were discovered in a bundle or bundles in Bullock County.
- Multiple out-of-state identification were presented at voting places.
- “Certain precinct directors” allowed out-of-state persons to vote.
- A news video shows a young man saying that he and a “fellowship” of others had come from out of state to vote for Jones. Secretary of State Merrill claimed to have investigated the man (but not the others in the “fellowship”), but has not released the man’s name for others to verify.
Syria: Secret Deal Allowed Armed ISIS Members to Escape
Australian Banks Freeze Accounts of Bitcoin Users
Adding to the pressures on bitcoin early this morning, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that bitcoin users across Australia are reporting that their accounts have been abruptly frozen by the country’s “Big Four” banks. And while the banks have remained largely tight-lipped about the closures, many angry account-holders are jumping to conclusions and blaming the banks for punishing them because of their involvement with bitcoin.
Bitcoin investors are claiming Australia’s banks are freezing their accounts and transfers to cryptocurrency exchanges, with a viral tweet slamming the big four and an exchange platform putting a restriction on Australian deposits.
According to the Herald, cryptocurrency trader and Youtuber Alex Saunders called out National Australia Bank, ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corporation on Twitter for freezing customer accounts and transfers to four different bitcoin exchanges – CoinJar, CoinSpot, CoinBase and BTC Markets.
In response, some users complained that their activities with the cryptocurrency had still been described as a “security risk” by their financial institutions.
While not every bank had explicit policies governing their relationship with cryptocurrencies, according to the Morning Herald, Commonwealth Bank’s June 2017 terms and conditions for CommBiz accounts specifically excludes this activity, saying it can refuse to process an international money transfer or an international cash management transaction “because the destination account previously has been connected to a fraud or an attempted fraudulent transaction or is an account used to facilitate payments to Bitcoins or similar virtual currency payment services”.
A Commonwealth Bank spokesman said it was receptive to innovation in alternative currencies and payment systems “however, we do not currently use or recommend any existing virtual currencies as we do not believe they have yet met a minimum standard of regulation, reliability, and reputation compared to other currencies that we offer to our customers”.
“Our customers can interact with these currencies as long as they comply with our terms and conditions and all relevant legal obligations,” he said.
One Twitter user, Michaela Juric, who is known on twitter as Bitcoin Babe, said she had business accounts closed by 30 banks and posted a picture of a letter from ANZ, saying it was closing her accounts effective 30 January 2018 in accordance with its terms and conditions.
California Professor Calls for Smashing White Democracy
Professor Albert Ponce, a professor of political science, was filmed giving the lecture. His words were uploaded to YouTube by a student who shared the video with The Red Elephants on the Facebook page “Film Your Marxist Professors.”
Ponce also expresses why it is necessary to stop people like MILO from speaking at colleges and other public venues, while complaining about the lack of free speech given to communist professors like Drexel University’s George Ciccariello, who infamously called for a “white genocide” on Twitter.
His Facebook page, which was shared by the student, shows his support for Black Lives Matter. He shared a link that denounced academic objectivity as a racialized issue used by racist white men to dismiss minorities and their perspectives, and has posted about “decolonizing” the academic fields of mathematics and physics, which he calls “oppressive.”
According to a student who shared the video, Ponce grades students who disagree with his political views poorly.