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Facebook’s CCP-Linked Fact Checker, Lead Stories, Is Censoring Articles About CCP Influence in the U.S. Elections

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Lead Stories, the foreign-run, fact-checking platform used by Facebook, has censored a National Pulse article highlighting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s acknowledgement of a U.S. government report which concluded that “China prefers that President Trump does not win reelection.” Lead Stories recently announced a partnership with the CCP-linked TikTok app.

The fact-checker was recently enlisted by TikTok to “monitor misinformation about the 2020 election,” despite TikTok itself being routinely used to influence the election.

Just days after this announcement Lead Stories began to censor stories on Facebook that harm the Chinese Communist Party’s interest.

National Pulse Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam commented on the censorship: “Ostensibly, the job of Facebook’s fact checkers is to highlight fake news. Not to challenge the editorial positions or news direction of reputable Western news organizations. Lead Stories is a group of Democratic donors and Chinese Communist Party collaborators demanding Western news sites bow to their editorial preferences. We never will.”

FAKE NEWS?

When Facebook users interface with the National Pulse story “Pelosi Confirms ‘China Would Prefer Joe Biden,” they’re met with veil cloaking the article accompanied by a “partly false” brand as decided by “independent fact-checkers.”

But the “independent” fact checkers are actually overtly in partnership with TikTok, owned by ByteDance, the founder of which recently committed to using his companies to further the goals of the Chinese Communist Party.

Lead Stories says the Pulse story falsely identified Pelosi as “confirming” the findings of a recent National Counterintelligence and Security Center intelligence (NCSC) report which posited China supported Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden in the upcoming election.

According to Lead Stories, Pelosi fell short of offering confirmation of the NCSC’s findings, instead alleging she only “quoted” the report.

 

 

While the distinction may appear trivial, the original article was clear in conveying that Pelosi reiterated the NCSC’s findings, highlighting that she readily accepted China as backing Biden. Not once did she reject the claim.

While endorsing another finding of the NCSC report – that Russia prefers President Trump in the 2020 election – Pelosi professes that China and Russia are not “equivalent” in the severity of the threat they pose to the U.S. election. While each country’s willingness to act in favor of their preferred candidate may differ, Pelosi is still confirming that China backs Biden.

ELECTION INTERFERENCE.

Lead Stories is hardly the “independent” fact-checker it purports to be.

Lead Stories staff, including Editor-In-Chief and co-founder Alan Duke, have extensive histories of working for establishment media outlet CNN. Collectively, employees at the outlet have over 120 years of experience working for the left-wing outlet which has extensive links to the Chinese Communist Party.

Lead Stories also counts up to a quarter of its staff, including its Chairman and co-founder, as recurring Democratic donors candidates such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Per the Federal Election Commission, not a single donation from a Lead Stories board member or employee was pledged to a Republican candidate. For example, writers have donated to a plethora of overtly anti-Trump Democratic campaigns and activist groups such as Swing Left, a hard-left political group which proclaims:

“2020 is here, and the work defeat Trump and the GOP in November starts NOW.”

And beyond collaborating with Chinese Communist Party proxy TikTok, Lead Stories’ potential for foreign election interference is only augmented by the fact it counts Belgian national Maarten Schenk as its Chief Operating Officer, Chief Techincal Officer, and as responsible for “actually making the editorial decisions.”

The foreign national also controls the company’s sole source of revenue.

The National Pulse has reached out to Facebook for comment about their “independent” fact checker but has, at the time of publication, received no response.

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RIP, Kamala

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James Harris was born in Senatobia, Mississippi, in 1950, to parents who owned a furniture store.

But when James was four, his father was shot dead in an altercation involving a dice game. The comfort of his early youth thus being stripped away, he turned to sharecropping and burglary to help make his family’s ends meet, and then, following the advice of the local police chief that it would be best if he left the small town of Coldwater, Mississippi, where he was living at age 17, Harris moved to Florida to work as a truck driver and fruit picker.

Eight years later Harris was in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he met a wrestler named Bobo Brazil, who enticed him into a world that mixed the freak-show of the carnival with the pageantry of athleticism that was early professional wrestling. Before too long James Harris had become James “Sugar Bear” Harris, and at 6-foot-7, 380 pounds, he made his debut in the ring at age 28. “Sugar Bear” progressed to “Ugly Bear,” and then to “Big Jim,” and then to “Bad News.” Along the way, he became a bigger and bigger star, winning championships as a tag team wrestler. Harris traveled to Germany and then to the UK, wrestling as the “Mississippi Mauler” in 1981.

Then, Harris earned his first real path to stardom. The next year, in 1982, Harris met Continental Wrestling Association promoter Jerry Lawler. The latter offered him a job and a persona. Forever after, Harris would be known as Kamala the Ugandan Giant, with a fictitious back-story as a vicious Ugandan headhunter and a former bodyguard of Idi Amin who had been discovered during an excursion to Africa. As the Continental Wrestling Association soon became the legendary Mid-South Wrestling Association, Kamala the Ugandan Giant became one of the circuit’s most popular and entertaining attractions. He was known for biting and karate-style chops in the ring, spoke no English and donned a headhunter mask, leopard-skin loincloth, and white war paint in the ring in an over-the-top carnival style fans couldn’t get enough of.

In today’s parlance, Harris’ persona and getup would be considered as “minstrelism” and highly politically incorrect. But it was wildly successful, so much so that by 1983 Harris was wrestling Andre the Giant in a heavily promoted match at the Superdome in New Orleans, and just a couple of years later he was one of the stars of the World Wrestling Federation.

Kamala the Ugandan Giant wrestled professionally until 2010. But by 2011 his health had taken a bad turn. He lost his left leg to diabetes in 2011, and his right leg in 2012. In 2017 he had surgery to clear fluid from his heart and lungs, and was on life support.

And on Sunday, James Harris died due to complications from COVID-19. He had been virtually penniless much of his life, though certainly beloved by wrestling fans and well known within his chosen profession for a life well-lived, if perhaps less rewarded than it should have been.

He is the Kamala Harris Americans should know and respect.

But the Kamala Harris we’ll hear about now is someone else. The newcomer is Joe Biden’s vice-presidential choice. She’s a California senator who worked her way up from district attorney of San Francisco, best known from her time in that job as an enabler of pedophile Catholic priests and the “side-piece” of California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. Harris progressed, largely thanks to her extramarital relationship with Brown, to California attorney general and then the U.S. Senate, where she helped to orchestrate the Christine Blasey Ford hoax in a vain attempt to smear Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the eve of his nomination.

Then this Kamala Harris decided to force herself on the American people as a presidential candidate, in an effort that was a ghastly failure. Despite raising and spending a fortune thanks to her close connections with the Clintons and their fundraising machine, she crashed and burned in the early primaries and dropped out, but not before attacking eventual nominee Biden as a racist — which she prefaced by denying she was doing so, something the Biden shills at the Washington Post now say is proof that she never did it.

Those attacks, and others like it, stung, and with Biden incapable of going more than a week in his basement without uttering something easily interpreted as bolstering the case for himself as a racist, the Democrats’ nominee made it clear he would have to choose a black woman as his vice-presidential nominee — because doing so was the only real antidote to public understanding that he was a serial utterer of racist gaffes as well as a groper and creeper on the female sex.

There is, of course, Kamala Harris’ questionable presentation as a black woman. This is new, of course, because she used to style herself as an Indian-American owing to her mother’s status as an immigrant from India. Her father is an immigrant from Jamaica, of mostly African descent. To call Kamala Harris “black” is to stretch the term to its limit.

One might make the case that no woman, black, white, or otherwise, would lower herself to a position as Biden’s running mate. But this Kamala Harris already demonstrated she lacks such scruples. As such, she’s the choice — because it’s also widely recognized that the odds against Biden fulfilling a full term as president before being declared incompetent, or simply giving up the ghost, are prohibitive. Why not endure a little bit of humiliation for such a grand prize, particularly if you’ve experience in this regard?

Frankly, from this quarter the Kamala Harris who departed the scene is preferable to the one who just re-entered it. The former was exceptionally large, both in stature and in presence, and he was loved and respected for his part in a circus of an industry. The latter? Just a run-of-the-mill soul for hire, and very, very small in every respect she could be.

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Flashback: Father of Kamala Harris Details on How Their Ancestors Owned Slaves

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Joe Biden goes for the Confederate vote – Picks Kamala.

As reported by Cassandra Fairbanks in July 2019

The father of Kamala Harris detailed how their ancestors owned slaves, an inconvenient part of her history as she has spent much of her campaign focusing on race politics.

The Democrats have been up in arms about an NBC News report that detailed how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s great-great-grandfathers owned slaves in Alabama in the 1800s.

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Donald Harris, a Stanford University economics professor and father of 2020 Democrat candidate, wrote about how they are descendant of an Irishman who owned a slave plantation in Jamaica in a piece titled “Reflections of a Jamaican Father.”

“My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town),” Mr. Harris wrote in his article for Jamaica Global.

The Free Beacon reports that “a research archive of Jamaican records indicate that at one point in 1817, Hamilton Brown owned scores of slaves. The majority were brought in from Africa, though he also owned many Creole slaves.”

Harris has been pushing for “some form of reparations for black people,” saying that “we have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities.” Apparently, she should be looking into the history of her own family.

McConnell has responded to the reports about his ancestors by pointing out that the family of former President Barack Obama also owned slaves.

“You know, I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama,” McConnell said. “We both oppose reparations, and we both are the descendants of slaveholders.”

Five Civil Rights Under Attack

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In 2020, it seems many have forgotten the most basic of civil rights.

These circumstances are all the more precarious because the antagonists have a litany of reasons why these rights don’t matter, or shouldn’t exist. Pay attention to them. History is filled with rough moments where antagonists plainly state their plans. It is important to remind ourselves from time to time the central role of the United States in securing these rights, and the dark barbarism that came before.

1. The Right Not to Have Your Business Sacked and Looted

Meet Luis Tamay. Tamay saved money for decades to open a restaurant in Minneapolis. His dream was El Sabor Chuchi. The restaurant specialized in Ecuadorian cuisine.

During the riots in Minneapolis, Tamay stood watch and guarded his dream night after night, until the curfew. Tamay assumed the National Guard would protect his business and property with the same zeal as Tamay had. He was mistaken, and Tamay got to watch El Sabor Chichi on Facebook Live burn to the ground in real-time.

Americans have a right to domestic tranquility, free from the threat of a mob burning and looting, whether a small business in Minneapolis or a Rolex store on Chicago’s Miracle Mile. It is a civil right for governments to protect civil order. Indeed, it is perhaps the original civil right, the very reason why “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

When the mob rampages through cities, hope dies. You can’t chase your dreams when businesses are being burned down.

The purpose of securing domestic tranquility is enshrined in our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, and the Preamble to the Constitution. Indeed, a proper understanding of the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the 14th Amendment would encompass the right to go about your business and earn a living free from a mob burning down your life’s work.

This right is under threat in other parts of the country, including Portland. Governments either are, or are not, in control of the places they govern. When chaos reigns, civil rights disappear.

2. The Right to Attend Church

Civil rights under the First Amendment include the right to assemble and worship without government scolds dispersing the congregants under pain of jail. This includes the right of churches to teach children in the faith without secular authorities busting up the joint. The same health “experts” and government officials in power who are prohibiting churches from holding services or allowing church schools to teach are sometimes excusing mass “protest” mobs from marching in close contact.

The hypocrisy is no longer laughable, it is Orwellian.

Those who want to worship God together have a right to do so without the secular authorities telling them they cannot. The joke may be on the secular authorities, as the congregants commonly have a very different view of the consequences of catching something compared to the secular authorities who ban worship. One group lives in fear, while the other has faith.

Who could imagine an America, even a decade ago, where government officials would excuse huge mobs gathering for strange call-and-response chants yet ban actual church services?

3. The Right to Defend Yourself

The right to defend yourself is one of the most ancient rights, finding origins in the common law, but resting on a moral presumption that life is worth defending. For centuries, it has been central to the Anglo-American concept of rights. It reflects the reality that your life is precious and worthy of protection — unless you are in St. Louis.

Meet Mark and Patricia McCloskey. The McCloskeys live in a gated community in St. Louis (the right to own private property isn’t on today’s list, but perhaps should be). On June 28, protesters knocked down the gate of the private property, streamed in by the hundreds, and shouted threats at the McCloskeys. The McCloskeys responded by visibly arming themselves with firearms.

The mob didn’t touch the McCloskeys or their property. But can we guess what would have happened if the McCloskeys hadn’t displayed their firearms? Everyone who has seen the images from Portland, Chicago, Minneapolis, or New York City knows the answer.

The McCloskys enjoy a right to self-defense, an ancient and respected American right – except in St. Louis in 2020.

District Attorney Kim Gardner filed felony charges against the McCloskeys for brandishing their weapons. In the old days, Garder would be run out of office or defeated at the next election for trampling on the most ancient right of self-defense. Not anymore. Instead, Garnder just won a Democratic primary.

This is the new replacement model of law enforcement, where officials take the side of the lawless against the law-abiding. I’ve been warning about this for a decade because I saw this attitude manifest among some at the Department of Justice. It is a profoundly alien concept — where guilt or innocence is tied to ideology, where the lawless get a pass because they have the favored views.

There are plenty of examples in history where this road leads and, thankfully, America stands for the opposite principle.

4. The Right to Be Free From Violence for Supporting Candidates

You won’t hear much about Charlie ChasePatrick Bradley, or Gregory William Loel Timm on the network news. Chase was a victim of politically motivated violence and Bradley and Timm were perpetrators of the same. It used to be that you could support your candidate, wear a hat, or sport a bumper sticker of your candidate without being socked in the jaw.

Here’s a refresher: In the old days, Americans with differing political views engaged in civil discussions and debates about their preferred candidates. I cannot find a single example of Gerald Ford supporters attacking Jimmy Carter supporters, or vice versa. Indeed, Carter’s campaign advertisements were downright soothing. Cuddly lambs, babies, motorboats, all smiles and handshakes. That was the whole campaign in 1976, where the fiercest foes smiled and shook hands. If you wore a green Jimmy Carter hat, you didn’t need a bodyguard.

That’s how it is supposed to work. You have a right to politically associate with a campaign without fear of violent reprisal. It is a civil right — one that, unfortunately in 2020, is under attack.

5. The Rights to Support Ideas Without Violent Attacks

In the 1990s, “tolerance” was in. Today it is out. To many, tolerance is so yesterday.

For decades after the 1960s, “nonconformity” was the in thing. Generations of youth preached nonconformity, being different and standing apart from the crowd. Not anymore. Either you march in lockstep with the orthodoxy, or be prepared for the consequences.

Try sporting pro-life swag at a public high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. Or maybe exercise your right to petition the government about pro-life views in front of the Ohio statehouse. Expect to be attacked. Or try being a parent who teaches your children that boys are boys and girls are girls in Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools. Wait until you see the forms and live with the glares you have to endure before you can “opt out” of that curriculum.

The right to speak your mind, free from violent reprisals, is a civil right. America was founded on tolerance. Our culture and our Constitution deeply respect ideas that are different than our own. Yet a whole generation of Americans seems to have adopted a foreign approach toward ideas different than theirs – namely a point of view espoused by intolerant regimes throughout history, where eradicating the opposing viewpoint is better than tolerating it.

When diversity of thought becomes a violation of speech codes on campuses, civil rights are under attack. When exercising religious beliefs result in attacks, core civil rights that led to the founding of this nation are also under attack.

Too much blood was shed to enshrine in law our basic American civil rights. The sacrifices in places like Camden and Brandywine brought us the blessings of free speech and the free exercise of religion. The horrors of the Civil War gave us radical new constitutional amendments of the sort no nation had dared enact before. Everyday heroes in Selma and Greensboro made unfulfilled aspirations real. So much blood and treasure got us to this point. Those who would undo the American culture of civil rights through violence, edict, regulation, and threat deserve everything that defenders of the Constitution can muster in lawful response.

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The Silent Majority, Silent No More In Seattle: Thousands Come Out to Back the Police, Antifa Tries to Cause Trouble

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The leftists have had their way in Seattle for awhile.

They let the Seattle autonomous zone fester for two months with the mayor calling it a “block party” and “summer of love” until four were shot, two were killed and the radicals marched on the mayor’s home. They even marched on the home of council members. They care so much about black lives, they even marched on the home of their first female black police chief, Carmen Best, but the neighbors came to her defense blocking them from getting there.

They’ve been lobbying to defund the police despite the 525% increase in crime since the autonomous zone.

Best has been very critical of the radical leftist effort to defund the SPD and has not been shy about saying that. As my colleague Sister Toldjah reported, the progressive-run city council has decided to show their respect for black voices and women by voting to slash her salary.

But now, thousands have come out to speak against the defunding effort. The silent majority is finally being heard from in Seattle.

They chanted “Defend SPD” and “vote no!”

So many people and so loud you can hear it echoing up and down the streets.

The defunding vote is coming up tomorrow. The council members have already said they are committed to cutting by 50% although some of them have started to sound like they want to delay the enactment of that, perhaps because of the public backlash.

As Q13Fox reporter Brandi Kruse observes, some of these folks who committed to cutting by 50% campaigned last year on building up the police department.

Kruse has been a great reporter on the subject in Seattle, showing that yes, there are reporters out there dedicated to doing their job to inform the public honestly, so we give her props for the effort.

Of course, some of the crazies came out to counter-protest, with much smaller numbers and vile vocabulary. Warning for language.

Antifa made an appearance and assaulted a woman, showing why they actually need more cops, desperately, and all the support you can give the police.

But they were far outnumbered and under the watchful eye of the police.

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Antifa Shows Up at Pro-Police Rally in Ft. Collins — HUGE MISTAKE — This Did Not End Well for the Domestic Terrorists (VIDEO)

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A group of concerned citizens decided to hold a rally in support of police in Ft. Collins this weekend.

At one point a group of antifa terrorists showed up to threaten the pro-police protesters in a counter protest.

That was a HUGE MISTAKE!
The police supporters marched the antifa terrorists out of the neighborhood.

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But then when all hell broke lose and the Antifa goons ended up in a ditch getting pummeled.

Via John Cardillo.

ANTIFA showed up in Ft Collins Colorado neighborhood as they were holding a pro police rally. Didn’t work out to well for the ANTIFA thugs.

Posted by Jim Cross on Saturday, August 8, 2020

Here is more video from a leftist reporter on the scene in Ft. Collins.
The confrontation starts around the 22 minute mark.

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The protesters then resumed their rally that ended peacefully.

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Riot declared as dumpster fires burn in city of Portland

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Protesters were back on the streets of Portland, Oregon, Saturday night as violent demonstrations have continued in the city that had hoped for calm after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago and local police try to quell the unrest.

A crowd of several hundred people formed late Saturday outside the Portland Police Association building, about 5 miles north of the federal courthouse that had been the target of nightly violence earlier this summer.

Live video showed multiple dumpster fires near the building, less than half an hour after police tweeted that “criminal activities including, but not limited to, vandalism, unlawful entry to the building, or fire starting,” could be subject to arrest, the use of tear gas and/or crowd-control munitions.

Video posted on social media also appeared to show a fire inside the building. The Portland Police Association is a labor union that represents members of law enforcement.

A riot was declared by police just after 11:30 p.m., and demonstrators were asked to leave.

Rallies had been held earlier in the afternoon and evening throughout the city, including at Peninsula, Laurelhurst and Berrydale parks, local media reported.

The gatherings this week had been noticeably smaller than the crowds of thousands who turned out nightly for about two weeks in July to protest the presence of U.S. agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the federal courthouse downtown.

This week’s clashes have, however, amped up tensions after an agreement between state and federal officials seemed to offer a brief reprieve.

Police arrested 24 people during demonstrations overnight Friday after they said people defied orders to disperse and threw rocks, frozen or hard-boiled eggs and commercial-grade fireworks at officers. An unlawful assembly was declared outside the Penumbra Kelly public safety building.

Most of those arrested were from Portland, while one man was from Oakland, California, and another was Tulsa, Oklahoma. Most were in their 20s or 30s.

The charges included assault on an officer, interfering with an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

An Oregon State Police trooper was struck in the head by a large rock and suffered a head injury, police said. The trooper’s condition was not immediately known.

Some demonstrators filled pool noodles with nails and placed them in the road, causing extensive damage to a patrol vehicle, police said. Oregon State Police had worked with Portland officers to clear the protesters.

Since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, protests over racial injustice and police brutality have occurred nightly for more than 70 days.

Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler said violent protesters are also serving as political “props” for President Donald Trump in a divisive election season where the president is hammering on a law-and-order message. Trump has called the protesters as “sick and dangerous anarchists” running wild in the city’s streets.

Tear gas was used by police on protesters Wednesday for the first time since the U.S. agents pulled back their presence in the city. But officers did not use it Thursday or Friday despite declaring the demonstrations unlawful assemblies.

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PORTLAND UPDATE: Elderly Women Speak Out After Being Attacked by Antifa for Defending Police Precinct

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Two women in their seventies who were attacked by Antifa terrorists Thursday night as they tried to defend the East Precinct of the Portland Bureau of Police spoke to local TV station KGW about the attacks. One woman had her face concealed from the TV camera during her interview, apparently afraid of further attack by Antifa.

One woman was assaulted while trying to extinguish an arson fire and the other had her head covered in paint.

Excerpt of KGW-TV report:

“Wednesday night they broke windows, it was a real mess,” said 73-year-old Penny.

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By Thursday, Penny had had enough. As protesters lit a fire outside East Precinct, Penny grabbed her fire extinguisher, her homemade Black Lives Matter sign, and with the help of her walker, made her way to the precinct to put out the flames.

“I’m very, very pro-Black Lives Matter,” said Penny. “But I just think vandalism sabotages the message.”…

…At the same time, other protesters were splashing paint against the precinct’s boarded-up windows. Some of it splattered into Penny’s hair. That was nothing compared to what 77-year-old Cobey went through. Protesters dumped paint on top of her and tossed yellow caution tape on her head.

…Like Penny, Cobey was frustrated and decided to walk over to confront protesters.

“I just got heated under the collar and said ‘Hey, this is not OK. This is my neighborhood, you’re not helping my Black friends,’” said Cobey. “It’s not OK to destroy property. You can say what you have to say but be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”…

End excerpt. Please read the complete KGW report at this link.

KGW video of the interviews:

Video of women being assaulted by Antifa terrorists:

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VIDEO: Philly Trump Boat Rally Is MASSIVE! At Least 500 Boats

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HUNDREDS of Boaters turned out today in Philadelphia for the Trump Boat Parade on the Delaware River!

The Pennsylvania fish and game says at least 500 boats went out today..

Jack Posobiec posted several videos.

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EXCLUSIVE: Killer Cuomo Not Only Murdered Thousands of Elderly In Homes, He Also Targeted Adult Care Facilities and Group Homes for People with Disabilities

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Back in May we reported that New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD and Executive Deputy Commissioner Sally Dreslin’s actions led to thousands of deaths in New York state.

Yaacov Apelbaum at the Illustrated Primer shared that these New York politicians are accountable for thousands of nursing home deaths because of their insane directives related to the China coronavirus.

Apelbaum first pointed out the ludicrous directive from New York’s Department of Health, including:

During this global health emergency, all NHs [nursing homes] must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to NHs.

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and:

No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.

As we reported in May, the reason for the Cuomo’s insane directives is related to money:

In 2018, as Governor Andrew Cuomo faced a challenge to his reelection bid in the New York State Democratic primary, he got a last minute $1m cash infusion from the General New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)—a powerful NY healthcare industry group. On April 2, 2020, he repaid the favor when he quietly signed legislation shielding hospital and nursing home executives from any lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The clauses, inserted into the annual budget bill by Cuomo, gave blanket immunity protections for healthcare industry executive and administrators, the same individuals and institutions that have made a fortune moving sick Covid-19 patients to nursing homes.

The GNYHA gave to the Democrats an unheard of $3 million in the 2018 election cycle. Of this, Cuomo and his state party committee received close to $2.3m from various hospitals and nursing home industry donors. Governor Cuomo returned the favor with his directive forcing COVID-19 patients back into elderly homes. This directive provided a massive increase in revenues to organizations associated with the GNYHA who were paid handsomely for COVID patients. It was a bonanza for these entities.

The impact of this decision on elderly New Yorkers in nursing homes is the elderly in these nursing homes spread the disease and died. They died at the worst rate in the country and the world.

The Gateway Pundit reported numerous times that the mortality rates for the China coronavirus are not much worse than a bad flu season across the US with the exception of New York and New Jersey.  The death rates in these areas are way above the rest of the country and the world for that matter. It is clear that Governor Cuomo’s policies in New York led to the unnecessary massive number of deaths in the state.

But today we have to report that it is even worse.  Cuomo’s insane and deadly policies not only targeted nursing homes, they also targeted adult care facilities and group homes for people with disabilities.

The March 25 nursing home edict issued by the New York state (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) is NOT the only order NYS enacted, which mandated that Covid-19 infected patients got sent into congregate care facilities from hospitals. NYS ALSO sent COVID-19 infected patients into adult care facilities (ACFs) and into group homes managed under the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). 

ACFs serve older people who have medical needs, but do not require nursing home care. NYS OPWDD serves individuals who acquired a disability before the age of 22. Examples of covered disabilities include, but are not limited to: autism, mental retardation, brain injury, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy.  Some of these individuals (who can be any age, including seniors, as long as they acquired their disability before age 22) are among New York’s most vulnerable.

There is also regulatory language which shows that the state was (and likely still is) allowing COVID-19 infected staff to continue to work with these individuals!  Families have not been able to resume visitation rights and have not seen their child or adult child since March.  This is an unbearable hardship for all concerned.

Here are links the directives in New York:

Enacted March 25, 2020, Nursing Homes: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/doh_covid19-_nhadmissionsreadmissions_-032520.pdf

Enacted April 7, 2020, Adult Care Facilities: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/doh_covid19_acfreturnofpositiveresidents_040720.pdf (This URL no longer works. Here is the policy: https://web.archive.org/web/20200608212648/https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/doh_covid19_acfreturnofpositiveresidents_040720.pdf)

Enacted April 10, 2020, NYS OPWDD Certified Residential Facilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/4.11.2020-opwdd_crfreturnfromhospital.pdf (In case the above has been deleted: https://web.archive.org/web/20200531135252/https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/4.11.2020-opwdd_crfreturnfromhospital.pdf)

Janice Dean from FOX News lost both her parents-in-law to COVID-19 in New York.  She wrote an oped on the matter at USA Today.  Below is an excellent video that describes the entire deadly scandal:

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Last week New York Department of Health Commissioner, Zucker, was in front of the New York Senate and Assembly and he stated (twice) that the Greater New York Hospital Association had nothing to do with the creation of bill text which gave New York State hospitals and nursing homes virtual immunity, including with both COVID and non-COVID patients, retroactive to March 7, 2020. This was passed on April 3, 2020 by Governor Cuomo.  Assembly Member Biaggia pointed out to him that the GNYHA placed on its own website a statement that boasted that it had helped write the language for this bill, which Cuomo signed into law the very next day on April 3rd.  She stated this GNYHA statement has since been erased from the internet. (link to post here)

Zucker claimed to not have the data as to how many Covid-19 infected people, who were transferred to hospitals from nursing homes, died in those hospitals!

Zucker asked to have more time to get this data accurately assembled. He was asked this question five or six times. He was asked if he knew New York state was the only state which did not gather this data. He refused to acknowledge that fact. Each time, he stated he needed to have time to gather the accurate data, he did not have the data for the Committee members today. He would not answer the question as to why New York state is THE ONLY state which is not gathering this data, which gives New York state the appearance of having a much lower rate of Covid-19 nursing home deaths than ALL other states. He couldn’t answer adequately.

Members accurately pointed out that he had the data for COVID-19 transfers from hospitals to nursing homes (as issue in the recent, July 6th report put out by the New York state DOH) …but did not have the reverse data: how many people were transferred FROM New York state nursing homes to New York state hospitals and who then died (here is that July 6 report).

Zucker claimed to not know that the New York state DOH website had removed the March 25th mandate shown above, while stating at a different point in the hearing that this March 25th order is still in place! It was apparently never revoked.

Zucker CONTINUED to lay the blame for New York’s large nursing home Covid-19 infections and deaths on not only on the federal government, but also on staff infections and UPON FAMILIES!

Overall, it looks like the Democrats in New York are giving Zucker and Cuomo a pass. The federal government needs to step in. Thousands died due to New York’s insane coronavirus policies and now they are hiding the numbers.