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EDITOR’S NOTE: NO LINKS THURSDAY… HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

 

NO MORE $1000 BAIL FOR WAUKESHA MASSACRE SUSPECT… Judge Sets Wisconsin Suspect’s Bail At $5 Million

The suspect who allegedly plowed through a crowd at a Christmas parade had his bail set at $5 million on Tuesday, CBS News reported.

Judge Kevin Costello permitted Waukesha County’s district attorney Susan Opper’s request for a $5 million bail for Darrell Brooks, the suspect of Sunday’s rampage during the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, CBS News reported.

Judge Costello spoke on the extremely high bail, noting Brooks’ “extraordinary” history of violence and breaking the law. “I have not seen anything like this in my very long career,” Costello said, according to CBS News.

Opper said her office is aware of a 6th victim, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who died Tuesday evening after sustaining life-threatening injuries and going through brain surgery, NBC26 reported.

 

SUSPECT WAS INTENTIONALLY SWERVING TO STRIKE CHRISTMAS PARADE PARTICIPANTS… JOHN SEXTON: Complaint says he appeared to be swerving to hit as many people as possible

The vehicle then got to the intersection of East Main Street and NW Barstow Street, and it appeared the brakes were activated. Office Butryn believed the vehicle was going to come to a stop and attempt to make a right hand turn out of the parade route, onto NW Barstow Street. However, the vehicle then appeared to rapidly accelerate, as Officer Butryn heard tires squeal. The vehicle took an abrupt left turn into the crowd of parade participants. At this point, it was clear to Officer Butryn that this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible. Officer Butryn continued to run westbound on East Main Street, trailing the vehicle and its path. He observed the vehicle appeared to be intentionally moving side to side, striking multiple people, and bodies and objects were flying from the area of the vehicle.

 

WHITE HOUSE WON’T BACK DOWN FROM RITTENHOUSE LIE… Psaki Dodges Question About Whether Biden Will Apologize To Kyle Rittenhouse (VIDEO)

White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questioning on Tuesday over whether President Joe Biden will issue an apology to Kyle Rittenhouse for labeling him a white supremacist.

“Would the president ever apologize to the acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting online and on TV that he is a white supremacist?” Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki at a briefing.

Rittenhouse was included in a Biden campaign video showing a montage of alleged white supremacists. Biden called out then-President Donald Trump for refusing “to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”

“Well, let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump’s own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups,” she responded. Psaki went on to say that Trump “actively encouraged” those groups during his presidency.

 

JOE, HUNTER AND CO. SPEND THANKSGIVING WITH PRIVATE EQUITY BILLIONAIRE… BOSTON GLOBE: President Biden and family arrive on Nantucket Island to celebrate Thanksgiving

President Biden and his family arrived on Nantucket Tuesday evening to start their extended Thanksgiving holiday visit. […]

They entered the presidential motorcade and were on their way to the estate of David Rubenstein, the co-founder and chairman of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, the report said.

Although the president has spent vacations and Thanksgiving on the island for decades — 46 years, to be exact — beginning when he was just a junior senator from Delaware, he does not own a house there. Biden and family have previously stayed at the homes of Democratic supporters Rubenstein and Louis Susman, ambassador to the United Kingdom under former president Barack Obama.

Joining Biden for the holiday are his son, Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen, daughter Ashley Biden, and several of their grandchildren, according to the White House. They are scheduled to return on Sunday, the White House said.

 

PSAKI DISMISSES CRITICISM… SAYS BIDEN IS SPENDING TIME WITH HIS ‘LOVED ONES’… DAILY MAIL…

Psaki also pushed back when asked what image it sent that Biden was spending the holiday at a billionaire’s house on Nantucket.

‘This is a time to put politics aside, spend time with your loved ones and talk about what you’re grateful for,’ she said.

She added that Biden will be working from the island.

‘He will conduct his work from wherever he is on any vacation on any time,’ she noted. ‘He has secure phone capabilities. He has staff traveling with him.’

The Bidens will stay at the compound of billionaire businessman David Rubenstein on Nantucket Harbor, the Nantucket Current reported.

The 13-acre compound is worth around $20 million. Rubenstein is the co-founder of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group. He gives millions to charity – including for the repair of the Washington Monument after the 2011 earthquake and to the National Zoo for its Giant Panda program. He also is chairman of the Kennedy Center.

 

Biden’s Energy Secretary Fails To Answer Basic Question About American Oil Consumption (VIDEO)

President Joe Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was unable to answer a question concerning the amount of oil the U.S. consumes per day during a Tuesday press briefing.

“How many barrels of oil does the U.S. consume per day?” a reporter asked Granholm during Tuesday’s press briefing.

“I don’t have that number in front of me,” Granholm said in response.

“Some suggest that it is about 18 million. Which would suggest you are releasing less than three days’ worth supply from the reserve,” the reporter added.

Biden ordered the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to “combat high energy prices,” the White House said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Energy has a two-pronged plan for the release, with 32 million barrels being part of an exchange over the course of several months.

 

Biden Appears To Have A Ron Burgundy Moment By Reciting ‘End Of Quote’ Straight Off Teleprompter (VIDEO)

President Joe Biden appeared to have a Ron Burgundy moment Tuesday after reciting “end of quote” off the teleprompter during his address on gas prices.

Biden announced that the administration met with major retailers, including Walmart and TJ Maxx, in order to solve the supply chain crisis by moving products in and stocking the shelves more quickly. During this segment of the address, Biden can be heard reading “end of quote,” apparently off the teleprompter.

“You may have heard the CEO of Walmart [Doug McMillon] yesterday on the steps we’ve taken, he said and I quote ‘the combination of private enterprise and government working together has been really successful.’ He went on to say ‘All the way through the supply chain there’s a lot of innovation because of the actions we’ve taken things have begun to change…’ end of quote.”


‘When Will You Answer Our Questions?’ Reporter Asks Biden As He Turns His Back On The Press (VIDEO)

A reporter has called out President Joe Biden for ignoring questions from the press during his remarks on the economy Tuesday.

In a tweet following Biden’s remarks, a Wall Street Journal White House reporter, Alex Leary, noted that the president failed to respond to a question from CBS News White House correspondent, Steven Portnoy.

Biden concluded his remarks by sharing he was headed to a food kitchen to serve meals ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday before walking away from the podium and turning his back on the press.

As Biden walked away, various reporters shouted questions before Portnoy could be heard asking, “When will you answer our questions, sir?”

 

WHITE HOUSE FINALLY IDENTIFIES A ‘SQUAD’ IDEA THAT GOES TOO FAR… ‘Make Us Less Safe’: Psaki Responds To Tlaib’s Support For Prison Abolition(VIDEO)

President Joe Biden will not support a plan endorsed by Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib that would release all prisoners from federal detention facilities within ten years, press secretary Jen Psaki said at her Tuesday press conference.

“The president does not support abolishing prisons, he does not support defunding the police. He thinks measures like that will make us less safe, and he would not support legislation that includes it,” Psaki said.

Tlaib has expressed support for the BREATHE Act, a plan written by the left-wing Movement for Black Lives that would require the “full decarceration of federal detention facilities within ten years” and ban common forms of punishment and surveillance, such as parole, probation and electronic ankle monitoring. The BREATHE Act has not been introduced as a formal piece of legislation, but has received support from Tlaib and Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

During a Sunday appearance on Axios on HBO, Tlaib downplayed the BREATHE Act’s provisions.

“Look at the folks that are mentally ill who have substance abuse problems,” Tlaib told Jonathan Swan. “Why aren’t you asking me about them? You’re asking me about the … human traffickers and others who should be able to be held accountable.”

 

Fairfax Public Schools Reinstates Pornographic Books As A Commitment To ‘Diverse Reading Materials’

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has reviewed two books previously contested by parents as pornographic and pedophilic and decided to put them back into the district’s libraries, according to a statement released by FCPS on Tuesday.

A two month committee review process conducted by FCPS as a result of a “formal challenge” found “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe and “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison appropriate for high schoolers, according to the FCPS statement.

The books will be put back in the school system’s libraries, which were removed in September after Stacy Langton, a FCPS mom went to a Sept. 23 school board meeting and denounced the nature of the books.

Langton previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the books depicted pedophilia and sex between men and boys, including one book that showed a fourth-grade boy performing oral sex on what appears to be an adult male.

“Please describe to me what do you call this image of the adult bearded male with an erect penis fondling the genitalia of the child male? What is that?” Langton said in response to the district’s decision to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “He’s twice the size of the other character too. And I mean his erect penis is also twice the size of the boy’s penis.”

 

Santa Cruz County Will Require Masks In Private Homes

Santa Cruz County, California, is imposing an indoor mask mandate beginning Sunday night which requires residents to wear masks in private settings, including homes, regardless of vaccination status.

The mandate applies to gatherings of those who live in a different homes but meet together in one location, and it was imposed in light of rising COVID-19 cases in the area, according to ABC 7.

Bay Area COVID-19 cases are still lower than they were during summer surges, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. “Unfortunately, a potential winter surge appears to be a significant threat to the health and safety of our community,” said Dr. Gail Newel, Santa Cruz County’s health officer, according to the Chronicle.

 

CVS, Walgreens, Walmart Guilty In Perpetuating Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

CVS, Walmart and Walgreens each fueled the deadly opioid crisis in two Ohio counties, a federal jury determined Tuesday in Cleveland.

The ruling marks the first time drug retailers have been found liable for their role in the opioid epidemic — and the first jury verdict in an opioid case in the U.S. A trial judge will determine in the spring how much each company must pay the two counties, according to The New York Times.

The jury agreed that the companies contributed to a “public nuisance” by ignoring suspicious opioid orders for years at local pharmacies and corporate headquarters. The public nuisance legal argument had been rejected by courts in prior cases in multiple states, but plaintiffs across the country in other cases are set to pursue it following this landmark ruling.

All three retailers plan to appeal the verdict, they said.

 

LAST WEEK… Drug Overdose Deaths Hit New High During Pandemic

A record number of Americans died of overdoses on drugs in the time spanning from April 2020 to April 2021, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) said Wednesday.

More than 100,000 Americans died of overdoses during that time period, compared to 78,000 during the prior year, according to the provisional numbers from the NCHS. It’s the first time the total number of overdose deaths has surpassed 100,000, and the tally has doubled since 2015.

Many of the additional deaths were driven by fentanyl use, and more recent numbers released by NCHS suggest the increase has slowed since April. The increase correlates with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent restrictions on activity, in the United States. Experts say that not only did pandemic restrictions lead to increased feelings of isolation and depression in many Americans, but routine forms of medical care were also often delayed during COVID-19 surges.

Roughly seven in ten of the overdose deaths were in men ages 25 to 54. Some of the largest increases were concentrated in the south and the rust belt, with Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky all seeing increases of more than 50% in deaths.

 

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