Via HS Today:
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke at the Leaders Summit on Climate where he reaffirmed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) commitment to adapt and respond to the climate emergency, including by announcing several steps the Department is taking to address this crisis.
“The impacts of the climate emergency on both our national and collective global security are vast,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “At the Department, we must — and we will — do more to address the climate crisis. DHS will implement a new approach to climate change adaptation and resilience, and we will do so with the sense of urgency this problem demands.”
It’s already a hate crime. It just has to be enforced.
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation Thursday targeting anti-Asian hate crimes after an uptick of incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lawmakers approved the measure in a 94-1 vote. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was the only member to oppose the bill.
The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, in March, would direct the Department of Justice to expedite the review of hate crimes related to Covid-19 that were reported to law enforcement agencies and help them establish ways to report such incidents online and perform public outreach.
Via The Sun:
BLACK Lives Matter protesters crashed Oklahoma’s House of Representatives on Wednesday while it was in session to pass controversial bills.
The phalanx of over two dozen BLM marchers entered Oklahoma City’s House of Representatives launching fists in the air and chanting, “We will use our voices to stand against corruption” and “No justice, no peace,” according to the local television station KOCO.
Via NY Post:
President Biden on Wednesday warned Americans they may have to cancel “small” outdoor gatherings on the Fourth of July if there’s a slowdown of COVID-19 vaccinations.
More than 51 percent of American adults have received at least one vaccine dose, according to CDC data, indicating that herd immunity and the pandemic’s end are near.
But Biden said at the White House that he’s not yet comfortable saying people can hold small outdoor gatherings on Independence Day.
“Back on March 11, I outlined a vision of what America could look like by the Fourth of July — an America that was much closer to normal life that we left behind more than a year ago,” Biden said.
Via NY Post:
A Michigan state lawmaker being busted for driving drunk — in a car with “ELECTED” vanity plates — told cops that arresting him would not “be good,” since he controls the department’s budget, a police report shows.
Rep. Jewell Jones, (D-Inkster), told Michigan State Police troopers he was a state representative during a combative April 6 encounter after driving his black 2017 Chevy Tahoe into a ditch on Interstate 96 near Fowlerville, according to a police report obtained by the Detroit Free Press.
Via NY Times:
WASHINGTON — The next phase of President Biden’s $4 trillion push to overhaul the American economy will seek to raise taxes on millionaire investors to fund education and other spending plans, but it will not take steps to expand health coverage or reduce prescription drug prices, according to people familiar with the proposal.
Administration officials had planned to include a health care expansion of up to $700 billion, offset by efforts to reduce government spending on prescription drugs. But they have decided to instead pursue health care as a separate initiative, a move that sidesteps a fight among liberals on Capitol Hill but that risks upsetting some progressive groups that have pushed Mr. Biden to prioritize health issues.
Via NY Post:
A Texas elementary school teacher took a photo of her foot on a Black student’s neck and texted it to the young boy’s mother — drawing fury from administrators and the child’s father.
The Lamar Elementary teacher, whose identity has not been disclosed, wrote to the mother that she put her foot on her 10-year-old son’s neck over a delinquent assignment as a mock threat, to which the student replied, “I bet you won’t.”
The teacher had asked the boy to bring back an assignment with his mother’s signature.
“I didn’t think anything of it. It was ‘ha, ha,’ and I moved on,” the mother told NBC 5. “The picture then began to bother me a little bit, I showed it and my family got really upset about it.”
Via NY Post:
Joe Biden’s choice for his top science adviser is facing an uphill confirmation battle in Washington as ties to Jeffrey Epstein emerge as an issue in his consideration, according to a report.
Questions over Eric Lander’s association with Epstein have delayed his nomination to be director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Politico reported.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) wants to know more about how Lander, the current director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and a prominent geneticist, came to be associated with the pedophile financier before his death in 2019.
Cantwell and Lander have reportedly met, and her office told Politico, “We’re having a hearing on him next week and we’ll see what happens with that.”
Via PJ Media:
As America learned that a Columbus, Ohio police officer shot and killed a teenage girl while she was in the act of wielding a knife at two other girls, NBA star LeBron James took to Twitter and incited his followers against the police officer. James has 49.6 million Twitter followers and is a hero to millions for winning basketball championships. He is very influential.
Via National Review:
Since when do we need the cops to intervene in the recreational stabbings of our youth?
Just when I thought that America couldn’t possibly get any softer, people start suggesting that there’s a role for the police in preventing knife murders. The snowflake generation strikes once again.
Is there any tradition that the radicals won’t ruin? As the brilliant Bree Newsome pointed out on Twitter, “Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons.” And now people are calling the cops on them? I ask: Is this a self-governing country or not? When Newsome says, “We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon,” she may be expressing a view that is unfashionable these days. But she’s right.
Michigan’s latest rise in new Covid-19 cases rivals highs reached during the prolonged fall surge.
The state’s seven-day case average of newly reported cases remained above 7,000 for nearly two weeks, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, before falling slightly to 6,891 on Tuesday.
At the end of November, when Michigan was at the center of a fresh rise in infections that would eventually encompass the entire nation, the state averaged more than 7,000 cases a day for 10 days. Cases then dropped before briefly peaking again in early December and then fell for the next two months, to the low 1,000s. Since then, cases have been on the rise and remained near previous highs.
#BREAKING Earth Day founder and notorious "Unicorn Killer" Ira Einhorn has died in prison at age 79. Einhorn has been in jail since 2001 for the 1977 murder of Hally Maddux in University City. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/3wkY8fj7NZ
— Joshua Crompton (The National Desk) (@PhillyNewsGuy) April 3, 2020
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former hippie guru who lived the high life in Europe for years after murdering his ex-girlfriend in Philadelphia in the 1970s has died in prison.
Ira Einhorn, 79, died early Friday in a state prison in western Pennsylvania of natural causes, according to Susan McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. The death at SCI-Laurel Highlands was not related to the COVID-19 virus, she said.
Via Daily Mail:
A TV show has sparked outrage in Iraq after featuring fake ISIS fighters who ‘kidnap’ celebrities, strap fake suicide vests to them and tell them they will be executed.
In the prank show Tanneb Rislan, terrified celebrities are taken to visit Iraqi families who they believe have been displaced after fleeing from extremists.
But once there, the duped participants are ambushed by fake jihadists and told they will be killed – until ‘troops’ come to the rescue and bring their ordeal to an end.
In one show, comic actress Nessma passed out with fear after being fitted with a fake suicide vest and was only brought round when the presenter poured water on her face.
In another episode, Iraq international footballer Alaa Mhawi, who has played 44 times for his country, was blind-folded and filmed begging for his life.
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm.
The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017.
The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said.
Via Daily Caller:
A Twitter post from the official Black Lives Matter account alleged that black communities are being “terrorized” at a greater rate than they were under former President Donald Trump.
In a post from Tuesday, Black Lives Matter alleged that black communities were better off under Trump than they are under President Joe Biden. The post demanded that Biden end the 1033 program—which allows the Department of Defense to offer excess equipment to local police authorities—by the end of his first 100 days in office.
‘I’ve answered your question.’