Texas mayor says the Southern Border ‘is ‘a mad house’ and ‘not under control’

A Texas mayor opened up on Tucker Carlson Tonight about the reality of the situation at the Southern Border

, equating it to the “wild, wild West.”

Uvalde, Texas Mayor Don McLaughin joined Carlson to discuss the border crisis. His town is around 100 miles from the border with Mexico, as reported by the Daily Caller.

“We all get so frustrated in our community when we hear them and we hear our leadership tell us, ‘Oh, the southern border is under control,’” he said.

T”he southern border is not under control. It’s a mad house,” the mayor said.

McLaughlin told Tucker about the crimes his state sees every day due to the surge of migrants at the border and tha lack of a response form the Biden administration.

“We have car chases on a daily basis. We have immigrants jumping off trains. We have them coming into our schools. It’s just non-stop,” McLaughlin said.

He told Tucker that Border Patrol is often too preoccupied with children to stop the adult males streaming in, who are the ones with criminal records.

There are illegal immigratns “running through people’s yards,” he said.

“This is something we’re having to deal with every day. And it’s getting worse and worse and worse.”

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The interview comes as numbers were released showing the highest number of unaccompanied minors ever showed up at the border in the month of March.

Nearly 19,000 migrant children arrived at the border last month. Read the full story here.


Supreme Court orders CA to lift limits on in-home religious gatherings

The Supreme Court decided late on Friday to lift orders by Gov. Gavin Newsom preventing in-home religious gatherings, overturning a decision made by the Ninth Circuit.

This makes the fifth time the Supreme Court has rejected the Ninth Circuit’s decisions on California’s COVID-19 restrictions, as reported by Fox News.

The decision said there must be proof that religious activities lead to more of a spread of the virus than secular activities such as grocery shopping or visiting an entertainment venue.

“Otherwise, precautions that suffice for other activities suffice for religious exercise too,” the majority opinion said.

The state of California “treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts and indoor dining at restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time,” the decision said.

The opinion added that orders cannot “assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work.”

The highest court has heard numerous similar cases on religious gatherings and COVID-19.

A federal judge had previously ruled against Newsom’s order, which the Ninth Circuit held up.

“The state reasonably concluded that when people gather in social settings, their interactions are likely to be longer than they would be in a commercial setting,”  the Ninth Circuit said, “that participants in a social gathering are more likely to be involved in prolonged conversations; that private houses are typically smaller and less ventilated than commercial establishments; and that social distancing and mask-wearing are less likely in private settings and enforcement is more difficult.”

Read the full story here.


‘It was not optional’: Cuomo staffers say work on governor’s pandemic book was not voluntary

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is once again in hot water as several staffers came forward to say their work on his COVID-19 response book was not voluntary, despite the office saying it was.

According to Fox News, several staffers have come forward to say their work was not voluntary, which would then be illegal and an ethics violation.

The Governor’s office had previously claimed the work was not forced or a part of anyones’ jobs.

“As is permissible and consistent with ethical requirements, people who volunteered on this project did so on their own time,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said last week.

Local newspaper The Times Union of Albany repoted that staffers came forward to the paper.

There was a “clear expectation that we would do political work to help with his campaign and run the governor’s personal errands in the Executive Chamber,” one staffer told the paper.

It is illegal in New York for the governor or any staff to use government resources for personal gain.

Another staffer said “it was not optional.”

“It was considered a part of your job. Everyone knew that you did what was asked of you and opting out was never really an option,” a former staffer told the Times Union.

The news comes as New York representative Lee Zeldin announced his candidacy for New York governor last week.

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Hunter Biden falsely claims intel community labeled laptop story as ‘Russian disinformation’

Hunter Biden falsely claimed that the intelligence community has publicly determined his laptop scandal to be “Russian disinformation,” The Washington Examiner reported Friday.

President Joe Biden‘s son has been arguing he has “done nothing wrong,” saying he’s confident the Justice Department investigates his taxes he will be clear his name.

In his various interviews promoting his memoir, “Beautiful Things,” Hunter has acknowledged that the purported laptop allegedly given to a Delaware repair shop in 2019 could belong to him. Although, he has said he has no recollection and that the device could have been stolen, he could have been hacked, or—citing no evidence—Russian intelligence could have played a role.

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However, in an interview this week on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast, Hunter falsely claimed that a recently published report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence had determined the laptop story to be Russian-backed disinformation. Former President Donald Trump’s director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said no evidence supported the claim that the laptop story was a Russian disinformation campaign. Last month, too, a report published by President Biden’s spy community did not specifically reference the laptop, The Washington Examiner noted.

“I say it to everybody — I think I write it in the book — is that, this is the truest thing I ever heard, is that, getting sober is easy, all you gotta do is change everything. And I can tell you that the ability to change everything requires, at least from me, not only getting honest with the people around me but getting honest with myself. And for the first time, I’ve been allowed to — I’ve given myself permission to do that,” Hunter told host Marc Maron. “Now, you know, it’s a hell of a lot easier when your story is being — um, you know, the concocted story of you out there is even worse than the story I write in the book.”

“But, did you pick up your laptop or?” Maron asked.

Hunter laughed and responded: “Yeah, the creepiest thing is — look, I have no clue what’s real. Only thing I do know is that the intelligence community just came out with a report that said the entire thing is Russian disinformation. And I tell people — just give them my book. I mean, it’s all right there. I’ve got nothing to hide.”

Maron then said, “The funny thing is like, […] given how much s— was stolen from you over the years when you were high, who the f— knows.”

Agreeing with Maron, Hunter replied: “Yeah. Yeah. I mean, exactly, who knows. Only thing I do know is that Rudy Giuliani is supposedly sleeping with it, which is creepy enough just to even think about,” referencing Trump’s personal lawyer.

President Biden’s 2020 campaign dismissed the laptop story, which broke in October, as being part of a Russian disinformation effort without backing up their claims with evidence.

After it came to light in December that the Justice Department was investigating Hunter’s taxes, concerns about him started to grow.

Read the full original Washington Examiner story here.

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Suicide by Molten Lava, The Reason May Surprise You

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A steel factory worker in China jumped into a blast furnace and died late last month after discovering he lost more than $9,000 on the stock market, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

Chinese man commits suicide after stock market loss

Wang Long, a 34-year-old worker at the state-owned Baotou Steel company in Inner Mongolia, had been working on his night shift on March 24 when he went missing, according to the South China Morning Post.

The company had organized workers to search for him but later found a surveillance video depicting Wang jumping into a furnace containing molten steel. Temperatures inside a furnace can reach more than 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit (1,500 degrees Celsius).

In the surveillance footage, which has been circulating on Chinese social media channels, Wang is seen standing in front of the glowing red furnace as he takes off his gloves and safety helmet, VICE reported. He hesitates for a few minutes before eventually jumping in.

“He just disappeared instantly,” a worker who has seen the video said, according to the South China Morning Post.

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Guy dives into a blast furnace and dies instantly

Wang was a longtime stock and futures investor and he had lost more than 60,000 yuan ($9,100) from his investments on the day of his death, Baotou Steel said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It’s suspected that his suicide was related to the large amount of losses and that he could not repay his heavy debts,” a company statement said, according to VICE. “We feel deeply sorry for his death. We are proactively appeasing the emotions of his family and carrying out psychological guidance for our workers.”

Police have since ruled out murder and determined the cause of death as suicide.

In April 2020, another Chinese man who had lost over a million yuan ($152,000) on the stock market took his own life by jumping from a high-rise building in Fujian.


Hollywood Actress Turns Full Slut as Her Greed Becomes Unimaginable

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Maitland Ward, the actress known for her role on “Boy Meets World,” makes six figures per month thanks to her OnlyFans account. OnlyFans is an amateur porn site where fans can pay performers directly for access to their content.

Lack of morality and our crumbling Western society

The actress, who started working in the adult film industry, recently told TMZ she pulls in a lot of cash from people subscribing to exclusive content on her account.

“I get six figures a month from OnlyFans, and continuously,” she said.

Ward, 44, added her new business venture has been lucrative thanks to the pandemic and people being stuck at home over the last year.

She said working on OnlyFans has been great because she also gets to connect with her “amazing fans” and pick up even more acting jobs.

“It has been absolutely amazing. I have amazing fans that have just shown up. It’s a time where we were alone and stressed and everything. That’s a time when you need to connect and get off,” she reasoned.

Ward said she can now make “more money and feel more powerful than I ever have in my life.”

She starred in the popular ABC sitcom 20 years ago as Rachel McGuire and plans to continue balancing adult film and network TV.

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Washed up Hollywood actress finds a new career in porn

“I want to slay both industries,” Ward told the New York Post. “I love and embrace both. Me being bold and free in my sexuality and so out there with it has really given me that power. When I was like this innocent flower, I was letting everyone else dictate what I should do or what I should be.”

She’s currently working on a comedy series called “The Big Time,” based on her life about an actress becoming an adult superstar. It begins shooting in New York in May.

“The writers came to me with the idea,” Ward described. “When I read their concept and everything in their original script, it was so sex-positive and fun. My character was based on me really because … it’s just my kind of persona.”


WHO official lied about spiked COVID report: Italian prosecutors

Italian prosecutors have alleged that a high-ranking World Health Organization (WHO) official lied to them about a spiked WHO report into Italy’s coronavirus response, the Associated Press reported Friday. They also revealed private communications Friday with potential to embarrass the United Nations health agency.

This follows the international scrutiny the WHO received for its report investigating the origins of COVID-19 inside China, whose authoritarian government was accused, among other things, of not providing full enough access to data for the WHO-led team of experts.

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Prosecutors in the northern city of Bergamo placed Dr. Ranieri Guerra under investigation for allegedly making false statements to them when he was questioned in November, at the time serving as the WHO’s assistant director-general, according to the news outlet. Guerra was the U.N. agency’s intermediary with the Italian government after the country early last year became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

Prosecutors are looking into the massive COVID-19 death toll in Bergamo and whether the country’s unpreparedness entering the pandemic was a factor, according to the AP. Their investigation expanded to include the spiked WHO report into Italy’s COVID-19 response, which revealed that the Italian government hadn’t updated its pandemic preparedness plan since 2006. Guerra was a high-ranking Italian health ministry official during 2014 to 2017, when the plan should have been updated to comply with E.U. directives.

On May 14, the day after the report was published, the WHO removed it from its website and never reuploaded it, according to the AP. The report’s disappearance, the news outlet noted, suggested that the agency removed it to spare the Italian government criticism, embarrassment, and liability.

When asked at the time whether Guerra or the Italian government had intervened to spike the report, the WHO said it was taken down by its regional office in Copenhagen due to “factual inaccuracies,” according to the AP.

However, documentation gathered by the prosecutors—initially reported by the state-run RAI Report—indicated that Guerra maneuvered to have the report removed because the Italian government was upset with it, per the AP.

In one of the private WhatsApp chats between Guerra and Dr. Silvio Brusaferro included in the documentation, Guerra wrote on May 14, 2020 to the high-ranking Italian public health official: “In the end I went to Tedros and got the document removed,” referencing WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

According to the AP, the WHO press office—in an email to the news outlet on Friday—denied that Tedros was involved in spiking the report and insisted the decision-making about the report was done by the Copenhagen office.

“The Director-General was not involved himself in the development, publishing or withdrawal of the report,” the email reportedly said, reiterating that it was taken down because it “contained inaccuracies and inconsistencies” and had been published prematurely. Guerra, the email added, was no longer an assistant director-general but rather a “special adviser.”

Read the full original Associated Press report, here, to learn more about the story.

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First GOP lawmakers calls for Gaetz’s resignation

The first congressional Republican has called for the resignation of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), whom the Justice Department is investigating for alleged sex with a minor and possibly violating federal sex trafficking laws.

On Thursday night, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) tweeted: “Matt Gaetz needs to resign.” His tweet shared a Daily Beast report that Gaetz had paid alleged sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, an associate of his, $900, which Greenberg sent hours later to three teenage girls. Greenberg, who is facing dozens of charges, is reportedly expected to strike a plea deal with federal prosecutors in his criminal case.

RELATED: Lawmakers urge Gaetz to resign as new details of DOJ probe emerge

Kinzinger, who’s served in the House since 2011, has made a name for himself more recently for not being afraid to go after fellow Republicans when he feels they need to be held accountable. Notably, he was one of 10 House GOP lawmakers to vote in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump shortly following the January 6 Capitol riot. The Illinois Republican also voted to strip GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) of her committee assignments back in February.

Last week, The New York Times was the first to report that the Justice Department was investigating Gaetz over allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paying for her travel. The Florida Republican has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying he’s “absolutely not resigning.”

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Significantly, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said that Republicans would support stripping Gaetz of his committee assignments if these allegations are proven to be true.

“Those are serious implications. If it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that’s the case,” McCarthy told Fox News last week. “But right now Matt Gaetz says that it’s not true and we don’t have any information. So let’s get all the information.”

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In the wake of last week’s revelations from The Times, new sex-related allegations against Gaetz have arisen.

Thursday last week, CNN, citing multiple sources, reported that the vocal Trump ally would allegedly show fellow lawmakers—even while on the House floor—photos and videos of women he had sex with. Gaetz has denied this.

A female GOP insider also reportedly told Business Insider in a piece last Friday that when Gaetz used to serve in the Florida statehouse, he and other lawmakers would play a “sex challenge” game, something which had been previously reported in lesser detail.

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Genius Criminal Was Just Caught Trying to Break INTO Prison

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A 19-year-old man was arrested this week after he tried to break into a South Carolina prison with contraband. It happened Wednesday at Tyger River Correctional Institute in Spartanburg County.

Man arrested for trying to break into prison with drugs

According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Nathaniel Jose Perez was found between the inner and outer fence suffering from cuts he received from the fence’s razor wire.

They say a large hole had been cut into the fence, and some pieces of what appeared to be Perez’s clothing were found stuck there. He was spotted after staff members were alerted to activity in the upper prison yard.

Officers confiscated four backpacks filled with contraband that included marijuana, cellphones, tobacco, alcohol, and other items which Perez attempted to drop off for prisoners for monetary gain.

Perez was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released to the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Perez is charged with trespassing onto a correctional facility, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and attempting to furnish prisoners with contraband.

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Backpacks full of drugs, booze and cell phones

Breaking into prison with contraband is extremely rare, but it’s not unheard of. Prisons have a thriving economy of all things from drugs to alcohol, cigarettes, food and steroids. With such a high demand for these items, prisoners have come up with some creative ways to get their products.

The most common way contraband makes its way into prison is from corrections officers. When the price of some drugs or a cellphone can be marked up 10x from its street price, it’s often too big a temptation to pass up for a corrupt C.O.

Another way of sneaking in contraband is “keistering.” When someone knows they’re heading to jail, they will often wrap drugs in cellophane or a condom and stick it where the sun don’t shine. Yikes.

Other methods include mail and visits with family members. If the visitor is discreet they can quickly pass an item while hugging or shaking hands.

As technology advances, drones have become a problem for prisons. Drones have been used to deliver contraband to inmates, but could also be used to surveil institutions, facilitate escape attempts, or transport explosives.


Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill protecting state gun laws from federal legislation

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a gun rights law Tuesday to stop local law enforcement from enforcing any federal gun control laws that are passed.

The “Second Amendment Freedom Act” was signed by Ducey days before President Joe Biden signed a set of executive orders on gun control. This makes Arizona the fifth state to enact a law saying local police may not help the federal government enforce any federal authority that may interfere on the state’s constitutional protection to bear arms.

Alaska, Idaho, Kansas and Wyoming all enacted similar legislation during President Obama’s administration.

Supporters say the bill will protect gun owners from possible overreach by President Biden’s administration.

Critics say the law will discourage police from enforcing gun laws and is an unconstitutional measure that will cost taxpayers to defend in court.

“At this time, that law has not changed anything,” Ducey told KTAR-FM radio in Glendale, Ariz., on Wednesday. “That was a proactive law for what is possible to come out of the Biden administration.”

“There’s a lot of discussion out of Washington, D. C., about congressional action around the Second Amendment, and this law was simply to protect the rights that we already enjoy in Arizona,” Ducey added.

Biden has been under pressure from congressional Democrats to ban “AK-47 style concealable weapons” under the National Firearms Act.

“The concealability and ability to use ammunition capable of penetrating body armor make these firearms especially dangerous on our streets and for law enforcement personnel,” they wrote. “We thank you for your commitment to preventing gun violence and urge you to immediately promulgate regulations to cover these concealable assault firearms under the National Firearms Act.”

The Second Amendment Freedom Act was sponsored by Rep. Leo Biasiucci.

“Arizona stands with law abiding gun owners,” Biasiucci told reporters on Wednesday. “The Second Amendment guarantees vital liberties, just like the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and the Fourth Amendment prevents unreasonable searches and seizures.”

Biasiucci said the bill sends the message to “zealous gun-grabbers in Washington” that his state won’t allow them to disarm law-abiding citizens.

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