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August 5, 2022

Alex Jones Reprimanded By Judge [Video]

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1864: Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral David Farragut with the cry “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” (US Civil War).

The judge presiding over the Austin, Texas, defamation trial against Alex Jones admonished the Infowars founder for lying under oath.

A jury found that Jones must pay Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., $4.1 million in compensatory damages for claiming that the tragedy was a hoax.

Earlier this week, Travis County District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble reportedly told court staffers that she was sending the jury home after prosecutors raised concerns over Jones telling falsehoods on the witness stand.

“Mr. Jones, you may not say to this jury that you complied with discovery,” said Judge Gamble. “That is not true. You may not say it again.”

“You may not tell this jury that you are bankrupt,” Gamble continued. “That is also not true. You may have filed for bankruptcy, I don’t know that but I have heard that. That doesn’t make a person or a company bankrupt. You’re already under oath to tell the truth. You’ve already violated that oath twice today in those two examples. It seems absurd to instruct you again that you must tell the truth when you testify. Yet, here I am. You must tell the truth while you testify. This is not your show. You need to slow down and not take what you see as opportunities to further the message that you’re wanting to further. Instead, only answer the specific and exact questions you’ve been asked. No asides. The comments about discovery. The comments about the larynx or whatever it was.”

“None of those were responses to questions,” the judge said. “They’re just you abusing my tolerance and making asides to the jury improperly and, in at least two cases, untruthfully. Do you understand what I have said?”

“Yes,” said Jones. “I believe what I said was true. So, I don’t know —”

“Yes, you believe everything you say is true, but it isn’t,” Judge Gamble said. “Your beliefs do not make something true. That is what we’re doing here. Just because you claim to believe something is true does not make it true. It does not protect you. It does not allow — you’re under oath. Those things must actually be true when you say them.”

The Infowars founder started to speak again.

“Don’t talk,” the judge said. “Do you understand what I have said?”

“I do understand,” Jones replied.

On Wednesday, after years of claiming that the massacre was a hoax, Jones said it was “100% real.”

“Especially since I’ve met the parents. It’s 100% real,” Jones said.

However, he later added a caveat.

“I think Sandy Hook happened. I think it was a terrible event,” he said. “I think it was a cover-up. The FBI knew it was going to happen.”

Gamble ordered the jury to return Friday to consider punitive damages.

July 14, 2022

Unsettling Uvalde Surveillance Footage Sparks Uproar

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1850: 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration by Florida physician John Gorrie.

Newly-published surveillance footage of the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has sparked outrage from horrified Americans after seeing police wait more than an hour to confront the gunman — despite entering the school just minutes after the violence began.

Footage shows the officers “walking back and forth in the hallway, some leaving the camera frame and then reappearing, others training their weapons toward the classroom, talking, making cellphone calls, sending texts and looking at floor plans, but not entering or attempting to enter the classrooms,” the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The 77-minute video, published by the Austin American-Statesman, shows the gunman enter the school at 11:33 a.m. on May 24. He fires his weapon inside two classrooms for two and a half minutes. Authorities say more than 100 rounds were fired. Officers enter the school just three minutes later, but they waited over an hour to confront the gunman.

Several officers rush toward the classrooms, but retreat to a nearby hallway once more shots were fired by the gunman. At 12:09, 36 minutes later, more officers enter the school — some heavily armed, wearing body armor, and carrying ballistic shields — but they stay in the hallway.

At 12:21, the gunman fires four more rounds. The officers eventually move toward the classrooms, but then they still just stand in the hallway. At 12:30, one officer is seen casually using hand sanitizer.

Finally, at 12:50 p.m. — 77 minutes after the gunman began his attack — officers breach the classroom and neutralize the gunman.

The footage immediately sparked outrage over the police officer’s handling of the shooting.

“Would love to hear from this Uvalde cop why he was worried about putting on hand sanitizer while a shooter was massacring kids twenty feet down the hall,” said Cabot Phillips, a senior editor of the conservative outlet The Daily Wire.

“That cop in Uvalde having his lock screen be the Punisher logo and him being scared to take on an active shooter is truly the perfect encapsulation of how cops see themselves vs who they really are,” one critic wrote on Twitter.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLoughlin condemned the media for releasing the video, which was supposed to be shown to the victims’ families before being released to the public.

“That was the most chicken way to put this video out today,” McLoughlin said.

There was no reason for those families to have to see that. They were going to see the video but they didn’t need to see the gunman coming in and hear the gunshots,” he added. “They don’t need to relive that. They’ve been through enough.”

July 10, 2022

Texas Governor Orders National Guard to Return Illegal Immigrants to Border

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1778: American Revolution – Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) directed the Lone Star state’s National Guard and Department of Public Safety to “return illegal immigrants to the border.”

“I issued an Executive Order authorizing the Texas National Guard & Texas Dept. of Public Safety to return illegal immigrants to the border,” Abbott said.

“Cartels have become emboldened by Biden’s open border policies. Texas is taking unprecedented action to STOP this criminal enterprise.”

In a press release, Abbott cited the Biden administration’s decision to end Title 42 expulsions and “the Remain in-Mexico policy.”

“While President Biden refuses to do his job and enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress, the State of Texas is once again stepping up and taking unprecedented action to protect Americans and secure our southern border,” Abbott said in a statement.

“The cartels have become emboldened and enriched by President Biden’s open border policies, smuggling in record numbers of people, weapons, and deadly drugs like fentanyl.”

June 30, 2022

Texas Governor Blames Deadly Incident on Biden

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) blamed President Joe Biden and his immigration policies after at least 46 individuals were found dead in an 18-wheeler in San Antonio.

“These deaths are on Biden,” Abbott tweeted. “They are a result of his open border policies. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.”

Abbott wasn’t the only Texas lawmaker to blame Biden’s immigration policies for the tragic deaths.

“Horrific,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote on Twitter.

“How many more people have to die before Dems give a damn?” he asked, adding the hashtag “BidenBorderCrisis.”

However, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pushed back against the accusation.

“The fact of the matter is, the border is closed, which is in part why you see people trying to make this dangerous journey using smuggling networks,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

“Our hearts go out to the families at this time. We are going to stay focused on the facts and making sure we hold these smugglers accountable.”

June 29, 2022

Texas Rep Says Pelosi ‘Pushed’ Her Daughter [Video]

Texas Rep. Mayra Flores (R) says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “pushed” her daughter at her recent swearing-in ceremony.

“I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her,” Flores tweeted alongside a video of the incident. “She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a queen.”

Flores added: “No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!”

A spokesperson for Pelosi said the Speaker’s intentions were being misrepresented.

“It’s sad to see ‘news outlets’ that know better misrepresent the Speaker’s effort to ensure Rep. Flores’ daughters wouldn’t be hidden behind her in all of the photos of such an important moment for their family,” said Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff.

June 22, 2022

Texas Says Uvalde Police’s Response Was an ‘Abject Failure’ [Video]

Texas state officials declared that the police response to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde was “an abject failure antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre.”

The Texas Senate held a special hearing on the police response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.

“Three minutes after the subject entered the west building, there was a sufficient number of armed officers — wearing body armor — to isolate, distract and neutralize the subject,” said Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw added.

“The officers had weapons, the children had none. The officers had body armor, the children had none. The officers had training, the subject had none.”

You can watch the special hearing in full below:

June 22, 2022

Biden Declared ‘Not Legitimately Elected’

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1865: The CSS Shenandoah fires the last shot of the American Civil War in the Bering Strait to indicate surrender.

The Texas Republican Party adopted a new 40-page platform declaring that President Joe Biden “was not legitimately elected” in the 2020 presidential election.

“We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” the platform reads.

The Lone Star state’s GOP unveiled its new platform at its biennial convention in Houston.

According to the platform, “substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas” impacted the results in five states, ultimately handing the victory to Biden.

“We strongly urge all Republicans to work to ensure election integrity and to show up to vote in November of 2022, bring your friends and family, volunteer for your local Republicans and overwhelm any possible fraud,” the platform reads.


June 4, 2022

Uvalde Teacher ‘Heartbroken’ By False Statement

In Uvalde, Texas, a teacher at Robb Elementary School has been “heartbroken” since state officials incorrectly stated that she left a door propped open, allowing the gunman to enter the building and carry out last week’s deadly shooting.

Don Flanary, the teacher’s lawyer, told ABC News that the incorrect accusation had traumatized his client.

“It’s traumatic for her when it’s insinuated that she’s involved, the door open,” Flanary said. “She’s heartbroken.”

Flanary told reporters that the teacher had stepped out of the door to pick up food from a colleague outside when she saw a gray Ford pickup truck crash and propped the door open with her rock while she grabbed her phone to call 911. She saw an armed man headed toward her school when she walked back out, so she kicked the rock and shut the door.

Flanary said the teacher heard gunshots from inside the school.

“She thought she was going to die herself. She was waiting for him to come in,” Flanary said. “Obviously, she’s heartbroken with all the lives lost.”

At the initial press conference after the shooting, a Texas Department of Public Safety official said that the teacher left the door propped open.

The DPS walked back their statement days later, saying that the teacher closed the door, but the door did not lock.

June 2, 2022

Uvalde Police Chief Ignores State Investigators

Peter Arredondo, the police chief of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD), hasn’t responded to state officials’ request for a follow-up interview in their investigation into the elementary school shooting that left 21 people dead.

Arredondo participated in an initial interview with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) but hasn’t yet responded to multiple requests for follow-ups, a DPS spokesperson said.

While Arredondo hasn’t responded to requests for additional interviews, “Uvalde and Uvalde CISD departments have been cooperating with investigators,” DPS spokesperson Travis Considine said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he was “livid” over the initial reports that showed a swift response from local police.

Investigators must “get to the very seconds of exactly what happened with 100 percent accuracy and explain it to the public and most importantly to the victims who have been devastated,” Abbott said.


Source:

Texas school police chief hasn’t responded for days to state investigators about Uvalde shooting

June 1, 2022

Border Patrol Agent Shares Harrowing Details of Elementary School Shooting

Jacob Albarado, a Border Patrol agent, shared the harrowing details behind his rushing to Robb Elementary School to save his wife and daughter during the deadly mass shooting last week.

Albarado discussed his experience during an appearance on NBC’s Today. His wife, a fourth-grade teacher at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, sent him a text message that said, “There’s an active shooter. Help. I love you.”

His wife and daughter ultimately survived the attack.

Albarado said he raced to Robb Elementary School, describing the scene outside as “chaos. Chaos. Everyone was trying to get to the school, people were trying to get everything situated, I was just trying to get toward my wife’s room and my daughter’s room.”

The local police have been under scrutiny for their response to the shooting after it was revealed that officers waited more than an hour to enter the school.

“To me, I believe everyone there was doing the best that they could given the circumstances,” Albarado said.


Source:

Border Patrol agent recalls rushing Texas school in effort to save wife, daughter

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