News from Around the Web for May 17, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 Greg Abbott Pardons Army Vet Convicted of Shooting Armed BLM Rioter - Harold Hutchinson, Daily Caller and Red Voice Media on X

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas on Thursday pardoned an Uber driver who shot and killed a gun-wielding Black Lives Matter (BLM) protester during a July 2020 riot. U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Perry was convicted of murder in April 2023 despite the lead detective concluding the shooting was in self-defense and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Abbott vowed to pardon Perry after the conviction, and he announced his acceptance of a recommendation by the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles for a full pardon in a Thursday...

#9 Consumer Prices Have Risen Every Month Since ‘Bidenomics’ Began, Up 19.5% To Record High - Anthony B. Sanders Confounded Interest, and ZeroHedge on X

It don’t come easy for the middle class and low-wage workers under Bidenomics. After a fourth straight month of hotter-than-expected PPI, analysts’ expectations for CPI were tightly ranged around 0.3-0.4% MoM and printed +0.3% MoM (slightly below the 0.4% expected). The YoY headline CPI fell to +3.4% as expected, from +3.5% prior...

#8 Failed Senate Hopeful David Trone Reveals up to $97 Million in Trades of Government Securities - Gabe Kaminsky for Washington Examiner, and Unusual Whales and Nancy Pelosi Stock Trader on X

Rep. David Trone (D-MD), who lost the Democratic Maryland Senate primary Tuesday by a wide margin, submitted a financial disclosure Wednesday listing buys and sells of up to roughly $97 million last year in U.S. Treasury bills. The sprawling trades listed on the financial disclosure were sub-holdings of Trone’s joint JPMorgan investment account. The filing, which was published by the House, also listed up to $100,000 in shares of PepsiCo that Trone’s spouse sold in November 2023 through a separate trust. Treasury bills, which are issued by the U.S. government, are short-term debt obligations that help the government fund public projects such as highway construction...

#7 NFL Scandals Abound, but Butker’s Pro-family Speech Sparks Outrage - Charlie Kirk for Blaze Media and Steve Cortes and Kevin Sorbo on X

The Kansas City Chiefs kicker told the women of Benedictine College they would probably get more happiness from being wives and mothers than they would from the workplace. That makes him a monster. Around 50 NFL players are arrested on average every year. Since 2000, the Kansas City Chiefs have supplied 41 of those arrests, tied for fourth in the league. NFL player arrests include 129 cases of domestic violence, 120 assault or battery cases, and even a handful of murder and homicide cases. The number of NFL players who have destroyed their lives with drugs and alcohol or who have fathered children they don’t raise or never even see is too many to count. Young Americans look up to star athletes, but far too often, those players are the worst role models imaginable. Yet, not much ever changes. As long as a player can get 1,500 yards or 15 sacks in a year, he can get away with just about anything. Just ask Deshaun Watson, who got a record-breaking $230 million contract after being exposed as a creepy sex pervert...

#6 MP Writes to Netflix Over Baby Reindeer Evidence - Katie Razzall for BBC and Discussing Film, John Nicolsen and The Body Language Guy on X

SNP MP John Nicolson has asked Netflix to substantiate what it told a parliamentary committee about the woman alleged to have inspired the character Martha from the hit show Baby Reindeer. Giving evidence before the Culture Media and Sport Committee last week, Netflix executive Benjamin King said the show was "obviously a true story of the horrific abuse that the writer and protagonist Richard Gadd suffered at the hands of a convicted stalker."But Nicolson believes the evidence Netflix gave may have been inaccurate. Knowingly misleading a committee is a contempt of Parliament. The SNP MP told the BBC that "it's clear that Netflix's evidence given to the select committee is disputed." He added that "the charge made - of a conviction - is very important. Journalists can find no evidence to back up the Netflix claim"

#5 RFK Jr.’s Vice Presidential Candidate Drops $8M More Into Campaign - Brittany Gibson for Politico and Holden Culotta and The Epoch Times on X

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s running mate is making an $8 million cash infusion into their independent bid for the White House. The contribution from Nicole Shanahan, which the tech attorney and entrepreneur announced at a comedy show and campaign fundraiser on Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee, is more than double what the campaign raised from donors in March, the latest month available for campaign financial disclosures.  “This isn’t just about funding our own campaign,” Shanahan said in a press release on Thursday. “We want to liberate presidential elections from the grip of the existing two-party duopoly and revitalize American democracy.” Campaign manager Amaryllis Fox Kennedy said that the new funding will cover all of the campaign’s ballot access expenses. As an independent campaign, Kennedy must collect signatures in each state to get his name on the ballot...

#4 Health Alert: Doctor Introduces Much-Needed Alternative to Corrupt American Diabetes Association - Tracy Beanz and Michelle Edwards for The HighWire and Jimmy Mackey on X
An unintended but high-priority consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the exposure of corruption and misconduct in companies and federal agencies proclaiming to serve the health of all Americans best. It is now time to add the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to the list, a patient advocacy organization that is—according to The Guardian—” up to its eyeballs in big-business funding.” Same story; here is yet another nefarious group telling us what is best for our health. Considering 38 million people in the country have diabetes, many, including Dr. Ken Berry, see the debauchery and believe it’s time to revolutionize diabetes care. With that in mind, Berry recently introduced the American Diabetes Society (ADS)...

#3 Changes From Visa Mean Americans Will Carry Fewer Physical Credit, Debit Cards in Their Wallets - Ken Sweet for AP and Peggy Dodson on X

Your wallet may soon be getting thinner. Visa on Wednesday announced major changes to how credit and debit cards will operate in the U.S. in the coming months and years. The new features could mean Americans will be carrying fewer physical cards in their wallets and will make the 16-digit credit or debit card number printed on every card increasingly irrelevant. They will be some of the biggest changes to how payments operate in the U.S. since the U.S. rolled out chip-embedded cards several years ago. They also come as Americans have many more options to pay for purchases beyond “credit or debit,” including buy now, pay later companies, peer-to-peer payment options, paying directly with a bank, or digital payment systems like Apple Pay...

#2 NIH Official Finally Admits Taxpayers Funded Gain-Of-Function Research in Wuhan — After Years of Denials - Josh Christenson for The New York Post and John Stossel and Alex Washburn on X

It’s about time! At long last, National Institutes of Health (NIH) principal deputy director Lawrence Tabak admitted to Congress Thursday that US taxpayers funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China in the months and years before the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dr. Tabak,” asked Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, “did NIH fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through [Manhattan-based nonprofit] EcoHealth [Alliance]?” “It depends on your definition of gain-of-function research,” Tabak answered. “If you’re speaking about the generic term, yes, we did.”

#1 Pro-Trump Artist Releases 100 Penis-Shaped Balloons With Faces of Alvin Bragg, Judge Merchan on Them - David Spector for The New York Post and Collin Rugg on X

Controversial Staten Island artist and activist Scott Lobaido released 100 pink, penis-shaped balloons featuring the faces of Donald Trump foes like Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Thursday outside the courthouse where the ex-president’s hush money trial is taking place. The pro-Trump provocateur said he released the “art installation” — which also features the faces of US Special Counsel Jack Smith and Manhattan Judges Juan Merchan and Arthur Engoron — titled “D–ks of Hazard” to show that “these guys are a bunch of useless d–ks.” “As a New Yorker, this is how we talk,” Lobaido told The Post.


And Now for Something Special smiley

Local Firefighter Adopts Dog After Rescuing It From Deceased Owner’s Home: ‘Jumped Into My Arms’ - Brittany Kasko for Fox News and Fox 9 on X

A firefighter has added a four-legged friend to his life after handling a very tough assignment. Firefighter James Trounson recently adopted a terrier named Martha after helping to rescue the dog from her previous owner’s home.  The 52-year-old Mullion Community Fire Station firefighter in Cornwall, England, was among those called to assist the Helston Community Fire Station when he found a woman who had passed away inside her home...

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