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Chicago City Council Defies Mayor Johnson’s Effort to Drop Gunshot Detection System – Even Democrats Vote Against Him

Earlier this year, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson tried to sever the city’s contract with ShotSpotter, a system that lets authorities know where a gunshot has occurred. People on the left convinced Johnson that the system was somehow racist.
Now the city council in Chicago has defied the mayor and even members of his own party are saying that they want the system back in place.
Johnson was asked about this by the media and seemed stunned.
WTTW News reports:

City Council Votes 34-14 to Endorse Effort to Overturn Mayor Brandon Johnson’s Decision to Scrap ShotSpotter
The Chicago City Council voted 34-14 on Wednesday to endorse an effort to overturn Mayor Brandon Johnson’s decision to scrap the city’s use of ShotSpotter after an intense debate over the gunshot detection system.
The vote represented a significant rebuke of Johnson and the central promise of his campaign for mayor, which vowed to address the root causes of crime and violence rather than focusing on law enforcement.
The order calls for a City Council vote before ShotSpotter is removed from any Chicago ward and requires the Johnson administration to provide alderpeople with a host of data generated by the ShotSpotter system before the city’s contract with SoundThinking expires on Nov. 22.
Johnson could veto the order, which he has said is unlawful. However, two-thirds of the City Council voted in favor of it, raising the possibility that the City Council could override a mayoral veto, which has never happened in Chicago history.
The order approved by the City Council said Johnson “usurped the will of the City Council and their ability to represent constituents” by canceling the city’s contract with SoundThinking, which operates the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system.
Watch this exchange between Johnson and the press:

Mayor Brandon Johnson ended Chicago’s contract with ShotSpotter after activists complained that the gunshot-detection technology is racist.
City Council just voted to REINSTATE it, including many loyal Democrats.
Johnson is not happy about it: pic.twitter.com/Fazp6aZqxH
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) May 23, 2024

Johnson should read the room. People in Chicago want to feel safe. […]

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Illegal Immigrant From Turkey Shocks Reporter Describing How Easy it Was to Cross the Border (VIDEO)

Bill Melugin of FOX News has been reporting from the border for months now. This week, he had an exchange with an illegal immigrant from Turkey that was truly shocking.
The man explains how easy it was for him to cross the border and then goes on to say that Americans are right to be concerned about this problem.
He points out that any crazy and potentially dangerous person could easily cross into the United States.
The illegal seems more concerned about the lack of security at the border than many of our elected officials.

RedState has the transcript:
MELUGIN: Did you have to pay a cartel?
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: Yes
MELUGIN: How much?
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: $10,000
MELUGIN: $10,000?
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: Yes…In fact, the American people is right, completely true. Who comes into this country? They don’t know. Okay, I’m good, but how if they’re not good? How if they’re killers, psychopath, else? No guarantee of that. Like, no security, no security check, no background check
MELUGIN: No security, no background, you’re worried about who’s crossing the border?
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: Yes, yes. Of course, because (unintelligible) people are not like normal.
Watch the video below:

NEW: A Turkish man who crossed into Jacumba, CA illegally w/ a group of other Turkish men told me he paid $10k to a cartel, & expressed shock at how easy it was to cross the U.S. border with no resistance, telling me Americans should be “worried” about security & who is crossing. pic.twitter.com/Qb1a9BiDuV
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) May 23, 2024

Bonchie of RedState comments:
Think about how insane that exchange is for a moment. A guy from Turkey paid $10,000 to be trafficked by a cartel across the U.S. Southern border, and even he was like, “Yeah, you guys might oughta do something about this.” He says there was no security check or background check. Instead, the man was essentially waved through, likely handed some form of a notice to appear that will never be honored. That’s Joe Biden’s immigration policies in effect.
It’s amazing that it takes an illegal who just crossed the border to raise this alarm. […]

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Joe Biden Gets Absolutely Roasted After Tweeting ‘We Leave No Veteran Behind’

Joe Biden’s Twitter/X account published a message yesterday saying ‘we leave no veteran behind’ and it provoked a strong reaction from other users on the site.
Some users were quick to point out the disaster of the Afghanistan withdrawal, others noted the fact that we still have homeless veterans in our country while illegal immigrants are put up in hotels.
The backfire was massive.
Here’s the Biden tweet:

In America, we leave no veteran behind. pic.twitter.com/O5iw3ASaGV
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 22, 2024

Here are some of the responses:

Joe Biden abandoned 13 U.S. service members to dįe in Afghanistan.
He’s lost his right to ever speak about our military again.
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) May 22, 2024

You forgot about them, didn’t you. We didn’t. pic.twitter.com/gDqp7OJQq3
— Sara Rose (@saras76) May 22, 2024

Fact Lies & Fiction
DISGUSTING Joe Biden Checks His Watch During The Dignified Transfer Of 13 American Heroes Killed By His Incompetence. pic.twitter.com/jfMrJnlm8I
— Pismo (@Pismo_B) May 22, 2024

13 dead young warriors at Abby Gate would like a word.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) May 22, 2024

https://t.co/PAuGxjUuE1 pic.twitter.com/di1qaNSMMc
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) May 23, 2024

More veterans will die this year awaiting treatment by the VA than have died in combat this entire century. https://t.co/yeKMjoEpG8
— mitrebox (@mitrebox) May 22, 2024

Kiss my ass, you piece of trash https://t.co/9u25QBlOft
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 23, 2024

The chutzpah of the guy in charge of the Afghanistan withdrawal tweeting this… https://t.co/XOAZ1qztMR
— Arthur Boreman (yes, that Arthur Boreman) (@ArthurBoreman) May 22, 2024

How many homeless veterans are there?
How many illegal aliens are receiving cash, food and housing from you? https://t.co/E9fEwMkMO9
— TimOnPoint (@TimOnPoint) May 23, 2024

Uh-oh. Last time he spoke like this, he abandoned our hostages in Gaza. https://t.co/XehOEfKVQK
— Marina Medvin (@MarinaMedvin) May 23, 2024

There’s 35,574 homeless veterans
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) May 23, 2024

Joe Biden is trolling… right… right…
He knows the American people haven’t forgotten what he did in Afghanistan. https://t.co/n49sL9X16w
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 23, 2024

Biden’s social media team clearly didn’t think this through before posting. […]

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Chuck Schumer Once Again Tries to Pass Sham Border Bill – Gets Even Less Support Than Last Time

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tried once again to pass his so-called border bill this week and it went down in flames with even less support than the last time it was introduced.
This is the bill that does nothing to secure the border, while placing a priority on the processing of illegal border crossers.
Leave it to Democrats to push a border bill that doesn’t actually address the real problem.
FOX News reports:

Schumer-backed border bill fails a second time with even less Dem support
The Senate failed to advance a border bill backed by some Democrats and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Thursday, seeing the measure garner less support than it did in February when it was first considered.
By a vote of 43-50, senators chose not to advance the bill, which was negotiated in a bipartisan nature by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and James Lankford, R-Okla.
Both Lankford and Sinema sided against their own legislation, a departure from their previous votes.
In a speech ahead of the vote, Sinema denounced political theater on both sides of the aisle, hitting Republicans for turning their back on the bill and Democrats for choosing to bring it up again without working to gain support.
“Today, the Senate is proving what many Americans already think about Congress: that Senators come here for political games, not to deliver results,” Sinema said in a statement.
Everyone knows what’s really going on here.

Let me make a few things clear:
The border bill opens the border and legalizes the illegal immigrants.
If the border bill stopped illegals from invading, Democrats would block it.
The Biden regime has sued any state that’s tried to actually stop illegals from invading. https://t.co/rpSOPJkbZQ
— Oilfield Rando (@Oilfield_Rando) May 23, 2024

Schumer’s gaslighting continues.
His “comprehensive border security bill” would allow 3-4 million illegal crossings per year.
The House passed the Secure the Border Act on May 11, 2023.
REAL border security has been sitting on his desk for 378 days.
Here’s what it would do https://t.co/deqt6hMxah
— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) May 23, 2024

Schumer and the Democrats have no interest in actually securing the border. […]

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Raiders star gets $6M raise for 2024 after contract reworked

The face and leader of the Raiders just got a pay bump.
Maxx Crosby, coming off two seasons in which he’s logged 27 sacks, 179 tackles and 67 quarterback hits, was rewarded Thursday with a restructured contract and a $6 million raise for the 2024 season.
Crosby signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Raiders in 2022 and was scheduled to make just over $19 million this year. The pay raise pushes his base salary to just over $25 million.
Crosby will also get a $1.2 million raise in 2025, pushing his salary next year to $22.5 million.
A fourth-round pick out of Eastern Michigan in 2019, Crosby has grown into one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, but his value goes far beyond his dominance on the field.
He is a fixture at the Raiders’ practice facility in Henderson every day, no matter the time of year. It is not unusual to see him in the building from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the offseason, putting in work on the field and in the weight room.
During draft weekend this year, Crosby took to social media to personally welcome each new pick. And this year, he took Tyree Wilson, the seventh overall pick in last year’s draft, under his wing to help get him on track for this season.
Wilson credited Crosby for shaping his eating and work habits.
“I mean, I feel like it starts off the field. You’ve got to have good weight, good eating habits, sleeping habits to be the best on the field. I learned that from a leader in the room, Maxx Crosby,” Wilson said. “So, I tried to work with him all offseason to improve my game on the field.”
Crosby said Raiders coach Antonio Pierce has asked him to set a tone for his teammates, and he readily accepted the role.
“AP challenged me early. It’s not just about me. There’s a lot of really good players, but the great ones bring others up,” Crosby said. “And for me, I took that personal. I know guys like (Robert) Spillane, John Jenkins, other dudes, it helps when you’ve got guys like that coming in because it gives the young guys no other option but to be here.”
Contact Vincent Bonsignore at vbonsignore@reviewjournal.com. Follow @VinnyBonsignore on X. […]

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Roboticized 3D Printer Has Been Developing Shock Absorbing Structures For Years

Imagine you want to iterate on a shock-absorbing structure design in plastic. You might design something in CAD, print it, then test it on a rig. You’ll then note down your measurements, and repeat the process again. But what if a robot could do all that instead, and do it for years on end? That’s precisely what’s been going on at Boston University.
Inside the College of Engineering, a robotic system has been working to optimize a shape to better absorb energy. The system first 3D prints a shape, and stores a record of its shape and size. The shape is then crushed with a small press while the system measures how much energy it took to compress. The crushed object is then discarded, and the robot iterates a new design and starts again.
The experiment has been going on for three years continuously at this point. The MAMA BEAR robot has tested over 25,000 3D prints, which now fill dozens of boxes. It’s not frivolous, either. According to engineer Keith Brown, the former record for a energy-absorbing structure was 71% efficiency. The robot developed a structure with 75% efficiency in January 2023, according to his research paper.
Who needs humans when the robots are doing the science on their own? Video after the break.

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New Video Shows What Really Happened During Golfer Scottie Scheffler’s Arrest Incident

Scottie Scheffler, the world’s number one ranked golfer, was arrested in Louisville in the parking lot at the golf course last week.
Scheffler was in a car marked with tournament credentials waiting for his tee time. He was sitting in traffic and then drove around the incident in a vehicle clearly marked with markings indicating a PGA vehicle door.
Louisville Detective Bryan Gillis claimed he was dragged by Scheffler’s vehicle for approximately 10 yards. Scheffler said he didn’t even know the officer was on his car.
Gillis wrote in a police report that Scheffler “demanded to be let in and proceeded forward … I was dragged/knocked down by the driver.”

Gillis was disciplined for not turning on his police bodycam during his encounter with Scheffler.
“Detective Gillis should have turned on his body-worn camera but did not,” Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said. “His failure to do so is a violation of LMPD policy on uniforms and equipment.”
A newly released video from a street pole camera shows that Detective Gillis was not dragged. The new video shows Gillis chasing after Scheffler’s vehicle for a couple of seconds before the golfer stopped.
If Gillis was dragged, it happened before he was in view of the street pole camera.
WATCH:

NEW @LMPD video of Scottie Scheffler’s arrest pic.twitter.com/1g1ppwIZKL
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) May 23, 2024

LMPD also released a dashcam video on Thursday:

BREAKING: @LMPD releases the only official video we have of the incident involving PGA Golfer Scottie Scheffler. The black Lexus you see going around the bus is Scheffler. You also see the officer running him down and arresting him. @wave3news #scottiescheffler #pga pic.twitter.com/fJ2ltFLuSG
— Ward Jolles (@wardjolles) May 23, 2024

When Scheffler stopped the police arrested him, dragged him to jail, put him in an orange jumpsuit, and booked him.

This X screen shot shows top-ranked world golfer Scottie Scheffler being arrested in Kentucky on the morning of May 17, 2024. (@JeffDarlington / X Screen Shot)
This X screen shot shows the mug shot of pro golfer Scottie Scheffler, who was detained on the morning of May 17, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. (@GolfDigest / X Screen Shot)
A cop dragged Scottie Scheffler out of his marked vehicle and arrested him.
WATCH:

“Right now, he’s going to jail.” – Cop with an IQ of 30
pic.twitter.com/CeBJrWiLub
— Tour Golf (@PGATUOR) May 17, 2024

Scheffler was charged on four counts with a felony assault on a police officer.

Scheffler is set to be arraigned on June 3rd. […]

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DEATH THREAT: Georgian PM Says EU Commissioner Menaced Him With ‘The Fate of Robert Fico’, as the US Increases Pressure Against ‘Foreign Agent Law’

Just between you and me – behind all the international controversy involving the Soviet Republic of Georgia lies legislation that is absolutely common sense and has equivalents in the US and many other Western countries.
So calling it ‘Russia Law’ or saying it’s ‘Russian-inspired’ is disingenuous.
The proposed law mandates that media and NGOs must register as ‘pursuing the interests of a foreign power’ if they receive over 20% of their funding from abroad, not unlike the US’ Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
We started covering the issue with: WATCH – Major Brawl Erupts in Georgian Parliament as Members Exchange Blows Over ‘Foreign Agents’ Bill.

Georgia seems primed for a color revolution.
Later, as the protests escalated, it became clear what was happening, and the international puppet masters leading the crowds: COLOR REVOLUTION IN GEORGIA – Globalist NGOs Foment Mass Protest Against ‘Foreign Agent Bill’ That Would Mandate Disclosure of Funding Sources of These Same Organizations.
The foreign agents law was approved in three parliamentary votes and was vetoed by Pro-EU President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili, a ‘traitor to the Caucasian nation’ in the words of the conservative Prime Minister. The Parliament is widely expected to overrule the Presidential veto in yet another vote.
Demonstrations have become quite smaller.
For now, the riots in front of Parliament are becoming smaller, but the political pressure is stepping up like crazy: threats of US sanctions, the threat of EU severing the ascension prospects of the country, and now – it appears – even assassination threats are in the game.
It turns out that one of the European Commissioners, the Hungarian Oliver Varhelyi, Commissioner for neighborhood policy and enlargement, threatened Georgian PM Kobakhidze with the fate of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, who recently suffered an assassination attempt.
This was posted in Georgia government Official Facebook page: “Even against the background of years of blackmail, the threats that were voiced in a telephone conversation with one of the European Commissioners were striking.
In particular, in his conversation with me, the European Commissioner listed a number of measures that Western politicians could take after overcoming the veto on the transparency law, and said while listing these measures – ‘You saw what happened to Fiсo, you should be very careful’, the post claims.”
Reuters reported:
“Oliver Varhelyi, EU commissioner for neighborhood policy and enlargement, said his comments on the attack on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico were taken out of context.”
There you have it: the European Union is using scare tactics to increase pressure on Tbilisi to drop the law, then acts like it was ‘misunderstood’.
“Varhelyi said in a statement he wanted to tell Kobakhidze not to inflame passions and the assassination attempt in Slovaka “was made as an example and as a reference to where such high level of polarization can lead in a society even in Europe”.
‘I regret that one part of my phone call was not just fully taken out of context, but was also presented to the public in a way which could give rise to a complete misinterpretation of the originally intended aim of my phone call’, Varhelyi said.”
Fight in Parliament: majority expected to override Presidential veto on the law.
The ruling Georgian Dream party has the numbers in parliament to override President Zourabichvili’s veto in a vote next week.
Georgian Dream, which says it still wants to join both the EU and NATO, maintains that the law is necessary to protect Georgian sovereignty.
The West wants Georgia to open a ‘second front’ against Russia. Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze stated this.
Intel Slava reported:
 “’Since the beginning of 2022, there has been serious interest in opening a ‘second front’ in Georgia, which would weaken Russia’s position, but this would destroy our country. Such interest remains today’, Kobakhidze said, commenting on the West’s dissatisfaction with the Georgian law on foreign agents.
He believes that in today’s world there is a ‘global war party’ that ‘is not interested in the fate of Georgia and its interest lies only in weakening Russia’s position’.”
Washington has started firing from all cylinders in their effort to get the Georgian government to nix foreign agents bill.
Sputnik reported:
“US State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller said Washington is ‘gravely disappointed’ by the law. White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby cited deep concerns, claiming that the bill could ‘stifle’ dissent and free speech. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan wrote on X that the US is ‘deeply alarmed about democratic backsliding in Georgia’.
Twenty-nine American lawmakers penned a letter to Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze on May 10 urging him to withdraw the legislation since it will ‘impose control over the very same partners’ who assisted Georgia’s transatlantic integration. The letter expressed support for the nationwide ‘peaceful protests’.
US congressmen have threatened to reconsider US financial assistance, expand visa bans, and impose financial sanctions on Georgian officials if the bill is not withdrawn, in a colonial-style violation of Georgia’s sovereign right to adopt its own laws and pursue independent policies.”
Read more:
Georgian Mass Protests: USAID and George Soros Are Pulling the Strings of Color Revolution […]

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Rashida Tlaib Staffer Attacks Fox News Crew With Umbrella (Video)

In a move straight out of the Antifa playbook, a staffer for Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) attacked a Fox News reporter and cameraman with an umbrella as the reporter, Chad Pergram, tried to ask questions of Tlaib as she walked to the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. The weather was dry and partly sunny.

The staffer first unfurled a blue and white umbrella in Pergram’s face, which he pushed away with the microphone in his hand. Pergram raced around Tlaib’s back to her other side to continue questioning her. The staffer tried and failed to catch up to Pergram and then chose to attack the cameraman with the umbrella.
Pergram was trying ask Tlaib about the invitation to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress issued by Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) with the support of Democrat leadership. Palestinian-American Tlaib is a Hamas sympathizer whose parents immigrated from the West Bank.
Pergram asked Tlaib if she would attend or protest the speech. Tlaib said, “inviting a war criminal is…shameful,” as her staffer attacked the cameraman with the umbrella.

Video posted on X by TV News Now:

JUST IN: Staffer for Rep. Rashida Tlaib attempts to block Fox News cameraman with an umbrella as @ChadPergram asks questions pic.twitter.com/8YNoKoPMLz
— TV News Now (@TVNewsNow) May 23, 2024

Fox report by Pergram:
Watch the latest video at foxnews.com
Ironically, Tlaib earlier spoke at a ‘free speech’ event on the Capitol plaza:

Dissent is a fundamental American value.
I am so proud of the brave students, faculty, and union leaders from all different backgrounds standing in solidarity to save lives no matter faith or ethnicity. pic.twitter.com/ogt0AiybDc
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) May 23, 2024 […]

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WATCH: Merrick Garland Lashes Out at Trump For Claiming the DOJ Had Authorization to Kill Him During Mar-a-Lago Raid …Which They Did

Screenshot: C-SPAN
US Attorney General Merrick Garland held a press conference on Thursday to announce an antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
Garland, flanked by the highly corrupt Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter, also answered questions about Trump’s response to the DOJ’s authorization of the use of deadly force during the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid.
“Most of us got a solicitation email this morning from the former president of the United States saying the Justice Department had authorization to kill him during the Mar-a-Lago raid…” a reporter said to Merrick Garland.
The reporter was referring to Team Trump campaign email:
“BIDEN’S DOJ WAS AUTHORIZED TO SHOOT ME!” Trump said in a campaign email.

The reporter continued, “First, can you give us some clarification on that particular point that he’s making and whether or not deadly force is authorized and other interventions including the search of Mr. Biden’s residence.”
“That allegation is false and it is extremely dangerous,” Merrick Garland said. “The document that is being referred to in the allegation is the Justice Department’s standard policy limiting the use of force.”
Merrick Garland claimed the same deadly force form was used when FBI agents searched Joe Biden’s Delaware residences.
Garland continued, “As the FBI advises, it is part of the standard operations plan for searches and in fact, it was even used in the consensual search of President Biden’s home.”
Let’s see the documents for Joe Biden’s FBI searches!
WATCH:

Attorney General Garland on former President Trump’s claim that the Justice Department had authorization to kill him during the Mar-a-Lago raid: “That allegation is false and it is extremely dangerous.” pic.twitter.com/mAEfeCejwF
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 23, 2024

Judge Aileen Cannon on Tuesday unsealed numerous motions related to Jack Smith’s classified documents case against Trump.
One filing revealed Biden’s FBI authorized the use of deadly force during their raid on Mar-a-Lago authorized by US Attorney General Merrick Garland in August 2022.
Armed FBI agents were prepared to confront Trump!!
“Should FPOTUS [Trump] arrive at MAL [Mar-a-Lago], FBI MM EM and OSCs will be prepared to engage with FPOTUS and USSS Security Team.”
“Should USSS provide resistance or interfere with FBI timeline or accesses, FBI MM EM will engage with [redacted] and [redacted] will engage with USSS POC’s per existing liaison relationships.”
The FBI had a medic on the scene and identified a local trauma center for anyone “injured” during the FBI raid.
“Law enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force only when necessary, that is, when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person,” the document on the use of deadly force read.

In an appalling statement released Tuesday evening, the FBI claimed the authorization of deadly force on former President Trump is just “standard protocol.” […]