SYRIAN FORCES SHOT DOWN 13 ISRAELI AIR-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILES DURING FEB.10 ENCOUNTER

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Turkish Military Helicopter Shot Down During Op in Syria’s Afrin

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A Turkish military helicopter was shot down during Ankara’s military offensive against Kurdish troops in northern Syria, Anadolu state news agency reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the downing of the helicopter, according to Turkish media. “A little earlier, one of our helicopters was shot down,” he told reporters, adding that those who are responsible for the incident would pay a “heavier price.”

The president, however, did not specify who was responsible for the attack.

On January 20, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces announced the launch of Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish forces in Syria’s Afrin district. The operation has been conducted jointly with Free Syrian Army opposition forces which are friendly to Turkey.

Damascus has firmly condemned the operation as an assault on Syria’s sovereignty. Moscow, in turn, has urged all the parties to exercise restraint and called for respect for Syria’s territorial integrity.

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Timelapse video captures 70 vehicles piling into each other during blizzard in Ames, Iowa

Some cars manage to swerve to avoid getting caught up in the dangerous scenes and many motorists can be seen fleeing from their vehicles in a bid to avoid any oncoming traffic

    

Footage has emerged that captures a timelapse of the terrifying moment when more than 50 vehicles – including a Dancing with the Stars tour bus – piled into each other during a blizzard.

A traffic camera shows how motorists on a busy Iowa highway battled against horrific driving conditions before colliding into one another.

The accident, which killed one person and left at least five people in critical condition, happened on interstate 35 in Ames where temperatures on the road had plummeted to below -18C.

The Iowa Department of Transportation released the clip – which shows dozens of vehicles, including trucks, slide into the large pileup on Monday.

A bus carrying the touring cast and crew of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ was also involved the pileup, but no one on the coach was seriously hurt.

The clip shows the pile up start with a single crash, barely visible through the snowy conditions.

But this soon escalates and vehicles of all kinds can be seen building up along the highway, despite the motorists best efforts to avoid the ever-growing pile up.

Some cars manage to swerve to avoid getting caught up in the dangerous scenes and many motorists can be seen fleeing from their vehicles in a bid to avoid any oncoming traffic.

Others stand outside their cars, aiming to alert approaching vehicles.

Police confirmed the multi-vehicle crash had been caused by hazardous road conditions from the blizzard.

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Failure to Clap During Government Speeches is Now Considered Treason in America

The US president lashed out against the Democratic Party during a speech in Ohio Monday, questioning why they failed to acknowledge the many notable accomplishments he outlined in his first State of the Union speech last week.

Trump explicitly pointed out that Democrats sat stony-faced through his pronouncements that the unemployment rate for Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans was at the lowest point ever. “That means that they would rather see Trump do badly, OK, than our country do well. That is what it means. It is very selfish,” Trump said at a manufacturing plant in Blue Ash, Ohio, where he was promoting the recently passed tax cuts.

“It got to a point where I really didn’t even want to look too much during the speech over to that side because honestly, it was bad energy. It was bad energy,” Trump added.

“Like death, and un-American,” is how Trump described the Democrats’ attitude to his speech, while the Republican majority loved everything and wanted to do something great for the country.

“Somebody said, ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not! I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much,” Trump noted, playing to the crowd.

Democrats reacted quickly to Trump’s demands for applause, accusing him of following in the footsteps of his Russian counterpart and their favorite bugbear, the Russian president. “When Vladimir Putin does his yearly news conference, he generally demands applause and supplication from those in attendance, but it’s beyond bizarre for an American president to demand the same from free-thinking citizens in a democratic republic,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, according to USA Today.

Trump “doesn’t know what ‘treason’ means,” Representative Don Beyer (D-Virginia) tweeted, referring the president to study Article III of the US Constitution. “The Founders were concerned that a despot might abuse their powers of office to attack political enemies. Smart people, the Founders,” Beyer said.

“Count me as a proud traitor and honored to serve with my brave @HouseDemocrats colleagues,” tweeted Representative Eric Swalwell (D- California), a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said “every American should be alarmed” by how Trump “is working to make loyalty to him synonymous with loyalty to our country.”

Trump singled out Pelosi in his Ohio speech, calling her the Republican’s “secret weapon” in the 2018 midterm elections, and saying he hoped and prayed the Democrats would keep her as the leader.

He also used the opportunity to warn his supporters not to be complacent and allow the Democrats to win majorities in the House or the Senate. “If they ever got in and took over, your taxes would go way up. You’d see bad things happening. Wouldn’t be good. That, I can tell you,” Trump said.

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Child Allegedly Assaulted by School Staff for Sitting During the Pledge of Allegiance

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Lafayette, CO — Physical education teacher Karen Smith of Angevine Middle School is on paid administrative leave after she was accused of assaulting a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

School administrators released a statement shortly after saying that a substitute teacher would be replacing Smith while the attack was being investigated.

“I am reaching out to you tonight to let you know that we will have a substitute teacher working with some of our PE classes for the time being. While I cannot share much information, following an incident today at school, Ms. Smith was placed on paid administrative leave. We are working closely with our partners at the Lafayette Police Department. We believe in due process and therefore ask that everyone respect Ms. Smith’s privacy at this time. We are dedicated, as always, to supporting our students and ensuring that we have qualified educators working with them during their physical education time. Thank you for your patience and support. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,” the statement said.

So far the Lafayette Police department or the Angevine Middle School have not revealed any details describing the nature of the assault, or the condition of the student.
A school spokesman told The Denver Post, that the policy is to allow students to sit or stand during the pledge. This is a policy that is essentially required by law, considering a ruling from The Supreme Court which stated that:

“The action of a State in making it compulsory for children in the public schools to salute the flag and pledge allegiance — by extending the right arm, palm upward, and declaring, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands; one Nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” — violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments. So held as applied to children who were expelled for refusal to comply, and whose absence thereby became “unlawful,” subjecting them and their parents or guardians to punishment.”

Throughout the 19th century, oligarchs in America worked hard to create public institutions that would indoctrinate young children into being more patriotic and subservient to the government.

These efforts resulted in the public education system, based on the  “Prussian education model,” which was developed in pre-Nazi Germany and then exported throughout the western world.

Even in America, this system has been largely unchanged since the 19th century and embodies many of the same archaic goals and ideas—the Pledge of Allegiance being one of them.

In 1891, Baptist minister and socialist Francis Bellamy wrote the first draft of the Pledge of Alliegence for a nationalist propaganda magazine called “Youth’s Companion.” By the next year, the Pledge was widely adopted in government schools across the US, and was introduced in ceremonies to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s invasion of America, and has remained a staple of formal American culture ever since.

Many who are critical of the pledge have speculated that Bellamy’s campaign of nationalism was brought on by the massive fear of immigrants that the ruling class had at the time. It is said that the elites of the day wanted to create an American identity and culture that excluded everyone who wasn’t born in the USA.

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How They Do It– ‘Law prohibiting mention of Polish complicity during Holocaust is wrong, violates free speech’

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Michigan Democrat played Candy Crush during State of the Union

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., decided a video game deserved more of her attention than President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

The Michigan Democrat was caught by a Getty Images photographer playing Candy Crush on her phone during the speech. The Daily Mail points out the picture was snapped at 9:42 p.m., according to Getty, right as Trump was addressing trade deals. “The era of economic surrender is totally over. From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and, very importantly, reciprocal,” he insisted. Those remarks came after he pledged to lower prescription drug prices and before he pledged to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.”

Lawrence represents Michigan’s 14th District, which includes portions of Detroit and its suburbs. Presumably, the congresswoman’s constituents would like her to devote some attention to securing favorable trade deals — even if that means working with Trump. But, of course, they aren’t totally unreasonable, and will understand video games always come first.

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Body Cam Video Shows Cops Kill Grandma During Raid Over Marijuana Possession

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Bartlesville, OK — Michael Anthony Livingston, 50, was suspected of selling a plant that is legal in some form in well over half the country. Because the other half of the country still violently and callously kidnaps, cages, and kills people for this plant, however, Livingston is in jail and his mother is now dead. The entire incident was captured on video and paints a disturbing picture of America’s war on drugs.

Geraldine Townsend, 72, was shot and killed earlier this month as a Bartlesville SWAT team executed a search warrant to bust Livingston for the alleged sale of marijuana. Body camera footage of the raid was released today.

When the heavily armed and militarized men kicked in the door to their home, Townsend, likely not knowing who her home invaders were, picked up a pellet gun and fired off two pellets. A Bartlesville officer then shot and killed her.

As the video shows, police did announce themselves. However, Townsend, who was asleep when the raid began, may not have believed they were the police or may not have heard them and chose to defend herself against her home invaders—with a BB gun.

“While taking Livingston into custody officers heard shots, and two officers were struck with some type of projectile,” Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings said.

Despite knowing it was a BB gun—because they were hit with the BBs—police opened fire on the elderly woman.

In the disturbing video, we can hear Livingston, who was complying with officers and on the floor at the time, tell police that it is indeed a BB gun. However, police opened fire anyway.

“You killed my mother,” Livingston. “It’s a BB gun.”

“Officer down,” says one of the officers referring to his fellow cop who was struck with a BB.

The officers then go outside to check on their injuries and the cop who took a BB to the face said he was fine.

“Looks like she stopped and shot Steven (sic), and then I come back around to cover him and she point it at me again and blam,” the officer states in the video. “And then I fucking shot.”

When police enter the home again, Livingston is on the floor with an AR-15 to his head pleading with them to help his dying mother.

“She didn’t know,” Livingston said, suggesting that she had no idea it was police in her home. “She was asleep.”

“You killed my mother man!” Livingston yells several times at the police, to which the officer responds, “She shot me, shut up!”

Townsend was struck in the chest and later died at the hospital.

Livingston, the subject of the search warrant, was arrested as he watched his mother get shot in the chest and bleed out on the floor of their home.

As Tulsa World reported at the time, 

Four officers had entered the house in the 1600 block of South Maple Avenue in Bartlesville to serve a drug-related search warrant when the shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Livingston and the address were allegedly tied to the sale of drugs.

One officer returned fire, striking Townsend in the upper body. Bartlesville police did not identify the officer who discharged a service weapon. Townsend allegedly shot one officer in the leg and another in the face with the pellet gun.

Emergency responders transported Townsend and one officer she shot to a local hospital. Police initially said her condition “appears to be critical.” Townsend died there from her injuries, Hastings said.

The investigation of the shooting has now been turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

As TFTP reported at the time, after the raid, the only drug recovered by police was marijuana. According to court records, Livingston was booked into the Washington County Jail on complaints of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of eavesdropping equipment.

Because police killed his mother, an upset and distraught Livingston allegedly threatened to kill the officer who did it, so police tacked on another charge of threatening to perform an act of violence.

While many people will justify the death of the 72-year-old woman by claiming that her son was breaking the law and she also broke the law when she fired at the officers in her house, it is important to examine the scenario objectively by looking at the morality of the situation versus the legality of it. Legality does not equal morality.

If we look at the original charges brought against Livingston—not a single one of them involves a victim. Had this man actually harmed someone, rest assured it would have been listed. However, all of these charges stem from the sale of a plant.

Had Livingston lived in Colorado, he could have had the potential to be considered a model citizen who is aiding the local economy by selling a plant that is revolutionalizing the state. Instead, because he was in Oklahoma—where marijuana is viciously attacked by drug warriors—he is sitting in a cage with a $500,000 bail and his mom is dead.

This is what the drug war does. It turns entrepreneurs into criminals, puts cops in harm’s way while turning them into home invaders, and kills otherwise entirely innocent grandmas who try to defend their home from would-be burglars. Every minute that this failed and immoral war continues is a travesty of justice and an insult to humanity. The time to end it is now.

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Body cam video shows cops kill Oklahoma grandmother who shot BB gun during marijuana raid

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Disturbing body camera footage was just released showing the moment police killed a grandmother in her home over a raid for marijuana.

Bartlesville, OK – Michael Anthony Livingston, 50, was suspected of selling a plant that is legal in some form in well over half the country. Because the other half of the country still violently and callously kidnaps, cages, and kills people for this plant, however, Livingston is in jail and his mother is now dead. The entire incident was captured on video and paints a disturbing picture of America’s war on drugs.

Geraldine Townsend, 72, was shot and killed earlier this month as a Bartlesville SWAT team executed a search warrant to bust Livingston for the alleged sale of marijuana. Body camera footage of the raid was released today.

When the heavily armed and militarized men kicked in the door to their home, Townsend, likely not knowing who her home invaders were, picked up a pellet gun and fired off two pellets. A Bartlesville officer then shot and killed her.

As the video shows, police did announce themselves. However, Townsend, who was asleep when the raid began, may not have believed they were the police or may not have heard them and chose to defend herself against her home invaders-with a BB gun.

“While taking Livingston into custody officers heard shots, and two officers were struck with some type of projectile,” Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings said.

Despite knowing it was a BB gun-because they were hit with the BBs-police opened fire on the elderly woman.

In the disturbing video, we can hear Livingston, who was complying with officers and on the floor at the time, tell police that it is indeed a BB gun. However, police opened fire anyway.

“You killed my mother,” Livingston. “It’s a BB gun.”

“Officer down,” says one of the officers referring to his fellow cop who was struck with a BB.

The officers then go outside to check on their injuries and the cop who took a BB to the face said he was fine.

“Looks like she stopped and shot Steven (sic), and then I come back around to cover him and she point it at me again and blam,” the officer states in the video. “And then I fucking shot.”


Comment: If his partner was shot first and was not seriously injured, the cop should have known the lady was not holding a lethal weapon – if it wasn’t obvious already. Surely there were many other ways for them to take away the pellet gun without shooting a 72 year old on the chest?

When police enter the home again, Livingston is on the floor with an AR-15 to his head pleading with them to help his dying mother.

“She didn’t know,” Livingston said, suggesting that she had no idea it was police in her home. “She was asleep.”

“You killed my mother man!” Livingston yells several times at the police, to which the officer responds, “She shot me, shut up!”

Townsend was struck in the chest and later died at the hospital.

Livingston, the subject of the search warrant, was arrested as he watched his mother get shot in the chest and bleed out on the floor of their home.

As Tulsa World reported at the time,

Four officers had entered the house in the 1600 block of South Maple Avenue in Bartlesville to serve a drug-related search warrant when the shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Livingston and the address were allegedly tied to the sale of drugs.

One officer returned fire, striking Townsend in the upper body. Bartlesville police did not identify the officer who discharged a service weapon. Townsend allegedly shot one officer in the leg and another in the face with the pellet gun.

Emergency responders transported Townsend and one officer she shot to a local hospital. Police initially said her condition “appears to be critical.” Townsend died there from her injuries, Hastings said.

The investigation of the shooting has now been turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

As TFTP reported at the time, after the raid, the only drug recovered by police was marijuana. According to court records, Livingston was booked into the Washington County Jail on complaints of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of eavesdropping equipment.

Because police killed his mother, an upset and distraught Livingston allegedly threatened to kill the officer who did it, so police tacked on another charge of threatening to perform an act of violence.

While many people will justify the death of the 72-year-old woman by claiming that her son was breaking the law and she also broke the law when she fired at the officers in her house, it is important to examine the scenario objectively by looking at the morality of the situation versus the legality of it. Legality does not equal morality.

If we look at the original charges brought against Livingston-not a single one of them involves a victim. Had this man actually harmed someone, rest assured it would have been listed. However, all of these charges stem from the sale of a plant.

Had Livingston lived in Colorado, he could have had the potential to be considered a model citizen who is aiding the local economy by selling a plant that is revolutionalizing the state. Instead, because he was in Oklahoma-where marijuana is viciously attacked by drug warriors-he is sitting in a cage with a $500,000 bail and his mom is dead.

This is what the drug war does. It turns entrepreneurs into criminals, puts cops in harm’s way while turning them into home invaders, and kills otherwise entirely innocent grandmas who try to defend their home from would-be burglars. Every minute that this failed and immoral war continues is a travesty of justice and an insult to humanity. The time to end it is now.

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