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Real-life ‘Breaking Bad’: HS teacher, coach gunned down in shootout while allegedly trying to rob Mexican drug cartel

A popular high school teacher and coach from Union County, North Carolina, was killed in a shootout on April 8 while he and his brother-in-law were attempting to rob a Mexican drug cartel, authorities said.

The news is reportedly sending shockwaves through the community as students and colleagues say they remember Barney Harris — who taught Spanish and coached varsity basketball and track at Union Academy Charter School — as a kind and compassionate mentor, not someone who would be mixed up in the dangerous and deadly drug world.

But during a press conference about his death, authorities said that Harris lived a secret life that most people couldn’t see, WSOC-TV reported.

According to police, Harris and his brother-in-law, Steven Alexander Stewart Jr., attempted to rob a stash house operated by the Sinaloa New Generation Cartel in Alamance County. The pair had allegedly been tracking the movements of the cartel and attempted to raid the stash house for drugs and cash.

During the raid, the two allegedly tied up and questioned an 18-year-old member of the cartel, Alonso Beltran Lara, before shooting and killing him execution-style in the back of the head. After that, other cartel members showed up and a shootout ensued. Harris was killed in the gunfight despite wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Stewart got away but was later apprehended by police. He has now been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

‘Living a double life’ | Union County basketball coach killed in shootout with drug cartel

News of the incident immediately sparked comparisons online to the hit television series, “Breaking Bad,” which tells the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher turned dangerous drug criminal.

Police said they discovered dozens of bullet casings at the crime scene and noted that several bullets pierced through neighboring trailers in the trailer park community where the stash house was located.

“The trailers that were shot up, it looked like an old Western shootout, that’s what it looked like,” Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said.

Deputies reported finding five firearms, roughly $7,000 in cash, and 1.2 kilograms of cocaine during the course of the investigation.

Regarding Harris’s involvement in the crime, Johnson said, “Nothing surprises me, there are people in families who have relatives that violate the law and never know what’s going on.”

He added that his primary concern now is about an inevitable retaliation from the drug cartel.

“I can tell you this right now,” he said. “When we are dealing with the Mexican drug cartel, somebody’s probably going to die as a result of this right here, somewhere else.”

Sinaloa, formerly run by Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán, known as “El Chapo,” is regarded as one of the largest, most powerful drug operations in the western hemisphere, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Union County basketball coach killed in shootout with drug cartel in Alamance County

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Brooklyn Center protesters pelt CNN crew with water bottle and eggs, chase them away: ‘Get the f*** out of here!’

Unruly protesters at the Brooklyn Center Police District in Minnesota chased away a CNN camera crew that was covering the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by former police Officer Kim Potter. The media members were pelted with eggs, and one CNN employee was knocked off his feet after being hit in the head with a water bottle on Wednesday.

While covering the fourth day of protests over the death of Wright, a CNN crew was harassed and assaulted by some of the people participating in the demonstration. Video taken by Washington Examiner reporter Nic Rowan shows a member of the CNN crew being struck in the head with a water bottle, which caused him to fall to the ground.

Some of the protesters mocked and laughed at the man being injured, “A bottle of water knocked you out?” Another person ridiculed the man by saying he was “fainting from some water.”

Some demonstrators called for a medic to attend to the CNN employee, but he got up and said, “I’m fine. It’s all good, people. No worries.”

Footage from the tense scene shows protesters chase away the CNN crew. Someone in the crowd screams, “Get the f*** out of here!” Eggs were hurled at the CNN crew as they briskly walked to their car to escape the mob that was following them.

“We’re leaving. We don’t want any trouble,” the man who was hit with the water bottle told the crowd. The vehicle was battered with eggs as they drove away.

CNN reporter Miguel Marquez gave an update on Twitter. “My team and I are fine and I appreciate your concern,” Marquez wrote. “I hope for equal justice under the law and will continue to report on this vital story as it unfolds.”

Earlier, Marquez noted that “tensions already higher at the front gate of the Brooklyn Center PD.”

A protester held a severed pig head in the air in front of police officers to taunt them.

“Officers launch flash bangs at the crowd and spray a wall of umbrellas pushing up against the fence,” wrote video journalist Brendan Gutenschwager.

An unlawful assembly was declared at the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Wednesday night.

On the fourth day of protests against police brutality in Brooklyn Center, 24 people were arrested, according to Minnesota State Patrol Colonel Matt Langer.

Also on Wednesday, former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter. Porter, a 26-year veteran of the force, was later was released from jail on a $100,000 bond, the Washington Examiner reported.

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Crowder: Thanks, Trevor Noah! Erasing women’s achievements one puberty blocker at a time

On today’s show, Crowder discusses how Trevor Noah thinks men competing against women is awesome, and he thinks Trevor Noah is an idiot. Crowder also takes a look at the Left’s latest court-packing scheme. All this and special guest Jason Whitlock!

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Horowitz: Florida Department of Education asks schools to make masking optional in the fall

There is a lot of focus on the 23 states that no longer have mask mandates in place, but the reality is that in all of those states, nearly all of the schools are still forcing children to wear masks for seven hours a day. Thus, the most unscientific and inhumane aspect of the mandate is largely intact in all but the most rural counties of red states. A new directive from the DeSantis administration in Florida aims to make the Sunshine State the first state where children can actually live a normal life again.

In a letter titled, “Planning for the 2021-2022 School Year,” Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran told the school districts that it’s time to follow the science.

“Upon reviewing the policies of those districts with mandatory face covering policies, reviewing all districts’ relevant health data, and factoring in such data points as the percentage of students learning in-person and the relative population of a county (which is often synonymous with a county’s community health resources), the data shows us that districts’ face covering policies do not impact the spread of the virus… Broad sweeping mandatory face covering policies serve no remaining good at this point in our schools” (emphasis in original).

Indeed, throughout the epidemic, the counties with the mandates actually had more cases per capita than those without mandates.

An analysis by Rational Ground in December tabulated all of the days that various counties had mandates and compared them to the days without the mandates. They found that when counties did have a mandate in effect, there were 667,239 cases over 3,137 days with an average of 23 cases per 100,000 per day. When counties did not have a countywide order, there were 438,687 cases over 12,139 days with an average of 22 cases per 100,000 per day. This held true even adjusting for differences in population density.

This particular letter is earth-shattering in that it is the first department of education in the country to actually look at the data on mask-wearing rather than take its efficacy as an article of faith. Moreover, Corcoran recognized in the letter that face coverings are a “personal decision” and should be left to each family.

After conveying the fact that there has been zero proof of tangible benefit from mask-wearing, the letter goes on to remind school districts that mask-wearing for children is not a cost-free social experiment.

“Mandatory face covering policies inhibit peer-to-peer learning in our classrooms and they may also unintentionally create a barrier for students and families who would otherwise choose in-person instruction if such a policy were not in place,” wrote Corcoran. “Such policies may also impede instruction in certain cases, especially for students with disabilities and English language learners who benefit from viewing a teacher’s face and mouth.”

Amen! I would also add that breathing freely without re-inhaling one’s own CO2 or wearing a disgusting bacteria trap are also pretty good reasons.

The letter closes by asking all those districts that still have mask mandates to terminate them by next school year.

Once again, Florida leads the way in protecting human rights and our most basic freedoms while following the science.

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DOJ closes investigation into Ashli Babbitt’s death, will not charge officer who shot her

Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., will not charge the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the shooting death of a woman during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The DOJ said in a statement that there is insufficient evidence to file criminal charges against the officer who shot and killed 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt.

“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy. Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the department said.

Babbitt, an Air Force veteran from San Diego, had participated in the protest of the 2020 presidential election results that turned violent when a mob of individuals invaded the Capitol. She had joined the crowd of people that broke into the Capitol building while a joint session of Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College vote.

As rioters stormed into the building, video footage that circulated on social media appeared to show Babbitt with others outside the “Speaker’s Lobby” near the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. Capitol police officers had used furniture to set up barricades to stop people from entering the lobby or the House chamber as members of Congress were evacuated. Some rioters attempted to break through the glass doors to the Speaker’s Lobby, attacking the glass with flagpoles, helmets, or other objects.

At one point, Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the windows that had been smashed open. A Capitol Police officer inside the Speaker’s Lobby fired a single shot from his firearm, which struck her in the left shoulder, prosecutors said. U.S. Capitol Police emergency responders administered aid to Babbitt, who was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where she died of her injuries.

Babbitt is one of five people who lost their lives during the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6, including a police officer. Three other people died because of medical emergencies.

A criminal investigation was launched to determine whether the officer who shot Babbitt violated any federal laws. After a review of the evidence, prosecutors determined they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer who shot Babbitt willfully broke the law.

“Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” prosecutors said. “Acknowledging the tragic loss of life and offering condolences to Ms. Babbitt’s family, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice have therefore closed the investigation into this matter.”

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‘THIS is your future if you don’t protect your First Amendment’: SHOCKING video shows Canadian police arresting reporters

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the “Jew” reporters and calling Rebel News “Jew media.” Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined “thousands and thousands” of dollars “because they had cameras pointed at the police,” said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

“They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B,” Levant explained. “I told them to get a warrant. I went out there … and they wouldn’t let me back in…. It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn’t find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn’t let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant.”

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

“If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are,” he said. “This is your future if you don’t protect your First Amendment.”

Watch the video below for more details:

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Diversity exec: Idris Elba TV character ‘doesn’t have any black friends’ so his cop drama Luther ‘doesn’t feel authentic’

Actor Idris Elba’s character on “Luther,” a British police drama, “doesn’t feel authentic” because “he doesn’t have any black friends” and “doesn’t eat any Caribbean food,” according a BBC diversity executive, Yahoo Celebrity UK reported.

What are the details?

The outlet reported that the comments came from Miranda Wayland, the BBC’s head of creative diversity.

“When [Luther] first came out everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there — a really strong, black character lead,” Wayland told the MIPTV media conference, according to Yahoo Celebrity UK. “We all fell in love with him. Who didn’t, right? But after you got into about the second series you got kind of like, ‘Okay, he doesn’t have any black friends, he doesn’t eat any Caribbean food, this doesn’t feel authentic.””

Wayland also said, “It’s about making sure that everything around [characters] – their environment, their culture, the set – is absolutely reflective,” Unilad reported, citing the Times.

White creator of ‘Luther’ has another view

But Neil Cross, the creator of “Luther,” has previously addressed Elba’s character, Metro reported, and noted Luther’s race wasn’t a consideration.

“I have no knowledge or expertise or right to try to tackle in some way the experience of being a black man in modern Britain,” Cross said, according to Metro. “It would have been an act of tremendous arrogance for me to try to write a black character. We would have ended up with a slightly embarrassed, ignorant, middle-class, white writer’s idea of a black character.”

Here’s a recent trailer:


What did the BBC have to say?

In response to Wayland’s comments, the BBC told Metro that “we are tremendously proud” of the “Luther” series and that “of course people can have open discussions about our shows, but that doesn’t mean it’s a statement of policy.”

Metro said Wayland was appointed as the network’s head of creative diversity in February 2020 “as part of the corporation’s commitment to increasing on-air diversity.”

#BreakTheGlass with Miranda Wayland

Anything else?

“Luther” features Elba as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther and Ruth Wilson as his adversary Alice Morgan, Yahoo Celebrity UK said, adding that the hit show launched in 2010 and ran for five series until 2019.

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Mike Lindell says his free speech platform will be a combo of YouTube and Twitter, and no one will be able to take it down

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell released details about his free speech platform that is intended to be a combination of YouTube and Twitter, adding that no one will be able to take it down from the internet.

Lindell released a video detailing some of the features of his platform, which is called “Frank Speech.”

“This is gonna be a platform like no other, it’s kinda like a YouTube Twitter combination,” said Lindell on the video.

He went on to say that he has been working on the platform for four years and invested millions of dollars into it.

“I’ve spent millions of dollars making it the most secure, we’re gonna be able to handle the capacity, your everything’s gonna be the most secure, we’re gonna be attacked, but I have my own servers and everything. We’re not gonna be worried about Amazon taking it down, or YouTube or Google, or Apple,” Lindell explained.

“And we’re gonna get our voice of free speech out there!” he added.

Lindell asked for people interested in the platform to sign up for an exclusive VIP viewing of the service on Thursday at midnight. The full platform will launch on Monday morning in an event Lindell calls the “Frankathon.”

The pro-Trump businessman has been banned from many social media platforms because of his many claims about the 2020 presidential election. He is also being sued for $1.2 billion by Dominion Voting Systems over his claims.

“You’ve never seen anything like it. You’re gonna love it, you’re gonna have your own YouTube channel, only that’s your Twitter handle, or Twitter channel, so to speak. But I’m just so excited,” Lindell continued on the Frank video.

“It’s gonna be, all of the cancels of our First Amendment we’re seeing going on right now, well guess what, it’s coming back, you’re not gonna have to worry about what you’re saying,” he said.

Lindell added that people won’t be able to use the “four swear words” on his platform, and he said that people will be prohibited from taking the Lord’s name in vain.

“Free speech is not pornography, free speech isn’t, ‘I’m gonna kill you!'” he explained.

Here’s the video from Mike Lindell:

Mike Lindell says new social media will ban swearing and taking God’s name in vain

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Crowder: Feminism isn’t actually about empowering women

Steven Crowder told his audience on Wednesday that Minnesota police officer Kim Potter – the female cop identified in the “accidental” shooting death of Daunte Wright – appeared to be a danger to herself and to her partners.

Crowder reviewed police body cam footage of the traffic stop that showed officer Potter making a failed attempt at arresting Daunte Wright. In the video, Wright slipped from Potter’s grip and made it back into the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Potter can be heard on the video shouting she would tase Wright if he did not comply. Tragically, Potter accidentally pulled her gun thinking it was a taser and shot Wright

After reviewing the tape, Crowder concluded that in addition to accidentally shooting Wright, she put herself and her fellow officers in danger multiple times.

Crowder related officer Potter’s actions to the “lie that feminism is about empowering women.” He argued that officer Potter appeared less than capable of detaining a grown man, despite being on the police force for 26-years. “We convince women they add value in ways they don’t. We convince them that they add value in the way men add value,” Crowder said.

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Liz Cheney says she will not vote for Trump if he runs again in 2024, and he responds immediately

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the third-highest ranking Republican in the House, said that if former President Donald Trump ran again for president in 2024 that she would not vote for him, and Trump responded immediately.

Cheney made the comments at the end of an interview on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News Wednesday.

Well, look, Neil, I’ve been very clear about my views about what happened on January 6th, about my views of the president’s culpability, I obviously voted to impeach him, I think that it was the gravest violation of an oath of office by any president in American history,” she explained.

“I think for us as a party, we’ve got to be the party of hope and aspiration, and we cannot embrace insurrection, we can’t minimize what happened on January 6th, and I think that all of us regardless of partisanship, have an obligation and a duty to the Constitution.”

“If Donald Trump were the 2024 nominee, would you support him?” asked Cavuto.

“I would not,” said Cheney without pause.

News of the admission from Cheney, who was one of the few Republican members of Congress to vote to impeach Trump after the U.S. Capitol rioting, apparently reached the former president, who released a statement against her about an hour later.

“[S]o many people many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one,” read the statement from Trump.

“She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote. Hopefully, that won’t happen,” he added. “I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”

Other vocal critics of Trump have offered differing opinions on a possible 2024 presidential run, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) who said that the former president would likely win if he ran again.

John Boehner, the former Republican Speaker of the House, said that he voted for Trump in 2020 over his “good friend” Joe Biden, but that he would hope to have other alternatives to vote for if Trump ran in 2024.

Soon after Cheney voted to impeach Trump, the Wyoming GOP party answered by censuring her and demanding her resignation. She also successfully fended off a campaign led by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida to have her removed from GOP leadership in February.

Cheney’s office said that her re-election campaign raised $1.5 million in the first three months of 2021, a record for her fundraising efforts.

Here’s the video of Cheney’s comments: