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Georgia governor declares state of emergency, deploys National Guard after deadly weekend

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has declared a state of emergency and called up the National Guard to protect citizens and property after violence over the Independence Day weekend left more than thirty Georgians injured and five dead from shootings.

What are the details?

The governor issued an executive order Monday to deploy as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops focused on the city of Atlanta, where an 8-year-old girl was killed Saturday night as riots continue to rage weeks after the death of Rayshard Brooks.

“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda,” Kemp said in a statement. “Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”

He added, “Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Kemp “issued the emergency order after threatening late Sunday to ‘take action’ to curb the unrest in Atlanta if Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) failed to do so, a move that highlighted the complicated, and increasingly tense, relationship between two of the state’s most prominent politicians.”

A press release from the governor’s office stated that “the Georgia Guard will provide support at state buildings, including the Georgia State Capitol, Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters, and Governor’s Mansion. This aid will allow state law enforcement personnel to increase patrols on roadways and throughout communities, especially those in the City of Atlanta.”


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Woman who called police on black man in viral Central Park video charged with making a false report

Amy Cooper, the white woman who was recorded calling the police on a black man in Central Park over a disagreement about her dog is being charged for filing a false report.

The video captured by Chris Cooper, who is not related to her, quickly went viral, as many saw it as an example of discrimination against African-Americans.

Chris Cooper said that he was in the park for bird-watching and got into an argument with Amy Cooper because she didn’t have her dog on a leash, which is required in that section of the park. She responded by calling the police and telling them that an African-American man was threatening her and her dog.

When police arrived, no one was cited, and both parties went on their ways.

The Manhattan district attorney announced on Monday that Amy Cooper would face misdemeanor charges for filing a false report against the bird-watcher.

In the wake of the controversy, Amy Cooper lost her job and voluntarily gave back her dog to a rescue organization from which she obtained it.

“How many lives are we going to destroy?”

Her attorney, Robert Barnes, criticized the charge and blamed “cancel culture” for the controversy.

“Once all the facts are known, Amy Cooper will be found not guilty of the single, misdemeanor charge filed in this case,” Barnes said, according to WABC-TV.

“The rush to judgment by some in the public, in this cancel culture epidemic, will be proven as wrong as cancel culture itself,” he added. “She lost her job, her home, and her public life. Now some demand she lose her freedom? How many lives are we going to destroy over misunderstood 60-second videos on social media?”

Amy Cooper could face up to a year in jail for the charge if she’s found guilty.

Here’s a local news report about the charges:


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NOT OKAY: The left is NORMALIZING violent anti-white racism

This week on “Slightly Offens*ve,” BlazeTV host Elijah Schaffer took on the leftist mob and cancel culture to talk about the taboo subject of anti-white racism.

“I can get canceled just for talking about this because we live in a society where free speech no longer exists, especially online,” Elijah said. “But our culture isn’t just becoming pro-black, which is a good thing, it’s becoming anti-white. And this unfair racist bias is not okay, no matter what the left is trying to normalize.”

Watch the video below to hear Elijah break down the proof: (Content warning: Strong language)

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EXCLUSIVE: Daily Wire turns five years old, names new editor-in-chief

Popular conservative news and commentary site the Daily Wire is celebrating their five year anniversary with the announcement of a new editor-in-chief, the company’s co-CEO Jeremy Boreing told TheBlaze in a phone and email conversation Monday.

What are the details?

Ben Shapiro, the prominent conservative commentator and co-founder of the Daily Wire, will be stepping aside from his role as editor-in-chief and entering into a new role as editor emeritus.

Shapiro, who hosts the largest conservative podcast in the country, “The Ben Shapiro Show,” will remain a part owner of the site as well as the site’s featured talent, but will no longer drive its editorial direction.

Replacing Shapiro is John Bickley, who according to Boreing has been with the site since its launch as a writer and editor — and most recently as supervising editor — under the pseudonym, “James Barrett.”

Boreing added that the move has been in the works for some time as Bickely has been performing the essential duties of the role for roughly the past two years. Now what has been the reality of day-to-day operations is being formalized in title.

Shapiro said in a statement: “John Bickley isn’t just a tremendous editor and writer, he’s a principled conservative and an honest human being. I can’t think of anyone better to take over as EIC, and I look forward to seeing the new, exciting editorial direction of the site.”

In an email, Bickley stated that he is committed to the Daily Wire’s goal of becoming “the biggest alternative media company and counter-cultural outlet for news, opinion, and entertainment in the nation.”

He added that he is motivated, like Shapiro, by a philosophy of “facts over feelings,” and said, “that’s never going to change.”

Anything else?

Since its founding in 2015, the Daily Wire has become a go-to website for conservative news and commentary. In just five years, the site has amassed 3.85 billion page-views and 136,000 paid subscribers, Boreing told TheBlaze.

Much of the site’s success is owed to a massive social media presence.

“Since inception, The Daily Wire has accumulated over 30 million followers, 3 billions video views, and 180 million hours of video watched across all our platforms,” said the site’s executive vice president, Jon Lewis, in a statement.

The success has caused some on the left to suspect foul play. Judd Legum, who now runs the political newsletter, Popular Information, has published a series of articles alleging the “dirty secret” to Daily Wire’s success is a sprawling paid content sharing scheme on Facebook.

Legum, a one-time Hillary Clinton campaign staffer who formerly worked for the progressive news site ThinkProgress, alleges that the site’s partnership with pages that “exploit racism, religious bigotry, and violence” is unfairly driving traffic to the site.

Upon revelations of the Daily Wire’s paid partnership with Facebook pages such as Mad World News, Facebook did inform the site that such a partnership violates its Branded Content rules.

Boreing told TheBlaze that the site was unaware they were in violation, but after receiving notice from Facebook, they immediately cut ties with Mad World News and ended the referral program.

In a statement, Boreing said: “Referral traffic is certainly not one of the keys to our success, or whatever Legum is suggesting. Our relationship with Mad World is worth barely 1% of our traffic the last three months. Are we aggressive as a company? Yes. Does 1% make an impact? Of course. Does it equal ‘the reason for the other 99% of our success?’ Of course not. We try to play by the rules. When Facebook pointed out that this form of referral relationship violates their standards, we immediately stopped. I’m sure Legum will be happy to report on how we continue to succeed.”

Boreing provided TheBlaze with screenshots of the Daily Wire’s Google Analytics which did in fact show that referral traffic from Mad World only accounted for 1.01% of total traffic to the site.

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South Carolina mayor pro tem resigns after public outrage over Facebook post comparing BLM to confederate flag

A councilman in Mauldin, South Carolina, resigned as mayor pro tem after public outrage over his Facebook posts comparing the confederate flag to minority activist groups, including Black Lives Matter.

The Mauldin City Council passed a motion admonishing Dale Black and accepting his resignation on Monday.

“Our minority community is hurting and our trust in each other is damaged,” said Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt, according to WHNS-TV.

“Councilman Black’s over 23 years of public service for this city has been tarnished by his lack of sensitivity in sharing racially-insensitive posts on his personal Facebook account,” he added.

Black posted memes on his personal account that many called racist and insensitive. They were circulated on social media by angry activists:

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Another meme read, “Time to take down the pyramids! Pretty sure they were built on slavery!” Another read, “7 funerals, a golden casket, and broadcast on every major network for a man who was a violent felon and career criminal? Soldiers die and the family gets a flag,” apparently in reference to the death of George Floyd.

Black met with local leaders who were calling for his resignation and he apologized, but they were not appeased by the offering.

Protesters marched and held a rally at city hall to demand Black’s resignation.

“Recently, I received a Facebook message concerning the controversy involving historic monuments which I re-posted on my Facebook account. I regret this and now understand why that was offensive. As a public leader, I pledge that this will never happen again,” read a statement from Black.

Here’s a local news report about the controversy:


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Museum: ‘General Lee’ car from ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ will remain on display

The museum housing the last remaining Confederate-flag-emblazoned car from the first season of the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show says the famed General Lee will remain available for public viewing, despite a nationwide movement to remove Confederate symbols.

What are the details?

The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights inquired about the General Lee’s fate last week, at its home in the Volo Auto Museum in northern Illinois. Museum director Brian Grams says the 1969 Dodge Charger is not going anywhere.

“We feel the car is part of history, and people love it,” Grams told the outlet. “We’ve got people of all races and nationalities that remember the TV show and aren’t offended by it whatsoever. It’s a piece of history and it’s in a museum.”

But according to Grams, no one has called to complain about the General Lee—yet.

“Several people have reached out with positive comments about us leaving it on display,” Grams said, “complimenting us for leaving it there and not having a knee-jerk reaction to remove it like a lot of places are.”

The Daily Herald had a good reason for asking about the famous “Dukes of Hazzard” car. Since the death of George Floyd in late May, Confederate statues have been either torn down or peacefully removed throughout the Southern U.S., and Mississippi passed a law retiring its state flag—the last in the nation that contained the Confederate battle emblem.

The General Lee displayed in the the Volo Auto Museum is the last of its kind, too. The very first General Lee shown in the “Dukes of Hazzard” was purchased by golfer Bubba Watson, who had the Confederate flag removed from the vehicle.

A few years ago, Grams told the Daily Herald that 249 General Lees were used over the course of the “Dukes of Hazzard’s” run from 1979 to 1985. Of those, only 11 remained as of 2015. The car held by Volo is the last surviving vehicle from the first season.


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Suspect in murder of Vanessa Guillen appears in court

A suspect accused of assisting in hiding the body of murdered Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen appeared in court on Monday, amid increasing calls for an independent investigation into the disappearance of the solider who went missing more than two months ago.

What are the details?

Cecily Aguilar, 22, has been charged with conspiracy to tamper with evidence in connection with Guillen’s death.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Texas, “20-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Aaron Robinson told Aguilar that he killed a female soldier by striking her in the head with a hammer while on Ft. Hood on April 22, 2020,” and “subsequently, Robinson enlisted the help of Aguilar in disposing of the dead female’s body.”

Aguilar allegedly identified the deceased woman as Vanessa Guillen.

ABC News reported that Aguilar was Robinson’s girlfriend. She is cooperating with the FBI, and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Robinson killed himself last week when authorities closed in to question him about the disappearance of Guillen, who had been missing since late April.

Guillen’s family has called for a Congressional investigation into her death, claiming the Army has not been forthright in providing details since her disappearance from the base. The soldier’s loved ones also said Guillen had told them she was sexually harassed by a superior prior to her disappearance, and that she refused to report the alleged misconduct out of fear of retaliation.

Anything else?

Also on Monday, Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) called for an independent investigation into Guillen’s disappearance and murder by the Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office.

“Spc. Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance should have been investigated as soon as she went missing,” Hurd said in a statement. “We need to ensure our military service members know there are procedures in place to protect them while on base if they experience any type of harassment while in service to our country.”

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Brit Hume dismantles media’s ‘dishonest and biased coverage’ of Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech

Veteran Fox News political analyst Brit Hume blasted the media for their “dishonest and biased coverage” of President Donald Trump’s speech at Mt. Rushmore.

Hume made the comments on Monday at Fox News.

“President Trump never mentioned any dead confederates!” said Hume when shown a criticism from Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on the speech.

“His speech, in its bulk, was a ringing, a full-throated defense of America’s history and heroes, and there were no confederates mentioned, it was all the you know the forefathers of our country, Washington, Lincoln and other great Americans, and that was really the main bulk of it, so what she said was flat out false,” he continued.

“And those headlines you mentioned from those newspapers were unbelievably misleading and some of the other headlines were even worse than those! In fact as I followed this over the weekend, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such dishonest and biased coverage of any event,” Hume said.

“This was a speech meant to be inspiring, and even if you think the messenger was flawed, the speech itself was quite strong and in some ways very positive,” he added.

“Remarkable!” Hume concluded.

“Simply insane”

Hume reiterated his criticism on Twitter where he linked to an article in the Washington Post misrepresenting the speech by the president.

“This editorial is simply insane. Yes, he criticized the violent rioters and radicals rampaging in the streets,” tweeted Hume.

“But his speech was mostly a full-throated defense of America’s history and heroes, and cited not a confederate among them,” he added.

Here’s the video of Hume’s comments:

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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley to skip Republican National Convention due to COVID-19 concerns

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley says he will be skipping the Republican National Convention for the first time in 40 years, citing concerns over the coronavirus.

What are the details?

“I’m not going to go. And I’m not going to go because of the virus situation,” Grassley told reporters Monday, according to the Des Moines Register. The 86-year-old pointed out that he has not missed a convention — held every four years — since being elected to the Senate in 1980.

According to the Washington Post, “Grassley’s move makes him the first congressional Republican to announce that he will skip this year’s convention, which was moved to Jacksonville [Florida] from Charlotte after North Carolina state and local officials declined to agree to [President Donald] Trump’s demands for a crowded large-scale event amid the pandemic.”

Sen. Grassley added, “Going to a place where the governor feels that it’s safer is probably the right thing to do if you want to have a convention—and I think we should have a convention, but I think you should do whatever you can to make it as safe as possible so that would mean with face masks and with social distancing.”

CNN noted that Grassley is the oldest Republican in the Senate and also the longest-serving GOP member in the upper chamber.

The Hill reported that other Republican senators have also voiced concerns over attending the RNC next month — where President Trump will officially accept the party’s nomination — citing the virus.

During a conference call last month, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said, “We’ll see what the situation is then in terms of what COVID-19 is that week,” and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) recently told a local outlet he is waiting to commit and wants to know “what kind of social distancing, what kind of precautions are being taken.”

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American Girl is none too happy about a fake ad for a new, armed ‘Karen’ doll

American Girl has been making expensive dolls with creative backstories since the mid-80s, capitalizing on parents’ desires to give their daughters a toy they relate to, want to spend time with, or whatever. If the parents are willing to shell out the cash, American Girl will help them find a way.

Each doll has a unique name and booklet telling the owner everything she needs to know about where her fluff-stuffed plastic-and-fabric friend is from, what time period she represents, and what her passions are.

But the latest imagined AG doll, which made the social media rounds last week, is an unsanctioned rip-off that has the company “disgusted,” the New York Post reported.

A fake ad for a parody American Girl doll appeared on the Facebook page of Adam The Creator on June 29. The ad introduces a “new doll” for this year: “Meet Karen 2020 Girl of the Year.”

The image shows a doll with an angry expression, a stereotypical “Karen” haircut, a Walmart shopping cart, and a pistol. “Karen” is decked out in a purple jogging suit and appears ready to lecture no-goodniks and big-box store managers.

“She’s an independent thinker who refuses to wear a mask in public places!” the ad says of the doll.


Image source: Facebook screenshot

After the fake ad took flight across cyberspace, duped social media users contacted the company, worried that the doll-maker was sending the wrong message to kids.

One Twitter user wrote, “@American_Girl I saw a post of an American Girl doll, Karen, who refuses to wear a mask and carries a gun as disgusting. Is this what we want to teach our children?” the Post noted.

The company responded that it was “disgusted” by the parody and was doing what it could to get it removed.