Chris Field


The City by the Bay continues to trash itself

The San Francisco Bay Area has gained a reputation for being pretty trashy.

The garbage problem in San Jose has gotten so bad that the city last week launched a new “Cash for Trash” program to pay homeless people to pick up garbage.

San Francisco’s district attorney announced last November that he would not be prosecuting any so-called “quality-of-life crimes,” including public urination, camping on the streets, blocking sidewalks, and sex solicitation.

And everybody is aware of the City by the Bay’s poop problem: Actual human waste on the streets of a major American city has become such a problem that elected officials had to create a “Poop Patrol” to deal with it.

Now San Francisco is dealing with a new pollution problem tied directly to the pandemic: Used masks, gloves, and other PPE being discarded in the streets by its citizens.

What’s that?

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the “fall flush” of rain during the stormy season pushed more than just the usual trash into streams, creeks, rivers, and the bay.

Now the Bay Area is dealing with a surge of PPE waste in the waterways.

In fact, the problem has reached such a level that the California Coastal Commission said it had to create a new trash category for masks and gloves, according to the Chronicle.

PPE came in No. 12 on the commission’s list of 50 types of debris, KNTV-TV reported, ranking between plastic cups and beverage lids.

This number was “extraordinarily high,” the station said, “considering this is the first time PPE has made the list.”

Save the Bay’s executive director, David Lewis, lamented the pandemic’s impact on pollution.

“There’s so much COVID trash,” he told the paper. “People might think it’s just a little trash and it’s unsightly, but it’s actually having an environmental impact.”

“We’re all generating a lot more trash and much of it is ending up as litter on our streets,” Lewis told KNTV.

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: San Francisco has a new pollution problem thanks to the pandemic: Used masks, gloves, and other PPE litter the Bay Area

Knock, knock

The state of New York infamously lost tens of thousands of its citizens to what were determined to be COVID-related deaths last spring. Thousands of those deaths came in nursing homes and longterm-care facilities in the state after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered those locations to take in known COVID-19 cases.

Critics of the governor have repeatedly accused him of mishandling the crisis.

Cuomo continues to faces excoriation for the many deaths in nursing homes and elder-care facilities that were a result of his policies.

His decision to shut down the state’s economy still stands out for criticism as New York City has still not recovered.

And his treatment of Gotham’s Orthodox Jewish Community during the pandemic has been a source of ire for many.

Now, he’s adding to his list of greatest hits with his most recent response to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across the U.S.

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, the governor announced Wednesday that all indoor gatherings would be limited to 10 people.

These are not just indoor gatherings at facilities open to the public.

According to Gov. Cuomo’s tweeted announcement, the state is focused on limiting indoor gatherings at private homes to 10 people, a significant drop from the 50-person limit that has been in place, the Ithaca Voice reported.

“You go to a party with just your friends, only 10 people. You know these people. ‘They wouldn’t hurt me. They’re my friends,'” Cuomo said, according to the Citizen. “I know, but they could be infected.”

“New York follows the science,” Cuomo tweeted. “We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread.”

“To slow the spread,” he continued, “NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people.”

Bars and restaurants that have state liquor licenses will be required to close at 10 p.m. daily. Gyms must also close by 10 p.m.

The new order from the governor is set to go into effect at 10 p.m. Friday.

“We’re seeing a national and global Covid surge,” Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters, according to the New York Times. “And New York is a ship on the Covid tide.

“These measures are appropriate at this point in time in anticipation of what we see as potential spread,” Cuomo told reporters, WCBS-AM said. “If these measures are not sufficient to slow the spread, we will … turn the valve more, and part of that would be reducing the number of people in indoor dining.”

“It’s tough on bars and restaurants, it’s tough on gyms, it’s tough on everyone. I would say we are within sight of the finish line, the vaccine has been discovered, it has to be perfected, it has to be operationalized, but we see the finish line,” Cuomo added, according to WCBS.

The New York Post said the governor did not indicate how the new order would be enforced, but he did say it would be up to local governments.

“You can make rules, rules are only as good as enforcement, period,” Cuomo said. “I need the local governments to enforce.”

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: Just in time for Thanksgiving, NY Gov. Cuomo declares gatherings at private homes may not exceed 10 people

Interesting timing

Officials with the Wisconsin Republican Party told the Associated Press on Thursday that hackers broke into the party’s coffers and stole $2.3 million designated for promoting the re-election of President Donald Trump.

According to the AP, GOP officials discovered the hack on Oct. 22 and called the FBI on Friday.

Wisconsin Party Chairman Andrew Hitt told the outlet that the FBI has launched an investigation into the theft. The AP said the FBI has yet to respond to inquiries about the alleged theft.

The timing of the hack comes as the Trump campaign is attempting to ward off the efforts of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and repeat its surprise victory of 2016.

The Badger State has been seen during the entire 2020 election cycle as a key battleground state after Trump beat Hillary Clinton there in 2016 after she infamously took the state for granted and barely campaigned there. Trump took the state by only 23,000 votes.

How did this happen?

Hitt told the AP that the hackers were able to steal the funds by altering vendor invoices.

From the AP:

Hitt said the hackers manipulated invoices from four vendors who were being paid for direct mail for Trump’s reelection efforts as well as for pro-Trump material such as hats to be handed out to supporters. Invoices and other documents were altered so when the party paid them for the services rendered, the money went to the hackers instead of the vendors, Hitt said.

The hack was discovered after someone noticed that an invoice was generated that should not have been, he said.

How is the race going in Wisconsin?

Polls in the state have varied wildly over the last week.

For example, a Washington Post/ABC News poll reported Wednesday showed Biden with a 17-point lead over Trump, 57% to 40%. The poll was conducted Oct. 20-25.

However, a new Trafalgar Group poll conducted Oct. 24-25 showed Biden with lead of less than half a point, 47.5% to 47.1%

According to RealClearPolitics’ average of polls, Biden currently leads Trump by an average of 6.4 percentage points.

The RealClearPolitics site shows that on this date (Oct. 29) four years ago, Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump by an average of 6.2 points. She had a 6.5-point lead going into Election Day.

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: Wisconsin GOP says hackers stole $2.3 million from its coffers just days before the election; FBI is investigating

‘Transcends all normal realities’

Americans have seen Black Lives Matter murals pop up in cities all across the country — they’re painted on streets, buildings, placards, you name it. New York City has seen them on the streets around all five boroughs.

Interestingly, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted this week that he decided the BLM murals would not have to go through the normal permitting process. But he is still forcing pro-police and pro-Trump groups go through the bureaucracy to get the government’s OK to put out their political messages in the same format, the New York Post first reported.

What’s going on?

The city has come under fire for allegedly blocking groups the mayor disagrees with politically from creating murals in the same fashion as the BLM movement.

The conservative, pro-Trump Women for America First is suing de Blasio and the city Department of Transportation for allowing a BLM mural to be painted in front of Trump Tower but ignoring and essentially blocking their group from exercising the same form of expression, the Post reported late last month.

In the wake of the lawsuit, the mayor has faced repeated questions about an apparent double standard.

On Monday, de Blasio revealed that the city did, in fact, ignore its own application process for public art projects in order to allow Black Lives Matter to paint murals around the city while still forcing groups like Women for America and the pro-cop organization Blue Lives Matter to wade through the government process of getting a permit for a public mural.

He began by claiming that the city has not said “no” to anyone. Instead, he said the groups have been told, “If you want to apply, you can apply, but there’s a process.”

But then he revealed that the rules do not apply to organizations and groups that are part of a movement that he believes “transcends all normal realities.” The statement was reminiscent of his claim in July defending putting Black Lives Matter murals on the streets in each of the boroughs because BLM “transcends any notion of politics” — including on the street in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan, which de Blasio helped paint.

“The fact is,” de Blasio attempted to explain Monday, “what I decided to do with the Black Lives Matter murals — and this came out of a meeting at Gracie Mansion weeks ago with community leaders and activists who said this would be such an important thing for this city to declare officially — that is something that again transcends all normal realities because we are at a moment of history when that had to be said and done, that’s a decision I made.”

So, any chance any other group will get the special treatment Black Lives Matter received?

Not according to Hizzoner: “The normal process continues for anyone who wants to apply.”

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: De Blasio reveals he skipped the city permit process for BLM murals — but he’s still forcing pro-cop, pro-Trump groups to get permits

Will they report the truth?

Recent reports appear to show that Gen. Mike Flynn, one-time national security adviser to President Donald Trump, was “deliberately framed” by the FBI in the investigation into Russian election meddling.

President Trump fired Flynn just weeks into his presidency for admittedly lying to Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about discussions with Russian officials about sanctions.

The liberal news media were all too happy to report on the Flynn controversy at the time, including CNN, whom Trump said “tormented” the former NSA. The president has said the cable news outlet should “pay a big price” for its actions.

What happened today?

During media questions in the Oval Office Thursday, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump if he planned to pardon Flynn now that more information about the treatment of Flynn has come to light and based on Trump’s Dec. 2, 2017, tweet that he “had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

Acosta wanted to know if Trump stood by his statement that Flynn lied.

Trump responded by saying, that “dirty cops” at the FBI “tormented Gen. Flynn.”

“You see the notes, Jim,” Trump said, referring to recently uncovered handwritten notes from FBI agents seeming to show the bureau was unfairly targeting the general, adding, “What they did to Gen. Flynn … was a disaster and a disgrace, and it should never be allowed to happen in this country, again.”

He then turned to Acosta’s employer.

“CNN tormented him, in all fairness,” Trump said.

“I hope to see that CNN will — not even apologize, which they should, but just cover it fairly — because he is in the process of being exonerated,” he continued. “If you look at those notes from yesterday, that was total exoneration. These were dirty, filthy cops at the top of the FBI.”

“They were dishonest people,” Trump said of the FBI agents. “Now we have to see what’s going to happen. Gen. Flynn was treated like nobody … should be treated.”

Returning to CNN, the president said, “I hope that CNN is going to give him a fair shake and cover it.”

Trump concluded: “I think it would be so good for CNN if you covered it honestly and if you reported honestly. It would be so good for the network.”

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: President Trump goes at it with CNN’s Jim Acosta in the Oval Office: Your network ‘tormented’ Gen. Flynn. I sure hope you report his ‘total exoneration’

This could get testy

The U.S. Senate will reconvene Tuesday and begin debating Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposed rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. You can watch a live feed of the proceedings below.

Should the Kentucky Republican’s proposal pass, arguments would begin Wednesday morning. However, Senate Democrats plan to offer amendments to McConnell’s resolution, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday. At issue are the rules of evidence and the calling of witnesses. Democrats say the Republicans’ proposed rules would severely hamper House managers’ ability to submit evidence to the full Senate.

There is also continuing debate over which witnesses the mangers’ should be permitted to call. Over the last few weeks, at least two people Democrats believe could have evidence harmful to the president’s case — and did not testify before the House — have come forward to say they are willing to testify before the Senate if called.

Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has reportedly turned over documents that, he says, show the president pressured the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into the family of former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Parnas, facing federal charges that could see him serving prison time, has expressed a willingness to testify in the impeachment trial, USA Today reported.

Another witness Democrats have said they hope to call is former Trump national security adviser John Bolton. House Democrats never subpoenaed Bolton to testify, but he announced Jan. 6 that he would testify if subpoenaed by the Senate. Bolton’s testimony could be crucial if rumors that he has crucial knowledge about the White House’s dealings in Ukraine are true.

Republicans have responded to Democrats’ demands about witnesses by vowing to call their own witnesses, potentially even Hunter Biden, son of the former vice president.

The seven Democratic House impeachment managers appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will present the impeachment articles and evidence. Those managers are: Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (Calif.), Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), and Reps. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), Val Demings (Fla.), Jason Crow (Colo.), and Sylvia Garcia (Texas).

The U.S. House voted Dec. 18 to impeach the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. On Thursday, the House formally delivered the two articles of impeachment to the Senate.

President Trump’s defense team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, will make the president’s case. Two famous lawyers joined the president’s team last week: Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr. And on Monday night, the president added eight House Republicans to his defense team: Reps. Doug Collins (Ga.), Mike Johnson (La.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Debbie Lesko (Ariz.), Mark Meadows (N.C.), John Ratcliffe (Texas), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), and Lee Zeldin (N.Y.). These eight Republicans are expected to advise Trump’s official defense team, but it is not clear yet if they will participate in the actual impeachment proceedings.

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: VIDEO: Senate begins impeachment trial of President Trump with fight over the rules

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