Hate hoax accusation: N-word, KKK, swastikas spray-painted on car. But authorities say the owner did it.

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A vehicle was discovered last month spray-painted with the N-word, KKK, and swastikas, as well as messages in support of President Donald Trump’s re-election — and against Black Lives Matter — in North Buffalo, New York.

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But now authorities say the owner of the BMW X5 carried out the vandalism, WGRZ-TV reported.

What are the details?

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn last week said 18-year-old Clifton Eutsey allegedly spray-painted his own car and is facing multiple charges, the station said:

  • third-degree insurance fraud, a felony;
  • falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor;
  • offering a false instrument for filing, a misdemeanor; and
  • falsifying business records, a misdemeanor.

The graffiti also included a homophobic slur, and the car’s windshield was smashed, the Buffalo News reported. The police report also said sugar was poured into the gas tank, WGRZ added.

imageImage source: WGRZ-TV video screenshot

Eutsey was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled for a Jan. 11 felony hearing, the station said, adding that if convicted on all charges, Eutsey faces up to seven years in prison.

Frank LoTempio III, Eutsey’s attorney, entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf, the News reported, adding that Flynn said there’s video evidence to support the fraud allegation.

“Behave out there, Mr. Eutsey,” City Court Judge Shannon Heneghan said, according to the paper.

More charges

Eutsey faces felony charges in a separate incident, WGRZ said, adding that Buffalo police officers allegedly found him in possession of two loaded, illegal firearms during an Oct. 24 traffic stop.

He was arraigned on two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon as well as traffic violations, including driving without a license, the station said.

Eutsey posted bail — set at $20,000 cash or bond, or $10,000 partially secured bond — and was released, WGRZ reported. He’s scheduled for a Jan. 4 felony hearing on the latter charges, the station said.

Anything else?

TheBlaze has extensively reported on hate crime hoaxes:

Ted Cruz unloads on Democratic senator for ‘fake virtue’ signaling over masks: He is ‘being a complete a**’

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) blasted his colleague, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), on Monday, accusing the lawmaker of “fake virtue” signaling by calling out another Republican lawmaker for not wearing a mask on the Senate floor.

“This is idiotic. [Sen. Brown] is being a complete ass,” Cruz wrote on Twitter, reacting to a viral clip of the exchange posted on the platform Monday.

In the clip, Brown scolded Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan (Alaska) for not wearing a mask while presiding over the meeting before launching into a diatribe against President Trump and congressional Republicans as a whole for not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

“He wears a mask to speak — when nobody is remotely near him — as an ostentatious sign of fake virtue,” Cruz continued. “[Sen. Sullivan] was over 50 feet away, presiding. Last I checked 50 feet is more than 6 feet.”

Cruz pointed out that Brown was located approximately 50 feet away from Sullivan during the exchange and thus well beyond the 6 feet of social distancing recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it should be noted that Brown was not asking Sullivan to wear a mask for his own safety but rather for the safety of several congressional staffers located much closer to Sullivan.

“I’d start by asking the presiding officer to please wear a mask, as he speaks and people below him are … I can’t tell you what to do but I know that,” Brown said in reference to Sullivan after taking the floor from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Sullivan quickly interjected: “I don’t wear a mask when I’m speaking, like most senators. I don’t need your instruction.”

Brown then shot back: “I know you don’t need my instruction but there clearly isn’t much interest in this body in public health. We have a president who hasn’t shown up at the coronavirus task force meeting in months. We have a majority leader that calls us back here to vote on an unqualified nominee … and to vote for judge after judge after judge.”

Brown argued the ongoing activities in the chamber are unnecessarily “exposing” large numbers of people to the virus, “but the majority leader just doesn’t seem to care.”

The Democratic lawmaker then pivoted to Trump, saying, “the American people sent a clear message in this election; they voted for stability. They rejected an administration that has failed them in the middle of a public health crisis and an economic crisis.”

Rep. Jim Jordan fires back at leaders imposing new COVID restrictions: Don’t cancel holidays — cancel lockdowns instead

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Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) blasted Democratic leaders imposing coronavirus lockdowns ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It isn’t the first time he’s spoken out about COVID-19 restrictions unfolding across the country.

What are the details?

In a pointed tweet, Jordan — ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee — wrote, “Don’t cancel Thanksgiving. Don’t cancel Christmas. Cancel lockdowns.”

At the time of this reporting, the tweet has received more than 126,000 likes.

Jordan’s remark comes on the heels of at multiple Democratic leaders announcing the return of lockdowns, curfews, and restrictions.

For example, last week, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced restrictions on restaurants, bars, and public gyms. He also issued a mandate against more than ten people at indoor as well as outdoor events — even at private residences.

Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also recently announced new 30-day stay-at-home advisory, which went into effect on Monday. In her announcement, Lightfoot urged Chicagoans to “cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans.”

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also announced a tightening of restrictions across the state, limiting indoor gatherings to no more than 10 people.

And the Democratic governors of Washington, Oregon, and California announced massive restrictions late last week and over the weekend.

What else?

On Twitter, Jordan has continued to make clear his thoughts on lockdowns.

Later on Monday, he wrote, “In Oregon, you can be jailed for having too many people over for Thanksgiving. But if you want to riot and loot in Portland, no sweat!”

He added, “Today your freedom: -To go to church -To go to work -To go to school -To have friends in your home -To leave your home -To dance at your daughter’s wedding -To celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving Is being taken away government.”

Jordan previously took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, who recently said that the time has come for Americans to do what they’re told to do by authoritarian health experts.

Jordan tweeted, “Dr Fauci: ‘Do what you’re told.’ Americans: ‘We can decide for ourselves.'”

California school district bans ‘racist’ classics: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ ‘Of Mice and Men,’ and more are gone

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Administrators at the Burbank Unified School District have determined that a variety of classic novels — including Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and more — will no longer be permitted for curriculum use following concerns of racism.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday Newsweek report, middle school and high school English teachers will not be able to include the following books in lessons following reports of parental concerns of racism:

  • Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”
  • Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
  • John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”
  • Theodore Taylor’s “The Cay”
  • Mildred D. Taylor’s “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”

The outlet reported that four parents — three of whom are black — reportedly said the classic novels posed “alleged potential harm” to the district’s “roughly 400 black students.”

What are people saying about this?

One parent, identified as Carmenita Helligar, said a white student approached her black daughter and taunted her with the N-word, which the student said he “learned” from reading “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.”

Another boy reportedly told Helligar’s child, “My family used to own your family, and now I want a dollar from each of you for the week.”

Helligar told the outlet, “My daughter was literally traumatized. These books are problematic … you feel helpless because you can’t even protect your child from the hurt that she’s going through.”

Nadra Ostrom, another black parent, said that the books are problematic because there is “no counter narrative to this black person dealing with racism and a white person saving them.”

What else is there to know?

The National Coalition Against Censorship sent a letter to the district urging the administration to reconsider the move.

“[W]e believe that the books … have a great pedagogical value and should be retained in the curriculum,” a spokesperson for the organization wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Poets, Essayists, and Novelists America also crafted a petition demanding the district reinstate the use of the books.

A portion of the petition says, “Each of the books in question deal with difficult subject matter from our country’s complicated and painful history, including systemic racism. Blocking engagement with these important books is also avoiding the important role that schools can and should play in providing context for why these books inspire and challenge us still today.”

At least one district teen created and distributed a Change.org petition calling for the district to stop the censorship.

A portion of the teen’s petition states, “In a time where racism has become more transparent than ever, we need to continue to educate students as to the roots of it; to create anti-racist students. These literatures, of which have been declared ‘Books that Shaped America’ by the Library of Congress, won Newbury Medals, and are some of the most influential pieces, cannot disappear.”

Recount Reveals 2,631 Uncounted Georgia Ballots

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Georgia’s Floyd County recently found 2,631 votes they had apparently “failed to count” during a recount for the 2020 presidential elections.

Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State, had blamed election officials for failing to upload the votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine. The problem did not come from the day of voting or absentee, but rather early voting on October 24. The scanner broke and about half of the votes were not properly recorded. After the scanner broke, ballots were taken to a second scanner where they were wrongly scanned.

This error wasn’t found on Election Day, but rather after President Trump and the Republican Party requested a statewide audit. There were several ballots that were counted more than once. In one report, there were 141 ballots cast but 216 were counted. The reports also found that out of the 38,588 votes in Floyd County, about 6.8% of the votes were not originally counted.

Out of the 2,631 votes, it looks like between 1,600-1,900 were Republican votes cast for President Trump. So far, the newly discovered ballots have handed Trump an additional 800 votes, but there is still a 14,000-vote gap with President-Elect Joe Biden. These numbers were found over the weekend after nearly 20 hours of hand-counting ballots.

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The state’s voting system manager Gabriel Sterling recommended that the county’s elections director should resign after such a massive error. “It’s not an equipment issue. It’s a person not executing their job properly. This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side,” Sterling said.

The race is too close for “errors” like this. Can you imagine what votes weren’t originally counted in massive counties like Fulton County? The bottom line is that we are seeing more ballot errors in the recounts every day. We need a full audit verifying voter registration signatures, absentee ballot application signatures, and absentee ballot outer envelope signatures.

So far, we’ve only seen mistakes in Democrat-run cities for Republican votes. Why are no mistakes going the other way? There is strong evidence that the election results can’t be trusted. Several counties have already been found excluding a significant number of Trump votes and we are seeing more each day.

The states’ 159 counties have until midnight Wednesday, Nov. 18 to finish the recount. If Biden wins, he will have grabbed Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, flipping a state that is historically red. No matter what the results are, the work is far from over.

Recount Reveals 2,631 Uncounted Georgia Ballots

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Georgia’s Floyd County recently found 2,631 votes they had apparently “failed to count” during a recount for the 2020 presidential elections. 

Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State, had blamed election officials for failing to upload the votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine. The problem did not come from the day of voting or absentee, but rather early voting on October 24. The scanner broke and about half of the votes were not properly recorded. After the scanner broke, ballots were taken to a second scanner where they were wrongly scanned. 

This error wasn’t found on Election Day, but rather after President Trump and the Republican Party requested a statewide audit. There were several ballots that were counted more than once. In one report, there were 141 ballots cast but 216 were counted. The reports also found that out of the 38,588 votes in Floyd County, about 6.8% of the votes were not originally counted. 

Out of the 2,631 votes, it looks like between 1,600-1,900 were Republican votes cast for President Trump. So far, the newly discovered ballots have handed Trump an additional 800 votes, but there is still a 14,000-vote gap with President-Elect Joe Biden. These numbers were found over the weekend after nearly 20 hours of hand-counting ballots. 

The state’s voting system manager Gabriel Sterling recommended that the county’s elections director should resign after such a massive error. “It’s not an equipment issue. It’s a person not executing their job properly. This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side,” Sterling said. 

The race is too close for “errors” like this. Can you imagine what votes weren’t originally counted in massive counties like Fulton County? The bottom line is that we are seeing more ballot errors in the recounts every day. We need a full audit verifying voter registration signatures, absentee ballot application signatures, and absentee ballot outer envelope signatures. 

So far, we’ve only seen mistakes in Democrat-run cities for Republican votes. Why are no mistakes going the other way? There is strong evidence that the election results can’t be trusted. Several counties have already been found excluding a significant number of Trump votes and we are seeing more each day. 

The states’ 159 counties have until midnight Wednesday, Nov. 18 to finish the recount. If Biden wins, he will have grabbed Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, flipping a state that is historically red. No matter what the results are, the work is far from over.

Tucker Carlson shuts down the rumors, says he is not leaving Fox News

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took time on his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” on Monday to address the rumors that he might be leaving for another network. According to the host, that is not going to happen.

What are the details?

“Over the weekend, we got a lot of calls asking if we’re leaving Fox News,” Carlson told his audience. “Ironically, at that very moment we were working on a project to expand the amount of reporting and analysis we do in this hour across other parts of the company.

“This show is not going anywhere. It’s getting bigger,” the host continued, adding, “The people who run Fox News want more of it, not less, and we are grateful for that.”

Just last month, Carlson and Fox News broke cable news ratings records. Nielsen Media Research ratings for October showed that “Tucker Carlson Tonight” saw the highest monthly viewership in the history of cable news, while the network itself also saw the highest primetime averages in cable news history.

But Fox News faced criticism from President Donald Trump and many of his supporters, who allege that the outlet acted too quickly in calling the state of Arizona for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Fox News has defended its determination, but has taken heat from some conservatives for refusing to waiver on the stance.

Eventually, every major mainstream news outlet also called Arizona — and, ultimately, the national race — for Biden, who is projected to garner 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232.

Meanwhile, President Trump has refused to concede the election as his campaign continues to contest the race through litigation in several states, alleging voting irregularities and fraud.

Critics lash out at Fox News

Fox News also took shots from some critics after host Neil Cavuto cut away from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s speech during a Trump campaign news conference, and after leaked off-air footage went viral showing anchor Sandra Smith who expressed concern over claims by a guest who stated, “Remember, just because CNN says, or even Fox News says that somebody’s president doesn’t make them president.”

Trump has also used his Twitter feed to further criticize Fox News and to promote alternative outlets, namely Newsmax and One America News Network.

Rumors then began to swirl on social media about the prospect of Fox News megastar Carlson moving to another network, prompting him to address the matter outright on his show.

Tucker Carlson shuts down the rumors, says he is not leaving Fox News

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took time on his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” on Monday to address the rumors that he might be leaving for another network. According to the host, that is not going to happen.

What are the details?

“Over the weekend, we got a lot of calls asking if we’re leaving Fox News,” Carlson told his audience. “Ironically, at that very moment we were working on a project to expand the amount of reporting and analysis we do in this hour across other parts of the company.

“This show is not going anywhere. It’s getting bigger,” the host continued, adding, “The people who run Fox News want more of it, not less, and we are grateful for that.”

Just last month, Carlson and Fox News broke cable news ratings records. Nielsen Media Research ratings for October showed that “Tucker Carlson Tonight” saw the highest monthly viewership in the history of cable news, while the network itself also saw the highest primetime averages in cable news history.

But Fox News faced criticism from President Donald Trump and many of his supporters, who allege that the outlet acted too quickly in calling the state of Arizona for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Fox News has defended its determination, but has taken heat from some conservatives for refusing to waiver on the stance.

Eventually, every major mainstream news outlet also called Arizona — and, ultimately, the national race — for Biden, who is projected to garner 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232.

Meanwhile, President Trump has refused to concede the election as his campaign continues to contest the race through litigation in several states, alleging voting irregularities and fraud.

Critics lash out at Fox News

Fox News also took shots from some critics after host Neil Cavuto cut away from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s speech during a Trump campaign news conference, and after leaked off-air footage went viral showing anchor Sandra Smith who expressed concern over claims by a guest who stated, “Remember, just because CNN says, or even Fox News says that somebody’s president doesn’t make them president.”

Trump has also used his Twitter feed to further criticize Fox News and to promote alternative outlets, namely Newsmax and One America News Network.

Rumors then began to swirl on social media about the prospect of Fox News megastar Carlson moving to another network, prompting him to address the matter outright on his show.

While governor locks down California over virus spike, lawmakers are flying to a conference at a luxury hotel in Hawaii

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Monday that the state would return to far more restrictive social guidelines over a rise in coronavirus cases on the same day that state lawmakers were found to be planning to attend a luxury conference in Hawaii.

“This is simply the fastest increase California has seen since the beginning of this pandemic,” Newsom said. “Every age group, every demographic, racial, ethnic, in every part of the state we are seeing case rates increase and positivity rates increase as well.”

But the announcement juxtaposed poorly with a report that California lawmakers were planning to attend a conference this week at a luxury hotel in Hawaii hosted by the Independent Voter Project.

“Hawaii has established a very detailed, safe travel program, and Independent Voter Project wanted to be able to take advantage of that,” IVP chairman and executive director Dan Howle told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The conference would allow lawmakers from California, Texas, and Washington state to discuss policy issues while schmoozing with corporate lobbyists.

Many thought the two stories manifested the hypocrisy of privileged political leaders issuing orders that severely restrict their constituents while enjoying luxury accommodations for themselves.

“Unbelievable. Will the hypocrisy ever end from our elected leaders?” responded KTLA reporter Bill Melugin.

“First [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) w/ the hair salon, then Gov. Newsom w/ his private dinner with his lobbyist buddy, now we have CA lawmakers at a conference in Hawaii while YOU are told to stay home,” he added.

Melugin was referring to an embarrassing report from the San Francisco Chronicle that Newsom had been caught attending a ritzy dinner party at one the most exclusive restaurants in the world. Newsom admitted in a statement to the Chronicle that he should not have attended the dinner, even if they had followed the social distancing guidelines required.

Here’s more about the coronavirus travel advisory in California:

California Issues Travel Advisory as COVID-19 Cases Surge | NBCLA

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While governor locks down California over virus spike, lawmakers are flying to a conference at a luxury hotel in Hawaii

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Monday that the state would return to far more restrictive social guidelines over a rise in coronavirus cases on the same day that state lawmakers were found to be planning to attend a luxury conference in Hawaii.

“This is simply the fastest increase California has seen since the beginning of this pandemic,” Newsom said. “Every age group, every demographic, racial, ethnic, in every part of the state we are seeing case rates increase and positivity rates increase as well.”

But the announcement juxtaposed poorly with a report that California lawmakers were planning to attend a conference this week at a luxury hotel in Hawaii hosted by the Independent Voter Project.

“Hawaii has established a very detailed, safe travel program, and Independent Voter Project wanted to be able to take advantage of that,” IVP chairman and executive director Dan Howle told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The conference would allow lawmakers from California, Texas, and Washington state to discuss policy issues while schmoozing with corporate lobbyists.

Many thought the two stories manifested the hypocrisy of privileged political leaders issuing orders that severely restrict their constituents while enjoying luxury accommodations for themselves.

“Unbelievable. Will the hypocrisy ever end from our elected leaders?” responded KTLA reporter Bill Melugin.

“First [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) w/ the hair salon, then Gov. Newsom w/ his private dinner with his lobbyist buddy, now we have CA lawmakers at a conference in Hawaii while YOU are told to stay home,” he added.

Melugin was referring to an embarrassing report from the San Francisco Chronicle that Newsom had been caught attending a ritzy dinner party at one the most exclusive restaurants in the world. Newsom admitted in a statement to the Chronicle that he should not have attended the dinner, even if they had followed the social distancing guidelines required.

Here’s more about the coronavirus travel advisory in California:


California Issues Travel Advisory as COVID-19 Cases Surge | NBCLA

www.youtube.com