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Liz Crokin Predicts That Tom Hanks Will Soon Be Arrested for Involvement in Occult Pedophilia

Right Wing Watch

Last year, right-wing “journalist” and Trump–worshiping conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin publicly declared that if the mass arrests long promised by those promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory didn’t materialize by the end of 2019, she was going to “bow out” of the movement.

“I’m sick of talking about it,” Crokin said last January. “It’s so depressing and I’m just over it. I’m going to have to move on because it’s just taken such a big toll on me and my health that I don’t think I can stay in this fight if it continues to drag on for years and years and if these mass arrests don’t happen this year.”

Those arrests did not happen, but it doesn’t appear as if Crokin is actually going to abandon the QAnon movement anytime soon, as she posted a video on New Year’s Eve in which she predicted that actor Tom Hanks will soon be among the first of the high-profile figures arrested for his supposed involvement in satanic pedophilia.

“There is a lot of evidence and symbolism with Tom Hanks,” Crokin said. “You can go look at some of the work he’s done, you can look at some of the skits he’s done on Saturday Night Live, you can look at some of the movies he’s been in. There is a lot of symbolism in the work that he’s done. I think one of the first movies he did was [The Man With One Red Shoe] … It was a movie about red shoes; we know that red shoes are significant and symbolic to the occult because they make leather red shoes out of babies’ skin.”

Sema Hernandez wants to talk to me about the TX-SEN Primary...


I'm hoping to get on the phone with you this week about my 2020 race for U.S. Senate in Texas. I run a 100% grassroots, people-driven campaign against the ultra-conservative, big money-bankrolled John Cornyn, a Trump lackey who’s been in office for 17 long years. Time after time, he’s unapologetically stuck to the agenda dictated by corporate PACs and special interests rather than an agenda set by the needs of his constituents.

My 2018 Senate campaign ran on progressive issues, policies, and solutions, and earned 24% of the Democratic vote as a first-time candidate. At the same time, the Blue Wave swept the nation, with Democrats taking back state legislatures and the U.S. House. I’m back to finish the job we started last year to put a progressive Democrat in the U.S. Senate for Texas. Texas is ready to shake its red state identity.

I find it interesting that mentioning a 62-24 Primary loss was considered a good idea.....

Bennet pitches universal preschool, government payments to parents in $6T 'Real Deal'

The Hill

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) has put forth a $6 trillion "Real Deal" plan that includes universal preschool and payments to parents.

The senator's campaign touted the plan in a Thursday statement as something that will both "galvanize the Democratic base" and help win back Obama voters who threw their support behind President Trump in 2016.

Bennet aims to spend the $6 trillion over the next decade on initiatives such as providing preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds, making community college free and making public four-year colleges debt free for low- and middle-income families.

His plan also includes expanding the Child Tax Credit to give $3,600 per year for children under age 6 and $3,000 for kids 6 and up, passing paid family and medical leave and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in "high-cost cities."

Looking for an edge, Klobuchar chases Trump voters


GORHAM, N.H. — Sen. Amy Klobuchar recognizes that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are going to clean up here. But she sees a path to success by finding voters to whom they have little appeal — like those who are so independent-minded they voted for both Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

It shows in every piece of her strategy, from the towns she visits to her stump speech. And in a state where the biggest voting bloc, 43 percent, is independents, it’s a game plan her campaign thinks will create an Election Day surprise.

Klobuchar’s state director said they’re focused on places other candidates have avoided, especially the towns that went to Obama in 2008 and 2012, but then voted for Trump in 2016.

“Those are really a lot of communities that tend to be bellwethers or communities that have an impact on New Hampshire outcomes,” said Scott Merrick. “Whether they're Democrats and they'll vote for more moderate candidates or they're truly undeclared voters who mix it up.”

Yang raises $16.5 million in fourth quarter


Entrepreneur Andrew Yang announced he raised $16.5 million in the last quarter of 2019, a total that's expected to put him toward the upper half of the field.

His campaign said Thursday that he now had a cumulative 400,000 donors, with more than 1 million contributions. The campaign said his average donation was $30. The $16.5 million total marked Yang's strongest fundraising quarter to date.

“At every turn in this race, Andrew Yang continues to exceed expectations whether it’s in terms of grassroots fundraising, making the debates, early state polling, or the ability to draw big crowds,” Nick Ryan, his campaign chief, said in a statement. "What we have achieved together to date through the humanity first values of this campaign, now sets us up to compete through the early-state primaries, Super Tuesday, and beyond.”

The Yang campaign did not release a cash on hand amount. His previous best quarter was just under $10 million during the third quarter of 2019.

Julin Castro Ends Presidential Campaign

Source: New York Times

Julián Castro, the former housing secretary who was the only Latino candidate in the Democratic primary, said Thursday he would end his bid for the presidency, capping a yearlong campaign where despite struggling in polls, he remained an enduring contender and policy pacesetter on immigration and fighting poverty.

Throughout his campaign, Mr. Castro, 45, a native of San Antonio who spent five years as its mayor, portrayed himself as an unapologetic liberal who was shaped by his humble beginnings and had been overlooked by the press. Though he created some memorable moments as he championed progressive policy and challenged his rivals on the campaign trail, Mr. Castro was unable to break into the upper tier of a crowded primary field. His exit is the latest departure of a candidate of color from a field that began as the most racially diverse ever in a Democratic primary.

“I’ve determined that it simply isn’t our time,” Mr. Castro said in a nearly four-minute video message released by his campaign, which included a montage from his year on the trail, including visits to the border and a homeless encampment in Oakland. “Today it’s with a heavy heart, and profound gratitude, that I will suspend my campaign for president.”

“I’m not done fighting," Mr. Castro continued, though he gave no indication of his immediate plans. “I’ll keep working towards a nation where everyone counts, a nation where everyone can get a good job, good health care and a decent place to live.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/us/politics/julian-castro-dropping-out.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Parade marchers disqualified for blackface trying to emulate Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty

Source: New York Daily News

These parade participants got a little too nitty Gritty with their costume designs — and it cost them dearly.

Several marchers of Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade — an annual New Year’s Day tradition since 1901 — were disqualified for wearing blackface while trying to emulate beloved Flyers mascot Gritty.

The 7-foot-tall, goofy-looking creature is furry and orange with large, googly eyes and always decked out in Philadelphia Flyers gear.

At least two members of the offending group, the Froggy Carr Club, which was established in memory of a beloved friend and football player who died of a head injury decades ago during a game, painted their faces black.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-mummers-parade-disqualified-blackface-philadelphia-tradition-20200102-cvjjqy6mszfshkpenhhm3nu7tq-story.html

Erdogan Prepares a New Military Intervention, Sending Troops to Libya

Source: New York Times

ISTANBUL — Just months after mounting a third military incursion into Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is preparing another military intervention abroad, this time to dispatch troops to Libya.

He has arranged a special session of Parliament, where his party holds a majority, for Thursday to approve the plan, which will almost certainly pass.

The Libya gambit is no doubt the latest example of Turkey’s growing self-confidence as a regional power, analysts say. But some have begun to wonder why Mr. Erdogan is looking to get involved more deeply there now, pointing out that domestic politics are never far from Mr. Erdogan’s calculations.

Mr. Erdogan has also long held an ambition for a kind of restoration of the Ottoman Empire, re-establishing Turkey’s position of leadership in the Muslim world with an expansive foreign policy. That aspiration is popular at home, and the mission in Libya, part of the former Ottoman domain, fits nearly into that vision.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/world/europe/erdogan-turkey-libya.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

Illinois sees first legal sales of recreational marijuana

Source: Los Angeles Times

CHICAGO — The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois — prompting many to begin lining up hours early at dispensaries.

About 500 people were outside Dispensary 33 in Chicago. Renzo Mejia made the first legal purchase in the shop shortly after 6 a.m., the earliest that Illinois’ new law allowed such sales.

“To be able to have [recreational marijuana] here is just mind-boggling,” Mejia told the Chicago Sun-Times after buying an eighth of an ounce called “Motorbreath.”

Illinois already allowed medical marijuana, but it is now the 11th state to allow its use and sale for recreational purposes. The law approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker allows people 21 or older to possess up to 30 grams (1.06 ounces) of cannabis flower and up to 5 grams (0.17 ounces) of cannabis concentrate.'

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-01/illinois-sees-first-legal-sales-of-recreational-marijuana

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em....

Austrian Conservatives, Greens Agree to Form Governing Coalition

Source: Bloomberg

Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz on late Jan. 1 announced a deal with the country’s environmentalist Greens to form a government in Vienna, more than three months after the two groups emerged as the clear winners in national elections.

Kurz and Werner Kogler, his counterpart at the Green Party, declined to elaborate about further details of the agreement but said it would be presented on Jan. 2 and is still subject to approval by a Green party conference on Saturday.

“The talks weren’t easy because our parties are very different, but we were able to reach an excellent result,” Kurz said in televised remarks.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-01/austrian-conservatives-greens-agree-to-form-governing-coalition?utm_content=politics&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics

Foreign refugees will be deported using sustainable means of transportation?
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