Workers in St. Louis were removing a controversial Confederate monument when they discovered a 102-year-old time capsule buried inside its base. Mark Trout, executive director of the Missouri Civil War Museum, knew of the copper time capsule’s existence from historical documents and determined that it was placed in the bottom center of the monument around one…
Nevada Dems pounce on news that Trump-backed Senate hopeful testified at trial of Giuliani henchman Lev Parnas
Former Republican Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt may be facing new scrutiny over potential connections to Russia via convicted Rudy Guiliani associate Lev Parnas.
Laxalt, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump for U.S. Senate, testified at Parnas' federal trial about meeting Parnas in 2018 and having been promised $10,000 in campaign help by Parnas for his gubernatorial campaign that year, according to reporting by the Las Vegas Sun. Parnas "was found guilty Friday of funneling more than $100,000 in Russian money into U.S. political campaigns during the same election cycle," the paper reports.
Laxalt is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Nevada Democratic incumbent Sen. Cortez Masto in the 2022 midterm elections. The Nevada Democratic Victory Fund has filed a public-records request today with the state seeking details about Laxalt's 2018 campaign, the Sun reported.
"Laxalt testified for about two hours Oct. 15 in New York regarding a $10,000 campaign donation from Parnas' colleague to Laxalt, the Sun reported. "Parnas and other co-conspirators had used a Russian backer's money to fund political contributions they hoped would win them political favor and help with their plans for a joint marijuana venture, federal prosecutors allege."
"During his testimony, Laxalt detailed how he met Parnas in 2018 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. There former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani invited Laxalt to a balcony where some people were smoking cigars and having drinks. Parnas was on the balcony and "immediately offered" to help Laxalt's campaign, saying he would like to help raise money in the final months of the race, Laxalt told the jurors during trial.
Parnas pledged $10,000 and offered to stage a fundraiser for Laxalt. But in the weeks that followed, the fundraiser never materialized, and Laxalt seemed increasingly desperate to see a contribution from Parnas.
When Laxalt pressed for money just days before the election, he received a text from Parnas referencing Federal Election Commission litigation and saying his lawyer would not let Parnas or his wife make a contribution in their names.
Finally, a $10,000 check from "Global Energy Producers" arrived. Prosecutors maintain the money was really from the Russian financier, Andrey Muraviev.
They also made campaign contributions to Nevada Republican attorney general candidate Wes Duncan, who also lost in the general election. Both Duncan and Laxalt said they returned the money.
The Democratic group did not waste time pouncing, according to the Sun.
"This is familiar territory for Laxalt, who was constantly embroiled in pay-to-play scandals while serving as Nevada's attorney general, just like (former President Donald) Trump," Andy Orellana, senior communications adviser for Nevada Democratic Victory, said in a statement. "Now that he is running for U.S. Senate, he will have to explain to the people of Nevada why they should trust him when he has shown that he will do literally anything to benefit himself and his shady political donors."
"Laxalt's campaign did not return requests for comment, "the Sun reported.You can read the Sun's full report here.
A Jamaican cult leader named Pastor Kevin Smith died in a car accident while police were taking him to a court appearance, the Daily Beast reported Monday.
Smith, who should not be confused with the American filmmaker, was taken into custody Sunday after two of his cult's followers were killed during the "human sacrifice" ritual. He ran the Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries and was under arrest after reports of human sacrifices as part of the ceremonies. When the police came into the "church," there were more than 100 people dressed in white robes.
The process involved senior members of the cult leadership "stabbing" and "slashing" members who had been told they'd be going on a "heavenly journey." The two members were then killed during the ritual, but one was killed during the raid by the police, said the report.
The chief of Jamaica's Constabulary Forces communication unit, Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, confirmed to the Beast that Smith had died.
"They were taking him to Kingston to be formally charged; there was an accident and all four people in the vehicle received serious injuries. Two died, a police constable and Mr. Smith and the other two police officers are in critical condition," said the statement.
"When I saw blood and the young lady fell, I said 'This is it for me,'" said a member, who spoke to the Jamaican Observer.
Ahead of the "ritual," Smith told members of the cult to leave their cell phones at home, claiming there was a coming "flood."
Marjorie Taylor Greene continues AOC obsession with new conspiracy theory: You ‘participated in civil war’
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the most prominent lawmaker named in the bombshell Rolling Stone article, unleashed a wild a conspiracy theory-fueled attack against Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday.
Her tweetstorm, 12 posts long (although she did label one #6 twice) included the demand, usually made by right wing Twitter trolls, to "debate me," along with false claims AOC is "tear[ing] our country apart because you are a communist," and "participated in [a] civil war."
Greene started by retweeting Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's tweet calling for any "member of Congress who helped plot a terrorist attack on our nation's capitol" to be "expelled."
1. Again I challenge you to debate me. You have a big problem understanding our laws because you want to tear our… https://t.co/kSR1RnjSEz— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸) 1635170985.0
Rep. Greene complains "ALL of the thousands of Antifa/BLM foot soldiers of the Democrat Communist Party that attacked innocent Americans, looted & burned private businesses, & more crimes have not been properly charged yet & many were let off."
She claims AOC and other Democratic lawmakers engaged in a "civil war that was waged in the streets of America during the communist revolution of 2020," which is a flat-out lie.
Greene also falsely calls U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) a "terrorist sympathizer," and claims the BLM protests caused over $1 trillion in damage, which is wildly false.
In her provably false screed Greene uses variations of the word "communist" five times, "Socialist" and "Fascist" once each, "civil war" and "vaccine" three times, "Democrat" seven times, "America" or "American" nine times.
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