On Wednesday, NJ.com reported that a Jason Vicari, 21-year-old man in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, killed his 81-year-old grandfather, Ronald Vicari, with an axe — and told police that he had been commanded to do so by God.
"A relative of the pair called 911 at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, telling police Jason had barricaded himself inside Ronald's home on Beechwood Avenue in Elmwood Park, according to the arrest report. The relative said Jason had a handgun, it said," reported Josh Solomon and Anthony Attrino. "The relative also told police Ronald was lying in the bathroom unconscious with a wound to his head, and that the bathroom window was broken, the report said. The call triggered both Elmwood Park Police and the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team to arrive."
According to the report, Vicari surrendered around 10:20 in the morning. Shortly after, het old police "God told me to do it," unprompted, and explained that he believed his grandfather had been transformed into a "monster."
The report comes as murders around the country have risen. Republicans have sought to pin this on President Joe Biden, even though the rise in violence started under former President Donald Trump and is still nowhere close to the height of the crime surge of the 1980s and 1990s.
Lauren Boebert slammed as a 'hateful bigot' by colleague after mocking first trans four-star admiral
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., called Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., a "hateful bigot" on Tuesday after the conservative lawmaker decried the swearing in of Dr. Rachel Levine, now the first transgender four-star officer in the nation's history.
"Welcome to woke medicine, America," Boebert tweeted, posting a picture of Levine during her ceremony.
Just an hour later, Beyer responded: "Dr. Levine is an accomplished pediatrician, a graduate of Harvard and Tulane, a former fellow at one of America's top teaching hospitals, a professor who created medical programs at Penn State to help young people, and PA's former Physician General."
"You are just a hateful bigot," he added.
On Tuesday, Levine, who was appointed by President Biden as the U.S. assistant secretary for health and confirmed by the senate in March, was officially made the four-star admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC), an agency of 6,000 federal health workers tasked with managing future health crises, including the nation's ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The PHSCC is one of eight federal uniformed services.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement that Levine's newfound title is not only historic but well-deserved.
"She is a highly accomplished pediatrician who helps drive our agency's agenda to boost health access and equity and to strengthen behavioral health," Becerra said. "She is a cherished and critical partner in our work to build a healthier America.
Political appointees are routinely granted admiral status, The Washington Post noted. During the Trump administration, Brett Giroir, Levine's predecessor, was similarly made four-star admiral following his Senate confirmation in 2018.
But that hasn't stopped top brass conservatives from railing against her ceremony as an appeal to "wokeness."
Tom Fitton, president of the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, wrote on Facebook that Biden was "playing quota politics with public health service," suggesting that Levine does not deserve her new rank.
Others outright challenged her identity as a transgender women.
"The Biden Administration called "Rachel" Levine a female," tweeted conservative commentator Matt Walsh. "Not woman. Female. Notice how the whole "sex and gender are different things" shtick has been entirely abandoned by the Left. They now demand that we accept males as biological females.
"The Biden administration announces that Rachel Levine, a biological man, is now the 'first-ever female four-star admiral" in the public health corp."
"Upon being sworn in, Admiral Rachel Levine said, 'I will follow the science.' Maybe Rachel should start by recognizing that there are only 2 genders," Rep. Boebert echoed in a separate tweet.
Levine, the former Pennsylvania Physician General and later the state's health secretary, is the PHSCC's sixth four-star general.
'Steve Bannon seemed to know something': GOP's Adam Kinzinger hints at bigger trouble ahead for Trump ally
Steve Bannon is either "clairvoyant" or he "knew" that former president Donald Trump's supporters planned to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger.
Kinzinger, a member of the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection, appeared on CNN on Wednesday night to discuss the House's impending vote on whether to refer a criminal contempt report for Bannon to the Department of Justice.
Host Wolf Blitzer asked Kinzinger whether he agrees with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who suggested Tuesday night that Bannon was "personally involved" in planning the insurrection shortly before the committee voted unanimously to forward the contempt report to the full House.
"I don't want to get into the evidence that we have or don't have," Kinzinger responded. "I'll keep that under wraps. Obviously, we're going to continue to find out what we need to find out, but look, you played the sound bite of Steven Bannon saying, 'Look, tomorrow's going to be wild, it's not going to go down how you expect.'"
"Either he was clairvoyant or he knew something," Kinzinger added. "A lot of us predicted violence. I predicted violence on Jan. 6 a week or two prior, but I never expected it would be to this level, that they would sack the Captiol. Steve Bannon seemed to know something, and we want to know what he knew."
Adam Kinzinger on the Situation Room www.youtube.com
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