The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) begins on Friday. According to the event's schedule, today will feature speeches from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and others. Watch live video below:
'Prove me wrong': Rick Wilson rains hell on House riot committee for slow-walking arrest of Steve Bannon
Appearing on MSNBNC late Friday night with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Rick Wilson accused the Capitol riot committee members of playing too nice with officials linked to Donald Trump who are balking at testifying about the Jan 6th insurrection.
One week ago, Wilson launched an attack on the committee, claiming the commission was "dead already" and that nothing would happen because they refused to enforce subpoenas they issued. That led to the committee pushing back in statements claiming they were pressing forward and that Wilson was misinformed.
On Friday night, Wilson asked them to "prove me wrong" by focusing on former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon and saying they should make an immediate example of him.
Stating he believed the committee's "intentions are not bad, " he then accused them of slow-walking their investigation which has already been going on for three months.
"We are not hearing from the committee that they are meeting regularly," he accused. "They've had three months and they have done almost nothing. And the fact that they a few witnesses who are grudgingly going to kind of, sort of, sit down with them is nothing until we hold to account the people who are defying them."
"Unless you put Steve Bannon in the hotseat, unless you put Steve Bannon in an orange jumpsuit, strip him of his polos and put him in an orange jumpsuit and zip ties, this guy is going to run rampant," he continued. "He was out the other night, essentially telling his followers that Trump will be reinstated."
"He is one of the architects and masterminds of an insurgency in this country that needs a response more than the kind of traditional Washington 'let's go slow, let's take it incrementally," he stated
"They're already saying they're going to wait until Thanksgiving to have a vote on the House floor about referring Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for a criminal referral," he added. "This man does damage every day he walks around."
Twenty-four out of 80 hippopotamuses roaming on the former ranch of the late Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar were sterilized due to the "uncontrolled" spreading of this "invasive" species, authorities said on Friday.
Before he was shot dead by police in 1993, the notorious Escobar had purchased a number of exotic animals to live on his ranch, including flamingos, giraffes, zebras and kangaroos.
After his death, all but the hippopotamuses were sold to zoos.
Escobar originally acquired a single male and female hippos.
They were left to roam on his Hacienda Napoles estate, which has since been converted into a theme park, as they were considered to large to try to move, but since then their numbers have multiplied.
The hippos were shot with darts to inject them with a medicine called GonaCon, according to a bulletin by Cornare, a regional environmental protection organization in the northwest of Colombia.
"It's a contraceptive that is effective in males and females" and cheaper than surgical sterilization, said Cornare.
"However, it's complicated because experts suggest giving three doses."
Another 11 hippos were previously sterilized by more traditional means.
Experts believe this to be the largest herd of hippopotamuses outside of Africa and it has led to problems.
"The presence of these animals in an ecosystem that is not their own, brings consequences such as the displacement of local fauna," said David Echeverri, a Cornare expert quoted in the bulletin.
The hippos are also responsible for "changing ecosystems" and attacks on local fishermen.
Escobar became one of the richest men on the planet, according to Forbes, thanks to the drug trafficking empire he built.
Almost 30 years since his death, Colombia remains the largest producer of cocaine in the world, much of it smuggled to the United States.
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New Zealand is losing its official wizard. Nearly 40 years after the city of Christchurch begged their wizard to stay, the council has told the charismatic sorcerer he has to go.
The 88-year-old wizard, also known as Ian Brackenbury Channell, has been a popular tourist attraction for more than three decades, addressing crowds in the city centre, with his flowing beard, straggly hair and wearing a long, black robe and pointy hat.
Nothing was off-limits for the modern-day Merlin, from castigating politicians to successfully leading a campaign to stop "an attack on the soul of the city" when it was announced the red public phone booths would be repainted blue.
He has been in demand casting spells to influence the outcome of events such as crucial rugby matches and being transported to Australia to perform a rain dance.
"It is a difficult decision to end this contract," the Christchurch City Council assistant chief executive Lynn McClelland said.
"The council is grateful for the valuable and special contribution The Wizard made to our city's cultural life, and he will forever be a part of our history."
But McClelland said wizardry no longer fits the "promotional landscape" of the South Island's largest city, and new programmes "will increasingly reflect our diverse communities and showcase a vibrant, diverse, modern city."
British-born Channell, a former airman with the Royal Air Force and a graduate from the University of Leeds with a double honours degree in psychology and sociology, arrived in Christchurch in 1974.
The council's first reaction when he began his public speaking was to try to have him arrested, but he proved so popular that 10 years later, when he threatened to leave after a spell backfired at a rugby match, the council campaigned for him to stay.
"This was a welcome change of attitude by the city council after years of ill-concealed hostility," Channell said.
The council appointed him "Wizard of Christchurch", the New Zealand Art Gallery Directors Association made him "an authentic living work of art", and in 1990, prime minister Mike Moore named him the official "Wizard of New Zealand".
Since 1998, the wizard has been paid NZ$16,000 ($11,300) annually by the council "to provide acts of wizardry and other wizard-like-services", and he said he was not happy about being sidelined.
"They are a bunch of bureaucrats who have no imagination," he told the Stuff news website.
"They are not thinking of ways to promote Christchurch overseas."
"They are not making use of my worldwide fame. I am disappointed they haven't made use of The Wizard as part of the promotion of Christchurch.
"I don't like being cancelled."
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