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Rep. Barry Loudermilk Claims Trump Has Been Treated Worse Than Jesus

Video of Joe Biden Saying ‘Our European Culture’ Is ‘Not Imported from Some African Nation or Some Asian Nation’ Causes Controversy


Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) on Wednesday said that he did not believe the water in Flint, Mich., was safe enough to drink after the city’s water crisis but said he thought progress was being made.

“No, I don’t think we can trust it yet,” Kildee, whose district encompasses Flint, said to Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on “Rising” when asked whether he thought the water in Flint was safe.

“It is getting better, we have to acknowledge that,” he added.

Newark is ending its lead threat. Column ignored the facts. | Letters

Star-Ledger letters to the editor

Star-Ledger letters to the editor

Tom Moran’s editorial of Dec. 22 claims Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Gov. Phil Murphy “underplayed the danger of Newark’s water crisis” and accuses them of “doctoring the results” of a recent filter testing report “to hide the danger.”

In making such inflammatory claims, Moran becomes another media member pushing the agenda of the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), which arrogantly believes Newark can’t solve its water problem without them.

Moran blatantly takes up the NRDC cause. He advocates Newark should settle a lawsuit brought by the NRDC, to allow them to create “a blueprint” and “detailed protocols” for Newark’s lead abatement program.

But he ignores several key facts that prove Newark is doing just fine without them.

First, Newark’s lead-line replacement program, completely financed by the city, is moving at warp speed. Twenty or so crews are replacing 85 lines a day, and about 4,500 of the city’s 18,720 lead lines have already been ripped out and replaced. At this pace, the job will be completed 18 months from now. No city in America has ever replaced that bulk of lead lines as quickly and at no cost to residents, making it the model city for efficiently ending the lead threat.

Second, Moran insinuates the NRDC must ensure “work is being done properly,” which ignores this pertinent fact: the project manager is CDM Smith, is a 70-year-old world-renown environmental company. Newark went first-class here. CDM Smith developed the first federal Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for American water pollution control plants and has done dozens of monstrous infrastructure projects the world over. It doesn’t need the NRDC’s “blueprint.”

Third, Moran accuses Baraka and Murphy of nearly criminal acts in “doctoring” the filter reports. This hysterical accusation borders on libelous, and ignores the fact that neither mayor nor governor had control of the reports, as it followed federal EPA and DEP guidelines.

On this third point, a retraction is in order.

Mark Di Ionno, interim communications director, City of Newark and former Star-Ledger columnist

We need a new way to redistrict N.J.

After the 2020 U.S. census, the lines of New Jersey’s 40 legislative districts must be redrawn. Currently, 10 individuals appointed by Democratic and Republican party leaders — typically sitting legislators — break into two “teams” and work behind closed doors to create new maps. The problem is that each team works to gerrymander the districts to favor its own party. Then, an independent arbiter chooses which team’s map becomes our new district map. Throughout this secret process, public interests are subordinate to party interests.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has researched redistricting in other states and believes we can do better. The league recommends a process that is more transparent, inclusive and independent. Fair districts would be more competitive, motivating legislators to be more responsive to giving everyone a voice.

Visit FairDistrictsnj.org to sign a petition and learn about ending political gerrymandering. And, urge your legislators to take action to improve redistricting in 2020.

Ellen Kovac Elizabeth; Union Area League of Women Voters

N.J. must keep fighting climate change

Ed Potosnak’s recent guest column, explaining the feasibility of New Jersey transitioning to 100% clean energy, is incredibly welcome news (“Fossil fuel front group should come clean about its true mission”).

It is urgent we take these steps now. The United Nations has warned we have only 11 years to make the changes in our habits — mostly reducing reliance on fossil fuels — if we are to avoid “irreversible damage” from the warming of the planet.

Gov. Phil Murphy understands the climate emergency we face and greatly expanded the state’s wind industry.

But, as Potosnak’s writes, such attempts to protect the environment alarm the fossil fuel industry, which has created a fake “consumer” group, called Consumer Energy Alliance. This group is a propaganda arm of the climate-destroying fossil fuel industry.

I doubt the governor is fooled by this propaganda. And I have every hope he is ready to go down in history as one of the leaders who moved rapidly toward a future of renewable fuels.

China ends forced labour for sex workers


Sex workers and clients are rounded up in DongguanImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPast detainees claim they were forced to work making toys and household goods

China is to end a punishment system for prostitution that allowed police to hold sex workers and their clients in custody for up to two years at so-called education centres.

Detainees were forced to work, allegedly making toys and household goods.

The detention system will come to an end on 29 December. Those still in custody will be released, according to Xinhua, China’s state media.

Prostitution remains illegal in China.

It carries punishments of up to 15 days in detention and fines of up to 5,000 yuan (£546).

China’s state media claims the “custody and education” system has helped to maintain a “good social atmosphere and public order” since it was introduced more than 20 years ago.

It added that over time, the system has become less and less appropriate


The Graham County Sheriff’s Office said Jorden Marie Simms slipped out her handcuffs before opening the car door.

An Arizona woman who accused a male cop of raping her and a female deputy of sodomizing her with an unknown object while in custody has died after falling out of a moving sheriff’s vehicle Thursday.

Jorden Marie Simms was said to have slipped out of her handcuffs, belly chain and ankle restraints before opening the rear door to the Ford Explorer which did not have the childproof lock in place. She was pronounced dead from head injuries at a Tucson hospital.

Three days prior to her death, the Arizona Department of Public Safety examined her for signs of sexual assault using a rape kit after she accused Safford police officer Jeremiah French of raping her while in custody. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the Eastern Arizona Courier.

Simms also accused a female Graham County sheriff’s deputy of sodomizing her with an unknown object, according to her family who posted the following on Facebook.

My niece, Jorden Marie is expected to take her last breath tonight. A beautiful mother, daughter, sister and niece gone too soon. Jorden has battled addiction for several years and has paid dearly for her addiction. She was arrested Saturday, December 21st by Graham County Sheriff’s Department. That first day she reported to her jailers that she had been raped by deputy Jeremiah French. She was taken to Sierra Vista for a rape test (which has since returned positive). Upon her return to the detention center she was searched by a female officer that sodimized her with an unknown object. She was refused medical treatment for whatever reason. For the next several days she pleaded with her mom to get her out of there. She was afraid. She knew something bad was going to happen. Her mom was trying but couldn’t make it happen fast enough. On Thursday, December 26th my sister arrived for her scheduled visit with Jorden and was met by 3 deputies informing her that Jorden was not there and they could not disclose her whereabouts. As the day progressed no phone call ever came from Jorden.

Around 7pm that evening, my sister received a call that her daughter had been involved in an incident and was being flown to Banner University in Tucson. She arrived at the hospital to find her sweet baby girl broken, mangled and brain dead. The story we have gotten is that she had been transported to Sierra Vista for psychiatric analysis and upon her return to Safford, slipped her hand cuffs and jumped from the moving transport vehicle.

We have so many questions!!!

The Graham County Sheriff’s Office has issued a timeline of events leading up to her death.

The sheriffs’ office says deputies transported Simms to the Cochise County Advocacy Center following her accusation against the female deputy which is supposed to specialize in examining victims of sexual assault. But they did not have the necessary equipment to test her, so they transported her to Mt. Graham Regional Hospital instead which was when she fell out of the vehicle. Her family is skeptical of the sheriff narrative.

Simms was arrested on December 21 on a warrant out of Yavapai County. Two days later, she was transported to be tested for signs of rape. Her family says on Facebook that the test came back positive but Arizona state police have not confirmed that.

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