Top News Headline Podcast

Top News Headline Podcast

Protesters Hold Rally to Thank U.S. For Enacting Hong Kong Bills

In a unified show of appreciation, thousands of Hong Kongers turned out for a rally at a public square on Nov 28.  It was a show of thanks for the U.S. government’s passage of The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The bill was signed into law by President Trump on Nov 27.  American flags were held and displayed everywhere.  The organizers of the rally deliberately arranged that it would take place and coincide with Thanksgiving.

On Nov 24, the pro-democracy movement won a landslide victory against the pro-Beijing camp by winning over 380 seats out 452 in the recent elections.  Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive who stood on the side of Beijing during the recent protests, said she will now ‘seriously reflect’ on the message voters delivered to her.  The U.S. national anthem was also played during the rally.  A protester at the rally told NTD media, “ We want democracy..we are standing with the same values as the United States. We have more hope to stand against China.”

How Trump’s Thanksgiving Afghanistan trip was kept under wraps amid extreme security

President Trump’s surprise visit on Thanksgiving morning in Afghanistan was pulled off as a surprise to the media outlets and required some extreme security measures. President Trump arrived to support the troops and also help serve them Thanksgiving dinner.  Trump said, “There’s nowhere I’d rather spend Thanksgiving than with the toughest and  fiercest warriors.” There were some safety concerns with the visit and news of the visit had to remain secret.

The visit required intense security.  The President’s journey began on Wednesday where he snuck out of Mar-a-Lago, then flew to an undisclosed airport in Florida. There was only one Fox News reporter allowed on the bare-boned plane. There were only four leather seats provided and a porta-potty.  For security reasons, all phones were taken from passengers as well as White House Officials.  When they landed at Joint Base Andrews, the President switched to Air Force One. There were no lights on at the tarmac and Air Force One was hidden in a hanger with no interior lights on and the windows were drawn. The plane landed in Afghanistan on a pitch-black runway.

Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said,  “ It’s a dangerous area and the President wants to support the troops. He and Mrs. Trump recognize that there are a lot of people who are away from their families during the holidays and we thought it would be a nice surprise.’

Sheriffs Group Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down New York City Gun Rules

The National Sheriffs Association is leading a coalition of police and some 2nd Amendment groups to urge the Supreme Court to strike down New York City’s gun transportation rules.  The Sheriffs will argue that the public safety rationale the city uses to justify the gun law doesn’t have any merit.  The court will hear challenges to the city’s transportation rules on Dec 2.

The New York City gun transportation rule states that to possess a handgun in New York, residents must obtain a ‘premises license’.  This restricts the gun possession to the address listed on the license itself.  The owner can then only

‘Transport’ the gun to a shooting range within the city limits and because of this many gun owners get caught breaking this law.  The city says the restrictive transportation rules are needed to keep firearms confined to the home.  The National Sheriffs Association counters, that since there are rigorous and detailed criminal background checks, the license holder is not the kind of person to commit a crime. One Sheriffs Association spokesman stated, “ Licensees undergo searching scrutiny before obtaining a license. Comparable groups of permit holders from other jurisdictions have repeatedly been shown far more law-abiding than the population as a whole. Most violent crime is committed by individuals with criminal histories who are ineligible to obtain a license. “ The Trump administration is also supporting the gun rights plaintiffs in Monday’s case.

U.S. TEEN HIDES CHINA CONCENTRATION CAMP MESSAGE IN TIKTOK MAKE- UP TUTORIAL

Recently an American-Afghan teenager in what starts out as an eyelash expansion tutorial on TikTok switches in the middle of the post and she begins telling her viewers of the mass imprisonment of Uyghur Muslims in the Chinese Xinjiang region.  She warns that China is carrying out ‘another Holocaust’.  Feroza Aziz said in a recent interview with the Hong Kong Free Press, she chose a make-up tutorial to disguise her message because she ‘felt people would want to watch’.  In her video she pleads with viewers to look into the human rights abuses in Xinjiang that include, “ throwing innocent Muslims in concentration camps, separating families, kidnapping, murder, rapes and forcing them to eat pork.  They are also forced to drink alcohol and convert to Chinese Communism.

A spokesperson from TikTok said that the platform “ doesn’t moderate content due to political sensitivities.” He said further, “Her new account and its videos including the eyelash video in question, were not affected and continue to receive views.  China has repeatedly tried to censor and shut down any criticism or acknowledgment of the existence of these camps, where it is estimated that 1 to 3 million people are presently being held.  China says they are ‘vocational training centers’. According to recent official documents, this is definitely not the case. Aziz said, “ We can reach millions across the world and reach those with the power to do something about it.”

 

Today’s quote is from William Faulkner.

“ Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity; It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”