Halloween, contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, a holiday observed on October 31, the evening before All Saints’ (or All Hallows’) Day. The celebration marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints and initiates the season of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days and concludes with All Souls’ Day.
American hostage rescued in West Africa by SEAL Team 6 in daring raid
An American hostage has been rescued in Nigeria by SEAL Team 6 in a daring raid, Fox News has learned.
NO CASUALTIES BY AMERICANS
Without suffering any casualties, the elite commandos parachuted into Nigeria and rescued Philip Walton, 27, who had been taken hostage by armed men last week, officials told Fox News.
“We had to get him before any potential trade or sale,” one U.S. official said.
President Donald Trump tweeted out a show of support, calling the SEAL team members “brave warriors,” and saying that “our nation salutes the courageous soldiers behind the daring nighttime rescue operation.” In a separate tweet, Trump described the operation as a “big win” for the elite force.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told “Fox & Friends” that the decision to pull the trigger on the operation was “tough,” but that ultimately the president prioritizes the safety of American citizens.
“They’re very tough ones to make because … it has to be conducted just perfectly,” McEnany said.
She added: “A lot of keeping things quiet until that moment when you get the go-ahead, and I was talking to some of our soldiers and they said to me, ‘We pray to get the green light.'”
Walton was kidnapped in Niger, where he lives. The rescue took place in northern Nigeria, which neighbors Niger, early Saturday, officials said.
MANY CAPTORS KILLED
The SEALs rescued Walton after killing a number of his captors. SEAL Team 6 was chosen for the operation because they are responsible for West Africa, Fox News has learned.
“U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men,” Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.
“No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation,” Hoffman added. “We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the government made good on its pledge to safely return all American citizens taken captive.
“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a U.S. citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger,” Pompeo said in a statement.
“Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our military, the support of our intelligence professionals, and our diplomatic efforts, the hostage will be reunited with his family. We will never abandon any American taken hostage,” he said.
DAWG SAYS: THESE GUYS ARE THE REAL AMERICAN BADASS’S
Sean Connery, famed for playing James Bond, dies age 90
SEAN CONNERY PASSES AWAY AT 90 YEARS OLD
Sean Connery, the Scottish actor whose five-decade long movie career was dominated by the role of James Bond, has died at the age of 90, according to the producers of the James Bond series.
Connery, who was awarded a knighthood in 2000 for his contribution to the arts, played the British spy in seven movies, beginning with “Dr. No” in 1962, the first of the Bond movies.
He wasn’t just Bond, of course. Connery starred in an Alfred Hitchcock film, 1964’s “Marnie,” opposite Tippi Hedren; was part of the all-star cast in 1974’s “Murder on the Orient Express”; played Indiana Jones’ father, in 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”; and won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance as Chicago cop Jim Malone in the 1987 film “The Untouchables.”
But like so many characters in the Bond films, he could never quite escape 007. He gave up the role twice before finally ending his involvement with 1983’s puckishly titled “Never Say Never Again.”
Sean Connery, left, and Harrison Ford are pictured in 1989 in a scene from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were “devastated” by the news of Connery’s death in a statement posted to the official 007 Twitter account.
TO BE KNOWN AS THE ORIGINAL JAMES BOND
“He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words “The name’s Bond… James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent,” the producers said.
“He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”
Sean Connery is pictured in “The Rock” in 1996.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “heartbroken” to hear of Connery’s death.
“Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons,” she said in a statement Saturday. “Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became a film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors.”
Sturgeon also paid tribute to Connery’s commitment to his native country and his advocacy for an independent Scotland, adding that it was a “privilege” to have known him.
“Sean was a global legend but, first and foremost, he was a patriotic and proud Scot. His towering presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament was a sign of his dedication to his country,” she said.
“He was a lifelong advocate of an independent Scotland and those of us who share that belief owe him a great debt of gratitude.”
Arkansas grandmother accused of seeking to kill ex-son-in-law in murder-for-hire plot
GRANDMA WANTED A HITMAN
A 69-year-old Arkansas woman has been arrested in an alleged murder-for-hire plot charging her with trying to hire an FBI undercover agent posing as a hitman to kill her ex-son-in-law.
The FBI announced the arrest of Jeri Dianna Tarter, of Jacksonville, on Wednesday. She was charged with use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, according to police reports.
Tarter was accused of soliciting the FBI undercover agent Rob Bell to kill her daughter’s former husband to keep him from having custody of her granddaughter, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports. The child is now 3.
The criminal complaint says Bell became involved after Tarter contacted a former security guard she knew from 15 years ago and told him that the custody battle had become so fierce it led to the arrest of her and daughter on accusations of kidnapping the girl, the paper reported. The security guard called police who called the FBI,
According to the criminal complaint at a meeting at a Walmart in Jacksonville Oct 20, Bell asked Tarter if she wanted him to scare the ex, or what she wanted him to do, the paper reported.
“Tarter implied that she wanted her former son-in-law to suffer an accident,” the complaint states, according to the paper.
It goes on to says that Tarter “clearly implied that … Bell should kill” the former son-in-law, and make it look like an accident, the paper reported.
Tarter appeared before a judge Monday in Little Rock Federal Court.
News articles show that Tarter and her daughter were arrested on the kidnapping charges in 2018 in Arizona.
DAWG SAYS: ONLY IN A ARKANSAS DIVORCE, LIKE A TORNADO SOMEONE IS GOING TO LOSE A MOBILE HOME
Indulge In Dutch-Style Baked Goods At Schat’s Bakery & Cafe, A Northern California Favorite For 30 Years
If you’re a fan of Dutch-style baked goods, chances are the Schat name is already familiar with you – if not, it should be! Here in California (and Nevada,) the name is synonymous with delicious baked goods. Members of the Schat family operate bakeries in several locations across the West, including three in the quaint community of Ukiah. It all started nearly 30 years ago, but the love for Schat’s Bakery & Cafe has never dwindled. For some delicious bread, pastries, and breakfast and lunch options, check out this wonderful Dutch bakery in Northern California.
NOR CAL ADVENTURES SCHATS FAMILY BAKERY
For the Schat family, making delicious bread is in the blood. The family’s tradition of baking started in Holland in 1893, moving with them to the U.S when they came searching for the American Dream in the 1950s. Today, Schat’s is just as popular, especially in the little town of Ukiah.
Ukiah is home to not just one but three Schat’s bakeries, the first of which opened in 1991. The guys who started it all, Brian and Zachary (sons of Jack Schat Jr.,) had a dream of starting up a neighborhood bakery in this humble NorCal town, and they did exactly that. It’s been nearly 30 years and the Ukiah bakery has expanded to three locations with nearly 50 employees.
It may be well into the 21st century, but Zach and his family are as committed as ever to providing that authentic Schat’s quality that started in Holland over 120 years ago. Using traditional family recipes, the bakery puts an Americanized twist on many classic items.
SPECIALIZING IN BREADS TO PASTRIES
Schat’s is far from your typical bakery and the menu is vast. They specialize in everything from bread and pastries to sandwiches and burritos. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something light to snack on or something hearty to fill you up.
However, the focus is definitely on bread at Schat’s Bakery, and it shows. Using all-organic flour, there are a plethora of different loaves to choose from. Cheesebread, sourdough, caraway rye, cranberry walnut – you simply can’t resist picking up a few loaves to take home with you when stopping in for a bite.
Best of all, guests are made to instantly feel like part of the Schat family from the moment they walk through the door. Whether you’re dropping in for a quick cinnamon roll or dining out on the gorgeous outdoor patio, you’ll be treated like a regular during your time in this wonderful family bakery.
There’s a reason Schat’s Bakery has become one of the largest small businesses in Ukiah. You’ll just have to stop on by and experience the magic of Schat’s baking for yourself! Visit their website to take a look at the menu for each of the bakery’s locations.
Tucker Carlson Reports He Lost Only Copy of Documents That Nail Biden (UPDATE)
TUCKER CARLSON LOST JOE BIDEN DOCUMENTS
The Trump campaign and its right-wing media messengers have devoted the final stretch of the election to insisting they had uncovered proof of deep corruption by the Biden family, along with demands that the mainstream media cover their allegations. (“Cover” means float insinuations of guilt, rather than nailing down the truth of the charges.)
There have been several fishy aspects to the accusations, however. For one, incriminating information supposedly located on a Hunter Biden laptop left in a Delaware computer shop had in fact been circulating in Ukraine well before it was reportedly turned over to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer. Over the weekend, Time reported that the Hunter Biden emails and photos were being shopped in Kiev last fall by somebody who “wanted to sell it to Republican allies of President Trump.” Several days later, Politico reported the “Hunter Biden laptop” material was being shopped around by a “Ukrainian oligarch looking for help with a potential legal jam” as early as spring of 2019.
Another oddity in the timing, as Andrew Prokop noticed, is that the star witness for Fox News and Trump, Tony Bobulinski, claimed he only came forward because he was outraged at the response to the New York Post story first reporting the email hacks. But Ben Smith reported in the New York Times that Bobulinski was working with Trump’s campaign to pitch the story to the Wall Street Journal, before they settled for giving it to the New York Post. (The Journal duly reported that they had no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden.)
HERE IS HIS TWITTER FEED
On Wednesday night’s show, Tucker Carlson reported that his team had acquired incriminating documents. However, they sent them from Washington to Los Angeles, and the documents disappeared. And they neglected to make any copies. So now the only copy of the documents that would nail the probable next president of the United States are gone:
That just shows how desperate Biden is to make this story disappear and in no way reflects poorly on the credibility of the sources of this alleged scandal.
Update: UPS has found a package for Carlson, reports Will Sommer. The contents have been located and returned to Carlson, and do not appear to have fallen into the hands of the Biden campaign or the Deep State.
DAWG SAYS: SHOW THE PROOF OR SHUT UP, AND WHY WHERE THERE NO COPIES TAKEN IN THE FIRST PLACE?
USPS admits delivery times are plummeting, says there’s no “constitutional right” to timely delivery
USPS DELIVERIES FALLING BEHIND
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) argued that there is no “constitutional right” to timely mail delivery after its own data showed that on-time delivery times had plummeted ahead of Election Day.
The Department of Justice, which is defending the USPS in a lawsuit brought by New York and other states over changes ordered by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a top donor to President Donald Trump, argued that the mail slowdown cannot be unlawful because there is no guarantee in the Constitution of timely mail delivery, Bloomberg News reported.
The states’ argument “assumes that because the plaintiff states crafted their election laws with the expectation that USPS will provide a certain level of service, they now have a constitutional right to expect that level of service,” the DOJ said in a court filing, adding that the Elections Clause of the Constitution “does not shield states from any and all external circumstances that may impact state elections.”
The filing came after New York Attorney General Letitia James warned that the USPS slowdown threatened the timely delivery of roughly 7 million ballots.
James argued that the slowdown violated the Elections Clause, because the USPS had taken “actions that are intended to, and do, have the effect of hampering state election administration.”
“No analysis of the service impacts of these various changes was conducted, and documentation and guidance to the field for these strategies was very limited and almost exclusively oral,” the report said. “The resulting confusion and inconsistency in operations at postal facilities compounded the significant negative service impacts across the country.”
Despite the court orders to restore mail-sorting machines and reverse rules limiting extra delivery trips, mail delivery times have gotten worse — not better. A judge ordered the USPS on Tuesday to inform all employees that DeJoy’s policies had been reversed.
The data shows that the USPS delivered less than 70% of first-class mail on time on Wednesday, down from around 91% in the weeks before DeJoy’s policy changes. In Southern Florida, only 63% of first-class mail was on time on Tuesday. In the Philadelphia areas, the USPS delivered only 42% of first-class mail on time. In the Baltimore area, that number fell to only 39%.
PROBABLY TOO LATE TO MAIL NOW
Though the USPS has processed election mail at a faster rate, voting rights advocates warned voters against sending ballots by mail in the final days before the election.
“It’s too late to use the mails,” former Attorney General Eric Holder, who now heads the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, warned on Twitter. “I urge everyone to now vote in person; early vote or use drop boxes. Protect your health but don’t let the Court and the deliberately crippled Postal Service deprive you of your most precious civil right. Plan your vote.”
The USPS itself has also warned against sending ballots by mail in the final week before the election.
“Our general recommendation is that as a common-sense measure, you mail your completed ballot before Election Day, and at least one week prior to your state’s deadline,” the agency wrote on its website.
ALMOST HALF OF BALLOTS NOT YET MAILED
Forty-two million out of 92 million mail ballots requested by voters still have not been returned despite the delivery window closing, according to the U.S. Elections Project. Accordingly, elections officials recommended submitting the ballots at drop boxes or voting in person rather than using the mail.
“We are too close to Election Day, and the right to vote is too important to rely on the Postal Service to deliver absentee ballots on time,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement on Tuesday. “Citizens who already have an absentee ballot should sign the back of the envelope and hand-deliver it to their city or township clerk’s office or ballot drop box as soon as possible.”
“Today is the last recommended day to mail back your ballot,” Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said on Twitter. “After today, return your ballot to any election drop box or voting location in your county.”
DAWG SAYS: THEY DO NOT HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO DO THIS MASS MAILING
SEND OUT YOUR THANKSGIVING INVITES NOW, UNLESS OF COURSE YOU ARE IN CALIFORNIA THEN DON’T BOTHER
AOC Says She Woke Up to Stacks of Photos From FBI Showing ‘People Who Want to Kill’ Her
Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez said she used to wake up to a stack of photos from Capitol police or the FBI of people threatening to kill her as abuse quickly became the norm for her and those in her life.
“I used to wake up in the morning and literally get a stack of pictures that were forwarded by Capitol police or FBI. Like, ‘These are the people who want to kill you today,’ ” AOC told Vanity Fair this week.
The hate extended to her family, including her brother, Gabriel, who would receive calls from the FBI warning him not to open his mail due to bomb threats, according to the publication. Other targets of abuse include the designer of her Cesar Chavez–inspired campaign posters, who would receive death threats, and her former dean at Boston University, who would regularly receive emails calling him the n-word.
She also noted that her offices would be flooded with calls, voicemails and emails from Trump supporters repeating any recent jabs against her by President Donald Trump, from calling her a “poor student” to a “wack job.”
AOC THREATS CONTINUE EVERYDAY
The threats go far beyond just leaving a voicemail or commenting online. A month into her first term in the House of Representatives in 2019, a Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist, Lt. Christopher Hasson, was arrested in Maryland with a stockpile of weapons as part of a plot to kill Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others. Hasson was sentenced to 13 years in prison earlier this year after pleading guilty to federal gun and drug charges.
Around the same time as that plot, Ocasio-Cortez found a man sitting in a parked car outside of her D.C. apartment with a camera, according to Vanity Fair. A right-wing news outlet later published the photos of her address, only blurring it out after her office complained.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York speaks during a campaign event with then–Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at La Poste January 26, in Perry, Iowa. In a recent interview, Ocasio-Cortez says she and those around her have been the target of death threats and abuse. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Last year, ProPublica reported that a secret Facebook group, titled “I’m 10-15” (Border Patrol code for “aliens in custody”) and hosting roughly 9,500 members, involved several current or former U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents sharing graphic digitally altered images of Ocasio-Cortez.
“Did you see the images of officers circulating Photoshoped images of my violent rape?” she asked then–acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan during a House hearing in July 2019.
Ocasio-Cortez told Vanity Fair that the support from the other three members of the “squad,” Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, has been a source of comfort for the congresswoman as attacks have spiraled.
SHE HAD HELP FROM THE SQUAD
“There have been many times, especially in the first six months, where I felt like I couldn’t do this, like I didn’t know if I was going to be able to run for reelection,” she told the publication. “There was a time where the volume of threats had gotten so high that I didn’t even know if I was going to live to my next term. Their sisterhood and their friendship, it’s not some political alliance. It’s a very deep, unconditional human bond.”
DAWG SAYS: THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE BY ANY MEANS, BUT WELCOME TO THE HIGH-PROFILE LIFE.
ESPECIALLY AS OUTSPOKEN AND HIGH VISIBILITY SHE LIKE TO BE.
Approached at a residence on the Eastern Shore, Jim Biden repeatedly rebuffed questions in his driveway as Fox News asked questions from a distance in the street.
“I don’t want to comment about anything,” Jim Biden said.
Asked if he cared to answer questions, Biden said: “Nope.”
Two sources confirmed the person was Jim Biden, including a neighbor who viewed a picture of the footage. The Eastern Shore house is linked to Jim Biden in public records.
It comes a day after Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in an exclusive interview, that the former vice president’s denials of knowledge or involvement in his son’s foreign dealings are “a blatant lie.”
JIM BIDEN NO “COMMENT” (VIDEO)
Asked why he and Hunter Biden allegedly wanted to meet with Bobulinski, Jim Biden replied: “What are you talking about?”
He added: “Would you please stop bothering me?”
Bobulinski said he raised concerns in 2017 to the former vice president’s brother Jim Biden, about Joe Biden’s alleged ties to a possible joint venture with a Chinese energy firm.
Bobulinski, a retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, was the former CEO of SinoHawk Holdings, which he said was the partnership between the CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming and the two Biden family members.
“I remember saying, ‘How are you guys getting away with this?’ ‘Aren’t you concerned?'” he told Carlson.
He claims that Jim Biden chuckled. “‘Plausible Deniability.’ He said it directly to me in a cabana at the Peninsula Hotel,” Bobulinski said.
Asked about the “plausible deniability” claim on Wednesday, Jim Biden did not answer and walked inside the home.
Joe Biden himself is staying mum about Bobulinski’s claims. On Wednesday, the Biden campaign declined to comment on the meeting Biden allegedly had with Bobulinski. Biden himself has not yet directly addressed Bobulinski’s claims from “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”