Fireworks erupt in Kabul after US withdraws from Afghanistan

The Taliban celebrated the US withdrawal from Afghanistan with fireworks and gunfire early Tuesday — as the insurgents also stormed Kabul airport and examined the helicopters, weapons and military uniforms abandoned by the US in its frantic final exit.

The sound of gunfire and cheers erupted at multiple Taliban checkpoints throughout the city and at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport after the final five US military transport planes lifted out of Afghanistan.

Just minutes after the final US troops vacated Kabul’s airport, the Taliban stormed in and triumphantly stood on the tarmac as the militants pledged to secure the country.

Footage released by the Taliban showed heavily armed fighters examining multiple Chinook helicopters, vehicles and weapons left behind by US troops following the frantic mass evacuations over the last two weeks that cost the lives of 13 US service members and more than 180 Afghans.

A huge pile of US military uniforms was spotted dumped in the middle of an airport hangar.

Celebratory gunfire and fireworks light up the night sky after the last US aircraft took off from the airport in Kabul early on August 31, 2021.AFP via Getty Images

Some Taliban fighters posed for photos inside the abandoned military aircraft and one video appeared to show the Taliban flying a Black Hawk helicopter over the streets of Kandahar.

Footage showed some heavily armed fighters praying on the tarmac as others cheered. At one point, an overexcited Taliban member fell off the back of a crowded truck as they raced up and down the runway.  

“All the American troops have left Afghanistan, we are very happy — you can listen to the celebratory fire,” Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi told Agence France-Presse after they stormed the airport.

Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue was the last US service member to leave Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue was the last US service member to leave Afghanistan.
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Hamid Karzai had become a US-controlled island as the chaotic evacuations ramped up in the last two weeks.

Of the equipment left behind, Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, said troops had disabled 27 Humvees and 73 aircraft prior to leaving so they cannot be used again.

As Taliban leaders walked across the tarmac Tuesday, they vowed to quickly reopen the airport.

Dsabled military aircraft were left behind in Afghanistan after the US pulled out the last of its troops.
Disabled military aircraft were left behind in Afghanistan after the US pulled out the last of its troops.
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“Our technical team will be checking the technical and logistical needs of the airport,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Afghan state television.

“If we are able to fix everything on our own, then we won’t need any help. If there is need for technical or logistics help to repair the destruction, then we might ask help from Qatar or Turkey.”

He did not elaborate on what had been destroyed. The airport had been the center of deadly chaos ever since the Taliban seized control of the war-torn country on Aug. 15.

The arrival of the Taliban inside the airport came just hours after the US wrapped up its largest airlift of non-combatants in history. 

A US Air Force aircraft takes off from the airport in Kabul on August 30, 2021.
A US Air Force aircraft takes off from the airport in Kabul on August 30, 2021.
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To mark the end of the 20-year war, the US released an image of Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the US. Army 82nd Airborne Division who was coordinating the evacuation from Afghanistan, boarding a military aircraft.

The last C-17 plane had left Kabul’s airport at 11:59 p.m. local time just ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw troops from the country.

More than 79,000 civilians had been flown out of the airport on US military aircraft since Aug. 14 — including 6,000 Americans and 73,500 Afghans and third-country citizens, according to McKenzie.

He acknowledged that a number of American citizens, likely numbering in “the very low hundreds,” were left behind as the troops departed but said he believes they will still be able to leave the country.

“We did not get out everybody we had wanted to get out,” McKenzie said Monday. “There are Americans for a variety of reasons who want to stay for a while.”

It brought an end to America’s longest war that lasted 19 years and 47 weeks, cost some $2 trillion and took the lives of nearly 2,500 US troops and about 240,000 Afghans.

President Biden had pledged to end what he called a “forever war” that began after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

Taliban Badri special force fighters secure the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021, after the US has pulled all its troops out of the country to end a 20-year war.
Taliban Badri special force fighters secure the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021, after the US pulled all its troops out of the country to end the 20-year war.
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Biden, who has drawn heavy criticism for the chaotic and deadly withdrawal, defended his decision in a statement Monday as he thanked the US military for carrying out the dangerous evacuations.

He added the world would hold the Taliban to their commitment to allow safe passage for those wanting to leave Afghanistan.

“Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended,” Biden said.

He plans to address the American people Tuesday afternoon.

With Post wires



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Proud Boys and Antifa Clash in Portland: Smoke Bombs and Fireworks Launched




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Demonic Antifa Was Hurling Stun Grenades, Fireworks, Rotten Eggs at Christian Women, Children, Babies in Portland Park (VIDEO)




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FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Olympic Fireworks In Japan?

A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows fireworks being set off in Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Verdict: False

The video actually shows New Year’s fireworks in Taiwan.

Fact Check:

The opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics took place July 23 at the city’s Olympic Stadium, NBC News reported. Fireworks went off from the top of the stadium during the festivities, as seen in a YouTube video posted by Reuters.

The July 26 Facebook post features footage of a crowd watching fireworks being launched from a nearby skyscraper. In the caption, the user identifies them as “Olympic fireworks in Japan.” (RELATED: Did Media And Sponsors ‘Ignore’ Olympian Kim Rhode Because She Is Pro-Second Amendment?)

However, the video was actually filmed outside Japan more than six months before the Olympic opening ceremony and is unrelated to the ongoing Summer Games. Footage of the same fireworks display from a different angle was posted Dec. 31 of last year on YouTube by Taiwan News, which reported it showed a New Year’s celebration at the Taipei 101 skyscraper in the Taiwanese capital.

Taipei 101 posted other footage of its New Year’s fireworks on its verified Facebook page the same day the display occurred. Photos of the same event can also be found on Getty Images. In Taipei 101’s video and the photos on Getty Images, the skyscraper and fireworks display match those captured in the video erroneously described by some Facebook users as showing Olympic fireworks.

The People’s Republic of China considers self-ruled Taiwan to be territory under its jurisdiction, whereas 15 countries maintain diplomatic recognition of the Taiwanese government, according to BBC News. Through a 1981 agreement with the International Olympic Committee, Taiwan competes as “Chinese Taipei” in the Olympics, AFP reported. As of press time, the “Chinese Taipei” team has won one gold medal, two silver medals and three bronze medals in the ongoing Summer Olympics, according to the Olympics website.

The closing ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled for Aug. 8, The New York Times reported.



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FIREWORKS! On CNN, Mary Katharine Ham Shames Media ‘Fangirling’ For Fauci

Conservative writer and political commentator Mary Katharine Ham was outnumbered on today’s New Day, but she still managed to make the liberal journalists squirm as she shamed the media for “fangirling” over Anthony Fauci.

Co-hosts John Avlon and Brianna Keilar, as well as political analyst David Gregory were bashing Senator Rand Paul, after he grilled Fauci during a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday, for appearing to lie about the NIH funding gain of function research in Wuhan, China. 

Gregory sneered at the senator calling him an “internet conspiracy theorist,” before accusing conservatives of playing a “political game” by scrutinizing Fauci’s work with China. John Avlon echoed Gregory when he confronted Ham:

“And Mary Katharine, that’s what I want to get to is this conservative decision to demonize Anthony Fauci,” he said, before touting a study which found people who read “conservative hyperpartisan websites” had much less trust in Fauci than the general public.

He posed, “So what’s the game here? What is the purpose of this fixation on attacking Anthony Fauci?”

But Ham schooled CNN on how the media has fueled the distrust over Fauci by not holding him accountable:

Well, I don’t think it’s entirely a game. I think it’s that Fauci is a very powerful public official who deserves and rarely gets tough questioning in almost any realm. He gets frankly a lot of fangirling and a lot of just sort of forum for his ideas and he doesn’t get a lot of pushback. Senator Paul understood the assignment here. He’s asking about a tough subject that admittedly none of us are experts on, but I would like to know a lot more about. And despite his protestations, tough questions for Dr. Anthony Fauci are not attacks on science itself. This is something we should talk about. 

 

 

She also noted how Fauci had tainted his “own level of trustworthiness” by flip-flopping on masks, and discounting the lab leak theory. After Gregory disagreed, Ham continued slamming the media for protecting Fauci and dismissing the lab leak theory:

But both Fauci and much of the media and much of his fan base, frankly, conflate confronting him about these things in a serious way with an attack on him personally. It’s not an attack on him personally to note he has done these things. He is the face of the messaging for this. At times he has not been a great face for the messaging of these things. I think that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to point out. On the issue of this particular line of questioning which has to do with the lab leak theory, we also have to put in practice you may say it’s legitimate to ask him difficult questions but we don’t ever seem to get around it to. Okay? On this issue in particular that’s connected to the lab leak theory. The lab leak theory was credible last year. Reported on valiantly by [CNN analyst] Josh Rogin even when people say it was verboten and we shouldn’t talk ability. Rand Paul asked about it last year as well. This is the kind of thing that makes people distrust folks when we’re told we can’t talk about something that we have good reason to ask — 

But Gregory bristled at the notion that the media had spent a year trying to censor any talk about the virus escaping from a lab, or that Fauci hadn’t faced tough questions from journalists. He called Ham’s rant, “cable news silliness:”

“I’m sorry. This is getting into cable news silliness. This is cable news silliness. Nobody is saying — we are talking about this. There are all kinds of scrutiny, all kind of scrutiny of Fauci that’s gone on for months. Where do we find out about this? People are talking about it!” he exclaimed, as the pair continued bickering and interrupting each other.

The New Day co-hosts tried to smooth out the tension, by giving a small concession that public officials should face tough questions (duh) and saying that Ham was making a “more nuanced argument” than Rand Paul. 

Finally, Gregory got the last word. He argued that Fauci has been “remarkably consistent” and that Paul’s cross-examination was shallow like an argument on Twitter rather than a serious discussion.

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Read a relevant transcript below:

New Day

7/21/21

AVLON: Yeah. And Mary Katharine, that’s what I want to get to is this conservative decision to demonize Anthony Fauci. I want to separate from the question of the Wuhan lab leak because this conflation is causing the confusion. But we can actually measure the impact of this month’s-long effort. According to a new poll, 68% of folks overall are confident that Fauci is providing trustworthy advice on COVID. But that number goes down dramatically when all of a sudden you look at people who are adjusting their information primarily from conservative, hyperpartisan sites. So what’s the game here? What is the purpose of this fixation on attacking Anthony Fauci?

MARY KATHARINE HAM: Well, I don’t think it’s entirely a game. I think it’s that Fauci is a very powerful public official who deserves and rarely gets tough questioning in almost any realm. He gets frankly a lot of fangirling and a lot of just sort of forum for his ideas and he doesn’t get a lot of pushback. Senator Paul understood the assignment here. He’s asking about a tough subject that admittedly none of us are experts on, but I would like to know a lot more about. And despite his protestations, tough questions for Dr. Anthony Fauci are not attacks on science itself. This is something we should talk about. 

Further, Fauci has something to do with the numbers on his own level of trustworthiness. He has at least twice, and I will be gentle, in saying at least shaded the truth about his covid pronouncements based on his own judgment on what the public can handle. Now, you may think those shadings of the truth were noble, that for instance, saying that masks were not particularly efficient for helping protect you back in the beginning of the pandemic so that they could be in greater supply for health workers, that the end result was okay. But it did seed distrust of him with good reason.He also has admitted saying that when it came to herd immunity, he looked at polling to base his statements on how much herd immunity would be the threshold that we needed. These two instances are just — 

JOHN AVLON: Mary Katherine –I want to– 

HAM:  Hold on. Those are just facts. And it is an issue that a very powerful public figure was found to be shading the truth about these things and it is a reason that people have come to distrust him. On the issue of the lab leak theory—

..

HAM: But both Fauci and much of the media and much of his fan base, frankly, conflate confronting him about these things in a serious way with an attack on him personally. It’s not an attack on him personally to note he has done these things. He is the face of the messaging for this. At times he has not been a great face for the messaging of these things. I think that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to point out. On the issue of this particular line of questioning which has to do with the lab leak theory, we also have to put in practice you may say it’s legitimate to ask him difficult questions but we don’t ever seem to get around it to. Okay? On this issue in particular that’s connected to the lab leak theory. The lab leak theory was credible last year. Reported on valiantly by Josh Rogin even when people say it was verboten and we shouldn’t talk ability. Rand Paul asked about it last year as well. This is the kind of thing that makes people distrust folks when we’re told we can’t talk about something that we have good reason to ask — 

GREGORY:  But we’re talking about it. This is this red herring. I’m sorry this is a strawman–that people — 

[talking over each other] 

HAM: He does not sound like he’s being forthcoming, he sounds like he’s walking a bunch of lines and being very indignant and saying any attacks on him are an attack on science itself.

GREGORY: I’m sorry. This is getting into cable news silliness. This is cable news silliness. Nobody is saying — we are talking about this. There are all kinds of scrutiny, all kind of scrutiny of Fauci that’s gone on for months. Where do we find out about this? People are talking about it. Is there a political nature to all of this- 

HAM: Yes, but a year ago they were told it was a smear, a conspiracy theory!

[talking over each other] 

HAM: There was reason to question it. 

GREGORY: I’m not here to get into a shouting match. 



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Study: Racism is ‘hidden toll’ of firework celebrations; one expert suggests face masks are a solution

Woke environmental scientists have identified a new source of racism that discriminates against people of color and marginalized communities: the pollution from fireworks.

Such pollution is “the hidden toll” of celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, according to National Geographic.

What are the details?

Scientists who published a new study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health tested air pollution levels in California during Independence Day celebrations in 2019 and 2020.

They discovered the short-term pollution released by fireworks is similar to air pollution caused by wildfires. The study claimed pollutant levels during firework celebrations were highest in communities of “lower [socioeconomic status], higher minority group populations,” and claimed “disparities were greatest” in “disadvantaged communities.”

The apparent problem with the pollution, as National Geographic explained, is that fireworks allegedly create an increased “health risk for communities already disproportionately burdened by air pollution: Urban ones with higher rates of asthma, more older residents, and a greater percentage of children under 10. These areas also tended to have more Black and Hispanic residents than those with less Fourth of July air pollution.”

The results of the study “underscor[e] the importance of environmental justice and education about the hazardous effects of short-term household and city-permitted firework displays,” the scientists concluded.

Jun Wu, a professor of public health at UC-Irvine who co-authored the study, told National Geographic that wearing face masks during firework celebrations could help the aforementioned vulnerable populations.

Aisha Dickerson, an environmental epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, agreed that face masks during a fireworks show is a “reasonable and feasible public health measure.”

“Wearing a mask is not this foreign concept anymore,” Dickerson told National Geographic.

What else is newly racist?

Firework celebrations are not the only thing to be recently branded as having racist side effects.

As TheBlaze reported, some experts now claim that traffic accidents are yet another example of systemic injustice because racism and discrimination are baked into the very fabric of American infrastructure.

The sun and hot weather are also racist, according to Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who said last month amid a heat wave in the western U.S. that “extreme heat is a justice issue.”

“Extreme heat is a justice issue. Within the same city, some neighborhoods can be up to 20°F hotter than others. Studies have shown that heat risk is disproportionately distributed to communities of color in patterns associated with segregation and redlining,” Markey said.

Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has blamed racism and systemic injustice for surging violent crime in the Windy City, calling racism a “public health issue.”





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Want to Reduce the Danger of Illegal Fireworks? Legalize Them. – Reason.com

A good rule of thumb is that there’s no activity so dangerous that authorities can’t make it worse by restricting it and driving it underground. Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department demonstrated that point when it stole tons of illegal fireworks from a black market vendor, set aside a small proportion for on-site detonation, and promptly blew up the neighborhood and injured 17 people. As the cherry on top, the guy who had (precariously) stored the fireworks without incident until police showed up and fumbled the job is the one facing federal charges from the embarrassed authorities.

“What was supposed to be a safe operation to destroy a cache of illegal fireworks turned into a ‘total, catastrophic failure’ of a Los Angeles police bomb squad vehicle that resulted in a massive explosion in South L.A., rocking a neighborhood and injuring 17 people, including 10 law enforcement officers,” KABC reported of the June 30 incident.

The explosion occurred after police arrived at the home of Arturo Ceja III in response to a complaint that he had illegal fireworks—initially reported as 5,000 pounds, but later revised upwards to 32,000 pounds—stored in his backyard. The fireworks, “including aerial displays and large homemade fireworks containing explosive materials” according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, were reportedly purchased in Nevada for resale in California.

It’s possible—even likely—that neighbors dropped a dime on Ceja out of concern that tons of homemade fireworks stacked on his back patio threatened a spectacular but extremely unfortunate Independence Day display. Instead, dangerous consequences had to await the arrival of the authorities. Things didn’t go as planned when the LAPD decided to detonate “improvised explosive devices”—some of the homemade fireworks described by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“Following established protocols, they then transferred that material into a total containment vehicle,” LAPD Chief Michael Moore described in a June 30 press conference. “This is a semitruck, multi-ton, commercial-grade transport. Within it is an iron chamber that is meant to house explosive material that can be safely detonated and its pressure vented in a manner that renders that material safe… this vessel should have been able to safely dispose of that material.”

Instead, the cops blew up the neighborhood, causing extensive injuries and property damage.

That Arturo Ceja III and people like him exist across California and elsewhere is no surprise. People enjoy fireworks, the possession and use of which are severely restricted by law in California. Inevitably, underground dealers emerge to satisfy demand that can’t be met by legal sources. “Fireworks in California can be sold for as much as four times what purchasers pay for the fireworks in Nevada,” the U.S. Attorney’s office helpfully points out.

Black market dealers aren’t necessarily the sorts of professionals who adhere to standards dictated by industries and insurance companies. They offer commercial-grade rockets mixed with homemade devices and store their goods in residential neighborhoods. That can have nasty outcomes.

“In March of this year, a home was rocked by explosions caused by a massive cache of illegal fireworks,” KABC reported earlier this month. “Two cousins were killed in the blast and subsequent fire.”

State and local authorities have stepped up enforcement, but that’s had little impact.

“California residents already know the struggle to rein in the use of illegal fireworks,” Priya Arora noted in The New York Times in mid-June. “Residents in Fresno have made hundreds of complaints to law enforcement agencies and City Council members in recent weeks about the almost nightly sound of popping fireworks,” Arora added.

As authorities should know by now, imposing legal restrictions on any popular good or service does less to limit availability than it does to drive the market beyond control and into the hands of criminals. We’ve seen that with alcohol, the sex trade, drugs, guns, and now fireworks. Prohibitionists don’t eliminate the things they hate; they bring us moonshine, sex workers dodging both cops and pimps, smuggled heroin of uncertain purity, garage-built ghost guns, and explosives piled in backyards. Once a market is driven underground, quality becomes unpredictable, business practices are sketchy, and safety standards take a turn for the not-so-safe.

That’s not to say that legal markets are entirely without risk. On July 4, a cache of commercial fireworks blew up in Ocean City, Maryland, as professionals were setting up for a scheduled display. “One employee with the fireworks company suffered minor injuries,” according to WGAL. “Police said no one else was hurt.”

Compare that toll to the two deaths in the Ontario, California fireworks explosion—or to the 17 people injured when the LAPD tried to dispose of illegal fireworks. Legal markets can’t guarantee perfect safety in a world in which that’s never an option. But they do create environments in which industry standards, legal liability, insurance rules, public opinion, and regulatory pressures act to encourage responsible behavior and reduce risk.

On the other hand, if you want to maximize the dangers of any activity, go ahead and impose tight restrictions or prohibitions. Then sit back and watch as people who don’t give a damn about rules move in and set the standards—and face off against enforcers who can be as dangerous as criminals.

Official attitudes don’t have to be restrictive and risk-maximizing.

“This is the time of year that people always ask us about obtaining a fireworks permit,” the Marlborough, New Hampshire Police Department posted on its Facebook page the day before the LAPD blew up a neighborhood it was “protecting” from illegal fireworks. “Marlborough does not have a fireworks ordinance so permits are not required. If you insist, you can issue yourself a permit using the template pictured below. Please keep safety a priority, as freedom is best celebrated with ten fingers.”

Attached was a picture of Ron Swanson, the libertarian character from Parks and Recreation, holding a paper with text saying “I can do what I want.”

There are all sorts of goods and activities in this world that come with a bit of danger attached. Minimizing the associated risks requires keeping those things legal so that people so inclined can enjoy them in a reasonably responsible way. The alternative to legalization isn’t an absence of peril; it’s a guy stacking contraband on his back patio until cops come rumbling down the street to “protect” the public with ill-considered tactics that blow out windows and put people in the hospital.



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Shocking Video Shows Fireworks Detonation Gone Wrong

A truck carrying explosive devices blew up at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Ocean City, Maryland, Fox News reported.

Footage showed smoke shooting up from the beach and fireworks exploding in a wreck, while bystanders on a boardwalk watch and record the explosion, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Fireworks Explode Right Next To A Man In Terrifying Video)

“Firefighters arrived to find that no vehicle was on fire; however, there was an unintentional discharge of fireworks that were being set up on the beach for the town’s fireworks show,” police said, according to Fox News.

An employee from the fireworks company was injured but refused to go to the hospital, Fox 5 DC reported. The person was reportedly preparing the fireworks for Ocean City’s Sunday night show on the Dorchester Street beachfront when the accident happened.

As a result of the explosion, Ocean City officials canceled Sunday night’s fireworks “due to an abundance of caution” following the morning’s explosion, according to Fox 5 DC.

Officials reportedly urge professionals and amateur fireworks lovers to use caution when igniting fireworks. Washington, D.C. and Virginia restrict some types of fireworks, while all fireworks are illegal in Maryland unless part of a permitted public display, according to Fox 5 DC.





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Nat Geo Frets About Fireworks While Number of Shootings in Chicago Is Shocking – RedState

On the Fourth of July, some Democrats and liberal media seemed intent upon being attacking the holiday, the flag, the national anthem, even the Declaration of Independence, declaring them all somehow racist.

Perhaps the most ridiculous assertion in the effort to go after America was from National Geographic. Remember when these guys were concerned about animals and natural formations? Now we hear ridiculous things like this:

“Scientists found that vulnerable people and communities of color are disproportionately exposed to air pollution from firework celebrations,” they argued. So apparently fireworks are racist, now, along with everything else. So they actually went to the trouble of writing an article about the pollution that you might get from random fireworks for a few minutes. Seriously, guys? This is some kind of reach. The whole purpose seems to be about taking shots at American traditions or things that celebrate America.

But I have a suggestion for National Geographic. Heck, for any of the mainstream media.

They’re so busy coming up with this divisive stuff. How about actually caring where black lives are actually being taken? If you knew there was going to be a mass shooting, wouldn’t you want to do anything you could to stop it? And yet we do know. We know every weekend now in the summer in Chicago, there will be mass shootings. Yet no one in the mainstream media seems to give a darn.

This weekend, at least 92 people were shot, with 16 killed since Friday. Imagine if we take that statistic and place it somewhere other than Chicago? Would we then get people to pay attention and do something? This is something that “disproportionately affects people of color.” So where’s your story on this, National Geographic? Why is there no attention to this? Because it’s a Democratic city? Because you really don’t care about black lives unless you can use them to further a left-wing political purpose?

Six children were among the wounded, including a five-year-old girl who was shot in the leg and a six-year-old girl.

There was also a Chicago police commander and a sergeant who were shot while dispersing a crowd, with the commander struck in the foot and the sergeant shot in the leg.

How do you stop this when it’s so entrenched in Chicago? A lot of it is gang-related and there’s a lot of corruption that interferes with the effort to go after the gangs to hold them accountable. It will take a lot to unravel. But it seems like no one is really making that effort.

This is actually a video from last week during which a one-month-old baby is shot in a car. It’s a good example of what a lot of these shootings look like — someone driving up and shooting wildly, hitting anything that might happen to be in the way, even a baby.





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Four hurt after teens toss lit incendiaries at truck full of fireworks

A U-Haul truck carrying fireworks exploded in Ohio on Sunday — setting off a dramatic chain-reaction that injured four people, according to reports.

The blast went off around 10:30 p.m. in East Toledo after a group of teens were seen tossing multiple “homemade” incendiaries into the truck, the Blade reported.

The U-Haul truck full of fireworks exploding in Toledo, Ohio on July 4, 2021.
The U-Haul truck full of fireworks exploding in Toledo, Ohio on July 4, 2021.
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Flames quickly spread to other fireworks, which were stacked up on a nearby curb, igniting the explosives, according to witnesses and video.

Live video shared on Facebook shows Fourth of July revelers enjoying the light show when the truck suddenly erupts in flames.

Barely a second passes before the fireworks strewn nearby begin firing off in all directions, rendering the street a bright-lit danger zone.

Two people standing near the fireworks as they start to go off from the truck.
Two people standing near the fireworks as they start to go off from the truck.
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A person running from the fireworks explosion.
A person running from the fireworks explosion.
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“It blew the U-Haul up, and from there it caught all of our fireworks that we had stacked up on the curb,” said witness Tevin Jones, who jumped the gate to a house behind the truck to escape the explosion.

No charges have been filed in the incident, which injured four — Steven Thomas Dukeman, 22; David Zuniga, 19; Dave Galdieux, 55; and one other person.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the initial explosion.

A person hiding as the fireworks go off from the truck.
A person hiding as the fireworks go off from the truck.
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Firefighters responding to the scene after the truck firework explosion in Toledo.
Firefighters responding to the scene after the truck firework explosion in Toledo.
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“What we do know is there was a storage area outside the truck and inside the truck that had fireworks that ignited, causing a very large explosion on the ground that continued shooting for five to 10 minutes,” Toledo Fire Department rep Pvt. Sterling Rahe told WTVG.

“This is something that we talked about before the holiday the dangers of using fireworks, because when they go bad they can go bad quickly.”



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