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U.S. Closes Chinese Consulate in Houston over Privacy, IP Theft Concerns

The Chinese government on Wednesday threatened retaliatory “countermeasures” after U.S. officials abruptly ordered the closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the Trump administration ordered the closure in an “unprecedented escalation,” and promised to “react with firm countermeasures” if the move is not rescinded. The ministry called the closure a “political provocation unilaterally launched by the U.S. side, which seriously violates international law, basic norms governing international relations and the bilateral consular agreement between China and the U.S.” It also accused the Trump administration of stigmatizing and “unwarranted attacks” against China’s social system, “harassing” Chinese diplomatic and consular staff, “intimidating and interrogating” Chinese students and “confiscating their personal electrical devices, even detaining them without cause.” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, traveling with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Denmark, said the closure was ordered “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.” “The United States will not tolerate [China’s] violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people, just as we have not tolerated the [its] unfair trade practices, theft of American jobs, and other egregious behavior,” she said. “President Trump insists on fairness and reciprocity in U.S.-China relations.” The move escalates tensions already somewhat strained by blame over the COVID-19 pandemic, trade disputes and Beijing’s military actions in the South China Sea. Possible countermeasures may include shutting down the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, a Chinese academic told the Communist Party-run Global Times newspaper. “China strongly condemns such an outrageous and unjustified move which will sabotage China-U.S. relations,” the foreign ministry said in a statement posted to social media. “We urge the U.S. to immediately withdraw its erroneous decision, otherwise China will make legitimate and necessary reactions.” Tuesday night, authorities in Houston responded to a fire at the consulate, where witnesses saw papers being burned outside the facility. The closure came ahead of a Senate foreign relations committee hearing on Wednesday that will examine U.S.-China relations. The hearing will include testimony from Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) lauded the closure, tweeting: “#China’s Houston consulate is a massive spy center, forcing it to close is long overdue.”

Agreed, Senator.  Agreed.  Kudos to President Trump, Sec of State Mike Pompeo, and the rest of his team for making this happen.  For more, click on the text above.   Excellent!!    🙂

Houston Fire Department Responds as Chinese Consulate Burns Documents

The police and fire departments in Houston, Texas, responded on Tuesday night to reports of a blaze at the Consulate General of China. The fire turned out to be Chinese agents burning a massive trove of documents after the U.S. government ordered the consulate to be closed due to allegations of espionage. KHOU News in Houston reported that people living near the consulate made 911 calls at around 8:20 p.m. local time to report fires burning in the courtyard, but when firefighters arrived, they were denied permission to enter the premises. The Houston Fire Department explained “it would not enter the premises without consent unless there is a threat to health and safety, which officials said there was not.” The document fire was quite noticeable from outside the consulate grounds. Several fire and police vehicles arrived at the consulate building in response to the 911 calls. “You could just smell the paper burning, but all the firefighters were just surrounding the building. They couldn’t go inside,” an eyewitness told KPRC News. “It appears to be open burning in a container within the courtyard of the Chinese consulate facility. It does not appear to be an unconfined fire but we have not been allowed access. We are standing by and monitoring,” Houston fire chief Sam Pena said, as quoted by KTRK News. The Houston Police Department also said its officers responded to the 911 calls and were denied permission to enter the building. The fires were reportedly extinguished soon after the fire department arrived at the scene.

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Disabled Woman Shoots, Kills Alleged Home Invader

A disabled woman in Houston, Texas, shot and killed an alleged home invader Saturday afternoon just before 3 p.m. KHOU reports that the woman was home alone when a 17-year-old and 18-year-old allegedly broke out a window, which allowed them to reach inside and unlock the exterior door. The 18-year-old allegedly led the way into the apartment thereafter and, because he was first in the door, ended up being the one who was shot. The deceased suspect has not been identified. However, the second suspect has been identified as Aren Lacour. Eighteen-year-old Ayanna Harrison has also been identified as the alleged getaway driver.

Hopefully that’s a lesson for other would-be home invaders.  Just because the owner is a disabled woman, doesn’t mean you’re gonna be able to take advantage of her.  We love stories like this which demonstrate the importance of owning a firearm.     🙂

Five Charged in Texas Human Trafficking, Sex Slavery Scheme

Houston police arrested five people in connection to an alleged human trafficking and sex slavery operation. Police rescued 18 victims who officials say were held for ransom and forced to work or perform sexual acts. At least one of the suspects is a twice-deported criminal alien. On June 5, Houston Police Department investigators received information about a migrant being held in a Houston stash house, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters on June 28. The information led to the arrest of five individuals and the rescue of 18 — including two women and 16 men. Acevedo told reporters that investigators traveled to an area where they believed the trafficking victims were being held. During a traffic stop, officers rescued a juvenile victim and detained several suspects, the chief said. The traffic stop spurred a further joint investigation with the Houston Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents. The investigation led law enforcement officials to a location in northwest Houston, Acevedo explained, where an undercover money exchange led to the arrest of another suspect and the recovery of an additional kidnap victim. This arrest led to the uncovering of a stash house “where other victims were being held against their will,” the Houston police chief stated. “We were able to rescue 16 additional victims from deplorable conditions.” Acevedo said that women were being held captive and were sexually assaulted for 25 days. The chief told reporters the 16 men were being held with “little to no clothing” and were forced to work and perform sexual acts. The investigation led to the arrest of five subjects. Their charges include engaging in organized crime, sexual assault, and aggravated kidnapping, he stated. In total, police arrested five suspects.

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Left-wing activists launch ‘No Red Cross’ campaign, ask for donor dollars

Activists are discouraging Hurricane Harvey donors from giving to the American Red Cross and urging them instead to contribute to left-wing causes, some of which are advocacy groups engaged in little if any emergency relief work. Linda Sarsour, a prominent Muslim and feminist activist, sent out a tweet encouraging donors to give to the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, which conducts “direct action organizing, grass-roots lobbying and electoral organizing led by working families in Texas.” “TOP is one of many organizations on this list you can choose to support,” Ms. Sarsour said in a Wednesday tweet that included the #NoRedCross hashtag. “Grassroots orgs on ground. Long term needed.” The Texas Organizing Project, which has fought Texas voter ID laws and supported sanctuary-state status, is part of the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund, a coalition that includes labor groups such as the Service Employees International Union as well as Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. “Together we will organize and advocate for our devastated communities, shining a spotlight on inequalities that emerge in the restoration of lives, livelihoods and homes, amplifying the needs of hard-hit communities, and providing legal assistance for residents wrongfully denied government support,” the coalition says on its fundraising page. The conservative site Twitchy opined, “DISGUSTING: Linda Sarsour is soliciting donations for a liberal political group masquerading as a Harvey relief fund,” while the Federalist’s Sean Davis called it a scam.

Indeed it is!  What kind of nauseating loser would tell you NOT to support, or donate to, the American Red Cross, especially in  time of crisis?!?  That’s how low these self-serving, extreme liberal maggots have sunk and how they operate.  You think “price gauging” of water and gas is bad..  That’s nothing..  They want your money to support their liberal, anti-America, anti-capitalism, socialist activism..  Antifa, The “Texas Organizing Project, and the rest of these vermin are all the same thing.  And, they’re being backed by many federal and state Democrat politicians (unless they’re publicly shamed, like Rep. Nancy Pelosi) and the more extreme liberal elements of the dominantly liberal mainstream media…like MSNBC.  Keep that in mind..when they ask for your hard-earned money.  If anything, give them the finger and donate to the American Red Cross; an organization actually out there help those suffering in Texas.

WH: Trump Will ‘Pledge Proudly $1 Million of His Own Personal Money’ to Harvey Relief

Thursday at the White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump would donate $1 million to victims of the historic floods in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Huckabee Sanders said, “He’s actually asked that I check with the folks in this room since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that have the best and most effective in helping and providing aid, and he would love some suggestions from the folks here and I would be happy to take those if any of you have them. But like I said he will pledge proudly $1 million of his own personal money to help the people of both Texas and Louisiana.” She added, “I know that the president, he said he was personally going to give, I don’t know the legal part of exactly that, but he said his personal money so I would assume that comes directly from him.”

Wow!!  That’s called leading by example.  Outstanding!!   🙂

Texas woman reportedly shoots boyfriend over cold taco

A woman in Texas was allegedly so dissatisfied with her taco meal that she reportedly shot her boyfriend during a dispute over the food. According to KTRK TV, investigators say the woman and a male companion were at a taco truck in north Houston early Monday morning when the incident occurred. According to police, the woman became infuriated after she reportedly asked the taco truck worker to reheat her taco and was told no. Her boyfriend then tried to calm her down but the hungry woman then pulled out a gun and wound up shooting her partner. The man was shot once but investigators have not confirmed whether the woman shot him on purpose or if the gun fired accidentally. Police were unable to determine how the incident unfolded due to a lack of surveillance video. It remains unclear if charges will be filed in the case. The boyfriend was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive his injury. There was no word on what happened to the taco.

Shooting someone over a cold taco?  Yeah..  I can see that..NOT.  Normally we don’t cover stupid human interest stories like this here at The Daily Buzz..  But, this was one we just had to post.  Intentional or not, the police SHOULD charge this idiot woman.  I mean, c’mon.. She SHOT someone!  And, it wasn’t like she was at home cleaning and it accidentally discharged.  It was pulled out in anger.  You can’t just give that woman a pass.

Starnes: Houston high school play depicts rape, filthy language and public urination

Carnegie Vanguard High School’s one act play had a little something for everyone: depictions of male-on-male rape, male-on-female rape, filthy language, on-stage urination, and an actress who simulated wiping her private parts at center stage. Oh yes, there was also a scene where a male cast member turned his back to the audience and dropped his pants, as fellow cast members deliver dialogue about the size of his appendage. The Houston high school’s racy production of “Holy Day” has generated great angst among the good church-going people of the Lone Star State. “Hello Dolly” it is not. A Houston Chronicle columnist described the show as “psychologically intense, an exploration of subjects such as violence, sex and race.” Carnegie’s eyebrow-raising show recently advanced in the Texas One-Act Play Contest – leading to a number of complaints – mostly from the parents of teen actors at competing schools. “I was completely flabbergasted at the content,” one parent who saw the production told me. One enraged father who attended the April 23 Region III-6A play competition filed a formal complaint with the Houston Independent School District. “I was deeply offended by the obscene and inappropriate content,” the parent wrote – demanding the school be disqualified from the competition. I spoke at length with the father, a former public school educator for 18 years. He asked that I not disclose his name – fearing it might cause trouble for his children. His son was also competing in the one-act play competition – representing a different school. He said many people were shocked by what they saw during Carnegie’s performance. “People were disgusted and there was complete shock at what they had just seen,” he told me. “Elementary-aged children were exposed to this show.” The parent told me he confronted Carnegie’s principal immediately after the performance – but his concerns were dismissed. “At first, he said, ‘well ,you know, everyone has a different tolerance level,’” the parent said. “I told him, ‘No, sir. You cannot possibly tell me that it’s appropriate for any audience for a young lady to portray wiping her vagina after having sex behind a prop on stage.’” The University Interscholastic League told me they are “aware of some concerns” and are investigating the content of Carnegie’s play. “UIL is making every effort to follow up with members of the public that have expressed concerns,” a spokesman wrote in a statement. “The administration of the producing school shall assure that the director complies with these requirements and that the play does not offend the moral standards of the community.” Apparently the moral standards within the Houston Independent School District are not all that high. “Such obscene and offensive language and content has no place in any high school in the state of Texas,” the concerned parent wrote in his complaint. The district released a statement defending the theatrical production – noting they are “extremely proud” and they stand by the students “100 percent.” “The script has been thoughtfully modified to be appropriate for a broad, young-adult audience,” the district’s statement read. “Carnegie students have treated the script’s mature subject matter with admirable sensitivity, skill and professionalism.” I suppose it does take a bit of skill to pee in a bucket during a live stage performance. Perhaps the Tony Awards should consider adding a new category: “Best On Stage Depiction of Bodily Functions.” Carnegie parents are defending the profanity-laced production. One parent convinced the Houston Chronicle to publish a column titled, “How Edgy Should High-School Theater Be?” “The last time I saw it, some of the audience was in tears. Others walked out. Still others sat silently in their seats, stunned by the journey they had been on,” wrote Alice Savage, the mother of one of the cast members. “Isn’t theater supposed to challenge people?” she opined. Well, sure. But can’t they challenge us without dropping their pants and urinating into a bucket? Critics want the show disqualified – but I sincerely doubt the powers-that-be will oblige. And I have no doubt the school’s production could possibly win first prize. “If they do, it will not be due to their ability to shock and offend, but to move audiences with a distinctly human story,” Ms. Savage wrote. A distinctly human story, I might add, that would be best-suited for a seedy adult bookstore – rather than a high school theatrical competition. -Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook

Agreed!!  Wow!!

Opinion: Bullies lose, sanity wins in Houston: There will be no man parts in the ladies room

The bullies lost. After a nearly 18-month slugfest, Houston’s LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance was crushed in a landslide defeat Tuesday – rejected by 61 percent of voters. “The people of the city have spoken and they have spoken loudly,” Houston pastor Steve Riggle told me. The nation’s fourth largest city sent a clear message to City Hall: men who identify as women are not welcome in the ladies room. “Their message was clear and strong for religious liberty and for the dignity of each unique human being made in the image of God,” Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd told me. While it was a good night for religious liberty, it turned out to be a bad night for the city’s openly lesbian mayor. Democratic Mayor Annise Parker and her minions had bullied and intimidated the city’s Christian community for months. Her administration went so far as to issue subpoenas against five pastors – demanding they turn over their sermons to the government. The pastors came to be known as the “Houston 5” – and their plight generated a massive outpouring of support from around the nation. Riggle, the pastor of Grace Church, was one of the pastors ordered to turn over his sermons – a demand he ignored. “If we had to go to jail over that, we would have,” he told me. “We didn’t have any problem with the mayor having our sermons – but we were not going to do it under the mandate of the court.” In spite of the loss, Mayor Parker remained defiant and blamed the defeat on a “small, very determined group of right-wing ideologues and the religious right.” “They only know how to destroy and not how to build up,” she said in remarks reported by Associated Press. Riggle said the landslide victory should send a message to the rest of the nation. “People are fed up,” he told me. “We’re fed up with being threatened and intimidated. It’s time for people across the nation to stand up and say we’re not taking this anymore.” The head of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination echoed that call. “Religious liberty and social issues matter to the people of America,” Floyd said. “I encouraged all politicians and both major political parties to take notice.” We the People are tired of having a radical agenda forced upon our families. We the People are tired of the bullying and the harassment. We the People are tired of being marginalized. Just because you believe in the traditional definition of marriage does not make you a rightwing homophobic bigot. Enough is enough. What happened in Houston proves a point I made in my book — “God Less America.” When people of faith stand together — with one voice — they can facilitate change. That’s a lesson worth remembering in 2016.

No kidding!! Todd Starnes, ever the vigilant cultural warrior, is exactly right here. The only form of bigotry that is still acceptable to the politically correct, liberal elite, is that against Christians. SNL, the dominantly liberal mainstream media, and Democrats target those of faith all day long…and it’s tolerated. They crack jokes, and otherwise make fun of Christians all day long. But, they’d NEVER do that against a Muslim or someone of another religious belief system..and we ALL know it. So, kudos to Todd for saying that…and kudos to the good people of Houston for sacking this ridiculous proposition.  As for what happened in Houston..  That wasn’t even about religion.  It was about common sense.  And, the good people of Houston took a stand for common sense, and told Mayor Parker (D) what to do with herself.  Outstanding!! 🙂

Houston Zoo lifts ban on concealed handguns amid legal spat

The Houston Zoo has taken down its “no guns allowed” signage after a Second Amendment attorney said the rule ran afoul of a new Texas-wide law. Signs that said handguns were banned inside the zoo had adorned its entrance until this week when city officials ordered them to be removed after receiving a complaint from T. Edwin Walker, an attorney with Texas Law Shield. Mr. Walker wrote the zoo two days after a law went into effect on the first of the month authorizing the Texas attorney general to investigate and fine “political subdivisions that unlawfully post signs that prohibit concealed weapons on property where concealed handgun license holders (CHL holders) are legally permitted to carry.” Although the zoo is operated by an independent nonprofit group, Mr. Walker said it sits on city property and must abide applicable legislation. The new law, S.B. 273, allows violators to be fined $1,000 for a first offense and $10,000 for each subsequent infraction. In a statement, the zoo said it has complied and removed the signage while it weighs its legal options. “Effective immediately, the Houston Zoo will not ask anyone who is lawfully permitted to carry a concealed legal handgun to stow their weapon in their vehicle while visiting the zoo. We do recognize that this has the potential to confuse or concern our guests and members and we want to emphasize that this will not alter our number-one priority, which is the safety of our guests, employees and animals,” the zoo said in a statement. The Houston Chronicle said the attorney planned on taking his complaint to the Office of the Texas Attorney General before the city agreed to remove the signs. And since the state legislature legalized concealed carry more than a decade ago but failed to include penalties until this month, the lawyer told a local ABC News affiliate that “the city of Houston should apologize to CHL holders for violating their rights for the past dozen years.” “I guarantee there is no license holder who is going to go to the zoo in anticipation of shooting a giraffe in front of a bunch of school children,” Mr. Walker told the Houston Press. “The issue is just that this is a place where the government is not allowed to tell people that they can’t carry a licensed handgun. The Texas government has recognized that people have the right to defend themselves. How do they do that? With a gun.” Speaking to the ABC affiliate, the lawyer said he believes other public buildings throughout Houston may be in violation of a law that infringes on the rights of roughly a million concealed handgun license holders across the state. The Houston Press reported that city crime statistics for the area surrounding the zoo suggest 11 murders have occurred in the vicinity since 2010, although none of them were in the park.

And of those, how many were from those with conceal carry licenses? Probably ZERO. Here is the inside baseball on this… Texas is a VERY “red” Republican state that is VERY pro-gun. But, the big cities are like anywhere in America; ALL Democrat. In fact, Houston’s mayor (Annise Parker) is not only a Dem, but she’s one of the few openly homosexual mayors of a big city in the U.S. And, while we certainly want to stereotype… I’m sure she had some say in the local ordinance that, up til now, prohibited lawful conceal carry permit holders from carrying at the zoo. Regardless, this is a BIG victory for gun rights in Houston! Excellent!! 🙂