Tuesday News: "I don't know."

REP. ALMA ADAMS GRILLS LOUIS DEJOY OVER POSTAL SERVICE SHENANIGANS: "The recurring theme I kept hearing from Postmaster General DeJoy was 'I don't know'," said Congresswoman Adams. He doesn't know how many blue boxes were taken. He doesn't know why our Veterans are getting their medications late, or why goods that our small businesses rely on are arriving spoiled. He doesn't know the cost of Priority Mail or the kind of stamp he needs to mail a postcard. He doesn't know if his own mail is coming. The fact is: he just don’t know. Unfortunately for us, Mr. Postmaster General, not knowing is not good enough." "What I know is that our most vulnerable neighbors are relying on institutions like the US Postal Service for critical deliveries. Our courageous postal workers and letter carriers have been essential in keeping our country on track during this pandemic. Meanwhile, our Postmaster General has been getting in their way. He doesn't know if he's talked to the Trump Administration, but he's made quite the mess out of something that he's inherited. If I asked him if that sounds like our President, I already know what the answer would be: 'I don't know'," concluded Adams.

JERRY FALWELL JR QUITS AND THEN UN-QUITS LIBERTY UNIVERSITY: Jerry Falwell Jr.’s future at evangelical Liberty University amid a sex scandal was uncertain Monday, after the school said he had offered his resignation but then reversed course. Falwell agreed to “resign immediately as President of Liberty University today but then instructed his attorneys to not tender the letter for immediate resignation,” according to a university news release distributed late Monday night. The news of Falwell's possible departure followed the publication of news stories about his wife’s sexual encounters with a much younger business partner. They marked the latest in a series of controversies related to the couple to roil the school founded by Falwell's late father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr. But hours before the school official confirmed Falwell's resignation, Reuters reported that he knew of his wife’s affair and participated in some of the liaisons as a voyeur. The news agency based the information on an interview with Giancarlo Granda, whom they identified as the man involved in the affair.

CHARLOTTE PROTEST OF RNC BRINGS ARRESTS AND INJURIES, AND A BICYCLE ATTACK?: Police accused a protestor pushing an officer off his bike as he tried to put out the fire, according to a statement from the department posted early Tuesday morning. Charlotte City Councilman Braxton Winston was present during the encounter and was hit by pepper spray, the Observer reported. In a tweet to the police department, Winston disputed allegations that a protestor pushed the officer. A video posted to Twitter after midnight Tuesday appeared to show a group of officers using their bikes to knock down demonstrators. One ran his bike over the legs of a woman who was pepper sprayed and collapsed in the street. Four more arrests came as officers attempted to detain a person accused of cutting down a flag outside Charlotte's police headquarters, the department said. Police again used pepper spray and two people “were injured during incident” and taken to the hospital, according to the agency. Monday night's arrests followed about a dozen others in the three days leading up to the convention, including one person who illegally entered a secure area in the hours before the event, and a protester who was accused of assaulting a woman and an officer after the convention.

TRUE TO FORM, REPUBLICANS ENGAGE IN HYPERBOLIC ATTACKS ON DEMOCRATS AT RNC: McDaniel got things rolling Monday by saying that “ ‘nice’ guys like Joe [Biden] cared more about countries like Iran and China than the United States of America.” A medical professional warned that some Democrats’ proposal for government-run health care would mean “we’d be lucky if we could see any doctor.” (Biden doesn’t support single-payer health care, as some Democrats do.) Former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, the partner of Donald Trump Jr., offered a particularly bleak picture, saying Democrats “want to destroy this country and everything that we have fought for and hold dear. They want to steal your liberty, your freedom.” Trump Jr. said, “Biden also wants to bring in more illegal immigrants to take jobs from American citizens,” as if that were Biden’s goal. He added that Democrats are “attacking the very principles on which our nation was founded: freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the rule of law.” Cuban American immigrant Maximo Alvarez, in an impassioned speech, suggested Democrats and possibly even Biden are secretly putting the country on a path to communism. “I’m speaking to you today because I have seen people like this before. I’ve seen movements like these before,” Alvarez said, adding that things he heard from some Democrats “don’t sound radical to my ears; they sound familiar. Fidel Castro was asked if he was a communist. He said he was a Roman Catholic.” Haley, the first Indian American female governor in the country, took a broader pass at the issue, denouncing the idea of systemic racism. “Here is one more important area where our president is right: He knows that political correctness and cancel culture are dangerous and just plain wrong,” Haley said. “In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country.”

CHINA'S CRACKDOWN ON HONG KONG IS GETTING MUCH WORSE: To get onto his Facebook account, the police used Tony Chung’s body. When officers swarmed him at a Hong Kong shopping mall last month, they pulled him into a stairwell and pinned his head in front of his phone — an attempt to trigger the facial recognition system. Later, at his home, officers forced his finger onto a separate phone. Then they demanded passwords. “They said, ‘Do you know with the national security law, we have all the rights to unlock your phones and get your passwords?’” Mr. Chung recalled. Emboldened by that new law, Hong Kong security forces are turning to harsher tactics as they close a digital dragnet on activists, pro-democracy politicians and media leaders. Their approaches — which in the past month have included installing a camera outside the home of a prominent politician and breaking into the Facebook account of another — bear marked similarities to those long used by the fearsome domestic security forces in mainland China. Major internet companies like Facebook and Twitter have temporarily cut off data sharing with the local police. Others have gone further, devising more permanent solutions. In July, Yahoo changed its terms of service so that users in Hong Kong are protected under American law, not local rules. It also cut access for employees in Hong Kong to user data to protect them from the law, according to two people familiar with the matter. A Google spokeswoman said in a statement that the company had not produced data for the Hong Kong authorities since the national security law was enacted, and that the authorities could seek information for criminal investigations through U.S. diplomatic channels. That means the company is effectively treating data requests in the city the way it does those from mainland China.



Didn't watch the RNC fiasco,

but it's a good bet Hong Kong wasn't mentioned by anyone. Trump could have (should have) used what trade leverage he has to force concessions, and pull back the iron hand reaching for Hong Kong. But he only thinks about himself, so they're on their own. Shameful.