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Burgess Owens defends new Georgia voter laws

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Rep. Burgess Owens, R-UT, defended Georgia’s new voter legislation against Democrats who claim the new laws are a return to the era of Jim Crow.

Owens gave a few examples of what were actual Jim Crow measures and explained how Georgia’s voter laws do not compare to the dividing and segregative measures that were known as Jim Crow laws on Thursday’s episode of “The Ingraham Angle.”

Ingraham began listing real Jim Crow laws that existed in the southern U.S. states from the post-Civil War era until around 1968:

  • No colored barber shall serve as as a barber to white women or girls.
  • All persons licensed to conduct a restaurant, shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively.
  • It shall be unlawful for a white person to marry anyone except a white person.

Owens shared that he, his dad and his grandfather all grew up in the Jim Crow south. “I was 16 years old when I finally had the chance to experience meeting white Americans,” Owens told Ingraham.

“I grew up in a community that was all segregated. A very proud community, by the way. And Laura let me say this, I’m sick and tired of the hard left and these black elitists putting my race down and putting the greatest generation that ever lived down,” Owens said.

“My dad’s generation and my grand dad’s generation loved our country. They were about meritocracy and proving that they are worthy of respect by commanding respect. So to hear that we are half this hopeless race? No, that’s marxism, that’s lies, that’s not my race or my parents I was raised with. I’m so thankful I grew up around the people I did in the 1960s.”

President Joe Biden called Georgia’s new voter legislation “Jim Crow on steroids” and said he would “strongly support” moving the MLB All-Star game out of the state.

“Look at what’s happened across the board. The very people who are victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it’s just not right,” Biden said during an interview with ESPN on Wednesday. “This is Jim Crow on steroids, what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states.”

Ingraham fired back at Biden and reminded viewers what Jim Crow laws were actually like for baseball players in the south.

A Jim Crow law that was enacted in Georgia stated, “It shall be unlawful for any amateur colored baseball team to play baseball in any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of any playground devoted to the white race.”

The All-Star Game is set to occur on July 13 at the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Army’s First Trans Officer Indicted for Spying for Russia

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The U.S. Army’s first transgender officer and his wife, a Maryland doctor, are making headlines. No, not for breaking any ideological woke barriers; for “allegedly attempting to transfer confidential military medical information to Russia.”

The two were charged in an eight-count indictment on conspiracy charges Wednesday. Major Jamie Lee Henry, who lived with his anesthesiologist wife Anna Gabrielian, was granted his request to officially change his name in accordance with his gender preference in 2015.

Henry and Gabrielian allegedly volunteered to “retrieve private medical records from the United States Army and Johns Hopkins in order to assist the Russian government.”

National Review reports:

The pair are accused of stealing patient health files from Johns Hopkins and Fort Bragg and giving them to an individual they believed to be working for the Russian government. They aimed to show that they could access classified information and readily provide it to Moscow to demonstrate their allegiance, according to the indictment.

However, the individual to whom they hoped to deliver the information was an undercover FBI agent. At a covert August 17 meeting, Gabrielian told the agent that she was devoted to helping Russia’s cause even if it cost her her job or landed her in prison. She arranged a subsequent meeting with Henry and the agent, still believing him to be affiliated with the Kremlin.

That evening, in the agent’s hotel room, Henry expressed that he was committed to supporting Russia and had considered enlisting in the Russian army after the invasion of Ukraine. However, he told the agent he was disqualified because he didn’t have any “combat experience.”

“The way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia,” Henry reportedly told the agent.

“Prior to Henry’s case, identifying as a sex different than the one on one’s birth certificate made a soldier unfit for military service, warranting discharge” writes National Review.

Gabrielian worked at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, and Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg.

If convicted, the two could face up to five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of ten years in federal prison for each count of publishing secret military medical records.

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