Judge Jeanine Pirro warned Saturday that the number one health issue in the United States is “criminals being allowed to terrorize the rest of us,” and said there was only “one way out.”
JUDGE JEANINE: The number one health issue in the United States that has reached a fever pitch level is not COVID, it’s not global warming, it’s not racism. It’s out of control criminals being allowed to terrorize the rest of us. There’s a war waging on the streets of America right now. It started last summer when rioting thugs started burning down property and businesses. Why? Because criminals felt they could.
From looting businesses, thugs began throwing Molotov cocktails, ramming residential areas, creating their own “hate America” zones, forcing evacuations of police precincts, trying to burn down a federal courthouse. For months, the radical left was covered by the mainstream media as engaging in “peaceful protests” while 2,000 cops were injured. Even if arrested, protesters were released immediately, and charges, if any, were dropped by left-wing prosecutors.
Thugs then moved to residential neighborhoods, storming residents with bullhorns, trespassing, and yelling it was really their property. Democrats in charge did nothing. They made believe it was never even happening.
There’s only one way out of this. And it’s a number. The number is 2022.
For at least two decades, historians had been searching for the site of the cabin in which Harriet Tubman lived with her family as a young adult.
“Land records told us it was here somewhere,” said Julie M. Schablitsky, the chief archaeologist at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, who led an excavation of the swampy terrain on Maryland’s Eastern Shore beginning last fall. “We couldn’t understand why we weren’t finding anything. It was like, ‘Where is this place?’”
Then, on a whim, Schablitsky swept a metal detector along the side of an abandoned road, closer to the river. And she found a coin from 1808 — the same year that Tubman’s parents, Ben Ross and Harriet Green, known as Rit, were married. And, not far away, she found ceramic shards that dated to the 1820s to 1840s.
It was then that she knew: She had located the cabin of Benjamin Ross, the father of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad conductor. She had lived there roughly between the ages of 17 and 22, from 1839 to 1844.
“We could tell from the glaze that the time period coincided perfectly with the Ross cabin,” she said of the ceramic pieces. “I was like, ‘OK, this has to be it.’”
Her discovery made waves among historians when it was announced by state and federal officials at a news conference at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Md., on Tuesday morning.
“This gives us insight into a time and place in Tubman’s life we know very little about,” Kate Clifford Larson, a Tubman biographer, said in an interview on Tuesday. “The community really created this woman, and we can’t fully understand her until we understand the place she came out of.”
Tubman’s father was granted 10 acres of land when he was manumitted, or freed from slavery, around five years after his former owner Anthony Thompson’s death in 1836. He then bought his enslaved wife and sheltered Tubman and her siblings in the cabin, in what is now the federal Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
The site had been privately owned for years, which precluded archaeological excavation, Schablitsky said. But then the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bought the 2,600-acre parcel last year to replace refuge areas lost to rising sea levels, and the refuge manager, Marcia Pradines, heard that the lost cabin might, in fact, have sat on the land — and called Schablitsky.
After an initial delay because of the pandemic, and more than 1,000 test pits that turned up nothing but handfuls of goopy mud last fall, Schablitsky and her team returned to the site this spring — and made the discovery last month.
“We knew it was out there,” she said. “We just had to find it.”
Larson said the skills the young Tubman learned from her father, who felled and sold timber and was himself an operative on the Underground Railroad, laid the foundation for her success in following in his footsteps.
“Her father taught her things like how to make your way through streams, rivers and marshes,” Larson said. “And how to navigate that landscape without getting trapped.”
Tubman also interacted with free Black mariners who transported the timber to Baltimore shipyards, Larson said — and the knowledge they passed along may have aided her in leading people to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
“She knew a lot of those African-American mariners, who were called Black jacks,” Larson said. “They taught her how to read the stars and told her about other places beyond the Eastern Shore where it was and wasn’t safe to go.”
Tubman made 13 trips into the South over a 10-year period, helping to escort approximately 70 enslaved people to freedom.
“Since I started researching her back in the ’90s, she’s become more and more interesting to people,” Larson said.
“With very few resources, she was able to do amazing things,” she added.
Once the site is ready for visitors, Pradines said, it will be added to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a 125-mile drive that includes more than 30 sites related to Tubman’s life and legacy. The Wildlife Service also hopes to develop a trail system around it where people can hike and bird, she said, which would be within three to five years.
In the meantime, Schablitsky said, plans were underway for further excavation this summer.
“We hope to find artifacts that will tell us more about the personal life of Ben Ross,” Schablitsky said. “Personal objects, like a tobacco pipe, that will help us recreate what his life would have been like and that will help us find out more about who he was.”
Brussels suggested the EU and its major overseas partner suspend tariffs imposed on billions of dollars of imports for six months, EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis told Germany’s main news platform, Der Spiegel.
The measure would go beyond the latest four-month suspension of import duties that the parties agreed in March.
“We have proposed suspending all mutual tariffs for six months in order to reach a negotiated solution. This would create a necessary breathing space for industries and workers on both sides of the Atlantic,” Dombrovskis said. Also on rt.comUS axes Trump-era Scotch whisky tariffs for four months in bid to resolve aircraft trade war with UK
Last month, the two transatlantic partners agreed to suspend mutual tariffs that had covered $ 7.5 billion of EU imports of American goods and some $ 4 billion of US products shipped to the bloc. The freeze is set to expire in four months.
The bitter EU-US trade dispute over aerospace subsidies to plane makers Airbus and Boeing dates back to 2004, when Washington challenged European subsidies of Airbus that reportedly had “adverse effects” on the US.
The EU filed a retaliatory complaint against the direct support given to Boeing in the form of regional tax breaks and government grants. Also on rt.comUS raises tariffs on French & German wines and aircraft parts over ‘unfair’ Airbus subsidies
So far, tit-for-tat duties on various goods have affected nearly $ 50 billion in mutual trade. The list of EU products on which the US imposed taxes came in at $ 25 billion, of which $ 7.5 billion was authorized by the World Trade Organization (WTO). In comparison, the EU’s list totaled a mere $ 20 billion, of which the WTO approved $ 3.99 billion.
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City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez expressed optimism about billionaire Elon Musk’s proposal to dig a two-mile tunnel under the city to solve its traffic problem. The $ 30 million tunnel could be built in just 6 months, says Musk.
Critics point out that Miami is built on a bedrock of porous limestone, however, and the impact on that of rising sea levels. Some also say that Suarez is trying to lure startups away from Silicon Valley, with the Tesla CEO serving as a selling tool.
RT America’s John Huddy is on the ground in Miami, bringing us up to speed on Musk’s plans to transform the city.
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