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Hiker Thinks He's Brushing Yellow Jackets off Feet, Looks Down to See 'Very Large Copperhead'

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The adage “look before you leap” has never been as relevant as when you’re on a summer hike in snake country, wherever that may be.

One visiting hiker recently had an encounter with an Austin native that left him with a new appreciation for venomous snakes, but he’s alive to tell the tale.



Jay Middleton from Littleton, Colorado, is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys biking and hiking — perhaps part of the reason he lives where he does.

When he was visiting Austin, Texas, in July, he hit St. Edwards trail wearing sandals, and at some point felt something on his feet and a sudden, sharp pain.

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Middleton’s initial thought was that he’d been stung by some sort of wasp, but he was met with something far more nefarious when he looked down.



“Reached down thinking that I was going to be knocking yellow jackets off my feet, and that’s when a very large copperhead slithered away,” Middleton told KVUE-TV.

“I was like, ‘Oh wow.’ I … cold sweat. My wife said I turned kind of gray. I got really, really nauseous, and at that point, they made the call to strap me to the board and, and roll me out.”

EMS arrived to assist Middleton, and footage from the incident shows Middleton being aided by two first responders as he stands in a stream, looking like he is in shock.

He was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, where he learned he wasn’t the first person to be bitten by a snake that morning, and he ended up being one of 90 cases in July alone.

Middleton recovered, but it took three weeks until he was able to put a shoe back on his swollen foot. This isn’t the first injury he’s sustained in the pursuit of adventure, but it was one of the most painful.

“I mean, I’ve been I’ve been hit by a car on my bicycle,” he said. “I’ve had several knee surgeries. I’ve had all sorts of maladies in my life and nothing was, it — in terms of just sort of that intense pain was like anything like I’ve ever felt before.”

Hindsight is 20/20, and now he strongly recommends donning the proper footwear before hitting the trail.

“If you’re in snake country, you should not be hiking in sandals you know — running shoes at the minimum,” Middleton said.

Trauma injury prevention coordinator Kristen Hullum says that if you suffer a bite from a venomous snake, you should call 911, stay still and stay calm. Dying of snake bites is rarer than it used to be when addressed swiftly.



“Snakebites can be fatal, although if you seek treatment quickly and get the antivenom, they usually are not,” Hullum said.

“The movement accelerates the circulation of blood and limbs through your body, which then circulates the venom,” she added, to explain why you should remain still and calm.

Copperheads are one of the four well-known and dangerous snakes in central Texas, the other three being water moccasins, coral snakes and rattlesnakes. It pays to know what sort of creatures frequent the trails you want to hike, and wearing suitable shoes is always a good idea.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Biden Lets Obsession with Trump Show by Referencing Him 24 Times at Virginia Gubernatorial Campaign Event

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As Republican Glenn Youngkin insists that the election for governor of Virginia is all about parents and their children, to President Joe Biden, it’s seemingly all about Donald Trump.

Biden name-dropped the former president 24 times in 17 minutes Tuesday during a campaign stop to help Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, according to the New York Post.

Youngkin has made the race a dead heat, leading to an onslaught of big-name Democrats coming to Virginia in hopes of energizing their voters in the Nov. 2 election.

Biden’s jabs at Trump were part of a Democratic strategy to paint Youngkin as a wild-eyed Trumpist who would bring the kind of chaos witnessed in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion to the sedate liberal mainstream of Virginia voters.

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Biden said “extremism can come in many forms,” including “the rage of a mob” and “a smile and a fleece vest,” according to Yahoo.

One of Youngkin’s campaign trademarks is a fleece vest.

Youngkin has Trump’s support, but given the highly divided nature of the state from its liberal enclaves around Washington, D.C., to its more conservative counties, Youngkin has decided on a campaign strategy that does not include using Trump as an in-person speaker to rally the Republican vote.

However, Biden pictures Youngkin as a Trump loyalist.

“I ran against Donald Trump. Terry is running against an acolyte of Donald Trump,” Biden said.

“He (Youngkin) won’t allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in this state. He’s willing to pledge his loyalty to Trump in private; why not in public? What’s he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed?”

During his speech, Biden was heckled by protesters concerning the Line 3 pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Wisconsin.

“This is not a Trump rally; we let them holler,” Biden said

Biden, along with former President Barack Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, are trying to energized Democrats.

Youngkin has turned away from the traditional political name game and has been strong in his focus on recent in-state controversies, including sexual assault accusations at Loudoun County Public Schools.

He also has backed parents who oppose certain books in schools that discuss sex in explicit detail. That has pitted him against McAuliffe, who has backed schools against parents.

“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said in a debate against Youngkin, according to the New York Post.

“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Youngkin, however, said the upcoming election will define if parents will be relegated to second-class status.

“Virginians have a moment to stand up, not just for the future of Virginia’s kids, but for America’s kids. And that’s why this race is so important to everyone right now,” he said, according to Fox News.

“The nation is watching because they recognize that when Virginians stand up and take a state that has been blue and elect a Republican governor, it’s going to make a statement that’s going to be (heard) not just around the country, but around the world.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

As Republican Glenn Youngkin insists that the election for governor of Virginia is all about parents and their children, to President Joe Biden, it’s seemingly all about Donald Trump. Biden name-dropped the former president 24 times in 17 minutes Tuesday during a campaign stop to help Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, according to the New York Post. Youngkin has made the race a dead heat, leading to an onslaught of big-name Democrats coming to Virginia in hopes of energizing their voters in the Nov. 2 election. Biden’s jabs at Trump were part of a Democratic strategy to paint Youngkin as a wild-eyed Trumpist who would bring the kind of chaos witnessed in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion to the sedate liberal mainstream of Virginia voters. Biden said “extremism can come in many forms,” including “the rage of a mob” and “a smile and a fleece vest,” according to Yahoo. One of Youngkin’s campaign trademarks is a fleece vest. Youngkin has Trump’s support, but given the highly divided nature of the state from its liberal enclaves around Washington, D.C., to its more conservative counties, Youngkin has decided on a campaign strategy that does not include using Trump as an in-person speaker to rally the Republican vote. However, Biden pictures Youngkin as a Trump loyalist. “I ran against Donald Trump. Terry is running against an acolyte of Donald Trump,” Biden said. “He (Youngkin) won’t allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in this state. He’s willing to pledge his loyalty to Trump in private; why not in public? What’s he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed?” During his speech, Biden was heckled by protesters concerning the Line 3 pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Wisconsin. “This is not a Trump rally;…

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Deaf, Dumb, & Blind: China Just Launched A New Super Weapon Into Space

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China continues to race ahead of the United States on the sea, in the air, and now in space.

China launched a new satellite Sunday that can be deployed as a weapon capable crippling American satellites, according to The Washington Times.

General James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command, warned Congress in April that the Shijian-21 satellite is part of an effort by China to seek superiority in space.

According to the Times, the satellite was sent into space atop a rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China, with the task of cleaning “space debris” — or at least that was the claim of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., a state-run company.

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However, according to the Times, the satellite is “said to be capable of maneuvering close to orbiting satellites and grabbing or crushing the spacecraft.”

If weaponized, such a machine would be potentially capable of destroying communications and surveillance capabilities in American satellites, leaving the nation’s military deaf, dumb and blind in the case of an attack. In an era where military movement depends on technological communications, that could mean the Chinese government has just launched the world’s deadliest weapon.

In August, China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, as the New York Post reported.

Over four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone recently, the Post reported Oct. 4, in yet another round of provocation.

It doesn’t end there. According to CNN, China also has the world’s largest Navy. In fact, China has the largest military on the planet, according to the data collection corporation Statista.

Get the picture?

The Biden administration, on the other hand, is obsessing over the alleged enemy within. The FBI has claimed that domestic terrorism is “metastasizing” in the U.S., according to a recent headline in  The New York Times.  The article also implied that the shadowy group QAnon is a real threat to the country.

Let’s not forget the supposed white supremacists. They must take lessons from QAnon on getting maximum publicity with minimal actual appearances.

Very few of them are ever seen or heard from, but they must be legion, considering the amount of attention they get from liberals and the mainstream media. There’s no other way to account for their being at the top of the domestic terrorist list, again according to The New York Times. See the pattern?

Now, parents who resist the iron will of leftist schoolboards pushing critical race theory are suspected of domestic terrorism by federal law enforcement agencies.

Don’t worry, though, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has alerted federal law enforcement agencies.

Garland quickly ordered the FBI to coordinate with 14,oo school districts after receiving a request from the National School Board Association asking to be protected from parents sending letters and emails.  The NSBA claimed the parents were an “imminent threat” to school officials and likened their activities to “domestic terrorism.”

Insurrection by the unarmed on Jan. 6. Shadowy QAnon figures lurking in dark alleys waiting to pounce. Crazed parents shielding their children from racist indoctrination. America is a dangerous place about to implode in a fiery cloud of violence. That’s what the leftists want you to think.

Meanwhile, China continues unfolding its plan to bring about a globalist utopia with, of course, the Chinese Communist Party in charge. There is little resistance. I am reminded of the Borg on Star Trek, “You will assimilate. Resistance is futile.”



Either key members of the Biden administration are in cahoots with China or they are dangerously incompetent. Or maybe they have come to believe their own propaganda and are blind to reality. It is difficult to say.

Whatever the case, reality will prevail in the end. It always does. It always will. But at what cost?

Resistance is not futile. It is the natural disposition of a free people.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

China continues to race ahead of the United States on the sea, in the air, and now in space. China launched a new satellite Sunday that can be deployed as a weapon capable crippling American satellites, according to The Washington Times. General James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command, warned Congress in April that the Shijian-21 satellite is part of an effort by China to seek superiority in space. According to the Times, the satellite was sent into space atop a rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China, with the task of cleaning “space debris” — or at least that was the claim of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., a state-run company. However, according to the Times, the satellite is “said to be capable of maneuvering close to orbiting satellites and grabbing or crushing the spacecraft.” If weaponized, such a machine would be potentially capable of destroying communications and surveillance capabilities in American satellites, leaving the nation’s military deaf, dumb and blind in the case of an attack. In an era where military movement depends on technological communications, that could mean the Chinese government has just launched the world’s deadliest weapon. In August, China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, as the New York Post reported. Over four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone recently, the Post reported Oct. 4, in yet another round of provocation. It doesn’t end there. According to CNN, China also has the world’s largest Navy. In fact, China has the largest military on the planet, according to the data collection corporation Statista. Get the picture? The Biden administration, on the other hand, is obsessing over the alleged enemy within. The FBI has claimed that domestic terrorism is “metastasizing” in the U.S., according to a recent headline…

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