Not so “smart”: An “energy emergency” caused 22K households to have their smart thermostats locked at extreme temp


DENVER, CO – According to reports, nearly 22,000 households had their thermostats locked in 90 degree weather due to an “energy emergency.”

During some of the hottest days in August, thousands of utility company customers in areas surrounding Denver were locked out of changing their thermostats, sparking an outrage that spilled over into social media.

On Tuesday, August 31st, temperatures climbed into the 90s, which is Tony Talarico tried to crank up the air conditioning in his partner’s Arvada home. He said:

“I mean, it was 90 out and it was right during the peak period. It was hot.”

After trying to turn up the air conditioning, Talarico said that is when he saw the message on the thermostat, which stated that the temperature was locked due to an “energy emergency.” He added:

“Normally, when we see a message like that, we’re able to override it. In this case, we weren’t. So, our thermostat was locked in at 78 or 79.”

Xcel Energy, a utility company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, confirmed that 22,000 customers in the Denver, Colorado area who were “signed up” for the Colorado AC Rewards program were in fact locked out of their thermostats for several hours on Tuesday, August 31st.

Some customers, who took to social media so share what was going on, said they were stuck with home temperatures as high as 88 degrees. Emmett Romine, vice president of customer solutions and innovation at Xcel, said in a statement:

“It’s a voluntary program. Let’s remember that this is something that customers choose to be a part of based on the incentives.”

Customers reportedly received a $100 credit for enrolling in the program and $25 annually. Romine said that in addition to those incentives, customers also agree to give up some control to save energy and and money and make the system more reliable. He added:

“So, it helps everybody for people to participate in these programs. It is a bit uncomfortable for a short period of time, but it’s very, very helpful.”

He said that this is the first time in the program’s six year span that customers could not override their smart thermostats, adding that the “energy emergency” was due to an unexpected outage in Pueblo combined with hot weather and heavy air conditioner usage.

Talarico said that he had no idea he could actually be locked out of the thermostat. While the house has solar panels and a smart thermostat to save energy, he said that he did not sign up to have this much control taken away. He added:

“To me, an emergency means there is, you know, life, limb, or, you know, some other danger out there. Some, you know, massive wildfires. Even if it’s a once-in-a-blue-moon situation, it just doesn’t sit right with us to not be able to control our own thermostat in our house.”

The “energy emergency” was widely criticized by conservatives on social media with many suggesting that the incident serves as a glimpse into the future. Comedian Tim Young tweeted:

“In case you’re wondering what will happen if we have all digital currency and electric vehicles…”

American Greatness Senior Fellow Ned Ryun tweeted:

“This is every American’s future if we allow the freakish Left to implement the Green New Deal.”

Federalist Senior Editor Christopher Bedford tweeted:

“Raise your hand if you didn’t see this coming.”

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Far-left Senate hopeful Val Demings says “I am the police” – gets destroyed by Florida sheriffs

August 31st, 2022

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Val Demings (D-FL), a former police chief and Congresswoman, who is now running for a Senate seat, said in an interview with CBS12 that she cannot be criticized on crime because she is “the police.”

Demings, who at one point in her career was the Chief of police for the Orlando Police Department, claims that she is “inherently immune” to attacks on Florida’s law enforcement community. During the interview she said:

“I don’t just support the police. I am the police.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, several active Florida sheriffs have responded by saying that her comment is ridiculous.

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods told the Beacon that Demings “uses her title as chief to further her political agenda,” but “certainly doesn’t use it to back law enforcement when she votes.” Woods said that her actions are “shameful.” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said:

“[Demings] took an oath to protect and serve, an oath she somehow forgot when she went to Washington and decided to vote with Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time.”

Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith said that Demings has made clear during her “six years in Washington” that she is “no longer the police and didn’t have our backs when it counted most.” He added:

“As a law enforcement officer, I made a promise to my community to protect and serve. Our representatives in Washington promise to support us in that mission, but Val Demings has failed to live up to that promise.”

According to the Beacon, the barrage of attacks from Florida sheriffs will “no doubt weaken the moderate, tough-on-crime persona she’s attempted to place at the center of her campaign.”

Deming’s campaign website calls the Democrat a “no-nonsense, tough-on-crime leader who knows how to keep our communities safe.”

However, Deming’s primary opponent, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), has secured endorsements from 56 of Florida’s 66 sheriffs as well as the state’s Fraternal Order of Police and Police Benevolent Association. According to the Beacon:

“In addition to her ‘I am the police’ comment, Demings has dismissed those endorsements by arguing that 85 percent of Florida sheriffs are ‘playing political games’ by backing Rubio.

In turn, some of those sheriffs say Demings herself played politics when she emerged as one of her party’s top voices on police reform following George Floyd’s death in the summer of 2020, which came as she underwent formal interviews to become President Joe Biden’s vice president.”

Florida Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Zona told the Beacon in a statement:

“Val Demings chose to play party politics instead of defending our men and women in blue. Demings shouldn’t be going around saying she is the police when she hasn’t been for over a decade and has failed to represent the needs of law enforcement in Washington.”

On Tuesday, August 23rd, Demings easily emerged from her primary race, securing 84 percent of the vote. Rubio ran unopposed in his own primary contest and the pair will now face off in November.

Prior to Demings winning her primary race, Rubio assumed he would be facing Demings in November and addressed his presumed, now confirmed opponent on Fox News, saying:

“I’m excited about this race. Elections are their best when it’s like a clear choice between two candidates, and the choice couldn’t be clearer. Val Demings is the hand-picked candidate of Pelosi and Schumer, she votes with Pelosi 100 percent of the time. Every time.”

He added:

“She’s been in Congress now for six years, has never gotten anything important done. Nothing. She’s actually never passed a bill, I don’t believe.”

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Security guards for “defund the police” Democrat Val Demings caught on camera pushing man to the ground

August 16th, 2022

BREVARD COUNTY, FL – According to a report from The Washington Examiner, Senate hopeful Rep. Val Demings’ (D-FL) private security officers were caught on video pushing a man to the ground during a campaign event on August 6th.

At the time of the incident, Demings had been visiting supporters at Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park. Now, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is investigating what happened.

According to video obtained by Florida Politics, the dialogue captured in the footage indicates that the individual was a video tracker who regularly follows the campaign, likely trying to garner information on the Demings campaign.

A video clip allegedly shows two security guards, one of whom shouts, “Don’t do it,” right before the man is pushed down to the ground on the street. Before being told to “stay down,” the man is heard saying, “What are you doing?”

A second video of the encounter showcased additional dialogue between the man and the security officers. One of the officers told the man that he worked 40 years in security, including 23 years in Homeland Security. The officer can be heard telling the man:

“In corrections, I used to bounce people like you off their head in the jail.”

The man who was taken to the ground said that he was “just doing my job” and he said he “had been so good to you guys.” The officer responded by saying:

“Moving forward, don’t take it personal.”

The man fired back:

“Take what personal?”

The security guard said:

“What’s going to happen to you.”

Even after the videos surfaced, Demings’ officials stood by the security team’s handling of the campaign tracker. Christian Slater, communications director for Demings’ campaign, said in a statement:

“Security officials take potential threats and threatening behavior toward the Chief seriously. In this instance, the individual did not respond to multiple requests to leave and charged at security personnel in pursuit of Chief Demings’ approaching vehicle.”

Demings’ is vying for the Democratic nod to unseat incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the race for Senate in a contest that could determine the balance of power in the evenly spilt upper chamber.

Republicans were quick to criticize Demings’ campaign over the incident on August 6th. Julia Friedland, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said in a statement:

“It’s easy for Democrats like Val Demings to call defunding the police ‘very thoughtful’ and violent riots a ‘beautiful sight’ when she has her own private security to back her up.”

The man who was pushed to the ground ended up going to a nearby hospital. He was treated for relatively minor scrapes and bruises.

According to Florida Politics, the security guards shown in the video appear to be employees of Ardent Protection, a company hired by Demings’ campaign. The security personnel pushing the man to the ground appears to be Constantino Georgudis, an executive protection officer for the company, and Wayne Bacon, vice president of the company.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Demings’ Senate campaign has paid the Sunrise firm $17,458 since May to provide security services. Most recently, $936 was paid to the firm on July 26th, just a week before the incident in question.

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“Squad” member Rep. Bush spends nearly $400K on private security from campaign funds, yet advocates for defunding the police

July 26th, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C – According to a report from Fox News, Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show that U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri) paid nearly $400,000 for personal security services while at the same time pushing and demanding that the police be defunded.

FEC records show that in the second quarter alone, the Democrat’s campaign dropped $89,265.67 into private security details, with the newest security payments $50,000 more than her campaigns second-largest expenditure for fundraising services between April 1st and June 30th.

According to Fox News, two of the recipients of the private security funds — Nathanial Davis and Courtney Merrits — had their addresses listed at Bush’s campaign headquarters.

Peace Security, whose Facebook page is littered with anti-gun control posts, was the biggest recipient, collecting nearly $60,000 from Bush’s campaign fund during the second quarter.

Bush has directed $393,417.67 into private security for the 2022 election cycle and is still calling for the defunding of police.

Bush has been widely criticized for being a hypocrite after information about her private security budget went public back in 2021. Bush has said that defunding the police is not a “radical” idea, and went on to praise St. Louis for its “historic” vote to defund the police.

At the time, she said:

“Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic. It marks a new future for our city. For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe.”

In a CBS News interview in August of 2021, Bush defended her decision to spend tens of thousands of dollars on private security for herself, claiming that it is why she is “here standing now.” She said:

“They would rather I die? You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see? You want to see me die? You know, because that could be the alternative.”

She said that the people who criticize her for her private security are actually the ones to blame for her “need” for security. She added:

“We’re talking about the same exact people who say horrible things about me – who lie to build up their base – and then because they lie about me, I receive death threats.”

Bush also said that she would ensure she always has security because she has had attempts on her life and has “too much work to do.” She said:

“I have private security because my body is worth being on this planet right now! I have private security because they, the white supremacist racist narrative that they drive into this country, the fact that they don’t care that this black woman that has put her life on the line, they can’t match my energy first of all.”

She added:

“So, if I end up spending $200,000, if end up spending 10, 10, 10 more dollars on it – you know what? I get to be here to do the work. So, suck it up!”

Bush may claim that the security detail is due to threats against her, but other politicians, “Squad” members, who also receive threats against them did not spend nearly as much campaign cash on private security.

According to reports, during the second quarter, Ilhan Omar’s campaign spent just over $3,000 on private security, Ayanna Pressley’s campaign spent just under $7,000 and Rashida Tlaib’s campaign reported $1,500 on such services.

New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Brown reported no campaign expenditures on private security details.

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Democrat-run Philly: Group of teenagers beat elderly man to death with traffic cone while laughing and filming it

July 9th, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police have released disturbing video footage showing a group of teenagers laughing and taking videos as they beat an elderly man to death with a traffic cone back in June. Watch below:

Philadelphia police hope that the released video of the attack and a $20,000 reward lead them to those who are responsible for the tragic death of 73-year-old James Lambert.

Authorities stated that Lambert was walking across Cecil B. Moore Avenue near North 21st Street around 2:38 a.m. on Friday, June 24th, when he was ambushed by a group of teenagers. According to the footage, the individuals responsible appear to be three girls and four boys in their mid to early teens.

The footage shows Lambert trying to walk away from the group as they followed him across the street just moments before one of the male assailants strikes him from behind with a cone.

The impact knocked Lambert to the ground. While he was down, one of the girls picks up the same cone and chucks it at him as another one in the group records what they are doing on his phone.

The elderly man appeared to get up and flee down the sidewalk in an attempt to get away from his attackers, but the same girl picks up the cone again, chases down Lambert and throws it at him once more while the other teens smile and laugh.

In a blotter news release, police stated:

“The teen struck the victim several times with objects, knocking the victim to the ground causing injuries to his head. The victim was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries the following day.”

According to a report from the Daily Wire, Lambert’s family are heartbroken over his untimely death and in “disbelief” that a group of teenagers would attack him.

Footage shows the group leaving the scene, including a boy smiling as he pedaled away on a scooter with another boy. As of this writing, none of the teens in the group have been arrested. Police are encouraging anyone with information related to this incident to contact the Homicide Unit.

Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads them to those responsible. People can submit a tip via telephone at 215-686-8477; all tips will be confidential.

The attack on Lambert is yet another example of violence in the Democrat-run “City of Brotherly Love.” On July 4th, the city’s fireworks display was disrupted when a shooter fired into a crowd, injuring two police officers.

In early June, a mass shooter killed three people and wounded 11 in the city’s restaurant and bar district. Current Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) even admitted that he will be happy when his term ends because he’s “waiting for something bad to happen all the time.” He said:

“There’s not an event or day where I don’t lay on my back and look at the ceiling and worry about stuff. So, everything we have in the city over the last seven years, I worry about. I don’t enjoy the Fourth of July, I don’t enjoy the Democratic National Convention, I don’t enjoy the NFL draft – I’m waiting for something bad to happen all the time.”

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Elderly woman attacked with a knife, stabbed multiple times in a supermarket parking lot in broad daylight

July 7th, 2022

AUDUBON, NJ – An 80-year-old woman was loading groceries in her car at a New Jersey grocery store. As she emptied her cart after the trip to ACME, she was stabbed multiple times. She is now recovering.

Altirik Higgins, 40, was arrested in connection to the potentially deadly attack. He is now charged with attempted murder and multiple weapons counts. He is currently being held in the Camden County jail.

The victim is currently recovering at Cooper University Hospital, in stable condition.

Police are still investigating what led Higgins to attack the woman. It is still unclear if they knew each other or if the stabbing was random or pre-meditated.

Shoppers at ACME spoke with Fox 29.

“I’m surprised that something like this happened in Audubon,” said Amy Paratore. “I’ve lived here my whole life, and you usually feel safe coming to this store.” 

Paratore is a native to the town and has been a frequent shopper at the store.

“It’s very shocking because this area is not like that,” said Stephanie Moore. “It’s very quiet; very quaint.”

Moore also told the Philadelphia Fox affiliate that while she has often shopped alone at the store, she is now “a little leery” about doing so.

“If somebody’s stabbing people coming out of a grocery store, then where are you safe?” she asked. 

A woman, who did not give her name, said she is now worried for her kids and the older members of her family.

“It’s crazy that we can’t even go shopping, and our elderly can’t get their groceries,” she stated. “The lady couldn’t come out of the grocery store without worrying about getting stabbed or hurt.”

The news station also spoke with a woman who, while she didn’t witness the actual attack, observed the aftermath.

Mary Jacobs told WTXF that she saw an “obviously scared” woman sitting beside her vehicle, bleeding from her side.

As others rushed to aid the elderly victim, Jacobs heard her say:

“He just kept stabbing me…I don’t know why he would do this to me. I just don’t know why.”

Jacobs recounted the experience through her tears, obviously shaken by what had happened.

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office released a statement, which provided few details that we haven’t already shared.

“A 40-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses for the stabbing of a woman in Audubon on Sunday afternoon,” Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Audubon Chief of Police Thomas J. Tassi announced.

An investigation was conducted on Sunday by the Audubon Police Department and the CCPO Major Crimes Unit for a reported stabbing of a woman in the parking lot of the Acme store at 608 West Nicholson Road, Audubon.

On Sunday afternoon, Audubon Police officers took Altirik Higgins of Philadelphia into custody in connection to the stabbing. An investigation revealed that an 80-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times as she was loading groceries into her car in the parking lot. The victim was taken to Cooper University Hospital where she remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Higgins is charged with attempted murder, [and] weapons offenses and he is currently lodged in the Camden County Correctional Facility.”

A public records search did not lead to any mugshots or previous criminal history for Higgins.

Hate crime? Police arrest man for beating a woman then stabbing her to death on Facebook Live and Instagram


BATON ROUGE, LA – During a Facebook Live and Instagram post, 35-year-old Earl Lee Johnson Jr., allegedly stabbed a woman to death.

34-year-old Janice David was allegedly killed during the live streaming murder that was witnessed by several viewers online.


The Louisiana man allegedly beat and stabbed the woman to death during a drug-fueled attack that was being live-streamed.

Johnson was later arrested for Janice David’s murder.

According to a press release by Baton Rouge Police:

“Police believe David had been beaten and stabbed to death.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Detectives were notified by State Police of a Facebook Live video that recorded a male stabbing a female.”

The affidavit stated that, Johnson told detectives that he held David against her will in the car.

He then proceeded to attack her with “anything within his reach,” said police.

He also allegedly attempted to set the vehicle on fire before escaping to another car that he stole.

Johnson has been charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Prior to his arrest for the alleged murder of David, police arrested him hours earlier for allegedly stealing a car.

According to The Advocate, he was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and aggravated flight from an officer in connection with that incident.

A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Police Department, L’Jean McKneely said,

“Initially, we made contact with this individual around 5 p.m. [Monday] evening, he had apparently stolen somebody’s car.

The victim came out and saw that he was in the car and notified authorities.

We made contact with that vehicle and it was a short pursuit and after that we were able to apprehend him.

So we had him in custody prior to learning of his actions involve with the Facebook Live video.

The victim’s family has been notified and they are in shock.

What we do believe is that they had been on three-four day drug binge together.

From there, at the end of it, he choked her, he beat her and he stabbed her and from there, he tried to set the car on fire.

Apparently, they were involved in some drug usage together for a couple of days, and the end result, as everyone has seen on Facebook Live, is a very gruesome, very evil act.”

Johnson is being held without bail.

It is not known at this time if he has an attorney.

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Good guy with a gun stops bad guy who was stabbing a woman – so why is the mainstream media silent?

WACO, TX – Prior to September 1, 2021, roughly 1.5M Texans were licensed to carry firearms.

One out of every 20 people was legally armed. After that date, that ratio is believed to have changed to one out of every 10, thanks to Texas enacting Constitutional carry.

A Waco man found out the hard way that if you are in public and you get violent, chances are someone is going to have a weapon and is willing to use it to save someone else’s life.

That is exactly what happened last Friday night. Around 7:40 pm, witnesses saw a man with a knife chasing a woman into the QuickTrip (QT) convenience store.

Byron Bryant, 51, is alleged to have been “actively stabbing a female and was chasing her into the gas station,” Waco police said in a statement.

At that time of night, there are likely more than 10 people at a QT. So, odds were there would be a good Samaritan that would intervene.

That man was there, and while several witnesses were calling 9-1-1, he drew his weapon and put an end to the attack, shooting Bryant at least once.

According to KWTX:

“Officers were responding to the scene when they learned a separate third-party individual had intervened in an attempt to defend the female victim by shooting the suspect with a handgun.”

He was transported, as was his victim, to a local hospital. Both were treated for severe injuries.

While the woman is still in critical condition, Bryant was released on Monday and his being held in the McLennan County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

It is not yet clear what led to the violent attack or if Bryant and his victim knew one another.

And the armed individual who stopped what could have been a deadly attack?

Police say that he remained on scene and was cooperative. He was released after speaking with officers. It doesn’t appear that he will be facing charges for his actions.

A release from the Waco PD indicated the same information.

“The third-party individual remained on-scene and is cooperating with the investigation. That individual was released from the scene after speaking with officers and has not been charged with any crime.

The original suspect who was transported to the hospital is in custody and will remain in the custody of Waco Police officers while he continues to receive medical care for his injuries.”

Given the fact that the “good guy with a gun” argument goes against the anti-gun narrative coming from the left, it should come as no surprise that the mainstream media isn’t covering this story.

A quick search on all of the major news networks revealed a total of zero pieces covering the story.

Meanwhile, all of them provided numerous articles covering a deadly shooting outside a school in Minnesota that left one student dead, and another critically injured.

So, it isn’t really about covering a story, it is about protecting the narrative.

Meanwhile, here at Law Enforcement Today, we strive to bring our readers the truth, not push a false narrative.

We have covered many stories where an armed civilian intervened to stop an attack.

Remember Jack Wilson?

What about Stephen Willeford?

Or lesser-known events like this one in Tulsa, Oklahoma nearly two years ago.

There is no shortage of stories to choose from that detail the number of times that good guys with guns step in and save people lives. What would we do without these good Samaritans?

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