When Biden’s COVID oppression gets so bad that the Houston graffiti artists take note …

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For years, I have driven under various socially-conscious messages on the downtown Houston railroad bridges

From the banal Remüv Hate and Be Someone, the Graffiti artists have now taken to an anti-authoritarian COVID-1984

HoustonFreewayGrafitti_COVID1984When oppression from the Democrat ruling class gets so oppressive that graffiti artists start drawing inferences between Biden’s regime and novel warning of the dangers of totalitarianism, then maybe something has caught on. If you have read the book, you know it warns of a world ruled by propaganda, Big Brother, and censorship.

And for anyone who doubts the judgement of the Houston graffiti artists, think of how

I have included a video of the bridge for those who don’t believe it until they see it in video.

 

Bidenomics for you, your energy bill, your job, your grocery store, … and in a different way for Biden

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Bidenomics for you

Build Back Pricier: Business Inflation Expectations Stuck at Record High

Breitbart summarizes the situation that not even the main stream press can deny: Biden policies have created inflation that is stuck at a record high.

A key signal of future inflation has settled in at a highly elevated rate, a development that should jolt the Federal Reserve out of its confidence that the recent inflation surge will fade soon.

A survey of business conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta found that the median expectation for inflation 12 months from now remained at 3.1 percent for the second straight month. That is the highest reading detected in the nearly 10-year-old survey.

It is well above the two percent inflation rate that the Fed says it targeting. Last year, the Fed changed its approach after years of consistently undershooting the target. Now the Fed says it hopes to achieve an average of two percent over time, an indication that it will allow inflation to run over the target for some time to balance out the earlier bouts of low inflation.

Inflation-Expectation

Fed officials tend to believe that inflation expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecies, powerfully influencing the path of future inflation by changing the behavior of businesses and consumers.

In the decade prior to the pandemic, businesses expected around 1.9 inflation on average. This year the average has been 2.7 percent and has been climbing most months.

In theory, businesses attempt to set prices based on what they expect inflation to be in the future. Businesses see prices rising for both themselves and their competitors and conclude that rising inflation gives them room to raise prices and raise wages.

In a speech yesterday, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said that persistently high inflation risked pushing up inflation expectations, a process Fed officials refer to as “unanchoring.”

“Up to now, indicators do not suggest that long-run inflation expectations are dangerously untethered,” Bostic said in a speech to the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “But the episodic pressures could grind on long enough to unanchor expectations.”

(Read more at Breitbart for push back from the federal economists)

If I had not seen it, I would not believe that a regime could screw up this royally in such a short time

On one hand, it takes years to screw things up this badly.

However, we have discussed the carry-over from the Obama regime to the Biden regime (thence, these problems may have been cooking for eight years and simmering for four prior to Biden).

And more Bidenomics for you

Heating Bills Set to Soar as Inflation Hits Energy Prices

Breitbart hits another topic that the main stream press can deny: Biden energy policies have created a special breed of inflation.

Get ready to pay sharply higher bills for heating this winter, along with seemingly everything else.

With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54% compared to last winter.

The sharpest increases are likely for homes that use propane, which account for only 5% of U.S. households, but others are also likely to see big increases.

Homes that use natural gas, which make up nearly half of all U.S. households, may spend $746 this winter, 30% more than a year ago. That could make this winter’s heating bills the highest for them since the winter of 2008-2009.

The second-most typical heating source for homes is electricity, making up 41% of the country, and those households could see a more modest 6% increase to $1,268. Homes using heating oil, which make up 4% of the country, could see a 43% increase — more than $500 — to $1,734.

This winter is forecast to be slightly colder across the country than last year. That means people will likely be burning even more fuel to keep warm, on top of paying more for each bit of it. If the winter ends up being even colder than forecast, heating bills could be higher than estimated, and vice-versa.

The forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is the latest reminder of the higher inflation ripping across the global economy. Earlier Wednesday, the government released a separate report showing that prices were 5.4% higher for U.S. consumers in September than a year ago. That’s the hottest inflation since 2008, as a reawakening economy and snarled supply chains push up prices for everything from cars to groceries.

(Read more at Breitbart to see the widespread nature of the problem)

This hike in heating bills really burns, since it was the solar and wind power that failed spectacularly during the freeze last February

With Biden pushing the Green New Deal so heavily, we can look forward to repeats of the 2021 February freeze. However, due to Dementia Joe, we can also look forward to paying much more for the privilege of freezing while the windmills don’t work due to freezing conditions and stilled winds. Likewise, we can look forward to having solar panels not work at night, under cloud cover, and under blankets of snow.


Some Bidenomics concerns the number of illegal aliens you will support with tax dollars and compete against in the labor market

Catch and release at the border

Townhall discusses the numbers of illegal aliens released by the Biden regime since they assumed power.

New documents leaked to Fox News show how far the policy of “catch and release” has gone under the Biden administration during the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Up to 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March – including a broad use of limited parole authorities to make more than 30,000 eligible for work permits since August.

Since March 20, at least 94,570 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. with Notices to Report, which means they only report to a local Immigration and Customs office once they reach their final destination, but there is no way to track those who are released if they decide to not show up.

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Customs and Border Protection did not deny the validity of the documents.

(Read more at Townhall)

These numbers only include those who were caught and those who Biden wanted to count

Consider that only about half (or less) of the illegal aliens who crossed the border turned themselves in. The rest may have previous warrants for their arrest, may be wanted in other countries, may be terrorists, or may be involved in criminal enterprises.

Out of those that did turn themselves in, the Biden regime may make a point of not correctly counting the numbers released due to the resulting public relations problems that may ensue with the voters. Therefore, just as with the overcounts attributed to the COVID death count, there may be vast undercounts here.

Bidenomics for work

Documents Show Biden Regime Opening Border and Handing Out Work Permits

Newsmax quotes documents showing how Biden officials opened the border and handed out work permits.

Border Patrol documents show at least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the country under the Biden administration with little oversight, monitoring, or risk for deportation — and have even been granted a level of legal status through temporary work permits — according to a new report.

Of particular concern to former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott is that the documents show an abuse of the Biden administration’s parole authority, which can be used to grant work permits to illegal immigrants.

“By law and regulation, a parole shall only be granted on a case-by-case basis and only for significant humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit,” Scott told Fox News after reviewing the documents. “Neither of these appear to apply to the current situation.”

Documents obtained by Fox News show the administration has used parole authorities to grant nearly 32,000 work permits since August.

“As a field chief, I don’t believe I ever approved more than 5 or 10 paroles in a year,” Scott, who was forced out of his role earlier this summer by the Biden administration, told Fox News. “When I did, I ensured that the alien was monitored continuously and was detained or removed as soon as the circumstances allowed.”

The documents also show 94,570 illegal immigrants have been released into the country with Notices to Report, which would require a migrant to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they resettle into the U.S., according to the report.

(Read more at Newsmax)

This kills the manual workers of the American middle class

Not that Biden and Bloomberg care, but the American manual workers in the middle class — the successful plumbers, electricians, builders, and other trades — find themselves crushed under the boot of Biden’s border policy.

However, this should not come as news, since Democrat-backer George Soros short-sold the pound sterling in order to make his money. It might seem that the same might be in the works with America, if you look at the glee related in a Bloomberg article on their opinion that America needs more and longer inflation.

Bidenomics at the grocery store

Supply Chain: We’re Running Out of Food – Thanks to Biden

Heartland Daily News shows how a number of grocery stores have regularly been running out of certain essentials due to Biden policies.

Much discussed – and rightly so – is the Joe Biden-made disaster that is our frozen supply chain. 

Supply Chain Shortages Are Blocking Multiple Industries

We are a very large geographical country – with 330+ million people contained herein. We require lots of stuff to get by day-to-day. 

To service this landmass of humanity, we have developed a very intricate, interworking web of boats and planes, trucks and trains, cars, and even bikes and bicycles to get things to people who need or want them. This is the supply chain. 

It is a marvel of free-market, private-sector ingenuity. But when we have a President this opposed to free market, private sector ingenuity – things rapidly grind to a halt.

About which we warned in August 2020…. 

Biden’s ‘Build Back Never’: His Endless Government Assaults Will Make Building America Impossible

Every aspect of our supply chain is now under attack. 

The chain requires lots and lots of oil and gasoline. Biden’s government is assaulting every aspect of their extraction, processing, and delivery.

The chain requires lots of people working to ensure everything is delivered – The Chain Gang if you will. Biden’s government is paying people quite generously to do nothing – so why would they look to get paid to do something? 

And lots of people who are willing to work – but not willing to subject themselves to experimental, highly problematic, and ineffectual vaccines for a virus with a 99+% survival rate? Biden’s government is forcing them out of work by the millions.

The chain is being damaged – way up the technology ladder. We are suffering a massive semiconductor chip shortage. This means the government is going to allegedly spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure, but won’t actually be able to upgrade or update a whole lot of the infrastructure or the machines to repair or build the infrastructure.     

Biden’s government is hyper-regulating everyone and everything. 

He is eviscerating the value of our money – causing everything to artificially cost more and more, as we make less and less. 

And he is looking to dramatically increase taxes on the companies that make the supply chain work. 

The chain can only take so much government sand – before the gears grind to a halt. And here we are.

But fear not – Biden’s on the case…in his way. Get this:

‘There Will Be Things You Can’t Get’: White House Gives Dire Holiday Warning Over Supply Chain Bottleneck

By “on the case?” We mean he’s saying a problem he’s caused that we’ve had for months – may start to be a problem in a few months.

Hey Clueless Joe – where have you been?

Supply Chain Issues, Labor Shortage Blamed for Resurgence of Empty Shelves Nationwide

Inflation and Supply Shortages Mean A Return of Empty Shelves

Actual Modern Infrastructure Problem: A Lack of Domestic Semiconductor Production

Some of the things of which we are short in this government-induced pinch – we can wait on a bit. It’s awful for the people who design, manufacture, deliver and sell these things – but the broader population can do without for a little while.   

PS5, Xbox Series X Supply Shortages Could Last Until 2023

The Chip Shortage Is Driving Up Tech Prices – Starting With TVs

Of course, a lot of the things of which we are short – are life staples. 

Supply Chain Impacts What Happened to All the Toilet Paper?

And nothing is a bigger life staple – than food. Uh oh….

Grocery Store Shelves to Be Bare: Brace Yourself:

“The ongoing global supply chain disruption is becoming a bona fide crisis. Already, strains on the supply chain are prompting many of the nation’s biggest food manufacturers to give a heads up to giant grocery store chains that they are going to have trouble keeping up with demand….

“Basics…are, in all likelihood, going to be hard to come by….”

Outstanding news. 

We’ve warned for many years that the government’s serial mass abuse of our farmers and ranchers has created a highly tenuous food supply chain situation. 

(Read more about the expanding food distribution problem at Heartland Daily News)

While this might seem disturbing, it doe not surprise me

Nothing that the Biden clan has done since the initiation of his regime has resulted in success. Therefore, to see all of these harmful facets of supply chain mismanagement coming together for the Biden regime — how could that seem anything but normal for Biden?

Bidenomics for “the Big Guy”

Biden and Son Shared Bank Account

Newsmax details the sharing of a bank account between Joe and Hunter.

President Joe Biden and his son Hunter shared a bank account and paid each other’s bills out of it, the Daily Mail reported citing emails it says could ensnare the U.S. chief executive in an FBI investigation into possible money laundering by the younger Biden.

The publication says the emails were obtained from a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden and were between himself and Eric Schwerin, his business partner at consultancy Rosemont Seneca.

The correspondence involved Schwerin’s work on Joe Biden’s taxes and include discussions about payment of each other’s household expenses, offers for a book contract to the then-vice president, and the donation of the elder Biden’s Senate documents to the University of Delaware.

The Daily Mail quoted a former federal prosecutor, whom it did not identify, as saying that if Hunter and Joe Biden shared assets, both could become a target of an investigation. Hunter Biden admitted in December that he was aware that federal officials were examining his “tax affairs.”

“Whatever transaction you’re looking at, if there’s a connection to a family member or a friend, sure the answer is yes [they would be investigated],’ the unidentified former prosecutor told the publication. “Obviously, if you’re talking about the president of the United States, you’d better have a pretty damn good reason to talk to that person.”

Reports last year disclosed that the FBI had labeled documents of its investigation of Hunter Biden’s purported laptop with a “272D-BA-3065729″ designation, indicating “money laundering.” 

Before the presidential election, many outlets ignored the laptop revelation as reported by the New York Post. That included NPR, which declared it didn’t want to “waste our time on satires that are not really stories.”

More recently, however, a few outlets have begun to consider the laptop computer genuine.

If Joe Biden were not president, he likely would already be under strict scrutiny, the Daily Mail quoted John Cassara as saying. He’s a former U.S. intelligence officer and treasury special agent and expert in money laundering investigations.

“The information available publicly is very worrisome, particularly in the areas of corruption,’ Cassara said. “They could go at this from all different avenues. Follow the corruption trail and then charge money laundering.

“Corruption is a predicate offense for money laundering. And besides corruption, it’s the perception of corruption.

(Read more at Newsmax)

If they shared a checking account, then “the Big Guy” paid for Hunter’s crack and prostitute binges

Although I know that this has a snowball’s chance in hell of being investigated as long as “the Big Guy” remains in the Oval Office, it would be nice to see obviously guilty parties being held responsible. Additionally, since police departments have used forfeiture as a weapon against criminal enterprises, it would be nice to see the Biden estates being put on the chopping block.

Bidenomics in Zuckerbucks

Zuckerberg spent $419 million on nonprofits ahead of 2020 election — and got out the Democrat vote

The New York Post outlines in fair detail how Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg paid for the Biden takeover.

During the 2020 election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent hundreds of millions of dollars to turn out likely Democratic voters. But this wasn’t traditional political spending. He funded a targeted, private takeover of government election operations by nominally nonpartisan — but demonstrably ideological — nonprofit organizations.

Analysis conducted by our team demonstrates this money significantly increased Joe Biden’s vote margin in key swing states. In places like Georgia, where Biden won by 12,000 votes, and Arizona, where he won by 10,000, the spending likely put him over the top.

This unprecedented merger of public election offices with private resources and personnel is an acute threat to our republic and should be the focus of electoral reform efforts moving forward.

The 2020 election wasn’t stolen — it was likely bought by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men pouring his money through legal loopholes.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) passed a staggering $419.5 million of Zuckerberg’s money into local government elections offices, and it came with strings attached. Every CTCL and CEIR grant spelled out in great detail the conditions under which the grant money was to be used.

This is not a matter of Democrats outspending Republicans. Private funding of election administration was virtually unknown in the American political system before the 2020 election.

Big CTCL and CEIR money had nothing to do with traditional campaign finance, lobbying or other expenses that are related to increasingly expensive modern elections. It had to do with financing the infiltration of election offices at the city and county level by left-wing activists and using those offices as a platform to implement preferred administrative practices, voting methods and data-sharing agreements, as well as to launch intensive outreach campaigns in areas heavy with Democratic voters.

For instance, CTCL/CEIR funded self-described “vote navigators” in Wisconsin to “assist voters, potentially at their front doors, to answer questions, assist in ballot curing … and witness absentee ballot signatures,” and a temporary staffing agency affiliated with Stacey Abrams called Happy Faces counting the votes amid the election night chaos in Fulton County, Georgia.

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(Read about drop boxes, staffing paid by Zuckerberg, and more at the New York Post)

Sadly, just about all of this is old news

One new thing that has popped up recently (but not necessarily in this article) is how Facebook wants to further censor conservative voices.

However, the news on Zuckerberg’s involvement with drop boxes, staffing contributions, and other involvement have been in the forefront for some time.

And now the graphic comics (as opposed to the ones that stroll the Capitol)

A boy speaks the truth

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An idiot, a vampire, a witch, and a domestic terrorist

AnIdiotVampireWitch&Terrorist

Biden’s nuts

BidensNuts

Border states

BidensOpenBorder

Blame Trump

BlameTrump

Crime up by COVID

CrimeUpDueToCOVID

Isolated weather

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It fits

ItFits

Just us

JustUs

Charlotte’s web 2021

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One thing down

OneThingDown

Self portrait

SelfPortrait_

Sinking the supply chain

Sinking_the_chain

Social welfare for the flight

SocialWelfareForTheFlight

 

Things you will not thank Biden for: Vets smuggle in the Afghan who saved Joe Biden; Joe asks to snoop in any bank account with more than $600; and Libs like censoring you with social media

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U.S. Vets smuggle the Afghan interpreter who helped save Joe Biden out of Afghanistan

The Daily Wire reports on a group of American veterans who pulled the Afghan interpreter who risked his life to help then-Senator Joe Biden out of a crashed helicopter and to safety.

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Dementia Joe (circled) was saved by the Afghan just to his left; however, Joe couldn’t return the favor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Afghan interpreter who helped save President Joe Biden and two other U.S. lawmakers in 2008 has escaped Afghanistan with the aid of volunteers working to evacuate stranded Americans and U.S. allies from the country.

Aman Khalili and his family escaped from Afghanistan over the border to Pakistan last week, Khalili told The Wall Street Journal. After hiding from the Taliban for weeks under the care of various volunteer organizations, a group of military veterans smuggled the former U.S. interpreter and his family through numerous Taliban checkpoints and out of Afghanistan.

Khalili’s story recently appeared in the news after he pled for Biden to help save him and his family. Instead, Khalili was left in Afghanistan to the mercies of the Taliban after Biden withdrew U.S. forces from the country in August, leaving behind thousands of U.S. allies, Special Immigrant Visa-holders, and American citizens.

After Khalili’s story appeared in the Journal in an August 31 story, he was flooded with offers to help from volunteer rescue workers in Afghanistan and the Biden administration. However, despite the White House’s pledge to “get you out,” as Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on August 31, the Biden administration was minimally involved in extracting Khalili from Afghanistan. As the Journal reported:

The main drivers of the mission to save Mr. Khalili, his wife and five children were U.S. military veterans from Arizona who worked with the interpreter on the 2008 operation to rescue the stranded senators.

Although an array of high-profile people and U.S. officials said they would try to help evacuate him, it was a group led by an Afghan-American who worked as a linguist with elite U.S. forces in Afghanistan who carried out the ground operation that got Mr. Khalili safely out of the country.

“After 144 hours of driving day and night and getting through so many checkpoints my family was so scared, but right now this is a kind of heaven,” he told the Journal. “Hell was in Afghanistan.”

Rescue workers in Afghanistan have criticized the Biden administration’s efforts in the country, from the evacuation efforts pre-withdrawal to the administration’s attempts to downplay some of the failures and consequences of pulling U.S. forces out of Afghanistan.

(Read details of one Army veteran’s account at the Daily Wire)

Remember the guy who never said thank you and never returned the favor?

If you grew up across the street from someone who never said “thank you” and never helped you fix something after you had helped them, then we might have found his ideological cousin in Joe Biden.

Backlash grows as Biden seeks to grant the IRS new access to your banking privacy

The Christian Broadcasting Network tells us of backlash that has been growing over Joe Biden’s plan to invade our privacy over transactions as small as $600.

The Biden administration wants to give the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) access to the financial income data for millions of Americans and businesses. It’s part of the president’s plan to hunt down extra money to pay for his proposed massive $3.5 trillion social spending bill. 

The government says if the IRS can see people’s private bank information, they’ll be able to determine who isn’t paying their full taxes. They estimate the total in unpaid taxes amounts to more than $7 trillion. 

The New York Times reports the administration wants banks to give the IRS new details on customers who have total annual deposits or withdrawals worth more than $600.

Financial institutions and Republicans are strongly objecting to the plan, saying the administration’s attempt to grant this broad new power to the IRS is a monstrous breach of Americans’ privacy as well as clear government overreach. 

Bank customers have also let their voices be heard after receiving emails and phone calls from industry trade groups criticizing the administration’s proposal.  

Financial institutions from Denver to Philadelphia say they are being deluged with calls, emails and in-person complaints from both savers and small-business owners worried about the proposal, according to the Times

“We have heard a lot from our customers about their concerns about their privacy,” said Jill Castilla, the chief executive of the one-branch Citizens Bank of Edmond, just outside Oklahoma City. “I’ve gotten calls, emails, and then we’ve had many customers come in.”

Banks say their costs would rise if they had to make the extra effort to turn their client’s information over to the IRS. Plus, it would be a compliance and privacy nightmare. 

But Biden administration officials say the government needs more information from its citizens in order to hunt down Americans who do not pay their taxes. 

More than $460 billion in additional revenue could allegedly be recovered in the next 10 years, according to government officials. 

“This is a very serious policy proposal,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said at a congressional hearing last month. “We have a $7 trillion estimated tax gap that we have a great deal of tax avoidance by individuals and businesses — typically very high-net worth, high-income individuals and businesses that have opaque sources of income that are not paying the taxes that are due.”

However, the public outcry is causing the administration to take a second look at the proposal, possibly changing the required number to $10,000 rather than $600. 

Banking industry trade groups have spearheaded the effort to sink the proposal. They have also created their own hashtag #KeepMyBankingPrivate. 

Bankcda, one small bank in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is keeping its customers aware of the proposal through social media. 

“We proudly join @ICBA and others in telling Congress that we serve our customers, not the IRS. Join us and help us #KeepMyBankingPrivate,” the bank recently tweeted. 

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Speak up against the Build Back Better bill if you don’t want the IRS looking at $600 transactions

If you don’t want the IRS in your bank account for $600 transactions (and you know that the Democrats have been grandfathered out), then speak up. Don’t just complain to social media.

Call both senators and your representative.

The Left has grown accustomed to censorship and wants more

The New York Times tries desperately to seem as if it reports both sides of an issue that has become central to the socialist Big Tech companies.

“Facebook and Big Tech are facing a Big Tobacco moment,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said this week when a whistle-blower testified about how the social media company’s products harmed teenagers.

“I think that that’s an appropriate analogy,” Senator Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming, added later.

The whistle-blower’s testimony, and the thousands of internal documents she shared with lawmakers, generated unusual bipartisan bonhomie in a divided Washington. Senators said it was time for Congress to coalesce around new regulations to rein in the company and perhaps the technology industry as a whole.

But if what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco — a reckoning over the industry’s harms to society, and children in particular — what lies ahead is likely to be a yearslong, complicated path toward new rules and regulations, with no guaranteed result.

Washington is weighing numerous proposals to curtail the industry and hold it more accountable. Some lawmakers have urged reworking a law that shields tech companies from lawsuits, changing it so that the firms could be held responsible if their software amplifies harmful speech. Another idea would force social media companies to share far more insight about their software, which is often a black box, and data on how people interact with their services.

Lawmakers have proposed creating a new federal agency dedicated to oversight of the tech companies, or expanding the power of the Federal Trade Commission. They have pushed stronger laws for child privacy and security and to regulate the behavioral advertising business models of Facebook and Google. And a handful of bills to overhaul antitrust laws, with an eye toward making the public less reliant on a small number of tech companies, have progressed out of a House committee.

But passing any one of those options is a steep climb. Tech companies are swimming in riches and use them to sway lawmakers, building the largest lobbyist army of any industry in Washington. Dozens of privacy and speech bills have stalled in Congress in recent years.

The issues are also complicated. Sharing far more data with researchers, some say, could undermine people’s privacy. Attempts to even narrowly regulate the content on platforms like Facebook run into free-speech concerns.

Perhaps the best chance of a crackdown on the industry is if President Biden and his administration act forcefully. He has not yet put his weight behind any bills, but has placed some of the industry’s leading critics in top regulatory jobs. Lina Khan, the chair of the F.T.C., and Jonathan Kanter, the nominee to run the Justice Department’s antitrust division, have promised to hobble the power of the companies.

“Facebook took a big hit this week, but they are capable of taking many hits just as the tobacco industry was,” said Allan Brandt, a professor at Harvard and an expert on the rise and decline of the tobacco industry.

It took more than 50 years from the first published research about the dangers of cigarettes, and more than a decade after a whistle-blower shared internal documents proving that the tobacco companies hid its knowledge of the ills of their products, before there was meaningful government regulation, he said.

“There will be regulation for Facebook and other tech companies,” Mr. Brandt said, “but I’m skeptical of a route to successful regulation anytime soon.”

The European Union has for years been more aggressive against the tech companies than the United States, on issues including antitrust and data privacy. This past week’s testimony from the Facebook whistle-blower, Frances Haugenintensified calls to adopt proposals that would impose tougher rules for how Facebook and other internet companies police their platforms, and add stricter competition rules in an effort to diminish their dominance over the digital economy. The laws could be adopted as early as next year.

But in Washington, a key impediment to legislation is that Democrats and Republicans view the issues of tech power and speech on social media differently. Democrats want to address the spread of misinformation and the amplification of harmful political rhetoric, while Republicans argue that Facebook, Google, Twitter and other social media platforms censor conservative views.

And when it comes to questions about whether to break up the companies, many Democrats see antitrust action as a way to slow the most powerful tech platforms and address data privacy, security and misinformation. Some Republicans say that there is plenty of competition in the industry, and that breaking up the companies would be an example of government overreach.

“Just because we hold the hammer of antitrust law in our hands does not mean we should treat every concern as a nail, lest we risk bludgeoning our entire economy,” Christine Wilson, a Republican member of the F.T.C., told Congress recently.

(Read more at the New York Times)

We need to use antitrust laws against the Big Tech companies that have become terrorizing giants

The only reason that Big Tech remains as a force is that it has become another voice of the Democrat party. It represses conservative voices (since I once had over 10,000 Twitter followers and now I have 3). Further, the greatest portion of censorship demonstrably goes against conservatives while the monetary support goes to Democrats (as did Zucker bucks).

 

Hope and courage in times of trouble: a warning to skeptics

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A warning to skeptics – 2 Peter 3:1-7

The following is a lesson presented by Mark Ramsey along with some of the responding comments from the class.

  1. A reminder to believers … (2 Peter 3:1)

    This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, (2 Peter 3:1 NASB)

    Peter reminds believers of the ministry of the Holy Spirit to lead us to all truth. Additionally, this letter reminds us to rely on the standard of truth, which is God’s Word (which is sure, authoritative, and inspired through the Holy Spirit which stimulates us to wholesome thinking.

    We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB)

  2. Recall these things … (2 Peter 3:2)

    that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. (2 Peter 3:2 NASB)

    • Recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets

      For behold, the Lord will come in fire And His chariots like the whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. For the Lord will execute judgment by fire And by His sword on all flesh, And those slain by the Lord will be many. (Isaiah 66:15‭-‬16 NASB)

      “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 4:1‭-‬3 NASB)

      The theme of God’s final wrath, often called “the day of the Lord” is heralded in Ezekiel 30:3; Joel 2:31; Micah 1:3-4; Zephaniah 1:14-18; and John 5:39.

      For the day is near, Even the day of the Lord is near; It will be a day of clouds, A time of doom for the nations. (Ezekiel 30:3 NASB)

      The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. (Joel 2:31 NASB)

      For behold, the Lord is coming forth from His place. He will come down and tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, Like wax before the fire, Like water poured down a steep place. (Micah 1:3‭-‬4 NASB)

      Near is the great day of the Lord, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the Lord! In it the warrior cries out bitterly. A day of wrath is that day, A day of trouble and distress, A day of destruction and desolation, A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of trumpet and battle cry Against the fortified cities And the high corner towers. I will bring distress on men So that they will walk like the blind, Because they have sinned against the Lord; And their blood will be poured out like dust And their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the Lord’s wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth. (Zephaniah 1:14‭-‬18 NASB)

      You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; (John 5:39 NASB)

      What impact does this have on you when you are reminded of these words?

      One class member said that she wanted to shout the good news from the mountaintop. When queried, she related how she had shared the good news of Christ with her grandkids and her Awana kids.

    • Recall the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles

      Twenty-three of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament explicitly refer to the Lord’s return. From Matthew to Revelation, Jesus’ return is reiterated time and time again.

      What impact does this reminder have on you that Jesus will return?

      One class member responded that he was determined to share the news of Jesus despite the resistance from people (as he referred to the arrest of the pastor in Canada) and the Devil.

      After this strong reminder for believers to stand firm on the teachings of the Scripture as the foundation of their faith, Peter now offers a series of somber warnings to the unbelievers.

  3. Sober warning to the ungodly
    • Something to know about the present

      Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3‭-‬4 NASB)

      In the last days, scoffers will come … The term, “last days” refers to the time between the first and second coming of Christ. Peter addresses those who reject our faith by mocking, teasing, and speaking in a condescending manner. Sometimes, this can also include false teachers

      Jude 1:17-19

      But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. (Jude 1:17‭-‬19 NASB)

      Who do you consider as scoffers today?

      One member suggested that the main stream media, the entertainment system, and a number of our general acquaintances (for starters) would fall in the category of “scoffers.”

      Mark Ramsey then extrapolated that just about the whole world would be in the realm of scoffers.

      Have you talked to someone who mocked/scoffed at God’s Word and your faith? What were the results?

      One class member related that they had been able to share Christ despite the condescension. Another class member said she had sometimes been quieter than she had planned.

    • Something to know from the past (2 Peter 3:5-6)

      For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. (2 Peter 3:5‭-‬6 NASB)

      The mockers forget what God has done in the past. They reject two bedrock foundations of a Christian view of history: creation out of nothing and a global flood.

      One classmate pointed out that, since the materials for the “Big Bang” had to come from somewhere, the vast majority of kids in our school systems are convinced of a theory that depends on the creation of something from nothing.

      Genesis 1:6-10 describes both acts of creating atmosphere and forming the inhabitable world described in 2 Peter 3:5.

      Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:6‭-‬10 NASB)

      Atheists, humanists, materialists, and other skeptics openly reject these special creative acts of God in fact, Peter says that “they deliberately forget …” Instead, they come up with all kinds of theories to push the notion of a sovereign Creator out of their minds. They banish Genesis 1 to the category of myth or an antiquated worldview.

      Have they succeeded in convincing you or your children or your grandchildren?

      All class members indicated that we were not convinced of this worldview. However, a few indicated that their children held this view. More indicated that their grandchildren held this view.

      Peter also described the judgement of the earth by the worldwide flood in 2 Peter 3:6 and also described in Genesis 7:11-12.

      through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. (2 Peter 3:6 NASB)

      In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:11‭-‬12 NASB)

      Peter’s point is that just as God catastrophically intervened with water during the flood, He will, on day, intervene again — but next time with fire.

  4. Something to count on in the future (2 Peter 3:7)

    But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:7 NASB)

    This fire will come on the day of judgement, when God destroys the world and the works of the ungodly people.

    What will come after the judgement by fire? 2 Peter 3:11

    Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, (2 Peter 3:11 NASB)

    Genesis 1:8 (original heavens and earth)

    2 Peter 3:6 (judged by flood)

    Genesis 8; Revelation 20 (current heavens and earth)

    2 Peter 3:7; (judged by fire)

    Revelation 21-22 (future heavens and earth)

    Regardless of the way things appear day in and day out, despite the mockery of the skeptics at the idea of Christ’s return and the coming judgements, you can book it that God’s Word is true and the Lord will return and there will be a new heaven and a new heaven and a new earth where we will live for all eternity in His shekinah glory!

    What should we do in light of Christ’s return?

    If you are not absolutely ready to fly when Christ comes to snatch His own (1 Thessalonians 4:17; Malachi 3:16-18), you better get your ticket. Fast. Don’t wait. By the time you finally make up your mind, it may be too late and you will be left behind.

    Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17 NASB)

    Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. (Malachi 3:16‭-‬18 NASB)

 

This is what authoritarianism looks like

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This is what authoritarianism looks like



Build Back Better for who? (Hence, this does not exemplify equal protection under the law)

Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Biden working closely to resettle Afghans across America

Breitbart points out how globalists Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Biden have been working together to resettle Afghans.

OBCA non-governmental organization (NGO) backed by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama, is working closely with President Joe Biden to resettle tens of thousands of Afghans across the United States.

The NGO, called Welcome.US, was launched by former Clinton, Bush, and Obama staffers with the former presidents’ serving as honorary chairs and receiving backing from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors which has ties to billionaire George Soros.

Likewise, the NGO is working alongside multinational corporations like Airbnb, Walmart, Starbucks, Instacart, Facebook, Microsoft, and Chobani to provide newly arrived Afghans with financial assistance. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is also helping to funnel Afghans into American jobs.

In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), an official with Welcome.US states that the NGO is in close contact with former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) whom Biden has put in charge of facilitating the massive Afghan resettlement operation.

“We’re in touch with Governor Markell five times a day,” Welcome.US’s John Bridgeland, who previously worked as a top aide for Bush, told NPR. “… it’s going to be really hard and it’ll be uneven but Markell is setting this up for a better chance of a response than we’ve had in the past.”

After Afghans arrive in the U.S. at either Dulles International Airport in Virginia or Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania, without having completed their immigration processing, they are brought to one of eight U.S. military bases that have been transformed into refugee camps.

Currently, about 53,000 Afghans are living temporarily on U.S. bases and the Biden administration is planning to bring an additional 14,000 Afghans to the U.S. for resettlement in the next week. The administration’s goal is to resettle at least 95,000 Afghans across 46 states and in more than 200 American communities.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Hundreds of Afghan evacuees allegedly walk off US military bases, GOP senators demand answers

BizPacReview reports that hundreds of the Afghans who have been brought over (unvetted) by Dementia Joe are wandering off of the military bases in America.

AfghansWalkOffSenate Republicans have written an urgent letter demanding answers after at least 700 Afghan refugees reportedly walked off U.S. military bases and disappeared while awaiting resettlement services.

The letter was sent to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Sixteen Republican senators who were led by Sen. Joni Ernst (IA) argued that the vetting procedures surrounding Afghan evacuees “remain unclear and incomplete, and, unless changed, are insufficient to preserve the safety of the American homeland.”

“We are concerned the hastily developed process creates gaps in security and criminal vetting and risks our nation’s security,” the letter contends. “The vetting process must ensure the security, medical and criminal screening of each Afghan seeking admittance into the United States.”

“We urge that you pause relocating any more Afghan evacuees to the United States, except for fully-vetted Afghans holding Special Immigration Visas (SIV), and complete all appropriate vetting procedures at safe locations abroad,” the letter added.


“Afghans selected to board American military planes in Kabul did not complete the long-established interagency vetting processes…” they wrote in the letter. “Instead, much of the vetting is occurring on military bases on U.S. soil.”

“Furthermore, the State Department’s inability to facilitate or process SIV applicants on-ground, those that aided American operations in Afghanistan, fails our partners and breaks promises made to those who put themselves and their families at significant risk to aid U.S. efforts in Afghanistan,” the letter continued.

“The vetting process must ensure the security, medical, and criminal screening of each Afghan seeking admittance into the United States,” wrote the senators.

“DHS also needs to clarify exactly what actions will be taken when derogatory information is uncovered on an Afghan already paroled into the United States – we cannot release a potential terrorist into the United States, but returning such an individual to Afghanistan where he or she can cause further harm is also not an acceptable solution,” they blunted posited.

As the catastrophic and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan unfolded, evacuees were housed on U.S. military bases and given the temporary status of “humanitarian parole.” They were then to undergo the process of resettlement for transition into the country.

Reuters released an alarming report on Saturday that asserted that at least 700 Afghan evacuees had simply walked away from military bases without completing the resettlement process.

(Read more at BizPacReview)

What could go wrong with 700 unvetted Afghans Biden imported and released while the FBI has started obsessing over moms at school board meetings?

Can you think of anything that could go wrong with 700 unvetted Afghans brought into America? Of course, the FBI has no idea where they are — they have been too obsessed with using the Patriot Act to charge parents who speak too forcefully at school board meetings.

Tell me, liberals, what could go wrong? Do you remember the regular attacks by Islamists under Obama?

Before looking at the whistleblower on Afghanistan, consider what charges were levelled against Lt. Col. Vindman. (Hence, this is not what equal before the law looks like)

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller faces six charges in court martial

The Daily Wire reports that Lt. Col. Scheller (who spilled the beans on the $85 billion in equipment left by Biden in Afghanistan) faces six charges in court martial.

Lt.-Col.-Stuart-SchellerThe U.S. Military has charged Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller for allegedly committing six violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and he has been referred to a special court martial.

Scheller burst onto the media scene several weeks ago when he criticized U.S. military leadership over the Biden administration’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan.

Scheller faces the following charges at his special court martial next week:

  • Article 88 (Contempt toward officials)
  • Article 89 (Disrespect toward superior commissioned officers)
  • Article 90 (Willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer)
  • Article 92 (Dereliction in the performance of duties)
  • Article 92 (Failure to obey order or regulation)
  • Article 133: (Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman)

Scheller was thrown into the brig last week after he allegedly violated a gag order to not talk about the ongoing situation.

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

Although a number of conservative voices spoke up for the court marshalling of Lt. Col. Vindman, nothing happened

26 January 2020 NewsMax article pointed out how a number of conservatives wanted Lt. Col. Vindman to be court marshalled; however, nothing happened.

Despite U.S. whistleblower protections and warnings against reprisals, a former Trump and Bush administration advisor believes Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman must be “court martialed” for speaking out against the president and violating his chain of command.

Christian Whiton tweeted Saturday:

“To protect the military from being seen as political, Vindman must be court martialed for speaking contemptuously of the President and violating the chain of command. The law isn’t optional just because an officer hates his commander in chief.”

Whiton is not the first one to call for Vindman answering to his violation of chain of command when he facilitated the whistleblower’s complaint against President Donald Trump and subsequently testifying against the president in the House impeachment inquiry.

The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis tweeted in November:

“Vindman was insubordinate, ignored chain of command, leaked, and lied to Congress about not knowing who the whistleblower is, when he clearly knows because he was the whistleblower’s primary source.

“He deserves to be court-martialied under the UCMJ.”

Even one of the Senate jurors took to Twitter this week to call out Vindman as a “political activist.” Citing his commanding officer, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., tweeted:

“Vindman’s commanding officer, Army Lt. Col. Jim Hickman: ‘Do not let the uniform fool you. He is a political activist in uniform.'”

Blackburn then spoke out against Vindman to Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle”:

“You look at what his commanders, Vindman’s commanders, have said, and he has a problem with judgment,” Blackburn told host Laura Ingraham this week. “That had been pointed out. He had one commander that said he is a political activist in uniform. He has had problems with going outside of his chain of command, which is exactly what he did here.

“And I talk to a lot of military members on a regular basis. They have a real problem with some of the things and the manner in which he conducted himself in this matter.”

(Read more at NewsMax)

Just as the court marshal of Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller demonstrates vindictive authoritarianism, the letting off of Lt. Col. Vindman demonstrates a lack of the same

The fact that Vindman was not retaliated against (but Scheller was) proves the type of government in place.

This is what autocracy looks like: Biden rules through the bully pulpit and threatened mandates

28 Days Later, the Biden regime still has not released an OSHA employer vaccine mandate

Reason points out that it has almost been a month since Dementia Joe issued his vaccine mandate speech. However, nothing else has materialized.

On September 9, President Biden called on OSHA to implement a vaccine mandate for employers. In the ensuing days, I wrote several blog posts that parsed a non-existent rule (123, and 4). I fully expected the rule to be issued imminently, which would trigger a mad dash to the courts. Yet, 28 days later, we still do not have a proposed rule. What is going on? Where is the urgency?

I have a few tentative thoughts. First, OSHA planned to adopt an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). This fast-track process bypasses the usual notice-and-comment process. Perhaps the agency determined that it needs more time to make its rule iron-clad. Admittedly, this process is very complicated. And the need for deliberation counsels in favor of seeking public comments, not rushing through the policy unilaterally. Ultimately, this delay undermines the case for emergency action.

Second, thankfully, COVID numbers have declined precipitously over the past month, as the Delta surge has peaked. And vaccine rates have increased in the absence of a federal mandate. The longer this process takes, the less essential a federal mandate becomes.

Third, the mere announcement of the rule is having its intended effect. Employers nationwide are adopting vaccine mandates to get ahead of an actual rule. As more employees get the jab–in the absence of a federal mandate–resistance to the inevitable rule declines.

(Read more at Reason)

In contrast, Christian leaders present a united front in writing against the nebulous mandate

The Christian Broadcasting Network reports that 101 Ohio pastors pushed back against Biden’s announce (but not delivered) COVID-mandate.

The debate over President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate continues to be a matter of contention among federal workers, contractors, and the private sector as his administration attempts to crack down on unvaccinated Americans.

Some say the mandate violates an individual’s personal and religious freedom while others argue that it ignores the natural immunity of millions of Americans because they have fully recovered after coming down with COVID-19.

A group of Ohio clergy representing more than 100 congregations across the state signed a letter Monday that was addressed to President Biden, detailing why they strongly disapprove of his directive, according to Front Lines Ohio.

“As clergymen from one hundred and one (101) diverse congregations across North Central Ohio, we would like to note that this unnecessary mandate by your office is in sharp contrast to the statement you made as President-elect on December 4th, 2020 when you stated you would not impose a national vaccine mandate,” the letter reads.

It also points out that on Oct. 7, 2020, Vice President Kamala Harris stated she “would not take a COVID-19 vaccine if ordered by the President of the United States.”  

The pastors draw attention to the virus’ high survival rate which has raised issues over why the Biden administration is mandating that people receive the vaccine. 

“To combat a virus with an overall 99.74% survival rate, the federal government should not impose its will on persons by mandating COVID-19 experimental vaccines and removing other alternative treatments. The people should have the ability to make their own health decisions,” the letter read. 

“This unilateral and divisive order is unethical and tantamount to what a totalitarian king would dictate,” the missive continued. “Furthermore Mr. President, with respect to your vaccine mandate, we respond by saying ‘We have no king but King Jesus.'” 

Pastor J.C. Church, one of the clergymen who signed the letter, said Biden is trying to scare the public rather than truly protect them.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

 

On CRT, the education bureaucracy, and the FBI

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A lesson on critical race theory

The Heritage Foundation details how critical race theory has become the new intolerance and must not be allowed to increase its grip on America.

(For the abbreviated version, read the red text below. For the “War and Peace” version, read to the next Heading 2. For the extreme intellectual masochists, comment below and maybe I can have a buddy quote some Tolstoy in Russian.)

Critical Race Theory (CRT) makes race the prism through which its proponents analyze all aspects of American life—and do so with a degree of persistence that has helped CRT impact all of American life. CRT underpins identity politics, an ongoing effort to reimagine the United States as a nation riven by groups, each with specific claims on victimization. In entertainment, as well as the education and workforce sectors of society, CRT is well-established, driving decision-making according to skin color—not individual value and talent. As Critical Theory ideas become more familiar to the viewing public in everyday life, CRT’s intolerance becomes “normalized,” along with the idea of systemic racism for Americans, weakening public and private bonds that create trust and allow for civic engagement.

As its name should make abundantly clear, Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the child of Critical Theory (CT), or, to be more precise, its grandchild. Critical Theory is the immediate forebearer of Critical Legal Theory (CLT), and CLT begat CRT. As we discuss in this Backgrounder, however, there are strong thematic components linking CT, CLT, and CRT. Among these are:

  • The Marxist analysis of society made up of categories of oppressors and oppressed;
  • An unhealthy dollop of Nietzschean relativism, which means that language does not accord to an objective reality, but is the mere instrument of power dynamics;
  • The idea that the oppressed impede revolution when they adhere to the cultural beliefs of their oppressors—and must be put through re-education sessions;
  • The concomitant need to dismantle all societal norms through relentless criticism; and
  • The replacement of all systems of power and even the descriptions of those systems with a worldview that describes only oppressors and the oppressed.

Far from being merely esoteric academic exercises, these philosophies have real-life consequences.

CRT scholars likely cite CLT, not CT, as their genesis: “Critical race theory builds on the insights of two previous movements, critical legal studies and radical feminism,” wrote one of architects of CRT, Richard Delgado, with his wife, Jean Stefancic, in perhaps the most widely read primer on CRT, Critical Race Theory, An Introduction.1

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, 3rd ed. (New York, NY: New York University Press, 2017), p. 5.

 Angela P. Harris—also a major early figure of CRT—agrees, though she attributes co-parentage to a different source. She said:

For me, Critical Race Theory (CRT) began in July of 1989, at the First Annual Workshop of Critical Race Theory at St. Benedict’s Center, Madison, Wisconsin. CRT looked like a promise: a theory that would link the methods of Critical Legal Studies [CLS] with the political commitments of “traditional civil rights scholarship” in a way that would revitalize scholarship on race and correct the deconstructive excesses of CLS.2

Angela P. Harris, “Foreword: The Jurisprudence of Reconstruction,” California Law Review, Vol. 82, No. 4. (July 1994), p. 741, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3480931?seq=1 (accessed December 3, 2020).

This strong political commitment is at the core of CRT. Americans should defend civil rights, and we should actively work to eliminate racism in the U.S. and anywhere it exists—but as we document in this Backgrounder, these noble aims are not the stated intentions of CRT’s founders. Harvard academic Derrick A. Bell, the recognized godfather of the CRT movement, does not mince words in one of the essays laying out the radical aims of the theory: “As I see it, critical race theory recognizes that revolutionizing a culture begins with the radical assessment of it.”3

Derrick A. Bell, “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?” University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 1995, No. 4 (1995), p. 893, https://sph.umd.edu/sites/default/files/files/Bell_Whos%20Afraid%20of%20CRT_1995UIllLRev893.pdf (accessed December 3, 2020).

Critical Race Theory shares these goals with both Critical Theory and Critical Legal Theory (or Critical Legal Studies).

This report offers the following:

  1. Gives a synopsis of these three related disciplines. This includes an explanation of how CRT specifically affects Americans today and a discussion of how CRT’s ideas support the concept of identity politics and blend the ideas of victimization, group identity, and political action together, leading to a divisive civic and political culture.
  2. Explains how the Black Lives Matter organizations built an aggressive political movement on CRT’s racially focused ideas—ideas apologists can use to justify violent riots.
  3. Discusses ways policymakers and educators are integrating CRT into K–12 instruction.
  4. Traces the roots of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 to a school policy dealing with student discipline that is being used by CRT advocates and researchers.
  5. Explains that the free speech crisis on college campuses today is the application of CRT’s and CT’s core tenets.
  6. Discusses CRT’s impact on the workplace and diversity trainings, some of which pressure employees to become activists or to discuss controversial topics in the workplace.
  7. Offers examples of how entertainers—actors, critics, and others—are using CRT’s ideas to influence decision-making in Hollywood.
  8. Provides policy recommendations that are aimed at restoring the concepts of judging people not by the color of their skin but by their conduct and the need to protect liberty so that everyone, regardless of ethnicity or background, has the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

Critical Theory

The origins of Critical Theory can be traced to the 1937 manifesto of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, colloquially known as the Frankfurt School. One of the first examples of what has come to be called the Western Marxist schools of thought, the Institute modeled itself on the Moscow-based Marx-Engels Institute. Originally, the school’s official name was going to be the Institut fur Marxismus (Institute for Marxism), but, ever desirous of downplaying their Marxist roots, its founders thought it prudent to adopt a less provocative title, according to one of the best histories of the school’s work and of Critical Theory itself, The Dialectical Imagination, by Martin Jay.4

Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination (New York and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company, 1977), p. 20.

Critical Theory was, from the start, an unremitting attack on Western institutions and norms in order to tear them down. This attack was aimed only at the West. Even though the manifesto, titled Traditional and Critical Theory, was written at the height of Joseph Stalin’s purges, show trials, and famines, the school “maintained an almost complete official silence about events in the USSR,” according to Jay.5

Ibid.

The manifesto, written by the school’s second director, Max Horkheimer, claimed that traditional theory fetishized knowledge, seeing truth as empirical and universal. Critical theory, on the other hand, “held that man could not be objective and that there are no universal truths.”6

Mike Gonzalez, The Plot to Change America (New York: Encounter Books, 2020), p. 129.

This relativism was inherited from Friedrich Nietzsche and filtered through the dialectics of Georg Friedrich Hegel and his best-known disciple, Karl Marx. The Frankfurt School philosophers believed that “a true epistemology must end the fetish of knowledge as such, which as Nietzsche demonstrated, leads to abstract systematizing,” wrote Jay.7

Jay, The Dialectical Imagination, p. 69.

As for their Marxism, three years earlier, Horkheimer had let his true feelings for the Soviet state be known in a collection of short essays known as Dammerung (in German, both “dawn” and “twilight”). “He who has eyes for the meaningless injustice of the imperialist world, which in no way is to be explained by technical impotence, will regard the events in Russia as the progressive, painful attempt to overcome this injustice,” he wrote.8

Ibid., p. 19.

Critical Theory, and the Frankfurt School in general, were thus a renaissance of Hegelian thought and of the revolutions that had taken place as a result in 1848—repackaged for a now-industrialized Germany. “To trace the origins of Critical Theory to their true source would require an extensive analysis of the intellectual ferment of the 1840s, perhaps the most extraordinary decade in 19th century German intellectual history,” wrote Jay.9

Ibid., p. 41.

He adds, “It can be argued that the Frankfurt School was returning to the concerns of the Left Hegelians of the 1840s. Like that first generation of critical theorists, its members were interested in the integration of philosophy and social analysis.”10

Ibid., p. 42.

Critical Theory and Its Early Applications

In the context of the era, Critical Theory’s demolition of Western traditions and norms was nothing less than a tool to implement the counter-hegemony called for in the Theory of Cultural Hegemony enunciated in the first decades of the 20th Century by Antonio Gramsci. Marx and Friedrich Engels had promised constant revolution by the workers of the world, but by the early 1930s, few had succeeded. The founder of the Italian Communist Party, Gramsci had come to believe that the workers were not revolting and overthrowing the bourgeoisie because they had bought into the belief system of the ruling class—family, nation-state, the capitalist system, and God. What was needed was struggle sessions in which the revolutionary vanguard would teach the workers how to think. But first the norms needed to be torn down. That is where Critical Theory—and, as we will see, all its offshoots—come in.

Horkheimer and the other Frankfurt scholars left Germany to escape the Third Reich, fleeing first to Geneva, then to New York, where Columbia University allowed them to set up camp in 1935 at Teachers’ College. In the United States they developed the same disdain for the American worker that Gramsci had felt for his Italian counterpart. “They insist unwaveringly on the ideology by which they are enslaved,” Horkheimer wrote with another Frankfurt School scholar, Theodor Adorno, about the American worker.11

Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments, Gunzelin Schmid Noerr, ed., Edmund Jephcott, trans. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002), p. 106.

After the defeat of the Nazi regime, Horkheimer, Adorno, and the others were able to return to Germany. But they left behind Horkheimer’s assistant, Herbert Marcuse, who became one of the leading spokesmen of the New Left.

A witness to the upheavals caused by the riots and violence associated with the Civil Rights era and the anti–Vietnam War Movement, Marcuse discovered in them a new agent of change: minorities, of which more categories would need to be created. “Underneath the conservative popular base is the substratum of the outcasts and outsiders, the exploited and persecuted of other races and other colors,” Marcuse wrote. They would still need to be led ideologically—“their opposition is revolutionary even if their consciousness is not”—but the potential to stoke grievances among them was there in a way that did not exist with workers as a category.12

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society (Boston: Beacon Press, 1991), pp. 256–257.

Critical Legal Theory

It is at this point that Critical Legal Theory takes over. Its scholars self-consciously acknowledge their debt to Critical Theory and other Marxist movements that came before the Frankfurt School. “Although CLS has been largely contained within the United States, it was influenced to a great extent by European philosophers, such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, Max Horkheimer, Antonio Gramsci, and Michel Foucault,” reads the entry for CLT in the Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute.13

Cornell Law School, “Critical Legal Theory,” https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/critical_legal_theory (accessed December 3, 2020).

The Cornell entry for Critical Legal Studies explains:

Critical legal studies (CLS) is a theory which states that the law is necessarily intertwined with social issues, particularly stating that the law has inherent social biases. Proponents of CLS believe that the law supports the interests of those who create the law. As such, CLS states that the law supports a power dynamic which favors the historically privileged and disadvantages the historically underprivileged. CLS finds that the wealthy and the powerful use the law as an instrument for oppression in order to maintain their place in hierarchy.14

Ibid.

Then comes the kicker: “Many in the CLS movement want to overturn the hierarchical structures of modern society[,] and they focus on the law as a tool in achieving this goal.”

Just as with Critical Theory, Critical Legal Theory is, then, an instrument to overturn society for those who follow its tenets, this time from a legal perspective. The law, they argue, is simply the cultural hegemony codified in statutes and defended by a jurisprudence that aims to support the powerful against the claims of the marginalized. CLT proponents trace their founding to the first Conference on Critical Legal Studies, held at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1977. Among its main theorists figure Duncan Kennedy, Roberto Mangabeira Unger, and Robert W. Gordon.15

Duncan Kennedy and Karl E. Klare, “A Bibliography of Critical Legal Studies,” Yale Law Journal, Vol. 94, No. 461 (1984), http://www.duncankennedy.net/documents/Photo%20articles/A%20Bibliography%20of%20cls.pdf (accessed December 3, 2020).

In a 2002 essay, Kennedy acknowledges the debt Critical Legal Theory owes to both Marxism and post-modernism (championed by a mostly Parisian set of intellectuals who preached that texts could be “deconstructed” by the reader, a complicated philosophical concept that involves reinterpreting words to replace ideas based on objective physical existence), two separate critiques of bourgeois reality that nevertheless can rub uneasily against each other. “Critical legal studies,” he writes, “operates [sic] at the uneasy juncture of two distinct, sometimes complementary and sometimes conflicting enterprises, which I will call the left and the modernist/postmodernist projects.”16

Duncan Kennedy, excerpt of Left Legalism/Left Critique (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002), http://www.duncankennedy.net/documents/The%20Critique%20of%20Rights%20in%20cls.pdf (accessed December 3, 2020).

“Leftism aims to transform existing social structures on the basis of a critique of their injustice, and, specifically, at the injustices of racist, capitalist patriarchy. The goal is to replace the system, piece by piece or in medium- or large-sized blocs, with a better system,” writes Kennedy.17

Ibid.

Post-modernism is a much more complex phenomenon, but it aims at the same destruction of society as the Marxist project, starting with the use of reason itself. We can gain a sense of such complexity in Kennedy’s own abstruse writing on Modernism/Postmodernism (or MPM). He explains:

[MPM] is a critique of the characteristic forms of rightness of this same culture and aims at liberation from inner and outer experiences of constraint by reason, in the name, not of justice and a new system, but of the dialectic of system and anti-system, mediated by transgressive artifacts that paradoxically reaffirm the “higher” forms of the values they seem to traduce.18

Ibid.

Just as with Critical Theory, post-modernism borrows heavily from the Nietzschean attack on objectivity. Writes Kennedy:

For the [MPM] project, the demand for agreement and commitment on the basis of representation with the pretension to objectivity is an enemy. The specific enemies have been the central ethical/theoretical concepts of bourgeois culture, including God, the autonomous individual choosing self, conventional morality, the family, manhood and womanhood, the nation state, humanity.19

Ibid.

CLT scholars also display an awareness of the rising identity groups that Marcuse identified as the new revolutionary base. Kennedy quotes approvingly his fellow university professor Cornell West as asserting the existence of an

inchoate, scattered yet gathering progressive movement that is emerging across the American landscape. This gathering now lacks both the vital moral vocabulary and the focused leadership that can constitute and sustain it. Yet it will be rooted ultimately in current activities by people of color, by labor and ecological groups, by women, by homosexuals.20

Ibid.

Kennedy adds that “in the United States, by the end of the 1970s, with the rise of identity politics, left discourse merged with liberal discourse, and the two ideas of the rights of the oppressed and the constitutional validity of their legal claims superseded all earlier versions of rightness.”21

Ibid.

Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center’s entry on Critical Legal Theory neatly teases out the link between the legal analysis of power relations with the emerging identity-based politics. It writes that CLT scholars:

focused from the start on the ways that law contributed to illegitimate social hierarchies, producing domination of women by men, nonwhites by whites, and the poor by the wealthy. They claim that apparently neutral language and institutions, operated through law, mask relationships of power and control. The emphasis on individualism within the law similarly hides patterns of power relationships while making it more difficult to summon up a sense of community and human interconnection.”22

“Critical Legal Studies Movement,” https://cyber.harvard.edu/bridge/CriticalTheory/critical2.htm (accessed December 3, 2020).

Critical Race Theory

From there it is a short step to Critical Race Theory. Unsurprisingly, given its name, CRT makes everything about race the prism through which its proponents analyze all aspects of American life—and do so with a degree of persistence that has helped CRT impact all aspects of American life.

Derrick Bell, referenced above, the widely-acknowledged “godfather” of CRT, explains in the essay cited earlier that the work of CRT authors “is often disruptive because its commitment to anti-racism goes well beyond civil rights, integration, affirmative action, and other liberal measures.”23

Bell, “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?” p. 899.

 Bell quotes Angela P. Harris as explaining that CRT inherits from its Critical Legal Theory ancestor the commitment to dismantle all aspects of society through unremitting criticism—and at the same time eschews the wooly deconstructionist excesses of the postmodernists and adopts the practicality of the Civil Rights movement. Bell points to theorist and professor Charles Lawrence and says he “speaks for many critical race theory adherents when he disagrees with the notion that laws are or can be written from a neutral perspective.”24

Ibid.

 Because the law “systematically privileges subjects who are white,” CRT calls for a “transformative resistance strategy.”25

Ibid, p. 901–902.

CRT’s Theoretical Applications. Because CRT is so intent on real-life transformation, some aspects of post-modernism and its deconstructionism had to be jettisoned, or at least sidelined. Kimberle Crenshaw, the CRT scholar who first came up with the CRT term “intersectionality,” put the need to abandon the Parisian post-modernism best when she wrote:

While the descriptive project of postmodernism of questioning the ways in which meaning is socially constructed is generally sound, this critique sometimes misreads the meaning of social construction and distorts its political relevance…. But to say that a category such as race or gender is socially constructed is not to say that that category has no significance in our world. On the contrary, a large and continuing project for subordinated people—and indeed, one of the projects for which postmodern theories have been very helpful in thinking about—is the way power has clustered around certain categories and is exercised against others.26/p>

Kimberle Crenshaw, “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color,” Stanford Law Review, Vol 43. No. 6 (July 1991), p. 1296, https://is.muni.cz/el/1423/jaro2017/SPR470/um/68138626/Crenshaw_1991.txt (accessed December 3, 2020).

In the end, the identity politics that CRT exists to implement was more important than salon revelries. Adherents can apply intersectionality, for example: Someone can claim to be oppressed in more than one way by citing association with more than one social group, or “axis.”27

Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay, Cynical Theories (London: Swift Press, 2020), p. 127.

 CRT writers Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge explain that with intersectionality, “people’s lives and the organization of power in a given society are better understood as being shaped not by a single axis of social division, be it race or gender or class, but by many axes that work together and influence each other.”28

Ibid., p. 127, and Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge, Intersectionality (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018).

 In this way, write Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay, CRT results in people looking for “power imbalances, bigotry, and biases that it assumes must be present,” which reduces everything to prejudice, “as understood under the power dynamics asserted by Theory.”29

Pluckrose and Lindsay, Cynical Theories, p. 128.

Of the three critical schools of thought analyzed here,30

There are others, such as “Lat-Crit” for Latinos, “Critical Pedagogy” for teachers, etc.

CRT is the least intellectually ethereal and the most explicitly political. Its use of story-telling—easy to understand fictional vignettes that seek to portray in every-day life terms the “systemic racism” that CRT scholars insist exists in America—is but one of the ways that CRT scholars seek to effect change.31

We discuss the use of such narratives in the section on K–12 schools infra.

 Abstraction is to be avoided because it “smuggles the privileged choice of the privileged to depersonify [sic] their claims and then pass them off as the universal authority and the universal good.”32

Bell, “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?” p. 901.

It is perhaps for this reason that CRT hardly ever identifies the Frankfurt School or its Critical Theory predecessor as an influence, only acknowledging a debt to Critical Legal Theory.33

Delgado mentions only Gramsci as a source that CRT draws from, and Gramsci was not a formal member of the school.

 CRT’s ceaseless assault on all American institutions and norms is pure Critical Theory, however. This assault includes the liberal order—in the classical sense, referring to Enlightenment ideas and political arrangements in which law protects individuals pursuing their own interests—something CRT scholars openly admit.

CRT and Classical Liberal Ideas

CRT’s proponents, writes Bell, “are highly suspicious of the liberal agenda, distrust its method, and want to retain what they see as a valuable strain of egalitarianism which may exist despite, and not because of, liberalism.”34

Ibid., p. 899.

 This is an important departure from the original goals of the Civil Rights movement, which sought to redeem America’s promise by calling for color-blind equality. “Unlike traditional civil rights discourse, which stresses incrementalism and step-by-step progress, critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law,” acknowledges Delgado.35

Delgado and Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, p. 3.

The radical egalitarianism obviously clashes with strong protections of property rights and any notion of equal protection under the law. These are not the only liberal rights to be thrown overboard. Freedom of speech is also in CRT’s sights. “Being committed to ‘free speech’ may seem like a neutral principle, but it is not. Thus, proclaiming that ‘I am committed equally to allowing free speech for the KKK and 2LiveCrew’ is a non-neutral value judgment, one that asserts that the freedom to say hateful things is more important than the freedom to be free from the victimization, stigma, and humiliation that free speech entails.”36

Bell, “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?” p. 902.

 Thus we arrive at today’s cancel culture.37

For more on this topic, see the section discussing free speech on campus infra.

Even the idea of rights itself—the very concept upon which this country was founded—is a target of CRT. “Crits are suspicious of another liberal mainstay, namely, rights,” observes Delgado, using the informal abbreviation CRT writers sometimes employ to describe themselves. The “more radical CRT scholars with roots in racial realism and an economic view of history believe that moral and legal rights are apt to do the right holder much less good than we like to think…. Think how that system applauds affording everyone equality of opportunity but resists programs that assure equality of results.” Rights are “alienating. They separate people from each other—‘stay away, I’ve got my rights’—rather than encouraging to form close, respectful communities.”38

Delgado and Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, pp. 28–29.

 The liberal principle that we universally derive these rights from a common humanity and human faculties we all share equally comes under the gun. Classical liberalism is “overly caught up in the search for universals,” writes Delgado. What CRT proponents want is “individualized treatment—‘context’—that pays attention to minorities’ lives.”39

Ibid., p. 65.

 “The concepts of rights is indeterminate, vague and disutile,” in Bell’s words.40

Bell, “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?” p. 900.

Legal and administrative neutrality, too, is an enemy because it gets in the way of uplifting such minority voices. Also—and this is a recurring theme with all critical schools, starting with Horkheimer, if not Nietzsche—neutrality is impossible to attain. On this point, Bell cites Lawrence again:

Charles Lawrence [a law professor] speaks for many critical race theory adherents when he disagrees with the notion that laws are or can be written from a neutral perspective. Lawrence asserts that such a neutral perspective does not, and cannot, exist—that we all speak from a particular point of view, from what he calls a ‘positioned perspective.’ The problem is that not all positioned perspectives are equally valued, equally heard, or equally included. From the perspective of critical race theory, some positions have historically been oppressed, distorted, ignored, silenced, destroyed, appropriated, commodified, and marginalized—and all of this, not accidentally.41

Ibid., p. 901.

CRT is purposely political and dispenses with the idea of rights because it blames all inequalities of outcome on what its adherents say is pervasive racism in the United States. “White supremacy,” a term that comes up repeatedly in CRT discourse and continues to be heavily used today by leaders of the Black Lives Matter organizations, must be smashed. White supremacy does not mean an actual belief in the superiority of white people, however. It can mean anything from classical philosophers to Enlightenment thinkers to the Industrial Revolution.

One of the most famous practitioners of CRT today, Robin DiAngelo, writes in her book, White Fragility:

White supremacy is a descriptive and useful term to capture the all-encompassing centrality and assumed superiority of people defined and perceived as white and the practices based on this assumption. White supremacy in this context does not refer to individual white people and their individual intentions or actions but to an overarching political, economic, and social system of domination. Again, racism is a structure, not an event. While hate groups that openly proclaim white superiority do exist and this term refers to them also, the popular consciousness solely associates white supremacy with these radical groups. This reductive definition obscures the reality of the larger system at work and prevents us from addressing this system.42

Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility (Boston: Beacon Press, 2018), p. 28.

“I hope to have made clear that white supremacy is something much more pervasive and subtle than the actions of explicit white nationalists. White supremacy describes the culture we live in,” DiAngelo writes.43

Ibid., pp. 28, 33.

 Its use is a very successful example of the Left’s use of strategic ambiguity in the pursuit of a rather large and ambitious goal. The target is a free-market system that rewards hard work, ability, and other virtuous traits. Other CRT terms that have specific and unique meanings when used by its practitioners are “equity,” “diversity,” “inclusion,” and “people of color.”44

See glossary infra.

 CRT speakers have also developed peculiar turns of phrase that are specific to the group; supporters are said to be “in allyship” or “in relationship.” The U.S. is said to be a “carceral state.”45

See, for example, “Angela Davis and BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza in Conversation Across Generations,” Youtube, January 23, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gqGVni8Oec (accessed December 3, 2020). The exchange on “Democracy Now” was between Black Lives Matter leader Alicia Garza and former Communist Party USA member Angela Davis.

How Does Critical Race Theory Affect You?

Because of their strong political commitment to transforming the United States, CRT writers make clear that they do not intend for what happens on college campuses to stay on campus. “It is our hope that scholarly resistance will lay the groundwork for wide-scale resistance. We believe that standards and institutions created by and fortifying white power ought to be resisted,” writes Bell.46

Ibid.

On that score, we must pronounce CRT to have been a resounding success. CRT has broken out of the classroom and become the philosophy of wide-scale resistance. It is useful to identify a few of the ways with which it impacts the daily lives of Americans.

Identity Politics. CRT has become the academic body of work that underpins identity politics, an ongoing effort to reimagine the United States as a nation not of individuals and local communities united under common purposes, but as one riven by groups based on sex, race, national origin, or gender—each with specific claims on victimization. These identity categories correspond to Marcuse’s new revolutionary base (“the substratum of the outcasts and outsiders, the exploited and persecuted of other races and other colors”).47

Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society.

The identities are often artificial ones manufactured by government itself, examples being the Hispanic and Asian-American pan-ethnicities contrived in 1977 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), or the 31 genders approved by the New York City Commission on Human Rights.48

Office of Management and Budget, “Directive No. 15: Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Reporting Statistics and Administrative Reporting,” 1977, https://wonder.cdc.gov/wonder/help/populations/bridged-race/directive15.html#:~:text=This%20Directive%20provides%20standard%20classifications,administrative%20reporting%20and%20statistical%20activities (accessed December 3, 2020). See also New York City Commission on Human Rights, “Gender: Identity, Expression,” https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/cchr/downloads/pdf/publications/GenderID_Card2015.pdf (accessed December 3, 2020).

 Under identity politics, America is no longer a country where the individual is the central agent in society, who, because of his very existence possesses individual rights. Instead, membership in the official categories becomes the identity that matters when it comes to rights (mostly positive rights, not natural ones), responsibilities, and everything else. Identity politics has become the new paradigm under which many Americans now operate. Victimhood is what commands attention, respect, and entitlements, seen as compensatory justice.

CRT emerged contemporaneously with the proliferation of these identity categories in America and became the philosophical tool to implement identity politics and the attempt to transform the United States. Race, Racism and American Law by Derrick Bell includes toward the end a chapter for “Racism and Other Nonwhites,” among whom he names for the United States the Chinese, the Japanese, and the Mexicans.49

Derrick Bell, Race, Racism and American Law (Philadelphia, PA: Aspen, 1972).

It was published in 1972, two years before the Census Bureau bureaucrats, under pressure from leftist activists, opened the first national racial and ethnic advisory committee.50

Mike Gonzalez, “The Divisive Consequences of the Census Bureau’s Advisory Committee on Race,” Heritage Foundation Commentary, August 16, 2018, https://www.heritage.org/civil-society/commentary/the-divisive-consequences-the-census-bureaus-committee-race.

 Just three years later, these activists convinced the OMB to create the pan-ethnic categories.

The simultaneity was hardly coincidental: The activists who forced the bureaucracy to confect the identities also drank deeply from the well of European philosophies brought over after World War II. “The language of ‘dominant’ and ‘subservient,’ or ‘subordinate,’ groups, integral to Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School” pervaded the work of Julian Samora, the first founder of a Hispanic studies department at a major university, the first leader of La Raza [“The Race”] and a member of the Census Bureau’s first national advisory committee on race. Samora’s 1953 dissertation, titled “Minority Leadership in a Bi-Cultural Community,” quotes the German-born American social psychologist Kurt Lewin, who was associated with the Frankfurt School.51

Mike Gonzalez, The Plot to Change America (New York, NY: Encounter Books, 2020), p. 29.

CRT reshaped the identitarians’ thinking in new ways still and gave them newer terms to express these thoughts. Soon CRT was spawning Critical Latin Theory and other spinoffs that were identical in their approach—save for the “marginalized” subjects to be emphasized. Identity politics is difficult to challenge because it presents itself as a just demand for formerly marginalized people to claim attention and reward, but it seeks to collectivize American society; it is divisive, flouts constitutional equal protection, and represents a direct threat to republican self-rule. In all this it has found a handmaiden in CRT.

(Read about The Black Lives Matter Insurgency and more at The Heritage Foundation)

Critical Race Theory stands as the complete opposite of Martin Luther King Junior’s dream

Whereas Martin Luther King Junior had a dream of a nation where his children would be judged on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, critical race theory depends solely on a person’s race to determine their worth and how laws should apply to that person.

While MLK’s dream requires the development of the better angels within people of society, while critical race theory depends on the enslaving influences of socialism.

If you don’t accept paying for it and having your kids force-fed it, the left will criminalize you

Tucker Carlson: The left will now use armed agents to enforce their radical ideology

Tucker Carlson of Fox News comments on how the left has recruited law enforcement and the FBI to enforce its radical agenda.

Remember when political debates were the highlight of the political year, like boxing matches, everyone would watch them. It doesn’t happen anymore. The ratings for the last presidential debates were terrible, and there’s a reason for that. They’re boring. Everything is scripted. You know what they’re going to say before they say it. But if you keep watching the lower tier, the debates lower on the fight card, sometimes you see something interesting and happens invariably by accident. But it reveals a lot about the country and the people who are trying to lead it. 

That just happened last month in Virginia during a governor’s debate. Terry McAuliffe was the governor of Virginia. He gravely damaged the state. He’s the career Clinton operative who you may remember from his many brushes with apparent indictment. The Washington Post is always telling you he was about to get indicted. He never was. Instead, he ran in Virginia, and he ran it into the ground, and now he wants to hurt it even more so he wants to be reelected. 

And at the debate last month, Terry McAuliffe announced what just kind of welled up within him, and he told us that parents no longer have a say in their own children’s education. The one that they pay for. Instead, Terry McAuliffe informed the state of Virginia, the government is in charge of your child, period. 

TERRY MCAULIFFE: I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach. I get really tired of everybody running down teachers. I love our teachers and what they’ve done through COVID, these are real heroes who deserve our respect.

He’s a hack, a liar and a demagogue, but ignore the second part of the sentence. “I don’t think parents have any right telling teachers what to teach.” Really? So parents don’t control their own kids. Do you have a right to tell the pediatrician what kind of medical treatment your kids should get? No. This is the new rule. The government makes all key decisions about your children. That’s not just true in the state of Virginia. It is now orthodoxy throughout the entire Democratic Party. And as of yesterday, this idea, unprecedented in the history of America, has the full backing of the Biden administration, in other words, of the entire federal government.

And if you disagree with that, if you’re one of those troglodytes who think you should have some say in what your children are taught in the schools that you pay for, you should know the Biden administration now views you as a domestic terrorist, and they are fully willing to used armed agents of the state to compel you to shut up. Joe Biden’s Justice Department has made that very, very clear. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland, remember, the moderate, soft-spoken, one to turn out to be not moderate at all, but a wild-eyed, radical crazy person – He’s now the attorney general. He issued a memorandum yesterday calling on the FBI to crack down on parents who complain about their school board. 

Now, keep in mind at this exact moment that Garland wrote that, we learned that murders in the United States since the advent of Black Lives Matter have gone up 30%. So that’s thousands more dead people. This is the attorney general, our chief law enforcement officer. He did not issue a memo about that. He issued instead a memo about people who are committing wrongthink. Garland directed, “federal, state, tribal, territorial and local law enforcement leaders to discuss strategies for addressing this disturbing trend.” This disturbing trend being parents complaining. 

“In the coming days,” Garland wrote, “The department will announce a series of measures designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel.” 

Criminal conduct. What does that consist of? Bombings, assaults? No, complaining. It is now criminal to disagree with your kid’s school. What have we learned from this? Well, among other things, we’ve learned the Biden administration no longer believes in the most basic precepts of liberal democracy. Among them, your freedom of speech should never be abridged, The government must convince you, not compel you almost always, and you and not the government is in charge of your children. 

(Read more at Fox News)


Never mind that the left has been letting real felons onto the streets for years

Never mind that a majority of violent, career criminals in Harris County get off with deferred adjudication or low-bail or no-bail bonds offered by either Democrat District Attorney Kim Ogg or allowed by a number Democrat social justice judges.

Regarding what the FBI will and will not address

FBI admits it doesn’t track leftist violence

Townhall notes in a 4 October 2021 article that the FBI recently admitted it does not track the Left-wing violence of BLM or Antifa.

During the misnamed “Summer of Love,” riots, looting, vandalism, and political violence was carried out by radical leftists under the (often literal) Antifa and Black Lives Matter banners. The violent leftists besieged federal property, private businesses, law enforcement, and private citizens with costly, deadly, and devastating outcomes.

Joe Biden and other Democrats turned a blind eye to the violence for political reasons in a stunning show of hypocritical double standards. In too many cases, Democrats even encouraged more leftist violence. As it turns out, the Federal Bureau of Investigation turned a blind eye to those carrying out the riots and looting too.

In a congressional hearing last week titled “Confronting Violent White Supremacy (Part VI): Examining the Biden Administration’s Counterterrorism Strategy,” FBI Assistant Director of Counterterrorism Timothy Langan said that the Bureau doesn’t consider Antifa to be an “organization,” and as such does not have specific information on the group’s activities. 

In response to a question about how much violence or domestic terrorism Antifa committed in recent years from Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), Langan had nothing to offer. 

“Under the anti-government category or subcategory of domestic terrorism — would that include groups like Antifa or Black Lives Matter, folks who commit violence or acts of domestic terrorism?” Mace asked.

“Well, we don’t identify groups but individuals’ actions,” Langan responded. “So if individuals are committing actions that would be in furtherance of anti-government or anarchist ideals then they would fall into that category.”

“So would you quantify Antifa as an anarchist group under then that subcategory?” Mace pressed. “I mean, it’s an anarchist group, right?”

“The director has previously described them as a ‘movement’ and there have been individuals that have associated or identified with Antifa that have conducted violent acts that we would categorize as anarchist,” was all that Langan could offer of the mere “movement” of Antifa. 

Mace continued, asking “how many acts of violence or domestic terrorism has Antifa committed over the last two years?”

Again, Langan has nothing to offer. “Since we don’t categorize Antifa, nor do we calculate or collate information regarding Antifa, that movement, we don’t have that,” said the senior FBI counterterrorism official. “But we can provide you information on anarchist threats and cases in general.”

(Read more at Townhall)

When you have a blind authoritarianism that would mandate shots (where those who refuse get fired) and then act surprised when job numbers suck, those in authority cannot see the common man

Joe Biden seems only to see the immediate effects of his last disaster. Therefore, he:

The crazy thing is that (while the press will not focus on it due to his Democrat party card) Joe seems to have manufactured each of these as a distraction from a previous failure. He opened the border only because of his incomplete campaign against Bernie and Trump. Every time a new crisis came up, he came up with a new topic to toss (which became its own crisis). This guy can’t get out of his own way.

FBI won’t condemn cop killers, but goes after parents

The Daily Wire reports on the words of Ted Cruz as he points out the FBI will not address cop killers and firebombers of cities while condemning concerned parents speaking before teachers and school boards.

On Wednesday, Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz grilled Deputy Attorney General Kristen Clarke over the Biden Justice Department ordering the FBI to investigate alleged “threats” against school board members and teachers, a move that comes as parents have been voicing opposition to Critical Race Theory and mask mandates. At one point, Cruz bluntly asked, “Do you believe parents objecting to the teaching of Critical Race Theory have civil rights in the democratic process?” Clarke answered, “Uh, I don’t follow the question, senator.”

Later, Cruz asked if Clarke believed parents objecting at school boards were “domestic terrorists.” He then asked if she believed Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters “who burned shops, who firebombed police cars, who murdered police officers” were domestic terrorists.

When Clarke evaded answering the question, Cruz fired, “Ms. Clarke, it is amazing that you are not willing to condemn people who are murdering police officers and firebombing cities because your politics aligns with them, but at the same time when it comes to parents at school boards, you’re perfectly comfortable with calling a mom at a PTA meeting a ‘domestic terrorist.’”

A memo issued by Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday reads in part:

In recent months, there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools. While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, the protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views. Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values. Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.

Cruz began his questioning by remarking, “Ms. Clarke, when you testified before this committee and when Attorney General Garland testified before this committee, you both promised to be non-partisan and impartial. I’m sorry to say that I think neither of you has lived up to that promise.”

After citing the Biden administration’s dismissal of a civil rights lawsuit against Yale University, Cruz continued:

Just this week, after you were there, after Merrick Garland was there, the Department of Justice issued a memorandum to the FBI instructing them to mobilize against parents across the country. Parents of school kids who have the temerity to show up at school boards and express their opposition to the teaching of Critical Race Theory, a pernicious theory that divides us on racial lines, that tells children the lie that America is fundamentally racist, that America is irredeemably racist, that all white people are racist. It spreads racial division; many parents are, understandably, quite dismayed at schools that are teaching this to their children, sometimes as young as five. And yet the Department of Justice looked at that issue and decided to label the parents objecting to this teaching as domestic terrorists. Did you participate in discussions about the memo before it was issued?

“Senator, I can’t talk about internal deliberations inside the department,” Clarke replied.

“You can’t talk about whether you participated in discussions about the memo?” Cruz asked.

“No,” Clarke answered. “But what I can tell you is that the Civil Rights Division will play a role going forward. The Attorney General has asked the Department to undertake a review and the Division will participate in that review to determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute crimes.”

Then Cruz got down to brass tacks: “Do you believe parents objecting to the teaching of Critical Race Theory have civil rights in the democratic process?”

Clarke: “Uh, I don’t follow the question, senator.”

Cruz: “You don’t understand the question whether parents objecting to Critical Race Theory have civil rights?”

“The First Amendment is a core value in our democracy,” Clarke replied.

Cruz pointed out, “I didn’t say free speech; I said civil rights. School board meetings are democratic. They are petitioning your local government. Do they have civil rights that the Voting Rights gives a damn about?”

Clarke: “They have the right to express their view, to challenge the school boards, to ask —”

Cruz: “And is it beneficial for the Attorney General to label them as ‘domestic terrorists’ and direct the FBI to target them?”

Clarke: “The Attorney General’s memo deals with threats against public servants and says that threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values.”

Cruz: “Do you believe parents objecting at school boards are ‘domestic terrorists’?”

Clarke: “I don’t, senator.”

Cruz: “Do you believe Antifa are domestic terrorists?”

Clarke: “I don’t have a view about Antifa.”

Cruz: “Do you believe the Black Lives Matter protesters who burned shops, who firebombed police cars, who murdered police officers, do you believe they’re domestic terrorists?”

Clarke: “Senator, I believe we believe we live in a society where people espouse different views, but what we don’t want are threats of violence.”

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

Square for me the last statement by Cruz with the last statement of Clarke

If Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will not condemn Antifa or BLM for firebombing shops and courts in Seattle, then why will they have Merrick Garland charge people under the Patriot Act for getting possibly verbally abusive at school board meetings?

Biden appoints avowed CRT supporter to Department of Education

The Daily Wire shows us how Biden’s appointment to head the Department of Education has always been an avowed supporter of Critical Race Theory.

President Biden has appointed an avowed Critical Race Theory supporter to the Department of Education.

Biden appointed Precious McKesson, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Black Caucus, as a Special Assistant in the DOE’s office of Communications and Outreach.

After Nebraska Board of Regents board member Jim Pillen introduced a resolution to bar CRT from the University of Nebraska education system, McKesson co-authored an August op-ed in which it stated:

Pillen and other Republicans, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, have made CRT a political boogeyman without actually knowing what it is. Simply put, CRT examines social, cultural and legal issues as they relate to race and racism. Students would be taught about the systemic racism that still exists today and permeates our society.

Further, CRT is a 40-year-old academic framework, so one has to wonder why the Republican Party is now trying to frame all educational experiences that discuss diversity and equity with a negative partisan lens. From our collective experiences, the only answer is to create a wedge between white communities and communities of color, making us the villain rather than having Nebraskans see us as their neighbors and co-workers.

… Ricketts and Pillen are also trying to dictate how a person can attain knowledge, information and engage in intellectual activity, which violates more than academic freedom. It is a direct assault upon the sovereignty of one’s soul, mind and body.

McKesson cast the only Biden-Harris vote out of Nebraska’s five electoral college ballots in 2020.

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

Why is Biden attacking our First Amendment Right for the sake of government?

According to the American form of government, our government is supposed to be limited and our speech is supposed to be free. I hate to put things at a first-grade level, but there is a reason that the First Amendment covers the freedoms of speech, journalism (if they so choose), and religion.

Garland has conflict of interest with Facebook and critical race theory

The New York Post reports on a the conflicts of interest Merrick Garland has with Facebook and Critical Race Theory.

Attorney General Merrick Garland is under scrutiny after a parents group revealed that his daughter is married to the co-founder of an education company funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that allegedly employs critical race theory in its work, according to a report.

The disclosure comes as the attorney general announced on Monday that the FBI will help investigate increasing accounts of alleged threats against teachers and school board members in response to critical race theory being taught in schools — an action that critics slammed as a “declaration of war” on parents and intimidation of political opponents. 

His daughter, Rebecca Garland, is married to Xan Tanner, the co-founder of Boston-based Panorama Education, a company that collects social and emotional data from students in grades K to 12, Fox News reported on Wednesday. 

Asra Nomani, the vice president of investigations and strategy of Parents Defending Education, which opposes the Justice Department’s enforcement actions, tweeted about the connection.

“Merrick Garland has declared a war on parents,” Nomani posted on Tuesday. “His daughter is married to the cofounder of @PanoramaEd which is under fire for its multimillion contracts with school boards. At @DefendingEd, parents sent us tips. We raised the alarm. Now Garland is trying to silence parents.”

“Panorama Education will profit from Garland’s outrageous silencing of parents who are challenging its data mining of K-12 students,” she wrote on the group’s website.

Nomani linked to a New York Times report from 2018 about the marriage of Garland’s daughter and Tanner.

She and her group argue that the Justice Department is likening parents who oppose such “woke” policies as critical race theory and mandatory mask wearing to “domestic terrorism.”

It also comes as a whistleblower, Frances Haugen, testified to a Senate committee on Tuesday about how Facebook routinely scoops up people’s information and then uses it to keep them engaged on platforms it owns. 

(Read additional details at the New York Post)

If Merrick Garland had any honor, he would recuse himself from this case

What’s more, if Merrick Garland had any honor, he would recuse himself before this information became public knowledge. He should not wait to be found out. However, since he remains in place despite this conflict, obviously he has no honor or credibility.

Thank God he did not get appointed to the Supreme Court.

Parents refuse to be intimidated by Biden’s Attorney General labeling them domestic terrorists

The Federalist pulls together an article on how parents have refused to allow Biden and Merrick Garland to intimidate them.

Local mother Stacy Langton stood before the Fairfax County School Board in a suburb of the nation’s capital two weeks ago, boldly exposing explicit examples of child porn and pedophilia in library books in area schools, available to children as young as 12 years old.

Langton’s witness ended in mayhem because the school board failed to do something very simple: listen to the stakeholders — and taxpayers — who are parents. Board members rudely interrupted Langton during her two minutes of allotted speaking time and called a hasty recess, a board member later incorrectly claiming that he faced two “exorcisms” by parents praying during the meeting.

“Shame! Shame! Shame!” shouted parents, horrified at the cowardice of the board members.

Now, however, instead of recognizing Langton for the hero that she is for protecting children, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has issued a declaration of war on America’s parents.

“I am directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working with each United States Attorney, to … [address] threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff,” he wrote in a memo to FBI Director Christopher Wray and the U.S. attorneys generals on Monday night.

Langton, of course, didn’t threaten anyone. But in this war, facts don’t matter.

In just five days, Garland issued that response to a September 29 letter by the National School Boards Association alleging, incredulously: “As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

Neither the school board association nor Garland mentioned the word “parents,” as if to acknowledge us, even in an attack, is to validate us. But we know. It’s now the United States vs. America’s parents.

(Read more at the Federalist)

Doocy Presses Psaki On Whether Biden Considers School Board Protesters ‘Domestic Terrorists’

George W. Bush’s Patriot Act being used against concerned parents

Tweets on the AP Fact Check on Domestic Terrorism




Liberals were losing the argument over critical race theory in schools — time to call in the FBI

The New York Post comments on how the calls to the FBI only occurred after the liberals started losing the argument over Critical Race Theory.

In an official memo, Attorney General Merrick Garland has pledged to mobilize the FBI against parents protesting critical race theory in public schools, citing unspecified “threats of violence” against school officials.

Garland’s memo follows a National School Boards Association request that the Biden administration investigate threats to school board members and classify sometimes heated parent protests as “domestic terrorism.”

The NSBA suggested that some of these parents should be prosecuted under the PATRIOT Act and federal hate crimes legislation.

But the school board association letter is riddled with falsehoods, errors, and exaggerations. It begins with the claim that “critical race theory is not taught in public schools,” despite a vast body of evidence showing that CRT is widespread in public schools. Even the national teachers’ union has admitted as much, and called for its implementation in all 50 states.

The NSBA deliberately misrepresents debates at school board meetings as “threats” and sometimes vociferous and angry speech as “violence.” The letter refers to dozens of news stories alluding to “disruptions,” “shouts,” “arguments,” and “mobs” but, contrary to its core claim, cites only a single example of actual violence against a school official: a case of aggravated battery in Illinois, which is obviously condemnable, but hardly the justification for a national “domestic terrorism” investigation.

The association even fabricated entire storylines to support its political objectives. For example, the NSBA claims that a Tennessee school board official named Jon White resigned due to “threats and acts of violence”; but the linked source reports that White resigned for “concerns about too much time away from his family,” with no mention of threats or violence. (In another local report, White complains about parents calling him a “child abuser” and other epithets, which, while harsh, are hardly an “act of violence.”)

Still, despite the school board association’s flimsy pretext, the Biden Administration appears to be doing its bidding. Garland’s memo instructs the FBI to coordinate with “federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement” to develop plans to “discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate.” NSBA director Chip Slaven and national teachers’ union president Randi Weingarten immediately praised Garland’s aggressive actions.

This is a deeply politicized and dangerous escalation in the debate about critical race theory in public schools. For months, critical race theory proponents, including teachers’ unions, have struggled to respond to critics, and new survey data now show that strong majorities of all racial categories oppose CRT in public school. But as their standing in the polls has collapsed, the education establishment has turned to more heavy-handed tactics.

The purpose of mobilizing the FBI is not only to monitor dissent but to subdue it. The suggestion that parents might be engaging in “domestic terrorism” is designed to suppress speech and assembly and to justify the further federalization of education policy.

In congressional testimony last week, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona refused to say that parents are the “primary stakeholders” in their children’s education; this week, Attorney General Garland is attempting to drive an even bigger wedge between parents and public schools.

Parents should not let this overreach deter them from speaking out against critical race theory in their schools. The Biden administration has raised the stakes, so that this fight is no longer only about CRT; it is about protecting the basic rights of speech, assembly, and voter control over the country’s public institutions.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Only to Biden and other totalitarians is a parent defending a child a terrorist

For four years, Democrats claimed Trump to be a fascist. However, Biden now holds the record for the number of executive orders issued within the first month, six months, and (soon) nine months. Biden is the one who has issued a vaccine mandate for American citizens (while allowing illegal aliens to choose whether or not to take the jab).

Sen. Rand Paul Rips Biden, DOJ: ‘Moms’ Aren’t ‘Terrorists’

The Daily Wire lets Senator Rand Paul point out the obvious: “Moms” aren’t “terrorists.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says Americans should “be afraid of your government” following an announcement from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that the FBI would begin to investigate alleged “threats” against school officials, a move that comes as parents have been voicing opposition to Critical Race Theory and mask mandates.

“Moms at school boards are being told that they’re criminals, potential domestic terrorists, for the crime of dissent, and I think criminalizing dissent is something that we should all be appalled with,” Paul said Wednesday on Fox News.

Host Ben Domenech asked the senator what he would say to Americans worried that “if they go to their local school board and say the wrong thing, that they’re going to end up on some list that Merrick Garland goes after.”

“I would say be afraid. Be afraid of your government,” Paul said.

“That’s a sad thing from someone in the government to say, but the thing is, is those lists already exist. For example, people in northern Virginia that have gone to [protests], have been then sought out by the school council, by the members of the school board and retaliated [against] in a sort of legalistic way to try to put them on some sort of list and chill their speech by letting them know there’ll be a penalty for showing up and protesting,” Paul said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement on Monday came after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent President Joe Biden a letter claiming “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat.” The NSBA asked the White House to consider investigating attendees of school board meetings and even using the 9/11-era Patriot Act to do so.

“I think the problem is it’s become so normalized to use government to search out and seek out your opponents,” said Paul.

The senator cited the FBI case of former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, whose communications were monitored by the agency after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued warrants.

“There are people I know on the left who should have stepped forward and should have said how wrong it is to use this foreign intelligence court – that uses a standard lower than the Constitution – to go after a political campaign,” Paul said. “Yet, the Left — once it became about Trump, their hatred of Trump trumped everything else, and I have a feeling and a fear that the Left has become more authoritarian than we can really even imagine.”

“Look, there are all kinds of laws about decorum, and there ought to be,” Paul said. “The idiot woman that goes in the bathroom, filming Senator [Kyrsten] Sinema [D-AZ] in a bathroom, that is illegal according to every local ordinance and you should punish that person.”

“If you go to a school board meeting and you’re disruptive and you don’t obey the rules of the school board meeting, then there will be local punishment,” Paul said. “But that has nothing to do with the federal law, it has nothing to do with the Department of Justice. What Merrick Garland did is, he’s attempting to stifle dissent, …”

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

 

These Biden-budget-enabling Republicans need not run again

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Senate votes to raise debt limit after 11 Republicans join Democrats to break filibuster

ABC News reports that eleven Republicans joined Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and save Joe Biden.

After weeks of brinkmanship, the Senate voted Thursday night to temporarily raise the debt limit by $480 billion until Dec. 3.

The procedural move to break the GOP filibuster, which required 60 votes, was the first hurdle cleared, with a final count of 61-38. At least 10 Republicans needed to side with all Democrats to clear the hurdle to move forward to a final vote; 11 ultimately voted to advance the vote.

Democrats then raised the debt limit with a simple majority — 50-48. No Republican voted with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.

Before the debt hike hits President Joe Biden’s desk, it also needs to pass the House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted in a letter Thursday night that the House may have to return early from recess to vote on the debt ceiling legislation. The House was expected to return Oct. 19 — one day after Yellen warned lawmakers the U.S. would default — so it’s likely they will have to come back sometime next week.

Republican leaders initially struggled to find 10 GOP votes to break the filibuster following weeks of messaging to members that Democrats should go it alone.

(Read more liberal drivel and hear their tripe at ABC News)

If the Democrats had been forced to break the filibuster, then it could be used against them

TraitorMitchJust like the nuclear option on Supreme Court and judicial nominations was a tool that was used against the Democrats for first using it, this could have been used against them. 

So here are the eleven RINOs who must never receive another vote:

  1. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,
  2. Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby,
  3. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski,
  4. Maine Sen. Susan Collins,
  5. Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt,
  6. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman,
  7. South Dakota Sen. John Thune,
  8. South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds,
  9. Texas Sen. John Cornyn,
  10. West Virginia Sen. Shelly Moore Capito and
  11. Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso

 

How did CNN miss this?

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A former Trump official goes to the liberal press pushing her book

And pointing out that she lied in her official capacity

Recently, a new perspective was presented on AFR‘s The Hamilton Corner podcast regarding a recent Stephanie Grisham interview on the CNN show New Day (hosted by John Berman and Brianna Keilar) where Ms. Grisham admitted lying in her official capacity.

Speaker Quote
John Did you ever want to do a press conference?
Stephanie Well, selfishly, in this administration, I didn’t because I knew I would possibly be put in a position to stand at that podium and not be honest.
John Lie?
Stephanie And lie. And I didn’t want to do that. Working in the White House had always been my dream — my dream to stand behind the podium and do it the traditional way — but in our administration, I selfishly did not want to do it.
John You did do interviews on Fox, though.
Stephanie Yes.
John Were you always truthful there?
Stephanie I probably wasn’t. I prob — I can’t think of an example right now. I probably wasn’t and I regret that so much. …

At that point, Alexander Hamilton asked why neither of these “reporters” asked the obvious question: Why should we believe anything in your book if you just confessed to lying in your professional capacity?

However, in light of the the way the Hunter Biden story got suppressed at CNN, the 2016 presidential debate questions were leaked to the DNC by CNN, the time Donna Brazile leaked questions to Hillary Clinton, and too many other instances of bias to count, one has to ask:

  • Is CNN so accustomed to looking away from real news that it cannot help but look away when real news walks up like a puppy and jumps in their lap (that is, why not ask the question above)?
  • Has CNN gotten so accustomed to working with liars like Joe Biden that it expects the impossible (truth from habitual liars)?

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and the White House

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Do you:

  • Remember how Facebook censored critical information about Biden’s crooked dealings in Ukraine and China
  • Remember how Mark Zuckerberg flooded Democrat districts with Zucker bucks (hidden as COVID relief)
  • Remember how Biden’s transition team was full of Facebook, Google, and Twitter moguls
  • Remember how Biden admitted to coordinating with Facebook to suppress “misinformation”
  • Know that the “whistleblower” helped hide the Hunter Biden story on Facebook
  • Know what two Democrat powerhouses represent this supposed “whistleblower”
  • Really believe this isn’t a plant to get conservatives to destroy themselves on social media?

Breitbart exposes five of Big Tech’s most serious acts of censorship

Breitbart exposes five of Big Tech’s most serious acts of censorship in a 10 May 2021 article. Here are the first two points.

Mark-ZuckerbergOver the past year, Big Tech has greatly increased the rate of censorship online. Breitbart News has reported on these efforts extensively, here are five of the most serious acts of censorship by the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe.

The Masters of the Universe have made a number of attempts to take further control of speech on the internet. Whether that means blacklisting public figures that they dislike or cracking down on the types of content considered acceptable to discuss online, tech giants have worked hard to further limit open discussion online.

Here are five examples of recent censorship attempts by the self-appointed Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe:

1: All Major Social Media Platform Blacklist Former President Trump

In January 2021, following riots at Capitol Hill, a number of social media firms took action against then-President Trump alleging that his rhetoric contributed to the Capitol hill events. In response, Facebook permanently suspended President Trump, as did Twitter.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated at the time:

The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.

His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.

Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.

Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.

We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.

Twitter similarly banned Trump, stating: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”


Politicians and commentators from across the political spectrum, including former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald, and countless conservative lawmakers warned that this is a threat to freedom of speech and democracy.

It was reported a few days after Trump’s ban that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also worried by the suspension of Trump from the platforms, stating that the bannings were “problematic” and she did not believe that social media management should be able to interfere with the right of freedom of expression.

Facebook has since referred its decision to ban Trump to the Facebook Oversight Board which has the ability to overrule Facebook’s decision. The board operates independently from Facebook – but every member of it receives a salary from Facebook.

The board recently voted to temporarily uphold the ban on former President Trump’s accounts on the platform. The board has reportedly told Facebook that it has six months to announce an end date to the former President’s suspension or permanently delete his pages.

The board stated that Facebook cannot “make up the rules as it goes along,” by banning some users for a set amount of time and others indefinitely. Read more at Breitbart News here.

2: Facebook, Twitter Heavily Suppress New York Post‘s Hunter Biden Bombshell

In October of last year, Facebook and Twitter simultaneously worked to suppress a bombshell news article from the New York Post that indicated contrary to his previous denials that Joe Biden met with an adviser to the board of Burisma while he was vice president, arranged by his son Hunter, who was then working as a lobbyist for the company.

Facebook massively reduced the distribution of the article on its platform, shortly afterward Twitter marked links to the story as “unsafe,” and eventually locked the official New York Post Twitter account.

Breitbart News reported at the time:

The story made the front page of the Post, which also reveals that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is investigating emails provided to it by a whistleblower, allegedly between Hunter Biden and executives at Burisma.

His father has previously said, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

But according to emails obtained by the Post, Hunter introduced his father to a Burisma executive less than a year before the then-vice president pressured the Ukrainian government into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.

Facebook spokesman and former Democrat staffer Andy Stone announced the decision on Twitter, and also practically invited Facebook’s supposedly neutral fact-checkers to challenge the story.

Significantly, the social network took the rare step of acting in advance of a decision by its “third-party fact-checkers,” on which it usually relies on to defer responsibility for censoring news publishers.

That move is practically unprecedented, arguably protecting the former vice president from a major political scandal at a critical time in the 2020 election.

“While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners,” said Stone. “In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”

On October 30, 2020, Breitbart News reported that the New York Post’s official Twitter account had been unlocked. Twitter explained its reasoning in a series of tweets, writing:


Read the rest on the Twitter censorship at Breitbart News here.

(Read the other three points at Breitbart)

What amazes me is that, with all of this censorship of conservatives, Zuckerberg still felt a need to flood Democrat areas with Zucker bucks

What gets me is the way that Zuckerberg augmented his censorship of conservatives with a funding of efforts across Democrat areas in all 50 states (often masquerading as coronavirus relief).

Facebook and Twitter censor Biden bombshells weeks after execs join his transition team

In a 15 October 2020 Breitbart article, we find that Facebook and Twitter executives censored information on Hunter Biden emails shortly after those executives joined the Biden transition team.

Following the publication of the New York Post‘s bombshell story about the Biden family’s business dealings in Ukraine, Facebook and Twitter worked hard to suppress the story across their platforms. The censorship comes just weeks after executives from both firms joined the Biden transition team.

Breitbart News recently reported on the New York Post’s bombshell story that indicated that Joe Biden may have met with an adviser to the board of Burisma while he was Vice President, arranged by his son Hunter, who was working as a lobbyist for the company at the time. Joe Biden has previously said, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

But, the leaked emails allegedly show that Hunter introduced his father to a Bursima executive less than a year before Biden, acting as Vice President, pressured the Ukrainian government into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company. Shortly after the story broke, many found themselves having trouble sharing it across social media. This censorship comes just weeks after executives from both Facebook and Twitter joined the Biden transition team.

Breitbart News reported in September that Twitter Public Policy Director Carlos Monje left the social media company to join the transition team for Joe Biden. Monje’s specific role on the team has not been made clear and Biden’s transition team reportedly declined to comment on the situation.

Despite a specific role not being named, Monje will reportedly be serving as co-chair of Biden’s infrastructure policy committee and has already helped to host a fundraiser for Biden this week, according to an invitation sent to Politico.

Monje has worked in the world of presidential transition politics in the past, previously serving as the director of agency review on the team that prepared for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s administration, which failed to take flight. Monje also worked on the Obama administration team’s 2008 national security working group according to his LinkedIn profile.

Monje also acted as deputy policy director during Obama’s first run for office and subsequently served as a senior policy advisor and special assistant to the president on the Domestic Policy Council. Monje’s final years in the administration were spent in the Transporation Department before he departed for Twitter.

In October, Breitbart News further reported that Biden’s transition team had hired top Facebook executive Jessica Hertz to its general counsel to oversee ethical issues. The move reportedly came as the campaign struggles with Facebook to have posts by President Trump censored on the platform. This is the second Big Tech executive to join Biden’s campaign. Hertz will reportedly be responsible for “enforcement, oversight, and compliance” of the ethics plan that Biden’s team unveiled this week.

New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari was one of the first to note that Twitter was blocking him from posting a link to the Biden-Ukraine story, claiming that the link was “potentially harmful.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

Here we have proof of a propaganda system denying news that hurts Biden and promoting news that hurts Trump

With Facebook and Twitter blocking stories about the Biden emails, a good portion of the nation has not heard of Hunter and Joe Biden’s misdeeds. With Reddit’s initial blocking of the story, numbers who will visit the polls today may remain uninformed.

And the left calls Trump’s followers the next generation of Hitler. They have truly earned the title of Goebbels’ protégés.

Biden regime admits it tells Facebook what to censor

LifeSiteNews comments on the time the Biden regime admitted to telling Facebook what to censor.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted Thursday that the Biden administration has been telling Facebook what posts it wants taken down, inadvertently giving potentially significant ammunition to a legal recourse for online censorship that conservatives only recently began exploring.

The Daily Caller reports that during Thursday’s press conference Psaki called on Facebook to release “data on the reach of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation,” to “create a robust enforcement strategy that bridges their properties and provides transparency about the rules,” take “faster action against harmful posts,” and promote “quality information sources in their feed algorithm.”

But the most eyebrow-raising portion of her remarks was her confirmation that “we’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.” Facebook declined the Caller’s request for comment on the revelation.

(Read more at LifeSiteNews)

From the beginning of Facebook, there has been much censorship of the Right mixed with some tolerance of the Right (but only enough to get our money)

Somehow, I can imagine that the Lefties at Facebook think themselves very tolerant (since they do not banish every dissenting illiberal thought). However, the liberal platform finds every way to block:

Facebook “whistleblower” was part of team that censored Hunter Biden laptop story

We find through the PostMillenial that the “whistleblower” participated in censoring the Hunter Biden story.

The Facebook civic integrity team that leftist activist whistleblower Frances Haugen was a member of, worked to counter misinformation about the 2020 election.

Which in October of last year meant making the decision to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story and the New York Post’s reporting on it.

Project Veritas whistleblowers haven’t gotten the same mainstream media attention and praise as Frances Haugen has, after coming out publicly to 60 Minutes earlier this week.

(Read more at PostMillenial)

I have to admit that I was drawn in by the “whistleblower” stance and the tales of harm to girls

Initially, it was tempting to be pulled in by the tale of having a “whistleblower” attack a company on the left. Additionally, my parental instincts came into play when I heard of the ways children were knowingly being harmed by Facebook (and I am sure that they are).

However, this is all too convenient. It folds too quickly into the hands of the left and becomes a well-fashioned weapon to strike down the smaller right-leaning platforms (Parler, FrankSpeech, Rumble, and others) that have started to provide competition to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Further, this movement will likely end with pushing conservative speech completely off of the liberal platforms (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and others). They will deem conservatives “too dangerous to be heard.”

Facebook whistleblower is leftist activist represented by lawyer for “whistleblower” behind Trump impeachment

The Daily Wire reports that the Facebook “whistleblower” is a plant who is represented by the law firm of Eric Ciaramelli and the PR firm of Jen Psaki.

The Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, has a record of donations to far-left Democrats and a history of raising issues about purported bias while at previous employers, a Daily Wire review found. She is working with Democrat operatives to roll out her complaint and has the same lawyers as the anonymous Ukraine “whistleblower” whose allegations led to Donald Trump’s impeachment, but who reportedly turned out to be then-Vice President Joe Biden’s top advisor on the country.

In a previous role at Pinterest, Frances Haugen was behind a “recent change to give users the option to filter searches to specific skin tones.” At Gigster, she gave a talk on how “if we don’t build with an eye towards inclusion, we can end up enshrining bias.”

In 2015, she complained that Google was not inclusive enough of women, saying: “I didn’t realize the way I had been worn down by being a woman in tech… the last team I was on at Google, it had a transsexual Eng[ineering] director, and as a result we had more transsexual women than cis women on our team, which also says something sad about the number of women in tech.”

“You don’t see them in major tech companies and when you do see them in major tech companies you see them in places that are in support roles like marketing or perhaps sales. I think that’s a problem,” she said.

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

This requires a hat tip to Bunkerville.

Jack Posobiec proves his point through sarcasm

At this point, I would like to point out that WordPress really lacks a lot when it comes to internal links within articles. It should be able to use the “id” feature of headings. It cannot.

 

Components of Biden’s “$3.5 trillion” (actually more) bill

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Remember the “families will save $2,500 per year,” “like your doctor,” and “like your plan” lies told to you about Obamacare?

The rushing of the Biden bill seems strangely similar to the push to get Obamacare into place

Since there seems to be a rush to push this massive spending bill over all of us, an overview of the bill seems to be in our interests. It’s just that I am sure that we cannot again afford to “pass this plan to find out what is in this plan” (to only slightly reword Nancy Pelosi’s quote regarding Obamacare).

Reviewing several sources shows a number of things that most conservative people would not want to fall under federal provision.

  • Channel 411 reports that the Democrats have included $3.5 billion for illegal aliens in the U.S.
  • LifeSiteNews reports that a feature of Biden’s infrastructure bill would introduce a pilot program that would tax drivers by the mile.
  • The Washington Examiner says the Biden bill includes the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which will force America’s 27 right-to-work states to start forced unionization.
  • Fox News reports that the bill includes various measures including
    • $15 million to Older American Act (OAA) resource centers for people “who are underserved due to their sexual orientation or gender identity”
    • Over $20 billion dollars is directed to rent support for victims of “stalking” and “dating violence”
    • $50 million meant to “reduce human-wildlife conflicts on National Forest System land.”
    • Free school lunches year-round for runaway and migrant children
    • Doubling most federal cigarette taxes
    • $2.25 billion for the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed “Civilian Climate Corps”
    • A provision amending ObamaCare so as to boost outreach to “sexual minorities” and people who don’t speak English
    • Price controls for drugs
    • Root canals & major tooth restorations to likely be covered through public health plans as of 2028
    • $500 million for federally-licensed “home efficiency” experts to retrofit homes; they’ll specifically have training in “WiFi-enabled home energy communications technology”
    • Features where the federal government will necessarily monitor the energy consumption of individual households

On top of this, if you go to the White House FACT SHEET, we are given the promises (but not the dollar amounts) of:

  • At least four years of free college
  • Free pre-school for three- and four-year-olds
  • Free education and preparation for teachers
  • Child care, lollypops, and sunshine

Not only no, but never

These items reported might be enticing to some, but most of these cause alarms to go off due to the dark side of almost each item. In fact, if we only consider the first few items listed by Fox News, we come out with a series of disturbing outcomes.

  • If we are spending $15 million for people “who are underserved due to their sexual orientation or gender identity” — are we making things any safer for our children?
  • Now that we have just gotten out of Biden’s last defiance of the Supreme Court over his rent moratorium (and considering Biden’s support the transsexual movement), will this $20 billion in rent support start another similar issue?
  • Will the $50 million to “reduce human-wildlife conflicts” really just prevent the poor from hunting?
  • Will greater funds toward free lunches year-round for runaway and migrant children just create a class of people expecting handouts?
  • In a departure from this trend of having an enticement accompany a dark side of the deal, we have the bad side of tobacco paired with the bad side of more poverty. (Since tobacco products primarily get consumed by those at the lower economical levels, it would seem that a doubling of tobacco taxes would fundamentally violate Biden’s promise to not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400K — still, this is Democrats we are talking about, so who is counting?).

Still, the last two items of the list provided by Fox News (and who knows how many other provisions are in this $3.5 trillion bill) will put the dictator in your house. To spell it out, if Biden has “home efficiency” experts coming to every house, those experts will likely install electronic bugs. More to the point, if you read the last item in the Tom Elliot tweet stream, there is no other way to interpret it than the government will control your power input. That goes beyond tolerable.

 

Predictions from the former Pentagon chief of staff, cases of Democrat civil war, Manchin puts a pro-life condition on accepting the Biden bill, and the Latino vote moves right

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Patel predicts Durham probe will lead to indictments ‘at the top’ in coming months

On a recent airing of Maria Bartiromo, former Pentagon chief of staff Kash Patel discussed the Durham investigation and suggested that indictments might surround Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, and possibly even Director Wray.

Like Mr. Patel says, it took him upwards of five years to go after one case. Contrary to what Mr. Patel says, it may take Durham longer.

If the indicators are there for someone who is an expert in the business, then I am glad to hear that. However, as Mr. Patel alludes, this is a game of chess (not Candy Crush Saga or whatever game you pop up on your phone for a quick 10-second game).

Democrat civil war erupts with name-calling and leaks

The Daily Caller points out how civil war has broken out on the Democrat side with name calling and leaks.

Chaos has erupted within the Democratic Party after a member of Congress leaked the contents of a caucus meeting Friday as moderate and left-wing members work toward passing an infrastructure bill and a social spending package.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi initially promised a group of moderates, led by New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, that she would hold a vote for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) on Thursday. However, Pelosi delayed the vote after failing to reach an agreement with left-wing members of her party, who will not vote for the package unless the Senate passes the as-yet unwritten Build Back Better Act through the reconciliation process.

House Democratic leaders will confiscate cell phones from members ahead of a Friday afternoon full caucus meeting with President Joe Biden, after one member leaked the entire contents of Friday morning’s full caucus meeting to Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman.


(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Hopefully, the Democrats are starting to see the stupidity of spending trillions to get tens back

Hopefully, the Democrats have had it dawn on them that they can no longer play the Ponzi schemes that have characterized their programs so far. No more luring the masses in with promises of a future payout. No more dipping into the till. 

Manchin says reconciliation bill must include Hyde Amendment

The Hill reports on a demand of Joe Manchin regarding the Biden budget that has the Left in a tizzy: the bill must include the Hyde Amendment.

JoeManchinSen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said late Wednesday that an expansion of Medicaid that Democrats are seeking to pass as part of their massive reconciliation bill must include the Hyde Amendment to get his support.

“Yeah, we’re not taking the Hyde Amendment off. Hyde’s going to be on,” Manchin told National Review when asked about a proposed Medicaid-like program in the reconciliation bill.

“It has to be. It has to be. That’s dead on arrival if that’s gone,” Manchin, who has described himself as “pro-life, and proud of it,” added.

Under the Hyde Amendment, Medicaid and other federal programs are prohibited from covering abortion expenses. Government spending bills have included the stipulation since 1976. 

Some Democrats are pushing to include a Medicaid-like program in the reconciliation package in which the federal government would step in and provide coverage in the 12 GOP-led states that have so far declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  

The Democrats’ proposal does not include language reflecting the Hyde Amendment. 

Democrats are trying to move a massive spending package that could include the Medicaid language through a process known as budget reconciliation, which prevents it from being filibustered. This means they could move the package through the Senate with no GOP votes, but they cannot afford a single Democratic defection. 

Bills have been routinely passed with Hyde Amendment language for years, but doing so has grown much more controversial among Democrats, and the new debate would come as many Democrats worry over access to abortion rights given state laws limiting the practice.

(Read more at The Hill)

The Hyde Amendment was passed in 1978 and enforced in 1980

Therefore, under every president since Reagan and before Biden, the Hyde Amendment kept American tax dollars from being applied to abortions. Not so under “devoutly Catholic” Joe Biden.

If Senator Manchin can pull this off, this will be a pro-life victory against the most pro-abortion regime on record.

Why Democrats’ climate goals may test their Latino appeal

According to the Associated Press, the climate change goals of the Democrat party seem to be pulling them away from a constituency that focuses on jobs.

Pro-AmericanLatinaAt a recent house party near the U.S.-Mexico border, the conversation with Democratic congressional candidate Rochelle Garza flowed from schools and taxes to immigration and efforts to convert an old railway line into a hiking trail.

One thing that didn’t come up that Friday night over Corona beers and Domino’s deep dish pizza: the effort by Democrats in Washington to use a massive federal spending package to beat back climate change.

“It’s not that the district is more moderate or moderately more conservative,” said Garza, 36, an immigration lawyer running for the House seat held by retiring centrist Democrat Filemon Vela. “Talking about how you’re going to meaningfully impact families, and make healthier families and healthier communities, I think that matters to people a lot more than some of these hot button issues.”

Democrats nationally are poised to go bigger than ever on the environment as part of the sweeping spending package they are trying to muscle through Congress. President Joe Biden has traveled the country sounding the alarm, blaming a warming planet for devastation from wildfire-ravaged California to hurricane-battered New York and warning of a “code red for humanity.”

But that focus could create political problems in energy rich areas. That includes South Texas, where many Latino voters turned against Democrats during last year’s presidential election and winning them back could prove critical to the party’s hopes of retaining control of Congress during the 2022 midterms.

“They’re really making it easy on us,” said Mayra Flores, a 35-year-old respiratory care practitioner and organizer for Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign. Flores is also running for Vela’s seat and argues that Democrats are forcing Texans to choose between their energy sector jobs and curbing climate change.

Trump won 38% of the national Latino vote last year, 10 percentage points more from in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. Some of his most dramatic gains came in heavily Hispanic areas that produce large amounts of oil and gas, including the district Garza and Flores want to represent.

It stretches from Brownsville, where there are proposals to build liquified natural gas terminals for export, more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) north to sparsely populated portions of the hydraulic fracturing-dependent Eagle Ford Shale.

Last year, Biden won Cameron County, which encompasses Brownsville and is about 90% Hispanic. But Trump’s margin of the vote increased there by 20 percentage points over 2016. Farther north, Trump flipped oil- and gas-producing, but still heavily Hispanic, Jim Wells and Kleberg counties.

“We are very dependent on oil and gas. That’s the reason you saw those numbers,” said Flores, who was born in Mexico, came to the United State at age 6 and picked cotton every summer growing up after age 12. “That’s what people do. That’s where they work.”

Biden has signed an executive order halting new oil and gas leases in federal territory, though it was blocked by a court order this summer.

The spending package being debate in Congress seeks to push efforts to fight climate change into overdrive, however. It includes language on instituting high fees for polluters and tax incentives for clean energy and electric cars, while introducing new requirements that the nation’s power grid rely more heavily on renewable energy sources.

Rolando Lozano, a 62-year-old manager at an electric utility, was one of 200-plus people who recently filled a community center in the border town of Harlingen, west of Brownsville, to see Flores and other Latino Republican candidates. He said Democrats have moved so far to the left that “it looks anti-American.”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

If it looks anti-American, tastes anti-American, smells anti-American, and feels anti-American — it’s likely anti-American

Trust your senses, America. If Democrats seem like socialists, it may be for good reason.

 

Democrat bias in court, Democrat unemployment, Democrats cheating at campaign finance, and more

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Judge contends Democrat DOJ holds a bias against the 6 January protesters

One America News Network reports how federal Judge Trevor McFadden has pointed to the obvious bias in the Department of Justice against those who protested on 6 January 2021.

FreeJan6ProtestersA federal judge suggested the Department of Justice has been biased in its sentencing of January 6 protesters. During the sentencing of accused protester Danielle Doyle on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden suggested rioters in Washington D.C. and elsewhere during 2020’s civil unrest were given lesser sentences than those who participated in the incident at the Capitol.

McFadden added the Justice Department would “have more credibility if it was even-handed in its concern about riots and mobs in the city.” He also questioned why more protesters throughout the 2020 riots weren’t brought to court.

(Read about Doyle’s comments about America during time before the judge at OANN)

For years, I have blogged about a Harris County District Attorney who lets felons out on no-bond or low-bond bails

In recent years, well over 200 innocent victims have fallen to felons who District Attorney Kim Ogg and her social justice Democrat judges released on no-bond or low-bond bails. The most recent felon released was one who killed a mother of five.

Still, that does not keep Kim Ogg from trying to tie misdemeanor bond reform to her disaterous program of releasing violent felons on the streets. We so need to vote this woman (and lying, lockdown Lina Hidalgo) out of office.

Furthermore, we need to restore balance to the courts. There needs to be justice — where those who violently attack people get put in jail or otherwise punished (whether the violence comes out of the motive of promoting Antifa, BLM, or greed).

US unemployment claims rise for 3rd straight week

Houston Fox affiliate KRIV wants blame a spread of the Delta variant for a third week in rise of unemployment claims (although Delta has been dropping for a week).

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the third straight week, a sign that the highly contagious delta variant may be slowing a recovery in the job market.

Claims rose unexpectedly by 11,000 last week to 362,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, though economists had been expecting claims to go in the opposite direction. The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths out week-to-week ups and downs, rose for the first time in seven weeks to 340,000.

Since topping 900,000 in early January, applications had fallen fairly steadily as the economy bounced back from last year’s shutdowns. But they’ve been rising along with coronavirus infections.

The applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, remain elevated: Before the pandemic hit the United States hard in March 2020, they were typically coming in at around 220,000 a week.

America’s employers have rapidly increased their hiring since they slashed 22 million jobs in March and April 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak — and the shutdowns meant to contain it — brought economic activity to a near-standstill. Since then, the economy has recovered about 17 million jobs as businesses to open or expand hours and Americans to return to bars, restaurants and hotels.

(Read more liberal drivel at KRIV)

A more accurate headline might be “US unemployment claims rise for 3rd straight week with continued unemployment benefits”

What do you get when you pay people to stay home? People stay home.

Alternatively, it could be titled “US unemployment claims rise as illegals stream over our Southern border.” What do you get when you allow 2.5 million illegal aliens to turn themselves in at the border without being vaccinated or screened for diseases? You get at least that number of illegal aliens (if not double or triple the number of “no-catch-aliens”) that got through without being vaccinated or screened for diseases. Furthermore, you get that many more people looking for work (and the ones that came illegally might be willing to be paid “under the table.”)

Now tell me how Democrats like Dementia Joe and Horizontal Harris are devoted to the health of Americans. Please. Tell me in detail. Also detail how this works with our economic health. I really want to hear that liberal logic.

Tucker Carlson shows how a Hunter Biden laptop email from a CNBC executive indicates how campaign finance law was skirted

The Washington Examiner comments on revelations by Tucker Carlson on Fox News regarding how a CNBC executive may have skirted the law.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported on the contents of emails found in the laptop believed to have belonged to Hunter Biden, raising questions about whether a former top CNBC executive improperly directed his wife to make donations to political organizations.

The report focuses on Brian Steel, the former senior vice president of communications at CNBC, and an email sent in Sept. 2016 to the son of President Joe Biden.

“Emails came to us from a source with access to Hunter Biden’s laptop. The one he left at the repair shop, supposedly. Not sure we believe that story. But the laptop itself is absolutely real ,” Carlson said on his show Friday. “These documents show that a CNBC executive used his wife to dodge company rules that barred financial contributions to political campaigns.”

“In 2015, Breitbart first reported the wife of a man called Brian Steel who, until recently, was an executive vice president at CNBC, was a Hillary Clinton donor. A big Hillary Clinton donor,” Carlson said. “That report came to light after a CNBC Republican debate that featured several biased questions favoring Democrats. It was pretty over the top, actually. It’s on YouTube. Treat yourself some time.”

“The emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop showed that Brian Steel’s wife was spending that money and his direction, which we think is illegal actually, we’ll leave that to the lawyers to determine. But here are the facts,” Carlson continued. “In September of 2016, Hunter Biden emailed Steel to invite him to a fundraiser for a former Biden aide who was running for Congress in South Carolina. The candidate was called Francis — ‘Fran Person.'”

Fran Person, a former University of South Carolina football player and former aide to Joe Biden when he was a U.S. senator from Delaware and vice president, ran as a Democrat in a 2016 bid to unseat then-Rep. Mick Mulvaney to represent the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina. Mulvaney won that contest and went on to become a top aide to Trump in his administration.

Carlson shared the contents of an email from Steel that said: “‘I’d love to support [congressional candidate] fran [person] but unfortunately as the evp of cnbc I’m not allowed to donate to political campaigns. In years past I would get around that by having my wife donate but after cnbc hosted a controversial/aggressive republican primary debate earlier this year, breitbart and rush limbaugh outed me as the husband of a ‘max’ hillary donor so I can’t even have eileen donate any more.'”

“Explicit, anyone?” Carlson said after a big laugh.

“Steel was at CNBC from 2007 to just recently, a month or so ago 2021, during that time, his wife donated $16,000 to Democrats. How much of that money was given at his direction? We reached out to Steel and to CNBC for comment, and neither one has gotten back to us. Not surprisingly,” he concluded.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Good thing we have Big Brother Big Tech firms like YouTube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter

We certainly don’t need to get confused with facts from the New York Post, Brietbart, or doctors who advocate for ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, vitamins, and other pharmaceuticals as treatment for COVID-19.

Democrat Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz says that the border security was “working under Trump”

The Daily Caller points out how the Democrat mayor of Laredo laments about the “good old days” of the Trump administration.

pete-saenzA democratic Texas mayor said Thursday that the southern border was secure under former President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Free Beacon. He added that it’s time for President Joe Biden to get things under control.

Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz told the outlet that the city’s resources have been strained over recent months as the city provides migrants with aid, medical service and transport. As concerns about the threat of COVID-19 ramp up, Saenz admitted the border was secure and Laredo residents were safe when Trump was in office.

“We need to truly secure the border,” Saenz told the Washington Free Beacon. “It was working under Trump, call it whatever you want to call it, but it was working.”

Saenz appeared to suggest Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy was working and needs to be reinstated to curb the flow of illegal immigration.

“The key, ultimately, is removing the incentive to come to the border and file for asylum. I believe in the asylum process. It needs to be followed or changed. If we don’t like the way people are attempting to come, we can have them apply remotely or from either the country of origin or some other place that is close to the country of origin,” Saenz said.

Biden tried to end the policy, but the Supreme Court later denied a request from the administration to temporarily block an earlier ruling ordering the policy be reinstated.

Politico reported the administration is looking to revamp the policy to provide migrants in Mexico with attorneys and better living conditions.

While Saenz was once opposed to a physical wall along the border, he told the Washington Free Beacon that Laredo residents are fed up with the crisis and may soon opt for a physical barrier if the Biden Administration doesn’t address the crisis.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

In similar news, Hidalgo County commissioners are suing Biden

The county at the bullseye of the Del Rio catastrophe has chosen to sue the Biden regime and the US Congress for failing to control the border.

Also, until Biden, these border counties didn’t vote Republican. Now Republican is trending there.

 

Hope and courage in times of trouble: disobedience and death

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Disobedience and death – 2 Peter 2:12-22

The following is a lesson presented by Mark Ramsey along with some of the responding comments from the class.

  1. But these men … (2 Peter 2:12-14)

    But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; (2 Peter 2:12‭-‬14 NASB)

    Humans, created as a reflection (but not a full recreation) of God, initially received the task of ruling over all other creation. Genesis 1:26-27.

    Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26‭-‬27 NASB)

    However, while still in the garden, Adam and Eve chose to submit and listen to the Serpent rather than exercising the authority given to both of them. Genesis 3.

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:1‭-‬6 NASB)

    Ever since that tragic fall, human beings have continued to abandon their place of dignity over creation in exchange for behavior that puts them on par with the very beasts they were meant to dominate.

    They size up every situation for unseen opportunities to sin. They hunt for naïve, weak, and unstable victims to devour — preying on the spiritually weak and convincing them to believe doctrinal lies. Peter knows the only strong defense against these tactics is ay strong foundation in God’s Word.

    Those who would mislead are experts in greed and masters at conning, extorting, and deceiving. Their immorality is always accomplished by avarice. They are experts in getting what they want. Matthew 7:15

    Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15 NASB)

    Peter calls them “like unreasoning animals.” Why do you think Peter is so harsh in his words about false teachers?

    One class member responded that the false teachers were judged so severely because they cost people their souls through deception.

  2. Balaam — their model (2 Peter 2:15-16)

    forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet. (2 Peter 2:15‭-‬16 NASB)

    Instead of following Christ, the true Prophet, they follow in the footsteps of Balaam, the false prophet. The story of Balaam is a classic example of a prophet who was motivated by financial gain. As we know, when Joshua lead the children of Israel into the promised land, the king of Moab paid Balaam to curse the the children of Israel. However, Balaam was stopped from this greedy mission when his donkey stopped during the trip. Then, in response to being beaten, the donkey spoke and revealed that Balaam was near to being killed by an angel (Numbers 22:1-29).

    Today, false teachers may appear to be in it for the ministry, but they are really in it for the money.

    How can you determine this?

    One class member responded that we must inspect the fruit of their lives (Matthew 7:16-19).

  3. Springs without water (2 Peter 2:17)

    These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. (2 Peter 2:17 NASB)

    Three main features have always characterized the ministry style of false teachers. They are authoritarian, ruling over churches in a domineering fashion. Jeremiah 5:31.

    The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it? (Jeremiah 5:31 NASB)

    They strongly denounce any who question their authority. 3 John 9-10

    I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church. (3 John 1:9‭-‬10 NASB)

    Secondly, false teachers minister in a man-centered way, pandering to what they think people want to hear with the focus on themselves. Jeremiah 23:16.

    Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:16 NASB)

    Third, they treat historic Scripture-based doctrines of the church with contempt, purposely distancing themselves from the past and arrogantly endorsing some new cultural ideology. Jeremiah 6:16.

    Thus says the Lord, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16 NASB)

    What should you do when you recognize these warning signs?

    One class member responded that we should follow the conflict resolution measures outlined in Matthew 18:15-17. If the false teacher will not listen to the advice, then we must move to a fellowship of believers where the Word of God is followed closely.

    What happens when you disregard these warning signs?

    One class member suggested that the next generation would suffer when they might conform to the false teachings. Another class member pointed out that failure to remove ourselves from the teaching of a false teacher would damage our own relation to God, interpretation of the Bible, and witness to the world.

    Peter knew these false teachers for who they really are and described them as follows:

    • Springs without water — they appear to have something refreshing to offer, but when you get close, you realize it is just a spiritually barren mirage
    • Mists driven by a storm — false teachers deceive people with thunderous claims and flashy appeal, but they only provide useless mists and not spiritually-nourishing doctrine
    • Blackest clouds are reserved for them — they promise the light of fulfillment and joy, but their end is only blackness and gloom — the place of eternal punishment.
  4. Promising freedom while they are in bondage (2 Peter 2:18-19)

    For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. (2 Peter 2:18‭-‬19 NASB)

    False teachers entice others with arrogant, seemingly impressive words that impress unsuspecting victims. The gullible gobble it up.

    Peter makes the point that the impressive words of the false teachers do not point us toward the truth. The point us toward the teacher.

    Though they promise freedom, they actually drag others into the enslavement of corruption.

    How can you determine if the words of freedom are actually empty words?

    One class member noted that we should compare the words of the teacher against the Word. We should follow the example of the Bereans (Acts 17:11).

  5. A dog and a sow (2 Peter 2:20-22)

    For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:20‭-‬22 NASB)

    Peter focuses on those who knew the way of righteousness through Christ, but turned their back and went the other way. These false teachers appeared to be authentic, but in reality, they are counterfeits. Through their fruit, we can discern that they don’t have a saving knowledge of Christ that genuinely transforms their lives.

    What fruit would reveal they don’t have a saving knowledge of Jesus that transforms their lives?

    They are/were intellectually aware of the truth, but never allowed the truth to transform their hearts. As a result, they are in worst condition that those who never heard. They knew enough about the Christian faith to conduct themselves in ways that appeared genuine, but eventually they are exposed for who they really are.

    How are they exposed? Peter likens their conduct to the wild and vicious dogs of his day and pigs who return to their stinking muck. How would you liken his description for what a false teacher does?

    Since these false teachers did things that resulted in the eternal deaths of others, none of us could change the description provided by Peter.

    Luke 12:47-48.

    And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more. (Luke 12:47‭-‬48 NASB)

    Hebrews 10:29-31.

    How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:29‭-‬31 NASB)

    How do we know whom to shun? Discernment. Hebrews 5:14.

    But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14 NASB)

    We have a definite frame of reference separating good from evil. 1 John 4:1

    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 NASB)

    Think! Lack of discernment invites more heresy. A Christian without discernment is like a submarine at full speed ahead without sonar or periscope.

A series of stories that tell a lot about how Democrats have pushed America to this point

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Texas lawmakers learn that the heartbeat bill hysteria is not all hyperbole

American Family News points to the convoluted situation flowing from the heart of a person who treasures killing people and wants to make a point with the lawmakers who protected some babies.

MerrickGarlandJoeBidenAmerican Family News has reported that passage of the Heartbeat Act went mostly unnoticed by the public in May until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Sept. 2 it would not hear an appeal seeking to stop the law. That announcement set abortion supporters on fire: Texas lawmakers were compared to the Taliban, and software company SalesForce announced it would relocate workers from the state if they felt unsafe.

The abortion-supporting U.S. Justice Dept. also filed suit for what it called the “open defiance of the Constitution, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced the court for a “cowardly, dark-of-night decision.”

And those were some of the milder reactions.

According to LifeNews.com, authorities in Payne County, Oklahoma have arrested Austin Wendell Lund, 20. He allegedly made direct threats to Texas lawmakers by name on Reddit, where he threatened to “end each one of you.”

The state lawmakers were first alerted to the threat by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety.

Authorities rightly flagged this as dangerous and pursued the individual,” says Schwartz, whose own pro-life group has been harassed and threatened, too, after the court ruling angered abortion supporters.

According to the pro-life activist, the other side is filled with angry, hurting people whose feelings are demonstrated in their threats and comments.

(Read more at American Family News)

As Tony Perkins can attest, liberal violence is nothing new

Liberals (like the Southern Poverty Law Center) have a history of enraging their lunatic base. In fact, some nine years after an attack on the Family Research Council by a gay man who had become enraged by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s description of the FRC as “anti-gay,” the SPLC kept their listing of the FRC on its “hate map.”

Additionally, it seems that liberals still find that allowing reporting on this event to be threatening to their cause. YouTube has restricted all videos showing the SPLC-supporting gay man entering the offices of the FRC. It seems that gun violence perpetrated by liberals cannot be memorialized.

Treasury Secretary Yellen says debt ceiling should be permanently abolished

The Washington Post reports on Secretary Yellen’s inane idea that the debt ceiling should be eliminated.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Thursday said lawmakers should abolish the legal limit on how much treasury can borrow to meet the federal government’s payment obligations, pushing lawmakers to eliminate the potential threat of a U.S. default.

Speaking to the House Financial Services Committee, Yellen said the current debt ceiling law can prove “very destructive” by creating a legal debt limit that has to be raised separate from what Congress has already ordered the federal government to spend. Treasury is currently running out of “emergency measures” to pay its obligations after the most recent suspension of the debt ceiling lapsed in August.

Congressional Republicans have refused to help Democrats raise or suspend the borrowing limit even though they supported lifting the borrowing cap during the Trump administration.

“When Congress legislates expenditures and puts in place tax policy that determines taxes, those are the crucial decisions Congress is making,” Yellen told Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.). “If to finance those spending and tax decisions, it’s necessary to issue additional debt, I believe it’s very destructive to put the president and myself — the treasury secretary — in a situation where we might not be able to pay the bills that result from those past decisions.”

Yellen’s new statements about abolishing the debt limit come as Treasury officials have instructed federal agencies to review their spending estimates for October, two administration officials familiar with the matter said, as the U.S. government is increasingly at risk of running out of cash to meet its payment obligations. Officials in Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service have told federal agencies to scrutinize their estimates for outgoing expenditures and incoming revenue to ensure they are as precise as possible for October, the officials said. Should Congress fail to raise or suspend the debt ceiling, Yellen has said that the U.S. will by Oct. 18 run out of flexibility to ensure it meets all of its payments.

(Read more at the Washington Post)

Not only no, but “No, never, not in my lifetime”

If the people don’t have this whip to crack over the heads of both sides of the aisle, the only thing that will happen in Congress is a group of people being made fat and slothful (and those people will not roam outside of the Capitol).

Why is Washington so dysfunctional?

The Washington Post then asks the question that should not need to be asked: “Why is Washington so dysfunctional?”

We are a day away from the possibility of a third government shutdown in as many years. To which you are justified in asking: What is up with Washington? Why can’t lawmakers get their act together and do their most basic jobs, like funding the government?

I called up some people who think deeply on this topic: Washington Post senior congressional correspondent Paul Kane, former Republican congressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and former Democratic congresswoman Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut.

Their takeaways: Congress is struggling and there are lots of reasons — gerrymandering; liberals moving into cities while conservatives move rural; social media cheering on the polarization; and the demise of incentives for compromise, like earmarks. These very smart people are pessimistic that Congress can become an equal, functioning branch of government anytime soon.

Here are excerpts from our interviews, which have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Dent: Well, Congress is certainly struggling and under tremendous pressure. I believe its Article I powers have been weakened, relative to the executive and the courts. So I think it’s a weaker branch of government than it once was.

Esty: It is very badly broken. I had hoped and continue to hope that the events of Jan. 6 would strike the fear of God into enough people to realize that if the legislative branch does not function, we rely way too heavily on the presidency, and that is a very dangerous place for a democracy to be in.

Kane: It’s been pretty damaged, from basically the 2008 Wall Street meltdown, and it has spun at various degrees of speed downward every since. There have been some big things they got done — the Affordable Care Act of 2010; Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms of 2010; the Budget Control Act of 2011, which put parameters on government spending, producing savings; and Republicans did a big tax cut in 2017. And last year, in the face of an absolute economic and health crisis from the coronavirus, Congress did come together and approve trillions in spending. But beyond that, we have reached a point where issues that have 70 percent, 80 percent, sometimes 90 percent of support from the public just can’t pass. They probably can’t even get a vote these days.

(This question produced long, thoughtful answers from our interviewees. Kane has written about this extensively .Here are some highlights.)

Kane: By the time 2013 rolled around and you have divided government — a Democratic president in [Barack] Obama, Republicans controlling the House, Democrats controlling the Senate — you basically have a system of government where nobody has any skin in the game anymore. They used to let members do earmarks, these narrow projects you could get for your district without a lot of scrutiny. It led to some serious corruption for a few members of Congress. That was a bad, bad system. But there were ways to create a better, cleaner system that would get members to have some real skin in these bills, and that’s never been dealt with. For 10 years, they were without earmarks altogether, and Congress was on the brink of shutdowns all the time.

Esty: The rise of social media. It’s a technology that has crated enormous incentives to be intransigent, outraged and outrageous. Social media is wildly disruptive, and it has been no place more disruptive than in the political realm. You get likes, you get attention, you get on TV, you get money, you get power by not playing ball, by going straight to social media. You can be a brand new member of Congress — you can be Marjorie Taylor Greene, you can be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and everybody knows their names and they raise a ton of money and they get on TV and are talked about all the time. And people who play by the rules, do their work in committee, get amendments done here and there, they get none of that. The first Democratic bill signed by Donald Trump was mine. So I was good at getting the legislation done, but it doesn’t get covered at all by the media. People don’t believe it’s happening anyway, and the narrative that it’s a train wreck in Congress is a pretty easy story to tell.

Dent: I think in America today, many politicians view their political safety [as reliant on] tacking hard to their bases. Fewer members of Congress tack to the center, because they don’t see a reward for compromise and consensus. I certainly learned this during my service. After the tea party wave of 2010, it became difficult just to perform the most basic operations and fund the government. I found I was in the minority often within my own party voting for these things. I remember when Obama was president, and we were the majority in the House, and I was one of 29 members to vote [to raise] the debt ceiling. Republican leadership was begging us to vote for it, and I said I’d be happy to do it, but let’s get me more company, to make it a little less painful for us. Now leadership is saying don’t vote for the debt ceiling. When [Donald] Trump was president, many Republicans voted against the debt ceiling. Now he’s not president, leadership are whipping against it.

(Read more at the Washington Post)

It’s not that Republicans wanted to push the debt into the billions and now the Democrats want to push it into the trillions

The issue is that significant portions of both parties have decided to ignore the will of the people. When large groups band together and still get no response from government, that signals the existence of a problem.

When an independent audit finds some 57,000 votes in question and government-lead audits remain mired in Democrat/RINO-supported bickering, there has to be some acknowledgement of a problem (at least as soon as it effects the outcome of a Democrat’s race or hits the pocket of a Democrat business).

And now the graphic comics (as opposed to the ones that stroll the Capitol)

A blonde refugee in Biden’s regime?

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At least Milley got a sash

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Biden 2024 campaign announcement

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Biden getting back at law enforcement

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Biden versus Washington

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Cannot deport illegals, but …

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Milley’s logic

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Picture taken just before Porkulus crushed Pelosi

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They folded the wrong fingers

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Whiffleball

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Continual gaslighting from the Socialist/Democrats

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The term Gaslighting originates with the 1944 play and movie Gaslight, during which an unfaithful husband tries to convince his wife she is insane by continually lying to her and manipulating her surroundings.

GasLightingRecently, the Democrat press and Democrat politicians have been gaslighting on topics as diverse as COVID, their taxes, the border, illegal aliens, and too many other topics.

 

Case #1: Gaslighting on COVID and masks can be hard for a Democrat when there are checks and balances

The lead author of a study on masks calls out Biden’s Secretary of Education over a misquote of the results of the study

If the Socialist/Democrats had truth on their side, they wouldn’t need their intimidation tools

If the Socialist/Democrats had truth behind them, they wouldn’t need to:

However, let there be no illusion here. There is no compassion by Biden. There is no seeking for truth. There is only a grab for as much power as the Democrats can scoop up before they get pushed out of office (and at this rate, it cannot come soon enough).

Case #2: The functional word in this Obama gaslighting message is “should”

Multi-millionaire Obama admits he is among the wealthy who should pay more to fund Biden’s $3.5T budget bill

The Daily Mail points out some of Obama’s gaslighting as he pushes Joe Biden’s audacious expansion of spending.

Former President Barack Obama said he should be the among the Americans whose taxes go up to pay for President Joe Biden‘s $3.5 trillion budget bill that is being debated on Capitol Hill. 

‘They can afford it, we can afford it – I put myself in this category now,’ Obama said Tuesday on Good Morning America. ‘And I think anybody who pretends that it’s a hardship for billionaires to pay a little bit more in taxes so that a single mom gets childcare support or so that we’re doing something about climate change for the next generation, that’s an argument that’s unsustainable.’ 

Obama spoke to GMA in advance of the groundbreaking of his Obama Presidential Center in the Jackson Park neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. 

ABC News’ Robin Roberts talked to him about a number of political issues, including the visuals of Haitian migrants being rounded up by American border patrol. 

‘Unfortunately, comprehensive immigration reform has consistently gotten stuck, partly because we can’t get enough Republicans to support it,’ Obama said, addressing the policy angle first. ‘What happens at the Texas border is a painful reminder that we don’t have this right yet,’ he said, before referring to the images as ‘heartbreaking.’ 

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

If anyone thinks Obama will submit more money to the IRS, I have a nice piece of swamp to sell you in Martha’s Vineyard

If anyone thinks that this former senator from Illinois who was broke when he came to the U.S. Senate will pay more in taxes, then I have a deal for you.

On the other hand, if Obama’s comment “what happens at the Texas border as a painful reminder that we don’t have this right yet” refers to Joe’s total screw up that has resulted in a doubling of sex trafficking of women and children, I’ll agree. However, if this former prevaricator-in-chief is denigrating our border agents (who did not strike any illegal alien Haitians with reigns or run over any of those illegal aliens), then that scum is out of line.

Case #3: Gaslighting about the border in a way so blatant that even a five-year-old couldn’t fall for it

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee claims the border to be

The Daily Caller reports how Representative Jackson Lee actually said that the border was “sovereign and secure.”

Democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Wednesday that the southern border is currently “sovereign and secure” despite the ongoing border crisis.

During the House Judiciary Committee Markup, Jackson thanked President Joe Biden’s administration for “securing” the border, saying the border crisis is “objected to biased and unfair narratives for political purposes.”

“The goodness that I want to express is thank goodness for the goodness of the Biden Administration combined with an effective law enforcement structure for securing our border. Thank goodness for the border patrol agents who have consistently worked, many of whom I have known for years and worked with as a resident of Houston and an active member of Judiciary and Homeland Security, having led border security committees, transportation security committees, been to the border any number of times,” Jackson Lee said. “Let me pronounce to my friends that the border is both sovereign and secure. It is obviously objected to biased and unfair narratives for political purposes.”

(Read the Daily Caller comments on Harris and Jackson Lee)

With this degree of gaslighting, Rep. Jackson Lee shouldn’t have to pay utility bills for a year

With this degree of gaslighting, I would be cautious of approaching this gasbag. I wouldn’t get within a cubic mile of her for fear of the potential methane explosion.

Case 4: Another case of an unbelievable gaslight

Journalist Robert Knight guffaws at the idiocy of Democrat gaslights

The American Family News shares an opinion piece by Robert Knight (of the Washington Times) who balked at the idiocy of a recent statements by Democrats.

Take our “successful” departure from Afghanistan (we can “trust” the Taliban). Add a dose of border pixie dust and you have a new brew of Kool-Aid they are foisting on us.

Even some in the media have finally taken notice and are miffed because they are being asked to enable whoppers so over the top that their own reputations, such as they are, are being damaged. It was apparently easy to cover up lies like the Clinton-produced Russian collusion hoax. Heck, they enabled the Democrats to demagogue that invention for three years, cheering on two impeachments. Now, with Durham finally stirring, it’s coming back to bite them.

The media and Big Tech easily suppressed real news like the Hunter Biden laptop scandal just before the 2020 election that revealed the Biden crime family’s treacherous deals in communist China and Ukraine. But the border situation is becoming an embarrassment.

The Washington Post in August editorialized that “convoluted messaging – telling migrants not to seek entry to the United States while at the same time relaxing or scrapping an array of measures that would actually dissuade them, and providing relief to migrants on both sides of the border – has been a failure.”

The Post’s paramount concern appears to be that this could cost Democrats control of Congress in 2022. “It is politically toxic,” they warn.

“The Biden administration has become famous for telling fibs, outright lies, prevarications — whatever you want to call them.” (Columnist Robert Knight, in an interview with American Family News)

The most recent lies from the Biden regime are proving tough to suppress. Two stand out, and they both involve the border catastrophe.

First, White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave a ludicrous explanation for why illegal immigrants at the border are not being tested for COVID-19 even while Joe Biden has told 100 million Americans to be vaccinated or lose their jobs. The administration also announced that foreign travelers by air could enter the U.S. only if they provide proof of vaccinations.

Asked about the different standard applied to hundreds of thousands pouring over the border, she said, “They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time.”

Right. These people from dozens of nations, not just Mexico, are leaving everything behind and risking their lives and that of their families, so they can drop in for a visit, maybe a long weekend in Rehoboth Beach?

The second big lie was Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s insistence this past week that the border “is no less secure than it was previously.” You know, under President Trump, who had sharply reduced illegal immigration, and was building a wall and fortifying the Border Patrol.

Let Mr. Mayorkas’s bald-faced falsehood sink in while you view last week’s Third World encampment of 10,000 or more Haitians at the highway bridge in Texas.  You could view it only because the FAA withdrew its Soviet-style ban on Fox News’ camera drones after an outcry.

Since Joe Biden took office, illegal immigration has soared to more than 200,000 a month and is quickly increasing. In Biden’s first four months, more than 500,000 people entered the country illegally. They project two million illegal immigrants by year’s end. For the Democrats, happy days are here again. These are their potential voters.

So, what does the Left do in the face of their leader’s dereliction of duty that amounts to treason? They trot out a new trope about Border Patrol officers on horses “whipping” Haitian immigrants. The officers have no whips, just reins on their horses.

No matter. Teen Vogue began its lead article on Tuesday: “The images are shocking. U.S. border agents on horseback are whipping at Haitian asylum seekers carrying plastic bags of food and clothing.” This is the same magazine that advises underage girls to try every form of sexual perversity under the sun before deciding “who they are.”

Democrats went nuts over the Texas cavalry.

Rep. Maxine Waters, the California bully who urged mobs to harass Trump administration officials in their private lives, said, “What we witnessed takes us back hundreds of years. What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery.”

Witnessed? I honestly did not know she was 150 years old, like some of the people on Philadelphia’s voting rolls.

Nancy Pelosi found the “use of what appear to be whips” to be “deeply troubling.”

Mr. Mayorkas, who has utterly abdicated his job of securing the United States border, said he was “horrified” by the images of patrolmen on horseback. Maybe if they were riding ATVs or tricycles, he’d be okay with it.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat who is fine with communist regimes but scorns America, said, “Our immigration system is designed for cruelty towards and dehumanization of immigrants. Immigration should not be a crime, and its criminalization is a relatively recent invention. This is a stain on our country.”

Is every other nation on earth that maintains a border “stained” as well? No, just the United States.

(Read about “kids in cages,” CPB horseback agents, and other gaslights at AFN)

When the main stream press starts regularly balking at the Democrat idiocy, then the gaslighting might stop

Until the majority of us show enough disgust with the idiocy of the Socialist/Democrats, this will not stop. Neither the press (the propaganda arm of the Democrats) nor the politicians (both RINO and card-carrying Democrats) will stop until then.

I maintain that the push on climate change constitutes nothing but gaslighting. While an academic industry has been built (and funded through government grants to researchers who will support the tenets put forth by the government), the opinions of experts like the founder of the Weather Channel are ignored.

 

Democrat lies

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Democrat lie #1: 6 January was just right-wing people attacking

An F.B.I. informant marched into the Capitol among the Proud Boys on 6 January

The New York Times admitted that an the FBI had planted an informant among the Proud Boys during the 6 January 2021 march. Makes you wonder how many other plants there were.

FBI SealAs scores of Proud Boys made their way, chanting and shouting, toward the Capitol on Jan. 6, one member of the far-right group was busy texting a real-time account of the march.

The recipient was his F.B.I. handler.

In the middle of an unfolding melee that shook a pillar of American democracy — the peaceful transfer of power — the bureau had an informant in the crowd, providing an inside glimpse of the action, according to confidential records obtained by The New York Times. In the informant’s version of events, the Proud Boys, famous for their street fights, were largely following a pro-Trump mob consumed by a herd mentality rather than carrying out any type of preplanned attack.

This comes with a hat tip to The Right Scoop

We need to look at the FBI history of arranging crime to “catch” criminals

As illustrated by Buzzfeed News in their review of the case where the FBI got involved in the kidnapping of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, not all criminals commit their crimes without some leading.

The audacious plot to kidnap a sitting governor — seen by many as a precursor to the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol by hundreds of Trump-supporting protesters — has become one of the most important domestic terrorism investigations in a generation.

The prosecution has already emerged as a critical test for how the Biden administration approaches the growing threat of homegrown anti-government groups. More than that, though, the case epitomizes the ideological divisions that have riven the country over the past several years. To some, the FBI’s infiltration of the innermost circle of armed anti-government groups is a model for how to successfully forestall dangerous acts of domestic terrorism. But for others, it’s an example of precisely the kind of outrageous government overreach that radicalizes people in the first place, and, increasingly, a flashpoint for deep state conspiracy theories.

The government has documented at least 12 confidential informants who assisted the sprawling investigation. The trove of evidence they helped gather provides an unprecedented view into American extremism, laying out in often stunning detail the ways that anti-government groups network with each other and, in some cases, discuss violent actions.

An examination of the case by BuzzFeed News also reveals that some of those informants, acting under the direction of the FBI, played a far larger role than has previously been reported. Working in secret, they did more than just passively observe and report on the actions of the suspects. Instead, they had a hand in nearly every aspect of the alleged plot, starting with its inception. The extent of their involvement raises questions as to whether there would have even been a conspiracy without them.

A longtime government informant from Wisconsin, for example, helped organize a series of meetings around the country where many of the alleged plotters first met one another and the earliest notions of a plan took root, some of those people say. The Wisconsin informant even paid for some hotel rooms and food as an incentive to get people to come.

(Read more at Buzzfeed New)

Therefore, it seems reasonable to ask whether the accused criminals really did anything worthy of punishment or were lead to a prepared crime.

Democrat lie #2: Fox is conservative

Fox News bans Rudy Giuliani from appearing

The Hill reports that Fox has banned Rudy Giuliani from speaking on their outlets.

Fox News has banned Rudy Giuliani and his son from appearing on its network, Politico Playbook reported on Friday.

Giuliani, who served as a personal attorney to former President Trump, has reportedly been banned for close to three months and only learned of the move by the news network right before Sept. 11, the news outlet reported. 

Prior to a scheduled appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Sept. 11, “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Pete Hegseth apparently called the former New York City mayor the night before and apologized, telling him he had been canceled from their guest list.

A source close to the former New York City mayor told Playbook that Giuliani was upset by the decision because he had “done a big favor” for Fox Corp. founder and Chairman Rupert Murdoch. 

“He was instrumental in getting Fox on Time Warner so it could be watched in New York City,” the source told Playbook.

A spokesperson for Fox denied Politico’s report that Giulani had been scheduled to appear on “Fox & Friends” on Sept. 11, but that person declined to comment on whether there was a ban for the former New York City mayor.

Additionally, Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani, has also been reportedly banned, though it is unclear when that ban would have started. Since his New York gubernatorial campaign was initiated in May, Andrew Giuliani has not appeared on the network, Politico Playbook reported.

The news outlet reported that the Giulianis were told that the ban had come from the top of the network.

(Read more at The Hill)

Can’t accuse him? Silence him.

Yes, Rudy has had a few slips recently. As we get older, we all do that. However, for the most part, he seems of very sound mind.

The main thing with Rudy was he made crucial decisions that secured New York for a period of time and he held a key position during a pivotal period of American history (the 9/11 attacks). While lefties like those in charge of Fox News cannot take that from him, they can silence him.

Of course, since Fox began as a conservative powerhouse, it still holds a number of conservative voices. However, since the leadership has gone to the left, we cannot expect it to remain as a conservative source (as shown when it called Arizona for Biden early).

Democrat lie #3: There was Trump/Russia collusion in 2016

Jake Sullivan repeatedly promoted Alfa Bank story at the center of Durham indictment

The Washington Examiner points out how Joe Biden’s advisor Jake Sullivan repeatedly promoted the fake Alfa Bank story central to the story pushed by indicted Democratic lawyer Michael Sussmann.

Special Counsel John Durham’s indictment of Democratic lawyer Michael Sussmann will likely have made uncomfortable reading for a key member of President Joe Biden’s administration — his beleaguered national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

The grand jury indictment against Sussmann centers on a September 2016 meeting between him and then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in which Sussmann passed along allegations claiming there was a secret backchannel between Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization. While Durham says Sussmann told Baker he was not working for any specific client, the special counsel contends he was secretly doing the bidding of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as well as working on behalf of a yet-unnamed technology company executive. Sussmann pleaded not guilty .

The Durham indictment states that “on or about September 15, 2016, Campaign Lawyer-1 exchanged emails with the Clinton Campaign’s campaign manager, communications director, and foreign policy advisor concerning the Russian Bank-1 allegations that SUSSMANN had recently shared with Reporter-1.” Durham wrote that “Campaign Lawyer-1 billed his time for this correspondence” to the Clinton campaign, with the billing entry of “email correspondence with [name of foreign policy advisor], [name of campaign manager], [name of communications director] re: [Russian Bank-1] Article.”

Clinton’s foreign policy adviser was Sullivan, while her campaign manager was Robby Mook, and communications director was Jennifer Palmieri. “Campaign Lawyer-1” was Marc Elias. Sullivan has not been accused of wrongdoing by Durham. The White House National Security Council did not return a request for comment.

On Halloween 2016, Clinton tweeted : “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.” And she shared a lengthy Sullivan statement.

“This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow,” Sullivan claimed . “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. This secret hotline may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia. … This line of communication may help explain Trump’s bizarre adoration of Vladimir Putin.”

Sullivan added: “We can only assume that federal authorities will now explore this direct connection between Trump and Russia.”

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Democrats may believe the trope that “a lie repeated becomes the truth;” however, never

While there may be popular perception and a delusion that truth can be bent through the repetition of lies, the truth is that truth remains and it comes out.

That is why the New York Times and Politico find a need to cover stories like the Hunter Biden laptop when their revelation cannot hurt a Democrat. They still want to be seen as standing on the side of truth (even though they effectively lied when it made a difference).

Democrat lie #4:  Democrats respect our system of a non-political armed services

Democrat testimony proves the politicization of the armed forces

Townhall comments on General Milley’s words regarding how Nancy Pelosi tried to take the place of the President.

HatTipToBenGarrison1During his opening statement in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday morning, General Mark Milley denied inappropriate phone calls with the Chinese military and tried to reassure Americans he is dedicated to civilian control of the military. 

“I am specifically directed to communicate with the Chinese. These military to military communications at the highest level are critical to the security of the United States,” Milley said. “My loyalty to this Nation, its people, and the Constitution hasn’t changed, and will never change, as long as I have a breath to give. My loyalty is absolute, and I will not turn my back on the fallen.” 

“I firmly believe in civilian control of the military,” he continued. 

Milley also stressed that he does not believe President Donald Trump planned to attack the Chinese in the final days of his presidency.

In his remarks, Milley also addressed a phone call from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 8, 2021, in which she pressed him about the process to launch a nuclear weapon. Milley says he informed her that while launching such a weapon requires multiple people in the chain of command, the president is the sole authority to launch an attack. 

(Read the specific quote at Townhall)

Much like the Hunter Biden laptop news, admissions about the politicization of the military since Obama will likely leak out for years

Especially now that Biden is requiring everyone to take the jab or be dishonorably discharged (even if they have had COVID), we will likely see a continued politicization of our military.

 

Is it time to apply Matthew 18:15-20 to Liberal America due to the “abortion after birth” law, more lies on Hunter, and the lies about COVID?

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For quite while, questions about secession, civil war, and Title 25 have dominated some conversations. Problem is, secession and civil war will both likely cost many lives. Title 25 requires a lot of political agreement (and, therefore, takes time).

As Christians, we should consider the Biblical (but still isolating) way.

Pro-abortion Democrats passed a so-called Women’s Health Protection Act and deny the saving of babies born alive after abortion

Townhall points to how far down the road to Gomorrah we have gone.

Earlier on Friday, as Reagan reported, the Democratic controlled House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). The 218-211 vote was almost entirely along party lines, except Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) voted against it. Not only did Democrats vote to pass such extreme pro-abortion legislation, they also denied the motion to recommit, which would have amended the bill to include protections for babies born alive after abortions.

Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA), while speaking on the House floor, indicated “this amendment is simple, straightforward, and the right thing to do. It would ensure that newborn children that survive an abortion are given the same crucial life saving medical care that any other infant would receive.”

(Read more at Townhall)

Christians cannot support this

Christians cannot support a regime who would support this. Therefore, any claim by a politician to support this murder while also claiming Christianity is nothing but self-delusion.

Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, preachers have voiced this message: You cannot claim Christianity while being against the tenets of the Bible. To take the words of Christ from Luke 16:13 (NASB)

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Pelosi, the people pulling Joe Biden’s strings, and all those who truly support this group serve the master of power. They bow no knee to any other god or God. Any pretention to anything otherwise is delusion.

Therefore, Christians need to confront other Christians who may be involved in this in a loving, Matthew 18:15-20 manner.

Three years after Mueller disproved the narrative and less than a month after Durham indicts Michael Sussman with another stone to that grave, Psaki dodges Doocy’s question on Hunter Biden’s laptop with her standard lie: “Russian disinformation”

The Daily Caller parades another of Psaki’s continual lies as she defends the indefensible regime.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a press briefing Friday that the information found on Hunter Biden’s laptop is Russian disinformation.

Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy noted a recent report in Politico regarding the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s laptop before asking Psaki if the White House is still classifying the information found on the device as Russian disinformation. Psaki dodged Doocy’s question and told him that there was a “broad range of Russian disinformation back in 2020.”

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Thank heavens for Peter Doocy; however, we need more

We need more than one member of the press who is willing to call out or at least highlight the lies of the Biden regime. Peter Doocy must be a little diplomatic (otherwise, his one spot would be cancelled).

Still, if we had more, we might be able to get more truth.

Therefore, as citizens and Christians, we must press our representative in the House and our Senators. We must call on our state politicians to raise Cain with the lawless federal government.

COVID does not make Biden king

American Family News provides a commentary from AFR general counsel Abraham Hamilton III, who points out that there is no American monarchy.

On September 8, 2021, Politico published an article titled “The Surprisingly Strong Supreme Court Precedent Supporting Vaccine Mandates.” In it, the author works feverishly to project the argument that the 1905 United States Supreme Court decision against Lutheran minister Henning Jacobson and in favor of the state of Massachusetts’ compulsory vaccination mandate (concerning smallpox) provides the legal footing necessary to uphold…wait for it…a U.S. governmental COVID-19 injection mandate. Then, almost on cue, on September 9, 2021, the J. Robinette B. Administration announced “Sweeping New Vaccine Mandates for 100 million Americans.” Gasp! How was Politico so prescient? They just so happened to release their article on vaccine mandates the day before Mr. Biden announced an injection mandate. They weren’t trying to lay the social groundwork for the White House’s executive action, were they?

We do not yet have the formal publication of the executive action. However, according to reports (including the AP News story cited above), the federal action mandates “that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly.” This will affect about 80 million Americans. And,

“The roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.”

The mandate also requires “vaccination for executive branch employees and contractors who do business with the federal government—with no option to test out.” This includes several million more workers. Finally,

“The requirement for large companies to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing for employees will be enacted through a forthcoming rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that carries penalties of $14,000 per violation.”

In the midst of all of this, AP News reported,

“Biden’s order for executive branch workers and contractors includes exceptions for workers seeking religious or medical exemptions from vaccination, according to press secretary Jen Psaki” (in the link cited above).

Yet, in addition to this newly announced intrusion upon the private employment sector, separately,

“[T]he Department of Health and Human Services will require vaccinations in Head Start Programs, as well as schools run by the Department of Defense and Bureau of Indian Education, affecting about 300,000 employees.”

Having said all of that, every ounce of this proposed executive action is illegal and unconstitutional. The United States of America is a constitutional republic with representative democratic features. Our Constitution separates power within the federal government. In our federal executive branch, we have a president. Not a king! In our republican form of government, as expressed in Article IV, Section 4 of our U.S. Constitution, we enjoy the benefit of separate sovereignty. The bulk of emergency power in our nation rests in state government. Not in the U.S. executive branch. A president’s role and powers are different than those charged with state governance. Article 2 of our U.S. Constitution sets the parameter, the limits, for executive power. Nowhere in it will you find any authority whatsoever for the J. Robinette B. Administration to compel private companies to force their staffs to inject their bodies with anything or to test them. Period.

Interestingly, when you read the Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905) opinion Politico cited, you find that the opinion doesn’t support the unconstitutional authoritarian overreach proposed by the White House. In Jacobson, the Court ruled that it is within the police power of a State to enact a compulsory vaccination law. And it is for the legislature, and not for the courts, to determine in the first instance whether vaccination is or is not the best mode for the prevention of smallpox and the protection of the public health. “The State” in Jacobson was the state of Massachusetts. “The legislature” was the Massachusetts state legislature. The federal executive branch has no legal authority to do this. The opinion Politico tried to pass off as legal authority for a national injection mandate is clearly distinguishable from and cuts directly against what the Biden administration is trying to force on the American people.

More specifically, they seek to shove it into our bodies without our consent. OSHA has no more authority to do this than did the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an eviction moratorium. This is why the U.S. Supreme Court struck that down too. Which, Mr. Biden knew but sought to expand anyway, even after the Court rebuked him. That should give you an indication of his respect, or lack thereof, for the rule of law.

(Read about a comparison of the Biden jab mandate to the claimed science behind it at AFN)

As much as the sheep in the press want us to be shorn by the by the Satanic shepherd, Christians need to seek the true Shepherd

We need to be able to seek the voice of the Shepherd (the Word) by staying familiar with God’s Word. If we know the Word and keep it hidden in our hearts, not only may we not sin (Psalm 119:11), we might also discern when false teachers try to introduce a new gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).

A series of secret recordings by Project Veritas reveal lies being told by Biden CDC

Project Veritas provides us a view behind the veil of the medical/bureaucratic COVID conspiracy.

O’Malley told Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe about what has been going on at her federal government facility. She recorded her HHS colleagues discussing their concerns about the new COVID vaccine to corroborate her assertions:

Dr. Maria Gonzales, ER Doctor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “The problem in here is that they are not doing the studies. People that had [COVID] and the people that have been vaccinated — they’re not doing any antibody testing.”

Jodi O’Malley, Insider and Registered Nurse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Nope.”

Dr. Gonzales: “Everybody is quiet with that. Why?”

O’Malley: “Now, you got this guy in Room Four who got his second dose of the [COVID] vaccine on Tuesday and has been short of breath. Okay? Now his BNP is elevated. D diver elevated, ALT, all his liver enzymes are elevated. His PTPTINR is elevated.”

Dr. Gonzales: “He’s probably got myocarditis!”

O’Malley: “Yes!”

Dr. Gonzales: “All this is bullshit. Now probably myocarditis due to the vaccine.”

O’Malley: “Right.”

Dr. Gonzales: “But now, they [government] are not going to blame the vaccine.”

O’Malley: “Well and you know what — but he has an obligation to report that doesn’t he? It happened right — what is it — sixty days after if you see anything?”

Dr. Gonzales: “They have got to.”

O’Malley: “But how many are reporting?”

Dr. Gonzales: “They are not reporting.”

O’Malley: “Right!”

Dr. Gonzales: “Because they want to shove it under the mat.”

(Read a number of other cases at Project Veritas)

Even better than reading this is seeing it.

If you watch this first undercover video, you will see what we need to beware of.

The Biden giveaway to the Taliban has proven even worse

Through tweets published by a BBC reporter in Iran, it seems that some of the $8.5 billion given by Joe Biden to the Taliban has ended up in Iran.


 

Hope and courage in times of trouble: God’s wrath and rescue

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God’s wrath and rescue – 2 Peter 2:3-11

The following is a lesson presented by Mark Ramsey along with some of the responding comments from the class.

  1. A brief review of what was happening in the life of Peter when this book was written

    But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
    (2 Peter 2:1-2 NASB)

    Peter wrote this letter from jail while knowing his execution on the cross was soon coming.

    He wrote it wanting to prepare the church for the false teachers who had started introducing false teachings into the church.

    Seeing these conditions in the early church, do you feel persecution? Do you see your time as being abbreviated? Do you see false teaching as entering into the conversation?

    One class member responded by pointing out how her grandchildren have started to not want to hear about the Bible.

    Another class member related the same problem while another recalled the words of 2 Timothy 4:3 and 4.

    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
    (2 Timothy 4:3‭-‬4 NASB)

  2. The Promise of God
    • 2 Peter 2:3a

      and in their greed they will exploit you with false words (2 Peter 2:3a NASB)

      The primary motivation driving false teachers is an unbridled love of money.

      Satan’s goal is to deceive as many people as possible, inside and outside of the church, by means of false teachers. In contrast, God’s desire is to identify and expose such hypocrites.

      How would you grade Satan’s success with false teachers? What do you attribute this success to?

      • One class member rated Satan’s efforts with an “A+” due to a certain mega-church in Houston where the health-and-wealth false gospel finds center stage. Although that class member would not name the mega-church spreading a false gospel, the teacher (Mark Ramsey) pointed to the church lead by Joel Osteen (and the class agreed).
      • Another class member pointed out how Islam sprang from an mixing of the Jewish Torah with Christian scriptures and a predominance of the Bedouin culture of the Saudi Arabian area.

      Remember Paul’s admonition to the elders at the church of Ephesus: Acts 20:28-31

      Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. (Acts 20:28-31 NASB)

    • 2 Peter 2:3b

      their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. (2 Peter 2:3b NASB)

      Although false teachers will not face their eternal judgement until death, their sentence was decreed by God long ago.

  3. Wrath and Rescue

    Two sides of God — His compassion and His judgement — come together in 2:4-11. For the false teacher, judgement is coming. For those who are saved, God will rescue them from wrath.

    • 2:4 (fallen angels)

      “For if” is better translated as “since.” Since God did not spare the angels when they sinned against Him, humans who pervert His truth will not escape His vengeance either. Peter is probably referring to the demons who were cast into the abyss.

      Peter used this illustration to emphasize that God severely judges all those who oppose Him and His truth. Like those angels, false teachers will face divine wrath.

    • 2:5 (ancient world)

      God wiped out the people living at the time of the flood, all of whom were wicked, except for Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives. Genesis 6:5-7.

      Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:5-7 NASB)

      God, however, preserved Noah (who was righteous, a true worshipper of God) who was immersed in a wicked and corrupt society. Genesis 6:8-13.

      But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
      These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

      Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

      Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:8-13 NASB)

      While Noah was building the ark, he also labored as a preacher of righteousness, warning the people and calling them to repent.

      Can anyone relate to Noah?

      One class member responded that he has been forced into a position of choosing between his job of almost 40 years and his Christian faith due to LGBTQ influences at work.

      How does our world/culture compare with the world during Noah’s day?

      After a bit of silence, one class member replied that the current world might be only slightly less evil (due to the restraining effect of the Holy Spirit).

    • 2:6-8 (Sodom and Gomorrah)

      Because of their gross sins, God condemned both cities to destruction. Genesis 19:24-25.

      Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven, and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. (Genesis 19:24-25 NASB)

      More than 20 time in Scripture, these cities are used as an example of those who would live ungodly lives and the consequences of such lifestyles.

      Knowing the Genesis account, why do you think that Lot is designated as righteous three times?

      One class member responded that Lot (like his faith example, Abram) followed God by faith and that faith was counted as righteousness.

      Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, (Romans 4:4-5 NASB)

      Genesis 13:8-13; Genesis 19:30-35.

      So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.” Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord. (Genesis 13:8-13 NASB)

      Lot went up from Zoar, and stayed in the mountains, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; and he stayed in a cave, he and his two daughters. Then the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of the earth. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him that we may preserve our family through our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. On the following day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight also; then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve our family through our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger arose and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. (Genesis 19:30-35 NASB)

      Peter is pointing out that Lot is righteous in his heart and was distressed by the filthy lives of those around him. At times, he may have been materialistic and morally weak, but he did not want any part of the sensual conduct of Sodom’s culture. Their conduct “tormented his righteous soul” — the phrase conveys the idea of exhausting someone and deeply troubling his soul.

      Do you think that many Christians are like Lot today? Explain.

      One class member pointed out how the Methodist church has split over two disagreements:

      • Acceptance of the LGBTQ agenda in the church and
      • Removal of references to “the blood” in sermons and songs

      What are some everyday situations that challenge followers of Christ today? What helps a Christ follower from surrendering to the cultural norms that are antithetical to the gospel?

    • 2:9-11 (the pattern of judgement)

      God know who to judge and who to rescue in the past and He knows how to do the same in the present and future.

      Malachi 3:16 – 4:3

      Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:16 – 4:3 NASB)

      In 2:10b and 2:11, Peter re-emphasizes that pride and arrogance are the primary characteristics of God’s enemies. “Bold and arrogant” or “reckless and self-willed” is translated to mean they exalt themselves and are determined to have their own way at any cost.

  4. Application

    How can we avoid from being deceived by false teachers? (The following was attributed to a Chuck Swindoll sermon.)

    • Stop! Compare the views being taught and discussed with the clear teachings of the Scripture and the central doctrines of our faith. Don’t be afraid to leave if things don’t feel right deep within your spirit.
    • Look! Observe the life of the main spokesperson. Do they model Christlike values and virtues in how they treat their staff and their congregation (the flock)? Is there accountability and transparency? Do they exhibit true humility? Do they submit themselves to the authority of the Word of God? Never be swayed by somebody’s apparent charisma.
    • Listen! Pay close attention to the words that the teacher uses while he teaches as well as in his informal discussions. Listen to not only what they say, but how they say it. Also note what is not being said. Listen closely and think critically.

Now, do you believe that you can identify a false teacher? If so, do you know what to do if you find yourself under the leadership of one?

Rumbling around with Houston Dashcammer (updated)

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Here are some recent and memorable tracks from the Houston Dashcammer

Drivers who cross double lines, use controlled-access lanes, and nearly get into wrecks

Drivers who wander in their lanes and sit at green lights

Drivers who make last-minute exits

Drivers of the Eternal Blinker, Red Light Runners, and Tailgater

You may be an idiot if …

While Biden is not getting Americans out of Afghanistan, other news comes out on Biden’s $3.5 trillion “threat” to economy, worse jobless numbers, and Trump being more popular than Dementia Joe

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Stealthy Israeli aid group does something “pro-woman” Biden would never do: rescues 41 Afghan women from Taliban after hiding in safe house for days

The Christian Broadcast Network reports on a risky move by a Israeli aid group who saved 41 Afghan women.

afghanwomen2Rescue efforts continue in Kabul, Afghanistan where 41 more women were recently evacuated from the country.

The UK’s Telegraph reported Thursday that those flown out of the country last week included a singer, 19 members of a cycling team, three robotics team members, female rights activists, and a number of relatives.

Yotam Polizer, CEO of the Israeli NGO IsraAID, said rescuers faced a daunting challenge as they searched for people in a city under Taliban rule.

“The issue was they had to collect them from hiding,” he told the outlet. “(The rescuers) had to do rounds around the city in alleys to pick up these people and try not to create any suspicious movement.” 

He added that the group was delayed at the border with Tajikistan where they hid in a safe house for two days until the Tajik government granted permission for them to enter. 

“The stressful part really was around the border, there were a lot of Taliban in the area. They were not allowed to leave the shelter and we were very stressed that someone might find them,” Polizer explained.

The refugees were met by Israeli aid workers in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, and on Sept. 6 they boarded a plane bound for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Deputy Director of Strategic Communications for UAE, Afra Al Hameli, shared an image of their arrival on Twitter.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcast Network)

For all of Biden’s bluster of support for women, his “support” has as much substance as his sniffs

Thank God that the Israelis might base their actions on compassion rather than Marxist calculus. If they had only determined to help those who helped them, then surely they would not have saved these Afghan women (or anyone remotely associated with the likes of Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, or the other members of the Squad who worked to defund the Iron Dome).

Those left behind in Afghanistan

Newsweek reports on the way Biden has gone to just ignore the people abandoned by his Biden regime to the Taliban.

Later today, President Joe Biden will deliver his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield previewed President Biden’s speech on Friday, noting that it will speak to the administration’s three top foreign policy priorities: “ending the COVID-19 pandemic; combating climate change…and defending human rights, democracy and the international rules-based order.”

Notably absent from the list of important subjects likely to be addressed by the president is the situation in Afghanistan. That topic was a mere footnote in the ambassador’s remarks, listed alongside other general references to crises in Burma, Yemen and Syria.

The Biden administration likely hopes to shift media coverage away from Afghanistan—and especially from its poorly executed withdrawal of U.S. forces. White House officials were reportedly expressing their hopes for media fatigue several weeks ago. To some extent, their predictions have borne out. The public has paid surprisingly little attention to the astonishing facts and stories coming to light about the botched evacuation of Americans and Afghans.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken‘s testimony on Afghanistan before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee early last week highlighted some of the disturbing data. Of the 18,000 SIV applicants, we evacuated a mere 705. Of the 60,000 at-risk Afghans, we evacuated half. Estimates indicate that 75 percent of the people evacuated from Afghanistan were not American citizens, green card holders, SIV applicants or P1 or P2 visa holders.

These numbers demonstrate not only the immensely chaotic nature of the evacuation effort—and the potential dangers of not knowing whom exactly we were evacuating from Afghanistan—but also the tragic reality that the most vulnerable Afghans, including those who risked their lives to aid American efforts, were left behind to fend for themselves against the Taliban.

As thousands fear for their lives in Afghanistan because of U.S. incompetence, the Biden team hopes to discuss the end of the pandemic, the evergreen talking point of combating climate change and a commitment to human rights that apparently does not include the preservation of life for those we promised to protect.

The passing of time will make it easier for all of us to turn our attention away from the Afghanistan crisis. Yet the media, the public and the foreign policy community should not let the Biden administration shift the narrative while innocents are still in danger in Afghanistan.

(Read more at Newsweek)

Luckily for Biden, we have a complicit press who will direct attention to the shiny object (like the non-existent beating at the border)

The crazy thing about all of the articles I have read on those left behind is that no article precludes the possibility that he left thousands of Americans. No article precludes the possibility that he left hundreds of thousands of those who cooperated with America. There are tales groups of people (including women and children) being beheaded, but no totals.

When Americans and our allies are trapped and being beheaded in Afghanistan, it takes real dedication to the Democrat-Socialist cause and to Joe Biden to manufacture a story about illegal aliens being whipped when the pictures do not support that narrative.

Chamber of Commerce calls Biden’s $3.5T reconciliation bill a “threat”

The Daily Mail reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls Biden’s $3.5 trillion bill a “threat.”

The US Chamber of Commerce president warned Americans on Wednesday that progressives’ hefty $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill poses an ‘existential threat’ to the national economy. 

The group is targeting five moderate Democrats with a paid advertising campaign launched on Wednesday, urging voters in those districts to tell their representative to ‘reject higher taxes’ it says will come with the bill’s passage. 

‘This reconciliation bill is effectively 100 bills in one representing every big government idea that’s never been able to pass in Congress. The bill is an existential threat to America’s fragile economic recovery and future prosperity,’ US Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark said.

‘We will not find durable or practical solutions in one massive bill that is equivalent to more than twice the combined budgets of all 50 states.’  

President Joe Biden spent the same day fighting for his $3.5 trillion wish-list, central to his ‘Build Back Better’ agenda. 

Biden held marathon back-to-back meetings well into the evening with 23 Democrats in the House and Senate yesterday to press them to vote in favor of the reconciliation bill.

The president spoke with both moderates and progressives within the party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

Pelosi told reporters ‘we’re in good shape’ upon returning to the Capitol Wednesday. The White House called the meetings ‘productive and candid’ but indicated there would be more to follow.

Republicans have long opposed the measure, calling it a ‘reckless tax and spending spree.’ 

They and moderates have pushed to prioritize the smaller $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure compromise, which Pelosi hopes to pass on a ‘two-track’ plan with the larger bill.

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

With our economy staggering under the weight of inflation, a portion of our work force lured away with unemployment benefits, and entrepreneurs barely able to get back to operating, this is not the time to hit everyone with a tax

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A hat tip to The Public Editor.com

As much as Biden thinks that you all have benefitted from his reign, this is not a time for him to expand his empire through taxing everyone so as to be able to give out trinkets to his select groups.

When you also consider the provisions in that bill that would allow the IRS to track transfers in our bank accounts as small as $600 and would effectively kill the 401K program — this is something we really do not need.

US jobless claims rose by 16K to 351K last week

The Daily Mail reports how the jobless claims in America rose in one week under Biden from 16,000 to 351,000.

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose by 16,000 last week despite a massive shortage of workers in key industries, including retail, hospitality and education, leaving 10million positions open across the country.

Last week 351,000 people filed for unemployment benefits, a 16,000-person spike from the week before when 335,000 were filed, according to data from the Department of Labor (DOL).  

The first week of September saw only 310,000 jobless claims – a new pandemic low. At the height of the pandemic last year, about 6.1million new claims were being filed weekly. 

This is despite the country’s 10million job openings outnumbering the number of people looking for work. At least 8.7million people were still unemployed at the beginning of the month, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

There has been little incentive for Americans to apply for new jobs with the Biden administration extending pandemic-related benefits. This included a $300 weekly boost on checks, which only stopped being paid on September 6. 

However, parents are still being given a payout on the American Rescue Plan, which gives parents $3,600 per child under the age of six or $3,000 for those up to age 17 through December 15, 2021. There are 60million eligible children under this plan. 

Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chair from 2006 to 2014 also told The Wall Street Journal that the lockdowns have shifted workers’ mindsets, with some saying they wanted to work remotely permanently. Others moved in 2020 to areas where jobs aren’t so readily available.

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

Didn’t Biden say that the job market was expanding?

Come to think of it, Biden did claim to have great jobs numbers, but the experts came behind him and disproved his claims of being the cause of the purported “upturn.” It was just as specious as his claim to a first job at an Idaho lumber company.

Poll shows Trump is now more popular than Biden

The Daily Mail reports that their poll shows President Trump has more popular support than Dementia Joe.

Former President Donald Trump has overtaken President Joe Biden in approval ratings for the first time since his loss at the 2020 presidential elections, according to a new Harvard/Harris poll. 

While Biden enjoyed his highest approval rating of 57 per cent in May, support for the president dropped dramatically to 46 percent as of September following the nation’s chaotic exit from Afghanistan, crisis at the southern border with Mexico, and deadlock in Congress over his infrastructure bills.

Meanwhile, Trump’s approval ratings remained at about 46 per cent since 2020 and surpassed Biden after rising to 48 per cent in September.

‘The mounting issues on all fronts have led to the surprise conclusion that Trump is now seen as being as good a president as Biden, suggesting the honeymoon is being replaced with buyer’s remorse,’ Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard/Harris survey told The Times.

The poll comes as Biden held talks with feuding Democrats at the White House on Tuesday in an effort to reach an agreement on the $1.1 trillion infrastructure deal and the second $3.5 trillion bill containing new social spending. 

It also stands in the wake of a new migrations crisis in Texas as thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, cross the Rio Grande and settle in camps outside of the city of Del Rio. 

As well as revelations that the US mistakenly killed 10 people, including one aid worker and seven children, after a botched done strike meant to kill an ISIS-K terrorist. 

The Harvard/Harris poll also found that 55 per cent of people believed former Vice-President Mike Pence was a better vice president than his successor, Kamala Harris, and that 63 per cent of people thought Mike Pompeo was a better secretary of state than Anthony Blinken. 

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

This should really burn the American news

This bit of news will never hit the pages of the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times. While information beneficial to Dementia Joe will appear in a heartbeat, information that benefits the MAGA crowd will be buried.

Therefore, it is always a good idea to have a link to a few British papers.

Approval levels reported for Greg Abbott and Joe Biden

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Only 45% of Texans approve of Abbott as governor

The Washington Examiner reports that only 45% of Texans approve of Greg Abbott as governor.

A recent survey tracking Texas residents’ opinion of Gov. Greg Abbott’s performance does not look favorable for the governor.

Roughly 54% of residents believe the state is going down the wrong path, with 44% saying it is headed in a good direction, according to the survey by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler. The same survey found that only 45% of Texans approve of Abbott’s performance as governor.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

With this coming from the Dallas Morning News (often better known by its acronym DMN), I might question the number of Democrats polled

Since the DMN (pronounced “dam” — if you didn’t pick up on the real meaning conveyed through the elimination of one letter) censors and writers have shown a penchant for suppressing conservative truth, I would like to see the number of conservatives versus socialists polled.

Additionally, I would like to see the number of likely voters versus registered voters polled (and whether those “registered voters” were concentrated within the non-Democrat segment or non-socialist segment of voters).

Truth of the matter: Greg Abbott has done much to piss off the elitists in liberal halls of publishing through his recent conservative push

Greg Abbott has done a lot to aggravate the DMN idiots and Houston Comical Houston Chronicle through his:

Admittedly, early in the pandemic, Abbott acted the part of the authoritarian and shut down bars, restaurants, and mom-and-pop stores. For almost a year, he burned bridges with a number of conservatives.

However, in comparison to the DMN golden boy (Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke), there is no choice.

Iowa Poll: 62% of Iowans disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing

Des Moines Register reports that 62% of Iowans disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing.

BidenIowaFewer than one third of Iowans approve of the job Joe Biden is doing as president, a steep drop from earlier this year.

Thirty-one percent of Iowans approve of how Biden is handling his job, while 62% disapprove and 7% are not sure, according to the latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.

That’s a 12 percentage point drop in approval from June, the last time the question was asked. Biden’s disapproval numbers jumped by 10 points during the same period. In June, 43% approved and 52% disapproved.

Biden’s job approval has not been in net positive territory in Iowa since March, when 47% of Iowans approved of his performance and 44% disapproved.

“This is a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer.

(Read more at the Des Moines Register)

Were 7% really not sure?

Were the 7% really not sure or were they afraid of the vitriolic, Trump-hating people within ear shot?

And now the graphic comics (as opposed to the ones that stroll the Capitol)

Biden’s continual beach vacation

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Biden proving he is ever than better

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Biden’s new logo: by hook or by crook

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Biden’s treatment of the wall

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Biden’s Wall Street gets education on China

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Blood-on-hands says “Trust me”

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Caesar Biden

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Find Kamala Sandiego

FindKamalaSandiego

Give science a push

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The Benedict Arnold Medal for Gen. Milley

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Real remote learning

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Updated yard sign

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(The above comes with an acknowledgement of the Des Moines Register article.)

People should wear masks, but celebrities are not people.

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From the border, Biden mocks the Supreme Court, illegals pile up, a Democrat Mayor calls for help, and Haitians are released

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Supreme Court mandates return to Remain in Mexico policy. Biden regime ignores the court

The Washington Examiner reports on the Supreme Court’s decision to return to the Remain in Mexico policy; however, Biden has ignored the court again (after his mocking them by ignoring their ruling on his rent moratorium).

Former President Donald Trump’s “remain in Mexico” immigration policy will be reinstated after the Supreme Court refused a Biden administration request Tuesday night to block a lower court ruling requiring the restrictions be put back in place.

The Justice Department sought to have the court stay a recent decision by a federal judge in Texas that ordered the Biden administration to “enforce and implement” the policy, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, until it could be lawfully suspended.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, ruled on Aug. 13 the administration violated federal procedural law when it first suspended the border policy in January and when it fully rescinded the policy on June 1. The rescission, Kacsmaryk determined, was arbitrary and capricious in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, which governs the administration of federal regulations.

The Justice Department asked the high court to block Kacsmaryk’s order, saying it would “severely disrupt” the administration’s operations at the border and that it threatened “to create a diplomatic and humanitarian crisis.”

The Supreme Court determined the government would not likely succeed on appeal on the merits of its claim that the administration’s rescission of the policy complied with the law.

“The applicants have failed to show a likelihood of success on the claim that the memorandum rescinding the Migrant Protection Protocols was not arbitrary and capricious,” the court said in its order.

Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan granted the Justice Department’s stay application.

The Homeland Security Department said it plans to continue with its appeal of Kacsmaryk’s reinstatement order — the Supreme Court ruled narrowly on whether to pause the order as the government seeks a victory on the merits of its rescission of MPP — but will “comply with the order in good faith.”

“Alongside interagency partners, DHS has begun to engage with the Government of Mexico in diplomatic discussions surrounding the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP),” the agency said in a statement.

The original complaint was filed on April 13 by Texas and Missouri, which claimed financial injury due to the rescission of the policy. The policy was first implemented in January 2019 and directed immigration authorities to return certain migrants to Mexico as they awaited their removal proceedings.

Missouri claimed the end of the policy forced it to direct more state resources to initiatives, including its Human Trafficking Task Force, stressed by the influx of migrants from the southern border.

Kacsmaryk said the Biden administration “failed to consider the main benefits of [the Migrant Protection Protocols]” and to adequately consider how states would be affected by the release of thousands of migrants into their jurisdictions.

(Read of the record number of crossings and response by Mayorkas at the Washington Examiner)

I don’t know whether Joe has decided to further ignore the border in order to distract us from his Afghanistan disaster or whether this is just full-scale invasion

In the end, nothing about the Biden border policy helps America for these reasons:

  • It opens us up to more fentanyl when we are already experiencing an opioid epidemic.
  • It allows more diseases (many of which we once had eliminated within our borders) back into our states (not to mention new variants of the ever-hyped COVID-19).
  • It provides a pipeline for illegal guns to run both north and south of the border
  • It strengthens the hand of human traffickers (especially those who sex traffic children and women).
  • It opens our population to terrorists 

Texas Rep. Pfluger visits Del Rio migrant camp as numbers spike, warns ‘worst is yet to come’

Fox News points out the conditions observed by Representative Pfluger at Del Rio as the Haitian invasion began.

Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, on Saturday spoke to Fox News as he visited the site of the migrant surge in Del Rio, Texas, saying that the number of predominantly Haitian migrants camping there in squalid conditions is approaching 15,000 — and warning the situation could get much worse.

“Speaking to Border Patrol agents, the worst is yet to come, they’re worried about what is behind here, they’re worried about co-ordination with Mexico,” he told Fox News from Del Rio.

Officials have described an “out of control” situation as they scramble to cope with a flood of migrants that has spiked from 4,000 on Wednesday to now what Pfluger said was 14,878 as of Saturday afternoon. Fox News images have shown migrants streaming across the border by their hundreds for days.

“It’s worse than you could imagine,” Pfluger said, whose office also provided images of the chaos to Fox News.

The migrants have set up a de facto camp under the bridge to shelter from the 100 degree heat as their numbers swell and they wait to be processed by Border Patrol. Officials have rushed toilets, water, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid to try and help.

(Read accounts of attempted border shutdowns and staffing arrangements at Fox News

The more I think of this situation, all of this seems to be going as planned by the White House

The more I think about this invasion, this seems to fit into the plans of the socialists who run things in the White House. They want to “fundamentally change America” by importing as many socialists as possible. It does not matter that they will bankrupt the nation. They will get these little socialists on handout programs as soon as possible and, thereby, have a new class of devoted Democrat voters.

Democrat Del Rio Mayor calls for help from Biden and Harris

The Epoch Times reports the words of Democrat Mayor Mayor Bruno Lozano as he called on members of his own party for help.

Democratic Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano has called out President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for failing to make an appearance at his town as it battles with an overwhelming illegal immigrant crisis that has left Border Patrol agents struggling to process thousands of people.

More than 15,000 illegal immigrants, including Haitian, Cuban, and Venezuelan nationals, have illegally entered the United States in recent days and taken shelter underneath the border bridge connecting Del Rio, a Texas town of about 35,000 people, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

While numerous official figures and congressmen, including Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have visited the town, shared images, and urged the Biden administration to take action, both Biden and Harris have been noticeably absent.

On Sept.18, as Pfluger warned that the situation has “reached boiling point,” Harris made an appearance at Howard University where she led a coin toss at the university’s football event.

(Read more at the Epoch Times about the Democrat non-response)

This should be the message to working-class Democrats in America: “You have been abandoned for the illegal alien socialists.”

As has become evident by the acts of the Democrats at the border, working class Democrats have now been abandoned by the party in favor of illegal alien socialists.  Although an imperceptibly small minority of illegal aliens are being sent back, the majority that the Biden CBP encounter are being spread across America.

The Biden regime continues with unequal application of the law

As illustrated by the tweet below, Biden has chosen to continue with an unequal application of the law even when dealing with illegal aliens.

Texas law enforcement takes action over migrant crisis in Del Rio

The Blaze reports that Texas Rangers have started picking up the slack where the federal agents under Joe Biden have slacked off.

Texas law enforcement took action late Saturday over the growing migrant crisis unfolding in Del Rio, Texas, a small town situated on the southern United States border with Mexico.

What are the details?

Gov. Greg Abbott said Saturday the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas National Guard were working together to secure the area of the border where thousands of Haitian migrants have poured into the U.S. in recent days.

“The Texas Department of Public Safety is in full force along the border around the Del Rio area. They have built a barricade with their squad cars and State Troopers,” Abbott said. “The National Guard is working with them to secure the border.”

The Texas DPS shared images on social media showing a massive fleet of vehicles parked on the banks of the Rio Grande river.

(Read how Texas forces plan to act at The Blaze)

At least Abbott is trying to do what Biden will not do.

Because Biden has abandoned the border, Governor Abbott has been forced to use Texas resources to stem the flow of illegal aliens into Texas.

In contradiction to Biden claims, the majority of Haitians are released into America

The Associated Press report that (of the 16,000 Haitians amassed at Del Rio) many are being released into America.

Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion.

Haitians have been freed on a “very, very large scale” in recent days, according to one U.S. official who put the figure in the thousands. The official, who has direct knowledge of operations, was not authorized to discuss the matter Tuesday and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Many have been released with notices to appear at an immigration office within 60 days, an outcome that requires less processing time from Border Patrol agents than ordering an appearance in immigration court and points to the speed at which authorities are moving, the official said.

The Homeland Security Department has been busing Haitians from Del Rio to El Paso, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas border, and this week added flights to Tucson, Arizona, the official said. They are processed by the Border Patrol at those locations.

A second U.S. official, also with direct knowledge and speaking on the condition of anonymity, said large numbers of Haitians were being processed under immigration laws and not being placed on expulsion flights to Haiti that started Sunday. The official couldn’t be more specific about how many.

U.S. authorities scrambled in recent days for buses to Tucson but resorted to flights when they couldn’t find enough transportation contractors, both officials said. Coast Guard planes took Haitians from Del Rio to El Paso.

The releases in the U.S. were occurring despite the signaling of a massive effort to expel Haitians on flights to Haiti under pandemic-related authority that denies migrants an opportunity to seek asylum. A third U.S. official not authorized to discuss operations said there were seven daily flights to Haiti planned starting Wednesday.

Accounts of wide-scale releases — some observed at the Del Rio bus station by Associated Press journalists — are at odds with statements a day earlier by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who traveled to Del Rio to promise swift action.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned, your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life,” he said at a Monday news conference.

The releases come amid a quick effort to empty the camp under a bridge that, according to some estimates, held more than 14,000 people over the weekend in a town of 35,000 people. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, during a visit Tuesday to Del Rio, said the county’s top official told him the most recent tally at the camp was about 8,600 migrants.

The criteria for deciding who is flown to Haiti and who is released in the U.S. was unclear, but two U.S. officials said single adults were the priority for expulsion flights.

The Homeland Security Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Tuesday night.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

For those Haitians who got into America, some revolted

As reported by Kingsville CBS affiliate KIII, Haitians in CBP custody attempted escape and take-over of a CPB bus.

New images have come to light of Monday’s incident just south of Kingsville, Texas, involving some Haitian migrants and the Department of Homeland Security.

The group of migrants were being transported by bus to Brownsville when there was a revolt. The Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office said the migrants fought with agents, forced the bus to stop, and then escaped. Footage of the incident was brought to Governor Greg Abbott’s attention during a news conference Tuesday.

“We saw something yesterday that we knew was going to happen,” said Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council.

Judd was in Del Rio at the news conference with Governor Abbott spotlighting the Haitian migrant crisis there.

“If you are targeting Texas to come to, we are going to show up in force and shut down the border,” Abbott said.

“When those people who were in buses south of Kingsville, Texas, when they found out they were going to be sent back to Haiti, they took the bus over and they fled,” Judd said.

Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick was one of a number of lawmen who showed up to the scene to help out the ICE agents.

“These illegal migrants assaulted the federal agents on the bus and somehow they managed to escape custody for a brief moment in time, and agents then had to chase them down again and get into another scuffle on the side of the road with these individuals to try and detain them,” Kirkpatrick said.

The desperation seen in the Haitian migrants trying to cross the border is partly due to a recent earthquake that destroyed or damaged nearly 130,000 homes. Haiti’s president was also assassinated earlier this year. The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory telling Americans not to visit Haiti because of the civil unrest, crime and COVID-19.

Eddie Canales, a South Texas immigrant rights activist, said those Haitians acted in desperation because they are fearful of returning to their country. He believes the Haitian migrants at our state’s border should be welcomed into the country and not deported back to Haiti.

“There needs to be immediate humanitarian parole given to the Haitians in this country or you know, temporary protected status, or as refugees,” Canales said. “Figure out what’s going on. Did any actions take place in Haiti to keep people from leaving in terms of relief after the earthquake? I doubt it very much.”

(Read more at KIII)

The statement “There needs to be immediate humanitarian parole given” provides all the proof we need that this situation is insane. The inmates have taken over the asylum.

 

Over-counting COVID deaths and using the mandate to distract from Afghanistan: what else will Biden bungle?

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Sharyl Atkisson proves COVID deaths have been extremely over-counted

Real Clear Politics reviews a recent Full Measure episode where Sharyl Attkisson explores how COVID deaths may have been over-counted by 100% or more.

SharylAttkisson“Full Measure” host Sharyl Attkisson investigates how Covid-19 cases and deaths are being counted and finds some suspicious overcounting:

As hindsight comes into clearer focus, we’re learning a lot about mistaken advice and policies amid the Covid-19 pandemic. One still murky and disputed area involves the death toll, now upwards of 640,000 in the U.S., according to CDC. Some insist the true count is much higher; others claim it’s lower. Today, we begin with the startling results of our investigation that found in some documented cases, news that Covid was the cause of death was greatly exaggerated.

Grand County, Colorado, rural country a hundred miles outside of Denver.

Thanksgiving 2020, Lucais Reilly shoots his wife Kristin in the head, then turns the gun on himself, committing suicide. They have alcohol and drugs in their system and a history of domestic troubles.

Grand County coroner Brenda Bock explains how the small town tragedy is exposing serious questions about the way Covid deaths are counted.

Brenda Bock: I had a homicide-suicide the end of November, and the very next day it showed up on the state website as Covid deaths. And they were gunshot wounds. And I questioned that immediately because I had not even signed off the death certificates yet, and the state was already reporting them as Covid deaths.

Bock says somebody, somewhere had apparently run the couple’s names through a database showing they’d tested positive for Covid within 28 days of their death. Then recorded them as Covid deaths even though they died of gunshots.

Sharyl: If we look at the death certificates for the murder-suicide case, what will it say about Covid?

Bock: Nothing, absolutely nothing. I paid a forensic pathologist to do the autopsies on those two cases. And nowhere is COVID mentioned on those death certificates. Nowhere.

Bock: This is a copy of the death certificate, and nowhere does it say COVID. So we have a homicide, suicide, nothing to do with COVID.

(continued)

But when we checked in July, the New York Times tally over-reported Grand County’s 2020 Covid death toll by least 500%. It was missing one resident who reportedly died of Covid outside of the county. But the Times counted the unrelated heart attack; the two people who were alive – which were removed from the state total; and the murder-suicide of Lucais and Kristin Reilly.

Sharyl: What are the implications nationwide when we’re looking at numbers then?

Bock: I believe they’re very inflated. And don’t get me wrong. I believe Covid is real. And I believe people do get very sick from it. And I do believe a small number do die from that. I do not believe a homicide-suicide belongs in that number. I don’t, because my job is to tell the truth about why a person died, the cause and the manner. And I don’t believe that what’s going on is the truth.

(Read more at Real Clear Politics)

When I heard a bit of Sharyl Atkisson’s presentation on Full Measure, it clicked.

The idea that non-COVID deaths had been reported as COVID deaths rang true. This may be based on the fact that the main stream media just will not stop pounding the COVID topic. It may come from the lies that the media has been caught pushing. Or it may originate with the occasional story on how Democrats hide the truth surrounding an outbreak thought to be COVID.

Nonetheless, the Democrats in office and in the press have spent all of their trust.

Biden Timed Vaccine Mandate Announcement to Distract from Afghanistan Debacle

Breitbart points toward indications that the vaccine mandate might be Biden’s attempt to distract from the multiple Afghanistan bungles. However, with the poor thinking that went into both the mandate and Afghanistan, who’s to say he isn’t magnifying both bungles?

Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow said President Joe Biden announced his vaccine mandate in order to distract from his disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, adding that U.S. leaders can “literally get away with murder at this point.”

“I think this is exactly why Biden unrolled the vaccine mandate, is specifically because he didn’t want to talk about Afghanistan. He didn’t even give a live address on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 — he’s hiding,” Marlow said in a recent episode of I’m Right with Jesse Kelly.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Has Biden thought out what happens when nursing home workers resign rather than get the jab?

Nursing home workers don’t make a lot of money; however, they hold a key position. If they quit en masse as a response to Joe’s mandate, who will replace them? Will this result in massive deaths in government-run nursing homes due to worker shortages?

What will happen if garbage truck drivers refuse the jab? Does anyone remember the last garbage hauler’s strike in New York? Does anyone want that nationwide?

What happens when more rural clinics have nurses and doctors quit rather than get this relatively untested “vaccination?” How will we provide healthcare when rural systems are already being shut down to compensate for refusals in the big cities?

Is there a possibility that Joe’s cover-up issue might grow to be worse than Afghanistan? What other industries could say “No, I will just quit” rather than take Joe’s jab?

A running list of Joe’s/Kamala’s failures

The following comes directly off of the top of my head; therefore, I welcome corrections (with linked documentation) in the comments. If you make comments, I will add your input to the list (with citations to you). Additionally, I will keep your comments.

 

Who has Biden exempted from his vaccine mandate? – Part Three

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Why does Biden’s vaccine mandate not apply to welfare recipients and others?

The Hill explores the reasons why Biden won’t force his vaccine mandate on welfare recipients and others.

On Sept. 9, President Biden declared that all companies with more than 100 employees must “ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.”

According to Biden’s federal vaccine mandate, any company that does not comply will face a fine of $14,000 per case.

During his speech, Biden also declared that “all nursing home workers who treat patients on Medicare and Medicaid” and that “those who work in hospitals, home healthcare facilities, or other medical facilities” as well as “all executive branch federal employees” and “federal contractors” must get vaccinated.

If these Americans choose not to get vaccinated, they will lose their livelihoods. As Biden said, “This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

But Biden’s federal vaccine mandate does not apply to Americans on welfare, illegal immigrants, members of Congress, U.S. Postal Service employees and several other groups.

This is not only unfair, but it flies in the face of Biden’s goal “to require more Americans to be vaccinated, to combat those blocking public health.”

So, per Biden’s edict, Americans who work at a company that employs more than 100 people have no choice but to get vaccinated. The same standard applies to the health care workers who have heroically put their lives on the line treating COVID-19 patients.

But for reasons unexplained, Biden refuses to mandate vaccines for the 59 million Americans who receive welfare benefits.

Put another way, Biden is mandating that the Americans who supply most of the tax revenue to pay for America’s welfare system be vaccinated or lose employment. But the beneficiaries of the welfare state are exempt.

This is even more flummoxing given that data shows Medicaid recipients are among the least vaccinated.

(Read about regional disparities at The Hill)

In the real world, the elderly are among those who remain at higher risk (2% rather than 1.15% for those over 80)

If the elderly remain at higher risk and if greater numbers of the elderly remain unvaccinated, then why not mandate vaccinating those on welfare? Does it have any thing to do with the fact that a person can catch COVID-19 after being vaccinated? Does it have to do with the many high-profile cases where people have died after being vaccinated? Or does Biden fear losing this segment of votes if he pushes the matter?

 

Guess which party remains the party of “release the criminals”

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Ramsey County to end felony prosecutions that result from non-public safety traffic stops

Minneapolis CBS affiliate WCCO reports Democrat District Attorney John Choi chose to decriminalize felony-level moving violations and crimes that are not discussed in the article.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has announced a new policy that he says is aimed at fundamentally changing the use of non-public safety traffic stops by police.

In a press conference early Wednesday afternoon, Choi detailed the new policy that ends felony prosecutions resulting from non-public safety traffic stops. He says these stops typically occur when a motorist has an equipment violation, with the intent to seek evidence for a more serious crime.

St. Paul police announced they will no longer conduct traffic stops for offenses including vehicle registrations, loud mufflers, items on windshields and non-working lights.

“These types of stops disproportionately affect black and brown communities and undermine the trust in the work police do every day to serve and protect the public,” Choi’s office said in a release. “The new policy was developed in collaboration with local law enforcement, philanthropic leaders, county residents and national partners such as the Vera Institute of Justice.”

Choi also said the county attorney’s office will “no longer favor officers asking people for consent to search their vehicle.”

“That practice, in my view, is coercive and it actually leads and breeds more distrust in our community,” Choi said. “If there is no reason to ask for consent and you present a case to us that’s based solely on that … we will also not prosecute that case.”

(continued)

Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Executive Director Brian Peter released a statement following the county attorney’s announcement.

“Basically, the county attorney just announced his office won’t uphold the law and won’t prosecute those break it. That’s absurd, and is a slap in the face to victims of crime,” Peter said. “Ramsey County residents be warned: those that break the law won’t even get a slap on the wrist — they’ll get a high-five from the county attorney and be left to commit more, and more serious offenses. Reduction of crime and public safety for all should be our focus as the crime rate escalates – and this isn’t it.”

Republican members of the House and Senate have also issued statements in opposition to the new policy.

(Read the liberal swill at WCCO)

Considering that this came from the party whose President and V.P. fundraised to bail out Antifa and BLM, this does not surprise

Remember that, during the election, Biden and Kamala pulled together funds to raise bail for Antifa and BLM thugs who had burned and destroyed cities across the North.

In 2021, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg continued (along with her social justice judges) releasing murderers

Houston Public Media reported in a 8 April 2021 article how Kim Ogg has facilitated the release of felons on personal recognizance bonds.

It’s an issue that has been raised over and over again by critics of Harris County’s bail practices: people accused of violent offenses committing crimes while they’re out on bond.

But while many agree that there is a problem, not everyone agrees on how to address it.

At a committee hearing for Texas Senate Bill 21 last month, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg presented data showing that the number of defendants charged with new crimes while out on bond has gone up every year for the past five years.

The number of those accused of accused of a crime while out on two to four bonds quadrupled from 2016 to 2020, from 1,812 to 7,312.

SB21 would prohibit judges from giving low-cost or bonds to defendants who have previously violated bond conditions or who are accused of multiple crimes.

What everybody does seem to agree on is that Harris County’s misdemeanor bail reform is not to blame – even though it keeps coming up in the discussion.

Harris County is currently bound to the terms of a settlement from a case that found its use of misdemeanor cash bail unconstitutionally discriminated against people who couldn’t afford to pay. Since then, people accused of misdemeanors in Harris County are often let out of jail with no cash bail – so-called personal recognizance or PR bonds.

(Read more at Houston Public Media)

Sadly, the best source of information does not originate with traditional media

If you really want to keep up to date on how bad the release of felons affects the safety of Houstonians, keep in touch with Andy Kahan, Director of Victims’ Services at Houston’s Crime Stoppers.

In 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg pledged to stop prosecuting some marijuana possession cases

Houston Public Media reported in a 2 July 2019 article how Kim Ogg pledged to stop prosecuting some marijuana possession cases.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced on Tuesday her office will only accept criminal charges for misdemeanor possession of marijuana if a lab test result proves that the evidence seized has a THC concentration of more than 0.3 percent.

THC, technically named tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive element in cannabis.

Ogg said in a news release that the new guideline is based on a state law passed this year by the Legislature that creates a State of Texas Hemp Production Plan and allows farmers to grow hemp as a crop.

The text of the law establishes that hemp is considered to have a maximum THC concentration of 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

“This necessarily means that the THC content and quantification is now relevant to prosecuting all marijuana cases,” said Ogg. “The new definition of hemp necessarily changes the definition of marijuana.”

In Texas, possession of four ounces or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor. The DA said her office will work under the premise that in misdemeanor cases, if the THC concentration is less than 0.3 percent, the substance is hemp. A THC concentration greater than 0.3 percent would be classified as marijuana. Under the new law, Ogg said proof beyond a reasonable doubt will require laboratory testing for THC concentration.

In March, Ogg announced that convictions for marijuana possession-related misdemeanors in Harris County had gone down 80 percent since her office implemented a pre-charge diversion program that allows people to go through special courses instead of being arrested.

(Read more at Houston Public Media)

This should be a matter of debate in the Texas Senate and House, not an edict from a District Attorney with a Queen complex

Kim Ogg and every other petty dictator from Joe Biden on down needs to remember that the laws get debated and passed in houses of Congress.

Just as I dissented during the petty reign of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson (who claimed to be Republican, but had many Planned Parenthood ties and went tooth-and-nail against David Daleiden), we cannot allow those who prosecute criminals to re-write the law by ignoring parts of it.

 

Who has Biden exempted from his vaccine mandate? – Part Two

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Of course, this comes as an addendum to the the first post on Who has Biden exempted from his vaccine mandate?

The Courts

Fox News reports how federal court judges and all associated employees are not required to comply with the Biden vaccine push (bolding is mine).

LyingDogFacePonySoldierPresident Biden’s executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccines among all federal workers does not apply to members of Congress, the federal court system or their staffers.

Biden’s order Thursday mandating COVID-19 vaccinations among federal workers and contractors drops the option of regular testing and allows only some religious and disability exemptions. The order applies only to employees of the executive branch and does not apply to the legislative or judicial branches of government, the White House confirmed to Fox News.

(Read more at Fox News)

So the people in the federal courts must be like the people in Obama’s party

People in the Congress (both staffers and Congressional people) and people in the federal court system (as judges and employees — not necessarily the defendants or plaintiffs) must be like the people described by Annie Karni as “sophisticated.”

Missouri school employees exempt from federal vaccine mandate

Kansas City, Missouri CBS affiliate KCTV reports that Missouri school employees will be exempt from the Biden vaccine mandate.

President Biden’s sweeping vaccination mandate will not apply to schools.

Missouri’s Department of Education clarified the matter in a statement to KCTV5:

“Mandatory vaccinations for teachers and school personnel is a matter determined at the local level by policy voted on by local boards of education. From the information and interpretation DESE officials have seen, at this time we do not believe mandates announced last week by President Biden apply to Missouri school districts.”

Schools receive federal funds and certainly have hundreds, if not thousands, of employees. But, schools are not considered a business. Teachers and staff are public employees; they are not federal employees. So, the federal mandate does not apply.

It’s something teachers, administrators, and unions quickly understood but perhaps not parents.

“I don’t think that there is anyone in the state that has accurate numbers for how many teachers have been vaccinated,” explained Todd Fuller with the Missouri State Teacher Association.

Fuller says the nationwide estimate is 90% of all teachers have been vaccinated but adds there hasn’t been specific polling or research in Missouri.

Missouri data reveals 63.9% of all Missouri adults have had at least one shot.

(Read more at KCTV)

For those of us who can’t gain sophistication the way Obama did (by having others buy it for him), there is public service (and, possibly, unions)

Looks like working for the public sector will work for getting your fix of not getting the jab.

Additionally, when I originally heard about this exemption for Missouri schools (some people whistle while they work — I listen to the radio while I work), I heard that it had to do with unions. If that turns out to be the case, I will add updates here.

 

Republicans fight back against Biden’s dirty tactics

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Biden “informs” states of how many Afghan refugees they will take, Republicans say “No”

One America News Network reports that the Republican Study Committee will fight Biden’s Afghan resettlement program.

The Republican Study Committee unveiled a plan to fight Joe Biden’s program to quickly resettle tens of thousands of Afghan refugees into the U.S. In a memo on Wednesday, the RSC said Biden’s plan was dangerous and extended as well as an open border approach to immigration policies.

RSC Chair Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) pointed out the Biden administration requested $6.4 billion to fly any unvetted Afghan national into the U.S. by the end of the next fiscal year. He added the Democrats’ request included lifetime welfare and a path to citizenship for said Afghans.

“The Biden administration wants billions of dollars to fund unlimited green cards for unvetted Afghans,” Banks expressed in a tweet. “Opening our borders to a Taliban-run nation with the promise of lifetime welfare and citizenship for their extended family is reckless and dangerous.”

(Read this and more at One America News Network)

Thanks to the Republican Study Committee

This needs to be ongoing. Moreover, this needs to be just as dirty as the Democrats have made it.

Biden directs life-saving monoclonal antibody COVID treatments from Florida and Texas to states in the North

Townhall comments on the way Biden directed half of the monoclonal antibody treatments sent to Florida and Texas away from those states.

After President Biden attacked Republican governors in an address on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki denied reports that Biden was cutting lifesaving Wuhan coronavirus treatments to red states.

Reports that the Biden administration is reducing the quantity of monoclonal antibody treatments sent to Florida and Texas, among other states with Republican governors, are “not accurate,” Psaki said. 

“First of all, we are increasing our distribution this month by 50 percent,” she explained. “In early August we were distributing an average of 100,000 doses per week, now we’re shipping an average of 150,000 doses per week,” Psaki added.

(Read more of her lies at Townhall)

Biden lies about misdirecting treatments from Florida and Texas while he sends infected illegal aliens and Afghans into those states

Townhall likewise comments in a separate article on Biden’s redirecting of the monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID patients.

In remarks from the White House on Thursday — billed as “Remarks on Leveling the Playing Field in Our Economy to Bring Down Costs and Ensure that the Backbone of the Country, the Middle Class, Can Finally get a Break” — quickly turned vindictive as Biden repeated his attacks on Republican-led states.

“The governors of Florida and Texas are doing everything they can to undermine the lifesaving requirements that I have proposed,” Biden said repeating a line of attack he first used in a non sequitur speech on the Wuhan coronavirus as his failed Afghan airlift was underway.

Biden’s blind partisanship is, unsurprisingly, based in fantasy. Republican governors in Florida and Texas have pursued measures that ban mask mandates — which is different than an outright ban on masks, despite the lies peddled by Biden and other Democrats — while President Biden is the one who is undermining life-saving measures in those states. In what appears to be petty political maneuvering, Biden is putting American lives at risk. This development is somewhat unsurprising given he’s also left Americans stranded behind Taliban lines in Afghanistan, but it’s disturbing nonetheless.

As has been reported by officials in Florida, the Biden administration blindsided Florida’s health officials by restricting the supply of monoclonal antibody treatments without warning.

(Read more at Townhall)

Do you want to know where the COVID problem starts? It starts with the flood of illegals invited or shipped into America by Biden

Despite Biden’s FAA banning drones over the Texas open-air border facilities, the footage and on-the-ground reports reveal that up to 12,000 Hatians per day have been flooding the Southern border.

The Federal Aviation Administration has placed a two-week flight restriction along a bridge at the southern border inundated with thousands of illegal immigrants, which prevents reporters from flying drones to document the crisis.

“We’ve learned that the FAA just implemented a two week TFR (Temporary Flight Restrictions) over the international bridge in Del Rio, TX, meaning we can no longer fly our FOX drone over it to show images of the thousands of migrants. FAA says ‘special security reason,’” Fox News reporter Bill Melugin tweeted Thursday evening.

(Read more at Fox News)

DeSantis goes directly to antibody manufacturer. Will “fight like hell”

Tampa Bay Fox affiliate WTVT reports that Governor DeSantis will work around Biden’s removal of the life-saving treatment from the state.

While Florida looks to round the corner on administering 100,000 monoclonal antibody treatments to people with COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged Thursday to “fight like hell” to continue receiving the treatments as the federal government this week took control over distribution of the drugs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday reported on its website that the agency has “transitioned from a direct ordering process to a state/territory-coordinated distribution system,” saying that the change will give “health departments maximum flexibility to get these critical drugs where they are needed most.”

A handful of states, including Florida, have obtained the bulk of the treatments available thus far, according to White House officials.

But the federal health agency now is allocating a weekly distribution “based on weekly reports of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in addition to data on inventories and use” submitted by states to the federal government, HHS officials said.

Florida this week will be capped at receiving 27,850 doses of the monoclonal antibody treatment Regeneron and 3,100 doses of treatments developed by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, according to federal health officials.

(Read more at WTVT)

Governor Abbott orders six ports of entry closed by Texas State Troopers

Austin CBS affiliate KENS points out that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has commanded the Texas State Troopers to close ports of entry to Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that he has directed state troopers and the Texas National Guard “to shut down six points of entry along the southern border” at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

But a CBP spokesperson said the federal government — which operates ports of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border — has no plans to shut down any ports of entry.

“I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six points of entry along the southern border to stop these [migrant] caravans from overrunning our state,” Abbott said in an emailed statement. “The border crisis is so dire that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requesting our help as their agents are overwhelmed by the chaos.”

Renae Eze, Abbott’s spokesperson, added that the state “is shutting down the ports of entry at the request of and in collaboration with CBP.”

Dennis Smith, the CBP spokesperson, said the agency has received no directive from the federal government to shut down ports of entry.

“I couldn’t comment on anything the governor said, I don’t have any information on that,” Smith said.

The Department of Public Safety didn’t respond to a request for comment about Abbott’s directive.

Abbott’s announcement comes as thousands of asylum-seeking migrants — most of them from Haiti — are waiting under an international bridge in Del Rio, to be processed to enter the country, according to Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez.

(Read more at KENS)

While there may not be communication between Abbott’s Texas Troopers and the Biden’s Border Patrol, there is a history. When Abbott had DPS stop illegal aliens being transported from the border, Biden sued. When Abbott signed a law protecting babies from abortion after a heartbeat can be heard, Biden sues.

And now the graphic comics (as opposed to the ones that stroll the Capitol)

Biden crushed under COVID (no Atlas here)

BidenCrushedUnderCovid

Biden raises Taliban from Stone Age to Laser-guided Age

BidenPutsTalibanfromStoneAgeToComputerAge

Channeling his hero general

ChannellingBA

Democrats win no car races

DemsWinNoCarRaces

Explaining the mandate

ExplainingTheMandate

Getting away

Getting_Away

Hat tip to Ben Garrison (cartoonist of this illustration)

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Masks come off

HatTipToBenGarrison2

Keep digging

MC_KeepDigging

Little Red 

NotThousandsStranded

Two-faced AOC

TwoFacedAOC

Why George W. Bush is afraid to go to Piggly Wiggly

WhyGWB_WontGoToPigglyWiggly

 

Unintended consequences from Biden’s vaccine mandate

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Biden’s vaccine mandate may force problems in the healthcare industry

The Western Journal informs us that unintended consequences have cropped up in response to mandates like Biden’s vaccine mandate.

Unanticipated consequences?

President Joe Biden’s newly announced vaccine mandate might backfire on him — big time.

In August, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all health care workers in the state would be required to have at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination by Sept. 27 or be fired.

The consequences of this statewide mandate are already being felt at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, New York. The hospital just announced “a pause” in delivering babies after staff members in the maternity unit handed in their resignations over the controversial mandate, according to WWNY-TV.

On Friday, Lewis County Health System Chief Executive Officer Gerald Cayer told reporters that 73 percent of the hospital’s 629 employees have been vaccinated and that the mandate had prompted 30 more to get the shot. However, it also led 30 employees to resign.

“If we can pause the service and now focus on recruiting nurses who are vaccinated, we will be able to reengage in delivering babies here in Lewis County,” Cayer said, according to WWNY.

“Our hope is as we get closer [to the deadline], the numbers will increase of individuals who are vaccinated, fewer individuals will leave and maybe, with a little luck, some of those who have resigned will reconsider,” he said. “We are not alone. There are thousands of positions that are open north of the Thruway and now we have a challenge to work through, you know, with the vaccination mandate.”

New York has the nation’s eighth-highest vaccination rate. As of Sept. 12, nearly 62 percent of the population was fully vaccinated, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

If the mandate is causing problems in a highly vaccinated state, how much worse will the situation be in states such as Alabama, Wyoming, Idaho and West Virginia that have vaccination rates of 40 percent or less?

(Read more at the Western Journal)

What could go wrong? Can’t people just pause that pregnancy, heart attack, or Democrat-supported shooting?

Are you willing to gamble your life or the life of your loved ones (your sons, daughters, wife, husband, or other loved people)? Is Dementia Joe’s political future more important to you than any of those lives?

As we know, coronary deaths have seen surges during the continual COVID fear porn (as have suicides, drug overdoses, and other factors related to being shut away from certain aspects of life and health care). Therefore, this couldn’t take a bad turn, could it?

Does Biden’s mandate throw medical privacy out the window?

Tampa Bay CBS affiliate WTSP assures us that Biden’s vaccine questions will not violate medical privacy as long as the employer only asks whether the employee is vaccinated against COVID.

With vaccines for COVID-19 now widely available, we are seeing more instances of businesses requiring both their employees and customers to be vaccinated, and sometimes even asking for proof of vaccination.

We have also seen videos like the one below. Social media users post videos of customers they dub as “Karens.” Often, they are upset with mask or vaccine rules, claiming they are a violation of HIPAA.

So, what is HIPAA?

Some people think it stands for the Health Insurance Privacy and Protection Act. However, that would be HIPPA, and the proper acronym is HIPAA.

That one “P” stands for portability, obviously.

Its actual name is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It’s a national standard that protects sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. According to the CDC, the main goal is to ensure your health information is properly protected while it is handled by certain people or organizations.

Those who must comply with HIPAA include healthcare providers, like doctors or hospitals. Then there are health plans, along with healthcare clearinghouses, which would be like a middleman for healthcare providers and insurance payers.

Lastly, businesses that use medical information, like a data analysis company, have to follow HIPAA as well.

You may be thinking, what about all the other organizations that have to handle medical information like law enforcement agencies or your child’s school? Those organizations are not covered by HIPAA.

In general, HIPAA does not apply to most businesses. When a business asks its employee to show proof of a vaccination, it would not be considered a HIPAA violation. However, businesses do have to keep that information private, but not because of HIPAA. It is because of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

(Read more at WTSP)

Now, according to this, employers can ask about your HIV vaccination status

Based on the above article, it would seem employers might feel free to ask about whether employees have accepted vaccinations against HIV or any other specific disease. Based on the article above, it would seem that there are no laws restraining businesses from discriminating against employees. Based on the article above, one would think that there would be no right to privacy of personal information (central to the Fifth Amendment’s right to not self-incriminate).

However, with the direction that Biden is going, it seems that he does not want us to have the right of private beliefs (if those beliefs call us to not submit to his COVID vaccination). Of course, the First Amendment guarantees our right to privacy of our beliefs (also known as our freedom of religion).

However, it seems that the only privacy right that Biden supports is the right to kill one’s offspring in the privacy of one’s womb. And now that the Democrats have declared men to have wombs, we may be in for a season of insanity.

Nonetheless, in one of any of the “right to work” states (where an employer can fire for any non-discriminatory reason), this could turn to an interesting direction that the Biden regime might not like.

 

After the press hides Biden’s directive to OSHA to ignore reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, Biden’s OSHA is to administer forced vaccinations?

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In April, Biden gave OSHA the command to ignore reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine

The National Law Review provided a 22 April 2021 synopsis of the legal situation resulting from Biden’s decision to direct the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to ignore COVID-19 vaccine reactions.

OSHAThe U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has answered a question that has been troubling employers since the pace of vaccinations started to accelerate: when must an employer record an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine on its OSHA 300 Logs? In a new series of answers to its COVID-19 frequently asked questions (FAQs) issued on April 20, 2021, OSHA states that the answer turns on whether the vaccine is required or recommended by the employer. The new guidance makes clear that while adverse reactions to required and recommended vaccinations may be recordable, “OSHA is exercising its enforcement discretion to only require the recording of adverse effects to required vaccines at this time.” As always, the devil is somewhat in the details.

Recordability of Adverse Reactions: Is the Vaccine “Voluntary”?

OSHA’s new guidance begins by pointing out that an adverse reaction to a vaccine may be recordable if it is “work-related,” a “new case” (as opposed to a condition resulting from a previous work-related illness), and one of the recording criteria—such as days away from work—is met. OSHA then addresses when a vaccine is “work-related” as follows:

If I require my employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of their employment, are adverse reactions to the vaccine recordable?

If you require your employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment (i.e., for work-related reasons), then any adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is work-related. The adverse reaction is recordable if it is a new case under 29 CFR 1904.6 and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.

I do not require my employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. However, I do recommend that they receive the vaccine and may provide it to them or make arrangements for them to receive it offsite. If an employee has an adverse reaction to the vaccine, am I required to record it?

No. Although adverse reactions to recommended COVID-19 vaccines may be recordable under 29 CFR 1904.4(a) if the reaction is: (1) work-related, (2) a new case, and (3) meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7, OSHA is exercising its enforcement discretion to only require the recording of adverse effects to required vaccines at this time. Therefore, you do not need to record adverse effects from COVID-19 vaccines that you recommend, but do not require.

Note that for this discretion to apply, the vaccine must be truly voluntary. For example, an employee’s choice to accept or reject the vaccine cannot affect their performance rating or professional advancement. An employee who chooses not to receive the vaccine cannot suffer any repercussions from this choice. If employees are not free to choose whether or not to receive the vaccine without fearing adverse action, then the vaccine is not merely “recommended” and employers should consult the above FAQ regarding COVID-19 vaccines that are a condition of employment.

Note also that the exercise of this discretion is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding OSHA’s expectations as to the recording of adverse effects during the health emergency; it does not change any of employers’ other responsibilities under OSHA’s recordkeeping regulations or any of OSHA’s interpretations of those regulations.

Finally, note that this answer applies to a variety of scenarios where employers recommend, but do not require vaccines, including where the employer makes the COVID-19 vaccine available to employees at work, where the employer makes arrangements for employees to receive the vaccine at an offsite location (e.g., pharmacy, hospital, local health department, etc.), and where the employer offer the vaccine as part of a voluntary health and wellness program at my workplace. In other words, the method by which employees might receive a recommended vaccine does not matter for the sake of this question.

When Is the Vaccine “Voluntary”?

OSHA draws somewhat of a bright-line rule by stating that adverse reactions are recordable when the employer mandates vaccines. The issue becomes a bit murkier when determining whether a vaccine is “voluntary.” The new compliance guidance states, “an employee’s choice to accept or reject the vaccine cannot affect [his or her] performance rating or professional advancement,” and that an “employee who chooses not to receive the vaccine cannot suffer any repercussions from this choice.”

Employers are using a variety of incentives to encourage vaccinations. For example, some employers are offering financial incentives, the opportunity to enter raffles to win prizes, or paid time off to receive the vaccine and recover from any adverse reactions. Some employers are also wrestling with the possibility that customers may demand vaccinated workers. For example, some construction employers are beginning to report that customers are not allowing unvaccinated workers to work at particular job sites. The question is whether vaccinations under these circumstances are “voluntary.”

(Read more at The National Law Review where they speculate over what can be done against the unvaccinated)

Under the cloak of silence enforced by the Democrat press, Biden started that OSHA non-safety/non-health directive. Now he wants us to trust his assumed power to have OHSA force the unvaccinated to comply?

What part of the Constitution gives the president dictatorial powers when it comes to our bodies? What happened to the Democrat mantra “My body, my choice?”

What happened to the elected representatives of the people in the House and why aren’t there representatives of the states in the Senate?

In matters of the federal government, we need to return to our roots. 

This is time for individuals and states where individuals live to stand and say “no more.”

 

Who has Biden exempted from his vaccine mandate?

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Illegal aliens

I would quote a greater part of the Daily Wire article telling you how Jen Psaki ignored a question on how illegal aliens will not be required to adhere to the vaccine mandate; however, why drill in on things that you likely know?

Just as with other topics, liberal Biden shows himself to be predictably inconsistent

You already know that Joe Biden and the vacuous Millennial liberals in the White House hate Americans. Therefore, there seems little need to drag out an explanation of how liberals hate America. Nobody can cogently argue against the facts: they work to undermine our youths’ understanding of the origins of the nation (or approve of the working), they proselytize children into their cause (or finance this proselytization through our own tax dollars), and call for some groups to be condemned for the sins of their purported fathers while simultaneously insisting that the sins of the 9/11 terrorists (or the Islamist attacks on American soil that followed during the Obama years).

Therefore, why show any surprise when Dementia Joe (without comment) exempts illegal aliens from COVID-19 vaccination while he tries to terrorize Americans over the disease?

New York City Teachers’ Union Members

Spectrum News points to the possibility that New York teachers may be exempt from the vaccine mandate.

A resolution between the city and the union for public school teachers will grant new options for educators who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

An independent arbitrator announced late Friday that teachers with specific documented medical or religious exemptions must be offered alternative work assignments. The arbitrator also said remote work must be available for vaccinated teachers with suppressed immune systems.

The arbitration calls for unpaid leave with health coverage, or a severance arrangement, for those who refuse to get the shot and do not qualify for an exemption. That unpaid leave would last through September of next year.

Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter commended the swiftness of the decision, saying, “We’re pleased that the binding Arbitration was issued before the first day of school and we will swiftly implement the terms.”

The teacher vaccine mandate is scheduled to go into effect Sept. 27.

According to the city education department, as of Friday morning at least 74% of department employees have been vaccinated, although the United Federation of Teachers union estimates over 80% of teachers have already been vaccinated.

There will be more than 700 vaccination sites in public schools across the city when classes begin Monday.

(Read more at Spectrum News)

While this mandate may be more related to the New York vaccination mandate, radio reports have suggested AFT deals to protect teachers

Although the above report may center on the New York vaccine mandate, reports heard on various radio stations have suggested that the AFT has secured a deal with Biden.

Post office workers

The Epoch Times reports that Biden has exempt U.S. Postal workers from his vaccine mandate.

The United States Postal Service is not one of the agencies compelled to require COVID-19 vaccination under President Joe Biden’s new executive order, a spokesman said Friday.

“The COVID-19 vaccination requirements included in the White House executive order issued on September 9, 2021, for federal employees do not apply to the Postal Service,” a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, or USPS, told The Epoch Times in an email.

“Regarding other vaccination rules expected to be issued by the federal government, the Postal Service has no comment until those rules are issued and we have had a chance to review them,” he added.

Biden on Thursday ordered all federal employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine, with limited exceptions for approved medical or religious reasons.

“It is essential that Federal employees take all available steps to protect themselves and avoid spreading COVID-19 to their co-workers and members of the public,” Biden said in the order.

Biden said in remarks from Washington that the order would “require all executive branch federal employees to be vaccinated—all.”

An Executive Branch Agency as defined in 5 U.S. Code § 105 “means an Executive department, a Government corporation, and an independent establishment.”

The Postal Service is an independent agency of the Executive Branch. It was established in 2006, replacing the Cabinet-level U.S. Post Office Department. The head of the Postal Service is chosen by a nine-person Board of Governors; the board members are appointed by the president and require confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

(Read more at the Epoch Times)

As pointed out by the Klain retweet, Biden does not have the authority

As mentioned in a previous post where it was reported by Fox and discussed by Senator Ted Cruz, even the members of the Biden regime know that Biden does not have the authority to mandate vaccines.

Congress and Congressional staff

Newsweek points out that Congress and Congressional staff have been exempted from having to take the vaccine.

President Joe Biden‘s new vaccine mandates for federal employees don’t apply to members of Congress or those who work for Congress or the federal court system.

Biden issued two executive orders on Thursday requiring vaccination against COVID for federal workers and contractors who work for the federal government. He also asked the Department of Labor to issue an emergency order requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis.

However, Biden’s order on federal workers applies to employees of the executive branch. The House of Representatives and the Senate belong to the separate legislative branch, and the courts to the judicial branch of the federal government.

Biden’s COVID action plan – “Path Out of the Pandemic” – published on the White House website makes the effect of the vaccine mandate clear.

The plan says: “Building on the President’s announcement in July to strengthen safety requirements for unvaccinated federal workers, the President has signed an Executive Order to take those actions a step further and require all federal executive branch workers to be vaccinated.”

(Read more at Newsweek)

As long as this is a democracy of a sort, at least the Congress will be immune to Biden’s dictates

Truth of the matter is that this should start with law passed by Congress.

Evacuees from Afghanistan

AP News reports that Afghan evacuees (possible Taliban terrorists) don’t need COVID tests.

Amid the chaos and confusion at the airport, the United States said it had taken at least one step to ease requirements for those seeking to leave: COVID-19 tests.

Although Afghanistan had been a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department said Thursday that evacuees are not required to get a negative COVID-19 result to travel.

“A blanket humanitarian waiver has been implemented for COVID testing for all persons the U.S. government is relocating from Afghanistan,” the department said.

It referred questions about how the matter would be handled once evacuees arrive in the United States to the Department of Health and Human Services. Medical exams, including coronavirus tests, had been required for evacuees prior to Taliban’s weekend takeover of Kabul, which added extra urgency to efforts to get at-risk Afghans out of the country.

(Read more at AP News)

Admittedly, this article came about before Biden issued his mandate

Because this article appeared before Biden issued his vaccine mandate, it does not directly address the of whether Biden would exempt Afghan evacuees from the vaccine mandate. However, since evacuees were exempt from COVID tests and since a similar group (illegal aliens) are exempt from the vaccine mandate, it seems likely that evacuees will be exempt from the mandate.

 

A tale of two nations

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Elitist buffoons silenced by their own actions versus patriots silenced by an opposition media

Portions of a commentary by Miranda Devine at the New York Post illustrate the divide between socialists and conservatives.

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday night, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his NYPD commissioner of the day, Bernie Kerik, members of SEAL Team Six which killed Bin Laden, and other veterans of the war on terror gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for a night of bittersweet memories. 

There were tributes to the fallen and a celebration of the “largest evacuation” in US history, with 25,000 people saved from the Twin Towers, thanks to the selfless courage of the first responders. 

Giuliani praised the NYPD as “the best law enforcement agency in the world” and gave an entertaining speech full of impersonations of mobsters he has locked up and even one of the queen. “You did a wonderful job on September 11,” he mimicked the British monarch in a posh accent. 

Nasty trolls on Twitter who were not at Cipriani described the speech as a drunken rant. 

They couldn’t have been more wrong, but it shows the depths to which haters will stoop to besmirch what was a beautiful night for the heroes of 9/11 just blocks from “the first battleground in the last 20-year war on terror,” as Kerik put it.

(continued)

NotMyPresident_Butt_biden-911-1A moment of gauche levity was captured in a Getty photograph of Biden as he stood alongside Pelosi, Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton. He had removed his mask, his face was animated and his mouth wide open as if he were shouting at someone opposite. Video showed him making faces at people off camera, waving and pointing in an oddly exaggerated way. 

The stricken looks on the faces of everyone around him, including his wife, Jill, and Michael Bloomberg, said it all. 

Biden did not make a speech at any of the three places he visited that terrible day when the Islamists struck. 

He had hoped to crow about being the only president with the fortitude to end the so-called forever war, but no such luck. With the troop withdrawal a debacle, silence was his only option.

(Read more at the New York Post)

As shown by the reactions observed in Miranda Devine’s commentary, America has become two nations

I would encourage a reading of the full New York Post commentary, in which she expounds on Trump’s visit to a New York fire station and contrasts the reactions of those there to the reactions of those at the event Biden visited.

However, this divide has been a theme that has permeated my posts due to the obvious outward liberal bias within main stream media and the downplaying of anything which builds up the rights of the masses.

 

Biden runs afoul of tradition on military academies, ruffles feathers with a COVID mandate, and continues to show himself a buffoonish clown

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Biden’s break with military tradition

‘It’s Not Personal’: Jen Psaki Blows Off Criticism Of Service Academy Trump Purge

The Daily Caller points to the irregularity of the Biden calls for resignation of Trump appointees to the boards of military academies.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that the decision to purge former President Donald Trump’s appointees from the military service academy boards was “not personal.”

Psaki joined CNN’s “New Day” to discuss several issues, and she spoke with host John Berman about President Joe Biden’s decision to remove Trump appointees — including retired Gen. Jack Keane and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer — from their positions on the military service academy boards.

“So the White House asked for several members of these military academy advisory boards to resign or they would be removed. Many have refused to resign. So what happens to them now?” Berman asked.

“Well, we’re confident in our legal abilities here, but I will tell you, John, no one is looking to have a battle here,” Psaki replied, saying that Biden had every right, as president, to appoint or remove anyone as he saw fit.

“We’re confident in our right to make new decisions about who serves on these boards,” Psaki continued, arguing that the president had the right to choose people he felt were better aligned with the viewpoints of his administration.

“Traditionally these appointees do serve out their full three-year term, though,” Berman pushed back, asking why Biden had not made any effort to make a distinction between appointees who were career military people and those who were political operatives who had worked for Trump.

“Well look, again, this really goes back to what every president’s right is, which is to appoint individuals they choose because they’re aligned with their values, because they’re aligned with the qualifications that they deem … That’s what’s taking place here. It’s not personal,” Psaki continued.

(Read more at the Daily Caller for Psaki’s biggest lie)

So here we have the straight-up reporting of lies as they come from the lips of the Democrats

While I will agree with Psaki that the President has a right to appoint or dismiss anyone who is appointed to serve within the executive branch, there may be traditions of allowing terms to be served. Therefore, when the next Republican or conservative President comes in and clears house, I don’t want to hear complaints from Democrats now that they have set a new precedent.

With that said, I feel obligated to respond to the liar’s snark in that — for there to be an insurrection — there will have to be more than what occurred in the District of Columbia on 6 January 2021.  Breaking of windows and milling about a Capitol building does not (in my mind) constitute insurrection. 

If, however, Psaki wants to call the actions of Antifa and Black Lives Matter in Portland or any of the other cities where they burned down businesses, looted, and rioted as insurrection — that would fit my definition. In fact, if she wanted to call call the instance where Antifa attempted to burn down an occupied Portland federal courthouse — that would fit my definition of insurrection to a Tee. However, then we would not be talking about condemning Republicans, would we?

Breaking from “presidential norms,” Biden demands of Trump’s military board appointees resign or be fired

Legal Insurrection puts the magnifying glass on the Biden decision to call for the resignation of Trump appointees to the boards of military boards.

The Biden administration has asked 12 officials appointed to military service academy advisory boards by former President Donald Trump to resign or be dismissed.

The officials asked to resign include prominent former Trump officials like former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, former senior counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and former national security adviser H.R. McMaster. They were appointed to the advisory boards of the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and West Point respectively.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday afternoon confirmed the request had been made.

“The President’s objective is what any president’s objective is — to ensure you have nominees and people serving on these boards who are qualified to serve on them and who are aligned with your values. And so yes, that was an ask that was made,” Psaki told reporters at a White House briefing.

Psaki added: “I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to serve on these boards, but the President’s qualification requirements are not your party registration, they are whether you’re qualified to serve and whether you’re aligned with the values of this administration.”

This move breaks from the tradition of appointees from previous administrations being allowed to serve all three years of their appointments to the military service academies.

The boards of the Military Academy at West Point, Naval Academy in Annapolis and Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs are made up of a mix of lawmakers and presidential appointees who traditionally meet several times a year to provide non-binding advice on issues like curriculum, student morale and institution needs.

Non-lawmaker members typically serve three-year terms, even across presidential administrations. Several members appointed by President Barack Obama at the end of his term served several years into the Trump administration, including Sue Fulton, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at the Pentagon, who served on the West Point panel.

(Read more on Kellyanne Conway — more that what is normally quoted — at Legal Insurrection)

While I agree that a legally-appointed President would have the authority, this guy should be another case

Because of the cloud of uncertainty provided by the numerous voting irregularities in Maricopa County, Arizona and in Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Georgia, patriots need to apply a new standard of scrutiny to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Since the House has three times demonstrated that impeachment does not require high crimes or misdemeanors (only a political vote), then Republicans and conservatives need to wield this tool against Democrats and liberals with impunity. Did that VP blow his or her nose on a napkin rather than a handkerchief? Impeach that VP. Did the President seem to offer government monies to a foreign leader if that foreign leader would lie for him? Impeach him.

As participants in the political realm, conservatives will need to learn to alternately employ and avoid the following strategies used since the 1960’s by the Left: 

  1. Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
  2. Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
  3. Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
  4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
  5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
  6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
  8. Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
  10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
  11. If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
  12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
  13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Of course, as conservatives, we would not implement all of these rules all the time. Pick one (like #4 — “Make the enemy live up to it’s own book of rules” as with tweeting the last article in this post to Democrat representatives) and use it.

Biden’s newest COVID dictate

WH’s Klain panned for retweeting post on ‘ultimate work-around’ for federal vaccine requirement

Fox News reports on a tweet that seems to have caused a stir in Washington, D.C.

Ronald Klain, the White House chief of staff, faced criticism on social media Thursday after he retweeted a post that seemed to praise the Biden administration for pulling off the “ultimate work-around” for a national COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

President Biden announced proposed rules that would force private-sector employers with more than 100 workers to either require them to be fully vaccinated or mandate that they undergo weekly tests. Biden referred to the mandate as a “new action plan.” The rules would be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Businesses that do not comply would face fines up to $14,000 per offense, an administration official told The Associated Press. The mandate is expected to affect as many as 100 million Americans.

Klain retweeted MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, who posted, “OSHA doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations.”

The New York Times pointed out that OSHA is tasked with overseeing workplace safety and has the authority to “quickly issue a rule, known as an emergency temporary standard, if it can show that workers are exposed to a grave danger and that the rule is necessary to address that danger. The rule must also be feasible for employers to enforce.”

Ted Cruz reacts

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a critic of Biden’s announcement, retweeted a post warning Klain that courts consider intention when hearing cases, and the retweet could prove to be problematic during future challenges.

“Important,” Cruz tweeted. “Foolish RT from WH chief of staff. He said the quiet part out loud. Biden admin knows it’s likely illegal (like the eviction moratorium) but they don’t care.”

The senator was referring to the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that blocked the Biden administration from continuing a temporary eviction ban in place due to the coronavirus. The court said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lacked the authority to reimpose the moratorium earlier that month without congressional approval.

(Read more at Fox News)

It seems that Biden has become the anti-“Law and Order” President

Biden has been told by the Supreme Court that his border policies at the Southern border defy the Constitution. Still, he continues breaking the law as interpreted by this Supreme Court.

When it came to renewing the ban on evictions, Biden was told by the Supreme Court that an extension of the moratorium would violate the Constitution. What did he do? He allowed his CDC (who serve at his pleasure) to thumb their nose at the Supreme Court and extend the moratorium.

Now, as shown by the tweet above, the Biden regime wants to ignore the Constitution and dictate healthcare.

Biden has proven himself as anti-choice as possible during the first seven months of his term

Outside of murdering a baby inside of the womb, Democrats don’t believe in “pro-choice” when it comes to:

And now the graphic comics (as opposed to the ones that stroll the Capitol)

Building Back Biden Style

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Biden’s idea of 9/11 security

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If Biden really had a “buck stops here” sign …

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Joe Biden continues bungling Afghanistan and COVID-19

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What is Joe Biden doing regarding the Afghanistan debacle?

GOP Lawmakers point out Biden’s Afghanistan incompetence: “Joe Biden put Taliban in charge”

Breitbart points to the obvious when it quotes GOP lawmakers as they blast Biden’s idiocy.

TalibanInJoesTruckRepublican lawmakers inundated President Joe Biden with more questions and critiques Tuesday as America awaited his appearance at press conference on Afghanistan, originally scheduled for noon Eastern but moved to over four hours later.

Biden was originally poised to speak on the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan at noon, hours after reports surfaced, indicating his decision to stick to the August 31 deadline to withdraw and complete evacuations after the Taliban said an extension would not be accepted. Meanwhile, thousands of Americans remain stranded in the jihadist-run country.

“Even if the Biden Admin doesn’t know the exact number of Americans still in, they could and should still reveal the number of Americans they DO KNOW are still in Afghanistan,” Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said on Tuesday, the day after Pentagon press secretary John Kirby refused to provide the number of Americans evacuated from the hostile area thus far:

(See eight more tweets and the associated points at Breitbart)

At last reports, there are five planes sitting on the Kabul tarmac

The Biden State Department has purportedly released one plane (containing some 200 Americans and translators). That leaves five planes on the tarmac.

This is unacceptable. Biden should resign now.

It seems that Joe Biden has turned a blind eye as the Taliban returns to its murderous ways

Human Rights Watch reported in a 3 August 2021 article that at least 44 people who have been executed (however, true numbers have been impossible to obtain).

202108asia_afghanistan_taliban_summary_executionsTaliban forces advancing in Ghazni, Kandahar, and other Afghan provinces have summarily executed detained soldiers, police, and civilians with alleged ties to the Afghan government, Human Rights Watch said today.

Residents from various provinces told Human Rights Watch that Taliban forces have in areas they enter, apparently identify residents who worked for the Afghan National Security Forces. They require former police and military personnel to register with them and provide a document purportedly guaranteeing their safety. However, the Taliban have later detained some of these people incommunicado and, in cases reported to Human Rights Watch, summarily executed them.

“Summarily executing anyone in custody, whether a civilian or combatant, is a serious violation of the Geneva Conventions and a war crime,” said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director. “Taliban commanders with oversight over such atrocities are also responsible for war crimes.”

A journalist from Malistan who has been tracking detentions there since Taliban forces took control of the district on July 13 said that they entered houses searching for members of the security forces and government employees:

“They claimed that they would not hurt anyone and they encouraged people to inform those who have escaped from the area to come back to their houses. In practice, they have acted differently. They search houses and, in some cases, even show photos of government employees, asking for their location.”

He said that the Taliban had killed at least 19 security force personnel in their custody, along with a number of civilians. Taliban fighters also burned down the house of Abdul Hakim Shujoyi, a former militia commander who had worked with US forces. Human Rights Watch was unable to confirm the exact numbers killed there.

Human Rights Watch obtained a list of 44 men from Spin Boldak, Kandahar, whom the Taliban have allegedly killed since July 16. All had registered with the Taliban before being summarily executed. Waheedullah, a police commander from Spin Boldak, had obtained a “forgiveness” letter from the Taliban, but Taliban fighters took him from his house and executed him on August 2, activists and media monitoring these detentions in Kandahar said.

(Read more at Human Rights Watch)

Considering that Biden never corrected his inflation figures, why wouldn’t he keep silent about his failure in the Taliban arena?

Just as Biden hasn’t pointed out that his July inflation has doubled from previous predictions, he will likely just shuffle away (and be allowed to do so by the compliant main stream media) from this Taliban bloodletting.

Just to provide a visual of the hundreds of billions in munitions Joe cost us and may bring back in the form of terrorism

As detailed by Forbes in a 23 August 2021 article, here is a representation of many of the pieces of munitions left by Joe for the Taliban.

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When the Biden regime comes to us asking for tax increases, they first should recover the value of abandoned equipment

Since Blackhawks and A29’s were being shipped to Afghanistan during July 2021 and Biden knew that Afghanistan was collapsing (as shown by his bribing then-President Ghani to lie), the Biden regime should be forced to eliminate tree-hugger and other newly-added programs to balance its budget rather than hiking taxes.

What is Joe Biden hiding regarding the COVID-19 debacle?

Joe’s friends have been lying: New details emerge about U.S.-funded Coronavirus research at Chinese laboratory

The Intercept tells us that a FOIA request resulted in their finding new details on U.S.-funding of COVID research at the Wuhan lab.

NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS provide details of U.S.-funded research on several types of coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The Intercept has obtained more than 900 pages of documents detailing the work of EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as project updates relating to EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic.

The documents were released in connection with ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation by The Intercept against the National Institutes of Health. The Intercept is making the full documents available to the public.

“This is a road map to the high-risk research that could have led to the current pandemic,” said Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S. Right To Know, a group that has been investigating the origins of Covid-19.

One of the grants, titled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence,” outlines an ambitious effort led by EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak to screen thousands of bat samples for novel coronaviruses. The research also involved screening people who work with live animals. The documents contain several critical details about the research in Wuhan, including the fact that key experimental work with humanized mice was conducted at a biosafety level 3 lab at Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment — and not at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as was previously assumed. The documents raise additional questions about the theory that the pandemic may have begun in a lab accident, an idea that Daszak has aggressively dismissed.

The bat coronavirus grant provided EcoHealth Alliance with a total of $3.1 million, including $599,000 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology used in part to identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans. Even before the pandemic, many scientists were concerned about the potential dangers associated with such experiments. The grant proposal acknowledges some of those dangers: “Fieldwork involves the highest risk of exposure to SARS or other CoVs, while working in caves with high bat density overhead and the potential for fecal dust to be inhaled.”

Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute, said the documents show that EcoHealth Alliance has reason to take the lab-leak theory seriously. “In this proposal, they actually point out that they know how risky this work is. They keep talking about people potentially getting bitten — and they kept records of everyone who got bitten,” Chan said. “Does EcoHealth have those records? And if not, how can they possibly rule out a research-related accident?”

According to Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, the documents contain critical information about the research done in Wuhan, including about the creation of novel viruses. “The viruses they constructed were tested for their ability to infect mice that were engineered to display human type receptors on their cell,” Ebright wrote to The Intercept after reviewing the documents. Ebright also said the documents make it clear that two different types of novel coronaviruses were able to infect humanized mice. “While they were working on SARS-related coronavirus, they were carrying out a parallel project at the same time on MERS-related coronavirus,” Ebright said, referring to the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

Asked about the grant materials, Robert Kessler, communications manager at EcoHealth Alliance, said, “We applied for grants to conduct research. The relevant agencies deemed that to be important research, and thus funded it. So I don’t know that there’s a whole lot to say.”

The grant was initially awarded for a five-year period — from 2014 to 2019. Funding was renewed in 2019 but suspended by the Trump administration in April 2020.

The closest relative of SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, is a virus found in bats, making the animals a focal point for efforts to understand the origins of the pandemic. Exactly how the virus jumped to humans is the subject of heated debate. Many scientists believe that it was a natural spillover, meaning that the virus passed to humans in a setting such as a wet market or rural area where humans and animals are in close contact. Biosafety experts and internet sleuths who suspect a lab origin, meanwhile, have spent more than a year poring over publicly available information and obscure scientific publications looking for answers. In the past few months, leading scientists have also called for a deeper investigation of the pandemic’s origins, as has President Joe Biden, who in May ordered the intelligence community to study the issue. On August 27, Biden announced that the intelligence inquiry was inconclusive.

(Read more at The Intercept)

If they are lying about who funded the virus and who developed it, what can we trust when they open their mouths?

We can trust them to speak in their own interest. That would be the bottom line.

Joe’s minions continue lying by omission: The CDC stops tracking key metrics concerning the COVID-19 pandemic

Uncover DC reveals the extent of mismanagement-of-information that the Biden regime has taken on in the COVID-19 era.

As breakthrough COVID-19 cases loomed on the horizon, on May 1 of this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stopped tracking COVID-19 in vaccinated people unless they are hospitalized or die. The CDC noted at the time that state health departments voluntarily report vaccine breakthrough cases to the agency, adding that it “will continue to lead studies in multiple U.S. sites to evaluate vaccine effectiveness and collect information on all COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections regardless of clinical status.” 

What is the Agency Tracking?

Today—despite assurances from the CDC that its researchers are tracking vaccines results, breakthrough cases, variants, and COVID-19 trends in general—fully vaccinated patients appear to be getting COVID-19 at a remarkably high rate, with little to no CDC data to reference. With widespread reports of the waning efficacy of COVID vaccines, overall, the agency neither explains how often this happens nor whether fully vaccinated individuals may be more vulnerable to severe illness than previously reported. 

Recent data from the CDC reports 9,716 breakthrough cases led to hospitalization or death as of Aug. 16. According to the agency, those numbers are underreported. The May 1 decision to stop tracking breakthrough cases leaves American citizens in the dark about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and the government’s current leadership directives for the pandemic—which several experts believe is no longer an emergency. Backing up that opinion, the chart below, a CDC Provisional COVID-19 Deaths by Sex and Age, report deaths involving COVID-19, pneumonia, and influenza as reported to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) by sex, age group, and jurisdiction of occurrence.

https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisional-COVID-19-Deaths-by-Sex-and-Age/9bhg-hcku

(Read about the specifics of what was eliminated at Uncover DC)

We cannot trust their figures on COVID-19 hospitalizations because they are ignoring key factors

If they ignore the breakthrough cases, then we cannot trust the rest of the data. If we cannot know how effective the jab works against the virus, what is the point of all of these numbers?

Information that counters Joe’s fear porn: Study questions the effectiveness of masks and respirators against respiratory infections

A study in Oxford Academic questions the effectiveness of masks and respirators against respiratory infections in healthcare workers. Specifically, they concluded:

In this review and meta-analysis, we analysed the collective evidence from published RCTs and observational studies in order to identify major gaps and methodological shortcomings in the current literature and develop evidence-based recommendations for the use of masks and respirators in healthcare settings. We found evidence to support universal medical mask use in hospital settings as part of infection control measures to reduce the risk of CRI and ILI among HCWs. Overall, N95 respirators may convey greater protection, but universal use throughout a work shift is likely to be less acceptable due to greater discomfort.

Our analysis confirms the effectiveness of medical masks and respirators against SARS. Disposable, cotton, or paper masks are not recommended.

The confirmed effectiveness of medical masks is crucially important for lower-resource and emergency settings lacking access to N95 respirators. In such cases, single-use medical masks are preferable to cloth masks, for which there is no evidence of protection and which might facilitate transmission of pathogens when used repeatedly without adequate sterilization [8].

We found no clear benefit of either medical masks or N95 respirators against pH1N1.

(Read more of the conclusion at Oxford Academic)

 

Biden asks for billions to fund Afghans in America while stranding at least 6 planes in Afghanistan

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Biden requests $6.4B in taxpayer money to resettle 95,000 Afghans across U.S.

Breitbart tells us in a 7 September 2021 article how Joe Biden wants $6.4 billion of your hard-earned cash to resettle the Afghans he pulled haphazardly out of Afghanistan.

President Joe Biden’s administration is asking Congress to authorize about $6.4 billion in American taxpayer money to bring 95,000 Afghans to the United States for permanent resettlement.

In a call with reporters on Tuesday, administration officials said the White House would request Congress to authorize about $6.4 billion in funding to resettle tens of thousands of Afghans across the U.S.

Pro-mass migration groups had asked Biden to authorize $8 billion in funds for Afghans.

Roughly $1.7 billion of the funding will go toward “funding and resources to the Afghans to help them set up a new home in the U.S.,” NBC News reports. In total, the administration official said they have already brought 65,000 Afghans to the U.S. for permanent resettlement over the last month and expect to bring an additional 30,000 Afghans to the U.S.

The administration’s goal to resettle in the U.S. about 95,000 Afghans is the first glimpse into Biden’s massive resettlement operation — the largest since former President Barack Obama brought more than 12,000 Syrians to the U.S. from 2012 to 2016.

Though Biden has pitched the Afghan resettlement as a commitment to the nation’s allies in the Afghanistan War, the overwhelming majority of Afghans arriving in the U.S. do not qualify for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) or even P-2 visas. Those visa programs are reserved only for Afghans and their families who worked directly for the U.S. Armed Forces.

Instead, the majority of Afghans are arriving on “humanitarian parole” and some are coming on refugee status. An estimated 50,000 Afghans will be brought to the U.S. as parolees where they will stay at a number of U.S. military bases and receive one-time $1,250 payments.

Afghans are being extracted from Afghanistan and flown to third safe countries like Germany, Spain, and Qatar before they eventually are flown into Dulles International Airport in Virginia and Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania.

Most Afghans arriving in the U.S. have not completed their immigration processing.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Unprocessed immigrants from a terrorist nation — what could go wrong?

Biden knew from the moment he took office that he wanted to bring Americans out of Afghanistan. Therefore, from that moment, he should have been vetting both the Americans and allies to make certain that their claimed identities and real identities matched.

However, instead Biden bribed then-President Ghani to lie about the situation and tell America that everything was great. Instead of preparing to pull out, Biden continued to ship arms and munitions into Afghanistan.

So what could go wrong? Well, since Biden seems to be mirroring and magnifying Obama’s failures so well, we can look an increase in terrorist attacks from Obama’s average of 1-per-year.

Biden’s State Department obstruction of private rescue flights from Afghanistan revealed in leaked email

Fox News reveals in an 8 September 2021 article that Biden’s State Department has been blocking mercy flights evacuating Christians and Americans from Afghanistan.

The State Department refused to grant official approval for private evacuation flights from Afghanistan to land in third countries, even though the department conceded that official authorization would likely be needed for planes to land in those nations, an email reviewed by Fox News shows. 

Furthermore, the State Department explicitly stated that charter flights, even those containing American citizens, would not be allowed to land at Defense Department (DOD) airbases. U.S. officials have pointed to possible security threats from landing charter planes at military bases, saying that they lack the resources on the ground to fully verify flight manifests.

The Biden administration’s delaying of private evacuation efforts has been a widespread source of frustration, infuriating rescue organizers and even a prominent Democratic senator

Eric Montalvo, who organized a series of private flights evacuating those stranded in Afghanistan, shared that email and others with Fox News after his evacuation efforts were repeatedly hampered by the federal bureaucracy. 

A Sept. 1 email that a State Department official sent to Montalvo underscores the extent to which private evacuation efforts have run into bureaucratic roadblocks. 

“No independent charters are allowed to land at [Al Udeid Air Base], the military airbase you mentioned in your communication with Samantha Power. In fact, no charters are allowed to land at an [sic] DoD base and most if not all countries in the Middle Eastern region, with the exception of perhaps Saudi Arabia will allow charters to land,” the official wrote.  

“You need to find another destination country, and it can’t be the U.S. either.”

The official noted that though some third countries “may require” official approval from the State Department before accepting the private charter flights, the department “will not provide” that approval. 

“Once you have had discussions with the host/destination country and reached an agreement, they may require some indication from the USG that we ‘approve’ of this charter flight. DOS will not provide an approval, but we will provide a ‘no objection’ to the destination country government via the U.S. Embassy in that country.”

(Read more at Fox News)

Just to put a fine point on it, this Fox video shows six planes on the ground in Kabul

View this to get information you will get scant other places; however, be forewarned. Fox does include a Democrat apologist at the end of this video who makes profuse excuses for Joe Biden going on vacation during this crisis for a second time.

 

Democrats may have incentivized them, but these actions also come from the heart of social media companies

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GoDaddy cuts service from Texas pro-life group’s website used to report violators of abortion law

The Blaze reports that GoDaddy has cut service from a pro-life group.

GoneDaddyWeb hosting provider GoDaddy cut service to a website belonging to the pro-life group Texas Right to Life, telling the group late Thursday it had 24 hours to find new hosting services for its whistleblower tip website, prolifewhistleblower.com.

The group built the website to solicit anonymous tips on people who break a new Texas law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Supreme Court declined this week to block the law from taking effect.

What is the background?

As Texas Right to Life noted on its online tip website, the Texas law is unique:

The Texas Heartbeat Act is unique because it calls upon private citizens to hold abortion providers and their enablers accountable. Any person can sue any abortion provider who kills an unborn child after six weeks of gestation—and any person can sue anyone who aids or abets these illegal abortions. All of these individuals must pay damages to the person who sued them of at least $10,000 for each illegal abortion that they perform or assist.

In response, social media activists flooded the website with fake tips, the New York Times reported. When that failed to take down the website, Gizmodo’s Shoshana Wodinsky suggested activists target the host of the website, GoDaddy.

(Read more at The Blaze)

So, protect a baby’s beating heart and get de-platformed

While giving up one’s free speech rights for the life of a baby seems like a small sacrifice, it also makes the mission of Texas Right to Life impossible to achieve in that they depend on their ability to convince others of their point of view. By silencing them, GoDaddy has deprived them of their lifeline to the rest of the world.

Therefore, I would argue that GoDaddy has created an argument against any conservative support for its existence.

Biden’s Department of “Justice” shields social media from 6 January scrutiny in court

The Washington Times points out how Biden’s Department of “Justice” shielded social media from 6 January scrutiny in court.

GoogleFacebookTwitterThe Biden team is omitting the degree to which Jan. 6 rioters relied on Facebook, Twitter, and Google — the Democratic Party’s best censorship friends. 

Here’s how. 

Government lawyers prosecuting Jan. 6 Capitol rioters have filed an inventory in the U.S. District Court of the Justice Department’s huge stock of evidence, including posted videos and photos. It is a grand tour of what they hold as opposed to specific documents. Prosecutors are required by law to turn over evidence to defense attorneys as part of pre-trial discovery.

The 13-page memo leaves out the social media platforms that often do the Democratic Party’s bidding. Instead, the Justice Department document focuses on a single conservative-favored app, Parler, although Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” supporters made extensive use of Facebook and Twitter. Parler is the same site those liberal big tech firms temporarily put out of business until it reemerged on another Internet host.

Republicans last winter warned there was a liberal campaign brewing to protect big tech from Jan. 6 scrutiny. 

The DoJ memo, “United States’ Memorandum Regarding Status of Discovery,” prepared by the “Capitol Breach Discovery Coordinator,” seems to prove it.

The memo also underscores the political priority of President Biden to paint America’s No. 1 threat here and abroad as homegrown “white supremacists.” They are everywhere ready to destroy the country, Mr. Biden says, as does his attorney general, Merrick Garland.

Mr. Garland told a Senate panel in May, “In the FBI’s view, the top domestic violent extremist threat we face comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocate for the superiority of the white race.”

This is why the Justice memo is so interesting. The Jan. 6 breach is likely the most photographed, filmed, and texted crime-in-progress — before, during, and after.

When the evidence list gets to social media accounting, prosecutors mentioned just one platform relied on by invaders: “A collection of over one million Parler posts, replies, and related data.” “A collection of over one million Parler videos and images (approximately 20 terabytes of data).”

And then, under the heading, “Systematic Reviews of Voluminous Materials.”

“Comparing all known identifiers of any charged defendant against tips, Parler data, ad tech data, cell tower data, and geofence data.”

By this evidence-disclosure filing, you would think that Parler alone played the role of Jan. 6 Capitol riot communications center. It was not alone.

Perhaps there were more total social media posts on Parler than Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube. 

But the Washington Times showed in a story I authored in February––a month into the Justice Department investigation — that Facebook by far was the most mentioned platform in over 160 law enforcement affidavits justifying the arrests of alleged invaders. 

(Read about the affidavits the Times cited and the social media platforms implicated at the Washington Times

All along, we have been fed the lie that Parler supplied information to the “insurrectionists” on 6 January

From the beginning, we heard that Parler provided a means of communication for the “insurrectionists” on 6 January. From observing the events of the day and comparing them to the real riots occurring in Democrat cities since 2019, we knew that what occurred on 6 January was little more than a few idiots mixed in with  quite a few peaceful protesters who supported President Trump. Now we know that the liberal social media platforms were the main means of communication.

This comes as no surprise.

Flood of Cuban protesters rise up against the communist regime

Dictatorship quickly shut down social media feeds

The Washington Times reported in a 11 July 2021 article (nearly now forgotten) on the protest of the communist regime in Cuba and how Internet access was denied (just as news goes unreported State-side).

Cubans took to the streets Sunday in what Cuban activists and U.S. politicians are calling the biggest demonstrations in decades.

According to social media feeds, which Cuba’s communist dictatorship quickly shut down as U.S. news outlets began collecting them, hundreds of citizens shouted “freedom” to protest shortages of food and medicine in several cities across the island.

“The people are dying of hunger!” one woman shouted in Spanish during an Artemisa province protest posted on Facebook. “Our children are dying of hunger!”

In another video, a police car in the city of Cardenas was overturned by protesters.

There also was social media evidence of protests in San Antonio de los Baños and Palma Soriano, The New York Times reported.

Carolina Barrero, a Cuban activist, called the protests “spontaneous, frontal and forceful,” and a challenge to a regime that has kept an iron lid on dissent since taking power when Dwight Eisenhower was U.S. president.

“It is the most massive popular demonstration to protest the government that we have experienced in Cuba since ’59,” she told the Times by text message.

“What has happened is enormous,” she added.

Julie Chung, acting assistant secretary of state of Western Hemisphere affairs, expressed concern on Twitter about reported “calls to combat” against the protesters. She was the most senior Biden administration official to comment publicly on the unrest in Havana Sunday.

(Read more of the struggle at the Washington Times)

It is always good to see that the press is fairly covering the news and not covering for the socialist left

I enjoy not having to mock a totally delirious press that feels that it must cover for the failings of socialism, the Big Brother Big Tech, and other elements of the left (which could be translated into the babbling of Dementia Joe or Horizontal Harris).

When that happens and they honestly report on an important story like the ongoing protests in Cuba, I will let you know.

YouTube deleted Trump’s CPAC speech and curtailed ACU’s video upload capabilities

The Beauty of Life reports that YouTube deleted Trump’s speech video and restricted ACU’s video upload permissions.

Youtube has recently taken down a video from the American Conservative Union (ACU) in which former President Donald Trump announced that he would file a lawsuit against Big Tech.

In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference hosted by ACU, the 45th president made clear on Thursday, July 8, that his class-action lawsuit is aimed to force Big Tech to stop censoring the American people, giving some bases for the case amid concerns that the lawsuit would be “dead on arrival.” 

However, YouTube has “issued a strike against” the ACU and “banned the organization from posting for one week,” according to an emailed statement.

“As a result, YouTube has prevented ACU from sharing content from CPAC 2021 Part 2 in Dallas, Texas, including former President Donald Trump’s speech on Sunday, July 11,” the statement said.

The removal came two days after the video was uploaded. Explaining the action, YouTube said that the video contained alleged “medical misinformation” regarding COVID-19 that violated its terms and conditions.

YouTube did not point out exactly how the video “violated” its policies.

“It is clear that YouTube censored CPAC because we stood with former President Donald Trump on his lawsuit against Big Tech,” ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement.

“This is yet another example of Big Tech censoring content with which they disagree in order to promote the political positions they favor,” he continued.

“Google’s political biases heavily influence YouTube’s definitions of ‘misinformation’ and that the political beliefs of Google executives take priority over the free speech rights of Google users,” stated the ACU.

ACU also said that the censorship came as former president Trump was touting hydroxychloroquine’s efficiency in COVID-19 early treatment even though his claims “are backed by sound medical research conducted by local health authorities.”

(Read more at the Beauty of Life)

Again we see the biased side of YouTube

This bias and many other instances are the reasons that at least the largest social media companies must be broken up and must lose their Section 230 protections. They routinely act as editors of the public dialog; therefore, they should be treated like editors.

Government demands for Twitter to remove journalist content jump 26%

Zero Hedge goes to multiple sources to expose how Twitter has allowed itself to become a puppet of totalitarians (in America, such have become known as Democrat socialists).

Twitter on Wednesday announced that government demands to remove content posted by journalists and news outlets jumped 26% worldwide in the second half of 2020 vs. the first half of the year, Reuters reports.

According to the company’s transparency report, 199 ‘verified’ journalists and news outlets on its platform were subject to 361 legal demands to remove content – though the social media giant refused to say which countries had submitted them.

After engaging in several conflicts with countries – primarily India – over rules regulating social media content, Twitter announced last week that it had hired an interim chief compliance officer in India, as well as other executives tasked with ensuring that the company adheres to international laws.

In April, Twitter admitted to censoring criticism of the Indian government amid widespread reports that the official government death toll during the pandemic was misrepresented – and the actual figure could be as much as 30 times higher than reported.

As Jonathan Turley noted at the time:

With the support of many Democratic leaders in the United States, Twitter now regularly censors viewpoints in the United States and India had no trouble in enlisting it to crackdown on those raising the alarm over false government reporting.

Buried in an Associated Press story on the raging pandemic and failures of the Indian government are these two lines:

“On Saturday, Twitter complied with the government’s request and prevented people in India from viewing more than 50 tweets that appeared to criticize the administration’s handling of the pandemic. The targeted posts include tweets from opposition ministers critical of Modi, journalists and ordinary Indians.”

The article quotes Twitter as saying that it had powers to “withhold access to the content in India only” if the company determined the content to be “illegal in a particular jurisdiction.” Thus, criticism of the government in this context is illegal so Twitter has agreed to become an arm of the government in censoring information.

(Read the closing points at Zero Hedge)