25 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-2-21

  1. Finally….

    A judge who isn’t in on it with Democrats.

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    “Federal judge questioned whether Jan. 6 Capitol rioters are being treated fairly

    District Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, criticized the government for being overly “heavy-handed” when it comes to securing plea deals.”

    https://justthenews.com/government/federal-judge-criticizes-prosecutions-response-jan-6-rioters

    “Afederal judge in Washington, D.C. asked whether alleged Jan. 6 rioters are being treated fairly by prosecutors.

    According to The Hill, U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, criticized the government for being overly “heavy-handed” when it comes to securing plea deals.

    “The U.S. Attorney’s Office would have more credibility if it was even-handed in its concern about riots and mobs in the city,” McFadden said, according to the news outlet.”

    Exactly. You can’t let off the violent, destructive, arsonist BLM rioters while holding the Jan 6 paraders in solitary.

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  2. Of course they did. The rules don’t apply to the illegal invaders or their enablers.

    “House Democrats Block Bill That Would Require COVID Testing for Illegal Immigrants”

    “The majority chose to block this commonsense bill that would ensure the health and safety of border patrol and border communities.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/10/house-democrats-block-bill-that-would-require-covid-testing-for-illegal-immigrants/

    “Iowa Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks introduced a bill this week requiring COVID testing of illegal immigrants at the border before they can cross. They shouldn’t be let in anyway, but if they are, doesn’t it make sense to test them?

    Democrats don’t think so. They blocked the bill.

    Spencer Brown writes at Townhall:

    House Democrats Block COVID Testing Mandate for Illegal Immigrants

    On Wednesday afternoon Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) attempted to bring her REACT Act — which would require a negative Wuhan coronavirus test for any illegal immigrant before they are released from custody — to the House floor for consideration, but 217 Democrats voted to block consideration of the proposal.

    “Today, I offered my REACT Act on the House floor, which would require DHS to give a COVID test to everyone crossing our border illegally,” Miller-Meeks Tweeted. “The majority chose to block this commonsense bill that would ensure the health and safety of border patrol and border communities.”

    Speaking on the House floor about her bill, Miller-Meeks noted “I have traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border twice this year. On both trips, I spoke with the brave men and women serving in Customs and Border Protection and also the physicians that are stationed there. I saw firsthand the crisis they are facing. I believe that it is our congressional responsibility to address this and support our officers,” she added.”

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  3. I wish someone would have explained this to all the NYers invading our area. They flee the high taxes and policies, yet they seek the same treatment by electing similar idiot politicians in their new homes. Leave it where you left please.

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  4. They. Are. The. Enemy.

    “National School Boards Association Calls Protesters Against Critical Race Theory Domestic Terrorists, Requests Federal Intervention

    Trying to criminalize political opposition, a sign that school board protests by parents are making in impact.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/10/national-school-boards-association-calls-protesters-against-critical-race-theory-domestic-terrorists-requests-federal-intervention/

    “In a letter to the Biden administration September 30, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) decried the nationwide protests against critical race theory, referring to them as “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” The NSBA asked the Biden administration for law enforcement assistance to address the “immediate threat” of parents showing up more often at school board meetings to address the issue, as well as concerns over mask mandates and a return to in-person learning.

    Reuters reports:

    On behalf of 90,000 school board members in the United States who govern 14,000 public school districts across the nation, the NSBA said it is requesting the U.S. Justice and Homeland Security departments, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Secret Service, to track and investigate risks to students, educators, board members and campuses.

    “This is a critical time for a proactive approach to deal with this difficult issue,” the organization said.

    The letter, co-authored by The School Superintendents Association, reads in part:

    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. As such, NSBA requests a joint expedited review by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Homeland Security, along with the appropriate training, coordination, investigations, and enforcement mechanisms from the FBI, including any technical assistance necessary from, and state and local coordination with, its National Security Branch and Counterterrorism Division, as well as any other federal agency with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight. Additionally, NSBA requests that such review examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, an Executive Order to enforce all applicable federal laws for the protection of students and public school district personnel, and any related measure. As the threats grow and news of extremist hate organizations showing up at school board meetings is being reported, this is a critical time for a proactive approach to deal with this difficult issue.

    The Reuters report quoted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when she fielded a question about the letter:

    The White House said on Thursday the administration is looking into what more it can do to keep public servants safe. “Obviously, these threats to school board members is horrible; they’re doing their jobs,” spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters. “We’re continuing to explore what more can be done across the administration but, again, a lot of this will be local law enforcement.”

    The letter contains several footnotes with reference material cited to make the case. One of the citations refers back to a document published by an organization called the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). ACLED, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, refers to itself as “a disaggregated data collection, analysis, and crisis mapping project. ACLED collects the dates, actors, locations, fatalities, and types of all reported political violence and protest events” around the globe and in the US.

    ACLED’s so-called “fact sheet” attempts to make the case that opposition to CRT only became widespread after President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning it from trainings for federal employees in 2020.

    The obvious implication is that opposition to CRT is in itself a racist ideology. In making its case, ACLED cites a report from Media Matters for America, David Brock’s far left media watchdog site:

    The frequency of demonstration events focused on CRT has been strongly correlated with media coverage and debates over CRT-related legislation. For example, three states passed bills designed to ban CRT from public schools in June 2021 — the same month in which a majority of CRT-related demonstrations took place. A combined look at analysis of ACLED data (bars in graph below) and Media Matters analysis of CRT mentions by Fox News (line in graph below) shows a powerful correlation between increased
    demonstration activity and increased negative media coverage (Media Matters, 15 June 2021).”

    To hear NSBA, AASA, ACLED, and Media Matters tell it, the opposition to CRT in schools is nothing more than a Fox News creation designed to rile up uneducated (and, by implication, racist) conservatives.”

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  5. Strange comments from a judge. I understand if the specific DA in this case was heavy handed or irresponsible, it should reflect his sentencing. However to admit his sentencing was based on the behavior of other DAs actions in prosecuting other crimes or events, he opens up for an appeal (if sentences can be appealed). His general perception and off the cuff observations are not a standard to use for sentencing.

    Parents and others have often showed up at board meetings to advocate and sometimes quite vocally. However, in the past year, I’ve seen videos of parents throwing objects and running after trustees in the parking lot, threats have been made to trustees and their families, and just last week I watched a video of adults protesting outside an elementary school calling 8 year olds sheep. The above may not qualify as terrorist activities but its not parents expressing concerns and free speech.

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  6. That’s not what he did HRW, but you know that.

    What he did was sentence them according to the guidelines for the “crimes” committed. They allow for probation and/or fines as a minimum sentence. The prosecutors were asking for an outrageous maximum sentence for a petty crime. They are the ones out of line.

    The judge merely pointed out the hypocrisy of the govts position after releasing BLM protesters from charges by the thousands. The judge just pointed out the disparity in the govts position.

    Stop with the BS already.

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  7. The explanation?

    He’s senile….

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  10. Add them to the list….

    “Hundreds of Afghan evacuees are leaving military bases without processing”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/10/02/hundreds-of-afghan-evacuees-are-leaving-military-bases-without-processing-n419836

    “The more we learn about the handling and processing of all of those Afghan evacuees who wound up on flights to America from Kabul, the more disturbing the news seems to be. Just yesterday we learned that the government is handing out REAL-ID licenses and identification cards to all of them when we haven’t even been able to verify their actual identity in some cases. And now, Reuters is reporting that not all of the evacuees are staying on the military bases and other compounds where they are being housed while their paperwork is being processed. This is potentially bad news for the evacuees themselves because it will result in their not receiving the full benefits that are being made available, but it also means that we’re losing track of hundreds of them shortly after their arrival in the country.

    Something unexpected is happening at U.S. military bases hosting Afghan evacuees: Many hundreds of them are simply leaving before receiving U.S. resettlement services, two sources familiar with the data told Reuters.

    The number of “independent departures,” which top 700 and could be higher, has not been previously reported. But the phenomenon is raising alarms among immigration advocates concerned about the risks to Afghans who give up on what is now an open-ended, complex and completely voluntary resettlement process.

    In the speed and chaos of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August following 20 years of war, many evacuees were brought into the United States under a temporary status of “humanitarian parole.” Once transferred to U.S. military bases, refugee resettlement groups and U.S. officials have been trying to connect people with services for a smooth transition to the United States.

    DHS is clearly trying to play this story down. One of their spokespeople told Reuters that the people who had left the bases “generally” had ties to the United States, such as relatives or friends who could give them a place to stay. But the word “generally” is key here. As we already noted, we’re not entirely sure who all of these people are and many of them were not among the helpers who had a proven track record of assisting the NATO forces and who generally had solid identification documents.

    So what about the others? As the linked report points out, they were all granted temporary “humanitarian parole” status so they could be in the country legally. And as such, they can’t be held on the bases against their will. But that status is temporary, as the name implies. If they leave and disappear into the population, when that status expires they will basically be illegal aliens even though our own government brought them here.”

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  11. Not surprising….

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    “California Cities Dominate Unemployment List as Red States Continue Success”

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/ari-j-kaufman/2021/10/01/california-cities-dominate-unemployment-list-as-red-states-continue-success-n1521115

    “More than half of the 15 U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest August unemployment rates are in California. It’s yet another blue state failure amid the COVID-19 economic recovery being led by red states that chose freedom and data over draconian mandates and anti-science lockdowns.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the El Centro metropolitan area, which sits east of San Diego along the international border, led the nation’s nearly 400 metro areas, with an August unemployment rate of nearly 20 percent, compared to a national unemployment rate of 5.3 percent.

    The Yuma metropolitan area, which straddles Arizona and California, had the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate at just over 18 percent.

    Third and fourth place also went to California towns: Visalia-Porterville at over 10 percent, and Bakersfield metropolitan at 10 percent.

    The sixth and seventh spots on the dubious list were the Merced and the Hanford-Corcoran metropolitan areas, both sitting in the Golden State’s San Joaquin Valley at 9 percent.

    The large Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area also made the Top 10 at nearly 9 percent.

    Of the 10 highest unemployed locales, all except one part of South Texas sit in blue states.”

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  12. Let’s be clear here, the Supreme Court didn’t deny the stay as the press is reporting. One did, Justice Sotomayer. She could have sent this to the whole court to review, but opted not to for obviously political reasons.

    “Sotomayor axes challenge to NYC teachers vax mandate”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/10/02/sotomayor-axes-challenge-to-nyc-teachers-vax-mandate-n419808

    “Yesterday we discussed the four New York City public school teachers who filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to stop the New York City vaccine mandate for all teachers and public school workers that is set to take effect on Monday morning. They had already lost a couple of battles on the local level so this was essentially their last-ditch appeal. The request was sent to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who had the options of approving the request, denying it, or passing it on to the full court for review. The teachers argued that the mandate infringes on their rights and that the city is not applying these mandates equally to all municipal workers because it lacks an option for teachers to submit weekly negative COVID test results instead of proof of vaccination, such as other workers have been offered. Sotomayor went with the second option, rejecting the request by herself. (NY Post)

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has rejected a push to block the city’s vaccination mandate for all Department of Education employees.

    In an 11th-hour bid, four city teachers opposed to the jab requirement petitioned the Bronx-born jurist to intervene on Thursday.

    But Sotomayor rejected their request Friday afternoon and cleared the way for the city to enforce the mandate beginning Monday.

    Sotomayor issued the rejection without providing any explanation and declined to ask the rest of the court to review it. That means that as of Monday morning, up to 1,500 teachers and roughly twice as many non-teaching school workers will not be showing up for work. They will have one week to provide proof of a first vaccination shot or choose between going on unpaid leave with medical benefits or being terminated with a severance package.”

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  13. The problem isnt the sentence (although its a little light) but the judges comments. They indicate his sentence was influenced by the behavior of DAs elsewhere on completely unrelated cases. If the sentence can be appealed, these are grounds for appeal.

    Of course, Republican states have lower unemployment. They essentially told the working classes to get back to work even if its unsafe or live in poverty. Other states are more concerned with people’s health.

    A few months ago, the northeast states still led the country in covid cases per capita and deaths per capita. Now only Rhode Island is in the top ten for covid the rest have Republican governments. And even in death per capita, the northeast only has three left in the top ten despite the death toll they experienced in the first wave. Sure Republicans have high employment but they also have high death rates in recent months. That will cut down on the unemployed.

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  14. Hahaha! 🙂

    Pelosi caves and cancels the planned vote, because she doesn’t have the votes. 🙂

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  15. First, they come for the employees, then they’ll go after the passengers.

    Even if 100% of the population were given these experimental injections people would still get the virus, because the jab is ineffective based on breakthrough cases.

    Where will it end? With an annual or semi-annual booster; monthly, weekly; a daily pill? Those behind the Socialist curtain will keep moving the goal posts in order to control Americans. It’s now time to make a stand… support those businesses that don’t succumb to these Marxist mandates, and boycott those who do.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/more-us-airlines-impose-vaccine-mandates-american-alaska-jetblue_4028505.html

    “More U.S. air carriers—American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue—have announced they will be requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

    The move comes as the Biden administration has ramped up pressure on airlines to require vaccines as part of a broader strategy to boost inoculation rates in the country. President Joe Biden signed an executive order last month requiring federal contractors to mandate shots for employees, with the White House later setting a Dec. 8 deadline for getting the vaccine.

    The airlines say they provide special flights and other services for the government and so fall under Biden’s mandate.

    “While we are still working through the details of the federal requirements, it is clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines,” Doug Parker, American Airlines chief executive, told employees in an Oct. 1 memo.

    Alaska Airlines said in a memo to employees Friday it would require staff to get the shot, with no testing option but the possibility to apply for an exemption on religious or medical grounds.”

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  16. They just lie to our faces.

    It tells you in the first tweet what the crowd is chanting, so don’t push play if it you don’t want to hear it.

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!!

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    Who you gonna believe, the “unbiased journalist” or your lying ears?

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  17. “Why it’s not surprising that young men are abandoning college”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/01/why-men-arent-going-to-college-anymore/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wp_opinions

    “We’re merely seeing the culmination of 50 years of feminist advances combined with economic shifts that have left men unemployed and socially sidelined. Early warning signs were clear in the 1990s when men began organizing — a disconsonant concept, I admit — around grievances about divorce and subsequent custody battles. Fathers were feeling increasingly displaced by child-custody arrangements that often “repurposed” fathers as weekend visitors in their children’s lives.”

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    ““Trickle down” may not work in economics but it sure does in society and culture. The lesser regard for men’s interests was also manifesting among younger-aged males as girl power seized the public imagination. School curriculums were being adjusted to become more go-girl and less boy-centric.

    In practice, this meant a growing intolerance toward boy behavior in general; complaints that they couldn’t sit still in school like the girls; and an epidemic of ADHD diagnoses and medication of children, mostly of boys (11.7 percent male to 5.7 percent female, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Just ask any mom with a son born in the past 25 to 30 years: Boys became suspect, wrong from the start. Or, as I began my 2008 book, “Save the Males,” quoting a then-10-year-old boy: “Men bad, women good.””

    School reading lists were suddenly missing books about heroes, chivalry, knights and other such symbols of boyhood fantasy, while girls were embracing female heroes (we don’t say “heroine” anymore) and fantasizing about becoming Supreme Court justices and fighter pilots. “Girl power,” first introduced in 1991 by punk band Bikini Kill, had become a household phrase by the time Mary Pipher’s “Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls” became a bestseller. Pipher, a psychologist, highlighted the challenges modern girls and teens faced with both a “lookist,” girl-destroying culture and culture shot through with sexual violence, resulting in eating disorders and suicide attempts.

    While correcting the cultural deficits and opportunities for girls was a grand mission that wouldn’t have gained traction without the relentless activism of feminist-minded women — and men — we sometimes veered into zero-sum territory. If girls were to succeed, boys would sometimes lose and, well, too bad. Hadn’t they had the upper hand long enough? This was no one’s stated aim, I’m pretty sure, but it became difficult to ignore trends aimed at diminishing the value of men and, collaterally, boys.”

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  18. Good. 🙂

    Now flee the Democrats plantation for good.

    “Biden’s approval among Black voters plunges more than 20 points in one month”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/10/02/bidens-approval-among-black-voters-plunges-more-than-20-points-in-one-month-n419865

    “The latest Associated Press/NORC poll numbers were released yesterday and the news wasn’t very encouraging for President Joe Biden or his supporters. Following several weeks of consistently bad headlines, it would seem that people are beginning to sour on the “Build Back Better” presidency. This poll has consistently been a bit kinder to Biden than some of the other major polling outfits and that was once again the case this week. The report from the AP also seems to try to paint a somewhat more charitable picture, but the reality is that Biden’s numbers were down across the board. But the decline we’re seeing isn’t coming from Republicans and conservatives who weren’t too wild about Uncle Joe to begin with. The dips are coming from his own party and the demographic groups that have traditionally been the most supportive of him.

    President Joe Biden’s popularity has slumped after a slew of challenges in recent weeks at home and abroad for the leader who pledged to bring the country together and restore competence in government, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

    Fifty percent now say they approve of Biden, while 49% disapprove. Fifty-four percent approved in August, and 59% did in July. The results come as Americans process the harried and deadly evacuation from Afghanistan, mounted border patrol agents charging at Haitian refugees, the unshakable threat of the coronavirus with its delta variant and the legislative drama of Biden trying to negotiate his economic, infrastructure and tax policies through Congress.

    So AP/NORC still has Biden at 50/49 while the majority of polling outlets are showing him being underwater. As I said, that’s probably par for the course, but it’s a very low number to drop to this soon in a first presidential term. Support among Democrats is still strong, but it dropped from 92 to 85 percent. The AP describes this as having “dipped slightly,” but they curiously apply the same label to his support from the critical category of independent voters. That’s one area where Biden actually cratered, falling from 62 to 38 percent. The only party demographic where he stayed the same was with Republicans, where he has the same 11% support he had last time.

    The real eye-openers came with the shift in support along racial lines. Biden is doing slightly worse with white voters, falling from 49% to 42%. But with Black voters, one of the key demographics he relied on in 2020, his support absolutely tanked, dropping from 86% to 64%. It’s hard to imagine this being attributable to much beyond his vaccine mandates and protests against those policies coming from Black Lives Matter. If Joe slips much further and actually goes underwater with Black voters he can pretty much forget about any future election chances. No Democrat can survive with those sorts of numbers.”

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  19. Dems and their media tools never apologize for being wrong and spreading lies. They just double down.

    “‘Collusion’ pushers in a spin over Durham indictment linked to Clinton camp”

    https://nypost.com/2021/10/01/collusion-pushers-in-a-spin-over-durham-indictment-linked-to-clinton-camp/

    “What a surprise: The media-Democrat complex that, for years, attempted to convince the country that a sitting US president was a clandestine agent of Russia is now spinning wildly, trying to persuade Americans that its politicized suspicions actually amounted to compelling evidence of Donald Trump’s “collusion” with Moscow.

    That is the fallout from special counsel John Durham’s indictment of Democratic attorney Michael Sussmann, and of the related reports that the prosecutor has subpoenaed additional information from Sussmann’s former firm Perkins Coie, the lawyers for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

    Durham indicted Sussmann for lying to the FBI about whom he was working for (he pleaded not guilty). In peddling flimsy evidence that servers at a Russian bank proved a Kremlin communications back channel to Trump, Sussmann, a former DOJ lawyer, allegedly claimed not to be working for anyone — just a good citizen!”

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    “A political dirty trick is not necessarily an actionable criminal conspiracy. It is one thing to show that self-interested political operatives found ways to peddle to all-too-willing investigators extravagant suspicions about Trump corruption that they hoped were true. It’s quite another thing to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they were knowingly funneling false information that they realized the FBI would use in court proceedings.

    Consequently, the collusion propagandists are morphing into propaganda apologists, insisting that Camp Clinton operatives had good-faith reasons — even patriotic reasons — for the innuendo-laced case they contrived against Mrs. Clinton’s political opponent. Obviously, Durham is still investigating and is not yet ready to draw firm conclusions.

    For now, two things are worth noting:

    First, remember that at the time Perkins Coie tried to sell the FBI on an Alfa Bank angle of Trump-Russia, the bureau was simultaneously pressing the absurd Steele dossier (produced for the Clinton campaign by Fusion GPS via Perkins Coie) on the FISA court, in order to get authorization to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser. The bureau concluded the Alfa Bank allegation was meritless. That is, at a time when they were so desperate they were willing to rely on the frivolous Steele claims, they nevertheless turned their noses up at the Alfa Bank story.

    Second, Durham is not an ordinary prosecutor but a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department. Ordinary prosecutors either file indictments or quietly close investigations without charges. Special counsels write lengthy reports describing their findings in detail, including evidence indicative of corruption and abuse of power that may not qualify for prosecution under the strictures of the penal law.

    Durham may have some more indictments left to bring. As for a comprehensive explanation of what happened in Russiagate, though, we will probably have to wait for his final report . . . assuming the Biden Justice Department allows it to be made public.”

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  20. Hey remember that last guy, Trump, who actually kept his promises…..?

    Yeah…. good times…..

    Enjoy!

    “Democrats’ Plan Paves the Ground to Tax Everything that Moves

    Biden’s $400,000 tax hike ‘red line’ would be completely paved over after they institute the “pilot program” for mileage tax.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/09/democrats-plan-paves-the-ground-to-tax-everything-that-moves/

    “It appears that the Democrats plan to tax essentially everything that moves, or at least they are paving the ground to do so.

    There is a proposed pilot program for a mileage tax tucked away in the infrastructure bill.

    The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill with bipartisan support from 19 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Buried in the 2,700 page infrastructure package is a pilot program for a vehicle mileage tax.

    A vehicle mileage tax, or vehicle miles traveled fee, would charge motorists a fee based on how many miles they drive. Simply put, if you drive a vehicle, you would pay money to the government for every mile you drive. The time period can vary, but is typically a vehicle miles travel fee is measured in a one year period. A vehicle mileage traveled fee can be used to raise revenue for transportation and infrastructure projects.

    The infrastructure bill includes $125 million to fund pilot programs to test a national vehicle miles traveled fee.

    National pilot program: This includes $10 million each year from 2022 to 2026 for a national vehicles miles traveled fee pilot program.

    State and local pilot program: This includes $75 million provided from the federal government to regional, state and local transportation agencies. The breakdown is $15 million provided each year from 2022 to 2026.

    Here is how the program would work….theoretically.

    The language in the bill calls for the pilot to include people from all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. This includes drivers of both commercial and personal vehicles. All participants would volunteer for the pilot.

    Participants would keep paying the gas tax, but would also start paying a per-mile user fee. Those rates would be established by the Department of the Treasury, and once collected, the revenue would go to the Highway Trust Fund. The government would then refund the costs for these participants.

    “Not more than 60 days after the end of each calendar quarter in which a volunteer participant has participated in the pilot program,” the bill reads. “The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, shall estimate an amount of payment for each volunteer based on the vehicle miles submitted by the volunteer for the calendar quarter and issue such payment to such volunteer participant.”

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  21. Tychicus — Vaccine mandates by airlines is pure capitalism in action not Marxism. Having a vaccinated work force cuts down on sick leave and insurance costs. It also removes liability if a passenger happens to get sick. Adding passengers to the mandate again keeps liability down. Its cost effective and keeps the company solvent.

    AJ — Bizzare male victimhood column. The first point — child custody — is the result of sexism not feminism. Married were not expected to work and definitely not mothers. When a divorce occurred, family court used this to decide custody — women would stay home with the children and men would continue to work. Its only when feminism changed employment practises — you couldn’t fire pregnant and married women without cause — did family courts slowly change custody practises.

    Elementary school has always been skewered to favour girls — only in high school did boys do better as a educational practises — changing classrooms every hour, only four subjects per semester, less “integrated” studies, etc. My male students almost always do better in high school.

    More women than men go to university. In Ontario, only two schools have more men — Royal Military College and University of Waterloo (the “MIT of Canada”). Part of the reason for increased enrollment is the professionalization of education and healthcare professions. University degrees are now required for teaching and nursing — previously these were at the college level and were frequently attached to hospitals and school boards as practical learning. Meanwhile male dominated trades do not require university degrees. If more women became welders and men became nurses the enrollment figures would change.

    Universities are also a business. It helps their bottom line to admit marginal students who may fail in the first or second year but still pay them tuition. Most of these marginal students are enrolled in the social sciences or business schools. The hard sciences have maintained standards and limited numbers whereas sociology departments continue to create more and more integrated studies programs. The marginal students who choose these programs tend to be women, men with marginal admission chances tend to ignore these programs and go to the trades.

    Thus, this isn’t male victim hood but capitalism and traditional sexism at play.

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  22. A mileage tax? Why not just raise the gas tax to the same level as the rest of the developed world. You have to pay for infrastructure somehow

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  23. Wow — where to begin….
    Utter Pradesh is not Covid free — it has about a dozen new covid cases a day — what is true is 33 districts of Utter Pradesh are covid free but not the entire state
    In total, India has about 20 000 new cases a day (not 199) , second highest in the world.
    Right now there’s 9000 serious cases compared to 20 000 serious cases in the US
    There’s conflicting information about Utter Pradesh’s vaccine rate — but the best source states 11% compared to all of India at 17%; with 47% having at least one dose of the vaccine.
    The death rate is 1% compared to 2% in the US and Canada — probably due to demographics; far greater percentage of old people in North America.
    The ivermectin used in India is for humans and is used to treat parasites not viruses; the ivermectin advocated in the US is for horses — two different drugs.
    and on and on.

    I know FOX and CNN sometimes get things wrong but OAN is just ridiculous.

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