9 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-14-21

  1. “The 2020 Election Wasn’t Stolen, It Was Bought By Mark Zuckerberg

    The true story of how Mark Zuckerberg privatized the government’s voter registration and vote counting for Democrats in 2020.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/10/12/the-2020-election-wasnt-stolen-it-was-bought-by-mark-zuckerberg/

    “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 non-partisan — but demonstrably ideological — non-profit organizations.

    Analysis conducted by our team demonstrates this money significantly increased Joe Biden’s vote margin in key swing states. 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.”

    Partisans Running Local Election Offices

    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 amidst the election night chaos in Fulton County, Georgia.

    CTCL demanded the promotion of universal mail-in voting through suspending election laws, extending deadlines that favored mail-in over in-person voting, greatly expanding opportunities for “ballot curing,” expensive bulk mailings, and other lavish “community outreach” programs that were directed by private activists.

    CTCL drove the proliferation of unmonitored private dropboxes (which created major chain of custody issues) and opportunities for novel forms of “mail-in ballot electioneering,” allowed for the submission of numerous questionable post-election-day ballots, and created opportunities for illegal ballot harvesting.

    CTCL greatly increased funding for temporary staffing and poll workers, which supported the infiltration of election offices by paid Democratic Party activists, coordinated through a complex web of left-leaning non-profit organizations, social media platforms, and social media election influencers.

    Staggering Partisan Spending

    The amount of additional money these groups poured into elections offices in Democrat-voting areas was truly staggering. To put it in perspective, federal and state matching funds for COVID-19-related election expenses in 2020 totaled $479.5 million. The CTCL and CEIR money totaled $419.5 million. These two private non-profits were responsible for an 85 percent increase in total additional election funding — and that largess was concentrated in a relatively small number of heavily Democratic municipalities.

    Although CTCL and CEIR are chartered as non-partisan 501(c)(3) corporations, our research suggests the $419.5 million of CTCL and CEIR spending that took place in 2020 was highly partisan in its distribution and its effects.

    Of the 26 grants CTCL provided to cities and counties in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia that were $1 million or larger, 25 went to areas Biden won in 2020. The only county on this list won by Donald Trump (Brown County, Wisconsin) received about $1.1 million—less than 1.3 percent of the $85.5 million that CTCL provided to these top 26 recipients.”

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  2. Like with all cancers, you have to kill it at the source.

    “Where Are Teachers Getting Critical Race Theory? In Teachers’ Colleges”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/10/13/where-are-teachers-getting-critical-race-theory-in-teachers-colleges/

    “The critical race racket has become nearly ubiquitous in American education, as shown by the recent embrace of this radical ideology by America’s two largest teachers unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

    As Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal reports, “[a]t its annual meeting earlier this month, the NEA adopted a proposal stating that it is ‘reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory.’” The NEA also vowed to “‘fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric’ and issue a study that ‘critiques empire, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society.’”

    As Riley notes, the AFT has similarly embraced this radical orthodoxy sweeping academe, partnering with “Ibram X. Kendi, an activist-scholar who openly embraces racial discrimination against whites.” Riley points out the perverse irony of Kendi’s assertion in “How to be an Anti-Racist” that “[t]he only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” Some “anti-racism,” indeed.

    The teachers unions’ embrace of a radical ideology that until only recently was the preserve of faculty lounges at elite liberal arts colleges shows just how quickly this worldview has become mainstream — not only in leftist circles, but increasingly, in elementary and secondary education as well. The great work of Heather MacDonald and Christopher Rufo in exposing the seepage of this pernicious doctrine into academia, corporate America, and even the military has shown just how rapidly CRT has come to dominate the national discourse.

    This, despite gaslighting from the likes of AFT President Randi Weingarten, who claimed simultaneously that CRT is not being promulgated in America’s schools while pledging to defend, in a court of law if necessary, those teaching it.

    To better understand how far CRT has been embedded into American education, we viewed more than a dozen webinars and lectures by leading social justice educators, CRT proponents, legal scholars, and elementary and secondary educators. They included: “How to Use the Books You Choose: Elevating the Status of Marginalized Identities in Children’s Literature through Classroom Teaching,” a February 9 webinar hosted by Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education; “Anti-Racist Teaching Practice,” a November 2020 webinar hosted by California State at Fullerton; “White Fragility,” a lecture by Robin DiAngelo (author of the noted book of the same name) hosted by the Family Action Network; and “Impacts of Racism on PK-12 Classrooms,” a February 2021 University of Iowa anti-racism professional development webinar series.

    The lectures ran the gamut geographically and covered education at every level, from pre-kindergarten to the graduate level. What they revealed was nothing short of pure indoctrination. To fully appreciate the destructive quality of intersectional education — particularly in early childhood, when minds are malleable and nuance and perspective are elusive — we highlight what until recently few outside conservative think tanks seemed to fully appreciate: Critical race theory is being adopted in education at the earliest possible age with remarkable zeal.

    Teaching Teachers to Radically Transform Curricula
    Several of the webinars we viewed, including those sponsored by the Wheelock School of Education, were designed for elementary educators. It’s worth stressing that, lest one harbor any doubts about where American education is headed ideologically, these are programs that “teach the teachers.” What stood out is the nearly universal calls to radically transform, restructure, and reimagine curricula at every level to reflect critical race theory.

    Take for example “Teaching History for Justice,” an April 30, 2021, webinar from Wheelock with Kaylene Stevens, program director for social studies education at Wheelock, and Chris Martell, assistant professor of social studies education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, co-authors of “Teaching History for Justice, Centering Activism in Students’ Study of the Past” (Teachers College Press, 2020). The webinar highlights the need to reorganize how social studies and history are taught.

    For them, the “powerful individual”-based approach to teaching history, whereby students learn about leaders from Julius Caesar to Abraham Lincoln who have shaped history, is not only flawed but irredeemably grounded in white supremacy. What, then, should emerge to take its place?

    For Stevens and Martell, the traditional approach must be supplanted by a movement-centered curriculum, one grounded in activist thinking, with the goal of encouraging students to become activists at the earliest possible age. Traditional models of instruction that aim to teach students to “think like a historian” or “think like a democratic citizen” are inherently lacking; they must be supplemented with “thinking like an activist.”

    Figures they tell teachers are worthy of study, all cited approvingly, include Angela Davis (described as an “activist for racial and gender equity and democracy,” a “prison abolitionist,” and member of the Black Panther and Communist parties) and Marsha P. Johnson (an activist for queer and trans law and founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries). If only Caesar had been an activist.”

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  3. This one we’ll start off with a quote from IowaHawkBlog’s David Burge….

    “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving….”

    That’s still what’s happening with this. Where’s the US media on this? Crickets reply….

    Imagine the coverage if this was Trump and son.

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    “Joe Biden could become embroiled in the FBI’s probe into Hunter’s finances, experts say: Emails reveal they SHARED bank accounts, paid each other’s bills and the president may have even have funded his son’s 2018 drug and prostitution binge”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10070093/Joe-Biden-Hunters-shared-bank-accounts-make-president-target-FBI-probe.html

    “Emails from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, obtained by DailyMail.com, reveal Joe and Hunter shared bank accounts and paid each other’s bills

    The president have may have inadvertently funded his son’s 2018 drug and prostitution binge

    Emails between Hunter and Eric Schwerin, his business partner at consultancy Rosemont Seneca, show Schwerin was working on Joe’s taxes

    The claim raises serious questions about whether funds from the joint accounts were used for Hunter’s May 2018 week-long bender with a prostitute

    Last December, Hunter admitted in a public statement that he was under federal investigation over his tax affairs

    A former federal prosecutor tells DailyMail.com that if money was flowing between Hunter and his father, that could make Joe a target of the probe

    The FBI and IRS probe is reportedly also looking into Hunter’s foreign business relationships and the potential for money laundering charges”

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  4. Enjoy!

    “Coming soon: Biden’s full-blown recession”

    https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/576234-coming-soon-bidens-full-blown-recession

    “Joe Biden has had a rough few months. Polling has his approval falling below 40 percent and Friday’s jobs report won’t do anything to prop it up. The Afghanistan catastrophe, COVID-19 deaths surpassing those during Donald Trump’s tenure, and the increasing crisis at the southern border all will be secondary compared to the coming recession. Unlike many other economic events, this one will be the direct cause of policies promulgated by the White House.

    Three main issues likely will plunge the country into economic backsliding and spark stagflation by the end of 2022: inflation, supply chain issues, and an unraveling labor market.

    Americans have noticed increasing prices everywhere from the gas pump to grocery store aisles. Inflation has hit a 30-year high. Economists and political pundits are shifting their tone, away from denying its existence (recall the White House’s “save 16 cents on your July 4th BBQ” approach) to preparing the public for the current and coming pain. Media narratives now reflect that price hikes aren’t “going away very soon” to full risk of “runaway” inflation. Inflated prices already have hit double digits overseas and cost the average household more than $2,000 annually.

    Reckless federal spending and money printing are only accelerating inflation. The last year and a half’s policies are effectively “baked in” to what is coming next. However, passing Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure package would have a sapping effect on the economy. The massive spending binge will face a reckoning in December’s fight over raising the debt limit. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) already has signaled that he won’t pull the Democrats’ chestnuts out of the fire in two months. The fear of a default or unconventional workarounds, such as a trillion-dollar coin, will stifle investment and lead to increasing bank interest rates to mitigate risk. Politicians could plunge the country into a deep recession wholly of their own making — and the consequences will be felt primarily by American families and small businesses.

    Store shelves in many cities are partially bare, bringing up the bad memories of March and April of 2020. Manufactured goods and raw materials of all types are becoming increasingly rare. This time it’s not driven by demand issues, such as panic buying (yet), but instead by those of supply. In short, the economy is rapidly running out of goods. The disruptions in our workforce is limiting the number of dockworkers, truck drivers, and more essential jobs necessary to keep goods flowing at a rapid rate and reasonable price. The average family can expect to pay much higher prices for everyday essentials, have significantly less inventory selection at grocery and big box stores, and face months-long shipping delays when ordering online.

    Perhaps the largest factor sparking economic atrophy is the misguided employment policies of the Biden administration. Heavy-handed COVID-19 vaccine mandates don’t help, but the far more likely cause of sclerotic market conditions is the unemployment “bonus” of 2020-2021. While the additional federal unemployment funding ended in September, many employees have chosen not to go back to traditional work. Some cannot return to their jobs because of child care concerns. Others have lost their skills or job type since the start of the pandemic. These factors already showed in last week’s data. Economists projected September’s job growth at a half-million jobs. It turned out to be less than 40 percent of that. Of course, the unemployment rate fell, but only because individuals left the labor market. The labor force participation rate remains stubbornly stuck at around 61 percent. There are plenty of jobs available — in July it was nearly 11 million — even though there are just 2.7 million long-term unemployed.

    At the same time, the “Build Back Better” agenda includes a raft of welfare provisions that will either make more Americans more dependent on the government or drive up prices (or likely both). Its “equity” provisions include an expansion of the child tax credit and housing subsidies that will rebuild the subprime mortgage crisis of the mid- to late-2000s. Expanding housing subsidies, Medicaid funding, and higher education grants will drive up the price of all of these commodities, adding inflationary pressure that will harm not only the intended beneficiaries but the public at large. The proposed Biden tax hikes intend to target the wealthy, but the average family will foot the true cost of the bill through higher rent and mortgage prices, higher health insurance premiums, and higher college tuition. How much more is your family able to spare for D.C.’s recklessness?”

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    But no mean tweets, right?

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  5. Of course….

    Again, where’s the US media?

    “Wife Involved in Submarine Spy Case is Anti-Trump, Progressive, and ‘Very Liberal’

    If the couple was MAGA you know the media would have this story plastered on the front pages and make it the lede.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/10/wife-involved-in-submarine-spy-case-is-anti-trump-progressive-and-very-liberal/

    “No wonder the media has buried the story about an Annapolis couple trying to sell top-secret submarine secrets to a foreign country.

    The New York Times wrote an article about Jonathan and Diana Toebbe, but buried the lede they would have started with it was the opposite: Mrs. Toebbe is a far-leftist.

    Toebbe taught at the progressive Key School for 10 years where she did not hide her politics (emphasis mine):

    “You could just tell she was insanely smart,” said Craig Martien, 20, a 2019 graduate of Key School who worked closely with Ms. Toebbe on the yearbook and an after-school anthropology club. “She was very friendly and down-to-earth, and I got along with her very well.”

    When Mr. Martien went off to Williams College, he brought along a toy squid that Ms. Toebbe had knitted. Like other Key graduates, Mr. Martien described her as a strong feminist and very liberal.

    She was taken aback by President Donald J. Trump’s 2016 election, he said, and mentioned several times that she was considering moving to Australia.

    “She said she couldn’t stand the current state of politics and actually had found some job opportunities over there,” he said.

    The Times did not mention Jonathan’s politics.”

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    Of course they didn’t….

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  6. The FDA finally admits the obvious….

    “FDA gives green light to e-cigarettes on the U.S. market for first time”

    https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2021/10/fda-gives-green-light-to-e-cigarettes-on-the-us-market-for-first-time.html

    “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday gave the green light for an e-cigarette to be sold in the United States for the first time.

    The FDA paved the way for a device and tobacco-flavored cartridges marketed by the R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company and branded as the product called “Vuse,” according to The New York Times.

    “The authorized products’ aerosols are significantly less toxic than combusted cigarettes based on available data,” the FDA said in a statement announcing the decision. “The FDA determined that the potential benefit to smokers who switch completely or significantly reduce their cigarette use, would outweigh the risk to youth.”

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    Which anyone with a functioning brain already knew…

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  7. And Biden and his admin will do nothing because their favorite donors, the abortion industry, was supplying the baby parts.

    Oh, and yeah, Fauci funded this just like he funded the Covid lab in Wuhan that caused our current pandemic. The man is flat out evil.

    “Here’s What We Know About Pitt’s Sadistic Experiments On Unborn Babies

    Pro-life activists and former elected officials discuss the shocking details of the University of Pittsburgh’s fetal tissue harvesting practices and how federal taxpayer dollars fund them.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/10/13/heres-what-we-know-about-pitts-potentially-criminal-fetal-experimentation-practices/

    “It was reported earlier this year that the University of Pittsburgh used taxpayer funds, specifically grants from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to run barbaric experiments splicing lab rats with organs harvested from aborted children. In response, pro-life activists and elected officials have called for state and federal investigations into the university, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, NIAID, and the local Planned Parenthood, which supplies body pieces from aborted babies for experiments.

    On Tuesday, a panel hosted in Pittsburgh by the Pennsylvania Family Council featured several of these pro-life activists and former Pennsylvania elected officials. They discussed the shocking details that have emerged over the last several months and what we now know about the funding and sourcing of Pitt’s fetal tissue harvesting.

    Labor-Induced, Partial-Birth Abortions

    The first panelist to speak was Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden, whose undercover videos have previously featured abortionists at Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and the abortion training director at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Daleiden explained how, in grant applications to receive NIH funding, the University of Pittsburgh essentially advertised their facilities as the best location for the GUDMAP aborted fetal kidney harvesting program. Pitt described how aborted babies are still alive at the time their kidneys are cut out. This was a selling point for why Pitt should receive millions of taxpayer dollars.

    “When they say they ‘track and record the warm ischemia time,’ that means they know the time at which fetuses lose their circulation and lose their blood supply,” Daleiden said reading from the grant application. “They specifically say labor induction, not just a forceps extraction abortion, but a labor induction abortion where they induce labor and the mom pushes out a baby at 24 weeks.”

    Those two statements together – that they know how to keep the time of blood loss in the kidneys to a minimum and that they perform induced-labor abortion – show these are “clear, classic cases of partial-birth abortion or this is just straight-up infanticide,” Daleiden said.

    Daleiden also explained how the fetal experimentation programs may have violated Pennslyvania state law and federal partial-birth abortion law, and how these potential criminal violations should be investigated by lawmakers. Pennslyvania’s Abortion Control Act includes “a felony prohibition on infanticide,” a ban on “any consideration whatsoever for fetal tissue,” and a specific prohibition on “any experimentation on a living fetus, whether inside or outside the womb.”

    The federal statute against partial-birth abortion applies to “delivering the baby alive with the purpose of killing the baby after delivery through organ harvesting or through other means,” Daleiden said. “If they’re maintaining blood flow to the kidneys … extracting the baby up to the level of the kidneys and then kill the baby … it’s a clear pattern for criminal violation.”

    Race Quotas and Race Targeting

    Retired Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Cheryl Allen spoke on Planned Parenthood’s history of racism, the abortion industry’s targeting of black people under the “guise of wanting to help poor, black women,” and Pitt’s racial quota for the babies used in their experiments.

    Pitt’s grant application stated its fetal harvesting program would choose “individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity,” setting quotas of 50 percent white patients and aborted fetuses, and 50 percent minority patients and fetuses, with 25 percent of those minority fetuses to come from black women.

    Allen pointed out that in Western Pennslyvania, compared to other metropolitan areas like Philadelphia or New York, there are smaller Hispanic and Asian populations, “and so the largest minority population here would be African American.” Therefore, Allen said she finds it’s “disingenuous to even suggest” that black babies are less than 25 percent of the 50 percent minority patients and fetuses.

    The study’s quotas could lead to abortion providers pushing women to have abortions depending on their race, one panelist suggested. “That’s what putting profits before people does,” Allen said.

    Allen also pointed out the hypocrisy of the University of Pittsburgh, whose Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion issued an anti-racism statement claiming to “eradicate all forms of racism and ethnic oppression,” while it still works with Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry which were founded to eliminate black people.”

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