23 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-18-21

  1. Separation of Church and State!…..

    Unless there’s a Dem in the WH.

    “Kamala Harris Records Cringe Campaign Video for Terry McAuliffe That Will Air at 300 Virginia Churches

    “I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment,” VP Harris said before urging churchgoers to go vote.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/10/kamala-harris-records-cringe-campaign-video-for-terry-mcauliffe-that-will-air-at-300-virginia-churches/

    “CNN reported Saturday that Vice President Kamala Harris had recorded a campaign video on behalf of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe that was set to air at some 300 black churches ahead of the November 2nd election in the state.

    In the video clips, which you can see below (the total speech time was around three minutes), Harris spoke about how she was taught in the Oakland church she says her family went to when she was growing up about how it was “our sacred responsibility to raise our voice and lift up the voices of our community.” She stated that one of the “most significant ways” we can use our voices was through voting.

    She then proceeded to urge churchgoers to vote for McAuliffe. “I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment,” she proclaimed before telling people why she believed they should send McAuliffe “back to Richmond.” Towards the end of her remarks, Harris encouraged church attendees to go and vote after church services or to schedule a time to go vote during the early voting period.

    Watch:”

    “Beyond the speech causing cringemeters across the country to explode as is often the case when she speaks in public, critics of Harris’ video were quick to point out that for the churches, this seemed to be a pretty clear violation of federal law:”

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  2. Just a reminder….

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  3. “Here’s the specific text from the IRS website:

    Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”

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  4. Good.

    “California parents, teachers plan statewide walkout to protest school vaccine mandate”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-parents-teachers-statewide-walkout-protest-school-vaccine-mandate

    “California parents and teachers who oppose school vaccine mandates are planning a statewide walkout Monday, according to reports.

    News about the planned protest has spread on social media, with organizers suggesting that parents pull their children out of school and that teachers and staff who support the protest stay home.

    California became the first state to mandate vaccinations or coronavirus testing for eligible children to attend in-person classes at public and private schools after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the requirement Oct. 1. Students who don’t comply will be required to do an independent study. There are medical and personal belief exemptions.

    Teachers and staff are also required to get the vaccine or submit to testing.”

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  5. This admin is a joke.

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    He was busy pretending to be a new Mom.

    “Non-Essential Worker Pete Buttigieg Secretly Was on Paid Paternity Leave Since August and No One Noticed

    “While U.S. ports faced anchor-to-anchor traffic and Congress nearly melted down over the president’s infrastructure bill in recent weeks, the usually omnipresent Transportation secretary was lying low.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/10/non-essential-worker-pete-buttigieg-secretly-was-on-paid-paternity-leave-since-august-and-no-one-noticed/

    “Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been on paternity leave since August and no one seemed to notice until the country found itself in a new crisis involving clogged ports and empty store shelves.

    It’s very nice that Buttigieg and his husband have adopted two infants, but you have to wonder why he has been secretly on leave for so long, especially in light of this new problem.

    From Politico:

    Can Pete Buttigieg have it all?

    PETE BUTTIGIEG has been MIA.

    While U.S. ports faced anchor-to-anchor traffic and Congress nearly melted down over the president’s infrastructure bill in recent weeks, the usually omnipresent Transportation secretary was lying low.

    One of the White House’s go-to communicators didn’t appear on TV. He was absent on Capitol Hill during the negotiations over the bill he had been previously helping sell to different members of Congress. Conservative critics tried (unsuccessfully) to get #WheresPete to trend and Fox News ran a story on October 4 with the headline: “Buttigieg quiet on growing port congestion as shipping concerns build ahead of holidays.”

    They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.

    “For the first four weeks, he was mostly offline except for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation. “He has been ramping up activities since then.” As he does that, Buttigieg will “continue to take some time over the coming weeks to support his husband and take care of his new children,” the spokesperson added.”

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  6. This is a gross miscarriage of justice.

    “January 6 Update: Five Things You Might Have Missed”

    https://pjmedia.com/columns/kevindowneyjr/2021/10/14/january-6-update-five-things-you-might-have-missed-n1524003

    “Things are happening in regards to January 6. You might not know it because a lot of it hasn’t gotten much press, especially from the likes of media milksops Rachel Madcow and Don Lemon. And for once, it isn’t all bad news.

    1) Two Washington D.C. officials have been held in contempt of court for their treatment of January 6 defendant and Proud Boy Chris Worrell.

    Judge Royce Lamberth found prison warden Wanda Patten and Washington D.C. Department of Corrections Director Quincy Booth in contempt of court. The judge also ordered a civil rights investigation into the treatment of Worrell and the other January 6 defendants. That means Merrick Garland would lead the case. Oh good. I hope he can take time away from chasing concerned parents “domestic terrorists” at school board meetings.

    Worrell was unable to receive medical help for lymphoma, possibly COVID, a broken hand, and a broken tooth, the latter two supposedly received in jail, because necessary medical records were never forwarded to the proper parties. Worrell’s lawyer claims his client was not able to get recommended surgeries.

    “It’s clear to me that the civil rights of the defendant were violated by the DC Department of Corrections,” Judge Lamberth started during Worrell’s hearing. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6 defendant or not, but I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation.”

    2) The FBI quietly admitted in August that they couldn’t find proof that January 6 was a planned “insurrection.” One insider went so far as to say that 90-95% of protestors who entered the Capitol were “one-offs.” No one has been charged with sedition/insurrection. Most of those charged have been hit with ridiculous charges like “parading” in the Capitol.”

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  7. This un-American clown needs to be reigned in.

    But we’ll have to wait for the next president I guess, since the current one is too busy benefitting from his largess.

    “George Soros Drops $1M To Stop City of Austin Hiring Police to Combat Rising Crime

    On Nov. 2, Austin voters will decide on a ballot initiative requiring the hiring of two officers per 1K residents”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/10/george-soros-drops-1m-to-stop-city-of-austin-hiring-police-to-combat-rising-crime/

    “America-hating billionaire George Soros is stepping up his efforts to personally increase the violent crime rate in America’s cities. Not content to just sponsor pro-crime DA’s who release and/or fail to prosecute criminals, Soros is now pouring money into defund the police efforts.

    As cities, some of them on the down low, have been refunding police they previously defunded or are increasing hiring due to police forces being decimated by low morale fueled by lack of local support, ridiculous pro-crime policies, and various WuFlu-related mandates, Soros is busily shelling out money to keep crime up, criminals on the streets, and fewer police to keep communities safe.

    His latest target is reportedly Austin, Texas. Last year, Austin gleefully leapt on the defund the police bandwagon and cut its police budget by nearly a third. “Unexpectedly,” violent crime skyrocketed to the point that the city recently told citizens not to call 911 unless they really really needed to.

    The Wall Street Journal reported last week:

    Beginning this month, the Austin Police Department has asked the public not to call 911 for “non-emergency situations” if “there is no immediate threat to life or property,” “where crimes are no longer in progress,” and “when the suspect(s) are no longer on scene or in sight.” The directive applies to burglaries, thefts, prostitution, vandalism, and several other crimes. The police urged victims and witnesses to call 311 or file a report online instead.

    The police department says this will reduce contact between police and the public amid a pandemic. But the new policy is also in large part “a result of recent staffing challenges that we have had, and as we are working through those, we are looking to see how we can deploy staff in the most appropriate manner” and respond “to those calls that need them the most,” said Chief of Police Joseph Chacon in a news conference in late September.

    In fiscal 2020-2021, the Austin police budget was $292.9 million, down from $434.5 million the previous year. The City Council slashed $31.5 million directly from the police budget last year.

    It also put $121.7 million in a reserve fund that was intended to “decouple or reimagine some public-safety functions” from the police department but which ended up funding police operations, says Alicia Dean, a spokesperson for the city. The City Council also canceled three cadet classes and cut 150 officers from the budget last year, says City Councilor Mackenzie Kelly, an outspoken supporter of the police.

    Apparently, the city tried to hire back at least one officer for a $5k “signing bonus” type deal plus extra benefits. He was livid.”

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  8. The 🤡🤡🤡🤡 administration is at it again.

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    Sure she’s not qualified, but she checks the right boxes on our Identity Politics Questionnaire…

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  9. So they’re admitting it now….

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  10. Thank Joe Biden.

    He’s not only orchestrating the world’s largest human smuggling operation on our southern border, his actions have led to slavery in other parts of the world.

    “Under the Taliban, families in debt are selling off their children”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/10/17/under-the-taliban-families-in-debt-are-selling-off-their-children-n422999

    “It’s been a little while since we checked in on how things are going in Afghanistan under the kinder, gentler Taliban. While there is still a limited amount of mainstream media coverage coming out of the country and some reporters remain on the ground in the “safer” areas, much of the focus has shifted elsewhere. (This is to the great relief of the Biden administration, carried out by his willing stenographers in the press.) While I’d love to report that conditions are improving and human rights are slowly reemerging, sadly, pretty much the opposite seems to be the case. Winter is approaching quickly and food is so scarce that 95% of the citizens there are reportedly undernourished already. Another thing that is missing is money. That likely doesn’t apply to the Taliban leaders of course, but people aren’t getting paid over much of the country, and there is almost no cash to be found to pay those who still manage to find work. This has led some of the families who are in debt to consider an unthinkable proposition. They are selling off their children to their creditors to cover what they owe. (Wall Street Journal, subscription required)

    Desperate to feed her family, Saleha, a housecleaner here in western Afghanistan, has incurred such an insurmountable debt that the only way she sees out is to hand over her 3-year-old daughter, Najiba, to the man who lent her the money. The debt is $550.

    Saleha, a 40-year-old mother of six who goes by one name, earns 70 cents a day cleaning homes in a wealthier neighborhood of Herat. Her much older husband doesn’t have any work.

    Such is the starkness of deepening poverty in Afghanistan, a humanitarian crisis that is worsening fast after the Taliban seized power on Aug. 15, prompting the U.S. to freeze $9 billion in Afghan central-bank assets and causing a halt in most foreign aid.

    A reporter spoke to the lender to who Saleha owes the money. He admits that he made an offer a few weeks ago to cancel her debt if she hands over her daughter to be “married” to one of his sons when she reaches puberty. Until that time, the daughter will do domestic work around the house.

    In the phone interview, the lender made no bones about the arrangement. “I also don’t have money. They haven’t paid me back,” said Mr. Khalid Ahmad, reached by phone in Badghis. “So there is no option but taking the daughter.”

    Let that sink in for a moment. “So there is no option but taking the daughter.”

    Something that struck me when I was reading this horrifying story was the realization that our failure in Afghanistan didn’t only come with the botched evacuation. (Though that was a massive failure also.) We were never going to “remake” the country into some democratic bastion of freedom because we never really changed the culture of that nation, aside from perhaps among some of the younger women in urban areas. After twenty years of western influence, it took a matter of weeks before the locals (and we’re not even talking about the Taliban here) were back to treating females as literal property. This lender clearly has no qualms about buying that toddler – another human being – and forcing her into a life of servitude until she becomes the closeted sex slave of one of his sons… when she reaches puberty. In other words, when she’s somewhere between eight and fourteen years old. And that assumes there are enough scraps of food in the home to keep her alive until then.”

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  11. The Great Uniter!

    Not.

    “I&I/TIPP Poll: Are We Becoming The ‘Divided States Of America’ Under Biden?

    A new I&I/TIPP Poll finds that a plurality of Americans believe Biden has exacerbated our country’s partisan political and cultural divide.”

    https://tippinsights.com/i-i-tipp-poll-are-we-becoming-the-divided-states-of-america-under-biden/

    “Americans are perhaps more divided than ever when it comes to President Biden. A new I&I/TIPP Poll shows that a plurality of Americans believe Biden has become a source of partisan political division in our country, as a steadily widening political and cultural rift continues to grow.

    The data come from October’s I&I/TIPP poll, conducted online by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, I&I’s polling partner. The latest sounding of opinion was carried out from Sept. 29-Oct. 2, with responses from 1,308 adults, providing a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

    Among the questions presented to respondents: “Which is closer to your point of view?” They were then presented with three possible responses: “President Biden is living up to his promise to unify the country,” “President Biden is stoking partisanship and division,” and “Not sure.”

    And what do the data show? Some 40% of those responding agreed that Biden was “stoking partisanship and division,” while 37% said he was living up to his pledge to “unify” the country. A sizeable 23% said they were “not sure.””

    “But still, a number of groups diverged in the degree to which they embraced the idea of Biden dividing or uniting America along political, cultural and racial lines. Those splits might well have political consequences in 2022, with a key midterm congressional election looming.

    Once again, as with many recent poll results, a distinct split can be seen among the major political parties and independents. Just 16% of Democrats felt Biden had become a divisive president, compared with 73% of Republicans and 46% of independents.

    Meanwhile, 66% of Democrats said he was living up to his pledge to unify America, versus just 10% of Republicans and 26% of independents.”

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    Dems need to be drug tested, because they on something…..

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  12. Yes. Yes she did.

    “Did Kamala Harris Just Violate Federal Law To Boost Terry McAuliffe In Virginia?”

    https://jonathanturley.org/2021/10/18/did-kamala-harris-just-violate-federal-law-to-boast-terry-mcauliffe-in-virginia/

    “The problem is that such direct politicking in tax-exempt churches has been unlawful for decades. Section 501(c)3 states:

    Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.

    That bolded language is the “Johnson Amendment” prohibition.

    The IRS makes clear that such violations will not be tolerated. The agency warns that tax-exempt groups “are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” It further stresses:

    “Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”

    This was a direct political pitch to be played in hundreds of churches.

    What is most hypocritical is that the Democrats used the opposition to the Johnson Amendment by former President Donald Trump as a rallying cry in the last election. Trump boasted that he got rid of the Johnson Amendment. That was not true. Here is the critical language in the Trump executive order:

    In particular, the Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury.

    The order expressly requires adherence to federal law and only states that “moral or political issues” may be discussed “from a religious perspective.” Harris is calling souls to the polls in a straight political speech. So even under Trump’s order, this would be a violation.

    Putting aside any federal violation in such pitches, Trump’s desire to get the vote out through evangelical churches was widely denounced as an attack on the separation of Church and State. That was before McAuliffe ran into trouble in what was viewed as a reliably blue state that Biden won by a wide margin. Now the same media and legal figures are silent.

    If this is indeed played in churches (as opposed to simply posted on Internet sites), it does appear a premeditated and unambiguous violation of the federal law governing churches as non-for-profit institutions.”

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  13. AJ – Re: your question to me at the end of yesterday’s thread – Of course, I don’t know why they would try to hide it, but my guess would be that they knew that it would be misunderstood by many of the people who are already against the vaccines.

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    This is from a Catholic, anti-abortion perspective on why testing on fetal cell lines is not a moral evil (due to the concept of “remote cooperation”), and lists the very common OTC and prescription meds that were also tested on the HEK293 line. Unfortunately, it will not let me copy-&-paste any text. so please take a look at the article for the author’s reasoning, and for the lists of medication, such as Tylenol, Advil, aspirin, Prilosec, azithromycin (a “z-pack”), as well as Remdesivir and Ivermectin that were also tested on the cell lines.

    “If Any Drug Tested on HEK-293 Is Immoral, Goodbye Modern Medicine”

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/throughcatholiclenses/2021/01/if-any-drug-tested-on-hek-293-is-immoral-goodbye-modern-medicine/

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  14. Kizzie,

    Again, like with the Covid not really a vaccine, it’s a matter of personal choice.

    Don’t lie, don’t hide facts. Let people make an informed decision.

    Also, I don’t care at all what the Catholic “leaders” think. I’m not Catholic, and I don’t to subscribe to their ideas of “leadership”.

    And I don’t take moral direction from people and groups that hide pedophilia and protect pedophiles. Their opinion is irrelevant to me. I just want the facts.

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    Now the real issue I have is with people like Joe Carter, who appears to buy what they’re selling, is as I demonstrated, he flip-flopped. He knew all about that HEK293 line in 2019, acknowledged it came from an abortion years ago, and that it’s cells were used. But a year later in the piece you linked, he claims the origins are unknown, and that once again, it’s no big deal. That’s the same kind of tired argument used above by Joe with the Tylenol, Advil and the rest, which are also irrelevant to the issue at hand. It’s not your call, his call, or anyone else’s. It’s the individual’s choice, and if they feel a very real need to avoid it for religious reasons, other Christians shouldn’t be badgering them to get an inject which may or may not do a thing for you.

    That’s the issue I have with Joe.

    Folks do fellow believers a disservice when they spreads misinformation, even unintentionally. What Joe posted is old and out dated. The emails from the pharma company show they were from the aborted baby line, where that line came from, they knew they were, and they hid it specifically so they could avoid allowing folks to seek a justified religious exemption.

    We shouldn’t judge the faith of others. Nor their religious convictions. We know their pro-life beliefs and share them. We know full well why they feel this way, and you know their asking for a religious exemption because of it is justified.

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  15. Mumsee, good question.

    As I understand it, if the IRS actually did their job (they won’t) the churches could all lose tax exempt status, and be required to pay back taxes.

    ““Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”

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  16. But no mean tweets!

    Enjoy.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10103413/US-recession-bad-2008-paper-warns.html

    “America is ALREADY in a recession that could be as bad as 2008: Dartmouth College prof
    David Blanchflower warns that the real state of the economy has been skewed by Biden’s huge unemployment payments

    Conference Board and University of Michigan produce consumer indices

    New paper says that anything more than 10-point dip indicates recession

    One of the authors, Dartmouth College professor David Blanchflower served on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee from 2006 to 2009

    Conference Board index dropped 25.3 points in 2021, UM index dipped 21 points

    Economists argue that GDP growth and abundance of jobs belies pending crisis

    Comes amid grave fears of global supply chain chaos and soaring inflation”

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  17. Enjoying Biden’s America yet?

    “San Francisco: Calls ‘Will Be Left Unanswered’ As Police Forced Out Because Of Vaccine Mandate”

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  18. AJ – As I have said before, I am not in favor of mandates, so that is not where I am coming from. But the point is that if one would like to claim a religious exemption due to the vaccine having been tested on that particular cell line, then one should be consistent in not taking any of the other medications, either.

    I am not a Catholic, either, but they have been very strongly – even stronger than many evangelicals – against abortion.

    As for Joe Carter, it is possible that the information he had had changed from one time to the next. That happens all the time. It doesn’t mean that a person is intentionally lying or trying to deceive.

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