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

  1. Hold the line… the tide is turning. They can’t survive without WE THE PEOPLE!

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/makes-no-sense-southwest-airlines-says-it-wont-fire-workers-who-dont-get-covid-vaccine_4063579.html

    “Southwest Airlines’ CEO said the company will not fire employees who do not get the COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 9 following a Biden administration mandate that was announced last month for federal contractors.

    In a statement to news outlets Friday, the Dallas-based carrier confirmed to Fox News it does not want to “lose any employee” over President Joe Biden’s mandate, adding that firing a worker over the vaccine “makes no sense.” It came a day after Southwest CEO Gary Kelly made a similar announcement during an earnings call.”

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  2. Everybody is ready to point fingers but in basic gun safety, each person who touches the gun is responsible to see it is not loaded upon receipt and not loaded when handed off. Always know what is in the gun. Never aim without intent to kill.

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  3. Interesting article, Michelle, but I wonder – are people leaving because they want a more conservative Christian place or simply to pay less in taxes (which in my opinion is an attempt to avoid societal responsibility, but I digress). My impression from the anecdotal comments in the beginning of the article is taxes and economy matter as much as faith.

    In the latter part of the article, his version of the questions could be summed up in a simple question — Is your faith so weak it needs a safe place as opposed to one where it can be challenged? I’m not picking on Christianity here — This could apply to any religion, ideology or belief system. I’ve told my daughter she should experience life away from the leftist bubble that is our city and find out why most of Canada have different views. If we rebuff a challenge, we become stronger and, if anything, we still end up understanding an opposing p.o.v.

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  4. Agreed Mumsee and I think that was the point of the union who walked off the set. It was unsafe and Baldwin wasn’t taking this seriously. After all, who takes any gun and points it at a person? I haven’t touched a gun in over 35 years and even I know not to point a gun at a person. Never assume its unloaded. Baldwin was far too flippant in terms of crew safety.

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  5. Enjoy peasants….

    Walls for me, but not for keeping out those illegal invaders down south.

    “DHS pays over $455K to build ‘security fencing’ around Biden’s beach home”

    https://nypost.com/2021/10/22/dhs-455k-for-security-fencing-around-bidens-beach-home/

    “Build that wall!

    The southern border with Mexico is seeing the highest levels of illegal border crossings in 35 years, but the Department of Homeland Security has found one access point it can shore up — doling out $455,000 to a Delaware construction company for a fence around President Biden’s “Summer White House.”

    In September, the department awarded a contract of $456,548 to Turnstone Holdings LLC for “PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF SECURITY FENCING AT 32 FARVIEW, REHOBOTH DELAWARE,” according to USAspending.gov, an online database tracking federal government spending.

    The contract started Sept. 21 and is expected to end Dec. 31. Construction of the fence is expected to end by that date.

    The DHS is listed as the main awarding and funding office of the contract while the US Secret Service is listed as the subagency. Additional information and details about the fence have not been publicly released.

    For security reasons, the Secret Service declined to discuss their “protective means and methods” with The Post when asked for comment.

    DHS did not immediately respond to The Post’s inquiry about the contract. “

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  6. Twitter jail for those who question the freak show, or worse yet, dare speak truth to it.

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    It’s a dude, so…….

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  7. They won’t, because their garbage version of journalism means never, ever admitting when you were wrong.

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  8. ——

    The 🤡👑’s hypocrisy is astounding….

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  9. Move along……

    Nothing to see here…..

    Just us deleting things to hide our complicity with the Chinese lab that unleashed Covid on the world……

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    Too late…. 🙂

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  10. I knew it!

    Is there nothing this evil monster can’t do?

    Are there no limits to his powers?

    Sadly, this is what passes for a “journalist” and “journalism” today.

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  11. The Secretary of Gaslighting is upset with Doocy and his truth….

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  12. Nearly everything they say is a lie….

    “Biden Administration Admits There Are Far More Americans Stranded in Afghanistan Than They Said Previously

    “The Biden administration is in touch with nearly 400 Americans who are stranded in Afghanistan, a figure that far exceeds the administration’s claims””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/10/biden-administration-admits-there-are-far-more-americans-stranded-in-afghanistan-than-they-said-previously/

    “Back in August, when President Joe Biden abandoned American citizens in Afghanistan during a disastrous withdrawal from the country, we were told that it was about 100 people.

    Many people suspected at the time that the number was actually much higher, and it turns out it is.

    Adam Kredo reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

    The Biden Admin Said It Left 100 Americans in Afghanistan. They Now Admit It’s Far More.

    The Biden administration is in touch with nearly 400 Americans who are stranded in Afghanistan, a figure that far exceeds the administration’s claims that about 100 Americans were left in the nation following the United States’ hurried exit from Kabul, according to a senior congressional source who was briefed Thursday by the State Department.

    With Afghanistan in the administration’s rear-view mirror, U.S. officials are providing exact figures on the number of Americans who are still stranded and want to leave—although they are doing so in private, off-the-record forums—according to two senior congressional aides, who relayed the contents of the non-public call to the Washington Free Beacon.

    The United States is in touch with 363 Americans who are stuck in war-torn Afghanistan and around 176 U.S. permanent residents who are asking to be evacuated immediately, Biden administration officials said on the call with congressional staff, according to the source, who requested anonymity to discuss non-public information. These figures demonstrate that senior Biden administration officials routinely misrepresented the number of stranded Americans to the public and Congress for nearly two months.

    Anyone surprised?”

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  13. HRW–Most of the people I know who are moving cite three reasons: the chaos of the California political class and their changing rules–along with concerns about the education indoctrination of their children– and the absurd amount of taxes NOT spent on the needs of the citizens. Something like 1/3 of the money my county won in the P, G, &E settlement from the 2017 fires went to homeless people.

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  14. I’m going with union complaint of unsafe workplace practises but Baldwin being given a loaded gun by Trump supporters is weirdly amusing tale. Almost as good as the claim made a facebook friend that Baldwin shot the cinematographer on purpose because her spouse worked as a lawyer for a firm which did some work for the Clinton Foundation. Can people please use occam’s razor and admit human stupidity or greed is usually the problem.

    A security fence is not a wall. In all likelihood, the secret service determined it necessary to protect the president. The same agency did similar security measures for Trump resorts.

    Why do the right always complain about social media? Its the free market and self regulation at work. Its what the Republican party always insisted would work.

    Michelle — are the homeless not citizens? As for education indoctrination of their children — I’ve taught for over 25 years, parents are a far bigger influence than I’ll ever be over their children. Its only when parents neglect their role that a teacher becomes influential. Seems a peculiar reason to uproot one’s lives . It will be interesting to see how this internal migration affects political results. I’ve lived in various political/social settings and never felt inclined to move because of it; just economics or education influence my moves.

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  15. Fauci is evil.

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    His monster is way worse than Frankenstein’s…..

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  16. He needs a new meme, this one is busted.

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  17. Coming soon to overwhelm services and schools in a city near you thanks to Biden being the world’s biggest human smuggler…..

    “Migrant Caravan Of 50,000+ People Blows Past Mexican Army, Leader Is An American, Says They’re Not Going To Just Stop At U.S. Border…”

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  18. An update, an oh boy…..

    “Baldwin film crew had been target shooting with “prop gun” before incident”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/10/24/baldwin-film-crew-had-been-target-shooting-with-prop-gun-before-incident-n424430

    “The authorities in New Mexico who are investigating the accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin still aren’t releasing many details coming out of their inquiries, but the actors and crew members who were there have been singing like canaries to members of the press and new details seem to emerge every day. If you haven’t already heard about how many things went wrong with the “prop gun” that was used by Baldwin in the week leading up to the shooting, go read Allahpundit’s last entry first. A picture is painted of a movie set where everything that could conceivably have gone wrong managed to do so, at least in terms of the armorer and the firearms being used.

    Now, however, even more alarming stories have emerged about the frightening lack of gun sense and awareness on Baldwin’s set. The New York Post reports that the gun in question wasn’t spending all of its time stored in a gun safe when not required on the set. Sources associated with the production report that members of the crew had been taking the weapon out for “target practice” in the desert when they weren’t filming. Tell me again how you take a “prop gun” out for target practice, please.

    The prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a New Mexico movie set had been used by crew members offsite for fun, a new report claims.

    The gun, which was fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of the movie “Rust,” may have even been loaded with live rounds when it was used for what was essentially target practice, TMZ reported.

    Multiple sources connected to the production of the film told TMZ that the gun was fired at off-the-clock gatherings – which could explain how a live round found its way into the gun’s chamber.

    The TMZ report where this latest news originated can be found here. If you want to take something coming from an unnamed source talking to TMZ with a grain of salt, that’s your decision to make. But given how much awful news has been coming from multiple sources involved with the film’s production, given to multiple media outlets, this doesn’t seem like much of a stretch of the imagination at all.

    The source went on to state that following the target practice sessions, the police found live ammo alongside blank rounds stored in the same area. Like so many other failures by the crew, that should have been a violation of the most basic safety rules and could have contributed to how Baldwin wound up with a hot gun in his hands. As Allahpundit pointed out yesterday, one expert armorer once shut down an entire set because someone brought live rounds in for a scene where an actor just had to pick up those rounds off the ground. Simply having live rounds in the vicinity was considered too great of a risk, but these guys had both types stored together.

    Plenty of attention has already been focused on Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the rookie “armorer” from this film crew, but now a new detail is being reported. It’s claimed that she previously gave an unchecked weapon to an eleven-year-old actress during a previous gig.”

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  19. A total disaster.

    “Total Disaster: We Know What Happened Prior to Alec Baldwin’s Accidental Shooting of Cinematographer”

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/10/24/total-disaster-we-know-what-reportedly-caused-alec-baldwin-to-accidentally-shoot-n2597875

    “The camera operators and their assistants were frustrated by the conditions surrounding the low-budget film, including complaints about long hours, long commutes and collecting their paychecks, according to three people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.

    Safety protocols standard in the industry, including gun inspections, were not strictly followed on the “Rust” set near Santa Fe, the sources said. They said at least one of the camera operators complained last weekend to a production manager about gun safety on the set.

    Three crew members who were present at the Bonanza Creek Ranch set on Saturday said they were particularly concerned about two accidental prop gun discharges.

    Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold” — lingo for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks — two crew members who witnessed the episode told the Los Angeles Times.

    “There should have been an investigation into what happened,” the crew member said. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”

    A colleague was so alarmed by the prop gun misfires that he sent a text message to the unit production manager. “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by The Times.

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    Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was huddled around a monitor lining up her next camera shot when she was accidentally killed by the prop gun fired by Baldwin.

    The actor was preparing to film a scene in which he pulls a gun out of a holster, according to a source close to the production. Crew members had already shouted “cold gun” on the set. The filmmaking team was lining up its camera angles and had yet to retreat to the video village, an on-set area where the crew gathers to watch filming from a distance via a monitor.

    Instead, the B-camera operator was on a dolly with a monitor, checking out the potential shots. Hutchins was also looking at the monitor from over the operator’s shoulder, as was the movie’s director, Joel Souza, who was crouching just behind her.

    Baldwin removed the gun from its holster once without incident, but the second time he repeated the action, ammunition flew toward the trio around the monitor. The projectile whizzed by the camera operator but penetrated Hutchins near her shoulder, then continued through to Souza. Hutchins immediately fell to the ground as crew members applied pressure to her wound in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

    Late Friday, the Associated Press reported that Baldwin was handed a loaded weapon by an assistant director who indicated it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fired it, according to court records. The assistant director did not know the prop gun was loaded with live rounds, according to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe County court.

    The person in charge of overseeing the gun props, known as the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, could not be reached for comment. The 24-year-old is the daughter of veteran armorer Thell Reed and had recently completed her first film as the head armorer for the movie “The Old Way,” with Clint Howard and Nicolas Cage.

    It’s a western movie whose plot is centered on accidental death. Well, the picture just came to life, but it’s more of a horror movie. “

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  20. So many failures….

    “https://www.thedailybeast.com/alec-baldwin-film-rust-hired-inexperienced-armorer-hannah-gutierrez-reed-before-halyna-hutchins-shooting?ref=scroll

    “There were previous concerns raised about the 24-year-old armorer who was hired on Alec Baldwin’s film Rust, with two production sources telling The Daily Beast that filming on the set of her last movie was briefly stopped after she allegedly gave a gun to an 11-year-old actress without checking it properly.

    “She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again,” said a source, who worked alongside armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed on the upcoming Nicolas Cage film, The Old Way. “There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe.”

    Gutierrez-Reed was identified in a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office search warrant affidavit as the armorer on set when Baldwin was given a prop gun he believed was safe. Baldwin discharged the gun, fatally striking 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring 48-year-old director Joel Souza. No charges have been brought but the sheriff’s office’s investigation is ongoing.

    Sources on the Rust set have insisted the fatal accident was a result of failings from top to bottom, starting with the production’s low-budget and cost-cutting measures.

    Gutierrez-Reed was described as being “inexperienced and green” by a Rust production source, who told The Daily Beast there were at least two previous incidents of guns being accidentally discharged by other crew members before Thursday’s tragic incident.”

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  21. I love it. 🙂

    God clearly has a sense of humor. 🙂

    “MLB Nightmare: It’s Georgia and Texas in the World Series”

    https://redstate.com/jimthompson/2021/10/24/mlb-nightmare-its-georgia-and-texas-in-the-world-series-n462386

    “Sports writers, MLB staffers and the commissioner of baseball, in particular, must still be clutching their pearls. Last night, 41,000 unmasked Braves fans screamed their un-masked and un-mandated lungs out, all while tomahawk-chopping their Atlanta Braves to victory. Atlanta was denied this year’s All Star Game because Commissioner Manfred caved to craven, political actors. Baseball, he said, can’t have a featured event in Georgia after it passed a voter ID law. Baseball moved the event to Colorado. Colorado already had similar voter law but no matter; its all about optics, not facts.

    In July, Texas Democrats slinked away to avoid a quorum on a Texas voter law. They took a private plane, took lots of selfies and lots of beer. They came back with their tails between their legs, empty cases of beer, and a couple of cases of COVID. The new voter law requiring ID passed last month. It was all about optics, not facts.

    This year’s World Series is Braves versus Astros. It won’t be the Dodgers versus Astros. That would have been rematch of the 2018 World Series, where the Astros cheated their way to the Championship. That would have been big numbers for MLB; but alas, it’s Georgia and Texas. Yes, Mr. Commissioner, Georgia versus Texas. Neither state has a mask mandate. Neither state will have people deputized to check COVID “papers.” Vaccination rates in both states are about the same as California. The difference is that, here in California, I see mothers with their children walking dowh the street, all with masks on. You can’t get into Dodger Stadium without showing your COVID “papers.”

    Last night, the LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke tweeted the following:

    “Hmm, wonder why Travis Tritt wasn’t on the field when he sang the National Anthem? The home of the tomahawk chop is also the home of the anti-vaxxer anthem singer”

    Besides being a non sequitur, what does that statement have to do with baseball or the anthem? And Tritt’s objection isn’t the vaccine, it’s mandates. If you want to get the vaccine, get the vaccine. If you’ve had COVID and don’t want the vaccine – that’s your choice. Tritt isn’t anti-vaccine, he’s pro-freedom of choice.”

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    And I love how the people that say we shouldn’t politicize Covid are always the first ones to politicize Covid…..

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  22. They just can’t quit him…..

    He’s all they have, and that’s sad…..

    “Trump Derangement Porn
    REVIEW: ‘State of Terror’ by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny”

    https://freebeacon.com/media/trump-derangement-porn/

    “”This is a work of fiction but the story it tells is all too timely,” Hillary Clinton writes at the end of State of Terror, the thriller she coauthored with Louise Penny. “It’s up to us to make sure its plot stays fictional.”

    The target reader, having just finished the nearly 500-page nail-biter, will nod approvingly as she opens another bottle of wine, lights a Ruth Bader Ginsburg prayer candle, and logs on to the internet. In lieu of cheesecake, perhaps one of Jim Acosta’s comedy routines or an epic zinger from Rick Wilson will suffice for dessert. Meanwhile, the reasonably well-adjusted reader will be entertained, but is unlikely to discern much real world portent from a plot the New York Times lauds as “ambitious and apocalyptic,” but would be more accurately described as “Trump derangement porn.”

    State of Terror chronicles the heroic adventures of Ellen Adams, an international media tycoon who is inexplicably nominated to serve as U.S. secretary of state by one of her fiercest political rivals, President Douglas Williams, after working tirelessly to defeat him in the Democratic primary. She is already stressed out after a few weeks on the job, and just can’t wait to “remove the Spanx and pour a large glass of Chardonnay.” She obsesses over petty personal politics, and is constantly judging other women by their looks, even as the clock ticks down to nuclear armageddon.

    Adams isn’t the only character with an instantly recognizable real-life counterpart. There’s the perpetually disheveled British prime minister, described as a “hollow man, an upper-class twit, with any guts he might have had replaced by entitlement and random Latin phrases.” One of the chief villains turns out to be Russian president Maxim Ivanov, a short-statured thug who simply can’t stand the thought of a powerful woman having it all. Ivanov, of course, is a chief ally of former president Eric Dunn, aka “Eric the Dumb,” the racist tyrant currently sulking at his Palm Beach estate after failing to collude successfully to steal another election. His breath “smelled of meat.””

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    And the media will lap it up…..

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  23. HRW,

    A security fence is not a wall. In all likelihood, the secret service determined it necessary to protect the president. The same agency did similar security measures for Trump resorts.

    Correct. And the wall was determined to be necessary to protect the citizens from things like caravans of 50,000 people wanting to enter our land illegally.

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  24. Michelle,
    Ok, I didn’t realize it was a specific program for those who lost homes in the forest fires. That makes sense.

    Mumsee
    A security fence around a home will be equipped with cameras and sensors along with security staff minutes away. A 1000 mile border, esp along a river, can’t possible be that secure. Other than using landmines its pretty much impossible to stop people. Yesterday, 3000 push their way through or around blockade of 300 Mexican police. Unless people are willing to accept shooting poor men, women, and children; they will arrive and will continue.

    If I wasn’t a conspiracy minded person, I’d think Republicans deliberately fund caravans to embarrass Democrats and motivate their base with fear. Instead caravans form organically as people coalesce by common purpose and security plus it draws the notice of the Red Cross and churches. Additionally, migrating between Central American and California is a well worn path over the centuries as people followed the harvest for work.

    Btw, the Republican funded caravans is a real conspiracy theory. I’m not sure which is more ridiculous George Soros or the Republicans funding caravans.

    A similar situation is happening in Eastern Europe — the Belarussian dictator Lushenko is accused of organizing plane loads of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, etc and then pushing them to the western border as a way of punishing EU support for the democratic opposition. Poland has a populist right wing gov’t (I almost think Trump Republicans copied Poland and Hungary) and so far has refused to accept the refugees so they are stuck in no-man’s land. The border region is the Pripet Marshes a huge wooded area with marsh, swamps, and bogs and very few residents. And of course the solution for Poland is to build a wall — in a swamp?
    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-monday-edition-1.6215149/polish-volunteers-head-into-the-forest-to-help-refugees-stranded-along-belarus-border-1.6215152

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  25. AJ

    Your right wing links confirm what my left wing link said yesterday — a disregard for workplace safety by Baldwin and the production company. However, your links forgot to mention the union workers had walked off in protest and the workers at the time of the shooting were replacement non union workers. Imagine if private sector unions had more power and could demand basic safety rules instead of being replaced by non union workers and essentially lose their jobs. Imagine if they could complain to a third party labour board about safety violations and have the movie set inspected and possibly fined… These types of workplace “accidents” are the result of weak union power and weak worker protection.

    Baldwin not only as the actual careless shooter but also as the producer and company owners should be held responsible. As producer, this is criminal negligence causing death. The same as a coal mine owner cutting corners causing a cave in. Corporations — owners and managers — need to be held to a greater level of responsibility.

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