43 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-26-22

  1. Nice. 🙂

    “Idaho Passes Law Banning Abortions After Six Weeks While Arizona Wants to Ban It After 15 Weeks”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/03/idaho-passes-law-banning-abortions-after-six-weeks-while-arizona-wants-to-ban-it-after-15-weeks/

    “More laws protecting unborn human beings have either passed or are on the way to becoming official! This makes me happy.

    Idaho
    Idaho’s new abortion law bans abortion after six weeks and allows families to sue abortion providers.

    Texas passed a similar law last year, but that law “allows the public to sue anyone who performs or facilitates an abortion.”

    However, the bill worries Gov. Brad Little even though he signed it. From The Idaho Statesman:

    The bill was modeled after a Texas law passed last year that allows the public to sue anyone who performs or facilitates an abortion. Idaho’s is slightly different — it allows only family to sue abortion providers, but doubles the $10,000 maximum that Texas plaintiffs can seek. Little, who’s running for reelection this year, said in his transmittal letter that he’s committed to fighting abortions. But he said he worries the bill is both unconstitutional and creates “unintended consequences” that affect sexual assault survivors. He urged lawmakers to fix parts of the bill.

    “I remain committed to protecting the lives of pre-born babies and strongly encourage the Legislature to promptly rectify any unintended consequences with this legislation to ensure the state sufficiently protects the interests of victims of sexual assault,” Little said in his transmittal letter.

    Little “appreciates” the law exempts rape victims, but many do not report the rape. Thus, no one would have a police report:

    “I am particularly concerned for those vulnerable women and children who lack the capacity or familial support to report incest and sexual assault,” Little said in his letter. “Ultimately, this legislation risks re-traumatizing victims by affording monetary (incentives) to wrongdoers and family members of rapists.”

    Our “devout” Catholic “president again calls on Congress to act and send a bill to his desk to shut down these radical steps”:

    “This development is devastating for women in Idaho, as it will further impede women’s access to health care, especially those on low incomes and living in rural communities,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

    “The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to stand with women and support their right to make their own health care decisions, a constitutional right that Roe v. Wade reaffirmed nearly five decades ago. And the president again calls on Congress to act and send a bill to his desk to shut down these radical steps.”

    Huh. It’s radical to protect human life. But Biden attends Mass every week, so he’s cool. *eye-roll*

    Abortion is not a constitutional right. SCOTUS said privacy, not abortion.”

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  2. Hack alert.

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  3. Weird, right?

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  4. Hacks hack, it’s what they do.

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  5. Flee from evil.

    These people are gross, attempting to sympathize with a pedophile caught with child porn.

    This is today’s media.

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    Intentional, and evil.

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    Broken.

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  7. Reality is not on the Democrats side, so they should stop whining.

    “A study in Supreme Court confirmation contrasts: Ketanji Brown Jackson vs. Brett Kavanaugh

    Jackson supporters “pretending” that “serious questions and discussion on the relevant qualifications of a judge” are “somehow equivalent to what happened in the Brett Kavanaugh process,” says legal activist Carrie Severino.”

    https://justthenews.com/government/congress/tale-two-presidents-scotus-nominee-confirmations-ketanji-brown-jackson-vs

    “While conservatives noted the civility shown Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during the Senate confirmation hearings as compared to those of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, liberals complained that the Supreme Court nominee was asked difficult questions.

    Jackson, President Joe Biden’s first nominee to the high court, has a history of progressive views and judicial philosophy, such as praising “the godfather of Critical Race Theory” and reducing prison time for a child pornography offender. In contrast, former President Donald Trump’s last two Supreme Court nominees, Kavanaugh and Barrett, are both conservative Catholics with pro-life views regarding abortion.

    “The View” host Sara Haines on Wednesday criticized Republican senators for asking Jackson about her faith while claiming that it had been necessary for senators to ask Barrett about her religion during her confirmation hearing.”

    “”The difference was it made sense for Amy Coney Barrett to be questioned on those things purely because one of the number one issues dividing this country is a woman’s right to choose versus pro-life, and it’s a religious — it’s greatly and mostly based in a religious belief and separating that belief out,” Haines said.

    Barret’s “whole life was enmeshed in religion,” Haines continued. “It was beyond just she goes to church on Sunday. She was on boards, she was on pro-life boards. So when they pressed her on religion — whereas Lindsey Graham had kind of couched it in, ‘They’re trolling all this personal information’ — it absolutely was necessary in the questioning of Amy Coney Barrett, whereas, when they did it to Ketanji Brown, they’re trolling her, they’re trying to make her out to be something.”

    Haines said that senators will not vote on Jackson based on the hearings, but rather party lines. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) were “campaigning for presidency,” she claimed, and “trying to ride on her coattails already, whereas she’s barely able to answer these questions — ‘Are babies racist? Rate your religion on a scale of one to ten. What’s the definition of a woman?’ It speaks to how unassailable she is that it’s reached this absurd level of questioning.”

    Cruz had asked Jackson if babies are racist in reference to the book “Antiracist Baby” because the private school she serves as a board member teaches it to students in pre-K through second grade.

    “I do not believe that any child should be made to feel as though they are racist or though they are not valued or though they are less-than — that they are victims, that they are oppressors,” Jackson replied. “I don’t believe in any of that.”

    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) queried Jackson on the definition of a woman with regard to transgender issues.

    “Can I provide a definition? No, I can’t,” Jackson said, later noting that she is “not a biologist.”

    Government professor Nadia Brown, chair of the women’s and gender studies program at Georgetown University, told the Los Angeles Times that she had her class watch clips of Jackson’s confirmation hearing and explained the “attacks” she endured from the senators.

    “This is just a master class in how Black women have to be patient — have to be fully composed in responding to things that are meant for destruction,” Brown said. “These are the kinds of attacks that Black women get in their professional roles.”

    On the other hand, previous Republican SCOTUS nominees endured tough questioning and “smear campaigns,” Carrie Severino, president of Judicial Crisis Network, told “Just the News, Not Noise” cohosts John Solomon and Amanda Head Wednesday, the final day of the Jackson confirmation hearings.

    “I’m grateful that Republicans have never, and I think — I hope — never will give a nominee the treatment that Brett Kavanaugh endured,” Severino said. “This is not ever going to be a circus with smear campaigns, etc.”

    Democrats are “already going wild over simply asking Judge Jackson difficult questions,” Severino noted. “You know, Senator Durbin apologized this morning for all that this process has put you and your family through and the bizarre conspiracy theory claims — and I’m going, ‘Wait a minute, what bizarre theories?’ No one’s claimed that she raped someone on a boat in Rhode Island, that she, you know, like that she was a serial rapist …” (Severino was alluding to uncorroborated allegations pushed by Democrats during the Kavanaugh confirmation process that the nominee had committed a sexual assault while in high school.)

    “We’re talking about people who are actually investigating her record in nine years on the federal bench,” she said of Republicans. “Those are legitimate questions, and even when she’s been asked legitimate questions about actual areas of law — which, I will remind you all, Justices Gorsuch, Justice Kavanaugh, Justice Barrett, but also people like Justice Kagan and Justice Sotomayor, were willing to answer — you can discuss these areas of law and she has dodged all of those questions.

    “So we didn’t see handmaids and we didn’t see protesters today, and I’m very grateful of that. But we’re seeing people trying to turn serious questions and discussion on the relevant qualifications of a judge into — and pretending that that’s somehow equivalent to what happened in the Brett Kavanaugh process. And I think anyone could go back and relook at those hearings, and then be reminded of the distinction.””

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  8. Of course they did, because they’re Democrat Lite traitors. It’s what they do.

    “Establishment Republicans Take a Loss After Refusing to Protect Girls”

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/03/26/establishment-republicans-take-a-loss-after-refusing-to-protect-girls-n541195

    “Some weeks ago, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced that he would veto a bill making its way through the legislature that would bar males from competing against females in womens’ sports. The bill itself is hardly a controversial idea in Republican (and independent) circles, and Utah is one of the reddest states in the nation.

    Cox is your consummate establishmentarian politician, though, so it was no surprise when he responded (per Fox News) by claiming it was the “right” thing to make sure girls could get dominated by boys in sports. After all, this is the same guy who called for bipartisanship during the 2020 election and also recently expressed his opposition to a school choice bill because he wanted to keep taxpayer money coming into public schools to pay teachers more.

    In a statement regarding his veto of H.B. 11, titled Student Eligibility in Interscholastic Activities, Cox said that while “politically, it would be much easier and better for me to simply sign the bill,” he vetoed it because he “tried to do what I feel is the right thing regardless of the consequences.”

    Here’s the thing about this kind of mindless virtue signaling. Doing what’s right requires actually being right. You get no brownie points for standing athwart those trying to do something objectively just, and protecting girls is objectively just. But Cox would rather preen for The Washington Post than dare stand up on an issue that might bring a little heat.

    Then there’s stuff like this, which makes me want to ram my head into a wall.”

    “I guess Mike Winder believes that if he throws in a buzz phrase like “fiscal conservative,” Republicans will just nod along? I can’t think of anything more cowardly in the political realm than for an elected official to say they aren’t going to protect girls because the state might lose a lawsuit or not get to host a college swim meet. Unfortunately, the GOP is still riddled with many spineless wonders like Winder, hiding on the state level, hoping you won’t notice them and that they never have to support something CNN wouldn’t approve of.

    Thankfully, most of the rest of Utah’s legislature was actually willing to stand up and be counted. They voted to override the veto in both the House and Senate by wide margins.

    The Utah Legislature voted Friday to override Republican Gov. Spencer Cox’s veto of a measure that would prevent transgender girls from participating in female sports in schools across the state.

    In a 56-18 vote with a supermajority needed, the Republican-controlled House first voted to override Cox’s veto. Shortly after, the Senate gave final approval to override the veto by a vote of 21-8.”

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    Thankfully they had the votes to override this pearl clutching RINO.

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  9. Flee from evil.

    “California May Very Likely Soon Legalize Infanticide”

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2022/03/26/california-may-very-likely-soon-legalize-infanticide-n2605062

    “When Spencer covered news earlier this month that the Maryland legislature was considering the Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022, it was tempting to think it was too evil to be true. It’s not just another abortion expansion bill, but rather it allows for infanticide in that those responsible are off the hook when a child born alive from abortion is left to die or is actively killed, even weeks later due to neglect. Fortunately Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) is too pro-life to approve of this atrocity, with the “perinatal” language having been removed from the Senate bill. California, however, is another story.

    Writing for National Review Online on Friday, Wesley J. Smith warned of how this is becoming a pattern. “Now, a California Bill to Permit Infant Death by Neglect,” his title read, with original emphasis.

    Smith directly cites the text from the bill, AB 2223, to highlight his concerns. Emphasis is Smith’s:

    (c) A critical part of realizing reproductive justice for people in California is clarifying that there shall be no civil and criminal penalties for people’s actual, potential, or alleged pregnancy outcomes.

    The Legislature finds and declares that every individual possesses a fundamental right of privacy with respect to personal reproductive decisions, which entails the right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care.

    123467. (a) Notwithstanding any other law, a person shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability or penalty, or otherwise deprived of their rights, based on their actions or omissions with respect to their pregnancy or actual, potential, or alleged pregnancy outcome, including miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death.

    As one can see, it’s no accident that “postpartum” and “perinatal” are referenced.

    In closing his piece Smith wrote, with original emphasis, “One blue-state bill that would allow a born baby to be neglected to death might be an anomaly. A second that does that — and perhaps could be interpreted to allow infanticide, also — is a pattern. The cultural Left is blazing new grounds of depravity.”

    While the Maryland language allowed for four weeks, California’s bill goes to six weeks.

    As Madeline covered earlier this week, the particularly pro-abortion Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) also signed legislation on Tuesday to make abortion cheaper for patients who have private insurance plans.

    All of this is a purposeful move to boost California’s “abortion infrastructure” and heavily promote the procedure where its abortion laws are already some of the most relaxed in the world. According to the Americans United for Life (AUL) Life List for 2022, California, the most populous state, is ranked the 42nd most pro-life state.

    California does not report its abortion statistics to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Guttmacher Institute indicated in January of this year that there were 132,680 abortions in California for 2017 of the 862,320 in the United States overall that year. “

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  10. You will virtue signal, or you will be canceled.

    This is weapons grade stupid folks.

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  11. They are what they claim to fear. The US media are the biggest disinformation sources on the planet, hands down.

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  12. Of course they did. They need criminals to do their dirty work.

    No deep state here, move along…..

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    https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/hold-biden-quickly-rehired-senior-officials-fired-trump-serious

    “The Biden administration quickly rehired senior officials fired for serious security and financial lapses in the waning days of the Trump administration, according to documents reviewed by Just the News.

    The U.S. Agency for Global Media, home to the Voice of America and funder of nonprofit broadcasters targeting Europe, Asia and the Middle East, also rehired an official who resigned shortly before his investigation was complete.

    The media portrayed them as whistleblowers protecting journalistic integrity from political appointees who wanted to dictate their coverage. Official summaries of their investigations by an outside law firm, recently entered into the Congressional Record, complicate that narrative.

    Many alleged violations were related to the agency’s continued performance of background investigations on workers — often foreign nationals — for several years after it lost its “delegated authority” from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

    The rehired officials were also granted their security clearances during that time, investigators from McGuireWoods law firm wrote in Dec. 9, 2020 memos. McGuireWoods was the law firm retained to perform an investigation into mismanagement or worse at USAGM.

    Delegated authority is rare outside the intelligence community, according to Federal News Network. When OPM actively blocked the agency from doing its own reviews in 2020 after years of warnings, a spokesperson said it was the first such action in more than 20 years.

    Security problems were compounded by USAGM’s heavy use of the J-1 visa program — intended for au pairs, students and other “exchange visitors” — to fill its journalistic and technical ranks. Outgoing CEO Michael Pack told his inspector general the agency was “rubber stamping” these applications and renewals when he arrived in mid-2020.

    A Trump political appointee emphasized to Just the News that career adjudicators made the recommendations to dismiss the employees, based not only on McGuireWoods reviews but USAGM’s internal investigations.

    “If I was a spy, where would I target?” the appointee asked rhetorically: “Obviously this agency” whose allegedly deficient background checks provide easy entry to other federal agencies, thanks to reciprocity agreements on security clearances.

    Pack and his team were “flooded with actual whistleblowers” when they arrived, according to the appointee: Half were too afraid of retaliation to put their claims in writing, and those who did have faced actual retaliation since the Biden transition.

    It’s mind-blowing how the fired senior officials “paint themselves as whistleblowers when they’re not,” the appointee said.

    USAGM declined to respond to specific findings in the McGuireWoods investigative summaries. Director of Public Affairs Laurie Moy pointed to a 2021 review by the State Department Office of Inspector General that found the agency “has taken actions to address long-standing deficiencies identified by OPM and [Office of the Director of National Intelligence] with the personnel suitability and national security determination processes.”

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  13. Unqualified.

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  14. Allowing family members to sue abortion providers does leave the door for rapists to profit from their crime. Allowing litigation to breach medical privacy increases risks to women in general. Using the morality of pro-life, republican law makers are reinforcing rapist rights including child custody and visitation rights. https://prismreports.org/2022/03/22/in-multiple-states-rapists-can-sue-their-victims-for-parental-custody/

    The proposed California law can be read as a reaction to Republican laws which relying on civil litigation to enforce abortion laws that can’t be enforced criminally. Thus, you have California preventing the civil litigation of any events surrounding a woman and her pregnancy. Its deliberately written with a wide net covering any type of pregnancy result in order to protect women from civil litigation and to protect their medical privacy. A woman who has a still birth is protected here from accusations of infanticide.

    Reading the actions of the Utah governor, its clear he doesn’t oppose the motives or aims of the legislation rather he understands the law would prompt an expensive and eventually losing battle in court. Motives and morality can’t out weigh legal rights and procedures. Rule of law can’t be violated simply on the basis of “we think its morally right”.

    Putin citing cancel culture and aligning himself with JK Rowling is bizarre and probably an indication of desperation and a misunderstanding of liberal democracy. As I mentioned before, Americans tend to view world events from the perspective of domestic politics and you then end up with weird tweets from either side of the political spectrum.

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  15. I didn’t follow the Jackson hearings other than watching a few clips on my news feed and a few article. Reading the version of the hearings presented here makes me wonder if I live in a parallel but complete different universe. Graham openly admitted he asked questions about religion because Democrats asked Barrett. He appeared to me as a petulant child openly engaging in a tit for tat — something I discourage my students from doing as it doesn’t solve anything. Cruz came off just as bad, babbling on about children’s books (now best sellers thanks to him) that he somehow thought related to her legal abilities. Its one thing to say Democrats engaged in poor faith questioning but then to claim Republicans were not engaging in similar behaviour now is a long stretch. The whole thing is pure theatre to appeal to their base back home and has nothing to do with the Justice in question.

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  16. The Houthi rebels in Yemen are not terrorists. To label them as a terrorists was a concession to the Saudis placing the US on one side of a long dispute that goes back to the Aden vs Yemen colonial borders, and later cold war era civil war. Removing the terrorist label is part of a more balanced US Middle East policy separating them form Saudi policy (who have committed acts of terror on Yemeni civilians). The attack on a refinery is of course bad timing for the west but general direction of policy is correct.

    Still amused by the fascination of the right on Hunter’s laptop. There’s nothing there — Hunter doesn’t work in the White House and never has. A far more interesting conflict of interest issue is being ignored here —

    The Jan 6th cmttee review of texts and emails found Virginia Thomas pressuring White House Staff to overturn the election. When the Jan 6th cmttee went to court to demand access to White House email and texts only one Supreme Court Justice opposed it — Clarence Thomas, spouse of Virginia. He should’ve excused himself from any deliberations regarding the Jan 6th cmttee given his spouse’s conservative activism at that time. This is not the first time Thomas has heard cases directly related to his wife’s work and activities.

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  17. Yes, they are terrorists, financially supported by terrorists in Iran. You pretending they aren’t is laughable. Just because leftists like you and Biden say they’re not doesn’t make it so. It just shows your ignorance. Biden did it because he’s a coward trying to make a cowardly deal with terrorist Iran. What’s your excuse?

    Here’s a sample.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18236/iran-support-houthi-terrorists

    “New Evidence Reveals Extent of Iranian Support for Houthi Terrorists”

    “According to Western security officials, the high level meetings between senior members of the Houthi terrorist organisation and Iran illustrate the close coordination that is taking place between Iran and the Houthis over the rebel group’s terrorist operations.

    “There has been mounting evidence of deepening cooperation between Iran and the Houthis, especially in terms of Iran supplying the Houthis with sophisticated weapons, such as missiles and drones,” a senior Western security official told the author. “The meetings that took place in January prior to the attacks on the UAE suggest the cooperation between Iran and the Houthis has increased dramatically.”

    At the very least, the Biden administration needs to concentrate its energies on both confronting the Houthis’ terrorist network, as well as providing its Gulf allies with the protection they need to defend themselves against further attacks by the Iranian-backed rebels.

    Following last month’s attacks, senior UAE officials renewed calls for the Biden administration to reimpose Washington’s terrorist designation against the Houthis, which was lifted soon after US President Joe Biden took office last year as a goodwill gesture to Iran.

    Since then there has been a marked increase in Houthi-inspired terrorist activity…..”

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    “Call the Houthis What They Are”

    “Yemen’s Houthi rebels are Iran-backed terrorists. Why is the Biden administration pretending otherwise?”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/02/call-the-houthis-what-they-are/

    “Allah is Greater, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.”

    So goes the slogan of the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Founded in the 1990s by Shia Muslims incensed at U.S. and Saudi interference in the country, the Houthis — officially Ansar Allah, or “Supporters of God” — have been at war with the Saudi-backed Yemeni government since 2014. They’ve held the capital city of Sana’a since 2015, and today the territory they control houses 80 percent of the country’s population.

    The Houthis claim to be fighting for a republic that will safeguard the rights and interests of the Yemeni people; a spokesman once declared that “Ansar Allah supports the establishment of a civil state in Yemen. We want to build a striving modern democracy.” Of their slogan, another spokesman explained, “We do not really want death to anyone. The slogan is simply against the interference of those [American and Israeli] governments.”

    But their actions tell quite a different story. The group is known for indiscriminately firing rockets into populated neighborhoods in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia, which has backed the Yemeni government and is responsible for myriad abuses itself over the course of the conflict. Arbitrary detainment, forced disappearances, and torture have all been major parts of the Houthi playbook, and journalists, human-rights activists, and religious minorities have been the most common victims. Harassment and persecution by the Houthis and their allies have led to the near-extinction of the small Yemeni Jewish community; some of its members have fled while others have been forced to leave. Yemeni Bahá’ís have been arrested and convicted on charges of apostasy. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthi movement, has called them “satanic,” and like the Jews, they have been pushed out of the country. And while both sides of the Yemeni civil war have conscripted children, Human Rights Watch notes that around two-thirds of child-soldiers in the conflict have fought for the Houthis, some of them as young as eleven years old.

    It is true that the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis is guilty of its own serious human-rights abuses. No party is innocent in this conflict, which has had devastating results: According to the United Nations, 24 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the war-torn country, half of whom are children, and 233,000 more have perished since the war began in earnest in 2014. What’s more, there are legitimate debates to be had over whether the United States should be involved at all, and if so to what extent. Even some Republicans broke with the Trump administration over its support of the Saudis, which has come in the form of arms sales and intelligence-sharing efforts.

    Yet the Houthis’ record clearly justifies Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to designate them a foreign-terrorist organization last month, and none of the legitimate misgivings about U.S. involvement in Yemen’s civil war excuse the Biden administration’s move to rescind the designation.”

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  18. Being a Never Trump clown means going all in on the stupid.

    These 3 are perfect examples. Once respected by conservatives, now deservedly mocked for showing what they truly are, liberal Democrats.

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  19. The left hates blacks who dare leave their plantation. 🙂

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  20. Tone deaf.

    But keep it up. 👍

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    I love how he acts like any of the “green” sources he sites are anywhere near sufficient for our needs, let alone the worlds.

    And how do you up electricity production to the needed levels for all of this? By burning natural gas, one of the dreaded fossil fuels he speaks of. His left wing whack job constituents ain’t allowing no nuclear reactors to be built, that’s for sure.

    He’s clueless, as are those spouting this “solution.”

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  21. You can always rely on the Republican establishment clowns to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    “Regime Change Biden Goes Nuts

    Beltway Republicans also deranged and hysterical”

    https://supermacro.substack.com/p/regime-change-biden-goes-nuts?s=r

    “Just when you thought that Washington couldn’t possibly concoct a worse foreign policy, President Joe Biden rose to the challenge—abetted by the Beltway uniparty. Democrats and Republicans alike seem to share the goal of putting America last.

    On Saturday, in a speech in Poland, Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.” For the first time since Congress passed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 and George W. Bush invaded Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein five years later, regime change is once again apparently U.S. policy.

    This step is only the latest act of self-indulgent, imperious stupidity by Biden and the Harvard Kennedy School glee club running our foreign policy. A year ago, Biden blithely called Putin a “killer.” This month his administration accused Putin of being a war criminal. And now Biden is purporting to direct who can govern Russia.

    Not since the Ottomans issued grandiose and widely ignored proclamations from the Sublime Porte in the last days of Constantinople has imperium been so pretentious and pathetic.

    Even if Putin is a killer and Russia has committed war crimes, Biden’s pronouncements make no sense. Notwithstanding media fantasizing about Kiev somehow winning the de facto civil war it is fighting with Moscow, Russian military forces are making gradual progress in Ukraine. This unfortunate reality is still developing despite much tougher resistance by Ukrainians than Moscow expected.

    Russia is close to consolidating its land bridge to Crimea, where it stations its Black Sea fleet. It now controls the entire Sea of Azov. Russia also is expanding its Donbass beachhead in eastern Ukraine and still has the Ukrainian capital mostly surrounded. Since neither side seems capable of total victory, the only way to end a war is through a negotiated settlement with Russia.

    Why then does Biden think it makes sense to call in effect for Putin’s removal from power, trial, and lifelong detention or execution for war crimes? None of these things is remotely likely to happen and they make negotiation much more difficult.

    Most Americans can grasp this concept even if the highly credentialed bobos running our foreign policy cannot. If you want to buy a used car, does it make sense to call up the salesman in advance and call him a scumbag, even if he is one?

    Kid having trouble at school? Does it make sense to start a campaign to fire the principal before asking him for favorable consideration?

    Want the neighbor to keep his dog off your lawn? Do you start off by telling him he should move?

    Biden goaded Putin into war, saying “he has to do something,” and is now goading him into more aggressive action.

    Biden and his enablers in both parties are being driven by the discredited fantasy that they can install neoliberalism and wokeness abroad, and that American power and money are limitless. Catastrophic failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria apparently haven’t given pause to the woke crusaders.”

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  22. Cleanup in aisle 6….

    “Biden Calls For Regime Change In Russia, WH Quickly Does Clean-Up And Denial

    “Speaking on the world stage about Russia’s war on Ukraine, Biden said: ‘For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power’.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/03/biden-calls-for-regime-change-in-russia-wh-quickly-does-clean-up-and-denial/

    “Is Joe “I am the Democratic Party” Biden trying to start WWIII? Beyond telling our troops in Poland that they are going to Ukraine, Biden announced Saturday that his goal is regime change in Russia.

    “Joe Biden condemned Vladimir Putin as a “butcher” who could no longer stay in power in a historic speech in Poland as Russian missiles rained down on Ukraine’s most pro-western city, just 40 miles from the Polish border.

    With explosions erupting across neighbouring Lviv, in a clear act of defiance from the Kremlin, Biden told an audience in Warsaw that the west must steel itself “for a long fight ahead”.

    In what seemed to be a dramatic shift in US policy to back regime change in Moscow, Biden also appeared to urge those around the Russian president to oust him from the Kremlin. “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden said in his most belligerent speech since the war began a month ago.

    US officials later said that Biden had been talking about the need for Putin to lose power over Ukrainian territory and in the wider region.

    The American leader said Putin was “bent on violence”. Addressing the Russian president directly, Biden said: “Don’t even think about moving on to one single inch of Nato territory.”

    “There is simply no justification or provocation for Russia’s choice of war,” Biden told the audience in the Polish presidential palace.
    “It’s an example of one of the oldest human impulses, using brute force and disinformation to satisfy a craving for absolute power and control. It’s nothing less than a direct challenge to the rule-based international order established since the end of world war two.”

    The White House responded swiftly, apparently global war is too much even for the “fundamental transformation” brigade.”

    “But Biden is in Poland and speaking as president of these United States, and stating that a foreign leader “cannot remain in power” carries a great deal of weight. Putin is not sitting around giggling about America’s child-sniffing, gaffe-prone, completely addled Commander in Chief; if Putin does make allowances for Biden’s clearly deteriorated mental faculties and buys the WH walk back, he’s still going to run with this for all it’s worth.”

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  23. HRW doesn’t see the problem.

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    “Hunter Biden helped secure funds for US biolab contractor in Ukraine: e-mails”

    https://nypost.com/2022/03/26/hunter-biden-played-role-in-funding-us-bio-labs-contractor-in-ukraine-e-mails/

    “Russia’s assertion that President Biden’s son Hunter was “financing . . . biological laboratories in Ukraine” was based in truth, according to e-mails reviewed by The Post.

    A trove of e-mails on Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop — the existence of which was exclusively reported by The Post in October 2020 — found that he played a role in helping a California defense contractor analyze killer diseases and bioweapons in Ukraine.

    Moscow has claimed that secret American biological-warfare labs in Ukraine were a justification for its unprovoked invasion of the neighboring country last month. It doubled down on the accusations Thursday, claiming the labs produced biochemical weapons at the Biden family’s behest.

    “US President Joe Biden himself is involved in the creation of biolaboratories in Ukraine,” Russia’s State Duma speaker, Vyacheslav Volodin said, according to state media.

    “An investment fund run by his sun [sic] Hunter Biden funded research and the implementation of the United States’ military biological program. It is obvious that Joe Biden, as his father and the head of state, was aware of that activity,” Volodin continued, demanding a US Congressional investigation and a White House explanation.

    US intelligence officials had earlier dismissed Russia’s messaging as war propaganda, explaining that Ukraine’s network of biological labs dedicated to pathogen research were not secret, and had publicly received funding from Washington.

    However, Russia’s new claim that the first son’s investment fund was involved in raising money for biolab projects in Ukraine was accurate, according to e-mails involving Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine, first obtained by The Post and initially reported on by The Daily Mail Friday.

    Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners invested $500,000 in the San Francisco pathogen research company Metabiota and raised millions more through firms that included Goldman Sachs, according to the e-mails found on the computer, which was abandoned at a Delaware repair shop in April 2019 as Joe Biden ran for president.

    Hunter introduced Metabiota to officials at Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company where he was a board member, for a “science project” involving biolabs in Ukraine, the e-mails show.

    A memo from a Metabiota official to the then-vice president’s son in 2014 said the company could “assert Ukraine’s cultural and economic independence from Russia.””

    ——

    “The US awarded $23.9 million to Metabiota later in 2014, with $307,091 allocated for a “Ukrainian research projects,” government spending records showed.

    The younger Biden bragged to investors that his company organized funding for Metabiota and helped it “get new customers” including “government agencies,” according to e-mails.

    B&V had been commissioned in 2010 by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency to build a lab in Odessa, to “enhance the government’s existing surveillance systems to detect, report and respond to bioterrorism attacks, epidemics and potential pandemics,” the company’s website said.

    Hunter Biden’s ventures raised the eyebrows of a former CIA officer.

    “His father was the vice president of the United States and in charge of relations with Ukraine. So why was Hunter not only on the board of a suspect Ukrainian gas firm, but also hooked them up with a company working on bioweapons research?,” Sam Faddis told the Mail.

    ‘It’s an obvious Russian propaganda attempt to take advantage of this. But it doesn’t change the fact that there does seem to be something that needs to be explored here.”

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    But HRW doesn’t get the fascination folks have for the matter?

    Obtuse is no way to go thru life.

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  24. Flee from evil.

    And stop tampering with God’s natural order of things. There’s a reason 2 women can’t, or shouldn’t, do this on their own you know…..

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  25. Yes. Yes please….. 😂🤣😂🤣

    And just a reminder, you don’t need to be in Congress to be voted Speaker.

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    Heads would explode all over DC and the media. For that alone, it would be worth it. 🙂

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/can-outsider-be-speaker-house-n441926

    “Can An Outsider Be Speaker of the House?

    Does the speaker have to be a member of the House? The Constitution is silent on that question.”

    “But does the speaker have to be a member of the House?

    The Constitution is silent on that question, saying simply, “The House of Representatives shall chuse (sic) their Speaker and other Officers.”

    The Clerk of the House agrees with the office of the House Historian, which says the speaker “has always been (but is not required to be) a House Member.””

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    Then we can end the debacle that is the Biden atrocity and elect DeSantis president and bring America back for Americans first.

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  26. I find it interesting that my comments on the Houthis was the only one that prompted a direct reply, its the most obscure and non relevant post. The problems in Yemen can be traced back as far as British colonial meddling but currently it features the Houthi party, more or less the current gov’t controlling 80% of the population and the Yemeni rebel coalition led by the Saudis. The latter group also features ISIS and al-qaeda fighters; not too long ago, the US sent drone attacks in Yemen against these groups but now the Trump right supports selling arms to the Saudis who then give them to ISIS and al-qaeda. A strange policy reversal and not in America’s best interests. And yes, the Houthis are supported by Iran. More reason for the US to not involve itself in the conflict. I though isolationism and non-involvement were policies the Trump right favoured yet here they are favoring one side over an other. Could support for the Saudi/Emirate side be tired to US business interests? I can’t think of any other reason to get involved here.

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  27. Both Biden and Trump are walking advertisements for an age limit to the presidency. However, Biden’s comments can be interpreted as presenting a solid unmistakable position on Ukraine and future Russian actions.

    Its clear in the last month, Putin misread the west. Authoritarian rulers tend to live in a bubble, against all evidence to the contrary — Russians and their leadership believed regime change in Ukraine would have support from the populace especially in eastern Ukraine. And they believed the west would not react the way they did — they thought NATO and the EU were falling apart. Why they thought this way is uncertain but one reason would be simple — those who reported to Putin and his team told them what they wanted to hear not what was actually happening. Avoiding niceties and nuances is one way for the west to get their message to the Kremlin.

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  28. Your 9:46 am link is quite bizarre so I actually looked up the author and rest of the article. The frightening thing for me is the author worked in both the Bush Jr and Trump admin.

    First, regime change has always been an American policy as far back as the Monroe Doctrine. Biden’s call for regime change or war crime trials is not an outlier or shocking. Chruchill, FDR and Stalin all called for unconditional surrender (and were criticized for it at the time — the war probably would have ended earlier and more to the West’s advantage if unconditional surrender wasn’t a policy). One can argue the pros and cons of calling for war crime trials in the middle of a conflict but let’s not pretend this is unusual or an indication of a leader losing a grip on reality.

    Although some western reporters are far too positive in their assessment of Ukrainian success, the author here paints an equally incredible positive picture of Russian success (and why is the real question). His article is less than 24 hours old and yet he’s already wrong. The Russians are not making progress — they’ve even admitted to halting everywhere but the Donbass. Kiev is not surrounded, the road to Odessa is blocked, and the Donbass is far from secure. The Russians have now changed direction and are limiting their objective to the Donbass.

    This sentence is especially troubling “Notwithstanding media fantasizing about Kiev somehow winning the de facto civil war it is fighting with Moscow,” . Here he restates the Russian lie that Ukraine is not a real country and is an essential part of Russia; ie the conflict in Ukraine is not between two countries but an internal civil war. With that statement, I have to wonder if the author is clueless and shouldn’t write on this topic or is a paid hack for Putin.

    Even the analogy of a kid having trouble at school indicates the author’s bias — he sees Ukraine as the kid in trouble and Putin as the principal. Once again he’s not viewing the conflict between two countries but between the legitimate authority and a disobedient populace.

    Here’s another bizarre sentence “discredited fantasy they can install neoliberalism and wokeness abroad”. If the author can’t understand the difference between neoliberalism and wokeness, he should stop commenting.

    Here’s another “If the globalists can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in their outpost of empire in Ukraine, which they tried to tilt westward through a successful coup in 2014,” — Putin couldn’t have cited his position better. Is the author a paid speechwriter for Putin? If not, he should be.

    He blames sanctions for high oil prices — yet America is oil independent. Oil sanctions shouldn’t impact prices here — and in fact the price per barrel is roughly where it was at the beginning of the year, only the price per gallon is still higher. This indicates the problem isnt’ the sanctions but the American energy oligarchs leveraging a crisis for higher profits.

    A wonderful piece of Russian propaganda

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  29. The difference between Biden and Thomas is easy. Hunter doesn’t live with his dad. And there’s very little connection between Hunter’s business interests and his dad. If you are interested in family business interests and the Presidency, the Trump presidency is more relevant.

    Thomas should have recused himself. Whether or not impeachment is an option and I’m puzzled that it is even a possibility for the government to debate is another story. However, conflict of interest rules need to apply to the Supreme Court if only to avoid the image of impropriety. I will take the Thomas’ word that they don’t talk “shop” at home. I have friends in similar positions — and not talking “shop” is rule number one. But at the same time, they are very careful to make sure they avoid the appearance of impropriety. And recusing yourself is one way to do this.

    It is interesting that some Americans are so interested in discrediting Biden that they will enable and encourage Russian bio-weapons propaganda. There is a difference between bio labs and bio weapons. And the Russians are using Hunter’s business interest to claim the American gov’t is manufacturing bio weapons in Ukraine — a nonsensical claim (why there) but its part of their rationale to invade Ukraine. There was a time when Americans would not enable other nations just to spite their domestic political rivals.

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  30. I’ve already responded numerus times to you playing dumb about why the laptop which specifically shows the then VPs, not president’s involvement. You continue to pretend I haven’t is ridiculous.

    Same goes for CRT. Same goes for teachers pushing sex on grade schoolers. My stand on it is not up for debate. I’ve shown numerous examples, you keep pretending it’s not happening.

    I could care less what you think of the new pro-life bills because they will save lives. There’s no debate to be had as far as I’m concerned.

    What else is you would like me to respond too?

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  31. This is a war crime. This will result in the Ukrainians losing the moral high ground.

    And you can bet it will draw a vicious response. This is escalation.

    You never, ever shoot captured adversaries in the knees as retaliation. War is hell, but there are still rules. This is no better than Putin.

    I won’t show the videos for obvious reasons.

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  32. The Biden Crime Family has been hard at work extorting charities. Don’t forget we know from some of Hunter’s other emails that “The Big Guy” always gets a cut.

    Also further proof FBI leadership is/was corrupt.

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    Gee, how could anyone think this stuff is relevant….?

    Because they’re dirty. All of them, top down.

    “Beau Biden Foundation rakes in millions, spends fraction on kid programs”

    https://nypost.com/2022/03/26/how-the-beau-biden-foundation-spends-its-cash/

    “The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children raked in $3.9 million in 2020, but spent only a fraction of that on its purported mission to help kids, The Post has learned.

    The Delaware-based charity, which was started in honor of President Biden’s late son, got an infusion of $1.8 million from the Biden Foundation before that group shut down in 2020, according to the charities’ latest tax filings. The Biden Foundation was started by Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, to champion “progress and prosperity for American families.”

    The Beau Biden charity also took in $225,000 from entities tied to a top political donor and bundler to President Biden.

    Despite the $2 million-plus windfall, the organization put only $544,961 in 2020 toward its stated purpose of protecting children from abuse, according to tax filings.

    The charity spent a total of $932,865 that year, with a large chunk of it going to the six-figure salaries of Biden cronies who held executive jobs at the non-profit.

    Patricia Dailey Lewis, who served as Delaware deputy attorney general under late AG Beau Biden, runs the non-profit and was paid $150,660 in 2020, including a $3,500 bonus.

    Joshua Alcorn, a longtime Democratic operative and consultant on both Beau Biden’s and Joe Biden’s political campaigns, served as COO and was paid $131,437. He has since stepped down.

    CharityWatch, a watchdog group, says that its top-rated nonprofits generally spend at least 75 percent of their budgets on programs. In this charity’s case, just 58 percent of its spending went to its cause.

    “A 58 percent program ratio does not reflect a high level of financial efficiency,” said Laurie Styron, the executive director of CharityWatch.

    Biden’s troubled son, Hunter, served on the board of the Beau Biden charity in 2020 during the time The Post revealed the discovery of his infamous laptop, a device plastered with a sticker from the foundation. Biden’s daughter, Ashley, and Beau’s widow, Hallie Biden, were also on the board.

    Hallie Biden is the only family member still on the board, which includes former FBI director Louis Freeh.

    The group said that following Joe Biden’s 2021 inauguration, it wouldn’t take money from lobbyists or foreign donors and would release names of its major contributors on its website in a bid to increase transparency.

    But the organization refused to provide a copy of its 2020 tax filing to The Post in early March. It later said the document was available on the Guidestar website.

    The document posted to the site earlier this week included a list of top donors, but by Friday that list was missing from the filing.

    The donors included the Masimo corporation, a medical device manufacturer, and the Masimo Foundation. Both are headed by Joe Kiani, who gave $750,000 to the pro-Biden Unite the Country PAC in 2020 and was named last year to a presidential advisory committee on science and technology. His company also has millions in government contracts, according to a report.

    A representative of the Masimo Foundation said it had long contributed to the Beau Biden Foundation “because of the work it does for kids” and the value of the company’s federal contracts had actually gone down since Biden took office.

    The Beau Biden Foundation did not immediately return requests for comment.”

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    It appears Joe Biden and family are running a money laundering operation, seeded with a Joe Biden “charity” donation from his “charity”.

    This is what corruption looks like..

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  33. The Houthi post was weird in the sense that I couldn’t understand why any American wouldn’t advocate stepping away from the conflict. Neither side is in American interest. And obviously supporting the Saudis as they supply American weapons to ISIS and al-qaedi is not a good idea.

    There’s an argument to be made that current pro-life legislation will in fact have the opposite effect. Enabling rapists’ rights is not or should not be a pro life policy. I have said before the pro-life movement won the moral argument but risks losing it as they attempt to legislate morality.

    I looked for the video of Russian POWs being shot or tortured and couldn’t find it. Apparently it was on reddit but then was deleted as propaganda. The only other references I could find actually referred to Ukrainians separatists in the Donbas torturing Ukrainian soldiers in 2014.

    Look at your source — an incel who promotes conspiracies, date rape, trolling women online, etc. Not exactly a source I would claim nor read. Now he peddles pro-Putin propaganda.

    Logically it makes no sense for Ukraine to promote torture or shooting Russian POWs. Russians soldiers have surrendered in the hundreds if not thousands in exchange for a cup of tea and a phone call to mom. They don’t need to torture for information — Russian command and control is so bad generals are using Ukrainian SIM cards in their cell phones and discussing strategy openly. I don’t doubt there are isolated incidents but as a policy its counterproductive given the advantages in the defeated morale among Russian conscripts.

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