28 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-19-22

  1. Lately some teachers have been complaining about parents wanting to ban books, or limit titles in the school library. These of course have been books entirely inappropriate for children, or the age group the teachers want to offer it too in order to push their personal agendas on kids.

    But the teachers whining rings hollow.

    They too have books they want removed. Only the ones they want removed are in many cases, the classics. Not for sexual content, but politically incorrect content.

    Titles like Little Women.
    Jane Eyre.
    Little House on the Prairie.
    1984.
    Great Expectations.

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  2. They never take responsibility for their actions. It’s always someone else’s fault they do things that hurt their reputations.

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  3. Oh goody. 🙄

    “Gas prices likely to surge again, expert says”

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/gas-prices-april-2022

    “Following a brief dip, gas prices are projected to surge once again, with the national average potentially reaching $4.20 a gallon, according to an industry expert.

    Over the past week, gasoline futures rose 30 cents “which is just bad news for the consumer,” according to Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates.

    The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline on Monday is $4.08, according to AAA estimates.

    Lipow projects the national average will climb back to between $4.15 and $4.20 per gallon even with some states suspending gas taxes. “

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  4. She’s such a clown, but only one among many.

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  5. So the serial whiner who whined about getting doxxed is now doxxing her political enemies, with the aid of the WaPo.

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  6. They never take responsibility, especially when they are ultimately responsible.

    “The Buck Stops … Somewhere Else”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/04/19/the_buck_stops__somewhere_else_147488.html

    “When my kids were little and something went wrong, they always pinned the blame on an absent friend. If there was a crayon drawing scrawled on the bedroom wall, they pointed to their buddy, Michael S. When an avalanche of toys came tumbling down the stairs, it must have been Michael’s fault. My boys seemed oblivious to the fact that Michael and his parents had been living in France for over a year.

    Joe Biden’s explanation for America’s troubles is about as convincing as my 4-year-old twins’. Let’s consider a few of these self-inflicted troubles, beginning with the surge of illegal immigration.

    Not that the administration dares call it illegal. They call it “irregular immigration” and, like all progressives, use the term “undocumented.” They simply forgot their documents. That Orwellian doublespeak is commonplace in the media, universities, and Washington.

    The plain truth is that the Biden administration has exacerbated illegal immigration by overturning a series of successful, Trump-era policies on the southern border. The administration opened the door to hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants, leaving the Border Patrol overwhelmed and the Biden team without answers. The numbers are reaching historic highs. To make matters worse, the administration has just announced it will jettison Title 42, a public health policy used to curb mass immigration during the early days of the pandemic. So, even worse days are ahead.

    Since the administration can’t find anyone to blame for this catastrophe, they simply ignore it. The mainstream media follows suit.

    How to explain the rise of deadly crime in cities? Shift the blame to guns, racism, and bad policing. But illegal guns have been readily available to criminals for years. As for legal firearms, there is no clear evidence they increase crime, and they may well deter it. Racism has declined steadily for decades, and policing is far more controlled. There are now significant numbers of black officers and many departments are led by them. What is more prevalent is video proof of problematic incidents, extensive coverage on cable TV, and political groups ready to mobilize around any alleged misconduct. Also commonplace are “Justice DAs” who favor lenient or nonexistent sentences, and immediate release of dangerous, repeat felons, which they call “bail reform.” Not to be mentioned in polite society are the real sources of rising crime: severe social breakdown in poor, minority communities; dreadful public education which leaves students ill-prepared for today’s jobs; and the failure to catch and punish those who break the law, especially those who break it violently and repeatedly.

    If crime and illegal immigration are major problems for voters, inflation is an even bigger one. When Biden took office, prices were rising about 2% annually. That rate had held steady through the Trump years, even when the economy was strong, before COVID. Now, they are rising at more than 8% annually. Wholesale prices are rising even faster, portending more pain to come for consumers. Nowhere is the rise more obvious than at the gas pump. When Biden took office, gas was $2.42 a gallon, according to U.S. government statistics. In January 2022, before Putin invaded Ukraine, it was one dollar higher. Less than two months later, it was $4.32.

    “Who wears the jacket?” for this mess, as they say in Chicago. Biden says it’s Putin and COVID.

    He’s not entirely wrong. COVID has affected supply chains, though it had done so for a year before Biden took office. The Russian invasion did raise gas prices. But the crayon was scrawled on the wall well before Putin launched his war. Gas prices had risen substantially and overall inflation was surging. Remember, Biden actually wanted higher fuel prices as part of his Green Energy agenda. The idea was to drive consumers to alternative fuels and encourage manufacturers.

    Progressive Democrats loved Biden’s policies to crush U.S. energy production, which began as soon as he was inaugurated. He killed the Keystone pipeline on Day One, stopped drilling on public lands and offshore, and tightened the bureaucratic noose on fossil fuel production and distribution. Unfortunately for Biden and the American public, he badly overshot. Energy prices went well beyond what consumers could tolerate. Voters are angry, and they don’t buy Biden’s effort to pin all the blame on Putin.

    Nor can the president wash his hands of responsibility for the Ukraine war. After America’s incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan, Putin sought to exploit the administration’s weakness and ineptitude. His judgment was reinforced when Biden did nothing as Russia assembled over 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border during the year before the invasion.

    How did the Biden administration react to this build-up? By offering Russia crucial concessions and giving Ukraine very little help. Putin wanted to complete a major gas pipeline to Germany, which President Trump had blocked. Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted it, too, and Biden gave it the thumbs up – a lifesaver for Putin. At the same time, the Biden administration stopped an alternative gas pipeline to Europe from Israel and Greece. When energy shortages did appear, Biden tried to get Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to pump more. No dice. They were furious because Biden had turned his back on them while negotiating a weak nuclear deal with Iran. Fearing Biden was endangering their security, they flatly refused to take the president’s phone calls. Biden’s next step was to see if America’s enemies, Iran and Venezuela, might fill the energy gap. So far, that hasn’t worked either. In fact, Biden has tried everything but the obvious answer: Unleash America’s own domestic production. The most Biden has done is take a few small steps, and then only reluctantly. His incoherent energy policy has driven prices up and consumers beyond the breaking point.

    These weak policies didn’t deter Putin. The threat of economic sanctions failed. By early 2022, it was clear Russia planned to invade and Ukraine was begging for arms. Once again, the administration erred. They feared more weapons would only provoke Putin, and that Ukraine would lose anyway. That’s when Joe Biden called Volodymyr Zelenskyy and offered him a safe ride out of the country. Zelenskyy famously responded that he wanted ammunition, not a ride.”

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  7. Tick-tock…..

    A hoax HRW, from start to finish. Lie after lie after lie….

    “The walls close in on the Russiagate perpetrators

    Special Counsel Durham has revealed a few more cards”

    https://spectatorworld.com/topic/walls-close-in-russiagate-perpetrators-durham/

    “The latest filing by Special Counsel Robert Durham, investigating Russiagate and the Hillary Clinton campaign, suggests the rabbit hole goes a bit deeper than we thought. One hates to sound like Rachel Maddow, but it is now much more likely that the walls are closing in.

    Durham filed a new 34-page motion on April 15 in answer to defendant Michael Sussman’s request to dismiss the case against him. Durham accused Sussman of lying to the FBI about his working for the Clinton campaign while he was trying to sell the Bureau on an investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, focusing on alleged internet pings between a Trump server and the Russian Alfa Bank. Sussman’s claims also included a number of pings against Trump Tower WiFi and later White House WiFi by a Russian-made Yota cellphone.

    Sussman’s motion basically called Durham’s case garbage, which pressed Durham to explain to the court why the case needed to proceed, hence the new motion. The court subsequently ruled against Sussman and the full trial will commence next month.

    As he has done in the past, Durham used the required motion as a chance to tip over a few cards he is holding. It looks like aces.

    Durham previously established that the CIA knew about what we’ll call “Russiagate” as of at least July 2016, and briefed then-president Obama on the same only five days before the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane full-spectrum investigation into Trump/Russia began. The new filing adds the next chapter. Sussman met with unknown persons at CIA to tell them a Russian Yota cellphone seemed to be following Trump around, attempting to log into the WiFi network wherever he was. This included Trump Tower and later the White House.

    At January and February 2017 CIA meetings, Sussman claimed the phone first “appeared” in April 2016 (about the time the DNC hack supposedly took place) and even “appeared with Trump in Michigan” when he was interviewing a future cabinet secretary. Sussman went on to disingenuously claim to the CIA that the Yota smartphone used is often gifted to Russian officials.

    The problem was that the information Sussman passed to the FBI was fake. Phony. Fabricated. Much like the Dossier. The CIA “concluded in early 2017 Russian Bank-1 data [Alfa] and Russian Phone Provider-1 [Yota] data was not ‘technically plausible,’ did not ‘withstand technical scrutiny,’ ‘contained gaps,’ ‘conflicted with [itself]’ and was ‘user created and not machine/tool generated.’” Reuters‘s own tech people also said they could not authenticate the data and passed on the story. While CIA declined to open an investigation based on such data, the FBI did, leaving open additional questions on whether or not the FBI was technically unschooled, or in on the greater conspiracy.

    This new information also raises the question of why Robert Mueller or DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz did not ask why the FBI was so easily fooled when their CIA cousins across the river (and some journalists) saw through the grift. The FBI were warned — on September 7, 2016 the CIA sent FBI director James Comey and Peter Strzok a warning that Hillary Clinton approved a plan to tie Trump to Russia to distract from her email scandal. Then, only twelve days later, Sussman approached the FBI, who, despite the heads-up, took the hook. Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”

    This should also raise questions about Michael Sussman and his role representing the Democratic National Committee and the DNC server hack. Careful research by retired NSA persons suggests the server was accessed from inside the US, not hacked from Russia as widely alleged. One hates to go down the conspiracy road, but is Julian Assange, whose Wikileaks released some of the DNC emails, imprisoned in part because he could prove his source for the hacked emails was not Russian, as he has claimed?

    Who knows, right? Maybe Researcher-2 (identified elsewhere as David Dagon of Georgia Tech, whose research focus is Botnets. Dagon previously bragged of using a “bag of tricks” to prove Trump-Russia collusion). Durham granted Researcher-2 immunity to “uncover otherwise-unavailable facts underlying the opposition research project.”

    Durham also granted immunity to someone at Fusion GPS, the front organization which moved money from the DNC/Clinton campaign to both Dossier author Christopher Steele and Alfa/Yota pitchman Michael Sussman. The Fusion person is likely Laura Seago. Seago helped sell the fake Alfa data to Slate.

    Earlier articles established that the Alfa/Yota conspiracy mirrored the Dossier conspiracy in style, funding and execution. This new information from Durham adds now, as with the Dossier, that the Alfa/Yota data was fake. The commonalities between the two as-yet-legally-unlinked conspiracies strongly suggest a common backstage element.

    I spoke with a former US intelligence officer about what would be involved in managing an operation this size: Alfa, Yota, Dossier, liaison with the FBI, all the media planted bells and whistles, but just the admin side, not the actual spy work. She said it would be a very large job, likely bigger than many overseas stations would take on, something that would need its own working group in Washington. She said keeping the finances clean but covert alone would be a near full-time job.”

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  8. Awwww….

    Poor little Muslim plant….

    She triggered…. 🙂

    “Mockery Ensues When Ilhan Omar Criticizes Christians Singing on a Plane

    Omar never wastes an opportunity to swipe at Jews and Christians while playing victim.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/04/mockery-ensues-when-ilhan-omar-criticizes-christians-singing-on-a-plane/

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has come under fire after she criticized a video of Christians singing on a plane.

    A bunch of churchgoers sang their songs, walking up and down the aisle. One guy played the guitar. Apparently, they belong to an organization called Kingdom Realm Ministries. They’ve been traveling to Europe to help people escape Ukraine.

    People aren’t wearing masks because it’s a chartered flight. I’m going to assume that a lot of people on the chartered flight belong to the group.

    That’s what makes Omar’s comment even more annoying. It’s not like happened on a United flight.

    TMZ wrote that the video came out on April 9. But of course, Omar picks it up during Easter weekend.

    I would find the singing annoying but Omar took it a step further because that’s Omar’s MO.”

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  9. Admitting the obvious….

    “NYC Mayor: Yes, these liberal legal “reforms” are leading to higher crime rates”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/04/18/nyc-mayor-yes-these-liberal-legal-reforms-are-leading-to-higher-crime-rates-n463100

    “Former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton went on the Bloomberg Businessweek podcast last week and raised quite a few liberal eyebrows when he said that liberal criminal justice reform efforts have led to “a spike in crime,” not just in the Big Apple, but in major cities around the country. Such a comment was bound to have many progressives setting their hair on fire, particularly when you consider that he was the NYPD boss under another liberal, Democratic mayor in the person of Bill de Blasio. So it wasn’t surprising when Mayor Eric Adams had the question tossed to him on Sunday by George Stephanopoulos. To the disappointment of the “defund the police” movement, Adams said that he agreed with Bratton’s assessment. (Townhall)

    New York City Mayor Adams (D) said Sunday that he agreed with comments made last week by former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, who said progressive politics surrounding the criminal justice system has led to a spike in crime in American cities.

    Bratton said Thursday on the “Bloomberg Businessweek” podcast, “The scales right now are tipped very heavily in favor of the reforms of the progressive left. Well-intended, some needed, but a bit too far, and what we have as a result is this growing fear of crime, this growing actual amount of crime in almost every American city.”

    When asked by host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” if Bratton’s assessment was correct, Adams said he believes the former commissioner “is right.”

    Here’s the clip from the ABC interview from their Twitter feed.”

    “Just to establish the baseline here, Bratton’s original comments weren’t some sort of incendiary attack on progressive culture. He was just about as gentle as he could possibly be without completely shutting his eyes to reality. As noted in the excerpt above, he described the progressive “reform” efforts such as bail reform as being “well-intended, some needed, but a bit too far.” And that has left more criminals on the streets who are far less fearful of the police.”

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  10. A criminal’s best friend, when it should be the complete opposite. This is what Soros’ money buys you.

    CONTENT WARNING!!! for language.

    “Convicted murderer praises DA Gascon: ‘I’m going to get that n—–’s name on my face'”

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2022/04/18/convicted-murderer-praises-da-gascon-im-going-to-get-that-n-s-name-on-my-face-n463070

    “You really can’t make this stuff up. A convicted murderer in Los Angeles is so thrilled with DA George Gascon’s policies that he’s talking about having the DA’s name tattooed on his face.

    “I’m going to get that n—–’s name on my face. That’s a champ right there. F—in’ Gascón,” says gang member Luis Angel Hernandez in a jailhouse phone call…

    According to a law enforcement source, Hernandez shot and killed a delivery person for a marijuana delivery service during an armed robbery in 2018. He is a member of the OTF gang…

    “This s–t looking real good. Now we got a new DA in LA … so they’re going to drop a gang of, um, like my gun enhancement, my gang enhancement,” he says in the jailhouse phone call. “My gang enhancement is 10 years, fool, for being a gang member. And then the gun in the commission of a crime.”…

    “That’s the n—– right there, bro. He’s making historic changes for all of us, fool. I’m just grateful, fool. Like, I got good news off that s–t,” Hernandez says in the audio.

    Hernandez pleaded guilty to murder and the personal use of a firearm. He will be eligible for youthful offender parole, which would limit his time in prison to 25 years.

    We’ve seen this many times since Gascon took office. On day one he stated that charging enhancements like the ones Hernandez is talking about would no longer be used. That had an immediate impact on a lot of cases including one in which an off-duty police officer was shot in the head:

    In June 2019, police say Rhett Nelson shot LASD deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano in the back of the head while he was waiting in line at an Alhambra Jack in the Box while off-duty…

    FOX 11 confirmed that Gascon’s office is seeking to dismiss all gun enhancements and special circumstances of multiple murders against Nelson. If a judge signs off on the dismissals, life without parole would be off the table for Nelson if he were to be convicted, and he could potentially be released from prison at some point in the future.

    And another case in which a woman who severely beat a 6-month-old child:

    In one case, a baby sitter is accused of beating a 6-month-old girl with a blunt object, shattering the baby’s skull and causing severe brain damage. The girl, now 3-years-old, is blind and forced to eat through a feeding tube.

    Dordulian says under Gascon’s new directives, the baby sitter can no longer be charged with a great bodily injury enhancement which could have sent the woman to prison for up to 10 years.

    There have been many more examples like this. Just last week, a 13-year-old girl who had been bullied and finally stabbed by another teen was given probation despite the fact that the victim was seriously injured.”

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    Enjoy LA, you voted for it. Now reap it.

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  11. She’s a serial troll.

    Just scum of the earth stuff here….

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  12. Funny that….

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  13. It’s only fair, right?

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  14. They hate that she dared show them in their own words, and in content they already posted publicly. How dare she! 🙄

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  15. On Facebook this morning, I saw a post about that math paper with the info of Maya Angelou included. There were some in the comments who were pointing out that it is called cross-curriculum. As one commenter said, “Teachers are always encouraged to include math in their reading lessons, art in their math lessons, music in their history lessons, etc., etc.”

    Some are saying that the people who are convinced that CRT is being taught are hurting their case by often picking on anything that has to do with a black person. Perhaps a lesson involving a story about a black person is part of a CRT lesson, but often not. If people want to prove that CRT is being pushed, they need to make their case with more than one possible example here and one possible example there. That is true for any issue that one if trying to prove or expose.

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  16. We have read several of those bannable books, and enjoyed them. On the other hand, my children no longer feel comfortable going to the public library and checking out children’s books.

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  17. Looking for Alaska was one of the early ones brought to my attention by a foster to adopt son. He checked it out from the school library. He asked me to read it as it was very troubling to him. I did, it was troubling to me that such material would be available to such a group of readers. He went on to decline the adoption, leaving his siblings with us. After years of drugs and jail and car theft and jail and watching a child of his girlfriend drown, he went on to kill himself. I don’t believe that book showed him a way out, though it did show that those things were all okay, including ways to kill himself. The horrors we as a society are inflicting on the children. God will not be mocked.

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  18. I think he may be on to something here:

    https://wng.org/opinions/disaster-overload-1650364462

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    Disaster overload
    Brad Littlejohn | We can’t do everything, but we can do something

    ~ … Many were the memes and the tweets on New Years’ Eve 2020 celebrating the death of the old year and looking forward to some return to normal in 2021.

    Instead, the new year rudely greeted us with the Capitol riot and another full year of pandemic tribulation and political turmoil. 2022 has already given us the first full-scale European war in nearly eight decades, provoking massive spikes in already-surging fuel and food prices and promising prolonged disruptions to already-reeling global trade. There is little reason to expect a return to “normal” soon.

    Or rather, there is a good chance that we are witnessing a return to normal—to the normal human condition of war, political instability, and economic hardship that has characterized most decades on planet Earth. For many of us, though, our entire living memories have taken place in the halcyon three decades of what political philosopher Francis Fukuyama called “the end of history”—the historically anomalous period of global peace and stability following the fall of the Berlin Wall. The past two years may actually point to the resumption of history as usual. Are we ready for it?

    There is, sadly, a new ingredient in the mix: For the first time, unlike any comparable era, global crises are unfolding against the backdrop of ubiquitous interconnection and a truly overwhelming flood of information. We experienced the pandemic, the election, and now the war in Ukraine through Twitter, Facebook, and the constantly buzzing messenger of doom found in our pockets. Indeed, this technological shift has, in part, masked the uniqueness of the Pax Americana of the past three decades. Because this profound peace took place during a digital explosion that gave us unprecedented access to anything and everything going wrong in the world, many of us have felt these past 20 years as if we were living through a time of profound crisis and anxiety. Now that we really are, it is unclear whether we can handle it.

    Human beings were not made to deal with the kind of information and anxiety overload that modern technology has unleashed upon us. Although Adam and Eve may have sought the knowledge of good and evil, God graciously did not give them everything they were looking for. Human beings, for most of human history, have been blessed with ignorance about most of the evil taking place under the sun. The trials and travails of daily life were enough. If the ordinary American farmer of 1850, troubled enough by the tensions tearing his own country, had been barraged with hourly updates on the Taiping Rebellion, could he have borne it? Or would he have cared?

    Inundated with news of wars and rumors of wars, our temptations are either to check out, jaded and hardened against human sympathy, or to become consumed by manic anxiety. In the latter state, we are apt to flail about for scapegoats, pinning the blame for all the trouble in the world on political opponents or some other nefarious cause, and imagining that if this evil were destroyed, equilibrium would return. We must resist both temptations, attuning our hearts to the suffering of the oppressed while also having the perspective to realize that such oppression is pervasive under the sun (Ecclesiastes 4:1–3). Such balance is found above all in the discipline of prayer, in which we meditate upon the evils of the world around us but offer them up to God, knowing that we cannot eradicate them in full. … ~

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  19. NBC’s Ben Collins is just another clown posing as a reporter.

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    Use their own tactics and words against them . They hate that most. 🙂

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    Like I said, Ben is just another clown.

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  21. She just doubles down on the stupid….

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    Why?

    Because they support doing this to their political enemies too.

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  22. Like I said, the WaPo support it, enabled it, published it, and promoted it.

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  23. Alot of time spent here talking about some Tik Tok account. Is this what passes as news? Is it really worthy of anyone’s attention? When we spend time worried about what is happening on Facebook, Instagram, twiitter or TikTok, we provide evidence to the claim that most humans don’t change after high school.

    The banned book list is interesting. There’s no indication of the political leanings of the voters other than they’re teachers. I would not recommend several of those books unless I knew the age group of the readers. In addition, some of the books require a proper introduction of context and historical language — thus I would use in a classroom but not recommend unless I knew of the age and ability of the reader. Finally, my buddy George Orwell has been banned by groups and dictators on every part of the political spectrum — its what I like about him. He offends everyone, but his works are still recommended for high school in Ontario

    Trust in American institutions declined under Reagan and never recovered.

    Today’s inflation rate is only matched by today’s corporate profit levels. Yes, Covid, supply chain issues and Putin have some responsibility but when corporations are making 50 year record profits, corporations are using these excuses to increase prices.

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  24. Once again HRW, you feign ignorance.

    This is a story because a major publication and one of it’s employees is spreading the personal info of their political enemies, a private citizen. Their intent was to turn the leftist rage mob on her. Totally inappropriate.

    But you keep missing the obvious, and you do it intentionally.

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