17 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-25-22

  1. Why was he able to simply walk into the school?

    Around here, when kids are in, you must be buzzed in to enter, and your only access is into the office, not the area where children are. Seems irresponsible. And where was the school security officers? Around here we have police assigned to every school.

    But the left is of course exploiting it, and showing their disgusting hearts.




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  2. Like I said, they can’t help themselves. Exploiting tragedy is what they do. Ugly is as ugly does.


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  3. These questions need answering.



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  4. This seems like it violates Twitter’s rules, but since the right people are being targeted…. meh…


    When the left show you who they really are, believe them….

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  5. In other news….


    FBI “Leadership” is tainted…


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  6. Follow the money, because it’s all about the Benjamins…

    “An Alarmed Solar Industry Says a U.S. Trade Probe of China Will Totally Fry It. Then Why Is the Business Sunny Side Up?”


    “Publicly, big solar developers and many climate change activists are sounding the alarm about an ongoing probe of trade abuses by Chinese manufacturers.

    Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, last month described the U.S. Department of Commerce investigation as “the most serious crisis we have faced in our collective history.”

    Heather Zichal, a former White House energy adviser under President Barack Obama, said the examination of China’s trade practices “drives a stake through the heart of planned solar projects.”

    The New York Times reported last month that the “solar industry is ‘frozen’ as Biden administration investigates China” over allegations solar producers there are offshoring work to avoid tariffs.

    But CEOs of some of the biggest solar players in the U.S. tell a different story to investors and followers, according to a RealClearInvestigations review of earnings call transcripts and solar project plans.

    Amazon last month announced 37 new solar projects around the world, including in the U.S., while power plant developer Seaboard Solar announced it is working on multiple projects in New York state. A $75 million project is moving ahead in Minnesota, while two plants by Dominion Energy are starting construction in Virginia this year.

    Kirk Crews, CFO of NextEra Energy, which trumpets itself as the world’s largest producer of wind and solar energy, told Bloomberg that if the investigation found that China circumvented tariffs by offshoring, “it would be unwinding a decade of trade practice.”

    But Crews told analysts in an April investor call that despite the federal investigation, “we remain comfortable with our current development expectations for wind, solar and storage.”

    Several other major solar producers also have announced they are moving ahead on projects this year, including Duke Energy and SOLV Energy.

    “Even with trade cases, solar demand has continued to grow — Solar jobs are still expanding,” said Tim Brightbill, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer for domestic solar producers whose complaint last year also alleged China was avoiding tariffs.

    The disconnect between public and private words and deeds illustrates a solar industry that presents itself as on a progressive mission to save the planet actually behaving more like a traditional big business. It is managing expectations in the political and business arenas through messaging geared to those separate audiences. Behind the words is a highly competitive business focused on keeping costs low — even if that means sourcing cheaper materials from Chinese companies, some of which are accused of relying on highly polluting coal power, using slave labor, or violating trade agreements.”

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  7. “Politico: FDA timeline shows bungling on formula shortage — but also months of inaction by Biden”


    “When Robert Califf testifies today in a House committee hearing, the FDA commissioner will blame “mailroom issues” for a lack of response to the origins of the infant-formula shortage. However, Politico’s report on Cardiff’s prepared testimony raises a few other questions that neither Cardiff nor Politico address. If the FDA finally figured out what was going on in early February, why did it take the White House an additional three months to react to it?

    Does Joe Biden also have “mailroom issues”?

    In their prepared testimony released Tuesday evening, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and several senior officials for the first time lay out a timeline of the agency’s response to reports last fall that infants had been hospitalized after consuming formula made at an Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Mich. And they say a whistleblower report alleging food safety problems at the plant, which was mailed in October, did not reach the FDA’s highest rungs until mid-February, despite being sent directly to then-acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock and others. …

    The FDA timeline laid out in the prepared testimony acknowledges the FDA didn’t hold interagency discussions about potential supply chain disruptions until Feb. 14, three days before the Abbott Nutrition plant at the center of the current shortages shut down and issued a formula recall. And the agency didn’t notify the Agriculture Department, which oversees a critical federal nutrition program that purchases about half of the nation’s infant formula, about potential disruptions until a week before the Abbott plant shut down. The program, known as WIC, serves 1.2 million infants from low-income families. Abbott supplies nearly half of all infant formula provided through WIC state contracts.

    The testimony also blames “mailroom issues” for the fact that senior FDA officials, including Woodcock and FDA’s top food safety official, Susan Mayne, did not receive hard copies of the whistleblower report from last October detailing alarming concerns about the Abbott plant, including poor food safety practices and that officials there had falsified documents and intentionally information from FDA inspectors. The FDA did not interview the whistleblower until December.

    According to Califf’s testimony, Woodcock and Mayne eventually received the whistleblower report via email from another FDA staffer on Feb. 14, three days before the recall. The agency says copies of the whistleblower report sent to Mayne and another FDA official were found in the FDA’s mailroom in May, but officials have yet to locate the copy sent to Woodcock. It was “likely due to COVID-19 staffing issues” and “a mailroom analysis is underway,” the prepared remarks state.

    All right, that brings us up to about mid-February. Even though the FDA knew enough by mid-January to recommend that Abbott issue a recall, that didn’t get made public until February 17. That’s also when the FDA began coordinating with the USDA on the potential devastating effects the recall and potential inventory shortages would have on the WIC program.

    So let’s use February 17. Why did it take three months for the White House to react? Let’s not forget that the New York Times raised the issue of formula shortages in early October 2021, not on the basis of an FDA recall and shutdown but because the supply-chain crisis had restricted access to precursor ingredients. Similarly, the Wall Street Journal reported on the shortage in January, again before the recall and shutdown of the Abbott facility. The Washington Post picked it up in April, apparently having more insight than the White House about what the FDA was doing.

    Maybe their mailroom is more efficient.

    From the Politico report, it sounds as though Cardiff plans to fall on the FDA’s sword today to take some heat off the White House, but this timeline shows how absurd that is. The Abbott recall and FDA shutdown made the shortage worse, but it didn’t create it, and furthermore that took place a full three months before the White House finally reacted by putting up a lame website. At the very end, Politico quotes an anonymous Biden administration official who claimed that they had been “very public about our activity” since February 17, but that’s nonsense. They didn’t take any action until media outrage over empty shelves and starving infants finally became a national media focus early this month, and the only reaction they could muster at first was to post the customer-service numbers of manufacturers. A week later, they finally began to address the situation by overriding the FDA’s labeling regulations and the FTC’s trade barriers to fly pallets of formula in from Europe, but it will take months at that scale to address the shortage in all markets.”


    Govt incompetence.

    “FDA says senior officials didn’t receive infant formula whistleblower report due to ‘mailroom issues’

    The agency’s leaders are testifying before a House committee looking into its response to a formula recall that exacerbated shortages.”



  8. Vile trash, exploiting child deaths for political gain. Disgusting.

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  9. ——-


    “After every shooting, politicians and activists rush to the cameras or their keyboards to tell people exactly what should be done to stop mass shootings in the future. Gun control proponents demand more gun control. Gun rights advocates dig in their heels and explain why new laws won’t stop evil people from doing evil things, especially when current laws aren’t adequately enforced.

    Unfortunately, the debate between the two sides is rarely illuminating, as it usually devolves into tired recitations of worn-out talking points about the issue. These talking points are invariably littered with myths and factual inaccuracies. Here are 7 myths about gun control that just won’t die.”

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  10. The school had security. The boy shot his grandmother prior to doing this. Perhaps she was his sole remaining parent and was trying to stop him. We don’t know.

    We do know that we are teaching children they have no value and can do whatever they want. We are letting them be stalked and groomed, not just on social media, but in schools. Time to stop the educational system and start over from the ground up. Parents, communities, towns, counties, states all can do a better job than the national. We can come up with something to educate children while keeping them out of the hands of child abusers in the many forms.


  11. But evil will still raise its ugly head. Thankful for the border patrol and the officer who did not wait for back up.


  12. But we do know. He was living with them because he and his mother fought constantly, and dad was nowhere to be found. Over and over again he exhibited mental illness, yet nothing was done to address it. Authorities say he has no history of mental illness, but the people who know him say otherwise.


    ““He posted videos on his Instagram where the cops were there and he’d call his mom a b—- and say she wanted to kick him out,” she told the paper. “He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively.”

    Ramos’ neighbor Ruben Flores, 41, said he tried to be a kind of father figure to the troubled teen, who had “a pretty rough life with his mom.”

    He told the paper he saw police at the Hood Street home, where he witnessed blowups between the two.

    Flores and several other people familiar with the family said Ramos’ mother used drugs, which contributed to the trouble at home, according to the Washington Post, which said it could not reach her for comment.

    Ramos moved to his grandmother’s home across town a few months ago, according to Flores, who said he last saw the grandmother Sunday when she stopped by the mom’s Hood Street property, which she also owned.

    He said she told him she was in the process of evicting Ramos’ mother because of her drug issues.”


    ““I remember an interaction we had with this couple that worked there … he told the boyfriend that he wanted to fight his girlfriend for no reason.”

    She said the incident never escalated but it was “still weird.”

    Classmates told the outlet they had similar interactions.”

    Crystal Foutz, 17, said Ramos would be “aggressive for no reason” and he used to post videos online that showed him with guns and knives, or boxing and training for fights.

    “I would see [TikTok videos] all the time and they would be like, ‘I could fight anyone, none of y’all can touch me … I’m untouchable,’” she told the outlet.”


    “The gunman who slaughtered 19 kids and two teachers at a Texas elementary school reportedly exhibited increasingly bizarre behavior leading up to the rampage – including cutting up his face with knives just “for fun,” friends said.

    Gunman Salvador Ramos’ friend Santos Valdez Jr., 18, said the two had been close, playing video games and basketball regularly, until his friend’s behavior began to “deteriorate,” the Washington Post reported.

    At one point, he recounted, Ramos showed up at a park with scratch marks across his face and said he had been attacked by a cat.

    “Then he told me the truth, that he’d cut up his face with knives over and over and over,” Valdez told the newspaper

    “I was like, ‘You’re crazy, bro, why would you do that?’” he said. Ramos told him it was just “for fun,” Valdez said.

    At school, he told classmates he cut himself “because I like how it looks,” a student told KSAT.”


    “Just hours before the bloodbath, Ramos cryptically messaged a stranger: “I’m about to.”

    The Instagram account with the username “salv8dor_” contained photos of guns and selfies. It was taken down after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released his name.

    The account’s single grid post features three photos — a mirror selfie of Ramos in a sweatshirt, a grainy black-and-white closeup of his face, and a first-person shot of a person holding a firearm magazine in their lap.

    The same account shared a photo of two rifles lying side by side to its Stories.”


  13. This just seems wrong.

    While officers on scene waited for backup, he was murdering the kids in the class he holed up in while they evacuated kids who weren’t in the classroom he was. It escapes me how they could wait outside during this.


    “Olivarez said the officers who first responded to the scene “were at a point of disadvantage” and were not able to make entry.

    “There was no way they were able to make entry, especially with the amount of manpower that was on scene,” he said. “So at that point, their primary focus was to evacuate as many children as possible.”

    A specialized tactical unit made of local, state and federal law enforcement officers were eventually able to enter the classroom, authorities said. Three officers were injured, and all are in good condition, Abbott said.

    McCraw commended the officers who engaged the shooter before the tactical unit entered, saying they saved lives by keeping him “pinned down” at his location.

    “Obviously this is a situation we failed in the sense that we didn’t prevent this mass attack — but I can tell you, those officers that arrived on the scene and put their lives in danger, they saved other kids,” he said. “They kept him pinned down, and we’re very proud of that.”


    This is the same thing that happened in Parkland Florida.


    “Parkland shooting: Armed school resource officer ‘never went in’ to school during shooting
    The sheriff said the revelation made him “sick to my stomach. There are no words I mean these families lost their children.”

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  14. It uses more energy in China–and China energy is produced by COAL, which they’re running out of–to produce solar panels than they will ever replace in the US. So, using solar panels made in China is environmentally more destructive than using cleaner energy made in say, California.

    You’re still likely to have a net loss.

    Another one of those “dirty” secrets, alas.

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