27 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-27-22

  1. Numbers for those identifying as LGBQTXYZ are up greatly among the young.

    Groomers operate freely in the “education” system. Social contagion runs wild. Make no mistake, Perversion Inc. is everywhere, and well funded.

    “Report: The Gay-Straight Alliance Network Now Operates in More than 4,000 U.S. Schools”

    https://thestarnewsnetwork.com/2022/08/26/report-the-gay-straight-alliance-network-now-operates-in-more-than-4000-u-s-schools/

    “The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network, which promotes radical gender theory in elementary, middle, and high schools, now operates over 4,000 “gender and sexuality alliances” under the guise of student “clubs,” reports Christopher Rufo at City Journal.

    A senior fellow and director of the Initiative on Critical Race Theory (CRT) at the Manhattan Institute, Rufo explained the GSA Network is a “professionally staffed nonprofit with a multimillion-dollar annual budget. GSA Network serves as an umbrella organization for more than 4,000 “gender and sexuality alliances” across 40 states.”

    After rebranding itself in 2016 as the Genders & Sexualities Alliance, GSA Co-Executive Director Ginna Brelsford noted:

    The name change has been a long time coming. We have heard from countless youth leaders who understand their genders and sexualities to be uniquely theirs and have moved beyond the labels of gay and straight, and the limits of a binary gender system. For several years, students have been naming their individual school-based clubs in a way that reflects the values and identity of its members.

    Brelsford further explained the “function” of school GSA clubs had “evolved.”

    “For a generation, since the late 1980s, GSAs have served as safe spaces for LGBTQ youth to build awareness and community as well as prevent discrimination and harassment in schools,” the co-executive director wrote. “More recently, however, these student-led clubs have transcended their traditional role and served as important vehicles for deeper social change both on school campuses and local or statewide educational policy.”

    That “social change” focused on joining with a political movement for the “needs of “trans, queer and allied students across the nation,” Brelsford added.

    The GSA Network has now taken a decidedly Marxist turn, Rufo observed, endorsing the “abolition of police” and borders, payment of “reparations” to minorities, the “decolonization” of native lands, and a focus on anti-capitalism.

    Under the cover of a “club” that seeks to end “bullying” of LGBTQ youth, the GSA Network advises its adult leaders to keep children’s involvement in the club confidential from parents, working with young people to push the use of pronouns and support trans, queer, nonbinary, and similar projects.

    In the GSA handbook, Brelsford and fellow co-executive director Geoffrey Winder wrote:

    We’re excited to share resources and tools that will support you – GSA club advisors – to create and sustain thriving GSAs in partnership with students, schools, and communities, as we move closer to our vision of trans and queer liberation.”

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    These pervs do not have childrens’ best interests at heart.

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  2. So basically they’re still hiding everything of relevance, except for what helps their narrative to be, and the corrupt judge plays along…..

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  4. I’ve been thinking along these lines for some time now.

    In the darkness, look up.

    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/is-god-punishing-the-united-states-of-america/ar-AA1197HH

    The Jerusalem Post
    Is God punishing the United States of America?

    ~ I am certainly not one to dare assume to know what goes on in the mind of the God I believe in, and consider it a bit arrogant to go down that path.

    Nevertheless, at the risk of being labeled an old fool, it is a challenge for me to believe that the series of “plagues” that have befallen the United States of America of late are not part of some heavenly master plan. … ~

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    The author (who is Jewish) goes on to talk about our remarkable political dysfunction and division; the mass shooting phenomenon unique to the US; the catastrophic weather that seems to strike the US with special ferocity in wildfires, droughts; homelessness.

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    He continues: ~ … It would not be the first time in history that prayer was invoked on behalf of a country. We need only follow the lead of the last person any of us would have expected would turn to prayer, and look at the example of General George S. Patton, Jr., head of the US’s Third Army in Europe in World War II.

    In December 1944, fog, clouds, rain and snow over Europe were hampering US war efforts. A frustrated Patton contacted Chaplain James O’Neill, a Catholic priest, and asked for a prayer for good weather that would improve the chances of victory. In the presence of Patton, there was only one response the chaplain could offer and that was “Yes, sir.”

    The chaplain wrote this prayer, which was then distributed to the 275,000 Third Army troops along with a Christmas greeting that read:

    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression of wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.

    The results? The weather cleared for the next six days, and Patton’s allied forces were victorious, vanquishing the German army. Perhaps, just perhaps, this is another moment in history when civilization needs an intervention from the “immoderate” forces that are besieging us.

    … Maybe the time has come for everyone to bury the cynicism and look up. .. ~

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  5. “FBI’s Former Intel Chief on Raid of Trump Home: ‘I Think They Are Going to Regret This’’

    “Retired Assistant Director Kevin Brock says FBI didn’t exhaust other means or appear to have established probable cause for search.”

    https://thestarnewsnetwork.com/2022/08/27/fbis-former-intel-chief-on-raid-of-trump-home-i-think-they-are-going-to-regret-this/

    “The FBI’s former intelligence chief declared Friday the agency should not have criminalized the records dispute between Donald Trump and the National Archives and that the bureau appears to have failed to meet the probable cause standard for the invasive search of the former president’s Florida estate.

    “I think they’re going to regret this,” retired Assistant Director Kevin Brock told the “Just the News, Not Noise” television show after reviewing a heavily redacted affidavit the FBI used to persuade a judge to allow the Aug. 8 search at Mar-a-Lago.

    Brock, ordinarily an ardent defender of his former agency, has raised concerns for several days that the bureau did not exhaust other means to resolve the dispute over presidential and alleged classified records Trump kept. He said he did not believe the FBI adequately considered the possibility that Trump had wide latitude to declassify records and declare them personal.

    He said Friday his concerns were only heightened by the court-ordered release of the search warrant affidavit, which he noted was still heavily redacted.

    “I will caveat all of this by saying we can only see what we can see, but the first thing that jumped out to me is that the probable cause statement focuses on the nature of the documents, and where they are,” said Brock, a respected three-decade agent who rose to become the bureau’s first intelligence chief under Director Robert Mueller. “But it doesn’t, at least in the unredacted portion, address the main element of the criminal federal statutes that they cite.

    “The FBI should not have participated in this investigation. It is something that needs to be settled along established routes in that regard that we traditionally used. There was no need for law enforcement involvement in this. And there was certainly no need for an invasive search for the residence. I think they’re going to regret this.”

    Brock defends the agency often but has also criticized — like many — the bureau’s failures in the Trump-Russia collusion probe. And his assessment about the Trump search earlier this month is certain to carry weight with agents inside the bureau as well as retirees.

    He said the threshold the FBI should have met under its own standards for a search warrant was to show Trump had records he was not authorized to keep and that were illegal to possess.

    Brock noted the affidavit even acknowledged the president had the power to declassify and did not call the documents in dispute classified but rather documents with classified markings.

    “From what I can see, that’s not established in the probable cause,” he said. “And there’s an allusion to the argument from the Trump advocates that the former president has was within his authority to declassify and to establish what a presidential record is.”

    Brock said if the redacted sections of the affidavit don’t lay out evidence that Trump’s possession of the documents was clearly illegal, then “basically we have a search of the man’s residence without cause being stated as to why something illegal happened.”

    Asked if he were still in the FBI whether he would have authorized the search warrant, Brock answered: “No, frankly not.””

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  6. And they wonder why no one but other partisan Dems like themselves no longer trust them.

    The media knew this, that’s why they played along with the farce.

    “79% say ‘truthful’ coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop would have changed 2020 election”

    https://nypost.com/2022/08/26/2020-election-outcome-would-differ-with-hunter-biden-laptop-coverage-poll/

    “Nearly four of five Americans who’ve been following the Hunter Biden laptop scandal believe that “truthful” coverage would have changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, according to a new poll.

    A similar percentage also said they’re convinced that information on the computer is real, with just 11% saying they thought it was “created by Russia,” according to the survey conducted by the New Jersey-based Technometrica Institute of Policy and Politics.

    And an even higher number — 81% — said US Attorney General Merrick Garland should appoint a special counsel to investigate matters related to the first son’s infamous laptop, the existence of which was exclusively revealed by The Post in October 2020.”

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  7. Now that we know the FBI are partisan actors affecting elections, heads need to roll.

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  8. “Tucker Carlson: The FBI has been working on behalf of the Democratic Party

    Tucker Carlson shreds the alleged Hunter Biden story cover-up”

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-fbi-working-behalf-democratic-party

    “Every year since 1970s, the State Department has published a document called “World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers.” You probably haven’t read it, but it is interesting. It’s a detailed accounting of global arms sales, what weapons were sold and where they wound up after they were. The U.S. government published this report in the interest of transparency and then continued to publish it through multiple politically charged scandals and conflicts that would include through Iran Contra, two separate wars in Iraq and all 20 years that we occupied Afghanistan. A report like this would be especially useful to have right now and would be critical to have as the Biden administration sends billions in high-tech military equipment every month to corrupt oligarchs in Eastern Europe.

    Where are all of those weapons systems going? We should know the answer to that, but we don’t know because this year, for the very first time in half a century, the Biden administration has stopped releasing that information. They never explained why they stopped. They just stopped and no one pushed them. Now you’d think this would be a scandal. If there’s one thing the news media exists to do, it’s to fight for the release of relevant government records because in a democracy, you have a right to know what is being done in your name, but not anymore. That information is classified, Mr. Citizen, so you don’t get to find out where those billions of dollars of weapons that you’re paying for are going. Who’s getting them? What are they doing with them? You don’t get to know.

    You don’t get to learn about anything about Ashley Biden showering with her father. You can get arrested for that. You don’t get to know how many FBI assets were in the crowd on January 6 and what they were doing. As we just noted, you don’t get to read the affidavit justifying the FBI’s indefensible raid on the home of Joe Biden’s primary political opponent. In fact, you don’t even get to know why you’re not allowed to know because that information has been redacted too. What are you a Russian agent? Stop asking. Didn’t used to be this way at all. It’s unrecognizable. A lot has changed in a very short time.

    So. it turns out, looking back 18 months, the 2020 election was the most consequential election of our lifetimes. You assume Joe Biden was incapacitated and couldn’t change much. Well, true, he is incapacitated, but the people behind him most definitely are not. They are more ideological and more aggressive than ever. Now it turns out among those people is our largest and most heavily armed federal law enforcement agency. That would be the FBI. The FBI is not allowed to insert itself into domestic politics. That would violate the U.S. Constitution. It is completely illegal, but for several years it has become increasingly clear that that is exactly what the FBI is doing, actively working on behalf of the Democratic Party, mocking the rule of law, subverting our democracy from within far more effectively than any foreign government ever could.

    If that sounds like an overheated claim, and it definitely does sound like an overheated claim, unfortunately, you should know it’s entirely true. We know that for a fact. Here’s how we know and we learned it yesterday. Weeks before the 2020 election, the FBI pressured social media companies to kill the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop. Why? Because that was a story that might have prevented Joe Biden from becoming president. That happened and we know this not because The New York Times investigated it. They didn’t bother. They didn’t bring you a special report in yesterday’s paper giving you the details. The New York Times would never do that, even if they knew it to be true and they may. No, we know this instead, because Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook blithely admitted it almost parenthetically during an interview with Joe Rogan.”

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  9. Re: Debra’s comments from yesterday – entirely correct.

    Student loans used to be discharged through personal bankruptcy both here and the US. However, gov’ts and banks were upset that too many students used this “so-called loophole”. They discovered the obvious – loaning tens of thousands to 18-22 year olds is not a good business practise. They knew that – try getting a car loan at 18 – but student loans were guaranteed by the gov’t so common sense was not applied. Instead of fixing the problem by stop loaning money to teenagers, they simply exempted it from bankruptcy. If we wouldn’t do this to corporations why would we insist on doing it to people?

    We have similar Income Based Repayment programs. The problem then becomes the minimal payment is reduced to interest only and the debt continues even longer. There are countless stories of people paying student loans faithfully for over a decade and have a higher balance than the principal they started with — essentially this becomes debt servitude.

    The interest rates applied to student loans are also above market rank further compounding the problem. I can take an unsecured loan of credit from a bank at prime plus 2%, about 4-5%, yet my daughter’s student loan is 8%. I offered to take a line of credit and pay it off and have her pay me off but at her income she’s eligible for both forgiveness and postponement (student loans here are forgiven on a case by case basis). And now she’s in Europe, doing what many North Americans with dual passports do – leave to escape student loans. (In her case, its not specifally to escape debt but to work in cultural industries which are better funded in the EU, escaping student loans is a side benefit)

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  10. Fetterman is not wrong – probably not the best thing to say as a politician but it’s an honest assessment. The US has way too many people in jail — both in total numbers and per capita. Other than serial killers and hitmen, people don’t tend to re-murder, its fairly safe to release them especially in old age. For a poor senior citizen, prison is three hot meals and shelter, books, free education, cable tv, etc. Release him on parole and he will have to make ends meet like any other poor senior; probably more punitive than if you let him stay in jail.

    As for the prison population in general — release non-violent offenders on parole as soon as possible. Why are people still in prison for marijuana possession? In a three strike situation, possessing a joint three times will get you a longer sentence than manslaughter. A waste of taxpayers money.

    There’s no causation between a high prison population and safety. There’s not even a correlation.

    As for the Penn senate race — who nominates a quack TV doctor??????

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  11. GSA clubs are usually led by well meaning, naive, idealistic teachers. I applaud their dedication to making schools a welcoming place. They are relatively harmless and fairly boring. They contribute far less to sexual problems in schools than football and hockey players…..my daughter felt much safer among LGBQT students than with hockey players….

    The increase in gender identity and trans has more to do with the internet than anything else. Genuine trans, those on the spectrum, and victims of child sexual abuse (the three groups I see with gender idenity issues) will seek information on the internet and share with their peers. It’s only when students are already influenced by the internet that they may then seek out a GSA. Most kids who share gender issues with me, state its mainly the internet and their peers – there’s no GSA in my school; they usually end up talking to me or one other colleague.

    The other factor is urbanization. In the past, rural teens with any type of gender or sexuality issue usually ended up as committed bachelors and spinsters with the occasional trip to a city which the village ignored. The West is largely urban now and these issues are more open since there is anonymity in crowds.

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  12. Lots of instant legal experts on the internet….did anyone actually expect the redacted affidavit to reveal anything. Releasing any part of an affidavit during an investigation is highly unusual and thus anything that may compromise an ongoing investigation is redacted. The media etc are just going to have to wait as they normally would. The fact anything was released indicates Trump is receiving special treatment — he should be treated like anyone else; no one should expect to receive the search warrant affadivts when they are still being investigated.

    What is “truthful” coverage?? what a silly question. The FBI Democratic party meme is amusing — if the FBI was controlled by the Democratic party, Clinton would have won the presidency. Carlson is amusing at times but sometimes just weird — Apparently the actions of the State Department show the FBI acts for the Democrats?? wrong department even I know it’s the DOJ who controls the FBI. The State Dept may be holding back information in order to prevent Rusia from knowing Ukraine’s weapons strength etc.

    Nor is the FBI protecting Facebook any indication of favoritism. Industrial espionage is a serious issue. The FBI protects American industries and firms from both domestic and foreign espionage. Nobody wants Chinese firms spying on tech firms or energy firms.

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  13. The miserable weather on the western front occurred during the Battle of the Bulge. The fog and rain prevented the allies from using their airpower to stop the German offensive in Belgium. When the Germans launched their offensive, many on the German General Staff considered the bad weather a sign from God that he supported them. People tend to see God’s favor from their own point of view. I don’t think Patton or the chaplain considered God favoured the Germans for the first week of the offensive, and then changed his mind a week later.

    Similarly, today many see God’s acts in a local perspective and with little reference to world wide trends. The political dysfunction and division is similar if not worse elsewhere – try Poland, Hungary, France, UK, Turkey, Brazil, India, etc. Its not a polite era out there and the extremes along with loud rude behaviour are winning the day. Climate change with its increased storms, fires, etc has more effect elsewhere than in the US — European and Chinese droughts are drying up rivers to points never seen or recorded. Crop failure (and the Ukraine war) will leave many parts of the world in famine conditions. Intense heat around the world is killing people. Island nations are sinking or disappearing to be more accurate. Homelessness in the US is bad but the number of refugees worldwide has never been higher. People are dying and drowning as they cross deserts and seas seeking shelter. The US isn’t special in this regard nor is it being singled out by God – it takes some hubris to imagine that to be the case. Worldwide trends can be depressing to watch but these events are happening everywhere. Depending on your beliefs you can say God is punishing all of humanity or you can simply acknowledge the natural, political and social difficulties of our time.

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  14. Redacted means that they are actually ashamed of what they did. It also means that they are obstructing justice.

    The warrant has no legal basis and is unconstitutional.

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  15. God’s sovereignty is unknowable, really, other than He is sovereign of course.

    What God is doing with any given circumstance, whether favoring nations or not, likewise is beyond what we can know. But knowing He’s sovereign there are usually some possibilities that are in the mix (though we may get those right or wrong and our humility should remind us of that often).

    Does God judge nations? Yes. But figuring out the precise reasons — or even if judgement is occurring — we can’t completely know.

    But I think it’s also wise to keep God’s character in mind whenever we observe history and current events. What is God doing? is a question that I often ponder. I don’t know the answers, but He’s doing something …

    Often times, we may somewhat see his Hand many years past an event.

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  16. Likewise, God may bless — and judge — the same nation in various times (but for reasons we cannot fully understand or know). We just observe.

    Has the US been uniquely blessed by God? In a given time and place, perhaps, yes. But God, being God, moves without our full understanding of what’s going on in his divine purpose.

    But there is a divine purpose and God is always on the move bringing that about, whether we like how it’s playing out or not.

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  17. So no, God doesn’t (and hasn’t) “singled out” the US as there is a much bigger world and picture than that. All the pieces are both big and small in the grand scheme of things and we’ll never understand much of that, really, on this side.

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  18. Tychicus – redacted means they are protecting an ongoing investigation. When the investigation is over, we will see it unredacted and a judge will decide on its merits. For now, let’s not rush to judgement.

    Two things we can see from the last month – Trump was given two opportunities to satisfy the Archives in terms of returning the documents. Each time he held back documents. Here, he got one extra warning that most of us would receive. Rarely do people get a second chance to comply.

    Secondly, Mar-a-lago is a security nightmare. It’s not a private residence rather a club and as such unauthorized people can wander. It’s clear the archives were not happy with the security provisions made.

    On these two things alone it’s clear Trump made mistakes – whether it’s a felony or not, will come out when the investigation is finished. And quite clearly, Trump as ex-president has been given special treatment yet still failed to meet the requirements of the archives.

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  19. They’re trying to recover docs that implicate them in the whole Crossfire Hurricane fiasco, which is why they’re not being transparent. They’re continuing the ongoing six-year unprecedented attack on Pres. Trump, knowing that he would likely win again in 2024. In other words, here’s what the FBI warrant looks like:

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  20. “They’re trying to recover docs that implicate them in the whole Crossfire Hurricane fiasco, which is why they’re not being transparent.”

    Bingo.

    Nailed it.

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  21. I thought they were planting documents. Or there were documents but they weren’t important. Or everything was declassified. So there were important documents at Mar-a-lago. Once the investigation is complete, we will see what was there. And even if they relate to whatever the FBI was doing, I’m sure the librarians from the archives will get them. Never underestimate the librarians.

    And Trump is not going to win in 2024. Polls using RV have Biden ahead. Polls using LV have Trump ahead. The latter is Rasmussen and Trafalgar which lean Republican as does their methodology (using LV always underestimates Demo vote) . Roe v Wade will still be an issue in two years and that will drive turn out as well as Trump himself. For as much as he motivates Republican voters, he motivates Democratic voters even more.

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  22. Oh and even the release of a redacted search warrant affidavit is far more transparent than normal. Trump is getting more information than most people the FBI investigates. They are bending over backwards — in the future, more high profile people will demand the same special treatment.

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  23. We need to understand that a coup has taken place in our great nation. The regime that occupies the WH is conspiring with the Justice Dept., Secret Service, CIA, etc. and they control the high-ranking military officers. They have been purging the true patriots from our military. They have taken control of key levels of power and intelligence.

    If this illegitimate coup is not successfully challenged, it will allow our adversary to strengthen his grip on our constitutional republic. The fact that this regime is seeking to federalize our elections demonstrates that they will do everything they can not to relinquish their power.

    There will be major upheaval even during this fall season – the stakes are too high. It’s not just about who is going to control a certain branch of government – it’s about freedom vs. tyranny. Our nation has been assaulted by treasonous actors, and so much of this has happened right out in the open.

    May God have mercy on the USA.

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  24. For years, I’ve heard how incompent is the gov’t yet now I’m expected to believe the DOJ, DOD, FBI and WH can somehow conspire and control everything. There’s far too much bureaucratic inertia for anything of that magnitude to occur.

    Beware of claims of “true patriotism” and either/or simplification which promotes disputes rather than conciliation.

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