13 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-8-22

  1. This is idiocy, and that’s what most colleges are pushing.

    “Nearly 1 In 4 Democratic Voters Believe Men Can Get Pregnant: Poll

    A new poll finds that significant numbers of Democratic voters believe things that are false.”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/nearly-1-in-4-democratic-voters-believe-men-can-get-pregnant-poll

    “Nearly one in four Democratic voters believe men can get pregnant, according to a new poll.

    The online survey, conducted by WPA Intelligence from August 22-25, found 22% of Democrats agreed with the statement, “Some men can get pregnant.” The percentage rose when only including women, and a whopping 36% of white, college-educated female Democrats concurred.

    “Overall, few Americans think men can get pregnant,” said WPAi Managing Director Conor Maguire. “But with 36% of a core Democratic constituency (college-educated white Democratic women) and one out of five Democrat voters believing this, one can see why Democratic leaders coddle the radical gender theory movement.”

    The poll underscores the Left’s growing embrace of a radical gender theory that biological sex does not dictate gender. People born female can later “identify” as men while retaining the ability to reproduce; hence the claim “men” can become pregnant. A recent Pew Research poll found that about 5% of young adults in the U.S. believe it’s possible to identify into a gender that differs from their biological sex.

    The American Civil Liberties Union, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous liberal media outlets, including CNN and MSNBC, are increasingly opting for terms such as “pregnant people,” or “birthing parent,” instead of “women” when referencing pregnancy, fertility and abortion.”

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  2. So he lied when he said he knew nothing about it and had no involvement. Again. Still.

    “Judge’s order exposes FBI sloppiness, excessive evidence collection at Trump home

    Court also acknowledges Joe Biden helped initiate criminal probe of his chief Republican rival, alarming many.”

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/judges-order-reveals-fbi-sloppiness-excessive-evidence-collection

    “A criminal probe “requested by the incumbent president.” The seizure of clothing, medical records, tax records and 500 pages of attorney-client privileged documents not covered by a warrant. The sharing of privileged documents with investigators.

    More than simply appointing a special master to referee an evidence dispute, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon exposed this week a Justice Department search of former President Donald Trump’s home that was initiated by his chief Democrat rival, that was carried out so sloppily that it violated the “least intrusive” mandate in the FBI agent’s manual, and that failed to keep legally-protected materials from falling into the hands of investigators.

    The problems uncovered so far placed Trump “at risk of suffering injury from the Government’s retention and potential use of privileged materials,” Cannon wrote, adding that a future indictment of the ex-president based on the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago “would result in reputational harm of a decidedly different order of magnitude.”

    In other words, Cannon was not convinced by the Justice Department’s argument that its honor system — known as “filter” or “taint” teams — was adequate to protect the 45th president’s constitutional rights. “The Court takes a different view on this record,” she wrote.

    Cannon’s Labor Day ruling is simply an opening salvo. Whether Trump’s claims of executive privilege, attorney-client privilege or an unconstitutional, overly broad search prevail will be decided some time in the future.

    But one thing is clear. The FBI and its overseers at the Biden Justice Department bumbled on what was certain to be one of the most scrutinized search warrant executions in modern American history. And that’s according to one of the bureau’s own former and highly respected executives.

    “The more that’s revealed, the more it looks like a kind of sloppy government overreach is in play,” former Assistant FBI Director of Intelligence Kevin Brock told Just the News. “It seems more than a bit ‘loose’ to those of us who have executed numerous search warrants.”

    Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor and avowed Democrat, said the judge’s ruling cited the sort of FBI failures that in the past would have enraged liberals who have gone silent about such concerns in the Trump era.

    “Many faculty on the left continue the curious objections to a court seeking review of the FBI or not accepting its overbroad claims of authority,” Turley wrote Tuesday. “It is a bizarre shift that we have seen in other Trump investigations where liberals suddenly express shock that a court would override sweeping national security claims or seek to review the Justice Department’s review of material for privilege.

    Turley noted that there “appears to have been mistakes by the taint team and that privileged material (as well as an assortment of private material from medical records to tax records) were seized.”

    To appreciate the concerns of experts like Brock and Turley, one need only scan the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, or DIOG, the documents most FBI agents regard as their on-the-job bible.

    The investigative manual requires FBI agents to use the “least intrusive” means of gathering evidence, especially when it comes to “sensitive investigative matters” like a probe of a former president where privileges and First Amendment are front and center.

    That means framing a search in the narrowest possible terms to avoid communications protected by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. “Rigorous obedience to constitutional principles ensures that individually and institutionally our adherence to constitutional guarantees is more important than the outcome of any single interview, search for evidence, or investigation,” the manual states.

    But Cannon’s ruling exposed significant failures of the FBI agents at Mar-a-Lago to adhere to strict rules governing collection of evidence. For instance, more than 500 pages of documents protected by attorney-client privilege were collected, along with personal medical and tax records and even an article of clothing.

    Such overcollection, Brock told the “Just the News, Not Noise” television show, is completely uncharacteristic for FBI agents who are trained to avoid such mistakes, suggesting the former president got worse treatment than a drug dealer or gang member,

    “I don’t care if it was a drug trafficker, or a child exploiter, or whatever, you go into a home, you set up a system where those things that you seize are assiduously documented,” said Brock, who oversaw numerous search warrants in his three decade FBI career. “They’re given a specific tracking number, barcodes, if you will, and each piece is gone through meticulously before you leave the premises to make sure that it’s within the scope of the document.”

    The fact that did not happen raises the danger that the judge may eventually throw out the entire search, both because it was overly broad to begin with and then overcollected evidence outside the scope authorized by the magistrate, Brock said.

    “If I’m a prosecutor, I am concerned going forward that this search warrant could be suppressed for those types of reasons, and they would lose access to anything that was collected throughout the search as a fruit of the poisonous tree,” he said.

    The judge also revealed that the DOJ’s taint or filter teams failed to keep two pieces of protected, privileged documents from reaching frontline investigators. And even after the mistake was discovered, no efforts were made to wall off the evidence, she added.

    “Perhaps most concerning, the Filter Review Team’s Report does not indicate that any steps were taken after these instances of exposure to wall off the two tainted members of the Investigation Team,” she wrote.”

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  3. Huh.

    Like above, the “but muh norms” crew has gone quiet…

    https://bearingarms.com/john-petrolino/2022/09/05/atf-pistol-brace-final-rule-possibly-uncovered-via-budget-document-n62120

    “The ATF, along with their cousins, the multitude of other three letter agencies, have not been making friends lately. Under the Biden-Harris regime, the ATF has embraced the rogue moniker they’ve received, and are a stunning example of the complete breakdown of our checks and balances. The ATF fancies themselves lawmakers in addition to being stormtroopers. Our friends over at AmmoLand News uncovered some interesting stuff last week. My colleague John Crump reported on what the ATF might be planning based on the verbiage in a budget justification.

    AmmoLand News has uncovered information showing that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is planning to force gun owners to register firearms with pistol braces as a National Firearms Act (NFA) ATF Form 1 item.

    The document (embedded below) was uncovered in a budget justification from the ATF to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This form confirms the leaked information AmmoLand News has heard for months from our inside sources at the ATF.

    Digging through the document, Crump got to a portion that stuck out to him.

    Due to the upcoming Amnesty Registration of Pistol Brace weapons, photos of the weapon being registered will be required to prove the weapon does utilize a pistol brace in its configuration and would qualify for an amnesty registration.

    Not only does the document point to what the planned final rule is going to be on pistol braces, it also outlines the cost of this pointless measure.

    The total estimated cost associated with this IC is: $ 1,472,498, which is calculated as follows: $57.26 (average cost per respondent to prepare and mail packet with responses) * 25,716 (# total respondents).

    The estimated annual cost of $1,129,820.85 to the Federal Government

    The topic of the rule change on pistol braces has been hotly debated with strong support of not changing the rule to make the items further regulated, or rather siding with what we’ll call liberty/freedom. The ATF, either knowing or unknowingly, is creating a burden on handicapped persons, or the differently abled, whom the pistol brace apparatus was first designed for.

    At the end of the day, any and all arguments over this, the pistol brace adds to the accuracy in which an individual can fire a firearm, and it seems the ATF is complicit in making it more burdensome for people to be accurate in their marksmanship. Rather counterintuitive, right? A number of cases that concern AR variant firearms and semi-automatic rifles point out in their filing documents the hypocrisy on banning features that actually make firearms more accurate, therefore more effective, and thus safer.

    It seems to me the ATF and opponents of pistol braced firearms (as well as accessories on semi-automatic rifles) want us to be less safe.”

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  4. This should be fun.

    “Court Forces Fauci And Jean-Pierre To Answer Questions Under Oath And Produce Documents In Biden-Big Tech Collusion Case

    “Plaintiffs are entitled to external communications by Jean-Pierre and Dr. Fauci in their capacities as White House Press Secretary and Chief Medical Advisor to the President to third-party social media platforms.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/09/court-forces-fauci-and-jean-pierre-to-answer-questions-under-oath-and-produce-documents-in-biden-big-tech-collusion-case/

    “We previously covered a lawsuit brought by the states of Missouri and Louisiana against Joe Biden and verious government officials alleging that the Biden administration coerced and colluded with social media giants to censor political opponents of Biden, particularly on issues related to Covid.

    The Court granted the states the chance to take testimony and obtain documents, Judge: States Will Get ‘Expedited Discovery’ On Biden Admin Collusion With Big Tech To Censor Conservatives:

    There has been much public evidence that the Biden administration has pressured large social media and tech companies to censor political opponents under the guise of designating such speech “disinformation” or “misinformation.”

    On May 5, 2022, the states of Missouri and Louisiana filed a Complaint alleging that such collusion violated, among other things, its citizens first amendment rights. The defendants included not only senior administration officials, but also the head of the administrations planned and then disbanded ministry of information, Nina Jankowicz ….

    An Amended Complaint (including a tranche of CDC emails as an Exhibit) subsequently was filed, and Great Barrington Declaration Scientists Join Missouri, Louisiana in Lawsuit Against Biden Administration For Censoring Covid Facts.

    The emails discovered showed the Biden Admin Colluded With Social Media Platforms to Censor and Suppress Content.

    All the while, there were disputes as to what information and documents had to be turned over on this expedited discovery schedule. Today, the Judge ruled that Anthony Fauci and Karine Jean-Pierre had to provide written answers to interrogatories (the answers would be under oath, as well as additional documents.”

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  5. Sure Jen…. 🙄

    If you don’t, you aren’t paying attention.

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  6. Good. I hope they go bankrupt, like their morality did. Don’t feel bad for them, they’ll find work in other morally bankrupt fields of employment, and they’ll still get to prey on children.

    “Despite Wind at Its Back, America’s Dominant Abortion Provider Faces a Struggle to Adapt”

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2022/09/08/despite_wind_at_its_back_americas_dominant_abortion_provider_faces_a_struggle_to_adapt_851640.html

    “Since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June, Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson has tried to present new state laws restricting abortion as an opportunity for the nation’s largest abortion provider. “Now that we are in a world where we are no longer defending Roe,” she told Time magazine, “we have actually an opportunity to reimagine and reconstruct something better.”

    The sense that Planned Parenthood’s fortunes are on the upswing is palpable, given the liberal backlash against the Roe ruling — among women especially — blowback evident in recent off-year voting and opinion polling. OpenSecrets says the organization reported a 4,000% increase in donations just after the decision, and half of the donations were from new donors. It is planning on spending $50 million on elections this fall, an unprecedented amount for a midterm cycle.

    But close observers of the abortion debate say there’s limited potential for the organization to embrace a broader role – for example, in dispensing abortion drugs over providing surgical abortions. Its shift in that direction had been under way long before the Supreme Court ruling, but it faces competitive challenges, since abortion drugs are widely available over the Internet, and new risks, since the drugs more easily evade regulatory scrutiny.

    Another controversial growth option in Planned Parenthood’s future is far afield from pregnancy: distributing hormones used by children and others to change their gender. CEO Johnson has said that providing “gender-affirming care” is one of the services that “is going to become even more important.” But that option carries big risks, complications, and uncertainties too.

    Can Planned Parenthood evolve? For years, despite evidence to the contrary, it has emphasized its versatility, casting its operations as “community health clinics” that provide a variety of essential health care services, especially contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections. In 2011, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president at the time, suggested in a television interview that the organization provided mammograms, a point soon repeated by President Obama and others. In 2015, a Washington Post “fact checker” concluded, “The myth that Planned Parenthood actually offers mammogram X-rays to patients has been long debunked, and needs to stop being repeated.”

    An oft-cited talking point from Planned Parenthood’s own fact sheet was that “3% of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.” In this accounting, the cost of services wasn’t taken into account – prescribing oral contraceptives at a cost $20 and a second-trimester abortion that costs in excess of $2,000 are both counted as services Planned Parenthood provides, but they are obviously not comparable in terms of the organization’s income or incentives. Again, a Washington Post fact-checker declared the 3% figure “misleading,” dinged the organization for its lack of transparency about abortion services, and gave Planned Parenthood “three Pinocchios” for the claim.

    So there’s little doubt that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s main business. Over the last three decades, its position as America’s leading abortion provider increased markedly, according to James Studnicki, a former professor of public health at the University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins who is now vice president and director of data analytics for the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute. Between 1995 and 2014, abortions dropped 50% at non-Planned Parenthood abortion providers, “but Planned Parenthood abortions were up 142%,” says Studnicki, summarizing the results of a peer-reviewed paper he published in 2018.

    By 2019, Planned Parenthood was responsible for about 40% of all abortions in the U.S., compared to 10% of abortions in 1995, Studnicki said. In recent years, the total number of abortions in America has has been increasing, reversing a long trend of historical decline. There were 930,160 abortions in 2020, the Guttmacher Institute reports, an 8% increase from 862,320 abortions in 2017.

    Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood’s reach was diminishing even before the Supreme Court decision, as several states passed laws restricting abortion access — restrictions the group now thinks it can capitalize upon. Tessa Longbons, a senior research associate at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said that between June of 2021 and June of 2022, Planned Parenthood closed or merged 25 centers out of approximately 600 facilities the organization runs around the country. Danika Severino Wynn, vice president for abortion access at Planned Parenthood, told The New York Times that more closures are possible in response to the court’s June decision: “Affiliates in these states that are extremely hostile to abortion access are being forced to make the difficult decision whether or not to suspend providing abortion services following the court’s decision, due to their state’s legal landscape.”

    Planned Parenthood did not respond to RealClearInvestigations’ request for comment, nor did the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group historically affiliated with Planned Parenthood.”

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  7. https://www.theepochtimes.com/queen-elizabeth-ii-the-monarch-who-ruled-over-britain-for-70-years-has-died-aged-96_4718279.html

    Queen Elizabeth II has died, aged 96. She was the longest-serving monarch in British history, with a reign of 70 years and 214 days.

    The Prince of Wales is now King, having acceded to the throne immediately on the death of his mother.

    In a statement, the Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

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