24 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-27-22

  1. This doctor is very late to the party, and he’s trying to look good now that lawsuits are about to go into hyperdrive, but better late than never. Too bad that it took his father losing his life to help bring the doctor around.

    The main thing is, there now needs to be ACCOUNTABILITY.


    “A doctor who promoted COVID-19 vaccines is now calling for health authorities around the world to pause administration of two of the most-widely utilized COVID-19 vaccines, asserting that the benefits from the vaccines may not outweigh the risks.

    “There is more than enough evidence—I would say the evidence is overwhelming—to pause the rollout of the vaccine,” Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a British cardiologist and evidence-based medicine expert, told The Epoch Times.

    A paper from Malhotra was published on Sept. 26 detailing the evidence.

    Among the citations is a recent reanalysis of the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials that concluded vaccinated trial participants were at higher risk of serious adverse events. Malhotra called the study a “smoking gun.”

    Malhotra also pointed to the lack of reduction in mortality or severe disease in the trials, which were completed in 2020.

    Taking into account death rates and other figures since then, the number of people who need to be vaccinated to prevent a single COVID-19 death ranges from 93,000 for people aged 18 to 29 to 230 for people aged 80 and above, according to an analysis of UK safety and effectiveness data by the Health Advisory & Recovery Team.

    The author also noted that serious side effects have been detected after the trials, such as myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation.

    Overall, looking at the absolute benefits and drawbacks of the vaccines, it’s time to halt their usage and allow authorities and other experts to closely examine the data to see if the vaccines should be used again down the road, according to Malhotra.

    The paper was published in the Journal of Insulin Resistance in two parts following peer review.

    Pfizer and Moderna did not return requests for comment.”


  2. Again, when they tell you who they are, believe them.

    “Fetterman: I’m “Happy” To Release A Murderer Who Stabbed A Guy 26 Times With Garden Shears…”

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  3. Well, did you really think they were sending their best and brightest?

    “House Republicans sound alarm over report Venezuela is sending violent criminals to US border

    There has been an increase in Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Cubans coming to the border.”


    “House Republicans are sounding the alarm over a reported move by Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro to empty prisons of violent criminals and send them to the U.S. southern border — with Republicans warning that such a move could put the U.S. “in grave danger.”

    “We write you with serious concern about a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence report received by Border Patrol that instructs agents to look for violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border,” the letter by 14 House Republicans, led by Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas.

    Breitbart News reported last week that the DHS intelligence report warned that prisoners freed by the regime were seen within migrant caravans traveling to the U.S. from Mexico as recently as July.

    The report is said to have described it as common knowledge among migrants that many of the Venezuelan migrants were convicts and included hardened criminals. Criminals are said to include those convicted of rape, murder and extortion. A source told the outlet that without effective diplomatic relations with Venezuela, identifying Venezuelans with criminal records is nearly impossible.”

    “The report comes as the U.S. has seen an increase of Venezuelans coming to the U.S. border, along with Nicaraguans and Cubans. The letter notes that there have been over 130,000 encounters with Venezuelan migrants between Oct. 2021 and July 2022.

    In August, there were 55,333 unique encounters from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, a 175% increase over last year. Venezuelan migrants are harder to remove both due to lack of diplomatic relations with the country and also the related human rights concerns of returning migrants to authoritarian regimes.

    “As a result of the Biden administration’s disastrous border policies, it is unknown how many of the violent Venezuelan prisoners have been released into the interior of the U.S., as identifying Venezuelans with criminal records is nearly impossible unless the individual admits their records to U.S. authorities,” the lawmakers say in the letter, obtained by Fox News Digital. “This will undoubtedly put our country in grave danger.””

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  4. The ‘good’ FBI agents need to keep coming forward and speaking up – the ones that go along to get along need to be held responsible later. If agents sit silently while citizens’ rights are continually violated, then they should be disqualified from further service. The people who they jailed under false pretense should be pardoned and compensated.

    May God protect the whistleblowers and their families.

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  5. “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
    And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
    Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him,
    And He turn away His wrath from him.”

    (The NIV says “Do not gloat. . .”)

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  6. Sure Karen….


    Maybe lighten up, it was just a smile emoji.

    And he’s not my enemy, just some clown on tv.

    Like it or not, his failure, like his career, is fair game due to his choice of a public career where ratings and opinions on his job performance matter.

    We’re sometimes called critics, or detractors, in media circles, and it’s a thing.

    Look it up on Google.


  7. AJ – That post was just the latest one. You quite frequently “gloat” over the downfalls or misfortunes of those you dislike or disagree with, and it makes me cringe each time. I keep thinking of that verse, but have refrained from sharing it until now.

    We are supposed to love our enemies and do good to them. Whether or not you consider Wallace or Liz Cheney or Pelosi or whomever to be “enemies”, gloating over their failures and such is not a Christian response, no matter what is “a thing” in today’s culture.


  8. What we mostly have now is a battle of partisan journalism with some journalists and outlets spanning the center still trying to practice the craft (but too few).

    That requires readers to really work at their own information gathering and we should not be reading just the “side” we agree with, though that’s often the tendency.

    Opinion journalism is easy to do because it doesn’t take any thought, only emotion.

    Real journalism is very hard to practice, it’s a serious craft that requires practitioners to know how to take a step back from their own inner biases.

    My former journalist boyfriend often said we need to literally “check our politics at the door” when we walk into the newsroom. And that’s how it was always taught in the past.

    Real journalism is far from “easy” and takes considerable discipline. I hope we see more of it in our nation in years to come. There’s far to little of it right now, but it does exists.

    Look for it. In this upcoming campaign season, learn to appreciate the old-school political journalists who give both and all sides honest hits, who aren’t predictable in how they will write about or treat an issue or a candidate.

    They’re still out there.

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  9. DJ – I suspect those balanced kind of journalists are the ones who are dismissed by both the left and the right for not being totally on their side.


  10. Pretty much. 🙂

    It’s an anathema for straight news journalists to have “a side.”

    That can be the territory for serious opinion journalists who also have a pretty strict code to follow when they’re doing it well.

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  11. Thank God that those agents with a moral conscience are starting to come forward… and thank you, Senators Grassley and Johnson!


    “An FBI whistleblower has come forward to say the bureau is violating policies in its investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach.

    The whistleblower raising concerns about how the bureau is handling the Jan. 6 investigation has identified himself as special agent Steve Friend.

    Friend, based out of Florida since June 2021, said in a declaration made public on Sept. 26 that he was told that child sexual abuse material investigations were “no longer an FBI priority” and should be referred to local officials. He says he was also told that he would be focusing on domestic terrorism investigations.

    Friend says he observed that FBI policies on case assignments were being violated because the Washington Field Office was enabling field offices around the country to lead investigations on crimes that allegedly took place in Washington on or around Jan. 6, but officials in Washington are actually directing the probes.

    The situation resulted in active criminal investigations in which Friend is listed as the case agent, but has done no investigative work, according to the declaration.

    Friend brought concerns to supervisors, including telling special agent Greg Federico that it was inappropriate to use FBI SWAT teams to arrest suspects who were only facing misdemeanor charges. Federico allegedly said the search warrants being served by the teams were lawful and advised Friend to speak to the FBI employee assistance program to deal with stress.

    Federico forwarded the issue to supervisors, with whom Friend reiterated concerns about policy violations. He brought up the kidnapping case involving Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which ended with several defendants being acquitted because of the heavy involvement of FBI agents and confidential sources. One of the supervisors falsely said that police officers were killed on Jan. 6, and said that Friend was being “a bad teammate,” according to the declaration.

    Friend refused to participate in future operations relating to the Jan. 6 investigation. His security clearance was suspended pending an investigation, and he was stripped of his credentials, firearm, and badge.

    Friend is still employed by the FBI but remains suspended without pay, Daniel Meyer, one of his lawyers, told The Epoch Times via email.”

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  12. I suspect you missed my point.

    Journalism, indeed, is in a mess. So is our culture. There are connections to both of those facts.

    The model of impartial journalism that has prevailed in recent decades is, I believe, the best that we can aspire to — and it’s my hope it comes back more robustly.

    But it’s not entirely gone even in today’s environment. You/we just have to take some serious personal responsibility for what we consume and to not allow ourselves to get caught in the biased and dark corners of social media sites that feature mostly rage and very little thoughtful discussion.

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  13. The Republicans must be running scared…another choppy tweet on how Fetterman is soft on crime. Again he’s right, America is wasting too much money on its prison system.

    Meloni is of course a fascist – her party the Brothers of Italy is derived from the post war fascist party; Italian Social Movement. Her speech referred to “identity” in much the same way Franco and Mussolini did. Strange, how people accuse the left of identity politics. Vichy France the pro-Nazi French puppet state had the slogan of Work, Family, Fatherland. You identify with your job, your family, and your country – this isn’t classical liberal freedom which is found in the US Constitution and the French Revolution but a reaction against it. And the phrase “financial speculators” is code for Jews in the European Right. Viktor Orban calls it an “illiberal democracy” – the appearance of democracy but really a nationalist gov’t that cares only for those with the right “identity”

    The ordinary American does not have a 401K or an interest in the stock market yet the news reports it as if it matters. There’s actually a correlation between a high performing stock market and high unemployment. The stock market doesn’t like low employment.

    Venezuelan backdraft. US foreign policy in the last two decades whether Republican or Democrat, has not been kind to Venezuela. Maduro is not Chavez and things are crumbling. Is Maduro emptying jails and dumping them at the Colombian border? Doubtful; most criminals would not walk all the way to the US when they can be criminals in Venezuela where law enforcement is overwhelmed and slack, not to mention corrupt. Why undertake a long perilous journey when crime is easier at home? Old fashioned fear mongering by the Republicans here.

    The FBI always had a right wing bias in their rank and file and now it’s coming out as they seek to discredit the now quite successful Jan 6th prosecution.


  14. Too often people confuse news, opinion and editorial. And too often people want the news to agree with their preconceived notions of reality. And too often opinion pieces lack self-discipline and instead become rhetorical nonsense peddling the same tired complaints (it’s almost always complaints instead of ideas).

    And the tweet on Wallace was not only gloating but misleading. It says 44K but in a key demo group only; ie 25 – 50 (who decides they are the key group). In total he drew 400K. In comparison his FOX competitor had 78K in the same “key demo” and drew 1.3 million overall. FOX’s overall numbers are probably the 55+ demo. At 44K and 78K both are doing poorly with the demo advertisers want – I know independent journalists reporting on the war in Ukraine who pull 300K per video and they do 2 or 3 a day. No matter the political divide cable news is dying and its probably for the best although I’m not sure so-called independent journalists will be any better — these days anybody with a camera and wifi calls himself a journalist.

    I don’t understand the need to gloat at others’ misfortunes. Sure, I smile a bit when Trump gets into more trouble but I really don’t enjoy it — it informs me of the decline and decay of western civilization which I happen to like. I’d like to think I get more out of positive news or my own accomplishments than others’ misfortunes. If we find ourselves happy at other people’s misfortunes what does that tell us about the state of our own lives.

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  15. CNN has professed an aim to go back more to their roots of straight news so it will be interesting to see what becomes of that. When it launched, the network quickly became the go-to place for breaking news and I don’t really recall much opinion on CNN at all back in the early days.

    Fox came along, and MSNBC, then CNN became edgier, and now we find ourselves with full-tilt, one-sided “news” (opinion) stations battling it out against each other, which doesn’t really serve the public very well.

    I have no issue with offering opinion shows or blue-and-red hosts, but the cable networks became almost all opinion over time which I think was just unhealthy. Many of those hosts developed a “schtick” — O’Reilly, Hannity, Tucker, Don Lemon — that I think has grown pretty old for many viewers who are beginning to want more and better when it comes to a “news” source.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the industry can right itself and get back on a straight-news track. It all depends on whether internally the industry itself will be motivated in that direction or not. Either way, it probably won’t happen very quickly which is why we all need to continue to work at finding the best news sources we’re able to find. Not all of them are trustworthy all the time, but there are some decent ones out there (though we all need to listen and watch and read with discernment).

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  16. I’m not sure cable news will vanish, though it’s possible now with the streaming options shaking things up once again. And I think if cable news is going to survive, it’ll need to somewhat reinvent itself, this old opinion-heavy format seems to be getting old after so many years.

    I saw a recent poll, also, that had the political divisions in the U.S. ranked very high among issues that are most concerning to voters.

    So perhaps folks are getting burned out by it all and will be looking for candidates who can transcend some of the darker spirit that’s dominated going forward.

    I don’t think I’m alone in being burned out on all the pugnacious politicians who come off angry and eager to fight rather than to offer a vision of true leadership.

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