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Once again a rich liberal cries NIMBY!
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This seems logical.
Well, to everyone but the reporter.
2.3k shooting deaths, another 9k wounded during her less than 4 years as mayor, but she’ll still be re-elected. Chicago gets what it keeps voting for.
Revisionist history is not history at all. It’s fantasy, as an actual historian explains….
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Pfizer’s defense is laughable.
Once again the Biden admin/crime family tries to hide the evidence of their crimes.
And yet they told us it was a threat to democracy if they couldn’t see Trump’s returns. If it weren’t for double standards they’d have no standards at all.
YouTube has begun censoring the truth yet again.
This is what collusion looks like.
“The press versus the president, part one”
Nice to see Israel doing the job Biden is too much of a coward to do.
The govt and this judge are engaged in un-American activities. Now they desperately seek to limit defenses for the accused.
People we just made up.
California’s “leaders” fail them yet again.
He has a point.
There will always be cowards like Frum, who always seek war, but never send their own to fight them.
Biden built this.
“Big Philanthropy Advances as a Big Player in the Private Funding of Public Elections”
“Echoing the private financing of public elections that critics saw as heavily favoring Democrats in 2020, some of America’s richest foundations are pouring money into a similar effort again, in the face of more organized conservative resistance.
A nonprofit group called the Audacious Project, whose supporters include the Gates and MacArthur foundations and the Bridgespan Group, a consultant whose clients include Planned Parenthood, has committed $80 million to a progressive organization, the Center for Tech and Civic Life, to provide grant funding to run local elections.
As part of its review process, the CTCL is sending operatives to local elections offices, examining practices and equipment, and acquiring the sorts of data coveted by political campaigns. Despite public claims of transparency, the center has refused to provide basic information about its operations.
The CTCL became a focus of controversy in 2020 when it helped direct hundreds of millions of dollars donated by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to help run elections during the pandemic, which prompted ad hoc changes to rules minimizing in-person voting. Many objected to that as unlawful. While the outside assistance was touted as nonpartisan, post-election analysis found that the so-called “Zuckerbucks” or “Zuck Bucks” were distributed on a partisan basis that favored Democrats.
In response to concerns about the private money, 24 states and 12 counties have prohibited elections offices from accepting it. Democratic governors in three of the states selected to be part of the CTCL’s initial membership group – Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Michigan – overrode legislation banning private funding of elections, stoking more concern that the grants are a ruse for partisan infiltration of elections offices.
The CTCL in April created a consortium called the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence, whose six partner groups include the CTCL, and are intertwined to specialize in different aspects of elections. For an annual fee, the consortium offers assistance to elections offices, providing online tutorials, consulting, and other services on an as-needed basis. A basic alliance membership costs a municipality $1,600 a year; a premium membership runs $4,800 annually.
Both subscriptions offer consulting, coaching, and conferencing, and belonging obligates the member to “make non-monetary (but highly significant) contributions to the broader activities of the Alliance.”
These include attending events put on by the CTCL-created alliance and the sharing of materials. Virtual conferences began in January, one described as a “debrief” of elections officials from the 2022 election designed to “inform preparation” for the 2024 elections.
In May, the CTCL reached out to elections officials, inviting them to apply to join the alliance, which would bring together “election officials, designers, technologists, and other experts to help local election departments improve operations.” It received inquiries from over 90 jurisdictions in 31 states.
The approved applicants were visited by CTCL representatives, a contingent that included Jennifer Morrell and Noah Praetz, leaders of The Elections Group, which works on election issues alongside progressive stalwarts such as Protect Democracy and the Brennan Center for Justice.
Ultimately, 10 elections offices, including several in swing states, were selected after on-site visits by the CTCL. Of the elections offices selected by the center, voters in six of them supported Joe Biden for president in 2020.
Officials in one of the chosen towns, Greenwich, Conn. – a former GOP stronghold that has become a Democratic enclave -– had concerns about working with the CTCL. When residents heard that its elections office was tapped to receive $500,000 in grant money from the CTCL, a member of the town’s legislative council sent an email to the center seeking more information, including audits of the group’s books, a copy of the group’s annual report, and its conflict-of-interest policy.
The CTCL declined to provide the documents, insisting that its audited financials and conflict policies “are not publicly filed documents,” Sophie Lehman, the group’s associate director, said in an email – even though the CTCL on its 2021 tax return claims financial statements and its conflict of interest policy are “available to the public on request.”
The refusal by Lehman, who also didn’t respond to a request for the materials from RealClearInvestigations, prompted some residents to unsuccessfully rally against accepting the money, which was approved in a town meeting this month with a 104-101 vote.
“I would be against the money even if it were the Koch brothers giving it,” said Michael Spilo, a Republican member of the town’s council who voted against taking the grant, referring to the billionaire brothers long associated with support for libertarian and conservative causes. “I don’t think private money should be involved at all. It seems like a really bad idea.”
But that failed resistance has shed light on the CTCL’s practices. Emails obtained by RCI through an open records request show that before its September visit, the CTCL emailed the town’s voting registrars asking them to prepare certain materials.
“We are collecting data on your operations, setup, and equipment to help Alliance partners better understand who you are and how you operate,” the email read.
Greenwich registrar Fred DeCaro sent an email to an assistant asking her to prepare materials for the CTCL team to review, including sample ballots, maps of polling places, voting books, trouble reports from poll moderators, and electronic poll books.
While some of the material involved is in the public record, “I would be a little worried about turning over poll books and voting software to anybody that wasn’t actually hired by an elections office,” said Doug Lewis, former executive director of the Elections Center (not The Elections Group), also known as the National Association of Election Officials. “Even if this all starts with the right intentions, there’s too much opportunity for manipulation.”
The approach of the CTCL-created alliance has raised other concerns from recipients.
“By participating in this program and becoming a member of Alliance, we have to pay money to continue to be part of it,” said Tim Tsujii, director of elections at the Forsyth County, N.C., Board of Elections. “We will pay an annual membership fee to be accredited by this alliance. There is all this talk about the money going to elections offices and the counties, but what about the money going from the counties to the alliance?” ”
Always follow the money.
Sadly, Democrats have all the power in MN right now and are bound and determine to follow California into hell. How anyone will pay the increased costs to power is beyond me. Sadly, more babies will die, and minors will have increased suffering, too, with new laws being passed. I have to keep Psalm 37 in mind more and more these days.
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Remember the good old days when the FBI was raiding presidential properties, tipping the media off to said raids prior to it so they could catch it all, and leaking pics online?
Yeah, now they hide it for the other side.
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The #GoogleFiles have dropped.
It’s even worse than what Twitter was doing.
I recommend you try out https://duckduckgo.com/
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“Captives or Consumers? Public Education Could Be Facing a Major Change”
“Below is my column in the Hill on moves by some states to create greater choice and control for parents over the education of their children. The move to use funding to change the status quo could soon be used in higher education. Not only are alumni beginning to withhold contributions to schools with little or no diversity or tolerance on their faculties, but states could reduce their levels of support.
Here is the column:
What if they offered public education and no one came? That question, similar to the anti-war slogan popularized by Charlotte E. Keyes, is becoming more poignant by the day.
This month, Florida is moving to allow all residents the choice to go to private or public schools. Other states like Utah are moving toward a similar alternative with school vouchers. I oppose such moves away from public schools, but I have lost faith in the willingness of most schools to restore educational priorities and standards.
Faced with school boards and teacher unions resisting parental objections to school policies over curriculum and social issues, states are on the brink of a transformative change. For years, boards and teacher unions have treated parents as unwelcome interlopers in their children’s education.
That view was captured this week in the comment of Iowa school board member Rachel Wall, who said: “The purpose of a public ed is to not teach kids what the parents want. It is to teach them what society needs them to know. The client is not the parent, but the community.”
State Rep. Lee Snodgrass (D-Wis.) tweeted: “If parents want to ‘have a say’ in their child’s education, they should home school or pay for private school tuition out of their family budget.”
Now legislators are moving to do precisely that — but with public funds. It could be a game-changer. Parents overwhelmingly appear to support a classical education focused on core subjects rather than “social change.” They overwhelmingly support parental notice when their children engage in gender transitioning or other major decisions.
Many parents also are angered by teachers, unions and boards shutting down schools during the pandemic despite other countries keeping them open and studies that showed children were not at high risk. The United States experienced soaring mental illness rates and plunging test scores.
Parents who questioned those policies were treated as extremists.
Michelle Leete, vice president of training at the Virginia PTA and vice president of communications for the Fairfax County PTA, said parents would not force them to reverse their agenda: “Let them die. Don’t let these uncomfortable people deter us from our bold march forward.”
Many of us have advocated for public education for decades. I sent my children to public schools, and I still hope we can turn this around without wholesale voucher systems. Yet teachers and boards are killing the institution of public education by treating children and parents more like captives than consumers. They are force-feeding social and political priorities, including passes for engaging in approved protests.
As public schools continue to produce abysmal scores, particularly for minority students, board and union officials have called for lowering or suspending proficiency standards or declared meritocracy to be a form of “white supremacy.” Gifted and talented programs are being eliminated in the name of “equity.”
Once parents have a choice, these teachers lose a virtual monopoly over many families, and these districts could lose billions in states like Florida.
While I remain concerned how vouchers could be the death of public primary and secondary education, I believe states need to use the power of the purse to reform higher education.”
Taxpayer dollars being used to install privately built false idols to the gods of death on taxpayer owned property.
“A large, golden statue on top of a New York City courthouse that smacks of the satanic was created for the purpose of promoting the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Pakistani-born artist Shahzia Sikander said she created the “NOW” statue as a “form of resistance” in response to the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an idol of abortion activists, and the overturning of Roe v. Wade last June, according to the Catholic News Agency.”
“Last week, Sikander’s piece attracted outrage online, in large part, because the statue appears to be satanic: a naked, golden woman with braids fashioned into horns coming out of her head and twisted, root-like arms and legs, according to photos in the New York Times. Its only clothing, a collar, serves as a tribute to Ginsburg.
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Sikander said the horns represent female “sovereignty” and “autonomy,” and the statue itself depicts a “fierce woman.”
Images used by Satanists and The Satanic Temple often depict Satan with goat-like horns.
The artist has not mentioned anything overtly religious or satanic in connection with her NOW piece, but she has used similar imagery in the past to represent a “kind of alternative deity,” the arts magazine Hyperallergic noted last year.
Women with horns and roots for feet are a “recurring image” in Sikander’s pieces, according to the magazine. In 2019, “Sikander described this root-baring, floating female figure as ‘self-nourishing,’ a kind of alternative deity that ‘refuses to belong, to be fixed, to be grounded, to be stereotyped.’ This deity can be everywhere at once, and eludes any defined identity,” the magazine reports.
The NOW statue was commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy and Public Art of the University of Houston System. It recently was installed on top of the Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in the city.
In New York, the law allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. And in New York City, abortions often outnumber births in the African American community. Earlier this month, city leaders announced plans to begin buying abortion pills to distribute at city health clinics to expand abortions even more, the New York Post reports.”