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"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell
The Biden administration has quietly perpetuated the state of ‘national emergency’ that was initiated after the 9/11 attacks, which were carried out by Islamic terrorists twenty-one years ago this month. On Tuesday, the White House declared the alleged ongoing state of national emergency by referring to the 2001 terror attacks:
The actions of persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, as amended, and the measures adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 23, 2022. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism declared in Executive Order 13224, as amended.
The perpetuation of the national emergency comes amid accusations by rank-and-file FBI agents that the Biden administration is “exaggerating the threat of White supremacists and pressuring agents to cook up domestic terrorist cases involving racist extremists.”
Webmaster addition: For the record; I am not a terrorist. I am annoying, irritating, and obnoxious, but I am not a terrorist! More like an irratist!
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dismissed criticism of him flying migrants to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, claiming his political opponents have ignored similar initiatives from the White House.
DeSantis spoke at an event in Florida Tuesday during which he took questions from the press.
DeSantis was asked by a reporter to comment on harsh criticism from across the aisle accusing him of "human trafficking" for flying approximately 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard, a famous stronghold of wealthy Democrats.
The use of face masks in classrooms made “no significant difference” in COVID-19 infection rates, according to a new study.
A cohort of researchers from several universities and hospitals in Spain came to the conclusion by analyzing COVID-19 transmission rates, age, and the mandated use of face masks in classrooms across the region of Catalonia.
The study – “Unravelling the Role of the Mandatory use of Face Covering Masks for the Control of SARS-CoV-2 in Schools: a Quasi-Experimental Study Nested in a Population-Based Cohort in Catalonia (Spain)” – compiled data from 1,907 schools with a total of 599,314 pupils during the first term of the 2021 academic year. It was included in August’s edition of the peer-reviewed journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, which is a part of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group.
Though COVID-19 variants such as Omicron occurred outside of the timeframe of the study, researchers maintain it is “unlikely that the effectiveness of the mask mandate measure will increase with a more transmissible variant.”
Afederal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling ordering the Republican National Committee to comply with a subpoena from the House Jan. 6 committee, poking the Democrat-led investigation for vacillating on key issues and acknowledging there were "important and unsettled constitutional questions" about whether the panel is lawfully constituted.
The U.S. Circuit Court for Appeals or the District of Columbia said it was dismissing the case because the Jan. 6 committee withdrew the subpoena to the RNC seeking records of its dealings with a digital fund-raising vendor Salesforce.
"The RNC's appeal has become moot," the appeals court ruled in dismissing the case.
You can read the full ruling here:
The US Department of Justice would like Congress to amend laws governing asset forfeiture, so money confiscated from Russian “kleptocrats” can be given to Ukraine, the head of the interagency sanctions task force Andrew Adams told the Senate on Tuesday while testifying at a hearing called “Tightening the Screws on Russia.”
Adams, formerly a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), is the head of the interagency Task Force KleptoCapture, a sanctions enforcement outfit created in February. The “scope, intended impact, and international alignment” of the anti-Russia sanctions are “without precedent,” he told senators.
Among the proposals he listed at the hearing was a pitch for Congress to amend the existing US asset forfeiture laws, in order to allow the government to “remediate harms caused to Ukraine by Russia’s war of aggression,” as Adams put it.
Things are not looking good for global shipping giant FedEx, which just announced the implementation of significant cost-cutting measures due to a “softness” in global shipping volume.
Former U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield alleges that Tony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) “knew” full well that he was funding illegal gain-of-function research that might lead to a deadly plandemic.
Fake “president” Joe Biden has a new “Public Health Nutrition Advisor” named Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian that says sugary, food coloring-saturated breakfast cereal is healthier for children than chicken meat.
Texans — and, hopefully soon, everyone else living in the United States — will be relatively free of being censored for ‘wrong think’ on the various social media platforms.
Webmaster addition: Update - Putin's speech has been postponed until tomorrow.
In response to the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Samsung has introduced a new prototype incineration toilet with the capacity to turn feces and urine into ash and recycled water.
California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom will reportedly run for president in 2024 if President Joe Biden does not seek re-election.
Senior Florida officials said Monday that the 50 illegal immigrants that were flown to Martha’s Vineyard last week were effectively “wandering homeless along the border” before they were flown to the sanctuary city.
Saudi Arabia ranked as India’s fourth biggest trading partner in the previous financial year, as the bilateral trade exceeded $42 billion. Riyadh also re-emerged as New Delhi’s second biggest oil supplier last month, after its position was briefly challenged by Moscow which has ramped up its energy exports to India this year.
India and Saudi Arabia are negotiating the “feasibility” of carrying out bilateral trade in national currencies, a statement from the Indian Commerce Ministry said.
Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal concluded his two-day visit to Riyadh, where he co-chaired a ministerial meeting of the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council.
The meeting was headed by Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud.
The Indian statement said the two ministers also discussed the introduction of Indian online payment systems such as UPI (Unified Payments Interface) in the Saudi market. They also discussed working out a way to introduce the New Delhi-backed Rupay card, an alternative to Mastercard and Visa, in the Saudi market.
I’m told by “experts” that electric cars catch on fire rarely, so I can’t figure out why keep covering so many of these stories. The other day we did a story on an electric bike bursting into flames and killing an 8-year-old little girl. And then in India, the same thing happened and killed a total of 8 people. So, I am not sure what’s going on, but yet again, I have another story about an electric car — a Tesla — bursting into flames… and wait until you see how much water they had to use to put it out… not very “environmentally friendly.”
Western Journal reported that a Stamford, Connecticut, fire involving a Tesla took three times the normal effort to extinguish, according to the Stamford Fire Department.
And this fire was perhaps an easy one — the car’s batteries fell out of the vehicle onto the ground where firefighters had better access. The fire occurred Thursday morning behind a Main Street restaurant, according to the fire department’s website.
A responding fire department normally uses a single hose line, according to the department commander on the scene, Deputy Chief Eric Lorenz.
But firefighters knew electric car fires require more effort, so two more hoses were aimed at the car. “We know from other fire departments’ experiences that large amounts of water are the only solution when compared to a traditional vehicle fire,” Lorenz said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) responded Monday to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) debate challenge last week, saying that he’s not interested because he doesn’t know if California would even be able to keep the lights on for a debate.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) responded Monday night to a Texas Democrat sheriff who announced during a press conference earlier in the day that his office was opening an investigation into the flights that took 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard last week.
This weekend President Joe Biden gave his first interview in over 200 days to “60 Minutes,” and boy, was it a doozy. It was filled with contradictions and policy bombs, forcing the White House to initiate its usual damage control status.
My favorite statement from the leader of the free world was the announcement that the COVID pandemic is “over.”
Well, he was reasonably careful to leave the door open to slide back into pandemic panic if the occasion were to arise, but his initial comments were unequivocal.
The public health community naturally believes otherwise and appears to feel a certain way about how they found out about the President’s announcement. So, is the honeymoon between Big Public Health and the White House over?
Webmaster addition: "Of course it's not over! There is still plenty of money to be made off of this!!!" -- Fauxi
This is life in Beirut at the moment. Amid an economic crisis born of government error (the redundancy of all redundancies), the electricity that powers modern living standards is intermittent. Ms. Tutunjian operates with great speed in the middle of the night because that’s when the odds of electricity access are greater.
In the words of Abdulrahim, upon getting up Tutunjian “stripped the sheets off the bed – soaked with sweat from Beirut’s stifling and humid heat,” only for her to start “the first of as many loads of laundry as the electricity would allow.”
Please stop and think about the misery they’re presently enduring in Beirut. Please think about it in terms of what global warming alarmists would like to foist on others. It’s surely others simply because vanishingly few of us in the more developed parts of the world would willingly suffer as Ms. Tutunjian does nightly for the alleged “greater good” of energy starvation.
Thinking about this more specifically, John Kerry is a big believer in the supposedly looming horrors of global warming, but does any reader seriously think that he wakes up to sheets soaked in sweat during Washington, D.C.’s unbearable summers? The question answers itself, after which there will be no writing about Kerry’s presumed hypocrisy.
Country music star Trace Adkins refused to shy away from his support for former President Donald Trump in a segment on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” saying he isn’t “asking forgiveness for sh*t.”
Adkins’ comments came during a segment with him, Maher, journalist Julia Ioffe, and former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham.
Maher, the host, suggested America needs to have a diversity of opinions rather than taking sides. Meacham agreed but jabbed Trump supporters about accepting the rule of law.
“I think when you launch an attack on the Capitol. And you undermine the one thing we’ve got that enables this other experiment to go on and I’m not saying the other side’s perfect,” Meacham said.
A new California law forgave around $50 million of San Francisco’s traffic fine debts, and is expected to forgive around $500 million debts statewide.
All parents of students in the William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, California (in northern Los Angeles County; Santa Clarita includes the area of Valencia and Six Flags Magic Mountain), were sent this email on September 19, 2022 by the school district:
Good Evening Families,
As most of you have read or heard on the news, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than morphine and is now causing more deaths in Santa Clarita than almost anywhere else in Los Angeles County.
This year alone, our valley has lost 23 people. We are highly concerned about our young people as many drugs including marijuana may contain deadly levels of fentanyl which cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled.
We are asking all high school principals to show the following 21 minute video to our students this Thursday, September 22nd. Please screen the video and contact your school principal if you wish to have your child opted out of the viewing. If you have children in junior high, it is recommended that you watch the film together and discuss the serious dangers of taking any substance without knowledge of its contents.
Bill Maher stated on his show that Americans are so concerned about issues such as the Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ materials coming into schools that they will vote for Donald Trump if he decides to run again in 2024. Maher also stated that Americans would do this despite Trump being a “creep.”
The comments came on Maher’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He held a 15-minute long panel in which he stated that the liberal propaganda pushed in schools is now so bad that many parents will feel that they need to vote for the normalcy they can find with Trump being back in the White House.
Maher has said that voting for or against Trump will boil down to what someone’s particular priorities are. He stated that his two biggest issues personally are saving Democracy and the environment. Maher then said that many parents would ultimately vote for Trump. After all, they will be forced into his arms
because they see everything the liberals are doing in the schools and aren’t pleased with it.
Kiev will no longer request weapons deliveries from the West, only after Ukraine prevails over Russia, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba claimed on Monday, adding that the supplies are part of a “recipe to defeat” Moscow’s forces.
Speaking to Bloomberg TV, Kuleba indicated that despite a constant flow of Western armaments into the country, Kiev needs even more of them, given that it is now fighting such an “enemy” as Russia.
“Sometimes I’m being asked when there is enough of weapons that we have received. And I always say… it will be enough only after Ukraine wins. Until then, we will be asking for more,” he stated.
The Foreign minister also noted that Kiev’s recent counter-offensive in Kharkov region has shown that the combination of Ukrainian forces’ “stamina” and Western-supplied weapons, most of which come from the US, are “the recipe to defeat Russia on the ground.” Moscow, however, insisted that it pulled its troops back from some areas to “regroup” and to strengthen the Russian forces in the Donetsk region.
At the same time, Kuleba admitted that sustainability of Western weapon deliveries is an issue, which needs to be constantly raised by Kiev authorities as they talk with their Western colleagues.