"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their Country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine December 23, 1776
An outraged mom of two named Sarah Adams is blowing the whistle on Instagram, alleging that the social media platform is allowing parents to sexually exploit their young daughters for financial gain.
“Here’s one [Instagram] account that I’ve explored before, and here’s the subscribe button in which you can subscribe for exclusive access to a 13-year-old girl,” said Adams, 37, known on TikTok as @Mom.uncharted, in a now-viral Reddit post.
In her video, which has been shared under Reddit’s “TerrifyingAsF–k” category, the appalled blond revealed that the Instagram account in question also features a link to the child’s Amazon Wishlist and YouTube channel. She then superimposed several heavily-blurred snippets of an unidentifiable young girl modeling in a bikini near a
Speaking about the assault on Paul Pelosi, former President Donald Trump said that what we now know is only “the beginning.” According to Raw Story, Trump appeared as a guest on The Chris Stigall Show on Tuesday and discussed his opinions on the occasion.
How do you interpret the events that occurred over the weekend at the Pelosi home in San Francisco? Stigall enquired.
Well, there have been some strange occurrences in that household during the past few weeks. You know, it’s probably best that we keep quiet about it because — because the glass appears to have been smashed from the inside to the outside, which means that it wasn’t an intruder; rather, it was a breakout. I’m not sure. You know, I hear the same things that you do,” remarked Trump.
Stigall pressed, “The 911 call seems to imply that he knew the identify of the man.
“Yeah. Yeah. There is a lot of terrible stuff in it. Even if I don’t like Nancy Pelosi, what’s happening there is terribly terrible.
Stigall would go on to assert that there is more to the story than has been disclosed to the public.
In all seriousness, Trump continued, “This is, I guess more than the traffic accident, it looks to me.” He was alluding to Paul Pelosi’s DUI arrest from back in May.
The Washington Post - which carries the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" - is now suggesting that people who want to see video of the Pelosi attack are stoking conspiracy theories.
In a Wednesday article, columnist Philip Bump draws a line from 2020 election deniers, to QAnon, to people who think there's something fishy about last week's attack on the Pelosis' San Francisco house by a mentally ill homeless man who was living at a house with a BLM flag, and who back-dated posts on one of his websites after registering it in September.
The Republican National Committee filed an election lawsuit Wednesday in the battleground state of Wisconsin against Green Bay’s county clerk, who has allegedly been prohibiting members of the public "from observing all aspects of the in-person absentee voting process that has been underway since October 25 at the City Clerk’s office," according to the legal filing.
"The RNC is suing Green Bay alongside concerned Wisconsin voters because the city's Democrat election officials are refusing to follow Wisconsin’s election law," RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. "Poll watchers have a right to poll watch, but Green Bay's clerk is refusing to let them in the room."
"This is unacceptable: Republicans are going to court to deliver Wisconsinites the ballot box transparency to which they are legally entitled," McDaniel said.
The White House continues to get checked by Twitter.
According to a Fox News report, the White House removed a flagged tweet on Twitter after making a claim about Social Security that wasn’t exactly true; Twitter provided more context, but the tweet was ultimately taken down.
“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the White House tweeted Tuesday.
“The White House tweet was accompanied by a note from Twitter that said many readers were adding ‘context’ to the WH message that said the rise in Social Security payments was ‘due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate,'” Fox reports.
A new attack ad targeting Arizona candidate for governor, Kari Lake, is arguably one of the most distasteful and manipulative ads in the history of campaigning.
The new ad by The Republican Accountability PAC ranks up there with the 2004 ad calling into question triple-amputee Vietnam Veteran Max Cleland’s “courage” – the previous low in the modern era.
Lake is a stalwart supporter of Donald Trump and thus a popular target of oppositional forces determined to smear anyone with whom he is aligned. The candidate herself took aim at the recent attacks and negative coverage by the media.
The anti-Trump PAC hopes their ad will negatively spotlight Lake’s calls for better measures to safeguard election integrity after 2020, while simultaneously blaming her for the Capitol riot.
Webmaster addition: The smell of panic fills the air!
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday approved a fourth consecutive three-quarter point interest rate increase and signaled a potential change in how it will approach monetary policy to bring down inflation.
In a well-telegraphed move that markets had been expecting for weeks, the central bank raised its short-term borrowing rate by 0.75 percentage point to a target range of 3.75%-4%, the highest level since January 2008.
The move continued the most aggressive pace of monetary policy tightening since the early 1980s, the last time inflation ran this high.
We have been discussing how Democratic leaders like Hillary Clinton called on foreign companies to pass censorship laws to prevent Elon Musk from restoring free speech protections on Twitter. The EU has responded aggressively to warn Musk not to allow greater free speech or face crippling fines and even potential criminal enforcement. After years of using censorship-by-surrogates in social media companies, Democratic leaders seem to have rediscovered good old-fashioned state censorship.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) declared Musk’s pledge to restore free speech values on social media as threatening Democracy itself. She has promised that “there are going to be rules” to block such changes. She is not alone. Former President Obama has declared “regulation has to be part of the answer” to disinformation.
For her part, Hillary Clinton is looking to Europe to fill the vacuum and called upon her European counterparts to pass a massive censorship law to “bolster global democracy before it’s too late.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently repeated this call for global censorship at the United Nations to the applause of diplomats and media alike.
EU censors have assured Democratic leaders that they will not allow free speech to break out on Twitter regardless of the wishes of its owner and customers.
Following Tuesday's WSJ report revealing that Saudi Arabia and its ally the United States are on high alert over a potential impending attack from Iran, the Pentagon has narrowed its assessment, saying there's credible threat of an attack "soon or within 48 hours."
Oil prices spiked more than $2 on this new "48 hours" intelligence, which the Pentagon reportedly received from the Saudis, hammering tech stocks further. A subsequent and quite expected denial from Iran...
*IRAN DISMISSES REPORTS IT'S PLANNING ATTACK ON SAUDI, REGION
The Anti-Defamation League has partnered with researchers from Princeton University on a new subjective "data collection initiative" to track so-called threats and criticism of elected officials. Although presently aimed at tracking "incidents" involving local politicians, the Bridging Divides Initiative is intended to "expand beyond local officials to state and federal."
Pennsylvania election officials have been ordered to refrain from counting undated or improperly dated mail-in and absentee ballots. This is regarded as a big win for state Republicans, who have expressed concern over both the integrity of the Nov. 8 general election and consistency in how botched mail-in ballots are treated.
What happens when you let career violent criminals out on little or no bail with no fear of punishment for violating their terms of release? In a dystopian hell like Chicago, that means an individual released after being charged with punching a woman in the face and kicking a cop in the groin will be rearrested for … punching a woman in the face and kicking a cop in the groin. Oh, and another sex offender released on charges of molesting multiple women will be rearrested for … molesting another woman!
President Joe Biden plans to deliver another fervent warning on Wednesday about Republicans and the threat they pose to the future of democracy in the United States.
The president plans to talk about “preserving and protecting our democracy” and will “address the threat of election deniers and those who seek to undermine faith in voting and democracy” according to a media advisory from the Democrat National Committee.
The speech will take place at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Wednesday night at 7:00 EST.
He also plans to frame the upcoming midterm election as a critical moment to preserve and protect democracy, positioning himself and his party once again as national saviours while attacking his conservative opponents.
President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks Wednesday night on the importance of protecting democracy and the threat posed by election deniers as part of his final pitch to voters heading into midterms next week.
In the remarks, Biden is expected to echo past warnings he has made about the threat posed by those who spread false information about the validity of the 2020 election, according to a statement from the Democratic National Committee. Biden has repeatedly accused Republican supporters of former President Donald Trump of promoting "extremism."
“President Biden has been speaking about democracy for the entire time he has been in office and before then, and I think you can expect to hear from him this evening, similar to what he’s been saying over the course of the last several months, that there is a lot at stake, including democracy and that everyone has a role in that,” said White House deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon during an event hosted by Axios.
The United States has information that indicates North Korea is covertly supplying Russia with a "significant" number of artillery shells for its war in Ukraine, White House National Security spokesperson John Kirby said on Wednesday.
Iran is preparing to send approximately 1,000 additional weapons, including surface-to-surface short range ballistic missiles and more attack drones, to Russia to use in its war against Ukraine, officials from a western country that closely monitors Iran’s weapons program told CNN.
The shipment is being closely monitored because it would be the first instance of Iran sending advanced precision guided missiles to Russia, which could give the Kremlin a substantial boost on the battlefield.
The last shipment of weapons from Iran to Russia included about 450 drones, officials said, which the Russians have already used to deadly effect in Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said last week that they have shot down more than 300 Iranian drones.
Webmaster addition: I don't think Russia has a shortage of missiles. This may be propaganda to rope Iran into the coming conflagration!
Two American college students were outraged the other day when school officials forcibly removed the patriotic flags that they had hung outside their dorm room, even as pride flags outside other dorm rooms were left unmolested.
Wealthy business tycoon Elon Musk, who recently bought Twitter, tweeted on Tuesday that the platform's present system for determining who gets a verification checkmark badge is "bulls**t" and that he plans to offer it to everyone for $8 per month.
Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev held talks on Tuesday with President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa, who also holds the post of the First Secretary of the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
According to a statement provided by the ruling political party, United Russia, Medvedev thanked the leader of Zimbabwe for his balanced approach to the Ukrainian crisis and the recent referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), as well as in the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions.
"A decision to include these regions into Russia was made based upon the will of local residents, and that will is permanent. We would never allow anyone to tear away the territories in question and [we] will resort to using all available means in order to protect everyone living there," Medvedev told Mnangagwa.
In an interview with transgender social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney, Biden declared that there ought to be nothing limiting transgender treatments, including states themselves. He reiterated that states should not be permitted to control “any health care” that involves a person who has adopted the transgender belief.
“I mean, no state should be able to do that, in my view. So, I feel very, very strongly that you should have every single solitary right including use of your gender-identity bathrooms in public,” Biden stated.
Investors in Facebook parent company Meta are reportedly growing dissatisfied with the company's fixation on the "metaverse" as the corporations' stock continues to plunge and its market capitalization continues a long slide.
The company has seen its stock plummet throughout 2022, shedding more than 70% of its value from the start of the year as it fell from over $330 per share in January to nearly $90 per share this week.
The company's market cap has also plunged from its high last year, dropping from just over $1 trillion in August of 2021 to under $250 billion in November.
Investors, meanwhile, are reported to be unhappy with the company's business direction, specifically founder Mark Zuckerberg's fixation on the virtual reality "metaverse," a project that has generated relatively little excitement outside of esoteric tech circles.
“The Western goal is to weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our nation. They are openly stating that, since they managed to break up the Soviet Union in 1991, now it’s time to split Russia into many separate regions that will be at each other’s throats.” Russian President Vladimir Putin
“Cheney ‘wanted to see the dismantlement not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world.’...The West must complete the project that began in 1991 …. Until Moscow’s empire is toppled, though, the region—and the world—will not be safe…”(“Decolonize Russia”, The Atlantic)
Washington’s animus towards Russia has a long history dating back to 1918 when Woodrow Wilson deployed over 7,000 troops to Siberia as part of an Allied effort to roll back the gains of the Bolshevik Revolution. The activities of the American Expeditionary Force, which remained in the country for 18 months, have long vanished from history books in the US, but Russians still point to the incident as yet another example of America’s relentless intervention in the affairs of its neighbors. The fact is, Washington elites have always meddled in Russia’s business despite Moscow’s strong objections. In fact, a great number western elites not only think that Russia should be split-up into smaller geographical units, but that the Russian people should welcome such an outcome. Western leaders in the Anglosphere are so consumed by hubris and their own blinkered sense of entitlement, they honestly believe that ordinary Russians would like to see their country splintered into bite-sized statelets that remain open to the voracious exploitation of the western oil giants, mining corporations and, of course, the Pentagon.