Thought for the day

Weapons supplies to Ukraine by the United States and NATO for attacks on Russia would lead to retaliatory use of more powerful armaments, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin warned on Sunday.

"Supplies of offensive weapons to the Kiev regime would lead to a global disaster. If Washington and NATO countries send arms that will be used for attacks on peaceful cities or attempts at occupying our lands, a threat they have been making, this would provoke retaliatory measures with the use of more powerful weapons," Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel.

The senior Russian lawmaker slammed as untenable other countries’ arguments that "nuclear powers never used weapons of mass destruction in local conflicts." "Those powers never faced a situation where the security of their citizens or their territorial integrity was at stake," he argued.

Posted on: Jan 22 08:01

I'm tired today. I am tired of everything. I want to talk to the countries of the World. What's happening? What kind of Satan's plan do you dream of?

You want to deliberately reduce the world's population by sacrificing innocent lives using unstable spirits who believe in your political correctness.

Posted on: Jan 22 08:01

The people of Ukraine have become hostages of the non-Ukrainian ruling regime.

Oleksiy Arestovich, who resigned from his position as advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine a few days ago, correctly noted that the Kiev regime is completely under external control.

Even sadder is that this regime is made up of sectarians who hate the vast majority of the people of Ukraine fiercely. The nominal leader of the sect, President Zelensky, might have been a good guy, or thought he was.

Now he is a drug addict man who vacillates between a mystical faith in the national (in his case likely Jewish) superiority, drug trips, and fears for his loved ones. Human history has known a number of such cases. All of them, who believed that their instant moment had arrived, ended up alike by the death of their vision and their own. They died, but their puppeteers certainly did not.

EU foreign policy commissioner Josep Borrell stated “Russia is a great country, a great nation that is used to fighting to the end, almost losing and then recovering,” bringing up the 1812 invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte’s French empire and the 1941 invasion by Adolf Hitler’s Germany as historical examples of this.

Posted on: Jan 22 08:00

A concealed carry holder has shot a would-be-armed robber in Chicago and sent the thug to the hospital, according to police.

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said a concealed carrier shot a crook who had attempted to rob him on Friday afternoon while riding a CTA Green Line train.

The incident occurred in the 4700 block of West Lake Street around 4:43 p.m. local time.

Police say a 33-year-old man pulled out a gun and attempted to rob the 25-year-old male victim.

But the victim had a concealed carry license and pulled out his gun and shot the robber.

Police say the two exchanged gunfire but the thug missed while the victim’s aim was true.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:59

Pressure is continuing to build on President Biden and his administration as some Senate Democrats are now saying they support a full investigation into his mishandling of the classified documents found at his home and former office disclosed earlier this month.

"The reports about President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents are extremely irresponsible and disturbing. These allegations should be investigated fully," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told Fox News Digital on Friday.

Fox also spoke with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who echoed Manchin's concern.

Webmaster addition: Looks like the Democrats want to dump Biden for the 2024 election cycle. The return of Hillary?!? (shudder)

Posted on: Jan 22 07:58

A newly released document describes how a group of national security officials worked day and night to flag election-related “misinformation” and “disinformation” and provide it to social media platforms, which Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey said shows that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been “weaponized to suppress domestic free speech.”

As part of efforts by Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to uncover what the latter described as “widespread and systematic collusion between Big Tech and Big Government to censor Americans,” Landry on Jan. 19 released the full transcript of the deposition (pdf) of CISA official Brian Scully.

Scully is a key figure in CISA’s Multi-Domain Management (MDM) division, which focuses on the coordination and integration of physical and cyber security efforts across various domains, including the electric grid, transportation systems, and election infrastructure.

The deposition is part of a court-ordered discovery process in a lawsuit filed last year by Missouri and Louisiana against the Biden administration for allegedly colluding with social media giants to suppress Americans’ free speech.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:57

The number of migrant encounters across the U.S. southern border for December 2022 reached a record high, with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reporting a figure of more than a quarter of a million.

That’s a total of 251,487 border enforcement encounters. The figure via CBP data surpasses the previous monthly record of 241,136, which was set in May 2022.

It marks a seven percent increase from the November 2022 number of encounters, which was 234,896. The latest figure also far surpasses the number of enforcement encounters of the month of December in the prior two years: 179,253 in December 2021, and 73,994 in December 2020.

Of the 251,487 border enforcement encounters in December 2022, 14 percent of involved individuals who have been stopped by a U.S. border agent in the previous 12 months.

There were a total of 216,162 unique encounters in December 2022, which is an 11 percent increase in the number of unique enforcement encounters from November 2022. The CBP says the increase is “driven largely by an increased number of individuals fleeing authoritarian regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua.”

Posted on: Jan 22 07:52

Thanks to the revelations in the Twitter Files, there’s evidence that the FBI and other agencies worked to suppress “lawful speech,” and if this type of action is allowed to continue, the United States is headed for “totalitarian state territory,” Matthew Peterson, the cofounder of New Founding, said in an interview with Epoch Times–NTD collaborative program “Newsmakers.”

New Founding helps people and organizations position themselves to avoid threats from Big Tech and “woke capital,” and Peterson has two decades of experience in digital media and political consulting.

When asked what will happen if the country’s current trajectory continues for three to five years, Peterson said, “We’ll be in totalitarian state territory, there’s no question about it.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray (C) on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 15, 2022. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“I mean, remember, this went so far as the government saying, ‘You need to find evidence that there are Russians influencing the election on Twitter.’ And Twitter saying, ‘No, that’s not happening.’

“And then [Twitter had] to be quiet about it and not even defend themselves when they knew that there wasn’t Russian interference that they could find,” he added.

Peterson further explained that the U.S. government drove a narrative that it knew wasn’t true and was the “antithesis” of America’s founding principles.

“[The government’s actions are] the antithesis of America. The American founding is basically contradicted by what’s happening here, over and over again. And if we don’t do something about that, we will not have free speech in this country,” Peterson warned.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:51

America’s education system has failed, according to a teacher and charter school enthusiast. And now parents search for new schools, surveys show.

The goal of the education system today is no longer to educate. It’s to do everything but that,” Dan Fisher told the Epoch Times.

A school bus waits to pick up children outside an elementary school in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Jan. 19, 2023. (Jackson Elliott/The Epoch Times)

Fisher teaches 10th grade at a high school whose name he declined to publicize. Before that, he taught as a professor. The classrooms he is in today let him see a system in collapse.

Tenth-graders can’t read, most students don’t want to participate, and teachers care more about woke indoctrination than addressing these issues, Fisher said.

But kids have plenty of energy to invest in their tech, he added.

“After school is fascinating,” he said. “They’re not playing. They’re not running. They’re just on their phones,” he said.

Like several other educational activists, Fisher said COVID-19 pandemic changes revealed the rotting condition of America’s schools.

“They assumed that schools were the way they were when they went through, and they had no idea how much things have changed, as far as curriculum and other things,” he said.

High graduation rates are fake, said Fisher. Schools regularly pass students with little regard to whether they meet standards, he added.

“We’re asked at the 10th-grade level, 11th-grade level, to help teach reading,” he said. “Isn’t that kind of what K-8 is for?”

Posted on: Jan 22 07:50

The Department of Justice found "six items consisting of documents with classification markings" during a Friday search of President Joe Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware, according to a Saturday statement by the president's personal lawyers.

Also found were notes from Biden's time as a Senator, as well as his tenure as Vice President, according to a statement from Biden attorney Bob Bauer, which strategically leads with 'we've fully cooperated!'

Posted on: Jan 22 07:49

Just 10 days after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a ban on so-called "assault weapons" and "high-capacity" magazines, a state judge has issued a temporary restraining order against it -- and said legislators and the governor "egregiously violated" procedural requirements under the Illinois Constitution in their rush to enact the measure. 

Gov J.B. Pritzker at the Jan. 10 signing of the new Illinois gun control law (ABC7 Chicago)

For now, the restraining order only provides relief to the 866 individual plaintiffs who joined a particular one of multiple lawsuits challenging the ban, but it signals that those plaintiffs are likely to prevail in their suit.

It's also yet another powerful shot across the bow of gun-grabbing politicians, who everywhere find themselves reeling in the face of last year's pivotal Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle Association, Inc. v Bruen.  

"Plaintiffs are being immediately and irreparably harmed each day in which their fundamental right to bear arms is being denied," wrote Judge Joshua Morrison in his 11-page ruling. He rejected the government's assertion that the law did not impact a fundamental right.

What's more, Morrison said "the plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success" in their suit against the law, known as the Protect Illinois Communities Act. That likelihood springs largely from the plaintiffs' assertion that the rushed legislative process was unlawful:

Posted on: Jan 22 07:49

The government has been less than transparent with Americans regarding the classified documents scandal of President Joe Biden, and particularly on the background of the classified documents scandal of former President Donald Trump.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is joined by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch during a news conference at the Justice Department to announce the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the discovery of classified documents held by President Joe Biden at an office and his home, in Washington on Jan. 12, 2023. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

While in Trump’s case, the public was treated to frequent updates through leaks to media and official statements, the Biden case had been kept under wraps for more than two months and then disclosed in stages.

When staff of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) picked up 15 boxes of presidential records from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida residence in mid-January 2022, The Washington Post reported it three weeks later and the NARA confirmed the story that same day, Feb. 7, 2022, adding a 150-word quote from then-Archivist David Ferriero explaining that “the Presidential Records Act is critical to our democracy.”

Posted on: Jan 22 07:45

The cashier didn’t take action at first. Then, the gunman started to point the gun at customers. That’s when he shot the man. Fox News states, “‘The suspect became distracted by another person in the store, and the store employee took the opportunity to pull out and use his firearm, shooting and injuring the suspect,’ police said in a statement.”

The cashier, Bryan, doesn’t have any regrets. According to The Blaze, “‘I’m not happy I had to shoot him, but I’m not stressing. The moment he pulled the gun on me, he set the situation, and I followed it. He made the situation what it was,’ added Brian.” The suspect was rushed to a hospital and is in critical condition. Police did not release his name or any other identifying information.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:40

FBI investigators on Friday found additional classified material while conducting a search of President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home.

Bob Bauer, the president’s personal attorney, said in a statement that during the search, which took place over nearly 13 hours Friday, “DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President. DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years.”

Those six items are in addition to materials previously found at Biden’s Wilmington residence and in his private office.

The federal search of BIden’s home, while voluntary, marks an escalation of the probe into the president’s handling of classified documents and will inevitably draw comparisons to his predecessor, former President Donald Trump – even if the FBI’s search of Trump’s residence was conducted under different circumstances.

The FBI five months ago obtained a search warrant to search Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, an unprecedented step that was taken because federal investigators had evidence suggesting Trump had not handed over all classified materials in his possession after receiving a subpoena to turn over classified documents to the National Archives. Trump’s handling of classified material at Mar-a-Lago is also the subject of a special counsel investigation led by Jack Smith.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:38

A coalition of news organizations is seeking evidence surrounding the alleged home invasion of Paul Pelosi’s residence in October.

The media outlets filed a court motion last week seeking the release of evidence introduced in David DePape’s preliminary hearing. This comes as other stories across the country, such as Biden’s classified documents blunder, have been stealing some of the clout of this bizarre episode.

DePape, a Canadian illegal immigrant, faces a list of charges including attempted murder stemming from an incident in which he allegedly broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco home and bludgeoned him with a hammer.

Paul Pelosi is the husband of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Nancy’s tenure as speaker of the House just recently ended in early January after the Democrats lost the majority in the House.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:38

On Friday, Jan. 13, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wrote to Congress that the U.S. government will hit its borrowing limit on Jan. 19, forcing the new Congress into negotiations over the debt limit much sooner than expected. She said she will use accounting maneuvers she called “extraordinary measures” to keep U.S. finances running for a few months, pushing the potential date for default to sometime in the summer. But she urged Congress to get to work on raising the debt ceiling.

Lifting it above its current $31.385 trillion limit won’t be easy with a highly divided and gridlocked Congress. As former Republican politician David Stockman crowed in a Jan. 11 article:

15 [House] votes and the slings and arrows of MSM opprobrium were well worth it. That’s because the GOP’s anti-McCarthy insurrection obtained concessions which just might slow America’s headlong rush to fiscal armageddon. And just in the nick of time!

We are referring, of course, to the Speaker elect’s promise that there will be no more debt ceiling increases without off-setting spending cuts; and that in the event of a double-cross a single Member of the House may table a motion to vacate the Speaker’s chair.

Even if Congress succeeds in raising the debt ceiling, the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes are likely to push interest on the federal debt to unsustainable levels. The problem was detailed by the House Republican Policy Committee like this:

As of December 8, 2022, the U.S. gross national debt stood at nearly $31.5 trillion, $8.5 trillion higher than it was just three years before and the highest level in our nation’s history. Last year [in March 2021], the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the federal government would spend $282 billion servicing our debt in 2022, but that projection ballooned to nearly $400 billion as the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy and the debt continues to grow.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:37

After working for Joe Biden on and off for more than three decades, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is expected to step down in coming weeks because he's 'ready to move on,' the NY Times reports.

The news of Klain's departure comes one day after the White House threw senior adviser Anita Dunn under the bus for the decision to 'keep the public information flow to a trickle' regarding President Biden's classified document scandal.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:35

FLOWCHART: How Jennifer Siebel Newsom used taxpayer dollars to trade with herself, her nonprofit organization, and her for-profit business. The organization refused to disclose how much of their screening revenues came from California public schools.

California Governor Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, are the dream team. He runs the state and she’s a nonprofit founder, entrepreneur, and filmmaker.

While her husband attends to state business, Siebel Newsom engages in her passion: advancing "gender justice” through her charitable nonprofit The Representation Project. According to tax documents the organization is “committed to building a thriving and inclusive society through films, education, and social activism.”  

We previously reported that while the governor engaged in the highly unethical practice of soliciting 1,000 state vendors for $10.6 million in campaign cash, the first partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, solicited state vendors and the governor’s campaign donors for large gifts to her charity, The Representation Project.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:34

The court ruled 5–4 that the free speech clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for political campaigns by corporations and overruled an earlier decision that banned corporations from making “electioneering communications.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif). said in a press release he and Democrat colleagues introduced the “Democracy For All Amendment” to “overturn legal precedents that have allowed unrestrained campaign spending and dark money to corrupt American democracy.” He has introduced the constitutional amendment every year since 2013, according to the release.

“The flow of unrestricted corporate and dark money into our elections has dangerously eroded the American people’s faith in our democracy, and in our government’s ability to deliver for them and their families,” Schiff said in a press release. “Citizens United was one of the most egregious enablers of special interest money, but it was only the latest in a long line of Supreme Court cases that opened the floodgates. To truly rein in dark money, we must amend our Constitution.”

Posted on: Jan 22 07:34

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued an alert to taxpayers, encouraging them to adjust their 2023 withholding so as to either avoid effectively giving the government an interest-free loan of their money or face the prospect of penalties and interest if too little tax is withheld.

Webmaster addition:

Posted on: Jan 22 07:29

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday in the first high-level US visit to the country since the new Israeli government was sworn in.

Among other topics, Netanyahu and Sullivan discussed the possibility of Israel normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia. Both Israel and the US want to see Israel normalize with more Gulf Arab nations, as it did with the UAE and Bahrain under the Abraham Accords, as part of a plan to build an anti-Iran alliance in the region.

Publicly, Saudi officials seem reluctant to work toward normalization with Israel, but the two countries have been quietly boosting some cooperation. Netanyahu called for the US to mend its relations with Saudi Arabia after the Biden administration publicly feuded with the Kingdom over OPEC+ oil production cuts that were announced in October.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:28

It's a terrible time for America's liberal media - with companies laying off, implementing hiring freezes, and other cost-cutting measures. Some media companies have even collapsed in valuation. Many are blaming increasing macroeconomic uncertainty that has crushed advertising revenues. 

A wave of recent layoffs has hit media companies, including CNN, Buzzfeed, Paramount Global (the parent to CBS, MTV, VH1), The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, Roku, Morning Brew, Gannett (parent company to USA Today), and many more in the past year. 

Add Vox Media, which owns brands like The Verge, SB Nation, and New York magazine, to the growing list of media layoffs. 

Axios obtained an internal memo from CEO Jim Bankoff to staff about reducing headcount by 7%. About 1,900 people work for the company, which equates to about 133 layoffs. 

Bankoff noted that the headcount reduction would impact teams across revenue, editorial, operations, and core services. 

"While we are not expecting further layoffs at this time, we will continue to assess our outlook, keep a tight control on expenses and consider implementing other cost savings measures as needed," he said, adding layoffs were a last resort.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:28

In November 2021 I wrote a piece entitled “Have We Finally Reached Peak Davos?” This article was scarily spot on. When you’ve written as much as I have over the past five years, however, it’s easy to look back and point at how prescient you were.

Even if you’ve gotten a whole lotta stuff wrong, which I have.

That particular article, though, was nearly point-for-point correct in assessing the state of The Davos Crowd’s Great Reset project.

I wrote a Twitter thread about this the other day to pound the next few nails in Davos’ coffin before the opening of this year’s convocation of clueless globalists.

Posted on: Jan 22 07:27
Restaurant and bar owners in Houston are sleeping in their establishments, armed, in order to protect them from robbers.
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Posted on: Jan 21 19:58
The campaign staff of Republican Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said that a “cyber-criminal” had taken nearly $690,000 from his campaign funds, according to an election filing.
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Posted on: Jan 21 19:58
A Planned Parenthood educator uses her TikTok, with more than 400k followers and 12 million likes, to show minors how to get sex toys and provides “advice” on how to use “spicy toys” like fruits and vegetables.
Posted on: Jan 21 19:57
It makes you wonder to yourself, “What is her true talent? How did she make it so far?”
Posted on: Jan 21 19:56
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Posted on: Jan 21 12:57
Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk claimed Saturday morning that he had an adverse reaction to his second COVID booster, which made him feel like he was “dying.”
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Posted on: Jan 21 12:56