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"If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." -- George Washington
Enforcement works, that is why the Open Borders radicals don’t want any enforcement. And the best enforcement is vigorous and very public. We learned that lesson during Operation Wetback under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
If more proof was needed, we can thank the President of Tunisia, Kais Saied, long may he rule. He became aware of the plan by the globalists to transform Tunisia from a mainly White Arabic speaking nation descendent from Berbers, Vandals, Phoenicians, and Libyans into a nation transformed into a nation of black immigrants. President Saied acted quickly and decreed that all illegal aliens must leave.
During the Cold War, the overall sense was that the West was about freedom, about having a good time and being ‘cool’. Not everything was politicized. In contrast, the communist world was seen as overly political, with ideology shaping and coloring just about everything. This was especially true of Stalinist USSR and China of the Cultural Revolution. So, while everything had to be Marxist-Leninist in the communist world, one could just take it cool and easy in the West. You could have pursue your idea of happiness and be left alone by the state, the commissars and activists. It’s like that movie NINOTCHKA. Greta Garbo as Soviet commissar is staunchly ideological, relentlessly hardline. She is humorless and stern. But in her laughter, she begins her transition to capitalism and freedom. She learns one doesn’t have to be uptight and upright all the time with radical commitment. One could take it easy and enjoy life. And unlike communist propaganda devised to shape one’s politics and worldview, capitalist advertising had only one thing in mind: To sell stuff. It was about profits for the company and fun/convenience for the consumer(as king or queen). The appeal of capitalism was its apolitical character. It was about products and services. It was about money for the company and happiness for the consumer.
On Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson drew attention to the dark side of the left’s prioritization of equity over merit in corporate hiring decisions. And nowhere is this growing trend more frightening — and potentially deadly — than in the airline industry.
In the video below, he pointed out that airlines are “dramatically lowering hiring standards for pilots and for air traffic controllers” and warned that “at some point, many people are going to die” as a result.
Carlson described several “near disasters” that have occurred in just the past few months that should have all Americans concerned about the aviation industry’s adoption of these new standards.
Last Wednesday, for example, a United Airlines flight was just about to touch down at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, when a second plane began taxiing right into its path. The United pilot then “aborted the landing so dramatically that people on board were terrified.”
Democrats revealed their clear disregard for free speech in the second hearing of the Select Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government Thursday that featured prominent journalists who published the “Twitter Files.”
Substack reporters Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger testified in the nearly three-hour hearing and explained how the federal government uses major social media platforms as conduits to regulate speech through censorship. Both voted for President Joe Biden and possess decades of experience covering American politics with liberal backgrounds far from anything that could be considered “ultra MAGA.”
“American taxpayers are unwittingly financing the growth and power of a censorship industrial complex run by America’s scientific and technological elite, which endangers our liberties and democracy,” Shellenberger said in his opening statement. “The censorship industrial complex combines established methods of psychological manipulation, some developed by the U.S. military during the global war on terror with highly sophisticated tools from computer science.”
Raw footage from newly released surveillance tapes of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot contradict testimony Ray Epps gave to federal prosecutors probing the turmoil.
On Monday, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson aired footage that showed Epps in the crowd outside the Capitol complex about 30 minutes after the time he told investigators with the Select Committee on Jan. 6 that he left the premises. Epps has been suspected to be an undercover federal agent after he urged rallygoers to storm the Capitol both on the eve and day of the riot. The FBI has refused to answer questions about his alleged connection with federal law enforcement, and the Democrats’ Select Committee has sought to clear his name.
On Thursday, the Republican National Committee and the Vermont Republican Party announced they are suing the city of Winooski, Vermont for allowing noncitizens to vote in school board elections and on education budget referendums. Two concerned Winooski residents are also a part of the lawsuit.
The lawsuit comes after the Vermont Supreme Court ruled against the RNC’s previous lawsuit asking judges to find noncitizen voting unconstitutional. While the court argued the Vermont Constitution did not categorically bar noncitizen residents from voting in municipal elections, it did find that votes with statewide implications would require United States citizenship, an RNC spokeswoman told The Federalist.
The sudden collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has sent financial markets into a frenzy, as experts warn it may not be a 'one off' and brace for the next domino to fall.
California regulators shuttered the bank on Friday after a run-on deposits pushed it into crisis, causing the largest US bank failure since the 2008 Great Recession.
The ripple effect has already hit similar institutions, such as New York's Signature Bank, which saw its share price plummet 23 percent before trading was halted when the news of SVB's demise came in.
On Monday, the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. warned a gathering of bankers in Washington about a $620 billion risk lurking in the US financial system.
By Friday, two banks had succumbed to it.
Whether US regulators saw the dangers brewing early enough and took enough action before this week’s collapse of Silvergate Capital Corp. and much larger SVB Financial Group is now teed up for a national debate.
SVB’s abrupt demise — the biggest in more than a decade — has left legions of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in the lurch and livid. In Washington, politicians are drawing up sides, with Biden administration officials expressing “full confidence” in regulators, even as some watchdogs race to review blueprints for handling past crises.
Collapsed lender Silicon Valley Bank operated without a chief risk officer between April 2022 and January 2023 while the operation's United Kingdom-based CRO stands accused of prioritizing pro-diversity initiatives over her actual role.
This revelation comes after the firm became the largest bank to collapse since the 2008 financial crisis - disclosing a $1.8 billion loss in its finances.
SVB's former head of risk, Laura Izurieta, who formerly performed a similar role for Capital One, left the bank in April 2022. She wasn't replaced until January 2023 when the bank hired Kim Olson, formerly of Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui.
For most people in America, the news that a 'bank in Silicon Valley' has failed will be forgotten quicker than a story about soaring shoplifting in their local supermarket.
Reality is that the contagion of the shuttering of the 18th largest bank in the US are widespread.
SVB is in fact the second largest (by assets) bank failure in US history after WaMu.
First things first, there is a long line of depositors who are over the $250,000 FDIC insured limit (in fact only somewhere between 3 and 7% of total deposits are insured). The following list, while incomplete, is approximately sorted by size of exposure:
About 4,500 soldiers will deploy this summer from Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia to Europe, where they will train with NATO allies as part of a troop buildup the U.S. has maintained in the region since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Maj. Gen. Charles D. Constanza and his 3rd Infantry Division command staff will deploy for an estimated nine months along with soldiers from the division's 2nd Armored Brigade, Division Artillery Brigade and Division Sustainment Brigade, Fort Stewart officials said Wednesday.
"We have trained hard and are confident in our ability to provide support and assistance to our allies, and proud to answer the nation’s call," Costanza said in a news release.
Russian forces destroyed a Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) over the past day during the special military operation in Ukraine, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov reported on Friday.
"In the area of the settlement of Petropavlovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, a Ukrainian S-300 surface-to-air missile system was struck," the spokesman said.
In the past 24 hours, Russian forces struck 83 Ukrainian artillery units at firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 127 areas, the general said.
A Ukrainian attempt to stage an offensive near the city of Kremennaya in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) has been repelled by Russian forces, which are advancing near the village of Serebryanka in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), former LPR Ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik said on Friday.
"Combat operations in the direction of Kremennaya have intensified. In the morning, Ukraine’s armed units attempted to mount attacks on the village of Chernopopovka. As their initial advance forces were insufficient, they then tried to pull in reserves, which were hit by our artillery. Sustaining losses, they retreated to their starting positions. The attack failed," he wrote on his Telegram channel.
"Our assault units have carried out a number of successful actions in a forested area near Serebryanka," he said, adding that three Ukrainian command outposts came over to Russia’s control.
The United States does not have in service and is not working on the creation of hypersonic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads identical to those operational in Russia, a leading US military intelligence researcher, Paul Freisthler, said at a hearing in the strategic arms subcommittee of the US House of Representatives.
The Russian Avangard system is the world's only deployed hypersonic strategic system, he said.
To an elaborative question of one of the committee’s members, whether this meant that the United States neither had in service nor planned to create similar hypersonic strategic systems, none of the participants in the hearings provided an answer. At the same time, Michael Horowitz, the director of the Emerging Capabilities Policy Office at the US Department of Defense, explained that the issue of creating hypersonic strategic weapons was a political issue, while defense-related agencies were focused on their specific tasks.
Senior US military officials present at a House of Representatives Armed Services Committee hearing on Friday confirmed that Washington has no plans to develop hypersonic nuclear weapons.
A panel of six officials representing various branches of the US military said "no" when Congressman Seth Moulton asked them whether the United States intends to develop hypersonic nuclear weapons.
Some members of the committee, including Moulton, voiced concern that the United States will not be able to reach parity with China and Russia on a number of nuclear hypersonic missiles because it has not and is not investing in their development.
The United States is far behind China and Russia, which have been able to make significant progress in the development of hypersonic missiles in recent years, with Russia deploying and using such missiles in the Ukraine conflict, according to committee members.
If you keep a diary or news journal, be sure to write down March 9, 2023 as the day that a full-blown bank run began at non-traditional banks in the U.S.
Wall Street's biggest banks took quite a thrashing in the stock market Thursday as investors spooked the turmoil at Silicon Valley Bank and Silvergate Capital dumped financial shares.
JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley - the four most valued US lenders - saw $55 billion wiped off their combined market capitalization on Thursday, Refinitiv data show.
JPMorgan, the biggest US bank, alone saw a $22 billion tumble in its market value as its stock slid 5.41% to $130.34. Wall Street heavyweight Bank of America lost $16.16 billion as its share price fell 6.20% to $30.54. Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley saw their market capitalization drop by $10.3 billion and $6.2 billion, respectively.
Incredulity. Astonishment. Disgust. Anger.
It is these feelings—amongst others—that describe the general reaction to the revelations of the Twitter Files and other egregious episodes of Big Tech censorship of the electronic public square.
The implicit deal with companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc. is very simple: we will look at your ads if you give us a service for free. The deal did not include censorship.
But what is society to expect when those doing the censorship seem to see absolutely nothing wrong with it, and that it didn’t even occur to them that what they were engaged in—often at the specific request of governmental agencies—was at all a problem?
For a generation that has grown up with speech codes, enforced nicety, automatic deference to the feelings of others, and has been swaddled in bubble wrap against the vagaries of life, censoring of speech is not only not an ethical leap, it is the right thing to do.
Couple that with a permanent, purposeful self-infantilization that makes them defer to (or incoherently rage at for NOT censoring speech) anyone they perceive to be a grown-up—such as former FBI bigwig James Baker at Twitter—and the stage is not only set, but the terrifying end of the play writes itself.
The city of Newark, New Jersey fell victim to a humiliating scam in which its mayor signed a "sister city" agreement with a nonexistent Hindu nation called "The United States of Kailasa."
Kailasa exists only as an elaborate website created by a fugitive who's been on the lam from Indian authorities since 2019 after being charged with rape, reports CBS New York. However, in a January 12 ceremony, Mayor Ras Baraka signed a cultural and trade deal with the contrived country.
"Whose job was it to do a simple Google search?" asked Newark resident Shakee Merritt. "No one in City Hall, not one person did a Google search."
On its website, Kailasa portrays Newark as having committed the entire United States of America to a "bilateral agreement." Newark officials say no money exchanged hands, and the deal with the fictional polity has been rescinded -- just in case Kailasa tried to enforce it.
Russia has been sending Western-supplied weapons captured on the battlefields of Ukraine to its ally Iran, which may be able to reverse-engineer the technology, according to CNN.
US, NATO, and other Western officials have observed several instances of Russian forces capturing US-made Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft systems that the Ukrainian army has left behind, CNN reported, citing four sources familiar with the matter.
According to the sources, Russia has flown some of these weapons to Iran, likely so that it can take them apart and analyze the technology in order to create its own versions of the weapons.
Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons from the West, with the US supplying FGM-148 Javelins and FIM-92 Stingers from its own military stockpile.