"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
Parents in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn extended their complaints about sexually explicit content in the district’s school libraries at a Monday board meeting where a local mother read concerning passages about masturbation from a coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical Mike Curato graphic novel called “Flamer.”
“We know our rights as parents, and we know that, right now, our rights are being infringed upon,” the mother said to the board.
She pushed back against a claim that the book should go back on the shelf in Dearborn schools, stating her refusal to return it and saying she would pay the library fine in consequence.
Australian gender clinics like the one at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne claim that the use of puberty blockers are safe and reversible. Studies are now proving that not to be the case.
Sweden, Finland and the UK have stopped prescribing the drugs to children while their safety and effectiveness are being determined.
Many health practitioners in the US are calling for a review in the wake of the startling Cass Report in the UK that questioned the safety of such treatments. Parents are also expressing great concern, after learning that puberty blockers have a dreadful effect on bone density.
When a 10-year-old boy showed up to school in New York with a tattoo on his arm last month, the school nurse called the police, and both the child’s mother, who had given permission, and the unlicensed tattoo artist, were arrested.
This event prompted a renewed discussion about varying minimum age restrictions for tattoos across the US, leading one doctor, who was also the author of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidance on tattoos, to state that children under 18 don’t have the agency to consent to putting a permanent mark on their body. This is the same professional association that endorses minors consenting to being chemically castrated and having bilateral mastectomies in the name of gender affirmation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is not assured to be the leader of his Party in the Senate again. The Kentucky Senator served as Senate Majority Leader when Republicans were the majority and Minority Leader after Democrats won the chamber, but now he is facing a challenge to his leadership, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“We must start saying what we are for, not just what we are against. I do not believe we can simply continue to say the Democrats are radical, which they are. Republican voters expect and deserve to know our plan to promote and advance conservative values,” Florida Sen. Rick Scott, the current chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said. “We need to listen to their calls for action and start governing in Washington like we campaign back at home. There is a Republican Party that is alive and well in communities across America. It is time there is one in Washington, D.C., too.”
“Like each of you, I am deeply disappointed by the results of the recent election. Despite what the armchair quarterbacks on TV will tell you, there is no one person responsible for our party’s performance across the country. I know there is no shortage of people who are eager to point fingers and assign blame here in Washington, but I won’t be one of them. It’s unproductive and a massive waste of time. We know that chief among our problems in races across America was a lack of Republican voter turnout. There may be many reasons for that, but after traveling the country to support our candidates I believe voters want a plan. They are begging us to tell them what we will do when we are in charge. Unfortunately, we have continued to elect leadership who refuses to do that and elicits attacks on anyone that does. That is clearly not working and it’s time for bold change. The voters are demanding it,” he said.
The resolution states that Krasner engaged in "misbehavior in office in the nature of dereliction of duty and refusal to enforce the law," as well as "misbehavior in the nature of obstruction of House Select Committee investigation."
It also states that Krasner engaged in "misbehavior in office in the nature of violation of the rules of professional conduct and code of judicial conduct; specifically rule 3.3 Candor toward the tribunal, rule 8.4 professional misconduct, and Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct Impropriety and appearance of impropriety in the matter of Robert Wharton v Donald T. Vaughn," as well as in the "matter of Commonwealth v Pownall."
Pennsylvania governor-elect Josh Shapiro, who rose to prominence by downplaying Republican claims of voter fraud, charged one of his former campaign consultants on Wednesday with "wide scale" forgery of voter ballots.
Shapiro, in his capacity as Pennsylvania attorney general, alleges that Philadelphia political consultant Rasheen Crews duplicated more than 1,000 signatures on petitions to add his clients to Democratic primary ballots for Philadelphia city elections in 2019.
"By soliciting and organizing the wide scale forgery of signatures, the defendant undermined the democratic process and Philadelphians’ right to a free and fair election," Shapiro said in a statement announcing the charges.
The announcement of the indictment just a week after the gubernatorial election could raise questions for Shapiro, who was a strident critic of Republicans who cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania. According to an arrest affidavit, Shapiro’s office opened an investigation into Crews in September 2019. It is unclear why it took three years to bring charges against him.
Indiana has agreed to a tentative multistate settlement with Walmart over allegations the giant retailer contributed to the opioid crisis by improperly overseeing its pharmacies. The agreement will secure $53 million in payments to the state, bringing Indiana’s total in opioid-related settlement payments to nearly $573 million.
“The opioid crisis has devastated far too many Hoosier families,” Attorney General Todd Rokita said in a statement announcing the Walmart settlement. “We continue working aggressively to hold accountable those companies whose actions have contributed to the opioid epidemic. Further, we are committed to bringing much needed funding to fight the drug crisis in Indiana.”
With up to $2 billion of customers' money missing, FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried may be extradited back to the United States from the Bahamas.
The 30-year-old is at the center of a huge cryptocurrency controversy, after it was revealed that his crypto exchange had been "funneling money to a sister trading company run by his girlfriend," according to The New York Post.
McConnell defeated Florida Sen. Rick Scott, his first challenger in his 15 years atop his conference.
McConnell won the leadership vote 37-10-1, according to two senators. One senator voted present.
After a tense meeting Tuesday that lasted several hours – the first in-person meeting for the Republican conference since the midterms – Scott told reporters he planned to challenge McConnell for the top job.
“I’m running for leader,” the Florida Republican told reporters. “I’m not satisfied with the status quo and so I think we ought to have an option.”
He added: “I still think we ought to delay the election.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert on Monday continued to maintain a thin lead over her Democratic challenger on Monday in her bid to win a second term following redistricting in Colorado that made her district more competitive.
As of Monday afternoon, Boebert led Adam Frisch by 1,122 in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. Political analysis site FiveThirtyEight gave her a 97-percent chance of holding the seat in its last election update on Nov. 8, Election Day. The seat has traditionally been Republican.
Still, at the moment, Frisch is running neck and neck with Boebert.
A post-mortem of cryptocurrency exchange FTX and founder Sam Bankman-Fried published on Monday in The New York Times drew criticism for portraying the disgraced wunderkind through rose-colored glasses.
In a sign of a potential shift in the mainstream media’s coverage of the issue, NBC News has published a report acknowledging a possible link between COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis.
NBC’s November 12 report opens with an anecdote about Detroit resident Da’Vion Miller, who at age 22 passed out at his home and was later hospitalized and diagnosed with myocarditis and pericarditis one week after receiving his first dose of Pfizer’s mRNA-based COVID shot and was subsequently advised by doctors not to receive his second.
“Myocarditis is a condition that has long been linked to a number of viral infections, including influenza, coxsackieviruses, as well as Covid,” the report says. “It has also been observed as an infrequent but worrisome side effect of the mRNA Covid vaccines.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced Tuesday that he invoked the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions to deal with President Joe Biden’s (D) immigration crisis on the southern border.
Israel has deployed new robotic weapons in the West Bank amid heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Remote-controlled guns capable of firing tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets have been installed in the city of Hebron and at the massive Al-Aroub refugee camp, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
The turrets are mounted on special guard towers equipped with surveillance cameras. The guns themselves also have their own cameras and are remotely operated by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers inside the towers, the news agency said. According to AP, the guns also use artificial intelligence to track their targets.
The FBI’s decision to probe the death of a Palestinian-American journalist in Israel has prompted anger from the Israeli government, which accused the Biden administration of interfering in its internal affairs.
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected a request to halt the hand counting of ballots in a rural county.
The hand count began after all ballots cast in the midterms were tabulated with machines and is essentially an audit, which is not allowed under state law, the Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union argued in an emergency motion on Monday.
“Unless enjoined by this Court, this hand count will set a dangerous precedent for future elections by encouraging local officials to make up and implement their own vote counting processes that violate voters’ constitutional right to an accurate election ‘as provided by law,’” the group said.
All six justices on the state’s highest court disagreed and denied the petition.
“The court noted that the hand count was approved by the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office, according to a response to the emergency motion from Interim Nye County Clerk Mark Kampf. County officials also differed on what state law allows, saying a hand count that is not an audit or recount is not ‘expressly prohibited’ by the law,” the Epoch Times reported.
Webmaster addition: They sure are scared of a hand recount, aren't they? :)