"The first casualty of war is truth." -- Rudyard Kipling

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Since the start of the Gaza war at least 20 ships have been damaged in the Red Sea amid the ongoing Houthi campaign to punish Israel and its international backers. The US-led Operation Prosperity Guardian is something which has retreated from headlines as it has by and large proved ineffective. 

US warships patrolling waters off Yemen have shot down dozens, or possibly even hundreds of drones and missiles at this point - while also at times carrying out offensive operations - but the Iran supported Houthis have remained undeterred.

The Pentagon is now readying the next step, sending the USS Harry S. Truman nuclear-powered aircraft carrier into the Red Sea. US military magazine Stripes writes of recent planning: "The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its 6,000-some sailors have spent recent months training in the western Atlantic Ocean for that mission — a rare, pre-planned deployment expected to take the ship into a hostile environment."

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Yemen's Iran-linked Houthis have announced that they have shot down yet another $30 million American military drone

Footage is widely circulating of what appears to be the wreckage of an MQ-9 Reaper drone in Yemen, but the Pentagon has not yet confirmed. 

Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree described that the drone was conducing "hostile actions" over Yemen's Marib province when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

The Associated Press has commented of footage released by the Houthis:

The Houthis later released footage they claimed showed the surface-to-air-missile being launched at night, along with night-vision footage of the missile hitting the drone.

A man, whose voice had been digitally altered to apparently prevent identification, chanted the Houthi slogan: God is the greatest; death to America; death to Israel; curse the Jews; victory to Islam.”

Though the US had not confirmed prior shootdowns in every case, this would mark the fourth Reaper downing by the Houthis since Gaza-related hostilities began in the wake of Oct.7.

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The Pentagon is 'proud'... and so is the Biden administration. But the US taxpayer?...

"Today we began delivery of aid from the temporary pier on to the beach of Gaza for further distribution to the people by our partners," US Central Command announced Friday. "This unique logistics capability facilitates the delivery of lifesaving humanitarian aid enabling a shared service for the international community to use to serve the people of Gaza." Below are some of the first overhead images since its completion. 

It's "unique" we're told... and only costs about $350 million

But critics have pointed out the grim irony and contradictions which abound in that the Biden administration has very publicly criticized the way that Israel's military is waging war in Gaza (and especially the high civilian death toll) while simultaneously Washington is funding it, ultimately to the tune of billions.

So the US is funding the weapons used to execute the war and risky projects (it remains high risk in that US personnel could come under attack by Hamas) like of US Army-built pier for the sake of delivering humanitarian aid.

In short the US taxpayer is on the hook for both the bombs and humanitarian aid, even as all parties have seemed to essentially give up on finding a political solution or reaching a truce deal.

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Republicans this week vigorously pushed legislation in the House of Representatives intended to prioritize weapons to Israel over funding parts of the US government.

The Israel Security Assistance Support Act passed Thursday 224-187, pulling 16 Democrats toward the Republican majority.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said the legislation is “not going anywhere” and the White House has indicated President Joe Biden would veto it should the matter reach his desk. Generally, however, these two have been enthusiastic funders of Israel’s actions for many decades.

The bill’s summary “specifies that no federal funds may be used to withhold, halt, reverse or cancel the delivery of defense articles or defense services to Israel. Also, no funds may be used to pay the salary of any Department of Defense (DOD) or Department of State employee who acts to limit defense deliveries to Israel.”

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President Donald Trump has thrown down the gauntlet, demanding that Joe Biden undergo a drug test before their upcoming debate.

Trump’s challenge came during his speech at the GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan dinner event in St. Paul, Minnesota, which he attended after celebrating his son Barron’s high school graduation.

At the GOP´s annual Lincoln Reagan dinner event in St. Paul, Minnesota, Trump didn’t mince words as he called into question Biden’s performance during the State of the Union address in March.

“I just wanna debate this guy, but you know – and I’m gonna demand a drug test too, by the way,” Trump said.

“I am. No, I really am. I don’t want him coming in like the State of the Union. He was high as a kite,” Trump added.

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Rossana Rodriguez, a self-described socialist serving on Chicago’s city council, believes the idea of punishing criminals is racist.

What does she think should be done with rapists and murderers? Summer camp?

When you look at the breakdown of law and order in cities across the United States, remember that the chaos is being driven by people like this. They are the problem.

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When the Supreme Court put the brakes on Harvard’s race-based admissions practices, the backlash from the left was loud. What else is new? However, the bulk of the American people agree with the Supreme Court, and while the left is very loud, they’re actually a vocal minority, convinced they have some moral authority to dictate the rules the rest of us live by. Despite how unpopular the DEI movement is, the left is pushing to reinstate this unfair practice in college and all over the US with a sneaky legislative move. A bill currently slithering its way through Congress will embed racial, gender, and religious quotas into nearly every part of American life—housing, employment, healthcare, insurance, and credit decisions are all on the chopping block—and is set to become battlegrounds for DEI if this new bill passes.

But here’s the kicker: this push is disguised as a bipartisan “victory” for privacy rights. It’s not at all. But it’s so cleverly disguised that once again, Republicans have been duped into believing they’re championing a long-overdue resolution to privacy disputes and have already thrown their support behind it.

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A data privacy amendment buried within the Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization bill will allow private aircraft owners to fully block aircraft registration information. Concealing this information will make establishing who owns private aircraft much more difficult, and render aircraft harder to track.

President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) re-authorization bill into law yesterday. Last week, it passed a vote in the Senate 88-4, before going on to pass a vote in the House of Representatives by 387 to 26 on Wednesday. The bill was introduced into the House in June of last year.

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On Saturday, May 11, the Jerusalem Post under editor Yuval Barnea came out with a sensational headline: 

“UN seemingly halves estimate of Gazan women, children killed.”

The article featured two graphics from the UN, one from May 6 and one from May 8, both clearly noting that approximately 35,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since October 7, but the second specified that bodies that have been able to be identified were under 25,000. Out of these, the breakdown included 52% women and children, as well as 8% elderly. Earlier on, the UN noted that about 2/3 of fatalities are women and children. 

Now, the game of genocide denial has begun. 

The supposedly benign Jerusalem Post article quickly moved on to “questions of data accuracy,” citing Israel apologia outlets such as AIPAC’s thinktank the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), and its January report “that showed major discrepancies in the fatality reports” which suggested “manipulation.” The article also cited Abraham Weiner from Tablet Magazine claiming “fake numbers.” 

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Israel carried out a brutal two-week siege of the hospital in March, leaving a wasteland of destroyed buildings and dead bodies on the hospital grounds. [Getty]

The Israeli army has published a harrowing photo from its recent assault on Gaza's Al-Shifa Hospital, showing doctors, journalists and other civilians rounded up and kneeling with their hands restrained behind their backs.

Ramy Abdu, Chairman of human rights group Euro-Med, shared the image on X , identifying at least two of the detained men.

The photo shows ten visibly frightened men huddled together and wearing the notorious white detainee jump suits, used by the Israeli military in Gaza, with numbered banners around their heads.

"The image includes several doctors, including Dr. Murad Al-Qouqa, head of the orthopedic department, and a number of journalists, including veteran journalist Emad Al-Ifrangi," Abdu wrote.

Israel carried out a brutal two-week siege of the hospital in March, leaving behind a wasteland of destroyed buildings and graves containing dozens of dead bodies inside the grounds.


A World Health Organization delegation that visited the hospital shortly after described it as being reduced to ashes with a foul stench of decomposing bodies filling the air.

Israeli forces killed around 400 Palestinians in and around the hospital during the attack, Gaza's media office said at the time.


The image is chillingly similar ones shared from Israeli operations in Gaza, showing civilians bound and in white jump suits shortly before their transfer to detention facilities where torture and maltreatment are said to be rife.

In December, Israeli forces rounded up dozens of Palestinian men in Beit Lahia, forcibly stripping the men and blindfolding them in the middle of the street. Among those abducted by the army at Beit Lahia was journalist Diaa Kahlout, Gaza bureau chief for The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Kahlout, who was held for 33 days, said he was subjected to beatings and torture several times, particularly by agents of the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency.

Other civilians held by Israeli forces in Gaza have reported similar treatment, including allegations of sexual assault and torture, sometimes resulting in death.

Claire's Observations:  Your tax dollars at work in Israel;  doesn't it make you feel proud?!?  I would be willing to bet that most of these physicians and journalists will not survive Israeli incarceration;  these physicians and journalists have "...seen too much" of the consequences of Israeli genocide against Palestinians, and therefore must be "neutralized" as "enemies of the State of Israel."

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Via The Cradle

Hezbollah launched the first-ever Lebanese airstrike on an Israeli target on Friday, using a never-before-seen drone for the operation

"In support of our steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in support of their brave and honorable resistance, the Islamic Resistance attacked at 1:38 pm on Thursday the Metulla site, its garrison, and its vehicles with an offensive drone armed with two S5 missiles," Hezbollah said in a statement Thursday afternoon, marking the sixth of 13 operations that day. 

"When it reached its designated point, it fired missiles at one of its vehicles and the elements gathered around it, killing and wounding them. After that, it continued its assault on its designated target and hit it accurately," the statement added. 

Hezbollah released footage of its drone strike on Metulla. Two missiles are seen being fired from each side of the drone, which then descends towards its final target and explodes.

Watch the newly published Hezbollah footage of its first ever "airstrike" operation in action:

Three Israeli soldiers were reportedly injured – with one seriously wounded – in the drone attack. Coinciding with Israel’s brutal assault on Rafah and its relentless attacks across the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah has stepped up its operations in recent days

While it has increasingly deployed the use of attack drones in its operations over the past several months, this is the first time a drone equipped with missiles has been used to attack targets from above – not only since the start of this war but for the first time in Lebanon’s history

Hebrew news outlet Channel 13 noted this week that Hezbollah’s attacks have become bolder and more sophisticated, and are resulting in more Israeli casualties. 

In response to Israeli airstrikes on eastern Lebanon the day prior, Hezbollah also announced on Thursday a drone attack on Elbit Systems, the Israel-based international military technology company

Claire's Observations:  One has to wonder if the technology is "home grown", or provided by an outside source?  Either way, it is a dramatic step-up in Hezbollah's capability  to hit Israeli targets.

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by Tyler Durden

Since the start of the Gaza war at least 20 ships have been damaged in the Red Sea amid the ongoing Houthi campaign to punish Israel and its international backers. The US-led Operation Prosperity Guardian is something which has retreated from headlines as it has by and large proved ineffective. 

US warships patrolling waters off Yemen have shot down dozens, or possibly even hundreds of drones and missiles at this point - while also at times carrying out offensive operations - but the Iran supported Houthis have remained undeterred.

The Pentagon is now readying the next step, sending the USS Harry S. Truman nuclear-powered aircraft carrier into the Red Sea. US military magazine Stripes writes of recent planning: "The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its 6,000-some sailors have spent recent months training in the western Atlantic Ocean for that mission — a rare, pre-planned deployment expected to take the ship into a hostile environment."

"In recent weeks, its sailors have been undergoing flight deck testing, its pilots knowing that later this year they will be tasked with shooting down drones and munitions launched by the Iran-backed Houthis," the publication details further.

European allies, and groups like the Atlantic Council have been bitterly complaining about the ongoing 'failures' of the Pentagon-led mission thus far:

Six months after the Joe Biden administration launched Operation Prosperity Guardian to ensure freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the biggest issue facing the White House is not the Houthi threat but the US failure to rally partners and allies behind its leadership.

Several costly MQ-9 Reaper drones have already been lost in the region, with some shot down by the Houthis, as the US continues to expend billions related to Gaza conflict spillover.

While the Truman carrier will certainly be a huge show of force, it could be more simply that the 1,000-foot-long, 104,000-ton vessel will just make for a bigger Houthi target.

Head of the US Navy Fleet Forces Command Adm. Daryl Caudle has described of sailors preparing for the mission, "They know that they’re most likely going to be entering a weapon engagement zone."

"For this group, this [deployment] is not with the mindset that they’re just going to go drill holes in the water somewhere — this is, ‘We’re going to be employed for combat.’"

Claire's Observations:  One wonders if this is going to be an attack on the Houthis..... or perhaps an attack against Yemen itself?!?  Here's the geography:

Red Sea - Wikipedia

The US military would have to have the full support of the Saudi government, in terms of flyovers, to which at this point, the Saudi government may give its support.  Yemen has been experiencing a 10 year civil war, dubbed by many experts, a "proxy Saudi/Iranian conflict", where the Houthis have taken over the seat of government in Sanaa, but are not internationally recognized as its leadership.  

On 17  January of this year, the Houthis got its US label with a   "terrorist designation", https://www.state.gov/terrorist-designation-of-the-houthis/, effective as of 17 February of this year. They have been scuttling trade ships, in opposition to the Israeli war on Gaza.  And this has been costing those carriers, big-time, and the companies which insure them This is most probably what generated this journey by the USS Truman into the Red Sea.      

Yemen is one of the most critically poor countries in this world, with a completely broken infrastructure, where poverty, corruption, and hunger are rife.  

I am praying, that after the guns, there will be food for those starving, because the need is critically acute; and malnourished kids can "catch up" to their better-fed peers, but for some it will be a real struggle.

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Over a dozen Jewish billionaires working secretly in concert with the Israeli government were part of a private WhatsApp group chat which conspired to push New York City Mayor Eric Adams to crackdown on pro-Palestine protests at Columbia University, according to bombshell leaked chatlogs obtained by the Washington Post. 

The Post's shocking report reveals how many of the most prominent Jewish billionaires and multimillionaires in America worked together in secret to advance Israeli interests on multiple fronts, suppress Americans' free speech rights, reward politicians who do their bidding with donations and hide their connections with the Israeli government. 

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It is extremely difficult to discern what might be the thinking behind the clueless President Joe Biden and his Blinken-Austin-Mayorkas foreign-policy-plus national security team. Or rather, the problem is that there does not appear to be any thinking about it at all if one measures it by what benefits it brings to the American people. It all actually seems to derive from a desire to construct a narrative that will win the presidential election coming up in November, which will fortunately be run against a deeply flawed GOP candidate named Donald J. Trump. But look at what is on the Biden record: the country’s southern border with Mexico is a porous as a Swiss cheese, allowing literally millions of illegal immigrants into the USA since Biden took office; Washington is both de facto and de jure simultaneously fighting and losing two unnecessary wars involving nuclear powers which has cost a nearly bankrupt Treasury well into the hundreds of billions of dollars; and the White House is needlessly sanctioning non-hostile competitors like China while also making illegal popular social media sites like TikTok which have committed the sin of reporting and disseminating accurate narratives about good old “best friend and closest ally” Israel. Predictably, neither of the assertions about the value of the Jewish state is true, nor is it a democracy, but who cares when you’re having fun shooting people and spending someone else’s money?

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A parody music video of President Joe Biden created by comedian and host of FOX News Saturday Night Jimmy Failla is now going viral online as more fans share it. 

The video is a parody of rock artist Tom Petty's famous tune 'Free Fallin' and features clips of Biden wandering around, falling down on stage and on the stairs of Air Force One, as the lyrics point out that Biden 'Keeps fallin.' 

Biden, 81, frequently trips and stumbles in public and his gait has become stiffer as he gets older, prompting his staff to try and reduce the chances of taking embarrassing falls

In March 2021, Biden tripped and fell three times as he struggled up the stairs boarding Air Force One. In June 2022, Biden fell sprawling off his bicycle as he stopped to take to reporters. 

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The Interior Department is proposing a plan on coal leases that would impact over a dozen active coal mines in a region known as the Powder River Basin, which straddles northeast Wyoming and part of Montana.

Wyoming currently produces about 50% of the nation’s thermal coal, which is used in electricity generation. The plan would ban new coal leases in a 1.2 million-acre area and put 48 billion tons of federal coal off limits for mining.

“Joe Biden’s war on the West continues, this time by enacting an RMP [Resource Management Plan] that will destroy the Wyoming coal industry,” Wyoming GOP Rep. Harriet Hageman said in a statement.

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The most senior medical oncologist in Japan recently slammed the COVID-19 mRNA shots as “the work of evil” that has caused “essentially murder.”

In an interview published April 19, Dr. Masanori Fukushima, who spearheaded the first cancer outpatient clinic at Kyoto University and launched the first course in pharmacoepidemiology there, listed a slew of problems with the COVID mRNA jabs, evidencing what he called an evil “abuse of science.”


Japan’s most senior cancer expert is now sounding the alarm on the mRNA injections.

Doctors are suddenly seeing turbo cancer that was unheard of before.

The mainstream media is not showing you this.

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Mark Middleton, the presidential advisor who introduced Jeffrey Epstein to Bill Clinton was found dead by hanging using a cheap extension cord … with a gunshot wound to his chest. His death was deemed a suicide. A few months prior, a woman linked to Middleton was found dead using a similar extension cord. There’s something sinister happening here.

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61 Democrats voted against a resolution condemning violence against police officers and calls to defund police departments across the country. All Republicans voted for the bill, which passed 337 to 61, with 134 Democratic “yes” votes.

Then there’s the far-left.

From Fox News:

The resolution text indirectly cited the summer 2020 protests, arguing “respect for the rule of law and law enforcement officials diminished” since then.

It appeared to go after progressive policies that critics have panned as soft-on-crime, claiming “policies implemented at several state and local jurisdictions have increased the difficulty and added significant risks for law enforcement to do their jobs effectively and safely.”

The legislation also knocked a “lack of accountability for violent criminals with decreased penalties and no-bail policies,” which it said “has opened the door for record criminal activity in cities across the country.”

Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., who led the resolution, said in support of the measure on the House floor Friday morning, “If you had asked me a few years ago if my children should become law enforcement officers, I would’ve undoubtedly said yes. But after these last few years, observing the treatment of law enforcement officers, I would have to think twice about my answer.”

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A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows that voters have a negative view of Congress.

Only one in five voters said Congress listens to its constituents and a majority said a random collection of people could do a better job.

The Rasmussen poll found 54% of likely voters say they believe a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job of addressing the nation's issues than the current Congress, an increase of five points from December 2022 and topping the previous all-time high of 52% in July 2014.

According to the poll, 27% of voters disagreed while 20% were not sure. Rasmussen surveyed 1,087 U.S. likely voters May 7-9.

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The required width of ‘buffer zone’ in Ukraine to protect Russia’s territory may reach as far as the Polish border if the West sends Kiev long-range weapons, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel.

Medvedev recalled President Vladimir Putin’s words about the need to create a ‘buffer zone’ "inside which it will be impossible for the neo-Nazi regime to hit objects on Russian territory."

"Of course, including all the lands that have returned to our country," Medvedev explained.

"Once the Kiev regime uses Storm Shadow / SCALP-EG missiles with a range of at least 550 kilometers when the distance between Belgorod and Kiev is 429 kilometers, practically the entire central and most of the western parts of Ukraine fall within this sanitary zone," Medvedev said. "In other words, there must be Russia everywhere (550 kilometers plus 70-100 more to be sure). Otherwise, the security of our cities and villages cannot be ensured."

"If it goes on like this, the guaranteed sanitary zone will be somewhere at the border with Poland. Or even inside Poland," the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council suggested.

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The Desyatynny Monastery's Vladimir-Olginsky Chapel which is part of the Canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church was demolished in Kiev, according to the monastery's social media.

Around midnight on Thursday, the monastery's Telegram channel reported that the chapel had been cordoned off by police and military.

"The chapel consecrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir and His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy no longer exists," the message said.

The Monastery clarified that the miraculous icon of the Mother of God "Vladimirskaya-Desyatinnaya" is intact.

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The Russian military carried out 28 group strikes against vital targets in Ukraine over the past week, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a briefing on May 17.

”From 11 to 17 May 2024, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out 28 group strikes by high-precision weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs], which hit command posts, military airfield infrastructure facilities, air defense equipment, fuel bases of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as well as a production and storage workshop for uncrewed surface vehicles and strike UAVs,” the ministry said.

It added that the strikes also targeted deployment areas of nationalist groups and foreign mercenaries fighting for Kiev forces.

Also in the briefing, the ministry provided details on recent Russian actions in different directions within the special military operation zone in Ukraine.

The ministry said that the Sever Group of Forces liberated 12 settlements in the Kharkov region over the past week: Borisovka, Bugrovatka, Gatishche, Glubokoye, Krasnoye, Lukyantsy, Morokhovets, Ogurtsovo, Oleynikovo, Pletenyevka, Pyulnaya, Strelechya and continue advancing to the depth of the Ukrainian defenses.

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