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At 11 ½ months old (12/07/06) – DtaP and Influenza.  Immediately Josh’s head started shaking again and it looked like he was just “drugged out” all the time.  He was always tired, but he would stay up ALL night.  It was crazy… back to living in Hell… Judge shows, Animal Planet, and Mountain Dew became my best friends.

Josh was also SICK all the time. He was always on antibiotics for ear infections and would always have to take 2 rounds – and sometimes even another after that of a different kind because the first 2 didn’t work.  It was so sad to see him. He stopped talking as much.  It’s like the words he had learned were gone.

At 14 months old (3/14/07) Josh received the MMR and Pneumococcal conj. Red cheeks again…

At 15 months old (4/16/07), Josh received Varicella, Hep A, and hib b.

At 18 months old (6/18/07), Josh received DTaP.  His words COMPLETELY STOPPED.  It’s like my son is locked up in a box.

On 10/17/07, Josh received his Hep A shot. Where is my son? Where are his words?  It was like he was out in a great big world and lost.

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The US is taking advantage of the NATO summit to advance nuclear measures in domestic politics. In a recent statement, the Department of Defense announced that it will continue its project to develop a new Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile, despite the exponential increase in costs. The Congress approved the proposal despite its highly irresponsible nature. The goal is to improve US nuclear capabilities in the current security crisis.

The Sentinel program is expected to replace all of the country’s outdated Minuteman III nuclear missiles. The project’s costs are currently estimated at 140 billion dollars, an 81% increase in cost expectations compared to the program’s first assessment. The Pentagon had previously promised to spend just 77 billion dollars on the production of the new missiles, but evaluators now say the project will cost nearly twice that.

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Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on July 10 that it had foiled a Ukrainian plot to sabotage the country’s only aircraft carrier and another aimed at assassinating senior military officials.

In a statement, the agency said that Kiev’s intelligence service began plotting a “terrorist attack” on the heavy aircraft cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov last March. The large vessel was docked in the port city of Murmansk in northern Russia at the time.

The plot began when a Ukrainian agent using the alias “Oleg” contacted an unnamed Russian naval officer serving on the vessel, according to the FSB. During that conversation, Oleg exerted “psychological pressure” on the officer to convince him to stage a terrorist attack.

This included threats to prosecute him on trumped-up charges of financing the Ukrainian military. The naval officer was promised a large sum of money and was told that he could flee abroad using forged documents after the sabotage, the statement said.

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George Stephanopoulos was threatened with being taken off air if he didn't clarify his position on Joe Biden's ability to serve another four years.

The ABC host gave his blunt assessment of the president's performance in a brief interview when he was ambushed on Tuesday.

The former Bill Clinton aide was asked on the street in Manhattan if Biden should step down and responded: 'I don't think he can serve four more years'.

Biden's interview with the former White House press secretary on Friday followed a disastrous debate performance on June 27.

ABC News' star anchor George Stephanopoulos apologized after giving his blunt assessment of Joe Biden's performance in their blockbuster interview Friday

ABC News' star anchor George Stephanopoulos apologized after giving his blunt assessment of Joe Biden's performance in their blockbuster interview Friday

Biden's television interview with the former White House Press Secretary on Friday followed a disastrous debate performance last month

Stephanopoulos, 63, appeared to quickly regret his off-the-cuff remark and offered a statement of regret.

'Earlier today I responded to a question from a passerby. I shouldn't have,' he said. 

ABC News issued their own statement, saying, 'George expressed his own point of view and not the position of ABC News.'

What the two statements didn't reveal was the crisis Stephanopoulos' nine words kicked off at the highest level of the major network

Claire's Observations:  Well, George, welcome to your "Truth is the first casualty of war" moment; if you EVER think your ratings numbers make you "bullet-proof" in terms of your getting canned, they do not, if you don't strictly adhere to the propaganda lines being consistently spewed by  your corporate masters, courtesy of THEIR "corporate masters".

But now, HOW do you couch By-di-Bye's obvious mental and physical deterioration when you speak of him on-air?!?  Will every statement and breath have to be scripted to support the corporate line?!?  And having seen what they have seen, with his mental self-immolation during  the debate, how can your viewers ever trust you on any topic you discuss ever again?!?

That, sir, is the big question you may want to consider.  I hope your attorneys negotiated one hell of a "golden parachute" upon your leaving the station; at 63, you may well need it far sooner than you anticipated you would.

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Israel's Hannibal Directive, US-Russia Relations, and the Ukraine Conflict: Uncovering the Truth

Did Israel's military really sacrifice its own citizens to prevent Hamas from taking captives? Join us as we uncover the shocking revelations from the Haaretz report on Israel's controversial Hannibal Directive. Aaron Maté shares his intense confrontation with a former IDF spokesperson on Piers Morgan's show, exposing the deep moral contradictions within the Israeli military's actions. We also explore the broader implications for Israeli society and Prime Minister Netanyahu's silence in this critical moment.

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Democratic California senators continue to alter bipartisan legislation that is aimed at punishing people who buy sex from minors.

KCRA reports that California State Sen. Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) authored legislation, Senate Bill 1414, in February that would strengthen the punishment of people who buy sex from minors. She proposed that soliciting prostitution from a minor should be punished as a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, as it currently is.

Democrats, however, have made multiple alterations to the bill to soften the punishments for the offender.

While the original bill specified that anyone who solicited a person 17 years of age or younger should be punished, Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), under the Senate Public Safety Committee, changed the bill to apply to anyone who solicited minors 15 or younger.

This change occurred even though the age of consent in California is 18 years.

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Black voters are not likely to show the same level of support for Biden in the upcoming election as they have for the Democratic nominee in previous elections, argued an analyst in a recent op-ed for the Chicago Sun Times.

“Black voters are sick and tired of being ignored by the Republicans and taken for granted by the Democrats and are looking for ways, however imperfect, to express that frustration,” wrote David Cherry, president of the Chicago-based Leaders Network. He is also founder of the All Stars Project of Chicago and senior national organizer for the advocacy group Open Primaries.

“I’m a working-class Black man who has built a successful career in youth development and community organizing. But I’m neither a Democrat nor a Republican,” Cherry wrote. “I am an independent activist and community leader in Chicago who organizes based on my love for poor and working-class people, the vast majority of whom are struggling to survive in the richest nation on earth.”

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The Republican-controlled House voted 221-198 Wednesday to require proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections.

The Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act, or SAVE Act, would amend the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, known as the “motor voter law,” to require that states obtain documentary proof of U.S. citizenship from someone before he or she may register to vote.

Five Democrats voted for the legislation, but 198 Democrats voted against it.

President Joe Biden opposes the legislation and it’s not likely to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, where Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, sponsored a companion bill.

“Over the past four years, Joe Biden has welcomed millions upon millions of illegals into the country knowing that noncitizens only have to check a box to vote in a federal election,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said in a public statement. “We have long known this was an intentional effort to turn them into voters, and now the American people know where every member of Congress stands on this critically important issue.”

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We continue to get numbers that indicate that the U.S. economy is steamrolling in the wrong direction as we approach the most chaotic election season in our history.  Needless to say, the performance of the economy is going to play a major role in the outcome of the election, because millions upon millions of Americans are really suffering right now.  Homelessness has been growing at the fastest pace ever recorded, hunger and poverty are exploding, and we are in the midst of a cost of living crisis that doesn’t seem to have any end in sight.  Unfortunately, there are signs that things will soon get even worse.  For example, we experienced a “historic surge” of corporate bankruptcies during the first half of this year that was worse than anything we have witnessed since the first half of 2010…
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Hollywood star George Clooney, a lifelong Democrat and megadonor, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times on July 10 arguing that President Joe Biden is incapable of winning reelection due to his age and the Democratic Party needs a new nominee.

Clooney’s op-ed comes just days after Biden sent a letter to fellow Democrats doubling down on his plans to stay in the race. Media outlets and various lawmakers have called for Biden to withdraw since his alarmingly weak performance at the June 27 presidential debate against former President Donald Trump. 

In Clooney’s op-ed, he wrote that he loves Biden as a friend, senator, vice president, and president. Biden has “won many of the battles he’s faced,” Clooney wrote. “But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can.”

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The tremendous suffering that we are seeing all over the world right now is only just the beginning.  As I have documented repeatedly, we are in the midst of the worst global food crisis in modern history, and we haven’t seen this many countries engaged in military conflict since World War II.  In other words, this is a time of famine, and it is a time of war.  This represents a major problem for those that believe that humans are intrinsically good and that humanity is moving into a new golden era of peace and prosperity.  If humans are intrinsically good, why is there so much evil all around us?  Of course the truth is that the evil that we see all around is the product of the evil in human hearts.  Humanity is the reason why there is so much war, so much famine, so much greed, so much corruption, and so much suffering.
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Could deploying over 100,000 U.S. troops in Europe be the flashpoint that ignites a larger conflict with Russia? Join us as Phil Giraldi, a seasoned geopolitical analyst, uncovers the nuanced history behind U.S. involvement in Ukraine since 2014 and draws startling parallels to Israel's military tactics in Gaza. We scrutinize President Biden's recent military maneuvers and question the strategic vulnerabilities that could reshape global stability. Giraldi provides a thought-provoking analysis of NATO's role and the broader implications for international peace.

We then turn our focus to the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia, fueled by recent events in Ukraine, including the controversial use of cluster bombs in Sevastopol. With a close examination of President Biden's increasingly aggressive rhetoric and Russia's calculated responses led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, we unpack the intricate dance of diplomacy and conflict. Additionally, we delve into the financial ties between the U.S. and Israel, exploring how tax-deductible donations and congressional appropriations have complexly intertwined American foreign policy and Israeli military actions.

In our final segment, we confront the tragic underreporting of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Lancet's alarming findings on the death toll linked to the Israeli invasion shed light on the dire state of media coverage. We dissect the controversial Hannibal Directive, revealing potential war crimes and the complicity of U.S. officials. The dismissive stance of U.S. State Department spokesperson Matt Miller underscores the diminishing credibility of American foreign policy.

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Poland's Army Chief of Staff, General Wieslaw Kukula, today publicly urged his people and nation to prepare for full-scale war with Russia.

Poland is preparing the Military for a full-scale conflict with Russia, Polish Supreme Commanding General Wieslaw Kukula said at a press conference!!

Poland needs to prepare its soldiers for all-out conflict, its armed forces chief of staff said on Wednesday, as the country boosts the number of troops on its border with Russia and Belarus.

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The UK's new Prime Minister Keir Starmer is a pro-war, neoliberal Blairite who is closely linked to British intelligence and the US government. He was backed by big business interests after the corporate media destroyed popular left-wing, anti-imperialist Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Ben Norton discusses how Britain is an oligarchy, not a democracy.

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The hot political event this year is the NATO Summit in Washington, DC. All Western world leaders showed up, not to discuss NATO’s future, but to see if Joe Biden survives the meetings without dumping a load in his Depends or keeling over dead. Sort of the same reason people attend a car race — i.e., they are waiting for the crash. Nothing like a fiery car wreck to get the adrenaline pumping.

If Shakespeare was still roaming the earth and writing iconic prose, he would be front-and-center at the NATO Summit. It is a meeting of political ghosts, i.e. “dead men walking.” Maybe Will would do an update of Richard III, with the decrepit Joe Biden in the starring role. Accompanying Biden on stage for the official photo is the politically castrated Rishi Sunak, the impotent couple — Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz. Nothing says NATO unity like a photo comprised of some politically irrelevant hacks along with President Orban of Hungary, who has been excoriated in recent days by many of his “colleagues” feigning a smile for the camera.

Biden kicked off the festivities and managed to get through a teleprompter speech without mangling too many words or devolving into gibberish. Mission Accomplished (so far). Yet, the content of Biden’s speech was absolutely delusional. Here are some of the lowlights.

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Joe Biden’s campaign is like a ship taking on water, and even Hollywood’s elite are jumping ship. After a disastrous debate performance, some Democrats have demanded he step down as the 2024 nominee.

Biden has seen his poll numbers dip significantly, but he remains stubbornly defiant. The tide seems to be turning against him, however, as top Democrats and now a famous liberal voice are slamming the door on Biden’s campaign.

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The political landscape is shifting, and for Democrats, this is a time of introspection and urgent action. Joe Biden’s recent debate performance has sent shockwaves through his party. The decline in his poll numbers, especially in critical swing states, has left Democrats scrambling to reassess their strategies and regain footing.

But perhaps the most shocking development is the sudden competitiveness of Donald Trump in areas previously considered Democratic strongholds. Americans are completely stunned by how competitive Trump has become in top Democratic areas. This shift is causing ripples of panic among the Democratic elite and could have significant implications for the 2024 presidential race.

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The walls are closing in on President Joe Biden faster than ever before. Even top Democrats are starting to turn on him.

For years, the Democratic Party had been trying to hide Biden’s cognitive failings from the rest of the world. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, top Democrats defended Biden’s mental capabilities at every turn. They repeatedly claimed that there was nothing wrong with him cognitively.

Then last month’s disastrous presidential debate happened. While Biden was on the debate stage, Democrats could no longer protect him. There, his mental decline was on full display for the entire world to see.

Now, Biden has gotten hit with his most crushing blow yet. The former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is seemingly starting to have second thoughts about him running again.

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The road to the White House has never been a smooth one. Candidates face countless obstacles and unexpected twists. As election cycles come and go, the American public is treated to a front-row seat to the drama and intrigue of political campaigns.

The current race is no different. Joe Biden is facing serious headwinds in his reelection bid. Aside from his many failures, Biden crashed and burned in the last debate.

Now, we are seeing some of the early aftershocks of Biden’s debate debacle.  Democrats fight over replacing him. Meanwhile, top polling firms are going to the people. What do voters in swing states think about Biden, after he flopped? This kind of information should make up Dems’ minds about finding a new candidate.

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The U.S. voting system has long been a contentious issue, sparking debates from coast to coast. From the dawn of the republic, ensuring the integrity of elections has been paramount. This concern has only intensified with the advent of modern technology and the increasing complexity of election logistics.

The last presidential election was marred with voting “irregularities.” Despite assurances from Democrats and the media, many Americans doubt our elections are safe.

Citizens are left wondering if their vote truly matters or if the system is rigged against them. That fear has only increased since Biden let in 10 million illegal aliens through the border. Democrats are now trying to stop a bill from passing that would prevent a major election crime. And Trump is calling on Republicans to act.

From The Post Millennial:
Donald Trump said that the voting system is under siege by Democrats after they opposed the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act. The bill would require those who register to vote in elections to have proof of US citizenship.

The White House and Democrats scrambled to oppose the bill this week. In response, Trump posted to Truth Social: “Republicans must pass the Save Act, or go home and cry yourself to sleep. Non citizen Illegal Migrants are getting the right to vote, being pushed by crooked Democrat Politicians who are not being stopped by an equally dishonest Justice Department.”

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Some left-wing lawmakers in France have proposed that a separate group be created in the parliament following the victory of the leftist New Popular Front (NFP) coalition in the parliamentary elections, French broadcaster BFMTV has reported.

The broadcaster reported on Tuesday that some elected lawmakers from the NFP have offered the Greens party and the French Communist Party, who are also a part of the coalition, to split from the coalition and create their own group. The initiative was voiced by lawmakers Clementine Autain, Alexis Corbiere and Francois Ruffin, who sent an official letter to the said parties on Tuesday, BFMTV reported.

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As NATO marks the 75th anniversary of its creation at a summit in Washington July 9-11, the alliance finds itself grappling with a slew of internal challenges, from political turbulence among allies to funding disputes and a system of arms contracts which benefits some members (guess which ones) far more than others.

Sputnik takes a closer look at some of the problems wracking the bloc:

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The official statement by Russian Permanent Representative at UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine provided by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.

Point of order

Dear Colleagues,

In view of the fact that by assuming the UNSC presidency the Russian Federation  took on the obligation, as always, to act in a transparent and impartial manner, I would like to openly explain the situation around Ukraine’s participation in today’s meeting.

Yesterday, the Secretariat received a letter from the Permanent Representative of that country requesting the right to speak at the briefing.

Unlike all other requests, including that of the EU and Poland, the way it is drafted violates greatly the established practice; it is not addressed to the President of the Security Council, nor does it contain even basic protocol language of diplomatic communication.

The only sentence the letter had was a request to allow Ukraine to participate in the meeting.

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