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On Wednesday, a former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) warned that there will “probably” be even more bank failures in the United States following the failure of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), describing it as a “cleanup” process.
The Daily Caller reports that William Isaac gave his warning on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News, saying “there’s probably going to be more failures along the way,” and that “the problem we have is the same one that we had back in 1970s when the government was out of control with its fiscal policies, its monetary policies, inflation set in, and banks were just not ready for that.”
“The thrifts were not, either. We wound up losing some 5,000 banks during that period,” Isaac noted further. “We won’t lose anywhere near that number this time because we don’t have that many. We lost so many. We only have about 4,500 banks today,”
On Monday, a federal appellate court ruled that the firing of a New York man who refused to attend a pro-LGBTQ training session was legal.
As reported by the New York Post, Raymond Zdunski argued in his lawsuit that his employer, the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), attempted to “change his religious beliefs about gender and sexuality” by forcing him to attend a diversity training session focused on people who claim to be LGBTQ. His employer refused his request for a religious exception, citing his Christian beliefs.
Zdunski subsequently sought $10 million in damages, as well as reinstatement and back pay. The lawsuit was originally dismissed last year by District Judge Geoffrey Crawford. The recent ruling by the Manhattan-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Crawford’s original decision, supporting BOCES’ decision to fire him.
And then there are those pending rules for refrigerators, coming as soon as 2027.
The Heritage Foundation's Travis Fisher reacted.
"When you're squeezing all you can out of the efficiency in terms of electricity use and water … you by definition either make the appliance worse or slower," Fisher said. "Why are we so focused on the energy output, as opposed to if it's helping me wash my clothes? That standard has kind of gone off the rails."
ox News Channel host Tucker Carlson asked Republican presidential hopefuls, those who have announced and those exploring a bid, about their policy on Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Carlson reported the responses on Monday night’s show and posted the responses in full on Twitter.
Nikki Haley, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Asa Hutchison and Chris Sununu opted to not participate. But the number of politicians who did respond is impressive, considering as Carlson acknowledged that it was “presumptuous” of a cable news show to conduct such a query.
Those who answered: President Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Ron DeSantis (FL), Gov. Kristi Noem (SD), Greg Abbott (TX), Sen. Tim Scott (SC), former Gov. Chris Christie (NJ) and Ohio businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
President Trump called for peace in Europe (but not at any price) and for regime change at home. Pence supports (but no blank check) Ukraine so as to stop Russia’s ambitions and set an example for China. DeSantis stunned the establishment by spelling out a position close to Trump’s, saying of the U.S. national interest, “a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them.”
Darkstar, the secretive, ultrafast jet supposedly being developed for the U.S. military, may have gotten another shred of confirmation that it actually exists.
Aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin recently tweeted about the famed SR-71 Blackbird “being the fastest acknowledged crewed air-breathing jet aircraft.” (Italic emphasis our own.) As first noted by The War Zone, the tweet could be a subtle reference to the SR-72, the long-rumored hypersonic successor to the Blackbird.
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The Lockheed tweet was in celebration of Tom Cruise’s movie Top Gun: Maverick, the second highest-grossing film of 2022, which picked up six Academy Awards nominations, including for Best Picture, Film Editing and Visual Effects. At Sunday’s ceremony, the film’s sound crew won the Oscar for Best Sound.
A mega-prison in El Salvador brought in a second wave of suspected gang members who will now serve out their sentences in the notorious facility that has been criticised over its 'severe conditions.'
The second group of 2,000 inmates were moved today amid tight security to the new Izalco prison, the largest mega-prison in the Americas, which was built to accommodate more than 40,000 gangsters.
Footage shows the heavily tattooed and barefoot men, dressed only in white shorts, being hurriedly moved around with their heads bowed and hands cuffed behind their backs.
A Massachusetts high school has been criticized for allowing a transgender girl athlete to help win the state track and field championship last month - amid the heated debate over trans athletes in sport.
Chloe Barnes helped Brookline High School to the state's Interscholastic Athletics Association Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships over three other schools after competing in the Girls 55m hurdles.
Her fourth-placed finish in the race - behind a Brookline teammate - helped her school get the points necessary to win the title.
Britain’s updated defence and foreign policy strategy envisages an additional £5 billion for armaments and is a demonstration that London’s priority is confrontation with Russia and China. Although UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised this considerable appropriation for the military over two years, it is unlikely to appease British conservatives as the figure did not meet the demands of spending 3% GDP on defence.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace wanted a larger military budget but officials are reportedly “delighted” with the settlement. This is unlikely the case behind closed doors.
Most of the £5 billion will be used to replenish ammunition stockpiles given to Ukraine and work on the AUKUS project to develop nuclear-powered submarines for Australia. Effectively, the main priority of London’s updated defence and foreign policy strategy is to oppose the main geopolitical threats to Anglo hegemony – Russia and China.
It’s the question you’re not allowed to ask. The documentary they don’t want you to see. Join Matt Walsh on his often comical, yet deeply disturbing journey, as he fearlessly questions the logic behind a gender ideology movement that has taken aim at women and children.
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The transformation of once-wholesome American corporations like Disney and Walmart into fulcrums of LGBT power, advancing a wildly destructive sex-and-gender revolution, is not just a tragic story of American moral decline, but also one that offers vital and little-known lessons on the strategies and tactics of the Sexual Left.
How did it happen? How did the self-styled “queer” (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) movement gain such a powerful foothold in corporate boardrooms and, specifically, human resources departments? Surely, a host of factors contributed to the present crisis — the nation’s growing secularization and abandonment of biblical ethos, the increasingly slavish devotion of corporate media to all thing LGBTQ, the “coming out” of millions of Americans (decades ago mostly as gay or lesbian, but today as “non-binary,” “genderqueer,” etc.) and the emotional manipulation of loved ones that comes with it — to name a few.
But another vital but largely invisible factor deserves attention: the cunning strategies and organizational efforts of “gay” and trans activists laboring inside and outside corporations to push major companies to serve the LGBT agenda. Homosexual and trans activists at the biggest “queer” organization in America — the Human Rights Campaign, or HRC — have perfected a corporate shakedown strategy that would make Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition green with envy. They worked the system with greater savvy and commitment than their faith-based foes, and won, partly because so many conservatives rolled over rather than risk being called “bigots,” “homophobes,” and now, “transphobes.”
Repeated atmospheric river storms have produced record snow pack in the Sierra mountains. These repeated winter snowstorms have left California towns’ homes buried.
This crazy drone video shows multi-story homes completely buried in snow with another storm on the way with forecasts for up to 12 feet of additional snow. Travel across the passes will almost certainly be closed.
Vehicles equipped with special hardware for “quick and effective” response capabilities were donated by NATO to the Georgian Defence Forces.
According to the Ministry of Defence, 6 all-terrain vehicles worth EUR 542,000 were handed to the country’s Military Police as part of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, signed in 2014 and aimed at improving Georgia’s…interoperability with the alliance and supporting the process for preparing the country for membership in the bloc.
Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze, NATO Liaison Office Head Alexander Vinnikov, GDF representatives and the alliance attended the ceremony of the handover of the vehicles, which were purchased by the NATO Trust Fund, with Latvia and Australia contributing to the donation.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin highlighted Washington’s intention to strengthen relations with Türkiye.
“We intend to do everything possible to keep it that way,” Austin told reporters in response to a question about Ankara’s request to purchase F-16 fighter jets and modernization kits for its existing fleet.
Austin declined to comment on any potential arms sales ahead of official congressional notification but emphasized that “Turkey remains a very valuable partner, and we’ll make sure that we’re doing everything we can to continue to strengthen our relationship.”
Türkiye, a fellow long-standing NATO member, requested in October 2021 to purchase 40 F-16 fighter jets, as well as 80 modernization kits for its existing planes.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has lauded late Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani as a “pacesetter” in the recent agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia to restore diplomatic ties and re-open diplomatic missions.
In an article published on the website of Iraq's Al-Ahad TV channel on Tuesday, Abdul-Mahdi provided an exclusive account of the recent Iran-Saudi agreement and praised General Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), as the one who “launched” the groundbreaking deal.
Abdul-Mahdi said during a state visit to China in September 2019, he received a phone call from General Soleimani who asked him if he could visit Saudi Arabia and act as an “intermediary” between Iran and the kingdom.
The Israeli president warns that the occupying regime is moving down a dangerous path as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains adamant about implementing a set of highly controversial "legal reforms."
The reforms proposed by the premier seek to rob the Supreme Court of its ability to overrule either the regime's cabinet or Knesset (the parliament)'s decisions. They also seek to empower the MPs to strike down the court's verdicts, and give more say to the cabinet in the selection committee that appoints the judges.
Speaking on Wednesday, President Isaac Herzog warned that Netanyahu's insistence on bringing about the so-called reforms had pushed the regime down "the depths of a real crisis."
On March 15, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the Shin Bet security service said that Lebanon’s Hezbollah may have been behind a recent bombing on a strategic northern Israel highway.
The bombing took place on the Route 65 highway at the Megiddo Junction on March 13. 21-year-old Shareef ad-Din, an Israeli citizen from the Arab village of Salem, was seriously wounded in the attack.
In a joint statement, the IDF and the Shin Bet said that the suspect was spotted in a vehicle near the northern town of Ya’ara, close to the separation line with Lebanon. Officers of the elite police Yamam counterterrorism unit and Shin Bet officers opened fire at the suspect, killing him.
According to the IDF and the Sin Bet, the suspect was a “clear danger” to the security forces and had a primed explosives belt on him at the time. Several more weapons were found in the vehicle.
"The U.S. says that two Russian aircraft brought down U.S. surveillance drones near Crimea and the U.S. is calling this “unsafe and unprofessional.” The drones were unmanned. Russia refutes this assessment. They claim that the drones were flying towards the Russian border without an active transport, in violation of restrictions. They admit that two Russian craft were following the drones but say that they observed the drones falling on their own.
This incident highlights the U.S. involvement in the Ukraine conflict. The U.S. admits that it has helped Ukraine with surveillance in its fight against Russia. This is a little more than “helping.” This is doing it for them. Now we know it and now we know that Russia knows it. "
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has slammed US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm’s calls for a refusal to cooperate with Russian in the sphere of peaceful uses of nuclear energy as a manifestation of dishonest competition.
The Russian ambassador on Wednesday commented on Granholm’s article in The Hill newspaper where she called on the world to "penalize" our country with a refusal to cooperate in the sphere of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
"Frankly speaking, the abovementioned opus does not evoke anything but indignation and resentment. The administration official turns literally everything upside down. She does not feel squeamish about adding some drama to the text so as to touch the hearts of those reading," he said, adding that Mrs. Granholm should better "take a closer look at the situation" and "find out which party to the Ukrainian conflict - with full support by its Western curators - does disregard the principles of nuclear safety and security."
A deliberate attack on a Russian aircraft in neutral airspace would be an open declaration of war against the largest nuclear power, Moscow is not seeking confrontation, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday.
"Some lawmakers’ calls go far beyond common sense," he said, commenting on US Senator Lindsey Graham’s (from South Carolina) threats to shoot down Russian planes approaching US aircraft in international airspace.
"The Russian Ministry of Defense has explained in detail the reasons and course of actions of Russian pilots during yesterday’s incident over the Black Sea. I repeat, for those who have not gathered themselves to look at the situation objectively: our fighters did not come into contact with the American UAV," he said, commenting on the loss of a MQ-9 American drone. "Russia did everything possible to prevent this kind of incident - it informed the international community in good time about the boundaries of the temporary airspace regime established for the special military operation."
Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday reiterated his support to Russia in the fight with "old and new Nazis."
"I want to take advantage of the moment, as this is my first visit since the [start of the] special operation in Ukraine, and reiterate the Syrian position in support of the special operation against the old and new Nazis. I’m saying they are old and new Nazis because the West accepted old Nazis on its soil, and now it supports them again," the Syrian leader said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
The European Union obviously wants to make another attempt to form a wide anti-Russian coalition after the West has failed to isolate Russian in the global arena, the Russian mission to the European Union told TASS on Thursday commenting on the EU plans to call the first Schuman Security and Defense Partnership Forum on March 20-21.
Along with the 27 European Union member nations, forty-five more countries and international organizations have been invited.
"Initially, the European Union was sure that it would succeed in isolating Russia in the global arena. But Brussels has failed to do that at once and it could have never done it. And now the European Union seems to grow wiser and is staking on forming various anti-Russian coalitions hiding behind an allegedly unifying agenda. Whereas the European Political Community rests on some sort of ‘democratic values,’ in this case, security matters are in focus," the mission said in a commentary.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson calls out the Biden administration and some Republicans for their response to the Russia-Ukraine war on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'
The rocket attack on the U.S. Green Village base was widely seen by observers as a response to the Israeli strikes on Tartus and Hama.
The attack came around a week after General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid an unannounced visit to an undisclosed base in northeastern Syria. One of the main goals of the visit was to assess safeguards for American troops against attacks.
Attacks on U.S. bases in Syria will not likely deter Israel. However, they could mount some pressure on Washington. As for now, it appears to be that direct attacks against Israel are off the table for Damascus and its allies, most likely to deny Tel Aviv any excuse it could use to launch a full-blown military operation against Syria.