Thought for the day
"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." -- Mark Twain
"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed." -- Ayn Rand, 'Atlas Shrugged', 1957
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a state law enacting universal mail-in voting violated the state's constitution.
"The Vote-by-Mail Statute impermissibly expands the categories of absentee voters identified in Article V, Section 4A of the Delaware Constitution," the court wrote. "Therefore, the judgment of the Court of Chancery that the Vote-by-Mail Statute violates the Delaware Constitution should be affirmed."
The court further rejected a component of the law that would have created same-day registration throughout the state.
"The Same-Day Registration Statute conflicts with the provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the Delaware Constitution," the judges found. "Consequently, the judgment of the Court of Chancery that the Same-Day Registration Statute does not violate the Delaware Constitution should be reversed."
The new report from the Justice Department inspector general proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked sensitive law enforcement material in the Trump-Russia investigation. Doing so set a "dangerous example" for the bureau's other employees, Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote.
Still, Comey's supporters have claimed exoneration on one front: that Comey did not leak classified information. Some reacted angrily when President Trump tweeted that Comey had done so.
But Comey did, in fact, leak classified information. It's right there in the report. It wasn't much classified information, and it was perhaps not terribly important, and Justice Department officials concluded it was not worth prosecuting. But Comey leaked classified material.
Comey implicitly recognized as much even as he claimed vindication. In a tweet, Comey quoted the report, saying: "DOJ IG 'found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media.'" To that, Comey added, "I don't need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a 'sorry we lied about you' would be nice."
Preventing cheating in elections is a priority for voters, who expect the issue to be important in next month’s midterm elections.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 84% of Likely U.S. voters believe the issue of election integrity will be important in this year's congressional elections, including 61% who expect it to be Very Important. Just 13% don’t think the issue will be important. In August, 80% of voters expected election integrity to be an important issue in the midterms.
The Uvalde, Texas School District has announced that it is has suspended its entire District police force. This comes five months after the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary, which left 19 students and two teachers dead.
On Friday, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District made a statement.
“The District remains committed to resolving issues with verifiable evidence. Decisions concerning the UCISD police department have been pending the results of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and JPPI investigation. Recent developments have uncovered additional concerns with department operations.”
It was also announced that the District has requested members of the Texas Department of Public Safety to be temporarily stationed on campus.
“The District has requested the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide additional troopers for campus and extra-curricular activities,” the district said. “We are confident that staff and student safety will not be compromised during this transition.”
The "Morning Joe" crew characterized a decision by OPEC as spitting in the face of President Joe Biden and said it would be damaging to the Democrats in the midterm elections.
Drag queen "Lil Miss Hot Mess" is accusing Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of "bigotry" after the lawmaker from Florida called out the radical left in a campaign ad that included a brief video clip of the cross dresser engaging in a story reading event for kids.
Google is celebrating the news that Velma, one of the main characters from the widely-beloved world of "Scooby-Doo," is being explicitly presented as a lesbian in the new movie "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!"
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk engaged in a Twitter feud over the war in Ukraine and electric car subsidies.
“It’s a complete clown show in there as far as witnesses and prosecution,” said a courtroom observer, following the trial of Oathkeepers organization founder Stewart Rhodes, Kelly Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins, and Thomas Caldwell in DC District Court today.
Prosecutors attempted to show how Oathkeepers planned an ‘insurrection’ by playing a partial recording of the group’s Nov. 2020 GoToMeeting. Those in the courtroom couldn’t hear Stewart Rhodes’ voice clearly. There were no subtitles to discern what he said.
Kanye West’s interview with Tucker Carlson on Thursday night provided a window into the mind of one of the most unique personalities in pop culture.
A viral video shows a day care worker wearing a Halloween mask while chasing and terrifying small children. Employees at the day care facility in Mississippi have been fired over the disturbing video, and the Monroe County sheriff's office has launched an investigation into the unnerving incident.
Police said the pair of trespassing male teens who broke into a Northglenn, Colorado, back yard and died after a shootout with the homeowner Sunday were armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a machete, KUSA-TV reported.
While delivering remarks on the economy after touring the Volvo Group Powertrain Facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, President Joe Biden delivered a gaffe that would give a kindergartner pause.
Joe was fired up —maybe he just temporarily forgot how to count when he kicked off the remarks with this gem:
“Let me start off with two words: made in America”
C’MON, JOE! That’s THREE words! You’re steering economic policy for Pete’s sake.
Former United States Attorney Brett Tolman explained Thursday that something "doesn't add up" with the bombshell story that federal investigators have enough evidence to prosecute Hunter Biden.
Rapper Kanye West slammed the mainstream media during an interview this week where he said that God was preparing Christians for “real battles” against godless forces, which included the media.
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell pressed Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C., this week on the matter of rising crime rates across the country.
Rapper Kanye West weighed in on the topic of abortion during an interview this week where he said he does not care about people’s reactions to him being pro-life.
When you thought Disney was already at rock bottom, they proved that they’re lower than before.
Now, it’s about the release of a satanic cartoon. You’re not going to believe what they want our kids to watch now.
The Gateway Pundit states, “On August 29, Disney announced it would air a new ‘comedy’ about a woman impregnated by Satan and her Antichrist daughter. This show begins streaming on Disney+ in Australia and New Zealand with expectations of releasing in other markets soon.”
Disney maintains that it’s a comedic cartoon. A statement released says, “In FX’s ‘Little Demon,’ a comedic cartoon featuring the voices of Danny DeVito and Aubrey Plaza, it has been 13 years since a single woman is impregnated by Satan. The cartoon follows a reluctant mother, Laura, and her Antichrist daughter, Chrissy, as they attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware. However, the two are constantly attacked by monstrous forces, including Satan, who yearns for custody of his daughter’s soul.”
Webmaster addition: It's not even good quality animation!
A Mississippi daycare has been harshly criticized after a horrifying video surfaced that showed an alleged worker wearing a terrifying Halloween mask while screaming into toddlers’ faces and chasing them because they were “bad.”
The sabotage of the two Nord Stream pipelines leaves Europeans certain to be much poorer and colder this winter, and was an act of international vandalism on an almost unimaginable scale. The attacks severed Russian gas supplies to Europe and caused the release of enormous quantities of methane gas, the prime offender in global warming.
This is why no one is going to take responsibility for the crime – and most likely no one will ever be found definitively culpable.
Nonetheless, the level of difficulty and sophistication in setting off blasts at three separate locations on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines overwhelmingly suggests a state actor, or actors, was behind it.
Western coverage of the attacks has been decidedly muted, given that this hostile assault on the globe’s energy infrastructure is unprecedented – overshadowing even the 9/11 attacks.
The reason why there appears to be so little enthusiasm to explore this catastrophic event in detail – beyond pointing a finger in Russia’s direction – is not difficult to deduce.
The European Commission is hoping to impose a cap on gas prices as the current energy crisis will inevitably deepen over the winter. However, European Union member states are divided over the proposed measures, which are designed to lower soaring inflation amid Moscow’s response to sanctions imposed for its military operation in Ukraine.
Although France, Italy, Poland and 12 other EU countries urged the Commission to propose a broader price cap targeting all wholesale gas trade, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany – Europe’s biggest gas buyer – are among those opposed against the measure as they believe capping prices could endanger the security of supply as it undermines the EU’s ability to attract gas deliveries.
It is recalled that in early September, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the idea of a price cap as “stupid”, highlighting that the EU was “in no position to dictate”. After warning that the EU would “freeze” if such a cap was imposed, Putin said: “We will not supply gas, oil, coal, heating oil – we will not supply anything.”
While EU leaders are doggedly and obsessively calling for a price cap, industry experts show their scepticism, and in some cases concern on the repercussions of such an action. It is already noted that EU sanctions imposed against Russia are already affecting European economies far worse than the Russian economy.
A call by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky for NATO members to deploy nuclear weapons against Russia is a reminder of why Moscow launched military action against his country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
“Yesterday, Zelensky called on his Western masters to deliver a preemptive nuclear strike on Russia,” Moscow’s top diplomat stated during a media conference on Wednesday.
In doing so, the Ukrainian leader “showed to the entire world the latest proof of the threats that come from the Kiev regime.” Lavrov said Russia’s special military operation had been launched to neutralize those threats.
He dismissed as “laughable” an attempt to downplay Zelensky’s words made by his press secretary, Sergey Nikoforov.
“We all remember how [Zelensky] declared in January Ukraine’s intention to acquire nuclear weapons. Apparently, this idea has long been stuck in his mind,” the Russian minister said.
In a recent article published by The New York Times, it was reported that US intelligence believes Kiev authorized the terrorist attack that murdered Russian journalist and activist Daria Dugina, daughter of the political scientist and philosopher Aleksandr Dugin. With this, the prevailing narrative on the case in the US takes on an accusatory tone against Ukraine, but the silence remains on the connivance of Western countries, which refused to help the Russians to capture those responsible for the attack.
The article cites unidentified sources that confirm the Russian version that Dugina’s death was caused by an intelligence operation planned, authorized, and executed by Kiev’s agents. According to NYT’s sources, information confirming the Ukrainian authorship of the attack was shared among US officials recently, thus corroborating the suspicions previously showed not only by Moscow, but also by many experts around the world.
The article, however, emphasizes that the operation was conducted exclusively by Ukrainian officials, with no US agents participating. Apparently, American intelligence did not take note of any planned Ukrainian attack and only obtained confirmation about the plans of its Ukrainian partners much later, with the Americans even “admonishing” Kiev for having conducted such a bold operation.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) filed its motion and amicus brief Thursday evening with the federal district court in Galveston urging it to allow the lawsuit to proceed against the FDA for its misleading statements against ivermectin. In Apter v. HHS, a group of physicians sued to hold the Food and Drug Administration, a federal agency within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), accountable for its interference with physicians’ ability to treat Covid-19.
“Defendant FDA has improperly exploited misunderstandings about the legality and prevalence of off-label uses of medication, in order to mislead courts, state medical boards, and the public into thinking there is anything improper about off-label prescribing,” AAPS writes in its amicus brief to the court. “Not only is off-label prescribing fully proper, legal, and commonplace, but it is also absolutely necessary in order to give effective care to patients.”
Republican Blake Masters challenged Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) on Thursday over the Democrat’s support for legislation beefing up the IRS with up to 87,000 more employees while voting against an amendment that would have funded 18,000 more Border Patrol agents.
Amid ongoing accusations of the FBI becoming a weaponized agency against the American people after storming former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and targeting pro-life activists standing up for unborn children, a whistleblower has revealed more damning evidence in the agency surrounding sexual misconduct allegations.
An Australian transgender TikTok star is facing a barrage of child sex abuse charges and authorities are examining the social media maven’s laptop to determine if more crimes against kids occurred.