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This week, I have received emails from Connecticut bar members over a message posted by President Maggie Castinado, President-Elect James T. (Tim) Shearin, and Vice President Emily A. Gianquinto warning them about criticizing the prosecutions of former President Donald Trump. The message from the bar leadership is chilling for those lawyers who view cases like the one in Manhattan as a raw political prosecution. While the letter does not outright state that such criticism will be considered unethical conduct, it states that the criticism has “no place in the public discourse” and calls on members to speak publicly in support of the integrity of these legal proceedings.

The statement begins by warning members that “words matter” but then leaves the ramifications for bar members dangling on how it might matter to them. They simply note that some comments will be viewed as “cross[ing] the line from criticism to dangerous rhetoric.”

According to the Connecticut Bar, it is now considered reckless and unprofessional to make analogies to show trials or to question the integrity of the legal system or the judges in such cases.

For example, criticizing Judge Juan Merchan for refusing to recuse from the case is considered beyond the pale. Many lawyers believe that his political contributions to Biden and his daughter’s major role as a Democratic fundraiser and activist should have prompted Merchan to remove himself (and any appearance of a conflict). I have been more critical of his rulings, which I believe were both biased and wrong.

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The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Ground Force says Iran has identified some institutions in its neighboring countries that train terrorists.

Speaking on Sunday, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said that the enemy uses the capacity of Daesh and Salafi terrorist groups to make the region insecure.

“The enemy’s [spy] agencies are tasked with developing and designing terrorist actions, as well as equipping, directing and organizing terrorists,” he added.

“In some foreign countries, institutions are established for breeding terrorists and saboteurs… [who] are rented to commit acts of terror. Some of these institutions have been intercepted and identified in some neighboring states.”

Pakpour also referred to the important and effective role played by the IRGC’s Ground Force in protecting the security of people in the country.

Iranian forces have detected and neutralized many terrorist and anti-security conspiracies, he said, warning, however, that the enemy hatches new plots after every failure.

Tags: IRAN, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Just days after using a trebuchet to set fires to farmland across the southern Lebanon border, the Israeli military is looking to make fire even more of a weapon of war, striking several southern towns with phosphorous bombs.

The towns of Houla, Tallouseh, Adaisseh, and Kfar Kela were all reported hit, with civil defense forces out in forces across the area to try to keep the fires subsequently set under control.

This isn’t necessarily easy for firefighters, especially compared to the incidental fires which result from ordinary military strikes on both sides of the border. Used as incendiary devices, the phosphorous bombs tend to set fires that spread more quickly than ordinarily.

That has the potential to be another legal concern with Israel’s ongoing wars. The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons includes clauses that severely regulate the use of incendiary weapons. Though not outright illegal, they are meant to be banned in use against civilian populations.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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It’s been a long time coming, but finally, inexorably, like a Wuhan lab leak, the truth about COVID-19 appears to be seeping out. Short of running the world’s largest Excel spreadsheet on ‘conspiracy theories which came true’, it appears safe to say that the anti-vaxxers and covidiots among us (other slurs are available from those who learned nothing from Brexit) were right about practically everything. So, how did we know – we ‘little people’, who clearly aren’t world-renowned virologists and therefore had no right to an opinion on the matter? I suspect, like most of you, I know bullshit when I smell it, a talent for which we receive neither thanks nor apology from those bereft of the ability.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The House of Representatives on June 14 passed its annual defense policy bill with GOP-approved culture war amendments that are certain to put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The final tally on the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) vote was 217–199, with six Democrats voting in favor and three Republicans voting against.

The $883.7 billion bill, which has more than 1,000 pages, provides continued funding for military aircraft, ships, vehicles, and weapons programs. It also includes a 4.5 percent pay raise for U.S. service members and about 15 percent in additional pay for some junior enlisted service members, bringing their overall pay boost to nearly 20 percent under this year’s budget.

The NDAA includes culture war provisions such as eliminating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) positions within the Department of Defense (DoD) and imposing a hiring freeze on DEI positions in the DoD. There is a measure to block DoD funding for abortion-related expenses, another that bars the DoD from funding or providing gender transition surgeries and hormone treatments, as well as measures to prohibit the DoD’s education arm from purchasing or displaying material that “promotes radical gender ideology or pornographic content.”

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Oh, there’s a certain poetic justice in Congressman Thomas Massie’s latest idea. He’s determined to dig deep and unearth all the gritty details of that $17 million sexual misconduct slush fund our esteemed lawmakers have been dipping into for eons now. You remember that scandal, right? Revolver brought that story back into the spotlight, thanks to the Alvin Bragg “hush money” sham. Isn’t it curious? All eyes were on President Trump over a so-called “hush money” payment that affected no American, yet nobody seemed to care about our own lawmakers using our hard-earned tax dollars to settle their sexual assault cases. Very curious, indeed.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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What’s happening with black women in America? Some are rising to power thanks to the DEI movement, which rewards skin color, gender, and sexual preference over merit, experience, or excellence. However, the problem arises once those women who are not qualified are placed in positions of power and leadership, where they often quickly crash and burn. From embezzling $15 million in COVID funds to engaging in shameless plagiarism, these meritless women have demonstrated that they are not up to the task and struggle with the responsibilities they’ve been given. Naturally, they revert to what they know best: lying, cheating, and stealing. The whole situation is unfair to those black women in this country who succeed based on merit, honesty, and hard work to be lumped in with the large mass of meritless DEI incompetents.

“Black women behaving badly” has become a national pastime that can no longer be ignored. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most infamous cases of black women in leadership roles behaving badly.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Smith claims that Professor Tracy doesn’t have a First Amendment right to “spew his nonsense.” There is no need to go any further in her rambling, disjointed piece. Smith simply does not understand that it is precisely this kind of “nonsense” that the Founding Fathers intended to protect.

Smith may not like, appreciate, or understand Professor Tracy’s thoughts and motives, but he has a right – and some would argue a duty – to critical thinking, and a right to publically espouse those thoughts, however repugnant they may be to Smith’s, and others, delicate sensitivities.

The problem with Smith’s thought pattern, as it pertains to the First Amendment, is that she believes that if the speech is hurtful or offensive to another then it simply is unacceptable and constitutionally unprotected. That’s not how the First Amendment works, as made clear by Smith’s own ugly diatribe directed at Professor Tracy.

Let’s not forget that the Founding Fathers believed that open dialogue was so important that they made it the FIRST Amendment, not the sixth or seventh, etc. More importantly, that freedom of speech is unabridged and there is no caveat that the speech cannot hurt someone’s feelings.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Jacob Helberg is a Silicon Valley executive and was a donor to Democrats and Joe Biden. Not anymore.

Helberg was at the recent California fundraiser that brought in a whopping $12 million for Trump in one night.

He just appeared on the FOX Business Network and spoke to Maria Bartiromo about why he has shifted his support to Trump.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Back in 2020 when the Hunter Biden laptop story broke, lots of people in media either ignored the story, mocked those who believed it was true, or rushed to brand it as part of a Russian ‘disinformation’ plot.

No show went more out of their way than Morning Joe of MSNBC.

Joe Scarborough went on a rant that has aged like milk in the sun. He mocked Trump voters, Rudy Giuliani, the New York Post and others, saying that history would remember them as useful idiots.

It’s important for people to remember how these people spun this story, which was completely true. They lied then and they are lying about other things today.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Tags: ECONOMY
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According to a post from RawsAlerts, the “gunman opened fired with reports of some type of automatic weapon and opened fired in a crowed of people at a Juneteenth festival Reports say that at least eight people have been shot with three reported fatalities this number is subject to change as this remains unconfirmed at this time but the Shooter has been detained by Law enforcement.”

Webmaster addition: And right after the Supreme Court decision on bump stocks! What an amazing coincidence!!!!!

 

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