Thought for the day

"There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people - the 150 or 160 million - is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it." -- Harry S Truman

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The brilliant Julie Kelly has a great essay summarizing the Biden administration’s accelerating persecution and prosecution of Republicans who dared question a bizarre presidential election that broke with all norms going back more than two centuries. Kelly believes, as I do, that this is going to end with Donald Trump’s indictment. My guess is the indictment will take place before the election because Democrats want to trigger a violent response that will justify halting the elections and, possibly, imposing some form of martial law. I can’t believe I’m writing that, but all the indications are there.

As I said, you should definitely read Kelly’s “The Regime’s ‘Operation MAGA Fascist’ Gains Ground,” because it perfectly summarizes how Democrats have spent two years escalating words and actions against Trump supporters and other Republicans. Kelly has been on this issue like a hungry dog on a juicy bone, so her summation is going to be one of the best you’ll see. I want to focus, however, on where she sees this escalation heading in the coming weeks:

But the MOAB in Operation MAGA Fascist will detonate after a D.C. grand jury, working in secret with Biden’s Justice Department, hands down a criminal indictment against Donald Trump. It isn’t a question of if that will happen, but when. Will Democrats drop the bomb before Election Day or after? How long can they drag out the dramatics before their own base turns on them?

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Sep 15 10:47

 According to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans in 2021 once again spent more on average on taxes than they did on food, clothing and health care combined.

During 2021, according to Table R-1 in the BLS’ Consumer Expenditure Survey, American “consumer units” spent an average of $15,495.28 on food, clothing and health care combined, while paying an average of $16,729.73 in total taxes to federal, state and local governments.

Tags: ECONOMY, TAXES
Posted on: Sep 15 10:43

The Defense Department’s chief diversity equity and inclusion officer has a history of anti-white tweets.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Sep 15 10:43

Democrat LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl was served with a search warrant at her Santa Monica home on Wednesday morning amid an “ongoing public corruption investigation.”

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Sep 15 10:25

On Tuesday, the military forces of Azerbaijan shelled territory in neighboring Armenia. “The hostilities erupted minutes after midnight, with Azerbaijani forces unleashing an artillery barrage and drone attacks in many sections of Armenian territory, according to the Armenian Defense Ministry,” reports to the Associated Press. The premier corporate propaganda outfit cited serious damage to “civilian infrastructure and also wounded an unspecified number of people,” including 49 Armenian soldiers (later updated to 99 soldiers).

“There are reports of dead and wounded among civilians and military servicemen,” said Hikmet Hajiyev, a spokesman for the Azerbaijani presidency.

The latest clash between the two rivals follows the decades-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, yet again another instance of violence over ethnicity and culture. According to the “international community” (those onboard with the neoliberal agenda dictated by the US), the region is recognized as part of Azerbaijan.

The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast has a population of 192,000, 76% Armenian and 23% Azerbaijani. There are Russian and Kurdish minorities.

The 1988-1994 war prompted the Russian Federation sent peacekeepers to the disputed separatist region.

Webmaster addition: This may have fizzled as Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared a cease fire.

Tags: ASIA, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Sep 15 10:24

According to the latest consumer spending data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spent more money on taxes last year than on food, healthcare, education, and clothing COMBINED. 

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Sep 15 10:24

President Joe Biden jokingly offered onlookers a ride back from the Detroit Auto Show to Washington, DC, in an electric vehicle on Tuesday — the high-end Cadillac Lyriq, which retails above $61,795 for the 2023 model year.

In a video obtained by Breitbart News, Biden is seen driving slowly across the carpet inside the Cadillac in a convention hall before calling out: “Anyone want a ride to Washington?”

That ride would take longer than a drive in a conventional, gas-powered vehicle — and might not save more than a few dollars. Earlier this year, after Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) boasted of driving her electric Chevy Bolt from Michigan to Washington, DC, Henry Payne of the Detroit Free Press did the calculations:

Over the course of her journey, ABRP [the A Better Route Planner app] calculates that the Bolt EUV used almost 200 kWh of energy at a cost of $80. Electrify America charging rates across Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are a uniform 43 cents per kWh (like gas stations, EA also has discount rates with member programs, and some manufacturers are offering free charging with purchase of an EV).

That compares to $88 if she had driven a comparable, gas-powered Trailblazer SUV, which gets 33 mpg on the highway. That’s a savings of $8 for the 600-mile trip at $5-a-gallon gas.

That savings comes at a price in time. Stabenow’s charging stops added nearly three hours to the 9 hour, 30-minute Lansing-to-D.C. road trip (13 hours, 9 minutes total) compared to a single, 5-minute stop in the Trailblazer to fill up. There are other variables as well, depending on which app you use to plan your trip.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Sep 15 10:24

As government officials and mainstream media urges the vaccinated to inject a second so-called “bivalent” booster said to be targeting the Omicron variant, it turns out that this substance hasn’t been tested on humans. And the only animal trial that has been performed included eight mice.

“It hasn’t been proven in a clinical trial, because we don’t have time to do a clinical trial because we need to get the vaccine out now because we have such a situation throughout the world and certainly in the United States, we’re having 400 deaths per day and up to 5,000 hospitalizations a day,” NIAID Dr Anthony Fauci explained in an interview.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has also stated that the boosters must be expedited in order to work properly. A delay would potentially render the shots “outdated” as new variants would form, Walensky argues.

STUDY: WORSE THAN THE VIRUS

A new study conducted by scientists from Harvard and Johns Hopkins, currently in pre-print, reveals that the COVID-19 vaccines were up to 98 times worse than the virus itself. The study is critical of the booster requirement for American university students, stating in the abstract: “Using CDC and sponsor-reported adverse event data, we find that booster mandates may cause a net expected harm: per COVID-19 hospitalisation prevented in previously uninfected young adults, we anticipate 18 to 98 serious adverse events, including 1.7 to 3.0 booster-associated myocarditis cases in males, and 1,373 to 3,234 cases of grade ≥3 reactogenicity which interferes with daily activities.”

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Sep 15 10:22

A new report by top medical journal the Lancet says it’s “feasible” that the COVID-19 virus actually originated from a laboratory in the United States.

Up until this point, much of the speculation around the origin of the pandemic has centered on the Wuhan lab in China.

However, the new paper suggests that Sars-Cov-2 could have leaked from a US lab as a result of either a natural spillover or a laboratory incident.

The report states that “independent researchers have not yet investigated” US labs, and that the National Institutes of Health has “resisted disclosing details” of its work.

Despite the evidence presented in the research paper, the Lancet is still facing a backlash over its refusal to take action against economist Prof Jeffrey Sachs, who was involved in research for the publication.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WMD
Posted on: Sep 15 10:06

For those who have been paying attention to international affairs, the following will come as no surprise.  For others, cheering for "Team Ukraine" however, the following should be a gigantic wake-up call.  It isn't just Russia handling Ukraine . . . it's China too.

Li Zhanshu is the head of China’s legislature: the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. He’s Number 3 in the rigid hierarchy of the CPC. A VERY big fish.

So where was Mr. Li last week?

Well, at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. He met and talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Li also had a key meeting with Russian State Duma (The Russia Legislature) Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin - and other Duma leaders.

Tags: CHINA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Sep 15 10:03

A ceasefire was holding Thursday on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, Yerevan said, after the worst clashes since 2020 killed dozens of troops and jeopardised a fledgling peace process.

The clashes that erupted on Tuesday ended "thanks to the international involvement" overnight on Thursday, Armenia's security council said, after earlier failed attempts from Russia to broker a truce.

Baku and Yerevan have traded accusations of initiating the violence along their shared border, which saw 105 Armenian troops and 50 Azerbaijani servicemen killed and hundreds of Armenian civilians flee their homes near the frontier.

The escalation comes as Yerevan's closest ally Moscow is distracted by its nearly seven-month war in Ukraine.

A delegation of the Collective Security Treaty Organization -- a Moscow-led grouping of several ex-Soviet republics -- is due in Yerevan later Thursday, Armenia's foreign ministry said.

Tags: ASIA, EUROPE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Sep 15 10:01

Zatko recently testified before the Senate about Twitter’s issues — here are four key takeaways from his testimony

1: Zatko claims 4,000 Twitter employees have access to users’ personal info

2: Indian government agents may be working at Twitter

3: Twitter employees can access a user’s phone number, address, and location at any time

4: Twitter employees can tweet from any Twitter account

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Sep 15 10:00

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), running against Republican J.D. Vance for Ohio’s open United States Senate seat, has gone silent after saying “Democrats, Republicans, and Independents” must “kill and confront” former President Trump’s Make America Great Again (MAGA) populist-nationalist movement.

On Tuesday, Ryan called for voters to “kill and confront” the MAGA movement even as more than 3.1 million Ohioans voted for Trump in the 2020 election and more than 2.8 million voted for him in the 2016 election.

“How do we fix all of these broken systems? Some of those answers will come from Republicans, not the extremists that we are dealing with every single day. We’ve got to kill and confront that movement, but working with normal mainstream Republicans, that’s going to be really, really important,” Ryan said on MSNBC.

“I’m saying exhausted majority — Democrats, Republicans, Independents against the extremists, leading an era of reform around reconciliation so we can heal this country and move into the future,” he continued.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Sep 15 09:58

Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) say President Joe Biden can help reduce violent crime across the United States by initiating a federal effort to deport all illegal aliens convicted of crimes.

On Wednesday, Blackburn and Hagerty sent Biden a letter urging him to deploy wartime federal resources to major American cities to assist with an ongoing violent crime wave.

A critical component that Biden can take executively, Blackburn and Hagerty wrote, is carrying out a large-scale effort to deport all illegal aliens convicted of crimes who continue living in the U.S.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:57

According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, acute corneal allografts are being rejected by immunized patients who've undergone the procedure. Researchers say the underlying cause could be tied to a systemic inflammatory response elicited by the shot post-jab.

The cornea is the outermost layer of a person’s eye. Corneal grafts are used to restore a damaged cornea. The surgery is known to be one of the most successful organ transplant procedures with low rejection rates. It restores vision, reduces eye pain and improves the appearance of the diseased cornea.

Japanese researchers compiled data from 23 studies. A total of 23 eyes from 21 patients who had undergone corneal graft procedures were assessed. Graft rejection occurred anywhere from one day to six weeks after vaccination in all patients–some who underwent the procedure as far back as twenty years ago.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:57

Israeli health researcher and health journalist Dr. Yaffa Shir-Raz has released shocking new information about her findings and exposed Israel’s cover-ups in reporting the adverse events related to Covid-19 vaccinations.

The Israeli Ministry of Health (MoH) discovered major safety issues with the COVID vaccines and hid the information from the public intentionally. MoH distorted the findings of the expert.

Earlier this month, Dr. Yaffa took to Twitter to expose a leaked video where Prof. Mati Berkowitz, a pediatric specialist, head of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology unit at Shamir Medical Center, and head of the research team appointed by the Israeli Ministry of Health (IMOH) to examine the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, caught lying and manipulating an expert report on adverse events.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL/PALESTINE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:56

 Ukraine's western government creditors concluded on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding on a planned debt service suspension, the group said.

The group, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States, said in July that they would provide a coordinated suspension of Kyiv's debt servicing to the end of 2023 and potentially for an additional year.

"This MoU eases Ukraine's liquidity pressures and allows its government to increase social, health and economic spending in response to Russia's unjustified, unprovoked and illegal war of aggression," the group said in a statement issued by France's finance ministry.

The group called on other official bilateral creditors to also quickly reach a debt service suspension deal with Ukraine.

Webmaster addition: In other words, these western governments (including the US) have "loaned" your money to Ukraine and are now saying that Ukraine doesn't have to pay it back for the time being (possibly never).

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:44

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Ukraine's ongoing ambitions to join the Western NATO military alliance presented a threat to Russia's security and highlighted the necessity for Russia to conduct what it calls a "special military operation" in Ukraine.

Moscow was responding to the publication of a draft set of security guarantees by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's office on Tuesday that outlined Ukraine's "aspiration to join NATO and benefit from its mutual defence arrangements".

In a conference call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia viewed the document negatively, saying the idea of Ukraine joining NATO was "the main threat to Russia":

"It once again emphasises the relevance and urgent need for us to ensure our own security and our own national interests."

Before Russia sent its armed forces into Ukraine in February, Moscow was demanding legally binding guarantees that Ukraine would never be admitted to the U.S.-led transatlantic defence alliance.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Sep 15 09:43

Ukraine has reached an agreement with the United States on the supply of 2 billion cubic metres of natural gas over the fourth quarter of 2022 and the first three months of 2023, Interfax news agency quoted the prime minister as saying on Wednesday.

"We now see a successful passage of the winter season. We see sufficient reserves," Denys Shmyhal was quoted as saying, adding that Ukraine's winter gas reserves were estimated at 15 bcm following the deal with the United States.

Webmaster addition: Does the US have that much gas to spare?!?

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:42

A senior Armenian official said late on Wednesday that a truce had been agreed with Azerbaijan after two days of violence linked to a decades-old dispute between the ex-Soviet states over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

There was no word from Azerbaijan about a truce to halt the deadliest exchanges between the countries since 2020.

Russia is the pre-eminent diplomatic force in the region and maintains 2,000 peacekeepers there. Moscow brokered the deal that ended the 2020 fighting - dubbed the second Karabakh war - in which hundreds died.

Tags: ASIA, EUROPE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Sep 15 09:41

Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson

Sweden's Prime Minister Andersson said that the 'the preliminary result is clear enough to draw a conclusion' that her centre-left bloc had lost power. [File: Marko Saavala/ TT News Agency/ AFP]

Published On 14 Sep 202214 Sep 2022

 

Swedish centre-left Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has accepted defeat after the four-party right-wing opposition bloc got better of her Social Democrats, which has been in power since 2014.

Andersson, who became Sweden’s first female prime minister last year, announced on Wednesday that she would resign after an unprecedented right-wing and far-right bloc appeared on course to win the general election.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Sep 15 09:41

Taliban and Pakistani security forces exchanged fire along the after Pakistani soldiers tried to erect a military structure on the Afghan-Pakistani border, causing multiple casualties on both sides, the Taliban said on Wednesday.

The Pakistani military said its forces had responded to cross-border fire from militants, and that three of its soldiers were killed.

The border was drawn up decades ago during British colonial rule and long been disputed, often leading to clashes. Pakistan treats it as an international frontier and has fenced it, while Afghan authorities do not recognise the demarcation.

Tags: AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN/ INDIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Sep 15 09:40

The opening of the Black Sea corridor for the export of Russian grain allows Turkey to realize some of its interests, but more importantly, it allows Russian grain to reach the most vulnerable countries, which is critical since Ukrainian grain is ending up in the EU instead of the poorest countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss the opening of the corridor for the export of Russian grain at the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit to be held on September 15-16 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. 

Although Western sanctions have not been directly imposed on Russian grain, sanctions have created export difficulties. Therefore, a corridor through the Turkish Straits is a solution and will also benefit Ankara’s coffers as utility companies in Turkish ports will profit. In addition, Turkey is the main supplier of flour to the European market, with the flour being made from Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian grains.

Moscow is facing some problems despite sanctions not being directly imposed against Russian grain. For example, there are issues with payments and settlements as many banks are simply afraid of sanctions. Sanctions also create problems with transportation logistics, especially with ships. Those logistical problems have led to an increase in the price of grain.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TURKEY
Posted on: Sep 15 09:37

As energy prices continue to soar across Europe, with gas prices surging 26% on Monday after Russia stopped pumping via Nord Stream 1, the highly contentious fracking debate is now re-emerging on the continent, led by a new British prime minister with fossil fuels on her mind. The European Union–which no longer includes the UK–plans to replace two-thirds of Russian gas imports by the end of the year, though analysts warn that the bloc’s best shot at replacing Russian gas imports will fall well short of the target. 

In 2021, the EU imported ~155 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas from Russia. Unfortunately, the bloc’s proposed gas replacements by the end of 2022–which include LNG (liquefied natural gas) diversification, renewables, heating efficiency, pipeline diversification, biomethane, solar rooftops and heat pumps–only amount to around 102 bcm annually, according to data from the EU Commission’s REPowerEU.

Proponents of fracking hold that Europe’s shale gas potential is needed now more than ever, though Germany, France, the Netherlands, Scotland and Bulgaria have all previously banned fracking. Now, the debate is being revived by recent moves in the UK.

Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced that the UK is lifting a 2019 moratorium on shale gas fracking as the country looks to ramp up domestic energy resources and help households and businesses struggling to pay soaring energy bills.

The lifting of the fracking ban comes just three years after the government ended its support for fracking after the authority supervising the oil and gas industry determined that “it is not possible with current technology to accurately predict the probability of tremors associated with fracking.”

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:35

Fat Leonard is on the lam. 

If you’ve never heard of Fat Leonard, don’t worry, you’re not alone. If the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, then perhaps the greatest trick the Pentagon ever pulled was convincing us all to act as if Fat Leonard didn’t exist either.

Leonard, more accurately known as Leonard Glenn Francis, earned the nickname due to his large size, reportedly 350 pounds, but he earned the federal prison sentence he is now running away from by being at the center of arguably the largest corruption scandal in the history of the United States Navy. For years, Leonard bribed and otherwise corrupted hundreds of Navy officers to look the other way as he systematically overcharged the U.S. government on hundreds of millions in Pentagon contracts. 

It’s a scandal of proportions as massive as Fat Leonard himself. The stories of Leonard’s corruption include drugs, prostitutes, Cuban cigars, Lady Gaga tickets, and of course lots of good, old fashioned cash. Eventually, Navy investigators from NCIS (not the TV show, the real Naval Criminal Investigative Service) started to look into it all, so at first Leonard just bought them off too. Eventually though, in 2013, federal agents successfully lured Leonard to a San Diego hotel where they were able to capture him. He eagerly flipped and gave up dozens of the corrupt Navy officers he’d worked with, and was awaiting sentencing as a cooperating witness when, last week, he escaped custody. 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Sep 15 09:35

Palestinians in Jenin expressed worry about a possible Israeli escalation after two Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were killed in a firefight at the Jalama checkpoint, north of Jenin.
 
The shooting took place hours after the Israeli cabinet met to discuss the security situation in the West Bank, concluding that more escalation is ahead, especially during the Jewish holidays that will begin the last week of September.
 
Israeli media quoted the Israeli army claiming that an Israeli force set out to flank the two Palestinians who had approached the checkpoint before the pair opened fire at Israeli soldiers.

Tags: ISRAEL/PALESTINE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:34

The Israeli military has been refusing for the past two days to escort children from a Palestinian village to and from school to protect them from frequent attacks by settlers from a nearby outpost, even though a Knesset committee voted to provide security for them in 2004.

Residents of the Palestinian village of Tuba, located in the South Hebron Hills said it was the first time in 18 years that the army had ever told them it was cancelling the escorts. As a result, the village’s children haven’t been able to attend school for the past two days.

Tuba residents said they believed the army’s decision was aimed to punish them following Sunday night's clashes between settlers and Palestinians at the location where the village children meet the soldiers to be escorted back home.

Tags: ISRAEL/PALESTINE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:34

In recent days, the U.S. Department of Justice has served upwards of 40 subpoenas on people affiliated with Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, many of whom continue to associate with or support him.

The reports were first aired by Steven Bannon, and confirmed at least in part by attorney Harmeet Dhillon:

The NY Times and other mainstream media have confirmed (with glee) the large number of subpoenas, including phone seizures:

Justice Department officials have seized the phones of two top advisers to former President Donald J. Trump and blanketed his aides with about 40 subpoenas in a substantial escalation of the investigation into his efforts to subvert the 2020 election, people familiar with the inquiry said on Monday.

The seizure of the phones, coupled with a widening effort to obtain information from those around Mr. Trump after the 2020 election, represent some of the most aggressive steps the department has taken thus far in its criminal investigation into the actions that led to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

The subpoenas themselves are extraordinarily broad, seeking communications with dozens of people. So one subpoena to one person actually implicates dozens of people. Redstate published one of the subpoenas, along with the threatening cover letter:

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Sep 15 09:32