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"I can think of no human activity more pointless than to murder each other over myths and legends." -- Michael Rivero
As the nation celebrates Memorial Day by reflecting on the service of veterans throughout our history, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has come under renewed criticism for a number of failures in its mission to provide care and benefits to veterans.
As reported by Just The News, the VA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released several reports and memorandums just before Memorial Day. VA Inspector General Michael Missal submitted his semi-annual oversight report to Congress, declaring in the attached cover letter that “OIG staff have identified significant deficiencies” within the VA.
“Our oversight efforts spotlighted in this report help illustrate how weaknesses in any of these areas of accountability can negatively affect veterans and can waste or misuse taxpayer dollars,” Missal added.
One example given in the report deals with “concerns revealed across four prior oversight reports about [Veterans Benefits Administration] decision-making on claims-processing issues that adversely affected some beneficiaries.” These included would-be recipients being denied their VA benefits due to being required to pass unnecessary exams.
It should be obvious, right?
Note: None of the below applies to LEGAL immigrants.
Here’s an analogy.
Someone breaks in through the window in your lounge. What do you do? Shoot them dead on the spot (“stand your ground” States), arrest them and call the police, chase them away and repair the window, or, as per current US, UK and EU behaviour, throw the elderly relative, veteran or kid out of a bedroom (doubling them up in another bedroom) feed the criminal, put the criminal on your health plan, give him access to all of your house and give him an allowance?
Perhaps once the criminal is properly ensconced in your house, you could engage the criminal in conversation like “is climate change so much worse in your home country compared to the US” or “do those tattoos mean you were imprisoned for drug use, or murder or rape?” or “were the reports of fentanyl smuggling, murder and rape on the way to y house, exaggerated by five or twenty times or were they much worse?”
The criminal could be male or female, may be diseased, and may be carrying their own child or someone else’s or could be a child between 7 and 17 years old. The chances are though that the criminal is a fit and potentially violent fighting age male.
The equivalent of that analogy is occurring every day all over the western world. In the US there are probably close to 40 million illegal immigrants in the bedrooms of various communities.
The US and its allies are “playing with fire” by doubling down on their support for Kiev amid the conflict with Moscow, including by planning to provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
“Of course, it’s an unacceptable escalation,” Lavrov stated regarding potential deliveries of American-made warplanes to Kiev in an interview with Russia 1 TV on Sunday.
“I think there are reasonable people in the West who understand this. But everything is being dictated by Washington, London, and their satellites inside the EU,”
According to the minister, it is Poland and the Baltic States – Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia – that are “executing on the ground the aim set by the US to weaken Russia, deliver it a strategic defeat”.
In the aftermath of the storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters on Jan. 6, new video footage has emerged on social media, showing Antifa activist John Sullivan inciting violence at the federal building under the garb of a Trump supporter.
Sullivan, who was arrested by authorities on Thursday, told Fox News in an interview last week that he was at the protest in the capacity of a video journalist and to film what was happening but did not actively participate in the attack. "It's just recording, solely, and not being active in it," he said.
The CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon sat for depositions related to a pair of lawsuits linked to regarding late financier and convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
His testimony came as the U.S. Virgin Islands and the banking giant traded allegations over who was the biggest enabler of Epstein’s sex trafficking of minor girls, Fox Business Network reported.
JPMorgan Chase said Dimon “stated in a deposition Friday that he never met or communicated with Epstein, who was the bank’s client from 2000 to 2013, Reuters reported. Epstein remained a JPMorgan client after pleading guilty in 2008 to a Florida state prostitution charge,” the outlet reported.
Dimon’s testimony was an important milestone in a lawsuit first filed by U.S. Virginia Islands Attorney General Denise George in December, where she alleged that JPMorgan “turned a blind eye to evidence of human trafficking over more than a decade because of Epstein’s own financial footprint, and because of the deals and clients that Epstein brought and promised to bring to the bank.”
Sixteen unsealed excerpts of sworn video testimony from Planned Parenthood executives was released yesterday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), which shows in their own words that Planned Parenthood was involved in obtaining “donations” of fetal tissue organs from women having abortions, only to illegally sell it to middle-man organ procurement companies for profit.
The video testimony was presented in court during a trial last fall in a case* brought by Planned Parenthood against the CMP members who were involved in the undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts for profit. Among the defendants was Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who served as a CMP board member at the time of the investigation.
“From the beginning, we have been prevented from discussing evidence incriminating to Planned Parenthood, due to a gag order issued by the court. This allowed only Planned Parenthood’s false narrative to reach the public,” said Troy Newman. “In fact, the truth about Planned Parenthood’s illegal baby body parts trade has been suppressed for twenty years, since Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, Inc. conducted the first investigation on this subject in 2000. Now, with the unsealing of this testimony and other evidence, the truth is finally being told.”
During a discussion at the recent Cannes Film Festival this year, Jane Fonda blamed racism and White men for climate change, also saying that the environmental crisis would not exist without the patriarchy.
“This is serious,” she said on Saturday. “We’ve got about seven, eight years to cut ourselves in half of what we use of fossil fuels, and unfortunately, the people that have the least responsibility for it are hit the hardest — Global South, people on islands, poor people of color. It is a tragedy that we have to absolutely stop. We have to arrest and jail those men — they’re all men [behind this].”
In response to a query from an audience member, she continued, delving further into her assertions that the climate problem would not have occurred without ideal circumstances.
A Russian lawmaker suggested the country launch a pre-emptive missile attack on Alaska in a television segment that surfaced just as Senator Lindsey Graham appeared to say Russian deaths from United States’ funding to Ukraine was “the best money we’ve ever spent.”
Duma Deputy Andrey Gurulyov said there were missiles stationed near the US “quite capable of scouring Alaska to the ground,” and that Russia should move with them instead of waiting for aggression from its enemies to attack.
Gurulyov’s comments came during an appearance on a state-run Russian news show hosted by Olga Skabeyeva, a commentator so known for her gleeful propaganda she’s earned the nickname the “Iron Doll of Putin TV.”
On the show, Gurulyov — who has previously suggested Britain be wiped “off the face of the Earth,” according to Newsweek — said Russia needed “not for us to respond to the threats we are confronted with, but for them to rush around with no idea what to do next.”
As Target faces backlash, resulting in monetary losses over its Pride collection, the company has sent an internal memo stating that those who worry about the sexualization of children are extremists. The line includes clothing and accessories for children, including shirts that read "Queer! Queer! Queer!" and onesies about how trans is beautiful.
The internal memo, titled "Threat Overview," states that "as political and social tensions rise ahead of the 2024 presidential election, Target will face a continued increase of physical security threats related to our commitments on contentious social issues including support of the LGBTQIA+ community and Pride Month."
John Cleese refused to bend the knee to the outrage mob who called for a joke to be removed from an upcoming stage version of Monty Python’s "Life Of Brian." The controversial scene features a man claiming that he is a woman and he can have a baby.
Cleese is working on a stage production of Monty Python's "Life of Brian," a 1979 movie about a man who is mistaken for Jesus Christ. However, actors allegedly told Cleese that one scene would need to be cut out of the reproduction for it not to be offensive in today's social environment.
The scene in question features a character named "Stan" – who wants to become a woman and have babies.
A new video exposes Maricopa County’s secret machine tampering, where they reprogrammed the voting machines on October 14th, 17th, and 18th so that 59% of them would fail when Republican voters came in to vote on Election Day in 2022.
As The Gateway Pundit recently reported, newly available records show that Maricopa County began “secret” Logic and Accuracy testing on October 14th, after the statutorily required October 11th test, and the legally required public notice was not given.
This is a smoking gun in Kari Lake’s stolen election contest. Lake attorney Kurt Olsen concluded that “this evidence would support our allegation that this election was rigged.”
Retail giant Target has partnered with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) for years. They believe this is a noble cause. GLSEN is a group that provides sexually explicit books to schools, pushes gender ideology throughout public school curricula, and advocates policies that keep parents unaware of their child’s in-school gender transition .
According to reports, GLSEN is a radical education group leading efforts to create ‘inclusive and anti-racist environments’ for LGBTQIA+ students.
“GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality,” the website reads.
Target Corporation confirmed its collaboration with GLSEN and expressed pride in their decade-long partnership. The company has been making annual donations to GLSEN, emphasizing its support for the organization’s mission.
But when did this all start? When was this introduced and promoted in public schools?
The size of one of the sun’s sunspots has increased to the point that it can be seen from Earth without the need of magnification; nevertheless, eye protection is still clearly recommended while viewing it.
It is no longer necessary to use a telescope in order to see sunspot AR3310 from Earth since its size has increased to the point where it is now visible with the naked eye. An image of the sunspot, with a little Earth superimposed on it, was released on the internet by a South Korean astronomer by the name of Bum-Suk Yeom.
“Naked-Eye Sunspot using Solar Glasses (or Solar Filter),” Yeom said in an Instagram post sharing the image. “A giant sunspot, visible to the naked eye, is crossing the sun’s disk. A [sunspot] can be seen to the left of the center of the solar disk.”
Sunspots are patches of darkness that appear on the surface of the sun and are created by concentrations of magnetic fields that are exceptionally strong and twisted. If these fields are strong enough, they prevent part of the heat from the sun’s core from reaching its atmosphere, which results in the surface of the sun being colder and seeming darker than normal.
The return to civilian life can be an extreme challenge for men and women who have served in the military, veteran Jim Lorraine says.
“What you have to understand, when you move from the military back into the civilian world, you’re really not just changing a job, you’re changing a culture,” explains Lorraine, president of America’s Warrior Partnership.
America’s Warrior Partnership works to build relationships with veterans and provide them with the tools and support they need to succeed after their military service. The veteran organization uses a four-step plan to connect, educate, advocate, and collaborate with veterans and prevent veteran suicide.
Unfortunately, Lorraine says “there’s people around you who have served in the military, especially Vietnam-era veterans, who didn’t have a good reception when they came home and now is the time to give them a good reception when they come home and make sure that they’re taken care of too.”
Lorraine joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to share his own journey of adjusting back to civilian life after over 20 years of military service, and to explain how America’s Warrior Partnership is working to prevent veteran suicide.
For a few months, a colour revolution had been brewing in Israel. Tens of thousands of citizens demonstrated, every Saturday night, predominantly in Tel Aviv, but elsewhere too. The demos caused traffic jams and interfered badly with daily life in the country. At its height, over 250 000 persons participated in one demonstration in Tel Aviv. Then PM Bibi Netanyahu postponed his legal reforms until after the holidays. It helped a bit: the demos slimmed in size and intensity. Frictions with Palestinians have also helped the PM. Still, it was a strong movement, similar to such movements in other countries, such as the Kiev Maidan, the NY Occupy, the Beirut Gucci Revolution, Arab Spring, Velvet Rising, Orange Revolution, Dignity Revolution etc. et al.
Now we have learned something about the central causes of the movement, from the NYT. The NYT discovered, through US intelligence leaks, that the driver behind it and its coordination were supplied by Mossad and Shin Beth, the external and internal intelligence services of the Jewish State. It was not a complete surprise; Israeli media duly informed its consumers that Mossad staff were permitted to participate in the demos; and Mossad’s retired bosses were paraded by the rebels as their leaders. Their deeper participation was discovered by their American brethren. The rebels’ love for America was made quite obvious by their demos at the US embassy. The national blue-and-white banners flew over the crowds stressing their patriotism, together with plentiful stars-and-stripes.
Hong Kong authorities on Friday condemned a British government call for the removal of a China-imposed national security law that Britain said had been used to persecute, "silence and discredit" pro-democracy opposition figures.
Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly wrote in his government's latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong that he had highlighted at a U.N. hearing in February how Hong Kong authorities had used the security law to crack down on opposition figures, many of whom are in jail or have been forced into exile.
Cleverly called on Beijing to implement recommendations made in an independent U.N. Human Rights Council report last July, including "removing the National Security Law" that Beijing imposed on the former British colony in 2020.
Hong Kong authorities said in a statement that they "vehemently refuted, strongly disapproved and firmly rejected the slandering remarks and ill-intentioned political attacks".
French security forces have detained 38 migrants seeking to cross the Channel on a small boat to Britain after they clashed with police, prosecutors said.
Three members of the gendarmerie were injured in Oye-Plage outside Calais on France's northern coast, prosecutors in the town of Saint Omer said late on Thursday.
They were patrolling the beach in all-terrain vehicles on Thursday morning when the migrants threw stones at them.
The windshield of one of the buggies shattered and then and swerved into soft sands "causing it to roll over", prosecutors told AFP.
The dreams of Turkey's opposition gave way to crushing disappointment on Sunday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a historic runoff election to extend his two-decade rule to 2028.
Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu entered the country's first ever runoff as the clear underdog after Erdogan came within a whisker of winning outright in the first round on May 14.
Yet his supporters harboured hopes that the secular CHP party leader could oust the Islamic-rooted conservative president against all the odds.
After all, Kilicdaroglu picked up more votes against Erdogan than any other opposition leader, denying him a first-round victory for the first time in his dominant rule.
I have been following this story for a long time but have held off on covering it.
I’m still investigating and I’m not telling you I have this 100%, but I’m starting to see some real smoke around this, so I figured it was time to cover it.
Consider this the initial report in a developing story…
Do most of the Biden Administration have MISSING Oaths of Office on file?
In other words, are their no sworn allegiances to the United States by these so-called Public Servants?
Bill Gates Now Admits Vaccine Is “Ineffective”?
That would explain a lot, wouldn’t it?
It also ties into Loy Brunson’s Supreme Court Case which essentially claims that 384 public officials have violated their oaths of office.
That would sure be a twist if the defense to that was: “no we didn’t because we never took an oath!”
The conspiracy between a corrupt set of bureaucracies (including the Justice Department, the IRS, and the intelligence community) and an equally corrupt and enabling elite media is astonishing. The Durham Report is just one more confirmation of the devastating level of dishonesty and manipulation which have characterized the last few years.
The Department of Justice emblem at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida in downtown Miami is pictured on Jan. 25, 2023. (D.A. Varela/Miami Herald via AP)
Some analysts believe the open corruption can be traced back to Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal, in which she clearly stonewalled conservative organizations from getting tax status. When she was found to be in contempt of Congress, the Obama Justice Department spent two years ignoring the congressional contempt charge and then decided not to prosecute her.
As Congressman Jim Jordan said at the time, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen was “us[ing] his power as a political weapon to undermine the rule of law.” Jordan went on “Mr. Machen … unilaterally decided to ignore the will of the House of Representatives. He and the Justice Department have given Lois Lerner cover for her failure to account for her actions at the IRS.”
The signal had been sent that protecting the left would itself be protected.
Russia has fired a fresh barrage of drones and missiles aimed at the Ukrainian capital. This was the second major assault on Kyiv in the last 24 hours. Kyiv says it destroyed at least 40 drones and cruise missiles fired by Russia. The latest strike comes 18 hours after the biggest drone attack to hit Kyiv since the Russian invasion began. Watch this video for details.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed one of the world's harshest anti-LGBTQ bills into law on Monday.
The Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023, which was introduced in Uganda's Parliament in early March, calls for the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," which is defined as cases of same-sex relations involving people who are HIV positive as well as with minors and other categories of vulnerable people. Anyone who engages in gay sex could face life imprisonment if convicted, while anyone caught trying to have same-sex relations could face up to 10 years in prison.
Ugandan Parliament Speaker Anita Annet Among was the first to announce on Twitter that the president had signed the bill into law, saying Museveni had "answered the cries of our people."
Why do so many liberal climate-activist grandees fly on private jets? Or why do those who profited from Black Lives Matter have a propensity for estate living? Or why do the community-activist Obamas prefer to live in not one, but three mansions?
The answer is that calls for radical equity, “power for the people,” and mandated equality are usually mostly sloganeering for those who enjoy power and the lucre it brings, and their wish is to augment both for themselves. The result is that the issue du jour of mandated equality often becomes secondary if not irrelevant. There is neither fear of inconstancy nor hypocrisy, given the central theme that governs a leftist party line is political utility—or the ends of power always more than justify the hypocritical means used to obtain it.
Spout racialist nonsense for 40 years? Harass women and young girls by blowing in their hair and squeezing them too tightly? Create a family grifting syndicate to leverage foreign cash in quid pro quo fashion? Praise racial segregationists?
Today, we celebrate Memorial Day. What does that mean? Unfortunately, for many citizens, it signifies just another three-day weekend, the beginning of the summer season, and an excuse for a weekend cook-out. Sadly, we have lost even the vestiges of the meaning of this holiday: a solemn time, serving both as catharsis for those who fought and survived, and to ensure that those who followed would not forget the sacrifice of those who died that the American republic might live.
Americans have forgotten how to honor their war heroes and to remember their war dead. As my friend and fellow Marine, “Bing” West observed several years ago in his remarkable book about Fallujah, No True Glory, stories of soldierly courage deserve “to be recorded and read by the next generation. Unsung, the noblest deed will die.”
What we now call Memorial Day was established by General John A. Logan’s “General Order No. 11″ of the Grand Army of the Republic dated May 5, 1868. This order reads in part: “The 30th day of May 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Logan’s order served to ratify a practice that was already widespread, both in the North and the South, in the years immediately following the Civil War.
The debt ceiling deal that President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck late Saturday is a true meet-you-halfway compromise between the stark ultimatums the leaders have issued for months.
A far cry from the “clean” increase Biden had sought for the nation’s $31.4 trillion borrowing cap, the bipartisan agreement is also much less punchy than the sweeping package House Republicans passed last month as they demanded drastic spending cuts, major changes to energy permitting rules and an end to many of Biden’s signature accomplishments, including student loan forgiveness and pieces of the Inflation Reduction Act.
While the details are still fuzzy, with the text due to be released sometime Sunday, the agreement is undoubtedly the most monumental debt limit compromise the two parties have struck in more than a decade. If party leaders can whip enough support to clear the deal through both chambers in the coming days, it would largely freeze non-defense discretionary funding in the fiscal year that kicks off in October, revive the threat of across-the-board cuts and impose the most substantive restrictions in decades on the country’s leading anti-hunger program.
Russia’s ambassador to the UK has warned of an escalation in the Ukraine war as the UK and other Western allies commit increasingly advanced weapons to aid Kyiv. Speaking on the BBC, Andrei Kelin blamed NATO, “especially” the UK for risk lengthening and triggering a “new dimension” to the war. Moscow hasn’t yet started to “act very seriously,” the Russian diplomat warned.
A card with the name of American senator from the Republican Party Lindsey Graham appeared in the search database of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Earlier, the chairman of the TFR Alexander Bastrykin instructed to open a criminal case on the fact of the statements of an American about the murder of Russians.
On May 26, the office of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky published a short video of his meeting with an American senator. On it Lindsey Graham uttered the phrases: "Russians are dying" and "We have never spent money so successfully." In the video, they went one after the other, but the shooting angle changed. According to the Reuters news agency, which has reviewed the full transcript, the phrases were uttered in different parts of the conversation and were deliberately glued by Kiev.
In a move that points to increasing political hostility in Australia towards Catholic and other Christian institutions, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has moved to mandatorily acquire Canberra’s Catholic-run Calvary Hospital.
The takeover required the introduction of a bill, a change in the law – an unprecedented move in Australia’s history.
The bill stipulates that the ACT government will move into the premises on July 3 and take over the operation of the hospital. This will occur before any compensation is agreed to or paid.
The extreme move and hasty implementation – designed to keep public debate to a minimum – is taking place because the Catholic-owned hospital has a history of being pro-life and of not supporting euthanasia.