“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” -- Alexis de Tocqueville
Leaders of the House Democrats said they “expect” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to queue up a Ukraine aid vote following the passage of a short-term spending bill that averted a government shutdown.
Some House Republican members are reportedly preparing to file a motion to expel Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) from Congress pending a forthcoming report from the House Ethics Committee about his alleged behavior.
Former President Donald Trump referred to one of his primary opponents — former Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) — as a “birdbrain,” and in an apparent effort to drive the point home, his campaign delivered a birdcage and a bag of seeds to her hotel room.
Republicans have drafted a resolution to expel Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) after he allegedly pulled a fire alarm to delay a vote on a bill to avert a government shutdown.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) authored the resolution, which is expected to be formally filed Monday when the House is next in session. Expulsion is the most serious form of disciplinary action available to the House for its own members.
Only five members have been expelled from the House in history.
According to documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the former President of the American Library Association (ALA) stated that the organization played a role in the development of legislation aimed at combating attempts to remove sexually explicit books from school libraries.
The legislation in question is the Right To Read Act, which was reintroduced in April by Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed and Democratic Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva. The bill ensures that students have access to "culturally diverse and inclusive materials," including sexually explicit books.
It also provides liability protections for librarians who curate these materials. The lawmakers' press release explicitly states that the bill is intended to counter efforts by parents and Republican lawmakers to remove sexually explicit content from school libraries.
In an online forum for ALA members called "ALA Connect," Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, the 2022-2023 ALA president, wrote on April 10, 2023, that the ALA helped "develop" the Right to Read Act. Pelayo-Lozada mentioned that there had been discussions about developing legislative approaches to bolster protections for these materials. She stated, "ALA helped developed one such approach, which was introduced in Congress last year as the Right to Read Act."
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned in an interview over the weekend that the push from Democratic politicians to make everyone have an electric vehicle presents serious risks to U.S. national security and the economy.
After a public sartorial kerfuffle, this last week the United States Senate, that august body of elder statesmen, decided to implement a formal dress code. Before the events of the last month, the Senate had relied on an informal standard that men ought to wear a suit and tie and Senator Kyrsten Sinema is allowed to dress like a Hunger Games villain.
But Senator Jon Fetterman balked at these informal standards that would require him to get dressed in the morning and therefore Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer decided to direct the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms to allow Fetterman to not only wander the Senate floor in his panhandling attire but to even preside over the Senate in such menswear.
Fetterman’s newfound liberation generated public outcry, leading to the aforementioned renewal and official instantiation of the old dress code.
Unlike other conservatives, however, I disagree with Schumer’s decision to return to the old dress code. The Senate’s suit and tie rules are symbols of a dead age. Trying to bring them back with official sanctions isn’t enough. America needs to go forward, not back. The Senate needs a truly progressive dress code.
I propose, therefore, the complete elimination of dress altogether for the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Members of the Senate should be required to conduct business entirely in the nude.
Webmaster addition: Ewwwww. Nobody will watch C-Span ever again! Alternate suggestion: Everyone in government wears racing suits emblazoned with the logos of the corporations that own them, so we know who they really work for!
A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) shows that a majority of U.S. adults are more likely to not get the Chinese Coronavirus vaccine.
As reported by Fox News, KFF’s COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor poll revealed that 52% of respondents said they were either “probably” or “definitely” not going to take the vaccine. Meanwhile, just 23% said they would “definitely” take the shot, while another 23% said they would “probably” do so.
The majority of those who said they are likely to take the shot are registered Democrats and/or 65 years old or older. On a partisan basis, 70% of Democrats plan to take the vaccine, while just 24% of Republicans plan to do the same.
Further dividing along partisan lines, 58% of Democrats are likely to take extra precautionary steps in avoiding COVID, such as wearing masks, avoiding public gatherings, and skipping travel. Just 16% of Republicans intend to do so.
Despite the poll’s clear findings against the vaccine, the KFF still tried to spin the results as favorable towards the vaccine and medical authorities.
A new lawsuit before the Supreme Court could set the precedent on whether or not various “speech police” efforts on college campuses are constitutional.
As the Daily Caller reports, numerous so-called “bias response teams” have been created at colleges across the country, serving the purpose of monitoring speech on campus for any “offensive” remarks, and subsequently taking action against those who make such remarks. These efforts overwhelmingly and disproportionately impact conservative students rather than left-wing students, with the latter often being the ones to report the former to campus authorities.
Now, an amicus brief has been filed before the Supreme Court by the Alumni Free Speech Alliance, a coalition of over a dozen pro-free speech groups focused on higher education. The brief was filed in support of the group Speech First, which has filed a lawsuit against Virginia Tech over its own bias response team.
“In history, it’s always repressive regimes that pick a scapegoat and sometimes not even with aforethought. It just happens they rile up the crowds against them. And that’s what these bias systems are used for,” said Chuck Davis, president of the Alumni Free Speech Alliance.
New York State Police are searching for a 9-year-old girl who they said was abducted Saturday night while she was camping with her family.
Charlotte Sena was last seen at Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County, about 50 miles north of Albany, around 6:15 p.m. wearing an orange tie-dye Pokémon shirt, dark blue pants, black Crocs and a gray bike helmet. She is 4 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 90 pounds, and she has blond hair, according to information provided by police.
The Portland Police Bureau has published data that shows at least nine children have overdosed on fentanyl since mid-June.
Of the nine children who overdosed, five of them died from fentanyl poisoning, according to police. A tenth child overdosed on THC.
The PPB's Narcotics and Organized Crime (NOC) Unit's data shows that the majority of victims are toddlers. The ages of the five who died are between 1 and 15 years old. The other victims that survived the poisonings are between the ages of 15 months and 17 years, KATU reports.
it was discovered that the Government itself was the author of the mysterious “1776 Returns” document.
The 1776 Returns document is the title of a 9-page paper that outlined strategic plans for the takeover of US government buildings on January 6, 2021.
It was confirmed in court that the FBI was behind the document and and FBI operative was the author of the document.
The mysterious document was sent unsolicited to Proud Boy Chairman Enrique Tarrio’s Telegram right before January 6th by a “love interest” named Erika Flores.
Flores reportedly testified to the January 6th Committee that A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL was the author of the entirety of the “1776 Returns” and that this FBI and CIA member or associate asked her to share it with Tarrio!
Tarrio was charged with Seditious Conspiracy and was later found guilty along with four fellow members of the Proud Boys. Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for planning the entire “seditious conspiracy.” We now know that it was the FBI who was behind the conspiracy.
A populist party in Slovakia that opposes providing military assistance to Ukraine has won the country’s elections, a vote that could significantly change the NATO member’s foreign policy and support for the proxy war.
Former Prime Minister Robert Fico, who leads the Slovak Social Democracy party, known as Smer-SD, campaigned on ending military aid to Ukraine. Fico doubled down on his position after winning the vote, saying, “people in Slovakia have bigger problems than Ukraine.”
Smer-SD won 29.9% of the vote and 42 seats out of the nation’s 150-seat parliament. Since the party did not win a majority of seats in parliament, it needs to form a coalition government. Fico said he was ready to form a government once given the mandate by the president.
On January 6, 2021, an estimated million people arrived in Washington DC to see what they hoped was the Constitution working as the founders had intended. These Americans knew that the 2020 Election never should have been certified for Joe Biden and they hoped to see the certified results for Biden overturned. America had just suffered through a COVID-19 nightmare and an Election nightmare, and the majority of Americans were ready for a win.
The President spoke, and during his speech, as noted above, the Vice President announced that he was going to certify Joe Biden for President. This was a tremendous slap in the face to Americans and the US Constitution.
A girl of just 14 is among an organized gang of female looters arrested after the latest in a series of brazen daylight raids targeting stores in California.
She and her mentors did not even bother to disguise themselves as they ransacked the Nike store in Irvine, grabbing armfuls of clothes as they sauntered around before strolling unchallenged into the street.
The latest raid came as 12 LA counties launched a last-ditch legal challenge to the Democrat state's new zero-bail law, which allows 'presumptive innocent' suspects to return to the streets immediately after arrest.
'The elimination of cash bail for these types of offenses is really an invitation to these kind of folks who are inclined to break the law and inclined to do it so brazenly,' warned Tom Saggau of the LA Police Protective League.
Security footage of Thursday's attack shows the four, and an unknown male accomplice, make off with round $3,000 of clothing including hoodies, pants, shirts, sports bras.
More than 277,000 COVID-19 cases among people who received COVID-19 vaccines were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2021 but not disclosed to the public, newly obtained files show.
Some 144,349 cases among partially vaccinated people were reported by 32 jurisdictions to the CDC across three months in 2021, according to some of the files, which were acquired by The Epoch Times through the Freedom of Information Act.
Partially vaccinated has been defined by the CDC as a person who received at least one dose of a vaccine. People were described as fully vaccinated if at least 14 days had elapsed since they completed a primary series.
The Moderna and Pfizer primary series consisted of two doses while Johnson & Johnson's consisted of one dose.
The cases were recorded in California, Maryland, New York, Texas, and 28 other jurisdictions in April, May, and June 2021 and reported to the CDC.
The CDC never disclosed the numbers to the public.
"These data on partially vaccinated persons were not reported publicly but rather, were collected to ensure that that they were being appropriately excluded from the numbers of vaccine breakthrough cases as described as a best practice on the CDC website," staffers at the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases told The Epoch Times in a letter.
A 'woke-free' beer created to rival Bud Light, made half a million dollars in 12 hours after it released a special edition can featuring former president Donald Trump's mugshot.
Ultra Right Beer CEO Seth Weathers told FOX Business that sales after the special edition launch were equivalent to over five tractor loads of cans.
'We knew people would go wild over these collector cans, but we had no idea the response would be this crazy,' said the businessman.
He described the beer cans dubbed 'Conservative Dad's Revenge' as the most sought-after collector beer can in American history.
'Sales have poured in from the moment we launched. With over $1 million in beer and merchandise sales, we’ve raised over $50,000 for the legal defense of the Georgia Trump electors and the Georgia Republican Party,' said Weathers.
Figures on the political left in the US blame Russia for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory and have committed to “bleed Ukraine dry” in retaliation, according to Republican Senator J.D. Vance.
“Sorry, this needs to be said,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter) late on Saturday in advance of a deal being struck to prevent a disruptive US federal government shutdown. “A lot of the anti-Russia obsession on the left has nothing to do with Ukraine. It’s a revenge fantasy over 2016.”
The senator from Ohio added: “They blame Russia for Donald Trump’s election and they’ll bleed Ukraine dry for payback.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle in Washington have been sparring in recent days over the implementation of a temporary funding bill to keep government agencies operational ahead of an overnight deadline and prevent a costly shutdown.
The EU launched the first phase an emissions tariff scheme on Sunday, with a planned import tax on steel, aluminum, cement and fertilisers, as part of its bid to become a climate-neutral region.
During the first phase, until 2026, Brussels does not plan to collect any CO2 emissions charges at the border. Until then the system will collect data on carbon-intensive imports.
EU importers are now obliged to report the greenhouse gas emissions embedded in the production of imported iron, steel, aluminium, cement, electricity, fertilisers and hydrogen.
Starting on January 1, 2026, they will have to buy certificates to cover these CO2 emissions. This will inevitably increase the final cost of produce imported by the bloc, reducing their competitiveness compared to goods manufactured domestically.
President Joe Biden signed legislation to extend government funding for 45 days in efforts to avert government shutdown.
On Saturday, Biden signed into law a “stopgap package” passed by Congress just hours before a vital midnight deadline when funding for federal agencies was set to expire.
The Senate passed the bill on Saturday evening, a day after the House dramatically changed course and backed a bipartisan bill to extend government funding following days of uncertainty over whether a shutdown could be avoided.