Thought for the day

"An error becomes a mistake only if we refuse to correct it." -- John F. Kennedy

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Democrats in the House of Representatives blocked an amendment that would have protected religious Americans from retaliation based on their opposition to same-sex marriage, in order to jam legislation furthering the LGBT lobby’s agenda through Congress’s lame-duck session.

House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. James McGovern shot down Republicans’ last chance of defending religious liberty in the ill-named Respect for Marriage Act on Monday when he refused to even let Rep. Chip Roy’s amendment solidifying First Amendment protections be brought to the House floor for a vote.

McGovern’s reasoning for bypassing procedural debate was rooted in the fact that Roy’s amendment would give the process of passing the RFMA a shelf life that could last well into the newly-elected Republican House.

Posted on: Dec 07 12:29

House Republicans launched an investigation Tuesday probing whether major climate groups that spearhead the “environmental, social, and governance” (ESG) movement are violating antitrust laws.

In a letter sent to executives of the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+, Republicans led by Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan are demanding a treasure trove of documents that illustrate the coalition’s network of influence. Climate Action 100+, they wrote, “seems to work like a cartel to ‘ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change.'”

“Woke corporations are collectively adopting and imposing progressive policy goals that American consumers do not want or do not need. An individual company’s use of corporate resources for progressive aims might violate fiduciary duties or other laws, harming its viability and alienating consumers,” Republicans warned. “But when companies agree to work together to punish disfavored views or industries, or to otherwise advance environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals, this coordinated behavior may violate the antitrust laws and harm American consumers.”

Posted on: Dec 07 12:28
“Prioritizing” weapons transfers to Ukraine instead of Taiwan increases the risk of war with China, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley warned the Biden administration in a letter Tuesday.
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Posted on: Dec 07 12:28

Late last month, Yoel Roth — the former head of trust and safety at Twitter — was a featured panelist at a conference hosted by the Knight Foundation titled “Informed: Conversations On Democracy In The Digital Age.” Roth spent the hour-long panel fielding editorialized questions from left-wing tech journalist Kara Swisher in which the two revealed how leftists view Big Tech as little more than a mechanism for further consolidating their grip on institutionalized power.

Roth’s answers provide insight into how he, and likely the majority of his peers in the managerial elite, feel about the intersection of institutional power and the rights of American citizens. Big Tech and Silicon Valley have a well-documented disdain for free speech, and people like Roth seemingly believe they have a moral obligation to perpetuate a censorship regime that overwhelmingly favors leftwing political figures and their preferred cultural trends. 

During the discussion, Roth stated that he advised his old team from Twitter, who he believes are “highly values-driven and have chosen to do the work of internet sanitation,” to think about Musk’s acquisition of the company as “being a frog in a pot of boiling water” and to write down their personal “limits” that they should use to determine when and if they ought to cease working for Twitter. 

Posted on: Dec 07 12:27

In an already packed Supreme Court term—one in which the justices will consider everything from racial preferences in the college-admissions process to President Joe Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan—one case looms large: 303 Creative v. Elenis.

In this high-profile controversy, the court has been asked to decide whether the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act—the state’s public accommodations nondiscrimination law—requires website designer Lorie Smith to create wedding websites celebrating same-sex couples in violation of her religious beliefs.  

The state law requires, among other things, equal access to places of public accommodation regardless of disability, race, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status), or religion. “Places of public accommodation” include any business engaged in offering sales, services, or facilities to the public.

While Smith works with all people, regardless of their sexual orientation—a fact to which the state of Colorado has stipulated in lower court proceedings—she refuses to create custom websites celebrating same-sex marriages.

Posted on: Dec 07 12:27
Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, has hired a lawyer who defended Ghislaine Maxwell against sex trafficking charges last year, according to Reuters Tuesday.
Posted on: Dec 07 12:27

Conservative and libertarian students have been forcibly silenced by the woke and progressive. Many universities have placed restrictions on free speech and debate, primarily when conducted by conservatives, going contrary to the spirit of higher learning as a time to speak and debate issues respectfully without restrictions.

The Gateway Pundit reports on one such case where a group of right-leaning students is fighting back.

“In July of 2021, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville were told they needed a permit to protest political issues.

“The policy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville states that students need clearance three days in advance for a protest.” The policy also restricts campus protests to small “speech zones.” Finally, groups intending to protest need specific permission from the university to be allowed to hold said protest.

The students of the YAL found this policy to be an undue burden to their First Amendment right to free speech. They also maintain that the policy violates the Alabama Campus Free Speech Act, which guarantees the right to free speech on college campuses. The act was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey in 2019. So, with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, YAL filed suit against the university.

Posted on: Dec 07 12:22

The US has state-of-the-art developments in the sphere of nuclear weapons in service, Head of the State Duma Defense Committee Andrey Kartapolov said during a plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO PA) on Monday.

"Despite the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the United States is the only country in the world that still has not completed getting rid of them. And, by the way, it has the newest technologies in service in this sphere," the legislator pointed out.

He noted that the implementation of Washington’s military-biological programs posed a glaring threat to security. According to the lawmaker, the US conducts research in this sphere along three tracks: monitoring, collecting strains and studying zoonotic pathogens.

Webmaster addition: Yep, WW3 will be biological rather than nuclear!

Posted on: Dec 07 12:21

Should we be concerned by all of the volcanic activity that we are witnessing all over the planet right now? According to Volcano Discovery, 27 different volcanoes are erupting at this moment and many others are showing signs of waking up. Of course, this comes at a time when we are also seeing lots of unusual earthquakes around the globe.

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Posted on: Dec 07 12:20

Relaxing euthanasia laws in Canada so children can be offered assisted dying would tell sick young people their lives are ‘not worth living’, a campaigner has warned.

Lawmakers in Canada are currently considering whether medical assistance in dying (MAID) should be open to 'mature minors' who meet certain criteria.

Mike Schouten, an activist whose son Markus died of cancer earlier this year, said the highly-controversial policy would send the message to patients like his son that caregivers are ‘giving up’ on them.

Posted on: Dec 07 12:19

A Philadelphia gas station owner fed up with incessant crime threatening his employees and customers hired heavily armed security guards to watch over his business. 

Neil Patel, operator of a Karco gas station at Broad and Clearfield streets in North Philadelphia, recruited Pennsylvania S.I.T.E Agents clad with Kevlar vest and AR-15s or shotguns. 

"They are forcing us to hire the security, high-level security, state level," Patel told FOX 29. "We are tired of this nonsense; robbery, drug trafficking, hanging around, gangs." 

Posted on: Dec 07 12:19
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took a shot at former President Donald Trump during a press conference Tuesday, saying anyone who thinks the Constitution could be suspended would have trouble executing the office of president.
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Posted on: Dec 07 10:05
Republican Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will seek an appointment to the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Ben Sasse.
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Posted on: Dec 07 10:04
Despite the trillions of dollars Congress has spent on the U.S. military in the past decade, American military bases are crumbling to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars in deferred maintenance.
Posted on: Dec 07 10:03
After Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley picked a fight with the Republican Party with an unusual, week-of-election-day personal contribution to Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger, the group has come directly in the GOP’s crosshairs. Presumptive House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Majority Leader Steve Scalise are refusing to meet with the Chamber, with the former calling on it to replace its leadership
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Posted on: Dec 07 10:02
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) held a private event Thursday with a panelist that pushed to abolish the agency, along with others against immigration detention that strongly criticized immigration enforcement during the meeting, according to an internal document and a source with knowledge of what occurred in the meeting who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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Posted on: Dec 07 10:01
Ex-FBI lawyer James Baker, who Elon Musk fired from Twitter Tuesday, had the “biggest motive” to “suppress” the report on Hunter Biden’s laptop during the 2020 election, a New York Post reporter told Tucker Carlson.
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Posted on: Dec 07 10:00
The husband of a woman decapitated by a metal gate at Arches National Park is suing for $140 million, accusing the park staff of negligence.
Posted on: Dec 07 09:45

The Twitter purge is on after Elon Musk dropped bombshell revelations of a direct pipeline from DC insiders to social media censors at Twitter.

On Tuesday, Musk announced that one of Twitter’s top lawyers, James Baker, has been fired.

‘In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,’ Musk tweeted.

In his previous professional life, Baker had been the FBI’s top lawyer when the James Comey’s FBI was investigating President Donald J. Trump’s alleged ties to Moscow.

He was also the main FBI contact for Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer, Michael Sussman, when he was pushing false claims that the Trump White House was secretly communicating with the Kremlin.

Once safely parked at a six-figure job at Twitter, he supported Twitter’s ban on the New York Post and its Hunter Biden laptop story, doing exactly what the DNC and the Biden campaign wanted.

Posted on: Dec 07 09:37

KBJ is suggesting It's a Wonderful Life can be used as some sort of white supremacy allegory. Even as a hypothetical, it is beyond outlandish and something only someone steeped in critical race theory would come up with.

Posted on: Dec 07 09:35

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year, the magazine announced Wednesday morning.

Zelensky, 44, shot to international recognition upon Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Almost ten months later, he remains a symbol of the nation’s stoicism and spirit in the face of incursion.

The historic TIME honor, first awarded to aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1927, annually selects the person who has had a particular impact on events of the past year.

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Posted on: Dec 07 09:30
The head of a security firm hired to protect a Philadelphia gas station amid a surge in violent crime gave a warning to criminals during a Tuesday evening Fox News appearance, saying he will “use force” and “take action” if necessary.
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Posted on: Dec 07 09:26
On Tuesday night, police responded to a call at Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) home in response to a report of a stabbing or cutting incident.
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Posted on: Dec 07 09:25

When LaTunja Caster started working at the Olin Corp. chemical plant outside of McIntosh, Alabama, she had no idea that asbestos was used in the production process. But when she became a union safety representative around 2007, she started to pay attention. In certain parts of the plant, “you would see it all the time,” she said. “You definitely breathed it in.”

Six other people who worked in the plant, some with experiences as recent as this year, echoed her recollections about exposure to the potent mineral that has long been known to cause deadly cancers like mesothelioma and a chronic lung condition called asbestosis that can make it difficult to breathe.

Though designated asbestos workers were given protective gear and had special training, electricians, millwrights and general maintenance staff got no comparable protection even though they, too, were exposed, they told ProPublica. The same was true of some contract workers.

Posted on: Dec 07 09:24

Following Tuesday’s decision, Oregonians will no longer be able to purchase ammunition magazines carrying 10 or more rounds. This new law will go into effect starting on Thursday.

In order for someone to be granted a permit allowing them to acquire a firearm, they must successfully complete a safety course and pass a background investigation. The legislation eliminates the so-called Charleston Loophole. It is a loophole in federal law that permits the transfer of weapons to an individual after three days, even if a background check is incomplete. Transfers will not be allowed in Oregon after Thursday until the background investigation is finished.

U.S. District Judge Karin Immergut did not completely overturn the permit-to-purchase requirement as gun rights activists had hoped. She also denied a temporary restraining order which would have blocked a separate provision requiring a permit to purchase a firearm. However, the State will postpone the permit requirement for 30-days to give state agencies time to fully implement the new registration system.

Posted on: Dec 07 09:22
Congress is set to roll back Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for troops.
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Posted on: Dec 07 09:22
Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) on Tuesday signed an executive order ending Covid-19 fines and penalties in Virginia.
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Posted on: Dec 07 09:21

Justice Samuel Alito joked about Black Santa, children in Klan robes and dating websites as the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case weighing a web designer's bid to avoid working on same-sex weddings because she is a conservative evangelical Christian.

Web designer Lorie Smith of Colorado opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds and is seeking an exemption from a state law that outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public accommodations. 

Smith sued the state in 2016, arguing that she has a free speech right under the Constitution’s First Amendment to reject requests by same-sex couples because it conflicts with her own views.

During arguments Monday, which included a series of tough hypothetical questions directed at both sides, Alito asked whether a Black Santa at the mall is obligated to take a picture with a child dressed up in a Ku Klux Klan outfit even if he doesn’t want to.

Posted on: Dec 07 09:20