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China has continued showing its disapproval of Israel's military operations in the Gaza Strip, which has also been consistent with Russian denunciations, and of course Iran's position too.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday issued a scathing condemnation of the Israeli assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, and urged Tel Aviv to immediately halt all operations. It comes a day after an elite Israeli counterterror team was able to free two Israeli hostages during high-risk operations there.

"China is closely watching the developments in Rafah," a foreign ministry spokesperson stated. "We oppose and condemn acts against civilians and international law. We call on Israel to stop military operations as soon as possible, do everything possible to avoid casualties among innocent civilians, and prevent a more devastating humanitarian disaster in Rafah."

Regional reports say that Monday alone saw over 40 airstrikes on Rafah, which reportedly killed more than a hundred people. There are common estimates that over one million refugees have surged into the city bordering Egypt during the last months of intense fighting elsewhere in the Strip.

A Hamas statement had described the "The Nazi occupation army’s attack on the city of Rafah tonight … which [has] claimed the lives of more than a hundred martyrs so far, is considered a continuation of the genocidal war and the attempts at forced displacement it is waging against our Palestinian people."

A bigger full ground invasion is still expected, with humanitarian groups also warning of a looming humanitarian catastrophe, already as the Palestinian death toll since Oct.7 is close to 30,000 - according to Gaza health ministry figures.

Claire's Observations;  In watching Israel's brutal assault on Gaza, I am very strongly reminded of the response of the Catholic Prelate in charge of the Catholic Army, during the siege of Montsegur, where French "Parfaits" were holed up against the Catholic Army's assault, the intention of which was to "wipe them from the face of the earth."

 When the Prelate understood that there were women and children also trapped there, he said:  "kill them all; God will find his own."

When Israel conflates "self defense" with "genocide", the question must be asked and answered; how long will an allegedly civilized world, allow this slaughter to continue?!?   And if a viable  Palestinian state had been allowed to exist, and flourish, would the October 7th massacre of Israelis ever even happened?!?  

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France has issued a written proposal to Lebanon which seeks to de-escalate the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon's south, which stands on the precipice of becoming a broader and deadlier war.

The French plan calls for Hezbollah to remove its fighters a full 10km from the border, after which the governments of Lebanon and Israel would enter negotiations on expanding a buffer zone "in a gradual way". The document calls for these talks to begin 10 days after Hezbollah's draw back from the border.

Via AP

The ultimate goal, according to the proposal, would be to achieve ceasefire based on an de-escalation zone which expands 30km from the border up to the Litani River, based on the similar 2006 peace plan which settled the war then.

The document emphasizes that this conflict "risks spiraling out of control" while urging the implementation of "a potential ceasefire, when the conditions are right" and calls for delineating deconflicted land between the two sides.

However, just hours after the French plan was reported in international press, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah gave a televised speech Tuesday and warned that Hezbollah will not stop its attacks on Israeli troops until the assault on Gaza is ended.

Claire's Observations: I do not want to see one more US life taken, or maimed  hideously in support of this coming catastrophe.  The Bidenistas, now sloppy drunk on their "hopium/changium", believe that it would be impossible for Israel to lose this.   But what happens, if even with stalwart US military support, the Israelis cannot win this?!?  What if China and Russia enter the fray, on the side of those Middle Eastern countries, like Iran and Lebanon, which are about to be intensely attacked by Israel?!?  Were I a part of US military leadership, these are the kinds of thoughts which would keep me up at night.

 

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Topline: California’s prison system received $34 million to institute reforms related to staff misconduct allegations. Although new rules were put forward, the process never changed because prison staffers continued to operate under the old rules.

Key facts: Inmates can file reports with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) if they believe they have been mistreated. If the mistreatment stems from a prison employee, the issue is addressed by a team from another prison to avoid bias.

In 2021, the state inspector general found that prison staffers were the ones determining if a misconduct allegation against themselves or their colleagues was worth flagging for investigation, presenting an obvious conflict of interest.

The department requested $34 million from the state in its 2022 budget to “restructure its staff misconduct allegation screening.” The rule changes were made on paper, but prison staffers kept following the old system anyway, leading the state inspector general to criticize the $34 million in “wasted resources" in a Jan. 29 report.

As a result, 595 allegations of misconduct against prison staff were classified as “routine grievances” and investigated by the same prisons where the misconduct may have occurred.

The process “resulted in a wasteful duplication of efforts and misallocation of resources” because investigative work had already begun on some of the 595 cases before they were reclassified, according to the IG.

Claire's Observations:  Welcome to" Newsomnomics", courtesy of California's Governor Newsom, where millions are spent, but nothing changes;  and SHOULD the guy be nominated as Democratic Nominee for the Presidency at a convention, please remember this.  Governor Newsom.... will do for this country,  PRECISELY what he has done for California!!!!!!!

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Last year, John Durham, a special prosecutor for the Department of Justice (DOJ), concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should never have opened its investigation of alleged collusion by then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and Russia in late July of 2016.

Now, multiple credible sources tell Public and Racket that the United States Intelligence Community (IC), including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illegally mobilized foreign intelligence agencies to target Trump advisors long before the summer of 2016.

The new information fills many gaps in our understanding of the Russia collusion hoax and is supported by testimony already in the public record.

Until now, the official story has been that the FBI’s investigation began after Australian intelligence officials told US officials that a Trump aide had boasted to an Australian diplomat that Russia had damning material about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In truth, the US IC asked the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance to surveil Trump’s associates and share the intelligence they acquired with US agencies, say sources close to a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) investigation. The Five Eyes nations are the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

After Public and Racket had been told that President Barack Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, had identified 26 Trump associates for the Five Eyes to target, a source confirmed that the IC had “identified [them] as people to ‘bump,’ or make contact with or manipulate. They were targets of our own IC and law enforcement — targets for collection and misinformation.”

Unknown details about the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and raw intelligence related to the IC’s surveillance of the Trump campaign are in a 10-inch binder that Trump ordered to be declassified at the very end of his term, sources told Public and Racket.

If the top-secret documents exist proving these charges, they are potentially proof that multiple US intelligence officials broke laws against spying and election interference.

 

Claire's Observations:  Imagine my complete absence of surprise at this revelation.

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The survey, conducted last fall, spanned all branches of the military and included both enlisted and officer ranks. The average length of service was around 16 years.

Out of the 229 participants, 169 were active duty service members. Eighty-seven percent, or 199, were unvaccinated against COVID-19. Of the 30 who were vaccinated, only two said they had wanted to do it.

Twenty out of 30 individuals who acknowledged taking a COVID-19 vaccine claim they were injured by it. Ninety-three percent of the participants said they know someone they believe has been injured by one. -Epoch Times

One 20-year Army combat veteran told the outlet that he opposed the mandate.

"I’m not a lab rat and neither are the people I work with," he said, adding "While holding out [from taking the vaccines], I was forced to wear a mask and was often singled out for being unvaccinated."

After bringing his concerns to his command, "I was simply told: ‘I don’t make the rules.’"

He added that if he hadn't gotten vaccinated, he would have been prohibited from coming home to see his family at a time when his wife was at risk of a serious medical concern that might require his presence at a moment's notice.

"You can see I had no choice but to take the shot," he said. "At the same time I would be prevented from being with my wife, my orders to deploy were also being threatened."

Claire's Observations:  and the American Military is collectively whining about  lowered recruitment numbers?!?  I am having a double palm to forehead moment at velocity, upon reading this.

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Conservative Republicans have managed to defeat the fake border security bill wrapped in a political ploy inside of a Ukraine bailout bill. Of course, no Republican should have ever imagined that giving open-border Democrats everything they asked for was a smart strategic position, but that’s what they very nearly did.

Republicans had already passed a real border security bill within a few months of taking control of the House of Representatives following the 2022 midterm elections. HR-2 actually secured the borderby demanding that the Biden administration finish the border wall, ending Biden’s power to process aliens who don’t enter at ports of entry, and shutting off the federal spigot that funds NGOs who aid and abet illegal aliens (“inadmissible non-U.S. citizens”) by providing lodging and other resources.

Moreover, HR-2 shut down the ability of the Biden administration to grant asylum to the millions of migrants who don’t meet the legal criteria for asylum. But those are just a few of the vital components of HR-2, which is indeed a border security bill.

If Democrats really wanted border security, they would have passed HR-2 in the Senate last year. But even if they didn’t want to give Republicans a win with HR-2, Democrats still could have incorporated the language of HR-2 in their grand compromise to prove that they really meant it when they said they wanted to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

Instead, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up with his buddy Chuck Schumer to use their fake border security bill as a fig leaf to cover up their real goal – freeing billions of dollars to go to Ukraine and Israel.

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Following a week in which special counsel Robert Hur soberly reported that President Biden is a "well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory" and "diminished faculties" -- a man who couldn't remember when his term as vice president began or ended, or even "within several years" when his son Beau died -- scrutiny of Biden's fitness for office has reached a fever pitch across major media, with some earnestly examining off-ramps for Biden's shaky re-election bid. 

The special counsel report was bad enough by itself, but Biden himself poured gasoline on the fire last week:

  • He twice mistakenly referred to the dead male German chancellor Helmut Kohl when he was describing a discussion with living female Angela Merkel
  • He cited a conversation he had with François Mitterand -- the French president who died 27 years ago -- when that conversation was actually with President Emmanuel Macron
  • At a press conference meant to bolster confidence in his mental health, Biden referred to Egyptian President Sissi as the president of Mexico

Claire's Observations:  The Dementocrats are in one hell of a bind right now; By-DI-Biden's dementia has been showcased to not only for US voters, but to the world; and that world is laughing at the US right now.  What we are dealing with right now, is an Obama 2.0 Presidency, and what is terrifying, is the degree to which a potential Obama 3.0 presidency may well be in the works, if in fact "Michelle" Obama is drafted.  But even more terrifying is the thought of a brokered convention, which might see Hillary Clinton slither into position as the party's "Favorite Daughter".  I would like to gently remind the Dementocrats that they tried this in 2016, to an absolute, resounding thumping by Trump. 

 And Gavin Newsom?!?  Oh, yeah;  He'll do for this nation... precisely what he has done for California, now awash with drugs; homelessness; a failed education system, massive illegal immigration, and insane levels of crime in his major cities.

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Exactly a week after a failed attempt, the House has impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, under whose tenure more than 10 million illegal immigrants have entered the US - doubling the existing population of migrants.

Claire's Observations: This country, with a known national deficit of trillions of dollars, cannot afford to feed; educate; house; heal those who are sick;  and imprison those found guilty of crimes.   As reported by the CBO on 7 February, 2024:  

"The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2024 to 2034

In CBO’s projections, federal budget deficits total $20 trillion over the 2025–2034 period and federal debt held by the public reaches 116 percent of GDP. Economic growth slows to 1.5 percent in 2024 and then continues at a moderate pace."

 So what is the real agenda here?!?  To turn the major cities in this county into crime and disease-infested swamps, from which hard working people flee?  Or create a dictatorship so draconian, as to make the world described in Orwell's "1984", or Terry Gilliam's film "Brazil",  look almost paradisaical,  in comparison?

To those of you with kids, and the means to do so, you may want to be sure you have a current passport, or passports in place; you may decide you will need them, sooner rather than later.

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Racial Justice™ ideology has regressed precipitously since the heady days of MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” vision of a society that judges people based on merit rather than whatever fashionable or unfashionable identity group they belong to.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character.”
-MLK Jr., 1963

How is a DEI race grifter to manufacture a career for him/her/zherself if everyone is judged according to what they do and not who (or what) they fuck or their self-diagnosis as autistic or whatever?

How are the militant lesbians who populate the Gender and Women’s Studies department at your local publicly-funded state university to justify next year’s budget request if group identity is truly subordinate to individual merit?

And how is the corporate state to divide and conquer a population not self-imploding along identity fault lines in order to distract from the crimes of the ruling class?

          RelatedWhy ‘Diversity Is Our Greatest Strength’ is a Corporate Lie

No, no, the colorblind society that MLK espoused won’t do at all.

In that vein, academics are now made to include “positionality statements” as disclaimers to their published work — ostensibly, as a way of legitimizing or delegitimizing the findings therein based on their (mostly immutable) irrelevant personal characteristics.

Claire's Observations; I had the great good fortune of attending, and graduating from, Cal State Dominguez Hills, at that time a state college before it Cal State University Dominguez Hills  It was a rainbow school which included every ethnicity imaginable.  Yet all those people were able to work together on team projects; argue with each other, constructively, and not belligerently, and kept their "eyes on the prize" of that college diploma, through which they proved their own worth, not only to themselves, but to potential employers.

I don't know how I would feel, going back to the campus today, and to what extent I would find myself ostracized as a libertarian, straight female, in a loving relationship with a husband with whom I have spent the last 30 years.  Frankly, looking at how education has "devolved" into personal vendettas with axes to grind, I am not certain that I would even want to try.

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