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Melissa Saunders ties loose bracelets for her daughter's fundraiser for children affected by the war in Gaza at the Dar Al Jalal Masjid Mosque in Hazelwood, Mo. on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Saunders's daughter is part of former Girl Scout Troop 149 which left the organization after being told to stop their fundraiser by the regional Girl Scout council. (Vanessa Abbitt/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Missouri Girl Scout leaders threatened legal action against a troop that made bracelets to raise funds for starving children in Gaza, provoking outrage and ridicule from the girls’ supporters and advocates for people trapped in the Palestinian territory by the latest humanitarian crisis.

Girl Scouts of the USA said its eastern Missouri chapter had only been following fundraising rules, but that it was “disappointed and disheartened by the tone” of the communication with the troop in St. Louis.

Claire's Observations:  Missouri Girl Scout Leaders, preventing kids from making bracelets, to support starving Palestinian kids:  ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

One has to wonder, if the bodies of deal Palestinian children need to be flown BACK to this Missouri Girl Scout Office, so that someone there gets a clue, that Israeli genocide is killing Palestinian kids?!?!?  

DAMN; you can't fix stupid!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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In an interview with Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro last week following the ruling, former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg called the ruling “extremely dubious” and the award “completely out of proportion.”

“I certainly don’t see how the part of the decision that imposes a $355 million judgment is supported by the evidence because, as the judge points out in the very first paragraph of his opinion, and as you pointed out, there’s no loss from the bank,” Wisenberg told Pirro who was guest-hosting for Laura Ingraham.

“The loans were repaid. Now, certainly, you can legally engage in fraud of all kinds if the victim doesn’t lose money, but to impose a penalty of $355 million and to bar him for three years and his sons for two years seems to me to be completely out of proportion to the actual loss here, which was zilch,” he said.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said this week that he believes corporate media is starting to turn on President Joe Biden because there is increasing belief that he could lose this November in a rematch against former President Donald Trump.

Cruz made the remarks during the latest broadcast of his “Verdict” podcast with co-host Ben Ferguson while talking about Biden’s declining poll numbers and the closing window to replace him as the Democrat nominee.

“I do think we are seeing the corporate media starting to turn on Joe Biden, and we’ve talked at length, listen, it was this podcast that drove news and drove news across the country, when we said months ago that I believe there was a very significant chance the Democrat Party would pull the cord on Joe Biden, yank him out and replace him with Michelle Obama,” Cruz said.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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We’ve had an abundance of guns in this country for a long time. But we have not always had mass shootings. What else, besides the proliferation of guns, causes school shootings? Is there a connection to psychiatric drugs, or video games, or something else?

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Citing 'Extreme Hunger' in Gaza, Israel's Top Food Security Official Calls for Immediate Cease-fire

Food security head Prof. Roni Strier, appointed by the previous government, warned that Israel is party to international agreements that require it to protect civilian lives in war zones and obey 'clear rules of the game'

The head of Israel's National Food Security Council, Prof. Roni Strier, is calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip because of the dire humanitarian situation there.

Strier wrote on his personal Facebook account on Friday that Israel wasn't taking the humanitarian condition of Gaza's civilians into account because of the pain of the October 7 massacre, adding that "Israel can't ignore the humanitarian considerations it is obligated to both morally and politically."

Strier has stood against the government's positions over the past year, including both on the judicial overhaul and professional issues related to providing food aid to those in need.

The Food Security Council operates within Israel's Welfare Ministry, and Y'aakov Margi, the Welfare and Social Affairs Minister, has been pushing in recent months to close the council as an independent body and make it answer directly to him.

Claire's Observations:  God Bless this guy; an Israeli with a conscience.  I know that there must be many more like him. 

I hope they will have the courage to speak out, particularly on the starvation of Palestinian children by the Israeli government.  NO CHILD on the planet, deserves to die like this; not one!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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President Joe Biden spent the entirety of Saturday at Camp David, the presidential retreat located in Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland, for another weekend getaway.

Biden's departure to the retreat was marked by a swift jog to Marine One on Friday evening, eager to retreat from Washington, DC.

In contrast, former President Donald Trump dedicated his Saturday to engaging with the public, hosting large rallies in North Carolina and Virginia. Addressing a significant crowd at a "Get Out the Vote Rally" in Greensboro, North Carolina, ahead of the upcoming March 5th primaries, Trump was met with an extensive line of supporters eagerly awaiting entry.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Renowned MSNBC guest and Morning Joe contributor, Donny Deutsch, recently emphasized the imperative for Democrats to instill fear in the populace regarding the potential re-election of Trump in 2024.

In a candid discussion with host Nicolle Wallace, Deutsch underscored the significance of this strategy, stating, "Democrats need to ‘scare the s**t out of people’."

Deutsch, known for his adeptness at stoking apprehension, has consistently employed this tactic throughout various election cycles. He proposed a bold approach for Democrats, suggesting the utilization of esteemed figures such as General Mark Milley to caution Americans about the perceived threat posed by Trump. Despite acknowledging Milley's credibility, Deutsch expressed skepticism about the public's receptiveness to such warnings.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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President Biden’s pitch to win election and now to win reelection is that he is a man of compassion.

From letting millions of migrants into the country without vetting to canceling billions of dollars of student loan debts, Mr. Biden’s policies have been predicated on the notion that he is compassionate and cares about the so-called little people.

But behind the scenes, it’s a different story.

For almost a year, Mr. Biden took no action to protect his Secret Service agents from vicious bites by his German Shepherd Commander. Now, with a Freedom of Information Act disclosure, we know that Mr. Biden’s Secret Service agents endured 24 dog-biting incidents involving Commander, including one that led to an agent receiving six stitches to his arm. A uniformed Secret Service officer bitten by Commander in the fall of 2022 needed treatment at a hospital.

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An American staffer at the US Embassy in Israel was found dead, the embassy said on Monday.

"We can confirm the death of an American employee of the US Embassy in Jerusalem,” an embassy spokesperson said in a brief statement.

“Foul play is not suspected. We have no further details to share," the spokesperson added, without providing any details about the circumstances of the employee’s death.

There was no comment yet from Israeli authorities on the report.

Tags: ISRAEL
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Volker Turk says it is essential to avoid conflagration of conflict, which could have repercussions for region and beyond.

United Nations human rights chief Volker Turk says the war in Gaza is a “powder keg” that could ignite a wider conflict with serious repercussions for the Middle East and beyond.

In an address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Turk said he was deeply concerned that the war – now in its 150th day – had already generated dangerous spillover in neighbouring countries.

“Any spark could lead to a much broader conflagration,” Turk warned. “This would have implications for every country in the Middle East,and many beyond it.”

Claire's Observations:  OK,  HR Chief Turk, you've pontificated and virtue signaled enough;  but what are you going to DO about it?!?  

When are you stepping on to that UN plane, bound for Tel Aviv, and make your announcement that, due to Israel's intransigence on a cease-fire, the UN, even with the US's veto against it, will immediately begin a B/D/S action by ALL UN members against Israel?!?

And trust me, Israelis are fluent in at least two languages;  Hebrew, and economics!!!

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The popular chip brand Doritos, owned by PepsiCo, recently announced their decision to promote controversial transgender activist and music star Sarah Hudson as their brand ambassador in Spain.

The 24-year-old Hudson, whose real name is Iván González Ranedo, was recently announced as the new brand ambassador in Spain over the weekend, featured in a 50-second trailer by the company.

This recent endorsement caused some people to look a little deeper into who Hudson is. Upon further research, citing a Telegram account for some of the evidence, Pravda reported: “Hudson advocates the “total destruction and abolition of the traditional family”, identifies as a non-binary trans girl, openly mocks victims of child abuse.”

Webmaster addition:  You would think companies would have learned from the Bud Light fiasco!

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) reveals she was proud to vote uncommitted in the Michigan primary on Tuesday, where she cast a protest vote against President Joe Biden Biden amid frustration over the war in Gaza.

According to Daily Mail, Tlaib posted a video on X as she walked away from a polling place. This came the same day when numerous Arab American voters followed the lead of activists. The aim was to push the uncommitted vote on the Democratic ballot as a way to deliver a message about the Israel-Hamas war and demand a ceasefire.

“I was proud today to walk in and pull a Democratic ballot and vote uncommitted. We must protect our democracy. We must make sure our government is about us, about the people,” she said in the video. “When 74% of Democrats in Michigan support a ceasefire, yet President Biden isn’t hearing us, this is a way we can use our democracy to say, listen, Listen to Michigan .. No more using our dollars to fund a genocide.

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Fox News legal analyst and former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg has called for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ entire office to be disqualified from the RICO case against former President Donald Trump and 17 others.

Willis is currently under fire after reports emerged that she was having an affair with Nathan Wade, one of the prosecutors who worked with her on the case. According to defense lawyers, the inappropriate affair amounted to a significant conflict. A hearing to disqualify Willis from the case ended on Friday, with Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee expected to make a final ruling in two weeks.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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New York City Democrat Mayor Eric Adams called for officials to review the city’s sanctuary status so that local law enforcement can help federal immigration officials deport illegal aliens who commit a crime in the city.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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The newest New York Times/Sienna College poll shows President Joe Biden is down bad — and the Biden campaign is having a difficult time coping with that reality.

Released on Saturday, the poll shows:

  • Donald Trump leads Biden: The former president commands a respectable 5-point lead over Biden — 48% to 43% — with just eight months until Election Day
  • Country going the wrong way: The overwhelming majority of registered voters — 65% to 24% — believe the country is headed in the wrong direction
     
  • Biden approval: The majority of respondents — 61% — disapprove of Biden's job as president, including 47% who "strongly disapprove"; only 36% who approve
     
  • Favorability: More registered voters have a favorable opinion of Trump than Biden, 43% to 38%
     
  • Biden too old: A majority, 73%, of respondents said Biden is too old to be president, compared to just 42% who said the same of Trump
     
  • What can you do for me: Fewer than 20% of registered voters believe Biden's policies have helped them, whereas 40% said Trump's personally helped them
     
  • Economy is bad: A majority of respondents, 51%, described the economy as "poor," while another 23% described it as "only fair"

The survey, moreover, "offers an array of warning signs" for Biden that his weaknesses are splintering the Democratic coalition, according to the New York Times.

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Pennsylvania State Police placed a trooper on restricted duty after he arrested the head of Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs along with her husband during a traffic stop over the weekend in the city, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

A portion of Saturday's arrest of Celena Morrison and her husband Darius McLean — CEO of a transgender resource center — was caught on video.

While state police charged the couple with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct, and summary traffic citations, the paper said the office of city District Attorney Larry Krasner declined the charges, and Morrison and McLean were released from custody Saturday evening.

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CNN host Michael Smerconish educated his own audience on Saturday after they overwhelmingly approved the Justice Department taking Donald Trump to trial before the 2024 election.

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Trump's appeal that presidential immunity protects him from criminal prosecution in special counsel Jack Smith's election interference case.

The decision triggered weeping and gnashing of teeth among liberals because the court set oral arguments for the week of April 22. That means the justices will likely not issue a decision until the end of June. And with court proceedings halted until their decision, Trump's trial will not begin until late summer — at the earliest.

That timeline presents a major problem: DOJ policy specifically prohibits interfering in elections and being swayed by political winds, and rushing Trump's trial could run afoul of that long-standing policy.

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As Gaza's Hunger Crisis Worsens, Emaciated Children Seen at Hospitals

 

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Palestinian mother Anwar Abdulnabi cries over the body of her daughter Mila, who had been suffering from deficiencies of calcium and potassium, at Kamal Adwan hospital on the edges of Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip March 2, 2024. REUTERS/Osama Abu Rbaya

By Bassam Masoud and Mohammed Salem

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) -Two Palestinian toddlers with sunken eyes and emaciated faces, one in a yellow cardigan and the other in a stripy top, were lying side by side on a bed in a Gaza clinic, their thin, bony legs protruding from diapers that looked too big for them.

"We will face a large number of patients who suffer from this, which is malnutrition," she said.

The toddler in the yellow cardigan, Ahmed Qannan, weighed 6 kg (13.2 lb), half of his pre-war body weight, according to his aunt, Israa Kalakh, who was by his side.

War in Israel and Gaza

"His situation worsens each day. God protect us from what is coming," she told Reuters.

Nearly five months into Israel's air and ground assault on the Gaza Strip and resulting mass displacement, acute shortages of food have led to what the United Nations is describing as a nutrition crisis, part of a wider humanitarian catastrophe.

Gaza's Health Ministry said on Sunday that 15 children had died of malnutrition or dehydration at Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, the part of the enclave where the lack of food is most extreme.

"The unofficial numbers can unfortunately be expected to be higher," said World Health Organization spokesperson Christian Lindmeier.

The worsening hunger crisis has intensified criticism of Israel on the world stage, including from U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, whose country is Israel's staunchest ally. She said on Sunday that people in Gaza were starving, calling on Israel to do more to significantly increase the flow of aid.

"My daughter, my beautiful daughter, my gentle daughter has passed away," cried Abdulnabi. She later said through her tears that Mila had been suffering from calcium and potassium deficiencies, but did not specify what caused the child's death.

Dr Ahmad Salem, who works in the hospital's intensive care unit, said one of the factors in the high number of child deaths there was that new mothers were themselves malnourished.

"The mothers cannot breastfeed their children. We do not have formula milk. This has led to the deaths of children here in the intensive care unit. Also in the nursery, there are numerous deaths," he said

Claire's Observations:  Take a good, hard look at that mom, cradling her dead child; now, imagine, for one moment, that was YOUR child.

How would you feel, at the government which caused this, and the other government which enabled it, with their bombs and bullets, not letting desperately needed humanitarian aid through to children like this?!?

Right now, to much of the rest of the world, Israel and the US look like the collective backsides of braying donkeys, for conflating Israel's "self-defense" with "genocide". 

IF EVER there was a reason to peacefully protest, now is that time.   There desperately needs to be a viable cease-fire, so that we do NOT have hundreds more Palestinian children, dying in this way.  Of course, Netanyahu and his minions LOVE when Palestinian kids die this way;after all,  it saves on US-supplied bullets and bombs!!

Who remembers what got President Johnson to NOT run for a second term, when he was one of the principal cheer-leaders for the Vietnam War?!?  It was the thousands of peaceful protestors outside his window, and he knew that should he run again, these people, and this country, would turn against him in the coming elections.

This country needs a peace movement, and a peace caucus, made up of EVERYONE; men, women;  and people of faith, who believe very strongly, that genocide - ALL GENOCIDE - is morally wrong,   As long as the First Amendment exists, we need to not be afraid to lift our collective voice and get heard.

I have come back to posting on this site, because I can no longer remain silent on this, and other issues which I find challenging to me, as an American; and right now, with Israel's actions, silence.... is complicity.  I will not be complicit here.

And let me end, with a scenario which keeps me up at night.  What if Iran is savagely attacked by the US/UK/ and Israel, and Russia and China decide to come to its aid, militarily?  

Russia has weaponry to which the US isn't even coming close, as outlined by President Putin in his weekend speech to the Russian Federation.  The US doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to begin to defend Israel against that powerful a combo.  And Lord, please:  that some Adult in the room in the US is able to shake Netanyahu up enough to realize that his dreams of Eretz Israel (The "Greater" Israel) is very likely to cause the entire world to explode.  

Of course, he and Sarah have been moved to gated housing in Jerusalem with survival bunkers, where they can wait out Armageddon in comfort.  So does he really care about the rest of humanity?!?  Most probably,  not so much.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CHINA, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, GULF/OTHER OIL, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Maggie Eshbaugh opened the front door to find a wall of snow. The weekend blizzard dropped over 10 feet of snow on the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. She tells FOX Weather how staff had to tunnel through another exit and how clean up efforts are going.

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Tags: CLIMATEGATE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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