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"Alone among all of Earth's life forms, humans alone perceive the absolute inevitability of their own mortality. For thousands of years, con artists have exploited that fear of the inevitable end of life, offering for sale various magical escapes from the grave, and all the acolytes have to do is surrender their money, their obedience, and their sanity." -- Michael Rivero
US futures edged higher after the House passed a deal to avert a US default (with more Democrats voting for the "McCarthy" deal than Republicans) and Fed officials hinted at a pause in interest-rate hikes. Globally, the Caixin China PMIs beat expectations (not to be confused with the catastrophic official PMI print) and Euro Area CPI printed dovishly, aiding a global risk-on tone. As of 7:45am ET, S&P 500 futures added 0.2% and were again trading right around 4,200 ironclad resistance, while Nasdaq 100 contracts were 0.1% higher. The Dollar slumped to a three day low as the euro rallied after data showed underlying inflation in the euro zone dipped by more than expected in May, though that may not stop the European Central Bank from raising rates. Treasury yields edged higher, mirroring moves in Europe and the UK. Gold and Bitcoin fell, while oil climbed for the first time in three days. Today’s macro data focus includes ADP, Jobless Claims, ISM-Mfg, and Construction Spending. As the market moves past the debt ceiling, the focus shifts to the Fed and the macro narrative.
However, what does stand out in the facts is that several large, Democratic states have low homelessness. It is these blue states that show us the way to ending our crisis. Let’s take New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan, and Illinois as examples. No one could honestly question the progressive bona fides of Newark, Baltimore, Detroit, and Chicago. Yet the states that are home to each of these cities have substantially lower homelessness per capita than California.
There is one simple answer–each of these states have much stronger hard drug laws than California. Fentanyl, heroin, other hard drug addictions, and the associated mental health crises that these drugs entail are the root cause of California’s homeless crisis. Until we address addiction and mental health, homelessness in our state will only continue to grow. The stubborn fact is that California’s hard drug laws are out of step with progressive states that have low homelessness.
Life is now protected in half of the 50 states.
“Twenty-five states now have laws to protect life between conception and 12 weeks,” pro-life activist Marjorie Dannenfelser says.
“Not even a full year after Dobbs, the pro-life movement can celebrate that we are at the halfway point in the states, thanks to the incredible momentum we have seen in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Nebraska in just the last week and a half,” Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America said, following South Carolina’s passage of a law in May that protects life after about six weeks of pregnancy.
The pro-life organization estimates that the many pro-life laws that have been implemented since the Supreme Court’s ruling last June 24 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which ultimately overturned 1973’s Roe v. Wade, have saved roughly 60,000 lives.
While many states have taken action to protect the unborn, states such as Alaska, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont allow abortion during all nine months of pregnancy.
Emilee Carpenter, a Christian wedding photographer, had to turn to her lawyer when asked about her religious beliefs about marriage because New York law prevents her from speaking about those beliefs in conjunction with her business.
“So New York’s law is actually so severe, I think I need to pass this over to my attorney, Kellie [Fiedorek], because it actually dictates what I am and am not able to publicly say, which is part of the scare in this law,” Carpenter said when The Daily Signal asked about her views on marriage.
Carpenter and Fiedorek sat down last week with The Daily Signal at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Orlando to discuss the wedding photographer’s lawsuit challenging a New York law compelling her to speak in favor of same-sex weddings.
Carpenter, who is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a lawsuit challenging New York Executive Law Section 296.2(a). The law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, which New York interprets as forcing commercial photographers who photograph opposite-sex weddings to offer their artistic services for same-sex weddings. The law also bars Carpenter from publishing any notice “to the effect that … the patronage … of any person … is unwelcome.”
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby was stunned by a reporter’s question at Wednesday’s briefing that mentioned a bribery allegation against Joe Biden, along with his involvement in the Biden family’s international business dealings and whistleblower charges of interference in investigations, followed with a request to comment on a recent poll showing a majority of Americans believe Joe Biden is corrupt.
Kirby let out a shocked, “Wow!” and then stood in stunned silence for several seconds while a gasp of “Jesus!” could be heard in the room. A man off camera volunteered to take the question for Kirby but White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told him no. After gathering his thoughts, Kirby stammered out a brief denial on Biden’s behalf and referred the part about the whistleblower to the FBI before leaving the podium.
The bold questioner was New York Post reporter Steven Nelson.
There were 53 shootings in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend, including 11 fatalities.
It appears the governor’s plan to deploy yellow-vested ‘peacekeepers’ to deter violence and crime didn’t work out too well.
Brandon Johnson, the city’s new mayor, released a statement, and blamed the violence on ‘community disinvestment’ and poverty.
Race hustler Ibram X Kendi (born Henry Rogers) is working to get felony murder laws abolished in the name of fighting anti-black racism.
"Massachusetts's felony-murder rule still imposes disproportionate sentences and leads to racial disparities," Kendi said in a statement for his Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.
"CAR's amicus brief argued that felony-murder prosecutions are racist and the racial disparities will persist under the current felony-murder rule in MA," Kendi's statement continued. "The felony murder rule leads to life without parole sentences that disproportionately target people of color."
"To prevent the continuation of disproportionate unconstitutionally cruel, and racist sentencing, CAR's amicus brief argued that the felony-murder doctrine should be abolished."
Kendi's move follows Democrats in Maryland pushing a similar "antiracist" bill to shield anyone under 25 from being charged with felony murder due to their "frontal lobes not being fully developed."
We should actually consider expanding our laws to hold shysters like Kendi responsible for the surge in murder and other violent crimes which their policies have produced.
An 11-year-old boy has been charged in connection with a string of armed robberies in Washington, DC and the media is portraying him as a victim.
From FOX 5 DC, "11-year-old DC boy arrested in connection with robbery, assault cases: police":
An 11-year-old boy was arrested by D.C. Police and is facing charges in connection with at least three robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon offenses.
In one incident, the suspect allegedly tells the victim, "Give me your phone, or I'll shoot you," and, "Haha I got you," later, according to a police report released on Tuesday.
However, police say the 11-year-old suspect still ended up robbing the victim.
All three incidents connected to this one child appear to have occurred within Northwest D.C.’s Park View neighborhood.
The boy was "charged with robbery while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon and robbery (fear)," NBC Washington reports.
Hilariously, Fox 5 DC actually interviewed multiple locals in a bid to portray the alleged robber as the victim:
Skeptic magazine is out with a brand new survey charting libtards' delusional beliefs.
The Skeptic Research Center's survey found most libtards believe "White people have more to be ashamed of than other racial groups" and "Racial minorities in the US have no hope for success because of racism."
In a testament to the power of propaganda, 71% of "very liberal" Americans surveyed and even around half of conservatives believe that "prior to the arrival of the European settlers, Native American/Indigenous tribes lived in peace and harmony."
Native Americans were at constant war with one another, enslaved one another long before any Europeans showed up and scalped and cannibalized their enemies and slaves and wore body parts as trophies.
As soon as journalist Kit Klarenberg landed in his home country of Britain on May 17, 2023, six anonymous plainclothes counter-terror officers detained him. They quickly escorted him to a back room, where they grilled him for over five hours about his reporting for this outlet. They also inquired about his personal opinion on everything from the current British political leadership to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
At one point, Klarenberg’s interrogators demanded to know whether The Grayzone had a special arrangement with Russia’s Federal Security Bureau (FSB) to publish hacked material.
During Klarenberg’s detention, police seized the journalist’s electronic devices and SD cards, fingerprinted him, took DNA swabs, and photographed him intensively. They threatened to arrest him if he did not comply.
Klarenberg’s interrogation appears to be London’s way of retaliating for the journalist’s blockbuster reports exposing major British and US intelligence intrigues. In the past year alone, Klarenberg revealed how a cabal of Tory national security hardliners violated the Official Secrets Act to exploit Brexit and install Boris Johnson as prime minister. In October 2022, he earned international headlines with his exposé of British plans to bomb the Kerch Bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian Federation. Then came his report on the CIA’s recruitment of two 9/11 hijackers this April, a viral sensation that generated massive social media attention.
How did I miss the third anniversary of George Floyd’s death? Were the media caught sleeping? Three years ago, Floyd was given funerals in three states, carried in a gold casket and driven to his final resting place in a horse-drawn carriage. It was like the funeral for a pharaoh.
From Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, to the end of the year, the New York Times alone ran more than 4,000 articles about him. But exactly three years later, Floyd’s name made it into only three Times items—fleetingly and barely.
Are the media (and Democrats, and Hollywood, and corporate America, and the universities and grade schools, and hospitals and military and President Biden) hoping we’ll forget about their weird campaign to make black Americans even angrier?
Since May 25, 2020, the single-minded message delivered to black people, without interruption or contradiction, has been that they live in a country steeped in white supremacy, anything bad that happens to them is proof of racism, and oh by the way, the police are trying to kill them.
The You Are a Victim! message is unlikely to produce stellar behavior in anyone. Directed at a group that already had a pretty high rate of criminal offending, it nearly destroyed our country.
Leaked emails show the pressure apparently being applied to filter out white male recruits and fast-track women and ethnic minorities. It can also be revealed 31 white men are to receive £5,000 each to compensate them for being unfairly disadvantaged by the approach.
The Durham Report fails to identify the ringleader of the Russiagate fiasco, John Brennan. It was Brennan who first reported “contacts… between Russian officials and persons in the Trump campaign”. It was also Brennan who initially referred the case to the FBI. It was also Brennan who “hand-picked” the analysts who cobbled together the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) which said that Putin was trying to swing the election in Trump’s favor. And, it was also Brennan who hijacked the “Trump-Russia-meme” from the Hillary campaign in order to prosecute his war on Trump. At every turn, Brennan was there, massaging the intelligence, pulling the strings, and micromanaging the entire operation from behind the scenes. So, while it might seem like the FBI was ‘leading the Russiagate charge’, it was actually Brennan who was calling the shots. This is from an article by Aaron Mate:
“…it is clear that Brennan’s role in propagating the collusion narrative went far beyond his work on the ICA. (Intelligence Community Assessment) A close review of facts that have slowly come to light reveals that he was a central architect and promoter of the conspiracy theory from its inception... Brennan stands apart for the outsized role he played in generating and spreading the (collusion) false narrative.” The Brennan Dossier: All About a Prime Mover of Russiagate, Aaron Mate, Real Clear Investigations
Mate is right, Brennan was “central architect and promoter” of the Russiagate fraud. The alleged Trump-Russia connection may have started with the Hillary campaign, but it was Brennan who transformed it into an expansive domestic counterintelligence operation aimed at regime change. That was Brennan’s doing; he was the backroom puppetmaster overseeing the action and guiding the project towards its final conclusion. What the Durham Report confirms, is that the plan was put into motion sometime after Brennan’s Oval Office meeting with Barack Obama in July, 2016. Check out this clip from an article by Lee Smith:
I suppose it should not surprise anyone that the failure to understand the challenges Ukraine faces in trying to launch a counter offensive is a consequence of the fact that most Western politicians and media have zero experience serving in a military organization. That lack of experience means there is little understanding of the importance of training and the logistics chain that must be in place to support that training. Once of the biggest problems confronting Ukraine, in my view, is the complete lack of uniformity.
The strength of any army is the principle of uniformity. Here is a Captain Obvious moment — the reason that a military organization sports a uniform is to ensure that troops in the heat of battle can easily identify their fellow fighters. Can you imagine an army that would grant each soldier or sailor or Marine the option to choose their own wardrobe? While you might get some fabulous fashion choices, allowing such diversity would undermine the operational effectiveness of that organization in combat.
The concept of uniform in the military extends beyond what men and women wear. How about training? An effective military organization relies on standard operating procedures in order to ensure that even the least mentally competent member of a unit knows the policies, procedures and tactics he or she must perform under stress. One of the critical objectives in basic training is to teach new recruits how to communicate and how to act on orders. If a military organization incorporates different units with different methods of communicating the odds of confusion on the battlefield increase dramatically.
The United States has announced another military aid package for Ukraine, deepening its involvement in the war in defiance of repeated warnings by Russia.
On Wednesday, the US Defense Department announced to supply weapons worth of $300 million to Ukraine, including air defense systems and tens of millions of rounds of ammunition, AFP reported.
The Pentagon said the latest shipments will bring the total value of American military aid to Ukraine since February 2022 to $37.6 billion.
“The United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its immediate battlefield needs and longer-term security assistance requirements,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
A world without cash would lead to “financially incapacitated” citizens, argues the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)...
After 530,000 Austrians signed a referendum petition calling for the right to cash payments to be enshrined in Austria’s constitution in 2022, Austria’s political class is refusing to move forward with adding this legal right, warns the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ).
“Nowhere else in the world is an everyday life without cash so clearly rejected as in Austria. We see this justified desire of the population, which is reflected in the popular petition ‘For unrestricted cash payment,’ as a concrete work order to the parliament!,” said Finance and Budget Spokesman of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) Hubert Fuchs during a parliamentary debate.
Although the referendum is not binding, in a country of 8.9 million, the fact that over half a million signed the referendum petition shows a broad level of resistance against the push for digital currencies promoted by central banks across the world and institutions like the World Economic Forum (WEF). It was the 13th most popular referendum in the country’s history. However, the center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), which has long been said to have backed the right to cash, is now joining the left-wing parties of Austria and blocking all attempts to add this right to the country’s constitution.
With only days to go before the federal government of the Land of the Free defaults on its debt, it appears that a compromise may finally be on the horizon.
As part of the bargain, both sides have agreed to slash part of the $80 billion in new funding that the IRS was awarded last year.
This is quite a blow to the President, who sold his plan to beef up the IRS last year by saying that the agency would capture up to “a trillion 300 million billion dollars if we hire more IRS agents.”
A trillion 300 million billion? That sure does sound like a lot of money.
Mr. Biden, of course, never seems to have much of a handle of arithmetic (nor anything else).
At one point he explained that Covid-19 had taken “200 billion lives”, and then further commented that “just the outbreak, has taken more than one hundred year, look, here, the lives, it’s just, just think about it.”
Quite sadly he even recently claimed that his son Beau died during a military deployment to in Iraq. In reality, Beau returned from Iraq in 2009, but died of brain cancer in 2015. You’d think his dad would know that.
The first day of the federal capital trial against Robert Bowers concluded yesterday. Bowers is accused of walking into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on November 4th, 2018 and killing 11 worshippers allegedly over the congregation’s role in resettling refugees in his area.
The trial is unique because it is only the second case during the presidency of Joe Biden, who campaigned on abolishing capital punishment, where federal prosecutors are aggressively pursuing the death penalty.
The decision to seek Bowers’ death boldly contradicts Attorney General Merrick Garland’s 2021 moratorium on capital punishment, which he opposes on the grounds that it has a disparate impact on black men. But in Bowers’ case, his Garland has shown extraordinary hypocrisy and ethnic favoritism by citing Bowers’ alleged “anti-Semitic” motive as a special circumstance necessitating an exception to their own rule. Several offers by Bowers’ defense to plead guilty to anything put in front of them and avoid a trial in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table have been roundly rejected by federal prosecutors. The feds have also fiercely fought the defense’s argument that killing Bowers is unconstitutional due to his clinically diagnosed mental illness.
In today’s edition of why no one takes disgraced CNN seriously, the outlet is celebrating women who are marrying themselves because no one else wants to.
After 2015’s Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges — in which the then-activist court legislated same-sex marriage was legal everywhere — the left told Americans that attacks on marriage would end there.
Love is love, they said.
These people declared that when two consenting adults committed to one another, they should be allowed to marry in the same manner as men and women have for centuries.
Civil unions that offered the same benefits marriage did were deemed draconian.
James O'Keefe appeared on Timcast IRL on Wednesday night to reveal the circumstances surrounding a lawsuit brought against him by Project Veritas, the company he founded from which he was ousted earlier this year.
Dan Strack, Tim Pool said, has reportedly resigned as executive director of Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action. Strack said that the "past four months" were a big challenge, but "I no longer [know] how to help," he said. Pool cited reporting from April Moss.
Strack, O'Keefe said, was the executive director, hired by O'Keefe, and had previously been with Goldman Sacks. Veritas has not confirmed the resignation, and while it "seems plausible," Pool said, O'Keefe also could not confirm it independently.
Republicans are blasting the Department of Justice (DOJ) for its planned lawsuit against the coal empire of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice II, who is mounting a Senate bid against embattled incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
The DOJ announced in a May 31 press release that it would sue Justice’s 13 coal companies for unpaid court fines and reclamation fees. James Justice III, the governor’s son who took over the companies after his father took his current post, is named in the lawsuit.
The charges relate to civil lawsuits ruled against Justice and other fees that he allegedly hasn’t paid.
However, some find the timing of the charges—which relate to years-old civil suits going back before the Biden administration—to be suspicious, coming as they do just weeks after Justice announced a campaign against a top GOP target during the 2024 election season.
Gal Luft, the “missing” witness in the House Oversight Committee’s Biden family corruption investigation, has told The Post he is alive and living as a fugitive in an undisclosed location.
The former Israeli Defense Force colonel vanished from Cyprus last month while on bail awaiting extradition to the US on seven charges.
He denies the allegations, which include five charges relating to the Arms Export Control Act of conspiring to sell Chinese products to the United rab Emirates, Kenya and Libya, as well as a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and of making a false statement.
Luft claims he was forced to skip bail because he is the victim of a political persecution by the US to protect Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and brother Jim.
“The chances of me getting a fair trial in Washington are virtually zero,” he said in a call from an undisclosed foreign country, explaining why he skipped bail. “I had to do what I had to do.”
While Chicago burns with rampant crime and violence, on Wednesday, the City Council approved $51 million in aid for illegals. The funds will cover for staffing, food and other resources. The vote passed with 34 voting yes and 13 voting no.
While the Council ultimately approved the expenditure, it was not without controversy. Chicagoans are increasingly outraged by how the city is handling the crisis brought on by Joe Biden’s broken border policy.
Ald. David Moore of the 17th Ward voted to reject the funding saying, “If there’s enough to go around, then let’s pass an ordinance where we see the ‘enough.” Moore argued for spending money on Chicago residents like those in his district which is an underserved, majority-Black ward.
The lower chamber passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act on late Wednesday night. After just over an hour of debate on the legislation, the House passed the bill in a 314-117 vote. Over 70 Republicans voted against the bill. Those members claimed that the bill clears $4 trillion in spending with few concessions from Democrats.
After the vote, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) held a press conference where he explained that he wants a bipartisan panel to examine the budget. McCarthy announced that he is going to ask Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jefferies (D-N.Y.) “to nominate and appoint people who will be serious” for a commission to look at duplication in the budget.
Next, the bill will be sent to the Senate. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) promised earlier in the day that the act will hit the floor “as soon as possible.” In order to advance to President Joe Biden’s desk, the bill must receive 60 votes in the Senate.