Thought for the day

"There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people - the 150 or 160 million - is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it." -- Harry S Truman

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The commander that oversees US nuclear forces delivered an ominous warning at a naval conference last week by calling the war in Ukraine a “warmup” for the “big one” that is to come.

“This Ukraine crisis that we’re in right now, this is just the warmup,” said Navy Adm. Charles Richard, the commander of US Strategic command. “The big one is coming. And it isn’t going to be very long before we’re going to get tested in ways that we haven’t been tested [in] a long time.”

Richard’s warning came after the US released its new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which reaffirms that the US doctrine allows for the first use of nuclear weapons. The review says that the purpose of the US nuclear arsenal is to “deter strategic attacks, assure allies and partners, and achieve US objectives if deterrence fails.”

Posted on: Nov 07 12:33

Hunter Biden's former business partner is ready to testify with thousands of new call recordings, text messages, photos, emails and documents to a congressional probe investigating the First Son – if the Republicans win the House, sources told

Whistleblower Tony Bobulinski had a front-row seat to the Biden family's deal with their Chinese government-linked business partners, and his explosive trove could expose alleged criminal activity by the First Family.

A source close to the congressional investigations shared some of Bobulinski's unseen cache of documents exclusively with

Posted on: Nov 07 12:32

It has been five years since police in Laredo, Texas, mocked and jeered at Priscilla Villarreal, a local journalist often critical of cops, as she stood in the Webb County Jail while they booked her on felony charges. Her crime: asking the government questions.

That may seem like a relatively obvious violation of the First Amendment. Yet perhaps more fraught is that, after all this time, the federal courts have still not been able to reach a consensus on that question. Over the years, judges in the 5th Circuit have ping-ponged back and forth over whether jailing a journalist for doing journalism does, in fact, plainly infringe on her free speech rights.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas awarded those officers qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that allows state and local government officials to violate your constitutional rights without having to face federal civil suits if that violation has not been "clearly established" in case law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit forcefully overturned that: "If [this] is not an obvious violation of the Constitution, it's hard to imagine what would be," wrote Judge James C. Ho.

Last week, the full spate of judges on the 5th Circuit voted to rehear the case in a rare move that signals some discontent with Ho's majority conclusion. Put differently, it's not looking good for Villarreal, nor for any journalist in the 5th Circuit who would like to do their job without fear of going to jail for it.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:31

Do you remember in early 2020 when they told us that the shortages that we were experiencing would just be temporary?  Of course some of them were, but then more shortages just kept on erupting.  That wasn’t supposed to happen, and now it appears that our supply chain problems could potentially get a whole lot worse.  In just a few short months, we will be three years away from the beginning of the pandemic in the United States.  But instead of a “return to normal”, more shortages are on the way.  And in some cases, they could even be life threatening.

Let me give you an example.  We need Amoxicillin to treat some of the most common infections that our children experience.  Unfortunately, the FDA is warning us that we are now facing a very serious shortage of Amoxicillin…

Posted on: Nov 07 12:30

Neighborhoods in southeastern Georgia were ordered to evacuate Monday as "multiple explosions" at a chemical plant on Colonel’s Island have led to a fire, police say. 

The blaze is impacting the Symrise Chemical Plant outside of Brunswick, according to the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office. 

"The plant has been evacuated, and multiple explosions have been reported," the sheriff’s office said. "There is a multi-agency fire detail on scene with more en route." 

Posted on: Nov 07 12:27

 Just weeks after Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping threatened to resolve the “Taiwan issue” with force, eleven of China’s naval and aircraft vessels were detected in and around the Taiwan strait Saturday, prompting Taipei to scramble defenses.

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:26

 North Korea said Monday its recent spate of missile launches served as a practice run for invading South Korea in the future, according to a statement published in state media.

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:26

 Elective offices are places where we need representatives to use their strong constitutional powers against others in government to limit governments. 

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:25

 While low-income households are feeling the greatest strain from extreme inflation, the share of high earners reporting financial stress due to inflation nearly doubled from March, according to a poll by The Wall Street Journal released Monday.

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:24

 President Joe Biden labeled protestors gathered outside an Illinois venue Saturday by while on a campaign stop.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:23

Joe Biden was sent to the podium by his handlers on Wednesday to proclaim the following: “We know that more and more ballots are cast by early voting or by mail in America…. That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days…. That’s how this is supposed to work.”

Biden didn’t explain how he happened to know that ahead of Tuesday’s election.

And many, many election officials and political historians will agree that is not how it is supposed to work.

White House Chief of Staff Ron “Fluffer” Klain followed Biden’s proclamation with a threat to the American voter:

“The president’s been talking about the threat to our democracy since he launched his campaign way back in 2019 and again on January 6th and again in September in Philadelphia, at Independence Hall. And I think the president decided a few days ago that it was important to issue one final warning on this issue, to make very clear, to leave no doubt that we have people out there still peddling the big lie, people now raising the issue of election denial in this election, and of course the horrible incident involving Speaker Pelosi and her family, you know, showing the rising threat of political violence,” Klain told MSNBC (emphasis added).

Biden and Klain couldn’t have been more obvious, ordering Americans to stop questioning the nation’s election system.

According to the First Amendment, Americans can question the election system until the cows come home.

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:18

Are eight billion humans too many for planet Earth? As we reach this milestone on November 15, most experts say the bigger problem is the overconsumption of resources by the  wealthiest residents.

A crowded street is seen in the city of Changsha in China's Hunan province in September 2020

A crowded street is seen in the city of Changsha in China's Hunan province in September 2020© Hector RETAMAL

"Eight billion people, it is a momentous milestone for humanity," said United Nations Population Fund chief Natalia Kanem, hailing an increase in life expectancy and fewer maternal and child deaths.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:16

The UK Government announced its latest, sweeping steps designed to reign in the Russian oil industry in support of the initiatives of the G7, EU, and the U.S. The UK Treasury announced a ban on the provisioning of services including critical insurance for ships transporting Russian oil while reiterating support for the G7’s attempts to impose a price cap on Russian oil ahead of the winter months in Europe.

The move follows the decision made by the G7 finance ministers in September who committed to the price cap as a way of undermining Putin’s ability to fund the war in Ukraine through inflated global oil prices. The Treasury noted that the UK and its coalition partners will not make use of the price cap, as they have introduced an import ban on Russian oil. 

“Insurance is one of the key services that enable the movement of oil by sea,” the Treasury highlighted in announcing the new legislation. They pointed to the importance of protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance noting that the UK is a global leader in the provision of P&I coverage, writing 60 percent of the global policies. The legislation effectively blocks access to the Lloyd’s of London market for Russia’s energy cargos being transported by ship.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:15

Any move by the incoming government to allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount “will lead to war,” Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas has said.

Abbas told Channel 12 on Thursday that he was “worried” about the apparent new government, which is expected to be the most religious in Israel’s history and include members of the far right.

With members of Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit often speaking of seeking greater Jewish clout in Jerusalem and taking actions Arabs view as provocative in the Old City, Abbas said allowing Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount — as desired by some on the religious right, notably including Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir, a likely minister in the new coalition — “will lead to war.”

Posted on: Nov 07 12:13

 The damnedest thing is happening in the Empire State. Election Day is Tuesday, and Democrats aren’t smiling.

For the first time in almost 30 years, all the momentum is on the Republican side in New York, and that’s not normal.

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:13

The vast herd of investors are a deluded crowd.  Following the Federal Reserve’s much anticipated 75 basis point rate hike on Wednesday the major stock market indexes jumped upward.

Optimistic investors keyed in on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement and, in particular, the remark that the Fed, “will take into account the cumulative tightening of monetary policy, the lags with which monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation and economic and financial developments.”

Posted on: Nov 07 12:13

 Former President Donald Trump mocked Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a campaign rally Saturday. 

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:12

 West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin demanded President Joe Biden apologize for promising Friday while on the campaign trail to shut down coal plants “all across America.”

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:11

The EU is “in good shape” in terms of energy reserves this winter, however, a real risk of a shortfall lies ahead in 2023, major oil and gas executives have warned.

The region is facing an unprecedented energy crunch following a drop in imports from Russia. The oil and gas shortages, and record-high inflation, have resulted in an overall cost-of-living crisis across the bloc.

But while concerns are focused on the turmoil of the coming winter, it is the next cold season that they should really worry about, CEO of major oil trader Vitol, Russell Hardy, has said.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:11

 Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the COP27 United Nations Climate Conference, even though their nations are two of the world’s top three carbon emitters.

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:10

Washington, DC, is the home base of the most powerful government on earth. It’s also home to 690,000 people—and 29 obscure algorithms that shape their lives. City agencies use automation to screen housing applicants, predict criminal recidivism, identify food assistance fraud, determine if a high schooler is likely to drop out, inform sentencing decisions for young people, and many other things.

That snapshot of semiautomated urban life comes from a new report from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The nonprofit spent 14 months investigating the city’s use of algorithms and found they were used across 20 agencies, with more than a third deployed in policing or criminal justice. For many systems, city agencies would not provide full details of how their technology worked or was used. The project team concluded that the city is likely using still more algorithms that they were not able to uncover.

The findings are notable beyond DC because they add to the evidence that many cities have quietly put bureaucratic algorithms to work across their departments, where they can contribute to decisions that affect citizens’ lives.

Government agencies often turn to automation in hopes of adding efficiency or objectivity to bureaucratic processes, but it’s often difficult for citizens to know they are at work, and some systems have been found to discriminate and lead to decisions that ruin human lives. In Michigan, an unemployment-fraud detection algorithm with a 93 percent error rate caused 40,000 false fraud allegations. A 2020 analysis by Stanford University and New York University found that nearly half of federal agencies are using some form of automated decision-making systems.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:10

 A Philadelphia election official said Saturday that 3,400 mail-in ballots could potentially be rejected due to incorrect information and missing dates.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:09

The tourism industry is the silent suffering sector of the economy. And now that the airports are being told that COVID vaccination proof will still be a requirement, international travelers are staying home.

The United States is the only nation in the west still holding on to the requirement. The pandemic has ended, and most restrictions have been repealed. But for those that remain secret, there seems to be no end to the torture people have to endure.

The Gateway Pundit reported, “During a recent COVID-19 EU hearing, Pfizer’s President of International Developed Markets, Janine Small, admitted that the vaccine had never been tested on its ability to prevent transmission, contrary to what was previously advertised by the elites and globalists.”

And yet, with all the proof that vaccination is not the answer to the virus, the liberal-controlled Transportation Security Administration told the airlines to reject travelers that are not vaccinated.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:06

One of the British Navy’s Vanguard-class nuclear submarines was forced to abort a “top secret mission” after it sustained fire damage, according to a Sunday article published by The Sun.

According to the outlet’s sources, it took the efforts of the entire 130-plus crew, including many who were off-duty, to put out an electrical fire aboard the HMS Victorious, which was carrying Trident 2 nuclear ICBMs at the time of the incident.

While the fire was reportedly contained relatively quickly, the emergency situation declared by the ship’s captain forced the ship to shoot to the surface at an undisclosed location in the North Atlantic to vent out toxic fumes.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:05

Elon Musk tweeted out a call on Monday for independent voters to push control of Congress back to the Republicans, so as to counterbalance Democrat President Joe Biden.

Musk, who recently bought out Twitter, tweeted, “To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic.”

“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!” Musk added.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:04

A panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit seemed to be channeling the lyrics of the musical Hamilton in noting that “Everything is legal in New Jersey.” The panel ruled against  a transgender woman who brought a discrimination claim against a beauty pageant that allowed only “natural-born females” to compete. In a prior 2016 column, I discussed the racially discriminatory consideration of only “non-Whites” for the cast of the much-celebrated production. The majority opinion written by Judge Lawrence VanDyke noted the policy in upholding a policy that excluded trans women from the Miss United States of America pageant in Oregon.

Posted on: Nov 07 12:03

 A Trump-appointed judge issued a blow Thursday night to a New York State gun law that barred guns in places of worship.

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Posted on: Nov 07 12:00

 An MSNBC contributor said Monday on “Morning Joe” that pollsters “have no idea” if they are correctly predicting the outcomes of the midterm elections.

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Posted on: Nov 07 11:58

 Twitter CEO Elon Musk called on independent voters to vote Republican in a tweet Monday.

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Posted on: Nov 07 11:58