“We had offered a place for a woman with two children. We were assigned a family in June 2022. When we went to pick them up at the OCMW in Ninove, it turned out to be a pregnant woman, her husband and three children. That was the first problem, but not insurmountable,” De Strijcker said, using the acronym for Belgium’s Public Center for Social Welfare.
According to the website 7sur7, the family was not among the refugees from cosmopolitan urban centers such as Kyiv.
“We quickly noticed that this was no ordinary Ukrainian family. Two weeks later, the CPAS told us that they were Roma gypsies,” De Strijcker said.
The result was that the refugee family did not know how to use modern conveniences, such as a washing machine, dryer, or oven. The mother of the children was washing clothes in the tub.
Within a few weeks, the house — in which the couple was no longer living — had been transformed.
“Mildew appeared all over the windows, the walls were covered with inscriptions, the wood was torn from the frame of the bed, the doors and cabinets were damaged,” De Strijcker said.
An obliquely-written news-report in the New York Times on January 18th headlined “U.S. Warms to Helping Ukraine Target Crimea” and subheaded “The Biden administration is considering the argument that Kyiv needs the power to strike at the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.” It reported that,
“the Biden administration is finally starting to concede that Kyiv may need the power to strike the Russian sanctuary, even if such a move increases the risk of escalation, according to several U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive debate. Crimea, between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, is home to tens of thousands of dug-in Russian troops and numerous Russian military bases.”
It goes on to say that this “would be one of its boldest moves yet, helping Ukraine to attack the peninsula that President Vladimir V. Putin views as an integral part of his quest to restore past Russian glory.”
This news-story omitted to mention that according to Russian law, Crimea (which was part of Russia throughout 1783-1954 when the Soviet Union’s dictator, a Ukrainian, arbitrarily transferred it to Ukraine) was restored to Russia on 16 March 2014, when a vote by Crimea’s residents supported by over 90% the return of Crimea to being a part of Russia, and Russia accepted that application by the Crimean people, for Crimea to become again a part of Russia.
The US government is preparing to hand Ukraine assets confiscated from Russian businessmen under a scheme proposed by the Biden administration last year, which aims to target the wealth of “oligarchs” and pass it on to Kiev.
“In the future, we’re also poised to begin the transfer of forfeited assets for the benefit of Ukraine,” he said. “In the closing days of 2022, Congress passed, and the president signed, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, and among its provisions is a law that newly empowers the Justice Department to direct forfeited funds to the State Department for the purpose of providing aid to Ukraine.”
Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced former CEO of Theranos, was caught trying to flee the country after she was sentenced for her fraud-related crimes connected to the collapse of Theranos.
She was convicted on four counts of wire fraud in January 2022 and was sentenced to 11 years in November 2022.
The Daily Wire reports that federal prosecutors revealed that Holmes attempted to book an international flight to Mexico in January 2022. Prosecutors revealed that the ticket was booked for a one-way trip with no return flight. It was only canceled after it was revealed to the defense council. In other words, Holmes appeared to be poised to take the trip to Mexico until it was canceled.
The document that federal prosecutors put out said the following: “The government anticipates Defendant will note in reply that she did not, in fact leave the country as scheduled,” and “but it is difficult to know with certainty what Defendant would have done had the government not intervened.”
Department of Justice officials have found even more classified documents at President Joe Biden’s Delaware home.
One of Biden’s lawyers stated that the DOJ found another six classified documents at the estate.
The Blaze News reports that the DOJ conducted a 12-hour search of the Biden home in Delaware on Friday.
Bob Bauer, a personal lawyer for Biden, made a statement about the search and said:
“DOJ requested that the search not be made public in advance, in accordance with its standard procedures, and we agreed to cooperate.”
He continued by saying: “DOJ had full access to the President’s home, including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders going back decades.”
An 11th victim died on Monday from injuries suffered in a weekend shooting rampage at a Los Angeles-area dance hall, as investigators searched for a motive behind one of California’s bloodiest shootings.
Police identified Huu Can Tran, 72 as the lone suspect in a shooting that unfolded Saturday night in the midst of a Lunar New Year celebration Monterey Park, just east of Los Angeles. He drove to another dance hall where a second attack was thwarted, and later killed himself as police closed in to make an arrest hours after the shooting.
Authorities said 10 people were killed and 10 wounded when Tran opened fire at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, a venue popular with older patrons of Asian descent. One of the victims hospitalized in critical condition died of his wounds on Monday, Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese told reporters.
All of the deceased were between the ages of 50 and 80.
During her January 2 inaugural address, thrice-elected DC Mayor Muriel Bowser told Joe Biden that he needed to either bring his administration's remote workers back to their offices downtown or give up the space used by the White House over to Bowser so she could convert it into living quarters.
Fox News reports Bowser said, "The federal government represents one-quarter of DCs pre-pandemic jobs, and owns or leases one-third of our office. We need decisive action by the White House to either get most federal workers back to the office most of the time or to realign their vast property holdings for use by the local government, by non-profits, by businesses and by any user willing to revitalize it."
In March of last year, Granholm said at a conference in Houston that it's "same old DC BS" when critics say the Biden administration’s actions and policies have caused the rising gas prices in the US.
Granholm that summer would blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for rising gas prices in the US. During a May 2022 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Senator Josh Hawley asked Granholm about the rising gas prices, and asked what the Biden administration plans to do to lower costs for consumers.
"I'm sure you've seen the reporting this morning," Sen. Hawley said, "that now AAA is projecting that gas prices will hit a national average of $6 a gallon by the month of August. Is this acceptable to you?"
"No, it is not," Sec. Granholm answered, "and you can thank the activity of Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine and pulling us–.
"Oh nonsense," Sen. Hawley interjected. "With all due respect, Madam Secretary, that's utter nonsense."
The White House echoed Granholm's stance in November of last year during a press conference. Fox News' Peter Doocy said to Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre, "You've said the president was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is the President responsible for gas prices going up?".
A new report from the Media Research Center has exposed connections between billionaire liberal financier George Soros and 54 prominent media figures. As documented by its authors Joseph Vazquez and Dan Schneider, these include reporters, anchors, columnists, editors, news executives, and journalists.
Among the highest profile media figures revealed to have connections to Soros, often due to them sitting on boards of organizations he funds, include:
President Biden will veto a House Republican bill that would restrict the release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) emergency reserve, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Monday.
“If Congress were to pass H.R. 21, the president would veto it. He will not allow the American people to suffer because of the backward agenda that House Republicans are advancing,” Granholm told reporters during a White House press briefing.
House Republicans, led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), introduced the legislation, known as the Strategic Production Response Act or HR21, earlier this month.
The bill would require the Biden administration to develop a plan to boost the percentage of federal lands leased for oil and gas production if it wants to release oil from the SPR.
Senior Ukrainian officials have quit after Volodymyr Zelensky announced a crackdown on corruption and pledged to launch a staff shake-up at the highest level.
The deputy head of Ukraine's presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko asked to be relieved of his duties, according to an online copy of a decree signed by Zelensky and Tymoshenko's own social media posts.
Neither gave a reason for the resignation.
Webmaster addition: I have a feeling these departures have less to do with corruption and more to do with not wanting to get caught in the war!
California lawmakers are pushing legislation that would impose a new tax on the state's wealthiest residents — even if they've already moved to another part of the country.
Assemblyman Alex Lee, a progressive Democrat, last week introduced a bill in the California State Legislature that would impose an extra annual 1.5% tax on those with a "worldwide net worth" above $1 billion, starting as early as January 2024.
As early as 2026, the threshold for being taxed would drop: those with a worldwide net worth exceeding $50 million would be hit with a 1% annual tax on wealth, while billionaires would still be taxed 1.5%.
Worldwide wealth extends beyond annual income to include diverse holdings such as farm assets, arts and other collectibles, and stocks and hedge fund interest.
Webmaster addition: I think this violates state sovereignty.
A jury on Monday convicted four members of the Oath Keepers of seditious conspiracy in the second batch of guilty verdicts related to the extremist group's efforts to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
In addition to the seldom-used charge of seditious conspiracy, the four — Roberto Minuta, Joseph Hackett, David Moerschel and Edward Vallejo — were convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiring to obstruct.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta ordered the four to be placed under 24-hour house arrest with limited exceptions and limitations on internet usage until they are sentenced, “notwithstanding the nature of these charges, which are undoubtedly serious.”
Moerschel's attorney, Scott Weinberg, told reporters that "we're pretty disappointed with the verdict" and that they plan to appeal.
Tech billionaire Bill Gates is jet-setting across Australia on his $70million private jet as he preaches about the dangers of climate change.
The Microsoft founder and fourth richest person in the world is in Australia with representatives from his company Breakthrough Energy, as he drums up business for the firm which claims to drive innovation in sustainable energy and in technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr Gates relaxed on Lizard Island on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef before flying the Gulfstream jet, one of two he owns, to Sydney on Saturday for a meeting with Anthony Albanese.
Comet C/2022 E3, which orbits the sun every 50,000 years, will be closest to us next Wednesday and Thursday
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) could be visible to the naked eye as it whizzes past Earth, astronomers have said. Photograph: Dan Bartlett/Nasa/AFP/Getty Images
An exotic green comet that has not passed Earth since the time of the Neanderthals has reappeared in the sky ready for its closest approach to the planet next week.
Discovered last March by astronomers at the Zwicky Transient Facility at the Palomar Observatory in California, comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was calculated to orbit the sun every 50,000 years, meaning it last tore past our home planet in the stone age.
Come with me into the ochre mud of the churchyard in Bucha, past the bullet-riddled church of St Andrew. Stand over the graves of some of the 416 inhabitants of this town – 9 of them children – who were shot by the Russians in an attempt to terrify the rest.
Look at the photos of their corpses, their hands tied behind their backs, left in the street to rot or to be eaten by dogs.
Stand with me by the blackened remains of an apartment block in Borodyanka, the twisted plumbing and smashed children's toys. Look at what just one of Putin's 500kg airborne bombs can do to an eight-story building.
You will not hear the name Jason Harley Kloepfer from any corporate media outlet. Kloepfer is a disabled, white man living in a trailer in rural North Carolina who was the victim of a brutal act of police violence.
Individuals within scientific community have taken a decidedly woke worldview for years, from encouraging obesity to discriminating against white individuals. The Lancet becomes the latest entrant into this crusade by repeating PETA talking points and declaring them science.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is reportedly looking for a way to purchase the Washington Commanders NFL team by selling the Washington Post.
The news outlet announced last month during a tense town hall meeting that it would be laying off employees in early 2023, which began speculation that Bezos would be looking to sell, according to a report by the New York Post.
Four migrants bused into New York City from Texas were busted for snatching thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Nassau County mall, officials said Monday.
Wrallan Cabezas Meza, 19, Miguel Angel Rojas, 21, Rafael Rojas, 27, and Jose Garcia Escobar, 30, are accused of driving from the Big Apple to Garden City and stealing $12,489 in goods from Macy’s Roosevelt Field earlier this month, according to county police.
Cops caught the crew shortly after the Jan. 9 heist in Hampstead when Meza was pulled over for allegedly failing to use a turn signal in a 2006 BMW with bogus plates, a criminal complaint in the case states.
The suspects later told a Spanish-speaking Nassau County detective that they came to New York City on a bus from the Lone Star State, Detective Lt. Richard Lebrun said.
It was unclear when they were brought up north, but Meza crossed the US-Mexico border on July 4, 2022, and the others during September last year, according to Nassau County cops.