Thought for the day
"The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon." -- Eugene Ionesco
Former CIA officer and station chief Scott Uehlinger told Breitbart News on Thursday that intelligence agencies cannot be cleansed of political and partisan corruption unless the president has the unitary power over the federal government’s personnel decisions.
Uehlinger discussed left-wing and partisan politicization of federal intelligence agencies on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with special guest host and retired Navy SEAL and FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam.
“It’s a real cause of concern, not just among regular folks, but [among] people who served in these agencies,” he stated. He emphasized the ubiquity of such political orientations among intelligence agency employees.
He remarked, “The infection in these organizations is not just the political appointees. It’s basically everyone from mid-grade-level and up, if not lower because they’re all the recipients of a super-liberal education.”
Image: Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office
In the City of Vivian in Louisiana, at North Caddo Elementary Middle School, substitute PE teacher Aadrina Salean Smith allegedly paid five pupils $5 each to bully another student last month. She was arrested on Monday.
A video that captured the incident shows 24-year-old Smith communicating verbally with five students and seemed to be congratulating three of them who participated in the battery. The victim was lying on the floor when Smith was captured on camera in the gym’s bleachers, according to the Caddo Sheriff Department. The video showed that she made making no effort to assist the student to get up.
After being fired from the Caddo Parish School District, the substitute teacher was taken into custody at the Caddo Correctional Center on a $10,000 bond. She is accused of one count of misconduct and five charges of juvenile delinquency. There are likely to be more arrests, reports say.
Unsurprisingly, major media outlets were all over this story. The Times’ coverage set the tone, with the Washington Post and CNN and Sports Illustrated and NPR all publishing similar articles, alongside the predictable think pieces. The incident also had consequences for BYU sports more generally. The head coach of women’s basketball at the University of South Carolina canceled its home opener against BYU. A match between Duke and Rider University’s women’s volleyball teams—scheduled to be played at the BYU arena—was moved to a nearby high school gym in order to provide both teams “the safest atmosphere,” according to Duke’s Director of Athletics, Nina King.
For millions of people watching this story unfold, this was yet another example of the ineradicable stain of American racism, of just how little progress we’ve really made.
Except it didn’t happen.
There is no evidence that the chain of events described by Richardson and her family members occurred. There isn’t even evidence a single slur was hurled at her and her teammates, let alone a terrifying onslaught of them.
During the interview, Hewitt asked President Trump about the possibility of being indicted by the Biden DOJ. Hugh did not bring up the numerous recent instances of former Presidents — and Hillary Clinton — being caught with classified information in their possession.
According to the Inspector General for The Small Business Administration, $1.3 billion in COVID relief funds went to applicants with foreign internet addresses.
President Joe Biden on Thursday denounced Republican governors as 'unAmerican' for the way they were playing political games with migrants, after more than 100 were dumped outside the vice president's official residence and others were flown to Martha's Vineyard.
It marked the latest salvo in an increasingly bitter row over the thousands of people crossing the border daily.
Republicans have stepped up their attacks on the Biden administration as they try to make immigration the theme of November's midterm elections.
Webmaster addition: Would that be the same Joe Biden who used Marines as props for his speech at Independence Hall?
Florida's governor accused critics of his move to fly migrants to Martha's Vineyard of 'virtue signaling', saying their concern for the welfare of the migrants was a 'fraud' - as California's governor said he should be investigated for possible kidnapping.
Ron DeSantis on Wednesday chartered a plane to send 50 people, mainly Venezuelans, to the exclusive Massachusetts holiday island.
The move sparked outrage among Democrats and human rights groups, who accused him of playing politics with peoples' lives and tricking the migrants with promises of expedited work permits if they boarded the plane.
On Thursday night, CNN reported that the migrants were in Texas, and then flown to Martha's Vineyard. Many said they had no idea where they were going.
Charlie Crist, the former governor of Florida who is now seeking to unseat DeSantis, called him a 'monster' for 'using children as a stunt'.
Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, wrote to the Department of Justice to request that DeSantis be investigated for kidnapping.
But DeSantis, widely considered to be contemplating a run for the White House in 2024, was defiant.
Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, is seen on Thursday defending his role in flying migrants to Martha's Vineyard
A Capitol rioter who wore an anti-Semitic 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt over a Nazi shirt while storming the building has been jailed for 75 days.
Robert Keith Packer, 57, from Newport News, Va., pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, which carries a maximum sentence of six months of imprisonment.
Packer told the FBI he was about 10 to 12 feet away from rioter Ashli Babbitt when a police officer fatally shot her as she tried to climb through the broken window of a barricaded door leading to the Speaker's Lobby.
Webmaster addition: A "Camp Auschwitz" sweatshirt and a Nazi t-shirt??? Obvious plant to allow media whores to demonize anyone demanding honest elections!
David Barnea, the head of Israel’s spy agency the Mossad, said on 12 September that Iran would not be granted “immunity” even if the US returns to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal.
“Even if a nuclear deal is signed it will not give Iran immunity from the Mossad operations,” Barnea said. “We won’t take part in this charade and we don’t close our eyes to the proven truth.”
In response, a spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry said: “We do not expect a terrorist regime [to do] anything other than terrorist actions.”
Barnea’s most recent threat came on the same day when Israel’s interim Prime Minister, Yair Lapid, arrived in Germany in an attempt to persuade its western ally to ditch the Iran nuclear deal.
Last week, the Mossad chief visited Washington to meet with several high security officials, including CIA Director William Burns, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Border Czar Kamala Harris had no comment when asked about the illegal aliens dumped on her lawn Thursday morning.
The national guard is being mobilized for this. 50 people. Texas deals with thousands every day with no help from the federal government.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is a disaster. Rather than focusing on skyrocketing crime and a city that is ablaze, Lightfoot is seemingly punishing reporters who dare to question her abysmal leadership.
Hunter Biden is reportedly trying to get his child support payments lowered.
A 21-year-old Chicago man may have saved lives on Tuesday night when he fired back at shooters who were allegedly attacking his grandmother’s birthday party.
The man, who did not want to be identified, told WGN-TV he was at a birthday party for his grandmother at a home on the city’s Lower West Side.
A few of the relatives reportedly went to the back of the house to look at a new car that belonged to another cousin in the family.
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After doing so, they started hearing sounds that they assumed were firecrackers. When the man looked at his cousin’s face, he realized it was more serious.
“I see my cousin’s face turn weird and I look to the right and see two gunmen at the end of the alley,” he told WGN.
The melt down over the 50 illegals flown to Martha’s Vineyard is fun to watch.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday sent two planes of illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard.
The racist white limousine liberals on Martha’s Vineyard are not happy about their new poor, brown neighbors.
Martha’s Vineyard happily hosts thousands of tourists every summer, however when 50 poor illegals are dumped on the island it is a “humanitarian crisis.”
Webmaster addition: "You don't understand! They have no MONEY!!!"
The freshly tarmacked runway at Damascus International Airport had barely dried out from lengthy repairs after an Israeli missile attack in June before maintenance workers were mustered for a new mission in Aleppo, where another runway had been damaged.
Israel has conducted hundreds of air strikes in Syria since 2011, targeting government troops, Iran-backed fighters and Hezbollah. However, targeting airports and paralysing aviation has been a noticeably more recent element in their policy.
And now, there are often just days between repetitive strikes on the same targets.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Thursday that Lebanon would suffer dire consequences if the Hezbollah terror group torpedoes US-mediated talks between Israel and its northern neighbor over a maritime dispute.
The dispute, which involves competing claims over offshore gas fields, escalated in June after Israel moved a production vessel near the Karish offshore field, which is partly claimed by Lebanon.
Gantz said ominously that if Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah wants to disrupt the ongoing talks, “he’s welcome to do so, but the price will be Lebanon.”
Liberal logic: It’s okay for the elites to have a fence around their property and armed guards on duty, but the average Americans, particularly those who live in border areas, have no right to the same level of security.
On Thursday morning, two busloads of over 100 illegal aliens were dropped off at Kamala Harris’ home in Washington DC.
Webmaster addition: "Don't you get it? Those illegals need to be in the red states! Not ... not ... not ... HERE!" -- Camelah
FILE PHOTO: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoREUTERS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund could provide about $1.4 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine almost immediately if its executive board approves a new "food shock window" that was discussed informally earlier this week, an IMF spokesperson said.
IMF officials were meeting with their Ukrainian counterparts in Sarajevo this week and would launch an in-person mission to start technical discussions, likely in Vienna, on a potential full-fledged program in the "near future," IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice told reporters on Thursday.
Webmaster addition: "Let the plundering begin!" -- International Mother F*ckers
On Wednesday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent two planes carrying illegal immigrants to the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Earlier on Thursday, Governor DeSantis addressed the media after transporting two planeloads of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
During the press conference, he criticized the left saying “their virtue signaling is a fraud.”
“We are not a sanctuary state, and it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and, yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures,” DeSantis said.
“Biden would fly people in the middle of the night, dumped them all across this country. There was no warning on any of this.”
“The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door, [Democrats] all of a sudden go berserk and they’re so upset this is happening. It just shows you their virtue signaling is a fraud,” he added.
A whistleblower revealed the FBI labeled a veteran-led organization as a domestic terrorist group.
Ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) in a letter to FBI Director Wray said a whistleblower came forward and revealed a ‘woke’ analyst labeled American Contingency, a veteran-led group, a “domestic violent extremism” organization.
The veteran-led group was already cleared by the FBI as a ‘non-threat’ in 2020, but the woke analyst decided to target the group again.
Rep. Jordan’s letter referenced Project Veritas’ recent report on the FBI’s ‘domestic terrorism symbols guide’ on ‘militia violent extremists.’
According to the document leaked to Project Veritas, here is a partial list of ‘domestic terrorism symbols’:
- Leaked document is labelled as “Unclassified/Law Enforcement Sensitive” that is for “FBI Internal Use Only.”
- Under the “Symbols” category of the document, “2A” is listed with the following explanation: “MVEs justify their existence with the Second Amendment, due to the mention of a ‘well regulated Militia,’ as well as the right to bear arms.”
- “Revolutionary War imagery” such as the “Gadsden Flag” and the “Betsy Ross Flag” are cited in the document under “Commonly Referenced Historical Imagery or Quotes.”
Webmaster addition: Oops! I guess I qualify!! :)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday said she was impressed with the speed at which Ukraine is proceeding in its bid to become a member of the European Union.
"The accession process is well on track. It's impressive to see the speed, the determination, the preciseness with which you are progressing", von der Leyen said during a press conference in Kyiv with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Von der Leyen, who arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday to meet with Zelenskiy, added that the EU needs to do as much as possible to ensure Ukraine has "more business, more income".
(Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout, Bart Meijer)
Webmaster addition: "Then we can get this war going for real!!!" -- Brussells Spouts
The Kremlin on Thursday said it had "hardly any hope" for the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported.
U.S. media on Wednesday reported that President Joe Biden plans to nominate Lynn Tracey as Washington's new ambassador in Moscow, after John Sullivan announced his departure earlier this month.
Webmaster addition: This sort of thing happens when your ambassadors are all political donors rather than career diplomats.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during an interview with Reuters, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoREUTERS
By Max Hunder
KYIV (Reuters) -Supporting Ukraine comes at a high cost, but freedom is "priceless," European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen told Reuters on Thursday amid soaring inflation and high energy prices in Europe.
Speaking in Kyiv, Von der Leyen reiterated that the bloc would be unwavering in its backing of Ukraine, as cracks start to appear among member states in how to further punish Russia for the invasion of its neighbour.
The EU's sanctions on Russia are finally having a deep and visible impact, Von der Leyen told Reuters in an interview hours after she met Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Webmaster addition: An odd statement to make considering Brussels has become one of the most oppressive and intrusive governments on Earth. Being forced to pay for a war one does not agree with hardly counts as 'freedom'!
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck addresses the media following a G7 Trade Ministers meeting at Neuhardenberg Castle, Germany September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Annegret HilseREUTERS
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Thursday Ukraine needs 350 billion dollars for reconstruction, according to Kyiv's own estimates.
Habeck welcomed G7 trade ministers during a meeting at Neuhardenberg Castle in the state of Brandenburg on Thursday.
Webmaster addition: And just who will make sure the cash actually goes to reconstruction instead of into various pockets?
Russia's natural gas exports to the European Union this year are expected to decline by 50 billion cubic meters (bcm)—or by one-third of last year's volumes—Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said on Thursday.
"According to estimates currently in the Ministry of Energy, exports will decrease by about 50 billion cubic meters," Novak said on the sidelines of an event in Moscow, as carried by Russian news agency Interfax.
To compare, last year, Russian gas exports to the EU totaled around 150 bcm, per Reuters estimates.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh pose for a picture during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 15, 2022. Sputnik/Alexandr Demyanchuk/Pool via REUTERSREUTERS
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh said on Thursday that he supports the construction of oil and gas pipelines from Russia to China via Mongolia.
Speaking via translator at a trilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, Khurelsukh backed the plans, proposing studies of their economic feasability.
Khurelsukh said: "We also support the construction of oil and gas pipelines to supply natural gas from Russia to China through the territory of Mongolia and propose to study this issue from the viewpoint of technical and economic justification".
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the country has received an “advanced” oil tanker from Iran as part of a bilateral contract amid increasing cooperation between Tehran and Caracas in various fields.
“We have just received a ship with the most advanced engineering and technology in the world,” Maduro said according to Venezuelan state TV. He said that the ship was manufactured by Iran upon Venezuela’s order.
The oil tanker “now comes to serve as a cargo ship for our revolutionary PDVSA,” he added.
This is the third Iran-made oil tanker delivered to Venezuela. The South American country received the second tanker on June 11, 2022.
A whistleblower revealed the FBI labeled a veteran-led organization as a domestic terrorist group.