"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their Country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine December 23, 1776
The US Department of Justice is investigating the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, according to the Israeli defense minister. Senator Ted Cruz blasted the investigation for marking Tel Aviv as President Joe Biden’s “political enemy.”
Abu Akleh was killed in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in May during an Israeli policing operation. Initially, Tel Aviv claimed the veteran journalist was shot by Palestinian militants, however Israeli officials now say it is highly likely Abu Akleh was unintentionally killed by a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
On May 11, Abu Akleh and several colleagues arrived in Jenin to cover an IDF raid on a Palestinian refugee camp. As the journalist walked through the area, Israeli forces opened fire, hitting her in the head, while a colleague was shot and injured. After Abu Akleh collapsed to the ground, IDF troops continued to fire at reporters and civilians who attempted to render aid.
Several western media outlets have conducted independent investigations into the raid and concluded Israeli forces murdered the Palestinian-American journalist.
For months, the US refused to hold any diplomatic talks with Russia. Then, suddenly, on November 6, it was revealed that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan "has been in contact with Yuri Ushakov, a foreign-policy adviser to Mr. Putin" and with Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.
Sullivan then went to Kiev for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. At those talks, Sullivan "raised the need for a diplomatic resolution to the war" and privately pushed Zelensky to “signal an openness to negotiate with Russia and drop their public refusal to engage in peace talks unless President Vladimir Putin is removed from power.”
On November 8, in a sudden reversal of his decree banning negotiating with Putin, Zelensky announced that he is open to peace talks with Putin. Zelensky urged the international community to “force Russia into real peace talks.” Zelensky insisted that his preconditions for talks are “restoration of (Ukraine’s) territorial integrity … compensation for all war damage, punishment for every war criminal and guarantees that it will not happen again.”
Those preconditions are near impossible. But in another sudden change of tone, Washington has begun signaling that "they believe that Zelensky would probably endorse negotiations and eventually accept concessions, as he suggested he would early in the war. They believe that Kyiv is attempting to lock in as many military gains as it can before winter sets in, when there might be a window for diplomacy.”
Webmaster addition: This will only work if the US Government promises not to meddle in Ukraine's internal affairs, and even if the US made such a promise, who would risk believing them?
Former President Donald Trump, aiming to become only the second commander-in-chief ever elected to two nonconsecutive terms, announced Tuesday night that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump told a crowd gathered at Mar-a-Lago, his waterfront estate in Florida, where his campaign will be headquartered.
Surrounded by allies, advisers, and conservative influencers, Trump delivered a relatively subdued speech, rife with spurious and exaggerated claims about his four years in office. To evoke nostalgia for his time in office among Republicans who have shown signs of Trump fatigue following the midterms, he frequently contrasted his first-term accomplishments with the Biden administration’s policies and the current economic climate. Many of those perceived accomplishments – from strict immigration actions to corporate tax cuts and religious freedom initiatives – remain deeply polarizing to this day.
Israel appears set to demolish a number of privately-owned Palestinian houses in the occupied East al-Quds neighborhood of al-Tur, amid ongoing land grab policies carried out by the Tel Aviv regime.
According to Palestinian WAFA news agency, Israeli police, accompanied by staff of the Israeli municipality of West al-Quds, stormed several neighborhoods in al-Tur, photographed a number of homes in the area and placed demolition notices against the structures.
The local source did not provide further information on who owns the houses or when the demolitions will take place.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) declared an invasion on the Texas border with Mexico, invoking the U.S, and Texas constitutions. Over five million illegal aliens have crossed the U.S. southern border with Mexico since Joe Biden assumed the presidency on January 20, 2021 and threw out President Trump’s successful policies that had secured the border.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), fresh off a landslide 59.4 percent to 40.0 percent reelection victory last week over Rep. Charlie Crist (D), invited critics and potential rival President Trump, “to go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night.”
Two Russian missiles hit the Polish town of Przewodów located near the border with Ukraine on Tuesday, killing two Poles according to reports. Poland is a NATO ally, and a staunch supporter of Ukraine as its neighbor defends itself from Russia’s invasion.
Chicago Jews were alarmed Thursday as local news outlets reported that a bus full of Jewish schoolchildren had been the victim of antisemitic harassment.
Police were investigating after a group of adults had forced the bus to stop, made their way on board, and then delivered a “Heil Hitler” salute, according to the reports, which appeared in a wide array of Chicago outlets, including the Tribune and Sun-Times newspapers.
The story unnerved parents and triggered outcry among Chicagoans worried about rising crime and antisemitism at an especially tense time for American Jews.
But it wasn’t true, according to the CEO of the school whose students were involved.
Multiple news outlets including the Fox News Decision Desk are calling the Arizona governor’s race: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs has defeated GOP opponent Kari Lake: 50.4% to 49.6%. If the final tally ends up being within half of a percentage point, a recount may be triggered under Arizona state law.
The start of humanity's journey back to the moon is now just a matter of hours away — with NASA's Artemis I mission set for blast off early tomorrow morning.
It will see the world's most powerful rocket shoot for the stars in an historic launch that will signal the first stage of the US space agency's goal to return people to the lunar surface for the first time in half a century.
If successful, the uncrewed Artemis I mission will be followed by a human trip around the moon in 2024 and could lead to the first woman and first person of colour following in Neil Armstrong's footsteps the year after.
The stumbling block to this has been the numerous delays NASA's new mega moon rocket has faced, with its maiden launch date repeatedly pushed back since August.
However, after enduring fuel leak concerns, engine issues and escaping the clutches of not one but two hurricanes, the $4 billion (£3.5 billion) Space Launch System (SLS) could finally blast into orbit tomorrow (Wednesday).
It would signal the dawn of a new era in moon exploration as the hotly-anticipated Artemis missions kick off with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft embarking on a 25-day journey around Earth's only natural satellite.
The plan is to return human boots to the moon on Artemis III by 2025 and ultimately to build a permanent lunar outpost with a view to exploring deeper into the cosmos.
Webmaster addition: The launch is set for 1:04 EST, effectively midnight tonight.
If Michigan’s proposal 2 passes, we will never have a fair election again. It essentially removes all safeguards. No ID necessary, just sign a paper. They are also pushing for IDs for illegal immigrants, you know, because they “pay so many taxes”.
When it comes to religious affiliation, the 117th U.S. Congress looks similar to the previous Congress but quite different from Americans overall.
While about a quarter (26%) of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – just one member of the new Congress (Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.) identifies as religiously unaffiliated (0.2%).
Nearly nine-in-ten members of Congress identify as Christian (88%), compared with two-thirds of the general public (65%). Congress is both more heavily Protestant (55% vs. 43%) and more heavily Catholic (30% vs. 20%) than the U.S. adult population overall.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a lawsuit filed by Texas and Louisiana seeking to halt a Department of Homeland Security policy that limited federal agents from detaining and deporting dangerous criminal aliens and instead is allowing them to remain in the U.S.
“Biden’s refusal to enact federal immigration laws passed by Congress is jeopardizing public safety,” Moody said. Earlier this year, Moody and 18 other attorneys general also filed a brief with the court in support of Texas’ and Louisiana’s case.
Webmaster addition: Know why politicians won't arrest or deport criminals? Professional courtesy
Recent court documents show the FBI had as many as eight – EIGHT – informants embedded with the “Proud Boys” group in the months leading up to the January 6 riot at the Capitol in 2021.
The bombshell revelation comes via the New York Times and raises several alarms, among them being just how the eight informants and their presence within the group, and the information they gleaned from working with the group, didn’t result in the FBI stopping the riot in the first place.
It also raises the question with defense lawyers as to whether the group may have been, or to what degree they were, entrapped by the informants themselves.
The globalists are hellbent upon transforming the United States and Europe into brown and black countries. And they have figured out a way to do so under the guise of fighting “climate change.”
Instead of calling them “illegal aliens” or even just “migrants,” the globalists are now going with the term “climate migrants.” The implication here is that these people are having to flee their native lands to invade the U.S. and Europe because of “global warming.”
The World Economic Forum (WEF), along with WEF-tied journalist Gaia Vance and others like her, are all pushing the climate migrant narrative in a desperate attempt to ensure the U.S. and Europe are transformed into non-white “melting pots” before their citizens figure out the scheme and resist.
The outcome of some elections this year will be affected by cheating, most voters said, according to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey released Monday.
More than half — 57% — of likely American voters held this view, including 30% who said it is very likely; 40% do not think election outcomes this year are likely to be affected by cheating, including 18% who say it is not at all likely.
The survey comes as Democrats kept their Senate majority after a win in Nevada, while control of the House of Representatives remains undecided.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he is invoking the “Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions” to protect the state from the record-setting influx of migrants. Nearly two-thirds of all migrants illegally crossing the border enter through the five Texas-Based Border Patrol sectors.