Thought for the day

"I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty." -- John Adams

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk has officially sent his company-wide email announcing massive layoffs —but it sounds like employees at the social media giant are not going to go quietly.

“In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” an email from the company sent to all employees stated. “We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.”

“Given the nature of our distributed workforce and our desire to inform impacted individuals as quickly as possible, communications for this process will take place via email,” the message said.

“To help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data, our offices will be temporarily closed and all badge access will be suspended,” the email concluded. “If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home. We acknowledge this is an incredibly challenging experience to go through, whether or not you are impacted. Thank you for continuing to adhere to Twitter policies that prohibit you from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere. We are grateful for your contributions to Twitter and for your patience as we move through this process.”

Posted on: Nov 04 12:56

Leftist internet traffic cop NewsGuard is in no position to be throwing around the “hoax” label when its own CEO tried to dismiss the Hunter Biden laptop scandal as a “hoax.” It's a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

NewsGuard released a new self-serving report headlined: “Making YouTube Look Good: Rumble Becomes Hoax Central Ahead of the Midterms.” NewsGuard's primary complaint was that Rumble doesn’t abide by NewsGuard’s leftist ratings system like censorship-obsessed YouTube does: “In search results, Rumble pushes twice as many sites rated untrustworthy by NewsGuard as YouTube,” which is laughable in the face of a December 2021 MRC study that showed outlets rated “left” or “lean left” by AllSides getting an average NewsGuard score of 93/100, while sites that AllSides considered “right” or “lean right” scored an abysmal average NewsGuard rating of 66/100. 

This is the same NewsGuard whose CEO Steven Brill claimed before the 2020 elections that the Hunter Biden laptop scandal reported by the New York Post was a Russian “hoax.” The New York Times and others would later verify the authenticity of the laptop’s contents.

Posted on: Nov 04 12:55

A wide and bipartisan majority of Americans worry there is increased danger of politically motivated violence in the United States, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans (88 percent) are concerned that political divisions have intensified to the point that there’s an increased risk of politically motivated violence in the United States, including over 6 in 10 who are “very concerned.”

Posted on: Nov 04 12:54

Watchdog group Protect the Public's Trust has called for an investigation into White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre after making public comments she made that appeared to endorse partisan political messaging.

PPT wrote to the Office of Special Counsel after Jean-Pierre spoke from the official podium in the White House briefing room on Wednesday, saying "Unfortunately, we have seen mega MAGA Republican officials who don't believe in the rule of law. They refuse to accept the results of free and fair elections, and they fan the flames of political violence through what they praise and what they refuse to condemn."

The Hatch Act bars public officials, excluding the president and vice president, from engaging in partisan political activity.

Posted on: Nov 04 12:54

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee released a 1,000-page report on Friday alleging widespread politicization and misconduct in the FBI.

The damning file said the bureau is 'rotted at its core,' manipulated domestic violent extremism statistics for political purposes and downplayed investigations and 'serious allegations of wrongdoing' leveled at Hunter Biden.

Republican members of the committee also said whistleblowers have come forward with allegations of 'rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse' and have tried to purge conservative employees.

Posted on: Nov 04 12:41

 White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Thursday morning that President Joe Biden’s Wednesday night speech was “one final warning” to election deniers.

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Posted on: Nov 04 12:39

 Senior adviser to President Joe Biden, Keisha Lance Bottoms, said Thursday morning on MSNBC that former President Donald Trump is responsible for the rise in violent crimes.

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Posted on: Nov 04 12:38

 U.S. officials at the embassy in Moscow visited imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner Thursday after Russian authorities rejected her appeal of a nine-year prison sentence last month.

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Posted on: Nov 04 12:37

 If Democrats have their way, parents who oppose transgender ideology or irreversible drugs and surgeries for kids may lose custody of their children in the near future.

That may sound too radical to be real, but it’s happening.

In late September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill, SB 107, that allows California courts to take “emergency jurisdiction” of children who come to the state for “gender transitions.”

In other words, starting in January, California will be able to strip parents in any state of their custody rights if their children seek chemical or surgical mutilation within California’s borders, or even through telemedicine with a California-based doctor.

Moreover, the law, authored by a homosexual lawmaker from San Francisco and co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood, could promote abduction of minors to California – and leave parents powerless to stop it.

Posted on: Nov 04 12:37

Fifteen days to slow the spread turned into, please forget we stripped you of your human dignity.

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Posted on: Nov 04 12:36

On September 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 2098, which authorizes state regulators to discipline doctors who “disseminate misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19.” The law, which is scheduled to take effect on January 1, defines “misinformation” as advice “contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus.” Implicitly acknowledging the First Amendment issues raised by A.B. 2098, Newsom averred that “it is narrowly tailored to apply only to those egregious instances in which a licensee is acting with malicious intent or clearly deviating from the required standard of care while interacting directly with a patient under their care.”

But as the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) points out in a federal lawsuit it filed yesterday, Newsom’s signing statement does not alter the broad language of A.B. 2098, which will be enforced as written. The NCLA, which is representing five California physicians who object to the new law, argues that it violates the First Amendment by punishing doctors based on the views they express and the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of due process by imposing an unconstitutionally vague standard of acceptable speech.

A.B. 2098 redefines the “unprofessional conduct” policed by the Medical Board of California, a state agency charged with licensing and disciplining physicians, to include COVID-19 “misinformation.” That category includes “false or misleading information” regarding “the nature and risks of the virus,” “its prevention and treatment,” and “the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.”


Posted on: Nov 04 12:36

 Taking just one dose of “magic mushrooms” may help alleviate severe depression, according to a new landmark study.

Posted on: Nov 04 12:35

Before leadership of the next Congress has even been determined in next week's elections, a few members are scheming for a shot to replace Nancy Pelosi as speaker. 

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., reportedly called an emergency meeting with Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., on September 1 during summer recess after catching wind that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., planned to seek the role. 

Jeffries, currently the fifth-ranking House Democrat, offered to fly down to South Carolina to meet with Clyburn, his elder in the Congressional Black Caucus, but instead the two slipped back to Clyburn's Washington office. 

Posted on: Nov 04 12:31

Xi Jinping has issued a direct warning to Putin not to use nukes in Ukraine in China's bluntest rebuke yet to the Kremlin.

Xi also urged German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was visiting Beijing, to push for peace talks - saying the international community should 'create conditions for the resumption of negotiations (and) oppose the use or threat of nuclear weapons.'

Scholz, the first Western leader to visit Beijing since Xi was given his third term as leader, urged Xi to put pressure on Putin to end attacks which have killed civilians and destroyed cities. 

Posted on: Nov 04 12:30

A seemingly calm Paul Pelosi never let on to responding officers that he was in distress just seconds before he walked back into his house where an intruder bludgeoned him with a hammer, new details from police sources have revealed.

David DePape, 42, is accused of breaking into the Pelosi home and beating Paul Pelosi, 82, over the head with a hammer after reportedly intending to hold his wife, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, hostage and break her kneecaps. 

Instead of telling officers that he needed help, or trying to flee the home, Pelosi calmly greeted them and then retreated several feet back into the foyer where police saw the DePape strike him with a hammer, police sources close to the investigation told NBC News. 

Posted on: Nov 04 12:27

The Bureau of Lies and Statistics has done it again: at a time when the best paying tech companies are mass laying off double-digits of their workforce (just ask Twitter today)...

... and even left-leaning, pro-Biden media outlets such as Axios are pushing reports about "Massive wintertime layoff surge", moments ago the highly politicized BLS did what everyone expected it to do just days before the midterms when it reported that in October, payrolls jumped by 261K, far higher than the 195K expected, if another decline from the upward revised 315K in September (previously 263K).

Posted on: Nov 04 12:26

A simplistic, superficial take of today's jobs report would conclude that the red hot jump in nonfarm payrolls indicates a "strong hiring market" (just ignore the jump in the unemployment rate). Nothing could be further from the truth.

Recall that back in August and September, we showed that a stark divergence had opened between the Household and Establishment surveys that comprise the monthly jobs report, and since March the former has been stagnant while the latter has been rising every single month. In addition to that, full-time jobs were plunging while part-time jobs were soaring.

Fast forward to today when the inconsistencies not only continue to grow, but in some cases have becoming downright grotesque.

Posted on: Nov 04 12:25

 North Korea launched a volley of missiles, the most in one day, on Wednesday before capping off the record spree Thursday with an apparently failed intercontinental ballistic missile launch, according to multiple reports.

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Posted on: Nov 04 12:03

 MSNBC contributor Jonathan Atler  on Thursday urged Democrats to step up their ground game ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

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Posted on: Nov 04 12:02

 Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended selling $58 sweatshirts after Twitter CEO Elon Musk trolled her.

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Posted on: Nov 04 12:01

 A Maryland public school is silent after a viral video appears to show students inappropriately touching in the classroom of a teacher who was suspended one month ago, according to parents in the district.

Posted on: Nov 04 11:59

 Pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and food manufacturer General Mills are joining a growing number of companies that have temporarily suspended their advertising on Twitter following Elon Musk’s purchase of the company, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. 

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Posted on: Nov 04 10:28

“The View” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin sparred with Sunny Hostin Thursday after she compared women voting Republican to “roaches voting for raid.”

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Posted on: Nov 04 10:27

James Hordan Meek is an ABC producer that seemingly went under the radar after an FBI raid that destroyed his career.

The FBI raided Meek’s apartment. He even had to withdraw from accepting an award for a report detailing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Meek went missing for a spell but was recently seen at his mother’s home. Meek had all his things packed up by the FBI and taken by law enforcement during the raid.

Posted on: Nov 04 10:27

 Late night host Stephen Colbert falsely claimed that Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon “made up” a story about inappropriate pornographic content in school libraries.

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Posted on: Nov 04 10:26

 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans are gearing up to investigate the Biden administration over a variety of issues should the GOP retake the House in the midterms this November, according to several discussions with ranking members of Congress and McCarthy.

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Posted on: Nov 04 10:25

The latest Drought Monitor shows nearly 75% of the winter wheat acres in the U.S. are in some level of drought.  As a result, winter wheat condition ratings this week were well below last year’s 45% good to excellent and were at a record low for this time of year.  This was USDA’s first crop rating of the season for winter wheat and the crop came in at only 28% good to excellent, with 35% of the crop rated poor to very poor.  The last time they were this low was in the drought year of 2012 at 40% good to excellent. 

Randy Martinson with Martinson Ag says, "But we are looking at pretty poor conditions the crop rates at 28% good to excellent, that’s 13% less than expected like you saw a record low for this timeframe, so we’ve got a way to go to dig this crop out of it.  2:38   Of course emergency is still behind the five-year average, planting is still taking place."

When the ratings are plugged into Pro Farmer’s Crop Condition Index the Hard Red Winter wheat crop starts the growing season with the lowest initial rating ever and the lowest on record for any week ahead of dormancy.   In Oklahoma only 11% of the crop is rated good to excellent, only 24% in Kansas, and in Texas only 4% is rated good, with none of the crop in the excellent category.  

Posted on: Nov 04 10:24

 MSNBC host Joe Scarborough appeared on TV Friday looking like he could compete with former President Donald Trump on who is the most orange.

Posted on: Nov 04 10:23

Significantly few people would have predicted that the Governor's race in New York would be tight in this cycle.

Democrats have been dominated in the state for decades, but that might be about to change.

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin is the GOP candidate for Governor of New York and has now taken the lead in a Trafalgar poll. This is a big moment for the candidate, as it has been challenging for any Republican to gain traction in New York for a long time. The fact that Zeldin has found a way to do so speaks volumes about who he is as a candidate and what people think about the state of the country right now.

Posted on: Nov 04 10:18