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It seems that many gun control activists want to take your guns so badly that they’re willing to take your voice, too. And increasingly, the war for the Second Amendment involves battles waged on a First Amendment front.

Just ask the National Rifle Association, which last week needed the Supreme Court to vindicate its right to free speech against New York’s attempts to suppress the gun rights organization’s pro-Second Amendment views.

New York’s unconstitutional assault on a Second Amendment advocacy group was, unfortunately, far from the first time that gun control activists have attacked the lawful gun industry and lawful gun owners by threatening their right to speak freely.

Particularly when it comes to the importance of armed self-defense, gun control activists know that the closest thing they have to a winning argument is a silent (or silenced) opposition. The numbers simply don’t work in their favor.

Almost every major study has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times annually, according to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2021, the most comprehensive study ever conducted on the issue concluded that roughly 1.6 million defensive gun uses occur in the United States every year.

Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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For years, Joe Biden shared a bookkeeper with his son, Hunter. He also shared a personal lawyer with his brother, Jim. And when Jim Biden wanted to know more about one of Hunter Biden’s associates, he hired the former head of Joe Biden’s Secret Service detail to investigate.

Since 2019, Joe Biden has repeatedly distanced himself from his family’s business dealings, saying that he has never so much as discussed them with his relatives or with anyone else. But House impeachment inquiry interviews, public records and emails reviewed by POLITICO show that members of his inner circle were regularly enmeshed in those dealings: Many of the president’s closest staffers and advisers have doubled as his relatives’ business associates, both during and after their stints working for the man at the center of the Biden family orbit.

Those overlaps reflect an all-in-the family approach to business and politicking that dates back a half-century to the president’s first Senate bid, run primarily by his parents and siblings. Since then, his political patrons have at times forged business ties with his relatives, who in turn have converted some of their business partners into campaign supporters. And over a lifetime in public life, some of the president’s aides have taken on roles as surrogate members of the tight-knit Biden clan.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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President Joe Biden claims he decided to run for president after hearing Donald Trump call neo-Nazis "very fine people." That's a hoax; video shows Trump explicitly condemning them. The "very fine people" were on both sides of the argument about whether or not to tear down Confederate statues.

The Biden campaign put out a new ad that touts Biden's accomplishments … just kidding. It revives the claim that Trump told Americans to drink bleach (usually they say "inject") as well as the claim that Trump tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo-op … something that we debunked earlier this week. Isn't it crazy that a pathological liar would rely on lies for his campaign?

As we reported earlier, the Biden campaign warned that Trump would prosecute and jail his political opponents if re-elected:

Biden-Harris HQ, the official rapid response page of the Biden-Harris campaign that offers "Just the facts, Jack," pounced on Axios' article about Trump jailing his opponents, in the meantime trying to revive the "bloodbath hoax" that dominated the news cycle for a week.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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“Reeeeeeeee.”

The noise is coming from my personal Apple desktop computer in the small office adjacent to my bedroom. It’s starting up.

On its own.

“Reeeeeeeee…chik chik chik chik,” says the computer as it shakes itself awake.

The electronic sounds stir me from sleep. I squint my eyes at the clock radio on the table next to the bed. The numbers blink back: “3:14 a.m.”

Only a day earlier, my CBS-issued Toshiba laptop, perched at the front of my bed, had whirred to life on its own, untouched by human hands. What time was that? I think it was 4 a.m.

Some nights, both computers spark to life, one after the other. After thirty seconds, maybe a minute, they go back to sleep. I know this is not normal computer behavior.

It’s October 2012. I try to remember how long ago my computers started going rogue. A year? Two? It no longer startles me. But it’s definitely piquing my curiosity.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, DICTATORSHIP
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German MEP Christine Anderson explains to Riks Europe how leftwing Members of European Parliament are fearing the success of national conservatives in the upcoming EP elections, as a lot of "ideological nonsense" in terms of "climate idiocy" and "gender mainstreaming" will no longer be possible.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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In the days and weeks leading up to January 6, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, was moving in lockstep with the political anxieties of top Democratic leaders.

These Democrats grew anxious as over 140 House Republicans planned to contest the election results during the electoral college certification that day. Milley was then deeply engaged with a circle of confidants including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, among others—all of whom shared a unified disdain for President Donald Trump.

At a House Oversight Committee hearing in April addressing the 3-hour and 19-minute delay in mobilizing the D.C. National Guard on January 6, Colonel Earl Matthews, one of four Department of Defense witnesses, testified about an “irrational” fear among a “clique” of senior military officers concerning the potential misuse of the National Guard by the president. He indicated that these concerns were influenced behind the scenes by Milley, who often made disparaging remarks about the president and regularly referred to his fear of a so-called potential “Reichstag moment.”

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Sen. Bernie Sanders says the Israeli leader should not be given the honor of addressing a joint session of Congress

On Thursday, congressional leaders confirmed the Israeli prime minister will address a joint session of Congress on July 24. Netanyahu’s speech to the US legislature comes as Israeli forces have killed tens of thousands of Palestinians with American weapons.

Last week, bipartisan lawmakers in both chambers – including House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), Senate leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, and House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) – extended an invitation to Netanyahu to speak in the Capitol.

“The existential challenges we face, including the growing partnership between Iran, Russia, and China, threaten the security, peace, and prosperity of our countries and of free people around the world,” they said in a letter to Netanyahu. “To build on our enduring relationship and to highlight America’s solidarity with Israel, we invite you to share the Israeli government’s vision for defending democracy, combating terror, and establishing a just and lasting peace in the region.”

While the date for the speech is now set, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he will not attend in protest of Israel’s actions in Gaza. “Benjamin Netanyahu is creating the worst humanitarian disaster in modern history. Starvation. Destruction. Death,” the senator wrote on X. “We should not honor him with an invitation to address the United States 

"....we invite you to share the Israeli government’s vision for defending democracy, combating terror, and establishing a just and lasting peace in the region.” - Netanyahu

I am fighting back tears in reading this portion of Netanyahu's acceptance speech, for this invitation.

The Israeli government's "vision" for all of this comes at the horrific price of a massive genocide against the Palestinian population; women and children cut down with bombs, bullets, opportunistic infections killing many others, and starvation.  This is no "vision" ; it is the nightmare with which Palestinian people, completely innocent of ANY connection to the idiots who slaughtered so many Israelis on 7October, have to live 24/7.

This includes the bombing of residences into rubble; the bombing of schools where already displaced people are sheltering; the destruction of sanitation facilities, to make opportunistic diseases spread more easily; the destruction of medical facilities treating wounded Palestinians, which have been left with no supplies whatsoever, including anaesthesia for limb amputations, necessary after people get pulled from the bombed rubble of residential buildings.

Hey, as an American whose government supports  and enables these war crimes, by financial and military means, what's not to love?!?

EVERYTHING ISRAEL IS DOING RIGHT NOW, IS NOT TO LOVE,  And as an American with utterly zero influence over what this government does, and to whom this government has gone deaf, dumb, and blind, I must witness to my utter contempt, and condemnation of these actions by Israel.  

I would also like to extremely caution the current regime in Tel Aviv, and its US enablers, to be very careful, about what you wish for here, as the ultimate conclusion of these actions;  karma..... can be horrifically ironic at times.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Americans across the country have reacted to the Soviet-style show trial and conviction of former President Donald Trump by posting upside-down flags to signify the end of our democratic system and by donating in droves to Trump’s campaign. This morning, Trump announced he’d raised $34.8 million from small-dollar donors alone. 

The leftist corporate media, however, has had a different reaction to Democrats successfully deploying Stalanistic tactics to “get Trump.” 

“[I]t’s a majestic day," former U.S. Attorney and frequent MSNBC guest Harry Litman told Nicolle Wallace. “We are rightly saying the system worked like clockwork and the jury was diligent and attentive and the judge was firm and gentle,” Litman continued. “Miracle is too strong a word, but really a day for celebration.” 

MSNBC: "It's a majestic day...miracle is too strong a word...a day for celebration!"

These people are so disgusting. pic.twitter.com/tZSB1LHxCP

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 30, 2024

“Donald Trump, the ultimate brander, the guy that gave you ‘little Marco’ or ‘lying Ted,’ is simply branded ‘convicted felon Donald Trump,’” Democrat commentator Donny Deutsch said on MSNBC. “He’s a loser. He’s anything but invincible, and he’s branded permanently a convicted felon.” 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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This film exposes the climate alarm as an invented scare without any basis in science. It shows that mainstream studies and official data do not support the claim that we are witnessing an increase in extreme weather events – hurricanes, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires and all the rest. It emphatically counters the claim that current temperatures and levels of atmospheric CO2 are unusually and worryingly high. On the contrary, compared to the last half billion years of earth’s history, both current temperatures and CO2 levels are extremely and unusually low. We are currently in an ice age. It also shows that there is no evidence that changing levels of CO2 (it has changed many times) has ever ‘driven’ climate change in the past.

Why then, are we told, again and again, that ‘catastrophic man-made climate-change’ is an irrefutable fact? Why are we told that there is no evidence that contradicts it? Why are we told that anyone who questions ‘climate chaos’ is a ‘flat-earther’ and a ‘science-denier’?

The film explores the nature of the consensus behind climate change. It describes the origins of the climate funding bandwagon, and the rise of the trillion-dollar climate industry. It describes the hundreds of thousands of jobs that depend on the climate crisis. It explains the enormous pressure on scientists and others not to question the climate alarm: the withdrawal of funds, rejection by science journals, social ostracism.

But the climate alarm is much more than a funding and jobs bandwagon. The film explores the politics of climate. From the beginning, the climate scare was political. The culprit was free-market industrial capitalism. The solution was higher taxes and more regulation. From the start, the climate alarm appealed to, and has been adopted and promoted by, those groups who favour bigger government.

Webmaster addition: Very long but worth it.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has been ordered to pay damages in the sum of €27,000 to a Belgian right-wing lawmaker for unfairly limiting his reach on the social media platform, otherwise known as “shadowbanning.”

The Antwerp Court of Appeal ruled on Monday in favor of Tom Vandendriessche, an MEP standing for reelection as the lead candidate for the Flemish separatist party, Vlaams Belang, in Belgium.

The court held that Facebook had unfairly censored Vandendriessche’s account, which currently boasts 234,000 followers, back in February 2021 and had failed to act “in accordance with the principle of good faith” and did not offer “sufficient procedural guarantees” for users who were subjected to such measures. His account was subsequently blocked in May of the same year.

Meta claimed it had acted in accordance with its community guidelines and accused the Belgian lawmaker of posting inappropriate content on the platform, leading to the shadowban. However, Vandendriessche was informed by the social media giant the ban had been lifted at the end of 2021, a claim he contested, as his organic reach remained artificially low.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A new wave of enthusiasm is emerging for former President Trump among VCs and business leaders across America. While some (or much) of this may be simply reading tea leaves and staying nimble, it's worth noting that many former Democrat defenders are now on team Trump.

It doesn't take a crystal ball to see how disastrous economic policies (Bidenomics), failed foreign policies (Ukraine), a chaotic southern border, lawless cities, and the weaponization of the judicial system against political opponents are all contributing to sliding support for the left. And of course, Silicon Valley’s political elites just want stability and prosperity - not this uncertainty and inflation delivered under Biden. 

To that end, famed investor David Sacks, who previously gave $33,400 to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and, more recently, backed Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Ron DeSantis, joined the growing list of notable money managers who have gone 'all-in' by endorsing President Trump. 

According to Bloomberg, Sacks will host a $300,000-a-head fundraiser for the former president at his home in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. 

“I’ve been very critical of Biden’s performance over the last four years, and I would like for him not to win another term,” Sacks said in an interview, adding, “I’ve been looking at all the alternatives and getting to know the alternatives.”

On Thursday night, Sacks took to X, outlining why he's supporting Trump in the upcoming presidential elections in November.

"I am giving my endorsement to our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, to be our 47th president. My reasons rest on four main issues that I think are vital to American prosperity, security, and stability – issues where the Biden administration has veered badly off course and where I believe President Trump can lead us back," Sacks wrote on X. 

Here's the rest of Sacks' explanation for why he is now backing Trump:

Why I’m Backing President Trump

As many press accounts have reported, I’m hosting a fundraising event for President Donald J. Trump at my home in San Francisco this evening.

Over the last couple of years, I have hosted events for presidential candidates Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., as well as several Congressional figures in both major parties. I give to many, but endorse few.

But today I am giving my endorsement to our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, to be our 47th president. My reasons rest on four main issues that I think are vital to American prosperity, security, and stability – issues where the Biden administration has veered badly off course and where I believe President Trump can lead us back"

Claire's observations:  David Sacks' reasoning is clear; rock-solid, and level headed;  This administration's  collective fatal "dunk" into the strange pool of "hopium/changium" has done this country absolutely no good, but have made pressing problems worse, and aggravated the economic situation into an utter "no win" for most working Americans.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, EDUCATION, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Las Cruces Border Patrol agents thwart a human smuggling scheme with over 30 migrants.

According to a social media post by Anthony "Scott" Good, the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol El Paso sector, Las Cruces Border Patrol agents discovered 32 migrants stowed in a box truck at a border patrol checkpoint.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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For Palestinians, Israel’s violence began long before October 7, 2023. The unfolding genocide in Gaza is the latest chapter in a series of Israel’s settler-colonial practices to remove Palestinians by force from their land. These practices began with the inception of the state of Israel.  

The most fateful year in modern Palestinian history was 1948, when David Ben-Gurion unilaterally declared the creation of the state of Israel and armed Zionist militias massacred Palestinians and evicted thousands from their homes at gunpoint. Palestinians know this as the Nakba, or “catastrophe.” This is not ancient history. Israeli politicians, before and after October 7, threatened a second Nakba against Palestinians. Israeli forces in Gaza painted graffiti on destroyed homes in Gaza that read, “Nakba 2023.” 

Israel’s apartheid practices against Palestinians also started in 1948, when Israel caged Palestinian communities in Lod, Nazareth, and Haifa in wired areas and issued discriminatory laws against those Palestinians who stayed and those forcibly displaced. Soon after, Israel captured the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in 1967 and the discriminatory laws and practices were expanded to the occupied Palestinian territory.  

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Western countries are dangerously close to the point of no return in the conflict in Ukraine, right on the doorstep of a direct military clash with Russia, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Kossuth Radio.

Commenting on the continued escalation of the Ukrainian conflict, the head of government said: "As for any last chance of turning back, we are very close to the point of no return, when it will no longer be possible to turn back." Orban sees the tough talk coming from the leaders of the European Union and NATO countries as only fanning the flames, in particular the threats of the French president to hand over military aircraft to Ukraine. At the same time, the prime minister pointed out that Russia is also making extremely harsh statements against the US and its allies.

According to Orban, the danger of a new world war is growing. "This is a case where the conflict that began [in Ukraine] as a regional conflict was not isolated from the beginning. The supporters of the war made it a European conflict, and now it is going beyond the European continent and spreading to other parts of the world. This is how regional wars become world wars," the prime minister said.

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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New report examines child food poverty worldwide, with particular focus on ‘catastrophic impact’ of Israel’s onslaught on Gaza.

A Palestinian girl is checked for malnutrition at a medical tent set up by MedGlobal in cooperation with UNICEF in Rafah [File: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

About 90 percent of children in Gaza lack nutrition and face “severe” threats to their “survival, growth and development”, according to the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF.

A report, published by UNICEF on Thursday, laid bare the “catastrophic impact” of Israel’s offensive on the enclave, which has caused the “collapse” of food and health systems, finding that one in 10 children survived on “two or fewer food groups per day” between December last year and April this year.

Describing “an appalling escalation in nutrition deprivation”, the report also highlighted that 65 percent of children were fed diets with “only one or no food groups” in February, a sixfold increase from the first half of December last year.

Interactive_Gaza_Unicef_food_report_June6, 2024

Israel says it places no limit on humanitarian supplies for civilians in Gaza and has blamed the United Nations for slow deliveries, saying its operations are inefficient.

But with pockets of famine emerging in Gaza, with some children dying from malnutrition and dehydration, even Israel’s staunchest allies have increased pressure on it to do more to let in food.

The UNICEF report said that military action, which has destroyed food systems while imposing “severe restrictions on the import of commercial goods and humanitarian supplies”, had “deprived millions of the food, water and fuel they need”

Take a good, hard look at that little girl in the picture;  now, imagine she was your child.  These are the kids American bombs and bullets are slaughtering, or maiming for life, if they are not left by Israel to starve to death; doesn't it make you feel proud??!?

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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