“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. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation.” – John Adams
Disturbing surveillance footage out of the Bay Area in California shows a serial shoplifter setting a store clerk’s hair on fire with stolen lighter fluid after he tried to stop the alleged thief from stealing.
Suraj — the store clerk who declined to reveal his last name out of fear of being targeted again — is seen on video tussling with Kendall Burton before Burton doused Suraj’s head in lighter fluid on Sept. 22 at the Appian Food and Liquor in El Sobrante, according to a video obtained by CBS News.
In the video, another worker is seen rushing to Suraj’s rescue with a baseball bat seconds before flames consume the clerk’s head after Burton ignites the fluid during the confrontation.
“I tried to cover his hand, but I don’t know. I don’t remember. He just lit the fire on me, you know,” Suraj told the outlet.
“I just rushed to the restroom, and I just splashed water on my face.”
Joe Biden is running for a second term in the White House. To date, however, he has done virtually no campaigning. His wife has attended numerous fundraisers. But with only a year before the general election, Biden is seemingly MIA.
Most of the party is behind Joe, despite terrible approval numbers and growing fears about his age. Biden is facing numerous headwinds against his 2024 aspirations. Cornell West is running as a third-party candidate. And Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is running as a Democrat in the primaries. Now, yet another Democrat leader could spell trouble for Biden’s second term.
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) said in a podcast released Monday that he’s “considering” challenging President Biden for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2024…
I am thinking about it. I haven’t ruled it out,” Phillips told political strategist Steve Schmidt on Friday for his podcast, “The Warning.” […]
“I’m concerned that there is no alternative,” he said.
Anyone not believing there is a culture war raging across America only has to look at California as a prime example. Lawmakers in this left-leaning state have repeatedly worked against the constitutional rights of citizens there.
The attacks against American rights and values extends all the way to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) who this week readied his political hammer to slam down on school districts that dare disobey leftist edicts. Any district that doesn’t bow to laws that force the teaching of leftist ideals will be slammed.
Newsom has openly targeted conservative school districts and sought power from the state legislature to punish communities that don’t align with LGBTQ+ issues and “ethnic” studies.
Newsom signed a bill Monday that will enable him to slap fines on local school districts that refuse to obey state edicts on curriculum involving controversial subjects like race, gender, and sexuality.
Bank investigators suspected Hunter Biden was associated with a 'sex trafficking ring' and falsified checks to pay prostitutes, Treasury documents reveal.
Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) reviewed by DailyMail.com show the First Son's accounts were being monitored as late as December 2019, after investigators found payments from Hunter and his companies to a suspected 'Eastern European prostitution ring'.
A previously unreported document, filed to the Department of the Treasury on December 17, 2019 by financial crime investigators at Wells Fargo, picked out 25 individuals linked to the suspected ring and almost $7million of suspicious transactions, some of which included checks from Hunter that they believed may have been falsified to hide his payments to hookers from his business account.
The report, shown to DailyMail.com by a confidential source, said 'Biden has sent money to individuals who may be part of an Eastern European prostitution ring', and that investigators were monitoring 'several [Wells Fargo] customers suspected of participating in a sex trafficking ring associated with Biden'.
Others associated with the ring included women with Russian passports and a China-based company to which money was funneled.
Webmaster addition: If Hunter brought those prostitutes across state lines, that's a violation of the Mann Act!
Zero-bail policy — a process eliminating set cash bail amounts for suspect criminals accused of misdemeanors and specific non-violent felonies — took effect in Los Angeles County on Sunday even as a dozen cities challenge the controversial system in court.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-CA) over the weekend for Gaetz’s “personal” vendetta against him, saying that Gaetz was more concerned about getting in front of cameras than securing wins for conservatives.
On September 16, around 10,000 protesters descended on Prague’s Wenceslas Square to demand a change to their government’s foreign policy. These protests were led by a group called Pravo Respekt Odbornost (Law Respect Expertise; PRO), which the Western mainstream media describes as pro-Russian and anti-Western.
Jindrich Rajchl, a Czech attorney inspired by the political lines of American conservatives Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, is the leader of the group. While some may see Rajchl’s movement as completely out of touch with the country’s traditional politics, he believes that he’s tapped into something much more critical to Prague’s national mythos: rejecting foreign domination.
PRO and its supporters see the current Czech government as traitors who are controlled primarily from Washington and Brussels. And even though the political environment in the country has been turbulent over the past several years, a situation which the current goverment was meant to resolve, Rajchl and PRO believe that a national-conservative platform is the only thing that will rein in out-of-control excesses emanating from foreign powers.
The chief advisor to New York City mayor Eric Adams has called on the Biden administration to close the border, as former president Bill Clinton warns the city's right to shelter is 'broken.'
Ingrid Lewis-Martin made the comments on Sunday as she discussed the crisis that has seen over 116,000 migrants arrive in the city in 18 months, with more than 60,000 of them still in the city's care. The Adams administration is currently trying to change the city's right to shelter law to not include new migrants - a stunning reversal as both the Democratic mayor and governor first welcomed the asylum seekers with open arms.
'It would alleviate it to the extend that others wouldn't be so ready and able to come to New York City because they know, "they're not going to provide us with shelter,"' Martin said when asked changing the right to shelter law. 'We have to find a way to make them understand, we're no longer responsible for you, you need to find other means. Go to another state.'
However, Marin added that the federal government should ultimately be in control of the situation as she demanded the borders be closed: 'We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate, and the president to do its job: Close the borders,' she told PIX11.
A Michigan man who claimed to expose child predators online for his large social media following was fatally shot Friday night after he confronted two teenagers he believed to be pedophiles.
Robert Wayne Lee, 40, also known online as "Boopac Shakur," reportedly exposed potential child predators by posing as a 15-year-old girl online in an effort to lure and expose pedophiles, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said, according to CNN.
Lee had published several videos of his revelations to Facebook and Instagram, where he has 12,000 and 45,000 followers respectively. In some of the videos he posted, the viewer could see him engaging in violent altercations with the alleged predators. Police officers were also featured in some of his content.
On Friday night, Lee reportedly confronted two teenagers — a 17- and 18-year-old — at a restaurant located in Pontiac, Michigan. Lee apparently accused one of the teenagers of being a pedophile and punched him, according to the report.
The teen who was punched pulled out a knife, and the second teenager, the 17-year-old, pulled out a firearm and shot Lee several times. Lee was quickly taken to a hospital and ultimately died of his injuries.
The House of Representatives worked diligently on Saturday to pass a 45-day continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown. The House Freedom Caucus refused to support any measure that included funding for the ongoing war in Ukraine. Setting aside that peculiar revolt against the foreign policy blob’s ironclad preference for permanent war, however, it was a fall day in Washington, D.C., indistinguishable from so many others.
Until it wasn’t.
Unbeknownst to those members toiling inside the Capitol — which former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) once stirringly described as “a temple of our Democracy, of our Constitution, of our highest ideals” — Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), an enemy of freedom, of decency, of righteousness, conspired to assault the sacred operations of the United States Congress.
Sadly, he succeeded.
At 12:05 p.m., while the House deliberated on the budget resolution, Bowman, in what can only be fairly described as an insurrectionary act of brazen proportions, pulled a fire alarm to put a stop to those deliberations. He was even caught on camera doing so.
A leaked US strategy document revealed that the Biden administration is far more worried about corruption in Ukraine than it publicly admits, an American newspaper reported on Monday.
A high-level corruption could undermine confidence of the Ukrainian public and foreign leaders in the government in Kiev, the report said.
The confidential version of the document, named “Integrated Country Strategy,” is about three times longer than its public version and contains many additional details related to the US goals in Ukraine, the report noted. That includes privatizing Ukrainian banks, encouraging the military to adopt NATO norms, and supporting local schools in teaching the English language.
The strategy also stresses that the Ukrainian government can not delay its anti-graft policies because the current situation could cause concern from allies in the West.
The newspaper supposed that the fact of the quiet release of the strategy, along with the toughest language in the confidential version, shows the White House’s concerns over the situation in Ukraine.
Russia has received no proposals from the United States to check the latter's compliance with the current moratorium on nuclear weapons tests, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik on Monday.
Last week, US media reported that the US Department of Energy is seeking to demonstrate it is not violating the current moratorium on nuclear weapons testing, inviting Russia and China to review it in order to achieve greater transparency and reduce military tensions.
"We have not received any invitations," Ryabkov said, adding that Russia's position on the impossibility of doing business as usual with the United States in the field of strategic stability and in the field of arms control has not changed.
The weight of the vest is a mere 11.5 kg, and its total coverage is over 50 square decimeters. Rostec is now working to reduce the vest's mass down to 10-10.5 kg.
Hi-tech Russian state corporation Rostec has published footage showcasing a new piece of military equipment that withstood the impact of bullets far beyond its designed capacity.
Obereg (lit. Talisman) bulletproof vest, commissioned to the special military operational zone, tested positive for absorbing the impact of a powerful 8.6x70mm Lapua Magnum rifle bullet (.338in), thus exceeding its original capabilities, whereas a captured US-made vest failed to block an AK assault rifle bullet. Relevant range test results are shown in the video.
The video produced by Rosteс for its new “Nash Krash” project (lit. Our Crush) shows three flak jackets undergoing comparative performance tests. The vests in question are a cheap one available on the market, the new Russian-manufactured Obereg, and an American jacket used by the Ukrainian army. All the vests fall under the BR5 protection level (Class 6 of Russia’s GOST armor standard).
A stunning new discovery has been made using the James Webb Space Telescope (JSWT), the most powerful telescope ever built by humans. The orbital observatory has spotted dozens of planets roaming freely in the Orion nebula, unconnected to any star.
Using the JWST, the scientists say they have found at least 40 pairs of Jupiter-sized objects freely floating about the Orion nebula, an area rich in new star formation about 1,350 light-years from Earth, so named because it sits within the constellation Orion in Earth’s night sky.
Some of the objects are floating by themselves, others seem to be orbiting each other - but not a star. Bereft of a better explanation, the scientists have dubbed them Jupiter Mass Binary Objects, or "JuMBOs,” and say they might be a completely new category of interstellar object.
A lawyer for the corporate abortion industry may have lied to Congress about comments captured by undercover investigators, and now lawmakers are warning her to amend her testimony or face possible charges.
In testimony before Congress, National Abortion Federation chief legal strategist Talcott Camp denied knowing whether she commented on the threat posed when an unborn child's skull is shattered during an abortion, despite knowing the comment had been captured by undercover investigators and confirming to a court they were accurate.
U.S. Representatives Chip Roy (TX-21) and Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Mike Johnson (LA-4) have issued a letter to Talcott, giving her “the opportunity amend her testimony for possibly misleading Congress during a May 2023 House Judiciary Committee hearing.”
“On May 16, 2023, you testified before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee… As part of your testimony, you questioned the authenticity of statements recorded on video that you had previously made and that the National Abortion Federation had certified as authentic in court proceedings. Naturally, these conflicting facts and statements raise serious questions regarding the accuracy of your testimony,” Roy and Johnson write.
It has been widely reported that blue states are suffering decline. Numerous residents, and businesses, have fled these Democrat-run states. Often the reasons include rising costs of living, high taxes, and unchecked crime.
Joe opportunities are seemingly becoming few and far between, for those who live in these states. Far-left policies have put a strain on businesses large and small.
One blue state governor just signed a bill that Democrats claim is a big win for workers. But will it instead lead to major problems?
From Just the News:
California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a measure that will require most fast-food workers to be paid a minimum $20 an hour…
This new minimum wage for fast food workers will apply to restaurants with at least 60 locations, but has an exception for restaurants that make and sell their own bread, such as Panera Bread.
Gov. Newsom of California signed a bill that will raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 an hour. The governor praised the bill as a “tectonic plate that had to be moved” claiming it will “stabilize an industry.”
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European-origin Americans deserve respect even after they become a minority in the United States, President Joe Biden told a friendly interviewer in an October 1 interview.
“We’re going to be — very shortly — a minority-white European country, and sometimes my [Democrat] colleagues don’t speak enough to make it clear that that is not going to change how we operate,” he told the progressive billionaire-fundedProPublica website.
Democrats must treat white Americans with respect, as they and their children quickly become a racial minority in their own nation, Biden insisted, saying:
It’s not so much the economic benefits; it is treating them with respect, treating them with respect. … The Democratic Party in the past has — on occasion — spoken less to their needs and fears or concerns. And so, I think a lot of the guys that I grew up with in Delaware and in Scranton, Pennsylvania, they feel like they’re not being respected. Not so much by policy — just by the failure to talk about their needs.
President Trump now leads Ron DeSantis by over 50% in a nationwide poll of Republican Primary voters and holds a whopping 62% of support among all candidates.
1,183 potential Republican primary voters were surveyed by Morning Consult on September 28. This was one day after the September 27 Republican Primary Debate in California, which President Trump did not attend.
Despite skipping the debate, Trump gained five points from a poll released before the debate.
The high court, which started a new term Monday, shot down a case brought by John Anthony Castro. The longshot Republican presidential candidate argues that Trump is not eligible to be on the ballot due to his involvement with the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump is considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.
ero-bail policy — a process eliminating set cash bail amounts for suspect criminals accused of misdemeanors and specific non-violent felonies — took effect in Los Angeles County on Sunday even as a dozen cities challenge the controversial system in court.
“This change just applies to a tiny segment of the pretrial system,” Jeff Stein from the Civil Rights Corps told ABC7. “It’s just about that window between when a person is arrested and when they see a judge in LA. That can last up to five days.”
According to reports, the Los Angeles County Superior Court instituted the policy known as Pre-Arraignment Release Protocols in July, arguing that cash bail processes discriminate against minorities and poor communities. The decision came after a Superior Court judge issued an order in late May when several plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit claiming that they suffered “negative consequences because they could not afford bail, including missed work, separation from their families and lapsed medical care,” according to KTLA.
Polish border guards successfully repelled dozens of migrants as they attempted to violently break through from neighbouring Belarus in what may signal a return of the Lukashenko regime using illegals as a “hybrid warfare” vector against the West.
On Sunday a group of around 60 mostly young male migrants, reportedly predominantly comprised of Iranian and Iraqi nationals, clashed with Polish border guards as they tried to push their way into the country from Belarus at the border region of Dubicz Cerkiewne.
Footage posted by Poland’s Ministry of Defence showed migrants throwing stones and sticks at the border guards as they tried to breach through the wire fence separating the two countries with bolt cutters and wooden logs. In response, Poland’s border guards pushed back the migrants from the fence with pepper spray.
The MoD said: “Defending the inviolability of the border is an obligation, but also the right of every state. We reacted to the actions of the Lukashenko regime inspired by Moscow. Soldiers and service officers defending the Polish border faced and still face a real threat. We are grateful to them for this and we will continue to support them.”
On Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 1941, U.S. Army Private Paul Brown decided to slip out of his bed early at the Schofield Barracks Base Hospital on the island of Oahu, and head to the latrine.
Assigned to the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion, he had been involved in an accident, and, because of the severity of his injuries, he was confined to a wheelchair and wanted to clean up early to avoid being in the way of the other patients.
Brown, who moved to Miami after the war, then to Englewood before settling in Arcadia in the 1970s, heard a “commotion” at the front desk and went to investigate, according to a 1997 newspaper column he had written in the Arcadian. The daily newspaper, The Honolulu Advertiser, had just been delivered — but they were ripping the front page off all of them before they were distributed. When he inquired about it, he was told it was orders “from the top brass.”
But Brown managed to obtain a copy of the paper from a medic with the front page intact. The headline read: “Japanese May Strike Over Weekend.”
He quickly folded it and stuffed it into his pocket before anyone could notice. The next day, he mailed off the newspaper clipping to his parents — before the Army censors had a chance to intercept it. Because few had seen the front page, he felt no one would believe his story.