COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges." -- George Carlin
The reaction to the sabotage of three of the four Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in four places on Monday, September 26, has focused on speculations about who did it and whether NATO will make a serious attempt to discover the answer. Yet instead of panic, there has been a great sigh of diplomatic relief, even calm. Disabling these pipelines ends the uncertainty and worries on the part of US/NATO diplomats that nearly reached a crisis proportion the previous week, when large demonstrations took place in Germany calling for the sanctions to end and to commission Nord Stream 2 to resolve the energy shortage.
The German public was coming to understand what it will mean if their steel companies, fertilizer companies, glass companies and toilet-paper companies were shutting down. These companies were forecasting that they would have to go out of business entirely – or shift operations to the United States – if Germany did not withdraw from the trade and currency sanctions against Russia and permit Russian gas and oil imports to resume, and presumably to fall back from their astronomical eight to tenfold price increase.
Yet State Department hawk Victoria Nuland already had stated in January that “one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward” if Russia responded to the accelerating Ukrainian military attacks on the Russian-speaking eastern oblasts. President Biden backed up U.S. insistence on February 7, promising that “there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it. … I promise you, we will be able to do it.”
If there is one politician who deserves to be booed it is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). On Saturday night at Central Park in New York City among fellow leftists Pelosi received her just deserts.
As she was making a surprise speech to the crowd at the Global Citizen’s music festival, Pelosi was greeted with heckling and boos. This was a very unpleasant surprise for an audience that was hoping to hear music from Metallica, Mariah Carey, and the Jonas Brothers.
In her comments, Pelosi praised the action of Congress in passing funding for climate change. She said, “As speaker of the House, I am here to thank you for your dazzling advocacy, entrepreneurial thinking, and determination as global citizens…It’s thanks to your help that the United States recently enacted historic climate legislation, which will be a game changer…It will slash carbon pollution by 40% by 2030, it will give a historic, an historic $370 billion to fight the climate crisis.”
In 1996 TWA Flight 800 was shot down south of Long Island.
The government of the United States, despite the embarrassment of having been caught in court rigging lab tests and lying in its reports, still officially attributes the disaster to a spark in the center fuel tank, while government spokespeople insist that the witnesses who saw a missile hit the jumbo jet are all drunks.
As a quick refresher, TWA Flight 800 left JFK airport in New York en route to Paris on July 17, 1996. Twelve minutes after its 8:19 departure the ill-fated 747 blew up off the south coast of Long Island, killing all 230 souls aboard.
The suit wastes no time in establishing its central argument: “After the incident, the federal government released a false report contending that the explosion was the result of an electrical fire in the airplane’s center.” The real cause, the suit argues, was “an errant United States missile fired at aerial target drones flying nearby.”
Based on the “overwhelming evidence” uncovered by Stalcup through his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation in Massachusetts federal court, the suit names as the government defendants in this tragic mishap the Missile Defense Agency, the United States Department of Defense, and the United States Navy.
The contractor defendants cited are Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Working “side-by-side,” these defendants were reportedly testing the Aegis Weapons System and firing SM-2 missiles with live warheads at aerial missile targets off the coast of New York “in close proximity to commercial airline flight paths.” The suit leaves open the possibility that more than one “warship” was involved in the launch.
Two missiles were fired. Over his headset, Teele heard the announcement, “Birds away.” A few minutes later, he heard “Splash,” meaning the missiles had hit the target. Soon after that, he heard someone say, “Wo, wo, wo.” And another person added, “Wait a minute. We hit an Airbus.”
In fact, eight years earlier, at the tail end of the Iran-Iraq War, an Aegis cruiser, the USS Vincennes, fired two Standard Missiles at a commercial Iranian Airbus, IR 655. IR 655 had reached 13,500 feet, a final altitude almost identical to TWA 800’s. Capt. Will Rogers III gave the order to fire. Rogers and his crew had mistaken the ascending passenger jet with 290 people on board for a descending Iranian F-14, a fighter plane. Stuff happens.
The stuff that happened on the night of July 17, 1996 outraged Teele’s CO, Captain Wray. “These have got to be the dumbest idiots I’ve ever seen in my life,” Teele remembers Wray as saying. “How do you accidentally fire a missile? You don’t know the color of missiles? One is blue. One is white. Blue mean training. White means live. You’ve got to be stupid to put a white on the rail.” Although his memory as to which ship was responsible is admittedly uncertain, Teele believes it was the Leyte Gulf.
Despite the long-established mandate that neighboring ships rush to the scene of an accident, the Carr turned tail and headed out to sea “at top speed.” Teele’s leading petty officer made it so clear that he was to say nothing of what he saw or heard. He then issued the order, “Pull the RD390 tapes, close all positional log books, including the bridges, tape them and leave them on the DRT table!"
The documents were then taken to a place called the “shred room” where they were destroyed using salt water and a shredder. “We ran to Bermuda where we were not allowed to leave the ship, no phone calls, emails secured, and nothing was to be discussed!” says Teele. “Everyone that was involved was told in CIC, ‘This didn't happen!’” As far as the major media are concerned, it never did.
The Scottish Government announced an investigation of why newborn deaths were higher than expected in both September 2021 and March 2022, as published by Public Health Scotland.
It’s bad enough that women and young girls have to compete with men in sports, it’s worse that they are forced to share the locker room with them.
Dr. Michael Mörz, who works at Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt in Germany, did a case report on a 76-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who died three weeks after getting his third COVID-19 shot.
The case report was published in the top journal “Vaccines” on Monday.
According to the report, the patient received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vector vaccine in May 2021, followed by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in July and December of that same year.
When the deceased’s family members noticed certain discrepancies in the clinical symptoms that occurred just before the death, they requested for an autopsy to be performed.
On Friday, the FBI released the termination letter of Peter Strzok, the disgraced former FBI agent who spearheaded the Russia Collusion investigation as well as the Clinton e-mail investigation. The Gateway Pundit reported on the ironic statement Strzok made regarding the Durham investigation, where he called it “not honorable.”
This weekend on his show, Bill Maher suggested that if Biden runs again in 2024, she should consider dumping Kamala Harris from the ticket, and his liberal audience actually clapped.
The case report was published in the top journal “Vaccines” on Monday.
The irony comes full circle now that the termination letter has been released and the opinion of the FBI’s Deputy Director David Bowdich is public. In the two page letter, Bowdich does give Strzok credit in a roundabout way for his 21 years of service. But it’s all down hill from there:
“I considered the Douglas Factors drafted by the AD of the Counterintelligence Division, your role as one of the most senior counterintelligence agents in the FBI, and finally I considered the long term damage to the reputation of the FBI. While there is no doubt your 21 years of service to the organization cannot and should not be erased, it is difficult to fathom the repeated, sustained errors of judgement you made while serving as the lead agent in two of the most high profile investigations in the country.“
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned potential looters to beware because Florida is a Second Amendment state.
Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida’s west coast on Wednesday as a category 4 storm.
The eye of the storm hit Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Punta Gorda Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour.
Governor DeSantis described the damage as that of a 500-year flood after a 9+ foot surge in Fort Myers.
On Sunday Italy voted in its first female populist candidate Giorgia Meloni to lead the country.
The Italian Center Right Party won big in national elections on Sunday making Giorgia Meloni the first female leader in the country’s history.
On Wednesday, in one of her first announcements since winning her election Giorgia Meloni pledged her full support for Kyiv after receiving congratulations from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for her election victory.
On Saturday Russian energy giant Gazprom suspended gas deliveries to Italy. The company blamed a transport problem in Austria.
President Trump spoke at the Save America rally in Warren, Michigan tonight alongside Michigan GOP candidates in the upcoming 2022 Election.
Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday said "communities of color" have to be prioritized for disaster relief funds to advance "equity" and suggested white people were to blame for hurricanes because they're the main drivers of climate change.
According to MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross, the spike in homicides and crime in Democrat-run cities like Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, Minneapolis and San Francisco has nothing whatsoever to do with Democrat policies and the Marxist, Soros-backed DAs who enable the crime.
A US judge has dismissed Mexico’s $10 billion lawsuit against American gun manufacturers.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla will not testify before the European Parliament’s special committee on COVID-19 later this month. The committee was expected to grill Bourla over the company’s secretive vaccine deals he struck with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The deal preceeded the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine to Europe.
The moment occurred when, at a conference, Biden called out Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana. The problem is that Rep. Walorski died about a month ago, along with two staffers, during an automobile accident. The “I see dead people” jokes write themselves.
According to the Western Journal, the ladies of The View scrambled to cover for the aging President. Whoopie Goldberg said, “I mean, she passed last month, not like a hundred years ago.”
They went on to discuss the attempt by White House press
secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to cover for the President by stating that the gaffe resulted from Walorski being at the “top of mind.” Sarah Haines noted, “I think her explanation made it worse, though, because at that moment I probably would have just said: OK guys … he had a moment, who in this room hasn’t, and then just move on. The fact that she kept kind of repeating the same words –”
Prime Minister Liz Truss has signed up to attend the first meeting of the Emmanuel Macron-driven “European Political Community”, feared by some to be an extension of the European Union.
“We must unite our Europe in the truth of its geography with the desire to preserve the unity of our continent,” the French leader had said when proposing his ‘European Political Community’ in June. The organisation was described in French proposal documents as “a coordination political platform for European countries across the continent.”
It was envisioned that the likes of Ukraine could be incorporated into such a body without the obligations granting full EU membership brings — Free Movement migration and access to shared structural funds, for example — but the potential participation of Britain was controversial, given the British people’s vote for national independence over European “coordination” and “unity” in 2016.
With a new government, the Queen’s death and now the Truss-Kwarteng mini-budget, industrial unrest has not been in the headlines much recently – but a month ago the explosion of strikes was on all our minds.
And there’s much, much more to come as we head into winter. Nineteen days of strike action are planned for Royal Mail between now and Christmas. There’s an eight-day strike beginning at the port of Felixstowe, while similar action at Liverpool is in its second week. UNISON is going to bring out university support staff. A London bus strike may have been called off, but four more days of bus strikes have been announced in Kent. Scottish NHS staff are considering action. Tories heading to Birmingham for their annual conference will be reminded that the long-running strikes on the railways are continuing, with the three big rail unions now being joined by Unite, which organises Great Western Railways engineers.
A common feature of this wave of militancy is a demand for inflation-busting pay increases, with little willingness to consider changes in working arrangements to increase productivity. Those kinds of reforms are the only sustainable way to boost pay – something everybody wants to see.
Perfectly picking the moment of maximum antagonism between London and Brussels, France will reportedly call for the creation of yet another globalist European institution at a meeting of the European Council next week, which could include the United Kingdom.
Following statements from French President Emmanuel Macron last month, France will use one of its last acts as president of the European Council — a term that will expire at the end of this month — to call for a new political framework in Europe.
According to a draft document seen by POLITICO, the French will argue that it is necessary for the creation of more European bureaucracy and political integration in order to confront issues facing countries that have not been accepted into the EU, namely Ukraine.
Though the European Council will consider granting Ukraine candidate status at the summit in Strasbourg next week, the process for joining the bloc typically takes many years and requires the country to meet minimum standards for democracy, corruption, and economic stability. It will also need to find the unanimous support of existing member states, all hurdles that will be difficult for Ukraine to overcome.
The University of Notre Dame campus bookstore is making LGBT ideology and astrology practices available by selling gay children’s books and tarot cards.
On Wednesday, The Irish Rover, the campus newspaper, published an article detailing various products available in the school’s store, including content for children.
“Notre Dame recently signed a contract with Barnes & Noble, switching their bookstore services from Follett Company,” the article began. “This change has brought with it several decks of tarot cards, an increased promotion of astrology, and numerous sexualized children’s books.”
The trend of drag queens becoming a bizarre flashpoint in the late-stage sexual revolution culture wars continues — this time, at a church in Texas, of all places.
Last Saturday, Reverend Heather Tolleson of the First Christian Church of Katy, Texas, hosted an “all ages” bingo night with drag queens to show the support of her church for “trans and exploring” children.
Members of the County Citizens Defending Freedom, a handful of parents, Catholics praying the rosary, and members of traditional churches protested the event in response — as, unfortunately, did a few members of the controversial group the Proud Boys. A counter-protest featuring supporters of “all ages” drag events and some masked members of Antifa, an anarchist revolutionary group, formed on the other side of the street.