"Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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Authorities have been forced to close down the McKees Rocks Bridge after 23 barges reportedly broke free from a tugboat on the Ohio River. 

McKees Rocks Police Department said just after midnight that they would be closing the bridge as a precaution. 

According to the department, there are currently a number of barges that have broken loose heading down the Ohio River. 

One local police scanner page said that there were an estimated 23 barges going down the river, with one striking a marina dock. 

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The woman who recently went viral for hugging former President Donald Trump at a Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, Georgia, has now spoken out about why she and many other young black voters support him.

At a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta earlier this week, Michaelah Montgomery, the founder of Conserve the Culture who also appears to be well connected to historically black colleges and universities in the area, got to speak with the former president for a brief moment that then extended into a friendly hug. "Tell my momma I made it," Montgomery exclaimed afterward, grinning from ear to ear.

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Denver intends to defund its police force and fire department in order to better support those illegally entering the U.S. through a program that provides a monthly debit card based on family size, free housing, “access to language instruction, career pathway explorations, industry-recognized credential training, and work-based learning opportunities.” 

 

“The program also includes access to language instruction, career pathway explorations, industry-recognized credential training and work-based learning opportunities,” according to Denver Democrat Mayor Mike Johnston (D-Colo.).

Denver, the capital of Colorado and a “sanctuary city,” declared on Wednesday that it will spend $89.9 million on assistance for illegal foreigners entering the country. This amount will come from approximately $45 million in public programs and services.

The Denver Police Department verified to The Daily Caller outlet that its department will lose $8.4 million of its operating budget.

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t’s been a red-letter week for destroying the gender narrative. And the trans juggernaut just hit another speed bump.

Fresh off the heels of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announcing that it would not allow transgender-identified men to compete in women’s athletic events in any of its association’s 239 small private schools, a landmark study was released on Wednesday that defies the hysterical warning that if gender dysphoric adolescents don’t receive “gender-affirming care,” they will kill themselves.

The new study from British pediatrician Dr. Hilary Cass confirms what we’ve always known: Children presenting with sudden onset gender dysphoria are actually suffering from other mental health diagnoses—not true gender dysphoria. Her research debunks the gender ideologues’ frequent talking point: that the imposition of medical “gender-affirming care” on mentally ill children is not only necessary, but life-saving.

Cass’ research instead reveals that children who think they are transgender disproportionately have mental health issues stemming from a difficult family situation or domestic abuse. They are also more likely to be neurodiverse and have a co-morbid autism spectrum disorder.

Cass reveals that “gender affirming” medical interventions would not remedy any of these psychological issues. Effectively using such interventions would mean turning a blind eye to the real underlying psychological distress with which gender-confused children often struggle.

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by Ramzy Baroud 

Israel described its clearly deliberate killing of seven humanitarian aid workers on April 1 as a “grave mistake”, a “tragic event” that “happens in war”.

Israel is, obviously, lying. This entire so-called war – actually genocide – in Gaza, has been based on a series of lies, some of which Israel continues to peddle.

For some, in the mainstream media, it took months to accept the obvious fact that Israel has been lying about the events that led to the war and the military objectives of its constant targeting of hospitals, schools, shelters and other civilian facilities.

So, it was only logical for Israel to lie about killing the six internationals, and their Palestinian driver, of the World Central Kitchen (WCK). Notwithstanding an event as atrocious as this, it is implausible for Israel to start telling the truth now.

Luckily, few seem to believe Israel’s version regarding WCK, or its continued massacres elsewhere in Gaza. Israel “cannot credibly investigate its own failure in Gaza,” the US-based NGO said in a statement on April 5.

The issue of targeting these internationals, however, has to be placed within a larger context.

Israel was hardly secretive about its intentions to deny Palestinians even the most basic necessities of survival in Gaza, epitomized in the words of Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant on October 9: “There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed.”

Initially, this statement, and many others, were understood at the time to be an outcome of Israel’s desire to punish Palestinians for the October 7 Al-Aqsa Flood operation, by resorting to its typical tactic of collective punishment.

With time, however, and based on statements made by other Israeli officials, it became clear that Israel wanted to ethnically cleanse Palestinians altogether.

The Israeli stratagem was immediately rejected by Egypt, Jordan, Arab countries and, eventually, by other governments around the world.

Israel, however, persisted. Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said that the “voluntary migration” of Palestinians in Gaza is the “right humanitarian solution”. Netanyahu concurred.“Our problem is (finding) countries that are willing to absorb Gazans, and we are working on it,” he said.

But for ethnic cleansing to take place, several prerequisites had to be fulfilled:

One, the bulk of Gaza’s 2.3 million people had to be forced to the south, as close to the Egyptian border as possible. This has been achieved.

Two, all aspects of life had to be destroyed throughout Gaza, including all hospitals and clinics.

The most obvious examples were the grisly massacre of the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital on October 17, and the bloodbath and eventual total destruction of Gaza’s largest medical complex, Al-Shifa, on April 1.

When the Israeli military pulled out of the Shifa area, they left behind one of the most tragic scenes in the history of modern warfare. Hundreds of bodies were hurriedly buried in mass graves amid charred buildings and indescribable ruins. Limbs of children were sticking out of the dirt, whole families tied and executed together and other crimes that would take the world a long time to fathom, let alone explain.

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 by Dave DeCamp tine

Israeli War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz said on Wednesday that Israeli children in middle school — who range from 12 to 15 years old — will one day be fighting in the Gaza Strip.

“The war with Hamas will take time. Youth in middle school will one day fight in the Gaza Strip, as in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), and against Lebanon,” he told Israeli media.

While predicting Israel’s brutal campaign in Gaza will last for years and years to come, Gantz also claimed that Israel was beating Hamas. “But the truth must be clear, and the head must be high for our achievements: military-wise – Hamas is defeated. Its fighters are eliminated or in hiding. Its abilities are cut off, and we will continue to hit whatever is  left. Victory will come, step by step. We are on our way to it and we won’t stop,” he said.

Claire's Observations:  Cabinet Member Ganz, a word, please..  So you are telegraphing to both Israel and the world, that this genocidal war against the Palestinians will become multi-generational, or what one might call, "permanent"?

And sir, forgive me; but you're saying that after 6 months of fierce and bloody battle, the IDF has been incapable of exterminating Hamas.  Because if this is what you are saying right now, how can we believe the IDF will be able to exterminate Hamas in the future?!?  What if that just doesn't happen?!?  And what happens if Russia and China come in on the side of Palestine and Iran?

Respectfully, sir, these are the thoughts which keep me up at night, as an American citizen who  loves her country, and believes war represents a catastrophic failure of imagination; I would like to hope they keep you up as well.

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Iran’s Tasnim news agency said Saturday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy had seized the Israeli-linked MSC ARIES container ship near the Strait of Hormuz.

A video first reported by The Associated Press showed commandos raiding a ship near the key waterway by helicopter.

The vessel involved was the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, a container ship associated with London-based Zodiac Maritime. Zodiac Maritime is part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.

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Important to understand is that there is not one single new or original idea in Klaus Schwab’s so-called Great Reset agenda for the world. Nor is his Fourth Industrial Revolution agenda his or his claim to having invented the notion of Stakeholder Capitalism a product of Schwab.

Klaus Schwab is little more than a slick PR agent for a global technocratic agenda, a corporatist unity of corporate power with government, including the UN, an agenda whose origins go back to the beginning of the 1970s, and even earlier.  The Davos Great reset is merely an updated blueprint for a global dystopian dictatorship under UN control that has been decades in development. The key actors were David Rockefeller and his protégé, Maurice Strong.

In the beginning of the 1970s, there was arguably no one person more influential in world politics than the late David Rockefeller, then largely known as chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank.

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The matter has been resolved. Israel, in the words of the Iranian mission to the United Nations, will be “punished”. 

This punishment is not just the direct outcome of Israel’s deadly attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1, but an overdue retaliation to many such aggressions. 

Why is Israel targeting Iran?

Israel has been bombing Iranian facilities in Syria for years. 

Additionally, and though Israel does not claim official responsibility, Tel Aviv has also hit Iranian targets on Iranian soil as well, including the assassination of top Iranian scientists. 

Quite often, attacks on Iran are coordinated between Tel Aviv and Washington, if not other Western capitals. 

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President Biden asserted on Wednesday that inflation was surging when he took office in January 2021, despite federal data showing the opposite.

Biden's comments came shortly after the latest consumer price index (CPI) reading was released, showing annual inflation accelerated faster than expected for a third straight month in March. In response to a question about inflation remaining high, he noted that the rate of price increases has come down over the past two years and suggested he inherited the economic issues.

"Look, we have dramatically reduced inflation from 9% down to close to 3%. We’re in a situation where we’re better situated than we were when we took office where we — inflation was skyrocketing," Biden told reporters during a press conference Wednesday.

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A viral video shows a social media user warning Missouri residents that a new bill expanding school choice initiatives could make it a “felony” for gun owners to have firearms in their homes if they choose to homeschool their children.

The video, which was shared Wednesday on X, formerly Twitter, by Wall Street Apes, features a social media user by the name of “redneckpatriot88” warning Missouri residents about the potential dangers of Senate Bill 727.

“If you know anybody that lives in the state of Missouri or you currently live in the state of Missouri [and] are liberty minded, you need to be contacting your senators right now and burning up their phone lines,” the man said.

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Authored by Jana J. Pruet via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Denver Mayor Mike Johnston announced a major shift Wednesday in the city’s response to the illegal immigrant crisis, extending support to six months but with only about 1,000 spaces.

Illegal immigrants rest at a makeshift shelter, in Denver on Jan. 6, 2023. Denver Mayor Mike Johnston announced a major shift on April 10, 2024, in the city's response to the migrant crisis, extending support to six months but with only 1,000 spaces. (Thomas Peipert/AP Photo)

The city’s nearly $90 million budget plan identifies how it will fund immigrant housing and aid for the remainder of 2024. The mayor’s pivot comes after the city failed to get federal aid. Denver has served more than 40,000 immigrants since late 2022, according to a press release.

“After more than a year of facing this crisis together, Denver finally has a sustainable plan for treating our newcomers with dignity while avoiding the worst cuts to city services,” Mr. Johnston said in a statement. “So many times, we were told that we couldn’t be compassionate while still being fiscally responsible. Today is proof that our hardest challenges are still solvable and that together, we are the ones who will solve them.”

Denver and other Democratic-led cities had asked the Biden administration for aid to assist with the influx of migrants into their communities. 

President Joe Biden asked Congress for $1.4 billion in funding for the effort as part of his budget. Congress refused and instead cut the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Shelter and Services Program from $800 million to $650 million.

Whether we'd like the federal government to do it or not, that was no longer a choice for us,” Mr. Johnston said.

City officials claim the new approach will allow for surges of immigrants while focusing on helping them become independent. The move is a departure from the city’s previous strategy of weeks- to months-long shelter stays.

The illegal immigrant will be housed in apartments for up to six months. They will also receive job and skill training, opportunities for skills certifications, unpaid job experience, food assistance, and help with filing asylum applications.

The “Denver Asylum Seeker Program” will act as a buffer and offer intensive preparation while immigrants wait six months for their work permits after applying for asylum.

Claire's Observations:  Continued unfunded mandates, will mean the death of some of America's greatest cities.

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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

As we approach what is likely to be the most chaotic presidential election in U.S. history, troubling signs are starting to erupt for the U.S. economy.  In fact, CNN is actually admitting that “the long-predicted storm clouds in the economy may actually be forming”.  I can’t remember the last time that I saw a CNN article with a headline like that.  But at this point, it is becoming extremely difficult for the mainstream media to avoid the truth.  Inflation is getting worse at the same time that many key sectors of our economy are slowing down.  If you thought that the last couple of years were rough for the economy, just wait until you see what is coming next.  Tremendous turmoil is on the horizon, and the American people are becoming increasingly emotional about our rapidly growing economic problems.

On Wednesday, we learned that prices jumped even more than expected during the month of March…

Inflation jumped in March as prices for consumer staples such as gasoline edged higher and those for housing remained stubbornly high, suggesting inflation may be a bit stickier than it seemed just a few months ago, economists said.

The consumer price index, a key inflation gauge, rose 3.5% in March from a year ago, the U.S. Labor Department reported Wednesday. That’s up from 3.2% in February.

Lots of pundits on television are telling us that this is really bad news for Joe Biden.

But if prices were only rising at a 3.5 percent annual rate, that would be outstanding news.

In fact, if prices were only rising at a 3.5 percent annual rate I would not be concerned about inflation at all.

Of course by now everyone realizes that the way inflation is calculated has been changed repeatedly over the years and so the numbers that the government gives us are essentially meaningless at this point

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On Thursday, the campaign of 45th President Donald J. Trump argued that presidential debates must occur earlier in the election cycle and not later, given the prevalence of early voting and mail-in balloting. Team Trump also maintained that it was in the best interest of the American people to have more debates than the three currently scheduled, given the momentous nature of the 2024 election cycle.

Trump co-campaign managers Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, in which they said, "Voting is beginning earlier and earlier, and as we saw in 2020, tens of millions of Americans had already voted by the time of the first debate. Specific to the Commission's proposed 2024 calendar, it simply comes too late." The pair then speculate that nearly one million voters will have already cast their ballot by the time of the first debate, which will grow to 8.7 million by the time of the third scheduled presidential debate.

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JK Rowling is furious. And who can blame her? The recently published Cass Review has proven what she has been saying – and demonised for – for years. On Wednesday, the author and philanthropist posted on X to suggest that she wouldn’t forgive the actors-cum-activists she made famous for turning on her.

Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe (who played Harry in the blockbuster films) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) have both previously condemned the franchise’s creator for daring to point out the dangers of gender ideology. Now, in light of Dr Hilary Cass’s damning report, Rowling has said: ‘Celebs who cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women’s hard-won rights and who used their platforms to cheer on the transitioning of minors can save their apologies for traumatised detransitioners and vulnerable women reliant on single-sex spaces.’

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Who is the President of the United States in 2024? Technically it’s Joe Biden, of course, but ask around and you’ll get many different answers.

Many have speculated that Joe is not calling all the shots. Instead his wife Jill—or his cabinet, filled with the far-left of the Democratic party—are driving White House policy. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump looms large, leading in most 2024 polls as the general election contender to the aging Biden.

But Donald’s not just sitting in court these days, fending off what many consider to be scurrilous or even politically malicious lawsuits timed to interfere with his general campaign. Neither is he just doing rallies or playing golf at Bedminster. In fact, the former President seems to be taking up some presidential duties of his own as he had a surprising guest join him at his Florida home in Mar-A-Lago.

From Fox News:

Former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron met with former President Donald Trump in a surprise visit to Mar-a-Lago on Monday.

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Update(1740): Multiple European airlines have canceled all flights to and from Iran, and flight trackers also indicate that skies above Israel are clear of civilian aviation.

Speculation is at a frenzy over the 'when & where' of the coming Iranian retaliation attack. "Anonymous US officials" have been feeding alarming headlines to media outlets all day - and among them the following:

Iran has readied a large number of missiles for a possible strike, according to three U.S. officials. Two of the officials said that Iran has readied more than 100 cruise missiles for a possible strike. Iran has also readied a sizeable number of drones that could be used in an attack on Israel, according to one official.

The officials said that Iran has been readying the missiles and drones over the last week.

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An Afghan national who is on the U.S. terror watchlist was put back in custody on Friday, according to the Department of Homeland Security, after he was captured at the U.S.-Mexico border and released twice into U.S. territory. 

Mohammed Kharwin is a member of Hezb-e-Islami, a group responsible for attacks in Afghanistan that killed at least nine American soldiers and civilians from 2013 to 2015, the terror watchlist indicates, according to NBC

Customs and Border Protection agents apprehended and released Kharwin, after he illegally entered the U.S. near San Ysidro, California, in March of 2023, despite suspicions that he was on the FBI’s terrorist watchlist. 

Close to a year later, in February 2024, the FBI notified ICE that Kharwin was a suspected member of the designated foreign terror group Hezb-e-Islami, or HIG. 

HIG, which does their operations out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is described by the National Counterterrorism Center as a “virulently anti-Western insurgent group” who is known to have killed several U.S. soldiers and American contractors. 

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by Tyler Durden

Friday, Apr 12, 2024 - 06:20 PM

One week after the Biden administration slapped new regulations on key power grid components, the Washington Post reports that US oil and gas companies will face a 15-fold increase in costs to drill on federal land, under a new rule released on Friday.

Workers operate a drilling rig while plugging an abandoned oil well north of Shelby, Mont. (Adrián Sanchez-Gonzalez for The Washington Post) (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/For The Washington Post)

Under it, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management will require drillers to pay $150,000 per lease on federal lands, up from $10,000 - the first comprehensive update to the federal oil and gas leasing program in over three decades.

Fossil fuel companies will also be required to pay higher royalties to the government on oil and gas extracted from federal lands - jumping from 12.5% of revenue to 16.67%.

That's not all...

The rule comes as the Biden administration readies a sweeping plan to limit future oil drilling across roughly 13 million acres of Alaska's North Slope, which the US set aside a century ago as an emergency supply.

That initiative, set to be finalized in the coming days per Bloomberg, comes as both oil executives and Alaska lawmakers have sounded the alarm over the plan - saying that it could thwart oil and gas development throughout the reserve, even on existing leases

Claire's Observations:  I am having a double palm to forehead moment at velocity,  upon reading this; do these brain damaged idiots in DC not realize how crucial oil and gas will be in the coming World War, which they themselves have generated with their stupid, pig-headed, and "not thought through" choices?!?

Yesterday, after my church's Praise Team rehearsal, I tried ,  as gently as I could, to mention to them that right now, it would be good if they and their families were stocked up to the gills with food, extra meds, and water.  I so hope to Heaven that I am utterly wrong on this, and that in 6 weeks, they can call me a blithering idiot for even suggesting such a thing.

Unfortunately, I am afraid that time is going to prove me right here.

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Since our school days, we’ve been taught that the Earth is made up of several layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core.

But the inner core isn’t the end of it. Scientists made a discovery deep within the Earth’s core – a massive solid sphere.

Two researchers from the Australian National University found that the Earth has an ‘innermost inner core’ that may have formed following a ‘significant global event’ from the past.

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