"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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A congressionally mandated review of the Air Force’s Minuteman III nuclear ICBM replacement found that its pricetag has exploded by 81 percent, resulting in an updated estimate of roughly $141 billion, the Pentagon announced today.

Despite that cost growth, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, Bill LaPlante, has certified the LGM-35A Sentinel program to continue, in part because “no alternatives” were equally viable and less costly. But in the meantime, LaPlante has rescinded the program’s Milestone B decision and tasked the Air Force to restructure the troubled acquisition, which he said will likely see a delay of “several years” under a new timetable.

“It is important to note that this certification does not indicate business as usual,” LaPlante said today in a briefing with reporters ahead of the Pentagon’s announcement. “The program will be restructured to address the root causes of the breach and ensure an appropriate management structure is in place to control costs.”

Webmaster addition: Control costs? The PENTAGON?!?

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-Seoul is reviewing a request from Poland to buy its drones, particularly aerial attack vehicles used effectively in Ukraine, as it could help seal more contracts with a major arms buyer, a news report said on Monday.

Poland made a sales pitch for a range of its drones to a South Korean delegation led by Defense Minister Shin Won-sik that visited last month, South Korea's Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported, citing unnamed government sources.

The Polish government highlighted the drones' effectiveness as proven in combat and their relatively low prices, Dong-a Ilbo reported.

Poland has signed major arms contracts with South Korea, including a $22 billion deal in 2022 for mechanised howitzers, tanks and fighter jets, the largest weapons sales ever for South Korea.

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Extensive delays to the mid-life refueling and complex overhauls of two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers were due to damage to the steam turbines that power the ship, USNI News has learned.
According to Naval Sea Systems Command, “significant damage” to the generators aboard both USS George Washington (CVN-73) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) added unplanned work that was discovered after both carriers arrived at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding for maintenance.

Every mid-life refueling and overhaul, “work package has planned inspections and routine refurbishment of the eight [turbine generators]; however, inspections for both George Washington and John C. Stennis revealed one generator on each ship with significant damage that resulted in unplanned growth work, which contributed to schedule extensions on both ships,” reads the statement from NAVSEA.

The Nimitz-class carriers mid-life overhauls are scheduled for four years, but Washington took almost six years while Stennis is set to take five and a half, USNI News reported last month.

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"The FAA said it was requiring the inspections of 737 MAX and NG airplanes... "
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Authored by Ryan Morgan via The Epoch Times 


It’s been nearly five years since Gina Cancelino lost her husband—U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Cancelino—to his battle with cancer.

(Illustration by The Epoch Times, courtesy of Gina Cancelino, Courtesy photo by Rosie Lopez Torres, courtesy of Paul McMillin) She, like many other military spouses and family members, struggled to understand what caused her husband’s illness when it first manifested. Eventually, they began to realize it likely had to do with the open-air burn pits the U.S. military used for years to dispose of plastics, electronics, refuse, and medical waste during deployments throughout the Middle East and parts of Africa.

 Gina Cancelino began her search for answers even before her husband’s death and filed multiple claims for benefits as a surviving spouse after his death. She saw one claim denied in the spring of 2021, and another in July 2022 before the Department of Veterans Affairs approved her third request in January 2023.

What changed between her second and third claims was that Congress had passed and President Joe Biden had signed the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act in August 2022.

A Journey of Advocacy

The PACT Act’s passage followed years of advocacy by some of the very same veterans and family members directly affected by illnesses from exposure to burn pits and other sources of toxins. One group at the forefront of this advocacy effort has been Burn Pits 360

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"United Airlines @united @Boeing wheel fell off after take off from LAX this morning going to Longmont, Colorado! Is this another maintenance issue?!"
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LG Energy, one of the biggest players in the EV battery space, reported a 58% drop in operating profits for the second quarter of the year, attributing the figure to the slowdown in EV sales.
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In a civilized society, authorities are able to maintain at least a basic level of law and order in the streets most of the time.  Unfortunately, at this point it is up for debate whether the United States is still a “civilized society” or not.  The chaos in our streets never seems to end, and those that are in charge of running things don’t seem to be able to regain control.  The theft, violence and mayhem that we are witnessing in our major cities is being fueled by the worst homelessness crisis in our entire history, the worst drug crisis in our entire history, and the worst migration crisis in our entire history.  If authorities cannot control our streets now, what is going to happen once our societal collapse reaches a much more advanced stage?
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The Editor at Large for the Wall Street Journal, Gerry Baker, says: ‘We’ve been “gaslit’ and deceived” – for years – “all in the name of ‘democracy’”. That deceit “collapsed” with the Presidential debate, Thursday’.

“Until the world saw the truth … [against] the ‘misinformation’ … the fiction of Mr. Biden’s competence … suggests they [the Democrats] evidently thought they could get away with promoting it. [Yet] by perpetuating that fiction they were also revealing their contempt for the voters and for democracy itself”.

Baker continues:

Biden succeeded because he made toeing the party line his life’s work. Like all politicians whose egos dwarf their talents, he ascended the greasy pole by slavishly following his party wherever it led … Finally—in the ultimate act of partisan servility, he became Barack Obama’s vice president, the summit of achievement for those incapable, yet loyal: the apex position for the consummate ‘yes man’”.

“But then, just as he was ready to drift into a comfortable and well-deserved obscurity, his party needed a front man … They sought a loyal and reliable figurehead, a flag of convenience, under which they could sail the progressive vessel into the deepest reaches of American life — on a mission to advance statism, climate extremism and self-lacerating wokery. There was no more loyal and convenient vehicle than Joe”.

If so, then who actually has been ‘pulling America’s strings’ these past years?

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Now in 2024, it's Joe Biden's 'turn' again. No one in his party was under the impression that he was the best candidate, the best campaigner or the best president, but damn it, it was his 'turn'.

And now the Democrats are panicking because the candidate taking his 'turn' is imploding.

Biden's debate meltdown has frightened Democrats, but they still have no answer for how to stop the car accident that everyone else could see coming from miles away. And no good strategy beyond getting the party leaders to confront their candidate and ask him to step down. But how do you take away Biden's 'turn' when turns are the most sacred thing in politics.

It's not an exclusively Democrat problem. The GOP put up Bob Dole against Bill Clinton and John McCain against Barack Obama because it was their 'turns'. They let Mitt Romney go up against Obama a second time because it was his 'turn'. And after Republicans lost two straight presidential elections because they ran establishment candidates taking their 'turn', voters were so sick of it that they did what they would have never done before and picked Trump.

Because it wasn't his 'turn'.

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The House Judiciary Committee and Congressman Troy Nehls (R-TX) have released a damning video, presenting a detailed account of how Joe Biden and his liberal allies have weaponized the justice system against former President Donald Trump.

“Joe Biden has weaponized the DOJ against President Trump. And anyone who tells you otherwise, folks, they’re lying,” Rep. Nehls said.

Nehls begins by pointing out Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of Jack Smith as the “non-partisan” Special Counsel.

Nehls points out that Smith is the same individual who pursued Republican governor Robert McDonald, losing 8 to 0 at the Supreme Court.

He also highlights Smith’s history of targeting conservative groups and his wife’s role in producing Michelle Obama’s documentary.

He then turns to the case in Georgia, noting that Willis’ office met with White House lawyers in 2022.

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Mayor Eric Adams’s administration has reportedly injected another $2.6 million of the city’s budget into a controversial program that distributes pre-paid debit cards to illegal immigrants.

According to the Office of the NY State Comptroller (OSC), by May 31, 2024, the city reported spending $1.47 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 and $2.72 billion in Fiscal Year 2024 on expenses related to “asylum seekers.”

This latest cash infusion brings the total expenditure on this initiative to an eye-watering $2 billion, according to the New York Post.

Webmaster addition: The Democrats have been bringing in tens of millions of illegal immigrants and using YOUR money to buy the immigrants' votes. That multiple Federal laws have been broken seems of little concern to the Democrats. But something that should concern us all is what happens After the election? Even if the Democrats win, they won't need the illegals' votes and the free stuff to the illegal immigrants will stop! What will happen then? What will these millions of illegal immigrants, many who came from prisons or mental hospitals in their home country, do when the free stuff stops? Why has nobody considered this long term effect of Biden's open borders?

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We are being told that it is just a matter of time before there is a bird flu pandemic among humans.  We are also being told that the death rate during such a pandemic could be “somewhere between 25 and 50 percent”, and that should deeply alarm all of us.  We have already seen the intense fear that a pandemic with a death rate of far less than 1 percent can cause.  Can you imagine what a pandemic with a death rate of “somewhere between 25 and 50 percent” would look like?
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Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog,

This is not the first time that an invalid has occupied the Oval Office. After apparently exhausting himself in behalf of the “War to Make the World Safe for Democracy” and orchestrating the “peace conference” at Versailles that guaranteed the carnage of WWII, Woodrow Wilson succumbed to a nearly fatal stroke in October 1919 while barnstorming the nation in behalf of the League of Nations Treaty.

As it happened, America was than blessed with a perfectly serviceable Vice-President, Thomas R. Marshall, who had been a famous Midwestern lawyer, governor of Indiana, outspoken “progressive” and contender for the Democrat nomination in 1912. Wilson won the nomination on the 46th ballot but only after his advisers secretly promised Marshall the vice presidency in a very smoked-filled room in the wee hours of the Dem convention.

Perhaps that is why Marshall’s most famous quote is known to almost everyone more than 100 years later. Thus, observed America’s #2 leader—

“What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar.”

Notwithstanding Marshall’s status as a second term almost-president, Edith Wilson was having none of a succession plan. And that’s despite the fact she did not have a degree in “education” nor did she answer to the “Dr. Edith” title.

But she had proven herself around Washington as no mean hostess when she slipped into the First Lady role during and/or after (it’s disputed!) the illness and death of Wilson’s first wife in 1915. Either way, Edith Wilson was not about to disembark from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue solely because her husband was virtually paralyzed on the entire left side of his body.

Indeed, the extent of her intrigues and deceptions designed to hang on to power are now legendary.

Claire's Observations:  Dr. Jill Biden understands full well, the implications of Biden's losing the Presidency, however that may come down;  all the power, and protection of that office, will be stripped from the family, and the cavalcade of "very interesting" business deals in which the Biden family has participated,   will be trotted out in plain sight, for the American people to see, to their collective,  and utter astonishment. 

She's trying to push that day as far back as she is able, but there will be will be a moment of reckoning even she will be unable to prevent.  

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As speculation swirls around the 2024 presidential race, all eyes are on former President Donald Trump as he contemplates his next running mate. With a base that remains fiercely loyal, Trump’s choice for vice president could significantly impact his campaign and the Republican Party’s future.

Trump’s potential running mate must meet several criteria: unwavering loyalty, a solid conservative track record, and the ability to energize voters. Trump could pick someone outside the GOP, to pull in must-have moderate votes.

Many names have floated around. Those include Florida Gov. DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott, Sen. J D Vance, and other rising stars within the party. Notably missing from the speculation have been Trump’s former vice president Mike Pence and his formerly bitter rival, Nikki Haley. Now, his campaign has made a big announcement.

From The Washington Examiner:
Former President Donald Trump is expected to announce his running mate in the next week or so ahead of the Republican National Convention.

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From Breitbart:
Biden asserted in the exchange with ABC News that former President Donald Trump was a “pathological liar” and he would challenge him in a way he has never been challenged.

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos then responded, “You’ve had months to challenge him.”

Biden retorted he had not yet because he was busy “doin’ a hell of a lot of other things, like wars around the world.”

“You’ve had months to challenge him”

BIDEN: “Well sure but I was doing a hell of a lot of other things, like wars around the world.”

— Nick Cleveland-Stout (@nick_clevelands) July 6, 2024


That didn’t go well! Stephanopoulos pushed Biden over his claim that he’ll “challenge” Donald Trump. He asked why hasn’t Biden challenged him yet, since he’s had months since Trump won the GOP nomination. Biden’s brilliant reply was that he’s been busying doing a “hell of a lot” like “wars around the world.”

Um… what!? First of all, Biden’s been doing nothing. He’s been napping while his incompetent staff have been making terrible decisions that only hurt America. But it’s nice to know Biden is taking credit for “wars around the world.” We are not sure which wars he is taking about. Chances are, he is referring to Ukraine and Gaza.


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After years of the mainstream media shamelessly covering for President Joe Biden at every turn, the tide finally seems to be turning.

A Philadelphia radio host has found herself out of the job after she admitted that the White House provided her with a list of pre-determined questions before she interviewed Biden last week.

Andrea Lawful-Sanders admitted to CNN on Saturday that the White House sent her eight questions to ask before she interviewed Biden last Wednesday. Lawful-Sanders then picked four of these questions to ask Biden during his first interview since his terrible debate performance last month.

Unfortunately for Lawful-Sanders, however, it didn’t take long for this to blow up in her face

From Fox News:
On Sunday, WURD’s president and CEO, Sara M. Lomax, announced that Lawful-Sanders and WURD have “mutually agreed to part ways,” emphasizing that “WURD Radio is not a mouthpiece for the Biden or any other admin.”

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In early June, Al Jazeera aired a series of disturbing videos revealing what it described as “summary executions”: Israeli soldiers shooting dead several Palestinians walking near the coastal road in the Gaza Strip, on three separate occasions. In each case, the Palestinians appeared unarmed and did not pose any imminent threat to the soldiers.

Such footage is rare, due to the severe constraints faced by journalists in the besieged enclave and the constant danger to their lives. But these executions, which did not appear to have any security rationale, are consistent with the testimonies of six Israeli soldiers who spoke to +972 Magazine and Local Call following their release from active duty in Gaza in recent months. Corroborating the testimonies of Palestinian eyewitnesses and doctors throughout the war, the soldiers described being authorized to open fire on Palestinians virtually at will, including civilians.

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The British medical journal The Lancet published an article on July 5 that estimates the actual death toll of Israel’s US-backed military campaign in Gaza could be over 186,000 even if there were a ceasefire today.

The article, written by a group of experts, takes into account indirect deaths that have already taken place and will continue to happen to form its estimate.

“Armed conflicts have indirect health implications beyond the direct harm from violence. Even if the conflict ends immediately, there will continue to be many indirect deaths in the coming months and years from causes such as reproductive, communicable, and non-communicable diseases,” the article reads.

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The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Catholic authority in the Middle East, has strongly condemned the Israeli bombing of a Catholic school in Gaza City, which killed at least four Palestinians.

“The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is monitoring, with grave concern, the news of the raids, apparently launched by the Israeli army against the Holy Family School in Gaza this morning. Footage and media reports from the place include scenes of civilian casualties and of destruction in the compound,” the Latin Patriarchate said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement says that the school, which is the property of the Latin Patriarchate, has been “a place of refuge for hundreds of civilians” and that “no religious personnel” currently reside there.

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The North Atlantic Alliance’s new battleplans will require members to produce hundreds of thousands of new soldiers and military equipment for a potential war with Russia. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg claims the alliance has half a million soldiers at high readiness for conflict in Europe. 

A military source speaking with Reuters discussed the demands of the alliance’s secret military plans. He said the strategy requires NATO members to create 35-50 brigades of 3,000 to 7,000 troops. The source admitted training and arming 100,000-350,000 new men is a significant challenge.

The plans were agreed upon at last year’s NATO summit in Lithuania and are expected to be updated at this week’s alliance gathering in the US. The new strategy was adopted as the alliance’s largest military, the US, is struggling to meet its recruitment goals. It is the bloc’s first plan for war with Moscow since the end of the Cold War. 

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On Monday, Japan and the Philippines signed a new defense pact that will allow the two nations to deploy troops to each other’s territory, a step being taken as part of the US-led military buildup against China in the region.

According to AP, the deal was signed by Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa in Manila during a ceremony witnessed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The agreement will come into effect once ratified by both nations’ respective legislatures. The deal will foster more military exercises between the two countries, including trilateral drills with the US.

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All along, there were some risks. As I pointed out in an article called “Courting Censorship,” Supreme Court doctrine has permitted and thereby invited the federal government to orchestrate massive censorship through the social media platforms. The Murthy case, unfortunately, confirms the perils of the court’s doctrines.

One danger was that the court would try to weasel out of reaching a substantive decision. Months before Murthy was argued, there was reason to fear that the court would try to duck the speech issue by disposing of the case on standing.

Indeed, in its opinion, the court denied that that the plaintiffs had standing by inventing what Justice Alito calls “a new and heightened standard” of traceability – a standard so onerous that, if the court adheres to it in other cases, almost no one will be able to sue. It is sufficiently unrealistic that the court won’t stick to it in future cases.

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While falsely claiming the 2016 was “stolen” due to “foreign election interference,” Democrats ignore the real
threat of foreign election interference posed when noncitizens are allowed to register and vote in U.S. elections.

Lax voter registration laws make it possible for noncitizens to register and vote in federal elections while
campaign finance loopholes allow noncitizens to fund U.S. election activities – both of which can affect the
outcome of our elections.

There is ample evidence that noncitizens are voting in U.S. elections:

A 2014 study that analyzed the 2008 and 2010 elections concluded that not only had noncitizens illegally
voted in U.S. elections but also that the votes of noncitizens likely determined the outcome in certain races.

In states like Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia, noncitizens have recently been removed from the voting
rolls – and many of those noncitizens had voted.

The Arizona Secretary of State website is currently falsely promoting the idea that individuals who fail to
present proof of citizenship when registering will “be eligible to vote in federal elections.”

Webmaster addition: In the United States, federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in federal elections. The U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 611, makes it a crime for non-citizens to vote in federal elections, and violations can result in fines, imprisonment, or deportation.

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