"All the time—such is the tragi-comedy of our situation—we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible… In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful." -- C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
Walmart stores across the U.S. are grappling with an uptick in shoplifting that could lead to higher prices and closed stores if the problem persists, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Tuesday.
“Theft is an issue. It’s higher than what it has historically been,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“We’ve got safety measures, security measures that we’ve put in place by store location. I think local law enforcement being staffed and being a good partner is part of that equation, and that’s normally how we approach it,” McMillon said.
Walmart isn’t the only big box retailer dealing with an uptick in theft. Last month, Target Chief Financial Officer Michael Fiddelke said shoplifting has jumped about 50% year over and year, leading to more than $400 million in losses in this fiscal year alone.
Most of the shoplifting is organized retail theft, rather than petty theft, Fiddelke said.
When asked on Tuesday about how local jurisdictions handle shoplifting cases, McMillon said a lax approach from prosecutors could impact prices and lead to store closures down the line.
A recent tweet says it all. “Sam Bankman-Fried: I don’t know where $10 billion went. The Pentagon: We don’t know where $2.2 trillion went. The IRS: You just sent $601.37 don’t forget to report it.”
The Biden administration is recruiting 87,000 IRS agents, allegedly to keep an eye on billionaires. But all appearances are that it’s aiming at the little fish of the gig economy instead.
Taking payments for a side hustle via PayPal or Venmo? Not only is the IRS reminding you those payments are taxable income, it’s deputizing those payment companies to snitch on you.
The federal government can lose trillions, as a recent Pentagon audit noted, and nobody goes to jail. Sam Bankman-Fried can lose billions and (so far at least) be treated as a darling by members of Congress to whom he donated. But you’re expected to keep perfect records, and the corporate/government machine that characterizes early-21st-century American governance will be sure to keep close tabs on you.
Saying anything you like — or refraining from saying whatever you want — is one of the most fundamental rights in a free nation. Without it, the First Amendment is worthless.
This week, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, the case of Lorie Smith, a Colorado designer who refuses to create websites with messages that conflict with her faith — among them, gay wedding announcements and celebrations. The case not only gives the court the opportunity to strengthen the right to free expression, but to fix its useless Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision, which empowered the government to level debilitating fines against Christian businesses just as long as bureaucrats didn’t openly convey any animus towards their victims.
In The New York Times today, David Cole, the national legal director of the ACLU — which has come a long way since defending the Nazis of Skokie on neutral principle grounds — says “The First Amendment Is Not a License to Discriminate” (before the headline was edited post-publication). Why? Because otherwise, “interior decorators, landscape architects, tattoo parlors, sign painters and beauty salons, among countless other businesses whose services contain some expressive element, would all be free to hang out signs refusing to serve Muslims, women, the disabled, African Americans or any other group.” During Monday’s arguments, Justice Sonia Sotomayor similarly claimed that the case would be “the first time in the Supreme Court’s history” that it would allow a business to “refuse to serve a customer based on race, sex, religion or sexual orientation.”
Webmaster addition: I grew up in an age where business owners reserved the right to refuse service. It was common to see that announcement framed on the wall. A reasonable person, turned down by Lorie, would simply find a more sympathetic web designer. It's not like there is a shortage out there! These lawsuits against web designers and bakers, etc. is an attack on their religious beliefs and personal discretion, to force the "normalcy" of the LGBTQ+ agenda onto everyone.
Ground has finally been broken today at two sites in Africa and Australia that will host the Square Kilometer Array Observatory (SKAO), the largest radio telescope in the world.
Construction of the SKA-Mid array, to be located in the Karoo desert in South Africa, and the The SKA-Low array, in Western Australia north of Perth, has begun after 30 years of preparations and a year and a half of preconstruction work that involved selecting the right companies for the job.
"The SKA project has been many years in the making," Catherine Cesarsky, the chair of the SKAO council, who attended a ground-breaking ceremony at the South African site, said in a statement(opens in new tab). "Today, we gather here to mark another important chapter in this 30-year journey that we’ve been on together. A journey to deliver the world’s largest scientific instrument. After 18 months of intense activities around the world, we are starting construction of the SKA telescopes."
Former Miami Republican congressman David Rivera was arrested on Monday in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation that possibly includes failing to register as a foreign agent in the U.S. for consulting with Venezuela’s socialist government-run oil company.
Governing for Impact, a group funded by George Soros, recently issued a memo to lawmakers advising the Biden administration that the Clean Air Act grants the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to "control or prohibit" the manufacturing and sale of gasoline, Fox News Digital reported.
A Virginia restaurant canceled a Christian group's event reportedly less than two hours before the start time last week, and the venue said the reason was because the eatery's staffers — many of whom are LGBTQ+ — felt "uncomfortable" and "unsafe."
At a recent press conference in British Columbia, Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remarked that he expects his police forces to use the tools at their disposal to prevent a repeat of the trucker protest against which his government contemplated deploying tanks.
According to court documents filed Monday, the United States Department of Education agreed to disband its new National Parents and Families Engagement Council following a lawsuit filed against the council by multiple parental rights groups, Fox News Digital reported.
A Swiss nonprofit is building a vast network of unvaccinated individuals with the short-term goal of connecting blood recipients with unvaccinated blood donors across the world. Should its membership hit critical mass, Safe Blood Donation hopes to create an mRNA vaccine-free blood bank.
Women protesting the potential placement of a convicted killer in a women’s prison in Oakland, Calif. on Monday were attacked by trans activists. They were demonstrating in front of the Alameda County Court House, holding signs that read “Dana Rivers is a man” and “No men in women’s prisons,” speaking out against Rivers’ being housed in a women’s prison.
Lierre Keith, founder of the Women’s Liberation Front, attorney and author Kara Dansky, president of Women’s Declaration International, biology professor Arla Hile, and Jesika Gonzalez spoke out on the courthouse steps against men being permitted to be housed in women’s prisons, before moving to nearby Lake Merritt Park. It was here that they were attacked by Antifa activists.
Oil exec rips Biden over energy policy, warns of ‘major’ crisis coming in a few weeks by: JD Heyes for Natural News
A top oil industry expert is blasting Joe Biden and his Democratic Party for warring against the fossil fuel industry and pushing insane ‘wind’ and ‘solar’ power as well as expensive and imperfect electric vehicles, even as he warned that a “major crisis” is coming in a few weeks.
American Petroleum Institute president and CEO Mike Sommers warned on Fox Business Networkduring a Friday interview that, as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) Biden has been draining for months to artificially lower gas prices falls to historically low levels, a negligent plan to refill it will no doubt trigger another economically painful oil crisis.
“The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, unfortunately, has become the strategic political reserve. And we have grave concerns about how it has been so politicized. This is for emergency purposes, not to lower gasoline prices during a time during a political season,” Sommers said Friday on “Mornings with Maria.” “But I think doing this willy-nilly and doing it in a way that that doesn’t make sense for the market we’re in, we could be dealing with another major oil crisis here in the next few weeks.
Democrats in several U.S. jurisdictions are looking to lower their local voting age to 16, as data shows younger voters are more likely to support their party.
According to the Washington Examiner, lawmakers in Boston, Mass. and Culver City, Calif. are supporting measures to let younger residents vote in local elections, at the same time that a Virginia delegate is pushing for the same across the entire state. An amendment to the state constitution would let 16-year-olds throughout the state vote in local contests.
"Notwithstanding the requirement that a voter shall be eighteen years of age, any person who is sixteen years of age or older and is otherwise qualified to vote shall be permitted to register to vote and to vote in local elections," the Virginia amendment would say, according to House Joint Resolution 459. The resolution was introduced by Democrat Del. Sam Rasoul in November to be considered during next year’s legislative session.
Former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has made his bed when it comes to how conservatives feel about him and he is not doing himself any favors to get them back on his side.
On his new HBO Max / CNN show “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” this week he interviewed Professor Anita Hill about her accusations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Wallace accused the Supreme Court Justice of playing “the race card” and said he “played it hard.”
“Right. Okay. Well, Clarence Thomas responded, and I think it’s fair to say that he played the race card, and he played it hard. Again, take a look,” the host said before playing a clip of Justice Thomas speaking at the hearings.
“This is a circus, so national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves,” the Justice said in the clip.
Catholic Bishop Joseph Strickland called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton an "evil woman" after she compared pro-lifers to to the Taliban.
"Please, please don't listen to this evil woman," the bishop tweeted on Friday. "Her lies and immorality need to be silenced for the good of humanity."
Hillary Clinton was recently asked by interviewer Christiane Amanpour about a past statement she made regarding women's rights, stating they were "unfinished business."
"We have come a long way since I made that statement, back in 1995, on so many fronts," Clinton answered. "But we are also in a period of time where there is a lot of pushback and much of the progress that has been, I think, taken for granted by too many people is under attack. Literally under attack, in places like Iran or Afghanistan or Ukraine, where rape is a tactic of war, or under attack by political and cultural forces in a country like our own, when it comes to women's health care and bodily autonomy," Clinton continued.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called a meeting with his security council to discuss the country's domestic defenses after three airbases saw "explosions" this week.
The Kremlin did not release details of the meeting but said that Russian officials looked to shore up the nation's "internal security."
The meeting appeared to take place just hours after a third airbase was struck in the Russian city of Kursk north of the Ukrainian border and one day after explosions were reported at two separate airbases hundreds of miles inside Russian territory.
Thus far there has been NO APOLOGY from PBS correspondent Nick Schifrin for spreading DISINFORMATION about the Hunter Biden laptop. Watch Nick Schifrin spread FAKE NEWS about the laptop in October 2020. Nick, you need to PROFUSELY APOLOGIZE for spreading DISINFORMATION that resulted in ELECTION INTERFERENCE or quit the journalism business, preferably both.
In a word, the Biden administration’s response to Elon Musk’s release of the “Twitter Files” was shameless.
Having had the weekend to mull over precisely how they would spin evidence of the Biden campaign’s collusion with top Twitter executives ahead of the 2020 election to suppress the New York Post’s bombshell story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, they chose offense.
Asked by a reporter during Monday’s White House news briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre brazenly dismissed Friday night’s revelations as “old news” and then tried to spin it as Musk’s attempt to distract from his own possible wrongdoing.
The previous week she’d said the administration “was keeping an eye” on Musk’s activities at the social media company.
The American Civil Liberties Union threatened a Memphis hospital with complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office for Civil Rights if it does not resume transgender surgeries for patients before the end of 2022, according to the Daily Mail. Now, the hospital says it will be "moving forward" with the surgeries before the end of the year.
A California English teacher recently posted several controversial videos on social media claiming that teaching children "how to write properly" is rooted in white supremacy and vowed to begin the school year with a different approach to teaching linguistics, Fox News Digital reported.
Western countries froze a huge chunk of the Russian Central Bank’s emergency reserve cushion in February in a bid to punish Moscow for its military operation in Ukraine. Officials in Washington and Brussels have since vacillated as to whether these funds can be seized outright and given to Kiev as “reparations.”
The United States and its European allies are having trouble actually locating two thirds or more of the Russian assets they froze earlier this year “because they do not know where exactly they are,” Charles Lichfield, a senior finance expert at the Atlantic Council, has indicated.
Speaking to Estonian media, Lichfield, the deputy director of the Washington-based think tank’s GeoEconomics Center, and expert on Russia’s central banking system, said Western countries actually seized closer to $80-$100 billion, not $300 billion, as has been widely reported.
Lichfield explained that the “freeze” on Russian assets obligated foreign banks not to allow for their transfer back to Russia, on penalty of losing their ability to transact in dollars and euros. However, some Asian and African banks may not have felt the need to respond to requests for information from Western authorities regarding transactions involving Russia, he said.
The US Treasury triumphantly announced in June that Washington and its allies had blocked or frozen some $300 billion in Russian state assets, plus $30 billion worth of assets of sanctioned individuals, including Russian tycoons.