Thought for the day

"There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it." -- Aldous Huxley - "The Ultimate Revolution". Aldous Huxley's speech at Berkeley Language Center, March 20, 1962.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is taking the stage at noon on Thursday to discuss her future just one day after the Republicans secured a slim House majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

Pelosi’s decision on whether she’ll launch another leadership bid, step down from leadership, or exit politics altogether has been widely anticipated for months.

Posted on: Nov 17 12:30

Alec Baldwin filed a lawsuit against several crew members of “Rust” on Friday for providing him with the loaded gun that he fired on set, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year.

Baldwin, who is awaiting a decision on whether he’ll face criminal charges in the shooting, accused the movie’s armorer and first assistant director, among others, of negligence in a cross-complaint following a lawsuit filed against him last year by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, said the crew members did not maintain safety on the New Mexico film set.

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Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is urging his Republican colleagues to "do everything we can" to stop Democrats from passing amnesty for illegal immigrants -- after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said their "ultimate goal" is to give citizenship pathways to at least 11 million illegal immigrants.

"Democrats were afraid to push amnesty ahead of the midterms because it’s wildly unpopular," Banks, the head of the Republican Study Committee, said in a statement to Fox News Digital. "But they calculated that amnesty will be old news by 2024, and they’re counting on the millions of new voters to return their favor."

With Republicans set to control the House in the next Congress, which begins in January, Democrats and immigration activists are attempting to make one last push for citizenship for illegal immigrants before they lose control of the chamber.

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An armed homeowner in Bloomington, Indiana, quickly discovered that firing a shot into the ground wasn't going to scare off an intruder moving toward him at his residence Sunday afternoon — but a second shot finally did convince the crook that he was out of his depth.
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Posted on: Nov 17 11:01
Elon Musk issued an email telling Twitter employees that they must be "extremely hardcore" by putting in "long hours at high intensity" for the platform to succeed — the billionaire business tycoon gave workers a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday to visit a link and indicate that they wish to remain at the company, warning that those who fail to do so "will receive three months of severance."
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Posted on: Nov 17 11:00
Gun control is on the docket for Michigan’s Democratic leaders and lawmakers after the party boasted historic wins in the state’s midterm elections last week.
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Posted on: Nov 17 10:58
Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried remarked that he grew “overconfident and careless” ahead of the sudden implosion of his cryptocurrency empire, yet made little direct mention of his own fraudulent behavior as he discussed the implosion of his empire.
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Posted on: Nov 17 10:57
In 1986, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) successfully pushed for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, promising that doing so would help slow the tide of illegal immigration and support America’s dwindling workforce. It failed.
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Posted on: Nov 17 10:57
FBI Director Christopher Wray told Homeland Security Committee House members Tuesday that the video-sharing app TikTok poses national security threats from the Chinese Communist Party.
Posted on: Nov 17 10:56
On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sounded the alarm and called upon NATO allies to finally, directly, enter the war after an alleged Russian missile hit a Polish town, killing two people and causing destruction.
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Posted on: Nov 17 10:55

Actor John Voight says that Donald Trump is the only one who can save this country from the "swamp," He prays that Trump will return to run for President in 2024.

He says that the former President is the only one who can legitimately be said to have the power to turn things like this around.

Voight is an Academy Award-winning actor, and he posted a quick 2-minute clip in which he stated that he felt that Trump was the only one that could help the country from the state of things the way they are now.

His "Wake Up America" clip calls for the country's healing. He says that this is something the country needs after the underwhelming performance of Republicans in the midterm elections this year.

Posted on: Nov 17 10:47

She’s getting her joys from the great beyond.

Joy Behar shocked “The View” when she revealed that she’s “had sex with a few ghosts” while the panelists were discussing footage of a woman who claimed to have “sexual ghosts” in her home.

“If you have sex with a ghost, can you get pregnant?” Sara Haines asked.

“I’ve had sex with a few ghosts and never got pregnant,” Behar revealed — to the surprise of everyone.

Webmaster addition: Did those "ghosts" use batteries?

Posted on: Nov 17 10:46

FILE - A voter fills out a ballot during the Pennsylvania primary election at the Michaux Manor Living Center in Fayetteville, Pa., May 17, 2022. As the 2022 midterm elections enter their final two-month sprint, leading Republicans concede that their party's advantage may be slipping even as Democrats confront their president's weak standing, deep voter pessimism and the weight of history this fall. - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.11.2022

While polls projected a major red wave for the recent midterms, the vote showed different results. Democrats managed to maintain narrow control over the Senate, while the lower chamber majority is projected to go to Republicans - but only by a small margin.

Sputnik discussed the intricate details of the past midterm elections with Patrick Basham, head of Democracy Institute, a politically independent research organization based in Washington and London.

Sputnik: US bipartisan observers suggest that the expected "red wave" has not materialized. Would you agree that the Republicans "underperformed"?

Patrick Basham: In terms of voting, the red wave materialized exactly as we predicted. Our final Democracy Institute/ poll forecast the Republicans would win the popular vote by five percent. The Election Day exit poll also found a five percent win by the Republicans. With ballots still being counted in several western states, the Republicans popular vote lead is fluctuating between four and five percent.

Posted on: Nov 17 10:46

Deflection Queen At It Again: Jen Psaki Makes A PATHETIC Attempt To Defend Biden

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki is trying her best to deflect away from the advanced age of President Biden.

Many are concerned about his age and mental capacity at this stage. However, Psaki tried to counter that by calling Donald Trump old. For the record, Donald Trump is a few years younger than Joe Biden.

Biden is already the oldest President in American history and will be 82 years old on Inauguration Day 2025. Biden continues to insist that he intends to run for re-election despite the concerns of many people within his party.

Posted on: Nov 17 10:43

Atomic Weapons Were Not Needed to End the War or Save Lives

Like all Americans, I was taught that the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WWII and save both American and Japanese lives.

But most of the top American military officials at the time said otherwise.

The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey group, assigned by President Truman to study the air attacks on Japan, produced a report in July of 1946 that concluded (52-56):

Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey’s opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945 and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.

General (and later president) Dwight Eisenhower – then Supreme Commander of all Allied Forces, and the officer who created most of America’s WWII military plans for Europe and Japan – said:

The Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.

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Former US President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Junior has called for cutting off funding for Ukraine in the wake of the Polish missile incident.

"Since it was Ukraine's missile that hit our NATO ally Poland, can we at least stop spending billions to arm them now?" he wrote on Twitter.

On Tuesday, a missile fell in the village of Przewodow in eastern Poland on the border with Ukraine, killing two people. According to Polish President Andrzej Duda, it wasn’t a deliberate attack on the country. Warsaw explained that it most probably had been an S-300-like missile made in the 1970s, which had been fired by Ukrainian air defense forces. The Russian Defense Ministry branded claims by Polish media outlets and officials of alleged Russian missiles falling on Polish soil as provocations since no Russian strikes had taken place near the Ukrainian-Polish border. The ministry pointed out that the photos of the debris from the incident site published by the Polish media had nothing to do with Russian weapons.

Posted on: Nov 17 10:42

Belarusian border guards have shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle intruding into the republic’s airspace from Ukrainian territory, the press office of the Belarusian State Border Guard Committee reported on Wednesday.

"Pinsk border guards spotted a quadcopter 100 meters from the Belarussian-Ukrainian border heading for the territory of the Republic of Belarus from the Ukrainian side. The incident occurred today, November 16, in the Kobryn district," the statement reads.

"The drone was shot down by an on-duty border guard squad from a Kalashnikov automatic rifle. The quadcopter was outfitted with a video camera and was used for conducting reconnaissance and surveying technical border protection facilities on the territory of Belarus," the press office said.

Posted on: Nov 17 10:38
Twitter CEO Elon Musk, testifying at his Tesla compensation trial in Delaware, told the court that he plans to find someone else to run Twitter, according to a new report.
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Posted on: Nov 17 10:15

 Officials in the Bahamas may send former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried to the United States for questioning about his imploded cryptocurrency company.

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Posted on: Nov 17 10:14
Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a new vaccine for the dangerous drug fentanyl, which has killed thousands of Americans.
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Posted on: Nov 17 10:13
Nearly two dozen Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits were struck by a vehicle during a morning jog early Wednesday morning, including at least five in critical condition, according to authorities.
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Posted on: Nov 17 10:13
Pennsylvania governor-elect Josh Shapiro announced Wednesday his office arrested a former political consultant on allegations of forging thousands of Democratic primary ballots for the Philadelphia city elections in 2019.
Posted on: Nov 17 10:12

The National Weather Service warned "paralyzing snowfall" will blanket parts of western and northern New York. Folks living in the cities of Buffalo and Watertown could be using yardsticks by the end of the weekend to measure the snow. 

Lake-effect snow warnings have already been posted from Watertown to Buffalo-Niagara Falls to Erie, Pennsylvania, to northeastern Ohio. 

Webmaster addition: We got more snow here last night. Gosh darn that human-caused global warming!!!!!! :)

Posted on: Nov 17 10:10

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participated in a virtual meeting of the U.S.-led Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Wednesday (16 November 2022), to review the continued significant support for Ukraine…and address future priorities.

…He stressed that the task is to continue supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes….He welcomed that NATO Allies are continuing to step up with more military, financial and humanitarian support for Ukraine. He also underlined ongoing work at NATO to replenish Allied stocks and speed up industrial production, including today’s Conference of National Armaments Directors at NATO Headquarters.

Mr Stoltenberg thanked U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, for hosting the meeting, and for the strong leadership of the United States. The Contact Group is designed to coordinate support for Ukraine and includes defence ministers and chiefs of defence from around the world.

Posted on: Nov 17 10:09

A preliminary NATO assessment showed that an S-300 missile that fell in Poland was Ukrainian, but it was not Kiev's fault as Russia was responsible for the incident, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday following an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Council at an ambassadorial level on the incident concerning the fall of a Ukrainian missile in Poland.

Posted on: Nov 17 10:08