"Free people can say “no”. Free people can refuse demands for their money, time, and children. Slaves cannot. There is no freedom without the freedom to say “no”. If someone demands that you do something and you can say “no” and refuse to do it, then you are a free human being. If you can be forced to do something or surrender something that you do not wish to, then you are a slave. No other test need be applied" -- Michael Rivero

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A majority of House Democrats opposed legislation this week aimed at denying admission or deporting foreign nationals who have been convicted of or admitted to specific crimes, including Social Security fraud and driving under the influence.

On Wednesday, 155 Democrats voted against deporting illegal aliens who commit social security fraud and Thursday morning, 150 Democrats voted to not deport illegal aliens convicted of drunk driving.

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The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) announced on Thursday that they will not file charges against the two men who had recorded themselves inappropriately engaging in homosexual intercourse in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room last December.


“After consulting with federal and local prosecutors, as well as doing a comprehensive investigation and review of possible charges, it was determined that, despite a likely violation of Congressional policy, there is currently no evidence that a crime was committed,” USCP said in a statement.

Sen. Ben Cardin’s (D-Md.) aide Aidan Maese-Czeropski, who was dismissed after a video of the gay tryst went viral on social media, has been named as one of the males involved. However, the other man in the video still remains a mystery. Police have not disclosed the second man involved.

Capitol police claim that Maese-Czeropski used his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination during the course of the inquiry.

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Will government compensate the losses if Walgreens stays? No. CYA! She’s the one being racist by equating their closing of stores due to theft with race.
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Avraham Gil, the 19-year-old son of an Israeli diplomat accused of running from police and "intentionally" ramming a cop with his motorcycle, is not entitled to claim diplomatic immunity over his father's position, the State Department told Local 10 News on Thursday. 

"The Department is aware of this incident," a State Department spokesperson said in a statement to Local 10 News. "We can confirm that, as the dependent of an Israeli consular officer, the concerned individual is not entitled to civil or criminal immunity."

Local 10 News reported yesterday that Gil not only allegedly "intentionally" rammed a police officer but also ran from police in another incident earlier this month and has a vanity license plate that says, "PLS CHASE" and "FEDS LOST." 

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The U.S. military has taken the next step in building thousands of lethal sea-borne attack drones that could be key to deterring a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

On Monday, the Defense Innovation Unit put out a solicitation for companies to submit pitches for small unmanned surface vehicles that could tie into the Pentagon’s Replicator initiative, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday.

DIU’s PRIME – Production-Ready, Inexpensive, Maritime Expeditionary – will buy drones in bulk to respond to a Navy operational need for small autonomous attack craft capable of “intercepting” enemy vessels at high speeds.

“This is their effort to try to get some new kinetic, lethal USV[s] fielded that can be employed probably in a western Pacific context – maybe the Strait of Taiwan,” naval analyst Bryan Clark told USNI News on Tuesday.

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OnlyFans owner and smut kingpin Leonid Radvinsky is secretly the biggest donor to the pro-Israel lobbying group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), according to leaked documents obtained by The Lever.

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The most farcical spectacle in recent memory is that of the Democratic Party, with its collective skivvies in a twist, doing wild conceptual gyrations and contortions in their desperate effort to remove, by any means possible, Donald Trump from the ballot.  There is a kind of embarrassing pathos in observing the media, clutching their pearls, and rooting for DeSantis, and Haley, the Hindu Hope, or—Jesus!—anybody, who might, just possibly, take the Golden Golem of Gulosity down.  And they can’t get there.

Democrat panjandrums and pundits all tell you, warn you, and threaten you, that if you let this odious monster win he will “destroy our democracy”, which threat is less than compelling when it’s so obvious that they couldn’t give a big rat’s ass about “our democracy”, and haven’t, for generations.

They will vilify and denounce, in the darkest terms, the rank Populism that has been his support and sustenance over four years of involuntary retirement.  Populism as a phenomenon has always been, in the view official America, just a short step up from Communism, which some dimmer spear carriers in our Congressional asylum still think exists somewhere, a menace.  

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small group of protesters, including relatives of hostages held in the Gaza Strip, demonstrated at the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Thursday to picket humanitarian trucks going into the Palestinian enclave while demanding that aid be cut off until the captives held by terrorists in the territory are freed.

Part of the group was initially stopped by a roadblock but they made their way through, walking several kilometers toward the crossing for a second day in a row.

Tsufit Libman, sister-in-law of captive Elyakim Libman, called the delivery of aid to Gaza while the hostages are still captive a “moral failure.”

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A 14-year-old girl in Illinois has recently collapsed on the basketball court and died. People want to know what the heck is causing athletes to drop.

Ivory Hecker asked esteemed cardiologist, Dr. Peter McCullough, if the COVID shots are responsible:

Dr. McCullough answered:

“Whenever there’s a death during sports, the first thing we consider is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or a thickness of the heart that tends to develop during puberty. It is genetic, and it’s the leading cause of athlete death.”

However, he mentioned that athletes typically undergo health screenings, including physical exams, EKGs, and cardiac ultrasounds, to detect issues like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ahead of time.

Dr. McCullough raised concerns about the COVID shots. He says the first presentation of vaccine-induced myocarditis is often sudden death:

“Vaccination causes myocarditis, mainly in boys, less so in girls. But a recent paper by Hulscher and colleagues … found that the COVID vaccine myocarditis is fatal, and most people don’t get a chance to have an MRI or get the diagnosis made ahead of time. The first presentation could be like this: sudden cardiac death on the basketball court.”

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Capitalism has brought us to the brink of environmental collapse on multiple fronts. US empire-building has brought us to the brink of nuclear war on multiple fronts. But if you listen to the mainstream media both these systems are working fine and only lunatics want to change them.

The evidence is in and the case is closed: our dominant status quo systems are not working. They failed as spectacularly as anything can fail, and now present an existential threat to all of us. But this underlying truth is being hidden from view so we’ll keep consenting to them.

Fighting propaganda and shattering the illusion that the sources we’ve been trained to look to for information are telling us the truth about our world has now become a matter of life and death. Fighting the lies so we can start pushing for real change is a matter of survival.

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked his most senior military commander, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, to step down on Monday but the popular general refused, triggering speculation that he will be dismissed instead.

Tensions between the two have been simmering for weeks amid the failure of Ukraine’s summer counter-offensive but the suggestion that Zaluzhnyi could be forced out nevertheless came as a shock to many.

Oleksii Goncharenko, a Ukrainian opposition MP and ally of the general, told the Guardian that he understood that “yesterday the president asked Zaluzhnyi to resign but he declined to do so”.

He blamed personality clashes for the conflict. “Personally I think this is a bad idea. There are not fundamental issues between them but Zelenskiy’s office has been concerned that Zaluzhnyi has been making political not military statements,” Goncharenko said.

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Joe Biden has expended a lot of effort to avoid taking Benjamin Netanyahu at his word.

The Israeli prime minister has spent his political life opposing a Palestinian state and acting accordingly. And although Biden has trotted out a rote commitment to the two-state solution when confronted with a crisis in the Middle East, there was barely a murmur from the White House as Netanyahu’s far-right government ramped up creeping colonisation of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and hardened its domination of the Palestinians who live there.

So last week’s pronouncement by Netanyahu that there will be no Palestinian state, and that he intends to perpetuate Israel’s brand of apartheid through permanent military control of the West Bank, was no great revelation to Washington. The timing, however, means that this time it cannot be so easily shunted aside.

One effect of the Hamas attack on 7 October has been to push the Palestinian question back into the diplomatic spotlight after the US and its allies all but abandoned any real attempt to resolve the conflict in recent years and consigned it to the shadows.

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After the Biden administration twice bypassed Congress to approve arms transfers to Israel as it wages a genocidal war on Gaza, 19 U.S. lawmakers on Monday asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to explain the "highly unusual" transactions.

"The Arms Export Control Act (AECA) requires the State Department, on behalf of the president, to provide Congress advance notification of government-to-government foreign military sales of defense equipment. That notification is designed to allow Congress the opportunity to raise questions or objections before a sale is complete," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Blinken led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jim McGovern, both Massachusetts Democrats.

The AECA also contains an exemption to the notification requirement if the secretary of state certifies the existence of an "emergency."

However, the letter asserts that "it is highly unusual for the president to bypass congressional oversight through an emergency declaration."

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In a dramatic turn of events, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declares an ‘invasion,’ invoking the state’s constitutional right to defend and protect its border. Abbott accuses President Biden of abandoning federal immigration laws and neglecting border security duties.
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Earlier this week, Iranian-backed forces launched a drone attack that killed three US soldiers at the Tower 22 outpost in the sovereign nation of Jordan. Fears of a wider regional war breaking out have never been higher.

Tower 22 is a logistical safe zone within walking distance of Syria used to support the al-Tanf airbase, which is illegally situated in US-occupied Syrian territory. The al-Tanf facility, which Jewish foreign policy makers established during Operation Inherent Resolve to prevent Syrian access to the Damascus-Baghdad highway, is a permanent source of regional mischief.

Multiple intelligence services, local Arab tribesmen, and former paramilitary operatives employed by the CIA at al-Tanf have accused the base of being a covert training and provisions center for both ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Fighters are given weapons, then dispatched to wreak havoc against Russian, Syrian and Iranian troops and civilians throughout Homs and Deir ez-Zor, as well as in nearby Iraqi territory.

For this reason, the al-Tanf base and its surrounding 34 mile “deconfliction zone” has for years been targeted by a myriad of actors, including the Russian air force.

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Over the past ten days there have been several interesting developments in the continuing ethnic cleansing of Gaza, as well as increasingly on the West Bank, by the Israeli military supplemented by armed settlers. In one particularly grotesque killing, Israeli commandos disguised as medical staff and Arab civilians burst into a hospital room in Jenin refugee camp on the West Bank and shot dead three Palestinians. The Israeli military said one of the victims belonged to Hamas and was planning an imminent attack “inspired by the events of October 7” but provided no evidence in support of the claim. Palestinian hospital staff reported afterwards how “They raided one of the patients’ rooms and killed him, and the people who were in the room with him, his brother and friend. He was a patient, paralyzed and using a wheelchair.” One might observe that Israel, like the White House, lies about everything.

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The GEOFOR editorial board asked Paul Craig Roberts, Chairman of the Institute for Political Economy (USA), a PhD in Economics and US Undersecretary of Treasury in the Reagan administration, to give his assessment of the prospects for confrontation between Israel and Hamas, the likelihood of war between the United States and Iran, as well as the future of BRICS and the constitutional crisis in the US.

GEOFOR: In your publications you point to the need for a mutual defense treaty between Russia, China and Iran. What practical benefits do you see from such an alliance? The possibility of preventing a U.S. strike on Iran, either directly or with the help of Israel? And how realistic do you see the trilateral alliance in the current environment? Especially since Beijing has for decades avoided making such a commitment.

Paul Craig Roberts: The conflict between Israel and Hamas has already widened to Israel vs. Hamas and Hezbollah, to the US/UK vs. Houthis, and now with the attack on a US base in Jordan to the prospect of a US attack on Iran or on Iranian officials. We will be very lucky to escape a US attack on Iran. Israel, which has extraordinary influence on US policy in the Middle East, has been pushing Washington for many years to attack Iran. Such an attack has the support of the majority of the US Congress and is fervently desired by Israel’s neoconservative allies, such as Victoria Nuland, who hold powerful positions in the US government. It would require a miracle for a US attack on Iran not to start a major war from which Russia and China could not stand aside.

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Wow, our economic problems really are starting to accelerate at a shocking pace.  I know that I have been writing about layoffs a lot lately, but what is happening to the employment market right now is definitely big news.   Day after day, more large companies are announcing mass layoffs.  Why would all of these large companies be doing this if the outlook for the U.S. economy is promising?  That wouldn’t make any sense at all.  But if these companies are convinced that the U.S. economy is heading into a recession (or worse), it would make perfect sense to slash payrolls at this time.
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The ICJ Judgment of January 26, 2024 assigns the Netanyahu government representing the State of Israel –accused by the Republic of South Africa of genocide against the People of Palestine– with a mandate to “take all measures within its power” to “prevent and punish” those responsible for having committed “Genocidal Acts”. (under Article IV of the Genocide Convention)

Sounds contradictory? What the ICJ judgment intimates –from a twisted legal standpoint– is that Netanyahu’s Cabinet “appointed” to implement  the “prevent and punish” mandate cannot be accused of having committed “Genocidal Acts”.

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After the Americans looked at the military warehouses, they gave up on the attack on Iran. Weapons and ammunition in barely a month.
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The EU successfully pressured Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to approve a 50 billion euro ($54 billion) aid package to Ukraine, and EU leaders agreed to push through the spending on Thursday.

Ahead of the summit, Financial Times reported that the EU was threatening to sabotage Hungary’s economy if Orban vetoed the spending package. A European diplomat acknowledged to FT that the strategy was “blackmail.”

Orban also held one-on-one meetings with some other European leaders who convinced him to approve the aid.

The 50 billion euros is economic aid meant to be disbursed to Ukraine from 2024 to 2027. As part of the negotiations, Orban wanted a chance to veto payments to Ukraine each year. But EU officials refused that condition and settled on allowing regular reviews of the spending.

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