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"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent." -- Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

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The New York Post reports scientist Andrew Huff, who worked at the Wuhan research lab, has claimed the Coronavirus was man-made.

While Huff worked at the laboratory, which has drawn fierce commentary and debates about the organs of the virus, he said the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab was responsible for leaking COVID two years ago. He also blamed authorities for the “biggest U.S. intelligence failure since 911, according to a report from Britain from The Sun.

Huff is an epidemiologist who worked at the lab for two years and is sharing his opinions and observations about the laboratory by writing a book, “The Truth About Wuhan.” In it, he says that the United States government funded the coronaviruses created in the Chinese laboratory.

He also noted that the gain-of-function experiments were carried out at the Wuhan laboratory amid lax security resulting in the leak. Huff noted in his book that “Foreign laboratories did not have the adequate control measures in place for ensuring proper bio-safety, bio-security, and risk management, ultimately resulting in the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Tags: CHINA, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WMD
Posted on: Dec 06 10:59
Paul Pelosi, the husband of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, made a public appearance at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, his first since a home invader attacked him with a hammer.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Dec 06 10:58

Fans of the iconic Disney theme park ride Splash Mountain have a little over a month to take one last ride. Disney will close Splash Mountain permanently on January 23 because, the company says, it promotes "racial stereotypes."

The ride, which opened in 1989, is based on the 1946 Disney film "Song of the South." The film has fallen out of favor in recent years because, critics say, it offers a racially insensitive depiction of Reconstruction in the American South just after the end of the Civil War.

"I've felt, as long as I've been CEO, that 'Song of the South' was – even with a disclaimer – was just not appropriate in today's world," Disney CEO Bob Iger said at a shareholders' meeting in March 2020, when the ride closure was first announced.

For years, activists have attempted to cancel "Song of the South" permanently. In 2019, a Change.org petition gathered over 21,000 signatures denouncing the film and demanding that Disney close Splash Mountain as well.

Webmaster addition: It's just an amusement park. Get a life!

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Posted on: Dec 06 10:57
The U.S. covertly altered a critical weapons system sent to Ukraine in an effort to prevent Ukrainian forces from striking Russian territory amid fears of provoking Russia’s ire against the West, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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Posted on: Dec 06 10:57

Nearly 150 Texas churches voted to leave the United Methodist Church during the Northwest Texas Annual Conference of United Methodist Churches (UMC) over disagreements concerning the church’s position on gay marriage, according to the Texas Tribune.

Webmaster addition: The same thing is happening here in Indiana.

By: orraz
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Posted on: Dec 06 10:56
The Biden Administration’s International Energy Affairs advisor Amos Hochstein said Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the administration drained the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in part to help save the “global economy.”
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Posted on: Dec 06 10:55
Foreign hackers linked to the Chinese government allegedly stole at least $20 million in COVID-19 relief funds, according to the U.S. Secret Service.
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Posted on: Dec 06 10:54

Russian media was abuzz with unverified footage of what appeared to be a maritime suicide drone attack on Sheskharis Harbor in Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.

The video was caught on the CCTV installed in the harbor. Novorossiysk is a significant Russian naval base and oil terminal.

Even though the clip did not reveal precisely which maritime drone was used to carry out the attack, military experts said it looked similar to the one used to attack Sevastopol last month.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 06 10:53
Some New Mexico high school students will not be required to pass standardized tests normally required for graduation, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
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Posted on: Dec 06 10:53

A clearly exasperated Whoopi Goldberg paused briefly on Monday to lecture Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) for daring to complain about President Joe Biden’s plan to move the “first-in-the-nation” primary to South Carolina — undercutting both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary — ahead of the 2024 election.

Goldberg offered to “explain” things to the senator — and then claimed that South Carolina would be a better representation of the nation at large because Iowa’s population is more than 80% white.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 06 10:52

The smartest guy Joe Biden knows sure seemed speechless.

Wouldn’t an innocent man want to clear his name?

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 06 10:51

Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, in response to the shelling of a church by Ukrainian troops in the city of Donetsk, called Washington’s support for Ukraine “immoral,” adding that the Kiev regime is “authoritarian.”

“Our continued support of this war in Ukraine is immoral. The deaths continue and Ukraine has become an authoritarian regime not worthy of any support. I support peace talks, not death and destruction. Not bombing churches,” Gosar tweeted.

On Monday, a Sputnik correspondent reported that the Church of Nativity of Christ in Donetsk was shelled by Ukrainian troops.

In late October, the US congressman invited Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for peace talks in the state of Arizona. Two weeks later, Gosar said he would continue opposing additional US aid to Ukraine.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 06 10:51

According to recent reports, Ukrainian intelligence, with foreign support, is planning a provocation to prevent the resumption of Russian ammonia transit. The aim would be to further destabilize humanitarian deals to secure fertilizer supplies and, consequently, global food security. Ammonia is an important component in the production of various types of fertilizers, which is why the instability of its supply poses considerable risks to millions of people around the planet, whose food is cultivated with Russian products.

Sources interviewed by a Russian media outlet claim that Ukrainian agents are being instructed by the UK Special Services and the Canadian military company Garda World to destroy the Russian export infrastructure of ammonia. The operation would be very similar to what happened in September with the Nord Stream pipelines. Informers allege that Kiev wants to bomb the ammonia storage facilities at the Odessa Portside Plant. Thus, the flow of ammonia through the Tolyatti-Odessa pipeline could not be resumed, generating an increase in the prices of the product.

“The provocation has been planned and is carried out under the control of the UK special services stationed in Odessa. Members of Canada’s private military company Garda World, who are responsible for security of port infrastructure in the Odessa region under the contract with the administration of Ukrainian sea ports, are also participating in the implementation of this provocation”, the source said.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 06 10:50

This fall, as the midterm elections approached, a leafy suburb west of Philadelphia became Pennsylvania’s ballot-harvesting leader – and perhaps the nation’s. That suburb, Delaware County, defied both convention and statistical trends, as local Democratic organizers built a completely legal ballot-harvesting juggernaut.

You might presume that Pennsylvania ballot-harvesting happens in Philadelphia’s mean streets or in woke college dorms. No: these organizers did their work in plain sight, along Delaware County’s bucolic oak-lined sidewalks and soccer fields. And they enrolled Democratic voters for mail-in balloting when no other Pennsylvania county was able to do so.

Prior to the pandemic, Pennsylvania had passed an election-reform law enabling mail-in voting.

Unlike in-person voting, which requires no voter identification, Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot process requires the applicant to provide identification, either a driver’s license or Social Security number. County Boards of Elections are required to verify the information, or the ballot cannot be cast.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Dec 06 10:47

President Biden defended his decision to skip visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while in Arizona on Tuesday, saying, "there are more important things."

Biden made the defense while boarding Marine One at to depart the White House on Tuesday. Biden has never visited the border throughout his presidency, despite the ongoing crisis with record numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the border each month.

"Why go to a border state and not visit the border?" Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked.

"Because there are more important things going on," Biden responded. "They’re going to invest billions of dollars in a new enterprise."

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 06 10:45

Republican senators are accusing the Department of Health and Human Services of "knowingly" transferring unaccompanied migrant children to criminals, based on a new whistleblower claim.

In letters to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., first obtained by Fox News Digital, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and other GOP senators demand a hearing to investigate the shocking whistleblower claim.

"We write in response to recently reported claims by federal employee whistleblower that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is knowingly transferring unaccompanied migrant children in the custody of criminals, including sex traffickers," the senators wrote.

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Posted on: Dec 06 10:44

 

Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) stopped by Monday night’s Hannity to discuss their planned investigations into the Biden family, the FBI, Big Tech, and the Hunter Biden laptop.

Hannity asked Jordan about the weekly meetings between Big Tech and the FBI.

“What is your take…that they had weekly meetings warning these Big Tech companies —’oh be on the lookout, they are probably going to give you hacked material on Hunter Biden…were they trying to prevent Big Tech from having that story go out?” Hannity asks Jordan.

“Why didn’t they do anything for the 11 months they had the laptop themselves?”

“The way you stop it is to get the facts out there,” Jordan says.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 06 10:43

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Tuesday urged voters to turn out and support Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker, revealing that he voted for Walker earlier that morning.

"Hey Georgia, it's Election Day. Today your vote is going to decide who's going to be in the United States Senate for the next six years," Kemp said in a 40-second message posted to Twitter. "Do you want to send somebody back that’s voted with Joe Biden 96% of the time? Or do you want to send somebody who's going to fight to end 40-year high inflation, to lower gas prices, secure our southern border and cut your taxes versus raising them? 

Polls opened Tuesday morning in the runoff election between Walker, a former NFL star, and Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., a minister vying for his first full term in the United States Senate. Neither candidate managed to win a majority of the vote in the Nov. 8 general election, which triggered the runoff. Kemp, who handily won re-election last month and out-performed Walker by roughly 200,000 votes on Election Day, said Republicans need a "big turnout today to win this thing." 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 06 10:43

The FBI denied accusations from Republicans that it has purged conservative employees from its ranks under President Joe Biden’s administration.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who is poised to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee when Republicans take control of the chamber on Jan. 3, sent several letters to the FBI alleging the agency removed critics of Biden and his administration from their posts. Jill Tyson, the FBI’s assistant director of its Office of Congressional Affairs, responded to Jordan’s accusations with a letter of her own.

“The FBI has strong procedures in place to promote accountability when an FBI employee strays from their obligations — including employee actions that create the appearance of political, social, or other bias. The FBI takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously, and that includes taking seriously our responsibility to FBI employees who make protected disclosures under the whistleblower regulations,” she wrote in the letter.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 06 10:42

Elon Musk made good on his promise to increase transparency by releasing Twitter’s internal communications surrounding the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story leading up to the 2020 election. The documentation, laid out in a detailed thread by Substack journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday evening, revealed what almost anyone who had been paying attention suspected: that the social media giant colluded to suppress a legitimate news story to impact the 2020 election. The thread explained that tools that were initially added to Twitter to combat issues like spam and financial fraud eventually became avenues for censorship. According to Taibbi, both political parties could, in theory, lobby for the censorship of posts they objected to, but in practice the censorship had a consistent bias. Because the censorship system was based on connections and personal favors, the Twitter team’s extremely progressive political orientation led them to honor the requests of the left far more often than the requests of the right. The internal documents show Twitter staff regularly removing posts at the request of both the Biden team and the Democratic National Committee.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 06 10:42
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines ducked a question about the alleged retention of classified documents by former president Donald Trump and the Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago during an interview that aired Monday on MSNBC.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Dec 06 09:57
Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson invoked a classic Christmas movie and racism during oral arguments in a First Amendment case out of Colorado at the Supreme Court Monday.
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Posted on: Dec 06 09:56
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall resigned from his teaching position at the University of Kansas School of Law after the university allegedly tried to pressure the Federalist Society chapter to cancel a speaker event which was deemed controversial, The Kansas City Star reported.
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Posted on: Dec 06 09:55
Supreme Court Justices sparred Monday with the general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing a Christian web designer, over potential discrimination against the LGBTQ and minority communities surrounding a Colorado anti-discrimination law.
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Posted on: Dec 06 09:54
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is significantly misreporting the number of illegal immigrants released into the country with GPS tracking technology by nearly 600%, according to an internal document exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Dec 06 09:53

A CBC.ca report indicates an amendment has been added to Bill C-21, co-opting the handgun ban to prohibit hunting rifles as well.

CBC.ca notes: “The proposed changes to Bill C-21 were tacked on by Liberal MP Paul Chiang after it had passed second reading — drawing complaints from opposition MPs who accused the government of sneaking in changes that would expand the scope of prohibited weapons to include hunting rifles.”

One clause in the amendment prohibits rifles and/or shotguns that could accept a magazine holding over five rounds of ammunition.

CBC.ca also points out: “The amendment prohibits, by name, a large number of semi-automatic firearms that do not have detachable magazines and don’t meet the definition of an ‘assault-style firearm,’  or infringe the other two rules, but which the government wants to ban anyway. They include a number of long guns in wide use by Canadian hunters.”

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino contends that hunters are not being singled out, but claims a focus on “gun violence” is the driving force.

Tags: CANADA, DICTATORSHIP, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Dec 06 09:53
Sarah Harkins’ husband Chris has devoted 19 years to the U.S. Coast Guard. He requested, and was denied, a religious exemption regarding the COVID vaccine mandate. Now, he is being forced out of service six months short of retirement.
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Posted on: Dec 06 09:52

The New York Times falsely claimed Sunday that Hunter Biden’s laptop was “stolen,” when in fact it was abandoned at the computer repair shop to which he had taken it and which had tried to contact him.

As Breitbart News and others have reported for years, citing repair store owner John Paul Mac Isaac, “Hunter Biden dropped the computer off at his shop on April 12, 2019, to conduct a ‘data recovery.’ He says he called Biden the next day to inform him the recovery was completed, but Hunter never picked it up.”

The laptop was never “stolen.” It was abandoned, and the store took legal possession of it, in accordance with documents that Hunter Biden signed himself when dropping off the laptop for repairs. He never reported it stolen or missing.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 06 09:52
Thanks to Andrei Martyanov for pointing out a recent opinion piece by Peter Van Buren, a retired Foreign Service Officer who had a career at the U.S. State Department.
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Posted on: Dec 06 09:52

The internal Twitter communications released by new owner Elon Musk provide color to what appeared to have happened in the unprecedented censorship campaign against the New York Post‘s “laptop from hell” series — but still leaves elements of the story unanswered.

Here are some questions that still need more information:

What was the reason the New York Post official Twitter account remained locked for 16 days?

Twitter locked the New York Post out of its official Twitter account for 16 days following the first post linking to the first story in the “laptop from hell” series. After establishing that the tweet was not in violation of Twitter terms of service, the platform insisted the Post still needed to delete the tweet in order to regain access to its account. When the Post refused to on a matter of principle, Twitter did not reinstate the account for 16 days. What was the deliberation surrounding Twitter’s refusal to reinstate the Post’s account access?

Did intelligence agencies approach Twitter regarding censorship of “misinformation” regarding Hunter Biden ahead of the 2020 election?

According to a Fox News report published Saturday, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan testified to state attorneys general from Missouri and Louisiana this week that the agency “held weekly meetings with Big Tech companies in Silicon Valley ahead of the 2020 presidential election to discuss ‘disinformation’ on social media and ask about efforts to censor that information.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 06 09:49