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Thought for the day
"Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government … doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety… It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible." -- George Carlin
Comedian Bill Maher told his HBO "Real Time with Bill Maher" audience Friday that the U.S. military is finding it hard to recruit soldiers because Americans are getting "too fat to fight," thanks in part to the "body positivity" culture of "woke" social justice warriors.
"It's literally a national security issue now," Maher declared. "Military recruitment is down by the most since the end of the draft because mainly 17- to 24-year-olds are too fat to fight."
According to a New York Times article from September 2019, roughly 1 in 5 U.S. Navy sailors qualified as being "obese," leading that branch of the service to curtail fried food and sugary drinks on its ships.
"Obesity negatively impacts physical performance and military readiness and is associated with long-term health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and risk for all-cause mortality,” the Defense Department’s Medical Surveillance Monthly Report announced in August of that year.
John Fetterman is running for US Senate from Pennsylvania. This is the best the Democrats have. He’s actually the perfect Democrat.
A hate crime awareness course which gave alleged offenders the chance to avoid prosecution has been scrapped by a police chief.
Hampshire Constabulary was among three forces in the country that ran the two-hour educational sessions for people accused of racism, sexism, misogyny and transphobia.
The restorative justice scheme was funded out of the force's Police and Crime Commissioner's budget, but faced controversy when a 51-year-old army veteran was offered the course after retweeting a meme - which showed four LGBT pride flags positioned to make a swastika.
He was told by police he could avoid prosecution if he took part in the session before they had conducted any investigation. He was subsequently released with no further action.
Donna Jones, Tory PCC for Hampshire, revealed on Sunday that she is ending the contract with the company which manages the programme as campaigners - including a former police officer who was also arrested during the incident - hailed the move as a victory over 'woke coppers'.
An active shooter was reported at Nordstrom’s at Tysons Corner shopping mall in Tysons, Virginia on Sunday.
Shoppers were seen running for safety after hearing what they thought was gunfire.
Late last week a Texas jury ordered Alex Jones to pay nearly $50 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook shootings, with two more trials still scheduled. These awards may be sharply reduced, but if they are not, the result will probably mean the destruction of Jones’ media empire.
For decades Jones has been one of America’s most prominent conspiracy theorists, and although I’ve never watched his show nor scarcely ever visited his website, under ordinary circumstances I would be quite sympathetic to his plight, given the tremendous record of dishonesty by his arch-enemies in the mainstream media.
From what I’ve read, Jones came to major national prominence in the early 2000s when he became a leading skeptic of the official 9/11 narrative, widely promoting public criticism of that official fairy tale when no one in the mainstream media and even few alternative journalists were willing to do so. I myself only became aware of these issues long afterward, and if I’d been listening to Jones at the time I would have learned some important facts years earlier.
What percent of fatal and nonfatal shootings in Baltimore have a black shooter? 95 percent? 96 percent?
What story could better describe life in Baltimore than what follows as a through the looking glass glimpse into a world white people long ago abandoned for the safe confines of the ‘burbs? [‘No Shoot Zone’ activist shot in East Baltimore on Wednesday, CBS Baltimore, August 3, 2022]:
BALTIMORE — Fresh data from the city’s Open Baltimore website shows 179 homicides were recorded in the first six months of this year, putting the city on pace for one of the deadliest years in Baltimore’s history.
The Baltimore Banner has described the first six months of 2022 the deadliest in Baltimore’s history—and the shootings just don’t stop.
The Baltimore Police Department reports that 10 shootings and five people killed over the past weekend alone along with 17 confirmed robberies.
This morning, police responded to yet another shooting in Southeast Baltimore.
The shooting happened on Rose Street but police found the 46-year-old gunshot victim around the corner on North Luzerne Street.
The gunshot victim is Tyree Moorehead—a former gang member who has been on a years-long mission to stop gun violence in Baltimore.
If there ever was a company who’s business model was affected by the clotshot, it’s the life insurance companies… and they keep a tight watch on all trends that would affect their bottom line. Notice how everyone still is dancing around the real cause… it seems like everyone knows but no one wants to say, making for an interesting song and dance routine. Should they not be able to statistically prove the cause, with all the data they can gather? Maybe the reason, is that the life insurance companies have a vested interest in dealing with the increase in death, but not identifying the cause?
The pandemic while being hard on many industries, created a boost and flood of capital into the real estate market. Housing has been one of the hottest sectors since Covid-19 came on the world stage. Now that we are overheating with inflation, those juicy low mortgage rates are no longer here. People are now maxed out on easy credit and the bill has come due in the form of inflation – we now need to tame it. The Fed has nearly no choice now but to boost rates as more in the public start realizing the challenge of using funny money to jack up home prices to crowd out young buyers. In fact, nearly 30 percent of young adults now live at home with their parents. This is a record in our modern era and speaks to the current housing market. Higher rates are cooling the market down at a time when Americans are debt strapped.
Alex Jones was sued because of something he said years ago after the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012. Liberals hate Alex Jones. Below is an example of why they hate him.
The “death map” tells the story of decades of sickness in the small northwest New Mexico communities of Murray Acres and Broadview Acres. Turquoise arrows point to homes where residents had thyroid disease, dark blue arrows mark cases of breast cancer, and yellow arrows mean cancer claimed a life.
Neighbors built the map a decade ago after watching relatives and friends fall ill and die. Dominating the top right corner of the map, less than half a mile from the cluster of colorful arrows, sits what residents believe is the cause of their sickness: 22.2 million tons of uranium waste left over from milling ore to supply power plants and nuclear bombs.
Neighbors created the “death map” to highlight cancer cases in New Mexico’s Murray Acres and Broadview Acres communities. Credit:Image courtesy of Candace Head-Dylla. Graphic composition by Mauricio Rodriguez Pons/ProPublica
“We were sacrificed a long time ago,” said Candace Head-Dylla, who created the death map with her mother after Head-Dylla had her thyroid removed and her mother developed breast cancer. Research has linked both types of illnesses to uranium exposure.
Beginning in 1958, a uranium mill owned by Homestake Mining Company of California processed and refined ore mined nearby. The waste it left behind leaked uranium and selenium into groundwater and released the cancer-causing gas radon into the air. State and federal regulators knew the mill was polluting groundwater almost immediately after it started operating, but years passed before they informed residents and demanded fixes.
Senate Democrats on Sunday passed Joe Biden’s massive tax-and-spend bill dubbed the ‘Inflation Reduction Act.’
The bill was passed in a 51-50 party-line vote after a 2-day vote-a-rama.
How many Americans have known someone who died from heroin or fentanyl overdose in the last 15 years?
In November the CDC announced that over 100,000 Americans died from overdose in 2021. This was another new record and followed Dr. Fauci’s devastating lockdowns and Joe Biden’s open border policies.
It’s common knowledge that open border policies mean more illegal drugs on American streets. Fentanyl is the most lethal drug ever created.
Recently, Matt Wood from KMOV news in St. Louis released a documentary on the fentanyl crisis in St. Louis, Missouri.
Matt spent months digging into the fentanyl crisis in St. Louis.
No more; where Ignorance is Bliss,
’Tis Folly to be wise.
The ecstatic callowness of the media is jaw-droppingly stupid when it comes to opining on Russia in general and Putin in particular. Consider first these headlines from the Washington Post’s opinion page.
Putin is doing his best to out-fascist Mussolini by George Will
The Senate on Sunday passed the Democrats’ sweeping economic package that would allocate billions of taxpayer dollars to facilitate the expansion of the Internal Revenue Service’s workforce.
The IRS would receive $80 billion if H.R. 5376, the $750 billion “Inflation Reduction Act” passes the House and lands on Biden’s desk. The funding would mark a 600 percent increase from 2021 when the bureau received $12.6 billion.
Meanwhile in the Democrat hellhole of New York City…
Smash-and-grab thieves stole more than $2 million in diamond jewelry from a Bronx jeweler Friday afternoon.
An employee buzzed in the first suspect who propped open the door and acted as lookout as three other thieves ran inside the jewelry store.
Three masked suspects smashed the display cases with hammers and stole $2.15 million worth of of gems.
The suspects ran southbound on Webster with the stolen merchandise, according to Crime Stoppers.
The suspect arrested last week for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl in Alabama is in the US illegally.
37-year-old Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes was arrested last week after an injured 12-year-old girl was found wandering down a road in Dadeville, Alabama.
Pasqual-Reyes tied the child to a bedpost, drugged her and assaulted her before she escaped by chewing through the restraints.
When police went to search through Pasqual-Reyes’ home, they discovered two decomposing bodies – the child’s 14-year-old brother and 29-year-old mother, WSFA reported.
A U.S. army veteran who pleaded guilty to stealing $2.1 million worth of military gear from the embattled Texas base Fort Hood was sentenced last week to just a year and a half behind bars.
Jessica Elaintrell Smith, 30, had already pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government in April. As part of the plea deal, another count on the indictment was dropped.
Smith, along with co-conspirators Nathan Nichols and Brandon Dominic Brown, are accused of taking 68 PAS-13 scopes, 47 RT 1523 radios, nine AN-PSC 5 radios, four PVS-14 scopes, three-night vision devices, three AN/PRC 117 radios, two receiver/transmitters and one AN-VRC-90 radio sometime overnight between June 16-17, 2021.
Amnesty International on Sunday apologized for the "distress and anger" they caused by releasing a report criticizing Ukrainian forces' use of human shields.
The report detailed how Ukrainian forces were occupying populated residential areas and using them to launch attacks.
Tuesday was a big primary day and it delivered many victories for America Firsters. Immigration Patriots triumphed over Establishment rivals and showed the GOP/GAP is being remade in the image of Donald Trump (despite all his faults). The next step is for these candidates to prove an America First message can triumph in a general election.
Here’s a breakdown of the most notable contests:
- Arizona Senate Primary: Trump-endorsed Blake Masters won a resounding victory, trumping his nearest opponent by nearly 11 points.
Deaton and Case coined the term Deaths of Despair in 2015 for the depressing ways working class whites were dying in the 21st century: overdoses, suicides, and cirrhosis. Since the “racial reckoning” and de-policing began on May 25, 2020, we’ve been seeing more blacks dying Deaths of Exuberance (homicides and car crashes).
This crash that killed six was at the corner of La Brea and Slauson not too far from Los Angeles International airport. View Park-Windsor Hills is a fairly upscale neighborhood that’s 70% black. The three victims whose names have been made public so far were black, as was the causer of the crash, an ICU neuro ward travel nurse (i.e., well-paid) from Texas driving a Mercedes. Unlike her half dozen victims, she escaped with minor injuries.
Obviously, no one traffic accident can be confidently attributed to a massive social trend. But it sure looks like blacks have been driving much worse since The Establishment decided after George Floyd’s demise that America’s big problem was too much rule of law. When cops stopped stopping blacks so much after Floyd Day, black traffic deaths shot up by about 50% from May 2020 to June 2020:
A woke YMCA in Washington state banned an 80-year-old woman from the facility because she complained of a trans “woman” undressing in the women’s locker room.
The elderly woman complained that the trans woman who is a biological man was undressing among little girls from a day camp.
The woman, Port Townsend resident Julie Jaman, described what she experienced during a meeting of the city council last week.
She called the YMCA’s decision to allow the trans “woman” among the little girls a policy that put women and little girls at risk.
I never believed I would ever hear this question! But it went viral!
We have to begin with some of the pictures and face morphing videos people share. However, we have to confess that you can’t unsee the similarity once you see the similarity.
Jessica Elaintrell Smith, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the US government in April, Fox News reported.
A convicted burglar was arrested late Saturday night after he executed four of his neighbors over ‘mind control.’
Bangladesh has approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a multibillion-dollar loan, making it the third South Asian country – after Sri Lanka and Pakistan – to have sought financial help from the multi-lateral lender in the past two months.
Sporadic protests erupted in several of Bangladesh’s cities on Saturday in response to a significant rise in oil and gas prices. After the price rise, public transport fares also rocketed up to 35 percent. Several organizations related to transportation have suspended their operations for 24 hours and declared their sales would resume on Monday.
The Bangladesh Tank-Lorry Owners’ Association and the Petrol Pump Owners’ Association staged a 24-hr strike on Sunday. They stopped collecting fuel from the Padma, Meghna, and Jamuna depots – major oil repositories for the country in the Khulna division.
“The strike started at 8am and will continue until 8am on Monday,” Md Farhad Hossain, an official of Bangladesh Tank-Lorry Owners’
The association has been demanding 7.5 percent commission on the present fuel price.
Millions of boxes of oranges are spoiling in containers stranded at European ports as South Africa and the European Union lock horns in a dispute over import rules, citrus growers have said.
South Africa, the world’s second largest exporter of fresh citrus after Spain, filed a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) last month after the EU introduced new plant and health safety requirements that orange farmers say threaten their survival.
The measures came into force in July as ships were already at sea carrying hundreds of containers full of South African fruit to Europe, resulting in them being held up on arrival, South Africa’s Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) says.
UK Conservative leadership contender Liz Truss said she would consider moving the British embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if she becomes prime minister next month.
In a letter to the Conservative Friends of Israel, Truss wrote she understands the “importance and sensitivity” of the location of the British embassy in Israel.
“I’ve had many conversations with my good friend Prime Minister Lapid on this topic. Acknowledging that, I will review a move to ensure we are operating on the strongest footing within Israel.”
The U.S. became the first country to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem under former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Truss also pledged she would ensure the passage of a bill to end local councils bringing in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policies that target Israel.
Eight months ago, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee became involved directly in the political campaign space by founding two political action committees. Now, after the Democratic primary in Michigan this week, the influential lobby group’s political experiment can be evaluated based on months of election results in key races it chose to get involved with.
In Michigan this week, AIPAC spent nearly $8.4 million on two Democratic races. One of the races, between Reps. Andy Levin and Haley Stevens in the 11th district, became a referendum on the internal American-Jewish conversation on Israel and how the Democratic Party handles debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By contrast J Street, the liberal pro-Israel group, has spent only $700,000 against Stevens over AIPAC's support.