Melissa Dougherty: Pronouns, the Gender Spectrum, and Truth With Dr. Doug Groothius

Today, I interviewed Dr. Groothuis about the craziness we see around us and what we can do about it. Dr. Groothuis holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and is a Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary. He is the author of sixteen books and has also published over thirty academic articles in journals as well as dozens of pieces in publications. https://www.douglasgroothuis.com/

Is Civil War Coming Soon to America? Author Explains How the Left is ‘Pushing’ for Conflict

Terrorism expert Robert Spencer discusses cultural and political terrorism in the U.S.A. and his new book, "The Sumter Gambit: How the Left is Trying to Foment Civil War."

First Afghan Muslim in CA Senate Got Democrats to Pass Her Anti-Hindu Bill

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/09/first-afghan-muslim-in-ca-senate-got-dems-to-pass-her-anti-hindu-bill;

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Democrats have let themselves be dragged into Islamic attacks on Jews and Hindus.

California is moving to pass a “caste discrimination” bill. Strangest of all is that the bill comes from Sen. Aisha Wahab, the first Muslim and Afghan in the California State Senate.

After backlash from Hindus over a bill that was very clearly targeting them, Sen. Wahab and her political allies claimed that she was facing Islamophobia and death threats from “extremists”.

Time Magazine sent a Muslim journalist to interview Wahab about the Islamophobia she was suffering from.

And as the anti-Hindu bill moves closer to becoming law, the media has doubled down on this approach along with refusing to notice the obvious.

The affair has had repercussions for Wahab in her heavily South Asian district. It’s become a bitter lesson in the pitfalls of wading into nuanced cultural issues in an ever-more diverse nation.

Wahab, a progressive tapped by Newsom to highlight his signature gun control effort, appeared to be caught off guard by the vitriolic response to what she views as a straightforward issue.

“This is a civil rights bill,” she said in an interview. “It’s very simple. We’re trying to protect people.”

A Muslim legislator pushing a bill aimed at a practice that is stereotypically (and wrongly) associated with Hindus (in fact there’s caste discrimination in Pakistan as well and de facto in her own native Afghanistan) when Muslims and Hindus have a long history of conflict is not innocent. And it makes no particular sense to fail to mention the elephant in the room.

Even assuming Wahab was actually innocently unaware that there has been a longstanding conflict between Muslims and Hindus, and that Hindus in her district and around the world would feel attacked by this move, the media should have at least asked her about it instead of buying her act.

Now Democrats have let themselves be dragged into Islamic attacks on Jews and Hindus.

At some point, they may wonder if it’s worth it.

Sen. Wahab launched a 2020 congressional campaign for Rep. Eric Swalwell’s seat. So she would like to be in Congress which means her particular issues with Hindus, much like Rep. Ilhan Omar’s issues with Jews and Hindus, will likely be a national issue for her party as well.

Biden Admin Quietly Moves To Ban Natural Gas Transport Via Rail Systems

Biden Admin Quietly Moves To Ban Natural Gas Transport Via Rail Systems

EAST PALESTINE, OH - FEBRUARY 23: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg (C) visits with Department of Transportation Investigators at the site of the derailment on February 23 2023 in East Palestine, Ohio. On February 3rd, a Norfolk Southern Railways train carrying toxic chemicals derailed causing an environmental disaster. Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate after the area was placed under a state of emergency and temporary evacuation orders (Photo by Brooke LaValley-Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg (C) visits with Department of Transportation Investigators at the site of the derailment on February 23 2023 in East Palestine, Ohio. (Photo by Brooke LaValley-Pool/Getty Images)

OAN’s James Meyers
1:09 PM – Wednesday, September 6, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/biden-admin-quietly-moves-to-ban-natural-gas-transport-via-rail-systems/;

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The Biden Administration quietly reversed a Trump-era regulation by moving to ban the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail system. 

In a federal filing on Friday, ahead of Labor Day weekend, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), moved to suspend a Trump-era rule allowing the transport of LNG via train cars.

However, the rule will remain in effect until a permanent rule regarding a new LNG rail tank car transportation is proposed and put into place, which could take several months or until June 30, 2025. 

“We are encouraged by the decision to suspend the dangerous practice of transporting highly flammable LNG by rail through communities,” said Patrick Grenter, the director of eco group Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign.

“We have seen the destruction that an accident can cause to communities bordering the railway route, often communities most impacted by pollution and we support any step that will keep it from happening again,” he added. “We urge PHMSA to make the only reasonable decision available to them: make the suspension permanent and ban LNG by rail once and for all.” 

This news comes after Democrat lawmakers had written to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg earlier this year, pleading for a permanent ban on LNG transportation by a rail system, citing safety risks pointed out by a handful of environmental groups. 

The PHMSA claimed that the new rule would help the federal government limit public health risks and environmental consequences.

The agency also stated that the new regulation will allow enough time to complete ongoing testing and evaluation for LNG rail transportation, which can help create mitigation measures to limit risks during transportation. 

“This suspension will give time for PHMSA, in conjunction with the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering as well as its Canadian regular counterparts, to complete critical research on transporting cryogenic liquids like LNG (and hydrogen) by rail more safely,” said PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tristan Brown. “This research is expected to conclude in the next year or so and will inform future federal safety regulations from PHMSA and the FRA.”

Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, said that the move by the Biden administration was the latest example of its war on energy. 

“Today the Biden administration has fired another salvo in its war on American energy by essentially prohibiting the movement of LNG by rail,” Cruz said. “America is a leader in reducing carbon emissions largely because of the United States development and use of natural gas. The energy renaissance we are seeing in this country is producing enormous environmental benefits.”

“This is yet another example of why the Biden administration cannot be trusted to implement pro-domestic energy policies,” he added.

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Vice President Kamala Harris Says She Can Fill Presidential Position And That Trump Should Be Accountable for Jan. 6

Kamala Says She Can Fill Presidential Position And That Trump Should Be Accountable for Jan. 6

US Vice President Kamala Harris attends the 11th ASEAN-US Summit as part of the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 6, 2023. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
11:55 AM – Wednesday, September 6, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/kamala-says-she-can-fill-presidential-position-and-that-trump-should-be-accountable-for-jan-6/;

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In light of President Biden’s deteriorating health and advanced age, Vice President Kamala Harris stated in an interview on Wednesday that she was prepared to carry out her constitutional responsibility to take over as president in any event where Biden would not be able to continue fulfilling his position.

Biden, who is 80 and will turn 81 in November, is still the oldest president to have ever led the United States.

If Democrats win the election again in 2024 and Biden is sworn in as president for a second time, he will be 86 at the very end of his term. Harris said it was “hypothetical” that she may take office as America’s new president, but also insisted that she was fully prepared if that occasion were to arise.

“Joe Biden is going to be fine, so that is not going to come to fruition,” Harris told The Associated Press in Indonesia, where she was attending a regional summit. “But let us also understand that every vice president, every vice president, understands that when they take the oath they must be very clear about the responsibility they may have to take over the job of being president.”

“I’m no different,” she added.

Despite the fact that the majority of people believe Biden is too old for government, including many Democrats who answered related polls, the vice president still rejected concerns about his age.

According to a recent AP/NORC survey, 69% of Democrats and 77% of Americans believe that Biden is too senile to serve a second term.

Republicans running for president have consistently made the case that voting for Biden would actually mean voting for Harris, including former South Carolina governor and GOP hopeful Nikki Haley.

“I see him every day,” Harris said, speaking of Biden. “A substantial amount of time we spend together is in the Oval Office, where I see how his ability to understand issues and weave through complex issues in a way that no one else can to make smart and important decisions on behalf of the American people have played out.”

“And so I will say to you that I think the American people ultimately want to know that their president delivers. And Joe Biden delivers,” she added.

In the past, Harris entered the 2020 presidential race but rapidly lost interest after the Democratic primary debates.

She eventually withdrew from the race in December and won less support from committed delegates than rivals Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tulsi Gabbard.

After suggesting that former President Trump should be held completely accountable for the protests at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021, and his alleged attempts to rescind the results of the 2020 presidential election, Harris also highlighted her previous experience as a prosecutor.

From 2004 to 2011, Harris was the district attorney for San Francisco, and from 2011 to 2017, she was the attorney general of California.

“Let the evidence, the facts, take it where it may,” Harris said during the interview on Wednesday. “I spent the majority of my career as a prosecutor. I believe that people should be held accountable under the law. And when they break the law, there should be accountability.”

Trump, the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, is being accused of trying to rig the 2020 election in Georgia, which is one of four federal charges against him.

Both Biden and Harris have already claimed that Trump is a threat to American democracy, with the 2024 presidential election cycle already underway and the likelihood that he will be the Republican nominee.

“Democracies are very fragile,” Harris said. “They will only be as strong as our willingness to fight for it.”

Harris attended the recent summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on behalf of the U.S. since Biden decided to not attend.

“We as Americans, I believe, have a very significant interest, both in terms of our security but also our prosperity, today and in the future, in developing and strengthening these relationships,” she said.

Harris’ popularity has remained very low during her time serving as vice president, and according to an NBC News survey, she earned the lowest rating of any vice president ever.

Among registered voters, just 32% had a favorable opinion of Harris, compared to 49% who had an unfavorable opinion and 39% who had a “very negative view.”

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