Pelosi sold off $3,000,000 of Google stock weeks before DOJ launched antitrust probe

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/what-a-coincidence-pelosi-sold-3000000-of-google-stock-weeks-before-doj-launched-antitrust-probe;

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The corruption is so thick in Washington that you need wings to stay above it.

“Convenient Timing: Pelosi Sold $3 Million of Google Stock Weeks Before DOJ Launched Antitrust Probe,” by Chuck Ross, Washington Free Beacon, January 25, 2023:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and her multimillionaire husband sold up to $3 million in shares of Google in recent weeks—just before the Biden Justice Department launched an antitrust probe of the tech giant.

Paul Pelosi sold 30,000 shares of Google from Dec. 20 to Dec. 28, according to a financial disclosure filing the former House speaker submitted to the House Ethics Committee. The Pelosis made an undisclosed profit from the investments, according to the filing.

The trade proved timely. On Monday, the Justice Department and attorneys general from eight states—including California—sued Google over its monopoly on the digital ad market. The lawsuit could force Google to break up its online ad business, which generated nearly $55 billion in revenue for the company in the most recent quarter. Google’s stock has dropped around 6 percent since the Justice Department announced the lawsuit….

They saved roughly $600,000 in June by selling shares of microchip maker Nvidia weeks before the U.S. government placed restrictions on the company’s business in China and Russia. The Pelosis have seen their fortune grow $140 million since 2008, thanks largely to Paul Pelosi’s stock trades, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis….

Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) on Tuesday introduced the Preventing Elected Leaders from Owning Securities and Investments Act—the PELOSI Act—to prohibit members of Congress and their spouses from owning or trading individual stocks.

“For too long, politicians in Washington have taken advantage of the economic system they write the rules for, turning profits for themselves at the expense of the American people,” Hawley said. “As members of Congress, both Senators and Representatives are tasked with providing oversight of the same companies they invest in, yet they continually buy and sell stocks, outperforming the market time and again.”…

‘Kill, Rape, Control’: Illegal MS-13 Immigrant Arrested for Raping and Killing Autistic Woman Months After Biden Admin Allowed Him In

BY KEVIN DOWNEY, JR.

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2023/01/26/kill-rape-control-illegal-ms-13-immigrant-arrested-for-raping-and-killing-autistic-woman-months-after-biden-admin-allowed-him-in-n1665253;

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The Biden administration should have seen this coming.

A 17-year-old unidentified male from El Salvador was arrested for the brutal robbery, rape, and murder of 20-year-old Kayla Hamilton last July. He is known to be a member of La Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang (MS-13), considered to be one of the most violent gangs in the world.

The rapist and killer was allowed into the country early last year as an unaccompanied alien child (UAC) mere months before he robbed, raped, and murdered Hamilton.

FACT-O-RAMA! MS-13 originated in Los Angeles as a gang to protect El Salvadorans from other street gangs. La Mara Salvatrucha is a combination of Spanish slang terms and translates roughly into “La Mara” (“the gang”), “Salva” (for Salvadorans), and “trucha” (for “alert” or “street smart”). The number 13 stands for the letter “M” and means they are dedicated to the Mexican mafia. Their motto is “kill, rape, control.” They are known to murder people with machetes.

Hamilton had recently moved to Aberdeen, Md., with her 22-year-old boyfriend.

Aberdeen police used DNA to link the suspect to the crime. The suspect had been a person of interest since Hamilton’s murder in July 2022.

HECHO-RAMA! In 2019, then-President Trump waged war against MS-13 on Long Island, and eventually, 96 gang members were arrested.

The suspect was busted in an early morning raid on Jan. 15, 2023.

The Biden administration needs to answer some questions, including:

  • Why was this animal allowed in the country?
  • Did the administration know of this person’s gang affiliations? If not, why not?
  • How many more rapes and murders will we see until Biden and his “border czar,” Kamala Harris, actually do something about the steady flood of illegal immigrants pouring into the U.S.?

Feminist groups seem to be silent. An email sent to the National Organization of Women went unanswered, but we will post a response if we get one.

Project Veritas: Pfizer Exec Admits Plans to Possibly Mutate COVID for More $$$$

WHY DON'T WE JUST MUTATE IT?

Project Veritas: Pfizer Exec Admits Plans to Possibly Mutate COVID for More $$$$

Pfizer Director Assaults James O'Keefe & Veritas Staff; Destroys iPad Showing Undercover Recordings

Pfizer Exposed For Exploring "Mutating" COVID-19 Virus For New Vaccines Via 'Directed Evolution'

KIM IVERSEN: Who Is The Project Veritas Pfizer Exec and What Is Directed Evolution?

BY KEVIN DOWNEY, JR.

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2023/01/26/project-veritas-pfizer-exec-admits-plans-to-possibly-mutate-covid-for-more-n1665296;

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Project Veritas strikes again!Pfizer’s Director of Research and Development, Strategic Operations, and mRNA Scientific Planning Jordon Trishton Walker smilingly spilled his guts to an undercover Project Veritas (PV) agent, and it’s worse than we thought.The video appears to involve two meetings with Walker, who is as giddy as a schoolgirl and happy to reveal Pfizer’s wicked plans.According to Walker, Pfizer is considering mutating the COVID-19 virus itself and preemptively creating vaccines to fight it.

The PV agent asked Walker, “What is Pfizer doing, I guess, to optimize, you know, the vaccines now?” referring to the fact that the vaccines don’t do what we were told they’d do.

“Oh, we actually had a meeting about that today,” Walker responds. “So, there’s a lot. We’re doing, uh, I don’t know if I should say this,” as he looks around the room.

Here are some highlights Walker revealed during the conversation:

You know how the virus keeps mutating? Well one of the things we’re exploring is like, why don’t we just mutate it ourselves so we could, we could create, preemptively develop new vaccines, right? So we have to do that. If we’re gonna do that though, there’s a risk of like, as you could imagine, no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating f***ing viruses.

So we’re like, do we want to do this? So that’s like, one of the things we are considering.

For like, the future, like, maybe we can like, create new versions of the vaccines and things like that.

“Ok, so Pfizer is ultimately thinking about mutating COVID?” the PV agent asks.

“Well, that is not what want we say to the public, no. That’s why it was, it was a thought that came up in a meeting,” Walker responds. “And we were like, ‘Why do we not?’ It was like, ‘We’re going to consider that with more discussions.'”

“Okay,” the PV agent responds.

“That exactly, actually. We’re like, ‘Wait a minute, like, people won’t like that.'”

Walker isn’t done spewing Pfizer’s evil secrets.

At one point, Walker says, “Don’t tell anyone this by the way. You have to promise you won’t tell anyone,” Walker continues as he fist-bumps the PV agent.

He then regurgitates how Pfizer would conduct the research on monkeys and then adds:

You have to be like, very controlled to make sure that this virus that you mutate doesn’t create something that like, you know, goes everywhere. Which, I suspect, is the way that the virus started in Wuhan, to be honest. Like, it makes no sense that this virus popped out of nowhere. It’s bull****.

When asked whether Pfizer is conducting gain-of-function research, Walk has this to say:

Well, you’re not supposed to do gain-of-function research with the viruses. They’d rather we not, but we do these selected structure mutations to try to see if we can make them more potent. So there is research ongoing about that. I don’t know how that’s going to work. There better not be any more outbreaks because, like, Jesus Christ.

Walker goes on to reveal that drug regulators go easy on Pfizer because so many want to eventually work there.

“It’s pretty good for the industry to be honest, bad for everyone else, in America,” Walker admits.

“Why is it bad?” the PV agent asks.

“Because of the regulators, who review our drugs, you know that once they stop being a regulator, they want to go work for the company, they are not going to be as harsh on the company where they’re getting their job.”

Related: Pfizer Launches mRNA Flu Vaccine Study Even Though COVID Vaccine Study Still Isn’t Finished

You can watch the Project Veritas video here, including Dr. Robert Malone, who helped develop mRNA, chiming in hilariously.

 

Biden Makes First Move Toward a Radical National Rent Control

Tenant activists from around the country rally outside the White House on Nov. 16. They want the Biden administration to regulate rent increases on federally-backed housing.

BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2023/01/26/biden-makes-first-move-toward-a-radical-national-rent-control-law-n1665210;

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Responding to a letter sent earlier this month by congressional radicals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urging the president to take executive action to prevent evictions and lower rent prices,  Joe Biden has initiated a series of actions that will eventually lead to a national rent control law.

Under the Biden plan, the president is directing the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to look at limits “for future investments and actions promoting renter protections,” according to a report in Yahoo Finance.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have been enlisted to “root out practices that unfairly prevent applicants and tenants from accessing or staying in housing,” according to the report.

Please define “unfairly.” I don’t think that Senator Warren or AOC define the term the same way that you, I, or most landlords would define it.

Related: AOC Humiliated by GOP Congressman in Gas Stove Dispute

“In the absence of robust investments in fair and affordable housing, it is clear that additional timely executive action is needed to address the urgent issue of historically high rental costs and housing instability,” the lawmakers wrote. “We urge your Administration to pursue all possible strategies to end corporate price gouging in the real estate sector.”

Specifically, lawmakers had called on the president to direct the FTC to issue new regulations defining excessive rent increases and enforce actions against rent gouging, suggestions that are [morel ] aggressive than what the administration has so far put forth. The letter also asked to have FHFA put in place rent protection for tenants living in properties financed with government-backed mortgage properties, which is more closely aligned with what the president outlined on Wednesday.

In Wednesday’s announcement, the administration also sought to rally state and local governments — as well as the private sector — to protect renters.

Since the beginning of the republic, laws governing rent and leases have been local matters. If a landlord is cheating renters, local and state governments have the authority and the tools to punish the landlord. And being much closer to the problems of renters and landlords than anyone in Washington, local and state governments have a much better handle on the local rental housing situation.

But now, the federal government doesn’t believe that landlords should be compensated for owning rental property. They’re “gouging” renters. This is after more than two years of preventing landlords from evicting renters for non-payment of rent. And in a period of rapidly rising inflation, landlords are being accused of “profiteering” at the expense of renters.

“We believe that the administration can go significantly further to help tenants struggling to pay rent as soon as next week,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) said. “We need actions that will urgently address skyrocketing housing costs, keep people housed, and rein in corporate profiteering…I look forward to continuing to work with the Biden Administration on this issue.”

It’s a ridiculous charge given that 98 percent of all rental property owners, or 80 percent of all rental properties, are owned by small business entrepreneurs who own five units or fewer, according to a study in Business Wire.

These rules, and any legislation supported by AOC, would destroy the rental housing market and make it much harder to find affordable housing. What small business owner wants to be beholden to Washington for their business? Rental housing will disappear — perhaps the intended purpose of the new rules.

The narrative of corporate greed being responsible for rent increases is a far easier sell than small businesses struggling to keep their properties during an inflationary economy that Warren, AOC, and Biden are mostly responsible for.

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SEE ALSO: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/01/25/fact-sheet-biden-harris-administration-announces-new-actions-to-protect-renters-and-promote-rental-affordability/

Pope Benedict’s Secret Book is Out, Blasting Pope Francis

NO CATHOLIC NEWS SOURCES ARE REPORTING THIS! GAY CLUBS IN SEMINARIES?

Pope Benedict Unleashes Posthumous BOMBSHELL on the Catholic Church

Benedict XVI: Most Catholic Bishops Are Enemies Of The Church

Pope Benedict says Time of the ANTICHRIST is NOW...Is the Pope right?

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2023/01/24/pope-benedict-unleashes-posthumous-bombshell-on-the-catholic-church-n1664629;

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When Pope Benedict XVI died on December 31 at the age of 95, it turns out that he had a completed book ready for publication upon his death. Written in Italian, that book, Che cos’è il Cristianesimo: Quasi un testamento spirituale (What Is Christianity: Almost a Spiritual Testament), is full of explosive revelations and trenchant criticism of his woke successor, Pope Francis. Could Pope Benedict begin a counter-revolution within the Roman Catholic Church from the grave? Stranger things have happened, although it would take any one of us a good while to think of one.

Pope Benedict explains that he did not want the book published while he was still living because of the furious reaction his writings inspired: “For my part, in life, I no longer want to publish anything. The fury of the circles against me in Germany is so strong that the appearance of my every word immediately causes murderous shouting from them. I want to spare myself and Christendom this.”

It’s easy to see why this book would inspire “murderous shouting” from some corners of the Roman Catholic Church. Benedict writes that the Church is close to “collapse” and paints a picture of seminaries in the United States as centers of promiscuous homosexuality and perversion. “In various seminaries,” the pope explained, “homosexual ‘clubs’ were formed which acted more or less openly and which clearly transformed the atmosphere in the seminaries. In a seminary in southern Germany, candidates for the priesthood and candidates for the lay office of pastoral referent lived together.”

The corruption was more or less out in the open. “During common meals,” Benedict noted, “the seminarians were together with married pastoral representatives, partly accompanied by their wives and children and in some cases by their girlfriends. The climate in the seminary could not help priestly formation.” He said that a “bishop who had previously been rector had allowed seminarians to be shown pornographic films, presumably with the intention of thereby enabling them to resist against behavior contrary to the faith.”

These allegations are all too plausible. On Sunday, the Times of London reported that “the Roman Catholic church is investigating allegations of a lockdown ‘sex party’ at a cathedral as part of an inquiry into a former bishop’s tenure. In a highly unusual move, the Vatican has ordered an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Robert Byrne’s resignation as the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in December.” It appears that “a number of complaints were made by individuals within the diocese after information came to light about a sex party taking place in the priests’ living quarters attached to Newcastle cathedral.” As a result of all this, “the cathedral had become a laughing stock.”

Amid the steady stream of news about sexual misconduct by priests, this kind of story is sadly unsurprising, and comes, according to Pope Benedict, amid the effort of some Catholic leaders to remake the faith itself: “There were individual bishops, and not only in the United States, who rejected the Catholic tradition as a whole, aiming in their dioceses to develop a kind of new, modern catholicity.” Pope Benedict, who respected Catholic tradition, was the enemy in these circles: “Perhaps it is worth mentioning the fact that, in not a few seminaries, students caught reading my books were considered unfit for the priesthood. My books were concealed as harmful literature and were read only in secret, so to speak.”

Related: Pope Benedict XVI Has Died; NOW Who’s the Pope?

Pope Benedict criticized Pope Francis for doing nothing to stop the rampant corruption: “In the context of the meeting of the presidents of the episcopal conferences of the whole work with Pope Francis, it is at heart above all the question of priestly life and also that of seminaries. As regards the problem of preparation for priestly ministry in seminaries, we note in fact a vast collapse of the current form of this preparation.”

Pope Benedict also warned that amid the Church’s disarray, the world was becoming increasingly anti-Christian. He noted that the “great powers of tolerance do not grant to Christianity the tolerance they propagate, adding that their “radical manipulation of man” and “distortion of the sexes through gender ideology” were inherently anti-Christian, and regarded the Church as an obstacle: “The intolerance of this apparent modernity towards the Christian faith has not yet turned into open persecution, and yet it manifests itself in an increasingly authoritarian way with the aim of achieving, by appropriate legislation, the eradication of what is essentially Christian.” Anyone who doubts that should just consult the daily headlines.

Against this, the Roman Catholic Church and all the churches need to recover their faith and sense of themselves and stand to battle for the truth. Instead, they are consumed with the same “progressive” virus that infects everything else.

New Jersey: Army veteran sent her jihadi lover money as he fought in Syria and threatened to strike in U.S.

'I AM WITH YOU'

"Bell allegedly asked the man in one message if he was ready to fight “on the front line,” adding that he was “no longer a young child," according to the complaint. “It will be frightening. But I am with you,” she allegedly wrote.

Bell also had tickets to travel to Turkey through Egypt on the same day of her arrest, according to a criminal complaint."

'I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH'

"The former soldier was denied boarding before her flight from New York City to Istanbul.

Just days before she was denied boarding, Bell and the man had a quarrel when he refused to let her meet his family, according to a government transcript of their online communication.

“This trip is exhausting enough," Bell wrote. "I love you very much but it is hard for me to accept how you direct my life. I am an independent woman in America.

“If I was not the woman I am, I wouldn't be able to support you.”"

ABOVE QUOTES FROM: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13334667/army-veteran-sent-money-terrorist-syria-falling-in-love/

A screenshot of an interview with Abdullah Flayes, a man the FBI says is a terrorist who was in contact with Maria Bell, 53, a U.S. Army veteran. Bell was arrested Nov. 25, 2020, on charges connected to providing material support to Flayes. (YouTube/OGN TV):

A screenshot of an interview with Abdullah Flayes, a man the FBI says is a terrorist who was in contact with Maria Bell, 53, a U.S. Army veteran. Bell was arrested Nov. 25, 2020, on charges connected to providing material support to Flayes.

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/new-jersey-army-vet-sent-her-jihadi-lover-money-as-he-fought-in-syria-and-threatened-to-strike-in-u-s;

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This lady was seriously in love. In her New Jersey home, the feds claim to have found “136 operable handguns and rifles, 15 canisters of ammo, and a short-range rocket launcher.”

“NJ Army Vet Who Supported Syrian Terrorist Lover Gets 3 Plea-Bargained Years In Federal Prison,” by Jerry DeMarco, Franklin Daily Voice, January 24, 2023:

A U.S. Army veteran from Sussex County must spend more than three years in federal prison for deliberately concealing money and guidance she gave to a Syrian terrorist she’d fallen in love with.

Because there’s no parole in the federal prison system, Maria Bell, 55, must serve out just about all of the plea-bargained 36-month sentence approved by a federal judge in Newark on Tuesday, Jan. 24,

Bell, of Hopatcong, offered not only money and military intelligence but the benefit of her experience in specialized weapons training to Syria-based factions fighting the Assad regime, a complaint on file in U.S. District Court says.

Bell, who was also a member of the U.S. National Guard, wired at least 18 payments totaling around $3,150 via Western Union to a self-identified member of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alias for the al-Nusra Front (ANF), the complaint says….

Although the complaint doesn’t name him, Stars and Stripes identified Bell’s lover as Abdullah Flayes.

HTS reportedly is led by Mohammad al-Jolani, the founder of al-Nusra Front, which has which has been described as the “most aggressive and successful” jihadist organization looking to establish an Islamic state in Syria. The group includes many al-Qaeda militants while claiming to be independent of al-Qaeda, federal authorities say.

According to the complaint, Bell advised her lover to make sure the terrorist group’s leaders kept American journalists from interviewing their fighters.

He at one point told her the group would attack New York City if the U.S. government tried to help the Syrian regime, it says.

Bell, in their discussions, referred tp 9/11 as “the big attack in New York,” the complaint filed in Newark says. She called it “sad,” then followed by saying that Americans “have little idea of consequences.”

Bell urged her lover to fight “on the front line” while also reassuring him that “I am with you,” the complaint says….

FBI agents arrested her at her home in late November 2020. According to the complaint, Bell was carrying travel tickets to Turkey through Egypt for that same day.

Agents search the two-bedroom home that was left to Bell by her late husband. They reported finding 136 operable handguns and rifles, 15 canisters of ammo and a short-range rocket launcher.

Dr. Peter McCullough: Exposing the Truth Behind Mass Deaths from COVID Vaccines~Pfizer Documents Prove “Mass Murder,” Says Naomi Wolf

The infamous Pfizer documents released under court order prove that the company and the FDA knew about the disastrous consequences of the Covid injections, making this campaign a case of "mass murder", explained Daily Clout chief Naomi Wolf in this interview on Conversations That Matter with The New American magazine's Alex Newman. Both the FDA and the pharmaceutical giant knew these injections were associated with strokes, fertility problems, harm to unborn babies, heart problems, and countless other horrors, said Wolf, a former advisor to top Democrats who is now leading a team of thousands of doctors and scientists in searching through all these documents. The CCP was also involved in this operation in multiple ways, including in the manufacturing process, she said. "This is a blueprint for prosecution," Wolf explained, calling the "attack on humanity" a fraud, mass murder, and much more—even suggesting some of these crimes were capital offenses. She said numerous people in government and the corporate world were involved and as such, needed to be held accountable by the justice system at every level. Wolf and her team are already asking prosecutors and state attorneys general to prosecute, building on Florida's grand jury investigation.

Biden Immigration Policy Brings Border City to Brink of Collapse

Biden Immigration Policy Brings Border City to Brink of Collapse

BY DAVID KELLY

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/biden-immigration-policy-brings-border-city-to-brink-of-collapse/;

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The self-proclaimed “sunniest city on Earth,” Yuma, Arizona, is reaching its breaking point due to the overwhelming number of illegal immigrants crossing the nearby border and overloading hospitals and food banks. The once-winter paradise is now nothing more than just another major “hotspot” point of entry for thousands of illegals coming into the United States. 

Medical facilities in the area are being pushed to the brink of collapse due to the increasing number of illegal immigrants, with residents reportedly unable to access the only hospital in the city. Yuma has a population of 100,000. The city sees thousands of illegal aliens crossing its border every week, including “getaways.” It currently ranks third in illegal immigrant apprehensions behind El Paso and Del Rio, Texas. Yuma County’s Border Patrol reportedly has seen a 171-percent increase in migrant crossings between 2021 and 2022. 

The border crisis, or what some have called an invasion, is due to President Biden’s lack of any meaningful enforcement of immigration laws and the creation of his new immigration parole system. His policies are an open invitation for illegals to cross into the United States at all costs, to gain what many hope to be a new start for their families. But in reality, Biden’s immigration policies have only caused stress on border communities and legal citizens all along the southern border.  

“Policies need to be changed when you see an unprecedented amount of people coming across the border that even supersedes what we saw under any of the other presidents for the past 30 years,” Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines told Fox News. “And they’re coming because they said that Biden told them to come, that we have an open border.” 

Many illegal aliens have chosen Yuma as their gateway into America because of the relative ease of crossing the border. The Daily Mail shared that “according to Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls, there are 50 breaks in the border wall along the 126-mile Yuma sector, including the infamous ‘Gap’.” Nicholls added, “Huge container-sized gaps in the 30ft border wall allow migrants to walk right through, aided by a thinly-spread Border Patrol. However, construction is currently underway to fill some of the gaps.” 

In addition to the strain on hospitals and support services, Yuma’s agriculture community is at risk as many illegal immigrants are walking across fields, potentially destroying farmers’ crops and hurting the local economy.  

“Yuma is the winter lettuce capital of the US due to its famed all-year-round sun. It produces 93 percent of the country’s lettuce during the winter months,” said the Daily Mail. Local farmer Alex Muller told Fox News, “Our fields are monitored and audited and tested for different pathogens. You can’t have people walking through the field.” 

Lines has repeatedly called on the Biden administration to act to relieve the pressure on border counties and to visit Yuma to witness the strain that has been placed on the community. 

The Daily Mail reported that earlier this month, a bipartisan group from Washington, D.C., led by Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) visited Yuma. What they saw was not the border crisis in action, but a “sanitized” version of the border crisis. 

Lines stated, “After the visit … border crossings had dropped to almost nothing amid tighter activity on the Mexican side, while discarded shoes, medicine bottles and other evidence of illegal crossings had been removed from along the US side.” 

“Everything’s been 100% sanitized here as well. Even more so than they’ve ever done before. And we’re actually not even seeing people coming across the border right now,” he said, adding, “It’s interesting because I’ve had several congressional delegations come to Yuma and the unannounced delegations always see the real border challenge, not the publicized ones.” 

Yuma wasn’t the only recently “sanitized” border city that was staged to downplay the border crisis for visiting elected officials. When Biden stopped in El Paso, Texas, earlier this month, Texas Governor Abbott handed him a letter accusing his administration of cleaning up El Paso prior to his visit.  

Abbott wrote, “Your visit avoids the sites where mass illegal immigration occurs and sidesteps the thousands of angry Texas property owners whose lives have been destroyed by your border policies. Even the city you visit has been sanitized of the migrant camps which had overrun downtown El Paso because your Administration wants to shield you from the chaos that Texans experience on a daily basis. This chaos is the direct result of your failure to enforce the immigration laws that Congress enacted.” 

The narrative the federal government seems to want us and the media to follow in regard to the mass of illegals crossing our southern border is nothing more than an illusion and a facade hiding the ugly truth that the border communities are being overrun.  

Supervisor Lines clearly understands the sanitization process when he said, “It’s a lie. They’re misrepresenting what’s actually happening at the border. Every single time there’s a high-profile visit, this is par for the course, so that people never get to see what it looks like.” 

President Biden and his administration have no desire to secure the southern border; that has been proven time and time again. The border cities such as Yuma will have to continue to stand tall and do what they can to survive the border invasion, while Biden watches from afar willfully ignoring his sworn duty to protect our borders and sovereignty.  

Putin Wants to Buy U.S. Weapons Left in Afghanistan — But There’s Even More

REPORT: Putin Wants to Buy U.S. Weapons Biden Left in Afghanistan — But There's Even More

BY STEPHEN GREEN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2023/01/25/report-putin-wants-to-buy-u-s-weapons-biden-left-in-afghanistan-but-theres-even-more-n1664501;

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Billions of dollars worth of U.S. weapons are on the negotiating table between Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and Afghanistan’s Taliban government, according to at least one insider.

Presidentish Joe Biden’s bungled bugout from Afghanistan resulted in a windfall for the new radical Islamic government, including artillery, attack helicopters, and thousands of HUMVEES, machine guns, and radios — all left behind as our orderly withdrawal degenerated into a rout.

The Department of Defense estimates the total value of the gear Biden left behind at a whopping $7.12 billion, and now Putin is reportedly offering to buy whatever he and the battered Russian Army need.

According to The Sun, a report on Telegram (a social media platform popular with Russian mil bloggers) claims:

Putin is overseeing negotiations with the Taliban to recognise the Taliban government. In return, the Russian leadership is offering a major arms and military equipment swap,” General SVR channel wrote.

“Putin reported that the Taliban possess weapons and equipment including those seized after coming to power in Afghanistan, that are scarce for the Russian Army at the front,” it further stated.

The Russian Ministry of Defense hasn’t commented on the rumor.

If I’m reading this correctly, this would be more of a weapons swap than a cash deal. The Taliban would give up its Western gear in exchange for diplomatic recognition and Russian weapons. Undoubtedly, ammo, spares, and replacements for Russian equipment would be easier for the Taliban to get hold of than for the Western stuff they have now.

Exactly how much effective use the Russian Army would get out of Biden’s haul is debatable. They’d face the same problem the Taliban has: Lack of spares and proper ammo.

Still, given Russia’s massive losses — including up to 3,000 frontline and reserve main battle tanks — every little bit probably helps.

If the deal goes through, there’s the added bonus of a diplomatic coup against the Biden Administration’s ineptitude — not to mention the further embarrassment of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians being killed by American weapons.

The headline to my story promised more, and here it is:

US Weapons Everywhere

U.S. Southern Command chief General Laura Richardson told the Atlantic Council this week that the Biden Administration has offered Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua — all trouble spots for us — and six other Latin American nations used U.S. military equipment if they’d send their old Russian and Soviet gear to Ukraine.

This report stands on much firmer ground than the rumor about Putin and the Taliban, having been confirmed by Gen. Richardson herself.

Meanwhile, the U.S., Germany, Poland, and the U.K. are in the process of sending modern main battle tanks like the M1 Abrams, Leopard II, and Challenger 2 to Ukraine.

There’s a deeper realignment going on here, and both these stories are indicative of it.

Communist China’s rise and Russia’s reckless invasion of Ukraine — and the West’s response to both — have effectively blunted globalization. The world is bifurcating once more, with China and Russia on one side, and NATO plus the westernized Pacific Rim nations (Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand) on the other. The rest of the world will be pressured to take sides in Cold War II.

Assuming Ukraine survives Putin’s invasion, they will adopt Western gear whether or not they join NATO. Now that the West is their supplier, it makes little sense for Kyiv to stick with weapons designed and built by their sworn enemy.

Weaning anti-American countries like Cuba and Venezuela off Russian weapons makes a callous kind of sense, as part of an (ill-fated?) effort to realign them westward.

Both sides made a lot of stupid and/or self-defeating plays during the Cold War, and Cold War II is lining up to be just as messy.

Kamala Harris Cancels God and Life in Declaration of Independence

Kamala Cancels God and Life in Declaration of Independence

BY SELWYN DUKE

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/kamala-cancels-god-and-life-in-declaration-of-independence/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Forgetting the Declaration of Independence’s words while campaigning in 2020, Joe Biden famously said that all “men and women [sic] created by — you know, you know, the thing.” Now Kamala Harris has quoted the Declaration, too, and perhaps knows the “thing” but doesn’t want to say the thing.

That is while giving a Sunday speech in Tallahassee, Florida, marking the 50th anniversary of the now-overturned, unconstitutional Roe v. Wade opinion, Harris cited the rights mentioned in the founding document but omitted the very first one: life.

Moreover, while she did say that we are “endowed” with certain rights, she neglected to mention the endower: God. And many find this just too convenient to have been a Biden dotard moment, as mentioned a right to life and the Creator of life wouldn’t exactly have buttressed the pro-prenatal infanticide appeal she was issuing.

Harris’s glaring omissions occurred at the beginning of her remarks. After she stated that “we collectively believe and know America is a promise — a promise of freedom and liberty — not for some, but for all,” she added:

“A promise we made in the Declaration of Independence [states] that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The Declaration’s actual text reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The first right is a prerequisite, too. After all, there can’t be any liberty or pursuit of anything if there’s no life in the first place. Related to this, Harris preceded the above remarks with more than a touch of irony. Mentioning how she and others were “mourning” the “senseless gun violence” that took place in Monterey Park, California, on Saturday, she passionately said that “this violence must stop” — in a speech advocating violence in the womb. But Harris, who is often mocked for being inane and incoherent, was mainly, and roundly, criticized for her life omission.

Get a Life, Kamala

As to this, Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), no stranger to the world’s slings and arrows herself, wrote Monday in response to Harris:

Fellow Colorado Republican representative Ken Buck opined similarly the next day:

Commentator Catherine Hadro weighed in, too, tweeting:

Then, some “said the omission exposed her argument as weak,” reported Fox News.

“‘When you have to omit entirely one of the most integral parts of the Declaration of Independence in attempts to further your argument, said argument is immediately and objectively powerless,’ the Senate Working Group’s Leslie Ann Robertson said,” the site continued.

“‘This point is obvious but when the ‘right to life’ blows up your message so bad you have to pretend it doesn’t exist then maybe your message isn’t very good,’ GOP operative Matt Whitlock said,” Fox also informs.

What does exist, though, at least in the world according to Kamala, is a right to kill. In her Sunday speech, she used the term right(s) 16 times, and 10 of those instances related to prenatal infanticide. She spoke of how “50 years ago today,” activists “won a fight in the United States Supreme Court to recognize the fundamental constitutional right of a woman to make decisions about her own body — not the government.”

How this can be squared with the government compelling women to take a largely untested “vaccine,” Harris did not explain.

Harris continued in that vein, talking-point style, speaking of how Americans for nearly 50 years “relied on the rights that Roe protected,” how “last June, the United States Supreme Court took away that constitutional right — a fundamental right, a basic freedom,” and how Congress “must pass a bill that … protects reproductive rights.” She even channeled climate-con kid Greta Thunberg at one point, saying of those who’d defend the unborn, “How dare they? How dare they?!”

For those interested (and with strong stomachs), Harris’s entire speech is below.

Of course, Harris doesn’t mean a word of this. Remember that this is the woman who, when asked by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert how she went from essentially calling Biden a racist and sex abuser to being BFF with him, replied while cackling, “It was a debate!… It was a debate!” In other words, “Don’t you know, idiot, that I’m just in this for the power? It’s all Kabuki theater.”

Perhaps as much as any other politician, Harris is the very embodiment of power lust. She doesn’t care about unborn babies or about mothers, either — or anyone’s “rights.” She wants power for power’s sake.

But for a reminder of what Harris is indifferent to, in worldly gain’s name, you can watch an interview (video below) with three women who are sincere — three ex-abortion center workers. The testimonial of one of them, Deborah Edge, was particularly heart-wrenching.

“I remember — I-I-I have a visual, all the time I always remember this; it’s very disturbing to me,” she said, describing what transpired during certain abortions. “He [the abortionist] would hold the fetus by the feet and kinda’ pull down and insert the claws; and when he would squeeze them, you can see that that baby’s toes spread open [reacting to the pain].” (This portion begins at 8:58.)

Of course, all this violence, claiming more than 600,000 lives a year, is done without guns — and also, Kamala Harris should note, without God and respect for life.

Four Illegal Immigrants Bused to NYC, Caught Shoplifting $12,000 Worth of Swag

Four Illegal Immigrants Bused to NYC, Caught Shoplifting $12,000 Worth of Swag

Migrants bused to NYC arrested after stealing $12K from Macy's

BY KEVIN DOWNEY, JR

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2023/01/24/four-illegal-immigrants-bused-to-nyc-caught-shoplifting-12000-worth-of-swag-n1664472;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Despite being allowed into the country, given a free cell phone, food, a bus ticket to New York City, and a free room in a midtown Manhattan hotel, four lads from south of the border decided they need more free booty.Related: Hold on to Your Huddled Masses: New York City Doesn’t Want Any More Illegal ImmigrantsFour illegal immigrants were busted stealing more than $12,000 worth of goods from Macy’s at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, N.Y.

FACT-O-RAMA! The Roosevelt Field Mall is located where the Roosevelt Field airport once stood. Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field when he made his iconic trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.

The greedy purloiners must have thought that Democrats run Macy’s and helped themselves to $12,489 worth of plunder.

The grab four made their escape in a four-door BMW. The driver was observed driving erratically and was quickly pulled over by Nassau County police.

The scroungers are:

  • 19-year-old Wrallan Cabezas Meza
  • 21-year-old Miguel Angel Rojas
  • 27-year-old Rafael Rojas
  • 30-year-old Jose Garcia Escobar

Two of the scavengers were released. The driver was issued numerous citations.

Angel and Rafael Rojas have been living rent-free at NYC’s Westin Hotel, where rooms go for $80 per night, plus “tax recovery charges and service fees” of $43.86.

Hotel workers have complained the immigrants physically fight with the staff, drink all day, consume drugs, and have sex in public.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been whining that the Big Apple — a self-proclaimed sanctuary city — has had its fill of illegal immigrants. Texas has hilariously bused roughly 41,000 illegal immigrants to New York City. Adams claims he can’t house anymore. Then why did he close down the homeless shelter he had built on New York’s Randall’s Island?

 

Why Do Our National Leaders Have Such Sticky Fingers?~CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS FOUND IN MIKE PENCE’S HOME

Why Do Our National Leaders Have Such Sticky Fingers? Mike Pence Finds Classified Documents in His Indiana Home

BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2023/01/24/why-do-our-national-leaders-have-such-sticky-fingers-mike-pence-finds-classified-documents-in-his-indiana-home-n1664587;

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First Trump, then Biden, and now former Vice President Mike Pence have discovered classified documents in their possession long after their terms in office had ended.

It ain’t rocket science, guys. A document marked “Top Secret,” “Secret,” “Confidential,” “Restricted,” or “Official” can’t be stuffed in a briefcase and taken home. The procedures for handling classified documents are clear, concise, and straightforward. There is no wiggle room. And there are no exceptions for violating the law.

No wonder the Russians and Chinese have most of our secrets.

For our VIPs: The Inevitable Stalemate Over Classified Documents

Now we learn that former Vice President Mike Pence discovered classified documents at his Indiana home. The discovery came about as a result of a search of Pence’s Indiana home and his office at the political advocacy group Advancing American Freedom, following the Biden document imbroglio.

Fox News:

According to his team, Pence informed the National Archives on Jan. 18 of a small number of potential classified documents found in two small boxes. Another two boxes contained copies of vice presidential papers. The National Archives then informed the FBI per standard procedure.

Pence attorney Greg Jacob wrote on Jan. 18 Acting Director Kate Dillon McClure of the White House Liaison Division National Archives and Records Administration to inform her of the papers “containing classified markings.”

After the documents with classified markings were discovered, they were immediately put into a safe, according to the Pence team.

The documents were collected by the FBI at Pence’s home in Carmel, Indiana, on Thursday evening, Jan. 19. Pence was in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life when the FBI collected the documents.

It’s not like these guys were fleeing a coup d’etat in the dead of night, leaving Washington with only the clothes are their backs. They all had a couple of months to prepare for their departure, so why these searches couldn’t have been conducted between the election and the inauguration of the next president doesn’t make sense.

Ultimately, the searches should have been unnecessary. Whether the marked documents were taken to make an officeholder’s memoirs more authentic or whether they thought it was really cool to possess important, secret documents to show their friends after they were out of office is immaterial. It’s mind-blowing that no matter the reason, these documents were negligently mishandled, and the primaries involved — Pence, Trump, and Biden — should all be punished.

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Classified Docs Found at Mike Pence’s Home Raise New Questions

BY STEVE BYAS

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/classified-docs-found-at-mike-pences-home-raise-new-questions/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Greg Jacob, the custodian of Pence’s White House records, has revealed that former Vice President Mike Pence had a small number of classified documents at his home in Indiana, and after Pence notified the National Archives, FBI agents were sent to retrieve them on January 19.

Pence had previously said that he had not brought classified documents home with him after leaving the vice presidency.

“The transfer was facilitated by the Vice President’s personal attorney, who has experience in handling classified documents,” wrote Jacob in a letter to the National Archives on January 22.

Pence notified the National Archives that he had found the documents at his residence on January 16. According to Jacob, Pence had been unaware of the documents being at his house until then. But after he heard of the discovery of classified documents at President Joe Biden’s personal residence, Pence sought the assistance of personal counsel to make sure no such documents existed at his home, as well. It was not revealed what the subject matter of the classified documents in Pence’s possession was.

It is also not clear what was in the classified documents found at former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence, but press reports have indicated that documents in possession of President Biden from his days as vice president include documents having to do with Ukraine. Biden famously was taped bragging to the Council on Foreign Relations that he had gotten a prosecutor in Ukraine fired — a prosecutor, it should be noted, who was investigating a company in Ukraine connected to his son, Hunter. Hunter Biden was reportedly making about $50,000 per month while sitting on the board of Ukrainian energy concern Burisma Holdings.

“This discovery by Pence’s attorney is a very interesting reinforcement of the contrast between how Biden & Pence are properly cooperating and returning documents versus Trump stealing them, hiding them, and obstructing justice into their return,” said David Brock, president of the Biden-allied group Facts First USA. Brock’s caustic remarks no doubt are a signal as to how the Left will spin the Pence revelations to help Biden and hurt Trump.

On the other hand, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, Representative James Comer (R-Ky.), showed no immediate indication that he would back off his investigations in the aftermath of the Pence revelations.

“Former Vice President Mike Pence reached out today about classified documents found at his home in Indiana,” Comer said. “He has agreed to fully cooperate with congressional oversight and any questions we have about the matter. Former Vice President Pence’s transparency stands in stark contrast to Biden's White House staff who continue to withhold information from Congress and the American people.”

Representative Mike Turner (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he planned to “ask for the same intelligence review and damage assessment” that he had requested regarding Biden, “to see if there are any national security concerns.”

Jacob appeared to stress Pence’s cooperation in his letter to the National Archives. “I expressed to you my expectation that the substantial majority of the documents in the four boxes would, upon examination, be found to be personal copies of other records that were previously transmitted to the Archives.”

“All of the documents within the boxes, and within the sealed envelopes, remain in the exact place and order in which they were discovered on January 16. The Vice President is not waiving any privileges pertaining to the clearly labeled materials.”

Pence asked for help “after it became public that documents with classified markings were found in President Joe Biden’s Wilmington residence.”

Meanwhile, six more classified documents were found during the search of President Biden’s home in Delaware on Friday.

After the Pence revelations, commentators such as Clay Travis and Buck Sexton (who took over the national radio show of the late Rush Limbaugh) speculated that former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush might also be in possession of classified documents.

Regardless, the revelation of documents in the possession of former vice presidents Biden and Pence raises other questions. First, could the National Archives have really been unaware of such documents in the hands of Biden and Pence from their days in the vice-presidential office, but then have so much supposed concern about classified documents at the Florida home of former President Trump? After all, whatever documents were at Trump’s home, they were clearly more safely secured than whatever documents Biden had at his home — in the garage, of all places! It is hard to imagine that the average person would put sensitive and important documents of his own in the garage rather than in a safe.

In addition to that, as a former president, Trump could have declassified — and he has claimed he did — those documents before he left office and before he took them to Mar-a-Lago. On the other hand, neither Pence nor Biden had any legal authority to take possession of classified documents, let alone declassify them.

The Pence revelations — coupled with the Biden revelations — demonstrate the rank hypocrisy of the Left with their cheering on a high-profile raid on Trump’s private residence and their general defense of Biden. And then there is the hypocrisy of Biden himself, who told 60 Minutes that Trump’s possession of classified documents was “irresponsible.” Despite that, Biden has expressed that he has no regrets about his own keeping of documents.

There is no doubt that the U.S. government over-classifies documents. However, there are still times when documents need to remain classified for the protection of the country. But Biden still possesses documents from the time he was in the U.S. Senate!

The Pence revelations will no doubt take some of the heat off Biden, but considering that nothing was done to Hillary Clinton and her 30,000 government emails that she hosted on a private server — many of which she simply deleted from her laptop — one can safely predict that nothing will be done to either Pence or Biden over their carelessness.

Surely, one would hope there will be some reform to the entire process of the transfer of classified documents once a person leaves public office — or in the case of Hillary Clinton, while in office — but don’t count on it. Not unless it would give the Left some benefit.

RINO Republican Maria Salazar Lectures Americans in Davos: Illegal Aliens Owed Amnesty

Tucker Carlson spars with South Florida congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar

Maria Elvira Salazar breaks from party, votes to raise legal age to buy AR 15s

Congresswoman Salazar Introduces Dignity Act

SEE: https://salazar.house.gov/media/press-releases/congresswoman-salazar-introduces-dignity-act

MES Capitol

February 8, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27) and a group of her Republican House colleagues introduced the long-awaited Dignity Act, a complete immigration reform bill consisting of 3 core principles: stopping illegal immigration, providing a dignified solution for immigrants living in America, and strengthening the American workforce and economy.

Original cosponsors are Representatives Dan Newhouse (WA-04), John Curtis (UT-03), Pete Sessions (TX-17), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR), Tom Reed (NY-23), and Peter Meijer (MI-03).

“Our broken immigration system is fracturing America — economically, morally, socially, and politically. It's threatening the American Dream and our very way of life,” said Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27). “Today, I am introducing the Dignity Act to secure our border, provide a dignified solution to immigrants in the United States, and support American workers. While we are a nation of laws, we are also a nation of second chances. I'm grateful to my colleagues for joining me to keep the American Dream alive.”

“For 25 years, illegal immigration and protecting the American worker, American sovereignty, and the rights of those who’ve sought refuge in the United States has been a balancing act between Congress and Presidential administrations. These entities have failed to work together to find agreement on a plan and laws, leaving the American people in chaos and danger,” said Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-17). “I applaud Congresswoman Maria Salazar for coming to Congress with substantial ideas to fix this pressing issue. Maria has chosen to tackle an extremely difficult situation—one that has only increased in severity every day since Biden took the Oath of Office. I am proud to be joining the great work Maria has started to safeguard our nation and reinforce the Rule of Law.”

“The Utah Compact on Immigration, first adopted by Utah’s government and business leaders in 2010, established 5 pillars of focus for immigration policy: Federal Solutions, Law Enforcement, Families, Economy, and a Free Society. While I have been in Congress, I have used the Utah Compact to guide me in developing and voting on immigration policy. In line with these values, I am proud to support the DIGNITY Act, which addresses all 5 of these pillars,” said Congressman John Curtis (UT-03). “Like the Compact, the DIGNITY Act balances the need for a secure and working border with compassionate policies that keep families together, ensure employers have access to reliable foreign workers and welcome people into our society and communities. Fair immigration policy is the Utah way and I am proud to be an original cosponsor and supporter of this important bill to provide certainty to Dreamers, reform asylum laws and procedures, provide a path to redemption for those who have contributed to our society for decades, and overhaul our broken immigration system consistent with Utah’s values.”

“One only has to look at our southern border right now to know that illegal immigration has reached a crisis point in this country. Since coming to Congress, reforming our broken system has been one of my top priorities—particularly by ensuring we have a workable guestworker program for our agriculture industry,” said Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04). This legislation builds off of those efforts, recognizes the contributions of immigrants, strengthens our national security, and bolsters our local economies and small businesses. I am proud to join Rep. Salazar in introducing the Dignity Act, a comprehensive proposal to finally fix our broken immigration system.”

“Border security and comprehensive immigration reform are responsibilities that Congress has failed to act on for far too long,” said Congressman Peter Meijer (MI-03). “Securing our borders and making humane reforms to our immigration system are not mutually exclusive. Both of these actions are necessary for the United States to live up to its principles as a nation of laws and values. This bill offers real solutions for fixing our broken immigration system that will enhance our national security, reinvigorate our economy, and enrich our society. There is room for both security and compassion in our immigration policies if we have the political will to find it. I am proud to join my colleagues in this historic effort, and I thank Congresswoman Salazar for her leadership on this issue.”

“The Dignity Act introduced by my colleague, María Elvira Salazar, is a step forward in providing solutions to our flawed immigration system that for decades has left immigrants living in fear and uncertainty. This bill would provide a path to legal status for immigrants that are already living and contributing to our communities, provide more resources for border security, target criminal networks, and address the record backlog of cases in immigration courts. It is time we have laws in place that work for America while strengthening our workforce and economy,” said Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR).

The Dignity Act is the only realistic solution proposed in Congress that fully secures the border, reestablishes law and order in our immigration system, enacts a 10-year Dignity Program providing renewable legal status, and offers an additional optional redemption path to permanent legalization. This reasonable and compassionate approach will finally fix an immigration system that has been broken for decades.

The Dignity Act was written in consultation with American business leaders, agriculture and farming industries, the faith-based community, immigration reform groups, and border security experts.

In March 2021, Rep. Salazar announced her vision for immigration reform through the Dignity Plan. Less than one year later, Salazar has made good on her promise. It is the first substantial immigration reform bill written by a freshman Member of Congress in modern history.

Key Provisions of the Dignity Act:

Border Security and Enforcement

  • Authorizes funding to fully secure America’s border at no cost to American taxpayers.
  • Implements best border technology available – including radar, cameras, infrared, secure communications, and autonomous detection technology.
  • Restarts all currently paused border infrastructure contracts and increases funding for physical border infrastructure.
  • Hires 3,000 new DHS border security personnel and prioritizes the hiring of military veterans and law enforcement agents.
  • Creates a task force to detect and destroy cartel smuggling tunnels along the southern border.
  • Mandates 100% nationwide e-verify to ensure all American businesses are hiring legal workers.
  • Increases criminal penalties for illegal border crossings and immediately deports illegal immigrants who commit crimes.
  • Expands U.S. authorities to go after transnational criminals, smugglers, human traffickers, drug traffickers, and gangs like MS-13 operating outside the United States.
  • Establishes 4 Regional Processing Centers to house asylum claimants at the border to end catch-and-release policies while cases are being determined.
  • Enacts last-in, first-out judicial policy to cut down multi-year backlog in immigration courts.
  • Hires 1,700 new immigration court personal to rule on asylum cases faster.
  • Curbs irregular migration from Central America and address roots causes of northern migration by bringing law, order, and increased development to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

Addressing Immigrants Living in America

  • Creates immediate legal status and a streamlined path for Dreamers.
  • Dignity Program (10 Years): Through the 10-year Dignity Program, undocumented immigrants will be provided a chance to work, earn legal status, pay restitution, and get right with the law. They must comply with all federal and state laws, pass a criminal background check, work or serve as a family caregiver, and pay taxes. They must contribute to the American Worker Fund to begin the program. The Dignity program provides work authorization and protection from removal proceedings as long as conditions are being met. Dignity participants will pay $10,000 in restitution during the 10 years of the program, must check in with DHS every 2 years, and must remain in good public standing.
  • Individuals in the Dignity Program will not have access to federal means-tested benefits or entitlements. They will be net contributors to tax revenue and the U.S. economy.
  • The Redemption Program (+5 years): The Redemption Program is optional, and individuals must complete the 10-year Dignity Program to start the Redemption Program. It will offer a chance at redemption and earn more permanent legal status. The 5-year Redemption Program requires that participants learn English and U.S. civics, and provides the opportunity for those seeking permanent legal status to contribute to their local community either through local volunteer work, national community service, or increased contributions to the American Worker Fund. It also opens up eligibility for existing pathways to citizenship, but would not be a special pathway. Individuals applying would go to the back of the line.
  • Enforcement through a functioning mandatory e-verify system and certification of a fully secure border will be completed before the Redemption Program can begin.

American Workforce and Economy

  • Creates an American Worker Fund, using restitution payments from the Dignity and Redemption programs, at no cost to taxpayers. This provides grants to American citizens for workforce education initiatives, apprenticeship programs, and Career and Technical Education to give opportunities for Americans to enter new careers.
  • For every $10,000 paid by 1 immigrant in the Dignity program will, one can retrain at least 2 American workers.
  • Implements a market-based solution for our labor shortages by expanding and modernizing the H-2A Agricultural Guest Worker program to adequately respond to workforce needs.
  • Updates the antiquated definition of farming to reflect modern-day farming practices, setting a policy that works for all of America’s farmers, growers, and ranchers.
  • Provides wage stability for farmers and ensures a resilient and reliable agricultural commodity supply chain.
  • Combats food price inflation so families can continue to have access to affordable groceries and a large variety of products that originate from American farms.
  • Includes the H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act to ensure that small and seasonal businesses can fulfill their labor needs and contribute to our nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery. 

For remarks from Congresswoman Salazar in English, click here

.For remarks from Congresswoman Salazar in Spanish, click here

.For a one-pager on the Dignity Act, click here

.For a brief background on the Dignity Act, click here

.For a more detailed summary of the Dignity Act, click here

.For a section-by-section breakdown of the Dignity Act, click here

.For the full bill text, click here

.Background:

Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar will continue working to advocate for the Dignity Act. In her first term in Congress, Salazar has been lauded as a champion for immigration reform in addition to being a champion for freedom, prosperity, and American values.

The Miami community has rallied around Salazar for her bold leadership on immigration reform. Salazar has spent 35 years as a Spanish-language primetime journalist, covering immigration and speaking with the Hispanic community in America about the appropriate way to address these complex issues.

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BY JOHN BINDER

SEE: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/01/17/watch-republican-maria-salazar-lectures-americans-in-davos-illegal-aliens-are-owed-amnesty/;

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Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) lectured Americans while in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, urging them to accept amnesty for the nation’s 11 to 22 million illegal aliens.

During a panel discussion alongside Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), and others, Salazar said some form of amnesty is necessary for illegal aliens living across the United States. She said:

We need to also give dignity to those people who are in the country and those are the people that I represent. We’re talking about 13 to 15 million people — who are, most of them, Hispanics, I would say 85 percent who speak my language, look like me, and sound like me — who are contributing to the economy of this country and they live in the shadows.

“So it’s time to seal the border … let’s see who comes in and who doesn’t and then turn around and give dignity, that doesn’t mean a path to citizenship, that means to include them and make them dignified members of our community,” she continued.

Last year, Salazar joined six other House Republicans in unveiling an amnesty plan that would have allowed illegal aliens to secure 10-year work permits to hold American jobs before then applying for green cards to permanently reside in the U.S.

An amnesty for illegal aliens, which would hugely inflate the U.S. labor market and likely spur more vast waves of illegal immigration, is critical for many of Salazar’s largest donors, who include real estate developers looking to build more housing and Wall Street-linked financial firms focused on driving up the number of consumers and available workers.

Independent analysis has shown that amnesty, in addition to more legal immigration, is a net loss for Americans’ job security and wages.

In 2013, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis stated that the “Gang of Eight” amnesty plan would “slightly” push down wages for American workers. Another CBO analysis, published in 2020, stated that “immigration has exerted downward pressure on the wages of relatively low-skilled workers who are already in the country, regardless of their birthplace.”

Other research finds current legal immigration to the U.S. results in more than $530 billion worth of lost wages for Americans.

Recent peer-reviewed research by economist Christoph Albert acknowledges that “as immigrants accept lower wages, they are preferably chosen by firms and therefore have higher job finding rates than natives, consistent with evidence found in US data.”

Every year, the U.S. gives green cards to more than a million foreign nationals who can eventually sponsor an unlimited number of foreign relatives for green cards — a process known as “chain migration.” In addition, more than a million are brought to the U.S. on temporary work visas to take American jobs and millions of illegal aliens are arriving at the southern border annually. Many are being released into the U.S. interior where they can secure work permits.

New York’s COVID Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers Struck Down~Pfizer CEO Asked in Davos When He Knew COVID-19 Vax Wouldn’t ‘Stop the Spread’

Pfizer CEO Asked in Davos When He Knew COVID-19 Vax Wouldn’t ‘Stop the Spread’

Mr. Bourla, can I ask you when did you know that the vaccines didn’t stop transmission? How long did you know that without saying it publicly? Why won’t you answer that question? I mean we now know that the vaccines didn’t stop transmission… but why did you keep it secret? You said it was 100 percent effective, then 90 percent, then 80 percent and 70 percent. But we now know that the vaccines do not stop transmission. Why did you keep that secret? (Bourla says) Have a nice day. I won’t have a nice day until I know the answer. Why did you keep it a secret if your vaccine did not stop transmission?

New York’s COVID Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers Struck Down

BY CAROLYN HENDLER, J.D.

SEE: https://thevaccinereaction.org/2023/01/new-yorks-covid-vaccine-mandate-for-health-care-workers-struck-down/;

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The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in New York has been overturned by the New York Supreme Court, which found that Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York Department of Health exceeded their authority when implementing the vaccine mandate. Siding with the plaintiffs, Medical Professionals for Informed Consent, Judge Gerard Neri ruled that the vaccine mandate was “null void, and of no effect.”1 2

 The COVID vaccine mandate in New York was implemented at the start of the COVID pandemic by Governor Andrew Cuomo when the New York Legislature granted him the power on an emergency basis. On June 24, 2021, the emergency orders were rescinded by the governor, but the vaccine mandate was made a permanent regulation.3

The court found that New York public health law specifically prohibits the Commissioner from mandating vaccination for adults and children with the exception of school requirements from preschool through high school. For school-aged children, the public health law only permits mandates for vaccines related to poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, Hib, pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B.

Accordingly, the COVID vaccine mandate exceeds the authority granted to the Commissioner by Public Health law. The court concluded:

The mandate §2.61 is beyond the scope of Respondents’ authority and is therefore null, void and of no effect, and Respondents, their agents, officers and employees are prohibited from implementing or enforcing the Mandate… DOH blatantly violated the boundaries of its authority as set forth by Legislature.4

The court determined that the COVID vaccine mandate was “arbitrary and capricious” and the changing definition of “fully vaccinated” in the mandate “contains all the hallmarks of “absurdity” and is no definition at all.”

Plaintiff attorney Sujata Gibson said:

This is a huge win for New York healthcare workers, who have been deprived of their livelihoods for more than a year. This is also a huge win for all New Yorkers, who are facing dangerous and unprecedented healthcare worker shortages throughout New York State.5

New York State Health Department officials strongly disagreed with the ruling stating that the mandate was “a critical public health tool” and that they were exploring their options.6


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1 Stimson B. NY department of health ‘exploring options’ after judge strikes down COVID vaccine mandate for health workers. Fox News Jan. 14, 2023.
2 Associated Press. Judge strikes down NY State COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. News 10 Jan. 16, 2023.
3 Medical Professionals For Informed Consent et al. v. Mary T. Basset et al. NYSCEF Doc. 86 Index No. 008575/2022.
4 Ibid.
5
Breaking: CHD Defeats NY State Healthcare Mandate Dropped. Children’s Health Defense. Jan. 13, 2023.

6 NY vaccine mandate for health care workers struck down. MSN Jan. 15, 2023.

Big Pharma’s Influence in Shaping the U.S. Medical Model

BY NATASHA HOBLEY

SEE: https://thevaccinereaction.org/2023/01/big-pharmas-influence-in-shaping-the-u-s-medical-model/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

The United States is the most medicated country in the world, with 70 percent of Americans using at least one prescription drug daily. The U.S. also has the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, childhood illness, and autoimmune disease, yet it often touts its health care and medical research as the best in the world.1

The medical model in the U.S. focuses on addressing the symptoms of disease and illness through the widespread use of pharmaceutical products rather than dealing with the root causes of disease. Lifestyle choices are rarely addressed and alternative forms of medicine are often mocked, despite most of them being around for decades to centuries longer than western medicine. Although diet has long been known to play a significant role in maintaining good health, medical doctors receive relatively little training on the topic of nutrition—on average only 19.6 hours throughout their entire 15,000 hours of education.2

To understand how the “pill for every ill” approach became the underpinning of the U.S. medical model, it is important to understand two factors—the history of how allopathic medicine practiced by medical doctors came to dominate health care in the U.S., and the fact that pharmaceutical companies provide a significant source of funding for medical school education and textbooks.

Rockefeller Capitalized on Oil Industry by Creating Pharmaceuticals

During the first half of the 19th century in the U.S., much of the model for health care was based on natural and holistic approaches such as herbs, homeopathy, and chiropractic care.3 In the early part of the 20th century, European pharmaceutical companies in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S. were expanding their product lines.

The oil industry was booming and German pharmaceutical companies had begun developing synthetic vitamins out of petroleum byproducts known as petrochemicals. Billionaire John D. Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil, recognized the opportunity to further expand markets for the oil industry by using petrochemicals to make pharmaceutical drugs and synthetic vitamins and purchased German pharmaceutical company Farben, now known as Bayer.4

The Flexner Report Eliminates Majority of Natural Healing Doctors and Education

In partnership with Andrew Carnegie, Rockefeller hired Abraham Flexner, who released the “Flexner Report” in 1910, which reshaped the practice of medicine in America forever. Flexner himself had attended Johns Hopkins University and had developed a distaste for “nonconformist” approaches to health and healing, which he deemed as “quackery.”5 His report concluded that there were too many doctors and medical schools in the U.S. and that natural healing modalities were unscientific and he advocated for their closure.6

The Flexner Report was then submitted to Congress and later adopted as law. Any medical school that agreed to adopt the scientific paradigm-focused recommendations outlined in the Flexner Report received large grants from the Rockefeller Foundation. Through this funding, virtually all other traditional healing arts were eliminated, and, by 1930, only 76 percent of the 168 existing schools educating physicians remained.5

Boundaries Between Big Pharma and Medical Field “Hard to Disentangle”

Fast forward to the present and it is obvious that there are many blurred lines between medical care and the pharmaceutical industry. Not only do pharmaceutical companies continue to provide outsized funding of medical schools, medical textbooks, and medical associations, but the pharmaceutical industry also spends a lot of money funding the legacy and online digital media, as well as U.S. lawmakers at the state and federal level.

“The truth is, it’s hard to disentangle medical education from whatever the prevailing culture is in medicine, including ways of thinking or beliefs of the day about diagnosis or treatment,” said Elia Ai Jaoude, MD, a psychiatrist who also went through medical school “And currently, the pharmaceutical and medical device industries continue to have much influence over the shaping of beliefs.”7

Opioid Crisis is Prime Example of Pharmaceutical Industry Influence

A recent example of how the pharmaceutical industry influences the practice of medicine is the opioid crisis, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and even more lives impacted by addiction. For years, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry set out to wage an aggressive marketing campaign in which they intentionally lied to and misled physicians about the safety of opioids and the potential for addiction. Harvard Professor and former editor-in-chief for the New England Journal of Medicine Marcia Angell, MD said in 2009:

Drug manufacturers paid doctors and movie stars to promote more aggressive pain treatment. The companies also created campaigns for their sales forces, tying bonuses to opioid sales and holding contests to reward top earners.8

Johnson & Johnson Reps Gave Prizes to Doctors Prescribing High Numbers of Opioids

One pharmaceutical company that promoted aggressive pain treatment using opioids was Johnson & Johnson, which courts of law found created PowerPoint presentations promising prizes for physicians who sold the highest amounts of their extended-release opioid Nucynta (tapentadol). Prizes included Caribbean Cruises and Sony home theater systems.8

Courts Deem Pharmaceutical Company Marketing as “False, Misleading, and Dangerous”

Federal judges throughout the country have ruled against various pharmaceutical companies for their aggressive and misleading marketing, including an Oklahoma judge who stated that Johnson & Johnson had engaged in “false, misleading, and dangerous marketing campaigns” causing “exponentially increasing rates of addiction, overdose deaths” and opioid-addicted babies.8

Throughout the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing campaigns, from 1997 to 2002, pain relief prescriptions in the U.S. increased from roughly 670,000 prescriptions to 6.2 million prescriptions.8 Attorney John Brownlee pointed out that Oxycontin was mostly about making money for pharmaceutical companies:

The genesis of OxyContin was not the result of good science or laboratory experiment. OxyContin was the child of marketeers and bottom line financial decision making.8

Physician’s Trust in Drug Companies Begins in Medical School

According to Joel Lexchin, MD, who was once an emergency room physician and now teaches health policy, the issue of physician trust in the pharmaceutical industry stems back to medical school. Dr. Lexchin wrote a book on the topic entitled Doctors in Denial: Why Big Pharma and the Canadian Medical Profession Are Too Close For Comfort.7

In his book, Dr. Lexchin outlined the many ethical dilemmas that arise from the entanglement between medical school students and the drug industry, including the companies paying university educators and the development of relationships with students early—which has been shown to impact the doctors' prescribing habits, the co-authoring of biased textbooks, and research funding and findings that may be skewed in a drug company’s favor.

Medical  School Research Funded by Big Pharma

Dr. Lexchin said that even when funding seems charitable, it is not uncommon for drug companies to benefit because they are promoting research in particular areas with a particular slant to them. He gave the example of a pharmaceutical company interested in developing a product to treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The funding would likely not go toward researching the sexual practices of teenagers, but rather toward researching STI antibiotics, which would help sell treatment drugs. Dr. Lexchin added:

The pharmaceutical industry level of resources means that other voices and other kinds of research may be drowned out.7

While medical schools maintain that drug industry funding helps to promote quality education, Dr. Lexchin believes that drug companies should not play any role in shaping what and how future physicians learn and says that medical schools are environments ripe for influence.6

Harvard Professor Says Relationship Between Big Pharma and Medical Schools is Increasingly Entangled

In 2000, Dr. Angell, in her position as a senior lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, asked, Is Academic Medicine for Sale?8 Dr. Angell described the evolution of the relationship between medical schools and the pharmaceutical industry,  a relationship she said has only grown to be increasingly entangled and too intimate since the late 20th century. She cited a poll in which 94 percent of physicians surveyed acknowledged receiving financial compensation of some form from pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Angell also cited the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 in which Congress voted to allow universities to patent discoveries that stem from federally funded research and then license those discoveries exclusively to companies in return for royalties. This 1980 Act created a financial incentive for universities to aim for discoveries that were likely to benefit the pharmaceutical industry, rather than the public at large. In her address, Dr. Angell stated:

Drug companies [do not] aim to educate doctors, except as a means to the primary end of selling drugs. Drug companies don’t have education budgets; they have marketing budgets from which their ostensibly educational activities are funded.8

She went on to outline reform steps that would need to be taken in order to restore integrity to the profession and stated the need for the profession to wean itself from industry money. Dr. Angell concluded:

You are not entitled to anything you want just because you’re very smart. Conflicts of interest in academic medicine have serious consequences, and it is time to stop making excuses for them.8


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1 Gallant A. A growing number of Americans report taking prescription medications daily. Civic Science Jan. 11, 2023.
2 Colino S. How much do doctors learn about nutrition? U.S. News and World Report Dec. 7, 2016.
3 Pharmaphorum. A history of the pharmaceutical industry. Sept. 1, 2020.
4 Schmidt E. How Rockefeller created the business of western medicine. Meridian Health Clinic Dec. 27, 2019.
5
Simpson JK. The five eras of Chiropractic & the future of chiropractic as seen through the eyes of a participant observer. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies Jan. 19, 2012.

6 Stahnisch F, Verhoef M. The Flexner Report of 1910 and Its Impact on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Psychiatry in North America in the 20th Century. Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine Dec. 26, 2012.
7 Hensley L. Big pharma pours millions into medical schools—here’s how it can impact education. Global News Aug. 12, 2019.
8 Angell M. Is academic medicine for sale? Boston Review June 26, 2012.

 

Enthusiasm Fading for Electric Vehicles

Enthusiasm Fading for Electric Vehicles

BY BOB ADELMANN

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/enthusiasm-fading-for-electric-vehicles/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

The recent announcement that electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla has cut its prices by between six and 20 percent just to maintain its production goals and market share is the latest manifestation of the fading enthusiasm for electric vehicles.

In essence, the result of government meddling in the private market is now showing up in such moves.

In 2021, for example, auto executives were “very optimistic” about EVs, expecting them to capture as much as 70 percent of the total automotive market by 2030. A year later that optimism had subsided considerably, with those same executives cutting their expectations to 40 percent.

The latest report from international accounting firm KPMG reveals that car dealers expect EVs to capture just over 20 percent of the total automotive market by 2030.

The initial enthusiasm was generated by the belief that somehow EVs would save the planet. Governments got on board with the fraud, allowing massive tax credits to be given to purchasers of them to stimulate demand and hasten the transition.

That demand is now causing consternation, especially in California, where the far-Left interventionist governor and his Democratic sycophants in the state’s Legislature have deemed that 100 percent of vehicles sold in the state by 2035 be electric. The only problem, of course, is that making the demand and providing the supply are separate issues. As Ram Rajagopal, a professor at Stanford University, pointed out, a complete transition to electric vehicles in the state would require at least 15 times more charging stations than the 80,000 that presently exist.

And the demand on the state’s existing energy grid would be highly unlikely to be met. For instance, during a heat wave last September, just days after Governor Gavin Newsom announced that his state was going 100 percent “green” by 2035, the California Independent System Operator (which runs the state’s power grid) asked residents owning EVs to avoiding charging them during peak usage hours.

There are other issues as well. As inflation impacts the cost of building EVs, the so-called “cost advantage” of owning one over the traditional internal-combustion vehicle has narrowed to almost zero. An analysis by The Wall Street Journal in December showed that drivers of Tesla’s Model 3 had to pay the same to drive 100 miles as did the owner of a Honda Civic.

And there are political issues as well. Geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan wrote:

The lithium comes from one place, and it’s all processed in China. So, just building the alternate processing infrastructure … and by the way, we [would] have to invade Russia too … just to get the materials to do EVs at scale is just laughable for the next decade.

There are reliability issues, too. Consumer Reports noted in its 2022 Annual Auto Reliability survey that just four of the 11 EVs in that survey had “average or better than predicted” reliability.

Plus, there are battery issues — they are expensive to replace. Consumer Affairs reported that “all EV batteries will eventually fail to hold a charge and require replacement.” In its survey of auto mechanics, the company reported that the total cost to replace a battery in a nearly 10-year-old Toyota Prius was $4,489, while the cost to replace the lithium battery in a 2014 Nissan Leaf was an astounding $17,657. A quick check on the price of a used 2014 Nissan Leaf reveals sellers are currently asking around $10,000 or so to get rid of them.

Then there are supply-chain issues. Last February the Felicity Ace — a cargo ship carrying hundreds of EVs — caught fire and sank in 10,000 feet of water off the shores of the Azores, Portugal. As Captain Rahul Khanna, global head of the marine insurance firm Allianze Global Corporate & Specialty (KGCS), noted, a single fire, from whatever cause, could (and did) incinerate an entire ship. In an interview with Autoweek, he said:

There have been quite a few, let’s say, near misses that the industry has seen over the years. And we … recognize the fact that EVs can be problematic, especially when it comes to fire….

The problem with EVs is that the lithium-ion batteries can actually propagate the fire. In fact, they can actually encourage a fire if a fire has already started and you have lithium-ion batteries — they can ignite a lot more vigorously as compared to any other cars.

Just last Friday a Norwegian shipping company banned EVs on its ferries, explaining that if an EV catches fire, the fire cannot be extinguished.

The bloom appears to be off the rose for EVs now that the reality of government interference for political reasons is becoming increasingly obvious. The cost of “going green” continues to escalate, and consumers are reacting accordingly. 

THE NEW AMERICAN: Social Justice “Religion” is NOT Christianity, Warns Christian Author

The social-justice movement is a religion with its own saints, holy books, seminaries and doctrines that is inherently opposed to Christianity on multiple levels, Christian author and filmmaker Jonathan Harris said in an interview on Conversations That Matter with The New American magazine's Alex Newman. Harris, who has extensive theological training and has written books about the issue, called on Christian leaders to see through this, but warned that this false religion is even infiltrating conservative evangelical seminaries. Even the Southern Baptist Convention is falling victim, he said. Harris, who hosts his own podcast called Conversations That Matter, also gives his thoughts on the proper role of the church in the culture and political realm, as contrasted with the "woke" view advocated by social-justice warriors. 🇺🇸 The New American: http://www.thenewamerican.com/

Evidence of Biden Family Influence-peddling Schemes Is ‘Everywhere,’ Says Comer~Has Biden Been Hoarding Classified Docs for Decades?

Evidence of Biden Family Influence-peddling Schemes Is 'Everywhere,' Says Comer

BY MATT MARGOLIS

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/01/23/evidence-of-biden-family-influence-peddling-schemes-is-everywhere-says-comer-n1664116;

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Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, says that there is “evidence everywhere” pointing to Joe Biden’s family being “involved in influence-peddling schemes for decades.”Comer appeared on Sunday Morning Futures with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo to discuss the latest revelations in Joe Biden’s classified documents scandal and how it fits the “pattern of an influence operation.”

On Saturday, more classified documents were discovered at Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Del., house despite claims by the White House that the search for documents had concluded.

“​It’s very startling. And with respect to the documents, Maria, I took the president at his word when the first set of documents was found at the Biden Center for Diplomacy that he had just ended verbally misplaced those documents. But now this is gone from just simply being irresponsible to downright scary,” Comer said. “This has all the pattern of an influence-peddling scheme. And it also has the makings of a potential cover-up​.”

Comer argued that this raises significant questions about what the Biden administration is trying to hide from Americans.

“The White House isn’t being truthful with the American people,” Comer said. “We need to know now who had access to those documents because our national security could be at risk.”​

Bartiromo then asked if it amounts to treason, but Comer wasn’t ready to go that far… yet.

​”It’s very concerning. We’re not going to let up. I think that we have got plenty of information to move forward. This would be a lot easier if the White House would work with us.”

Reports of Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business dealings, and the potential influence peddling that may have been a part of it, were exposed before the 2020 election but went uninvestigated by the Democrat majorities in the House and Senate. It took the GOP winning the House majority in November for investigations to finally take place, and according to Comer, the evidence of corruption is “everywhere.”

“You know, investigating Hunter and the Biden family is about like tracking a bleeding bear through a snowstorm. There is evidence everywhere that would point out that this family has been involved in influence-peddling schemes for decades. And this is very concerning.”

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Has Biden Been Hoarding Classified Docs for Decades?
BY MATT MARGOLIS
SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/01/22/has-biden-been-hoarding-classified-docs-for-decades-n1664021;

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It seemed clear from the beginning that Biden’s classified documents scandal was worse than Trump’s, and yet in the two weeks since it just keeps getting worse. Not only have more documents been found on more than one occasion, some of the classified documents that were among those most recently discovered date back to when he was a U.S. senator.

According to Bob Bauer, Biden’s personal lawyer, on Friday, “DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President” (emphasis added).

Joe Biden served in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009, and until we get further information, we don’t know how old the documents are. This means that he’s had classified documents in his possession for as little as six years, or as long as fifty years.

The Justice Department is now considering expanding its search to more locations linked to Joe Biden. Just what will they find, and where?

And what has Joe Biden been doing with these classified documents all these years?

Gov. Ron DeSantis Lowers the *BOOM* on Florida Teachers’ Unions

Gov. Ron DeSantis Lowers the *BOOM* on Florida Teachers' Unions

BY STEPHEN GREEN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2023/01/23/gov-ron-desantis-lowers-the-boom-on-florida-teachers-unions-n1664133;

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Florida teachers’ unions are about to lose a major source of funding, along with a novel new regulation on administrator pay, if Gov. Ron DeSantis gets his way.

It’s a big, bold move — and increasingly typical for America’s most aggressively conservative governor.

Speaking at an event called “Florida, the Education State” in Jacksonville on Monday, DeSantis outlined his plan to rein in unions’ power.

DeSantis opened the event with the good news first, detailing how teachers’ salaries were up under his administration, fulfilling a promise to hit a minimum average salary of $47,500 for Florida teachers. With that goal met, “the state would put more funds into a program to raise salaries of current teachers,” according to WFLA.

Then he lowered the *BOOM* on the unions, announcing his intention to end the automatic deduction of union dues from teachers’ paychecks.

When then-Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed similar legislation in 2011 affecting all public sector unions, both dues collection and membership plummeted.

“We also believe,” DeSantis said, “and will be reflected in this proposal, if you’re working in a school union, you should not make more than the school’s highest-paid teacher.”

In other words, a hard cap on union officials’ pay that’s pegged to what actual schoolteachers are paid.

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According to the most recent figures I could find (2016), the Florida Education Association — the state’s largest teachers’ union — has 43 officials earning more than $100,000 a year. Their average compensation back then was $131,000. That six-year-old figure is more than double the average teacher’s pay after DeSantis delivered on pay hikes.

Keep in mind, those big, six-figure union salaries come straight out of teachers’ paychecks, with or without their permission.

But here’s the kicker.

Going even further, the DeSantis plan would require that a union represent more than half of all teachers in any district in order to engage in collective bargaining with that district. The proposal would also prevent unions from keeping “zombie” teachers on their membership rolls after they quit paying dues.

So if enough teachers in a given school district were to give their union the old heave-ho, then that union would be effectively moribund there.

Over at Fox News, Paul Zimmerman called the proposal a “blueprint to dominate teachers’ union bosses,” but I’d politely disagree. To me, it looks more like a plan to stop Florida teachers’ unions from dominating education policy while hoovering up teachers’ paychecks without their consent.

Ron DeSantis took his swing state and turned it bright red. Now he might do the same to the state’s K-12 schools — and I can’t think of a better way for him to deliver real, long-lasting change to Florida.

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