Interview: Listen to NY pharmacist discuss his refusal to administer experimental biological agents without informed consent – America’s Frontline Doctors

Interview: Listen to NY pharmacist discuss his refusal to administer experimental biological agents without informed consent

SEE: https://americasfrontlinedoctors.org/frontlinenews/interview-listen-to-ny-pharmacist-discuss-his-refusal-to-administer-experimental-biological-agents-without-informed-consent/;

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America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) spoke to New York pharmacist Joel Wood about his dismissal for his refusal to administer experimental biological agents without providing his patients the ability to give their informed consent to receive them.

On May 5th, Wood called an anonymous ethics line at the Kinney Drugs corporation where he was employed to express concerns over both vaccine shedding and vaccination in youth. On May 9th he wrote an email to the corporation in which he stated: “I have been an employee for Kinneys for over 5 years. I have always felt that they have made safety for staff and patients a priority. However, I would like to know what the company is doing to address the safety concern of shedding of vaccine in the work place. It is a known phenomenon, and specifically mentioned in the Pfizer study on page 67 as a concern. It is possible to have contact thru both physical touching (which is not the concern at work) but also inhalation – this is a concern at work. The masks do not provide any safety. I would like to see this addressed in an email to the company by this weekend.”

Wood continued: “If there is not an email that addresses these concerns, I will forward my complaint to OSHA as a violation of safety.

“I am also concerned with the lack of patient safety and informed consent that involves the Moderna COVID-19 shot. I have heard from many staff and patients that they did not know that the shot was NOT FDA-approved. I know for a fact the staff who are administering this shot are not telling people that it is not an approved vaccine. This creates an issue when patients get their second shot and are informed that it is not approved and say, ‘Well, the first shot was’; no, it was not.

“I would also like to address the elephant in the room. I understand the need to follow advice from our regulatory governmental agencies. However when those agencies are wrong or make inappropriate recommendations, it is our patients that feel the brunt of this…

“I fear that Kinney is moving in a direction that is the opposite of our motto. Experience the difference means just that, if we do not change our behavior and inform the public the real science and health information that exists in the world, we do a disservice to the community and also ourselves as healthcare providers. We are now going to be administering a shot to children 12 and older for a disease that was called the common cold by the New York Times twice. We have no long-term data about this shot in children.”

Wood concluded his letter to Kinneys: “If there is not an email sent to the company that starts to address these concerns, I will be writing letters to OSHA and well as news organizations as a whistleblower for the crimes that are being committed. I do not believe that it is intentional, but we are acting against international human rights laws that discuss vaccines and discrimination. We have a responsibility to tell the public the reality about this shot, what it really does, that there is no pandemic, and that the numbers were inflated to make it appear like a pandemic. We need to inform them about the vaccine shedding that might be occurring.”

After receiving no answer to address his concerns, Wood addressed a formal complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On May 11th, he received an answer that read: “At this time OSHA has no standards or jurisdiction when it comes to COVID-19 concerns or complaints. We have been told to give all complainants these 3 numbers to contact if you so choose:”, listing the New York State Governor’s office, the New York State COVID-19 hotline, and the New York State Department of Labor COVID violation hotline. Wood was subsequently fired from his position at Kinney Drugs.

America’s Frontline Doctors spoke to New York pharmacist Joel Wood, who was fired after five years in his job for refusing to administer COVID-19 vaccines without informed consent.

$400 Billion Stolen in COVID Unemployment Fraud; 70 Percent by State-sponsored Criminal Organizations

BY C. MITCHELL SHAW

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/400b-stolen-in-covid-unemployment-fraud-70-percent-by-state-sponsored-criminal-organizations/;

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According to recent reports, as much as half of unemployment benefits paid out as part of government-issued COVID relief funds may have been stolen through fraud. And allegedly much of that money has left U.S. shores through the scheming of international criminals. In total, America may have been cheated out of more than $400 billion in fraudulent claims.

The reports — from fraud-detection services ID.me and LexisNexis Risk Solutions — are both shocking and damning. Blake Hall, CEO of ID.me told Axios that America has lost more than $400 billion to fraudulent claims. As much as 50 percent of all unemployment monies might have been stolen, says Hall. And Haywood Talcove — CEO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions — estimates that at least 70 percent of the money was hijacked by impostors who ultimately left the country, much of the wealth ending up in the hands of criminal syndicates in China, Nigeria, Russia, and elsewhere. “These groups are definitely backed by the state,” he said.

Unemployment scams were rare before the COVID outbreak and Big Government’s response, which crippled the economy and then served as a pretext for creating money out of thin air to pump into the economy in an artificial attempt to prop the economy back up. In those hard-to-recall “before” times, unemployment claims were both rare and short-lived. There was precious little margin from which criminal syndicates could carve themselves out a large enough profit to make these types of scams a worthwhile endeavor.

But with long-term unemployment payments now being issued on a massive scale, criminals are seeing an opportunity to cash in. Add to that the simple fact that — like nearly everything else related to government handling of COVID over the past year — states were unprepared for unemployment claims on a gigantic scale never before seen.

The sheer numbers of unemployment claims overwhelmed the system, and the typical checks and balances in place to weed out fraud — especially on any large scale at all — fell apart. The result is state-sponsored criminal organizations around the world cashing in on a financial stimulus plan Democrats told America we needed because of a financial crisis they created. But as this writer covered in a previous article, much of the “stimulus” was never necessary anyway.

As the earlier article shows, 65 to 70 percent of the past two stimulus payments are sitting — unspent and unneeded — in consumers’ checking and savings accounts.

And while unemployment is supposed to provide relief for those who, through no fault of their own, have lost their jobs, the principle still applies. Government created a crisis then produced money out of thin air to “solve” the crisis. Par for the course, government could not be bothered to keep up with that newly created money.

And while this will not immediately affect Americans, in the intermediate future, it will devalue the dollar. Things may be picking up right now, but that is because the market has not had time to adjust to all those trillions of newly created dollars. And as the stolen hundreds of billions makes its way back home for payment, Americans will see the true cost of printing money like mad men.

Perhaps the real crime is not that $400 billion in unemployment was stolen, but that it was created in the first place.

NBC Inadvertently Shows Biden Packing Cities With Illegals, “Migrants” Coming for Jobs, Not “Asylum”

NBC Inadvertently Shows Biden Packing Cities With Illegals, “Migrants” Coming for Jobs, Not “Asylum”

BY R. CORT KIRKWOOD

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/nbc-inadvertently-shows-biden-packing-cities-with-illegals-migrants-coming-for-jobs-not-asylum/;

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In the latest lachrymose tale of “migrants” at the border from NBC News, you might say the lead flew under the radar: The Biden administration is using commercial airlines to flood the heartland with illegal aliens and push forward the so-called Great Replacement of white Americans with Third World immigrants.

Border authorities released as many as 50,000 illegals in April because their facilities are packed to the rafters with “migrants.”

As well, NBC let another cat out of the bag without knowing it. The illegals aren’t jumping the border because they are running from violence and persecution. They’re coming for jobs and free stuff.

The Data

Cutting through the story’s melodramatic interviews and ignoring the pathos-inducing photographs, a reader will get these facts:

  • “15 single adult men who had been caught crossing the border a few days earlier were released to a nearby shelter, where they waited for flights and buses that would take them to cities across the U.S.”
  • “17 percent of all families and single adults apprehended by [Rio Grande Valley Border Sectors agents] this year have been released into the U.S.” 
  • “Borderwide, about 15 percent of single adults and 65 percent of families are released into the U.S. rather than expelled, according to Customs and Border Protection data from April.”

Breaking down those last two figures alone shows the magnitude of what Biden and his leftist henchmen are doing. In April, CBP data show, 108,301 single adults jumped the border, along with 48,226 who claimed they were in “families.”

Assuming NBC’s percentages apply to border jumpers, not those who show up at ports of entry, then in one month alone, CBP released 16,245 single adults and 31,347 members of family units. If the percentages include those stopped at ports of entry, the numbers are even worse.

Since Biden landed in office, 464,965 single adults and family members have jumped the border. If NBC’s reported percentage of those released has been and remains consistent, Biden’s border policy amounts to open war on American cities.

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Why They’re Coming

The point of NBC’s story is that some illegals are deported, and some aren’t. Thus, “under Biden, crossing the border has become a lottery for migrants,” as the headline says.

One of the 15 single adults awaiting a trip to Miami admitted that he didn’t come to the United States to seek asylum, but instead to find work and take a job from an unemployed American:

“Sometimes I ask myself why they had me and they deported others,” said a 20-year-old Nicaraguan, who said he left home to find work and was now headed to Miami. “And I give thanks to God.”

The unemployed American that he cheats out of a job won’t give thanks to God, but in any event, another illegal said something similar. “It’s very difficult in my country,” a Honduran woman wailed. “There’s nothing.”

In other words, she came for a job and free stuff. Taxpayers will pick up the bills for her and the 10-year-old child she dragged along.

Those confessions are not unusual. Almost all asylum claims from illegals are bogus, and a survey of illegals sent back to their homes found that almost 100 percent did not flee persecution or violence, but instead came to find work.

Earlier this week, Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas terminated former President Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols, which included the Remain in Mexico policy.

That policy required those seeking asylum to wait on the other side of the border until their cases were heard.

A Cuban immigrant and visa fraudster, Mayorkas is Biden’s point man to flood the country with illegals and make them Democrats voters.

Once that happens, the country will be under one-party rule forever.

As for NBC’s story, jumping the border isn’t just a “lottery” for the illegals. It’s a lottery for Americans in the cities to which Biden is sending them. 

Will an illegal alien hired by a contractor murder a wife and mother who is home alone, or will he simply take the job her son needed to help pay for college?

Employers Plan to Mandate Vaccines

Rumble — The Covid-19 vaccine is not your typical vaccine. Not only does it work differently than vaccines we're accustomed to taking, such as for the measels or mumps, but there hasn't been enough time for long-term studies to be conducted.

Many employers have announced that they are going to mandate Covid vaccinations as a condition of employment. Are these mandates legal? Find out from Robert Owens on this episode of Constitution Corner!

Elementary School Teacher Placed on Leave After Insisting Biological Boys Can’t Become Girls

BY MATT MARGOLIS

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/05/28/elementary-school-teacher-placed-on-leave-for-insisting-biological-boys-cant-become-girls-n1450492;

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A Virginia elementary school gym teacher has been placed on leave after delivering a speech to his school board announcing that he will not “affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa,” according to a report from Fox News.

“My name is Tanner Cross and I am speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria. ’60 Minutes’ this past Sunday interviewed over 30 young people who transitioned but they felt led astray because of lack of pushback or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies in just three months. They are now de-transitioning,” he pointed out.

Cross proceeded to speak out about a new school policy, 8040, requiring staff in Loudoun County, Va., schools to use the preferred pronouns of students.

“LCPS staff shall allow gender-expansive or transgender students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record,” policy 8040 reads. “School staff shall, at the request of a student or parent/legal guardian, when using a name or pronoun to address the student, use the name and pronoun that correspond to their gender identity. The use of gender-neutral pronouns are appropriate. Inadvertent slips in the use of names or pronouns may occur; however, staff or students who intentionally and persistently refuse to respect a student’s gender identity by using the wrong name and gender pronoun are in violation of this policy.”

Another policy, 8350, instructs staff to “allow gender-expansive and transgender students to participate in such activities in a manner consistent with the student’s gender identity.”

“It’s not my intention to hurt anyone,” Cross continued in his speech to the school board. “But, there are certain truths that we must face when ready. We condemn school policies like 8040 and 8035 [sic] because [they] would damage children, defile the holy image of God. I love all of my students but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher but I serve God first and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”

Fox News obtained an email from the school’s principal announcing Cross had been put on leave.

“I’m contacting you to let you know that one of our physical education teachers, Tanner Cross, is on leave beginning this morning,” Principal Shawn Lacey wrote. “In his absence, his duties will be covered by substitute staff already working in our building.”

“I wanted you to know this because it may affect your student’s [sic] school routine. Because this involves a personnel matter, I can offer no further information,” Levy continued.

The email did not explain why Cross was put on leave.

School Superintendent: Critical Race Theory ‘Isn’t Optional Anymore’

BY TYLER O'NEIL

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/05/21/school-superintendent-critical-race-theory-isnt-optional-anymore-n1448744;

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School districts across the country have pushed Marxist critical race theory, either by requiring teachers to take “anti-racism” trainings or by embracing the discredited “1619 Project” or by championing the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Learning for Justice” lessons. Yet rarely have superintendents blatantly stated that there is no room for dissent from the idea that America is institutionally racist.

Yet in a Zoom equity committee meeting on January 28, 2021, Dan Grotting, superintendent of the school district in Beaverton, Ore., suggested that if teachers disagree with the anti-racism movement inspired by critical race theory, they should look for work elsewhere.

“I do want the message to get out there that this [anti-racism training] isn’t optional anymore,” Grotting said in the meeting, The Daily Wire reported. “We’ve waited for the willing, and if you’re not willing then maybe this isn’t the right place for you to work” (emphasis added).

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“Maybe we can free up your future, because if we’re going to become an anti-racist school district, it can’t just be a few people, it needs to be everybody, to include our staff, our students, our community, eventually everyone,” the superintendent said.

This statement may violate teachers’ First Amendment protections, but Grotting’s remarks illustrate just how noxious and widespread this movement has become. Some on the Left equate any disagreement with “anti-racism” with actual racism.

The “anti-racism” movement traces back to Ibram X. Kendi’s book How To Be An Antiracist. Echoing critical race theory, Kendi claims that racial disparities are ipso facto proof of hidden racial bias or discrimination (regardless of civil rights laws explicitly forbidding such discrimination), and that people must choose sides. Those who support the status quo are “racist” while those who advocate for leftist race-based overhauls are “anti-racist.”

These ideas trace back to critical race theory (CRT), a Marxist attempt to upend society by claiming that America is systemically racist.

The Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) condemned CRT as a “hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud,” noting that CRT implies that Asians are “over-represented.”

“CRT is today’s Chinese Exclusion Act. CRT is the real ​hate crime​ against Asians” (emphasis original),” CACAGNY argued. “CRT appears in our workplaces under the cover of ​implicit bias/sensitivity​ ​training​. It infiltrates our schools pretending to be ​culturally/ethnically responsive​ ​pedagogy​, with curricula such as the New York Times’ ​1619 Project​ and Seattle’s ​ethnomathematics​.”

Even the Smithsonian briefly published a horrifying Marxist lesson on “whiteness” that “deconstructed” various aspects of American and Western culture, including capitalism, science, the nuclear family, and Christianity, as nefarious relics of white supremacy. The lesson also claimed that a work ethic, delayed gratification, being polite, and getting to meetings on time are aspects of the “whiteness” culture that must be deconstructed and rejected.

Marxist critical race theory inspired much of the destruction of the Black Lives Matter and antifa riots over the summer. While protesters rightly expressed outrage at the treatment of George Floyd, many of the protests devolved into looting, vandalism, and arson in which lawless thugs — acting in the name of fighting racism — destroyed black livesblack livelihoods, and black monuments.

The SPLC, a far-left organization best known for demonizing mainstream conservative and Christian organizations as “hate groups” and listing them alongside the Ku Klux Klan, pushes critical race theory in schools across the country through its “Learning for Justice” program. As of 2018, the SPLC claimed that over 500,000 educators nationwide use its materials. The program, long known as “Teaching Tolerance,” has pushed transgenderism for kids as young as preschool. It has encouraged teachers to teach kids about “microaggressions” in first grade.

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Critical race theory and “anti-racism” have made terrifying inroads in American society and in education, in particular. Parents, teachers, and citizens need to push back on this noxious ideology.

 

Space Force Officer Relieved of Duty for Attacking Marxism

Removed from command for writing book on “Marxist goal of conquest and the unmaking of the U.S. Military.”

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/biden-military-purges-critical-race-theory-critic-lloyd-billingsley/

BY BRYAN PRESTON

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/05/15/outrageous-space-force-unit-c-o-relieved-of-duty-for-criticizing-marxism-in-the-military-n1447237;

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Military.com reports that Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier has been relieved of his duties pending an investigation after he appeared on a podcast and criticized the rise of Marxism in the United States military.

Lohmeier served for 14 years in the U.S. Air Force before joining Space Force among its first officers and recruits. He has written and self-published a bookIrresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest and the Unmaking of the American Military. He appeared on a podcast, called Information Operation, to discuss the book on May 7. He was relieved of his duties as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado on Friday, May 14, by order of Lt. Gen. Steven Whiting. Public affairs made it clear that his comments are the reason his job now hangs in the balance.

“This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast,” a Space Force spokesperson said in an email. “Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”

Lohmeier’s temporary assignment in the wake of his removal was not immediately clear.

As an active duty military member, Lohmeier retains the freedom of speech on his own time. He may publish books. Books authored by military members may or may not be subject to review by the military depending on their content. He told Military.com that the military was aware he was publishing this book.

“I was apprised of the option to have my book reviewed at the Pentagon’s prepublication and security review prior to release, but was also informed that it was not required,” Lohmeier told Military.com in an email.

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In the book and podcast, Lohmeier questions critical race theory.

Lohmeier told Wood, the podcast host, that the beginning chapters of his book explore the history and foundation of the United States and how critical race theory — a study of how race and racism impact or are impacted by social and economic power structures and institutions — plays a role.

“The diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military … is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism,” Lohmeier said, adding [that] it should be seen as a warning sign.

In the segment, Lohmeier said his book is not political, and is meant to alert readers to the increasing politicization of today’s armed forces, some of which he said he’d seen or experienced firsthand.

Irresistible Revoltion has debuted in a strong position and as of this writing, it is #2 and #3 in military policy on Amazon, despite the fact that within hours of Lohmeier being relieved of his command, the book was no longer searchable on the publishing giant’s website. Only a direct link to the book’s page works at this time. It is available at Barnes & Nobles and other online booksellers such as Hudson and AbeBooks.

“All my interactions with senior leaders in the Air Force and in the Space Force have been very positive; they care a great deal about their people [and] the lethality of the force,” Lohmeier said during the 34-minute interview.

However, leaders may be afraid [that] if they don’t get on board with diversity training, they will face scrutiny, “or might not get promoted,” he said, adding that liberal ideas are welcomed whereas ideas from more conservative voices are criticized or silenced.

The subject of a “woke” military has come up repeatedly in the first few months of the Biden administration. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the Navy to conduct a service-wide stand-down in February to address what the Biden administration deems “radicalism” within the ranks. The training to which the Navy subjected sailors during the stand-down was overtly political and partisan, according to sailors who spoke out against it.

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Ted Mahan spoke about it here at PJ Media:

The training we received this month was rushed through in the wake of the Washington, D.C., riot. The course, which was given in a PowerPoint deck, included a slide defining “extremism.” One would expect a broad, catch-all phrase that makes it clear that any radical activity undermining our nation or promoting criminal activity would not be tolerable.

But that would be wrong. Extremism was narrowly defined as “supremacist” beliefs only. That’s it. Nothing else. Nothing about anarchism, nothing about any group that might be found on the left. Everyone in the room – of every race, incidentally – had a collective hush as the chilling effect of this clearly biased definition dawned on our team. As one person on our team put it, “Why does the DoD only care about one kind of extremism? Why do they refuse to talk about antifa? Why is it extremist to attack a Capitol police officer, but not extremist to attack a Portland police officer?”

Sailors even had to repeat the oath of office that they take when they first join the service. That oath calls on military members to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Marxism is a belief system that is utterly incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby recently used his position to attack Fox News host Tucker Carlson for expressing his views of recent changes to military policy, and the official Pentagon news website piled on with a poorly written, juvenile attack against Carlson claiming that Kirby “smote” Carlson. That story is still live on the Pentagon’s official news website. It claims that the U.S. military’s strength derives primarily from its “diversity,” not its commitment to defend America’s people and values, its unity, its training, its innovation, its tactics, its equipment, or the quality of members who choose to serve in the all-volunteer forces.

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Joe Biden never served in the military. He has been a politician for nearly 50 years. One of his sons did serve honorably but the other, Hunter Biden, had strings pulled to get him an officer position in the Navy. Hunter Biden wasted that opportunity, failed a cocaine test, and was booted from the military. The nature of his discharge has still not been disclosed.

Having served on active duty in the Air Force myself, nothing about the first months of the Biden administration disturbs me more than the politicization of the military. It’s extremely dangerous and unnecessary, and very likely to lead to toxic divisions within the ranks and a far less effective military just when China and other threats are rising around the world. It may also create more division between the American people and the men and women in the military.

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Dems Move to De-Industrialize US by Shutting Down a THIRD Pipeline

While Colonial pipeline remains inactive, causing an energy crisis, Michigan Gov. Whitmer moves to shut down Line 5 pipeline

The goal is to de-industrialize the West; that's why Greta Thunberg never lectured India or China

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After the shut down of the Keystone and Colonial pipelines, Democrats are moving to close another oil and gas pipeline in Michigan.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered a Canadian energy company to close its Line 5 pipeline that has a segment running through Michigan.

“Line 5 delivers nearly half of the oil needs of both Ontario and Quebec, as well as propane for the state of Michigan,” reported The Guardian. “Earlier this month, Canada’s natural resources minister said the continued operation of the pipeline was ‘non-negotiable’ and warned that in addition to thousands of job losses, a shutdown would require 800 tanker rail cars and 2,000 trucks each day to move oil.”

Ironically, Canadian officials are pushing back on Whitmer’s order to shut the pipeline down by May 12, and she doesn’t have the authority to do so according to the 1977 Transit Pipelines Treaty between Canada and the United States.

“Regardless of what the state of Michigan may or may not want to do, the treaty is binding on the United States as a whole,” international trade lawyer Lawrence Herman said. “It’s a matter between the two governments: Canada and the United States.”

By shutting down another pipeline, Democrats like Whitmer are moving America closer to a post-industrial world with reduced energy and manufacturing capacity – and a lower standard of living for all.

A glimpse of this was seen during the Texas ice storm in February in which residents lived with little to no power for weeks.

The end goal is to de-industrialize the US, which is why activists like Greta Thunberg never lecture India or China about their energy use.

Whitmer claimed the segment of Line 5 in question, which crosses under the Straits of Mackinac, was a “ticking time bomb” for an oil spill.

“The company says it has never experienced a leak in the underwater section of Line 5 and is currently working to tunnel beneath the lake bed to further improve the safety of the pipeline,” the newspaper added.

Astute observers would note that Whitmer, who notoriously ignored her own Covid-19 lockdown orders to vacation in Florida, isn’t entirely motivated by environmental concerns given that the pipeline shutdown would lead to the oil being inefficiently transported by thousands of trucks each day.

The cost, of course, would be passed on to Michigan residents.

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Colonial Pipeline Hack Crushes Vital U.S. Energy Source, Fuels Panic Among Drivers; Company Refuses to Pay Ransom 

BY ANNALISA PESEK

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/colonial-pipeline-hack-crushes-vital-u-s-energy-source-fueling-panic-among-drivers/

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Last week, a paralyzing cyberattack, allegedly conducted by a Russian hacker group known as “DarkSide,” shut down the entire digital network of the Colonial Pipeline, a 5,500-mile oil-pipeline system that transports an average of 100 million gallons of fuel daily between Texas and New York.

Dubbed “the most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date,” the ransomware assault on a network responsible for nearly 50 percent of the East Coast’s oil supply points to what conservative pundit Glenn Beck argues is a national security crisis.

“Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the ‘Axis powers’ of a ‘digital World War III’ are lining up,” asserted Beck on his radio program.

According to a report obtained by Breitbart, Colonial Pipeline has refused to pay ransom to the criminals assumed to be responsible for the cyberattack on a crucial oil system that services a large segment of the nation’s gas supply. The report reads:

[Colonial Pipeline] are working with the cybersecurity firm Mandiant to restore the data from backup systems where possible and rebuild systems where backups are unavailable, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter is still under investigation.

[…] Mandiant quickly traced the stolen data to a server owned by a New York hosting firm, which over the weekend shut the server down, preventing any data to flow to the hackers, according to several people familiar with the matter. With that extortion avenue sealed off and with Mandiant helping to restore data and rebuild systems, “there’s no reason to make the payment,” one of the people said. DarkSide ransom demands can range from $500,000 to more than $5 million, according to Mandiant.

Since Tuesday, more than 1,000 gas stations in states heavily dependent on the pipeline, including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas, have reported shortages in fuel supply, igniting panic in drivers who are buying up the last drops of gas at filling stations across the Southeast.

“Gas stations along the Southeast coast are beginning to feel the pinch from the shutdown of the biggest oil pipeline in the US due to a crippling cyber attack believed to be orchestrated by a Russia-based criminal group… [as the] closure of the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which carries more than 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey each day, has stretched into its fifth day,” the New York Post reported.

Twitter users posting images of their experiences dealing with the impact of the fuel shortage tell well the story of present-day Americans, who seem to panic at every crisis, real or imagined.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm cautioned on Tuesday of a gas “supply crunch” affecting “the main spurs of the pipeline” that would continue to impact the affected regions even after the pipelines were fully restored and operating normally again.

“It’s about 70% of the supplies of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and especially Southern Virginia are impacted the most,” said Granholm. “And so those are the areas with which we have the greatest concerns. And because of the fact that there’s not a whole lot of other supply.… Now, this particular pipeline also supplies other states, but there are other pipelines that supply their states as well.”

Granholm later told reporters, “Much as there was no cause for, say, hoarding toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic, there should be no cause for hoarding gasoline.”

Yet Americans have good reason for concern, as restoration of the pipeline’s networks isn’t likely until the end of this week. The company told Fox News on Monday that segments of its delivery system are being brought back online in a “stepwise fashion.” 

“In response to the cybersecurity attack on our system, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. To restore service, we must work to ensure that each of these systems can be brought back online safely,” said Colonial Pipeline in a statement released Tuesday.

The chaos of the crisis forced many governors on Tuesday to declare a state of emergency, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R), and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D). North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) called for a state of emergency over the situation on Monday.

To address the challenges of the fuel shortages, and in the wake of a devastating U.S. jobs report, the Biden administration has spearheaded an interagency government response, including issuing temporary waivers for states to use non-compliant fuel to boost supply and greater flexibility for drivers delivering fuel, among other measures.

While the motives and identities of those who launched the attack remain unknown, the incident has rightly raised concerns about the national security vulnerabilities of companies that provide critical services to Americans.

University of Notre Dame IT, analytics, and operations professor Mike Chapple, a former computer scientist with the National Security Agency, in conversation with the Daily Mail, said that “systems that control pipelines should not be connected to the internet and vulnerable to cyber intrusions.”

“The attacks were extremely sophisticated and they were able to defeat some pretty sophisticated security controls, or the right degree of security controls weren´t in place,” said Chapple. 

Anne Neuberger, Biden’s deputy national security adviser for cybersecurity and emerging technology, told the Associated Press in April that “the government was undertaking a new effort to help electric utilities, water districts and other critical industries protect against potentially damaging cyberattacks.” 

“To ensure that control systems serving 50,000 or more Americans have the core technology to detect and block malicious cyber activity,” said Neuberger, “the White House has announced a 100-day initiative aimed at defending the country’s electricity system from cyberattacks by encouraging owners and operators of power plants and electric utilities to improve their capabilities for identifying cyber threats to their networks.”

Despite these recent calls for preventive strategies to mitigate unlawful cyber activity, Colonial Pipeline remains mostly non-operational, though some systems were reportedly restarted late today. The company estimates operations will return to normal in a few more days.

This latest national crisis, among a series of troubles plaguing the country, adds yet another distraction for lawmakers, and certainly opens America up to being more susceptible to a foreign attack, a favor we don’t want to grant any adversary, at home or abroad.

Leak Shows Disney Employees to Undergo Critical Race Theory Training

Disney EXPOSED For Disgusting Racial Training For Employees 

"Reimagine Tomorrow" Woke Propaganda

Racial training for Disney employees has leaked, and it exposes the absolutely disgusting ideology and woke culture that is embraced at this company.

Disney's anti-racism training program 'Reimagine Tomorrow' has been leaked, and it's going to go over as well with the general public as Coke's "be less white" training slide. On top of sorting employees into "houses" based on race, part of what Disney employees had to do was fill out a survey to find out how "privileged" they actually were. Equity over equality, and other socialist talking points are also presented as goals of The Walt Disney Company. This isn't going to go over well with a lot of investors...

a word salad showing woke, cancel culture, and activist agenda words

BY Nick Koutsobinas  

SEE: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/disney-critical-race-theory-woke-liberal/2021/05/08/id/1020630/;

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Disney's critical race theory training docs for employees were revealed by whistleblower Chris Rufo, a conservative activist and documentary filmmaker.

"I've obtained internal documents that will shock you," Rufo wrote on Threadreader.

Pictures of a handbook titled "Reimagine Tomorrow" appear on one of Rufo's Twitter posts with the accompanying message:

"According to a trove of whistleblower materials, Disney has launched a 'diversity and inclusion' program, called 'Reimagine Tomorrow,' which includes trainings on 'systemic racism,' 'white privilege,' 'white fragility,' 'white saviors,' 'microaggressions,' and 'antiracism.'"

Disney, the now owner of such franchises as ESPN, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and ABC, states in their handbook America has a "long history of systemic racism and transphobia" and states its employees should "take ownership of educating yourself about structural anti-Black racism" and "not rely on your Black colleagues to educate you."

The handbook states white colleagues should "work through feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to be healed."

They need to "listen with empathy [to] Black colleagues" but "not question or debate Black colleagues' lived experience."

One such image in the handbook shows a kid in a wheelchair who cannot see over the fence alongside a person who is standing up looking over the fence watching a soccer game. This image was labeled "equality." It is juxtaposed with another picture of the same kid in a wheelchair with a ramp to see the soccer game. That image is labeled "equity."

Disney states employees must reject "equality" and strive for "equity" or, put another way, "equality of outcome." In so doing, employees are urged to reflect on America's "racist infrastructure" and "think carefully about whether or not wealth" comes from racist means.

Disney suggests its employees should read into "75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice," which lists groups or activities such as "defund the police," "participate in reparations," "decolonize your bookshelf," and "find and join a local 'white space.'"

Disney has launched several what it calls "affinity groups" that appear loosely defined as a business advocacy group for minorities. Its Latin group is called "Hola," its Asian group is called "Compass," and its Black group is called "Wakanda."

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Mickey Mouse Goes Woke and Customers Don't Like It

BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/05/09/mickey-mouse-goes-woke-and-customers-dont-like-it-n1445609;

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The Walt Disney Corporation has ordered all headquarters employees to attend seminars that inject critical race theory, “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” and “white fragility” into their training. The way that City Journal’s Christopher Rufo describes what’s contained in the whistleblower documents he received from several Disney employees suggests the training regimen is designed to elicit guilt and shame from white employees while falsifying history.

In truth, it’s beyond belief. Disney’s theme parks may be known as “The Happiest Place on Earth”, but you have to wonder for how long.

The core of Disney’s racial program is a series of training modules on “antiracism.” In one, called “Allyship for Race Consciousness,” the company tells employees that they must “take ownership of educating [themselves] about structural anti-Black racism” and that they should “not rely on [their] Black colleagues to educate [them],” because it is “emotionally taxing.” The United States, the document claims, has a “long history of systemic racism and transphobia,” and white employees, in particular, must “work through feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to be healed.” Disney recommends that employees atone by “challeng[ing] colorblind ideologies and rhetoric” such as “All Lives Matter” and “I don’t see color”; they must “listen with empathy [to] Black colleagues” and must “not question or debate Black colleagues’ lived experience.”

“Challeng[ing] colorblind ideologies and rhetoric” is only part of the healing process.

In another module, called “What Can I Do About Racism?,” Disney tells employees that they should reject “equality,” with a focus on “equal treatment and access to opportunities,” and instead strive for “equity,” with a focus on “the equality of outcome.” The training also includes a series of lessons on “implicit biases,” “microaggressions,” and “becoming an antiracist.” The company tells employees that they must “reflect” on America’s “racist infrastructure” and “think carefully about whether or not your wealth, income, treatment by the criminal justice system, employment, access to housing, health care, political power, and education might be different if you were of a different race.” (Author’s emphasis )

Not very subtle, are they? In 18th century America, they were known as “levelers” — those who didn’t care what it took to achieve “equality of outcomes.” The French revolutionaries were great levelers. They used the guillotine to prove how good they were.

Now Disney — whose gigantic impact on American culture cannot be dismissed — wants to poison the minds of employees with this rot. Sadly, the wokeness is bound to seep down into the rest of the corporate culture and ruin the Disney experience for young and old alike.

Orlando Sentinel:

Recently, Disney announced that cast members are now permitted to display tattoos, wear inclusive uniforms and display inclusive haircuts. Disney did all of this in the name of allowing cast members to express themselves.

The problem is, I’m not traveling across the country and paying thousands of dollars to watch someone I do not know express themselves. I am there for the immersion and the fantasy, not the reality of a stranger’s self-expression. I do not begrudge these people their individuality and I wish them well in their personal lives, but I do not get to express my individuality at my place of business.

What’s next, is Disney going to end the rule barring on stage cellphone use by cast members as an infringement on self-expression.

Indeed, this self-described “out-of-touch white American dad” bemoans the loss of Disney’s most valuable resource: the human imagination.

Disney is in the process of taking the woke scalpel to the Jungle Cruise. Trader Sam is out because he might offend certain people. Every grown-up in the room realizes that Trader Sam is not a representation of reality and is meant as a funny and silly caricature. It is no more based in racism than every Disney caricature of an out-of-touch white American dad.

The next time I ride Jungle Cruise I will not be thinking about the gloriously entertaining puns of the skippers, I will be thinking about Disney’s political agenda. That’s a mood killer.

“You will be forced to care,” wrote Eric Erickson about the left’s assault on values. There’s no hiding from them. There is no “escape” with your family — even to Disneyland or Disney World. We are being overwhelmed by propaganda that looks to be as effective as propaganda from Kim Jong-Un’s North Korea. Conformity, “equity,” “equality of outcomes” — the groundwork for ending freedom of thought has already been laid in our schools and even where we work, where we worship, and where we play.

And even our icons like Mickey Mouse will become slaves in service to this ideology.

 

SARAH CORRIHER: Eliminating Decent Cops IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA FOR CONSERVATIVE SPEECH

SEE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_Denial_of_Secrets

William Kelly, a former police Lieutenant of the Norfolk police department in Virginia was fired for supporting the basic right of self defense and the Second Amendment, after the officer was discovered to have supported Kyle Rittenhouse's legal defense. The city's Police Chief and City Manager conspired together to politically terminate him for his conservative ideals. We live in an age when police officers of conscience are at great risk of being purged from the ranks by godless Marxists, where what is evil is called good, and what is good is called evil. Get reliable notification options and further information at Sarah's home site: https://SarahCorriher.com/

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SEE: https://www.givesendgo.com/WilliamKelly

However, Kelly used an official email address linked to himself, the Guardian reported. The revelation came after a data breach of the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo, which showed official email addresses belonging to many police officers and public officials. The information was shared with the Guardian by the transparency group Distributed Denial of Secrets.

RELATED: Judge declines new arrest warrant for Kyle RittenhouseThe alleged donation from Kelly was made on September 3 and included the comment, “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong” and “Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”After the donation came to light, Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone said Kelly was initially reassigned to another division pending the results of an administrative investigation. He did not identify Kelly in that original statement. According to Kelly’s LinkedIn page, he had been with the Norfolk Police Department for 18 years. He has been the executive officer of internal affairs for the last two months. In a release sent Tuesday, April 20, Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer said he has accepted the recommendation of Chief Boone to relieve Lt. Kelly of his duty. Read the statement from Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer below:I have reviewed the results of the internal investigation involving Lt. William Kelly. Chief Larry Boone and I have concluded Lt. Kelly’s actions are in violation of City and departmental policies. His egregious comments erode the trust between the Norfolk Police Department and those they are sworn to serve. The City of Norfolk has a standard of behavior for all employees, and we will hold staff accountable. NORFOLK CITY MANAGER CHIP FILERIn a statement to local residents, Chief Boone said he wants people to know that the department will represent and uphold organizational values. RELATED: Kyle Rittenhouse fires attorney who helped raise his bail“A police department cannot do its job when the public loses trust with those whose duty is to serve and protect them,” said Chief Boone. “We do not want perceptions of any individual officer to undermine the relations between the Norfolk Police Department and the community.”Chief Boone ended his statement asking community members to continue supporting the officers of the department. Kelly is able to appeal the decision. All data is taken from the source: http://wgntv.com Article Link: https://wgntv.com/news/virginia-polic...

Negy’s Challenge: Academic Cancellation and the Freedom to Fight

BY ADAM ELLWANGER

SEE: https://newdiscourses.com/2021/02/negys-challenge-academic-cancellation-freedom-fight/;

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The cancellation of tenured psychology professor Charles Negy cleared a major hurdle last week, when the University of Central Florida fired him, making good on the promise they made in a Notice of Intent to Terminate that was provided on January 13. Although he had long been a controversial figure among UCF’s faculty, the push to end his academic career began in earnest last summer as the riots and protests unfolded after the killing of George Floyd. Students seized on some provocative tweets that Negy made that touched on the topic of race, including one in which he claimed that “Black privilege is real.” Soon after, #UCFFireHim was trending on Twitter and university representatives were openly stating their intent to comply with the students’ demands.

Given that Negy’s activity on Twitter was clearly protected speech that could not justify the termination of a tenured professor, UCF took the astonishing step of actively soliciting complaints about Negy from past and present students. The university held off telling Negy that they had opened an investigation into his professional conduct for six weeks. In the meantime, the university president signaled the desired outcome of the investigation, telling students that “although everyone has a right to their personal beliefs, we cannot allow that to cross over into our classrooms or into our workplace if it hurts people.” The Chief Officer of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity ensured that Negy’s protected speech was, in fact, causing hurt, when he said his comments were “not only wrong, but particularly painful.” The Provost promised students that school authorities “have the capacity to act,” but cautioned them that it might take some time to do so. 

Although Negy and his attorney offered a pointed response to each of the grounds for termination that UCF had advanced in their Notice of Intent to Terminate, the school decided Negy’s time was up on January 29th, when he was informed he had been fired. As noted in the press release from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), 

“UCF implemented a process calculated to find reasons to fire an employee who had offended people with [his] speech. That is why they solicited anonymous complaints; why they would not tell Negy which ones they would be interrogating him over; why they would pick administrators to make judgments about academic speech. Negy’s job was never going to survive this inquiry. That was the whole point. As [the administration] promised, the wheels were ‘in motion,’ and Negy would be ‘dealt with.’”

In perusing the school’s 244 page report on the matter (which was furnished to Negy only 7 days before his firing and long after he was interrogated regarding its contents), a casual observer will almost certainly find something to be offended by in Negy’s behavior. His sexual psychology course seems to have been peppered with gratuitous descriptions of normal and abnormal sexual behaviors. He had to have been fully aware that his frank (and sometimes inflammatory) discussions of race and identity might meet with outrage in the current political climate. Further, Negy has been deeply critical of religious belief, openly mocking it repeatedly in his courses, and suggesting that religious believers have weaker reasoning abilities. As a father who sends his children to a private Christian religious school, I tend to disagree with his classroom assertion that giving a child a religious upbringing is “a form of child abuse.” But there are important principles at stake in Negy’s case.

I first read about Negy’s situation in the summer of 2020, when I was seeking other professors to sign a letter that I had written which outlined forms of non-compliance that the signers would employ against the expanding encroachment of institutional wokeness on university teaching and scholarly research. To my pleasure, Negy asked me to add his name to my letter. Since then, we have periodically been in touch about the culture of the academy in general, and his ordeal in particular. When I heard of UCF’s intention to terminate his professorship, I asked him to fight it legally: the idea that offensive speech constitutes a kind of violence is rapidly gaining ground on American campuses, and it is being used as a means to purge academia of dissident thinkers. The ideological uniformity that this purge aims to establish is a threat to the very possibility of academic inquiry, which depends on viewpoint diversity to foster an intellectual environment that rigorously tests new ideas. Sadly, though, healthy academic inquiry takes a back seat to the political indoctrination that is now the de facto mission of the American university. This mission is hindered by the presence of dissenting thinkers, which clarifies the motives that drive the intellectual purge to which Negy fell victim.

Negy intends to take his fight to the courts, but he does not have the money needed to pay the legal fees, to say nothing of his basic living expenses (as he is now without a paycheck). I was pleased when he asked me to forward a link to a GoFundMe account he had created to raise money for his legal defense. I disseminated the link throughout the networks that spun off of my letter on campus culture. By Saturday afternoon, almost $2000 dollars had been raised in only a few short hours. Saturday night, I was throwing darts with friends when Negy emailed to tell me that GoFundMe had banned his campaign and refunded all of the money to the donors. Undeterred, Negy told me that if his legal defense requires him to sell a kidney, he is willing to do so. 

GoFundMe’s ban is one more example of the ways that digital platforms are controlling the public sphere. Whether it is Google, Amazon, and Apple colluding to kill Parler after their enablers defended censorship by telling people to “build their own [social media] platforms,” or Twitter and Facebook barring the circulation of stories about the Biden family’s corruption in the lead-up to the 2020 election, or the RobinHood app disabling low-level trading of Gamestop stock as the hedge fund managers were getting burned, the evidence is clear: any form of speech or public activity that hinders the sociopolitical itinerary of the elite will be squashed. This is true across our culture, whether the elites are on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley, or in the faculty lounge. While depriving Negy of the right to raise funds for his defense doesn’t rise to the level of these other abuses, it is telling that these methods of restricting dissident speech are operative at the micro-level as well as the macro one.

The administrators at GoFundMe pointed Negy to the “Prohibited Conduct” section of their terms of use. The seemingly relevant portions (numbers 8 and 9 on the list) list the following disqualifications: 

8. User Content or reflecting behavior that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be an abuse of power or in support of hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, serious disabilities or diseases;

9. for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, serious disabilities or diseases, financial crimes or crimes of deception;

It is of note that GoFundMe disallows campaigns that seek to fund “legal defense of alleged crimes.” Not all crimes, mind you. Presumably, funds for mounting a legal defense against some criminal accusations could be raised on their platform. The only alleged crimes for which one cannot raise legal defense funds relate to the fetishized identity categories that define institutional wokeness: race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Even so, Negy has not been accused of any criminal offenses. But even if he had been accused of crimes, GoFundMe’s policy is unfair because it presumes their users’ guilt. Why disallow fundraising to fight what may be fraudulent allegations? In my career as a professor, I have faced some fraudulent accusations myself.

If the content of UCF’s report on Negy is true (which he strongly disputes in his response to their Notice of Intent to Terminate), a hostile observer could argue that some of his comments rise to the level of “hate,” or “bullying,” or “harassment” of the kind referenced in GoFundMe’s terms of service. But when it comes to public institutions (such as a university), the meaning and definition of hate speech should be an open question for deliberation. Private platforms like GoFundMe undermine these conversations when they work to disable citizens’ power to organize or exercise opposition to ideologies that immediately elevate any accusation of hate speech or intolerance to the status of unquestionable truth.

In a recent article published at Minding the Campus, a pseudonymous writer explicates the stakes of these trends. The author’s use of a pseudonym underscores the inherent risks a scholar incurs merely by offering sober, rational criticism of progressive ideology. The article explains the punitive dynamic at work in higher education: “Those in power can very easily eliminate their opposition by labeling opposing viewpoints as ‘hate’; thus, legitimate expressions of dissident opinions become outlawed. That is not democratic and it is not freedom; it is a blueprint for totalitarianism.” 

Negy’s firing must be seen for what it is: a test case by which public universities will learn whether dismissing a tenured professor for unpopular, protected speech (masked by 244 pages that rehearse an anonymous hodgepodge of unrelated accusations and unproven policy violations) can withstand legal scrutiny. If UCF escapes without consequences, it will be open season on tenured faculty with dissenting points of view on politics and culture: the “blueprint” referred to by the pseudonymous writer will be further unfurled.

This is why — despite his imperfections as a professor and human being — Negy must mount a legal challenge to his dismissal. In order to do this, he will need considerable financial support. UCF is betting he won’t get it. Let’s help Prof. Negy hold onto his kidney. 

Please consider offering assistance via Paypal, here. If you don’t use Paypal and are curious about other digital methods of donation, please contact me directly at [email protected]. Finally, if you prefer to donate the old-fashioned way, please send a check to: 

Charles Negy
1969 S. Alafaya Trail
Unit #202
Orlando, FL  32828

The outcome of his grievance is uncertain. What is certain, though, is that we will see increasingly brazen cancellations of politically-problematic faculty across the country if UCF is not held to account. As American campuses become increasingly beholden to grievance politics and woke ideology, the road to reclaiming higher education will necessarily pass through the courts. We’ll need all the help we can get.

100 Woke CEOs Gather to Oppose Election Integrity Laws

Woke Capitalism Revs Into High Gear: 90 CEOs Gather to Fight 'Undemocratic' Voter Integrity Laws

BY TYLER O'NEIL

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/04/11/gird-your-loins-woke-ceos-gather-to-fight-against-election-integrity-laws-n1439118;

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Nearly 100 of America’s top corporate leaders and CEOs gathered both in-person and virtually on Saturday to strategize ways to combat new election integrity laws like Georgia’s H.B. 531. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale University management professor who helped organize the meeting, framed it as a response to threats of reprisals after Georgia-based companies like Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Aflac Insurance condemned the Georgia bill. He called election integrity measures “anti-undemocratic.”

“The gathering was an enthusiastic voluntary statement of defiance against threats of reprisals for exercising their patriotic voices,” Sonnenfeld told CBS News. The corporate leaders “recognize that they need to step up to the plate and are not fearful of these reprisals. They’re showing a disdain for these political attacks. Not only are they fortifying each other, but they see that this spreading disease of voter restrictions from Georgia to up to possibly 46 other states is based on a false premise and its’ anti-democratic.”

Former President Donald Trump called for a boycott of Delta, Coca-Cola, and Major League Baseball (MLB) and other companies after they condemned the Georgia law, repeating Democratic talking points that smeared the legislation. “Boycott all of the woke companies that don’t want Voter I.D. and Free and Fair Elections,” Trump said in a statement last week.

Georgia House Sends Woke Capital a Wake-up Call After False Attacks on Election Integrity Law

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also condemned the companies for spreading misinformation about the bill. He briefly suggested reprisals for companies that smeared the legislation, and then withdrew his threat.

Contrary to Sonnenfeld’s claim, election integrity laws are not “based on a false premise” and they are not “un-democratic.” While some have claimed that Joe Biden won the presidential election due to fraud, the reality is far more complicated. Biden most likely won with the most legal votes, but last-minute election changes and cash infusions from the Center for Tech and Civic Life tilted the playing field in his favor. Voters are rightly concerned about election integrity and the new laws represent a response to these abuses — not an attack on legal voting.

CTCL sent funds to election offices in blue areas, ramping up turnout that benefitted Joe Biden. Georgia’s new law rightly makes this practice illegal. The law also requires voters to present a valid photo ID to register for an absentee ballot. The Washington Post gave President Joe Biden four Pinocchios for repeatedly claiming that the Georgia law “ends voting hours early.” In fact, the bill extended voting hours.

According to a recent poll from the Honest Elections Project, 77 percent of Americans support requiring an ID to vote. This includes majorities of self-identified Biden voters (62 percent to 24 percent opposed), black voters (64 percent to 22 percent opposed), and Latino voters (78 percent to 16 percent opposed). Most voters (64 percent) said they want to strengthen voting safeguards to prevent fraud, rather than eliminate them to make voting “easier.” Even majorities of black voters (51 percent), Hispanic voters (66 percent), urban voters (59 percent), and Independent voters (61 percent) agreed.

Yet the Democratic-legacy media echo chamber has been blasting the false narrative that Georgia’s new law is a racist attempt to prevent black voters from going to the polls. Biden has condemned the law as “Jim Crow on steroids,” even though Georgia’s election laws are far less stringent than those of Biden’s home state of Delaware or MLB’s home state of New York.

The CBS News report on the CEO gathering illustrates this leftist bias. CBS News cited the Brennan Center for Justice, an organization dedicated to the values of left-leaning Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, the “father of modern judicial activism.” While the group purports to be “nonpartisan,” it has received substantial funding from organizations associated with George Soros and other leftist groups.

The Brennan Center frames the 361 bills to further election integrity, proposed in 47 states, as measures “that would restrict voting access.” At least 55 of the bills are moving through legislatures in 24 states. Twenty-nine have passed one chamber, and five bills have been signed into law. Sonnenfeld’s number of states considering these bills — 47 — seems to trace back to the Brennan Center.

To launch the CEO meeting, Sonnenfeld teamed up with Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the founding partner of Inclusive Capital Partners — a left-leaning investment manager — and Leadership Now, a group of Harvard University alumni and corporate leaders that claims to focus on sustaining democracy.

“We invited 120 CEO’s with about 50 hours notice. We were praying for 25 and we got 90 CEO’s and another 30 invited guests including legal experts, technology experts and historians,” Sonnenfeld told CBS News. He said the CEOs united to combat the backlash that Delta and Coca-Cola faced.

“These CEOs said, ‘Enough of that, we’re going to come together and reinforce our fellow CEOs.’ It was a statement of affirmation that the voice of business in the political world is worthwhile,” he said.

Some CEOs joined the Zoom conference from Augusta National Golf Course, the site of the Masters PGA golf tournament, while others joined remotely. Attendees included NFL Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank; James Murdoch, the son of Rupert Murdoch; AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron; law firm chairman Brad Karp; Ariel Investments co-CEO Mellody Hobson; Walmart CEO Doug McMillon; United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby; American Airlines CEO Doug Parker; Levi Strauss Company Chairman Chip Bergh; LinkedIN CEO Reid Hoffman; and others.

Former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault and Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier spoke on the call, among others. Frazier helped organize the 72 current and former black CEOs who blasted the Georgia bill in a joint statement.

“Obviously there’s been a big wake up call over the last few weeks. The business community doesn’t want to be caught on their heels about this. So it’s about protecting leadership and not missing out on an opportunity to do so,” an anonymous source told CBS News.

The meeting reportedly ended without any concrete game plan or timetable but with a general plan to draft responses to election integrity laws on a firm-by-firm basis.

Sources from the meeting told CBS News that the CEOs discussed McConnell’s comments but they generally mocked the senator’s stance.

“There was humor and mockery about that,” one participant told CBS News. This source add that another person on the call “made a reference to ‘just give us your money and stay quiet.’ Another said, ‘isn’t it ironic who’s talking about cancel culture?'”

“It wasn’t a primary area of discussion,” another participant said of McConnell’s comments, “but certainly everyone is cognizant of it and aware of it. In no way was he an impetus for this – talk of doing this meeting started before he spoke out.”

While it has been harrowing to see MLB pull out of Georgia and so many CEOs condemn a state based on utter lies about election integrity laws, it seems the forces of woke capitalism are gathering to launch an all-out assault on measures like voter ID and attempts to address the irregularities in the 2020 election. Conservatives cannot back down. We need to explain why the Left’s narrative about these laws is dead wrong and we need to put pressure on CEOs who mobilize against election integrity.

Tennessee lawyer files free speech lawsuit after being fired for ‘anti-Islam’ and pro-Trump tweets

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/04/tennessee-lawyer-files-free-speech-lawsuit-after-being-fired-for-anti-islam-and-pro-trump-tweets;

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Jerry Morgan gave the details of this case in an exclusive Jihad Watch article HERE. Get more background on this case HERE, where Robert Spencer stated:

What disparaging remarks did Morgan make? Did he say that Muslims were “the most vile of created beings”? No, that’s what the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, calls non-Muslims (98:6). Did he call Muslims “apes and pigs”? No, that’s what the Qur’an calls Jews (2:63-65, 5:59-60, 7:166). Did he say Muslims were “unclean”? No, that’s what the Qur’an says of non-Muslims (9:28).

So what egregious statements did Morgan actually make?

As it turned out, he has been forced to resign for “praising President Donald Trump for ‘stopping Muslims’ and ‘talking big against Muslims,’” and “said Islam was not a peaceful religion and made comments linking the faith with violence and ‘Muslim terrorists.’”

To our dhimmi overlords, however, all that matters is that anything offensive to Islam/Muslims, even if it is true, must be shut down in accordance with Sharia blasphemy laws, which are well on the way to becoming mainstream in American society, despite the First Amendment. Jerry Morgan is one of the few who have had the courage to fight back, and we wish him well.

“Tennessee: State Lawyer Fired for ‘Anti-Islam’ Tweets Files Speech Suit,” Bloomberg Law, April 6, 2021:

An attorney alleges the Tennessee Supreme Court’s board of professional responsibility unlawfully fired him for posting Tweets that an opposing party said displayed anti-Muslim bias, arguing his social media posts were constitutionally protected political speech similar to that of former president Donald Trump.

The board of professional responsibility regulates licensed Tennessee attorneys. Jerry Morgan handled appeals to the state supreme court regarding attorney discipline, according to his complaint filed Monday at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Attorney Brian Manookian, who was undergoing disciplinary proceedings, filed a motion to disqualify Morgan, claiming he was an anti-Muslim bigot. Manookian cited multiple Tweets Morgan had posted that, among other things, praised then-candidate Trump for “talking about the #1 issue of our time—stopping Muslims” and disparaged Muslims and Democrats.

Manookian claimed Morgan had an anti-Islam bias that could prejudice him, because his wife was Muslim and his children were being raised in a Muslim household.

Morgan says his posts were “indisputably political in nature,” concerning matters that were controversial but part of the national debate. “Many were views publicly expressed by Trump” and agreed to by the Tennessee voters who “overwhelmingly” voted for him in 2016, Morgan says. There were no accusations against him of biased conduct in the Manookian case or any other, Morgan claims.

Morgan was fired in December. He sued the board and chief disciplinary counsel Sandra Garrett, alleging he was unconstitutionally punished for Tweets that were made in his private capacity and were about matters of public importance.

Cause of Action: First Amendment.

Relief Requested: Damages, injunctive relief….

Young America’s Foundation: AZ Elementary School Proposes Race-Based Hiring Quotas, Parents and One Board Member Fight Back in Fiery Meeting

BY KARA ZUPKUS

SEE: https://www.yaf.org/news/video-az-elementary-school-proposes-race-based-hiring-quotas-parents-and-one-board-member-fight-back-in-fiery-meeting/;

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Litchfield Elementary School District in Litchfield, Arizona has proposed enacting elements of critical race theory in a new “equity plan,” causing controversy and uproar among parents.

Things got heated at a recent school board meeting, where parents against the proposal dominated the public comment portion of the evening slamming the board members who support CRT–with some going as far as threatening to recall them from the board.

“My children are taught at home the value of people–that you treat people the way their character and integrity define them in your view. That is not a place for the district or the board to impose a leftist rhetoric that has no place in our schools,” one parent lamented.

The sole school board member opposed to CRT, Jeremy Hoenack, slammed his fellow board members for their lack of transparency in the truth behind the training.

“How do you increase the diversity of applicants by race? That’s illegal–the diversity of hiring should be based on the applicants’ ability to excel at their job, regardless of their skin color,” Hoenack remarked on the proposal for proposed racial hiring quotas for teachers.

The full proposal, obtained exclusively through Young America’s Foundation’s Campus Bias Tip Line, suggests minimizing punishment for black students and re-examining library book selections and class curriculum to become more inclusive. The proposal centers around Ibram X. Kendi’s definition of “anti-racism.”

The district, composed of 10 elementary schools and 5 middle schools, boasts only a 57 percent proficiency rate in math, and 56 percent proficiency in reading–yet these school board members have taken it upon themselves to instead focus on dividing students with hateful rhetoric and false narratives regarding racial discrimination.

Jeremy Hoenack and these brave parents refusing to bow to the woke mob set an example for the rest of America––we must not be afraid to stand up against what is fundamentally wrong, especially when it comes to the education of our children.

Pennsylvania Health Care Worker to Be Fired for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

BY RISHMA PARPIA

SEE: https://thevaccinereaction.org/2021/03/pennsylvania-health-care-worker-to-be-fired-for-refusing-covid-19-vaccine/;

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Desiree Pelletier, a 26-year old health care worker in Newville, Pennsylvania said that her employer has fired her for refusing to get the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, which is being distributed in the U.S. under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1 2

Pelletier said that her employer, Hempfield Behavioral Health, is requiring that employees get the vaccine as a condition of employment in an effort the stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. She stated that she is not against vaccination; however, she needed more time to make a personal decision on whether it was best for her body. Pelletier was only given 30 days to make a decision and the deadline is imminent. After 30 days, the vaccine becomes a requirement for employment.3

Concerns Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine’s Impact on Fertility

Pelletier said that her concerns about the EUA COVID-19 vaccines are due to the fact that she would like to become pregnant soon and the fact that the potential adverse effects of experimental COVID-19 vaccines have not been thoroughly studied in pregnant women, including a lack of clinical investigation into the potential effects on fertility.4 She spoke with her doctor about her concerns and she said:

He could not tell me that he would recommend me not getting it, but he also said it should be my choice. I was a mess the whole time I had to make this decision, physically sick. I was thinking, ‘should I get it so I have a job, so I have insurance?5

Pelletier said that after giving it much thought, she decided that her personal beliefs take precedence over the vaccine requirement. Her employer gave her a notice of suspension letter, which states that she would have to provide proof of vaccination within 30 days.6

Pelletier’s suspension letter states that she must get vaccinated because she works with patients who are immune-compromised and have a high risk of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus but are unable to get the vaccine for medical reasons. She said, “I don’t understand why I couldn’t sit here and Zoom unvaccinated with participants. I didn’t understand why I can’t be on the property with a mask on like I have done from June of 2020 to November of 2020.”7

FDA Says COVID-19 Vaccines Under EUA Status Must Be Voluntary

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explicitly states that experimental vaccines distributed under an EUA cannot be mandated and recipients must be given the option to accept or refuse the vaccine. The FDA website states:

FDA must ensure that recipients of the vaccine under an EUA are informed, to the extent practicable given the applicable circumstances, that FDA has authorized the emergency use of the vaccine, of the known and potential benefits and risks, the extent to which such benefits and risks are unknown, that they have the option to accept or refuse the vaccine, and of any available alternatives to the product.8

Woman in Nevada Lost Her Job After Refusing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

A Nevada resident claimed that she lost her job after refusing to get the EUA COVID-19 vaccine that her employer was requiring as a condition for employment. For privacy reasons, the woman did not want to share her name and the name of her employer.9

The woman said that she and some other employees refused to get the vaccine at the present time. She said, “We didn’t say no. We said not right now.” She added that, “There were just a lot of concerns. But they were just not heard. I feel like we should all have our right to choose or not choose it.”10

Click here to view References:

1 Griffaton G. Cumberland County woman says she is being fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccineFox 43 Mar. 3, 2021.
2 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained. Mar. 5, 2021.
3 Ibid.
4 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19. Dec. 21, 2020.
5 Griffaton G. Cumberland County woman says she is being fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccineFox 43 Mar. 3, 2021.
6 Ibid.
7 Ibid.
8 FDA. Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained. Mar. 5, 2021.
9 Loftis S. Woman claims she lost her job after refusing COVID-19 vaccine; legal expert weighs in on employee rights8 News Now Mar. 4, 2021.
10 Ibid.

Montana, Texas, 19 Other States Sue Biden for Canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline

Montana attorney general on Keystone pipeline lawsuit

Rumble — 21 state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over Joe Biden’s executive order to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. On Wall to Wall, Greta spoke with Montana’s Attorney General Austin Knudsen to hear more about that suit.

BY BRYAN PRESTON

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/03/18/montana-texas-19-other-states-sue-biden-for-canceling-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-n1433461;

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Legal Insurrection reports that 21 states are suing to block Joe Biden’s executive order that halted the Keystone XL pipeline.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 19 other state attorneys general filed suit today in United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas to block President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional and illegitimate attempt to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXLP).

Despite several exhaustive studies undertaken by the Obama State Department that concluded the Keystone XL pipeline would boost the U.S economy, create American jobs, and safely transport oil throughout the country without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, Biden revoked the permit via executive order mere hours after reciting his oath of office. However, he did not have the power to do so.

The substance of the lawsuit is straightforward. Congress, not the president, regulates interstate commerce. Biden violated that when he unilaterally blocked the construction of the pipeline. As has been Biden’s MO since the inauguration, he failed to even consult Congress or any of the states affected by the decision. He has done the same with regard to the border, and is now facing a massive crisis of his own making there.

The science does not back Biden on this decision. Pipelines have proven to be the safest and cleanest means of moving oil and natural gas from where they’re produced to where they’re refined and used. The United States has about 3 million miles of pipelines under our feet. Those pipelines deliver energy every day without incident the vast majority of the time. They also keep trucks and trains off the roads and rails that would be delivering the oil and gas, keeping some emissions from ever getting into the air.

Canceling the pipeline isn’t about the project’s safety or the science of energy delivery. It’s about attacking the U.S. energy industry.

The states launching the lawsuit say Biden’s unilateral cancelation of the Keystone has killed 42,000 jobs. Unions opposed the decision, but Biden did not consult them either.

In the LI post, William Jacobson makes a very good point.

If the roles were reversed, Democrat activist groups would have been in court the next day all across the country hoping some judge somewhere would agree with them and issue an injunction. That’s what happened in the travel cases, so many cases were filed in so many different district courts that opponents only needed to win once. It didn’t matter if Trump won most of them, even a single nationwide injunction stalled things for weeks or months until it got to the Supreme Court, where eventually Trump won.

He’s urging Republicans to be quicker about filing suit to block Biden’s unilateral executive orders. He’s right. In the Keystone case, Biden issued the executive order on his first day. It’s taken nearly three months to get the lawsuit going. Since that time, construction has shut down and John Kerry arrogantly told displaced pipeline workers to go get jobs building solar panels.

They would have to move to China to obtain such jobs, as the vast majority of the world’s solar panels are built there, not the United States.

Congressional Republicans are limited in what they can do to block Biden’s executive orders. That’s one of the reasons he issues them instead of consulting with Congress as the Constitution intends. The states will have to do the heavy lifting, and they will have to be quicker about doing so than they have been thus far.

Georgetown Professor Fired Saying Blacks Underperform

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BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/03/12/georgetown-law-professor-fired-for-saying-black-students-underperform-in-her-class-n1432003;

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A Georgetown University law professor was fired and another placed on administrative leave when a Zoom conversation between the two went viral.

The private conversation between Professor Sandra Sellers and Professor David Batson came to light and set off a firestorm, with thousands of students signing petitions demanding “action” from the school.

School dean Bill Treanor said he was “appalled” and that the statements made by the two professors were “reprehensible.”So what did Sellers and Batson say that set off this ruckus?

NBCNews:

“I hate to say this — I end up having this, you know, angst every semester — that a lot of my lower ones are Blacks. Happens almost every semester,” Sellers says.

“Mmm hmm,” Batson says and nods.

“And it’s like, oh, come on,” Sellers continues. “Get some really good ones, but there are also usually some that are just plain at the bottom. It drives me crazy.”

“Yeah,” Batson says as Sellers shakes her head.

“So, I feel bad,” Sellers adds.

“As I wrote to you last night, I am appalled that two members of our faculty engaged in a conversation that included reprehensible statements concerning the evaluation of Black students,” Bill Treanor, dean of Georgetown University Law Center, wrote. “I have further reviewed the incident and have now spoken to Professor Sellers and Professor Batson, giving each the opportunity to provide any additional context. I informed Professor Sellers that I was terminating her relationship with Georgetown Law effective immediately.

Usually, you’d want to know if the statements were true before firing someone. Are some black students really “at the bottom”? Obviously, the truth or falsity of the observation is not the issue. It’s that Sellers actually disparaged the achievement — or lack thereof — of some black students.

Is that really a firing offense? It raises the question of whether or not she grades her students based on their race in any way.

Washington Examiner:

Maxine Walters, president of the Black Law Student Association, said her group is pleased with the decision to fire Sellers but is also calling for a public apology from Batson, changes to the school’s grading system, an audit of Sellers’s past grading and student evaluations, and a commitment to hiring more black professors.

“This is definitely not an isolated incident. It’s just that this professor was recorded,” Walters told the Washington Examiner.

Treanor first issued a message to the Georgetown Law community Wednesday evening, stating that the school learned of the conversation earlier in the week. He said the school is taking steps to make sure all students are fairly treated in the grading system.

Georgetown law school is one of the elite institutions in the country and getting a law degree from Georgetown is a ticket to the big time. So judging the performance of students in any way that smacks of bias is a threat to the future of lawyers who have already demonstrated high achievement.

Sellers’ insensitivity was demonstrated in a private conversation. How it came to light is a mystery. That it did come to light was enough to get a professor with 20 years at Georgetown fired.

Biden Fires U.S. Attorney eying Democratic Corruption

BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/02/20/biden-fires-chicago-u-s-attorney-hot-on-the-trail-of-democratic-corruption-n1427040;

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You’ve probably never heard of Chicago’s U.S. attorney John Lausch. For the last two years, he has been going after some of the biggest, most powerful Democrats in the state of Illinois.

His office indicted a Chicago alderman who had been serving since 1969. Edward Burke had been in the crosshairs of prosecutors for four decades but it wasn’t until Lausch came into office that he was indicted.

Then there’s the case of the most powerful state politician in the United States, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan. His aides and cronies have been indicted for various crimes of influence over the years and Lausch has now set his sights on Madigan himself.

In fact, it’s believed Lausch has targeted some other high-profile Democratic politicians in other investigations. It’s a target-rich environment and Democrats in Illinois have gotten extremely nervous about who Lausch will go after next.

Now it appears, that bringing down corrupt Democratic politicians will be the job of the next U.S. attorney. Along with 56 other U.S. attorneys named by former president Trump, Lausch will lose his job — fired by Joe Biden. “It’s tradition,” said Biden supporters. This is true. But it’s also “tradition” to keep prosecutors in place who were pursuing high-profile cases. Lausch certainly qualified under that criteria.

Biden’s firing hasn’t gone down well in Illinois.

Washington Free Beacon:

Lausch’s abrupt removal has drawn bipartisan criticism from Illinois lawmakers who say he should be allowed to finish his work or depart on a longer timeline to ensure an orderly transition. The president asked all Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign by the end of February but allowed two to remain in place to conclude politically sensitive work.

With much of the state’s Democratic establishment in his sights, it’s not clear why Biden did not extend the same courtesy to Lausch. Madigan’s resignation, timed as it is with Lausch’s imminent departure, will raise even more pointed questions for Lausch’s successor about the future of the case.

The timing is particularly suspicious in Madigan’s case. Lausch indicted several Madigan associates, including his most trusted aide, for their role in a scandal involving the state’s primary electric utility, ComEd. The company provided payments, subcontracts, and no-show jobs to various Madigan cronies in return for favorable legislation. Madigan had probably been doing this sort of thing regularly over his many years as speaker of the Illinois House. He facilitated the scheme, but never directly benefitted financially — that prosecutors know of, anyway. It’s illustrative of the political-business-criminal nexus that robs the taxpayers and enriches the powerful.

It’s a tale told all too often in Illinois. Just your run-of-the-mill influence-peddling, log-rolling and pay-for-play by crooked pols who are used to getting away with it.

Lawmakers in both parties have raised concerns that Lausch’s removal would disrupt the ComEd probe. Sens. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.) said Lausch should remain in place until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, a move supported by Illinois’s five Republican congressmen. The GOP lawmakers emphasized that the scope of the investigation is “historic” in a Feb. 9 statement.

Who else in Illinois is being stalked? Biden will be watched carefully as far as who he names to replace Lausch. And more importantly, who else will be in the prosecutor’s crosshairs.

Critical Race Theory Costs Staffer at Smith College Her Job

BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/02/20/critical-race-theory-costs-staffer-at-smith-college-her-job-n1427045;

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A staff member at Smith College, Jody Shaw, resigned her position as a student support coordinator because of the “hostile atmosphere” at the college. It appears that Ms. Shaw ran afoul of critical race theory fanatics who forced her to “participate in racially prejudicial behavior as a condition” of her employment.

Shaw, being a normal, intelligent, woman rebelled. She blew the whistle on the racialists at Smith College in a scathing video she posted to YouTube.

Bari Weiss is also covering this disturbing story.

“I ask that Smith College stop reducing my personhood to a racial category. Stop telling me what I must think and feel about myself,” she said. “Stop presuming to know who I am or what my culture is based upon my skin color. Stop asking me to project stereotypes and assumptions onto others based on their skin color.”

This is the essence of critical race theory. In order to make “progress” in “combatting racism,” everyone is reduced to a stick figure. It’s so much easier to define individuals when you identify them as members of a specific group, with specific beliefs, biases, prejudices,

In her resignation letter to the university president, she didn’t pull any punches.

Every day, I watch my colleagues manage student conflict through the lens of race, projecting rigid assumptions and stereotypes on students, thereby reducing them to the color of their skin. I am asked to do the same, as well as to support a curriculum for students that teaches them to project those same stereotypes and assumptions onto themselves and others. I believe such a curriculum is dehumanizing, prevents authentic connection, and undermines the moral agency of young people who are just beginning to find their way in the world.

Ms. Weiss catalogs the damage this ideology/theology is doing to people in all walks of life, of all colors.

We all know that something morally grotesque is swallowing liberal America. Almost no one wants to risk talking about it out loud.

Every day I get phone calls from anxious Americans complaining about an ideology that wants to pull all of us into the past.

I get calls from parents telling me about the damaging things being taught in schools: so-called antiracist programs that urge children to obsess on the color of their skin.

I get calls from people working in corporate America forced to go to trainings in which they learn that they carry collective, race-based guilt — or benefit from collective, race-based virtue.

I get calls from young people just launching their careers telling me that they feel they have no choice but to profess fealty to this ideology in order to keep their jobs.

Almost no one who calls me is willing to go public. And I understand why. To go public with what’s happening is to risk their jobs and their reputations.

We need more Jodi Shaws in the world. The problem is that it takes otherworldly courage to speak out, to demand change. I daresay Ms. Shaw’s life will never be the same. And given her stand was made on a college campus, any career she was hoping for in higher education is probably ruined. She’s probably lost some friends over her stand. Her life has been changed forever.

It’s important that we realize that this didn’t have to happen. Small-minded, even ignorant people see salvation in controlling the minds and lives of others. Is it a mass delusion that they believe they are actually “fighting racism,” that they’re doing this for white people’s own good? Or are these the same efforts at control that have been around since humans created civilizations?

It’s a contagion that no one seems capable of stopping. Perhaps it’s good enough now that enough of us speak out and fight for what we know in our bones is right.

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