Enthusiasm Fading for Electric Vehicles

Enthusiasm Fading for Electric Vehicles

BY BOB ADELMANN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BY MATT MARGOLIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BY STEPHEN GREEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But here’s the kicker.

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

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

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

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

Heroic Meteorologist Defends Elderly Man From Vicious Teens, Is Severely Beaten

BY ATHENA THORNE

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Adam Klotz, a 37-year-old weatherman on Fox News, came to the defense of an elderly man who was being harassed and burned by a pack of vicious teens — and took a savage beating for his trouble.

Klotz got on the subway around 12:45 Sunday morning to head home after watching the Giants lose at a Manhattan bar. On the train, he saw that an elderly gentleman sitting nearby was being harassed by a pack of teens. “There’s a group of teens, and one of them’s lighting a joint, and just, with that lighter, they put it in the guy’s hair,” Klotz related during a Monday appearance on Fox & Friends. “And his hair went up — pffft! — like a matchbook.”

But of the 25 to 30 passengers in the car, Klotz was apparently the only one who was moved to defend the man. “And I was like, ‘Whoa, you can’t do that. That’s not cool,'” recounted the manly meteorologist. “And that’s all it took. And then I was the focus of all their attention.”

The unruly kids began taunting him, and he attempted to move away from them. But they followed him to another car and punched him. He finally went to get off the train several stops later, but then, when the train doors opened, the whole group “bum-rushed” him.

“And suddenly, I’m on the ground. I’m getting kicked in the side, I’m getting wailed on. They’re like, ‘Put him to sleep, put him to sleep!’ They were trying to knock me out,” explained Klotz. “And then, once you’re unconscious and you’re getting punched, there’s like no defense.” Klotz used his arms to protect his head and wound up getting kicked and punched in the ribs and knee.

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The weatherman said no one tried to intervene as the beatdown was in progress, though people were quick to help once the rabid pack moved on. He said he “gets it,” though — “Look what happens when you step up for somebody. I tried to step up for somebody and this is what just happened to me. Why would anybody want to do this to themselves?”

Klotz estimated the gang numbered seven or eight kids between 15 and 17 years of age. The NYPD quickly nabbed three of them — and just as quickly released them to their parents without filing charges.

When asked how the lack of consequences for his assailants made him feel, Klotz said, “I want there to be something done. It’s more like, why is the weather guy on the train trying to stop crime in the middle of the night? Like, where is Eric Adams? Where’s the city? Why am I doing this? Why is it up to me?”

Klotz is clearly in considerable pain in a video he posted to Instagram in the aftermath of the attack. In the video, he claims he was beaten by “children.”

“Where are the parents?” Klotz demands rhetorically between sobs of cynical laughter. “God … don’t — don’t — don’t let your kids come beat me up in the middle of the night again, please. Parents! Watch your children.”

On Fox & Friends, Klotz vented his frustration that all the consequences of the assault will fall on him, the victim, who must recover from injuries and pay a deductible out-of-pocket for his hospitalization, while neither the thugs who beat him nor their parents will go to jail or pay a dime. He is currently considering filing a criminal complaint but is hesitant to push for punishment for the youths, for what he sees as systemic failures.

Klotz’s instinct to protect children’s futures is admirable. When asked by Fox News host Steve Doocy if he would file a complaint, which would allow the city to consider whether to charge the hooligans, the meteorologist hesitated before answering, “I don’t know. I want — I want someone to be held responsible, but really what I want is some sort of change. I don’t want this to happen to somebody else, and I don’t think necessarily, just, these kids getting in trouble — like, where’s the structural change?” Klotz called on Mayor Adams to put more cops in the subways.

“I would love it if some sort of change happened out of this,” he said.

Unfortunately, in New York State and NYC’s consequence-free gangstas’ paradise, nothing is going to change any time soon. Why would it?

New York Times Signals That the Left Is Through with Biden~Ron Klain, Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff, Reportedly to Step Down

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2023/01/21/its-over-joe-new-york-times-throws-joe-biden-under-the-bus-n1663747;

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The New York Times has long ago abandoned any pretense of being an actual news source and has settled into its role as the foremost propaganda arm of the hard Left, capitalizing upon the fact that there is still a considerable number of people in the U.S. and around the world who still think that the Times can be trusted to report events impartially and accurately. In reality, the only thing the Times is good for is revealing what the political and media elites are thinking, and a Friday opinion piece dropped a bombshell, in the Times’ muted, bloodless Voice-of-the-Ages manner: the Leftist establishment is through with Old Joe Biden. Watch for him to be replaced as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2024, and he could be gone even sooner.

The author of the “Guest Essay” was Jonathan Alter, a respected far-Left intellectual who has written hagiographic biographies of some of the Left’s foremost saints, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama. But don’t expect Old Joe to take his place as the fourth member of Alter’s personal woke Mount Rushmore anytime soon: Alter once admired the serial liar who is currently pretending to be president but no more. The classified documents scandal has the Leftist “historian” searching for a new hero.

Alter begins by lamenting past glories: “Remember the iconic image of a smiling Joe Biden in his 1967 Corvette Stingray? It conjured charming Uncle Joe, a retro-cool guy who’d been around the track and knew how to handle it.” But all that is gone now: “Four months after President Biden called Donald Trump’s mishandling of classified documents ‘irresponsible,’ that vintage car — parked at the president’s home in Delaware next to his own boxes containing classified material — has been transformed into a shiny symbol of hypocrisy. If you went into a G.O.P. whataboutism lab and asked for a perfect gaffe, you’d come out with the president snapping last week to a Fox News reporter, ‘My Corvette is in a locked garage.’ Well, the storage room at Mar-a-Lago is locked, too.” Ouch!

Alter quickly takes pains to reassure his easy marks, that is, New York Times readers, that he is certain that Biden’s classified documents scandal is trivial compared to Trump’s but laments that the general public is too stupid to recognize this: “Many voters with better things to do with their time than parse the nuances of presidential record keeping may casually conclude that both men are careless, lying politicians.” Or even, perish the thought, that one of them is the target of a relentless and now eight-year-long witch hunt, while the other gets protection from compromised, corrupt, relentlessly politicized government agencies.

But the real problem with Biden’s documents scandal, according to Alter, is that it torpedoes the faux president’s chances of reelection. Alter may be looking for a side hustle as a stand-up comedian, as he writes, presumably with a straight face, that the astonishingly corrupt, morally compromised, venal, cheerfully mendacious individual who postures as president in his Potemkin Oval Office has now harmed his “core political brand of honor and decency.” And so Old Joe has to go: Biden’s “sharp ethical contrast” (stop laughing!) “with Mr. Trump has been dulled,” and this “complicates the president’s expected re-election campaign — and could even short-circuit it.”

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Alter tells us this despite the fact that he obligingly avows that Biden’s core constituency is made up of people who are so gullible that they still fall for Old Joe’s act: “Most Democrats still think Mr. Biden is honest, and they view his accomplishments on the economy, climate, infrastructure and defending democracy as far more significant than this lapse.” Skyrocketing inflation? Rapidly creeping authoritarianism and sinister efforts, unprecedented in American history, to frame his principal opponent for a crime and criminalize political dissent? A fictional Southern border? Forget it all! Old Joe has “accomplishments”!

Of course, Jonathan Alter would also have you believe that “the Obama-Biden administration set an exceptionally high ethical standard and usually met it,” and postures about “Mr. Obama’s scandal-less White House” without mentioning the fact that the Chicago Saint had a “wingman” for an attorney general and a cachet as the first black president that meant that he would never be prosecuted no matter what he did, even supply weapons to drug cartels. Alter’s shoddy reasoning and reflexive partisanship aside, however, the real significance of his op-ed is that it signals that the curtain is closing on Biden’s clownish and disastrous star turn as the presidential figurehead. Whether his replacement will be The Cackler or some other socialist ideologue remains to be seen.

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Ron Klain, Joe Biden's Chief of Staff, Reportedly to Step Down

BY MATT MARGOLIS

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Ron Klain is reportedly planning to leave his position as Joe Biden’s chief of staff in the coming weeks. According to the New York Times, Klain has been quietly informing colleagues of his intention to retire since the midterm elections, claiming he is ready to move on.

Klain’s retirement is likely to be announced soon after Biden delivers his State of the Union address next month, but there is currently no word of a potential replacement. Klain’s tenure as Biden’s chief of staff has been a rocky one.

He has repeatedly come under fire for his tweeting. One tweet likely doomed Biden’s vaccine mandate, and others have been mocked for being out of touch. For example, last year, he retweeted an op-ed that insisted 2021 wasn’t “all bad,” and then he retweeted a poll showing Biden underwater, apparently thinking it was a good poll. As Joe Biden’s poll numbers failed to improve, even the media began scrutinizing Klain’s job performance. Honestly, Klain should have been fired a long time ago, and I suspect the only reason he wasn’t is that Klain has been a loyal Bidenista for many years now.

When things get tough for a sitting president, the Chief of Staff is a common scapegoat, and Klain’s departure would be a significant step for the White House to change course in the hopes of salvaging Joe Biden’s troubled presidency.

Abbott Labs Under Criminal Investigation Over Baby Formula Crisis

Abbott Labs Under Criminal Investigation Over Baby Formula Crisis

BY RICK MORAN

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Last January, a severe baby formula shortage hit parents in the United States that resulted in a desperate scramble to find food for their infants.

The federal government pointed a finger at Abbott Laboratories, which was forced to shut down operations after it was suspected that formula was shipping from a Michigan plant that had been contaminated with a deadly bacteria.

The jury is still out on whether the deadly bacteria that killed three infants came from the Sturgis, Mich., plant or not. But a subsequent investigation of the plant by the FDA turned up numerous, shocking violations including standing water, damage to drying equipment, and defects in the seams of formula cans, among other problems at the Sturgis plant. The FDA shut the plant down and recalled the formula.

A whistleblower had claimed that Abbott was covering up massive problems at the plant and falsifying reports to the FDA. This led to a full-blown criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

Wall Street Journal:

Attorneys with the Justice Department’s consumer-protection branch are conducting the criminal investigation, the people said.

The branch, which has criminal as well as civil authority, was involved last year in a settlement with Abbott that allowed its Sturgis plant to resume operations after Food and Drug Administration inspectors found a potentially deadly bacteria there.

“The DOJ has informed us of its investigation, and we’re cooperating fully,” an Abbott spokesman said.

The company reopened the plant in June after extensive cleaning and modifications to the equipment.

So what is the Justice Department looking for?

“Ongoing inadequacies in manufacturing conditions and practices at Defendants’ facilities demonstrate that Defendants have been unwilling or unable to implement sustainable corrective actions to ensure the safety and quality of food manufactured for infants, a consumer group particularly vulnerable to foodborne pathogens,” the department said in the complaint.

Abbott isn’t the first food company to be the target of a criminal investigation. A deadly outbreak of listeria led to Blue Bell ice cream pleading guilty to two misdemeanors and a fine of $19 million. And the restaurant chain Chipotle was fined $25 million after food-borne illnesses struck more than 1,000 of their customers.

Abbott is still trying to ramp up to full production of all its product lines.

Politico:

The DOJ investigation comes just a few weeks after Abbott and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the company’s plans to build a new $536 million manufacturing facility in the state to produce specialty and metabolic formulas for medically-vulnerable children and adults who were hardest hit by the shortages. Abbott has struggled to ramp up production of the special formulas at its Sturgis plant, and has recently pushed back the availability of a slate of metabolic formulas to April.

There really wasn’t much that Biden could do about Abbott’s self-inflicted wounds, but he tried anyway. He flew a few cases of formula from Germany to the United States — sort of a Berlin Airlift in reverse. It made no dent in the shortage of baby formula, but it certainly was a dramatic gesture.

The problem of shortages was a government-made problem. Regulations made any foreign competition very difficult — which was the idea when major domestic baby formula manufacturers lobbied for the change. Now we’re at the mercy of three or four companies that produce 90% of baby formula in the U.S.

That’s got to change, or the crisis will repeat itself the next time a problem occurs at one plant.

 

 

 

 

Treasury Prevents Default for Now as America Reaches Debt Limit

Treasury Dept. resorts to 'extraordinary measures' after US hits the debt limit

Treasury Prevents Default for Now as America Reaches Debt Limit

BY DAVID KELLY

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/treasury-prevents-default-for-now-as-america-reaches-debt-limit/;

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The United States reached its debt limit of $31.4 trillion dollars on Thursday, leading the Treasury Department to begin using “extraordinary measures” to ensure the federal government will not default on its obligations. According to conventional wisdom, both Congress and President Biden now need to agree upon raising or suspending the statutory debt limit before June to keep the government solvent. Of course, a third option, slashing federal spending to lower the debt burden, is not on most lawmakers’ agendas.

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen in a letter to Congress said, “beginning on Thursday, January 19, 2023, the outstanding debt of the United States is projected to reach the statutory limit.  Once the limit is reached, Treasury will need to start taking certain extraordinary measures to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations.”

Those extraordinary measures the Treasury will implement this month are, “(1) redeeming existing, and suspending new, investments of the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF) and the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (Postal Fund), and (2) suspending reinvestment of the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund) of the Federal Employees Retirement System Thrift Savings Plan.”  

Yellen was forced to implement these measures as Biden and Congress are far from any agreement on the debt ceiling.  “I respectfully urge Congress to act promptly to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.” she wrote in the letter.  

The White House is currently refusing to negotiate with the newly empowered fiscally conservative Republicans on raising the debt ceiling as Biden thinks they will eventually back off their demands, as investors, business groups, and moderate conservatives warn of the impending default and its political consequences. 

Responding to a question on if the nation could avoid default, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a press briefing, “It is essential for Congress to recognize that dealing with the debt ceiling is their constitutional responsibility. This is an easy one. This is something that should be happening without conditions. And so, we’re just not going to negotiate about that.” 

The Washington Examiner reported that House Speaker McCarthy (R-Calif.) said: “his plan is to negotiate a balanced budget with the Democrats to start paying down the $31 trillion debt.” Adding, “We are six months away, approximately, and what I would like to do is I would like to sit down with all the leaders and especially the president who had started having discussions. I don’t see why you would continue the past behavior. […] Who wants to put the nation through some type of threat at the last minute with the debt ceiling? Nobody wants to do that.” 

The debt limit is the total amount of money that our government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments. Congress has voted to increase the debt limit more than a dozen times in the last 25 years. The United States has been in default four times since the nation’s founding. 

What makes matters worse is “the dramatic rise in interest rates over the past few months — the Fed funds rate target is currently between 4.25% and 4.50% — the national debt will be growing at a rate that makes it even harder to ignore,” reported a MoneyWise article

According to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s debt clock, the $31.4 trillion gross national debt equals $94,170 of debt for every person in the country. Currently, more than $965 million is spent every day just in interest on the national debt. The Foundation estimates that the amount of interest will triple over the next decade, making it the fastest-growing item in the federal budget. 

Congress needs to reduce spending and our national debt before the June deadline. And the way to do that is to get back to the Constitution, which means ending all federal programs that fall outside the scope of the Constitution’s enumerated powers. The political theater now in play is a dangerous game that potentially will have a lasting negative economic impact on us all. As Reuters reported, “From both an economic and a financial perspective, a failure to raise the debt ceiling would be an unmitigated disaster,” said David Kelly, chief global strategist for JPMorgan Chase & Co funds. 

Kelly continued, “While a failure to increase the debt ceiling is the most immediate fiscal threat to the economy and markets in 2023, the damage could also be done either by continuing to neglect deficits altogether or by inflicting very sharp fiscal tightening on an economy which is now thoroughly hooked on the drugs of monetary and fiscal stimulus.” 

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Davos Exposed: Oligarchs, CEOs, Politicos Facing Heat as World Wakes Up to Great Reset

Elon Musk꞉ WEF an 'Unelected World Government' Pushing 'Satanic' Agenda!!!

MEP Warns: WEF is One of the Biggest Threats to Democracy, Rule of Law, Free Market'

BY WILLIAM F. JASPER

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/davos-exposed-oligarchs-ceos-politicos-facing-heat-as-world-wakes-up-to-great-reset/;

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The annual Davos confab of the globalist elites is getting serious pushback this year. It’s getting a lot harder for the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its servile presstitutes in Fake News media to write off their critics as “tinfoil hat extremists” and “right-wing conspiracy theorists.” From the world’s richest man to a rapidly growing throng of bloggers, vloggers, citizen journalists, and independent-media platforms from all parts of the planet and across the political spectrum, the billionaire denizens of Davos are being called out and their toxic command-and-control “masters of the universe” schemes are being exposed.

Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, tweeted out a pointed barb aimed at the Davos cabal on January 18. Refreshingly candid and accurate for a leading CEO, it read, “WEF is increasingly becoming an unelected world government that the people never asked for and don’t want”

The maverick entrepreneur’s comment quickly garnered 10.8 million views, 49.4 thousand retweets, 3,683 quote tweets, 231.4 thousand likes, and 11.8 thousand replies (mostly positive, with many including videos and memes blasting WEF chief Klaus Schwab).

Musk then posed a simple survey: “The World Economic Forum should control the world: Yes or No.” With 2,420,521 votes cast, the response was an emphatic 86 percent “NO!”

A few days earlier, on January 15, Musk tweaked Schwab and the WEFers for their ESG (Environment, Social, and Corporate Governance) mandates they are attempting to foist on governments, businesses, media, social media, and individuals. “The S in ESG stands for Satanic,” said Musk, who is himself a professed atheist.

Musk has flippantly claimed he didn’t go to Davos this year because it would have been boring. The WEF has responded by saying the Tesla/Twitter/SpaceX titan wasn’t invited this year. A former darling of Davos (see Musk’s many entries on the WEF website here), he is now a pariah to the self-anointed “great and good.” He has obviously fallen from grace with the Davos gods for, among other things, breaking up their global media-propaganda monopoly by buying Twitter; exposing their Deep State/media collusion and censorship by releasing the Twitter Files; reinstating thousands of Twitter accounts that had been banned for expressing Covid vaccine skepticism, belief in election fraud, and other politically incorrect viewpoints; challenging the WEF’s false overpopulation narrative; endorsing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for president in 2024; and much more.

Hmmm. Doesn’t sound like the WEFers are truly committed to “diversity,” does it? You know, as in their “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion” (DEI) agenda that they have been aggressively promoting in hundreds of speeches, reports, programs, videos, articles, and op-eds for the past several years. But, like ESG, DEI is simply another globalist tool to be used to fasten a Chinese communist-style “social credit” system upon humanity. Like the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), WEFers don’t apply ESG or DEI to themselves. ESG, DEI, WEF, CCP: the three-letter acronyms fit comfortably in each other’s company — and millions of awakening souls around the world are catching on to the Orwellian scheme embedded in them.

Elon Musk may now be a WEF outcast, but he has a big megaphone and a big following. And he’s far from alone when it comes to challenging the Davos Borg. Resistance is not futile, as the Davos plutocrats found out this week when they were besieged by reporters and camera crews asking uncomfortable questions whenever they ventured out of their secretive and closely guarded meetings. Ezra Levant and his multinational crew from Rebel News doggedly followed any WEFer who strayed beyond the security perimeter. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was one of the miscreants who got hounded non-stop by the Rebel News crew when he decided to take a leisurely walk through the village. Levant and Avi Yemini relentlessly peppered Bourla, demanding to know why he lied about the efficacy of the Pfizer COVID “vaccine,” if he is concerned about the victims suffering side effects and dying from the vaccine, and how much money he has made personally from the vaccine and boosters.

Similarly, as the video below shows, Levant put Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp on the spot, and like Bourla, Kemp stonewalled.

Callum Smiles of Rebel News pummeled Wall Street Journal writer Gerard Baker with questions about apparent conflicts of interest with major media outlets cozy relationship with the WEF. Baker insisted that from his perspective, the WEF conference is just a bunch of people getting together to talk — nothing extraordinary.

Rebel News’ Avi Yemini got a much icier reception from CNBC’s vice president and international managing editor Patrick Allen. Yemini and his cameraman approached Allen as he stood on the public sidewalk smoking a cigarette outside CNBC’s temporary pavilion in Davos. Allen belligerently told Yemini to leave and grabbed his microphone and threatened to “punch” him out.

Larry Fink, a billionaire CEO of predatory behemoth BlackRock and a member of the WEF board of trustees, evaded Rebel News ambushes but Ezra Levant did visit the BlackRock Davos pavilion and provided a profile of Fink nonetheless, employing videos of Fink's recent interviews.

(See more Rebel News coverage of Davos here).

Savanah Hernandez, a reporter for ThePostMillennial and Turning Point USA, was also onsite at Davos asking questions and giving daily commentary to media back in the United States.

Japanese journalist Masako Ganaha may have been the only independent reporter to have scored an “interview” with Klaus Schwab.

The Davos Maestro was less than gracious to the diminutive (but heroically persistent) reporter, granting her barely a few words before dismissing her. Nevertheless, Masako Ganaha did great reporting in Davos under difficult circumstances and provided commentary to many media outlets around the world. (See her Twitter feed here.)

Swiss-based Noor Bin Ladin is another independent journo who was on the ground at Davos reporting, interviewing, and providing incisive commentary. (If the name sounds familiar, it’s because her father is Yeslam Bin Ladin, brother to the late Osama Bin Laden. Her mother, Carmen Dufour Bin Ladin, was born to a Swiss father and a Persian mother and grew up in Switzerland. Like many other Western women who marry Muslim men, Carmen realized too late she had made a mistake and went through a horrendous ordeal to be able to divorce her husband and leave Saudi Arabia with her four daughters, including Noor). Her Davos reporting and commentary can be followed on Twitter and Gettr.

Andrew Lawton of the Canada-based True North Centre (TNC News) was one of the few independent journalists (and perhaps the only one) to be granted official access to the WEF confab. While definitely critical of the WEF, he had to be careful to avoid being ejected from the event. (Lawton’s True North reports can be seen here.)

ZeroHedge’s Tyler Durden reported that “Al Gore is testing out his performative Greta mode at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week,” comparing Gore to the snarling, emotive Greta “How DARE you!” Thunberg. Gore “tried to go climate activist beast mode during a Q&A panel,” Durden said, with pathetic results. “His attempt this week to pull off a ‘Greta moment’ and shed his notorious stiffness resulted in an unhinged rant wherein he claimed that carbon emissions and greenhouses gases are trapping ‘as much extra heat as would be released by 600,000 Hiroshima class atomic bombs exploding every single day on the earth.’”

The non-stop, motor-mouthed, ever-entertaining British actor/comedian/activist Russell Brand has been tearing into the WEF and their Great Reset with fierce relish for months — and amassing a following of millions.

Alex Jones’ InfoWars did wall-to-wall live coverage of the 2023 Davos gathering.

Additional coverage was provided by:

Michael Matt’s Remnant TV

Lifesite News

Steve Bannon’s War Room

The Epoch Times

The David Knight Show

The Mises Institute

Jonathan Turley

The Daily Caller

The Daily Wire

The Gateway Pundit

Glenn Beck on The Blaze

Catherine Salgado at PJ Media

The Guardian

The Off-Guardian

The New York Post

Unherd

Brannon Howse World View Weekend Broadcast Network

The Dossier

Jack Posobiec at Human Events

Mike Adams at Natural News

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Dr. Robert Malone

And there are many more who could be cited. Fox News even got in on the action with WEF segments or Davos reporters making guest appearances on Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Jesse Waters, and Maria Bartiromo (a longtime WEF invitee, who reported again from inside Davos).

The takeaway is that The New American is not such a lonely voice anymore; many other alternative media organizations, bloggers, talk show hosts, etc. have grasped, like Elon Musk, that the gameplan of the WEF’s Great Reset is to accelerate centralizing and concentrating power into the hands of the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, and the WEF-aligned globalist corporations — until they have total control. We are no longer alone in the tinfoil-hat gallery warning about this malevolent New World Order these megalomaniacs envision for all humanity. That is VERY good news. Knowledgeable, informed resistance is GROWING. That is why governors and attorney generals in nearly two dozen states are disinvesting billions of dollars from BlackRock, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Vanguard, and other woke ESG-promoting funds, and/or are pursuing legal action against them. And that is why BlackRock’s Larry Fink whined in an interview at Davos with Bloomberg News that the attacks on him and BlackRock are “ugly” and “personal.” That is why Alberta’s newly elected Premier Danielle Smith has been able to stand up to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Klaus Schwab’s lapdog Young Global Leader) and has ended her province’s health-consulting agreement with the WEF.

Resistance to tyranny and would-be tyrants is never futile.

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Michigan School Board Member Lashes Out at White People

BY LINCOLN BROWN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/lincolnbrown/2023/01/20/michigan-school-board-member-lashes-out-at-white-people-n1663513;

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

Kesha Hamilton is a member of the school board in Jackson, Michigan. Whatever else she may believe, she firmly contends that white people are evil, as evidenced by a December 17 tweet that read, “Whiteness is so evil.. it manipulates then says, I won’t apologize for my dishonesty and trauma-inducing practices and thinks you should applaud it for being honest about its ability to manipulate and be dishonest.”

Libs of TikTok brought the proverbial receipts when it came to Hamilton’s opinion. As the old saying goes, tell me how you really feel:

So, according to Hamilton, white people are evil, manipulative, treacherously abrasive, and more dangerous than wild animals. Oh, and white women are “the stupidest.” You can scroll down through the feed to see that responders were, by and large, infuriated.

The website MLive Michigan said that the January school board meeting saw a larger number of people in attendance than usual and a greater security presence since someone had been circulating fliers with a logo resembling that of the Proud Boys reading, “Jackson School Board hates White people.”

During the meeting, some called Hamilton’s comments “disgraceful” and “appalling.” Another called her an “angry and bitter judge” and said her remarks were divisive. That commenter added, “Someone in her influential position must be held to a high standard. She must be a representative for all students in the JPS system. Her racist comments should not be condoned. How can all kids feel safe when physical characteristics over which they have no control are being called evil and dangerous?” Another said Hamilton’s language was hurting society rather than helping it and that Hamilton was adding to disparities and dividing the Jackson community.

Conversely, Jackson High School teacher Paris Anderson, a white, conservative male Christian called Hamilton caring and compassionate and said that she was not a racist. He added that Jackson has never questioned him about the way he teaches a history that is not his. Another attendee, Myeshia Jones, rose to Hamilton’s defense by stating that Hamilton was not attacking individuals:

Whiteness is the system, the ideology, the belief, the thought that because your skin is white, you are superior to Black people. Because your skin is white you deserve better. Because your skin is white, you have better opportunities

However, Hamilton’s tweets actually attacked white people. Scroll back up and read them again.

There are white racists out there. Just not as many as Hamilton or the DOJ would have you believe. And the white people who really believe they are superior and have better opportunities would rather have Hamilton in the room as opposed to a commoner like you or me. Supporting Hamilton gives the closet racists on the Left the balm they need to soothe their souls and continue to feel superior and gracious and to be patronizing. Someday, people like Hamilton will figure this out, and I hope I’m around to see it.
Undaunted, Hamilton posted another tweet, this time about her gratitude for the support she received:

She had one supporter who expressed her relief that Hamilton was safe. She also speculated that things at the school board meeting could have escalated, given the negative reaction from many online. Well, of course, because someone saying that they don’t like being called a racist, heaven forfend, expresses an idea that does not bear the official Woke Seal of Approval must naturally be prone to violence. However, the vast majority of those who replied continued to take Hamilton to task for her vitriol, including a man named Moaead Rawashdeh, who said, “I am not a white person But I stand with white people against your disgusting hateful blunt racism Getting fired is a fraction of what you deserve.”

Hamilton, it should be noted, is a racial equity consultant with Diverse Minds Consulting LLC. And there you have it – a repairperson in search of a problem. Even a problem that must be created will do. One of the responders to the Libs of TikTok post made an interesting observation:

This anti-white push will do nothing but manufacture white racists out of people who would have never been racist otherwise. They’re generating resentment. These people don’t want racial harmony. They need the racial animosity to continue.

And the man has a point. The only permissible response to this controversy is to confess one’s racism or, if necessary, manufacture it. And even then, confession is not enough. You may remember a little thing called “Race to Dinner,” in which black activists were paid to lecture wealthy white women on how racist they were. Even when the women broke down and cried, their tears were derided as manipulative.

For race hustlers, there can never be a right answer. The only thing one can do is say one is a racist and accept the penalties. Stop me if you’ve heard this story before, but in the early years of the Obama administration, anyone who disliked the president’s policies was labeled a racist. One listener told me he just didn’t care anymore since, no matter what he said or did, he would be labeled as a racist.

And the current trend in what passes for “discourse” is to find racism everywhere, even if it has to be sown, grown, and teased out of a person who is not racist to begin with. The idea is to hammer them until they blow up so people can shout, “See? See? I knew they were racists all along!” Or to break them down so they will confess to anything. Historically, the second approach has been a very effective torture technique among totalitarians.

Years ago, we lived in a house where to our left was an immigrant family from Chile. To the right was a white family. The white family flew lots of American flags and were life-long residents of the area. As white people, which family do you think we got along with? Well, the Chilean family came out to greet us when we moved in. We shoveled each other’s snow, brought in each other’s garbage cans, exchanged Christmas gifts, and we had them over for dinner and parties. They also, incidentally, introduced us to a great red wine.

The white family, by contrast, had two kids that were known for vandalism and crime. They had loud, obnoxious trucks that spewed exhaust everywhere, and raced up and down the street in a beater truck with a Confederate flag painted on the roof, terrorizing young and old alike. They screamed profanities at all hours of the night, stole cherries from the tree in our yard, and dumped toxic chemicals in the driveway. They were obnoxious, unkempt, chronically unemployed, and well-known to the cops. So we hated our neighbors to the right and loved our neighbors to the left, and not because we thought it was cool to have Chilean friends. Our neighbors to the left were genuinely decent, kind, and neighborly people. The kids on the right were a waste of DNA. Too bad progressives would never believe this story, as true as it is. But character counts more than color.

Ultimately, the race hustlers do not want to stop racism as much as leverage it where they think they have found it and create it where they deem it necessary. Again, there are real racists out there. And that attitude is execrable. No sane person would deny that. But apparently, there are not enough actual racists to support a narrative. Or an industry.

Biden Hosted Meetings of Inner Circle at His Home Where Classified Docs Were Found

Biden Hosted Meetings of Inner Circle at His Home Where Classified Docs Were Found

BY MATT MARGOLIS

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/01/20/biden-hosted-meetings-of-inner-circle-at-his-home-where-classified-docs-were-found-n1663484;

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

Mere days after leaving the vice presidency in 2017, Joe Biden was hosting a meeting with his inner circle at his Wilmington, Del., residence, where a trove of classified documents were recently been discovered.

Though there are no visitor logs, the existence of these meetings is confirmed due to emails found on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.

According to a review from Fox News Digital, “Just three days after leaving office, then-Biden aide Kathy Chung invited Biden’s son, Hunter Biden; Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens; and several others to a ‘UDEL meeting at the Lake house’ on Feb. 7, 2017.”

The “lake house” refers to Biden’s lakeside home in Wilmington, and “UDEL” likely stands for the University of Delaware.

Others copied on the email were

  • Kate Bedingfield, the current White House Communications Director
  • Mike Donilon, Biden’s senior adviser
  • Brian Mosteller, who is currently a senior advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
  • Mel Monzack, Biden’s longtime friend
  • Don Graves, the current Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Richard Ruffner, a former Biden aide
  • Steve Ricchetti, Biden’s chief of staff while he was vice president, and now an official at the Penn Biden Center, where classified documents were found.

It is not clear who ended up attending the meeting that took place on February 7, 2017—which coincidentally was the same day it was announced that Biden would be leading the Penn Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware.

The existence of this and other meetings, combined with the connection to the Penn Biden Center—where classified documents were originally found, certainly raises questions about the security of the documents at the house, whether any of the materials brought to Biden’s home after leaving the White House were part of any meetings, or if any of the meetings resulted in classified documents being transferred from the home to the Penn Biden Center.

Robert Spencer: Left Fomenting Civil War in America

There is a multi-pronged, concentrated effort by the Biden administration and the Democratic party to push the most extreme policies and ideologies into American public life, while simultaneously labeling any opposition to their overreach as a "threat to the Republic," argues Robert Spencer, a political analyst, Islam expert, historian, and the director of the Jihad Watch. In this interview with The New American, Mr. Spencer discusses his latest book, The Sumter Gambit: How the Left Is Trying to Foment a Civil War, and describes how the leftist forces are trying to provoke patriots to resort to violence in order to justify the establishment of authoritarianism in America. Reflecting on this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Mr. Spencer noted how the national governments in the West and beyond are tied in with the organization that is seeking to establish a socialist, internationalist megastate, which would be impossible to achieve without destroying our national sovereignty first. To learn more about Robert Spencer and Jihad Watch, please click here: www.jihadwatch.org For more great content, visit www.TheNewAmerican.com 🇺🇸 The New American: http://www.thenewamerican.com/

Bongino Video: EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Biden’s Classified Docs~C’mon, man, they were in a locked garage!

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/bongino-video-everything-you-need-to-know-about-bidens-classified-docs/;

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

In his new video, Dan Bongino takes you on a deep dive into the scandal surrounding President Biden’s unsecured cache of classified documents, exposing everything you need to know about it.

Check out the informative, must-watch video below:

 

EU rebrands pedophiles ‘People with a Sexual Interest in Children’

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/eu-rebrands-pedophiles-people-with-a-sexual-interest-in-children;

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

The Scotland police recently referred to pedophiles as “minor-attracted people.” Many expressed outrage over this attempt to normalize the abuse of children. Now comes this.

The West is sinking deeper and deeper into a kafkaesque mix of socialism and depravity, while the Churches remain largely silent instead of protecting Judeo-Christian values and innocent children.

The “EU project’s use of the term Minor-Attracted People (MAPs) to describe pedophiles” is causing a huge backlash. Let’s hope that those who are dissenting succeed in stopping this abuse. The European Commission “is funding the Drag Queen Shows across Europe,” which means taxpayers are funding it, with no say in where their money is going.

“‘Horrible Propaganda’ – EU Project Rebrands Paedophiles ‘People with a Sexual Interest in Children,’” by Peter Caddle, Breitbart, January 16, 2023:

A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has accused the European Union of pushing “horrible propaganda” after a project described paedophiles as “people with a sexual interest in children”, accusing the bloc of seeking to rebrand them with a term that is both “more appealing and morally neutral”.

Cristian Terhes, a Romanian MEP who sits with the European Conservatives and Reformists group, has slammed the EU for allegedly pushing for the term “paedophile” to be replaced with something “more appealing and morally neutral”.

It comes after controversy surrounding an EU project’s use of the term Minor-Attracted People (MAPs) to describe paedophiles, despite the fact that the term is highly controversial, and seen by some as overly sympathetic towards predators.

However, despite the use of the term prompting huge backlash only last month, Terhes claims that the EU still seems to be trying to soften the language around paedophiles, with another EU project on child protection repeatedly referring to them as “people with a sexual interest in children”.

“I am shocked and appalled, in equal measure, that the European Commission was, until very recently… replacing the term ‘paedophile’ with the more appealing and morally neutral phrase of Minor Attracted Person,” Terhes alleged in comments to Breitbart Europe.

“They even intensified this horrible propaganda and are now talking of ‘people with a sexual interest in children’,” he continued.

“This attitude of the European Commission to soft soap an evil and criminal behaviour, like paedophilia, is dangerous and a threat to all children in Europe,” the public representative went on to say, calling for the project in question to be withdrawn by European Commission, currently led by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen.

The Romanian MEP also took aim at the EU’s continued funding of drag queen shows for children, with the bloc giving financial support to drag projects in the likes of Germany, Spain, and Slovenia.

One project sponsored by the EU that took place in Berlin — titled ‘Drag It Up!’ — saw “38 young queer people” trained in the art of drag, with those involved being taught to put on makeup and wigs, walk in high heels, and implement “methods of blurring and exaggerating traditional binary gender roles”….

Matt Gaetz Moves to Abolish the ATF

Matt Gaetz Moves to Abolish the ATF

SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2023/01/gaetz-introduces-bill-abolish-atf/?ct=t(RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN)

BY BOB ADELMANN

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/rep-matt-gaetz-moves-to-abolish-the-atf/;

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

To Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), the move last Friday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to require citizens owning pistol braces to register them with the government was the “final straw.” On Tuesday, he rolled out a bill to abolish the rogue agency altogether.

The bill is one page long: “A Bill to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.… The [agency] is hereby abolished.”

Would that this would be so simple!

In June 2021, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene proposed the same thing but gave the agency six months to move its responsibilities to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Her bill included:

  • Repealing all ATF regulations issued after August 1, 2020;
  • Rescinding all hiring authority for the agency;
  • Publishing a list of all the weapons it had confiscated, and then selling them to licensed firearms dealers via a public auction;
  • Putting those proceeds into a fund for Border Patrol agents killed in the line of duty as a result of one of its botched operations, Operation Fast and Furious; and
  • Using any remaining funds to fund grants to states to establish firearm safety programs.

In 2014 Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) had offered a similar bill, but with some of its operations being handed off to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rather than the FBI.

When Gaetz rolled out his bill to abolish the ATF, he said:

The continued existence of the ATF is increasingly unwarranted based on the actions they’re taking to convert otherwise law-abiding people into felons. My bill would abolish the ATF.

If that doesn’t work, we’re going to try defunding the ATF.

If that doesn’t work, we’re going to target the individual bureaucrats at the top of the ATF who have exceeded their authority in rulemaking. And if that doesn’t work, we’re going to take a meat cleaver to the statutes that the ATF believes broadly authorize their actions.

When Representative Greene presented her bill back in 2021, she said the Biden administration was using the agency to harass lawful gun owners:

Joe Biden and the radical, anti-gun Democrats want to unleash the ATF on law-abiding gun owners across America, attacking our God-given Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The ATF’s ongoing, unconstitutional attacks on the Second Amendment must end.

And, when Representative Sensenbrenner proposed abolishing the ATF, he also minced no words:

The ATF is a largely duplicative, scandal-ridden agency that lacks a clear mission.…

It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges and a lack of leadership.

For decades it has been branded by high-profile failures. There is also significant overlap with other agencies.

While neither of these last two bills saw the light of day (as will likely be the outcome of Gaetz’s effort), the history of the ATF shows it to be corrupt to the core. Sam Jacobs, in an article published by the Libertarian Institute in 2020, took 19 pages to review just a few of the agency’s egregious and illegal operations.

They included:

  • A review of the agency by a Senate subcommittee back in the 1980s concluded: “Based upon these hearings, it is apparent that ATF enforcement tactics … are constitutionally, legally, and practically reprehensible”;
  • Its Siege at Ruby Ridge;
  • Its Siege at Waco, Texas;
  • Its expanded powers granted after 9/11;
  • Its harassment of gun-show buyers and sellers in Richmond, Virginia;
  • Its “baiting” of innocent Hmong refugees in Laos;
  • Its entrapment of mentally disabled teenagers;
  • What the agency actually does with all those Form 4473s gun buyers must complete purchasing a firearm;
  • What the agency does with its slush fund generated from its illegal sales of cigarettes; and
  • How it punishes whistleblowers inside the agency when they bring to light some of the agency’s illegal activities.

For readers who may be unfamiliar with some of these illegal overreaches, the source is here. Upon reading, they may agree with Gaetz, Greene, and Sensenbrenner: The time to abolish this rogue agency is long past due.

Related article:

Final ATF Rule Turns Pistols Into Rifles to Be Regulated Under National Firearms Act

MassResistance forces leftist School Board to remove obscene material

SEE: https://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen4/23a/TX-MR-forces-school-to-remove-book/index.html;

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

Texas MassResistance forces leftist School Board to remove obscene library book. And more on their way out!

School officials try to intimidate parents by putting 1-minute limitations on testimony, plus having students and teachers denounce “book bans.”

See the stunning video below! After the Texas MassResistance leader confronts Board, the book is gone within 48 hours.

January 19, 2023
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Texas MassResistance leader Tracy Shannon points to Superintendent and says: "You should be fired because you approved this. It's on you."

One powerful activist can ignite the community and make a difference!

Humble, Texas is a suburb of Houston. The region is very conservative. But as in many “red” states, leftists campaign as conservatives and get elected to the School Board. The current chairman and others recently ran as a “conservative” slate and were endorsed by the local GOP and Tea Party (which sadly, are routinely clueless). Once elected, they proceeded to collude with the “woke” Superintendent to make lives miserable for pro-family parents who speak out.

Starting in August: Dozens of horrific sexual books were found in the school libraries

Our Texas MassResistance leader, Tracy Shannon, lives in the Humble school district. Starting last August 2022, Tracy began helping local parents deal with dozens of obscene sexual and other highly inappropriate books that they had found in their school district libraries.

Some of these books are beyond belief in their sexual depravity. But the position of the school officials was that the books were “educational” and the parents were ignorant extremists.

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This is an example of what the School Board, Superintendent, and staff have termed "educational material" that "supports diversity."

Tracy began by going through the school’s arduous and bureaucratic “book challenge” process. She filed challenges for 35 books in all – about half during August and the other half in November. Tracy could easily see that the School Board had rigged the process against parents. In fact, between hearings and appeals and other “legalities,” the challenge process for these books could take over two years.

Even though none of the books were removed, a “banned books” hysteria broke out among school officials and leftists in the district.

The School Board cracks down on parents’ dissent

When parents began coming to testify about the books and complain, the Board took several outrageous steps to crack down on their dissent. We’ve seen nothing like this anywhere in the country!

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The Humble District School Board and Superintendent.

Starting in August, the militant School Board chairman imposed an outrageous 1-minute limit on all public testimony (which is enforced by turning off the microphone). The deadline for signing up to testify is noon on the day of the meetings, so they know in advance who will be there. This has had the desired effect of keeping most people from bothering to show up. Often the “public testimony” portion of the School Board meetings lasts just over 5 minutes.

In addition, citizens are banned from taking photos or videos – not only during School Board meetings but anywhere on the property where the School Board meets. At one meeting, Tracy was recording herself in the hallway outside the School Board chambers, and the police threatened to arrest her. At another meeting, Tracy called a press conference on the grass outside the building, and the police came and forced her to leave. (Tracy has filed a legal complaint over this, which the school has appealed to the Attorney General!)

Thus, the only recordings that exist of School Board meetings are those that the administration produces itself, which it could edit before posting.

More intimidation of parents

Over the next few months, various school people spoke out at School Board meetings to intimidate parents over the obscene book controversy:

  • At one meeting, the Superintendent spoke (in rather insulting bureaucratese) about how these books are actually about “diversity” and that individual parents should work with the school if they had concerns about their individual children; but the books were staying! Parents were appalled. Tracy posted this video of Supt. Fagan’s comments, with the vulgar text of books, superimposed. (Caution!)
  • A former Humble school district teacher (who brags about being a member of a pro-LGBT church) addressed the meeting, comparing the parents to Nazi book-burners: “You don’t have to be a historian to know that the people banning the books are never the good guys.” See the video here.
  • Another former teacher came to thank the School Board for keeping the pornographic books in the library, because they help kids develop “quality reading skills,” and that “banning books is never the right answer.” Instead, she said, “Choice is the answer. Thank you for selecting books from quality selected authors from our students.” She looked right at Tracy while saying this.

Coaching kids to defend porn in their library

In late December, a Deputy Superintendent apparently made the decision to label one of the books that Tracy had challenged as “mature content.” This meant that it would require parental permission to be checked out. A wave of hysteria broke out over that one book being set aside! The “woke” school librarian placed the book on a special “banned books” shelf behind the librarian’s desk – to entice the kids.

One of the “woke” English teachers runs a far-left DEI (diversity-equity-inclusion) high school club called “Diversify Our Narrative.”  The club offers “anti-racist” lesson plans such as “The End of White Innocence” and links to lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation. Four girls from the club were coached to go to the next School Board meeting to stand up for their “intellectual rights” to read pornography.

At a fiery January School Board meeting – Tracy takes over!

On January 10, 2023, the School Board held its first meeting of the new year. The Board seemed ready to continue pushing back against parents.

When the public comments section began, the four high school students were called up to speak. They read from prepared scripts. They told the Board how “shocked” they were to see a shelf for banned books in the library, and how very important it was that no books be banned. They said that these are important books about “diversity” and “helping us understand ourselves” – that these books are especially needed because they help them “deal with their stress.”

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The girls from the "Diversify our Narrative" club pose outside the School Board meeting before going in to testify and intimidate parents. This photo was posted on social media. Note that the Board's rule against taking photographs in the building doesn't apply to "approved" people.

Tracy spoke next. In her allotted minute she threw cold water on the girls’ arguments. She looked right at the Board, held up two of the books, and read from one of them, Fun Home. It was extremely graphic. She described the images of a boy ejaculating, females engaged in oral sex, and a chapter on “kink.”

Anyone hearing Tracy’s testimony would be sickened. But the School Board and Superintendent were totally unaffected. Just the opposite: Directly after the testimony, four of the Board members – including the Chairman, and Superintendent – gushed about how wonderful it was that the students took the time to come and speak. “Thank you for coming and thank you for expressing your concerns,” they said. “It’s always important to have you here and hear your voice … We want the students’ voice at the table.”

Here's the video clip of what happened [CAUTION: extremely filthy language]:

VIDEO: MassResistance throws cold water on "banned books" arguments at School Board meeting (7 min 13 sec)

The book Tracy read from gets officially “banned”!

Almost immediately after the January 10 meeting, social media began to burn up over Tracy’s testimony and the reaction by the School Board. Tracy sent out a document of quotes and sample pages from Fun Home. [Caution: graphic text and images.] Enormous outrage over that book from the conservative community hit the School Board members and school officials.

The day after the meeting, the school library's Internet system mysteriously was shut down. The following day it came back up, but Fun Home was nowhere to be found. The district also erased all the history of who had checked out the book, perhaps to avoid being sued.

On January 13, the district admitted that Fun Home had been removed from the library. The district blamed “Scholastic Publishing,” the vendor, who sent the book as part of a bundle. According to Tracy, the district sent Scholastic a “cease and desist letter.” (This should serve as a warning to parents not to trust Scholastic!)

None of these excuses has any credibility. The school staff is responsible for what it puts on its shelves. They could have just sent the book back. We’ve been assured that the librarians are experts and know how to select books and that we should not question them. In other words, they knew exactly what kind of a book it was.

Note that Fun Home did not need to go through the formal challenge process! It was an “informal” challenge process: The School Board just didn’t feel like taking more heat.

Tracy and her group are not finished! There are more books that will see community outrage!

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Final thoughts

“Banned books” is a ploy promoted by the American Library Association (ALA) to push pornography and homosexuality. And gender confusion in children. They all admit this on their website.

It’s not surprising that leftist public officials lie about almost everything. They care much more about approval from their “woke” friends and allies than the welfare of children. The school staffers who bring these books (and defend them) should be fired - and probably sent to jail.

Tracy attempted to donate The Health Hazards of Homosexuality to the school district to offer a more honest discussion of LGBT issues. She was told the district only allows books that are reviewed by certain professional organizations, all of which are affiliated in some way with the ALA. That is called “gatekeeping.” Recall that the ALA also fought to prevent the Child Internet Protection Act from requiring libraries to put porn filters on computers used by children in public libraries.

Finally, Tracy reports that her group has already recruited two candidates to run in the Humble District School Board elections this May against incumbents.

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Moderna CEO at Davos: Moderna Was Working on COVID Vaccine in Jan. 2020, Before COVID-19 Was Named

BY CATHERINE SALGADO

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/catherinesalgado/2023/01/19/moderna-ceo-at-davos-moderna-was-working-on-covid-vaccine-in-jan-2020-before-covid-19-was-named-n1663174;

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

When did Moderna start developing its COVID-19 vaccine? Moderna’s CEO Stephane Bancel already made headlines at World Economic Forum’s (WEF) elitist Davos 2023 conference by saying he wants an mRNA vaccine factory on every continent and by confirming his negotiations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to bring Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines to China. But there’s more: Bancel admitted on CNBC at Davos that Moderna was already working on a COVID-19 vaccine in January 2020 before the virus had reached most countries and before it even had a specific name.

Bancel went on CNBC at Davos to discuss a new Moderna RSV vaccine. But something far more interesting slipped out. “I’d like to go back,” the CNBC host said excitedly. “‘Cause the last time we were here in Davos in the winter, it was January 2020, and I saw you at that point, and we were at a breakfast.”

Bancel smiled. “I remember.”

The CNBC host continued enthusiastically, “You came up to me in this small room and you were talking about how you had actually the — you were working on a vaccine for — for COVID. And at that point, COVID-19 didn’t even really exist in our minds.”

Related: Moderna CEO at Davos: mRNA Vaccine Factories on Every Continent and Making a Deal With CCP

Bancel, still smiling, tacitly confirmed the story by agreeing, “I think there was no name at that time.” So Moderna was somehow developing a vaccine for an unnamed virus before it reached most countries outside China?

According to the CDC, COVID-19 first surfaced in December 2019 but was not even identified officially as a potential SARS virus until Jan. 1, 2020. So how was Moderna making a vaccine for that still unidentified virus that same month? I know very little about how vaccines targeting viruses are developed, but I’m pretty sure viral sequencing is required. In fact, viral sequencing is how a new virus is identified. WebMD explained in a medically-reviewed piece:

Genome sequencing is how scientists found this new human coronavirus [COVID-19] soon after it popped up in people. At first, what they knew was that people in China were suddenly getting sick with respiratory symptoms. So scientists sequenced the genome of a viral sample from a person who worked at a market where they thought it might have come from. By comparing the RNA sequence to other viral genome sequences they had from earlier studies, they could tell right away that it was a coronavirus they hadn’t seen in people before.

If WedMD is right, Moderna had already sequenced and identified COVID-19 or received that sequencing from someone else and begun its vaccine production before the virus had an official name. Add to that the question — where did Moderna get the virus samples or sequencing from? From the CCP? And did Moderna start working on the vaccine in January, or had it already started in late 2019 before the world supposedly knew anything definite about the virus? Something about this vague timeline is awfully fishy.

I’m no scientist, but Bancel and CNBC seem to have accidentally raised a lot of important questions that need answering.

Photos Show Hunter Biden Joyriding in Joe’s Corvette Near Where Classified Docs Were Found

Photos Show Hunter Biden Joyriding in Joe's Corvette Near Where Classified Docs Were Found

BY MATT MARGOLIS

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/01/19/photos-show-hunter-biden-joyriding-in-joes-corvette-near-where-classified-docs-were-found-n1663172;

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

Remember when Joe Biden said that the classified documents at his house weren’t a big deal because his garage was locked? Cute story, right? Well, obviously, Biden’s locked garage doesn’t meet the National Archives’ standards for the storage of classified documents, but the bigger problem is that we don’t know who has visited Biden’s home in Wilmington, Del., where the documents were found, or whether he was using those documents, some of which were classified as top secret, for illicit purposes.

But Biden’s “locked garage” standard is also laughable because it turns out that his crackhead son Hunter Biden was living in the house for a period of time while the documents were there and had access to the garage and other parts of the house where these documents were kept. How do we know this? Well, photos found of Hunter Biden’s laptop show him driving his dad’s cherished Corvette Stingray.

The Washington Free Beacon found four photographs of Hunter Biden taken in 2017 driving the Corvette that was in his dad’s “locked” garage.

“GPS metadata embedded in the photos indicate they were taken within a minute of each other at 6:49 p.m. on July 30 of that year, just outside the president’s Wilmington, Del., residence,” the Free Beacon reports. “The photos show Hunter Biden posing in the vehicle beside two young girls. One appears to be his then-12-year-old niece, Natalie Biden. The other could not be identified.”

So it appears that Hunter Biden may have had access to the classified documents — which raises significant national security concerns. Hunter has already been accused of exploiting his father’s powerful position as vice president in his business deals, and it is widely believed that his high-priced artwork is a front for selling access to his now-president father.

Here Are Over 1,400 Proven Cases of Election Fraud, and That’s Just the Beginning

Here Are Over 1,400 Proven Cases of Election Fraud, and That's Just the Beginning

BY MATT MARGOLIS

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/01/19/here-are-over-1400-proven-cases-of-election-fraud-and-thats-just-the-beginning-n1663161;

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

According to the Democrats, election fraud doesn’t happen — except for when Republicans win elections… in those cases, it was probably Russia, who somehow hacked in and changed votes. I mean, how else could a Democrat lose? Right?

Meanwhile, we’re all supposed to collectively turn a blind eye when Democrat wins an extremely close election under suspicious circumstances. When that happens, we’re told that election fraud is a myth, that our elections are perfectly secure, and if you dare ask questions, you’ll get censored by social media because you are a threat to democracy!

But election fraud is not a myth. In fact, 1,412 confirmed cases of election fraud have been documented in the Election Fraud Database maintained by the Heritage Foundation’s legal center. According to the Heritage Foundation, the database “provides a sampling of recent election fraud cases, demonstrates the vulnerabilities within the electoral process and the need for reforms to secure free and fair elections for the American people.” Of the 1,412 confirmed cases they’ve documented, there have been 1,219 convictions.

As bad as this sounds, it’s not even the entirety of the problem. “The database doesn’t list potential fraud discovered by election officials and others that is never investigated or prosecuted, and it obviously cannot list fraud that goes undetected when states with poor security don’t have the tools in place to even realize such fraud is occurring,” Hans Von Spakovksy of the Heritage Foundation explains.

The database proves just how important election integrity is and why more states must pass commonsense measures to ensure our elections truly are fair and accurate.

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