Why There Can’t Be Any “Second American Revolution.” Not From The Right.

An Article By Jeffrey A, Friedberg

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I’ll be brief. I don’t have much to say. Also, I’ve said it before.

I’ve already spelled out things I thought wanted saying. You can go back and look it up by searching me in the SEARCH box, above-right.

TRUMP AND THE INDICTMENTSl:

I predict these will be timed to coincide with elections. They will be among “main reasons why Trump should be re-elected.”

That’s how any good businessperson would do it, in order for voters to WANT to see “Hillary, Comey, Clapper, and The Big Kahuna Obama his own dam sef’, ” finally come up for trial.

I suppose warrants will be sworn out—or whatever—between the end of September and the beginning of October.

That’s how any good businessperson would do it.

As far as some “Second American Revolution—lock and load, molon labe,” and all that bogus Happy horse-shit—it just ain’t gonna happen.

Oh, I guess there might be some fighting and shooting here and there—a few “Überwarriors,” and isolated incidents—but there won’t be any 10-million man march. Or even a 10-million woman march.

I mean, I have questions. Like, what’s the revolution actually about?

Who’s in charge?

Who’s leading it?

Where is the rally-point?

What are the rules?

Who’s got the food?

Where’s the water wagon?

Where does the Army march to?

Crickets….

There won’t be any revolution from the Right. Not by Conservatives, because Trump will follow the law. Once elected, he will crush any rioters, no matter which “side” they are on.

I mean—Trump has to. He’d have to crush them—or lead them.

And he will not “lead” them into rioting that will change America forever.

Trump has to uphold the law as written. That’s how any good businessperson would do it.

Further: there’s nowhere for rebels to hide or write pamphlets.

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine

Because, they can identify you from a lamppost, or from space. They hear everything you say. They can see in the dark. They see through walls. They can fly. They effortlessly read your mail. They can kill you from thousands of miles away. They already know who you are.

Trust in Donald Trump to play this out legally.

And to then wrap it up in a ribbon.

…Donald Trump has always been a good businessperson.

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The WaPo romanticizes violent Antifa anarchists

Looking at the WaPo’s gauzy view of Portland’s Antifa anarchists helps clarify that the American media are truly America’s enemies.

Andy Ngo posted this tweet:

I thought to myself, “No, that’s not possible. The Washington Post can’t be romanticizing the people who have been engaged in all out warfare against police for the last 70 nights. The people who throw concrete, explosives, and bottles of frozen water at police. The people who try to blind police with lasers. The people who have been trying to set fire to federal buildings and local police stations. The people who attack little old ladies who, although they support black lives matter, don’t support burning buildings. The WaPo can’t be romanticizing those people. It just can’t.”

How wrong I was. That’s precisely what the WaPo is doing.

The WaPo article is entitled “Trump sent agents to quell unrest. But protest is what Portland does best.” Yes, it does rhyme. Somewhere, a second grader is thinking, “I could have done that too.”

Before getting to the article, let’s talk about the author, a young woman (and yes, I’m assuming her gender) named Marissa J. Lang. One of the things you need to know about her is that her journalism career started in San Francisco, where she worked for the San Francisco Chronicle (or, as I call it, the Comical). On her webpage, her resume says she began working at the Chron in 2015, before which she worked at the Sacramento Bee, the Salt Lake Tribune, and the Tampa Bay Times. I bet some of those were internships. I suspect she’s a pretty recent graduate (after 2010) of the University of Maryland, where she got a B.A. in Journalism.

Based on these assumptions, I’m willing to bet that I can assume a few other things about Lang. She’s never held a real job. That is, she may have worked in high school and college, but she doesn’t understand how a real business works. She’s always been a paycheck collector in a business that produces nothing but words. Also, if she’s a recent college grad — and one, moreover, in the journalism department — she’s been steeped in leftism since the day she entered college.

Lang’s affiliation with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists tells me that she probably embraces intersectionality. She’s not Marissa J. Lang, journalist. She’s Marissa J. Lang, female Hispanic journalist. She views the world through those identities.

Okay, having aired all my assumptions about Lang, let’s get to her article, which is as awful as Ngo said it was. What Lang does is profile Antifa protesters. The article is a series of romanticized looks at a Portland person or family steeped in Democrat / leftist protest. Each little vignette is accompanied by two photos: The first shows the people profiled in their daily clothes. They’re not criminals. They’re people! The second shows them all dressed up to go fight “the man.”

Here are some examples of Lang’s passionate prose about these hip Antifa types:

Kia Rae’s first memories are strung-together scenes from a Jesse Jackson rally in 1988. The 34-year-old lifelong Oregonian remembers the smell of the fairgrounds, the current of waving signs, the colorful pins stuck to the chests of strangers.

Some parents take their children to sit in the stands of football games or baseball diamonds. The children of Portland come of age clapping to protest songs and stomping their feet to chants for justice and peace.

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Toren, 65: “You know, Portlanders are very peaceful people. It’s not like we’re just misguided youth, which is what I think people are labeling the protesters. I’m a retired nurse with a really long career who just sees what’s happening is wrong.”

[snip]

Mischa, 31: “I am protesting because it is unacceptable and wrong on so many levels to have a police force that the majority of citizens are afraid of. I am opposed to the existence of the police in their current form of a culturally corrupt, armed, cruel and tyrannical force that patrols the streets and instills fear into the people.”

[snip]

But after the police killing of George Floyd in May, something shifted in this city where less than 3 percent of the population identifies as Black. [If only 3% of the population is black, Mischa (above) is exaggerating just a bit when he says “the majority of citizens” are afraid of the police.] While White residents largely tout liberal ideals of civil rights and equality, Oregon’s racist history looms large here, said Shirley Jackson, a sociology professor in the Black studies department at Portland State University.

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In Portland, it’s not just the usual suspects who take to the streets. Moms in yellow shirts and bike helmets folded sunflowers into the iron fence around the federal courthouse. Teachers made signs likening Trump to tyrants and dictators of the past. Military veterans waved flags hung upside down to signal distress and strapped on gas masks and respirators to stare down the front line of federal troops.

And blah blah blah. The article goes on forever with these gauzy, saccharine looks at these sweet freedom fighters.

But let’s pull back from this close-up view. Let’s look at what these people do when they’re not gazing with doe eyes, or fierce eyes, at a journalist’s admiring camera lens:

I feel like sitting all these people down and forcing them to ask themselves, “Are the baddies?” If you’re living in the least racist and one of the most free cities, not just in the world, but in history, it’s really evil for you to create strawmen enemies and then attack real people with staggering brutality. And for a paper like the Washington Post to buy into that evil delusion is worse. I mean, let Portland destroy itself, but the WaPo, because of its reach, has the potential to destroy America.

I am grateful that, outside of Democrat enclaves, most Americans, no matter their race, sex, sexual orientation, etc., seem to have a clearer view of what America is and who America’s police are. Our police are not the men who go into Hong Kong newspapers and arrest people for daring to criticize the government. Trump’s “war on the media” consists of calling them out on their lies. And except for the minute number of bad cops, our police forces’ “brutality” lies in arresting people for violating laws that exist in all civilized societies: Don’t assault people, don’t kill people, don’t rape people, don’t rob people, don’t break into people’s homes, don’t steal, and don’t destroy public property.

One of the great things about the Wuhan virus (yes, there are silver linings) is that it’s undermining two of America’s most pernicious institutions: Public schools under the guidance of teachers’ unions and the mainstream media which is hemorrhaging readers and viewers. Lang contributes nothing good to society. Instead, she takes local toxicity and smears it across America. It will be a good day when she no longer has a forum from which to spread her poison.

Book Report: John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened

Amazing

I was given (at my strong hint) for Father’s Day the John Bolton blockbuster bestseller: The Room Where It Happened

John Bolton is a hero of mine. And that has not changed with this obviously anti-Trump book. To quote a news source I trust implicitly: Gary Bauer in his End of Day reports for June 19 and June 22. (Here is how you can subscribe):

From June 19:

I know John Bolton.  But I have no words to describe how I feel about what he is doing now. 

From June 22:

Watching John Bolton set himself on fire as a cap to his career by fattening his bank account with a tell-all book full of lies is one of the most disturbing things I have seen in all my years in Washington. 

The Bolton book is fascinating. It reads like a political thriller. I would not be entirely surprised if it is not turned into a movie. I read most of the chapters. I agree with the former National Security Advisor who should have been Secretary of State.

But in fact, he gave people who like Trump more reasons to vote for him (from page 136):

“Heretofore, said Trump (on a telephone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg), the US had been run by idiots, but no more. Europeans didn’t appreciate us, screwed us on trade, and we would no longer pay for the privilege, but pay only what Germany paid (to the common NATO defense).”

All I can say is – run that as a TV ad and polls will go up!

Here is the President on the European Union (from page 70):

“Trump…[was] complaining about Germany’s ‘feeding the beast’ (meaning Russia) through the Nord Stream II pipeline, moving on to the European Union (EU), which [Trump} thought treated the US horribly. * * * Trump also used a line I later heard countless times, that “The EU is worse than China except smaller, [footnote omitted] adding that the EU was set up to take advantage of the US,…”

Maybe the President reads this blog! All I can say is YAY!

So it is okay, really, to read Ambassador Bolton’s book. Trump fans will still vote for him and his haters will still vote against him. I doubt it’ll make a difference in the election. I am sorry my hero did not wait until 2021.

Del. Miyares: Support the Anti-Gerrymandering State Constitutional Amendment!

Dem Leaders Say NO to Amendment: Miyares

There was a thoughtful item in the Roanoke Times by Del. (and rumored AG candidate) Jason Miyares. Here it is and below are a couple of highlights. I want to give the hat tip for this to the email from Jason’s campaign for something.

A Miyares explanation of the amendment:

This November, voters will have a once-in-a-decade chance to take power away from both Republicans and Democrats in Richmond, and put it into the hands of a nonpartisan commission — the power to draw the district lines for the House of Delegates, Virginia Senate, and Virginia’s eleven seats in the U.S. Congress.

Now a blockbuster!

Unfortunately, Virginia Democrats have done a 180 on the amendment. When control of the General Assembly was in doubt in 2019, both sides supported the compromise which would leave no one with the upper hand.

Now, the Democratic Party of Virginia has taken an official stance against the amendment, encouraging their voters to vote no. It’s not hard to see why. With Democrats in charge of the House, Senate, Governor’s Mansion and Attorney General’s office, unencumbered Democrats could draw Republicans into oblivion.

Here’s more evidence from the Virginia Mercury!

The Democratic Party of Virginia is officially urging voters to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan redistricting commission that, if approved in November, would redraw the state’s political maps starting in 2021.

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The text echoes criticisms Democratic opponents leveled against the measure earlier this year, saying it leaves Republican minorities and conservative judges on the Supreme Court of Virginia with too much power to draw maps that don’t reflect Virginia’s political preferences.

Isn’t that amazing? Power apparently corrupts…

It is also a specious argument. If the commission is truly non-partisan, it will be better than judges deciding. Of course the state supreme court has to oversee the process as needed and the very conservatism the state Dems reject will favor the institutional decision of the commission provided it is not out of which.

Miyares did in fact vote in 2017 to support a redistricting reform amendment (It is one of those reverse motions to table [e.g., kill]) the bill:

HJ 628 Constitutional amendment; Virginia Redistricting Commission established (first reference).

01/11/17  House: Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
01/30/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 3-N)
YEAS–Minchew, Miller, Hugo, Cole–4.

NAYS–Miyares, Lindsey, Price–3.



It is not saying too much to say: If we reject redistricting reform this fall, we’ll never get it again in the Commonwealth.

Other Sources on Puerto Rico Independence

Libre Puerto Rico!

Here is a New Yorker article speaking on the often-violent history of the Puerto Rican independence (and I renounce ALL violence in this regard) movement and it has some interesting facts:

In 1914, Puerto Rico’s nominal Congress—operating under U.S. jurisdiction—unanimously voted for Puerto Rico’s independence, but the gesture was ignored. Instead, in 1917, citizenship was imposed on Puerto Ricans, and the island was given an American governor appointed by Washington.

Here is an article on a law introduced by a Democratic Congressman (Luis Gutierrez – Dist 4 Illinois) that would have a plebiscite with only full independence and Free Association and the article defines free association:

Free association differs from complete independence in a few ways. If chosen, the Compact of Free Association will be determined by the two countries, and is therefore not set permanently. However, based on other contracts the United States has with their current free associated states, it can be expected for the US to maintain defensive capabilities, some economic assistance, and some other benefits. In return, the US would have access to Puerto Rican territory, and other countries would not be allowed the same access.

Our relationship with Puerto Rico has a fair amount of naked imperialism. Now it is benevolent for imperialism. For example we do not require the government of Puerto Rico to do all its business in English (check out this DOJ page with many legal materials in Spanish) for example and that would be a requirement for statehood. The income of Puerto Rico residents is exempt from Federal income tax. So it is benevolent. It could be argued it is paternalistic and that prevents a genuine political discussion on status.

So let’s have a serious discussion on status. Statehood should be off the table until Puerto Rico gets a handle on its enormous debt service (which drove it to bankruptcy) and makes English its sole official language.

But really – let’s get this where the goats get it. I respect the Puerto Rican people. They are a NATION – just like Scotland or Catalonia. A distinct people group. They ought to be a REAL nation. A seat in the UN. Official diplomatic relations but a defense pact with the US. Use the dollar for paper money but have their own coins. This NATION will not get that status through statehood. So Free Association: Libre Puerto Rico!

From the Wayback Vault: DC Statehood?

DC Should Have Two Senators and at least One Congressman BUT…

As I eat a candy bar from last Halloween’s candy container – yes quite tasty – not bog butter or the egg buried for a year – but still quite tasty! – I got this out of the vault:

DC SHOULD HAVE REPRESENTATION BUT NOT THIS WAY

Real Clear Politics is reporting that the DC representation bill is dead for this session of Congress. 

While I am pleased this bill is dead, I am not pleased that DC hs no representation.  Many years ago as a YAF leader I opposed the constitutional amendment that would have given the District two senators and a congressman.  I am profoundly sorry for that opposition.  It was shortsided and partisan. 

But a bill cannot violate the Constitution.  The original Constitution does not allow a vote for DC.  I realize that Dean Kenneth Starr supports this bill and believes it is legal based on the provision that gives Congress the power to “…exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such district…” (Article I, Section 8, paragraph 17)  Who am I to disagree with Judge Starr?  But I must.  The text does not support it: 

“The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several States, and the electors in each State shall have the qualifications of the most numerous branch of the State legislative.”  (Article I, Section 2, paragraph 1) 

In paragraph 3 of the same article and section, the various states are allocated representatives.  Not one for any district set up by Congress.

“Several States” has been interpreted by many statutes and some court decisions to include DC but that does not authorize voting rights for representation.  I cannot read the Constitution to give power to Congress to authorize the district it set up to have voting rights in Congress.  Certainly a non-voting delegate.  Not a representative.  Orrin Hatch opposed it even though the bill adds a representative to his state.  The bill would have caused Utahns to have two votes for Congress – one for a representative and one at-large representative. 

I do believe that DC should have two senators and at least one representative.  But it must be by constitutional amendment not ordinary legislation.  Let’s start that process and make it bipartisan.

The reason the bill died is gun politics.  There was a rider striking down the strict DC gun law.  I cannot let it go without this comment from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA):

“I believe the District will become much less safe, and the opportunity for criminals, mentally unstable persons and juveniles to purchase weapons will increase dramatically,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a statement, adding she would vote against the bill if it repeals D.C.’s firearms laws.

With all due respect to Senator Feinstein, criminals can always get guns.  They get them illegally.  That’s the problem with DC and most cities.  They have areas dangerous to walk through and live in.  Because law-abiding people have guns?  No.  Anti-gun laws tend to hurt law-abiding citizens rather than criminals by preventing self-defense.  Guns in the right hands will make DC safer.

BLOGGER’S NOTE:

I also say: The Constitution does not allow DC to be a state without a district within the District:

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings

The District is constitutionally mandated. There is actually a powerful argument to retrocede the residents of the present District to Maryland for voting purposes. But I’d rather give the residents of DC two senators and at least one Representative. (My the way, the federal district of Mexico and https://www.loc.gov/law/help/legal-research-guide/brazil-legislative-branch.php#electionsBrazil DO get representation.)

And Puerto Rico should be essentially independent – some sort of Associated Status – we would provide defense and a reserve currency (and our embassies would also be their legations, too) but otherwise independent.

Wuhan virus — there are silver linings to this cloud

There are silver linings to Wuhan virus madness. The past seven months have brought a great deal of useful clarity that we should celebrate.

The other day, I wrote about the fact that Trump’s candidacy promises a return to normalcy. Under the slogan Make America Normal Again, we could have

  • a country in which all races and creeds come together under one flag instead of breaking into tribal units;
  • a place in which borders have meaning and immigration is done in a safe, orderly fashion that his beneficial to all concerned;
  • a land in which we dump the entire concept of microaggressions, recognizing that they’re a Marxist effort to create a racist mountain out of the fact that we are the least racist country in the world;
  • a United States that doesn’t feel obligated to shed its blood for nations that hate us, but that will speak out against tyrants (China! Russia! Iran! North Korea! I’m talking to you) and will provide constant and reasonable support for its friends;
  • an America in which we support our law enforcement agencies, which means helping the 99% who keep America safe and helping the agencies root out the 1% of LEOs who are bad apples;
  • a nation in which, except for the few people born with tangled DNA, boys are boys and girls are girls and, moreover, while we are kind to those whose mental illness leaves them confused, they are not allowed to assert that their mental illness should be our reality; and, most importantly,
  • an America in which the Bill of Rights is accorded the highest place of honor in the laws of our land, with complete respect for all the rights inherent in the American people.

That’s a normal America. That’s a nice America. That’s a civil America. That’s a functional, effective, wealth-generating, clean-air-creating America. That’s Making America Normal Again.

Keep that in mind as election day nears.

Meanwhile, let’s think about the good that’s come out of the last seven difficult months:

The Democrats’ insane impeachment failed.

Americans got a preview of what life in America will look like if the Democrats gain control and, thankfully, many of them, including Democrats, don’t seem to like it. They’ve decided that living in a police state, trapped in their homes or forced to cover their faces in public. And normal Americans, not rabid leftists, are appalled that they’re watching everything they’ve worked for over the years go down the drain — and this isn’t because of events beyond America’s control; it’s because their own government is doing this to them. They don’t like seeing riots destroying their cities and they don’t like seeing police attacked and destroyed along with the cities. They don’t like seeing rabid mobs destroy their cultural heritage, which it’s good culture or bad. And speaking of culture, they really hate “cancel culture.” They understand that cancel culture is not just a variation on the marketplace of ideas; it’s the gulag of ideas and too many of them are being marched off to labor in the mines.

In other words, the Democrats overplayed their hands and that’s all to the good.

For years now, I’ve been complaining about American public schools and what a disaster they are. They fail to educate kids but they do a great job of indoctrinating them about racism and climate change. The problem is the unions, which are simply another branch of the Democrat party. Watching the activists among the teachers refuse to be as brave as a store clerk or truck driver has been illuminating for many Americans. Likewise, many parents have discovered that their children do a lot better being homeschooled than teachers’ union schooled.

I’m truly pleased to see that Scott Adams has finally grocked to this problem. He has a bigger platform than I do and he’s making the most of it:

This is all to the good. Remember, teachers’ unions do not care about educating students. They’re not even that interested in good working conditions and living wages for teachers. They’re all about advancing the hard-left progressive agenda. And that’s now coming through loud and clear.

The climate change agenda has relied for decades on so-called “experts.” The age of those “experts” may finally have ended. While the media is still running interference for Fauci, people are beginning to notice that he was wrong about everything. They also notice that, despite more and more evidence that Hydroxychloroquine is beneficial if administered early and correctly, Fauci refuses to acknowledge that.

When push came to shove, Democrats failed miserably at governance. The two-week lockdown turned into a seven-month lockdown that’s been disastrous wherever tried. It hasn’t slowed the Wuhan virus (which is proving to be a really bad flu rather than the Black Death), but it has destroyed economies and ruined lives. Democrats were also shown to be revolting hypocrites, cheering on mass riots while arresting people for opening hair salons. And let’s not even talk about the older people who died unnecessarily. And I really mean let’s not. It’ll just make me impotently angry and sad.

*** WARNING — GROSS ANALOGY AHEAD ***

For a graphic analogy, Democrats were the slowly growing boil on America’s butt. With every passing day of Trump’s administration, that boil got hotter, redder, and angrier. With the Wuhan virus, it came to a head and ruptured — and we all know that, when a boil ruptures, you finally get to see the hideously ugly, smelly, destructive putrefaction that was rotting within in.

But here’s the good news: If a boil doesn’t rupture but, instead, turns inwards, the host body goes septic and dies. If it ruptures, and the patient debrides and disinfects the wound, that nasty, deadly infection goes away. If someone got very sick from the infection, recovery may take a while, but it will happen.

*** GROSS ANALOGY ENDED. YOU MAY RESUME YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED READING ***

Watching the disaster that is Democrat governance, and the way it bows to the mob, people have been on an unparalleled gun-buying binge. Every one of those buyers is a convert to the Second Amendment. They suddenly understand that our right to possess arms protects us from both the mob and the government behind the mob. While the gun buyers may not have been anti-gun people before, instead being neutral, you can bet that right now, they’re all pro-gun. (And I wonder how much money the NRA will raise thanks to the New York Attorney General’s suit to “dissolve” the NRA.)

I’ve got to get to work, but I’m betting that all of you can add to my list of clarifying things that have happened because of Wuhan madness. Yes, America has suffered terribly, but the whole thing has also been a bright light showing the rot and the rats on one side and highlighting the virtue of classic American, constitutional values on the other side.

Image: Sun breaking through cloud over ocean (cropped), by bigwavephoto.

King William Tea Party Is Still Around!

Eleven Years!

After the shut out in the last supervisor races, I am sure many thought the King William Tea Party was finished.

But they are still around. They are true to principles.

Got to love this picture:

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Volunteers of the King William T.E.A Party Robert Bruce, Rick Ryan, Bob Ehrhart and Bob Shannon clearing away brush at the T.E.A Party sign location on Etna Mill Road in the Northern part of the County to heighten the signs visibility . Starting early  Wednesday August 5th ( to beat the heat ) the group hopes the new sign message prompts the citizens of  Supervisor Ed Moren’s 4th District ( Mangohick ) to raise the question regarding Morens promise during last fall’s campaign to lower taxes.   New real estate assessments are coming in a few months and rumors are they will be 20-25% higher, prompting enormous tax bills for the already burdened homeowners in King William. The group Secretary Robert Bruce said that    ” active civic groups throughout King William rely on volunteers to do this type of hard work , and our group has Patriotic members who always step up when asked to help ” 

The 11th anniversary party is at Ripley’s Restaurant at 6 pm on Thursday, August 13.

Who Will Be Biden’s VP Choice?

Susan Rice

Since it seems former VP Joe Biden is determined to stay with the silly “pick a woman” promise, and not appoint a choice best for the nation and will help him win the election, I think based on these two stories and my sense of the situation, that the former VP for President Obama (Just think – we could be talking perhaps about former Obama VP Tim Kaine’s running mate picks!)

Look forward to finding out this week!

SOME OF TODAY’S SO-CALLED, “NEWS,” 8/8/2020

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Shipment of nearly 20 thousand fake U.S. driver’s licenses from China were just confiscated at Chicago airport

8/8/2020, 1:15:42 AM · by datura · 10 replies

LifeZette ^ | 7 Aug 2020 | Wayne Dupree
This smells like big time election interference to me… Why are the Chinese making so many fake U.S. driver’s licenses? That’s a disturbing little tidbit to discover, especially right before an election. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the bulk of these fake U.S. IDs flooding into the country come from China and Hong Kong, with the rest coming in from South Korea and the U.K. Officials in Chicago just confiscated a shipment of these fake IDs totaling nearly 20 thousand counterfeit cards. Of course, the local news media in Chicago doesn’t see a connection to “voter fraud,” but…
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Facebook removes QAnon conspiracy group with 200,000 members

8/7/2020, 10:24:57 PM · by MNDude · 10 replies

QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that a “deep state” network of powerful government, business and media figures are waging a secret war against Donald Trump. A Facebook spokeswoman said the group was removed for “repeatedly posting content that violated our policies”. Last month both Twitter and TikTok also cracked down on QAnon content. Twitter banned thousands of accounts and said it would block QAnon urls, while TikTok deleted hashtags that signposted QAnon videos. The deleted Facebook group, called Official Q/Qanon, had nearly 200,000 members. There are, however, many other QAnon groups that are currently still active on the…
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Oprah sends 500 CEOs and leaders copies of ‘Caste,’ which compares America’s racial hierarchy to India and Nazi Germany

8/7/2020, 10:05:50 PM · by simpson96 · 25 replies

CNN ^ | 8/6/2020 | Harmeet Kaur
(CNN)Oprah says her latest book club pick “might well save us.” So the media mogul is sending 500 copies to the nation’s governors, mayors, CEOs and college professors. The book is “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson. Oprah announced on Tuesday that it was her latest selection for her long-running book club — and that it was the most important one yet. “This is a book for all of humanity and it is necessary for people who are leaders in our country to understand the origins of our discontent and what…
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Bishop of Sacramento Excommunicates Priest Who Does Not Accept Pope Francis

8/7/2020, 9:10:45 PM · by ebb tide · 25 replies

Facebook ^ | August 7, 2020 | Giuseppe Pellegrino
Bishop of Sacramento Excommunicates Priest Who Does Not Accept Pope Francis A Catholic priest in Sacramento, California, has been excommunicated by his bishop for refusing to recognize the validity of the papacy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis. In a letter of August 7, 2020, Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Sacramento has announced that “Fr. Jeremy Leatherby has placed himself and others in a state of schism with the Roman Catholic Church [and] incurred a latae sententiae excommunication” for having “instructed [the faithful] against the legitimacy of His Holiness, Pope Francis.” Furthermore, Bishop Soto condemns…
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‘Mask mouth’: Dentists coin new term for smelly side effect of wearing a mask

8/7/2020, 8:12:33 PM · by stars & stripes forever · 61 replies

Fox News ^ | 8/7/2020 | Melkorka Licea
Some bad breath just can’t be covered up. Now that dentists have reopened their doors, they’re having patients show up with a nasty set of symptoms, which the doctors have dubbed “mask mouth.” The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.
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Massive sunspot is turning towards Earth this can result in major solar flares that can effect electrical systems

8/7/2020, 8:10:31 PM · by BenLurkin · 66 replies

First Post ^ | 08/07/2020
A massive sunspot on the Sun is turning towards our planet and this could result in strong solar flares. The sunspot AR2770 was detected earlier this week and is expected to grow in size in the upcoming days. A report by SpaceWeather.com – a space weather forecasting website – said that multiple minor flares have been emitted by the sunspot already as it faced towards the earth. These flares have caused “minor waves of ionization to ripple through Earth’s upper atmosphere” but nothing major yet. A clear picture of the AR2770 has also surfaced that gives a better idea into…
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CDC director agrees hospitals have monetary incentive to inflate COVID-19 data

8/7/2020, 7:39:32 PM · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies

Christian Post ^ | 08/07/2020 | By Blake Fussell
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield acknowledged during a House hearing Friday that COVID-19 data could be inflated because hospitals receive a monetary gain by reporting COVID-19 cases. Republican Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri questioned Redfield during a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on coronavirus containment. He asked about the “perverse incentive” for hospitals to classify deaths as being coronavirus related when the virus didn’t cause the death. Luetkemeyer voiced concern about how an automobile accident-related death could be recorded as a COVID-related death. In this scenario, the death was recorded as COVID-related because the…
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Seattle Police Chief Reacts to City Council Voting to Slash Pay Within SPD

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 29: Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best holds a press conference outside of the departments vacated East Precinct in the area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) on June 29, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The press conference was held near the site of an early …
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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best reacted to the Seattle City Council’s approval of an amendment aimed at further defunding the police department by slashing the pay of Best and 12 members of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) command staff, questioning why the city would not want to fairly compensate the “best of the best.”

“Yeah, I’m not sure that’s legal to do. So, obviously we’ll be looking at that,” Best told KOMO News on Thursday of the proposed cuts. “But I will talk about my command staff, myself aside.”

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