The Socialist Democratic party platform, agenda, and priorities
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Liberals are people who oppose conservatism; that is, they are not bound by traditional values and beliefs and work toward the elimination of many of the moral standards that have been expected by civilized society for centuries.  Calling someone a liberal is usually disparaging, because liberalism is a system of beliefs with which most people disagree.  For that reason, liberal politicians do not refer to themselves as "liberal."

Liberals are sometimes called "progressive", but they appear to make progress in a direction that most people don't want to go.  In other words, liberals are out of step with America.

The Democratic Party platform contains a number of features that most people would find objectionable — in addition to the obvious.  Allow me to bring some of them to light.

Related topic:  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal

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Betrayal and the Democrats.  Let me be blunt.  The worst of our betrayers are found in the Democrat party.  They are betraying America right now and have been for years. [...] This is a group of leaders committed to upending all of our institutions.  This is a group of leaders who have agreed to seek power above all, while reaping corrupt, unearned, ill-gotten gains.  While foisting huge debt on the American public, they preen in the public eye, proud of their fame, proud of their deceit; in their small-souled thinking, they are doing it for the revolution.  All while, they are not comprehending the destruction they are foisting on the world of others.  Delusionally, they believe this is for the greater good, for a Utopian vision only they, because they're so smart, can see.  One by one, they are upending the blocs of the governing agreements we once had as a nation:  They have contempt for the Constitution any time it constrains them.  They willfully change the meaning of clear pronouncements, proclaiming elasticity when it's needed to forward their ideas.  They censor, and no longer champion free speech.  They hide their evil deeds.  They want to disarm law-abiding Americans, while allowing violent criminals to go free to wreak havoc again.  They want a defenseless population to rule.  They criminalize people for not agreeing with them.  They go after anyone who effectively counters them and are doing so regularly using the Justice Department and the FBI (the new Stasi).  They have, and are, spying on their political opponents with the technology available through the Patriot Act.  They do this on a massive scale, to anyone in power who is against their ideas.  Even against ordinary citizens who align with the center-right.  They intimidate individuals and groups simply because they outwardly disagree with their policies.  They have instituted Soviet-style show trials to imprison their political opponents and have unleashed the horrid practice of lawfare on the country.

From the L Word to Cultural Marxism.  During the 1988 presidential campaign, then vice-president George H.W. Bush labelled his counterpart Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts in pejorative fashion with the 'L' word, or 'liberal.' [...] In the same fashion, throughout the 20th century in the United States, to be labelled a 'Socialist' would have been political suicide and would virtually automatically preclude such a candidate from winning any national office.  That was the case until 2007, when Bernie Sanders won the Senate seat in Vermont as an avowed 'Socialist.' [...] Today, some sixteen years after Sanders' election to the Senate, we have five members of Congress and over 150 state legislature officeholders nationally who describe their political delineation as that of 'Democrat-Socialist,' which is not a classic political party — yet.  Most contemporary democrats of any stripe do not appear to reflect the democrats of previous generations.  Not too many democrats of today are espousing "Ask not what your country can do for you," and likely advocate the opposite.  But adding the term 'Socialist' to Democrat is not simply a play on words.  It is arranged that way to soften the impact of the term 'Socialist.'

America needs a new GOP.  You can't have a Republican Party if you don't have a coherent and cohesive agenda.  What do Republicans stand for?  We can't answer that question and get all Republicans to agree, judging by the way they vote with Democrats sometimes.  But with Democrats, you ask them what they stand for and they will all agree:  Climate change mandates, avoidance of fossil fuels, trans rights, gay rights, drag rights, abortion, "social justice", pedophilia, free stuff, socialized medicine, anti-capitalism, dissolution of the Constitution, gun confiscation, the abolition of private property, defunding police, liberality in prosecuting criminals, legalizing all recreational drugs, DEI, SEL, ESG, CRT.  Democrats are all in for lewdness, looseness, and loudness.  The Left have a concrete agenda and it does not involve freedom, liberty, and self-sufficiency.  It does not involve being left alone and leaving others alone to pursue happiness except when it is they doing the pursuing of said happiness.  Republicans are not allowed to pursue happiness if Democrats have anything to do with it.

Critically thinking about what's happening to America.  Let's briefly step back and see several examples of where America's opponents are attacking, and what successes they have had to date.
Target: Standards.  Strategy: Promote relativism., where all points of view are equally valid, and that all truth is relative to the individual.
Target: Religion.  Strategy: Undermine Judeo-Christian beliefs and morality.
Target: Men.  Strategy: Emasculate, feminize and weaken men.  Specifically, this is mostly about "de-privileging" white men.
Target: Women.  Strategy: Defeminize women, dilute the role of mothers, corrupt the definition of "woman," allow men to compete in sports as women, etc.
Target: Families.  Strategy: Redefine what a conventional family is, and undercut its importance. Promote pornography to undermine healthy adult relationships.
Target: Education.  Strategy: Propagandize children.  Emphasize conformity instead of critical thinking.
Target: Initiative.  Strategy: Undermine by awarding participation instead of accomplishment.
Target: Citizens.  Strategy: The collective's rights take priority over individual rights.  Additionally, the planet's rights supersede those of humans.
Target: Economy.  Strategy: Waste enormous sums on foolish political agendas, driven by lobbyists, which are not in the best interest of citizens or the country.
Target: Financial System.  Strategy: Undermine the Dollar on a variety of fronts from bitcoin to CBCD.
Target: Industrialization.  Strategy: Corrupt the electric grid with unreliable, expensive renewable energy, while opposing fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
Target: Science.  Strategy: Use apostate "scientists" or "experts" to misdirect real Science analyses, and to confuse the public about what Science is.
Target: Unity.  Strategy: For example, inflame racism to incite discord and distrust among fellow citizens.
Target: Patriotism.  Strategy: Inject WOKE, DEI, CRT, etc. ideologies in our education system to sabotage citizen support for their country.
Target: Propaganda.  Strategy: Utilize mainstream media as a major source of disinformation on societal topics ranging from COVID to climate change.
Target: Free Thought.  Strategy: Trick citizens into questioning their own thoughts by normalizing non-sensical situations (e.g., there are more than two genders, etc.).
Target: Elections.  Strategy: Corrupt the election process so that key legislators are not always elected by citizens. Resist meaningful audits to avoid exposing this.
Target: Border Security.  Strategy: Allow essentially anyone who chooses, to come into the country — including criminals, spies, etc.
Target: Military.  Strategy: Use many of the above tactics to weaken our military.

Stop Calling Them Democrats. They're Communists.  We've been conditioned to believe that communism is just a myth, that it isn't real, or even if it is real, it only exists in faraway places like China, and anyone who mentions it is a conspiracist who deserves ridicule.  But let's review a few basics:
  •   They're raiding and jailing their political opponents.
  •   They're turning the FBI, CIA, and IRS against American citizens.
  •   They've come out against freedom of speech, religion, press, the Second Amendment, and other core American ideals.
  •   They've abandoned the rule of law, and now have one set of laws for themselves and another for the rest of us.
  •   They're deliberately trying to bankrupt us — sometimes directly (through shutting down businesses), sometimes indirectly (through wasting trillions of our dollars.)
  •   They're indoctrinating our children with radical ideologies.
  •   They celebrate infanticide.
  •   They're making secret deals with foreign entities against our interests.
  •   They're deliberately keeping our borders wide open to erase our national identity.
  •   They mandate groupthink and conformity and punish anyone who doesn't parrot their chosen narratives, however absurd.
  •   They're purging the best from our military and converting what's left into a tool of Wokeism.
  •   They've transformed our once-great American cities into crime-ridden hellscapes.
  •   They relentlessly stoke division between everyone and never miss the slightest opportunity to accuse someone or something of being racist, sexist, phobic, supremacist, etc.
  •   They constantly work to slander, cancel, and erase our Founding Fathers, American heroes, and America itself.  (E.g., they removed the statue of Theodore Roosevelt from the American Museum of Natural History.)
  •   They want to defund the police, release criminals from prisons and disarm the rest of us.
  •   They defend terrorists.  (Joe Biden: "Antifa is an idea, not an organization.")
  •   They've ignored the first principle of the Nuremberg Code, which was written in the aftermath of WWII, and which explicitly prohibits coerced consent for experimental medications.
  •   They've tried to corrupt elections on a national scale.
  •   They've openly stated their desire to abolish the family structure itself.
  •   They've threatened to abolish the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, and dismantle the electoral college system.
  •   They're criminalizing normality on multiple fronts.
  •   They've taken down American flags and raised other flags in government buildings and city streets, symbolizing their stealth political takeover.
  •   Their leaders have literally kneeled to one form of the cause they actually serve in the Capital building.
This list could go on, yet they accuse us of turning against America.

Our government's executive branch is deliberately destroying liberty.  How are they destroying us?  Let me count the ways.
1.  Electoral Fraud.
    A.  2000 Mules.
    B.  Electoral Insurrection (treason).
2.  Destruction of the Economy
    A.  Funding COVID development ("gain of function") in the Wuhan Lab; deliberate exaggeration of the COVID crisis; and COVID lockdowns.
    B.  Elimination of fossil fuels; creation of energy dependency; intentionally driving up gasoline prices; and pushing for electric cars.
    C.  Deliberately enhancing inflation.
    D.  Inviting unlimited immigration for cheap labor and Democrat voters.
    E.  Climate change hoax.
3.  Destruction of the Family
    A.  Promoting abortion
    B.  Promoting sexual perversion and transgenderism.
    C.  Using public education as a platform for sexual grooming and turning children against their parent's values.
4.  Establishment of Federal Police State
    A.  FBI persecution of Mama Bears as "domestic terrorists."
    B.  Property destruction by government brownshirts.
    C.  COVID lockdown, so the US is becoming "democracy with Chinese characteristics."
    D.  Corrupting the legal system by mob intimidation of the Supreme Court.
    E.  Government censorship of speech; classifying truth as "misinformation".
    F.  Breakdown of law and order.
    G.  Government efforts to disarm the public.
5.  Destruction of the US Military
    A.  Wokism
    B.  Seeking war with Russia and China
    C.  Mandated vaccinations

Eight Startling and Uncomfortable Ways the Democrat Party Emulates the Nazi Party.  The Democrat Party has been a stain on the nation since its founding in 1828 by a virulently racist president, Andrew Jackson.  It was the party of slavery and the Confederacy, it initiated racial segregation by legislating and brutally enforcing Jim Crow laws.  It unabashedly aligned with and supported the Ku Klux Klan for over nine decades, thus promoting antisemitism, religious persecution and xenophobia.  Over the past sixty-years the Party has embraced and promulgated cultural Marxism which espouses the transformation of traditional American culture and society.  The Party has succeeded in undermining the family structure and religious freedom as well as mainstreaming abortions up to the point of birth and what was once considered deviancy.  The Democrat party's two most exalted figureheads are the fervently racist Woodrow Wilson who set the Party on the path of undermining the Constitution in order to remold the United States into a "modern administrative state" (i.e., socialist) and Franklin Roosevelt who was enamored with and utilized Fascist principles in his "New Deal" thus permanently embedding them in the Party's psyche.

They're Not Insane, They Have a Plan.  Is it just deranged thespians and virtue-signaling politicians who have been driven mad?  Not quite.  The ideological infection has spread all the way to the White House, with outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki breaking down at the prospect of the excellent Florida Bill becoming law.  I could go on.  Just consider the organized indoctrination in our schools by delightful teachers parading their trans agenda on TikTok.  But at least the lunacy can't affect the real world that you live in, where 2 + 2 = 4.  The empirical world of real jobs, free markets, and concrete bottom lines will remain apart from this nonsense, right?  Wrong.  Thanks to the investigative journalism of Christopher Rufo, we now have internal videos from one of the biggest for-profit, capitalist entities in the world, the Walt Disney Co.  These videos show their perverse agenda to sexualize their young viewers.  Where did this all come from, and what do we do about it?  Well, as with most diabolical movements in Western Civilization today, the radical transgender project can be traced back to the Frankfurt School of neo-Marxists.  Whether it's environmentalism, globalism, open-borders policies, or just systematic anti-Americanism, it can usually be traced back to that motley crew of malcontents.

Biden thinks 'ultra-MAGA people' are extremists? He should look in the mirror.  President Biden is saying that "ultra-MAGA" people are the most extreme political party in recent memory. [...] Who are the extremists:
  •   The party that wants babies to be killed no matter what stage of pregnancy or the party that wants limits?
  •   The party that wants energy independence or the party that is seeking to destroy America by destroying the fossil fuel industry, despite no scientific evidence that fossil fuel consumption controls temperatures?
  •   The party that is for no bail or the party that believes that career criminals should be treated harshly?
  •   The party that wants to enforce immigration laws or the party that wants open borders?
  •   The party that believes that males should be able to compete with women or the majority of us?
  •   The party that believes that people should use restrooms and locker rooms based on how they feel or the rest of us, who think body parts and science should control what facilities we use?
  •   The party that wants to move toward socialism or the rest of us, who believe that capitalism has created the greatest country that ever existed?
  •   The party that believes that requiring photo IDs to vote is racist or the rest of us who understand that adults of all races can easily obtain a photo ID and that common sense tells us voter verification is important?
  •   The party that believes that children age five to eight should be encouraged to analyze their sexual identity or the rest of us, who believe that that is nuts and dangerous?

From Massachusetts, 10 talking points to counter Democrat positions.  A Democrat vote means you favor:
  [#1]   No fossil fuel production.  Like the price of gasoline, heating oil and natural gas these days?
  [#2]   Inflation at a 50-year high.  The government prints money and hands it out, and it becomes worthless.
  [#3]   No freedom of speech.  Say the "incorrect thing," and you're sued.  Or fired.  No opinions allowed.
  [#4]   No civil liberties.  Don't think the vaccine is right for you or truly safe?  Sorry — you have no say.
  [#5]   De-funding the police.  Smash and grab.  No bail for criminals.  Policemen being shot.  Feel safe?
  [#6]   A weakened military.  Our top generals are more concerned with "equity" than winning wars.
  [#7]   Higher taxes.  You think the government spends your money more wisely than you do, right?
  [#8]   Unrestricted illegal immigration.  Your taxes support their education, health care, and housing.
  [#9]   Choosing your gender.  Do you like 45-year-old men in the girl's room with your daughter?
  [#10]   Woke corporations.  Everything is racist all of a sudden.  Color and sex far outweigh qualifications.

The 2020 Democratic Party Platform — Understanding the Opposition.  As a historical perspective, why not compare to the 1960 Democratic Party platform on which John Kennedy was elected President?  The 1960 platform celebrated the party of Jefferson, instead of the movement today to remove, deface, or destroy his national monument in Washington D.C. and rename hundreds, even thousands, of public schools.  It promoted a strong military and economy to defend against the Soviet Union and Red China, rather than replacing the superiority of American military and economic strength with ineffectual diplomacy.  It promised housing for everyone and the end of urban blight, as consequences of a strong economy, instead of government handouts and welfare.  It recognized God rather than claiming that government is the only hope.  It established the need for the end of pollution and the wise use of resources instead of the blind religion of environmentalism and climate change.  It blamed previous Republican administrations for not accomplishing what the Democrats claimed they could only achieve, but without hatred.  It understandably was political propaganda, but it was strikingly different than what the Democratic Party states they believe today.

The Philosophical Background of Our Anti-Social Democratic Party.  For almost two centuries, we have seen various attempts to overthrow the assumptions, beliefs, premises, and conclusions of Christian ethics, sometimes called Judeo-Christian ethics.  The Christian worldview and its underlying belief system have been challenged by transcendentalism, Marxism, Darwinism, pragmatism, Freudianism, and existentialism.  These anti-Christian schools of thought in turn have spawned subcategories of "answers" [sic] to the human dilemma — namely, what is the purpose of life and how shall I live in order to fulfill that purpose?  These subcategories advanced by that part of the political class known as Democrats include globalism (explicit and implicit rejection of Western civilization); embrace of non-binary sexuality (the nuclear family is an artificial construct); critical race theory calling for repudiation of "whiteness"; ecumenicalism in religion (i.e., we all worship the same god); and ownership of all means of production by the state (but the state is to be perceived as a global village — i.e., as an extended family, not as a people led by an elected government).  Let us now consider three of the above post-Christian philosophies and briefly view their application to the ideological program of the Mobocratic Party: [...]

A Blueprint for a Pacifist, Socialist Republic.  The Democratic Party is now committed to a far more radical socialist platform than has ever been remotely hinted at by a serious American national party.  This includes open borders, and effectively the full right of undocumented residents to the benefits of the American welfare and education systems as well as the right to vote.  They are also intent on the seizure of firearms in private hands.  All those without comprehensive health insurance will be offered a "platinum" federal government health plan covering all contingencies which will soon be "free" healthcare for up to 150 million people.  Minimum wages and taxes on anyone earning above the average income will be sharply increased.  Most of the liberalizations of business and corporate regulations enacted by the Trump regime will be reversed, and unionization of the workforce heavily favored.  The Democratic socialist caucus' Green New Deal will be enacted, banning as quickly as possible (or even more swiftly than that) fossil fuel production and use, the internal combustion engine on land and in the air, and discouraging the consumption of beef to spare the environment the challenge of bovine flatulence with which it has coexisted for all of known history.  More than $1 trillion of student loans gradually will be forgiven over 20 years, university education will be guaranteed to be available and free to all families with incomes below $150,000 a year, and private, chartered, separate, and home schooling will all be discouraged to promote the monopoly of the underperforming, heavily unionized state school systems.  Abortion, including the disposal of newly born children, will be available without cost to everyone.

Trump Derangement Syndrome:  A Misdiagnosis.  From the beginning of its "long march through the institutions," the Left has been playing the long game.  That hasn't changed.  Leftists are playing it today.  Why did they take over the media?  The universities?  Hollywood?  To get their hands on the key levers of propaganda.  Add to this the leftward tilt of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and we're looking at a virtual lockdown on the primary sources of information and public influence. [...] This is why the Democrats absolutely must keep their charades going full force.  This is strategy, not lunacy.  They are playing the long game.  They are constantly feeding their minions the narrative that Trump is an illegitimate and dangerous president, that he's tyrannical, racist, and xenophobic — that he's a crook who lies continually, etc.

Who's the Radical?  On Confidence and Common Sense.  I just heard a fellow on CNN say that Donald Trump has radicalized the Republicans.  Let's be clear on what is and isn't radical.  A well-patrolled border is not a radical policy.  An open border is a radical policy.  To believe in two genders is not radical.  To insert gender identity into Title IX is.  To praise Western Civilization as a legacy of political freedom and artistic genius is not a radical opinion.  To regard it as promotion of white supremacy is a radical opinion.  To love America as an exceptional creation is not radical.  To see America as founded on slavery and imperialism is radical.

How do you know you are no longer a Democrat?  You believe and respect the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The founding documents of the United States still matter and must not be set aside.  You believe the right to free speech applies to everyone, regardless of political party affiliation.  You believe in the sanctity of human life and abortion is murder.  You believe in the Second Amendment and the right to own guns.  You believe that the United States is a sovereign nation with recognized borders; which must be respected, guarded, and protected.  You know there are only two biological sexes.  Men pretending to be women and vice-versa is make-believe.  There is no such thing as being born in the wrong body.  You believe that men pretending to be women should not be allowed to use women's bathrooms, nor should men be allowed in women's dressing or locker rooms.

Open Borders Equals Abortion.  As of say, 1960, and even 1970, the Democrats were still a mainstream, patriotic political party.  They still defended traditional marriage.  And gun rights.  And property rights.  Even a mostly free economy.  The party still held enough socially conservative members that you could be a Democrat and a Christian.  I don't think that's possible today.  If you watched the Democratic presidential debate, you understand why.  Not one candidate proposed the slightest restriction on killing unborn kids for our sexual convenience.  And not one supports natural marriage.  Not one spoke up for our Second Amendment rights.  Each of them to one degree or another supports the poisonous, anti-Christian ideology of socialism.

Can California Be Saved, or Is It Too Late?  How did this state, once the envy of all others, become the pathetic, indebted loser state it is today?  The answer is simple, single-party Democratic rule. [...] They want to control how we all live our lives by pretending we are causing global warming, as if we mere humans are more powerful than the sun!  They seek to destroy capitalism, the one economic system that has elevated more people out of poverty and tyranny than any other in human history.  They have successfully indoctrinated two generations of malleable young people with the false notion that America is a racist nation, illegitimately founded by white men so it must be destroyed and rebuilt according to their monstrous, failed progressive policies.  They loathe our founding documents, our anthems, our families, our traditions.  They want to do to the nation what they've already done to California.  They must be stopped.

The Anatomy of a Self-Annihilating Political Party.  The Democrat Party has lost its mind. [...] There's a word that describes the Party's behavior:  nihilism: "a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless, a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially moral truths."  That definition fits the current Democrat Party.  The Party and the left place little or no value on tradition, the Constitution, the sanctity of life, borders, private property rights, voting-law enforcement, election outcomes, standards of behavior, or free speech.  These are all fundamentally different kinds of rules or systems of rules.  The left does not like rules (at least not for themselves).  If you do not like rules, you do not like order, and the alternative to order is chaos.  The Democrat Party is attempting to lead the country into chaos.

The Real Game Is To Distract You, Fool You, And Bring Communism.  Of course the media lies all the time.  They do it to inculcate stated Democrat goals of implementing world-wide socialism and control by any means necessary.  By any means at all. [...] Democrats seem to embrace as holy anything that undermines America, Americans, or the American Way.  They want America gone — in order to replace it with some imagined, socialist fantasy world.

The devil is using the Democratic Party to destroy America.  21 areas reveal Democratic Party positions:
  [#1]   Radical redistribution of wealth;
  [#2]   Aggressive climate change initiatives;
  [#3]   Complete takeover of health care by federal government plus inclusion of all illegal immigrants;
  [#4]   Open immigration policy with full acceptance of all children and relatives; no border walls, entrance requirements, E-verify or penalties for those refusing deportation; disregarding the rule of law and full support for "sanctuary cities"; neglecting national security and allowing George Soros funded anarchy to "crash" our immigration system;
  [#5]   Government control over corporate profits;
  [#6]   Progressive taxes on the upper middle class and above;
  [#7]   Legalization of recreational marijuana;
  [#8]   Implementation of comprehensive LGBTQ agenda — including indoctrination of children in schools, transgender initiatives, gender reassignment surgery and removal of any "sexual discrimination" in the workplace and schools, disregarding conscience objections;
  [#9]   Taxpayer-financed abortion-on-demand until birth with full-funding of Planned Parenthood;
  [#10]   Major defense spending cuts with money redistributed to entitlements;
  [#11]   Comprehensive gun control;
  [#12]   Liberal, not originalist, judges on the Supreme Court and federal courts;
  [#13]   Alignment and support for radical feminist agenda and marches;
  [#14]   Increased censorship of "hateful" conservative thought on social media;
  [#15]   Liberalized voting standards to include fraudulent practices and everyone the party deems as "disenfranchised";
  [#16]   Partnership with Palestinians;
  [#17]   Alignment with United Nations and European Union transnationalism initiatives promoting "One World" globalism, rather than nationalism with international cooperation;
  [#18]   Euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide;
  [#19]   Taxpayer-funded child-care and college tuition;
  [#20]   Elimination of the Electoral College; and
  [#21]   Re-establishing the Iranian "nuclear deal" alongside increased protection for Islamic "rights" in America and abroad at the expense of Israel's safety.

What a Socialist Really Wants.  Socialists are passionately concerned with making sure the right people have the power — that is, themselves.  Democracy, on the other hand, is all about distributing power and making sure the worst people don't get it.  How do we know they are the worst people?  Because they are obsessed with grabbing power and using it to stifle other people, an arrangement they call socialism or communism.

From Russian Bolsheviks to American Socialists.  In December 1991, the world watched in amazement and trepidation as the communist empire spectacularly collapsed.  The jubilation proved to be premature.  Marxism adapted to a new reality and, in one of the most dramatic reversals of history, comfortably relocated to the United States, where it acquired a new life and malignancy within the Democratic Party.  In 2008 this ferment culminated in the election of Barack Obama who by 2016 had successfully transformed the Democratic Party into the de facto Social Democratic Party. [...] As the aspirations of the Bolshevik Revolution were being reincarnated in Vermont and exported to New York and California, the country inured to the world of unsustainable populist demands.  The barrier separating utopia and reason is crumbling; growing embrace of free education, free health care, and a guaranteed minimum income by young people is an obvious indication of the rise of the socialist movement.

Socialism Violates the Ten Commandments.  The very first commandment states, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."  Right there, socialism violates the very first commandment.  Socialism is essentially atheistic.  After all, Karl Marx did say, "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.  It is the opium of the people."  In a socialist system, the worship of God is replaced with the worship of government.  The state basically becomes God.  We look to the state to give us our rights, our freedoms, our livelihood, our wages, our jobs, our meals, our education, and our healthcare — that is, if there's any of it to go around once the government takes over!  There is no appealing to a higher authority because the state is the final authority.  But as Christians, we don't serve the government, we serve God.  God is our Heavenly Father and our ultimate authority.  Our inalienable rights come from him and the state should conform to His natural law.

Timely news and commentary:

Russia's KGB and Ours.  Biden exchanged a Russian arms dealer in an American prison for an American pothead lesbian basketball player held in Russia for drug dealing.  Now, according to published reports, he wants Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, held in Russia on phony espionage charges, to be exchanged for a Kremlin hitman who murdered an anti-Putin activist in Germany in cold blood in a public park.  The problem for Biden and his notion of "justice" through such an exchange is that the hitman, Vadim Krasikov, was convicted in Germany and is being imprisoned there, serving a life sentence.

Kathy Hochul is considering a new mask mandate, but this time she's looking to ban their use.  Kathy Hochul is considering the implementation of a new mask mandate — but not quite like the one she supported while aiding and abetting Andrew Cuomo as lieutenant governor, or decreed while governor.  This time, Hochul may mandate that you can't wear one, even if you want to!  Yes, you read that right — but why the sudden u-turn?  [Tweet with video clip]  An "alarming uptick" in anti-Jewish behavior and aggression?  Who could have possibly anticipated that?  I mean, after the government (both state and federal) permitted maniacs who applauded and celebrated terrorism and war crimes to run amok and wreak destruction (all under the guise of "freedom of expression"), could anyone have predicted that their appetites for chaos would move beyond defacing statues and blocking traffic to blood instead?  But wait, there's been an "uptick" of crime?  How can that be?  Am I imagining things or have "they" been telling us that crime is down everywhere?

Be Prepared for Chaos.  The economy stinks, the administration's foreign policy endeavors have been counter to American interests and made the world more dangerous.  Although many blue cities are not reporting crimes to the FBI, we all have eyes and can see that urban crime is out of hand now as the Democrats defund the police and no-bail policies are in effect.  Moreover, just as Biden is about to announce even more benefits to illegal immigrants, the tide against his open-border policies is continuing to crest to flood stage.  His grassroots support is slim, while Trump's keeps growing.  In sum, I see no nationally known Democrat who can alter that or who can persuade voters that he or she is capable of undoing the mess this administration has put us in.

Behold the Monster You Created.  My gut feeling is that your traditional liberal (the sophomoric yard signs and the Tesla, yes, but also the secure corporate job in the quiet, bourgeois neighborhood) feels uneasy with the crazed mobs spilling into the streets every time they don't get their way.  That sort of thing used to happen five neighborhoods away.  Then four neighborhoods away.  Then three neighborhoods away.  And that sort of unhinged rioting used to happen once in a generation.  Then once every few years.  Then once every few weeks.  Yet the suburban traditional liberal continues to vote Democrat because of abortion.  Or some nonsense about the rich paying their "fair share."  Or climate change.  Or any number of manufactured grievances designed not so much to solve a tangible problem than to make a certain class of educated voters feel righteous about themselves.

Report: Biden [is] Planning One of Largest Mass Amnesty Programs in History.  According to CBS News (and PBS), hundreds of thousands of immigrants living illegally in this country may soon get legal status, provided that they have been here for at least a decade.  Of course, the mainstream media is calling the Biden plan "one of the largest immigration relief programs in recent history," but it's otherwise known as "amnesty." [...] The program, to be known as "Parole in Place," will be sold as a way to help the spouses of immigrants and would of course be done by executive order because that is the way the president is able to force his policies on the country — regardless of whether there's been a congressional vote.

Summer Surprise:  The Looming Biden Replacement.  Anyone paying attention in 2016 and 2020 knows how little Democrats care about "giving voters a say" in the primary process.  As the Party has veered ever-leftward while prioritizing radical environmentalism, intersectionality, and a general Marxist economic disposition and disdain for this country and its history, the primary process in recent years has yielded a commanding advantage to hard-left socialists like Bernie Sanders as the crowded field of moderate candidates vied for the political center during the Democratic primaries.  To put it bluntly, neither octogenarian Bernie Sanders nor shrill socialist Elizabeth Warren would play in Peoria, or any of the vital swing states for that matter, and the DNC's awareness of that fact is ostensibly why they underhandedly rigged the 2016 and 2020 primaries against Bernie Sanders in the first place.  And hard-lined leftists like Sanders or Warren would have had a huge opportunity with an open primary in 2024, not only because moderate Democrats are disaffected with current leadership, but because there is an absolute dearth of "popular Democrats" to pick up the Democrat baton.

8 ways the Biden administration is working to increase gasoline prices.  The Biden administration claims that draining the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve shows its commitment to low gas prices.  In fact, this is yet another cynical ploy to disguise that its real goal is raise gas prices.  [Tweet]  Biden's claim that he released 1 billion barrels of gasoline to "lower prices at the pump" is his latest attempt to convince Americans he's trying to lower gasoline prices.  But in fact, he's doing his utmost to raise prices, because this is necessary for his anti-fossil-fuel goals.  From Day 1, President Biden has openly supported the destruction of the fossil fuel industry, from his 2019 campaign promise of "I guarantee you, we're going to end fossil fuel" to his 2021 executive order declaring that America will be "net zero emissions economy-wide" by 2050.  Biden's "net zero" plans require gasoline to be illegal or unaffordably expensive.

Who Are Biden Voters Saving The Planet For If None Of Them Are Having Children?  Anew report from the Pew Research Center released last week found that less than 20 percent of President Joe Biden's supporters believe society would be better off prioritizing marriage and children.  These are also the voters most likely to believe "climate change" represents an immediate existential threat to the future of the species, which raises the question, who are Biden voters saving the planet for if merely a fraction of them even want children?  [Tweet]  A separate report from the Pew Research Center out last summer found Democrats overwhelmingly view climate change as a "major threat," with 78 percent believing so compared to just 23 percent of Republicans.  Democrats were also found to favor expensive remedies to confront the challenge, with 59 percent calling climate change a "top priority."

Don't Believe Your Lying Eyes!  [Scroll down]  Yes, that's the ticket!  Let's forget Biden's senility and focus on Bidenflation, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the open border, Biden's attempt to force us all into EVs, the woke agenda, and our "trans" military.  Those issues are super popular with the voters.  So the bottom line is, Democrats are worried about the fact they are running an already senile — in fact, obviously senile — president for re-election to another four-year term, and they are desperate to change the subject.  Somehow, I don't think it is going to work.

The Left Knows Leftism Doesn't Work.  [T]he left is not running on its record of the last three-and-a-half years but instead studiously ignoring it, at least temporarily through November.  Suddenly, we aren't hearing so much about cancelling pipelines and freezing federal oil leases, or so much demonization of the "greedy" oil companies.  Instead, Biden is further draining the strategic petroleum reserve and begging OPEC in general and the no-longer-demonized Saudi Arabia in particular to pump oil as fast as possible.

Is This Really Necessary, Texas Democrats?  [Several tweets with video clips.]  These videos come from this weekend's Texas Democrat convention, in which the Party is putting forth its preferred image upon which it chooses to be judged as a political party.  I am probably not the only person to have noticed that a state political party pushing drag for kids, sterilizing and mutilating children, and backing Hamas is unlikely to appeal strongly to working-class people who are feeling an economic pinch.  It's an odd set of priorities at any time, but particularly in an environment where ordinary people are practically screaming that they are unhappy with the Democrats right now.  No doubt people in Austin are thrilled that the Democrats are fighting the "civil rights issue of our time," but once you get outside the wealthiest (and one of the Whitest) cities in Texas, the appeal likely drops off precipitously.  Austin is home of both the Texas state government (government employees being liberal) and the University of Texas, Austin (which is even more liberal), so you shouldn't be surprised to find that the city is very liberal compared to the rest of the state.

Rejecting the Status Quo Is the Only Way to Survive.  Can men give birth?  Do cow [emissions] cause tornadoes?  Must "disinformation" tsars censor words to protect free speech?  Should Democrats jail opponents in order to save "democracy"?  If you listen to the propaganda press, these are some of the most important queries of our time. [...] The easiest way to navigate this Kafkaesque environment is to follow a simple rule:  whatever the government says, believe the opposite.  Obama promised that socialized medicine would lower health care costs without benefiting illegal aliens; a decade and a half later, the only people who can afford Obamacare are the illegal aliens who get it for free!  Homeland (in)Security doofus Mayorkas still claims the U.S. border is secure, even as foreign terrorists and Chinese nationals flash middle fingers at television cameras documenting America's invasion.  Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer passed an "Inflation Reduction Act" that has done nothing but exacerbate inflation.  Obama doesn't care; the border has disappeared; and rampant inflation is the goal!

Civil War if Trump Goes to Prison?  [Scroll down]  Accelerationism here is "the goal of hastening the cataclysmic end of economic, political, and social systems so as to more rapidly bring about what is seen as an inevitable end-times collapse." [...] If you want to see real accelerationism in action, all you have to do is look at our southern border.  Joe Biden and the liberal Democrats are paying for mass illegal immigration with taxpayer money.  They want to use the illegal alien surge to add congressional districts in blue states.  They want to make the illegals citizens and allow them to vote.  The idea is to create a perpetual one-party left-wing national government.  This is large-scale social change in a short time frame.

If you vote for Joe Biden ...  If you vote for the current president who is trying to destroy a former president for far lesser offenses than he himself has committed, you are a hypocrite.  If you vote for the man who is currently attempting to imprison his political opponent, perhaps for life, for the sin of standing in the way of his continued power, you are an ignorant fool.  If you vote for the man who has labeled nearly half of your countrymen "domestic terrorists," you are a cad of the highest order.  If you vote for the man who is clearly beholden to at least one — likely more than one — of America's enemies, each with totalitarian governments, you cannot claim to be a patriot or defender of democracy.  If you vote for the man who clearly — and in so many ways — favors illegal immigrants over American citizens, and those who break the law over those who abide by it, you are voting for chaos, pain, and societal destruction.

The Hidden Agenda Behind Lockdowns.  You can call it a "road diet," or "15 days to stop the spread," or a "fifteen minute city," or a "smart city," a "central bank digital currency," or just an EV that comes with a virtual leash attached in the form of limited range and limited recharging options.  Or you can be more explicit and just call any one of these examples an assault on your mobility, i.e., a lockdown.  Whatever you want to call them, they've arrived, and it's just begun.  Americans, along with their European brethren, are being turned into livestock, living in high-tech pens, where literally every aspect of our lives is monitored and everything we do or consume is rationed.  The justification for these lockdowns is to protect us from pandemics, to protect the environment, and — in a society with diminished opportunities and a reduced standard of living — to ensure "equity" for members of protected status groups.  The common thread?  Protection.  And where there is a need for protection, there is a threat.  A killer virus.  A "climate crisis."  A toxic environment of white privilege.

Insane asylum.  If a frank enemy of the United States had taken over the executive branch of in January 2021, he would not have conducted himself one whit differently than Joe Biden, his administration, and his Democratic enablers in Congress and the media.  From his first day in office Biden garishly repealed every border control that President Trump had worked up to stem the tide of illegal immigration.  Biden put out the word to friend and foe alike that the United States had open borders.  As he had vowed to do, President Biden opened the borders to illegal aliens on January 20, 2021.  It was among his first acts in office and stands as an almost unbelievable act of willful destruction.  Indeed, as Andrew McCarthy bluntly put it in an August 2021 NRO column on Biden policy:  "The federal government is aiding and abetting illegal immigration."  Administration officials have both repeatedly lied about what it has done and deflected blame over the years since that day.  Instead, the Biden administration has repeatedly assured us, "the border is secure".  [Video clip]

Biden's plan to save Hamas.  There was nothing accidental about the timing of the speech on Friday afternoon, at a time when much of America's political establishment was heading out for the weekend while Israeli Jews were celebrating the Sabbath and many were not even using electronic devices.  After celebrating former President Trump's conviction, Biden announced a new deal under which Hamas would rule Gaza, get billions in U.S. aid and dozens of its terrorists would be released from prison in exchange for every hostage.  Or every hostage's dead body.  Under the terms of Biden's proposal, Hamas wins and Israel gets back survivors and corpses.  Finally, American taxpayers will be on the hook for an "extensive three- to five-year reconstruction program for Gaza that's fully backed by us" and which will cost endless billions.  The deal that Biden laid out gives Hamas everything it wanted, including staying in power.  An end to Israeli attempts to eliminate the terror group, and all the money it could possibly need.

First Defund or Abolish, Now Disarm the Police?  Southern California, particularly the San Diego area, has already been beset with more than its fair share of problems.  Illegal aliens are flooding the region, homelessness is out of control, and crime has been on the rise.  The police in both San Diego and Los Angeles have had their hands full.  But if one gun control group has its way, the cops' hands will be a bit more empty if they don't have any guns.  CBS News just concluded a two-year study into how the police buy their firearms and how they dispose of them when they reach the end of their service life.  They found that some of the old guns the police sold were later found at crime scenes.  Further, they investigated the gun companies that sell firearms to the police and determined that some of them have been cited for violations when they improperly sold weapons or ammunition.  Now, San Diego is considering a law that would ban the police from doing business with those companies.

The American Anti-Communist Revolution.  While America seems as if it's tumbling toward oblivion, it's more realistically the left that is tumbling toward oblivion and destroying the ship on the way down trying to keep their heads above water.  The truth is, communists can't run anything.  When their idyllic society is unable to provide food, water, transportation, or construction, they turn on the people to keep their failures quiet.  This is how genocides are developed, out of the increasing need to hide their failures and intimidate those who might expose them to the uninformed.  The trouble with all of this is that it takes so much energy to track down and silence people who know the failure is the product of communism, that they are further unable to make good the promises they made to gain power.

Americans remain sour on electric vehicles.  The out-of-touch elites who want us all to give up our gasoline-powered cars also carry a tendency to want to control how the rest of us live our lives.  They want us to abide by their ridiculous edicts:  Buy this type of car.  Use this type of lightbulb.  Eat this kind of food.  Replace your household appliances with what we think you should have.  Their penchant for micromanaging knows no bounds.  I think they have gone too far.  It is one thing to insist that someone use an LED lightbulb rather than an incandescent lightbulb.  In the grand scheme, this is but a small inconvenience.  However, it is quite concerning when those in positions of power demand that we stop driving gasoline-powered cars in favor of unproven, expensive, and unreliable EVs.

RFK Jr.: The Silver-Tongued Spoiler.  The moment this iconic Democrat went rogue by joining the Independents for a third-party run, Kennedy outed himself as a NeverTrump spoiler.  He appears to admit this himself, but with impressive verbal dexterity bordering on Shakespearean aplomb, twists it into a badge of honor: [...] Under the sway of such passionate rhetoric, listeners might not recollect that this knight errant supports the following Progressive positions:
  •   Abortion for full-term babies — aka infanticide
  •   Universal childcare.  Who pays?  We the Taxpayers.
  •   "Reparations" for inner city blacks, quickly rechristened as Targeted Community Repair though still primarily intended for Blacks, along with $5 billion in "reparations" for Black farmers.  Who pays?  We do.
  •   Cancellation of student debt.  Who pays?  We do.
  •   Police reform:  To create a "commission to root out systemic bias from the federal to the local levels."  Toeing the Progressive line that America is "systemically racist."
  •   Gun control: "Assault weapons" ban, and universal background checks.
  •   Catastrophic Climate Change:  The bogus, debunked hypothesis to justify globalists' plans to abolish fossil fuels to deindustrialize America and the rest of the West.
They might have also forgotten that far from Trump being a "tired and unpopular head of the uniparty," he's one of the most popular Presidents in modern history, an outsider who refashioned the Republican Party as MAGA America Firsters, or that it's that very same "Uniparty" Kennedy decries that keeps attacking Trump.

Even Dems alarmed as illegal aliens, 11-year-olds allowed to vote on some Boston expenditures.  A new program in Boston will allow illegal aliens and kids as young as 11 to have a say on the way that the city spends millions of dollars.  In 2021, Bostonians voted to approve the establishment of the Office of Participatory Budgeting, and participatory budgeting means exactly what it says:  giving voters the opportunity to participate in the way a portion of the city's budget is spent.  This year, as part of far-left Democrat Mayor Michelle Wu's fiscal year 2025 budget proposal, that office's purpose will finally be put into practice.  By September, Wu and her team will compile a list of 15 community projects.  Then in January, voters will select — either online or in person — five of them to receive a portion of the $2 million allotted for OPB spending.  Though $2 million sounds like a lot of money, it's actually just a tiny fraction of the city's overall budget, which in 2024 was more than $4.2 billion.

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I presume that "None of the above — just refund the money to the taxpayers" is not one of the options.

In Its Pursuit Of Power, The Democrat Party Openly Allies With Jihadists.  Currently, Marxists and Muslims are perfectly aligned.  They believe in statism and complete obedience to the state, political violence, and murderous hatred for Jews and Christians.  To achieve power, they are willing (temporarily) to embrace the leftist obsession with race and homosexuality.  This alliance explains why Marxists have substantially increased Muslim immigration into America, spurred on by eight years of Barack Obama's pro-Iranian presidency.  American Thinker readers will recall that one of Obama's early acts was his "American apology tour."  Watching an American President bow before the Saudi Muslim head of state was sickening.  Obama, who many believe is Muslim, also swooned over the beauty of the Islamic call to prayer and put Islam, a bit player in America, into a position of preeminence in our history.  The Muslim anarchy that is on full display today is Obama's doing.  It was part of his plan to destroy Israel, the world's only Jewish state, with America following as the larger target.  The American left is fed and driven by hate.

Karl Marx is alive and well in 2024 America.  Marxism was easily the most destructive political theory ever to be put into practice.  Over the course of the 20th century, it was responsible for purposefully killing well over 100 million people. [...] Marx was a despicable human being.  It's often said that he never had a job in his life.  That's not technically true.  Although he had a doctorate, his radicalism kept most universities from hiring him. [...] Marx never once took a job that would economically support his family and give them sufficient sustenance. [...] But the thing is, Marx had no direct connection to actual capitalism other than taking the money it produced to support him and his family.  He had no experience starting a business, building a business, managing payroll, insurance, suppliers, customers, employees, unions, or anything else.  No, he learned everything he knew about business and economics from reading.

Obama-Biden Have Been Punishing Israel Since 2013.  Joe Biden's vicious betrayal of Israel has surprised and alienated some of his supporters, who thought he was a moderate Democrat.  In the most recent outrage, his administration sent condolences over the death of Iran's President Raisi and joined the U.N. in a reverent minute of silence.  In stark contrast, Biden disparaged Prime Minister Netanyahu as "a bad [...] guy and "[...]" at a time when Israelis were traumatized and fighting for their lives.  It was predictable, considering that Biden brought back much of the foreign policy team of President Obama, whose backstabbing of the Jewish state foreshadowed Biden's hostile policies.  Early in 2013, when the U.S. was still in shock over the December 14, 2012 Newtown massacre, the newly re-elected Obama decided that one of his priorities would be to pressure Israel to release scores of convicted killers, among whose victims were children.  Although political leaders, including presidents, are expected to flip-flop occasionally, this might have been the first administration in history to flip-flop on the issue of the murder of innocents.

Sen. Chuck Schumer Demands Immediate Amnesty for All Illegals.  Over several decades of illegal immigration, Democrats have claimed there are 11 to 13 million illegal aliens in this country.  It's far more than that, but however many there are, Schumer demanded amnesty for them.  That's not a surprise.  We have no idea who these people are, yet he wants them all to vote.  A recent poll showed that more than 88% of the illegals would vote for Democrats.  It would give these unAmerican, authoritarian Democrats a permanent electoral majority.  Chuck Schumer says Democrats want to pass an immigration bill because "we have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to."  Schumer then calls for amnesty for "all 11 million or however many" illegal immigrants in the U.S.

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[#1] Just taking Senator Schumer's statement at face value, he doesn't even know how many illegal aliens are here!  That's an admission of incompetence.  It is far more likely that he knows there are three or four times as many illegal aliens as he claims, and is duplicitously low-balling the number to sell his amnesty idea.  [#2] He wants immediate amnesty!  Right now!  What's the rush?  The only purpose for rushing through an irreversible and massive change like this is deception.  The election is coming up soon, and it's unlikely the Democrats will be able to manufacture enough extra ("look what we found") ballots to overcome the Trump victory this time.  [#3]  Mr. Schumer doesn't care if Americans reproduce as fast as they once did.  This isn't about reproduction, it's about signing up parasites for welfare payments and expecting them to vote for Socialist Democrats to perpetuate those payments — and the Democrats' power.  [#4]  If "we have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to," whose fault is that?  Which political party is pushing gender confusion, gender neutral behavior, normalization of homosexuality in the public schools, normalization of same-sex marriage, abortion at any stage of pregnancy for any reason, and over-population panic?  The Muslims are the only group that's really eager to reproduce, and they're only doing so to overwhelm the rest of us at the ballot box in another generation or two.

The left is a shark:  It dies if it stops moving.  What differentiates the radical left from conservatives is that leftists will die if they stop trying to change things.  They, like sharks, cannot survive if they stop moving ahead.  They call it "progressivism," but it is studied destruction.  It's what physicists call "entropy" or disorder.  Leftists must change things for the sheer thrill of exerting destructive and revisionist power over others. [...] They are not content to be a solitary influence for the good for other people or endeavors.  They cannot function alone on merit.  They must be part of a flashy, recognizable group such as BLM or the latest Jew-hating cabal of antisemites on college campuses.  If what they do isn't loud and public, noticed and is not enough.  They must disrupt and cause something beneficial that exists to cease to exist.

To understand the craziest Democrat policies, always follow the money.  Why do scientists just repeat that the science is "settled" on climate change?  Follow the money.  Scientists get their funds cut off if they tell the truth that the climate has changed cyclically and naturally.  Why did the media and other Democrats shut people up on COVID and do what teachers unions want?  Again, follow the money.  The got federal funds for endorsing their positions, despite the harm their positions were doing to the economy and to schoolchildren.  They sure didn't care about science or the kids.  Why don't Democrats and the media care that Biden dictatorially and unconstitutionally pays off student loans that go to rewarding universities that push leftist policies?  [Advertisement]  Follow the money again.  Why don't Democrats get rid of racist prevailing wage laws that have oppressed taxpayers and minorities for almost 100 years?  [Advertisement]  Follow the money.  The money flows to unions and the union money flows back to Democrats.

Houston Storm Reveals Downside of Forced Electrification.  We live in a world with more and more devices that require charging.  Nothing shows the downside of that better than the recent storm that hit Houston, where thousands of residents still lack power.  Houstonians with electric stoves can't cook, those with electric water heaters lack hot water — and those with electric cars can't charge them.  The range of an electric vehicle without electricity is zero.  But President Joe Biden's Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are requiring that, by 2032, 70% of new cars and 25% of new trucks sold will be electric.  Imagine the state that Houston would be in if the number of EVs on the road today met those standards.

Tyranny by Any Other Name Still Stinks.  All forms of collectivism are inherently totalitarian.  They are unsustainable without violence and eventually survive on force alone.  So-called "anti-fascists" are the most fascist street thugs operating today; they use billionaire donations to fund domestic terrorism that is meant to intimidate civilians into complying with the wishes of wealthy elites who already control the levers of government.  If Antifa members were really anti-fascist, they would beat up themselves.  The prudent way to understand our volatile times is to recognize them as the opening battles in an incipient war between government totalitarians and staunch defenders of human liberty.  What is globalism, after all, if not a system for maximizing the coercive power of a small number of international elites while denying citizens inalienable rights and freedoms?  Everything else is a calculated distraction.

Biden's Climate Agenda Is Running Headfirst Into A Wall Of His Own Making.  President Joe Biden's administration unveiled tariffs this week aimed at boosting domestic production of green energy technology, but the move could end up hamstringing his larger climate goals.  The tariffs announced on Tuesday quadruple levies for Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) to 100% and raise rates for certain Chinese green energy and EV components like minerals and batteries.  Biden has made the transition to green energy and EVs a key part of his climate agenda, but hiking tariffs on those products to help U.S. manufacturing could jack up prices on the already costly products, slowing adoption by struggling Americans, according to experts who spoke to the DCNF.  The risks posed by hiking levies on green technology expose the inherent tension between Biden's climate agenda and his efforts to protect American industry, which often struggles to compete with cheap foreign labor.  Items on his climate agenda typically raise costs, and requiring companies to comply could make them uncompetitive on the world stage.

The Damaging Modern Cultural Imperative of 'Compassion'.  Once you see misguided "compassion" as the foundational leftist value, it's no longer so confusing to see the relentless push for obscure and societally rare practices such as trans athletes, queer, or other strange and hard-to-define proclivities like gender fluidity.  We are no longer allowed to make judgments based on logic, history, and our powers of deductive reasoning.  Instead, we must travel with the herd and make sure we don't think independently or rationally, lest we realize that compassion is not a foundation but is, instead, the emotion we use that can fend off logic.

Yellen [is] Wrong Yet Again!  Treasury secretary Janet Yellen has recommended one foolish policy after another while ignoring their negative long-term effects.  Her policies, both as Fed chair and as Treasury secretary, have contributed to inflation and debt.  She has proposed an ill conceived capital gains tax that would reduce future economic growth.  Furthermore, she argues, incorrectly, that the federal government's growing debt is sustainable.

Why Is There a Left?  [Scroll down]  Given that rebelliousness and sexuality tend to emerge at roughly the same age, it is hardly surprising that sexual politics presents an especially alluring and explosive combination for adolescents to rage out of all control.  Their susceptibility to the most extreme leftist ideology renders them eager to destroy every pillar of the civilized order, as well as themselves, mutilating their own bodies in the name of ideology.  The government they have ushered into power in the United States is rooted in this ideology and encourages self-destruction.  But most debilitating is that even the opposition — the Republican Party, conservative pressure groups, law firms, think-tanks, media, universities — all show no understanding of how to oppose this, and most are too frightened of it even to try.

At WNBA Ceremony, Biden Urges America to Support the Women's Sports He's Destroying.  In previous years, people might have missed the irony.  But not now — not after the meteoric rise of women's basketball.  When the WNBA champs visited the White House last week, reporters didn't cover it out of obligation.  They covered it because it was a real story.  And President Joe Biden's betrayal of girls' sports only made it more of one.  The timing of the photo op couldn't have been more politically inconvenient for the president, whose administration has been lit up by lawsuits over the dismantling of the very thing the team was there to celebrate — women.  While Biden was applauding the champs for "showing that the future of women's sports is brighter than the Vegas lights," most people couldn't help but notice how utterly disingenuous he was being.  After all, Biden is the one trying to eradicate 52 years of women's progress.  He's the one insisting biological men make better girls than our daughters.  And it was his idea — not Congress' — to turn Title IX into a manifesto of transgender rights.

The Biden Anti-American Legacy.  Inflation has one primary cause: spending money we don't have.  We are adding debt at a rate of one trillion dollars every 100 days.  Biden is fully cognizant of these issues' damage to the middle class and doesn't care one iota since he can't win the next election without continuing these damaging policies.

Biden's Green Energy Policies Help China, Not America.  Throughout his term, President Joe Biden's administration has actively worked to curtail domestic energy production, forcing American reliance on foreign energy.  China, in particular, stands to benefit from a global green revolution.  Under the traditional model of fossil fuel-based energy production, the United States is one of the largest energy producers in the world.  By comparison, China is the world's largest energy importer.  To gain a competitive advantage, China has worked to change the terms of the industry.  For years, the CCP has encouraged a global transition to renewable energy — a transition that will turn nations into clients of Chinese industry.  Biden's energy regulations require a transition to Chinese-manufactured infrastructure, such as solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries for electric vehicles.  Biden, like Barack Obama before him, has failed to recognize the dangers of forced reliance on China's "green" energy materials, even amid growing tensions between the U.S. and the PRC.

Biden and His 'Ironclad' Support of Israel.  I always thought "ironclad" meant binding, but to President Biden it apparently means a pledge that's good until it becomes politically inconvenient to stick to it.  On at least two occasions he asserted his (and our) commitment to Israel's defense was "ironclad": [...] With rockets pouring into Israel from Lebanon and Gaza, after the most murderous barbaric attack of October 7, "The Biden administration told Congress it would waive sanctions on military sales to several Middle Eastern nations the day before President Biden himself publicly declared that the U.S. would not give Israel offensive aid if it invaded Rafah.  (Israel had already begun to invade Rafah.)  Some of those countries have been accused playing an active role in the proliferation of Hamas and other terror groups intent on wiping Israel off the map.

After admitting there are no real facts, Biden effectively accuses Israel of war crimes.  Yesterday afternoon, the State Department issued a report in response to Biden's demand that it analyze whether foreign governments are appropriately using weapons they received from America.  It was apparent from the beginning that this was a set-up to attack Israel, and attacking Israel is what the State Department did.  Despite admitting that it has no data to back up its conclusions, it nevertheless concluded that Israel has failed to protect Gaza's civilian populations while using American weapons. [...] Apparently, Israel's unique approach to protecting enemy civilians — warning its enemy in advance of battle plans, warning civilians in advance of strikes, providing evacuation assistance to civilians in advance of battles, and providing millions of tons (and millions of dollars) worth of supplies, including food and medicine, to civilians — simply isn't good enough.  Nor does it matter that Hamas has deliberately intertwined its military operations with civilians or that it continuously attacks Israeli civilians).

Biden abandons Israel to appease student rioters and help Hamas survive.  Let's distill the real significance of Biden's decision:  First, this action proves that Biden has never really wanted Hamas destroyed.  Though he has appeared to support Israel from the beginning of this war, he has also been somewhat two-faced about that support.  Throughout the war, beginning almost immediately after October 7th, he has continually applied pressure on Israel to slow or even stop its effort, while in the background he has continued to funnel money and aid to Hamas.  Now he is made blatantly obvious his alliance with Israel is only skin deep.  As far as he is concerned it is perfectly okay to have a new Nazi regime established next door to Israel, flinging rockets and mobs of terrorists into its territory to kill Jews, even as that new Nazi regime indoctrinates more Arabs to its cause.  Second, by this decision Biden is meekly appeasing the student pro-Hamas rioters on college campuses.  They want Hamas saved and Israel destroyed, and have been protesting violently in order to influence Biden and the Democrats to apply pressure on Israel to stop its offensive.  Biden has now bowed to that pressure.

Biden OK's Chopping Down of 4200 Joshua Trees for a Solar Farm.  Biden signed an executive order to chop down 4,200 Joshua trees to install solar panels for a favored company, Aratina Solar Project.  The funds for removing the trees will be placed in a mitigation bank, which is code for politicians' pockets.  They've cut the once-protected trees before.  This isn't the first.  They have a lot of them, about two million, and they are in the Joshua Tree National Park.  The trees are unique, and they all have unique signatures.  Where are the environmentalists when you need them?  They only come out of the woodwork when Republicans or energy companies want to do something that will help Americans.  Climate change concerns are a massive fraud.  [Tweet]

Will the Supreme Court Let This Crisis Go to Waste?  The Democrats used their control of the Legislative and Executive Branches to attempt "fundamental transformation" of all three branches of government.  They came within two Senate votes of changing the nature of our government for decades — if not forever.  Had Senators Manchin and Sinema not balked, the Dems would have packed the Supreme Court, added two liberal states to the Union, and nationalized elections.  During all of this, the Supreme Court's power to stand against "fundamental transformation" was waning.  When the Court attempted to constrain Executive overreach (i.e., student loan forgiveness), the president simply ignored it.  Democrat strategists are even arguing that "Popular Constitutionalism" is a legitimate way to interpret the Constitution.  They insist that the president has the authority to interpret the Constitution and may read into it whatever he wishes.  They say the president can decide that the Dobbs decision was incorrect and declare that the Constitution provides an inalienable right to abortion.  "Popular Constitutionalism" is a giant red light that if the justices stay out of our current political civil war, the Court may become its first casualty.  We are at a constitutional cliff.  The Court aided our descent into banana republic status when it chose restraint over aggressive defense of the Constitution.

Biden's double game on Hamas should fool no one.  When President Joe Biden wants to say the right things about Israel and antisemitism, he knows how to do it.  Much like his comments immediately after the Oct. 7 massacres, his speech at a Holocaust commemoration held in the U.S. Capitol on May 7 struck all the right notes. [...] Yet, the president said, "people are already forgetting.  They are already forgetting.  That Hamas unleashed this terror.  It was Hamas that brutalized Israelis.  It was Hamas who took and continues to hold hostages.  I have not forgotten nor have you.  And we will not forget."  While his words earned the applause they garnered, that last statement isn't true.  That's because his policies — as distinct from some of his speeches that were, like those at the Holocaust ceremony, largely aimed at Jewish voters — contradict that promise.  Although he initially endorsed the Israeli goal of eliminating Hamas and seemed to implicitly commit to that again in his speech, the entire thrust of Biden's current Middle East policy is quite the opposite.  He is doing everything he can, including threats of cutting off certain military weapons, diplomatic maneuvers at the United Nations and duplicitous efforts to push through an agreement with the terrorist group, to save Hamas from defeat just when Israel put it on the ropes.

Biden administration continues its attack on energy.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and White House officials, via a joint announcement, noted that the rules and regulations would apply to all coal-fired power generation and future natural gas power plants, which will be required to control/capture 90% of their carbon emissions.  This will force numerous older plants to simply shut down, or, to use the softer sounding euphemism, be "sunsetted."  It's certainly reassuring that the administration has its priorities in order!  Forget the open Southern border across which millions of unvetted foreigners are streaming, mostly military-aged men!  Forget 100,000 fentanyl deaths a year and the rampant sex trafficking!  Dismiss raging inflation and violent crime!  Who cares about unsustainable debt, wars breaking out across the planet, and the ongoing violent anti-Semitism spreading across our college campuses?!  Ditto for the continued collapse of the family and the impending collapse of Western nations' populations!  The Biden administration is properly laser-focused on limiting Americans' choices in appliances, vehicles — and elections — and in trying to significantly drive up the cost of their food and energy.

Biden Wants to Sell Out America to the WHO.  Consider this your periodic reminder that the globalists are on the move and they have a friend in the Biden administration.  The latest front in this battle is found in a scheme that would significantly expand the power of the World Health Organization and its ability to command, not advise, how countries deal with significant health challenges — including future pandemics — and Joe Biden has signaled that he would likely support such a system.  This prompted the entire Senate GOP conference to notify the White House that such a move would be not only inappropriate but likely unconstitutional as well.  The effort was led by Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.  He pointed out that entering into any binding agreement of this sort with a foreign organization would constitute a treaty, which the executive branch is not allowed to undertake without the approval of two-thirds of the Senate.

Saving Hamas:  Why is the Biden administration throwing the full weight of the U.S. government at Israel?  Reports are circulating that the Israelis are planning an operation in Rafah to eliminate the last Hamas stronghold in Gaza.  If so, the Netanyahu government will be acting against the very public wishes of the Biden administration, which has spent the last half year moving heaven and earth to save a terrorist organization from destruction.  Bizarrely, the White House's statements and actions show that Hamas' survival is more important than the security of a traditional American partner, Israel; more crucial to American interests than the preservation of the U.S.-led order of the Middle East; more precious than the dozens of American lives that Hamas ended on Oct. 7; more valuable than however many Americans and Israelis are still alive in the terror army's tunnels.  Why?  As the money and prestige that the U.S. has invested month after month in protecting Hamas demonstrate, the Biden administration sees the terror group as a valuable asset.

The Editor says...
Barack H. Obama is a Muslim.  Barack H. Obama is no friend of Israel.  Joe Biden is too senile to make any meaningful decisions, so Barack H. Obama is apparently acting as Joe Biden's puppeteer.  We are living in Barack H. Obama's third term.  That's the answer (to the headline above) in a nutshell.  Connect the dots.

Biden Administration Makes Rule Change to Give Taxpayer-Funded Health Insurance to 100,000 Illegal Immigrants.  As many as 100,000 illegal immigrants will now be eligible for health care subsidized by federal tax dollars, the White House announced Friday.  A new "final rule" issued by the Biden administration expands Affordable Care Act coverage to many of those who have been allowed to remain in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program first put in place by the Obama adminstration in 2012, while Joe Biden was vice president.  According to The New York Times, the DACA program, which also provides work permits to illegal aliens who entered the U.S. illegals while still minors, protects roughly 500,000 people from deportation, but has not provided them with health care coverage.

Investigation: Biden Executive Order Focuses on Registering Convicts to Vote.  An executive order signed by President Joe Biden has focused on registering convicts to vote and exclusively involved left-wing non-governmental organizations (NGOs), an investigation from the Heritage Foundation's Oversight Project revealed.  In March 2021, Biden signed an executive order titled "Promoting Access to Voting," which he billed as a "nonpartisan" government-wide effort to "expand citizens' opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process."

America Is Headed For A Civil War... Maybe.  How does one know a civil war is coming?  Have you been on a college campus lately?  2024 is an echo of 1968. [...] Today, we have a completely different landscape.  In 2024, Democrats are virtually indistinguishable from communists, and being pro-American is seen as racist.  Hence, the college protests.  They're not just pro-Hamas; they're much, much more.  These protests are very much a reflection of their time given the seemingly mainstream nature of the beliefs that power them.  They're at their core not just anti-Israel, they're antisemitic, they're anti-American, anti-Western, anti-capitalist, anti-police, and of course, anti-white.  Sadly, all those things are basically mainstream Democrat policies in 2024.  We see every single one of them play out across the country in federal, state, and local governments.

The Democrats' Only Purpose Now Is To Destroy America.  The two principles that drive Democrats are: [#1] to create chaos [and #2] to re-distribute wealth[.]  Practically everything that the Communist Democrat politicians do is based on these two simple principles alone.  That's why Democrats love high crime rates:  because crime accomplishes both.  Out of control crime creates chaos in society while simultaneously robbing tenants, property owners and business owners of their wealth and their possessions. [...] BLM and Antifa, in essence, are the paramilitary arms of the Democratic party.  They operate in the open.  They receive publicity.  They are summoned by their masters (namely Obama and Soros), to counter-protest, to destroy property, and to create chaos, when occasion calls for it.  In contrast, criminals and gang members are the undercover paramilitary arm of the Democratic party.

Who benefits from this?
Biden plans to reschedule cannabis, easing restrictions.  President Joe Biden's administration plans to ease federal restrictions on cannabis by reclassifying the drug for the first time in half a century.  The Biden administration plans to announce an interim rule soon reclassifying the drug for the first time since the Controlled Substances Act was enacted more than 50 years ago, according to media reports confirmed by NBC News.  For decades, cannabis has been classified as a Schedule I drug, a class defined as drugs with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.  Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and methaqualone, the hypnotic sedative sold under the brand name Quaalude before it was discontinued in the 1980s.

Communist Defectors Warn About Four Stages Of Subversion — And America Is On The Last One.  Forty years ago, a KGB defector, Yuri Bezmenov, revealed the systematic plan Soviet communists used to take down countries and establish a communist-type society and regime.  More recently, a Chinese defector immigrant, Xi Van Fleet, has been on a crusade to warn Americans about the parallels between what is happening in America today and what Mao did in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. [...] While America is still in the crisis stage, some subversion experts argue that the lawfare, censorship, and cancellation regimes that now exist are really part of the last stage of communist takeover known as normalization — Bezmenov's fourth and final stage.  If America's borders remain open and the American people are denied access to information, become accustomed to rigged elections, accept limitations on free speech, and acquiesce to the rewriting of history, the constitutional republic that was the United States will be gone, and the new world of communist global elite control will be normalized.

Wyoming governor, secretary of state say EPA rules will hurt state's coal industry.  Wyoming officials are not happy with the federal government's latest rules involving coal-fired power plants.  The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules finalized this week will require existing coal-fired plants and new natural gas plants to "control 90% of their carbon pollution" and will make mercury emissions standards stricter.  The stated purpose from EPA is to help combat climate change, but Gov. Mark Gordon isn't buying.  "It is clear the only goal envisioned by these rules released by the Environmental Protection Agency today is the end of coal communities in Wyoming," Gordon said in a press release.  "EPA has weaponized the fear of climate change into a crushing set of rules that will result in an unreliable electric grid, unaffordable electricity, and thousands of lost jobs."  According to the Energy Information Administration, which is part of the Department of Energy, Wyoming accounts for two-fifths of all domestic coal mined.

The Gutless Old Party.  The Democrats may very well want to off unborn babies; encourage adolescents to lop off their breasts or penises; counsel African-Americans to expect financial reparations from Whitey as penitence for past offenses; allow any Tom, Dick or Juan to waltz into this country unvetted, possibly unemployable, and potentially criminal; convince anxious middle schoolers that the Earth is doomed; and staunchly support all the vile college brats and anti-Semitic educators advocating for the extermination of Israel, I say.  But at least they have the courage of their conviction. [...] Democrats will fight, riot, lie, cheat, steal, and collude to win.  They'll sic the feds on Americans with the wrong thoughts, the IRS on folks of the wrong political party, provide the media with the official government-approved message, and make it ridiculously easy to cheat electorally while importing millions of new voters from abroad.

Biden's EPA Says Sweeping Power Plant Regs Won't Harm America's Grid — Experts Are Saying The Exact Opposite.  The Biden administration says that its new rules for fossil fuel-fired power plants will not cause grid reliability problems, but power grid experts are warning that the exact opposite could end up being the case.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final rules for fossil fuel-fired power plants Thursday, marking one of the most aggressive moves that President Joe Biden has made in an effort to fight climate change.  While the EPA says that the rules will not make the electricity that powers the economy less reliable, power grid experts are concerned that the rules will constrain the amount of affordable and reliable power available to meet expected increases in demand over the coming years.  Under the new regulations, America's existing coal plants will have to use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to control 90% of their carbon emissions by 2032 if they want to stay running past 2039, and certain new natural gas plants will also have to cut their emissions by 90% by 2032, according to the agency.

Biden Gives Us Climate Corps, Climate Emergency Diktat Is Next.  We have the Palestinians trying to kill all the Jews; the border is wide open, inflation is soaring, and energy is skyrocketing, but have no fear.  Biden established Climate Corps.  Appropriately, the genius of the House, AOC introduced it, saying it is the single biggest federal investment in tackling the [fake] climate crisis.  "Investment" means taxes.  The government doesn't have any money.  They're starting with 2,000 young workers.  It will be an indoctrination organization.  [Tweet with video clip]  Donald Trump established the Space Corps, and Biden organized tree huggers.  Marc Morano, founder of Climate Depot, said they are again discussing a climate emergency declaration that would give Joe Biden 130 new powers.  [Tweet]

When did we vote on this?
Biden EPA Threatens to Shut Down Coal Plants Amid Energy Crisis.  Just last month, it was determined that the cost of electricity in the United States was still rising at a rate faster than the national average for inflation.  In other words, even if you are somehow managing to pay your rent or your mortgage in this economy and maintain a place to live, you might not be able to afford to heat it or keep the lights on.  So what has Joe Biden done in response?  He has ordered the EPA to issue new rules that will either make electricity more expensive or remove some of it from the power grid.  (Possibly both.)  Under the new rules, coal and natural gas power plants will be forced to capture nearly all smokestack emissions or... (wait for it) shut down.  What could possibly go wrong?

A Warning to America.  The liberal establishment aims to destroy America so that a society more conducive to oligarchical collectivist rule can be engineered upon its ashes.  Meanwhile, it consolidates authoritarian control.  The means of accomplishing these objectives are not secret.  The video below spells out most of them in under 2 minutes.  Tactics include:
  •   Open borders and illegal immigration
  •   Rampant crime and unsafe cities
  •   Election insecurity and interference
  •   The educational indoctrination of children
  •   The asymmetrical weaponization of justice
  •   The destruction of private property rights
  •   Inflation and debt
  •   Destruction of the nuclear family and parental rights
  •   DEI and the new racism
  •   Moral and societal decay
Those at the wheel do not mean us well.  If they remain in control, this country is doomed.  [Video clip]

Democrats introduce the STAGE Act, a $1 billion per year 'cash infusion' so 'artists can find out who they are and become themselves'.  Oh no!  All the losers with the lesbian theater degrees can't find jobs since they settled on an "education" that had no applicability in the real world!  And, what's worse is that they're "artists," so they can't be expected to work a 9 [to] 5, or stifle their creativity with a boring conventional job, even though that's where the money is. [...] Again, if I'm working doubly-hard at my private sector job so I can make a salary and also pay the wage of an unemployed artists, that's a handout, not legitimate work. [...] Any theater that makes the stupid business decision to churn out unpopular entertainment should die, and using my money to bail it out is repulsive.  A theater exists for entertainment purposes; it's not supposed to be an apparatus of the Democrat left political machine.  "Unemployed artists" was, and still should be a slur; it should not be a status that qualifies you for a taxpayer-subsidized job!

Only a crazy person makes plans to inflict an emergency on everybody else.
President Biden Plans Climate Emergency Impacting Energy Industry.  U.S. President Joe Biden plans to declare a "national climate emergency" in what critics say is an effort to block American energy development while appeasing his environmentalist donor base, Worthy News learned Wednesday.  Biden's top advisers have resumed talks on declaring such an emergency "to reduce carbon dioxide emissions" ahead of upcoming presidential elections, according to sources familiar with the meetings.  The declaration would give Biden wartime powers to limit oil and liquefied natural gas exports, suspending offshore drilling and halting the industry's ability to transport its products via pipelines and trains.  "The average American is certainly not demanding a climate emergency declaration.  It's the losing team of left-wing Democrat activists and the shrinking base of elites who are," U.S. Oil and Gas Association President Tim Stewart said in published remarks.

Is Biden About To Declare Himself Climate Dictator?  Democrats have already made it clear that they will stop at nothing — nothing — to prevent Donald Trump from winning in November.  So, we aren't surprised to read reports that President Joe Biden might declare a "climate emergency" this year in hopes that it gooses his reelection odds.  Never mind that such a declaration would put the U.S. right on the path to a Venezuela-style future.  Late last week, Bloomberg reported that "White House officials are weighing whether to declare a national climate emergency several months out from the 2024 election." [...] Let's leave aside the entirely fatuous notion that there is anything even remotely constituting a climate "emergency."  What would be the basis for such a declaration?  The number of hurricanes, fires, floods?  None of these has been trending upward.  Death rates from natural disasters are a tiny fraction of what they were 60 years ago, and lower than they were 20 years ago.  Food production is way up.  But Biden has already used the "climate crisis" as an excuse to impose a draconian electric vehicle mandate on the country, attack a host of household appliances, pour billions into "clean energy" scams, and more.

Biden Admin Adds 'Gender Identity' as Protected Class in New Title IX Rules.  The Biden administration on Friday released its long-anticipated rewrite of Title IX, but left out any mention of transgender-identifying male athletes in women's sports.  The Biden administration's draft proposal included a radical revision that would have forced forced federally funded educational institutions to allow men to compete on their women's sports teams unless they demonstrate it compromises student safety.  Under that rule, the burden of proof would have been shifted to schools, which in effect would have to create separate policies for every sport.  But with the 2024 contest against former president Donald Trump in full swing, the Biden administration opted to punt on the issue of males competing in women sports.  With so much litigation surrounding the issue, it's unclear when the trans sports guidance will come down.

Dems want to send Trump to prison without Secret Service protection.  Key Democrats revealed new legislation Friday that would strip former President Donald Trump of his Secret Service agents if he is convicted and sentenced to prison.  Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, said it's about making sure Mr. Trump doesn't get special treatment for whatever crime he might be sentenced.  He is worried that having to accommodate a Secret Service protective detail could lead to accommodations for a former president.  "It is regrettable that it has come to this, but this previously unthought-of scenario could become our reality," the Mississippi lawmaker said.  "Therefore, it is necessary for us to be prepared and update the law so the American people can be assured that protective status does not translate into special treatment — and that those who are sentenced to prison will indeed serve the time required of them."

It's a Bill of Attainder — of the worst kind.
Democrats Move to Strip Trump of Secret Service Protection.  Democrats want Trump dead.  House Democrats on Friday moved to strip President Trump of his Secret Service protection if he is convicted.  Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson introduced a resolution that would terminate Trump's Secret Service protection.  The legislation dubbed the "Denying Infinite Security and Government Resources Allocated toward Convicted and Extremely Dishonorable (DISGRACED) Former Protectees Act would apply to all Secret Service protectees convicted and sentenced under felony charges. [...] "Obvious subtext here is that removing USSS would make it easier for someone to kill Trump, which is arguably the goal of Thompson's bill, H.R. 8081," Byron York said.  [Tweet]

Former J6 Committee chair moves to strip Secret Service protection from anyone sentenced to more than 1 year in prison.  Rep. Bennie Thompson has filed legislation that would remove Secret Service protection from those who have been sentenced to at least one year in prison.  Thompson previously served as the chair of the January 6 Select Committee.  [Video clip]  The bill is called the "'Denying Infinite Security and Government Resources Allocated toward Convicted and Extremely Dishonorable Former Protectees Act," also called the "DISGRACED Former Protectees Act."  [Advertisement]  It states that Secret Service protection shall be terminated for "any person upon sentencing following 7 convictions for a Federal or State offense that is punishable for a term of imprisonment of at least one year."  [Advertisement]  Thompson's committee previously recommended criminal charges against Trump for the events of January 6.

Dems want to send Trump to prison without Secret Service protection.  Key Democrats revealed new legislation Friday that would strip former President Donald Trump of his Secret Service agents if he is convicted and sentenced to prison.  Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, said it's about making sure Mr. Trump doesn't get special treatment for whatever crime he might be sentenced.  He is worried that having to accommodate a Secret Service protective detail could lead to accommodations for a former president.

Student Loan Forgiveness:  Morally Reprehensible and Legally Invalid.  Barack Obama set the stage in 2015 for the student loan forgiveness fiasco when he announced the 'America's College Promise' proposal to make two years of community college free.  On the proposal's web page is this:  "Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades worth of student debt."  Obama's idea has now been extended to include four-year colleges.  His lackey, that joke who currently occupies the Bully Pulpit, is simply forwarding his boss' idea.  The problem for Biden is that Obama's idea is neither legal nor morally acceptable.

The Moral Hazard Of Student Loan Forgiveness.  The original plan is to tax other people for giant entitlement programs and new initiatives, but everything costs more than people think, and those costs trickle down to hit everyone if you give them enough time.  But costs and rising tax bills are only two problems that will plague student loan forgiveness on such a broad scale.  There are much more egregious moral hazards to be aware of — hazards that could lead to a whirlwind of consequences for pretty much everyone involved, and especially taxpayers.
Problem #1: Blanket loan forgiveness rewards people who overpaid for their degrees [...]
Problem #2: You're asking taxpayers to pay for individual decisions [...]
Problem #3: Student loan debt holders are already privileged [...]
Problem #4: Nobody has skin in the game [...]
Problem #5: Blanket forgiveness doesn't address rising costs

Dysfunctional and Dangerous.  The Democrat party right now is working as hard as possible to deny the majority its say in politics.  It will lie, cheat and steal votes to appear as a majority.  Everyone should vote, even though only American citizens are allowed to vote.  These are the conflicting messages they shamelessly push.  When they say "everyone" they mean, everyone, citizen, non-citizen, tourist, alive or dead is irrelevant, if a ballot can be produced, it should be counted; absentee ballots from Palestine should be counted, as long as they vote Democrat.  Now, this is a bit of teasing, because Republicans, at least their proposed policies, have a significant majority and therefore, by Democrat standards, must not only be American citizens, they must show ID and verify with bills to the claimed address.

Denver Mayor Implements the Worst Idea Ever.  Denver's Democrat Mayor Mike Johnston has cut funding to the city's police department by $8 million in order to take care of illegal aliens — or "newcomers," as Johnston likes to say.  What's going to happen next is all too predictable.  The influx of illegal aliens will bring in more crime, and then the cutting of funding to the police department will amplify the problem even further, turning the city into a crime-ridden hellhole that nobody wants to live in.

The storm before the calm?  Things are sure calmer now that Joe Biden is in office, right?  Back to normal!  No more mean tweets! [...] Sarcasm aside, none of this had to happen.  In fact, none of this would have happened if Trump were still in office.  That is not speculation.  When Trump was in office, Ukraine — and our borders — were secure, and the Middle East, via the Abraham Accords, was mostly peaceful... and hopeful of staying that way for the foreseeable future.  But why?  Trump wasn't an experienced politician — or a smooth statesmanlike figure!  He was a wild card!  And Biden was a life-long Washington insider!  (Insightful readers will realize the question "But why?" was just answered.)  None of this death and destruction need have happened.  Biden, and his handlers, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  Some of this may be because there are those in the administration that actually hate America (and Israel).  And some of it is because leftists are unaware of two crucial things:  history and human nature.

Report: Biden Has Taken Over 200 Actions Against US Oil.  President Joe Biden and his administration have taken over 200 actions against the U.S. oil and natural gas industry as energy prices have gone up, according to a new report.  "President Biden and Democrats have a plan for American energy:  make it harder to produce and more expensive to purchase," the Institute for Energy Research states in a new report.  "Since Mr. Biden took office, his administration and its allies have taken over 200 actions deliberately designed to make it harder to produce energy here in America."  The analysis highlights actions Biden took on his first day in office, listing them chronologically through March of this year.  The first act was canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, issuing a moratorium on all oil and natural gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and revoking Trump administration executive orders that decreased regulations in order to expand domestic production.

Joe Biden's Wars.  It's long been known around Washington, as former Defense Secretary Robert Gates once said, that Joe Biden "has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four" — now five — "decades."  So the conflicts raging around the world and forecasts of World War III should have been expected.  But, hey, at least we didn't elect in 2020 the guy who sent impetuous tweets that upset elites and snowflakes.  As president, Biden has projected American weakness in a Carter-esque fashion, starting with his chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, which a State Department report said suffered from "constantly changing policy guidance," and a top general described as a "strategic failure."

Lights Out:  Biden Admin Targets Lightbulbs In Latest Appliance Crackdown.  The Biden administration finalized energy efficiency regulations targeting light bulbs on Friday [4/12/2024].  The Department of Energy (DOE) announced the final rules for "general services lamps," a category of products that includes light bulbs, to nudge the market to adopt more energy efficient models.  The Biden administration, led chiefly by the DOE, has pushed similar regulations targeting a host of household appliances. [...] The DOE concedes that LED lightbulbs are more expensive up front relative to standard incandescent bulbs, but asserts that LED bulbs will save Americans money on their energy bills because of their higher efficiency.  The agency projects that the regulation will ultimately save Americans more than $1.5 billion annually over time and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70 million metric tons.

The Editor says...
[#1] If new light bulb technology (or any other innovation in household appliances) will save the consumers money, no coercion by the government is necessary.  [#2] Light bulbs do not emit carbon dioxide.  The power plants that emit carbon dioxide are gonna run, whether your light bulbs are turned on or off.  [#3] Carbon dioxide is plant food, not pollution.  There is no reason to avoid carbon dioxide emissions.

White House commits $830 million to new climate resilience projects.  The Biden administration announced on Thursday $830 million in new grants to harden old U.S. infrastructure against the effects of ongoing climate change.  Eighty projects will improve roads, rail, ports, transit systems and other surface transportation infrastructure in 37 states with a special focus on those under particular threat from the effects of extreme weather.  The funds will help counter flooding impacts, upgrade stormwater drains, replace emergency bridges, and help cities set new plans to improve coastlines and transit projects.  Funds fall into one of four categories:  $621 million for resilience improvement, $119 million for coastal infrastructure improvements, $45 million for community resilience and evacuation improvements and $45 million for planning-stage projects.

Why is Joe Biden letting Hamas off the hook?  It isn't disputable whether Joe Biden's administration is letting Hamas off the hook.  That issue was settled months ago, when a spineless Joe Biden caved to activists interested in saving Hamas and thwarting the Israelis' attempt to defend themselves.  Gerard Baker's op-ed highlights what's at stake for the U.S. if the terrorists are permitted to survive.  In his op-ed, Baker wrote "If, under the pressure of internal Democratic politics and global public opinion, the Biden administration forces a 'cease-fire' that leaves our closest ally in the region short of victory over an enemy that seeks to destroy it, sooner or later we shall all pay the price."  It's time to revisit George W. Bush's speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 20, 2001. [...] How different is Joe Biden's approach to the Palestinians than George W. Bush's approach to the Taliban?  It's night-and-day different.  More than 75% of Palestinians support the Hamas government in Gaza.  How is that different than the Taliban's protection of al-Qa'ida in Afghanistan?

Words Aren't Enough.  The more and better-distributed sources of information that fill the search engines and radio programs, the harder the truth is to hide.  That's an important role in the ultimate battle for America down the line.  The border fiasco is all Biden, the lower wages are all Biden, the inflation is all a product of Bidenomics, the debt is all Biden, not because he came in with a clean slate, but because he has increased spending to the point that we now owe over a trillion dollars a year, just to pay interest on the debt.  That's more than we spend on the Department of Defense.  In January of 2021, when he took office, the debt was 21.6 trillion dollars and that was after the lockdowns and the pandemic.  U.S. debt today is 34.6 trillion dollars and adding a trillion dollars every 100 days.  Our tax collections run at about 4.5 trillion dollars a year, with budgets ranging from 6.5 to 7 trillion dollars a year.  The spin is that we need these illegals to help the economy.

Even Senate Democrats Are Starting to Reject Biden's Radical Environmental Agenda.  Even some Senate Democrats are rejecting parts of Joe Biden's radical environmental agenda.  The Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday voting down an important aspect of the Biden administration's efforts to force the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).  In a 53-47 vote, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Jon Tester of Montana joined Republicans in blocking a rule aimed at reducing the number of gas-powered cars on America's roads.  Independent Sen. Krysten Sinema also supported the measure.

The Overlap Between Nazis and Hamas Is Downright Uncanny.  If you're wondering how Hamas and its fellow travelers, which both Biden and the Democrats support, are perfectly comparable to the Nazis, let me count some of the ways. (There are actually countless examples for all of these comparisons.)  In their approach to the Jews, the two entities are indistinguishable, which means those who hate the Nazis (and leftists claim to) should hate Hamas, too.  (For purposes of this counting, Hamas is the proxy for all of the people who call themselves Palestinians (inaccurately), given how strongly Gazan and West Bankian civilians support it.)

Biden, Transgenderism, and Making Christianity More Invisible.  As a President, you have to make countless difficult decisions.  Some things are simply more important than others.  Choosing to celebrate Easter, the holiest Christian holiday, over LGBTQ propaganda shouldn't have been one of them.  Biden, chose instead, to highlight on Good Friday — the day Christ sacrificed Himself in a brutal crucifixion to set us free from sin — a "Transgender Day of Visibility" proclamation.  One might expect this from an atheist President, but certainly not one who claims to be a practicing Catholic.  Biden proclaimed, in part, on the White House website:  "On Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation's commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives."  So, now, a man appropriating womanhood is "courageous"?  A man trading his masculinity for faux femininity is brave?  Men displacing and replacing women in sports is something extraordinary?  Drag Queen story hours, where some with criminal records imitate striptease acts, are "contributions" to our society?

Obama's Continuing War on Suburbia, Courtesy of Joe Biden.  Like the prophets of old, Stanley Kurtz warned of the evil mongers in America, but sadly, no one seemed to heed his dire warning.  In his 2012 book titled Spreading the Wealth:  How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, Kurtz painstakingly detailed Obama's and, now by extension, Biden's nefarious plans to destroy the suburbs.  The ever-stealthy Obama has been assiduously working on the goal of abolishing America's suburbs ever since his days as a community activist.  Coercion, not choice will mandate how this will be accomplished.  Already Americans are being told that they must stop driving their gas-fueled cars.  Under the guise of helping the environment, the government accrues more power for itself.  Think socialism, social democracy, extreme liberalism, Marxism, communism.  Class warfare will be pursued as the traditional American dream of striving for a better future with the freedom to move where you please is demolished.

Is The Great Illusion In Ruins?  In 2021, Joe Biden was elected after a bitterly fought campaign that deposed the incumbent Donald Trump.  Democrats eventually captured, for a time, both the House and Senate, ensuring the most left-wing government in modern American history.  Americans were then set to witness a great experiment.  For the first time in their lives, a truly radical socialist program would supposedly fundamentally transform the way America dealt with the border, immigration, the economy, race relations, foreign policy, energy, law enforcement, crime, education, and social questions such as religion, gender, abortion, and schooling.  In a sense, we were all to be lab rats of sorts, to be experimented on by the radical left and their various critical theories.  Now in the last year of the Biden term, we can see the results of that experiment — and the unfortunate disasters that followed.

Party of abortion and drugs set its sights on Florida.  If you're a leader of today's Democratic Party, the playbook for winning elections is pretty thin.  Bereft of ideas that empower communities to realize their potential, the socialist leadership of the party has few tactics to drive voters to the polls.  Race-baiting is one, for sure.  Hysteria over so-called threats to democracy and climate change are others.  Welfare and the expansion of "free stuff" is an old standby.  But it seems the center of gravity has shifted to two primary issues the left believes will put Florida in play in November.  These two issues should tell independent voters everything they need to know about which party is truly focused on the advancement of American society and which one is championing a race to the bottom.

Biden and his handlers are hell-bent on destroying America.  Here are 11 now familiar steps to civilizational destruction:  [#1] Wipe out a 2,000-mile border.  Allow 10 million foreign nationals to enter unlawfully.  Have no audit of any; nullify all federal immigration laws.  Let in toxic drugs that kill 100,000 Americans a year.  Give free support to those millions who broke the law.  Smear any objectors as racists and xenophobes.  [#2] Run up $35 trillion in national debt.  Keep adding $1 trillion to it each 100 days.  Defame anyone wishing to cut wild spending as cruel and inhumane.  [#7] Reinvent the justice system to indict, bankrupt, convict, jail and eliminate political opponents.  Use ballot removal, impeachment, civil suits, and state and federal indictments rather than elections to defeat an opponent.  Mob the homes of non-compliant Supreme Court justices, and attack them personally by name.  [#9] Make war on affordable gasoline and natural gas.  Substitute inefficient, unreliable and expensive wind and solar power, even as energy prices nearly bankrupt the middle class.

Biden To Force Jewish-Made Products From Israel To Be Labeled:  Report.  President Joe Biden is reportedly preparing to force Jewish made products from Judea and Samaria to be clearly labeled so consumers know where the products are from — a clear sign that the administration wants to enable boycotts.  The Financial Times reported that the timing of the new policy is unknown at this point and that it is designed to "increase pressure on Israel" over what Palestinians claim is violence from Israelis who live in Judea and Samaria.  The report said that the move from the administration would reverse a policy enacted by President Donald Trump that required goods made in Judea and Samaria to be labeled as "Made in Israel."  The Biden administration late last month refused to block a U.N. resolution calling for a ceasefire in Israel's war against the Hamas terrorists who murdered 1,200 people on October 7. Thousands more were injured and hundreds were taken hostage, including many Americans.

Biden Admin Takes Cues From Hitler to Label Jewish Goods From 'Occupied Territory'.  Is anyone still pretending that Joe Biden supports Israel?  I've never actually believed Biden was ever really on Israel's side.  From the earliest moments after the October 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, Biden's actions have spoken louder than words.  For example, the Biden administration repeatedly claimed that Iran wasn't involved in the planning or financing of the Hamas terror attack — something we knew to be false because they had just unfrozen $6 billion in Iranian assets a month before the terror attack.  The administration reportedly tried to cover up that they knew about the planned assault on Israel, and repeatedly sought to get Israel to postpone its ground assault in Gaza, even forcing a delay by not having adequate defenses in place at U.S. military installations in the area.  And now the Biden administration is moving forward with plans for new policy that Israel has described anti-Israel and discriminatory.

Vectoring Dangerously.  If your situational awareness is well-tuned, you can put together a political weather report from the swirl of events that otherwise seem to confound the degenerate simps who pretend to report the news.  Events are tending in the direction of self-reinforcing, ramifying chaos, and the people running the show are obviously insane as they do everything possible to hurry chaos along. [...] In any case, it looks like stormy financial weather which, if nothing else, is not exactly an advantageous accompaniment to a world war.  In fact, it could beat a path quickly to something like empty supermarket shelves — and you know what they say about a population being a few missed meals away from anarchy.

Biden's plan to save the 'deep state'.  The Biden administration is bracing for a second Trump term by rolling out a rule that would complicate Donald Trump's pledge to fire tens of thousands of federal workers if he wins in November.  The new rule is also a huge gift to the public-sector unions that Joe Biden needs firmly in his corner.  The latest edict, issued by the US Office of Personnel Management, is an almost direct response to Trump's stated plans to purge the bureaucracy.  That's not how the OPM is framing it, of course; instead, OPM deputy director Rob Shriver said it "is about making sure the American public can continue to count on federal workers to apply their skills and expertise in carrying out their jobs, no matter their personal political beliefs."  Those political beliefs caused never-ending ire in the Trump years, of course.

Biden Administration Environmental Rules Estimated to Cost Americans Almost $1 Trillion.  Mandates, mandates, mandates; subsidy after subsidy.  All of these cost money, and we're occasionally reminded of just how much.  The Biden administration seems determined to shatter all the norms when it comes to unilaterally deciding that they know best what's good for us Americans and are willing to spend our money to those ends.  Now we see the cost; the environmental rules alone implemented by this administration (without input from Congress) are projected to cost Americans more than $845 billion.  As if the fiat-currency dump fueling inflation wasn't enough already.

Biden admin temporarily drops 'outrageous climate mandate' amid flurry of lawsuits.  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) temporarily suspended its controversial rule requiring private companies to disclose carbon emissions data after it was met with a slew of lawsuits.  The rule, which was finalized in March, was immediately met with litigation by a cohort of 25 GOP attorneys general, along with energy companies Liberty Energy and Nomad Proppant Services, and business groups including the Chamber of Commerce, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and Domestic Energy Producers Alliance.  Last month, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a brief administrative stay of the rule while the various lawsuits were consolidated.  The groups asked the 8th Circuit to force the SEC to block its rule.  On Friday, the SEC voluntarily agreed to temporarily suspend its rule while the litigation continues on the merits.

Who Are the Real Conspiracy Theory Nut Jobs?  Remember how the left ridiculed us for predicting disaster once Biden got into the White House?  They were quite sincere and convinced that we were wrong.  They said with conviction, "Oh no, you are wrong!  Biden will be a president for all the people.  The world will be relieved at his presence.  Peace and security will ensue."  Now, Biden is overseeing a vast human tragedy at the border, soaring gas prices, racial hatred, and the world on the brink of war.  Not only were we right — we were too right.  It has degenerated faster than even we imagined.  We emphatically warned that he would rain down calamity after calamity.  That he would cause soaring gas prices, inflation, a spike in murder rates, unrest in the Middle East, and war.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles ... and Trucks.  The Biden administration has announced in recent weeks new stringent emissions requirements for virtually the entire American transportation system.  The Environmental Protection Agency will mandate by the year 2035 that virtually every car made and sold in America must be an EV.  No more gas cars.  The New York Times comically declared that motorists don't have to worry because this "is not a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles."  Sure it isn't.  Today less than 2% of cars use the electric power grid for fuel.  So soon we will see 50 times more demand for electricity from autos.  Then the EPA announced new rules for trains in California to go electric — even as the Association of American Railroads has declared the mandate infeasible.  But wait.  The climate change lobby is just getting started.  There is now a new scheme to mandate that the long-haul trucking industry convert to electric battery operation from diesel fuel.  This is a technological and financial nightmare for our trucking industry.

Socialist Democrats are really good at solving problems nobody has.  That describes NASA, too.
Biden White House Directs NASA to Establish Standard Time Zone on The Moon.  On Tuesday, the Biden White House directed NASA to establish a standard time zone on the moon.  In a memo obtained by Reuters, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has instructed NASA to establish a standard of time for the moon and other planets.  The memo stated the U.S. government plans to establish Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC) by the end of 2026.  NASA's space communications and navigation chief, Kevin Coggins, shared that a Coordinated Lunar Time is needed because "The same clock that we have on Earth would move at a different rate on the moon."

Biden Falsely Claims He Didn't Proclaim "Transgender Day of Visibility".  Last week, President Joe Biden proclaimed that March 31, Easter Sunday this year, would be "Transgender Day of Visibility."  It was yet another mud pie hurled in the face of decency and normal Americans who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  But after a furious reaction to the proclamation, including those from House Speaker Mike Johnson and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Biden said he didn't do it.  His handlers say the GOP is spreading "misinformation."  The facts say otherwise, not least Biden's proclamation.

Biden's Next EV Mandate Is Out and It's Going to Break America.  Say goodbye to the trucking industry as we know it, and goodbye to the American economy, too.  You might have missed it on Good Friday — which you can be sure was no accident — when the Biden EPA released its new tailpipe rules for semi-trucks, but the new rules will destroy how we move goods around the country.  It seems like only two weeks ago that I told you about Presidentish Biden's new EPA regulations, coming into effect starting in 2027, that will force two-thirds of new car buyers into electric vehicles whether they want one or not.  The tailpipe rules will effectively outlaw most gas and diesel engines by requiring a near-impossible 52% reduction in emissions.  On the Good Friday News Dump, the EPA announced similar restrictions on semi-trucks, again starting in just three years, and the changes will require one of those "fundamental transformations" the Left is so fond of.

Why do we support Trump?  [Scroll down]  When Trump left office, the price of a gallon of gasoline was about $1.86.  During the past year, the price exceeded four dollars.  Some places, it was even higher.  Trump supported the construction of the Keystone XL oil line, but Biden canceled it the first week in office.  Biden has made it clear that he wants to stop the use of all fossil fuels, to control climate change.  First off, they have no idea what causes climate change.  Carbon dioxide is a vital plant food.  And finally, they have no idea of the over 6,000 things made from fossil fuels, most of them from plastic.

Biden's Anti-Christian Easter Stunt Leaves No Doubt About Democrats' Descent Into Paganism.  While millions of Christians throughout the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ this weekend, the Biden administration was busy hawking the demonic ideology of transgenderism.  On Good Friday, President Joe Biden, who claims to be a "devout Catholic," issued a proclamation declaring March 31, 2024 — the same day as Easter Sunday — to be the "Transgender Day of Visibility."  Because, as everyone knows, we don't have enough faux holidays commemorating the rainbow mob, right?  "Today, we send a message to all transgender Americans:  You are loved.  You are heard.  You are understood.  You belong.  You are America, and my entire Administration and I have your back," Biden wrote.  Like clockwork, White House officials and prominent Democrat politicians celebrated the declaration.  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul took her LGBT obsession a step further by issuing her own proclamation dubbing March 31 a "Transgender Day of Visibility" and illuminating 13 state landmarks in so-called "trans colors" in recognition of the made-up holiday.

Black Gold.  In 2019, while campaigning in New Hampshire, Joe Biden promised to "end fossil fuel." Not only has he failed to keep his promise, oil consumption has reached a new all-time high.  For this we should all be thankful.  When a climate activist challenged him on that September day about his connections to the co-founder of a liquified natural gas company, Biden, as he has done throughout his career of "public service," became Joe the Clown.  Calling her "kiddo," he told her to look into his eyes, then said "I guarantee you.  We're going to end fossil fuel."  The ever-fawning-for-Democrats media called it an "intimate moment."  But it was nothing more than a typical "Biden moment" on the campaign trail.

Biden proclaims Easter Sunday as 'Trans Day of Visibility'.  President Biden has sparked outrage by declaring this Easter Sunday will also officially become Transgender Day of Visibility.  The White House doubled up backlash as it also banned religious imagery in submissions from children of military families taking part in the traditional Easter Egg Roll event, as critics branded the moves an 'attack on Christianity.'  Former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy led the charge, as he mused 'I wonder how (Biden) came up with that date' by having Easter Sunday clash with the transgender tribute day.

It is safe to say that no such restrictions are in place when the White House celebrates Muslim holidays.
White House Prohibits Children from Submitting 'Overtly Religious' Art for Easter Egg Roll.  President Joe Biden's Democrat administration is taking flak for prohibiting children from submitting Easter eggs featuring religious artwork for a contest.  The event, which is part of the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll, is called "Celebrating National Guard Families" but will not allow submissions to feature symbols related to the holiday that Christians celebrate all over the world, the Daily Caller reported Friday.

Federal Judge Smacks Down Major Biden Admin Emissions Rule.  A federal judge in Texas has stopped the Biden administration from implementing a rule that would require states and cities to set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions "associated with transportation."  Republicans complained that the rule, issued by the Federal Highway Administration, was an attempt to impose the Biden climate agenda on conservative states and that the federal government did not have the authority to do it, The Daily Wire reported.  The state of Texas sued in December to stop the rule, and on Wednesday, a federal judge sided with the state.

Biden admin cracks down on gas-powered trucks and tractors despite electric vehicle infrastructure fears.  The White House finalized new emissions standards intended to sharply reduce pollution caused by new trucks and tractors Friday — with a leading industry group warning of "the most challenging, costly and potentially disruptive heavy-duty emissions rule in history."  The Environmental Protection Agency said in its announcement that it had modified the timeline of the new mandate due to concerns about a lack of electric vehicle charging stations along the nation's highways.

The Editor says...
If you make a living as a truck driver, you are probably paid by the mile.  In that case, you earn little or no income while waiting for your electric truck to recharge.  Do you drive a thousand miles a day?  Those days will come to an end, thanks to the socialist Democrats.

Biden Admin Imposes Strict Pollution Standards for Buses and Heavy-Duty Vehicles.  As part of its aggressive green agenda, the Biden administration on Friday imposed new strict pollution standards for buses, trucks, and other heavy-duty vehicles that would all but necessitate electrification.  Released by the Environmental Protection Agency, the rule progressively restricts the level of pollution trucks can legally emit across a manufacturer's offerings for model years 2027 through 2032.  The rule applies to vehicles, including tractor-trailers, school buses, R.V.s, garbage trucks, and cement mixers, and aims to combat climate impact from this part of the transportation sector.  "Today's announcement is a big one in terms of cleaning up the pollution from these vehicles on our roads and highways and importantly, the pollution that impacts our communities and our kids," White House national climate adviser Ali Zaidi told CNN.

The Editor says...
These new restrictions have little or nothing to do with air quality.  This move is all about restricting your movements.

Biden's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule for Vehicles Struck Down by Texas Judge.  A judge in Texas struck down a Biden administration rule on March 28 that required states to measure and report the greenhouse gas emissions from any vehicles using the national highway system.  The rule was issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2023 as part of President Biden's efforts to slash carbon emissions in half by 2030.  Specifically, it required state transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to both measure their transportation-related emissions on the U.S. highway system and set their own emission reduction targets.

There is no greater threat to Biden's re-election than Biden himself.
Democrats Are Panicking As Kennedy-Shanahan Ticket Threatens Biden's Reelection.  While our two-party dominant political system isn't favorable to independent candidates securing a White House win, they can still decide the election, anyway.  On Tuesday, in the wake of independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announcing his running mate would be the affluent 38-year-old tech lawyer and major Democrat donor, Nicole Shanahan, signs of stress began to appear from those in President Joe Biden's re-election camp.  Panic set in during a call hosted by DNC members, including Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA), Lt. Gov. Austin Davis (D-PA), and Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-MI) held immediately after Kennedy's vice president announcement.  The Democrats expressed worry that Kennedy's campaign, particularly with his vice presidential pick Nicole Shanahan, could spoil Biden's chances.

Biden Is Considering Illegal Immigrant Amnesty.  I completely missed a barnburner of a story buried in a Politico report on why Biden hasn't been doing anything to douse the political fire caused by the border crisis.  Rather than taking executive actions to appear tougher on border crossers, Biden is actually considering going in the opposite direction and granting amnesty to long-time illegal residents, handing out Green Cards to people who have hidden inside the country for 10 years or longer.  [Tweet]  That'll stop the flow of illegals crossing the border!  It's a sure-fire hit.  I'm a bit shocked that he isn't considering a program to grant citizenship and register them all to vote, but maybe he hopes to accomplish that goal in his increasingly unlikely second term.

Eight States Plan to Ban the Sale of Gas-Powered Vehicles.  The Gateway Pundit reported last week that Joe Biden issued the most radical environmental rules in American history to phase out gasoline-powered vehicles and force customers to drive ineffective electric cars.  Now, a new report has revealed the effort to finish off the gas-powered car is well-underway in eight states.  As The Daily Mail reported Tuesday, the rules being adopted in these states specify that only zero-emission vehicles, which include electric vehicles and certain plug-in hybrids, can be sold beginning with the 2035 model year.  This is known as the Advanced Clean Cars II rule.  The eight states that have pledged to force their constituents to drive environmentally damaging electric vehicles are California, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington.  The District of Columbia has also signed off.

8 states are planning to BAN the sale of gas-powered cars entirely.  At least eight states are planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in the next decade — and others are considering joining them.  Only zero-emission vehicles can be sold in participating states beginning from the 2035 model year, according to the Advanced Clean Cars II legislation.  The rule, which was first adopted by California, means that automakers and dealerships would be banned from selling new gas cars in these states from that point onwards.  Americans will not be forced to take their gas-powered cars off the road, however, and will still be able to buy used and secondhand gas vehicles.

What Happened to Biden's Border Plan?  Politico has a follow up on something which seems pretty strange in retrospect.  Just a few months ago, the Biden administration was leaking to the media that it was about to crack down on illegal immigration.  Specifically, we were told there might be an executive order coming intended to limit the surge of asylum seekers.  But all of that seems to have faded away. [...] It's not clear when exactly this change of approach happened.  The White House probably got an early look at January border numbers shortly after those stories were published in early February.  All we know for sure is that by the time of the State of the Union rolled around a month later, Biden's team had decided they could get away with doing nothing so long as they could blame shift the problem to Republicans for not passing a bill.

Bernie Sanders' four-day-work-week scheme is a prescription for poverty.  Karl Marx would be proud:  Bernie Sanders has urged taking another step toward the philosopher's envisioned utopia by proposing to mandate a four-day work week.  In communist society, Marx wrote, workers would be liberated to "hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, raise cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have in mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd, or critic."  Needles to say that's not how communism turned out.  Yet the belief that work is basically a capitalist imposition that is unnatural and bad for people still holds sway on the left, and Sanders is, accordingly, proposing to move from a 40-hour to a 32-hour work week to make us healthy, wealthy and wise.

Kill the 'Climate Corps' Before It Kills Us.  The word "corps" generally calls to mind a military force fighting whose job is to protect the nation.  But defending the nation is out of fashion at the moment, so the word, like so many others these days, has had to be repurposed.  President Joe Biden has just proposed an $8 billion budget item to create a "Climate Corps" program with the mandate of "tackling climate change" by "end[ing] fossil fuel."  Which is to say, rather than defending a nation, this corps' goal is to impoverish one.  The White House seems to think that curtailing the leasing of energy production on federal lands and inserting into the absurdly named Inflation Reduction Act more than $369 billion in green giveaways isn't enough.

Rumors of a Charcoal or Gas Grill Ban in New York.  Spring has arrived here in New York State, not that you would know it looking at the current weather forecast.  And that means that grilling season is once again upon us.  Those who follow my social media streams know that we have a spring ritual at my house where I load up the grill with charcoal and toss on some steaks.  This year, however, some disturbing rumors have been making the rounds.  New York tends to follow the trends set by states like California and the climate alarmists have been banning things like natural gas and other supposed carbon demons.  Some legislators in the state capital have been making noises about extending those bans to propane and even charcoal, which would be bad news for grilling fans.

Trump's Third Act has begun.  The Democrats planned to cripple Trump financially so he couldn't spend as much on the campaign.  Trump turned Leticia James into his best fundraiser.  Lots of interesting developments lately on the topic of the 2020 election.  The Simulation wants at least one of those fresh allegations to be a Kraken.  Trump's legal maneuvering is likely to keep him eligible for the election.  You can fantasize about a heroic Democrat such as Newsom swooping in and replacing Biden, but it's looking less likely every day.  If it had always been the plan, it would have happened by now.  Looks like Biden has to stay on the job to keep the Biden Crime Family out of jail.  The predictable Democrat Summer Hoax will add some excitement, but it will be forgotten and debunked by November.

It's time to stop accommodating the crazies in America.  Illegal immigration is being normalized, with Joe Biden calling illegal aliens "newcomers" as if they have a right to be here.  New York City's Mayor, Eric Adams, floated the idea of inviting asylum seekers into private homes.  It seems everyone with a microphone (or megaphone?) is demanding we welcome a hoard of low-skill invaders into our country unvetted, medically undiagnosed, and frequently criminally active into our country.  You're supposed to close your eyes, cover your ears, and chant newcomer over and over until you, too, see the magnificent wisdom of Biden and his progressive left.  Fortunately, Americans seem resistant to this indoctrination.  Illegal immigration is the number one issue this election season.  Thirty-eight months into his term, Biden can only blame the Republicans for his decision to open the border in his first 100 days in office.

Biden Undermines Law by Invoking This to Create National Monuments.  Since 2022, President Joe Biden has used the Antiquities Act to create five national monuments, collectively spanning more than 1.5 million acres of federal land.  While these proclamations are ostensibly aimed at preserving areas of historic or archaeological importance, they often come at the expense of established laws and local economies. [...] One such case challenges Biden's 2021 expansion of the Bears Ears National Monument, led by Utah alongside individual recreationists and mining interests.  The plaintiffs argue that the Antiquities Act doesn't permit arbitrary and excessive expansions that infringe upon local interests and rights.  The case is headed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after being dismissed by the U.S. District Court of Utah last August.  Americans reliant on farming, logging, mining, and energy extraction have felt the brunt of the damage inflicted by these presidential decrees.  Consider, for example, Biden's recent designation of nearly 1 million acres in Arizona to create the Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument.  This land has some of our country's richest uranium deposits.  While current mining operations continue, Biden's decision makes future uranium mining operations impossible.

New Biden regulation will make gas cars effectively illegal by 2030.  I have a friend who frequently says that, if you control CO2 outputs, you control everything.  Let me explain:  Every aspect of modern life is dependent on hydrocarbons and, when hydrocarbons are burned for energy, they produce CO2.  By demonizing CO2, you demonize hydrocarbons, which means... ta-dah!... you get to block hydrocarbons and control everything.  We're getting a glimpse of that with Joe Biden's new energy emission rules, which will effectively make it impossible to build a gas-powered car in a few years, forcing people into costly, dangerous, unreliable, and dirty electric vehicles. [...] This regulation comes just as Americans are making it increasingly clear that they do not want to buy electric vehicles.  Instead, they're turning to hybrids.  This makes perfect sense because electric vehicles are gimmicks at best and cons at worst.

EPA Rolls Out USA Auto Mandates Forcing EVs to Make Up Two-Thirds of Passenger Vehicles.  The backstory is so transparently corrupt it requires an explanation, so we'll go down the full rabbit hole and explain how China knew — to a demonstrable certainty — their multi-billion dollar investment in Mexican EV plants would be useful.  Always remember, there are trillions at stake.  First, who was installed in the Biden White House in charge of all personnel and staffing?  Catherine Russell.  Who is Catherine Russell?  She's the wife of Tom Donilon, a long-time aid and advisor to Joe Biden who served in the Obama White House.  After serving as Obama's National Security Advisor (prior to Susan Rice), Tom Donilon then went on to become "Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Institute."  His job was literally to "leverage the firm's expertise and generate proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics and long-term asset allocation."  In essence, the Donilon family represented the interests of Blackrock in the White House.

Call it the 'Autocratic' Party.  [Scroll down]  Under Biden, this country has been subjected to pandemic shutdowns and hatred for the unvaccinated, yet he continues to support and fund "gain of function" research on viruses.  He has abused the concept of unifying the country to increase political polarization, weaponize government agencies to combat individual freedoms of speech and religion, and used fear of climate change to diminish the economy.  Political opponents such as RFK have been undercut by the party.  He has been denied Secret Service protection at least three times.  The Democratic party decided not to allow any debates against Biden.  They are attempting to destroy Trump through a two-tier justice system.  Essentially, the gloves are off.  They will not be denied.  The lust for power within the Democratic party is absolute.  Democracy is being replaced.  Call it socialism or Marxism, call it globalism or autocracy.  Whatever it is, it isn't democracy.  The name "Autocratic Party" fits.

The EPA Is About to Outlaw Your Car.  "Outlaw your car" sounds like such an outrageous phrase, and technically speaking, it isn't true — but only barely.  What practical difference is there between outlawing something, and regulating it out of existence?  That's exactly what the EPA intends to do this week with strict new rules going forward against gas- and diesel-powered cars and light trucks.  Expected as soon as Wednesday, the Biden EPA "is poised to finalize emissions rules that will effectively require a certain percentage — as much as two-thirds by 2032 — of new cars to be all-electric," according to Inside EVs.  Politico sells the expected rule as one that would "tackle the nation's biggest source of planet-warming pollution and accelerate the transition to electric vehicles."  The rule would require carmakers to cut their average emissions of carbon dioxide by 52% between 2027 and 2032. EPA projects that the standard would push the car industry to ensure that electric cars and light trucks make up about 67% of new vehicles by model year 2032.

Biden is throwing Israel under the bus to appease genocidal antisemitic voters.  It's been apparent to anyone who isn't in total denial that rabid antisemitism now lives at the very heart of the Democrat party.  October 7 proved that it's completely taken over the Democrats' ideological nesting grounds and incubators (aka academia). Worse, antisemitism's political face — that is, anti-Israel policies — is now an integral part of Biden's administration.  Biden needs the votes of the Israel haters, which means he's gotten into bed with, and is forcing America into bed with, people who are indistinguishable from the Nazis at their most virulent.  It's old news that Biden is trying to force Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, out of office.  It's also old news that Sen. Chuck Schumer openly called for Bibi's ouster and that Biden approved of that demand.  For those who note that presidents have called for regime change in the past, here's the rule of a principled American government:  As president, you're allowed to call for regime change in nations that are your geopolitical enemies and have non-democratically elected governments.  However, you're not allowed to call for regime change in an allied country that has true democratic elections and that is in the middle of an existential war.

Minnesota Democrats Push $500 Monthly Universal Basic Income for Illegals.  Democrats in Minnesota want to implement a freewheeling basic income program that would redistribute taxpayer money to those who are "needy," even if it is illegal aliens.  House File 2666 which was sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Athena Hollins cleared the House Children and Families Finance and Policy Committee on a voice vote on March 12, 2024, according to Blaze Media.  Considering that the Democratic Party controls the office of the governor and both chambers of the legislature, it looks like the bill will be passed.  If this bill is combined with the state Senate's companion bill, Senate File 2559, and then implemented, $100 million would be sucked out of the General Fund in fiscal year 2025, the news source said.  In turn, this money would be granted out to intermediaries.  These nonprofits would be tasked with giving away money in monthly increments ranging from $350 to $1,200 to those individuals and families they deem deserving for a period of 12 to 24 months.

Qatar Offered to Expel Hamas; Blinken Said No.  I have long been wondering about Qatar's willingness to host Hamas' leadership post-10/7.  As non-Western as Qatar is, the Emirate has been working assiduously to court Western approval and is hardly a radical Islamist state.  This is not to suggest the regime is liberal or Liberal, but rather that they aren't exactly Iranian-style fanatics.  The state is pretty much what you would expect in a country that is in a dangerous region filled with radicals but with an elite who are Western-educated and resolutely capitalist.  I had long suspected that Western governments had given implicit approval for Qatar's hosting of the radical Islamist terrorist group's leaders in order to use it as a back-channel to Hamas.  [Tweet]

Federal Court Halts Biden Admin's Corporate Emissions Disclosure Rule.  An appellate court paused the Biden administration's corporate emissions disclosure rule on Friday.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted Liberty Energy's request for an administrative stay against the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) corporate climate risk and emissions disclosure rule, according to a court filing.  The regulation requires medium-sized and large public corporations to disclose climate change-related risks and data on the emissions created directly by their businesses in financial reports.  Liberty Energy, a company that specializes in fracking, asked the court to halt the policy's implementation while its case works through the judicial system, according to Bloomberg.  The judges who signed off on the stay did not specify why they decided to do so in the court order.

Our Fake, Fake, Fake World.  So much of our fake world has been built on two monstrously fake foundations:  fake progress and fake liberalism.  Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson redefined progress as something that only Big Government can provide.  Instead of celebrating human innovation, artistic achievement, work ethic, and private entrepreneurship as the essential ingredients for any prosperous future, progressivism insists that nothing of value can be achieved without a strong centralized government and a bloated administrative Deep State.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt then picked up the Big Government cudgel by redefining liberalism as a collection of freedoms that only government can provide.  Instead of recognizing human liberty as diametrically opposed to coercive State power, FDR's "New Deal" style of liberalism insists that only new laws, new social programs, new regulatory agencies, and newly discovered rights can ever make people free.  In the last century of perverse word games, progressivism and liberalism promised progress and liberty and instead burdened Americans with the heavy weight of the government's chains.

Coup Plot:  Biden's Intel Agencies 'Expect' Protests to Topple Netanyahu for 'Moderate' Leader.  U.S. intelligence agencies are claiming that they "expect" protests to bring down the Israeli government and replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been an obstacle to President Joe Biden's plans for the Middle East.  The claim emerged in the latest "Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community," and was published by both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Monday evening, suggesting a coordinated leak to the media.

Watchdog: Biden's 2025 budget would drive national debt to $45 trillion in 10 years, 106% of GDP.  The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) a budget watchdog group, found that President Joe Biden's fiscal year 2025 budget would drive the national debt to $45.1 trillion or 106% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2034, from $27.4 trillion or about 97% of GDP at the present time.  The organization noted that those calculations are based on the Biden administration's own internal figures.  The current $27.4 trillion debt figure is the debt held by the public, not the total national debt including intragovernmental holdings.

The Anti-Democratic Democratic Left.  The anti-democratic left has railed about ending the 187-year-old filibuster — but only when Democrats are a minority in the Senate.  And many in the Democratic Congress have lobbied to admit Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, as states in order to gain four new left-wing senators, thus ending the 65-year-old 50-state union.  Never before had impeachment been envisioned as a normal political ploy to weaken a first-term president once he lost his House majority.  Yet the Democratic House majority, for the first time in history, impeached a first-term president twice.  And also, for the first time, Democrats tried him as a private citizen in the Senate and rushed to judgment without a special counsel investigation or report.  There are two themes in the left-wing assault on American democracy's rules, protocols, and long-held traditions.  One, the left advocates changing or ending an institution only when it has lost control of it.  And two, it would charge as "insurrectionary" any similar Republican effort to do the same.

New York Democrats Now Want to Hand $6,200 to Inmates as They Leave Prison.  It seems as though Democrats jump from one outrageous, soft-on-crime idea to the next and this time Dems in New York want to hand every inmate a hefty $2,600 check of the taxpayer's cash as they leave prison.  The proposal from two Dems. from New York City (naturally) would deliver a whopping 65 times increase in the $40 walking around money inmates now receive as they finish their sentence.

The Picture That Says Everything About Why the Biden Team Is in Such Chaos.  The Biden team has spoken out — rightly — against the use of TikTok and the danger that it can potentially pose.  Joe Biden is now saying he will sign a bill to ban TikTok if the bill passes.  They say that they are trying to discourage people from using it, but then in the next breath, they turn around and use it all over the place, while trying to push Biden's campaign among young people.  So much for their principles.  It's more hypocritical "rules for thee" from them.  Do they not think people will look at that and wonder about the inconsistency?  But I have to say that a post by one of their TikTok content creators was quite the look into the operations of the Biden team.  Lauren Kapp, who does TikTok videos for both the Biden campaign and the DNC, posted two pictures side by side on X, with the caption "responding rapidly from Biden HQ."  This is quite something.  [Tweet]  Kapp limited the replies on her account, which showed she didn't want to hear what people had to say in response.  That's not exactly a good way to take the pulse of the electorate.

The Biden administration is trying to topple Netanyahu's government.  Biden has never made a secret of his hatred for Bibi Netanyahu (and it's easy to see why a stupid, draft-dodging man would hate an intelligent, accomplished warrior).  Still, he's now taking that hatred to new levels as he actively works to interfere in Israeli politics.  For decades, leftists told us that it was morally wrong to try to affect a nation's internal politics, but that doesn't apply when the nation is a liberal democratic ally, and the world's only Jewish state. [...] The same essay notes that Biden is undermining Netanyahu with his pier-building plan and the Gaza supply airdrops.  As I have pointed out (and currently seem to be the only one saying), the pier effectively forces a ceasefire on Israel.  That's because Gaza is so small, Israel cannot risk an errant rocket hitting American troops anchored off of Gaza's coast.  Leftists used to hate it when America interfered in the internal politics of another nation, especially nations that were hostile to America.  Now, though, it's a good thing because Israel is the left's enemy.

Why would anyone vote for Biden?  Let's look at some of the damage he has done since he took the oath of office on January 20, 2021.  [Numerous examples omitted for brevity.]  Therefore, with all of the above as his record of performance in office, why would anyone vote to give Biden another four years?  Let's examine the types of people who would pull the lever for him in November.  If you are on the public dole and looking for more government largesse, you'd vote for him.  If you're a college student with a significant loan outstanding, you'd probably want Biden to force taxpayers to handle it for you.  If you're a member of a street gang known as Black Thugs Matter, or Antifa, you'll vote for the guy who condones all of your riots, burnings, and lootings of cities whenever a white cop enforces the law against violent blacks who resist arrest, resulting in their serious injury or death — that is, unless the cop is the one killed.  Whom else can Biden count on to help re-elect him?  Those pro-abortion activists who want women to have the right to kill the fetus in the womb, or even after birth, if she decides at the last minute that she doesn't want the inconvenience of raising a child.

The Left-Right Divide is Not Bridgeable.  To cite a few samples:  How are we to bridge the gap between those who believe men can become women and women can become men and those who don't believe this?  Between those who believe men menstruate and those who believe only women menstruate?  How are we to bridge the divide between those who believe "colorblind" is a racist notion and those who believe "colorblind" is the antidote to racism?  How are we to bridge the divide between those who believe Israel is the villain and Hamas is the victim and those who believe Israel is the victim and Hamas, which openly states its dedication to annihilating Israel and its Jewish inhabitants, is the villain, morally indistinguishable from the Nazis?  How are we to bridge the divide between those who believe young children should be brought to drag queen shows and those who believe this sexualization — and sexual confusion — of children is morally detestable?  How are we to bridge the divide between those who believe reducing the number of police will reduce violent crime and those who believe reducing the number of police will increase violent crime?  How are we to bridge the divide between those who believe in suppressing free speech if they deem any given speech "hateful" or "misinformation" and those who believe in free speech?  Every one of these positions is mutually contradictory.

Will the Left want to live in the world they are creating?  Are leftists angling for more wars, more terrorism, more violent crime, more domestic insecurity and federal government coercion in every sort of natural and constitutional personal freedom?  Where does all the screeching from the Left and its media come from?  An inexact 'historical' idea?  No political education?  For 'communism' or 'socialism,' or their own favorite, 'fascism' — are all failed 'systems,' never having ever worked remotely well anywhere, at any time.  The Left talks constantly about 'MAGA' hatred but they are far and away the best at it.  They lie about hatred because they do not want to admit their guilt in the BLM riots, the many unjust political and religious persecutions, the staggeringly corrupt DoJ and D.C. establishment, and the Democrats' growing betrayal of fundamental moral justice for Israel.

House Dems Prep an "Insurrection" Bill Barring Trump from Taking Office.  The Supreme Court didn't dig into the weeds of the entire insurrection debate, but one obvious issue with the various efforts to remove Trump from the ballot in various states was that insurrection had been left entirely to Democrat state officials to define.  That kind of nonsense however won't fly in an actual legislative process.  Now that the Supreme Court blocked state officials from announcing that Trump can't be on the ballot because he's an "insurrectionist", House members are now trying to play the same game. [...] For now, in a GOP House, the bill is mostly virtue signaling, but tellingly Raskin is not so much trying to define insurrection as trying to define J6 as an insurrection.  It's the typical end run around the process of defining the thing because otherwise Democrat BLMers might fall afoul of it.  The Raskin bill conveniently defines J6 as an insurrection and carefully defines the term so as to specifically apply it to Trump.  It does not however define what an insurrection is making the whole exercise into a bill that specifically exists to block a particular candidate from being able to take office on grounds that would be unlikely to apply to his own party.  Does that raise some major banana republic issues?  Obviously.  Still, has Raskin considered what kind of can of worms he's opening here?

Biden Administration Shells Out Millions For Foreign LGBT Causes And Migrants.  The State Department has bankrolled a program to create 2,500 "LGBTQI+ Allies," given taxpayer dollars to "queer" Muslim writers in India and funded a Portuguese film festival depicting incestuous and pedophilic content since Biden took office in 2021.  The Biden admin had sent nearly $4.6 million in taxpayer funds to at least 55 foreign nations to support LGBT causes as of June 2023, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.  The federal government has also used taxpayer dollars to fund services for LGBT refugees in Latin America over the past couple of years, federal grants show.

Democrats Jump at Chance to 'Revive Legislation' to Kick Trump Off of the Ballot.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 9-0 decision on Monday that Colorado erred in removing former and potentially future President Donald Trump from the ballot.  As the Court ruled, though, "responsibility for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates rests with Congress and not the States."  Democratic Reps.  Jamie Raskin (MD), Eric Swalwell (CA), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) have thus wasted no time in their crusade to "revive legislation" to kick Trump off of the ballot and deny the American people their right to vote for or against him.  As Raskin explained it when offering his reaction to CNN's Dana Bash, these and other members are working "to revive legislation that we had to set up a process by which we could determine that someone who committed insurrection is disqualified by Section 3 of the 14th Amendment."  [Tweet]

Oregon Realizes Drug Decriminalization Has Failed Spectacularly.  I'm not trying to get anyone's hopes up here too much, but it's just possible that we are witnessing a turning of the tide in terms of the progressive fads and policies that have been sweeping the nation over the past couple of decades.  First, we saw the "defund the police" movement turn into a "refund the police" effort (at least in some places) as voters began to feel the bite of rising crime levels.  Many progressives who formally sympathized with less strict immigration laws have been changing their tune after witnessing a literal invasion of our country numbering in the millions.  And now, out in Oregon, previous successful efforts to decriminalize hard drugs have morphed into a push to "recriminalize" those same substances.  It's not just talk, either.  The state legislature passed a measure this week that would roll back the previous decriminalization rules and the Governor has already indicated that she is inclined to sign it.

Left With the Ashes.  The House could solve the border problem on it's own, but it hasn't, because that would mean cutting spending and one might as well suggest setting themselves on fire.  If they cut all spending to the UN, refused to fund any NGO that deals with immigration issues of any sort, refused to fund any grants given to sanctuary cities and refused to provide any relief to states for immigration expenses, there would be no crowds at the border, because there would be no incentive. [...] The only conclusion is that illegal immigration is how they intend to break American society to institute communism, but they're being played by countries like China and the Islamist states.  The invasion places foreign fighters within the boundaries of the United States, who, when instructed, will wage war from within, but it won't be to institute communism with all of the Senators and Representatives as lifetime members of the politburo, as they believe, securing their advantages and elite status forever, but to claim certain states as Chinese states of America and Islamist states of America, with Russia taking Alaska and probably Western Canada in the tumult.

Congress Must Investigate John Podesta's Role in Biden's LNG Decision.  Ever since 2016, talk to a liberal and there's a good chance that they will blame "Russia" for something.  Election interference, inflation, record-high gas prices, the list goes on and on.  Since taking office, Joe Biden continues to take this deflection to a new level.  As a gallon of gas soared past $5 in the summer of 2022 it was all Russia's fault.  And who can forget the ill-fated #PutinsPriceHike campaign as Team Biden tried to dodge criticism for skyrocketing inflation.  Yet according to recent revelations, there may be more to Biden's "America Last" energy policy than meets the eye, and again, Russia enters the picture.  According to a bombshell report from the Washington Free Beacon, the decision to halt American liquified natural gas (LNG) exports was pushed by Biden's new Climate Czar John Podesta, who recently took over for John Kerry.  As a well-known climate warrior, it makes sense Podesta would be pushing for policies against American energy interests.  Yet at the same time, Podesta's brother, Tony, one of DC's most well-connected mega lobbyists, has financial connections to foreign LNG companies, including one with links to a Russian oligarch.

Biden's 30 x 30 Land Grab.  Your land could any time cease to be yours at the federal government's will.  This extensive land-grab in America is part of the global 'Half Earth' agenda, initiated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the Earth Summit 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.  One of its aims:  the setting aside of 50% of the world's land and water for conservation by 2050.  In 2021, it suggested that "at least 30% and up to 70% or more" should be protected.  President Biden signaled commitment to this preposterous agenda within days of taking office:  his Executive Order 14008, a.k.a. 'America the Beautiful' or 30 x 30, is a blatant departure from constitutional principles of private property and hopes to place 30% of land and water in the U.S. under permanent protection by 2030.  In tandem, the Department of Interior issued secretarial order (SO) 3396, rescinding the Trump administration's SO 3388 and removing state and local veto power over federal land acquisitions.  Under the pretext of reversing "human caused climate change," the program works in the sinister shadow of George Soros and his cabal of billionaire elite.

Obama's Fourth Term.  [Scroll down]  Voters who overruled Obama's policies are being flogged by Biden as military-aged male illegals flood over the Southern border, are housed on tax dollars, and resettled in neighborhoods where they murder innocent Americans and beat up the police, whom Obama once asserted have a tendency to "act stupidly."  Is there a person in the room who believes a cognitively deficient man who can't grope his way to a lectern, can't maneuver AF1 short stairs, and has trouble reading off a teleprompter is meticulously working on complicated legislation?  Lest we forget, Obama despises Netanyahu, which may explain Joe's disastrous response to the Israel-Hamas war.  Obama is no fan of Putin, segue to Joe's undying affection for Volodymyr 'Stiletto' Zelenskyy.  In 2015 Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline proposal, Trump opened it then Joe shut it down.  How about overtime guarantees, does anyone believe that was on Joe's priority list?  Trump backed out of Obama's Paris Climate Agreement, and Joe rejoined.  How about Joe's Inflation Reduction Law or his expansion of Medicare as a vehicle to progress toward Obama's vision for universal health care?  Then there is Biden's Obama-style stance on gun control, support of extreme abortion rights, fossil fuel demonization, and the forceful mandating of "safe" vaccines.

[The] Courage to Serve Act [is] designed to lure foreigners into [the] US military.  Two House members, one Democrat and one Republican, recently introduced the Courage to Serve Act, which, if passed into law, would provide an expedited path to citizenship for illegal migrants who sign up to serve in the U.S. military. [...] Welcome to the new mercenary American military.  Give free stuff to illegal invaders — including a path to citizenship — and hope they jump at the chance to defend the nation they've been told is a heinous hellhole of discrimination and oppression.  (But, oddly enough, incredibly generous to "undocumented citizens!")

Illinois Bill [Would] Make It 'Child Abuse' For Parents To Object To Gender Transitioning Of Kids.  A bill introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives would legally define it as 'child abuse' for parents to object to gender transitioning of their children by way of puberty blocking, cross sex hormones or surgery.  The legislation, Bill 4876, introduced earlier this month, would also protect doctors from liability should they decide to prescribe those treatments to children who have not gotten parental consent.  The legislation would also allow for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to take children away from their parents for opposing such procedures.  [Tweet]

Is America Still Worth Fighting For?  America is now in a fight for everything it has stood for since its founding, and just as in 1776, there is no other country that would save it if it won't save itself.  Decay has penetrated society so deeply that there has been a normalization of:
  •   Open borders;
  •   The transgenderism lie which allows men in girls' bathrooms and to compete against them in sports, to groom minor children into consenting to a process that ends with permanent self-mutilation before they even turn 18;
  •   The murder of pre-born babies up until birth;
  •   The elimination of merit systems in academia, in the workplace and throughout society;
  •   The emergence of a victimhood hierarchy where society's so-called victims are given preferential treatment in the name of equity, not equality as written into the Declaration of Independence;
  •   The censorship and suppression of freedom of speech and the practice of religion;
  •   A ruse currently called "Climate Change" that is used to attack business, industry, commerce, Americans' very quality of life, farming, agriculture and even the food that sustains the population;
  •   And a persistent campaign to confiscate citizens' arms as protected by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.

Progressive Policies are Designed for Civilizational Suicide.  The Vietnam, Afghan, and Iraq wars, the 2008 financial meltdown, and the COVID pandemic overreaction, all in hindsight, can be viewed as simply the unfolding of human stupidity in the contingency of time.  In accordance, it is understandable that many are inclined to believe that our country's current serious problems are, once again, merely the failed result of well-intentioned policies.  But what if, we ask, seemingly fumbled programs were intended to be the initial throes of civilizational suicide?  What if apparent missteps were actually directed at the purposeful destruction of a prosperous, free, safe, and secure society?  As we examine the policies pushed by the Biden administration progressives regarding climate, national security, crime, and the border, we can rationally conclude that they are being purposely implemented to render our society unsuccessful, not successful, in its traditional aims, causing what could be the ultimate destruction of a thriving, liberal enlightenment society.

Biden Quietly Scraps Key Climate Policy After Realizing How Insane It Really Is.  Joe Biden is starting to ride back his committments on forcing the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).  According to a report from The New York Times, Biden's administration is giving up on its targets for production of EVs in an apparent "concession" to automakers and labor unions.  The plan is also said to be an election ploy as Democrats fear losing the support of automakers and labor unions: [...]

California Democrats Introduce Bill That Would Force Homeowners and Renters to Disclose Number of Firearms to Insurance Companies, Government.  For years, California Democrats have been hostile to gun owners.  California Democrats frequently attempt to erode Second Amendment rights in the state.  A bill in the Democrat-controlled California State Assembly that was introduced on February 16th, would force homeowners and renters to disclose information about firearms they own.  Assembly member Mike Gipson, and State Senator Catherine Blakespear are the two leading California Democrat lawmakers pushing this legislation.  Section 2086 will be an addition to the Insurance Code pertaining to AB-3067.  The questions include information as to the number of firearms in the home, the method of storage, and how many firearms are stored in vehicles on the property.  The questions include whether or not the firearms are in locked containers or not.

Joe Biden does deserve credit for everything he has done.  When he talks about the Inflation Reduction Act, he shouldn't be so shy!  He should be transparent, and acknowledge that it was never meant to pay for itself or reduce inflation, but take the credit he deserves, and brag about being the president who made the biggest "investment" into "clean" energy in American history — a "green" slush fund doesn't have the same ring.  Biden is also very proud of helping very wealthy companies with the CHIPS and Science Act.  Intel has a market value of $187 billion, and had $25 billion in cash at the end of 2023.  Wouldn't it have been smarter to just start requiring companies to buy their computer chips from American sources by 2027 for national security purposes instead of giving huge taxpayer handouts to very rich companies?

Under the Democrats' Rule, America Has Become A Failed State.  [Scroll down]  Global warming is a fiction, but our government drives at least half a trillion dollars being spent annually to "reduce" our "Carbon footprint."  These expenditures are direct (i.e., hundreds of billions of federal, state, and local government dollars) and indirect (i.e., the financial burdens forced on citizens through higher energy prices, higher transportation costs, and built-in green energy inefficiencies).  Every effort is chimerical when you consider human's actual, minimal CO2 impact.  Start with how much CO2 is in the air.  As of May 2022[,] CO2 in the atmosphere was 421 ppm or .04%.  But maybe it's rocketed up since then?  Nope.  Apparently, 100 ppm of that 421 ppm was generated during the last 120 years.  If we were to do nothing, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere in 2120 would sit at 531 ppm or .05%.  Not exactly choking the planet.  So, our government is essentially crippling our economy, sending inflation through the roof, and introducing a level of energy instability Americans haven't seen in half a decade to solve a problem that simply doesn't exist.  The governments of serious nations don't do that.

Biden's climate change reparations will bankrupt America.  Perhaps nothing better illustrates the backwards nature of our time than the drive for reparations.  This includes not only payment for race discrimination, but also for the impacts of climate change.  In both cases, it's the West's middle and working classes who will foot the bill.  Historically, compensation went to those who directly suffered from gross injustice in their own lifetimes.  Descendants of concentration camps, whether in the Holocaust or the less lethal, but also unjust imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War Two are prime examples.  Their children and grandchildren, however, generally do not make any claim.  California, unsurprisingly, leads in reparations mania.  The state legislature is now considering a proposals from the Reparations Task Force for compensation of around $569 billion, with $223,200 per person — estimates of a national reparations bill could top $14 trillion.  This despite the fact that about the only people who could claim the legacy of slavery in California are Native Americans, who should send the bill to Madrid rather than Sacramento.

The One Border Question Dems Can't Answer.  Conservative Republicans have managed to defeat the fake border security bill wrapped in a political ploy inside of a Ukraine bailout bill. [...] If Democrats really wanted border security, they would have passed HR-2 in the Senate last year.  But even if they didn't want to give Republicans a win with HR-2, Democrats still could have incorporated the language of HR-2 in their grand compromise to prove that they really meant it when they said they wanted to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.  Instead, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up with his buddy Chuck Schumer to use their fake border security bill as a fig leaf to cover up their real goal — freeing billions of dollars to go to Ukraine and Israel.  McConnell sent his sacrificial lamb, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, into the lions' den of lean and hungry Democrats as his chief negotiator to craft a "compromise" border bill, but he was apparently instructed not to involve House Speaker Mike Johnson or any other border hawks in his negotiations.  Moreover, the contents of the bill were kept secret until three days before Schumer intended to bring it to a vote in the Senate.  By that time, it was obvious what the game was.

Biden's Climate Agenda Will Cost Taxpayers Nearly $800 Billion.  President Joe Biden's so-called "climate initiatives" will cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the President's Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has a heftier price tag than initially thought.  The CBO said Biden's climate agenda was projected to cost $428 billion.  In 2022, the CBO initially expected the IRA's climate and energy provisions to tap out at $400 billion.  However, experts admit that the estimate was too low.  "The budgetary effects of energy-related tax provisions remain highly uncertain," the CBO said.  However, per the latest figures, the investment banking company Credit Suisse revealed that the Left's radical climate policy will cost nearly $800 billion.

The Obama Doctrine vs. the West.  [Scroll down]  Barack Obama and these indoctrinated malcontents have spent their entire lives, from birth to the present wallowing in this mindset.  Due to his preeminence in the movement, this philosophy, and tactics to overthrow American culture and society as the final step in destroying western culture can be rightfully captioned as the Obama Doctrine.  The ongoing chaos in the United States is a direct result of their tactical methodology.  Which is to:
  •   Tribalize the American populace through an incessant drumbeat of the iniquities of the so-called white race and their attendant "white supremacy and privilege,"
  •   Infiltrate the universities in order to indoctrinate the younger generations about America's supposed role in the evils of exploitation and "colonialism,"
  •   Collapse the economy through the exploitation of unsubstantiated "climate change" and an equally fatuous "green agenda,"
  •   Undermine the Judeo-Christian foundation of the nation by promoting unfettered sexual and lifestyle "freedoms,"
  •   Manipulate the voting process in order to achieve permanent government power,
  •   Flood the nation with untold millions of illegal immigrants who will refuse to assimilate and will create massive dislocations in the society and the economy.
The suffering of the average American citizen facing economic ruin and the very real threat of Islamic terrorism within this, or any western nation's borders, are mere means to an end.  To Obama and his confederates, the radical jihadist movement is the tip of the spear to bring down the United States and the West.

The 'new' Ukraine Bill still hides the truth and still funds Gaza and the West Bank.  Senators Murray and Schumer, after last week's defeat of the 370-page long, $118,214,271,000 "Border Bill," have proposed a new amendment to HR-815.  This new "Ukraine Bill" (S Amendment 1388) is only 82 pages long and has a price tag of $95,628,914,000, just $22.6 billion less than its predecessor.  It has two sections — the National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024, and the Fend Off Fentanyl Act.  The new Ukraine bill portion that the Senate Democrats hope to pass this week is just a hacked-up version of last week's border bill.  They renumbered Section 3801 of the earlier amendment as Section 3401, but it still prohibits calculating the true cost of this bill and its impact on the budget.  As I wrote earlier, this hamstrings their congressional colleagues and the President in executing their duties to manage federal appropriations.  House members who are ultimately responsible for the budget, especially the majority Republicans, should not tolerate this.

NYC may ban detergent packs including Tide PODS in latest 'green' crackdown, with fines up to $1,200 for selling them.  New York City could soon ban Tide PODS and other laundry-detergent packs under the latest "green" push from lawmakers.  The "Pods are Plastic Bill," introduced by City Councilman James Gennaro last week, would make it illegal to sell any pods and laundry sheets if they're made with polyvinyl alcohol.  Fines for selling the pods would start at $400, double for a second violation and top off at $1,200 for flouting the rules more than twice, if the bill becomes law.  The bill would also require education and outreach to businesses on the ban for the first year.  The law wouldn't take effect until Jan. 1, 2026, if passed.  Polyvinyl alcohol, or PVA, is used as a film in pods that dissolves in water during a wash cycle.  But scientists counter that it breaks down into tiny microplastic pieces that still pollute waterways and slip through filtration systems.

Washington State [is] Now Coming After Car Tires.  Let's see:  straws, plastic anything, gas powered anything, light bulbs, refrigerators, guns, diving boards, disposable diapers, charcoal grills, the nozzle on your hose and shower head to control your water consumption, the thermostat in your house to control the temperature you live at, and now the tires on your car, so you can be unsafe when you drive, but environmentally responsible in some mythical way.  In Washinton state, Democrats want to outlaw the most popular tires.  House Bill 2262 intends to disrupt people's lives by mandating low rolling resistance tires on all passenger vehicles.  Of course, this tire ban, by eliminating the tires that everyone wants to use, punishes the innocent.  If violated, it would subject people to a $10,000 fine per occurrence.  Like masks, these tires are nothing more than social theater.  The tires aren't safe in wet weather, something that the northwest has plenty of, and are also more expensive.  They would also need to be swapped out during winter months for snow tires if traveling in areas with seasonal snowfall.

Dem senator torched for calling illegal migrants the 'people we care about most:' 'Giving away' the game.  Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was condemned by conservatives and immigration experts after he stated that illegal immigrants are the people "we care about most."  When MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked Murphy on Wednesday about the failed border security bill, the Connecticut senator said, rather than pushing for a path to citizenship in border legislation negotiations like the party has in the past, Democrats were advocating for Ukraine funding.  "Well, I mean, Chris, that's been a failed play for 20 years.  So you are right that that has been the Democratic strategy for 30 years, maybe, and it has failed to deliver for the people we care about most, the undocumented Americans that are in this country," Murphy said.

The Corrupt Republican Democrat 'Uni-Party' is Implementing Cloward-Piven Communism.  The intentional overload by the communists in regards to the social safety nets set up in the past by local, state and the federal government in states like New York and California is now inflicting catastrophic damage on these once prosperous free market economies.  The rampant approved illegal drug use by local and state governments, the acceptance of laziness, free unconstitutional handouts to illegal immigrants using tax payer dollars and the economic destruction forced upon citizens who can no longer afford rent and the basic needs for day to day living is an intentional attack on our free market capitalist economy.  The Communist Democrat/Republican Uni-Party are complying with the Cloward-Piven strategy to destroy our nation from within.  [Video clip]  They are Intentionally overloading the welfare system and inflicting economic pressure via out of control inflation which is pushing the middle class into poverty.  These unconstitutional economic policies are forcing Americans onto government dependence which is an attempt to bankrupt our country.

Joe Biden eyes emissions crackdowns, media warns he is 'ignoring industry warnings' of financial collapse.  Today, Joe Biden is cracking down on manufacturing, but I bet he doesn't have the scientific data to give credibility to the new policies, but he doesn't care.  He is bending over for the green pushers. [...] I bet they also can't come up with scientific data that shows that CO2, a clean, non-polluting gas, at 420 PPM in the atmosphere, is any more dangerous than it was in the late 1800s, at 280 PPM. It's what makes plants and trees grow, and that is good.  Yet, we are spending massive amounts of money burying carbon.  There certainly is no data that shows that the 50% rise in CO2 over the last 150 years has anything to do with temperatures since they have risen and fallen for periods of time while CO2 was rising.  Last week he was cracking down on natural gas, which is a very clean form of energy.  The push for electric cars will also not change the climate, but it will surely make the poor and middle classes poorer and more restricted.  Something everyone should notice about all these regulations is that Biden never goes through Congress to inflict on America his radical agenda; the legislative process of the founding fathers is just too cumbersome for Biden.  The executive branch is also trying to enact a new natural gas tax, even though the Constitution says only the legislative branch can impose taxes.

Biden Gives Game Plan Away: [The] Senate Bill [is a] Precursor to Amnesty for Illegals.  President Joe Biden says a bill from Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) is merely a precursor to ramming amnesty for millions of illegal aliens through Congress.  During an address at the White House on Tuesday, Biden praised the Senate bill that would expand overall immigration to the United States by codifying his parole pipeline that has freed hundreds of thousands of border crossers into the nation's interior.

The new 'border security' bill is about legalizing illegals.  The Democrats in Congress obviously aren't serious about stopping the crisis at the U.S. southern border, judging by the bill that they negotiated to address the crisis.  That said, the Republicans who agreed to this bill might as well change their party affiliation.  "I have no doubt that the Senate can, once again, rise to the occasion and lead America forward," wrote Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer on X (Twitter).  Not only does it show where their loyalties lie (and it's not with the United States), but it will anger their voters, making it less likely they will be re-elected this fall.

'No' to the Border Deal.  The United States has a set of rules intended to exclude illegal immigrants from the country, and now Republicans find themselves negotiating over to what extent those rules can be ignored.  The group of senators that worked on a border deal with the White House for months has finally released the text of a bill that is touted as ending "catch and release" and mandating a "shutdown of the border" if illegal crossings exceed 5,000 a day.  President Joe Biden, who has done so much to create a de facto open border since the initial days of his administration, suddenly says this legislation is necessary so he can unleash his inner border hawk.  The bill is, to be sure, the best bipartisan immigration bill we've seen out of Washington, D.C., in decades, although that is an extremely low standard.  The deal has worthy provisions, but it's not going to compel Joe Biden to do anything he doesn't want to and further entrenches a system that has been fundamentally distorted by mass bogus asylum claims.

Senate Border Bill Would Hand $1.4 Billion to Nonprofits That Help Illegal Migrants.  The Senate's border funding bill released Sunday night would allocate $1.4 billion for nonprofit organizations that help migrants who enter the U.S. illegally.  Page 67 of the 370-page bill contains a provision stating that $1.4 billion "shall be transferred to [the category of] 'Federal Emergency Management Agency — Federal Assistance' to support sheltering and related activities provided by non-federal entities through the Shelter Services Program."  The Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act [of] 2024 would allocate $118 billion in total, including $48 billion to aid Ukraine in its war with Russia and nearly $16 billion to aid Israel during its conflict with Hamas, until Dec. 31.

Schumer Threatens to Send US Troops to Fight Russia Unless Republicans Agree to His $100 Billion World Aid Bill.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday threatened to send US troops to fight Russia unless Republicans agree to his $100 billion world aid bill currently stalled in Congress.  The Senate's $118.28 billion national security supplemental package allocates $60 billion in military aid to Ukraine.  Schumer said the first vote on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday. [...] Of course, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is on board with this bill.  Only $20.23 billion was allocated to secure the US border amid an unprecedented invasion of military-age males from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and China.

McConnell Retreats from Support of Border Deal, Lankford May Vote Against His Own Legislation.  Exactly how bad is the "bipartisan" legislation, which should be called, 'the border insecurity in exchange for Ukraine money act'?  The bill is so bad, and makes things so much worse, that James Lankford may end up voting against his own legislative creation.  Making matters worse, Mitch McConnell is now pretending the entire fiasco wasn't his idea, further leaving James Lankford out to dry on his own.

The 'Border Bill' deliberately hides the truth from the taxpayers.  The text of this new border bill starts out like so many others, with a title.  And, like so many others, incorporates the terms "and for other purposes" in that title — and that is where the devil lies in the details. [...] I am always concerned about "and for other purposes" and think that only appropriations bills should cover more than one topic.  The rest should be able to stand or fall on their own merits.  So, I took a look at one of the "other purposes" incorporated by the nefarious Democrats. [...] These Democrats want the truth hidden from their colleagues who are expected to thoughtfully consider this bill.  They want the truth hidden from the President, who is expected to take such things as budgetary impact and cost into consideration when signing legislation into law.

Democrat Border Deal:  Ukraine Gets More Money, Americans Get More Poor Illegal Immigrants.  The more you learn about the bill, finally made public over the weekend, the more hysterically offensive it is.  I'm not talking about the things that Republicans who oppose it say.  I'm talking about the things that the national media, which zealously support its passage, say.  Look at this from Axios on Monday: "The $118 billion package includes $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel.  An additional $10 billion is earmarked for humanitarian assistance in Gaza, the West Bank, and Ukraine.  The border changes include $20 billion for transportation for deportation, shelters, 4,000+ new asylum officers, more border agents, and anti-fentanyl trafficking efforts."  In short, that's $84 billion to be sent overseas, the vast majority to Joe Biden's dearly beloved Ukraine, and then a quarter of that amount would hire new government workers in the United States to process more poor illegal immigrants dumping themselves onto the care of American taxpayers.

Democrats Who Gutted Border Security Tout Senate Bill Codifying Mass Illegal Immigration.  The lying, scheming, and deception surrounding the Senate's emergency appropriations bill should have barred it from consideration — especially by Republicans.  Democrats' sudden support for legislation masquerading as a solution to the raging U.S. border crisis after they ignored the record-breaking invasion for the last three years is even more utterly disqualifying.  Republicans and Democrats alike pitched the Senate's latest as a one-size-fits-all solution to the nation's border woes.  They claimed it would be a fast track to the border shutdown the country needs and crack down on asylum claims.  In reality, the legislative package throws billions more U.S. tax dollars at securing Ukraine's borders while purposefully leaving the American border vulnerable to millions more illegal border crossings each year.

Washington Update From the US Oil and Gas Association.  Why Biden halting new LNG export terminals? [...] It might motivate his core voters, but there are obvious substantial downsides for the rest of America and the world.  First, the economic downsides.  As the Obama administration wrote in 2012 when they were considering opening up LNG exports, that "the U.S. was projected to gain net economic benefits from allowing LNG exports."  And that was the Obama administration which was as anti-fossil fuel as the Biden administration.  Second, halting new export terminals will almost certainly increase carbon dioxide emissions and not reduce them.  Globally, coal use hit an all-time high in 2023.  If countries think they can get affordable natural gas, they are more likely to rely on natural gas for future electricity generation, but if it appears that future natural gas prices are going to be constrained, countries will continue to keep their existing coal plants and they will continue to build new ones.  This includes countries like Germany.  Last year, Venture Global signed a 20-year supply contract with a German firm to receive LNG from Calcasieu Pass 2, but CP2 is one of the terminals Biden is halting.  Amazingly, the United States is now the second largest source of natural gas in Europe, behind only Norway.

Hell Must Be Empty.  [Scroll down]  Every insane policy initiative — such as the choice to provide illegal aliens with thousands of dollars of free stuff each month and a get-out-of-jail-free card for sucker-punching cops — can be understood if seen through the lens of a simple question: does the policy damage American society?  If so, then Democrat politicians, Uniparty co-conspirators in the swamp, and the Marxist globalists who seek money and power from America's demise are all on board.  It's why the Department of Homeland (in)Security specializes in aiding and abetting terrorism-linked cartels, human-traffickers, and drug-smugglers in their criminal enterprises across our borders.  It's why corrupt D.C. politicians send working Americans' tax dollars to un-American international institutions such as the United Nations that use those dollars to fund the manufactured migration of tens of millions of foreigners from all over the world into the United States.

Senate Border Bill is Worse Than Existing Immigration Law.  The Senate immigration bill, aka border security bill, is only designed as the cover for the Senate to send $60 billion more to Ukraine.  The Ukraine money is the priority (corps/lobbyists) the border "security" bill is the technique to create and spend it.  That said, they certainly would not want to let a created and purposeful border crisis go to waste, and they didn't.  The latest version of the Senate Immigration Reform Bill is now public.  The proposed Senate border security bill provisions are actually worse than existing non-secure border provisions.

Globalists Will Use Carbon Controls To Stop You From Growing Your Own Food.  In early 2020 in the midst of the covid lockdowns, blue states run by leftist governors pursued mandates with extreme prejudice.  In red states like Montana, after the first month or two most of us simply ignored the restrictions and went on with life as usual.  It was clear that covid was not the threat federal authorities made it out to be.  However, in states like Michigan the vice was squeezed tighter and tighter under the direction of shady leaders like Gretchen Whitmer.  Whitmer used covid as an opportunity to institute some bizarre limitations on the public, including a mandate barring larger stores from selling seeds and garden supplies to customers.  "If you're not buying food or medicine or other essential items, you should not be going to the store," Whitmer said when announcing her order.  The leftist governor was fine with purchases of lottery tickets and liquor, but not gardening tools and seeds.  She never gave a logical reason why she targeted garden supplies, but most people in the preparedness community understood very well what this was all about:  This was a beta-test for wider restrictions on food independence.

Energy is not Joe Biden's strong suit.  [Joe] Biden thought he would be able to stick it to Trump's energy decision to drill, drill, drill.  Curtailing drilling for oil not only caused the loss of good-paying jobs, crippling towns where the workers lived, and became the genesis of our inflation, but also returned America to being energy-dependent on our adversaries.  Apparently, what Biden knows about the oil business could be put in a thimble.  He just does not have a "slant" on "dirty" energy technology.  He even stopped completion of the Keystone Pipeline, choking delivery of tar sand oil from Canada.  Meanwhile, oil industry folks decided to improve their ability to get more oil from their current wells, so America is now back to producing more oil than we can drink.  While all this was occurring, Biden drew upon stored oil to keep the price of gasoline from going to $10.00/gallon, and now he is replacing these strategic reserves, stored in case of war, at higher prices.

The Biden Administration Is Considering the Ultimate 'Betrayal' of Israel:  Report.  Is there no end to the astonishing moral bankruptcy of the Biden Administration?  Because, if administration officials are truly considering essentially betraying Israel as has been reported, it would be difficult to argue the contrary.  According to a report in Axios, Biden's State Department is currently reviewing possible options to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.  Apparently, Secretary of State Tony Blinken has "asked the State Department to conduct a review and present policy options on possible U.S. and international recognition of a Palestinian state after the war in Gaza."  As Axios put it, "even considering such options signals a shift in thinking within the Biden administration on possible Palestinian statehood recognition, which is highly sensitive both internationally and domestically."

The SEC Oversteps its Powers on Climate Change.  Nearly two years ago, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a rule that would force publicly traded companies to take climate change seriously by reporting on how climate change might materially affect their operations.  The mandatory reports were to include, among other things, what actions they are taking to fight climate change, to anticipate and mitigate its potential impacts, to report on their emissions, and the emissions created throughout their supply chain, and any efforts they were taking to reduce emissions.  This was a purely political action pushed by the commission's three Democrat appointees.  Facing fierce backlash from investors, the public, and Congress, the SEC has delayed, for the moment, formally imposing the rule.  During the SEC's delay, California, ever the leader in inane, job-destroying, consumer-costing policies, stepped in and passed its own similar law.  As will be the case should the SEC finalize its rule, business and farm groups sued to block the law, in part, because it usurps the federal government's constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce by applying to companies headquartered outside the state, if they do business in California.

White House Taps John Podesta to Succeed John Kerry as U.S. Climate Envoy.  White House adviser John Podesta will be the top U.S. climate diplomat when high flying John Kerry steps down this spring and ceases his endless global tours warning the world of impending doom.  "We need to keep meeting the gravity of this moment, and there is no one better than John Podesta to make sure we do," White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients said in a written statement, shared Wednesday with The Washington Post, CNN and The Hill.  "John has — and will continue to be — at the helm of driving the implementation of the most significant climate law in history," Zients added.

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The climate does not respond to legislation.  Any time spent on writing laws to control the weather is completely wasted.  Any money spent on trying to alter the weather is also wasted.  Climate-control laws are all about controlling us, not the weather.  The climate is just fine the way it is, and your only option is to adapt to it, if it ever really changes.  (The transition from summer to winter and back is far more drastic than the "climate change" they're talking about, but you adapt to those changes, don't you?)  If the average global temperature goes up or down at the rate of one degree per century, you shouldn't have any trouble dealing with it.

The stupidity of Biden's liquefied natural gas export pause.  Last week's White House announcement that it was pausing new permits for exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is a desperate move by a desperate president.  Its principal beneficiaries are likely to be Vladimir Putin and Hamas-harboring Qatar, rather than Joe Biden's faltering re-election campaign.  The president's political calculation is overt.  "We will heed the calls of young people and frontline communities who are using who are using their voices to demand action," Biden says.  "The pause on new LNG approvals sees the climate crisis for what it is:  the existential threat of our time."

The Aggressive Progressive Democratic Agenda.  The Democrats now running Virginia's General Assembly are not just more progressive, but far more ambitious than their predecessors.  To fully understand how ambitious you must compile the entire list of progressive bills advancing in the 2024 session and consider their total impact on the cost of living and cost of doing business in the commonwealth.  Individual news stories miss the big picture.  The push to radically regulate Virginia's energy future discussed earlier is being mimicked with equally aggressive legislation throughout the rest of our economy.  None of the ideas below are new, and most are already in law in places like California, New York or other more liberal states.  What has changed is that when proposed in the past, they usually were rejected in Virginia on a bipartisan basis.  Democrats now march in lockstep.

Biden's LNG pause: a deadly fraud.  Joe Biden has halted LNG expansion, which the world needs for low-cost, reliable, secure energy.  He pretends it's to lower prices or GHG emissions, but it will do neither.  Halting LNG is pure electioneering.  And we'll all pay the price.  We live in a world that needs much more energy.  Energy poverty is rampant, and even the wealthy world has chronic energy shortages.  Natural gas can dramatically help because it is low-cost, reliable, versatile, clean, and secure.  And America can lead.  America has a virtually limitless supply of natural gas and an incredible ability to ramp up production quickly.

Biden Admin Rolling Out Stove Regulation After Insisting It's Not Trying To Ban Gas Stoves.  The Biden administration finalized an energy efficiency rule for stoves on Monday after claiming that it has no intention to ban gas-powered models.  The Department of Energy (DOE) published the final rule in accordance with a court order that requires the agency to publish the rule by the end of January.  The administration proposed an aggressive efficiency regulation for stoves in February 2023 and subsequently promised that it is not attempting to ban gas stoves, calling suggestions to the contrary "misinformation."  Compliance with the rules will be required for newly-manufactured products starting in January 2028, according to the DOE.  The regulation applies to electric cooktops, gas cooktops, stand-alone electric cooktops, stand-alone gas cooktops and ovens.

Biden Blackmail Intensifies:  Won't Shut Border Until Congress Coughs Up Ukraine, Israel Funds.  As Republican governors circle the wagon around Texas, President Biden on Saturday doubled down on a reluctant agreement to secure the southern US border, but only if if Congress passes a bipartisan bill that would also allocate funds for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, and would still allow as many as 150,000 illegal crossings per month.  "If that bill were the law today I'd shut down the border right now and fix it quickly and bring a bipartisan bill that would be good for America and help fix our broken immigration system and allow speedy access for those who deserve to be here," Biden said, according to Fox News' Chad Pergram.  Except, as many have pointed out, Biden doesn't need Congress, or the bill, to do that right now.  As we noted yesterday, House Speaker Mike Johnson debunked the claim, saying "President Biden falsely claimed yesterday he needs Congress to pass a new law to allow him to close the southern border, but he knows that is untrue."

The Biden Administration Is Waging a Foolish War Against Abundant Clean Energy.  On Thursday [1/25/2024], the Biden administration announced it was invoking a hold on permitting processes for proposed new export projects for liquefied natural gas (LNG).  It was a nakedly partisan act designed to appease the Democrat party's climate alarmist funder base, one that will create ripple effects across the global economy and energy space.  It will also create uncertainty and alarm among consumers of US LNG, especially among European nations who are supposedly America's allies. [...] Fortunately for the United States and its LNG customers, an array of new export facilities already in the construction phase of development will add up to 12 billion cubic feet per day of new export capacity over the coming three years.  These projects would be unmolested by this latest authoritarian move by the White House, absent efforts to expand it.  One of the biggest of these is the Rio Grande LNG project being constructed outside Brownsville, Texas near the mouth of the Rio Grande River.

California magical thinking will derail America.  The unelected California Air Resources Board, which has been working for years to force the rest of the country to ban internal combustion engines in cars and trucks, now wants to control the nation's railroads.  If approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, a board proposal to phase-out diesel locomotives will affect rail service throughout the U.S. as interstate railroads divert billions of dollars from safety, maintenance and congestion projects.  It could also put some California shortline railroads that carry farm commodities and supplies out of business.  It must be stopped.  Under the proposed rule, beginning in 2030 diesel locomotives operating in California can't be older than 23 years.  New engines on freight trains must be zero emission by 2035.

Democrats Push Biden Administration to Shut Down Ammunition Plant Supposedly to Prevent Mass Shootings.  Democrat attorneys general are calling for an investigation into the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in an effort to shut down the facility.  The Missouri-based plant, which is the largest producer of small arms ammunition in the U.S., has become one of the latest targets of the anti-gunner crowd in their quest to keep as many Americans disarmed as possible.  The Democrats' request, which is ostensibly intended to curb the availability of "military-grade rounds" in the commercial market, is supposed to be a step towards decreasing the prevalence of gun violence.  However, like their other schemes, a closer look shows that this is just another way to make it harder for responsible Americans to possess firearms.  All 28 Republican attorneys general responded with a letter sent to the Biden administration countering claims that Democrats made in their initial overture to the White House.  The letter affirms that the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment "guarantees a personal right to each law-abiding citizen to 'keep and bear arms.'"

Biden hates working people.  As our sanctuary-country sinks even further under the weight of millions of illegal immigrants, the President and his fellow Democrats believe the solution is to give them work permits so they can "support themselves."  Where is their concern for the citizens whose jobs these illegal immigrants will take?  Have they never heard of the concept of opportunity cost?  Every job they take is a job that won't be available to legal citizens.  That's not a political philosophy but a cold hard fact.  And this is in an environment where Artificial Intelligence and robots/automation are forecast to slash the number of jobs for average working folks.  What is even worse is the fact that this army of illegal immigrants is certain to depress working folk's hourly wages for generations to come.  You will often hear it said they are only taking jobs Americans won't do.  That is a lie.  The truth is Americans won't do some of those jobs for the wages being offered.  So, rather than allowing the marketplace to raise the wages being offered, their revolting solution is to import millions of low-skilled illegals in a planned strategy to keep working people's wages low, forever.

Biden Blocks Several Huge Natural Gas Projects.  Let's begin with an either-or question:  Does Joe Biden a) honestly believe that natural gas is an existential threat to mankind, as he regularly claims, or is he b) more concerned with appeasing — for political purposes — environmentalist alarmists?  Ponder the question if necessary — but I'm gonna go with "b."  While the professed fossil-fuel-loathing president has hysterically declared war on everything from residential gas furnaces to gas stoves to even gas dishwashers, his quest never ends.  In a Friday morning announcement, the White House and Department of Energy (DOE) revealed their next target — and it's enormous. [...] Facts, data, and science only matter to Democrats when they support the left's narratives.  We saw it with COVID-19.  When facts don't support the left's narratives, they are to be dismissed, lied about, or outright ignored.

Biden Pursues 'Functional Ban' on New Natural Gas Exports.  President Joe Biden appears to be looking to expand his war on American energy in 2024 with his administration's latest move delaying a decision on "what would be the largest natural gas export terminal in the United States."  From day one of the Biden administration, the president has used executive actions to pursue his radical "green" energy transition as part of his climate crusade to "end" fossil fuels, and his latest target is liquefied natural gas (LNG), specifically the terminals through which U.S. producers export their product.  As with many of his previous climate edicts issued by executive fiat because his policies wouldn't pass the people's representatives in Congress, Biden is citing "climate change" for this latest decision.  According to reports based on leaks to the New York Times by anonymous officials, the White House "is directing the Energy Department to expand its evaluation" of the Calcasieu Pass 2 proposal for a 546-acre terminal site in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.  The $10 billion project "would export up to 20 million tons of LNG per year" according to KPLC.

California Democrat Introduces Bill Requiring 'Intelligent Speed Limiters' in Cars.  Proposed legislation in California may make it the first state to require vehicles to have a device that can limit a driver's speed.  State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill requiring that some new cars have an "intelligent speed limiter," the Hill reported Thursday. [...] During a recent press conference, Wiener told reporters the technology already exists and is being used in different forms in other countries and areas of the United States, per NBC Bay Area.  "There are cars being manufactured right now where you have an option of having a speed limit," he said.  The outlet noted companies such as Volvo and General Motors offer an option for teenage drivers that allows their parents to limit their speed:  [Video clip]

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Democrat politicians often justify their half-baked ideas by saying other countries already do this, as if other countries are way ahead of us, and headed in the right direction.  Most of the other countries they cite have no concerns about individual liberty and freedoms we enjoy, because we have the Bill of Rights and they don't.

The Constitution Literally Allows Texas to Engage in War at the Southern Border.  Here's How.  Within hours of President Joe Biden being sworn into office, he signed a proclamation that ordered an end to construction of President Donald Trump's southern border wall.  His stated reason was that the wall was "a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security."  This statement was so absurd that we knew at once that this man who had somehow assumed the presidency was not on our side.  Biden had just sworn the president's constitutionally prescribed oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," and within hours he had flung open the nation's borders to all comers.  Biden was announcing that he was the second act in the Obama administration's mission to "fundamentally transform" the United States.  He was declaring that the Trump years were over, and the revolutionaries were back in charge.

Washington State Dems move to let felons vote, serve on jury, run for office while in prison.  Washington Democrats are attempting to pass legislation that would allow felons, including serial killers, to vote, serve on a jury and even run for office while incarcerated.  House Bill 2030 is sponsored by Dem.  Rep Tarra Simmons, an ex-convict who was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2011 for theft, drug, and firearm crimes. [...] There are approximately 13,000 people in Washington prisons, but not all of them are citizens.  This legislative session, Simmons has also proposed a bill attempting to make it easier for level 3 sex offenders, rated the "worst of the worst" and most likely to re-offend, to renter society.  The Democrat is also co-sponsoring a bill that would allow misdemeanors to be dismissed, including assault, stalking, assault with sexual motivation, firearms offenses, and more.

The Dominant Narrative Requires Citizen Passivity.  Progressives scream that capitalism is evil, that there is a finite pie that is not being divvied up fairly, and that self-interest is an evil that must be rooted out of our society in favor of equity.  They teach this poison to young minds now entering the political and work sphere, anxious to deconstruct our country through any means necessary.  Progressives also use deceptive science to "prove" that we are on a destructive path that only they can fix, and they must do so without debate, argument, or voting.  The majority understand that what is happening is evil in design and implementation.  But we have become fearful of pushing back against a government that allows cities to be burned down while putting innocent people in prison for the lie of January 6th.  Progressives are essentially Marxists in disguise.

2024 Promises the Expansion of the Green Energy Scam.  Here in the West, we have people so spoiled by prosperity that they have the luxury of pining for a time when we weren't poisoning our earth with fossil fuels or risking apocalypse with nuclear power.  On both sides of the Atlantic, you have a perfect mix of brain-dead green energy cultists and fascist elites who seek to harness the power of that cult to control everyone.  That's a toxic combination because energy controls pretty much everything.  The reality is that inexpensive, reliable energy is the single biggest driver of prosperity in all human history.  And it's not even close.  Inexpensive, reliable energy drives virtually everything that we Westerners enjoy:  Our food, iPhones, transportation, heating and cooling of homes, televisions, hospitals, schools, movies, plumbing, video games, Starbucks, and the Zambonis at hockey games!  Everything.  It's not that energy didn't exist previously.  It did.  But the difference is that it was inefficient, hard to get, and expensive.

Twilight of the Democrats.  I often say that the greatest political miracle in of all American history is that the Democrats somehow managed to survive the Civil War. [...] In addition to Joe Biden's obvious lack of popularity and the serious lack of credible replacements, the Democrats are also suffering at the local level.  Crime, filth, rising taxes, vagrancy, and the obnoxious nature of many of the Democrats' agenda issues — such as messing with the sexual development of young, naïve, and innocent children are provoking ordinary, usually passive people to look for more comfortable choices. [...] It's not ideological to just let it become easier for plain folks to prosper.  It is, however, goofball ideology that urges government functionaries to inhibit the creation of new wealth[,] especially because of contrived, pseudo-scientific expectations of approaching catastrophic weather conditions.  Weather?  Really?

President Biden's 'Top Priority' for a second term?  What a platform Democrats will have for 2024:
  •   Make unrestricted abortion the law of the land (Make Abortion Great Again!)
  •   Pack the court
  •   Eliminate the Electoral College
  •   Eliminate the filibuster
  •   Statehood for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
  •   Work towards the elimination of fossil fuels and gasoline-powered vehicles and equipment
  •   Provide more money for teachers' unions
  •   Provide more money for mainstream media outlets
  •   Progress towards making "15-minute cities" a reality across the United States
  •   Significantly raise taxes on ammunition so as to make it unaffordable for all but wealthy Democrat donors, thereby rendering guns — and the First Amendment — moot.
  •   Make mail-in voting a permanent fixture in every state for every election
  •   Lower the voting age to 16
All of this in the name of "saving our democracy," of course.

State AGs Blast Biden, Wall Street Plan To Sell Rights To America's Public Lands.  The current plan by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to create Natural Asset Companies (NACs), which would buy up land rights throughout America, faced heavy criticism from 25 state attorneys general, who in a Jan. 9 letter urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reject the concept.  "What is happening here is clear," the AGs wrote.  "The Commission and the NYSE are seeking to implement a radical environmental agenda through the rulemaking process (and outside the legislative process)."  "This type of decision, particularly given its vast economic consequences, must be left to Congress and not the Commission or the NYSE," they stated.  The idea for NACs was developed by an activist eco-organization called the Intrinsic Exchange Group (IEG), funded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with the NYSE.  NACs would pool investors' money from around the world to buy the rights to public and private land in the United States and limit its use to "sustainable" endeavors.

Does the Earth have a fever?  Is it boiling?  Have we hit the tipping point?  The answer is clearly no.  The public is constantly being told that the Earth is the warmest it has ever been.  And that warming is being caused by humans, our use of natural resources, and CO2.  And the solution for the media and other Democrats is the same as the solution for all problems:  We need a bigger government, with higher taxes and more regulations and of course, the government has to be run by Democrats.  We need to give up our gas-powered cars, furnaces, gas stoves, and appliances before it is too late.  Something that never gets in their way as they push this green agenda are facts.  And here is a scientific fact:  If all the things we have been told cause warming that we have used a lot of in the last 160 years, we would not be setting a massive amount of cold temperature records. [...] In December 2023, ice in the Arctic rose at the third fastest rate on record (they have only been keeping records since 1981) because in significant parts of the Arctic, temperatures were significantly below average.

There's Only So Much Joe Biden Can Do To Kill Oil And Gas.  One of the frequent boasts then-candidate Joe Biden made during his 2020 run for the presidency was that his administration would mount a frontal assault on the domestic oil and gas business, outlaw hydraulic fracturing and put policies in place that would assure the industry was out of business within a decade.  The President and his energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, made a habit of repeating that gone-within-a-decade promise throughout 2021 and 2022 as they aggressively worked to cement their Green New Deal agenda into place.  Funny thing, though:  A number of months have passed since we heard either Biden or Granholm repeat that pledge.  In fact, I was unable to find a single instance of either making the statement in 2023 at all.  Granholm had a prime opportunity to do that when she participated in a December 12 meeting of the National Petroleum Council, a DOE advisory committee made up largely of oil executives that serves at her pleasure.  But rather than go there one more time, the Secretary talked about her belief that the industry has a "trust gap" with the public related to climate issues, and urged the executives to do more to rein in their emissions.

Engineering an Energy Crisis.  If the destruction of hydroelectric dams doesn't strike you as an act of war, consider it in the context of this:  ["]Mike Sommers, president of the American Petroleum Institute (API), issued a stark warning that the White House was dragging its feet on allowing energy firms to drill on federal lands, threatening the economy and jobs. [... "]  Sommers observes that the Biden Regime is "sowing the seeds for the next energy crisis."  Never let a crisis go to waste; if there is no crisis, create one.

Dictatorial Control, From Covid to Climate.  Team Biden's endless torrent of dictatorial executive orders, regulatory mandates, and twisted legal reinterpretations for electricity generation, vehicles, appliances, agriculture, housing, and other matters are already impacting our industries, livelihoods, living standards, and basic rights and freedoms.  These diktats are designed to force us to convert everything we now operate with coal, gasoline, diesel or natural gas to electric models.  The United States will soon need 3 [to] 4 times more electricity than today — and still more to power the AI revolution.  But the same bureaucrats are shutting down coal, gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric generators — ensuring that electricity will be in short supply, generated primarily by weather-dependent wind turbines and solar panels, backed up by massive grid-scale battery systems, and thus unavailable or unaffordable during the coldest and hottest days, when electric heat or air conditioning becomes a matter of life or death.

The unelecting of a president.  Biden's problems are more serious because he has a chance to finally be elected president without mass fraud in 6 states.  He is being done in by bad policy.  Black Democrats resent his placing illegal aliens ahead of them.  The AOC crowd resents his support of Israel in particular and Jews in general.  The university crowd resents not having the $1.6 trillion they borrowed written off by the feds.  Jim Clyburn owns the South Carolina Democrat Party by virtue of its large bloc of black voters.  He has made its primary the Democrat kingmaker, crowning Obama in 2008 when he was behind Hillary, Hillary in 2016 when she was behind Bernie, and Biden in 2020 when he was behind everybody.  2024 may end that streak — and Biden is running almost unopposed.

Texas Rancher Says US Government Facilitating Plans For a Planned Food Shortage and Depopulation.  [Transcript]nbsp; "Hey, everybody.  This is Shad Sullivan coming to you from the headwaters of Bitter Creek, Archer County, North Texas.  We have to talk.  State officials will be assisting to help identify potential alternative markets if a producer is unable to move animals and if necessary, advise and assist on depopulation and disposal methods.  Ladies and gentlemen, we are plowing under vegetable crops from coast to coast.  We are euthanizing millions of chickens.  We are aborting sows and burying feeder pigs.  We are dumping milk by the hundreds of thousands of gallons, and now they are preparing us to depopulate the fat cattle ready to harvest.  [Video clip]

Only a Tiny Fraction of Voters in Swing States Care About Climate Change.  Joe Biden has talked about climate change endlessly since taking office, but a new survey shows that most voters in swing states do not care about the issue at all.  This would only be surprising to the left, but most people are not thinking about supposed climate change when they're struggling to pay for basic items like food, heating energy and gas for their cars.  Besides the economy, people across the country are also deeply concerned about issues like crime and the mess Biden has made at the southern border.

Have No Fear, 'Big Brother' Is On Duty.  What if the "Big Brother" of Orwell's 1984 dystopia weren't a person or a computer, but rather a neural network of millions of bureaucratic synapses working in harmony to serve the hive, rather than the citizens?  Would it look different from what we are witnessing now?  If the public came to the realization that "Big Brother" were a menace, to what lengths would our master go to protect itself?  Would it...
  •   Deny us our electoral choices — to defend democracy?
  •   Censor freedom of expression — to protect us from disinformation?
  •   Steal our property rights — so we can "own nothing and be happy"?
  •   Deluge us with foreign invaders — for "cultural enrichment" of course?
  •   Cancel our freedom of association — to prevent the spread of viruses and diseases?
  •   Undermine our freedom of religion — to eradicate "white supremacy" and "Judeo-Christian extremism" and usher in an "equitable" arbiter of good and evil like... a benevolent Big Brother?
  •   Attempt the removal of our elected leadership — because the left views the Constitution and its limits as just that sacred?
  •   Prosecute and imprison non-criminals — because "insurrection" almost killed "democracy"?
The hive would surely like us to maintain the illusion of self-governance.

Our Incompetent Elite Is Opening Up America to Attack.  The people running this country have made choices — like throwing open the border — that are going to kill a lot of Americans because our enemies, unlike our alleged leaders, are serious people.  They're serious about subjugating and killing us.  But the only things our leadership is serious about are keeping their names off pervert passenger lists, skimming endless Ukrainian cash, and pronouns, pronouns, pronouns, always pronouns.  We have a distinctly unserious elite in the most serious of times. [...] The entire southern border is wide open — it would be a joke if it weren't going to lead to so many deaths.  We're seeing tens of thousands of military-aged males walking into the United States.  Some of them are infiltrators.  It will not take much to organize a force that launches simultaneous attacks over the width and breadth of this country.

Joe Biden Suffers Stinging Lawsuit Loss.  A push by the Biden administration to make dishwashers and washing machines more efficient was shot down by a judge as "arbitrary and capricious," after 11 Republican-run states brought legal action over the rule changes.  In a ruling on Monday, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Andrew Oldham said that it was unclear whether the Department of Energy (DOE) had the statutory authority to regulate water use in such appliances, and that the new rules it had proposed might not lead to less water use.

5th Circuit Delivers Smackdown of Biden DOE Efforts to Regulate Dishwashers, Washing Machines.  Joe Biden and the Democrats are always accusing Biden's political opponent, former President Donald Trump, of wanting to be a dictator or being fascistic.  It's very ironic, given it's Biden who fits that bill.  His administration even want to control what you do with your appliances in your home, all in the effort to appease their climate change fervor.  At the end of last month I wrote about the latest Biden administration effort where they tried to slip eco regulations by us on a holiday weekend targeting refrigerators and freezers.  Before that was the furor over gas stoves that were supposed to be bad for you.  Except that it seemed it was cool to have them if you were Kamala Harris trying to convince people that you were cooking a beef Wellington for Christmas.  And I guess she gets a pass on pushing beef as well, which they also want us to think is bad.

Biden's 'America Last' Policy at Work.  A National Review article in November 2021 reported that, "Biden's approach to energy represents in microcosm his approach to the presidency in general."  There is absolutely nothing about Biden's contradictory approach to energy that makes any sense.  He wants the United States to reduce the production of fossil fuels, reduce the number of new pipelines in America, limit oil and gas drilling on federal land, and abandon the Trump administration's mission to maximize fossil fuels production.  He wants other countries, such as Venezuela, to produce more fossil fuels for American use.  He even asked the Saudis to increase production, but got snubbed.  He maintains that there actually isn't a supply issue at all, but that oil companies all got together to gouge customers, an issue that the FTC must immediately investigate.  He opposed new fracking, promised to 'make sure it's eliminated.'  He even appropriated Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal."  Why did/does Biden behave in this manner?  Because he was/is trying to please the whacko far-left base of his party which is opposed to oil production because it's not 'green.'  For Biden, pleasing environmentalists means putting America Last.

The Case Against Progressive Utopia.  Everyone wants to live in a place where all needs are met, where there is no anxiety, discord, or strife.  Whether by legislation or brute force, those who call themselves progressives, socialists, the radical left, or simply Democrats intend to achieve such a utopia in the U.S.  All actions are permissible, as the end justifies the means.  Right and wrong, morality and ethics take a back seat.  Totalitarianism may be required.  Tactics include hypocrisy and double-standards; diversion, distortion, disinformation, and misinformation; logical inconsistency; and rejection of proven science.  Radical activists conceal the fact that, to protect the Earth from pollution, climate change, and other ravages of human technology, utopia will require "rollback of the industrial age" — that is, without electricity, a hunter-gatherer society, where all your needs are provided, by you!

Anti-Intellectualism and the Left.  Every societal issue, such as unfettered illegal immigration, record unchecked spending, and disastrous U.S. foreign policy, involves proof of how the Left is incapable of higher than the most rudimentary thinking.  What do they think will result from the millions of military-age men of questionable intentions crossing into our country?  How much more money will be taken from ordinary Americans to pay for the policies of this administration and how will the relentless, out-of-control spending binge affect the value of our currency?  How has this administration kept America or her allies safe?  Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees.  The Left, I'm convinced, does not possess even the tiniest vestige of critical or any other kind of thinking.

Separating fact from fiction on 'climate change'.  Three of the dumbest and most expensive policies that have come from a hundred years of false dire predictions are:
  •   Carbon credits.  Buying and selling worthless pieces of paper do nothing to reduce the carbon from planes, gas-guzzling trucks, or anything else.
  •   Carbon capture schemes.  Why [...] would anyone bury CO2, which is a clear, innocuous, non-pollutant gas that makes plants and trees thrive and allows the world to be fed?
  •   Forced E.V. transitions.  Forcing people to buy expensive, inefficient, and impractical vehicles powered by a highly-flammable pollutant that comes with serious environmental impact (rare earth mineral mining).
We have a clear choice in the election:  Vote for a dictator who wants to tell everyone what kind of vehicle to drive, what appliances they must use, and how they heat and cool their homes, or vote for a leader who believes in freedom of choice, and doesn't care if you want to buy a battery-operated car or a more affordable and practical gas-powered car.  We have a choice between a politician who is so arrogant who thinks he can control the climate, and one who knows he can't.

The United States is in A Dark Place.  We are in a dark place as a country.  This is a direct result of the extreme shift to the Left by the Democrat Party.  Prior to 2020, President Barack Obama was our most far-Left President.  But even Obama was still on the cusp between being an extreme liberal and being a communist.  In a recent book, John Drew wrote about his occasional meetings with Obama in the early 1980s and that Drew — a leftist at that time — had persuaded Obama to accept a more moderate position than that of the hardcore Marxists.  In another article in the same book, Trevor Loudoun reveals that Obamacare was a dilution of the healthcare plans desired by the Marxists in that it did not replace all private healthcare with a national, government-run healthcare system.  However, in July 2020, the camp pushing Joe Biden towards the Presidency and the camp promoting the communist Bernie Sanders' candidacy reached a landmark agreement — a 110-page pact regarding goals for the government.  In so doing, Joe Biden broke the policy of the Democrats going back to 1948 of not embracing the far-Left, communist element of the Democrat Party.

The Democrat party: who are they?  Just who are the members of the Democrat/socialist/communist (D/s/c) Party?  How do their beliefs differ from those of normal Americans? [...] Among their favored oppressed are criminals — the more violent and depraved the better — and their policies have turned our blue cities into third world war zones.  Other oppressed are the millions of illegal aliens they're importing.  Non-D/s/c Americans have so disappointed them.  They intend to abolish them and import their replacements.  That many of them are criminals, terrorists, pedophiles, slavers and masses who can't speak the language and have no skills with which to support themselves is a feature rather than a bug.  They're worried about the illegal avalanche, but not because of the damage it's doing to America.  They're afraid of losing power, afraid, despite their best Trump Derangement Syndrome efforts, their election fraud protocols might not prevail.

The Corruption of Everything.  [Scroll down]  The American standard of living has been corrupted.  We like our gas cars, our gas stoves, our air-conditioning, our steaks and chops, and our suburban life.  Enjoyment is forbidden.  So is comfort.  And so these things must go in order to satisfy the WEF and the American Marxists' lust for revenge and degradation of our standard of living because... climate change.

Biden Tries to Slip New Eco Regs Targeting Fridges [and] Freezers Past Us on [a] Holiday Weekend.  Climate change is a big excuse to make all kinds of societal transformative change and control our actions — not to mention, destroying or building up industries with those controls and restrictions.  Coal and oil are bad, electrical vehicles (except those from that evil Elon Musk) are good.  Government shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers, yet that's what they doing with their attempts at control.  But it looks like they'd rather we not pay attention to what they're trying to do.  Perhaps that might explain announcing new regulations about refrigerators and freezers on Friday, as we head into the holiday weekend.  They also announced proposed standards for commercial fans and blowers.

Biden's Campaign Message 2024.  Biden makes appointments, his vice president, his SCOTUS pick, etc., based on the anti-American principle of skin color, gender, and sexual orientation instead of picking best person for the job, leading to predictable disasters.  Biden engages in disturbing behavior towards children and little girls, even touching or sniffing them.  Biden ignores SCOTUS rulings, e.g., that forgiving student debt without congressional consent is unconstitutional, but repeatedly tries to do so anyways to buy votes of young people with taxpayer dollars.  Biden regularly speaks gibberish and needs to be led around like a baby, etc.  For these and for many other reasons, Biden will need an outrageous Orwellian strategy for his 2024 campaign. [...] Biden 2024 campaign is, therefore, going to be based on a "hate Trump" message grounded largely on their comical January 6 insurrection myth, comical because the FBI said there was "scant evidence" the Capitol attack was an organized effort to overturn the 2020 election, which did not stop the Democrat's media poodles from describing it as an "insurrection" for years.

The Chicago Mayor's Hat Trick of Dreadful Policies.  Mayor Johnson wants to:
  [#1]   Start city-owned and -operated groceries in some underserved areas.  The government that wants to take on these difficult new tasks is already failing at such basic services as fixing potholes and policing dangerous neighborhoods.
  [#2]   Ticket the buses bringing illegal immigrants to Chicago, mostly from Texas.  He calls them "rogue buses" because they are not "coordinating" with the city.  Giving them a ticket or even impounding the vehicles is his solution.  The bus companies' own solution is to drop off the passengers in the suburbs, which immediately send them to Chicago.  Johnson then rages at the Texas governor and never mentions President Biden.
  [#3]   Close down all the selective-enrollment (magnet) schools in Chicago, the only ones where students actually read above grade level.  If we judge by the likely outcome, Johnson's policy is really designed to drive middle-class families with kids out of the city.  The teachers union backs the plan, enthusiastically.  They must know how good the other schools are since the president of the CTU sends her own child to a private school.  Meanwhile, she is working with Gov. JB Pritzker to kill school choice for everyone else.

Waking Up to the Age of Deception.  The Biden administration often makes decisions about America's future based on half-truths.  Disinformation and lying has become so extreme they have created an unstable and divided country.  Green energy deception has resulted in negative effects on inflation and a mountain of unsold electric vehicles.  Democrats boast about restoring racism, dumping the Constitution, and forcing revisionist history.  They use disinformation and division to recreate society in their image, which they control.  Polls show Americans are fed up and ready for a new direction.

Climate Expert Blasts Biden Admin For Bypassing Voters To Impose Green Agenda.  Climate Depot executive editor Marc Morano blasted President Joe Biden for bypassing American voters to enact his environmental agenda.  The Biden administration signed on to a pledge to start "transitioning away from fossil fuels" at the United Nations COP28 climate summit Dec. 13.  "Do we need to abolish the gas-powered car?  We've never voted on it in the United States," Morano told former Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and "The Bottom Line" guest host Kelly O'Grady.

Look Who Biden Just Gave $50 Million to Promote 'Climate Justice'.  Whether or not you believe that anthropomorphic climate change is a genuine problem or not, you have to admit that our government's programs to deal with it are thinly veiled scams. [...] The Biden Administration just announced the distribution of $600 million — more than half a billion — to various nonprofits to pass along to their pet projects (and their favorite political activists). These groups are basically Left-wing activists who serve as the shock troops of the Democrat Party.  Of particular interest is the "Climate Justice Alliance," which, even without its deep dive into antisemitic politics of late, is a truly horrible group of communists who shouldn't be getting a dime from the taxpayers.

Can Climate Change Cause the New Economic World Order?  President Joe Biden has continued to pursue the agenda that President Obama developed during his administration.  On January 20, 2021, President Biden canceled the permit for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline that would have delivered around 1 million barrels of Canadian crude oil a day to U.S. refiners.  In his executive order, President Biden stated, "Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration's economic and climate imperatives."  On January 27, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order announcing a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands and in offshore waters.  On April 16, 2021, at President's Biden's direction, secretary of the interior Deb Haaland revoked policies in Secretarial Order 3398 established by the Trump administration, including rejecting "American Energy Independence" as a goal.

Biden's Party is Over, and the Hangover Has Begun.  As we approach the last year of Joe Biden's term, it's an opportune moment to reflect back on January of 2021. [...] He bragged about beating the tyrant Trump, and signed executive orders at a rate of dozens per day — to cancel any accomplishment of Trump.  It was irrelevant to him if Trump's achievements were beneficial to Americans.  If Donald did it, Joe undid it because... well, just because.  He threw our borders open to foreign invasion, simply because Trump had closed them.  Joe's policies added an additional 3.8 million criminals to our society.  That's enough people to populate Los Angeles — admitted with no vetting, no control, and no apology.  Joe added $5 trillion to our national debt — enough $100 bills to reach the Moon and back 10 times.  The spending drove inflation to a 40-year high. [...] He choked domestic energy production, making us again dependent on foreign oil.  Prices for gas and electricity skyrocketed.  In the process, he enriched Russia (a producer of oil) and China (a producer of solar and wind technology).  We're expected to pay no attention to the little issue that the Biden family received millions of dollars from Russia and China, for no apparent service.

Biden Admin's Latest Spending Spree Amounts to a Backdoor Ban on Gas-Powered Appliances, Experts Say.  The Biden administration announced Monday that it is spending more than $500 million to help state and local governments adopt green building codes, a strategy that amounts to a backdoor attempt to phase out gas stoves and other fossil fuel-powered appliances, energy experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  The Department of Energy announced that it is spending up to $530 million to help states and cities adopt and implement new building codes that are aligned with "zero energy codes," which are defined as "a building energy policy requiring buildings to demonstrate net zero energy use based on measured building performance outcome," according to the New Buildings Institute.

Secession Without Secession.  We don't have to live like this.  We don't have to suffer, because those in Washington want us to.  They don't offer anything like what they take and they're getting much more tyrannical with their demands.  One is their push to go electric, which means that we're actually being told we have to starve to death and freeze to death.  Electricity is, especially now, the least reliable resource we have.  The whole grid can go down in a second and never come back.  But they want to take away our small generators.  Why?  Because it means we might survive a grid-down environment and they don't want that to happen.  They want us to use things like wind generators and solar panels that are more unreliable than coal, gas or nuclear powered electric generation and in a few years, the wind generators will fail and we won't be able to repair them, because our industrial base and transportation base will have been destroyed from lack of reliable electric generation.  Computers can't work in that environment, industry can't work in that environment, even small business can't work, trucking can't rely on electric vehicles, that's all nonsense.

Boom Boom:  Out Go the Lights!  Ruling like the dictator whom he says Donald Trump aspires to be, President Joe Biden has decreed restrictions, if not prohibitions, on gas stoves, gas furnaces, gasoline-powered cars and trucks, and other products.  Congress has passed no such laws for Biden to sign.  Instead, he has acted unilaterally, as despots do.  Emperor Biden further expects Americans to replace these fossil-fueled mechanisms with electric counterparts.  But what will propel these items as they draw electricity from America's already fragile grid?  Team Biden has not gotten that far.  To the contrary, it is hammering major sources of voltage, even while trying to coerce into existence the Electric States of America.

Trusting the government:  An oxymoron?  Let's take a look at just a few of the many lies we are asked to believe:  The Inflation Reduction Act of 2023.  Read the one-year report: "Inflation Reduction Act is Driving Historic Climate Action and Investing in America."  The article identifies spending more money in history this past year to fight 'Climate Change' than ever before.  Next read "Congress Is on a Christmas Spending Spree" by the CATO Institute.  The article ends, "Annual deficits are in the trillions, and interest rates are at historic highs.  Now is not the time to throw gasoline on the Yule log.  A Christmas emergency spending bonanza would worsen America's unsustainable budget trajectory and further undermine trust in the U.S. government as a responsible fiscal steward."  We are overspending billions on billions.  Is this inflation reduction?  Or a lot of wordsmithing?  This overspending has prevented our economy from tanking.  How much more debt can we add, however, before the dollar becomes a desperately weak global currency and we become trapped?

Biden admin finalizes most restrictive offshore oil drilling plan in US history.  The Biden administration on Friday finalized a plan to dramatically curb the number of offshore oil and gas lease sales over the next five years as it continues to aggressively push green energy development.  The Department of the Interior's (DOI) five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program schedules just three Gulf of Mexico lease sales through 2029, marking the fewest number of sales ever included in such a plan, which the agency is mandated to issue periodically.  According to the DOI, holding the sales will enable future offshore wind leases under an Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provision that tethers the two.  "President Biden's approach to severely limit leasing significantly curtails access to a critical national asset," Erik Milito, the president of the National Ocean Industries Association, which represents both traditional and renewable offshore energy producers, said in a statement Friday.  "The White House simply ignores energy realities by once again limiting U.S. energy production opportunities."

White House Sets Border Deal: 1 Million Illegals Per Year and $61 Billion for Ukraine.  President Joe Biden's border chief has a deal for the GOP:  He will carefully cap illegal migration at one million a year if the GOP approves $61 billion for war in Ukraine, according to press reports.  The offer would double pre-2021 immigration numbers, but it is a "good faith offer," said one of the four GOP negotiators told reporters.  "We're at 11,000" illegal migrants per day or roughly 4 million migrants in a year, Sen. Thom Tillis told CBS on December 13, [...] Tillis is a long-standing supporter of the federal migration programs that deliver cheap labor to investors and companies.  He was picked by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to help negotiate a deal that would curb Biden's mass migration in exchange for $14 billion to help quietly move migrants into American housing and jobs — plus roughly $61 billion for the war in Ukraine.

Americans Must Choose Between Civilization or Its Destroyers.  The United States can produce annually more natural gas and oil than any nation on earth.  It once pioneered nuclear power.  It has vast coal reserves and sophisticated hydroelectric plants.  The old idea was to use these unmatched resources to transition gradually to other cleaner fuels such as hydrogen, fusion power, solar, and wind.  That way, consumers would still enjoy affordable energy.  And the United States could remain independent of coercion by the oil-producing Middle East.  But that was not the nihilist way.  Instead, the left deliberately cut back on pipelines, new energy leases, and fracking.  It bragged of an upcoming ban on fossil fuels.  In drought-stricken, energy-short California, the state is blowing up, not building new dams.  Is the nihilist agenda to punish with bankruptcy the energy-using middle class?  Is the hope that Americans will have to beg the Saudis, Iranians, Venezuelans, and Russians to pump more of the hated goo for our benefit so we would not have to dirty ourselves helping ourselves?

U.N. Climate-Summit Nations Agree to 'Transition Away from Fossil Fuels,' Triple Green-Energy Infrastructure by 2030.  For the first time in the nearly 30-year history of the United Nations summit on climate change, all nations gathered unanimously agreed to a resolution that called for "transitioning away from fossil fuels" and committed member states to tripling existing green-energy infrastructure by 2030.  The nearly 200 member countries gathered at the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai agreed to transition away from fossil fuels "in a just, orderly and equitable manner" before entirely eliminating carbon emissions by 2050.  While previous U.N. climate agreements committed member states to work toward slowing global warming, the deal announced Wednesday was the first to include an explicit commitment to do away with "fossil fuels."  As part of an effort to stop global temperatures from rising another 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next decade, member states agreed to triple their existing green energy infrastructure, including solar panels and wind turbines, by 2030.

Climate Change Is Taking Over Common Sense.  The late, great humorist P.J. O'Rourke used to quip that everyone wants to save the world, but no one wants to wash the dishes.  Well, now that can be said for traditional environmental groups that seem to have lost their way.  Green groups are supposed to be about keeping our rivers, lakes and streams clean.  They are supposed to be about fighting litter and keeping toxic chemicals out of the air.  Their job is to maintain the beauty of our national parks and save elephants and tigers.  Not anymore.  The New York Times recently reported in a disturbing headline: "Environmental Groups Cut Programs as Funding Shifts to Climate Change."  In other words, the Left's climate change hysteria and its campaign to end fossil fuels is interfering with a commonsense green agenda.  Worse than that, the climate agenda is in some ways making the condition of the environment worse.

What the Democratic Party Has Become.  A recent headline in "The Epoch Times": "Chicago to Give Illegal Immigrants up to $9,000 Each for Housing Costs."  Chicago is paying people to break the law.  This is what the Democratic Party in America has become.  I guess Chicago did this.  The city is taking money away from hard-working, law-abiding, decent American citizens and giving it to people who should not be in the country.  People who are violating American laws, spitting in the face of our people, and mocking the United States.  They are criminals who are allowed to roam freely on our streets with no penalty, taking jobs from Americans, indeed, with money from honest people in their pockets, courtesy of the Democratic Party.  But this is what the Democratic Party has become.  They hate America.  What other explanation is there for robbing their own law-abiding citizens and giving the money to criminals?  America will never be saved until the traitorous, totalitarian, America-loathing Democratic Party is totally crushed.

Biden's new rule against methane becomes 'final'.  It's not really an exaggeration (if at all) to say that every single day we hear from Hillary Clinton, Liz Cheney, Joe Scarborough, the media, and others about how dangerous President Trump is — ad nauseam they declare how "like Hitler" he is.  And, it seems every single day, Joe Biden issues some new executive order or regulation assaulting our freedoms and our prosperity.  He knows he can't get his radical agenda through Congress so he just goes around them.  He violates his oath of office by not only refusing to enforce immigration laws that Congress passed, but sabotaging our sovereignty too.  It is a pure abuse of power, and yet most of the media just cheers. [...] Now, Joe Biden is dictatorially issuing another rule to handicap the coal, oil, and gas industries.  He clearly doesn't care about costs or the loss of tens of millions of jobs directly or indirectly related to those industries.  The costs of these green policies are already destroying Americans purchasing power but a power hungry politician like Joe clearly doesn't care.

President Biden just pledged to shut down 60% of America's electric power.  The Biden administration made two virtue-signaling proclamations at last week's COP28 conference in Dubai that it says will help save the planet from climate change.  The policies aren't likely to change the planet's temperature by even one-tenth of a degree, but they might just destroy the 21st-century American industrial economy as we know it.  First, Team Biden announced it will stop production of all new coal plants in the United States.  This comes on the heels of President Biden's Environmental Protection Agency saying this year it would impose new power plant emission regulations that are virtually impossible for coal plants to comply with.  The bottom line:  No more coal.  Period.  But the White House was just getting started.  Vice President Kamala Harris trumpeted the next day new rules to "sharply reduce methane from the oil and natural gas industry."  The administration calls methane a "super-pollutant" that it wants to eliminate because it's "many times more potent than carbon dioxide."  But methane is effectively a hydrocarbon that comes from natural gas.

The Editor says...
Methane is a naturally-occurring gas.  It is not a pollutant; it is beneficial; it is not something to avoid.  Climate change is not a crisis.  The climate will always change.  The climate does not respond to legislation.  You might as well burn all the hydrocarbons you need, because the earth isn't being ruined by your use of them.  The billions of people who live in China and India couldn't care less about methane or carbon dioxide, and if they don't care, you might as well use as much natural gas as you like, because it won't make any difference.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a Moral Sickness Infecting Our Military.  The political vigilantism taking place under the banner of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) must be immediately and completely excised from our military.  DEI corrodes the moral foundations upon which our armed services were built and provides both the kindling and spark for igniting tribalism among our service members.  Officers of all ranks who promulgate these destructive ideas must be immediately relieved of command because they actively endanger our nation's security.

This Is the Age of Regress.  It took a long time, and it was a protracted painful process for Western civilization — white male Western civilization — to achieve everything we have and take for granted, and are now losing to an invading horde.  Today, Enlightenment values, science, and Western culture have disappeared under the jackboot of "decolonization," "indigenous knowledge," "transphobia," and "Islamophobia."  Objective knowledge and the concept of intelligence are now forbidden "white constructs."

US Joins New Climate Pact to Shut Down All Coal Plants.  The United States has "proudly" committed to not build any new coal-fired power plants and to get rid of existing ones entirely, John Kerry, special presidential envoy on climate matters, said on Dec. 2.  "To meet our goal of 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, we need to phase out unabated coal," he said in a statement, in which he announced at the annual United Nations COP28 climate change summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates that the United States had officially joined a coalition of 56 other countries who all plan to ditch coal in the name of climate change.  "We will be working to accelerate unabated coal phase-out across the world, building stronger economies and more resilient communities.  The first step is to stop making the problem worse:  stop building new unabated coal power plants."

The Editor says...
Carbon dioxide is not carbon, and carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.  So, technically, we already have "100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity."

Biden to phase out American (coal) power.  Reports indicate that the United States has committed to phasing out coal power plants, and sooner rather than later, though no specific date has yet been given.  The U.S. joins 56 other nations who have similarly pledged to rid themselves of coal power.  U.S. "special envoy" John Kerry recently announced that Washington has agreed to join something called "the Powering Past Coal Alliance" which means the Biden administration has effectively vowed to build no new coal plants and to phase out existing plants.  Kerry said the U.S. and other PPCA nations "will be working to accelerate unabated coal phase-out across the world," and added, "the first step is to stop making the problem worse: stop building new unabated coal power plants."  Due to other Biden administration "regulatory actions" and "international commitments" already in the works, there is some speculation that it may target 2035 as a coal-free date.

US commits to shutting down its coal plants during COP28.  The Biden Administration is forging ahead with its green agenda by committing the United States to not building any new coal plants and phasing out existing plants.  U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry announced at the annual United Nations climate change summit, known as COP28 and which is being held in Dubai, although no date was given for when the existing plants would have to go.  "We will be working to accelerate unabated coal phase-out across the world, building stronger economies and more resilient communities," Kerry said in a statement.  "The first step is to stop making the problem worse:  stop building new unabated coal power plants."  Kerry said America was joining the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a pact of nearly 60 countries that have promised to accelerate the phasing out of coal-fired power stations, except the very few that have carbon capture and storage.

The Editor says...
Nobody voted to outlaw the combustion of coal, which would certainly lead to widespread blackouts.  Nobody voted for John Kerry to have that kind of authority, either.

Putting oil spills into perspective.  I am 70 years old.  My electricity has been provided by a coal-fired power plant my entire life.  I have been privileged to have AC for around 60 years.  My heat has been provided by natural gas almost all my life.  I have lived within one mile of the coal plant, with scrubbers, for 44 years.  I raised three children in this close proximity.  Not once, that I can remember, did I worry about the air quality or worry about opening the doors and windows.  We are all very healthy.  Our current power plant was updated in 2005, at the cost of several hundred million.  It passed all environmental standards yet now, Democrats want to put it out of existence to claim they can change the climate.  It is a shame they care so little about the poor and middle classes that still have to pay off the plant, and now a replacement.  The choice for president gets easier every day — either choose the party that wants to dictatorially take away freedom of choice like what kind of car to drive and appliances to use, or choose the party that wants people to have freedom and lower costs.

Victor Davis Hanson:  Biden 'pandering to Hamas' could turn off voters ahead of 2024.  Victor Davis Hanson detailed why President Joe Biden's "hopeless" bid to engender positive sentiment among pro-Hamas sympathizers has proven to be a "losing proposition."  [Video clip] [...] "Why are we bringing in people who hate us and why are we allowing our campuses to fuel this hatred of us?" he asked fill-in host Lisa Boothe Friday [11/24/2023] while calling out the latest protests that featured chants of "Bombs are dropping, why are you shopping?"  When asked about the specific "political impact" for Biden seemingly acquiescing to the "pro-Hamas caucus," Hanson laid out,  "He has a choice between something bad and something worse."  "The more he panders to Hamas to get a measly 250,000 votes and maybe Michigan, the more that he's turning off people on an issue that they're already overwhelmingly angry about and that's open border and the ingratitude of people who come in here whether — sometimes legally, but illegally — and then they use our magnanimity and they reciprocate with disgust for the very institutions that help them," he said.  "And that's a losing proposition."

What's Extreme?  Some intrepid reporter should ask Joe Biden to name one federal program that could be eliminated, not that he would receive an answer.  Not only does Biden refuse to eliminate a single program, but he refuses to reduce his ever-larger budget requests for nearly every program.  Job Corps is a good example of what should be eliminated in entirety.  Established in 1964, Job Corps has received a grade of "F" from the GAO every year of its existence.  And yet every year, its budget grows:  in 2022, $1.755 billion compared to $1.701 billion in 2010.  The average cost per graduate (2017 figures) was well over $50,000 — and this for very basic job skills that could be acquired for free by working at McDonald's or any number of businesses.  And yet Biden continues to request more money for Job Corps every year.

A Monstrous Conundrum in the Middle East.  Rather than be filled with joy that some of the hostages in Israel are released, I'm sick to my stomach at the monstrous nature and sheer audacity of the "deal."  Biden is squarely on the backs of the Israelis, who know better than to become handmaidens of Hamas.  Dozens more, perhaps hundreds more of Israel's soldiers and thousands more civilians in Gaza will be killed as a result of this "kindness."  Seven-plus weeks into what history may eventually consider one of the most sadistic, cruel, and calculated terrorist events in world history, the Free World's common sense will continue to be in question. [...] Examine for a moment the crazy reversal of priorities and strength we are witnessing:
  •   Israel values life; Hamas does not.
  •   Israel is a pluralistic, democratic country, and Hamas is a Hitler-like autocracy.  Copies of Mein Kampf have been found in the tunnels under Gaza.
  •   Israel grants the same rights and responsibilities to its Arab citizens, while Hamas kills Arab collaborators, whether Arab citizens in Israel, Gaza, or the West Bank.
  •   Israel provides free advanced medical care for Arabs, from the West Bank, Gaza, and from within Israel.  Hamas kills any Jews it gets its hands on and will often prevent its people from accessing hospitals and medical care in Israel.
  •   Israel teaches its children (including Arabs) about the world at large and without hate.  Hamas teaches the destruction of Israel and the Jews from birth. [...]
  •   Israel is Western-facing and life-affirming.  Hamas is a death cult.

Did the Congress declare war?  I must have missed it.
Biden's Using Wartime Powers to Kill Off Many Gas Appliances.  On November 17th, Sentinel reported that Biden and his Obama staff were spending money on electric heat pump factories no one needed.  No one is asking for it, except perhaps recipients of government's largesse.  Biden used wartime powers to do it, with almost no one in the media questioning it.  The White House utilized the Defense Production Act to mobilize the production of heat pumps.  The government is choosing winners and losers using tax dollars from a bill that increases inflation — the Inflation Reduction Act.  It's going to affect all of our gas appliances.  In addition to consumer furnaces, over the last several months, the DOE has unveiled new standards for a wide variety of other appliances, including gas stoves, clothes washers, refrigerators, and air conditioners.  According to the DOE, its past and planned appliance regulations will save Americans $570 billion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons over the next 30 years.

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[#1] No war has been declared, so the (acting) president has no wartime powers.  That's just common sense, so it's probably not the way things work in Washington.  [#2] Emissions of carbon dioxide by natural gas appliances have never hurt anybody.  Carbon dioxide is not something to be afraid of.  [#3] If any changes are needed in the household appliance business, the customers will make those changes without encouragement from the government.  Free market capitalism works really well.  Big government does not.

Spaniards Aren't Afraid To Protest, So Why Are American Conservatives?  The problems faced by Spaniards are strikingly similar to those facing Americans.  The American left hates our heritage so much they torched American cities and destroyed historical statues and monuments for an entire summer.  Our corrupt president, Joe Biden, was able to take power thanks to a rigged election, and his administration has weaponized the federal government against his most prominent political adversary, former President Donald Trump, and anyone in ideological opposition to the Democrats.  The Biden administration's disregard for border security encourages mass illegal immigration at the Southern Border, exposing the public to dangerous criminals and additional economic burdens while the middle class struggles to stay afloat amid increasing taxes, inflation, and gas prices.  And despite the public's rapidly increasing suffering, Biden prioritizes sending billions of tax dollars to foreign wars and international green energy projects.  All these things, but particularly the federal government's targeting of conservatives and its assault on election integrity, should be sparking massive protests.  Yet they aren't.  Unlike Spain, America was founded on the idea that human beings have God-given, inalienable rights.  Freedom of speech and assembly are not just First Amendment givens in the United States, but part of our culture.  So why aren't conservatives protesting?

Biden's illegal invasion is an unfunded mandate killing US cities and he's planning to expand it.  Recently Joe Biden bragged about his intention to allow more massive amounts of illegals to flood the country and it's frightening.  [Tweet with video clip]  Reparations for migrants?  What I never heard talked about is the fact that this is an unfunded mandate.  Biden does everything he can to keep the borders open for illegal invasion, to keep fentanyl flowing across the border, keep money pouring into the coffers of Mexican cartels and keep human trafficking flourishing.  This has a human horrible cost.  Young females are being abused on their travels to here.  Over 100,00 [sic] are dying every year from opiate overdose, most from fentanyl.  Then there is a gigantic financial cost to America.  We have seen how big-mouth politicians have devolved into mealy-mouthed politicians when their boasts of being sanctuary states and cities have their words shoved down their throats.  One is tempted to simply say "They asked for this.  Their constituents voted for this" and that's a fair assessment.  Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, is one such idiot.  He repeatedly boasted of being a sanctuary city.  Now that NYC has taken 142,000 illegals, the cost is becoming onerous.  To accommodate the illegals, Adams is punishing Americans.  He plans to slash the budget by $4 billion across the board by eviscerating the police force and education for his constituents.

My Journey from Frustration to Outrage to Seething Anger.  I am enraged that our US Congress continues to pile debt upon debt, with no consequences because it isn't the politicians' money (Cloward-Piven).  And they can't be held accountable.  They just keep increasing the debt limit.  I am outraged that Washington absconded with the power vested in the federated structure of our Constitution, which intends for most power to be issued from the states, and then assigned that power to an administrative state, where bureaucrats' regulations are enforced like laws. [...] I am enraged that America's city streets are filled with trash, needles, open drug use, human waste, and people living in massive tent cities — something the left has purposefully created as one way to collapse society (Cloward-Piven). We're told the solution is difficult, if not impossible, to fix, yet San Francisco just proved it could be done in a week.  I am enraged that the "defund the police" movement, which included releasing dangerous prisoners back onto the streets, is a by-design policy to increase societal unrest and make life dangerous for normal citizens (Cloward-Piven).

America on the Edge of the Cliff.  The most obvious problem is out-of-control government spending.  The interest on the national debt is pushing toward a cool trillion dollars, clocking in at $659 billion for fiscal 2022, gobbling up ever more American tax dollars.  While wise politicians should be sobered by that number, they instead are pushing the ship to ludicrous speed in search of Mad Max.  It is forcing ever higher deficit spending since it is mathematically impossible to bring in enough tax revenue to buy off voting blocs, meaning that it will skyrocket in the years ahead.  It's a serious problem that demands serious politicians in both parties.  But you first need a serious electorate, something in short supply these days.  The "ask not what your country can do for you" ethos of yesterday has transformed into the "give us more free stuff and we'll take some reparations on the side" grievance ethos of today.

Follow the Science — Except for Sex and Gender.  Throughout the real-life science fiction movie called COVID, we have been told to "follow the science."  The face of COVID, Dr. Anthony Fauci, condescendingly proclaimed, "I am the science."  It comes to light now that most of his assertions turned out to be incorrect.  Gender and sex are the latest battlefront in the realm of "science," and this, too, is turning out to defy actual science and common sense.  But as both COVID and gender are now political and advocacy issues rather than the science once taught in biology class, we are no longer following science and instead engaging in magical thinking.  What's the difference between sex and gender?  Once upon a time they were interchangeable terms.  But that changed.  Did the science change or did these terms become politically charged?

Why Governments Have Replaced God with Global Warming.  An adept government will never solve a problem unless it has a new problem prepackaged and ready to mass-produce for the public.  That's why Joe Biden didn't mind bungling America's exit from Afghanistan when he and other Obama administration alumni were already working on the next forever-war in Ukraine for the upcoming spring.  That's why the CDC and other government scientists owned and operated by the pharmaceutical industry never batted an eye when their miracle elixir COVID "vaccines" proved to be neither safe nor effective — because there is always some new exotic disease ready to be released from a Chinese bio-lab tucked away in an abandoned California factory that will require billions in taxpayer funds, too.  Any government worth its salt has an endless supply of boogeymen and a limited supply of expensive solutions that coincidentally require total citizen compliance.

Experts raise alarm after Biden strikes agreement with China to shut down fossil fuels.  U.S. energy experts are warning of the economic and national security implications of President Biden's pact with China this week to move towards shutting down fossil fuel production in favor of green energy.  The State Department announced this week it had struck a deal with its Chinese counterparts pledging to "accelerate the substitution for coal, oil and gas generation" with green energy sources like wind and solar power.  The nations, which account for nearly half of global greenhouse gas emissions, also agreed to "deepen policy exchanges" on reducing carbon emissions in various sectors, like power, industry, buildings and transportation, across their economies.  But the agreement — in which the nations further pledged to "sufficiently accelerate renewable energy deployment in their respective economies through 2030" — was criticized over its potential impact on U.S. consumers.  Experts also noted that China has rarely followed through on international accords and stands to financially benefit from such an agreement since it controls much of the world's green energy supply chain.

Two Words Describe Biden's Presidency:  Reckless Endangerment.  This week we've been treated to three government reports that all point in the same direction:  Disaster.  Interest payments are through the roof.  Real wages continue to fall.  And a record number of illegals crossed the border.  That's just the domestic news.  As of this writing, Americans are being held hostage by Iran-supported Hamas terrorists who killed nearly two dozen other Americans when they invaded Israel.  Our military forces face increasing Iranian-sponsored attacks in Iraq and Syria.  While President Joe Biden lets Iran off the sanctions hook for another four months.  The worry isn't just whether Biden — the architect of these disasters — will be voted out of office next year.  It's whether the U.S. can survive until then.

Boston Democrats Look to Extend Voting Rights to Foreign Nationals.  Democrats on the Boston City Council are looking to extend local voting rights to foreign nationals in the United States on visas, green cards, and other forms of legal status.  Councilwoman Kendra Lara (D) introduced the measure, which would allow foreign nationals on green cards, visas, and other forms of legal status to vote in Boston municipal elections.  The measure is likely to gain widespread support from the council, which is made up of 12 Democrats.

Biden Admin Pushing Coup in Israel.  The Biden administration keeps talking about the urgent need for Israel to have a post-war plan for Gaza.  What that really means is that it wants the PLO to take over Gaza.  Netanyahu has opposed that for now.  The Palestinian Authority is run by Fatah, the body behind the PLO, and is just another Islamic terrorist group.  And parts of it claimed to have taken part in the Oct 7 massacres.  But none of that is stopping the Biden administration from its obsession.  The thinking is that if the Palestinian Authority takes over Gaza, it can force negotiations on a Two-State Solution and finally bring peace by empowering terrorists.  A policy that has brought nothing but terror for 30 years.  And now that Israel's government is in the way, it's time to get it out of the way.

Green Agenda Driving Inflation and Hurting Economic Growth, Admits Central Banker.  Leftist green agenda policies are driving up inflation, raising the cost of consumer goods and depressing economic production, a top policy advisor to the Bank of England has admitted.  Net Zero agenda items pushed by the so-called Conservative party in the UK such as taxes on carbon and emissions trading schemes are increasing inflation and worsening the wallet crunch for Britons as companies pass along the costs onto average consumers, Catherine Mann, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has acknowledged.  In comments reported by The Telegraph from an address delivered at Oxford University, Mann said that economists have concluded that green "carbon taxes, public investments, and subsidies are all inflationary".

If This Is True, Biden's Incompetence Cost American and Israeli Lives.  While this question has become peripheral, it's still relevant and needs answers.  There have been pieces here and there pointing to the intelligence failures that occurred leading to Hamas' barbaric October 7 terrorist attack against Israel.  That invasion, which saw over 1,000 Hamas terrorists invade the Jewish state, killing 1,400 men, women, and children, was probably the worst intelligence failure Israel has suffered since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.  Israeli intelligence has much to explain, but so does the United States.  With the serial incompetence of Joe Biden, this story isn't shocking.  This man's foreign policy blunders are almost by default supported by a long history of being exceptionally poor at international affairs.  Also, his executive orders and public record provide concrete evidence for this emerging story about how the US intelligence community slept on Hamas because they were too busy focusing on global warming.

While Hamas Planned Its Attack on Israel, Biden's Intel Community Was Focused On Climate Change.  While the Hamas terror group was working with Iran to launch its Oct. 7 attack on Israel, the Biden administration's intelligence community was ramping up efforts to combat climate change, raising questions about America's failure to detect the terror attack.  As the Israel-Gaza conflict enters its second month, congressional leaders are beginning to examine whether the Biden administration's intelligence shift — which included adding a climate scientist to his Intelligence Advisory Board, a task force that tracks national security issues, and executive orders that required the intelligence community to assess security threats posed by climate change — may have contributed to America's failure to spot Hamas's planning beforehand.  Hamas had been planning the attack for over a year, according to reports.  "The world faces unprecedented threats from Communist China, the Iran regime, and Russia yet the Biden administration is shifting intelligence and defense assets to focus on climate change," Rep. Mike Waltz (R., Fla.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told the Washington Free Beacon.

It's not about Israel:  We are the target.  Let's apply Occam's Razor to the question, "what is the motive behind Biden's actions as president?"  Biden's first steps were to systematically dismantle everything Trump had accomplished during his presidency.  Using the "global warming emergency" as his excuse, Biden ended drilling for oil and natural gas and moved us from energy independence to having to rely on our enemies to obtain dirtier oil.  His appointees to the military focused on wokeness, not readiness, and ended up with weakness.  His support of Ukraine, to the tune of $60 billion, with another $53 billion allocated, has depleted our military of the supplies and ammunition we need to defend our own country.  He spent money we didn't have for projects we didn't need, and has run up the national debt to $33.7 trillion -- fueling massive inflation that is ruining the lives of the "average Americans" he claims to represent.  He immediately began ignoring the law and opened our borders to all comers — terrorists, drug dealers, human traffickers, and common criminals.  Fentanyl is now killing over 110,000 Americans per year, the equivalent of a Boeing 757-300 crashing every single day.  Biden has done everything in his power to support Iran.

The Wind is Always Blowing Somewhere Fallacy.  I have followed the Climate Act since it was first proposed, submitted comments on the Climate Act implementation plan, and have written over 350 articles about New York's net-zero transition.  I have devoted a lot of time to the Climate Act because I believe the ambitions for a zero-emissions economy embodied in the Climate Act outstrip available renewable technology such that the net-zero transition will do more harm than good by increasing costs unacceptably, threatening electric system reliability, and causing significant unintended environmental impacts. [...] The Climate Act established a New York "Net Zero" target (85% reduction and 15% offset of emissions) by 2050.  It includes an interim 2030 reduction target of a 40% reduction by 2030 and a requirement that all electricity generated be "zero-emissions" by 2040.  The Climate Action Council is responsible for preparing the Scoping Plan that outlines how to "achieve the State's bold clean energy and climate agenda."  In brief, that plan is to electrify everything possible using zero-emissions electricity.

How about some hearings on human disinformation and electoral interference instead of so-called AI disinformation?  The media routinely uses adjectives like extreme and controversial to describe Republican policies while calling Democrat policies progressive. [...] Which of the following policies are actually extreme and controversial:  Having limits, not bans, on abortions like most countries in the World, or supporting abortions at all stages of a pregnancy, like a few countries such as North Korea and China.  Enforcing immigration laws that Congress passed or essentially having open borders.  Continuing to use the natural resources the Earth has been blessed with or destroying oil, gas, natural gas, and coal companies which have greatly improved our quality and length of life.  How many people in underdeveloped countries die very young because green pushers tell them they will destroy the Earth if they modernize? [...] The reason Biden is unpopular is not his age, it's the Democrat policies.  Replace Biden with Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, or any other Democrat and you get the same policies to destroy the oil companies and to make the government more powerful.

Joe Biden's menthol cigarette ban poised to open a huge new market for Mexican cartels.  We already have wide-open borders with welcome signs and promises of "free" healthcare, food, living accommodations, and college, a situation which has spurred more than ten million crossings during Biden's tenure alone (a devastating and unprecedented record).  Naturally, this equates to record revenue for the honchos raking in coyote fees and recurring payments; sometimes, the crossers reimburse the cartels by allowing the abuse of their own children.  With the decriminalization of drugs, we've seen open-air drug markets spring up and devour urban centers; expectedly, this demands a product, and more job security for criminal enterprises that deal in fentanyl and illicit drugs.  Read below, from the New York Post this past July:  ["]Honduran migrants have taken over San Francisco's drug market with the aid and blessing of Mexican cartels, according to a new report.["]  Assault after assault against the Second Amendment has disarmed peaceable citizens; but as always, those intent on harming the innocent can still procure a firearm no problem.  Now add to the list, menthol cigarettes, because Biden and the federal government really cares about your health... which is also why they promote bugs as food, plant-based diets, GMOs, "cross-sex" hormones for children, forced the jab, etc.

The US Spent $4.1 Billion on Global LGBT Initiatives.  During the past three fiscal years, $4.1 billion in federal money from taxpayers has flowed to LGBT initiatives in the United States and around the world, an Epoch Times investigation has revealed.  From Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2023, the U.S. government issued more than 1,100 grants to fund LGBT-promoting projects around the world, according to a review of a federal spending website.  The scope of projects varies widely.  Plans to create a "safe space for LGBTQ youth and adults to seek support and resources" earned a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. government in 2022 for the LGBT Life Center in Norfolk, Virginia.  A proposal for encouraging "diversity, equity, and inclusion in Serbia's workplaces and business communities by promoting economic empowerment of and opportunity for LGBTQI+ people in Serbia" was also a winning plan.  To fund it, the U.S. government awarded Serbian activist group Grupa Izadji a grant of $500,000.

You Have Paid $4.1 Billion to Support LGBTQ Initiatives in Other Countries Thanks to President Biden.  You're paying quite a bit of money to fund LGBTQ initiatives in other countries.  According to a recent report, the Biden administration has been quite generous with your hard-earned cash over the past three years.  The White House has given about $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars to LGBTQ endeavors in countries like Serbia, Armenia, and several others.

American Jews on the Left Are Just Shocked by Their Fellow Leftists.  Progressive American Jews are shocked by their fellow progressives.  But the only thing that is shocking is their shock.  The Left wing has been calling for an economic boycott of Israel for decades and has labeled Israel an "apartheid" state.  The Left labels America, the most tolerant, multiethnic society in history, "systemically racist."  The Left called for "defunding the police," supports attorneys general who abolish bail for violent criminals, and praised demonstrations against America — including many that included vandalism and violence — for more than half a year.  The Left supports all-black dorms and all-black graduations on college campuses.  The Left has almost destroyed every liberal ideal regarding race.  The University of California, among many other left-wing institutions, has labeled "racist" the liberal ideal of being color-blind, and labeled "racist" the beautiful anti-racist sentiment, "there is only one race, the human race."

Was October 7 an Earthquake for the Democrats?  I see the drag queens, black-masked thugs, and [pink] hat wearing spinsters at every Democrat party event.  I know the Dems are the party of radicals, community organizers, and the occasional posse-organizing bartender.  But there are also a great many average Joes who habitually vote Democrat.  The average Joe is a law-abiding, churchgoing family man who votes Democrat because he wants to make the world better — and has been led to believe that the Dems want that also.  The average Joe:
  •   Wants some social safety nets — but not over $33 trillion of debt.
  •   Wants clean air and water — but not at the expense of worldwide destitution.
  •   Believes that immigration has been good for America — but doesn't support open borders.
  •   Believes in showing tolerance to others — but not the destruction of Judeo-Christian values.
  •   Believes we can improve our society — but not by abandoning our founding principles.
So why does Joe vote for the party of debt, invasion, racism, socialism, and moral relativism?

Carbon Dioxide:  Vital Plant Food.  [Scroll down]  It is bad enough that many of these programs have been built on a false foundation.  In truth, many of them have not been really beneficial.  Large solar farms are built in the desert, but in just a few years, the projects have failed.  Wind turbines wear out, catch fire, and break down totally.  They presently cannot be recycled and must be buried.  The only parts that can be recycled are in the generator.  One city bought several electric buses but in just a short time quit using them as impractical.  Electric vehicles may be practical to drive from home to office and back again, but they are not practical on long trips.  It is necessary to stop every few hours and charge the batteries, and sometimes it is difficult to find a proper charging station.  Those who have lived near the coast have seen their cars flooded with sea water, then their cars caught fire as their batteries shorted out.  Not only that, but the driving range is radically reduced when driving in summer (air-conditioning) or winter (heater).

Carbon Dioxide:  Vital Plant Food.  Carbon dioxide has been called a poison, yet it is actually the sustainer of all life on Earth.  Plants grow from the carbon in carbon dioxide in the air, and animals grow from the carbon in the plants they eat.  So carbon dioxide cannot be a poison.  Turn on the television any day of the week, and there is likely to be some discussion or news about some aspect of energy use.
  •   Everyone needs to buy an electric vehicle.
  •   End the use of fossil fuels by 2035.
  •   Every home with a solar panel (California).
  •   Cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  •   No more coal.
  •   Eliminate the use of natural gas.
  •   No gas stoves.
  •   No gas furnaces.
  •   Battery-powered trucks and buses.
All these programs are based on one important foundation:  the belief that as carbon dioxide levels rise, the earth will get warmer, and will continue to warm until, with positive feedbacks, it burns up with us on it.  Few have ever taken the time to see if the foundation upon which they are operating is actually true.  Few even dare to ask a working scientist for the truth in the matter.  The truth is that carbon dioxide is needed by every plant on the Earth.  Trees, bushes, and plants of all kinds are made mainly of carbon and hydrogen, and the carbon comes from the tiny amount of carbon dioxide that is in the air.

Would The 'Woke' Movement Please Hurry Up And Die Already?  What do we mean by "woke"?  It's the extreme-left mindset encouraged by the "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion" movement, the ugly offspring of Marxism and critical race theory.  Its intent is all-inclusive, covering the entirety of culture, social interactions, and commerce.  Indeed, the movement's ultimate goal is to plant a permanent flag of ideological conquest in your brain so you'll be frightened to transgress even a little bit of the thought boundaries they've set for you.  It's working.  From once-sensible cops in Britain tearing down posters of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas, to Hollywood's awful woke remakes of classic entertainment, to drag queens parading in children's classrooms and events, to our own woke military, "woke" now seems culturally pervasive, almost inescapable.

The DNC Con Job to Come.  Our problems are caused by policies.  These are not Biden-Harris-specific policies; they have become standard-issue, party-platform, shared official policies.  To advocate anything else would get one kicked out of the party.  Both our nation and the entire Western world are suffering from a reduction in current and future output of petroleum, natural gas, and coal — concurrent with a costly explosion of notoriously inefficient wind and solar farms.  That's a shared Democrat policy.  Both our nation and the entire Western world are suffering from an explosion of crime, caused in part by foolish criminal justice policies (denying self-defense to the law-abiding, refusing to execute convicted violent criminals, refusing to control the entry of international crime gangs such as MS-13 and Islamofascist terrorists).  These too are shared Democrat policies.

Joe Biden Isn't 'Managing' Or Confronting Problems.  Joe Biden Is The Problem.  There's a simple pattern that the media follow when covering each new crisis that pops up during Joe Biden's catastrophic presidency:  A calamity occurs either domestically or abroad, and rather than examining the cause, the media instantly frame Biden as a hero at battle. [...] But back to Biden.  He's not confronting or managing a series of events that happened to him.  He and his party actively created them.  Or, at minimum, they created an environment that anyone could have predicted would lead to them.  Russia has long insisted that NATO stop expanding along its border.  The second Biden got into office, he pushed for Ukraine's membership.  Israel had its country under relative control for years right up until Biden's team gifted Iran, the Jewish state's greatest threat, $6 billion worth of goodies.  We were energy independent until Biden said we couldn't be.  The economy was working itself out until Biden and his party thought it would be a good idea to pump hundreds of billions of dollars more into Covid-era welfare ("childcare" and "living assistance").  And let's not start on the electric vehicle scheme, wherein car companies grabbed another round of multi-billion-dollar taxpayer funds, courtesy of Biden, for a product that barely works (and for which manufacturers are now rolling back their production of).

Consequences of American Communism.  My position is quite clear:  this nation is done for. [...] It should be obvious that nearly two-thirds of this nation cannot stand to live with the other third.  There is no compromise on pedophilia, illegal immigration, corruption, spending the people into poverty, controlling the use of gas stoves and etc., but bigger issues are on the horizon and the federal government will not be able to deal with them.  The federal government has become a form of mafia that doesn't put one moment's energy into what the people or the nation want or need.  They see profit for themselves and make laws to satisfy those who will pay them off.  That's a nation with an expiration date and that date is rapidly approaching.

Biden Wants Another $56 Billion in 'Emergency' Spending.  Under the guise of responding to natural disasters, the White House is pushing Congress to approve $56 billion in additional borrowing to fund a wide range of nonemergency spending like broadband internet and humanitarian aid.  Less than half of the $56 billion requested by the Biden administration would be directed toward disaster relief — and only $9 billion would "address ongoing disaster response and recovery efforts," according to a breakdown published by the White House.  The majority of the new spending would be aimed at what the White House calls "critical domestic priorities" like welfare programs, the war on drugs, and government-funded broadband internet.  In other words:  nonemergency line items that could — and should — be decided as part of the regular budget process, not as a supplemental funding bill.

Joe Biden touted as a 'key' figure and a 'wartime' leader?  Ever since Joe Biden took office, he has idiotically said climate change is the greatest existential threat to the U.S. and the world.  Not Iran with its "death to America" pledges, not China with its dystopian communism, American farmland grabs, and land acquisitions near military bases, not North Korea with its nuclear bombs under the control of an unstable leader, not the Mexican cartels and their human butchery.  Nope, the greatest threat is a hypothetical and miniscule temperature increase in the next hundred years or so.  The Biden administration then pretends they can prevent this from happening if they could just stop Americans from using crude oil and gas-powered vehicles and equipment, which greatly rewards China.  Iran and Russia also love this abject ignorance and arrogance, and appreciate Biden's generosity as he has greatly increased the demand for their oil, thus driving up their revenue, which they use to wage war against their enemies.

Phrases that aren't that great:
Phrases that grate.  The phrase "you can't make this up" has become a tiresome incantation, often reflecting bemusement at Biden's petulant policies.  Instead, how about "inexplicable," or "incomprehensible," to succinctly capture his compunction to reverse Trump's America First policies?  Unfortunately, one can make this up because Biden is malevolently mad.  His unfathomable DEI and ESG imperatives are impervious to rationality.

Now All Americans Can See the Insanity of the Biden Energy Strategy.  We've been warning regularly on these pages that the Biden war on American fossil fuels is not just an economic calamity, but a national security threat as well.  We have known for fifty years that terrorist organizations like Hamas are primarily financed with petro-dollars.  Just as Biden has aided and abetted the Russian war machine in Ukraine, he has enriched Middle East oil-producing nations like Iran as well.  Our latest CTUP analysis finds that the reduction in US oil output under Biden from the Trump trend has cost the U.S. roughly $500 million a day.  Much of that money has been transferred week after week from American producers to nations hostile to the U.S. and Israel.

Joe Biden has blown up the world.  On day one of the Biden administration, he canceled the Keystone Pipeline, putting thousands of skilled workers out of work.  Over the ensuing months, he canceled oil leases, stopped fracking, and drained our strategic oil reserve.  All this was surely intentional; he means to starve the American people of energy, making what is available more expensive by the day.  Like Obama, he means to transform America, and not in a good way.  The most catastrophic stunt Biden pulled was the tragically ill conceived withdrawal from Afghanistan.  He left billions in state-of-the-art military equipment to the Taliban along with the Bagram Air Base, which sits close to China.  Thirteen young American patriots were killed by the sheer ineptitude of their leaders.  This tragic maneuver telegraphed Biden's, and thus America's, weakness to every leader in the world.  Russia thought taking Ukraine's Russian-speaking border regions would be a cakewalk.  Our careless warmongers in the Biden administration thought their puppet-of-the-oligarchs Zelensky would easily defeat Russia with billions of U.S. dollars.  The military complex wanted that war.  All of that went awry.  Here we are a year and a half later; Ukraine has lost half a million people and is still begging for billions more in aid.  None of this would have happened if Trump had been in office.

Obviously Obama never "left off."  He's still pulling the strings.
On Israel, Biden Picks Up Where Obama Left Off.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken contends that Hamas would gain no "greater" victory "than allowing its brutality to send us down a path of terrorism and nihilism.  We must not let it."  You can hear echoes of Barack Obama's insufferable moral equivalencies imbued in that statement.  The contention is a not-so-subtle warning to Israel, who will almost surely enter Gaza and try to dismantle the Hamas terror state — which has been indirectly and directly funded not only by Iran, the European Union, and the United Nations but also by the Obama and Biden administrations.  The insinuation, of course, is that Israel needs to temper its inclination to engage in "terrorism and nihilism."  It is a blood libel.  It is not "terrorism" to seek justice for the pregnant woman who had her baby cut from her body or the elderly couple who was burned alive.  And eliminating those who committed Nazi-like atrocities against your citizens is no more nihilistic than tracking down Eichmann or demanding Emperor Hirohito unconditionally surrender.  Yet, only days after the worst mass murder of Jews since the Holocaust, Biden was already lecturing Benjamin Netanyahu on how "democracies like Israel and the United States are stronger and more secure when we act according to the rule of law."  The insinuation, again, is that there is something nefarious about winning a war against those who massacre your citizens.

White House Would Rather Discuss Islamophobia Than Antisemitism.  [Scroll down]  But then there are times when the Biden administration demonstrates all the moral assurance of a blind man on a tightrope.  An exchange of this latter sort occurred on Monday, when White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to a reporter's question about President Joe Biden's "level of concern right now about the potential rise of antisemitism in light of everything that's going on in Israel."  "Look, we have not seen any credible threats," replied Jean-Pierre.  "I know there's been always [sic] questions about credible threats.  And so, just want to make sure that that's out there."  Having disposed of antisemitism in 27 words, Jean-Pierre pivoted:  "But, look, Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks.  And certainly President Biden understands that many of our Muslim, Arab Americans, and Palestinian American loved ones and neighbors are worried about the hate being directed at their communities.  And that is something you heard the president speak to in his address just last Thursday."  Jean-Pierre spent three more paragraphs morally equating antisemitism and Islamophobia, noting that Biden has directed the Department of Homeland Security "to prioritize prevention and disruption of any emerging threats that could harm the Jewish, the Muslim, Arab Americans or any other communities."

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The White House is firmly on the side of the Muslims because [#1] We are witnessing Obama's third term as president, and [#2] Obama is a Muslim.

In the Mouth of Marxist Madness.  Americans [are] under siege from an Orwellian deep state that manipulates the public by distorting history and undermining the meaning of words.  In a nation that celebrates George Floyd as a hero, clings to the "Hands up, don't shoot" lie as a sacred "truth," and blames Hillary's election loss on Russian bots, propaganda is king.  The U.S. government fights racism by institutionalizing racial preferences.  It supports Black Lives Matter and Antifa domestic terrorists while locking up American patriots as "domestic enemies."  It replaces impartial justice with "social justice" and equality under the law with "equitable" special privileges.  "Climate change" communism kills property rights.  Meme-makers are imprisoned, but Russia collusion hoaxers are not.  Gene-altering serums are called "vaccines."  And generations of judges have replaced the U.S. Constitution with their own postmodern revisions.

How the Inflation Reduction Act Bankrolls EPA Overreach.  The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) offers a master class in implementing expensive, counterproductive, and highly partisan energy policy.  In previous posts, I discussed 1) how the electricity generation subsidies in the IRA could cost taxpayers $2.5 or $3 trillion and 2) why policymakers should remove those subsidies before expanding the high-voltage transmission system.  As we count the reasons why repealing the energy subsidies in the IRA is a good idea, let's also consider their interaction with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed power plant rule.  It is technically true that, as Senator Joe Manchin has said, "[n]either the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law nor the IRA gave new authority to regulate power plant emission standards."  However, the IRA did provide the foundation upon which the EPA has built its power plant regulation by subsidizing the technologies that enable the new standards.  Consequently, lawmakers who oppose the EPA's overreach should consider repealing the energy subsidies in the IRA.

James Biden receives $200k from a failing hospital, then immediately writes a check to Joe for the same amount.  [Scroll down]  I see a lot of efforts from Biden and his party to destroy America, which no one could consider "working for the American people."  Here is a sample:  As soon as Biden took office, he started his war on oil companies.  That sent prices skyrocketing, greatly helping Iran and Russia while greatly harming the American people.  Biden also canceled an American pipeline while lifting sanctions on a Russian pipeline.  Communist China loves the fact that politicians in the U.S. issue diktats, telling their subjects that they will be required to junk their reliable gas-powered vehicles in favor of vehicles powered by minerals that China substantially controls.  Biden reversed President Trump's substantially successful border policies in favor of allowing millions of illegals to flow in every year.  It is not working for Americans to flood the U.S. with mostly unvetted illegals.  It is lawless.  As Fox also reported, the "high migrant numbers" broke multiple records.

Paying for our own destruction.  Democrats want to embark on The Green New Deal, which would likely destroy the economy and fatally bankrupt the nation, all while doing next to nothing to counteract "global warming" or "climate change."  Uncle Sam is paying to fly illegal aliens around the country and put them up in fine hotels — or set them up in apartments and homes, replete with a starter allowance for furnishing them.  The Biden administration left billions and billions of dollars worth of top-shelf military equipment in Afghanistan, to the amazement and delight of the Taliban.  Some of which has apparently now been funneled to the likes of Hamas and Hezbollah.  It has deliberately devastated our domestic energy sector and drained down our strategic oil reserve at a time when multiple conflicts rock the world.  Incredibly, we now go begging for oil from the hated Russians (who are at war with Ukraine) — and Saudi Arabia — when we were energy independent just three short years ago.

Where There is No Respect for Life, Evil Flourishes.  The loss of respect for life has also begun to dramatically infiltrate the American ruling elites and the overall society as over the past two decades the following, previously unthinkable, changes have occurred within the United States:
  •   Unfettered abortion up to the point of birth and post-birth infanticide has become a policy position of the Democrat Party.
  •   Euthanasia is openly discussed and supported by an ever-growing (73%) segment of the population.
  •   Sexually confused teens are being coerced into mutilation and permanent disfigurement in order to appease the gods of transgenderism, accompanied by an unabashed campaign to legalize pedophilia.
  •   A significant plurality of Americans is demanding the censorship, imprisonment, and persecution of their political adversaries while they, and recent Islamic immigrants, are openly supporting and justifying the slaughter of Jews by Hamas.
  •   Tribalism has been mainstreamed and with it the belief that certain ethnicities or races are inferior to others and also responsible for society's ills, therefore, they are deserving of disrespect, abuse and discrimination.
The path the United States is presently traveling will inevitably lead to the darkening shadow of unfettered evil descending upon the land leading to national self-destruction.

The Cult of Personality Will Destroy This Country.  We like to blame what Elon Musk calls the 'Woke Mind Virus' for most of our ills, and surely 'defund the police,' 'open the borders,' 'make it legal to poop on sidewalks,' 'decriminalize crime,' and other loony woke ideas are causing great harm, but understand that the 'woke' represent a very small percentage of the public.  The woke like to pretend that the word 'woke' is something the political right highjacked, but that has no real meaning.  Let me define the term.  Woke is the ability to see oppression where it does not exist.  The woke then wish to eliminate oppression, even where there is none, leading to all kinds of horrendous policies.  Ask yourself how it is that policies supported by a small fraction of the public — not even supported by the majority of the party pushing them — are rapidly becoming the laws of the land.

Absolutely not.  But if he wants billions to fly them all to Argnetina or New Guinea, I'm all for it.
Joe Biden Demands Billions to Fly, Bus More Migrants into U.S. Communities.  President Joe Biden's deputies are asking Congress for $14 billion extra to help bus illegal migrants up to the U.S. border and onward into hotels in many cities and towns around the nation.  The request is being touted as "border security" even though very few funds would be used to exclude economic migrants.  For example, Biden's deputies have ushered more than 300,000 economic migrants through the U.S. border in September alone.  The 2023 inflow has added up to roughly 2.5 million, not counting legal migrants and temporary workers.

The road ahead for Israel, America, and everyone else.  President Biden left Israel Wednesday [10/18/2023] after publicly instructing Jerusalem to show restraint in their expected ground invasion of Gaza, while privately reportedly giving the Israelis more wiggle room to get the job done.  Now, even meaningless moral virtue signaling is pretty rich coming from the guy whose administration is responsible for the horrendously botched withdrawal from Afghanistan (despite it being absolutely necessary), the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline, and other incidents that helped to spark a variety of global crises.  Nonetheless, it appears pretty clear that despite the Biden "bear hug" smothering routine, Israel intends on following through with its mission to severely limit the operational capability of Hamas, the terrorist group responsible for the October 7 massacre of over 1,300 Israelis.

Biden Administration Now Wants to Ban Furnaces.  In an attempt to force Americans to conserve energy, the Department of Energy is banning a whole class of popular furnaces, eventually raising heating costs and reducing product choices for families and businesses alike.  And it is using an outdated law to give itself the authority to do so.  While the DOE did recognize many of the comments that I submitted arguing against its attempt to regulate gas furnaces, it did little more than brush them off.  Unfortunately, higher costs and less choice won't be so easy for American families and businesses to ignore.  Furthermore, the DOE relied on outdated congressional authority to devise its final rule, and the law itself doesn't require the department to tighten standards for gas furnaces when there is no good reason for it to do so (and there isn't).  The new rule does not simply alter standards; it would effectively remove a technology from the marketplace and reduce competition.

If you're tempted to think the government cares about you...  Does anybody really believe that Biden cared whether the taxpayers have to pay $60 or $100 per barrel to refill the strategic petroleum reserve that he tapped to buy votes?  After all, it was his energy policies that jacked up the cost of gas and diesel, not the Russians or the supply chain disruption.  Does anyone believe that Biden cares whether taxpayers have to pay off $100 billion or one trillion in debt that he dictatorially is forgiving?  The government didn't care when colleges jacked up their costs much faster than inflation and now wants other people to pay off the debts that students ran up.  Is that fair?  The Democrats intentionally lied when they passed the falsely named inflation reduction act that they pretended would not only be paid for, but would reduce the deficit and reduce inflation.  The goal of the act was to buy votes and establish a slush fund for radical green pushers.

Report: Biden's HHS Imposes Gender Identity Pronoun Mandate on Employees.  President Joe Biden's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is ordering its employees to defy biological reality by referring to transgender coworkers by their "preferred pronouns."  The HHS, which employs approximately 80,000 people in the United States and abroad, imposed its new "Gender Identity and Non-Discrimination Guidance" late last week, which outlines "employee rights and protections related to gender identity," according to an alleged HHS email sent to employees and obtained by Catholic News Agency (CNA).

New York gas stove ban heats up as gas and construction groups file federal lawsuit.  A group of gas and construction trade groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the legality of New York's ban on gas stoves and furnaces in new residential buildings in a move to challenge Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul's push for green energy.  The case was filed by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Propane Gas Association, among others and names the New York Department of State as a defendant on the lawsuit.  The lawsuit alleges that New York does not have the legal ability to enforce the gas stove ban because a preexisting federal law, called the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975, already regulates energy use policies.

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over New York State Ban on Gas Stoves That Democrats Said Wasn't Happening.  Remember the stupid ban on gas stoves?  The one that Democrats insisted wasn't happening?  Two professional groups have just filed a federal lawsuit over the ban in New York, claiming that the state doesn't have the authority to put such a ban in place.  There needs to be more legal action like this.  Democrats are out of bounds on this issue.

A gander at Joe Biden's executive orders tells us a lot about his presidency.  As of May 9, 2023 President Biden has signed 115 executive orders.  Here a few of them:  Executive Order 13985 — Advances racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government.  This is unconstitutional discrimination based on racial identity and not character and competence of the individual so it is a blatantly unconstitutional racist executive order.  Executive Order 13988 — Designed to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.  It is one thing to tolerate adult gays, bisexuals, and transgenders but it is another to prove discrimination by heterosexuals and punish them for it.  Who will determine whether the discrimination was based on character and competence and not gender identity or sexual orientation?  Thus, this is an unenforceable order which may sound O.K. in theory but in practice is not enforceable.

Democrats' extremism, incivility, gaslighting precludes civil response.  Many people wonder why today, as opposed to even the recent past, the political parties can no longer be civil to — or even tolerate one another.  Well, the reason for that is that the Democrat party has become so extreme and moved so far left that it is no longer possible for a sane person to agree with them.  Today's Democrats bear little resemblance to those of the Truman or even Kennedy eras.  They are not just economic Marxists believing in equality of outcome, but cultural Marxists who wish to deny and/or destroy all that came before them, including the very concept of men and women.  Not content with even this, they boldly attempt to impose their ideas — and will — on everyone else.  They want equity of beliefs and values, as long as those beliefs and values are their own.  It is one thing to believe in somewhat bigger government and higher taxes, quite another to believe that baby-killing should be enshrined as the law of the land and that men can become women just by saying so.

Joe Biden is adamant that you pay other people's student loans.  Hey there, hardworking plumber, auto mechanic, nursing aide, dutiful married couple parents, and others of your ilk struggling to live within your income while faithfully paying your bills, your debts, maybe even loans — President Joe Biden (Democrat) thinks you're a fool!  A sucker!  Okay, okay, he didn't actually say that today, but that was definitely implied as he triumphantly announced a further expansion of canceling college student loan debt.

The 'McHenry Kicks Pelosi out' Story Gets Even More Amusing.  We wrote earlier about how one of the first orders of business for speaker pro tempore Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) in the aftermath of the House's ousting of Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as Speaker was to notify former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that she needed to immediately remove her things and vacate her hideaway office.  Also, according to reports, an email sent from a House Administration Committee aide indicated the room was being redesignated "for speaker office use."  Naturally, the move prompted some wailing from Pelosi, who proclaimed that the decision was "a sharp departure from tradition."  It was kind of an ironic statement to make considering, as my colleague Bonchie noted, ousting a House Speaker — which Pelosi's fellow Democrats ultimately supported even after she allegedly told McCarthy prior to him becoming Speaker she would push back against such a move — is quite a departure from tradition as well.

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Let's review:  A wide-open Mexican border, multi-trillion-dollar deficits, abortion on demand, forced vaccinations, men pretending to be women, men in the women's restrooms, mail-in ballots (with no evidence they were really mailed) counted days after election day, legalized marijuana, assisted suicide, gun control, an obviously corrupt and venal president, crime without punishment, a lesbian Senator who resides in Maryland representing California, electric cars, windmills and solar panels instead of coal and natural gas, defunding the police — nearly everything in the Socialist Democrats' platform is "a sharp departure from tradition."

Biden Administration Forces Transgender Orthodoxy in Workplaces.  The Biden administration seeks to force transgender orthodoxy on ordinary Americans via its Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC aims to weaponize a federal law prohibiting harassment on the basis of sex in the workplace by forbidding employers to believe that biological sex can not be altered due to one's self-identification, according to a report by the Daily Signal.  The federal agency published a proposed rule for workplace harassment Monday, citing the Supreme Court's decision in Bostock v.  Clayton County, which states, "sex-based discrimination includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity."

The Specter of Permanent Democrat Rule.  In today's House and Senate, nine members call themselves socialists.  Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution explicitly makes them ineligible to serve.  Another 15 members publicly lean socialist but do not declare themselves, probably for electability reasons.  In total, 102 representatives are members of the Democrat Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).  Might you think that many of these are socialists in sheep's clothing?  Read the following and decide for yourself: ["]The CPC advocates a universal, high-quality, Medicare for All health care system, living wage laws, reductions in military expenditures, a crackdown on corporate greed, putting an end to mass incarceration, supporting and implementing swift measures to start reversing climate change, immigration policies that are humane, and reparations.["] [...] We are 35 years into the takeover of the Democrat party by world socialism and the World Economic Forum.  This Marxist front organization guides the world within its many bodies toward one-world government.  Ultra-left Rep. Pramila Jayapal is their caucus leader.

Democrats Use Issues to Push for Total Control.  In polling, Democrat voters rank climate change as an important issue, but less important than health care, education, and abortion rights.  Transgenderism is well down the list of voter priorities.  Transgenderism and climate change are problematic issues.  Men cannot become women and women cannot become men.  Gender is not a social construct, but a physical reality.  No matter how often you assert the opposite, it will not become true.  Likewise climate change.  "Everyone" knows that man-made climate change is destroying the planet.  The "entire" scientific community is united in agreement.  Both of these statements are false, but they are never debated.  The science upon which climate catastrophe assertions are based is not settled.  Just ask Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. John Clauser, who was recently cancelled for undermining the supposed monolithic climate orthodoxy.  Why are these two issues, each with a questionable foundation in reality, at the forefront of Democrat activism?

Joe Biden's Inflation Reduction Act committed more than $100 million to promote 'tree equity'.  The "climate change" (uh huh, sure) picture is clear:  the transfer of wealth (to them and away from us), and an attack against nature and sensibility. [...] Leave it up to federal bureaucrats to argue that high crime rates are simply because criminals don't have access to trees, having nothing whatsoever to do with the procrime policies of the Democrat politicians in these concrete jungles with minority neighborhoods.  Who knew?

Biden Forest Service Hands Out Over $100 Million To Advance 'Tree Equity'.  "Tree Equity" is a term first coined by American Forests, a conservation nonprofit, that blames the lack of trees in minority neighborhoods on "redlining and other discriminatory policies," according to the organization's website.  The Forest Service argues on its website that planting trees will reduce crime and improve health outcomes.  The grants are funded through the Inflation Reduction Act, Biden's signature climate law.  While trees cover nearly half of Atlanta, the most coverage in the nation according to Trees Atlanta, the Forest Service approved a grant to the city for $10 million to "address issues related to tree equity" and develop a "sustainable, diverse nature-based workforce." Similarly, San Francisco had 14,543 trees per square mile as of 2021, and the Forest Service allocated $14 million to plant more trees this year, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

Biden Admin Releases Most Restrictive Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling Plan In US History.  The Biden administration on Friday unveiled the most restrictive offshore oil and gas five-year leasing program in history.  The Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the plan, which allows for three offshore oil and gas lease sales through 2029, with sales in 2025, 2027 and 2029.  That schedule represents the lowest number of sales that the administration could have pursued while maintaining its ability to push offshore wind development under provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and it is the "smallest number of oil and gas lease sales in history," according to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.  "The Biden-Harris administration is committed to building a clean energy future that ensures America's energy independence," Haaland said of the schedule's release.

Dealing with Consequences.  [Scroll down]  Consider the crime wave that is currently ruining cities with Democrat mayors.  Far-left Soros funded district attorneys such as Alvin Bragg and Chelsa Boudin and George Gascón have made the decision to not prosecute criminals.  As a consequence, crime is rampant and 'Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety' are nonexistent.  To say that Biden has removed our opportunity to vote on his decisions concerning his policies would be a major understatement.  But that's only half the story.  Biden is trying to create a consequence-free society.  Decisions have consequences in the real world, but not in Biden-world.  Making decisions without consequences is simply not possible.  Every decision has consequences, be they favorable or unfavorable, expected or not, intended or unintended, or some combination thereof.

Cloward-Piven Strategy:  Its hellish culmination is nearly here.  The goal is to foist us into an economic crisis leading to the collapse of the United States as well as capitalism.  A two-class system will then rise out of the ashes — one rich and one poor.  The devastation will lead to the poor begging for the rich-in-charge (also known as the government, the global elites, the Democratic Party and the liberal left) to save them.  Therein lies our nation's conversion to socialism and enslavement.  Simplified further, the three-step process reads like this:  Overwhelm the nation.  Do it all at once.  Then prepare for the collapse of the United States.  The strategy relies on uncontrolled spending, massive debt and the distribution of entitlements.  It is the reason the United States continues to financially support Ukraine, leaving us with $30 trillion in debt while illegal migrants flood our border.  It was also the reason for the COVID lockdowns and unending state of fear that had many thanking the federal government for the meager handouts they were given.

Slouching Towards 1984.  [Scroll down]  Leftists seek to decarbonize the worldwide energy system — thus intentionally destroying a highly effective, proven, and safe energy production and distribution system that has lifted millions around the world out of poverty.  This system was refined and incrementally improved over time.  The Left wants to replace this system with technologies that are neither currently effective, proven, nor safe and although inchoate are expected to emerge fully formed — meaning that once implemented technological advancement will be more difficult and expensive.  The U.S. already spends billions in order to end up further behind where we are now from an energy, industrial output and standard of living perspective.  The planners are talking about required reductions in energy consumption, automotive miles traveled, airplane miles traveled and consumption of energy intensive foodstuffs — thus destroying our wealth and reducing the quality of life.

Radical Democrats' greatest fears are religion, truth, honesty, and integrity.  Our nation's first president, George Washington, predicted what could happen.  His fears described how an unprincipled group of men and women would take over a political party and subvert the Constitution.  Radical "activists" including communists, socialists, Marxists, progressives, LGBTQ++, and haters of religion and family, have adopted the Democrat party as their vehicle of choice.  They have coalesced with naive political leaders and the media.  They are now using this power to destroy America's culture.  Deviant thinking seeks to replace absolute truth with ever-changing concepts of identity, whims, and moods.  News organizations, social media, and politics have knowing or unknowingly spread their identity to create a godless culture.

House approves bill striking down Biden's crackdown on hunting and archery in overwhelmingly bipartisan vote.  The House voted late Tuesday evening in favor of legislation striking down the Biden administration's decision to block federal funding for school shooting sports courses.  In a 424-1 vote, the House approved the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act with 216 Republicans and 208 Democrats voting in favor, and just one lawmaker, Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, voting against.  Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., introduced the bill on Aug. 1, days after a Fox News Digital report in late July revealed the Department of Education was withholding funds for school hunting and archery courses.  "Hunters and fishers are the best conservationists," Green told Fox News Digital after the vote Tuesday.

Synopsis:  The government is creating 20,000 do-nothing jobs for minorities.
Biden's climate corps will hire 'diverse generation' of 20,000 Americans to 'tackle climate change'; no work experience required.  President Biden is planning to sign an executive order Wednesday to establish a federal workforce training and service initiative as part of his administration's efforts to fight climate change.  Biden's so-called American Climate Corps will, according to the White House, mobilize "a new, diverse generation" of more than 20,000 Americans who will be trained and put to work on conservation, clean energy and environmental justice projects.  The ultimate goal of the program is to pave the way for members of the corps to find jobs in the public and private sector.  "The American Climate Corps is a new initiative that will... work on a wide range of projects that tackle climate change — including restoring coastal wetlands to protect communities from storm surges and flooding, deploying clean energy, managing forests to improve health and prevent catastrophic wildfires, implementing energy efficient solutions to cut energy bills for hardworking families, and more," the White House said.

Biden admin unleashes 50-year mining, oil drilling ban across thousands of acres in New Mexico.  The Biden administration proposed to block of thousands of acres from future oil drilling or mining in northern New Mexico in an effort to protect Native American lands.  According to the Department of the Interior (DOI), the proposal would ban new mining claims and oil and gas development across more than 4,200 acres in Sandoval County, New Mexico, located north of Albuquerque.  If finalized and implemented, the action would remain in place for up to 50 years.  "Today we're responding to call from Tribes, elected leaders, and community members who want to see these public lands protected," Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement.  "We look forward to hearing more from the public to inform decisions about how activities, like gravel mining, may impact these lands, including the important cultural and natural resources."

Biden Moves Closer to Martial Law with Executive Order Creating a Civilian 'Climate' Army.  When Americans quickly needed to raise an army to fight the Nazis during World War II, the first place they turned was to the young men who had been trained in discipline and military skills a decade earlier as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps.  With radical socialists now anticipating the declaration of a "climate emergency" that will supersede the normal elections process next year, likely triggering a massive public uprising and the declaration of martial law, the recent failures of an F-35 stealth fighter may have the government worried that its fleet of artificial-intelligence piloted drones may not be enough to get the job done.  Meanwhile, federal defense-spending dollars are all being rerouted to Ukraine or to helping military members fund medical procedures like abortions and transgender surgeries.  And recruitment in several military branches may be at their lowest levels in decades, at least.

Joe Biden to Announce Executive Level Gun Control Office.  President Joe Biden will announce the Office of Gun Violence Prevention on Friday and the new office will be coordinated with Mike Bloomberg gun control proponents and others.  According to the Washington Post, "The new office will report up through Stefanie Feldman, the White House staff secretary and a longtime Biden policy aide who has worked on the firearms issue for years."  Coordination in the office is expected between the "White House, the Community Justice Action Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety."  Shannon Watts, a Mike Bloomberg affiliate who founded Moms Demand Action, praised the creation of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, saying, "If this announcement is, in fact, the creation of a single point of leadership on gun violence in the administration, it's a very big deal for the movement."

Why are Democrats/Socialists/Communists pushing transgender ideology so hard, especially on children?  In short, it is because Communist countries already practice totalitarian control over their people, while far-Leftists/wannabe — Communists in the West are endeavoring to achieve that level of control.  By brainwashing people, starting with very young children, into questioning their gender and trying to eliminate the concepts of "Mother" and "Father," "Boys" and "Girls," the Leftists in America are working to destroy the "nuclear family" which is the basis for freedom and democracy, as well as free- market Capitalism.  As German socialist philosopher Friedrich Engles once said: "The male-dominated nuclear family is essential for Capitalism."

RFK Jr says he would ban fracking in 10-point plan to tackle plastics pollution.  Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., while announcing his 10-point plan to end the plastics pollution crisis, said he would ban fracking.  The process of fracking involves high pressure injections of liquid into underground rocks and layers to open fissures and extract oil or gas.  The United Nations says each year, 19-23 million tons of plastic waste leaks into waterways, polluting rivers, seas, and lakes.

Markey, Ocasio-Cortez ask Biden to create Civilian Climate Corps by executive order.  Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), two of Congress's most vocal proponents for aggressive climate action, on Monday called for President Biden to establish a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC).  The CCC had been a key element in early versions of the Build Back Better Act, the sweeping environmental and infrastructure bill.  It was not ultimately included in the slimmed-down Inflation Reduction Act, which nonetheless was the largest climate bill in U.S. history.  Biden was a vocal backer of the CCC early in his presidency, comparing it to the Civilian Conservation Corps introduced during the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  The original legislation called for $10 billion to launch the program.

Joe Biden to Announce Executive Level Gun Control Office.  President Joe Biden will announce the Office of Gun Violence Prevention on Friday and the new office will be coordinated with Mike Bloomberg gun control proponents and others.  According to the Washington Post, "The new office will report up through Stefanie Feldman, the White House staff secretary and a longtime Biden policy aide who has worked on the firearms issue for years."  Coordination in the office is expected between the "White House, the Community Justice Action Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety."

Mark Levin's The Democrat Party Hates America.  Once again, Mark Levin has done a great service to the Republic by writing a fully documented, highly pointed book on a topic of vital national interest.  Published today by the Threshold Editions imprint of Simon & Schuster, The Democrat Party Hates America is required reading for anyone who follows politics in America.  That most assuredly includes those who identify as Democrats, though most will shun the book because it is too much of a challenge to their sense of self-worth and virtue.  For the few who have the courage to read it, the book will be a revelation.  I make no secret that I was born into a family of active Democrats, and until reality intruded well into adulthood, I shared that political attachment.  I have since regarded it as a mistaken affiliation, but after reading this book I now have a sense a shame.  If it is widely enough read, and I predict that it will be a runaway best-seller, the book will change the way the public understands one of our two major political parties, forever tainting the Democrats for the racism, hypocrisy, lack of principle, and sheer ruthless pursuit of power at any cost that have permeated their party throughout its history.

The Democrat Party Is Stripped Naked In Mark Levin's Astonishing Bestseller.  Mark Levin has authored 10 bestselling books over the past 16 years related to politics, current events, and policy issues.  His latest book, The Democrat Party Hates America lays out a devastating argument that the Democratic Party is responsible for much of the division the country faces today.  But Levin demonstrates this is nothing new for the Democrats because its very origin was predicated on hatred.  Levin provides a detailed history of the Democratic Party since the Civil War and its shifting positions and language over time.  He observes party leaders like Barack Obama and Joe Biden have mastered political tactics to gain power while attacking, demonizing and even imprisoning critics.  At its core, the book warns of the longstanding Democrat embrace of hatred as its center, from Slavery to Marxism.

While Using Drag Queens for Recruitment, Woke General Milley Hotly Denies That Military Is Woke.  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark "Thoroughly Modern" Milley, who apparently wears a medal on his chest for every military disaster he's overseen, bristles at claims that on his watch, the U.S. military has become woke, soft, and distracted from its actual purpose.  The uber-woke general claims that he's "not even sure what that word truly means" — that is, "woke" — and that the United States military is fearsome, powerful, and ready for anything.  And it's true, as long as the Chinese or Russians send an army of drag queens to confront us.

Biden Will Veto Military Pay Raise Because It Doesn't Cater to Climate Change, Transgenders Enough.  Since day one in office, President Joe Biden has advanced policies that weaken America's military and distract from its core mission of protecting the nation.  Biden has continually proposed cuts to the defense budget while sending hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.  The president has also tried to politicize America's armed forces and cater to those who are transgender, pro-abortion, or radical climate change activists.  This week, the White House announced Biden will veto a GOP bill that includes military pay raises for soldiers should it pass. [...] "If the president were presented with H.R. 4365, he would veto it.," the White House said in a press release, pointing to the lack of Left-wing agenda items such as diversity initiatives, abortion, transgender issues, and climate change.

Gotham's Airheaded Carbon Law.  On Earth Day 2019, then-mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Climate Mobilization Act (Local Law 97) into law, heralding a Green New Deal for New York City.  The measure, committing the city to full carbon neutrality by 2050, represented the most aggressive urban climate-change plan in America.  Its centerpiece provision seeks to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from buildings, a source that constitutes two-thirds of the city's total emissions.  "In one of the great coastal cities of the world, there's a lot we have to do to make sure that life in 2050 will be livable," preached the mayor.  Local Law 97 won't make life in New York more livable in 2050.  On the contrary, starting next year, when its harsh penalties take effect, the law will further raise costs in the world's priciest housing market, force middle-income New Yorkers to subsidize green industries, and — by discouraging newcomers and driving away existing residents — displace emissions to less carbon-efficient jurisdictions.  In exchange for nearly three decades of New York sacrifices, LL97 will reduce global climate emissions by an infinitesimal amount.

What the Left Did to Our Country.  [Scroll down]  They launched a base attack on the American legal system.  Supreme Court judges are libeled, their houses swarmed, and their lives threatened with impunity.  The Left promised to pack the court or to ignore any decision it resents.  The media runs hit pieces on any conservative justice deemed too influential.  The prior Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer whipped up a mob outside the court's doors, and threatened two justices by name.  As Schumer presciently put it, they would soon "reap the whirlwind" of what they supposedly had sowed and thus would have no idea what was about to "hit" them.  Under the pretense of Covid fears, balloting went from 70 percent participation on election day in most states to a mere 30 percent.  Yet the rates of properly rejected illegal or improper ballots often dived by a magnitude of ten.  Assaults now followed on hallowed processes, laws, customs, and institutions — the Senate filibuster, the 50-state union, the Electoral College, the nine-justice Supreme Court, Election Day, and voter IDs.

"Who Is Biden Working For?" Admin Under Fire For 'Illegal, Reckless' Cancellation Of Alaska Oil Leases.  After canceling the Keystone XL pipeline project, draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to dangerously low levels (some of which was sold to a Hunter Biden-linked Chinese energy giant), and vowing "no more oil drilling" on US soil while America's geopolitical adversaries — two of whom paid his family handsomely — beef up their own energy independence, the Biden administration has done it again.  Last week the regime confirmed that it will cancel seven controversial oil and gas leases in an area of Alaska known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which were legally awarded from a 2021 sale.

Are You Better Off Today Than You Were Four Years Ago?  Another metric is food inflation as all Americans need to purchase and consume food.  Food inflation currently sits at 4.9 percent compared to 1.8 percent four years ago.  It has more than doubled in the past four years, with no sign of slowing down.  At a macroeconomic level, is our national debt higher or lower compared to four years ago?  In 2022, the national debt was $30.8 trillion.  Four years ago in 2018 it was $21.4 trillion.  In four short years it increased by almost $10 trillion.  It took America until 2008 to even reach $10 trillion in debt and in four short years we added 230 years' worth of debt to our ledger.  That's what America owes.  How about what America spends?  The annual U.S. budget deficit was $665 billion in 2017, rising to $2,772 [billion] in 2021.  This is more than a fourfold increase in spending money we don't have.  Budget deficits used to be measured in the billions.  Under Biden they are in the trillions.

A gun grab to test the waters.  Democrats are testing the waters for a national gun grab.  On Friday in New Mexico, the governor, a Second Amendment foe, tried to take legal guns away from one of her cities. [...] Let no one be fooled:  This is Step One to see if Americans are paying attention and if they have the stones to fight back.  If they are not and don't, this will go national and the Second Amendment will fall.  Democrats are clever.  They won't try this in a large, populous city with national attention.  They will try dying a corner of the fabric first to see if the color is good for the whole garment.  It seems the Guv got national attention anyway, probably because of the outrageousness of the grab.  Our Constitution is a paper document with nothing to protect it from being burned to ashes.  Unless the People rise up against this gun grab, the rest of us will be forever unprotected against what has become The Beast that is governmental overreach.

Democrats' 2024 Magic Bullet:  Mass Mail-In Voting.  What do you do, as a political operative, when your party's candidate doesn't appear to be physically well enough to endure a national presidential campaign?  When your candidate struggles with prepared remarks, trips on stairs, and cannot make it through a campaign event without uttering major gaffes?  When your candidate, simultaneous to the problems stated above, is unable to answer basic questions about a myriad of family scandals that allegedly involve millions of dollars funneling into family bank accounts from foreign entities?  When your candidate is not even able to point to a track record of success on the economy, the security of our southern border, or unifying the nation?  You find a bulletproof way to win, anyway.  And the Democrats just may have found it: mass mail-in voting.

White House:  Funds for Maui and Florida to be withheld unless Congress approves more money for Ukraine.  White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suggested on Wednesday that much-needed disaster relief for Florida's hurricane victims and those in Maui who were devastated by the raging wildfire could be withheld unless Congress approves another $24 billion to aid Ukraine's military.  "[Republican Florida] Sen. Rubio, whose state is recovering from [Hurricane] Idalia, says the $16 billion in additional disaster relief should be decoupled from the additional funding [sic] for Ukraine.  Of course, that's part of their request which seems to be opposed by many Republicans," a reporter began during Wednesday's briefing.  "Is the administration willing to separate these requests and seek the FEMA disaster aid independently to ensure it gets to the hurricane victims [and] Hawaii wildfire victims as quickly as possible or do you see that these things have to be grouped together for the request?"

Biden Launches Nationwide Workforce Initiative — for Illegal Aliens.  President Joe Biden's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a nationwide workforce initiative that seeks to funnel millions of border crossers and illegal aliens into United States jobs — even as the labor force participation rate for Americans continues to decline.  On Wednesday, Biden's DHS announced "a first-of-its-kind national campaign" to make millions of border crossers and illegal aliens, who have been released into the U.S. interior, aware that they are eligible for work permits to take American jobs.

Biden's Declaration of War on Domestic Political Enemies.  Taking a page from former Chinese leader Mao Zedong's book about the suppression of political enemies in order to maintain control, Joe Biden has declared war on his own domestic political enemies.  Thanks to two decades of Democrats corrupting the nation's intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies, the awesome powers of the surveillance state have been turned from a focus on overseas threats to an ever-evolving characterization (by Democrat prosecutors and the US Dept of Justice) of "domestic terrorists."  Meanwhile, the Democrats' Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs are the vanguard of the American version of Mao's Cultural Revolution in the streets.

Biden's brain, mind, behavior, and character.  [Scroll down]  Biden had campaigned on green energy proposals toward America's shift to solar, wind, and electric-powered vehicles.  However, his abrupt, aggressive rejection of all fossil fuels, industries and pipelines was impulsive.  It hurt America because no gradual plan for such change to a higher and effective percentage of renewable energy was implemented.  In addition, gas and petroleum products and energy sources are impossible to forever be shut down.  Electric cars require fossil fuels for electricity that supports their operation.  Medical equipment and implements require oil-based plastic products, as do fertilizers and wrappings for meats and other foods.  Cold winters require natural gas and heating oil.  In addition, America has made huge progress in clean fossil fuel energy production and utilization via internal combustion engine technology.

Team Biden Continues Two-Pronged Assault on 2nd Amendment and Small Businesses.  The commie puppet masters who run Joe Biden's brain have made no secret of their contempt for the Second Amendment and law-abiding American gun owners.  They've had their senile mouthpiece babbling about "assault weapons" almost from the moment he was installed in the Oval Office.  Democrats don't have a lot of luck with sweeping gun control legislation for a couple of reasons.  First, they keep passing laws that make gun owners who have adhered to the law criminals overnight.  These laws eventually find their way to a judge or a court that says, "Yeah... no."  The other reason — and this is the big one — is that there are a lot of Democrats who own guns and are fond of their Second Amendment rights.  Most of them are in flyover country, which is why a lot of the D.C. Dems are out of touch with reality.

Biden cancels more student debt:  President wipes $72 million from 2,300 borrowers from online Ashford University.  The Biden administration is canceling $72 million in student loans for 2,300 borrowers who say they were cheated by Ashford University, a former for-profit college that was purchased by the University of Arizona in 2020.  The Education Department announced the action Wednesday, saying it will seek to recoup the money from the University of Arizona.

Biden admin mulls more intervention in the market with new overtime pay 'rules'.  Now, the Biden administration is mulling more intervention in the market, and wants to hike the threshold for overtime pay. [...] Does anyone truly believe that these regulations will help productivity, or that costs won't spiral out of control?  I am sure rising costs will help the poor and seniors on fixed incomes be able to afford their necessities.  It's as if we have a bunch of economic illiterates running the asylum in D.C. who think they have to regulate everything.  They must be voted out or they will never stop.

What squirrely priorities these people have!
Pentagon Officials Worked To Finalize Climate Plan During Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal, Emails Show.  In the midst of the Biden administration's disastrous military withdrawal from Afghanistan, top Pentagon officials were working to get the Secretary of Defense to sign a major climate change initiative, according to emails obtained by The Daily Wire.  In the two weeks between the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15, 2021, and the final U.S. military flight out of Afghanistan on August 30, Pentagon officials were scrambling with the White House to finalize the Department of Defense Climate Adaptation Plan, a document that declares climate change a major national security risk.  The emails indicate frustration from climate change-focused Pentagon officials at the difficulty of getting the plan signed — but that ultimately their determination to focus on climate change even during the Afghanistan withdrawal paid off.  Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin signed the climate initiative on September 1, just six days after 13 Americans were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber.

A Silly Scheme by Green Zealots to Appease the Global Warming Gods?  As the Biden administration moves toward vastly increasing carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems as a means of reaching the chimerical goal of Net Zero America, that is, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the Satartia disaster should serve as a warning.  The government has allocated $10 billion for CCS projects, besides grants, funds, and tax credits.  CCS involves capturing CO2 from industrial and other sources, compressing it, and conveying it via pipelines for storage in underground geological formations and disused oil wells.  Or, it might be used for forcing out more oil from active wells, as Denbury is doing.  As you can imagine, this would involve a huge grid:  a Princeton study envisages 65,000 miles of pipelines carrying CO2 across America by 2050.  The trunk lines will be four feet in diameter.  Currently, there are 50 pipelines — about 5,000 miles — transporting 70 million tons of CO2 annually for enhanced oil extraction.  Developers are now seeking permits for multi-state CCS projects that will ferry CO2 from ethanol plants in the Midwest through some 3,500 miles of pipeline.  All this could be at great risk to the ecology, besides exposing numerous human habitations to Satartia-like accidents.

Colorado Dems Go Full Commie, Choose Open Marxist Who Calls for Cultural Revolution for State House Seat.  Just in case you have any lingering doubt about what the Democrats plan to inflict upon America, consider the case of Tim Hernández, whom Colorado party apparatchiks have just selected to fill a vacant state House seat in the Denver area.  The charming Hernández is an open and proud Marxist, frequently rails against "Whiteness," and has called for a "FORCEFUL Cultural Revolution."  He is also, of course, a schoolteacher, busy raising up new cadres of Bolsheviks to bring about the revolution he desires.  Every Marxist revolution in history has been accompanied by appalling bloodlust; if Hernández ever gets what he wants, Coloradans can't say they didn't see it coming.

Barack Obama the Vindictive Enforcer.  [Scroll down]  Let's face it: it is highly unlikely Joe Biden came up with the idea to cut open Trump's border wall in Arizona.  Nor is it likely that the guy who couldn't find his way to a podium accomplished the goal of abandoning U.S. soldiers Benghazi-style or haphazardly arming the Taliban with billions of dollars in military war weaponry.  Every policy decision, from the diminishing supply chain to destroying energy independence to the economic crippling of the middle class to the devastating invasion at the border to the vaccine mandates, hints at the forced exoneration of Obama's hurt feelings — on steroids.  Then add to the equation the travelers aboard Biden's clown car, which include Giggles Harris, Sniffles Hunter, and the esteemed Dr. Jill.  And if that motley crew being within a mile of the nuclear codes isn't scary enough, what's even more disturbing is how everyone who dared question the 2020 election is being tarred; feathered; disgraced, and primed for political, professional, and in Trump's case literal gallows.

Quit Aiming for the Ankles.  On August 1, the Administration decreed it is illegal to sell the incandescent bulbs which most of us use (and have used for 140 years) and which are cheap.  You can only sell LED bulbs or compact fluorescent light bulbs.  Like Grant running through Richmond, the administrative state is running though our homes, mandating more expensive and less efficient household items. [...] [T]his week the administration added yet another sacrifice to the Sky Dragon — ceiling fans. [...] Once again, the defenders of this overreach pad the benefits to be obtained and minimize the cost to consumers.  At the same time, the beneficiaries are large corporations, you know, the kind of companies from whom — like unions — the Democrats count on for political contributions.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis.  Before the 1994 Republican takeover, Democrats had sixty years of virtually unbroken power in Congress, with substantial majorities most of the time.  Can a group of smart people, studying issue after issue for years on end, with virtually unlimited resources at their command, not come up with a single policy that works?  Why are they chronically incapable?  Why?  One of two things must be true.  Either the Democrats are unfathomable idiots, who ignorantly pursue ever more destructive policies despite decades of contrary evidence, or they understand the consequences of their actions and relentlessly carry on anyway because they somehow benefit.  I submit to you they understand the consequences.  For many it is simply a practical matter of eliciting votes from a targeted constituency at taxpayer expense; we lose a little, they gain a lot, and the politician keeps his job.  But for others, the goal is more malevolent — the failure is deliberate.

Democrats Have Broken America:  Where's the Outrage?  The Democrats have an ace in the hole in their relentless war on the Constitution — conservative America's reverence for the concept of the rule of the law.  Only their steadfast commitment to this traditional ideal explains why conservatives are allowing Democrats to flagrantly corrupt our judicial system to destroy their opponents and protect themselves.  For all their huffing and puffing, conservatives have effectively taken a let the system play itself out attitude while Democrats nakedly politicize that system through their partisan indictments of former President Trump and their Potemkin Village probes of the Bidens.  These are not statements of opinion.  These are facts.  Part of me is glad that so many legal analysts have spilled so much ink exposing these charades.  But we degrade our country and ourselves when we treat this unspeakable behavior with anything other than horrified contempt.  Every good-faith critique normalizes and legitimizes this profoundly un-American conspiracy.

Pot, porn, and Planned Parenthood.  Laura Ingraham managed to boil down the Democrat Party platform into three little words: pot, porn, and Planned Parenthood.  It's a bit simplistic, I admit.  I would probably throw in a bit more bits of degeneracy, but it captures something essential about the fundamental message of the Left:  living a hedonistic, consequence-free lifestyle is the highest good.  If it feels good, do it.  [Tweet with video clip]  The funny thing about her alliterative description of the Democrats' philosophy is how readily so many Democrats agreed with her.

The Biden Admin Is Going After Another Common Household Item in the Name of Climate Change.  After attempts to ban gas stoves burned such proposals' Democrat proponents and proposed new federal vehicle efficiency standards seek to force costs even higher, the Biden administration is now going after (drumroll please) ceiling fans.  Republicans in the House of Representatives, however, are not fans of the proposal due to the impact it looks to have on America's small businesses.  In a new letter to the U.S. Department of Energy and its leader Secretary Jennifer Granholm, members of the House Small Business Committee pointed out the problems with the latest policy in the Biden administration's supposedly "green" energy crusade that's anything but.

Executive Orders and the End of Liberty.  [Scroll down]  We are fighting for the liberties with which we were born.  The issue is no less than tyranny.  It is no coincidence that the same mayor (Michelle Wu) has been under fire for maintaining an "enemies list."  Those that would change our lives through executive order apparently have a much larger "enemies list" than the one at issue in Wu's court battles.  Wu advocates a "green new deal" for Boston and beyond.  The original program with that name would have required every building in the U.S. to be torn down or completely renovated in the name of fighting "climate change."  It should be no surprise that the ideological successors to Pol Pot and Reverend Jim Jones would pursue a policy that would displace the entire population.  The most brutal of dictators have relied on mass relocation of their people for various reasons.  As in the case of Pol Pot and Jones, those policies ended very badly.  There is no way to remove/rebuild every building in the U.S. without displacing each person that lives and works in those buildings.  We feel safe that no such policy will ever be enacted because it is so extreme.  But we must remember that the idea of a national consensus is now quaint and poses no obstacle to government initiatives.  Executives now act on their own without a legislative mandate.

How America Becomes Zimbabwe.  What is the difference between South African politician Julius Malema, who led chants of "Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer" during a recent rally of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the political organization that he chairs, and U.S. Air Force general C.Q. Brown, nominated as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whose goal as CJCS isn't to increase the combat capability of the Armed Forces, but to ensure that white male officers become a minority at the Pentagon?  Same clown, different uniform.  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of defense used to be interested in improving the combat capability of America.  Now it is putting dresses on men and calling them admirals, hiring more refugees from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, and mandating that troops take an experimental non-FDA-approved vaccine lest they be fired or court-martialed for disobeying an obviously illegal order, all while demeaning the troops with bogus accusations of racism and white supremacy.

Understanding The Parasitic Cooperation Between Globalists And Leftists.  Consider for a moment the progressive "intersectional" narrative which we often refer to as "woke": It's not an activist movement because they already have equal rights under the law.  It's partially a political movement but their goals go far beyond putting candidates in government — A large part of the government is already on their side.  They claim to stand against "capitalism" and corporate power, yet their movement is primarily funded by the very money elites they say they despise.  No, this movement is something different — It's a system of blind belief and the invasion of a cult that worships itself, that worships power and seeks to undermine the truth whenever possible as a means to an end.  We are witnessing history in the making; the birth of a monstrous religion of moral relativism.

Biden administration best understood as a junta.  I have come to realize that the Biden administration is nothing but a junta.  Those who constitute it are the opposite of the Founders.  They don't believe in limited government — of, by, and for the people.  They do not believe in objectivity — or freedom of speech, religion, and assembly.  They do not believe in "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects," or in their right to be free from "unreasonable searches and seizures."  (Just ask Roger Stone or Donald Trump.)  Nor do they believe in equality under the law, the people's right to a "speedy and public trial" by a jury of one's peers (just ask Donald Trump), natural law, etc., etc.  And they certainly don't believe that "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."  In fact, in recent years, they appear increasingly to disdain all these concepts...because they obviously increasingly disdain those who disagree with them and/or who could stand in the way of the ever-increasing power and control they have over others — power and control they revel in and believe they richly deserve.  They do believe in a Supreme Ruler.  But they believe they are that Supreme Ruler.  They believe they have the right — indeed, duty — to rule over the "deplorables" in rural areas and flyover country.  Preposterously, they purport to believe that their ideas and policies must be implemented, whether the rest of us like it or not... if we are to "save our democracy."  There is nothing less democratic — or more deplorable — than that.

Biden Declares War On Your Appliances.  President Biden's unelected bureaucrats were never going to stop at taking away your light bulbs.  Your gas stove is next, followed by your dishwasher and your water heater — then finally your car.  And it's not members of Congress who are doing this, so you can't vote them out of office.  This isn't conjecture.  This year the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have announced proposed rules that would force you to give up your current appliances and cars.  Additional regulations to pressure companies not to fund American energy have come from the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Biden's new crackdown on another appliance will be worse than gas stoves.  We have seen a big consumer backlash in 2023 over Biden administration bureaucrats targeting gas stoves, but that could pale in comparison to the coming anger over costly air conditioning regulations.  In fact, that has already begun, making this unusually hot summer even more unpleasant for homeowners needing air conditioner repairs.  And things could get downright ugly starting next summer.  The Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) just announced a 40% production cut in 2024 for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the widely used class of refrigerants being targeted for their claimed contribution to climate change.  As it is, the modest 10% cut in force today has already caused many HFCs to triple in price, including HFC-410a which is used in most home air conditioners.

The Push to Trade with Enemies.  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's attempt in Beijing to separate commerce from geopolitics, to promote private trade and investment even with nations that present threats to American security which include control of strategic industry and resources is an error at best.  Secretary Yellen is not alone in pushing this notion based on classical liberal sophistries backed by the influential business lobbyists who inhabit the Washington swamp.  The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a major component of the Establishment, heavily funded by corporations and liberal foundations.  It has put out a paper casting as illegitimate the U.S. stand that national security issues are exempt from World Trade Organization rulings favoring "free trade" in all things.

We're selling Putin our nuclear power future.  Back when we first started waging economic warfare on Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, we slapped all manner of sanctions on Moscow and various Russian businesses and oligarchs.  (Unless they had business ties with Hunter and Joe Biden, of course.)  There were sanctions on Russian oil, vodka, caviar, and many other exports.  But there was one product that conveniently didn't get any sanctions.  That would be uranium.  Why?  Because we use a lot of uranium for a variety of things, particularly in our nuclear reactors, and we didn't want to upset the apple cart.  Russia is a major exporter of Uranium, although Kazakhstan is far and away the biggest exporter, so dealing with Kazakhstan is basically just dealing with Russia and the difference is subtle.

This is exactly what Barack H. Obama would have done:
The $6 Billion Misunderstanding.  Robert Gover wrote the cult classic One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding.  It might have been cutting-edge in 1962, when it was published, but not for long.  Insofar as my subject here is related to President Biden, I can note that Hunter Biden's misadventures have taken reality far beyond Gover's satire.  However, I have found Gover's title an irresistible source of headlines for comments on the news.  Today comes word via the New York Times that the Biden administration has entered into a $6 billion arrangement with Iran for the return of five imprisoned Americans.  Fox News has posted an accessible story on the arrangement [elsew]here.  That's quite an increase over the $400 million non-signing bonus and future considerations (more money) that the Obama administration paid the Iranian regime for the return of four American prisoners and entry into the JCPOA.  The astronomical increase might be a case of Bidenomics in action or just a deeper descent into national abasement.

GOP lawmakers barred from re-election in Oregon after 6-week walkout, state secretary says.  Oregon Republican leaders who orchestrated a six-week walkout from legislative sessions to stall Democrat-led bills will not be allowed to run for re-election when their term ends in 2024, Oregon Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade said Tuesday.  Griffin-Valade, a Democrat, vowed to uphold a 2022 law passed by Oregon voters known as Measure 113, which says lawmakers with more than 10 unexcused absences from the legislative session will not be eligible for re-election.  "It is clear voters intended Measure 113 to disqualify legislators from running for re-election if they had 10 or more unexcused absences in a legislative session," Griffin-Valade said in a news release.  "My decision honors the voters' intent by enforcing the measure the way it was commonly understood when Oregonians added it to our state constitution."

The Editor says...
One party rule!  There must be a name for that.

The definition of totalitarian

Biden Descends Into Complete Incoherence in New Mexico.  As we noted, he designated a new monument which is raising a lot of questions about whether this move will harm our national security.  His move also helps the Russians by cutting off our ability to develop uranium deposits within the ambit of the land blocked off by the national monument.  The land in question is almost a million acres, including land far away from the Grand Canyon, the area the new monument designation was supposed to protect.  There's also a question about how much land is being taken from private citizens and how it may affect their rights.  On top of that, he didn't seem to understand what the number and nature of the wonders of the world were, and he showed off some full-blown hypocrisy with a huge gas-guzzling motorcade while sermonizing about climate change.

The Editor says...
Never mind the motorcade in the middle of nowhere — what about the multiple jumbo jets needed to bring his limousine(s) out to the desert, and all of it just for show?

White House Teases Climate Emergency:  Says Every Big Storm a Result of Global Warming!  Is this really where we're headed?  A national emergency for climate change?  It's become abundantly clear that the Biden administration is now considering COVID-style lockdowns with the idea of exploiting weather conditions as a pretext for exerting more control over the American people.  During a recent CNN interview, John Kirby suggested President Biden treats the supposed climate crisis with "all the due gravity and seriousness."  What does that even mean?  Is it another clever way to prepare the masses for yet another assault on our freedoms, this time under the guise of "climate emergencies"?

        " 'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded."
F.A. Hayek               

Biden Is Moving to a Climate Emergency with 130 New Powers.  If Joe Biden declares a climate emergency, he would have 130 new powers, including the power to lock us all down.  He admits he has declared a national emergency, "practically speaking."  During an interview with The Weather Channel on Tuesday aired on Wednesday, President Joe Biden said that "Practically speaking," he's "already" declared a national emergency on climate change. [...] In light of the Maui fires, the media is pushing Joe Biden to declare an official climate emergency.  If Biden declares a 'Climate Emergency,' he would seize 130 new powers.  Among them would be COVID-style lockdowns that bypass democracy and human rights.

The Editor says...
The Constitution does not include the word emergency.  And even if it did, bad weather is not a national emergency.  One fire in Hawaii is not a national emergency.  This is a power grab on the part of the anonymous commie puppeteers who operate Joe Biden.

If Biden declares a 'Climate Emergency,' he would seize 130 new powers.  "The Biden administration believes that when democracy fails to achieve its climate goals, it's time to bypass democracy and Congress and follow the COVID model.  Climate activists have lusted after the COVID lockdowns as the model for climate lockdowns.  The plan is to declare a 'climate emergency,' toss out elected representatives and follow China's one-party rule model by implementing energy restrictions through the bureaucracy.  They don't need no stinkin' democracy.  Throughout history, emergency declarations have been used and abused to crush freedom.  For those who loved how unelected officials ruled our lives under COVID lockdowns, prepare for the attempts to make climate lockdowns permanent.

Hillary Clinton sold uranium to Russia, and now we depend on them for uranium.  Brilliant!
Biden just threw a wrench in efforts to reduce America's reliance on Russian Uranium.  The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it has designated nearly 1 million acres in Arizona outside the Grand Canyon as a monument, a move that could further America's reliance on Russia for sourcing uranium, according to the White House.  The monument designation will permanently prohibit new mining claims in the covered 917,618 acres, parts of which are known for having rich deposits of uranium, an essential material for generating nuclear energy, according to E&E News.  The Biden administration is justifying the designation by pointing to the land's cultural significance to local Native American tribes in accordance with its wider push for "environmental justice," according to the White House.

Hardly a man is now alive who lived in New Mexico in '45.
Biden wants to compensate New Mexico residents sickened by radiation during 1945 nuclear testing.  President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he's open to granting assistance for people sickened by exposure to radiation during nuclear weapons testing, including in New Mexico, where the world's first atomic bomb was tested in 1945.  Biden brought up the issue while speaking Wednesday in Belen at a factory that produces wind towers.

The Editor says...
Given his feeble state, one must question if Joe Biden meant to say this or he was just blithering incoherently.

Biden: I Wanted 'to Stop All Drilling' on the Coasts and Gulf, Got Blocked by Courts.  During an interview with The Weather Channel that is set to air on Wednesday, a portion of which aired on Tuesday, President Joe Biden said that he "wanted to stop all drilling on the East Coast and the West Coast and in the Gulf" but was blocked by the courts from doing so.  Weather Channel Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams asked, "Let's talk Gen Z, because they're going to play a big role in the next presidential election, and many of them are angry about the 7,000 oil and gas permits you approved since you've been in office.  You promised no new drilling on federal land or offshore.  Can you tell Gen Z that you haven't broken your promise?"  Biden responded, "Yes, because the courts overruled me.  The courts said I couldn't do it.  I wanted to stop all drilling on the East Coast and the West Coast and in the Gulf.  But I lost in court."

The Editor says...
If he really was blocked by the courts, there would be some record of it.

Biden: I've Declared a Climate Emergency 'Practically Speaking'.  During an interview with The Weather Channel on Tuesday aired on Wednesday, President Joe Biden said that, "Practically speaking," he's "already" declared a national emergency on climate change.  He stated that, as part of this practical emergency declaration on climate, "we've conserved more land," "rejoined the Paris Climate Accord," and "we've passed a 368 billion-dollar climate control [initiative]."

Biden interview from the Grand Canyon:  He's already declared a national emergency for climate change.  Who knew?  I sure don't remember Joe Biden declaring a national emergency over climate change.  It seems like I would have remembered that if it was true.  This is Joe Biden we're talking about here so take everything with a big ole grain of salt.  Guess where the habitual liar-in-chief gave his first sit-down interview in over a month?  He sat down with a longtime reporter for The Weather Channel.  Yep, The Weather Channel.  He is rightfully being mocked for that decision.  To be fair, he surely didn't make the decision, his staff did.  We all know Biden doesn't actually run the country.  Those around him do that.  Joe Biden holds on to the climate issue for dear life — his political life.  Conservatives and other rational people are angry over the heavy-handed push to increase regulations and restrictions on regular Americans in the name of saving the planet while all it really is is a power grab by leftists.  Far left environmental whackos are angry that Biden's overreach isn't happening faster.  So, Biden has latched on to the alleged climate crisis as a top issue in his public remarks and speeches.

Down goes Biden.  According to the news story, the Biden rules are so vague that they give the administration the power to grant universal into debt relief.  Who gave the President such powers?  Don't we have enough government assistance programs already?  Maybe we should tell college students to major in something that makes you attractive to an employer running a business.  I remember the CEO of a company telling me that he asks job applicants a couple of questions:  How can you help me make a better product?  Or sell more of them?  Or help me get customers to pay on time?  I don't think that they cover those realities of life in gender studies!  We're back to square one:  Down goes Biden, who does not have the authority to do this.  However, expect him to come back with a variation of this theme because they need to mobilize the college vote.

What? Biden Sold America's Oil Reserve to China.  On and after January 20, 2021, [Joe] Biden has issued punitive, increasingly restrictive executive orders, regulations, and expensive legislation — passed by single-party government — intended to shut down big parts of the US fossil fuel industry.  Not satisfied to shut down supply, the federal government has — with and without legislation — methodically perverted the demand side of the curve, too.  After making gas and heating oil prohibitively expensive, they penalized makers of automobiles and countless gas-powered household appliances.  Specifically, they have punished makers of gas powered engines, cars, trucks, boats, lawnmowers, hammered the energy, construction, transportation, and farm sectors, then turned to appliances, aiming to outlaw everything from gas and wood stoves to refrigerators and water heaters.  The Democrat idea, fueled by activists, is to mandate everything by fiat.  The Soviets dealt this way, Chinese still do.  Biden's "make it all electric" mandate sees wind turbines and solar panels covering the Earth, powering the grid, now 80 percent fossil and nuclear.  By magic, wind and sun will run it all.

Biden student loan cancellation plan for borrowers who were misled blocked by federal appeals court.  A federal appeals court blocked President Biden's administration from implementing rules aimed at providing debt relief to student loan borrowers who were misled by their colleges Monday [8/7/2023].  The ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest defeat for Biden's efforts to forgive student loans across the country.  The court granted a request from a for-profit college in Texas seeking an injunction against the administration's rule change.  The block is temporary, and the three-judge panel will hear the case in full later this year.  The Biden administration's rule changes would have expanded the number of student loan borrowers who are eligible for debt relief as well as facilitated the application process for obtaining relief.

Democrats demand 1,000% excise tax on 'assault weapons,' high-capacity magazines.  More than two dozen House Democrats put forward legislation Friday that would slap "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines with a 1,000% excise tax, a change that would raise the price of a $500 weapon to $5,000 in a bid to reduce access to guns across the country.  Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., and 24 other House Democrats introduced the legislation Friday.  It's the second time Democrats have put forward the idea.  Beyer and 37 Democrats proposed the same idea last year when Democrats controlled the House, but it never moved.

The USA's Turn toward Communism.  [Scroll down]  [T]he left-leaning but non-communist mainstream of the Democrats retained their claim to being "liberal" or "left of center" and managed to draw the line when it came to uniting with the extreme leftist wing of their party.  However, that boundary line collapsed 72 years later with the emergence of the Biden-Sanders pact.  The Dems are now the Demo-communist party with a few other elements of cultural Marxism included that were not anticipated by or included in the writings of Karl Marx or Friedrich Engels.  For example, Marx and Engels understood the family to be a bourgeois institution that they believed promoted selfishness, so they stood basically in opposition to the nuclear family as the building block of society.  However, knowledge of puberty-blockers and genital-mutilating surgeries was not available in the 1840s, so they did not explicitly promote "transitioning" as a legitimate albeit anti-family practice.  Today's left is, of course, totally on board with all this transgender-affirming ideology because it conforms totally with traditional anti-bourgeois, anti-family values.

If a product is given away at no cost, what is its value?
Whitmer launches new department in quest for 'tuition-free' Michigan.  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order on July 11, creating a statewide department that will assist with educational resources to ensure that K-12 students are on a path to "tuition-free" college.  In a state that already has an education department, the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) will share Whitmer's goals of universal and state-funded pre-K over four years, as well as tuition-free college.  "I'm establishing MiLEAP today because we need to get every kid started early, in pre-K, so they succeed in kindergarten, have paths after graduation to get higher education tuition-free, and forge strong partnerships with our employers so they can get a good-paying, high-skill, and in-demand job," Whitmer said.

Why is Biden withholding funding for schools with archery and hunting programs?  Even with all of the troubling things that the Biden administration has been doing over the past two and a half years, I'll confess that I didn't see this one coming.  According to a recent report from Fox News, the White House is blocking federal funding for public schools that have hunting and archery programs for students.  The excuse they are offering is that a provision in the Democrats' "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act" last year precludes federal funding for public schools with these programs.  Of course, that wasn't the actual intent of the bill, but as we've learned by now, the names that Washington politicians give to bills rarely have much to do with what's inside of them.  For proof, look no further than the hilariously named "Inflation Reduction Act" which was actually a climate change bill.

Enjoy Your Water Heater — While You Still Can.  Americans gave Joe Biden the Oval Office, and now he is taking away their cars, dishwashers, gas stoves, and, most recently, their water heaters.  Biden's Department of Energy on July 21 released new proposed energy-efficiency standards for water heaters.  This is the latest round in the administration's ongoing home-invasion campaign in the name of stopping climate change and saving the world, all while actively making life harder for everyday Americans.  If finalized as currently written, beginning in 2029, this regulation would require new boiler installations to use electric heat pumps, which pull heat from the surrounding air to bring water up to temperature, instead of heating the water internally.  Moreover, standards for traditional gas-fired water heaters will become stricter, thus making them more costly, which is in line with the Biden administration's push toward full home appliance electrification.

Biden's Awful Plan To Raise Your Taxes To Support Global Socialism.  The Biden administration has just spent two years negotiating with a group of foreign countries to raise taxes on U.S. companies operating overseas.  Now we're being told it's been "delayed" for two more years.  But why delay a bad decision?  It's an awful idea that should be rejected out of hand.  "Americans have already been crushed by inflation caused by the Biden administration," argued West Virginia congresswoman Carol Miller, in a recent op-ed.  "But now, they want to add fuel to the fire by giving American taxes to foreign countries, raising costs for Americans, and sticking us with the bill for funding a global socialist agenda."  Her analysis is spot on.  The U.S. Treasury and White House have no business negotiating a deal to subvert America's sovereignty and erode its economic power, which the accord with the 38-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), headquartered in the ultra-deluxe Château de la Muette in Paris, is clearly meant to do.

GOP lawmakers slam Biden administration's proposed clamp down on home water heaters.  Water heaters could soon be subject to much more stringent efficiency requirements if a recent Department of Energy proposal that has been criticized by Republican lawmakers goes into effect.  In a draft rule unveiled Friday, the Biden administration is seeking to compel most electric water heaters to deploy heat pump technology and gas-fired ones to use condensing technology.  It comes months after the Biden administration ignited a firestorm over feared stove top regulations, after Albany lawmakers enacted a controversial first-in-the-nation gas stove ban in New York.  "Today's actions — together with our industry partners and stakeholders — improve outdated efficiency standards for common household appliances, which is essential to slashing utility bills for American families and cutting harmful carbon emissions," Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.

Orwellian or Kafkaesque?  Kafka's brainchildren are recklessly coughing up tyrannic edicts while using for an excuse the artificial hysteria being generated over reasonably normal weather.  The Biden administration has recently announced that all military vehicles will run on batteries as of 2030.  Since the purpose of fighting a war is to not lose, vast quantities of diesel-powered field generators will be needed to keep the caissons rolling along.  Governor Hair Gel of California has followed along by announcing a ban on the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.  The trick with this is to have enough lead time so the victims of such nonsense will have forgotten the original announcement — and will be more surprised than angry when they realize they've been screwed.  As of next January, California's already legislated ban on the sale of gas-powered gardening equipment will take effect.

Fighting extreme climate policies must happen now.  There's no need to make slippery slope arguments when it comes to analyzing the policies pushed by climate alarmists.  There's a simple reason why:  We are so far down the slope that past fears of the extremism to come are now the real extremism of today, from limiting what cars people can drive to restricting the use of natural gas stoves. [...] Pushing policies that restrict freedom, reduce economic growth, and drive-up prices for Americans isn't a law of science required to address rising global temperatures.  Instead, they are efforts to use the force of government to impose personal preferences and ideological objectives without regard for tradeoffs or costs.  Even worse, these policies would have little to no impact on global temperatures.

New York City pushes the limits of green policies.  New York City has embraced a set of controversial policies that push the limits of green experimentation in seeking to reduce emissions from buildings, kitchen appliances, and cars.  Critics argue the new policies are likely to be costly and burdensome for the city's millions of residents.  New York City has drafted rules to slash carbon emissions from its roughly 50,000 buildings by more than 40% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050 — an ambitious goal, especially considering buildings in the city are the source of 70% of its total greenhouse gas emissions.  Of particular note, the rules would clamp down on gas stoves.

The Editor says...
There is no point in avoiding the emission of carbon dioxide as a byproduct of business and industry, for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is that China and India have no such concerns, and they share the same atmosphere.  You may hold your breath or do whatever else you can to avoid emitting CO2, but it won't make any difference to the makeup of the atmosphere.  In addition, carbon dioxide is plant food, not air pollution.  If you are concerned about the carbon dioxide content of the air — about which you can do nothing — it is probably because you watch too much television and/or you read the New York Times.  Also, here is my weekly reminder that carbon dioxide is not carbon, for the same reason that water is not hydrogen, so please stop talking about "carbon emissions."

Subverting the Court.  It's important to keep in mind that the Biden administration still wants to pack the Supreme Court, but they also want to compress it, and now more than ever, after it found itself on the losing side of several rulings.  By so doing, they seek to change the nature of American government.  Packing the Court, or adding more justices beyond the current nine, is a progressive policy going back at least to Roosevelt and the New Deal.  If the DNC can run up the number of justices on the Court, then it can cement a near-permanent majority, using the Court to legislate.

Dem bill in House seeks to scrub words 'husband' and 'wife' from federal law.  Democrats understand the lessons of George Orwell's 1984 and treat it as an instruction manual, not a warning. [...] The Dems are following Orwell's outline of the path toward totalitarian control.  Make no mistake, if they win both Houses of Congress and the Oval Office in 2024 (or later), they will enact this bill.  At first, federal code "including the Internal Revenue Code, Social Security Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act" will be changed to eliminate "husband" and "wife," but that is only the prelude to an all-out campaign to demonize the terms as "hate speech" and "literal violence" and effectively forbid their use.  Eventually, with people afraid to utter the terms, and with media purged of their use, they will become anachronisms, soon to be forgotten.

Joe Biden Dreams Up [an] Illegal Federal Library Code For Public Schools.  Just call him the librarian-in-chief.  In yet another gross abuse of executive authority, President Joe Biden is wielding the power of his Department of Education to stop parental efforts to remove sexually explicit books from public school libraries.  It's his latest in a string of moves meant to bully parents and other concerned citizens into silence when it comes to what kids learn in public schools and, in this case, when they should be exposed to sexually explicit material.  But the notion that the federal government has any authority to veto a school district's decision to protect students from pornographic content belongs in the library's fantasy section.

The Classic Psychology Text That Predicted Today's Urban Decay.  It's a question that most Americans who follow the news ask themselves daily:  "How can the residents of so many of the nation's largest cities keep supporting local officials who tolerate the ongoing destruction of their communities?"  Why this May, for example, did the citizens of Chicago — a city where 21,000 students cannot demonstrate a basic competence in reading, science, and math — choose the teachers union-backed candidate, Brandon Johnson, for mayor?  Especially when Johnson's chief opponent, Paul Vallas, had promised the electorate sensible school reforms?  Why, a few years earlier, did San Franciscans elect a mayor, London Breed, whose obvious reluctance to crack down on criminal behavior has since forced the city's largest mall to close, two of its best hotels to declare bankruptcy, and tens of thousands of high-earning taxpayers to move away?  Why has there been no serious movement to get New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to initiate proceedings to remove Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney who refuses prosecute "low-level" crimes, all while promising to downgrade felony charges and to decriminalize resisting police arrest?

Chasing a Green Chimera, Biden Has Put America in the Red Dragon's Grasp.  No country would ever depend on an out-and-out rival for something as vital as energy.  Yet the Biden administration, through its zealous, misguided pursuit of "net-zero emissions," is fast-tracking America's dependence on Communist China for the minerals and components that back-end green technology.  The administration also is curbing the mining industry, again allowing China to monopolize America and the world in minerals and ores.  This strategic disaster is a complete reversal of what President Donald Trump had achieved. [...] Biden, on assuming office, pledged to eliminate the fossil fuel industry and pursue a radical climate agenda to replace carbon energy with renewables.  He has since called for replacing 50% of carbon-fueled automobiles with electric vehicles (E.V.s) by 2030, creating a carbon-free electric grid by 2035, and having a carbon-free economy by 2050.  This push toward unstable solar and wind power will markedly increase dependence on China, which dominates the market in materials required for E.V.s, batteries, and other renewables.

10 Paradigm Shifts that Shatter Establishment Illusions.  [#1] Now people understand that the left's real mission is to reject reality.  Castrating boys so that they can pretend to be girls is not "healthy."  Perpetuating racism as social policy is not "justice."  Imposing a "woke" State religion over personal conscience is not "moral."  Aiding and abetting child sex-trafficking and drug-smuggling at our borders is not "compassionate."  Stealing property is not "equitable."  Just as with Leninism and Maoism before, today's leftism is evil.

Democrats: Let's lower the voting age.  Democrats are fond of aborting kids, sometimes even after birth.  They are also big fans of providing minors with hormone blockers and mutilating the genitals of those they didn't abort.  And, of course, they are engaged in an all-out effort to groom our children — sexually and politically.  For many Democrats, love of unfettered abortion and gender dysphoria combine with their unshakeable belief in man-caused climate change to become a surpassingly odd — and perverse — religion.  One in which doubters or dissenters, or even the insufficiently devout, are dealt with particularly harshly.  Democrats seem to have an unquenchable desire to sexualize children, and in the past week have been attacking opponents of child sex trafficking and calling us "conspiracy theorists."  The California Assembly Public Safety Committee actually initially voted down a bill, on a party-line vote, that would have enhanced penalties for child sex trafficking by making it a "serious felony," a step up from merely being illegal.  Hard to believe.  Yet, progressives also spent time trashing a movie chronicling and attacking child sex trafficking, even though audiences loved it.  They do, however, wish to garner kids' votes by... offering to let them vote.  And hold high office.  But do we really want 14-year-olds to vote, and 16-year-old governors?  What would this mean?

Dems Attempt To Cram The ERA Amendment Through Congress.  Democrats are attempting to resurrect the ERA — or "Equal Rights Amendment" to push their radical ideology.  It was not fully ratified by 1982, with only 35 states, and 3 more states ratified it AFTER the deadline.  Now two Dems, Rep. Cori Bush, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, want to push forward a bill that says it was ratified and force the National Archivist to certify and publish it as law.

Biden Proposal Would Give Foreign Climate Group Veto Power Over U.S. Military Contracts.  A new Biden administration rule aimed at reducing carbon emissions would give approval authority over large U.S. defense contracts to a little-known British environmentalist group that just incorporated two weeks ago.  Under the White House's proposed rule change, a London-based group called the Science Based Targets Initiative that is funded by the Democratic Party's main dark money network would be responsible for approving the carbon emissions reduction plans of large federal contractors.  The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) is a fee-based service that helps companies set emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and verifies their progress.  But its foreign status and murky financial background raise questions about the Biden administration's decision to outsource its vetting process to the group.  Critics say the proposal would give SBTi enormous veto power over American defense contracts and access to potentially sensitive data about U.S. military suppliers.

Climate change is just about the only change progressives don't like.  Progressives/leftists/revolutionaries/Democrats (but I repeat myself) always demand change.  "Hope and change."  "Fundamental transformation."  Change, change, change.  Ergo, it is quite remarkable, upon reflection, that the one thing progressives don't want to change is the one thing that cannot be prevented from changing:  the climate.  The climate has always changed.  Dramatically, profoundly, radically.

Climate change is just about the only change progressives don't like.  [Scroll down]  Here, too, it seems odd that the one thing these leftists won't take on faith is the existence of God.  They purport to believe wholeheartedly in Dr. Fauci, global warming, Bidenomics, open borders, the Russia-collusion hoax, and that the 2020 presidential election was the most secure in history.  They believe people can change genders on a whim and that men can menstruate.  (That's putting the "men" into "menstruation!")  They think males should be able to breast/chest-feed infants.  They believe the Wuhan flu could not have come from the Wuhan lab where they were experimenting with coronaviruses.  They believe the subsequent lockdowns and mask mandates were effective.  They believe China is, in fact, a role model, and that a one-world government should be our goal.  They believe crime should be legalized, the unborn are simply non-viable tissue masses, Ukraine is defeating Russia, 9/11 was an inside job, the government has our best interests in mind, Biden is a nice man -- and that Jan. 6 was an "insurrection!" but the 2020 riots were "mostly peaceful."

Will Someone Please Wake Me From This Nightmare?  Biden has made it clear that he supports going to zero carbon emissions which would eliminate all use of coal, and fossil fuels.  Natural gas is used to make fertilizer, which is very important to agriculture.  And, over 6,000 things that we use on a daily basis are made from oil.  Wind and solar will never take the place of coal-fired, or natural gas-fired energy generation.  Electric cars will soon be a national disaster because they are useless during a time of disaster with no electricity available.  It is not possible to build batteries large enough to carry a city during times when the sun does not shine or the wind blow.

Did the Congress vote on this?
Biden Administration Announces $39 Billion in Student-Loan Forgiveness for Over 800,000 Borrowers.  The Biden administration announced Friday that it would forgive $39 billion in student loans for 804,000 borrowers, explaining it had pursued certain fixes to existing income-driven-repayment plans.  "For far too long, borrowers fell through the cracks of a broken system that failed to keep accurate track of their progress towards forgiveness," Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement.  These income-driven plans set a forgiveness threshold of 20 or 25 years.  Borrowers must make payments that qualify over this period, either 240 or 300 in total.  These payments can be as low as $0 based on an individual's income and family situation.

Sanctuary State Illinois: Gov. Pritzker Considers Allowing DACA Illegal Aliens to Police Americans as Cops.  Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) is considering signing legislation into law that would allow illegal aliens, enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, to become police officers in the sanctuary state.  Democrat legislators, with a supermajority in the Illinois House and Senate, passed legislation late last month that would allow thousands of DACA illegal aliens living in the state to become police officers or deputy sheriffs.

Extremist Democrats are openly calling for the destruction of the Supreme Court.  When spoiled toddlers lose a game, they often try to change the rules or otherwise throw a tantrum.  That's how former President Donald Trump handled losing the 2020 election.  And it's evidently how top progressive members of Congress — who endlessly criticize Trump — are handling a slew of recent defeats at the Supreme Court.  The conservative-majority Supreme Court recently ruled against racial discrimination in college admissions, against President Joe Biden's attempt to twist the law to spend $430 billion on a student loan bailout against Congress's wishes, and against LGBT activists in a free speech case.  Progressive Democrats are not taking these decisions well.  Indeed, they're responding by effectively calling to destroy the Supreme Court as we know it.

Five Storylines Overshadow Joe Biden's Summer Agenda.  Media headlines in recent weeks soured on President Joe Biden, as his agenda appears derailed by setbacks ranging from Supreme Court rulings to economic pessimism to nagging scandals.  While gearing up for his 2024 campaign, Biden launched an economic public relations scheme.  He calls it "Bidenomics."  The plan is meant to reverse voters' negative perception of the nation's direction.  According to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, 78 percent of voters believe Biden's America is on the wrong track, increasing over 25 points since Biden took office.

Understanding Marxism Is Key To Understanding Today's Leftists.  As Americans, we are being assaulted by numerous alphabet ideologies we don't understand — from DEI to ESG to LGBTQ+. We seek to understand through logic, but by doing so, we become only more confused.  The only way to understand what's happening is to recognize the ideology that underlies all of it:  Marxism.  When Patrisse Cullors, BLM's co-founder, acknowledged that BLM leaders were "trained Marxists," we failed to understand the significance.  It is time to change that.  Marxism's central idea is that the world is broken down into two groups; or as Marx stated: "in a word, oppressor and oppressed."  This is from his opening statement in the Communist Manifesto (published in 1848).  If you remember nothing else, remember this.

To Gain Power, the Left Seeks to Destroy the Supreme Court.  Always remember:  Any institution the Left doesn't control, it will seek to destroy.  The Supreme Court dealt a series of serious blows to the Left's agenda this summer, and leftists aren't taking it well.  First, the high court ended racial discrimination in college admissions, which the Left views as essential to upholding the diversity, equity, and inclusion regime.  Then the court struck down President Joe Biden's blatantly unconstitutional student loan bailout scheme, which was unpopular with the general electorate but extremely popular with the base of his party.  Several other Supreme Court decisions have the Left pretty steamed at the moment, too.

Castrating Kids to Win Elections.  Biden's first campaign ad attacked conservatives for keeping 'Lawn Boy', a book featuring a 10-year-old performing sex acts, out of schools.  The Department of Education launched a civil rights investigation of a Georgia school district for pulling books containing graphic sexual content from middle school shelves.  At a Pride Month event at the White House, it was announced that a special coordinator would be waging lawfare against schools that try to shield children.  The Biden administration sued Tennessee over the 'Protecting Children from Gender Mutilation Act'.  Democrat judges have illegally blocked similar measures in Florida, Arkansas and Alabama.  In Washington and California, Democrat majorities legalized the abduction of children by the state for transgender procedures.  Similar legislation is pending in other states.

Working around Kamala.  As the public wakes up to all of this malfeasance — since they're already realizing that they really are getting screwed — all the old tricks of the trade start falling flat.  The drums of racism and homophobia are falling ever more on deaf ears.  The manufactured hysteria over imaginary weather events and trends, in an effort to eliminate carbon-based energy along with the comfortable standard of living that comes with it, is coming up against increasing skepticism.  The tyrannical attempts at banning gas stoves, furnaces, and water heaters is logically generating profound public anger.  Never mind that the electrical substitute for powering natural gas appliances is itself produced by over 75% carbon-based and nuclear fuel.

Democrats Revive Calls To Pack Supreme Court.  Democrats revived calls to pack the Supreme Court with liberals last week after the court's conservative majority decided several cases the wrong way, as liberals view it.  On Thursday and Friday, the Supreme Court handed down three decisions on multiple closely watched cases.  The court ruled against Harvard and the University of North Carolina's race-based admissions processes, it ruled in favor of a Christian graphic designer who did not want to make wedding websites for same-sex couples, and the court struck down President Biden's student loan forgiveness program.  Democrats and liberals raged at the high court, some calling to expand the court's bench to dilute the conservative majority, which was cemented by former President Donald Trump's three conservative nominees.

Why the Biden White House Will Try to Keep Their Latest Global Warming Study a Secret.  The wanton destruction of priceless art and heritage sites across Europe by climate change activists is insane, and one would think we've reached peaked insanity with this unhinged community, short of acts of eco-terrorism.  Nope.  Sometimes, even banal actions, like a government study, can exhibit more ludicrousness than smearing paint on a Monet.  The latest Biden White House-endorsed study into curbing global warming is not just a case study in wasteful spending; it's a Rorschach test on mental health.  And there's a reason why they want to keep it a secret:  it deals with trying to bend sun rays to prevent the Earth's temperature from rising[.]

The Biden Regime Is Doling Out Your Tax Money to Promote Trans Madness Worldwide.  Why is the Biden regime so obsessively preoccupied with promoting sexual deviance and transgender delusion and fantasy?  Not only is it aggressively promoting "Pride" inside the United States, but it is also sending your tax dollars abroad to make sure that young Ecuadorians see their fair share of drag queens, and that Polish boys can decide they're really girls after all. [...] The Washington Free Beacon reported Friday [6/30/2023] that "the Biden administration has given nearly $4.6 million to help foreign groups promote LGBT projects like drag shows and pride parades."  This money comes from hard-working Americans who logged long hours, often at physically taxing jobs, to provide for their families, and dutifully forked over a significant percentage of their earnings to the U.S. government, which saw fit to use it to corrupt and sexualize children in other countries.  This is what things have come to, and it's likely only to get worse.

Constitutional cruelty: Democrats now oppose a democratic process on student loans.  "Disappointing and cruel."  Those words from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) after the Supreme Court's rejection of the Biden administration's loan forgiveness program may say more than the opinion itself.  The court's "cruelty" was in supporting Congress's core constitutional power of the purse.  Schumer's disappointment in having to address and vote on the forgiveness of hundreds of billions of dollars in loans speaks volumes about the collapse of our constitutional values.  The court's decision on the merits of the case was hardly a surprise.  President Biden was using the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act of 2003 to order the largest loan forgiveness program in U.S. history.  The law is only a few pages long and was intended to assist military personnel deployed abroad in combat zones.  The idea of using that law in order to avoid getting congressional approval for such a massive expenditure was laughable.  The Office of Legal Counsel considered the theory and issued a memo stating that it would be unconstitutional.  In his response to the court, Biden declared that "the hypocrisy is stunning" and that the court had "misinterpreted the Constitution."  However, during the last presidential campaign, Biden himself acknowledged that this effort would be unconstitutional.

Supreme Court tosses Biden's student loan forgiveness plan where it belongs: The trash.  On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed President Joe Biden and his administration a strong rebuke.  In a 6-3 decision, the conservative majority of the court struck down Biden's controversial decision to cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt based only on his say so and without Congress' clear approval.  "...this leads the Court to conclude that '[t]he basic and consequential tradeoffs' inherent in a mass debt cancellation program 'are ones that Congress would likely have intended for itself,'" wrote Chief Justice John Roberts for the majority.  The president overstepped his authority in unilaterally declaring millions of Americans could benefit from up to $20,000 in student loan forgiveness, without going through Congress.  This "generous" plan would have saddled taxpayers — the majority of whom have not gone to college themselves — with at least $400 billion in debt.

Supreme Court Kills Joe Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Scam.  In a decision released on Friday, the Supreme Court struck down Joe Biden's student loan "forgiveness" plan.  Biden's plan, which was unveiled last August, mere months before the midterm elections, sought to cancel $10,000 of debt for individual student loan borrowers earning less than $125,000 per year (or $250,000 for households) and $20,000 of debt for borrowers who received a Pell Grant. [...] Biden's Education Department utilized the HEROES Act of 2003, which grants the U.S. secretary of Education the authority to let military service members postpone their student loan payments during national crises, previously used to postpone student loan payments during the COVID pandemic.  But the Biden administration attempted to use the HEROES Act to forgive debt.

'Bidenomics' in layman's terms is foreign corruption and government control.  The media and other Democrats disparage trickle-down economics, but apparently they're big believers in what they're calling "Bidenomics." [...] Democrat policies are striving towards socialism while not calling it socialism, because socialism has never worked, and socialist ideations like the Soviet gulags aren't exactly popular with mature Americans.  Essentially, Biden and the rest of the reigning Democrats consider the best economic plan to be one where they confiscate as much as they can for the government, keep a lot for themselves and a massive number of bureaucrats, maybe sell some state secrets, and then trickle out the remainder to special interest groups, like green fanatics and others, in order to buy votes.  They pretend that all the handouts, to keep more people dependent on the government, are free.

In Pennsylvania Democratic Party politicians just proved their fascist anti-first amendment beliefs.  When the parental rights organization Moms for Liberty arranged to have their annual 2023 summit in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia beginning today, six Democrats from the Pennsylvania state senate immediately proved to the world that Democrats no longer believe in free speech, and in fact make their number one principle oppression and censorship, by writing a joint letter demanding the museum cancel the event.  These Democrats also proved that their method for silencing also includes routine slanders and libels, based on zero evidence.

Maine Democrats Kill Amendment to Ban Trafficking of Aborted Baby Remains.  Maine state Senate Democrats blocked a proposed amendment on Tuesday to a late-term abortion bill that would have placed a four-year moratorium on the trafficking of fetal remains leftover from late-term abortions, the Maine Wire reported.  Republican state Sen. Eric Brakey proposed the amendment and stated that if the late-term abortion bill passes (LD 1619) "the least we can do it to establish this moratorium on the trafficking of fetal body parts so that the legislature can thoughtfully consider the issue in the coming years and develop more permanent policy."  Trafficking in fetal remains would have been a Class C crime under the amendment.

The Democrats' Definition Of Democracy Is Like The Marxist Definition Of Peace.  The criminalization of politics is only one iteration of the left's doctrine that politics are war by other means, though.  The Democrats, with in-kind aid from the media, are also trying to bully the Supreme Court into submission to their will.  Their message to the Court's conservative justices:  Rule our way or we will harass you until you resign.  In this war with multiple fronts, the Democrats are attempting to establish a permanent majority through a direct assault on elections.  We're talking about far more than the "cabal" that was mobilized in 2020 to guarantee the presidency for Joe Biden.  The party is determined to federalize elections with rules that would put our voting system in the hands of Deep State bureaucrats and political insiders rather than the locals we live among, and codify practices that are illegal in most of the country.  This would end our political system as we've known it, with its crucial checks and balances, and eventually replace it with a Democratic Party dictatorship.

Senate Democrats Take One More Step Toward Socialized Medicine.  It's been less than a year since Democrats enacted the Inflation Reduction Act, which gives Medicare the power to set the prices of certain medicines.  Those price controls have yet to go into effect.  But Democrats already want more.  They've introduced new legislation that would amp up those price controls — and even permit the government to refuse to cover drugs in order to drive a harder bargain with pharmaceutical companies.  As for the patients who would benefit from those drugs — or may even need them to stay alive?  They may end up being collateral damage.

The hill we will die on.  In the decades during which I have followed politics and social issues, I have seen passionate disagreements among Americans.  The Vietnam War was the focus of massive protests.  Legalized abortion, after Roe v. Wade, was followed by bombings.  Racial integration was accompanied by murders by racist militants.  Unenforced laws, including immigration and retail theft, have left us feeling betrayed by our government.  The list goes on.  Somehow, we survived.  Then came the transsexual movement, complete with "drag-queen story hours" for young children.  Some of those children have become the victims of surgical mutilation.  This has occurred in the context of politicians and educators telling us we have no right to know what our children are being taught in school.  We are being threatened with loss of custody of our children if we do not "affirm" their "gender identity," if that identity does not conform with their biological sex.  Recently, during a so-called "pride march," the chanting marchers sang out, "We're coming for your children."  Even if this was chanted supposedly in jest, it was about as funny as joking that they would rape our mothers.  I doubt that all those who chanted this did so merely as a taunt.

Green madness: You'd have to burn a pizza stove 849 years to equal one year of John Kerry's private jet.  Environmental bureaucrats are out to save you from pizza.  The city government is set to restrict emissions from coal- and wood-fired pizza ovens in restaurants in the city.  New Yorkers are once again suffering at the hands of the unelected food police in the name of public health and climate change.  New Yorkers have already endured former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempts to ban soda sales of over 16 ounces for their own good and are facing Gov. Kathy Hochul's gas stove and furnace bans in the state, all in the name of climate change.  And now, another one bites the crust as New York City officials are going after pizzerias using the century-old cooking methods, citing the ovens' allegedly excessive carbon emissions.

The end of the American Experiment?  Radical leftist forces have been methodically undermining the American Experiment in an attempt to replace it with their own.  The grantors behind the new experiment are not visionaries, but ego-challenged elitist control freaks who seek power and retributive justice in a society of their own design.  The problem, they aver, is that the original experiment has failed.  After nearly 250 years of hollow promises, we continue to suffer systemic racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, and economic inequality.  We can do better!  In reality, they are engaged in a bloodless coup requiring a methodical deconstruction of the existing social order, attainable via recruitment of a sufficient number of malcontents to elevate its designers into their real goal of absolute political power.

The New Democratic Dictatorship and Transition of Power from Joe Biden to Gavin Newsom.  For his Twitter monologue episode 7, Tucker Carlson walks through the post COVID new authoritarian model of 'western democracy', a system of dictatorial fiat and unilateral power intent on retention of control.  Within our new system of "western democratic norms" authoritarianism is embraced by both wings of the UniParty vulture as it ensures power for those who benefit.  From the dual system of U.S. justice to the dictatorship now present in Ukraine, the common thread is power by a select group of system operators with large control mechanisms.  The retention of this power structure requires the passing of the baton to the next loyalist of the regime.  In the case of Joe Biden, Tucker foresees the rise of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Michigan is criminalizing opinions.  To say that Michigan has lurched to the left under the leadership of Gretchen Whitmer and the state's liberal majority would be a significant understatement.  But with a new bill passed in the state House this week, they are taking things to a cartoonish level.  If (more likely "when") House Bill 4474 is signed into law, you will literally be able to be thrown into prison for hurting someone's feelings.  This is being hidden under the guise of protecting people from "hate speech," and includes standard liberal online tropes about "feeling threatened."  To be clear, you don't have to actually threaten someone with violence.  They simply need to "feel" threatened by something you say or post online.  There is no word from Governor Whitmer yet as to whether the State Police will be directed to establish a new "thought police" unit.

Michigan state legislature House passes censorship bill to make free speech a felony.  Democrats run the state government of Michigan, with majorities on the House and Senate of the state legislature and Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer with the ability to sign bills into law.  That's why a bill already passed by the State Legislature's House and assigned to committee in the State Senate is so dangerous.  Can you believe five years in prison for speech based on someone's feelings about it?  HB 4474 has a good chance of becoming law, despite its obvious unconstitutionality. [...] Yes, the bill is unconstitutional.  But if it becomes law, it will takes years and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars to get it to the Supreme Court for a finding.  IF it makes it there.  Meanwhile, left wing agitation to weaken the Court and drive conservatives from its bench will only intensify.  If they succeed or if mortality intervenes and Democrats get to appoint more justices or even pack the court by expanding it, the constitutional safeguards may crumble in the foreseeable future.

Michigan can now censor you if you hurt someone's feelings.  Michigan's Democratic House passed legislation on Tuesday that enables attorneys to shut down "hate speech."  The new House Bill 4474 is a vague and unconstitutional censorship law that determines "feeling threatened" as reasonable grounds to prosecute offenders.  The punishment for making someone "feel threatened" in Michigan is five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. [...] The problematic language about "feelings" can be found in the bill's definition of "intimidation" as "willful course of conduct, involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable individual to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, or threatened."

Wood-fired pizza ovens are destroying the planet.  First, the climate alarmists in the government said they were coming for your gas stoves.  Then they said they weren't coming for them.  Then they came after them anyway.  So given this crowd's recent track record, we should probably take them seriously when they say that they're going to crack down on wood-burning pizza ovens.  Oh, and coal-fired ovens also.  Thus far this is only happening in New York City, but a "great idea" like this will no doubt be spreading to liberal circles across the land in no time.  And if you run a pizza shop that uses such a stove, you can either spend an arm and a leg for a new filtration system or the city will fine you huge amounts of money until you shut up and comply.

New NYC Mandate Threatens Future and Taste of New York Pizza.  If you only ate Chicago pizza, this would be not an issue.  The city of New York is cracking down on pizzerias, threatening their futures.  The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has drafted new rules that would order pizza joints using the decades-old baking method to slice carbon emissions by up to 75 percent, reports the New York Post.  "All New Yorkers deserve to breathe healthy air and wood and coal-fired stoves are among the largest contributors of harmful pollutants in neighborhoods with poor air quality," DEP spokesman Ted Timbers said.  "This common-sense rule, developed with restaurant and environmental justice groups, requires a professional review of whether installing emission controls is feasible."  The rule would force pizzerias with such ovens installed prior to May 2016 to buy [e]mission-control devices that could send local joints over their budgets.

These are the same people who oppose natural gas appliances.
NYC to Crack Down on Wood-Fired Pizza Joints to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Up to 75%.  New York City will be cracking down on wood-fired pizza joints to reduce carbon emissions by up to 75%.  "All New Yorkers deserve to breathe healthy air and wood and coal-fired stoves are among the largest contributors of harmful pollutants in neighborhoods with poor air quality," Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Ted Timbers said in a statement to the New York Post on Sunday.  "This common-sense rule, developed with restaurant and environmental justice groups, requires a professional review of whether installing emission controls is feasible."

The Editor says...
[#1] It isn't a "common-sense rule."  The tail is wagging the dog, as usual.  The "environmental justice groups" are anti-capitalist troublemakers, solving problems that nobody has.  Making pizza in a wood-fired oven is not an "environmental [in]justice," whatever that is.  [#2] While all this nit-picking is underway in New York, China and India are building coal-fired power plants as if carbon dioxide is not a problem.  Because it isn't!  [#3] The air in an overcrowded city may not be entirely fresh, but it's not necessarily unhealthy, and if you don't like the air in a big city, you're free to move!

Crybullies and Beyond: Four Additional Ways the Left Resembles Nazis.  [#4] Democrats and Nazis demand complete compliance - you will comply or else.  You've probably seen the famous picture from Nazi Germany in 1936, with one man later identified as August Landmesser standing with his arms crossed, as the crowd raised their arms in unison in the Nazi salute.  Today's Leftists are similarly demanding that you submit to their agenda.  You're a 'domestic terrorist' if you refuse to shop at Target.  They are in your face with their agenda and if you don't comply, they complain crybully style to the nation's socialist media.  This is how it all starts; they indoctrinate your children behind your back and do whatever they can to be as invasive in your life as possible.  And then when you push back, they suddenly become the victim.  Then when you don't fully comply with their demands, they label you a 'domestic terrorist.'  But somehow, we're supposed to ignore all of this because it might hurt the feelings of the leftists.  Never mind that they've been lying about this for more than 90 years and still haven't come up with a cogent explanation as to why National Socialism was 'far-right'.

President Trump Did What Ross Perot Could Not.  As Governor Mike Huckabee noticed during his recent appearance on NewsMax, the affairs of the prevailing political regime are scandals that dwarf Watergate.  Those comprising the Obama-Biden cabal have abused their powers for years with defining hallmarks like illegal surveillance and political persecution; but they've also weaponized the most powerful departments and agencies of the federal government, all funded by your tax dollars, against those (like President Trump) who stand in the way of the monopolization of political power for which they have an insatiable desire.  And, in a manner characteristic of their communist mentality, they consider anything that obstructs their power grab as "evil" and every detrimental action taken against their opponents as "good" — or, according to standard Marxian terminology used by Soviet rulers and similar regimes elsewhere: "progress."

Biden's Economic Program is Made in China.  As reported by New York Times Magazine at the time, Joe Biden's goal was to transform the economy from the get-go: "The Biden Team Wants to Transform the Economy.  Really." Nearly two-and-a-half years later, the damage and chaos of that transformation process are obvious: continuing high inflation (especially energy, food, and gasoline prices), rising interest rates, recession predictions, a stagnant economy, depleted individual savings, sky-high credit card debt, and other indications of stagflation and recession.  Who has benefited from the Biden economy?  Green new deal grifters benefit from the gargantuan tax subsidies and federal spending on transitioning the US economy from hydrocarbon energy sources to "clean" sources, especially solar and wind energy.  The communist Chinese are happy to benefit from Biden economic policies that ultimately mandate and subsidize green products from Chinese companies at the expense of the US companies who produce and use hydrocarbons.

Resistance.  I will hold the line, but very few others will.  I've watched it over and over.  They won't even stop watching sports, regardless of how offensive the left is willing to be, how calculating they used those programs to indoctrinate their audiences into the "acceptable" beliefs.  They just knuckle under and turn on the tube.  Soon, it's going to get hard to do the right thing.  The American people are all too willing to allow the teachers union to determine the gender of their children, allow scalpels to be used on their babies for fear of taking social backlash.  In California you can now be charged with child abuse if you don't shake the pom poms for gender reassignment surgery.  I guess it needs to get worse.  It will, it already is.  There will be a break, a moment when they attempt to call our bluff, to shove some means of transaction on us that will lead to our slavery.

The Green New Deal is full of holes, with AOC leading the charge to fall into them.  The New York congresswoman plans to drastically "cut carbon emissions across the economy from electricity generation to transportation to agriculture," to "create jobs" and "boost the economy."  Revealing the truth, her chief of staff stated the Green New Deal "wasn't originally a climate thing at all," rather, "we really think of it as how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing," "moving the U.S. economy entirely away from fossil fuels within 10 years, while simultaneously providing federal jobs and health care guarantee," advancing "social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice and equality and cooperative — and public ownership."  So, the Green New Deal is simply a Marxist-Leninist plan to destroy the U.S. economy and transform America into a full-fledged socialist nation costing $93 trillion in new government spending over a decade, while 2022 U.S. GDP was only $25 trillion.

Ramping up wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles can't solve our energy problem.  Many people believe that installing more wind turbines and solar panels and manufacturing more electric vehicles can solve our energy problem, but I don't agree with them.  These devices, plus the batteries, charging stations, transmission lines and many other structures necessary to make them work represent a high level of complexity.  A relatively low level of complexity, such as the complexity embodied in a new hydroelectric dam, can sometimes be used to solve energy problems, but we cannot expect ever-higher levels of complexity to always be achievable.

Report: Biden Admin Forced Social Security Employees to Complete 'Mandatory' LGBTQ+ Training.  President Joe Biden's administration forced Social Security Administration (SSA) employees to complete a "mandatory" training that lectured employees on respecting their coworkers' "sexual orientation," and "gender identity," The Sentinel reported.  The LGBTQ+ training warned that using preferred pronouns is compulsory and threatened investigations for those deemed noncompliant, according to audio recordings obtained by the Sentinel.

Biden Announces $600 Million for 'The Most Aggressive Climate Action Ever' During California Visit.  Climate action projects across the nation, including in California, will get $600 million more in federal funding, President Joe Biden announced during a tour of a nature preserve in northern California on June 19.  California's share — $67 million — will help build power lines and transmission infrastructure, and support the state's transition to 100 percent clean energy, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom's office.  "We're taking the most aggressive climate action ever," Biden said.  "I'm here today to announce that we're putting our critical climate investment to work."  The U.S. Department of Energy is also expected to announce a $2 billion investment to modernize the nation's electric grid.

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[#1] Where did Joe Biden come up with $600 million?  [#2] No amount of spending will improve the weather.

The left's assault on the United States military is picking up steam.  One of the most vital things for a successful dictatorship is military control.  A politically neutral military composed of people loyal to the country, rather than its leadership, represents an ongoing threat to a despot.  For centuries, America has had that politically neutral military, but the Biden administration is accelerating a process begun under Obama, which is to weaken military readiness while ensuring that both officers and troops hew to a specific political ideology.  In the first five years of his presidency, Obama fired almost 200 military officers, some of whom felt very strongly that there was an ideological purge taking place.  Certainly, the Pentagon class's willing embrace of leftist ideologies (DEI, CRT and, especially, LGBTQ+++) seems to indicate that those in charge of the military's strange new destiny are on board with all of this.

Maine Lobstermen Get a Big Win Over Biden; Admin's Hypocrisy Faces Big Questions and Investigation.  There are a lot of people who have been suffering under the Biden regime, from being crushed by Bidenflation to being oppressed by his overregulation.  The lobstermen of Maine know all too well about that second part.  The Biden administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) imposed a rule that could gut what is already a challenging industry.  The lobstermen challenged Biden in court.

Ready for even more medical shortages?  Big Pharma giant Merck has emerged as an unikely voice for freedom, which is what comes when one's ox is gored.  They've got a lawsuit out to overturn at least part of Joe Biden's odious "Inflation Reduction Act" which has an Orwellian clause about forcing pharmaceutical companies to allow the feds to dictate their prices, which amounts to constitutionally prohibited confiscation without compensation and sure as the sun comes up, will lead to even more medical shortages.  That's on top of the medical shortages we are already seeing, thanks to Pete Buttigieg's latest supply chain failure.

We should all give Biden great credit for what he has achieved in office.  We should be giving Biden credit for energy and spending policies that caused inflation to skyrocket from under 2%, despite COVID to over 9% or 4% in May.  Oil is still around $70 per barrel, or up around 75% from when Biden was elected.  I am sure people on fixed income, the poor, and middle class are extremely happy that food and energy prices have leveled off at such a high level.  When Biden was running for office, he repeatedly said he was going to destroy the oil and coal industry:  "I would transition away from the oil industry, yes," Biden said.  As soon as Biden took office, he dictatorially halted oil and gas leases on US land and water.  Biden also dictatorially cancelled the permit for the Keystone pipeline the day he took office. [...] As a result of Biden's anti-domestic oil policies, the price of oil skyrocketed from around $40 per barrel the day Biden was elected to $84 per barrel in October 2021, less than a year later, which was long before Russia attacked Ukraine.  When the price of oil inflates by over 110% in one year, it causes overall inflation to also go up rapidly, because energy prices affect everything.  It is a simple concept.  Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran benefit greatly when the U.S decides it no longer wants to be a major oil market competitor.

Biden's World Bank Head Promises To Spend 'As Much As We Possibly Can' On Climate Change.  Ajay Banga, the Biden-appointed president of the World Bank, promised to "push" the financial institution to its limits to combat climate change in an interview with Reuters late Tuesday.  While Banga said he would not take any actions that would threaten the global financier's "AAA" credit rating, he said that he would leverage the bank's balance sheet "as hard as you can" to address climate issues, Reuters reported.  Members of the Biden administration, notably including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and President Joe Biden himself, and climate activists have — at times over the objections of developing nations — called for Banga to shift the bank's focus from combating poverty to additionally combating climate change.

Law soon requires new Illinois homes to include electric vehicle charging capabilities.  A new law in Illinois soon requires electric vehicle charging stations in the garage of new or renovated homes.  Critics say this will increase costs.  State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, filed Senate Bill 40 to keep Illinois on its path to having one million EVs on the roads by 2030.  The bill was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2024.  In 2021, Pritzker signed the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act into law, which incentivizes EV production across the state.  There are also state tax incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles.

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What's next?  Why not require every new house to have a basketball goal in the driveway, a dog house in the back, and built-in Christmas lights?  The answer is obvious:  If the home wants that stuff, he will buy it later.  Not everyone will buy an electric car — unless the Democrats rig every future election, which isn't out of the question.

State Senator Tells Parents to Flee His Own State Amid Law That Would Take Kids Away From Non-'Affirming' Parents.  A California state senator told a gathered crowd of parents at the California Senate Judicial Committee to flee the state on June 13 during a hearing on a bill which would put parents who don't affirm their child's "gender transition" in danger of child abuse charges.  Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, is the lone Republican on California's Senate Judiciary Committee, and he has served in the California Legislature for 11 years.  He was also the lone voice warning against language in AB 957, which a Democratic senator had amended on June 5 to rewrite the California Family Code to list "gender affirmation" alongside a child's need for "health, safety, and welfare."

Who is Driving the Train?  American Leadership is in Full Retreat.  How would John Kirby spin the following US retreats (strategic debacles) on the world scene in two interminable years of the Biden administration?
  •   The Biden administration has committed to a legally binding agreement that "will give the World Health Organization (WHO) control over U.S. pandemic policies," as reported here.  How is giving up US sovereignty to foreigners a demonstration of US world leadership?
  •   Then there was the Biden administration helplessly standing by and watching the communist Chinese facilitate a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran.  Losing geopolitical leverage to the Chinese in the Middle East is more US world leadership?
  •   How about the gifting of Afghanistan's natural resources to China?  Afghanistan holds lithium deposits estimate to be worth "between $1 trillion and $3 trillion."  China will be delighted to exploit those deposits to retain world leadership in the production of green technology (i.e., electric vehicles, batteries, and solar panels) for export to the US.  The debacle of the US withdrawal itself probably helped convince Putin to launch the Russian invasion of Ukraine, too.

California Bill Would Charge Any Parent Who Doesn't Affirm Transgenderism With 'Child Abuse'.  A recently amended California bill would add "affirming" the sexual transition of a child to the state's standard for parental responsibility and child welfare — making any parent who doesn't affirm transgenderism for their child guilty of abuse under California state law.  AB 957 passed California's State Assembly on May 3, but a co-sponsor amended it after hours in California's State Senate on June 6.  Assembly Member Lori Wilson, D-Suisun City, wrote the bill and introduced it on Feb. 14.  State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, co-sponsored it.  Wilson's child identifies as transgender.  Originally, AB 957 required courts to consider whether a child's parents were "gender-affirming" in custody cases.  Wiener's amendment completely rewrites California's standard of child care.

Democrats Had Better Be Careful What They Wish for After the Latest Trump Indictment.  Regardless of what you think about the Trump indictment, it's hard not to believe that it smacks of the Democrats' endless attempts to nail Donald Trump for — something.  We've gotten used to it over the past few years, and these legal maneuvers always seem to play out the same way. [...] Maybe they have him this time, but maybe not.  After all, we've heard the rhetoric about the "walls closing in" on Trump for a long time now.  [Video clip]  What seems to be missing from the Democrats' calculus in indicting Trump again (with potentially more indictments to follow) is that the whole scheme could backfire on them tremendously.  They don't seem to be aware of the precedent they're setting with these indictments.  The Democrats are clearly counting on being able to knock Trump out of the 2024 election cycle, but they apparently haven't given much thought to the idea that what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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Socialist Democrats are apparently unable to think ahead and foresee the potential consequences of their half-baked ideas; for example, open borders, relying on solar panels and windmills while blocking every practical source of energy, allowing men in women's restrooms, letting bums live in the street, giving money to people who are too lazy to work, letting violent criminals roam free, demanding that employers hire the blackest available people instead of those with the most aptitude, letting the FBI act as the Secrete Police, killing babies at any stage of pregnancy — or even beyond, conducting obviously fraudulent elections, calling carbon dioxide a pollutant when it really isn't, Covid lockdowns, promoting homosexuality in public schools, printing money and spreading it around to buy votes, draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, dissolving student loan debt, prohibiting gas stoves, and subsidizing electric cars and gasoline diluted with ethanol that nobody asked for.

Biden administration is 'actively plotting' ways to jam through his $400 billion student loan forgiveness plan even if the Supreme Court strikes it down.  The Supreme Court is getting ready to hand down a decision any day now on President Joe Biden's proposed student loan forgiveness plan — and progressives are scrambling to find a way to still wipe clean that debt.  Meanwhile, the group that launched one of the lawsuits that landed the resident's plan at the Supreme Court says that they will sue any workarounds the Biden administration tries to jam through.  Job Creators Network President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz told that the Department of Education (DOE) is actively working on workarounds to still get at least $10,000 taken off of the debts of most borrowers with outstanding student loans.

Don't call modern leftists communists.  Communists also have a definite goal: the overthrow of the capitalist order and its replacement by a more harmonious collective system.  The means of achieving this objective have been vigorously debated by theoreticians, and the prescriptions have varied from revolutionary violence to parliamentary reform.  What exactly this earthly paradise would consist of is vague, but the intention is crystal-clear.  Modern Western radicals, on the hand, are a congeries of races, religions, economic classes, and sexes.  They are united only by their absolute loathing for the history and culture of the West and nothing more.  The writings of a Robin DiAngelo or the seminars of a Peggy McIntosh are not blueprints for creating a better world, but simply hate-filled propaganda designed to stoke the fires of resentment among groups.  Empty slogans about "equity," the destruction of Occidental living standards in the name of "saving the planet," race-revenge politics, and apparently endless third-world immigration seem to have no goal beyond themselves.  Chaos is cultivated for its own sake, and the endgame seems to be the void.  In short, then, what we have now is not communism.  Hard as it is to believe, it is worse.

Democrats are seeking to destroy the greatest country that ever existed.  Here are some examples:  On healthcare, Democrats want to either have single payer, government-run insurance or want to dictate, as with Obamacare, exactly what must be in health care policies.  Republicans want people and companies to have freedom of choice.  Democrats seem to want to make as many people to be dependent on government as possible, as with Great Society programs.  Why would Democrats fight so hard to block a requirement for able-bodied people to work for their benefits?  With Great Society expansion of welfare programs, Democrats essentially encouraged the break-up of families that leads to generational poverty.  Republicans believe in a safety net but want policies that encourage work, instead of welfare, which would potentially allow people to move up the economic ladder.  Democrats believe that the government should pay off student loan debt.  Republicans believe the people that borrowed the money and received the benefit should pay it off.

New York Calls for Reparations, Erasing Criminal Records, & Wearing Masks Indoors.  A New York bill is part of a national push to provide reparations for African Americans.  Democratic lawmakers in New York hope the Legislature will approve SB1163A in the coming days.  "There's a real question of whether slavery would have been economically feasible without New York," Democrat James Sanders Jr. told Politico.  "New York provided the insurance for the slave industry; New York paid for many of the votes; New York bought much of the cotton."  In other words, it's New York's fault.  This is the greed and politics of envy that socialism brings.

Ready for Socialized Electric Power?  Ever hear of the Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA)? Sounds great, doesn't it?  Yet, like "The Inflation Reduction Act" (the largest climate legislation in government history), its title has very little to do with its actual purpose.  Its true objective is to empower the state (in this case New York) "to provide clean energy if the private sector fails to."  Still sounds great!  There is, however, one little catch: the private sector has until 2030 to provide clean energy.  We all know that, given today's technology, the private sector isn't going to meet this requirement — which means that the second little catch will kick in:  the moving of power utilities out of private hands into publicly owned facilities.

How Green New Dealers became Washington power players.  It was just four years ago that backers of the Green New Deal were considered outcasts in Congress.  They butted heads with Democratic leaders on climate.  Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) derided them as "perfect" and "pure."  And their sweeping plan to transform the energy sector never got a vote on the House floor.  But fast-forward to today, and many of those young outcasts have ascended to top roles in Congress.  They're wielding power on committees — some as attack dogs, others as would-be consensus builders.  And their ideas have helped shape legislation like last year's landmark climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act.

Biden admin is preparing to target Americans' gas furnaces amid stove crackdown.  The Biden administration is expected to soon finalize regulations restricting which home gas-powered furnaces consumers are able to purchase in the future.  According to experts, the regulations — proposed in June 2022 by the Department of Energy (DOE) — would restrict consumer choice, drive prices higher and likely have a low impact on greenhouse gas emissions.  The agency could finalize the rules targeting residential gas furnaces, which more than 50% of American households rely on for space heating, at any point over the upcoming weeks.  "This is a classic example of one size not fitting all," Ben Lieberman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told Fox News Digital in an interview.  "Every home is different, every homeowner is different and people are best off having a wide range of choices.  They can work with their contractor to make the best decision for their home and their circumstances."

House Republicans Target Gas Stove Regulations, Power of Administrative State.  After repeatedly failing to overturn Biden administration regulations in existing legislation, House Republicans are taking the next steps in their attempt to exert authority over the administrative state.  Lawmakers discussed a series of bills intended to reach those ends during a June 5 Rules Committee hearing.  "The Constitution articulates where the laws are made.  It's here in Congress," said Committee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) in his opening remarks.  Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.), by contrast, said the proposals show that the House Republican majority "once again prioritizes right-wing culture wars over the American people."  Right-leaning ideology prioritizes individual liberty over the government intervention preferred by the left.

Government's Ban Isn't Only About Gas Stoves.  The gas stove ban that we were told wasn't going to happen is now being debated in Congress.  Democrats are trying to ban certain models of gas stoves and other household appliances.  Republicans, meanwhile, are pushing two bills to try to stop the bans from happening.  [Video clip]

Those Who Oppose Capitalism Are The Enemies Of Freedom.  Capitalism is not an economic system imposed by government in the way socialism or communism or any form of Marxism or planned economy is imposed on people against their will.  Capitalism is merely the economic activity that men will engage in when left alone, when they are free to act as they wish.  It is spontaneous, ordered and entirely organic.  When men are free to trade with each other without government intrusion, they will inevitably seek and sell capital.  And why wouldn't they?  It is their nature.  Innovators and entrepreneurs hungry to make their ideas flesh need capital to fund their ventures.  Those who have capital see opportunities to reap profits, so they trade their capital in an open market for profits to be realized later.  This is not exploitation but the manifestation of liberty.

It's Not About Politics!  Too many people still believe what we see on the news is politics as usual.  It is not.  Politics departed long ago.  What we are witnessing, what we see demonstrated everyday, is good vs. evil. [...] Normalizing homosexuality, pushing transgenderism, even celebrating them is not politics.  Hospitals operating on children, mutilating them, removing perfectly normal reproductive organs or creating faux body parts as a poor substitute is not politics.  Observing major corporations getting into politics like never before is not mere politics.  Watching these same corporations changing their wares to heighten the Left's narrative is not politics.  Major store chains selling clothing to hide genitalia to enhance the cloaking of actual gender or allowing men in women's bathrooms is not politics.  Thousands upon thousands of homeless living on sidewalks in major Democrat cities while allowing hardened criminals to prey on the innocents is not politics.  Authorizing marketing execs to destroy their brand just to normalize abnormality and then watching other companies follow suit is not politics.  Inviting drag queens to display their deviancy to children in public libraries and classrooms and then calling it 'promoting imagination' is not politics.  Finding thousands of ballots over and above the number of voters in any precinct or allowing people to vote without proving who they are is not politics.  Opening borders to millions of unvetted, unknown people from foreign countries the world over is not politics.  Giving up energy independence is not politics.  Punishing political rivals with censorship is not politics.  Spending trillions on what no one can identify is not politics.  Politicians and Deep Staters committing treasonous acts for decades without repercussion is not politics.  Permitting people to 'serve' in Congress and the presidency who are mentally incompetent or even dead is not politics.  Using 'climate change' to amass power and money is not politics.

Climate Madness: Government Looking to Cull Nearly 200,000 Dairy Cows.  The high priests of climate change are at it again, this time decreeing that 200,000 dairy cows must be put to death to satisfy the left's global warming religion.  This latest outrage is coming from government officials in Ireland who have announced the destruction of tens of thousands of dairy cows so that officials can meet their climate change goals.  One proposal claims that by reducing the country's dairy herd by 10 percent, the equivalent of removing 65,000 cows a year for three years, will help officials meet their emissions reduction plans, according to Farmers Weekly citing the Irish Independent newspaper.

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Or you could just ship 200,000 cows to Dimmitt County, Texas, where they could disappear overnight and no questions will be asked.  If you don't know what I mean, check into this fairly recent story: [1] [2] [3] [4] The Dimmitt County explosion was just one of a series of mysterious explosions at food processing facilities all over the country.

The Road to Socialism is Paved with Equity.  The Biden administration defines equity as "the consistent and systematic treatment of all individuals in a fair, just, and impartial manner."  Who could be against a policy so pure?  One would think the supporters of a policy so pragmatically pristine would encourage critical discussion.  This is not the case.  Anyone that dares question the Democrat party's pursuit of equity is castigated as a blasphemer against liberal orthodoxy.  Liberals require opponents to approach their canon with the reverence of monastic silence.  But when the equity dogma is examined, one realizes that it more closely resembles a Faustian bargain than progressive enlightenment.

Senate Votes To Overturn Biden's Student Loan Giveaway.  Two Democrats and one Independent joined with all 48 present Senate Republicans on Thursday to pass a resolution blocking President Joe Biden's plan to shift billions of dollars in student loans onto American taxpayers.  The Congressional Review Act resolution, introduced in the upper chamber by Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, would overturn the Department of Education's 2022 move to forgive up to $20,000 in loans for some recipients.  A companion resolution introduced by Republican Virginia Rep. Bob Good passed the House in May, 218-203.  Biden has pledged to veto the resolution.  Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana, along with Independent Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, joined with Republicans.  [Tweet]

Arrest of Chicago 'Peacekeeper' police substitute demonstrates the folly of 'defund the police'.  A man wearing the vest of the new "Peacekeeper" corps deployed over the Memorial Day weekend, to stem the mayhem on a holiday weekend that has become an opportunity for murder tallies to soar, was arrested for a violent attack. [...] One of the many fantasies of the progressives is that there is something inherently wrong or dangerous with police.  Instead of armed police capable of using the threat of violence to restrain offenders, unarmed social worker-like alternatives can reduce violence by sympathizing with offenders and understanding the root causes of their behavior.  The Chicago Police Department's 1,700 vacancies are so catastrophic that Democrat politicians are desperate to deflect blame for their support of defund the police and anti-cop measures.  Chicago's new mayor, Brandon Johnson, ditched his former defund-the-police rhetoric during the campaign but still won't commit to adding funds to the police.

The Democrats' Greatest Achievement: Convincing Idiots That Tyranny Is Virtue.  The far lefties have spent decades demonizing conservatives, Republicans, and white Christians as hateful, racist, terrorists, hell-bent on oppressing minorities, and, lately, guilty of taking down our American democracy, while at the same time assuring their minions they are morally superior to these same liberty-embracing crowd. [...] Leftists, desperate to feed their cowardice — rather than starve it to death and replace it with courage — eat up their phantom supremacy by swallowing whatever self-righteous balderdash their Democrats masters throw at them, even if that means slowly stripping away their own freedoms.  Those at the top of the Democrat hate pyramid have learned they can thrust tyranny on their myrmidons if they just thinly disguise it with a bogus sense of virtue.  The weak are easy prey.  Die-hard leftists will trip over themselves in a desperate attempt to out-virtue signal their Bolshie friends, and if that means cutting off their noses to spite our Constitution-loving faces, so be it.

Why the White House Wants War.  With Ukraine's capital, Kiev, subject to increasing Russian bombardment, and Moscow subject to new drone attacks, the hostility now reflects direct provocation of central government and leadership.  Whether you rightly find Russia's aggression in Ukraine unacceptable, or like University of Chicago political scientist John Mearsheimer, you also see, pragmatically, a long trail of U.S. and EU provocation and mismanagement in foreign affairs, one thing is fairly obvious:  the United States is not interested in pursuing, or trying to broker, a peace deal.  Current U.S. foreign policy toward Russia is following a narrow path of strict escalation toward superpower confrontation.  Russia is not going to lead a peace effort, nor will Ukraine.

American Deviancy.  You don't have to look very far to witness how fundamentally fractured our society is.  Intersectionality lauds our differences, and sets us up for punishment for the transgression of individuality. [...] The nexus argument behind all claims of intersectionality is victimhood — white males have stolen everything, which rightfully belongs to other deserving distinct groups, all of course, sans white males.  Everything must be returned or taken by force, and only then can redress be genuinely achieved.  This has become incontrovertible and sacred doctrine among progressives, although nonsense!  (And that's being charitable when considering the absolute devastation yielded by the belief in and application of intersectionality.)

The Nanny State Stains a Deck.  When candidates run for public office — local, state, or federal — they campaign on some careful blend of their résumés, their personalities, and their political issues. [...]The related issue currently in the news is the world of natural gas appliances.  The United States has so much natural gas, it's practically free energy... but gas-powered ovens, ranges, furnaces, water heaters, and clothes dryers are under assault from blue states like New York and California and from the federal Department of Energy.  Some states have mandated that no new construction can include them; some cities have mandated that perfectly functional existing appliances be ripped out and replaced with electric.

Walz signs recreational marijuana bill into law.  Possibly the most talked about bill during this year's legislative session, the recreational marijuana bill, was signed into law on Tuesday [5/30/2023].  Joined by state lawmakers and other advocates, including former Gov. Jesse Ventura, Gov. Tim Walz signed the legislation during a ceremony at the State Capitol to make Minnesota the 23rd state to legalize recreational marijuana.  "Jimi Hendrix is looking down on Minnesota smiling today," Ventura said while pumping his fist.

Michigan GOP Blasts Dems' Proposal To Give Most Violent Convicts Chance For Reduced Sentences.  Convicted felons in Michigan, including most murderers and sexual offenders, could have a better chance of returning to society if Democrats get their way.  A package of legislation introduced last week by Democrat state Rep. Kara Hope aims to amend Michigan's penal code to allow nearly every criminal to petition for a reduced sentence after serving 10 years behind bars.  Michigan Republicans, led by House Minority Leader Matt Hall, blasted the Democrat-sponsored legislation, arguing that it prioritizes criminals above victims.  "The Democrats make these conversations largely about these criminals and how unfair the criminal justice system is," Hall, who represents areas around Kalamazoo, told The Daily Wire in a phone interview Friday.  "And what we're trying to do is make sure the voices of the victims are heard."

How to Destroy a People.  Wokeness is not about "rights" — it is about favoritism on a colossal scale.  It is about transforming America into a Marxist totalitarian state based on a coalition of groups antagonistic to traditional American identity.  And so, ultimately, it is about destroying America as we have known it for over 200 years.  The special consideration that these groups demand comes at the expense of ordinary citizens — those decent, hardworking, family-oriented citizens who now find themselves forced to the back of the bus.  Ordinary Americans pay the higher taxes necessary to fund the privileges that marginal groups now claim; ordinary folks are expected to nod in agreement as their children are subjected to woke brainwashing; ordinary people are told they must swallow the idea that the needs of homosexuals, transgenders, transvestites, criminals, illegal aliens, environmentalist radicals, communists, atheists, and anarchists come first — in education, hiring, culture, politics, and the news.  There is little space or funding left for everyday Americans, who are told that they are less important and "outdated" and even "hate-filled" just because of their noble beliefs in Christianity, self-responsibility, decency, and goodness.

In the Fight for America, We Hold the High Ground.  The radicals have infiltrated virtually all of our institutions.  But Americans who identify as "liberal" — the 21st-century codename for communists — are only 25 percent of the population according to Gallup.  As our institutions have become increasingly radical, confidence in them has collapsed.  With the loss of confidence, they are also losing their effectiveness.  The 75 percent are having their say in the matter.  Our enemies can't win ideologically, either.  Instead, they've tried to stifle debate.  But Biden's plan to govern disinformation crashed and burned.  The DOJ's attempt to censor dissenting opinions has been exposed as a major scandal, which may even threaten the existence of the FBI. [...] The radicals can't win elections, either.  Instead, they tried to institutionalize election fraud.  Their push to nationalize elections with H.R. 1 — the For the People Act — would have taken control away from the states.  The legislation failed to pass.  Even many of the rule changes that enabled the 2020 shenanigans have since been found unconstitutional.

The military is lying to you, of course.  Both Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Milley, Chair of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, insist that the Department of Defense neither funds nor supports drag queen story hours on military bases.  That was and remains a lie.  When presented with the evidence in a Congressional hearing Austin repeated the lie, even when confronted by incontrovertible evidence that he was spreading falsehoods.  He lied.  Then he lied again.  And again.  I have no idea if he was under oath, but it shouldn't matter.  Lying to Congress and the American people is unacceptable, except when a Democrat is in the White House.  Then it is apparently mandatory.  [Tweet]

The Corruption of Climate Science.  It is no exaggeration that every major institution in America has now committed itself to the elimination of affordable and abundant energy.  If it isn't stopped, this commitment, motivated by misguided concern for the planet but also by a lust for power and money and enabled by moral cowardice and intellectual negligence, will destroy Western civilization.  For over 50 years, with increasing frequency, corrupted, careerist scientists have produced biased studies that, amplified by agenda-driven corporate and political special interests, constitute a "consensus" that is supposedly "beyond debate."  We are in a "climate crisis."  To cope with this climate emergency, all measures are justifiable.  This is overblown, one-sided, distorted, and manipulative propaganda.  It is the language of authoritarians and corporatists bent on achieving even more centralized political power and economic wealth.  It is a scam, perhaps the most audacious, all-encompassing fraud in human history.

The Biden admin, with the help of the complicit media, sure pretends a lot.  Incompetence runs deep in the Biden administration.
  •   They didn't seem to prepare for the disaster in Afghanistan.
  •   They didn't control the border.
  •   They also couldn't control inflation and don't seem to have a clue on what causes it (hint, massive regulations and their destructive energy policies).
  •   And they couldn't even keep baby formula on the shelves or valuable drugs in the pharmacies.
But we are supposed to believe that these people can control temperatures, sea levels, and storm activity forever if we just give them trillions of dollars and allow them to destroy industries that use natural resources.  Everything in the Biden administration seems to involve endlessly offering talking points, which the media gladly regurgitates without doing research or asking questions.  Facts haven't mattered for a long time.

The Truth About Diversity and the Terrifying Reason the Commie Left Is Pushing It.  Anything being pushed by globalists — especially the evil commie clowns at the World Economic Forum (WEF) — requires a closer look.  So, I thought I'd look into their dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) which they've been hell-bent on gavaging down our throats.  It wasn't long before I stumbled upon a study from 2000 by a political science professor from Harvard named Robert Putnam.  Putnam, a liberal, has spent much of his career studying the reality of diversity.  What he has found, again and again, doesn't bode well for the apparatchiks, snowflakes, and prairie fairies preaching the supposed benefits of all things DEI.  We've been led to believe that our differences are our strengths, but Putnam's findings tell us quite the opposite.  He interviewed 30,000 people, and the results were staggering.

Medicare For All: This Idea Has To End.  Sen. Bernie Sanders is still promoting Medicare for All to "solve" several problems with the current health care system.  What are those problems?  Cost and access are the top two.  Advocates for socialized medicine schemes like Medicare for All get both wrong.  Typical framing of the cost issue shows U.S. healthcare spending relative to gross domestic product (GDP).  But, health care spending should be divided by household disposable income, which is the amount of income available to spend after taxes.  The U.S. ranks no. 1 in household disposable income in the world, and leads 2nd place by more than 20%.  Gross domestic product, in contrast, is a measure of the productivity of the economy rather than of income.  On a per-capita basis, the U.S. typically ranks between 10th and 15th place in the world, and trails countries like Luxembourg, Ireland, and Monaco (which has a per-capita GDP that is more than three times the U.S.)  Clearly, GDP is an antiquated measure developed shortly after WWII that doesn't reflect reality.

The Left's Systematic Slandering of the Police.  After the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd, a Black man, in the custody of Minneapolis Police, many Democrats, including Joe Biden, have said the police are systematically racist.  San Francisco Democrat Mayor London Breed, Democrat "squad" member Rep. Cori Bush and others have called to defund them.  Their reasoning, so to speak, is that since some police officers rarely kill an unarmed Black man, the entire institution is "systematically racist" (the expression of choice by the Democrat party and their stenographers in what remains of our "news" media), it is necessary to defund the police.  Inferring from a few cases to a conclusion about an entire institution used to be called "the fallacy of hasty generalization" in university critical reasoning courses, but the lack of any good arguments for the Left's talking point has required their use of this fallacy in recent years.

Neil Oliver: There's nothing green about the green agenda; It's all a scam.  [Video clip.]

House Votes Against EPA Truck Emissions Rule, Setting Up Biden Veto.  The House voted on May 23 to overturn the Biden administration's rule on heavy-duty vehicles' tailpipe emissions, the latest knock against the president's environmental agenda in a closely divided Congress and the forerunner to an expected Biden veto.  The short piece of legislation would roll back a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for trucks in December 2022.  The rule, which can be read here, "sets stronger emissions standards to further reduce air pollution, including pollutants that create ozone and particulate matter, from heavy-duty vehicles and engines starting in model year 2027," according to the EPA.  Heavy-duty vehicles are those with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) above 8,500 pounds.  Heavier light-duty pickup trucks such as the Ford F-250 and the Chevy Silverado 2500 have GVWRs that top out above that, as do even heavier pickups like the Ford F-350.

On global warming, so many problems with the data.  Here are some of the destructive policies of the radical greenies that are based on predictions, not scientific data:  The destruction of energy-producing companies that produce reasonably priced energy. (They clearly don't care about the harm to the poor and middle class by high inflation).  The promotion of the highly flammable pollutant lithium while seeking to control CO2, a non-pollutant, clear gas, that makes plants grow and allows the world to be fed.  Spending trillions on carbon capture.  Selling worthless carbon credits so people like John Kerry can pretend they care as they fly in their private jets.  Outlawing gas stoves, furnaces, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and gas grills.  The destruction of fishing and killing of whales by wind farms.  Environmentalists claim to worry about landfills and pollution so where are they going to put all the gas- powered equipment which will be worthless when the wind turbines wear out?  Why should anyone trust the same people who did the following when they said they could control temperatures, sea levels, and storm activity, if we just hand over trillions, and give up our freedom and quality of life?

Biden admin announces 'historic' plan to reduce western states' water supply.  The Biden administration announced Monday that seven western states had reached an agreement to conserve critical Colorado River system water supplies amid severe drought conditions.  The agreement — reached by the so-called Lower Basin states of Arizona, California and Nevada — ensures that at least 3 million acre-feet (maf), or 978 billion gallons, of Colorado River water supplies are conserved by 2027, according to the Department of the Interior (DOI) which has worked with states to address shortages.  Under the plan, at least half of that amount will be conserved by 2025.  "There are 40 million people, seven states, and 30 Tribal Nations who rely on the Colorado River Basin for basic services such as drinking water and electricity," Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement Monday.

Nebraska senator flips out debating ban on sex change surgeries for minors, screams 'we need trans people'.  A Friday morning session in the unicameral Nebraska legislature devolved into chaos after one Democratic lawmaker began shouting her support for transgender people amid a debate on a bill to ban sex change procedures for minors in the state.  The bill, which was ultimately approved by lawmakers and sent to Republican Gov. Jim Pillen's desk to become law, bans sex change procedures for minors, as well as abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy.  In voicing her disapproval to the measure Friday morning, state Democrat Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh slapped the lectern and repeatedly shouted: "Transgender people belong here, we need trans people, we love trans people."

Let's Call Them What They Are: Communists.  A "liberal" is someone who stands for liberty.  That is literally the opposite of what our "liberals" stand for.  They use cancelation and censorship to quiet disagreements.  They distort the law to crush dissent.  They use moral relativism to break our sense of right and wrong.  They don't deliver liberty.  They deliver oppression and corruption.  "Progressive" doesn't work much better.  A progressive is supposed to be a person who values progress.  But those operating under the progressive banner have
  •   created conflict in the name of social justice,
  •   destroyed our prosperity in pursuit of ecological justice, and
  •   used wildly out-of-control spending to buy our way out of problems that actually require human development.
In the name of "progress," they have delivered social strife, criminal chaos, and economic collapse.  They haven't delivered progress — only regression. [...] "Democracy" has nothing to do with what Democrats promote.  None of those labels adequately describes those who are actively working to undermine America's founding principles.  Let's stop denying the threat and call them what they are:  communists.

What Is Wrong With These People?  Imagine literally being upset about your state government preventing you from physically removing the genitals from your minor child.  It's difficult to do, I know, because the very idea of butchering the body of a child is foreign to you, but there are a lot of people wildly upset by just that idea.  Just as there is a slice of the public, small as it is, demanding Bud Light completely destroys itself in the name of "tolerance." Then there are the wealthy white liberals who, as if it were a sexual fetish of theirs, demand they and their children, and by extension everyone's children, be indoctrinated into the idea that they are responsible for things done by people who aren't them that happened long before they were born.  You really have to wonder what [...] is wrong with these people.

Eight Disturbing Similarities between the Democrat and Nazi Parties.  The overarching philosophy of both Democrats and Nazis is centralized control.  The individualists on the pro-freedom side of the political spectrum favor liberty and limited government.  The collectivists of the anti-liberty side of the political spectrum favor control and unlimited government.  This can easily be seen in the Democrat's obsession with controlling not only basic liberties, but also gas stoves, dishwashers, and air-conditioners.

The Editor says...
And low-flow shower heads, and one-gallon toilets, and 50-mpg cars, and fluorescent lightbulbs.

Democrats Are The Brainless Party.  The policies being pushed by the party aren't just brainless, they're dangerous.  Rep. Cori Bush, D-Missouri, this week introduced a Reparations Now Resolution that would provide $14 trillion in funds to descendants of American slaves.  "What we're talking about is freedom and equity and calling on this country to acknowledge the harm that it has inflicted," Bush said.  Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., tweeted in support of the bill saying:  "Reparations means equity.  Reparations means justice.  Reparations means dismantling the systems that have kept us marginalized."  Aside from the impossibility of figuring out how to divide the spoils, to say nothing of raising the money, a reparations bill would be massively divisive, given that 68% of Americans oppose it, including 58% of Hispanics and 65% of Asians.  Just 48% of rank-and-file Democrats back reparations.

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Representative Barbara Lee has been in the U.S. Congress for 25 years, yet she claims there are "systems that have kept us marginalized."  Cry on Oprah Winfrey's shoulder.

Karine Jean-Pierre slams bans on trans treatment for minors: 'These are our kids, they belong to all of us'.  While appearing at the 34th annual GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted that trans kids are "our kids" and "belong to all of us" in response to what she called "anti-LGBTQ+ legislation."  Speaking with the website Jezebel at the event on Saturday, Jean-Pierre, who identifies as "queer," talked about the importance of representation and visibility for young people.  She also insisted that there needed to be more moments to "call out" Republican legislation for the sake of trans children.  "There are more than 600 pieces of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation out there.  A few hundred of them are anti-trans community, and that matters because we have to call that out.  And we've never seen this level.  It's historic in the number of pieces of legislation," she said.

Disturbing Democrat Trans Cult Thinks It Owns Your Children.  Despite the very public pushback against them in recent years, the predatory Democrat Trans Cult is still in full force, mobilized, and coming for your children.  These people are relentless and operating under the mistaken impression that they're compassionate.  The coastal bubble Dems are all on board with the push to normalize conversations about sexuality between 8-year-olds and any random adults they interact with during the day at school.  In their telling of the story, every other third-grader in America is trapped in the wrong body and agonizing to be liberated by a compassionate public educator.  This is just one more thing that was made worse by the evil touch of Hillary Clinton.  Ever since Granny Maojackets published It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us back in the '90s, Democrats have felt justified in claiming that parents really can't handle raising their own children and that such things should be left up to the nation's teachers.

Chicago, RIP.  Electing Lori Lightfoot as Mayor of Chicago was the beginning of the end for that city.  Replacing her with someone even more far left is accelerating Chicago's terminal decline.  Tom Bevan notes that the death throes are under way:  [Tweet]  The stupidity is hard to fathom.  A "head tax" on employees means less employment.  The tax on jet fuel will fall, I suppose, on all who fly into or out of O'Hare or Midway airport — yet another reason to avoid the city.  A 3.5% income tax that goes all the way down to $100,000 in income is suicidal.  I have no idea how the city plans to implement a "wealth tax," but it sounds as though a household with a net worth of just $1 million would pay another $4,000 a year.  And the transaction fee will drive banking and investment firms out of the city.  In short, the plan, if enacted, will be a disaster.

Sen. Markey introduces bill to pack Supreme Court, claims two Justices 'have no right to be there'.  Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey introduced a bill to pack the Supreme Court on Tuesday, claiming during a press conference on the legislation that Justices Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett have "no right" to be on the Court.  Markey's Judiciary Act of 2023, which pro-abortion groups Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed, would add four seats to the Supreme Court.  During his press conference on the Supreme Court steps, Markey called for Justice Clarence Thomas to resign and claimed that two justices have "no right to be there."  "In 2016, Senate Republicans broke the rules and packed the court," Markey said.  "In 2020, Donald Trump helped them to break the rules again."  Republicans refused to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016. After former President Donald Trump took office, Republicans confirmed Gorsuch in 2017.  After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, Republicans confirmed Barrett in October 2020.

Is Sanity Returning?  I'm referring to the firestorm rejection consumers are giving to Anheuser-Busch (AB), specifically to buying and drinking Bud Lite. [...] AB's executives, Hollywood celebs, academia, TV networks, Big Media, Big Tech, most large corporations, and most government agencies have collectively decided they know what's best for you, know exactly what you need, and have proceeded to shove it down our throats while forcing their political insanity onto society.  You must hate President Trump — Check; every TV network and celebrity continually echoes that mantra.  We will teach racist ideology to your children, and you'll learn to love it — Check; Democrat-controlled school boards cram Critical Race Theory (CRT) into every school curriculum.  Demand gun control/gun confiscation — Check; every mass-shooting is not because the shooter is deranged or mentally ill; no, it's the gun's fault and Dems demand guns be confiscated.  Americans must have and support open borders to flood the country with illegals and change the voter base — Check; Biden and Dems have refused to control the border, resulting in five million (but who's counting) illegals in slightly over two years (thanks, Joe).  America needs a weakened military more focused on White rage than defeating our enemies — Check; all service branches are struggling to recruit new members.  So, given the large numbers of idiotic, woke businesses and lunatic government/military agendas, Anheuser-Busch managed to outstupid them all.  AB used a girly-man transgender to advertise Bud Lite (BL) to the average working man.

Something wicked this way comes.  [Scroll down]  What are we looking at?  Whatever its long-term provenance going back decades, the movement we are dealing with now starts with Obama.  In the 2008 campaign, Obama said the objective of his administration would be to "fundamentally transform" America.  I, and I suspect a lot of others, thought this was just political blather.  Not hardly.  But there is a problem with this objective.  To achieve it, you have to plow through the Constitution.  Obama didn't plan to do that by amendments but by stoking racial animosity.  Something important happened with the death (ruled to be murder) of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020, for which police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted and sentenced to 22.5 years.  (Given the plethora of relevant details around the case, a different judgment is imaginable.)  It effectively launched the Defund the Police movement.

Congressional Counter-Offensive.  This summer, Congress will pass 12 separate bills to fund federal government programs in fiscal year 2024.  In anticipation of that process, the Anti-Woke Caucus combed through all 12 of the bills that passed the then-Democratic controlled appropriations subcommittees in 2022 to identify woke funding requests.  As we say in the Navy, it was a target rich environment.  Speaker Pelosi's Democratic majority asked for $200 million for programs dedicated to increasing race-based hiring and recruitment in STEM; $200 million for the Department of State's Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund; $8.6 million for gender advisor programs at the Department of Defense; ICE to detain transgender illegal aliens only at facilities with staff who have received LGBTQ sensitivity and awareness training and medical personnel who have experience delivering hormone therapies; $108 million for environmental justice activities through the Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency; the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize projects that provide opportunities based on race; and the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a program to combat "online misinformation" and "extremism."

The age of manufactured crises.  This week, with the eclipsing of Title 42, the U.S. southern border has gone from a hot mess to a full-blown emergency.  We were pushed into the conflict with Ukraine and Russia as well.  Before that was the debacle in Afghanistan.  Our leaders killed drilling for oil and terminated pipeline projects which led to elevated gas prices and fueled inflation.  If inflation was a concern, you'd never notice it from our leaders.  They pumped trillions of dollars into the economy to make inflation worse (and had the gall to call it an Inflation Reduction Act.)  Even when there isn't a crisis, the current administration creates one.  For example, claiming gun violence and trans-oppression are national emergencies.  You can almost hear them, "Let's make loans easier for people with bad credit ratings," which is destined to ignite a housing crisis down the road.  If that isn't enough, looming on the horizon is a Taiwan crisis, the Sudan, and perhaps an incident or two with North Korea.  Rather than get in front of an issue and calm it, actions are taken (or not taken) to ensure that problems are allowed to fester and explode.

Chefs join nationwide pushback against gas stove bans.  World-renowned chef José Andrés is trying to open his first Bay Area eatery but appears ready to quit the effort if officials in the city of Palo Alto don't allow the use of natural gas at the proposed site.  Andrés's position was revealed in an April 28 letter to the city from the attorney for the shopping center that has a deal to bring in the chef's new Zaytinya restaurant.  "Some of its more conventional cooking equipment can be made electric, but other unique pieces of gas-fired equipment critical for Zaytinya's success do not have electrically powered equivalents," the letter reads.  "Without a gas connection and appliances, Zaytinya would be forced to alter its signature five-star reputation and ... will likely choose not to locate within the city."  The controversy started in January after the chairman of the Federal Consumer Safety Products Commission, Richard Trumka Jr., said gas stoves posed a "hidden hazard" and suggested the agency could ban them.

Liberals sure like dead black men.  We are a nation led by a party that is bent on destruction.  On the West Coast, Democrats are destroying dams in the name of nature.  Elsewhere, they are destroying nuclear plants in the name of safety.  They are destroying coal plants in the name of global warming.  They are destroying sections of interstates in the name of racism.  Black men kill black men by the thousand each year.  Liberals ignore those actual murders.  Instead, they turn the media spotlight on the very rare occasion when a black man dies at the hands of a white person.  The murkier the details, the louder liberals screech.  Liberals are playing America.  When President Obama said if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin, he created this monster we still grapple nearly a decade later.  Martin was beating George Zimmerman's head against a sidewalk when the victim pulled his gun and killed his assailant.  The death of another teen thug, Michael D. Brown, gave libs an excuse to destroy Ferguson, Missouri, a quiet suburb that black people used to escape St. Louis.  The list goes on, ending in the overdose death of George Floyd while in police custody.  Liberals used their rationalization to destroy cities.

The government doesn't want to talk about your actual concerns.  Gallup periodically asks Americans to declare what they think is "the most important problem facing the country today."  Rather than offering multiple choice answers, they leave it open for respondents to say whatever they like, matching the answers to a number of related categories. [...] ["]The single most common answer was "the government," or "poor leadership," at 18 percent.  Fourteen percent said the economy in general, and 9 percent said inflation or high cost of living.["] [...] Keep that list in mind and consider what news stories are generating the most buzz in the media.  Then consider what the President and congressional leaders are spending their time talking about.  We are repeatedly assured that some sort of "transgender genocide" is going on and we should all be fighting about transgender issues. [...] We're told that the country simply can't move forward without addressing systemic racism and reparations.

Collateral Damage.  The media and every leftist lunatic will claim that failing to pass a debt limit increase will cause the loss of the dollar as the world reserve currency.  This is a flat-out lie.  That boat has already sailed.  What do you think de-dollarization is?  De-dollarization is caused by massive overspending resulting in the need to print, or inject more dollars, even unbacked by Treasuries, in order to have the cash on hand to spend on luxuries like the Green New Deal, transgender surgeries, electric car incentives, wind and solar incentives, the de-oilization of our power grid etc., and other nations recognize it as irresponsible and reckless so they're getting away from the dollar before they're wrapped up in the collateral damage of its implosion.  The media and politicians will tell you that you need to raise the debt limit to avoid defaulting on our obligations.  That's a lie.  The government raises enough cash through taxes to pay for Social Security (paid for by workers over the course of their lives) Medicare and Medicaid.  It raises enough money to pay the interest on the debt, currently about $1 trillion.  So there would be no default, whether the debt limit is increased or not.  What would not be paid for is a great deal of discretionary spending and some tough choices would have to be made.

Janet Yellen: we have to risk default to build windmills.  At least Janet Yellen is upfront about the Biden Administration's priorities. [...] They truly believe that spending a few billion more on worthless clean energy projects is worth wrecking the US economy, or at least that the American people might think so.  I'm pretty sure that argument isn't going to fly outside the confines of an Antifa meeting or a faculty lounge discussion.  They are about the only people who think that a few more solar panels and windmills are worth blowing up the US economy.

Today It's Your Gas Stove, Tomorrow It's Your Dishwasher.  "Don't worry about the dishwasher," our host told us as we checked out the house where my wife and I were staying in the south of France several years ago.  "It's more than two years old."  I had no idea why I needed to worry about this or any other dishwasher, but I was about to find out. [...] Here's where Presidentish Joe Biden steps up to say: You ain't seen nothin' yet, Jacque.  In yet another notorious Friday afternoon news dump, Biden's Department of Energy proposed new efficiency rules for dishwashers sold in the U.S.  If the proposed regulations go into effect — and there's no doubt that the enviro-cabal running the White House is in favor — water use would be reduced by a third on some standard-sized machines, and energy use would be reduced by more than a quarter.  Consumers already complain that machines that have been made since Obama-era restrictions went into effect a decade ago already don't properly clean or dry dishes.  In the future, they'll have even less water and energy to work with.

Count the parallels:
The Impending Thermidor Reaction in Jacobin America.  The decade-long French Revolution that broke out in 1789 soon devolved into far more than removing the monarchy, as it became antithetical to the earlier American precedent.  American notions of liberty and freedom were seen as far too narrow, given the state, if only all-powerful and all-wise, could mandate "equality" and force "fraternity" among its subjects. [...] Jacobins sought to wipe out religion, both materially and spiritually.  They replaced God, first, with the atheistic "Cult of Reason" and then a stranger still "Cult of the Supreme Being" — a dreamed-up, living, humanistic god that only the murderous Robespierre could fully envision, but eerily similar to our own Green New Deal deity.  The months of the year themselves were renamed, the days of the week renumbered and relabeled.  Statues were toppled, first at night, later in shameless daylight.  Place names were erased and renamed.  The original revolutionary heroes were not to be mentioned; their uncouth successors deified.  Money was printed to "spread the wealth" — until it was worthless.

We should talk about just how bad the RESTRICT Act is.  Back in 2001, like many other people I foolishly bought into the idea of the USA Patriot Act.  After all, we had just suffered the worst terrorist attack in history and we had to go after the bad guys, right?  Of course, since that time we've seen the government and our own intelligence agencies spying on regular Americans more than any alleged ISIS sleeper cells.  Now the government is brewing up a new plan supposedly in response to threats posed by China through back-door data breaches using the TikTok video app.  It's called the RESTRICT Act and it is unfortunately drawing bipartisan support in the Senate.  But much like its predecessor, this bill would open the door to vastly expanded executive branch powers and unprecedented levels of control of both financial activity and people's personal data.

[The] Biden Administration [is] waging [a] pointless war on our comfort in the name of climate.  Looking forward to using your air-conditioning this summer to keep you from misery and lack of sleep?  Well, you might have some issues.  You see, the Biden administration has declared war on comfort.  It's not just gas stoves, leaf blowers, and lawnmowers the Biden-ites are coming for.  No siree.  They are also bound and determined to eventually make air-conditioning prohibitively expensive for all but their coastal elite friends and allies.  New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations are limiting supplies of freon and other refrigerants, because they are allegedly contributors to "climate change."  The new production quotas have driven up the price of these refrigerants by about 300%, meaning that a recharge may cost $100 to $500 more than before these regulations took effect, depending on how much replacement refrigerant is needed.  But wait, there's more!  The coolant quotas get even more stringent next year.

The RESTRICT Act Gives Up Nearly All Notions of Checks and Balances.  Just like snake oil salesmen of the past, these Senators may talk a good game, but their antidote is far worse than any purported affliction.  To address our nation's hysteria over dance videos, more than twenty Senators, both Republican and Democrat, support the RESTRICT Act.  They tell us that this bill will help rein in the dastardly threat that comes from the Chinese government supposedly spying on silly videos made by American teenagers.  Instead, it bestows an astonishing amount of power to the Executive branch in a manner that the Chinese Communist Party would approve of.  As Tucker Carlson correctly observed, "this is not an effort to push back against China.  It's part of a strategy to make America much more like China."

There are never enough regulations for progressives.  Bernie Sanders now wants a minimum wage of $17 per hour and a 32-hour work week. [...] The goal of Democrats for decades seems to be making more people dependent on the government instead of having a goal to make more people independent and giving them the opportunity to move up the economic ladder.  A huge problem is that members of Congress haven't worked even an average of 32 hours a week for a long time, so they live in an alternative universe.  Five of the richest ten counties in the United States are around Washington, D.C., where they produce nothing but more bureaucracy for the rest of us, but there is never enough.  The question is, when will the politicians and bureaucrats ever think they have confiscated more than their fair share?  The answer is never.

Beware the Globalist 'One Health' Propaganda Merging Pandemic and Climate 'Emergencies'.  First UNICEF, followed by GAVI, the WHO, the UN, the Council of Europe, the BMJ, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Save the Children and now the Labour Party have all told you:  "No one is safe until everyone is safe."  This slogan is designed to garner ideals of equity and togetherness and induce a warm, fuzzy feeling whilst in actual fact it is cold and calculating.  The ultimate purpose of this slogan is to diminish the range of your thought and to perpetuate the state of emergency.  Its teaching is a top-down imposition with no grounding in reality, amplified with mantra-like repetition by many (seemingly) independent voices until it is no longer questioned by the masses.  This is an insidious form of indoctrination.  The techniques employed by these sloganeers are not new and echo those of totalitarian regimes.  Unless we are able to comprehend the power of this manipulation then we cannot safeguard ourselves from the danger that it poses.

Why do liberals support legislation that obviously harms them?  A large percentage of liberal voters seems to have no objection to raising taxes, even when they themselves are the target.  These voters are, in fact, socialists who believe that Big Government can solve every problem if only it has enough money to do so.  These voters don't understand, or don't care, that government spending translates into higher inflation.  They believe Biden's lies — that the economy is improving, that there is no inflation, that America is more secure, that gas-powered engines must soon be eliminated, that there is no border crisis, that 57,000 new IRS agents will make life better for everyone.

The New Ugly Americans.  The Biden Administration in January 2022 stopped the EastMed pipeline.  That joint effort of our allies Cyprus, Greece, and Israel sought to bring much needed clean-burning Mediterranean natural gas to southern Europe.  Apparently, our diplomats felt it violated our own New Green Deal orthodoxies.  So we imperialists interfered to destroy a vital project of our closest allies.

The war on gas stoves is a war on all natural gas.  Remember when we were assured that there is no war on natural gas stoves?  That was always a lie, of course.  But it is bigger than just stoves.  New York is banning all natural gas connections in new construction.  [Tweet]  Maybe when the Democrats and their MSM allies assured that gas stoves weren't in the crosshairs they actually meant that not only gas stoves were going to be banned.  Natural gas appliances of all types are going the way of the dinosaur.

Biden to Spend $500K Teaching 'Professional Skills' to Trans Kids in Pakistan.  Decades hence, when historians are seeking the exact moment when relations between the West and the Muslim world turned the corner to become a model of trust and mutual respect, they will land on the day the Biden administration reached out to help "Transgender Youth" in Pakistan.  No, really.  There are trans kids in Pakistan, and they need "professional development."  And now our far-sighted administration is offering a $500,000 grant to teach Pakistani kids English.  One of the conditions of the grant is that the recipient provides "intensive professional development courses for Pakistani transgender youth."

Minnesota Democrat Signs Bill Banning Free Speech For Therapists Of People Struggling With Sexual Distress.  Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill on April 27 that bans private conversations between therapists and patients struggling with their sex and sexuality.  Now Minnesotan therapists who help those with gender dysphoria accept their sex and those with unwanted same-sex attraction are banned from helping willing clients with these struggles.  HF 16 bans these private, uncoerced conversations as illegal "conversion therapy" for children and adults despite studies suggesting such conversations can be helpful and welcomed.  "No child will be subjected to this outdated, Byzantine, and cruel practice of conversion therapy," Walz announced during the signing.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Testifies It's Better to Get Rid of Jobs in USA, Live in Poverty and Save the Planet.  Around 15 years ago CTH outlined the inclusive goal of the progressive movement, modern Democrats as they were evolving, was to deconstruct the U.S. economic system so that Americans would be forced to live in government-controlled poverty.  Essentially reduced to circling a campfire, eating sustainable algae cakes and picking parasites off our family members.  Most people understandably scoffed and said we were being hyperbolic.  However, what we were highlighting was the natural conclusion of a visible ideology and set of policies.  The modern democrat ideology is based on a worldview that feudalism is superior, and Democrats are elite in their global magnanimity (defined as their virtuous self image).  Fast forward a decade+ later, and there is Joe Biden's Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, explaining why it is better for the health of the planet if Americans lose their jobs, lose their economic sustainability, starve in feudal poverty, as the virtuous government ships all the dirty jobs to China and retains their clean pro-climate agenda.  In Haaland's defense, it should be noted that this has been the policy of Canada for quite a while.

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Before you wreck the U.S. economy to "save the planet," I have a few questions:  How do you know your actions will prevent anything?  How do you know climate change isn't inevitable?  How do you know carbon dioxide is harmful?  How many environmental disaster predictions have come to pass in the last 50 years?  Shouldn't the primary goal of the Executive Branch be to assure that the United States thrives even when no other country does?

The Disposable Biden.  By any national metric, we're all far worse off now than we were before Biden stumbled through the doors of the Oval Office like a lobotomized polio victim.  His "stiff gait" is an indicator of serious neurological decline which has become a brand of sorts.  It's Biden's version of Trump's rambunctious mane.  But, instead of signaling a raucous virility, Biden's halting and unbalanced gate communicates fundamental weakness and morbidity.  The leader of the free world?  How about sock puppet? [...] Our institutions have been poisoned by feckless, political appointees.  But, the watershed moment in deep state corruption manifested itself when Barack Obama sauntered into the White House, and Karl Marx followed with him.  Every apparatus of deep state power fell under the full control of left wing radicals, installed by the Obama administration — a phalanx of unelected officials that still occupy key positions today.

Democrats are threatening to remove security funding for Supreme Court.  Even I underestimate the willingness of the Democrats to use the threat of violence to force compliance with their demands.  According to both Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, 15 Democrats from the Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee asking that funding for the security that defends the lives of the Supreme Court Justices and their families be denied until the Court buckles to the demands of the Democrats.  [Tweet]

Josh Hawley Gets Deb Haaland to Admit 'Quiet Part out Loud' During Energy Committee Hearing.  With both Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and John Kennedy (La.) doing their respective parts to expose the rotten nature of the Biden White House and Congressional Democrats on the issue of targeting conservative Supreme Court Justices for blatantly partisan reasons, it only seems fitting that we close out the day with a pretty epic takedown from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).  In Hawley's case, the scene was a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing held Tuesday [5/2/2023] "to examine the President's budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior for Fiscal Year 2024."  Deb Haaland, in her role as Joe Bidens Sec. of the Interior, was there to defend her department's budget requests, which include billions for addressing an allegedly "profound climate crisis that is rapidly changing how we consider the future, evaluate risk, and protect resources."

USA Today Is Coming for Your 'Pollution'-Spewing Lawn Mower.  The liberal newspaper doom mongered how "[g]as leaf blowers and lawn mowers are shockingly bad for the planet" and praised how "[b]ans are beginning to spread."  USA Today immediately kicked off its nutty April 30 climate agitprop by making it seem like the fight against lawnmowers was a noble crusade against Thanos' minions in Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (2019):  "Your lawn may be the next climate change battleground.  And parks.  And playgrounds."  The newspaper ludicrously propagandized that "[r]egulators and clean-air advocates are increasingly eyeing the pollution emitted by small gasoline engines used to power lawn mowers and leaf blowers as they seek to blunt climate change."  The newspaper apparently found this nonstory so important that it plastered the item on the front page of its May 1 print edition.

Gas leaf blowers and lawn mowers are shockingly bad for the planet.  Regulators and clean-air advocates are increasingly eyeing the pollution emitted by small gasoline engines used to power lawn mowers and leaf blowers as they seek to blunt climate change.  Environmentalists say using a commercial gas leaf blower for an hour produces emissions equal to driving from Denver to Los Angeles.

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[#1] The last sentence in the excerpt above is (ahem) rather hard to believe.  Driving from Denver to Los Angeles takes about 15 hours.  The engine in an automobile is roughly 50 to 100 times as big (in piston displacement) as the engine in a leaf blower.  [#2] Environmental activists and nanny-state regulators are concentrating on leaf blower and lawn mowers in a effort to slow down "climate change," which is a process that's already so slow that nobody can tell it's happening.  (It's also incurable and inevitable.)  Moreover, any battle against leaf blowers is a waste of time because carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and China is burning coal faster than all other countries combined.  That's a lot of combustion, and nothing done in the U.S. will stop it.

USA Today Is Coming for Your 'Pollution'-Spewing Lawn Mower — Claims 'a commercial gas leaf blower' produces emissions 'equal to driving from Denver to Los Angeles'.  "Here we go again," Climate Depot Founder Marc Morano said in comments to MRC Business.  "Every day Americans wake up to find that some new unelected bureaucracy or bureaucrat has determined that in order to save the planet, a major modern tool or convenience is going to be banned."  Morano blasted USA Today for pushing woke, eco agitprop:  "Forcing Americans to pay three times higher for electric equipment in order to save the planet and meet climate goals — is unacceptable."  All Americans need to know about these restrictions, said founder Steve Milloy, is that "the government can still use gas-powered blowers but residents and their lawn care companies can't.  It's obviously not about air quality."  Rather, Milloy stated, "it's about left-wing government asserting more and more mindless control over our lives.  Even if it was true that gas-powered lawn equipment somehow affected air quality or were too noisy, I'd rather suffer that than rogue government."

It Takes a Village?  Hillary's famous book title may have some truth to it in that a village is a close-knit tiny community where everyone knows everyone and has a stake in each other's well-being.  But Hillary wasn't talking about a village; she was talking about huge, faceless, unaccountable government bureaucracies.  Now we have a president — or maybe half a president — who recently said, "Our nation's children are all our children."  Really?  Our children belong to their radical left-wing teachers?  Biden quoted one such teacher saying, "There's no such thing as someone else's children."  So, our children belong to the pedophiles among us?  Do they belong to the greedy plastic surgeons?  Do they belong to the drug dealers and the pharmaceutical companies?  Do they belong to school boards and bureaucrats and school counsellors?

Shut Down the Border or Shut Down Democrat Cities.  The Mayor of New York City can regularly be heard complaining about the strain placed on his city by the flood of illegal aliens shipped to the sanctuary city by red state Governors.  Now the city of Chicago is joining the chorus of Democrat-run localities that advocate for open borders that are now choking on their wish.  While it's fun to watch, it is damaging to America.  As such, it's time to shut down the border until those charged with securing it can put a plan in place to actually do just that.  Honestly, the Biden administration had no intention of securing the border.  Flooding the country with illegal aliens straining state and local budgets is part of the plan — you can't "fundamentally transform" something working, there'd be no point or appetite for it.  Democrats need to overwhelm people and governments, as well as completely crumble the current system in order to sell people on the idea that something "new" is needed.  Of course, that "new" is the old tropes and policies leftists have been imposing and failing at for more than a century, but you can't create a hellish Utopia without breaking a few eggs (or killing 100 million people, as the case may be).  That plan to transform the United States into something it not only has never been, but was expressly never intended to be can only work if what exists now is destroyed.

Kennedy Jr. is a Trojan Horse.  Commentators on the right tend to suffer the Bush Syndrome of wanting love and respect from the enemies of America we call the left.  This explains the praise of Robert Francis Kennedy Jr., who is challenging Biden for the presidential nomination.  I warn readers that Biden is not Kennedy's target.  It's Trump.  Democrats want a Pretend Populist to keep him from winning re-election.

"No Bricks, No Glass, No Cement" — What Net Zero 2050 Demands According to Government-Funded Report.  No bricks, the walls and foundations made of compacted earth, cement made from clay and glass scavenged from demolition skips are just some of the construction changes needed to comply with Net Zero by 2050.  The latest paper from Government-funded U.K. FIRES looks to "minimise new construction", and notes the shape of the urban environment will change, allowing for "denser living and reduced transport needs".  The latest U.K. FIRES paper seems to have slipped out quietly at the end of last year and has to date attracted little publicity.  But the group, which comprises a number of academics led by Cambridge engineering professor Julian Allwood, made headlines around the world recently with previous work noting that all flying and shipping must stop by 2050, beef and lamb must be banned, and only 60% of energy will be available to cook food and heat homes.

It's Never Been About Tucker, Trump, or Fox News.  America is going to hell in a handbasket.  Not in the surreal world created by TV and social media, but in the real world.  A civilizational inferno has engulfed America and the people we've elected to fight it have done nothing of substance to contain it.  We're not dealing with people who merely disagree on how to put the fire out.  We're dealing with political pyromaniacs who set the fires, watch them burn, and work to stop anyone who tries to put them out.  They're facilitating illegal immigration, weaponizing government, redefining crime and punishment, changing the definition of inflation to spend more, corrupting our election system, cheering and funding a tyrannical gender revolution, and butchering history to institutionalize a cultish gospel of black victimhood.

Rappers' violent lyrics can't be used against them in court under Democrats' new bill.  House Democrats are pushing a new bill that would make it illegal for prosecutors to use violent lyrics by rap artists against them in court if they commit crimes, citing First Amendment protections.  On Thursday, Reps.  Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., announced they would reintroduce the Restoring Artistic Protection Act, or RAP Act.  The bill would protect artists from the use of their lyrics against them in criminal and civil proceedings, a practice that's more common in cases involving hip-hop artists.  The pair introduced the bill last Congress, but it failed to gain any traction.  The measure, they say, would add a presumption to the Federal Rules of Evidence that would limit the admissibility of evidence of an artist's creative or artistic expression against that artist in court.

The Ruling Class's Stalinist Purge.  Like a hammer smashing anyone who seeks to "make America great," the ruling class pounds Trump, his supporters, and now even Tucker Carlson.  A "great America," you see, is antithetical to the technocratic police State that the Marxist globalists are busy building. [...] There is a great deal of public celebration among leftists these days.  They managed to use propaganda, criminal conspiracies, and boatloads of unverified mail-in ballots to remove President Trump from office.  Since his departure, federal and state prosecutors have built sham criminal cases intended to thwart his return and imperil his life with once-unthinkable imprisonment.  State actors attack him from all directions with civil suits intended to drain him of time and resources.  His political friends and allies — who have been unjustly dragged through the criminal "justice" system due to the machinations of unethical prosecutors and black-robed tyrants — remain targets for their beliefs.

Minnesota bill normalizing pedophilia dropped after backlash.  I'm not quite sure whether the bill is totally dead or not, because nothing is until the legislature adjourns.  We do know that the GOP managed to get the language normalizing pedophilia stripped out of the bill in a vote yesterday.  Whether the language comes back or not, it is clear is that the pressure is on and the Chief Author of the bill is feeling the heat and the Republicans in the Minnesota House, who apparently hadn't noted the change to the definition of "sexual orientation" to remove the exclusion for pedophilia, have grown a backbone.

Conservatives Lost the Culture War and the Trump Agenda Is the Only Path Forward.  Immigration, trade, war, and crime.  Being right on these four issues propelled Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016 against all odds.  The intervening seven years have changed nothing.  The only way a candidate from the Right can possibly win the presidency in 2024 is by campaigning on limiting immigration (build the wall), increasing tariffs, getting out of Ukraine, and restoring law and order (especially in regards to elections and the opioid crisis).  These are the core issues for the center-Right coalition needed to win national elections.  No supposedly conservative politician with aspiration for higher office should ever make any public statement without hammering at least one of these points.  Journalist asks about Social Security?  Talk about why we need to stop giving money to Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  Democratic opponent brings up climate change?  Talk about why we need to build the wall and make Mexico pay for it.

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No.  Changing the subject is what Socialist Democrats do when they're losing an argument.  If your baby-killing Democrat opponent brings up climate change, make him prove that carbon dioxide is harmful (it isn't), and that the polar ice caps are melting (they aren't), and the sea level is rising so fast that millions of people will have to move in a few years (nope, just look a New Orleans).  Ask your Socialist opponent if he arrived at the debate in an electric car.  Probably not, but if so, ask him if he knows about the little kids who work in lithium mines to make the batteries for electric cars.  Whatever the subject, beat them down with indisputable facts.  Win the debate.  The Socialists are not your friends.  They are wrong about everything, so there is no need to change the subject.

Minnesota Legislation Seeks to Normalize Pedophilia as a Sexual Orientation.  Earlier this year I noted that the mainstream acceptance of transgenderism would be the precursor to the normalization of pedophilia.  The evidence to support this was quite clear.  And I'm sorry to say that I was right.  The Minnesota legislature is in the process of changing the legal definition of "sexual orientation" that literally opens the door to mainstreaming pedophilia.  Here's how it's being done.  The bill modifies the existing Minnesota law that designates sexual orientation as a protected category, making it unlawful to discriminate based on sexual orientation within the state.  The first thing it does is adds a definition for gender identity: [...] That portion striking out the part that reads, "'Sexual orientation' does not include a physical or sexual attachment to children by an adult," is not a mistake.  The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives has made the decision to eliminate a clause that explicitly excluded pedophilia from being considered a valid sexual orientation.  This doesn't mean that pedophilia will be legalized in Minnesota — yet — but by specifically removing the clause excluding pedophilia as a protected sexual orientation, pedophiles will become a protected class, subject to the same legal protections against discrimination currently enjoyed by gays, lesbians, transgenders, etc.

Democrats for Pedophilia.  Anyone who has been paying attention knows that lots of liberals have been grooming kids in recent years.  Generally, though, they don't admit it:  there are lots of good reasons, supposedly, why drag queens should invade little kids' libraries, and ask children to stuff dollar bills into their G-strings at drag shows.  Here in Minnesota, we have something different: the Democratic Party is officially coming out in defense of pedophilia as a matter of law.  Minnesota's crazed DFL majorities have passed one extreme measure after another this session, but this one breaks new ground in service of pedophilia.  The bill is HF 1655, sponsored by a man pretending to be a woman named Leigh Finke.

Pedophiles are about to become a protected class in Minnesota.  The bill amends the provisions in Minnesota law that created sexual orientation as a protected class, meaning that discrimination of any kind based upon sexual orientation is illegal in the state.  It's been around for a long time, unsurprisingly, and like all such provisions, it encourages mischief such as lawsuits, quotas, DEI initiatives, etc.  They also undermine the right to free association.  There is a carve-out for some non-profits, but otherwise, it applies to everything and everybody.  Nothing shocking, of course.  This sort of thing is common now.  Nobody has the right to free association in America anymore.  Well here in the great state of Minnesota we are about to expand the definition of "sexual orientation," and in the process, the great minds of the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives have decided to remove a provision that excluded pedophilia as a legitimate sexual orientation.

Portland to ban gas-powered delivery vehicles from 16 blocks downtown.  Portland is about to be one of the first cities in the U.S. with blocks dedicated as a zero-emission delivery zone, thanks to a $2 million grant the city received.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced Tuesday that the money will support creating a 16-block area in downtown where all deliveries must be made using zero-emission vehicles.  These vehicles can include electric vans and trucks, cargo bikes or hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

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News bulletin:  Downtown Portland shares the atmosphere with the rest of the world.  This stunt, (much like electric cars themselves) will benefit no one in the long run.

Biden Reelection Video Fails to Mention a Single First-term Accomplishment.  President Joe Biden launched his reelection bid on Tuesday with the release of a new video that fails to name a single achievement in his first term — nor any plan for what he might hope to achieve in his second term.  Instead, the video dwells on abortion ("personal freedom"), as well as "MAGA extremists," whom the country must defeat in what Biden calls a "battle for the soul of our nation," repeating a theme from his 2020 campaign. [...] The only hints at any kind of first-term achievement are images of Biden's nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.  The video does not mention economic policy, nor foreign policy, nor challenges like inflation or the border.  It is focused on oblique references to abortion and attacks on "MAGA extremists."

My Monday rant on saving civilization.  Justice, to the Left, means people destroying things, stealing things, committing violence, and tossing people out of the public and economic square.  Creating inflation in order to eliminate the middle class.  [Tweet]  We live in a society now where killing babies and old people is considered a positive good, and paying people not to work in the midst of a huge labor shortage is considered just.  Where performing sterilization on children before they even reach puberty is to be celebrated.  In Minnesota, in just one day, the Minnesota Senate passed 3 bills that shock the conscience:  banning so-called conversion therapy for transgender people, which is just giving counseling to troubled youth and not a cult reprogramming as implied; making Minnesota an abortion sanctuary where non-custodial parents can take their children for "care;" and the same "sanctuary" law that allows such parents to get "gender-affirming" care for children despite not having custody rights and violating court orders.  The Democrats cheered and clapped after they passed all 3 bills.  This is their vision of a just society.  It is, literally, evil.  The intentional destruction of our society.

Five-Year Plans: Climatistas Think Three's the Charm.  Joe Stalin was first out of the box with his Five-Year Plan, a brilliant scheme to transform the Soviet Union from an agricultural into an industrial state.  What could be easier, what with all the brilliant intellectual minds that Stalin had gathered around him, not to mention Joe's extensive library of 20,000 books?  Only, of course, on account of "saboteurs and wreckers," it didn't quite work out as the planners had predicted.  The Five-Year Plan of 1928-32 was punctuated by the Soviet Famine of 1932-33.  Still, only 6 to 8 million died.  Thirty years later, Mao Tse-tung, as we then knew him, tried to repeat Stalin's achievement with another Five-Year Plan, the Great Leap Forward of 1958-62.  There's no doubt that the Great Leap Forward made Stalin's Plan look like a walk in the park, with the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-61 causing 15-55 million deaths.

Playing By the Rules Is for Suckers.  Just look at yourself, all responsible and upstanding.  You worked hard, and you played by the rules.  You didn't go out and commit felonies or drop a bunch of kids with so many partners that you need a spreadsheet to keep Father's Day straight.  You've earned a credit score in the triple digits by paying your bills.  Congratulations.  Now you get to pay for the deadbeats who party while you grind out a paycheck.  The Biden regime's new plan is to add a surcharge to the mortgages of people with good credit scores to subsidize a key Democrat constituency, the ditzes, doofuses, layabouts, and bums whose bad decisions would have once led to bad consequences, except we only do dire consequences for good people in 2023.  Their problems are your problems, and your problems are also your problems.

Getting Off the Roller Coaster to Bondage.  It's not as if the ruling class's "cult of expertise" provides any comfort.  We have a president who long ago lost his marbles, a vice president who succeeded in the political profession by excelling in the oldest one, a secretary of defense committed to promoting men in dresses, a health bureaucracy pumping citizens full of experimental drugs, a Treasury Department endlessly printing money, a Commerce Department prioritizing inflation-inducing "green" windmills over real economic growth, a homeland security chief dedicated to keeping the nation insecure, and a national police force that treats half the country as "domestic enemies."  It's almost as if whoever installed these yahoos into the highest positions of authority wanted obvious "fall guys" for when everything, well, falls down.

Did a 21-year-old air guardsman expose Biden's violation of the War Powers Act?  Last week, the mainstream media gleefully reported the arrest of a low-ranking, 21-year-old Air National Guardsman from Massachusetts named Jack Teixeira, who apparently, on an internet chat site, divulged state secrets in violation of the Espionage Act and embarrassed the Biden administration. [...] Among the information spilled are revelations of the Biden administration spying on friends and foes alike.  But bigger questions surround this case, hot-potato questions the media won't touch, with the hottest being this: Do the Teixeira revelations expose a violation of the War Powers Act by Biden?  But most disturbing, are claims of United States Special Forces inside the red-hot Ukrainian war zone, months after Biden boasted there will be "no boots on the ground," a boast perhaps as credible as his blathering that "if you take the vax, you won't get COVID."  If United States Special Forces advisors are on the ground, in the midst of a kinetic war, supporting Ukraine's military against Russia, not only do Americans have a right to know, as major wars have been ignited by the slightest of hair triggers, but a larger question must now be examined:  Has Joe Biden violated the War Powers Act?

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg proposes spending $20 million taxpayer dollars on female crash test dummies.  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has proposed that the Department of Transportation include $20 million for female crash-test dummies in its 2024 fiscal budget.  That Buttigieg — famous for his love of females though he may be — wants to spend vast sums of taxpayer dollars on feminine crash dummies seems odd in the current cultural climate in which we salute all things non-binary.  Nonetheless, Mayor Pete's proposal has already garnered support from several House Democrats.  For example, Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut praised Buttigieg's plan during a recent House Appropriations Subcommittee meeting.  DeLauro stated that the use of female crash dummies would be a major step forward in the fight against "gender inequity".  Say what?  Unlike humans, who are either one sex or another, crash dummies can't be gendered[,] as they are not living beings.  But, in today's world, nothing can stand in the way of insanity.

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The clamor for female crash test dummies is clearly promoting violence against women.  Or maybe it's a sexist commentary on the way women drive.  Either way, where are the great feminist leaders now?

Biden's 'environmental justice' is a cheap façade.  Joe Biden claims he cares so much about communities and the people, but he has never cared about the people in East Palestine, Ohio.  Maybe the IRS should concentrate on collecting taxes instead of pretending they can control temperatures.  Maybe the Justice Dept. should concentrate on criminals, like the Bidens, instead of pretending they can control droughts.  Maybe bank regulators should concentrate on the safety and soundness of banks instead of on social justice and pretending they can determine someone's carbon footprint.  Maybe the DHS should concentrate on securing the border instead of acting as though it can control sea levels.  Maybe the military should concentrate on keeping America safe from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea instead of pretending it can control the weather.  Anyone who believes that politicians and bureaucrats can design policies or predict temperatures and other climate patterns twenty or one hundred years out, knowing how far off previous dire predictions are, has lost his ability to think and certainly has no common sense.

NYC Subway Attack Victim Slams AOC's Call to Direct Police Funding to Teachers.  A woman from Queens, New York who lost her eye in a violent attack last fall torched Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (NY) suggestion that funding for police be given to public schools, parks, and libraries.  Elizabeth Gomes, 33, was brutally attacked at a subway station by a "homeless ex-con," 41-year-old Waheed Foster, last year, according to the New York Post.  On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez slammed Democrat Mayor Eric Adams' decision to give "militarized" police their first raise in seven years.  "We are now at a point where officially, most officers are paid more than a teacher with a master's degree," Ocasio-Cortez said on the show.  "We are defunding safety, defunding our public schools, defunding our public pools, defunding our parks [and] defunding our libraries."

Zero Democrats Vote For House Bill To Protect Women's Sports.  The House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday to protect women's sports leagues by banning male athletes who identify as females from competing.  The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023 would amend Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 such that recipients of federal financial assistance which operate sports leagues cannot "permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls."  The legislation passed with 219 affirmative votes, all of which came from Republicans, and 203 negative votes, all of which came from Democrats.

The Useful Veneer of the Aging Democrat.  This new Democratic Party believes in defunding the police.  It supports the George-Soros-funded state and city district attorneys.  These prosecutors seek either to release violent criminals without bail or reduce their felonies to misdemeanors.  Critical legal and race theories are their creeds.  So they argue that crimes have little to do with individual free will.  Criminals are not deterred by tough enforcement of the laws.  Instead, "crime" reflects arbitrary constructs of a racially oppressive hierarchy.  They believe the "woke" revolution of using race and gender in lieu of a meritocracy should dominate government and corporate boardrooms.  Racial separation in graduations, dorms, and university programs are needed reparations.  Big Tech is their ally.  All the better when it partners with government, especially the FBI and CIA, to suppress "misinformation" and "disinformation."  They believe gender is socially constructed.  Thus transitioning biological males can and should compete in women's sports.

New York City is Discovering that Legalizing Marijuana Wasn't Really a Great Idea.  Decriminalizing marijuana, we've been told to the point of stupor for years, would simply be a matter of recognizing the way society has changed and coming to a mature accommodation of a widespread current practice.  It would free up valuable police resources to deal with actual crimes and real criminals, and end a longstanding injustice in which — you guessed it! — people of color were, we were told, disproportionately targeted for arrest and prosecution.  So the state of New York has legalized marijuana, and how's it going?  Doritos and Patchouli oil sales through the roof?  Maybe.  But there have been a lot of unexpected downsides.

Both American Political Parties Have Adopted Lenin's Strategy for the Destruction of Capitalism.  Ironically, uncontrolled spending and the massive assault on capitalism are the products of our irresponsible democracy.  There are three critical points.  First, the Democrat party made an epochal ideological shift toward egalitarianism.  For years the Democrat elite and party leaders have displayed their distaste for capitalism, fracturing the country's moral consensus.  Second, the Republican Party opted, for the most part, to ignore the ideological challenge.  Third, the American voters, who are dumb enough to elect untutored graduates of American universities that are uninformed and poorly read; a few have even earned notoriety for inconceivable stupidity.  Some of them, aware of self-worthlessness, adopted Marxism and can hardly contain their awe and envy at the American enterprise and question its moral validity.  The others are pedestrian opportunists with no intellectual basis and, as such, going along just to get reelected.  Since 1971 when the gold standard was abandoned, the Democrat and Republican administrations, with the support of the House and Senate, have been replaying Lenin's strategy for the downfall of capitalism, spending, and printing money at unprecedented levels.

When Did the U.S. Become East Germany?  How long will it be before dissent is criminalized in this country?  Mothers and fathers are being stripped of their parental rights, and children are being told to be the functionaries of government.  The Sanderses and AOCs would love nothing more than to elist them to spy on their families and report their involvement in disinformation, misinformation, and "anti-government" activities.  Wealth redistribution schemes are disguised as green policies.  Our retail shelves have in recent times looked like the bare counters of communist East Berlin.  We're told that we have to make do with less, and fewer choices are in our best interest.  Our economy would be full-on GDR-ed if the Sanderses and Ocasio-Cortezes had their way.  The left is unrelenting in its ambition to take more of the economy out of the private sector and place it in the hands of elected Democrats and administrative tyrants.

Federal Court Blocks California City's Gas Stove Ban, Turning Up The Heat on Democrats.  A federal appeals court on Monday overturned a California city's first-in-the-nation ban on natural gas hookups in new buildings, saying it violates federal law.  The three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal sided with a coalition of California restaurants, who argued that the City of Berkeley's ordinance essentially bans gas appliances in violation of a 1975 directive that gives Congress control over restrictions on appliances.  The unanimous ruling is a major blow to California Democrats' green energy push, and could clear the way for legal challenges to similar bans around the country.  Democrats have increasingly moved to ban gas stoves while attempting to downplay their efforts.  New York is poised to become the first state to ban gas stoves, and California is working towards a statewide ban of its own.  The White House has denied that President Joe Biden supports banning gas stoves while the Energy Department works to restrict their sale.  Blue state attorneys general and environmental groups lined up to support the ban in court, in a sign of the case's national implications.

Ninth Circuit Throws Out Berkeley Ban on Gas Stoves.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit tossed a Berkeley, California, ban on gas stoves on Monday, saying that the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act preempted state and local authorities in regulating natural gas. [...] The Biden administration has taken steps toward eliminating gas stoves — though it briefly pretended otherwise — ostensibly to prevent asthma, but actually as part of a broader push against fossil fuel production.

The Revenge of Moriarty.  Last week, Washington state passed a bill that will permit children to be taken from their parents if they deny them the right to "gender transition."  According to Senate Bill 5599, child shelters could contact the Department of Children, Youth, and Families instead of parents for minors seeking "reproductive health services or gender-affirming care."  It's vile enough that pregnant young girls can have their babies killed by state-sanctioned abortionists — the true meaning of "reproductive health services" — even without their parents' permission.  None can deny the baby inside them is, or was, alive before his or her murder.  But pro-choice maniacs can wail about the greater good of a child's death for the parents or society, absent the little corpse of the victim.  Their punishment will come later, after their own demise, in a place they don't believe exists.  But "gender-affirming care" is a chimera, a nightmare, a Frankensteinian objective that cannot be achieved, only imitated in a grotesque parody of the opposite sex, requiring the mutilation and approximate rearrangement of body parts.  Adults that consent to such a horror must bear the remaining lifelong consequences of their mistake, although no doctor should ethically indulge their pathology.  But children lack the mental judgment to make such an irrevocable choice.  And those who not only encourage them to do this yet would prevent their parents from stopping it deserve to be in prison, and nowhere near a statehouse.

Why Banning TikTok Would Be a Cybersecurity Disaster.  TikTok is not be the first app to be scrutinized over the potential exposure of U.S. user data, but it is the first widely used app that the U.S. government has proposed banning over privacy and security concerns.  So far, the discussion has focused on whether TikTok should be banned.  There has been little discussion of whether TikTok could be banned, and there has been almost no discussion of the effects on cybersecurity that a TikTok ban could cause, including encouraging users to sidestep built-in security mechanisms to bypass a ban and access the app.  As a cybersecurity researcher, I see potential risks if the U.S. attempts to ban TikTok.  The type of risk depends on the type of ban.

They Fear You.  Almost gleefully supporting the Uniparty's calls for the urgent passage of The Restrict Act — legislation ostensibly drafted to combat China's TikTok but in actuality a statutory vehicle designed to provide the federal government with broad authority to confront internet "danger" — the American press play along while the Legislative and Executive Branches use this present "crisis" as an excuse to swing the sledgehammer down on Americans' free speech.  As those with eyes to see and sufficient backbone to speak uncomfortable truths have noted, The Restrict Act is an "online PATRIOT Act" meant not to protect, but rather to silence Americans.  Make no bones about it: the federal government's number-one worry is you.

Can We Do Anything About America's Decline?  Biden is on schedule to run up a $2 trillion annual deficit, adhering to the Bush, Obama, and Trump legacy of unfettered spending.  In Biden's case, he insanely printed over $4 trillion at a time when labor participation rates were already in decline, COVID-suppressed demand was returning, and transportation and production interruptions were reducing supply.  He raised taxes, increased regulations, cut projected increases in gas and oil production, and canceled energy projects.  The result was the highest inflation in 40 years, near-record energy costs, soaring interest rates, the largest modern percentage of debt to GDP at 130 percent, the greatest debt in our history at $33 trillion, and stagnant GDP.

America's Coming Energy Crisis.  In 2021, Biden signed an executive order that decreed that all federal contracts for goods and services to be carbon-neutral by 2050. Some states and businesses are following Biden's lead.  California and six other states intend to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.  California also wants to ban the sale of gas-powered water heaters and furnaces by 2030.  Now the Environmental Protection Agency has piled on.  The agency is proposing vehicle pollution limits for 2032 that are so strict that they will force roughly two thirds of new vehicles sold to be electric.  This may sound glorious to climate warriors, but they have no idea what they are getting us into.  Transitioning to net zero involves decarbonizing electrical generation, industry, and transportation all at the same time.  It also involves creating net-zero carbon buildings, even though none presently exists.

Forced Diversity Is Actively Harming America.  In sum, left-leaning ideologues are operating under a moralistic fallacy: They took the notion of "equality under the law" and, from that, inferred that people must be physically equal.  Or phrased more simply, "Discrimination is undesirable; therefore, all people are (or must be) equal.  The ideologues have used this fallacy to impose their diversity, equity, and inclusion policies despite extensive and often irreparable harm to individual Americans' freedom and prosperity.  If America is to survive, we must unite against the DIE ideology and the unconstitutional and harmful pathologies that it has incorporated.  Americans must all work to persuade those who are not ideologues that a relentless focus on affirmative action to achieve the dysfunctional goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, will drag our country down.  It's time to stand up against inept-ocracy and demand a return to meritocracy everywhere in society.

Washington State Democrats Vote to Hide Transgender Runaways From Parents.  Washington State could soon require youth shelters to hide minors who run away from home in order to obtain an abortion or sex change operations without parental consent.  The Washington House of Representatives this week passed Senate Bill 5599, which would eliminate a law that requires youth shelters to alert parents when their child checks in, unless there is evidence the child is being abused.  The proposal would widen the scope of what constitutes a "compelling reason" to conceal a minor to include youths seeking sex change operations or "reproductive health services," like abortion.  The bill, which the Senate passed in March, now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee's (D.) desk for a signature.  This is the latest blue state effort to help minors obtain controversial medical procedures without parental consent.  Lawmakers in Oregon, Minnesota, and Colorado have all passed legislation designed to make their states "safe havens" for youths seeking sex changes or abortions.

The Priorities Of Our Own Government Are Completely Upside Down.  When you consider good to be evil and evil to be good, of course your priorities are going to be completely and utterly messed up.  The White House, the halls of Congress, and the federal bureaucracy and filled with people that have an extremely warped view of the world.  As a result, they are incapable of making the right choices even if they were inclined to do so.  Pretty much the best that we can hope for is for them to do nothing, because everything that they "accomplish" ends up being diametrically opposed to the interests of the American people.

Progressives [are] Not Interested in the Good of the Country.  Does wokifying the military with DEI and drag queen shows on military bases improve and strengthen the national security standing — which is the military's only mission — of this country?  No.  Does it help progressives' election efforts with fringe voters?  Yes. [...] Every public utterance, every policy move, every new regulation from today's progressives is designed to further their ability to obtain and hold power and control the American populace.  The closer one pays attention, the more apparent this is.  "For the good of the country" never enters the picture.

America's Coming Energy Crisis.  President Joe Biden and the apocalyptic climate cult within the Democrat party believe that climate change is the greatest threat to the country.  That's right, the greatest threat is not nuclear war, not unlimited unlawful immigration, not inflation, or out-of-control spending.  Instead, it's the slow warming of the atmosphere, which they believe is caused solely by burning fossil fuels.  In 2021, Biden signed an executive order that decreed that all federal contracts for goods and services to be carbon-neutral by 2050.  Some states and businesses are following Biden's lead.  California and six other states intend to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.  California also wants to ban the sale of gas-powered water heaters and furnaces by 2030.  Now the Environmental Protection Agency has piled on.  The agency is proposing vehicle pollution limits for 2032 that are so strict that they will force roughly two thirds of new vehicles sold to be electric.  This may sound glorious to climate warriors, but they have no idea what they are getting us into.

9 Reasons Chicago Is the Perfect Site for the 2024 Democratic Convention.  [#1] The rampant crime:  Like most big cities the Democratic Party has controlled for decades, Chicago has a crime problem that its elected leaders are unable or unwilling to do anything about.  The city's murder rate has jumped nearly 40 percent since 2019, while car theft has more than doubled in the past year alone.  Kim Foxx, the George Soros-backed district attorney in charge of prosecuting crime in Chicago, has a history of letting violent offenders off the hook.  Convictions have dropped nearly 30 percent on her watch.  Naturally, the city's voters just elected a radical new mayor who in 2020 said "defund the police" was "an actual real political goal."

Death to the Suburbs!  The indomitable Betsy McCaughey has called out the latest ugly manifestation of "diversity, inclusion, and equity" the drive to destroy the suburbs.  The Biden administration and Democrat-controlled legislatures in several states have taken the lead in this effort.  In New York State, Governor Kathy Hochul, as part of the state budget, has advanced a so-called Housing Compact that would eliminate local control and single family zoning.  Hochul's plan would require that high-rise "affordable" (read: low-income, taxpayer-subsidized) housing be constructed close to each sleepy village train station — mostly a few miles apart — on Metro North and the Long Island Railroad.  If the affected communities fail to do so "voluntarily," the state will have the power to override local zoning.  Those who fail to applaud this combined coup by warriors for social justice and real estate interests are, you guessed it, racist.  Suburban homeowners, Democrats as well as Republicans, are beginning to awaken to the deadly threat these proposals pose to their way of life.

Whose idea was this, and who benefits from it?
Biden Admin Proposes Reducing Water Supply From Colorado River Basin Amid Drought.  The Biden administration has proposed a federal mandate to reduce the supply of water to 40 million Americans who live in western states dependent on the Colorado River Basin to address long-term severe drought and low run-off conditions.  A draft report by the Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Bureau of Reclamation proposes to revise the current guidelines for the near-term operation of the Glen Canyon and Hoover dams.  According to the DOI, the move forms part of the Biden administration's efforts to invest in climate change resilience for the Colorado River Basin and all the communities that rely on it.  The draft report explores different alternatives to ensure continued water deliveries and hydropower production for the 40 million Americans who depend on the river system.

Big Ag, Big Oil & Biden's Colorado River Plans.  After the Biden administration this week released proposals to cut water allotments to the states that depend on the shrinking Colorado River, a progressive advocacy group criticized federal officials for failing to address an underlying cause of the region's hydrological plight: the overexploitation of water resources by the corporate agriculture and fossil fuel industries.  "Any legitimate plan for the Colorado River must directly confront a key driver of the crisis in the first place:  the overuse and abuse of limited water resources by big agribusiness and fossil fuel corporations — the very same industries contributing to climate chaos in the first place," Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said in a statement.  The seven Colorado River Basin states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming — have missed multiple federal deadlines to finalize an interstate water conservation pact.

The Editor says...
[#1] Farming and the sequestration of water does not cause "climate choas."  [#2] The climate has always been slightly chaotic, which is why the weather cannot be predicted more than a few days in advance.

Honoring the great Ludwig von Mises.  "The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement," argued economist Ludwig von Mises in his book "Bureaucracy," published in 1944.  "They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office.  Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau."

Not Zero, or even close.  The Biden Administration has set a goal of achieving Net Zero US annual CO2 emissions by 2050.  To accomplish this goal, the Administration has decreed that all coal-fired electric generation would cease by 2030; and, that all natural gas fueled electric generation would cease by 2035.  The Administration has also decreed that all new vehicles sold in the US after 2035 would be electric vehicles.  There is also an effort underway to end the use of natural gas for applications other than electric generation, including virtually all residential, commercial and industrial end uses.  Incentives have been put in place for EVs and electric appliances and equipment, as well as for wind and solar generation and electricity storage.  Achieving the Administration's goals would result in a US energy economy based solely on electricity, generated by a mixture of renewable generation sources including hydro, biomass, geothermal, wind, solar and possibly some nuclear generation.

What Will Net Zero Ever Do For Us?  We are being asked to cut overall energy use by 46-60% per person.  The evidence shows a clear relationship between high energy use and high GDP per capita.  Such dramatic cuts in energy use would put us on a par with Ecuador, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.  It is clear that reducing energy consumption puts us at severe risk of making us all poorer with big cuts in living standards.  We are also being asked to cut meat consumption by 35-50% and the zealots at UK FIRES want to ban beef and lamb entirely.  However, higher meat consumption is linked to longer life expectancy, so big cuts to meat consumption runs the risk of making us live shorter lives.  In addition, there are calls for up to a quarter of all our agricultural land to be re-forested, reducing our ability to grow our own food.  The UK FIRES extremists also want to ban all aviation and shipping, so non-rail food imports would be curtailed.  They also want to greatly reduce fertiliser use, further reducing crop yields and risking food security.  They don't stop there: we are to be forced into electric cars and to use them less.  We will be forced to heat our homes with heat pumps and install ruinously expensive insulation.

The Left Unmasks Its Desire to Destroy Families&Nbsp;— And the Nation — With Sexual Chaos.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis once again led the way in protecting parental rights in education last week when he signed into law a bill that prohibits age-inappropriate "classroom instruction" on "sexual orientation and gender identity" in kindergarten through third grade.  The legislation also requires parental consent for any health care services offered at school, and school districts "may not prohibit or discourage parental notification of or involvement in critical decisions affecting a student's mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being."  Contrary to the fear-mongering, there is nothing "controversial" about this law.  Yet it certainly does throw a spanner in the works for the radicals, neurotics, and degenerates in control of corporate America, the establishment media, and Hollywood, who are evidently on board with schools serving as platforms for perverts, predators, and groomers.

Washington State Democrats Plan to Confiscate Your Money if They Think You're Making Too Much.  The time is coming, if Leftists get their way, when a government official can decide that you're making too much money and confiscate all except what he, she, or xe decides you need.  This is already happening, in effect, with federal, state, and municipal income taxes, but a new bill in Washington State is carrying the idea farther than it has ever before advanced in the United States.  The bill proposes an "excess compensation tax" to level out the unfair advantage that overpaid people have.  Who is overpaid?  Anyone the Democrats target, of course.

The Energy Transition Is a Delusion Indeed.  The "energy transition" continues to receive thunderous applause from all the usual Beltway suspects, an exercise in groupthink fantasy amazing to behold.  For those with actual lives to live and thus uninterested in silliness:  The "energy transition" is a massive shift, wholly artificial and politicized, from conventional energy inexpensive, reliable, and very clean given the proper policy environment, toward such unconventional energy technologies as wind and solar power.  They are expensive, unreliable, and deeply problematic environmentally in terms of toxic metal pollution, wildlife destruction, land use massive and unsightly, emissions of conventional pollutants, and in a broader context large and inexorable reductions in aggregate wealth and thus the social willingness to invest in environmental protection.  But the Beltway being what it is, the fantasists are impervious to reality, until the massive costs and dislocations and absurdities become impossible to ignore. (Witness, for example, California.) Even as they backtrack on their confident assertions that a modern economy can be powered with the energy equivalent of pixie dust, they argue that the emerging problems are little more than growing pains attendant upon short run rigidities, and all will be well given some more time, more subsidies, and more magical thinking.

Brandon's CAFE Standards To Drastically Increase.  This is going to make vehicles a great deal more expensive, making it harder for the working class and middle class afford vehicles, even used ones.  Of course this is being pushed by rich folks who do not have to worry about all this.  Oh, and many of them, like Joe Biden, are not even driving compliant vehicles[.] [...] Automakers know the customer base.  They know what people can afford, and have already been pushed too far since the start of COVID.  Will their own banks start doing 7 years plus loans as business as usual?  This will destroy leasing for the average American, and making financing costs too high for most to afford.  This couldn't possibly be the next step in forcing the peasants out of their privately owned vehicles and onto mass transit, could it?  Nah, that would be a crazy thought.  [Tweet]

The Real Existential Threat.  he two subjects Democrats like to talk about the most are democracy and existential threats, threats to our democracy and existence.  Since Democrats live in a Bizarro world, everything they say is opposite of reality and priority.  These threats to our existence if made in opposite order of consequence would be Russia, Iran, North Korea, China, and [...] the Democrats themselves!  It is the Democrat Party, represented by the misinformed, the ill-informed, the MSNBC and CNN watchers, the rioters-on-a-moments- notice, the woke crowd, every worm that comes out of a closet, the dumb Anheuser Busch people who think putting a transgender on their cans is going to be a big seller.  They are the lords of social chaos.

Donald Trump, Tiberius Gracchus, And America's Imminent End.  [Scroll down]  It has taken less than 20 years since Barack Obama promised to "fundamentally transform" America for the country to change from a functioning but imperfect republic into a farce of a country characterized by a banana-republic-level tyranny.  With a complicit bureaucracy, Obama used the IRS to target political opponents, the Justice Department to coerce banks into blacklisting businesses he didn't like, and Obamacare to give government unprecedented control over Americans' health decisions while doubling the cost.  He unconstitutionally opened the immigration spigot that has now become a torrent.  Within six months of taking office, Obama would set the tone for an administration that would set race relations back 50 years.  His "evolution" on gay marriage would give cover to the spineless Supreme Court to impose that travesty on the country and lay the ground for the fascist LBTQ hellscape America endures today.  And finally, he weakened two of the most foundational elements of American society:  The military and residential communities.

Biden considering cracking down on gas cars after stripping EVs of tax credits.  The Biden administration is weighing an aggressive proposal to implement the tightest-ever federal regulations governing tailpipe emissions in an effort to boost electric vehicles.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce the new standards, which will impact cars manufactured between 2027-2032, next week during a ceremony in Detroit, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing officials briefed on the proposal.  In a statement, the EPA confirmed the standards are designed to incentivize consumers to purchase electric vehicles (EV).

The Editor says...
When they say, "incentivize," they mean "force."

Canadian Bill Seeks to Criminalize Protests of LGBTQ+ Activities, Impose $25K Fine.  A bill introduced in the Ontario, Canada, legislature this week would ban protests and criticism of LGBT activities within a designated 100-meter "safety zone."  Bill 94, titled the "Keeping 2SLGBTQI+ Communities Safe Act," indicates it would establish "community safety zones" designated by the Attorney General prohibiting "persons from performing an act of intimidation" within 100 meters of said zone.  According to the bill, such "acts of intimidation" include "causing a disturbance," "distributing hate propaganda," "uttering threats or making offensive remarks, either verbally or in writing with respect to matters of social orientation or gender roles," and "engaging in a protest or demonstration for the purpose of furthering the objectives of homophobia and transphobia."

Life after Climate Change.  The global discussion about climate change has become quite hysterical.  Some 60 percent of people living in the rich world think it is likely to bring an end to humanity.  This is not only untrue; it is also harmful, because fear makes people embrace bad policies and ignore many other urgent challenges facing the world.  Consider, for example, how the World Health Organization declared climate change the defining public-health issue of the 21st century in 2014, but perhaps should have been more focused on pandemics, like Covid.  Or take the World Economic Forum participants who in January 2020 found the greatest policy risk of the next ten years to be climate-action failure — ignoring the rapid spread of Covid.  Or consider how development institutions increasingly focus on helping poor countries with climate-change responses, often at the expense of other things those countries urgently need, such as growth and development, stronger health-care systems, better education, and a more plentiful energy supply.

Treasury Sec.  Janet Yellen: 'The Inflation Reduction Act is, at its core, about turning the climate crisis into an economic opportunity'.  [Tweet with Video clip.]

The Editor says...
The same idea used to be called The Green New Deal

Could It Happen Here?  It Is Happening Here.  My field of study in graduate school was communism.  As a fellow at the Russian Institute of Columbia's School of International Affairs, I was, if I remember correctly, one of seven students in the entire university to major in what was known at the time as "Communist Affairs."  I cite this in order to make this point:  In my wildest dreams, I never imagined what I was studying would ever apply to the United States of America, the freest country in world history.  I assumed that communism was, for various reasons, something that happened elsewhere — most obviously, Russia, China, Vietnam, Cuba, Cambodia and North Korea.  What were those various reasons?  One was the absence of freedom in the history of those countries.  Another was that all those countries were, with the exception of Cuba, outside of Western civilization.

When Will This Climate Madness End?  What do gas ranges, Dutch farmers, and moose have in common?  In a normal everyday context, very little.  But in the world of apocalyptic climate change, everything. [...] In 2021, Biden signed an executive order banning the federal government from purchasing gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and requiring federal contracts for all goods and services to be carbon-neutral by 2050.  Despite claims to the contrary, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has already begun the process of banning gas stoves by approving an official Request for Information on the hazards related to them.  At the same time, California is charging ahead with its own environmental plans.  The state will ban the sale of gas-powered water heaters and furnaces by 2030.  In addition, it and six other states intend to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.  Last Monday, the United Nations released a report saying, "The world is rapidly approaching catastrophic levels of heating."  U.N. secretary-general António Guterres said developed countries should attempt to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 instead of 2050.

The Editor says...
Any assertion that the "world is rapidly approaching catastrophic levels of heating" is an outright lie.  The rate of global warming is near zero.  There is no urgnet need to shut down gasoline engines and coal-powered industry.  There is no climate emergency.  There is no crisis.  The U.N. is looking for ways to perpetuate its existence, and the tyrants at the U.N. assume (and hope) that you know nothing about global warming.

Destroying the Rule of Law.  Why do they want legal law-abiding citizens disarmed,while they demand defunding of law enforcement?  It is simple: it goes along with their releasing violent criminals back onto the streets, along with supporting their version of the Brown Shirts, Antifa as a means of intimidation.  I will say it, and it is no hyperbole.  If the American left could just line their political opposition up against a wall, they would.  How else do you explain the radical leftist gender dysphoria community calling for a "Trans Day of Vengeance?" This call to violence resulted from legislation passed and signed into law in Tennessee protecting children from gender mutilation surgeries, hormonal therapies, and puberty blockers, as well as ending the perverse drag queen shows being performed before children.  Talk about contributing to the delinquency of a minor!  But that is how the left responds to opposition.

Joe Biden Moves to Cut Medicare Advantage.  President Joe Biden's administration announced that it would cut Medicare Advantage, after the president has frequently claimed that Republicans want to slash Medicare and Social Security.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that they would cut Medicare Advantage by 1.12 percent in 2024, which is not as significant a cut as what the administration proposed two months ago. [...] Biden has proposed these cuts to Medicare Advantage as he has frequently accused Republicans of wanting to slash Social Security and Medicare as part of a potential compromise to address the coming debt ceiling deadline.

Who is pulling the puppet strings in Washington, DC?  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared last week on Jesse Watters's show on Fox News to express his opposition to the RESTRICT Act.  The proponents of the bill claim that it will be used to ban the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok.  But the critics of this legislation have pointed out that it grants sweeping powers to the federal government and the president to ban any application they label a 'threat'.  Some wondered if the use of a VPN to conceal one's online identity and access sites blocked by the U.S. would be made illegal.  The concern that many have is that the government will use TikTok as an excuse to pass intrusive laws that monitor citizens online and beyond.  Watters made his case opposing the bill while pointing out that the bill doesn't even have the word "TikTok" in it.

The Left now has a demonic new aim:  to make ordinary people poorer.  We are living through the most startling political realignment in more than 100 years.  Never since the advent of modern socialism in the early 20th century has the Left openly advocated making ordinary people poorer, thereby leaving those on the Right to defend the spread of mass prosperity.  The debate (if this tendentious chorus of unanimity can be called a debate) on net zero has entirely shifted the ground on which modern political discourse has been based.  This role-reversal is especially clear in the features that were once most characteristic of Left-wing and Right-wing allegiance:  it is the radical young who now tend to be most adamant that the freedoms and comforts that come with widespread disposable wealth should be prohibited, while the traditionally conservative older generation is left to fight for what used to be the Left-liberal doctrine that higher income and the independence it brings should be spread as widely as possible.

Biden's cynical game of debt-limit chicken puts entire nation at risk.  Facing a July-or-so deadline to get the federal debt limit increased or the nation will be unable to pay its bills, and with the national debt at $31 trillion and soaring, President Joe Biden is ... playing hardball, short-term, partisan politics.  Republicans took the House last fall all vowing to start slowing (at least) the ginormous growth in federal spending.  They elected Kevin McCarthy speaker after he committed to including spending cuts in any measure to raise the debt ceiling.  McCarthy and Biden then had what both sides called a productive face-to-face on Feb. 1 — only for the White House to decline further meetings, even with a presidential aide.

Biden admin moving forward with light bulb bans in coming weeks.  The Biden administration is preparing to implement a sweeping nationwide ban on commonly used light bulbs as part of its energy efficiency and climate agenda.  The regulations, which prohibit retailers from selling incandescent light bulbs, were finalized by the Department of Energy (DOE) in April 2022 and are slated to go into effect on Aug. 1, 2023.  The DOE will begin full enforcement of the ban on that date, but it has already urged retailers to begin transitioning away from the light bulb type and, in recent months, begun issuing warning notices to companies.  "The lighting industry is already embracing more energy efficient products, and this measure will accelerate progress to deliver the best products to American consumers and build a better and brighter future," Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said last year.

Now the Biden Administration is Coming for Our Cheap Light Bulbs.  The Biden administration is obsessed with climate change and they don't care how much worse they make life for average Americans.  They have already gone after gas stoves, gas cars, and even air conditioners.  Now they are coming after incandescent light bulbs.  Anything that's cheap, convenient, and liked by millions of Americans lands on their radar eventually.  There is just no end to it.

29 Dems Join GOP in House Vote to Block Biden Admin From Limiting Access to Gas Stoves.  U.S. House lawmakers voted in support of an energy bill amendment that would prevent the Department of Energy from introducing energy efficiency standards that could outlaw most gas stoves on the market today.  More than a dozen Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the measure, part of a Republican-led pro-fossil-fuel legislative package H.R. 1, also referred to as the Lower Energy Costs Act, which the Biden administration has vowed to veto.  "Glad the House passed my amendment to H.R. 1 preventing @ENERGY from banning 50% of gas stoves on the market," Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), who proposed the amendment, wrote on Twitter late Wednesday. "This de facto gas stove ban was supported by 181 Democrats who are complicit in Biden's quest to control your kitchen appliances," added Palmer, the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.

You'll Live Like Peasants And You'll Like It.  Every day it gets more difficult to ignore just how odious the political left in this country is.  In case we needed a reminder — we didn't — another instance of the progressives' deranged minds landed last week: The Biden administration is, in effect, coming after air conditioners.  No, it doesn't appear that the White House is planning to outright ban air conditioning.  But a recent round of rule making at the Energy Department will make new window units less efficient at cooling and more expensive to buy, which will create hardships for the millions of poor Americans who use them to counter summer heat, and in some cases survive it.  It's part of a pattern.  In a little more than two years, the loathsome Biden administration has targeted not only air conditioners, but automobiles with internal-combustion engines, gas stoves, dishwashers, freight-hauling trucks, washers and dryers, and showerheads through a regulatory regime that will either eventually ban them altogether or make them so expensive and inefficient that they become a luxury item.

The RESTRICT Act Is Exactly What It Sounds Like.  The RESTRICT Act is the very definition of a Trojan horse: innocuous on the outside, lethal on the inside.  And it is being wheeled toward the gates, with the help of Republicans in Congress.  Ostensibly, the RESTRICT Act is designed to protect Americans from TikTok — you know, that nifty piece of Chinese spyware masquerading as a fun way to showcase dance videos, asinine behavior, and other things people can live without.  And Congress is interested in protecting the country from bad international actors.  That is because it can be done via the RESTRICT Act, which will do far more than keep TikTok off of your phone or tablet.  How much more?  More than you want or even thought possible, even under this administration.  The RESTRICT Act goes after anyone whom the powers that be deem a threat.  That determination is made by the secretary of commerce.  A threat can include people abroad and U.S. citizens.

The RESTRICT Act did not surface in a vacuum.  [Thread reader]  The "TicTok ban" legislation (SB686), which is a fraudulent auspice for total internet control by the intelligence community, comes from within bipartisan legislation spearheaded by the aligned interests of Senator Warner, the SSCI and DHS.  None of this is accidental, and the legislative branch is walking into the creation of an online control mechanism that has nothing whatsoever to do with banning TikTok.  Preceding the Restrict Act, on March 2, 2023, the people in control of the Joe Biden administration officially announced that government control of internet content was now officially a part of the national security apparatus.  If you have followed the history of how the Fourth Branch of Government has been created, you will immediately recognize the intent of this new framework.

Out-of-Control US Federal Spending Needs to be Stopped Now!  Consider the symptoms of one of the major problems that has plagued the US for decades:  out-of-control federal spending, as highlighted by the symptoms of massive spending bills that defy regular order, congressional earmarks, endless continuing resolutions, no federal budgets, and omnibus bills that fund leftwing Democrat spending priorities and include non-spending atrocities (such as gun control provisions). [...] During the first 70 years of the twentieth century, the only time the federal budget wasn't balanced was during an economic downturn or during wartime.  Americans understood that a heavily indebted government ceded control of that government to its creditors, who could very well be foreign governments or others with ill intentions toward the US.  Veto-proof Democrat control of Congress beginning in 1955 changed all that, as the socialism inherent in Democrat domestic politics resulted in massive spending programs, such as Lyndon Johnson's Great Society.

Uncommon Senselessness: Who Are These People?  Let's step back for a minute and look at what the Left wants and how it is going about getting it.  First and foremost, it wants a heavily centralized government that takes its marching orders from ideologues who see a constitutional republic as an impediment, not an empowerment, for progress.  It opposes states' rights and the sovereign right of the individual to chart his/her own future.  They see religion as a threat to their plans to secularize the country and make God a bit player in their drama.  They view the Constitution and Bill of Rights as mere suggestions on how to form a more perfect union.  To them, diversity is more important than unity, and they view everything in terms of race.  They believe that our history is reprehensible and steeped in white supremacy; that it needs to be re-written and that they should be its new authors and censors.  They regard our children as property of the state and that the state has the ultimate say in how they are educated and raised.

Holding the right people responsible for the global energy crisis.  America's grid is in decline and about to get far worse due to policies that 1) reward unreliable electricity, 2) prematurely shut down coal plants, 3) criminalize nuclear, and 4) force electric vehicle use.  The root cause of our grid's reliability problems is simple:  America is shutting down too many reliable power plants — plants that can be controlled to produce electricity when needed in the exact quantity needed.  And it is attempting to replace them with unreliable solar and wind.  Nationally, as demand has increased over the last 10 years we have seen a decline in reliable capacity (gas, coal, oil, nuclear, hydro, battery storage) by 5%.  Will batteries make unreliable solar/wind reliable?  No.  Battery storage is expensive and can only provide a given "capacity" (e.g., 1 GW) for a few hours, and only then if fully charged.  Planned batteries are nowhere near enough to compensate for solar and wind's unreliability.

Dem Bill Will Allow School Psychologists to 'Kidnap' Kids as Young as 12 - Remove from Homes Without Parental Consent.  A California legislative proposal that its sponsor says will increase mental health services for children is being attacked by its opponents as "state-sanctioned kidnapping."  Democratic Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo said her bill fixes an issue that denies poor kids on the state's Medi-Cal insurance plan the same coverage as other children.  "[Assembly Bill] 665 is about making sure all young people, regardless if they have private health insurance or are Medi-Cal recipients, have access to mental health resources," Carrillo said, according to the Sierra Sun Times.

The Editor says...
This bill isn't about "access" or mental health or poor kids.  I suspect it's about transvestites, sex change operations, and grooming.

John Kerry Says More Climate Mandates Coming From Biden Regime.  Joe Biden's Climate Envoy John Kerry sat down for an interview with Yahoo News Senior Climate Editor Ben Adler to discuss climate change.  The interviewer began by admitting Biden's so-called 'Inflation Reduction Act' is actually a Marxist 'Climate Change' bill.  Ben Adler asked John Kerry if the Biden Regime will be taking more aggressive climate action in addition to what is already in the 'Inflation Reduction Act.'  "We are doing a lot more than just the IRA.  The IRA is a package that in and of itself could get to 40% but in addition to that, the president is issuing executive orders, there will be changes on automobile, on light truck, heavy truck... a number of initiatives are being made," John Kerry said before he trashed Trump.

Biden and Harris both weak going into 2024.  President Joe Biden's job approval rating has fallen to 38% in a new poll from the Associated Press and the National Opinion Research Center — close to his lowest rating ever in that poll.  Just last month, Biden's rating was 45%, which was as high as it has been since his rating began a long slide a few months after he took office.  What's going on?  The economy.  In the month since Biden's previous, higher rating, people have become deeply concerned about the safety of the banking system.  They have renewed worries about inflation.  They are concerned about some difficult-to-understand maladies affecting world economic stability.

Minnesota advances 'trans refuge' bill opponents say would strip custody from non-consenting parents.  Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday advanced legislation that would establish the state as a "trans refuge" for children who are seeking transgender medical procedures but who may be denied "gender-affirming care" in other states.  In a party-line 68-62 vote, the Minnesota House passed HF 146, which had been introduced by Rep. Leigh Finke of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.  Finke is the state's first transgender lawmaker.  Democrats supporting the bill say the legislation will protect transgender people, their families and healthcare providers from facing legal repercussions for traveling to Minnesota to obtain cross-sex hormone prescriptions or sex-change procedures.  Similar legislation has been introduced in California and other states with Democratic-controlled legislatures, which seek to counter Republican states that have sought to ban transgender procedures for minors.

As China War Looms, Navy's Priority is Going 'Green'.  The "age of American naval dominance is over", Jerry Hendix, a former Navy Captain warned in a high-profile article in The Atlantic.  Hendrix's article imagines a scenario in which China or other enemy nations seize control of what are now international waters and the cargo that moves across them.  "The great container ships and tankers of today would disappear, replaced by smaller, faster cargo vessels capable of moving rare and valuable goods past pirates and corrupt officials."  A handful of nations would end up controlling the chokepoints of international trade and America would not be one of them.  Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro has already conceded China's naval supremacy.  Last month, the Biden appointee stated that China has "got a larger fleet now so they're deploying that fleet globally."

Biden Defense Officials Defend Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the Military.  Biden Pentagon officials in charge of military personnel policy defended pushing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the United States military during a House hearing on Thursday, arguing that it would make the military stronger, not more divided.  However, they were short on data to back up their arguments.  Gil Cisneros, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, argued, "Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to unit cohesion and trust."  The Army's Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Agnes Schaefer argued, "A diverse and talented force of trained and cohesive teams is the most important indicator of our readiness."

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The Army is not ready for battle if it's full of limp-wristed snowflakes.  Diversity adds nothing to cohesiveness.  Do you see any "diversity" in the armies of Japan, China, or North Korea?  No, and you also don't see any excess fat, earrings, or tattoos.

It is clearer every day which party is radical, extreme, dangerous, and flat out crazy.  It is sad that only 74% of registered voters believe that parents have more rights to choose major, life-changing medical surgery than school officials. [...] Who are the 26% of voters who believe the parents have no right to know?  Probably the same sliver of people who believe that biological males should compete with girls in sports and that people with penises should be able to invade girls' privacy in public restrooms and expose themselves in their locker rooms.  They are most likely within the same slim minority of people who think it is O.K. to abort children throughout all nine months of a pregnancy and even to let a baby just lay there and die if he or she is nevertheless born alive in a botched abortion.

Republicans Introduce Bills to Prevent Biden Administration From Banning Gas Stoves.  Two House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans announced on March 20 they are introducing legislation to prevent the Biden administration from banning gas stoves.  The legislation was introduced by Reps.  Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Debbie Lesko, (R-Ariz.) in response to the Biden administration's two-pronged push to ban gas stoves, and might go to the House floor for a vote later this year.  Lesko introduced H.R. 1640, also known as the Save Our Gas Stoves Act, while Armstrong introduced H.R. 1615, the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act.  Both bills are currently in committee.  The pieces of legislation would prohibit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from using federal funding to implement any regulation that would classify gas stoves as a prohibited dangerous product under current law.

Industry Is a powerful ally against Biden's power grab.  From day one in the White House, the Biden administration has fumbled one issue after another.  Whether it's sending the American economy into a nosedive or bungling foreign policy crises with some of our greatest adversaries, Joe Biden and his cadre of agency cronies can't get out of their own way, or that of the American people.  Pressure at the pump, supply chain issues keeping store shelves empty, and rising inflation thanks to this administration have hurt American consumers and businesses.  Meanwhile, an America-last approach to foreign policy has left us vulnerable and weak in the eyes of adversaries like Russia and China.

America has deadly enemies, and they are laughing at us.
The Pentagon Supports Child-Sex Changes, Argues Red States Have Created a 'Public Health Crisis'.  President Joe Biden's Pentagon is arguing for gender-affirming care for minors as young as seven years old who belong to military families.  In a March edition of the American Journal of Public Health, Department of Defense providers expressed their support for children to be put on hormone blockers and sex change surgeries despite the dangers of its long-term effects, both mentally and physically.  "Affirming care has only recently become politicized; protection of gender-affirming medical care for military-affiliated [transgender] youths may require a declarative position without tolerance for personal biases, as the DoD has historically achieved for other minoritized groups," the authors wrote.  Titled "Caring for Military-Affiliated Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youths: A Call for Protections," claim that the only option for children who present gender dysphoria signs is to immediately move forward with gender-affirming care, arguing it is a "human right."

Biden Executive Order on Equity Rhymes With Jim Crow.  President Biden recently issued an executive order entitled "Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government."  Make no mistake:  this executive order has the effect of pushing us backward toward a racially divided nation, just like the good old days.  What a shame.  Not thirty years ago, a very different spirit animated civil rights.  Call it the Martin Luther King vision.  Dr. King's vision was fundamentally the Christian one, where every person has dignity, where racism is a sin, where race matters not at all compared to character.  Dr. King held the moral high ground here.  His vision ushered in a few short decades of getting it right.  America had just emerged from two centuries as a nation embracing the opposite of Dr. King's vision.  First human slavery, then violent, racially motivated lawlessness ruled the night.

I Left My Hate in San Francisco.  With the gatekeepers a non-factor and near complete institutional infiltration, the Left may now dispose of any pretense of principle.  As it turns out, the Left has always favored racial hierarchies, as long as White males are on the bottom.  The Left has always desired censorship and the repression of civil liberties, the police state, and even war and environmental degradation.  It was simply that the Left wanted to be the one in charge of the levers of inhumanity, able to exempt itself from its own brutal policies while applying draconian tactics to weaken and abuse political opponents for their own pleasure and political gain.  The Left was never interested in tolerance and compassion, only towards those who resemble them, checking all the ever-multiplying boxes, their own tribe as they whimsically and arbitrarily define it.  There is nothing admirable in this kind of tribal compassion.

As China's Blue-Water Navy Continues Massive Expansion, US Navy Secretary Says Climate Is His 'Top Priority'.  China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) surpassed the U.S. Navy in fleet size sometime around 2020 and now possesses roughly 340 warships, according to the Pentagon's 2022 China Military Power Report, released in November.  Moreover, China's fleet is expected to grow to 400 ships by 2025.  Meanwhile, the U.S. fleet consists of fewer than 300 ships, with a Pentagon goal of 350 manned ships by 2045, according to the U.S. Navy's Navigation Plan 2022, released last summer.  So, what is the U.S. Navy under Joe Biden doing about this sobering reality?  As reported by the Washington Examiner, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has said, multiple times, that fighting climate change has been one of his biggest priorities since taking office.

Here Are the Tech Companies, Liberal Media Outlets, and Prominent Democrats Saved by Biden's Bank Bailout.  Prominent tech companies, liberal news outlets, and a Democratic politician's vineyards are among the thousands of businesses that breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday when the Biden administration moved to bail out Silicon Valley Bank.  Silicon Valley Bank maintained $209 billion in assets and $175.4 billion in total deposits, making it the 16th-largest bank in the country.  It was the second-largest bank to fail in American history when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took control of the institution on Friday.  President Joe Biden has insisted that the FDIC's move was not a bailout, and claimed his administration is working to protect "American workers and small businesses."  But average Americans won't benefit the most from the bailout.  Ninety-three percent of the bank's depositors kept more than $250,000 in the bank.

Federal Agency Comes Closer to Gas Stove Ban.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has made a formal request for information about the possible health hazards of gas-powered stoves — another signal that the United States may be moving towards a ban on those appliances under the Biden administration.  "This RFI does not constitute or propose regulatory action, but rather is intended to inform the Commission and the public," the request states.  The request can be viewed here.  It has already received hundreds of comments.  The comment period ends May 8.  The request states that it is seeking input and "proposed solutions" from stakeholders such as "consumers, manufacturers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and researchers on chronic chemical hazards associated with the use of gas ranges."

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm praises China.  What at first would appear to be a head-scratcher comes sharply into focus only when you understand that China is constantly increasing its greenhouse gas output without U.S. rebuke.  Its output is now greater than all the other developed nations combined!  Nothing the rest of the world (i.e.  America and Europe both committed to net zero) does will achieve Biden's stated goals to "save" the planet.  China greenlights two coal plants a week while the U.S. and Europe shutter their own, risking brownouts and people dying from the cold!  Why are we such zealots for dumping our traditional sources of energy with nothing on the near horizon to replace our needs?  Granholm knows what's going on, and, like our President, both are in the tank for an ever-ascendant China.

Stacey Abrams gets a new job after election loss, joins environmental group trying to eliminate gas stoves.  Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has announced she will be joining an environmental advocacy dark money group that is pushing to regulate and ban natural gas-powered stoves.  Rewiring America, the nonprofit group Abrams will join as senior counsel, is a self-described "leading electrification nonprofit, focused on electrifying our homes, businesses, and communities."  Through her role, Abrams will "launch and scale a national awareness campaign and a network of large and small communities working to help Americans go electric," according to the group.

The Editor says...
In case you get most of your information from TV, there is just barely enough electricity available to meet the demand as it is.  Adding thousands of new all-electric houses is unwise and inefficient, since the required electricity will probably come from a power plant that uses coal or natural gas.  It would be far better to burn the natural gas right under a skillet in your kitchen.

Stacy Abrams is coming for your gas stove.  Abrams is thrilled — thrilled, I tell you — to be a part of such important work.  Bringing the message of climate change, renewables, and electrification to ignorant sods in communities all over the country, who didn't know how unhappy they were with the appliances they own. [...] You'll notice the mention of the Inflation Reduction Act incentives there.  She's pushing spending our money to make us miserable, cold, and unhappy.  Not to mention she's "connecting" you to the people who'll do the installing, etc., so she's basically the annoying solar salesman who bangs every third day on your door already, only she's salaried.  What a peach.

Biden Seeks to Eliminate 96% of Gas Stoves.  It wasn't until America's crooked fact-checkers said Joe Biden had no intention of banning gas stoves that I was certain Joe Biden would ban gas stoves.  And now we know he is — 96 percent of them.  "Yes, the Biden administration is coming for your gas stove," writes Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in the Washington Examiner.  It's a backdoor ban by way of outrageous regulations only four percent of gas stoves will meet.  And it's being done, not through democracy and our elected representatives, but by fascist bureaucrats in the Department of Energy.

Biden admin buckles to environmental groups, makes sudden reversal on key land decision.  The Biden administration announced late Tuesday that it would reverse a Trump-era land swap deal facilitating the construction, in an Alaska wilderness area, of a potentially life-saving road opposed by environmental groups.  The Department of the Interior (DOI) withdrew the land exchange — which had been finalized by former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in 2019 and aggressively defended in court by the Biden administration — and explained that it contained procedural flaws and wasn't consistent with agency policy.  DOI Secretary Deb Haaland said the agency would initiate another environmental analysis of the proposal as part of President Biden's conservation agenda.

Biden Fails to Explain How His 'Plan to Reduce Gun Violence' Will Stop Criminals.  After the White House announced a new executive order focused on the president's "plan to reduce gun violence" on Tuesday, Biden addressed his latest fiat from Monterey Park, California.  As usual, Biden's remarks had, at best, a tenuous connection to truth and reality.  Pledging that his latest executive order dealing with firearms will "accelerate and intensify" his administration's supposed crackdown on illegal firearms, Biden said his order would keep firearms out of the hands of criminals by taking "every lawful action possible to move us as close as we can to universal background checks."

Obama and Other Democrats Are Destroying the First Amendment by Design.  The Democrat Party is conducting a full-scale attack on the First Amendment and on those who dissent from the Democrat Party line on any and all topics.  Leading the charge is Barack Hussein Obama, with the minions in the Biden regime implementing anti-free-speech campaigns behind the scenes as feverishly as they can be divined.  In a speech given at Stanford University last year, Barack Obama declared himself to be a "First Amendment absolutist" while calling for social media regulations.  The self-described constitutional law professor needs to reread the First Amendment, as well as the Federalist Papers, to understand how the latter recommendation completely contradicts his absolutist claim.

NY legislature rejects Governor's budget as being not expensive enough.  As with many other states, New York is still in the process of attempting to sort out its overly-bloated budget for the fiscal year, but it's not going well.  Governor Kathy Hochul submitted a draft budget six weeks ago, but the state legislature has been bogged down, beset with infighting over the details.  One of the chief complaints from the legislators (and many of you will find this hard to believe) is that Hochul has drifted "too far toward the center" since winning a full term of her own last year.

Delaware Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Gas-powered Car Ban.  Without legislative action, Delaware state agencies are reviewing banning gasoline-powered cars and trucks, and banning natural gas and propane hookups to new buildings.  Both actions are discussed in "Delaware's Climate Action Plan."  Regulatory action has already started forcing vehicle manufacturers to stock 35% of electric vehicles (EV) in Delaware in only three years, eventually allowing only EV sales.  Drivers will not be able to register a new gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle in Delaware by 2034.  A survey conducted by Ragnar Research in February 2023 found that 73% of Delaware voters opposed the gasoline and diesel-powered vehicle ban, with only 18% supporting the ban.  Follow-up questions showed 60% strongly opposed while 9% strongly supported the ban.

Biden: Worse than Jimmy Carter.  Climate change alarmists would have America sacrifice its very nationhood, and national security interests, in blind pursuit of a demonstrably failed plan that accelerates resource depletion to profit a handful of speculators.  What's next?  Abolishing cows so all humanity eats Bill Gates' patented vat meat manufactured with fossil fuels and synthetic fertilizers?  Biden is opening up drilling in Alaska's Cook Inlet while blocking future oil and gas developments in 16 million Arctic acres.  (Carter protected some 156 million Alaskan acres, though drilling there dates back to the 1950s).  This conflicted pattern has revealed friction within Democrat ranks.  Unhappy with gargantuan debt incurred for salvific "renewable" energy independence, more Dems are waking up to the scam.

Bye, Democrats: I'm leaving party that disgracefully supports censorship.  The latest House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government hearing was the final straw.  I can no longer be a Democrat after watching my party of three decades ignore the serious implications of vast governmental censorship and desperately, sometimes comically, try to shoot the messengers.  Last week's hearing was meant to take testimony on the implications of government censorship reported in the Twitter Files — a series of articles, released on social-media platform Twitter, outlining the "censorship-industrial complex."  But what it actually did was draw an astonishingly clear distinction between today's Democrats and Republicans when it comes to our most fundamental and important right:  freedom of speech.

The Editor says...
I see.  You were okay with the far-left, godless, socialist, tax-and-spend baby killers who are afraid of carbon dioxide, opposed to gasoline and coal, and have no objections to transvestite story hour at the library, stolen elections, four-dollar gasoline, mandatory injections of experimental drugs, and a wide-open border with Mexico.  But when they tampered with Twitter, that was just too much!

They Are Intolerant, Divisive, And Anti-Liberty — Call Them Leftists, Not Liberals.  Democrats have moved so far to the left in recent years that they should no longer be called "liberals," unless the true liberals among them start to stand up to the leftists who have taken over.  The term is misleading, giving the impression that Democrats support individual freedoms and accept people of different viewpoints, when increasingly they do not.  The word "liberal" gives yet more power to those who seek to take more of our liberties.  Right-leaning publications often use the term "liberal" when "leftist" would be better.  On the other hand, left-leaning newspapers such as The Washington Post and The New York Times like to use the word "liberal" to describe their own illiberal political views.  It obfuscates how Democrats and their media allies have become more extreme, supporting censorship, authoritarianism, and racial division:  Twitter staff who denied conservatives their right to free speech and eagerly complied with censorship demands from the federal government were described by the Post as milquetoast "liberal employees."  MSNBC says those pushing the tyranny of wokeness are just naughty-sounding "liberal rascals."

Congress Caught Off-Guard by Biden's $5 Trillion Tax Increase Proposal.  Joe Biden's $6.8 trillion annual budget proposal, which included a proposed increase of $5 trillion in taxes in order to fund it all, surprised many in Congress due to drastically overshooting what he was expected to ask for.  As reported by The Hill, the unexpected proposal only creates greater risks for Democrats in the 2024 elections, as Biden presumably prepares for a re-election bid and his party seeks to defend 23 seats in the U.S. Senate, including many red-state seats.  The new proposal, some say, would only exacerbate ongoing economic woes, including inflation and high tax rates, putting an even greater strain on the average American household's finances.  However, Biden has vowed that he would not raise taxes on anyone making more [sic] than $400,000 a year.  Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) described the Biden administration's proposal as "jaw-dropping," declaring it to be "exactly the wrong approach to solving our fiscal problems."

The Editor says...
Everything Biden does is "exactly the wrong approach" to any problem.  It must be intentional.  Nobody is that stupid.

McCarthy Attacks Biden Against His $7 Trillion Budget, Warning Him Not to 'Play Games' With Debt Ceiling.  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) is warning President Joe Biden not to "play games with the debt ceiling" as the president rolls out a multi-trillion dollar budget proposal.  McCarthy argued that Biden's $6.9 trillion budget proposal would not succeed in a House vote, saying that not even Democrats would vote for it.  "This budget talks more about equality and climate change than it does dealing with China dealing with fentanyl, dealing with putting our workforce back in the workplace.  That is a real challenge," McCarthy said in an interview with Fox News.  "To have a non-serious budget and for a president not to show the leadership to sit down and solve this problem early only weakens America."  The president unveiled his proposed budget earlier this week.  Some projections say it would result in nearly $5 trillion in tax hikes on corporations and upper-class Americans, increasing costs for everyone.

Biden Budget: The COVID Ratchet is Permanent.  [Scroll down]  So, the net effect of the COVID emergency was to ratchet up federal spending by about $2 trillion a year.  Forever.  If you take a look at federal spending in the 20th century, the same ratchet happened after the 1929 Crash and World War II.  As the philosopher said: "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."  I used to be angry at the perpetual hunger for more spending by our Democratic friends.  But now that I've read and digested Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt's The Concept of the Political, I understand.  If politics is the distinction between friend and enemy, then everything makes sense.  In politics you fight the enemy in World War COVID and World War Climate and World War J6-Deplorables to the death, and you shovel the loot and plunder at your DEI supporters.

Ted Cruz Says Biden 'Certainly' Isn't Running the White House After New Budget Proposal.  Ted Cruz acknowledged what the majority of us have long known: Biden is a puppet leader.  Cruz criticizes the projected $6.8 trillion budget of the Biden administration on social media, claiming he no longer runs the White House.  Cruz, R-Texas, asserted that President Biden's budget for the 2024 fiscal year indicated that "socialists are in charge" and that he had failed to fulfill his vow to unite the two major parties.  The budget, as stated by Cruz, boosts taxes and increases expenditure to record levels for the socialist economic, education, climate, and healthcare agenda.

Biden's Proposed 2024 Budget Will Fund Veterans' 'Sex Changes'.  President Joe Biden's proposed 2024 budget, which was released Thursday, hopes to fund sex-change surgeries and gender-affirming treatments for military veterans.  "Recognizing the diversity of America's veterans, the Administration is also taking action to advance equity across veterans' services," the budget reads.  "In addition to ending the ban on transgender service, the Administration is committed to providing gender affirming care to the Nation's veterans — and last year, the VA announced that it was extending survivor benefits to certain survivors of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex veterans."

For Democrats, Joe Biden's 'right' to spend is absolute.  A big bank has gone down, the second in 48 hours.  The U.S. trade deficit has widened.  Inflation is out of control with the Fed openly warning the rate hikes to beat it back are going to keep coming.  Yet [...] Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats, keep calling for more federal spending.  That's where the problem is coming from.  Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon, just as economist Milton Friedman explained.  Call for more spending and what's really being called for is more inflation and the interest rate hikes that follow to stop that inflation, both of which are now wreaking havoc.  Biden just did that this week, seeking a $6.9 trillion federal budget full of new spending, even as he questionably claimed that tax hikes would bring in a windfall for the government, making its deficit smaller.

NYC Residents Say City's New Climate Law Could Ruin Their Lives.  A New York City climate law regulating emissions is set to impose harsh penalties on larger buildings, many of them residential, that don't comply by 2024, forcing building boards and residents to make difficult financial decisions, according to The New York Times.  Local Law 97 is part of the city's 2019 Climate Mobilization Act and aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 by targeting buildings, which are believed to be the city's largest polluters, according to the NYT.  But the strict regulations put building managers in a difficult position, forcing them to choose between costly energy upgrades and massive fines.  One building manager, Craig Hart, told the NYT he could install solar panels on a roof that's going to need a $650,000 replacement in coming year, install a new boiler system that will have to be replaced in a few years as emissions standards become more stringent, or face massive fines for noncompliance.

Joe Biden's Preposterous Student Loan Bailout.  The legality of President Biden's student loan forgiveness proposal (Proposal) is much debated.  The legal dispute revolves, in significant part, around the language of the HEROES Act.  Biden's lawyers claim that the HEROES Act authorizes the proposed student loan forgiveness.  Others claim that it does not. [...] The HEROES Act states that the secretary of education (the "Secretary') may waive or modify certain statutes and regulations as may be necessary to ensure that recipients of student financial assistance are not placed in a worse position financially because of the pandemic.  In order for the Secretary, or anyone else, to determine whether a person's financial position has worsened, one must examine that person's financial statements (balance sheets, income statements, and tax returns) of the beginning and end and during the period in question. [...] It appears that the Secretary has not obtained or reviewed the requisite financial statements for any or all student loan borrowers who may claim benefits under the Proposal, nor sought the necessary information to determine causation of any worsened financial positions.  Therefore the Secretary is not authorized by the HEROES Act, on its face, to commence any implementation of the Proposal that does not and cannot qualify.

An America shot through with Marxism.  A few months ago, I was asked to write a book review for an American Thinker reader named Leslie Stein, an associate professor of economics at the University of Macquarie, in Sydney, Australia.  He has written four books in total, including the one he asked me to review, called The Undermining of Western Civilization.  This book is timely and pertinent, to say the least.  This book comes in the midst of an all-out Marxist assault on Western civilization. [...] Stein documents the entire history and evolution of what we now call "wokism," beginning in the 1960s with radical Marxist student groups on college campuses around the United States, including the Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers, and the Weather Underground organization — groups that doubled as terrorist organizations who waged war with the police and blew up federal buildings, all in an attempt to foment a communist revolution.  They, collectively, were known as the "New Left."

Biden's Budget Is Tax-And-Spend On Steroids.  The headline the White House wants everyone to write would say that President Joe Biden's budget plan will cut projected deficits by $2.9 trillion.  That number isn't impressive at all, given the context.  Worse is the way he gets there.  Start with the fact that the $2.9 trillion amounts to just a haircut in the projected $20 trillion deficits over the next decade, deficits that Biden and his fellow Democrats vastly inflated with their two-year spending spree. [...] Next is the fact that Biden's budget would increase spending by $1.8 trillion over the next decade.  And all of it comes through increases in "mandatory spending" — also known as "entitlement" programs.

Biden's new budget mentions 'equity' 63 times, 'transgender' eight times and 'queer' seven times.  Joe Biden's new budget plan, released on Thursday, is light on initiatives for dealing with the drug crisis sweeping the county but heavy on gender politics, according to a new analysis.  Biden mentioned 'equity' 63 times in the document, Fox News found - more than double the references to the word 'border'.  The word 'fentanyl' was only mentioned twice.

Federal Judge Rules Biden Border Policies Unlawful, Make Border "Meaningless".  After the Biden regime released tens of thousands of migrants into the United States by using humanitarian parole, a federal judge in Florida put the administration on blast and ruled that its actions were unlawful.  As the Biden administration worsens the country's immigration crisis, it has been using parole as a tool to prevent overcrowding at the U.S.-Mexico border.  This allows migrants to enter the U.S. more quickly than they already were able to.  A lawsuit was filed by Republican Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody alleging that the administration's use of parole at the border is illegal, as it is supposed to be used on a "case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit."

They are coming for your parking spot.  For decades cities were designed around cars, as anyone who lives outside a very dense urban area knows.  Suburbs exist because of cars.  Single-family homes for the middle class do too.  Before cars you had to walk or ride a horse; after, all that space around cities became usable as living space.  It was nirvana for the average family and still is for many of us.  Urban planners often speak as if there were no roads before cars, which is absurd.  By their telling, everybody used a sidewalk or took a train to get around, and the car ruined everything.  In their world, you should live in a 15-minute city where you can walk anywhere, which is another way of saying you should live in an urban high-rise building.

The 76 congressmen who demand unlimited illegal immigration.  Recently a large group of US Congressmen signed a letter to Joe Biden, demanding that he make it easier for illegal aliens to enter and stay in the USA.  The signers are ten US Senators, sixty-six US Representatives, and one non-voting delegate from Washington DC.  Below is a list of the seventy-six voting delegates who signed the letter. [...]

A lot of major Democrat donors have a couple things in common.  The media and other Democrats don't really care about any of the following:
  •   Too much money in politics
  •   Where the donations come from
  •   Paying back victims of crime.
  •   Soft on crime prosecutors
  •   Equity
  •   Equality
  •   Fairness.
They care only about power.

Proposed bill would prevent anyone under 25 with being charged with felony murder.  In recent weeks, the issue of age has been a hot topic when it comes to justice reform.  Governor Wes Moore's pick to run the Juvenile Justice Service, Vincent Schiraldi has said no one under the age of 21 should be introduced to the justice system, because the brain is not fully developed.  However, opponents of HB 1180, like Republican Delegate Susan McComas say Democrats are only using mental capacity when it comes to soft on crime policies.  "Proponents of the bill say that the human brain is not fully formed in the frontal lobes until age 25.  But yet, we're doing other things in the general assembly, letting children vote earlier and earlier, letting them get hormone inducing drugs to change their sex," said McComas.

SoFi sues over student-loan pause to force borrowers to resume making payments.  Some 40 million people have had their student-debt payments paused because the government thinks they need the help.  But one big financial technology company, which refinances student loans, disapproves of the public policy and wants the payments resumed immediately to help its bottom line.  SoFi Technologies, a financial technology company involved in the student loan refinancing business, is suing the Department of Education over the student loan payment pause.  In a suit filed in federal court late last week, the company alleges that the latest extension of the COVID-era pause on student loan payments, interest and collections "is unlawful on multiple grounds."  The company is asking the court to invalidate and set aside the pause, or at a minimum, require student loan borrowers who aren't eligible for the Biden administration's debt relief plan to start repaying their loans.

Should Taxpayers Subsidize College Dropouts?  Last week's oral arguments before the Supreme Court concerning the Biden administration's student-loan forgiveness plan predictably focused on arcane legal theories such as the "major questions doctrine."  Relatively little time was devoted to the profoundly inequitable structure of the program.  Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch did note that it would provide benefits to certain favored persons while ignoring the very real costs it would impose on others, but no one mentioned a fact that will gall most taxpayers — it would cancel student loans for college dropouts.  Remarkably, the Biden administration and most Democrats see this as a selling point for the plan.

A great question nobody is asking about Biden's student loan giveaway plan.  I am vehemently opposed to Joe Biden's illegal assumption of the power to force taxpayers to assume the burden of student loan repayments on college tuition obligations voluntarily entered into.  It's wrong constitutionally, and it's wrong morally to force other people to pay for services to others that only a minority receive.  Besides, higher education has devolved into a brainwashing arm of the hard left and has lost all claim to be a general public benefit.  The education cartel has abused the public with tuition escalating at three times the rate of general inflation for about half a century now, financing useless, expensive, and counterproductive administrative bureaucracies that now equal or outnumber teaching faculty at many institutions.

Now convicted felons can vote in Minnesota.  Formerly incarcerated felons in Minnesota will now be able to vote after a new law restoring their rights was signed by the state's governor.  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a bill on Friday which gives convicted felons who have completed their jail time the right to vote.  Now, 55,000 individuals who were previously deprived of those rights can register to vote, the most significant expansion of that right in Minnesota in a half-century, according to the governor's office.

What's Next for Wokeism?  Twenty-five years ago, I told a friend that we would likely bear witness to the acceptance and even protection of several abhorrent social or political practices.  That came true, but it didn't stop there. [...] During the 1980s and 1990s, the social norms listed below were largely unacceptable; eventually the practices became mainstream through the strident promotion by activists and ineffective pushback by traditional institutions:
  •   Open homosexuality, coupled with the very public promotion of the lifestyle
  •   Gay Marriage
  •   Transgenderism
  •   Sex by consenting children with young adults
  •   Open Borders
  •   Anti-Capitalism
  •   The acceptance of recreational drug use as acceptable behavior
  •   Rampant crime and reduced punishment
  •   Society no longer requires work to live
  •   Single-parent constructs as equal to two-parent families
Take a moment to reread this list.  Nothing surprises us anymore.  History teaches us that radical social change usually ends badly, even for progressives.  All of the above continues to have a significant stigma for many Americans.  There is general agreement that promoting negative moral or societal values can and usually will have a deleterious effect on society.  With no national debate, the redefinition of our country has almost been achieved.  Today, our ability to be shocked must surpass a very high threshold.

Just Call it What it Is.  Stone-deaf to public opinion polling, fringe party socialists have seized control of the Democrat party and continue to influence despotic policies that damage economic prosperity and national security.  In television interviews and stump speeches, Beltway Republicans play whack-a-mole, ignoring the obvious in search of an explanation; that is, DEI and climate activism are utilized to control people rather than to repair any historical injustice or spruce up the planet.  From the manipulation of science and elections to speech police and social media censorship to historical amnesia in grade school education to the creation of an economic caste system by way of inflation, taxation, and immigrant invasion, the Biden administration has deliberately inflicted an apostasy upon America.

House votes to kill Biden's 'woke' ESG investment rule that props up 'phony climate movement'.  The House voted Tuesday [2/28/2023] to kill the Biden administration's controversial rule that encourages private retirement plan fiduciaries to consider environment, social and governance (ESG) factors when making investment decisions for tens of millions of Americans.  The Department of Labor rule is widely seen by Republicans as part of the Biden administration's push to inject "woke" ideology into all aspects of government.  Under the rule, fiduciaries who make investment decisions for the retirement plans of more than 150 million people would be explicitly permitted under federal guidelines to consider companies' approach to climate change and other social issues, instead of focusing on only profitability and return on investment for retirees.  Republicans say that's a recipe for tanking millions of investment accounts, and on Tuesday, House GOP leaders called up a resolution aimed at killing the rule, which passed 216-204.  Only one Democrat voted for it.

DC passes bill into law allowing illegal immigrants, other noncitizens to vote.  The Washington, D.C. city council made it official on Monday, illegal immigrants and other non-citizens can now vote in local elections.  The Democrat-run district that serves as the nation's capital went so far as to allow foreign diplomats to cast a vote.  That's according to various reports that the city council passed the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act after a 30-day congressional review period ended — the GOP-led House pushed to block the D.C.  law from taking effect but the Democrat-run Senate let the clock expire without taking action.  The law requires a person to be 18 and to have lived in D.C.  for 30 days to be eligible to vote, providing they do not claim voting residence in any U.S.  state or U.S.  territory.

SCOTUS [is] Gearing up to Sink Biden's Midterm Bribe of Forgiving Student Loan Debt.  It was never up to President Joe Biden to forgive the student loan debt held by millions of Americans, yet during the midterms, the Democrats made it a party-wide campaign promise.  While the lie didn't fly well enough to stop the Republicans from taking back the House with an unforgivably slim margin, it sure gave young leftists something to rally around.  But despite Biden telling Americans he'd forgive the debt, even members of his own party were feeling uneasy about the promise.  New Hampshire Democrat lawmaker Chris Pappas didn't like the way Biden was sidestepping Congress and said publicly that this wasn't so much forgiveness as it was debt reallocation.

Blue State Is Imposing A New Climate Policy And Gas Prices Are Already Skyrocketing.  Gas prices in the state of Washington have surged 40 cents since the new year, when a new law designed to penalize greenhouse gas emissions went into effect, according to the U.S.  Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA).  Washington businesses that produce more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year will either need to purchase allowances from the state's Department of Ecology at quarterly auctions, or trade for them with another business later, a practice commonly known as "cap-and-trade," Axios reported.  Since the law was implemented, the cost of gas in the state has skyrocketed from nearly $3.70 to just over $4.10, according to the EIA.

Biden Unites the Feds with DEI.  How are we to understand the Biden administration's executive order to go full DEI for the whole federal government?  I mean, if we need to purge the federal government from stem to stern of systemic racism and enforce diversity, equity, and inclusion, the federal government must be a veritable hornet's nest of racism, sexism, homophobia, and hate.  Otherwise we wouldn't need a whole-of-government effort to stamp it out.  And, of course, we are talking about Democrats.  No Republican has had a shot at a Fed job for a generation.  But how can this be?  Our liberal friends have been running the federal government, man and boy — and now gender non-binary — for not less than 90 years, at least since FDR was inaugurated and cranked up the federal government to ramming speed with a ton of new liberal programs.  Our liberal friends have run a race program — fighting systemic racism! — for the last 55 years, from quotas to Affirmative Action to Diversity to Reparations.  And that's not enough?

Biden will be playing defense on student loans this week at the Supreme Court.  President Joe Biden's $400 billion student loan forgiveness plan will finally get its day at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.  But some experts predict that by the time arguments end, the administration may wish it had been somewhere else.  Biden's proposal, which would forgive up to $20,000 for some borrowers, is almost certain to be in for a rough ride before a court with a 6-3 conservative majority and an increasingly skeptical view of agencies acting without clear approval from Congress.  "The case against him on the merits is very strong," said Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University.

Minnesota joins growing movement to ban new homes from having any gas at all.  A growing number of states and cities are considering or implementing bans for the future construction of not just gas stoves, but natural gas hookups themselves, a move that would raise costs for consumers and potentially have negative environmental consequences, natural gas advocates told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  Lawmakers in the state of Minnesota introduced legislation this month that would permit the state's Commissioner of Labor and Industry to amend the state's energy code to "mitigate the impact of climate change," a directive that could be used to justify a ban on natural gas, according to the free-market Minnesota think-tank Center of the American Experiment.  California and New York are weighing statewide bans which would not only increase costs but may not have the climate benefits advocates hope for, Dan Kish, senior fellow at the Institute for Energy Research told the DCNF.  "Natural gas is our cleanest fossil [fuel] and it is responsible for the U.S.  reducing carbon dioxide emissions more than other countries, largely because we have centuries of the stuff," Kish told the DCNF.

Turns Out They Are Coming for Your Gas Stoves.  A new Biden administration rule on cooking appliances would effectively ban half of all gas stoves on the U.S.  market from being sold, according to an Energy Department projection.  In an analysis published earlier this month, President Joe Biden's Energy Department acknowledged that roughly half of all gas stoves on the U.S.  market today would not meet its proposed cooking appliance efficiency regulations, E&E News reported Friday.  As a result, those stoves would not be eligible for purchase.  Still, Energy Department spokesman Jeremy Ortiz dismissed concerns over the proposal, saying half the gas stove market "would remain if this standard is finalized as proposed."  The Energy Department's admission comes roughly one month after U.S.  Consumer Product Safety commissioner Richard Trumka Jr., a Biden appointee, said a gas stove ban was "on the table."  "This is a hidden hazard," Trumka Jr.  said of gas cooking.  "Any option is on the table.  Products that can't be made safe can be banned."

Biden Official Clears Ukraine of Misusing U.S.  Financial Aid.  Ukraine is not misusing the tens of billions of dollars in direct financial assistance it is receiving courtesy of U.S.  taxpayers according to a top Biden administration official.  Samantha Power, the administrator of the U.S.  Agency for International Development (USAID), gave the public affirmation during a CNN live town hall on Thursday evening.  Her assurances came just hours ahead of the White House revealing it would give another $2 billion in military aid to Ukraine as its war with Russia officially hits the one-year mark, bringing the total amount of American military assistance to over $30 billion in one year.

California Democrats want gender-neutral bathrooms mandatory in all K-12 schools.  A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would make the Golden State the first in the nation to require schools to have at least one gender-neutral bathroom on campus.  State Sen. Josh Newman (D) introduced SB 760 last week, which would require all K-12 public and charter schools to have at least one genderless bathroom for student use amid ever-increasing controversy over the place of public schools when a student claims to identify with a gender different from their biological sex.

I not a lawyer or a judge, but this is a Bill of Attainder:
Chinese Spy Lover Eric Swalwell Proposes Bill to Ban Trump From U.S.  Capitol.  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif), who was kicked off the House Select Committee on Intelligence because of his years-long affair with a Chinese spy, is trying to stay in the headlines by proposing a plan to keep former President Trump out of the Capitol.  The bill, introduced by Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA), would permanently bar Trump and several top aides from the Capitol because of their attempt to "undermine and overturn the 2020 presidential election."  The proposal asks the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms and the U.S.  Capitol Police to take "such actions as may be necessary" to keep Trump from entering the halls of Congress forever.

Kamala Harris, the $21 Trillion Woman.  That's the conservatively estimated cost of then-Senator Harris' "Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act."  With the Biden administration setting a May 11 end date for the COVID-19 public health emergency, we can finally close the books on the remarkable plan Harris introduced in May 2020. She proposed sending Americans "crisis payments" each month that emergency declaration was in effect, plus an extra three months after it expired.  The legislation never advanced, but if it had most Americans would have received $2,000 checks each month retroactive to March 2020 and continuing through this coming August.  Up to two parents and three children per household would have been eligible, for a maximum of $10,000 per month or an astonishing $120,000 per year.  That's nearly double the US median household income of $67,521 in 2020.  It even exceeds the risible guaranteed annual income of $97,000 recently proposed by the San Francisco Reparations Advisory Committee.  Think finding workers is hard now?  Across a span of 42 months, a typical family of four would have received a whopping $336,000 in federal checks — without working a minute.

Biden Administration's New Equity Atlas: An Unconstitutional Equity Redistribution Scheme.  The Biden administration's $1.2 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) gives cities a blank check for hundreds of billions of dollars in federal grants.  An astonishingly massive windfall for municipal budgets.  Janet Yellen, U.S. Treasury Secretary, followed up by forming an Advisory Committee on Racial Equity (a.k.a.  TACRE) to ensure cities channel those funds and future federal grants towards racial equity justice.  The Committee's mission is to "identify, monitor, and review aspects of the domestic economy that have directly and indirectly resulted in unfavorable conditions...for persons of color."  The ulterior motive is to produce a permanent mechanism that is a data-driven approach forcing racial equity justice outcomes.  Leftists refer to the concept as "democratizing data," a contrary term that is an affirmative action contrivance.

California Democrats want gender-neutral bathrooms mandatory in all K-12 schools.  A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would make the Golden State the first in the nation to require schools to have at least one gender-neutral bathroom on campus.  State Sen. Josh Newman (D) introduced SB 760 last week, which would require all K-12 public and charter schools to have at least one genderless bathroom for student use amid ever-increasing controversy over the place of public schools when a student claims to identify with a gender different from their biological sex.

Minnesota Senate passes bills to restore felon voting rights, give licenses to illegal immigrants.  Two more bills are on their way to the governor's desk:  one to restore voting rights to felons when they leave prison and another to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.  Current state law requires felons to complete their entire sentence before regaining the right to vote, including probation or parole.  HF28 will allow felons to vote whenever they are not incarcerated. [...] Republicans unsuccessfully attempted to amend the bill to prevent certain violent criminals and those convicted of felony voter fraud from regaining the right to vote until after serving their full sentence.

Biden's Wonderful World of 'Equity'.  Immediately after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 Joe Biden, signed an executive order placed in front of him directing the federal government to "...pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all."  On February 16, 2023, he signed a follow-up executive order mandating that all federal agencies create teams and annual plans to insure equity within all government agencies and to utilize government programs to compel equity within the private sector.  The use of the word "equity" is a deliberate attempt to hoodwink the American public, who are fully are on board with a similar-sounding word "equality."  Equity, unlike equality, isn't equal access to opportunity or equal protection before the law.  Equity, per the American Marxists, is the redistribution of societal status, legal protection, and economic goods (i.e., jobs and material possessions) in accordance with their politized assessment of disadvantages and demographics.  Equity, in the Marxist context, requires a clearly defined villainous group, and not coincidentally a political adversary, in order to manipulate the masses into believing that they have the best interests of the people at heart.  But first the population has to be segmented or tribalized and then indoctrinated into believing they as distinct groups have been and continue to be victimized and, thus, deserving of equal outcomes as merit or ability is immaterial.

Combustion Going Bust: Global Phase-Outs Of Gasoline Cars.  The European Union last week approved a law that will ban the sale of combustion engine cars in its member states [beginning in] 2035.  For Germany and Italy as well as for Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Hungary, the new bill sets a first deadline for the sale of gasoline-powered cars.

Biden Is Still After Your Gas Stoves.  Shortly after a Biden administration official boasted about how the federal government might ban gas stoves for being "unsafe," the White House reassured the public that no such ban was in the works.  We warned readers at the time not to believe such reassurances because "once this sort of train starts moving there is often no stopping it."  That was in early January.  It took less than a month for the Biden administration to prove us right.  Earlier this month, the Department of Energy released a proposed rule that, if implemented, would essentially regulate gas stoves out of existence.

Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari Admits Goal is to Shrink Economy to Meet Decreased Energy Supplies.  Apparently, the interview took place a few weeks ago (it's new to me), but the admissions within it are quite remarkable.  The CNBC discussion surrounds inflation and the federal reserve raising interest rates.  Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari is talking about the jobs report, inflation and the intention of the federal reserve to continue raising interest rates until they achieve 2% inflation, regardless of consequence.  Kashkari doesn't hedge on the latter issue of consequence; he affirms with absolute guarantee the fed will keep raising rates until the economy shrinks enough such that 2% inflation is achieved.  However, watch what happens when Joe Kernan takes that outlook and overlays "supply side" energy policy.  [Video clip]

The Greens Aren't Just Coming for Your Gas-Powered Car — They're Coming for All Cars.  Late last month, Joe Biden was mocked for posting a photo of himself in an electric vehicle (a GMC Hummer) that costs $110,000 and up.  And for touting a $7,500 federal tax credit that doesn't apply to vehicles that cost over $80,000. In other words, the 46th president was ripped for confirming the stereotype that electric cars are a vanity passion for rich green liberals.  But what was less noticed, at least by the right, was that left-wing greens didn't like Biden's photo-op, either.  You see, Middle Class Joe insists that he wants to replace internal-combustion vehicles with electric vehicles (EV), but the hardcore greens — including those within his own administration — want to get rid of cars, period.

The Left Is Willing to Bankrupt America for Climate Change.  American socialists are eager to prove Churchill right.  Their preferred stalking horse in their pursuit of egalitarian misery is the specter of a climate apocalypse.  Since the apocalypse, in their telling, is gonna be, well, apocalyptic, that means the defense against it must be just as all-embracing.  And just as the defense against the real Nazi apocalypse bankrupted the British Empire, so, too, they are content to bankrupt America in the pursuit of a cause they believe has equal urgency.  But there is no confidence among climate fanatics that the battle can ever be won without the surrender of abundance.  The further down the road we get to electrification, the more apparent it is that it will not solve the problem of how to get enough energy without harming the planet.

Report: Joe Biden Weighs Expanding Foreign Competition Against Working Class Americans.  President Joe Biden is weighing expanding foreign competition in the labor market against working class Americans by offering green cards to foreign visa workers, a new report suggests.  An exclusive report from Fox News's Adam Shaw reveals that Biden is considering allowing foreign workers on H-2A agricultural visas and H-2B non-agricultural visas to apply for and secure green cards to remain permanently in the United States labor market.

Maryland bill would block minors from being charged as adults.  The Maryland state Senate recently introduced SB 93, named the Youth Equity & Safety Act.  This latest attempt at so-called "justice reform" would end the practice of charging juvenile suspects under the age of 18 as adults.  Proponents of the bill claim that younger offenders don't receive the resources they need in an adult prison while going through the juvenile court system makes them "less likely to re-offend."  (They offered no data to back up that assertion.)  This is a stunning proposal to put forward at a time when Baltimore has seen seven straight years with more than 300 murders and a very sizable portion of the offenders (when they manage to identify and arrest a suspect) are minors that are recruited by the gangs, some of whom are barely old enough for middle school.

The Editor says...
Ax yourself this question:  If this idea becomes law, will violent crime increase or decrease?

Minnesota Democrat lawmakers push ban on gas-powered lawn mowers, chainsaws to curb 'climate pollution'.  Two Minnesota Democratic lawmakers are proposing a pair of bills that would significantly impact the state's backyards and neighborhood ice rinks in an effort to combat climate change.  State Reps.  Jerry Newton and Heather Edelson, members of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, introduced legislation on Monday that would block the sale of common landscaping appliances like lawn mowers and chainsaws as well ice resurfacing machines such as Zambonis, requiring that only electric battery versions be sold in the state starting Jan. 1, 2025.  The ban on lawn and garden equipment would include any machine that uses "a spark ignition engine rated at or below 19 kilowatts or 25 gross horsepower."  Commonly used landscaping tools like lawn mowers, leaf blowers, hedge clippers, chainsaws, lawn edgers, string trimmers and brush cutters would all be prohibited by that definition.

The Editor says...
That also outlaws your backup generator, unless you have a really big one.  But then, why would really big engines be okay, if small ones are ruining the earth?

Really?  Does this include reverse discrimination and "affirmative action?"  Of course not.
Biden Signs Executive Order to Root Out Systemic Racism from Federal Government.  President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday aimed at rooting out systemic racism from the federal government and doing more to achieve racial equity.  The order, made in the middle of Black History month, extends an order Biden made on his first day in office requiring federal agencies to investigate inequities within their departments and to proactively address shortcomings.  That is now an annual requirement.  The aim is to deliver "equitable outcomes" for all Americans, including underserved communities, through government policies, programs, and services.  The order also requires federal agencies to establish "equity teams," with a designated senior leader charged with implementing the administration's equity goals and "delivering equitable outcomes, to the extent consistent with applicable law."  And it requires the establishment of a new White House steering committee on equity to "coordinate Government-wide efforts to advance equity."

Biden installed: What could possibly go wrong?  Biden was not legitimately elected, he was fraudulently installed.  So terrified of Donald Trump are the denizens of the swamp that they were willing to sell out the country, the Constitution, and the American people, and put into the oval office a man so corrupt and so compromised, that the nation might never recover from this catastrophic theft of an American presidential election.  Biden has effectively ruined America in two short years.  We are no longer energy independent but are being starved of domestic energy.  Businesses, especially restaurants, that survived the ridiculous Covid lockdowns now face unaffordable gas bills.  Gas prices are twice what they were under Trump — and now these fools want to ban gas stoves!  Punishingly absurd.  This is a party that means to restrict all of the freedoms Americans have long taken for granted.

Democrats propose plan to make federal government give EVERY American born after 2005 a $1,000 savings account.  Congressional Democrats rolled out a spending proposal aimed at closing the racial wealth gap on Wednesday, which would give at least $1,000 to every American born after 2005.  Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) introduced the American Opportunity Accounts Act, which would federalize the use of 'baby bonds' for the country's youth to help fight wealth inequality.  The program would be funded by raising estate and inheritance taxes.  It would result in a major redistribution of wealth to middle and lower-income Americans.

The Editor says...
Any effort by the government "to help fight wealth inequality" is nothing more than a scheme to buy the votes of lazy people using the wealth of the most productive and successful citizens.

Illinois bills seek to require EV charging stations in new and renovated homes.  Two proposed legislation in Illinois seek to require new and renovated homes to have electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, a change that could make new houses more costly.  House Bill 2206 states that the Capital Development Board shall adopt rules requiring each newly constructed residential building in the state that includes a garage "to have enough electric generating capacity in the garage to charge an electric vehicle."  Senate Bill 0040, on the other hand, requires new single-family residences or small multifamily residences to have at least one electric vehicle capable parking space for each residential unit that has dedicated parking, unless any subsequently adopted building code requires additional electric vehicle capable parking spaces or installed electric vehicle supply equipment.

Real and Fake Worlds: Why the Trains are Failing.  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg worked in the fake world of Harvard and consulting.  Consultants do not improve business outcomes.  They exist as a way to give cover to an executive team by saying that the executive team's strategy is the correct one.  This also means you can't fire the executives for failure because the consultants agreed it was the right move.  Where do you suppose "Mayor Pete's" priorities are?  [Video clip]  Roads and train tracks can't get more real.  Polluted water is as real as it gets.  Racial identity politics are part of the fake world.  We only get to fight over nonsense when infrastructure is strong enough to support our bloated selves.  The country has decided that the fake world matters more than the real world.

Forget 'Defund The Police': There's A New Movement To Handcuff The Cops.  Leaders in multiple states and cities are embracing efforts to bar police from pulling drivers over for certain less-severe traffic violations, a move that some experts believe endangers public safety.  Lawmakers in Washington state are pushing a plan that would forbid police traffic stops conducted to address some lower-level traffic lawbreaking, and Oregon has already established a similar policy, while San Francisco is considering a city-wide plan of this kind after Los Angeles and Minneapolis instituted their own.  Such restrictions could effectively impede enforcement against more serious offenses and put innocent civilians at risk, according to experts who spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

California's reparations proposals may carry a steep price for Democrats.  A long-awaited meeting of San Francisco's board of supervisors was set this week to discuss the recommendation of its African American Reparations Advisory Committee to give $5 million to each eligible Black resident as reparations.  The meeting was postponed, but the city and the state soon must make a decision on a bill that has come due for Democratic politicians.  The city council voted unanimously to create the reparations committee in 2020.  Even though California was a free state without slavery before the Civil War, the committee's "particular focus has been the era of urban renewal, perhaps the most significant example of how the City and County of San Francisco as an institution played a role in undermining Black wealth and actively displacing the city's Black population."  That could be viewed as only a partial payment for race-related injuries.

Campus diversity, equity, and inclusion programs make students miserable.  Winston Churchill offered two brief, brilliant definitions of socialism:  (1) "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy."  (2) "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.  The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."  In other words, unhappiness is socialism's lifeblood.  It needs unhappy people to be the revolution's foot soldiers and, after the revolution, its praetorian guard.

The Truth About Biden's Would-Be Gas Stove Ban Comes Out.  Since the initial dust-up in early January, the Biden administration and its media allies have run a relentless campaign to pretend as if concerns over a federal gas stove ban were made up by Republicans.  Unfortunately for them, the internet is forever, and commentary by administration officials, including CPSC head Alexander Hoehn-Saric, made it clear the idea was on the table.  Democrat politicians also defended the possible move, claiming that gas stoves cause childhood asthma.  For several days, you were treated as an idiot who wanted to harm kids if you didn't think gas stoves should be banned.  Even the late-night TV shows were talking about, and then suddenly, everything changed.  The press started to put out stories asserting that Biden was never going to ban gas stoves and that it was simply a moral panic created by the right.  That wasn't true, but it served as a useful way to abscond from the fact that the administration had backtracked due to the backlash.

'Democrat Leadership' is an Oxymoron.  Research shows that grandiose narcissists lack self-awareness, exaggerate their skills and experience, and are not the best leaders.  Unfortunately, today's Democrat leaders are riddled with grandiose narcissism as they determine to save us from ourselves.  One example:  it's ludicrous that those so full of hot air would contemplate banning our gas stoves, and clean gas in general.  They are more bullies wielding a cudgel than leaders with a gavel.  Such forceful tactics may work in battle or other emergency situations where there's no time for debate, but not in a government of checks and balances designed for deliberate debate.

86 House Democrats vote against resolution condemning 'horrors of socialism'.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning socialism on Thursday, with nearly all Republicans and half of the Democrats supporting it.  H. Con. Res. 9, a resolution "denouncing the horrors of socialism," passed 328 to 86, with 14 Democrats voting present, and six members (three Republicans and three Democrats) not voting.  "This was a win for democracy," Rep. María Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., the daughter of Cuban exiles who represents Miami-Dade County and who sponsored the resolution, told The Daily Signal in a statement Thursday.  "As the representative of the city of Miami, and daughter of Cuban exiles, I say that this resolution hits close to home for us all," she added.  "We know that socialism only brings misery, oppression, and exile, wherever it is tried."

Steel Yourselves, Conservatives.  In the lead up to 2022, Democrats not only refused to moderate their support for unlimited abortion up to the moment of birth, transgender surgery for minors, critical race theory, criminal justice reform, and illegal immigration, they doubled-down.  Voters rewarded them with additional governorships, four flipped state legislatures, an increased Senate majority, and minimal losses in the House.  The Left has zero reason to take the foot off the gas.  Elections, legitimate or not, have consequences.  The most likely outcome of the 2024 election is that Democrats retake the House, keep the Senate, and retain the presidency, regardless of who they run or what the economy looks like.  As Joe Biden and Jon Fetterman proved in 2020 and 2022, respectively, Democrats don't need to actually campaign in order to win political office.  Nor do they need to be able to string together a coherent sentence.

After His State Takes Away Gas Stoves, Sen. Schumer Falsely Claims "Nobody is Taking Away Your Gas Stove".  Political discourse is skipping right past the "make a good argument" stage to the "lying right to your face" stage. [...] Schumer also tweeted that Republicans were, "cooking up a silly, shameless, and desperate narrative that Democrats are coming for your gas stove."  Fact Check:  Infinity pinnochios.  The governor of his own state has proposed a gas stove ban. [...] Yes, they want to ban your stove, your car, your home and your life.  It's what they do.  And they lie about it non-stop until they're ready to do it.

100 Members of Congress Refused to Denounce Socialism - Here Are Their Names.  Republicans in Congress passed a resolution Wednesday condemning the ideology of socialism and the destruction it has wrought throughout history.  While 219 Republicans were united in their opposition, House Democrats were split, with 109 voting for the condemnation, 86 voting against it and 14 others voting "present."  According to the Washington Examiner, the final tally for the vote was 328-86, indicating a sizable chunk of Democrat opposition.

Those Attacks on Gas Stoves Aren't Really about Health.  Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that indoor gas stoves emitted harmful pollution.  Several studies claim that the use of gas can cause respiratory illness.  The CPSC is considering restrictions on gas stoves, including possible bans in new residential construction.  But attacks on gas stoves are based on questionable science and are largely driven by concerns not related to health.  The CPSC has reportedly been considering actions on gas stoves since October.  Richard Trumpka, Jr., a CPSC commissioner, stated "This is a hidden hazard.  Any option is on the table.  Products that can't be made safe can be banned."  Two recent studies figure prominently in agency concerns.  The first, published in January last year by Eric Lebel and others, found that gas stoves and ovens emit hazardous levels of methane and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  The second, published in December last year by Talor Gruenwald and others, estimated that 12.7 percent of childhood asthma cases in the US were due to gas stove use.  Nitrous oxide (NO) is produced at combustion temperatures above 1,600°C by breaking down nitrogen molecules in air.  Modern stove burner flames reach temperatures above 1,600°C, producing NO.  The nitrous oxide then combines with oxygen to form nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant.  But the amount of NO2 generated by stoves is very small, only parts per billion (ppb) levels.

Responding to the demands of almost nobody...
Energy Department proposes efficiency rules for cooking devices after gas stove furor.  The Department of Energy is proposing new energy conservation standards for new household gas and electric cooking devices, some of which have never been subject to federal efficiency standards.  DOE's proposed rule-making, published Wednesday, follows the recent political frenzy over the fate of gas stoves that was ignited after a federal regulator at the Consumer Product Safety Commission said his agency could ban them to reduce indoor air pollution.  The proposed rule-making would set new efficiency standards for both electric and gas cooking tops, preventing them from exceeding set levels of energy use per year.

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[#1] What does that last sentence mean?  If your stove exceeds "set levels of energy use per year" while you're cooking your Christmas dinner, will it quit working for the rest of the year?  Who would benefit from that?  [#2] We have a centuries-old system of elected representatives in this country, which the regulatory agencies are bypassing, in order to justify their continued existence.  If everybody opposes natural gas, we will let our Congressmen know, and they'll vote to phase it out.  That will never happen, of course, because natural gas is a very popular and feasible alternative to electricity or coal or firewood.

Every Democrat voted to extend the COVID-19 "emergency."  I wonder why.
House ignores White House objections, votes to end COVID health emergency.  The House on Tuesday ignored opposition from President Joe Biden and voted to end the public health emergency related to COVID-19, winning some support from House Democrats on a second bill that would end the government's requirement that federal health care workers must be vaccinated against COVID.  The two bills — the Pandemic is Over Act and the Freedom for Health Care Workers Act — were planned by Republicans last week; and late Monday, the White House announced that it will terminate the national COVID emergency on May 11.  The White House also announced its opposition to the two bills up for a vote today.  But Republicans pressed ahead anyway and easily passed both measures despite the GOP's narrow majority in the House.

Why conservatives oppose the war.  Patrick Buchanan has retired at 84 after a long and influential career as a writer, TV commentator and presidential advisor (Nixon, Ford and Reagan).  He saw through George H.W. Bush and later opposed the Gulf War.  He opposes the blank check Washington has given Zelensky in this war.  "For us, the greatest stake in this Russia-Ukraine war is not who ends up in control of Luhansk, Donetsk or Kherson, but that we not be drawn into a military conflict that would put us on the escalator to a war with Russia, a world war and perhaps a nuclear war.  "Nothing in Eastern or Central Europe is worth a major U.S. war with Russia that could go nuclear and cost millions of American lives."  That last sentence is heresy to the hysterical hawks, but the line rings true for conservatives who, after initial rah-rah support for Ukraine, are having second thoughts.

The root of our problems as a nation.  When a six-year-old brought a gun to school and shot his teacher, the first thought was that it was an accident.  When upon further review it was announced that it was intentional and deliberate, a sort of shock wave went through the population.  This was not just another incident, not just another step along the road to perdition.  Society is no longer slouching toward Gomorrah.  Like the expanding cosmos, the headlong race toward the edge of the cliff is actually accelerating.  This was a quantum leap, an order-of-magnitude increase.  When one observes the breathtaking increase in moral degeneracy, one is reminded of the biblical warning that the beast, knowing that his time is short, is seeking to devour whom he may. [...] Society is becoming more and more disoriented, less structured in terms of norms, and, as an inevitable result, more dysfunctional.  Indeed, the definition of what is "normal" has become so vague as to have lost all practical meaning.  If everything is normal, then nothing is.  If everything is a matter of personal opinion, then facts become irrelevant.  If your truth is not my truth, nor mine yours, then there can be no social contract.  Dysfunctional societies must eventually collapse.  Whether from internal strife or external invasion, they cannot survive.

Now the Left Is Coming for Your Pickup Trucks, America — and Their 'Logic' Couldn't Be More Ridiculous.  Rather than "only" coming after our evil, planet-destroying passenger cars, the left is targeting our pickup trucks as well, my fellow Americans.  Moreover, the idiocy is neither new nor driven only by the left's hatred of internal combustion engines.  As I first reported in January 2021 — and this is laugh-out-loud hysterical — pickup trucks not only brazenly project "petromasculinity"; they're also the personification (or would that be "truckification"?) of "glorification of violence and domination."  Incidentally, one of the many benefits enjoyed by conservative political pundits is never having to make [stuff] up; the left's got you covered on a regular basis.

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"Petromasculinity" made automobiles feasible, and made America a superpower, beginning in about 1942.

Taking on the Would-be Destroyers of America.  Enemies of Freedom wish to see our prosperous nation willingly give up our success to become a failed state. [...] To be successful, destroyers must control the meaning of words.  The destroyers had to take a functioning country with the world's largest middle class and tank it.  Not only that, but to tank it with the acquiescence of a significant portion of the population and make it appear noble.  Where do you start?  First, you become a metaphorical geologist and, in that way, uncover our stress points.  But instead of rock, you look at fissures like inequities, racial disparities, the continuing breakdown of families, and how to take on the economic and political power structures.  Introduce fear, such as claiming the end of the world is at hand through climate change.  Then, institutionalize the process so that challenging "change" identifies you as one of the dangerous ones standing in the way of "progress."

Elijah Mohammed street-naming: Just when you think the NYC Council couldn't go any lower.  Just when you think the City Council couldn't go lower, along comes Councilmember Kristin Jordan-Richardson looking to rename a Harlem street after Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, who promoted an odd mixture of black nationalism, "black capitalism" and black separatism.  And in the most pernicious of ironies, KJR proposes "The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad Way" for the corner of West 127th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.  Speculation continues to this day about Mohammad's involvement in the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, who'd broken fully and public with the NOI not long before — in part over credible accusations against Mohammad of sex with underaged girls and adulterous activities with multiple women in the sect.

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Here is a rule of thumb, which I think I heard from Rush Limbaugh:  in any city that has a street called "Malcolm X Boulevard," that's the most dangerous street in town; especially at the corner where it intersects Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Democrats want 8.7% pay hike for federal workers who were 'subjected to' Trump.  Democrats are proposing giving federal workers an 8.7% pay increase for toiling through the Trump administration and the coronavirus pandemic.  The suggested pay increase for the 2 million federal workers would take effect in 2024, and would come after they received the 4.6% raise this year from President Biden.  "For years now, federal employees have risked their health and safety working on the frontlines of this pandemic," Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said in a press release announcing that he and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) would reintroduce the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates, or FAIR Act.

People Arrested at NYC Protest Show Exactly the Problem With Dem Approach to Law Enforcement.  We saw some of the violence that went on in New York City in the wake of the release of the horrible video of the beating of Tyre Nichols.  People are legitimately upset with the actions of the police in this case.  But in NYC, you also had the radical leftists who are pushing their political agenda, no matter the reason or the cause.  Everything is an argument about why the current order should be shifted to the left.  The march in NYC, which featured the Party of Socialism and Liberation leading the way, dissolved into violence in Times Square when a man began stomping on a police car and breaking the windshield.  Police tried to arrest him and then others tried to free him.  Then the police were trying to make another arrest, reportedly of one of the organizers of the march, when a woman intervened and started allegedly punching at cops.  [Tweet]

Speed Is No Issue Unless It's About How Fast Our Liberty Is Being Lost.  Government, unfortunately, rarely admits to or learns from its mistakes and often seems determined to repeat them in updated form.  Sometimes, it descends into the bizarre, as when New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that "buildings are the largest source of emissions in our state" and that's why she's "proposing a plan to end the sale of any new fossil-fuel-powered heating equipment by 2030."  It's probably safe to extrapolate that the bulk of the heating equipment required under her scheme would be powered by electricity and that the electricity will be generated by solar, wind and/or hydro.  Keep that point in mind.  Governor Hochul's push for increased use of electricity comes not long after she "called for major regulatory action that will require all new passenger cars, pick-up trucks and SUVs sold in New York State to be zero-emission by 2035.  Governor Hochul has also proposed that all school buses be zero-emission by that the same year," according to a press release from her office.  Those "zero-emissions" vehicles obviously would be powered by electricity from the same sources and over the same distribution system as would her proposed heating equipment.

It's Not Just Gas Stoves Democrats Are Coming For.  Earlier this month, Biden's Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that it opposed gas stoves and was looking at ways to eliminate them, prompting an outcry over the coming ban.  But climate scolds aren't just looking to ban your gas stove, America.  They have a long list of other appliances they want canceled, too.  On Jan. 9, the CPSC pointed out that about 35 percent of U.S. households use gas stoves, and then warned of the dangers of their use. [...] The nanny state move was further complicated by the fact that the study, used by CPSC, warning that gas stoves promote asthma in kids was partly funded by RMI, a group that seeks to "accelerate the clean energy transition," and was co-authored by Brady Seals, the manager of RMI's Carbon-Free Buildings arm, which aims to retrofit buildings with electric appliances.  In turn, RMI, which used the study to promote stove electrification, has received at least $1 million in donations from Breakthrough Energy, a "green energy" investment firm founded by Bill Gates, as well as the Bezos Earth Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies, according to the 2022 RMI donors report.

Gas bags: Progressive war on your stove is very real.  The first clue is the kinder, gentler puff pieces appearing in the op-ed sections of the usual suspects.  They pooh-pooh sane people's dismissal of the recent, pretty thoroughly debunked BOMBSHELL STUDY.  You know.  The one where they measured all these horrific toxic chemicals flooding the air while cooking on gas stoves... in kitchens encased in sheets of plastic sealed with dust-proof ZipWall barriers?  [Tweet]  Yeah.  That's the one.  Not surprisingly, the New York Times has jumped on the "simmer down" bandwagon.  Quit trying to deny they're bad for you and Mother Gaia.  Let us lead you to the wonderful world of induction!

The most dangerous legislator in America?  California State Senator Scott Wiener could be the most dangerous legislator in the nation.  That's the lesson I took away from a great piece by Abigail Shrier I just read in City Journal, one of the best magazines in America.  It shines a light on Weiner's one-man crusade to empower human traffickers in the State of California under the guise of protecting LGBTQIA+ rights. [...] And as Shrier describes in the opening to her piece, Weiner got a law passed that vastly expanded the street prostitution trade, by removing all penalties for a loitering law that gave police probable cause to arrest street prostitutes.  In practical terms that meant that police couldn't identify minors who were being trafficked and separate them from their abusive pimps.  The result has been drastic — the number of young women escaping sex slavery in California has dropped to near zero.

Dave Chappelle Says out Loud What Absolutely Everyone Is Thinking About Trans Activists.  [Scroll down] These kinds of protests by the radical trans lobby are nothing more than performance art and they always pick on a group they know won't fight back (again, minus our barricade-throwing heroine).  They are absolute phonies trying to stir up trouble where there isn't any.  It's just the left being the left — the supply of legitimate anti-trans crimes doesn't come close to meeting their insatiable demand, so they try to create it by taunting people not looking for a fight.  Their hope, of course, is that someone will finally snap and fight back, thus they'll be able to make the the claim that the trans community is being victimized.  Unfortunately for the perma-woke, Dave Chappelle's got their number and he's not afraid to say what we're all thinking:  Their ultimate goal is to garner publicity and to create controversy where there isn't any — and it's a tired schtick that's long since run its course.

Do You Trust the Integrity of Our Elections?  How long would it take for the United States to become a fascist nation if we were to adopt some of the ideas that were recently offered in the "For the People Act," the "John Lewis Voting Rights Act," and/or the "Freedom to Vote Act"?  Democrats have proposed...
  •   complete legalization of ballot harvesting so that a ballot could be submitted, on your behalf, by paid operatives.
  •   automatic voter registration for all adults (with no verification of citizenship).
  •   universal ability to vote by mail, for any reason.
  •   no voter ID requirement in states that choose not to have one.  States that already have an ID requirement would be forced to weaken it by accepting a broad array of documents, including copies of utility bills or sworn statements (in lieu of ID).
  •   voting by convicted felons, unless they happen to be in prison on the day of the election.
  •   a ban on post-election independent audits, such as the Arizona Senate audit of Maricopa County's 2020 election.  Only "official" audits would be allowed.
The proposals (above) are truly scary, and this may be the reason for GOP opposition to any national standard.  However, a country-wide standard is essential.  We can no longer allow some states to cheat by allowing non-citizens to votes, or by allowing political operatives to cast votes on behalf of unsuspecting residents.

Democrats Propose Overturning The First Amendment.  Adam Schiff and a group of Democrats introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision, one of the greatest free-speech victories in history.  It's just a political stunt, of course, as Schiff doesn't have the votes.  But it does reflect the authoritarian outlook of the contemporary left on free expression.  From the day the decision came down, 13 years ago this week, Citizens United was a rallying cry for those threatened by unregulated discourse.  President Barack Obama infamously, and inaccurately, rebuked the justices during his State of the Union for upholding the First Amendment.  Since then, Democrats have regularly blamed the decision for the alleged corrosion of "democracy."  Recall, however, that Citizens United decision revolved around the federal government's banning of a documentary critical of 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before the Democratic primary elections.  At the time, McCain-Feingold made it illegal for corporations (groups of freely associating citizens) and unions (ditto) to engage in "electioneering" a month before a primary or two months before a general election.  It was outright censorship.  In oral arguments, then-Solicitor General of the United States, now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan initially contended that the federal government had the right to censor books that "express advocacy."

The greenie left is coming for your coffee.  It wasn't enough that the greenie left came for our light bulbs, our flush toilets, our guns, our plastic straws, our gas stoves, or our hamburgers.  Now they're coming for our coffee. [...] What they want, of course, is to take away more stuff from us, the better to control us.  It wasn't enough to target our gas-powered cars and tell us to take the bus.  It wasn't enough to take away our electricity and natural gas in the name of 'going green' and tell consumers to freeze in winter.  It wasn't enough to howl for an end to jet travel while greenie leftists bought carbon indulgences and continued to jet about with their private planes.  It wasn't enough to take away our plastic bags, to ensure that we only use unsanitary bacteria-filled cloth recycle bags.  It wasn't enough to take away our meat and tell us to eat bugs.  All these are things they are — no, really — trying to take away.  In some cases, they have succeeded at such schemes, too, all for a phony and chimerical quest to stop global warming, which somehow never happens.

Democrat-led cities are already moving forward with gas stove bans that will affect millions.  Democratic leaders in major cities nationwide have already moved forward with bans on natural gas stoves even as the Biden administration has pumped the brakes on similar regulations at the federal level.  Cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City — which are collectively home to more than 10 million Americans — have enacted varying restrictions on natural gas hookups impacting gas-powered furnaces, ovens and stoves.  Leaders of the Democrat-led cities have argued that transitioning away from natural gas would help achieve climate and net-zero ambitions.

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Nobody thought gas appliances were a problem until about two weeks ago.  And now there's a mad rush to get rid of them, for reasons that are never mentioned because their reasons are so stupid!

JPMorgan Chase CEO Warns Against Halt to Gas Use on CNBC; Musk Agrees.  JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon dealt leftists a dose of energy infrastructure reality on CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday [1/19/2023].  While leftists are busy calling for Americans to chuck their gas stoves off a cliff in the name of climate change, Dimon quipped, "We need oil and gas," when Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen asked him whether stakeholders will increase pressure on companies to pursue Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies.  Dimon said it would take "50 years" to transition away from oil and gas completely.  "It's a hundred million barrels a day that are used to heat, fuel, [and] feed people."  Dimon's comments are simply common sense.  Anyone with a watt of common sense realizes that an entire nation cannot merely switch its method of energy production and consumption overnight.

NY lawmakers push to have Lunar New Year declared a public holiday.  As the day approaches, a number of New York lawmakers have pushed the state to recognize Lunar New Year as a public holiday.  Assemblymember William Colton introduced a bill on the subject in the 2021-2022 legislative session.  He and Assemblymember Grace Lee, who was elected in November of 2022, have pushed for the calendar change.  Colton plans to reintroduce his bill in the next legislative session.  He's said declaring Lunar New Year as a public holiday will promote increased awareness of both Asian history and tradition.

Democrats Propose Constitutional Amendment to Overturn First Amendment Decision.  Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United v. FEC decision made in 2010.  The court ruled 5 [to] 4 that the free speech clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for political campaigns by corporations and overruled an earlier decision that banned corporations from making "electioneering communications."  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) said in a press release he and Democrat colleagues introduced the "Democracy For All Amendment" to "overturn legal precedents that have allowed unrestrained campaign spending and dark money to corrupt American democracy."  He has introduced the constitutional amendment every year since 2013, according to the release.

There's an announcement like this almost every week:
Joe Biden's Secretary of State Announces $2.5 Billion More in Ukraine Military Aid.  President Joe Biden's Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced another $2.5 billion in military aid for Ukraine on Thursday and said the United States "will stand united with Ukraine for as long as it takes."  The most recent aid package comes after Congress awarded $45 billion to Ukraine in the massive $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that Biden signed into law last month, bringing the total amount of U.S. aid sent to Ukraine to over $110 billion.

At Davos, the Rev. John Kerry Signals His Place Among the Elect.  Before getting to the sillier part of his homily, allow me to explain what Neo-Puritanism is and why it has surfaced.  The concept is implicit in the very word "progressive."  In the last decade or two, that word has replaced "liberal" as self-definition among the Left.  On the Right, we shorthand the Left's shifting semantics into the more useful "woke," a word that on the Left originally meant someone who had awakened and seen the light.  At the risk of tautology, progressives, by definition, progress.  Unlike old-school liberals who could content themselves with a status quo, progressives move forward.  They refuse to rest, refuse to reflect.  That much said, few among them have any clue as to what their ultimate destination might be.

Bay Area Regulators Want To Ban Gas Furnaces and Water Heaters.  If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may soon have to give up your natural gas heaters.  On March 15, regulators will decide if they will ban new propane water heaters and furnaces, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.  Residents would have to replace their broken gas units with electric appliances, starting in 2027 for most water heaters and in 2029 for furnaces.  The sweeping proposal from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board is similar to a recent move by the Biden administration to crack down on gas stoves because of their alleged link to childhood asthma.  The news drew immediate public outrage, which the media described as the latest twist in the "culture wars."

Meet the Green Energy Group Behind the Study That's Driving Calls To Ban Gas Stoves.  The green energy group behind a study cited in Consumer Product Safety commissioner Richard Trumka Jr.'s call to ban gas stoves has partnered with the Chinese government to implement an "economy-wide transformation" away from oil and gas.  Colorado-based nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute, which published the December study that attributes 13 percent of U.S. childhood asthma cases to gas-stove use, is hardly staffed by an objective group of scientists. [...] The Rocky Mountain Institute is far from the first green energy group to advocate for the banning of gas stoves, which nearly 40 percent of U.S. homes use.  But the nonprofit's newfound influence reflects the Biden administration's alignment with the left's loudest climate activists.  President Joe Biden has already proposed a natural gas phaseout in federal buildings, which would ban fossil-fuel equipment in new buildings by 2030.

CNN host accidentally EXPOSES real motives for gas stove ban live on-air.  Every once in a while, left-wing propagandists will accidentally blurt out the truth.  That's exactly what happened on CNN the other day when one of the network's hosts was discussing the Biden administration's proposed war on gas stoves.  While the official party line from the federal government claimed that gas stoves needed to be phased out to prevent childhood asthma, CNN let slip that there is a bigger motive behind the move.  [Video clip]

The Gas Stove Scare Is A Fraud Created By Climate Change Authoritarians.  In the past I have often tried to take a big picture approach to the issues facing the American public and how there is almost always a deeper connection between a variety of political and economic events.  And, what has become increasingly clear to me is that in order to understand government actions and geopolitics, you must always ask yourself "Who benefits?" [...] Right now I'd like to take a look at a relatively small issue and how the little dominoes lead up to a bigger con game and a bigger disaster.  Let's talk about gas stoves.  Frankly, I don't care about what my stove uses to cook with as long as it works.  That said, around 38% of US households use natural gas for cooking and heating.  That's a significant percentage of people that rely on gas based energy for their daily needs.  Here's the problem, though — Natural gas is not politically correct these days.  Nearly all carbon emitting energy sources have been marked by climate activists and western governments as a threat that needs to be erased between 2030 [and] 2050.

Why Deception Is Essential to the Left.  News item: Stanford University withdraws its "Harmful Language" list after it received widespread publicity — and universal ridicule.  But other universities are quietly imposing similar "language guidance" albeit without high-profile master lists that would expose them to the withering laughter and contempt they deserve.  News item: The Biden Administration rushes to reassure Americans that there is "no plan" to ban natural gas stoves.  This is a lie, of course.  Lots of progressive cities — and even New York state — are moving to impose bans on all natural gas appliances.  There is no doubt that the climatistas are determined to take away your gas stoves.  What do these two stories have in common?  In both cases the left was too open and explicit about what they wanted, drawing unwanted and premature attention.

Is [the] U.S. Headed Toward Socialism?  Majority Says 'Yes': I&I/TIPP Poll.  In recent years, government in the U.S. has never been bigger, in terms of both spending and its power over individuals and the economy.  Some have begun to openly wonder: Is the U.S. evolving into a socialist-style economy?  And is that what Americans want?  The latest I&I/TIPP Poll has answers.  Over the last three years, due to the COVID pandemic, government spending at all levels averaged just over 44% of GDP, the highest since World War II, when much of the economy was essentially socialized in order to boost war spending.  Today, a majority of Americans agree that the sudden, rapid growth from COVID-related spending and burgeoning top-down control over the domestic economy to address climate change have put U.S. on a path toward socialism.

Who was behind that greenie push to ban gas stoves?  The call to ban gas stoves in the U.S., based on environmental concerns, certainly drew backlash from an angry public tired of seeing their household appliances, critical possessions and standard of living being targeted.  After all, they've already gotten our incandescent light bulbs and flush toilets in many quarters.  They've meddled with the design of our cars and guns.  They're trying to get our meat, telling us to eat bugs instead.  Many consumers, and professional chefs, who say gas is best for cooking, simply put their collective foot down.  Where did this lunacy come from?  About where you'd expect — from our enemies.

Questionable Governor Katie Hobbs Rolls Out New Budget Proposal Eliminating Border Security, Repealing School Choice Law.  Katie Hobbs' first budget proposal, released on Friday, January 13, calls for the defunding and total elimination of Arizona's 'Border Strike Force,' $40 million for illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition rates, and the repeal of a new school voucher law giving school choice to all families.  As The Gateway Pundit reported, in 2022, The Arizona Legislature passed a new law expanding the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, giving every family in the state the freedom to choose their child's school no matter which school they attend.  Katie Hobbs did everything possible to prevent this law from taking effect late last year.  As she removes tax breaks for American families, Hobbs calls for $40 million to be used on financial aid programs for illegal immigrants.

Sheila Jackson Lee wants to criminalize "white supremacy" writings that are felt to have inspired a crime.  Here's the bill that Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced.  Its title is "Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023" — and so I would guess it might be unconstitutional because of its race specificity: [...] I believe what this bill proposes is that, if someone publishes anything online that is read or viewed by someone who later commits any crime motivated by "white supremacy," that first person can be convicted of conspiracy with that second one even if they have never met or communicated in any way, and even if that person writing the online material is not advocating crimes of any sort.  If a judge or jury decides the publicized words fall under any broad and ill-defined heading of "white supremacy," both people could be convicted.  I've mentioned several times before that, even back when I was in law school eons ago, I didn't like conspiracy laws because they seemed dangerous to me and easy to misuse.  Nothing since then has disabused me of that idea.  This bill won't pass.  But if the House was controlled by Democrats instead of Republicans, would it pass?

Democrat Introduces Legislation to Make White People Criticizing Minorities a Federal Crime.  Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, long in the running for being the vapidest member of Congress (oops, did I just commit a crime?), has introduced legislation that could make political criticism by white people against minorities a federal crime.  In what can only be called a convoluted mess, the bill proposes that a white person who "vilifies" any non-white person and has their words end up on social media, accessible by "persons who are predisposed to engaging in any action in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime," would themselves be committing a federal crime.  [Tweet]  The provision is so broad that you could drive a Mack truck through it.  What is a "white supremacy-inspired hate crime" under this statute?  How is "replacement theory" defined?

We're All Chicagoans Now.  Much has been made about California leading the country: the Golden State is said to be America's future, and to some extent, that is happening.  But in other respects, as a nation, we're becoming more like Chicago, and Chicago is our future unless we struggle against progressive policies.  Chicago is perhaps the most solidly Democrat city in America.  It has not elected a Republican mayor since 1927.  And what it has created in the past 95 years is a society that suffers from inequality, corruption, and violence on a scale beyond anything seen elsewhere in America.  Chicago ought to be a case study in what not to do, but liberals like Obama and Biden seem to think it is a blueprint for success — and it is, if only for the political elite who rule over a helpless underclass.  That blueprint involves transforming citizens into clients of the State, a process that progressives have begun calling "democracy."  Progressives intend to establish a socialist totalitarian society with a permanent underclass ruled by a small elite — the so-called vanguard of the proletariat that Lenin said must rule indefinitely until workers were prepared to govern themselves, a day that never has arrived in any communist state.

The Green War on Natural Gas Heats Up.  Historically, those on the left never saw an energy source they liked.  Americans who have been around for a few decades remember the protests at nuclear power plants.  Then there is the war on coal which has been largely successful and continues unabated.  But something can and should be said for having a diversity of power available.  If one supply goes down, there has always been another.  But it appears the ability to pick and choose is now under fire.  On Jan. 14, Liberty Nation's Sarah Cowgill reported on Governor Kathy Hochul's natural gas ban in New York, which will take place over the next ten years.  This will mean approximately 60% of New Yorkers will have to transition their homes to electric everything from water heaters to stoves and ovens — the whole enchilada.  Dictating energy sources is a dicey business because it takes away a consumer's freedom of choice.  This has become so troubling that 20 states have already passed laws that make it illegal to block natural gas hookups.

Gas-stove ban is off, claims Biden, but many are skeptical.  Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, and millions of natural gas-cooking Americans can breathe a little easier: Both President Biden and the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission say they have no plans to ban natural gas stoves.  White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said yesterday that Biden "does not support banning gas stoves."  Jean-Pierre pointed to a clarifying statement by the head of the CPSC to buttress her point.  "I want to set the record straight.  Contrary to recent media reports, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the [CPSC] has no proceeding to do so," Alex Hoehn-Saric, chair of CPSC, tweeted yesterday. [...] Conservatives had a field day exploiting the apparent floating of a potential ban on popular natural gas stoves, showing photos of First Lady Jill Biden, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other top Democrats cooking with gas.  Others noted that the main study launching the discussion was authored by writers tied to two climate-change advocacy groups.

A Revolution in the Minds of the People.  I have a guttural revulsion to one-world-government types who seek to rule the world by turning domestic populations against themselves.  "Divide and conquer" is the only strategy they know, and oppression disguised as altruism is the only outcome they bring.  They speak obsessively about racism not because they seek racial peace, but rather because the exploitation of such petty, ancient hatreds distracts people from the real problems those with power continue to create.  They preach about "climate change" not because they fear that our planet is coming to an end, but because scaring humanity into handing governments complete control over the use of energy hands governments complete control over humanity as well.  They hyperventilate over COVID variants today not because they seek to save lives, but because they seek to monitor and manipulate every movement of every life from here on out.

Like Paul Revere, a Massachusetts Republican Sends Warning.  How do progressives govern?  During the COVID debacle, we got a good look at progressive blue state governors and then a progressive president in action.  They govern like absolute monarchs, decreeing mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and destructive lockdowns.  They abusively utilize 'emergency powers' that have no end date.  They impose unconstitutional executive orders that bypass legislative approval. [...] They've worked to silence conservative voices, suppressing all opposition.  Even the White House is in on it.  What's on the agenda?  Progressive Democrats plan to federalize elections, violating the Constitutional requirement that state legislatures control elections.  They want to pack the Supreme Court to bend it to their will.  They plan to add D.C. and Puerto Rico as new states, thus giving themselves more Democrat senators and representatives, as well as additional electoral votes.  Ultimately, they plan to abolish the Electoral College altogether in favor of a national popular vote.  They want immediate amnesty for all illegal aliens.  Progressive presidents have also installed corrupt federal judges to block any attempt by conservatives to 'right the ship.'  What destructive, evil, self-serving people these are!  They are heedless of the damage they are causing to the country.

Get Ready for 'Climate Change Death' Tracking.  Anyone following the regime's playbook already understands that when you disagree with it, you'll be accused of killing someone.  Don't take the vaccine, don't lock down, or don't wear a mask — you're killing grandma.  Question voting and balloting procedures, and your words will provoke a deadly insurrection.  Suggest that a man can't get pregnant, and you're guilty of stochastic terrorism.  The regime characterizes conservatives as killers for their opinions, yet its partisans celebrate abortion up to parturition.  It wants to let murderers out of jail, and is now moving to destigmatize the "dignified" culling of the elderly and infirm.  Climate change is the platform from which the regime seeks to achieve power by creating a rationale for laws and regulations that dictate where and how people can move, live, purchase, and work.  So it makes sense that climate change would re-emerge as a priority just as the world moves on from a pandemic, where the body count of those dying "from" or "with" Covid was used to justify repressive policies such as lockdowns, shutdowns, election process changes, and the prevention of the practice of your religious faith.

Talk about Gaslighting!.  The Biden Administration has beat a hasty retreat from the trial balloon of banning natural gas stoves and other appliances, but this is likely only because they got caught before the bureaucratic rule-making machinery of the administrative state could make it fait accompli and provide cover for Democratic politicians.  You know in your bones the authoritarian climatistas are determined to ban all natural gas use that they can.  As Jim Geraghty pointed out at National Review, "When a member of a federal commission says 'any option is on the table' and 'products that can't be made safe can be banned,' you cannot say that 'fears of a ban are unfounded.'"  I'm so old I can remember back in the 1980s when the air quality regulators in Los Angeles wanted to ban backyard charcoal barbecues and fast-food drive-through windows even though they had barely negligible air pollution impacts even with the most generous computer "models" of pollution attribution.

Biden Is Coming for Your Gas Stove.  Compelling Americans to give up fossil fuels, gas stoves, and other gas-fired appliances is not a vice for the Biden administration.  Now more than ever, the administration's climate change police are coming after cooks and Americans who heat their homes with natural gas.  Consistent with this prospect, the Wall Street Journal editorial board concludes that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is poised to ban gas stoves soon.  A puritanical war on fossil fuels drives this possibility.  It follows a destructive pattern designed to impoverish and control American citizens.  President Biden has consistently claimed that climate change is the greatest threat to American security.  He argues that Americans must embrace an ambitious climate action plan to prevent the cruelest impacts of climate change as part of the global transition to clean energy technology.  Spurred by the Biden administration's climate change fantasy, the federal government is working tirelessly to make fossil fuels scarcer and more unavailable.  This wearisome campaign represents a surrender to far-left environmentalists, who are committed to making natural gas, petroleum, and all forms of fossil fuel more expensive for working people.

About that gas stove ban... Never mind.  Yesterday we discussed the ridiculous idea of a federal ban on gas stoves floated by Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka.  This crazy idea was quickly panned far and wide, particularly by chefs and others in the restaurant industry.  The outrage over this latest woke nonsense was great enough that it caught the attention of government officials who realized that they had clearly picked up a live political grenade and were looking for somewhere to throw it.  By the end of the evening, CPSC Chairman Alexander D. Hoehn-Saric issued a "clarifying" statement, saying that he was "not looking to ban gas stoves" and his commission "has no proceeding to do so."  Perhaps government idiocy isn't quite as bulletproof as many of us had previously assumed.

Jerry Nadler Argues Taking Babies to Hospital who Survive Abortions to Save Them — "Endangers" the Baby.  Rep. Jerry Nadler argued on the House floor that taking babies to the hospital who survive the abortion procedure "endangers" the baby.  Democrats prefer the abortion doctor let the baby bleed out on the table. [...] Barack Obama voted four times while he served in the Illinois Senate in support of infanticide.  This was before he joined the US Senate in 2005.  Obama opposed life-sustaining treatments for babies born alive after failed abortions.  It's one of his unbelievable and extremist positions that the liberal media overlooked while he was in office.

210 Democrats vote against bill requiring medical care for babies born alive after abortion attempt.  Nearly every House Democrat on Wednesday voted against legislation that would require immediate medical attention for babies who are born alive after an attempt was made to abort them.  The House passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which says any infant born alive after an attempted abortion is a "legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States."  Doctors would be required to care for those infants as a "reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive."  The bill passed 220-210, and all 210 of the "no" votes came from Democrats.  Only one Democrat voted for the bill — Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas — and one other Democrat, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, voted "present."  Following that level of care, doctors would be required admit those infants to a hospital for further care.  Any violation of this standard would result in fines and imprisonment for up to five years, or both.

Gov. Hochul quietly sneaks in proposal to ban sale of gas stoves, fuels outrage across New York.  Gov. Kathy Hochul quietly snuck a proposal to outlaw new gas stoves into the "New York Housing Compact" she unveiled during her State of the State speech Tuesday — urging people to ditch their kitchens' gas grills and go electric.  The ban would affect old-timers and millennials who are obsessed with cast-iron pans, which are tricky to use on electric stoves.  "This is plain stupid," said a 70-year-old resident of Sea Gate, Brooklyn, who gave his name as Victor K.  "We lost electricity before, during Hurricane Sandy.  The only thing we had to heat up our food was gas.  What if that happens again?"  Hochul's plan would ban gas stoves, hot water heaters and oil furnaces in both new home and commercial construction by the end of the decade.

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Isn't the demand for electricity already as great as the supply, with the addition of electric cars, Bitcoin mining, and marijuana farms?  Now millions of homes and restaurants will need electric power like never before.  The only way around this lunacy is if every restaurant installs a natural gas-powered generator!  That's assuming natural gas isn't outlawed entirely — to save the Earth.

Welcome to New Yorkifornia.  [Scroll down] Haven't there been enough rolling disasters for years already in California for them to take a time out?  Europe's crisis means nothing?  The fact that the Carolinas had their first winter blackouts EVER this year, because why?  North Carolina's state-mandated clean energy plan, and the huge population shift combined with the electrification of home heating.  That not one soul planned in advance to add capacity to the grid for.  They are making the exact same mistake here.  Nowhere in the mumbo jumbo about justice and diversity is a peep about expanded capacity to handle the tremendous additional demands all this new beneficial electrification is going to gobble up.  Especially when solar panels are covered in 4 feet of snow and the wind isn't blowing.  Here goes New York, plunging merrily into the heat pump abyss — in a state where it gets cold, and they get snow measured in feetAll winter long.

Biden administration gas stove ban idea leaves NYC restaurants feeling burned.  During a Friday night dinner rush, executive chef Peter Petti will have stainless steel pots of pasta water boiling while searing salmon and steaks, all 12 burners ignited on the gas stoves at Sojourn, a New American restaurant on the Upper East Side.  Nearly everything on his menu — from a 30-day, dry-aged NY strip to a chocolate flambeed dessert — is cooked on the range.  "Some dishes require two or three pans on the burners," said Petti, 45, who's been cooking with gas since the beginning of his culinary career in the early 2000s, when he started as a line cook at Eleven Madison Park.  The Feds, however, can't stand the heat.  On Monday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was considering a nationwide ban on gas stoves, which are currently used in 37% of US households and 76% of US restaurants, according to Consumer Reports and the National Restaurant Association.  The safety commission cited recent reports that gas stoves emit unsafe levels of pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide and have been linked to cancers, respiratory illnesses and cardiovascular problems.  But the city's chefs and restaurateurs are fuming at the possibility of a ban and the devastating effect it could have on the health of their businesses.

Really? They want to ban gas stoves now?  The Consumer Product Safety Commission is opening a period of public comments on the "dangers of gas stoves."  We'll get to the supposed dangers in a moment, but if a regulatory agency like the USCPSC is already to the point of taking public comments, one of two things is almost certainly on the way.  They will either impose emission limits on the stoves, no doubt driving up the cost and/or reducing efficiency, or they will ban the stoves altogether.  Either way, somebody is about to make a boatload of money, and it won't be the consumers.

In Mexico, Joe Biden Promotes Plan to Make it 'Easier' for Migrants Trying to Enter the United States.  President Joe Biden promoted his plan Tuesday to make it easier for migrants to come to the United States after meeting with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.  "This has been the greatest migration in human history around the world as well as in this hemisphere," Biden said, speaking about the ongoing migration crisis after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a summit in Mexico City.  But the president did not appear troubled by the volume of border crossings and migrants flooding into local communities in the United States, placing a burden on U.S. citizens and legal residents.

Feds propose 'student loan safety net' alongside forgiveness.  The White House is moving forward with a proposal that would lower student debt payments for millions of Americans now and in the future, offering a new route to repay federal loans under far more generous terms.  President Joe Biden announced the repayment plan in August, but it was overshadowed by his sweeping plan to slash or eliminate student debt for 40 million Americans.  Despite the low profile of the payment plan, however, some education experts see it as a more powerful tool to make college affordable, especially for those with lower incomes.  Education Department officials on Tuesday called the new plan a "student loan safety net" that will prevent borrowers from getting overloaded with debt.

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The way to keep "from getting overloaded with debt" is to stop borrowing money!

Washington lawmaker with past convictions introduces bill to pay state prisoners minimum wage.  A Washington state lawmaker who is a former convict is aiming to start paying inmates for working prison jobs.  Democratic Rep. Tarra Simmons said in a statement, "This is an evolution of slavery," and is proposing that the convicted felons be paid minimum wage for working in the kitchen or while producing other goods.  Simmons is an attorney and co-founder/director of the Civil Survival Project, an organization that advocates for former convicts.

Biden Admin Spent Over $300 Million In Taxpayer Money to Fund Illegal Migrants' Dental and Health Care.  By now it's not shocking to learn that President Joe Biden favors illegal migrants more than Americans after two of doing nothing as the southern border wreaked havoc on the U.S.  In an annual report released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Biden Administration spent hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure illegal immigrants were well taken care of.  The ICE Health Service Corps' budget was about $324 million, which was an $8 million increase from the year prior.  According to the report, the money was spent on providing "direct care — including medical and dental health services — to over 118,000 non-citizens housed at 19 IHSC-operated facilities throughout the United States, which exceeded 1.1 million visits over the course of the fiscal year."

Biden Makes More of a Mess, Compares Illegal Aliens to Holocaust Victims.  We reported earlier about how Joe Biden had finally gotten around to making plans to go to the border.  Biden also made remarks about the border, with Kamala Harris trying to hold it together while standing behind him.  The remarks were just a confused mess.  Biden didn't seem to have any idea what he was talking about.  He didn't know what "CBP" stands for, that it is Title 8 that applies to immigration, or that Title 42 has helped to prevent the situation at the border from getting much worse.  His "plan" seems to be an app that would help people who apply for asylum.

The Coup We Never Knew.  Did someone or something seize control of the United States? [...] Since when did money not have to be paid back?  Who insisted that the more dollars the federal government printed, the more prosperity would follow?  When did America embrace zero interest?  Why do we believe $30 trillion in debt is no big deal?

The War On Truckers, Refrigerators, And Your Well-Being.  In the same way our "superiors" think that their food comes from the grocery store rather than a farm or ranch, they must believe that those items magically appear on the shelves.  Otherwise, why would the ruling class, made up of and zealously backed by elites, go to war against trucks?  Just before Christmas, the Biden Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that it calls a "key step toward accelerating zero-emissions future," and part of "the historic Clean Truck Plan, which is moving America's highly polluting heavy-duty trucking fleet towards low-carbon and electric technologies."  Enforcement of course will mean fewer trucks on the road.  For many drivers, the cost of working under the new regime will be too high.  "Truckers and manufacturers warn that the rule is too stringent and costly, and that compliance could send higher prices through the economy that is already suffering from high energy costs and high inflation," says the Institute for Energy Research.

We Must Convince People That The Fascist Far Left Wants To Destroy The US.  Events are part of an overall plan that has a specific purpose that proves it's not just incompetence.  Leftists desperately had to suppress the Biden laptop scandal because it showed that they were under foreign influence.  We know now that if the people had been aware of this, history would have been changed.  That influence explains why we are diminishing our energy capabilities while giving the red Chinese a free pass.  The purpose is to weaken us compared to them.  That influence explains why we are diminishing our military capabilities by shoveling cash and weapons into Ukraine.  That influence explains why we are committing national suicide with an open border that not only weakens us to the point of a Cloward-Piven implosion but also provides all manner of military infiltration opportunities.  That open border also is giving leftists a great opportunity to take a page from the history of the Opium wars and destabilize the US with a flood of Fentanyl.

The Tyranny in America.  The Left lives to see absolute destruction of freedom.  Communists exult when liberty is tattered.  Progressives rejoice in limiting freedom.  It is the epitome of dictatorship whether it is a jab for a poison or a useless mask or the destruction of the sanctity of one's property.  This is the picture of tyranny.  The media who have sold their souls to Satan neither care nor want to learn the truth of the dire situations that beset the United States.  The fact-checkers are usually the handmaidens of the very sources of evil. [...] Identity politics, incitement to violence, tolerance for anti-white bigotry, heralding corrupt school systems and defending the most egregious acts by communists are all palatable to Joe Biden and company.

Illinois Supreme Court puts end of cash bail on hold until further notice.  The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered courts statewide to continue operating on the cash bail system until further notice, according to an order issued by the court Saturday afternoon [12/31/2022].  A provision of the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform bill scheduled to go into effect on January 1 would have eliminated cash bail across the state.  But a Kankakee County judge found that portion of the law unconstitutional last week.  The Supreme Court's action stems from a filing by DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin and Kane County State's Attorney Jamie Mosser on Friday afternoon that sought guidance from the Supreme Court to clear up confusion about whether the Kankakee County judge's decision affected all 102 counties or only the 60-plus counties that were involved in the lawsuit that challenged the SAFE-T Act.

Brace yourself for mountains of pain and misery under Gov. Hochul's zero-emissions fantasy plan.  With the start of the new year, New Yorkers are set to have their worlds turned upside down — and all for a fanciful green-dream plan that comes with sky-high costs and mountains of other pain yet is almost certain to fail, and won't even do much good if successful.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers triggered the nightmare back in 2019 with their delusional Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, setting wholly unrealistic "mandatory" milestones to force the state off fossil-fuel energy and dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions.  Gov. Kathy Hochul eagerly picked up the ball, and in December, a panel stacked with rubber-stampers pushed through a plan they preposterously claim will enable the state to meet those goals.  Hochul's agencies will now spit out specific rules and regulations based on the plan.  It's pure delusion.

America's 'most dangerous law' goes into effect.  Illinois law enforcement is preparing new ways to best serve and protect law-abiding citizens as the state's new sweeping criminal justice reform bill takes effect Sunday, a local sheriff said. [...] Illinois' Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act, which went into effect Jan. 1, overhauled Illinois' justice system with provisions like limiting when defendants can be deemed flight risks and allowing defendants under electronic monitoring to leave home for 48 hours before they can be charged with escape.  It was also supposed to eliminate cash bail, but the state's Supreme Court stayed that portion hours before the law was set to take effect.

Law Will Install Kill Switches In All New Cars.  According to an article written by former U.S. Representative Bob Barr, hidden away in the recently passed infrastructure bill, the very one I warned before would negatively impact drivers across the country if it were to pass, is a measure to install vehicle kill switches into every new car, truck, and SUV sold in this country.  The regulation likely won't be enforced for five years, so maybe there's time to do something about this.  As we've seen both in this country and others recently, what constitutes "law-abiding" can change drastically overnight.  For example, in September a car was pulled over in New Zealand and the occupants arrested when police discovered the trunk was full of Kentucky Fried Chicken meals.  They were smuggling the fast food to customers in locked-down Auckland, against quarantine measures.  Yet not too long before, delivering restaurant orders to people was considered a reputable, legal activity.  It gets even better:  Barr points out that the bill, which has been signed into law by President Biden, states that the kill switch, which is referred to as a safety device, must "passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired." In other words, Big Brother will constantly be monitoring how you drive.  If you do something the system has been programmed to recognize as driver impairment, your car could just shut off, which could be incredibly dangerous.  There is the possibility the kill switch program might measure your driving as impaired, then when you try to start the car up again the engine won't fire up.  That would potentially leave you stranded.

Biden's Unopposed Imposition of Stalinism.  The majority of Americans are against open borders.  Once again, what we want doesn't seem to matter.  A steady wave of illegal immigration is what Biden wants and no one seems the least bit interested in putting an end to it.  Millions of unvetted migrants are streaming across the border and being shipped to secret destinations in direct violation of U.S. immigration law.  This is nothing short of treasonous.  The import of deadly drugs, violent criminals, terrorists, and COVID spreaders constitutes the worst public safety issue since World War II.  At a time when runaway inflation is driving millions of Americans into the poorhouse, we are being forced to provide public assistance to millions of freeloading non-citizens.  Local communities are being torn apart by the influx of refugees. [...] None of this is happening by accident.  "It is becoming harder not to conclude that the border crisis is intentional," said Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. "Nobody is this incompetent."  Of course it is intentional.  Biden knows exactly what he is doing.  He gets his stooges, DHS Secretary Mayorkas and Press Secretary Jean-Pierre, to deny that the border is open, but we know they are lying through their teeth.

What are Senate Conservatives Going to Do about McConnell?  The script is sickeningly familiar by now, isn't it?  Establishment Republicans — led throughout the '22 elections and in their aftermath by the notorious Kentucky senator-for-life Mitch McConnell — betrayed their party's base, which is staunchly conservative, increasingly in an America First sorta way. [...] RINOs are affirming Democrats coming out as authoritarians who mean to centralize ever-greater power in Washington, D.C.  The purposes are undercutting the people's liberties, radically altering the nation.  In fact, cementing alliances with elites in corporate suites, the leftist academy, and other major institutions to monopolize power.  RINOs, in turn, are "transitioning" to full statist.  Need we detail two years of Biden administration policies and Pelosi and Schumer-led efforts to have Uncle Sam control all elections, attack our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, promote the unrestricted killing of babies in the womb, destroy conventional energy exploration and production, erase the southern border, spend like crazy drunks, and... oh, what else?  If you need convincing at this juncture about Democrats' and their allies' intentions, you've got some hard work ahead of you.

Could It Be That Our Rulers are 'Blithering Idiots?'.  I think that the present annual event of an annual one-size-fits-all omnibus spending package is not a sign of evil intent on the Pelosi and Schumer front, but a sign that we are governed by blithering idiots.  Because, you see, if the Pelosis and Schumers were really in control of things, they wouldn't need to fund the government by gussying up an annual government-shutdown emergency, and finalizing all their dirty deals with special interests high and low in the dark of 4,000 pages.  Every year.  Their spending plans would be gloriously broadcast in the light of day.  If our liberal friends were really confidently in charge, they wouldn't need to be oppressing us with their cancel culture.  You don't need cancel culture when you already own the future.  Cancel culture, like Reigns of Terror and Great Purges, is a backhand admission of failure.  If our Democratic friends really felt that they owned the future they wouldn't need to bother about chasing Trump around and stigmatizing his followers as "armed insurrectionists," and going to enormous effort to prosecute January 6 rioters.  They would just know that they would win at the next election.

Department of Energy ramps up the war against their tax slaves (us).  On December 19, 2022, the Biden White House released a statement briefing the public on a newly proposed rule by the Department of Energy which would require lightbulb manufacturers to comply with new "climate change" efficiency standards.  In fact, the move was just the latest transgressions against the American citizenry:  ["]This is the 110th action to strengthen energy efficiency standards that the Administration has taken in 2022.  These 110 actions span a range of household products — everything from air conditioners and furnaces, to clothes washers and dryers, to kitchen appliances and water heaters — as well as commercial and industrial equipment.["]  The move brings two major issues to the forefront of my mind:  The first being the complete disregard for the constitutional rule of law, and separation of powers.  The second, the contemptuous display of elitism and immodest display of climate communism.

The Gigantic Defense Bill Does More Harm than Good.  On Friday, President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2023 into law.  Conservative lawmakers like Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) — for whom the bill was formally named — and liberal lawmakers like Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) overwhelmingly supported it in the House and the Senate.  The bill has much to like. [...] But as is normal when considering monstrous bills that come out of D.C., the good in the law may be outweighed by the bad, including but not limited to the following:
  •   Over 8,000 servicemembers who objected to the vaccine's moral compromises and risks were summarily dismissed from the military.  A Republican compromise means they will not be reinstated.
  •   The budget itself is unnecessarily enormous.  The proper role of good government includes support for a strong military because without a functioning national defense, there's no security for markets, businesses, and economic movement.  However, our country's military spending leaks like a sieve.
  •   There's no accountability for those who use and abuse taxpayer dollars.
  •   Abortion funding was left in.

18 Absurdities of the McConnell-Schumer Omnibus Spending Bill.  [Scroll down]  [T]he spending bill includes provisions that are cause for concern for pro-life Americans.  In perhaps the clearest example of the frame of mind of the authors, the $575 million in a global health section allocated for "family planning/reproductive health, including in areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species."  This section quite literally puts plants before people.  This provision sees humanity as a parasite, as a threat to the plants and animals that the bill's drafters clearly see as vastly more important than the Americans and their families who Congress is supposed to protect.

Duplicitous media suggests a 'Republican Biden' for a GOP win.  [Scroll down]  Why would journalists support leftist politicians and their policies when statistics show the majority of people unhappy and distressed?  A recent poll conducted by USA Today revealed that "two-thirds of respondents... say the country has gotten off on the wrong track."  Well, because the journalists and the rest of the Democrats apparently live their lives in a fantasyland:  They pretend they care about Blacks by supporting "reparations" — but with other people's money.  They pretend they care about Blacks but "expand abortion care."  They pretend they care about education but prevent the poor and minorities from having the freedom of school choice.  They pretend they want women to control their own bodies yet will fire them if they don't take a vaccine still currently in clinical trials.  They pretend they support women and privacy, but they make them compete and shower with biological men.  They pretend they can control the climate, so long as the poor and middle classes hand over more money.  They pretend that they never tried to block election results.

America's Growing Political Impotence.  [Scroll down]  Paradoxically, this highly visible impotence occurs at a time when America is displaying its bedazzling technical skill.  Thanks to the James Webb telescope, we can peer into the beginning of time even as the same TV show might feature videos of feral teenagers pillaging Nordstrom's jewelry department while "security" haplessly watches.  Even more ironic, as government fails in its most fundamental responsibilities, it embarks on the most Utopian missions such as altering the climate and imposing racial and sexual equality.  A visiting Martian might suspect that these odd priorities reflect mental illness, an inability to separate the Quixotic from the practical here and now.  Why not first stop the mentally ill from pooping on the street before building a moon base to explore the cosmos?  Who established these bizarre priorities?

Not Your Grandfather's Election Day.  Republicans are still recovering from the midterms hangover after suffering a stiff dose of how probabilistic mathematics, statistics, blood-red election maps, armchair predictions, and century-long historical trends are collectively no match for the underhanded ground game of one's opponent.  Giddy Democrats have again put one over on the American people, somehow dodging retribution for a miserable economy and two years of demonizing half the electorate.  Even with majorities in both houses, the Dems faced stiff political and public resistance in their failure to pass H.R. 1, For the Peoples Act, a misnamed Democrat effort to federalize state elections.  Undeterred, state Democrat parties have teamed up with Democrat national campaigns to achieve a permanent, quasi-legal destruction of the election process and institutionalized fraud through the pursuit of early mail-in voting and extended ballot deadlines in states that prohibit or curtail these practices.  This campaign is virtue-signaled through baseless and easily refuted claims of voter suppression, racism, and vintage pandemic concerns.

Biden administration boating proposal would be 'greatest regulatory overreach' of its kind, critics warn.  "This would be the greatest regulatory overreach in American maritime law" — that's how Frank Hugelmeyer describes a proposal by the Biden administration to limit the speed of all motorboats over 35 feet from Florida to Massachusetts.  "Not only are they creating a serious safety issue, they are creating a massive negative economic impact."  Hugelmeyer is president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and he is just one of a growing number of voices expressing outrage over the proposal put forward by the U.S. Commerce Department under the auspices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  "It's stupid," said Jeff Angers, the president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy.  "It's not what government is supposed to do."

The Democrats' Slow Motion Insurrection.  The Jan. 6 Capitol ruckus is not one of our country's greatest moments.  But if the objective of a few of the protesters was to overthrow the federal government, they planned and executed poorly.  The same can't be said of the Democrats.  Their mostly bloodless coup to suspend constitutional limits and seize unchallenged power has been thoroughly calculated and expertly executed.  For decades Democrats at all levels have been moving the U.S. from the civil society it was designed to be to the political (that is, coercive) society they want to be in control of.  They have waged outright war on the first, second and 10th amendments to the Constitution; robbed us of our economic liberty through punitive taxation and strangling regulation; created environmental policies that have made innocent men criminals for making use of their own property and taken that property whenever possible; and destroyed independence by fostering more dependence on the state.  They spend other people's money as if it were, well, other people's money and there is therefore no governor on their actions.  "The Democrat Party has a long history of ignoring the Constitution when it impedes their government-expansionist objectives.  Which is nigh constantly — as the Constitution is a government-limiting document," says Seton Motley, president of Less Government, who cites some of the more egregious examples in a Heartland Institute essay.

In a last act of inverted morality, Oregon's outgoing governor commutes death sentences for criminals, but not babies.  Oregon is (currently) one of the handful of states in the country that allows abortion through all the months of pregnancy, and for any reason.  Democrats hold majorities in both legislative chambers, and the governor's seat, and with their lax approach towards the sacredness of humanity, one which results in "unrestricted" abortion, they're rightfully pinpointed and labeled as belonging to the "party of death" — but it turns out that's not entirely true.  More accurately, the Democrats should be noted as the "party of innocent death."

Dem Gov. Kate Brown Commutes all 17 of Oregon's Death Sentences.  Kate Brown, Oregon's Democratic governor, has commuted the sentences of the state's 17 death row inmates during her last month in office, changing the prisoner's sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  This order, which takes effect on Wednesday, has angered the victims' families as well as government officials.  A prisoner has not been executed in Oregon since 1997.  In a statement, Brown explained the reasoning behind her new order.  She said, "I have long believed that justice is not advanced by taking a life, and the state should not be in the business of executing people — even if a terrible crime placed them in prison."

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[#1] Did you get that?  One of the leaders of the Abortion Party says, "justice is not advanced by taking a life."  [#2] Keep this in mind if you ever have to spend a week or two on jury duty in a capital murder trial:  Years from now, all your thought and deliberation could be thrown out the window by a left-wing governor.

Oregon Governor Commutes the Sentence of Every Death-Row Inmate in State.  Oregon governor Kate Brown said Tuesday that the state's 17 death-row inmates will be spared execution and will instead have their sentences downgraded to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  "I have long believed that justice is not advanced by taking a life, and the state should not be in the business of executing people — even if a terrible crime placed them in prison," the outgoing Democratic governor said in a statement.  She added: "This commutation is not based on any rehabilitative efforts by the individuals on death row.  Instead, it reflects the recognition that the death penalty is immoral.  It is an irreversible punishment that does not allow for correction."

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I'm not inclined to listen to one of the leaders of the Abortion Party as she pontificates about what's immoral.

Joe Biden Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill: 'Nothing More Decent, More Dignified, More American'.  President Joe Biden signed a bill making same-sex marriage legal nationwide on Tuesday, describing it as a victory for freedom in America.  "There is nothing more decent, more dignified, more American about what we are doing here today," Biden said during his speech at the White House before the signing.

The United States of Fascist America.  Fascism is a political ideology which, unfortunately, is mischaracterized by both media and academia.  For example, Wikipedia describes fascism as, "A far right, authoritarian, ultra-nationalist political ideology and movement characterized by a dictatorial leader, central autocracy, militarism, forcible suppression of opposition, belief in a natural social hierarchy, subordination of individual interests for the perceived good of the nation and race, and strong regimentation of society and the economy."  The definition is mostly correct, except for the first words, claiming fascism is a "far right" ideology.  Hitler was considered a fascist but his party, contrary to the political science experts (disguised as journalists), was far left.  The Nazi Party is the Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party.  Note the name "socialist," an ideology of the left, not the right.  Another famous fascist, Benito Mussolini further clarified, "Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power."  That's where America is now, corporate and government power merging into a totalitarian behemoth, crushing any and all dissent.

Biden's EPA Prepares To Crack Down On Home Appliances.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new rules on Friday that would restrict the use of refrigerators, air conditioning equipment and heat pumps that utilize hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  The EPA's proposed rule would crack down on the manufacturing and importing of goods containing HFCs, which would restrict the use of HFCs in refrigeration units, air conditioning systems and heat pump equipment starting in 2025, according to an agency press release.  In accordance with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a global climate treaty that the Senate ratified in September, the agency intends to reduce the production and consumption of HFCs by 85% by 2036.

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Washington DC is leading the pack with fare-free bus rides next summer.  Washington DC will permanently offer free bus rides on all routes from next summer and other big cities like Boston and Denver may follow suit in what would be America's biggest public transport shakeup in years.  Under a plan agreed unanimously by Washington DC's council last week, the city will expand its transport services and waive the $2 fares for riders boarding Metrobuses within city limits [beginning] around July 1.  During the Covid-19 pandemic, cities from Los Angeles to Missouri and New York stopped collecting bus fares to cut human contact and ensure residents could reach jobs and services at hospitals, grocery stores and offices.

DHS Partnered Social Media Surveillance Systems Delivering Mutual Benefits.  Pelosi and Reid intentionally did not advance a budget in 2008 (for fiscal year 2009) because their plan included installing Barack Obama (and all that came with him) with an open checkbook made even more lucrative by a worsening financial crisis and a process called baseline budgeting.  Baseline budgeting means the prior fiscal year budget is accepted as the starting point for the next year budget.  All previous expenditures are baked into the cake within baseline budgeting.  Massive bailouts preceded Obama's installation due to U.S. economic collapse, and massive bailouts continued after his installation.  This is the 'never let a crisis go to waste' aspect.  TARP (Troubled Asset Recovery Program), auto bailouts (GM), and the massive stimulus spending bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, ie. those shovel ready jobs) were all part of the non-budget spending.  The federal reserve assisted with Quantitative Easing (QE1 and QE2) as congress passed various Porkulous spending bills further spending and replacing the formal budget process.  Note: There has never been a budget passed in the normal/traditional process since September of 2007.

The terrible consequences of stolen elections and government corruption.  The minute Biden took office he tanked the recovering economy he inherited.  This had to be purposeful; no economic adviser is that stupid.  He destroyed the energy independence Trump had made possible which has given us the gas prices we now endure.  He doubled down on all the COVID restrictions, all of them specious, harmful and unnecessary; these mandates and the vaccines killed more people that COVID itself.

Congress Quietly Slips Ukraine Debt Relief into 4,400 Page National Defense Authorization Act.  When it comes to congress and the graft that is Ukraine, nothing should come as a surprise.  Last month, the Biden administration asked Congress for another $37.7 billion in support for Ukraine.  If that passes, and it certainly will, Congress will have approved more than $100 billion in Ukraine-related spending.  To wit, yesterday congress slipped Ukraine Debt Payment Relief, into the 4,400 page National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which will make the Senate happy as the intent of the upper chamber is to continue the laundry operation.

Democrats Want to Abolish Prisons.  Following the midterm elections, Democrats gained two new members who have already been outspoken in their progressive beliefs.  Rep.-elect Summer Lee (D-PA) has openly advocated for socialist policies.  "Instead of 'thanking' Black women, Black voters, and especially, Black organizers... give us the investments we need and deserve, redistribute wealth, ends police violence, abolish the carceral state, commit to building Black directed political power... and reparations," Lee said.  Last year, Lee introduced a bill that would end cash bail in Pennsylvania.  She has insisted that the majority of those who are arrested don't pose a threat to society, therefore shouldn't have to go to jail just because they can't afford their bail.  In 2016, Lee classified Pennsylvania's system of bail as "a flaw in our system of justice" and "a threat to equal justice under the law."

Federal Court Blocks Biden Mandate Forcing Religious Hospitals to Facilitate Gender Transitions.  A federal court on Friday blocked a Biden administration mandate that would force religious hospitals and doctors to facilitate gender transitions against their sincerely held moral convictions.  The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision to block enforcement of the rule on the grounds that "intrusion upon the Catholic Plaintiffs' exercise of religion is sufficient to show irreparable harm," the filing reads.  Catholic nuns, clinics, a university, and hospitals were among the plaintiffs in the case, represented by the Becket Fund.  The plaintiffs all provide medical care for transgender patients but refuse to provide gender-transition surgeries because they believe them to be harmful.

Schumer defies voters, urges Dems to squeak by massive spending bill before House GOP takes control.  Proving once again that he could care less about the will of the American people, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) admitted that he wants Democrats in Congress to use the lame-duck period between now and January, when Republicans regain control of the House, to pass an omnibus spending bill that will fund government spending for the entirety of next year, preventing Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from "having any control" over the amount of taxpayer money that will be thrown at liberal causes, such as climate change and the war in Ukraine.

Biden's 401(k) Heist.  President Joe Biden's going after 401(k) retirement accounts, risking millions of workers' comfortable retirements.  If you put money into a 401(k), beware.  Until now, the law always required fund managers entrusted with your savings to invest the money where it's expected to get the top return for you.  Period.  But on Nov. 22, Biden's Labor Department announced a rule change that goes into effect the end of January.  It will allow fund managers to invest your money in the stocks of companies that favor left-wing policies, even if they earn a lower return.  It's legalized theft.  The future return on your retirement nest egg is being sacrificed to advance a woke agenda.

2020: The Year the Ruling Class Took ControlManipulation is the key word when it comes to the Democrats.  Calls to pack the Supreme Court and the Senate, eliminate the filibuster, and change the way the Electoral College works all point to the fact the Democrats and the Left never rest in their nonstop efforts to manipulate the political and judicial systems to their advantage.  In a way, they really are geniuses in identifying ways to manipulate the system.  They're not always successful, but they're always trying, and for now they've succeeded in changing the way elections work in many states by making mail-in voting, ballot drop boxes, and ballot harvesting legal.  Democrats can get away with these ongoing shenanigans, especially the coverup of the coverup of the Hunter Biden laptop story, is because nearly every major institution in the country is controlled by progressives in positions of authority at those institutions, most in the corporate mainstream media.

What Democrats Are Trying to Pass Before Their House Majority Ends.  Jamming through controversial legislation through Congress during a lame-duck session is a troubling practice to begin with.  It's becoming increasingly common to bring up more hotly contested legislation that didn't have a chance of passing when vulnerable legislators had to face an election — and the voters.  Democrats are so concerned with "democracy" that they are scrambling to head off the results of last month's elections, it seems.  As is often the case, the Left cares little about the proper functioning of government when its priorities are at stake.  The Washington Post editorial board called on Democrats in Congress to make this lame-duck session a "mighty one."  Imagine how The Post would describe the situation if it were Republicans seeking to push a conservative agenda through.  In addition to "the Respect for Marriage Act," here are four more of the most controversial pieces of legislation being considered by the current lame-duck Congress: [...]

Wyoming Sues Biden Administration, Alleges Suspensions of Oil Lease Sales [are] Illegal.  The State of Wyoming filed a second lawsuit against the Biden Administration, alleging that its suspension of oil lease sales were illegal.  Gov. Mark Gordon (R-Wyom.) announced that his state filed the lawsuit against the Interior Department for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) decision to halt oil and gas lease sales in the state.  "This litigation is timely and vital to the interests of Wyoming citizens," said Gordon in a statement.  "Beyond that, Wyoming's energy resources can help power the nation and bring down costs at the pump.  BLM's decision to cancel lease sales sure seems to be a violation of both the letter and the spirit of the law.  "I firmly believe the pause in lease sales was politically driven and not based in law or fact," the governor continued.

The Democrats' Contempt for the American People.  [Scroll down] The American people deserve a government, not a clown show.  When asked by Zeke Miller "What do you intend to do differently," following the midterms, Biden replied "Nothing."  Biden appears to have forgotten that the democratic process is supposed to be about the well-being of the American people, not that of the Democrat Party.  The facts that his party, via its ballot-harvesting schemes, its bankrolling of "extremist" Republican candidates that it knew would not win in the general election, its dishonest representation of the consequences of overturning Roe vs. Wade, and Biden's cynical buying votes with his unconstitutional student loan forgiveness scheme has managed to avoid a large "red wave" does nothing to solve problems for the American people. [...] Biden and the Democrats clearly do not care about the suffering of the American people or the immigrants, but only for their own money and power.  They obviously see the American people as sheep to be played with one hoax after another rather than answering their questions.  The fact that the Democrats managed to stave off the "red wave" has literally nothing to do with Joe Biden's enormously unpopular policies.

If You Really Wanted to Destroy the U.S., Then...  First, you would surrender our prior energy independence.  Reduce new gas and oil leases on federal lands to the lowest levels of any president in history.  Cut back production at precisely the time the world is emerging from a two-year lockdown with pent-up consumer demand.  Make war on coal and nuclear power.  Drain the strategic petroleum reserve to make the pain for consumers more bearable for midterm election advantage.  Cancel the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil and gas field.  Block pipelines like the Keystone oil pipeline and the Constitution natural gas line.  Overregulate and demonize frackers and horizontal drillers.  Ensure there is less investment in their exploration and production.  Making use of internal combustible engines or fossil fuel power generation is prohibitively expensive.  Achieve a green oil dependency along the lines of contemporary Europe.

Biden Defends Multi-Trillion Dollar Scam: 'We Did So Much, Nobody Knows the Effects Yet'.  Oh, Joe, bless your clueless heart; you don't even see the irony. [...] Biden, on Tuesday [11/29/2022], defended his ill-fated "American Rescue Plan" for the zillionth time by arguing that the (at least) $1.9 trillion spending spree helped enable local governments to keep paying their employees (which does zero to help productivity).  He also boasted of his additional trillions in spending for government-subsidized health care, manufacturing, infrastructure, and so-called "green energy."  Biden's claim was not only nonsensical; it was a direct contradiction of Economics 101:  Injecting trillions of dollars into a struggling economy to chase a relatively limited supply of goods and services generally leads to an increase in inflation — not a decrease, as Team Biden disingenuously continues to claim.

The Guilty Justify Their Cruel and Anti-Social Values.  We see the incessant communist rantings of Bernie Sanders for decades.  Once a marginalized member of the Democratic caucus in the Senate although he self-designated as a Democratic Socialist [euphemism for communist], Sanders has steadily gained in popularity over the decades until he reached a high point of signing a 110-page pact with the Biden wing of the party in July of 2020.  Of the eight sections in that pact, six sections appeared with slightly different wording shortly thereafter in the 90-page Democratic Party Platform.  He says that he is "non-authoritarian" but that is bull.  He honeymooned in Moscow in 1988, and his visible enjoyment revealed that he felt he was at home-sweet-home.  More importantly, the socialists in the USA starting in 1912 included ownership of the means of production in their platform and this same principle is expressed in the Communist Manifesto of 1848.  The progressives who were both Republicans and Democrats at the beginning of the 20th century preferred expanded regulation of certain industries (for example, the pharmaceutical industry through the FDA and the railroads through the ICC) rather than ownership.

Senate Passes vote to make same-sex marriage federal law - with 11 Republicans cooperating.  The United States Senate voted to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law on Tuesday [11/29/2022].  The Respect For Marriage Act passed on a 61-36 vote.  Eleven Republicans voted with Democrats on the measure.  It now heads back to the House of Representatives, where it's likely to pass the Democrat-controlled chamber swiftly enough to head to President Joe Biden's desk before the current Congressional term is over.

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Four nefariously managed events meant to harm us.  [#3] Wokery, the Marxist campaign to disorder society in order to overthrow existing institutions and replace them with a utopian dictatorship of the intersectionally oppressed — also known as The Revenge of the Losers. [...] It laughs at the idea of redemption.  Its adversaries are never forgiven, only dealt additional punishments for asking.  The mystery here is how Wokery was incorporated into the operating system of the Democratic Party.  The answer is the party needed something to replace its erstwhile corpus of organized industrial workers, gone with the winds of Globalism, and so it valorized the various categories of the mentally ill, the permanently downtrodden, and sundry persons who had become economic hostages to its corrupt system of payments and grants.  High above that ragtag-and-bobtail of crazies reigned an aristocracy of the so-called cognitive elite, people of unquestioned virtue, college professors, the creative class, the credentialed echelon — super-busy signaling their good intentions to their vassals to keep them in line.

The coup-attempt party.  A political light bulb went on regarding Adam Schiff's remark on CNN's "State of the Union" as reported by Breitbart's Pam Key.  In the interview, Schiff again mentioned the Russia hoax he has promoted for five years, if not longer.  (Note that Dana Bash did not call Schiff on this huge lie.).  With Schiff continuing to assert this gross falsehood, the Democrat Party has, for years, switched from being a loyal opposition party to priding itself as a party of the permanently-attempted coup.  How dumb of me not to have taken seriously the Democrat cries of "Resistance," as of the Trump inauguration, January 20, 2017 — but I then understood such cries to be figurative and fanciful references of a politically romantic nature.  But where were the Republican political experts like House Speaker Paul Ryan back in early 2017 when the "Resistance" was gearing up?  Alas, the anti-Trump Ryan was silently supporting the Resistance.  How could the Democrats have succeeded with the Mueller probe if Ryan had spoken out forcefully against what was apparently a coup attempt to oust the legitimately-elected president?

Seattle Councilmembers are trying to defund the police again.  Despite a rise in crime, some on the City Council are trying to defund the Seattle Police Department again.  Too bad it's getting scant or disingenuous coverage.  The council is currently debating Mayor Bruce Harrell's budget.  Anti-police councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, who once defended a man threatening to murder police, is looking to cut funds from the SPD permanently.  She just doesn't want you to realize it's part of the defund movement.  Harrell's budget temporarily cuts $11 million dollars from the budget.  The money would have been used to fill 200 open staff positions, but it was cut to fund only 120.  The SPD is dangerously understaffed, so why would they cut the budget?

Has the Democrat party converted to Islam?  On October 21, U.S. reps.  Ilhan Omar and Jan Schakowsky issued a press release introducing a bill titled the "Combating International Islamophobia Act."  According the release, the purpose of the bill is "to address the rise in incidents of Islamophobia worldwide."  Specifically, it would require "the State Department to create a Special Envoy for monitoring and combating Islamophobia, [which would] include state-sponsored Islamophobic violence and impunity [sic] in the Department's annual human rights reports."  The bill was supported by the White House, which, notwithstanding its focus on Islam alone, described it as a measure committed to "defending freedom of religion and belief."  On Dec, 14, 2021, the bill, H.R. 5665, passed in the House, 219 to 212.  No Democrat voted against it; no Republican voted for it. [...] Under this clause, no reports of any violence and killing committed not against Muslims, but by Muslims against other religious groups, nor the suppression of non-Muslims in Muslim-ruled nations, would be authorized.  Only acts against Muslims. [...] Need it be said that H.R. 5665 violates the First Amendment at two different levels?  First of all, in addressing not the alleged hostile actions themselves, but rather the media that are supposedly instigating those actions, the bill runs afoul of such media's freedom of speech.  Secondly, in focusing on issues relating specifically to Islam and to no other religion, the bill is "respecting an establishment of religion," which, under the Amendment, is prohibited.  One has to wonder if the 219 House members are aware that we have a Constitution, or whether it has a First Amendment?

Biden's Not So Subtle Lurch Toward Dictatorship.  In the wake of the midterm elections, President Joe Biden was asked during a rare press conference — in reference to Twitter's new owner — whether he thought Elon Musk was a threat to national security.  With a pause and a smirk, the president said that topic was "worthy of being looked at."&n bsp;With those words, Biden made it clear that if you even seem to oppose his politics, your private life will be under the direct scrutiny of the state.  Despite his constant prattle about saving our democracy, Biden seems to think he's running an authoritarian police state.  In truth, the federal government already maintains entities that review acquisitions such as Musk's for anything from foreign influence to anti-competitive business practices.  After many months in which Musk's negotiations to purchase Twitter happened in full public view, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said last week that she sees no basis for the government to investigate that purchase.

Senate candidate Raphael Warnock, 2009: I'm "SICK AND TIRED" of hearing people criticize socialism.  Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock holds a slight lead over his GOP challenger, Herschel Walker, in a runoff election poll released Tuesday morning.  In a video from 2009, preaching from the pulpit, Warnock states he was 'sick and tired' of hearing people criticize socialism.  [Video clip]

Are You Freer than You Were Two Years Ago?  Make no mistake:  it is despotism that we face in Biden's proposal to double the size of the IRS; in the political weaponization of the FBI, CIA, and DOJ; in the amassing of information by technology giants; in the corporate surrender to woke ideologies; in the takeover of schools by progressive activists; in the proliferation of "hate speech" laws; in the self-censorship that so many Americans practice to appease political correctness; and in the influence of media on our thinking.  We live in an age of fear and conformity, and those who are weak have become enslaved and have willingly relinquished their freedom to the powerful forces of government, media, "expert" opinion, and corporate venality.  The practical effects of this despotism can be seen everywhere.  Rising taxes are used to transfer more and more of an individual's earnings to government, where it is used with little accountability to enrich those who support ever greater government spending and who make campaign donations to ensure this happens.

Biden tells 401k investors to prioritize green investments over profit.  The Biden administration will allow employers to invest pension money in green industries that could provide lower returns for Americans.  The move, which was announced on Tuesday, reverses a rule imposed by Trump in 2020 that forced employers to prioritize profit when making 401(k) investments.  The new rule introduced by US Department of Labor will allow retirement plan investors to focus on ESG investing — which considers the environmental and social impacts of investments.

Biden Extends Student Loan Pause Again After Declaring 'Pandemic Is Over'.  President Joe Biden reportedly plans to extend the pause on federal student loan payments through the summer of 2023 as his student debt cancellation plan faces legal challenges.  The Department of Education will soon announce the extension of the freeze, according to a report from CNN.  The first payments will be due two months after June 30, unless the Supreme Court greenlights the administration's debt forgiveness program beforehand.  A similar report from Bloomberg quoted multiple unnamed sources.

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Energy Policy Roadmap 2023.  Since the start of his presidency, Biden has indulged in apocalyptic concerns about climate change at the expense of American energy production, workers, and consumers.  Early in his presidency, aping the constant refrain from climate Chicken Littles, Biden signed an executive order, which stated, "There is little time left to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory."  Therefore, Biden grandly declared, "it is the policy of my Administration that climate considerations shall be an essential element of United States foreign policy and national security."  Moreover:  ["]We must combat the climate crisis with bold, progressive action that combines the full capacity of the Federal Government with efforts from every corner of our Nation, every level of government, and every sector of our economy.["]  Federal agencies acted quickly to implement Biden's reckless order, and their policies continue to wreak havoc on American energy, consumers, and the economy.  For example, the Interior Department, led by radical former Rep. Deb Haaland (NM), banned new federal onshore and offshore oil and gas leases.  This is significant, because oil and gas production from federal lands and waters comprises about 24 percent and 11 percent of total U.S. oil and gas production, respectively.  To put those figures in context, "if U.S. federal land/waters was treated as its own country, the 2.67 million barrels of oil it produced daily in 2019 would have made it the 11th largest daily oil producer in the world that year."  Several states sued Interior to overturn the ban, and a federal district court recently ruled (again) that it is illegal.

As Shortages Persist Under Biden, It's Time To Ask: Is This On Purpose?  Did the United States suddenly become a socialist basket case?  It's hard not to come to that conclusion after reading about the endless shortages plaguing the nation.  Each of which President Joe Biden either seems clueless to resolve or determined to make worse.  Let's start with the biggest one: the shortage of diesel fuel.  While Biden was busy draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to tamp down gas prices before the midterm elections, the real worry was that supplies of diesel fuel have been running short.  Two years after the short-lived COVID lockdowns ended, diesel inventories continued to trend downward to their lowest levels since 2008.  The cost for a gallon of diesel fuel is 46% higher than it was a year ago, according to AAA, and now costs more than $5 a gallon.

The White House can end the energy crisis by next year if it wants to.  Power the Future is an American energy advocacy and research organization that promotes solutions to energy-related crises currently facing the United States.  In a report simply titled Energy Policy Roadmap, the group sets forth ten basic steps that President Joe Biden and/or Congress could begin taking immediately before we run out of diesel, experience more rolling blackouts, and all the rest of the very real threats America is facing because of the current destructive energy policies that are now in place. [...] Here is the bullet list, and every item on here could be put into motion tomorrow if Joe Biden has the will to take action or if the new Congress is willing to stand up to him and put corrective measures in place.
  •   Repealing Joe Biden's Natural Gas Tax
  •   Ending Biden's Oil and Gas Leasing Moratorium/Return Power to States
  •   Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline
  •   Blocking Biden's ESG Regulations
  •   Repealing the California Waiver
  •   Ending Activist-led "Sue and Settle" and "Citizen Lawsuits"
  •   Banning Use of the "Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases"
  •   Issuing Automatic Approvals for LNG Export Terminals
  •   Overturning Massachusetts v. EPA
  •   Stopping Biden's War on Coal

Free America: We're already dealing with a fascist regime.  Where does the Democrat Party want to be in five years, or ten or twenty?  We saw that very clearly on September 1, 2022, when Joe Biden made his infamous speech with the red and black background.  Biden gave a speech that was without parallel in American history.  It was an extraordinary departure from 200 years of American political tradition, and it was extremely important.  It reveals what the Left is trying ultimately to do. [...] In his red and black speech on September 1, 2022, the 83rd anniversary of the beginning of World War II, Biden said that Trump and his supporters represented a grave threat to the Republic itself.  That was what was so unprecedented in American life, and why his speech was more like Hitler's Reichstag speech than any speech of an American president.  Biden was saying that essentially half of the electorate was a threat to the Republic and outside the bounds of acceptable political discourse.  Do you think that they are going to peacefully allow those whom they have thus branded to recapture the White House or the House or the Senate?  This is an effort to rule Trump supporters, that is, America First patriots, out of the bounds of acceptable discourse, and to criminalize their perspective.

The Run on Guns and Legal Battle Begin After Oregon's Gun Grab Passes.  The joke these days is that if you put the Bill of Rights to a vote, it would lose.  The latest example of this decline in intelligence is Oregon, where voters narrowly passed an anti-gun measure so ghastly that the Second Amendment has been "rendered superfluous."  Now, there's a run on gun stores, and civil liberties advocates have begun the fight to once again "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" and reclaim the rights the Declaration of Independence stated were "self-evident" and "endowed by our Creator."  Don't kid yourself:  It'll be a tough sell in Oregon, where wokeness doesn't recognize "self-evidence," and "our Creator" has been replaced by godless communist dogma.  It's a place where young adults believe free rent, cheap weed, and college loan forgiveness are civil rights.

The scary part is that the students fell for it.  Some time ago, President Biden announced an executive order aimed at helping students with college debt, promising $10,000 in debt relief from federal student loans for most and $20,000 in debt relief from the poorest recipients who qualified for Pell grants.  It was "Pandering 101" and really aimed at getting college students to vote Democrat ahead of the midterms.  What else was it?  Well, it worked and the young voted for Uncle Joe and his loan-forgiving ideas.  They probably saved the U.S. Senate for the Democrats and cut losses in the House.

America was built on coal.  Now Biden wants to abolish it.  The one promise that President Joe Biden has faithfully kept is his pledge to "close down" fossil fuels.  We get two-thirds of our energy in America from fossil fuels, and almost one-third of our power comes from coal.  That's quadruple the amount of energy we get from wind and solar, which are niche forms of energy.  But Biden doesn't see it that way.  He recently reiterated his pledge to end coal production altogether.  "No one is building new coal plants because they can't rely on it," Biden said on Nov. 4 while in California. "We're going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar."  I hope the people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming are listening because thousands of mostly union jobs are associated with the coal plants he wants to shutter.  Biden says we need to "shut down" these plants and the jobs that come with them because we need to combat climate change.  One problem:  Most of the rest of the world is using more coal even as we use less.  Even the sanctimonious Europeans are turning to coal because their natural gas supplies from Russia are no longer reliable.

U.S. Reverses Course, Now Says It Will Pay Climate Extortion Money to Poorer Nations.  It had been an article of faith since the 1990s when the idea of "climate reparations" was first proposed that the United States would never participate in such an extortion scheme.  Then Joe Biden got elected.  At the COP27 climate conference in Egypt, wealthy nations agreed for the first time to a framework that would pay poorer countries for "damages" that are caused by climate change.  Droughts, storms, heat waves, excessive cold — all can now be itemized as part of the cost poor countries pay because rich countries are responsible for the changing climate.  Of course, storms and droughts have been occurring for millions of years in these regions, but that doesn't matter.

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[#1] If there are any actual damages, do they not affect all countries?  [#2] If there is any actual change in the world-wide climate, is none of it caused by smaller, undeveloped beggar countries?  [#3] Was Joe Biden really elected, or was he installed as the result of a fraudulent election?

US will pay up to $1BN to compensate developing countries for global warming - but China Won't have to pay.  The United States will take part in the creation of and contribute to a fund that will pay developing nations to tackle climate change.  The fund, negotiated at the United Nations' COP27 Summit, was originally known as a 'loss and damage' fund and had been blocked by previous American administrations.  With a final climate accord already more than a day overdue, representatives of nearly 200 nations were anxious for an agreement they could bill as a step forward in the fight against climate change.

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[#1] Any "fight against climate change" is futile and unnecessary.  Yet the news media seems to think it's a fact of life.  Personally, I adapt to the weather when it changes and don't try to fight it.  Nobody can stop the climate from changing, and the climate changes so little, from one year to the next that it is imperceptible and nearly impossible to measure.  [#2] This is obviously just a shakedown and wealth redistribution scheme.  [#3] Why are "developing nations" uniquely able to keep the climate from changing?  [#4] Here's an idea:  Let's pay the "developing nations" after they prove their ability to stop climate change.

A Little Learning on Methane and Climate Change.  Before leaving for a week of virtue-signaling at the COP27 climate conference with other world elites, President Joe Biden would have done well to reread Hans Christian Anderson's story "The Emperor's New Clothes." [...] In Biden's case, the new clothes are the nonsense that there is a climate emergency.  But who would want to be considered "unfit for his office" or "unusually stupid" by questioning whether there really is an emergency?  So, resplendent in his new regalia, President Biden has proposed regulations on methane emissions by the U.S. oil and gas industry, at a direct cost of more than $1 billion annually, to deal with a nonexistent problem.

Maybe denial is the driving factor in the 2022 election outcome.  Democrat voters are not a monolithic bloc.  Yes, some are hard-core ideologues who swooned over Bernie Sanders.  Some are recipients of public assistance and dependent on Democrat party largesse.  Some are students and recent graduates majoring in insurrection.  But they're not all community organizers, and they don't all hate America.  Most are normal, center-left people who habitually vote Democrat. [...] But consider for a moment what the habitual Democrat would have had to acknowledge to vote Republican on November 8th:
  [#1]   That the President of the United States is a doddering mediocrity.
  [#2]   That the person (or persons) responsible for the policies and decisions emanating from the White House is a matter of conjecture.
  [#3]   That the administration's policies are blatantly extremist and being implemented with ruinous effect.
  [#4]   That proper stewardship of the nation's fiscal and energy resources is utterly lacking — to the point of precipitating a foreseeable crisis.
  [#5]   That large numbers of inner-city youth, trapped in broken homes or broken schools, are not being taught respect, self-control, or the difference between right and wrong.
  [#6]   That the freedoms, values, and checks and balances on which this country was founded are being left grossly unprotected.
  [#7]   That despite mounting challenges we are not presently capable of deterring our adversaries or defeating them on the battlefield.
Perhaps it's all too much to contemplate.  The habitual Democrat voter prefers to remain incongruously oblivious.

Biden Attempts to Revive Student Loan Forgiveness Plan By Asking Supreme Court to Restore It.  The Biden Administration is desperately trying to restore its failing $400 billion student loan forgiveness plan after it keeps getting blocked by federal judges.  According to a legal filing, the Biden Administration plans to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate the president's canceled student loan debt program.  In the court documents, President Joe Biden is warning the Supreme Court that if it doesn't reverse the cancellation of the plan, millions of Americans will face a financial burden when the payments are scheduled to start again in January.

Joe Biden's Transgender Insanity Gets Crushed in Court.  One of the most deranged aspects of the Biden administration has been its pushing of radical transgender ideology in the medical field.  Well past just letting people do what they want, the president and his handlers have sought to force doctors to partake in activities that violate their principle to do no harm.  That includes being forced to prescribe puberty blockers and hormone blockers to those who have no medical need for them as well as having to refer patients for "gender-affirming" surgeries that permanently harm them.  Thankfully, in a blow to the transgender lobby, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has ruled that Biden's edict on those matters is not lawful.

Tenacity by itself will not make this idea constitutional.
Biden admin seeks to take student debt cancellation to Supreme Court.  The Biden administration will soon ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision blocking the implementation of the president's student loan debt cancellation plan.  The Department of Justice on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to end the injunction on the plan's implementation while indicating in the same filing that it would turn to the Supreme Court to list a separate appeals court ruling, the Associated Press reported.  Biden announced his plan in late August to forgive student debt up to $10,000 for those earning less than $125,000 annually and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients.  The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the plan will cost taxpayers approximately $400 billion.

The 2022 Mid-Terms Exposed the Existence of Two Americas and the Overwhelming Importance of the 2024 Election.  The United States is currently plagued with uncontrolled inflation spiraling into a severe recession, crime is rampant in the nation's cities, the borders are open and uncontrolled, the standard of living is rapidly deteriorating, society is sinking into a morass of premeditated cultural decline, and an increasingly bleak future awaits the vast majority of Americans.  Yet fifty percent of 2022 voters chose to continue this state of affairs by opting to elect or re-elect the politicians that have created or abetted this ongoing national devastation.  Far too many, particularly the younger generations who voted overwhelmingly Democrat, dwell in mindless loyalty to a collectivist tribe, its leaders and its attendant ideology.  In their addled thinking this fidelity outweighs the well-being of themselves or the nation and its citizenry.

Federal Court Blocks Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Nationwide.  The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a nationwide injunction pending appeal against President Joe Biden's student loan debt forgiveness program Monday, adding to previous legal action blocking the plan.  The program seeks to forgive $10,000 in federal student loan debt for individuals with incomes under $125,000 and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients, with the Biden administration claiming it had the authority to institute the program under the HEROES Act of 2003 and an emergency situation sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina had filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration in late September over the program, and the court issued a stay on the debt cancellation last month before granting an emergency motion for the injunction Monday [11/14/2022].

Federal Judge Strikes Down A Key Part Of President Biden's Transgender Agenda.  A federal judge has reversed a Biden Administration rule that directed the Department of Health and Human Services to increase access to sex change surgeries and hormone therapies, including to children, in a Friday ruling.  Biden's HHS said in May 2021 that it would interpret a section of the Affordable Care Act, which bars doctors from discriminating on the basis of sex, as covering sexual orientation and gender identity.  Two doctors represented by the America First Legal Foundation brought a class action lawsuit against the Biden administration after the HHS took the action, arguing that the rule would interfere with their ability to properly practice medicine.  The judge argued that the Biden administration's interpretation of Title IX to include "gender identity," was faulty and could not be changed until Congress passed a law to that effect, or the Supreme Court ruled otherwise.

UN considers trying to outlaw all fossil fuels on the planet.  The COP27 globalist gathering that recently took place in Egypt came with open calls for a global phase-out of, and eventual ban on, all fossil fuels.  Were this to actually happen, billions of people would die.  A tiny, failing island in the South Pacific called Tuvalu (ever heard of it?) made the proposition using the following quoted statement:  "We, therefore, unite with 100 Nobel Peace Prize laureates and 1000s of scientists worldwide to urge world leaders to join the fossil fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, to manage a just transition away from fossil fuels."  One wonders:  what does Tuvalu mean by the term "just transition?"  Is ending most human life on earth considered by the globalists to be the "just" thing to do?  Because that it what eliminating all fossil fuel usage would do.

Another Stolen Election.  [Scroll down] Polls show that Biden suffers an approval rate of only 36% and that a large majority of Americans do not want Biden to run for reelection in two years.  How is this preference consistent with the vote count of Tuesday's election?  Consider also that the party in power loses representation in midterm elections, but despite the substantial turn away from Democrats revealed by CNN, this normal result did not occur on Tuesday.  Consider also public dissatisfaction with: record crime, record inflation with high food and gasoline prices, rising interest rates and falling home values, massive illegal immigration, forced indoctrination of school children with transgender theory and critical race theory, Biden's Covid vaccination mandates that caused health injuries, deaths, and destroyed careers, Biden's Covid lockdowns that destroyed businesses, jobs, supply chains and raised prices, Biden's "Russian" sanctions that disrupted energy supply and raised the price of everything. [...] Now, ask yourself, what is worse, a stolen US election or an American electorate so insouciant and out to lunch that they would keep a political party in office that is leading us into war with Russia and China, that hates white people and persecutes them, that has politicized the FBI and Department of Justice turning them into Gestapo agencies serving Democrat power, that fervently believes that parents are bad for children and should have no say in their education (brainwashing), that is demonizing normality and normalizing perversity, that ... I could go on and on.  Here was a chance for voters to register their dissent, and according to the vote results they failed to do so.  If the vote count is honest, then the conclusion is that we must write off the American people as beings too stupid to survive as a free people.  This is why I much prefer to believe that the election was again stolen.  What can be done about stolen elections?  Nothing.  Especially when a previously stolen election has left Democrats in control of the executive branch.  The executive branch is the police branch.  It is not going to enforce election or any law against itself.

Federal judge: You'd better believe that Biden's Academia bailout is unconstitutional.  You better believe that Joe Biden and his team knew that already, too.  He managed to buy midterm votes without spending a dollar, and now he can play the victim for another couple of years to hang onto those voters, who will end up with nothing at all.  At least one judge decided that the Constitution might be a little more important than "standing" when it comes to Biden's unilateral appropriation of several hundred billion dollars.  In fact, the insult to the separation of powers and Congress' exclusive power of the purse is grave enough that Judge Mark Pittman decided to dispense with the plaintiff's request for an injunction and proceeded to decide the case immediately, vacating Biden's executive order.

John Kerry Spills the Beans at U.N.'s COP27 Meeting: They Want to Replace Capitalism with a New Economic System.  The World Economic Forum's climate change agenda was "modeled" off the effort to roll out vaccines during the Covid pandemic, John Kerry said during a COP27 panel discussion in Egypt on Tuesday.  That means we can all look forward to high-pressure, coercive government tactics, and not only from the government but from corporate elites.  Appearing alongside WEF President Børge Brende and various corporate executives, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that it is urgent for the private sector to pair with governments to realize the goal of preventing the global temperature from rising and to save lives in the allegedly looming global climate crisis, Breitbart reported.  Kerry said in a speech before the panel:  "We have an enormous challenge before us to bring to scale new technologies and to harness the deeply capable capacity of private sector entrepreneurs in order to bring them to the table because without it, no government has enough money... we need everybody behind this."  King Charles has made similar statements, that we need nations to pool their resources and raise a trillion dollars to combat climate change.
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Biden's student loan handout struck down by federal judge in Texas.  A federal judge in Texas struck down President Biden's student loan handout in a Thursday night ruling.  Biden's plan, which aims to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant recipients in college and up to $10,000 for others who borrowed using federal student loans.  "Whether the Program constitutes good public policy is not the role of this Court to determine.  Still, no one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States," United States District Judge Mark Pittman wrote.

Physicals, Virtuals, Machines and Overlords.  WEF chief [Klaus] Schwab has proclaimed that a key element of the COVID crisis-fueled "Great Reset" will be to advance and shape this "Fourth Industrial Revolution."  And in public statements, he has explained what this means: merging man with machines.  "What the fourth industrial revolution will lead to is a fusion of our physical, digital and biological identity," Schwab explained in a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  This is not a conspiracy "theory".  Schwab even wrote a book on the subject in 2016 entitled Shaping the Future of The Fourth Industrial Revolution.  In it, he explains how looming technological changes will allow governments to "intrude into the hitherto private space of our minds, reading our thoughts and influencing our behavior."  The title is a tell.  This vision is not inevitable, but rather will have to be shaped if it is to develop in the way that he and his WEF colleagues envision.

Biden's America is actually a democratic autocracy.  President Biden recently spoke about the need for democracy rather than autocracy, pointing out that the American midterm elections would save democracy only if the Democrats got the majority.  In other words, those who vote Republican are against democracy, as only the rule of one party with complete control over the government promotes democracy.  Biden thereby defined his attitude as autocratic, pointing out that "autocracy is the opposite of democracy.  It means the rule of one, one person, one interest, one ideology, one party."  It is clear that autocracy — not democracy — is what the Democrats are pushing for.  If you are not for the rule of one interest, namely the socialist, ultra-rich corporate class that now controls the very political theater Biden is a part of, you are the enemy of democracy.

Democrats Are Losing Voters They Took for Granted, Thanks to Misplaced Priorities.  Over the weekend, new data showed Democrats that minorities are migrating to Republican candidates in a historic shift, and the electorate sees them as focused on all the wrong things.  All Democrats had to do was not be crazy.  Biden inherited an economy in recovery and a nation looking to take a collective deep breath.  Instead, Democrats decided to destroy the economy and push transing the kids.  Voters noticed.

Manchin's rebuke shows how toxic Biden's energy views are.  It's not often that a senator launches a brutal, frontal assault on a president from his own party.  It's even rarer when he does it just before a national election.  But that is exactly what West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin just did to Joe Biden.  At issue was Biden's recent speech attacking coal, a bedrock of the West Virginia economy.  Manchin was furious over Biden's promise to shut down all of America's coal-fired power plants.  That view might be red meat for Biden's audience of green-power advocates and rich California donors, but it is poison in West Virginia.  And it is those West Virginians who elected Manchin, the only Democrat still standing in a state that is now deep red. [...] President Biden's comments are not only outrageous and divorced from reality, they ignore the severe economic pain the American people are feeling because of rising energy costs. [...] Shutting down coal-fired plants is hardly a new position for Biden.  He said as much while campaigning for president.  But why return to that theme just before an election when high energy prices are already a political burden?  Some combination of Biden's usual foot-in-mouth disease, his quest for rich donors, and an effort to spur turnout among base voters.

Biden Says the Quiet Part Out Loud About Climate Change And His Handlers Are Trying To Save The Situation.  In a move that surely had his tapioca dealers talking themselves back from the ledge, the President stated that they would be shutting down coal-fired power plants 'across America'.  West Virginia may be the first state that comes to mind when one thinks of coal country, but Pennsylvania is a close second and is home to one of the key senate races of this election.  Democrat senate hopeful, Fetterman, was likely stunned by Biden's recklessness ... and her husband probably was too.

Energy Inflation Was by Design.  This essay will demonstrate that the energy supply and price crisis was a deliberate outcome of a policy that Biden promised to implement, the same one that Obama had supported during his time in office.  It will review how and why we arrived here, why record energy prices were not happenstance, why domestic conventional energy supplies are inadequate in relation to levels of demand seen in recent years, and how the entire thrust of Obama's — and now Biden's — energy policy was designed to deliver these results.  It's not a bug but a core feature of his program.

Inflation By Design.  Gas is as ordinary as a pencil.  We fill up our tanks every day, or jump in a rideshare, hop on a plane, jet ski around a lake, without taking any notice of the miracle of this fuel.  Gas is the result of the labor of innumerable individual contributions, from geologists to tanker drivers; it begins miles underground and ends at the local filling station, yet it is cheaper than bottled water.  Pencils and gas are both marvels of free market capitalism, as are countless petrochemical products, from plastics and rubber to laundry detergent and cosmetics.  The only non-market force capable of disrupting this well-oiled machine is government.  That's exactly what Joe Biden did.

Who has really been running our country?  On the day that Joe Biden was sworn into office, he signed dozens of extensively radical executive orders.  Then the Biden administration began populating the federal government and the federal Judiciary — including the new Supreme Court vacancy — with hundreds (probably thousands) of the most extreme anti-American people imaginable.  The administration has re-crafted an enormous number of laws and regulations — often illegally — to push the hard-left, woke, LGBT agendas throughout business, government, education, and society in general.  U.S. foreign policy, including the hideous abandonment in Afghanistan and unhinged Ukrainian response, has clearly been coordinated to weaken America and strengthen our enemies.  Our military is being emasculated — and proselytized to consider patriotic Americans as the enemy.  The Biden administration ignores our immigration laws and welcomes millions of illegal aliens to swarm across our southern border, and then methodically ships them to cities across the country (and even gives them cell phones to use).  The administration's aggressive "green new deal" is paralyzing our transportation system and causing crippling inflation never seen in this country before.  Federal agencies, spearheaded by the Justice Department and FBI, have viciously become weaponized against conservatives, at the same time allowing "Antifa" and other left-wing hoodlum groups to terrorize citizens at will.  As many have observed, it's a controlled demolition of America.

'Moderate' Democrat Tim Ryan Backs Free Sex Changes for Illegal Migrants.  The Democrat party's candidate in the Ohio Senate race promised to provide taxpayer-funded sex-change surgeries and hormones to illegal migrants who say they are transgender.  Tim Ryan, who portrays himself as a moderate, made the wildly unpopular pledge in 2019 to one of the party's most radical constituency groups, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Ryan made the pledge while he was running for president in 2019.

Don't Cry For Me, America.  We've seen this movie before.  The Democrats' populist giveaway plans can't possibly work, because government bankrupts everything it touches.  History teaches us that ObamaCare and the myriad of government's unfunded entitlement programs will be utter, complete disasters.  Today's Democrats are guilty of more than stupidity; they are enslaving future generations to poverty and misery.  And they will be long gone when it all implodes.  They will be as cold and dead as Juan Perón when the piper must ultimately be paid.  Throughout history, Democrats' Marxist templates for wealth redistribution have proven fatal for civilized societies.

The Democrat War on Fossil Fuels.  On October 19, in the heat of an election campaign, President Biden told the American people, "We need to increase oil production."  He went on to say, "My administration has not stopped or slowed U.S. oil production."  It was a disingenuous statement from a man whose sense of reality, fact, and fiction have become an undecipherable narrative.  Biden failed to mention the executive order he issued which stipulates, "the Secretary of the Interior shall pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters."  This pause is ongoing.  Biden uses the same executive order as an instruction to the secretaries of State, Treasury, Energy, Defense, and Homeland Security, "to organize and deploy the full capacity of its agencies to combat the climate crisis."  Millions of Americans are employed by businesses supporting the fossil-fuel industry.  Others choose to invest in fossil-fuel businesses.  All Americans rely on fossil fuels to power their businesses, transportation systems, and utilities.  Democrats will destroy these people's jobs, capital, and imperil the U.S. economy.

Could [Democrat] Politics Be Even More Childish?  In contrast to the left's campaign of disinformation, we present some facts:
  •   Fascists don't cut taxes, deregulate, and shrink government.  Republicans, even "MAGA Republicans," run on those issues, and are devoted to the principles, even if too often the policy agenda fails (because of Democratic and media opposition).
  •   Fascists are socialists, and it's the Democrats who are wed to socialist policies.  They constantly agitate for higher taxes, more government control of the means of production, ever-deeper government intrusion into private affairs, and incontestable political power.  They don't want voters to know that fascism's father Benito Mussolini said that "socialism is in my blood," or that the Nazis were national socialists.
  •   Politicians and media figures hungry for raw power will call those who question an election that they won "deniers" while themselves denying that they did exactly that in previous elections.
  •   A party that wishes to destroy America would, as Walter Russel Mead wrote a month after Donald Trump took office, limit fracking as much as possible, block oil and gas pipelines, and try to tamp down tensions with Russia's ally Iran.  The GOP has done none of that.  The Democrats are guilty of all three.
  •   A party that would abolish democracy would crush dissenting voices and opinions, and constantly smear its opponents — which is what the Democrats have done.  (And yet again we have to reiterate that the U.S. is not a democracy.  That is an infantile construction used to deceive.  We are a republic.)

The Left Were the Mad Scientists, We Were Their Lab Rats.  We are now headed for a decisive midterm election.  Strangely the hard-left architects of the last two years neither offer a defense of their failing agendas, nor agree to change them.  No Democratic congressional candidates brag about the 3 million people who illegally crossed an open border.  None boast that they helped cancel key pipelines, reduced federal leasing of gas and oil, and shut down the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  None take credit for hammering investments in fossil fuels.  None preen over the no-bail and defund-the-police policies of left-wing, big-city prosecutors and mayors who have spiked crime.  None insist that an annual 8-9 percent inflation rate is a desirable spreading of the wealth.  And yet odder still, no Democratic candidate, state or national — and most certainly not Joe Biden — offers to alter these toxic policies.  If they won't defend what they have done, they apparently will not undo what they have wrought either.

Back to the Carter economy.  The latest edition of "Joe Biden: Bad Ideas" came yesterday when Biden stepped up his attacks on Big Oil and suggested that unless they lower prices he would push to implement a Windfall Profits Tax on the companies, essentially seizing their profits as a punishment for making money.  Such taxes are notoriously idiotic, and even the dimwits in the White House must know that.  It seems like Biden is trying to ruin the economy, and we have hit the point where we have to actually consider that to be a possibility.  Everything he has done to the economy has made things worse, and after a while you have to consider whether it is intentional.

A second attempt to block Biden's student-debt cancellation lands at the Supreme Court.  Opponents to President Joe Biden's student-debt relief took their legal battle to the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the latest attempt to get the nation's highest court to block the plan.  Indiana student-loan borrowers Frank Garrison and Noel Johnson are seeking to halt the program, claiming it's unlawful and requires them to pay more in taxes because the debt cancelation is considered taxable income under state law.  "The administration is attempting to erase half a trillion dollars in debt without any legal basis," Caleb Kruckenberg, an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative law firm representing the two applicants, said in a statement.  "The Court ought to put the brakes on this lawless action while it's considered by the courts."

Los Angeles and L.A. County buy into guaranteed income movement.  Following a national trend, Los Angeles and Los Angeles County have embraced the popular guaranteed income concept to combat poverty by offering low-income residents no-strings-attached money.  The city of Los Angeles offers a guaranteed income program to 3,200 participants chosen at random to receive $1,000 per month for 12 months.  Los Angeles County has responded with two guaranteed programs of its own.  The county's pilot guaranteed income program involves 1,000 participants who will receive $1,000 monthly payments for three years.  The budget is $16.3 million, and the county will use federal COVID-19 relief money to pay for the program, according to Los Angeles County.  The program began in August.

A Stunning Number of Americans Believe the Country Is 'Out of Control' Thanks to Democrats.  A look at the Democrat tote board reveals that this party's policies have resulted in more dead people.
  •   Democrats believe women should be able to kill their babies up to the moment of birth.
  •   The murder rate has spiked in Democrat-run cities where police are "de-funded."
  •   Democrats are willing to sacrifice your life at the altar of their global warming religion by depriving you of reliable, cost-effective energy.  Good luck heating your home this winter!
  •   They've required you to drive electric cars that don't work in the deep cold or when you're stuck in traffic trying to escape a hurricane.  Good luck with your evacuation plan!
  •   Democrats' policies have made food much more expensive, forcing some to choose whether to eat or spend on other necessities.
  •   Democrats have opened the borders, releasing vast amounts of fentanyl and meth into the country, killing more people than our wars.
The upshot is that Democrats are an existential threat to human life.  Maybe that's why nearly 80% of the people in a new CBS News/YouGov Battleground Tracker poll say that the country is "out of control."

No such thing as a 'Christian Democrat'.  This past week Matt Walsh posted the following comments on Twitter.  "The Democrats have settled on their closing argument:  'Vote for us so that we can castrate children, use your money to pay for abortions, and put pornography in the schools.  If you don't vote for us, then you are a Nazi and democracy will die.'  Fascinating political strategy."  In these few words, Mr. Walsh highlighted a sad and sobering fact:  The Democrat party is now so extreme that no serious follower of Christ can align with it.  There is no longer any such thing as a "Christian Democrat."

The 'Hands Off Our Kids!' Election.  Obama sold "hope and change."  Trump promised to "Make America Great Again."  With control of Congress and the presidency heading into the 2022 midterm elections, what future are Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats offering to lure voters toward their side?  It appears to be one in which boys are celebrated as girls, education is reduced to political indoctrination, and Green New Deal policies continue to exacerbate food and fuel costs.  What is the Democrats' argument for re-election?  Despite staggering inflation, crime, and illegal immigration, things could be much worse?  If you loved masks and lockdowns, get ready for more?  You'll forget about the pain at the pump once war with Russia officially begins?  Celebrate the future by mutilating and aborting the children of today?  Whatever future Democrats are selling voters, it is bereft of hope, is riddled with pain, steals from Americans' depleted savings, and leaves those growing up today with little but spare change.

The Democrat party is evolving as a tool of the deep state.  Who is in charge of the Democrat party?  Democrat voters?  Supporters of politicians who vow to abolish socioeconomic injustices, but who instead tacitly perpetuate them so they can continue to promise to abolish them, in exchange for continued support at the ballot box.  Voters do not control the Party -- they are manipulated by it.  The media?  No.  Devoid of original thought they are the propaganda arm of the Party, promoting the Party narrative to give vent to their own personal grievances.  They merely amplify the Party agenda.  Democrat politicians?  Traditionally probably so, but that appears to be changing.  The Party has evolved, installing an unprincipled, senile president and an incompetent vice president, now touting a senatorial candidate who is patently impaired by post-stroke aphasia, and propping up a senile senior senator from California.  And it has no bright shining stars as potential future leaders.  It appears to be staffing its policy-generating apparatus with puppets.  If they can read the cue cards, they can run for office.

Have Democrats Lost Interest in the Working Man?  Perhaps the most telling example of the Democratic Party's abandonment of what used to be called "the working class" was the transparent effort of this regime to have the federal government illegally absorb a trillion dollars in college student loans this fall.  These are largely people earning six figures per year, a high percentage of them with advanced degrees.  These aren't the hardworking longshoremen, railroad engineers, and factory assembly line workers who used to form the core of the Democratic Party.  A lot of these college loan defaulters wouldn't know a lathe, conveyor belt, or arc welder from the background in their video games.  But blue collar workers' taxes (and their children's and grandchildren's taxes) will be paying off the masters degrees and doctorates of these latte-drinking vegans for the next 100 years.  How easily the Biden-Harris regime threw their old base overboard to take care of their new base.  The greenies and academics, the counter-culturists and bureaucrats.  These are the Democratic Party's base today.

If Republicans win, it's the end of democracy.  We should hope so.  Democracy is mob rule.  Democracy is rule by majority.  We do not have a direct democracy.  We never had one.  America was never set up for that. [...] If you want a resuscitated America in November, you must vote for representatives who will:
  •   Open oil pipelines.
  •   Close the borders.
  •   Educate in our schools and remove drag queens and anti-white racist teachers.
  •   Secure elections by going back to paper ballots and one-day voting.
  •   Resuscitate the military as a fighting force, not a social experiment.
  •   Remove every vestige of CRT, SEL, DEI, ESG in government agencies.
  •   Clean out the FBI, CIA, FCC, NEA, IRS, and the EPA and strip them of all but the most innocuous powers.  Better still, eliminate these agencies.
  •   Stop spending and printing money.
  •   Stop paying people not to work.
  •   Bar men in women's sports.
  •   Revoke Section 230 and make websites like Twitter and Facebook legally responsible for their unrepentant censorship against conservatives.
This is a no-excuses election.  Everyone must vote.  We have the choice in a few days to either keep a free America or acquiesce to the Great Resetters who want a one-party system.  If you want more of what we've been getting the last two years, vote Democrat.  If you want your freedom back and want to stop self-censoring, vote Republican.

Bad Energy Policy Ideas Never Die.  Thus far in 2022, political actors and their acolytes are dusting off, again, every bad idea that has ever permeated political debate in the United States regarding energy.  Among them:
  •   Price caps, which do nothing to provoke demand response or salient investment.
  •   Export bans, which only shrink the global supply pie, worsening price pressures.
  •   Tapping strategic oil reserves, originally reserved for emergencies — a tactic too often deployed to manage or attempt to manage prices.
  •   Appealing to OPEC (and OPEC+) to open spigots while also investigating and/or invoking sanctions against, and/or attempting to legislate against, OPEC.
None of these are new, or even clever, or even useful, but they are being presented to voters here and abroad as such.

The 'SAFE-T Act' Is the Epitome of Political Hypocrisy.  Based on the title, you might expect that this law would have something to do with keeping people safe, right?  Think again.  What the SAFE-T Act really does is eliminate cash bail for people who commit heinous felonies such as second-degree murder, arson, drug-induced homicide, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated battery, burglary, intimidation, aggravated driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding, drug offenses, and threatening a public official.  And just in case you were wondering — no, that doesn't mean that people who commit those crimes will be sitting in jail until their trial.  Just the opposite, in fact.  Under the SAFE-T Act, starting on January 1, 2023, accused murderers, arsonists, kidnappers, and other violent criminals will not be in jail at all before their trial.  They will be free to roam the streets as before, despite the fact that they are potentially dangerous and undoubtedly desperate.

Progressives Have Descended Into Madness, And Are Dragging The Rest Of Us With Them.  [Scroll down] One needn't prattle on like a conservative cable news host to list the ways in which our current polity and culture are, in fact, "demented" in its worst sense:  utterly depraved.  It's demented for a political party to pin its election hopes on going all-in on snuffing out more than 930,000 lives in the womb annually.  Especially when America is plunging (despite a small COVID baby bump) into demographic winter with its attendant economic and social consequences.  And depraved to mutilate and chemically deform children based on a seeming sudden surge, largely among impressionable teenaged girls, of a condition previously believed to affect far less than 1% of the population — up to 80% of whom also suffer from "personality disorders."  Not to mention to subject kindergartners to drag queen performances.  But it's also perverse to plunge entire populations into energy insecurity and poverty to humor a doomsday cult obsessed with an unproven and unprovable hypothesis about climate apocalypse.

Every House Democrat just voted against parental rights legislation.  House Democrats on Thursday unanimously voted to block legislation that would have required informed parental consent before a school provides mental health services related to sexual orientation or gender identity to students.  In a 220-208 vote, the House rejected an attempt by Republicans to amend a bill that seeks to bolster mental health care for students, educators, and school staff negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Titled the Mental Health Matters Act, the legislation would award grants to build a pipeline of school-based mental health services providers and increase the number of professionals providing mental health services to elementary and secondary schools in high-need areas.  The Department of Education would be responsible for allocating those grants.

Violent Crime Is Driving a Red Wave.  Since crime is essentially a local issue, why does it hurt Democrats running for national or statewide office?  Because the Democratic Party has associated itself with the notion that "social justice" and "racial equality" require fundamentally changing policing and incarceration.  The problem, they say, is police, not criminals.  In practice, that means Democrats, especially progressives, favor weaker law enforcement, easier conditions for bail (even for those charged with violent offenses), and less funding for police officers.  That message was encapsulated in the slogans "defund the police" and "reimagine policing," which took hold in 2020 after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis cop.  Not all Democrats embraced this self-defeating fad.  Joe Biden, notably, spoke out against it.  But progressives marched in lock-step, and their policies became the party's dominant message on crime.  Not just dominant, uncontested.

Biden Wants Your Kids to Be Gender-Transitioned Whether You Like It or Not.  President Joe Biden wants your children to make life-changing gender transitions, and the only reason you want to stop him is bigotry and fear.  At least, so he says.  In a NowThis media roundtable aired Sunday, Biden discussed issues of the day with progressive activists and social media personalities.  Most notable was his interview with transgender TikTok celebrity Dylan Mulvaney, a biological male who is transitioning to "girlhood."  In the interview, Biden said state attempts to restrict gender transitions are immoral and based on "fear."  He was asked if states had the right to place restrictions on "gender-affirming care," as the Left likes to call hormone therapy and reconstructive surgeries.  "I don't think any state or anybody should have the right to do that.  As a moral question or as a legal question, I just think it's wrong," the president said in response.

The Economy Will Never Prosper Under Biden: Here's Why.  The White House has also promised to use "every lever at its disposal — including regulatory action — to deliver on the president's priorities, including containing the pandemic, driving a durable economic recovery, advancing equity, and combating climate change."  We are already seeing the fruits of Biden's approach.  A recession in the first half of the year.  Sky-high inflation.  Widespread despair.  What the left can't seem to understand is that when government gets active, businesses get passive.  They become more risk averse.  Compliance costs weigh them down.  Long-term investments become problematic if you don't know what the rules will be down the road.  This is one big reason why energy production has never recovered after the pandemic — the oil and gas industry has no idea what lies ahead.  So, as Biden's regulators descend upon the land, the economy will — as it was throughout Barack Obama's eight years — be on a long and dreary slog.  Indeed, Biden's regulatory zeal will probably ramp up if Republicans win big in November, since his legislative agenda will be caput.

Biden's Marijuana Pardons Did Not Free a Single Federal Prisoner or Deliver the Expungement He Promised.  Edwin Rubis has served more than two decades of a 40-year federal prison sentence for participating in a marijuana distribution operation.  Taking into account "good time" credit, he is not scheduled to be released until August 2032.  Rubis is one of about 3,000 federal prisoners whose cannabis-related sentences were unaffected by President Joe Biden's mass pardon for low-level marijuana offenders.  A protest at the White House today called attention to their predicament.  Biden's October 6 proclamation applied only to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents convicted of simple marijuana possession under the Controlled Substances Act or the District of Columbia Code, none of whom was still incarcerated.  Although his pardons could benefit as many as 10,000 or so individuals, that represents a tiny percentage of all simple possession cases, which typically are charged under state law.  And Biden's action will not release a single federal prisoner.

Biden's Destroying the Economy.  Is It Intentional?  Here are seven Biden administration steps to undermine an economy and a society from within. [...]
  [#1]   Dismantle the nation's energy supply
  [#2]   Don't enforce the border
  [#3]   Devalue the nation's currency through inflation
  [#4]   Destroy the nation's finances by running up the debt by multiple trillions of dollars
  [#5]   Divide rather than unite the nation
  [#6]   Dumb down and indoctrinate our children with anti-American propaganda in the schools and media
  [#7]   Decriminalize a lot

Why some progressive Democrats are urging Biden to rethink his Ukraine strategy.  Since the beginning of the war, the US has sent over $60 billion in aid to Ukraine.  These aid packages have received rare, almost unprecedented bipartisan support.  Only a small contingent within the GOP, i.e. 57 of 212 House Republicans and 11 of 50 Senate Republicans, voted against the aid packages.  Among them was Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) who proposed essential transparency and accountability, but that idea was summarily rejected.  Quite often when asked how long the US can be expected to spend billions on the war effort, Biden, and his top aides respond with "as long as it takes."

Why Biden Went Far Left.  One must never forget that most politicians are not like ordinary people.  Most of us are such that if we told a big public lie, for example, that we had finished in the top half our law school class when we had actually finished in bottom 11% of the class, or that we had been arrested protesting for civil rights with Nelson Mandela when we had not, or that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes for the past decade when we knew he paid taxes, or that one's political opponent had colluded with Russia in order to steal the 2016 presidential election when we knew that is false, or say under oath that the southern border is secure when everybody knows it is not, we would, once we had been exposed, be ashamed and have difficulty showing our faces in public for a long time.  Similarly, most of us would feel deeply ashamed if we enacted policies that led to 800+ deaths at the southern border ... and so on.  In fact, many politicians feel no shame whatsoever when they are exposed for telling big lies or perpetrating destructive hoaxes or enacting deadly policies.  The immediate reaction of most politicians when their enormous lies, hoaxes, and body-counts are exposed is to start plotting how to get away with it.  That is, most politicians are concerned with securing their own wealth and power, in Joe's case, being "the Big Guy," truth never even being in the mix.  My diagnosis of Joe Biden's sudden lurch to the far left is that Joe pretty much never believed in much at all.  He said what he said and did what he did to secure his grip on power.

Biden Is 'Buying Votes' Ahead of Midterm Elections With Policy Decisions: Rep. Lauren Boebert.  As the Nov. 8 midterm election draws near, some see recent moves by President Joe Biden as a desperate means to "buying votes."  [For example,] Pardons for Marijuana Offenses:  On Oct. 6, Biden announced a blanket pardon for some federal marijuana possession convictions.  "No one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana," Biden said.  "Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit.  Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities."  He went on to say that minorities are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement for marijuana offenses.

North America Goes South: The Plan To Dismantle USA.  People are starting to realize that the collapse of the American border is not an accident.  It can't be.  When the vice president of the United States says the border is "secure" at the same time that illegal border crossings have surged to more than a million a year, then one of two things must be true. [...] Unfortunately, there was no way to determine what the Biden administration was up to — until now.  Two weeks ago, we learned that Biden's Secretary of State Antony Blinken is actively engaged in a campaign to break down all barriers between the United States and Mexico.  In other words, the huge influx of Mexicans and other foreigners across the U.S. border is just the first stage in a globalist effort to blur the lines between not just the United States and Mexico, but also Canada.

Fact-Checking 4 Biden Claims on His Student Loan Bailout.  President Joe Biden used his home state of Delaware on Friday to promote his "forgiveness" of student loan debt, which he did through executive action in August rather than through Congress.  Some of Biden's assertions during 24 minutes of remarks at Delaware State University in Dover were factual, and some less so.  Biden spoke at the event one day after the Supreme Court opted not to immediately block the student loan forgiveness program from going forward, and after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by six states to block the plan.  "They've been fighting us in the courts," Biden told the crowd.  "But just yesterday, a state court and the Supreme Court said no, we are on Biden's side."  However, on Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit barred the Biden administration temporarily barred from discharging student loan debt while the appeals court weighed the states' request to halt the bailout.

Congress Trying to Ram Through $50 Billion More for Ukraine Before GOP Takes Control of the House.  Lawmakers from both parties are reportedly seeking to lock in a staggering $50 billion in additional military aid for Ukraine before a new Congress is sworn in this January.  The move is yet another indication that your elected senators and representatives no longer view the American people as their top priority, but rather, the government of a corrupt Eastern European nation is their new baby.  NBC News reports that multiple sources have confirmed ongoing discussions regarding a government funding bill during the lame-duck session following the election.

Here's proof Biden knows his student loan bailout is illegal.  Basically, in order to sue, you have to have been directly harmed by the program.  And, on paper, it's hard to see who is harmed by the bailout because, unfortunately, just generally being a taxpayer whose money is being illegally wasted is not considered sufficient justification to bring a lawsuit.  So, for a while, it seemed that even though Biden's plan was glaringly constitutionally suspect, nobody would be able to challenge it in court, meaning it wouldn't be struck down even if it was unconstitutional.  Thankfully, various right-of-center plaintiffs have come up with creative ways to challenge the plan in court.  One such lawsuit that has emerged is a suit by six states claiming that their finances would be harmed by Biden's bailout because they're heavily invested in private companies that service loans and will take a big hit from the president's cancellation initiative.

Bizarro president destroys the economy.  Reagan drove a wooden stake through inflation in the 1980s and his successors carried a crucifix afterward.  Then came Biden.  He emptied the Treasury by borrowing trillions of dollars to spend on the Green New Deal (ironically labeled the Inflation Reduction Act) and on an infrastructure program called the American Rescue Plan.  Democrat Senator Mark Warner of Virginia told Bloomberg, "Was there too much in the American Rescue Plan on a relative basis?  Absolutely."  This is the first infrastructure program that actually tears down interstate highways in the name of equity.

Cancel This.  President Biden premised his cancelation or forgiveness of student loans of up to $20,000 per person on "the financial harms of the pandemic."  However, a Wall Street Journal editorial duly noted that "the government had halted student loan payments since 2020, holding borrowers harmless.  A month before he declared the pandemic 'over,' Biden extended that student loan pause through Dec. 31."  Biden's "plan," as he calls it, is blatantly unconstitutional.  It's not unfair to say that everything about it is wrong.  The only question is whether any party has legal standing to challenge it.  Indeed, Biden has altered the "plan" since the original announcement to exacerbate the standing issue for possible challengers.  At last word, the estimated cost of the plan was $400 billion.

In Ukraine, The Democrats Have Locked Us Into A Pointless, Dangerous War.  This war should have ended months ago.  It was simply a matter of allowing Ukraine to stay out of NATO.  Given that option or the continuing devastation of their country, it seems clear which way the Ukrainians would have gone.  If pressure wasn't brought to bear from outside, the whole crisis would probably be a fading memory.  Now, however, we'll continue to funnel billions of tax-payer dollars into a military operation that has no legitimate justification in terms of American interests and no clearly defined resolution other than, perhaps, ousting Putin.  Will he allow that to happen before using every weapon at his disposal?  It seems unlikely. [...] Joe Biden says we will support Ukraine for "as long as it takes."  As long as it takes to do what?  What is the objective?

Americans Shell Out Or Shiver While Biden Ships Our Energy Off To Europe.  A trend is emerging in the Biden administration's foreign policy, a perpetual obsession with supporting Europe above and even at the expense of U.S. needs at home.  In response to attacks on the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline system, Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the situation in Europe a "tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy."  Blinken went on to tout the ability of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers to meet heightened European demand, conveniently forgetting it was the Biden administration's executive actions that stifled production capacity within its first 100 days in office.  Careful, Mr. Secretary, with too much premature boasting.  Blinken's naïve comments, practically salivating at the idea of saving Europe, indicate just how much the Biden administration does not want the war in Ukraine to end.  The conflict has become the administration's sacred cow, allowing it to cover up domestic political blunders and receive heaps of praise from European elites, perhaps the toughest crowd globally for the U.S. post-Trump.  What goes unsaid is that all this European love comes at the expense of the interests and bank account balances of American households.

A conservative group just asked the Supreme Court to block Biden's student-loan forgiveness.  A conservative taxpayers group wants President Joe Biden's student-loan forgiveness plan blocked as soon as possible — and it's taking matters to the Supreme Court.  The Brown County Taxpayers Association in Wisconsin filed an emergency request to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, asking to temporarily pause Biden's student-debt relief plan before Sunday, when the group expects the administration to start officially canceling borrowers' debt.  The conservative group, represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), initially filed a lawsuit against the debt relief on October 4, arguing that it has an "improper racial motive" by seeking to help Black borrowers and advance racial equity.  It said Biden exceeded his constitutional power by enacting the loan relief without congressional approval.  Two days later, a federal judge tossed out the lawsuit.  While that decision is being appealed, the group is now escalating the issue to the Supreme Court in an effort to block Biden's plan from taking effect.

Biden's Closing Moves.  President Biden's handlers seem to me not to have chosen well so far.  The Biden economy inflicts pain on a daily basis.  What have they got for that?  They served up the Inflation Reduction Act.  In other words, they have nothing to mitigate the inflation they ignited.  On the contrary, they have more kindling for the fire.  And they count on their ability to play on the stupidity of voters abetted by their media adjunct.  Democrats haven't done much bragging about the IRA on the campaign trail.  One can reasonably infer that, insofar as it was enacted to serve their immediate political needs, it has proved a bust.

Eight things that killed the Democrat Party.  The old Democrat Party is gone.  In its place is a radical Libertine Party, full of itself and full of radical sexual, cultural, and economic ideas that have all but killed their chances of ever getting legitimately elected again.

Pritzker Democrats and the Safe-T Act, Releasing Violent Criminals Upon the People and Pretending There is No Cost.  Most Americans are workers.  They're not afraid of hard work.  And they believe in being fair.  It was unfair to deny fellow Americans a seat at a lunch counter based on the color of their skin.  The unfairness of such racism compelled Americans to support civil rights.  And now, even those who haven't studied the Constitution or criminal law, there is basic fairness in the idea that all Americans when charged with crime, have the right to bail.  I don't know who doesn't support this.  I support it.  I don't want to live in a country where people are charged and hauled off without a chance for bail.  But what Pritzker and the Democrats have done with their SAFE-T ACT is a perversion of fairness.  They use guilt and the fear of being called a racist to push it down the people's throats.

Virginia Democrat Lawmaker Backs Down From Bill That Would've Made It a Crime for Parents Not to Affirm LGBT Child.  A Democrat Virginia state delegate has backed down from introducing a bill to expand the definition of child abuse to include inflicting "physical or mental injury" on children due to their gender identity or sexual orientation.  In her interview with local ABC7 on Thursday, Del.  Elizabeth Guzman (D-Prince William) said parents who didn't affirm their children's choice of gender identity could incur Child Protective Services (CPS) charges that might cause harm to the parents' employment.  She added that she wanted to do this to counter the transgender student policy recently released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  The draft policy requires public schools to acquire written parental consent before treating a student as a different gender.

The Democrats are responsible for the hardships faced by citizens.  Inflation is at a 40-year high making essential commodities expensive.  Even the price of candy reached its highest recorded mark which will impact Halloween celebrations.  The price of gasoline continues to rise.  The border is open causing over 4.9 million migrant to enter the US since Biden took over, and the smuggling of illicit narcotics is resulting in numerous drug overdose deaths.  The rate of violent crimes in the U.S. is rising while the murder rate spiked by 30%, the highest increase since record-keeping began in 1960.  Democrats are placing restrictions on firearms, which are the only affordable means of defense for citizens.  The Democrats were responsible for the lockdowns that infringe upon the right of movement and the right to earn a living.  The Democrats impose vaccine mandates that eliminate the right of choice.  The Democrats desperately want to change the topic.  Hence the focus on the 'insurrection'.  The goal of the January 6th committee was never to find facts, it was instead to persecute their main political opponent, Donald Trump.

Wasn't Legalizing Pot Supposed To Reduce Crime?  [A]nyone pushing for legalized marijuana should look at what's going on in California before cheering this on.  That state, as have several others, legalized marijuana on the promise that it would reduce crime, improve public health, increase traffic safety, and stimulate the economy.  Instead of wasting time prosecuting people for possession or for selling pot, states could capture a new revenue source by taxing it.  Legalization would also mean that states could regulate it, presumably making the marijuana safer and free of adulterants.  So far, 19 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for nonmedical use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Americans Must Permanently Marginalize the Perpetual Adolescents of the American Left.  Currently in the United States, less than 8% of Americans identify as very liberal or essentially Marxist and another 11% identify as liberal.  Yet this small subset (19%) of Americans dominates the culture, entertainment, education, the federal bureaucracy and most importantly, the Democrat party.  In November of 2022, the 81% of Americans who do not identify with the left must begin the process of permanently defeating the radical left and their fatuous acolytes if the nation is avoid the precipice toward which it is headed.  The United States must not be destroyed by the American Marxists and their attendant gaggle of egotistical and perpetual adolescents; therefore, the counter strategy is to denigrate these buffoons by never missing an opportunity to call them out, and above all by ignoring their infantile tactics as they have no weapon other than words and idle threats.  In other words, treat them as the adolescents they are.

Summers: We Can't Have 'Strategy of Total Hostility to Fossil Fuels' That We've Had.  During an interview aired on Friday's broadcast of Bloomberg's "Wall Street Week," Harvard Professor, economist, Director of the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama, and Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton Larry Summers reacted to OPEC+'s production cut by stating that "we made a mistake by canceling the Keystone pipeline.  We made a mistake by slowing down all kinds of permitting activity.  We made a mistake by being hostile as a country to natural gas."

Former Obama Adviser Demolishes Joe Biden's Energy Moves With Simple Truth.  Gas prices are starting to creep up again.  Despite Joe Biden going hat in hand to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil production, OPEC gave him the finger and announced that they would be cutting production by two million barrels a day.  Joe's response?  He's going to continue to empty the Strategic Petroleum Reserve by 10 million barrels when it's already at dangerously low levels and pretend like that's doing something besides robbing our security for the future.  He's also canceling sanctions on the dictatorial state of Venezuela (who cares about human rights?) so that they can pump more and give some to us.

November Surprise?  We are barreling into an election that will determine the composition of Congress.  There is much chatter about whether this election will be allowed to happen.  Signs and portents point to a grievous loss of power for the Party of Chaos.  Power is all they care about — certainly not the public interest or the common good — and a particular sort of power:  the power to coerce, persecute, and punish.  It is obvious in everything they do, from the FBI swat-team home invasions of select opponents and the gross mistreatment of the January 6 defendants, to the craven censoring of public speech, to the imposition of medical tyranny and the deadly fraud of Covid shots, to the degenerate insults of their race-and-gender hustles, to their assault on the value of our money, to their sabotage of the oil-and-gas industries, to their treasonous abandonment of border control, to the deliberate perversion of policing and public order, to their promulgation of a faithless and unnecessary war, sharply against our national interests, in faraway Ukraine.

OPEC Humiliates Biden While the UK Increases Domestic Oil Production.  It hasn't been a good week for Joe Biden. [...] OPEC+ announced that it would be cutting oil production in the weeks leading up to the 2022 midterm elections, despite his repeated pleas for them to boost production.  It was the latest in a long line of humiliations for Joe Biden — and, of course, entirely his own doing.  He's the one who put the brakes on domestic oil production and drilling, outsourcing our energy to foreign nations — including our enemies.  Now, gas prices are going to shoot up just before the midterm elections because of Biden's war on domestic energy.  For sure, increasing domestic energy production would go a long way toward fixing this problem, but Biden either hasn't figured that out yet or just doesn't care.

A massive indictment of the Democrat party.  The U.S. Constitution, by limiting federal power, is designed to protect the individual citizen from external coercion. [...] By supporting big government at the expense of the individual, Democrats threaten to transform America into a totalitarian nightmare.  President Biden has declared that the "most lethal elements" in our society are political conservatives.  In true Stalinist fashion, the DoJ, the FBI, and the media are being weaponized to go after Biden's political opponents.  Armed FBI agents raided the homes of Roger Stone, James O'Keefe, Paul Manafort, and dozens of other Trump-supporters, to say nothing of the raid on Mar-a-Lago.  "The FBI is now an organization solely focused on destroying the domestic enemies of the Democratic Party," said radio host Jesse Kelly.  The implication is that if you distrust Biden's government, you are considered a terrorist and must be hunted down.  Democrats will not hesitate to deprive you of your basic rights if it suits their purpose.  In their war on free speech, Democrats have attempted to silence anyone who denies global warming, criticizes Islamic terrorism, advocates a stronger military, or questions the validity of the 2020 election.

One Vote Over the Line.  Congratulations, potheads.  Once again, your friends the ultra-liberal Democrats have lived up to their reputation as primo vote-buyers with Joe Biden's in-flight, Air Force One order to liberate you from your previous criminal acts.  I'm talking about his pardoning of those of you who have been convicted of federal drug charges for possession and use of cannabis, marijuana, weed, ganja, Mary Jane and all those other code words you used to describe your 'cool' unplugged habit.  Somewhere parties are being planned by ponytailed aging hippies and drug pushers who see this as but the first step in a journey to legalize all drugs for public use.  Flags emblazoned with the green cannabis leaf are going up as Cheech and Chong roll their joints for a parade down Main Streets all over the country.  But wait! There's one caveat.  This pardon only covers those marijuanians who were prosecuted under federal laws and does not include those convicted by state courts.

Biden administration demands Alabama embrace genderless schools or else, but we aren't giving in.  Undeterred by repeated losses, the Biden administration's war on red states and our "Neanderthal thinking" rages on.  This month, my colleagues and I are fighting Biden and his comrades at the United States Department of Agriculture in court to protect the right of states to run their public schools as they see fit.  This time, the fight isn't over curriculum or masking — it's whether states still possess the paltry authority to require boys to use the boys' bathroom at school.  The United States Constitution leaves no doubt as to the states' broad authority over their own public schools, but the Biden administration supposes that everything — even schoolchildren — has a price.

The Democrats Wrecked My Retirement.  On Day One, Biden cut the legs out from under American energy independence.  Oil, gasoline, and natural gas prices skyrocketed.  Why did the administration do this?  Because they think it's cool and woke to be Green.  The Squad likes Green, and the administration wants to be "in" with that ilk and with the extreme voters who support that.  Green energy and renewables can't come close to supporting our energy needs and won't for the foreseeable future.  Remember, Biden, Pelosi, Kerry, Obama, Gore, etc., etc. — none of them lives by Green rules.  But they expect you to.  All I know is, now that I'm a retiree, gasoline has gone from $2.11/gallon to $3.76/gallon.  And it'll be back over $4.00/gallon shortly, as soon as Biden's game-playing with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve runs out of tricks.

Letting marijuana offenders off isn't going to make us any safer.  A day after the FBI released its yearly crime data showing that murder rose yet another 4% in 2021 after rising almost 30% in 2020, President Joe Biden announced that he is pardoning everyone convicted of marijuana possession.  Rampant crime has been a major focus of Republican campaign advertisements against Democrats this election year, and Democrats deserve every single attack.  Across the country, Democrats have been defunding police departments, decriminalizing offenses like bus fare jumping, and supporting prosecutors that refuse to prosecute gun possession and other misdemeanors.

Joe Biden Pardons Thousands Convicted of Federal Marijuana Possession.  President Joe Biden announced Thursday his decision to pardon some federal marijuana offenses as part of his effort to satisfy criminal justice and drug policy activists.  "As I often said during my campaign for President, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana," Biden said in a statement released by the White House, noting that marijuana crimes had "upended too many lives."  Biden said he would pardon all prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana, directing his attorney general to set up a system to pardon all eligible individuals.

Biden Administration's Manipulated Energy Policy Demonstrates Ignorance of History.  Consumed, as they have been, with the work of pushing revisionist woke ideology in the schools, it seems the Left missed the lesson that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.  They've learned nothing from the past, not even the recent past.  Yet here we are, looking at the possibility we could repeat the same mistakes Europe made in the late 90s and early 2000s when they failed to realize the real motivations behind the green energy propaganda they were being spoon fed as truth.  Back in the early 2000s, Russia did a phenomenal job with a disinformation campaign pushing anti-fracking in Europe.  We know this because NATO admitted that this "green energy" advocacy was funded by the very people who stood to gain from the enacted policies: [...]

Some Helpful Ideas For Biden's Impeachment.  In his conduct while president of the United States, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has shown a habitual contempt for the rule of law, on numerous occasions willfully violating his constitutional oath by corrupting and manipulating the power of the executive branch. [...] Biden again knowingly subverted the will of Congress when he transferred loan payments for millions of affluent students to taxpayers in hopes of affecting the 2022 midterms.  The president does not possess the statutory power to "forgive" or "cancel" loans.  Just ask congressional leaders like Nancy Pelosi, who correctly noted that "[p]eople think that the President of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness — he does not."  He did it anyway.  Unilaterally.  The president used the emergency powers found in the HEROES Act, passed after 9/11 to help U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, to justify his decree.  We know that Biden cynically exploited the bill, because, by his own recent admission on "60 Minutes," he concedes there is no emergency.

Why some polls show a dead heat for a generic ballot.  The Afghanistan withdrawal was perhaps the most serious foreign policy mistake in U.S. history.  It left the Taliban billions of dollars of state-of-the-art military equipment and the Bagram air base which is in spitting distance from China.  Joe Biden's ill-conceived spending kicked off the inflation that is currently sullying the lives of millions of Americans.  Drunk with power, Biden gleefully imposed mask and vaccine mandates on millions of Americans — law enforcement, military, federal employees, etc.  Those who were wisely skeptical and refused the experimental jab lost their jobs.  As it turns out, they were the smart ones; the vaccines were ineffective and have caused countless deaths and vaccine injuries far more devastating than COVID.  The mortality rate among young people is up by forty percent.  Biden gleefully put an end to our energy independence that President Trump had won.  He cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and ended drilling on most federal lands.  He has drained our strategic oil reserves at a most inopportune time.  This can only be a purposeful plan to destroy America as founded.

Hunger In America: Why Hasn't It Already Been Ended?  As you may know, the Biden Administration is planning to hold its big "White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health" this coming Wednesday, September 28.  Apparently, we are to believe that "hunger" is and remains a significant problem today in the United States. [...] But wait a minute — hasn't hunger in the United States already been ended?  I seem to remember multiple prior government promises to end hunger in America, each of them followed by massive funding, and/or increases in prior already-massive levels of funding to achieve the goal.  Are we only now learning that none of these prior efforts worked?  If not, that would represent a huge failure of the government bureaucracies that had been charged with dealing with and solving this problem.  Those same bureaucracies are still in place today, spending tens and even hundreds of billions of dollars annually and, if we are to believe President Biden, failing miserably in their prime responsibility of ending hunger.  Shouldn't those bureaucracies be held accountable for that failure?

Biden says White House has secured $8 billion in public and private sector funding to help end hunger in the U.S. by 2030.  President Joe Biden's administration secured $8 billion in commitments from public and private entities to end hunger in the United States by 2030, announcing them Wednesday ahead of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.  Participants include grocery stores like Hy-Vee, Meijer and Publix, tech and media companies including Google, Warner Bros.  Discovery and Doordash and familiar brands like Chobani.  'We're announcing over $8 billion in commmitments from over 100 different organizations to help reach our goals,' Biden said as he opened up the conference Wednesday morning.

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Nobody is ever going to eliminate hunger or poverty.  Look carefully, and you'll see they're spending billions of dollars to "help end hunger in the U.S."  You can do that much every time you eat lunch.  The Democrats are hoping you don't notice the difference.  They're just re-distributing money.

Pacific Legal Foundation sues to block Biden's student debt cancellation effort.  A libertarian group of attorneys based in Sacramento filed a legal challenge to President Joe Biden's plan for student debt cancellation on Tuesday, calling it an illegal overreach that would increase state tax burdens for some Americans who get their debt forgiven.  The lawsuit, believed to be the first targeting Biden's plan, was filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento law firm.  It was filed in federal court in Indiana, one of several states that plan to tax any student debt canceled by Biden's plan.  "Congress did not authorize the executive branch to unilaterally cancel student debt," said Caleb Kruckenberg, an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation.

56 GOP Members Beg Their Colleagues To Do Anything To Stop Biden's Destructive Agenda.  Fifty-six congressional Republicans are urging their colleagues in the House and Senate to vote against a wasteful, stopgap spending measure that would fund the federal government — and a number of Democrats' wasteful wish-list items — through the middle of December.  In a letter sent to his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives, Texas Rep. Chip Roy explained how Congress's current spending habits are "fueling rampant inflation and funding the Biden administration's radical agenda," which includes "empowering authoritarian bureaucrats at agencies like the IRS and FBI, implementing open-border policies that are threatening [American] communities, imposing COVID-19 mandates that shut down schools," and "forcing [U.S.] military servicemembers out of their jobs, and advancing self-destructive energy policies."

Biden's plan to end U.S. hunger by 2030 and tackle obesity: Monthly benefits for Americans to buy food.  The Biden administration is laying out its plan to meet an ambitious goal of ending hunger in the U.S. by 2030, including expanding monthly benefits that help low-income Americans buy food.  The administration, in a plan released Tuesday, is also seeking to increase healthy eating and physical activity so that fewer people are afflicted with diabetes, obesity, hypertension and other diet-related diseases.  It said it would work to expand Medicaid and Medicare access to obesity counseling and nutrition.

Wasn't the "War on Poverty" supposed to have ended hunger in the 1960's?
Biden Plans To 'End Hunger' In The US Through The Power Of Diversity, Equity And Inclusion.  The Biden administration is working to end hunger and "diet-related diseases" by hiring more minority nutritionists, according to a White House plan released Monday [9/26/2022].  The administration says that hiring more non-white registered dietitian nutritionists will help minority communities that experience higher rates of "food insecurity," obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to the White House National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.  The Health Resources and Services Administration will begin collaborating with Minority Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 2023 to recruit and train a diverse crop of nutrition experts as part of the White House's plan. "A more diverse health care workforce would better serve communities of color, which suffer from higher rates of food insecurity and diet-related disease," the memo states. "Patients are less likely to seek care or share information if they perceive ethnic or social differences with their health care providers."

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Of course!  The whole hunger problem is that there aren't enough non-white nutritionists.  Imagine all the people who have starved because their nutritionists were white!  Oh, if only the whole country was non-white, every problem would disappear.  Wait — isn't that what they used to say in Zimbabwe?  How's that working out?

Dems Stuffed Billions In Reparations For Black Farmers In 'Inflation Reduction Act'.  The Democrats' massive climate spending and tax bill gave the Department of Agriculture (USDA) $2.2 billion in loans to pay farmers, many of whom are black, who have previously been denied USDA loans due to discrimination.  The provision, which was backed by Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Raphael Warnock of Georgia, is intended to provide financial assistance to farmers, ranchers or forest landowners that the department determines to have experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs before Jan. 1. 2021, according to the bill's text.  Although the funding could go to any farmer that the government has discriminated against, such as white women or members of the LGBTQ community, the money is primarily intended to rectify the historic denial of loans to black farmers, accordingto The Wall Street Journal.  Another of the bill's provisions will allocate $3.1 [sic] to help farmers of any race who are facing financial hardship and also have a direct or guaranteed loan with the USDA.

A Congress full of contempt for the American people.  Since inflation is currently the major issue for the American people, the Democrat Congress, with much fanfare and the usual self-congratulation, passed the "Inflation Reduction Act."  Since, however, one is here talking about Congress, one should not assume that anything is what it is claimed to be.  No sooner was the bill passed than former Secretary of State and current "climate envoy" John Kerry, one of the D-Mass bunch, who purchased his massive seven bedroom carbon footprint mansion in the fake liberal "sanctuary destination" of Martha's Vineyard in 2017, slipped up and told the truth to the International Energy Agency's Global Clean Energy Action Forum:  "I'm not sure how much it has to do with inflation, but that's O.K." [...] The reason this deception is "O.K." with Kerry is that the real purpose of the bill is to spend 375 billion taxpayer dollars on the Left's "green new deal" agenda to "tackle" climate change and double the number of IRS agents to harass the remaining fraction of Americans that still have a job or small business.

Biden's student debt forgiveness will cost taxpayers $400 billion over 10 years, non-partisan Congress office says.  Joe Biden's student loan relief plan could cost the country $400 billion over the next decade as the administration prepares to unveil next steps for borrowers to apply for forgiveness as early as next month.  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office noted in a letter to the Senate and House Labor committees noting the high cost of the president's relief plan, as well as reporting the plan would cause outstanding student loans to increase by $20 billion.  In August, Biden announced his plan to cancel $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 individually and $250,000 jointly.  That forgiveness would rise to $20,000 for those with Pell Grants.

Running the World into the Ground.  Who can claim to be better off under Biden?  The economy has tanked, inflation is at a 40-year high, people can't afford to heat their homes or fill up their cars with gas, crime statistics are off the charts, and confidence in America is at an all-time low.  Biden's open-border policy, which is opposed by a majority of American citizens, is leading to social unrest and economic chaos.  A country without a functioning border is not a country, yet that is where Biden has taken us.  America is marching toward totalitarianism as Biden empowers the DoJ and FBI to go after his political opponents, i.e., at least half of the population.  His worst offense, however, is following the climate dictates of the World Economic Forum.  Biden is torpedoing the robust U.S. economy in service of a totally false assumption — that human beings are able to change the planet's climate.  He is raising taxes so that billions of your dollars can be wasted on ridiculous anti-fossil fuel projects.  Biden has declared war on the energy industry in the name of global warming.  He wants us to believe that oil, gas, and coal are killing the planet.

Check Out What New Dem Legislation Offers Military Members To Get Abortions.  Some House Democrats have joined forces to introduce a new piece of legislation that would require the United States military to provide a leave of absence for service members to get abortions, which also includes payment for travel expenses for those who would need to go out of state to receive the procedure.  According to the Daily Wire, the legislation is called the "Access to Reproductive Care for Service Members Act," which was introduced as a response to requests for abortions that were being made by individuals within the armed forces after the Supreme Court overturned the sick and twisted Roe v. Wade decision this past June.

Bad news for Dems: The border crisis is the new Roe in Google searches.  My, how quickly the plot changes with just a single flight to Martha's Vineyard!  To be fair, the media's interest in the border crisis began spiking upward before then, but not much before Ron DeSantis sent 50 illegal immigrants to the wealthy Massachusetts enclave.  When buses began arriving in "sanctuary cities" like New York City and Washington DC, thanks to the efforts of DeSantis, Greg Abbott, and Doug Ducey, the media went into full freak-out mode.  They excoriated these Republican governors endlessly, and still do.  And you can guess what that did for public interest in the border crisis.  Axios reports this morning that it has now eclipsed interest in abortion, a topic that mainstream media spent the summer flogging for the midterms, as well as the Mar-a-Lago kerfuffle.

Are Democrats Deliberately Choosing Impaired Candidates?  Once could be excused.  Twice is suspicious.  Three times seems like a strategy.  Are Democrats choosing infirm, intellectually challenged, feeble people to run for office so that they can be easily manipulated?  Joe Biden was and is clearly infirm, physically, psychologically, and cognitively.  John Fetterman is also clearly infirm due to two things: He has had a recent stroke which seems to have left him cognitively impaired, and he also has a rather prominent swelling on the back of his neck, which could be the sign of several very serious conditions.  Kamala Harris is intellectually suspect, linguistically incontinent, and verbally incoherent.  Why are these people being chosen by the Democrat Party for the highest offices?  My observation leads me places I would rather not go.

The war isn't against 'fossil fuels' but rather the people.  Democrats in Congress just passed a slush fund — also known as the Inflation Reduction Act — which gives massive amounts of money to their political interests who claim they can control temperatures, sea levels, and storm activity forever.  Politicians are waging a war against the people, which are made manifest in their attempts to force everyone to get rid of their cars, trucks, lawn mowers, and everything else powered by gas combustion engines, based on the unproven theory that they cause rising temperatures, storms, floods, and droughts.  They want the poor and middle class to be forced to buy inefficient, impractical, and unaffordable options, or go without.  What they don't put limits on are private jets, yachts, or the number and size of mansions that emit massive amounts of carbon compared to the rest of us. [...] What we never see in testimonies, articles, and news programs is any direct correlation between crude oil consumption, coal consumption, methane emissions, CO2 content and temperatures because there is none.  The temperature has fluctuated the last 160 years cyclically and naturally as it always has.

As Biden Closes in on 100 Executive Orders, He's Costing Taxpayers an Astronomical Amount of Money.  Biden is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat who's lived in the pretend world of D.C. politics for nearly 50 years, has no concept of life in the real world, has never seen a wealth redistribution scam he didn't wholeheartedly embrace, and has become a multimillionaire in the process.  It doesn't take a proverbial rocket scientist to figure out that disastrous combination.

Democrats' push for guaranteed income is a slap in the face to working people.  Democratic politicians across the United States are pushing for guaranteed monthly cash handouts to the poor.  No strings attached.  No work required.  Taxpayers foot the bill.  This scheme — already being rolled out in Los Angeles, Chicago, Providence, Denver and numerous other cities — needs to be stopped.  It's turning people who work and pay taxes into suckers.  Los Angeles County will soon begin handing out $1,000 a month to random applicants.  The Los Angeles Times editorial board applauds the unconditional nature of the payments, naïvely claiming the recipients "know far better than the government what their challenges and priorities are."  Translation:  It's okay to forgo work and have children you can't support.

Six States Allow Abortions Up to Birth But Protect Bald Eagle Eggs.  A host of land, sea, and freshwater animals are more protected under American laws than unborn babies in some states across the nation.  In at least six states, an unborn child legally may be killed up until the moment of birth.  In these same states, it is illegal to kill or even transport the eggs of a bald or golden eagle without a proper permit.  Under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, it is illegal to:  ["]take, molest or disturb, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time or in any manner any bald eagle commonly known as the American eagle or any golden eagle, alive or dead, or any part, nest, or egg thereof of the foregoing eagles.["]  The law defines "take" as kill or capture.  If a man or woman were caught carrying an egg of a bald eagle without a proper permit to do so, he or she could face up to a $5,000 fine or a year in prison, or both.

Summers: "Insane" that Biden's blocking pipelines for oil transport.  Is there anything sane about Joe Biden's energy policies?  For that matter, was there anything sane about Barack Obama's energy policies while Larry Summers served as Obama's National Economic Council chair?  Answer:  not really.  We got continually lectured during that administration that we couldn't drill our way to energy independence, an argument proven false almost as soon as Donald Trump took office.  Biden and his team haven't made that argument, at least not explicitly, but they have made it very clear that they have no intention of drilling more to re-acquire energy-independent status.  Even with that, however, Summer considers hostility to pipeline creation "kind of insane."  The oil still has to get transported, no?

MAGA's Real Crime?  Spotlighting Government Failure.  The midterm elections are only weeks away.  The Democrats are in complete control of the House, Senate, and presidency.  Donald Trump's name appears nowhere near a November ballot.  Yet the only things Democrats talk about are the former president and his "Make America Great Again" voters.  It is as if Joe Biden's and Nancy Pelosi's political troops have no interest in touting their successes in opening the Southern border to endless illegal immigration, promoting divisive lockdowns and "vaccine" mandates, passing a Green New Deal spending extravaganza, encouraging transgender drag queen shows for elementary-schoolers, emptying prisons of criminals, eliminating cash bail for felony arrests, leveraging Americans' pain at the gas pump to push them into expensive electric vehicles, or presiding over the highest rates of inflation in over forty years.

The Coming Outlawing of the Republican Party.  Republicans want to hold the majority and co-exist with Democrats, while Democrats, under the influence of the Left, want to eliminate Republicans.  This fundamental difference between the two sides was on display during Biden's fascist rant in Philadelphia where he denounced half the country as a threat to democracy.  And it would be a mistake to imagine that all the talk of a "threat to democracy" is mere rhetoric.  Another basic difference between the two parties is that Republicans are politically unserious.  Politicians, pundits and influencers spend so much time virtue signaling that they think words don't matter.  Democrats are quite serious.  The Republican refusal to take them at their word, to believe that their histrionic rhetoric represents a serious policy agenda, is why things are so bad.  Surely, Beltway GOP figures will reassure, Democrats aren't serious about adding states, Supreme Court seats, a trillion dollar coin or using unlimited dictatorial executive authority.  But what if they are?

The DOJ Is Hiding Biden's Voter Registration Plan.  The Justice Department (DOJ) has refused to release its mandated strategic plan about ways to champion voter registration and participation, according to the Foundation for Government Accountability.  President Joe Biden's March 2021 Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting required every federal agency head to submit a plan within 200 days outlining methods the agency could use to promote voter registration and participation.  A Federal District Court decided earlier in summer 2022 that the DOJ must release documents on this matter to the FGA by Sept. 8, but the department withheld the plan, citing executive privilege, and revealed heavily redacted versions of other documents, the FGA revealed.  FGA President and CEO Tarren Bragdon said Americans "deserve to know if the Biden Administration's unprecedented action is fair and non-partisan."&n