A federal court of appeals ruled earlier this month that the White House, surgeon general, CDC and FBI “likely violated the First Amendment” by exerting a pressure campaign on social media companies to censor COVID-19 skeptics — including Stanford epidemiologist Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.
“I think this ruling is akin to the second Enlightenment,” Bhattacharya told The Post. “It’s a ruling that says there’s a democracy of ideas. The issue is not whether the ideas are wrong or right. The question is who gets to control what ideas are expressed in the public square?”
The court ordered that the Biden administration and other federal agencies “shall take no actions, formal or informal, directly or indirectly” to coerce social media companies “to remove, delete, suppress or reduce” free speech.
Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine, economics and health research policy at Stanford University, co-authored the Great Barrington Declaration in the fall of 2020 with professors from Harvard and Oxford.
As fall rapidly approaches and, with it, the real start of the presidential primary season, a growing number of Democrats are panicking over their 2024 ticket.
Poll after poll shows Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, deeply underwater in terms of approval ratings as the economy slows, prices for nearly everything most Americans use and need daily rise, interest rates continue to skyrocket, and the southwestern border remains a porous mess.
What’s more, Democrats are also increasingly fearful that Biden, at 80 and showing signs of rapid physical and mental deterioration, may not even live out his current term, leaving the party stuck with Harris, who has consistently polled worse than the president.
“He is in a period of his life where passing and death is imminent,” Sharon Sweda, head of the Democratic Party in Lorain County in Ohio, told the Washington Post, adding that she often hears from voters worried about the president’s fragile condition.
“We are all on a ticking clock. But when you’re at his age or at Trump’s age, that clock is ticking a little faster, and that’s a concern for voters,” she continued, the Post noted.
New York City is considering a measure that would essentially remove statues of Founding Fathers such as George Washington, all while facing a migrant crisis costing taxpayers billions.
According to a list found in New York City’s council agenda for Tuesday, September 19, officials will consider a bill that would:
…require the Public Design Commission (PDC) to publish a plan to remove works of art on City property that depict a person who owned enslaved persons or directly benefitted economically from slavery, or who participated in systemic crimes against indigenous peoples or other crimes against humanity.
Under this criteria, the Father of the Nation’s depictions could get the boot, including the famous statue in Union Square Park.
Other statues, including that of Christopher Columbus, would also be subjected to this measure.
According to the bill, if the PDC opts not to remove a work of art of an individual who fits the criteria, it would be required to “include in the plan steps it will take to install an explanatory plaque next to the work of art.”
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces says Tehran and Moscow are working to draw up a long-term military cooperation agreement in the near future as the world moves towards an increasingly multipolar order.
During a meeting with visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Tehran on Tuesday evening, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri stressed the need for enhancement of ties between the two neighboring countries.
“The Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] believes that long-term cooperation between Iran and Russia is in the interest of both nations and for that reason, a document is being drawn up in this regard,” Baqeri said.
“The document has laid strong emphasis on military and defense issues and can serve as a suitable platform for the development of long-term cooperation between the two countries.
“Despite increased mutual relations in recent years, we believe there are still untapped potentials for the promotion of relations between the two countries. More efforts need to be devoted to the improvement of the ties to the desired level,” he added.
Baqeri said Iranian and Russian military institutions are among the pioneers in the promotion of relations between the two countries, stating that joint military and defense commissions can certainly accelerate such a process.
Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday "Today I'm putting congressional leadership & @POTUS on notice that I will oppose any effort to hold the federal government hostage for Ukraine funding. I will not consent to expedited passage of any spending measure that provides any more US aid to Ukraine."
As the Congress prepares to vote on yet another continuing resolution to keep the government operating, the disagreements over US funding of the war in Ukraine have taken center stage. The deadline to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR) is September 30.
As Jim Hoft previously reported, Merrick Garland testified this morning in a House Judiciary Committee hearing to “examine how the Justice Department has become politicized and weaponized under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland.”
From the House Judiciary Committee website:
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The hearing, “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice,” will examine how the Justice Department has become politicized and weaponized under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The committee is chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
During the hearing, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) confronted Garland for refusing to answer in a hearing two years ago whether there were federal Agents present on January 6, 2021 and whether they agitated to go into the Capitol. Garland back then claimed he could not comment on “pending investigations.”
A study in the Australian state of Victoria has found that gambling directly caused many suicide deaths in a span of eight years. The study was conducted by researchers from Federation University Australia.
A euthanasia procedure gone wrong resulted in Belgian doctors resorting to suffocating a patient after the lethal injection drug cocktail they dispensed into her body failed to produce the desired death.
Baylor University has finally settled a years-long federal lawsuit over several allegations of sexual assault. A total of 15 women came forward in the lawsuit, claiming that they had been the victims of sexual assault, which ultimately led to the termination of the school's president and football coach and damaged the Baptist school's reputation.
If you plan on firing up your console and chasing kill streaks in your favorite skins, be warned that artificial intelligence is now being used to monitor you. Activision, the studio behind the wildly popular “Call of Duty” franchise, has partnered with the AI company Modulate. The AI firm uses machine learning software called ToxMod to scan voice chat and identify “toxic behavior.”
The FBI and IRS probed allegations that Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign may have benefitted from “campaign finance criminal violations” by allowing a politically connected lawyer to help pay off Hunter Biden’s large tax debts but agents were blocked by federal prosecutors from further action, according to new information uncovered by congressional investigators.
The previously unreported campaign finance inquiry was first alluded to in transcribed interviews by House investigators with two IRS agents and a retired FBI supervisor, and the allegations since have been augmented in recent weeks by new evidence uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee.
That evidence includes a case summary memo written by IRS Supervisory Criminal Investigative Agent Gary Shapley to his bosses dated May 3, 2021 in which he alleged that Lesley Wolf, a top prosecutor in the Hunter Biden case inside Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ office, waived agents off the campaign finance case. Shapley provided the information to Congress under the protections of whistleblower laws, and lawmakers voted the information to be public
"This investigation has been hampered and slowed by claims of potential election meddling,” Shapley wrote in the memo, according to his now-public transcribed interview with House Ways and Means where he read verbatim a passage from the memo. “Through interviews and review of evidence obtained, it appears there may be campaign finance criminal violations.
The Brett Kavanaugh/Russia Collusion Media say five women have accused Russell Brand of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013. Four of those women have chosen to remain anonymous. One woman claims she was 16 during their relationship, although 16 is the age of consent in England.
Since the media onslaught against Brand began over the weekend, other anonymous women have come forward saying Brand was controlling during consensual relationships — which is not a crime.
These media outlets say they have investigated Brand for four years and further claim there’s evidence to back the allegations, including text messages and a visit to a rape clinic. For his part, Brand denies engaging in any unlawful behavior:
These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream media, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies. And as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous. Now during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that then — almost too transparent — and I’m being transparent about it now as well.
Webmaster addition: Funny that when Brand was a liberal, nobody looked at his sex life. But when he became a conservative icon, then it became an issue! Odd how that seems to happen!
The recent surge of migrants at an El Paso port of entry has forced officials to halt all cargo operations so officers can help Border Patrol stem the influx of people coming over the Mexican border.
The suspension of cargo processing at the Bridge of the Americas (BOTA) — one of the four main bridges which connects El Paso with Mexico — began Monday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.
“The temporary suspension … will allow CBP’s Office of Field Operations officers to assist the US Border Patrol in processing noncitizens who have arrived between the ports of entry including vulnerable populations like families and unaccompanied children,” Customs and Border Protection said in a new release.
As The Post previously reported, cartels have been encouraging migrants to head to the border and overwhelm operations there. El Paso has seen surges of up to 1,700 people a day handing themselves over to Border Patrol officers. City figures showed 4,600 in CBP custody on Tuesday.
The White House will announce this week that it is creating an office of gun violence prevention to focus on efforts to curb gun violence, two sources familiar confirmed to The Hill.
Gun violence prevention advocates and Democratic lawmakers have been pushing the White House to establish a designated office solely focused on gun violence.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is known for his focus on gun violence prevention, applauded the White House on Wednesday after reports of the first-of-its-kind office.
“This is an idea I have been pushing relentlessly for some time, and I’m thrilled President Biden is making the Office of Gun Violence Prevention a reality,” Murphy said in a statement, adding that the office will help strengthen the federal government’s implementation of the bipartisan gun control legislation.
Webmaster addition: Get ready for a massive gun-grab, fueled by staged mass shootings!
Buried within spending provisions that passed in 2022 is a little-known program that has come to light and is raising eyebrows.
According to reports, journalists who get "harassed" online can seek taxpayer-funded counseling and other services as part of a program that seeks to fight "misinformation." No, I'm not making that up. Your hard-earned tax dollars are going to soothe the souls of aggrieved journalists who get trolled online so they can return to doing the regime's bidding.
Days after President Joe Biden bypassed the congress to approve a $6-billion ransom payment to Iran, the Mullah regime has taken another Western national hostage as part of its ongoing ‘hostage diplomacy,’ media reports say.
On Saturday, Iran’s Islamic Guard (IRGC) disclosed that it has taken yet another Westerner in its custody, less than a week after Biden White House agreed to pay $6 billion for the release of 5 U.S. hostages. The media reports did not specify if the captive is a U.S. or a European national.
“The Biden administration has cleared the way for the release of five American citizens detained in Iran by issuing a blanket waiver for international banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money,” the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Let's posit for a moment that our upheavals of the last couple years include a societal shock of hierarchies corrupted by profiteering. Separation of Powers? You jest. Bill of Rights? Ours, plebeians, not yours.
Pandora, oh me dear.
What voter fraud?... you domestic terrorist, you. How dare you hazard Freedom of Speech.
Red Line Alert: Calling all control-freaks.
And all shall be punish-ed.
Yet in our current re-examination of frauds past, there is more open discussion of JFK having won the US Presidency by fraud, with the help of his somewhat creepy papa. What of Nixon, who apparently did win? He is alleged to have declined contesting the results in the midst of the Cold War, saying, "I know JFK; I worked with him in the Senate. The country is safe in his hands."
Decades later we are living a Clown-car Coup d'état, with not much appearing safe from wrecking ball entitlement. Particularly poignant, or is that apocalyptic, the triumph of the old Madison Avenue meme: "Better Life through Chemistry."
Big Tobacco, that juggernaut, met its class action lawsuits. Enter RoundUp et al, and BigAg's revolving door with alphabet, ahem, regulatory agencies.
Enter in more recent memory, the Goddess of Destruction, BigPharma, many-armed Kali of the Deep State. We are living aftermath compliance to "wiser" heads in a citizen mayhem gone savagely wrong. Emerging from New Age platitudes of Light and Love, of unicorns, rainbows and, "Clap, if you believe in Fairies..." (More lawsuits accruing re child and teen sexual mutilations, btw; stay tuned.)
We believed in "science" un-moored from data and due diligence. We trusted medical pros and institutions who were paid handsomely to obfuscate, do outright harm, becoming liars who lie. We trusted nightly news.
The Ukrainian military has announced that it has suspended controversial transgender spokesperson Sarah Ashton-Cirillo for allegedly making unapproved statements on social media; however, there have been no updates from the Ukrainians or the Biden administration on the fate of an American citizen journalist currently imprisoned in Ukraine.
Following a row sparked by inquiries initiated by Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), as reported by Breitbart News, the Command of the Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) announced on Wednesday that Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, an American transgender individual, has been suspended from the role of spokesperson.
On social media, the TDF said: “The statements of (Junior Seargant) Ashton-Cirillo in recent days were not approved by the command of the TDF or the command of the AFU. When conducting military operations against the aggressor, the defense forces of Ukraine strictly observe the norms of international humanitarian law.
“The command of the TDF will conduct an official investigation into the circumstances of these statements. Appropriate decisions would be taken. Sergeant Sarah Ashton-Cirillo will be suspended immediately pending the investigation.”