“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”  -- George Orwell, 1984

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Authored by Daniel Greenfield via The Gatestone Institute,

Six years after California legalized marijuana, the bodies keep piling up. Earlier this year, six men were murdered in the Mojave Desert. Four of the men had been burned after being shot with rifles. In 2020, seven people were killed at an illegal pot operation in Riverside County.

Violence like this was supposed to disappear after legalization. Legalization advocates argued that making the drug trade legal would end the grip of the cartels. Instead, the legal market has failed, and the cartels are taking over sizable parts of California and the rest of the country.

California's legal drug revenues have fallen consistently, as have those in other legal drug states including Colorado, whose model helped sell the idea that drug money would fix everything.

Despite falling revenues, Colorado legislators brag about $282 million in drug revenue. That number may sound high, but it's a drop in the bucket considering the money that the state and cities like Denver are spending on homelessness, drug overdoses and law enforcement.

While the legal drug business is also collapsing in California, the state is spending a fortune fighting marijuana even as it tries to tax it. Gov. Gavin Newsom paradoxically promised to close the budget deficit with $100 million in drug revenue, meant to be used to fund law enforcement and fight substance abuse. The state seized over $300 million in illegal pot this year and uses satellite imagery and heavily-armed raids to fight untaxed marijuana.

But despite all those efforts, illegal marijuana has won and legal marijuana has lost

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If you are looking for hugely controversial – and some say out-of-touch – opinions, look no further than The View. These vocal ladies really believe their bloated thoughts are critically important, perhaps because cameras are pointing at them. But time and again, they run afoul of millions of Americans.

That is doubly true when they talk about politics. Even the “conservative” co-host they roll out from time to time rarely expresses a real conservative view, as Republicans often say.

Recently, the co-hosts were complaining about—you guessed it—Donald Trump. Joy Behar was in rare form, attacking a recent decision by Louisiana to post the Ten Commandments in public schools. She then used that to attack the former president, and in the same breath she managed to insult every Christian who will back the Republican this fall.

From Daily Caller:
“The View” co-host Joy Behar suggested Thursday that people who vote for former President Donald Trump are not true Christians…

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When Nancy Pelosi was in charge, she conducted a commission aimed at blaming Donald Trump for the unfortunate events of January 6, 2021. She put together a team of anti-Trump Democrats and a few RINOs (notably, most of those Republicans are now out of a job).

The event was more for show, as Pelosi sought to air hearings on prime-time TV … I guess she still thinks it’s 1998 when people watched primetime TV.

Among the many controversial moves this commission made were criminal referrals for several Trump allies who refused to testify. These private citizens refused subpoenas for what they believed was a witch hunt against a former president, and now two of these men are now facing jail time for not playing ball with Pelosi. But House Republicans are working to right this wrong.

From Daily Wire:
A group of more than two dozen House Republicans unveiled this week a resolution that aims to rescind January 6 Committee subpoenas against several associates of former President Donald Trump.

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by James Hickman via Schiff Sovereign

Tim Sheehy is a former Navy SEAL who graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He earned a Bronze Star with Valor for his distinguished service and a Purple Heart for his wounds. And after leaving the Navy, he started a successful aerial firefighting business which now employs 200 people.

Fed up with the direction of the country, Sheehy is now running for Senate in the state of Montana and hoping to unseat his opponent— Montana’s incumbent Senator Jon Tester.

Tester has represented Montana in the Senate since 2007, during which time the national debt has increased by more than $25 trillion.

Senator Testor has certainly played his part in helping to expand the debt; he has consistently voted for almost every big-spending, deficit increasing piece of legislation that comes across his desk.

For 17 years he passed massive budget deficits; raised the debt ceiling; handed out trillions of dollars of free money during COVID; and sent endless, unchecked funds to Ukraine.

Then, when his free-spending policies resulted in the worst inflation the country had seen in four decades, Tester then voted for the pitifully named “Inflation Reduction Act”, which has resulted in even higher food, fuel, and housing prices.

But according to Tester, it’s people like Tim Sheehy— the wounded Navy SEAL veteran who started a successful business— who are to blame.

Claire's Observations:  Absoflippinglutely insane!!

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Patty Morin, the mother of the murder victim Rachel Morin, revealed that Donald Trump called her. The former president offered condolences for the tragic loss of her daughter—whose murder left five children without a mother. Patty said Trump was “genuine and truly wanted to know how our family was coping.”

On the other hand, Patty stated that nobody within the Biden administration has reached out to her or anyone else in the family. When asked about Rachel Morin’s murder, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas refused to take responsibility. He didn’t even mention Rachel’s name and instead blamed a “criminal” for the act.

Yet Mayorkas, who has allowed millions of illegals to flood the country, ignored the fact that this criminal was in America because of him. Mayorkas, under Biden’s direction, is letting in potentially dangerous people. Mayorkas’ orders to Border Patrol are preventing the agency from deporting these criminals out of the country, and despite all his denials, Mayorkas has no intention of fixing this problem.

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When Joe Biden entered office, some taxpayers were worried. The career politician was likely going to use his power to pass massive spending bills that would burn up tax dollars but may not actually achieve anything tangible. And many say this is exactly what happened: Biden’s administration has spent trillions of dollars within the last few years.

And we could ask, what do we have for that? Well, it seems we’ve got, among other things, a wide open border, raging crime, rampant inflation, and two wars overseas.

But one of the biggest failures of the Biden administration has only come to light this week. The Washington Times pointed out how Biden allocated $42 billion to a project that could have helped countless Americans—especially conservatives in rural areas. Now, tech billionaire Elon Musk is pointing out what really happened.

From The Blaze:
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk ridiculed the Biden administration for spending more than $42 billion while failing to provide high-speed internet to any home or business after three years.

Webmaster addition: Where did that money go? Maybe to companies that kicked it back as campaign donations?

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In recent months, most polling has been very bad for Joe Biden. Many swing state polls showed him losing to Trump and in some cases, he was losing very badly. This has terrified Democrats, and the Biden campaign even agreed to debate Trump, knowing he likely couldn’t recover without doing so.

Even then, many are convinced that Biden is sure to fumble horribly during these debates.

But, to the shock of millions, Fox News came out with a poll this week showing Biden winning: without much explanation, Fox claimed Biden is leading Trump nationally by 2 points. This contradicted everything we’ve seen recently and convinced many that Fox News is no longer a reliable source. One of Fox’s former contributors, Gov. Sarah Sanders, weighed in on this news.

From Fox News:
“I don’t actually put a lot of stock into national polls,” Sanders said, dismissing concern about a rebound for Biden.

“I think the place that really matters is the issues that are driving voters, and they’ll ultimately pick their candidate of choice on. And when you look at both battleground polls and issues that drive voters – the economy, the border, national security – Trump is dominating in all of those. I still think this is his race.” …

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In any debate, having the final word can be a significant advantage. It allows the speaker to make a lasting impression, counter any last-minute attacks, and reinforce their key messages.

For Trump, known for his rhetorical prowess and sharp comebacks, this is like handing a maestro the conductor’s baton right at the climax of a symphony.

Think about it: Trump will have the opportunity to leave the audience with his unfiltered thoughts. This is huge. It’s not just about rebutting Biden’s points; it’s about framing the narrative as the debate closes.

This could very well tip the scales in Trump’s favor, especially among undecided voters.

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Jim Hoft reported yesterday that America First Legal (AFL) released documents demonstrating how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put together a since-disbanded DHS intel group that included Deep State goons John Brennan and James Clapper to reclassify political dissent under the guise of “public health” so that ordinary Americans felt empowered to rat on their neighbors.

Now, AFL has released an even more infuriating batch of documents that should send chills straight up your spine because Trump supporters are on the menu.

These newly released internal files by AFL show the Biden regime classifies someone as a person likely to commit “domestic violent extremist” attacks. But instead of focusing on actual threats like Antifa and pro-Hamas supporters, they have declared Trump supporters as enemies of the state instead.

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The words of Farage on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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The Kremlin warned on Monday that any expansion of NATO military infrastructure in Ukraine would cross one of President Vladimir Putin's "red lines", and Belarus said it had agreed to take action with Moscow to counter growing NATO activity. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a close Moscow ally, accused the United States of setting up training centres in Ukraine which he said amounted to military bases. He said he had discussed the issue with Putin. "It's clear we need to react to this...(We) agreed that we need to take some kind of measures in response," Lukashenko was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency. Ukraine began joint military exercises with U.S. and other NATO member troops last week, while Russia and Belarus held large-scale drills that alarmed the West.
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As fighting rages across Ukraine, two versions of reality that underlie the conflict stare across a deep divide, neither conceding any truth to the other. The more widespread and familiar view in the West, particularly in the United States, is that Russia is and has always been an expansionist state, and its current president, Vladimir Putin, is the embodiment of that essential Russian ambition: to build a new Russian empire. “This was … always about naked aggression, about Putin’s desire for empire by any means necessary,” President Joe Biden said on Feb. 24, 2022. The opposing view argues that Russia’s security concerns are in fact genuine, and that NATO expansion eastward is seen by Russians as directed against their country. Putin has been clear for many years that if continued, the expansion would likely be met with serious resistance by the Russians, even with military action.
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Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum that most of the world has condemned as illegal. Early results – when 50% of the votes were counted – showed that 95.5% of ballots were in favour of joining Russia. Russia's lower house of parliament will pass legislation allowing Ukraine's southern Crimea region to join Russia "in the very near future", news agency Interfax cited its deputy speaker as saying on Monday morning. "Results of the referendum in Crimea clearly showed that residents of Crimea see their future only as part of Russia," Sergei Neverov was quoted as saying. [The corporate media are pumping out propaganda to try and discredit Farage. One of their claims is Russia illegally annexed Crimea]
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In Japan, “Johatsu” refers to people who disappear due to pressures like failed marriages, debt, and job loss. They abandon their lives and live anonymously off the grid. Specialized companies, called “night movers,” assist them in vanishing completely
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Homebuyer Conditions Index: The homebuyer conditions index has declined to an all-time low in June 2024, reaching 27 points. This index reflects consumer sentiment regarding homebuying conditions. Only 14% of consumers currently believe it’s a good time to buy a home, down from 20% last month1. Affordability concerns are a major factor contributing to this decline.
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Dozens of countries have sided with Britain against Russia after Moscow was accused of using a military-grade nerve agent to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England last month. Boris Johnson, Britain's foreign secretary, now stands accused of publicly misrepresenting the evidence in the case. Britain's top military laboratory said Tuesday that it cannot verify the nerve agent in the March 4 poisoning came from Russia. [See following article about Farage interview]
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LPR Head Ivan Filiponenko condemned that the Ukrainian Army systematically opened fire on the territory of his country to provoke the People’s Militia to respond to the fire and create a pretext for the start of Ukrainian aggression in Donbass. Moscow accuses the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) of supplying arms to Ukraine and stoking tensions about the Donbass region control in favor of their geopolitical interests. So far, Ukraine has attacked 47 points along the conflict zone including a kindergarten in the Stanytsia Luganska City, where two civilians were injured. The car of the head of the RPD People’s Militia Denis Lugansk also exploded in Donetsk City, but the officer was not injured.
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Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes.
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The interest on the U.S. national debt has surpassed the significant milestone of $1 trillion annually. This cost has nearly doubled over the past three years. It’s a substantial figure, reflecting the financial strain on the government due to rising debt and interest payments.
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Wales is taking a bold step in addressing the issue of politicians who lie. A proposal in the Welsh Senedd (parliament) seeks to introduce legislation that would criminalize politicians intentionally spreading falsehoods.
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I was recently watching a video by some of my favorite movie commentators in which they were lamenting the apparent death of the movie theater business. They cited a long list of recent blockbuster bombs with some confusion as to why so many films were failing. In particular, they had predicted the film ‘Furiosa’ (a feminist bait and switch movie designed to replace the more popular male Mad Max character) would do relatively well. Yet, the movie bit the dust in epic fashion. They were bewildered as to why this occurred.
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Niger has withdrawn the operating permit of the French state-owned company Orano for the Imouraren uranium mine, one of the largest in the world for the mineral used to make fuel for nuclear power plants, in a context of strong tensions between Paris and this African country.
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The South Fork and nearby Salt wildfires have scorched more than a combined 23,000 acres of tribal and government lands surrounding the village of Ruidoso and the Mescalero Apache Reserve, and both remain at 0% containment. Some 1,400 structures have been burned, and several more remain threatened, officials said.
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