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A former adjunct professor in Texas with decades of experience will soon return to the classroom after he was reportedly fired for teaching standard concepts regarding human sexuality and reproduction.

Dr. Johnson Varkey spent 22 years of his life teaching biological science to students at St. Philip’s College, a community college in San Antonio, Texas. During that time, he more or less taught the same basic course and the same basic biological principles "without any complaints," he told CBN News.

That all changed just over a year ago, when he was informed that an ethics complaint had been filed against him. He was then fired a few weeks later, even though he had not yet learned the nature of the accusations or been given an opportunity to defend himself against them.

Left to speculate, Varkey recalled that in November 2022, four students had walked out of his classroom after he explained that biological sex was determined by X and Y chromosomes. He then wondered whether that discussion had prompted the complaints.

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Despite the attempt to smear Republicans, police said Wednesday that the non-binary student did not die as a result of injuries from the fight but that they were still investigating the cause of death.

"While the investigation continues into the altercation. Preliminary information from the medical examiner’s office is that a complete autopsy was performed and indicated that the decedent did not die as a result of trauma," read a statement from Owasso Police.

"At this time, any further comments on the cause of death are currently pending until toxicology results and other ancillary testing results are received," they added. "The official autopsy report will be available at a later date."

Police added other information from their investigation thus far.

They said that the fight was broken up by other students in the bathroom. All of the people involved were juveniles, and a school nurse examined them and determined an ambulance didn't need to be called.

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A State Department official speaking before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) urged the body not to order Israel to end the occupation of Palestine. The court is currently hearing arguments in a case that calls on Israel to end the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. 

The ICJ will hear arguments from more than 50 countries over six days. On the third day of the trial, State Department legal adviser Richard Visek argued to the ICJ that Israel needs to continue the occupation of Palestine for security reasons. “The court should not find that Israel is legally obligated to immediately and unconditionally withdraw from occupied territory,” Visek said.

“Any movement towards Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza requires consideration of Israel’s very real security needs.” He continued, “We were all reminded of those security needs on October 7, and they persist.”

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A number of countries have expressed disappointment after the US vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution by Algeria, which called for a temporary ceasefire in the besieged enclave.

The US move came despite the support of 13 other members of the Security Council, with one abstention from the UK.

Tuesday's vote marks the third time the US has vetoed a call for a ceasefire related to the latest conflict that began in October at the UN.

Washington previously vetoed an amendment proposed by Russia calling for a ceasefire in December, and an earlier resolution in October calling for humanitarian pauses.

Webmaster addition: Biden's subservience to Netanyahu is destroying the US' image around the world!

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As they lecture us endlessly about human rights in other countries, the Biden administration is trying to kill journalist Julian Assange for the crime of embarrassing the CIA. His wife Stella joins us from his extradition hearing.

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Israeli soldiers fighting in Gaza have not been shy about posting videos on social media gleefully documenting their wanton destruction of buildings and humiliation of Palestinian detainees. Some of these clips were even exhibited in South Africa’s presentation at the International Court of Justice last month as evidence of genocide. But there is another war crime being readily documented by Israeli soldiers that has garnered less attention and condemnation despite its prevalence: looting. 

In November, the Palestinian singer Hamada Nasrallah was shocked to discover a TikTok of a soldier playing the guitar that his father had bought him 15 years earlier. Other videos uploaded to social media in recent months show Israeli soldiers boasting about finding wristwatches; unboxing someone’s collection of soccer shirts; and stealing rugs, groceries, and jewelry. 

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The UCU (University and College Union) branch at Queen Mary University reported an incident yesterday in which the university management and security conducted a raid on their office to remove posters expressing solidarity with Palestine.

The raid occurred just one day after the university management warned the UCU that the posters, displayed for over two weeks, were having a “chilling effect on freedom of speech.”

In an Instagram post, the UCU said: “Today (Tuesday 20th February) management ordered security to break into the Queen Mary UCU office behind the Queens Building in order to remove posters expressing solidarity with Palestine. The posters were produced by UCU and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, with which UCU is affiliated and called for an end to the genocide in Gaza.”

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The European Parliament on Wednesday asked members on its defense subcommittee to have their phones checked for spyware after it found traces of hacking on two devices.

Members and staff in the chamber's subcommittee on security and defense (SEDE) have had their phones hit with intrusive surveillance software tools, the institution said in an internal email.

All lawmakers in the subcommittee have been advised to take their phones to the institution's IT service to be checked for spyware, according to the email, seen by POLITICO.

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Israel intensified airstrikes in Rafah on Wednesday as Israeli officials are threatening to invade the city, which is packed with an estimated 1.5 million Palestinians.

Reuters reported that the Israeli bombardment in Rafah killed over a dozen members of the al-Noor family, including a one-and-a-half-year-old girl. At the site of the bombed house, Palestinians criticized the US for vetoing a ceasefire resolution at the UN Security Council and for its support of the Israeli onslaught.

“Since October 7 and until this moment, the US has been supporting Israel with rockets, aircraft and tanks. All of these massacres are because of America,” said  Youssef Sheikh Al-Eid, whose brother was inside the targeted house, according to Reuters.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said a total of 118 Palestinians were killed in Gaza from February 20-21, bringing the total death toll up to 29,313, with 69,333 others wounded. About two-thirds of the casualties are women and children.

Claire's Observations:  It appears to me that Israel's 10 March Deadline/Ultimatum on the return of Israeli hostages, and surrender of Hamas, to stop further genocide in Rafah,  may well have been moved up by Israeli and Military officials.  This date is now just 17 days away; but I wouldn't hold my breath, that Israel won't start a major offensive before that, in an attempt to throw Hamas off-kilter.

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According to economist Mark Zandi, the average U.S. household is now shelling out an additional $1,019 a month just to purchase the exact same goods and services that it did three years ago…

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Muslims, Democrats and social media users expressed their displeasure on Wednesday with remarks made by Republican Representative Andy Ogles of Tennessee, who responded to an activist’s question about the deaths of Palestinian children in Gaza by asserting that “we should kill ‘em all”.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) “unequivocally” denounced Ogles and wrote that his remarks were tantamount to advocating for “the extermination of the Palestinian people”.

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Watchdogs questioned how Black Lives Matter (BLM) spent its money last year. The organization has raised millions of dollars since its inception all in the name of fighting racism.

BLM has its hands in various cookie jars as it works to further its causes while constantly raising money. What watchdogs uncovered is that it appears one hand is feeding the other when it comes to BLM finances.

Questions surround the political action committee (PAC) associated with the primary BLM organization. Federal Election Commission (FEC) records showed that BLM spent the majority of its 2023 expenses paying the consulting firm owned by the treasurer of the PAC.

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Now, news is coming out that Trump met with an unexpected, yet well-known, former presidential candidate. And what they spoke about is getting the rumor mill churning.

From The Washington Post:
Former president Donald Trump and top advisers have spoken with former Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard about foreign policy and how the Defense Department should be run in a second Trump term, according to people familiar with the matter.

The talks with Gabbard — who has staked out a role as an outspoken critic of aid to Ukraine and U.S. military interventions overseas — are part of a broader conversation about how Trump would manage the Pentagon differently if voters award him a second term.

In what might come as a shock to many Americans, Trump and his advisers spoke with former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. She is a former Democrat who ran for president in 2020. Gabbard has become popular among conservatives for her right-of-center views on many issues and her ongoing criticisms of the Biden administration.

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With the general election just a few months away, we should expect the Trump campaign to be revving up. The former president is building momentum and he is setting his sights on a big win in November.

He’s already hinted at his running mate shortlist. In the coming weeks, he might be releasing other big news.

Just recently, his campaign dropped another bombshell. They are revealing what they think of Nikki Haley’s future. And this prediction will send the GOP rival reeling.

From Daily Wire:
Former President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign team released a memo on Tuesday blasting his GOP rival Nikki Haley and predicting “the end is near,” saying her campaign will conclude on Saturday when voters in her home state of South Carolina go to the polls. ..

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After a two-year delay, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a merger of Trump’s social network with an acquisition group called Digital World Acquisition Corporation.

This merger is worth an estimated $10 billion. This will allow Trump to take TRUTH Social public in an IPO. That can result in a massive boost to the company’s wealth. The former president will own around $79 million in shares of the business.

It is likely that, once the company goes public, investors will rush to buy. That could cause the value of shares to skyrocket, providing Trump with even more wealth and resources.

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Late last year, Congress extended Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and, in doing so, secured “the nation’s warrantless surveillance powers” until April 2024. With that month fast approaching, House Republicans have unveiled a new package to reauthorize those same powers, within limits.

As the Hill reports, the new package “focus[es] on more reforms at the FBI to address misuse of the powerful spy tool,” but the deal does not include requirements for a warrant, which is “deemed a red line for the intelligence community but nonetheless a top priority for privacy advocates in Congress.”

The new measure “would severely limit the number of FBI personnel who can query the database, forcing more oversight from some 550 supervisors or lawyers before agents can tap into the database to gain information on Americans.” The bill aims to “protect members of Congress or other high-profile officials” by requiring consent before a “defensive briefing.”

The FBI will be required to “notify a member of Congress, with some limitation, if they have been queried in the 702 database.” As members of Congress and the public may have noticed, the FBI, tasked with counterintelligence, has become a law unto itself.

Claire's Observations:  As a Christian Pacifist Activist, who believes war is the result of a catastrophic failure of imagination; who doesn't even have an overdue library book, and has never advocated for violence, I am most probably on this list, somewhere.

I am no terrorist of any stripe; but because I believe in logical questions being asked and answered, particularly in the realm of geopolitics, I must be considered a major irritant!! :-)

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has subpoenaed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra for records on Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs), released into the United States, who are behind some of the most “heinous criminal acts against Americans.”

On Tuesday, as Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw first reported, Jordan sent a subpoena to Becerra requesting all information related to various cases of UACs who ultimately victimized American citizens after their being resettled with adult sponsors by HHS.

“The Committee on the Judiciary is conducting oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services’ mismanagement of the placement of UACs,” Jordan writes:

This mismanagement has resulted in unvetted UACs, who have been released by HHS to sponsors in the United States, committing heinous criminal acts against Americans. To that end, we have requested the case files for several UACs who have been charged with committing crimes while in the United States after being released by HHS. Your response without compulsory process has been woefully inadequate. [Emphasis added]

Since June 2023, the Committee has requested several HHS case files for criminal aliens charged with serious and violent crimes, including theft, brutal assault, and murder. The Committee has followed up on its requests on numerous occasions. Following months of nonresponsiveness, on September 28, 2023, HHS finally provided a response that included a variety of baseless excuses to justify withholding the requested criminal alien case files. Among other excuses, HHS noted its concern for the privacy interests of criminal aliens and asserted that the Committee lacked a legitimate oversight purpose to obtain the case files. [Emphasis added]

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On the same day in 2023, two Waymo driverless taxis hit the same truck but we’re just now hearing about this. The company has just issued a recall for its controversial robotaxis, even though it insists the odd incident last year was a “rare scenario.”

Angry mob torches robotaxi.

Of course, Waymo is trying to spin this incident as positively as possible. The company made a big deal in a blog post announcing the recall about how it was doing so voluntarily. If you know how these sorts of things work, that’s how many vehicle recalls happen, so the hoopla is just a show.

According to Waymo, this incident in question happened back on December 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The company is quick to point out the two crashes resulted in zero injuries and “minor vehicle damage.” We wonder just how minor the owner of the truck thought it was at the time.

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German paleobiologists have called for an overhaul of the system used in naming dinosaurs, arguing the current nomenclature contains nearly 100 “potentially offensive” names, Nature magazine reported on Tuesday, citing the team’s still-unpublished paper. 

Webmaster addition:  This silliness has to stop.

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Report Highlights

  • Gun ownership in America increased 28% from 1994 to 2023
  • It is estimated that there are 393 million civilian-owned firearms in the U.S.
  • There are 6.06 million registered civilian firearms in America
  • Estimates show that 82,880,000 people own at least one firearm in 2023
  • Women's firearm ownership increased by 177.8% in the past years
  • Gun ownership increased more among Hispanics than any other demographic between 2017-2023 (33%)
  • Gun ownership declined by 22% in the 18-29 age group over the past six years
  • One out of every 20 adults in the U.S. purchased a firearm for the first time during the pandemic
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The government has been taken to task over its secretive censorship units.

The issue of how freedom of expression is protected in the UK, as the country’s government works to combat what it considered to be “disinformation,” was somewhat examined during a recent parliamentary debate.

One of the players brought up is the Counter Disinformation Unit – now renamed as the National Security Online Information Team (NSOIT) – which news reports say has ties to UK’s intelligence agencies. (Not what the government representatives are spelling out, however.)

The unit notably “combated disinformation” in the past by spying on government critics – despite their speech being lawful.

Speaking in the British Parliament this week, Lord Strasburger had this question for the government: What steps are they taking to protect freedom of expression in the course of their work on combating so-called “disinformation?”

Claire's Observations:  watch Viscount Camrose, answering such questions, "duck and weave" , in the best traditions of  the CIA's Former Head,  Gina Haspel!!

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The radicals that run most of our major cities thought that going soft on crime was the way to go.  So they reduced police budgets, they legalized a lot of things that used to be serious crimes, they decided to stop prosecuting numerous low level offenses, and many hardcore criminals found themselves getting sent back into the streets time after time after getting arrested by the police.  For example, even though the city of Chicago is experiencing a massive crime wave, the jail population in Cook County is “at the lowest level in 40 years” thanks to policies that are extremely soft on crime…

One thing Chicagoans can’t help but notice when scrolling through news feeds: the number of violent crimes committed by defendants while they were out either on parole, probation or awaiting trial.

That’s not surprising given the long-term decarceration trend in Cook County that’s left the county’s jail population at the lowest level in 40 years. Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans started a no bail/low cash bail policy in 2017, resulting in a growing number of pretrial defendants out on bond who are then charged with new crimes, as we reported here. The state’s new SAFE-T Act has taken that policy even further. In September 2023, Illinois became the first state in the country to eliminate cash bail altogether, while the law also reduced the types of crimes for which defendants could be detained before their trial.

So how is that working out?

Has putting violent criminals back into the streets made things safer?

Of course not.

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As I write these words, the death toll in the Gaza massacre (not “war”) has surpassed 28,000, of whom some 70% are women and children. As I write these words, nothing has evidently changed in Jewish attitudes, of which roughly 80% of American Jews and 95% of Israeli Jews are satisfied with the brutal assault.[1] As I write these words, nothing has deterred the pro-Israel, pro-Jewish attitude of the Biden administration or of the so-called leaders in Europe—Ursula von der Leyen, Roberta Metsola, Jens Stoltenberg, Olaf Scholz—as they offer all possible aid and assistance to the criminal Jewish state. These facts are extremely telling, but are unsurprising for those who have long studied the Jewish Question.

Confronted with the stark reality of Gaza, we must be clear and explicit. We must state the obvious: Israel’s actions are crimes against humanity, out of any proportion to the Hamas attack that nominally instigated it. As a resistance movement to a 75-year-long occupying power, Hamas is legitimate in its use of force against Israelis. All those around the world who aid and comfort the Israeli government are themselves criminals and must be held accountable; this includes Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, and virtually every national leader in Europe. Those who refuse to speak up and condemn Israeli atrocities are moral cowards, concerned more about their personal status and personal well-being than mass human suffering. Such people, especially those in positions of influence, should be identified, labeled, shunned, and punished by the appropriate court of law.

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