I am a bit burned out and I need time to recuperate. Also, I have some other things I need to work on, including developing some other revenue…
"It will give us, for a course of years, good government and then only end, due to the corruption of the people, in despotism, which will be the only form of government suitable for them." -- Benjamin Franklin on the Constitution Philadelphia, 1789.
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure into law forcing people to file lawsuits against the state in Cook County and Sangamon County.
Cook County is home to Chicago. Sangamon County is home to Springfield.
See where I’m going with this?
If you want to challenge executive orders or state laws, you must file them in the county housing the governor or the most corrupt county in the country housing the most corrupt city in the country.
How do I fascist? Don’t stand in Pritzker’s way or his cronies!
If you have one racism, and you add another racism, how many racisms do you have?
The College Fix reports:
1619 Project releases new ‘reparations math’ curriculum for high school students
High school students will learn about the causes of racial inequality and discuss reparations for slavery as part of a new “reparations math” curriculum developed by the creators of the controversial 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project Education Network, overseen by the Pulitzer Center, released the outline for “Reparations Math and Reparations History” on May 8.
“Students apply math skills, research into historical wealth gaps in the U.S., and an analysis of different reparations models to an investigation into whether or not reparations should be paid to the descendents of enslaved people in the U.S.,” the network’s website states.
The concepts in question are designed to be taught over the course of three to four school weeks, or approximately 15 class periods, according to the proposal.
Former Harvard professor and far left activist Cornel West is entering the 2024 race for president in the People’s Party. West is obviously a longshot, but he could attract some voters from the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party.
The Hill reports:
Cornel West announces 2024 run for president as People’s Party candidate
Progressive activist Cornel West announced his 2024 campaign for president with the People’s Party on Monday
“I have decided to run for truth and justice, which takes the form of running for President of the United States as a candidate for the People’s Party,” West said in a video announcement on Twitter launching the third-party presidential bid.
According to the New York Post, a New York City hotel worker was brutally attacked on Tuesday by an irate asylum-seeker who bludgeoned him over the head with a “No Parking” sign.
The Roosevelt Hotel on East 45th Street closed for several years, was recently turned into the city’s main “asylum seeker arrival center” by Democratic Mayor Eric Adams. The migrant, who had been kicked out of the hotel for disorderly conduct, attempted to re-enter the building early on Tuesday but was refused entry by a 36-year-old hotel worker familiar with his unruly behavior.
The migrant attempted to join his wife, who also resides at the hotel. Frustrated by the situation, the migrant allegedly waited outside the building for the worker to leave so that he could confront him. When the worker exited the hotel, he noticed the migrant and began running to East 46th Street and Fifth Avenue.
The migrant reportedly chased after the worker and picked up a metal “No Parking” sign belonging to Gotham Hotel, and bashed the worker over the head, police said.
Last week, The California Senate passed a bill that makes it illegal for businesses to require their employees to confront shoplifters.
Senate Bill 553, introduced by State Sen. Dave Cortese (D-Cupertino), focuses on strengthening occupational safety by addressing workplace violence and expanding the scope of protection and prevention measures. If the bill is approved by the California State Assembly and subsequently signed into law by the Democrat governor Newsom, it will come into effect on January 1, 2024.
“What we’re saying in the bill is, it’s not ok for an employer to take a rank and file worker, somebody whose job is really something else, a reporter for example, and say ‘hey if there’s an intruder, we’re going to deputize you. You’ll be the one to intervene.’ People get hurt and oftentimes killed that way,” Cortese told KTVU.
Part of the measure would prevent companies from requiring their staff to confront active shooters or shoplifters.
The bill is introduced during a period when there is an increase in crime happening in retail stores since the enactment of criminal justice reforms. Many retailers are facing lower profits due to theft, especially organized retail crime. Additionally, there is a growing trend of violence associated with these theft incidents. Store owners are calling for more effective measures to prevent such crimes from happening.
US Department of Defense officials have decried new laws in various states that push back against LGBTQ activism – such as bans on sex-change surgeries for children – arguing that the legislation could undermine the readiness of America’s military.
“LGBTQ+ and other diverse communities are under attack just because they are different – hate for hate’s sake,” chief DOD diversity officer Gil Cisneros said on Wednesday at a Pentagon event celebrating Pride Month. “But we must stick together, and we must be prepared to confront any such challenge directly.”
Cisneros was referring to bills passed or proposed in more than a dozen Republican-controlled states on LGBTQ-related issues. Some US states have outlawed giving hormone blockers or sex-change surgeries to minors and prohibited schools from counseling children on gender identity without parental consent. Florida has banned classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation, targeting curriculums that Governor Ron DeSantis has condemned as “indoctrination.”
Federal prosecutors have notified Donald Trump that he is a criminal target and likely to be indicted imminently in a probe into alleged classified documents – even as the Justice Department declined to delay charges to give time to investigate allegations of witness tampering submitted by the former president’s legal team, according to multiple people on Wednesday familiar with the case.
The sources directly familiar with the case told Just the News that DOJ declined to delay the planned indictment of Trump to investigate allegations that a senior prosecutor working on the case tried to influence a key witness by discussing a federal judgeship with the witness’ lawyer.
That allegation is still pending in a secret case before Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg, the jurist who oversees the federal court in Washington, D.C., and the grand juries that convene in that courthouse, the sources said.
An historic federal indictment crafted by Special Counsel Jack Smith could be handed up by a federal grand jury against the 45th president as early as this week, the sources said.
Was Mel Gibson the fall guy for wanting to child trafficking rings in Hollywood? He is involved in a new documentary about the underbelly of child trafficking in the U.S. and other countries. That is why he is trending today. Will the mainstream condone this or remind us why he is a persona non grata?
According to the SPLC's findings, parents' rights groups have been transformed into an anti-student inclusion movement. The report detailed that these groups were targeting curricula that included discussions of race, discrimination, and LGBTQ identities.
The SPLC has placed Moms for Liberty, a Florida-based organization with strong GOP connections, under its extremist group classification. The report accuses Moms for Liberty of disrupting school board meetings nationwide and inhibiting officials and parents from conducting ordinary proceedings.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday, discussing energy prices and other important issues, the Kremlin said. The phone call follows the prince’s meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
According to the Kremlin readout of the call, the two leaders paid particular attention to “measures to further build up trade and economic ties, the implementation of promising joint projects in the field of investment, transport logistics, and energy.”
They discussed in detail the topic of “ensuring stability in the world energy market” and agreed on the high level of cooperation within OPEC+, as well as the agreements reached at the recent ministerial meeting in Riyadh, the statement added.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has aided a Ukrainian intelligence effort to censor social media users and obtain their personal information, leaked emails reveal.
In March 2022, an FBI Special Agent sent Twitter a list of accounts on behalf of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Ukraine’s main intelligence agency. The accounts, the FBI wrote, “are suspected by the SBU in spreading fear and disinformation.” In an attached memo, the SBU asked Twitter to remove the accounts and hand over their user data.
The Ukrainian government’s FBI-enabled targets extend to members of the media. The SBU list that the FBI provided to Twitter included my name and Twitter profile. In its response to the FBI, Twitter agreed to review the accounts for “inauthenticity” but raised concerns about the inclusion of me and other “American and Canadian journalists.”
A comprehensive investigation by the Wall Street Journal and the Stanford Internet Observatory reveals that Meta-owned Instagram has been home to an organized and massive network of pedophiles.
But what separates this case from most is that Instagram's own algorithms were promoting pedophile content to other pedophiles, while the pedos themselves used coded emojis, such as a picture of a map, or a slice of cheese pizza.
Instagram connects pedophiles and guides them to content sellers via recommendation systems that excel at linking those who share niche interests, the Journal and the academic researchers found.
The pedophilic accounts on Instagram mix brazenness with superficial efforts to veil their activity, researchers found. Certain emojis function as a kind of code, such as an image of a map—shorthand for “minor-attracted person”—or one of “cheese pizza,” which shares its initials with “child pornography,” according to Levine of UMass. Many declare themselves “lovers of the little things in life.” -WSJ
The latest warning sign the commercial real estate market is sliding into a downturn is news from Bloomberg that Goldman Sachs is trying to unload Ireland's largest shopping mall for a loss after acquiring it two years ago.
Bloomberg said a source had explained Goldman is asking €650 million ($695 million) for the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in west Dublin. The property was acquired from Blackstone Group LP in the second half of 2020 for €750.
We have become a nation in a permanent state of emergency.
Power-hungry and lawless, the government has weaponized one national crisis after another in order to expand its powers and justify all manner of government tyranny in the so-called name of national security.
COVID-19, for example, served as the driving force behind what Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch characterized as “the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country.”
In a statement attached to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona v. Mayorkas, a case that challenged whether the government could continue to use it pandemic powers even after declaring the public health emergency over, Gorsuch provided a catalog of the many ways in which the government used COVID-19 to massively overreach its authority and suppress civil liberties:
Mustard greens are a nutrient-dense source of vitamins and minerals, but their bitter flavor makes them unpalatable to many. To remedy the problem, Tom Adams, cofounder and CEO of Pairwise, told Wired, “We basically created a new category of salad.”
The agricultural biotechnology company, founded in 2017, had raised $90 million by 2021, and $115 million total, “to bring new varieties of fruits and vegetables to market.”
Its first product, Conscious Greens Purple Power Baby Greens Blend, is also the first CRISPR-edited food available to U.S. consumers.
The UK Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has told a group of MPs that the BBC is biased on occasion, but refused to give any specific examples.
In her first appearance before the Culture, Media, and Sport Committee since she took up the post in February, Frazer said that she was a supporter of the BBC and the content it produces.
“But it does need to understand its duties in relation to partiality,” she told the committee.
The BBC, headed by Director General Tim Davie, is currently undergoing a review of the company’s compliance with editorial standards and effectiveness in representing audiences from working class backgrounds.
Moscow has accused Ukraine of blowing up the Tolyatti-Odesa pipeline in a new act of "sabotage" targeting vital Russian infrastructure. It is the longest ammonia pipeline in the world, at some 2,500km, and Russia utilizes it to export the industrial chemical, which is a core component of fertilizer, among other products.
A Wednesday statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said "A Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group blew up the Tolyatti-Odesa ammonia pipeline" outside the village of Masyutovka in the northeastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine.
The sabotage reportedly occurred Monday evening, with photos and footage subsequently appearing on social media which show a chemical leak and thick, white haze of smoke leaking from the pipeline.
The defense ministry cited injuries from the dangerous chemical leak:
"As a result of this terrorist act, there are victims among the civilian population. They received the necessary medical care," the MoD said.
Ukrainian officials have acknowledged the damaged pipeline, but have instead put the blame on Russia, alleging its forces shelled it.
A nurse diagnosed with a COVID-19 vaccine injury is headed to trial in a case against her former employer.
Danielle Baker, 43, is trying to compel Ohio’s Hospice Inc. to pay worker’s compensation for her COVID-19 vaccine injury, suffered after she went to get vaccinated in June 2021 because she believed the company would mandate vaccination.
A state officer rejected the claim, finding that Baker did not show her injury came “in the course of and arising out of her employment” because Ohio’s Hospice had not yet mandated vaccination. The Ohio Industrial Commission refused to hear the appeal.
But a judge intervened in May, scheduling a trial date that sets up the possibility a jury could side with the nurse.
Continuing to outline his “Agenda 47” reelection prospects, former President Donald Trump announced he’ll create a task force to investigate the rise in autism and other ailments affecting children, and plans to hold Big Pharma accountable when he returns to office.
“In recent decades, there has been an unexplained and alarming growth in the prevalence of chronic illnesses and health problems especially in children,” the president said in a message posted to social media Tuesday.
“We’ve seen a stunning rise in autism, autoimmune disorders, obesity, infertility, serious allergies, and respiratory challenges. It’s time to ask, ‘What is going on?'”
Webmaster addition: I would like to see that happen, being one of those victims of auto-immune disorders!
A controversial British cardiologist has called for the Pfizer and Moderna Covid shots to be suspended in Australia until the risk of heart complications is better understood, saying prior vaccines “have been pulled for much less”.
Dr Aseem Malhotra, who has emerged as one of the most high-profile figures in the anti-vaccine movement and is currently in Australia on a speaking tour, said it was a “no-brainer” and accused the medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), of ignoring the clear safety signal from its own reporting system once the rollout was well under way.
“People can be forgiving if new information comes in, we know people make mistakes — but once you get that information back, them not acting on it … the problem is the cover-up is worse than the crime,” he said.
The 45-year-old boasts an impressive resume but has become a polarising figure since last year, when he first called for the suspension of mRNA Covid vaccines and started making claims — which have been disputed by fact checkers — about their dangers.
The US Department of Homeland Security operated a program that sought to automate the designation of social media users as “pro-terrorist” based on their use of certain keywords and interaction with other targeted users, according to documents obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice and published on Tuesday.
Project Night Fury, a partnership between the DHS and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, sought to assign potentially “pro-terrorist” accounts a “risk score” that would then affect other accounts they interacted with. The university had agreed to develop automated methods to determine whether an account linked to one already under surveillance was itself “pro-terrorist,” using criteria like “keyword set comparisons.” The algorithm, not a human, would determine whether a user could be labeled “pro-terrorist” for simply clicking “like” on a Facebook post or retweeting an account that had already received that label.
The scale of the devastation caused by the explosion at the Kakhovka dam – described as Europe's worst environmental disaster since Chernobyl – was laid bare yesterday.
Close to 20,000 people had been rescued from the resulting deluge, Kyiv confirmed last night. Another 40,000 face evacuation.
Teams of rescuers were constantly ferrying people, mainly children and the elderly and their pets, through the flooded streets. Officials used small boats and amphibious vehicles to get to stranded locals, some of whom had to swim through the water.
Meanwhile Ukraine's farming and food ministry warned that grain fields in the south of the country 'may turn into deserts as early as next year' – starved of their water source.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who live close to the Dnipro River now face the threat of hazardous chemicals and disease following the blasts that broke open the Soviet-era dam in the early hours of Tuesday. In a sickening move yesterday, Russia launched air strikes on areas hit by flooding. A block of flats in the city of Kherson was apparently hit five times.
Boeing has been accused in a bombshell lawsuit of making knock-off versions of patented tools for work on NASA rockets, allegedly leading to the leaks that caused numerous embarrassing delays for the historic Artemis I mission.
The federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Wilson Aerospace alleges that Boeing stole trade secrets for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and built components with 'critical' safety flaws that could endanger astronauts.
The suit said that, after Boeing cancelled a contract with Wilson, the company made its own versions of Wilson's highly specialized tools, including one known as a Fluid Fitting Torque Device.
Wilson alleges in the suit that 'the mismatched tools have caused some fluid leaks that have continually delayed the SLS launch, costing NASA hundreds of millions of dollars while unjustly enriching Boeing through its cost-plus contract with NASA.'
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday demanding documentation related to the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last year.
The raid — which took place on Aug. 8, 2022 — was reportedly aimed at retrieving “any document Trump ever saw, read, or created for the entirety of his four years as commander-in-chief.” Due to the unprecedented nature of the Biden DOJ conducting a raid on a former president and a potential 2024 rival, House Judiciary Republicans sent letters to Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and then-White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain demanding records pertaining to “the execution of a search warrant” and “the decision to seek a search warrant” for Trump’s estate. The affidavit released by the FBI later that month justifying the agency’s warrant application to raid Trump’s Florida residence was nearly all redacted.
Webmaster addition: As I understand it, a document surfaces recently showing that President Trump, just before he left office, signed an order declassifying all CROSSFIRE HURRICANE documents. So, it may well be that none of the documents seized at Mar-a-aLago are in fact classified!
“It’s not true. It wasn’t closed down,” William Barr told The Federalist on Tuesday in response to Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin’s claim that the former attorney general and his “handpicked prosecutor” had ended an investigation into a confidential human source’s allegation that Joe Biden had agreed to a $5 million bribe. “On the contrary,” Barr stressed, “it was sent to Delaware for further investigation.”
Former Attorney General Barr went on the record with The Federalist following statements Raskin made to the press Monday afternoon. Soon after attending a closed-door meeting with House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer and the FBI — at which lawmakers reviewed the FD-1023 form summarizing a CHS’s detailed allegations that then-Vice President Joe Biden agreed to accept money from a foreign national to affect policy decisions — Raskin spoke to the media.
“What I learned,” Raskin claimed, “was that Attorney General Barr named Scott Brady, who was the U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania, to head up a group of prosecutors who would look into all the allegations related to Ukraine.”
“After Rudy Giuliani surfaced these allegations,” Raskin continued, Brady’s team looked into the FD-1023 and “in August determined that there was no grounds to escalate from an initial assessment to a preliminary investigation,” and so “they called an end to the investigation.”
Minnesota has approved a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to benefit from the state’s education aid program, proposing to make tuition 100% free in higher education if families make less than $80,000.
HF 2073 is a recent measure connected to college education that uplifts the North Star Promise tuition fee program. North Star Promise allows eligible students in the state of Minnesota, including illegal immigrants, to be eligible for free college tuition as long as their family’s adjusted gross income is less than $80,000.
The tuition fee is applicable for enrollees in a two or four-year program within the University of Minnesota or Minnesota state schools.
The legislation passed both the Minnesota House and Senate, with Democrat Governor Tim Walz authorizing the program on May 24th. The legislature’s Democrat majority voted in support of the bill.
Chicago’s Black community has expressed worries over the city’s plan to dole out $51 million to assist migrants in the city.