"Free people can say “no”. Free people can refuse demands for their money, time, and children. Slaves cannot. There is no freedom without the freedom to say “no”. If someone demands that you do something and you can say “no” and refuse to do it, then you are a free human being. If you can be forced to do something or surrender something that you do not wish to, then you are a slave. No other test need be applied" -- Michael Rivero

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could impact the 2024 presidential election and lead to the release of or reduction in sentences for hundreds of January 6 rioters.

Before the trials began, the J6 prosecutors decided that the most serious charge they could get a conviction for was an obstruction charge. The prosecutors were alleging that the rioters obstructed an official proceeding of Congress, making the crime eligible to be prosecuted for anyone who "corruptly alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or otherr object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; or (2) otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so.”

There are two points of contention for defense attorneys. The first is the definition "corruptly" and the second is the "otherwise" wording that leads, they say, to an overly broad interpretation of the statute.

The case involves Joseph W. Fischer, an off-duty Pennsylvania police officer, who is facing several charges as a result of his admitted participation in the riot.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ordered the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to wage “war on conspiracy theorists” by seizing domains of websites that publish “non-mainstream content” online.

The EU DisinfoLab, a WEF-funded nonprofit, says ICANN needs to expand its control over domain registration limitations to include so-called “disinformation” policing in addition to phishing and malware. This would mean that ICANN would be granted powers to police who is allowed to register websites based on their adherence to official narratives.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP
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An 11-year-old girl in Washington State was prohibited from forming an interfaith prayer group at her elementary school one week after the same administrators permitted other students to start an LGBTQ “Pride Club.”

Laura, a 5th grader at Creekside Elementary in Sammamish, Washington, and a friend wanted to start a prayer group to “bring students together to serve their community” from different faith backgrounds.

Laura and her mother met with Creekside Principal Amy Allison in February about the club but were told that funding for clubs was allocated in October.
 
Yet the pride club was started and promoted by teachers a week before the school met with Laura and her mother.

A nonprofit Christian legal organization, First Liberty Institute (FLI), took on the case for Laura, her friend, and their parents, and wrote a letter to the Issaquah School District regarding the incident.

FLI alleged in the letter that the school’s actions were unlawful and violated both the Free Exercise Clause and the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION, RELIGION/ATHEISM
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Customers packed Cory Gautereaux’s small gun store northeast of San Diego on a recent Friday afternoon.

Many of the people buying pistols at Firearms Unlimited California said they were concerned about the massive number of migrants being released onto the local streets after the area became a hub for the crisis at the border — which is just 25 miles from El Cajon, a Southern California suburb of 105,000 people.

“My wife and I have had home defense guns for many years. Recently though with all the stuff that’s happening south of the border and all the people coming over, my concerns have broadened,” said Keith Carnevale, one of the shop’s customers who’s armed his entire family.

“I don’t think it’s just the people that are coming over to try to find work, I think we have a lot of hostile people that are coming over with ill will, ill intent that will potentially cause chaos.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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The Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday that could have major implications for hundreds of Jan. 6 defendants — as well as special counsel Jack Smith’s prosecution of former President Donald Trump.

The case, Fischer v. United States, asks the Supreme Court to weigh the scope of an obstruction statute, Section 1512(c)(2), which penalizes anyone who corruptly “obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding” with up to 20 years in prison. Joseph Fischer, who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, argues that his prosecution under the law for obstructing Congress’ certification of the 2020 election was an “unprecedented expansion” of the statute.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The conflict has been overshadowed by the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza Strip, which since October has caused a massive humanitarian crisis for Palestinians and a threat of famine in the territory.

But relief workers warn Sudan is hurtling towards an even larger-scale calamity of starvation, with potential mass death in coming months. Food production and distribution networks have broken down and aid agencies are unable to reach the worst-stricken regions. At the same time, the conflict has brought widespread reports of atrocities including killings, displacement and rape, particularly in the area of the capital and the western region of Darfur.

Justin Brady, head of the U.N. humanitarian coordination office for Sudan, warned that potentially tens or even hundreds of thousands could die in coming months from malnutrition-related causes.

“This is going to get very ugly very quickly unless we can overcome both the resource challenges and the access challenges,” Brady said. The world, he said, needs to take fast action to pressure the two sides for a stop in fighting and raise funds for the U.N. humanitarian effort.

But the international community has paid little attention. The U.N. humanitarian campaign needs some $2.7 billion this year to get food, heath care and other supplies to 24 million people in Sudan – nearly half its population of 51 million. So far, funders have given only $145 million, about 5%, according to the humanitarian office, known as OCHA.

The “level of international neglect is shocking,” Christos Christou, president of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, said in a recent statement.

The situation in fighting on the ground has been deteriorating. The military, headed by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and the RSF, commanded by Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, have carved up Khartoum and trade indiscriminate fire at each other. RSF forces have overrun much of Darfur, while Burhan has moved the government and his headquarters to the Red Sea city of Port Sudan.

Claire's observations:  The weaponization of food, is a common military tactic; but using it on this broad a scale, guarantees that most of Sudan's children will be dead by a combination of starvation, and opportunistic diseases, which feed on the consequences of that starvation.   

There need to be some "Adults in the Room" in Sudan, in Africa and beyond, who will terminate this slaughter, and get opposing sides to sit down at a negotiating table, and talk.   The words "insane" and "senseless" come to mind.  But please be aware that these people are fighting each other for "the whole pie" in terms of Sudan's natural resources:  https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-are-the-major-natural-resources-of-sudan.html, which are very considerable.

Tags: AFRICA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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Israeli Army Opens Fire at Hundreds of Displaced Palestinians Returning to Northern Gaza (VIDEO)

Israeli occupation forces opened fire at displaced Palestinians attempting to return to northern Gaza. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Earlier in the day, Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee dismissed rumors of the Israeli army allowing the return of Palestinians to the area.

Israeli forces shelled on Sunday hundreds of displaced Palestinians as they attempted to return to their homes in the northern Gaza Strip, the Anadolu news agency reported.

Initial reports did not indicate any casualties, according to an Anadolu correspondent.

Earlier in the day, Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee dismissed rumors of the Israeli army allowing the return of Palestinians to the area.

“Reports on Israeli army forces allowing the return of the Palestinian population to the northern Gaza Strip area are false and completely baseless rumors,” Adraee wrote on X, adding that “the Israeli army does not allow the return of residents, neither through Salah al-Din Street nor through Al-Rashid Street Street.”

Adraee warned Palestinians against approaching Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip.

“The northern Gaza Strip is still a war zone and we will not allow a return to it,” he said

Claire's Observations;  if you are wondering what the bombs and bullets By-di-bye's Administration has given, carte blanche, to the Israeli Government are doing, this is a pretty  damned good representation.

The Palestinian people who are running are now permanently homeless; shot at; starving; and completely under the control of an Israeli government which wishes them all dead, particularly the women and children, judging by the numbers already killed or maimed for life.

And genocidal Israel, the world's TOP "Assassination Nation" of the 21st century is (allegedly) "The Only Democracy in the Middle East"?  Please LORD, give me a flipping break!!!!!!

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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