Thought for the day

"When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is more tyranny. Apologies to Thomas Jefferson!" -- Michael Rivero
"A rocket will never be able to leave Earth's atmosphere." -- New York Times, 1936

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A group of burglars drove a car through the front door of a Neiman Marcus in California early Saturday morning to steal merchandise from the luxury store, police said.

The burglary took place around 4:45 a.m. at the store in Beverly Hills. Officers were dispatched immediately to the store after receiving a report of an alarm going off, police said.

 Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” said late last week that the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home might have saved him from losing in a Republican presidential primary against Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL).

A former CIA director has suggested that former President Donald Trump should be executed after the FBI says it found classified documents at his private residence.

Michael Beschloss, a historian and MSNBC contributor sent a tweet on Thursday that recalled people in history who were executed after sharing nuclear secrets with enemy governments.

“Rosenbergs were convicted for giving U.S. nuclear secrets to Moscow, and were executed June 1953,” he said in his tweet.

The rate of civilian deaths caused by the war in Ukraine lags behind murder rates in most major American cities, data from the United Nations Human Rights Office and an analysis of murder records shows.

Earlier this month, the United Nations updated its casualty numbers related to the ongoing war in Ukraine, which indicated a total of 5,401 civilians had been killed since the Russian invasion.

Attorneys quarreled on Wednesday over whether a 1963 Supreme Court case involving Rhode Island booksellers had any relevance to a White River Junction book publisher’s lawsuit against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

The hearing in Washington Western District Court in Seattle was the first in Chelsea Green Publishing’s lawsuit against the senator, alleging she violated the First Amendment by stifling free speech when she wrote a public letter to Amazon condemning the bookseller’s sale of the Chelsea Green book, The Truth About COVID-19.

Bill Maher has denounced the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago, stating the incident only serves as political fuel to transform Donald Trump into "President martyr."

Throughout Friday's episode of The Real Time, Maher aimed the divisive raid at Trump's Mar-a-Lago home this week, where authorities argue the former president held onto a trove of classified documents after vacating office.

Although Maher initially poked fun at the incident, he cautioned Democrats that the raid has just strengthened the chances of a successful Trump 2024 presidential campaign.

The writer and historian Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most serious thinkers of our time. When he says something, people should listen.

Following the raid on Trump’s Florida home, Hanson is saying that the FBI is beyond redemption. That it cannot and should not be saved in its current form.

To hear Hanson saying this should alarm people. He is not the type of man who engages in outrageous talk. He means this, for real.