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Homeowner Shoots And Kills Armed Intruder

A California homeowner fatally shot an armed intruder who kicked down his door Tuesday while he and his wife were eating breakfast, authorities said.

The Fairfield Police Department in California received a call around 8:30 a.m. from a resident about a home invasion.

The married couple in their 60s were having breakfast when they heard a knock at the door, according to police. Suddenly, a 27-year-old male from Suisun City attempted to kick down the door.

“The husband, fearing for his and his wife’s safety obtained his legally owned firearm to defend them,” Fairfield Police said. The intruder finally managed to kick the door in and entered the home. The husband then fired at the intruder, according to police.

The homeowner then immediately called police and reported that he shot the intruder who then fled the scene. (RELATED: ‘This Is My House’: Naked Man Breaks Into California Mansion, Kills Pets And Swims In Pool)

Police checked on the couple and then located the intruder across the street. Authorities said they found a loaded semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine in the intruder’s possession. Officers began performing life-saving measures, but the suspect was pronounced dead around 9:00 a.m.

Police said the intruder had been on parole for a violent crime out of Alameda County.

A similar incident unfolded in nearby Modesto days earlier when a man broke into a home Friday and was fatally shot and killed by the homeowner in a gunfire battle, according to the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Office.

Natalie Simmons:Why This Texas Mom Started a Co-Op to Teach Her Kids

    Natalie Simmons, a single stay-at-home mom, says she has no idea what public school her two children would attend in McKinney, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

    She chose another way to provide a good education to her daughters, Harlow, 7, and Harper, 5.

    “Being a stay-at-home mom is hard enough because you never say goodbye to your children, but then being a single stay-at-home mom [means] you never really get five seconds,” Simmons says.

    Harper, left, and Harlow. (Photos: Natalie Simmons)

    Simmons, now 40, began sending her two kids to Castle Montessori of McKinney when Harper was only 18 months old.

    She says she liked the Montessori school’s child-led, unstructured environment and its emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math projects.

    Simmons then sent the children to Mom’s Day Out, an affordable day school at Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas, another suburb near McKinney.

    The children’s last stop in brick-and-mortar schooling in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 was The Children’s Workshop, a Montessori-themed school in Plano. The school closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Simmons says.

    In March 2020, when schools throughout Texas sent children home to do remote learning, Simmons says, her attitude toward traditional education—even Montessori-themed schooling—changed.

    “We never went back after spring break,” she recalls.

    Simmons says that school requirements that children wear masks during the pandemic became a “nonnegotiable” for her.

    Specifically, in September 2020, McKinney Independent School District released a statement saying that the public school system would have to comply with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide mask mandate.

    As a grown woman, Simmons says, she had trouble wearing a mask for a lengthy amount of time.

    “What do you think a child is going to do?” she asks. “Sending my children back [to school] with masks on was unacceptable and not going to happen.”

    Searching for a Co-Op

    In July 2020, Simmons signed up her children for a co-op meeting at Obstacle Warrior Kids, a Dallas-based recreational facility.

    A co-op is a group of moms who get together to teach each other’s children. A co-op typically acts as a supplemental “social learning” option for homeschooled children.

    Obstacle Warrior Kids “is a perfect place for a co-op because in between classes, kids can go blow off steam,” Simmons says. “I signed up immediately.”

    The moms were “crunchy, hippie, and homeopathic and adopted a gentle parenting lifestyle,” Simmons says, which resonated with own lifestyle.

    “That community felt really great,” Simmons says. “The woman who started the co-op made it look effortless.”

    But after exploring several co-ops, Simmons says, she felt compelled to surround her family with like-minded people.

    For instance, when the new coronavirus first erupted in the U.S., it was wise to be on high alert, she says. But as time passed and more information about COVID-19 was revealed in summer 2020, she recalls, she felt alone in questioning the media’s narrative about the disease.

    Harlow and Harper had not seen their best friends from their previous school in about six months, because their moms were quarantining them, Simmons says.

    “Back then, you were kind of seen as an outcast because you were fighting back [against] the system,” Simmons said. “I myself was not going to wear a mask because the mainstream media’s narrative wasn’t adding up. It wasn’t logical.”

    Inspired to act, Simmons started her own co-op, called Silva, in fall 2020.

    Growing Silva

    The first semester, Simmons aimed to sign up about 30 families in Collin County, Texas—totaling about 60 children. Silva ended up attracting 45 families, or about 90 kids.

    Within three semesters, Silva’s size nearly tripled to about 240 children, and the co-op now has four chapters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    Children at Silva plant orange seeds.

    Silva—Latin for forest—focuses on permaculture, which Simmons calls “a pretty hot topic right now.”

    Permaculture is a natural approach to land management that adopts what are called slow and simple principles.

    “No herbicides, no pesticides, using commonsense logic as opposed to big [agriculture] farming,” Simmons explains.

    After meeting Nicholas Burtner, founder of the School of Permaculture in Plano, Texas, Simmons began taking 40 online courses there to obtain a certificate in permaculture design. Burtner provided her with a scholarship.

    In spring 2020, Simmons’ two children helped with a project at Grateful Farmstead, a property owned by a friend of Burtner’s in the Dallas suburb of Greenville. In exchange, Burtner taught the children about permaculture.

    Permaculture’s 12 principles focus on logic and “slow and steady” solutions, Simmons says.

    “I don’t want my kids to grow up on instant gratification,” she says, noting how quickly Amazon packages can arrive.

    “I want to teach these kids not to suck,” Simmons says, laughing. “I want to teach these kids what hard work is. I want my kids to get dirty. I want my kids to work hard. I want my kids to do favors because they love somebody, not because they’re expecting anything in return.”

    How Silva Works

    Before focusing on permaculture, Silva was a nature-based co-op. The kids played in the woods and learned about creatures such as bats and frogs.

    “Fun nature stuff,” Simmons says. “The kids will get dirty and take some risks, and they might get hurt, but risky play is very, very important for cognitive development and mental health, actually. Kids’ taking risks and working through them takes away a lot of anxiety.”

    Silva now meets at various nature preserves and farms across the Dallas-Fort Worth area once a week between noon and 3 p.m.

    Silva is not a drop-off environment: At least one parent must remain with a child or children.

    Silva charges each family—not each child—$125 per semester. If a family wishes to join two chapters, the price increases to $175.  For three chapters, it costs $200.

    Although Simmons makes a profit, she says the money helps pay for supplies—nature toys, farm supplies, tables, chairs, giant hammocks, and swings—and her gas money so she can drive to the various counties.

    “Some of these places, I drive an hour and a half to get there,” she says.

    “It’s a full-time job,” she adds. “I absolutely would not want to do anything else with my life. I absolutely love it, but I did find a way for me to continue to be able to stay at home.”

    Each state has different rules governing co-ops, including their funding. Although Texas doesn’t provide any government funding for co-ops, the state has lenient rules that make it easy to start one.

    Alaska is among states that provide co-ops about $3,000 per child. This is because Sarah Palin, a Republican who was governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, is a homeschooling advocate and homeschooled her own children.

    ‘Exactly What I Wanted’

    Simmons says she has seen Harlow learn how to climb trees, build fires, and introduce herself to new families in the co-op and make them feel welcome.

    Children at Silva find fun in a fallen tree.

    “Their logic, their ways to figure things out, and get creative and find solutions is admirable and outstanding,” Simmons says of her kids. “It’s exactly what I wanted for them.”

    Another parent, Reyna Mendoza, discovered Silva on Facebook. Her 9-year-old son, Chris, attends the Tarrant County co-op on Tuesdays and does the rest of his schooling at home.

    Texas’ mask mandate was the tipping point where she decided to homeschool Chris, Mendoza says, specifically because she was not able to walk him to class.

    Chris studies core subjects—science, social studies, reading, language arts—while online at time4learning.com.

    This would include learning fractions or decimals, for example.

    Mendoza also incorporates hands-on activities, such as baking cookies, to teach these concepts to her son.

    “I saw the pace and how [Chris] can learn a lot better when [the education] is one-on-one,” she says.

    But because of the co-op as a supplement to her son’s learning, Mendoza says Chris no longer is shy.

    Reyna Mendoza’s son, Chris.

    “Back then, he was so shy and didn’t really ask any questions,” Mendoza recalls. “Even if he didn’t get [the material], he’d say, ‘Oh, OK.’ Now he’ll say, ‘I don’t get it.’ Now he makes friends. Now he goes up to people.”

    The co-op organizes weekend camping trips in the summer to teach survival skills in the wilderness near big lakes such as Lake Texoma, she says.

    On one camping trip, Chris learned how to start a fire and what foods and plants to eat. He’s doing a lot of things other children aren’t learning, his mother says.

    “They’re learning the basics at home, but I wanted them to learn survival skills and different things,” Mendoza says of Chris and his younger sister, Natalie. “I showed up to one of her events and we liked it and continued.”

    Another parent, Karly Meador, says her 6-year-old son, Jordan, also used to be shy and withdrawn, but is more social since joining the co-op in the fall. Meador says she found out about the co-op from Facebook.

    Like Simmons, Meador says she has “no idea” what public school Jordan would attend in Dallas.

    The family of three recently moved to Dallas from the suburb of Savannah. Because Jordan has severe asthma, he cannot wear a mask all day.

    Why Co-Ops Appeal

    Parents are starting and joining co-ops so that their children can get proper socialization while receiving a solid education in a shorter amount of time.

    Because of the rise of homeschooling, “everybody is starving for group time,” says Jube Dankworth, chief operating officer of Texas HOME Educators.

    “I’ve seen working moms do homeschool and other moms farming out to pods,” Dankworth says.

    A pod is when several families—perhaps four or five—set up a microschool for their children and hire a teacher.

    What’s indisputable, given the experiences of these families, is that a change has occurred in how Americans view traditional brick-and-mortar public schools.

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    Youngkin Appoints Angela Sailor as Diversity Officer

      Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday named a new diversity officer who opposes critical race theory to lead the state’s diversity, opportunity, and inclusion efforts.

      Angela Sailor was appointed to an existing post as Virginia’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, according to a press release. Youngkin also issued his 10th executive order, which designates Sailor as the commonwealth’s chief diversity, opportunity, and inclusion officer as part of his Cabinet, replacing the word “equity” with “opportunity.”

      As a black woman, Sailor has been critical of curriculum that teaches students that “America’s culture and institutions are rigged to help whites succeed, that they are victimizers if they’re white, and doomed to failure if they’re black,” which she called “the textbook definition of racism.”

      Sailor has 20 years of executive experience in government and corporate entities, most recently as a vice president leading the Feulner Institute at The Heritage Foundation, chief of staff to former Heritage President Kay C. James, and public member of the Senior Foreign Service Selection Board for the State Department, according to the press release. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)

      Sailor has also recognized the focus on “equity” instead of equality, which she said is a “characteristic” of critical race theory and strives to achieve the “impossible goal” of guaranteed equal outcomes, which “will inevitably result in discriminatory practices.”

      The word “equity” has been replaced with “opportunity” in her Cabinet job title.

      Critical race theory holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “anti-racism” through the end of merit, objective truth, and the adoption of race-based policies.

      In his executive order, Youngkin also outlined his plans to reinvent the office.

      As part of her role as chief diversity, opportunity, and inclusion officer, Sailor will expand entrepreneurship and economic opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled Virginians, bring together people of different faiths to serve their communities, and “promote free speech and civil discourse in civic life, including viewpoint diversity in higher education in coordination with the Secretary of Education,” according to the release.

      She will also be charged with eliminating “disparities in pre-natal care” while serving as an ambassador for unborn children and recognizing the rights of parents in educational and curricular decision-making in coordination with the secretary of education, ensuring “the teaching of Virginia’s and the United States’ history is honest, objective, and complete.”

      The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was created in 2019 by Gov. Ralph Northam, but it has been unstaffed since its former chief and four staffers were asked not to continue in their roles, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

      Youngkin won the governorship with the help of parents who were fed up with the current administration and the state’s policies, and made it clear they wanted to see change in Virginia’s education system.

      Youngkin promised to ban concepts like critical race theory and to put parents first. His opponent, Terry McAuliffe, slipped out of favor when he claimed critical race theory was a “racist dog whistle” and made the assertion that he doesn’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.

      On Saturday, after he was sworn in, Youngkin issued his first executive order, which vowed to end “the use of inherently divisive concepts—including critical race theory—in public education.” The governor’s second order said he would “empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.”

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      Amazon And Facebook Spent More Money Than Ever Lobbying

        Amazon and Facebook parent company Meta spent more money in 2021 lobbying lawmakers and officials than any year before, according to lobbying disclosure filings.

        Amazon spent $20.3 million on lobbying while Meta spent $20.1 million in 2021, according to a review of lobbying disclosure filings by MarketWatch. The figures are record totals for both tech companies, who spent $18.9 million and $19.7 million on lobbying in 2020, respectively.

        Google’s lobbying spend for 2021 clocked in at $11.5 million, while Microsoft spent $10.3 million and Apple spent $6.5 million, according to MarketWatch’s review.

        The high totals come amid increasing government scrutiny of the tech industry as regulators and lawmakers alike look to crack down on the companies’ perceived anti-competitive behavior, as well as target social media “misinformation,” hate speech and online censorship.

        The House Judiciary Committee advanced six antitrust bills in June with bipartisan support targeting major tech companies including Amazon and Meta, while the Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced two companions to the legislation so far. One bill, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, is explicitly designed to curb practices similar to those Amazon employs when it preferences its own line of products on its online marketplace.

        Meta finds itself embroiled in two antitrust lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general over its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp. The company was also the subject of several high-profile Senate hearings after former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked internal documents to the press revealing internal research on the effects of Facebook’s algorithms.

        Amazon, Meta, Apple, Google and Microsoft all lobbied on each antitrust bill, as well as on issues related to immigration, trade and technological innovation.

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        January 6 Riot’s People Finally Got Charged with Sedition (Oath Keepers)

          After the big deal this week with everyone talking about Ray Epps after it was brought up in Congressional hearings, the Justice Department has finally charged people with sedition, i.e., insurrection.

          Several members of the Oath Keepers now stand accused of trying to overthrow the government.

          Tucker Carlson on Thursday interviewed Thomas Caldwell, a member of the Oath Keepers who is being charged with sedition.

          The leader of the organization was charged, along with others who were at the Capitol.

          CBS News:

          The Justice Department charged 11 people, including the founder of the right-wing militia known as the Oath Keepers, with “seditious conspiracy” for their alleged roles in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the most serious charges brought to date relating to the riot.

          Elmer Stewart Rhodes of Granbury, Texas, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., and arrested in Texas on Thursday morning, the Justice Department said. Prosecutors allege he and others conspired to storm the Capitol and interrupt the tallying of electoral votes in the 2020 election.

          In total, 19 people were charged in three separate indictments unsealed Thursday. Eleven of the individuals face seditious conspiracy charges, while the rest face counts of corruptly obstructing an official proceeding and other related charges. Rhodes and another man, Edward Vallejo of Phoenix, Arizona, were charged for the first time, while the others have been named in previous indictments.

          Stewart Rhodes, as you will recall, has been widely accused of being a fed. He was close friends with Oath Keepers regional leader Ray Epps (who by the way, was not one of the 11 charged and still remains completely uncharged). Also, before these charges, he didn’t have any charges at all, despite the fact that Thomas Caldwell, a typically slow-witted boomer who was just a low-level member of the organization, was arrested in an anti-terrorism style raid and put in solitary confinement for three months on previous conspiracy charges. Caldwell didn’t ever enter the building, and they’re accusing him of trying to move “heavy weapons” to “attack the Capitol.”

          Side note: The indictment didn’t specify what kind of “heavy weapons” he was planning to move, but the term tends to imply mortars, howitzers, MPADS, etc.

          These are really just outrageous and weird charges. The FBI has not produced any of these alleged “heavy weapons” or described any of the potential logistics of the alleged planning.

          The only thing they have is video of this admittedly menacingly cryptic statement he made at the rally…

          (To be clear, that is a joke – I edited that screenshot from the DOJ. I’m trying to lighten things up a bit here. As I wrote at the time, the initial interview with Thomas Caldwell on the Tucker Carlson show almost made me cry, seeing this poor old boomer, who could just as easily be one of my family members, going through what he is going through – gotta throw some humor in.)

          Several other members of the Oath Keepers were charged, while Rhodes was going around CPAC threatening to fight anyone who questioned him.

          Rhodes was the focus of two (here, here) of the infamous (and infamously too long, Darren) Revolver News reports on 1/6, and was basically accused outright of being a fed. Revolver has been the source of much of the information surrounding the 1/6 hoax. (I of course called it on the night of, but Darren Beattie of Revolver actually went and pulled all the documents and compiled these thousands of words long articles putting it all together.)

          I listened to Alex Jones’ show on Thursday after Rhodes’ arrest, and he said he didn’t believe that Rhodes is a fed, and basically said he’s just stupid. I can believe he’s stupid. I can’t believe the other part.

          Remember: low IQ is almost universally correlated with low moral fortitude.

          I think he is obviously a fed, and I don’t think these charges change anything at all. Federal informants get charged with things all the time. Usually, they get reduced sentences if the crimes they were charged with were in service of the FBI, but not always.

          Famously, the neo-Nazi radio host and FBI informant Hal Turner argued in court that the alleged crimes he was charged with – encouraging people to commit acts of violence against specific individuals – were things he was told to do by the FBI. His attorney went so far as to say he wasn’t even really a racist, he was just saying racist things because the FBI told him to. Emails between him and the FBI were entered into the court record. The court said that was totally irrelevant. He was sentenced to 33 months for what amounted to “malicious communications.” (You can read his Wikipedia page, it has links to news articles and court documents. I don’t remember all of these details.)

          Of course, the infamous Charlottesville informant Christopher Cantwell was sentenced to prison last year for threatening people, although he didn’t have the argument that he was doing it on behalf of the FBI.

          On the other end of things, Whitey Bulger, an FBI informant in the mafia, was allowed to kill an unknown number of people while serving as an informant, and the FBI didn’t arrest him for it for decades. It came out at his trial that the FBI knew about at least some of the hits he’d carried out while on their payroll. He was of course beaten to death by fellow inmates when he entered the general population at the ripe age of 89. (In prison, people don’t play games with feds like right-wingers do – 89-year-olds in wheelchairs get beaten to death. Blacks have the same kind of rules. It’s really amazing the way right-wingers are so tolerant of involvement with the FBI.)

          Despite the fact that Whitey was allowed by the FBI to commit all kinds of felonies, including murder, for decades, he did eventually get did up. All informants do.

          So, Rhodes getting arrested and finally charged means nothing to me in terms of determining whether or not he was a federal informant. He ran an organization that was filled with feds, and resulted in innocent boomers having their lives completely wrecked.

          The difference between Rhodes and Epps is that while Rhodes is likely an informant, Epps is likely actually an undercover FBI agent. That’s the only thing that would really explain what is going on here. It would certainly explain Adam Kinzinger going on a days long Twitter defense of Epps, who remains the only person we have on video identified as actually planning entry into the Capitol.

          Kinzinger actually went on TV to praise Epps.

          Remember: the entire government is run by exactly that type of creepy moron.

          Look at this tweet:

          This is the kind of moronic weirdo who if you ended up with him as a neighbor, you would sell your house and move. That’s what all of these people in Congress are. They are people who will sell out the entire country for a $20,000 “contribution” (read: bribe) from Jeff Bezos or George Soros. Probably, most of them are also pedophiles, I would assume.

          But I digress.

          Meanwhile, Oath Keepers were actually running around inside the Capitol building talking on cellphone chats about kidnapping Nancy Pelosi and “releasing the gas” – at least according to the FBI. So, probably like the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping hoax, it was a mix of agents, informants, and retards caught up in it.

          Forget All That Noise – Focus on Your Own Life

          Solving the mysteries of Ray Epps and Stewart Rhodes are not really the thing that matters right now. The bigger issue is the fact that the FBI and Department of Justice are moving to classify all normal white people as terrorists, and whatever happened on 1/6, that event is the justification for the whole thing.

          They’ve created a new “domestic terrorism task force” to target white people who disagree with the government.

          Julie Kelly’s article up at American Greatness goes into a lot of details about this new plan to hunt down white people as terrorists for disagreeing with the Democrat Party platform.

          The Jewish Attorney General has basically said that anyone who disagrees with any government policy is effectively a domestic terrorist.

          This is all happening under the Patriot Act, which means that they are moving directly towards being “legally” allowed to treat American right-wingers exactly as they treat members of alleged “foreign terrorist groups.”

          It’s hard to describe how totally out of control this all is, but it is obviously something we foresaw here at the Stormer long before Joe Biden ever took office. It’s hardly some grand surprise.

          The first thing it means is that they will start just sending FBI agents to people’s houses. They will start knocking on tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of doors and just harass people. Remember: no matter what, do not ever talk to them.

          Watch this video again.

          Video Link

          (Here’s the direct link to share with everyone.)

          You’re not going to talk your way out of anything, and basically anything you say to them at all can be used to rope you into some kind of thing where you’re either facing going to prison or becoming an informant (and then go to prison at a later date – see above).

          As always: the number one thing you can do is get out of the city, get involved in a local community. Be a useful person, be helpful, and you can gain respect and status in a local rural community or small town in a year’s time. Don’t go on rants about Jews. Don’t act weird. Talk to people at whatever level they are at and don’t try to convince them of anything. They already agree with you 95% anyway. Just focus on being helpful and normal.

          DO NOT join some right-wing group. All of these groups are a wet dream for the feds. Anyone who tells you joining a group is anything other than retarded is either a retard or thinks you’re a retard and is maliciously trying to exploit you.

          People ask me about existing groups and my answer to all of them is “nope, nope, nope.” These groups should be encouraged to disband. If someone does one of these marches – I don’t care if they’re run by the feds or not. The point is, if they were run by the feds, this is exactly what they would be doing. So, you can do the math yourself.

          I’m really done talking about these groups. You notice I don’t comment on the latest media stories of these groups. I’ve decided to let retards go be retarded. But it’s worth reiterating the position for anyone who might be new here, and might just be learning the ropes.

          Understand: you can be put in prison for simply being a member of one of these groups. They have all kinds of laws to do this, from conspiracy, to the KKK laws, to RICO. That was all before this new push by the feds to basically declare all normal white people as de facto terrorists.

          If you’re confused by any of this, then just do what I’m telling you to do. Just trust me. Get out of the city, go be a good American, be prepared for things to keep getting weirder for about a decade, at which point, you’ll be introduced to a new weird which will be much less gay and retarded.

          When this tranny-Jew-vaxer-feminine-faggot shit is finally over, and the road wars begin, it will be a lovely day.

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          Poll :7 in 10 Americans Want Limits on Abortion

            Many Americans reject a central tenet of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion and want to return the power to limit abortion to the states, a poll released Thursday found. 

            Some 71% of Americans support legal limits on abortion, according to a new poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and conducted by the Marist Poll. The Knights of Columbus, a global Catholic fraternal service order, has commissioned the poll examining American attitudes on abortion annually for more than a decade.

            Abortion advocates repeatedly claim that most Americans support Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide. But pro-life advocates argue that many Americans do not fully understand what the Supreme Court decision entailed.

            “When it comes to the direction of government policy, there has been consistency and consensus in American public opinion on the issue of abortion over the decades,” Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll, said in a statement.

            The poll also found that 54% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions and that 81% of Americans support laws that protect both the mother and the unborn baby.

            Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly, head of the Knights of Columbus, said in a statement that the polling demonstrates that more than 60% of Americans “reject the central holding of Roe v. Wade” and “want to return the decision to the states or make abortion illegal.”

            The findings are particularly relevant, Kelly said, as Americans await a decision in the Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, involving a 2018 Mississippi law that banned abortions after 15 weeks.

            A federal appellate court blocked the law, known as the Gestational Age Act, after abortion proponents challenged it on behalf of Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

            “Roe v. Wade was wrong when it was decided, and its legacy is the tragic destruction of more than 60 million unborn lives and countless wounded women,” Kelly said. “The time has come for America to turn the page on Roe.”

            “Our polling also shows that Americans oppose policies that divert tax dollars to pay for abortion here and abroad,” Kelly added. “This is especially relevant as the bipartisan Hyde Amendment prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion is in danger.”

            According to the poll, 17% of Democrats, 70% of Republicans, and 40% of independents identify as pro-life, while 82% of Democrats, 25% of Republicans, and 57% of independents identify as pro-abortion.

            American abortion sentiment differs in a variety of ways, the new polling found, but 71% of Americans support at least some restrictions on abortions during the first three months of pregnancy.

            While 17% of Americans agreed with the statement that abortion “should be available to a woman any time she wants one during her entire pregnancy,” 12% of Americans agree with the statement that “abortions should be allowed only during the first six months of a pregnancy,” and 22% of Americans agreed with the statement that “abortion should be allowed only during the first three months of a pregnancy.”

            A larger group of Americans, 28%, said that “abortion should be allowed only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” while 9% of Americans said that abortion should be allowed “only to save the life of the mother.”

            And 12% of Americans said that “abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance.”

            The Marist Poll surveyed 1,004 adults between Jan. 4 and Jan. 9 by phone, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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            Whitehouse defends Trump-era asylum policy in D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

              The only unity Joe Biden is producing for Americans is in disapproval of his performance in office. Both sides of the aisle are taking shots at him for his handling of the illegal immigrant crisis, for example. In an odd twist, the Biden administration finds itself in federal court defending its continuance of a Trump-era policy on asylum.

              More specifically, the Biden administration is arguing in support of Title 42, the rarely used public health policy that allows the Border Patrol to immediately turn back migrants over concerns of a contagious illness. In this case, it is the coronavirus pandemic. Migrants don’t have to be screened for asylum before being expelled at the border using Title 42. When the coronavirus pandemic began to spread in 2020, the CDC recommended that the Trump administration activate Title 42 to prevent the spread of the virus coming up from the southern border. Trump enacted Title 42 through an emergency order at the suggestion of the CDC. At the time, Democrats objected, claiming that there is no provision in the law that allows migrants to be expelled without due process. During the crisis at the border caused by thousands of Haitian migrants at Del Rio, Texas, the open borders crowd was in an uproar when DHS Secretary Mayorkas said that Title 42 would be used to help expel migrants at the border.

              “…we have the authority to expel individuals under the laws that Centers for Disease control have,” Mayorkas told ABC News. “It is their public health authority under Title 42 and that is what we will bring to bear to address the situation in Del Rio, Texas.”

              The Biden administration had to admit that Title 42 works as an option to secure the border, especially during a pandemic, even before the Omicron variant arrived. Now the administration finds itself in court and justifying the policy in the name of following the science.

              Sharon Swingle, a Justice Department lawyer representing the administration during a nearly two-hour hearing before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, said the migrant expulsion policy, known as Title 42, is rooted in “scientific expertise.” She warned that its sudden termination could increase coronavirus transmission inside Border Patrol facilities and pose a “serious danger” to public health.

              Swingle called the possibility of the court requiring the government to process all migrants, particularly single adults, under regular immigration procedures an “alarming specter.”

              “The government’s goal is to get back to a state of orderly immigration processing for everyone, but currently, in CDC’s view, the public health realities don’t permit that,” said Swingle, who also cited the recent rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

              The Trump administration expelled 400,000 illegal migrants, while the Biden administration has expelled over one million since he took office. The only other time that Title 42 has been used was in 1929. Some members of the current administration and other progressives are against the continued use of Title 42. The ACLU filed a lawsuit so now U.S. Circuit Judges Sri Srinivasan, Robert Wilkins and Justin Walker have to determine whether to uphold a lower court order that concluded Title 42 is likely illegal. Srinivasan was appointed by Obama and Wilkins is a Trump appointee, as is Walker.

              At Wednesday’s hearing, the panel of judges raised several questions about the stated public health rationale of the expulsions, including whether migrants are more likely to spread the coronavirus than individuals who legally cross U.S. borders.

              “The statute refers to introducing a disease but COVID is unfortunately quite introduced into the United States by this point in time,” noted Wilkins, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, highlighting reports that Title 42 was invoked over the objections of some Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health experts.

              U.S. officials relied on Trump-era CDC orders to enforce Title 42 until August 2021, when the Biden administration issued its own directive, which called for internal reviews every 60 days.

              After two reviews last fall, the CDC decided to maintain the policy. The next assessment is due at the end of this month, a CDC spokesperson told CBS News on Wednesday. Despite multiple requests, the CDC has not shared written assessments for the decisions, nor underlying public health data, evidence or analysis.

              Both the Trump and Biden administrations have argued that Title 42 supersedes immigration laws and allows the government to suspend asylum processing during a public health emergency.

              But Srinivasan, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President Barack Obama, noted Wednesday that Congress created immigrations laws governing the processing of immigrants who could carry a communicable disease. And those laws, Srinivasan said, still allow migrants to request asylum.

              Swingle, the government attorney, called Title 42 a “quite extraordinary power.”

              It sounds like the Trump appointee is arguing that since the coronavirus is already widespread in the country, Title 42 may no longer really be useful.

              Both the Biden administration lawyer and the critics of Title 42 agree that there is a risk in expelling migrants back to bad or dangerous conditions in other countries. It remains to be seen if the judicial panel will be swayed by that argument. We’ll see what happens when they make their ruling.

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              China:Dan Sullivan Introduces Crippling Taiwan-Invasion Sanctions Bill

                Senator Dan Sullivan has introduced a bill to impose crippling sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party and key Chinese institutions in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

                During a speech on the Senate floor this afternoon, Sullivan pitched the legislation — one of the toughest China-sanctions measures to be presented in Congress — as a proposal that threads the needle between those who want the U.S. to fight for Taiwan amid a Chinese attack and opponents of U.S. military action.

                “On this issue, there are powerful arguments on both sides, as this issue admirably demonstrates,” he said, to the backdrop of a cover of the December 20 edition of National Review.

                That issue of the magazine featured a debate on whether America should defend Taiwan. Elbridge Colby, a former senior Pentagon official and author of The Strategy of Denial, argued that the U.S. should come to Taiwan’s defense; Patrick Porter of the University of Birmingham opposed American military intervention but supported efforts to deter a Chinese invasion.

                “I believe there is much less disagreement on whether the United States should take actions now to deter a Chinese Communist Party military invasion of Taiwan in the future. Indeed, taking actions now to promote deterrence of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan is an area where I believe there is broad bipartisan agreement and support in the United States Senate,” Sullivan said today.

                The Alaska Republican’s legislation would impose heavy sanctions on Chinese financial institutions and certain industrial sectors if the party mounts an invasion of Taiwan. The act also prohibits Americans from making any investments in Chinese entities linked to the Chinese Communist Party and imposes sweeping export bans on certain categories of goods from China, if Beijing decides to move against the island.

                Sullivan in his remarks mentioned his questioning of former Indo-Pacific commander admiral Phil Davidson last year, during which the top military officer said that the party could mount an invasion within six years. A Taiwanese national-security official told the country’s parliament last year that Taipei doesn’t expect an invasion attempt until 2024.

                The bipartisan U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission also warned last year that the U.S. is less likely to be capable of deterring a Chinese attack if Washington “is not militarily capable of or politically willing to intervene, or if [Chinese leaders] interpret ambiguities in U.S. policy to mean that opportunistic Chinese aggression against Taiwan will not provoke a decisive U.S. response.”

                Sullivan’s bill aims to clarify U.S. policy on a Chinese attack.

                “The bill’s goal is to make very clear to President Xi today the true cost of what such a military invasion would be, thereby heightening deterrence, which we all in the U.S. Senate support,” he said.

                There are currently a number of other legislative proposals focused on bolstering U.S. support for Taiwan, including legislation from Representative Elaine Luria to preemptively give the president authority to use force to respond to a Chinese invasion, and the Taiwan Deterrence Act, a proposal led by Senator Jim Risch to authorize $2 billion in annual foreign military financing for Taiwan.

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                New Video Shows Ashli Babbitt Trying to De-Escalate Situation Right Before Being Shot

                  It’s a sickening shame that here we are a year later and we still don’t have straightforward answers about what happened to Ashli Babbitt and why she was murdered.

                  One thing we do know is that the man who murdered her is walking around free as a “Byrd,” and has faced zero punishment for what he did; as a matter of fact, he refused to be interviewed by officials after killing Ashli.

                  Must be nice to have that liberal privilege.

                  So now, the research into Ashli’s murder has been relegated to her family and her supporters.

                  And speaking of that — I’ve noticed that our friends over at 100 Percent Fed Up have done a great job covering the Babbitt case. If you haven’t checked them out, I’d encourage you to do so. They do good work.

                  They dropped a bombshell piece on a new “slow-motion” video of the moments just before Ashli’s shooting.

                  And in the video clip, 100 Percent Fed Up reveals that Ashli Babbitt appears to be actually working to de-escalate the tense situation just before she was shot and killed.

                  There’s a bit of a twist and more to the story, so I’d encourage you to read the full article here.

                  I think it’s been amazing how the right has pulled together to seek justice for Ashli, and also to expose what really went on at the Capitol on January 6th.

                  There’s so much more to the story than we’re being told.

                  And God knows we’re not getting much help from our elected officials.

                  I can count on one hand the number of Republicans who are speaking out and helping with this issue, and I’d still have fingers left over.

                  Let’s hope this video that 100 Percent Fed Up dropped gets more people involved, demanding the truth about what happened to Ashli, and pushing for Michael Byrd to face justice.

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                  Group Claims School District Indoctrinates Preschoolers on Transgender Issues

                    A parents group claims that a Minnesota school district is indoctrinating toddlers about pride and other “equity” agenda items.

                    Saint Paul Public Schools is partnering with two organizations, AMAZE and OutFront Minnesota, to purportedly push materials discussing gender identity on children as young as 3, according to a release by Parents Defending Education.

                    One document released by Parents Defending Education from AMAZE included books aimed at preschool-age children, including “When Aidan Became a Brother,” “I Love My Colorful Nails,” and “My Princess Boy.”

                    The first book is about a young girl who transitions to become a boy, according to AMAZE’s handout. The second book tells the story of how “a boy who loves to paint his nails different colors” is bullied, while the third title is about “a little boy who loves the color pink, sparkly things, and being a princess” and was “written by his mom.”

                    “Let’s see what she wants us to know about him and his family,” the summary of “My Princess Boy” concluded, according to Parents Defending Education documents.

                    After a brief description of the books involved, the AMAZE handout also included suggested activities and discussion questions under the heading “Connection to Social-Emotional Learning and Anti-Bias Education.”

                    Social-emotional learning materials have been “suffused” with critical race theory by a company founded by Attorney General Merrick Garland’s son-in-law, including a deleted course titled “Social-Emotional Learning As A Vehicle For Equity.”

                    Critical race theory holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race, and whose adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth, and the adoption of race-based policies.

                    Screenshot of a handout obtained by Parents Defending Education.

                    Another handout told teachers to “Ask Students for Name and Pronouns” and to “Refer students to the Name/Gender Change Request Form,” according to Parents Defending Education.

                    OutFront Minnesota’s website includes links to programs that provide free “chest binders” for “folks 24 and under” or for “any trans person who needs one and cannot afford or safely obtain one.”

                    One of the groups, Point of Pride, offers on its site to ship a free chest binder “to a friend, family member, or another trusted person if you cannot receive it at your house.”

                    There are multiple lawsuits surrounding school district policies that require teachers to keep parents in the dark regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of their children, to the point of allegedly starting clandestine social transitions.

                    “In the most recent round of state testing, 33 percent of St Paul students tested proficient in reading—down 6 points from 2019—and 21 tested proficient in math, down 9 points. It is especially egregious that after more than a year of disruptions and closures, the district is pushing ideologically driven content and resources on students and families,” Erika Sanzi, director of outreach for Parents Defending Education, said in the group’s release.

                    “It is one thing to treat all students with the dignity they deserve; it is quite another to be so far out of your lane that you are partnering with outside organizations that think it is appropriate to engage toddlers in conversations about gender identity and sexual orientation,” Sanzi added. “How can a school district even defend spending time and money on this ideological garbage when 2/3 of their students can’t read on grade level and 80 percent aren’t proficient in math?”

                    Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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                    Widow, sisters of fallen Marine during Afghanistan exit are suing Alec Baldwin for defamation

                      A new legal challenge is coming at Alec Baldwin. We’ve read a lot of stories about his potential legal problems over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Now the widow and sisters of a fallen Marine are filing a defamation lawsuit against him.

                      You probably remember the story of Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum. He was one of thirteen service members killed at the Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport during Biden’s chaotic evacuation of Afghanistan. He was a young Marine who left behind his pregnant wife and a devoted family, including two sisters. A month after McCollum’s death, his wife Jiennah gave birth to their baby girl, Levi Rylee Rose McCollum. GoFundMe pages were started for families of the fallen, including McCollum. By the time the baby was born, over $800,000 had been raised for Jiennah. All of the deaths of the 13 brave service members were heartbreaking and McCollum’s was particularly hard. The couple was so young, the Marine was only 20 years old, and the baby was due soon.

                      In August when the terrorist attack happened at the Abbey Gate during Biden’s botched evacuation at the airport in Kabul, the fundraising began for the families. Alec Baldwin contacted McCollum’s older sister, Roice McCollum. He sent her a check for $5,000 for Jiennah McCollum and her child. The check was “a tribute to a fallen soldier,” Baldwin said. So far, so good. But, then the story gets weird. Roice posted a picture on her Instagram account that led to Baldwin mounting his high horse and incorrectly calling Roice a January 6 rioter, labeling her an insurrectionist on his own Instagram account. He called her out with false accusations and she immediately began receiving hostile, aggressive and hateful messages from Baldwin’s followers. Baldwin has 2.4 million followers on Instagram.

                      A lawsuit has been filed against Baldwin for his behavior toward the family.

                      The court documents state that on Jan. 3, Roice posted a photo on her Instagram page that she took on Jan. 6, 2021, showing a crowd of demonstrators at the Washington Monument. Roice posted the photo, the lawsuit said, in anticipation of the 1-year anniversary of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

                      While Roice attended a demonstration in Washington, D.C., in support of former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, she was not involved in the riot and while she was later interviewed by the FBI, she was never accused of or charged with a crime.

                      Baldwin commented on Roice’s posting, asking, “Are you the same woman I sent the $ for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?”

                      Upon confirmation that she was the sister of Rylee McCollum, Baldwin sent private messages Roice and accused her of being an insurrectionist.

                      “When I sent the $ for your late brother, out of real respect for his service to this country, I didn’t know you were a January 6th rioter,” Baldwin wrote in one message.

                      Roice responded by telling the actor that protesting was legal in the United States and that she had already spoken with the FBI, but he persisted, according to the lawsuit.

                      “Your activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, an assault on the certification of the presidential election. I reposted your photo. Good luck,” Baldwin wrote back.

                      Baldwin later claimed on social media that he was trying to point out irony in his reposting of her phot, by juxtaposing her brother’s sacrifice for the country with Roice being an “insurrectionist.”

                      Baldwin reposted Roice’s photo on his own Instagram account, which has 2.4 million followers, discussing the Capitol attack and mentioning Roice’s involvement in the protest on Jan. 6, 2021.

                      It was clear at the time of the deaths of the service members that McCollum’s family are Trump supporters. They blamed Biden for Rylee’s death. Apparently, Alec Baldwin’s Trump Derangement Syndrome flared up when he put two and two together when he saw Roice’s photo on Instagram. A sane human being would have simply sent a personal message to her voicing his disappointment that she was at the Trump rally that day, if he felt he had to politicize what was a good deed, his donation. She wasn’t involved in the riot on Capitol Hill, though, a distinction Baldwin seems incapable of making. She hurt no one and was exercising her First Amendment right to assemble at the rally. Instead, Baldwin went full-on crazy and exposed her and his opinion of her to his followers. What did he think would happen? He had to have known, it isn’t like he’s unfamiliar of the working of social media, especially when celebrities get involved. He told her “Good luck” after telling her he reposted her photo.

                      Roice said it only took 20 minutes for the hate to begin. Baldwin even dragged Rylee’s widow into the mess. She wasn’t in Washington, D.C. that day. His followers sent hateful messages to her and Rylee’s other older sister, Cheyenne, too.

                      One message said “Get raped and die, you worthless [expletive]. Your brother got what he deserved.” Roice forwarded this message on to Baldwin, sarcastically thanking him for the post.

                      Baldwin ultimately followed the person who sent the message on Instagram. He also chimed in on the feed, calling Roice an insurrectionist and claiming she participated in the riot.

                      He also misidentified Jiennah as an insurrectionist in one Instagram comment, although she was not in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021. People began sending hateful and threatening messages Jiennah and Cheyenne McCollum, Rylee’s eldest sister.

                      The lawsuit says that Baldwin’s conduct was “negligent and reckless”. He didn’t discourage his followers from attacking the women. The lawsuit claims the women suffer from headaches, nausea, loss of sleep, severe anxiety, mental distress and fear for their lives. They seek damages over defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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                      Woman Shoots an Intruder Multiple Times with Children In the House

                      A woman shot a suspected would-be intruder who broke into an Ohio home in the middle of the night where multiple children were located. 

                      The shooting unfolded at around 1 a.m. Friday in south Toledo when an unidentified male suspect broke into a home. He made it through the front door of the home, and was met by a female resident with a gun who shot him multiple times, police told WTOL. 

                      He then stumbled to the front lawn of the residence, where medics found him. WTOL reported the man had a pulse and was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. 

                      The woman who reportedly shot the man was taken in for questioning, which is police protocol. No one else in the home, including the children, were injured during the incident, WTOL reported. 

                      The attempted burglary and subsequent shooting comes after similar incidents have occurred across the country this summer, including in Texas last month. 

                      A gun fight broke out in San Antonio last month when burglary suspects reportedly tried to rob the house at gunpoint and a resident responded with gunfire. 

                      The resident of the home who opened fire is not facing charges, according to local reports, and said they were defending themselves during the incident.

                      Economic Tidings

                        The Wall Street Journal reports this morning:

                        Texas, Arizona Have Recovered All the Jobs Lost When Covid-19 Hit

                        Texas and Arizona have joined two other states in recovering all the jobs they lost at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading a trend that is expected to include another dozen states by the middle of this year.

                        The states, which also include Utah and Idaho, have benefited from demographic shifts before and during the pandemic—experiencing outsize payroll growth in retail, warehousing, technology and transportation industries. Companies have moved operations to the states, and workers have moved in as well, sometimes leaving more crowded and expensive urban areas.

                        Gee, I wonder what these states have in common? The WSJ has figured it out:

                        The states—all Republican controlled—also have had relatively relaxed Covid-19 restrictions during the pandemic, which economists say softened the blow on their economies.

                        China has just reported the best economic growth numbers in a decade, saying their economy grew by 8.1% last year. Anyone believe this? Barron’s reports:

                        “I’ve been trying to ferret through China’s data to see why the quarterly change in GDP was revised up significantly in the third quarter and estimated at an extraordinary 1.6%—nearly 6.5% annualized—in the final quarter,” said George Magnus, an associate at the University of Oxford China Centre.

                        “It beggars belief that this reflects an economy in which the property sector elephant started to contract, consumption weakened, and Covid-related shutdowns began” at the end of the year, he told Barron’s Tuesday.

                        Indeed, contraction in China’s real estate sector shrank nearly twice as fast in the fourth quarter than it did in the previous quarter, contracting 2.9% after a 1.6% fall in the third quarter. That was also the first consecutive quarterly fall in 13 years, according to official data. That hits a country like China especially hard, where the property sector is estimated to account for a whopping 30% of overall GDP.

                        If China’s economy is so swell, why did they announce yesterday that they are cutting interest rates?

                        The country’s central bank on Monday cut two key interest rates that could pave the way for further cuts to the benchmark lending rate.

                        Maybe China is lying to us. Who would expect that? And I guess there is no inflation in China.

                        Larry Fink, the president of investment behemoth BlackRock, is the prince of woke capitalism, pressuring the world of finance to disinvest in fossil fuels. Sayeth Fink:

                        “Stakeholder capitalism is all about delivering long-term, durable returns for shareholders. And transparency around your company’s planning for a net zero world is an important element of that.”

                        Well he can shove it. And good to see the state of West Virginia doing exactly that:

                        CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Treasurer Riley Moore today announced the Board of Treasury Investments, which manages the state’s roughly $8 billion operating funds, will no longer use a BlackRock Inc. investment fund as part of its banking transactions.

                        The decision was based on recent reports that BlackRock has urged companies to embrace “net zero” investment strategies that would harm the coal, oil and natural gas industries, while increasing investments in Chinese companies that subvert national interests and damage West Virginia’s manufacturing base and job market.

                        “As the state’s chief financial officer and chairman of the Board of Treasury Investments, I have a duty to ensure that taxpayer dollars are managed in a responsible, financially sound fashion which reflects the best interests of our state and country, and I believe doing business with BlackRock runs contrary to that duty,” Treasurer Moore said.

                        Treasurer Moore said this action is consistent with his belief that the state should not do business with firms whose corporate policies directly threaten West Virginians’ interests and livelihoods.

                        More of this please.

                        This . . . is CNN:

                        Actually we need to give CNN some credit here. The full story mostly quotes economists, many of them liberals, who all say wage and price controls are a terrible idea. Because they are. They might have chosen a better headline, though, something like: “Experts Agree: Wage and Price Controls Are a Terrible Idea.” Suggested subhed: “Biden, Warren, AOC Hardest Hit.”

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                        Seattle:This story about Public Schools’ director of ethnic studies is pretty remarkable

                          Luke Rosiak is a reporter for the Daily Wire and he’s about to have a book published about K-12 schools. It’s titled “Race to the Bottom:

                          In Seattle in 2013, Tracy received a master’s degree in education and became a substitute teacher. She increasingly inhabited a Second Life-style parallel universe. The Seattle area is one of the most progressive and wealthiest in America, but in Tracy’s version, “white supremacy” was omnipresent. The reason she was “so angry all of the time” was that “our students are dying from violence, because they are dismissed regularly in their classrooms.” She was tired, but “I think I figured out why. I am under attack. All women, but especially womxn of color, are under attack.”

                          …“My name is Tracy Castro-Gill,” she proclaimed. “I am Xicana, chingona, and pissed off.” In this world, she was the hero. Teachers gravitated toward her as she laid out an inspiring story…

                          In this telling of her life story, Castro-Gill grew up in poverty and was homeless. Her father, she said, was a Hispanic who betrayed his identity by being what she called a “U.S. nationalist,” which made their home “intolerable.” To avoid “assimilation” and show that she was authentically Hispanic, her new history went, Castro-Gill joined a gang and began using drugs.

                          None of this was real, her father Rick Castro told me. He and his wife, Rita, had provided for Tracy a conventional, stable middle-class upbringing. Rick eventually earned a six-figure income, and Rita was a stay-at-home mom.

                          “Everything since [Tracy] moved to Seattle has been one big lie,” her father said. He added, “Remember Rachel Dolezal, that lady a few years ago who pretended to be black? That’s exactly what this is.”

                          Despite this, Seattle hired as the Ethnic Studies Program Manager. Rosiak reports that in 2018 she launched a pilot program to replace math classes with a new math ethnic studies program which was sold as a cure to the achievement gap. The program was a disaster:

                          On the next state math exam, the performance of black students at those schools plummeted. At one pilot school, John Muir Elementary, black achievement had been rising steadily every year, but all those gains and more were wiped out, with the black passing rate dropping from 28% to under 18% the next school year. At another pilot school, 69% white and with only seven black students, the white students’ pass rates also plunged, from 60% to 36%…

                          Despite the failure of the pilot, the district said it would “prioritize ethnic studies . . . [and] help integrate ethnic studies into all curriculum, content areas, and grade levels.”…

                          A resident complained to a curriculum manager about the “math ethnic studies” tenets: “Despite being a staunch liberal, I desperately hope this document does not represent what we are teaching in our schools, in either math class or social studies. . . . My hope is that some well-intentioned but naive individual created this document, and the larger group brought common sense to the situation.” The resident pleaded for a reply. The manager simply forwarded it to Castro-Gill with the note, “No worries, Tracy. I didn’t respond.”

                          In 2019, some colleagues filed complaints about Castro-Gill but they were often retracted for fear of retaliation and bullying by Castro-Gill. She finally got herself in real trouble in 2020 when a teacher at an elementary school sent around a survey about Valentine’s Day. Castro-Gill emailed the principle and warned the school was guilty of “explicit acts of Whiteness.” But she signed the letter using the names of some of her superiors who hadn’t approved it and were embarrassed by the language. One of the people whose name she’d used without permission later told investigators Castro-Gill was “a bully” and said, “I thought she might hurt me.” The investigation eventually concluded that Castro-Gill should be demoted back to a classroom.

                          I’m only scratching the surface. If you have time, read the full excerpt here. It really provides a picture of someone who manipulated the current fixation on race and gender to repeatedly fail upward. Rosiak’s book will be published in March.

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                          Lara Logan:Fox is Dropping Fan-Favorite After Evil Fauci filed a Complaint

                            We all know by now that Fox News is not our friend.

                            I know many of you still watch Fox – just don’t forget, they’re not on our side.

                            And speaking of that, there’s a new story circulating that Fox is about to cut ties with popular “Fauci-slayer” and independent journalist Lara Logan.

                            Lara has a steaming show on Fox Nation, and she’s been a contributor on Fox News, but it appears that she ruffled Fauci’s feathers too much, and now Fox is reportedly going to cut ties.

                            Here’s what Lara said during a spot on Fox News:

                            “There’s no justification for putting people out of their jobs or forcing mandates for a disease that’s ultimately very treatable, it’s cheap to treat, medicines are available all over the world, and it has death rates that compare very much to seasonal flu,” Logan told Fox News host Pete Hegseth during an interview.

                            “In that moment, what you see on Dr. Fauci – this is what people say to me: that he doesn’t represent science to them. He represents Joseph Mengele. Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the Second World War and in the concentration camps,” she added.

                            “And I am talking about people all across the world are saying this, because the response from COVID, what it has done to countries everywhere, what it has done to civil liberties, the suicide rates, the poverty — it has obliterated economies. The level of suffering that has been created because of this disease is now being seen in the cold light of day, i.e., the truth,” Logan continued.

                            Bizpacreview reported that Logan is not employed by Fox News. She hosts a streaming platform on Fox Nation called “Lara Logan Has No Agenda.” She has previously appeared on Fox News regularly as an unpaid guest.

                            Following her controversial comments that were made on “Fox News Primetime” on Nov. 29, Logan disappeared from the network and has not been booked since then according to Mediaite.

                            Both the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee demanded Logan apologize for repeating what others said to her.

                            “Are you still with Fox, or what’s going on?” asked podcast host Ivory Hecker on January 3. Hecker was fired in June by Fox 26 Houston for disclosing, on-air, information about behind-the-scenes discussions, and then leaking them to Project Veritas.

                            Asked why her Twitter bio still states that she is the host of a Fox Nation show, Logan commented that she was not good at updating her profile, but would when the situation was clearer.

                            “I’m not on their payroll,” Logan noted. “So I, you know, I’m not in communication with them.”

                            This news comes after Fauci complained about her.

                            Here’s what Fauci said:

                            “It’s an insult to all of the people who suffered and died under the Nazi regime in the concentration camps. I mean, it’s unconscionable what she said,” he added before wondering at the fact that Logan hadn’t been disciplined yet.

                            “How they can let her say that with no comment and no disciplinary action? I’m astounded by that!” Fauci proclaimed.

                            “Forget about the fact that she was being totally slanderous to me and, as usual, had no idea what she was talking about. Saying that it’s as benign as flu. When did influenza kill 770,000 Americans?” he asserted.

                            “So not only is she being slanderous and disrespectful to so many people who were killed in the concentration camps by Dr. Mengele, but she absolutely has no idea what she’s talking about,” Fauci charged using the now-common tactic of accusing anyone who disagrees with him of not knowing what they are talking about.

                            “She’s completely incorrect in everything she says,” he said.

                            Meanwhile, the left has been calling President Trump and his supporters Nazis for 6 years now.

                            Fox News really is working against us.

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                            Democrats:Animals and “Nature” should have Human-type rights

                              We have enough problems with attaining universal human rights, but activists want animals and “nature” to have human-type rights. Transhumanists and futurists also worry about guaranteeing rights for AI technologies when they attain “consciousness.”

                              The latest example comes in The Conversation from a professor of game designing — who knew that was an academic discipline? — named Richard A. Bartle. He believes that “we may one day create virtual worlds with creatures as intelligent as ourselves.” From, “How to Be a God“:

                              I believe we will have virtual worlds containing characters as smart as we are — if not smarter — and in full possession of free will. What will our responsibilities towards these beings be? We will after all be the literal gods of the realities in which they dwell, controlling the physics of their worlds. We can do anything we like to them.

                              Actually, that would not be a problem because they would be neither alive nor real. No matter how sophisticated these avatars or cyber creatures, it would all be mere programming, in a fictional universe of our own conjuring. That would not make us gods, but gamers.

                              But Bartle believes we would have a concrete moral obligation to these non-existent beings:

                              If we create our characters to be free-thinking beings, then we must treat them as if they are such — regardless of how they might appear to an external observer.

                              That being the case, then, can we switch our virtual worlds off? Doing so could be condemning billions of intelligent creatures to non-existence. Would it nevertheless be OK if we saved a copy of their world at the moment we ended it? Does the theoretical possibility that we may switch their world back on exactly as it was mean we’re not actually murdering them? What if we don’t have the original game software?

                              Sorry, but this isn’t worth the loss of any sleep. To begin, only human beings can be “murdered.” Moreover, something that isn’t alive can’t be killed. The worst thing that would be happening is that non-existent beings would remain non-existent.

                              And here’s a non-problem:

                              Accepting that our characters of the future are free-thinking beings, where would they fit in a hierarchy of importance? In general, given a straight choice between saving a sapient being (such as a toddler) or a merely sentient one (such as a dog), people would choose the former over the latter. Given a similar choice between saving a real dog or a virtual saint, which would prevail?

                              The dog. It is alive. Life should be the first prerequisite of inherent moral value. To which, I add, a dog can experience pain, love, joy, hunger, and contentment. In direct contrast, a virtual saint isn’t really a saint. It’s merely a computer program.

                              Bartle asks whether we should create such “creatures” at all. I don’t think we can or ever will, but if we are worried about such non-existent moral dilemmas, just don’t play.

                              Finally, Bartle seems to be saying — out of The Matrix — that we live in such a manufactured universe:

                              Humanity doesn’t yet have an ethical framework for the creation of realities of which we are gods. No system of meta-ethics yet exists to help us. We need to work this out before we build worlds populated by beings with free will, whether 50, 500, 5,000,000 years from now or tomorrow. These are questions for you to answer.

                              Be careful how you do so, though. You may set a precedent.

                              We ourselves are the non-player characters of Reality.

                              No, we are not characters. We are real people, living in an actual universe — whether created, intelligently designed, or evolved — in which the actions we take are consequential and truly do matter morally.

                              If we want to make a better world in the here and now, perhaps we should focus more on the rights and duties that arise out of human exceptionalism and not concern ourselves with the fate of fictional non-beings that — not who — will never really exist.

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                              For decades, the Supreme Court has restricted states’ abilities to enact laws that protect unborn children and their mothers.

                              +It is far past time to restore this right to the people and to allow states to update their laws to reflect modern science.

                              +Thanks to new technology, the humanity of a 15-week-old child in the womb is undeniable. It is time our policies reflect that fact.

                              In Roe and Casey, the Supreme Court robbed the American people of their say in the laws that govern abortion and prevented elected representatives from acting on the will of the people.

                              + With the Dobbs case, the Supreme Court should return the task of determining abortion policy to the people and their elected representatives.

                              Today, the United States is one of just a handful of countries, including China and North Korea, that allows late term elective abortion.

                              Roe does not permit the significant restrictions on abortion that consistent polling shows a large majority of Americans (76%) want.


                              Despite advancements in science and medicine drastically improving our understanding of fetal development and pain, the Supreme Court decisions in Roe and Casey have prevented our laws from being updated to meet our basic moral obligations to the unborn.

                              Modern advances in science and medicine give concrete evidence to the humanity of a 15-week-old child in the womb.

                              + Children at that stage have fully formed noses, lips, eyelids and eyebrows, can suck their thumbs, and can even feel pain.

                              + The Charlotte Lozier Institute found “a comprehensive review of the scientific literature including neural development, psychology of pain sensation, and moral implications of fetal pain, concludes that unborn babies may experience pain as early as 12 weeks.”

                              + With proper care, extremely preterm infants are surviving at earlier ages than ever before. Ages of survival have dropped from 28 weeks to now less than 22 weeks.

                              As a result of these scientific advancements, Mississippi enacted the Gestational Age Act in 2018, protecting the dignity of the unborn child, the health of mothers, the integrity of the medical profession and society by restricting abortion after 15 weeks.

                              After multiple lawsuits and appeals, the law in question has reached the Supreme Court. The state asked the Court to address the fundamental, irreconcilable conflict that new scientific evidence has raised with the Court’s previous rulings.


                              According to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, a large majority of Americans, 65%, said abortion should be restricted in the second trimester.

                              + Gallup similarly found that just 30% of Americans say that abortion should “generally be legal” in the second trimester.

                              + Despite the large majority of Americans opposed to abortion in the second trimester, Roe and Casey allow only limited restrictions on abortion during this timeframe.

                              + Just 19% of Americans think most or all abortions should be legal in the third trimester.

                              An overwhelming majority of Americans favor restrictions on abortion according to a Knights of Columbus/Marist poll.

                              + A January 2021 Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 76% of Americans, including a majority of those who identify as pro-choice, want significant restrictions on abortion.

                              + The poll found that 65% of Americans want Roe to be reinterpreted to either send the issue to the states or stop legalized abortion.

                              In June 2021, Susan B. Anthony List launched a national survey to understand voter’s opinions on abortion, which found strong support for a 15-week limit.

                              + When told that by 15 weeks, an unborn child has the capacity to feel pain, 55% of respondents said they were more likely to support the proposed 15-week limit.

                              + When told that “by 15 weeks an unborn child has a beating heart, can move around in the womb, can close his or her fingers, can start to make sucking motions and hiccup, and senses stimulation from outside the womb,” 53% of Americans were more likely to support the proposed 15-week limit.

                              + When told, “abortion carries signific physical and psychological risks to the mother, and these risks increase with late abortions,” 52% of all Americans said they were more likely to support the 15-week limit.

                              FAR BEHIND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

                              The United States is just one of a handful countries in the world that permit elective abortion after 20 weeks, including China and North Korea.

                              THE WASHINGTON POST ON U.S. LAWS: “This statistic seemed dubious at first, because it seemed extreme for just seven countries out of 198 to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But upon further digging, the data back up the claim.”

                              Mississippi’s law limiting elective abortion to 15 weeks is in line with the laws in Europe, where the majority of countries restrict elective abortions to 12 weeks.

                              Omicron:China’s lockdowns about to make it worse

                                The supply-chain crisis might have taken a back seat in media coverage to the Democratic credibility crisis in the Beltway, but that’s not due to any improvement. Shipping continues to back up outside West Coast ports at almost record levels despite the White House’s claim of heightened attention and interventions. And China’s actions in the pandemic are about to make it worse, the Washington Post also reports.

                                David Lynch noted yesterday that the Omicron wave here at home has contributed to a near-record of stalled container ships, contradicting the Biden administration’s assertions of improvement:

                                Worker shortages caused by the omicron coronavirus variant and haggling over a new dockworkers contract are likely to aggravate costly supply chain jams over the next several months, clouding prospects for quick relief from the highest inflation in four decades.

                                The White House says the worst supply snarls may be in the past, noting that key Southern California ports are shrinking their cargo backlogs and transpacific shipping costs have plunged by more than one-third from their mid-September peak.

                                But the cost of sending a standard metal container from China to the U.S. West Coast remains more than three times what it was one year ago and is expected to remain elevated through the first half of the year, fueling painful annual inflation readings, according to the Freightos index and industry executives.

                                Freight is taking longer than ever to cross the Pacific, with goods requiring an average of 113 days to travel from Chinese factory gates to American hands, according to data from Flexport, a freight forwarder. On Friday, the floating traffic jam of container ships waiting to enter the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach numbered a near-record 106 vessels, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, a nonprofit maritime group.

                                “If anything, it’s getting worse,” said Phil Levy, Flexport’s chief economist. “I don’t think there’s any reason to be sounding the all-clear at this stage.”

                                That alone signals that inflation won’t subside soon. Most of the inflation problem comes from the structural economic problems created by the Federal Reserve’s massive monetary expansion in response to the 2007-8 financial crisis. That won’t get solved until the Fed acts to contract the money supply, which will almost certainly create a significant recession. However, the supply chain crisis exacerbates the problem, and if we aren’t resolving these backlogs, we can expect that to continue inflationary pressure on the economy.

                                The impact of China’s actions will make it worse, too. Now that China has decided on massive lockdowns as a response to Omicron, we can expect the supply lag to worsen even if we start getting the ships unloaded more quickly, the New York Times reports:

                                Companies are bracing for another round of potentially debilitating supply chain disruptions as China, home to about a third of global manufacturing, imposes sweeping lockdowns in an attempt to keep the Omicron variant at bay.

                                The measures have already confined tens of millions of people to their homes in several Chinese cities and contributed to a suspension of connecting flights through Hong Kong from much of the world for the next month. At least 20 million people, or about 1.5 percent of China’s population, are in lockdown, mostly in the city of Xi’an in western China and in Henan Province in north-central China.

                                The country’s zero-tolerance policy has manufacturers — already on edge from spending the past two years dealing with crippling supply chain woes — worried about another round of shutdowns at Chinese factories and ports. Additional disruptions to the global supply chain would come at a particularly fraught moment for companies, which are struggling with rising prices for raw materials and shipping along with extended delivery times and worker shortages.

                                China used lockdowns, contact tracing and quarantines to halt the spread of the coronavirus nearly two years ago after its initial emergence in Wuhan. These tactics have been highly effective, but the extreme transmissibility of the Omicron variant poses the biggest test yet of China’s system.

                                What evidence do we have that China’s policies were “highly effective”? There is as much evidence for that as there is for the prospect that China’s COVID-19 vaccines were “highly effective” — China’s own claims. Zero-COVID policies have failed in places like Australia, where data is much more reliable, so there’s hardly any reason to suspect that they work in China. Furthermore, the rush to lock down in the face of this much-milder variant despite a supposedly widely vaccinated population strongly suggests that their claimed data on both the vaccines and case rates are highly suspect.

                                The one bright spot in this instance will be to educate American corporations on the fragility of their supply chains. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean better, or even profitable in the long run. Sourcing your products from a largely closed totalitarian system might work in normal conditions for a while, but you may be one virus away from suddenly finding your logistics collapsing.

                                Functionally, however, the US response hasn’t been much better. Thanks to CDC guidelines and a complete failure to plan for testing in a variant wave, US firms on this side of the Pacific find themselves in de facto shutdowns. People come into contact with Omicron or find themselves symptomatic without being able to confirm a diagnosis, and have to miss work, likely without any necessity as the virus rips through the population regardless. That is also choking the logistics in the US and producing end-consumer shortages in grocery stores and other retailers.

                                The Omicron wave in the US should settle out in the next few weeks, so we can perhaps expect some incremental improvements in the domestic supply chain at that point. Don’t expect that to be a solution to inflation, but it might take some of the edge off the amplitude. As for the global supply chain crisis, including at the ports, there is little evidence that the White House has done anything effective to resolve it, nor has any real plans on tap in that direction.

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                                L.A. Train Robberies: Why Are Prosecutors enabling Them

                                  Packages stolen from Union Pacific cargo containers and then ransacked, thousands upon thousands of them, are regularly strewn along the tracks in the Alameda corridor that stretches through downtown Los Angeles. The scene is simply shocking (see, e.g., embedded video posted by the city’s CBS News affiliate).

                                  Why is it happening? Because George Gascón, the paradigm “progressive prosecutor” who is L.A.’s elected district attorney, follows no-bail and wrist-slap policies, with burglary and grand-theft cases routinely pled down to trespassing, with no-incarceration sentences. Reminiscent of the high-crime 1970s, the criminals are back on the street, and back to the tracks, before the cops can finish the paperwork . . . if they bother to make arrests at all, given the pointlessness of the exercise.

                                  In the year ending October 2021, Union Pacific says train robberies are up by . . . wait for it . . . 356 percent. As Forbes notes, the surge is materially contributing to national delivery delays, holding up “retail shipments of everything from at-home Covid-19 tests, fishing lures and parcels from Amazon, REI and UPS.” About 40 percent of goods shipped into the U.S. traverse the train route in question. The Forbes report elaborates:

                                  Thieves can break into stopped or slow-moving cars and pull a kind of hand brake, which slows the wheels. Sensors in the track read this as an equipment breakdown and stop or slow the train to a crawl. At that point, individuals can use bolt cutters to open up cars and grab items quickly. What they don’t want is left on the sides of the track to blow in the breeze and slowly rot in the southern California sun.

                                  The train ambushes are just one part of the epidemic of robberies and retail organized crime plaguing California — not just in Los Angeles, but in San Francisco, and other commercial hubs.

                                  Obviously, Gascón and, in general, California’s state government are disastrous. But what is the federal government doing about this? In many crime situations, the feds can seem superfluous, muscling in on matters that are chiefly local concerns. Here, however, we are talking about interstate and international commerce, the very foundation of federal criminal jurisdiction.

                                  If addressing this outrage is a priority of the Biden administration’s interim U.S. attorney, Tracy Wilkison, that is not evident from her office’s website (which catalogues press releases issued in recent cases that the office deems its most significant) or its Twitter feed. If we visit the Twitter feed of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, we are urged to provide any information we may have about the Capitol riot, and we are reminded that Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” But we are not told what, if anything, the bureau is doing about the train robberies.

                                  I certainly hope the feds are staying mum because they are building big cases and need to maintain investigative secrecy. There are a number of federal penal statutes that apply to stolen-property schemes. One would think that, if the Justice Department can invoke such statutes when a diary belonging to the president’s daughter goes missing, then those laws might get a workout in a genuine stolen-property crisis.

                                  The people of Los Angeles elected Gascón, so it is fair enough to observe that they are getting the kind of law “enforcement” they voted for. But the train robberies are a national problem that has ramifications throughout the economy — and the country is now having them at a time of rising inflation and empty store shelves. It is for such challenges that we have federal law enforcement. The feds do not need state or municipal permission to act — they can move on their own initiative, and in contravention of the woke prosecutors’ nonenforcement approach.

                                  The Biden administration owes the public an explanation of what it is doing to end this dangerous and embarrassing siege.

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                                  Conservative Censorship:Rand Paul Drops DirecTV Subscription

                                    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced Monday he would no longer be subscribing to DirecTV after the broadcast distributor said it would drop a popular conservative news channel from its lineup.

                                    DirecTV announced Friday that it would not renew its contract with Herring Networks Inc., the owner of right-wing news outlet One America News Network (OAN), “following a routine internal review.” The announcement followed an investigation by Reuters published in October 2021 which found platforms owned by AT&T, including DirecTV, were responsible for the overwhelming majority of OAN’s revenue.

                                    Paul tweeted Monday that he was canceling his DirecTV subscription over the company’s decision.

                                    “Why give money to people who hate us?” Paul said.

                                    Paul’s sentiments echoed those of former President Donald Trump, who addressed the matter at a Saturday rally.

                                    “All I can tell you is the people that are telling the truth in America like One America News are being threatened,” Trump said.

                                    The former president went on to suggest a boycott of the company, floating the notion that “maybe what we should do is not use AT&T.”

                                    Following Reuters’ investigation, a coalition of left-wing advocacy groups, including Free Press, Color of Change, and Media Matters, sent a letter to AT&T urging the company to cut ties with OAN, citing false election claims and “misinformation” that the network allegedly broadcast.

                                    “If AT&T is serious in its commitment to progressive values like racial justice, the company must reckon with its history of supporting policies and actors that undermine the values it now promotes supporting, most immediately by not supporting or amplifying OANN,” the letter read.

                                    Paul and DirecTV did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.


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