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Tuesday • May 24 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXI

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Priorities

Tue, 2022-03-01 19:23 +0000

Categories: Blogs, United States

Bankrolling the Invasion of Ukraine

Tue, 2022-03-01 17:35 +0000

Just the News:  U.S. imports of Russian oil reach highest in a decade as domestic energy production decreases

Last year, Russia​n oil exports to the U.S.​ reached the highest level in a decade, peaking at over 26 million barrels in May, as Russia surpassed Mexico as the second-highest oil exporter to the U.S. 

The U.S. has increased its imports of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia since 2018, EIA data shows.

U.S. dependence on Russian oil comes amid the decline of the American energy industry, as the Biden administration has canceled construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, banned new leases for oil and gas production on federal land, and planned on restricting methane waste emissions from natural gas drilling on public lands.

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"Biden energy policy is financing the Russian war machine!" Phill Kline, director of the Amistad Project and former Kansas attorney general, tweeted on Friday. "Russian exports in natural gas up $30B FY 2021 over FY 2020 while Energy Secretary Granholm holds up US exports of clean US liquefied natural gas in her fidelity to the AOC Squad."

"Between our push here in the U.S. to basically walk away from our energy independence, and Europe's push in the same way, we basically have funded this war in Ukraine," Job Creators Network President Alfredo Ortiz said in a conference call on Monday. "We've given the war chest to Putin by doing so."

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Findings of the Special Counsel to the Wisconsin Assembly

Tue, 2022-03-01 17:05 +0000

Margot Cleveland:  Breaking: Special Counsel Finds Mark Zuckerberg’s Election Money Violated Wisconsin Bribery Laws

From the details exposed in Monday’s special counsel report, the state legislature has much work to do to address “the numerous questionable and unlawful actions of various actors in the 2020 election.” The first unlawful action, according to the report, concerned the payment of grant funds to five Wisconsin counties that were used to facilitate voting. That arrangement, Gableman wrote, violated Wis. Stat. § 12.11, which prohibits election bribery by providing it is illegal to offer anything of value to or for any person in order to induce any elector to go to the polls or vote.

According to the report, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg providing financing that allowed the Center for Tech and Civic Life to offer nearly $9 million in “Zuck Bucks” to Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay counties. In exchange, the “Zuckerberg 5,” as the report called the counties, in effect, operated Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts. Those grant funds then paid for illegal drop boxes to be placed in Democratic voting strongholds.

The illegal use of drop boxes represented a second area of concern to the special counsel’s office. The report notes state election code limits the manner in which ballots may be cast, providing that an elector must personally mail or deliver his or her ballot to the municipal clerk, except where the law authorizes an agent to act on the behalf of the voter.

The Zuckerberg 5 also violated the federal and state constitutional guarantee of equal protection, according to the special counsel report. The grant money targeted specific voters for special voting privileges, to the disadvantage of similarly situated voters located in other Wisconsin counties. 

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Tying Itself to a Reckless and Dangerous America

Tue, 2022-03-01 13:06 +0000

Lee Smith:  Ukraine’s Deadly Gamble

While the timing of Putin’s attack on Ukraine is no doubt connected to a variety of factors, including the Russian dictator’s read on U.S. domestic politics and the preferences of his own superpower sponsor in Beijing, the sense that Ukraine poses a meaningful threat to Russia is not a product of Putin’s paranoia—or of a sudden desire to restore the power and prestige of the Soviet Union, however much Putin might wish for that to happen. Rather, it is a geopolitical threat that has grown steadily more pressing and been employed with greater recklessness by Americans and Ukrainians alike over the past decade.

That Ukraine has allowed itself to be used as a pawn against a powerful neighbor is in part the fault of Kyiv’s reckless and corrupt political class. But Ukraine is not a superpower that owes allies and client-states judicious leadership—that’s the role of the United States. And in that role, the United States has failed Ukraine. More broadly, the use of Ukraine as a goad against enemies domestic and foreign has recklessly damaged the failing yet necessary European security architecture that America spent 75 years building and maintaining.

Why can’t the American security establishment shoulder responsibility for its role in the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine? Because to discuss American responsibility openly would mean exposing the national security establishment’s role in two separate, destructive coups: the first, in 2014, targeting the government of Ukraine, and the second, starting two years later, the government of the United States.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Majority of Voters Say Ukraine Attack Doesn’t Happen Under Trump

Mon, 2022-02-28 12:37 +0000

Washington Times:  Poll: 62% of voters say Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Trump were president (paywall)

Most U.S. voters say Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump were still president, according to a newly released survey.

The Harvard-Harris poll first reported Friday by The Hill found that 62% of registered voters surveyed believe the attack on Ukraine would not have happened with Mr. Trump in the White House, including 85% of Republicans, 63% of independents, and 38% of Democrats.

In addition, 59% agreed that Mr. Putin took military action against Ukraine because “he sees weakness in President Biden,” while 41% disagreed.

There was little in the way of good news for Mr. Biden in the poll, conducted Feb. 23-24 with 2,206 registered voters by the Harris Poll with the Harvard Center for American Political Studies, which was posted online Saturday by Interactive Polls.

The survey found that 53% have doubts about Mr. Biden‘s mental fitness; 64% believe he is showing himself to be too old for the office, and 54% say he is unable to “handle difficult international issues like defending Ukraine from the Russians.”

The president’s approval rating also fell to the lowest point of his presidency at 38%, down from 39% in the Jan. 22 survey.

Mr. Biden had trouble stacking up against Mr. Trump. More than half of registered voters surveyed, or 54%, said that the Republican was a better president versus 46% who said Mr. Biden has been better.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Historical Origins of the Left

Sun, 2022-02-27 13:48 +0000

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This Week's Favorites

Sat, 2022-02-26 12:29 +0000

Power Line: THE WEEK IN PICTURES: U-CRANIAL INVERSION EDITION

Ukrainian model Tetiana Gaidar

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UK Government Accepts COVID Lab Leak Theory — But Which Lab?

Fri, 2022-02-25 14:55 +0000

 Legal Insurrection:  The UK Govt Accepts COVID Lab Leak Theory ‘Behind Closed Doors’

Additionally, scientists find covid virus contains a DNA sequence patented by Moderna three years before the pandemic began.

For those of us at Legal Insurrection, a new report from the United Kingdom holds little to no surprises.

However, consumers of mainstream media who were co-opted by Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and his minions in their quest to promote “natural origins” of the virus that causes covid, a new report from the British government will be shocking.

The British newspaper The Telegraph indicates that behind closed doors, authorities believe a lab leak in Wuhan, China, is now considered the most likely origin of the pandemic.

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And in breaking news that further strengthens the lab leak argument, a study recently published in “Frontiers in Virology” indicates that scientists have identified genetic material owned by Moderna in the virus’s spike protein.

They identified a tiny snippet of code that is identical to part of a gene patented by the vaccine maker three years before the pandemic.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Thought Crime: Guilty of Questioning the 2020 Election

Fri, 2022-02-25 13:50 +0000

Julie Kelly:  On the Eve of the Show Trials

Now that the first trials are finally getting underway, the public can assess whether the government prosecutors and federal judges who created America’s first class of political prisoners were justified in doing so, or were shamefully complicit in Joe Biden’s vengeful prosecution of Donald Trump supporters.

Guy Reffitt is one of hundreds of protesters not charged with committing a violent crime on January 6. According to his initial indictment, Reffitt did not assault police officers—to the contrary, he was attacked by law enforcement with rubber bullets and mace—or vandalize any public property. In fact, he never even entered the Capitol building.

But based on the government’s mostly hearsay evidence, a D.C. federal magistrate last year denied Reffitt’s release—and it had little to do with his alleged criminal behavior on January 6. 

“[The] gravity of the offense is not captured by the offenses because it was an attack upon the democracy and the lawful administration of that democracy as there was a transition of power,” Judge Zia Faruqui said during an April detention hearing. “My concern is that he still harbors the belief even after the election results were certified, the Electoral College was processed, that he continued to harbor the belief, the false belief that something untoward was happening with the democratic process.”

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Giant Humpbacks ‘Blow Rainbows’

Fri, 2022-02-25 13:26 +0000

Epoch Times:  Photos: 2 Giant Humpbacks ‘Blow Rainbows’ Into Air, Leaving Whale Watchers Stunned

These whale watchers were stunned when two giant humpbacks approached their boat and started shooting “rainbows” out of their blowholes.

More amazing pictures here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

Trudeau Revokes Use of Emergencies Act

Thu, 2022-02-24 20:07 +0000

Epoch Times:  Canada’s Trudeau Revokes Use of Emergencies Act

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that he is revoking the use of the Emergencies Act, saying the situation is no longer an emergency.

Trudeau defended invoking the act in the first place, saying “It was the responsible and necessary thing to do” and there was evidence that individuals wanted to “undermine and even harm Canada’s democracy.”

He made the announcement at a press conference in Ottawa on Feb. 23 as the Senate was debating whether to confirm the government’s decision to invoke the act, after MPs on Feb. 21 passed a motion along party lines to approve a 30-day extension of the act.

Trudeau originally invoked the act on Feb. 14 to deal with the protests and blockades, declaring a public order emergency.

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Interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen reacted to the announcement in a statement.

“Today’s announcement is proof that the Prime Minister was wrong when he invoked the Emergencies Act,” she said.

“Nothing has changed between Monday and today other than a flood of concerns from Canadian citizens, bad press, and international ridicule.”

Bergen added her party would seek answers, especially concerning when the government will announce its plan to “end the unscientific mandates and restrictions.”

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Categories: Blogs, United States

A Message from the Freedom Convoy

Wed, 2022-02-23 17:50 +0000
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Have you ever heard of Ops-Trust?

Wed, 2022-02-23 14:56 +0000

Margot Cleveland:  Let’s Hope The Special Counsel (And Others) Are Investigating The People Who Watch You Online

A revelation buried in a cache of documents opens a new and potentially important investigative corridor for Special Counsel John Durham. The shady tech executive who featured prominently in the federal indictment of Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann was also communicating with a covert group of computer scientists skilled in mining internet data. This revelation raises concerns that the man referred to in special counsel documents as Tech Executive-1, Rodney Joffe, may have shared sensitive government and private internet data more broadly than previously thought.

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So where did Joffe’s group get access to the data it had reviewed? And what was the community this group was part of that has “unusual access” to the D.N.S. lookup data of “private companies, public institutions, and universities”? A random email, forwarded by Joffe to Georgia Tech’s Antonakakis, provides a possible answer: Ops-Trust.

Ops-Trust is a self-described “highly vetted community of security professionals focused on the operational robustness, integrity, and security of the Internet,” that “promotes responsible action against malicious behavior beyond just observation, analysis and research.”

According to the scant public portion of its webpage, “the community’s members, span the breadth of the industry including service providers, equipment vendors, financial institutions, mail admins, DNS admins, DNS registrars, content hosting providers, law enforcement” and other third-party security-related organizations. Membership in Ops-Trust is extremely limited with new candidates accepted only if nominated and vouched for by their peers.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Be the Quit in Equity

Tue, 2022-02-22 10:28 +0000

Noah Carl:  The "Resign for Diversity" campaign

In a recent article announcing his resignation as a tenured faculty member, Jordan Peterson chastised his fellow academics for capitulating to the DIE agenda (Diversity, Inclusion and Equity). And he didn’t mince words:

All my craven colleagues must craft DIE statements to obtain a research grant. They all lie (excepting the minority of true believers) and they teach their students to do the same. And they do it constantly, with various rationalizations and justifications, further corrupting what is already a stunningly corrupt enterprise.

Peterson concludes:

And all of you going along with the DIE activists, whatever your reasons: this is on you. Professors. Cowering cravenly in pretence and silence. Teaching your students to dissimulate and lie. To get along. As the walls crumble. For shame.

It’s hard to disagree with this. A large part of the blame for the encroachment of woke activism in academia has to be placed on those academics who go along with it publicly, despite opposing it in private. This is called being a coward. Why on earth did you become a scholar if not to state the truth as you see it?

Of course, most of the blame must be placed on the activists themselves. But if you go along with something by obediently paying lip-service to its core tenets, you’re no longer an innocent bystander. You become an active participant.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

A Call to Stand With the Canadian Truckers

Mon, 2022-02-21 17:46 +0000

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Romanian Member of the European Parliament Cristian Terhes

Mon, 2022-02-21 11:09 +0000
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Canada’s Intelligentsia Unmasked

Sun, 2022-02-20 21:45 +0000

Elizabeth Nickson:  The Reason for the Police Violence in Ottawa is Not What You Think

The brutality in Ottawa is not a warning. It is a promise, a statement of the future. The working class will end their lives in moldering houses they can’t afford to fix, with minimal health care. They won’t even be able to RV to our National Parks.

Think I’m wrong? A gallon of gas where I live is $8.00. Remember how big Canada is.

Think I’m wrong? Friday the 18th, the Federal Fisheries Minister announced the death of the East Coast Fishery, a traditional occupation that has been the base of the Maritimes’ economy for 300 years.  She declared that she “was going to leave as many fish in the water as possible, and to grow as much vegetation in the water as possible so that the Atlantic Ocean could absorb as much carbon as possible”.

In human history, every time a nation falls under control of a narrow elite that monopolizes economic opportunities and political power, that nation fails.  

And when nations fail, a lot of people die.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Is There Some Other Interpretation?

Sun, 2022-02-20 17:03 +0000

File this under "The Impossible Dream."

LifeNews.com:  Chelsea Clinton Complains Her Grandmother Did Not Have Access to Planned Parenthood

As LifeNews reported at the time, Chelsea revealed that her much-admired maternal grandmother was the child of unwed teenage parents who “did not have access to services that are so crucial that Planned Parenthood helps provide.” If her grandmother had gone to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, Chelsea would not have been born.

In a new interview with Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen, Clinton re-upped the comment:

When I was on a panel recently with Cecile [Richards], I said how much I wish that my grandmother — my mom’s mom — had been able to go to a Planned Parenthood. She had unwed teenage parents who abandoned her multiple times throughout her life. She had to start working to support herself before her 14th birthday. She was aware that there was something deeply unjust about her situation, dealing with questions of menstruation and reproductive healthcare without somewhere to go.

Of course, when I shared this, the anti-choice movement translated it as saying I wished my grandmother had aborted my mother. Which is, of course, not what I said and not what I meant.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Idaho House Votes for Potential Gold and Silver Allocation to Hedge State Funds

Fri, 2022-02-18 20:36 +0000

The following article was provided by Jp Cortez, a Director with Sound Money Defense League.

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Boise, Idaho (February 17, 2022) -- The Idaho State House today overwhelmingly approved a bill which enables the State Treasurer to protect state reserve funds from inflation and financial risk by holding physical gold and silver.

State representatives voted 55-14 to pass House Bill 522, the Idaho Sound Money Reserves Act, sending the measure introduced by Representative Ron Nate (R-Rexburg) to the Senate for a hearing.

Supported by Idahoans and groups such as Sound Money Defense League, HB 522 would permit – but not require – the State Treasurer to hold some portion of state funds in physical gold and silver to help secure state assets against the risks of inflation and financial turmoil and/or to achieve capital gains as measured in devaluing Federal Reserve Notes.

Speaking on the house floor, Rep. Nate noted, “Idaho’s current investments are comprised almost entirely of debt instruments with a negative real yield, plus they have a default risk. That’s risk without reward. We need to give our Treasurer another tool in the toolbox, the option to hold gold and silver, to protect taxpayer funds.”

The State Treasurer currently has few options for holding, managing, and investing Idaho’s “idle moneys.” Due to statutory constraints, Idaho’s reserves are invested almost exclusively in low-yielding debt paper that carries counterparty risk while its value is diminished by inflation.

In a recent Idaho Statesman column, Stefan Gleason, president of Idaho-based Money Metals Exchange, explained that “the Idaho State Treasurer’s office today has upwards of $10 billion in assets under management – the value of which is rapidly bleeding away through negative real interest rates.”

“That’s because the state reserves are principally invested in low-interest debt paper, e.g., U.S. Treasuries, money market funds, corporate debt, repurchase agreements, and other dollar-denominated debt,” Gleason continued.

Responding to growing concerns about rising government debts and Federal Reserve money printing, Ohio recently followed Texas in acquiring a 5% physical gold holding in its public pension funds. Oklahoma is among other states currently considering bills like HB 522.

Jp Cortez, policy director of the Sound Money Defense League, said, “Inflation has reached every Idaho home to the tune of at least 7%, which means that the real annual rate of return for Idaho taxpayers on its $10 billion in ‘idle moneys’ is deeply negative, perhaps greater than $500 million.”

HB 522 adds the authority to hold physical gold and silver directly and in a manner that does not assume the counterparty and default risks involved with other state holdings. HB 522 bill does not grant any authority to buy stocks, futures contracts, or other gold-based proxies or financial instruments. There are at least four depositories in the region that would be eligible to hold Idaho’s gold and/or silver.

“An allocation to physical gold and silver fits squarely within the objective of protecting Idaho taxpayer funds against financial risks and the monetary metals would logically be included in a list of safe investment options,” said Gleason. “Gold and silver can provide a hedge against inflation, debt default risks, and stock market declines – and have historically boosted investment returns while also reducing volatility.”

House Bill 522 can be heard before the Senate State Affairs Committee as early as next week.

The Sound Money Defense League is a public policy group working nationally to promote sound money policies, including reaffirming the constitutional role of gold and silver as money.

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