Nine Strategies to Fix America’s Broken Public Schools

I just finished reading a New York Times article titled “School is for Everyone.” It promoted the argument that public education is essential to American life. The article’s author, Anya Kamenetz, began with a historical statement relating to Horace Mann—often (and justly) called the father of American public education.

The Purpose of Public Education

Mrs. Kamenetz described Mr. Mann’s goals.

“An essential part of Mann’s vision was that public schools should be for everyone, and that children of different backgrounds should learn together. He pushed to draw wealthier students away from private schools, establish “normal schools” to train teachers (primarily women), have the state take over charitable schools and increase taxes to pay for it all.”

As Mrs. Kamenetz sees it, these were laudable goals, and the schools largely achieved them. Much good came out of public education. Within a generation, a nation that took in many impoverished and illiterate immigrants became one of the most literate nations in the world. Free education opened up many opportunities, making the country and its inhabitants more prosperous.

However, this is not the whole story. Many writers, including myself, have described the disaster zone that much of modern American education has become. Egalitarian ideologies have entered the classrooms and destroyed the climate for learning. Mrs. Kamenetz acknowledges that problems exist. Unfortunately, she blames the wrong people.

Building Resentment

Indeed, she blames conservatives. She writes: “All of this emboldened a movement on the right that has for more than half a century sought to dismantle public education and the idea that Americans from diverse backgrounds should learn alongside one another.”

This explanation inadvertently describes one reason that many Americans are abandoning public education. It is simple. Conservatives do not like being branded as a band of raving racists, and we resent the implication. Many of them possess diplomas and degrees from public schools and colleges. Conservatives do not like seeing public schools destroy many of the values they hold dear.

The Road Back to Public Favor

If Mrs. Kamenetz is really interested in making public schools stronger, I would like to offer her nine strategies to help make that happen.

First, restore order. The primary reason schools exist is to educate—and teachers cannot do that amid chaos. All students must know that their actions have consequences, which administrators will swiftly impose on those who disrupt others when trying to learn.

Second, listen to parents with respect. Parents come from all walks of life, but the vast majority love and want the best for their children and our country. Films of parents who speak at school board meetings, only to have their concerns ignored, are not good advertisements for public education.

Third, stop implying that parents are oppressing their children. If teachers and administrators disagree with a parent’s politics, religion, values, morals and so on, they should not use the school as a platform to suggest that these views are oppressive. Telling or implying to students that their parents are stupid, uncaring or repressive should remain out of bounds.

Fourth, acknowledge that the schools are reflections of their communities, not “agents of change.” The focus should be on expanding children’s knowledge and opportunities, not on creating a generation of social activists.

Fifth, don’t teach theories as if they were facts. Any competent scientist will admit that very few established facts exist in any branch of natural science. Everything else is theory.

Sixth, keep controversial ideologies out of schools. The fifth point above is doubly true in psychology and sociology. Aside from basic biology, a child’s sexual maturity is none of the school’s business. The school plays a minimal role in emotional development. “Gender theory” and “critical race theory” are, as the names imply, theories. Not only are they not proven, but they are also unprovable.

Seventh, re-embrace color blindness. The more one talks about race, the more poisoned the discussion becomes. If left alone, children will choose playmates without regard to race. Creating racial hatred or inspiring uneasiness between groups of students helps no one.

Eighth, medical care is a parental prerogative. Yes, there is a place for the school nurse who cleans and bandages wounds sustained on the playground. That place does not extend to the diagnosis of physical or mental diseases. If school officials think something might be wrong, they should tell the parent. If the family cannot afford medical care, suggest a free or low-cost clinic that is not affiliated with the school. Do not initiate treatments without parental consent.

Last but still crucial, acknowledge Christianity’s role in the culture’s development. The prohibition against teaching religion does not extend to historical fact. If you teach about the scientific discoveries of Gregor Mendel or Roger Bacon, you can briefly mention that they did their scientific work in monasteries. You can cite Moses and Jesus Christ among those who inspired our legal system. You can use the title “Father” when discussing Junipero Serra’s role in the settlement of California. Leaving that information out is a sign of intolerance and prejudice.

Rising to the Challenge

Christians and conservatives are not obsessed with the idea of taking over American public education. If public schools want to set themselves up as the educators of all of America’s children, then two words need to enter the education establishment’s vocabulary—respect and humility.

Unfortunately, the above strategies will not be implemented. Protestations about teaching all of the children only camouflage a desire to make them all into an army of “social justice warriors.”

We must not allow this to happen.

AUTHOR

 Edwin Benson

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Someone Should Remind Biden of Iran’s Tyranny

The heads of state and government from most of the UN’s 193 member states gathered last week at the organization’s famous New York City building to attend the 77th UN General Assembly.

One of the attendees, whose presence was questionable and was objected to, was the ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran. Ironically, he was sanctioned by Washington in 2019 over his complicity in numerous human rights violations. His crimes included a reported involvement in the mass execution of thousands of Iranian political prisoners in 1988.

His arrival in New York raised several inquiries and concerns, including questions about who gave the green light to allow Raisi to attend the important UNGA event at such a critical time. Who approved granting him an entry visa and allowed him to roam the streets of a country that he wants to destroy and whose citizens he wants to kill?
On his flight to New York, Raisi told reporters that he was going to the US to convey the message of the Iranian people to the whole world. “I remembered the martyrs; we must convey their voice by implementing the order. This opportunity is not our opportunity. I said at Mehrabad Airport that martyr (Qassem) Soleimani made this opportunity. The Iranian people are the ones who created this force,” he said of his attendance at the UNGA.

The US administration needs someone to remind it that hundreds of thousands of Iranians have been killed, imprisoned, tortured or executed by the regime headed by our criminal guest.

According to the June intelligence report of the National Counterterrorism Center, the Iranian leadership was relentlessly looking for ways to avenge the killing of the brutal murderer Soleimani in January 2020, when former President Donald Trump approved a drone strike while the Quds Force commander was on a trip to Iraq.

Under Raisi’s watch, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps plotted to kill former US National Security Adviser John Bolton. Iran has also publicly expressed a willingness to conduct lethal operations on US soil since Raisi became president. Other reported targets include former President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former US Central Command commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

“Iran would probably view the killing or prosecution of a US official it considers equivalent in rank and stature to Soleimani or responsible for his death as successful retaliatory actions,” the intelligence report read.

Adding insult to injury, Raisi’s vulgarity reached the point of raising a photo of the brutal terrorist Soleimani under the dome of the UN building.
In case he does not recall, someone should notify President Joe Biden that Soleimani had killed hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of civilians by instructing his militias in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. Soleimani also planned to assassinate foreign diplomats and US citizens on American soil.

Raisi, who is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s favorite, and former Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, along with many others, should never have been permitted to stand and stain American soil with the blood of their innocent victims. And they should never be allowed to use US social media platforms to threaten the American people or spew their hatred and radical ideology.

The US Department of State, headed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, has managed to insult all the families of the soldiers who were killed in Iraq by Iranian proxy militias, drones or missiles. It also insulted the 1.5 million Iranian Americans who have fled the tyranny of the regime. And, finally, it has insulted every woman in Iran and around the globe who is protesting right now against the oppression of the tyrants of Tehran.

A 22-year-old woman just got murdered by the very same people who were invited to the land of the free.

AUTHOR

Dalia Al-Aqidi

Dalia Al-Aqidi is a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy. Twitter: @DaliaAlAqidi

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New Bloodbath Ahead, COVID Shots Were Just the Beginning—Biden EO Advances Biotech-Transhumanist Agenda

“I predicted this ‘no testing required’ formula would spread beyond COVID shots, and according to the executive order Biden just signed, that’s exactly what’s about to happen.” —


STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • September 12, 2022, President Biden signed the “Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe and Secure American Bioeconomy”
  • Specified in that order is the development of genetic engineering technologies and techniques “to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers,” as well as genetic technologies to “unlock the power of biological data” using “computing tools and artificial intelligence”
  • This executive order establishes a fast-tracked pipeline of mRNA shots and other gene therapies that will further the transhumanist agenda to create augmented humans and bring us into a post-human world
  • Drug makers have clearly expected this free-for-all as they have loads of mRNA candidates in their pipelines. September 14, 2022, Pfizer initiated a Phase 3 study that will test a quadrivalent mRNA-based flu shot on 25,000 American adults
  • Moderna began its Phase 3 mRNA flu jab trial in early June 2022. Ultimately, Moderna wants to create an annual mRNA shot that covers all of the top 10 viruses that result in hospitalizations each year

September 12, 2022, President Biden signed the “Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe and Secure American Bioeconomy.”1

Specified in that order is the development of genetic engineering technologies and techniques “to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers,” as well as genetic technologies to “unlock the power of biological data” using “computing tools and artificial intelligence.”

Additionally, “obstacles for commercialization” will be reduced “so that innovative technologies and products can reach markets faster.” What we have here is, in a nutshell, the creation of a fast-tracked mRNA pipeline.

When, in June 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quietly implemented a Future Framework” scheme2 to deliver reformulated COVID boosters without additional testing, I predicted that this “no testing required” formula would spread beyond COVID shots. And, according to this executive order, that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

In early September 2022, the FDA also put out medically false and misleading COVID booster campaign messages that prove we’ve officially entered the era of transhumanism:

“It’s time to install that update! #UpdateYourAntibodies with a new #COVID19 booster.”3 “Don’t be shocked! You can now #RechargeYourImmunity with an updated #COVID19 booster.”4

Is This the Death Knell to Allopathic Medicine?

Historically, gene therapies have had to jump through extra hoops, which is why so few exist on the market. As of 2021, there were 20 gene therapies commercially available.5 The world’s first gene therapy trial didn’t begin until 1990, so this is still a very new field.

The entire gene therapy field actually collapsed overnight in 1999, when a teenage trial participant died from side effects. An FDA investigation concluded research had moved too fast and that safety “had not been put first.”6 Progress, thanks to increased caution, slowed from there on.

Such caution is now being thrown to the wind, and it’s not difficult to predict there will be disastrous ramifications. Millions will die from poorly tested gene therapies and, eventually, medical research and allopathic medicine will both cease to exist, as survivors vow to have nothing to do with that murderous cabal ever again.

The only way they might be able to keep going is if they are in control of people’s brain function and/or able to force drugs under threat of death, or worse — neither of which is impossible at this point, shockingly enough. In the meantime, we’re looking at a cornucopia of mRNA shots coming our way.

mRNA Flu Shots Are in the Works

Not surprisingly, mRNA flu shots are in the works.7 While we probably won’t see mRNA flu shots during the 2022/2023 winter season, there’s every reason to expect they’ll be rolled out next year.

September 14, 2022, Pfizer initiated a Phase 3 study, which will test a quadrivalent mRNA-based flu shot on 25,000 American adults.8 Pfizer is also exploring mRNA technology that uses self-amplifying RNA (saRNA), for potential use in the future.9

Moderna began its Phase 3 mRNA flu jab trial in early June 2022.10 It’s also working on mRNA shots for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is in the herpes family, as well as a SARS-CoV-2-influenza combination shot. Ultimately, Moderna wants to create an annual mRNA shot that covers all of the top 10 viruses that result in hospitalizations each year.11

Its current flu jab candidate, mRNA-1010, encodes for the hemagglutinin (HA) glycoproteins of four different influenza strains, including influenza A/H1N1, A/H3N2, influenza B/Yamagata and B/Victoria. According to Moderna:12

“HA is a major influenza surface glycoprotein that is considered an important target to generate broad protection against influenza and is the primary target of currently available influenza vaccines.”

The Transhumanist Agenda

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Over the past three years, I’ve written several articles exploring the transhumanist agenda, which all these mRNA shots and genetic technologies are part and parcel of. Basically, the goal of the transhumanist movement is to transcend biology through technology, and to meld human biology with technology and artificial intelligence.

In September 2020, I posted a video with Dr. Carrie Madej (above), in which she suggested we were standing at the crossroads of transhumanism, thanks to the fast approaching release of mRNA COVID-19 shots.

“One reason why it’s important to know whether synthetic RNA creates permanent changes in the genome is because synthetic genes are patented. If they cause permanent changes, humans will contain patented genes, and that brings up very serious questions, seeing how patents have owners, and owners have patent rights.”

Since these shots are designed to manipulate your biology, they have the potential to also alter the biology of the entire human race. Nearly two years later, we still don’t know the extent to which they might be doing that, yet more fast-tracked and untested gene therapies are on the way.

One reason why it’s important to know for certain whether synthetic RNA ends up creating permanent changes in the genome is because synthetic genes are patented. If they cause permanent changes, humans will contain patented genes, and that brings up very serious questions, seeing how patents have owners, and owners have patent rights.

US Defense Department Aims to Create Human Cyborgs

The hydrogel used to preserve the mRNA can also contain nanobots to create a bioelectric interface capable of connecting to a smartphone or other interface. Novel technologies that measure biological data, such as blood sugar, are based on this. Such technologies will, of course, have immediate ramifications for our privacy.

Who will collect and have access to all this data? Who will be responsible for protecting it? How will it be used? Also, if your cellphone can receive information from your body, what information can your body receive from it, or other sources? Could transmissions affect your mood? Your behavior? Your physical function? Your thoughts or memories?

So far, it doesn’t appear as though the COVID shots have these kinds of capabilities built in, but we do know for a fact that militaries around the world are exploring and working toward such capabilities. In fact, it’s an arms race in its own right.

In his September 14, 2022, Substack article,13 “Human Cyborgs Are Just the Beginning,” Dr. Robert Malone reviewed several of those plans. Certain report titles alone tell the story, such as the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Biotechnologies for Health and Human Performance Council’s report,14 “Cyborg Soldier 2050: Human/Machine Fusion and the Implications for the Future of the DOD.” It doesn’t leave a whole lot to the imagination, does it? According to the assessment abstract:

“The primary objective of this effort was to forecast and evaluate the military implications of machines that are physically integrated with the human body to augment and enhance human performance over the next 30 years.

This report summarizes this assessment and findings; identifies four potential military-use cases for new technologies in this area; and assesses their impact upon the DOD organizational structure, warfighter doctrine and tactics, and interoperability with U.S. allies and civil society.”

Human augmentation technologies deemed technically feasible by 2050 at the latest include ocular enhancements to improve sight and situational awareness, optogenetic bodysuit to restore or improve muscular strength and control, auditory enhancements, and neural enhancement of the brain for two-way data transfers and brain-to-brain communication.

Changing What It Means To Be Human

In “The Plan to Turn You Into a Genetically Edited Cyborg,” I covered another shockingly dystopian report by the U.K. Ministry of Defense and the German Bundeswehr Office for Defense Planning, published in May 2021.

That report, “Human Augmentation — The Dawn of a New Paradigm, a Strategic Implications Project,”15 reviews the scientific goals of the U.K. and German defense ministries, and they basically mirror that of the U.S. DOD. On page 12 of the report, the concept of the human body as a platform is described, and how various parts of the human platform can be augmented. For example:

  • Physical performance such as strength, dexterity, speed and endurance can be enhanced, as well as physical senses. One example given is gene editing for enhanced sight
  • Psychological performance such as cognition, emotion and motivation can be influenced to activate and direct desired behavior. Examples of cognitive augmentation include improving memory, attention, alertness, creativity, understanding, decision-making, intelligence and vigilance
  • Social performance — “The ability to perceive oneself as part of a group and the readiness to act as part of the team” — can be influenced. Communication skills, collaboration and trust are also included here

They list several different ways to influence the physical, psychological and social performance of the “human platform,” including genetics (germ line and somatic modification), synthetic biology, invasive (internal) and noninvasive (external) brain interfaces, passive and powered exoskeletons, drugs and nano technology, neurostimulation, augmented reality technologies such as external holograms or glasses with built-in artificial intelligence, and sensory augmentation technologies such as external sensors or implants.

As noted in this report, “Human augmentation has the potential to … change the meaning of what it means to be a human.” This is precisely what Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), has stated is the goal of The Fourth Industrial Revolution.16

WEF has been at the center of global affairs for more than 40 years, and if you take the time to dive into WEF’s Fourth Industrial Revolution material, you realize that it’s all about transhumanism. It’s about the merger of man and machine.

This is a dystopian future that WEF and its global allies are actively trying to implement, whether humanity at large agrees with it or not. Importantly, the “Human Augmentation” report readily admits that human augmentation can “directly enhance behavior.”

And, if you think these reports are just brain fodder for geeks in uniforms, think again. The U.K. Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) is currently, right now, accepting proposals for human augmentation technologies such as those listed above.17 Grants of 70,000 euros ($74,000), will be given to proposals that can provide proof of concept.

We’re Already Being Programmed to Accept Transhumanism

Both the DOD’s “Cyborg Soldier” report and the British/German “Human Augmentation” reports discuss the fact that human augmentation will inevitably widen already existing disparities, inequalities and inequities, and therefore, “efforts should be undertaken to reverse negative cultural narratives of enhancement technologies.”18

In other words, don’t let people come to the conclusion that human cyborgs are a bad idea, because at worst that might prevent their development, and at best, it’ll pitch regular people against the augmented elite, making their efforts to rule the plebs more difficult.

As noted by Malone, “Once again, we are being played before we even know what the playing field looks like.”19

Disturbingly, considering how nontransparent governments have been so far, it’s not inconceivable that technologies capable of influencing thoughts and behaviors would be used on populations without informing anyone, which makes the list of potential risks one takes with each new mRNA injection even longer than it already is.

But we don’t need to be genetically reengineered or have nanobots introduced into our brains to be at risk of outside manipulation. That’s already happening through noninvasive means.

Control Capabilities Go Far Beyond Orwell’s ‘1984’ Vision

In a November 2019 interview with CNN,20 history professor Yuval Noah Harari, a Klaus Schwab disciple, stated that humans are already “hackable,” meaning the technology exists by which a company or government can know you better than you know yourself, and this knowledge can be used for both good and ill.

According to Harari, the available capabilities already go far beyond Orwell’s “1984” authoritarian vision, and it’s only going to become more powerful from here.

He predicted that algorithms will increasingly be used to make decisions that historically have been made by humans, either yourself or someone else, including whether or not you’ll be hired for a particular job, whether you’ll be granted a loan, what scholastic curriculum you will follow and even whom you will marry.

To learn more about the larger issues of transhumanism and the race to merge man with machine and artificial intelligence, check out the Truthstream Media video below.

For example, there are even ongoing attempts to upload the human mind into the cloud, ultimately creating a form of “digital hive mind” where everyone communicates via “Wi-Fi telepathy.” This, despite the fact we still do not fully understand what “the mind” actually is, or where it’s located.

Final Thoughts

I don’t know what it will take to prevent the dystopian post-human world envisioned by Schwab and his technocratic minions, but I suspect education would be a cornerstone of such an endeavor. In order for there to be a resistance, enough people need to be aware of what the plan is, and where we’re actually being led with all these novel therapies and inventions.

In the shorter term, it’s crucial to realize that the fast-tracking of “genetic engineering technologies and techniques to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers” means they’re going to cut corners. Loads of them.

Testing is basically going to be done on the population at large, just as they’ve done with the COVID jabs. The results of such experimentation are relatively predictable. People will be seriously injured and many will die. So, think long and hard before you agree to take any of these forthcoming gene therapies.

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Gene Therapy Industry Report 2021

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Gene Therapy Industry Report 2021

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Time September 14, 2022

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Pfizer September 14, 2022

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Pfizer September 14, 2022

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Moderna June 7, 2022

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CNBC January 10, 2022

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Moderna June 7, 2022

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RW Malone Substack September 14, 2022

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Cyborg Soldier 2050: Human/Machine Fusion and the Implications for the Future of the DOD

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Human Augmentation — The Dawn of a New Paradigm, a Strategic Implications Project May 2021

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WEF The Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The Defense Post May 5, 2022

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Cyborg Soldier 2050: Human/Machine Fusion and the Implications for the Future of the DOD

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RW Malone Substack September 14, 2022

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CNN November 26, 2019

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These Are The Worst Colleges and Universities For Jews in America

Damning report outlines pervasive and systemic anti-Semitism from pro-Palestinian activists on American university & college campuses. And how no serious action is being taken to protect Jewish students on these campuses. Not too long ago, American institutions of higher learning were havens for Jewish life. Those days are long gone. With the Left dominating our university & college campuses, and with incompetent American Jewish lay leadership, life for Jewish (pro-Israel) students may become untenable in the years ahead.

Watchdog group gives 7 US colleges and universities a failing grade in new anti-Semitism report

By JNS, Sept 24, 2022

StopAntisemitism also finds that just 28% of students believe their school administration takes the matter of anti-Semitism and the protection of Jewish students seriously.

Seven higher education institutions received a failing grade in the watchdog group StopAntisemitism’s inaugural Antisemitism on College & University Campuses 2022 report, which grades 25 schools across the nation based on their past and current efforts to counteract anti-Semitism on campus and protect their Jewish students.

StopAntisemitism divided the 25 schools into five categories: Ivy League, liberal arts, state schools and public and private schools with the highest population of Jewish students. The watchdog organization then analyzed and graded each school based on five components: protection of students regarding anti-Semitic incidents, policy, allyship with Jewish students and how students identify publicly or feel the need to hide their Jewish identity on campus. 

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2022 Now The Worst Year in the History of U.S. Stock Market

Stock futures are falling. On Friday, U.S. stocks ended in the red, with the Dow Industrials closing down 1.6% and all major indexes posting weekly losses.

On Monday, the British pound hit its lowest-ever level against the U.S. dollar and was sharply lower against the euro. Yields on benchmark U.K. bonds have jumped to fresh multiyear highs.

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BLASPHEMY: Hillary Clinton, Democrats Equate Republicans to Nazis, Trump To Hitler

This shrieking harpie wants more Republicans attacked. Apparently her “basket of deplorables” slur was too soft. Ironically, this is exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews.

Hillary Clinton has a history at name calling republicans. Before the 2016 election, she called the republican base “deplorables.” Fox News: Trump hosted a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, last Saturday in support of US Senate candidate JD Vance, who is facing Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Some Trump supporters in attendance raised one index finger in the air at the end of the former president’s speech. Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Trump, accused Clinton of “using some of the most disgusting smears imaginable” (Fox News). Jon Levine: Hillary Clinton likens Trump supporters to Nazis during remarks at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin “What’s happened to these people” (Twitter)? Daily Wire: Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin claimed that Trump supporters pointing in the air “bore an uncanny resemblance to the infamous Nazi salute.” Other left-wingers, including feminist author Joyce Carol Oates, Harvard professor emeritus Laurence Tribe, retired Army General and MSNBC contributor Barry McCaffrey, and the left-wing legal organization Citizens for Ethics all compared the rally attendees to Nazi supporters on Twitter (Daily Wire).

Daily Wire: Hillary Clinton likened Trump supporters to Nazis because they pointed in the air during a rally.

While speaking at the Texas Tribune festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday, the former first lady, secretary of state, and failed 2016 presidential candidate recounted that when she was a student, she wondered why people in the 1930s and 40s were so enthralled with Adolf Hitler. Clinton implied that a similar phenomenon was going on with Trump supporters because, like at Hitler’s rallies, people at Trump rallies raised their arms while he was speaking.

“I remember as a young student, you know, trying to figure out, how people get basically drawn in by Hitler,” Clinton said. “How did that happen? I’d watch newsreels and I’d see this guy standing up there ranting and raving, and people shouting and raising their arms. I thought, ‘What’s happened to these people?’”

“You saw the rally in Ohio the other night,” Clinton continued. “Trump is there ranting and raving for more than an hour, and you have these rows of young men with their arms raised. I thought, ‘What is going on?’ So there is a real pressure, and I think it is fair to say we’re in a struggle between democracy and autocracy.”

Clinton was not the only left-wing figure to compare Trump supporters to Nazis after the rally. Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin claimed that Trump supporters pointing in the air “bore an uncanny resemblance to the infamous Nazi salute.” Other left-wingers, including feminist author Joyce Carol Oates, Harvard professor emeritus Laurence Tribe, retired Army General and MSNBC contributor Barry McCaffrey, and the left-wing legal organization Citizens for Ethics all compared the rally attendees to Nazi supporters on Twitter.

“As usual, the media is working hand in hand with the Democrats weeks before an election,” Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said in a statement to the New York Post. “It seems like perpetual-failed-candidate Hillary Clinton’s basket of deplorables has run stale, not unlike herself. It’s pathetic, it’s divisive, and it is further cementing her legacy of cringe.”

Clinton infamously labeled Trump supporters “deplorables” during the 2016 election. “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables,’” Clinton said at the time. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”

Clinton’s rhetoric is also similar to President Joe Biden’s recent line of attack against so-called “MAGA Republicans.”

At a closed-door event with supporters in Rockville, Maryland, in August, Biden said that the ideology of Trump and his supporters borders on fascism. “What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden said. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”

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Records Revealed on Paul Pelosi Arrest

Washington, D.C. – Judicial Watch announced today that it received records from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Public Records Unit that include 44 photos and five hours of audio/video footage depicting the misconduct and arrest of Paul Pelosi, husband to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The material shows Mr. Pelosi invoked his wife’s name and shared his police charity membership during the arrest.

Judicial Watch obtained the records as a result of a June 14, 2022, Public Records Act request for information regarding Pelosi’s May 28, 2022, arrest in Napa, CA, for suspected alcohol intoxication while driving.

Video footage from Pelosi’s arrest depicts his interaction with the CHP officers. He first makes reference to himself as a “high profile person,” to which an officer responds, “right. I understand who you are. And I’m not out here to do anything to draw any negative attention to you. If you’ve being honest with me, there’s really nothing you should be worried about.”

Pelosi next invokes his wife’s name, telling the officers that his “wife, Nancy, is back on the East Coast.”

In response to Pelosi’s invocation, an officer says, “I’ll discuss with my supervisor – what he’s willing to do – just because we know you’re a high-profile person and I’ll consult with him what he wants to do at that point.”

Next, Pelosi insists that he should be able to call an Uber to pick him up but the officers explain that releasing a DUI suspect to an Uber driver is against county policy. But Pelosi insists that he will “give [the Uber driver] a tip or whatever the hell he needs.”

Pelosi continues to insist that an Uber driver pick him up but an officer responds, “Sir, we’ve done everything we can to work with you. Now we’re just dragging it out.” Pelosi replies, “May I speak with your captain please?” to which the officer says, “No, he already hung up. We’re going around in circles here.”

When asked for his driver’s license, Pelosi hands the police officer his donor card from the “11-99 Foundation,” a California Highway Patrol benevolent charity, along with his California driver’s license. Photos of Pelosi’s Porsche from the crash scene also show that his license plate bears the 11-99 Foundation’s logo.

The officer who arrested Paul Pelosi writes the following in his post-arrest supplemental report:

Throughout my conversation with [Pelosi], I observed the following objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication: both of his eyes were red/watery, his speech was slurred, he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person, and he failed to provide logical answers to multiple questions I asked.

A May 29, 2022, email titled “Newsworthy Arrest” from Captain John Blencowe to Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley explains that the CHP officers “attempted to cite and release [Pelosi], but he didn’t want anyone else to be aware of his arrest.”

“This material shows Paul Pelosi tried to name drop Nancy Pelosi’s name during his arrest,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.”

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New Documents Reveal COVID-19 Vaccine Studies Used by HHS were Conducted in China

Washington, D.C. – Judicial Watch announced today that it received 115 pages of records from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing previously redacted locations of COVID-19 vaccine testing facilities in Shanghai, China. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had claimed the name and location of the testing facilities were protected by the confidential commercial information exemption of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The records were obtained through a September 2021 FOIA lawsuit filed after the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease failed to respond to a June 7, 2021, FOIA request for all biodistribution studies and data for the COVID-19 vaccines (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:21-cv-02418)).

The newly unredacted documents reveal the following Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine studies’ locations:

  • document with the filename, “ s_r_IND 19736 0 105 2.6.5 pharmkintabulated-summary” identifies all in vitro metabolic stability studies of ALC-0315 and ALC-0159 (synthetic lipids in the vaccines) were conducted at Medicilon Preclinical Research LLC, a testing facility located in Shanghai, China. Studies within this record indicate work was done in August 2020.
  • document with the filename, “s_r_IND 19736-0-253 Section 2.6.5 pharmkintabulated-summary” identifies that all in vitro metabolic stability studies of ALC-0315 and ALC-0159 were conducted at Medicilon Preclinical Research LLC, a testing facility located in Shanghai, China. Studies within this record indicate work was done in August 2020.

Additionally, Study 18350 was conducted at a Charles River testing facility in Tranent, UK

  • document with the filename, “s_pharmkin-tabulated-summary.pdf” notes that all in vitro metabolic stability studies of ALC-0315 and ALC-0159 were conducted at Medicilon Preclinical Research LLC, a testing facility located in “Shanghai, China.” Studies within this record indicate work was done in August 2020.

The document adds that Study 18350 was conducted at a Charles River testing facility in Tranent, UK.

  • document titled “FINAL REPORT” with the filename, “s_r_185350.pdf” and the logo, “Charles River” lists the TESTING FACILITY as “Charles River Laboratories Edinburgh Ltd. Elphinstone Research Centre Tranent, East Lothian EH33 2NE, UK” Studies within this record indicate the work was conducted in July 2020.

“The Biden administration’s stonewalling and shell games about the COVID vaccines further undermine public confidence in these controversial drugs,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Americans are now going to want to know why did the Biden operation try to hide COVID vaccine ties to China!”

This is part of Judicial Watch’s ongoing investigation into the US Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July 2022, National Institutes of Health (NIH) records revealed an FBI “inquiry” into the NIH’s controversial bat coronavirus grant tied to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The records also show National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) officials were concerned about “gain-of-function” research in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2016. The Fauci agency was also concerned about EcoHealth Alliance’s lack of compliance with reporting rules and use of gain-of-function research in the NIH-funded research involving bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China.

Previous disclosures from this lawsuit include:

  • HHS records revealed that from 2014 to 2019, $826,277 was given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for bat coronavirus research by the NIAID.
  • NIAID records showed that it gave nine China-related grants to EcoHealth Alliance to research coronavirus emergence in bats and was the NIH’s top issuer of grants to the Wuhan lab itself. The records also included an email from the vice director of the Wuhan Lab asking an NIH official for help finding disinfectants for decontamination of airtight suits and indoor surfaces.
  • HHS records included an “urgent for Dr. Fauci ” email chain, citing ties between the Wuhan lab and the taxpayer-funded EcoHealth Alliance. The government emails also reported that the foundation of U.S. billionaire Bill Gates worked closely with the Chinese government to pave the way for Chinese-produced medications to be sold outside China and help “raise China’s voice of governance by placing representatives from China on important international counsels as high level commitment from China.”
  • HHS records included a grant application for research involving the coronavirus that appears to describe “gain-of-function” research involving RNA extractions from bats, experiments on viruses, attempts to develop a chimeric virus and efforts to genetically manipulate the full-length bat SARSr-CoV WIV1 strain molecular clone.
  • HHS records showed the State Department and NIAID knew immediately in January 2020 that China was withholding COVID data, which was hindering risk assessment and response by public health officials.

Through FOIA, Judicial Watch has uncovered a substantial amount of information about other important COVID-19 issues:

  • May 2022: University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) records show the former director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Dr. James W. Le Duc warned Chinese researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology of potential investigations into the COVID issue by Congress.
  • May 2022: HHS records regarding biodistribution studies and related data for the COVID-19 vaccines show a key component of the vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, lipid nanoparticles (LNPs), were found outside the injection site, mainly the liver, adrenal glands, spleen and ovaries of test animals, eight to 48 hours after injection.
  • April 2022: Records from the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) reveal safety lapses and violations at U.S. biosafety laboratories that conduct research on dangerous agents and toxins.
  • March 2022: HHS records include emails between National Institutes of Health (NIH) then-Director Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), about hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19.
  • March 2021: HHS records show that NIH officials tailored confidentiality forms to China’s terms and that the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an unreleased, “strictly confidential” COVID-19 epidemiological analysis in January 2020.
  • October 2020: Fauci emails include his approval of a press release supportive of China’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
  • An October 2021 lawsuit uncovered that over a 10-year period, Fauci and others at NIH received more link to than $350 million in secretive “royalty” payments from drug companies and other third parties.

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Italy: Populist Brothers of Italy Win Sweeping Majority, Smeared by Globalists as ‘Fascist’

Italian voters have spoken: enough of globalist chaos; environmental lunacy creating a bad economy built on an unrealistic green agenda; open-door, unvetted immigration; rigid Covid mandates; and diminishing personal freedom. Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy coalition party has captured a sweeping majority in Italy. It’s being widely smeared as the most right-wing government since Mussolini. Other coalition members include Matteo Salvini’s League, noted for its opposition to an open-door immigration policy, and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.

Here’s what Italy can immediately expect, based on the stated policies of the incoming government:

review of rules on public spending and economic governance. Meloni has stated that her focus will be on “investments to boost Italy’s chronically weak economic growth but pledged responsibility in managing its debt-laden public accounts.” And as a fiscal conservative, she added: “I am very cautious.” She has also criticized the EU for its lack of foresight in pursuit of a green economy at any cost, accusing the EU of failing “to craft policies that would ensure available, affordable energy supplies. Sky-high energy prices, she declares, “have forced businesses and families down to their knees.”

The Brothers of Italy party is being attacked as far-right,  “anti democratic” and a threat to personal freedoms, but the truth is that globalist governments have themselves proven to be the worst threats to democracy and personal freedom, while accusing the Right of everything they do. It is globalists today who are the exponents of the socialist ideology and who are willing to use violence to cancel our freedoms (especially the freedom of expression) and drive capitalist economies into the ground.

The Leftist Atlantic, in an article titled The Return of Fascism in Italy, asserted….

Meloni would also represent continuity with Italy’s darkest episode: the interwar dictatorship of Benito Mussolini.

Ridiculous. Just as Hitler was socialist (the Nazi party was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party) yet is frequently referenced as “right wing,” Mussolini was also a socialist, called “right wing” when both were violent socialist Leftists.

Meloni refused to join Mario Draghi’s national unity government in February 2021, opposing his “tough coronavirus measures, notably the so-called Green Pass requiring workers to be vaccinated.” Meloni is also tough on open-door migration. Italy has been overwhelmed by North African Muslims illegally swarming in, and Draghi was lukewarm on the issue. AFP stated that Meloni’s party’s “anti-immigration positions and the protection of Italy from ‘Islamization,’” and also quoted Meloni as saying: “there is no room for nostalgic attitudes of fascism, for hypotheses of racism and anti-Semitism.”

The Associated Press describes Meloni as having a message that blends Christianity, motherhood and patriotism, while the Qatar-owned Al-Jazeera says that her party “calls for the defence and promotion of Europe’s “Judeo-Christian” and classical roots.” Meloni has also been criticized by the Left for being anti-abortion.

A government that supports Judeo-Christian principles, rejects unvetted illegal migration and rigid COVID mandates, and is Eurosceptic sounds like a government on the right track. No wonder the Left is going heavy on the “far-right” and “fascist” smears.

Globalist EU leaders are now worried about a shift in the EU’s balance of power, as they should be, and about a Meloni alliance with Hungary. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has already congratulated Meloni on a “well deserved” victory.

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Half of 2023’s Diversity Visas to Be Given to Migrants from Muslim Countries

While increasing numbers of Americans are wondering how they’re going to pay for both gas and groceries this month, the Biden administration is busy concentrating on what’s really important: celebrating diversity. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reported Thursday that “recently released State Department estimates indicate that a majority of those coming to the U.S. via the Diversity Visa Lottery during the next fiscal year (2023) will be Muslims, despite the fact that adherents of that faith account for less than a quarter of the world’s population.” What could possibly go wrong? Surely you don’t object to this, do you? Biden’s handlers are no doubt standing ready to brand anyone who dares utter a murmur of dissent as “racist” and “Islamophobic.”

There are other reasons why Americans may look askance at the prospect of bringing large numbers of Muslims into the country. While there is no doubt whatsoever that the overwhelming majority of Muslims will never become terrorists, there is no reliable way to determine, among those wishing to enter the country, which hold jihadist sentiments and which do not. The consequences in this case could be lethal.

One of the key elements of the Left’s rap sheet on me is that I supposedly fail to distinguish between “extremist” and “moderate” Muslims, but the real problem is that Muslims all too often don’t do so, either. Ibrahim Simpson and Nadir Soofi, the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis who came to kill us all at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest I co-sponsored with Pamela Geller in Garland, Texas in 2015, were members in good standing of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. In January 2016, Abdul Shaheed (formerly Edward Archer) shot Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett multiple times at close range. He was a member of Philadelphia’s Mujahideen Mosque.  The Tsarnaev brothers, who bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013, were members of the Islamic Society of Boston, as were many other jihadists.

What’s more, With 42,000 jihad attacks around the world since 9/11, and numerous jihad plots in the U.S., and criminals quoting the Qur’an to justify their criminality, there is ample reason to be concerned about Islam. But to take note of such facts is “Islamophobic,” and so the CIS reported that the percentage of Muslim migrants to be given the next round of Diversity Visas would be much higher than it has been in the recent past: “This is up sharply from the FY 2020 level of about 18 percent.”

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REPORT: Congress Stuffs $12 Billion In Ukraine Aid Into Government Funding Bill

Congress has complied with the Biden administration’s request to include $12 billion for Ukraine in its stopgap funding bill, Reuters reported Monday.

GOP senators remained divided over whether to support the funding request in the continuing resolution, a funding bill that needs to be passed by Sept. 30 to avert a government shutdown, CNN reported on Sept. 19. However, a source familiar with the ongoing negotiations said Congress had agreed to $12 billion in aid on top of the $4o billion authorized in May, Reuters reported.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told CNN the funding package would contain a combination of military, humanitarian and economic assistance.

“I think whatever we do on Ukraine, we ought to be doing it separately from the CR,” Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott previously said to CNN, referring to the continuing resolution. “I think we’ve gotta have a clean CR that goes through Congress.”

Some Republican lawmakers accused Biden of attempting to stuff a massive amount of aid in the funding package to boost Democrats’ prospects ahead of the midterms, Fox News reported. If Republicans vote against the bill in protest against the lack of accountability measures available to monitor the aid, the Biden administration could construe GOP opposition as tacit support for or apathy toward Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war in Ukraine.

“This newest call from President Biden is simply a superficial midterm election gimmick that will only damage our country in both the short and long term,” said Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona told Fox News earlier in September.

However, the administration asked for funding in accord with the Ukrainian army’s needs and capabilities on the battlefield, a spokesperson for the National Security Council told Fox News.

Ukraine’s recent success in taking back territory Russia occupied early in the war has bolstered the administration’s confidence that Western equipment and support is playing a decisive role in fueling the advance of the overmatched Ukrainian military.

So far, the Biden administration has distributed roughly $15 billion in aid to Ukraine since January 2021, with most of that coming after the Russian invasion in February 2022.

“Roughly three-quarters of the direct military and budgetary support that Congress previously provided for Ukraine has been disbursed or committed, with even more expected by the end of the fiscal year,” the White House’s budget director said on Aug. 30.

In May, 57 GOP senators and 11 representatives had opposed the larger funding bill over the potential for corruption, facing backlash from Democratic congressmembers for being “soft on Putin,” Fox News reported.

“We all want to help, we’re all appalled by what Russia has done in Ukraine,” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry told Fox news.  “But we also have to stand up for accountability for the American taxpayer and how their money is being spent and where.”

The continuing resolution will also include humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan, the source told Reuters.

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If Iranians Want Change, They Will Have To Do It On Their Own – The West Will Not Help

“We will fight, we will die, we will take Iran back” and “Mullahs must get lost,” Iranian demonstrators keep chanting.[1] On September 23, in response to the regime’s cutting off mobile Internet, the State Department tried to take some measures to help the protestors, issuing a “General License” that would allow a general category of services and hardware not to be under sanctions.[2] After the announcement, Elon Musk immediately tweeted: “Activating Starlink.”[3]

Yet, the Saudi-owned media outlet Iran International raised doubt about the efficacy of the license: “Neither U.S. official clarified how Iranians might buy the ‘flat user terminal’ required for Starlink satellite access, nor how Iranians would afford a $495 installation fee and $85-a-month subscription.” Furthermore, Iran International noted that while Musk is making “a good gesture by trying to provide Starlink services to Iranians,” the Iranian government will unlikely allow “any hardware facilitating unrestricted connection to the Internet into the country.”[4] It is also worth noting that the Iranian Ministry of Communications already blocked access to the Starlink website.[5]

It Is Hard To Say What The West Has Done To Support Freedom In Iran

It looks as though, once again, the West’s help to the Iranian people not only “may have limited benefit,”[6] but also that it is too little and too late. Protests in Iran have been going on for more than a year and a half, but this did not prevent the West from continuing dialogue with Tehran to reach an agreement on the nuclear deal, disregarding the regime’s violations of human rights and its support for terror. In fact, back in August, it was leaked from the negotiations in Vienna that, on the first day of the deal’s approval, the West was ready to revoke three executive orders issued by former U.S. president Donald Trump, which would mean that sanctions would be lifted from 17 Iranian banks and 150 Iranian institutions, and that $7 billion in frozen funds would return to the Iranian regime.[7] Furthermore, it was reported in May that sanctioned Iranian oil may be allowed onto global markets in the future.[8]

It is hard to say what the West has done to support freedom in Iran over the years, as the West appears to have assisted the regime more than its people. On a personal note, I was invited in 2006 to participate in an event in Ankara, Turkey, on “Women’s Empowerment in the Broader Middle East and North Africa,” sponsored by the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). To my surprise, the Iranian women that were invited were all members of the government. I remember that, during a bus trip around Ankara, they forced the driver to stop so they could disembark before reaching the Anıtkabir, which is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, as they did not want to set foot on the grounds of a monument dedicated to the promoter of secularism in Turkey.

“Woman, Life, Freedom”

Instead, it would have been nice to have found among the participants of that conference women like renowned Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar, whose parents were killed atrociously during the chain murders of Iranian intellectuals perpetrated by the Iranian regime in the late 1990s. Parastou’s father Dariush, founder of the Hezb-e Mellat-e Iran (“Iran Nation’s Party”), and his wife Parvaneh were brutally murdered and their bodies were mutilated. The Forouhars were killed under Khatami’s presidency, even though the key figures appointed under the Hashemi Rafsanjani presidency were still active inside the government. Parastou Forouhar, known for denouncing the regime’s violence through her artwork, is a critic to the compulsory hijab, supporting the slogan of the Iranian demonstrators: “Woman, life, freedom.”

Of course, the Western media, which espouse “politically correctness,” have a hard time seeing Iranian women liberating themselves from headscarves. This has been true for years. In 2012, the New York Times published an op-ed, titled “The Freedom of the Hijab,” in which the author intended to convince the reader that the hijab is a feminist victory over the patriarchy. “My hijab liberates me… I needed to declare to the world on my birthday this year that henceforth I am a hijabi… I see hijab as the freedom to regard my body as my own concern and as a way to secure personal liberty in a world that objectifies women,” the op-ed read.[9]

“My People Call For Freedom”

It is becoming clear that if Iranian people want change, they will have to do it on their own. The West will not help. In 2021, one of the songs that was used as the background music to some of the Iranian demonstrations’ videos was the song, “Patria y Vida” (“homeland and life”; the inversion of the Cuban Revolution slogan “Patria o Muerte,” “homeland or death”), which was associated with the July 2021 Cuban protests.

In fact, in the same days that the Iranian people were demonstrating for food, water, and rights, the Cuban people were doing the same, as the demands for freedom resonated loud and clear from Havana to Teheran. “No more lies. My people call for freedom, no more doctrines. We no longer shout homeland or death, homeland and life instead. And start building what we’ve dreamed of. What they destroyed with their hands. Stop the bloodshed, for wanting to think differently,” sings “Patria y Vida.”

Yet, in May the White House announced measures to re-engage with Cuba, which surprised the Cuban opposition, which immediately shouted “vergüenza [shame]” at the U.S. for keeping the dictatorship alive.[10] This is the same approach that the West is adopting for the ayatollah’s regime.

Shame On You!

The good news is that the Islamic republic is a dying regime, whose ideology is no longer appealing to the people. As Norman Roule, who worked for the CIA for 34 years, put it: “Whether the regime collapses or transitions deeper into autocracy is uncertain, but its inability to attract supporters outside of militias underscores its destiny on History’s dust heap.” Yet, it is clear that, if the regime collapses, it will be thanks to the will of the courageous people of Iran, instead, if the country transitions into more autocracy, it will surely be caused by the West’s will to “re-engage” with the Islamic republic. “Vergüenza,” or as they say in Farsi: “خجالت بکش [khejâlat bekesh, shame on you!]”

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[1] Twitter.com/IranIntl_En/status/1573735217487089669?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1573735217487089669%7Ctwgr%5E93853488a723b9ea9bd51e7886e4b7399dc4914a%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fd-28485649093328999597.ampproject.net%2F2209072154000%2Fframe.html, September 24, 2022.

[2] State.gov/advancing-the-free-flow-of-information-for-the-iranian-people/, September 23, 2022.

[3] Fortune.com/2022/09/26/iran-protests-starlink-internet-elon-musk-sanctions-us/, September 26, 2022.

[4]Iranintl.com/en/202209242281, September 24, 2022.

[5] Fararu.com/fa/news/576641/%D8%B3%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%87%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%86%DA%A9-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%B4%D8%AF, September 24, 2022.

[6] Iranintl.com/en/202209242281, September 24, 2022.

[8] Bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-05/us-may-allow-more-iran-oil-to-flow-even-without-deal-says-vitol?leadSource=uverify%20wal, June 5, 2022.

[9] Nytimes.com/2012/07/14/opinion/the-freedom-of-the-hijab.html, July 14, 2012.

[10] Cibercuba.com/noticias/2022-05-17-u207888-e207888-s27061-opositores-cubanos-reaccionan-deshielo-biden-verguenza, May 17, 2022.

Abbott declares Mexican cartels “terrorist groups”

Earlier this week, Texas Governor Gregg declared two major Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations and laid out further steps for taking action against the deadly criminal enterprises.

Abbott issued Executive Order GA-42, which spells out that the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel are to be designated as terrorist groups and paves the way for future proclamations targeting other cartels. The act was accompanied by a letter to the Biden Administration urging the federal government to take the same step.

Additionally, Abbott listed seven associated orders which described how Texas law enforcement would take advantage of the new declaration, including establishing a Mexican Cartel Division within the Texas Fusion Center for intelligence collection and conducting multi-jurisdictional investigations aimed at disrupting cartel operations.

Abbott justified the move by noting the devastating impact of fentanyl, a powerful opiate smuggled by cartels which some have identified as a potential weapon of mass destruction.

“Fentanyl is a clandestine killer, and Texans are falling victim to the Mexican cartels that are producing it,” said Governor Abbott. “Cartels are terrorists, and it’s time we treated them that way. In fact, more Americans died from fentanyl poisoning in the past year than all terrorist attacks across the globe in the past 100 years. In order to save our country, particularly our next generation, we must do more to get fentanyl off our streets.”

As a practical matter, the declaration by Governor Abbott that an entity represents a “terrorist group” carries with it no legal significance, unlike a foreign terrorism designation by the U.S. Treasury or State Department, which would immediately invoke built-in mechanisms and penalties. The Biden administration is highly unlikely to be receptive to any such effort, given growing tension between the Biden Administration and Republican governors over the issue of border security, but nothing in the law surrounding foreign terrorism designation would prevent such a federal designation.

The growing power of the cartels on the Mexican side of the border, fueled in part by massive human trafficking profits, has reached a level where they threaten the fundamental stability of the Mexican state. Multiple cartels maintain the capacity to use violence and armed force to virtually incapacitate multiple Mexican cities, and intimidate the government into releasing captured cartel figures or to achieve other demands. Mexican Cartels have also opened fire on U.S. Border Patrol and Texas National Guard troops.

The move by Abbott does open transitioning the border discussion from a criminal to a more explicitly national security context. Earlier in September 29 Texas counties declaredthe state was suffering from an “invasion” and asked Abbott to “take the necessary steps … to secure the Texas border and stop the invasion at the border, including the actions by paramilitary, narco-terrorist cartels that pose a huge risk to our communities.”

The counties’ declaration included asking Abbott to invoke Article 1, Section 10 of the United States Constitution, which allows states to utilize military force in the event of an invasion or imminent threat of the same. Classifying the cartels as a terror group, and viewing the deaths caused by fentanyl drug overdose within the context of a kind of bioterrorism, certainly reinforces arguments that the border crisis is essentially an invasion and would justify an appropriately robust response.

Texas could continue to solidify its position, if it were to take the lead in establishing a regional interstate compact to unify nearby states in their response to narco-terrorism threats. Each state should establish narco-terrorism task forces within the appropriate departments to gather intelligence and conduct operations to reduce and disrupt the threat of narco-terrorism in the region. States could also cooperate in multi-jurisdictional operations against narco-terrorism groups operating within the region,  sharing intelligence and resources. Agreeing to supply resources to bolster joint intelligence and investigative efforts to target narco-terrorist groups would also help solidify a regional effort as would formalizing and easing the extradition of subjects arrested on narco-terrorism-related charges among compact states.

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Pro-Abortion Case Just Got Weaker

The case for abortion just got weaker.  How do I know?  Because leading abortion advocates are out there saying the most ridiculous things.  Take Stacey Abrams, for example, the woman who thinks she’s Governor of Georgia.  She claimed in a video that surfaced last week that, “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks.”  She went on to say what sounds like a heartbeat is just a “manufactured sound” invented by the patriarchy to control women’s bodies.  In this latter claim, she is echoing other abortion advocates who have claimed ultrasound machines produce the sound on their own, generated from what is just ‘electrical activity’, not a functional heartbeat.

Experts beg to differ.  The Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and the authoritative Merck medical manual have all stated there is a heartbeat by six weeks.  “The heart begins to pump fluid through blood vessels by day 20,” the Merck Manual states.  That’s the definition of a heartbeat – “cardiac tissue contracting to pump blood through the circulatory system.”   The Mayo Clinic and Planned Parenthood recently scrubbed their websites to remove any reference to a heartbeat, with Planned Parenthood now claiming ultrasound machines produce the sound on their own.  Sure, and I’m the tooth fairy.  Not a good look, changing your story like that.

Stacey Abrams joins other abortion advocates who have said the most preposterous things about killing babies in the womb.  A feminist said last year abortion is an “act of love” when it allows a mother to take better care of her other children.  And when the going gets tough in the future, will it be OK to kill those children, too?  Why not?  How’s it any different?

We also know the case for abortion is getting weaker because advocates are censoring contrary information they don’t want you to hear.  YouTube has started censoring videos containing truthful information about the links between abortion and breast cancer, as well as abortion and infertility.

We also know the case for abortion is getting weaker because, after having lost in the court of public opinion and in the Supreme Court, abortion advocates are using their temporary control of the federal government to push abortion every way they can.  Joe Biden signed an executive order to that effect in July.   Among other federal acts, VA hospitals are now performing abortions in states where it is outlawed.  The White House would not rule out building abortion clinics on federal land, if that’s what it takes to provide abortions in every state.  Biden’s immigration authorities are steering illegal aliens to states where abortion is legal, violating a federal law which prohibits the use of taxpayer money to facilitate the procedure.

We also know the case for abortion is weak because apostates continue to leave the abortion industry to tell the truth about what really goes on there.  A former Planned Parenthood clinic director facilitated 22,000 abortions during her time there, but left to become an anti-abortion activist.  She now regrets telling expectant mothers their babies would not feel pain while being torn apart, and otherwise duping women into abortions they didn’t really want.  But when’s the last time you ever heard of someone leaving the pro-life movement to become an abortion activist?  It doesn’t seem to happen.

It’s been my experience in life that people who make the most hysterical arguments are often rationalizing their desire to do something they know deep down is wrong.  So when Stacey Abrams says there is no fetal heartbeat – the machines are making the sounds – you gotta wonder, what does she really believe deep down inside?

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