Rand Paul Was Right About Covid

By Jack Hunter

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Few were so hated and so vindicated

Nearly three years ago this month, Anthony Fauci said to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), “Senator Paul, you do not know what you’re talking about.”

Paul had said there was evidence that the National Institute of Health had funded gain-of-function research at a research lab in Wuhan, China.

“I totally resent the lie that you are now propagating, senator,” Fauci would add. “And if anybody’s lying here, senator, it is you.”

It was one of their most fiery exchanges. In the following weeks and months, Paul would not relent.

Fauci accused Paul of just fundraising. CNN’s Brianna Keilar called Paul an “ass.” Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) defended Fauci from Paul’s supposedly mean-spirited questioning, “Thank you for calling out this agenda for what it is: an attempt to score political points, to build a political power base around the denial of science and around personal attacks on you and your family.”

Today, the NIH admits U.S. taxpayers funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan. Even Fauci now admits it’s not a conspiracy theory.

Paul knew this. He wasn’t being crazy or rude. Unlike most, he was studying.

The senator was attacked at the time when he said social distancing didn’t work. In January, Fauci acknowledged that the policy “sort of just appeared” and was not based on any science. Paul was bashed when he said those who had already had Covid had natural immunity and didn’t need vaccinating. Today, the CDC even admits this. Paul was lectured when he said cloth masks were mostly theater and didn’t work as well as N95 masks. The CDC now admits this too. Paul was ridiculed for saying schools should be reopened, kids had the lowest risk, and the lockdowns could do far more damage to children than the virus. By March of this year, even the New York Times could conclude, “Today, there is broad acknowledgment among many public health and education experts that extended school closures did not significantly stop the spread of Covid, while the academic harms for children have been large and long-lasting.”

There are more examples. But these alone are worthy of major discussion.

One many don’t want to have—won’t have.

Throughout the pandemic, legacy media considered it their duty to parrot and protect government policy as unquestionable and infallible. Many politicians did the same. So did entertainment.

The cult of Fauci that arose in that time made him into a devotional prayer candle. The pop star and Disney actress Olivia Rodrigo joined Fauci at a White House press briefing to read his fan mail tweets.

America had split between the good and intelligent people who understood and obeyed “The Science” and the bad half that did not. As an unorthodox libertarian Republican who was the son of Ron Paul and accustomed to kicking up a storm, elites had decided that Rand Paul was the bad half’s leader, assuming his outrageous questioning of Saint Fauci and pandemic pieties were the proof.

They never considered he might be right.

Now that Paul has been shown to be right about so many of his critiques of Covid policy, his critics don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want to say that Anthony Fauci was ever wrong. That any of his or the CDC’s policies were ever wrong. They certainly don’t want to say that they were wrong.

But far more so, they never want to say that Rand Paul was right. Ever. They can’t.

But he was, and while the Covid cultists were too busy circling their wagons each day to defend the tribe of officialdom, impervious to challenge or reason—what they accuse MAGA of—they inoculated themselves from some of the most basic common sense policy considerations.

After all, President Barack Obama once froze the funding of gain-of-function research for reasons not unlike Rand Paul’s questioning of it. (Just ask The Science.)

How much of the Covid-19 pandemic debate was out of genuine concern for public health and safety? How much of it was just more of the crude mindless tribalism that preceded the pandemic and came out arguably stronger on the other end?

You can ask all of the same experts and leaders who got it so wrong, who will perpetually have an audience of fellow travelers who also got it wrong, the whole lot of them still trying to rationalize the madness they imposed on their country.

Or you could just ask the guy who knew exactly what he was talking about the whole time.

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This article was published by The American Conservative and is reproduced with permission.

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Biden: Bruised, Battered and Abused

By I. W. Quinn

Brain Glitch

It is February, 1988, and 45 year-old Joe Biden is lying unconscious on the floor of his hotel room after delivering a speech on foreign policy. He would remain there four hours before finally waking up in a hospital in Delaware where he would be told that an artery was leaking blood into his brain. According to Biden’s biography, “Promises to Keep,” he had been suffering from headaches for weeks, gulping ten Tylenol a day; but had mostly ignored the pain, chalking it up to the stress of his failed presidential campaign. As then U.S. Senator for Delaware, his first presidential run had ended badly after being accused of plagiarizing his campaign speeches.

While lying incapacitated in his hospital bed, he took an unexpected turn for the worst. Jill had left his side for only an hour in an attempt to locate son, Hunter. When she returned, according to “Jill: A Biography of the First Lady,” the nurse blocked her from entering his room explaining that a priest was performing his last rites, the Catholic ritual performed upon the likelihood of death. Jill flew into a rage, throwing the priest out and screaming that he was not going to die.

Upon being transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center, the same hospital where his son, Beau, would later die of brain cancer, Dr. Neal Kassell and his team located not one, but two, aneurysms at the base of his brain; the larger on the right and the smaller to the left. Since the team determined that the larger one was in imminent danger of rupturing, he was moved immediately into surgery. The possibility of survival under those conditions was thought to be about 50/50. In his biography, Biden revealed that he didn’t know if he would retain his mental faculties – or even wake up. In the middle of the four-and-a-half hour delicate microsurgical craniotomy, the aneurysm burst, spewing blood even into the surgeon’s eye. Had it shot in the direction of the brain, it could have well been fatal. But, as fate would have it, it shot the other way, allowing Dr. Kassell to clear his vision and clip it before it did any real damage.

A second craniotomy on the smaller aneurysm was performed in May, a few months after the February procedure. Following the double surgeries, Biden took a seven month leave from his seat as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to Jill’s biographical account, he emerged frail and enduring a deep scar on his head. It would be at least eight months before he would regain weight and recover adequate energy.

According to some optimistic doctors, once an aneurysm is repaired, that’s it. You’re good to go. Really? What did that four hour span of unconsciousness on the hotel room floor do to his delicate brain; and since it malfunctioned with not one, but two aneurysms, what other weaknesses – little glitches – might be hiding in there? And what could be the effects of drugs needed for recovery and long term maintenance?

Thirty-Six Years Later

Enumerating the countless times Biden fails to be able to put a sentence together, slurs his words, or spews angry mish-mash while shouting unintelligibly behind a microphone is pointless. As the world uncomfortably watches this spectacle, his handlers ignore the polity of our nation of laws. We have long had in place clear laws against allowing undo control over a person in a compromised state; that includes pushing an individual with clearly diminished faculties onto a stage and propping him behind a podium only to embarrass himself by struggling, stumbling, and stuttering. It is called elder abuse.

Elder Abuse: Why We Need Laws

Abuse of a diminished elder can take various forms. Nefarious family members and caregivers can become adept at spotting an opportunity for free money. Paid staff can morph into henchmen, seizing an opportunity for control.

One of the most notorious elder abuse victims was Howard Hughes. Because Hughes was a private citizen, his unseemly victimization took place in a private setting absent of public scrutiny. Upon his death at age 71 of kidney failure, Hughes was hopelessly addicted to codeine. He shuffled around naked with his feet shoved into Kleenex boxes, urinated in jars and subsisted on chocolate. Weighing a mere 90 pounds, His nails had grown to a grotesque length. Somehow, not one of his close, well-paid henchmen seemed to notice his desperation. They were all well-paid and in control of his fortune; that is, until his emaciated body gave out and the gravy train came to a screeching halt. Clearly this brilliant man who had designed the world’s first all metal airliner and founded TWA, the global airline that revolutionized air travel, was incompetent to care for himself. At risk of losing their lucrative income, his well-paid handlers conspired to prop up his addiction to codeine and untreated mental disorder. At no time did his entourage leave his side. Led by Frank William Gay, “The Mormon Mafia” as they were called, because of the many Latter Day Saints among them, supervised the totality of his business holdings and his health. As an addict, Hughes had demands, things that through his damaged brain, he thought he wanted. For their own avarice, the Mormon Mafia satisfied his every whim.

The autopsy revealed kidney failure, malnutrition, bedsores, broken off hypodermic needles in his arms which were used to inject codeine. A will presented by the Mormon Mafia was declared to be a forgery. So this brilliant inventor died at the hands of unscrupulous greedy handlers, intestate with a fortune of $2.5 billion which was remanded to the courts.
On the surface, the tragedy of the last chapter of Hughes’ life has little to do with Biden Abuse. Although the degree and form is quite different, the commonality is that of control and victimization by unscrupulous trusted individuals manipulating for their own gain. The abuse of Howard Hughes may be the most sickening and egregious on record, but it is estimated that there are perhaps five million victims of elder abuse of some form by unscrupulous handlers or family members in the U.S. each year.

Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was victimized by her own attorney. As her abilities waned, and she became mostly deaf, blind and confined to a wheelchair, her trusted cousin protected her from predators. But following the cousin’s death, Lee’s attorney usurped her wishes, overseeing the publication of “Go Set a Watchman.” Despite Lee’s long-time insistence, corroborated by her cousin, that her intention was to never produce another book, her attorney prevailed with substantial financial gain.

Mickey Rooney’s attorney, in 2011, successfully won a restraining order against Rooney’s step children, Chris and Christina Aber, claiming financial, emotional and verbal abuse. According to his attorney, Rooney had at times even been denied food and medicine. Rooney died in 2014.

Although elder abuse occurs in various shades and forms, its basis is the perpetrator’s quest for control – emotional, financial, or blatant power. According to the American Psychological Association, elder abuse in its emotional or psychological form, is the infliction of anguish or distress. The U.S. president is clearly in distress and not under his own control as he struggles behind a microphone with a blank stare, garbling his scripted cheat sheets. Once presenting so hale and glib, it isn’t a stretch to imagine his fear and embarrassment as he blanks even with the aid of a teleprompter or fails to remain on his feet as he becomes tangled in airline stairs. Where most physical wounds heal in time, The National Institute on Aging, states that elder abuse is harmful to both physical and psychological health, leading to depression, and even hastening death. Propping up this wooden puppet-like figure on the world stage, secured only by weak, flimsy strings, qualifies.

Compassion:

As we consider the lack of empathy of the opaque government cabal surrounding Joe Biden – handlers shoving note cards with big bold letters into his hand to remind him what day it is and doing their best to prevent him from getting lost; conversely, there are wonderful, noble models of caring and devoted families who have fought to protect their declining loved ones. These empathic families compassionately ease them into retirement from public eye when they observe signs of diminished capacity. They have the humanity and insight to shield them from scrutiny, and the desire to have them remembered as the beloved, competent figures they once were.

Ronald Reagan, with his loyal wife Nancy by his side, announced in 1994 through a thoughtful letter to the American people, the bold decision to retire from public life. The family’s choice was to protect him from criticism that would arise from advancing diminished capacity and that held no resemblance to the precise decision-maker and compelling orator he once was. Their desire was for him to be remembered for the quick-wittedness and charm he had before the insidious disease would wreak havoc on his brain. His wife lovingly protected him, and the world respected the family’s desire for privacy.

Jack Hanna, 76, beloved animal expert, author of fifteen books and former director of Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, was a household name and welcome face with his many appearances on late night and daytime talk shows in addition to his own program. On a sunny April day in 1992, his family announced to his public, “Doctors have diagnosed our dad with dementia……Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to, where people all over the world watched, learned and laughed alongside him.” Their caring statement also honored his wife Suzi, whom they extolled as having “been by his side for 53 years in every corner of the world.”

Likewise, Prince Phillip’s supporting family, sensing the appropriate time to set aside his royal duties, gently announced that he would be living out the remainder of his life away from the pressure of public appearances.

Someone with compassion and cognition, like Nancy Reagan or the Jack Hannah family, needs to step up, take control and begin making rational decisions in behalf of our diminished leader, both for the sake of our country and for his personal welfare. Allowing Biden, leader of the free world, to stumble, to flounder and to suffer before the entire world, as he struggles to retrieve common newsworthy words, like “Hamas,” and slurs through incoherent fragmented thoughts, is nothing short of consummate elder abuse.

Moreover, given his close interactions with personal aides, advisors, and cabinet members who are in a position to evaluate daily observations, and given how closely he is monitored by his next of kin, Jill Biden, Ed.D., the failure of each to intercede in his suffering, represents the very essence of the reason we have laws to enforce the legal guardrails around elder abuse. According to most guidelines, each of these associates who fails to report has personal legal culpability.

Legal Guidelines

According to the United States Department of Justice Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement: emotional elder abuse is causing mental or emotional anguish, usually by humiliating, demeaning or placing an individual in a situation that will likely result in humiliation or demoralization. Most states require that doctors and lawyers report suspicion of elder abuse. In Biden’s home state of Delaware and in the District of Columbia, reporting is mandatory. In D.C. the report shall be made to the D.C. Department of Human Services. In Delaware, any person believing that an adult is impaired or incapacitated and in need of protection shall file a report to the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Services for the Aging.

So there you have it. Family members, aides, advisors and cabinet members are all subject to culpability. Any person who witnesses impairment and perceives the need for protection – even the general public – may make a report. Others, like doctors and lawyers, must report. But as in other arenas, the Bidens and surrounding corrupt government officials have thus far, escaped being held to account.

Accountability

The Biden abuse scheme is complex. What makes his mistreatment unique is that for the ruse to continue, unlike most victims, he cannot be hidden away. Daily, he must be dressed up, propped up, rehearsed, and handed cue cards. The puppet masters wait in the wings in anticipation of signs of his veering off script as a cue to stop the camera, or for Jill Biden, Ed.D. to take his arm and lead him away from public embarrassment.

Government employees, appointees and staff hold their breath each day, knowing that it may be their last in control of executive policy. They must get in all they can while they can. The family syndicate too, knows that the monetary pot for arranging access to “the big guy” is yielding its last drop. Thirty-six years after the near-fatal aneurysm – gone is the hysterically protective Jill who unceremoniously threw the priest out of his hospital room. Gone is the presumably loving family who would fight for him to be remembered as that hale-hearty guy with the crooked smile. Gone is respect and dignity in his diminished years. Gone!

The High Cost of Inaction:

Forget the 25th Amendment. Kamala and the Cabinet have been observing his decline for an entire presidential term. Any plan to gang up on Biden and declare him incompetent to hold office, would have been initiated long ago. Almost amusingly, he is not competent enough to declare himself incompetent.

The media and public must stop criticizing Biden for his diminished state. He is not in control. It is what it is. At various times Piers Morgan, Steve Hilton and Joe Concha have all frustratingly called out elder abuse as the only plausible explanation for an incomprehensible scene. By early 2022, thirty-eight Republicans had called for Biden to submit to cognitive testing. It has never occurred.

More recently, Special Counsel Robert Hur, in his report on Biden’s retaining classified documents after leaving office, described Biden as a ‘well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory,” and even sited examples of major memory lapses. Biden failed to recall when he was vice president, to remember even within several years when his beloved son, Beau, had died, and had at best, a hazy memory regarding the Afghanistan issue that he claimed to be of such importance to him. Based on his characterization of Biden’s mental state, Hur failed to file charges. Not said out loud, but certainly implied, was Hur’s opinion of Biden’s lack of competence to stand trial. Because of the intensity of his interview, Hur more than anyone, is in a position to demand that those surrounding Biden end their unseemly control; but, like the others who observe Biden’s diminished state, he has failed to follow through.

Dr Rand Paul and Dr. Roni Johnson and others have responded to the Hur report, but all have failed to follow through on their own observations of Biden with firm demands of a medical evaluation. The American voters do have a right to full disclosure of the medical condition of their president. All these well-respected close observers who have stopped short of filing reports to the Department of Health and Social Services and to the Department of Justice: Elder Abuse Law Enforcement, are not only doing the American voters a disservice, but Biden as well. As his handlers continue to thrust him into untenable situations, reporters are observing that his dementia appears to be accelerating. Still, his tight-knit cabal of abusers have yet to be called to task.

Most egregious, is the unconscionable behavior of the family unit. Formerly cat-like protective Dr. Jill, Ed.D, his conniving brother and his drug-addled son, have allowed an open window of his decline for full public view in real time. It is they who bear the ultimate responsibility, which speaks volumes about their character and values.

Conclusion:

Given that the Biden family and their surrounding government agents are expert at ducking accountability, expecting handcuffs is a bit of a leap. Intensified public pressure on media and government officials, highlighting the gravity of egregious elder abuse, is not.

For the American public to be sucked in to blaming and criticizing Biden for his lack of lucidity, is allowing themselves to be gas-lit and to perpetuate a false narrative. Maybe that little artery clip has come loose. Or perhaps his hours of unconsciousness as his brain malfunctioned finally took its toll. Who knows? His condition is no longer the issue. The unchecked mistreatment of a human being clearly not in control and being forced to perform embarrassingly above his capacity is. We are a nation of laws. It is time to demand their enforcement.

©2024. I. W. Quinn. All rights reserved.

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WATCH: President Trump Holds a Maga Rally in Philadelphia

By The Geller Report

Philadelphia’s minority communities have been ravaged by high crime, poverty, and urban decay. As such, President Trump believes that he can lower President Biden’s margins in Philadelphia, by engaging Philly’s minority communities. Thereby vastly improving President Trump’s chances of winning the state of Pennsylvania.

The Democrats seem to be very nervous.

LIVE: PRESIDENT TRUMP HOLDS A MAGA RALLY IN PHILADELPHIA – 6/22/24

By RSBN, June 21st, 2024

President Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, will deliver remarks at a Rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 7:00 PM ET. Watch LIVE on RSBN starting at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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5 things pro-lifers have learned in the two years since Dobbs

By MercatorNet – Navigating Modern Complexities

Nearly two years ago, Roe v Wade was overturned when the Supreme Court ruled in the  case. As a result of this decision, abortion was no longer a national “right”; each state can now make its own laws regarding abortion.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, as of May 1, 2024:

  • 14 states have a total abortion ban
  • 27 states have abortion bans based on gestational duration
    • 7 states ban abortion at or before 18 weeks’ gestation
    • 20 states ban abortion at some point after 18 weeks
  • 9 states and the District of Columbia do not restrict abortion based on gestational duration

Abortion remains a tragedy of epic proportions. In the ensuing two years, we have seen anger, resentment, fear, and outright lies. Every day, babies are dying.

The past two years have taught us a lot, but they have also given us direction for the way forward. Below are some of the things we in the pro-life movement have learned since Dobbs.

1. The pro-abortion movement will not stop

Organizations like Planned Parenthood have become creative as they encourage interstate travel so a woman can kill her child in a state with more “favourable” abortion laws. Amazon, Apple, and other companies will reimburse part of the cost for women to travel to kill their children. Slogans like “bans off our bodies” taint the minds of young people as they purposely try to anger them about laws that attempt to protect innocent babies. The list goes on and on. Those who want abortion enshrined in law will do anything in their power to keep abortion legal.

2. Many people think that abortion has ended

Those who don’t read pro-life news or understand the implications of Dobbs think that abortion ended when Roe was overturned. They think there’s no reason to fight for the rights of babies anymore or to support pro-life organizations. They falsely claim that pro-lifers “won.” But the graves of thousands of dead babies tell us the truth. Abortion is far from over.

3. Many think that a little abortion is OK

Many states have laws that protect babies after a certain point in their lives or only in certain circumstances (after rape, to save the life of the mother, etc.). But, as Judie Brown, president of American Life League (ALL), explains, “A person is a person from [creation] onwards, and abortion must be illegal in all circumstances, with no exceptions.” That is why ALL has a no exceptions, no compromise policy. Abortion is wrong in all circumstances, not just in some. Every preborn child deserves a chance to be born.

4. The abortion pill has become a significant threat

The abortion pill regimen consists of mifepristone and misoprostol. The mother first takes the mifepristone, which starves the baby to death. And then about 48 hours later she will take the misoprostol, which expels the dead baby. The Guttmacher Institute’s latest numbers show that these pill abortions accounted for 63 percent of abortions in 2023. That equates to about 642,700 dead babies. With laws that have become increasingly lax, the mother can now take both pills at home, which poses significant dangers to the mom and of course is deadly for the baby.

5. Education is vital

The pro-abortion movement is not going to give up, so we cannot either. It is incumbent upon us all to teach the people around us the truth—not only about the humanity of the preborn baby from the first moment of existence (when the sperm fertilizes the egg), but about the lies that the pro-abortion movement tries to propagate. That means that we teach our children from the time they are small that all babies are valuable and deserve a chance to live.

Lessons from programs like the Culture of Life Studies Program allow parents and teachers to talk about pro-life topics in an age-appropriate way—at home or at school. We must also educate our friends, family, coworkers, and people within our communities. That means we give voice to the preborn baby, never denying his humanity and existence. It takes moral courage, it takes persistence, and it takes speaking in love for both the mom and the baby.

The two years since the Dobbs decision have proven that there are very vocal people who will not rest until abortion is the law of the land. While we must never allow this sad state of our society to discourage our efforts, we can think of this as an opportunity to do God’s work here on earth. We must be His hands and feet as we speak, educate, and fight to protect the most vulnerable among us. The babies deserve nothing less.


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Susan Ciancio is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has worked as a writer and editor for over 20 years; 14 of those years have been in the pro-life sector. Currently, she is the editor of American Life League’s Celebrate Life Magazine—the nation’s premier Catholic pro-life magazine. She is also the executive editor of ALL’s Culture of Life Studies Program—a pre-K-12 Catholic pro-life education organization.

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It Happens Again! FBI Threatens Whistleblower for Exposing Alleged Illegal Transgender Medical Practices

By Majority Report

FBI agents confront whistleblower Vanessa Sivadge at her home after she exposed transgender practices at Texas Children’s Hospital.


In a shocking parallel to the tactics employed by the Nazi regime, recent reports have surfaced about the FBI allegedly intimidating whistleblowers who exposed controversial practices at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Vanessa Sivadge, a nurse who accused the hospital of illegally using Medicaid benefits for sex change operations on minors, claimed that FBI agents appeared at her doorstep, threatening her and warning of repercussions for her revelations.

She told her alarming story to journalist Christopher Rufo, a leader in the fight against critical race theory.

‘They threatened me,’ she told Rufo. ‘They promised they would make life difficult for me if I was trying to protect the leaker. They said I was not safe at work and claimed that someone at my workplace had given my name to the FBI.’

Sivadge’s account mirrors that of Dr. Ethan Haim, who also faced intimidation after leaking documents that detailed the hospital’s provision of puberty blockers and sex-change treatments to children.

These events are similar to darker times in history when authoritarian regimes silenced dissent through fear and coercion.

The Nazi regime, particularly through the actions of the SS and Gestapo, was infamous for targeting individuals who dared to criticize the party, Adolf Hitler, or government policies.

The Gestapo, with its extensive surveillance network and brutal interrogation methods, would frequently show up unannounced at the homes of suspected dissidents, arresting, detaining, and often executing them without judicial oversight.

This climate of fear ensured that few dared to speak out against the regime, which is precisely the FBI’s intent here.

Today, in a democratic society that values freedom of speech and whistleblower protections, the actions described by Sivadge and Haim are deeply alarming.

The notion of federal agents appearing at the homes of whistleblowers, threatening them, and conducting intimidating interrogations evokes a sense of historical déjà vu.

If proven true, such tactics represent a gross misuse of power and a threat to the fundamental principles of transparency and accountability.

Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton and State Representative Brian Harrison have voiced their concerns, calling for immediate investigations into these allegations.

Harrison, in particular, has condemned the Justice Department’s actions as “aiding and abetting CHILD ABUSE and MEDICAID FRAUD by prosecuting whistleblowers.” He emphasizes the need for Texas to lead the nation in defending the next generation and upholding state sovereignty against federal overreach.

When government agencies tasked with upholding the law turn their resources against those who reveal wrongdoing or simply oppose government policies, they not only undermine public trust but also set a dangerous precedent.

The parallels to Nazi Germany’s authoritarian tactics are stark and serve as a warning of what can happen when power goes unchecked.

In democratic societies, dissent and whistleblowing should be encouraged, not punished.

As the Texas State Attorney General investigates these claims and state representatives call for emergency hearings, it is imperative that the truth be uncovered and justice served.

Our institutions’ integrity and citizens’ safety and freedom depend on it.

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‘Profoundly Wrong’: Italian PM Stops G7 from Promoting Abortion, LGBT Agenda

By Family Research Council

A conservative leader prevented the world’s largest economies from using their clout to promote abortion, and perhaps also the LGBTQIA+ agenda, saying it is “profoundly wrong” to promote anti-family ideologies for political reasons.

At last week’s Group of Seven (G7) summit, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni successfully overcame pressure from President Joe Biden to include a promise for the nations to promote abortion-on-demand as part of “sexual and reproductive health.”

“I believe it is profoundly wrong, in difficult times like these, to campaign using a precious forum like the G7,” objected Meloni on Thursday evening.

Last year’s statement from the G7 summit — held in Hiroshima, Japan — stated: “We reaffirm our full commitment to achieving comprehensive SRHR [Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights] for all, including by addressing access to safe and legal abortion and post abortion care.” Thanks to Meloni’s objections, this year’s statement includes no reference to abortion whatever, although it does “reiterate our commitments in the Hiroshima Leaders’ Communiqué to universal access to adequate, affordable, and quality health services for women, including comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.”

The deletion came over the U.S. president’s objections. “When told of Ms. Meloni’s position, American officials say, President Biden pushed back, wanting an explicit reference to reproductive rights and at least a reaffirmation of support for abortion rights from last year’s communiqué,” reported The New York Times.

Since the G7 adopts statements by the consensus of all leaders, Meloni’s stand kept abortion out of this year’s document.

Experts say the controversy reveals Western secular leaders’ myopic focus on promoting social issues. “The very fact of tension over whether abortion was to be included in the G7 statement gives you a sense of the priorities of those Western nations pushing for it to be included,” Travis Weber, vice president for Policy and Government Affairs at Family Research Council, told The Washington Stand. “The G7 is supposed to be looking out for the good of the international order, not jamming social policy through international agreements to be imposed on unwilling nations with quasi-religious fervor. It’s a sign of the times that the West is now known for this, to our increasing shame.”

Bloomberg News also reported that Meloni removed a reference to “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” from the final statement desired by the U.S.

Although no international treaty protects either concept, global bureaucrats have made a concerted effort to include abortion and transgender ideology as part of “sexual and reproductive health.”

Meloni’s office downplayed both controversies. “I sincerely believe that the controversy [around abortion] was totally contrived, and, in fact, it is a controversy that did not exist in the summit, that did not exist in our discussions, precisely because there was nothing to argue about,” said Meloni.

Words and concepts from previous statements “usually … taken for granted are not repeated,” said Meloni.

Her office also denied the “news published by Bloomberg, according to which any reference to the rights of LGBT people could be removed from the final G7 communiqué,” calling it “devoid of any foundation.”

Yet the issue bled into the public as French President Emmanuel Macron complained openly of the abortion removal. “France has a vision of equality between women and men, but it’s not a vision shared by all the political spectrum,” he told the media.

This is the second year LGBT issues became a flashpoint at the G7 Summit. Last year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke out at the meeting and told the media he was “concerned about some of the positioning that Italy is taking in terms of LGBT” ideology. Italy requires birth certificates to record a child’s biological parents. Meloni called his comments a “bit rash.”

Macron and Meloni also clashed over his premature announcement of a $50 billion “loan” to Ukraine.

The G7 statement also calls for “an immediate ceasefire in Gaza” that “leads to a two-State solution,” helping nations “achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” and asks leaders to “seize the opportunities” that “migration” presents.

Meloni has earned a global reputation as a pro-family leader. The prime minister promised not to repeal Law 194, the 1978 statute that legalized abortion in Italy, but also vowed to give women “the right to not have an abortion.” In April, Italian parliament passed an amendment Meloni’s party attached to a critical relief bill that allows trained pro-life advocates “with a qualified experience supporting motherhood” to counsel abortion-minded women inside Italian abortion facilities.

“I believe that to make a free choice, you need to have all the necessary information,” said Meloni, Italy’s first female prime minister.

Meloni has made good on her 2022 campaign pledge to “give the right to make a different decision to women who think abortion is the only solution.”

Meloni also aims to boost Italy’s sagging birthrate to at least 500,000 babies a year. (Italy current has less than 400,000 live births annually, and its birthrate of 1.25 ranks among the lowest in the world.) She established a Ministry for Family and Birth to help Italians “rediscover the beauty of parenting.” She also passed legislation banning pornography from cell phones that belong to minors.

Meloni has denounced surrogacy, known widely as utero in affitto (“womb for rent”), as an “inhuman” act and introduced legislation to bar Italians from contracting surrogates overseas. “No one can convince me that it is an act of freedom to rent one’s womb,” she has said.

She rejects gender ideology, as well. “Being a man or a woman is rooted in who we are, and can’t be changed,” Meloni told an interviewer last March.

Meloni is riding high in Italy as her party, the Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia), gained six additional seats in the elections for European Parliament earlier this month and largely displaced Matteo Salvini’s Lega as the dominant party on the Italian Right.

Meloni’s most widely-viewed moment of the summit came when she guided President Joe Biden back after he wandered off from the group of world leaders.

Members of the G7 include the United States, Canada, the U.K., Germany, Italy, France, and Japan.

The Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues did not respond to The Washington Stand’s request for comment.

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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.

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German Study: Vast Majority of People Will Grow Out of Transgenderism within 5 Years

By Family Research Council

A massive, years-long study shows the overwhelming majority of young people who identify as transgender will grow out of the diagnosis within five years. A similar supermajority of trans-identifying people suffered from at least one other psychological condition, found researchers, who tracked all children and young adults diagnosed with gender dysphoria over a nine-year period.

The Central Institute for Statutory Health Insurance in Germany reviewed all the medical billing records from the nation’s health care providers for insured people between the ages of five and 24 diagnosed with gender identity disorders from 2013 to 2022. Researchers then combed through the data to identify trends in the number of children and adolescents diagnosed with transgenderism, including the prevalence, demographics, and duration of those struggling with their gender identity.

Two out of three young people medically diagnosed with gender dysphoria will no longer identify as a member of the opposite sex within five years. Researchers found overall that 63.6% of trans-identifying children and adolescents desisted from their clinically-confirmed gender diagnosis, and “only 36.4% had a confirmed [gender identity disorder] diagnosis after five years.” Experts found the majority of all people who identified as transgender desisted during that time frame. The most likely group to change its mind is 15-to-19-year-old females, with 72.7% desisting. But a majority (50.3%) of young men who came to their transgender identity in adulthood (males age 20-24) also desisted in five years.

Similarly, nearly three quarters of young people who identify as transgender (72.4%) had at least one other psychiatric condition. Trans-identifying young people were most likely to suffer from depressive disorders — an outright majority of females (57.5%) and about half of males (49.3%, female), as well as “anxiety disorders (23.5%/34.0%), emotionally unstable personality disorders of the borderline type (12.1%/17.6%), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (12.7%/12.6%), and post-traumatic stress disorder (9.9%/13.6%).”

“With regard to psychiatric comorbidities, our results are consistent with the literature, at least for depressive disorders,” they note.

The number of young people identified with gender identity disorders rose by 780%. Although they note some of this increase is due to the way the condition is coded, correcting for this still shows a nearly three-fold increase in transgender diagnoses (289%). They pointed out that other studies show similar increases in the number of doctors identifying young people as transgender, ranging from 280% to an incredible 1,019%.

“In almost all years, the highest prevalence of” transgender-related diagnoses “were found in the age group of 15- to 19-year-old female adolescents,” they noted.

Researchers say the reason for this spike could vary from “real increase in prevalence” and “increased awareness, decreasing stigmatization” to “social contagion” or “overdiagnosis.”

“Further research into the reasons for the low persistence of diagnosis and the observed increase in prevalence is required,” the researchers conclude. “In the meantime, the stability of diagnosis and the high prevalence of accompanying mental disorders should be taken into account in recommendations for starting gender reassignment therapy in adolescence.”

Those results track with verifiable, expert data flooding in from around the world. A team of Dutch researchers came to nearly identical conclusions earlier this year. After reviewing the records of 2,772 adolescents aged 11-24 in the Netherlands, they found a desistance rate of 64%. Young people were nearly 10-times more likely to feel better about their birth sex than worse during that time frame, the study reported. “Gender non-contentedness, while being relatively common during early adolescence, in general decreases with age and appears to be associated with a poorer self-concept and mental health throughout development,” they found.

Other studies have found people who identify as transgender or nonbinary are up to six times as likely to be diagnosed with autism than the norm. Pediatric transgender facility whistleblower Jamie Reed revealed that “nearly all children who came to the Center here presented with very serious mental health problems”: She specifically identified autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, OCD, and eating disorders.

The combination of these studies and growing weaknesses in the transgender “standards of care,” based on low-quality studies and drawn up by transgender activists, have led many nations to reconsider the way healers deal with gender dysphoria. The current U.S. affirmation model holds that health care professionals should affirm anyone who presents as transgender and start that adult, or child, down a pathway of “gender-affirming care” that may include potentially sterilizing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormone injections, and transgender surgeries to remove healthy breasts and reproductive organs. But the groundbreaking Cass Review in the U.K. found “remarkably weak evidence” undergirds these criteria. Leaked files from the primary medical group driving gender dysphoria diagnoses, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), similarly undermined the affirmation model.

Bucking the trend among their colleagues, and standing up to professional ostracization, a growing number of medical experts have spoken out against the present consensus. “Transition affirmation is not proven to be safe or effective long term,” said Dr. Andre Van Mol, representing the American College of Pediatricians, the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, and the American Academy of Medical Ethics earlier this week. “It does not reduce suicides. It does not repair mental health issues or trauma. Minors cannot give truly informed consent. Children have developing and immature brains. Their minds change often. They are prone to risk taking, they are vulnerable to peer pressure, and they don’t grasp long term consequences.” And as such, he contended, “Refusing to provide gender transition procedures or so-called gender affirming health care is non-discriminatory and is appropriate both professionally and scientifically.”

The peer-reviewed Deutsches Ärzteblatt International will publish the English text of the paper, titled “Gender identity disorders among young people in Germany: prevalence and trends, 2013–2022. An analysis of nationwide routine insurance data,” within two weeks. You can read the German original here.

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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.

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Military Funding Bill Passes House, Includes Conservative Priorities

By Family Research Council

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 217-199 Friday, largely along party lines. Conservatives attached a number of amendments, which the mainstream media described as “culture war amendments,” designed to keep social issues out of the military.

The NDAA is an annual, must-pass bill that authorizes appropriations for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and sets DOD policies.

Due to its must-pass, pro-military nature, progressives in Congress have used the NDAA to advance their policy agenda by attaching left-wing riders to a bill they know many Republicans will support. Since retaking control of the House of Representatives, where all such spending bills must originate, Republicans have sought to reverse the progressive Left’s social engineering of the U.S. military by disentangling it from abortion, LGBT ideology, and DEI practices.

Although most Republicans voted for the fiscal year (FY) 2025 NDAA and most Democrats voted against it, due to the conservative-leaning policies included, a handful of members did cross the aisle. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) voted against the NDAA. Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Don Davis (D-N.C.), Jared Golden (D-Maine), Vincente Gonzalez (D-Texas), Mary Peltota (D-Alaska), and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.) voted for the bill.

Before the bill’s final passage, the NDAA went through the customary amend-a-thon. Members of Congress submitted hundreds of amendments, and they voted on the amendments ruled in order on Thursday. Highlights of those amendments are divided into categories below:

Abortion:

  • Amendment #55, proposed by Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas), prohibits the Secretary of Defense from paying for or reimbursing expenses relating to abortion services. The House adopted it 214-206, with most Republicans and one Democrat (Cuellar) voting “yes” and most Democrats and two Republicans (Reps. John Duarte (Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick, Pa.) voting “no.”

Religious Liberty:

  • Amendment #341, proposed by Rep. Keith Self (R-Texas), requires the Secretary of Defense to review and repair the personnel records of military chaplains who suffered forced separation, downgraded performance reports, denials of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment, or any other adverse personnel actions as retaliation for seeking a Religious Accommodation Request (RAR) to the COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The House adopted this amendment “en bloc” (with other amendments considered uncontroversial), which means there was no recorded vote.

LGBT Ideology:

  • Amendment #52, proposed by Rosendale, prohibits the provision of gender transition procedures, including surgery or wrong-sex hormones, through TRICARE and the Department of Defense. The U.S. House adopted it 213-206, with most of the Republicans and one Democrat (Cuellar) voting “yes” and most of the Democrats and one Republican (Rep. Tony Gonzales, Texas) voting “no.”
  • Amendment #53, proposed by Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), prohibits the provision of gender transition procedures, including surgery or wrong-sex hormones, through the Exceptional Family Medical Program. The House adopted it 218-205, with most Republicans and one Democrat (Cuellar) voting “yes” and most Democrats and one Republican (Rep. Neal Dunn, Fla.) voting “no.”
  • Amendment #46, proposed by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), prohibits DoD’s military base schools, DODEA, from purchasing, displaying, or maintaining material that promotes radical gender ideology or pornographic content. The House adopted it 221-202, with all Republicans and three Democrats (Cuellar, Davis, and Gonzalez) voting “yes” and most Democrats voting “no.”
  • Amendment #54, proposed by Reps. Josh Brecheen (R-Okla.) and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), prohibits drag shows, drag queen story hours, and similar events. The House adopted it by voice vote, which means the votes of individual members were not recorded.

DEI:

  • Amendment #43, proposed by Reps. Clay Higgins (R-La.), Chip Roy (R-Texas), and Duncan, eliminates the position of Chief Diversity Officer of the Department of Defense and prohibits the establishment of any substantially similar position. The House adopted it 214-210, with most Republicans voting “yes,” while all Democrats and four Republicans (Reps. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (Ore.), Fitzpatrick, Thomas Kean (N.J.), and Mike Turner (Ohio)) voting “no.”

“Misinformation”:

  • Amendment #45, proposed by Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), prohibits funding of companies whose operations, activities, or products, function to demonetize or rate the credibility of a domestic entity (including news and information outlets) based on lawful speech of such domestic entity under the stated function of “fact-checking” misinformation, disinformation, or mal-information. The House adopted it 218-206 with all Republicans voting “yes” and all Democrats voting “no.”

Israel:

  • Amendment #5, proposed by Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), prohibits U.S. funds from building or rebuilding in the Gaza Strip. The House adopted the amendment by voice vote.

These are the nine amendments tracked by Family Research Council Action, on the organization’s core issues of life, religious liberty, and sexuality, as well as other important topics, such as opposing the DEI worldview, protecting free speech, and supporting the nation of Israel. All nine amendments tracked by FRC Action were passed, making the NDAA for FY 2025 a victory for Bible-believing conservatives.

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Joshua Arnold

Joshua Arnold is a senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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Open Letter to all 8 Catholic Bishops in our Beloved State of Florida

By Willy Guardiola

Dear Beloved Catholic Bishops of Florida:

Hope all is well with you and your respective diocese as we are 144 days away from the Most Critical Election in our lifetime…and, if we don’t get it right this time around – we can all kiss our Holy Rosaries goodbye and maybe look to moving to Belize or Costa Rica. That is how critical this November 5th election is and how critical “Voting NO on Amendment 4” is. And, that is what my letter of great concern is about today. This is quite urgent.

You all know me by now and my passion for protecting our beloved Holy Catholic Church and our Precious Pre-born. You know that I would put my life on the line for each and every one of you and for every priest in our Diocese of Palm Beach! Everyone knows that!! You receive a good 3 or 4 emails from me on a weekly basis. The biggest part of my 501C-3 Christian on a Mission ministry is to Protect the Unborn from the atrocities of Abortion. As you all know, I do not hold back when I do that, and I certainly do not hold back when I write Open Letters like this. Many people on my extensive “Pro-Life Email List” feel the same way, but are not nearly as BOLD and PASSIONATE as I am when it comes to expressing my Faith. Many are afraid to write what they feel because of the Powers that be, and may be reprimanded because perhaps they work for a certain diocese or maybe a Catholic Church. I work for the Kingdom and my Boss is God. I cannot be fired by God only because I do God’s work every day of the week and the benefits are out of this world!

I am not afraid to speak my mind and I never, ever, fear that something is going to happen to my 501C-3 nonprofit Christian on a Mission ministry. That’s why I chose that name for my ministry because it is a way of LIFE – where I put emphasis on the word LIFE! On the other hand, the Catholic Church is very scared to speak their mind because they fear that something will happen to their 501C-3 Tax Exempt status and this ridiculous thing they refer to as the Johnson Amendment. Please do not pay attention to this Johnson Amendment and let’s pay more attention to this frightening Amendment 4…

My all-time favorite pope – Saint John Paul II taught me one thing: BE NOT AFRAID. That is how I live my life 7 days a week. I seldom rest on the Seventh…

I just got home from a meeting at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on this Amendment 4 issue, where only 96 people showed up, including only ONE Catholic priest and only TWO deacons. Let that sink in for a minute…I was praying that close to 500 people would have showed up with a good 25 priests and a dozen deacons attending. Prayer is Powerful, but when only 3 of our beloved clergy show up for a should-have-been-a MUST ATTEND meeting — I guess the bad weather interfered with God listening to my fervent prayers and my prayers fell short. Beyond comprehension that our clergy did not bother showing up for this meeting, where I invited everyone of our priests, deacons and all 8 bishops to this meeting. After all, the presenter and keynote speaker was only doing this type of meeting ONE TIME and our beloved clergy failed bigly. Where were the folks that work at the Cathedral at? Just asking for a friend…

Sara Johnson, our guest speaker today, did a terrific job with her presentation, just as she did a couple of months ago when I was invited to Orlando for a powerful “TooExtremeforFlorida/Vote NO on Amendment 4” presentation. She was thorough, educational and covered a ton of information today. Her and I have become good friends, as she drove two and a half hours from Orlando in the rain this morning to share her knowledge with us. We need more leaders like Sara Johnson, and keep in mind, she is not even Catholic. Yet, she did an outstanding job with her power point presentation. God bless Sara!

I do not need to mention any other names only because the other ladies who spoke this morning are good friends of mine and I have utmost respect for what they do, which covers “Communication Director for Diocese”; CEO for Catholic Charities and Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese. The latter happens to be one of my best friends, my right hand person for our PBC Right to Life League and goes over and beyond her call of duty! Actually, all three of these ladies do and I thank God every day that we have these terrific Catholic ladies representing our beloved Diocese of Palm Beach. God bless you 3!

I understand that we had bad weather this morning. I understand that our guest speaker was running a little behind driving from Orlando. I understand that we had to start this meeting 23 minutes late…but, to cut a two hour meeting short (at 11:20 instead of at 12 noon) – really upset the good majority of the people who (some of them drove over an hour in the rain to get there) – and when the meeting was cut off rather abruptly, some tempers flared. Rightly so. I had to bite my tongue as did so many others, including the 12 other people who had their hands up waiting to ask a question. The meeting was supposed to run from 10 am till 12 pm. Starting 23 minutes late, we all figured we would run up until 12:23 pm. We did not even go to 12 noon! We stopped at 11:20, folks…

But, the problem with today’s meeting is that “it was all sugar-coated and way too vanilla” for a True Pro-Lifer’s liking. Comments were made that simply showed signs of surrender right from the get-go. If we are going to cower as a Church because somebody posted something on Facebook saying that they are not in favor of Voting NO on Amendment 4 because they happen to be a Liberal – then, we are already fighting a losing battle. When we throw in the towel at the very beginning of a meeting like today, already on the defensive (speaking about how the Catholic Church has to be extremely careful with what we say; when we have to be so worried about our 501C-3 status, etc., we are already telling those 96 people in attendance today that “the Church is not in favor of creating any waves and will be happy just to stay in that “cozy comfort zone” so that we don’t get in trouble”…Try running that by John the Baptist — the saint who I modeled my life and passion for the Church after. Try running it by Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, my other favorite saint who inspired me to work with the poor of the poorest and to put my life on the line every single day for the most vulnerable – The Precious Pre-born. God bless these two saints.

Yes, Mother Teresa, abortion is the most heinous crime a human being could impose on another human being. It’s evil. When we continue to say that this ever-critical abortion issue is NON PARTISAN (which I have always preached as such), it allows the 50% of The Party of Destruction, Obstruction & Abortion — D.O.A. – Dead On Arrival – to continue voting the way they do and know that they can still attend Mass, receive Holy Communion and even go to confession, which I believe should be the only Sacrament that they should be allowed to receive. Every one of these Pro-abortion Liberals who vote every two years for Murder, should spend their time in a confessional until they get it right! That Left-wing Liberal party is what ruins it for all True Catholics in good standing because they know that they can vote YES on Amendment 4 and get away with murder – literally! That DOA Party knows that and they will continue voting YES ON ABORTION until they are stopped and asked to leave the Holy Catholic Church because of their stance on the murder of the precious pre-born!

ARE OUR BELOVED CATHOLIC BISHOPS EVER GOING TO ADDRESS THIS EXCRUCIATING ISSUE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE??? OR ARE THEY GOING TO TELL ME “WILLY, BEFORE WE BEGIN THIS MEETING, KEEP IN MIND THAT 50% OF CATHOLICS ARE REPUBLICAN AND 50% ARE DEMOCRATS”. THAT IMMEDIATELY TELLS ME THAT THE TOWEL OF SURRENDER HAS ALREADY BEEN THROWN IN EVEN BEFORE WE UTTER OUR FIRST WORD IN THOSE MEETINGS. THERE, MY FELLOW CATHOLICS, LIES THE PROBLEM…

The Catholic Church should be NON-PARTISAN. Period! We should never have to deal with politics when it comes to our Catholic institutions, especially when it comes to the issue of ABORTION! The issue of Abortion is a MORAL issue – not a Political issue, but unfortunately, that’s what it has come to. And, when it comes to Catholic Church Teachings – the Catholic Church has always taught that ABORTION IS MURDER! No matter what party you are with! That is why we have the 5th Commandment. It is not a suggestion – it is a Commandment. But, when the Catholic Church leaders in our country continue to allow 50% of the church to go against Catholic Church teachings (and nothing is done about it) – and they continue to vote for abortion – come November 5th, this despicable Amendment 4 will pass with flying colors. If the election were to take place tomorrow – the Liberal Left would win on both, Amendment 3 and 4, allowing marijuana and abortion to be the Law of the Land in our beloved Free State of Florida. Let that sink in, folks. In just 144 days – if the Liberal Left in Florida (including 50% of Catholics) – vote Yes on 3 and 4, Florida will never be the same. As of yesterday, in the majority of the polls (including Fox News): 53% of Catholics are voting YES on Amendment 4!! NOTE: Of the more than 1,000 voters surveyed in early June, 66% were in support of the pot measure (Amendment 3), and a staggering 69% in favor of the abortion one (Amendment 4). This is what we are up against, folks, and if our beloved Catholic Church and our 8 Catholic Bishops don’t do something about it right now — Florida will be going down the tubes and The Liberal Left will run our beautiful state!

There are 2.1 million Catholics registered in our 7 Catholic dioceses in Florida. There is another 2.2 million Catholics who are NOT registered with our 7 dioceses. That amounts to 4.3 million Catholics. According to Sara’s stats this morning, she told us that we need a total of 4.1 million votes on our side to defeat this Amendment 4! Like I said at our meeting in Orlando two months ago and like I repeated again this morning at our meeting – CATHOLICS ALONE CAN DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT 4 — ONLY IF WE VOTE LIKE “REAL CATHOLICS”! The irony here is that “our own Catholics” – those who do NOT follow Catholic Church teachings – are going to doom this election and allow Abortion to be performed any time, anywhere for any reason. Breaks my heart…

This is where I believe that our beloved Catholic Bishops of Florida must step up and take the bull by the horns and be the True Shepherds that we want you to be. No more sugar coating. No more taking the 5th. No more “Decline to Sign” experiments. This is the real deal and all 8 of our Bishops have signed on to this “Vote NO on Amendment 4” program. This is the first time that I have seen our Bishops so fired up on any one given issue. I take it, since it is a “60-40″ Majority, all 8 of the Bishops decided to jump on this program because it is WINNABLE”, and the Bishops of Florida want and need a Big Win…

If it was a mere 51-49% majority, I bet my log home that our Bishops would have nothing to do with fighting Amendment 4! You better believe that it takes a lot of guts and intestinal fortitude to write this to our Bishops, but that is God’s honest Truth…and, I only speak the Truth, so help me, God…

Folks, what we heard this morning and what we keep hearing time and again when it comes to our beloved Diocese of Palm Beach is that “It is up to each pastor to run his parish as he sees fit.” That is a bunch of B.S. and I am not talking about Blessed Sacraments! Those 2 letters stand for something else! In my eyes and in the eyes of all True Pro-Lifers, that spells Trouble with a Capital T! In the eyes of the unborn babies, that spells Double Trouble with a Capital DT! So, in other words, if a certain pastor wants to focus on Immigration because that is what his forte is, but, decides not to pay any attention to the excruciating abortion issue – who suffers? The babies. When someone asked the question of “Why aren’t all the pastors showing the powerful and well done 4 minute video of Bishop Barbarito speaking about Amendment 4 – and we heard loud and clear that “It is up to each individual pastor to choose whether he wants to show that important video or not – WE JUST LOST THE BATTLE!! Let that one sink in for a minute, folks. This is why the Catholic Church has been falling apart day by day because our church leaders are NOT being church leaders!! To date, only 2 of our 8 Bishops have made a video on this important
Amendment 4 issue – including Bishop Barbarito (who is a phenomenal human being and is very Pro-Life)! I consider Bishop Barbarito a dear friend and I have utmost respect for him and when he turns 75 on January 4th, we will probably lose him to retirement! His video is very good, informative and needs to be shown in ALL 53 PARISHES BEGINNING THIS WEEK!! Not next week. Not the week after!! This week!! This should be MANDATORY at all 53 parishes in our Diocese with NO EXCEPTIONS! End of story!! No questions asked! And, if the Liberal Left Catholics in our parishes do not approve of this video and refuse to follow Catholic Church teachings and say they are against “Voting NO on Amendment 4” – escort them all out of the church and open the doors for them! That is why we have terrific ushers at all of our churches. We don’t need any CINOs (Catholics In Name Only)! We need Bold Pro-Life Catholics!!

And, trust me, I make my way around to visit many of our parishes because I have hundreds of priest friends. I went up to St. Bernadette Catholic Church this past Sunday to go to Mass and to visit one of my best friends – Father James Molgano (a fierce, oh-so fierce Pro-Life priest, who is battling cancer). He is all about preaching about “No on 4” and I believe his parish will be showing Bishop’s video this week. Thank you, Father James. Please keep him in prayer!

We need all of our 53 parishes to step up right now and put the Vote NO on Amendment 4 ad in every single church bulletin; we need to do weekly pulpit announcements at every single Mass; we need to hand out our prayer cards and read that prayer to Vote No at every single Mass; we need to order yard signs and put them at every single parish. I only had 20 signs and I gave them out to 5 different parishes – beginning with Bishop Barbarito and the Pastoral Center. I went to 4 other parishes and 3 out of 4 put their yard signs up immediately – including the wonderful Rector who hosted our meeting this morning at his beloved parish of St. Ignatius – Father Gavin Badway (another wonderful, Pro-Life priest, who gets it)! Thank you, Father Gavin, for always Being Bold for our babies! But, one parish who I gave my very last 4 signs to about 6 weeks ago told me last week when I asked him “Did somebody steal the 4 yard signs I gave you 6 weeks ago?” He told me “I have not put them up yet. I am waiting for the right time. I am waiting to play Bishop Barbarito’s video at the same time.” Let that one sink in as well. 6 weeks holding my yard signs and I have a dozen parishes asking me for yard signs!! That’s what happens when we allow pastors to run their parishes as he sees fit. Once again, who suffers? The Precious Pre-born. Truly unacceptable, folks. Crying shame…

I really looked forward to our meeting at the Cathedral this morning. I honestly was prepared to speak for a good 15 minutes if I was allowed to. I always come prepared because, what if the keynote speaker’s car broke down and couldn’t make it? Always come prepared because you never know when someone may need you. I wish I could have spoken for those 15 minutes because I have a lot to share; I have a ton of experience; I love what I do and I speak only the Truth when it comes to the Catholic Church and the Unborn. I love our Catholic priests. I respect our 8 Catholic Bishops. I appreciate our Catholic Charities and love our Birthline/LifeLine ministry and every one who has anything to do with it. It’s all good! I love it…but, when our priests and bishops do not stand Boldly for our Babies and refuse to preach the Gospel like John the Baptist, I have a problem. During our question and answer (Q&A) portion of our meeting today – I finally got the microphone and got to speak for about 3 minutes before I was about to be cut off. Pathetic! Why? Because I was following Saint John Paul II’s command of “Be Not Afraid” and when I speak the Truth and it shakes the powers that be – those powers have to make sure they cover their backsides and make sure that they are not exposed. The Truth hurts. But, what hurts more is that the powers that be are going to allow a horrific Amendment that allows babies to be killed in the womb at any time, any place & anywhere to be the law of the Land in Florida only because their jobs and reputations are far more important than it is to Protect the Unborn. The day we run all of our dioceses and parishes around this country like CATHOLIC MINISTRIES instead of like Corporations, is the day that Saint John the Baptist and Saint Mother Teresa will say “Wow, they get it”…and God will have a big smile on His face only because of 3 powerful letters…G.G.T. Yup, God’s Got This. I just pray to God that we Catholics also have it as well…

Thank you, Catholic Bishops of Florida! Thank you, St. Ignatius and Father Gavin for hosting our meeting this morning! Thank you to all who had anything to do with our meeting today in the way of setting everything up – the coffee and refreshments – and all those who spoke during our presentation! I greatly appreciate it and if I sound a bit disgruntled with this letter – I am just speaking the Truth. And, I am speaking for the many people who thanked me for saying what I said this morning and for the dozen new people who I met today for the first time who have already contacted me this afternoon and asked me to speak at one of their upcoming functions. It’s got to be a Total Team Effort with Jesus as our Team Captain! Bottom Line: We Are All In This Two-gether! We the Pro-Lifers – and God, the Creator of Life! Let’s get this election right and put an end to this Amendment 4 and Ban Abortion from Florida completely!!

IN GOD WE TRUST! IN SPEAKING THE TRUTH WE MUST!

Willy Guardiola
Christian on a Mission
Bold Supporter of Bold Bishops

©2024. All rights reserved.

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Arizona Poll: Voters 50+, Especially Women, Could Tip the Scales in 2024

By Dr. Rich Swier

Donald Trump leads over President Joe Biden among older voters; Senate race is neck-and-neck between Rep. Ruben Gallego and Kari Lake. 


, AZ /PRNewswire/ — Today, AARP Arizona released a 2024 statewide election survey that shows candidates for President, U.S. Senate, and state races should pay close attention to Arizonans ages 50 and older. Seventy-eight percent of voters ages 50+ report that candidates’ positions on Social Security are important in deciding whom to vote for in November, followed by Medicare (74%), helping people stay in their homes as they age (67%), and the cost of housing and utilities (both at 65%).

Arizonans ages 50+ will be key to determining who wins in November. This voting bloc makes up an outsized portion of the electorate: in the 2020 elections, older voters accounted for 55% of all Arizona voters and in the 2022 mid-terms, they made up 64% of the state’s voters. Eighty-six percent of voters ages 50+ say they are “extremely motivated” to vote in this election, compared to 66% of voters ages 18-49 who say the same.

Former President Donald Trump (R) leads President Joe Biden (D) by 8 percentage points among voters ages 18 and older – 45% to 37%, with Robert Kennedy Jr. at 11%. Trump’s lead is greater among voters ages 50 and older, at 49% – 39%. However, among women voters 50+, the candidates are tied. President Biden leads among older Hispanic voters, 48% – 37%.

Representative Ruben Gallego (D) holds a narrow lead over Kari Lake (R), 48% to 45%, in the U.S. Senate race among voters overall. Among voters 50 and older the candidates are almost even, with 48% of voters favoring Lake and 47% preferring Gallego. The gender gap among voters 50+ is significant, with women supporting Gallego by 12 percentage points and men preferring Lake by 15 points. Rep. Gallego leads among Hispanic voters 50+, 62% – 36%. Arizona voters over age 50 are the biggest voting bloc that could tip the scale for any candidate in this election,” said Dana Kennedy, State Director, AARP Arizona. “If candidates want to win, they should pay attention to the issues that matter to voters over age 50, from protecting Social Security to supporting family caregivers.”

Other key takeaways from the poll include:

  • Immigration and border security (41%) is the most important issue to voters ages 50 and older when deciding who to vote for in November, followed by inflation and rising prices (28%), and threats to democracy (27%).
  • Fifty-four percent of these voters cite personal economic issues — inflation and rising prices, the economy and jobs, and Social Security — as the most important issues. Notably, Trump is leading Biden (60%-27%) among older voters who prioritize this group of issues.
  • A significant majority (68%) of Arizona residents ages 50 and older think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
  • Fifty-eight percent of older voters say they are worried about their personal financial situation.

AARP commissioned the bipartisan polling team of Fabrizio Ward & Impact Research to conduct this survey. The firms interviewed 1,358 likely Arizona voters, which includes a statewide representative sample of 600 likely voters, with an oversample of 470 likely voters age 50 and older and an additional oversample of 288 likely Hispanic voters age 50 and older, between May 28-June 4, 2024. The interviews were conducted via landline, cellphone, and SMS-to-web. The margin of sampling error for the 600 statewide sample is ±4.0%; for the 800 total sample of voters 50+ is ±3.5%; for the 400 total sample of Hispanic voters 50+ is ±4.9%.

View the full survey results at aarp.org/AZpolling.

For more information on how, when and where to vote in Arizona, visit aarp.org/AZVotes.

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the nation’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/about-aarp/www.aarp.org/español or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspañol and @AARPadvocates on social media.

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Once Again, Democrats Argue Women Can Only Succeed If They Kill Their Children

By Family Research Council

In the midst of a contentious election year, Democrats are desperate to convince voters that protecting women and protecting unborn children are mutually exclusive. This was the purpose of last week’s U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) hearing, “The Assault on Women’s Freedoms: How Abortion Bans Have Created a Health Care Nightmare Across America.”

Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) kicked off the meeting by implying that protecting children somehow harms mothers. “This morning, we will be holding a hearing to take a hard look at how this decision, the Dobbs decision, has impacted women,” he lamented.

Sanders was joined by Senator Patty Muray (D-Wash.), who also commented, “We take a close accounting of the trauma Republicans are inflicting on women and families across the country, and the damage they are doing to basic reproductive health care through their horrific anti-abortion crusade.”

But, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a medical doctor, quickly pointed out what Democrats were really trying to do. “It’s an election year in which a Democratic incumbent is running behind. A decision has been made to raise abortion to a high profile to change the setting to invite a lot of folks to put us on TV. It’s partisan politics being played out in a committee hearing.”

Cassidy then presented images of a child’s development inside the womb from ten to 41 weeks. “How can we dehumanize this?” Cassidy asked, “Can anyone say that that child is not a life?”

With Cassidy’s poster at the front of the hearing room, it was impossible for Democrats to argue explicitly that an unborn child was not a human being, so they chose a different form of dehumanization.

Democrat witness Dr. Nisha Verma argued, “I’m not at all saying that pregnancies don’t have value. That value is different for different people…”

What Verma failed to see is that a person’s location cannot determine her worth — a point driven home by the presence and testimony of abortion survivor and Republican witness, Melissa Ohden.

Ohden began her testimony by reminding senators that, “Babies survived abortions before Roe v. Wade, babies survived during Roe v. Wade, and babies are still surviving abortions no matter where or how the abortion was performed. These experiences highlight the fundamental and undeniable humanity of the preborn and the needs, fears, and experiences of their mothers.”

Ohden continued by telling the story of a woman named Evelyn whose attempt at chemical abortion failed twice. After the second failure, an abortion business that offered second trimester abortions connected her with an organization willing to pay for all her travel expenses, plus the $12,000 fee of a second trimester abortion that posed risks to Evelyn’s health.

Ohden asked, “Can you imagine a child in your own life being subjected to so-called medical interventions intended to weaken, starve, burn, or dismember them limb by limb until they die? This is the reality of abortion, and we should be ashamed of it.”

Ohden explained that Evelyn was found to be 32 weeks pregnant, and the abortion business’s doctors weren’t trained to carry out abortions after 24 weeks, so Evelyn gave birth to her daughter. She made an adoption plan that both can live with.

“The nightmare, here, is not abortion bans,” Ohden said, “the nightmare is that abortion continues to be aggressively promoted so that it is seen as the only option. Like a plane ticket and $12,000 for a late-term abortion…”

Ohden then challenged the Democratic senators to consider “how different women’s and children’s lives, families, and society could be if just as much money was spent to provide financial assistance, housing, education and employment support, child care, medical and mental health care.”

“This,” she said, “would lead to a new era of women’s empowerment that ends the generational trauma of abortion.”

Abortion is not the solution to the problems women are facing. It kills a beautiful, irreplaceable human being and is a pathway to both physical and mental health challenges and heartbreak for that child’s mom. Women need tangible health care and support.

Attempting to win critical votes for November, Democrats spent the HELP hearing arguing that the best option for a woman to succeed is to kill her unborn child. Pro-lifers, on the other hand, offered real help and demonstrated a willingness to do whatever possible to care for both mothers and their children. Let’s pray that at the ballot box, Americans recognize which kind of “help” mothers and their children deserve.

This article was written with the help of Family Research Council interns Adam Opp and Josiah Sullivan.

AUTHOR

Mary Szoch

Mary Szoch is the Director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council.

EDITORS NOTE: This Washington Stand column is republished with permission. All rights reserved. ©2024 Family Research Council.


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Lawmaker: ‘It Is Not Anti-Science’ to Hold NIH Accountable for Coverup

By Jon Miltimore

Whether justice will be delivered to those involved in the effort to avoid oversight and deflect scrutiny from EcoHealth Alliance’s research at Wuhan is uncertain. What’s clear is that the NIH is a broken institution.

The effort to get to the bottom of the origins of COVID-19 is more than four years in the making. And while shockingly little progress has been made, evidence suggests that a plot to conceal answers is unraveling before our eyes.

The latest evidence comes from David Morens, a top adviser to former National Institutes of Health Director Anthony Fauci, who last month testified before the House’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic about emails he sent to colleagues concerning Freedom of Information Act requests.

“I learned from our FOIA lady here how to make emails disappear after I am FOIA’d but before the search starts,” Morens wrote. “So I think we are all safe.”

While questioning Morens, Democrats and Republicans alike expressed shock and dismay over the emails as well as Morens’s repeated excuses and dissembling.

“Sir, I think you’re going to be haunted by your testimony today,” said Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD).

Morens may not be the only one haunted.

In several emails, Morens referenced “Tony,” Dr. Fauci, with whom he claimed to have a “secret backchannel.”

“I can either send stuff to Tony on his private gmail or hand it to him at work or at his house,” Morens wrote to Peter Daszak.

Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance, was the recipient of a multimillion-dollar NIH grant to conduct gain-of-function research on coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the lab many government agencies, including the FBI, believe was the likely source of COVID-19.

The fact that EcoHealth Alliance was conducting risky experiments on coronaviruses at Wuhan with NIH dollars, something Fauci had repeatedly denied, explains why the NIH might have felt a need to deliberate in secret. Emails say that the NIH was working to protect EcoHealth Alliance’s and the NIH’s reputations.

“Peter, from Tony’s recent numerous comments to me … they are trying to protect you, which also protects their own reputation,” Morens wrote.

At least for some, this protection apparently extended to hiding communications from the public and deleting correspondences to conceal the truth from the public.

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) read aloud no fewer than half a dozen emails written by Morens in which he discussed not just how to avoid FOIA but how to “erase” emails so they could not be retrieved.

Just who will be implicated in the fallout from the apparent conspiracy to hide the truth is unclear, but it’s not a trivial question, considering how the matter has been referred to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation. (Willfully avoiding FOIA is a federal crime.)

At least one person, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has frequently sparred with Fauci, said the conspiracy goes higher than Morens.

“I believe Anthony Fauci was in charge of the entire conspiracy,” Paul said.

For his part, Morens told lawmakers he had no recollection of talking with Fauci about emails. Evidence, however, suggests that Morens is either lying or suffering from a fuzzy memory.

In one June 2021 email to a recipient whose name is redacted, Morens discussed an email correspondence between himself and Daszak that he “erased long ago,” adding, “I feel pretty sure that Tony’s was too.”

How Morens could be “pretty sure” Fauci had deleted the email in question without ever having discussed emails with the former NIH director is a question that investigators might ponder.

Whether justice will be delivered to those involved in the effort to avoid oversight and deflect scrutiny from EcoHealth Alliance’s research at Wuhan is uncertain. What’s clear is that the NIH is a broken institution.

The relationship between Daszak and Morens reeks of cronyism, and it includes Morens editing grant application materials for Daszak and then wondering if any “kickbacks” would be coming his way.

It’s easy to believe that the worst part of big government is its inefficiency. “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,” Milton Friedman famously quipped, “in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

Yet the costs of government gigantism go beyond dollars and cents. It’s now apparent that the NIH, freed from the market forces that ensure scarce resources are allocated efficiently, was spraying money around in reckless fashion without proper oversight.

With its $47 billion budget, the NIH was doling out grants to fund research it clearly should not have been funding. And instead of coming clean following the emergence of COVID-19, officials at the NIH leveraged its power and resources to silence critics, marginalize other scientists, and accuse anyone who opposed NIH policies of being “anti-science.”

Fortunately, the political cover the NIH has enjoyed up to this point seems to be vanishing.

“It is not anti-science to hold you accountable,” Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA), the panel’s top Democrat, flatly told Morens.

We’ll see whether these words also apply to Fauci, who is scheduled to appear before Congress on June 3. The wheels of justice turn slowly, they say. We may soon learn whether, in Washington, they still turn at all.

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This article was published by FEE, Foundation for Economic Education, and is reproduced with permission.

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AWED MEDIA BALANCED NEWS: Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

By John Droz, Jr.

Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

Here is the link for this issue, so please share it on social media.

Checkout the 2024, 2023, 2022, & 2021 archives, plus asterisked items below.


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —

If You Only Have Time to Read Some Select Articles:

*** We Have Been Subverted (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

*** Party Platform Comparison 2020-2024

*** I Refuse to Stand By While My Students are Indoctrinated

*** Shall I Compare New Jersey’s Curriculum to a Summer’s Day?

*** I’ve taught civics for decades. Our kids have lost faith in our nation

*** How Academic Saboteurs Dupe College Students into Activism

*** The NAIA’s Transgender-Athletes Policy Is a Triumph

*** Mark Mills: The “Energy Transition” Won’t Happen

*** Vaclav Smil Calls Bullshit On Net Zero

*** Energy is the most important issue in the world (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

*** Shanghaied

*** Irrational Transition

*** EVs, wind, and solar are neither reliable nor environmentally friendly: here’s why

*** Solar and Wind Resource Availability Fatal Flaw

*** Anatomy of an EV Policy Error

*** Short video: Judith Curry — Climate Scientists Can’t Intimidate Me

*** Study confirms reports on declining climate disasters

*** The Cost of EPA’s Senseless CO₂ Capture

*** John Stossel: Pushing Back Against Environmental Scaremongering

*** Numbers Behind the Narrative: What Climate Science Actually Says

*** Casinos, Vacant Lots, Gas Stations, Strip Clubs, etc. on Nevada’s Voter Roll

*** Video: Journalist who broke Hunter Biden laptop bombshell speaks out

*** The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

*** Trust The “Science”…That Just Retracted 11,000 “Peer Reviewed” Papers

*** Why Most People Can’t Think Critically Since COVID

*** Dr. McCormick Grills Fauci on Audio of Him Discussing Vaccine Requirements

*** WHO pandemic treaty defeated, at least for now

*** HUGE COVID Legal Victory – HFDF Wins Appeal in Ninth Circuit

*** Dr. Kory’s Expert Testimony for Dr. Mary Talley Bowden Against the Texas Medical Board

*** Trump NY Trial Commentary

*** Trump Verdict Makes NYC ‘Venezuela-on-the-Hudson’

*** Never Surrender

*** 35 and a Citizen

*** NY v. Trump: Judge reveals Facebook post implying juror discussed guilty verdict with family ahead of time

Secondary Education Related:

*** Report: The Key to Fixing the US Education System

*** I Refuse to Stand By While My Students are Indoctrinated

*** Shall I Compare New Jersey’s Curriculum to a Summer’s Day?

*** I’ve taught civics for decades. Our kids have lost faith in our nation

In Portland (OR), the Islamic Revolution Begins in Kindergarten

Silicon Valley School District Prepares ‘Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive’ Curriculum Makeover

Welcome to the ‘Parent Revolution’

Higher Education Related:

*** How Academic Saboteurs Dupe College Students into Activism

*** The NAIA’s Transgender-Athletes Policy Is a Triumph

Yale wants science profs to ‘promote DEI through teaching

University of Arizona’s DEI Boondoggle Tells Students to ‘Live Like a Bug’

Penn creates climate change vice provost role

NC lawmaker fights student-loan scheme

Artificial Intelligence:

Cyberscammers use AI to manipulate Google search results

Beyond Mad Max with Dystopian AI

Technocrats at OpenAI in ‘Reckless’ Race For Dominance

Greed Energy Economics:

“Offshore Wind Needs Bigger Subsidies”

Wind Subsidies Are Rising…but wind power production isn’t rising with them

Unreliables (General):

*** Shanghaied

*** Irrational Transition

*** EVs, wind, and solar are neither reliable nor environmentally friendly: here’s why

The Foundation of Property Rights: Where There Is No Law, There Is No Freedom

Private Property Rights

Wind Energy — Offshore:

*** Report: Offshore Wind Power (Dr. Michael Hogan)

*** The renewable green energy disaster off the northeastern US is getting worse Less than one per cent of the way to the Biden 2030 target

Offshore Wind Industry Braces for More Turbulence—and Trump

Wind Energy — Other:

*** Taking the Wind Out of Climate Change (referencing 60± studies)

*** Wind Turbines = Enormous “Unintended” Consequences

Australia has World Class windless weather: Today 95% of wind turbines are failing

Solar Energy:

*** Solar and Wind Resource Availability Fatal Flaw

As Solar Power Surges, U.S. Wind Is in Trouble

Fossil Fuel Energy:

*** Senator Tuberville, Colleagues Propose Measure to Halt Regulation on American Power Plants

China, India Break Coal Production Records

Electric Vehicles (EVs):

*** Anatomy of an EV Policy Error

*** 3 Reasons There’s Something Sinister With the Big Push for Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles Have a New Problem: Careening Through Guardrails

Federal and Provincial Largess for EV and Ford’s Ontario Plant’s EV Delays

Turns Out Those ‘All-Electric’ ‘Zero Emissions’ Fire Trucks Have Diesel Engines

Misc Energy:

*** Mark Mills: The “Energy Transition” Won’t Happen

*** Vaclav Smil Calls Bullshit On Net Zero

*** Energy is the most important issue in the world (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

Net-Zero Push and its Offshoots by Politicians and Bureaucrats Creates Strange Happenings Part 1

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

*** Short video: Judith Curry — Climate Scientists Can’t Intimidate Me

*** Study confirms reports on declining climate disasters

Exxon Mobil Takes On Climate Extremists

We can still avoid the Net Zero trap

“Bonus” Gets it wrong about May and Crok, 2024

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** The Cost of EPA’s Senseless CO₂ Capture

*** John Stossel: Pushing Back Against Environmental Scaremongering

*** Numbers Behind the Narrative: What Climate Science Actually Says

*** Who is Winning the Climate Change War?

*** It’s Time to Make a Strategic PR Pivot in Dealing with the Climate Change Issue

New Zealand takes axe to climate policies

Getting Ready For The European Elections

Home insulation is the latest net zero farce

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

*** Party Platform Comparison 2020-2024

Dr. Walter Daugherity: Voting Patterns Observed in 2020 Could Not Have Happened Naturally

US Election — State Issues:

*** Casinos, Vacant Lots, Gas Stations, Strip Clubs, etc. on Nevada’s Voter Roll

RNC Challenges Nevada’s Mail Ballot Counting Practices

How do you Legally Administer and Certify Elections using Uncertifiable Electronic Voting Machines?

Ranked Choice Voting Now Illegal in Louisiana (10th state overall)

NY v Trump Trial:

*** Trump NY Trial Commentary

*** Trump Verdict Makes NYC ‘Venezuela-on-the-Hudson’

*** Never Surrender

*** 35 and a Citizen

*** NY v. Trump: Judge reveals Facebook post implying juror discussed guilty verdict with family ahead of time

The United States Reincarnates Communism and Stalin’s Trials

Dr. Phil Sits Down With President Trump in Exclusive In-Depth Interview

How Trump’s Sham Conviction Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Great Work Democrats – Your Framing Failed

After Trump’s Conviction, What Should Republicans Do?

Misc US Politics:

*** Video: Journalist who broke Hunter Biden laptop bombshell speaks out

Bannon to Jail for Contempt of Congress

Will All Real Republicans Please Speak Up?

Censorship:

We Will Not Be Silenced Trailer  Full Movie

The Rise of the Censorship Industrial Complex

Societally US:

*** We Have Been Subverted (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

Eight in 10 New York towns and cities have lost population since 2020

Cognitive Warfare, Mental Manipulation, Tyranny of Digital Transformation

Religion Related:

Faith-Based Funding Can Help Protect Democracy

United Methodists Embrace LGBT Ideology: Lose 1 Million Members in a Day

Science:

*** The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

*** Trust The “Science”…That Just Retracted 11,000 “Peer Reviewed” Papers

China’s High-Tech War Steals U.S. Innovation Advantage

Big Science, the Enemy of Great Science

Health:

*** Why Most People Can’t Think Critically Since COVID

*** Dr. McCormick Grills Fauci on Audio of Him Discussing Vaccine Requirements

*** WHO pandemic treaty defeated, at least for now

Climate Policy Should Not Be Used To Determine Limits on Hospital Emissions

Israel/Ukraine:

Pray for the safety of the Israeli people

Latest Developments in Israel

Pray for the safety of the Ukrainian people

A well-rated source to make a Ukraine donation

Latest Developments in Ukraine

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** HUGE COVID Legal Victory – HFDF Wins Appeal in Ninth Circuit

*** Dr. Kory’s Expert Testimony for Dr. Mary Talley Bowden Against the Texas Medical Board

Fauci: “I am a scientist who uses the Scientific Method to gain information.” (!)


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‘Not Going To Be Silenced’: Surgeon Indicted By Biden DOJ For Blowing Whistle On Child Sex Changes Speaks Out

By The Daily Caller

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently indicted Texas surgeon Dr. Eithan Haim, who blew the whistle on a children’s hospital performing sex change procedures on minors. Haim told the Daily Caller News Foundation he will not be intimidated or silenced, vowing to fight the allegations in court.

In 2023, Haim discovered Texas Children’s Hospital was performing pediatric sex change procedures despite hospital administrators previously telling the public that their child gender program had been shut down. Haim provided documentation of the procedures to journalist Christopher Rufo, who published a May 2023 story in City Journal and on Substack exposing Texas Children’s Hospital. Shortly after the story was published, the Texas Legislature passed a bill banning pediatric sex change procedures statewide.

However, in June 2023, federal agents arrived at Haim’s home, notifying him of he may be the subject of a potential criminal investigation related to the published whistleblower documents, according to his fundraising page. The Biden DOJ was investigating Haim for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), a federal law that protects individually identifiable health information, such as a patient’s name. 

Haim has long maintained that the documents he provided Rufo did not include any such information. Rufo, who first reported Haim’s indictment in City Journal, wrote that he “can confirm that nothing in the information provided to me identified any individual; all the documents were, in fact, carefully redacted.”

Threats of prosecution materialized this week when U.S. marshals appeared at Haim’s home and summoned him to appear in court Monday. Haim is charged with four felony counts of violating HIPPA, according to City Journal.

Haim told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview that he is not intimidated by the indictment.

“The most important thing is that, at this point, its game time,” Haim said. “We’re entering the arena, we have to fight back. I’m not going to be silenced, I’m not going to be intimidated. The most likely chance we have of winning, is to win this in court.”

On January 24, 2024, Haim’s legal team sent a letter to Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Chip Roy of Texas refuting the legitimacy of the claims made against Haim by federal prosecutor Tina Ansari.

The letter asserts the prosecution’s investigation was based on the “easily disproved falsehood” that the documents Haim provided contained children’s names.

“Yet it is obvious from a quick glance that all patient information is redacted,” Haim’s lawyers wrote. “Thus, either someone intentionally misrepresenting this critical fact, or the investigation proceeded without anyone verifying the most basic facts about what happened.”

Haim estimates it will cost at least $500,000 to fight the charges in court.

“What that requires is at least $500,000 to pursue this federal trial with our attorneys,” Haim said.

His fundraising page shows he’s currently raised just over $310,000.

“Dr. Haim blew the whistle against a hospital that proclaimed it had stopped performing gender-changing surgeries and treatments on minors, when, in fact, it had not,” Haim’s lawyer Mark Lytle told the DCNF. “These surgeries are a violation of Texas law. Dr. Haim was brave in coming forward. Now the federal government is coming after him. He will strongly defend himself at trial and we expect he will be found not guilty.”

Haim maintains medical providers should be able to openly talk about procedures happening at their institutions, a sentiment core to his story.

“There’s nothing a doctor should do behind closed doors that they’re unwilling to defend in public,” Haim told the DCNF.  “That’s never how medicine should be, especially when it involves children.”

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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MEGAN BROCK

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American Doctors Sign Declaration Protecting Children from Gender Procedures

By Family Research Council

There have been numerous reports over the years that have found that “gender affirming care” is not based in scientific fact and is harmful for those who partake in it — especially children. However, two recent factors have served to significantly increase the urgency of those calling for an end to gender transition procedures.

In May, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) files were leaked, which “revealed that the clinicians who shape how ‘gender medicine’ is regulated and practiced around the world consistently violate medical ethics and informed consent.” Additionally, a groundbreaking U.K. report, also known as the Cass Review, was published in April. Among several shocking revelations, the review emphasized the “remarkably weak evidence” for the benefits of trans procedures. The report noted, “The reality is that we have no good evidence on the long-term outcomes of interventions to manage gender-related distress.”

Considering the longstanding arguments against gender procedures, as well as the recent and shocking research concerning the matter, thousands of medical professionals have come together to “unite” their voices. A mighty force within these thousands is the American College of Pediatricians (ACP), who announced their unwavering support of the Doctors Protecting Children Declaration (DPCD), which was created to push against the gender politics infiltrating medicine.

The DPCD, which launched Thursday, was signed by Family Research Council as well as a plethora of doctors, health leaders, medical and health policy organizations, and others. “For the past decade, we’ve seen the transgender ideology capture mainstream institutions, including hospitals, medical associations, schools, and, of course, the Democratic Party and the president of the United States,” said FRC President Tony Perkins on Wednesday’s episode of “Washington Watch.” But “despite this ideological capture,” he emphasized, “there still exists many doctors and health care professionals that do follow the science,” and are committed to protecting youth.

Dr. Jill Simons, the executive director of ACP and co-signer of the declaration, is one of those professionals committed to true science, and she joined Perkins to further discuss the significance of the DPCD. “We at the American College of Pediatricians have been sounding the alarm for years about the harms that are being done to children in the name of standards of care,” she said. But “we aren’t the only ones that have been sounding the alarm. There are many other organizations … from all different spectrums of policy [that] are concerned about this.”

On behalf of ACP, Simons asserted, “[T]his needs to stop and end. … [W]e have been pushed to the sidelines and discredited and … dismissed. … Well, we’re here to say that there is no consensus about these standards of care. And, in fact, they are harmful. So, we are saying enough.” Perkins noted, in light of groups like ACP who are standing up, “it appears that the tide is turning.” He added, “[Y]ou plant a flag on truth, even when it’s not in vogue. But eventually people begin to come around, and it would appear to me that people are starting to come around because of the harms that have come from this radical ideology.” Simons agreed, stating, “It breaks my heart that my profession has been captured by this ideology.” But, she added, “there are good doctors out there that are looking out for [what] really is best” for minors.

To further prove the determination, Simons, along with several co-signers of the DPCD, gathered at National Press Club Thursday to officially launch the declaration. At the event, Simons called on multiple medical organizations “to follow the science … and immediately stop the promotion of social affirmation, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries for children and adolescents who experience distress over their biological sex.” And in addition to Simons’ comments, each pediatrician took time to express their passion for the declaration.

Dr. Andre Van Mol, representing the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, ACP, and the American Academy of Medical Ethics, stated plainly: “Gender dysphoria is a diagnosis … transgenderism is an ideology.”

He continued, “Transition affirmation is not proven to be safe or effective long term. It does not reduce suicides. It does not repair mental health issues or trauma. Minors cannot give truly informed consent. Children have developing and immature brains. Their minds change often. They are prone to risk taking, they are vulnerable to peer pressure, and they don’t grasp long term consequences.” And as such, he contended, “Refusing to provide gender transition procedures or so-called gender affirming health care is non-discriminatory and is appropriate both professionally and scientifically.”

Quoting the philosopher, Voltaire, Dr. Carl Benzio from the American Academy of Medical Ethics and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, said, “[W]hen people believe absurdities, they will commit atrocities.” He emphasized that such “absurdities” are rooted in “gender confusion, dysphoria, dissonance, and evasion,” which are all “a manifestation of deeper psychological struggles.” For those who “desire for all children to find healing,” he said, “please join us in stopping the belief and absurd … policies and malpractice” and return to “treatment standards based on sound science, common sense, and the truth so we can protect kids from atrocities inflicted on their mind, body, and spirit.”

And when it comes to returning to “sound science,” Nicole Hayes, director of State Public Policy with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, insisted, “This does not require courage, inasmuch as that only requires acknowledging truth and a desire to help and not harm.” Ultimately, “Medical decision making should respect biological reality and the dignity of the person by compassionately addressing the whole person,” Hayes argued. “Anything less is disastrous for patients and for the health care profession and will not promote human flourishing.”

Finally, Louis Brown, a board member and vice president of Public Policy for the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance, proclaimed that “every child deserves ethical medical care that protects each child’s life, health, and human dignity.” As he put it, “Justice demands that our nation’s health care system provide care that upholds the beauty and truth of every child’s dignity and true identity.” Because, as he highlighted, “Children dealing with gender confusion or gender dysphoria are owed love [and] compassion,” which is not what they receive from those pushing gender procedures.

“[A]s you’ve heard, we’ve spoken loud and clear that we are going to protect children,” Simons concluded.

Reflecting on the launch of the DPCD, Dr. Jennifer Bauwens, director of FRC’s Center for Family Studies, told The Washington Stand:

“FRC has been in this fight for a long time, and therefore, those who support us have also been in this fight for a very long time. …I think this should be very encouraging to everyone, because there was a time, not too long ago, where you could barely get one mental health provider and maybe a handful of doctors who would be willing to take a stand against the harms done to children. But now you have a whole group of doctors, a whole group of mental health providers and all these organizations, that are willing to put their necks on the line. I mean, this is costly.

“There are finally enough people who are saying, ‘I’m going to think more about children than I am my own credentials and my own financial future,’ and that’s very encouraging. We need that kind of boldness. We need that kind of stance in this hour. We can’t let another generation be swept up into a lie.”

AUTHOR

Sarah Holliday

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‘Fool The American People’: Biden’s Immigration Order Has More Holes Than The Border, Experts Say

By The Daily Caller

President Joe Biden was met with a wave of criticism from both the left and the right after announcing Tuesday an executive order that aims to clamp down on illegal immigration at the southern border.

In an announcement at the White House, Biden unveiled an executive order that aims to control the daily illegal crossings taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border. The presidential proclamation, which is expected to go into effect on Wednesday, follows 6 million southern border encounters during his presidency.

The order will temporarily suspend the entry of foreign nationals across the U.S.-Mexico border once the number of average border encounters exceeds 2,500 a day over a week time period, according to the White House. This will stay in effect until two weeks after there has been a seven-day average of fewer than 1,500 encounters along the southern border.

The order — which largely draws its authority under 212(f) and 215(a) from the Immigration and Nationality Act — will make it easier for Border Patrol agents and other Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to quickly remove foreign nationals who have no legal basis to remain in the country.

However, the announcement was met with near universal criticism from immigration hawks who argued it would fail to properly address the crisis and immigration advocates who argued the order is dangerous for asylum seekers.

“This executive order is nothing more than [Biden] trying to fool the American people and hide the results of his disastrous immigration policies,” Joe Chester, communications manager for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Chester noted that the executive action still allows 1.8 million illegal crossings annually, provides exemptions to illegal immigrants crossing at ports of entry using the CBP One app, and does not apply to parolees or unaccompanied minors, among other “loopholes” that will allow exemptions for migrants.

“This executive order is nothing more than ‘smoke and mirrors’ to create Democrat talking points for the election on immigration and border enforcement,” John Fabbricatore, a retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office director, said to the DCNF following the announcement. Fabbricorte argued the Biden administration could’ve issued such an executive order months ago “if this had been a serious effort,” but is doing so now because his polling is down.

James Massa, the CEO of NumbersUSA, also took umbrage with the “blanket waivers” allowed under the executive order, making mention of the fact that any alien who uses the CBP One app is excluded from its restrictions.

In addition to those who seek entry to the U.S. via ports of entry using the CBP One app and unaccompanied minors, those exempted from the executive order are victims of a “severe form” of trafficking and those who face immediate medical emergencies or imminent threats to their safety, according to the White House.

The proclamation is vaguely similar to legislation introduced by Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Lankford earlier this year. However, that bill was quickly shot down by Republicans in the House.

“This executive order does three things, none of which include securing the border,” Lora Ries, border and immigration director for the Heritage Foundation, said to the DCNF. “It: (1) allows Biden to claim he ‘did something’ regarding the border; (2) allows Biden to try to blame Congressional Republicans for legislative inaction (never mind that the House did its job by passing H.R. 2); and (3) whistles to the Administration’s ally leftist groups to sue the executive branch to halt implementation of this exception-riddled order.”

“Right on cue, the ACLU has already stated it will sue,” Ries continued. “I’d bet the Biden Admin gave advanced copies to these groups.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — a liberal advocacy organization that became an ardent courtroom foe of the Trump administration’s immigration agenda — did make an immediate announcement on Tuesday, declaring that they would be suing the Biden White House to stop the order.

“We intend to challenge this order in court. It was illegal when Trump did it, and it is no less illegal now,” Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a Tuesday statement.

Other pro-migrant organizations were also unenthusiastic in their reaction. The American Immigration Lawyers Association, while not overtly critical in their statement, stressed the importance of providing a “fair and efficient process” for asylum applicants who arrive at the southern border, in a Tuesday announcement.

Between courtroom challenges and other factors, it’s yet to be seen how long this executive order will last. Tom Homan, who led ICE during the Trump administration, said he expects the order to go away as soon as the election is over.

“It’s terrible — it does nothing to stop catch and release, and it does nothing to stop child trafficking,” Homan said to the DCNF. “The most disgusting part of the whole thing is that it’s temporary and if [Biden] wins re-election, this thing will go away on day one. This is nothing but a political stunt to get him re-elected.”

The southern border crisis has raged on, proving to be a headache for the administration. Recent polls indicates illegal immigration is now a top concern for Americans and most voters believe former President Donald Trump would better handle the issue than the current occupant of the White House.

However, not everyone had critical reaction to the Tuesday announcement. The Migration Policy Institute, an organization focused on unbiased analysis of migration issues, said the order would likely have an effect on encounter numbers, at least in the short term.

“This executive order will make it harder to access asylum,” MPI spokeswoman Michelle Mittelstadt said to the DCNF. “Fewer people will pass credible fear interviews with the higher standards. This could also have a deterrence effect in the short term.”

“That said, the reality is that until Congress fully funds all elements of the border management enterprise – including the immigration courts and asylum processing functions at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as ICE removal capacity – any administration is going to face very significant challenges at the border given the vast diversification of nationalities and the changed characteristics of arriving migrants,” Mittelstadt said.

The Biden administration did make a concerted effort to show that his proclamation wields some measure of support. This was demonstrated in the slate of border mayors who attended his Tuesday announcement.

Additionally, even mayors who were not at the event expressed support for the move.

“My office did not receive an invitation to the ceremony,” Sunland Park, Arizona Mayor Javier Perea said to the DCNF on Tuesday. “Regardless, I am glad someone is taking action to address the issue.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.

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BLM Versus Lockdowns: Four Years Later

By Editors of the Brownstone Institute

Beginning in March 2020, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder dressed as the Grim Reaper to shame parents who brought their children to local beaches. Instead of questioning his sanity or explaining that sunlight killed the virus, liberal news outlets celebrated this unhinged lawyer, his cloak, his scythe, and his ideology.

In normal times, Americans would hear Uhlfelder barking from a street corner about end times. “Just keep walking,” they’d tell their kids as they caught glimpses of his signs predicting rapture. But these were not normal times, so lunacy elevated Uhlfelder to adoring media coverage and a political platform.

“It’s a macabre plea to beachgoers to stay home,” CNN wrote alongside a picture of Uhlfelder standing in front of a beach umbrella covered in a black cloak. He handed out body bags to families playing near the ocean. Saturday Night LiveVice News, and The Daily Show hosted him, celebrating rather than mocking his efforts. “If we don’t take measures to control things, this virus is going to get really, really out of control,” he warned.

The New Yorker published a glowing profile on the Sunshine State’s Grim Reaper. “I’m not a liberal,” he said. “I’m logical.” He compared his publicity tour to his family’s experience in the Holocaust. “My grandfather escaped Nazi Germany as a teenager. His whole family was incinerated in gas chambers,” he said. “It was always ingrained in my head: ‘You can sit around and bitch and whine, but what are you going to do about it?’’ So, to honor the memory of the Holocaust, Uhlfelder responded to national fear by scapegoating political opponents and urging the suspension of their liberties.

Uhlfelder held higher aspirations than terrorizing local families. He used his publicity to launch the Make My Day PAC, a political action committee supporting pro-lockdown Democrats. Later that year, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Florida Attorney General, receiving 400,000 votes. CNN later welcomed him as a public health expert on mask mandates. 

On May 26, 2020, he posted photos of his continued efforts to shame his neighbors into sitting alone inside. He even had multiple costumes, incorporating a hazmat suit into his outfit rotation.

But there was a notable carve-out to Uhlfelder’s attitude toward public gatherings. One week later, he celebrated millions of citizens gathering across the country after the death of George Floyd. He personally attended BLM rallies in Florida and endorsed marches in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. These socially fashionable beliefs apparently warranted a departure from his zealous advocacy for lockdowns. 

A country with 300 million people will always have narcissistic, hypocritical lunatics; more alarming, however, was how leading officials in government, media, and medicine were nearly indistinguishable from Uhlfelder.

The Black Lives Matter Exception

Politicians and bureaucrats throughout the country overturned equality of law in favor of a Covid caste system. The lockdowns, the edicts, the house arrests, the arbitrary deprivations of liberty, the capricious assaults on constitutional rights, and the irrational executive orders were all reserved for citizens with the wrong political persuasion.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was one of the country’s most ardent enforcers of lockdowns. Her citizens lost their basic rights to petition government, travel, and assemble. In April, she called protests against her stay-at-home order “racist and misogynistic.” She threatened that resistance would make it “likelier” that the lockdowns would continue.

But Whitmer’s tune changed when BLM protesters and rioters arrived in Detroit in June. She greeted them with enthusiasm, marching side-by-side with the group. Whitmer willingly violated her executive orders, which required “social distancing measures…including remaining at least six feet from people.” She was clear that politics drove her decision to march arm in arm with her voting bloc. “Elections matter,” she shouted from a microphone. “We cannot be defeated!”

Like Uhlfelder, Whitmer combined dictatorial arrogance with cognitive dissonance. At the time of her BLM political rally, she threatened citizens with 90 days in jail if they violated her stay-at-home order, though enforcement depended on their political persuasion. Thousands gathered in Grand RapidsKalamazoo, and the State Capitol, but Whitmer refrained from punishing the lawbreakers. As political allies of the administration, they were not subject to the edicts that applied to the broader citizenry.

Illinois took a similar approach. When asked about the ramifications for violating stay-at-home orders, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters, “We will arrest. That should never happen because people – meaning you – have to comply.” Governor J.B. Pritzker was similarly stern in his house arrest demands. “All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited,” he decreed. For non-favored citizens, it was the most extreme form of totalitarianism: all gatherings at any place with any persons were banned. As was “all travel, including, but not limited to, travel by automobile, motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, train, plane, or public transit.”

Illinois’s lockdown enforcement continued into the summer. In late May, Chicago Police issued warnings that they would arrest and fine anyone who biked on outdoor trails, even if riding alone. When a local group of Republicans planned an outdoor Fourth of July picnic, Pritzker went to court to enforce his arbitrary crowd limits. But none of these standards applied to Black Lives Matter.

“We want people to come and express their passion,” Mayor Lightfoot told reporters weeks after she scolded citizens that they “had to comply.” Thousands of protesters gathered in cities across the state, with looters inflicting over $100 million in damage. Unlike public policy aimed at solo bike rides, there was no concern for viral transmission.

Civil liberties hinged on political persuasion under the governor’s regime. Like Whitmer, Pritzker personally marched alongside hundreds of activists in June. Months later, he banned the Illinois Republican Party from holding rallies in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. It was clear viewpoint discrimination – the Governor marched alongside a political group he supported and banned marches from a party he opposed. 

Local media was largely silent as the governor suspended political freedom under an irrational public health excuse. Without explaining how his marches differed in safety, he argued that curbing the activities of his opponents was “necessary” to prevent the spread of Covid.

In November, President Biden won the election, and the standards for political demonstrations shifted again. The obese Pritzker marched through Chicago with thousands of supporters. Like Black Lives Matter, the Democratic Party enjoyed an exemption from the lockdown measures. “It’s clear the governor keeps one set of rules for the people in politically advantageous photo ops and another for the rest of Illinois,” Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said in response.

Mayor Lightfoot joined thousands in celebrating President Biden’s election. “It’s a great day for our country,” she shouted to the crowd. Her political allies filled the streets around her, packed shoulder to shoulder. Five days later, Lightfoot returned to authoritarian impulse. “You must cancel the normal Thanksgiving plans,” she demanded of her citizens. According to Lightfoot, it was simply too dangerous to interact with “guests that do not live in your immediate household.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York implemented a similar two-tiered legal system in the Empire State. “How many people have to die before the people ignoring social distancing get that they have a responsibility?” He asked on Twitter in April 2020. “One person sneezes – another person gets intubated… STAY HOME. SAVE LIVES.” Just weeks after he shut down church pastors for hosting drive-in sermons, BLM protesters were immune from law enforcement.

Thousands gathered in the streets and blocked transit across the state. Two months earlier, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio personally escorted the NYPD to Brooklyn to shut down an outdoor funeral for a local Rabbi. “Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic,” the mayor posted. “When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus.”

“The time for warnings has passed,” de Blasio later posted. “This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.” But Cuomo and de Blasio changed their tune when the New York Times reported that thousands of BLM protesters “tore off the plywood that boarded up Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, swarming by the dozens inside to steal whatever they could find before being chased down by the police. Others smashed the windows at a Nike store, grabbing shirts, jeans and zip-up jackets. They crashed into a Coach store, ransacked a Bergdorf Goodman branch and destroyed scores of smaller storefronts along the way.”

De Blasio did not lead the NYPD to shut down the gatherings and lootings; he did not even condemn the violation of his decrees. Instead, he justified the double standard: “When you see a nation, an entire nation, simultaneously grappling with an extraordinary crisis seeded in 400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or devout religious person who wants to go back to services.”

In neighboring New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy embraced the double standards as well. Murphy was one of the strictest enforcers of lockdowns beginning in March 2020. That spring, New Jersey police charged citizens for crimes including:

  • “Congregating without maintaining a distance of 6FT, and without a destination, in violation of the Governor’s order;”
  • “Failing to obey a governor’s Ex. Order by taking part in non-essential travel & failing to social distance;” and
  • “standing in violation of Governor’s orders.”

When asked about Murphy’s enforcement of corona-law, an attorney from the ACLU of New Jersey remarked, “It’s a little breathtaking, the scope.”

But when thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in Newark, there were no similar citations. Murphy was clear: the application of the law depended on whether he found the group’s cause morally sufficient. “I’ll probably get lit up by everyone who owns a nail salon in the state,” he said in June. “But it’s one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening, and it’s another to come out in peaceful protest, overwhelmingly, about somebody who was murdered right before our eyes.”

Later that summer, New Jersey police arrested owners of a local gym for operating their business in defiance of his orders and homeowners for hosting a pool party without social distancing. The gym owners hadn’t flipped over cars or torched police vehicles like the BLM protesters in Trenton, and the pool party didn’t descend into gang violence like the “anti-racism” movement in Atlantic City. Murphy’s standard was clear: ideology was the dispositive factor in the application of the law.

Unelected ideologues were not immune from the hypocrisy. Former CDC Director Tom Frieden warned in a Washington Post op-ed that violating stay-at-home orders and lockdowns could “overwhelm health-care facilities, killing doctors, nurses, patients, and others.” Protests against shuttering businesses and schools was akin to mass homicide to Frieden, but there was a policy exception for the George Floyd riots. “People can protest peacefully AND work together to stop Covid,” he insisted.

1,300 public health workers signed an open letter that explained why the “anti-racism” protests should be exempt from the restrictions that other groups faced. “Protests against systemic racism, which foster the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on Black communities and also perpetuates police violence, must be supported.” Meanwhile, protests against stay-at-home orders “not only oppose public health interventions but are also rooted in white nationalism and run contrary to respect for Black lives,” they explained. 

“Freedom for me, but not for thee, has no place under our Constitution,” US Circuit Judge James Ho later explained. But that was exactly the double standard that politicians and health officials applied through the summer of 2020. 

In June 2020, the American Public Health Association declared, “Racism is a public health crisis.” Their members reasoned that this supported their defense of the BLM movement after promoting house arrests for months. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians issued similar proclamations, as did groups at HarvardGeorgetown, and Cornell and local governments in California, Wisconsin, and Maryland.

By June 2020, the “American Creed” – the Jeffersonian principle that all men are created equal and must be treated equally before the law – was overturned in favor of blunt-force partisan politics. Petty tyrants like Whitmer, Pritzker, Cuomo, and Murphy implemented a two-tiered system of justice that rewarded allies of the regime and punished its opponents.

Supposedly serious people acted as insane as a man dressed in a grim reaper costume at the Florida beach. They wielded their power capriciously, weaponizing the legal system against political opponents. They lived in luxury while denying basic freedoms to their citizens. Their grandiose moralizing became a thin façade for their overwhelming incompetence.

Their media, their police departments, their “public health experts,” and their corporate donors were unwavering. They cared about power, not democratic accountability or constitutional norms.

The contrast between the lockdowns for the virus and the widespread tolerance and encouragement of gatherings to protest racism, followed by lockdowns once those were over, followed by gatherings to celebrate Trump’s defeat, all in the course of one political season, was just too much for many observers. It was this back-and-forth, selective manipulation of public-health messaging that began to unravel the entire Covid regime. It broke the psychology of compulsion and control, and revealed the underlying vacuity of the entire calamity.

*****

This article was produced by the Brownstone Institute and is reproduced with permission.

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Fauci’s Agency Raked In $690 Million From Big Pharma In The Wake Of Pandemic Lockdowns

By Neland Nobel

Federal agencies under Dr. Anthony Fauci’s leadership received hundreds of millions in pharmaceutical royalties over the coronavirus pandemic.

According to an investigation by the nonprofit government watchdog Open the Books, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies paid more than $710 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which Fauci led from 1984 to 2022, received more than $690 million, or 97 percent, of the total $710 million. The payments to NIAID, the group reported, represent a two-year average that is 175 times higher than the average of less than $5 million reported over the previous decade.

“NIH and N[I]AID wasted countless taxpayer dollars illegally resisting the requirement to tell taxpayers what was happening with their tax dollars,” Open the Books reported. “That’s because in [each of] the next two years — 2022 and 2023 — Fauci’s institute collected the equivalent of 175 years in NIAID royalty payments. Nearly $690 million in just two years vs. $23.9 million over 12 years.”

Fauci’s deputies in the NIH have come under recent congressional investigation for efforts to escape accountability under federal transparency laws through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Last month, NIH Senior Advisor Dr. David Morens laughed off lawmakers’ questions related to exchanges referencing a “‘secret’ back channel” to communicate with Dr. Fauci. According to a memo released by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, new documents suggest Morens inappropriately deleted records, colluded with government officials to evade transparency requests, and used private email for government business.

“I was not aware that anything I deleted like emails was a federal record,” Morens said on Capitol Hill.

Fauci himself denied ever using private email to conduct government business when he testified before lawmakers on Monday in his first public appearance on Capitol Hill since 2022.

“I do not do government business on my private email,” Fauci said, denying the existence of a “back channel” to speak with colleagues.

The former NIAID director also denied raking in significant pharmaceutical royalties associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

“I received, I think, $122 for a monoclonal antibody that I made 27 years ago,” Fauci told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. Beyond that, Fauci said, he received “zero” of the $690 million in royalties.

According to Open the Books, the names of the recipients of almost 5,000 royalty payments remain redacted. Nearly all the names were concealed from public view until the nonprofit watchdog sued to force compliance with transparency requests.

“The exemptions cited under FOIA law justifying the redactions, (b)(4), protect ‘from disclosure trade secrets and commercial or financial information that is privileged and confidential,’” Open the Books reported. “Why the names of NIH scientists are considered ‘confidential’ or ‘trade secrets’ is unexplained.”

Fauci characteristically dismissed critics of his dystopian lockdown prescriptions to shut down the entire country amid the coronavirus pandemic four years ago. The former White House medical adviser called the Great Barrington Declaration, an open letter by elite scientists opposing lockdowns, “invalid, both conceptually and practically,” and labeled accusations that he suppressed the lab-leak theory of origin “preposterous.”

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This article was published by The Federalist and is reproduced with permission.

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China Weaponizing 90%-Fatal Ebola

By Gordon Chang

China’s regime is trying to weaponize Ebola. The disease can have a 90% mortality rate.

Code Enforcement Officer Jesalyn Harper in December 2022 noticed a garden hose connected to a supposedly abandoned building in Reedley, California, near Fresno in the Central Valley. She entered the structure and found what appears to have been a secret biological weapons laboratory.

The facility was run by Jiabei Zhu, a Chinese citizen who was a fugitive from Canadian justice. He was also a top official at one of China’s state-controlled companies that had links to the Chinese military.

Inside, Harper found Chinese nationals working in white coats.

The lab stored nearly a thousand transgenic mice, “genetically engineered to catch and carry the COVID-19 virus.”

The lab also contained thousands of samples of labeled, unlabeled, and encoded potential pathogens and a freezer labeled “Ebola.” The freezer held unlabeled sealed bags used to store high-risk biological materials.

The Communist Party of China appears to have great interest in Ebola. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, in a declassified report, revealed that Dr. Qiu Xiangguo, while working at Canada’s only P-4 laboratory in Winnipeg, without authorization sent to China the Ebola genetic sequence.

She was also working for the Wuhan Institute of Virology and sent with authorization samples of different strains of Ebola virus to that facility. She also sent to the lab samples of Nipah virus, another animal-borne, deadly pathogen.

Dr. Qiu, who had worked on a cure for Ebola, was also collaborating with China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, the highest-level medical research institution of the People’s Liberation Army.

Qiu and her husband were escorted out of the Winnipeg lab in July 2019, fired in January 2021, and moved to China where they work under pseudonyms. In March of last year, a document posted by a Chinese pharmaceutical company revealed that Dr. Qiu was working on Ebola.

Ebola has a high kill rate but is not highly transmissible human to human. “In general, Ebola does not survive well outside hosts and does not support aerosol transmission,” Dr. Sean Lin, a former lab director of the viral disease branch of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, told Gatestone. “It is not easy to turn Ebola into a functional bioweapon.” Yet as he noted, China can make the disease highly contagious. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is, after all, the gain-of-function capital of the world.

Nipah, Lin points out, is “highly pathogenic.” “It is,” he says, “alarming that Chinese virology laboratories have collaborated with EcoHealth Alliance to collect Nipah infection samples in Malaysia and India.”

As well as in Canada. “Canada allowed Chinese scientists to handle and transfer to China some of the most deadly pathogens known to humankind,” Charles Burton, senior fellow of Sinopsis and former Canadian diplomat stationed in Beijing, told this author.

“China’s military has spoken openly about weaponizing the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 and conducting gain-of-function research on illnesses as a backdoor to turning them into weapons,” Brandon Weichert, author of Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life, told this publication. “The Wuhan Institute of Virology weaponized COVID-19, but that was merely a proof of concept. There are nastier diseases, such as Ebola and Nipah, that, through gain-of-function experiments can be made into truly virulent plagues.”

Ebola and Nipah, with some in-lab modifications, can therefore be China’s tools to exterminate the American people.

Exterminate? A quarter century ago, General Chi Haotian, China’s defense minister and vice chairman of the Party’s Central Military Commission, reportedly gave a secret speech advocating the extermination of Americans. He talked about using disease to clear out the vast spaces of North America so that the Chinese people could settle in the areas left uninhabited. “It is indeed brutal to kill one or two hundred million Americans,” he said. “But that is the only path that will secure a Chinese century, a century in which the Communist Party leads the world.”

“The problem with the report of the Chi Haotian speech is that it cannot be verified,” Richard Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center said to Gatestone. “When it was revealed in 2005, it seemed fantastical that China would unleash biological warfare against the United States to massacre its population and pave the way for a Communist Party invasion, occupation, and exploitation.”

Since that time, developments have given the report credibility. Among other things, SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen causing COVID-19, was almost certainly engineered in the Wuhan Institute, and Xi Jinping then deliberately spread this disease outside China once it had escaped from that lab. Therefore, “the Chi Haotian speech reads more like a real warning.” As Fisher points out, the Communist Party is apparently capable of unfathomable malevolence.

The items seized in the Reedley lab strongly suggest China’s regime is preparing to spread disease in America. “This kamikaze lab—unsecured, poorly contained, makeshift, containing a couple dozen pathogens near a population center—cannot be a one-off,” Weichert, also national security analyst for The National Interest, said. “It is, I believe, a part of a large Chinese military operation to spread disease throughout the American population.”

The problem with COVID-19 is that it also infected and killed Chinese people. China’s military, however, is almost certainly working on pathogens that target particular groups. China’s National Defense University, in the 2017 edition of the authoritative Science of Military Strategymentioned a new kind of biological warfare of “specific ethnic genetic attacks.”

Think of this as Ebola for Americans only.

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This article was published by  the Gatestone Institute and is reproduced with permission.

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HOUSE INVESTIGATION: NIH “Conspiracy” to Evade FOIA Requests Regarding COVID Origins

By Debra Heine

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic is investigating a conspiracy “at the highest levels of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)” to evade Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding the origins of COVID-19.

Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) says the committee has obtained evidence showing that National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) officials under former Director Anthony Fauci routinely evaded FOIA requests to block public transparency.

Recently uncovered documents revealed that Fauci’s Senior Advisor, Dr. David Morens, went to the NIH FOIA office for advice on how to delete official records in an apparent effort to thwart federal law. The FOIA office appears to have assisted Morens in the endeavor, as he went on to write in one email “i learned from our foia lady here how to make emails disappear.”

The committee also has evidence that Dr. Fauci’s former-Chief of Staff, Greg Folkers, strategically misspelled words on a routine basis to avoid key word searches responsive to FOIA requests.
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One word NIH bureaucrats were eager to protect from scrutiny was “EcoHealth,” the global health and pandemic prevention nonprofit run by embattled British zoologist Dr. Peter Daszak.

In 2014, following a number of “bio-safety incidents” at federal research facilities, the Obama administration placed a moratorium on risky gain-of-function research, but Fauci and Daszak skirted the moratorium and continued the experiments in Wuhan, China.

Millions of dollars in NIH funding were laundered through EcoHealth to “bat lady” Dr Shi Zhengli, head of the infectious disease unit at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, to conduct gain-of-function research on novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses and make them capable of infecting human cells.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finally initiated formal debarment proceedings against Daszak to prevent him receiving any more taxpayer dollars.
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The move came three weeks after the Select Subcommittee released a report providing “extensive evidence” that Daszak showed “contempt for the American people, a flagrant disregard for the risks associated with gain-of-function research, and a willful violation of the terms of his NIH grant.”

Amid deep suspicions in 2021 that the COVID pandemic sprung from the Wuhan Lab, the conspirators appeared to work together to protect Eco Health from public scrutiny.

“In one email produced to the Select Subcommittee through a subpoena, Mr. Folkers appears to have purposefully misspelled ‘EcoHealth’ as ‘Ec~Health,’” Wenstrup wrote in a press release Tuesday.

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