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John Daniel Davidson is a senior editor at The Federalist: One might object that although Biden and the Democrats are clearly stupid, surely they are not as malevolent as all that. On the contrary, I find it rather easy to believe that Biden possesses the kind of malevolence and resolve required to sabotage Nord Stream 1 and 2 for reasons that have mostly to do with domestic politics. After all, it takes boldness, innovation, and naked aggression to weaponize the Justice Department and FBI in the ways that we have seen over the past two years. The Democrats barreled ahead with it, even though it risks tearing the country apart.

World Net Daily’s  Newspeak: How is it possible that the greatest and freest nation in world history has so rapidly come under the control of serially lying, deranged, power-mad sociopaths – leaders with nothing but contempt for America, for its history, its Constitution, its Judeo-Christian culture and its people? Orwell’s “1984” points directly to the answer: The elites are changing America’s language itself, so that people’s words – and therefore, their very thoughts – inevitably come under the control of the ruling class.

Jeffrey A. Tucker Founder and President of the Brownstone Institute: For nearly three years, most people in the world have been treated like lab rats in an experiment in bio-technocratic central management by state power, at the urging of once-respected global institutions, and this has resulted in economic crisis, demographic upheaval, and utter political panic. It will be many years before this is sorted out. 

Alexander Riley contributor to Chronicles Magazine: It is a moral good that we provide the needy with the means to subsist. But it is also a moral good that they demonstrate gratitude for that gift, in the form of adherence to the rules of the social group that provided it. It would be a moral evil to provide resources to the poor if those resources were used to do demonstrable harm: for example, to purchase and consume illegal drugs. In this sense, a requirement of drug testing for those on welfare is perfectly morally sound, even if it forces submission to a rule the receiver would rather avoid.

Betsy Clarke contributor to Chronicles Magazine: The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center reports that 61 percent of Americans paid no federal income tax in 2020. Yes, the pandemic and various government payouts were responsible for much of this high number, but even in 2019, 44 percent of Americans paid no income tax. And 1 percent of those who did pay accounted for more than a third of all tax dollars.

Mark Wauck commenting on the shooting of a pro-life grandmother canvassing a neighborhood: This is an interesting concept. Shoot someone in the back. Give TV interviews. Claim it was an accident—giving as the reason a narrative that amounts to reckless endangerment at the very least. Do not go to jail, from what I can tell. Leave prosecutors dithering over charges. Somehow I don’t think I’ll try that one at home. I don’t think I’m liberal enough to get any breaks. Meanwhile, the FBI is coming down like a ton of bricks on pro-lifers.

Derek Hunter contributor to Townhall: You don’t want a skunk at your garden party and you don’t want a committed leftist at your, well, anything. If you had to choose between the two, go with the skunk. At least you can wash out the stink with tomato juice, no amount of scrubbing will rid you of the stench that comes with an activist progressive Democrat.

Eric Utter contributor to American Thinker: The hits just keep on coming for residents of the formerly Golden State.  Already besieged by high inflation and severe energy shortages, citizens of the erstwhile Land of Milk and Honey will soon face a ban on natural gas (except for Eric Swalwell’s).  The California Air Resources Board, or CARB, is planning to rid the state of natural gas heaters, stoves, and furnaces.  The Hill recently reported that the CARB passed a proposal that will lay the groundwork for phasing out gas-powered space and water heaters, and other such appliances, by 2030.  (I guess CARBs really are bad for you.)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) explains why she supports abortion: “Abortion is an economic issue. Forcing poor and working-class people to give birth against their will, against their consent, against their ability to provide for themselves or a child, is a profound economic issue and it’s certainly a way to keep a workforce basically conscripted to large-scale employers and to employers to work more against their will, to take second and third jobs against their desire and their own autonomy.”

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The Right Scoop: BREAKING: Judge sides with Trump against Special Master

Judge Cannon has just sided with President Trump against the demand of the Special Master that Trump back up his concern that the FBI may have planted evidence. The Special Master had required that Trump verify the inventory of seized items, but the judge shot that demand down: . . . Here’s the text of the judge’s ruling: . . .[…]  Trump never made a definitive claim that the FBI planted evidence. He just suggested he had that concern and he shouldn’t be the one to have to prove it. [Note: 11,000 documents for a total of 200,000 pages were seized by the FBI]

Read more: https://therightscoop.com/breaking-judge-sides-with-trump-against-special-master/

Schlichter: Trump Needs to Stop Talking to the Liberal Media, But He Won’t

The only people who Donald Trump drives crazier than his enemies are his friends. We like Trump. We appreciate Trump’s largely remarkable record of achievements – remember how your 401k used to go up instead of plummeting into the earth? We even enjoy his mean tweets. But then he does something that is so obviously self-destructive and, moreover, something that has burned him before, and we want to rip our hair out and shriek like that tubby mutant in the raincoat who got on her knees as Trump’s inauguration was announced and howled “NOOOOOOOOO!” Okay, why the hell does he still insist on talking to Maggie Haberman of the New York Times? She’s not his friend. She screws him over all the time.

Read more: https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2022/09/29/trump-needs-to-stop-talking-to-the-liberal-media-but-he-wont-n2613694

GLOBALISM ( GREAT RESET)  & TRANSHUMANISM (HUMANS 2.0)  ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED

(9/17/22) War Room: War Room Dissects the Invasion of Technocratic Ideas in American Government

In the wake of Joe Biden’s executive order demanding a “whole of government” approach to turning human beings into programmable software, the “War Room” looks at how technocracy and transhumanism are working together to transform the world into a place safe for elites and unsafe for the rest of us.

Watch the two part panel interview: https://warroom.org/2022/09/17/war-room-dissects-the-invasion-of-technocratic-ideas-in-american-government/

Allen: Federal Research On Manipulating Brains And Rewriting DNA Should Worry Us All

The future of evolution is now in our hands. Or rather, the godlike power to alter biology rests in a few scientists’ hands, and we’re all going to pay for it, one way or another. The U.S. government is pouring billions of dollars into understanding genetics and the human brain, and most consequentially, how to manipulate those systems. Last week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched its “BRAIN 2.0” initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnology), ramping up an existing program started eight years ago. Comparable to the Human Genome Project in scope and scale, BRAIN 2.0 grants $600 million to fully map our 86 billion neurons and their uncounted connections. The project is expected to reach a grand total cost of $5 billion by 2026. In theory, once scientists have created this detailed brain atlas in silicothey can directly alter neural function using digital devices. The director of the BRAIN Initiative, John Ngai, exhibits a troubling fixation on this method. […]  Various skeptics, myself included, call this federally funded transhumanism for good reason. The resonance is obvious. In his “Letter to Mother Nature,” penned in 1999, the OG transhumanist Max More declared humanity’s freedom from our natural inheritance:  . . .

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/29/federal-research-on-manipulating-brains-and-rewriting-dna-should-worry-us-all/

Infowars: Transhumanism Is The New Eugenics

Resurfaced audio captures Alex Jones explaining the exact nature of the transhumanist movement and how globalists will wield it to usher in humanity’s destruction.

Listen to the 11 minute audio:  https://banned.video/watch?id=63360745e6887629275de145

(9/17/22) War Room: Steve Bannon’s Fiery Speech at TPUSA’s Defeating the Great Reset Conference

Watch the 46 minute speech: https://warroom.org/2022/09/17/steve-bannons-fiery-speech-at-tpusas-defeating-the-great-reset-conference/

DEMOCRAT PARTY’S MARXIST PLAYBOOK: CANCEL THE FIRST AMENDMENT

Piper & Solomon: Outsourced censorship: Feds used private entity to target millions of social posts in 2020

A consortium of four private groups worked with the departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State to censor massive numbers of social media posts they considered misinformation during the 2020 election, and its members then got rewarded with millions of federal dollars from the Biden administration afterwards, according to interviews and documents obtained by Just the News. The Election Integrity Partnership is back in action again for the 2022 midterm elections, raising concerns among civil libertarians that a chilling new form of public-private partnership to evade the First Amendment’s prohibition of government censorship may be expanding. The consortium is comprised of four member organizations: . . . […]  Three liberal groups — the Democratic National Committee, Common Cause and the NAACP — were also empowered like the federal agencies to file tickets seeking censorship of content. […]  It wasn’t just blogs and individual social media users whose content was targeted for removal and throttling as “repeat spreaders” of misinformation. News and opinion organizations, including the New York Post, Fox News, Just the News and SeanHannity.com were also targeted.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/biden-administration-rewarded-private-entities-got-2020-election

Hasard: Congressman to introduce legislation banning federal agencies from pressing Big Tech to censor

rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) plans to introduce legislation called the Free Speech Defense Act that will prohibit federal officials from collaborating with Big Tech to censor Americans’ voices and create some legal recourse for those harmed by free speech infringement. […]  “It prevents the federal government from partnering with other entities, with these third party groups, with these social media companies, because that is a violation of of our Constitution,” he explained. “This bill would prevent the federal government from labeling anything through a proxy entity such as a social media company as disinformation.” According to the Georgia congressman, he has secured several cosponsors but doesn’t expect the legislation to pass until Republicans take control of Congress.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/congressman-introduce-legislation-banning-federal-agencies-pressing-big-tech-censor

Greenfield: The Berkeley “No Free Speech for Jews” Movement

Kenneth Marcus, who under Trump all too briefly served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Ed, calls the move by nine student affinity groups and organizations at Berkeley’s School of Law to ban Jewish speakers to be “Jewish-Free Zones”. Nine different law student groups at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law, my own alma mater, have begun this new academic year by amending bylaws to ensure that they will never invite any speakers that support Israel or Zionism. And these are not groups that represent only a small percentage of the student population. […]  Those who know history may remember the ‘Ghetto Benches’ that Jewish students in Polish universities were subjected to before the Holocaust.

Read more: https://www.frontpagemag.com/the-berkeley-no-free-speech-for-jews-movement/

DURHAM INVESTIGATION

Sperry: Durham Prosecutes FBI Informants, While Protecting Their Handlers

Since being named special counsel in October 2020, John Durham has investigated or indicted several unscrupulous anti-Trump informants. But he has spared the FBI agents who handled them, raising suspicions he’s letting investigators off the hook in his waning investigation of misconduct in the Russiagate probe. In recent court filings, Durham has portrayed the G-men as naive recipients of bad information, tricked into opening improper investigations targeting Donald Trump and obtaining invalid warrants to spy on one of his advisers. But as the cases against the informants have gone to trial, defense lawyers have revealed evidence that cuts against that narrative. FBI investigators look less like guileless victims and more like willing partners in the fraudulent schemes Durham has brought to light. Notwithstanding his reputation as a tough, intrepid prosecutor, Durham has made excuses for the misconduct of FBI agents, providing them a ready-made defense against any possible future prosecution, according to legal experts. “Durham was supposed to clean up the FBI cesspool, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be doing that,” said Paul Kamenar, counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, a Washington watchdog group. “He started with a bang and is ending with a whimper.”

Read more at Real Clear Investigations.

A WEAPONIZED FBI

Durden: Federal Bureau Of Intimidation: The Government’s War On Political Freedom

Discredit, disrupt, and destroy. That is how the government plans to get rid of activists and dissidents who stand in its way. This has always been the modus operandi of the FBI (more aptly referred to as the Federal Bureau of Intimidation): muzzle anti-government sentiment, harass activists, and terrorize Americans into compliance. Indeed, the FBI has a long history of persecuting, prosecuting and generally harassing activists, politicians, and cultural figures. Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, the FBI’s targets were civil rights activists, those suspected of having Communist ties, and anti-war activists. In more recent decades, the FBI has expanded its reach to target so-called domestic extremists, environmental activists, and those who oppose the police state. Back in 2019, President Trump promised to give the FBI “whatever they need” to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism, without any apparent thought for the Constitution’s prohibitions on such overreach. That misguided pledge sheds a curious light on the FBI’s latest nationwide spree of SWAT team raids, surveillance, disinformation campaigns, fear-mongering, paranoia, and strong-arm tactics. […]  Politics aside, the message is clear: this is how the government will deal with anyone who challenges its authority. You’re next. Unfortunately, while these overreaching, heavy-handed lessons in how to rule by force have become standard operating procedure for a government that communicates with its citizenry primarily through the language of brutality, intimidation and fear, none of this is new. The government has been playing these mind games for a long time.

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/federal-bureau-intimidation-governments-war-political-freedom

2022 ELECTIONS

Heritage Action for America: Blake Masters on America’s Open Border

Masters is Arizona’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate who is challenging Democrat Senator Mark Kelly.

Watch the 8:38 minute interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO1FyIEqI5c

Husebo: ‘Drugs Aren’t Going to Smuggle Themselves’: Billboard Thanks Democrat Mark Kelly for Open Border

A massive billboard ad in Phoenix is thanking Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) for keeping the southern border open to invasion from illegal migrants. The ad says it was paid for by Citizens for Sanity. […]  Democrat Kelly and the Biden administration have allowed nearly 2 million illegal migrants into the nation in this fiscal year. August represents the fifth month in a row in which migrant apprehensions exceeded 180,000 migrants.

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/midterm-election/2022/09/29/drugs-arent-going-smuggle-themselves-billboard-thanks-democrat-mark-kelly-open-border/

Moran: Mitt Romney’s Refusal to Endorse Mike Lee Infuriates Senate Republicans

Romney, Utah’s junior senator, has declined — and even refused — to endorse Lee’s reelection bid. Lee is the senior senator from Utah. Senate Republicans are becoming increasingly alarmed by the decision, noting that even though Senate Republicans may have their differences on policy, they typically stand united against Republican opponents.

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/09/29/mitt-romneys-refusal-to-endorse-mike-lee-could-cost-republicans-the-senate-majority/

Blanton: Fox News Poll: Wisconsin Senate race shifts in Johnson’s favor

A new Fox News survey of Wisconsin registered voters finds Johnson preferred over his Democratic challenger by 4 points: 44% Barnes vs. 48% Johnson. Last month, it was Barnes who was up by 4 (50-46%).

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/official-polls/fox-news-poll-wisconsin-senate-race-shifts-johnsons-favor

Downs: Tim Ryan Says He Uses Proxy Voting to ‘Spend Time in Ohio,’ But Actually Uses It to Fundraise in California

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) certainly made news on Wednesday and Thursday for his whereabouts in California, where he was fundraising in his Senate run to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). While he took advantage of proxy voting, which he claimed was “due to the ongoing public health emergency,” the congressman was, in reality, campaigning in Los Angeles on Wednesday and will have another fundraiser on Thursday night. On Thursday, “Tim Ryan” was trending over Twitter as a result. The story is not only damning because the congressman misled Americans on why he could not vote in person, though it is. And it’s not only damning because he’s dinged his Republican opponent, JD Vance over this, though it is. Rep. Ryan has a history of calling to make proxy voting permanent.

Read more: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2022/09/29/tim-ryan-says-he-uses-proxy-voting-to-spend-time-in-ohio-n2613780

FAUCI’S FDA

Malone: FDA is using Covid Vaccines as a “Platform Technology”

There was a World Health Organization (WHO) consultation in April, 2021 (Sept, 2022 online publication ahead of Dec, 2022 print) whereby US government officials laid out strategies for the process of future mRNA vaccine approvals by the FDA. A summary of this meeting has just been published online, ahead of print. So, we no longer have to speculate about what the FDA has decided about considering future mRNA vaccines and using the past pre-clinical data package as the foundation for these vaccines as being a “platform” technology. The 2021 WHO informal consultation on regulatory considerations discussed these issues. Dr Keith Peden (Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration presented the FDA’s experience and position on licensure of new mRNA vaccine products. […]  Essentially, CBER has completely bypassed the issues of these vaccines not having a complete pre-clinical evaluation, and in April 2021 decided that new mRNA vaccines in development will not have to comply with the norms for vaccine development. That is all mRNA vaccines in the future, as long as don’t vary from what has already been done, will be like processed like the the influenza model, with only the “payload” to be tested. […]  What this all means is that using these flawed pre-clinical trials to support a platform technology was planned from the beginning. By not focussing on the payload of the vaccines, but instead relying on the generic formulations prior to initiating clinical trials, this has allowed CBER (and Moderna, and Pfizer/BioNTech) to . . .

Read more: https://brownstone.org/articles/fda-is-using-covid-vaccines-as-a-platform-technology/

Moore: CDC database: 648 nursing babies harmed by COVID vax, 3 dead

An analysis of reports in a database run by the CDC and the FDA found 648 cases of side effects in breastfed infants whose mothers received the COVID-19 vaccine, including three deaths. Health authorities in the United States, Israel and around the world recommended the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for pregnant and lactating women despite the lack of clinical studies or animal safety studies for that demographic. The most common serious events found in the analysis of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System were life-threatening bleeding, anticholinergic syndrome, liver problems, anaphylactic shock, neuroleptic syndrome, neurological side-effects such as convulsions or encephalitis, and hypoglycemia.

Read more: https://www.wnd.com/2022/09/cdc-database-648-nursing-babies-harmed-covid-vax-3-dead/#insticator-commenting

O’Neill: Dr. Fauci and wife’s wealth ‘skyrocketed’ by $5 million during pandemic: analysis

The combined wealth of the 81-year-old retiring director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and his bioethicist wife, Christine Grady, soared from $7.5 million in 2019 to $12.6 million at the end of 2021, according to a report from the non-profit OpenTheBooks. “Despite becoming a figure of controversy, the system has rewarded Dr. Fauci handsomely,” the group’s CEO, Adam Andrzejewski, told Fox News Digital. “While Dr. Fauci has been a government bureaucrat for more than 55 years, his household net worth skyrocketed during the pandemic.” The couple’s wealth boost was due in part to major salary increases, cash awards and royalties, according to the report.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2022/09/29/fauci-and-wifes-wealth-skyrocketed-by-5m-during-pandemic-analysis/

THE DEMOCRAT LED WAR ON PHYSICIANS

Sen. Ron Johnson: California Gov. Newsom must not declare war on doctors over so-called medical ‘misinformation’

President Joe Biden may have declared the pandemic “over,” but someone needs to tell the state of California. A bill sitting on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk would levy career-ending penalties on doctors deemed guilty of spreading so-called “misinformation” related to COVID-19. If enacted, this law has the potential to destroy the medical profession and stifle innovation from coast to coast. The bill in question, AB 2098, would allow the Medical Board of California to revoke a doctor’s license to practice medicine in the state for expressing an opinion “contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.” The problem is that “contemporary scientific consensus” has fluctuated wildly over the past two years. […]  Medical knowledge never stops evolving. It is constantly shaped by emerging data and trends. No single doctor – or politician – has a monopoly on good ideas. Society should be encouraging people to come forward with promising new ideas, not threatening to strip their livelihood.

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/california-gov-newsom-must-not-declare-war-doctors-so-called-medical-misinformation

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING FOREIGN POLICY

Davidson: It’s Not Crazy To Think Biden Sabotaged Nord Stream To Deepen US Involvement In The Ukraine War

Escalating with Russia might be President Biden’s only chance to save his failing administration. Don’t put it past him. […]   If they are willing to weaponize domestic law enforcement for political gain at home, it is not too much to suppose they would pursue a policy of escalation with Russia to cling to power, which in the end is the one thing they really care about.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/30/its-not-crazy-to-think-biden-sabotaged-nord-stream-to-deepen-us-involvement-in-the-ukraine-war/

Bergman: Russia Expanding Its Influence in Latin America

While Russia’s engagement in Latin America is not comparable in volume to that of China, Russia has, in recent years, nevertheless been significantly deepening its influence in Latin America. Of particular concern is that Russia has not only been strengthening its relations with old Latin American partners — such as Cuba and Nicaragua, hailing back to the Cold War, and with Venezuela — but that it is now forging new and stronger relationships with countries that were traditionally oriented towards the US, such as Brazil and Argentina. Putin, just before he invaded Ukraine, met with the presidents of both Brazil and Argentina, while signing a security cooperation agreement with Venezuela.

Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18926/russia-influence-latin-america

Greenfield: Biden Admin Warns UK Gov Not to Cut Taxes

It’s good to remember that the Biden administration isn’t just trying to run America into the ground. Like the Obama administration, it’s also trying to run the world into the ground. And like Obama, Biden’s regime is hostile to conservative governments and traditional allies like the UK and Israel. Now it’s the UK’s turn in the barrel for cutting taxes instead of raising them.

Read more: https://www.frontpagemag.com/biden-admin-warns-uk-gov-not-to-cut-taxes/

Berrien: Biden Administration Seeks To Stop Israel From Turning To The Right, Prompting Meddling Accusations

The Biden administration is signaling that it wants to blunt any rightward turn by Israel in the event that Benjamin Netanyahu returns to power, singling out one potential ally of the former prime minister as “a huge problem for us.” A Biden administration official said the White House would be “troubled by the possibility” that Member of Knesset Itamar Ben Gvir, a hardline conservative and the head of the right-wing party Otzma Yehudit, might become a minister in the future Israeli government, according to Israel HaYom.

Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-administration-seeks-to-stop-israel-from-turning-to-the-right-prompting-meddling-accusations

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING AMERICA

Schachtel: Federal Reserve announces major ‘pilot exercise’ for ESG social credit score system

The Federal Reserve has taken a major step in the direction of facilitating an ESG compliant monetary network that effectively acts as a parallel system to that of the Chinese Communist Party’s infamous social credit scoring system. The Fed said in a statement Thursday: . . . […]  The Fed is clearly leaning in to the climate hoax narrative, or the pseudoscientific idea that humans are catastrophically impacting the climate, but not because they somehow care about the environment. The climate narrative is the chief rhetorical facilitator for the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) movement.

ESG acts as a trojan horse for the continuing centralization of the American financial system.

Read more: https://dossier.substack.com/p/federal-reserve-announces-major-pilot?

Deane Waldman: Democrats insist that further tinkering with health care will make it more accessible, but evidence suggests it will cost people dearly.

The Biden administration announced it would again reduce payments to Medicare physicians, this time by 8.42 percent. According to a recent survey, 92 percent of medical group practices report that Medicare payments do not cover the cost of providing care. The federal government can stay in business when it takes in less revenue than it expends. Why? Because it can print money and no one else can. To stay in business, physicians will have to reject Medicare patients; access will decrease once again. And with Democrats pushing legislation like the wrongly named Inflation Reduction Act, things will only get worse.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) took $716 billion from Medicare to pay for non-medical, bureaucratic spending. Before the ACA, the average maximum wait time to see a primary care doctor was an unacceptable 99 days. After Obamacare was implemented with its cuts to physician payments, wait times increased to a medically unconscionable 122 days. Patients have to wait four months to find out if belly pain is gas, an ulcer, or cancer. With the latest round of cuts, the wait times could stretch from months to years. [NOTE: Look only to the U.K.’s abysmal  national health care system to see our  future if Democrats have their way. Canada’s national health care system isn’t far behind the U.K.’s system. The elite and ruling class will always have the best medical care. Not so for everyone else.]

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/30/good-luck-getting-affordable-care-with-democrats-latest-medicare-maneuver/

Moore: Obama: Racism is fueling Republican agenda to secure border

Speaking to a meeting of Hispanic realtors in San Diego, Obama said that, at the moment, the “biggest fuel behind the Republican agenda is related to immigration and the fear that somehow America’s character is going to be changed if, people of darker shades, there are too many of them here.”

The former president – who received the votes of many white Republicans in 2008 who wanted to see a black man finally reach the White House – claimed Sunday that the GOP is overtly racist, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Read more: https://dailyangle.com/articles/obama-racism-is-fueling-republican-agenda-to-secure-border

Brown: House Dems Block GOP Bill to Make Fentanyl-Related Substances Schedule I Drugs

A bill that would permanently put fentanyl-related substances in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act was blocked on Wednesday by 220 House Democrats who voted against considering the legislation that would have given the government more power to crack down on the criminal enterprises profiting off of lethal fentanyl-related drugs. […]  It’s impossible at this point to argue that fentanyl and its analogues are anything but a national crisis, as Biden’s own DEA commissioner has warned the drugs are killing Americans “at rates never seen before.” Even worse, recent reworking of fentanyl and such drugs’ appearance — so-called “rainbow fentanyl” — has taken place to make them appear similar to candy for targeting to children.

Read more: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2022/09/29/house-dems-block-gop-bill-to-make-fentanyl-related-substances-schedule-i-drugs-n2613776

Stiles: Wife of Top Biden Aide Named Ambassador for Plants and Animals

The wife of President Joe Biden’s top aide has a fancy new gig at the U.S. State Department. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday announced that Monica Medina, wife of White House chief of staff Ron Klain, will serve as U.S. Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources. According to the Washington Post, which initially declined to note that Medina is married to Klain, the decision to promote her to the newly established role of “diplomat for plants and animals” is one that “underscores the Biden’s administration’s desire” to fight climate change.

Read more: https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/ron-klain-wife-scandal/

Isidore: Used cars have become unaffordable

High prices and rising interest rates are putting used cars out of reach for a growing number of car shoppers. That’s bad news for CarMax, the nation’s largest used car dealer. CarMax reported Thursday that its earnings plunged 54% as the number of cars it sold in the quarter fell 6.4% compared to a year ago.

The company blamed “vehicle affordability challenges that stem from widespread inflationary pressures, as well as climbing interest rates and low consumer confidence.”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/29/business/used-cars-unaffordable/index.html

DEMOCRAT PARTY’S MARXIST PLAYBOOK: ANTI-POLICE  ANTI-VICTIM  PRO-CRIMINAL

Lehman: Handcuffing the Department of Correction

Even as violence remains at frighteningly high levels on Rikers Island, the New York City Council is moving to handicap the City’s Department of Correction (DOC), making it all but impossible to control unruly prisoners within the city’s jails. A bill floated by liberal City Council members and expected to pass with a veto-proof majority has been presented by supporters as a ban on the use of solitary confinement and a move toward an “evidence-based” approach to detention. But at a hearing on the bill Wednesday, the DOC maintained that it would make the city’s jail even more dangerous, with Commissioner Louis Molina suggesting that it would increase violence “exponentially.” […]  The “ban” is less important, however, than the bill’s constraints on the use of “restrictive housing”—stricter detention that serves as a consequence for offenses committed within jail house walls. Specifically, it would prohibit placing someone in restrictive housing until the Board of Correction finds they have committed a “Violent Grade I” offense. If an inmate slashes another, in other words, he couldn’t be moved out of general population until he received a full hearing, with legal representation.

Read more: https://www.city-journal.org/nyc-bill-would-make-rikers-more-dangerous

THE DEMOCRAT LED WAR ON CHILDREN

(Grooming) Pullmann: Arkansas Library Says Book Teaching Masturbation To Ages 7-12 Will Stay On Children’s Shelves

This article quotes explicit content about sex. A book marketed to children ages 7 to 12 that teaches kids to masturbate and affirms gender dysphoria was recently backed by a committee of public librarians in Arkansas after a local parent challenged its place on the shelves. “Sex Is a Funny Word,” by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth, includes images of a child touching herself in the bathtub and affirmation of gender dysphoria, all aimed at prepubescent kids. A children’s library reviewer described the book in 2016 as a “trans-inclusive sex education book.” The book, which won top awards from gay activist organizations, “follows a cast of four 8-10 year old kids, including gender queer Zai, as they learn about and explore that strange and funny word — sex.” “Having a penis isn’t what makes you a boy. Having a vulva isn’t what makes you a girl. The truth is much more interesting than that!” the book tells kids.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/29/arkansas-library-says-book-teaching-masturbation-to-ages-7-12-will-stay-on-childrens-shelves/

Rufo: Pronouns Unbound

San Francisco Unified School District has released a guidebook for teachers to facilitate secret child sexual transitions and to let students use the pronoun “it” at school. According to documents obtained from a whistleblower, in 2021 the district celebrated “International Pronouns Day,” teaching students that they can adopt a wide range of genders and sexual identities. In elementary school, the district tells students that they may not “feel like a boy OR a girl” and can identify as “non-binary” and use “they” pronouns. For secondary students, the district teaches that they can be part of the “bisexual umbrella” and identify as “fluid,” “pansexual,” “omnisexual,” “hetero-, homo-, lesbi-curious,” “hetero-, homo-, lesbi-flexible,” and “queer.” The district also released a guide on students who use “it” pronouns, explaining to teachers that “we are increasingly seeing students using the pronoun ‘it’” at school.

Read more: https://www.city-journal.org/san-francisco-public-schools-subvert-parental-rights

DEMOCRAT PARTY’S MARXIST PLAYBOOK: ABOLISH THE FAMILY UNIT

Eden & Yenor: Kids Must Cry

Government schools have become day camps for indoctrinating a woke cadre. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a coveted blue ribbon of excellence to Rota Elementary School, which serves children of military service members abroad in Spain. The DOE singled out Rota’s commitment to “families and educators work[ing] together in partnership.” But the “partnership” between teachers and parents that the DOE praises has a weird twist, as it appears to be rooted in keeping parents in the dark about classroom activities. According to Rota teacher Genevieve Chavez, elementary school is the “ideal time” to introduce children to gender identity ideology because “kids as young as four years old are already starting to develop a stable understanding of their gender identity.” And once they hit middle school, according to Chavez, Rota will keep students’ alternative gender identities secret from their “unsafe” parents. So much for “families and educators work[ing] together in partnership.” […]  We cannot say on the basis of these videos alone how widespread this ideological mania is within schools serving the children of American military service members. But DoDEA’s schools clearly contain a radical core of teachers who are operating with the blessing of its top brass.

Read more: https://americanmind.org/salvo/kids-must-cry/

Kornick: Liberal author says the family unit is ‘a terrible way to satisfy… love & care,’ calls to abolish it

Feminist theorist and author Sophie Lewis was the subject of an article on Friday in the UK’s The New Statesman website publication following her new book “Abolish the Family.” Historian Erin Magalaque discussed Lewis’ book which described the family unit as “a terrible way to satisfy all of our desires for love, care, nourishment” and was highly critical of suggestions otherwise. “The family isn’t actually any good at creating intimacy, Lewis argues; the family creates, in fact, a dearth of care, with shreds and scraps of intimacy fought out between overworked parents and totally dependent kids, hidden behind the locked doors of private property,” Magalaque wrote. […]  “Almost by definition, you have to be extremely damaged and abnormal to write something like this. It’s like arguing that people should murder their pets for fun or force their children to eat feces. It’s just bizarre,” Right Wing News Founder John Hawkins tweeted. […]  Lewis previously published an article on The Nation following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade that women should embrace the fact that abortion is the justified killing of an unborn life.

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/media/liberal-author-says-family-unit-terrible-way-satisfy-love-care-calls-abolish-it

A CHURCH IN CRISIS

Anonymous: As Cardinal Zen Faces Trial For Protesting China’s Abuses, Pope Francis Cozies Up To The CCP

If you want to know how Hong Kong has transformed from one of the freest places on earth to a dystopia, observe its courthouses and jails. Since Beijing imposed the draconian National Security Law on Hong Kong in 2020, the city’s authorities have cracked down on dissenting voices by arresting and jailing hundreds of people in the name of national security. From executives of independent newspapers to publishers of children’s books, no one is safe. This week, another set of pro-democracy activists, including the 90-year-old Cardinal Zen, faces trial under the law. The cardinal’s trial relates to an anti-extradition bill protest held in 2019. The bill sought to extradite “criminals” to mainland China, which would erode Hong Kong’s judicial independence and harm Chinese dissidents in the city. Millions of Hong Kongers took to the street to protest. A small fraction of protesters experienced violent encounters with the police after the police deployed brutal anti-riot tactics. The Hong Kong police ended up arresting thousands of people as a result of the protests. […]  Rather than issuing a strongly worded condemnation of Zen’s arrest, Pope Francis is reportedly considering making even more compromises to appeal to Beijing, including possibly closing its Nunciature of China in Taiwan and reopening one in Beijing instead. Pope Francis also said he was ready to visit China, something Zen strongly opposed.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/30/as-cardinal-zen-faces-trial-for-protesting-chinas-abuses-pope-francis-cozies-up-to-the-ccp/

PEACFULLY AND  PATRIOTICALLY HAVE YOUR VOICES HEARD

Rondeau: WATCH: Charlie Kirk Warns Conservatives to ‘Stay Peaceful’ as the Left Tries to ‘Provoke’ Conflict Ahead of Midterms

According to Kirk the left is attempting to trigger the right into eliciting an extreme response that would work in the Democrats’ favor as they try to retain control of the U.S. House and Senate this November.

Read more/Watch the 6:47 minute interview: https://www.humanevents.com/2022/09/28/watch-charlie-kirk-warns-conservatives-to-stay-peaceful-as-the-left-tries-to-provoke-conflict-ahead-of-midterms

BOOK REVIEW

Riley: Sleepwalking in the Nanny State

Purchasing Submission: Conditions, Power, and Freedom by Philip Hamburger    Harvard University Press 336 pp., $35.00

Philip Hamburger is one of the most important legal scholars in America. His Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, published in 2014, is an essential book. It describes the proliferation of the administrative state, which is perhaps the greatest monstrosity of modern American political life. In Hamburger’s words, it is “extralegal, supralegal, and consolidated.” Produced by executive agencies that grow in size and scope every year, the administrative state exercises absolute power and eludes challenges from the normal political process. In Purchasing Submission, Hamburger turns from the administrative state to another cancerous growth of governmental power that operates parallel to the constitutional framework. Here, the federal government’s sheer purchasing power becomes another means of sidestepping the Constitution and dominating citizens outside the rule of law. […]  Hamburger is a committed federalist. He sees politics—the election by citizens of representatives who pass legislation—as the legitimate method for resolution of most questions regarding American public policy. The Founders recognized that much of our collective life relied on the political activity of citizens rather than on mechanisms of power that leap over our agency. One might well wonder, however, whether contemporary Americans are up to the task the Founders set for us. Are we still capable of responsible self-government, or have we become satisfied to sit hypnotized before our social media while the state steadily steals our political sovereignty right under our noses?

Read more: https://chroniclesmagazine.org/featured/sleepwalking-in-the-nanny-state/

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

(Return of paganism) Moore: WATCH: Jonathan Cahn exposes the gods behind current ‘irrational’ events

Most Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s description of “principalities and powers,” the “spiritual forces of darkness” that are the true enemies of mankind. But few preachers and expositors of the Bible dig deeper into what can only be described as a mysterious realm that is so “other,” it seems best to leave it alone and deal with more “practical” aspects of daily living. But as believer and secularist alike describe current events as “irrational,” “insane” and of “biblical proportions,” Jonathan Cahn argues that nothing could be more practical than to examine what the Bible and ancient texts say about these spiritual powers.

Read more/Watch the one hour interview: https://www.wnd.com/2022/09/watch-jonathan-cahn-exposes-gods-behind-current-irrational-events/

OTHER NEWS

Fairbanks: Black Massachusetts Mother Films Herself Helping Daughter Brutally Attack 12-Year-Old Girl While Calling Her ‘Dumb White Ho’

“The mother was the one filming with one hand, pulling the victim by the hair, wearing the ‘If you like what ya smellin, we selling it’ hoodie, and blue shoes. Her daughter was losing the fight until she jumped in, pulled the girl by the hair, and let her daughter stomp on her face,” the outlet reported.

The mother can be heard encouraging the fight and seen pulling the young girl’s hair, as her daughter stomped on her face. She tells her daughter, repeatedly, to “get this b-tch.”

Read more/Watch the videos: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/massachusetts-mother-films-helping-daughter-brutally-attack-12-year-old-girl-calling-dumb-white-ho/

Perrone: ALS drug wins FDA approval despite questionable data

A much-debated drug for Lou Gehrig’s disease won U.S. approval Thursday, a long-sought victory for patients that is likely to renew questions about the scientific rigor behind government reviews of experimental medicines. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug from Amylyx Pharmaceuticals based on results from one small, mid-stage study in which patients with the debilitating disease appeared to progress more slowly and survive several months longer. Typically, the FDA requires two large studies or one study with “very persuasive” survival results for approval. “This approval provides another important treatment option for ALS, a life-threatening disease that currently has no cure,” FDA’s neurology drug director Dr. Billy Dunn said in a statement. […]  Several panelists said they were also reassured by an extraordinary exchange at the meeting in which FDA’s Dr. Dunn requested — and Amylyx affirmed — that the company would voluntarily pull its drug from the market if a large, ongoing study doesn’t confirm its benefit. That 600-patient study is expected to report results in 2024.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/als-drug-wins-fda-approval-questionable-data-90724619

Silverio: Planned Parenthood Director Claims That Men Can Get Pregnant During Hearing

Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director for Primary and Trans Care claimed that men can get pregnant during a House Oversight Committee hearing on abortion Thursday. Republican Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde asked Dr. Bhavik Kumar if biological men have the capacity to get pregnant and give birth. The Planned Parenthood director responded in the affirmative.

Read more/Watch the 3:12 minute exchange: https://dailycaller.com/2022/09/29/planned-parenthood-director-claims-men-can-get-pregnant-andrew-clyde/

Gaty: ‘Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus’ Is The Next Public Health Issue You Can’t Talk About

Polio, a virus once thought to be a thing of the past, recently reemerged in New York state’s wastewater. Politico helpfully explained that this recent emergence is, in fact, a form of “vaccine-derived poliovirus.” And the term, while technically true, is “particularly inartful and confusing” and ought not to be used. As Yale School of Medicine puts it, “there’s a lot of nuance” on the issue. To translate from public health jargon to plain English, this means: Get it out of your system now because you’ll likely be banned from social media for using it by next month.  So what is vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) anyway, and is it something you need to worry about? Here are some key takeaways.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/29/vaccine-derived-poliovirus-is-the-next-public-health-issue-you-cant-talk-about/

Reyes: REVEALED: Johns Hopkin doctor told her trans Army officer wife to stop being a ‘coward’ and to ‘work through’ her ‘ethical issues’ to hand over medical information on senior military officers to Russians, indictment shows

Major Jamie Lee Henry, 39, and Johns Hopkins Dr. Anna Gabrielian, 36, were accused of using their secret security clearance at North Carolina‘s Fort Bragg to steal the records from the base’s hospital, according to the Department of Justice. Fort Bragg is among one of the most populated military installations in the world, housing about 52,000 active duty soldiers. The base is home to the US Army’s Delta Force and Special Operations Forces. The couple, from Rockville, Maryland, had communicated and met with an undercover FBI agent who they believed was from the Russian embassy in order to deliver files that the Kremlin ‘could exploit.’ According to the indictment, which was unsealed on Thursday, Gabrielian said she was motivated by her patriotism to Russia, with Henry using her clearance as a staff internist to help secure the files. […]  Gabrielian Johns Hopkins profile shows that she speaks Russian and earned her medical degree at the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine in 2012. She married Henry in 2015, the same year the major officially came out as transgender.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11263375/Armys-trans-officer-wife-INDICTED-trying-pass-medical-records-Russians.html

Higdon: I Am Trans– Here’s Why We Need to Start Listening to Detransitioners

Detransitioners play one of the most important roles in the fight to protect children from Queer Theory. However, in debates about queer theory, no group receives more hate and intolerance. Detransitioners are those who once had a strong enough desire to be the opposite sex that they transitioned, but then after a period of time, realized that their problems did not get better, and took the steps to go back to living as their biological sex. For many, irreversible damage was already done before they made the decision to go back. Detransitioners provide us valuable insight into how they were sucked into this ideological rabbit hole. […]  Much like a cult, for queer activists there can be no dissent. We see this as standard for the many different social justice groups on the left. The worst attacks are on those that have walked away from their ideology. […]  The biggest service detransitioners provide is the other side of the story. Many gender non-conforming people are sold a lie that they are probably trans because they don’t fit the stereotypes for their sex . Many young girls on the spectrum are being preyed upon because their disorder presents itself similarly to that of Gender Dysphoria. Journalist Christina Buttons once told me in an interview, that if someone had told her she was a boy, she would have grabbed onto that and not let go.

Read more: https://www.humanevents.com/2022/09/28/i-am-transgender-we-need-to-start-listening-to-detransitioners

Daily News Roundup

Estimated Reading Time: 17 minutes

NOTABLE QUOTES

Bobbie Anne Flower Cox contributor to Brownstone Institute: If unelected bureaucrats can make rules/regulations that overstep their authorities, that conflict with the Constitution, that usurp the power of our elected legislators, then we become a totalitarian state. In that scenario, one person in the Executive Branch will then have a supreme power to tell agencies what to do, and those unelected agency actors will carry out the orders with obedience. “I am just following orders” is a very dangerous yet very real mantra in a “Regulation Nation.” 

Tom Fitton Judicial Watch president: “Joe Biden is being protected by the University of Delaware, and the courts are growing impatient with the shell games. Of course, President Biden could end the dispute by simply releasing the details about his Senate records. What is Biden hiding?”

Craig J. Cantoni  contributor to thepricklypear.org: Bellevue, Washington, is predominately wealthy, educated (in years of schooling), white, and Asian.  As with similar wealthy and educated enclaves in America, it embraces ludicrous woke dogma and allows it to be taught to children in the local school district. That makes the residents stupid.

Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter contributor to American Greatness: All these woke youths have accomplished is to fundamentally transform themselves into blunt instruments shoved into the arsenal of the leftist establishment.

James Stansbury  contributor to American Thinker: The number of cases of child gender dysphoria in the U.S. has now exploded well over 1,000 times above its historically tiny 0.01 percent of the population. This unnatural surge in popularity has all the symptoms of a fad, and most parents are concerned (except for the woke).  Stories of trans-regrets abound, but little is said in the leftist-controlled media to discourage young people from taking hormones or opting for irreversible life-altering surgery.  Transitioning is now called gender-affirming care and is encouraged with or without parental approval.  This is happening nationwide and suggests a well-coordinated plan exists.

Brendan O’Neill chief political writer for Spiked: For me, the most disturbing thing about the Canadian teacher with the fake boobs is not the prosthetics themselves, ridiculous as they are. It isn’t the huge sexualised nipples, which all but confirm that the bloke is getting some kind of thrill from parading around in front of his teenage charges dolled up like a Halloween porn freak. It isn’t even the fact that there are men out there who are happy to behave in such a depraved way – we’ve known that for quite some time. No, it’s the fact that his school defended him, and what’s more that it defended him on the grounds of respecting ‘gender identity and gender expression’. There have always been weirdos in society – what’s new in the 21st century is the willingness of so many institutions to validate weirdos.

Bill Donohue contributor to CNS News: This is not in bad taste—it is demonic. To advertise in other states for women to come to California to have their children killed—in the name of God—is demonic. This is not the first time Newsom has engaged in behavior that can properly be called evil.

HISTORY 101

Bill Federer: U.S. CONSTITUTION–a Miracle Plan to prevent a Tyrant from Ruling by Mandates & Executive Orders and Weaponizing Law Enforcement Against Political Opponents!

The most common form of government in world history is power concentrated into the hands of one person. This person is called by different names in different countries: King, Khan, Caesar, Kaiser, Czar, Sultan, Maharaja, Emperor, Chairman Mao, Comrade Stalin, or El Presidente. Though the name changes, the function remains the same — one person rule. At the time of the American Revolution, the King of England was the most powerful king on the planet. The writers of the Constitution had one overriding concern — how to prevent power from re-concentrating.They designed Constitution to take the concentrated power of a king and separate it into three branches and pit the branches against each other in a three-way tug-of-war to check power; then separate power into Federal and State levels, then tie up this Federal Frankenstein with ten handcuffs–the First Ten Amendments. In a word, the U.S. Constitution is simply a way to prevent a President from ruling through mandates and executive orders — to prevent one-person rule. The founders sacrificed to brake away from a tyrant who had weaponized law enforcement against his political opponents, as they admitted in the Declaration of Independence:

Read more: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/constitution-day-a-republic-if-you-can-keep-it-american-minute-with-bill-federer

Henderson: Marshall vs. Jefferson: Then and Now

Throughout the first decade of the American republic, competing claims regarding the proper interpretation of the Constitution and the application of its principles were confined primarily to the executive branch and Congress. The Supreme Court remained, for the most part, uninvolved in the resolution of constitutional questions concerning the scope of authority of the new government. The year 1801 marked the beginning of a dramatic turnabout in the role of the Court in national affairs. Thomas Jefferson, having promised to undertake a “revolution in the principles” of govern­ment, took office as the third president of the young nation. Al­though the legislative and executive branches of government came under the control of Jefferson’s Republican party in the election of 1800, the federal judiciary remained a bulwark of the rival Feder­alist party. At the head of this relatively untested third branch of government was Jefferson’s distant cousin and fellow Virginian, John Marshall. Marshall had been appointed Chief Justice of the United States by John Adams in February 1801 in one of his last acts as president. Adams, with the help of the lame-duck Federal­ist Congress, bolstered Marshall’s standing within the judiciary by creating several new federal court positions and filling them with party loyalists. Clear and irreconcilable differences in the political and consti­tutional philosophies of Jefferson and Marshall sparked heated debate over such monumental issues as the use of judicial review over acts of Congress and the development of the doctrine of “im­plied powers.” With the rise of judicial authority under Marshall’s leadership, the judiciary was inexorably drawn into the political fray. Political considerations were paramount in determining the tactics employed by both leaders in their efforts to define the proper role of the judiciary in a balanced government and the role of the national government itself within the federal system. Today, more than two centuries after the struggle over consti­tutional interpretation began with the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison, the debates between Jefferson and Marshall remain strik­ingly relevant.

GLOBALISM & TRANSHUMANISM (HUMANS 2.0)  ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED

Tucker: It Ends as it Began: As a Political Ploy

It should rattle any concerned citizen of the US – or just any rational person – that such a massive issue as a deadly pandemic could be turned on and off by perception management by powerful elites in government, tech, and media. And yet, the evidence is overwhelming that we have seen just such an operation at work over these pandemic years. […]  So here we are today, all nonchalant and casual about the whole thing even as the CDC chart on community spread looks like this right now. Receiving less attention was Biden’s immediate follow-up. “If you notice, no one is wearing masks. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape.” Hold on there a minute. Is it really all about such casual perceptions of one guy touring a car show? […] If that is true, we live in a dystopian world in which the government itself can create and uncreate a pandemic depending on the political priorities of the day.

Read more: https://brownstone.org/articles/it-ends-as-it-began-as-a-political-ploy/

DEVALUING OF HUMAN LIFE

Pescovitz: Human remains can legally now be used as compost in California

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill this week making it legal to use human remains as compost, starting in 2027. Human composting is an eco-friendly alternative to cremation which, in the US, generates 360,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. From SFGate: . . . […]  The process has met opposition in California from the Catholic Church, which say the process “reduces the human body to simply a disposable commodity.”

Read more: https://boingboing.net/2022/09/20/human-remains-can-legally-now-be-used-as-compost-in-california.html

(May 2019) Rosane: Washington Becomes First State to Legalize Human Body Composting

The bill, signed by Governor and climate-focused presidential candidate Jay Inslee, would allow people who die in Washington after May 2020 to forgo burial or cremation and have their bodies turned into soil through a process called recomposition. “Recomposition offers an alternative to embalming and burial or cremation that is natural, safe, sustainable, and will result in significant savings in carbon emissions and land usage,” Katrina Spade, who worked to develop the process and lobbied for the bill, told AFP. […]  “I feel so happy,” Spade told The Seattle Times. “I can’t believe we’ve come all this way, but here we are.” Spade and her colleagues place a body in . . .

Read more: https://www.ecowatch.com/washington-human-body-composting-2637805371.html

Drey: Newsom Signs Controversial Abortion Bill Pro-Life Advocates Claim Decriminalizes Infanticide

State Sen. Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), who has pressed Wicks since introducing it in the state legislature, called the bill a “grotesque callousness toward the unborn.” “With Newsom’s signing of AB 2223 if you attempt to abort your baby but it’s born alive, you can now let it die or kill it and no one can investigate the death or hold the woman/person who helped her criminally liable,” Melendez said in a tweet. “ This is grotesque callousness toward the unborn.” Susan Swift, vice president of legal affairs for the Right to Life League, told The Epoch Times what California legislators have done with abortion in the state is “horrific.”

Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/newsom-signs-controversial-abortion-bill-pro-life-advocates-claim-decriminalizes-infanticide

Donohue: California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Demonic Behavior

On social media he showed pictures of billboards going up in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota. “Texas doesn’t own your body” is an example. A total of 18 pro-abortion billboards are being erected. As vile as these billboards are, they are nothing compared to the ones slated for Mississippi and Oklahoma. Those billboards include a passage from Scripture: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.” Mark 12:31 This is not in bad taste—it is demonic. To advertise in other states for women to come to California to have their children killed—in the name of God—is demonic.

Read more: https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/bill-donohue/california-gov-gavin-newsoms-demonic-behavior

DOJ’S FBI

Stieber & Hanneman: Government Disclosed Jan. 6 Activities of 5 Confidential FBI Sources: Defense Lawyer

The U.S. government has acknowledged for the first time that five FBI confidential informants were involved with the Oath Keepers on Jan. 6, 2021, but prosecutors failed to disclose that none of the sources provided evidence of guilt, a defense lawyer said on Sept. 26. FBI officials have repeatedly declined in congressional hearings to say whether there were agents or confidential human sources (CHS) in the crowd when the U.S. Capitol was breached on Jan. 6. But in pretrial communications in the Oath Keepers’ seditious conspiracy case, prosecutors disclosed that there were five sources informing on the Oath Keepers, David Fischer, who is representing defendant Thomas Caldwell, said in the new filing. […]  Top FBI officials have declined to answer questions on how many, if any, informants were at the Capitol around the time of the breach.

Read more at The Epoch Times.

Bedford: Why The FBI’s Raid On A Christian Family Is Its Most Dangerous Abuse Yet

The left doesn’t need orders from the top. Indeed, more often than not the left is governed from the bottom up. This isn’t easy for conservatives to understand. Most of us, by disposition, respect hierarchy. A father at the head of the family, a boss at the head of a company, a president at the head of a country, a pope at the head of a church, and so on. So it’s natural for us to imagine that everyone looks at the world this way. That’s one reason why when we see some new left-wing front open up in the culture war, we try to find the hidden hand controlling it — the George Soros, or the Michael Bloomberg, or Joe Biden.

But most of the time, the left doesn’t think this way. More importantly, the left doesn’t act this way. This phenomenon of ground-up left-wing governance can be seen all around us. It’s happening in corporate America, . . . It’s true in the federal government, . . . […]  Finally, it’s true in the FBI. […]  Pro-abortion campaigners sought charges at the local level and failed. They tried to sue Houck in civil courts but failed there as well. So finally, last week, they got a few dozen armed federal agents to raid Houck’s home, and then charged him with the federal crime of “interfering with a provider of reproductive health care.” He faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/28/why-the-fbis-raid-on-a-christian-family-is-its-most-dangerous-abuse-yet/

2022 ELECTIONS

Miller: To Our Conservative and Moderate Friends

Are you considering voting for a Democrat, or not voting for a Republican because you think they’re crazy? If you’re someone who votes according to the “candidate I like,” rather than the political party, consider what RESULTS your vote will bring to America, Arizona, and your family. A candidate’s likability and respectfulness mean nothing if their actions bring destruction. You may like a Democrat as a person, and they may seem “reasonable” compared to the Republican alternative, but gone are the days when you could assume both parties have the same goals for America with different ideas to achieve them. Today’s Democrats have the opposite vision for America than Constitutional Republicans. […]  Look at what Democrat ideas have done to your daily reality: . . .

Read more: https://thepricklypear.org/to-our-conservative-and-moderate-friends/

Maricopa County is already covering its tracks ahead of the 2022 General Election with what some are calling a “Ministry of Truth” to prevent real media and honest questions.“Maricopa County will require an official Press Pass for members of the press to enter its facilities and/or cover events related to the 2022 General Election,” stated a new order from the County. In order to register for a press credential, reporters must provide the following information, agree and sign their name attesting to the following: By signing this application for a Maricopa County Press Pass, I certify that I am a journalist without a conflict of interest or association that would compromise my journalistic integrity. […]  This is part of an announcement of the newly formed “Elections Command Center to Share Info with Voters, Combat Disinformation.”

Read more: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/breaking-maricopa-county-creates-ministry-truth-silence-gateway-pundit-now-requiring-official-press-pass-media-enter-facilities-cover-events-related-2022-ge/

Rockwell: The Left Plot Against Election “Deniers”

Did you think there was something wrong with the 2020 election? If you do, did you say anything on Facebook about your doubts? You could be in big trouble with the FBI. According to a story in the New York Post, September 14, 2022, “Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice. Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena. ‘It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause,’ alleged one of the sources, who spoke on condition of ­anonymity.

‘Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.’ These private messages then have been farmed out as ‘leads’ to FBI field offices around the country, which subsequently requested subpoenas from the partner US Attorney’s Office in their district to officially obtain the private conversations that Facebook already had shown them. […]  Why did Supreme Court Justice Alito order Pennsylvania election officials to segregate and separately count ballots that arrived after election day?  Alito ordered the late ballots be kept ‘in a secure, safe and sealed container separate from other voted ballots.’ If there is no evidence of fraud, what is the point of such an order? If there is no fraud, what is the basis of the legal challenges being filed by White House Counsel Giuliani?  A former US Attorney who presided over high profile cases is not going to squander his reputation by filing legal challenges with no evidence. There is plenty of evidence.  The only question is whether the Republican Party and the courts have the stomach for the devastating blow to America’s reputation of proving that the Democrats with the complicity of the media stole a presidential election.

Read more: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2022/09/lew-rockwell/the-left-plot-against-election-deniers/

BIDEN’S VACCINE MANDATE

Citizen Free Press: JAMA Study — Vaccine mRNA detected in breast milk…

Read more: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/jama-study-vaccine-mrna-detected-in-breast-milk/

Kirsch: Evidence of harm

A short collection of key pieces of evidence showing the COVID vaccines are not “safe and effective.” Not even close. They are the most deadly vaccines we’ve ever produced. Here’s a high level collection of some of the most compelling pieces of evidence I’ve seen to date. This is not an exhaustive list, but just the key pieces of data that are impossible to explain if the vaccines are safe and effective. I’ve divided the collection into sections and I’ve tried to limit each section to the most compelling data points. So don’t be disappointed if your favorite item isn’t mentioned in this article; I wanted to keep it short enough to be read. I’ll try to keep this updated over time. It can be found in the Reference section of my Substack. […]  Hard-to-explain anecdotes  Can anyone explain how these anecdotes are possible? 1. The Died Suddenly group on Facebook was adding users at 20,000 per day making it the fastest growing group in Facebook history. They had to throttle the growth rate due to attempts by the British military to infiltrate the group to cause it to be shut down. 2. The average age of the people reported dead in the Died Suddenly group has been trending . . . […]  6. My neurologist stats: 11 years without needing to do a single VAERS report; this year, she needs to file 1,000 VAERS reports on 20,000 patients in the practice. How can anyone explain that if the vaccine is perfectly safe with mild, short term effects? This is similar to the 4.5% rate of neurological injury reported earlier by the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Read more: https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/the-evidence

Berenson: No, the vaccines never worked all that well against severe Covid

Also, they nearly DOUBLED the risk of coronavirus hospitalizations after the first dose; the figures come from huge and (until now) unnoticed British study. It is the final defense for the Covid vaccines. Politicians and public health bureaucrats repeat it endlessly: the shots stop severe illness.Sure, if you’re unlucky they may land you in bed for a day or two. And yes, you’ll still get Covid. But the jabs will keep you from DYING of Covid. We pinky promise!

Read more: https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/no-the-vaccines-never-worked-all

CHINA: AMERICA’S MORTAL ENEMY

Ballasy: Declare fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction, urges top Republican on House Foreign Affairs

China’s government isn’t doing enough to stop the spread of fentanyl coming into the U.S. because they probably think it’s a “great foreign policy” that brings in money and kills Americans at the same time, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told Just the News. Both McCaul, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) argue that declaring fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) would free up additional federal resources to handle the spread of the deadly substance and send a signal to China, particularly, that the U.S. is serious about the problem.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/government/congress/gop-congressman-says-china-probably-thinks-moving-fentanyl-us-great-foreign

(In U.S. as well? ) China reportedly has multiple ‘remote’ police stations in Canada that target its own citizens

The Communist Chinese government is operating police “stations” in multiple locations in Canada that some have claimed serve to target its citizens abroad. According to a Globe and Mail report, the stations are associated with the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau (PSB). In Toronto alone, there are said to be three such stations in operation. Officially, the Chinese government says these remote stations, of which there are more than 50 around the world, are meant to help its citizens in other countries should they be a target of crime. […]  Safeguard Defenders say that tactics used include targeting the families in mainland China of those living abroad with threats such as denying students education, or even threatening to tear down one’s home for alleged crimes.

Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/china-reportedly-has-multiple-remote-police-stations-in-canada-that-target-its-own-citizens/?utm_source=top_news&utm_campaign=usa

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING AMERICA

Fox News: Ingraham: What is the endgame of the populist movement?

Former senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller and Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson reflect on the global battle between populism and the establishment on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

Watch the 5:50 minute interview: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6312894111112#sp=show-clips

Husebo: Poll: 71% of Workers Are Poorer Under Biden’s Inflation, up from February’s 58%

The poll, revealed by CNN on Tuesday, sampled individuals in July who have 401(k) plans. Half of those sampled said they had taken measures to “cope” with Biden’s soaring prices in the last six months. Sixty-two percent said they are “stressed” about their personal finances despite being employees. From year to date, consumer prices soared 8.3 percent in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed in September. In June, inflation reached a 40-year-high at 9.1 percent, just above August’s numbers. The price of food at home jumped 0.7 percent compared with the previous month. Over the past 12 months, grocery prices have gone up 13.5 percent.

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2022/09/27/poll-71-of-workers-are-poorer-under-bidens-inflation-up-from-februarys-58/

Letkeman: Survey: Nearly 7-in-10 Americans Searching for Extra Work Due to Surging Inflation

According to a recent survey by Bluecrew, a workforce service platform, 69 percent of Americans say they are actively looking for extra work hours, while 68 percent say they are reevaluating their current work situation. Furthermore, 72 percent of Americans say inflation has impacted how they view their job, and 57 percent say they sought new or additional roles in the past year as the cost of living has ballooned since 2021 under the Biden administration.

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2022/09/27/survey-nearly-7-in-10-americans-searching-extra-work-due-surging-inflation/

Saavedra: Biden Finally Speaks To DeSantis Following Backlash Over Not Reaching Out Ahead Of Hurricane

President Joe Biden (D) finally reached out to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) Tuesday night after facing backlash throughout the day for not being in touch with the governor ahead of Hurricane Ian’s landfall on the state. “President Biden spoke this evening with Governor DeSantis of Florida to discuss the steps the Federal government is taking to help Florida prepare for Hurricane Ian,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “The President and the Governor committed to continued close coordination.” Biden had managed to find time to speak with several Florida mayors ahead of Hurricane Ian’s anticipated landfall but he had not bothered to call DeSantis (R), one of his top political opponents.

Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-finally-speaks-to-desantis-following-backlash-over-not-reaching-out-ahead-of-hurricane

Whelan: Biden admin neglected sex-offender checks when placing migrant children with sponsors: IG

A scathing report from the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General has found that the Biden administration failed to properly take care of migrant children at processing centers amid a massive influx of arrivals at the southern border and, in some cases, released migrant children to sponsors without proper screenings. […]  An alarming section of the report revealed that the ORR issued guidance to speed up processing times, but in so doing removed safeguards during the sponsor screening process. “Although the purpose of the guidance was to reduce delays, the removal of these safeguards may have also increased children’s risk of release to unsafe sponsors,” the IG continued.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/ig-report-blasts-biden-admin-not-taking-care-children-after-opening-border

THE DEMOCRAT LED WAR ON THE FAMILY

Bannons War Room: Sherronna Bishop: Parental Rights Movement Rally Attacked By Antifa In Texas

Watch the 12:23 minute interview: https://rumble.com/v1lm22h-sherronna-bishop-parental-rights-movement-rally-attacked-by-antifa-in-texas.html

EDUCATION INDOCTRINATION

Jones: Jean-Pierre: Biden Is ‘A Partner’ and ‘Strong Ally’ of Transgender Youth

At Tuesday’s White House briefing, a reporter asked spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre if the White House “supports” the students who walked out of class to protest the new policy: “So, I haven’t seen those reports,” Jean-Pierre said: “But you know this is a President that supports the LGBTQI+ community and has been supporting that community for some time now — as a Vice President, as senator, and certainly as President now. And he speaks always — always is proud to speak out against the mistreatment of that community. “Trans– we believe and he believes transgender youth should be allowed to be — to be able to go to school freely, to be able to express themselves freely, to be able to have the protections that they need to be who they are. “Again, I have not seen these reports, but I can — we can say with all confidence — and you all know and have covered him for some time — when it comes to this community, he is a partner and he is a strong ally, as well as the Vice President (is).”

Read more: https://www.cnsnews.com/article/national/susan-jones/jean-pierre-biden-partner-and-strong-ally-transgender-youth

Mallen: University of Florida history course requires an examination of privilege for a grade

“I was shocked to find out that the class that was supposed to be about the history of the education system was more focused on telling me how different minority communities have been oppressed by our government,” a student told YAF. The class comes hot off the heels of Florida’s enacted House Bill 7, which took effect July 1 and prohibits the teaching of any content in Florida that “espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels such individual to believe specified concepts constitutes discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin”.

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=20235

OTHER NEWS

Buttons: Leading Transgender Health Association Seeks to Include ‘Eunuch’ As ‘Gender Identity’

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) recently published its new Standards of Care guidelines, with a controversial chapter that seeks to include “eunuch” as part of the “transgender umbrella.” WPATH held a live-streamed session with two of the major contributors of the eunuch chapter at their annual conference on Tuesday. Thomas W. Johnson, a professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University, Chico, and a major contributor to the eunuch chapter, opened the session with a history lesson. “eunuch is the oldest recognized gender outside the binary,” said Johnson.

Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/leading-transgender-health-association-seeks-to-include-eunuch-as-gender-identity

Morse: Woman’s Disturbing Reaction to Man Calling Her out for Wrongdoing Shows an Infantilization of Society

I’ve repeatedly speculated that social justice has an odd effect on the brain and people who embrace it seem to suffer something akin to mental illness. […] You can witness something like this on full display pretty regularly thanks to Twitter accounts like “Libs of TikTok,” but another video has emerged showing another instance of pure insanity. As you can see in the video below, a man is seen calmly explaining to Walmart employees that the woman in front of him cut in line to get there and upon confronting her she began throwing a very childish temper tantrum.

Read more/Watch the 54 second video: https://redstate.com/brandon_morse/2022/09/26/womans-disturbing-reaction-to-man-calling-her-out-for-wrongdoing-shows-an-infantilization-of-society-n633017

Fox News: Columbia students react to their college being ranked worst for free speech on campus

Students at Columbia University had mixed reactions to their college ranking last for campus free speech in a study surveying 45,000 students from over 200 colleges.

Watch the 4:13 minute video: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6312925646112#sp=show-clips

INTERNATIONAL

Khamsi: DID A FAMOUS DOCTOR’S COVID SHOT MAKE HIS CANCER WORSE?

A lifelong promoter of vaccines suspects he might be the rare, unfortunate exception. […]  Having received two doses of Pfizer the prior spring, Michel quickly went to get his third. If he was about to spend months absorbing poison as he tried to beat a deadly cancer, at least he’d have the most protection possible from the pandemic. Within a few days, though, Michel was somehow feeling even worse. […] When Michel’s hematologist saw the scan, she told him to report directly to the nearest hospital pharmacy. He’d have to start on steroid pills right away, she told him. Such a swift progression for lymphoma in just three weeks was highly unusual, and he could not risk waiting a single day longer. As he followed these instructions, Michel felt a gnawing worry that his COVID booster shot had somehow made him sicker.

Read more at The Atlantic.

Moore: Woman drops dead at pharmacy within 15 minutes of booster shot

A Canadian woman who died within 15 minutes of receiving a COVID-19 booster shot was in good health, according to her daughter, who blames the vaccine. Carol Pearce was in a text exchange with her daughter, Stephanie Foster, when she went to a Shoppers Drug Mart in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sept. 14, reported the Alberta-based independent paper the Western Standard. […]  Foster said she was told by a doctor that her mother was “dead before she hit the floor.” “My beautiful Mother’s life was taken yesterday by the COVID BOOSTER SHOT … She was happy and perfectly healthy,” said Foster.

Read more: https://www.wnd.com/2022/09/woman-drops-dead-pharmacy-within-15-minutes-booster-shot/

Myers: Is it a crime to call a male paedophile a man?

‘This is a man, committing sexual offences against children.’ This bald statement of fact on Twitter – about a recently convicted male paedophile – is, according to Sussex Police, a potentially criminal statement of hatred. The paedophile in question is Sally Ann Dixon, born John Stephen Dixon. He was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison earlier this month, after he was found guilty of 30 sexual offences against seven children in the 1980s and 1990s. For the past 18 years, since committing the offences, Dixon has identified as a woman. And so the police and the court system have fallen over backwards to affirm his gender identity. Despite having ample opportunity to do so, Dixon has never legally changed his gender by obtaining a gender-recognition certificate. Yet he will still be sent to a women’s prison. And Sussex Police, which arrested and charged him, are policing social media for anyone who questions his gender expression.

Read more: https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/09/27/is-it-a-crime-to-call-a-male-paedophile-a-man/

Daily News Roundup

Estimated Reading Time: 21 minutes

NOTABLE QUOTES

Michael Anton contributor to American Greatness: Well, these days if you even suggest that the United States might be trending in a bad direction, here come the conservative enforcers. It’s not merely that they think our constitutional system is, or ought to be, sacrosanct. On that, I agree with them. It’s that they believe—against the Founders, and against all experience of history—that once implemented, it can never be lost. They defend every perversion, distortion, corruption, and topsy-turvy reinterpretation of that system as if it were the system itself.

Tucker Carlson: “Wokeness is not just a political ideology, it’s not just something annoying that emerged on college campuses that we can ignore. It’s a state religion that supplants actual religion which is also being destroyed. There is a reason the strip bars and the liquid stores and the weed dispensaries stayed open under COVID, but the churches didn’t. If you don’t connect those dots you’re missing it. While faith in God and commitment to family isn’t fascist, attacking these things in the pursuit of power is.”

Auguste Meyrat  contributor to The Federalist: Marxism is an idea with the power to ruin even the most prosperous communities. It must be aggressively rejected by every generation.

Alex Newman senior editor for The New American: Deep State totalitarians are now targeting your mindset and worldview as they move toward the Great Reset and the New World Order. This includes propaganda, lies, “nudging,” emotional manipulation, and brainwashing masquerading as “education.” World Economic Forum chief Klaus Schwab openly said “mindsets” must be transformed.

Steve Jalsevac co-founder and managing director of LifeSiteNews.com: Many FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security and other law enforcement and intelligence agents, other civil servants and military personnel – who still have a conscience, and we should assume most do – have to be encouraged to NEVER participate in any way in these on-going, unconstitutional, criminal actions against the people. We don’t just need them to not obey these unjust orders: we need them to actively help us save the United States from those who are obviously committed to destroying it from within.

Joe Hoft  co-founder of Gateway Pundit: Sixty-three additional documents or photographs without classification markings were taken from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort than previously listed by the FBI, according to an updated inventory list. The revised inventory was submitted to the federal court in southern Florida on orders from U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, a Reagan appointee who was inserted into the case as a special master, or an independent third party to handle disputes and other matters.

Pete McArdle contributor to American Thinker: The only truly effective way to avoid getting an FBI jackboot placed firmly upon your neck is to vote every Deep State Democrat and RINO out of office this November. That’s the start of reining in the now thoroughly disgraced agency.

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Clews: Why America Needs Trump-DeSantis 2024

A unique and unprecedented political movement is sweeping America. A movement that could determine the outcome of the next presidential election. And, if successful, change the course of American history. The movement is spearheaded by a highly respected, longtime political leader with a decades-long track record of effective political movements. Constitutional Rights PAC Chairman Larry Ward launched “We Want Don Ron 2024 ” a movement calling on President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis to join forces and take back the White House in 2024. […]  “It would give us not four, not eight, but 12 years of powerhouse, conservative leadership in the White House. That is the time required to undo the 12 years of Obama’s radical leftist leadership, which continues to plunge America further into darkness and decay. Twelve years would create lasting political, societal, and legal changes not so easily undermined by the left.” During Trump’s term, DeSantis would have ample time to . . . […]  The sole reason establishment Republicans would shy away from such a strong ticket is for fear of palatability. Ask yourself, palatability to whom? Since when do conservatives adhere to identity politics, and specifically, affirmative action at the ballot box?

Read more: https://humanevents.com/2022/09/23/why-america-needs-trump-desantis-2024

McCaan: Donald Trump and the Future of Western Civilization

The panoply of heads of state leaders at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II highlighted the dire reality that there are at present no resolute statesmanlike leaders capable of reversing the accelerating decline throughout the whole of the Western world, thereby averting the very real possibility of a global conflict with an allied Communist China and Russia. The West, in particular the United States, is currently populated with patronizing, oblivious, and callous leaders more concerned about themselves and globalism than the people and the future of their respective countries.  Nor do they acknowledge that Western Civilization, because of its roots in Christianity, has increased freedom, wealth, health, comfort and life expectancy to unprecedented levels throughout the world.When virtually all Western nations pursue the same ruinous policies, and their ruling classes have the same self-absorbed characteristics, decline and collapse from self-immolation is inevitable.

Read more at American Thinker.

Mittlestadt: Court gives Trump partial victory in rape accuser’s defamation lawsuit, citing immunity

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit gave a split decision, . . . […]  The panel asked the top local court in Washington to decide on an issue regarding Trump’s potential immunity, specifically whether he was acting “outside the scope” of his presidency in his alleged defamation of Carroll by projecting doubt on her credibility and criticizing her personal appearance.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/court-gives-trump-partial-victory-rape-accusers-defamation-lawsuit

HISTORY 101

Anton: What Does Fidelity to Our Founding Principles Require Today?

What does fidelity to our founding principles require today? Let me begin to answer that question with a quote—perhaps a familiar quote to some or most of you. But it’s apt, and there’s always a chance some of you haven’t heard it, and/or that others can use a refresher. The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types—the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution. Those words were spoken by G.K. Chesterton, a Brit, in 1924. He was speaking of the British Constitution, not ours. But the words strike me as especially apt to our situation. What have our conservatives conserved? But before we answer that—hint: almost nothing—let’s first ask: . . .

Read more: https://amgreatness.com/2022/09/26/what-does-fidelity-to-our-founding-principles-require-today/

THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE

Cox: Regulation Nation

It is clear to me that we have become a “Regulation Nation.”  And we are governed by an “Administrative state.” What do I mean by that?  I mean that we are being governed by regulations issued by administrative agencies, instead of being governed by laws duly passed by our elected officials.

Why does that matter?  Because agencies are run by unelected, government bureaucrats who are beholden to nobody but the person who appointed them.  They don’t care what the voters think or want or don’t want.  They don’t have to care.  They don’t need your vote to stay in power.  They only need to appease the politician who appointed them.  If they just follow the yellow brick road, they will land on the other side of the rainbow. Let me give you a few real-life scenarios. or starters, my quarantine camp lawsuit is a perfect example.

Read more: https://brownstone.org/articles/regulation-nation/

GLOBALISM & TRANSHUMANISM (HUMANS 2.0)  ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED

Newman: Deep State Targeting Your MIND, Literally

. . . according to whistleblowers, Rick Stengel, former Obama undersecretary of state, operates an outfit called the Good Info Foundation, that is paying influencers big money to lie to Americans. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, Stengel boasted of the alleged benefits of using propaganda against Americans. People like Obama regulatory “czar” Cass Sunstein, meanwhile, have advocated the use of “nudging” to shift people’s views and behavior. British authorities have been doing it for a long time. Working with the UN, John Podesta–a key operative with the Clinton family and Obama–also spoke of the need to change people’s mindsets.

Read more/Watch the 19:38 minute video: https://thenewamerican.com/deep-state-targeting-your-mind-literally/

Wauck: Globalism: The Ecclesial Front

By now I think everyone is aware that Jorge Bergoglio is a staunch supporter of globalist transhumanist ideology. He regularly meets with public perverts and promotes them within the organization he heads. How to designate that organization is a bit of a conundrum—the Modernist Church, the Conciliar Church, Hoax Catholicism? Because of the lingering prestige of the institution of the Catholic Church which Bergoglio apes—dressing in white and so forth—his support for Soros’ globalist Open Society war on what once was Western civilization has importance to the extent that it helps to disguise the real enemy from well intentioned but poorly informed people. Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—sacked by Bergoglio—recently provided an interview to the site InfoVaticana. Mueller goes into a critique of what’s going on on the Ecclesial front of the globalist movement which, I hope, will be of interest to readers. Before excerpting the interview (drawing from Rorate Coeli) it may be well to provide my own attitude—at least in part.

Read more: https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/globalism-the-ecclesial-front

RULE OF LAW: CANCELLED

Kelly: Fair Trials Are Impossible for January 6 Defendants

Odds are jurors in Douglas Austin Jensen’s trial took longer to fill out the verdict forms than they took to decide his fate. After only a few hours of deliberations on Friday, 12 residents of the nation’s capital found Jensen guilty on seven counts related to his involvement in the Capitol protest on January 6, 2021. Jensen, an alleged QAnon follower, infamously confronted Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman inside the building that afternoon; he potentially faces decades in prison for convictions on impeding law enforcement officers and obstruction of an official proceeding, a dubious nonviolent felony punishable by up to 20 years in jail. NBC News reporter Ryan Reilly, who covers all things January 6, noted in a tweet that “An ongoing issue with these Jan. 6 jury trials is that you barely have time to write the story on closing arguments before the jury returns their guilty verdicts.” Reilly then swooned over the Department of Justice’s “flawless” track record before D.C. juries. […]  Judges on the D.C. District Court have denied every change of venue motion, absurdly insisting residents of a city that voted 93 percent for Joe Biden in 2020 can be fair and impartial. Further, judges claim . . .

Read more: https://amgreatness.com/2022/09/24/fair-trials-are-impossible-for-january-6-defendants/

McDonough: Stalin, and New York’s Attorney General Letitia James, are Proved Wrong

Show me the man, I’ll show you the crime.  Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s Secret Police Chief  One favorite technique of mass-murdering communist dictators is using their country’s “justice” system to destroy their political opponents. This technique is needed when one knows that even when the vote is rigged one might not be able to beat that opponent at the ballot box.  One cannot let the peasants get the dangerous idea that the opponent is popular with the people. Beria’s rationale could arguably be that that since everyone, no matter how upstanding, has done something illegal at some point in their life, one can eliminate anybody one wants while claiming the mantle of the selfless justice warrior by investigating relentlessly until one discovers that one crime.  That is just one interpretation, another is that words and acts can be twisted to fit the desired mold. Either way, the rationale requires that one abandon the most basic principles of a fair justice system, the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. […]  In 2018, while running for New York Attorney General, Letitia James stated, while giggling (very professional): “[W]e’re definitely going to sue [Trump].  We’re going to be a real pain in the ass. He’s going to know my name personally.” Unfortunately, being a pain in the ass or getting Trump to “know [her] name personally” is not the job of the AG. In September 2018, also before the election, Letitia, who has apparently forgotten that it is not the job of the AG to prosecute one’s political opponents, stated,  “I will never be afraid to challenge this illegitimate president [Trump who is] ripping families apart, threatening women’s most basic rights … when our fundamental rights are at stake. From the Muslim ban, to efforts to deport immigrants, to denying transgender students the ability to choose whatever bathroom they want, rolling back regulations to protect our planet, colluding with foreign powers, putting profits over people, dividing us in ways we haven’t seen in generations.”

Read more at American Thinker.

2022 ELECTIONS

Miller: To Our Conservative and Moderate Friends

Are you considering voting for a Democrat, or not voting for a Republican because you think they’re crazy? If you’re someone who votes according to the “candidate I like,” rather than the political party, consider what RESULTS your vote will bring to America, Arizona, and your family. A candidate’s likability and respectfulness mean nothing if their actions bring destruction. You may like a Democrat as a person, and they may seem “reasonable” compared to the Republican alternative, but gone are the days when you could assume both parties have the same goals for America with different ideas to achieve them. Today’s Democrats have the opposite vision for America than Constitutional Republicans. […]  Look at what Democrat ideas have done to your daily reality: . . .

Read more: https://thepricklypear.org/to-our-conservative-and-moderate-friends/

Justice: Jan. 6 Committee Decides To Move Final Show Trial Hearing Even Closer To Election Day

The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 postponed Wednesday’s hearing to move the panel’s latest show trial closer to Election Day. In a joint statement to The Washington Post, committee leadership blamed inclement weather brewing 1,000 miles away for the decision to postpone. […]  “Their challenge: Making the public care deeply — and read hundreds of pages more — about an event that happened more than a year ago, and that many Americans feel they already understand,” The Washington Post reported. […]  “We have far more evidence to share with the American people and more to gather,” Cheney said.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/27/jan-6-committee-decides-to-move-final-show-trial-hearing-even-closer-to-election-day/

The Right Scoop: “This means war!” – Democrats turn to violence against Republicans ahead of midterms

Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the media have turned to violent rhetoric against Republicans ahead of the midterms. Grabien put together a supercut showing Democrats calling for violence against Republicans with their over-the-top rhetoric, and accusing Republicans of turning to violence.

Watch the Democrat Party’s  2:16 minute call to violence: https://therightscoop.com/this-means-war-democrats-turn-to-violence-against-republicans-ahead-of-midterms/

(Fortified not rigged? You decide.) REPOST Ball: The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

This is the inside story of the conspiracy to save the 2020 election, based on access to the group’s inner workings, never-before-seen documents and interviews with dozens of those involved from across the political spectrum. […] That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures. Sometime in the fall of 2019, Mike Podhorzer became convinced the election was headed for disaster–and determined to protect it. […]  It turned out Podhorzer wasn’t the only one thinking in these terms. He began to hear from others eager to join forces. The Fight Back Table, a coalition of “resistance” organizations, had begun scenario-planning around the potential for a contested election, gathering liberal activists at the local and national level into what they called the Democracy Defense Coalition. Voting-rights and civil rights organizations were raising alarms.  […] Protecting the election would require an effort of unprecedented scale. [NOTE: In some instances, in Democrat run states, election law was changed unconstitutionally bypassing state legislatures.)

Read more: https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

LaChance: Republican Tiffany Smiley Gaining On Democrat Patty Murray In Tightening Washington State Senate Race

This is probably not a race that Democrats expected to be competitive, but it is and Smiley is within striking distance. If Smiley pulls out a win here, it will send shockwaves through the political world.

Read more: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/republican-tiffany-smiley-gaining-democrat-patty-murray-tightening-washington-state-senate-race/

FAUCI’S VIRUS

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

Judicial Watch announced today that it received 115 pages of records from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing previously redacted locations of COVID-19 vaccine testing facilities in Shanghai, China. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had claimed the name and location of the testing facilities were protected by the confidential commercial information exemption of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). […]  The newly unredacted documents reveal the following Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine studies’ locations: . . .

Read more: https://www.judicialwatch.org/covid-vaccine-studies-conducted-in-china/

Nevradakis Ph.D.: CDC has 3 days to release data on COVID vaccine injuries collected via V-safe app, court rules

A federal court in Texas is giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention until Friday to release the first batch of data on adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination collected by the agency via its V-safe app. […]  Historically, VAERS has been shown to report only 1% of actual vaccine adverse events.

Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cdc-has-3-days-to-release-data-on-covid-vaccine-injuries-collected-via-v-safe-app-court-rules/

Billingsley: Covid Conspiracy Uncovered

“The potential for conspiracy is really on the other side. The conspiracy is [former National Institutes of Health director Francis] Collins, Fauci, and the established scientific community that has acted in an antithetical way to science.” So said Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control, in a September 15 interview with Paul Thacker’s Disinformation Chronicle newsletter. According to Redfield, “Everyone had to agree to the narrative” enforced by Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials that the COVID-19 virus came from a “wet market” in Wuhan and not the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). And Dr. Fauci “clearly misled Congress,” about funding dangerous gain-of-function research at the WIV.

Read more: https://www.frontpagemag.com/covid-conspiracy-uncovered/

Wauck: Remdesivir Induced Emergence Of Covid Variants

Ask yourself: Off the top of your head, does that sound like a good thing or a bad thing? But then, who should care? Big Pharma is making Big Money and that’s good for the country—or something like that. By the way: Do you trust your doctor? […]  Here’s the summary from the article: . . .

Read more: https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/remdesivir-induced-emergence-of-covid?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

Bleau: CDC Drops Universal Masking Recommendation for Healthcare Workers

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quietly dropped its universal masking recommendation for healthcare workers last week.

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/09/27/cdc-drops-universal-masking-recommendation-for-healthcare-workers/

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING FOREIGN POLICY

Rafizadeh: Thanks to the Biden Administration’s and EU’s Appeasement, Iran’s Mullahs Go Big on Cyberattacks

Not only is the Biden administration is turning a blind eye to the Iranian regime’s terror activities and plots abroad, it has also been completely silent about the mullahs’ escalating cyberattacks. The small country of Albania appeared to have more courage and stronger leadership than the Biden administration: it recently sent a strong message to the Iranian regime after Iran’s cyberattacks against Albania in July. Albania severed diplomatic relations with Tehran and ordered Iranian diplomats and embassy staff to leave within 24 hours. Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama stated in a video: . . .

Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18906/iran-cyber-attacks

Gertz: Chinese, Russian warships spotted sailing near Alaskan island

The first Chinese ship spotted was the guided-missile cruiser Renhai and was about 75 miles north of Kiska Island, at the far western end of the Aleutians in the Bering Sea. Two other Chinese naval vessels and four Russian navy ships were also part of the joint Chinese-Russian convoy that sailed in a single formation, according to a statement put out Monday by the Coast Guard.

Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/sep/26/coast-guard-spots-chinese-russian-naval-ships-off-/

CHINA: AMERICA’S MORTAL ENEMY

Hawkins: Report: China Readying Push Against ‘Global Gun Proliferation’

The Global Times notes that China’s international gun control push is part of the Firearms Protocol, which was originally introduced at the U.N. General Assembly in 2001. It is a push China is preparing to undertake in earnest now. “China is fulfilling its domestic legal procedures to ramp up ratifying the Firearms Protocol, a key step in implementing the global security initiative and maintaining international peace and stability amid the global threat of gun proliferation, said Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday,” according to the Global Times, . ..[…] . . . Chinese dictator Xi Jinping used a speech at the Boao Forum for Asia to urge the world to join the Global Security Initiative to “oppose the pursuit of one’s own security at the cost of others’ security.”

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2022/09/27/report-china-readying-push-against-global-gun-proliferation/

Bhole: ‘It’s a mass poisoning’: Images show rainbow-colored fentanyl disguised as Skittles and Nerds CANDY – as ex-DEA official warns parents that dealers are peddling the drugs to kids on social media

A drug that’s contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans last year has been found hidden in candy packaging – and could be peddled to young children via social media, experts say. The DEA said drug traffickers have expanded their inventory to sell fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin – in a variety of bright colors, shapes and sizes. A recent seizure in Connecticut found 15,000 fentanyl pills stashed in Skittles and Nerds packaging, and with Halloween just weeks away, the DEA is urging parents to be vigilant. The agency have sent a stern warning to parents to educate themselves as children prepare for the spooky season, with a former specialist warning that ‘this is not a drug issue, it’s a mass poisoning.’

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11257127/Images-rainbow-colored-fentanyl-disguised-Skittles-Nerds-candy.html

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING AMERICA

Hazard: Biden dangerously draining Strategic Petroleum Reserve like ‘campaign credit card, industry warns

President Biden is recklessly draining the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to insulate his party from the political fallout of high oil prices before the upcoming midterm elections, claims the president of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association, Tim Stewart. Stocks of crude oil in the SPR fell 6.9 million barrels in the week ending Sept. 16 to 427.2 million barrels, the lowest level since August 1984, according to Department of Energy data. […]   “Let me put it in perspective if I could,” he added. “At the current rate, the U.S. is selling more oil out of its emergency reserves than the production of most medium-sized OPEC countries like Algeria or Angola. We’re selling twice as much per day than we’re producing out of Alaska. That puts us somewhere between Exxon and Conoco in terms of … the impact we’re having on the daily supply — and this is happening without new oil going into replace it.”

Read more: https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/pres-us-oil-and-gas-association-says-reserve-being-used-campaign-credit

Phillips: Democrat Joe Manchin gives in and PULLS energy plan from spending bill to avert shutdown

Sen. Joe Manchin has asked Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to remove his pipeline permitting reform bill from a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government. Schumer, D-N.Y., had agreed to attach Manchin’s pet project to a bill to fund the government in exchange for his vote on the Inflation Reduction Act. But amid bitter opposition from both Republicans and the progressive left, Manchin realized leaving in pipeline language could potentially trigger a government shutdown. ‘It is unfortunate that members of the United States Senate are allowing politics to put the energy security of our nation at risk,’ the West Virginia Democrat said in a statement. ‘A failed vote on something as critical as comprehensive permitting reform only serves to embolden leaders like Putin who wish to see America fail.’

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11256253/Manchin-gives-REMOVES-energy-permitting-bill-avoid-government-shutdown.html

Oliva: Biden Threatens Conservation Efforts By Appointing Gun Control Activist To Hunting And Wildlife Council

The White House appointed gun control activist Ryan Busse to the Hunting & Wildlife Council, an advisory committee that assists the Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) in crafting policies on issues including wildlife conservation, wildlife management and public lands access for hunting, recreational shooting and fishing. Busse was listed as an “unaffiliated” shooting sports adviser. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Busse is a partisan gun control zealot.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/28/biden-threatens-conservation-efforts-by-appointing-gun-control-activist-to-hunting-and-wildlife-council/

Hartley: A Brave New Financial World

How can the Federal Reserve help you today? A few years ago, such a question would have been rather odd. The Federal Reserve was created a little over a century ago as an independent government agency with a rather small mandate: manage the money supply. It was an important, but limited, role. In normal times, the Fed existed to ensure the money supply grew at a reasonable rate. In times of crisis, the Fed would become the Lender of Last Resort, lending funds to solvent banks to get them through a crisis. But, times have changed. The Fed, no longer tied to the mast, is here to take your order. This new world is magnificently described in Lev Menand’s The Fed Unbound: Central Banking in a Time of Crisis. With impeccable brevity and precision, Menand details how the Fed has abandoned its historical mission, appropriating to itself a new mandate and powers of dubious legality. None of this has been done in secret. Its actions have been front page news, Congress has aided and abetted the unbinding, and as the quotation at the outset notes, it was all predictable in 1990.

Read more: https://thepricklypear.org/a-brave-new-financial-world/

DEMOCRAT PARTY’S MARXIST PLAYBOOK: WOKE IDENTITY POLITICS

Spencer: James Madison’s Home to Become Site of Massive White Guilt Monument

“We want to make this a national monument to the ‘Invisible Founders,’” said the Rev. Larry Walker, a trustee at Montpelier, the home of James Madison, father of the Constitution, in announcing plans to build a national slavery monument right on the grounds of Madison’s home. The Montpelier board is planning on a massive scale: “Our memorialization project is not going to be limited to a bench and a plaque,” Walker declared, as the board compared the projected monument to the Lincoln Memorial. If this thing is built, future visitors to Montpelier will come away with one overwhelming message: James Madison was an evil man who enslaved other human beings. Board chairman James French showed the photo of the Lincoln Memorial in order “to illustrate…our desire to create a national monument for the legacy of those who were enslaved.”  […]  That’s right. The woke have won the culture, or want us to believe that they have, and so they’re recasting American history as one of racism, white supremacy, colonialism, and other assorted evils. MacKinnon added: “A monument honoring America’s slaves is a worthy goal. But the only reason to build it at the home of James Madison is if you aim to deny, demean, and dismiss him by focusing on his weaknesses and not his massive contributions.”

Read more: https://pjmedia.com/columns/robert-spencer/2022/09/27/james-madisons-home-to-become-site-of-massive-white-guilt-monument-n1632749

Meyrat: ‘Uncle Tom II’ Shows How Marxism Decimated Black Communities

It’s no secret that, as a group, black Americans are not exactly thriving. Despite the decades of social welfare policies, activist campaigns, and changing public attitudes, the black community suffers the most dysfunction of any racial group in the U.S. There’re two popular explanations for this. Those on the left usually blame this situation on systemic racism and unequal opportunities. Those on the right tend to blame the collapse of the family and decadent culture. Both these views are explored in the documentary “Uncle Tom” directed by Justin Malone and produced by Larry Elder. But there’s a third major factor that has hurt the black community, and it is the focus of the new sequel “Uncle Tom II.” Yes, historical setbacks and the proliferation of broken homes have much to do with the current struggles of black Americans, but there’s also something else that affected the course of black liberation: Marxism.

As “Uncle Tom II” illustrates, nearly all black liberation movements of the past century have been co-opted by Marxists.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/28/uncle-tom-ii-shows-how-marxism-decimated-black-communities/

THE DEMOCRAT LED WAR ON CHILDREN

Rufo: SEXUAL DISTURBANCE

The teachers union promotes a how-to guide for “anal sex,” “bondage,” “sadomasochism,” and “fisting.”  The national teachers union’s “LGBTQ+ Caucus” has created a website and badge for public school employees that promote non-binary identities, a how-to guide for “queer sex,” and the idea that “transgender men can get pregnant.” According to local reports, the National Education Association and its local affiliate in Hilliard, Ohio, have been providing staff in the Hilliard City School District with the QR code-enabled badges, which point to the “NEA LGBTQ+ Caucus” website and resources from gender activist organizations including Scarleteen, Sex, Etc., Gender Spectrum, The Trevor Project, and Teen Health Source.

Read more: https://christopherrufo.com/sexual-disturbance/

McCotter: Woke Youth’s State-Sanctioned Rebellion

Though I know the cliché has lost its cache, I am, in fact, old enough to remember when youthful rebellion was organic, autonomous, and anti-establishment. Such is no longer the case amongst today’s woke youth, who have been indoctrinated to serve as tools of the leftist establishment. Woke youth’s “rebellion” is not organic. This is not to say that woke youth’s rebellious streak isn’t innate. But their youthful “outrage” is conditioned; and their rebellious acts are channeled at progressivism’s opponents by the Left’s civil religion and its high priests—namely, the deep state, the Democratic Party power-brokers, woke corporations, and the dinosaur media and social media.

Read more: https://amgreatness.com/2022/09/23/woke-youths-state-sanctioned-rebellion/

Scarry: Here’s Some Required Reading For Gender-Confused Teen Girls Before They Remove Their Breasts

The New York Times ran a chipper story Monday about the glamour of teenage girls removing their breasts to, as the paper put it, “better align their bodies with their experience of gender.” Surely there’s no better way to enhance a child’s life than to indulge their thoroughly considered ideas about “the experience of gender.” I can’t think of any! […]  Furthermore, the article highlighted plastic surgeon Sidhbh Gallagher who promotes her specialty in mutilative transgender surgeries straight to impressionable young people on TikTok. “Her feeds often fill with photos tagged #NipRevealFriday, highlighting patients like Michael whose bandages were just removed,” the article said. “On her office windowsill sits a framed nameplate with one of her best-known catchphrases on TikTok: ‘Yeet the Teet,’ slang for removing breasts.” […]  Gallagher should probably be in prison, but if teenage girls distressed about their sex are going to be led to believe even for a moment that hacking off their breasts, rendering them permanently incapable of ever breastfeeding, is a good idea, there’s some literature that might interest them. First, The Atlantic’s extensive report in 2018 on children experiencing gender dysphoria. One young girl profiled by the magazine was 14-year-old “Claire” . . .

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/27/heres-some-required-reading-for-gender-confused-teen-girls-before-they-remove-their-breasts/

EDUCATION INDOCTRINATION

Fitchett: Students recite woke pledge during white coat ceremony

The University of Minnesota Medical School (UMMS) class of 2026 recited an oath during the white coat ceremony that included references to anti-racism, climate advocacy, commitment toward indigenous ways of healing, and collaboration with political and social systems. A handout provided at the ceremony indicated the oath was written by the oath writing committee, which comprised fifteen medical students in the class of 2026. […]  “We recognize the inequities built by past and present traumas rooted in white supremacy, colonialism, the gender binary, ableism, and all other forms of oppression,” the oath continued.

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=20259

Leesman: Virginia Students Stage Walkouts Over New Transgender Policies

Students in Virginia are planning walkouts this week over new guidance from the commonwealth’s Department of Education that requires transgender students to participate in sports programs and use restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities that align with their biological sex versus their “gender identity.”

Read more: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/madelineleesman/2022/09/27/virginia-students-stage-walkouts-over-new-transgender-policies-n2613649

OTHER NEWS

Fleetwood: 56 GOP Members Beg Their Colleagues To Do Anything To Stop Biden’s Destructive Agenda

Fifty-six congressional Republicans are urging their colleagues in the House and Senate to vote against a wasteful, stopgap spending measure that would fund the federal government — and a number of Democrats’ wasteful wish-list items — through the middle of December. In a letter sent to his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives, Texas Rep. Chip Roy explained how Congress’s current spending habits are “fueling rampant inflation and funding the Biden administration’s radical agenda,” which includes “empowering authoritarian bureaucrats at agencies like the IRS and FBI, implementing open-border policies that are threatening [American] communities, imposing COVID-19 mandates that shut down schools,” and “forcing [U.S.] military servicemembers out of their jobs, and advancing self-destructive energy policies.”

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/27/56-gop-members-beg-their-colleagues-to-do-anything-to-stop-bidens-destructive-agenda/

Holiday: Judicial Watch Sues Secret Service for Records on Hunter Biden’s Handgun Dumped Into Public Trashcan

Explaining the lawsuit, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “The Secret Service and the Biden administration apparently are in cover-up mode for Hunter Biden. Whether its Hunter Biden’s laptop, his business practices and travel, or these documents related to the careless disposal of a gun in a dumpster near a high school, this administration continues to put up unlawful roadblocks to any effort to investigate the activities of the Biden family, particularly Hunter.”

Read more: https://www.cnsnews.com/article/national/peyton-holliday/judicial-watch-sues-secret-service-records-hunter-bidens-handgun

Smith & Talcott: The US is investigating Smartmatic over allegations of bribery in the Philippines

The investigation does not concern the 2020 U.S. election and is not looking at whether any votes were changed, according to a company lawyer and two other people familiar with the Justice Department inquiry. But it adds an unexpected turn to one of the highest-stakes legal actions to come out of Donald Trump’s failed effort to stay in power, Smartmatic’s $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News over the unfounded election conspiracy theories that spread on the network. Federal investigators are conducting an intensifying inquiry, which began in 2019 under President Trump, into whether Smartmatic violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, according to the two sources and a document connected to the case reviewed by Semafor. That law bars U.S. citizens and companies from paying bribes to foreign officials.

Read more: https://medium.com/semafor-media/the-us-is-investigating-smartmatic-over-allegations-of-bribery-in-the-philippines-47980be62b7f

Sarah D.: ‘Your money is not safe at Citi’: Thread on Citi’s insane policy with regard to their customers is legitimately ‘terrifying’

Citi’s a ginormous company, and a whole lot of people and businesses bank with them. And right about now, that whole lot of people and businesses may want to reconsider. […]  Yeah, um, that’s an understatement. We’re not exactly huge fans of The Bulwark’s Will Saletan, but he’s got a thread that’s definitely worth your time — and, potentially, your money. Check it out: . . .

Read more: https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2022/09/27/your-money-is-not-safe-at-citi-thread-on-citis-insane-policy-with-regard-to-their-customers-is-legitimately-terrifying/

INTERNATIONAL

Duffy: King Charles Can’t Serve Globalist Elites And The British People

Charles is the face of the WEF’s “Great Reset,” which is the reason people can’t afford groceries or heat. […]  Unfortunately, this idea that the modern monarchy is “beyond the reach of private ambition” appears to have died with the queen. Her son, King Charles III, has abandoned all semblance of impartiality and has aligned himself with globalists cloaked as environmental activists who don’t care about the welfare of Charles’ people or any of us common folk, for that matter. During the 2020 Davos World Economic Forum (WEF), then-Prince Charles officially launched “The Great Reset,” declaring that the Covid-19 pandemic “offers an unprecedented opportunity to rethink and reset the ways in which we live and do business.” The prince, who traveled to Switzerland on a private jet, stated, “We need nothing short of a paradigm shift, one that inspires action at revolutionary levels and pace.”

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/28/king-charles-cant-serve-environmentalist-elites-and-the-british-people/

Roy: The Duchess of Decline

Meghan Markle obsesses us because she is a symbol of our willful degeneration. The queen is dead; long live the king. The queen is dead, but the world media wants to make it about cable actress and fashion blogger Meghan Markle. This includes everyone from Markle’s low-IQ lackeys, who have used the opportunity (following her example) once again to belabor the subject of the royal family’s supposed racism, to her haters, whose blinding outrage propels them to seek the devil (the duchess) under every rock. How did we get here? Why does Meghan Markle affect everyone so? Why can’t I log on without seeing her face? […] It’s no secret that monarchs have been reduced to symbolic and ceremonial icons in today’s Europe. And that’s the only level on which they are relevant in public life. But what do they symbolize in the hearts of millions? They represent sovereignty, tribal loyalty, and an organic and socially accountable relationship with the state and its institutions—all of which have no place in our alienated, deracinated, and technocratic modern Western world. Meghan Markle isn’t just the in-law from hell. She’s fashioned herself as the symbolic antithesis of monarchy. She represents the hatred of hierarchy and order.

Read more: https://americanmind.org/salvo/the-duchess-of-decline/

Sykes & Teeman: Meghan Markle Was ‘Narcissistic Sociopath’ Who Wanted to Be Rejected by Royals, Former Aides Say

Things got so bad between Prince HarryMeghan Markle and their royal staff that they called her a “narcissistic sociopath.” They also reportedly said on repeated occasions: “We were played.” The fresh revelations are contained in the second extract from the London Times royal correspondent Valentine Low’s new book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crownin today’s Sunday Times. The group of former staff even came up with a name for themselves, the “Sussex Survivors’ Club”; their key members were private secretary Sam Cohen, communications chief Sara Latham, and assistant press secretary Marnie Gaffney. In the first extract published Friday, Low detailed the alleged bullying of staff undertaken by Meghan (and Harry)—denied emphatically by them—which reportedly left their staff “broken” and “shaking with fear.”

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/meghan-markle-was-narcissistic-sociopath-who-wanted-to-be-rejected-by-royals-former-aides-say

Daily News Roundup

Estimated Reading Time: 15 minutes

The Daily News Roundup resumes in its prior format. Articles about the 2022 midterm elections will be found here, in the MIDTERMS 2022 column on the right side of The Prickly Pear Homepage, and in the Video section of the Homepage.

NOTABLE QUOTES

President Ford stated in Rock Hill, SC, October 19, 1974: “What they don’t tell us when they propose all these benefits that they are going to give you from our Government … that a government big enough to give us everything we want is a government big enough to take from us everything we have.”

Libby Emmons Editor-in-chief for The Post Millennial and contributor to Human Events: This executive order goes well beyond Biden’s purview as president or the authority of the federal government. It is an attempt to remake humanity entirely into a race of beings that are integrally linked with technology to the point where it is impossible to differentiate man from machine.

Joe Allen’s Singularity Weekly: Humanity is composed of three primary elements—the spiritual, the biological, and the technological. At best, we are eternal souls enshrined in bodies, with exceedingly powerful tools in our hands. At worst, we’re bumbling monkeys in the Machine. As the materialist worldview erodes our spiritual consciousness, we’re left with nothing but mortal bodies. When God is dead, technology is exalted as the highest power, holding out the promise of free WiFi and synthetic salvation.

Carla Sosenko  reporter for Newsweek: As the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death was announced, rainbows arced across the British skies. One above Windsor Castle, another above the Queen’s official residence, Buckingham Palace in London. In doing her duty—in serving her country so completely that she became it—Elizabeth was a person of rare virtue.

GLOBALISM & TRANSHUMANISM (HUMANS 2.0)  ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED

Emmons:  Biden Issues Transhumanist Biotechnology EO Calling to ‘Program Biology in the Same Way’ We Program ‘Computers’

Biden ran for president on an agenda of crises : Covid, the economy, racism, and climate change. Along the way, he promised to cure cancer, tasked every government agency with finding more ways to support gender identity over biological sex, and now per a new action plan, he intends to wield the power of the federal government to remake society through genetic engineering and other biotech programs, as well as massive data collection. In other words, he’s going to spend federal funds on a transhumanist agenda for societal recreation. […]  “For biotechnology and biomanufacturing to help us achieve our societal goals,” the order reads, “the United States needs to invest in foundational scientific capabilities. We need to develop genetic engineering technologies and techniques to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers; unlock the power of biological data, including through computing tools and artificial intelligence; and advance the science of scale-up production while reducing the obstacles for commercialization so that innovative technologies and products can reach markets faster.” The concept of rewriting cells has been undertaken by the company CRISPR, and concerns have been raised that genetic engineering could lead to eugenics, wherein parents will undertake to create “designer babies,” and human beings who are not genetically engineered will suffer a disadvantage. This bioengineering would also be available for other sectors as well as medicine, and could have a huge impact on food production, forestry, and other areas.

Read more:  https://humanevents.com/2022/09/21/libby-emmons-biden-issues-transhumanist-executive-order-to-remake-human-beings-to-achieve-societal-goals

(9/16/22) Bannons War Room: Joe Allen Explains Major Developments in the Path Towards Transhumanists ‘Human 2.0’

Watch the 5:32 minute interview: https://rumble.com/v1kbs3n-joe-allen-explains-major-developments-in-the-path-towards-transhumanists-hu.html

CONGRESS

Justice: House Passes Liz Cheney’s Trojan Horse Elections Bill Enabling Democrat Takeover Of The Ballot Box

The bill, proposed by GOP Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California who is under Cheney on the Jan. 6 Committee, reforms the 135-year-old law to narrow the grounds for objections to presidential electors and open the door to late-day voting. Cheney’s “Presidential Election Reform Act” became the Democrats’ answer to their failed effort to override state election laws in H.R. 1, which Senate Republicans blocked last summer. The legislation carries some of the same provisions of the doomed election bill at the top of Democrats’ congressional agenda. Just nine Republicans supported the bill, all but one of whom supported President Donald Trump’s second impeachment and are either retiring or have lost their primaries. […]  “The bill broadly defines a ‘catastrophic event,’ which could be used to extend balloting for up to five days after the polls close in a presidential election,”

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/22/house-passes-liz-cheneys-trojan-horse-elections-bill-enabling-democrat-takeover-of-the-ballot-box/

2022 ELECTIONS

Sundance: Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake Discusses Border Security, the Attacks from Liz Cheney, and The New Republican Party

Kari Lake is running an excellent campaign for governor of Arizona in advance of the November election.  In this interview with Maria Bartiromo, Ms Lake discusses her perspective on the border control collapse as well as the attacks against her from lame-duck congresswoman Liz Cheney.

Read more/Watch the 8:52 minute interview: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/09/26/arizona-gubernatorial-candidate-kari-lake-discusses-border-security-the-attacks-from-liz-cheney-and-the-new-republican-party/

BIDEN’S FBI & DOJ

Bonchie: FBI Caught in Another Major Corruption Scandal After Misleading a Judge

Another day, another example of the FBI’s vast corruption. A new report based on unsealed documents has revealed that the bureau misled a judge over a warrant in order to seize tens of millions of dollars in valuables without cause. In total, $86 million in cash with more in gold, silver, and jewelry was taken by the federal government from over 1,400 safety deposit boxes under the guise of them being connected to crimes. Eighteen months later, newly unsealed court documents show that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles got their warrant for that raid by misleading the judge who approved it.

Read more: https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/09/26/fbi-caught-in-another-major-corruption-scandal-after-misleading-a-judge-n633007

Purnell: FBI Raids Pro-Lifer’s Home, Arrests Him In Front Of His Kids After Ignoring Pro-Abortion Terrorism

Roughly 25-30 armed FBI agents with more than a dozen vehicles swarmed Catholic pro-life activist and author Mark Houck’s Pennsylvania home early Friday morning and arrested him in front of his children, according to Houck’s wife Ryan-Marie. In an interview with LifeSiteNews, she described a SWAT-style raid with agents aiming guns at the house and surrounding it before “they started pounding on the door and yelling for us to open it.” When the father of seven answered the door, pleading with the agents to remember “my children are in the home,” Ryan-Marie said the G-men “just kept pounding and screaming.” Once Mark allowed them inside, “they had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” his wife recalled. Their children, she added, “were all at the top of the stairs which faces the front door … just screaming.” As LifeSiteNews reported: After asking them why they were at the house, the agents said they were there to arrest Mark. When Ryan-Marie asked for their warrant, ‘they said that they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not.’ […]   What was his crime?

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/26/fbi-raids-pro-lifers-home-arrests-him-in-front-of-his-kids-after-ignoring-pro-abortion-terrorism/

FAUCI’s VIRUS

Robinson:  NAOMI WOLF ON THE GLOBALISTS CONTROLLING COVID RESOURCES AND RESPONSE WITHOUT OVERSIGHT

Dr. Naomi Wolf joins Emerald Robinson to discuss the globalists controlling Covid resources and response without any oversight.

Watch the 15:41 minute interview:

https://rumble.com/v1la1on-naomi-wolf-on-the-globalists-controlling-covid-resources-and-response-witho.html

BIDEN’S VACCINE MANDATES

Piper: CDC walks back COVID guidance again, finds lasting post-vaccine heart problems in young adults

Ivy League-affiliated hospital hides myocarditis ad for kids following criticism that it’s trying to “normalize” vaccine-induced condition. Cardiologist explains how father’s inexplicable death led him to question COVID vaccines. The CDC continues to erase distinctions by COVID-19 vaccination status in public health guidance as ongoing global research — including its own — documents the mediocre performance of COVID vaccines and their unexpectedly high rates of lasting harm in some groups. Vaccination status is no longer used “to inform source control, screening testing, or post-exposure recommendations” for healthcare personnel, the Friday update to their CDC guidance says. The agency “[c]larified” that healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, have discretion on whether to screen-test asymptomatic personnel. It also now says asymptomatic patients “in general” do not require “empiric use of Transmission-Based Precautions” after exposure to an infected person. […]  Prasad noted one patient required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is “as serious as it gets,” and more than 100 were prescribed medication such as beta blockers and ACE inhibitors at their last followup, including half of the not-fully-recovered patients.  “This cannot be attributed to any underlying anxiety or mental health issue,” but only “the direct effect of the vaccine on the heart muscle,” he said.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/cdc-walks-back-covid-guidance-again-finds-lasting-post-vaccine-heart

(9/26/22) Benoit: Breaking: Doctor Who Promoted Covid Vaccines Calls for Suspension of Covid Vaccinations; Will Hold Press Conference Tuesday

Dr. Aseem Malhotra is a British cardiologist who is an internationally renowned expert in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of heart disease. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, president of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Public Health Collaboration, and an honorary council member to the Metabolic Psychiatry Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. A peer-reviewed paper he wrote about Covid vaccines, entitled “Curing the pandemic of misinformation on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines through real evidence-based medicine – Part 1,” was published September 26 in the Journal of Insulin Resistance. […]  Dr. Malhotra will be giving a press conference Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. British time sponsored by the World Council for Health. In cooperation with the World Council for Health, The New American will be live streaming this event at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time. Please use this link: . . Read more:https://thenewamerican.com/breaking-doctor-who-promoted-covid-vaccines-calls-for-suspension-of-covid-vaccinations-will-hold-press-conference-tuesday/

BIDEN’S VACCINE MANDATES

Hecht:  D*ed S*ddenly N*ws

Tiago Fernando Henriques is an artifical intelligence programmer who lives in Canada. Back in the spring of 2021, he began to notice an unusually high number of his young peers experiencing serious medical issues, such as chest pain, seizures and strokes. He heard about a story from a friend about a buddy of his whose body went haywire 10 minutes after recieving the Pfizer shot. Mr. Henriques decided to go check out the situation for himself, and he took a trip out to North Sydney. The person in question was a disaster, paralyzed and not functional. After seeing him in June 2021, Mr. Henriques opened a Facebook group with the goal being support and communication from those who were injured from a Covid vaccine. The group grew organically for about a year, and had reached ~12k members at the beginning of this summer. Since then, the group has broken records for pace of growth. There currently are over 286,400 members, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Died Suddenly News is the name of the group, and it’s heartbreaking to realize that the growth of the group is due to people all over the world suffering suddenly, due to injuries or deaths of loved ones.

Read more: https://dailyclout.io/ded-sddenly-nws/

Sibarium: Shareholders Demand Pfizer Scrap Race-Conscious Policies in the Wake of Civil Rights Lawsuit

That didn’t take long. Less than a week after Pfizer was hit with a lawsuit over a fellowship program that excludes whites and Asians, shareholders are demanding that the company scrap a spate of race-conscious policies that they say put it at risk of further litigation. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 15, argues that Pfizer is violating federal law by excluding white and Asian applicants from its prestigious “Breakthrough Fellowship.” In an open letter to Pfizer executives last week, shareholders allege that the program is just one of several policies that invite a “pandora’s box” of civil rights complaints. Beyond the fellowship, they point to an apparent requirement that a fourth of Pfizer directors “identify as ethnically diverse,” according to the company’s ESG reports and corporate governance principles.

Read more: https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/shareholders-demand-pfizer-scrap-race-conscious-policies-in-the-wake-of-civil-rights-lawsuit/

CHINA: AMERICA’S MORTAL ENEMY

Bergman: China: The ‘Massive’ Threat

In an unprecedented move, the head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, and the head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, the MI5, Ken McCallum, came together in July to warn against the “massive” threat that both intelligence services consider China presents. “We consistently see that it’s the Chinese government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ‘our’, I mean both of our nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere,” Wray said in a joint address by the two directors at the London headquarters of MI5. “Today is the first time the heads of the FBI and MI5 have shared a public platform,” McCallum said. “We’re doing so to send the clearest signal we can on a massive shared challenge: China.” “The most game-changing challenge we face comes from the Chinese Communist Party,” McCallum said. “It’s covertly applying pressure across the globe.”

The two intelligence directors listed a number of threats that they consider the greatest currently emanating from China. Both directors emphasized that one of the greatest challenges to Western economies is China’s theft of Western technology through a variety of means.

Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18886/china-massive-threat

Le Mahieu: •Chinese Official Calls Taiwan Independence A Charging ‘Grey Rhino’ That Needs To Be Forcefully Stopped

Foreign Minister Wang Yi took aim at Taiwan during his Thursday comments at the Asia Society in New York while he was attending meetings at the U.N. “Taiwan independence is like a highly disruptive gray rhino charging towards us that must be stopped resolutely,” he said at the event. “We have always worked with the greatest sincerity and effort to pursue peaceful reunification, but we will never tolerate any activity aimed at secession.”

Read more:  https://www.dailywire.com/news/chinese-official-calls-taiwan-independence-a-charging-grey-rhino-that-needs-to-be-forcefully-stopped

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING FOREIGN POLICY

Wilber: ‘Fundamentally Transforming’ America Into a Communist Hellhole

In order to achieve that, it would include uncontrolled spending to create massive debt that the country simply cannot sustain, thereby crashing the economy. People see their savings and bank accounts dwindle to nothing as a result of ever increasing inflation. Eventually finding themselves dependent on government handouts for their very survival. In addition, open the borders and flood the country with illegal immigration, overwhelming the social welfare system that is put in place to provide help and support to Americans. Instead pass those resources onto those who illegally entered the country, justifying it all as a humanitarian gesture. Create a ‘climate emergency’ and turn it into a clarion call for groups of people who are easily manipulated. Make energy independence . . . […] Normalize and ‘mainstream’ . . . […]  So how do we stop it? Well, to use the left’s own words against them, we stop it “by any means necessary”. First off never ever give up your guns. The Second Amendment is the one thing that keeps the communist wolves at bat. Secondly, . . .

Read more: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fundamentally-transforming-america-into-a-communist-hellhole/

Renck: House Candidate Slams Biden as “Constitutional Disaster”

The Biden administration has become a “constitutional disaster” and the Constitution now is “under serious assault,” one of the most-watched Republican congressional candidates warns. “The Biden administration is a constitutional disaster the likes of which we have not seen before,” Harriet Hageman, the GOP candidate running for Wyoming’s only congressional district, said Wednesday at a Heritage Foundation event marking Constitution Day. (The Daily Signal is Heritage’s multimedia news organization.)

Read more: https://thepricklypear.org/house-candidate-slams-biden-as-constitutional-disaster/

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING AMERICA

(9/20/22) Wauck: On The Verge Of Totalitarianism

Yesterday, to not much fanfare in the MSM, the WH published a press release from its Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP): Science and Technology!—who doesn’t want the US to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology? Do you want us to fall behind China, or Russia? We need to be first!

We worship at the altar of science and technology, because we no longer believe in God or human nature. And what could go wrong—just look at the successes of our mass campaign of experimental genetic medication injections! Hiding the report on a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) under the heading of science and technology—rather than under, say, an Office of Totalitarian Implementation—is meant to lull the populace into accepting total state control over their lives. The press release, while framing work done so far as an effort to understand what it would all be about, gives the game away when it shifts to the word “urgent”. Note how the “variety of risks” is presented as if those risks are basically something like the risks involved in the use of credit cards or online banking—no more: . . .

Read more: https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/on-the-verge-of-totalitarianism

Meads: Democrats Praise ‘Global Citizens’ At The Global Citizen Festival: ‘You Are The Wind Beneath Our Wings!’

Greetings, global citizens! Some things happen in politics that are a bit too on the nose. For example, conservatives have warned that “America Last” globalists in Washington, D.C., are wasting federal money on pet causes such as climate change. At the same time, these self-appointed moral betters are pushing the entire world into having the same set of rules, customs, and culture. Those same elites remain oblivious that enemies like China are completely flouting those standards. Critics say that is all a conspiracy and fear-mongering. To help alleviate those fears, Democrat President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) addressed the Global Citizen Festival this past weekend.

Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/democrats-praise-global-citizens-at-the-global-citizen-festival-you-are-the-wind-beneath-our-wings

THE DEMOCRAT LED WAR ON CHILDREN

Hauf: Meet the Taxpayer-Funded Group Pushing ‘Transgender Identity’ on Two-Year-Olds

Zero to Three, which has 3,653 members who work in the field of early childhood development, has received $234.68 million in funds from the Department of Health and Human Services since 2008 and is slated to receive an additional $52 million by 2027, including a $4.2 million grant from the Biden administration set to begin this month. The group trained 89,222 professionals last year, according to its 2021 impact report. HHS did not respond to a request for comment. […]  John King, the former secretary of education for the Obama administration, delivered the keynote address for the September conference, in which he commented on the “critical need to address equity issues” in early childhood education. Before King’s speech, the conference hosted a “Virtual Drag Bingo” for its “happy hour entertainment.” Zero to Three did not respond to a request for comment. Aside from HHS, Zero to Three received $1.95 million from the Department of Justice during the Obama administration.

Read more: https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/meet-the-taxpayer-funded-group-pushing-transgender-identity-on-two-year-olds/

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S MARXIST PLAYBOOK: DECLARATION OF WAR ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT

Murdock: ASU Launches Hate Speech Surveillance With Biden Administration’s Help

Last week, Arizona State University (ASU) launched a hate speech surveillance campaign with assistance from the federal government. ASU’s McCain Institute received support from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program to launch SCREEN Hate, an effort to monitor youths’ online activity. The institute told parents and caregivers that it was only a matter of time before the minors in their lives were discovered and corrupted by hate online. “Trusting that your family’s values will protect them is not enough,” warned the campaign site.

The campaign resources came from DHS and leftist organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), UNESCO, Common Sense Media, and the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

Read more: https://azfreenews.com/2022/09/asu-launches-hate-speech-surveillance-with-biden-administrations-help/

OTHER NEWS

Cleveland: Special Counsel Durham’s Protect-The-Establishment Approach Is Destroying The Country

Special Counsel John Durham continues to ignore the FBI’s malfeasance in the Crossfire Hurricane targeting of Donald Trump, a Friday court filing by prosecutors in the criminal case against Igor Danchenko confirms. While that approach may have been prudent and in the country’s best interests three and a half years ago, when then-Attorney General Bill Barr tasked Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia collusion hoax, it is no longer judicious. The special counsel’s failure to appreciate this reality threatens the government’s case against Danchenko, but more significantly has spurred the Biden administration, the D.C. deep state, and partisan state officials to further weaponize the criminal justice system against their political enemies.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/26/special-counsel-durhams-protect-the-establishment-approach-is-destroying-the-country/

Alexander & Smith: Eric Adams’ migrant camp begins to take shape: Trucks arrive in the Bronx to begin construction of HUGE tent city for 1,000 migrants being bused to NYC by Texas – despite the borough president and locals’ huge opposition

Construction workers in the Bronx were beginning on Monday to build the first of two tent cities, designed to host the 13,000 migrants who have been bussed since August into the city from Texas. Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, last week announced the creation of the tents to house the influx of migrants. One site would be Orchard Beach in the Bronx, he said, and the second had not yet been determined. Yet on Monday, as construction was underway, the Bronx president said she was concerned about the new development – both the impact it would have on her community, and the safety of all those involved. Workers in hardhats were seen carrying metal poles that were delivered on trucks – as others drilled into the ground and prepped for the construction of the tents. Vanessa Gibson warned that Orchard Beach frequently floods, and pointed out that the location was isolated, without access to public transport.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11252351/Trucks-arrive-Bronx-begin-construction-huge-tent-city-1-000-illegal-immigrants.html

INTERNATIONAL

Harsanyi: Is Italy’s Next Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, A ‘Fascist’? Hardly

Giorgia Meloni, as you’ve doubtlessly heard, is the “far-right” next prime minister of Italy. So says virtually every news outlet in the United States. And anyone familiar with the left’s perfunctory use of “ultra-conservative,” “far-right,” “hard-right,” or “semi-fascist” to describe those who take positions to the right of the Democratic Party’s latest platform, should be skeptical. Then again, trying to decipher European elections through the prism of American politics is a frustrating endeavor. But here is a cataloging, as best as I can pull together, of the claims used to portray Meloni as fascist: . . .

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/26/is-italys-next-prime-minister-giorgia-meloni-a-fascist-hardly/

Benjamin: Is this the end of the European Union as we knew it?

Sunday, Italy voted. Monday, George Soros’s “global order” is history.He, along with his puppets in the European Parliament in the business of ruling nations not theirs, lost the election. The European Union — originally socialist Adolf Hitler’s idea — will experience a reversal of the fascistic tyranny it brought on Europe.  Free nations will recover their freedoms and sovereignty by saving their democracies.

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/09/is_this_the_end_of_the_european_union_as_we_knew_it.html

Mahmoud: We Will Neither Forgive Nor Forget the Murder of Mahsa Amini

On the day when the “moral police” was beating Mahsa Amini, they could not have imagined that her shed blood would engulf the religious authority system like the way it did. Mahsa Amini was a 22-year-old innocent Kurdish girl from Saqqez, western Iran, was taken to the hospital after being arrested and tortured by the “moral police” in Tehran and died on Friday 16 September in Kasra hospital. Now 4 days after, this cowardly act has angered all of Iran and the international community. […]  After a long period of silence, Iranian universities have now risen and raised their voices against this cruelty and violence against Mahsa Amini and all the women of Iran. Following Tehran University, AmirKabir University, Melli University, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tarbiat Modares University, and Isfahan University have become the scene of student uprising and protest. And other universities will also rise. […]The blood money of Mahsa Amini is the freedom of Iran.

Read more: https://www.frontpagemag.com/we-will-neither-forgive-nor-forget-the-murder-of-mahsa-amini/

Stevenson: Iranian Women Cast Off Their Hijabs

The death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, has ignited nationwide protests across Iran. Amini was beaten to death by the mullahs’ morality police after she was detained in Tehran on 13 September, after failing to comply with the regime’s strict  hijab (headscarf) rules. Women in Iran have been treated as second-class citizens by the mullahs for more than four decades. The misogynist lunacy of the clerical regime has even extended to a demand by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that cartoon character women must wear the hijab. Now, in Iran, even animated female characters in cartoons cannot reveal their hair! Women’s dress codes are under constant scrutiny. They must wear the hijab and ‘morality police’ are on relentless patrol to enforce the law. Women, particularly young women, are singled out for brutal attacks for the ‘crime’ of mal veiling. Girls who were deemed to be improperly dressed in the street have suffered horrific acid attacks and stabbings, in assaults openly condoned by the mullahs. Teenage girls, arrested for the offence of posting videos of themselves dancing or singing on social media, have been publicly flogged. Young female students attending end-of-term parties have been fined and beaten. This is what gender equality looks like in Iran today. The toll of women executed in Iran’s medieval prisons continues to rise.

Read more: https://www.frontpagemag.com/iranian-women-cast-off-their-hijabs/

Hayward: Iran: Death Toll Mounts, International Outrage Grows on Day 10 of Hijab Uprising

Protests continued across Iran on Sunday night despite promises by the regime to “deal decisively with those who oppose the country’s security and tranquility” and take “decisive action without leniency.” Those warnings came from Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday and judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei on Sunday, respectively. […]  The number of people killed in the protests after ten days is difficult to determine, in part because the regime has been shutting down Internet service in a bid to prevent dissidents from organizing. The official death toll stands at 41, but international human rights groups believe the total is much higher.

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2022/09/26/iran-death-toll-mounts-international-outrage-grows-on-day-10-of-hijab-uprising/

Stock: Liberals have a fetish problem

Under what conditions should a person be free to indulge his sexual fetishes in public? This question was brought into stark relief last week at a school in Ontario, where the attire of a male teacher now identifying as a woman raised a new version of the old question “how many grains of sand make a heap?”: How many cup sizes make a pair of prosthetic breasts wildly inappropriate? Like the existence of the heap, at a certain relatively advanced size the inappropriateness seems blindingly obvious — but it’s hard to say exactly at what point this began. Responding to its critics, Oakville Trafalgar High School has suggested that its teacher’s attire fell under the protected characteristics of gender identity and gender expression enshrined in Canadian law. It’s a similar argument to the one wheeled out a few days earlier to defend another sexual fetish being assimilated into the LGBTQI+ rainbow — this time by the World Professional Association for Trans Health (WPATH) in its new medical guidelines, widely considered as the gold standard in trans healthcare. There are several striking things about WPATH’s latest edition —  . . . […]  I draw your attention to the chapter on eunuchs.

Read more: https://unherd.com/2022/09/liberals-have-a-fetish-problem/

Daily News Roundup

Estimated Reading Time: 17 minutes

The Daily News Roundup resumes in its prior format. Articles about the 2022 midterm elections will be found here, in the MIDTERMS 2022 column on the right side of The Prickly Pear Homepage, and in the Video section of the Homepage.

 

NOTABLE QUOTES

Harmeet K. Dhillon in a speech at Hillsdale College: THE SEAL of the U.S. Department of Justice reads, “Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur”—“Who prosecutes for Lady Justice.” Depictions of Lady Justice are as familiar as they are instructive: she stands blindfolded while holding the scales of justice, representing her unyielding devotion to equal justice under the law. Contrary to this ideal, the DOJ today appears to be increasingly motivated by partisanship. Compounding the problem, it has access to the powers of the modern surveillance state. As someone passionate about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I believe there is no higher priority than addressing this danger.

Margot Cleveland is The Federalist’s senior legal correspondent: . . .what was judicious nearly three and a half years ago proves foolhardy today because Barr and Durham’s discretion taught the left only one lesson: There will be no consequences to those who abuse the justice system to attack conservatives. While it may be too late now to reverse course, with the statute of limitations likely expired on several of the crimes, if Durham is debating a broader conspiracy charge, prudence now compels a course change with every plausible charge filed against everyone complicit in the hoax and investigation. Nothing less will save the DOJ and FBI — and our country.

D.W. Wilbur contributor to Frontpage Magazine: Let’s cut to the chase. In order to “fundamentally transform” America from a vibrant and free capitalist society into just another communist hellhole, you first have to tear it down completely, following the Marxist mantra of “the ends justify the means.”

President Ford stated in Rock Hill, SC, October 19, 1974: “What they don’t tell us when they propose all these benefits that they are going to give you from our Government … that a government big enough to give us everything we want is a government big enough to take from us everything we have.”

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(9/21/22) Sundance: President Trump Discusses the Mar-a-Lago Raid with Sean Hannity

Watch the two part interview: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/09/21/president-trump-discusses-the-mar-a-lago-raid-with-sean-hannity/

Widburg: The Eleventh Circuit’s unconstitutional ruling against Trump

The Eleventh Circuit issued an unconstitutional ruling against President Donald Trump in the Mar-a-Lago matter.  The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that the president himself, not any other part of the U.S. government, has the final say over what constitutes a classified document.  No one can second-guess the president, yet that’s what the Eleventh Circuit did by issuing an order ceding control over classification decisions to the Department of Justice. A district court judge granted Trump’s motion for a special master to review the documents the FBI seized from his property, many of which Trump argued were privileged.  The DOJ appealed, seeking a stay of the order as it related to documents it claims are classified.  The appellate court framed the issue this way: . . . […]  The real question is who gets to decide whether documents are classified.  Is the answer bureaucrats and judges whom, the American people did not elect, or the American president, who has complete and total (that is, plenary) power over the entire issue of information classification?

Read more at American Thinker.

GLOBALISM & TRANSHUMANISM (HUMANS 2.0)  ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED

Allen: Synthetic Salvation — On Genomics, Mind Uploads, and the Quest for Immortality

Fear of death is intrinsic to human life. As our years accumulate, we watch friends and family drop off, one by one, disappearing from our presence and lingering only in memories. Barring some miracle, divine or otherwise, we’re all soon to follow, down to the sweetest baby ever born. Unfazed by this horror, the faithful are emboldened by belief in resurrection or reincarnation—a direct participation in the eternal. For religious people, the body is just a vehicle for a transcendent soul. The mystery of death is a rite of passage. For the materialist, there is only this world, beyond which the dying meet total annihilation. The brain dissolves into black nothingness. Consciousness ends with the Big Zero at the end of our lives. And for all sentient beings, and all memory of our existence, there awaits the Big Zero at the end of the universe. […]  Wallowing in this trance of sorrow, our elites, and most anybody else, would pay anything to live forever—or just a little longer. Held in thrall by old age, disease, and death, they put faith in biomedical protection racketeers who swear they can keep the Reaper at bay. […]  Transhumanism offers synthetic salvation through three basic methods—bio longevity, bionic continuity, and digital immortality.

Read more: https://joebot.substack.com/p/synthetic-salvation-on-genomics-mind

(9/26/22) Bannons War Room: Joe Allen Explains The Globalists Methods To Achieving Immortality

Watch the 8:23 minute interview: https://rumble.com/v1lmu5l-joe-allen-explains-the-globalists-methods-to-achieving-immortality.html

CONGRESS

Citizen Free Press: Matt Gaetz — Establishment republicans plan to block Impeachment of Biden…

Start watching at the 9:20 minute mark: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/matt-gaetz-establishment-republicans-plan-to-block-impeachment-of-biden/

Citizen Free Press: Sinema — We should restore the Filibuster for judicial nominations…

Sinema in speech at McConnell Center says 60-vote Senate threshold should be restored. [Note:In no way is Sinema a moderate. Sinema (D-AZ) sees the red wave coming. Her Senate minority will need tools to use to fight against a Republican majority in the Senate. Sinema recently voted to seat  the most radical justice on the US Supreme court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. ]

Read more/Watch the two video clips: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/sinema-we-should-restore-the-filibuster-for-judicial-nominations/

2022 ELECTIONS

Sundance: Truthteller Kari Lake Says She Will Not Back Down, The Stakes are Too High

Arizona Governor Candidate Kari Lake is exceptional, bold and grounded to the reality of the challenge at hand.  Hopefully Arizona voters will see the value of her truth telling amid this era of great pretense and deceit.

Watch the 2:19 minute interview: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/09/26/truthteller-kari-lake-says-she-will-not-back-down-the-stakes-are-too-high/

USAA NEWS: Liz Cheney will do ‘everything’ – even campaign for Democrats – to defeat ‘dangerous’ Kari Lake in AZ

Now that RINO Rep.Unemployed RINO Liz Cheney has torched all her bridges with Republican voters in her home state of Wyoming, she has set her sights on the state of Arizona, where she says she will do “everything” she can to defeat the incredibly popular, Trump-endorsed Republican candidate for governor, Kari Lake — including campaigning for a Democrat. Speaking “one one one” at the closing keynote event at the Texas Tribune Festival in uber-liberal Austin, Cheney bluntly stated, “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure Kari Lake is not elected.”

Read more/Watch the 19 second clip: https://ussanews.com/2022/09/25/liz-cheney-will-do-everything-even-campaign-for-democrats-to-defeat-dangerous-kari-lake-in-az/

BIDEN’S FBI & DOJ

Dhillon: The Politicization of the Department of Justice

The tragic events of 9/11 marked a turning point in our nation’s recent civil rights history. First the terrorists attacked us—and then, in the name of national security, we began to attack ourselves. It has become almost cliché to say that we live in a surveillance state, but we do. Ever since Congress, on a fully bipartisan basis, enacted the Patriot Act six weeks after the attacks on 9/11, the ever-present eye of the government has been searching for new and creative ways to spy on American citizens. The government has the technology to monitor all of our electronic devices, listen to our phone calls, and read our emails and text messages—all under the auspices of national security.  This special law designed for an emergency has become a permanent addition to the government’s investigatory toolbox. The unfortunate reality is that the bulk of the actions taken by law enforcement under the Patriot Act have almost nothing to do with combating terrorism. Once-rare applications for surveillance warrants to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have multiplied many times in relative peacetime. Most of the spying conducted under the Patriot Act is for run-of-the-mill crimes that we’ve long expected law enforcement to address without special surveillance authority. Now, it is bad enough to have a politically-neutral surveillance state controlled by the national security crowd and their DOJ cousins. But take that panopticon and put it in the hands of an executive branch willing to weaponize its reams of information against its perceived political enemies, and we’ve got a frightening problem on our hands.

Read more: https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/the-politicization-of-the-department-of-justice/ 

Wilson: FBI Whistleblower Reveals Widespread Disgust Inside Bureau In Bombshell Bongino Interview

An FBI whistleblower warned that the bureau has been transformed from a law enforcement agency to an intelligence-gathering operation that spies on law-abiding Americans to help advance a political agenda and said thousands of agents and employees feel betrayed by the bureau’s leadership. Kyle Seraphin told podcaster and radio host Dan Bongino over a bombshell, two-part interview that agents are routinely directed to spy on Americans with little or no basis, the bureau’s management ranks are hopelessly politicized by inexperienced corporate climbers, and that hundreds of experienced agents are staying on despite their disgust simply to collect their pensions.

Read more/Watch the 2 part interview: : https://www.dailywire.com/news/fbi-whistleblower-reveals-widespread-disgust-inside-bureau-in-bombshell-bongino-interview

Solomon: Is FBI using security clearances to muzzle critics? Whistleblower’s lawyer says yes

A whistleblower lawyer representing an FBI agent suspended after raising concerns about the treatment of Jan. 6 suspects says the bureau is using its control of security clearances to silence and punish critics. Jason Foster, a former Senate investigator and head of the Empower Oversight whistleblower group, told Just the News on Monday his group is helping to represent Special Agent Stephen Friend, who last week made a whistleblower complaint to the Office of Special Counsel alleging he was suspended after raising concerns about treatment of Jan. 6 suspects, the use of SWAT teams and alleged manipulation of crime statistics. Foster said the bureau was able to sideline Friend last week by suspending his security clearance pending a review, essentially leaving the agent in limbo and unable to do his job. Foster was asked whether he knew of any wrongdoing that Friend committed that would warrant suspending his security clearance. “No, absolutely not,” he answered.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/accountability/whistleblowers/fbi-using-security-clearances-muzzle-critics-one-whistleblowers

FAUCI’s VIRUS

Banco, Furlong & Pfahler: How Bill Gates and partners used their clout to control the global Covid response — with little oversight

When Covid-19 struck, the governments of the world weren’t prepared. From America to Europe to Asia, they veered from minimizing the threat to closing their borders in ill-fated attempts to quell a viral spread that soon enveloped the world. While the most powerful nations looked inward, four non-governmental global health organizations began making plans for a life-or-death struggle against a virus that would know no boundaries. What followed was a steady, almost inexorable shift in power from the overwhelmed governments to a group of non-governmental organizations, according to a seven-month investigation by POLITICO journalists based in the U.S. and Europe and the German newspaper WELT. Armed with expertise, bolstered by contacts at the highest levels of Western nations and empowered by well-grooved relationships with drug makers, the four organizations took on roles often played by governments — but without the accountability of governments. While nations were still debating the seriousness of the pandemic, the groups identified potential vaccine makers and targeted investments in the development of tests, treatments and shots. And they used their clout with the World Health Organization to help create an ambitious worldwide distribution plan for the dissemination of those Covid tools to needy nations, though it would ultimately fail to live up to its original promises.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/14/global-covid-pandemic-response-bill-gates-partners-00053969

BIDEN’S VACCINE MANDATES

Kirsch: Dr. Paul Offit, one of the world’s most respected vaccine experts, is now officially an anti-vaxxer!

I learned about Paul’s conversion to anti-vaxxer status from reading Brucha Weisberger’s substack article. First, watch this TV news clip paying very close attention starting 50 seconds into the clip: . . . […]  The question for your blue pilled friends “So, if Dr. Paul Offit isn’t getting any more shots, why are you? Do you know something he doesn’t?”

Read more: https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/dr-paul-offit-one-of-the-worlds-most

(August 2022) Hecht:  Turbo-Cancer

Dr. Ute Kruger is a researcher and senior physician at Lunds University in Sweden. She’s the former Chief of Pathology, a field that she’s worked in for the last 25 years, with a specialty in breast cancer diagnosis for the past 18 years. She’s studied thousands of autopsies and breast cancer samples. She’s extremely familiar with the industry and patient age, tumor size, and malignancy grade are all within her field of expertise and have had a natural rhythm throughout her career. That natural rhythm came to a halt in 2021 once the vaccine rollout began. Doctors for Covid Ethics posted an interview with her where she shared her concerns about unusual features that have been showing up in samples from the past year. Age – The average ages of the samples she received dropped, with a rise in the number of samples from people in their 30’s-50’s. Size – It used to be unusual for Dr. Kruger to find a tumor 3 cm in size. In this new environment, she’s regularly seeing tumors of 4 cm, 8 cm, 10 cm, and the occasional 12 cm. In a shocking anecdote, 2 weeks ago she found a 16 cm tumor that took up an entire breast. Multiple Tumors – . . .

Recurrence – . . .[…]  Dr. Kruger initially thought that these turbo cancers, as she calls them, were due to delayed doctor appointments from Covid lockdowns, but that period is long over, and the tumors are still growing aggressively, and in younger patients. She reported some of these cases to the FDA, and while some higher-ups initially agreed to meet with her, they canceled the meeting with no explanation the next day and sent a phone agent to take her report instead.

Read more: https://etana.substack.com/p/turbo-cancer

CHINA: AMERICA’S MORTAL ENEMY

Lee: China Brings Home 162 Nuclear Scientists (Read: Spies) From New Mexico

As Russia threatens to use nukes against the U.S. “if the West attacks Russian territory,” a disturbing story has come out in recent days detailing the recruitment of over a hundred Chinese scientists who had worked at the nuclear research lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to bring whatever they may have learned back to China. […]  The report asserted that between 1987 and 2021, at least 162 scientists who passed through the nuclear research lab returned and worked with the Chinese government. Of these, 15 were permanent staff members, many carrying very high levels of security clearances.

Read more: https://redstate.com/slee/2022/09/26/china-brings-home-162-nuclear-scientists-read-spies-from-new-mexico-n633147

Gordon Chang tweet: We do not know what is going on in #China, but it ain’t good.  “There’s been a lot of smoke, that says there is a fire somewhere.”  Gordon Chang [@GordonGChang] claims that the rumors swirling that Xi Jinping is under house arrest are untrue but significant. @KILM3NY  @newsmax

Watch the 55 second video: https://twitter.com/GordonGChang/status/1573732907050582016?cxt=HHwWgIC-gbbvgtcrAAAA

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING FOREIGN POLICY

Rafizadeh: Biden Administration Standing Idly By While Iran’s Mullahs Advance to Nuclear Bomb

The Biden administration implemented its agenda to revive the Obama nuclear deal after US President Joe Biden assumed office in January 2021. Now, more than a year and half of negotiations seems to have benefited no one except the ruling and Islamist mullahs of Iran. The endless negotiations seem simply to have bought time for the mullahs, so that they could comfortably advance their nuclear program to their highest level ever. Not only has the Biden administration seen no urgency to change its disastrous path, it is actually redoubling efforts to for Iran talks, presumably after America’s mid-term election on November 8. Iran’s regime, which has long claimed that it is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons because of the Supreme Leader’s reported “fatwa” forbidding such an act, has now changed its tone and is bragging that it has currently the ability to build a nuclear bomb. Kamal Kharrazi, Iran’s former foreign minister, pointed said to Al Jazeera recently that “It’s no secret that we have become a quasi-nuclear state. This is a fact. And it’s no secret that we have the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb.” He added, “In the past, and within just a few days, we were able to enrich uranium up to 60%, and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium. But what we want is a Middle East without any nuclear weapons” – most likely meaning just their nuclear weapons, not anyone else’s. Some Iranian leaders have also admitted that the regime’s nuclear program was always designed to manufacture nuclear weapons. Former deputy speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Motahari, for instance, disclosed in April: . . .

Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18925/iran-advance-nuclear-bomb

Eugyppius: Apparent Sabotage Disables Nord Stream 1 and 2, Cutting Off All Direct Gas Supply to Germany from Russia

Anonymous German officials appear to acknowledge the strong possibility of American or NATO involvement. Yesterday evening, pressure in the undersea Nord Stream 2 pipeline suddenly collapsed, and gas could be seen bubbling to the surface of the Baltic Sea near the Danish island of Bornholm. Shortly afterwards, reports came of a total collapse in the pressure of our other major undersea pipeline connection to Russia, Nord Stream 1, indicating a further rupture. Government officials assume that the damage is intentional, and the result of an attack by foreign forces: Due to the timing, the fact that three separate pipelines were affected1, and the severe pressure losses in Nord Stream 1, officials expect the worst. “We can no longer imagine any scenario other than a targeted attack,” said a person privy to the assessment by the federal government and federal authorities. They added: “Everything speaks against a coincidence.”

Read more: https://www.eugyppius.com/p/apparent-sabotage-disables-nord-stream

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING THE U.S. MILITARY

Kredo: Air Force Academy Holds ‘Transgender Visibility’ Seminar

The “discussion” session focused “on awareness for transgender communities in the military,” according to a copy of an invitation for the event obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.[…]  Events of this nature are part of a wholesale push by the U.S. military to foster a more culturally inclusive environment. Critics say this type of training is part of a woke cultural agenda that is being mainstreamed by the Democratic Party’s far-left flank.

Read more: https://freebeacon.com/national-security/air-force-academy-holds-transgender-visibility-seminar/

BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING AMERICA

Prager U: Who Cares About Illegal Immigration?

It’s understandable why people from all over the world want to come to the United States. It’s still the land of opportunity. So, should we open our borders to everyone, no matter their legal status? Is that the compassionate thing to do? Is that the prudent thing to do? Will Witt has a lot of questions to ask about this difficult issue.

Watch the 4:57 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izWK1EH0dag

Sundance: Checkbook Economics, Household Expenses Rise $961 Per Month, $11,532/yr, While Incomes Remain Flat

With most financial media being intentionally obtuse with the Biden economic impact upon Main Street, it is refreshing to see analysis that cuts to the heart of the matter.  HatTip to ZeroHedge who provides a link to a great article outlining reality for blue and white-collar working families. The folks at NerdWallet have taken the inflation date from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) and applied the math to real life.  The result is a good encapsulation of checkbook economics and how the Biden economy is painful for the working class. In total, Joe Biden’s energy policy driven inflation has added . . .

Read more: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/09/22/checkbook-economics-household-expenses-rise-961-per-month-11532-yr-while-incomes-remain-flat/

Zeisloft: Biden May Try To Fire World Bank President For Not Pushing Climate Policy Enough, Possible Replacement Chimes In: Report

White House officials have considered trying to get World Bank President David Malpass fired for not pursuing climate change policies with sufficient zeal, according to a Friday report from Axios. Malpass, who formerly served as under secretary of the Treasury for international affairs under former President Donald Trump, was asked on Tuesday whether he affirms that the “manmade burning of fossil fuels is rapidly and dangerously warming the planet.” Malpass reportedly said: “I don’t even know. I’m not a scientist.”

Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-may-try-to-fire-world-bank-president-for-not-pushing-climate-policy-enough-possible-replacement-chimes-in-report

THE DEMOCRAT LED WAR ON CHILDREN

Wauck: They Want The Kids–In The Worst Way

Every day we read new accounts from the various fronts of what Steve Sailer calls World War T—the transhumanist war on human nature. Just yesterday we read that USAF cadets are being told to stop referring to “mom and dad”, at the same that the US military is facing a readiness and recruiting crisis. I suppose you can ultimately trace this back to Hume and Kant and the denial of cause and effect as simply mental constructs. It’s a sure sign of a disconnect from reality. On the other hand it’s instructive to notice the way the propaganda war has changed. Initially the assault on human nature was based on the rhetoric of kindness and tolerance. Hey, love is love, right? It’s the kind of logic that appeals to simple minds, libertarians and such like. In other words, the American and modern LCD. That’s how homosexual “marriage” was sold—even though, as surveys now show, homosexuals aren’t actually availing themselves of this newly invented “right”. We can view that approach as basically defensive in nature. But now we see a shift to the offense: open and aggressive pushing of, let’s see, “queer”, “transgressive”, “kink”, etc. You get the picture. Love is love? Please. It’s not about holding hands, as naive people think. Check out this Rod Dreher title: Why Does The NEA Want Kids To Learn Butthole-Licking? I apologize for being gross, but it’s necessary. You have to be shocked into recognizing the moral horror of what a part of the nation’s largest teacher’s union is doing. It is unspeakable, but we have to speak about it.

Read more: https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/they-want-the-kids-in-the-worst-way?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

Widburg: A disturbing video is a reminder that drag queens and kids don’t mix

The myth is that drag queens are men who are light and sparkly, delivering joy wherever they go. In keeping with that view, the narrative continues that drag queens are especially suited to being with children. The reality is that these are men who have a fetishistic sexual relationship to their “feminine” alter egos and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near children. […] The reality, though, is that drag queens have their roots in the hypersexual. I figured that out in the 1990s when some people I know formed a superb acapella group. Their voices were great, their harmonies perfect, and their lyrics clever. They were also four men dressed as women and 80% of their songs revolved around sex, fecal matter (and, of course, fecal-related sex), and fetishes. Even though I was a Democrat then, and had no children, after seeing this talented quartet perform twice, I felt so unclean that I never went to another show. […]   Given these men’s lack of talent, it seems apparent that they are performing for the sexual thrill of exhibitionism. And when it comes to those who want to perform for children, rather than in dark, alcoholic-saturated gay clubs for adults, it’s probably all the more thrilling for them when they’re exhibiting themselves to children.

The above brings us to a video from Chattanooga,

Read more/Watch the 1:16 minute video at American Thinker.

Bannons War Room: Robby and Landon Starbuck Discuss Disturbing Drag Show Targeting Children And Proposed Legislation

Watch the 9:45 minute interview: https://rumble.com/v1lnilh-robby-and-landon-starbuck-discuss-disturbing-drag-show-targeting-children-a.html

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S MARXIST PLAYBOOK: ANTI-POLICE  ANTI-VICTIM  PRO-CRIMINAL

Stiles: Deadly Democrats: The Crime Wave No One’s Talking About

The left-wing killing spree is out of control. Volent crime continues to rise across the United States, and Democratic politicians are struggling to defend their anti-law enforcement policies that have in some cases resulted in preventable deaths. This alarming crime wave has coincided with a marked increase in the number of Democratic donors, operatives, and elected officials (and other left-wing maniacs) arrested and charged with violent crimes. Here are a few of the most notable Democratic Party officials and associates to be charged, prosecuted, or sentenced for violent crimes in 2022: . . .

Read more: https://freebeacon.com/democrats/crime-spree-murder-scandal/

Tingle: Fury over ‘special treatment’ for ISIS Beatle behind horrific beheadings: Calls for urgent answers after British jihadi who killed four US hostages avoids supermax prison and gets soft sentence in jail where could radicalise others

El Shafee Elsheikh, 34, or ‘Ringo’ will allegedly not be jailed in solitary confinement at ADX Florence in Colorado – but instead he’ll spend his sentence at a less restrictive prison on the same site known as USP Florence High. Elsheikh, from West London, received eight life sentences after committing ‘some of the most barbaric terrorist acts ever seen’ as part of the twisted ‘ISIS Beatles’ group which captured, tortured and killed a group of journalists and aid workers in Syria in 2014. David Spencer, research director at the Centre for Crime Prevention, slammed the decision today. ‘If it’s special treatment for him and it’s on the grounds of his mental health it looks soft in light of what he’s done and the impact of his horrific actions on his victims and their loved ones,’ he told MailOnline. Noting that the supermax already houses other British terrorists, such as the hate preacher Abu Hamza, he added: ‘There’s a lack of consistency. If this jail is where serious terrorists are sent he should have gone there too. ‘We urgently need to find out the reasons why this man hasn’t been sent there as a convicted terrorist who’s slaughtered so many people.’

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11254027/Fury-special-treatment-ISIS-Beatle-horrific-beheadings.html

GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED HOSPITALS

(Illegal Do Not Resuscitate orders) Gomez: Covid Hospital Protocols the New Global Holocaust?

Scott Schara, the father of Grace Schara who’s life was taken while at a hospital in Wisconsin, talks about a protest he and supporters held in her memory on September 26, 2022. The protest comes days after what would have been Grace’s 20th birthday and 17 days before the one year anniversary of her death. Scott tells The New American how the protest went, updates about the legal case, and draws stark comparisons of Grace’s story with the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. According to Scott, the Covid hospital protocols in the U.S. and in many places around the world constitute a global genocide.

Read more/Watch the 15:59 minute interview: https://thenewamerican.com/covid-hospital-protocols-the-new-global-holocaust/

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S MARXIST PLAYBOOK: CANCEL CULTURE

Hoge: Not a Joke: Email Company Cancels the Babylon Bee

Of course, since they have a conservative bent, they’ve naturally experienced their share of cancel culture: the New York Times came after them for spreading “misinformation” (it’s satire, you buffoons), Twitter bans them periodically when the mood strikes and fact-checkers like Snopes get their undies in a twist when a funny headline hits too close to home. Now it looks like yet another woke corporation is trying to signal its virtues by clamping down on the Bee:A few weeks ago, we received an unexpected email from Front, the company that manages all inbound and outbound email for the team here at the Babylon Bee, informing us that they had terminated our account, effective immediately. Sure enough, moments later, we were unable to send or receive email.

Read more: https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2022/09/26/not-a-joke-email-company-cancels-the-babylon-bee-n633148

OTHER NEWS

Boyd: Media Marvel At Babies’ Reactions To Flavor In The Womb While Championing Their Demise

Corporate media outlets were abuzz with excitement on Thursday morning over the scientific confirmation that babies in the womb visibly recoil at the taste of leafy greens such as kale. The English study in question, published on Wednesday, found that babies in the womb have strong, physical reactions to the flavor profiles of the foods their mothers ingest. Thanks to previous scholarship, scientists already knew that unborn infants’ “taste buds develop anatomically at 8 weeks’ gestation and can detect tastants from 14 weeks’ gestation.” There is also significant evidence that by 16 weeks in utero, babies regularly swallow and taste amniotic fluid.

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/22/media-marvel-at-babies-reactions-to-flavor-in-the-womb-while-championing-their-demise/

Lifson: Obama’s SUV parked in a handicapped spot for 2 hours as he enjoyed upscale sushi with his daughters in LA

Staying out of handicapped parking spaces is for little people, apparently.  While you or I would face a fine of $250 to $1,000 in California for parking in a handicapped spot in front of a fancy restaurant while we spent two hours inside, if we didn’t have the necessary documentation, the rules are different for Barack Obama. The U.K. Daily Mail reports: . . .

Read more at American Thinker.

INTERNATIONAL

Moore: What Is a Monarch?

Elizabeth II understood her duty—do we? On the evening of September 8, as mourners began to gather outside Balmoral Castle to grieve the death of their monarch, their monarch was inside, grieving too. In the U.K., the transition from one monarch to the next is instantaneous. At the moment of Queen Elizabeth’s death, her son, Prince Charles, became the King. The person may die, but the monarchy lives on. The Queen is dead, long live the King.

In the last analysis, a monarch is not a person. A monarch is a symbol—a country in human form. In the age of constitutional monarchy, this is really the monarch’s only job. Not just to represent his country, but to become it.

No one really seeks this responsibility out, or chooses it for himself. And by necessity it often comes at a moment of great personal grief.

Read more: https://americanmind.org/salvo/what-is-a-monarch/

Zeisloft: British Prime Minister Ends Fracking Ban. Climate Activists Are Irate.

Environmental groups are “angry” over efforts from British Prime Minister Liz Truss to increase oil and gas production. As Europe battles soaring energy prices amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Truss began pushing for higher fossil fuel production and established the goal of becoming a net exporter of energy by 2040. The new Conservative Party government headed by Truss also canceled a rise in the corporate tax rate, slashed the basic income tax rate to 19%, and started discussions about special economic zones in multiple regions.

Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/british-prime-minister-ends-fracking-ban-climate-activists-are-irate

Fleetwood: European Voters Are Rejecting The Failed Policies Of Globalism From Italy To Sweden

Several ruling, pro-globalist European coalitions lost control of their nations’ respective governments in elections over the past several weeks, marking a major victory for some of the continent’s more right-of-center political parties. On Sunday, Italian voters elected their most conservative government in decades, putting Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy Party, on track to become the nation’s first female prime minister. “Partial results place the Brothers of Italy on 26 per cent, making it the leading party, with Meloni’s allies Matteo Salvini, 49, the leader of the League, on 9 per cent and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia on 8 per cent,” The Times, a U.K.-based outlet, reported. “The coalition’s combined share of more than 40 per cent is likely to translate into majorities in both houses of parliament thanks to electoral law, which benefits party alliances.” […]  This is Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

I’ve never heard any politician so perfectly explain what we’re up against and why we fight. When you watch this video, you’ll quickly realize why the establishment is afraid of her.

Read more/Watch the 2:14 minute video: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/26/european-voters-are-rejecting-the-failed-policies-of-globalism-from-italy-to-sweden/

Daily News Roundup

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Midterms 2022

Tom Joyce: Arizona GOP Governor Candidate on Migrant Surge: Declare Invasion, Send Guard to Border

“My plan is the most bold, aggressive plan on the border,” Lake told Tucker Carlson. “We’re going to secure the border. We’re going to call it what it is, issue a declaration of invasion on day one, get troops on the border in the form of our national guard. We’re going to stop people from coming over. And we’re going to stop the cartels from having control of our border.”
Lake also said there is another reason why border security is vital: preventing fentanyl from entering the country.
“I don’t like it as a mother and I know no Arizonan likes it that we’re the pipeline for the most dangerous deadly drug this country has ever seen called fentanyl,” she said. “Number one killer of young people. It’s all coming through Arizona because [President] Joe Biden gave control of our border to the cartels.”
Read this article at The Center Square.

Nicole Silverio: 41% Of Hispanics Approve GOP Governors Sending Illegal Migrants To Liberal Cities

The majority of Hispanic voters surveyed approve of the migrant relocation policies enforced by some Republican governors, a Politico/Morning Consult poll found Wednesday.
The poll surveyed 223 Hispanics and asked them if they believe the transporting of migrants to liberal enclaves by Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida are appropriate. Forty-one percent of Hispanics surveyed approved of the relocation policies, according to the poll.
Just over one-third of those surveyed, 35%, disapproved of the governors’ transporting of migrants, according to the poll. The numbers resembled the answers of the white voters surveyed, finding that 46% approved and 39% disapproved…..
Read article at Daily Caller News Foundation.

Progressivism Must Be Defeated. GOP Senate Candidate Blake Masters & Keith Knight   Watch this excellent video interview of Senate GOP candidate Blake Masters from November 29, 2021.

Jarryd Jaeger: BREAKING: Kari Lake reveals Katie Hobbs fought to eliminate the pledge, anthem and constitution from AZ schools

On Tuesday, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake revealed that her Democrat counterpart Katie Hobbs fought to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem, and Constitution from being taught in elementary schools across the state.
Lake slammed Hobbs for her voting record, and warned Arizonans of the consequences Hobbs government would have for their children.
“In Hobbs’ Arizona, your kindergartner wouldn’t learn the Pledge of Allegiance,” Lake began, “but your precious five-year-old would be taught about sex.”
Lake described the Pledge, the anthem, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence as “American cornerstones” and “pillars of our great nation,” saying she was shocked that Hobbs fought to keep them out of the classroom.
“Growing up in America it was an absolute no-brainer for you and me to learn these things in school; Hobbs does not want that same education for our children.”
Lake explained that as a legislator, Hobbs had voted to block the aforementioned things, along with the Mayflower Compact, from being taught to the next generation of students…..
Read this article at The Post Millennial.

Victoria Marshall: Here’s How Big Tech Plans To Rig The 2022 Midterms

Through its censorship, Big Tech controls the flow of information that informs voters and impacts elections.
As the 2022 midterms loom, big tech companies are again announcing their plans to meddle in U.S. elections by censoring news and information. Social media censorship ramped up dramatically following President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, leading to companies such as Twitter and Facebook colluding with Democrat operatives in intelligence agencies to censor and suppress factual stories that harmed then-candidate Joe Biden during his 2020 campaign.
Two years later, following heavy documentation of the meddling, big tech companies are intent on using the same strategy. And they’re openly admitting as much.
Facebook
Nick Clegg, president of global affairs for Meta — Facebook’s parent company — wrote in a blog post that Facebook’s approach to the 2022 midterms will be “largely consistent with the policies and safeguards” from 2020.
Posts rated as false or partly false by one of Facebook’s 11 so-called “fact-checkers” will receive a label titled “false information,” causing their outreach to be dramatically limited. During the 2020 election, NeverTrump outlet The Dispatch — one of the fact-checkers — published an inaccurate “fact-check” that shut down public communications from pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List just weeks before the election.
Lead Stories, one of Facebook’s many left-wing “fact check” censors, is partly funded by the Democratic National Committee as well as Beijing-based ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok. In 2020, Lead Stories was responsible for censoring The Federalist’s own correct reporting about the Georgia election. After The Federalist criticized Lead Stories for its fake “fact-checking,” it was censored again.
While accurate stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop were never fact-checked, their reach was also limited in 2020, as Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted in an interview with podcaster Joe Rogan. According to Zuckerberg, the FBI pressured Facebook to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story by falsely claiming it was Russian disinformation.
Such collusion between the intelligence community and Facebook is sure to continue: in its 2022 Factsheet outlining its approach to the U.S. midterms, the company writes that it will be “working with federal government partners including the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, as well as local and state election officials and industry peers, to make sure we’re all preparing for different scenarios.”…..
Read the article at The Prickly Pear.

Kari Lake Exclusive: The Future of Arizona Is on the Ballot, Here’s My Plan to Save the State

Editors’ Note: The Western Tribune interview with Kari Lake can be viewed at this link. Kari Lake presents a strong conservative and America First vision for the next Governor of Arizona. We recommend watching this short video. She presents solutions for problems that have plagued Arizona and the nation since the beginning of the Biden presidency that are getting worse without pause. Her opponent, Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s current Secretary of State, is refusing debate and will apply the Biden agenda to our state including an open border, crime, inflation, a war on fossil fuel, and the Green New Deal. The Prickly Pear recommends Kari Lake for Governor and down-ballot Republicans for Secretary of State (the Lieutenant Governor), Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Education, Corporate Commission candidates and your Arizona state and federal House and Senate candidates. The Prickly Pear asks all Arizona voters a simple question – do you want our state to be another California or New York with their radical progressive, socialist policies ruining Arizona and the nation with open borders, crime, inflation, the war on energy and our children, and so much more? The answer is also simple – vote Republican and put Democrats out of the game until their party becomes a pro-American and pro-Arizona party again and reasonable choices can be made. And….. Do not ‘drop off’ your mail-in ballot at your polling station on November 8th – if you vote by mail, vote no later than October 31 and take the ballot to your post office to reduce potential  fraud. If you go the polling station on 11/8, don’t deposit the green envelope – actually vote that day!! Exchange your mail-in ballot for an actual ballot. Go into the booth and cast your vote to be tabulated by the night of the election. 

This next decade will be pivotal for Arizona. Our state is poised to lead the way in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, become a powerhouse of technological innovation and manufacturing, build one of the most competitive and prosperous economies in the country and create endless opportunities for Arizona’s workers and families.
This future is possible, but it’s not guaranteed. This November, we can either go down the path of liberal states like California and resign ourselves to brutal lockdowns, unaffordable taxes, summer blackouts and crushing regulations, or we can chart our own unique path that will truly put Arizona on the map. That’s why I’m running for governor — the stakes are too high to let career politicians turn Arizona into California.
Arizona’s best days are ahead of us, and I have a plan that boldly and honestly addresses the roadblocks standing in our way…..
Read this article at The Western Journal.

‘Look At Mark Kelly Squirm’: Arizona GOP Candidate Blake Masters Pounces As Opponent Dodges Questions On Biden Record

Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, pounced on his challenger, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, after Kelly dodged a question on whether President Joe Biden is doing a good job.
Kelly sat down for an interview Sunday with Arizona’s Family to discuss the upcoming election and current events. At one point, the interviewer asked Kelly about Biden’s record.
“Your thoughts on [Biden’s] job, has he done a good job, do you think?” he asked the senator.
“Hey, I th—, you know, I, uh, you know, I, it, first of all, it’s not my job to give him a report card,” Kelly said, appearing to stutter. “I would say, mixed reviews on certain things. I have issues about Afghanistan, how our role in Afghanistan ended.”
Kelly then said he collaborated with the Biden administration to work with Ukraine, saying the administration “gets high marks” for their work in that area.
Blake Masters took to social media to pounce on Kelly’s seeming hesitance to support the president. (RELATED: ‘Not Exactly An Open Invitation’: Tapper Presses Sen. Kelly After He Dodges Whether He Wants Biden To Campaign For Him)
“Look at Mark Kelly squirm when asked if Biden is doing a good job,” Masters tweeted Monday about the interview. “Senator: Biden’s record is YOUR record. Can’t hide from that now,” he added in the tweet.
Read this article at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Joyce: Arizona GOP governor candidate on migrant surge: Declare invasion, send guard to border

If elected governor of Arizona, how would Kari Lake handle illegal immigration?
Sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts is not a part of her plan.
Making an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News on Wednesday night, the Republican said she disagreed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to send two planes of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
“You know, I actually get a kick out of it watching these liberal mayors just, you know, throw their hands up and say ‘we can’t handle it,’ because it’s life every day for us in these border states. However, I’m not a fan of it, Tucker…..
“My plan is the most bold, aggressive plan on the border,” Lake told Tucker Carlson. “We’re going to secure the border. We’re going to call it what it is, issue a declaration of invasion on day one, get troops on the border in the form of our national guard. We’re going to stop people from coming over. And we’re going to stop the cartels from having control of our border.”
Lake also said there is another reason why border security is vital: preventing fentanyl from entering the country…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Smith: Voters Must Ask If Sen. Mark Kelly Has Used His Authority For Their Benefit

When candidates run for reelection, the election itself is a referendum on those candidates, and how well they performed in office.  Voters should ask themselves this question:  did the candidates use their authority effectively?  When we ask ourselves that question about Mark Kelly, we should consider that, in the Senate, his authority was uniquely strong.  His professional background, the political breakdown in the Senate and the fact that he is up for reelection all combined to give Mark Kelly much more influence and power than the typical freshman Senator. The question we should ask ourselves is—did he use that authority well?…..

Read article at Arizona Daily Independent News Network.

Kaminsky: Mark Kelly Raked In Cash From Corporate-Backed PACs Despite Pledging To Refuse ‘Corporate PAC Money’

Sen. Mark Kelly has pledged since unveiling his 2019 senate bid that he would refuse corporate campaign dollars. But since that time, the Arizona Democrat has accepted hundreds of thousands in donations from political action committees (PAC) backed by corporations, according to federal records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Kelly has repeatedly emphasized he does not and will not “take a dime of corporate PAC money.” Despite that pledge, the former astronaut’s campaign has raked in roughly $154,000 from Democratic PACs since March 2019 that have hauled in large sums from PACs for corporations, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.

For instance, Kelly’s campaign has received $20,000 combined from the Green Mountain PAC since June 2019, FEC filings show. Green Mountain PAC, a leadership PAC affiliated with Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, has accepted $247,500 since 2005 from corporate PACs for Google, Pfizer, AT&T, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, filings show.

Nutmeg PAC, a leadership PAC associated with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, has contributed $17,500 to Kelly’s campaign since May 2019. At the same time, the PAC has accepted $231,000 since 2011 from corporate PACs for Microsoft, Comcast, Raytheon Technologies, Pfizer, Honeywell, General Dynamics and UBS, filings show…..
Read article at Daily Caller.

Justice: Heritage Action Steps Up In Arizona Senate Race After McConnell Pulls $8 Million From Masters
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters.
An independent super PAC aligned with Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is pumping money into the Arizona Senate race amid near-total abandonment by Republican leadership in this highly competitive race amid a currently 50-50 Senate.
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters in the form of voter outreach efforts and television ad buys after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) pulled $8 million from the contest.
“We wanted to be there from a conservative standpoint,” said Jessica Anderson, the president of the Sentinel Action Fund, highlighting the group’s spending in Arizona, and Masters in particular, as a “clarion call for the conservative movement to come and support this candidate.”
While the group has also announced efforts to get involved with pivotal Senate races in Nevada and Georgia, Anderson emphasized “$5 million is so far our largest single expenditure that we have planned.”
In the final week of August, McConnell’s super PAC canceled nearly $8 million in ad buys for Arizona and demanded private entrepreneur and megadonor Peter Thiel step in to replace the lost funding. The money initially set aside for Masters will instead go to support J.D. Vance in Ohio.
Both Masters and Vance, who worked for Thiel prior to jumping into crowded Senate primaries, were backed by the billionaire venture capitalist with $15 million each during the party contests. McConnell is now demanding more money from Thiel, who has yet to spend on either in the general, to push the candidates across the November finish line…..
Read article at The Federalist.

Lauterbach: Hobbs Becomes First Gubernatorial Candidate In Decades to Refuse State-Sanctioned Debate Offer
Katie Hobbs will be the first candidate for Arizona governor in decades to refuse an invitation to debate her opponent in a state commission-organized event.
Hobbs, the current Democratic secretary of state, announced Sunday that she would “respectfully decline” the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission invitation to reach terms on debating her Republican opponent, former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake. No other candidate running for office in November has declined an invitation, nor has any candidate for governor done so since the commission began holding debates in 2002.
“Secretary Hobbs remains willing and eager to participate in a town hall-style event, such as the forum she participated in last week in which Arizonans were able to hear directly from Sec. Hobbs about her in-depth policy plans and how she would approach governing this state,” Hobbs’ campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, debating a conspiracy theorist like Kari Lake – whose entire campaign platform is to cause enormous chaos and make Arizona the subject of national ridicule – would only lead to constant interruptions, pointless distractions, and childish name-calling.”
The AZCCEC met last week to discuss Hobbs’ request for separate town hall-style Q&A sessions with the commission’s chosen moderator. They denied that request and gave staffers a week to figure out a setting where Hobbs would join Lake on stage…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Lyman: ‘Look At Mark Kelly Squirm’: Arizona GOP Candidate Blake Masters Pounces As Opponent Dodges Questions On Biden Record

Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, pounced on his challenger, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, after Kelly dodged a question on whether President Joe Biden is doing a good job.
Kelly sat down for an interview Sunday with Arizona’s Family to discuss the upcoming election and current events. At one point, the interviewer asked Kelly about Biden’s record.
“Your thoughts on [Biden’s] job, has he done a good job, do you think?” he asked the senator.
“Hey, I th—, you know, I, uh, you know, I, it, first of all, it’s not my job to give him a report card,” Kelly said, appearing to stutter. “I would say, mixed reviews on certain things. I have issues about Afghanistan, how our role in Afghanistan ended.”…..
Read article at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Elordi: Private School Grad Katie Hobbs Releases Anti-School Choice Plan

Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for Arizona governor, released her education plan on Sunday, which doubles down on her opposition to school choice.
Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s secretary of state and herself a private school graduate, said her education plan for Arizona includes cracking down on the state’s school voucher program.
“Too often, Republicans have completely disregarded public opinion in an effort to defund our public schools. At every turn, they have moved to expand school vouchers without common-sense measures of accountability, with the clear intent to eventually do away with our local public schools,” Hobbs said in her plan.
Arizona expanded its school voucher program over the summer. Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) signed a bill in July allowing every Arizona student to get a taxpayer-funded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) account to pay for their education at a private school, about $6,500 per child for grades 1-12.
In the first two weeks after the online portal for new ESA applications opened, the state received around 6,800 new applications for school vouchers.
Hobbs said that as governor, she would roll back the expansion…..
Read article at The Daily Wire.

Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”
Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters.
According to the canvas, Republicans had a higher turnout than Democrats in Maricopa County: over 59 percent to just over 47 percent, respectively…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Young: Trump, Trump-backed Candidates Surge in New Arizona Polling

Polling shows a tight race in Arizona in the lead up to the November election, as Donald Trump endorsed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake faces off against Democrat rival Katie Hobbs and Trump backed Blake Masters goes up against incumbent Senator Mark Kelly.
A new poll out of Emerson College shows that Hobbs and her GOP rival, Kari Lake, are neck and neck and polling at 46 percent support each. Mark Kelly holds support at 47 percent with Blake Masters holding at 45 percent.
In the governor’s race only six percent are undecided and two percent claim they will vote for some other candidate. In the senate race, five percent say they are undecided and four percent claim they will vote for a third candidate.
Kari Lake, Blake Masters, and Mark Kelly all polled at 48 percent general favorability. 54 percent of voters expect Lake to win the governor’s seat and 53 percent expect Kelly to hold the Senate seat. 46 percent of those polled expect Hobbs to win, coincidentally Hobbs holds a 46 percent favorability rating…..
Read article at The Post Millennial.

Joyce: Arizona governor’s and U.S. Senate races highly competitive, poll shows

If a new poll is any indicator, Arizona will have at least a couple of highly-competitive statewide races on the ballot this November.
The poll released by Emerson College this week found that the incumbent in the U.S. Senate race has a slight lead, and no one has a lead in the race to be the state’s next governor.
According to the poll, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, has a two-point lead over his Republican challenger, venture capitalist Blake Masters. The poll shows Kelly has a 47% to 45% lead. Five percent of voters said they were undecided, and 4% said they plan to support someone else. Additionally, 53% of voters say they think Kelly will win the race, regardless of who they support…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Corrine Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”……

Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Cole Lauterbach: State officials deny Hobbs’ request for town hall format to escape debate with Lake

Arizona’s election debate authority will not bend to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ demand to have a sequestered conversation with a moderator in lieu of a traditional debate with Republican Kari Lake. The two women won their respective primaries for governor and face off in the general election Nov. 8.
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission held a virtual meeting Thursday to consider Hobbs’ demand that she and the former Fox 10 anchor give separate moderated interviews, eschewing the long-held tradition the panel has organized.
“I don’t believe that the commission should accept Secretary Hobbs’ proposal of these back-to-back town hall interviews,” commission Chairman Damien Meyer said. “However, I do want to acknowledge the concerns of the Hobbs campaign that any debate needs to be a fair and reasoned debate.”
Meyer tasked both campaigns to work with the commission within a week to come to a compromise.
Other commissioners reluctantly agreed to a week but opposed appeasing Hobbs. They voted 3-1 to give staffers and candidates a week to come to an agreement and debate.
“We have a format that we have used for a number of years that has been successful,” said Mark Kimble, an independent, who criticized the Hobbs campaign for demanding a revamp of the format days after the deadline. “It’s incumbent on us to say ‘enough.’”
Hobbs appointed Kimble to his position on the commission in her time as Senate Minority Leader.
Commissioner Galen Paton agreed with Kimble, saying they owe it to the electorate to put the two into a debate.
“If they want to do town halls, they can do it somewhere else,” Paton said. “This is our top elected official. If you want to represent nearly 8 million Arizonans, we need to see a debate between these two.”
Commissioner Steve Titla agreed with the others but stressed that civility is maintained…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Corrine Murdock: Senator Kelly Claims He Avoids Stock Trading Despite Violating STOCK Act Last Year

On Thursday, Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) claimed that he doesn’t engage in stock trading. Yet last year, Kelly was fined for violating the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act.
Kelly tweeted that he also doesn’t benefit from corporate political action committee (PAC) money, and has a public Senate schedule.
“These are the standards I hold myself to,” stated Kelly. “And I’m working to make it the standard for the whole Senate.”
The stock trading that earned Kelly his fine was with Boom Technology (previously known as Boom Aerospace, or Boom Supersonic): a Chinese-partnered company designing supersonic aircrafts on whose board Kelly served from 2015 to 2019. Kelly failed to file a disclosure on exercising that stock option for four months. The STOCK Act requires legislators to disclose that action within 30 days of notification or 45 days of the transaction…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Arizona Free Enterprise Club: It Is Critical to Drain the School Board Swamp This November

Public schools are out of control. And it’s going to get worse if we don’t do something about it. Unfortunately, for far too long, school board elections have been some of the most ignored around our state. But whether you have kids in public school, private school, or homeschool—whether your kids are out of school or you don’t have kids at all—this year’s school board election will affect you.
How? Take a look at some of the worst abuses in public school districts in the past year.
A Financial Mess
As a taxpaying citizen, you probably care a lot about where your dollars go. But most school districts don’t share your same concerns. Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is one of them. Back in March, MPS failed to explain where over $32.3 million of their federal emergency funds slated for COVID-related expenditures went—which should’ve resulted in an audit by the State of Arizona.
But Mesa isn’t the only problem. Earlier this year, the Arizona Auditor General discovered that Buckeye Elementary School District may have grossly overpaid Superintendent Kristi Wilson. She received 100 percent more in compensation than the superintendents of Arizona’s three largest districts made on average.
Then, there’s teacher pay. Stop us if you’ve heard campaign after campaign that promises higher teacher pay. It’s been the calling card of teachers’ unions forever. So, how’s the follow through? A report from the Goldwater Institute in July revealed that despite the fact that state lawmakers provided nearly 28 percent more funding to increase the salaries of Arizona’s public school teachers between 2018 and 2021, teacher pay only went up 16.5 percent. But don’t worry. Your dollars were used somehow, as public school districts still continued their long-running pattern of increasing overall spending.
Now, you may be wondering what exactly our state’s public school districts are spending your money on. We’re glad you asked.
Radical Gender Theory Is Spreading Like Wildfire.
Over the past year, many of Arizona’s public schools appear to be playing a game of “Who Can Be More Woke” in their attempt to indoctrinate children with gender identity ideology. One of the worst offenders is Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), the same school district where the now-former Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg was connected to a secret dossier on parents and other political opposition……
Read article at Arizona Free News.

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Midterms 2022

Progressivism Must Be Defeated. GOP Senate Candidate Blake Masters & Keith Knight   Watch this excellent video interview of Senate GOP candidate Blake Masters from November 29, 2021.

Jarryd Jaeger: BREAKING: Kari Lake reveals Katie Hobbs fought to eliminate the pledge, anthem and constitution from AZ schools

On Tuesday, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake revealed that her Democrat counterpart Katie Hobbs fought to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem, and Constitution from being taught in elementary schools across the state.
Lake slammed Hobbs for her voting record, and warned Arizonans of the consequences Hobbs government would have for their children.
“In Hobbs’ Arizona, your kindergartner wouldn’t learn the Pledge of Allegiance,” Lake began, “but your precious five-year-old would be taught about sex.”
Lake described the Pledge, the anthem, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence as “American cornerstones” and “pillars of our great nation,” saying she was shocked that Hobbs fought to keep them out of the classroom.
“Growing up in America it was an absolute no-brainer for you and me to learn these things in school; Hobbs does not want that same education for our children.”
Lake explained that as a legislator, Hobbs had voted to block the aforementioned things, along with the Mayflower Compact, from being taught to the next generation of students…..
Read this article at The Post Millennial.

 

Victoria Marshall: Here’s How Big Tech Plans To Rig The 2022 Midterms

Through its censorship, Big Tech controls the flow of information that informs voters and impacts elections.
As the 2022 midterms loom, big tech companies are again announcing their plans to meddle in U.S. elections by censoring news and information. Social media censorship ramped up dramatically following President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, leading to companies such as Twitter and Facebook colluding with Democrat operatives in intelligence agencies to censor and suppress factual stories that harmed then-candidate Joe Biden during his 2020 campaign.
Two years later, following heavy documentation of the meddling, big tech companies are intent on using the same strategy. And they’re openly admitting as much.
Facebook
Nick Clegg, president of global affairs for Meta — Facebook’s parent company — wrote in a blog post that Facebook’s approach to the 2022 midterms will be “largely consistent with the policies and safeguards” from 2020.
Posts rated as false or partly false by one of Facebook’s 11 so-called “fact-checkers” will receive a label titled “false information,” causing their outreach to be dramatically limited. During the 2020 election, NeverTrump outlet The Dispatch — one of the fact-checkers — published an inaccurate “fact-check” that shut down public communications from pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List just weeks before the election.
Lead Stories, one of Facebook’s many left-wing “fact check” censors, is partly funded by the Democratic National Committee as well as Beijing-based ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok. In 2020, Lead Stories was responsible for censoring The Federalist’s own correct reporting about the Georgia election. After The Federalist criticized Lead Stories for its fake “fact-checking,” it was censored again.
While accurate stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop were never fact-checked, their reach was also limited in 2020, as Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted in an interview with podcaster Joe Rogan. According to Zuckerberg, the FBI pressured Facebook to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story by falsely claiming it was Russian disinformation.
Such collusion between the intelligence community and Facebook is sure to continue: in its 2022 Factsheet outlining its approach to the U.S. midterms, the company writes that it will be “working with federal government partners including the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, as well as local and state election officials and industry peers, to make sure we’re all preparing for different scenarios.”…..
Read the article at The Prickly Pear.

 

Kari Lake Exclusive: The Future of Arizona Is on the Ballot, Here’s My Plan to Save the State

Editors’ Note: The Western Tribune interview with Kari Lake can be viewed at this link. Kari Lake presents a strong conservative and America First vision for the next Governor of Arizona. We recommend watching this short video. She presents solutions for problems that have plagued Arizona and the nation since the beginning of the Biden presidency that are getting worse without pause. Her opponent, Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s current Secretary of State, is refusing debate and will apply the Biden agenda to our state including an open border, crime, inflation, a war on fossil fuel, and the Green New Deal. The Prickly Pear recommends Kari Lake for Governor and down-ballot Republicans for Secretary of State (the Lieutenant Governor), Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Education, Corporate Commission candidates and your Arizona state and federal House and Senate candidates. The Prickly Pear asks all Arizona voters a simple question – do you want our state to be another California or New York with their radical progressive, socialist policies ruining Arizona and the nation with open borders, crime, inflation, the war on energy and our children, and so much more? The answer is also simple – vote Republican and put Democrats out of the game until their party becomes a pro-American and pro-Arizona party again and reasonable choices can be made. And….. Do not ‘drop off’ your mail-in ballot at your polling station on November 8th – if you vote by mail, vote no later than October 31 and take the ballot to your post office to reduce potential  fraud. If you go the polling station on 11/8, don’t deposit the green envelope – actually vote that day!! Exchange your mail-in ballot for an actual ballot. Go into the booth and cast your vote to be tabulated by the night of the election. 

This next decade will be pivotal for Arizona. Our state is poised to lead the way in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, become a powerhouse of technological innovation and manufacturing, build one of the most competitive and prosperous economies in the country and create endless opportunities for Arizona’s workers and families.
This future is possible, but it’s not guaranteed. This November, we can either go down the path of liberal states like California and resign ourselves to brutal lockdowns, unaffordable taxes, summer blackouts and crushing regulations, or we can chart our own unique path that will truly put Arizona on the map. That’s why I’m running for governor — the stakes are too high to let career politicians turn Arizona into California.
Arizona’s best days are ahead of us, and I have a plan that boldly and honestly addresses the roadblocks standing in our way…..
Read this article at The Western Journal.

 

‘Look At Mark Kelly Squirm’: Arizona GOP Candidate Blake Masters Pounces As Opponent Dodges Questions On Biden Record

Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, pounced on his challenger, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, after Kelly dodged a question on whether President Joe Biden is doing a good job.
Kelly sat down for an interview Sunday with Arizona’s Family to discuss the upcoming election and current events. At one point, the interviewer asked Kelly about Biden’s record.
“Your thoughts on [Biden’s] job, has he done a good job, do you think?” he asked the senator.
“Hey, I th—, you know, I, uh, you know, I, it, first of all, it’s not my job to give him a report card,” Kelly said, appearing to stutter. “I would say, mixed reviews on certain things. I have issues about Afghanistan, how our role in Afghanistan ended.”
Kelly then said he collaborated with the Biden administration to work with Ukraine, saying the administration “gets high marks” for their work in that area.
Blake Masters took to social media to pounce on Kelly’s seeming hesitance to support the president. (RELATED: ‘Not Exactly An Open Invitation’: Tapper Presses Sen. Kelly After He Dodges Whether He Wants Biden To Campaign For Him)
“Look at Mark Kelly squirm when asked if Biden is doing a good job,” Masters tweeted Monday about the interview. “Senator: Biden’s record is YOUR record. Can’t hide from that now,” he added in the tweet.
Read this article at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

Joyce: Arizona GOP governor candidate on migrant surge: Declare invasion, send guard to border

If elected governor of Arizona, how would Kari Lake handle illegal immigration?
Sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts is not a part of her plan.
Making an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News on Wednesday night, the Republican said she disagreed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to send two planes of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
“You know, I actually get a kick out of it watching these liberal mayors just, you know, throw their hands up and say ‘we can’t handle it,’ because it’s life every day for us in these border states. However, I’m not a fan of it, Tucker…..
“My plan is the most bold, aggressive plan on the border,” Lake told Tucker Carlson. “We’re going to secure the border. We’re going to call it what it is, issue a declaration of invasion on day one, get troops on the border in the form of our national guard. We’re going to stop people from coming over. And we’re going to stop the cartels from having control of our border.”
Lake also said there is another reason why border security is vital: preventing fentanyl from entering the country…..
Read article at The Center Square.

 

Smith: Voters Must Ask If Sen. Mark Kelly Has Used His Authority For Their Benefit

When candidates run for reelection, the election itself is a referendum on those candidates, and how well they performed in office.  Voters should ask themselves this question:  did the candidates use their authority effectively?  When we ask ourselves that question about Mark Kelly, we should consider that, in the Senate, his authority was uniquely strong.  His professional background, the political breakdown in the Senate and the fact that he is up for reelection all combined to give Mark Kelly much more influence and power than the typical freshman Senator. The question we should ask ourselves is—did he use that authority well?…..

Read article at Arizona Daily Independent News Network.

 

Kaminsky: Mark Kelly Raked In Cash From Corporate-Backed PACs Despite Pledging To Refuse ‘Corporate PAC Money’

Sen. Mark Kelly has pledged since unveiling his 2019 senate bid that he would refuse corporate campaign dollars. But since that time, the Arizona Democrat has accepted hundreds of thousands in donations from political action committees (PAC) backed by corporations, according to federal records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Kelly has repeatedly emphasized he does not and will not “take a dime of corporate PAC money.” Despite that pledge, the former astronaut’s campaign has raked in roughly $154,000 from Democratic PACs since March 2019 that have hauled in large sums from PACs for corporations, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.

For instance, Kelly’s campaign has received $20,000 combined from the Green Mountain PAC since June 2019, FEC filings show. Green Mountain PAC, a leadership PAC affiliated with Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, has accepted $247,500 since 2005 from corporate PACs for Google, Pfizer, AT&T, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, filings show.

Nutmeg PAC, a leadership PAC associated with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, has contributed $17,500 to Kelly’s campaign since May 2019. At the same time, the PAC has accepted $231,000 since 2011 from corporate PACs for Microsoft, Comcast, Raytheon Technologies, Pfizer, Honeywell, General Dynamics and UBS, filings show…..
Read article at Daily Caller.

 

Justice: Heritage Action Steps Up In Arizona Senate Race After McConnell Pulls $8 Million From Masters
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters.
An independent super PAC aligned with Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is pumping money into the Arizona Senate race amid near-total abandonment by Republican leadership in this highly competitive race amid a currently 50-50 Senate.
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters in the form of voter outreach efforts and television ad buys after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) pulled $8 million from the contest.
“We wanted to be there from a conservative standpoint,” said Jessica Anderson, the president of the Sentinel Action Fund, highlighting the group’s spending in Arizona, and Masters in particular, as a “clarion call for the conservative movement to come and support this candidate.”
While the group has also announced efforts to get involved with pivotal Senate races in Nevada and Georgia, Anderson emphasized “$5 million is so far our largest single expenditure that we have planned.”
In the final week of August, McConnell’s super PAC canceled nearly $8 million in ad buys for Arizona and demanded private entrepreneur and megadonor Peter Thiel step in to replace the lost funding. The money initially set aside for Masters will instead go to support J.D. Vance in Ohio.
Both Masters and Vance, who worked for Thiel prior to jumping into crowded Senate primaries, were backed by the billionaire venture capitalist with $15 million each during the party contests. McConnell is now demanding more money from Thiel, who has yet to spend on either in the general, to push the candidates across the November finish line…..
Read article at The Federalist.

 

Lauterbach: Hobbs Becomes First Gubernatorial Candidate In Decades to Refuse State-Sanctioned Debate Offer
Katie Hobbs will be the first candidate for Arizona governor in decades to refuse an invitation to debate her opponent in a state commission-organized event.
Hobbs, the current Democratic secretary of state, announced Sunday that she would “respectfully decline” the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission invitation to reach terms on debating her Republican opponent, former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake. No other candidate running for office in November has declined an invitation, nor has any candidate for governor done so since the commission began holding debates in 2002.
“Secretary Hobbs remains willing and eager to participate in a town hall-style event, such as the forum she participated in last week in which Arizonans were able to hear directly from Sec. Hobbs about her in-depth policy plans and how she would approach governing this state,” Hobbs’ campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, debating a conspiracy theorist like Kari Lake – whose entire campaign platform is to cause enormous chaos and make Arizona the subject of national ridicule – would only lead to constant interruptions, pointless distractions, and childish name-calling.”
The AZCCEC met last week to discuss Hobbs’ request for separate town hall-style Q&A sessions with the commission’s chosen moderator. They denied that request and gave staffers a week to figure out a setting where Hobbs would join Lake on stage…..
Read article at The Center Square.

 

Lyman: ‘Look At Mark Kelly Squirm’: Arizona GOP Candidate Blake Masters Pounces As Opponent Dodges Questions On Biden Record

Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, pounced on his challenger, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, after Kelly dodged a question on whether President Joe Biden is doing a good job.
Kelly sat down for an interview Sunday with Arizona’s Family to discuss the upcoming election and current events. At one point, the interviewer asked Kelly about Biden’s record.
“Your thoughts on [Biden’s] job, has he done a good job, do you think?” he asked the senator.
“Hey, I th—, you know, I, uh, you know, I, it, first of all, it’s not my job to give him a report card,” Kelly said, appearing to stutter. “I would say, mixed reviews on certain things. I have issues about Afghanistan, how our role in Afghanistan ended.”…..
Read article at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

Elordi: Private School Grad Katie Hobbs Releases Anti-School Choice Plan

Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for Arizona governor, released her education plan on Sunday, which doubles down on her opposition to school choice.
Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s secretary of state and herself a private school graduate, said her education plan for Arizona includes cracking down on the state’s school voucher program.
“Too often, Republicans have completely disregarded public opinion in an effort to defund our public schools. At every turn, they have moved to expand school vouchers without common-sense measures of accountability, with the clear intent to eventually do away with our local public schools,” Hobbs said in her plan.
Arizona expanded its school voucher program over the summer. Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) signed a bill in July allowing every Arizona student to get a taxpayer-funded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) account to pay for their education at a private school, about $6,500 per child for grades 1-12.
In the first two weeks after the online portal for new ESA applications opened, the state received around 6,800 new applications for school vouchers.
Hobbs said that as governor, she would roll back the expansion…..
Read article at The Daily Wire.

 

Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”
Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters.
According to the canvas, Republicans had a higher turnout than Democrats in Maricopa County: over 59 percent to just over 47 percent, respectively…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

 

Young: Trump, Trump-backed Candidates Surge in New Arizona Polling

Polling shows a tight race in Arizona in the lead up to the November election, as Donald Trump endorsed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake faces off against Democrat rival Katie Hobbs and Trump backed Blake Masters goes up against incumbent Senator Mark Kelly.
A new poll out of Emerson College shows that Hobbs and her GOP rival, Kari Lake, are neck and neck and polling at 46 percent support each. Mark Kelly holds support at 47 percent with Blake Masters holding at 45 percent.
In the governor’s race only six percent are undecided and two percent claim they will vote for some other candidate. In the senate race, five percent say they are undecided and four percent claim they will vote for a third candidate.
Kari Lake, Blake Masters, and Mark Kelly all polled at 48 percent general favorability. 54 percent of voters expect Lake to win the governor’s seat and 53 percent expect Kelly to hold the Senate seat. 46 percent of those polled expect Hobbs to win, coincidentally Hobbs holds a 46 percent favorability rating…..
Read article at The Post Millennial.

 

Joyce: Arizona governor’s and U.S. Senate races highly competitive, poll shows

If a new poll is any indicator, Arizona will have at least a couple of highly-competitive statewide races on the ballot this November.
The poll released by Emerson College this week found that the incumbent in the U.S. Senate race has a slight lead, and no one has a lead in the race to be the state’s next governor.
According to the poll, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, has a two-point lead over his Republican challenger, venture capitalist Blake Masters. The poll shows Kelly has a 47% to 45% lead. Five percent of voters said they were undecided, and 4% said they plan to support someone else. Additionally, 53% of voters say they think Kelly will win the race, regardless of who they support…..
Read article at The Center Square.

 

Corrine Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”……

Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

 

Cole Lauterbach: State officials deny Hobbs’ request for town hall format to escape debate with Lake

Arizona’s election debate authority will not bend to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ demand to have a sequestered conversation with a moderator in lieu of a traditional debate with Republican Kari Lake. The two women won their respective primaries for governor and face off in the general election Nov. 8.
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission held a virtual meeting Thursday to consider Hobbs’ demand that she and the former Fox 10 anchor give separate moderated interviews, eschewing the long-held tradition the panel has organized.
“I don’t believe that the commission should accept Secretary Hobbs’ proposal of these back-to-back town hall interviews,” commission Chairman Damien Meyer said. “However, I do want to acknowledge the concerns of the Hobbs campaign that any debate needs to be a fair and reasoned debate.”
Meyer tasked both campaigns to work with the commission within a week to come to a compromise.
Other commissioners reluctantly agreed to a week but opposed appeasing Hobbs. They voted 3-1 to give staffers and candidates a week to come to an agreement and debate.
“We have a format that we have used for a number of years that has been successful,” said Mark Kimble, an independent, who criticized the Hobbs campaign for demanding a revamp of the format days after the deadline. “It’s incumbent on us to say ‘enough.’”
Hobbs appointed Kimble to his position on the commission in her time as Senate Minority Leader.
Commissioner Galen Paton agreed with Kimble, saying they owe it to the electorate to put the two into a debate.
“If they want to do town halls, they can do it somewhere else,” Paton said. “This is our top elected official. If you want to represent nearly 8 million Arizonans, we need to see a debate between these two.”
Commissioner Steve Titla agreed with the others but stressed that civility is maintained…..
Read article at The Center Square.

 

Corrine Murdock: Senator Kelly Claims He Avoids Stock Trading Despite Violating STOCK Act Last Year

On Thursday, Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) claimed that he doesn’t engage in stock trading. Yet last year, Kelly was fined for violating the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act.
Kelly tweeted that he also doesn’t benefit from corporate political action committee (PAC) money, and has a public Senate schedule.
“These are the standards I hold myself to,” stated Kelly. “And I’m working to make it the standard for the whole Senate.”
The stock trading that earned Kelly his fine was with Boom Technology (previously known as Boom Aerospace, or Boom Supersonic): a Chinese-partnered company designing supersonic aircrafts on whose board Kelly served from 2015 to 2019. Kelly failed to file a disclosure on exercising that stock option for four months. The STOCK Act requires legislators to disclose that action within 30 days of notification or 45 days of the transaction…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

 

Arizona Free Enterprise Club: It Is Critical to Drain the School Board Swamp This November

Public schools are out of control. And it’s going to get worse if we don’t do something about it. Unfortunately, for far too long, school board elections have been some of the most ignored around our state. But whether you have kids in public school, private school, or homeschool—whether your kids are out of school or you don’t have kids at all—this year’s school board election will affect you.
How? Take a look at some of the worst abuses in public school districts in the past year.
A Financial Mess
As a taxpaying citizen, you probably care a lot about where your dollars go. But most school districts don’t share your same concerns. Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is one of them. Back in March, MPS failed to explain where over $32.3 million of their federal emergency funds slated for COVID-related expenditures went—which should’ve resulted in an audit by the State of Arizona.
But Mesa isn’t the only problem. Earlier this year, the Arizona Auditor General discovered that Buckeye Elementary School District may have grossly overpaid Superintendent Kristi Wilson. She received 100 percent more in compensation than the superintendents of Arizona’s three largest districts made on average.
Then, there’s teacher pay. Stop us if you’ve heard campaign after campaign that promises higher teacher pay. It’s been the calling card of teachers’ unions forever. So, how’s the follow through? A report from the Goldwater Institute in July revealed that despite the fact that state lawmakers provided nearly 28 percent more funding to increase the salaries of Arizona’s public school teachers between 2018 and 2021, teacher pay only went up 16.5 percent. But don’t worry. Your dollars were used somehow, as public school districts still continued their long-running pattern of increasing overall spending.
Now, you may be wondering what exactly our state’s public school districts are spending your money on. We’re glad you asked.
Radical Gender Theory Is Spreading Like Wildfire.
Over the past year, many of Arizona’s public schools appear to be playing a game of “Who Can Be More Woke” in their attempt to indoctrinate children with gender identity ideology. One of the worst offenders is Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), the same school district where the now-former Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg was connected to a secret dossier on parents and other political opposition……
Read article at Arizona Free News.

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Midterms 2022

Kari Lake Exclusive: The Future of Arizona Is on the Ballot, Here’s My Plan to Save the State

Editors’ Note: The Western Tribune interview with Kari Lake can be viewed at this link. Kari Lake presents a strong conservative and America First vision for the next Governor of Arizona. We recommend watching this short video. She presents solutions for problems that have plagued Arizona and the nation since the beginning of the Biden presidency that are getting worse without pause. Her opponent, Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s current Secretary of State, is refusing debate and will apply the Biden agenda to our state including an open border, crime, inflation, a war on fossil fuel, and the Green New Deal. The Prickly Pear recommends Kari Lake for Governor and down-ballot Republicans for Secretary of State (the Lieutenant Governor), Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Education, Corporate Commission candidates and your Arizona state and federal House and Senate candidates. The Prickly Pear asks all Arizona voters a simple question – do you want our state to be another California or New York with their radical progressive, socialist policies ruining Arizona and the nation with open borders, crime, inflation, the war on energy and our children, and so much more? The answer is also simple – vote Republican and put Democrats out of the game until their party becomes a pro-American and pro-Arizona party again and reasonable choices can be made. And….. Do not ‘drop off’ your mail-in ballot at your polling station on November 8th – if you vote by mail, vote no later than October 31 and take the ballot to your post office to reduce potential  fraud. If you go the polling station on 11/8, don’t deposit the green envelope – actually vote that day!! Exchange your mail-in ballot for an actual ballot. Go into the booth and cast your vote to be tabulated by the night of the election. 

This next decade will be pivotal for Arizona. Our state is poised to lead the way in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, become a powerhouse of technological innovation and manufacturing, build one of the most competitive and prosperous economies in the country and create endless opportunities for Arizona’s workers and families.
This future is possible, but it’s not guaranteed. This November, we can either go down the path of liberal states like California and resign ourselves to brutal lockdowns, unaffordable taxes, summer blackouts and crushing regulations, or we can chart our own unique path that will truly put Arizona on the map. That’s why I’m running for governor — the stakes are too high to let career politicians turn Arizona into California.
Arizona’s best days are ahead of us, and I have a plan that boldly and honestly addresses the roadblocks standing in our way…..
Read this article at The Western Journal.

 

‘Look At Mark Kelly Squirm’: Arizona GOP Candidate Blake Masters Pounces As Opponent Dodges Questions On Biden Record

Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, pounced on his challenger, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, after Kelly dodged a question on whether President Joe Biden is doing a good job.
Kelly sat down for an interview Sunday with Arizona’s Family to discuss the upcoming election and current events. At one point, the interviewer asked Kelly about Biden’s record.
“Your thoughts on [Biden’s] job, has he done a good job, do you think?” he asked the senator.
“Hey, I th—, you know, I, uh, you know, I, it, first of all, it’s not my job to give him a report card,” Kelly said, appearing to stutter. “I would say, mixed reviews on certain things. I have issues about Afghanistan, how our role in Afghanistan ended.”
Kelly then said he collaborated with the Biden administration to work with Ukraine, saying the administration “gets high marks” for their work in that area.
Blake Masters took to social media to pounce on Kelly’s seeming hesitance to support the president. (RELATED: ‘Not Exactly An Open Invitation’: Tapper Presses Sen. Kelly After He Dodges Whether He Wants Biden To Campaign For Him)
“Look at Mark Kelly squirm when asked if Biden is doing a good job,” Masters tweeted Monday about the interview. “Senator: Biden’s record is YOUR record. Can’t hide from that now,” he added in the tweet.
Read this article at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Joyce: Arizona GOP governor candidate on migrant surge: Declare invasion, send guard to border

If elected governor of Arizona, how would Kari Lake handle illegal immigration?
Sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts is not a part of her plan.
Making an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News on Wednesday night, the Republican said she disagreed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to send two planes of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
“You know, I actually get a kick out of it watching these liberal mayors just, you know, throw their hands up and say ‘we can’t handle it,’ because it’s life every day for us in these border states. However, I’m not a fan of it, Tucker…..
“My plan is the most bold, aggressive plan on the border,” Lake told Tucker Carlson. “We’re going to secure the border. We’re going to call it what it is, issue a declaration of invasion on day one, get troops on the border in the form of our national guard. We’re going to stop people from coming over. And we’re going to stop the cartels from having control of our border.”
Lake also said there is another reason why border security is vital: preventing fentanyl from entering the country…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Smith: Voters Must Ask If Sen. Mark Kelly Has Used His Authority For Their Benefit

When candidates run for reelection, the election itself is a referendum on those candidates, and how well they performed in office.  Voters should ask themselves this question:  did the candidates use their authority effectively?  When we ask ourselves that question about Mark Kelly, we should consider that, in the Senate, his authority was uniquely strong.  His professional background, the political breakdown in the Senate and the fact that he is up for reelection all combined to give Mark Kelly much more influence and power than the typical freshman Senator. The question we should ask ourselves is—did he use that authority well?…..

Read article at Arizona Daily Independent News Network.

Kaminsky: Mark Kelly Raked In Cash From Corporate-Backed PACs Despite Pledging To Refuse ‘Corporate PAC Money’

Sen. Mark Kelly has pledged since unveiling his 2019 senate bid that he would refuse corporate campaign dollars. But since that time, the Arizona Democrat has accepted hundreds of thousands in donations from political action committees (PAC) backed by corporations, according to federal records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Kelly has repeatedly emphasized he does not and will not “take a dime of corporate PAC money.” Despite that pledge, the former astronaut’s campaign has raked in roughly $154,000 from Democratic PACs since March 2019 that have hauled in large sums from PACs for corporations, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.

For instance, Kelly’s campaign has received $20,000 combined from the Green Mountain PAC since June 2019, FEC filings show. Green Mountain PAC, a leadership PAC affiliated with Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, has accepted $247,500 since 2005 from corporate PACs for Google, Pfizer, AT&T, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, filings show.

Nutmeg PAC, a leadership PAC associated with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, has contributed $17,500 to Kelly’s campaign since May 2019. At the same time, the PAC has accepted $231,000 since 2011 from corporate PACs for Microsoft, Comcast, Raytheon Technologies, Pfizer, Honeywell, General Dynamics and UBS, filings show…..
Read article at Daily Caller.

Justice: Heritage Action Steps Up In Arizona Senate Race After McConnell Pulls $8 Million From Masters
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters.
An independent super PAC aligned with Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is pumping money into the Arizona Senate race amid near-total abandonment by Republican leadership in this highly competitive race amid a currently 50-50 Senate.
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters in the form of voter outreach efforts and television ad buys after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) pulled $8 million from the contest.
“We wanted to be there from a conservative standpoint,” said Jessica Anderson, the president of the Sentinel Action Fund, highlighting the group’s spending in Arizona, and Masters in particular, as a “clarion call for the conservative movement to come and support this candidate.”
While the group has also announced efforts to get involved with pivotal Senate races in Nevada and Georgia, Anderson emphasized “$5 million is so far our largest single expenditure that we have planned.”
In the final week of August, McConnell’s super PAC canceled nearly $8 million in ad buys for Arizona and demanded private entrepreneur and megadonor Peter Thiel step in to replace the lost funding. The money initially set aside for Masters will instead go to support J.D. Vance in Ohio.
Both Masters and Vance, who worked for Thiel prior to jumping into crowded Senate primaries, were backed by the billionaire venture capitalist with $15 million each during the party contests. McConnell is now demanding more money from Thiel, who has yet to spend on either in the general, to push the candidates across the November finish line…..
Read article at The Federalist.

Lauterbach: Hobbs Becomes First Gubernatorial Candidate In Decades to Refuse State-Sanctioned Debate Offer
Katie Hobbs will be the first candidate for Arizona governor in decades to refuse an invitation to debate her opponent in a state commission-organized event.
Hobbs, the current Democratic secretary of state, announced Sunday that she would “respectfully decline” the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission invitation to reach terms on debating her Republican opponent, former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake. No other candidate running for office in November has declined an invitation, nor has any candidate for governor done so since the commission began holding debates in 2002.
“Secretary Hobbs remains willing and eager to participate in a town hall-style event, such as the forum she participated in last week in which Arizonans were able to hear directly from Sec. Hobbs about her in-depth policy plans and how she would approach governing this state,” Hobbs’ campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, debating a conspiracy theorist like Kari Lake – whose entire campaign platform is to cause enormous chaos and make Arizona the subject of national ridicule – would only lead to constant interruptions, pointless distractions, and childish name-calling.”
The AZCCEC met last week to discuss Hobbs’ request for separate town hall-style Q&A sessions with the commission’s chosen moderator. They denied that request and gave staffers a week to figure out a setting where Hobbs would join Lake on stage…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Lyman: ‘Look At Mark Kelly Squirm’: Arizona GOP Candidate Blake Masters Pounces As Opponent Dodges Questions On Biden Record

Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, pounced on his challenger, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, after Kelly dodged a question on whether President Joe Biden is doing a good job.
Kelly sat down for an interview Sunday with Arizona’s Family to discuss the upcoming election and current events. At one point, the interviewer asked Kelly about Biden’s record.
“Your thoughts on [Biden’s] job, has he done a good job, do you think?” he asked the senator.
“Hey, I th—, you know, I, uh, you know, I, it, first of all, it’s not my job to give him a report card,” Kelly said, appearing to stutter. “I would say, mixed reviews on certain things. I have issues about Afghanistan, how our role in Afghanistan ended.”…..
Read article at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Elordi: Private School Grad Katie Hobbs Releases Anti-School Choice Plan

Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for Arizona governor, released her education plan on Sunday, which doubles down on her opposition to school choice.
Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s secretary of state and herself a private school graduate, said her education plan for Arizona includes cracking down on the state’s school voucher program.
“Too often, Republicans have completely disregarded public opinion in an effort to defund our public schools. At every turn, they have moved to expand school vouchers without common-sense measures of accountability, with the clear intent to eventually do away with our local public schools,” Hobbs said in her plan.
Arizona expanded its school voucher program over the summer. Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) signed a bill in July allowing every Arizona student to get a taxpayer-funded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) account to pay for their education at a private school, about $6,500 per child for grades 1-12.
In the first two weeks after the online portal for new ESA applications opened, the state received around 6,800 new applications for school vouchers.
Hobbs said that as governor, she would roll back the expansion…..
Read article at The Daily Wire.

Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”
Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters.
According to the canvas, Republicans had a higher turnout than Democrats in Maricopa County: over 59 percent to just over 47 percent, respectively…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Young: Trump, Trump-backed Candidates Surge in New Arizona Polling

Polling shows a tight race in Arizona in the lead up to the November election, as Donald Trump endorsed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake faces off against Democrat rival Katie Hobbs and Trump backed Blake Masters goes up against incumbent Senator Mark Kelly.
A new poll out of Emerson College shows that Hobbs and her GOP rival, Kari Lake, are neck and neck and polling at 46 percent support each. Mark Kelly holds support at 47 percent with Blake Masters holding at 45 percent.
In the governor’s race only six percent are undecided and two percent claim they will vote for some other candidate. In the senate race, five percent say they are undecided and four percent claim they will vote for a third candidate.
Kari Lake, Blake Masters, and Mark Kelly all polled at 48 percent general favorability. 54 percent of voters expect Lake to win the governor’s seat and 53 percent expect Kelly to hold the Senate seat. 46 percent of those polled expect Hobbs to win, coincidentally Hobbs holds a 46 percent favorability rating…..
Read article at The Post Millennial.

Joyce: Arizona governor’s and U.S. Senate races highly competitive, poll shows

If a new poll is any indicator, Arizona will have at least a couple of highly-competitive statewide races on the ballot this November.
The poll released by Emerson College this week found that the incumbent in the U.S. Senate race has a slight lead, and no one has a lead in the race to be the state’s next governor.
According to the poll, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, has a two-point lead over his Republican challenger, venture capitalist Blake Masters. The poll shows Kelly has a 47% to 45% lead. Five percent of voters said they were undecided, and 4% said they plan to support someone else. Additionally, 53% of voters say they think Kelly will win the race, regardless of who they support…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Corrine Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”……

Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Cole Lauterbach: State officials deny Hobbs’ request for town hall format to escape debate with Lake

Arizona’s election debate authority will not bend to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ demand to have a sequestered conversation with a moderator in lieu of a traditional debate with Republican Kari Lake. The two women won their respective primaries for governor and face off in the general election Nov. 8.
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission held a virtual meeting Thursday to consider Hobbs’ demand that she and the former Fox 10 anchor give separate moderated interviews, eschewing the long-held tradition the panel has organized.
“I don’t believe that the commission should accept Secretary Hobbs’ proposal of these back-to-back town hall interviews,” commission Chairman Damien Meyer said. “However, I do want to acknowledge the concerns of the Hobbs campaign that any debate needs to be a fair and reasoned debate.”
Meyer tasked both campaigns to work with the commission within a week to come to a compromise.
Other commissioners reluctantly agreed to a week but opposed appeasing Hobbs. They voted 3-1 to give staffers and candidates a week to come to an agreement and debate.
“We have a format that we have used for a number of years that has been successful,” said Mark Kimble, an independent, who criticized the Hobbs campaign for demanding a revamp of the format days after the deadline. “It’s incumbent on us to say ‘enough.’”
Hobbs appointed Kimble to his position on the commission in her time as Senate Minority Leader.
Commissioner Galen Paton agreed with Kimble, saying they owe it to the electorate to put the two into a debate.
“If they want to do town halls, they can do it somewhere else,” Paton said. “This is our top elected official. If you want to represent nearly 8 million Arizonans, we need to see a debate between these two.”
Commissioner Steve Titla agreed with the others but stressed that civility is maintained…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Corrine Murdock: Senator Kelly Claims He Avoids Stock Trading Despite Violating STOCK Act Last Year

On Thursday, Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) claimed that he doesn’t engage in stock trading. Yet last year, Kelly was fined for violating the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act.
Kelly tweeted that he also doesn’t benefit from corporate political action committee (PAC) money, and has a public Senate schedule.
“These are the standards I hold myself to,” stated Kelly. “And I’m working to make it the standard for the whole Senate.”
The stock trading that earned Kelly his fine was with Boom Technology (previously known as Boom Aerospace, or Boom Supersonic): a Chinese-partnered company designing supersonic aircrafts on whose board Kelly served from 2015 to 2019. Kelly failed to file a disclosure on exercising that stock option for four months. The STOCK Act requires legislators to disclose that action within 30 days of notification or 45 days of the transaction…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Arizona Free Enterprise Club: It Is Critical to Drain the School Board Swamp This November

Public schools are out of control. And it’s going to get worse if we don’t do something about it. Unfortunately, for far too long, school board elections have been some of the most ignored around our state. But whether you have kids in public school, private school, or homeschool—whether your kids are out of school or you don’t have kids at all—this year’s school board election will affect you.
How? Take a look at some of the worst abuses in public school districts in the past year.
A Financial Mess
As a taxpaying citizen, you probably care a lot about where your dollars go. But most school districts don’t share your same concerns. Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is one of them. Back in March, MPS failed to explain where over $32.3 million of their federal emergency funds slated for COVID-related expenditures went—which should’ve resulted in an audit by the State of Arizona.
But Mesa isn’t the only problem. Earlier this year, the Arizona Auditor General discovered that Buckeye Elementary School District may have grossly overpaid Superintendent Kristi Wilson. She received 100 percent more in compensation than the superintendents of Arizona’s three largest districts made on average.
Then, there’s teacher pay. Stop us if you’ve heard campaign after campaign that promises higher teacher pay. It’s been the calling card of teachers’ unions forever. So, how’s the follow through? A report from the Goldwater Institute in July revealed that despite the fact that state lawmakers provided nearly 28 percent more funding to increase the salaries of Arizona’s public school teachers between 2018 and 2021, teacher pay only went up 16.5 percent. But don’t worry. Your dollars were used somehow, as public school districts still continued their long-running pattern of increasing overall spending.
Now, you may be wondering what exactly our state’s public school districts are spending your money on. We’re glad you asked.
Radical Gender Theory Is Spreading Like Wildfire.
Over the past year, many of Arizona’s public schools appear to be playing a game of “Who Can Be More Woke” in their attempt to indoctrinate children with gender identity ideology. One of the worst offenders is Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), the same school district where the now-former Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg was connected to a secret dossier on parents and other political opposition……
Read article at Arizona Free News.

Daily News Roundup

Estimated Reading Time: 11 minutes

The Editors of The Prickly Pear thank the many regular readers of the Daily News Roundup (DNR). As we approach the 2022 Arizona midterm election (Arizona mail-in ballots go out on October 12!), the DNR will not be in its usual broad format with its exhaustive multi-topic collection of article links for our pro-American conservative readers. We will present articles about the critical November 8th election in Arizona and nationally in a limited format. Thank you for your continued interest and readership. Your participation in our web journal has been growing continually and supports the mission of The Prickly Pear – to educate, inform and advocate the principles of limited government and liberty.

 

Midterms 2022

Joyce: Arizona GOP governor candidate on migrant surge: Declare invasion, send guard to border

If elected governor of Arizona, how would Kari Lake handle illegal immigration?
Sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts is not a part of her plan.
Making an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News on Wednesday night, the Republican said she disagreed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to send two planes of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
“You know, I actually get a kick out of it watching these liberal mayors just, you know, throw their hands up and say ‘we can’t handle it,’ because it’s life every day for us in these border states. However, I’m not a fan of it, Tucker…..
“My plan is the most bold, aggressive plan on the border,” Lake told Tucker Carlson. “We’re going to secure the border. We’re going to call it what it is, issue a declaration of invasion on day one, get troops on the border in the form of our national guard. We’re going to stop people from coming over. And we’re going to stop the cartels from having control of our border.”
Lake also said there is another reason why border security is vital: preventing fentanyl from entering the country…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Smith: Voters Must Ask If Sen. Mark Kelly Has Used His Authority For Their Benefit

When candidates run for reelection, the election itself is a referendum on those candidates, and how well they performed in office.  Voters should ask themselves this question:  did the candidates use their authority effectively?  When we ask ourselves that question about Mark Kelly, we should consider that, in the Senate, his authority was uniquely strong.  His professional background, the political breakdown in the Senate and the fact that he is up for reelection all combined to give Mark Kelly much more influence and power than the typical freshman Senator. The question we should ask ourselves is—did he use that authority well?…..

Read article at Arizona Daily Independent News Network.

Kaminsky: Mark Kelly Raked In Cash From Corporate-Backed PACs Despite Pledging To Refuse ‘Corporate PAC Money’

Sen. Mark Kelly has pledged since unveiling his 2019 senate bid that he would refuse corporate campaign dollars. But since that time, the Arizona Democrat has accepted hundreds of thousands in donations from political action committees (PAC) backed by corporations, according to federal records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Kelly has repeatedly emphasized he does not and will not “take a dime of corporate PAC money.” Despite that pledge, the former astronaut’s campaign has raked in roughly $154,000 from Democratic PACs since March 2019 that have hauled in large sums from PACs for corporations, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.

For instance, Kelly’s campaign has received $20,000 combined from the Green Mountain PAC since June 2019, FEC filings show. Green Mountain PAC, a leadership PAC affiliated with Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, has accepted $247,500 since 2005 from corporate PACs for Google, Pfizer, AT&T, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, filings show.

Nutmeg PAC, a leadership PAC associated with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, has contributed $17,500 to Kelly’s campaign since May 2019. At the same time, the PAC has accepted $231,000 since 2011 from corporate PACs for Microsoft, Comcast, Raytheon Technologies, Pfizer, Honeywell, General Dynamics and UBS, filings show…..
Read article at Daily Caller.

Justice: Heritage Action Steps Up In Arizona Senate Race After McConnell Pulls $8 Million From Masters
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters.
An independent super PAC aligned with Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is pumping money into the Arizona Senate race amid near-total abandonment by Republican leadership in this highly competitive race amid a currently 50-50 Senate.
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters in the form of voter outreach efforts and television ad buys after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) pulled $8 million from the contest.
“We wanted to be there from a conservative standpoint,” said Jessica Anderson, the president of the Sentinel Action Fund, highlighting the group’s spending in Arizona, and Masters in particular, as a “clarion call for the conservative movement to come and support this candidate.”
While the group has also announced efforts to get involved with pivotal Senate races in Nevada and Georgia, Anderson emphasized “$5 million is so far our largest single expenditure that we have planned.”
In the final week of August, McConnell’s super PAC canceled nearly $8 million in ad buys for Arizona and demanded private entrepreneur and megadonor Peter Thiel step in to replace the lost funding. The money initially set aside for Masters will instead go to support J.D. Vance in Ohio.
Both Masters and Vance, who worked for Thiel prior to jumping into crowded Senate primaries, were backed by the billionaire venture capitalist with $15 million each during the party contests. McConnell is now demanding more money from Thiel, who has yet to spend on either in the general, to push the candidates across the November finish line…..
Read article at The Federalist.

Lauterbach: Hobbs Becomes First Gubernatorial Candidate In Decades to Refuse State-Sanctioned Debate Offer
Katie Hobbs will be the first candidate for Arizona governor in decades to refuse an invitation to debate her opponent in a state commission-organized event.
Hobbs, the current Democratic secretary of state, announced Sunday that she would “respectfully decline” the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission invitation to reach terms on debating her Republican opponent, former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake. No other candidate running for office in November has declined an invitation, nor has any candidate for governor done so since the commission began holding debates in 2002.
“Secretary Hobbs remains willing and eager to participate in a town hall-style event, such as the forum she participated in last week in which Arizonans were able to hear directly from Sec. Hobbs about her in-depth policy plans and how she would approach governing this state,” Hobbs’ campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, debating a conspiracy theorist like Kari Lake – whose entire campaign platform is to cause enormous chaos and make Arizona the subject of national ridicule – would only lead to constant interruptions, pointless distractions, and childish name-calling.”
The AZCCEC met last week to discuss Hobbs’ request for separate town hall-style Q&A sessions with the commission’s chosen moderator. They denied that request and gave staffers a week to figure out a setting where Hobbs would join Lake on stage…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Lyman: ‘Look At Mark Kelly Squirm’: Arizona GOP Candidate Blake Masters Pounces As Opponent Dodges Questions On Biden Record

Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, pounced on his challenger, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, after Kelly dodged a question on whether President Joe Biden is doing a good job.
Kelly sat down for an interview Sunday with Arizona’s Family to discuss the upcoming election and current events. At one point, the interviewer asked Kelly about Biden’s record.
“Your thoughts on [Biden’s] job, has he done a good job, do you think?” he asked the senator.
“Hey, I th—, you know, I, uh, you know, I, it, first of all, it’s not my job to give him a report card,” Kelly said, appearing to stutter. “I would say, mixed reviews on certain things. I have issues about Afghanistan, how our role in Afghanistan ended.”…..
Read article at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Elordi: Private School Grad Katie Hobbs Releases Anti-School Choice Plan

Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for Arizona governor, released her education plan on Sunday, which doubles down on her opposition to school choice.
Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s secretary of state and herself a private school graduate, said her education plan for Arizona includes cracking down on the state’s school voucher program.
“Too often, Republicans have completely disregarded public opinion in an effort to defund our public schools. At every turn, they have moved to expand school vouchers without common-sense measures of accountability, with the clear intent to eventually do away with our local public schools,” Hobbs said in her plan.
Arizona expanded its school voucher program over the summer. Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) signed a bill in July allowing every Arizona student to get a taxpayer-funded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) account to pay for their education at a private school, about $6,500 per child for grades 1-12.
In the first two weeks after the online portal for new ESA applications opened, the state received around 6,800 new applications for school vouchers.
Hobbs said that as governor, she would roll back the expansion…..
Read article at The Daily Wire.

Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”
Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters.
According to the canvas, Republicans had a higher turnout than Democrats in Maricopa County: over 59 percent to just over 47 percent, respectively…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Young: Trump, Trump-backed Candidates Surge in New Arizona Polling

Polling shows a tight race in Arizona in the lead up to the November election, as Donald Trump endorsed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake faces off against Democrat rival Katie Hobbs and Trump backed Blake Masters goes up against incumbent Senator Mark Kelly.
A new poll out of Emerson College shows that Hobbs and her GOP rival, Kari Lake, are neck and neck and polling at 46 percent support each. Mark Kelly holds support at 47 percent with Blake Masters holding at 45 percent.
In the governor’s race only six percent are undecided and two percent claim they will vote for some other candidate. In the senate race, five percent say they are undecided and four percent claim they will vote for a third candidate.
Kari Lake, Blake Masters, and Mark Kelly all polled at 48 percent general favorability. 54 percent of voters expect Lake to win the governor’s seat and 53 percent expect Kelly to hold the Senate seat. 46 percent of those polled expect Hobbs to win, coincidentally Hobbs holds a 46 percent favorability rating…..
Read article at The Post Millennial.

Joyce: Arizona governor’s and U.S. Senate races highly competitive, poll shows

If a new poll is any indicator, Arizona will have at least a couple of highly-competitive statewide races on the ballot this November.
The poll released by Emerson College this week found that the incumbent in the U.S. Senate race has a slight lead, and no one has a lead in the race to be the state’s next governor.
According to the poll, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, has a two-point lead over his Republican challenger, venture capitalist Blake Masters. The poll shows Kelly has a 47% to 45% lead. Five percent of voters said they were undecided, and 4% said they plan to support someone else. Additionally, 53% of voters say they think Kelly will win the race, regardless of who they support…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Corrine Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”……

Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Cole Lauterbach: State officials deny Hobbs’ request for town hall format to escape debate with Lake

Arizona’s election debate authority will not bend to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ demand to have a sequestered conversation with a moderator in lieu of a traditional debate with Republican Kari Lake. The two women won their respective primaries for governor and face off in the general election Nov. 8.
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission held a virtual meeting Thursday to consider Hobbs’ demand that she and the former Fox 10 anchor give separate moderated interviews, eschewing the long-held tradition the panel has organized.
“I don’t believe that the commission should accept Secretary Hobbs’ proposal of these back-to-back town hall interviews,” commission Chairman Damien Meyer said. “However, I do want to acknowledge the concerns of the Hobbs campaign that any debate needs to be a fair and reasoned debate.”
Meyer tasked both campaigns to work with the commission within a week to come to a compromise.
Other commissioners reluctantly agreed to a week but opposed appeasing Hobbs. They voted 3-1 to give staffers and candidates a week to come to an agreement and debate.
“We have a format that we have used for a number of years that has been successful,” said Mark Kimble, an independent, who criticized the Hobbs campaign for demanding a revamp of the format days after the deadline. “It’s incumbent on us to say ‘enough.’”
Hobbs appointed Kimble to his position on the commission in her time as Senate Minority Leader.
Commissioner Galen Paton agreed with Kimble, saying they owe it to the electorate to put the two into a debate.
“If they want to do town halls, they can do it somewhere else,” Paton said. “This is our top elected official. If you want to represent nearly 8 million Arizonans, we need to see a debate between these two.”
Commissioner Steve Titla agreed with the others but stressed that civility is maintained…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Corrine Murdock: Senator Kelly Claims He Avoids Stock Trading Despite Violating STOCK Act Last Year

On Thursday, Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) claimed that he doesn’t engage in stock trading. Yet last year, Kelly was fined for violating the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act.
Kelly tweeted that he also doesn’t benefit from corporate political action committee (PAC) money, and has a public Senate schedule.
“These are the standards I hold myself to,” stated Kelly. “And I’m working to make it the standard for the whole Senate.”
The stock trading that earned Kelly his fine was with Boom Technology (previously known as Boom Aerospace, or Boom Supersonic): a Chinese-partnered company designing supersonic aircrafts on whose board Kelly served from 2015 to 2019. Kelly failed to file a disclosure on exercising that stock option for four months. The STOCK Act requires legislators to disclose that action within 30 days of notification or 45 days of the transaction…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Arizona Free Enterprise Club: It Is Critical to Drain the School Board Swamp This November

Public schools are out of control. And it’s going to get worse if we don’t do something about it. Unfortunately, for far too long, school board elections have been some of the most ignored around our state. But whether you have kids in public school, private school, or homeschool—whether your kids are out of school or you don’t have kids at all—this year’s school board election will affect you.
How? Take a look at some of the worst abuses in public school districts in the past year.
A Financial Mess
As a taxpaying citizen, you probably care a lot about where your dollars go. But most school districts don’t share your same concerns. Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is one of them. Back in March, MPS failed to explain where over $32.3 million of their federal emergency funds slated for COVID-related expenditures went—which should’ve resulted in an audit by the State of Arizona.
But Mesa isn’t the only problem. Earlier this year, the Arizona Auditor General discovered that Buckeye Elementary School District may have grossly overpaid Superintendent Kristi Wilson. She received 100 percent more in compensation than the superintendents of Arizona’s three largest districts made on average.
Then, there’s teacher pay. Stop us if you’ve heard campaign after campaign that promises higher teacher pay. It’s been the calling card of teachers’ unions forever. So, how’s the follow through? A report from the Goldwater Institute in July revealed that despite the fact that state lawmakers provided nearly 28 percent more funding to increase the salaries of Arizona’s public school teachers between 2018 and 2021, teacher pay only went up 16.5 percent. But don’t worry. Your dollars were used somehow, as public school districts still continued their long-running pattern of increasing overall spending.
Now, you may be wondering what exactly our state’s public school districts are spending your money on. We’re glad you asked.
Radical Gender Theory Is Spreading Like Wildfire.
Over the past year, many of Arizona’s public schools appear to be playing a game of “Who Can Be More Woke” in their attempt to indoctrinate children with gender identity ideology. One of the worst offenders is Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), the same school district where the now-former Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg was connected to a secret dossier on parents and other political opposition……
Read article at Arizona Free News.

Daily News Roundup

Estimated Reading Time: 9 minutes

The Editors of The Prickly Pear thank the many regular readers of the Daily News Roundup (DNR). In the following weeks as we approach the 2022 Arizona midterm election (mail-in ballots go out on October 12!) several weeks, the DNR will not be in its usual broad format with its exhaustive multi-topic collection of article links for our pro-American conservative readers. We will present articles about the critical November 8th election in Arizona and nationally in a limited format. Thank you for your continued interest and readership. Your participation in our web journal has been growing continually and supports the mission of The Prickly Pear – to educate, inform and advocate the principles of limited government and liberty.

 

Midterms 2022

Justice: Heritage Action Steps Up In Arizona Senate Race After McConnell Pulls $8 Million From Masters
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters.
An independent super PAC aligned with Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is pumping money into the Arizona Senate race amid near-total abandonment by Republican leadership in this highly competitive race amid a currently 50-50 Senate.
On Monday, the Sentinel Action Fund announced $5 million to support Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters in the form of voter outreach efforts and television ad buys after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) pulled $8 million from the contest.
“We wanted to be there from a conservative standpoint,” said Jessica Anderson, the president of the Sentinel Action Fund, highlighting the group’s spending in Arizona, and Masters in particular, as a “clarion call for the conservative movement to come and support this candidate.”
While the group has also announced efforts to get involved with pivotal Senate races in Nevada and Georgia, Anderson emphasized “$5 million is so far our largest single expenditure that we have planned.”
In the final week of August, McConnell’s super PAC canceled nearly $8 million in ad buys for Arizona and demanded private entrepreneur and megadonor Peter Thiel step in to replace the lost funding. The money initially set aside for Masters will instead go to support J.D. Vance in Ohio.
Both Masters and Vance, who worked for Thiel prior to jumping into crowded Senate primaries, were backed by the billionaire venture capitalist with $15 million each during the party contests. McConnell is now demanding more money from Thiel, who has yet to spend on either in the general, to push the candidates across the November finish line…..
Read article at The Federalist.

Lauterbach: Hobbs Becomes First Gubernatorial Candidate In Decades to Refuse State-Sanctioned Debate Offer
Katie Hobbs will be the first candidate for Arizona governor in decades to refuse an invitation to debate her opponent in a state commission-organized event.
Hobbs, the current Democratic secretary of state, announced Sunday that she would “respectfully decline” the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission invitation to reach terms on debating her Republican opponent, former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake. No other candidate running for office in November has declined an invitation, nor has any candidate for governor done so since the commission began holding debates in 2002.
“Secretary Hobbs remains willing and eager to participate in a town hall-style event, such as the forum she participated in last week in which Arizonans were able to hear directly from Sec. Hobbs about her in-depth policy plans and how she would approach governing this state,” Hobbs’ campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, debating a conspiracy theorist like Kari Lake – whose entire campaign platform is to cause enormous chaos and make Arizona the subject of national ridicule – would only lead to constant interruptions, pointless distractions, and childish name-calling.”
The AZCCEC met last week to discuss Hobbs’ request for separate town hall-style Q&A sessions with the commission’s chosen moderator. They denied that request and gave staffers a week to figure out a setting where Hobbs would join Lake on stage…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Lyman: ‘Look At Mark Kelly Squirm’: Arizona GOP Candidate Blake Masters Pounces As Opponent Dodges Questions On Biden Record

Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, pounced on his challenger, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, after Kelly dodged a question on whether President Joe Biden is doing a good job.
Kelly sat down for an interview Sunday with Arizona’s Family to discuss the upcoming election and current events. At one point, the interviewer asked Kelly about Biden’s record.
“Your thoughts on [Biden’s] job, has he done a good job, do you think?” he asked the senator.
“Hey, I th—, you know, I, uh, you know, I, it, first of all, it’s not my job to give him a report card,” Kelly said, appearing to stutter. “I would say, mixed reviews on certain things. I have issues about Afghanistan, how our role in Afghanistan ended.”…..
Read article at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Elordi: Private School Grad Katie Hobbs Releases Anti-School Choice Plan

Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for Arizona governor, released her education plan on Sunday, which doubles down on her opposition to school choice.
Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s secretary of state and herself a private school graduate, said her education plan for Arizona includes cracking down on the state’s school voucher program.
“Too often, Republicans have completely disregarded public opinion in an effort to defund our public schools. At every turn, they have moved to expand school vouchers without common-sense measures of accountability, with the clear intent to eventually do away with our local public schools,” Hobbs said in her plan.
Arizona expanded its school voucher program over the summer. Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) signed a bill in July allowing every Arizona student to get a taxpayer-funded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) account to pay for their education at a private school, about $6,500 per child for grades 1-12.
In the first two weeks after the online portal for new ESA applications opened, the state received around 6,800 new applications for school vouchers.
Hobbs said that as governor, she would roll back the expansion…..
Read article at The Daily Wire.

Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”
Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters.
According to the canvas, Republicans had a higher turnout than Democrats in Maricopa County: over 59 percent to just over 47 percent, respectively…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Young: Trump, Trump-backed Candidates Surge in New Arizona Polling

Polling shows a tight race in Arizona in the lead up to the November election, as Donald Trump endorsed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake faces off against Democrat rival Katie Hobbs and Trump backed Blake Masters goes up against incumbent Senator Mark Kelly.
A new poll out of Emerson College shows that Hobbs and her GOP rival, Kari Lake, are neck and neck and polling at 46 percent support each. Mark Kelly holds support at 47 percent with Blake Masters holding at 45 percent.
In the governor’s race only six percent are undecided and two percent claim they will vote for some other candidate. In the senate race, five percent say they are undecided and four percent claim they will vote for a third candidate.
Kari Lake, Blake Masters, and Mark Kelly all polled at 48 percent general favorability. 54 percent of voters expect Lake to win the governor’s seat and 53 percent expect Kelly to hold the Senate seat. 46 percent of those polled expect Hobbs to win, coincidentally Hobbs holds a 46 percent favorability rating…..
Read article at The Post Millennial.

Joyce: Arizona governor’s and U.S. Senate races highly competitive, poll shows

If a new poll is any indicator, Arizona will have at least a couple of highly-competitive statewide races on the ballot this November.
The poll released by Emerson College this week found that the incumbent in the U.S. Senate race has a slight lead, and no one has a lead in the race to be the state’s next governor.
According to the poll, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, has a two-point lead over his Republican challenger, venture capitalist Blake Masters. The poll shows Kelly has a 47% to 45% lead. Five percent of voters said they were undecided, and 4% said they plan to support someone else. Additionally, 53% of voters say they think Kelly will win the race, regardless of who they support…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Corrine Murdock: Maricopa County Recorder Forewarns That Democrats Will Lead On Election Night

In an attempt to set voter expectations ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared that initial results would favor Democrats heavily.
Richer based his prediction on the voting patterns from November 2020 and last month’s primary election. Both elections first tabulated early ballots received the week beforehand, most of which voted for Democratic candidates. Then, the county tabulates early ballots dropped off the day before and on Election Day, as well as in-person ballots, most of which voted for Republican candidates.
“First moral of the story: in Arizona, initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results,” said Richer. “Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released at 8:00 pm on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.”……

Less than two weeks after last month’s primary election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released their canvas of the election results. Over 866,000 voters (35 percent of the 2.47 million registered voters) cast ballots in the primary election, over 87 percent of which were early voters…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Cole Lauterbach: State officials deny Hobbs’ request for town hall format to escape debate with Lake

Arizona’s election debate authority will not bend to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ demand to have a sequestered conversation with a moderator in lieu of a traditional debate with Republican Kari Lake. The two women won their respective primaries for governor and face off in the general election Nov. 8.
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission held a virtual meeting Thursday to consider Hobbs’ demand that she and the former Fox 10 anchor give separate moderated interviews, eschewing the long-held tradition the panel has organized.
“I don’t believe that the commission should accept Secretary Hobbs’ proposal of these back-to-back town hall interviews,” commission Chairman Damien Meyer said. “However, I do want to acknowledge the concerns of the Hobbs campaign that any debate needs to be a fair and reasoned debate.”
Meyer tasked both campaigns to work with the commission within a week to come to a compromise.
Other commissioners reluctantly agreed to a week but opposed appeasing Hobbs. They voted 3-1 to give staffers and candidates a week to come to an agreement and debate.
“We have a format that we have used for a number of years that has been successful,” said Mark Kimble, an independent, who criticized the Hobbs campaign for demanding a revamp of the format days after the deadline. “It’s incumbent on us to say ‘enough.’”
Hobbs appointed Kimble to his position on the commission in her time as Senate Minority Leader.
Commissioner Galen Paton agreed with Kimble, saying they owe it to the electorate to put the two into a debate.
“If they want to do town halls, they can do it somewhere else,” Paton said. “This is our top elected official. If you want to represent nearly 8 million Arizonans, we need to see a debate between these two.”
Commissioner Steve Titla agreed with the others but stressed that civility is maintained…..
Read article at The Center Square.

Corrine Murdock: Senator Kelly Claims He Avoids Stock Trading Despite Violating STOCK Act Last Year

On Thursday, Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) claimed that he doesn’t engage in stock trading. Yet last year, Kelly was fined for violating the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act.
Kelly tweeted that he also doesn’t benefit from corporate political action committee (PAC) money, and has a public Senate schedule.
“These are the standards I hold myself to,” stated Kelly. “And I’m working to make it the standard for the whole Senate.”
The stock trading that earned Kelly his fine was with Boom Technology (previously known as Boom Aerospace, or Boom Supersonic): a Chinese-partnered company designing supersonic aircrafts on whose board Kelly served from 2015 to 2019. Kelly failed to file a disclosure on exercising that stock option for four months. The STOCK Act requires legislators to disclose that action within 30 days of notification or 45 days of the transaction…..
Read article at AZ Free News.

Arizona Free Enterprise Club: It Is Critical to Drain the School Board Swamp This November

Public schools are out of control. And it’s going to get worse if we don’t do something about it. Unfortunately, for far too long, school board elections have been some of the most ignored around our state. But whether you have kids in public school, private school, or homeschool—whether your kids are out of school or you don’t have kids at all—this year’s school board election will affect you.
How? Take a look at some of the worst abuses in public school districts in the past year.
A Financial Mess
As a taxpaying citizen, you probably care a lot about where your dollars go. But most school districts don’t share your same concerns. Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is one of them. Back in March, MPS failed to explain where over $32.3 million of their federal emergency funds slated for COVID-related expenditures went—which should’ve resulted in an audit by the State of Arizona.
But Mesa isn’t the only problem. Earlier this year, the Arizona Auditor General discovered that Buckeye Elementary School District may have grossly overpaid Superintendent Kristi Wilson. She received 100 percent more in compensation than the superintendents of Arizona’s three largest districts made on average.
Then, there’s teacher pay. Stop us if you’ve heard campaign after campaign that promises higher teacher pay. It’s been the calling card of teachers’ unions forever. So, how’s the follow through? A report from the Goldwater Institute in July revealed that despite the fact that state lawmakers provided nearly 28 percent more funding to increase the salaries of Arizona’s public school teachers between 2018 and 2021, teacher pay only went up 16.5 percent. But don’t worry. Your dollars were used somehow, as public school districts still continued their long-running pattern of increasing overall spending.
Now, you may be wondering what exactly our state’s public school districts are spending your money on. We’re glad you asked.
Radical Gender Theory Is Spreading Like Wildfire.
Over the past year, many of Arizona’s public schools appear to be playing a game of “Who Can Be More Woke” in their attempt to indoctrinate children with gender identity ideology. One of the worst offenders is Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), the same school district where the now-former Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg was connected to a secret dossier on parents and other political opposition……
Read article at Arizona Free News.