Daily News Roundup

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Daniel Greenfield contributor to Frontpage Magazine: While Islamic terrorists continue to plot actual attacks, Biden is plotting to terrorize Americans.

Issues & Insight editorial board: A month ago, the media reported that at least 53 Americans suspected of breaching the U.S. Capitol in January were still incarcerated. One web site more recently said “hundreds” are still behind bars. We know many have been denied bail, some apparently condemned to solitary confinement. Meanwhile, Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters are breezily waved through the system if they’re arrested at all. Is this still America? Or a tyranny where political dissenters are disappeared?


Robert L. Kinney, III contributor to Lifesite News: When one studies the government’s pandemic actions taken within the last 10 years or so, one finds that there may be much more to the COVID-19 pandemic story than what the U.S. federal government is saying. The aforementioned U.S. government’s preparations may well serve as tip-offs that some sort of covert and deceptive pandemic “drill or exercise” was soon to follow. That, or several of the biggest coincidences in the history of the world occurred leading up to and in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lindsay Wise & Vivian Salama contributors to WSJ report that the House voted 268-161 to revoke the 2002 law that authorized the Iraq war: On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said the time wasn’t right to repeal the 2002 AUMF and called for more debate. “Reality is more complicated, more dangerous, and less politically convenient than its supporters believe,” Mr. McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. “The fact of the matter is the legal and practical application of the 2002 AUMF extends far beyond the defeat of Saddam Hussein’s regime. And tossing it aside without answering real questions about our ongoing efforts in the region is reckless.”

Daniel Greenfield contributor to Frontpage Magazine: . . .as usual in the Roberts Court, most SCOTUS decisions are the result of internal dealmaking and attempts at maintaining a general status quo, trending somewhat conservative on precedents, while ceding every major social controversy to the Left.


Nina Totenberg contributor to NPR slams the unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court who sided with the First Amendment (and Catholic Foster Care Agency): The court’s decision marks a revolution in the law, for the first time declaring explicitly that anti-discrimination laws, at least those meant to protect the LGBT community, play second fiddle to religious views under the Constitution. The decision also marked a triumph for a new brand of conservatism on the court, which is putting the Constitution’s guarantee to the free exercise of religion at the highest level of protection, while dramatically decreasing the traditional approach based on separation of church and state.

Babylon Bee.com, a satirical website, targets Congress’ law to recognize Juneteenth which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S.: “We are so proud to show the world how not racist we are by officially recognizing the day the Republicans came charging in to free all our slaves,” said Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer. “Yeah– we Democrats did a little ‘whoopsie’ with that whole slavery thing, but the Republicans corrected it. Thanks, Republicans!”

Michael Knowles contributor to Daily Wire: . . . gratitude seems conspicuously absent from the recent recognition of “Juneteenth.” It commemorates no concrete act or particular man but rather an overdue, inconclusive episode on the never-ending march toward progress. If legislators merely wanted to mark the end of slavery, both the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment seem better candidates than a local tradition from Galveston, Texas. And both would occasion gratitude — for Lincoln, for the legislators, for the concrete acts that secured the freedom of the slaves.



Kinney, III: US gov’t authorized pandemic ‘drills’ ‘without notice’ before COVID
Previous articles have discussed the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic being either partially or completely falsified. Such an exercise would require significant planning, coordination among entities throughout the world, funding (and probably bribing), and strategic deception. Proving that the pandemic is falsified would be difficult. However, a method apparently used by intelligence analysts may be helpful. A book on strategic deception explains: “Intelligence analysts work on the assumption, however, that as an adversary moves towards his true operational goal, his preparations to do so well serve as tip-offs clarifying his intent”. (Page 5) There were indeed several pandemic preparation actions leading up to COVID-19 by the U.S. government that suggest the possibility − or may “serve as tip-offs” − that the U.S. government and others may have been preparing for a false pandemic or what could be called a “pandemic drill” or “pandemic operational exercise.”
Read more at Life Site News.

Tapscott: Lois Lerner Is BAAACCCKKKK!!! New IRS Targeting Scandal Erupts in Texas
But this time, the Lois Lerner character in the erupting scandal is being played by Stephen A. Martin, Director of the federal tax agency’s Exempt Organizations, Rulings and Agreements, in Cincinnati. That’s the same office Lerner tried to make the scapegoat for the arcane political manipulation perpetrated by her and other higher-ups in Washington, D.C. When Christians Engaged applied for tax exemption, they explained that their purpose is to encourage Christians to pray for state and national leaders in a non-partisan way, to get out and vote in every election as good citizens should, and to study the Bible to understand its values and how they relate to public policy. Here’s how Martin responded in a letter denying the group’s application and I promise you I am not making this up: . . . […] In case you aren’t familiar with IRS Legend lingo, “D” refers to the Republican Party. Just in case it comes in handy in a future dealing with the tax agency, you should know that “G” stands for Promise Keepers and “M” stands for the Word of God, according to Martin. […] In the appeal letter, First Liberty details the three basic flaws in the IRS official’s decision reasoning: . . .
Read more at PJ Media.

Wedam: CIA-developed influence strategies kept showing up in the last 18 months
. . . are there tactics that allow you to fool most of the people most of the time? What if there were a well-established body of science for brainwashing and well-established techniques to achieve predictable results? The CIA believed it was possible, when it developed Project MKUltra in the 1960s, to discover ways to brainwash people. Merely mentioning MKUltra sounds like a tinfoil hat conspiracy theory but the fact is that the project did exist. Taxpayers funded the research as a national security issue. As the Smithsonian Magazine explained, in 1950, journalist Edward Hunter coined the term “brainwashing” . . .
Brainwashing was now seen as a national security priority. Indeed, the same Edward Hunter who coined the phrase, was a propaganda specialist working for the CIA, as he admitted in congressional testimony: . . . […] . . . the CIA took the lead in researching how to prevent brainwashing. To figure that out, they first had to understand how people could be brainwashed. That investigation marked the start of the CIA’s Project MKUltra and various sub-programs in the 1950s. Later, in the 1970s, when the political spotlight was on the CIA, it came out that a top CIA scientist, Frank Olson, died under mysterious circumstances.
Read more at American Thinker.

Hoft: HUGE DEVELOPMENT: NSA Reveals in FOIA Response that the FBI Involved in “Improper Surveillance” of 16,000 Americans
Throughout 2020 the Black Lives Matter terrorist group was linked to conservatively 91% of the riots that resulted in the most expensive property damage in US insurance history. There were zero Trump rallies that turned violent during that same time period. […] Given the history of animosity between the FBI and NSA over misuse of the database, I cannot help but wonder whether the NSA is taking a shot at the FBI by preemptively producing the records that the FBI refused to produce, i.e., records of the FBI’s ongoing illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens. The FBI is downright dangerous, and perhaps some patriots at the NSA recognize that. Consider, for example, the growing evidence that the FBI not only infiltrated but helped orchestrate the January 6, 2021 “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol… …Speaking of FBI chicanery, read today’s post in The Gateway Pundit about the FBI’s attempts to hide documents related to the Wikileaks fiasco. And consider this recent court filing about the FBI’s ongoing attempts to hide records about murdered DNC employee Seth Rich (the FBI has gone so far as to lie to federal courts). Tucker Carlson is right about the FBI: it’s dirty, dirty, dirty, and it may be the single greatest threat to our individual liberties.
Read more at The Gateway Pundit.


Codevilla: Fighting the Extremism Fight
What might happen if Republican senators were serious about confronting the Biden Administration’s political weaponization of the intelligence community? Suppose I had in my hands a draft of a bill that Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) were preparing to prevent the Biden Administration from using federal agencies to encourage U.S. persons to inform anonymously on whomever of their families, acquaintances, fellow workers, etc. they suspect of becoming radicalized to violent extremism. The staffers who provided the draft would probably report that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pressing the senators to stop work on the bill and to deny they had ever started it. The draft “dear colleague” letter by which the bill’s authors would seek co-sponsors would . . . […] Here is what such a Cruz-Hawley-Johnson bill might say: . . .
Read more at American Greatness.


Green: The Supreme Court’s Day of Reckoning is Coming
The election of 2020 is going to lay bare the dereliction of the Supreme Court for all to see. The COVD-19 pandemic gave numerous state election officials an excuse to implement far-reaching changes to our election processes. Those changes obviously made our systems vulnerable to fraud. States implemented massive mail-in balloting at the same time they relaxed ballot security and voter identification. They even extended the voting periods — to give the criminals more time to commit their fraud. All these changes were unconstitutional. […] The Supreme Court declined to get involved. It ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing because nobody had been harmed — yet. Since the election hadn’t happened, nobody was damaged, and there was no case to be heard. They were thinking like a civil court, not the defenders of the Constitution they are sworn to be. It was a cowardly way to stay out of the political controversy. Unfortunately, it also missed an opportunity to defend the Constitution, which was clearly under attack. […] A number of other cases were dropped because the court considered them “moot.” The election had been certified and nothing was going to change that — hence no need to look at the evidence. In the immortal words of Hillary Rodham Clinton, “At this point what difference does it make?” The court seems to have three distinct voting blocs: . . .
Read more at American Thinker.

Gresko: High court sides with Catholic agency in foster care dispute
The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples as foster parents. The justices said the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited its relationship with the group as a result of the agency’s policy. Philadelphia violated the Constitution in limiting its work with the agency, Catholic Social Services, the court said. “The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless it agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents cannot survive strict scrutiny, and violates the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.
Read more at AP News.

Greenfield: Justice Alito Destroys SCOTUS Obamacare Sellout
Supreme Court decisions aren’t usually an entertaining read. Dissents sometimes are and Alito’s dissents are notable, but this one is worth reading and rereading, not only for the biting rhetoric, but its reasoning. “Today’s decision is the third installment in our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy, and it follows the same pattern as installments one and two. In all three episodes, with the Affordable Care Act facing a serious threat, the Court has pulled off an improbable rescue,” Alito begins. He delves into the three increasingly absurd decisions which first found that, “the ‘penalty’ for failing to comply with the mandate was found to be a ‘tax'”, and then “the Court came to the rescue by finding that the Federal Government is a “State”, and now “in the trilogy’s third episode, the Court is presented with the daunting problem of a ‘tax’ that does not tax.”
Read more at FrontPage Mag.


Johnson: Pelosi Dodges Question on Whether a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby is a Human Being
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) did not directly respond to a question from CNSNews.com—predicated on the upcoming Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—on whether a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being. “Let me just say that I’m a big supporter of Roe vs. Wade,” Pelosi said. Here is the full exchange between CNSNews.com and Pelosi: . . .
Read more/Watch the 34 second exchange at CNS News.

Kreiner: Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human? Sen. Lujan: ‘Trust Women to Continue to Make Those Decisions’
When asked if a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being – in relation to an upcoming Supreme Court case – Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) did not answer directly but said federal laws should “trust women to continue to make those decisions with their doctors and with their god.” […] The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this fall. Specifically, the court will seek to decide “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.”
Read more at CNS News.

Kreiner: Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human? Sen. Stabenow: ‘We Need to Respect’ What SCOTUS Has Said
The SCOTUS blog reports that Dobbs v. Jackson is a case that could “upend the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the court ruled that the Constitution protects the right to have an abortion before a fetus becomes viable.”
Read more at at CNS News.

Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being? Feinstein: ‘I’m Not Going to Get Into That at All’
“Oh, I’m not going to get into that at all,” said Feinstein, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Thank you, though.”
Read more at CNS News.


Lifson: Must-see TV: Black medical professional denounces CRT at school board meeting
Critical race theory opponents are the new Tea Party, a grass roots phenomenon all over the country, mobilizing both activists and people with political background at all to oppose the teaching of race hatred. There is nothing quite as powerful in exciting passions in adults as a threatening their children.
[…] If you spend two minutes and forty-seven seconds watching the following cell phone video of a Black medical professional denouncing the teaching of critical race theory at a school board meeting, you will understand the panic that is starting to hit Democrats and their media apparat.
Read more/Watch the video at American Thinker.


Greenfield: Biden’s Terror Strategy Defines Republicans as the New Terrorists
Either you’re with the Biden administration or the “anti-government extremists”. The National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism redefines the terrorist threat as coming first and foremost from political opponents of the Biden administration. And it defines that threat as a primarily political and ideological battle rather than a violent threat.The new strategy doesn’t come up with any new ideas for fighting terrorism. Its ideas fall into the murky territory of preventing terror through everything from internet censorship to critical race theory. Biden is rebooting Obama’s CVE or Countering Violent Extremism program to target Americans in a battle of ideas against “misinformation” and “racism”. This also defines the administration’s two approaches: indoctrination and suppression. The National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism redefines domestic terrorism as a domestic ideological struggle against people who disagree with Biden and his partisan party.
Read more at FrontPage Mag.

Saavedra: Ex-Obama Doctor Torches Biden In Brutal Letter, Demands Biden ‘Submit To A Cognitive Test Immediately’
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), the former White House physician for former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, sent a letter to Democrat President Joe Biden on Thursday demanding that Biden immediately submit to a cognitive test because his “mental decline and forgetfulness have become more apparent over the past eighteen months.” The letter — which was signed by more than a dozen other lawmakers, including by another physician and a dentist — told Biden that he should “follow the precedent set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities.” […] The letter then documented numerous instances of Biden appearing to have had struggles: . . .
Read more at Daily Wire.


Sadler: 15 states move to curtail public health powers after COVID-19 overreach
Legislatures in at least 15 U.S. states have passed or are currently considering measures to crack down on public health agencies in the wake of the agencies’ unprecedented use of power during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a May report from the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) — neither organization is in favor of the laws — the new state legislation will sharply check the authority of public health officials to unilaterally enact specific measures which restrict the rights and freedoms of citizens during a public health emergency.
[…] A sampling of the laws described in the report include those which would: . . . […] The NPHL and NACCHO report claims that the new laws are apt to “lead to preventable tragedies.”
Read more at Life Site News.

Bialosky: Sayings About the Pandemic That Should Never Be Heard Again
Since our overlords are telling us in California we will be unshackled as of June 15th (at least for now), it is time to examine some of the nonsense and distortions of the English language we have endured over the past 15 months. Being part of a pandemic in 2021 is not the worst thing if you compare it to what it must have been like in 1918. You have deliveries to your door, take-out food from multiple restaurants, Netflix and Amazon Prime to stream endless movies and 57 channels with nothing on. You can take a hot shower every day and don’t have to walk outside to go to the potty. One should always look at the brighter side of life. Yet despite that, there are some sayings that we should never, ever be required to hear again. Non-Essential Business – Let us lead with the biggest and most diabolical statement made during the time of the pandemic. We all know it and you have probably said it. There is no such thing as a “non-essential business.” At least not in the terms these fully-paid governmental employees are saying. […] Stay Safe – This was obviously developed and used by people who never , , , The truth is we have no choice – The truth is we . . . We must listen to the Scientists – . . .
Read more at The Prickly Pear.


Fitzgerald: Is Egypt Planning to Take Control of Gaza?
What replacing Hamas might just prevent. The Egyptians have been heavily involved in ending the Gaza War and its aftermath. It was Egypt that was responsible for arranging the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. It is Egypt that has been the first state to pledge a massive aid package — $500 million – for Gaza. And it is Egyptians, with heavy-duty equipment – bulldozers, trucks, cranes –who have been arriving in the Gaza Strip to begin the enormous task of both clearing the rubble, and rebuilding the Strip. Whether Egypt is considering remaining in the Strip is discussed here: “Is Egypt planning to retake control of the Gaza Strip?,” by Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2021: […] The Gazans have repeatedly been brought low by Hamas, which has started four disastrous wars with Israel. Their leaders have already announced that they are preparing for the next round of hostilities with Israel. That’s not what Gazans wanted to hear. Egypt is best positioned to hold Hamas in check, and to prevent that folly of another war, by removing it forcibly from power, and putting in place a government consisting of both Egyptians and Palestinian technocrats. Would Hamas resist this development? How many Hamas fighters would want to challenge the Egyptian military on the ground in Gaza – a military not nearly as scrupulous about avoiding civilian casualties as the IDF?
Read more at FrontPage Mag.


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