Daily News Roundup

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Daniel Greenfield contributor to Frontpage Magazine: 2% of counties populated by Democrats were responsible for 56% of the country’s murders

David Eisenberg contributor to The Imaginative Conservative: The self-absorption that is so prominently on display in the present day precludes such transcendence. It involves an inflation of the self that results in the eclipse of all phenomena transcendent to it. The question that materializes in this age is not so much, what do I matter, but what does anything else matter but me?


John Hinderaker contributor to PowerLine Blog: It is hard to think of a single aspect of our lives that liberals aren’t trying to make worse.

Jack Gleason contributor to American Thinker: Why are some Americans having such a hard time figuring out what is happening to our country?  And for those who do see, why are so few taking action?

Jason Curtis Anderson contributor to The American Mind: As America’s urban life continues to change and residents flee to safer areas in red states, it pays to consider how sound policy can transform a ravaged area and how ruthlessly bad policy can create one. Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg transformed NYC into a well-oiled machine, then de Blasio and fellow progressives poured sugar into its gas tank via criminal justice reforms that made the city more dangerous. Even the poster boy for bail reform was recently arrested for a shooting at Rockefeller Center, an area where things like this rarely happened before progressives ruined our criminal justice system.


Julie Kelly contributor to American Greatness: If citizens and independent journalists not based in Washington, D.C. had access to these courtrooms, the public would be outraged at the conduct of prosecutors and judges overseeing January 6 cases. They would hear federal judges routinely berate January 6 defendants, even those accused of low-level petty offenses, for their minor involvement in the Capitol protest. The public would learn how lengthy prison sentences are often handed down for crimes no different in nature (though, in most J6 cases, much less serious) from those committed in 2020 by left-wing rioters who largely remain unpunished to this day.

Richard Fernandez contributor to PJ Media: The phrase “useless mouths” is most associated with the Nazis, especially their eugenics and euthanasia programs. The Third Reich killed those it considered liabilities during the 1930s and especially during WW2, as food was scarce. “But mass killings were already well underway before the 1942 (Wannsee) conference. Doctors had been sterilizing people diagnosed as genetically ill since 1934, and systematic mass murder of such people had been taking place since 1939 as part of what became known as Action T-4.  … Euthanasia began with the denunciation of people as useless mouths to feed.”

Alan Lash contributor to Brownstone Institute: The mRNA gene therapy technology was a remarkable advancement with untold potential benefit for humanity. The interests of power have leveraged it into something inhumane and destructive.


Jeffrey Tucker founder of Brownstone Institute: . . . there is another important pillar of patriotism. It is about trust in the civic institutions of the country. These include schools, courts, politics, and all the institutions of government at all levels. Civic trust in these are surely at rock bottom. The courts did not protect us. The schools shut, particularly the public ones which are supposed to be the crowning achievement of Progressive ideology. Our doctors turned on us. And let’s say that we consider the media to be part of civic culture. It has been that way since at least FDR’s Fireside Chats.

Eric Hussey contributor to Brownstone Institute: In 2023, however, installing a 75-gallon water heater is no longer allowed in the State of Washington. Washington State apparently has determined that an extra 25 gallons over the typical 50-gallon sized water heater will cause a climate catastrophe. I had no idea I had that kind of power. I can only assume someone has done the science and accurately determined that a consistent supply of 25 extra gallons of hot water will absolutely send the earth spinning into an overheated oblivion.

Peter LaBarbera contributor to World Net Daily: The mass murder Monday morning by a gender-confused woman of three young children and three adults inside a Nashville Christian elementary school is shining a spotlight on transgender activist violence and extremism — and the “progressive” enablers who provide them cover.

Daniel Greenfield contributor to Frontpage Magazine: She was a woman who had been taught to hate being a woman with the same ultimate results written in blood on the carpeted floors of a church school until it was ended by real men. Women and little girls died in Nashville because a woman had been taught to hate being a girl.


McCaan: Donald Trump is Campaigning As If It Were 2016

Thus far, Donald Trump is essentially re-running his 2016 campaign in his bid to win the presidency in 2024.  He has chosen to emulate his 2016 scorched earth primary campaign and hope for the same outcome despite a far different America and a far different Donald Trump. The electoral landscape is not the same as 2016 and Trump is no longer the brash no-holds-barred insurgent candidate with whom the corporate media was infatuated as they gave him nearly $5 Billion in free coverage, which was mostly favorable, during his primary campaign. There are four factors that were not in play in Trump’s successful run in 2016 and that cannot be ignored in 2024.  They are Trump’s highly successful but tumultuous presidency, the absolute necessity of overcoming massive voter fraud and manipulation, shifting demographic voting patterns, and as the 2022 mid-terms revealed, reliance on pocketbook and governing competency issues alone no longer win elections.

Read more at American Thinker.

Jones: Has Trump Won The Free-Trade Debate In The U.S.? I&I/TIPP Poll

In recent decades, Americans have shown strong support for the idea of free trade, based on the belief that they would benefit as much as or more than our trading partners did. But in recent years, as trade and geopolitical conflict with China grew and economic growth slowed, Americans’ support for free trade has waned, as the latest I&I/TIPP Poll shows. Given recent public debates over trade, the online I&I/TIPP Poll of 1,358 adults, taken from March 1-3, asked Americans three questions about current trade policy proposals. All come from recent proposals made by former President Donald Trump, as he presumably moves to run again for the presidency in 2024. The results clearly showed a strong shift toward greater trade protection for domestic markets and workers, and a shift away from free trade. […]  However one might feel about him as a presidential candidate, Trump’s ideas appear to have reshaped the political debate over trade. Further, the I&I/TIPP data suggest a disquieting trend for Democratic Party officials as another election looms: Trump’s tax and trade beliefs also resonate with many Democrat voters, who now seem mostly in sync with the Republican’s trade policies.

Read more: https://issuesinsights.com/2023/03/29/has-trump-won-the-debate-over-free-trade-in-the-u-s-ii-tipp-poll/


Lukens: Will Transhumanism End Equality?

Transhumanism seeks to change people into superhumans by merging biology and advanced technology. Do not confuse transhumanists with transsexuals. Transhumanism is about surpassing the natural state of one’s race, genetics, or unique aptitudes as if life has no limits. The Declaration of Independence says “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness.” This nation has lived by this ideal (imperfectly) since its Founding, and it has been the reason for our tranquility and prosperity over the years. But transhumanism may end these self-evident truths once it becomes a reality – and all men are no longer equal. We have seen what happens when one race considers itself superior to others in America and Europe, leading up to the Holocaust. Imagine what a superior race of cyborg beings would be tempted to do to ordinary, unenhanced individuals who do not measure up in their eyes. It makes for an explosive situation.

Read more at American Thinker.

Fernandez: Useless Minds

What happens when the majority of humanity are useless mouths or, worse, useless minds? So far AI and automation has only augmented human labor and increased its productivity, and many believe that augmentation will continue to be its role. But some are now convinced that AI is now so far superior to humanity in certain fields that humans would simply have nothing to add. Some of the jobs now threatened are: . . .[…] Once AI can get up on its own and walk around and observe then the world becomes its training set and its capabilities will expand dramatically. That possibility is now at hand with the advent of plugins that will allow it to interact with other services, potentially drones, mobile robots and other sources of information. Were this to happen, “augmentation” could rapidly give way to replacement. Some people would literally become economically obsolete.

Read more: https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2023/03/28/useless-minds-n1682354



Liberals aren’t just coming for our automobiles, gas stoves and air conditioners. They also want to change the way we eat, because of the climate, doncha know. What else? The Telegraph recounts a particularly nasty instance of liberals’ nouveau food: fake woolly mammoth meat. […]  If you didn’t slaughter an animal, it isn’t meat. Here is the mammoth “meatball”: . . .[…]  That is disgusting. But even more disgusting is the climate hysteria that gives rise to this absurdity: . . .

Read more: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/03/another-horrible-food-idea.php

Prager U: Will Eating Bugs Save the Planet?

The World Economic Forum wants us to eat insects to “reduce climate change.” Aldo goes to Hollywood Boulevard to see if everyday Americans are willing to adopt this bug-based diet to help the environment.

Watch the 4:56 minute video: https://www.prageru.com/video/will-eating-bugs-save-the-planet


Tucker Carlson Tonight: Georgetown University painted me as ‘unhinged’ for questioning its COVID policies: William Spruance

Watch the 4:45 minute interview: https://www.foxnews.com/video/6323565392112

Read Spruance’s article Madness in the Law Schools: https://brownstone.org/articles/madness-in-the-law-schools/


RNC Research: Biden DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says he wants to ban so-called “assault weapons” — but he can’t define what one is

Watch the 1:25 minute hearing exchange: https://twitter.com/RNCResearch/status/1640780352141639683?cxt=HHwWhoC-va_CnMUtAAAA


Lash: The mRNA Platform: What It Is, What It Means

The way mRNA works is not like the way any vaccine worked before. Formerly, vaccines were created by taking a weakened or dead form of the virus and injecting that into humans. The human body would create antibodies to fight and beat the weakened virus, thus giving the body the instructions to create antibodies against it if the full force virus were to ever attack. The individual was immune. This is not what mRNA does. The CDC literally changed the definition of vaccine so that mRNA fit the category. We saw this happen two years ago, comparing old and new versions of what they posted on their website.

Here was the definition on the CDC website in 2020: . . .  The new version became much more general, to include mRNA. Here is the current definition on the CDC website: . . . The first question you may ask is “Why would the CDC want to make it seem like this is just a standard old familiar technology? Why do they feel like they have to call it a vaccine? Are they trying to trick us into feeling comfortable? Why?” […] . . . they already knew that the mRNA vaccine wouldn’t give you lasting immunity and probably wouldn’t work against variants. Not only that, they also had no idea of side effects, because they had never used this technology to create an antigen. So originally, the technology was developed to produce something your body needed that it wasn’t producing. Now the technology would use your own body to create an enemy that it then had to fight. This had never been done before.

What could the possible effects be? They didn’t know.

Read more: https://brownstone.org/articles/the-mrna-platform-what-it-is-what-it-means/

(A deep dive into the masking lie) Senger: How Zeynep Tufekci and Jeremy Howard Masked America

After three years of speculation, an authoritative study has finally confirmed what humanity gained from all those mask advisories during COVID: approximately Zero. That was the verdict of a recent Cochrane review, often referred to as the “gold standard” in evidence-based medicine, which included results from 78 peer-reviewed RCTs with over 6,000 participants. Across the populations studied, masks, regardless of type, had made “little to no difference” in preventing COVID or flu. The Cochrane review seemed to settle the matter once and for all. Mask opponents had their trump card. But alas, the pro-mask establishment responded with a trump card of their own: a New York Times op-ed by sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, “Here’s Why the Science Is Clear That Masks Work,” highlighting a statement of clarification from Cochrane’s editor-in-chief, Karla Soares-Weiser, that the review’s conclusion had been “open to misinterpretation, for which we apologize.” This new trump card was a disaster for mask opponents—the proverbial queen of spades—and it quickly went viral among mask devotees, newly reassured in the righteousness of their talismans. […] Tufekci’s op-ed brought new attention to a question that’s been a bit of a mystery since COVID began. Where exactly did all these mask mandates come from? Why did the US CDC suddenly reverse its longstanding guidance and begin recommending masks for the first time in modern history in April 2020?

Read more: https://brownstone.org/articles/how-zeynep-tufekci-and-jeremy-howard-masked-america/

Piper: Witnesses pick apart school closure arguments, as House COVID panel probes teachers’ clout with CDC

Congressional Democrats who have long looked to Europe to inform American policymaking have become America Firsters on COVID-19 school closures and reopening guidelines, minimizing if not entirely ignoring the different policy choices from Spain to Sweden at a House Oversight coronavirus subcommittee hearing Tuesday. European schools reopened in person much faster, without stringent conditions of the kind that American teachers’ unions and other Democratic interest groups said were necessary to mitigate spread, including six feet of social distancing, mask mandates, contract tracing and nearly $200 billion in additional federal appropriations not explicitly conditioned on making schools safer. “I would caution all of us against Monday morning quarterbacking,” Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) said, denying an “apples-to-apples” comparison was possible between the U.S. and the 44 countries in Europe.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/government/congress/democrats-blame-trump-lengthy-covid-school-closures-dismiss-europes-fast


Givas & Solonon: DHS heavily redacted Disinformation Board emails despite claiming agency had nothing to hide

When the existence of the Disinformation Governance Board burst into public view, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said there was nothing sinister to hide and claimed the office was rooted in “best practices.” A year later, Mayorkas’ department is refusing to let Americans see most of the legal justifications and talking points it created to defend the now-disbanded board from “blowback,” FOIA documents showed. More than 100 pages of internal communication between the board’s former executive director, Nina Jankowicz, and her staff were released with heavy redactions to the conservative nonprofit Citizens United.

Read more: https://justthenews.com/government/federal-government-heavily-redacts-dhs-disinformation-board-emails-masking-how-and-why


Kelly: Time to End the Veil of Secrecy Inside D.C. Kangaroo Court

Judge Beryl Howell did not get the gushing send off from her colleagues she undoubtedly expected. Howell, appointed to the D.C. District Court by Barack Obama in 2010 and elevated to the court’s highest post in 2016—just in time to oversee numerous criminal investigations into Donald Trump—finished up her seven-year stint as chief judge earlier this month. Colleagues and staff assembled in her courtroom as the proverbial torch was passed to Judge James Boasberg, another Obama appointee. But according to Politico, the retirement celebration turned into a “roast” of sorts as one judge after another chided Howell for her closed-doors dealings. “Howell seemed to freeze in her seat as the most senior jurist on the court, Judge Paul Friedman, publicly described her still-secret rulings in grand jury-related matters,” reporters Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney wrote on March 17. “[Her] fellow judges made clear they were as tantalized as the rest of the political world by Howell’s secret work presiding over grand juries that could lead to charges against former President Donald Trump.” Howell sat “stone-faced” when Friedman teased how, “we’d all love to read her opinions, but we can’t.” Friedman also noted that Howell issued “100 secret grand jury opinions” as chief judge.

Read more: https://amgreatness.com/2023/03/28/time-to-end-the-veil-of-secrecy-inside-d-c-kangaroo-court/

Cheney: Judge says Pence must testify to Jan. 6 grand jury

Judge James Boasberg largely rejected an effort by the former president to assert executive privilege over Pence’s testimony, the person said. But Boasberg, the chief judge of the federal district court in Washington, agreed, at least in part, with Pence’s legal team that the former vice president enjoys immunity from testifying about certain topics due to his role as president of the Senate on Jan. 6, 2021. It was not immediately clear whether Boasberg’s ruling, which remains under seal, is broad enough to satisfy Pence’s public resistance to the subpoena — issued by special counsel Jack Smith — or whether he intends to appeal.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2023/03/28/judge-says-pence-must-testify-to-jan-6-grand-jury-00089222


Rep. Matt Gaetz tweet: Today we are sending a clear message to Joe Biden: there will be no increase in the debt limit without significant spending cuts. House Republicans have laid out a budget plan that does not cut Social Security or Medicare, but that attacks a woke and weaponized government that hurts the economic security of the American people.

Watch the 1:52 minute video: https://twitter.com/RepMattGaetz/status/1640723441052516352?cxt=HHwWgIC86drRgsUtAAAA

Lucas: 5 Takeaways From House Hearing on COVID-19 School Lockdowns

The hearing held Tuesday by this subcommittee of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee peered into several aspects of the pandemic, including evidence ignored by public health officials, how COVID-19 aid dollars were spent, and how other countries addressed the public health crisis.

Here are five key takeaways from the hearing. 1. Masks, Social Distancing Not ‘Science Based’ Both masking and social distancing policies for schools weren’t based in science, Dr. Tracy Hoeg, an epidemiologist in the University of California-San Francisco’s department of epidemiology and biostatistics, told the subcommittee. “Were those necessary to keep schools open?” Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., chairman of the full House Oversight and Accountability Committee, asked. “We had evidence prior to the pandemic that masks were largely ineffective at preventing community transmission of influenza and other upper-respiratory viruses,” Hoeg replied. “We did not obtain any new, high quality evidence in the COVID-19 pandemic that masks were effective strategy in schools or outside of schools.” Comer followed by asking: “The mask guidance was not scientifically sound?” “Correct. It wasn’t science based and the 6 feet of distancing was arbitrary. That was based on basically just looking at how far certain size droplets spread,” Hoeg replied, adding: . . .[…] 2. COVID-19 Relief Goes to DEI, Anti-Racism Training . . .

Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/03/28/5-takeaways-from-house-hearing-on-covid-19-school-lockdowns/

Stepman: ‘Death, Drugs, and Disorder’: 4 Takeaways From House Hearing on Growing Crisis at Northern Border

Here are four takeaways from the House panel’s hearing on the growing crisis at the northern border. 1. Explosion in Northern Border Crossings Under Biden  The number of crossings at the northern border has exploded in the past year and continues to increase. “There has been over an 800% increase since the last fiscal year,” Bishop said of Border Patrol encounters with illegal aliens at the northern border. […]  2. Border Patrol, Overwhelmed at Southern Border, Struggles to Meet New Threat in North   In his opening statement, Kelly said that the northern border, which is over 5,500 miles long, is wide open.

It’s become vulnerable because the Border Patrol is inundated with challenges at the southern border, he said. “This administration, by its failure to admit we have a problem, is the problem,” Kelly said.

Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/03/28/death-drugs-and-disorder-4-takeaways-from-house-hearing-on-growing-crisis-at-northern-border/


Reuters & Earle: Defense Secretary slams Sen. Tuberville for BLOCKING critical military promotions over Pentagon’s abortion policy – warns it jeopardizes safety of America by ‘impacting readiness’ to fight adversaries

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testified Tuesday that Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s hold on dozens of military promotions over an abortion issue would have a ripple effect throughout the military and harm readiness.  Tuberville (R-Ala.), a former college football coach and Donald Trump ally, has been blocking military nominations from moving forward since last month because he believes the Pentagon is improperly using funding to cover travel costs for service members who obtain abortions. He has used his perch on the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold up the nominations as leverage against the policy.

After the Supreme Court last year overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized a constitutional right to abortion, the Pentagon said it would cover travel costs for service members seeking abortions and up to 21 days off. It was one of numerous actions the Biden Administration took to try to protect abortion rights following the ruling by the 6-3 conservative court. […]  During Tuesday’s hearing, Tuberville said the Pentagon’s policy was made without lawmakers authorizing the change. ‘As long as I have a voice in this body, Congress will write the laws not secretary of defense, not the Joint Chiefs,’ Tuberville said.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11912625/Lloyd-Austin-denounces-Sen-Tuberbvilles-block-critical-military-promotions-abortion-stance.html

Citizen Free Press: Josh Hawley tells the truth…

“This murderous rampage was a horrific crime, but more specifically it was a hate crime. A crime, that according to Nashville police, specifically targeted the members of this Christian community.”

Watch the 1:22 minute video: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/josh-hawley-tells-the-truth/


McCaughey: China Controls Your Meds

Democrats and Republicans battered TikTok’s CEO at a House of Representatives hearing on Thursday — for good reason. The Chinese app poses a national security risk, accumulating troves of data on its American users. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s slithery comment that “I don’t think spying is the right way to describe it,” only heightened concerns. Too bad another Chinese threat — bigger and more immediate — isn’t getting the same attention. China has a chokehold on our medication supply chain. Beijing controls many — in some cases, all — active ingredients for the remedies in our medicine chests, the drugs used in emergency rooms and even antibiotics administered to soldiers on the battlefield. The med bottles in your cabinet don’t say “Made in China,” but nearly all are, including 97% of U.S. antibiotics, by some estimates. In a tense situation, Beijing could simply cut off shipments of antibiotics, cancer drugs and other meds, forcing the U.S. to cede to its demands. Our survival hinges on their goodwill. Terrifying.

Read more: https://townhall.com/columnists/betsymccaughey/2023/03/29/china-controls-your-meds-n2621229

Bergman: National Security Threat: Another Latin American Country Chooses China

  • The Biden administration seems adept at launching grand schemes that make it look as if it is doing something about countering China in Latin America, but American leadership seems to be entirely absent.
  • This absence of US leadership in Latin America has become seriously critical: senior military commanders in the US warn that China’s actions in Latin America pose increasing risks to US national security.
  • “What concerns me as a Combatant Commander is the myriad of ways in which the PRC is spreading its malign influence, wielding its economic might, and conducting gray zone activities to expand its military and political access and influence…” — General Laura Jane Richardson, Commander, US Southern Command, to the House Armed Services Committee, March 8, 2023.

Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/19534/china-latin-america-security-threat

RNC Research: Biden DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tells Senator @HawleyMO  there has indeed been a surge in Chinese nationals at the border — but won’t say if any are members of the Chinese Communist Party.

Watch the 1:45 minute hearing exchange: https://twitter.com/RNCResearch/status/1640774381247799299?cxt=HHwWhoCx7ejmmcUtAAAA


(3/24/2023) Glick: The Biden Administration’s Sinister Turn Against Israel

On Tuesday, the State Department summoned Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Herzog to demand an explanation for the Knesset’s abrogation of the 2005 law banning Jews from living in four communities in northern Samaria. That law was passed in the framework of Israel’s failed plan to disengage from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria. In August 2005, Israel expelled 10,000 Jewish citizens from Gaza and northern Samaria in the hopes that the Palestinians would take the areas and build a mini-Singapore. Instead, they built a mini-Afghanistan. The Knesset’s decision to abrogate the law was a rare example of a democracy acting to correct its prior mistake. But that’s not how the Biden administration saw it. Around the same time Ambassador Herzog was summoned, the White House said the law was a breach of Israel’s 2004 agreement with the Bush administration. That agreement, which was given expression in an April 2004 letter then-President George W. Bush sent to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, essentially said that in exchange for Israel’s forcible uprooting of the Jewish communities in Gaza and northern Samaria, the Bush administration would accept the permanence of major Jewish communities in the rest of Judea and Samaria. […]  Even worse, the State Department report effectively denies that the Jewish state has the right to enforce its laws toward its Arab citizens.

Read more: https://carolineglick.com/the-biden-administrations-sinister-turn-against-israel/

Pollak: Israeli Right Mocks Biden After Snub: ‘Weak’; Could Lose to a ‘Toaster’

A chorus of leaders on Israel’s political right attacked U.S. President Joe Biden for his criticisms of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, calling Biden “weak” and claiming Israel is “more democratic” than the U.S. The criticism came after Biden said he would not invite Netanyahu to the White House — a courtesy shown to every elected Israeli leader, and to both of Netanyahu’s predecessors — and that Israel needed political change. Biden contradicted U.S. Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides, who promised an invitation would be forthcoming just hours before, after Netanyahu paused his government’s ongoing judicial reforms, amid mounting protest.

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2023/03/29/israeli-right-mocks-biden-weak-could-lose-to-a-toaster/

AGON: A Sit Down With Douglas Macgregor: Part I

The former senior advisor to the acting Secretary of Defense joins Michael Vlahos for a discussion about the war in Ukraine, the U.S. foreign policy establishment, and the state of the empire.

Watch the 50 minute interview; https://www.agonmag.com/p/a-sit-down-with-douglas-macgregor


Thornton: The ‘Woke’ Tyranny

A minor culture-war squall recently happened over the definition of “woke.” Activists have taken to responding to conservatives who use the term by asking them to define it. The various definitions are usually decried as incorrect, then followed up with QED. certainty that conservatives have no clue what it means, and use the term merely as a question-begging epithet and a political smear. The word is indeed a political weapon, one adaptable to various political ideologies.  But that doesn’t mean the question of meaning is idle. There are various dimensions of the idea of “woke” that originated over a century ago and continue to shape our culture for the worse. A closer examination of “wokeness” reveals that at its heart lie some of the most destructive ideas of modernity that have been spuriously repackaged as cutting-edge novelties. […]  Much of “woke” behavior is redolent of political religions and cults, bespeaking its origins in Marxism. As historian Michael Burleigh has written, from the start Marxism “was a religiously inspired mythopoetic drama carefully camouflaged within various scientific-sounding accretions.” The term “woke” itself echoes the experience of religious converts. Indeed, the memoirs of former Marxists in the classic The God That Failed often explicitly describe their embrace of Marxism in terms of an awakening typical of religious conversion.

Read more: https://www.frontpagemag.com/the-woke-tyranny/

Tucker: The Decline in Patriotism

The Wall Street Journal has conducted a poll with the most interesting results. From 1998 to the present, the percentage of Americans who say that patriotism is an important value has crashed from 70 percent to 38 percent. The bulk of the fall has happened since 2019. More results will be discussed in a bit but let’s first focus on this issue of patriotism. The poll doesn’t define for the respondents what patriotism is but reflects on the word. It can mean love of country and homeland. It’s perhaps true that this has fallen. That’s believable since the US in three years ceased to place freedom as a first principle. Indeed, there is a growing cultural movement, extending from academia to the mainstream, that encourages loathing of American history and its achievements. No “founding father” is safe from being called the worst-possible names. Hatred of this country has risen to be an expected norm. But the problem goes deeper even.

Read more: https://brownstone.org/articles/decline-in-patriotism/

RNC Research: Senator @tedcruz SLAMS Biden DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for dodging questions: “You’re…a politician misleading the American people”

Watch the 57 second hearing exchange: https://twitter.com/RNCResearch/status/1640763762717196305?cxt=HHwWooC80d78lMUtAAAA

(Shocking but not surprising) War Room: Benny Johnson: The Bombshell Truth Of Pete Buttigieg And East Palestine Water

Department of Transportation employee told Johnson that resources were being allocated based on the politics of the state – blue state versus red state.

A must watch  10:17 minute video: https://rumble.com/v2f3rio-benny-johnson-the-bombshell-truth-of-pete-buttigieg-and-east-palestine-wate.html

War Room: Jeffrey Clark: EPA Administrator Nowhere To Be Found In East Palestine, Abdicating Duties

Clark was Assistant A.G. in the DOJ in Trump’s first term. He was in charge of everything related to the EPA and to the environment.

Watch the 8:54 minute interview: https://rumble.com/v2f6bkq-jeffrey-clark-epa-administrator-nowhere-to-be-found-in-east-palestine-abdic.html

Goodman: Granholm Gone Wild? Energy Sec Takes Fourth Trip to Puerto Rico in Five Months

‘Unless Granholm is there installing the solar panels herself, there is no reason for her to be on the ground for that long,’ expert says. […]  The latest weeklong trip comes days after Granholm told Congress that DOE has no plans to take advantage of plunging oil prices to restock the U.S. strategic oil reserves, which the Biden administration sold off to ease gas prices before the election.

Read more: https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/granholm-gone-wild-energy-sec-takes-fourth-trip-to-puerto-rico-in-five-months/

Arter: HHS Secretary Defends Biden’s Plan to Use Federal Funds to Pay for ‘Gender Mutilating Surgeries’ for Children

The secretary said that “everyone in America” should have “access to the health care that they need, whether you’re a child or adult.” During a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the HHS budget for FY2024, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said, “With regards to the president’s comments about funding gender-denying mutilation surgery, that’s all I can call it, because believe me. I’ve seen bilateral mastectomies. I’ve seen penectomies for trauma.

Read more/Watch the 4:18 minute hearing exchange: https://cnsnews.com/article/washington/melanie-arter/hhs-secretary-defends-bidens-plan-use-federal-funds-pay-gender


Mondoro: Minneapolis school district to host gender clinic director who says 3-year-olds can be ‘transgender’

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is planning to host a family event featuring a drag story hour and a talk given by the director of a pediatric gender clinic who has previously claimed that children as young as three years old are able to “identify” as “transgender.”  A “gender resource fair” is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, at Loring Elementary School. The Minneapolis school district advertises the event as “a gathering for families and their gender creative young ones.” Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, director of the “gender health program” at Children’s Minnesota hospital, will be featured as a guest speaker pushing gender ideology and “transition” procedures for gender confusion on the parents in attendance. Meanwhile, their children will be exposed to a drag queen story hour. {Note: Dr. Kade abandoned her Hippocratic Oath.]

Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/minneapolis-public-schools-to-host-gender-clinic-director-who-says-3-year-olds-can-be-transgender/?utm_source=featured-news&utm_campaign=usa

Tucker Carlson Tonight: Young trans people are vulnerable to violent radicalization: Andy Ngo

Watch the 3:40 minute interview: https://www.foxnews.com/video/6323565086112

Revolver.news: If you tell mentally ill kids that people disagreeing with them is “genocide,” eventually they’ll pick up weapons…

There is something very dark and evil brewing within the transgender community. As it stands now, the trans movement is plagued by confusion, mental illness, manipulation, and a demonic spirit that’s festering like a rancid boil. But things have gotten even worse, thanks to media, politicians, and celebrities who are pushing this notion that “disagreement” or “debate”on this controversial issue is somehow akin to literal “genocide” against trans people. This messaging has propelled this already disturbing movement into a whole new and violent direction. If you’ve been paying attention lately, you’ll have noticed the subtle transformation from so-called “victims” to “terrorists” that’s taken place within the trans community. We’re starting to see a lot of very agressive and violent marketing campaigns from the LGBTQ. For example, the “Trans Rights…Or Else” movement showcases mentally and emotionally unbalanced people, literally threatening the public with guns. Accept us, or else… Or else what? Well, the shirts they’re wearing leave little to the imagination.

Read more: https://www.revolver.news/2023/03/if-you-tell-mentally-ill-kids-that-people-disagreeing-with-them-is-genocide-eventually-theyll-pick-up-weapons/

Waters: Is Teen Depression Epidemic Result of Too Much Social Media, Too Little Religion?

1. Teen depression is skyrocketing, and studies show that an addiction to social media is often to blame.  2. More and more parents are raising children in secular home environments. 3. Parents should encourage their children to join communities that have a proven track record: namely, religious participation through a local church.

Read more: https://www.heritage.org/civil-society/commentary/teen-depression-epidemic-result-too-much-social-media-too-little-religion

Ingraham: Ethnic studies is not as benign as you’d think: Kofi Montzka

Watch the 3:26 minute interview: https://www.foxnews.com/video/6323495003112


Diaz-Berthiaume: New minor in protest art offered at University of Maryland

“Students in this interdisciplinary minor learn how artists and designers can play a vital role in advancing public dialogue,” and will “[explore] our shared humanity and [while] addressing some of our major challenges,” according to the art department’s website. The new minor will help enrollees spark “conversations about racial injustice, inequitable development, climate change or celebrating the diverse communities and cultures around us.”

Read more: https://www.thecollegefix.com/new-minor-in-protest-art-offered-at-university-of-maryland/

(Long overdue) New legal advocacy project will fight ‘equity discrimination’ at universities

The Legal Insurrection Foundation, a nonprofit based in Rhone Island, debuted its project in February. It is “devoted to the fair treatment of all persons without regard to race or ethnicity” and opposes “equity discrimination,” according to its website. In one of its first major moves, the Equal Protection Project on March 22 filed opposition to President Joe Biden’s Education Department rule rescinding campus religious protections instituted by the Trump-Pence administration. William Jacobson, the group’s director and a Cornell Law School professor, told The College Fix he started the project because the LI team has increasingly seen “open discrimination” on the basis of “race and ethnicity in the name of equity.”

Read more/Watch the 2:51 minute interview with William Jacobson:https://www.thecollegefix.com/legal-nonprofits-equal-protection-project-to-fight-equity-discrimination/


Gleason: Overcoming America’s Political Paralysis

One in four Americans say they know someone who died from the COVID vaccine, and 50% now have less trust in government health experts.  Sixty-seven percent say they “weren’t surprised” hearing that COVID came from a Chinese lab. Most voters agree that the FBI has been weaponized by the current administration, and 61% believe that government agents helped provoke the J6 riot. Ninety-one percent think bail should be set for criminals who may be a danger to the community. Fifty-four percent think Biden is lying about his family connections to China. Fifty-five percent of Arizona voters say issues in Maricopa County likely affected the 2022 results. Sixty percent think climate change is a false religion, not scientific fact. Most Americans now have zero trust in their government — the way it responds to health crises, the fairness of our law enforcement agencies, or its ability to conduct free and fair elections.  We think our president is a puppet of China. So why does life seem to continue as normal?  In other countries, when elections are stolen or Social Security benefits are taken, it means rioting in the streets. […]  The good news is that the forces against us are smaller and weaker than they let on.  They still need us to capitulate to our own slavery. Talk is cheap; action is priceless: . . .

Read more at American Thinker.  

Fox News: The Nashville school shooting happened due to deranged ideology

Watch Tucker Carlson’s 9:21 minute opening monologue: https://www.foxnews.com/video/6323560299112

Revolver.news: LGBTQ activists fighting tooth and nail to keep transgender shooters’ manifesto BURIED…

Why did a 28-year-old woman, who identified as a man, shoot her way into a Christian school filled with young children and then proceed to murder three innocent 9-year-old kids in cold blood and three adults in their 60s? […]  Investigative reporter Paul Sperry is reporting that Audrey’s parents may have known a lot more about what their daughter was up to than we realized. Could they have stopped her? BREAKING: Parents of school shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale knew she’d bought at least one weapon while under psychiatric care–and living under their roof at age 28–and knew she was hiding something in a red bag but didn’t investigate. Turns out she’d stockpiled seven (7) weapons. […]  We’re hearing LGBTQ activists are fighting to keep the manifesto buried because they believe if it’s made public, it will place their movement in jeopardy. Newsweek: “It should not be published,” Jordan Budd, the executive director of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE), told Newsweek. “The focus should be on how this was able to happen in the first place. There should not be such easy access to deadly weaponry. [..] The truth is, trans activists want to keep the manifesto buried so the public can’t witness how their destructive rhetoric has radicalized so many young people, turning them into ticking time bombs.

Read more: https://www.revolver.news/2023/03/lgbtq-activists-fighting-tooth-and-nail-to-keep-transgender-shooters-manifesto-buried/

(Arizona) Hobbs’ Press Secretary Sends Deadly Message After Transsexual Shoots, Kills Christians

A day after a transsexual shot and killed 6 Christians in Tennessee, the press secretary for Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs tweeted out a meme with a clip of a woman preparing to shoot pistols. The caption above the meme read: “Us when we see transphobes.” Us when we see transphobes pic.twitter.com/V5lxuiQXbQ — Josselyn Berry (@joss_berry) March 28, 2023  […]  According to AZFree News, before becoming Hobbs’ press secretary, Berry served as the “leader of two leftist dark money organizations and supporter of an FBI Most Wanted terrorist.” Berry also served as communications director for the Arizona State Senate Democratic Caucus, . . .

Read more: https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2023/03/28/hobbs-press-secretary-sends-deadly-message-after-transsexual-shoots-kills-christians/

Lifson: Prog icon Cenk Uyger tells trans people to ‘get guns’ because ‘right wing lunatics are going to attack them’

Following the slaughter of Christians in Nashville by a trans-identifying female posing as male, and on the eve of an Antifa-sponsored “Trans Day of Vengeance,” progressive icon Cenk Uyger seems uncomfortably close to “yelling fire in a crowded theatre.”  […]  I don’t think that Uyger should be censored, but I do think that he ought to reconsider who exactly is at threat. As Benny Johnson has pointed out, gender confused (what Selwyn Duke calls MUSS (Made Up Sexual Status) people are the perps of a large number of successful mass slaughters of late.

Read more/Watch the 49 second video at American Thinker.

Hussey: The Alien and Sedition Acts are Back

Legislators here are considering HB1333. HB1333 is sort of a modern politically correct version of the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts. In the version I read, HB1333, under the umbrella of worrying about “domestic violent extremism,” establishes a commission assembled to look for ways to “combat disinformation and misinformation.”  HB1333 sort of follows a tradition echoing Section 2 of the Sedition portion of the Alien and Sedition Acts. The language used at that time defined mis/disinformation for those acts: “if any person shall write, print, utter or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings…to excite any unlawful combinations therein, for opposing or resisting any law of the United States, or any act of the President of the United States,” that person can be fined $2,000 and imprisoned for two years. That early $2,000 is just shy of 50,000 of our emaciated dollars. As might be expected in a state legislative act, misinformation and disinformation in Washington State HB1333 are not defined nor accompanied by limitations. In fact, . . .

Read more: https://brownstone.org/articles/the-alien-and-sedition-acts-are-back/

(UPDATE) Man released from federal prison stabs Rand Paul staffer on second day out

The suspect, Glynn Neal, 42, was arrested on a charge of assault with intent to kill after Saturday’s attack. The federal Bureau of Prisons told The Associated Press Neal had been released from a federal prison in Maryland on Friday. Investigators believe the attack was random. The victim, Philip Todd — who works for Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky — told investigators he had never seen his attacker before and that Neal didn’t say or demand anything before he stabbed him.

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/man-released-federal-prison-stabs-rand-paul-staffer-second-day-out

Prisco: Scientists identify secret ingredient in Leonardo da Vinci paintings

“Old Masters” such as Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli and Rembrandt may have used proteins, especially egg yolk, in their oil paintings, according to a new study. Trace quantities of protein residue have long been detected in classic oil paintings, though they were often ascribed to contamination. A new study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications found the inclusion was likely intentional — and sheds light on the technical knowledge of the Old Masters, the most skilled European painters of the 16th, 17th, or early 18th century, and the way they prepared their paints. […] Because making paint was an artisanal and experimental process, it is possible that the Old Masters might have added egg yolk, a familiar ingredient, to the newer type of paint, which first showed up in the seventh century in Central Asia before spreading to Northern Europe in the Middle Ages and Italy during the Renaissance. In the study, the researchers recreated the process of paint-making by using four ingredients — egg yolk, distilled water, linseed oil and pigment — to mix two historically popular and significant colors, lead white and ultramarine blue.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/old-masters-da-vinci-egg-yolk-painting-scn/index.html


(3/3/2023) Glick: What the Battle For Judicial Reform Is Really About

In Israel as in states throughout the Western world, the political Left is an ecosystem of power, and not merely a political camp. It starts with the parties of the center- and far-Left. But it encompasses far more powerful institutions and actors, as well. These include the universities, the vast majority of media organs, most of the entertainment industry, and much of the economic elite. The Left also comprises the senior ranks of the security establishment—represented most clearly by politically active retired generals. The most powerful component of the Left’s ecosystem in Israel is the legal fraternity, which is comprised of the Supreme Court, the attorney general, the state prosecution, and the legal advisors to the Knesset and the government ministries. Despite its control over vast power sources in Israeli society, the Left does not control the Israeli people themselves. A significant majority of Israelis define themselves as right-of-center. In the last elections, right-of-center parties won 64 seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset. The Left’s parties won a mere 46 seats. The other 10 seats went to two anti-Zionist Arab parties, which are supported by, but are not constituent parts of, the leftist ecosystem.

Read more: https://carolineglick.com/what-the-battle-for-judicial-reform-is-really-about/

CenterClip: Shapiro: Israel’s Out of Control Judiciary Needs Reform

Listen to the 4:35 minute audio: https://www.centerclip.com/play/?c=fed416da-1c4a-40d3-b1e6-d0efc9d04624

CenterCliop: Hammer: Mobocracy Prevails In Israel—At Least For Now

Listen to the 4:50 minute audio: https://www.centerclip.com/play/?c=493e5839-654a-4a33-b674-dbb70d9a055c 

CenterClip: Roschelle: Israel, A Democracy In Action

Listen to the 4:16 minute audio: https://www.centerclip.com/play/?c=26cdcc27-338e-417e-abe9-9190e92b4272


As we move through 2023 and into the next election cycle, The Prickly Pear will resume Take Action recommendations and information.

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