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Biden DOJ upset that Missouri made itself a sanctuary from federal gun rules; says state lacks authority to shield against enforcement of federal laws

With the stroke of his pen, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) made the Show Me State a sanctuary from federal gun laws. No longer will Missouri law enforcement officials be allowed to enforce — or help the feds enforce — federal firearms rules.

But the move is not sitting well with President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice, which made its displeasure known in a letter to Parson this week, telling the governor that a state does not have the authority to prevent the enforcement of federal law, the Associated Press reported.

What does the law do?

Much like cities and states that have declared they will not enforce federal immigration laws, Missouri has declared it will protect its citizens from what is sees as federal “overreach” when it comes to gun rights.

The Second Amendment Preservation Act prohibits police from enforcing or assisting federal authorities in enforcing federal gun rules. It also allows for anyone who believes his Second Amendment rights were violated by an officer enforcing federal laws to sue the relevant police department for $50,000, the Kansas City Star said.

When Parson, a former sheriff, signed the bill into law, he said he was sending a message to the feds in response to increased federal gun control regulations that are being pushed by the Biden administration.

“We’re going to do things to make sure you don’t overreach your authority from the federal government,” he said, according to KCUR-FM.

How did the DOJ respond?

In a letter sent Wednesday night, the AP said, Justice Department officials told Missouri’s elected leadership that the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause supersedes Missouri’s law.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton said in the letter that the new law “threatens to disrupt the working relationship between fedral and local authorities,” the AP reported.

“The public safety of the people of the United States and citizens of Missouri is paramount,” Boynton wrote.

According to the DOJ, Missouri lacks any authority to shield Missourians from federal law or to prevent law enforcement from carrying out federal laws.

Neither the DOJ letter nor the AP report on the letter bothered to mention that multiple state and local jurisdictions have declared themselves immigration sanctuary cities and are currently barring law enforcement from enforcing federal laws.

HotAir’s Ed Morrissey pointed out that both the AP and DOJ were apparently incapable of understanding the point Parson was clearly making:

That’s the context which the AP misses, but it as plain as the nose on one’s face. If Parson had signed a bill declaring Missouri an immigration sanctuary state, Garland and the DoJ wouldn’t have batted an eye about it. And yet, the same principle is true — states that ignore and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law violate the Supremacy Clause, put public safety at risk, and should risk federal grants and technical assistance on that basis as well.

Amusingly, however, the AP never even mentions immigration or sanctuary status in its report. That is not just the clear context of Parson’s move, it’s also the precedent on which it’s based. The Obama-Biden administration did nothing to discourage cities and states from refusing to cooperate with federal law on immigration; neither Eric Holder nor Loretta Lynch sent scolding reminders about the Supremacy Clause to the leaders of sanctuary cities and states.

The DOJ, Morrissey noted, is “awfully arbitrary about when they choose to get their panties in a twist” over the Supremacy Clause.

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Wife of actor and former football player Terry Crews shares how God transformed husband’s life after years of porn and infidelity

Terry Crews has been known for a lot of things: movie and TV roles, professional football (albeit a limited career), hosting the hit show “America’s Got Talent,” and even hawking Old Spice.

He’s a popular celebrity with an engaging attitude, a winning personality, and now — thanks to help from above — a character that reflects things that are truly important.

But he hasn’t always been the man he appears to be on the big and small screens. In fact, he was a cheating, porn-addicted husband who nearly left his marriage in tatters.

He’s a different man now, according to his wife of 32 years, Rebecca Crews, an author, musician, song-writer, and actor in her own right.

And that change in Terry’s life is all thanks to “God’s faithfulness,” Rebecca told the Christian Post in a recent interview.

What happened?

Rebecca, who has a new album coming out, told the outlet that one of her best-known songs, “Breathless,” came as a result of God telling her, “Write, Rebecca,” at a time when she wasn’t sure Terry was ever going to come home.

“My husband and I had gone through a really bitter breakup, and we were trying to rebuild our marriage when we got into a verbal fight,” she told the Post. “I’d always had these inner fears of rejection and abandonment, and so often, when we would fight, my husband would grab his things and leave. He would abandon me there with all my feelings. And it would always leave me in this frozen, fearful state.”

God, she said, had some work to do on their marriage — and especially on Terry, who has talked candidly about his infidelity and porn addiction.

“I believe that I should respect, reverence, and allow my husband to lead our family,” Rebecca told the website. “I do not, however, believe I’m supposed to be a doormat. And in many ways, I was. And there was abuse in my family that allowed me to be codependent and abuse in his family that gave him a chip on his shoulder.”

They weren’t finding the answer in the organization of the church, she said, “because sometimes the church can be so accommodating of male failure and expecting the wives to look the other way by forgiving.”

But they did find help when they turned to God, the Bible, and biblical counseling to rebuild their lives and their marriage.

‘Stronger than ever’

Now they are “stronger than ever,” she said.

“Today, I look at my husband, and I always say he’s a better man than me,” Rebecca shared with the Post. “He took hold of the Word of God, and he took hold of the Scriptures, and he just ran with all his might.”

Terry told God, “I don’t want to be like this anymore,” she said. “And he amazes me every day. He really is the kinder, gentler version of Terry Crews because he let God do a work in his life.”

Rebecca admits that they’re not perfect, but she loves their relationship now: “It’s free from fear.”

(H/T: PureFlix Insider)

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Despite economic downturn, Americans’ charitable giving was at a record high in 2020

A new report on American philanthropy released this week revealed that charitable giving in the U.S. reached recored levels last year — in spite of an economy that saw paychecks slashed and unemployment soaring.

What did the report say?

The annual Giving USA report published Tuesday revealed that Americans gave a record $471 billion to charity in 2020, according to the Associated Press. The Giving USA Foundation said 2020’s levels beat 2019’s record giving of $448 billion by 5.1%, the AP said.

This all came as the U.S. economy contracted 3.5% — the worst since 1946 — and tens of millions of jobs were lost, leading to nearly 15% unemployment in the spring of 2020.

According to the AP, estates and foundations led the increased giving as they saw more people facing greater needs and concerns, spurred on by the pandemic and racial justice protests.

Amir Pasic, the dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, which researched and wrote the 2021 report, said in a statement, “In some ways, 2020 is a story of uneven impact and uneven recovery,” the AP reported.

“Many wealthier households were more insulated from the effects of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic shock,” he added, “and they may have had greater capacity to give charitably than households and communities that were disproportionately affected and struggled financially.”

Despite the bad name given to America’s wealthy, it was the rich who really contributed to the spike in giving to educational nonprofits and other charities. However, it wasn’t just the wealthy who increased their giving: The study’s examination of surveys and tax data for 128 million U.S. households showed that small donors, too, “stepped up to meet the increased needs brought forth by the economic crisis, racial unrest and a global pandemic,” the AP said. However, giving from corporations was down.

More from the AP:

Giving by individuals, which made up a majority of the donations last year, rose by approximately 2%. The biggest uptick came from foundations, who, in total, increased their giving by 17% for an estimated $88.5 billion in contributions. Those donations made up about 19% of the total share of contributions, the largest that has ever come from foundations.

The spike in giving was coupled with changes many foundations adapted in the early days of the pandemic to provide more flexibility to grantees in their pandemic response. The changes included loosening restrictions on how to use prior and new donations, but how long that will continue, if at all, remains unclear.

By contrast, companies gave about 6% less in 2020 than they did in 2019, the report said. Experts note giving by corporations is closely tied to GDP and pre-tax profits, which both declined last year.

Recipient groups with a focus on civil rights and the environment saw the biggest jump in receipts last year, the New York Times reported. Religious and educational groups, foundations, human services, international affairs, and public-society benefit organizations also saw an uptick.

Giving to health care groups and arts and culture organizations actually fell — largely because those operations rely significantly on in-person events and fundraisers that were routinely canceled during the pandemic.

Will the giving trend continue? Giving USA Foundation Chair Laura MacDonald is hopeful — but also realistic.

“As an optimist, I’d like to believe that Americans’ generosity will continue to grow,” MacDonald said, the AP reported. “But as a realist, I understand that giving responds to larger economic forces. In 2021, we may also realize the benefits of engaging donors through galas and events, personal visits, and in-person experiences.”

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters roundly rejects ‘powerful idiot’ Mark Zuckerberg’s request to use classic song to promote Instagram: ‘F*** you. No f***in’ way.’

Turns out Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters is no fan of Mark Zuckerberg and his social media empire.

The longtime rocker made his thoughts on the Facebook and Instagram chief clear on video during a recent “Free Julian Assange” event, Rolling Stone reported Monday, when he loudly and roundly rejected Zuckerberg’s offer to pay him “huge” money to use Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 song, “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” for an upcoming promotion of Instagram.

Waters read from a “missive from Mark Zuckerberg” asking for Waters’ OK to use the hit song for a film to promote Instagram that, he said, “arrived this morning, with an offer for a huge, huge amount of money.”

“And the answer is, ‘F*** You. No f***in’ way,'” Waters told the cheering crowd.

The rocker blasted the “insidious movement” by social media giants to “take over absolutely everything.”

“I will not be a party to this bulls**t, Zuckerberg,” Waters added.

“We want to thank you for considering this project,” Waters read from the letter. “We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and so necessary today, which speaks to how timeless the work is.”

He then launched into a critique of Facebook and Instagram, which have become infamous for censoring content they don’t like from getting to the general public, for wanting to use the song to make the companies “even bigger and more powerful” than they currently are.

Content warning: rough language

Citing his movement to get what he considers the truth about Assange out to the world, Waters said the social media companies want to grow “so they can continue to censor all of us in this room and prevent this story about Julian Assange from getting out to the general public.”

Waters went on to personally attack Zuckerberg as a “powerful idiot” who got his start by ranking women’s looks.

Alluding to FaceMash, an app Zuckerberg started during his Harvard days to rate the appearance of campus coeds, before creating Facebook, Business Insider said, Waters asked, “How did this little prick who started off by saying, ‘She’s pretty, we’ll give her a four out of five; she’s ugly, we’ll give her a one,’ how did he get power in anything?”

“And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world,” Waters concluded.

Rolling Stone and Business Insider said Facebook did not respond to requests for comment.

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Professors warn mandating college students get COVID-19 vaccines violates medical ethics, say schools should not treat them like ‘guinea pigs’

More than 450 U.S. colleges and universities are mandating that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the fall 2021-22 semester. Some are even requiring vaccines for summer classes.

These mandates are not sitting well with many parents, students, and even school faculty.

Two professors from major universities took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to explain why schools should not treat students like “guinea pigs” and to warn that mandating that students get shots is a violation of medical ethics.

What did they say?

In an op-ed for the Journal, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a professor of psychiatry and director of the Medical Ethics Progam at the University of California, Irvine, and Gerard V. Bradley, a law professor at Notre Dame, lamented that so many schools are mandating vaccinations and reminded readers that the move is unprecedented — even within the U.S. military:

Schools have for decades required vaccination against infectious diseases, but these mandates are unprecedented — and unethical. Never before have colleges insisted that students or employees receive an experimental vaccine as a condition of attendance or employment.

Even soldiers, whose rights are constrained when they join the service, aren’t being compelled to take a Covid vaccine. In a case involving a vaccine against anthrax, a federal district judge held in 2004 that “the United States cannot demand that members of the armed forces also serve as guinea pigs for experimental drugs” absent informed consent or a presidential waiver of service members’ legal protections. The following year the judge held that an emergency-use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration was insufficient to meet the legal test.

Professors Kheriaty and Bradley reminded readers that though the FDA has issued emergency authorizations for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, none of the three has been actually approved by the agency. And that is a legal and ethical problem for schools that want to force student to get the shots.

Universities might claim that immunizations for other diseases are already required for many students and are for students’ own good, the authors said, but COVID is a different story. For people under 30, they said, “the risks of serious morbidity and mortality are close to zero,” but the vaccines are not necessarily safe for people under 30:

By contrast, early indications from passive surveillance systems (which call for follow-up investigation) and a June 10 review by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee indicated an excess risk for heart inflammation, especially in men 30 and younger.

Kheriaty and Bradley also pointed out that schools are ignoring the massive share of college students who have already recovered from COVID and have natural immunity, “which studies have suggested is more robust and durable than vaccine immunity.”

Then there is problem that the schools’ vaccine policies would subject “populations that were deliberately excluded from clinical trials” to “experimental risks,” including people who have recovered from infection, pregnant women, and breast-feeding women.

Schools, they asserted, are pushing mandates that “violate basic principles of medical ethics”:

Even if the vaccines receive full FDA approval, no sensible understanding of herd immunity can justify forcing vaccinations on healthy young adults who are at minimal risk of hospitalization or death from Covid, especially those who already had Covid. We don’t immunize children against diseases that primarily harm the elderly in hope of reducing transmission risks for the elderly. That would use the recipients as a means to another end, which is unethical.

Consider the analogy of nontherapeutic research, from which the research subject doesn’t stand to benefit directly. The central canon of medical ethics in this situation is the free and informed consent of the research subject, as articulated in the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration. Informed consent is likewise required for medical decisions in all adults of sound mind. This is arguably the most deeply rooted doctrine in contemporary medical ethics.

A person may freely choose to accept medical risks for the benefit of others, as when one donates a kidney for transplant. But there is no moral duty to do so. This is why we don’t harvest organs without consent, even if doing so would save many lives. Those who make such sacrifices for others must truly be volunteers, not conscripts drafted by college administrators.

The heads of the universities need to stop with their “specious” arguments that the mandates will help students “feel safe” enough to come back to school, the professors wrote. Forcing those with natural immunity to get shots “doesn’t make anyone actually safer,” they said, adding that it’s “wrong to risk harming healthy people so that college can peddle a psychological placebo.”

Now is the time to maintain “integrity under pressure,” they concluded, and not “abandon ethical principles” in the face of “dire situations.”

None of the schools’ arguments, they added, “justifies coercive policies that steamroll fundamental liberties.”

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‘Shut the f*** up!’: Actor, comedian Kevin Hart has had it with cancel culture

Kevin Hart knows a thing or two about cancel culture.

The popular comedian and actor lost his gig hosting the Academy Awards in 2019 because of tweets he posted about 10 years earlier as well as old stand-up routines that critics considered offensive for their alleged “homophobic” content.

Fellow comedians turned actors Nick Cannon and Jerry Seinfeld came out to offer their support and decry the hypocrisy and attitudes of Hollywood. But their words did not keep the Oscars brigade from their determination to set Hart straight for his years-old comments.

In an interview with the Sunday Times over the weekend, Hart made clear his views on cancel culture: “Shut the f*** up!”

What did he say?

Discussing his flourishing career, Hart pointed out to the Times what many successful celebrities who do not constantly toe the woke line have discovered: Being good at what you do makes you a target.

“[T]he bigger that you get the more people poke at you,” he told the paper. “I don’t know why. The road to success is amazing. Then you get there and opinions about you grow.”

The Sunday Times interview then rehashed the Oscars imbroglio, noting that the Academy asked Hart to apologize for his old comments, which he initially refused to do, saying he had already addressed the old remarks and apologized. (He later apologized again, but was still elected not to host the ceremony.)

Now he’s saying that if people want to dig up old comments, well, that’s life.

“If people want to pull up stuff, go back to the same tweets of old, go ahead. There is nothing I can do,” he told the paper. “You’re looking at a younger version of myself. A comedian trying to be funny and, at that attempt, failing. Apologies were made. I understand now how it comes off. I look back and cringe. So it’s growth. It’s about growth.”

But he has had it with canceling people for old “nonsense.”

“If somebody has done something truly damaging then, absolutely, a consequence should be attached. But when you just talk about … nonsense?” Hart said. “When you’re talking, ‘Someone said! They need to be taken [down]!’ Shut the f*** up! What are you talking about?”

“When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect? Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time?” he continued. “I don’t understand. I don’t expect perfection from my kids. I don’t expect it from my wife, friends, employees. Because, last I checked, the only way you grow up is from f***ing up. I don’t know a kid who hasn’t f***ed up or done some dumb s**t.”

Sounding fed up with all of it, the paper said, he noted, “I’ve been cancelled, what, three or four times? Never bothered,” adding, “If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will.”

“That’s not how I operate. I understand people are human. Everyone can change,” Hart said. “It’s like jail. People get locked up so they can be taught a lesson. When they get out, they are supposed to be better. But if they come out and people go, ‘I’m not giving you a job because you were in jail’ — then what the f*** did I go to jail for? That was my punishment — how do you not give those people a shot?”

People change, the actor said, and that should be allowed — plus, who is the woke crowd to decide who gets another shot?

“They’re saying that all life should be over because of a mistake? Your life should end and there should be no opportunity to change? What are you talking about?” he asked. “And who are you to make that decision?”

The movement, he added, has had a negative impact on comedy:

Though he claims not to be bothered by cancel culture, he does admit that comedy has changed because of it. He started in stand-up in the late 1990s with the stage name Lil Kev the Bastard, before his first big comedy special, I’m a Grown Little Man, took him to new heights in 2009, with cathartic jokes about his stature: he is 5ft 2in. Back then the circuit was unfiltered, he says, but now comics feel censored and have lost the freedom once attached to their craft. “You’re thinking that things you say will come back and bite you on the ass. I can’t be the comic today that I was when I got into this.”

But if he is not, as he says, affected by the persistent threat of cancellation, why change the comedy he does? “It’s not necessarily about cancel culture,” he elaborates. “It’s backlash. It’s about the intent behind what you say — there’s an assumption it’s always bad and, somehow, we forgot comedians are going for the laugh. You’re not saying something to make people angry. That’s not why I’m on stage. I’m trying to make you laugh and if I did not make you laugh I failed. That’s my consequence.”

Hart concluded that his comedy is bringing people together, not tearing people apart — unlike cancel culture and our politics today.

“If there’s a message to take from anything I’ve said, it’s that in this world of opinion, it’s OK to just disagree,” he said, adding, “We are so caught up in everybody feeling like they have to be right and their way is the only way. Politics is f***ed up because, if you don’t choose our side, you’re dumb.”

“It’s a divide,” Hart added. “It’s f***ed up. But I’m not about to divide. I don’t support the divide!”

“I put everybody in the f***ing building,” he said. “We all come into this building Kevin Hart is in and we all laugh. I bring people together — like it or not.”

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Philly Naked Bike Ride is back on this year, but you have to wear a mask — for your health

Nude bicycling is back in Philadelphia — but not every body part will be allowed to be uncovered.

Anyone who would like to be part of the annual 10-mile Philly Naked Bike Ride on Aug. 28 will not have to wear a shirt or pants or underwear, but they will have to wear a mask.

For health reasons, of course.

What’s going on?

The 2020 ride was canceled due to the pandemic, but it’s back on this year, WCAU-TV reported.

Thousands of participants are expected to return to the no-cost, no-registration, no-clothes, no-skivvies event of the summer.


Image source: WCAU-TV video screenshot

They will be traversing the streets of the City of Brotherly Love for three hours — passing by sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall that are popular with tourists and families — with their bits and pieces festooned with body paint and other decorations to advocate for biking and for cyclist safety, protest fossil fuels (while riding on rubber tires made from fossil fuels), and promote positive body image.

But despite the fact that the city has lifted most of its COVID-19 rules in the wake of plummeting case numbers and an increasing rate of vaccinations among citizens, only one set of cheeks will be allowed to be bare for anyone hoping to join the mobile-streaking event — and it’s not the set on their faces.

Currently, Philadelphia does not require masks for folks who are fully vaccinated and outside, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA Today reported. Restaurants and cafes may operate at only 50% capacity, but the distance between chairs will be reduced from six feet to three feet. Indoor catered events are even more restricted, with only 25% capacity allowed, while outdoor events can be at 50% capacity.

Ride organizers said they are “going to stick with our initial mask guidance” for now, according to WCAU. However, things could change, lead organizer Wesley Noonan-Sassa said. The group will continue to keep tabs on what the city says about COVID restrictions over the next several weeks.

The organizers also “recommend wrapping something soft around your seat, such as a T-shirt or a bandana, especially if you rent a bike,” USA Today said.

The event is part of a larger organization known as World Naked Bike Ride, according to the paper, with events happening in New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, Japan, and more than a dozen other nations.

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James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ food game blasted as ‘anti-Asian.’ Critics issue list of demands.

CBS “Late Late Show” host James Corden has a recurring bit on his late-night talk show called “Spill Your Guts.” In it, the host challenges a celebrity guest to a truth-or-dare-style competition wherein Corden and his opponent must answer a potentially embarrassing question or eat a “gross” food.

The foods have included cod sperm, grasshoppers, balut, chicken feet, sardine smoothies, fish eyes, bull penis, bird saliva, cow blood and pork tongue jelly, ant yogurt, cow tongue, beetle jello shots, and much more.


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Now a petition is circulating on Change.org demanding that Corden end his “culturally offensive” game, the New York Post reported Friday.

What does the petition say?

The array of foods considered “gross” by Corden and his producers did not sit well with some members of the perpetually aggrieved, including TikTok user Kim Saira who posted a viral video about Corden’s segment.

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@kimssaira ok but this is actual Asian food & youre going on live tv telling people how gross it is. thats cringe
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Why are Saira and her petition signers upset? Because, Saira wrote in the petition, “many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures. He’s presented foods such as balut, century old eggs, and chicken feet, and which are often regularly eaten by Asian people.”

The Post noted that balut, which is an embryonic duck egg, is a popular dish in the Philippines, and century-old eggs and chicken feet are regular breakfast items in southern China.

The late-night bit, the petition claims, is “incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive” and “encourages anti-Asian racism” during a time when the country has seen “constant Asian hate crimes.” It’s time, the petition says, that Corden takes his influence and the “perpetual harm” of his “Spill Your Guts” segment seriously:

During these segments, he’s openly called these foods “really disgusting,” and “horrific.” In the wake of the constant Asian hate crimes that have continuously been occurring, not only is this segment incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive, but it also encourages anti-Asian racism. So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.

The media holds so much influence: according to Wikipedia, the Late Late show averages over 650,000 viewers per episode. That means, 650,000 people are being influenced to think that native foods from Asian countries are “disgusting,” or “horrifying.” Content like this continually perpetuates and encourages harm and racism against Asian Americans in our daily lives.

We are holding James Corden and The Late Late Show accountable for their actions, and perpetual harm this segment causes to Asian American communities. At the very least, Asian American communities deserve an apology and this segment to be taken off the air.

What about the list of demands?

Naturally, the petition has a list of demands that, if not met, will result in … well … Saira never really got around to the “or else” portion of the demand section.

The petitioners’ demands:

  • The show must “[c]ompletely change the food presented” or “remove the segment entirely.”
  • Corden must issue a “formal apology statement” on his nationally broadcast show and detail the “steps he will be taking to do better in the future.”
  • CBS or Corden or “The Late Late Show” or somebody — the petition never specifies who — must donate funds “to local Asian American organizations that are working to help Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses.”

The petition currently has 13,543 of its 15,000 hoped-for signatures.

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DNC chairman says Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin — whose vote is keeping Dems in power — is ‘against America’

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin holds the Senate’s balance of power in his hands. It is his vote that keeps Democrat Chuck Schumer in his role as Senate majority leader and prevents “Cocaine Mitch” McConnell from controlling the agenda in Congress’ upper chamber.

But judging solely by the treatment Manchin has received from the left and his fellow Democrats — most notably from the chairman of the Democratic Party — one would be excused for believing the party doesn’t know or care that it is one vote away from losing its Senate majority.

What’s happening?

Manchin’s biggest crimes have been his unwillingness to bow to the far left’s agenda — most recently the attempt at sweeping federal election reform known as the “For the People Act” — and his repeated refusal to kill the filibuster, which would allow Democrats to force their agenda through the Senate. His stance has garnered a lot of hate and unhinged reactions from the left.

  • Liberal members of the media have called for abolishing the Senate.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a snarky photo in response to Manchin’s rebuke of her “crazy socialist agenda.”
  • The far-left-wing No Excuses PAC, founded by former AOC staffers, is working to defeat Manchin in the Democratic primary, which would likely doom Democrats’ chances in the deep-red Mountain State.
  • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said people like Manchin who support the filibuster are going to need to offer an explanation for their “indefensible” position.
  • Leftist commentator Jemele Hill called Manchin a “cowardly, power-hungry white dude” for his opposition to liberal progressive election reform.
  • After Manchin reiterated his position against Democratic election reform, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) called him the “new Mitch McConnell,” while Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) compared Manchin’s opposition to preserving Jim Crow.

But other than Durbin, those are not actual leaders in the Democratic Party.

So it was significant that Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison went on MSNBC Thursday to decry Manchin’s positions and say the senator essentially hates America.

When MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle asked Harrison what Manchin is supposed to do, considering he represents a conservative-leaning West Virginia populace, Harrison gave no quarter, accusing the senator of being “against America.”

“Democrats in South Carolina or West Virginia are not the same as Democrats in New York or California,” Ruhle began. “If Joe Manchin does what progressives want him to do, does he risk losing his seat?”

“Joe Manchin needs to do what Americans want our senators to do, which is to protect their right to vote,” Harrison answered. “Because if we don’t protect that right, that is the right by which all other rights are built upon. It is the great equalizer.”

“We’re not asking for any partisan thing,” he added. “People say ‘both sides’ — this is not a ‘both sides’ thing. Either you are for all Americans voting or you are against it. Either you are for securing democracy or you’re against it.”

“People need to make a decision where they are on this issue, because it’s not a ‘both sides,'” Harrison continued. “It’s either you’re for America, or you’re against it.”

‘Political ineptitude’

With the Senate as evenly split as it currently is, many political observers are wondering why Harrison and his party would put their majority at risk by attacking Manchin.

HotAir’s Ed Morrissey is one of those with questions:

Put aside Harrison’s dishonest spin on the bill itself, and just marvel at his political ineptitude instead. Manchin is the only man standing between Mitch McConnell and control of the Senate floor. The massive shift in Manchin’s home state puts enormous pressure on him to flip parties anyway. And now the chair of Manchin’s own political party is calling Manchin a traitor not to the party but to America on national television for not supporting progressives’ performative bill — which has no chance of passing the Senate even with Manchin’s vote.

Harrison probably shouldn’t count on Manchin’s vote for the Green New Deal, either. Can’t wait for Harrison to call Manchin a traitor to the planet when that happens.

Democrats have said they fear losing control of the Senate, but if they keep up their attacks on Manchin, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.

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‘Teach them a lesson’: Police force unvaccinated people in India to wear skull and crossbones signs

Vaccine passports have been one of the hottest topics over the last several months in the U.S. as a growing portion of the population gets vaccinated. Activists and officials have debated whether Americans should be required to carry proof of vaccination in order to go about their daily lives and enjoy the “privilege” of exercising the freedoms they enjoyed before the government locked them down during the pandemic.

For example:

  • In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) instituted the “Excelsior Pass,” which requires New Yorkers to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test before entering theaters, stadiums, and other businesses.
  • In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has been pushing private venues and churches to create “vaccinated-only” sections in their facilities and is requiring employers to confirm employees’ vaccine status and to force employees to wear a badge to show that status.
  • And in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown (D) put the onus on businesses and churches to require maskless entrants to show proof of vaccination.

But these examples are nothing compared to what is going on in some parts of India.

Reuters reported Thursday that police in rural parts of the country, including the Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh state, are forcing unvaccinated citizens to wear signs with a skull and crossbones.

The signs include text that declares, “Do not come near me, I am not vaccinated. Please stay away from me,” Reuters said.

Image source: YouTube video screenshot

Why emblazon their own people with the universal warning of danger? According to authorities, it’s “to teach them a lesson.”

“Watching the low vaccination rate in our district we decided to honour the people who got vaccinated, but then we also found a large number of people who were not vaccinated,” Niwari police told Reuters. “So to teach them a lesson and encourage them to get vaccinated, we administrated an oath to get them inoculated as soon as possible.”

Folks who have done the will of the state are given signs with the colors of the nation’s flag with text proclaiming “I am a nationalist,” Reuters said.

Image source: YouTube video screenshot

According to the outlet, only 14% of Madhya Pradesh residents have received at least one vaccine shot so far. And places like Niwari have some of the lowest inoculation rates in the nation.


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‘What the hell were you thinking?’: CNN host confronts Jeffrey Toobin about on-camera masturbating scandal as network reinstates shamed legal analyst

Remember Jeffry Toobin? He’s the longtime CNN legal analyst and former New Yorker staff writer who was caught masturbating on camera during a work Zoom call in October. Following the incident and a subsequent investigation, Toobin lost his New Yorker gig and took a many-months-long “leave of absence” from CNN.

Toobin’s ordeal and sudden unemployment was mocked and celebrated by many on the right. However, his left-wing coworkers were a bit more reticent — except for CNN’s oft-mocked media critic Brian Stelter, who complained that Toobin was “sidelined at a pivotal moment” just before the 2020 election.

Now, after several months of being off the air, Toobin is back at the liberal cable network that was apparently unable to find any other legal analysts able to perform and gratify the audience the way Toobin does.

But not before suffering the indignity of being interviewed on air by a female co-worker about his caught-on-camera shame.

What did he say?

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota introduced Toobin’s return by first highlighting and detailing his embarrassing moment and then asking, “What the hell were you thinking?”

“Obviously I wasn’t thinking very well or very much,” Toobin replied.

He noted that he thought he had turned off his camera and said, “I didn’t think I was on the call. I didn’t think other people could see me.”

Toobin said that the circumstances did not excuse his behavior and called his actions “deeply moronic and indefensible.”

He went on to apologize to his wife and family, CNN reported, and to the people who were on the call.

“And I’m sorry to the people who read my work and who watched me on CNN who thought I was a better person than this. And so, you know, I got a lot to rebuild, but I feel very privileged and very lucky that I’m going to be able to try to do that,” he said.

He also told Canerota that he had been in therapy and doing some public service like working at a food bank over the last several “miserable months” and is “trying to be a better person.”

“I am trying to become the kind of person people can trust again,” Toobin added.

According to CNN’s Stelter, Toobin will be appearing on CNN regularly again as the network’s chief legal analyst.

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Congressional Black Caucus blocks black conservative Republican from joining: Report

Florida Rep. Byron Donalds won his first election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. Donalds, a black lawmaker, has been asking to join the Congressional Black Caucus for months, but he hasn’t heard back from the group, BuzzFeed reported Wednesday night.

Donalds’ apparent problem? He’s a Republican.

Black Democratic members of Congress who won election in 2020 were inducted into the CBC six months ago, but Donalds was not included in the group.

According to BuzzFeed, Donalds has been trying to join the CBC, which purports to be a nonpartisan group of black lawmakers, but the organization has refused to respond to his requests. In fact, he made it clear to Politico back in February that he wanted to join the CBC.

“Obviously, the dominant voice in the CBC tends to be Democrat or liberal voices, and I want to bring change to that,” Donalds said, Politico reported.

“Yes, I’m a conservative Republican, but I think in the Black community, we have a wide range of political thought,” he added, according to Politico. “It doesn’t always get talked about, but it exists.”

The lack of response is due to the fact that the CBC is “blocking” Donalds’ membership, a source familiar with the group’s plans reportedly told BuzzFeed.

The lawmaker’s office told the outlet that Donalds has spoken with at least three CBC members about joining, but that he hasn’t received an answer and the odds of his becoming a CBC member don’t look good.

“Congressman Donalds has expressed interest in joining the CBC, but has yet to receive an official invitation,” a Donalds aide told BuzzFeed. “If given, he’d gladly accept.”

BuzzFeed said the CBC did not respond to questions about the status of Donalds’ membership or why he was not being let in.

According to the outlet, the “snub” is an example of the divide in Congress following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol when a mob stormed the building during the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Donalds voted against certifying Biden’s win:

The snub highlights the divide between Democrats and their Republican counterparts since Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol during the certification of Joe Biden’s presidency.

Some Democrats have refused to partner with Republicans on legislation since the mob attack, especially if they voted against accepting the election results. Donalds was one of the Republicans who voted to deny Biden’s win.

The CBC currently has zero Republican members.

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White House ‘perplexed’ and worried over VP Harris’ bungled answer to border question, CNN says

President Joe Biden tasked Vice President Kamala Harris more than 11 weeks ago with handling the ongoing border crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants swarming the U.S.-Mexico border. Though the southern border was the first major task given to her, Harris has not yet bothered to visit the region.

However, she did take off over the weekend for her first foreign trip as vice president to meet with the presidents of Guatemala and Mexico to discuss the “root causes” of the border surge.

But the trip has not garnered the positive press the administration had hoped for; instead, it has been overshadowed by controversy and flubs:

  • As Harris made her way to Central America, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei reiterated his assertion that the Biden administration is to blame for the illegal immigration crisis because of its ongoing confusing messaging.
  • When Harris traveled to the Guatemalan presidential palace, she was confronted by protesters who told her to “go home” and “mind your own business — as well as taunted her with “Trump won” messages.
  • A purported Univision reporter gushed over Harris before asking a softball question during a press event with President Giammattei.
  • Univision revealed that the reporter who addressed Harris was not actually a reporter for the outlet, which prompted security concerns about how the woman was able to gain access to the event.
  • After Harris attempted to sound tough on immigration by telling would-be migrants, “Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border,” left-wing progressive Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed the vice president for her “disappointing” message.

Those problems, though, pale in comparison to what really has the White House in a quandary: the infamous cringeworthy moment during an NBC News interview when Harris blundered the question of if or when she would ever visit the southern U.S. border.

When NBC’s Lester Holt asked Harris the most likely and obvious question she was likely to receive about the border crisis, the vice president attempted to spin, obfuscate, and laugh off the query.

“Why not visit the border?” Holt asked. “Why not see what Americans are seeing in this crisis?”

“At some point, you know, we are going to the border,” she replied, waving her arms. “We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”

Holt shot back: “You haven’t been to the border.”

“And I haven’t been to Europe!” Harris replied, laughing. “And I mean — I don’t understand the point that you’re making.”

White House ‘perplexed’

The NBC News episode has the White House “perplexed” and worried, CNN reported this week:

Vice President Kamala Harris endured a rocky first foreign trip since taking office, with sources telling CNN her two-day swing through Mexico and Guatemala left some administration officials quietly perplexed about what they perceive as her bumpy answers to questions about whether she will go to the US-Mexico border.

Several sources say there was a real hope inside the White House that Harris’ first trip abroad would be a success, and worry that what looked like ill-prepared answers to that inevitable question would overshadow it.

But officials made clear they didn’t view the overall outcome of the trip as driven by a single answer during a TV interview, and the goals of the trip were largely attained. However, they acknowledged it was a sound bite that would likely stick with Harris as she continues to confront the issue at the southern border.

As her flub continued to distract from her trip, Harris eventually was forced to “change her tune,” CNN said, and acknowledge she would one day visit the boarder — though she neglected to specify when.

Despite all the negative press the trip has garnered, Harris called her brief tour a “success.”

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‘Open brawl’: House Dems rip Rep. Omar for equating US, Israel, and Hamas — with some reportedly calling her an ‘anti-Semite.’ Omar claps back.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) upset a lot of people this week when she equated the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. It turns out it wasn’t just Republicans who are calling her out for her remarks.

A dozen of her fellow U.S. House Democrats issued a statement Wednesday night criticizing her statements. And now a report has surfaced that the split between Omar and Democratic caucus is more significant than previously reported, with some Democratic lawmakers reportedly calling her an “anti-Semite” privately.

What did Omar say?

In a Monday tweet, Omar claimed the U.S., Israel, Hamas, and the Taliban have all committed “unthinkable atrocities” and human rights abuses.

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she said.

The tweet included a clip of Omar questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken how those who perpetrate human rights abuses — including, she said, Hamas, the Taliban, and Israeli security forces — will be held accountable.

Omar’s tweets and questions for Blinken came in the wake of thousands of Hamas rocket attacks against Israel in May, to which Israel responded with targeted air strikes. During the conflict, Omar accused Israel of committing war crimes.

How did her Democratic critics respond?

On Wednesday, 12 Democratic representatives, led by Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider, issued a statement condemning Omar’s accusations.

“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” the statement began. “Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.”

“The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups,” the dozen Democrats concluded. “We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”

Schneider was joined by Democratic Reps. Jake Auchincloss (Mass.), Ted Deutch (Fla.), Lois Frankel (Fla.), Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Kathy Manning (N.C.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Dean Phillips (Minn.), Kim Schrier (Wa.), Brad Sherman (Calif.), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.).

Things, however, are reportedly worse than even that statement let on.

According to Punchbowl News, the fallout from Omar’s actions “has erupted into an open brawl” and the “fight threatens to leave a deep divide among Democrats.” It could even cost Omar her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Punchbowl reported that a group of Jewish Democratic lawmakers met on a call Wednesday and were listening to a speaker address concerns about the right’s anti-Semitism. The discussion, however, “quickly turned to Omar’s recent remarks and what they should do in response.”

This is not the first time Democrats have had to contend with Omar’s anti-Semitic rhetoric, the outlet noted, citing the March 2019 anti-bigotry resolution the House was forced to pass in response to her multiple contentious statements.

Apparently, Omar’s schtick is wearing on some of her liberal colleagues, as a “number of Omar’s fellow Democrats believe Omar is an anti-Semite,” Punchbowl reported, “even if they don’t say so publicly.”

Omar claps back

The left-wing Minnesota lawmaker did not take kindly to the Democrats’ Wednesday statement about her latest remarks.

She went on Twitter to rip her fellow lawmakers for their “islamophobic tropes” and their “constant harassment & silencing.”

“It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just call,” she said. “The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”

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Seattle police furious after city finance department sends — and then defends — all-staff email calling cops white supremacists

Members of the Seattle Police Department have plenty of reasons to be upset with what’s going on in the Emerald City. For the better part of a year they’ve seen anti-police protests fill their streets and attacks on cops go largely unpunished as calls to “defund the police” have rung out across the U.S.

Now they have another straw to add to the proverbial camel’s back: A local radio station exposed a major Seattle city department’s all-staff email demeaning Seattle police as white supremacists. And when the department was called out for its messaging, officials defended the screed.

What happened?

KTTH-AM host Jason Rantz revealed Tuesday evening the text of what he labeled an “unhinged” email sent to the entire staff of the Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services, or FAS, by the “FAS Change Team.”

The message, written by Daniel Holmberg, a FAS senior management systems analyst, was titled, “White supremacy thrives without consequences” and came under the heading “Black Lives Matter: A message and resources from the Change Team.”

In the email, Holmberg and his Change Team claimed they did not want “to paint all police with a broad brush,” but they began the message by attacking law enforcement generally, saying white supremacy is “ensconced” in American institutions and saying that police “serve the false gods of white supremacy” and “are not worthy of the power they wield.”

Racist cops who extend restraint “only to white people,” Holmberg said, “are no longer guardians; they are mercenaries and zealots, paid in the wages of white privilege, inflicting their wicked commandments upon us.”

Despite his insistence that he didn’t want to taint all cops with his claims, Holmberg listed a few incidents of race-related incidents Americans have seen over the last few years and then insisted that “it strains the boundaries of credulity to believe that these are isolated issues, confined to a ‘few bad apples.'”

He continued:

The ubiquity of this phenomenon, found in all corners of law enforcement, reveals a broken culture, a world split in two: white supremacists and those who know better but go along to get along. In such a culture, good people who stay silent attempt to walk the razor’s edge between complicity and absolution. But it is a failed proposition. Silence is sunlight to the seeds of villainy. The full axiom is “one bad apple can spoil the barrel” and this barrel is writhing with maggots.

White supremacists are attracted to a career in law enforcement, he said, because “[t]hey get to use brute force to harm and restrain people of color” and “know their ‘thin blue line’ will encircle and defend them, no matter what.”

More from Holmberg:

Might it be that white supremacy sees in law enforcement its most tangible, immediately satisfying and most enduring method of harming people of color? Law enforcement provides an ideal habitat for white supremacists—a pulpit from which they can level catastrophic harm while enjoying the greatest protections. They wear the uniform like camouflage, hiding in plain sight. I respect and hold gratitude for the service of anyone who does so with honor, but the dignity and duty espoused by the badge do not come with the badge; they need to be earned on the back of righteous deeds.

We talk about ignorance, unconscious bias, and the invisible systems that perpetuate racial inequity. But what about explicit bias? What about intentional, premeditated racism that is celebrated and rewarded? This racism cannot be scapegoated to fear or misplaced anger, or even “economic anxiety.” It is a deeply rooted, marvelously disguised, desire to harm non-white people. White supremacists hold positions of authority and influence. They make the arrests and file the reports; they testify as expert witnesses, and they control the custody of evidence.

Holmberg closed his screed with advice for cops: “We’re not asking you to shoot guilty white people the way you shoot innocent Black people, we’re asking you to protect innocent black people the way you protect guilty white people.”

City department defends itself

When confronted about the email, the department defended the attack.

“If we have learned anything from the past year — when COVID-19 disproportionately ravaged communities of color and the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others laid bare how entrenched systemic racism is in our country — it is that we cannot afford to stay comfortable,” FAS spokeswoman Melissa Mixon told Rantz in an email. “Staying comfortable is costing lives, specifically Black lives, and we stand behind our Change Team for keeping us accountable and challenging all of us to learn, to re-examine, to grow and, above all, to act in this urgent work.”

Cops react to email

Seattle police officers didn’t hold back in their response to the city’s attack.

One officer told Rantz, “This is a prime example of why officers are leaving the force in droves. There is absolutely zero support for SPD in this city. Now we have the people who work on our buildings and cars treating us like we are public enemy #1.”

Another cop said the email was “inappropriate, bigoted, and full of misleading inaccuracies and over-generalizations.”

Yet another pointed out the glaring double standard the city is using:

If any SPD employee made disparaging remarks about another group of people, they would be under a full bias investigation, yet this individual gets to spew this hateful rhetoric to an entire division of city employees with no consequences.

Articles like this one cause division and hate towards a group of people. To say they don’t mean to paint all officers with the same brush while at the same time painting all officers with the same brush is hypocritical and reckless.

Interim Seattle Police Chief condemned the FAS message, calling it “disappointing” and saying it “got so many things wrong.”

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AOC slams VP Harris for ‘disappointing’ message to illegal aliens during Guatemala trip, blames US for border crisis

Vice President Kamala Harris finally began addressing the current U.S. border crisis this week — nearly 11 weeks since President Joe Biden tasked her with the duty — by scheduling a trip to Guatemala to discuss the “root cause” of illegal immigration with the country’s leadership Monday.

Despite her best efforts, it has been a rocky road.

First, she arrived to protests from Guatemalans who told her to “go home” and “mind your own business — as well as taunted her with “Trump won” messages.

Then, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei hit the airwaves to say that he and Harris “are not on the same side of the coin” on the issue and to reassert his belief that the Biden administration was responsible for the current immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border because of its “confusing” messaging.

Following Monday’s talks with Giammattei, Harris attempted to send a clearer message to Central Americans who might be considering an attempt to get into the U.S. illegally: “Do not come.”

But that didn’t sit well will at least one left-wing progressive lawmaker: New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who took Harris to task for her message, Business Insider reported, and continued to blame the U.S. for the surge of illegal aliens.

What did they say?

“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border,” the vice president said during a news conference with Giammattei. “Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border.”

She later added, “If you come to our border, you will be turned back. So let’s discourage our friends, our neighbors, our family members, from embarking on what is otherwise an extremely dangerous journey, where in large part the only people who benefit are coyotes.”


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Harris’ message to the people of Central America displeased Ocasio-Cortez.

Following the vice president’s remarks, the New York congresswoman said the speech was “disappointing to see,” according to Business Insider.

“First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of arrival,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America,” AOC added. “We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing.”

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Guatemalan protesters greet VP Harris with signs telling her to ‘go home’ and ‘Trump won’; nation’s president says Biden to blame for border crisis

President Joe Biden and his administration have refused to call the ongoing flood of illegal immigrants surging across the border a “crisis” and have insisted that the current situation is not of their making. But the president of Guatemala disagrees and went on the record again Sunday blaming Biden for the current border situation.

Vice President Kamala Harris — whom Biden tapped nearly 11 weeks ago with the task of dealing the border surge but has failed so far to even visit the U.S.-Mexico border — arrived in Guatemala Sunday night for meetings with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to discuss immigration.

She was greeted Monday by protesters telling her to “go home” and “mind your own business,” as well as a political dig that declared, “Trump won.”

What happened?

Giammattei told CBS News on Sunday that the Biden administration is responsible for starting the current immigration crisis, adding that he and Harris “are not on the same side of the coin” on the issue.

The change came with the change of administrations following the 2020 election.

“The message changed, too: “We’re going to reunite families, we’re going to reunite children,'” the Guatemalan president told CBS. “The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.

“We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving,” he said.


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Giammattei said he asked Harris in May to push a bill in the U.S. Senate to make acting as a coyote engaging in human smuggling across the U.S. border a federal crime. His goal, he said, was to see coyotes prosecuted in the United States under federal law.

He said he also asked the admiration to broaden their extradition treaty in order to send coyotes to the U.S. for trial, since laws for coyotes in Guatemala are “a joke.”

Harris told him that she was open to the idea, Giammattei said.

Giammattei’s criticism echoed his statements from April when he told MSNBC that Biden’s confusing messaging encouraged smugglers to drop off children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I am nobody to make a judgment here, but I believe in the first few weeks of the Biden administration, messages were confusing,” he said at the time. “They were compassionate messages that were understood by people in our country, especially the coyotes, to tell families, ‘We’ll take the children, the children can go in and once the children are there they will call their parents.’ And so those messages were confusing.”

‘Go home’

Vice President Harris was greeted by Guatemalan protesters Monday morning as she was set to visit Giammattei at the presidential palace, the New York Post reported.

Signs meant to send a message to Harris said “Kamala, Go Home” and “Kamala, Mind Your own Business” were highly visible along her route to meet with Giammattei.

Image source: New York Post video screenshot

Another banner declared, “Kamala, Trump won.”

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According to the Post, another massive sign featured a photo of Harris doctored to look pregnant and emblazoned with, “Guatemala is pro-life #momalahelpme.”

Yet another sign reportedly said, “Kamala Stop Funding Criminals #FueraDeGuatemala.”

Following her meetings with Giammattei, Harris is scheduled to fly to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday.

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New Mexico rancher says property is ‘under siege,’ details how illegal immigration is poisoning livestock and driving cattle away from food

New Mexico rancher Russell Johnson, whose property runs for eight miles along the U.S.-Mexico border, told Fox News on Monday that President Joe Biden’s illegal immigration crisis has his property, as Fox put it, “under siege.”

The biggest problem he is currently experiencing, he told Fox News, is the treatment of his cattle.

According to Johnson, illegal aliens’ actions are poisoning and scaring off his cattle, driving them away from their food sources.

What’s happening on his ranch?

Johnson, whose family has ranched along the border for more than 100 years, indicated that he has long dealt with illegal immigrants traipsing across his land. But, he told Fox News, since Biden took office, he has seen a “dramatic increase in illegal foot traffic” that is hurting his ranching operation.

And this current surge is causing severe problems for his livestock.

“Every time that we’ve had a dramatic surge of foot traffic like this, you get the common problems that everybody sees along the border with trash being left behind, the backpacks, the clothing, all the stuff that’s in the backpacks gets scattered across the range land,” Johnson said. “And that’s horrible for cattle to encounter, especially if they attempt to consume it.”

The current drought conditions in the area are only exacerbating the problem, Johnson said.

With less food currently growing for the cattle to graze on, “Our cattle are struggling to get enough feed to maintain their body conditions,” he explained. “So we’re having to feed them. But we still have pretty good usable feed in areas along the border, and, because we’re having such an increase in foot traffic, it’s keeping our cattle driven out of these areas.”

But no matter how much Johnson does to push his cattle to the usable food, the illegal alien foot traffic is keep the livestock away.

“We’ve had to try to push them back into these areas, and they keep getting pushed out by the amount of traffic that’s coming through,” he said, “particularly in the three-quarter mile gap that’s been left funneling all this traffic into our area.”

The gap Johnson mentioned is one he has hit out at the administration over before. Back in mid-March, Johnson told Fox News that when Biden put a halt to the border fence, he left a three-quarter mile gap that serves to funnel illegals directly onto the Johnsons’ ranch land. And most of those immigrants are criminals, not the “unaccompanied minors” the administration has focused on.

“We have a three-quarter-mile gap,” Johnson told Fox News on March 19, “and they’re exploiting this, we don’t have the unaccompanied minors coming to our area. What we have is a criminal element.”

‘Never felt more abandoned’

Fox asked Johnson for his thoughts on Vice President Kamala Harris’ refusal to visit the southern border in the 75 days since Biden tapped her to manage the immigration crisis — though she is currently in Guatemala to discuss the “root causes” of illegal immigration.

“The problem with the United States is right here on our border,” Johnson answered. “It’s very disappointing to see our elected officials going down to another country and basically putting the citizens of this country on the back burner. We feel very abandoned. We talk amongst our family all the time.”

“We’ve never felt more abandoned by our government in all the years — my family’s been on this border for over 103 years — and we’ve never felt more abandoned and disheartened that we have today,” he added.

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CBS and Hallmark Channel reject pro-life ad, call it ‘unacceptable’ and not a ‘positive experience’

Following the announcement last month the U.S. Supreme Court would be taking up the first significant abortion case in many years, the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life advocacy group, announced it was launching a $2 million television ad campaign.

But the ad the group produced, which features zero graphic footage, has been rejected by multiple TV networks as too “controversial” and “unacceptable” — with at least one channel claiming that the ad is just not the “positive experience” it wants to give its viewers, according to the Daily Wire.

What is the ad?

SBA List’s new ad praises medical breakthroughs and health care technology but laments that the unborn are victims of our laws that have not caught up with scientific progress .

“Five decades of medical breakthroughs,” the ad begins, “every age group has more opportunity to live — except one. The unborn still fall victim to outdated laws.

“Science tells us that at 15 weeks these babies have fully formed faces. They smile. They yawn. They feel pain,” the ad says. “It’s why European countries ban late-term abortions.

“In five decades, we’ve learned they are just like us. Isn’t it time the law reflects the science?” the ad concludes.


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Who rejected it, and why?

CBS told the SBA List that it would not be running the group’s “unacceptable” ad because it would violate the network’s rules on issue advocacy.

“Issue-oriented advertisements that are designed for the purpose of presenting views or influencing legislation on issues that are controversial by general public consensus are unacceptable,” CBS said in an email provided to the Daily Wire.

CMT, which is owned by ViacomCBS, responded similarly, telling the group that, though it sometimes takes “issue-based ads,” this one was just too controversial.

“While we do accept political and issue-based ads on a case-by-case basis, issue-oriented ads that are designed for the purpose of presenting views or influencing legislation on issues that are controversial by general public consensus are unacceptable,” CMT said, according to the Daily Wire.

And for the Hallmark Channel, apparently the ad just gave the network too much of a case of the sads.

Crown Media, which owns Hallmark, told the SBA List it rejected the ad “because it does not meet the Hallmark Channel’s criteria for the positive experience Hallmark aims to offer viewers,” the Daily Wire said.

SBA List has repeatedly pointed out that the ad is not a call to action or an attack on any politician. It is “a response to news that the U.S. Supreme Court will review a Mississippi law limiting abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy” and a celebration of the miracles of modern medicine.

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“The science is simple: unborn children are human beings and deserve protection,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “By 15 weeks, children in the womb have fully formed noses and lips, eyelids and eyebrows; they can suck their thumb, and even feel pain. Across the country, state lawmakers acting on the will of the people have introduced nearly 550 pro-life bills – 70 already enacted so far this year – aimed at recognizing these facts and humanizing our laws. We are eager to further educate the nation about these realities and are hopeful that the law will soon catch up to the science.”

A growing body of scientific literature continually affirms the humanity of unborn children.

The Supreme Court announced it will consider the question of whether all “pre-viability” bans on abortion are unconstitutional. In 1973, unborn children were considered viable at around 28 weeks. Since that time, the concept of viability has shifted. Premature babies can survive at 22 weeks, if not earlier, with active care and surgeons treat children in-utero as a separate patient as they treat a growing list of conditions directly in the womb.

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Make-a-Wish leader pleads guilty to stealing tens of thousands of dollars donated to help dying kids, avoids jail time

The onetime CEO of Make-a-Wish Iowa pleaded guilty this week to stealing tens of thousands of charity dollars intended to support sick and dying kids and their families, the Associated Press reported.

Jennifer Woodley, a 40-year-old wife and mother who was arrested on Jan. 21, struck a plea deal with prosecutors that will allow her to avoid any jail time for her three felonies.

What happened?

According to a charging document cited by the AP, Woodley embezzled nearly $41,000 from the charity.

Woodley took over the leadership post at the charity in August 2019 and gave herself an unapproved $10,000 bonus just months later in October 2019. According to prosecutors, Woodley hid her bonus among a list of legitimate bonuses already earned by other charity employees, the AP said.

The bonus cost the charity more than $15,000, according to a report in the Des Moines Register at the time of Woodley’s arrest.

She also gave herself unapproved salary increases, the AP said.

In addition to her inflated compensation, Woodley also made dozens of unauthorized charges for herself on a charity credit card. According to reports from the AP and People magazine, she spent more than $23,000 in a 10-month period across 84 authorized card purchases for her personal use. She did not reimburse the organization for any of the expenses.

She attempted to cover her tracks by making false entries into foundation records related to the fraudulent expenses.

Woodley pleaded guilty to three felonies: two counts of first-degree theft and one count of fraudulent practices. The multiple class C felonies carried up to 10 years in jail for each, the Register said, but her plea agreement allows her to avoid any jail time. Under the deal, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of five years of probation, as well as fines and restitution, the AP said. Restitution for the embezzlement of more than $40,000 has not been set yet.

Woodley’s attorney, Nicholas Sarcone, said he will seek to have the case expunged from her record if she completes her probation and sentencing requirements.

Judge Scott Beattie accepted Woodley’s guilty pleas Tuesday. A sentencing hearing is set for July 20.

“We appreciate that the Iowa legal system resolved this matter with an agreement that includes restitution,” Make-A-Wish told People in a statement. “As always, we remain committed to ensuring that donations to Make-A-Wish are safeguarded and properly used to advance our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child fighting a critical illness.”

Make-a-Wish Iowa, which has an annual budget of $4 million, 16 staffers, and a 17-member volunteer board, is one of 60 Make-a-Wish America chapters that provide support and experiences for critically ill kids and their families, the Register said.

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Adm. Brett Giroir: Fauci’s claims about virus’ origins ‘completely false.’ It ‘likely’ leaked from China lab, possibly part of ‘bioweapons program.’

Former Heath and Human Services Assistant Secretary Adm. Brett Giroir, a onetime member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, does not buy Dr. Anthony Fauci’s and other so-called experts’ claims that the virus naturally moved from animals to humans.

Instead, he believes the “most likely explanation” is that the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology where dangerous research — that “could have been funded by the NIH” — was being conducted.

Giroir added that it is “certainly a possibility” that the virus was part of China’s “offensive bioweapons program.”

What did he say about Fauci’s claims?

Giroir, who was a major player in former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, told Fox News that Fauci’s claims about the virus’ origins are “completely false.”

Fox News’ Bill Hemmer asked Giroir why he believed the coronavirus was a lab leak and not a natural phenomenon.

“I really became convinced of that with the WHO report in March which showed definitively that there was no environmental source, there was no intermediary host, there was really nothing linking this to any virus in the natural world,” Giroir said. “But on the other side, the evidence was becoming compelling: Look there is a laboratory within five miles of the origin that was doing dangerous research on bat coronaviruses. Sometimes the simplest explanation is that.

“We do have lab leaks. They’ve happened multiple times: SARS has leaked out of a laboratory and even caused secondary deaths. We know that in 1979 anthrax leaked out of a Soviet laboratory and killed 60 people,” the admiral noted. “So lab leaks are not uncommon, and I really think data like people getting ill in November from the laboratory, if that proves true, that coincides exactly when we know this virus hit China.”

“The evidence is there,” Giroir asserted.

Then he turned his fire on Fauci, who adamantly denied the virus came from a lab leak and “argued very convincingly” that it somehow evolved from nature.

“There was no data that showed it evolved in nature,” Giroir said. “And there’s still no data that shows that.”

Later, the admiral described Fauci’s claims that the virus’ mutations “naturally evolved” from animal to human were “completely false.”

According to Giroir, Fauci’s claims were intentionally “antagonistic to President Trump and to the administration” in response to suggestions the White House had been making that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab.

Any lab-leak concessions Fauci and other experts who touted the “natural” virus origins and discounted the lab-leak theory are making now, he said, are just “a lot of CYA.”

What about the bioweapons thing?

In a note before the interview, which Hemmer quoted, Giroir told Fox News producers, “It is not outrageous to hypothesize that the virus could have been part of an offensive bioweapons program and leaked out accidentally.”

Hemmer asked the admiral about the claim, which Giroir admitted is not the most likely possibility but it is “certainly a possibility” considering the fact that the WIV was doing dangerous work and the fact that China has an “extensive biological weapons program.”

And he added that it should not be automatically discounted, as National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins has done.

“It is not crazy, as people suggest, like Dr. Collins suggested, that this could have been part of a bio-program,” he said. “It is possible.”

Pressed by Hemmer on the likelihood, Giroir added, that “it is certainly a possibility.”

“This virus is not a great biological weapon if you look at characteristics, but it certainly could have been part of a program,” he said. “Again, I’m not saying that it was. I’m saying that that should still be considered a possibility.”

“The most likely explanation,” Giroir said, “is this was dangerous research — could have been funded by the NIH — and it leaked out by a laboratory accident.”

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Former CDC chief says he got death threats from fellow scientists after he went public with his belief that the coronavirus came from a lab in China

Last March, former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield betrayed the COVID-19 “expert” community.

Instead of toeing the line on the animal-to-human transmission of the virus, Redfield went on record in an interview with CNN that he believes the coronavirus pandemic began in when the virus escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, China — and that it started months earlier than the U.S. knew.

His betrayal, according to a new report from Vanity Fair, led to multiple death threats to the former CDC chief — from his fellow scientists.

What did Redfield say about the labs?

In an interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta on March 26, Redfield said it was his opinion that the novel coronavirus did not evolve naturally from animal to human but instead escaped a well-known pathology lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The WIV houses “the only facility in China permitted to handle the most dangerous known pathogens, including the Ebola and Lassa viruses,” Axios reported in April 2020, and is “home to the Chinese scientists who sequenced the complete novel coronavirus genome in early January [2020] and who are now working on a vaccine.”

“I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory — escaped,” Redfield told CNN. “Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out.

“It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect the laboratory worker,” he said. “That’s not implying any intentionality.”

Redfield noted, “It’s my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology.”

Other so-called experts, including officials with the World Health Organization, have maintained that the virus actually is a mutation from a virus that infects animals and that it emerged from a wet market near the WIV. They’ve also claimed that it is “extremely unlikely” that the virus came from the Wuhan lab.

Redfield disagrees. He told CNN, “I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human and at that moment in time, that the virus came to the human, became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission.”

He added, “I just don’t think this makes biological sense.”

Though the U.S. government’s line has been that the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan in December 2019, Redfield told CNN that he believes the virus was making its way around Wuhan as early as September 2019.


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What’s this about death threats?

An exposé by Katherine Eban on the lab-leak theory published Thursday by Vanity Fair examined the ongoing debate about the source of the virus. In it, the outlet laid out Redfield’s long-held suspicion of WIV’s role in the pandemic.

According to Eban, Redfield offered to help China’s own CDC director, Dr. George Fu Gao, immediately after receiving Gao’s call on Jan. 3, 2020, about “a mysterious new pneumonia, apparently limited to people exposed at a market in Wuhan.”

After seeing the data breakdown of the early cases from China, “Redfield immediately thought of the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Eban reported.

He wanted to test WIV researchers for antibodies, Eban said, and he offered to help. But Chinese officials didn’t take him up on his offer. Which, when coupled with his deep understanding of the “yearslong battle over gain-of-function research” at the lab, led the then-CDC chief to suspect WIV.

Redfield told Eban that following the CNN interview in which he finally made his thoughts on the lab-leak theory public, death threats “flooded his inbox.”

And they came from more than just those who would accuse him of being racially insensitive: Redfield’s fellow scientists were threatening his life and his livelihood.

According to Eban, the messages came “from prominent scientists, some of whom used to be his friends.”

“I was threatened and ostracized because I proposed another hypothesis,” he told Vanity Fair. “I expected it from politicians. I didn’t expect it from science.”

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New York City set to partner with teachers union to start vaxxing kids in public schools

New York City schools have been largely shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic. But now that COVID-19 vaccinations have been OK’d for adolescents, the city’s leadership has found a use for the buildings: inoculations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Wednesday during his daily news briefing that the city will begin a pilot program to administer vaccinations to students at public schools, the New York Post reported.

Touting that the move will “open up a world of opportunities,” de Blasio revealed that his administration planned to “reach a lot of young people quickly” by making “schools a place where kids can get vaccinated.”

“In certain schools, we’re going to pilot something very exciting,” Hizzoner declared. “We’re going to start launching in-school vaccination sites.

“We are going to reach kids everywhere and make kids much, much safer,” he continued.

According to the mayor, the city and its health department are teaming with the United Federation of Teachers.

The program will begin in four Bronx public schools and then eventually expand to the other five boroughs.

Did he say the UFT is involved?

Yes, the same massive teachers union that held the city hostage has been tapped to help get shots in kids’ arms.

It was just last summer that the UFT declared that teachers would not return to in-school instruction until every student and every staff member was tested for COVID-19, along with a list of other demands.

“Every single person — both adult and child — that is to enter an NYC school must have evidence that they do not have the COVID virus,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said at the time. “New York City must have a rigorous and intensive testing system in place. What happened in March cannot happen again.”

Since then, research has shown that schools are not serious vectors for the virus.

Months later, when the vaccine was first being administered to the public, the UFT wanted teachers given inoculation priority before returning to the classrooms. The city obliged, but still it wasn’t enough to get schools reopened.

Finally, just last month, de Blasio decided he would no longer cave to the unions and announced that all New York City schools would reopen at the beginning of the new school year and that remote learning would not be an option.

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Police unions rip ‘de Blasio flunky’ for anti-NYPD ad in her bid to become New York’s next mayor

One of the eight candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor in the June primary just launched a new ad that, the New York Post reported, ticked off one of Gotham’s most powerful groups: the New York Police Department.

Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer and former MSNBC contributor as well as onetime adviser to current Mayor Bill de Blasio, posted a new ad in which she goes after the NYPD for ramming into and beating so-called “peaceful protesters” during the George Floyd and other Black Lives Matter protests — many of which turned into violent riots and massive looting events. She also criticized New York leaders for allowing these NYPD violations to happen and then defending them.

The ad, narrated by Wiley, shows police clashing with protesters last spring and summer. As the footage runs, Wiley says, “They rammed into peaceful protesters, beat others to the ground, and New York’s leaders defended it. But it was an injustice to those of us who know black lives matter.”

Wiley goes on to claim in her ad that she will “transform the police” and that, as mayor, she will “be in charge, and … get it done.”

“It’s time the NYPD sees us as people who deserve to breathe,” she concludes.

Unsurprisingly, NYPD officers were less than thrilled with Wiley’s new ad, and their union leaders were not afraid to make sure the world knew exactly how their members felt.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association union President Ed Mullins said in a statement, “Maya Wiley is a de Blasio flunky and will soon be put on a shelf with other loser politicians who attempt to live off a government paycheck,” the Post reported.

Noting the spike in crime New York has seen — much like many other liberal-run cities calling for the defunding of police — Mullins added, “Sadly, her silence on the increasing violence in NYC is indicative of how out of touch she is with the city and explains why she’s losing in the polls.”

“If she truly cared, she would stop self-promoting and start screaming about the gun violence taking the lives of young African American males on the streets of NYC,” Mullins said.

The Detectives’ Endowment Association union President Paul DiGiacomo went after Wiley’s claim that the protesters were somehow “peaceful.”

“Maybe Maya Wiley wasn’t paying attention when the ‘peaceful’ riots were taking place in the streets of the city she wants to lead,” DiGiacomo said in a statement reported by the Post, “but hundreds of cops were injured and the businesses of hardworking New Yorkers were destroyed. If not for the police, the damage would have been even worse.

“I also can’t think of anyone who cares more for every person in every neighborhood than cops,” he added. “To them it’s more than politics and hashtags. They’re on the ground risking it all every day to keep people safe — laying down their lives if necessary.”

An anonymous detective told the Post that Wiley is doing nothing but “dividing the city” and should instead “be spending more of her time and ad money on trying to help the minorities that are getting shot by minorities every day in the city.”

Wiley responded to the NYPD criticisms Tuesday, the Post said, claiming that after the June 22 primaries, “there’s going to be a new sheriff in town.”

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