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Posted on: Feb 04, 2023
“The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and, instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long. The victorious legions, who, in distant wars, acquired the vices of strangers and mercenaries, first oppressed the freedom of the republic, and afterwards violated the majesty of the purple. The emperors, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to their sovereign and to the enemy; the vigor of the military government was relaxed, and finally dissolved, by the partial institutions of Constantine; and the Roman world was overwhelmed by a deluge of Barbarians.” — Edward Gibbon. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 38 “General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West”
Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday "Today I'm putting congressional leadership & @POTUS on notice that I will oppose any effort to hold the federal government hostage for Ukraine funding. I will not consent to expedited passage of any spending measure that provides any more US aid to Ukraine."
As the Congress prepares to vote on yet another continuing resolution to keep the government operating, the disagreements over US funding of the war in Ukraine have taken center stage. The deadline to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR) is September 30.
As Jim Hoft previously reported, Merrick Garland testified this morning in a House Judiciary Committee hearing to “examine how the Justice Department has become politicized and weaponized under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland.”
From the House Judiciary Committee website:
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The hearing, “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice,” will examine how the Justice Department has become politicized and weaponized under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The committee is chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
During the hearing, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) confronted Garland for refusing to answer in a hearing two years ago whether there were federal Agents present on January 6, 2021 and whether they agitated to go into the Capitol. Garland back then claimed he could not comment on “pending investigations.”
A study in the Australian state of Victoria has found that gambling directly caused many suicide deaths in a span of eight years. The study was conducted by researchers from Federation University Australia.
A euthanasia procedure gone wrong resulted in Belgian doctors resorting to suffocating a patient after the lethal injection drug cocktail they dispensed into her body failed to produce the desired death.
Baylor University has finally settled a years-long federal lawsuit over several allegations of sexual assault. A total of 15 women came forward in the lawsuit, claiming that they had been the victims of sexual assault, which ultimately led to the termination of the school's president and football coach and damaged the Baptist school's reputation.
If you plan on firing up your console and chasing kill streaks in your favorite skins, be warned that artificial intelligence is now being used to monitor you. Activision, the studio behind the wildly popular “Call of Duty” franchise, has partnered with the AI company Modulate. The AI firm uses machine learning software called ToxMod to scan voice chat and identify “toxic behavior.”
The FBI and IRS probed allegations that Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign may have benefitted from “campaign finance criminal violations” by allowing a politically connected lawyer to help pay off Hunter Biden’s large tax debts but agents were blocked by federal prosecutors from further action, according to new information uncovered by congressional investigators.
The previously unreported campaign finance inquiry was first alluded to in transcribed interviews by House investigators with two IRS agents and a retired FBI supervisor, and the allegations since have been augmented in recent weeks by new evidence uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee.
That evidence includes a case summary memo written by IRS Supervisory Criminal Investigative Agent Gary Shapley to his bosses dated May 3, 2021 in which he alleged that Lesley Wolf, a top prosecutor in the Hunter Biden case inside Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ office, waived agents off the campaign finance case. Shapley provided the information to Congress under the protections of whistleblower laws, and lawmakers voted the information to be public
"This investigation has been hampered and slowed by claims of potential election meddling,” Shapley wrote in the memo, according to his now-public transcribed interview with House Ways and Means where he read verbatim a passage from the memo. “Through interviews and review of evidence obtained, it appears there may be campaign finance criminal violations.
The Brett Kavanaugh/Russia Collusion Media say five women have accused Russell Brand of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013. Four of those women have chosen to remain anonymous. One woman claims she was 16 during their relationship, although 16 is the age of consent in England.
Since the media onslaught against Brand began over the weekend, other anonymous women have come forward saying Brand was controlling during consensual relationships — which is not a crime.
These media outlets say they have investigated Brand for four years and further claim there’s evidence to back the allegations, including text messages and a visit to a rape clinic. For his part, Brand denies engaging in any unlawful behavior:
These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream media, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies. And as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous. Now during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that then — almost too transparent — and I’m being transparent about it now as well.
Webmaster addition: Funny that when Brand was a liberal, nobody looked at his sex life. But when he became a conservative icon, then it became an issue! Odd how that seems to happen!
The recent surge of migrants at an El Paso port of entry has forced officials to halt all cargo operations so officers can help Border Patrol stem the influx of people coming over the Mexican border.
The suspension of cargo processing at the Bridge of the Americas (BOTA) — one of the four main bridges which connects El Paso with Mexico — began Monday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.
“The temporary suspension … will allow CBP’s Office of Field Operations officers to assist the US Border Patrol in processing noncitizens who have arrived between the ports of entry including vulnerable populations like families and unaccompanied children,” Customs and Border Protection said in a new release.
As The Post previously reported, cartels have been encouraging migrants to head to the border and overwhelm operations there. El Paso has seen surges of up to 1,700 people a day handing themselves over to Border Patrol officers. City figures showed 4,600 in CBP custody on Tuesday.
The White House will announce this week that it is creating an office of gun violence prevention to focus on efforts to curb gun violence, two sources familiar confirmed to The Hill.
Gun violence prevention advocates and Democratic lawmakers have been pushing the White House to establish a designated office solely focused on gun violence.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is known for his focus on gun violence prevention, applauded the White House on Wednesday after reports of the first-of-its-kind office.
“This is an idea I have been pushing relentlessly for some time, and I’m thrilled President Biden is making the Office of Gun Violence Prevention a reality,” Murphy said in a statement, adding that the office will help strengthen the federal government’s implementation of the bipartisan gun control legislation.
Webmaster addition: Get ready for a massive gun-grab, fueled by staged mass shootings!
Buried within spending provisions that passed in 2022 is a little-known program that has come to light and is raising eyebrows.
According to reports, journalists who get "harassed" online can seek taxpayer-funded counseling and other services as part of a program that seeks to fight "misinformation." No, I'm not making that up. Your hard-earned tax dollars are going to soothe the souls of aggrieved journalists who get trolled online so they can return to doing the regime's bidding.
Days after President Joe Biden bypassed the congress to approve a $6-billion ransom payment to Iran, the Mullah regime has taken another Western national hostage as part of its ongoing ‘hostage diplomacy,’ media reports say.
On Saturday, Iran’s Islamic Guard (IRGC) disclosed that it has taken yet another Westerner in its custody, less than a week after Biden White House agreed to pay $6 billion for the release of 5 U.S. hostages. The media reports did not specify if the captive is a U.S. or a European national.
“The Biden administration has cleared the way for the release of five American citizens detained in Iran by issuing a blanket waiver for international banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money,” the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Let's posit for a moment that our upheavals of the last couple years include a societal shock of hierarchies corrupted by profiteering. Separation of Powers? You jest. Bill of Rights? Ours, plebeians, not yours.
Pandora, oh me dear.
What voter fraud?... you domestic terrorist, you. How dare you hazard Freedom of Speech.
Red Line Alert: Calling all control-freaks.
And all shall be punish-ed.
Yet in our current re-examination of frauds past, there is more open discussion of JFK having won the US Presidency by fraud, with the help of his somewhat creepy papa. What of Nixon, who apparently did win? He is alleged to have declined contesting the results in the midst of the Cold War, saying, "I know JFK; I worked with him in the Senate. The country is safe in his hands."
Decades later we are living a Clown-car Coup d'état, with not much appearing safe from wrecking ball entitlement. Particularly poignant, or is that apocalyptic, the triumph of the old Madison Avenue meme: "Better Life through Chemistry."
Big Tobacco, that juggernaut, met its class action lawsuits. Enter RoundUp et al, and BigAg's revolving door with alphabet, ahem, regulatory agencies.
Enter in more recent memory, the Goddess of Destruction, BigPharma, many-armed Kali of the Deep State. We are living aftermath compliance to "wiser" heads in a citizen mayhem gone savagely wrong. Emerging from New Age platitudes of Light and Love, of unicorns, rainbows and, "Clap, if you believe in Fairies..." (More lawsuits accruing re child and teen sexual mutilations, btw; stay tuned.)
We believed in "science" un-moored from data and due diligence. We trusted medical pros and institutions who were paid handsomely to obfuscate, do outright harm, becoming liars who lie. We trusted nightly news.
The Ukrainian military has announced that it has suspended controversial transgender spokesperson Sarah Ashton-Cirillo for allegedly making unapproved statements on social media; however, there have been no updates from the Ukrainians or the Biden administration on the fate of an American citizen journalist currently imprisoned in Ukraine.
Following a row sparked by inquiries initiated by Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), as reported by Breitbart News, the Command of the Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) announced on Wednesday that Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, an American transgender individual, has been suspended from the role of spokesperson.
On social media, the TDF said: “The statements of (Junior Seargant) Ashton-Cirillo in recent days were not approved by the command of the TDF or the command of the AFU. When conducting military operations against the aggressor, the defense forces of Ukraine strictly observe the norms of international humanitarian law.
“The command of the TDF will conduct an official investigation into the circumstances of these statements. Appropriate decisions would be taken. Sergeant Sarah Ashton-Cirillo will be suspended immediately pending the investigation.”
A Christian woman who volunteers to feed the homeless says that the number of people who live on the streets of Atlanta has grown exponentially, with entire families, gang members, and prostitutes all seeking assistance.
On Wednesday, Biden's Attorney General Merrick Garland appeared in front of the House Judiciary Committee to answer for the various biased actions of his department including the weaponization of government, the sweetheart deal for Hunter Biden, the targeting of Elon Musk, and the sentencing of January 6th defendants as well as a host of other topics.
One particular moment has gone viral after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) went off on Garland for his department's treatment of January 6th and the light sentence handed down to Ray Epps earlier this week.
Massie opened his questioning by asking Garland how many federal assets were at the 'Stop the Steal' rally on January 5th and January 6th, a question that Garland said he could not answer.
"You indicted [Ray Epps] on a misdemeanors and meanwhile you're sending grandmas to prison. You're putting people away for 20 years for merely filming. Some people weren't even there but you got the guy on video saying go into the Capitol, he's directing people to the Capitol before the speech ends," the Kentucky Republican boomed. "He's at the sight of the first breach. You've got all the goods on him, ten videos and it's an indictment on a misdemeanor."
"The American public is not buying it," Massie added.
A man who narrowly lost a bid to be the Democrat nominee in the upcoming mayoral race in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has announced that he intends to contest the results of the primary vote after surveillance footage suggests that election fraud may have taken place.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police Department confirmed the clothes were returned to Asya Khamsin, who has alleged Brinton publicly wore clothing she designed, but which was in her bag she reported missing at Ronald Reagan National Airport years ago. In May, MWAA police officers executed a search warrant in connection with the case at Brinton's Maryland residence.
"The MWAA Police Department can confirm we returned the victim’s property and police retained photos of the evidence for prosecution," MWAA spokesperson Crystal Nosal told Fox News Digital in a statement Tuesday. "The case is still under adjudication and we cannot release more detailed information."
Hundreds of students at a southeastern Pennsylvania high school walked out of class in protest last week after the district school board voted to continue letting transgender students use whatever restrooms they want.
Nearly 30 tons of ground beef have been recalled in three states for possibly containing a deadly food poisoning bug.
Routine testing of the meat sold by American Foods Group, also known as Green Bay Dressed Beef, in Wisconsin, found it contained Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC).
The bacteria are generally found in animal intestines and, if consumed, can cause stomach aches, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and, in rare cases, death from related infections.
The company recalled three varieties of its bulk ground beef that were shipped from Wisconsin to grocery stores big and small in Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday.
This is just over 58,000 pounds, or nearly 30 tons.