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December 09, 2022

The Morning Report — 12/9/22

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. I don't even know where to begin with this Brittney Griner lowlife and there's a bigger story that broke yesterday which might explain why the Griner swap will most likely continue to dominate the news cycle through the weekend. And since "news" means "daily soap opera" the spin will be the foreign policy brilliance of the Biden junta, the victimhood of Griner and concomitant evil of Vladimir Putin and his puppet, Donald Trump & the MAGA movement, both of which represent the threat of white supremacy. Meh, fuck it and suck it any way you want, but it all comes out the same: America as founded evil, Leftism good.

The more important story that broke is the revelation/confirmation that pre-Musk Twitter was actively engaged in both the overt banning and in many cases secret or "shadow banning" voices contra to the Democrat-Leftist narrative on every issue under the sun.

Independent journalist Bari Weiss took to Twitter on Thursday night to unload a second trove of internal memos and documents exposing how Twitter officials silenced the voices of prominent conservatives on the platform. Radio host Dan Bongino, Stanford professor Jay Bhattacharya, and activist Charlie Kirk were among those Twitter censored or blacklisted, along with the popular “Libs of TikTok” account. . .

. . . “This is some Soviet-style bulls**t,” Bongino told Fox News’s Sean Hannity. “I’ve known [about the shadow banning] this the whole time. I was called a conspiracy theorist and a whack job.” And it’s not just Twitter. Bongino’s website has been banned by Google Ads, and he was banned from YouTube for saying that cloth masks don’t work to stop the spread of Covid. “And now I find out I’m on a NSFW list,” he fumed. “Tell me again how we live in a free country!”

. . . [Charlie] Kirk told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that his Twitter account was averaging 150,000 retweets a day, but all of a sudden, “we fell off a cliff.” Engagement was down 95%, he said.

“I was called a conspiracy theorist,” he explained. “They convince you to stop talking about it.”

He noted that Twitter was treating his account “with more scrutiny and censorship” than Iran and other state sponsors of terror.

Weiss pointed out that “Twitter denied that it does such things. In 2018, Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde (then Head of Legal Policy and Trust) and Kayvon Beykpour (Head of Product) said: ‘We do not shadow ban.’ They added: ‘And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.'” . . .

. . . Weiss’s investigation revealed internal Slack messages where Twitter employees admitted to using “technicalities” to “restrict the visibility of tweets and subjects.” Yoel Roth, Twitter’s then Global Head of Trust & Safety, wrote in a direct message to a colleague in 2021, “A lot of times, SI [Site Integrity] has used technicality spam enforcements as a way to solve a problem created by Safety under-enforcing their policies. Which, again, isn’t a problem per se – but it keeps us from addressing the root cause of the issues, which is that our Safety policies need some attention.” . . .

. . . Kirk summed it up nicely by declaring: “I don’t think we’ll ever be able to measure the impact… of what Twitter did in 2020.” Indeed. While Elon Musk has done the republic a great service by publicly revealing Twitter’s evil deeds, we’ll never know how it impacted everything from the 2020 election to the nation’s Covid response—and that’s a complete travesty.

This is rage-inducing for sure, but the last thing it is to anyone who reads this column and others even casually is surprising. And like every other revelation and admission (grudging or otherwise) from Leftists about everything from the Hunter laptop story being true to that attempted mea culpa about lockdowns and the clot-shot perhaps not being such a great idea after all to even the lack of any real hard evidence against Trump from the Mueller "investigation" to the goose-egg inducing string of shampeachments, Leftists will shrug it off, ignore it or otherwise use some sort of variation of "fake, but accurate" to justify their actions.

Hell, Molly Ball's Time magazine piece not only admitting but praising state and non-state actors for essentially rigging the 2020 election – "fortifying" was the euphemism – is perhaps the greatest example of claiming absolute moral authority to do anything, say anything and act "by any means necessary" to achieve their aims because, as inscribed on every Wehrmacht belt buckle Gott Mit Uns.

Again, say what you want about Elon Musk, good, bad or indifferent, he has made himself a target for termination by the junta in power and its followers in and out of government. I find it bitterly ironic that nearly 60 years on from the so-called "free speech movement" that started at UC Berkeley, that generation and its acolytes and progeny are hell bent on absolutely silencing anyone who dares even question them. Funny how the spoiled, rotten bastard Mario Savio shrieked:

There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

Mario, baby, from whatever circle of Hell you're watching from, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you and yours are the machine. But I will say this: given everything we have experienced and all that has been revealed about the absolute corruption of this system, I agree you with you 1,000%.

And so that brings us to this Brittney Griner. I don't think we have to go into the details but suffice it to say that as horrible as this was, essentially a win-win for Vladimir Putin (of all people), it was not a gaffe. The abandonment of Paul Whelan, a US Marine who has been imprisoned in Putin's gulag for four years already on trumped up espionage charges speaks volumes. Even if Whelan was an actual intelligence agent, to leave him there for an America-hating pot-smoking freak who couldn't even dunk a donut let alone a basketball is beyond the fucking pale.

But this is not a one-off. Remember, Bowe Bergdahl went AWOL and then committed treason by parlaying with the Taliban, which IIRC resulted in US soldiers being killed and wounded in combat. What did Obama do? Release five big shot Taliban terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl's release, and then fêteing him in the Rose Garden. But wait, there's more!

Just this year, Bout joins two convicted cocaine traffickers related to Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and a parade of former Guantánamo detainees freed by Biden’s administration. . .

. . . The release of Bout echoes a similar situation in South America in October, when the Biden Administration carried out a prisoner swap with the authoritarian socialist regime of Venezuela. Biden released two of socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro’s convicted drug trafficking nephews in exchange for seven unjustly imprisoned American oil workers. . .

. . . Outside of Latin America, the biggest beneficiaries of Biden prisoner liberation orders so far appear to be the Taliban, who returned to power in Afghanistan after Biden broke an agreement that would have ended the 20-year Afghan War sooner, inspiring the Taliban to take over Kabul in August 2021. . .

. . . In January, the Biden Administration approved the release of three Yemenis citizens from Guantánamo Bay: Moath al-Alwi, Zuhail al-Sharabi and Omar al-Rammah, as well as Kenyan citizen Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu and Somali national Guleed Hassan Ahmed. All five had been imprisoned over alleged ties to al-Qaeda.

Two months later, the Biden administration released Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani, who had at that time served nearly 20 years in prison for his alleged involvement in the September 11 terrorist attack. Al-Qahtani was released from Guantánamo Bay after the Department of Defense determined that al-Qahtani “was no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States,” releasing him to Saudi Arabia, where he is a national.

Lurker extraordinaire and Morning Report's biggest fan Victor Davis Hanson has said (paraphrasing) "What would you do any differently if you wanted to intentionally take down America?"

Convicted spy Ana Belen Montes, a key figure in the Cuban Wasp Network, is scheduled for early release from prison on Jan. 8, 2023. She began her career in the U.S. Justice Department, where she was an outspoken critic of U.S. policy in Latin America. It was at Justice that she was recruited as a spy. Her career then led her to become the premier Cuba analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where she also assisted in directing U.S. policy towards Latin America. Convicted in 2002, she was sentenced to 25 years and theoretically should remain imprisoned until 2027.

As part of a network of spies, she not only funneled Fidel Castro’s input into U.S. foreign policy; she also appears responsible for outing 450 operatives. The information she provided may have led to the death of Green Beret Sgt. Gregory A. Fronius in El Salvador, according to her critics. Others also link her activities to the killing of four volunteer pilots, gunned down in international waters over the Straits of Florida in February 1996. At the time, they were flying humanitarian aircraft with Brothers to the Rescue, a group seeking to save Cuban raft refugees adrift on the high seas.

The DIA investigator who helped uncover the ring, Chris Simmons, said to Hank Tester of CBS Miami, “I have never seen someone so heartless in my life.” . . .

. . . Even today, there are an estimated 300 Cuban spies operating in the United States. “The Wasp Network was the largest foreign spy network to operate in the United States, and Montes was one of Havana’s top ten assets,” said Simmons. He is not happy with her early release.

But given the current makeup of the federal government, it is unlikely anyone will put the brakes on it. And while she may no longer qualify to be rehired by the U.S. government, unless she has truly reformed her ways in prison, there may be many activist groups in the U.S. more than willing to embrace her and her policies with open arms.

A couple of years ago, either in the wake of the George Floyd Summer of Love 2: Dresden Boogaloo or right before Biden was planted in the Oval Office, I stated that I would not be surprised in the least if both cop killer Mumia abu Jamal was granted a pardon and another cop-killer Joanne Chesimard a.k.a.Assata Shakur who is living on the lam in Cuba, and being treated as a hero, would also return to America and given a hero's welcome in D.C. at George Floyd Plaza.

If there were long odds two years ago, I think they just got a whole lot shorter.

Have a good weekend.

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Daily Tech News 9 December 2022

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • How much RAM do you need in your Windows PC? Don't ask a journalist, they only use Notepad. (ZDNet)

    Get a load of this:
    The time when more than 8GB of RAM becomes useful and starts paying for itself is when you're running several resource-heavy applications simultaneously -- especially high-end image or 4K+ video processing, CAD, or 3D modeling.
    Yeah when you're running Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, and Maya at the same time, 8GB might get a bit limiting. 64GB might also get a bit limiting. People who run that sort of workload tend to buy systems with 256GB or more.

    I happened to reboot my laptop this morning. By the time it had finished booting, before I opened a single application, 8GB of RAM was already in use.


  • Two of the three new servers have been deployed, just waiting on the third now. Those have 128GB of RAM each. 128GB is probably enough.

    I now have an 84TB RAID-Z3 array with gzip compression and block deduplication. I have about 7TB (already gzipped and deduped) to copy onto it, so it should last a good long while.


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Whenever You Feel Like Criticizing Any One, Just Remember That All The People In This World Haven't Read The ONTs That You Have

—WeirdDave

Thursday night! It's a good night to go out with a girl. Here's a tip on how to set the right tone for the date.

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Snow Dog Cafe

—Ace

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Fun magic magic trick: this is a good one. So the trick is simple: When he "deals," he's really passing the cards from one hand to the hand he has shielded from the audience, and he's just snapping the cards in the shielded hand to make it sound like he's dealing them out. Even when you know how it's done, it's still impressive and confounding.

Making chain.

Li'l Nutmeg the badger.

Oh I don't like this. I don't like this at all.

Italian safe from 1840.

Every survivalist-minded reader is gonna want at least one of these.

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Cute little girl in Christmas pageant is happy to see her family.

Scritches.

Head pets.


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Whoa: Investment Giant Vanguard Quits Climate-Focused "Net Zero" ESG Group

—Ace

Maybe another example of my truism that you can't afford Trumpian Indulgences in a Biden Austerity Economy?

Or is it just that they don't want to be boycotted by Republican governors?

Legal Insurrection:

Vanguard Group, One of 'Big Three' Index Fund Managers, Quits ESG-Oriented 'Net Zero' Group

Vanguard indicated its decision rested in a desire to maintain the freedom not to restrict its investment options.

Posted by Leslie Eastman


How It Started: In October, my colleague Mike LaChance noted Wall Street's enthusiasm for ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing was already starting to wane.

How It's Going: One of the "Big Three" index fund managers is now quitting an ESG-oriented group.

Vanguard Group Inc. is walking out of the world's largest climate-finance alliance, marking the coalition's biggest defection to date as US Republicans step up their threats against firms deemed hostile toward the fossil-fuel industry.

Vanguard's decision followed a "considerable period of review," according to a company statement Wednesday. Withdrawing from the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative, which is a sub-unit of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, "will help provide the clarity our investors desire" about everything from the role of index funds, to financial risks in the context of climate change, the firm said.

...Vanguard indicated its decision rested in a desire to maintain the freedom not to restrict its investment options.

Initiatives such as the net-zero alliance "can advance constructive dialogue, but sometimes they can also result in confusion about the views of individual investment firms," Vanguard said. "That has been the case in this instance, particularly regarding the applicability of net-zero approaches to the broadly diversified index funds favored by many Vanguard investors."

The "Big Three" (BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street) can cast nearly 25% of the votes in any director election at S&P 500 companies. The departure has significant implications for the American economy.

That article goes on to note that, get this, studies show that funds that prioritize "environmental sustainability" don't necessarily have the greatest economic performance, if you can believe that.

Steve Milloy @JunkScience

Bad day for ESG:

Vanguard quits net zero banking group GFANZ.

Earlier, @BlackRock was subpoenaed by the state of Texas regarding illegal ESG activity.

https://bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-12-07/vanguard-quits-net-zero-alliance-marking-biggest-defection-yet

via @business

This might not be a total win, but it's still a win, says Townhall's Spencer Brown:

While the decision by Vanguard to untether itself from the net-zero alliance is a win in the anti-ESG fight, MarketWatch noted that the world's second largest asset management firm will still "track its progress" toward reducing emissions "as an effort to provide 'clarity' to its investors."

MarketWatch noted the significance of Vanguard's withdrawal, saying "some environmental groups who follow pledges toward net-zero greenhouse emissions from the lifeblood of the economy -- the financial services and banking sector -- called the exit a major blow to the effort. These groups argued that such a move is kowtowing to 'anti-woke' sentiment," their report added. That is, conservatives just won a major battle in the fight against ESG and the woke left's attempts to force an energy "transition" away from affordable and reliable American fossil fuels.

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For Some Reason, Traditionalist Men, Who Have Filled the Ranks of the Armed Services Throughout American History, Just Aren't Signing Up Any Longer

—Ace

The military is having so much trouble recruiting that they're considering dropping their standards to the lowet levels in history.

The Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) is scored by combining points scored on four of the ASVAB subtests. The raw score is then translated into a percentile and ranked to determine a candidate's basic eligibility and placement. In the Navy that translates into one's potential Naval Enlisted Classification code (NEC) and rating. I'll spare you the details.

Due to circumstances that may have been mentioned here, recruiting is markedly down. Every branch of the military is struggling to meet its FY 2022 recruiting quotas; so much so that that the continuation of the all-volunteer force has been questioned. Spox say the Pentagon's top leaders are now casting for ways to find new recruits. Panic mode, in other words.

My Navy has come up with a remarkedly bad idea.

Navy to Accept Recruits with Lowest Test Scores as Recruiting Goal Grows
By Drew F. Lawrence

The Navy unveiled new guidelines Monday that allow the service to enlist thousands of sailors with entrance test scores that fall into the lowest aptitude percentile allowed by military standards as it faces a higher recruiting goal, according to a notice from Navy Recruiting Command reviewed by Military.com.

Under the program, the service can recruit and contract up to 7,500 prospective sailors this year who fall under what the military calls "Category IV" recruits, or high school diploma-holding applicants who score within the 10th and 30th percentile on the Armed Forces Qualification Test, or AFQT. Up to 20% of this year's active-duty enlisted pool could fall into the lowest allowable aptitude percentile.

I wonder why capable young men aren't interested in military service any longer.

Oh, right: That's why.

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This is real. Content warning for Colonel Cornhole's gay perversion puppy porn Twitter page. (He actually is a Colonel.)

It's literally gay porn, featuring bondage and him ejaculating on other men.

I wonder if any of the men serving under this noxious pervert felt "uncomfortable" or "unsafe."

I sure know one thing -- they wouldn't have felt "safe" saying so. Because they'd have been court-martialed for breathing a word of their discomfort.

We're going to lose any war we ever fight -- in fact, we'll be so weak we will never even credibly threaten to use force again -- but at least "Pup Ravage" got to live his best life in the US military.

The US Military will become what the left always dreamed it could be: A government program for paying for expensive experimental transgender surgeries in exchange for signing up for two years of desk duty.

And it will become that with the support of most of the current officer corps.

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Is This Something?

—Ace

Nick Cage and Nick Searcy team up to upset gun-grabbers with a story about a teen who uses a gun to get justice, called Rittenhouse: State Line Crosser.

(Or R: SLX for short.)

Just kidding, it's not about Kyle Rittenhouse. It should be.

But it will infuriate the left almost as much.

The upcoming western, debuting Jan. 6, 2023 in theaters, stars Nicolas Cage as a reformed gunslinger trying to raise his 12-year-old daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong). When an outlaw gang threatens his family, Cage's character schools his daughter in the art of self-defense, and that means Firearms Training 101.

"The Old Way" co-stars Nick Searcy ("Terror on the Prairie," "Gosnell"), Clint Howard ("Apollo 13," "Far and Away") and Noah Le Gros ("A Score to Settle").

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German Study: The Covid-19 Vaccine Caused Death: the Death of Otherwise Healthy People

—Ace

They say that all vaccines have adverse reactions.

Or at least they said that until covid-19, when, for two years, you weren't allowed to say that the covid vaccine had any adverse reactions. It was the world's first Perfect Vaccine, like the 2020 election was the world's first Perfect Election.

A German study finds that among those adverse reactions is, sometimes, actual death.

David Strom:

First things first: there is no way to know for sure how common this is due to poor screening and reporting, but German researchers have decisively demonstrated through autopsy that the COVID-19 vaccine-induced myocarditis was the cause of death in 5 patients they autopsied after sudden deaths experienced shortly after COVID-19 vaccination.

The study was published in the peer reviewed journal Clinical Research in Cardiology. The doctor sharing the study is a Johns-Hopkins professor and graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, so not a nobody in the public health world.


The study itself is very convincing, as it is based not upon a statistical analysis of deaths based upon ICD codes or anything like that. It is based entirely on autopsies conducted by the researchers themselves, all in a single hospital on patients who had experienced sudden deaths following shortly after COVID-19 vaccinations using mRNA vaccines. mRNA are apparently the vaccines likely to cause the adverse reactions.

They do no analysis of relative risk between COVID infection and vaccine reactions, and understandably so. It is essentially impossible to do that given that almost everybody has been infected by COVID at some point, but the precise numbers are unknown. Hence there is no definitive way to compare the relative risks, although it is known that COVID itself can cause myocarditis, as can other viral infections.

However, it is pretty clear that the risk is not insubstantial, given the fact that 5 patients were identified in a relatively short period of time at one hospital alone in Berlin.

Shut up, Science Denier. It's the world's first Perfect Vaccine.

This is how we do Science now: We have all the politicians of the left line up and yell dogma and focus-group-tested attack lines at everyone until they comply with The Science (TM).

Meanwhile, also via Strom, a whistleblower from EcoHealth -- but not one who worked there at the time of the grants to the Wuhan lab -- says that yes, covid was in fact made at the Wuhan bat virus manipulation lab.

From The Sun:

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The Dean of Students at Chicago's Super-Pricey Francis W. Parker School Brags About Teaching Minors About "Queer Sex," Handing Out Dildos to Them So They Can "Play" With The Sextoys

—Ace

The Francis W. Parker school is located in Lincoln Park, Chicago. It charges $35,720 for kindergarten and $40,950 for grade 12. I imagine there's an escalation of price for each grade.

It's a private school so at least you're not forced to have your kids traumatized by repulsive groomers.

But did the people dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars know that groomers were passing out dildos to minors so that they could have a "rap sesh" about the relative merits of using spit vs. lube on them?

This is not some random pervert off the street. This is the Dean of Students.

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Matt Gaetz: Kevin McCarthy Is Not the Man to Lead the Congress at this Dangerous Moment.

—Ace

Despite the bloviations of Mark Levin and Sean "Mehmet Oz is my hero" Hannity that We Constitutional Conservatives must once again Do Our Patriotic Duty and Bend Over and Take Down Our Pants for the Cause of Liberty and Sodomy, it's time for conservatives to say, "Go Fuck Yourselves."

The administration is aiding and abetting an invasion of the Southern border. Our rights are being stripped away. We are at war and the enemy is within.

In response to this existential threat, we're told that we need to entrust a congressman previously recognized as the "tech industry's best friend" as our leader.

That's boneheaded. Kevin McCarthy is not the right leader for the moment. Fortunately, enough Republicans recognize that to stop him from being the next Speaker of the House. Five House Republicans, including myself, have announced that we will not vote for McCarthy during the January 3rd speaker election. As many have privately also informed McCarthy of their plans to vote for someone else.

McCarthy's allies are fretting and are pushing out a false narrative that opposition to the Paul Ryan endorsed McCarthy will embolden Democrats to elect a squish Republican as Speaker. It turns out that spin is right, just not the way the McCarthy camp sold it.

Semafor is reporting that "Leader-designate Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. waved off the suggestion Democrats would help elect an alternative for speaker, while Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. all but volunteered Democrats' support to help get McCarthy over the threshold of votes needed for speaker."

This is the uniparty in action and should let you know that McCarthy is not a threat to the system destroying America. How could he be? His closest adviser has represented Pfizer, Amazon, and a firm dedicated to giving out a path to American citizenship to wealthy Chinese. His roommate counts Google among his clients.

This is the moment for a fight and McCarthy's instinct is flight. In the days after January 6, McCarthy asked in a call with Liz Cheney whether Twitter can take away Conservative Congressman Barry Moore's Twitter account because Rep. Moore pointed out that the shooting of Ashli Babbit doesn't fit the left's narrative of January 6.

McCarthy, likewise, said I was endangering the safety of Rep. Cheney by criticizing her.

The defense of McCarthy is that he isn't an ideologue. He just wants to get along, they say, and moves with the times.

Rep. Matt Rosendale, one of the five Republicans standing athwart McCarthy, put it well when he said, "We don't need a weatherman, we need a leader." A leader would stand up to the Biden administration's demands to send tens of billions of dollars to protect Ukraine's border instead of ours.

A leader wouldn't wait until thousands of military service members have been kicked out due to a mandate to end it. That's the problem with living with Frank Luntz and making all of your decisions based on polling data. You will always be late.

But enough about Rep. McCarthy, now is the time for conservatives to come to terms with the fact that the Speakership is up for grabs. Five Republicans are enough to stop Kevin McCarthy from becoming Speaker.

In order to avoid chaos on January 3rd, Republicans need to embrace reality.

More at the link. He plans to vote for Andy Biggs for Speaker.

As I've mentioned, the Freedom Caucus has said they could support McCarthy -- if he agreed to some reforms that would move the House away from the "Imperial Speakership" model, in which the Speaker gets to decide alone what matters can even be voted on, in favor of how the House used to operate, to wit, like an actual democratic body, in which individual members could propose legislation and amendments and it would be voted up or down.

I think they also want the power to demand a vote to remove the Speaker from his position -- if he acts like he no doubt will.

Now I don't know about you, but I have not heard any news about McCarthy agreeing to any reforms in how the House will do its business going forward.

Which means McCarthy is attempting to ride roughshod over the conservatives, once again, and demand their votes while addressing precisely zero of their concerns. He wants to keep all the power in the House in his corrupt, liberal Luntz-caressed hands.

He wants them to vote him into power as Speaker, and then he never wants to hear from them again. All deals going forward will be worked out in back rooms with his coterie of liberals and with his Good Democrat Friends and then brought to the floor for a vote as faits accoplis. (LOL, I pluralized that just to be a prick and annoy people.)

Kevin McCarthy is saying, in the words of Freddie Mercury, "I Want It All."*

Well you shouldn't have it, Luntz Roommate.



Julie Kelly
@julie_kelly2


Andy Biggs and Matt Gaetz are 2 of a tiny handful of GOP House members who've denounced DOJs abusive J6 prosecution and holding of political prisoners. McCarthy has been silent.

Sounds like a longshot run but a fight worth having.

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Biden Trades a Terrorist Gun-Dealer Who Plotted to Kill Americans to Get Back Drug Smoking WNBA Flake; Gives Up Trying to Get Back the Marine Russia's Kept in Prison for Four Years

—Ace

FIRST TIME ANYONE'S EVER NOTICED A WNBA TRADE Posted by: Elric Blade

Biden's bragging that he got back a woman who is important to his key constituencies of LGBT Activists and CRT Grievance Stokers and literally no one else:

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The Great Diplomat is less forthcoming about the man he's putting on a plane in exchange for this pothead scofflaw.

Steven Portnoy @stevenportnoy

MORE: To secure Griner's return, Biden has freed arms dealer Viktor Bout. Bout gained infamy as the "Merchant of Death" & was found guilty for conspiring to sell AK-47's that would've been used to kill DEA agents.


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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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J.J. Sefton touched upon this topic in his excellent Morning ReportTM this morning, and while I agree in part that the conflation of American anti-Semitism vis-a-vis Kanye West's relationship with Donald Trump is arrant nonsense, there is a kernel of a difficult and hidden truth to it.

No...not the idea that Donald Trump is a crypto-Jew-Hater. That is so ridiculous on the face of it that it should be refuted with one of my favorite responses: "You can't possibly be that fvcking stupid!" Donald Trump did more for American Jews by improving the economy than any president since Ronald Reagan. And despite the vicious bias of the media, he was a tremendously inclusive president.

Look at his remarks after the Tree Of Life Synagogue shooting! He spoke about the evil of anti-Semitism and the hatred of religion, the need for an armed response at all houses of worship (not just Jewish), and he carefully did not marginalize the majority of Americans who own firearms by criticizing the weapon used.

He also did more for the ancestral homeland of the Jews -- Israel -- than any president in American history. Anyone with more than two functioning neurons can see the sea change in the Arab world as a result of the Abraham Accords, as nation after nation opens diplomatic, cultural and economic ties with Israel. Ironically it is very possibly the beginning of a political and diplomatic distancing between America and Israel, since Israel can no longer count on America to be its ally against Islamic fundamentalism and Iranian insanity.

No...the point with which I disagree with Sefton is that Kanye West is actually an important voice in anti-Semitism in America. Yes, West is a barely literate, ignorant fool who is almost certainly mentally ill, but his anti-Semitism is real, and most of all he has a bully pulpit from which to preach it. The secret that no progressive Jew wants to admit much less speak aloud, is that there is rampant anti-Semitism in much of black America, and it is being fomented from the pulpits and by the rappers and the revolving door of the prison system where young black men are inculcated with the lunacy of Nation of Islam drivel and similar black Muslim and black nationalist nonsense.

And of course the left gobbles it up, because of its own virulent anti-Semitism and its awareness that driving the wedge deeper and deeper between American Jewry and American blacks will create the conditions for more social upheaval and strife, which is their stock in trade.

So Kanye West is a real threat, but not as a confidante and friend of Donald Trump (as Sefton corectly points out), but as a mouthpiece from which the traditional black anti-Semitism of the last 80 years is spouted.

There is one point that may put me in the minority here, but I do not think that West should be muzzled. His speech is dangerous and destructive, and reaches the ears of angry, ignorant young black men who will lash out at the nearest convenient target. Just look at the anti-Semitic attacks in NYC for confirmation. But it is speech that should be protected. As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, "Sunshine is the best disinfectant."

Our job is to refute the arguments of the anti-Semites in the public square...forcefully and intelligently. But let us not forget that our last resort is the 2nd Amendment, because the founders knew quite well that the right to our self defense from these sort of malign ideas is absolute, and can be defended in ways other than in the public square.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—J.J. Sefton

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"Nude With Red Model Airplane"
Philip Pearlstein - 1988

Pearlstein was one of my instructors at Brooklyn College way back when.

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The Morning Report — 12/8/22

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Thursday and a bit of housekeeping before getting into the main event.

After today, I will no longer be linking to the New York Post. This morning as I was gathering the links, I came across this article, and, aside from my own personal interest in this subject it was one that I thought you all would be as well:

Former Nazi "Secretary of Evil," 97, Speaks Out for the First Time

So, after a long history of this person, her deeds, her quotes, survivors' quotes, etc. etc., I get to the last paragraph:

The end of Furchner’s proceedings also comes at a particularly fraught time, as rapper Kanye West’s rants praising Hitler and Nazis have led to a surge in anti-Semitism. Earlier this week, NYPD statistics also revealed that anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City were up 125% in November compared to the same month in 2021.

Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said Jewish communities are bracing for backlash after West’s comments, warning that the vitriol was “escalating from ugliness to incitement.”

Seriously? Are you fucking kidding me? Kanye West. Translation: DONALD TRUMP and the MAGA MOVEMENT. To say that these two stories are even tangentially related is, at best, a stretch. In point of fact, they have nothing to do with each other. But, let's play along for a moment. The "reporter," some bimbo with the byline of Olivia Land wants to link a nonagenarian Nazi concentration camp secretary to the current rise of anti-Semitism. Okay. Yet, with everything from Al Sharpton to Jessie Jackson to Calypso Louie to "The Squad" to Obama/Jeremiah Wright and on and on and on for freaking decades, this hack chooses Ye.

And who does she quote? Jonathan Greenblatt, a self-gassing apostate Jew who runs the ADL. The only defamation they are anti is that against Democrats and leftists. The real anti-semitism of, say, the religion of peace peaceniks and BLM and Antifa are to be excused if not defended.

The in-your-face, amateur hour, cheap propaganda hackery of Land and her editors is embarrassing, and disgusting. Look, a newspaper has every right to publish editorials for or against people, policies and whatever. Even the Post's anti-Trump ravings, rabid and frothing at the mouth as they were, were kept to the editorial pages. I put up with the Podhoretz's and McCarthy's because of the value of the Devine's and Harlan-Reynolds'.

No more. This kind of propaganda is what I expect of the NY Times, WaPo and CNN. The last thing we need is another one of them. So, thank you and fuck you New York Post. "Never again," pun intended.

Moving on, yesterday, in the wake of wife-beating, Jew-hating, (hello? Olivia Land?) slum-lording Raphael Warnock's big "win" in the Georgia Senate seat runoff (and this poor man's Creflo Dollar-looking doppelgänger is bitching about "voter suppression" despite a record turnout at the polls) as I was bemoaning the state of affairs vis a vis electoral politics and who wields the real power, this link only underscores the near futility of voting, even if the GOP wins.

Proposed changes to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rules will strip access to public waters and devastate local economies along most of the eastern U.S. coastline, according to boating and fishing advocacy groups.

The North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule will decimate the U.S.’s multi-billion-dollar boating and fishing industry without protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales (NARW) from severe injuries and deaths, the Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) and the South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance (SCBFA) told the Daily Caller. . .

. . . “When you talk about putting a 10-knot or an 11.5 mph speed limit on boats over 35 feet, you are suddenly making a day trip to the Gulf Stream or going offshore, in general, more dangerous and more time-consuming,” Brannon said. “It’s not just the time it takes to travel out to sea that is dangerous, but how long it takes to steer cargo ships into the harbor.”

The federal government’s regulation is also causing an untenable economic situation for boating and fishing industries in South Carolina and along the east coast, Brannon warned. “We represent about 23,000 jobs and over 600 related businesses in the $5 billion fishing and boating sector. And those are the businesses — when the federal government does not take into account any balance between the economy and ecology — are the ones that are going to be hurt the most,” he said. . .

. . . Six Republican U.S. Senators, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, signed a letter urging  NOAA administrator Richard Spinrad to “modify its proposal so that the NARW is protected, but the unintended consequences … can be eliminated.”

Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Sen. Graham, told the Caller the rule was “an example of government overreach and government not effectively engaging stakeholders.”

“Senator Graham remains concerned about the safety impact the proposed rule will have on cargo ships and their pilots,” Bishop said, adding that the senator worries the rule will “lead to further delays and exacerbate already strained supply chains” and impact East Coast ports that are part of the National Port Readiness Network.

Say what you will about Lindsay Graham, but he is the duly elected Senator from the state of South Carolina. His purview – in theory – along with his colleagues in the Senate and in the House is the passage of laws that reflect the will of the people who elected him and whom he represents.

With all due respect, that is to say none whatsoever, who the hell elected NOAA administrator Richard Spinrad?

By what authority as laid out in the United States Constitution does this person have to enact what is in fact a law?

And Senator Graham "remains concerned?" If I were the Senator from the State of South Carolina, I'd take a stroll over to the NOAA, march into this prick's cubicle, and do a Pelosi by tearing up the law in his face. Or make it into a barbed-wire-wrapped flaming pineapple and insert it sideways in a certain aperture.

Look, no doubt, the installation of Warnock into the Senate is not exactly healthy for our nation and society. But considering that at best it's on life support and since 2020 is in fact clinically dead, what's the big deal? Are we worried that the filibuster will be killed and leftist judges will be installed? Hell, at least half the judiciary and SCOTUS itself is teetering on the brink. Law schools are pumping out commie apparatchiks now by the bushel. Ditto every damn school including medical schools. But I digress.

So, Warnock's in and it's now 51-49 in the Senate. Look at this and tell me if it really makes a damn bit of difference?

A dozen Senate Republicans already voted to abolish the Defense of Marriage Act, eliminating both marriage and religious freedom in one fell swoop, just as the Supreme Court was moving to protect it. Some of the senators then had the chutzpah to claim that they did it to protect religious freedom. The betrayal is bad enough, treating voters like bamboozled idiots is worse.

And that’s just the beginning of the lame duck sellout session.

Senate Republican RINOs are rushing through their betrayals while they hope no one is paying attention. Next up is amnesty for illegal aliens. Every time you hear about secret negotiations to reach a deal on immigration, it’s always the same damn sellout that it’s been for decades.

The latest incarnation of “immigration reform” once again promises more money for “border security” in exchange for amnesty for illegal aliens. Trading amnesty for border security is like trading your alarm code for a better alarm system. And after multiple rounds of these deals, our border is more open than ever and our country is more filled with illegal migrants than ever.

While Senate sellouts are conducting secret negotiations in the latest incarnation of amnesty (as befits a nation where the people answer to the government, not the other way around), it starts by ratifying Obama’s illegal DACA amnesty to legalize at least 2 million illegal aliens.

And, if past immigration dirty deals are anything to go by, the dirty deal will get much worse.

Republican proponents of making Obama’s lawlessness, lawful, call this a “DACA fix”. An actual fix would end the lawlessness and enforce immigration law, instead of finding new spin for their sellouts. But many of the Senate Republicans who had voted to abolish marriage and religious freedom have also been longtime supporters of illegal alien amnesty. And this is their hour.

Most Americans, in poll after poll, say that they’re sick and tired of Biden’s immigration policies, and yet, somehow, a number of Senate RINOs looked at those numbers and decided that they want a piece of those 60% disapproval ratings while giving Democrats millions more voters.

Why try for win-win, when lose-lose is so much better.

Senate Republicans keep promising that their latest bipartisan deal will finally secure the border. Only the most naive human being alive who had already bought the Brooklyn Bridge with the crypto millions from FTX would take them seriously. Money won’t secure the border. Only a consensus to follow the laws of our country will do that. Politicians who cut the heart out of immigration laws while promising that they’ll enforce them in the future don’t mean it.

Just like a drunk who promises to stop drinking tomorrow doesn’t mean it. . .

. . . Every so often, the RINOs remind their voters that they don’t work for them, they serve the criminals, junkies, illegal aliens and worsening every crisis that we are already drowning in.

While you hang up your Christmas lights and light your menorah, in Washington D.C. they’re finally getting to work on their real jobs of destroying our lives, our beliefs and our country.

Look, Warnock's gonna Warnock. It is what it is and I can sort of deal with that. Thom Tillis on the other hand, not so much.

After surrendering to Democrats on a myriad of hot-button issues, Senate Republicans may get yet another chance to sell out their base before the year’s end — this time, on a last-minute immigration bill reportedly engineered by North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis that would provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. . .

. . . While it’s unclear whether the Senate plans to take up the bill before the current congressional session ends, Tillis’s last-minute attempt to ram through an amnesty package before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives next month runs contrary to claims issued by his office earlier this year. Back in June, a representative from the North Carolina senator’s office told Fox News there was “not much to negotiate” on immigration until President Joe Biden “enforce[s] immigration laws” and takes action “to end the crisis at the [U.S. southern] border.”

At this rate, the Democrats don't have to rig or otherwise "fortify" elections. With scum like Thom Tillis, no one will show up at the polls anyway.

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (12/7/22) Pearl Harbor Remembered Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“We are not pursuing criminal justice, but transitional justice through which institutions differentiate themselves from a prior criminal regime by addressing the harm and committing to ethical behavior going forward, Dr. Sarah Federman, associate professor at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies


Nothing will ever be enough, nothing.


Quote II

“It’s just disappointing that we can’t have a meal together.” Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb


Quote III

“I have not challenged the results of any Arizona elections. I have given legal advice about the future use of machine counting by companies that refuse to disclose the inner workings of their machines. I support transparency in elections,” Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz


Quote IV
"You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival." Sir Winston Churchill

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Savage Snowboard Cafe

—Ace

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Switzerland, again

White liberals will pay for any "treatment" if you tell them it's "Eastern" or "tribal."

Cats gonna cat. If you don't know what's going on here: When cats are happy, they revert to this behavior they did when infants, in which they tread up and down on their mom's belly, to get the milk to flow. That's what the leopard is doing.

This is in the Lost Lyrics to the Pina Colada Song (Escape), I think.

Only do this with a live grenade if you're an experienced professional, like myself.

Cat falls three stories without visible harm. A little unpleasant to watch, though.

Buck drops in for a snack.

I don't know what this door is made out of but I would like to know.

Team Wall-Climbing Achievement Unlocked.

Men.

Milady.

Music and nature.

Automobile-airbags-under-the-bed prank.

Blind baby -- legally blind, I imagine -- gets a pair of corrective glasses and sees her parents for the first time.

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Quick Hits

—Ace


American Doll brand is now sneaking in trans propaganda for the little girls who just want to play with dolls.

The American Girl doll brand is very popular with girls and has been for years. They are a line of educational dolls that are meant to teach about American history to little girls. Parents and grandparents spend a lot of money on the product line because it's pricey. Unfortunately, this move looks like yet another attempt by a successful company to go woke and push a cultural agenda on its customers. How sad.

The author of the guide is Mel Hammond, a resident American Girl author. Books and educational materials are sold with the dolls. This guide is currently available in American Girl stores and on the website. In the discussion about feeling good about their bodies, the subject of puberty blockers comes up.

'Parts of your body may make you feel uncomfortable and you may want to change the way you look,' one excerpt deemed problematic by parents online reads, before asserting 'That's totally OK!'

It goes on to advise children: 'You can appreciate your body for everything it allows you to experience and still want to change certain things about it.'

On the very same page, the book promotes the use of puberty blockers, telling girls to seek them out from their doctor if they feel confused about their gender but are not physically ready to undergo hormone therapy.

The book advises: 'If you haven't gone through puberty yet, the doctor might offer medicine to delay your body's changes, giving you more time to think about your gender identity.'

Musk installed some beds at Twitter HQ so that employees could nap while still on the campus, and San Francisco immediately sent inspectors to harass him, on the pretext that maybe he was stealthily changing the building into a mixed-occupancy office-and-apartment building.

Ted Goldberg @TedrickG

BREAKING: San Francisco building inspectors are launching an investigation into reports Twitter has converted several office rooms at its headquarters into sleeping quarters for employees. 'We need to make sure the building is being used as intended' @sfdbi rep tells @KQEDnews

Elon Musk @elonmusk

Replying to @TedrickG @sfdbi and @KQEDnews

So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl. Where are your priorities @LondonBreed!?

He's not just making up that story about a baby dying of a fentanyl overdose. That really happened in San Franscisco at the end of November.

It will be funny when Twitter abandons San Francisco, leaving the city with a huge, gushing thirty million dollar tax hole, plus a sudden surplus of office space made available depressing rents.

Oh well!

Meanwhile, Elon Musk will no longer stop to sign autographs or make appearances at uncontrolled venues, because he now knows the left has ginned up enough hatred against him that their are assassins who wish to murder him.

US Manufacturing Orders to China Collapse 40%.

The hosts of ABC's morning show, Amy Robach and TJ Holmes, were caught having extramarital affairs with each other, and the Regime Media is, get this, suppressing a story that damages Regime members in good standing.

A social worker at a shelter for seniors complained that a trans resident had threatened to kill her. Instead of protecting this worker and investigating the trans resident, they demoted her to janitor and then fired her.

Turns out that the trans resident the group home was so eager to protect was a twice-convicted serial killer who even while he was threatening the social worker was hiding the chopped-up dismembered body of a third female victim, a former resident of the group home.

I wonder if this trans serial killer made the social worker feel "uncomfortable" or "unsafe"...?

Does it matter? Does anyone care? Does anyone have any rights, except those on the Democrat Socialist Party's list of Victor Groups empowered to impose Victors' "Justice" on The Defeated?

The Trump Organization has been found guilty of criminal tax fraud by a New York jury. In addition, water has been determined to be wet.

A jury in Manhattan has found former President Donald Trump's company guilty of a long-running criminal tax fraud scheme that lasted into his presidency.

Though Trump and his company have repeatedly faced criminal investigations, this case marks the first time his company has been charged, tried, and convicted on criminal charges.

Trump built his political brand, in large part, on his claim that he was an aggressive and successful businessman.

In all, the jury found two entities controlled by Trump guilty on 17 counts of criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. The maximum penalty is $1.6 million.

So... a speeding ticket, then.

1. New York Times opinion writer and "journalist" Elizabeth Spiers accuses Glenn Greenwald of "spen[ing] endless time on this website [Twitter] directing his followers to women on this site for purposes of harassment (ask @TaylorLorenz about rape and death threats)

2. This New York Times "journalist" is then asked, quite reasonably, "Can you show me one Tweet where @ggreenwald directed his followers to harass and make rape threats to serial doxxer @TaylorLorenz?"

3. This New York Times "journalist" Elizabeth Spiers then answers, essentially, "I can but I totally don't feel like it so fuck you." More precisely, she says:

Elizabeth Spiers @espiers

I can, but why would I waste my time doing your homework for you? Do I look like your research assistant? If you haven't seen the extensive documentation, it's because you're willfully avoiding it to suit your agenda

The "documentation" is so, so extensive that she cannot find it with a Google search. It would take work to find this "extensive documentation." There's just too much proof to share any of it.

New York Times "journalist."

Shadowban them. Limit their reach. Choke them. Slap warnings on every fucking Tweet they post.

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Virginia Restaurant and Bar "Metzger's" Denies Service to Christian Advocacy Group

—Ace

I imagine that Kristen Clarke, the race-hustling white-hating head of the DOJ's Civil Rights division who claimed in college thesis papers that blacks were a genetically superior race to whites, will spring right into action on this one.

Don't you?

A Virginia-based conservative Christian advocacy group was turned away from a local restaurant just an hour before their reservation last week.

A representative of the Family Foundation said he was frustrated after the group was turned away from Metzger Bar and Butchery last Wednesday. The group claims the refusal had to do with their religious beliefs.

Foundation, one of the owners of Metzger called a representative of the Family Foundation about an hour before the reservation time, saying that the group would not be dining in the restaurant.

"We've had events at restaurants all over the city and never encountered a situation like this," Gathje said. "It's no secret that we are very much engaged in the public policy debate on a number of controversial issues. But we never expected that we would be denied service at a restaurant based on our religious values or political beliefs."

For businesses like restaurants, federal and state laws do not allow discrimination based on protected classes such as race, religion, sex and more, as defined by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

It's not yet clear if this incident falls under one of those protected classes.

In a Facebook post the following day, Metzger wrote that the restaurant has "very rarely refused service to anyone who wished to dine with us."


Facebook post by Metzger on Thursday explaining their refusal to serve the Family Foundation.

However, the restaurant added, "We have always refused service to anyone for making our staff feel uncomfortable and unsafe and this was the driving force behind our decision."

The restaurant noted that many staff members were LGBTQ or women and that it believed the Family Foundation "seeks to deprive women and LGBTQ+ persons of their basic rights in Virginia."

So "feeling uncomfortable" or "unsafe" around minorities or certain groups is grounds to refuse them service...?

Good to know. Good to fuckin' know! Because I know some people may feel "uncomfortable" among certain sexual minorities, particularly those of recent vintage, and some people, particularly shop-owners, may feel "unsafe" if some racial minorities are in their store.

Is this now license to refuse entry?

Or are we just declaring that it's open season on whites and Christians and straights?

No no, don't tell me, I've already guessed the answer.

David Strom compares this case to 303 Creative. In that case, the Court is deciding whether designing a website is like just selling someone your stock in trade -- which you're not allowed to discriminate against people when doing -- or being coerced into speaking a political message you disagree with.

That is, Masterpiece Bakeshop could not refuse to sell a gay person a cake that was available on its shelves, but could refuse to participate in the planning and theming of a specially-made gay wedding cake, as that involved them creatively and expressively in the gay wedding -- which they have a First Amendment right to refuse to do.
And here? At Metzger?

Plainly, this is a paradigmatic case of just serving someone your stock in trade with no endorsement at all of their message. They're not designing special Christian Dishes for these customers. They're just being asked to serve their regular board of fare, as the would for anyone else.

And they were refused, because they're Christian, and therefore make gays feel "uncomfortable" and "unsafe."

And yet, we will not see any hue and cry from the left about this.

Because they affirmatively support weaponizing the government against their racial, religious, and sexual enemies.

Either the Constitution protects us all or it does not. If the Constitution has now been perverted into a Slavers' ownership document that only imposes endless burdens on whites and Christians and offers them no protections in return -- if we are to be endlessly subject to racial abuse and religious discrimination, abetted by a state that hates us -- then we need to have a conversation, and that conversation will be intense and, let us say, pregnant, and I don't think The Regime feels its power is quite secure enough yet to have that conversation.

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The Sister of Iran's Supreme Leader Khameini Calls For an End to His "Despotic Caliphate" and Urges the Revolutionary Guards "and Their Mercenaries" to Lay Down Their Arms

—Ace

Some of you might not realize how big of a deal this is.

But speech in Iran is almost as tightly controlled as it is in the United States, if you can imagine that. The sister of the Supreme Leader demanding and end to his rule is the equivalent of an American saying, openly, in a public space, "There are two sexes."

Imagine such a thing!

This woman gives me hope that the US too may soon throw off the rule of its own mullahs.

A sister of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has condemned his crackdown on nationwide protests and called on the widely-feared Revolutionary Guards to lay down their weapons, according to a letter published by her France-based son.

Iran has been gripped by unrest since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in police custody on Sept 16., and is facing a three-day general strike movement which started on Monday.

Badri Hosseini Khamenei, who lives in Iran and is the sister of Ayatollah Khamenei, criticised the clerical establishment starting from the time of the Islamic Republic's late founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to her brother's rule, the letter, dated "December 2022", said.

"I think it is appropriate now to declare that I oppose my brother's actions and I express my sympathy with all mothers mourning the crimes of the Islamic Republic, from the time of Khomeini to the current era of the despotic caliphate of Ali Khamenei," she wrote in the letter which was shared on Wednesday on the Twitter account of her son, Mahmoud Moradkhani.

"Ali Khamenei's Revolutionary Guards and mercenaries should lay down their weapons as soon as possible and join the people before it is too late," the letter said.

The Revolutionary Guards are Iran's elite force which has helped the country's establish proxies across the Middle East, and runs a vast business empire.

On Tuesday, the elite force shared a statement calling on the judiciary to "not show mercy to rioters, thugs and terrorists", in a sign that the authorities have no intention of easing their fierce crackdown on dissent.

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