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Democrats Are Moving To Bar Republicans From Ballots Nationwide (Turley)
Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Ballot Disqualification Case ‘With Prejudice’ (ET)
Trump Attorneys Ask Judge To Hold Special Counsel In Contempt (JTN)
Dems: Trump Firms Earned Millions in Foreign Payments During Presidency (Sp.)
Pressure In Congress To Determine If Bidens Got Defensive Intel Briefing (JTN)
Israel Partially Withdraws From Gaza After ‘Listening’ To US – Politico (RT)
Israel’s Gaza Withdrawal, a Prelude To Full-Out War (Cradle)
US Reportedly Preparing for Gaza War to Broaden Into Regional Conflict (Sp.)
Only 15% of Israelis Want Netanyahu to Remain in Power After Gaza War (Antiwar)
A Letter to My Son on His First Birthday in Gaza (Hajjaj)
Another Biden Official Resigns Over Israel Policy (RT)
Pentagon ‘Out Of Money’ For Ukraine (RT)
The Day the Dollar Dies? (Collins)
Epstein Document Dump Is ‘Coverup’ – Cernovich (RT)
Julian Assange’s Trojan Wars With Mike Pompeo & Hillary Clinton (Hayes)

 

 

 

 

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“..Former congressional candidate Gene Stilp, who’s made headlines by burning MAGA flags with swastikas outside courthouses, filed the challenge.”

Democrats Are Moving To Bar Republicans From Ballots Nationwide (Turley)

As the decisions disqualifying former President Donald Trump from the 2024 election work their way through the courts, a new filing in Pennsylvania seeks the same “ballot cleansing” by barring Republican Rep. Scott Perry. It’s only the latest effort targeting congressional candidates as Democrats seek to bar opponents as “insurrectionists” for questioning the election of President Biden. We have become a nation of Madame Defarges — eagerly knitting names of those to be subject to arbitrary justice. Former congressional candidate Gene Stilp, who’s made headlines by burning MAGA flags with swastikas outside courthouses, filed the challenge. Using the 14th Amendment to disqualify candidates like Perry is consistent with Stilp’s signature flag-burning stunts.

But what’s chilling is how many support such efforts, including Democratic officeholders from Maine’s secretary of state to dozens of members of Congress. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) sought to bar 126 members of Congress under the same theory for challenging the election before Jan. 6, 2021. Similar legislation from Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) to disqualify members got 63 co-sponsors, all Democrats, including New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman and Ritchie Torres and “Squad” members Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. When Maine’s secretary of state disqualified Trump, three in the state’s congressional delegation — Sens. Angus King (I) and Susan Collins (R) and Rep. Jared Golden (D) — condemned the decision. But others supported the antidemocratic action.

The grounds were virtually identical to those of Stilp. He accuses Perry of supporting challenges to Biden’s election and opposing its certification. Of course, he ignores Democratic members who sought to block certification of Republican presidents under the very same law with no factual or legal basis. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) praised the effort then-Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) organized to challenge the certification of President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election. Jan. 6 committee head Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) voted to challenge it in the House. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sought to block certification of the 2016 election result — particularly ironic since he’s a leading voice calling for Trump to be disqualified.

He insisted last week on CNN that the effort to prevent citizens from voting for Trump is the very embodiment of democracy: “If you think about it, of all of the forms of disqualification that we have, the one that disqualifies people for engaging in insurrection is the most democratic because it’s the one where people choose themselves to be disqualified.”

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“..a Soros-funded, left-wing group’s scheme to interfere in an election on behalf of Crooked Joe Biden by removing President Trump’s name from the ballot and eliminating the rights of Colorado voters to vote for the candidate of their choice.”

Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Ballot Disqualification Case ‘With Prejudice’ (ET)

A federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit that sought to keep former President Donald Trump off the Republican primary ballot. On Wednesday, District Judge David Carter granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit “with prejudice,” which means that it can’t be submitted to the same court again, according to court papers. A plaintiff attempted to argue that they suffered “emotional injury” due to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and watched the events unfold on television, on the radio, and in various publications. They then argued that the incident caused them “severe emotional distress” and then filed a lawsuit to keep the former president from California’s ballots. But the judge wrote that because the events occurred “more than two years before the plaintiff” filed suit, it was outside of the two-year statute of limitations.

The decision by Judge Carter, a Clinton-appointed jurist who has ruled against President Trump in a separate case, was posted online by former Republican National Committee for California chairwoman Harmeet Dhillon. “The remnants of the last California case to keep President Trump off the ballot here were dismissed today by Judge David O. Carter!!” she wrote on X on Wednesday. In recent days and weeks, there have been a number of lawsuits filed in different states to try and bar President Trump from appearing on the ballot ahead of the 2024 election. Those suits have claimed that the former president engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States under an interpretation of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment’s Section 3, which was written in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War.

At least two of those challenges have seen some success in Maine and Colorado, although there has been widespread speculation that higher courts or even the U.S. Supreme Court would strike those rulings down. Days before Christmas, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled to keep the former president off the primary ballot in the state, which was promptly appealed to the Supreme Court. Last week, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, unilaterally decided to keep President Trump off the ballot, which was similarly appealed. Ahead of the Supreme Court appeal, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said that “unsurprisingly, the all-Democrat appointed Colorado Supreme Court has ruled against President Trump, supporting a Soros-funded, left-wing group’s scheme to interfere in an election on behalf of Crooked Joe Biden by removing President Trump’s name from the ballot and eliminating the rights of Colorado voters to vote for the candidate of their choice.”

Legal analysts have suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court would take up those two cases and likely would rule against the plaintiffs at least on procedural grounds. However, it’s not clear whether the court will take up the more thorny questions presented under the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. “It seems a certainty that SCOTUS will have to address the merits sooner or later,” Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, wrote on his website last month, referring to the Supreme Court.

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“The prosecutors repeatedly engaged in that exact conduct, disobeying the Stay Order at least three times in just two weeks …”

Trump Attorneys Ask Judge To Hold Special Counsel In Contempt (JTN)

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team want U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan to hold special counsel Jack Smith in contempt of court for pursuing activities related to his election case despite Chutkan pausing proceedings pending Trump’s legal appeals. Chutkan, in mid-December paused the case after Trump petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide on his claims to enjoy presidential immunity, which Chutkan herself rejected. Smith, for his part, asked the Supreme Court to step in, but it declined to do so. Despite the pause, Smith has remained active and requested that Chutkan not permit Trump to admit evidence related to security failures at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, or selective prosecution.

Chutkan’s order “stays any further proceedings that would move this case towards trial or impose additional burdens of litigation on Defendant,” the Hill reported. Trump’s attorneys, for their part, contend that Smith’s team has clearly violated that directive. “The prosecutors repeatedly engaged in that exact conduct, disobeying the Stay Order at least three times in just two weeks … The prosecutors have no justification for their misconduct,” they asserted. Trump faces four counts in the case, including conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of, and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. He pleaded not guilty last year.

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“Former President Trump has legitimate businesses, but the Bidens do not,” Comer argued..”

They simply don’t know how to deal with business succcess. In DC, success means a $300,000 salary that magically turns into a $10 million fortune.

Dems: Trump Firms Earned Millions in Foreign Payments During Presidency (Sp.)

Former US President Donald Trump’s companies received millions of dollars from foreign governments and companies while serving in the White House, new documents released by House Democrats have revealed. The transactions were detailed in a report titled “White House For Sale” released on Thursday. It details millions in transactions received by Trump-owned companies, including from China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates among other nations. The biggest spender was China, which spent $5.5 million in total on business connected to Trump, including from China’s Embassy in the US, a state-owned bank and Hainan Airlines Holding Company. Saudi Arabia placed second, spending more than $615,000 at Trump-owned hotels.

There were no payments in the report from Russian entities, despite the long running Democrat conspiracy known as “Russiagate” that Trump conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. As the report notes, while Trump handed over the day-to-day operations of his companies to his sons, he declined to divest his assets, as is typical for presidents before entering office. The report claims Trump maintained personal ownership and control of the companies, including the ability to draw on funds without outside oversight. The report seemingly reflects accusations that Republicans have made against President Joe Biden and his family. Last month, House Republicans opened an informal impeachment inquiry into Biden, focusing on foreign business deals made by the president’s family members.

Responding to the report, US Rep. James Comer (R-KY) argued the situations are not comparable. “Former President Trump has legitimate businesses, but the Bidens do not,” Comer argued, adding that in contrast to Trump, who owns several properties and businesses, the Bidens were simply “cashing in on the Biden name.” “No goods or services were provided other than access to Joe Biden and the Biden network,” he said. The son of the former president, Eric Trump, argued that his father’s hawkish stance on China while in office proves he was not compromised. “That narrative is insane, there is no president in United States history who was tougher on China than Donald Trump,” he said, noting that the Chinese embassy had signed a 20-year lease in Trump Tower in 2008, long before the elder Trump entered office.

The report, however, argues that while some payments were coming in, those same countries were lobbying the Trump administration for certain policies. “These payments were made while these governments were promoting specific foreign policy goals with the Trump administration and even, at times, with President Trump himself, and as they were requesting specific actions from the United States to advance their own national policy objectives,” the report reads. It also points to comments Trump made during a campaign rally in 2015, bragging about his relationship with Saudi Arabia. “Saudi Arabia, I get along great with all of them,” he said, according to the report. “They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much!”

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“..If the Bidens didn’t get defensive briefings, it could raise fresh questions about the U.S. intelligence community’s capabilities and the selective nature of its use of defense briefings..”

Pressure In Congress To Determine If Bidens Got Defensive Intel Briefing (JTN)

The FBI conducted FISA surveillance on one of Hunter Biden’s Chinese business partners while other federal prosecutors secured evidence that a second Chinese associate of the first family was present when foreign bribery payments were made. And a major bank reported to the U.S. Treasury Department that in 2017 a $5 million loan the Bidens got from a Chinese energy company smacked of a Beijing influence operation targeting Joe Biden before he was president. bA fast-growing body of evidence from bank transactions to court transcripts is putting pressure on Congress to resolve an important question: Did Joe Biden or any of his family members get a defensive briefing from U.S. intelligence that some of their foreign business partners had unsavory ties or were engaged in criminal behavior?

The answer could have a profound effect on the direction of the nascent House impeachment inquiry. If lawmakers confirm that the president got one or more defensive briefings, it could add an element of intentionality and motive since his family would have proceeded with deals and partners despite warning signs delivered from the U.S. government. If the Bidens didn’t get defensive briefings, it could raise fresh questions about the U.S. intelligence community’s capabilities and the selective nature of its use of defense briefings. Just the News confirmed Hillary Clinton got at least one such defensive briefing about one of her family or political associations while Donald Trump did not when allegations of Russia collusion – long since debunked – first surfaced in 2016. Instead, Trump and his associates were targeted for criminal investigation.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the fiery Republican from Georgia, was the latest Wednesday to add her name to those pushing Congress to determine once and for all whether Joe Biden or his family got warnings from the FBI, the CIA, or other intelligence agencies. Those warnings, if they happened, would have come as the first family did business with a Ukrainian oligarch deemed corrupt by the State Department, a Romanian oligarch dealing with corruption allegations in his own country and the energy firm CEFC China Energy that was implicated in a foreign bribery scheme that resulted in a federal conviction of Patrick Ho, one of Hunter Biden’s associates and law clients.

[..] “Joe Biden’s intersections with his son’s overseas business occurred within three different realities, first as Vice President, second as a private citizen, and third as President. Each reality will determine the advisability of the type or necessity of a defensive briefing,” Brock said. “Hunter Biden didn’t consult with Canada or New Zealand. He picked money gushers in China and Russia and Ukraine,” Brock added. “Countries with hostile intelligence services that would jump at the chance to engage with an offspring of a U.S. VP. What do you think we would do if a son of Putin or Xi came here to consult with Exxon or Apple? Joe Biden was briefed, alright. But his track record suggests his own interests came first no matter the briefing.”

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“What we’re seeing is the beginning of a transition,” one official said, while another added that Washington was “pleased to see the shift” but wished it had happened much sooner..”

Israel Partially Withdraws From Gaza After ‘Listening’ To US – Politico (RT)

Israel’s withdrawal of troops from Gaza indicates that it is “listening” to Washington, which has long urged West Jerusalem to shift to low-intensity military operations, Politico reported Wednesday. It comes after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced last weekend that it would withdraw five brigades from combat in Gaza, comprising thousands of soldiers. The IDF’s decision to reduce its troop presence in the Palestinian enclave is seen as “a signal that Israel is beginning to finally shift away from large-scale bombing and more toward targeted, surgical strikes on senior Hamas leaders,” as Washington has repeatedly urged, amid a rising civilian death toll among Gazans, Politico reported, citing unnamed US officials.

“What we’re seeing is the beginning of a transition,” one official said, while another added that Washington was “pleased to see the shift” but wished it had happened much sooner, according to the outlet. The killing of Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri by a drone attack in a suburb of Beirut on Tuesday could be “another sign Israel is ready to shift to more surgical operations,” Politico’s source said. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati called the killing of Arouri “a new Israeli crime aimed at inevitably dragging Lebanon into a new phase of confrontation.” In response, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mark Regev, said that “whoever did this strike was very surgical and went for a Hamas target because Israel is at war,” without confirming or denying the IDF’s involvement.

In mid-December, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan recalled that Washington has repeatedly urged Israel to shift its high-tempo military operation in Gaza to a “lower-intensity, surgical, focused, targeted campaign.” He added that once this phase is activated, there will be no sanctuary for Hamas leaders, as Israel has the right to go after those who planned and executed the October 7 attacks. The Palestinian military group attacked Israel from Gaza on that date in 2023, killing 1,200 people and taking 240 hostages, according to Israeli estimates. In response, West Jerusalem declared war and launched an air and ground offensive in Gaza to root out Hamas, resulting in more than 22,000 casualties among the enclave’s residents, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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“..reducing the pace of the war in the Gaza Strip increases the possibilities of an Israeli war on Lebanon..”

Israel’s Gaza Withdrawal, a Prelude To Full-Out War (Cradle)

At the start of the new year, Israel’s occupation army began implementing the withdrawal of a large portion of its forces from the northern Gaza Strip. This withdrawal did not mean the end of the war on Gaza, and it certainly did not suggest calm on the Lebanese-Israeli front. On the contrary, reducing the pace of the war in the Gaza Strip increases the possibilities of an Israeli war on Lebanon. The battles taking place between the occupation army and Hezbollah along the southern Lebanese border since 8 October, in support of the resistance in Gaza, have been increasing in intensity day after day. Washington and Tel Aviv have sought to maximize pressure on Hezbollah by warning of the possibility of a large-scale war between Israeli forces and the Lebanese resistance.

These tactics were in effect long before the assassination of Hamas’ Deputy Head of the Political Bureau Saleh Al-Arouri on 2 January by an Israeli air strike in Dahiyeh, the southern suburb of Beirut. The killing of Al-Arouri now increases the chance of the war expanding. The first stage of Tel Aviv’s war was the mass destruction and occupation of northern Gaza; the second stage is the occupation of key points in the south of the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian civilians have flocked for safety. The current troop withdrawal from the territory’s north means that the Israelis are cementing their southern plans and preparing to move on to phase three: the long, low-intensity war. As it enters the third stage, the occupation army intends to maintain a geographical buffer surrounding the northern Gaza Strip. It also plans to continue occupying the Gaza Valley area (central Gaza), while completing its operations in Khan Yunis in the south.

The fate of the Philadelphia axis – or Salah ad-Din Axis – a strip of land on the border between Gaza and Egypt which Israel wants to control, will be left to deliberations between Tel Aviv and Cairo. This is to ensure that incidents do not occur that lead to tension between the two parties, as well as to guarantee that refugees do not flow from the south of the Gaza Strip towards Sinai. Israel’s ground withdrawal from northern Gaza is taking place primarily because the occupation army’s target bank has been depleted. All targets prior to the start of the war have been destroyed, and all new operational targets have been bombed. Despite this, the Palestinian resistance continues to carry out operations against Israeli forces. These organizations remain relatively unscathed in the entire area of the northern Gaza Strip, which will increase the ability of the resistance to inflict losses on occupation ranks, now and in the future.

This clear Israeli loss – in terms of Tel Aviv’s stated war objectives – has been made evident by two basic factors: First, that the occupation army cannot ‘cleanse’ the northern Gaza Strip house by house or tunnel by tunnel, because this process will take years, expose more of its soldiers to danger, and cannot be implemented without further displacing the entire population of northern Gaza or massacring them. It should be noted, despite Israeli attempts to portray matters otherwise, that hundreds of thousands of civilians are still present in the north. Second, the Israeli government needs to gradually re-inject reserve soldiers into the country’s economy to jump-start it, and to ensure that the productive sectors are not exposed to damage from which recovery will take a long time. This, despite the fact that the US and much of Europe appear ready to assist Israel’s economy, if necessary.

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“..The insiders warned that the scenario of a wider conflict in the Middle East is “perilous” for Biden’s “reelection chances.”

US Reportedly Preparing for Gaza War to Broaden Into Regional Conflict (Sp.)

Citing sources familiar with the matter, US media reported on Thursday that US officials are concerned that the risk of the Gaza conflict escalating into a regional conflict is growing. The United States through back channels urged Iran for months to persuade its so-called “proxy forces” to scale back attacks on US forces in the Middle East, but so far no shift in the level of violence is evident, the report said. US intelligence officials are reportedly looking into ways to deter attacks by proxy militants against US forces in Iraq and Syria. The United States is also putting together plans to potentially strike Houthi targets in Yemen if the group’s attacks against commercial vessels near the Red Sea continue, according to the report.

The sources also claimed that a possible escalation could lead to President Joe Biden becoming more deeply involved in the Middle East as his 2024 election campaign is seeking to focus on domestic issues. The insiders warned that the scenario of a wider conflict in the Middle East is “perilous” for Biden’s “reelection chances.” Iran has sternly rejected accusations from Western countries over Tehran’s alleged involvement in the Houthi attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea. In addition, Iran emphasized that resistance groups in the Middle East, such as the Houthis, do not receive any instructions from Iran.

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“Despite the little support for Netanyahu, the respondents favor the slaughter he is overseeing in Gaza.”

Only 15% of Israelis Want Netanyahu to Remain in Power After Gaza War (Antiwar)

Only 15% of Israelis think Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu should remain in office once the Israeli campaign in Gaza is over, according to a new poll published Tuesday by the Israel Democracy Institute. Former Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, a member of Netanyahu’s war cabinet, received more support, with 23% of respondents saying he should take the position after the war, while 30% did not name their preferred leader. Despite the little support for Netanyahu, the respondents favor the slaughter he is overseeing in Gaza. The poll found that 56% of respondents believed continuing the military offensive was the best way to recover the hostages, while 24% thought a swap deal that would involve releasing thousands of more Palestinian prisoners would be a better option.

Other polls since October 7 have shown that the majority of Israelis want Netanyahu to step down after the war, giving him the incentive to continue to onslaught for as long as possible and take action to provoke a wider regional war that could draw in the US directly. Netanyahu is facing a political reckoning due to the massive Israeli intelligence failure that allowed the October 7 attack to happen and for his previous strategy of helping prop up Hamas to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state. Despite the little support for Netanyahu, the respondents favor the slaughter he is overseeing in Gaza.

The poll found that 56% of respondents believed continuing the military offensive was the best way to recover the hostages, while 24% thought a swap deal that would involve releasing thousands of more Palestinian prisoners would be a better option. Other polls since October 7 have shown that the majority of Israelis want Netanyahu to step down after the war, giving him the incentive to continue to onslaught for as long as possible and take action to provoke a wider regional war that could draw in the US directly. Netanyahu is facing a political reckoning due to the massive Israeli intelligence failure that allowed the October 7 attack to happen and for his previous strategy of helping prop up Hamas to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state.

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“..you’ll never be able to have the memories I wanted for you. Those have been buried beneath the rubble, too.”

A Letter to My Son on His First Birthday in Gaza (Hajjaj)

No matter what, my child, we were going to celebrate your first birthday. Ever since you were born, Qais, I have felt a strong sense of purpose in life to push myself as a father. I have long prepared for this stage in my life, eager to provide you with a good upbringing that I can later look back on with pride. Ever since you were born, your mother would make you little birthdays to mark every new month that you’ve brightened our lives. I would join in on these little parties, but privately, I have been waiting for your first birthday to plan for something big. I was going to invite the entire extended family, especially your aunts and uncles and cousins. We would gather in our spacious home overlooking our planted garden from every direction, except for the street, which boasted a beautiful palm tree heavy with dates, across the street from the same neighbors I’ve known since I was born in al-Shuja’iyya, in the eastern part of Gaza City.

The last time we laid eyes on our home was through a phone screen. We looked at photos of what remained of the house after we evacuated it a month earlier — before the ground invasion. The entire house, and many other houses near it, had been reduced to rubble. We left our beautiful home and stayed at your grandfather’s in the Zeiytoun neighborhood, also in Gaza City. We didn’t take many things with us; we didn’t know our time away would be so long. Even now, we don’t know when we’ll be able to return, or whether we’ll be able to return at all. We know that even if we are allowed, there’s nothing to go back to. When the house was destroyed, so were our hopes of having your first birthday in that little world we had made for you. But don’t worry little one. We will have a new house one day, wide and spacious and surrounded by trees and a vegetable garden.

Right now, all we have to do is wait and join our hopes with yours for all the good things that can happen to us — to see the end of the war, to live a normal life where your access to food isn’t conditional upon your suffering, and to be able to see and hear what a child on their first birthday are supposed to see and hear. In the middle of a narrow alleyway in the Yibna refugee camp in Rafah — the latest stop in our story of displacement — one of our neighbors works the entire day making bread for displaced people. Those of us in the camp don’t have access to ovens, so we bring her flour to make us bread, and she only takes a modest, almost symbolic price for her labor. Right beside her, there is a large crater that stands as a testament to the destruction already wrought on the neighborhood. All around us, the houses that are still left standing have been deserted and the charred remains of abandoned cars line the side of the nearby road. The windows of all the houses around us have been shattered, the doors to the homes ripped from their hinges. People in the street farther down the road try to buy and sell everything and anything.

Qais, you saw all of this. These are things I wish you would never have had to see, especially not in your first year of life. In our house in Gaza City, birds would be in the window beside your crib. There was a wall where we hung all your pictures, and I left a special spot in the center where I wanted to hang a picture of your first birthday party. I wanted to be able to stroll the streets of Gaza City and visit the best toy stores to buy you the best, most expensive, most beneficial toys — maybe something that can teach you a new skill, different from the behaviors you’ve picked up as a displaced refugee, mimicking how the grown-ups around you stoked a fire as you grabbed a piece of plastic and started blowing on it. But you’ll never be able to have the memories I wanted for you. Those have been buried beneath the rubble, too. We are now in Rafah, in a house not our own, unable to find a cake, or sweets, or anything else you would normally find at a birthday party.

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“..short-sighted, destructive, unjust and contradictory to the very values that we publicly espouse..”

Another Biden Official Resigns Over Israel Policy (RT)

A senior official at the US Department of Education has resigned in protest at President Joe Biden’s support for Israel, saying the administration has turned a blind eye to “atrocities” against Palestinians since the start of the war in Gaza. Policy adviser Tariq Habash, a Palestinian-American, left his position on Wednesday, explaining in a resignation letter that he could not continue to “represent an administration that does not value all human life equally.” “The actions of the Biden-Harris Administration have put millions of innocent lives in danger, most immediately for the 2.3 million Palestinian civilians living in Gaza who remain under continuous assault and ethnic cleansing by the Israeli government. Therefore, I must resign,” Habash wrote.

“I cannot stay silent as this administration turns a blind eye to the atrocities committed against innocent Palestinian lives, in what leading human rights experts have called a genocidal campaign by the Israeli government.” Biden has voiced strong support for Israel’s retaliation to a Hamas terrorist attack in October, which claimed some 1,200 lives and saw more than 240 people taken hostage by Palestinian militants. However, the two-month operation has left much of Gaza in ruins, killing more than 22,000 people and injuring thousands more, according to local health officials. Despite repeated warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza by international rights groups, along with the United Nations, Washington has offered little public criticism of the Israeli campaign, and continued to pledge military support.

Other senior officials have voiced similar concerns, with 11-year State Department veteran Josh Paul – the longtime director of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs – also resigning in October over the US’ “blind support” for Israel. “I cannot work in support of a set of major policy decisions, including rushing more arms to one side of the conflict, that I believe to be short-sighted, destructive, unjust and contradictory to the very values that we publicly espouse,” Paul wrote in a statement explaining his resignation. Biden visited Israel on the day Paul tendered his resignation, pledging to ask Congress to allocate additional aid to meet the ally’s military needs. Though he has made good on that promise, lawmakers remain deadlocked over a new aid package, with Republicans in the House demanding sweeping border reforms before approving additional assistance for both Ukraine and Israel.

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“..while the Pentagon is authorized to spend another $4.2 billion on weapons for Ukraine, the actual funds are not available and must be set aside by Congres..”

Pentagon ‘Out Of Money’ For Ukraine (RT)

The US government has exhausted its funds for military assistance to Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Major General Patrick Ryder has said, noting that Washington is simply “out of money” unless lawmakers pass a new aid package. Speaking to reporters at a Thursday briefing, Ryder explained that while the Pentagon is authorized to spend another $4.2 billion on weapons for Ukraine, the actual funds are not available and must be set aside by Congress. “We have the authority to spend that [$4.2 billion] from available funds but wouldn’t have the ability to replenish the stocks by taking money out – or taking stuff out of our inventory,” the spokesman said, adding “We’re out of money.”

The admission came after Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that his country had no “plan B” without American military aid, reiterating demands for new combat drones, long-range missiles and air defense capabilities, among other gear. Kuleba also noted growing political divisions regarding Ukraine within the United States, as a vocal group of Republican critics have blocked the passage of additional aid funds while demanding sweeping immigration reforms. Though the party backed dozens of separate aid packages following the escalation of the Ukraine conflict in 2022, some GOP members have soured on the American largesse in recent months, creating a widening partisan divide on the issue.

While President Joe Biden has urged lawmakers to pass a massive aid package including some $61 billion for Kiev, Congress has remained deadlocked for weeks amid Republican opposition, though independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema has said lawmakers are “closing in” on a deal. Nonetheless, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters on Thursday to expect decreases in US aid in the future, voicing hopes to eventually help Ukraine “build its own military industrial base so it can both finance and build and acquire munitions on its own.” The United States has authorized nearly $45 billion in direct military assistance to Ukraine since the conflict with Russia escalated in early 2022, in addition to other indirect military aid and financial and humanitarian assistance. Moscow has repeatedly condemned Western arms shipments to Kiev, arguing they would only prolong the fighting and do little to deter its military aims.

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“..The world has growing concerns about the stability of the United States and our ability to meet our debt obligations.”

The Day the Dollar Dies? (Collins)

In 1974, when Secretary Simon arranged his deal with the Saudis to avoid a “dollar crisis,” our national debt was roughly 32 percent of GDP. We were winding down our decades-long involvement in Vietnam and Southeast Asia and had secured a detente with Cold War adversaries China and the Soviet Union. Today, the United States is over $34 trillion in debt, around 120 percent of our GDP—more than it was even during World War II. A bit over $7 trillion of that—the value of the entire U.S. annual budget—is held by foreigners. We are on our way to $1 trillion a year in debt service, more than our defense budget. And the $10 your grandmother stuck in your birthday card that was lost in the commotion of your birthday party in 1971 would, if found today, be worth $1.20. And in the world, the United States is engaged in escalating conflicts with two powerful, nuclear-armed, adversaries, China and Russia, as well as the war Iran’s terrorist proxy, Hamas, is waging on our ally, Israel.

• Citing three current and former U.S. officials, NBC News reported that China’s leader Xi Jinping boldly told the U.S. president that he intends to acquire Taiwan, a vital interest of the United States. Not only do we (and the rest of the world) get most of our chips from Taiwan, but 50 percent of the world’s maritime container traffic passes through the Taiwan Strait. • The Ukraine-Russia war continues and has escalated in the last few days with no end in sight. In a conflict where U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has pledged American prestige by asserting in October that we will “deliver what it takes, for as long as it takes, so that Ukraine can live in freedom.” But just last month, President Biden seemingly walked back his commitment by saying the United States will back Ukraine “as long as we can.” • U.S. Navy forces deployed to the Red Sea to protect shipping and deter Iranian belligerence against Israel were attacked by Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen. Scores of U.S. armed services members have been injured in Iraq and Syria in similar attacks.

Within our own borders, violent protests that went unchecked after the death of George Floyd, the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, and the Marxist-inspired pro-Hamas protests have rattled the sense of American stability among foreigners more than at any time since the Vietnam War. Given all that, it should not be a surprise that other countries are moving to de-dollarize their holdings. The world has growing concerns about the stability of the United States and our ability to meet our debt obligations. The Saudis, whom we have relied upon for 50 years to help maintain demand for the U.S. dollar as the world’s global reserve currency, had announced that they are joining the BRICS, the international coalition of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates joined the same day.

Were that not enough, now the Biden administration is contemplating a policy that cannot help but exacerbate de-dollarization. According to the Financial Times, the United States and the G-7 “are actively exploring ways to seize Russian central bank assets” in their countries to fund Ukraine because political opposition to continuing Ukraine support in the United States and Europe threaten the flow of money that has kept Ukraine afloat. The paper reported it had seen a document written by the United States that said, under international law, “G7 members and other specially affected states could seize Russian sovereign assets as a countermeasure to induce Russia to end its aggression.”

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“.. they chose to wait until just days before the “previously sealed records involving Jeff Epstein” were set to become public. These records contained the names of numerous influential figures..”

Epstein Document Dump Is ‘Coverup’ – Cernovich (RT)

A much-hyped trove of nearly 1,000 newly-unsealed pages of court documents from a 2015 defamation case filed by a victim of infamous pedophile Jeffrey Epstein contains “no revelations,” conservative commentator Mike Cernovich claimed on Wednesday in a post on X (formerly Twitter). Cernovich, working with Epstein defense attorney and accused sex trafficking participant Alan Dershowitz, sued to have Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit unsealed in 2017 and has previously claimed credit for the predator’s 2019 arrest. In his post, he claimed the Southern District of New York (SDNY) had arrested Epstein in 2019 the weekend before the documents were first set to be unsealed as a result of his lawsuit, so as to prevent any of Epstein’s powerful friends, soon to be exposed in the documents, from being criminally charged.

To bolster his argument, he highlighted that the SDNY had the option to bring charges against Epstein, relating to the alleged payment for sex with minors between 2002 and 2005, at any point from 2002 onward. However, they chose to wait until just days before the “previously sealed records involving Jeff Epstein” were set to become public. These records contained the names of numerous influential figures to whom Epstein had allegedly trafficked underage girls. “The indictment against Epstein does not charge anyone except Epstein, and there’s nothing to indicate that anyone who flew to Epstein’s private island has faced scrutiny,” Cernovich continued, arguing that “SDNY charged the lowest level offenses possible” so that they would be legally unable to raid that island – or even the pedophile’s New Mexico ranch – for weeks, allowing evidence to vanish. At least one safe, said to be in FBI custody, has never been seen again.

Meanwhile, Epstein himself died – allegedly by his own hand – shortly after his arrest while still in pretrial detention, the charges against him never having been aired inside a courtroom. Acknowledging that “we’ll never know for certain” what was in the vanished safe, Cernovich insisted “we do know that the FBI has Jeffrey Epstein’s blackmail files” and that “very powerful forces have made sure we will never see it.” Authorities raiding Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in 2019 found and photographed boxes of hard drives, videos, binders full of burned CDs, and other media, all individually labeled by Epstein. However, it was never entered into evidence because the FBI did not initially have a warrant to remove it, according to a special agent who testified at Maxwell’s trial. When they returned with a warrant, the evidence was supposedly gone. Epstein’s properties were well-equipped with surveillance equipment, according to several witnesses, and his victims have claimed he would pump them for blackmail material on the powerful men he trafficked them to for sex.

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“..Achilles personifies America, determined to destroy Assange, like Hector before him, in mind, and desecrate him in body as well..”

Julian Assange’s Trojan Wars With Mike Pompeo & Hillary Clinton (Hayes)

Lawyers for British political prisoner Julian Assange are set to make their final appeal against his extradition to the United States in late February. In an ideal world, he would never have been imprisoned but would have instead garnered many more awards in excess to those he has already received, trinkets for his children to play with as he dispensed words of wisdom to younger generations of starry-eyed idealists, who would hope to emulate him. Penelope, his wife, meanwhile, would have gotten on with her humdrum life as a wife, as a mother, and as a hot shot human rights’ lawyer in her own right. I call Stella Moris, Julian’s wife, Penelope as that was the name of the wife of Odysseus, who waited faithfully for a staggering twenty years for him to return from the Siege of Troy.

And even though Odysseus famously had to put up with all kinds of travails as he battled his way back to her, Penelope was not spared the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune as she had to contend with all kinds of lesser beings trying to fill Odysseus’ sandals for their own base reasons. And, though there are those echoes of the Odyssey in the Assanges’ plight, the Iliad seems a much better framework to gauge this epic battle between all that is good and that which is evil. If, for example, Assange is Hector, defending the honour of Troy, then Achilles personifies America, determined to destroy Assange, like Hector before him, in mind, and desecrate him in body as well. Either way, Assange’s has been a titanic struggle the gods themselves would have paid good money to watch.

That said, in our dystopian Dorian Gray take, Hillary Clinton must, of course, be the beautiful Helen of Troy, over whom Virgil, Homer and Yeats, to say nothing of the Greek gods themselves, all waxed. And the pig headed and pot bellied Mike Pompeo is, of course, her faithful understudy. Let me explain. Even though Pompeo, who owes his exalted position to the Koch brothers and some other colourful American billionaires, has called for Assange’s assassination, that is one of his less outrageously violent demands. Although Pompeo calls Assange “a fraud—a coward hiding behind a screen”, Assange has no Internet access in Stalag Belmarsh and it is a strange sort of coward, who rankles Empire and pays the price for it in the manner Assange did, just as it is for Pompeo, who never fired a shot in anger in his life, to shoot off his well fed mouth in this manner.

And, as Pompeo believes Edward Snowden “should be brought back from Russia and given due process”, before being put to death, we can see that Pompeo does not have the best interests of dissidents like Assange or Snowden at heart. He will never play Santa in his local shopping mall except, perhaps, in a Halloween horror special. And nor, despite the better angels of her nature, will Hillary Clinton, who is more morally rudderless than Lady Macbeth and whose own impressive rap sheet is much too long to go into detail here. Suffice to say that Hillary Clinton did not make her billions by working for Wikileaks or doing pro bono cases for the likes of Julian Assange but she has invested her time wisely, networking through morally dubious magic money and power trees like the Clinton Foundation.

Assange’s problem resembles not so much a legal one as the one Schindler faced in tricking Amon Göth to exert power by pardoning his surviving victims he had already driven to distraction. Assange has exposed Hillary Clinton, faux feminism’s Helen of Troy, as being Dorian Gray brought back to life and, as Hillary’s goons cannot have their bargain basement goddess maligned, they want their pound of flesh and more from the Assanges’ hides.

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    Georgia O’Keeffe New York night 1929   • Democrats Are Moving To Bar Republicans From Ballots Nationwide (Turley) • Federal Judge Dismisses Trump
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 5 2024]

    #149794
    V. Arnold
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    A new year; 2024….
    I wonder, does it really matter?
    I think not in the least; war is our new forever reality…….
    …so the calendar is just a marker in time…….. 🙁

    #149795
    tboc
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    i have the feeling there are two texts most citizens of the United States have never read
    1. 1984
    2. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

    it appears from what i read online that those same citizens FEEL it is better to fight among ourselves

    “than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    and this same group have apparently never heard of the write in vote, content to have their futures decided for them. I will be blunt, these are not citizens they are tax paying place holders. When one considers the number of these people who watch the alledged pagentry of the British monarchy on television self governance is not even an abstact possibility. One who will not govern themself personally is incapable of bonding themself to their fellow man and governing their community. Wanton hedonists complaining tirelessly about wanton hedonists.

    “If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” Benjamin Franklin

    this same group has allowed the education system of their nation to become a base supplier of proganda within which a small group pimp their children out for social status. Within this mileau the would be citizens place more value on the outcome of a sports contest than the future of their nation, their own children.

    call girls looking down their nose at street walkers

    #149796
    Celticbiker
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    Dershowitz, Epstein, Netanahu…Gaza…clotshots. Time to wipe off TV glazed eyeballs and see the satanic nature of this evil race, hell bent on destruction, chaos and death. Profiting from all of it, be it beachfront Gaza property or cancer drugs for the cancer they gave you. If we dont create our own money and walk away from these inverted, perverse systems, we’re fucked. The hordes crossing into Texas and Arizona are gonna bring Gaza to you, your hometown. Time to face the JQ, its very late in the game. They control the money, media and every shitforbrain politician in a suit with a lapel pin. They dont own your soul, yet…or do they?

    #149797
    tboc
    Participant

    milieu

    #149798
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Epstein List Hangs Itself Moments Before Release” –BBee

    “More Than A 3rd Of US Adults Say Biden’s Election Was Illegitimate: Poll

    That’s just the Republicans. That’s not very helpful. When we saw 50% of Democrats thought so too (this is true) in some fashion or other, then that stat matters.

    Again-
    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/al-gore-countdown-clock.jpg

    Which one I guess? 2000? 2010? 2012? 2016? 2020?

    “The climate grifters like Gore, Gates, Schwab, and the rest of the Davos billionaire cabal that fly to climate change conferences in their private jets and live in 25,000 square foot mansions with 13 bathrooms and multiple gas stoves, want to use this climate change tripe as the main thrust in depopulating the planet so they have it all and the surviving peasants own nothing.
    Climate change is the cudgel the ruling elite are using to increase their own power, control and wealth.

    It really is that simple.

    I believe throwing billionaires into volcanoes will satisfy the climate gods.” — Quinn

    An excellent idea! And with just as much Science behind it as their plan. 97% of my Scientists agree. It’s settled.

    “ISIS Claims Responsibility For Mass Casualty Suicide Bombings In Iran”

    Yup, it was us. Oh wait: is it not consensus reality that we the CIA runs ISIS and delivers their arms from Libya and trucks from Texas? Check in another 6 months, like every other theory the fact checkers deny.

    “Only 13 EVs Now Eligible For $7,500 Tax Credit Due To New Biden Admin Rules”
    Previously, the number had stood closer to 24 models, but for the new year the tax credit excludes vehicles that use battery components manufactured by Chinese companies.”

    I’m sorry: was this is a law, or did they just Make S—t Up? “Biden” cannot “Change the rules”. Only Congress can.

    “no one wants to hear that they have been mindfucked. People want to hear that other people have been mindfucked.” — CJ Hopkins. But that doesn’t mean YOU haven’t also been mindfucked, he continues.

    “It started with “the 40 beheaded babies” story and “the super-suicide Hamas rocket” story, and rapidly devolved into the (Israel probably killed everyone themselves story).
    I tried to comment on the story dispassionately, and was instantly set upon by both shrieking pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian fanatics. It seems I’m both a genocidal, atrocity-denying Israel apologist and a genocidal, atrocity-denying, anti-Semitic Hamas apologist! The neo-Roman orgy of hatred and projectile spewing of propagandistic vomitus is ongoing, as I’m sure you are aware.” — CJ Hopkins

    Yup. Got that here too. Picking on Israel almost every day of my life for exactly this same thing they’re doing now, means I’m a Jew loving shill. Like, wtf? Maybe I should just use a random word generator to write stuff. Or it already seems like that sometimes. If they’re just going to attribute random s—t to you, why bother writing? At least hate the things I actually DID say.

    For today: apparently the timeline has finally been released, so actions are allowed to begin again, Epstein is released, and Assange is on deck as part of this timing campaign. He can testify to Congress under oath and go on record.

    As part of the Epstein release, because there’s not a lick of truth in them, they are Anti-Reality, he new phrase is: “were they IN the Flight list?” Yes, there was a bunch. I hate to use Trump, but he’s a best example. Trump is IN the Epstein papers: his name is indeed there!!! As the lawyer asked the Witness “Did you see Trump there?” And the Witness said, “No, I never saw him there, in fact he kicked one of us out of his casinos for being underage.” Yup! His name is listed!

    Omg, does this ever end? Can I get at least a PRETEND “spirit of the law” out of anyone between the Atlantic and Pacific? At least PRETEND to care. PRETEND you’re trying to tell the truth. Apparently same with RFK: he flew in the 90s, only with his family on board, and then openly admitted it and described what happened when asked. Unless you’re going to some truly weird, evil, kinky s—t, that they’re all wearing lizard-masks, I don’t know what more you want from him. It was not immediately apparent Jeffy was a kiddie-trafficking blackmail op. Not ‘til later. Duh: Mossad wouldn’t be doing there job well if everyone DID know. He was just another rich idiot full of temptation back then. A Private School tutor that somehow was also a billionaire?

    I am curious again as these many stories re-break. Okay, first time out, even first trip, you just think you’re awesome, out for a lark, going to a rich guy’s island, only to find he has your passport and you can’t escape. The only way home is to slowly get drawn into banging dudes. Fine, okay, first time. What was happening after that? How were they “Being made to” after that? I’m not saying there aren’t obvious, violent ways, from a guy who can clearly run the police and FBI, I’m saying no one is talking about it. So at some level they were also into it? Rather than going back to Minnesota Band Camp and back on Food Stamps in St. Paul? That doesn’t make it not a crime, either, on two separate levels (ie, statutory) even if what I’m saying is TOTALLY true, I’m just asking, “Tell me how this works.”

    “Cernovich, working with Epstein defense attorney and accused sex trafficking participant Alan Dershowitz, sued to have Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit unsealed”

    Dershowitz is guilty, but he’s fighting tooth and nail to release the records? Funny world. Explain?

    ““we do know that the FBI has Jeffrey Epstein’s blackmail files”

    I’m sure Comey and Wray would be Boy Scouts and never DO anything with those files, though, right? Trump would never fire him to open his office safe, right? And when BOTH sides have the same blackmail, what do you do with it?

    “• Democrats Are Moving To Bar Republicans From Ballots Nationwide (Turley)

    Please, please do this so the state-electoral system can pick our President. It’s probably the least-bad conclusion to create an “election to remember” to point at and say never again, but that’s why it probably won’t happen. It’s far too easy, and we don’t seem to be in a “far too easy” mood.

    “Jack Smith in contempt of court for pursuing activities related to his election case despite Chutkan pausing proceedings pending Trump’s legal appeals.”

    I thought it would be “Contempt” for impersonating an officer of the Court. He was never confirmed, never appointed, and therefore has no legal jurisdiction (authority). It would be the same as if I sat down and took his job. I can sit in the chair, the paralegals can humor me and bring me papers and coffee, but does that make me a prosecuting attorney? I hope we would say no, and that’s the same situation he’s in. Suppose I were a Federal EPA prosecutor from Alaska, and just took a “Spirit Air” flight, sat down in his chair and pretended I was the new guy like “Catch Me if You Can”. Same thing right? A: Yes, legally that is correct. An FBI agent can’t just fly from Dallas to Portland and pretend to take cases there cause he felt like it. If you “Just make s–t up” outside procedure and paperwork, it’s not legal. It’s just LARPing.

    (BTW, “Catch Me if You Can” is a work of complete fiction, the man was a petty con artist who never did a single thing he claimed, was on Carson for, or the movie was about. I mean, of course. But that was back long before we were all suspicious. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08P3X22K5?ascsubtag=&linkCode=gs2&tag=hearstmagazin-21 The real con was he sold the rights to Spielberg 30 years ago, for a complete lie. Spielberg was the rube, then he shed that loss by making YOU the rube. If you built your worldview that “people are stupid and gullible” from 1,000 such lies, and you find out people aren’t THAT dumb and catch on to cons like Abignale more or less right away.)

    “Pressure in Congress to Determine If Bidens Got Defensive Intel Briefing (JTN)

    Excellent point, its often easier to prove the cover-up.

    “Israel Partially Withdraws From Gaza After ‘Listening’ To US – Politico (RT)

    No, you NPR reporters at RT: We are listening to THEM. Washington just said: you can genocide all you want, but keep it down. The plan is to endure this initial media shock, as they have, then take it down to a simmer that starves and kills the remaining 1.5 Million people more or less as usual. DC’s problem was Israel is a failing failure who failed, this all took too long, the fact that Israel themselves are responsible for most of the deaths, and it’s way worse on TV means Israel was unable to win anything and convert to the “Long Starve” strategy fast enough. DC wants every Gazan dead and provides the bombs, but they need it fast enough. Like Ukraine, Israel is failing in this regard, and it’s – gasp – embarrassing. Why? If your currency isn’t “Money” (Capitalism) it is “Social connections” (Party member Socialism) “Embarrassment” reduces their social capital and makes them poor and/or broke under their non-money system.

    ““..The insiders warned that the scenario of a wider conflict in the Middle East is “perilous” for Biden’s “reelection chances.”

    And that’s why. However, Who is running things? Not Blinken, he’s an idiot. Not Biden, he’s non compos mentis. Not Pelosi or Schumer it would seem. Okay, add this: WE ARE REMOVING ALL OUR CARRIERS as sitting ducks. Two I think are going home or to safety already. White Flag: we surrender. Rifle lightly used, never fired. There’s not a goatherder on earth the U.S Army won’t run away from.

    What does that mean? Sounds like Biden isn’t running things, Bibi isn’t running things, although they fantasize they are. The Pentagon and America First are running things, just like how no Abrams Tanks – aw shucks – ever made it to combat like the Leopards, burning on the Steppes (embarrassingly).

    Because the U.S. is withdrawing when Biden and Bibi are running things? When they’re all with Linsday Graham and want a larger war? Seen and the unseen. What sense would that make if we’re going in deeper? Okay: HOW would we land the troops, drop the bombs on Tehran without the Ford and Eisenhower? We’ll drop them via Amazon Prime?

    “..while the Pentagon is authorized to spend another $4.2 billion on weapons for Ukraine, the actual funds are not available and must be set aside by Congress..”

    What the what? That makes no sense. If it’s “Authorized” then it’s “set aside”. Welcome to a dissolved world of no meanings, law = no-law, yes = no, the desert hellscape of #AntiLogos. Okay, go on, explain to me how all this is perfectly legal and logical…(eyeroll).

    Speaking of Congress, though, we’re not on $1 TRILLLLLLLION /year for the deficit. There are previous bond rollovers happening, so it’s like we need $6 Trillion in the next 6 months? At 500% higher rates? Something like that – who can tell when there’s no longer accounting anywhere? So Congress “Raise the Debt Ceiling” um, yeah: to Infinity and Beyond last time. I think it’s like “Anything we feel like” is the ceiling right now because it’s TIME based and not dollar based? Did I get that right?

    Wot a coinikiydink. So…you think nothing will happen this time? Why not?

    ““…The world has growing concerns about the stability of the United States and our ability to meet our debt obligations.”

    Yes, it is rumored that all the bond sales are Powell loaning money to say, Saudi so they will buy our bonds, then buying them back from Saudi 12 hours later. That is: raw monetization, but with the requisite Anglo LIE in the middle. — Of course! They’re not going to tell you. Or rather this “Growing concerns” IS the way they tell you.

    “Were that not enough, now the Biden administration is contemplating a policy that cannot help but exacerbate de-dollarization.”

    Yes because it needs to collapse under Biden and the Democrats. You didn’t think “America First” were DNC members, did you?

    ““Pritzker, the billionaire Chicago hotel scion and former Obama administration official, was elected senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation last year, months after she had donated $100 million to the university. In her new position, she personally led the search committee that named Gay as president…”

    …If you wonder of the “March Through the Institutions” to take over the country. …Which again, I didn’t make up, this was a specific book or paper they — literal Socialists, literally card-carrying — wrote decades ago and have quoted as a good idea ever since then. Control Harvard, control the paradigm of all the lawyers in America, and the voting is irrelevant. We weren’t planning on voting anyway: you can “Vote” your way into Socialism but you have to shoot your way out. Because it’s really just Fascism, totalitarianism, of the Oligarchs, like always. But somehow even worse than here, the way we (used to) do it.

    “[..] “The point is that Russia is like every country on the planet: an oligarchy run by incompetent kleptocrats and cruel kakistocrats … The galaxy brains of the “BRICS will save us!” blogosphere play on the ignorance of the average American (or Canadian or Japanese…) about the realities of Russian politics to lure them into a hopium narrative about Putin and Xi saving the world from the very globalist policies that they are working so hard to put into place.”

    That’s a completely fair argument. They’re clearly barely better than we are, and some aspects of China might be worse. So what’s your plan?

    I look for this because their pressure is a chess piece that helps me win my plan in my area. I’m sure there are people in those nations with their own directions to steer them, just like us.

    Rembrandt: The same was true of his etchings, which can be tiny, like 4×4, 2×2. Every line is visible and you can’t hide anything, but every line is perfect, but also dynamic. I have seen them in person.

    TBOC: They can’t read at all. At least there are no competency graduations in Baltimore, Chicago, DC and almost any other (Blue) city… This is why the vote was give to landowners (of the day) because they were taxpayers with skin in the game. Same reason Federal Worker Unions were illegal: you just vote yourself candy. And like half the U.S. is too poor to pay taxes, same thing. I’m not saying that’s the solution, but that’s the principle of governance we should try to solve. How is it fair to vote yourself “Other People’s Money”? Won’t we run out of “Other People’s Money” pretty quick, and what then?

    #149799
    tboc
    Participant

    #149800
    aspnaz
    Participant

    ..but what about Hamas!.. Me too except if you’re a Jew

    Weinstein must have been a real piece of work if even the Jews abandoned him. I wonder what moral code he could have broken that the Jews would not break themselves? Maybe he was too friendly with the Goyim?

    #149801
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Waiting for RFK Gaza, let the Zionist spill his guts and explain why Palestinian babies are not worth saving by Children’s Health Defence … sick hypocrisy, my guess is the man is a pedo. Anyone too busy helping children is usually a pedo; doesn’t care about the children, has an alterior motive.

    #149802
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Former congressional candidate Gene Stilp, who’s made headlines by burning MAGA flags with swastikas outside courthouses, filed the challenge.

    How does an American end up equating Trump with Nazis? Retarded doesn’t do it, authoritarian does it, ignorant of your actions does it, completely stupid does it. Does this Gene Stilp not realise that at times like these it is best to keep your head down? Maybe this is the modern form of Darwinism, because although Gene may be forgotten for a while, it is likely to be surprised by a knock at the door, the last knock it ever hears at the door. Insane. I would only do this if my paymasters also paid for a full time security detail.

    #149803
    aspnaz
    Participant

    No election means no outlet for peoples’ frustrations. The only alternative is violence, so obviously the Jews of the Democratic party want to start a violent exchange between various factions in the USA. I certainly hope that happens, it will be full-bore entertainment for the rest of the world, watching the Americans kill each other under the guidance of the Jews, as the Jews continue to kill the Gazans.

    It looks like 2024 is going to be a show and a half, the only rule is don’t buy into anything and you will not be disappointed. Don’t worry about Trump, the Democrat Jews will assassinate him before any election, or the SCOTUS will be threatened to ensure he does not appear on any ballot.

    Democracy in America is dead, the only question is how the Jews are going to persuade the American sheep that democracy is still alive and well. We shall see, I don’t care, it is all meaningless as America has not had democracy ever, it is all a sham.

    #149804
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Disney has committed to a new Star Wars trilogy featuring – brilliantly – one of their worst characters. A mary sue with a plumber’s name – Ray.

    They’ve chosen a director who has only done a couple documentaries that have won awards for being woke. With ties to both the WEF and Hillary Clinton. Her stated desire is to inculcate self-hate in men – achieve a mental state in them in which, if they look in the mirror, they do not like what they see.

    Ma’am. Ma’am? How will you “make men uncomfortable” when they are out at the park throwing a frisbee back and forth and drinking brewskies instead of entering the movie theatre?

    She came from Pakistan to tell american men how MEN are awful?!!? Why aren’t you doing that in pakistan exactly, making men uncomfortable there? (don’t want to say…) But no gratitude to your new country? Is it kinda like how cops prefer to interact with law abiding people with jobs and addresses rather than criminals? It’s just safer telling nice respectful men that they are awful than to tell awful men?

    But anyway, it’s hilarious at this point. We’ve watched Disney assemble the most massive pile of garbage – as if they were obsessed with making a life size replica of Devil’s Tower – and set it on fire. Now they’ve piled into a 74′ Semi pulling a full tanker load of aviation fuel and are revving their engine, preparing to ram straight into their devil’s tower of burning garbage at max speed.

    Were you doomscrolling and listening to Taylor Swift through your Marketing 101 class, caught a fragment about Targeted Marketing, so now you figure you’re targeting the male demographic like a proper corporate girlboss???

    Rainbow lightsabers in the next Star Wars or I am NOT watching it. It’s TIME.

    Like, what American man hurt you, ma’am? The male doctor that gave you your diabetes diagnosis?

    “Shouldn’t we… sort of… start trying to hide the propaganda inside of the entertainment, the way we used to do?”
    “NO. I am stunning and brave.”

    Next in the news: Disney hires Andrew Tate to direct the next Sex in the City movie. Youtuber Taylor the Fiend gets a lucrative 5 year contract to oversee all Hallmark channel movies. Reboots of all movies previously featuring Susan Serandon, Meryl Streep, and Sigorney Weaver to be directed solely by men from the MAGA Red Pill Community.

    Every Amy Tan book to be made/reimagined into a movie featuring dudes doing cool shit with swords, guns, and motorcycles. Wait, that’s crazy the whole point of buying rights to a known Intellectual Property is to take advantage of the existing fan base….

    So there’s an infinite waterfall of money from somewhere to keep this going even NOW, when the accounting for Disney indicated they had maybe 300m in reserve, enough to make ONE movie? Yes, infinite money from somewhere.

    So Blackrock and Vanguard are pouring trillions into this bottomless pit? (not just Disney) But don’t they have all this money because they’re managing people’s 401k’s and pensions and IRA’s which they are “leveraging”?

    Isn’t there a Dumb & Dumber moment approaching when they open the retirement/savings briefcase and there’s just a bunch of paper scraps labeled “IOU” – that’s as good as money, sir?

    I was thinking 0% loans from the Fed but really??? It seems unimaginable at this point. Money printing though, but how, from where?!?!

    We’re already in a centrally managed economy. However much money has to be printed, it gets printed. Somehow. And it funds whatever wants funding. Rent-a-mobs, movies nobody watches, elections whatever.

    So MUCH printing that it finds its way into petty things, like niche nerd culture. (See what happened to Dr Who recently? D&D? They’re absolutely obsessed with murdering nerd culture and putting on the skinsuit – was this REALLY that valuable of a space to capture?!??)

    #149805

    I think chemtrails provide the cover necessary to hide the weaponization of space. I think new satellites are very tiny, abundant, and will be used to cut communications (or aid privileged communications).
    In war, a commonly asked question is “what news do you have…?” Deprived of news, humans grow anxious. This situation is hugely magnified by “smart” phones.
    I think the US provokes wars to see what the other guys have (and will use). I think the US doesn’t care about “winning” them. I think it smugly waits for the right moment and believes it will ace it with “surprise!” depravity. When you proclaim your failures (hypersonic missile tests), you’re not weak, you’re following Sun Tzu.
    Hubris, thy name is US.

    #149806
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “So there’s an infinite waterfall of money from somewhere to keep this going even NOW, when the accounting for Disney indicated they had maybe 300m in reserve, enough to make ONE movie? Yes, infinite money from somewhere.

    So Blackrock and Vanguard are pouring trillions into this bottomless pit? (not just Disney) But don’t they have all this money because they’re managing people’s 401k’s and pensions and IRA’s which they are “leveraging”?”

    That is what the 2008 and 2020 bailouts were for and 0% rates for 15 years. I know i’ve stated this here before, but really think about it, do customers matter if you bailout failure?

    #149807
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “We’re already in a centrally managed economy. However much money has to be printed, it gets printed. Somehow. And it funds whatever wants funding. Rent-a-mobs, movies nobody watches, elections whatever.”

    Now you’re cooking with gas boyo (before it gets outlawed) 😉

    #149808
    tboc
    Participant

    #149809
    Noirette
    Participant

    Epstein.

    I was never interested in the ‘sex’ supposed trafficking, and ‘blackmail’ potential aspects. Rich men have courts of well-paid young women hanging aroung, nothing new there…(Of course I condemn the trafficking and exploitation of underage children/teens, of vulnerable women, young men, etc. …)

    The latest ‘revelations’ of Epstein ‘contacts’ are NOT new, all of them were known well before, from Epstein’s black book, from the flight logs, from official transcripts of court cases, and more, all available on the internet for years, even from MSM articles, etc.

    As a fan of locked room mystery murders re. Epstein dying in his cell did grab my interest, I came to some conclusions, whatever. To add to that dossier, his brother, Mark, has recently spoken publically for the first time in MSM (afaik), interviewed by Tucker C.

    Jeffrey Epstein’s Brother Reveals Everything He Knows. 25 mins.

    http://tinyurl.com/4bbxj3yf

    #149810
    zerosum
    Participant

    It’s been a long time ago since I lost electricity. Lucky me, Only 4 hours.
    It was a real eye opener to realize what stopped working because of no electricity.
    For example, New, since they put in “optic cables”, The land line stopped working.
    Opps! … am I the only one without a cell phone?
    When EV must be in every house, before 2035, I expect that the breakers will jump every night from too much demand.
    ———–
    Hehehehe, “out of money”, Heheheehe, My banker doesn’t care.
    Leveraging is legal
    ———-
    Titillating stories

    alleged payment for sex with minors
    who flew to Epstein’s private island
    or even the pedophile’s New Mexico ranch
    Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse
    the FBI has Jeffrey Epstein’s blackmail files
    ——-

    #149811
    jb-hb
    Participant

    (cue the Christopher Nolan movie promo foghorn sound)

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/ca/TheJoyLuckClub.jpg

    THIS Summer! From the people who brought you 2Fast-2Furious!

    Chris Hemsworth IS Jing-Mei Woo IN Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club!!! (scene of Chris Hemsworth climbing onto a motorcycle, flexing while revving engine… giant explosion going off behind him)

    Scenes of delighted people coming out of the pre-screening

    “Man, when I saw that cgi young version of Rutger Hauer (playing Waverly Jong) holding that henchman off the ground by palming the dude’s head, deliver that awesome one-liner and then crush his skull before tossing him to the side and dropping a cigarette lighter on the trail of gasoline… the look on the final boss’s face as he realized it led to him before he blew up – that was …man, …that was #%#ing awesome”

    #149812
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Another couple verses from Ackman’s bible where the same is also the opposite.
    Hat tip Aack Man’s partner in criMedia Labs and current President of Chiba University Japan.
    Or breeders breed success.

      Bill Ackman, who played a key role in ousting the president of Harvard over plagiarism claims, is now desperately defending his wife who was just caught plagiarizing in her dissertation. The level of depravity and shamelessness of these scum knows no bounds

    It’s different and not so distant from the gift that keeps on giving. I suspect (is it Bill?) Ackman tore out a chapter, one of the 13 or 14 case studies from Hervey Cleckley’s “The Mask of Sanity” and declared (his internal dialogue) “I am going to live this case study of psychoparhy to the highest degree of fidelity!”

      Bill Ackman’s wife, academic celebrity Neri Oxman, plagiarized in her dissertation. Ackman just used plagiarism as a reason to push Claudine Gay out at Harvard.

    And now the Masked Man Aack Man is blowing it all up and tearing it all down, self-immolating really, by unnecessarily tearing off his own Mask.
    3rd rule of Fight Club Psychopathic version is never ever take down the mask of Sanity. The rubes have no other way to discern the man behind the mask and then you might have to endure their undivided unwelcomed attention.

    Obscurantists = Commentariat??

    #149813
    Dr. D
    Participant

    If only you were exaggerating…

    #149814
    Dr. D
    Participant

    I applaud Ackman. Now he’s brought down not one, but two plagiarist frauds.

    #149815
    zerosum
    Participant

    Did you hear
    Today Hizbullah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasralla has given another speech.
    On the longer than 100 kilometer front all Israeli military bases have been targeted, as well as its settlements, with a total of 670 operations.
    48 border posts have been targeted 495 times as well as 50 posts behind the borderline.
    17 settlements, where Israeli soldiers went into hiding, have also been attacked.
    Technical surveillance equipment with a cost above a $100 million has been destroyed.
    The resistance published 90 videos and photos that showed the destruction of Israeli tanks and other vehicles.
    Israeli media is silent about the resistance successes.
    The eight Israeli hospitals nearest to the border have taken in some 2,000 wounded soldiers.
    230-300,000 settlers have fled from northern Israel.
    120,000 Israeli soldiers have to stay in the north to secure the border.
    ———–

    #149816
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Joi Ito AND The Ackman still ride large, very large however. Where’s the Justice!

    You, Dr D can’t inadvertently promote sexism in Justice any more than rest of us could ever hope to distinguish between religious bigotry, religious supremacy and hyper-religiosity.
    I mean, you can and you inadvertently did.
    Maybe Claudine is transexual.
    If so, then I withdraw the charge of sexism

    #149817
    zerosum
    Participant

    Did you see?
    https://www.saba.ye/en/news3293815.htm
    Capital, Sana’a, is witnessing an unprecedented march of millions under slogan “Blood of free people… on path to victory.”
    [05/January/2024]

    #149818
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Spot the outlier:

    Claudine Gay…..president or something Harvard

    Adm. Don Arthur Navy Surgeon General

    Gen. Patty Horoho Nurse Army Surgeon General

    David Tam MD(A) Cee Eee Ohh Beebe Healthcare

    Kevin Amick, Chief HMC Cee Eee Ohh VAMC

    Neri Oxam (Ackman) Professor

    Randy Morey engineer, navy corpsman played doctor as in Dec 6, 1987 · Booked late Tuesday on suspicion of sexual battery was Randy Morey, a Long Beach resident Navy Hospital Corpsman assigned to Naval Hospital Long Beach
    Adm. Jeremy Boorda. CNO, V for valor

    Which A. one or B. all never passed the NBME or Pediatric specialty boards?

    Which A. One or B. All never engaged in a fraud or misrepresented their credentials?

    #149819
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Debate…dialogue….learning
    Marginalization

    I suppose the following settles the question for time immemorial.

      “…the Jews glommed on to this by providing the material and setting for the status seekers to perform their transgressions…”

    From: https://www.theburningplatform.com/2024/01/05/anatomy-of-a-conspiracy-theory/

    Support it,
    81% Jewish Americans vs 15% Israelis

    How can the question be settled if indeed those statistics are true?

    #149820
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    re: fog net, this was among the New Shiny in ’70s/’80s with other enviro things. Similar structure can be built rather large. Pick a nice a foggy beach, make a concrete frame 30m x 100m, line with vertical vanes of a conductive metal (aluminum, copper?) Drain into a cistern below. It’s completely passive, and will keep working until it falls apart…in a few hundred years after maintenance ends.

    Same principle feeds our SoCal coastal oak forests. They’re primarily ‘fog forest’ like the home of the guanaco in the southern hem. Live oaks collect and ‘rain’ the fog in a dispersion around the base. Too much soaked earth near the base of a live oak can kill it, and at the least encourage fungal growth.

    ————————————————————————————–

    @aspnaz
    re: “No election means no outlet for peoples’ frustrations. The only alternative is violence, ”

    I’m sure you meant to say “…One of many possible alternatives is…”, right?

    #149821
    zerosum
    Participant

    You all know what is BS in the following
    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/other/jn-1-is-canada-s-new-dominant-covid-19-subvariant-here-s-what-to-know/ar-AA1mw81o?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=3c29ccb1cd394184ba5e3513124ed8e0&ei=27

    JN.1 is Canada’s new dominant COVID-19 subvariant. Here’s what to know
    Story by Katie Dangerfield •
    ————

    #149822
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Humanity, ya gotta love it

    Reinventing itself every several thousand years like clockwork, cuckoo clockwork

    Craptastic!

    .

    #149823
    WES
    Participant

    On the Democrat and Republican sides of the Uniparty I have to wonder if there is a little bit of a struggle going on between the billionaires for who they want to be their next president.

    Obama looks like he is going to stick with Biden and Kamala since it looks like Biden will soon be repeating his alliance (you ain’t black if you don’t vote for me) as in the 2020 election.

    Republican billionaires seem to have refocused from DeSantis to Nikki as their presidential candidate.

    The irony in all of this is Obama is pushing for Kamala, a high caste Indian woman, while the Republicans are pushing for Nikki, another high caste Indian woman, as being a better replacement!

    The Uniparty is also trying to push a traitor vice presidential candidate onto Trump just like they did in 2016.

    Then of course we have the Uniparty’s Democrats trying to ban Trump and other Republican candidates from state ballots. I suspect banning Trump from as many states combined with JFK’s 3rd party run, is to ensure Trump can not get enough Electoral College votes (270) to win the presidency. This might be where Nikki comes into play, if the House elects the next President while the Senate e,eats the next vice president? Could we end up with both Nikki and Kamala?

    The only thing I am sure of is that Trump will never be allowed to become president again. Because of this, there is no way the Supreme Count will ever take up Trump being banned from state ballots. That is why more states will ban Trump.

    Everything we will see in the 2024 election drama farce, is merely theatre.

    #149824
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Absurd is taking over

    “Footage of cop cars swarming a Miami mall has sparked rumors of “8-10ft shadow aliens” being responsible for the massive police presence called to the shopping center. ”

    Hahahahahahahaa!

    The Plebs brains are pretty conditioned by now.

    We already have an ‘Alien Invasion’ on the southern border, but graduating to an ‘Alien Invasion’ in a Miami Mall is a step-in-the-right-direction…

    Hahahahahahaha!

    Chaos broke out at the Bayside Marketplace in Miami, Florida on New Year’s Day after a large group of “unruly juveniles” sparked a riot at the open-air mall.

    The United Tards of Duh’merica

    #149825
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Alien Mall Invasion OMG!

    .

    #149826
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Making fun of Duh’merica is like kicking kids in wheelchairs!

    #149827
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Headed for Complete Destruction

    Ukronaziland is looking like a Zombie Apocalypse

    The astonishing Lies of the Collective West have piled up deeper than the Ukronazi dead (500,000+)

    Instead of a national debt in dollars, the western mediawhores have accreted a national debt of Lies so stupefyingly enormous it has generated it own gravitational field similiar to a Black Hole Event Horizon.

    The Western Mediawhores have killed and gutted the Trust Horizon so thoroughly and then substituted it with the stuffed corpse masquerading is Pedo Jo-Joe Bidet.

    Mission Accomplished!

    #149828
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Clotshot Brain Damage talkin trash……

    .

    #149829
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Flu View

    Joy Behar: “I have been boosted and boosted and boosted, so I got COVID. It does not prevent you from getting COVID, but you don’t die from it.”

    Stop, yer killin me…

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1743303405656056241

    #149830
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #149831
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    Jew theatre, are you enjoying the show? As they turn your country into shit?

    #149832

    Where do I go when there’s nowhere to go?
    The exits are blocked and it’s on with the show!
    I sure didn’t want to be part of the play-
    So ham it up folks!
    I’ll just go my own way.

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