“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
4 earthquakes hit NW Spain within an hour Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia was hit by four earthquakes within an hour on Thursday afternoon, said the country’s National Geographic Institute (IGN). According to the IGN, the first one happened at 14:57 p.m. local time (1357 GMT) and measured 3.7 on the Richter scale, followed by a 4.6-magnitude quake at 15:44 p.m. local time, which was felt by residents along the coast and in such cities as Pontevedra and Vigo. Then two more lighter tremors of 1.9 and 2.5 on the Richter scale took place in the following 13 minutes.
Jews ascend snowy Temple Mount for priestly blessing A group of Jews braved the frigid Jerusalem weather on Thursday morning and ascended the snow-covered Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, where they attended the Birkat Kohahim, the priestly blessing. They were accompanied by Israeli police and security officers, who have near-total discretion as to whether or not to allow Jews to enter the compound. Rabbi Shmuel Moreno praised the police for opening the site to Jews on Thursday, citing the special winter weather as a reason for the visit being particularly meaningful.
Macron’s Bid for ‘Power Europe’ Runs Into Putin’s Russia Rather than a power bloc, Europe looks more like a fractured archipelago, with some parts calling for dialogue and others sending weapons to Ukraine. Distractions abound: France is entering election season, Germany has just exited it, and both are conscious of spillover costs to energy prices — one of many crises (including refugees) that an invasion would bring, says Marie Dumoulin of the European Council on Foreign Relations. This is in many ways a nightmare scenario for Macron, the standard-bearer for a more autonomous European Union. But it’s also an opportunity to make up for past failures. As the EU’s only nuclear power and pre-eminent military power after Brexit, France can play a more productive role.
DFL to allow illegal immigrants to participate in caucuses The Minnesota DFL Party announced Wednesday that illegal immigrants and felons who haven’t completed their sentences will be allowed to participate in precinct caucuses. Party Chair Ken Martin praised the move as a “historic rule change” that reflects the party’s values. the DFL will now allow “non-voting Minnesotans” to “run to be delegates to future conventions, vote on endorsements, run for party leadership positions, and introduce resolutions to the DFL Party Platform and Action Agenda,”
UAE leading model of global human solidarity: Vatican secretary of state The Vatican said the UAE is a leading model of global human solidarity, and its humanitarian initiatives help promote peaceful coexistence, tolerance and peace around the world, … Cardinal Pietro Parolin, expressed his solidarity with the UAE following a terrorist attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia on civilian facilities in the UAE capital.
Will The UK’s Return-To-Normal Force Biden’s Hand? The question now on this side of the pond: Will Joe Biden—himself facing a political death sentence, though admittedly a few months away—learn anything from Boris Johnson? As the already relatively-weak omicron variant wheezes towards its nadir, the calls to end COVID-related restrictions—to remove the elephant that has been sitting on the congested chest of the world—have grown louder and more insistent.
Dozens killed in Tropical Storm Ana as southern Africa braces for more wild weather The death toll from a storm that struck three southern African countries has risen to 77 as emergency teams battled to repair damaged infrastructure and help tens of thousands of victims. Tropical Storm Ana made landfall in Madagascar on Monday before ploughing into Mozambique and Malawi through the week, bringing torrential rains
As world marks Holocaust remembrance day, Hitler’s vision lives on There was recently another equally significant anniversary that should never be forgotten: January 20 marked 80 years to the Wannsee Conference – when 15 German state secretaries and senior SS officials sat around a large table in a suburb of Berlin and, in 90 minutes over drinks, unanimously voted to mass murder every Jew in Europe. Rather than expressing concerns or outright opposition, the eight doctors of law and philosophy in attendance expressed enthusiasm about being included in the plan.
To infinity and beyond: Israel joins NASA-led Artemis Accords The Israel Space Agency has signed an agreement with NASA to join the Artemis Accords as part of events marking Israeli Space Week. The Artemis program aims to land astronauts on the lunar surface and eventually establish a permanent base camp on the moon as well as a space station in lunar orbit in preparation for a future manned space mission to Mars in the 2030s.
The one lesson from the Holocaust everyone is afraid to talk about when it came to actually learning lessons of the Holocaust, the message was..well…empty. There were no clear takeaways from all the carnage we were exposed to. So what are we supposed to do with this information? What can we do to ensure that an event like the Holocaust never happens again … progressive educators would often give some vague message about how we shouldn’t be racist or discriminate against anyone because of their ethnicity or skin color. in most cases, racism and discrimination don’t lead to genocide.
4 AGs Sue Google for Tracking Users Without Permission Attorneys general (AGs) from Washington, D.C. and three states on Monday sued Google, accusing the tech giant of deceiving consumers about the security of their location data in order to boost its digital advertising profits.
Biden Bans Unvaxed Truckers From US, Exacerbating Supply Chain Carnage. he Biden White House is requiring all non-U.S. citizens – including Mexican and Canadian truck drivers – to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the country via all land ports of entry and ferry terminals. The move is certain to exacerbate existing supply chain issues in the United States.
Majority of hospitalized COVID patients are fully vaccinated, report reveals United States officials are still blaming unvaccinated individuals for the rising Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalization rates. In reality, however, many hospitals around the world are finding that most COVID-positive patients are those who already received two vaccine doses, and some of them have even received booster shots.
Last year’s 5.7% growth is surely good news, but there are headwinds and warnings signs galore.
The U.S. economy showed some health in 2021, including the new report that it grew by 5.7% for the year and 6.9% in the fourth quarter. The yearly number marks the fastest growth since it was “Morning in America” and Ronald Reagan was running for reelection in 1984. That’s great news, right? Yes, but…
We don’t mean to play Debbie Downer, but our job is to provide perspective, not sugarcoating.
Naturally, Joe Biden celebrated the GDP numbers. “For the first time in 20 years, our economy grew faster than China’s,” he said. “This is no accident. My economic strategy is creating good jobs for Americans, rebuilding our manufacturing, and strengthening our supply chains here at home to help make our companies more competitive.”
His strategy has only hampered growth, and there are several key effects of his efforts that will become causes of further concern.
After the horrific year of 2020, in which government shutdowns in a vain attempt to control the coronavirus knee-capped the economy, 2021 had almost nowhere to go but up. For that, we can largely thank the policies of Donald Trump, who fueled a roaring economy for three years before COVID came, and who did what he could (i.e., pushing a quick reopening and fast-tracking the vaccines) to get things rolling again after the shutdowns. Biden inherited Trump’s growing economy.
Next, much of the economic growth in 2021 was not shared nationwide but was generally limited to GOP-led states. That provides a helpful illustration of why Democrat polices are bad, but we’re not after illustrations — we want real economic growth for our nation.
As the Wall Street Journal editorial board put it: “Imagine if the Biden Administration had focused primarily on the pandemic as it took power a year ago. Get the vaccines out, accelerate Covid therapies, and let an economy poised to soar take off on its own. No $1.9 trillion ‘relief’ bill in March, no threat of new tax increases and spending to ‘transform’ American society.” It’s not hard to believe that the economy would be far stronger.
Looking ahead, the economy faces serious headwinds in 2022 that all the “experts” say are going to slow growth to a crawl. All of us rubes in flyover country understand that too, which is why, according to the Pew Research Center, “a sizable majority of Americans (72%) say economic conditions are only fair or poor.”
Indeed. When Joe and Jane Six-Pack see high gas prices, no workers at their local restaurants, and empty store shelves, they don’t all of a sudden become giddy about great GDP numbers.
Inflation is running at a 40-year high of 7% right now. That might be temporarily padding the bottom line for many businesses, but its lasting effect is to reduce consumption (i.e., economic activity).
Those businesses can’t find workers, either. Sure, the headline unemployment rate is a stellar 3.9%, but there are something like 11 million job openings and six million unemployed people. There are roughly four million fewer people working than in February 2020. All of that is driving up the price of labor (Democrats couldn’t pass a $15 minimum wage legislatively, so they torpedoed the labor market to achieve it), which causes more inflation. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The supply chain is a wreck. Stores can’t stock shelves and manufacturers expect supplies and prices to continue being a problem. Ironically, the lion’s share of fourth-quarter growth was massive inventory purchases. That is unsustainable.
In short, Biden put his “I did that” sticker on good GDP numbers when the reality is it belongs on gas pumps and empty shelves. The American economy is resilient, and 5.7% growth last year is great news. We hope that replicates this year. But Biden and his Democrat pals are going to have to get out of the way to let that happen, and stepping aside is not something leftists do well.
The president’s promise to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court is the worst of political panders.
Now that Joe Biden has promised to ignore any and all potential Supreme Court nominees not equipped with black skin and a vagina, we thought we’d examine both the awfulness and the illegality of that decision.
First things first, though: The Democrats are desperate to paint Republicans as opposed to seeing a black woman on the Supreme Court. Indeed, CNN analyst and former Bill Clinton mouthpiece Joe Lockhart gave the game away yesterday when he said, “Ahead of the midterms, I look forward to watching every Republican senator oppose the first black woman to the Supreme Court.”
We hate to disappoint Joe and his fellow Demo race-baiters, but that’s not going to happen.
Republicans are not and never have been opposed to the presence of a well-qualified black woman on the High Court. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for “Jungle” Joe Biden, the “You Ain’t Black” Kid, the lickspittle of old Southern segregationists, the guy who in 2003 filibustered George W. Bush’s nomination of Janice Rogers Brown, an associate justice on the California Supreme Court, to serve on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
The DC Circuit is universally regarded as the nation’s second-most influential court, and it’s also the primary stepping stone for eventual elevation to the Supreme Court. Two years later, in 2005, Brown was finally confirmed to the DC Circuit, but that was just one month before Bush nominated Brown’s DC Circuit colleague, John Roberts, to the Supreme Court.
So, had Joe Biden not filibustered her original nomination, Judge Janice Rogers Brown might have become the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. And here we thought Biden was against the filibuster, that vile relic of the Jim Crow South.
In fairness to Biden, maybe he’s against it for all instances except denying well-qualified black women a spot on the federal bench. Or maybe ol’ Scranton Joe is just against black judges generally, unless he’s trying to buy votes or coax out a crucial presidential primary endorsement. After all, as pundit Benny Johnson points out, “The only black person serving on the Supreme Court today was personally attacked, defamed, and slandered by Joe Biden before he voted AGAINST him.”
On second thought, then, we can scrap the aforementioned fairness. And Biden and his fellow hypocrites can spare us the sanctimony. We wish him well in finding a nominee who is “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
We’ll say this, though: The Democrats have shown exquisite timing in kicking Justice Stephen Breyer to the curb and demanding that a black woman replace him. As columnist Josh Hammer points out:
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court finally granted a writ of certiorari in two now-consolidated affirmative action cases. … But by Wednesday afternoon, Monday’s propitious step forward toward an America no longer obsessed with race and identity politics was abruptly undermined by a severe step backward toward a race-centric polity. … President Joe Biden affirmed that he intends to fulfill his 2020 campaign promise to nominate a Black woman — not a Black man, not a Hispanic woman, but specifically a Black woman — to replace the retiring Jewish male justice.
Nor even a superbly qualified Indian American jurist, as libertarian Georgetown University law professor Ilya Shapiro somewhat inartfully pointed out before begging forgiveness.
As for conducting such a racially exclusionary federal job search, columnist Gary Bauer notes: “Ironically, it is against federal law to begin a job search by announcing that only people of a certain race will be considered and that all people of other races will be rejected. The Supreme Court itself has been clear on that matter. As Justice Lewis Powell wrote in the 1978 Bakke case, ‘Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids.’”
Of course, this racist lawlessness is an inconvenient truth that Biden and his fellow Democrats will no doubt ignore.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gets an earful from Border Patrol agents over Biden’s open border.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had a tough rendezvous with Border Patrol agents in Yuma, Arizona, on Wednesday. Mayorkas started off by trying to commiserate with Border Patrol agents by acknowledging that their job was difficult and the influx of migrants was varied and not easy to sort out. This is the understatement of the century.
In December alone, 178,840 people crossed the border illegally and were picked up by Border Patrol. The thing that Mayorkas doesn’t get, or is apathetic about, is that the reason the Border Patrol’s job got harder is a direct result of his bad policies and refusal to uphold the law. Agents brought up other issues including the “Remain in Mexico” policy, reassigning agents from patrolling the border to processing illegals, and the demonization that the media perpetrated against them with the “whipping” hoax.
The agents asked hard questions and got Mayorkas to admit some details with which the Left and its mainstream media propaganda arm have been gaslighting. A key admission from Mayorkas was, “Look, it’s worse now than it, frankly, has been in at least 20 years, if not ever.”
This from the DHS secretary who earlier this year gave himself an “A+” on the job he was (not) doing.
The most tense part of the meeting was when an agent turned his back on Mayorkas, who responded with, “Let me just say, you can turn your back on me but I’ll never turn my back on you.” The agent shot back that Mayorkas had turned his back on them first.
Mayorkas was lucky that it was only one agent who turned his back on him. The Biden administration’s border policies are horrendous. Our southern border is like a food strainer with illegals flooding in daily. The feds then fly them into the interior of the country. This proof of lawbreaking was caught on video.
Perhaps it is Mayorkas who should be impeached for not upholding his oath to protect the border and American laws in this respect. Mayorkas has stopped the building of the border wall, which has left gaps in the physical deterrent to border crossers. He has released migrants into the U.S., most of whom are single adult males. There have been several cases of these migrants breaking U.S. laws, the latest of which resulted in the death of a Houston law enforcement officer. He has failed to properly use the “Remain in Mexico” policy. His approach to border security has allowed fentanyl to flood the country, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands. His refusal to do his job has cost American lives. However, he is doing this poor job at the behest of the president, so the buck should stop with the lawless Joe Biden.
The Biden administration does seem to care about one nation’s borders: Ukraine. (Though not too much — after all, Biden won’t be too concerned it Russia takes just a “minor” bit.) White House Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer told a CNN reporter who asked him why Americans should care about the Eastern European conflict that defending Ukraine is important “because it goes to a very fundamental principle of all nations, which is that our borders should be inviolate, that our sovereignty should be respected.”
Finer is correct in his statement, but it’s obtuse and tone-deaf considering that it’s coming from an administration that doesn’t seem to care about upholding the sovereignty of its own nation.
Not only is natural immunity against COVID real, studies are finding that it’s better than immunity provided by the vaccines.
One term that has become nearly verboten with mainstream and social media over the course of the COVID pandemic is “natural immunity.” In fact, early last year, social media giant Facebook began banning many claims regarding natural immunity, justifying the blatant censorship by claiming to be preventing dangerous “misinformation.” This same attitude was widely prevalent across much of the MSM, as even raising questions regarding the efficacy of natural immunity was treated as entertaining unscientific conspiracy theories.
From Joe Biden’s White House on down, the message to all Americans is that the best and only way to respond to the virus is to get vaccinated. To add insult, the Biden administration regularly claimed that the reason the COVID variants were arising was due to unvaccinated Neanderthals.
“This is a continuing pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Biden infamously asserted in September (and many times since). “Too many have not gotten vaccinated, and it’s creating a lot of unease in our economy and around our kitchen tables.” Days later, Biden would announce his unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandate targeting American workers. Less than a month prior, the Food and Drug Administration had conveniently green-lighted Pfizer’s vaccine — in record time.
Meanwhile, as the Delta variant spread across the country, the only message from the Biden administration was to get vaccinated, get boosted, and wear a mask. That became the only permitted COVID messaging allowed, and it was used repeatedly to justify Biden’s various vaccine mandates. When people were losing their jobs for refusing to adhere to Biden’s diktat, the MSM mantra was, Well, they could keep their jobs if they just do the right thing and get vaccinated.
Over a month after Biden announced his mandate, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration came out with the new rule, and it was the typical authoritarian-style, top-down, one-size-fits-all “solution” devised by bureaucrats that always creates more problems than it solves. For example, OSHA glaringly refused to recognize the biological reality of natural immunity.
The unvaccinated, even if they had already had COVID and fully recovered, were considered to have no immunity. All those millions of Americans who may have contracted the virus and recovered, especially healthcare workers who had been on the frontlines dealing with COVID months before a vaccine was developed, were now treated as part of the problem if they refused the vaccine. New York State served as an amazing example of this science-defying dogma, as healthcare workers who refused the COVID vaccine were fired when just months prior these same workers had been hailed as heroes. It clearly had nothing to do with “following the science,” but was instead all about securing newly acquired power.
Only now, after Biden’s vaccine mandate has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, does the CDC finally admit and publish a study (which is merely one of many) that has concluded what everyone already knew was the case — natural immunity for COVID is real. But not only is it real, it is in fact better than immunity gained from the vaccines.
Neither, it is important to note, confer 100% protection from future infection.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor Dr. Marty Makary conducted a study on COVID immunity and found “that among 295 unvaccinated people who previously had Covid, antibodies were present in 99% of them up to nearly two years after infection.” He continued: “We also found that natural immunity developed from prior variants reduced the risk of infection with the Omicron variant. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of the two-dose Moderna vaccine against infection (not severe disease) declines to 61% against Delta and 16% against Omicron at six months, according to a recent Kaiser Southern California study. In general, Pfizer’s Covid vaccines have been less effective than Moderna’s.”
On top of this, researchers in Israel, a nation with one of the highest COVID vaccination rates in the world, “found that natural immunity was 27 times as effective as vaccinated immunity in preventing symptomatic illness.”
The science seems clear: Natural immunity is real and at least as good as the vaccines at preventing serious infection from COVID variants. This means that the demand for universal vaccination in order to “stop the spread” is a false “choice.” Given this reality, why the continued universal vaccination demand as the only legitimate solution to fighting COVID?
The answer lies in politics and power. If the majority of Americans embrace the scientific reality that natural immunity is real and superior to the novel vaccines, they may choose not to get the vaccine, especially if they’ve already had the virus. Making the COVID vaccine the “only” solution keeps people dependent on the government as the solution to the pandemic. People not relying on government means politicians and bureaucrats have less power. Hence the narrative that only the vaccines will save us from COVID.
Whether curriculum or COVID, colleges and universities continue to lurch further and further away from their original mission.
Thirty-five years ago, University of Chicago professor Allan Bloom published a highly controversial book called The Closing of the American Mind. He could’ve written it yesterday, so lasting are its lessons. The book’s subtitle says it all: How higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today’s students.
Bloom, a closeted homosexual who died most likely of AIDS in 1992, was what we then would’ve called a liberal, and what we today would’ve called a classical liberal, or perhaps even a conservative. He believed in free speech, in discourse, in the great books, in higher education. He was troubled by the campus riots of the late 1960s, and he was inspired to write Closing, which stunningly rose to number one on The New York Times Best Sellers list, because of what he saw as the modern university’s failure to serve the needs of students. He wrote chapters about the self, about relationships, about creativity and culture, and he wrote regretfully of the new “meaninglessness of values.” He wrote disparagingly about Marx and of what he magnificently called “the Nietzscheanization of the Left.”
His book invited torrents of criticism from a wide range of critics, but it also connected with millions of people. And it still does. One wonders whether, were he alive today, he’d view his book as a success or a failure, given what he’d see on today’s college campuses: the runaway costs, the bizarre courses, the nihilism, the intolerance, the COVID paranoia and statism.
Take, for example, this observation from Evita Duffy, a student at Bloom’s own University of Chicago: “‘Marxism, Anarchism, and the Black Radical Tradition,’ ‘Witchcraft and the Cultural Imagination,’ ‘Trans-bodies in Horror Cinema,’ ‘The Problem of Whiteness,’ and ‘Transnational Queer Politics and Practices’ are not course titles invented by ‘The Babylon Bee’ to mock the state of America’s universities. Rather, they are real classes I came across this year while scrolling through the course listings for the University of Chicago’s winter quarter.”
And this is what we find at one of our nation’s most prestigious universities. No wonder parents and students are beginning to wonder whether college is worth it. As for the illiberal environment of the modern campus, Duffy writes:
A more recent 2021 study done by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found that 66 percent of students said they supported shouting down speakers. Shockingly, 23 percent of student respondents support using violence to stop a speaker. Both numbers have spiked since 2020.
By indoctrinating and coddling young people, American universities are breeding intolerance. We are already seeing the effects of this indoctrination. Young leftists have disavowed our founding documents and fathers, and they censor, fire, harass, and publicly slander anyone who dares think differently from them.
Beyond the academic shortcomings of today’s colleges and universities is another deeply troubling development: the veritable police state brought about by COVID-19. As Yale alum and political analyst Aaron Sibarium writes:
In October 2020, nine Yale professors signed an open letter decrying the “inhumane” treatment of college students during the pandemic. “Across the country, students have been blamed, snitched on, policed, sanctioned, suspended and dismissed for violations of COVID-related guidelines, including minor infractions,” the letter read. “Students who fear harsh disciplinary action will become expert at hiding their activities, exposures and symptoms, contributing to the breakdown of contact tracing efforts and potentially increasing the risk of ongoing transmission.”
Interestingly, one of the 111 signatories of that letter — which also warned that students’ “mental health may be heavily impacted by the loss of positive social connections” — was none other than Rochelle Walensky, who now runs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even beyond the social costs of the COVID crackdowns, we’re not so sure there’s much risk in the “ongoing transmission” at our nation’s colleges and universities. After all, members of this age cohort are more likely to die in an automobile accident than of the coronavirus. But taken together with the lack of educational return on investment, with what professor Bloom lamented about the failure of colleges to do what they were originally intended to do, it’s becoming harder and harder to justify the time, the expense, and especially the forbearance required to obtain a college education.
The College Board is testing the limits of standardized testing with politically driven changes.
Brian Mark Weber
Over the years, there’s been a push among educators, administrators, and even some parents to stop “teaching to the test” in America’s schools. Certainly, there’s a case to be made that rote memorization isn’t always the best way to assess knowledge, but there’s also a case that tests have their place.
Tests such as the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test, later changed to Scholastic Assessment Test) and ACT (American College Test) were still widely accepted as an imperfect but vital way to determine whether students were prepared for the college classroom other than looking at their high school transcripts.
Then COVID-19 hit and caused widespread cancellations across the country.
“Many students never made it through the test-center door; the pandemic left much of the high school class of 2021 without an SAT or ACT score to submit,” Smithsonian Magazine reports. “Facing test access challenges and changing application requirements, about half did not submit scores with their applications, according to Robert Schaeffer, executive director of the nonprofit National Center for Fair & Open Testing in Boston.”
Smithsonian adds, “This didn’t bar them from applying to the nation’s most selective colleges as it would have in any other year: Starting in spring 2020, in a trickle that became a deluge, the nation’s most selective colleges and universities responded to the situation by dropping the standardized test score requirement for applicants.”
How many colleges and universities have dropped the standardized tests?
According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, nearly 80% of bachelor’s degree-granting institutions are not requiring test scores from students applying for Fall 2022. Some schools, including UCLA and Catholic University, now omit scores if they’re submitted.
But COVID isn’t the only reason for the movement away from the SAT and ACT.
None other than Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racist, claims that “standardized tests have become the most effective racist weapon ever devised to objectively degrade Black and Brown minds and legally exclude their bodies from prestigious schools.”
Predictably, schools listened.
“In response to charges such as Kendi’s,” Blaze Media reports, “the American university system has not only been disregarding standardized test scores of prospective students but has begun to actively discriminate against demographics of students who routinely perform well on them.”
It all makes sense now. The movement to dismantle the college admissions testing system only needed a crisis. COVID provided administrators with that opportunity.
And that’s too bad for many black and brown students who took advantage of standardized tests to emerge from poor schools and prove they were ready for a rigorous college education. According to Fox News: “In the class of 2020, nearly 1.7 million U.S. students had SAT scores that confirmed or exceeded their high school GPA. That means their SAT scores were a point of strength on their college applications, according to College Board. Among those students, more than 300,000 were from small towns and rural communities; 600,000 were first-generation college goers; and 700,000 were Black or Latino.”
For now, companies like The College Board aren’t willing to surrender to the anti-test movement, but they are making the SAT shorter and easier.
That’s not enough for the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, which stated, “Shifting an unnecessary, biased, coachable, and poorly predictive multiple-choice exam that few schools currently require from pencil-and-paper delivery to an electronic format does not magically transform it into a more accurate, fairer or valid tool for assessing college readiness.”
One of the most interesting parts of the debate over standardized tests is there’s virtually no debate at all. And that’s the problem. Anti-test organizations used a pandemic to push through their agenda (where have we heard that before?), and the race-baiters approached it with their usual lack of tact, all without considering the negative consequences. Maybe some standardized tests do need to be changed, but we ought to have a discussion instead of playing politics with the education of our children.
Justice Breyer finally finds the Constitution: The nearly unbelievable happened yesterday as Justice Stephen Breyer announced his coming retirement at the end of the Court’s current term. Standing at the podium, Breyer reached into his jacket pocket and produced an item he had evidently lost for the duration of his judicial career — a pocket Constitution. He praised the “American experiment” as “a kind of miracle” because “the people that have come to accept this Constitution … come to accept the importance of the rule of law.” It’s too bad that Breyer failed to accept it. He was more often guided in his decisions by the concerns of leftist political activism than by fidelity to the Constitution.
Biden pays the Chinese COVID arsonist: The Biden administration decided to award a $1.3 billion contract for the manufacture of COVID testing kits to a Chinese company. That’s right — U.S. taxpayers will be paying China, the source of the coronavirus, for the millions of COVID test kits Joe Biden promised Americans months ago. As Republican Representative Michael Waltz (FL) pointedly observed, Biden is “paying the arsonist for helping [to] put out the fire.” He further noted, “When dealing with any Chinese company, all funds inevitably fill the coffers of the Chinese Communist Party and that hurts our national security.” Then again, a whole lot of Chinese money managed to find its way into Biden bank accounts…
“Defund the Police” proponent Cori Bush blames “gun violence” after attack: Democrat Representative and “Squad” member Cori Bush claimed that her car was shot at over the weekend while she was campaigning in St. Louis. Bush took the opportunity to blame guns, stating that “any act of gun violence shakes your soul,” adding, “our movement is working to invest in our communities, eradicate the root causes of gun violence, and keep everyone safe.” One wonders how Bush plans to accomplish this as she is a leading proponent of defunding the police. Speaking of Bush’s anti-police activism, it is contributing to the rising number of deadly attacks against law enforcement officers. Over just the last 48 hours across the nation, six LEOs have been shot. It’s not guns doing this, it’s criminals who are being emboldened and encouraged by a leftist narrative that vilifies law enforcement as racist.
“Transgender” school boy rapist removed from sex offender registry: The “transgender” boy who was found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls in two different Loudoun County, Virginia, schools has had his name pulled from the sex offender registry. Loudoun County Judge Pamela Brooks ruled that the now 15-year-old boy’s inclusion on a sex offender registry for life was “an error” that the court needed to correct. His attorney argued that his client was the victim of “a national media outcry.” Needless to say, the parents of the boy’s victims were none too pleased, warning that the court was paving the way for more victims. Virginia’s new Republican district attorney has vowed to look into the case. A similar yet even greater example of court malfeasance comes from California, where a 26-year-old child molester, James Tubbs, was given just a two-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to molesting a 10-year-old girl eight years ago when he was two weeks shy of turning 18. To make matters worse, Tubbs’s recent claim of identifying as a woman got him placed in a juvenile facility where he will be housed with females. So, a man guilty of molesting girls will be confined in a facility with juvenile females. Utterly outrageous.
Key Fed inflation gauge (core personal consumption expenditures price index) rises 4.9% from a year ago, fastest gain since 1983 (CNBC)
Housing market gained almost $10 trillion during pandemic (Bloomberg)
Global spending on self-defeating energy transition nears $1 trillion (Axios)
Two-tiered justice: Prosecutors win light sentence for man who set deadly fire during George Floyd riots (Washington Examiner)
“Of all the tyrannies on human kind the worst is that which persecutes the mind.” —John Dryden (1631-1700)
“[Democrats] are trying to use [Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement] to distract from what is their failed agenda. The American people are all concerned with inflation and crime and COVID and CRT and the wokeness and the lockdowns and the mandates and Russia and Ukraine. And now they are trying to do this. They do think it will gin up their base, but it also is going to galvanize conservatives going into the election, especially if Joe Biden does what he has been doing for the district and circuit judges, which is to nominate people that are far to the left, they are outside of the American mainstream.” —Senator Marsha Blackburn
“By saying he is only picking a black woman, Joe Biden is excluding 94% of all Americans for the job of Supreme Court justice. It’s the very definition of racism and sexism, choosing someone not based on their actual qualifications but on their cosmetic diversity instead.” —Clay Travis
“Ironically, it is against federal law to begin a job search by announcing that only people of a certain race will be considered and that all people of other races will be rejected. The Supreme Court itself has been clear on that matter. As Justice Lewis Powell wrote in the 1978 Bakke case, ‘Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids.’” —Gary Bauer
“On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court finally granted a writ of certiorari in two now-consolidated affirmative action cases. … But by Wednesday afternoon, Monday’s propitious step forward toward an America no longer obsessed with race and identity politics was abruptly undermined by a severe step backward toward a race-centric polity. … President Joe Biden affirmed that he intends to fulfill his 2020 campaign promise to nominate a Black woman — not a Black man, not a Hispanic woman, but specifically a Black woman — to replace the retiring Jewish male justice. … The juxtaposition of the Court’s colorblind certiorari grant on Monday and Biden’s color (and sex)-centric announcement on Wednesday is nothing if not ironic.” —Josh Hammer
“Hate to break it to you but the only black person serving on the Supreme Court today was personally attacked, defamed and slandered by Joe Biden before he voted AGAINST him.” —Benny Johnson
“Joe Biden will nominate a black woman for the Supreme Court because he said he would select someone based on race and sex, and then we will be told that noting that this is definitionally affirmative action and race discrimination is itself racist. Also, there’s a reason Democrats never miss with their SCOTUS picks: they overtly choose wild Leftists. That’s the only real qualification. They wouldn’t care whether Biden nominated an HLS grad who clerked for Breyer or Cardi B, so long as that person voted reliably Left.” —Ben Shapiro
SCOTUS Demagoguery/Race Bait
Racist litmus test: “While I’ve been studying candidates’ backgrounds and writings, I’ve made no decision except one: [The] person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity. And that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.” —Joe Biden
Projection: “What I’m looking for is a justice who can be fair and impartial and who does not have an ideological axe to grind, which is what we saw — as far as I’m concerned — in President Trump’s nominees, including to the Supreme Court.” —Senate Judiciary Committee member Mazie Hirono
“You could make the case that somebody like Amy Coney Barrett was put in there because she’s a white woman who they say, ‘Well, she’ll go against abortion rights.’ … [Republicans] put [Clarence Thomas] in there thinking, ‘Oh, a black man will go against voting rights,’ which is what he does.” —”The View’s” Joy Behar
“The Supreme Court is like this dictatorial branch of the government. … I always feel like that particular branch of government is so anti-democracy. The fact that there are no term limits. The fact that you can put your people on because they agree with you, and then they’re there forever, influencing maybe three or four generations of Americans. To call that a democratic institution seems an oxymoron.” —Joy Behar
“Ahead of the midterms, I look forward to watching every Republican Senator oppose the first black woman to the Supreme Court.” —CNN analyst Joe Lockhart
“I don’t know this for a fact, but I am pretty sure that Joe Biden will not nominate somebody who has been credibly accused of trying to rape somebody when they were in high school. I am pretty sure, I don’t know this for a fact, that Joe Biden will not nominate somebody who has been accused of perjury in front of Congress over a previous confirmation hearing.” —The Nation legal correspondent Elie Mystal
Non Compos Mentis Awards
“Build Back Better is paid for. Entirely.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
“I seem to remember Glenn Youngkin campaigning, in a fleece vest, in Virginia. He was running as a different kind of Republican. I was told there was going to be a vest, not a Soviet-style police state across the Potomac from Washington.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta
“Because it goes to a very fundamental principle of all nations, which is that our borders should be inviolate, that our sovereignty should be respected.” —White House Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer when asked, “Why should Americans care about what’s happening [at the U.S. southern border] in Ukraine?”
“Joe Biden should threaten to resign as president unless Joe Rogan is removed from Spotify.” —Frank J. Fleming
Although it didn’t get much media attention, as it turns out, Sunday’s anti-mandate protest in Washington, D.C., carried some celebrity power.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” star Evangeline Lilly — a model whose acting career took off when she appeared in the beloved TV series “Lost” — attended the “Defeat the Mandates” rally in the nation’s capital and shared about it on her personal Instagram account Thursday.
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“I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will … under any threat whatsoever,” she wrote to her more than two million followers. “This is not the way.”
She went on to assert such strong-arm tactics are “not safe” and “not healthy.”
“This is not love,” the Canadian celebrity continued. “I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems.”
The actor, who portrays superhero Hope van Dyne (or The Wasp) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, also said she supports the so-called “Freedom Convoy,” a massive caravan of truckers traveling to Ottawa to voice their opposition to Canadian vaccination edicts put in place by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has condemned the demonstrators as “fringe” for holding “unacceptable views” about government overreach.
“I was in DC this weekend to support bodily sovereignty while Canadian truckers were rallying for their cross-country, peaceful convoy in support of the same thing,” wrote Lilly. “I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will, under threat of: violent attack, arrest or detention without trial, loss of employment, homelessness, starvation, loss of education, alienation from loved ones, excommunication from society … under any threat whatsoever.”
She concluded her post by stating she “was pro-choice before COVID” and remains so now.
This is not the first time Lilly has spoken out about the state of our society in the age of COVID-19. In March 2020, when government restrictions were first enacted, she took to Instagram Live to discuss valuing “freedom” above perceived safety.
At the time, she revealed she was taking her children to a gymnastics camp, noting they were mindful of the pandemic — frequently washing their hands — but not living in isolation.
“I have two young kids,” she said, InStyle reported. “Some people value their lives over freedom. Some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.”
As one might expect, the backlash against Lilly has been swift.
Film reviewer Pramit Chatterjee urged the MCU to “immediately” recast Lilly’s character.
“There are much more talented (and sane) actors out there who can take up their spot [and] make the set a safe space,” he wrote, condemning “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, too, over her reported skepticism of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Another social media user commented: “We can’t have any good women scientist heroes in the MCU.”
“Evangeline Lilly is in Marvel films and apparently she would rather be stuck in a production of Steel Magnolias at the Waco Playhouse with Kristy Swanson and Gina Carano,” added Crooked Media’s Louis Virtel.
There have been plenty, though, who have come to Lilly’s defense:
Did Evangeline Lilly say anything about the vaccine itself or did she only oppose the mandate, because if it's the latter, the discourse surrounding this is not only stupid by normal standards but also by the standards of the stupid ppl engaging in it.
It’s worth noting Lilly — known for her role in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — was reportedly raised by devoutly Christian parents. In fact, as a teenager, she went on a three-week mission trip to the Philippines.
In 2013, she told ABS-CBN News (not affiliated with this CBN News) that she lived in Palawan for nearly a month, describing the trip as “a wonderful experience.”
“Palawan, particularly, was so beautiful and remote and untouched,” she said. “The tribal people that we stayed with were so incredibly generous and hospitable and kind.”
Lilly’s dad was a grocery store produce manager and her mom ran a daycare center out of their family home. Her parents were Mennonite and Baptist, according to Rolling Stone, and Lilly even taught Sunday school for nearly a decade before briefly working as a flight attendant.
Exaggerated rhetoric, massive arms shipments, and endless threats – this is how NATO presents its vision of pan-European security. Meanwhile, Moscow waits for the U.S. and its allies to respond to its demands and vision for the same.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) believes what’s happening on a growing number of college campuses regarding their COVID-19 protocols is over the top. “For supposedly smart people, they’re acting in a very unscientific and stupid fashion,” Paul told CBN News.
SUPREME COURT SHORTLIST. WHITTLING DOWN THE REPLACEMENT POSSIBILITIES AFTER JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER’S RETIREMENT. AND ON THIS INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: A WARNING FROM THE PAST OVER THE DANGERS OF ANTI-SEMITISM TODAY.
Thomas Feeley discusses the White House response to migrants entering the U.S. #FoxNews … THOMAS FEELEY: Me and my good friend Tom Homan have pretty much been saying this since this last August. You know whenever your country is doing something in the middle of the night it’s never a good thing.
BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES IS USHERING IN A POWERFUL WINTER STORM THIS WEEKEND FOR THE EASTERN SEABOARD. PRESIDENT BIDEN SPOKE TO UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT ZELENSKIY ASSURRING READINESS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES SHOULD RUSSIAN INVADE.
The pandemic, coupled with the government’s response to it, has thrown the world into a whirlwind of uncertainties, inefficiencies, and complete stoppages.
As this article is being written, thousands of containers sit on ships off the California coast waiting to be unloaded. Prices of everything have gone through the ceiling and there are very few signs that anything is improving. Instead of providing meaningful solutions, the government is telling citizens to start rationing.
If you’re hitting the grocery store to prepare for winter weather, please just buy what you need and leave some for others!
You may have noticed empty shelves in some stores due to national supply chain issues, but there is no need to buy more than you normally would. pic.twitter.com/RcCNNa4Zj4
— DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management (@DC_HSEMA) January 15, 2022
Thanks to misguided policies such as paying people not to work, regulatory hurdles to industry amid new covid restrictions, and government and Federal Reserve manipulation in the market, we have a historic labor shortage, record inflation, and widespread shortages.
Since the passage of the Jones Act in 1920, which was sold to the public as a means of bolstering the US maritime industry, but has been doing the exact opposite for a century, the perfect storm has been brewing for a long time.
Instead of seeing the writing on the wall and realizing that their burdensome regulatory measures have wreaked havoc on the American economy, bureaucrats have doubled-down.
Thanks to the Jones Act driving up the cost of using ships to move products, the US and our neighbors to the north and south have become more dependent on the trucking industry. And now — in what could be interpreted as a purposeful attack to make the supply chain problem worse — the US is going after truckers.
Writing in the Washington Post one week before Christmas, three retired Army generals further developed the open conspiracy against a free and fair election in 2024. The three stooges charted new waters of hyperbole and hysteria, warning of an impending civil war in the United States requiring, conveniently, “decisive action” from the military to stop a “Trumpian loser.” The fix for this grave danger? Naturally, a major purge of the military, and the imprisonment of senior Republican leaders:
(Revolver) In 2020, despite unprecedented efforts to rig the outcome with delayed vaccine trials, suppression of the Hunter Biden story, rewritten election rules, and ballot harvesting, Joe Biden eked out a “win” by the smallest of margins. Now, one year into his administration, the old man is gruesomely unpopular….
’70s-style inflation is back, dozens of cities are setting murder records, the Afghan War ended in profound national humiliation, and Biden’s signature legislative initiative is Build Back Deader. Endless Covid panic, critical race theory in schools, and the urban crime explosion may finally break apart the Democratic coalition of the fringes that focuses all of America’s hatred onto a dwindling population of white middle class kulaks.
All the while, Donald Trump and the movement he created wait in the wings, chomping at the bit.
The American regime is terrified. They moved heaven and earth to derail Trump’s term in office and turn him out after four years. Now the ruling class faces the very real prospect that, if the 2024 election is remotely fair, he will be swept back into the White House, more powerful than ever before… View article →
WASHINGTON, D.C.—AFT President Randi Weingarten spoke out today to clarify that the teachers union official “pro-choice” stance only applies to killing babies, not to parents being able to decide where their children attend school.
The controversy stemmed from a poorly-worded email intended to bolster support for abortion rights among the union’s Democrat base. The email stated, “The right to choose for oneself is a fundamental right of American citizens.” Some union members grew concerned, thinking the choice being referenced was the right of parents to select what school their children attend.
The union issued a swift apology this morning. “To be clear, we were only talking about a woman’s right to choose to kill her unborn child,” Weingarten said. “Once a child is born, we firmly believe that no parent, man or woman, has any right whatsoever to decide where a child attends school.”
Weingarten went on to note that, “in fact, other than abortion and selecting your own gender identity, we can’t think of any other instance where we actually support individual choice. We proudly support mandatory vaccinations, forced masking, and burning down the neighborhoods of anyone who disagrees with us politically.”
At press time, the union was drafting a second apology email for using the phrase “man or woman” in their initial apology. “Rest assured, the American Federation of Teachers strongly supports all 32 unique gender identities,” they noted in a subsequent email. “We apologize for the insensitivity of our previous apology.”
In this interview, return guest Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at MIT for over five decades, discusses her latest paper, “Innate Immune Suppression by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccinations. The Role of G-quadruplexes, Exosomes and MicroRNAs,” co-written with Dr. Peter McCullough, along with two other authors, Dr. Greg Nigh and Dr. Anthony Kyriakopoulos.
• In an as-yet unpublished paper, Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., describes a mechanism of the COVID shots that results in the suppression of your innate immune system. It does this by inhibiting the type-1 interferon pathway
• The COVID jab can cause neurons in your brain to produce toxic spike protein, or take up circulating spike protein, and the neurons try to eliminate the spike protein by transmitting them through exosomes. The exosomes are picked up by microglia, immune cells in your brain, which activate an inflammatory response, which can contribute to a degenerative brain disorders
• Two microRNAs, miR-148a and miR-590, are central in this process. These microRNAs — exuded in the exosomes along with the spike protein — significantly disrupt the type-1 interferon response in any cell, including immune cells
• On average, there are twice as many reports of cancer following the COVID shots compared to all other vaccines combined over the last 31 years
• The fact that the signal is that strong is even more remarkable when you consider that most people don’t think the COVID shot could be a variable in their cancer emergence, so they never report it
Goldie Hawn warned that the national trauma inflicted on children by the COVID-19 pandemic is approaching and “could very well surpass” the dread brought on by the 9/11 terror attacks and the Cold War. In an op-ed for USA Today , Hawn described how she saw her “entire world get ripped apart” by the threat of all-out nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1956 when she was in the fifth grade.
Fox News Contributor Miranda Devine discusses DHS flying illegal migrants to different parts of the U.S. in the middle of the night and who Biden’s potential pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: “Last October we went and staked out Westchester airport after a tipoff that these planes were coming in, and we saw three of them come in. We followed the buses, we saw that they were disgorging these illegal migrants at one point into a rest stop in New Jersey to be picked up by supposedly family or so-called sponsors. There didn’t seem to be any vetting of these people. I mean, it just looks like a deliberate scam to get as many people away from the southern border as quickly as possible by the federal government so that the optics down there don’t look terrible. And they are flying them all over the country, as you said, whether it be California, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey. There are flights going every single day, charter flights, and it is costing, you know, tens of millions, probably hundreds of millions of dollars. And last year we had 2 million illegal aliens. You know, if they — if it doesn’t accelerate, which it probably will since people from all over the world are now descending on the southern border, if it doesn’t accelerate, you’re talking about 8 million by the time Joe Biden is done. That’s another New York City or, you know, four Chicagos. This is an invasion. And no wonder that New York city has just recently — well, New York has decided to allow noncitizens to vote in their mayoral and local elections.”
Over the last century, Americans willingly (and unwillingly) traded in the “American Dream” and freedom for a corporatist system of “rule by experts” and obedience. It was a very bad trade for the people, and a very good trade for the so-called “experts.” Benjamin Franklin said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” He was right.