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Monday September 26, 2022

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Leaker of draft opinion still unknown as Supreme Court readies for new term
                       
In this June 29, 2020, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

As the Supreme Court prepares to open its 2022 session next week, the leaker of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade has yet to be identified or punished — more than five months after the unprecedented breach.

Court watchers from both sides of the aisle say the perpetrator has changed the course of the court — and likely made trust and confidentiality issues more relevant for the institution during this coming term.

Elliot Mincberg, senior fellow at People for the American Way, said the justices will likely stress confidentiality to staff even more than they have in the past during this upcoming year.

“Clearly, there will be even more of a premium on confidentiality than there has been before — and most of them will respect that. The question will be will there be an exception as there was here,” he said.



Most Democrats Say Ditch Biden as Nominee in Post-ABC Poll

                        Joe Biden on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

A majority of US Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents want the party to replace President Joe Biden as its 2024 nominee, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Just 35% of this group prefer Biden for the nomination, while 56% say the Democratic Party should pick someone else, according to the poll, released Sunday. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 47% back former president Donald Trump for the 2024 nomination, while 46% prefer someone else.

In a head-to-head match-up, the survey found Biden and Trump essentially tied: Biden edged Trump by 2 percentage points, 48%-46%. Among registered voters, the numbers reversed to give Trump a two-point advantage.

Democrats’ preference for a candidate other than Biden at the top of the ticket in 2024 also was evident in a July survey by the New York Times and Siena College.



Jen Psaki: Democrats Know 'They Will Lose' If Midterms Are About Biden


Democrats understand "they will lose" the midterms if November's election is a referendum on President Joe Biden, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Psaki on Sunday said Republicans will be able to exploit Democrats' failures with crime and the economy, while claiming her party has an advantage when it comes to "extremism."

"Look, I think that Democrats, if the election is about who is the most extreme, as we saw, you know, [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy touch on there with [Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Greene [R-Ga.], I'll say her name, sitting over his left side, then they're going to win," Psaki said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"If it is a referendum on the president, they will lose, and they know that. They also know that crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats — I would say one of the biggest vulnerabilities."



Gavin Newsom says he is definitely not running for president in 2024 after his 'vulnerable' 2021 recall

Newsom survived a recall election in 2021 when over 60% of voters chose not to recall him.
                      

California Gov. Gavin Newsom insisted he will not run for president in 2024, in part due to his close recall election last year.

Newsom was asked if he was considering running for president in the next election during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday.

"Not happening, no, no, not at all," Newsom said. "I've said it in French, Italian. I don't know German. I mean, I cannot say it enough. But thank you. It's humbling. It is sweet. It's a nice thing to be asked. I mean it, and I never trust politicians, so I get why you keep asking."

Rumors have swirled over who could be the potential Democratic presidential nominee in the event that President Joe Biden does not seek reelection. As a leading Democrat known for his sharp criticisms of Republicans, Newsom has been considered by others as a presidential contender.



Biden suggests support for filibuster change to legalize abortion

                    
President Joe Biden challenged Democratic voters on Friday that if they elect at least two more senators in November elections, it would open the possibility of Democrats removing the filibuster and restoring federal abortion rights for women.

At a Democratic National Committee rally, Biden suggested the two extra Democrats would allow the Democratic-controlled Senate to remove a legislative roadblock known as the filibuster that requires a 60-vote majority to overcome.

Democrats hold a bare majority in the Senate now, and two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema, have opposed ending the filibuster.

Biden's remark suggests he would support a vote to end the filibuster, which can be decided by a simple majority. For any such move to be successful, Democrats need to retain control of the House and gain two seats in the Senate. Most forecasters suggest Republicans are likely to gain House control.



'Idiots:' South Korean president recorded insulting US lawmakers over global health funding

                              U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol arrive at the National Museum of Korea for the state dinner on May 21, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol was heard calling U.S. lawmakers “idiots,” saying it would be "humiliating" for President Joe Biden if they do not approve global health funding, according to multiple reports. 

Yoon and Biden met at a conference for the Global Fund in New York on Wednesday. Biden has pledged $6 billion from the United States to the organization’s efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The funding requires approval from Congress. 

“It would be so humiliating for Biden if these idiots don’t pass it in Congress,” Yoon was heard saying as he and a group left the Global Fund event, as translated by multiple outlets.

Video of the comments quickly went viral online. Some translations of Yoon’s comments use an expletive instead of the word “idiots.”



Putin has escaped to a secret palace in a forest amid anti-draft protests in Russian cities, report says

                          Russian President Vladimir Putin and his purported secret palace in Lake Valdai, Russia. Getty Images, Navalny.com

Vladimir Putin has escaped to a secret palace amid anti-draft protests in Russia, per a report.

OVD-Info said 724 people were detained across 32 different cities on Saturday.

Putin intends to stay at the palace until at least Thursday, a journalist said, citing three sources.

Russian President Vladimir Putin escaped to his secret palatial complex near Lake Valdai, halfway between Moscow and St Petersburg, amid anti-draft protests in Russia, MailOnline was first to report.


Pennsylvania pro-life activist arrested by FBI, charged with assaulting clinic escort
Prosecutors say Mark Houck twice assaulted a man outside a Planned Parenthood clinic on the same day last year


A Catholic pro-life activist was arrested Friday at his rural Pennsylvania home and charged with physically assaulting a Planned Parenthood clinic escort last year.

Mark Houck, 48, of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, is co-founder and president of The King’s Men, a Catholic ministry that aims to spiritually mentor young Catholic men.

Houck's wife, Ryan-Marie, told Catholic News Agency that a "SWAT team of about 25 came to my house with about 15 vehicles and started pounding on our door."

A spokesperson with the Philadelphia office of the FBI pushed back against the SWAT team claim, telling Fox News Digital: "There are inaccurate claims being made regarding the arrest of Mark Houck. No SWAT Team or SWAT operators were involved. FBI agents knocked on Mr. Houck's front door, identified themselves as FBI agents and asked him to exit the residence. He did so and was taken into custody without incident pursuant to an indictment."



Some D.C. teachers say they haven’t been paid yet this school year: Report


Some D.C. Public Schools teachers say they are owed back pay or have yet to be paid this school year, according to a media report.

The school system said about 30 teachers are being affected by the payment issue, but the Washington Teachers Union believes more teachers than that are impacted, according to a report from WTTG, the local Fox affiliate for D.C.

Thomas Northrup, a first grade teacher at Bruce Monroe Elementary School in the Park View area, told WTTG that his paychecks are $1,000 short.

Mr. Northrup also said he knows of two people who ran summer school and are owed $8,000 but can’t get in touch with anyone at DCPS to make it right.



Italy shifts to the right as voters reward Meloni’s party


A party with neo-fascist roots, the Brothers of Italy, won the most votes in Italy’s national elections, looking set to deliver the country’s first far-right-led government since World War II and make its leader, Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s first woman premier, near-final results showed Monday.

Italy’s lurch to the far right immediately shifted Europe’s geopolitical reality, placing a euroskeptic party in position to lead a founding member of the European Union and its third-largest economy. Right-wing leaders across Europe immediately hailed Meloni’s victory and her party’s meteoric rise as sending a historic message to Brussels.

Near-final results showed the center-right coalition netting some 44% of the parliamentary vote, with Meloni’s Brothers of Italy snatching some 26%. Her coalition partners divided up the remainder, with the anti-immigrant League of Matteo Salvini winning nearly 9% and the more moderate Forza Italia of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi taking around 8%.



Sundance Liked Her Documentary on Terrorism, Until Muslim Critics Didn’t


Meg Smaker felt exhilarated last November. After 16 months filming inside a Saudi rehabilitation center for accused terrorists, she learned that her documentary “Jihad Rehab” was invited to the 2022 Sundance Festival, one of the most prestigious showcases in the world.

Her documentary centered on four former Guantánamo detainees sent to a rehab center in Saudi Arabia who had opened their lives to her, speaking of youthful attraction to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, of torture endured, and of regrets.

Film critics warned that conservatives might bridle at these human portraits, but reviews after the festival’s screening were strong.

But attacks would come from the left, not the right. Arab and Muslim filmmakers and their white supporters accused Ms. Smaker of Islamophobia and American propaganda. Some suggested her race was disqualifying, a white woman who presumed to tell the story of Arab men.

Sundance leaders reversed themselves and apologized.



Former Border Patrol officer who left Democratic Party blasts the left's 'pure hypocrisy'

Rosa Arellano says she became Republican over media's treatment of Trump when he called for a border wall

Retired Border Patrol officer Rosa Arellano joined 'Fox & Friends First' to discuss why she left the Democratic Party and how the crisis has worsened under the Biden administration.
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A retired Border Patrol agent who left the Democratic Party explained on "Fox & Friends First" Monday that the policies of the Biden administration worsened border security compared to the Trump policies.

Retired CBP officer Rosa Arellano said former President Trump inspired her to switch parties, explaining how he listened to the concerns of border agents.


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Biden’s immigration body count mounts

The truth that maintaining power and control for a few, always means a heavy cost for the many

If the gold medalists of NIMBYism on Martha’s Vineyard have taught us anything in the last week, it’s that for them illegal immigration makes for a great conversation at a cocktail party but dealing with it is another matter entirely. For the American left, the open borders issue is a political game where people are objects to be moved on, around and off the board. That elitism is leaving a body count in its wake that is growing and certainly not discussed over lobster rolls at your favorite beach club.

People are dying every day in this country due to the administration’s immigration policies — American and illegal alike — and if President Biden is at all still self-aware, he must know that. Nearly two years into this administration the president has shown a near-total disregard for the human cost of his policies. It is a callousness that is arguably evil.

The Biden White House wants you to believe on one hand that the border is secure, and on the other that their immigration policy is humane. Basic facts demonstrate both of those assertions are a lie.



Gavin Newsom hits new low with Bible-themed abortion billboards

Buckle up: Using Scripture to prop up evil is certain to ramp up in today's culture

As the weeping and gnashing of teeth continue among abortion proponents who, by all accounts, remain in a perpetual state of indignation since the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is embarking on a bizarre act of political theater.

The progressive governor, who has what some might call an insatiable lust for advocating the availability and promotion of pregnancy termination, is placing billboards in conservative states where abortion has been restricted.

Mr. Newsom recently unveiled his billboard designs on social media, with the placards imploring women in those states to go to a California-run website to learn how to access abortion in the Golden State.


" It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
     (1899-1973) British playwright

Medal of Honor
Bill Conveys Special Honor to Last WWII Medal of Honor Recipient ...
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
GeneTrerally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.

Since then there have been:  • 3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    • Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. 

Citation

Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army.


From the Archives

We Have Met the Enemy…

       
Geoff Metcalf
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
               
--Benjamin Franklin
“The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.”
               
--Louis Freeh
In the wake of the clamor over the most recent WikiLeaks data dump, ‘Vault 7’, ‘UMBRAGE’, et al, it should be noted this is not really anything new. What we are seeing here is simply the evolution of something that goes back to the late 50s (to the incomplete best knowledge I have).

It is kinda cool to finally see even The New York Times acknowledging material I was writing about in 1998.

In April of 1998 I wrote “Privacy has become an anachronism.” I was commenting on “a massive system designed to intercept all your e-mail, fax traffic and more.” I was explaining ‘Echelon’, the illegitimate offspring of a UKUSA Treaty signed by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Its purpose was, and is, to have a vast global intelligence monster, which allegedly shares common goals. The system was so “efficient” that reportedly National Security Agency folk from Fort Meade could work from Menwith Hill in England to intercept local communications without either nation having to burden themselves with the formality of seeking approval (a court order) or disclosing the operation. And this was all pre-9/11 and pre-the anti-constitutional  'Patriot Act'.

It is illegal (without a Judge’s signed permission) for the United States to spy on its citizens … kinda. The laws have long been circumvented by a mutual pact among five nations. Under the terms of UKUSA agreement, Britain spies on Americans and America spies on British citizens, and then the two conspirators trade data. A classic technical finesse. It is legal, but the intent to evade the spirit is inescapable.

I often fictionalized the genesis of ‘Echelon’ as an informal meeting of a group of post war American and British intelligence types drinking in some remote rustic bar. An imagined CIA type complains to his MI6 buddy about the hassles of US laws preventing US intelligence from surveillance of bad guys, and the Brit echoes the same complaint.

“Hey wait a moment mate,” says Nigel, the make-believe MI6 guy, “I can spy on your guys and you can spy on our bad players…why don’t we just come up with a mechanism whereby we spy on your villains, you spy on our villains, and we just ‘share’ the intel?”

This system was called ECHELON, and has been kicking around in some form longer than most of you. The result of the UKUSA treaty signed by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand was, and is, to have a vast global intelligence monster which allegedly shares common goals.

The report noted: “Within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted by the United States National Security Agency, transferring ll target information from the Eurv opean mainland via the strategic hub of London, then by satellite to Fort Meade in Maryland via the crucial hub at Menwith Hill, in the North York moors in th UK.

“The ECHELON system forms part of the UKUSA system but unlike many of the electronic spy systems developed during the Cold War, ECHELON was designed primarily for non-military targets: governments, organizations and businesses in virtually every country.”



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