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Congress investigates Jordanians caught trying to sneak on Marine base

                                                                Cars pass under a sign at the entrance to the main gate at Quantico Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

A worrying incident earlier this month in which two Jordanian migrants were caught trying to push their way onto a Marine Corps base has members of Congress demanding answers into whether the men had terrorism ties.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green said the incident reflects a “terrifying reality” about the border, where an unprecedented number of people on the terrorism watchlist have been detected trying to sneak into the U.S. from Mexico.

“This brazen attempt shows we are in an even more dire situation than many want to admit, and that eventually, the consequences of these potential national security threats running loose in our country will come back to haunt us,” Mr. Green said in a letter obtained exclusively by The Washington Times.

In the May 3 incident, security forces at Marine Corps Base Quantico encountered a box truck as it tried to drive onto the base.



Supreme Court upholds South Carolina election map over Black voter challenge

                                                                           Sen. Dick Harpootlian, D-S.C., compares his proposed map of House districts drawn with 2020 Census data to a plan supported by Republicans on Jan. 20, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. A federal court ruled Thursday, March 28, 2024, that this year's congressional elections in South Carolina will be held under a map that it had already deemed unconstitutional and discriminatory against Black voters, with time running out ahead of voting deadlines, and the lack of a decision by the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that South Carolina’s congressional map is lawful and doesn’t violate Black voters’ rights.

The 6-3 ruling upheld a map that was challenged by voter Taiwan Scott and the South Carolina NAACP, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and allied groups.

Republican state lawmakers had asked the high court to review a ruling from a three-judge district court panel that ordered South Carolina to redraw its 2022 map for congressional districts.

A federal court had ruled after a nine-day trial that South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District had been drawn in a way to dilute Black votes. That ruling was put on hold while the litigation was pending and is used in the 2024 elections.




Many Border Patrol Agents Leaving Under Biden: 'So Bad for Morale'


Some U.S. Border Patrol agents blame President Joe Biden for the agency losing nearly a quarter of its workforce since the 2020 presidential election, the Washington Examiner reported.

The Border Patrol, which is comprised of more than 19,000 agents, lost 4,281 federal law enforcement agents who left the agency between October 2020 and April 2024. Biden won the White House in November 2020.

That number includes agents who quit, were forced to retire due to their age or number of years on the job, or who chose to retire as soon as they became eligible, the Examiner reported. Early retirements have soared under Biden.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows many more agents are choosing to leave than normal. For example, twice as many agents have chosen to retire early compared to retirement rates during the Obama and Trump administrations.



Netanyahu: Palestinian State Recognition a 'Reward for Terror'

                                                                         ICC prosecutor's move not a political risk for Netanyahu, other problems  are | Reuters

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog strongly condemned the recognition of a Palestinian state by Norway, Ireland, and Spain on Wednesday, noting that the move would be counterproductive.

In his video message, Netanyahu echoed earlier statements by Israeli officials, saying such recognition would be "a reward for terrorism."

"80% of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria support the terrible massacre of Oct. 7. This evil cannot be given a state," the prime minister said.

"This would be a terrorist state. It will try to repeat the massacre of Oct. 7 again and again; we will not consent to this. Rewarding terrorism will not bring peace, and neither will it stop us from defeating Hamas," he added.



China is actively ARMING Putin’s war in Ukraine, UK confirms for first time as Xi and Putin cement Axis of Evil alliance


CHINA is flogging arms to Russia in a major boost to Putin’s war in Ukraine, Britain's Defence Minister claimed.

He said intel reports were a “significant development” and warned: “We should be concerned.”

Shapps said it blows open China’s claim to be a handbrake on Putin’s Ukraine slaughter.

He told the London Defence Conference: "US and British defence intelligence can reveal that lethal aid is now flowing from China to Russia and into Ukraine.




Graceland saved! Mystery lender who tried to auction off Elvis Presley's Memphis home gives up legal battle after Riley Keough's court victory


The mystery lender who tried to wrest Graceland from Elvis Presley's granddaughter says he is giving up his fight after a court blocked his bid Wednesday.

Gregory Nassauny told DailyMail.com the case to gain control of the iconic Memphis mansion is too complicated as it involves three different states.

And he said he did not blame Riley Keough for the 'mismanagement' of her late mother Lisa Marie Presley.

Nassauny had bid to have Graceland auctioned off on Thursday but was thwarted in Chancery Court in Memphis by Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins. He had claimed Lisa Marie, who died in 2023, had borrowed millions of dollars in 2015.

In response to an email sent to an address on the court papers, a man purporting to be Nassauny told DailyMail.com said he was 'withdrawing all claims with prejudice.'



Biden greets Kenya’s president ahead of major military designation
                                                                  President Joe Biden and Kenya's President William Ruto review the troops with Col. David Rowland, commander of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 23. 2024. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcomed Kenyan President William Ruto and his wife, Rachel, to the White House on Thursday for a state visit focused on designating a non-NATO ally as part of the effort to resolve the crisis in Haiti.

The arrival of Mr. Ruto included all the usual White House pomp and circumstance reserved for a foreign leader’s state visit, including honor guards, marching bands and a multigun salute on the South Lawn. He is the first African leader in 16 years to make an official visit to the U.S.

Mr. Ruto’s arrival came after House Speaker Mike Johnson, Louisiana Republican, turned down a request by Democrats for Mr. Ruto to address a joint session of Congress. A spokesman for the speaker said the decision not to invite Mr. Ruto was due to “scheduling constraints.”

The spokesman said the speaker offered the Kenyan Embassy more than 90 minutes of one-on-one engagement with top leaders of both parties in the House and Senate.



Democratic Party’s progressive left tanks in Oregon as deep-blue voters inch right


Leftist Democrats suffered an electoral beatdown in their backyard of Portland, Oregon, this week, and not even megadonor George Soros could save them.

The party’s woke wing came up short Tuesday in key primary races, a sign that even voters in liberal-leaning states are having second thoughts about the social justice revolution amid rising crime, homelessness, open drug abuse and antisemitism.

How bad was it? Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, a so-called Soros DA elected with the support of the Democratic megadonor, lost by 54% to 46% to Nathan Vasquez, a veteran tough-on-crime prosecutor who was until a few years ago a registered Republican.



Supreme Court Delivers VICTORY for the ADMINISTRATIVE STATE With Surprise 7–2 Ruling

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In a surprising turn of events, the U.S. Supreme Court recently delivered a 7-2 decision that marks a significant victory for the administrative state. This ruling allows a federal agency to continue receiving its funding directly from the Federal Reserve Bank, bypassing the U.S. Treasury. The implications of this decision are profound, raising questions about government accountability and the separation of powers.

The roots of this case trace back to the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis when Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This extensive legislation, signed into law by President Barack Obama, included the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Designed to regulate consumer financial products, the CFPB was the brainchild of Senator Elizabeth Warren and was intended to serve as a check on corporate power.

Unlike other federal agencies that receive funding through the U.S. Treasury, the CFPB’s funding comes directly from the Federal Reserve Bank. This arrangement was designed to ensure the agency’s independence, making it less susceptible to political pressures from Congress. However, this unique funding mechanism has been a point of contention and the central issue in the recent Supreme Court case.



Reality blows up Biden’s EV mandate

Automakers are abandoning electric vehicles as financial losses mount

President Biden wants to decide what kind of car you can drive — despite his attempts to claim otherwise. In prepared remarks last week, he insisted he’s never going to take away your ability to choose.

“Americans — I want to make this clear, notwithstanding what the other guy is saying — can buy any kind of car they want, whether it’s gas, electric or hybrid,” Mr. Biden said from the White House Rose Garden.

Perhaps he forgot that his zealots at the Environmental Protection Agency established their “tailpipe emissions rule” rule last month. This dictate will slowly constrict the supply of gasoline-powered vehicles over the next eight years by setting standards for automobile exhaust emissions at impossibly low levels. As a result, cars and trucks with an internal-combustion engine, or ICE, won’t be able to meet the new criteria.



Hamas scores win as Ireland, Norway and Spain give nod to ‘Palestine’


The governments of Ireland, Spain and Norway announced that beginning May 28 they would recognize a Palestinian state. Israel is ticked — rightly so. Hamas is cheering the news as a win — and pressuring other countries to follow suit. And Joe Biden — well, Joe Biden is busily practicing how to pronounce British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s name while his White House staff rush to correct his 10 mistakes from his recent NAACP speech.

The fact is, the Jewish nation, overnight, has become a bit more isolated. The Jewish people, overnight, have become a bit more imperiled.

Norway’s prime minister, Jonas Gahr Store, said a state of Palestine was “a prerequisite for achieving peace in the Middle East.” But that only holds true if “peace” is defined as the destruction of Israel and the eradication of the Israelis. A two-state solution has long been seen by all, save the very politically ambitious, the very ignorant and-or the very antisemitic, as the final nail to Israel’s coffin.


Medal of Honor
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THOMAS JEROME HUDNER JR.

RANK: LIEUTENANT, J.G.
CONFLICT/ERA: KOREAN WAR

MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. NAVY
MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1950

MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION PLACE: CHOSIN RESERVOIR, KOREA
CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane, struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (j.g.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain, and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (j.g.) Hudner's exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


From the Archive....

            TO KILL OR FEED A MOCKINGBIRD
                 By Geoff Metcalf
                 July 29, 2002

            Two mutually exclusive and under reported stories have been troubling me.

               *   The apparent penchant for political operatives to leak classified information that jeopardizes national security.
               *   The generational control of information dissemination by powerful controllers.

            So we have another ‘Catch-22’.

            The complicity of the mainstream media to spin, cover, and obfuscate government abuse of power under the color of authority was not unique to the Clinton administration.  It may have been more ubiquitous, and at times even clumsy, but it was not unique.

            It has been reported that in June 1991 David Rockefeller allegedly told a Bilderberg meeting in Baden Baden German, "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years." He went on to explain: "It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."

            Some argue that quote is apocryphal urban legend.  However, although I have never been able to find three corroborating independent sources for it, it IS consistent in content and tone with other Bilderberg quotes I HAVE been able to confirm.

            “If we had been subjected to the light of publicity….” Indicates the one world, globalist, wannabe controllers were/are successful in managing the message.

            Operation ‘Mockingbird’ was a program supposedly conceived by a brilliant Machiavellian State Department official, Frank Wisner.  Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the Washington Post to manage the program.  According to Deborah Davis, author of ‘Katharine the Great’, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."

            Over twenty five major newspapers and wire services became willing house organs for the CIA media manipulation.

            Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD have been flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of  pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country.

            I know, this is the stuff of Ludlum novels conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982 did the ‘Company’ finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been case officers to field agents.

            I have too often observed, “Some people don’t like to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.”  I have also noted (and struggle to maintain) “It is not WHO is right or wrong…but WHAT is right or wrong.”

            Anyone with almost ‘any’ military experience has no doubt seen the once ubiquitous posters cautioning “Loose Lips Sink Ships”.  It is a left over phrase from WWII and among “lessons learned”.

            In the complex world of intelligence loose lips can and have cost lives.

            Once upon a time, not so long ago, Senator Patrick Leahy (currently the Senate Judiciary committee’s lead obstructionist) used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid 80s.  Leahy allegedly ‘inadvertently’ exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists.  That supposed slip of the tongue “cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.” http://www.newsmax.com/showinside.shtml?a=2001/1/31/85757

            Loose Lip Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press.   However today he lords his power over the Senate Judiciary committee.  Congress’ institutional memory must be as short as some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours.

            In our contemporary environment in which whistleblowers have become in many cases heroes it is important to make the distinctions between the appropriateness of corporate and political whistleblowers and the idiot or miscreant who leaks information with genuine national security implications.

            Currently the FBI is investigating national security leaks from specifically the House and Senate Select Intelligence committees.  This is serious stuff.

            Defenders of the indefensible will argue it is a political witch-hunt by politicians in a heavy C.Y.A. mode.  That is not true but a convenient political spin job.

            Sure it is true the white house is p.o.-ed over media reports that the National Security Agency had received but not acted on two early warning messages to 9/11.  Dick Cheney reportedly went ballistic and ripped congressional leaders.  Both House and Senate Select Intelligence committees asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation (and no doubt quietly prayed it would be botched).

            Justice said in a statement, “…the appropriate department officials will expeditiously review this matter and take any appropriate action.”  Not if congress has anything to say about it.  Don’t expect anything fast.  Remember Leahy resigned in disgrace 14 years ago and today has the chutzpah to pontificate ad nauseum to the Judiciary committee and stall any and all Bush judicial appointments.

            More on Operation Mockingbird http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/



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