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Iranian President Raisi, the ‘Butcher of Tehran,’ found dead at helicopter crash site

                                                                   In this Aug. 29, 2023, file photo, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi places his hands on his heart as a gesture of respect as he leaves after the conclusion of a news conference in Tehran, Iran. President Raisi, the country's foreign minister and others have been found dead at the site of a helicopter crash Monday, May 20, 2024, after an hourslong search through a foggy, mountainous region of the country's northwest, state media reported. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, once seen as a leading candidate to become Tehran’s next supreme leader, was confirmed dead along with other officials Monday after their government helicopter crashed in a mountainous region in Iran’s eastern province over the weekend.

Mr. Raisi, a 63-year-old cleric and hard-liner known as the “Butcher of Tehran,” had helped oversee the mass executions of thousands in 1988 and later led the country as it enriched uranium near weapons-grade levels and launched a major drone-and-missile attack on Israel.

The Iranian military and the country’s Red Crescent Society had sent dozens of teams on foot into a remote area near the border with Azerbaijan to search for any signs of the weekend crash, and they found the remains.

Iran's President, Foreign Minister Found Dead at Helicopter Crash Site
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House GOP says Senate’s border bill is still dead

                                                                      Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., speaks with reporters to discuss his proposal of sending crucial bipartisan support to aid Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan after weeks of inaction, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker Mike Johnson and fellow Republican leaders on Monday dismissed Democrats’ plans to hold a do-over vote on President Biden‘s border bill, saying it’s “dead on arrival.”

The declaration came just hours after Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said he would hold a re-vote on the bill, which fell victim to a bipartisan filibuster in February.

House GOP leaders said Mr. Schumer is “trying to give his vulnerable members cover” with the new vote. But Mr. Johnson and fellow Republicans said the measure Mr. Schumer is pushing wouldn’t solve the chaos at the border and “would actually codify many of the disastrous Biden open border policies that created this crisis in the first place.”



ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu, Gallant

                                                                                                

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Monday will seek arrest warrants for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as for Hamas leaders.

The charges against Netanyahu and Gallant will include "causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies [and] deliberately targeting civilians in conflict," Karim Khan told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Charges against Hamas terrorist leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar, chief Ismail Haniyeh, and Al-Qassam Brigades armed wing head Mohammed Deif will include "extermination, murder, taking of hostages, rape and sexual assault in detention," he said.

In a statement published following the CNN interview, Khan's office said he had "reasonable grounds to believe" that Netanyahu and Gallant bear criminal responsibility for "war crimes and crimes against humanity" committed since Oct. 8, 2023, the day after Hamas terrorists massacred 1,200 people, mostly civilians, in the northwestern Negev.



Pope Francis says conservative critics have a ‘suicidal attitude’

                                                                             Pope Francis speaks with CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell on April 24, in an interview to be broadcast first on the network’s “60 Minutes” program Sunday evening. (CBS News/Andrew Verdugo, used with permission.)


In an interview with “60 Minutes” airing this Sunday, Pope Francis takes aim at his “conservative critics” in the United States, reportedly saying a conservative is someone who “clings to something and does not want to see beyond that.”

“It is a suicidal attitude,” the pope said as reported by “60 Minutes,” which released a brief clip of the upcoming interview conducted by CBS’ Nora O’Donnell.

“Because one thing is to take tradition into account, to consider situations from the past, but quite another is to be closed up inside a dogmatic box.”



Trump’s judges leave impact on abortion, guns, election and administrative law


Former President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees have made an impact on abortion, guns and administrative law, but legal experts say they also have written opinions that have caught the attention of the Supreme Court, often guiding oral arguments and rulings.

Conservative court watchers Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, and Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, said the Trump judges are of such a high caliber that the circuit court appointees have been able to sway the justices in some of their high-profile cases.

Mr. Levey pointed to major disputes out of the conservative-leaning 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals such as the abortion pill battle, the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and immigration cases that have come before the justices this term.



Taiwan’s new president urges China to respect island, reminds global partners of its relevance

William Lai must face Beijing, manage rowdy lawmakers, keep democracies on-side

William Lai, who was inaugurated as Taiwan’s new president Monday, urged China to respect the island’s democratic choices, while reminding the world of his country’s significance.

Mr. Lai’s January poll victory won the liberal Democratic Progressive Party its third consecutive presidency — an unprecedented achievement on the island. He replaces President Tsai Ing-wen, who served two terms.

Of Taiwan’s three major political machines, the liberal DPP maintains the strongest stance against Beijing, which insists the island belongs to China.



EcoHealth’s COVID bat-testing lab upended by feds’ spending ban


When the federal government shut down taxpayer money for EcoHealth Alliance, the company linked to the Wuhan virus lab, it may have doomed plans to start a bat research laboratory in the U.S.

EcoHealth had been working with Colorado State University on a lab in Fort Collins, north of Denver. It won millions of dollars in federal grants to create a bat colony to study zoonotic diseases. EcoHealth was tasked with procuring bats for the research.

The Health and Human Services Department threw a wrench into those plans with its announcement that EcoHealth had misbehaved so badly that it could no longer receive government money. HHS immediately suspended the company from receiving funding and said it would pursue debarment, a more persistent ban.



US judge blocks Biden-backed rule expanding gun background checks


A federal judge on Sunday blocked the Biden administration from fully implementing a new rule that would require gun dealers to obtain licenses and conduct background checks when selling firearms at gun shows and online.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo temporarily restrained the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' rule from being enforced in Republican-led Texas or against members of several gun rights groups.

"I am relieved that we were able to secure a restraining order that will prevent this illegal rule from taking effect,” Texas Attorney General Paxton, a Republican, said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Justice, which is defending the rule in court, did not respond to a request for comment.
Kacsmaryk, an appointee of Republican former President Donald Trump, issued his ruling ahead of the rule taking effect on Monday in response to a lawsuit by Texas, gun rights advocates, and three other Republican-led states.



Kamala Harris Mocked for Claiming Inflation Reduction Act Distributes 'Trillions of Dollars' on American Streets


Vice President Kamala Harris recently made headlines during her nationwide Economic Opportunity Tour.  

In Milwaukee, she claimed that the Inflation Reduction Act is "dropping trillions of dollars on the streets of America right now to build back up our roads and our bridges, our sidewalks, to invest in a clean energy economy, to deal with the climate crisis in a way that is about building up adaptation and resilience." This statement quickly attracted attention for its bold imagery.   

Journalist Tom Elliott responded to Vice President Harris’ comment with skepticism, asking, "Has there ever been a more ironic sentence?"    



Hunter Biden Reveals Why He’s Punching Back at Fox News

                                                                            
Over the last few days, Hunter Biden has lost his bid to delay his federal gun trial, tried to get his tax trial postponed, and learned that the benefactor funding his legal defense is out of cash.

But President Joe Biden’s scandal-scarred son is ready for another fight.

Three weeks ago, his attorney sent a legal letter to Fox News threatening to sue the media empire for allegedly conspiring with Trumpland operatives and pro-Russia foreign nationals to defame him, and for exploiting his image for profit.

And in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the 54-year-old blasted Rupert Murdoch’s flagship for using his infamous drug addiction to “dehumanize” him in order to take down his father.



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Harrison Butker’s badge of honor

Having a faith and confidence the left cannot comprehend

The same Democratic-aligned political ecosystem that championed cancel culture as the pandemic unfolded and today attacks Judeo-Christian values has set its sights on Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. A devout Catholic, Mr. Butker is getting blasted for speaking about his faith and some of the most pressing challenges of our time at a traditional Catholic college.

Perhaps the elitists on the left believed, in their rush to stereotype everyone, that an NFL player is supposed to be some kind of vacuous, uneducated jock, not the deeply spiritual intellect that so eloquently spoke before the Benedictine College graduates.

So shocked were the leftists that they’re calling for him to be cut from his team. What could this erudite young Super Bowl champ have said to create a firestorm that has led to him being labeled a bigot, misogynist, antisemite and hatemonger?

Mr. Butker told the commencement, “Our own nation is led by a man who publicly and proudly proclaims his Catholic faith but at the same time is delusional enough to make the sign of the cross during a pro-abortion rally.”



Biden is hard at work abolishing America

Imagine what he could do with four more years

President Barack Obama said he wanted to “fundamentally transform” America. President Biden is more ambitious. He wants to abolish America. In three years, he’s made an impressive start.

The left doesn’t want to govern. It doesn’t want to compete in the marketplace of ideas. It wants to turn this country into a “woke,” broke shell of its once great self.

We no longer have borders, even the semblance of safety in our cities, an impartial system of justice, or a military capable of defending us. The Ten Commandments have been replaced by three — diversity, equity and inclusion.


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/