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Why the French chose the 'radical far right' over Macron's establishment

France's President Emmanuel Macron
© Ludovic MARIN / AFPFrance's President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the press at the end of the European Council Summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 28, 2024.
The overconfident president got what was coming when his party suffered a massive defeat in the first round of the national election.

French President Emmanuel Macron figured that he would toss a grenade at the anti-establishment right that beat his team in the European parliamentary elections last month, as Le Monde reported. He apparently figured that even though French voters favored Marine Le Pen's National Rally party to keep Brussels' Eurocrats in check, surely they would still find the so-called "far-right" too scary up-close in a national election.

So Macron triggered what might go down as one of the dumbest unforced errors in political history.

Even though an Ipsos survey taken in May indicated that 39% of the French viewed their vote at the EU level solely through the prism of a burning desire to spank Macron, he dissolved parliament and dared them to do it again. Maybe he just really likes spankings? Or else this is one guy who should probably steer clear of the betting tables in Las Vegas. Because the French just grabbed a hold of his grenade with both hands and used it to blow his beret right off his toupee.

Team Macron didn't even come in second this time, in the first of two rounds of voting. It came in third, with a projected 20%, behind both anti-establishment parties. The big winner, yet again, was Le Pen's anti-establishment right National Rally party with about 33%, and the anti-establishment left New Popular Front coalition placed second at an estimated 28%.

Not only did the much vilified "far-right" anti-establishment just win this round of voting, but there's now even talk of them potentially securing between 260 to 310 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly — which could meet the 289 seats required for a majority government, according to an Elabe polling analysis.

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Bad Guys

Policies for 'nonbinary service members,' critical race theory are Pentagon 'priority,' senior defense official claims

Kathleene Hicks
© REUTERSDeputy Secretary of Defense Kathleene Hicks discussed the need to create a cultural change in the military at multiple Pride events
The Pentagon's second-highest-ranking official outlined a commitment to policies focused on "nonbinary service members" and critical race theory training at a Pride event earlier this month.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleene Hicks discussed the need to create a cultural change in the military at multiple Pride events, including most recently on June 5.

During a DoD Pride event for the Association of LGBTQI+ Service Members in June, Hicks discussed the Pentagon's LGBTQ priorities vis-à-vis military "readiness," a term which refers to the ability to deter potential adversaries, defend national interests and ensure that armed forces can meet their missions.

"We've heard concerns about ... policies focused on the needs of nonbinary service members. Please know our commitment is resolute, just as it has been over the past three-and-a-half years, to continue our progress in full alignment with our focus on readiness and our focus on the well-being of our people, on which our readiness depends," she said.

NPC

Biden admin official pressured medical experts to nix age limit guidelines for transgender surgery: court doc

Adm. Rachel Levine
© APAdm. Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, pressured an international group of medical experts to do away with age limit guidelines for transgender procedures
A top Biden administration health official successfully pressured an international group of medical experts to do away with age limit guidelines for transgender procedures, including gender-changing surgery, for minors, an unsealed court document shows.

Adm. Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, feared that the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's late 2021 draft guidelines would make it difficult for American transgender youth to obtain access to the procedures, according to email excerpts between WPATH members included in an Alabama court filing.

WPATH guidance recommended age minimums of 14 for hormone treatment, 15 for mastectomies, 16 for breast augmentation and 17 for genital surgeries.

Gavel

Supreme Court upholds 'absolute immunity' for presidents in Trump case

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The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Donald Trump's favor in the presidential immunity case, complicating at least two prosecutions against the 45th president.

"Under our constitutional structure of separated powers, the nature of presidential power entitles a former president to absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for actions within his conclusive and preclusive constitutional authority," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the high court's majority opinion. "And he is entitled to at least presumptive immunity from prosecution for all his official acts. There is no immunity for unofficial acts."

The ruling, issued Monday, involves the federal prosecution of Trump for challenging the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, but it also could affect a case in Fulton County, Georgia, in which Trump faces charges of conspiracy to overturn the results of the race in the state.

The ruling complicates special counsel Jack Smith's prosecution of Trump centered on the Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021, as well as the Fulton County case against Trump for challenging the election outcome in Georgia.

Brain

Biden's failing brain exposes deep state treachery

Bidens
© Demetrius Freeman/Washington Post/Spencer Platt /Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/CNN/Flickr/Gage Skidmore/Getty Images/KJNUS President Joe Biden(s)
I know the country's going to hell in a handbasket. Inflation is killing working-class families. Illegal immigrants are raping and murdering little girls. "Woke" corporations are pushing "transgender" madness on young children. Public schools are telling students that they will not survive the "climate apocalypse." Biden and the build back better buffoons in control of Western governments are doing everything they can to drag us into WWIII. Still, if you are a Trump supporter who believes the status quo must go, Thursday's presidential debate was awfully fun.

Perhaps you couldn't bring yourself to watch the event "live" because you knew CNN was going to do everything it could to prop Biden up and tear Trump down. If that is the case, then surely you were happy to awaken the next morning and find your usual newsfeed filled with two types of headlines: one recognizing Trump's winning performance and the other recounting Biden's total humiliation. For all of you suffering daily out there, I hope the words provided momentary relief.

You knew that Biden lost his marbles long ago, but the propaganda press has been telling the world that he's just fine for years. For those people who rely upon Deep State programmers to tell them what to believe, seeing Biden disintegrate on the debate stage must have been stunning. Mainstream news corporations have been covering up Biden's mental infirmities for so long that too many Americans watched Biden struggle to form sentences for the first time. Just as reporters in the first half of the twentieth century lied to the American people about FDR's reliance upon a wheelchair, reporters in the first quarter of the twenty-first century have lied to the American people about Biden's debilitating dementia. On June 27, the lid on journalists' barrel of Biden-protecting lies shot right off.

Arrow Down

Supreme Court says obstruction charges for January 6 rioters could be thrown out...here's how it will impact Trump's election interference case

US Cap
© Alex Gakos/ShutterstockUS Capitol rally • January 6, 2021
The Supreme Court ruled that there are limits on charging January 6 rioters with obstruction, in a case that will impact former President Trump's 2020 federal election interference case. The 6-3 decision could upend hundreds of cases stemming from the January 6 riot, including Donald Trump's election fraud trial. The court's ruling makes it harder for January 6 defendants to be charged with obstructing an official proceeding - which carries up to 20 years in prison.

That is among the four charges facing former President Donald Trump in Special Counsel Jack Smith's federal case.

At least 152 people have been convicted of obstructing an official proceeding, according to the Associated Press, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. In all, the charge has been brought against about 350 people accused of trying to prevent Congress certifying Joe Biden's 2020 election victory.

The case was brought by former Boston police officer Joseph Fischer who was indicted on seven charges following the 6 riot including one count for anyone who 'corruptly ... obstructs, influences and impedes any official proceeding.'

Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion Friday, limited the 'obstruction of Congress' charge that has been used by the federal government to prosecute January 6 defendants. Roberts called that law, which carries a 20-year prison sentence:
"One of the more severe potential punishments. A broad interpretation of the law would also criminalize a broad swath of prosaic conduct, exposing activists and lobbyists to decades in prison."

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Dollar

How far can American money push the Kiev regime's suicidal war with Russia?

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Grinding out the bucks
The economic might of the United States was one of the major reasons why the Allies won WW2. While much of the world was in ruins thanks to the combined invasion of the Axis powers, America was virtually unscathed. Its strategically isolated position made it possible to switch to an unprecedented war economy without the fear of it ever being disrupted by anything. Unfortunately, one of the tools of victory over the world's most repugnant ideology soon turned into a way of pushing the outgrowth of that ideology all across the globe.

The birth of the US MIC (Military Industrial Complex), particularly when combined with "Operation Paperclip", unified the production capacity of America and technological innovations of Germany, creating a monster that many have been warning about ever since, including US General (and later president) Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Comment: Why history matters: Patterns are revealed; choices arise.


Attention

US Democrats could have no alternative to Biden - analysts

winked out
© California Political ReviewUS President Joe Biden winked out.
It would be '"unprecedented" for another candidate to build a campaign to beat Donald Trump on such short notice, experts wrote for Time.

The Democratic Party likely does not have enough time to replace President Joe Biden with another candidate for the November election if the 81-year-old drops out, two analysts have written in Time magazine. The party is said to be scrambling after Biden's "disastrous" debate performance against Donald Trump last week.

During the debate, a seemingly frail and confused Biden struggled to speak clearly, mixed up his words and appeared to lose his train of thought completely on several occasions.

Biden's lackluster performance has reportedly caused panic within the Democratic Party and led to numerous major donors calling for him to be replaced on the party's ticket for the November 5 election.

However, according to the two analysts writing for Time, it would be "unprecedented" for any other candidate to be able to step into the breach in such a short time.

Comment: Certain countries must be laughing their heads off!


Gavel

US Supreme Court rules against SEC civil penalties without jury trials, dealing blow to Biden admin

Jarkesy
George Jarkesy, Hedge Fund Manager
George Jarkesy, a Texas hedge fund manager, initiated the case after being fined by the Security and Exchange Commission [SEC] for securities fraud.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against the SEC's in-house enforcement of investor protection laws, supporting George Jarkesy's challenge.
  • Jarkesy, a Texas hedge fund manager, initiated the case after being fined and barred by the SEC for securities fraud.
  • Biden's administration appealed a lower court's decision, which the Supreme Court upheld.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favor of a challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission's in-house enforcement of investor protection laws in certain proceedings, dealing a setback to the agency amid the heavy scrutiny by the justices of federal regulatory power.

The 6-3 ruling, a setback for President Joe Biden's administration, upheld a lower court's decision siding with George Jarkesy, a Texas-based hedge fund manager who contested the legality of the SEC's actions against him after the agency determined he had committed securities fraud.

The Supreme Court ruled that agency proceedings seeking penalties for securities fraud that are handled by SEC-installed administrative judges violate the U.S. Constitution's Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial.

"The SEC's antifraud provisions replicate common law fraud, and it is well established that common law claims must be heard by a jury," conservative Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority.

Attention

The West - indubitably - has lost Russia, and is losing Eurasia too

Lavrov and Putin
© Public Domain
There perhaps was a momentary shrugging-off of slumber in Washington this week as they read the account of Sergei Lavrov's démarche to the U.S. Ambassador in Moscow: Russia was telling the U.S. - "We are no longer at peace"!

Not just 'no longer at peace', Russia was holding the U.S. responsible for the 'cluster strike' on a Crimean beach on last Sunday's Pentecost holiday, killing several (including children) and injuring many more. The U.S. thereby "became party" to the proxy war in Ukraine (it was an American-supplied ATACM; programmed by American specialists; and drawing on U.S. data), Russia's statement read; "Retaliatory measures will certainly follow".

Evidently, somewhere an amber light flashed hues of pink and red. The Pentagon grasped that something had happened - 'No going around it; This could escalate badly'. The U.S. Defence Secretary (after a pause since March 2023) reached for the phone to call his Russian counterpart: 'The U.S. regretted civilian deaths; the Ukrainians had full targeting discretion'.

The Russian public however, is plain furious.

The diplomatic argot of 'there now being a state of betweenness; not war and not peace' is but the 'half of it'.

The West has 'lost' Russia much more profoundly than is understood.

President Putin - in his statement to the Foreign Ministry Board in wake of the G7 sword-rattling - detailed just how we had arrived at this pivotal juncture (of inevitable escalation). Putin indicated that the gravity of the situation demanded a 'last chance' offer to the West, one that Putin emphatically said was to be "No temporary ceasefire for Kiev to prepare a new offensive; nor a freezing the conflict - but rather, needed to be about the war's final completion".

It has been widely understood that the only credible way to end the Ukraine war would be a 'peace' agreement emerging through negotiation between Russia and the U.S.

This however is rooted in a familiar U.S.-centric vision - 'Waiting on Washington ...'.

Lavrov archly commented (in paraphrase) that if anyone imagines we are 'waiting for Godot', and 'will run for it', they are mistaken.

Moscow has something much more radical in mind - something that will shock the West.