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Merrick Garland: Antifa Attorney General plans to crush dissent

Merrick Garland
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

Of the sixteen persons nominated for a cabinet position, as listed in the January 23rd issue of The Economist [After the chaos of the Trump era, what can Joe Biden hope to achieve?] nine have now been confirmed by the U.S. Senate and have assumed office. So we are better than halfway through the confirmation process.

You can't help but notice the diversity. Not one of them — not one of the sixteen — is a non-Hispanic white Protestant heterosexual male. To put that another way: Not one of the sixteen comes from the same slice of the diversity pie as did every single one of our nation's Founding Fathers.

(Am I still allowed to say "Founding Fathers"? "Founding persons," whatever.)

That is the working definition of the word "diversity" in our benighted age: no non-Hispanic white Protestant heterosexual males! That's true diversity!

Only one of the sixteen is a white male Protestant: Peter Buttigieg, the Transportation Secretary; and as an Episcopalian, his Protestantism is borderline. I used to be an Episcopalian, and I recall that bit in the liturgy where we prayed for the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Comment: More fun facts about Biden's AG pick Merrick Garland:


Bad Guys

Biden's first foreign policy speech vows forever wars

Biden
US foreign policy has clearly continued in the same direction, without missing a beat. Unlike in previous transitions in the White House, this time US President Joe Biden has not even really tried to promise even the faintest hope that it wouldn't.

There were a few glimpses of remote hope - particularly regarding the possibility the US wouldn't abandon its last arms treaty with Russia, New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) - and Biden's promise of returning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal.

However, in Biden's first speech regarding foreign policy since taking office, now posted on the White House's official website and titled, "Remarks by President Biden on America's Place in the World," reveals that, if anything, US belligerence on the global stage is set to only expand.
"America is back. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy."
Biden's opening remarks attempt to suggest that America has drifted away under his predecessor US President Donald Trump. But when he says "America is back," we are left to assume he means "back" to what the US was doing under the administration of US President Barack Obama under which he served as vice president.

Comment: It seems that Biden has A LOT of coals in the fire where ratcheting up the US war machine is concerned:


Snakes in Suits

Salmond inquiry: Scotland's former First Minister details 'malicious plan' launched against him by current FM's husband & former SNP allies

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Former First Minister uses six-hour evidence session to detail claims that there was a 'malicious plan' against him
Alex Salmond had not spoken publicly for almost a year, since the day he was acquitted of all 13 sex assault charges last March.

Keeping quiet, the former First Minister acknowledged in his opening remarks, had not "hitherto been my normal policy". "I said nothing... today, that changes," he said.

Over the next six hours, he set out a series of remarkable claims about what he described as a "malicious plan" against him, which he alleges was launched by his former SNP allies.

SNP messages

Comment: See also: Former British Ambassador, historian, and human rights activist Craig Murray has been covering the ongoing scandal:




Info

Mitch McConnell booed by CPAC audience as Trump takes credit for his reelection

mitch mcconnell CPAC
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) audience on Sunday afternoon booed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as President Donald Trump took credit for the Kentucky senator's November election win.

"My endorsement of Mitch McConnell at his request, he asked for my endorsement," Trump said, prompting loud boos from the crowd, "brought him from one point down to 20 points up and he won his race in the great state and the great commonwealth of Kentucky. He won it very easily. And I said, 'I wonder if I'm doing the right thing here,' but you know what, I did what I did."

"But he went from one point down to 20 points up very quickly, immediately actually, and he won his race. If you compare that to his other elections, I'm sure you'll see something interesting. But you know what, we got a Republican elected," he added.

Comment: See also:


Shoe

Deranged leftists froth after Trump slams trans takeover of women's sports

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How dare he point out a biological fact!


Speaking publicly for the first time since the end of his first term, President Trump riled leftists by urging that the 'integrity' of women's sports is under threat from trans athletes, a phenomenon that is being supported by the new administration.


Comment: See also:


Chess

China, India urge each other for further measures to ease border tensions

India China Standoff
© CCTV via AP Video
In this image taken from video footage run Feb. 19, 2021 by China's CCTV via AP Video, Indian and Chinese troops face off in the Galwan Valley on the disputed border between China and India, June 15, 2020. China's military said Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 that four of its soldiers were killed in a high-mountain border clash with Indian forces last year, the first time Beijing has publicly conceded its side suffered casualties in the deadliest incident between the Asian giants in nearly 45 years.
The foreign ministers of China and India are urging further steps to stabilize tensions along their disputed border following the pullback of forces from an area where a deadly clash broke out last summer.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Indian counterpart, S. Jaishankar, on Thursday that the disengagement by front-line troops had "significantly eased the situation" and that now is the time to maintain the momentum of consultations, build trust and "achieve peace and tranquility in the border areas," his ministry said.

In a statement Friday, Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the two sides "should now quickly resolve the remaining issues" along the Line of Actual Control high in the mountainous Ladakh region. He said that with their forces disengaging at friction points, "the two sides could also look at broader de-escalation of troops in the area and work towards restoration of peace and tranquility."

Comment: Despite the border clashes, anti-Chinese sentiments and banning of the certain products, India's trade with China grew in 2020. China supported hosting of 2021 BRICS summit in India.
China on Monday said it supports India hosting this year's BRICS summit and will work with New Delhi to strengthen the bloc, allaying concerns that the India-China border dispute will impact the forum.

India assumed the rotating chairmanship of the five-member summit, comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on January 1, taking over from Russia, which hosted the last summit as an online event in November because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

India taking over the BRICS leadership, for the third time since the group was formed, comes at a sensitive time as New Delhi's ties with Beijing are facing their worst challenges in decades. It's only after nine months and several rounds of negotiations that border troops have disengaged from the south and north banks of Pangong Lake.
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Arrow Up

Pelosi's 'conversations' with Sgt. at Arms on Natl. Guard presence factored into 'blender of decision making' that led to riot

Pelosi
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Former Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving recalled to House Admin how previous discussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her office factored in to his "blender of decision making," according to three sources with direct knowledge of Irving's talk with House Admin.

Pelosi's office had previously impressed upon Irving that the National Guard was to remain off Capitol Grounds, Irving allegedly told House Admin. The discussions, which centered around "optics," allegedly occurred in the months prior to the Jan. 6 riot, during a time when deployment of federal resources for civil unrest was unpopular with Democrats and many members of Congress.

The three sources who confirmed the discussion to the Daily Caller did so under the condition of anonymity, citing the fear of putting a chill on further witnesses to how the security situation unfolded Jan. 6. The discussion, if accurate, raises questions as to what role Pelosi's office had in the security failures that resulted in the resignations of both Irving and former Chief of Capitol Police Steven Sund.

Comment: The Capitol Riot autopsy has begun.


Bullseye

Donald Trump, Jr.: Working class Americans will foot the bill for Joe Biden's mass immigration

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CPAC: Matt Boyle interviews Donald Trump, Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle
Donald Trump Jr. says it is working class Americans, those earning the least in the economy, who will be forced to foot the bill for President Joe Biden's mass immigration agenda.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News's Washington Political Editor Matt Boyle, Trump Jr. said that President Trump "had it right" on immigration when he sought to reduce overall immigration levels to tighten the United States labor market and drive up wages.

Biden, in contrast, is flooding the U.S. labor market with cheap, often illegal, foreign labor that will have a disparate impact on the nation's working poor and working class — those at the bottom end of the labor market.
"The plans that Joe Biden is putting forth, it's creating a flood into this country. What is that going to do to the lowest income earners? When you have a flood of illegals coming in here, who's going to pay for all of their free health insurance and all the other freebies that the Biden administration wants to give them? Who's that going to impact the most?"

"It's probably not going to be guys like me. It's the lowest income earners who for the first time in modern history under Donald Trump actually saw real wage gains."

Comment: Biden is cutting sustainability for the American working class. Economic projections in 4 years? 8 years? The reality may be purposefully obscured but the math won't lie.


Top Secret

Media completely ignore American secret agent's trial for terrorism in Venezuela

Spy stuff
© Venezuelan Foreign Ministry
Items found on Heath at the time of his arrest according to Venezuelan authorities.
Unless you read the local Venezuelan press, you are unlikely to know that an American secret agent is currently standing trial in Venezuela on charges of terrorism and weapons trafficking.

Matthew John Heath was arrested in September outside Amuay and Cardon oil refineries in possession of a submachine gun, a grenade launcher, C4 explosives, a satellite phone and bricks of $20 bills. The Venezuelan government also alleges that he was found carrying a small coin or badge that CIA employees use to prove their identity to one another without raising suspicions. On Wednesday, Heath pled not guilty to all charges.

Situated in Falcon state in the west of the country, the Amuay and Cardon facilities are the largest refineries in the oil-rich nation, considered an enemy of the United States since it elected socialist president Hugo Chavez in 1998. The facilities have been the site of controversy before: in 2012, a fire at the plants killed 55 people; after conducting hundreds of interviews with experts and witnesses and carrying out over 200 inspections and technical tests, the Venezuelan government claimed that the evidence of sabotage was "overwhelming."

Binoculars

Biden's border policies under scrutiny

Immigrants/Biden
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Immigrants • President Joe Biden
As Trump-era policies protecting America's borders have been undone by the new administration, illegal immigrants are being held in facilities illegally.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed these laws are really more like guidelines.
"The objective is to move kids, unaccompanied minors as quickly as possible under 72 hours to these HHS fund sponsored facilities, which is the one where we've been referring to in Texas. Some, unfortunately, did stay four days, five days or longer, but the objective is to move them as quickly as possible to the HHS sponsored facilities."
Psaki added the options for non-citizens seeking asylum were slim to none.

"We can quickly transfer them from CBP to these HHS run facilities. That's one option, or we can put them with families and sponsors without any vetting."

Authorities detained roughly 6,000 children last month, and they project 9,000 more arrests in February.

Comment: It is hard to see any upside to Biden's free-for-all policies. The job of the government is to keep 'the balance' of the country steady as it tweaks this and that or introduces new legislation. It must constantly weigh and manage the consequences to its citizens as well as consider their input. There is no indication this administration has any concept of how to do this. Instead it shoots from the hip with all Americans in its cross-hairs.