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Appeals court blocks Democrats' bid to expand mail-in voting in Texas

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Box of Ballots
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocked the Democrats' attempt to expand mail-in voting in the Lone Star State after the Texas Democratic Party challenged the state's age restrictions for voting by mail.

Texas Democrats challenged the state's rules on voting by mail, which require those under the age of 65 to meet another eligibility requirement to qualify. Those 65 and older automatically qualify, as do those who are disabled, out of the county on both Election Day and "during the period for early voting by personal appearance," and "confined in jail, but otherwise eligible."

Democrats argued that the rule discriminated against younger voters, who may seek an alternative voting method in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The panel, however, did not see it that way. The panel wrote:
"In sum, the plaintiffs based their Twenty-Sixth Amendment claim on the argument that differential treatment in allowing voters aged 65 and older to vote by mail without excuse constitutes, at least during the pandemic, a denial or abridgment of a younger citizen's right to vote on account of age. The claim 'fails' because 'adding a benefit to another class of voters does not deny or abridge the plaintiffs' Twenty-Sixth Amendment right to vote."


Trans activist praised for 'shutting down' woke critic on air: Defends JK Rowling's upcoming 'transvestite-killer' book

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JK Rowling's latest book "Troubled Blood", written under pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is pictured at a bookstore in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain, September 15, 2020.
Trans activist Rose of Dawn caused a Twitter storm after going on Good Morning Britain to publicly defend JK Rowling's new controversial book which stars a cross-dressing serial killer.

Rose of Dawn, a prominent YouTuber and a trans person herself, was hosted by Piers Morgan, when she had to refute quite a few positions expresses by another guest, journalist Benjamin Butterworth.

Butterworth claimed that the mere imagery of a man dressing like a woman to commit murders is inherently transphobic, due to the general public's lack of understanding of trans people.


Stock Up

Census Bureau stats: US poverty rate hit record low in 2019

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President Donald Trump
Poverty levels in the United States hit a record low in 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday.

The 2019 poverty rate was 10.5%, the lowest ever recorded since the national poverty rate was first published in 1959. The poverty rate decreased by 1.3% from 2018, marking the fifth straight year of decline, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Between 2018 and 2019, 4.2 million people were lifted out of poverty.

Median household income increased by 6.8% from 2018 and was up to $68,703 last year, data showed. Black, white, Asian and Hispanic households all saw an increase in median household income.

Comment: And so it would have continued except for the Plandemic and its business-killing lockdown.

Bad Guys

It votes Biden or it gets the riots again

crazy Joe Biden
The quiet part is becoming very loud. Threats of left-wing political violence if President Trump is reelected have gone from subtext to the plain text. Writing at The Atlantic, Shadi Hamid warns of "mass unrest and political violence across American cities" if Trump wins. The Democrats are embracing their inner movie villain: It votes for Biden, or it gets the riots again.

Not that the rioting and related violence have stopped — from the attempted assassination of cops in Los Angeles to "mostly peaceful" protests in New York, the mayhem continues — but it is less intense than it was earlier in the summer. Now, prominent outlets of establishment liberalism are warning that the destruction can, and will, be turned up if the nation votes "incorrectly."

The political extortion is not even hidden, with The Atlantic's Hamid writing that a Trump win is "the outcome most likely to undermine faith in democracy, resulting in more of the social unrest and street battles that cities including Portland, Oregon, and Seattle have seen in recent months. For this reason, strictly law-and-order Republicans who have responded in dismay to scenes of rioting and looting have an interest in Biden winning." A stereotypical mob line such as "Nice place you got here, shame if anything were to happen to it" is subtle in comparison.


Snowden: Assange extradition will lead free press to slaughterhouse as publisher's critics blinded by partisanship

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Assange protest; Edward Snowden
The US drive to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange poses a grave threat to journalists everywhere, but the publisher's opponents have placed politics over principle, and even their own interests, said whistleblower Ed Snowden.

"I think a lot of it comes down to people forgetting what principles are and why they're important," Snowden said in an interview with Joe Rogan on Tuesday. "You can hate Julian Assange, you can think he's a puppet of Russia, you can think he's the worst person on Earth - a reincarnation of Hitler or Stalin - and still realize that convicting him harms you."
It harms your society. It harms your children's future. People forget about this in today's world where everything has become partisan.
While Assange "fell out of favor" with a large segment of American society in 2016 over WikiLeaks' publication of emails belonging to then-Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, his current extradition trial has "nothing to do with that," Snowden said.


Stock Down

Netflix subscription cancellations spike following Cuties release

Netflix users canceled their subscriptions at high rates following the release of the controversial film, Cuties.

Netflix released the movie on Sept. 9, which sparked a social media campaign urging Netflix users to cancel the service, saying the film sexualizes underage girls. By Sept. 12, cancellations increased eight times the daily averages recorded in August, Variety reported.

YipitData research firm compiled the data, and it's unclear if the spike in cancellations will have a large effect on overall subscriptions. The controversy over the film, however, is continuing as lawmakers condemn it as encouraging pedophilia.

Comment: Exploiting children in order to send a message against exploiting children is still exploiting children.

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Pull up a chair and let John MacArthur perfectly summarize the cancer of Critical Race Theory for you

John MacArthur
School is in session! Please be seated, class.

You may have noticed that John MacArthur, amid his legal battles with the local, regional, and state authorities of Commiefornia over his church's right to hold worship services, has begun publishing op-eds at the Daily Wire.

J-Mac has always been so gifted at explaining complex ideas plainly and succinctly. Such is the case with one of his latest pieces, titled, "Critical Race Theory, A Sickness That Cannot Be Allowed To Continue" (aw shnap 👀).

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Watch Lancaster body cam footage of police shooting

knife-weilding maniac
© The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office
Police released the body cam footage of a police officer fatally shooting a man in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon. Protesters gathered in the hours after the shooting, following the death of the man, who was 27 years old.

The video is available later in this post or here. Be forewarned that it is extremely graphic. It shows an officer shooting a man, who later died. The man was identified as Ricardo Munoz.

An officer from the Lancaster Bureau of Police was responding to a domestic violence call in the 300 block of Laurel Street at about 4:15 p.m. when the shooting occurred. The shooting is under investigation by the Lancaster District Attorney, who said the man ran at an officer while holding a knife above his head.

Comment: More on the protests from RT:

Protests erupt in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as police fatally shoot knife-wielding man after he rushes at officer

14 Sep, 2020 03:58

Black Lives Matter activists have taken to the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, demanding "justice" for 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, who was killed by police after he charged at an officer with a knife.

People have been flooding to the police station in Southwest Lancaster City, chanting "Don't shoot" and other BLM slogans after an officer-involved shooting earlier in the day.

Footage on social media shows protesters smashing windows and jumping on a police car, as one of the gathering's leaders announces that "BLM riots" have kicked off in the city.


Lancaster DA said that they have been "investigating" the shooting to determine if the use of force was justified, but noted that the preliminary investigation indicates that the knife-wielding victim posed a immediate danger to the officer's life before being killed.


The incident took place around 4:15 pm local time, as the officers were responding to an alleged domestic disturbance.

While there is nothing in the DA's message to suggest that Munoz was mentally incapacitated, activists have alleged that the man was autistic. Protesters have also accused police of leaving the his body lying in the street "for hours" before it was taken away.

A man with the same first and last names as Munoz stabbed four people in Lancaster in March last year. At the time, police said that the suspect refused to drop his knife when ordered by officers, but was eventually taken into custody. His trial was to start tomorrow.

Alarm Clock

Scotland exaggerated Covid patients by 80%, new tally has just 48 in hospital


Nicola Sturgeon announced the new counting system today
NUMBERS of patients in Scottish hospitals with Covid-19 were being dramatically overplayed by around 80 per cent, it emerged today.

Nicola Sturgeon said a review of the counting system had led to the dramatic fall in the official tally.

Under the old measure - which included patients who had recovered from coronavirus, but were still in hospital for unrelated conditions - there would have been 262 people logged today.

But the First Minister said a "new and more accurate measure" showed the current figure was 48 patients.

Comment: See also: Everything You Think You Know About Coronavirus...

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YouTube censors White House health advisor Scott Atlas

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In late August, the Hoover Institution filmed an in-depth interview with Dr. Scott Atlas who serves as a top health advisor to the White House, more or less replacing Anthony Fauci in that role.

Atlas is an advocate for opening up the economy and allowing natural immunities to control the virus. In this, he has many colleagues in the public-health profession who agree with him, including many epidemiologists, virologists, immunologists, and medical doctors, all names frequently covered at AIER. This interview conducted by Hoover allows him to explain his views in depth.

Incredibly, YouTube has taken down the video interview of Scott Atlas for the usual vague reasons about community standards.

Alex Berenson is right: "As censorship goes, this is both terrifying and idiotic. Like him or hate him, Scott Atlas is ADVISING THE PRESIDENT ON COVID - no one gains when YouTube denies everyone the chance to hear what he thinks. People who oppose him should want to know even more."

Comment: See also: Top medical advisor to Trump attacked for urging sensible herd immunity strategy