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California county district attorney sues Democratic-led Sacramento over inaction on homeless crisis

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Tenderloin District San Francisco
Sacramento County District Attorney Thien Ho is suing the city government in an attempt to require local officials to "enforce laws around sidewalk obstruction and get people off the streets and into professionally-managed camping sites," according to a recent Wall Street Journal story.

Referring to his lawsuit, which has received criticism from Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Ho said in a press conference this week:
"Living on the streets is not compassionate for the unhoused or the housed. We are giving a voice to those that feel as if their cries for help have fallen on deaf ears."
Steinberg claimed that residents of Sacramento, homeless or otherwise, would not benefit from Ho's lawsuit.
"The frustration that members of our community feel is absolutely justified. But the DA's lawsuit will not clear a single sidewalk nor get a single person off the streets."
Steinberg also called Ho's lawsuit a "performative distraction," per KCRA.

Ho responded directly to Steinberg's claims in an interview with KCRA on Tuesday:
"Frankly, the city has had seven years to deal with our unhoused crisis, and frankly, in those seven years our homeless crisis has increased by 250%. Now is the time to act. I believe that the response as well was that they've been working day and night to enforce the law. I would respectfully disagree with that. They are simply not enforcing the law. And that's what I'm asking them to do: to enforce the law, to keep our cities clean and safe."

Comment: The fragmenting of America is everywhere, courtesy of a government unwilling to address it.

No Entry

India steps up security over Canada's 'murder' allegations

Indian Consulate in Toronto
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Pro-India counter protestors counter pro-Khalistan supporters at a demonstration in front of the Indian Consulate in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 8, 2023.
The Indian government has announced the indefinite suspension of services for Canadian nationals, citing "security reasons" for the decision.

This move occurred against the backdrop of a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries, sparked by allegations of India's involvement in the murder of a Sikh separatist.

"Indian high commission and consulates in Canada are temporarily unable to process visa application as work is disrupted due to security reasons," a foreign ministry spokesperson told media on Thursday, emphasizing that the decision was taken after Indian diplomats received threats on social media platforms. Indian authorities are reviewing the suspension on a daily basis, he added.

Canadian citizens applying for Indian visas in third countries will be temporarily unable to get their visas processed, as this "at some point will involve operations of our high commission in Canada."

Earlier, BLS International, the private company that processes visa applications for India in Canada, posted an announcement on its website. "Important notice from the Indian Mission: Due to operational reasons, with effect from 21st September 2023 [Thursday], Indian visa services have been suspended till further notice," the note read.

India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has not made any formal announcement regarding the suspension of visa services and the Indian High Commission in Ottowa's website could not be accessed on Thursday at the time of writing.

The suspension, which effectively bans Canadians from obtaining an Indian visa, followed an MEA advisory on Wednesday asking Indian nationals and students in Canada to exercise caution due to alleged anti-India activities and "politically-condoned hate crimes." Indians account for over 40% of the total number of international students in Canada.

Bad Guys

BLM vs Proud Boys: The shocking hypocrisy of US law

Capitol riot, January 6
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FILE PHOTO: Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that there are two systems of justice at play in the United States - one for Republicans and the other for Democrats. But how long will the American people tolerate such glaring hypocrisy in their courts?

Between May 2020 and January 6, 2021, the United States experienced two tumultuous events - one at the hands of liberals, the other of conservatives - that resulted in many millions of dollars in property destruction, as well as injuries and loss of life. Yet just one side in those battles suffered severe legal consequences for its actions.

During the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots that swept the US in the summer of 2020 following the police killing of George Floyd, protesters went on a rampage and stormed various government buildings in Portland, Oregon. One of the attackers, Kevin Benjamin Weier, 35, was arrested for setting fire to the federal courthouse. Many (right-wing) commentators have described that willful destruction of government property, and the assorted acts of violence by other protesters, as seditious acts against the US government.

For over 100 days the protesters kept Portland residents under a state of siege, as Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler seemed unwilling or unable to halt the violence. That should come as no surprise considering that the Portland City Council slashed millions from the police budget, and even ordered the police to stop using tear gas in a futile attempt to appease the mob (Note to Portland: it's impossible to appease a mob). Finally, President Donald Trump shocked liberal sensitivities by sending in federal agents to help restore order and arrest the perpetrators.

So what happened to Antifa member Kevin Benjamin Weier and his motley crew of anarchists? While many protesters around the country had their prison bail paid by Hollywood celebrities, Mr. Weier, whose felony charge made him eligible for 10 years in the slammer, together with a hefty $250,000 fine, was ultimately sentenced to two years' probation and a $200 fine. In other words, about the same slap on the wrist that a Los Angeles shoplifter could expect to receive.

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Oil Well

So much for the Greens: France betting on coal to ensure winter power supply

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The Cordemais Power Station is the largest coal power station in France, having two coal-fired units with a capacity of 600 MW each.
France may have to keep its last two coal-fired power plants on standby this winter to guarantee security of electricity supply, its national grid operator RTE announced on Tuesday.

According to RTE's outlook of upcoming power needs, the country is heading into this winter in a "much" better situation than a year ago. However, growing demand during the country's long-term energy transition will pressure supply, it warned, adding that in case of a shortage in nuclear-power production or of a lack of renewables, coal plants may have to be on hand.

"We'll need solutions to meet longer imbalances in 2030, given Europe's decarbonization goals," said Thomas Veyrenc, RTE's executive director in charge of strategy. Adding more "flexibilities" such as battery storage and tools to shift demand away from peak hours should be a priority, he stressed.


Arrow Down

British MPs are trying to 'cancel' Russell Brand...but why?

Undermining the presumption of innocence and feeding cancel culture are run of the mill these days, but the timing is very strange.
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This Russell Brand story gets stranger and stranger by the day. Last night it was revealed the a senior MP had written letters to multiple social media companies requesting information on Russell Brand's income and covertly pressuring them into either demonetizing or removing his accounts.

[NOTE: Before we continue you may want to read our recent pieces on the Russell Brand case and the UK's new Online Safety Bill.]

The news broke when video-hosting platform Rumble posted a screenshot of their letter, along with their official response, on Twitter.

In the letter, Dame Caroline Dinenage MP - chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee - requests to know "whether Mr Brand is able monetize his content", "whether Rumble intends to join YouTube [in suspending monetization]" and what steps they are taking to "ensure that creators are not able to use the platform to undermine the welfare of victims".

It was later revealed that near-identical letters had been sent to the offices of X(Twitter) and TikTok.

This is, obviously, wrong. At the very least it's massive government overreach and potential ministerial misconduct. It is certainly a breach of privacy, and a flagrant display of disregard for the rule of law.

Forget Russell Brand, whether or not you like him and what he did or didn't do, this is a point of principle.

Right now Brand is nothing but the subject of media-based mudslinging - there has been no trial, no arrest, and no charge. He is entirely innocent in the eyes of the law and remains that way until convicted, this is a vital right enshrined in British law since Magna Carta [emphasis added]:
No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned, or disseised, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any other way ruined, nor will we go against him or send against him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.
What would prompt the government to overstep like this?

There's really only one answer to that: The overstep was the whole point.


20 common functions of American life the government wants to regulate, restrict or outright ban

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Looking at the big picture, the two things that corrupt ruling elites want to see TERMINATED are the Constitution and God Himself

The U.S. government was never meant to be an all-inclusive entity involved in almost every aspect of our lives, the way it is today. So how did we get to this point and what areas of our lives need to be taken back from the illegitimate claims of government in order for us to be able to say we live in a truly free country?

Watch the brief video below, provided by Hillsdale College, comparing the Founders' vision of government under a constitutional republic, to the modern version of government under a "democracy" as defined for us by our oligarchal overlords. The transition from a constitutional republic to a so-called "democracy" where all societal narratives are tightly controlled by a ruling elite has happened so gradually that few people are even aware that the transition has taken place, even though it is now almost totally complete.

Mr. Potato

Texas church blesses drag queens during LGBTQ+ service

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Lola Hangers (left) was among those at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas on Sunday, Sept 17, 2023.
A church in Texas recently held an LGBTQ+ service where several drag queens were blessed, prompting protests from those in opposition outside the church.

On Sunday morning, the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas held a ceremony to bless members of the drag and charity organization, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, with church leaders saying during the service, "Drag queens are often targets of hate and violence. But we know that they are often powerful and resilient people who show us what it means to be truly authentic and expressive," the Dallas Morning News reported.

In a Facebook post accompanying a video of the service, the Cathedral of Hope said, "The term 'family values' has for so long been code language to support misogyny, homophobia, bigotry, and many other ways of hate and exclusion...Take a journey as we explore values that move towards healthy families, meaningful connections, strong communities, and to see the good news of radical love and mercy embodied in us and our beloved Cathedral of Hope."

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Light Saber

Pennsylvania high school students organize walkout to protest trans bathroom rule: Our rights are 'compromised' 'not a priority to the school'

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The proposed policy would require transgender students to use a restroom that corresponds with their biological sex
Hundreds of students from Pennsylvania's Perkiomen Valley School District walked out of class Friday after the local school board failed to enact a policy requiring transgender students to use the restroom corresponding with their biological sex.

"Kids were upset. Girls... we wanted to protect them. They were upset. They didn't want men in their bathroom," John Ott, who organized the walkout, told FOX News on Monday.

His mother Stephanie accused the district of only protecting transgender students and not looking at the "whole picture."

"The safety of females is so important and these students that stood out that walked out, they are to be commended. They have courage and they exercise their First Amendment rights. This is about protecting our children and our privacy and boys and girls. It's simple biology."


Debris of missing F-35 jet found near military air base in South Carolina

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F-35 fighter jet
Joint Base Charleston said in a statement that the debris of a F-35 fighter jet that went missing over South Carolina this weekend was discovered two hours north of the air base.

The stealth fighter jet was in autopilot mode when the pilot ejected, suggesting the aircraft could have remained airborne for some time, media reports citing military officials earlier indicated.

"Personnel from Joint Base Charleston and Marine Crops Air Station Beaufort, in close coordination with local authorities, have located a debris field in Williamsburg County. The debris was discovered two hours northeast of JB Charleston," the air base said in a statement on Monday.

Comment: From Fox News:

NBC News reports:
A South Carolina couple had been celebrating their son's 7th birthday on Sunday afternoon when they looked to the skies. A fighter jet was flying above them in an "inverted" position, they said, before they heard a "boom" moments later.

"Our kids always give a little salute, so we said, 'Look at the plane. Oh my gosh, it's so low,'" Adrian Truluck said. "And it was kind of probably 100 feet above the tree tops, and almost going inverted."

"It was probably three quarters of the way," added her husband, Stephen Truluck, as he gestured with his hand. "We could see the canopy" of the plane.

They didn't think much of it at the time, they said, because Shaw Air Force Base is about 60 miles away. But after learning an F-35 fighter jet had gone missing — and learning on Monday that a debris field was found just miles from their home in rural Williamsburg County — they realized what they saw likely wasn't just any aircraft.

The Marine Corps did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday about the Trulucks' account, but an investigation remains ongoing.

The incident drew attention Sunday afternoon when Joint Base Charleston, located about 80 miles south of Williamsburg County, asked the public for help finding a missing F-35B Lightning II jet.

The jet's pilot had "ejected safely" just before 2 p.m., but the military said it could not locate the F-35, which is known for its stealth mode capabilities, because its transponder did not appear to be working.

It wasn't until more than 24 hours later when the base announced a debris field had been located in Williamsburg County.

Questions remain as to why the pilot ejected from the aircraft and why the jet appeared to have continued flying undetected.

After initially saying the jet had been left in autopilot when the pilot ejected from the aircraft, Jeremy Huggins, a spokesman at Joint Base Charleston, later told NBC News that authorities did not know whether that was the case and were still investigating the matter.

The Trulucks said they did call the military on Monday afternoon to report what they had seen the day before, but believe authorities had likely already zeroed in on the crash site.

They said the jet would have flown over a sunflower field, trees and a few houses along their road before crashing. No injuries were reported on the ground.

The couple added that they heard a subtle "boom" noise following the sighting of the jet but figured there was a simple explanation.

"We were thinking it was rolling thunder in the distance and didn't give it another thought until we saw the plane was missing," Adrian Truluck said, "and we were like that had to be the plane."


Russell Brand rape allegations marks the resurrection of the #MeToo political zombie

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Russell Brand
If crimes were committed, they must be investigated and brought before court - but not the biased court of establishment media

Recently, actor and comedian Russell Brand has used his celebrity status and his internet-based show to lift up independent-minded people like US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. He questioned the US and NATO involvement in the proxy war against Russia in Ukraine, as well as the mainstream media narrative on Covid-19.

The establishment neoliberals were having none of it. They turned their laser-guided coordinated attacks on Brand, and now he is facing cancelation, MeToo style. He's been accused of rape and abuse by several women, and as a result has lost his YouTube ad revenue, has had his live shows canceled, has been dropped by his publisher, and has had shows featuring him removed from the BBC's video-on-demand service, among other things.

Comment: One supposed 'victim' was not willing to go along with Channel 4's smear campaign:

Russell even has support from another controversial figure and old adversary, Katie Hopkins:

Russell's various targets were sure to bring down the Establishment's wrath sooner or later. Looks like RFK Jr was a step to far. Or maybe this?