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American homeschooling is way up, and likely to stay up

"The home-schooling bump." That's what the Investigative Reporting Workshop is calling the sharp increase in the number of students whose parents switched them to homeschoolers during this very pandemic-themed school year.

The May 10 story, written by Sasha Fernandez and published in cooperation with WAMU 88.5 American University Radio, focuses mostly on the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Yet the story notes that these results are not out of whack with the national trend of a serious spike in the number of home schooled children.

In the previous school year, Virginia had almost 40,000 registered homeschooling students. That spiked by over 21,000 students to nearly 60,000. In Maryland, homeschoolers jumped from 27,000 to 36,000.

In DC, the raw numbers are not impressive, but the percentage change is: from 389 to 764 homeschooled students, or a 96% increase.


US House Republicans propose bill to cut funding to schools that push critical race theory

Rep Dan Bishop
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Rep. Dan Bishop, (R., N.C.) speaks before a House committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.,, July 22, 2020.
A coalition of House Republicans will introduce two pieces of legislation Wednesday that are designed to push back the rising tide of critical race theory (CRT) in public education and the military.

Republican Representative Dan Bishop initiated the legislation, copies of which were obtained by The Daily Caller, and plans to share the proposals with former Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russ Vought and other GOP members late Wednesday.

The first bill, called the "The Stop CRT Act," would cut off all federal funding to schools that incorporate CRT into their curricula. The legislation will also codify former former President Donald Trump's executive order that prohibited CRT from being promoted at the federal level. It stipulates that federal funds can't be directed to any entity that teaches or advances the ideas that "any race is inherently superior or inferior to any other race", that the United States is a "fundamentally racist country", and that an "individual bears responsibility for the actions committed by members of his/her race."

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Ohio bribes residents to get vaccines with million-dollar lottery using Federal COVID relief funds

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Jake Lawler receives his COVID-19 vaccine at the Bradfield Community Center through Health Partners of Western Ohio in Lima, Ohio, March 29, 2021.
Mike DeWine, the Republican governor of Ohio, announced Wednesday that the state will direct federal COVID-19 relief money to a $1 million-a-week lottery for vaccinated adult residents in an effort to incentivize more people to receive the inoculation.

"The money will come from existing federal coronavirus relief funds," DeWine said.

DeWine said there will be five drawings over the next five Wednesdays, with each winner receiving $1 million.

"The pool of names for the Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing will be derived from the Ohio secretary of state's publicly available voter registration database," DeWine said. "We will make available a webpage for people to sign up for the drawings if they're not in a database we're using."

Ohio residents must be 18 years old to be eligible to be entered, DeWine said. However, the governor also introduced a separate lottery that allows vaccinated people under the age of 18 a chance to win a four-year, full scholarship to any of Ohio's state colleges and universities, including tuition, room, and board.

"The Ohio Department of Health will be the sponsoring agency for the drawings, and the Ohio Lottery will conduct them," he said.

Comment: One would think that in a pandemic, millions of dollars wouldn't be so readily available for things like a lottery...

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CNN, MSNBC guest Mohammed El-Kurd who blasted Israeli 'ethnic cleansing' evicted from Jerusalem home

Mohammed El-Kurd, a Palestinian writer and activist
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Mohammed El-Kurd, a Palestinian writer and activist was evicted from his home in Jerusalem after criticising Israel in several international interviews.
Mohammed El-Kurd, a Palestinian writer and activist who has passionately spoken out against Israel's forced evictions, was forcibly removed from his Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood by Israeli forces on Wednesday — a day after he appeared on CNN and MSNBC and accused Israel of "ethnically cleansing" Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Cross-border fighting along the Gaza Strip quickly escalated this week after Israeli law enforcement stormed Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, wounding over 300 Palestinians. The incident came amidst growing protests over a court case that could see dozens of Palestinians evicted from their East Jerusalem homes.

To address the ongoing violence, El-Kurd granted interviews to several Western media outlets, two of which soon went viral on social media.

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'Completely inappropriate': Top scientists denounce Big Pharma for implying annual Covid booster shots are crucial

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More than a dozen influential infectious disease and vaccine experts say the first round of jabs may offer enough protection against Covid-19, refuting Big Pharma's claims that regular shots will "likely" be needed.

In a report on Thursday, Reuters quotes top infectious disease and vaccine-development experts as saying that the first round of inoculation with vaccines against the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants may be adequate to offer enduring protection.

The scientists also expressed concern that it's the pharmaceutical executives rather than health specialists who are shaping public expectations around booster shots.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in April that people would "likely" need a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated, adding that yearly vaccinations would possibly be necessary.

Comment: You can be certain that at some point in the future, the "experts" in the gov/media will all be telling people to get their yearly Covid shots.


'We need to ensure girls are included': Senator shuns 'constantly changing judgment of today's cancel culture' in transgender row

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A US senator in Ohio, where new bills are proposing to ban transgender athletes from competing in high school and college sports, has described the treatment of Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner as a product of cancel culture.

Senator Kristina Roegner said that her own three daughters, who are all junior athletes, had given her a keener appreciation of why parents would be concerned about their offspring competing against much larger transgender participants who had been born male.

Lawmakers have introduced the bills in the house and senate in the state, where supporters of the Save Women's Sports Act say they must be brought in to make sport fair.


Liberty King: Florida governor to pardon everyone in state charged with breaking Covid restrictions

Ron DeSantis
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Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced he will pardon all Floridians who have been legally charged for breaking coronavirus restrictions on mask wearing and social distancing, arguing guidelines should be advisory.

Appearing Wednesday on Fox News with Florida gym owners Mike and Jillian Carnevale, who were arrested on several occasions and threatened with months in prison for allowing people to enter their business without a face mask, DeSantis said he would overrule the "total overreach" against them.

"This is exactly what we ordered against last summer, many months ago," the governor declared, before announcing that "effective tomorrow morning" he would "sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority" that would "delay the case for sixty days."


Former top military brass question 2020 election result, Biden's health

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Retired generals and admirals penned an open letter questioning the 2020 presidential election result and President Joe Biden’s current state of health.
More than 120 retired generals and admirals have published an open letter questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election as well as President Biden's fitness to be commander-in-chief.

The letter, first reported by Politico, bears the heading of a group calling itself "Flag Officers 4 America" and says the United States "is in deep peril," with Americans "in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776."

Among the letter's 126 signatories are retired Rear Adm. John Poindexter, national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan, and retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, who spent five years as deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush and is now executive vice president of the Family Research Council.

"Without fair and honest elections that accurately reflect the 'will of the people' our Constitutional Republic is lost. Election integrity demands insuring there is one legal vote cast and counted per citizen," the letter reads before going on to blast critics of voter ID laws as engaging in a "tyrannical intimidation tactic."

"Additionally, the 'Rule of Law' must be enforced in our election processes to ensure integrity," the letter continues. "The FBI and Supreme Court must act swiftly when election irregularities are surfaced and not ignore them as was done in 2020."


Merriam-Webster defines 79 percent of Americans as 'anti-vaxxers'

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Are you now or have you ever been an anti-vaxxer?

Chances are high that the answer is yes if you're using Merriam-Webster's definition of the term: "a person who opposes vaccination or laws that mandate vaccination." (Emphasis added).

A Morning Consult poll from this past December indicated that only 21 percent of Americans would support making the coronavirus vaccines mandatory for adults, rendering a shocking 79 percent of the public "anti-vaxxers."

Observers took notice of the inclusive Merriam-Webster definition on Wednesday, two days after New York governor Andrew Cuomo declared that State University of New York (SUNY) campuses would be requiring vaccination for all students enjoying in-person instruction. "I encourage all private colleges & universities to require vaccinations as well" Cuomo added.

Comment: It's not anti-vax to be against forced vaccinations by the State. It's pro-liberty.

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The Israel narrative is crumbling: Phone cameras and the internet expose the lie

israeli settler steal house
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"Twenty-four people, including nine children, were killed in Gaza overnight, most of them in Israeli strikes," reads a new report from AP.

Nine children, killed with the help of United States funding to the tune of $3.8 billion a year.

Remember kids, the US loves Muslims and just wants to protect their human rights.

The Monday night airstrikes were in response to rocket attacks by Gaza resistance groups which had reportedly injured six Israelis, and those rocket attacks were in turn were a response to a deluge of Israeli police brutality footage in Jerusalem in preceding days. Electronic Intifada reports: