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House GOP hold DOJ accountable for weaponizing the FBI against angry parents at school board meetings

Merrick Garland Wesley Hunt
On Thursday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Limited Government held a hearing, "Free Speech: The Biden Administration's Chilling of Parents' Fundamental Rights."

The accusation against the Biden Administration was not fabricated. As witnesses described in the hearing, on October 4, 2021, at the behest of the National School Boards Association, Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI via a letter to meet with local and national law enforcement leaders to "discuss strategies" to handle the "increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members."

The DOJ directed the FBI to use the same tools they use to fight domestic extremism to combat angry parents who took their complaints over forced masking, poor educational practices, critical race and gender theory to school boards.

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University president decries drag as 'derisive, divisive and demoralizing misogyny,' says school 'will not host a drag show on campus'

Walter Wendler
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In a message to students, faculty, and staff, West Texas A&M University President Walter Wendler said that drag performances denigrate women and declared that the school will not host a drag performance on campus.

In an Instagram post earlier this month, the WTAMU "Spectrum" student organization advertised the drag event, noting, "Spectrum is working with F1RSTGEN and other orgs on campus to produce A Fool's Drag Race, coming soon!"

Comment: UPDATE: Petition hits 7000 signatures. From NY Post:
But students railed against Wendler's views, with some arguing the cancellation violates their free speech and grossly misinterprets drag as a performance art.

More than 7,000 people have signed an online petition started to try to save the show, which would've donated all its proceeds to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention in LGBTQ youth.

The petition blasts Wendler for citing his own personal religious beliefs as reasons to cancel the show at a public, non-religiously affiliated university and for comparing drag to blackface and other derogatory works.

"Not only is this a gross and abhorrent comparison of two completely different topics, but it is also an extremely distorted and incorrect definition of drag as a culture and form of performance art," the petition reads.

The petition also argues that Wendler is violating West Texas A&M University's own policy, which says the university may not take action against a student organization on the basis of religion.

Students have protested the last-minute change outside the Student Union all week, KAMR Local News 4 reported.

President of the Hispanic Student Association Juan Aguinaga told the outlet, "It's just concerning because the drag show was meant to be for the Trevor Project, which is an organization dealing with the prevention of suicide amongst LGBTQ teens and young adults."

"It's just really disheartening to know the basis is in his email, against drag is a threat against womanhood, and he links it towards blackface. So, I don't really get the point he's trying to make," Aguinaga said.

"The point he's trying to make" is not really that difficult to grasp, and doesn't require a religious perspective to understand. Drag is a parody of women which could be deemed as offensive, the same way blackface is a parody of black people and could be deemed as offensive. He's calling out a double-standard.

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IPCC's increasingly shrill climate armageddon fantasies gain little traction in media

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The recently-published IPCC synthesis report is a useful summary of the last five years of supra-national climate activism and hysteria undertaken under the control of the United Nations. The big takeaway from the 36-page summary for policymakers of the sixth assessment reports is that a large group of activists and state-funded scientists have signed up to the improbable notion that the climate should be stable, and any variation can somehow be controlled by humans. To support this suggestion, almost all the evidence provided is opinion, somehow given credence by being produced by computer models. Actual scientific facts are very thin on the ground.

In addition, a stonking level of economic naïvety is on display. At one point, the environmental footprint of battery production and "growing concerns" about critical minerals is noted, but with what is described as medium confidence, "this can be addressed by material and supply diversification strategies and material efficiency improvements, and circular material flows".

It might be observed that this type of meaningless waffle is often produced by people who have never run a wealth-generating activity. Something will turn up, seems to be the hope, as collectivists promote their command-and-control Net Zero agenda. Meanwhile, the 'unit' cost of renewable energy is said to have fallen in recent years, but no account is taken of the enormous costs involved in countering the unreliable and intermittent nature of wind and solar power.

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IOC cannot be 'political referee', president says following objections to reinstate Russia into Olympic games

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FILE PHOTO: Fifteen year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva is seen in practice at the Bejiing Winter Olympics, February 2022. The International Olympic Committee has defended plans to include Russian and Belarusian athletes at the Paris 2024 Games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must not act as a "political referee," according to its president, Thomas Bach. The organization has faced a backlash for its plans to reinstate Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competition ahead of the Paris Games in 2024.

Speaking at the Ruhr Political Festival in Essen, Germany on Wednesday, Bach said that the IOC must stay out of political disputes to preserve its power as a unifying force on the international stage.

"If politics decides who can take part in a competition, then sport and athletes become tools of politics," Bach stated. "It is then impossible for sport to transfer its uniting power."


3 million attend France's 9th consecutive day of protests, woman has hand blown off by tear gas grenade, Bordeaux town hall set on fire

Marseille protest
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Protesters in Marseille on Thursday.
Emmanuel Macron felt the full force of French anger on Thursday as protesters gathered across the country to demonstrate their opposition to the pension age being raised from 62 to 64.

Comment: As with the Yellow Vest protests which erupted following a fuel tax hike, it seems these protests are about plummeting living standards, but the pension reform was the spark.

Unions claimed 3.5 million people turned out across the country, while the authorities suggested the figure was much lower, at just under 1.1 million.

Comment: The authorities regularly downplay figures, despite all evidence to the contrary.

In Paris, union leaders claimed that a record 800,000 people took part in a mostly peaceful march through the city - the police gave the figure as 119,000 - to demand that the government drop the fiercely contested change.

Comment: More footage from the protests:

The following fire is probably partly a result of the ongoing strike by refuse workers:


Special Forces veteran falsely labeled a domestic terrorist says FBI also targeted his family: 'It's horrible'

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Rep. Jim Jordan
Veteran said his family was kicked off social media platforms after FBI labeled his organization a terror group...

The founder of a veteran-led emergency prevention organization accused the FBI Tuesday of falsely labeling him a facilitator of domestic terror, adding that his family has also been targeted over their association with his group.

Former U.S. Green Beret servicemember Mike Glover, who founded American Contingency to provide disaster relief and support, told Fox News that he feels betrayed by the country he spent nearly two decades protecting after a whistleblower complaint exposed by the Rep. Jim Jordan, the current chair of the House Judiciary Committee, confirmed that his organization was targeted by the FBI and falsely designated a facilitator of domestic terror.


Gunmen kill 9 Chinese at mine in Central African Republic

Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera • Chimbolo mineshaft
The Chinese government has condemned the killing of nine Chinese nationals at a mining site in the Central African Republic (CAR), where a civil war is raging, and the president of China, Xi Jinping, called on Monday for the perpetrators to be "severely punished".

Gunmen stormed a Chinese-operated gold mining site that had recently been launched in Central African Republic, killing nine Chinese nationals and wounding two others Sunday, authorities said.

However, the rebel coalition initially blamed by some for the attack put out a statement later in the day. Without providing evidence, it accused Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group of being behind the violence.

The attack early Sunday came just days after gunmen kidnapped three Chinese nationals in the country's west near the border with Cameroon, prompting President Faustin Archange Touadera to plan a trip to China in a bid to reassure investors.

Comment: Cui Bono?


Multiple injuries after ship tips over at Edinburgh dockyard

Thirty-five people have been injured after a ship tipped over at an Edinburgh dockyard. A major incident was declared after the research vessel Petrel became dislodged from its holding on a dry dock.

NHS Lothian said 23 people had been treated in hospital and 12 people at the scene of the incident at Imperial Dock, Leith. People have been asked not to attend A&E at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI) unless it is an emergency. Pictures posted on social media showed the 3,000-tonne vessel, which is owned by the US Navy, leaning at a 45-degree angle.

The US Consulate in Edinburgh said it was monitoring the situation and offering support to US citizens who were involved. "We thank the emergency services for their prompt response. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident," it added.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it was called at 08:30. Five ambulances, an air ambulance, three trauma teams, a special operations team, three paramedic response units and a patient transport vehicle were sent to the scene.


Lawyers allege FBI informant was embedded In Jan. 6 defense team

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The amazing investigative reporter Julie Kelly of American Greatness, who has done more to expose the corruption behind the January 6th convictions and treatment of January 6th prisoners than almost anyone, has just dropped a massive bombshell that should shake every American to their core.

According to Kelly, the DOJ has embedded an FBI agent in the defense team of the non-violent Jan. 6th prisoner, former US Marine Zachary Rehl. Rehl has been imprisoned since January 6 real crime is that he's a member of the "Proud Boys."

In her first of a series of four tweets, Kelly reported that a new motion has just been filed by the defense in the Proud Boys trial accusing the DOJ of using an FBI informant to spy on and infiltrate the defense team of Zachary Rehl.

Comment: Par for the course, it seems


MEME TRIAL: Defendant says he wasn't committing 'election interference', was simply trying for viral meme

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On Monday, attorneys gave their opening arguments in the trial of internet meme maker Douglass Mackey, also known as Rickey Vaughn, with his lawyer Andrew Frisch telling a federal jury that Mackey wasn't looking to trick voters when he posted Hillary Clinton memes in 2016 telling supporters to "vote from home" via text messaging.

Frisch said that Mackey was merely attempting to go viral, according to the New York Daily News, stating that Mackey was "sh*t-posting," or "stuff-posting" as he told the jury.

"It means what it says — he was posting stuff," Frisch said. "A lot of it was online trash-talking. Juvenile, sure, and some of it was vulgar."

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