Saturday Bullet Points: October 30, 2021

Yep. Halloween 2021 is full of all types of spooky stories that are loaded with monsters and demons sufficient to scare the poop out of anyone who dares to partake! We’ll sneak inside and get a peek at all those horrific events full of ghosts and goblins and share the best of them with you in our “Saturday Bullet Points.”

Here’s how this haunted house works. We’ll reveal a few descriptive sentences of each horror following each bullet point. If you dare to see the blood and gore, click on the blue arrow/hyperlink at the end of the description, and we’ll take you right to the bloody details. If not, click on the next bullet point.

Be careful! I have it on good authority that Michael Myers is inside at least one of these horror stories! “I thought Michael was dead!” Shh…don’t scream: Michael’s still alive!!!!!

Saturday Bullet Points

  • Everyone knows the current “multi-debacles” that face every American today. OMG! What can we do about the COVID-19 vaccines? Do we vax, or do we lose our jobs? And how are we going to celebrate Christmas if Santa can’t get gifts to load his sleigh in time to stop at every house on December 24th? Even worse, we won’t be able to have turkey for Christmas dinner! What the heck are we gonna do? What the heck CAN we do!? Well, Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has some answers for us all. For complete details, click on this link:
  • No one can logically believe that we do not have the most generous President ever in the White House today. President Biden REALLY cares for everyone in the nation: natural-born Americans, immigrants who pay the price to visit U.S. consulates in their home countries and apply for consideration to emigrate to the U.S. to become a citizen. But even more than native Americans and legal immigrants, Uncle Joe is not only happy to throw the doors to the U.S. open to any and all from any of the approximate 200 other countries on Earth. He loves people so much he wants EVERYONE on Earth who desires to come here to “come on down!” But, guess what? He’s pondering a REAL holiday gift for those illegal immigrants who illegally cross our border and find themselves separated from each other. Mr. Biden can’t bear to think how horrible it was for those illegals to be separated. It doesn’t matter that they are criminals for being in the U.S. the way they came. We welcome ALL! And for their anguish for temporary separation, Uncle Joe wants to give each of them $450,000! Wow! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Did you know that Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee? That means he technically controls just how much of U.S. taxpayer dollars go to which political causes, who gets what, and who gets shutout regarding spending requests. Sanders is an unashamed socialist who wants the U.S. to spend money on EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY. He’s so powerful, he has “hinted” to the progressives in the House of Representatives to refuse to vote for the pending $1 trillion+ infrastructure bill unless and until Republicans in the Senate agree to pass BOTH the revised infrastructure bill that’s at the house along with the monstrous $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation bill. According to Bernie, it’s “all or nothing.” For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Have you forgotten about the nasty way our leaders handled the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in September? Everything about that showed a total lack of planning and leadership on the part of the Biden Administration. We’re about to enter November, and there are reported to be more than 300 Americans STILL stuck behind enemy lines there. They’re fighting to save their lives from inevitable slaughter by the Taliban or ISIS! But you know is just as bad or maybe worse? Biden left $80 billion of U.S. military weapons, equipment, and even battle helicopters for the Taliban when we abandoned Bagram Air Base! That military facility was the only such facility the U.S. had close to our arch-enemy: China. And now it is reported that China is about to build its own military base on the Tajik border with Afghanistan! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Yes, many Americans still in Afghanistan are struggling to find ways out of that country to return to the U.S. No one can believe President Biden pulled our military out without assuring every American was safely out of the country. Thankfully, many American patriots, many U.S. military veterans, are finding ways to help these Americans escape. One of those veterans recently facilitated a group of 30 Christians to sneak out of Afghanistan. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Transgender athletic competition has polarized the nation. Wait: I thought we were supposed to “follow the Science” in everything? Hmm…I thought “Science” proved a person’s chromosomes determine that person’s sex? Oh well: Cancel Culture has seized control of who is male and who is female. Forget about the physical disparities between biological males and females. To those folks, gender identity determines someone’s sex. Therefore, athletic competition at every level MUST allow persons to compete against others based on gender identity and NOT biological gender. Enter the state of Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott disagrees. And he doesn’t just disagree; he’s taken action to make certain “biological” girls compete against other “biological” girls. The same thing holds for boys! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Man, our country is growing rapidly! There are thousands of people showing up in the U.S. every day. There’s a group of 3000 that are pushing toward the southern border as you read this. They’re coming from all over South and Central America and from as far away as Haiti. Forget about their plans to either storm our southern border or sneak into the U.S. in the middle of the night. They’re coming. And they’re coming ILLEGALLY! What does the President have planned to stop these lawless actions? He isn’t! His “Build Back Better” plans include his plans allowing groups like this one into the nation with no pushback. Even worse, he plans to legalize and give a path to citizenship to 7 million other illegals! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Virginians are facing the task of choosing a new governor next Tuesday. There’s an upstart Republican candidate that is going toe-to-toe with longtime Democrat and former two-time Virginia Governor Terry McCauliffe. The political race has been nasty. McCauliffe has called in all the Democrat heavyweights to campaign with him: Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris, and even the President himself. Still, Virginians seem to be leaning toward GOP candidate Youngkin. One of the most contentious elements of the campaign is the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools there. But the former governor has declared continuously that there is NO CRT being taught in Virginia’s public schools. But Terry got busted! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • How much money can the federal government waste in one year? That’s a great question but probably cannot be accurately answered. Why? There’s no way to accurately compute a number…because there’s SO MUCH WASTE! Think back to the pandemic lockdowns and the COVID-19 relief packages. Do you remember when the federal government stepped in to extend unemployment payments to workers who lost their jobs during the lockdowns? The federal government paid those, but the states managed the payments. Guess how many tax dollars “slipped through the cracks” and were fraudulently paid as part of that process? If your answer is “a few billion dollars,” you’re WAY off! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Do you think we’ll ever know precisely how many Americans were left behind by the Biden Administration in Afghanistan? I’m confident the Administration has that number. But I’m MORE certain they’ll never release the actual number to the U.S. people. Almost daily, we hear stories of patriots finding ways to slip into Afghanistan and bring Americans out who were trapped. One U.S. soldier tells the story of how he slipped back into the country, saved his family and 30 other Americans trapped. Who is he? How did he do it? For complete details, click on this link: 

It’s Just As Bad As On October 28, 2016 — Or Worse!

Today is NOT October 28: it’s October 29. However, this story is “about” October 28, 2016.

On October 28, 2016, I analyzed the political problems alive and thriving in our government at that time. And I published the following synopsis on TruthNewsNetwork. It popped up in my “memories” yesterday, October 28. When it did, I was shocked to realize just how little has been accomplished.

No American can objectively (or truthfully) claim that our government is doing the job expected by those who were elected members of our government. Certainly, we can have differing opinions about anything and everything in our government — and we do. What’s wrong? Why can’t we get the U.S. government to click?

Finger-pointing does not give us answers. There certainly are plenty of “experts” on political matters who are certain who and what are the problems and who is responsible for them. Americans in 2021 in unison will echo that the “experts” don’t have a clue!

Here’s my difficulty: By this point in our political “modern” history, I expected a number of changes would have been implemented by those within the government to fix the problems within the government. For most of my 68 years, Americans in large felt that all that was necessary to implement the necessary changes to right the ship would have completed by now.

Take a look at this and see if you don’t share my chagrin at how little we have accomplished and, in fact, how far we have slipped toward “anti-democracy.”

October 28, 2016

“Let’s get beyond discussions about HRC and DJT and talk about (besides the obvious) what this election means to the nation. No matter the winner November 8, the absolute positive that has evidenced itself during this cycle is the absolute horror that lives everyday in the U.S. political system that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the U.S. Capitol along with offices up and down K Street in D.C. It is now indisputable that the truth does NOT reside in any of these locations and that the White House and the Capitol have been and are for sale…..period. This is not a Democrat, Independent, or G.O.P. problem – it is a U.S. Government problem. It has been proven now to be much more than a problem: it is a travesty that has been perpetrated for much longer than any wish to admit.
So what do we do about it? Well, so far we’ve done nothing but “feed the monster.” Each election cycle we listen to those on both sides of the aisle promise us they will do this, stop that, start the other, all of which will fix our problems: social, economic, policy, everything. We always elect those that tell us the most convincing story about what and how they will fulfill these promises. Then nothing happens. But what is worse is that all of the problems voters elect officials to address only get worse…and worse…and worse. In this note, let’s not discuss the problems. We all know them. Let’s talk about how to solve them – really solve them – and get onto building a nation.
It is absolute idiocy to repeat the same things expecting different results. Change is necessary to effect different results – REAL change with REALLY different results. So in the U.S. political system, what qualifies as real change? Simple: doing things differently. First, let’s outlaw lobbying….period. That means forbidding anyone from providing money, trips, dinners, vacations, perks, anything to any lawmakers or any other government officials who have any say so on any U.S. policy decisions. Elected and appointed U.S. government officials must make decisions based solely on merit and not on any quid pro quo obligations or agreements. Then let’s instigate term limits. Originally Senators were governor appointed and served in Congress as representatives of the states; Congressmen were elected to two year terms to represent their local communities in the “Peoples’ House,” and would return to their civilian lives after serving their communities in D.C. for two years. It was only later the political system kicked into high gear and generated the first of the D.C. self-perpetuating political class. And today’s debacle is what we inherited by allowing D.C. to run itself.
Almost universally Americans want lawmakers to live by and abide by each and every law they pass then implemented. Far too many of those laws mysteriously do not apply to Congress or other government officials. If they are good enough for voters they are good enough for government officials. If not, do not make them laws. Congress should have just the same healthcare opportunities that all Americans have; the same government retirement benefits and nothing more. Their work hours and job responsibilities should be the same as in equivalent civilian jobs with similar benefits. Congressional offices and their budgets and expense accounts should be closely watched and regulated and randomly audited.
Regarding the Supreme Court (and other federal judges): these should no longer be lifetime appointments. I understand the framers of the Constitution wanted to take politics out of consideration for these appointments, but it has been worked itself into being part of the political process and is negatively impacting our nation every day. Term limits should be enacted here.
Much of this will require a Constitutional Convention with serious debate for multiple amendments. Americans will unite behind this move. In fact multiple state legislatures have already voted to authorize such a convention. Will the federal government unite behind Americans and let this happen?
Additionally, there are several unnecessary bureaucracies that have been created in D.C. just to build and perpetuate power centralized to the Federal Government that originally belonged to the States. Remember, the Constitution plainly states that States control their own people in every way except with the authorities relegated to the Federal Government BY THE STATES. It has obviously switched (not legally but in perception and therefore actuality) to the Federal Government controlling who is responsible for what. No amendments are needed here; just a re-statement and admission by all in D.C. that they will all accept this going forward.
In short, the Federal Government must be relegated once again to simply serving the American people. Federal laws ALL need to be honored and enforced. And if there are those in office who do not like any laws, they need to use the lawmaking system from the Constitution and change or do away with any law they don’t like. If they do not have consensus to make those changes, they are not to be made. Laws are written and approved in the U.S. by the Legislature – a process that requires the consensus of the Peoples’ representatives. No one has any unilateral authority to write or change duly passed laws. And earmarks and executive orders MUST be done away with. Any thing that does not legislatively pass due process must never be enacted.
I am certain I have left some things out. But we all should on Election Day take these thoughts into the voting booth with us. We the People MUST take our government back. If we do not, the political elites that control Washington – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, big contributors, lobbyists – will continue to use it to exact power from the People and fill their pockets.
Honestly, there are NO Republicans, Democrats or Independents. They all are of the same ilk, the same face. They are only about controlling everything with self-interest at heart. Americans need to understand and accept responsibility for what we have in D.C. And Americans must take responsibility and change what we have in D.C.”

Summary

My friend Steve Smutherman pastors the largest church in New Mexico in Albuquerque. He’s a really good speaker. A few years ago, I heard him at a “Men of Iron” conference addressing a number of men from all types of backgrounds. What he said was profound. What was MOST profound was one statement he made: “Nothing Changes if nothing changes.”

How simple is that? How “true” is that?

Here we are today in a quagmire that was created by the very people who promised they’d get us out of the quagmire created by their predecessors and their predecessors.

We’re still in the mud. And why is that?

Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

What will it take for Americans to accept that the reliance on the same group of tired old men and women who espouse the same old tired and worn failed policies has failed and will never lead us out of our political doldrums?

We received a temporary reprieve in 2016. The nation voted for, and elected, a change-maker who, for most of his four years in office, was able to restore some faith in the U.S. political system. How did Donald Trump do that? “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

He changed things and the results were amazing!

So what happened? I refuse to opine or finger-point. I’ll just leave you pondering all this with this Verse from Proverbs 26:11:

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.”
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Nothing’s changed….for the better.

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“Work Or To Make More Babies?” That Is The Question

Democrats used to be the party of working people. Now, they sneer at people who work hard. Democrats pushing to pass the “Build Back Better” bill want a single parent with two kids to be able to take home well over $31,000 in cash and noncash federal benefits a year, tax-free, without having to work. The handouts are even higher in states that offer generous benefits. So why get a job?

Nonworking adults are already eligible for food stamps, housing vouchers, and health care. Now, Democrats want to send them monthly checks if they have kids – up to $300 per kid. The checks, nicknamed “Biden Bucks,” originated earlier this year to help tide over families who lost their jobs because of COVID. President Joe Biden’s team wants to convert them into a permanent entitlement. House Republicans mock it as “cash-for-kids.”

Everyone wants to help kids, but Republicans and one lone Democratic senator, Joe Manchin (D-WV), oppose handing out cash to able-bodied parents without requiring them to work or train for a job. Democrats and their media allies bash that as cruelty. Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman attacks work requirements as a “time tax and ritual humiliation” on poor people. Really? The rest of us have to work, and there’s nothing humiliating about it.

The political battle over “Biden Bucks” is key to where we as a nation are headed.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton and a bipartisan majority in Congress passed welfare reform, eliminating cash welfare without work or job preparation. It worked. Child poverty dropped from 13 percent to less than 4 percent, and teen pregnancies and welfare dependence plummeted. Democrats want to undo these reforms. Biden himself supported the work requirement then, but he says he’s adamantly against it now. So much for his blue-collar cred.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman admits eliminating the work requirement “represents a philosophical break with the past few decades” and “the obsessive fear that poor people might take advantage of government aid by choosing not to work.” A fear borne out by social science and common sense.

University of Chicago economists calculate that the monthly cash payments will encourage 1.5 million parents to quit working. Perhaps they’ll spend the next year on the couch, making more babies to up their income from Uncle Sam.

This week’s headlines are about Democrats trimming the “Build Back Better” bill to reduce the price tag and win the votes of holdouts Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). All 50 Democratic senators need to be on board to pass the bill. But don’t be misled by proposals to sunset the monthly checks after one year, or five, instead of making them permanent. That reduces the official cost. But once created, entitlements are almost never allowed to sunset. Their funding will be renewed in succeeding years. America will fast become starkly divided between the hardworking people who foot the bills and the millions on welfare, cheering on politicians to increase the dole. The burden on working people will become intolerable.

The New York Times has been featuring opinion columns deriding Americans’ work ethic. In “8 Hours a Day, Five Days a Week Is Not Working for Us,” Bryce Covert argues that a “reduction in work doesn’t have to mean a reduction in anyone’s living standards.” That’s la-la-land economics.

When fewer people work, fewer goods are produced, and they cost more. Inflation.

Americans are shell-shocked already by rising food and fuel prices. They’re recalculating how much they can afford and how it will impact their life plans. Yet the Biden team is telling them they have to support able-bodied adults who don’t want to work. The reaction should be pure rage.

The “CTC” — Child Tax Credit

Good intentions cannot be the measure of a policy’s merit. The case for expanding the child tax credit (CTC) has always been disarmingly simple: Giving parents money will reduce hardship among children. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) temporarily made the CTC more generous for all but the richest families – especially to those with little to no earnings. Unlike the old CTC, the newly expanded version – which Democrats are trying to extend via the budget reconciliation bill – provides the full credit amount to families even if they owe no income tax or have no earnings. Estimates of the effect of the expansion have ranged from a drop in poverty of one-third to 46 percent. These estimates simply add the new CTC benefits to families’ incomes and re-calculate whether they are poor. Unsurprisingly, when poverty is defined as having too little income, giving more income to more families means that fewer fall below the poverty threshold.

Critics of the CTC expansion have offered a number of objections, including its $1.6 trillion cost over a decade. Of course, that prediction “might” prove true “if” the bill is passed and signed into law and “if” its time to exist remains as in the bill. But, as mentioned above, “Once created, entitlements are almost never allowed to sunset.” That means the cost of the CTC as outlined in this bill would multiply exponentially as would the employment downside that would certainly dramatically expand.

Getting paid to sit on the couch and make babies instead of working will mean two things: more babies and a much-reduced workforce.

A group of economists from the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute (CMSW) CMSW finds that the work disincentives created by the expanded CTC are larger than previous researchers have claimed — perhaps sizable enough to reverse the employment gains caused by welfare reform and the EITC in the 1990s — and primarily impact single-parent families. As a result, existing studies have overstated the short-term poverty-reduction impact of the policy by a third.

Summary

The CMSW study should give policymakers pause as they contemplate extending the newly expanded CTC. It identifies significant short-term effects on employment, even without looking at how the expanded CTC might cause some workers to reduce their hours while still remaining employed. Nor does it look at the effect on non-workers’ likelihood of choosing to enter work. So it only partly gets at the labor supply response to an expanded CTC.

The negative effects on work that the study does estimate would be heavily concentrated among low-earning families, who are disproportionately headed by a single parent. Roughly half of the families leaving employment in the CMSW modeling would come from families earning under $30,000. Over 80 percent of families leaving employment in their model switch from one worker to no workers (rather than from two workers to no workers — their model does not allow for two-worker-to-one-worker switches). In other words, the paper’s results are not driven by married mothers (or fathers) leaving the workforce to have a single-breadwinner family.

In truth, almost everyone involved in anti-poverty debates has good intentions. No one favors increasing child poverty as a policy goal. We should all rely on evidence as best we can to guide our policy positions, but the evidence is almost always more ambiguous than the staunchest advocates of safety net expansions believe. Ambiguity calls for caution and for the kind of experimentation that informed welfare reform. Jumping hastily into a dramatic transformation of the safety net without worrying about unintended consequences may be soft-hearted, but researchers and policymakers must take care to be hard-headed as well — because we are trying to help today’s and tomorrow’s children.

Let’s just dumb this conversation down a bit and make a commonsense statement: “ALL people who plan to enter the workforce should guarantee their education will facilitate their getting into the workforce when they complete their education.” Why? Even if the CTC and the “Build Back Better” plans become law, there is NO guarantee of either’s perpetuity. And, by the way, doesn’t one receive buckets full of personal gratification for receiving financial returns based on something(s) that THEY do rather than THEY receive from someone else’s checking account?

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Influenza (Flu) Is Deadlier To Children Than COVID. Why Hasn’t The CDC Addressed That?

In stark contrast to the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations that all people over the age of two wear a mask indoors to mitigate transmission of SARS-COV-2, the sections of its website dedicated to seasonal influenza do not recommend wearing masks to prevent it from spreading.

Since the battle over mask mandates is most intense with regard to schools, it’s crucial to point out the pediatric mortality rate derived from the CDC’s estimate of flu mortality is comparable to its estimate of COVID-19 mortality among children. The CDC attributes 542 deaths to COVID among those aged 0-17 total over the past 18 months while estimating influenza deaths for the six-month 2019-2020 season at 486, as of this writing. Assuming these numbers are fairly accurate, this means the risk of flu-related death for children and teens is greater than for COVID.

While CDC Web pages dedicated to COVID-19 often include a banner photo of someone in a mask, this isn’t common in the influenza section of the website. Masks also seem nowhere to be found among CDC recommendations on flu prevention for those who aren’t health workers. Instead, “to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu,” they suggest getting the flu vaccine, “staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent handwashing.”

Compare that to its guidance, updated in August, for COVID-19 mitigation in K-12 schools at the very top of the page: “CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.” Universal masking is also the third bullet point under “key takeaways.”

One might argue the flu vaccines are more effective than the COVID vaccines and therefore masks aren’t needed. But the CDC notes that a meta-analysis that included data from randomized controlled trials, the most robust form of medical research, found flu vaccines to be in the range of 51-67 percent effective at preventing flu infection. One RCT even found it to be as low as 16 percent in a season of low influenza infection rates. Influenza transmission cannot be prevented by vaccination because vaccination is only about 60 percent effective at preventing flu illness.

Wouldn’t “layered prevention strategies” of the kind the CDC demands COVID be called for to address a dangerous pathogen for which vaccines aren’t highly effective?

If masks are so effective at mitigating respiratory virus transmission, as Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky have told us, why would our public officials not recommend masks for the flu? Influenza is a respiratory virus that spreads similarly to SARS-COV-2. A 2016 study comparing detection of viable influenza virus in 53 subjects with confirmed influenza A infection found 22 (42 percent) produced aerosols with the viable virus during exhalation.

Another study by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety developed a two-stage cyclone bioaerosol sampler to separate aerosol particles into different sizes. Researchers discovered that the H1N1 and H3N2 influenza viruses were “most often found in the 1–4 µm and less than 1 µm size fractions” (emphasis added), meaning they were airborne, as “particles less than 10 µm in diameter can remain airborne for hours and are easily inhaled deeply into the respiratory tract.”

In other words, this evidence indicates the flu can be spread just by breathing. Research on aerosols carrying SARS-COV-2 also suggests it also could be spread by breathing. Also, like health experts have been so often quoted as saying regarding COVID, the asymptomatic spread is possible (although probably greatly overestimated — the CDC admitted as much earlier this year in a report of school transmission).

According to the authors of a study of flu infection among healthcare workers and patients during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 influenza seasons, “a significant proportion of individuals shed influenza virus without harboring any symptoms, thereby potentially exposing their vicinity.” Roughly 8 percent of flu-positive swabs were collected among patients on days without symptoms, and asymptomatic transmission seemed “likely” in one cluster of infections. The CDC itself admits, “You may be able to spread flu to someone else before you know you are sick.”

So if the flu can be transmitted asymptomatically, it’s more dangerous to kids than COVID, and its vaccine allows for ample “breakthrough infections,” why don’t they recommend masks for the flu?

Perhaps it’s because masks as a mitigation strategy for the flu had already been studied in controlled trials, and the results didn’t reinforce their use. In 2019 the World Health Organization listed its top ten studies on masks and hand hygiene for flu mitigation, and although all had problems such as insufficient sample size, none found strong evidence for masks’ efficacy (see page 25, Table 7).

If the CDC were to start pushing masks for flu mitigation, the public and corporate media (albeit reluctantly) would have to address the lack of evidence in influenza transmission studies for mask-wearing. People would then start to wonder why, if the evidence of masks for flu is shaky, we should believe masks work for COVID.

Those who claim “the science supports masks” for COVID prevention should also be demanding masks for flu prevention. After all, if “masks save lives,” and “if we can save even one life, then it’s worth it,” as the proponents of universal masking tell us, then indoor masks every flu season for everyone ages two and over should be not just on the table but promoted emphatically and relentlessly by our public health institutions.

The fact that it isn’t should give anyone, particularly parents with schoolchildren enduring strict mask mandates, great pause. Is the CDC the same trustworthy organization people looked to for science-driven, sensible guidance before the pandemic hit? The same one that assures them child deaths from the flu are “relatively rare?”

Or has it been corrupted by all the money and power that pandemic hysteria allows them to tap into? Is it really “following the science,” or are health officials selectively applying “The Science” based on what supports their own financial interests or the controlling political party’s narrative and agenda? Can we really say the CDC isn’t politically biased when its director has also declared gun control a “public health crisis”?

The CDC’s differing recommendations for respiratory viruses that can be dangerous and spread similarly suggest masks today are less about public health than about public manipulation. The only question left is how long we’ll put up with it.

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Who Is Piloting This Ship Called “The Biden Administration?” It Certainly Isn’t Joe

Chris Rock famously said, when Barack Obama was president, “The president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country. And when your dad says something, you listen.” However, Joe Biden is the granddad of the country, and when you listen to Granddad, sometimes you wonder whether it’s safe for him to be near a pair of scissors.

No big deal, though; it’s just that there’s this guy who looks like he’d have trouble using Google Maps, and he happens to be in charge of all the nukes. On the rare occasions when Biden’s staff let him out of the dayroom to be seen on camera, pre-selected members of the press ask him the gentlest conceivable questions and then wind up cringing anyway as Biden gives one unnerving display after another.

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin must watch these press conferences giggling uncontrollably at their good fortune: Suddenly, the world’s greatest power is in the hands of a slightly dazed-looking fellow who seems like he is always just waking up from heavy anesthesia.

Do you remember Biden speaking to the media three times bent over and, taking care to set his eyes to “crazy,” whispered into the microphone as though he was auditioning to play a stalker calling from inside the house to terrorize a baby-sitter in a 1980s TV movie? Defending one of his bills, he whispered, “I got them $1.9 trillion in relief so far.” Later, to another question, Biden whispered again, “I wrote the bill on the environment. Why would I not be for it?”

A video of the whispery bits was viewed more than 3 million times. Why is our president trying to sound so eerily sinister?

At age 78, by which time Ronald Reagan was retired, Biden is suffering from what nursing home workers delicately refer to as “personality changes.” You get the feeling his aides spend a solid week coaching him in advance before letting him speak, which is why he keeps saying things like, “I’m going to get in trouble with the staff.” Never before have we had a president who so openly feared his own minders. Who is making the decisions?

In one remark, President Joe Biden confused the Tuskegee Airmen with the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
Sarah Silbiger – Pool via CNP/MEGA

Because he’s just reciting the buzzwords his staffers dream up, Biden may not even be aware of how silly he sounds when he uses online-cultist words such as “Latinx” to refer to Latinos, who mostly haven’t even heard of the term and never use it. He obviously had no idea how insulting he sounded to Latinos when he suggested, “they’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.” Is our president aware that most Latinos are here legally?

In the same remarks, he confused the Tuskegee Airmen (a group of heroic black World War II pilots) with the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which is about as dumb as confusing coronavirus with Corona beer.

All of these blunders came in the same 30 seconds, as though Biden were saving the RNC some editing work by creating a campaign ad for them in real-time.

I guess we’ll have to wait until the moment when Biden starts emitting a stream of actual gibberish or answering the press using sock puppets before our media acknowledge the obvious: Since our president isn’t fit to find his way home after dark, do we really believe he’s the one running the country?

That brings us to the obvious question: Who really IS running the United States?

It certainly is NOT Joe Biden.

The  Oval Office “Back-Story”

Perhaps the most consistent question about the installed “leader” occupying the oval office is about who actually is planning the policy, scheduling the implementation, and giving Biden his instructions after his breakfast pudding. For those who have followed politics closely, the answer has always been obvious: Barack Obama and the Chicago crew.

“JoeBama” is not a meme, nor is it a snarky slap at the current White House occupant. It is a reality.

Barack Obama and his ideologues (who took over the DNC) are now completely controlling the leftist policy execution. With the help of his former administration crew, Obama eliminated the remaining remnants of the Clinton machine, installed Tom Perez, and then set about absorbing the AME church network. That’s where James Clyburn came in to endorse Biden as part of the final stages of the plan.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, the former spokesperson for Obama’s State Department, essentially admitted that Obama’s network was in charge, and Biden received his instructions from the crew.

There is a history – a backstory – that only a handful of people genuinely understand. The answers boil down to the less discussed issue of ideological camps and the modern alignment that has taken place over the past decade. The most visible reference for the inflection point was the 2008 primary contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Throughout the first decade of this millennium, there was an ideological shift, an inflection point, that became most clear in the rise of a little-known state representative appointed to become a Senator from Illinois, his name was Barack Obama.  In the background of Obama’s rise were the people who designed the modern political left. Those Obama creationists were/are hardline revolutionary communist types.

This group comprised the more radical elements of the progressive movement; those who wanted to “fundamentally change” the United States and have a very patient and methodical plan to do so. Those elements took control by convincing the far-left labor movement to abandon the traditional Democrat apparatus and support a more radical approach. The SEIU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, UAW, UFCW, and others were leveraged to this position through promised financial benefit if they went along.

Those groups became the more powerful ammunition needed by the radical community activist teams, which were entirely on the side of Obama. Hillary Clinton’s first run for the presidency was crushed under the weight of the leverage all of the radicals aligned on the Obama side. Clinton was only left with the option to support the extremists in exchange for support in 2016.

However, the support she received was not full-throated. The ideological hatred created during the earlier inflection point, when the camps were at war, left scars. Those scars never healed, and, quite frankly, the radicals were not going to support someone they didn’t like. Radical footsoldiers operate best on feelings and emotions. Clinton didn’t do it for them. The more extreme radical leftists wiped out one by one the traditional Democrat left.

Fast forward to today, very recently, and what we are seeing is the outcome of the radical-left in complete control over the internal club systems and political party apparatus. It took some time for this takeover to materialize.

We are there now and into this far-left soup of radical elements. The media are now activists for the radicals. This is why there is a more brutally obvious bias present today that was not present before. The bias was always present, but the scale of the ideological nature of the bias was not always as visible. Today the ideological support is crystal clear.

The issue for the Cuomos and Gavin Newsom’s of the world is inherently a matter of club selection. Barack Obama, meaning the people behind the Obama system of radical elements, were the decision-makers in the 2020 Democrat primary race. They will never give up that control now.

Team Obama selected Joe Biden specifically because he was controllable and almost cognitively disconnected from any functional capabilities. Team Obama also selected and installed Kamala Harris as the vice president to use her as the substantive and moldable ally. When Biden is removed, willingly or by political power, the radicals plan to use Kamala to continue their “fundamental change” priorities. Biden is being thrown upon the spears of those who want to defend against the attack of the radicals.

The extreme policies we see from the Biden administration are being assigned to him specifically because he is disposable. The radicals do not care about public opinion of the policies or outcomes because they have Biden to absorb all the negative attachments.

Kamala Harris is the key to seeing the hidden hand of the Obama control agents at work. Harris’s associations are Obama’s associations. Harris’s crew is Obama’s crew. Anyone who is not Harris; and carries a perspective of potential political influence; is now a thorn in the agenda.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was rising in influence. As a result, he needed to be eliminated to retain the exclusive position of Kamala Harris as heir to the radical agenda.

Watch over the next several months — and years if Biden lasts that long — and you will see prominent Democrats left with a decision: Support Harris (meaning those behind her) and the Obama agenda, OR be targeted for removal by the new radical system that includes a willing media taking targeting orders from the club.

The fact that the vice president is feckless in her role is immaterial to the machine calling all the shots. Remember: Joe Biden was little more than a pawn — a place-holder for what/who is next. This group’s track does not rely on one person, not even on one ideology. Biden is being propped up as little more than a face that appeals in some ways to both ends of the Democrat Party and also to the remnant of moderates who have not already jumped ship. Harris is nothing but “place-holder #2.”

Summary

It’s too easy for Americans to forget the talking points that powerful politicians are prone to let slip from time to time. It’s as if they think: “I can’t let the general public think I’m not in charge!”

Do you remember Obama telling us all his ambition as President was to “lead the fundamental change of America?” That resonated with some, but it didn’t linger long in the air. But then he doubled down on his power lust when he held a pen and phone in the air and reminded us that’s all he needed to run the nation.

Obama has not been the only D.C. zealot who has given us extreme examples of being a”power junkie.” Remember when Speaker Pelosi famously prophesied in one of her weekly press briefings in late Summer 2020 that “no matter what, January 20th I will swear Joe Biden in as President of the United States.” Did she know something that we didn’t know? Or was she being the political “dominatrix” most feel she is?

One thing is certain: in November 2016, NO ONE was as surprised and disgusted at Trump’s trampling on the far-left utopia “Part Two” that Hillary was anointed to lord over as was Barack Obama. He had made one monumental misjudgment: the American people did not want “Part Two.”

It remains to be seen if the American people in large are going to benignly sit by and allow Barack Obama et al.’s plans to morph the United States into “Western Russia” with some version of “Totalitarianism Lite.” If there’s one thing in the nation’s favor, it’s that, once again, it appears the Left has underestimated the love that the majority of Americans hold for all that the United States stands for. And those Americans are not willing to let the globalists steal it away to serve some far-out dream for total control of not just the United States, but the entire Globe!

By the way: if Obama is not the orchestrator and is just a placeholder himself, the power brokers behind him have also obviously underestimated the American people. Let’s face it: there are still tens of millions of Americans who love this nation and are not willing to let domestic leftist globalists turn it into Eastern Europe.

Let’s hope and pray that is true!

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How Are YOU Handling Transgenderism?

Almost every American has a perspective about “Trangenderism.” Sadly, few in the media are committed to publishing actual known facts about this latest U.S. and World problem. Therefore, very little is known about it. And maybe that’s part of the purpose of the media ignoring it.

NO ONE can truthfully say it is NOT a critical topic to examine — especially for Americans with young children at home. But where do parents go to get facts and objective information about transgenderism? The media certainly are devoid of facts about it.

This is happening while in the United States, a sharp rise in the number of children identifying as transgender has alarmed some parents. As these numbers rapidly grow, three mothers share the warning signs of transgender indoctrination. To get the inside scoop of how parents are facing this in their children, Epoch Times published these accounts of those three mothers.

The Child Transgender Numbers Explosion

A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics released in May 2020 showed nearly 10 percent of high school students in just one school district identified as gender-diverse. That 10 percent figure is far higher than past estimates, such as a 2017 government survey of U.S. high school students, in which only 1.8 percent said they identified as transgender. While some studies suggest the higher rate of suicide and attempted suicide among transgender children is related to non-affirmation, other research shows that the higher rate of suicide and attempted suicide among adolescents with gender dysphoria is more related to their known history of other psychiatric diagnoses and self-reported emotional and behavioral problems. While the study called The Trevor Project—widely cited by those who push the affirmation-only approach to avoid self-harm—does show that a significant number of transgender youth admit the heavy use of drugs and alcohol, the study did not explore or provide any statistics regarding the preexistence of other psychiatric diagnoses or self-reported emotional and behavioral problems among the participants.

The Social/Mental Vulnerabilities 

While each of the three families in this story comes from different backgrounds and lives in different states, each of their newly self-identified transgender children has some things very much in common. They are all in the same age group, they are all socially awkward, and all have been diagnosed with some form of social or psychological disorder.

Vera Lindner of Los Angeles, California, told The Epoch Times “the trans bomb was dropped,” into her world a year ago when her daughter was 14 years old. Her daughter, now 15, had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder. She suffers from depression, anxiety, insulin resistance, and obesity. Her daughter was also diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Dee, of Clover, South Carolina has a 17-year-old daughter who was indoctrinated at the age of 15. Her daughter has been diagnosed with pre-adoption trauma.

A concerned mom in Augusta, Georgia, who is a single parent, spoke to The Epoch Times under the condition of anonymity using the pseudonym Mary. She said her son made his transgender announcement in November 2020. While not formally diagnosed with any specific disorder, she “had him tested when he was younger for being on the [autism] spectrum and he fell in the gray zone.”

“They could not say yes or no,” Mary added. “He has always been a bit socially awkward and quirky.”

How it Began

Another commonality is the way each child was drawn down the transgender path. It all began with online connections who introduced them to the transgender world through various social media groups.

The trans-transformation of Vera’s daughter started when she began identifying as a lesbian and started watching a lot of YouTube videos like “What do lesbians look like?” and “Who is the ‘most lesbian’ from among this line-up?” Then came the “unrequited love for a butch-lesbian girl who was the first one to self-identify as a ‘trans-boy.’”

“This individual was the ring-leader, very aggressive,” Vera explained. “Also, very tech-savvy.” The “trans-boy” set up multiple Discord groups for the group her daughter had been introduced to, with channels such as “vent,” “general,” “art,” “LGBT” and specifically, “NSFW” where they were posting male nudes and pornography for each other to watch.

According to the Urban Dictionary, “NSFW” is “internet slang” for “Not Safe For Work” or “Not Safe For Wife” and is “used for a fandom of some sort when people want to discuss and share the sexual and porno side of the fandom.”

“At the same time,” Vera added, “they all got into TikTok and Instagram and started watching trans-related content—vile, stupid narcissistic young adults posting rotten material on these platforms.”

The subject matter of these posts centered around such things as, “you are trans if you…,” “you have been playing a role of a girl all along but you are not a girl,” and posed questions like “do you feel like a girl?”

For Dee’s daughter, everything started when “a friend who had decided she was trans a year before took her down the proverbial hole and taught her what to wear” and exposed her to lesbian pornography.

Through the social media platforms Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit, Pinterest, YouTube, and TikTok, her daughter watched videos  about “trans-men” and “how to get testosterone.”

As with Vera’s and Dee’s daughters, Mary’s son spent hours on social media sites consuming hard-core, graphic pornography sent to him by his new, online trans peer group that evades parental controls by classifying the content “cartoons.”

The Drastic Transformation

By the time Vera’s daughter was in eighth grade she “was so hyper-fixated on LGBT that she was incapable of speaking about anything else besides LGBT” and she “cycled through orientations of lesbian, pan, queer, until finally, she dropped the trans bomb shortly after turning 14.” Soon after, she “cut her hair, started wearing boys’ clothes, bought men’s underwear” and “demanded a binder.” She also wanted to get a “supplement from Amazon for increasing testosterone,” which she refused to purchase for her and to see a “gender doctor,” which she refused to take her to.

Where Dee’s daughter had once been a “happy, seemingly well-adjusted and mature,” child who “excelled academically, she quickly became “disobedient, contentious, contemptuous and untruthful.”

Where she once appeared as a normal teen-aged girl, she now “presents as a boy wearing dark colors, hoodies, and occasionally wears a binder” and she has “Cut off her beautiful hair and tries to pass with a man bun.”

Mary said she was shocked at her son’s trans declaration as there was “no prior behavior that would indicate any of this.”

As with Vera’s daughter, Mary’s son became “obsessed with talking about trans issues.” She said “all talks revolved around it,” and “he demanded puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy.”

Mary said the transformation of her son started after he “found friends who were also declaring non-binary and transgender status and they began providing him with “their old girl clothes.” He quickly went from “cautiously” wearing a skirt to “full-on cross-dressing” and he “became noticeably irritable and rude,” a characteristic she said was “extremely out of character” for her son. During one manic episode, she said her son began screaming at her to look at him to recognize that he is “a girl now.”

“It was very disturbing and frightening,” she said.

The Fight to Reclaim Their Children

Because her daughter was “going through a mental breakdown upon dropping the trans bomb,” Vera and her husband decided not to take away her electronic devices. To mitigate the destructive influence of social media, they did purge her accounts of all transgendered contacts. They also stopped sending their daughter to her therapist, who had started “casually talking about testosterone and encouraging transition.”

Her daughter’s PCOS is being managed with meds and she has a daily regimen of light exercise. She has started tenth grade in a charter school and is making new friends. Still, the therapy that has had the most positive impact on her daughter has been volunteering on family farms.

“She adores animals,” Vera said, “so we adopted two kittens in addition to the dog we brought with us. Being around animals and kind people has helped her rebuild her self-esteem. We also go for walks daily. Her depression is much better, definitely in remission. So is the eating disorder. Here, she is connecting with real humans and hearing their real-life stories.”

For Dee—because “there’s too much being shared at high school at lunch and during breaks”—parental monitoring of her social media accounts, a summer job, increased volunteer work to get her off social media, and new social circles has had only marginal improvements on her daughter’s behavior. But she isn’t giving up.

Fearful and overwhelmed by the sudden changes in her son, the decision was made by Mary to send her son to stay with his father. During those next three weeks, she began to dig into his online history and many changes have been made. Since her son’s return from his father’s home, she has taken away his electronic devices and has three layers of parental control on his phone. She uses Circle and Bark apps to monitor the phone’s screen-time and frequently checks with her internet provider for controls they provide. Despite her efforts, she said her son still manages to find “a lot of gender-bending in obscure corners of the internet.”

“His attitude is slightly better,” she said. “I have taken him to a new therapist that is not affirming. I am not sure how much that has helped so far though. The previous therapist was terrible and made things go from bad to violent with the blind affirmation model.

Their Greatest Fears

Vera fears that her daughter will be taken by Child Protective Services because she is “not affirming,” She also fears that her daughter will be influenced by her friends to take hormones or worse, to have irrevocable surgeries. “She has made tremendous progress in healing her mental illnesses and I don’t want her to slip back,” Vera said.

Dee also fears that her daughter will “medicalize and embark on a course of surgery that will cause irreparable damage to her body.”

“And I fear she will latch onto her ‘glitter’ family and become estranged from us,” she confessed.

Mary in Georgia also fears that her son “will begin medicalization when he turns 18” and that “he will ruin his body and his life in search for happiness that is promised to him” but “will only result in his ruination mentally and physically.”

“He will become a forever patient of the pharmaceutical and medical industry and dwindle his dating pool down to nothing and he will be alone,” she grieved.

Who’s to Blame?

Although a self-described “lifelong” liberal Democrat, Vera blames former President Barack Obama “who got bought with the millionaire transvestites’ money” and the liberals “who parrot trans slogans” and “allowed this ideology to infiltrate so deeply the American society and families.”

She blames the “friends who dragged” her daughter into the trans world, and the school lockdowns that left home-bound, isolated children “hanging on their phones all day long to be immersed into this cult.”

“And I blame myself,” she confessed, “for not doing a deep reading on this whole trans-thing years ago. I immersed myself only after she dropped on us the trans-bomb, unexpectedly.”

Dee also blames “the friend who dragged” her daughter into this, “and social media, which uses algorithms to shove the trans-agenda into her online world.” She also blames her daughter’s three therapists, “all of whom affirmed her and treated her like a special unicorn.”

Primarily, Mary blames the tech industry.

“They know the danger this technology poses to our mental health and the influence it has especially on young vulnerable people,” she said. “I blame them for not having stronger walls against pornography when kids can easily click an ‘over 18’ button.”

She also blames the pharmaceutical and medical industry who “blindly affirm this and push drugs and surgeries on kids” and therapists who use suicide statistics to pressure them into affirming their child’s irrational decisions yet give no thought to the idea that the child may deeply regret those choices and “take their life after the transition.”

New Paths Require Wise Feet

“To all despondent parents who just got blindsided by this,” two mothers offer some advice.

Vera: “Read as much literature as possible, both affirmative and also trans-critical. Be familiar with the propaganda and lies so you can rebuff them. Nothing substitutes for knowledge and information.”

Mary: “Cut off electronics/online activity, be vigilant about parental controls and monitoring. Be cautious and not confrontational and keep communication lines open and encourage critical thinking.  Give them as much love as possible but also be firm as the parent. Get them outdoors and back in nature and into the world like through volunteering, extracurricular activities, if they’re old enough getting a job.”

Summary

Our commitment at TruthNewsNetwork is to give you facts as we learn them through our research. But often we (and all Americans) are confronted with circumstances for which there are NOT “absolute” facts available with which to confirm or rebut. For those, we often turn to people who are actually facing these dilemmas face-to-face. The above story was penned by Patricia Tolson.

Patricia Tolson

Saturday Bullet Points: October 23, 2021

I don’t know about you, but I feel much safer and more secure knowing just how capable our President is to lead us after seeing his several interactions on national television this week. OMG! How can this be happening to us?

Let’s be honest: it’s critical for all Americans to stay in touch with the realities of life, good and bad, that directly and indirectly impact our lives. We owe to the generations to follow to give them the U.S. that’s in better shape than when our parents gave it to us. To do that, we’ve got to have a steady diet of fact-finding. There’s plenty of news out there 24/7 — much of which is NOT factual. Discernment of facts and the separation of truth from fiction needs to be Job One for we parents. President Biden and his “handlers” — whoever they may be — are making that task almost impossible. But we MUST keep after it!

We captured some of the top stories of this past week that you need to at least be familiar with. Read the several sentence explanations of these stories followed by this blue arrow:   The arrow after a bullet point is a hyperlink that when clicked takes you to a story with complete details of the subject of the bullet point. This process makes it easier for you with your Saturday morning coffee to catch up on the important matters from the week so you can stay abreast.

Let’s get started!

Bullet Points

  • Reports Friday revealed gasoline prices as high as $8.00 per gallon in both California and New York. How did we get in this fix in just ten short months? The answer is simple: this President dismantled in just a few weeks our strategic energy infrastructure that under Donald Trump had made the United States energy independent. As bad as that is, it gets worse: Joe Biden has contracted with the Chinese Communist Party to supply tons of liquid propane gas to China for twenty years! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Everyone knows by now that Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memo from several weeks ago has put a target on the backs of American parents who are pushing back against leftist public educators for Critical Race Theory curricula in schools. The Attorney General’s memo stated he was activating the FBI to, across the nation, instigate processes to hold any of these parents accountable for threatening or intimidating school board members for their support of this curriculum. If such acts of terror were actually happening, Americans would expect the DOJ to take exactly these actions to suppress such violence. But there are NO examples of ANY such violence happening anywhere in the U.S.! Instead of any basis in fact for the need for such DOJ action, we discovered that Attorney General Garland relied on content in a letter sent to the White House alleging such actions by parents are rampant across the nation. So, without vetting the source or allegations contained in that letter, AG Garland issued the memo. Who was the letter from? A teachers union! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • National polls are “a dime a dozen.” There are far too many variants that factor into public polling to rely on the results as being an actual representation of those polled — especially regarding political matters. But one CAN be comfortable with is the “trends” that polls can follow. In that vein, what do you think the chief concerns of American parents are as represented in a recent FOX News poll? You will probably be shocked when you see them for they represent a stark change in American adults during this Administration’s time in control. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • U.S. Immigration officials have been pretty much inundated with the processing of illegal immigrants flooding our southern border. The proof of that leaks into the public realm of ideas almost daily. And the facts of what is happening in this regard during the Biden Administration are staggering proof that something’s amiss. Add to the continuing saga of illegals flooding across our southern border the planeloads of Afghan immigrants arriving from the Middle East and the statistics are staggering. But statistics aren’t what’s is important: the actions of those being allowed into the U.S. ARE what’s important. One of those Afghan’s is reported to have raped a young woman in Montana. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is one of just two Democrats in the U.S. Senate who are actually following through on their status as being “moderates” regarding legislation. Manchin and Arizona Kyrsten Sinema both seem to be Democrat hold-outs of supporting the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. If either of these two, or both, vote against it, Democrats do not have the ability to overcome that. Manchin specifically has been so roundly attacked by Democrats across his party, he reportedly has offered Democrat Party officials to change his party affiliation from “Democrat” to “Independent!” For complete details, click on this link: 
  • CNN conducted a “Townhall” meeting on Thursday with President Biden and anchored by Anderson Cooper. Saying that it was a “three-ring circus” would be kind. It was more of a comedy show at a rest home than a circus! Cooper often during the Townhall had to coax the President with words and even the answers to questions. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) blasted the President for his denigration during the Townhall of any Americans who are pushing back against vaccine mandates. Biden was demonstrably nasty about Americans who are doing so. For complete details, click on this link:
  • U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has joined Sen. Joe Manchin on a host of issues pending before the Senate expressing their lack of support for a host of reasons. Though Manchin is a darling of the mainstream media, Sinema very rarely gives the press specific answers that show her stance on some of these issues. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “tacitly” acknowledged that Sinema is adamantly opposed to the tax increases that are included in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Most Americans know the name “In-N-Out Burgers.” The chain is famous for its amazing burgers and french fries which are made onsite with fresh potatoes. I actually have driven for 20 miles while on a short trip to California to dine at the closest In-N-Out Burger! The chain is headquartered in California. And, obviously, there are In-N-Out Burger locations in abundance around the state. One such location is in deep trouble regarding a COVID-19 vaccination issue. It’s NOT about employees, either. What’s going on? For complete details, click on this link: 
  • How bad are the gas prices where you live? As mentioned above, they’re as high as $5.00-$8.00 per gallon in areas in the country! Yes, Americans know the principal source for these massive gas hikes: President Joe Biden. His policies are the direct cause of these fuel costs. As bad as this news is, there’s news that’s far worse. Biden says this will “probably” continue into 2022! For complete details, click on this link:
  • It has been shocking to watch and hear of the “Biden Family Syndicates” financial boondoggles that have been leaked into the media since Joe Biden started his bid for the presidency. Who can forget the Burisma Holdings Hunter Biden financial windfall? Then on a flight to China aboard Air Force Two with his dad — then-Vice President Joe Biden — Hunter cut a $1.5 billion investment deal with the Chinese Communist Party. But the worst debacle for Hunter so far is the auctioning of Hunter’s “art” at a California auction house which are bringing purchase prices of $500,000+! Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) in the House hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland showed pictures of two epic paintings by two of the Classical Masters: Degas, and Monet.  Hunter, who is nothing more than a novice, is selling his paintings for the same prices as people paid for the Monet and Degas! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Every American is well aware of the shrinking ranks among law enforcement officers across the nation. Many have quit, retired, or moved to other cities to serve since the cries for defunding police departments have flooded the U.S. Subsequently, crime in almost every U.S. city continues to escalate as police are leaving their chosen vocations. And now, President Biden initiated the most dangerous action of his thus far by mandating that ALL law enforcement be COVID-19 vaccinated. He’s doing that with NO science to back his mandate. In that CNN Townhall, the President even stated any member of law enforcement who refuses vaccination should be fired. How’s THAT going to impact crime statistics? For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Who would believe that any information disseminated by the Biden Administration would be inaccurate? That’s a stupid question! The latest, though, is pretty serious. Do you remember when Secretary of State Antony Blinken proclaimed that “Americans stuck in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of our military number somewhere 100 — probably less than 100.” Others on the ground in Afghanistan to assist stranded Americans told us from the beginning there were hundreds stranded. Of course, Biden rejected such a notion. Guess what? There are MORE than 300 Americans stuck behind enemy lines in Afghanistan! For complete details, click on this link: 

Florida: Democrats’ Thorn In The Flesh

Remember the dog days of summer, when there was near consensus in the media that Florida was led by a madman whose reckless COVID-19 policies represented a grave threat to the nation? Those hyperbolic claims have been quietly shelved, now that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Florida has plummeted from 151,748 for the week ending August 20 to 19,519 as of October 8, according to the Florida Department of Health’s weekly Covid situation report.

According to the New York Times COVID-19 Tracker, Florida now has the second-lowest per capita COVID rate of any state: 12 per 100,000, behind only Hawaii, with nine per 100,000 as of October 18. Florida’s vaccination rate (59 percent fully vaccinated) is now above the national average (57 percent.)  St. Petersburg currently has a per capita COVID infection rate that’s lower than every county in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and other blue states.

As media elites waxed indignant over Florida’s alleged COVID sins this summer, many couldn’t hide their see-we-told-you-so delight when the Delta plague Florida’s shores. The Left eviscerated Governor Ron DeSantis for his opposition to mask and vaccine mandates. Joy Behar of ABC’s The View called him a “homicidal sociopath” and a “dangerous criminal.” Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post’s “conservative” columnist, wrote that DeSantis’s conduct revealed a “breathtaking disdain for the well-being of his state.” Charles Blow of the New York Times wrote: “Yes, Florida, DeSantis is allowing you to choose death so that he can have a greater political life.” Writing for CNN, Columbia University economics professor Jeffrey Sachs declared that “Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas have, through their policies, been effectively leading their citizens toward death.”

MSNBC host Joy Reid called DeSantis “Dr. Death” and “the grim reaper of the South,” who was “rolling out the red carpet for the virus,” and “rooting for the virus.” She asked one guest to explain what she characterized as DeSantis’s strategy of “killing children in (his) own state and letting children die of COVID.” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski called Florida’s governor “the DeSantis variant” and proclaimed him the new leader of a cult. “Almost all of these hospitalizations (and) deaths (in Florida) would have, and could have, been avoided if misguided Americans had not followed the crazed teachings of a growing death cult,” she said.

Salon picked up on the death cult theme in a piece roasting DeSantis with the headline, “The GOP’s death cult comes for the children.” The author, Sophia Tesfaye, claimed that DeSantis’s goal was to make public schools in the state “so unsafe and inhospitable that parents are forced to push their children into private schools.” The Daily Beast got in on the act with a plea headlined, “It’s Time to Put the Right-Wing Zombie Death Cult on Trial.” The author, Wajahat Ali, fantasized about putting DeSantis and other Republican governors on trial for “helping to actively kill people and harm children with their pro-death policies.”

While some liberals feared Floridians as an unwashed horde of invading barbarians, others laughed at the state’s misfortune. In an early September monologue, ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel said, “Of the 54,000 Americans who died from COVID since the start of the summer, almost one of five died in Florida, which, my God, all those orphaned ferrets, it’s a shame.” Kimmel faced no sanction from ABC because mocking dead Floridians is apparently still considered good sport on the coasts. Earlier in the summer, he had called Florida “America’s North Korea.” He and others fail to understand that since the start of the pandemic, Florida has, for many, become synonymous with freedom, representing a way of life and a state of mind as much as a physical place. The media deliberately mischaracterize DeSantis and others in the “disease-spreading, right-wing zombie death cult” that supports him as anti-mask and anti-vax, when in fact, Floridians  just want to be left alone.

People who have spent much of the last couple years living in fear resent Floridians’ freedom and are waiting for things to go badly there, as they did this summer. But the summer surge in Florida and across the South was predictable for mundane reasons. When the heat and humidity spikes, people retreat into air conditioning, where it’s easier to spread the virus. But as the temperatures have dipped in recent weeks, infection rates have plummeted across the South.

Meantime, the states whose COVID infection rates are now heading in the wrong direction are almost all in cooler-weather states run by Democrats, like Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. Don’t expect the media to highlight this or question if the leaders of those states made bad policy choices.

The truth always finds a way to slip out, though. Florida’s second-quarter tourism arrivals were up 223 percent year over year, and the number of domestic visitors was up 6 percent over the record figures posted in 2019. (International arrivals were down substantially due to travel restrictions.) Visitors from cold-weather states like New York, New Jersey, and Illinois, expected to be stepping over bodies in the streets in St. Petersburg but were pleasantly surprised by how normal life is in Florida. At a time when the Left is having an authoritarian moment – pushing vaccine and mask mandates, demanding crackdowns on conservative speech, intimidating parents who criticize school boards, and branding anyone who disagrees with them bigoted or worse – Florida feels like a bastion of liberty.

Summary

It’s sad that instead of the media “know-it-alls” exercising the practice of Journalism they for so long have claimed sole ownership of, choose instead to give Americans little more than their tired, vapid, partisan drivel totally void of facts. And they continue this insanity knowing full well that Americans are on to their schemes! Even journalists who in the past claimed integrity in honest reporting have abandoned not only their profession but also their ability (or desire) to communicate “facts” to the American people opting instead for whatever they feel their political bosses want to see and hear.

Truth is NEVER supposed to be “For Sale.” But at CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, objective journalism went on vacation in the run-up to the 2016 election and hasn’t shown back up yet.

What the media elites refuse to accept (even if they actually understand it) is that Americans have caught on to their tricks and are no longer falling for them. Yet editors and producers alike still demand partisan thuggery from a fawning group of media lapdogs who are hopelessly leashed and collared so Joe, Nancy, and Chuck can lead them down whatever the “news path of the day” happens to be for Leftists.

Funny: some of the people who purported to be knowledgeable about everything and are expected to talk to Americans about facts decided to go to sleep and refuse to wake up. And they certainly are “reporting” about what their dreaming and, most certainly, forgot how to simply state facts and allow a nation full of pretty smart people to determine what the “news” actually means.

Sadly, I doubt it will change. Oh, they’ll never admit they were wrong about Florida or applaud the governor’s successes handling COVID. They certainly will never acknowledge their errors in “reporting.”

The saddest of all is nobody in management at these news outlet even cares about their “untruth” in reporting.

But Americans DO care.

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VaccIne Tyranny Ignites Brushfire Of Freedom

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It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Samuel Adams

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. Samuel Adams

Better to fight for something than live for nothing. Gen. George S. Patton.

If you missed Cherie Zaslawsky’s amazing article on Newswithviews, Preaching Beyond the Choir, she has been busy writing to local newspapers in order to reach people who never hear the truth.  I took her suggestions to heart.

Last week, I called a local radio program to tell them about the studies regarding Ivermectin and that it’s not just a horse dewormer, and it’s certainly not just a monthly heartworm treatment for dogs.  I told them that over 30 studies have proven that Ivermectin has a 100% prophylactic prevention of acquisition of Sars-coV-2.  The wonder drug that originated in Japan doesn’t just treat parasites or worms in animals, it actually cures River Blindness.  It also has 22 mechanisms of action against Sars-coV-2, has seven or eight anti-viral mechanisms, and has multiple immune modification mechanisms.

When I hung up, the radio host said to the audience that this is not medical advice, and to check with their own doctors.  We know the majority of physicians are following the NIH, CDC, FDA, and AMA protocols and will not prescribe this life-saving drug for fear of losing their licenses. Another caller stated it’s better for us if we get the jab and be safe.  And the program ended.

Groupthink, lemmings, and sheep…how do we get them to see the truth?

Dr. Michael Yeadon, former top scientist and VP of Pfizer said we have to share to get the ball rolling, and you don’t need to be a scientist or give an essay on science, you just need to tell people that things don’t feel right.  Talk to people on the street, your neighbors, your friends.  If you don’t, he says, “Eventually there’ll be a knock on your door and someone will be there saying, ‘You have to be vaccinated.’ And I’m frightened of that.”

Mass Censorship

Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA vaccines, says he was branded a “terrorist” by the media in Italy and warns that physicians who echo the truth are being “hunted via medical boards and the press.”  Despite concerns regarding adverse effects and even death from the Covid jabs being regularly voiced by doctors, the Federation of State Medical Boards announced in July that it would consider pulling medical licenses of doctors who traffic in “misinformation” about Sars-coV-2.

There are a large number of physicians and scientists who have spoken out about the virus.  Our Pravda media and Big Tech networks have censored every one of them, but it hasn’t stopped the truth.  We know who these courageous men and women are and we pray for each of them knowing that they are being hunted by the press, branded as terrorists, and threatened with the loss of their licenses.  We’re already aware of the massive losses Dr. Peter McCullough has suffered, including a lawsuit by a former employer.

These men and women are warriors for truth.  (AFLDS.org and FLCCC.net)  Pay Pal recently shut down FLCCC’s platform.

Physicians and Scientists Speak

In the following 45-minute video, eight prominent physicians and scientists talk about inoculations for Sars-coV-2.

Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IeVy7jQoz0

Dr. Pierre Kory is a pulmonary and critical care specialist and the President of Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC.net). He has testified in Congress about the effectiveness of ivermectin as both a prophylactic and a Sars-coV-2 early cure.  Dr. Kory said, “I don’t believe there’s anyone who died (from Covid) who got effective early treatment.”

Dr. Richard Urso, a scientist, and ophthalmologist, and the Former Director of Orbital Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, stated, “People don’t die of the virus, they die of inflammation and thrombosis.  And we have drugs for inflammation that are not off-label, as well as drugs for thrombosis.”

Dr. Robert Malone has exposed the dangers of the mRNA Covid jab.  A major contributor to the invention of mRNA technology, Dr. Malone is highly qualified to discuss the potential side effects of mRNA injections. And he has spoken about the dangers of this foolish mass vaccination program.  Link  

Thirty peer-reviewed studies show the efficacy of natural immunity, being denied by the fools who listen to Fauci and his buddies who want you vaxxed…their pockets are enlarged and the vaxxed are sick or dying.

Malone previously warned about the risk of Antibody-Dependent Enhancement (ADE) that causes the virus to become more infectious.  He has even called for a stop to the COVID-19 jab rollout.  The latest podcast featuring Dr. Malone helped dispel another mainstream media lie regarding the “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated” narrative that Biden repeats. Unvaccinated individuals are called “super-spreaders” and blamed for the latest wave of infections.  According to Dr. Malone, the opposite is true.  In fact, the fully vaccinated are the “super-spreaders.”

Harvard research confirms what we’ve been saying for months.  There is no evidentiary correlation between cases and vaccination rates.

Dr. Ryan Cole is a Mayo Clinic board-certified clinical and anatomic pathologist and Chief Medical Officer and Laboratory Director of Cole Diagnostics, a full-service medical lab in Boise, Idaho.  The Idaho Medical Association asked the state board to stop Dr. Cole from prescribing ivermectin.  He has refused to use the “accepted protocol” from the FDA, CDC, NIH, AMA, and other state agencies that deny the decades-old parasitic medication to patients.

Cole Diagnostics processes and reports out approximately 40,000 blood and biopsy patient samples annually.  In the last year, the lab has handled over 100,000 Covid testing samples.  It is the biggest independent testing lab in Idaho and has described how the mRNA shots have caused serious autoimmune disorders.

Cole explained that two types of cells are required for adequate immune system function: “Helper T-cells,” also called “CD4 cells,” and “killer T-cells,” often known as “CD8 cells.”  According to Cole, in patients with HIV, there is massive suppression of “helper T-cells” which cause immune system functions to plummet and leave the patient susceptible to a variety of illnesses.

He describes that what we’re seeing post-vaccine is a drop in killer T-cells in your CD8 cells.  And what do those cells do?  They keep all other viruses in check. Cole explains that as a result of this “clot-shot” induced “killer T-cell” suppression, he is seeing an “uptick” of not only endometrial cancer, but also melanomas, as well as herpes, shingles, mono, and a “huge uptick” in HPV when “looking at the cervical biopsies of women.”

The unvaccinated are looking smarter and smarter every week. Link

Dr. Mark McDonald, a double board-certified clinical psychiatrist told of the damage to our children. Dr. McDonald said, “We’re not in a medical pandemic, we’re in a fear pandemic.”

He believes that what is driving the fear now is propaganda.  He said that children, unlike adults, don’t just bounce back; that children will not regain their psychological health.  As a child psychiatrist, he treats children all day long.

He stated, “The developmental stage children need to go through, babies, toddlers, young adults is being foreclosed on them.  Brown University Department of Pediatrics published a study in mid-September that found that babies born after January 1st, 2020, when this whole pandemic started, had an IQ point drop of 20 points compared to babies born before January 1, 2020.  That’s huge!  Why?  They don’t see faces, they don’t play, they don’t have exposure to friends, they don’t go to school.  They’re basically locked in their homes looking at their parents for a year and a half and their brains have not developed.”

“My concern is that we are building a generation of young people who are so traumatized that they will never fully recover from this.  Even if we give them therapy and treatment, they’re always going to be damaged from this and be scarred emotionally.  I don’t mean for it to be depressing, I mean for it to be alarming so that everyone can finally say, ‘STOP.’ We’ve got to stop the damage and then figure out what to do about it.”

It’s way past time to acknowledge what has been done wrong.  However, the biggest problem I personally saw was masks on children who rarely get or pass the virus.  To close their faces off from their peers and to wear face diapers in public is a developmental atrocity to our youth; I see it as child abuse.  Many parents home school, and those children have no social disabilities, but masks are a blockage that destroys interpersonal relationships and changes the lives of these children for decades to come.

There is hope!  

The Gateway Pundit reported that Nebraska AG, Doug Peterson issued an opinion on physicians prescribing hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and ivermectin for Sars-coV-2 treatment will not face any punishment.  “Allowing physicians to consider these early treatments will free them to evaluate additional tools that could save lives, keep patients out of the hospital, and provide relief for our already strained healthcare system,” AG Doug Peterson wrote.

The Office of AG pointed to multiple medical journal articles, research, and case studies. They mentioned the study from Lancet that was later retracted because of its flawed statistics regarding the use of HCQ.

Airline pilots are walking out, refusing the jab, the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Union (SMART) is walking away from the mandates, TSA employees have joined the anti-jab movement, nurses are leaving their professions and physicians are taking early retirement.  The CEO of Delta Airlines flat out says he opposes the mandate and doesn’t need one to get his employees jabbed.

In the following 10-minute video from The Hill, violent protests throughout Europe show the world is over Covid-19.

Video Here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHpZ2vqJbMA

Liberty Counsel has filed a class-action lawsuit along with a motion for a temporary restraining order and injunction against Joseph R. Biden, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Defense Lloyd Austin and U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on behalf of members from all five branches of the military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard — federal employees and federal civilian contractors, who have been unlawfully mandated to get the jabs or face dishonorable discharge from the military or termination from employment.

Dr. Stella Immanuel, one of America’s Frontline Doctors from Houston, believes that the whole “pandemic” is a Trojan Horse for vaccines designed by Bill Gates to depopulate the earth.  She also said, “Fauci is the epitome of evil.”

US Treasury deputy secretary warns unvaxxed Americans that shortages will continue until everyone is jabbed.  When there aren’t enough folks left working to run the country, there will be even more shortages, but to stop the tyranny and authoritarianism, Americans must take a stand.  So stock up now!

The International Criminal Court

Alex Newman, the Senior Editor of the New American Magazine recently interviewed Dr. Richard Fleming, Ph.D., MD, JD.  The people responsible for weaponizing and releasing the Covid-19 bio-weapon against humanity are facing a criminal complaint on “crimes against humanity” at the International Criminal Court.

The 20-minute interview is loaded with information.

Dr. Fleming mentions Dr. Peter Daszak who seemingly pushed for the notion that C-19 was not man-made early on in the pandemic.  Daszak, president of the New York City-based EcoHealth Alliance, secretly organized a statement issued by the influential British medical journal The Lancet in February 2020, according to Vanity Fair.  A total of 27 scientists — including Daszak, 55, who trained as a zoologist — signed the statement, which expressed “solidarity with all scientists and health professionals in China.”

During Daszak’s efforts to arrange the Lancet statement, he reportedly emailed two scientists, including Dr. Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina, who’d worked with the lead coronavirus researcher at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, located at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Barik was one of the most overlooked figures in the gain of function research that many believe may be the source of Sars-CoV-2 and the resulting Wuhan Virus pandemic. Dr. Baric whose research and collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology spells out how to modify SARS with a spike protein so as to better infect human cells.

“Gain-of-function” is the euphemism for biological research aimed at increasing the virulence and lethality of pathogens and viruses. GoF research is government-funded; its focus is on enhancing the pathogens’ ability to infect different species and to increase their deadly impact as airborne pathogens and viruses. Ostensibly, GoF research is conducted for biodefense purposes.  These experiments, however, are extremely dangerous. Those deadly science-enhanced pathogens can and do escape into the community where they infect and kill people.

Dr. Fleming states that these two men, Daszak and Baric, and Shi Zhengliat the Wuhan Institute of Virology have spent decades manipulating viruses to make them more infective and cause them to shut down our immune system.  These people have been working together with the Aids Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Rockefeller group, and all the people who are also connected with our universities who are putting in big money and have massive control over universities where we’re supposed to be training people to be scientists.

The federal government and the DOD made more than half the contributions financially and provided advisors to Peter Daszak at Eco Health who then paid Dr. Ralph Baric and Zhengli to play with these viruses.  There was no “accidental escape,” Sars-coV-1 was developed and this is an upgrade of it.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the ultimate criminal court on the planet.  The US signed but did not ratify but a lot of other countries did.  The United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and France have filed a joint suit.  Japan’s Dr. Kevin McCairn, France’s Dr. Luc Montagnier, and Dr. Fleming submitted affidavits of information to the judges, including Dr. Fleming’s book.  The court still has the case.

A group of Nazi concentration camp survivors sent a letter to the ICC in support of a joint “Request for Investigation” by lawyers who have submitted evidence, alongside sworn affidavits from Professor Luc Montagnier and Dr. Fleming, alleging governments worldwide and their advisors are complicit in genocide, crimes against humanity, and breaches of the Nuremberg Code.

The former prisoners of war in Nazi concentration camps actually walked their letters over to the ICC.  They have stated what is happening now is more reproachable than what happened under Hitler and Nazi Germany.  It’s important to note that there were people who wanted to sign this document that are so afraid of reprisals that they did not, including one person who was a personal friend of Anne Frank.

Dr. Fleming says, “Now that tells you what we’re dealing with on planet earth, so anyone who thinks this is a game or that there are not some serious consequences going on here when you have Nazi prisoner-of-war camp survivors hesitant to sign something, and they knew Anne Frank and everything she went through because they are afraid of reprisals, it will tell you the courage that these three people had to have just to sign their name on the dotted line and insist upon this.  This is more emphasis for people to become aware that this is moving forward.  We have other people we are now working with that should the ICC falter for whatever reason, these individuals working around the world and attorneys working in international law, are already placing the foundations for an international tribunal to be in effect.”

Just because the United States did not ratify this does not mean the people Dr. Fleming included in his statements will not be held accountable, i.e., Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, et al. Hiding inside the USA doesn’t mean it’s a safehold for them.

Conclusion

The rights of the people are only surrendered when the people allow it to happen.

General Washington had only a small number of Americans who joined him from 1775 to 1783 in the War for Independence from Great Britain, but that small army gave us liberty and freedom.

It’s time to fuel those brushfires once again. Never surrender.

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Sexual Assault Against Kids Is NOT Exclusive To Loudoun County, VA

Student-on-student sexual assault and harassment happens with alarming frequency in school bathrooms, on school playgrounds, and in the backs of school buses.

In an Ohio high school last year, four boys forced a 14-year-old girl into a school storage closet and sexually assaulted her. In an Indiana middle school, six girls charged a classmate with groping their breasts and buttocks; choking, smacking, and slapping them.

Meanwhile, in a California elementary school, boys created a tradition of slapping and grabbing their female classmates’ buttocks, and called it “Slap Ass Fridays.”

It’s unnerving and uncomfortable to talk about, but student-on-student sexual assault and harassment happen with alarming frequency in school bathrooms, on school playgrounds, and in the backs of school buses. It’s happening at every level of education from preK to college.

It happened to Esther Warkov’s daughter, a student in Seattle public schools. She was raped by a high school classmate – a boy who had previously been disciplined for sexual misconduct when he was in middle school – on a multi-day school field trip. The rape occurred in the presence of other students.

“Our schools are in crisis,” says Warkov, who founded the Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS) organization which advocates for schools to protect students from harassment and assault and to investigate cases as required by law under Title IX.

While occasions of adult-on-child sexual assaults on school property claim headlines – and rightfully so – the problem of student-on-student sexual attacks is much more common. For every adult-on-child sexual assault, there were seven such assaults by students, according to an Associated Press (AP) analysis of federal crime data.

From 2011 to 2015, about 17,000 sexual assaults were committed by U.S. students, AP found,  although the number is likely much higher because assaults are under-reported or mislabeled as bullying, particularly among young victims. About 5 percent of the victims AP reported on were 5- and 6-year-olds.

The younger the victim, the more devastating the impact, and the greater the vulnerability to repeated assault. It’s a disturbing trend and one that some educators and parents are reluctant to acknowledge, especially when it involves kids so young. It’s easier to label the acts as bullying or hazing than to call them sex crimes – and violations of federal Title IX safety protections – but advocates say the only way to eliminate these offenses is to face them head-on.

Otherwise, young lives will be destroyed, says Warkov. “Not only do the survivors’ emotional and psychological scars endure long after the attack, but their social lives, education, and career dreams are also shattered,” she says. “For some, the trauma is insurmountable; gender-based harassment and sexual assault have driven an increasing number of adolescent students to suicide,” Warkov adds.

The #metoo social media campaign revealed a hidden truth: Sexual harassment and assault is a normalized, commonplace offense that occurs regularly in every facet of U.S. society – in Hollywood, in Silicon Valley, among journalists, comedians, politicians, and professors. Even the current President of the United States famously bragged about sexual harassment and assault, only to later dismiss his comments as “locker room talk.”

When it happens in schools and isn’t addressed, students learn that sexual misconduct is acceptable, even normal. After all, boys will be boys, right? But beliefs and attitudes about healthy relationships and sexuality take root early on in a student’s life and schools must take the initiative to eliminate sexual harassment and assault, educators say, first by acknowledging that these problems exist and then by tackling the problem in curriculum, policy, and the very fabric of school culture and community.

Sexual Bullying

“You’re weak. You’re measly. You’re just a girl.”

These are the messages conveyed – and received – by some students in Jennifer Ryman Meuljic’s third-grade class in the Vancouver School District in Washington. Over time, these ideas translate to feelings of power and powerlessness, which can facilitate victimization by harassers and abusers. But third graders don’t understand any of this. What they do understand, however, is how to respect themselves and their space and how to speak up for themselves if someone gets in their space without their permission.

“We talk a lot about personal bubbles or body space,” she says. “We talk about it when we’re lining up or sitting on the carpet, and we remind students that nobody is allowed into your bubble unless you invite them.”

Meuljic knows that kids like to touch and hug and that’s perfectly fine, as long as it’s welcome on both ends, so she and the other elementary teachers emphasize that everyone has their own personal space that is theirs to protect or share.

“If someone runs up to hug another student or hold their hand, I don’t discourage that, I just say, ‘Did you ask first if that’s OK?’ I teach them to respect and protect their own bubbles and also to respect others’ bubbles by asking if it’s OK to give a hug or sit close by.”

She also tells her students that if someone breaks into their bubble without their permission, they need to tell the person not to do that and to talk to an adult.

“My hope is that they always remember these lessons of protecting and respecting bubbles as they grow up and remember that they are the only ones in control of their bodies,” Meuljic says. “Maybe if we all could instill these ideas from the earliest ages we wouldn’t have so many people ignoring boundaries and exerting their power. I have to believe it will help.”

Loudoun County Virginia

The superintendent of a Virginia school district appeared to admit on October 15 that the district violated state law in failing to properly report alleged sexual assaults, as a state official confirmed that the matter is under review. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Scott Ziegler made the admission during a brief appearance before reporters, where he read a prepared statement and took no questions.

Ziegler said the district made “errors in our state reporting regarding disciplinary incidents in schools,” stating that it had “inadvertently omitted some information in the past.”

“That is extremely concerning, and we are taking steps to make sure that process is improved. I will say that I have no reason to believe at this time that any missing reports were due to an intent to hide any information from the Virginia Department of Education,” he said, blaming an alleged “lack of oversight” that was in place before he was appointed in June, even though he had served as interim superintendent starting on Jan. 1.

Ziegler appeared to be responding to a report by The Daily Wire that the district failed to record multiple instances of alleged sexual assault, even though it’s required by state law that they do so.

Ziegler said during a June 22 school board meeting that he was unaware of any record of assaults happening in the district’s restrooms, nearly a month after a girl was allegedly raped by a male in a bathroom at Stone Bridge High School. State law states that reports “shall be made” to school and district authorities regarding all assaults on school buses, on school grounds, or at a school-sponsored activity. State law also directs district superintendents to annually report such incidents to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). But a public database of reports shows at least one assault that wasn’t reported to state authorities.

A Loudoun County Public Schools spokesperson declined to comment on Ziegler’s Oct. 15 remarks but didn’t dispute the characterization that Ziegler acknowledged state law wasn’t complied with.

Superintendents who fail to comply or secure compliance with the reporting requirements are subject to sanctions.

A VDOE spokesman stated in an email that the agency has reviewed the submissions made by Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) concerning discipline, crime, and violation “and is in communication with LCPS regarding the accuracy of their reports and whether the division is in compliance with state reporting requirements.” The spokesman confirmed that the submissions are required annually and that superintendents are required to certify their accuracy.

“This is a matter that VDOE takes very seriously and is actively investigating discrepancies in the LCPS reports,” he said.

In his statement, Ziegler said he made misleading comments during the June meeting. He said his remarks came after wrongly interpreting a question about incidents in the bathrooms as only involving transgender or “gender-fluid” students.

“I regret that my comments were misleading, and I apologize for the distress that error caused families. I should have asked Board Member Beth Barts clarifying questions to get to the root of her question, rather than assuming what she meant. I will do better in the future,” he said.

Ziegler also apologized for how the district handled two recent alleged assaults.

“Let me say to the families and students involved: My heart aches for you, and I am sorry that we failed to provide the safe, welcoming, and affirming environment that we aspire to provide,” he said.

A spokeswoman for father Scott Smith said in a statement to news outlets that Ziegler’s statement on behalf of LCPS “is the first acknowledgment that we have had that they are in fact responsible for their bad decision-making and policies that resulted in the two sexual assaults that happened in our high schools.”

“Today, Superintendent Ziegler said what we already knew: that the actions of the Loudoun County School Board and Administration ‘failed to provide the safe environment’ for the Smith’s daughter,” an attorney for the family said, before accusing LCPS of prioritizing “misguided policies of political correctness over student safety.”

Ziegler’s statement came as the district’s education leadership is under heightened scrutiny, in part because the board approved a policy that forces LCPS staffers to address students by any pronoun that each individual student chooses and lets students who claim to be another gender use that gender’s facilities. The policy drew a fiery response at the June meeting, which was disbanded after Smith and another parent were arrested.

Smith recently revealed that his daughter was allegedly raped by a male inside a girl’s bathroom in her high school. He has described the male as utilizing the softness toward transgenderism to get inside the facility.

Smith has accused district leadership of covering up the assault.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that an incident took place in May at Stone Bridge High School, but declined to provide more details, citing an ongoing investigation. It also declined to confirm reports that the same male was behind a sexual assault that took place at a different LCPS high school in October.

A Freedom of Information Act request seeking more details on the incidents and the arrest of Smith was sent to the district.

LCPS said via email that school board members “are typically not given details of disciplinary matters” and weren’t aware of the alleged rape until it was reported by media outlets.

A member of the school board facing a recall petition resigned from the board on Oct. 15, and attorneys for the Smith family recently filed a lawsuit against the district.

Summary

Isn’t Enough enough in this entire school sexual assault chapter of American History? How many children targeted for sexual assault in our schools is the “right” number for adults in public education to be appeased?

This is long-past “the” number. From its inception, it was and is the evilest policy that any school board could ever allow. And that is exactly what is being allowed across the nation!

Americans: “Wake UP!” There is no excuse to not engage in stopping these actions at every level of education — not just public education. Young children are the targets for these and other atrocities in every setting, in every school setting, and every other institution in which they are active.

Forget about that previous instruction about identifying sexual assault that instructed us: “See Something, Say Something.” That is WAY insufficient.

The “new” mantra is this: “See Something, DO SOMETHING!”

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