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Are Hispanics Gravitating to the Republican Party?

(BigLeaguePolitics) – The 2020 election, despite its disappointing finish, had a number of silver linings that the Right could take solace in. For one, the GOP made solid gains with Hispanics, specifically with Tejanos along Texas’ border.

The Daily Caller published an interesting piece titled “‘Things Have Shifted Dramatically’: Conservative Hispanic Leaders Explain Why Texas Voters Are Shifting Republican”, where Mary Margaret Olohan interviewed two female Hispanic Republican leaders, who were previously Democrats, about Republicans’ gains with Hispanics in the Lone Star State.

Adrienne Pena-Garza, the chair of the Hidalgo County Republican Party, and Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez, a Republican candidate who plans to challenge congressman Vicente Gonzalez of Texas’s 15th congressional district, were the two Hispanic republicans interviewed.

“I am starting to see this need to connect with the Hispanic community and let them know nationwide that it’s the Republican party that offers opportunities,” Adrienne Pena-Garza, chair of the Hidalgo County Republican Party, said to the Daily Caller .

Pena-Garza is a Texas native and the daughter of a Democratic elected official who changed parties around 2010. Pena-Garza recounted that her father’s community were livid about his party switch. People began to become hostile about his decision to become a Republican.

Pena-Garza, herself, made a party switch due to how radical the Democrats have become in recent years. “Things have shifted dramatically,” she said.

De La Cruz-Hernandez has an interesting race in front of her. Texas’s 15th district has been trending Republican lately. For example, Vicente Gonzalez won his seat handily in 2016, where he defeated his opponent 57% to 38%. However, in 2020, he only won by a 51% to 48% margin, thus indicating that this district is becoming more competitive.

De La Cruz-Hernandez informed the Daily Caller that she was originally a registered Democrat but went over to the Republican fold due to how her “values changed.”

“I grew up as a strong Catholic,” she stated. “This area has got strong Catholic roots today, Christian roots. Being pro-life and pro God was very important to me as an individual. And my family is a family that has served its country. My grandfather served in World War II and in the United States Navy, and my brother served 20 years honorably in the United States Air Force. I saw that the Democrat party was just moving quickly to the left and towards socialism. And those just did not did not align with my values any longer.”

“The Hispanic culture really aligns with pro-life, pro God, and pro country,” De La Cruz-Hernandez noted. “Those are the values of the Republican party. Democrats have just simply gone too far to the left and towards socialism.”

Both De La Cruz-Hernandez and Pena-Garza are against the Biden’s administration’s open border policies that have created a veritable crisis at the southern border.

“I love this country,” De La Cruz-Hernandez declared. “I want to see this country protected and that protection to come through strong borders and law and order. And what President Biden has done is essentially opened our borders down here in South Texas. And so we need to immediately implement the rules and policies of the previous administration, which includes to build the levee wall that the previous administration had, to re-install the Remain in Mexico Policy and to stop the Catch and Release System.”

Indeed, there is perhaps some potential for growth among Tejanos and other Hispanic groups that are witnessing firsthand the disaster taking place along the American border. Similarly, there are large portions of Hispanic voters that very likely don’t care much for woke virtue signaling and other petty forms of identity politics. Instead of using cringe-worthy Bush era appeals to Hispanics, Republicans would be better served by targeting low-hanging fruit such as Tejanos and using law-and-order and populist messaging towards Hispanic voters. There is definitely room for growth around the margins with these groups provided that Republicans are willing to adapt to the new political realities.

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39 Million Households Including Most U.S. Children To Get Up To $3,600 Stimulus In Monthly Payments

(Zerohedge) – In the latest evolution of creeping Universal Basic Income, Biden administration officials said on Monday that a poverty-fighting measure included in the COVID-19 relief bill passed this year will deliver monthly payments to households including 88% of children in the United States, starting in July. The Democratic-backed American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Joe Biden in March as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, expanded a tax credit available to most parents.

Treasury and the IRS also announced the increased CTC payments, will be made on the 15th of each month allowing families who receive the credit by direct deposit to plan their budgets around receipt of the benefit. Eligible families will receive a payment of up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child age 6 and above.

Eligible recipients will get up to $3,000 per child between 6 and 17, or $3,600 for each child under the age of 6, in 2021, subject to income restrictions. The benefit will reach 39 million households, many automatically and by direct deposit every month, starting on July 15. It is one of several measures the administration says could lift more than 5 million children out of poverty, half of the total number of U.S. youngsters in that situation, according to Reuters .

Officials are trying to help the economy recover from the pandemic. Yet recent signs of higher inflation have raised concern that those costs could eat away at incomes and exacerbate inequality, which has been supercharged ever since the global financial crisis by the Fed’s actions, a point we have been making since 2009 and which was underscored by Stanley Druckenmiller in a recent discussion in which he said that ‘ There’s Been No Greater Engine Of Inequality Than The Fed ‘

Biden has asked Congress to extend the tax credit through 2025.

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Israel Airstrikes Flatten 3 Gaza Buildings, Kill 42 As Netanyahu Says ‘War Will Go On’

(Zerohedge) – The fourth war between Israel and Palestine escalated on Sunday when Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people, Palestinian medics said. Yet despite international efforts to broker a cease-fire and the rising death toll (mostly on the Palestinian side) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers – which was sparked by unrest in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, and has seen the death toll in the densely-populated Gaza Strip rise to 181, and to 10 in Israel – would rage on.

Speaking in a televised address, Netanyahu said on Sunday evening that the attacks were continuing at ‘full-force’ and will ‘take time.’ Israel ‘wants to levy a heavy price’ from the Hamas militant group , he said, flanked by his defense minister and political rival, Benny Gantz, in a show of unity even as a growing chorus of skeptics is asking if Netanyahu is just killing innocent people as a diversion from his own political scandals and as a means to stay in power.

Sunday’s airstrikes hit a major downtown street of residential buildings and storefronts over the course of five minutes after midnight, destroying two adjacent buildings and one about 50 yards (meters) down the road. According to AP, whose HQ in Gaza was flattened following an Israeli attack on Saturday, the Israeli air assault early Sunday was the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and Hamas nearly a week ago, marking the worst fighting here since their devastating 2014 war in Gaza .

The Gaza Health Ministry said 16 women and 10 children were among those killed, with more than 50 people wounded, and rescue efforts are still underway. Earlier, the Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in a separate strike in the southern town of Khan Younis. It was the third such attack in the last two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground. The military also said Sunday it also struck the home of Sinwar’s brother Muhammad, another senior Hamas member. On Saturday it destroyed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’ political branch. However, since Hamas’ leaders have gone into hiding in Gaza in response to the strikes, it is unlikely any were at home at the time of the strikes. Hamas’ top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, divides his time between Turkey and Qatar, both of which provide political support to the group.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said on Sunday that Israel has faced the highest-ever rate of rocket attacks on its territory during its latest confrontation with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas that controls Gaza. Since Monday, armed groups in Gaza have fired about 3,000 rockets towards Israel, surpassing the pace during an escalation in 2019 and during the 2006 war with Lebanon’s Hizbollah, said Major-General Ori Gordin, as reported by AFP . Maj-Gen Gordin, commander of Israel’s home front, presented a graphic to reporters with data of rockets fired toward Israel in past years and now.

During an escalation in November 2019 between the army and the Islamic Jihad group, 570 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel over three days.

And in the 2006 war with the Iran-backed Hizbollah, a total of 4,500 rockets were fired at Israel over 19 days, according to the data Maj-Gen Gordin shared with reporters.

Asked if the pace since Monday was the highest-ever rate of rocket attacks on Israeli territory, Maj-Gen Gordin said: ‘Not only do I agree, this is what I present.’

The AP speculates that Israel has stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators work to end the fighting and stave off an Israeli ground invasion in Gaza. But targeting the group’s leaders could hinder those efforts. A U.S. diplomat is in the region to try to de-escalate tensions, and the U.N. Security Council is meeting Sunday.

In recent days, Israeli airstrikes leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they contain Hamas military infrastructure. On Saturday, Israel bombed the 12-story al-Jalaa Building, which housed the offices of The Associated Press, the TV network Al-Jazeera and other media outlets, along with several floors of apartments.

With the Israeli assault showing no signs of easing, Al Jazeera journalists report that Gaza’s healthcare system is on the verge of collapsing, with no space left in hospital rooms.

As we reported previously, the latest outbreak of violence began in east Jerusalem last month, when Palestinian protests and clashes with police broke out in response to Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers. A focal point of clashes was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint that is located on a hilltop compound that is revered by both Muslims and Jews. Then on Monday, Hamas fired rockets toward Jerusalem triggering the Israeli assault on impoverished Gaza, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians and has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007.

At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.

Speaking alongside Netanyahu on Sunday, Israel’s military chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, said Hamas did not anticipate Israel’s overwhelming response to its rocket fire. “Hamas made a serious and grave mistake and didn’t read us properly.” The turmoil has also spilled over elsewhere, fueling protests in the occupied West Bank and stoking violence within Israel between its Jewish and Arab citizens, with clashes and vigilante attacks on people and property.

The violence has sparked numerous pro-Palestinian protests in cities across Europe and the United States, with French police firing tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators in Paris.

Meanwhile, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group have acknowledged 20 fighters killed since the fighting broke out Monday. Israel says the real number is far higher and has released the names and photos of two dozen alleged operatives it says were “eliminated.” An Egyptian diplomat said Israel’s targeting of Hamas political leaders would complicate cease-fire efforts. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door negotiations, said Cairo is working to broker an end to the fighting, as are other international actors.

The Egyptian diplomat said the destruction of Hamas’ rocket capabilities would require a ground invasion that would “inflame the whole region.” Egypt, which made peace with Israel decades ago, has threatened to “suspend” cooperation in various fields, the official said, without elaborating.

In recent days, the Biden administration affirmed its support for Israel while working to de-escalate the crisis. American diplomat Hady Amr met with Gantz, the Israeli defense minister, who thanked the U.S. for its support. Gantz said Israel “takes every precaution to strike at military targets only and avoid harming civilians, while its civilians are the targets of indiscriminate attack.”

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AP Denies Any Knowledge Gaza Office Building Was Shared with Hamas Terrorists

(Breitbart) – The Associated Press (AP) denied any knowledge that Jala Tower, the building housing its offices in Gaza, was also shared by Hamas terrorists, as claimed by the Israeli military and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the office block was bombed on Saturday.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt denied that the news organization knew Hamas was in the building. In a statement , he said:

We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.

The Israeli government says the building contained Hamas military intelligence assets. We have called on the Israeli government to put forward the evidence. AP’s bureau has been in this building for 15 years. We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building. This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.

We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more.

Israel struck the building as Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilian targets on Saturday. Many were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, but least one Israeli died near Tel Aviv.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted: “After providing advance warning to civilians & time to evacuate, IDF fighter jets struck a multi-story building containing Hamas military intelligence assets. The building contained civilian media offices, which Hamas hides behind and deliberately uses as human shields.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu said the building was used by Hamas intelligence: “It was not an innocent building.”

On Sunday morning local time, the IDF followed up with additional tweets about the building:

The Associated Press (AP) called the attack, which destroyed one of its offices, “shocking and horrifying.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted : “We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility.”

She made no mention of ever having said the same to the Palestinians.

Noah Pollak, executive director of the Democratic Alliance Initiative, claimed that the AP knew Hamas occupied the building:

In 2014, former AP Jerusalem editor Matti Friedman wrote about how Hamas manipulates and intimidates the media:

In previous rounds of Gaza fighting, Hamas learned that international coverage from the territory could be molded to its needs, a lesson it would implement in this summer’s war. Most of the press work in Gaza is done by local fixers, translators, and reporters, people who would understandably not dare cross Hamas, making it only rarely necessary for the group to threaten a Westerner. The organization’s armed forces could be made to disappear. The press could be trusted to play its role in the Hamas script, instead of reporting that there was such a script. Hamas strategy did not exist, according to Hamas-or, as reporters would say, was “not the story.” There was no Hamas charter blaming Jews for centuries of perfidy, or calling for their murder; this was not the story. The rockets falling on Israeli cities were quite harmless; they were not the story either.

It’s easier to leave the other photographers out of the frame and let the picture tell the story: Here are dead people, and Israel killed them. …

When Hamas’s leaders surveyed their assets before this summer’s round of fighting, they knew that among those assets was the international press. The AP staff in Gaza City would witness a rocket launch right beside their office, endangering reporters and other civilians nearby-and the AP wouldn’t report it, not even in AP articles about Israeli claims that Hamas was launching rockets from residential areas. (This happened.) Hamas fighters would burst into the AP’s Gaza bureau and threaten the staff-and the AP wouldn’t report it. (This also happened.) Cameramen waiting outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City would film the arrival of civilian casualties and then, at a signal from an official, turn off their cameras when wounded and dead fighters came in, helping Hamas maintain the illusion that only civilians were dying. (This too happened; the information comes from multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of these incidents.)

Colford, the AP spokesman, confirmed that armed militants entered the AP’s Gaza office in the early days of the war to complain about a photo showing the location of a rocket launch, though he said that Hamas claimed that the men “did not represent the group.” The AP “does not report many interactions with militias, armies, thugs or governments,” he wrote. “These incidents are part of the challenge of getting out the news-and not themselves news.”

No journalists were apparently harmed in the attack, other than the apparent loss of valuable equipment and archives.

“We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life,” Pruitt said. Press freedom groups accused Israel of trying to censor the media.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new e-book, The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it) . His recent book, RED NOVEMBER , tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak .

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Stunning Video: Reportedly Taken on US Navy Ship Shows ‘UFO’ Descend Into Pacific Ocean

(InfoWars) – Previously, materials reportedly from a briefing prepared by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) and cited by Mystery Wire showed several US Navy destroyers off the southern California coast had encountered unknown ‘aerial intruders’, with ship logs ostensibly confirming the ‘objects’ had been seen by crews aboard multiple vessels.

Fascinating new images allegedly showing US Naval personnel’s close encounter with a so-called Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) taken on board the littoral combat ship USS Omaha have been released by investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell.

The footage that captures what has been described as a spherical transmedium vehicle (able to travel through both air and water) moving, hovering, and vanishing into the Pacific Ocean was shared by Corbell on Friday with Mystery Wire .

The image of the six-foot (2 metre) in diameter sphere, said to have travelled alongside the USS Omaha for about an hour, was obtained with a FLIR camera that can sense and show heat signatures.

The video was reportedly filmed inside the Omaha’s command centre just before 11 p.m. on 15 July 2019 as it sailed off the coast of San Diego, with two unidentified crew members heard saying, “Wow, it splashed,” once the object had performed what seemed to be a controlled descent into the ocean.

According to audio in the footage, the Omaha launched an immediate search, but once the sphere had dropped from the screen, it also vanished from the Omaha’s radar and sonar.

Subsequently, the team was unable to find any wreckage on the surface.

The video is believed to date to the same incident that Mystery Wire reported in April, when two freeze frame images from the footage were made public.

At the time, a Pentagon spokesperson was cited as confirming that one of the images was recorded by US Navy personnel.

The documents are reportedly part of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) briefing ahead of a comprehensive report for US Congress, due in June.

It is said to have amassed photographs and videos of so-called “UFO encounters” with US military assets, including Navy destroyers off the southern California coast.

During July 2019, several American warships based in San Diego allegedly repeatedly encountered unknown aerial “intruders”. Thus, in one video of that time, Naval officers using a night vision device reportedly captured footage of what appeared to be pyramid shaped objects hovering 700 feet above a destroyer.

“This (video) was taken on deployment from the USS Russell. It shows what they described as vehicles… They made sure in this classified briefing, they made a great distinction that this is not something that we own either a black project, this is not something of a foreign military, that these were behaving in ways that we did not expect. And that they were you know shaped non aerodynamically. Like pyramids, these are flying pyramids!” Corbell was cited as saying.

Critics, however, suggest the objects might be drones or balloons.

Nevertheless, the US government is set to release a report in June on “UFO sightings” after unclassified videos of the phenomena were leaked to The New York Times in 2017.

A detailed analysis was recommended by Sen. Marco Rubio after he viewed classified briefings on Unidentified Ariel Phenomena (UAP) while heading the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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White House: Illegal Aliens Are Part of ‘What the American Dream Represents’

(Breitbart) – President Joe Biden believes illegal aliens are part “of what the American Dream represents,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.

The comment came when a reporter asked Psaki to explain why Biden had just met with six illegal aliens who are campaigning for national amnesty.

The six illegals were brought to the United States as children by their illegal alien parents without legal or public approval. They are enrolled in former President Barack Obama’s legally uncertain work-permit program, dubbed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The questioner asked, “What message is the president trying to send by having DACA recipients come here? [You] have all these [political] priorities you have to do, [such as] jobs and infrastructure. … Where does immigration rank?”

Psaki responded by declaring, “I think the president believes that DACA recipients are part of the American story and part of the fabric of who we are as a country and kind of what the American Dream represents. So bringing them here is an opportunity to highlight that:

The establishment of illegal migrants as legitimate participants in Americans’ society would have major political consequences.

For example, it would allow the government to deny American-born children and adults any priority above any illegal migrants. It would allow the government to redistribute Americans’ limited resources and constitutional rights – such as the ballot, political representation, jobs, good housing, cultural priorities, taxpayer-funded resources – towards many millions of foreigners who break multiple law to sneak into the United States.

There are at least 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States and more arriving every day because of Biden’s border policies . More than 100 million foreigners want to move to the United States, according to Gallup.

Psaki continued:

There has historically been agreement about the powerful stories of DACA recipients, of the incredible contributions they have the potential to make in our country, from Democrats and Republicans. He’s certainly bringing them here to highlight that. And as he said in his joint session address, he believes there’s an opportunity to move forward on areas where we agree, so let’s find areas where we agree on immigration reform.

The vast majority of DACA migrants work in coastal blue-collar workplaces. Like other illegal aliens, they reduce pressure on employers to raise Americans’ wages, invest in labor-saving machinery, or create jobs in the Heartland counties, and also boost consumer sales, housing prices, and stock values. Business and progressive groups are funding an amnesty campaign for the aliens – but fiercely oppose any offsetting measures to prevent any recurrence or additional damage to Americans.

Many polls show that the public strongly opposes the establishment’s bipartisan support for labor immigration , illegal migration, and extraction migration .

Psaki continued:

I will say … he put forward an immigration bill, as you know, on his first day in office. He continues to advocate for that. He talked about it in his joint session speech, and he’ll continue to have conversations and have his senior staff have conversations about how we can move that, or components of that, forward.

Biden’s bill would have a radical impact on Americans. It would flatten middle-class wages and spike housing prices by inflating the population. It would boost Wall Street and allow the Fortune 500 companies to hire an unlimited supply of cheap and subservient foreign graduates instead of American graduates. It would shift political power away from native-born Americans towards the migrants who are increasingly favored by coastal investors and progressives:

Biden’s White House endorsement of illegal migration spotlights the economic and political elite’s growing disfavor of Americans.

The elites’ praise for migrants is a form of “xeno-mania” – excessive praise for outsiders, Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart News on May 2: “The worldview that foreigners are better than Americans is clearly a demotivator for our government [enforcement]. … It may well even embolden [migrants] to break the law because the [elite] Americans don’t take it all that seriously, either.”

But the praise for migrants is often insincere, he said, because it is used to mask the elites’ economic warfare against the many millions of working Americans who are trying to preserve their families’ wages and wealth amid the elites’ invited flood of low-wage workers.

For example, in February 2020, Joe Biden praised the young migrants who were given the quasi-legal work permits under President Barack Obama’s DACA directive:

DACA students are more American than most Americans are. No, I’m serious. Think about it. … They’ve been good, decent citizens, and they’re great additions. By the way … you know [why] our Social Security system is still solvent? Because of immigration. They didn’t cost us anything; they’re paying for it.

Migrants “are a blessing to America,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared in February 2018. “These are the best of the best; they are so fabulous,” she said.

“We’re nothing if we’re not a nation of immigrants,” Democrat leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in December 2020. “Immigrants built this country with their hands, enriched our culture with their minds and spirit, and provided the spark that drives our economy.”

“Small immigrant-owned businesses … are the backbone of our communities – and of our country,” Alejandro Mayorkas, head of Biden’s Department of Homeland Security, said on April 28.

Many establishment Republicans also disfavor Americans. George W. Bush, for example, said in an April 22 interview with Hugh Hewitt:

One of the reasons I wrote the book [about immigrants] was to remind our citizens how fortunate we are to have people like Kim Mitchell in our midst, people who really appreciate freedom, people who are patriotic, people who are, whose entrepreneurial spirits get ignited when they come to a place where if you dream big and work hard, you have a chance to make it.

www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/15/jen-psaki-illegal-aliens-part-what-american-dream-represents/

REPORT: Biden’s Covid Final Plan Gets Leaked

(Zerohedge) – Authored by ‘Winter Oak’ via Off-Guardian.org,

One potential positive from the whole Covid-19 debacle is that we have learned an incredible amount about the society in which we live. This will be crucial if we manage to stave off a descent into a nightmare future of techno-fascist slavery.

We will have a new understanding of what our world has become and what we would like it to be in the decades and centuries to come. And “we” means we. While the majority have, apparently, learnt nothing at all from what has happened, they will eventually catch up.

There is no way that knowledge gained by a wide-awake 15% or 20% of the population will not end up being shared by almost everyone. Once the truth is out, it tends to stay out. As H.R. Haldeman so wisely put it, “you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube”.

Here are Ten Things We Have Learned During the Covid Coup .

1. Our political system is hopelessly corrupt.

Virtually all politicians are hopelessly corrupt. No political party can be trusted. They all can be, and have been, bought.

2. Democracy is a sham.

It has been a sham for a very long time. There will never be any real democracy when money and power amount to the same thing.

3. The system will stop at nothing to hold on to its power and, if possible, increase its levels of control and exploitation.

It has no scruples. No lie is too outrageous, no hypocrisy too nauseating, no human sacrifice too great.

4. So-called radical movements are usually nothing of the sort.

From whatever direction they claim to attack the system, they are just pretending to do so, and serve to channel discontent in directions which are harmless to the power clique and even useful to its agendas.

5. Any “dissident” voice you have ever heard of through corporate media is probably a fake .

The system does not hand out free publicity to its actual enemies.

6. Most people in our society are cowards.

They will jettison all the fine values and principles which they have been loudly boasting about all their lives merely to avoid the slightest chance of public criticism, inconvenience or even minor financial loss.

7. The mainstream media is nothing but a propaganda machine for the system…

…and those journalists who work for it have sold their sorry souls, placing their (often minimal) writing skills entirely at the disposition of Power.

8. Police are not servants of the public…

…but servants of a powerful and extremely wealthy minority which seeks to control and exploit the public for its own narrow and greedy interests.

9. Scientists cannot be trusted.

They will use the hypnotic power of their white coats and authoritative status for the benefit of whoever funds their work and lifestyle. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

10. Progress is a misleading illusion .

The “progress” of increasing automation and industrialisation does not go hand in hand with a progress in the quality of human life , but in fact will “progressively” reduce it to the point of complete extinction.

* * *

Originally published as part of Issue 65 of Winter Oak’s Acorn bulletin. Read the full bulletin here , or follow Winter oak on twitter here .

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SHOCK ALERT: Biden Launches 3 Border Initiatives

(NOQReport) – Share the truth President Biden finally seems to realize there’s a crisis on the southern border. In March he breezily assured reporters that “The truth of the matter is: Nothing has changed. It happens every single, solitary year.” But now, with polling clearly showing his vulnerability on immigration, he blames the Trump administration for not telling him there would be a border crisis.

Article by by Mark Krikorian from Real Clear Policy .

The administration’s fear of political fallout is also clear from the game of hot potato for the job of public face of the border effort. First it was DHS Secretary Mayorkas, but when he performed poorly , the White House took control of the border messaging. The obvious point person was former Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, who was on Biden’s National Security Council in charge of migration issues. But Vice President Harris was named border czar, then Jacobson quit , then Harris clarified that she was only the “root causes” czar, and wasn’t going to be stuck having to explain the mess at the border.

The White House befuddlement in response to the surge of Central Americans and others at the border is reminiscent of President Jimmy Carter’s response to an earlier migration crisis. Back in 1980 (when Biden had already been in the Senate for more than seven years), Carter sparked the Mariel Boatlift from Cuba by saying he welcomed potential migrants with “open hearts and open arms,” and got more than he bargained for.

But as politically damaging as the Mariel Boatlift was for his administration and party (Bill Clinton lost reelection as Arkansas governor because of it), Carter had much more leeway than Biden in successfully responding to the migration crisis that he had instigated. First, the migrants all came by boat and were thus much easier to interdict. And more importantly, immigration was not a major issue in Carter’s campaign nor a top-shelf concern for the various interest groups that supported him, allowing him to shut down the flow without too much pushback from his base.

Biden does not have those advantages; the Central Americans who have taken him up on ” La Invitacion ” to jump the border en masse can’t just be fished out of the ocean, and Biden is politically locked into a permissive approach to immigration.

But the White House realizes it has to do something to try to slow the flow. So the administration has settled on three initiatives it hopes will remove the border crisis from the headlines. None of them is likely to work, but they’re worth looking at in turn.

Outsourcing Enforcement to Mexico

The first, immediate, response has been to try to get Mexico to do what the Biden administration is unwilling to do. The White House is sending some 2.5 million vaccine doses to Mexico in exchange for a promised crackdown on Central Americans headed north. (The denial of a quid pro quo is not to be taken seriously.)

Vice President Harris consulted with Mexico’s president last week about what can only be described as a bribe to get Mexico to, as the Washington Post blandly put it, “carry out immigration enforcement functions at a time when such measures are subject to frequent legal challenges in U.S. courts or politically unpalatable to Democrats.” Or, as immigration analyst Cris Ramon told the New York Times, “All the positive humanitarian policies are being done by the Biden administration, and then the Mexicans are left with the dirty work.”

But can outsourcing the protection of America’s borders to our southern neighbor actually work? President Trump famously got Mexican cooperation on border enforcement by threatening trade sanctions – a threat Mexican authorities took seriously because they rightly feared that Trump would follow through. But that cooperation worked to the degree it did because both U.S. policy and Mexico’s were pulling in the same direction. Mexico’s National Guard would make it hard to get past its own southern border with Guatemala, but if you did get past them, the American authorities would also turn you away.

Under Biden however, Mexican and American policies point in opposite directions, negating much of the effect of Mexican enforcement efforts. Biden is putting Mexico in the position of the Wal-Mart security guard tasked with controlling the crowds desperate to get in for the Black Friday deals.

So long as the administration’s actions send the message that migrants have a good chance of being released into the U.S. (and virtually no chance of ever being removed), migrants will devise ways around any Mexican interdiction effort.

Root Causes

The second prong of the administration’s approach is to try to fix the root causes of migration – the poverty, corruption, disorder, and ineffectual governance that prompt people to consider leaving their countries in the first place. On his first day in office, the president announced, among other things, a plan to provide $4 billion in aid to Central America over the next four years. This, as noted, is Vice President Harris’s bailiwick, as it was Vice President Biden’s during the Obama administration.

There are two problems with this as a response to the border crisis. First, there is no evidence we have any idea how to do this. After all, what the Biden Administration is talking about is nation-building, and our failures in Iraq and Afghanistan should be cause for humility, not doubling down. The president’s simplistic comments in this regard do not inspire confidence:

in one of the major cities, the reason people were leaving is they couldn’t walk in the street because they were getting – their kids were getting beat up or shot or in gang violence.

Well, what I was able to do is not give money to the head of state, because so many are corrupt, but I was able to say, “Okay, you need lighting in the streets to change things? I’ll put the lighting in.” We got a contractor. We got the type of lighting. We paid directly to the contractor; it did not go through the government. And violent crime significantly was reduced in that city. Fewer people sought to leave.

If only it were that easy.

In fact, a report from the Government Accountability Office found that from 2013 to 2018, the federal government already allocated nearly $4 billion in aid to Central America (including, I suppose, Biden’s light bulbs), without much obvious effect.

But suppose we were to embark on a serious effort at nation-building in Central America. Veteran immigration researcher David North has outlined in some detail how such a program might work , including data collection to effectively target the aid, export promotion, and even a funding source.

But even under the most optimistic of projections, it would take decades for any such effort to pay dividends in the form of reduced emigration. In other words, Vice President Harris’s efforts at addressing root causes really have no connection whatsoever to the border crisis.

In fact, development is likely to cause increased migration at first, before it eventually leads to decreases. This has been infelicitously called the ” migration hump “, as greater resources and information combined with rising expectations make it more possible and desirable to leave than before the development occurred. This is something we saw after the passage of NAFTA, which President Clinton got through Congress only because House Republicans were persuaded that it was an immigration-control measure; instead, it sparked one of the largest migration waves in human history.

Fly Them Over the Border

The final prong of the Biden administration’s plan to push the border crisis out of the news is to simply fly Central Americans straight to the U.S. in large enough numbers that people there will just wait their turn rather than try to sneak across the border.

This is a revival of what began under President Obama as the Central American Minors refugee/parole program in 2014 at the beginning of the border crisis that still plagues us. The hope was that this would provide Central Americans who had some sort of legal status in the U.S. an avenue to bring their children here without having to hire smugglers to cross the border.

But it failed to make a dent in the flow – a smaller flow than we face now, but rightly considered alarming nonetheless. The main reason was that it was designed for children and other relatives of people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or some other non-green-card forms of provisional residence. That’s a problem because the overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. hiring smugglers to bring their “unaccompanied” “minor” relatives from Central America are themselves illegal aliens .

So even when the Obama administration expanded the CAM program in 2016 to cover adult sons and daughters back in Central America, and even adult “caregivers,” the number of people who qualified was still a drop in the bucket compared to the overall flow.

Biden has so far merely reopened the applications of those in the pipeline when the program was suspended in 2017 by the Trump administration. But the State Department and Homeland Security have said they will soon be accepting new applications, “with updated guidance to follow.”

The shape that updated guidance may take is suggested in the comprehensive immigration bill promoted by the White House, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. The bill would amnesty virtually all illegal aliens, reduce enforcement, and double legal immigration. It also spells out a three-part plan to bring Central Americans to the U.S., many of them outside the current statutory immigration limits. The three parts are refugee processing in Central America, parole (a kind of provisional entry) for people on a green-card waiting list, and a new unlimited green card category for any Central American minor with a parent in the U.S. with a provisional legal status like TPS.

But even this approach is unlikely to divert much of the flow at the border, unless the definition of “refugee” is expanded beyond the limits of current law and reason, or parole is offered to the relatives of illegal aliens (both of which would be challenged in court, probably successfully). The numbers under a Biden resuscitation of CAM may be higher than under the Obama version, but probably not by much. Over about three years, 2014-2017, around 3,100 were admitted (with another 2,500 in the pipeline when Trump pulled the plug) – that barely amounts to a single day’s apprehensions at the border this past March or April.

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When the border crisis broke into public consciousness in 2014, the Obama administration used some of these same approaches. And the 2015 numbers were, indeed, a little lower, mostly because of enforcement by Mexico, only to start rising again in 2016 once the smugglers and the migrants who paid them found ways around the Mexican efforts. It’s certainly possible that we could again see a temporary dip as we did in 2015, especially if the Biden administration accedes to Mexico’s increasing demands .

But none of these responses is likely to have any lasting impact on the flow of migrants until the pull factors drawing people here illegally are addressed. So long as the loopholes in our laws and policies that make it attractive to infiltrate the border (especially with a child in tow) remain, the crisis will continue.

Mark Krikorian is the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a research organization in Washington, D.C.

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Yankees Suffer COVID Resurgence As 8 Fully-Vaccinated Players, Staff Test Positive

(Zerohedge) – In an unsettling reminder that COVID-19 is still spreading, even as a scandal-scarred Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushes ahead with reopening the Empire State – and even as practically everybody in the organization has already been vaccinated – the Yankees have seen their starting lineup crippled (shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday’s starting lineup during a game against Tampa Bay) and a number of coaches and staff sidelined due to a sudden flareup of COVID-19.

But the surprising thing is that the Yankees have essentially required players and staff to get vaccinated, so this latest outbreak is afflicting staff and players who have already been fully vaccinated.

The Yankees – which, like the Mets, are reportedly planning to segregate fans in to ‘vaccinated’ and ‘unvaccinated’ sections – have tested all players and staff at least three times since Tuesday.

Manager Aaron Boone shared more information on the situation inside the team on Wednesday in a COVID-themed update that sounded like an unwelcome relic from last season.

…Boone said MLB’s Joint COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee is waiting and reviewing a number of test results. The members of New York’s traveling party have been tested at least three times each since Tuesday.

‘I know everybody is going to read into that but hopefully it’s nothing, it’s more just getting all the information,’ Boone said of Torres.

Boone said the Yankees expect to receive an update about Torres on Wednesday night. He added that Torres tested positive for COVID-19 in December and has been vaccinated.

Aside from Gleyber, seven staffers and coaches have tested positive, bringing the total to 8. Boone revealed that pitching coach Matt Blake has joined third base Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits as members of the coaching staff who recently tested positive. 2 additional staff members have tested positive, bringing the total for the non-coaching staff to four. In total, six of the seven coaches and staff were asymptomatic. He also offered some hopeful news:

‘We’re seeing the vaccinations also kind of blunt the effects of the virus,’ Boone said. ‘We’re also learning as we go and getting informed as what we need to do exactly and just try to do as best we can to be able to make quick adjustments on the fly. Just doing the best we can with it all.’

Pitcher Jameson Taillon said the team has been doing a good job of rolling with the punches.

‘We’ve been dealing with this thing now for over a year,’ Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon said. ‘We’re just going to roll with the punches and try to protect each other, and do our responsibility to keep everyone safe. But we’re here and we’re to play.’

Still, word about the positive tests has clearly become a threat to ‘the narrative’, because in his Friday morning DealBook newsletter, Andrew Ross Sorkin (of NYT & CNBC fame) addressed the issue directly:

Eight fully vaccinated members of the baseball team tested positive for the virus. Some may interpret it as a lesson for businesses when workplaces loosen their protocols for things like masking, even if a majority of employees are vaccinated….Others argue that the Yankees’ frequent testing makes asymptomatic cases more likely to be caught, and given that only one of the eight has shown symptoms, it’s a sign that the vaccines are effective.

New York City is planning to ‘fully reopen’ on July 1, and last night President Biden decreed that Americans who have been fully vaxxed can finally dispense with wearing masks.

While Pfizer and Moderna have confronted stories like this in the past by reminding the public that their vaccines are only 95% effective. But how can it explain larger outbreaks like this?

Or are these asymptomatic positives simply the result of false positives produced by high-cycle PCR thresholds?

Which is it?

www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/yankees-suffer-covid-resurgence-8-fully-vaccinated-players-staff-test-positive

New York Times: Joe Biden Has Short Temper; Outbursts of Profanity

(Breitbart) – President Joe Biden has a short temper and sometimes unloads outbursts of profanity on his aides, the New York Times reported Friday.

The report notes Biden holds lengthy deliberation meetings and demands obsessive details from his advisors. When advisors get too technical or obscure about an issue, Biden responds with “an outburst of frustration, often laced with profanity.”

“On policy issues, Mr. Biden, 78, takes days or weeks to make up his mind as he examines and second-guesses himself and others,” the Times report continues.

The report also reveals Biden will hang up the phone on people who he feels are wasting his time.

The president leans heavily on his inner circle for governing – chief of staff Ron Klain, deputy chief of staff Bruce Reed, senior adviser Mike Donilon, and Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti.

Biden stalls and deliberates intently on issues such as his tone toward Vladimir Putin, the report noted, appointing ambassadors, and his recent flip-flop on refugee caps.

Other details in the Times story include Biden’s love of pasta with red sauce, vanilla chocolate chip ice cream, and Special K cereal. His drink of choice? Orange Gatorade. Biden also “eschews alcohol,” according to the report that adds First Lady Jill Biden is considered a connoisseur of wines.

www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/14/new-york-times-joe-biden-has-short-temper-outbursts-of-profanity/