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Excellent News, On Eve of Liz Cheney Ouster 100 DeceptiCons Proclaim Threat to Create a Third Party

(TreeHouse) – Tomorrow DeceptiCon leader Liz Cheney, the Mitt Romney of John McCain’s, is expected to be thrown out of Republican leadership by a closed-door conference vote. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the purge so desperately needed to continue The Big Ugly. The former professional republican party is one wing of a UniParty bird. The MAGA movement is the future of the Republican party.

If the establishment DeceptiCons leave the party, and create a new party for rodents and rinos, there will be no need for a MAGA party to initiate. At that point the state level RNC embeds will have an opportunity to leave their entrenched status and go into the DeceptiCon party.

That fracturing is much needed, and represents the necessary split we have talked about on these pages for the past decade.

Keep in mind President Donald J Trump received more votes than any previous president in U.S. history, including Barack Obama. So any split of the Republican party only represents sunlight upon the false conservatives (the DeceptiCons) who have operated like a cancer in our body politic for decades. President Trump is the sunlight that will cure this metastatic infection.

On the eve of the Cheney ouster, the childish DeceptiCon wing (like the pedophile Lincoln project crew) is thrashing wildly in their echo-chamber, pitching a hissy fit about the vulgarian horde who have finally stood up and said ” enough of your bulls**t, get the hell out “:

New York Times – More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort.

[…] “This is a first step,” said Miles Taylor, an organizer of the effort and a former Trump-era Department of Homeland Security official who anonymously wrote a book condemning the Trump administration. In October, Mr. Taylor acknowledged he was the author of both the book and a 2018 New York Times Op-Ed article .

“This is us saying that a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans think that the situation has gotten so dire with the Republican Party that it is now time to seriously consider whether an alternative might be the only option,” he said.

The list of people signing the statement includes former officials at both the state and national level who once were governors, members of Congress, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, state legislators and Republican Party chairmen, Mr. Taylor said. ( read more )


Positive debate on solutions and constructive criticism of approach is always appropriate for our elected officials; heck, that is the essence of our discussion. However, recently there have been many critics of President Trump; many people only just now understanding the problem and proclaiming that President Trump specifically did not do enough to block, impede, stop and counteract the globalist forces that were/are aligned against his effort to Make America Great Again.

Hindsight is 20/20, but there are people who proclaim that Donald J Trump should have been more wise in his counsel; more selective in his cabinet; more forceful in his confrontation of corporate globalists. Let me be clear….

I will never join that crew of Trump critics because I have understood his adversary for decades . CTH did not just come around to the understanding of the enemy. CTH has been outlining the scope of the enemy, the scale of the specific war and the financial and economic power of the opposition for over a decade. We understand the totality of the effort it will take to stop decades of willful blindness amid the American people. We also see with clear eyes exactly what they are doing now, even with President Trump forcefully removed from office, to destroy the threat he still represents.

Donald J Trump was/is a walking red-pill; a “touchstone”: a visible, empirical test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of anything political. I have been deep enough into the network of the Deep State to understand the scale and scope of this enemy. To think that President Trump alone could carry the burden of correcting four decades of severe corruption of all things political, without simultaneously considering the scale of the financial opposition, is naive in the extreme.

POTUS Trump was disrupting the global order of things in order to protect and preserve the shrinking interests of the U.S. He was fighting, almost single-handed, at the threshold of the abyss. Our American interests, our MAGAnomic position, was/is essentially zero-sum. His DC and Wall-Street aligned opposition (writ large) needed to repel and retain the status-quo. They desperately wanted him removed so they could return to full economic control over the U.S, because it is the foundation of their power.

You want to criticize him for fighting harder against those interests than any single man has ever done before him? If so, do it without me.

I am thankful for the awakening Donald J Trump has provided.

I am thankful now for the opportunity to fight with great American people who finally understand the scale of our opposition.

Without Donald J Trump these DeceptiCon entities would still be operating in the shadows. With Donald J Trump we can clearly see who the real enemy is.

I will never relent in my support for anyone who fights this enemy.

I will align with and encourage anyone who joins this fight.

If you are looking for criticism against the only person I have ever witnessed who actually fought our correct enemy, look elsewhere.

I am thankful for President Trump.

CTH will never stop the fight….


theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/05/11/excellent-news-on-eve-of-liz-cheney-ouster-100-decepticons-proclaim-threat-to-create-a-third-party/

BREAKING: Top Democrat CAUGHT Funneling Cash to Jeff Bezos

(Breitbart) – Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the powerful chairwoman of the Senate Commerce Committee, plans to attempt to use a bipartisan piece of legislation meant to counter the Chinese Communist Party’s technological advances to instead steer what could end up being a huge boon of a federal contract worth billions of dollars to a company operating in her home state owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos.

Cantwell, the chair of the panel that will consider the supposedly anti-China bill on Wednesday, is proposing amendment language to the plan that would authorize a second contract from NASA for a key part of the Artemis program that aims to put Americans back on the moon soon. NASA, through the Artemis program, awarded a contract last month for what is called a Human Landing System (HLS) to billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, a direct competitor of Bezos’s Blue Origin company.

Both Musk’s and Bezos’s companies competed for the HLS contract in the Artemis program, as did another firm called Dynetics. SpaceX won the deal, NASA announced on April 16, in a hyped-up press release that was headlined: “As Artemis Moves Forward, NASA Picks SpaceX to Land Next Americans on Moon.”

“SpaceX’s HLS Starship, designed to land on the Moon, leans on the company’s tested Raptor engines and flight heritage of the Falcon and Dragon vehicles,” NASA’s press release stated . “Starship includes a spacious cabin and two airlocks for astronaut moonwalks. The Starship architecture is intended to evolve to a fully reusable launch and landing system designed for travel to the Moon, Mars, and other destinations.”

The contract with SpaceX is worth $2.89 billion and is for Musk’s company to develop what is called the Human Landing System to land American astronauts on the moon for the first time in decades. In addition to the press release announcing that SpaceX won the deal, NASA released a video further explaining how Blue Origin and Dynetics had also been competing for the contract but that SpaceX won it in the end:

Having competed for the contract, and lost out, Blue Origin faced a major setback from NASA’s decision. Blue Origin is appealing NASA’s decision to award the deal to SpaceX, CBS News reported shortly after NASA’s announcement. On April 27, CBS revealed that Blue Origin would seek to overturn NASA’s contract to SpaceX.

“Blue Origin announced Monday that it is protesting NASA’s decision earlier this month to award a single $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX for development of a new lunar lander for the agency’s Artemis moon program, rejecting competing proposals from Blue Origin and Dynetics,” CBS News’s William Harwood wrote .

That appeal process is expected to last months and not resolve until later in the summer at the earliest.

But Bezos’s home state senator in Washington state stepped up in recent days with an amendment she plans to attempt to force onto the Endless Frontier Act on Wednesday that would sidestep the appeal process with NASA and instead create a congressionally-mandated second contract for HLS under NASA’s Artemis program. Her amendment would also authorize $10 billion for that second contract, and while the legislation text does not say anything about who would get that deal – and does not say anything about Blue Origin or Bezos – congressional sources familiar with the matter told Breitbart News that it is widely expected that Blue Origin would aggressively compete for the additional HLS moon landing contract.

Essentially what that means is Cantwell is carving out what could end up being a $10 billion deal for a company in her home state, a company that NASA determined was not the right fit for developing moon landing technology. Blue Origin is headquartered in Kent, Washington, in Cantwell’s state. Bezos’s other major company, Amazon, is headquartered in Seattle.

There are many politically remarkable things about this. First and foremost, Cantwell is doing this in a piece of legislation called the Endless Frontier Act. The massive bipartisan legislation – which boasts support from a wide spectrum of both Democrats and Republicans – is supposedly meant to counter the long-term planning of the Chinese Communist Party’s investments in infrastructure, technology, academia, business, and more. The legislation, however, has begun to face some criticisms from conservatives on both sides of Capitol Hill as both the Republican Study Committee (RSC) led by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) in the House and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Senate this week questioned the seriousness of the legislation and whether the substance matches the talking points of actually being effectively tough on China.

The RSC this week released a memorandum, titled “The Endless Frontier Act: Big Spending, Little Results.” In it, the RSC notes that the bill “would authorize the National Science Foundation (NSF) to spend $100 billion over five years, funding efforts to spur technological innovation, mainly through universities, and authorize the Department of Commerce to spend $10 billion over five years on regional technology development.” The memo aims to “outline concerns that conservative members may have with the bill, including ways it leaves America vulnerable to Communist China.”

Rubio, meanwhile, on Tuesday delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate raising concerns with the legislation for being well-intentioned but ineffective. Rubio called the Endless Frontier Act a “nod” in the “direction” of America having “a strong foundation through targeted and sustained federal funding for American research and development.” But he raised concerns about the lack of funding oversight for the National Science Foundation and the lack of safeguards against Chinese espionage on this front. He also, in the speech, said a “real China bill” would communicate to the Chinese Communist Party that the United States does not seek military confrontation but is prepared to defend against any provocation – something the Endless Frontier Act does not do – which is a not-too-subtle suggestion that this legislation is feckless in Rubio’s mind, at least in its current state.

But the politics of the Endless Frontier Act are hardly the only interesting things about this development. This also comes on the heels of a massive screwup by China on the space front whereby debris from its latest rocket launch crashed unplanned all over the eastern hemisphere. In other words, if Cantwell’s measure succeeds and Bezos’s company ends up winning that contract, the American Democrats’ answer to Chinese Communist Party incompetence with regard to space exploration will potentially be corruption, instead of competence – exactly the opposite message intended by those who crafted the legislation’s original language and spirit.

Cantwell’s office has not replied to a request for comment from Breitbart News for this story, nor have staff for the Senate Commerce Committee which she chairs.

Cantwell’s Senate Commerce Committee is considering, among other bills, the Endless Frontier Act on Wednesday, per a committee announcement . The legislation is supposed to be a bill countering the Chinese Communist Party. The Endless Frontier Act has wide bipartisan support with everyone from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and many other Democrats to many Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) serving as original cosponsors of the legislation in that chamber. The House companion version of the bill has similarly broad bipartisan support.

The bill is heading for consideration by the full U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday where it will go through what is called a “markup.” At the so-called markup, senators read the bill in the committee and consider amendments to it before voting on the legislation. Assuming the legislation passes the committee – to do so a majority of committee members need to support it – it would then head to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.

During the markup process in committee, Chairwoman Cantwell intends to offer an amendment longer than 150 pages. On pages 14 through 16 of the amendment from Cantwell, there is a section that references space programs and specifically the Artemis program and, even more precisely, the human landing system contracts.

“Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the administrator shall maintain competitiveness within the human landing system program by funding design, development, testing, and evaluation for not fewer than 2 entities,” the amendment from Cantwell reads.

What that means, in other words, is that Cantwell’s amendment would require NASA to award two such HLS contracts – instead of just the one NASA awarded to Musk’s SpaceX.

Later, further down on page 16 of Cantwell’s amendment, is the price tag for adding an extra company to also do an HLS contract in addition to the SpaceX one already in execution: “In addition to amounts otherwise appropriated for the Artemis program, for fiscal years 2021 through 2026, there is authorized to be appropriated not less than $10,032,000,000 to NASA to carry out the human landing system program.”

What that means is that Cantwell’s extra contract stuffed in this amendment would cost more than $10 billion.

Blue Origin’s headquarters are in Cantwell’s home state in Kent, Washington, so if Cantwell’s proposal were to make it through – its chances, because she is the chairwoman of the Senate Commerce Committee which is marking up the legislation on Wednesday, are high – and Blue Origin was to win the second contract after losing that first one to SpaceX, it would possibly be a massive boon to her home state.

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www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/11/cantwell-uses-anti-china-plan-moon-landing-contract-space-company-washington/

‘Gas Run Has Begun’ – Fuel Stations Run Dry Amid Hacked Pipeline

(Zerohedge) – Gas shortages are being reported in the Southeast of the US amid the recent cybersecurity attack that temporarily shut down one of the largest pipelines in the US.

Colonial Pipeline Co. Chief Executive Officer Joseph Blount said the company was in the process of restoring its systems but wouldn’t resume fuel shipments until the ransomware had been removed, according to Bloomberg .

At the moment, Colonial Pipeline is manually operating a segment of pipeline between North Carolina to Maryland and expects a complete system restore by the weekend. However, gas shortages are already being reported across North Carolina to Florida to Alabama.

On Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency, temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state.

WLOS’ Caitlyn Penter reported gas shortages in North Carolina.

Penter said long gas lines were developing.

WEAR-TV’s Renee Beninate shows that one gas station in Northwest Florida was selling regular gas for $4.29/gallon.

More people in Florida panic buying fuel for $4.50/gallon.

In Fitzgerald, Georgia, one Twitter user shows long gas lines at an enmarket gas station.

One South Carolina gas station was out of unleaded and plus.

Someone in Myrtle Beach panic hoarded gas.

People are getting worried about the shortage.

A massive line of people waiting for fuel in Asheville, North Carolina.

People waiting to fuel up at one gas station in Plymouth, North Carolina.

Not sure where, but the run has begun.

Gas shortage in Atlanta.

Gas lines in Clinton, North Carolina.

WSOC’s Greg Suskin reports a gas station in South Carolina has entirely run out of gas, except for diesel.

Shortages now spreading into Tennessee.

According to Google Search Trends, people started panic searching ‘gas shortage’ around 1300 ET in the Southeast.

So far, nationwide gas prices have surged six cents this week to $2.96 – the highest for this time of year since 2014. If the national average soars to $2.99 or higher this week, it will be the highest since November 2014… and right before the start of summer driving season.

AAA forecasts gas prices are soaring because of the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of all fuel to the East Coast.

‘This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally. Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee, and the east coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week,’ said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson. ‘These states may see prices increase three to seven cents this week.’

This is beginning to look like the 1970s gas shortage. If the panic just started hours ago – just wait until tomorrow. People will freak.

www.zerohedge.com/commodities/gas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline

Watch: LAPD’s Topanga Division Station Firebombed in Latest Attack on Law Enforcement

(Breitbart) – In the latest violent attack on Los Angeles law enforcement, the L.A. Police Department’s Topanga Division station was firebombed with an apparent molotov cocktail early Sunday. Authorities pursued and successfully apprehended the suspect.

An LAPD spokesperson confirmed to Breitbart News that the attack took place at around 12:55 a.m. Sunday morning. The suspect threw a glass bottle containing a flammable liquid at the station’s front window. The act was witnessed by multiple officers who went in pursuit of the attacker.

LAPD has identified the suspect as Jonathan Rosin, 24, a resident of L.A. No physical description of the suspect was available. The spokesperson said it was unknown if anyone was hurt in the incident.

Surveillance video footage appears to show an individual approaching the exterior of the building and throwing an incendiary object at the front of the building.

Watch below:

The incident is the latest violent attack on L.A. area law enforcement in the past 12 months.

Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were shot in an ambush attack while sitting their patrol vehicle in September. The deputies sustained multiple injuries, including shots to the head, but survived the horrific attack.

Authorities later arrested 36-year-old Deonte Lee Murray on suspicion of carrying out the shooting.

An LAPD officer came under gunfire in September in the west San Fernando Valley just as he was coming off duty. The officer was heading home from the West Valley Community Police Station in Reseda when a black SUV opened fire on him.

L.A. city officials have bowed to pressure from the left to defund the police , stripping the LAPD of $150 million from its annual budget.

Follow David Ng on Twitter @HeyItsDavidNg . Have a tip? Contact me at [email protected]

www.breitbart.com/law-and-order/2021/05/10/watch-lapds-topanga-division-station-firebombed-in-latest-attack-on-law-enforcement/

5 Things You Need to Know About Biden’s TRILLION Dollar Spending Spree

(NOQReport) – Share the truth Strong families and hard work have formed the foundation for healthy development, meaningful relationships, and economic well-being ever since America’s inception. Now, President Joe Biden has a new vision: one in which progressive politicians and government bureaucrats sit at the helm of American families, financed through $1.8 trillion in new taxpayer spending.

Article by Marie Fishpaw, Lindsey Burke, Doug Badger, Matthew Dickerson, Leslie Ford, Rachel Greszler, and Robert Rector from Daily Signal .

Through a laundry list of proposals, the Biden administration’s so-called American Families Plan would significantly grow federal bureaucrats’ control of some of the most personal aspects of family life.

While asserting more government control over Americans, this proposal also fails to address the real child care, education, family leave, and health needs of families.

Here are five of the key features of the American Families Plan, and why lawmakers should reject them:

1. New Child Care Spending and Programs

Paid Family Leave- While private sector employers have already made enormous strides in providing employees with paid family leave-doubling the provisions of both maternity leave and paternity leave benefits since the 2017 tax cuts and reduced regulations-Biden’s plan would create a nationwide paid family leave program.

A one-size-fits-all government program would be restrictive, unresponsive, and less generous than existing employer-provided programs.

And despite Biden’s claim that a government paid family leave program will keep mothers in the workforce (a decision that should be made by families without the influence of politicians), a growing body of evidence shows that it can have a negative impact on women’s labor market outcomes and largely benefits middle-income and upper-income families (despite taxing workers of all income levels).

Government-Subsidized Child Care -At the same time, despite its emphasis on paid family leave, the proposal encourages parents not to stay home with their children by favoring center-based and government-run pre-kindergarten over family care. Such policies prioritize maximizing tax revenues and measured economic output by having all parents work full time while growing the government’s involvement in raising children.

Many policymakers claim that child care subsidies are an investment, yielding a positive return, but that argument focuses on government tax revenues and economic outputs, as opposed to children’s and families’ well-being .

The government’s role should be to protect environments in which families can pursue the choices that they desire instead of those that certain politicians desire. Taxpayer-subsidized child care would instead drive up child care costs, limit choices, and unfairly shift the burden to families who do not use child care.

2. Unprecedented Education Spending and Massive New Government Programs

Universal Preschool -The American Families Plan would spend an astounding $200 billion on “free” universal preschool for all 3-year-old and 4-year-old children, based on the premise that children benefit academically from preschool. However, the most rigorous research shows that government preschool programs consistently fail to produce any sustained benefits for children and actually have some negative effects.

We don’t have to imagine what Biden’s universal preschool plan would look like, as Americans already have half-a-century of evidence on the ineffective Head Start program. A 2021 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that Head Start had little to no impact on the cognitive, social-emotional, and health outcomes of participants. The fact that Head Start is the closest existing analog to any new or expanded federal preschool program does not inspire confidence.

“Free” Community College -The American Families Plan includes an unprecedented $109 billion proposal to finance two years of “free” community college, available to first-time students and “workers wanting to reskill.” This is a questionable investment.

The completion rate stands at just 34% for community college students. To improve these statistics, the proposal aims to send an additional $62 billion to community colleges to increase retention and completion. After decades of lackluster outcomes, more federal spending is unlikely to improve performance.

3. Permanent Expansion of Obamacare Subsidy Increases

The American Families Plan would make permanent a $40 billion expansion of Obamacare that Biden signed into law in March 2021, which is set to expire in December 2022. This is a costly and unjustified government incursion that further subsidizes health insurance companies that neither appreciably reduces the number of uninsured nor boosts economic recovery.

It also does nothing to address the real problems behind Americans’ top concerns over rising health care costs-simply sending more money to health insurance companies to benefit them at the expense of taxpayers.

The subsidies could also threaten employer-sponsored coverage for millions of Americans, forcing them into Affordable Care Act plans that generally have narrower networks, higher cost-sharing, and higher deductibles than their job-based insurance.

4. Permanent Expansion of the Welfare State

Biden is proposing that two major means-tested welfare programs be permanently expanded. First, the administration would extend the expansion of the refundable child tax credit program until 2025. This change is depicted by the Biden administration as providing tax relief to families; in reality, most of the proposed cost would send unconditional monthly welfare checks to families who owe no income tax.

Second, the administration would increase the refundable earned income tax credit, also a cash welfare check, for childless workers.

These proposed changes would make existing problems in the welfare state worse by undermining work and marriage.

We’ve been down this road before. For example, before the bipartisan welfare reforms of 1996, government benefits discouraged work among low-income parents: nearly 9 in 10 families on welfare were workless. Most of these families were stuck in long-term poverty . Two-thirds of families received welfare benefits for more than eight years . Unwed births rose year over year for decades. And all of this made intergenerational child poverty worse: 1 in 7 children were dependent on welfare benefits.

The 1996 welfare reforms broke this cycle of despair. It required recipients to work or prepare for work, and it was dramatically successful in reducing child poverty to an historic low. Policymakers should reject Biden’s plan to overturn the fundamental principles of this reform and to lay the groundwork to replace it with the second-largest increase in welfare in American history. Otherwise, we will see fewer low-income Americans rise and flourish.

5. Tax Increases That Hurt Families

To finance this plan, Biden proposes tax hikes that would harm the economy. The fact sheet announcing the American Families Plan misleadingly claims that the president’s new welfare spending proposals amount to “tax cuts for America’s families and workers.” In reality, the plan includes significant increases in the taxes paid by America’s families.

Discouraging Investment by Increasing Taxes on Capital Gains and Dividends -The Biden plan would increases the tax burden on capital gains and dividends to 43.4% (including the Obamacare net investment tax) for households with incomes of more than $1 million.

Analysis from the Tax Foundation shows that this tax increase would actually reduce federal revenue by $133 billion over the next decade because the high taxes would disincentivize people from realizing gains and paying the tax. This policy would reduce the size of the economy, reduce wages, and cost jobs.

Elimination of Stepped-Up Basis: A “Second Death Tax.” -The plan would increase the tax burden on property left by deceased relatives to the next generation.

Under current law, when the owner of a piece of property dies and transfers it to an heir, the cost basis of the property is stepped up to its current fair market value for the purposes of capital gains taxation. The president’s proposal would eliminate the stepped-up basis for assets that are asserted to have a gain of $1 million or more.

A major problem with repealing stepped-up basis is its actual implementation. It could be difficult or even impossible to go back in time and correctly assess the original value of an old asset. A similar policy was in law for a short period in the 1970s but was quickly repealed. Even The New York Times called it “unfair and impossibly unworkable.”

The proposal has been decried as a ” second death tax .” Instead of burdening families when a loved one dies, Congress should repeal the death tax . Repealing stepped-up basis would harm American families attempting to live the American dream by leaving their next generation better off.

A Better Way Is Needed

The president suggests that his plan is intended to help American families. In reality, it will undermine them.

Under the plan, the federal government would take more of Americans’ incomes and then redistribute the money in the form of benefits that politicians-not families-create, approve, and control. Such an approach would create new problems for families, leaving them with fewer opportunities.

A better, different approach is needed. Lawmakers should pursue reforms that will empower, not cripple, American families. The Heritage Foundation has a full report that outlines how Congress can implement a truly pro-family plan-read it here .

True policy reforms should support family formation and stability. Eliminating marriage penalties in our welfare system, encouraging flexibility in work and child care, offering more education options, and increasing access to better private health plans are promising starts.

noqreport.com/2021/05/11/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-bidens-1-8-trillion-american-families-plan/

BREAKING: Biden Finally Makes the Announcement… Huge Crisis Arrives

(TreeHouse) – Rising unemployment, massive inflation, “stagflation” and now gas lines … Looks like that recent meeting with Jimmy Carter was about recreating the 1970s.

The White House responds to fuel shortages appearing in the mid-Atlantic and southeast:

“The President continues to be regularly briefed on the Colonial Pipeline incident. The Administration is continually assessing the impact of this ongoing incident on fuel supply for the East Coast.

We are monitoring supply shortages in parts of the Southeast and are evaluating every action the Administration can take to mitigate the impact as much as possible. The President has directed agencies across the Federal Government to bring their resources to bear to help alleviate shortages where they may occur.” ( read more )

The statement from the White House is a little obtuse, considering the administration has yet to waive the Jones Act to streamline fuel transportation.

To be fair, the current areas running out of gas are more likely a combination of panic purchasing than an actual fuel supply issue. However, as seen in regions where hurricanes lead to panic purchasing, the lack of fuel can be an issue that cascades quickly.

theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/05/10/white-house-statement-on-gas-lines-beginning-on-east-coast-as-fuel-starts-runing-out/

BREAKING: Ilhan Omar Issues Unbelievable Statement on Israel… This is AWFUL

(The Post Millennial) – Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar accused Israel of “terrorism” for responding to a rockets launched at civilian targets from the terrorist organization Hamas which controls Gaza. Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by the US and European Union.

Omar tweeted, “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.”

Over 160 rockets have been fired Monday into Israel while thousands of Israelis were in the streets celebrating Jerusalem Day. The rockets reached as far as Jerusalem causing the evacuation of the Knesset. Israelis in Southern Israel have been sheltering in place.

In response to the rockets, the Israelis Air Force launched retaliatory airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza killing at least 8 Hamas militants and targeted rocket launchers and other military positions. Israel warned Hamas that all options, including a ground operation, were on the table.

Omar also accused Israel committing “ethnic cleansing” on Sunday even as Hamas rockets struck Israeli homes and civilian vehicles. Rishon Lezion, Holon, Bat Yam, Rehovot, Lod and Ness Ziona have cancelled school for Tuesday. Workplaces in the Shfela region, Merkaz Hanegev region, Lachish region, Maarav Negev region, Maarav Lachish region and the Gaza border communities are only allowed to operate if there is a bomb shelter nearby.

Tensions have been building in Jerusalem and around the region during Ramadan. In response to ongoing riots and protests on the Temple Mount, Israel stationed police at the Al- Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s most sacred sites.

The Democrat Congresswoman also retweeted false claims on Friday echoing Al-Jazeera that Israelis were attacking Palestinians and ignored the rioting which precipitated the response.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “The terrorist groups in Gaza crossed a red line on the eve of Jerusalem Day, a red line, and attacked us with rockets on the outskirts of Jerusalem.”
Omar has an extensive history of anti-Semitic statements and tropes as well as promoting conspiracy theories about Jews. In a now deleted tween Omar wrote “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza#Palestine#Israel”

In another now deleted tweet, Omar said Jews were buying political support. “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” According to the Daily Wire, in an interview earlier that year Omar suggested “that Israel should not be allowed to exist as a Jewish state, Israel is not a democracy, and compared Israel to Iran — which is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.” Omar also embraced the anti Semitic heads of the Woman’s March such as Linda Sarsour.

In February, 1,500 Orthodox rabbis called on Congress to rescind the appointment of Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D-MN), to vice chair of a House foreign affairs subcommittee based on her past anti-Semitic statements and behavior.
Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel as of publishing of this article.

thepostmillennial.com/ilhan-omar-calls-israel-defending-itself-against-hamas-rocket-attacks-an-act-of-terrorism

BREAKING: This State Moves to BAN Critical Race Theory

(Big League Politics) – On May 5, 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a ban on the use of critical race theory— anti-white hate — in public schools.

According to Fox News, the bill, HB0580/SB0623, “calls for withholding funding from public schools that discuss White privilege with their students, according to The Tennessean newspaper of Nashville.”

Tennessee State Senator Brian Kelsey made the case that teaching CRT would be “harmful to our students.”

“Critical Race Theory teaches that American democracy is a lie. It teaches that the rule of law does not exist & is instead a series of power struggles among racial groups. It is harmful to our students & is antithetical to everything we stand for as Americans & as Tennesseans,” Kelsey said in a tweet on May 5.

Kelsey proposed tacking on an amendment to the bill that would ban teaching students that “the rule of law does not exist, but instead is a series of power relationships and struggles among racial or other groups.”

“That is the very definition of critical race theory,” Kelsey continued. “I was subject to this teaching 20 years ago in law school and know it very well, and that is the very definition of it.”

The office of Governor Bill Lee said that Lee would sign this bill if it comes to his desk.

The Right needs to start taking these cultural battles seriously. The Left means business when it comes to using the state to push political correctness and they must be met with resistance.

bigleaguepolitics.com/tennessee-general-assembly-moves-to-ban-critical-race-theory/

What Will You Do When Inflation Forces US Households To Spend 40% Of Their Incomes On Food?

(Zerohedge) – Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Did you know that the price of corn has risen 142 percent in the last 12 months? Of course corn is used in hundreds of different products we buy at the grocery store, and so everyone is going to feel the pain of this price increase. But it isn’t just the price of corn that is going crazy. We are seeing food prices shoot up dramatically all across the industry, and experts are warning that this is just the very beginning. So if you think that food prices are bad now, just wait, because they are going to get a whole lot worse.

Typically, Americans spend approximately 10 percent of their disposable personal incomes on food. The following comes directly from the USDA website …

In 2019, Americans spent an average of 9.5 percent of their disposable personal incomes on food-divided between food at home (4.9 percent) and food away from home (4.6 percent). Between 1960 and 1998, the average share of disposable personal income spent on total food by Americans, on average, fell from 17.0 to 10.1 percent, driven by a declining share of income spent on food at home.

Needless to say, the poorest Americans spend more of their incomes on food than the richest Americans.

According to the USDA, the poorest households spent an average of 36 percent of their disposable personal incomes on food in 2019…

As their incomes rise, households spend more money on food, but it represents a smaller overall budget share. In 2019, households in the lowest income quintile spent an average of $4,400 on food (representing 36.0 percent of income), while households in the highest income quintile spent an average of $13,987 on food (representing 8.0 percent of income).

Needless to say, the final numbers for 2020 will be quite a bit higher, and many believe that eventually the percentage of disposable personal income that the average U.S. household spends on food will reach 40 percent .

That would mean that many poor households would end up spending well over 50 percent of their personal disposable incomes just on food.

At one time that would have been unimaginable, but now everything is changing. As I noted above, the price of corn his increased 142 percent since this time last year…

Corn prices have jumped roughly 142% over the past year to $7.56 per bushel, the highest price seen in eight years for the crop.

A drought in Brazil and increased demand in China have put pressure on global suppliers.

In other areas we are seeing more moderate inflation, but overall we just witnessed the largest increase in food inflation “in almost nine years” …

The average prices in March of 2021 for pork chops and chicken breasts are both up more than 10% compared to March of 2020. Eggs and cheddar cheese are both up 6%.

Looking at all consumer goods as a whole, the latest inflation data in the Consumer Price Index from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the largest month-to-month increase in almost nine years.

Meanwhile, the price of lumber just continues to shoot even higher.

In New Jersey, one man says that the total cost of lumber used in building his new home will reach $70,000 …

Tom McCarthy can’t finish building a home in Bergen County, New Jersey because of the lumber shortage.

“There are pieces of wood that we can’t find,” said McCarthy, a real estate broker with the Chen Agency who also builds homes with his father on the side.

McCarthy estimates the cost of lumber for the home will hit $70,000, nearly double the cost of building the exact same home in a nearby town just eight months ago.

Isn’t that nuts?

Instead of building a new home, you could try buying an existing one instead, but real estate prices in many areas have gotten completely insane.

In northern California, one house recently sold for more than a million dollars over listing price …

When a house in Berkeley sold for more than $1 million over its list price in late March 2021, it was covered in media outlets across the Bay Area, including this one.

While the Berkeley sale was particularly sensational – it sold for double its list price and received 29 offers – these individual stories are becoming more common in today’s real estate market, according to recent data and anecdotes from real estate professionals.

I never imagined that I would see such a thing happen.

But one real estate agent says that such wild bidding wars are becoming increasingly common …

And that’s especially true in the East Bay. “People are not surprised when a home goes $1 million over,” said Josh Dickinson, the founder of real estate agency Zip Code East Bay. “When my clients see a house for $1.9 million they’re almost conditioned to think it’ll go over $3 million in Piedmont or North Berkeley.”

This is what the beginning stages of hyperinflation look like, but Federal Reserve officials insist that we have nothing to be concerned about.

In fact, Eric Rosengren just told the press that the crazy inflation we are seeing now “is likely to prove temporary” …

Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren in an interview with MarketWatch on Wednesday dismissed talk of scaling back asset purchases as premature, and said temporary factors pushing up inflation this spring won’t last.

“My view is that this acceleration in the rate of price increases is likely to prove temporary,” Rosengren said Wednesday.

Do you believe him?

I don’t.

As Simon Black has pointed out , the federal government is just going to continue to borrow and spend trillions upon trillions of dollars…

This is the big one. The US federal government is hoping to spend a whopping $11 TRILLION this year, between the regular budget, COVID stimulus already passed, and all the new legislation they’re proposing.

And it’s only May.

Obviously Uncle Sam doesn’t have the money. So they have to borrow it.

Almost everybody loved it when the federal government started sending out big, fat stimulus checks.

But you aren’t going to love it when a cart of food costs you $400 at the grocery store.

Whenever the government hands out “free money”, someone has got to pay for it, and one way we are paying for it is through higher prices.

If you do not believe that this is a major national crisis yet, you will soon, because it won’t be too long before most of the country is loudly complaining about how nightmarish inflation has become.

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Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.

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REVEALED: Shocking Chart Shows What’s REALLY Happening in Biden’s Economy

(zerohedge)Almost a decade ago, we explained that America had become a bizarre kind of welfare state where, due to the premeditated vagaries of the tax code, hard work was punished.

As a reminder, back in 2012 we showed that it was increasingly lucrative – in the form of actual disposable income – to do the bare minimum, receive minimum wage and collect various welfare entitlements, than to work hard and aspire to a higher socio-economic status. This was graphically, and very painfully confirmed, in the below chart from Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (a state best known for its broke capital Harrisburg). As quantified, and explained by Alexander, “the single mom is better off earnings gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045.

Fast forward to today when thanks to “Biden’s Trillions” (which as we reported a month ago have sparked a historic labor shortage), any – not just hard – work is punished and instead America’s great unwashed masses are rewarded to do absolutely nothing.

Of course, the Biden admin will never admit to a full-blown socialist takeover of the labor force by the government’s handouts, and instead is blaming the collapse in people looking for jobs on such intangibles as fear of covid, mothers staying at home and who knows what else.

All of that is pure garbage .

For the real reason answer listen to the Chamber of Commerce, which last week urged an end to Biden’s pandemic handouts as “paying people not to work is dampening what should be a stronger jobs market and is hurting the overall recovery”…

… or listen to NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg who said that “small business owners are competing with the pandemic and increased unemployment benefits that are keeping some workers out of the labor force”

… or listen to restaurant legend Wolfgang Puck who said “I don’t think we should pay people to stay home and not work if there are jobs available”

… or listen to the National Owners Association (NOA) — an independent group of McDonald’s franchisees — which sent a letter to its members on Sunday that blamed hiring challenges on the “perverse effects of the current unemployment benefits” and said “when people can make more staying at home than going to work, they will stay at home. It’s that simple. We don’t blame them. We fault the system.

But even if one is willing to dismiss all of the above as partisan criticism of the divine socialist regime of Joseph The Ancient, one just has to listen to what that paragon of democratic, liberal, progressive values and ideals, Steve Rattner (best known as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury leading the Obama Administration, and the man who singlehandedly overturned bankruptcy law in the Chapter 11 case of General Motors) who today tweeted that “with enhanced benefits, workers (take Pennsylvania, for example) can now make more on unemployment than they did at their jobs.

Coming from a Democrat, this was the most damning assessment of Biden’s catastrophic fiscal policy to date.

But what was even more shocking is the chart that Rattner tweeted: similar to our chart from 2012, it shows that as of this moment, tens of millions of US workers, in jobs ranging from dishwasher, to hotel clerk, to preschool teacher, to anyone on minimum wage, can now earn more from unemployment than from their regular job.

Why would any rational person work under such generous welfare conditions? Or as the NOA correctly put it, “when people can make more staying at home than going to work, they will stay at home. It’s that simple. We don’t blame them. We fault the system.

None of this should be news to our readers, as we have said all of this and more before. So instead of regurgitating the same old conclusion, we will give the podium to Rabobank’s Michael Every who captured best the absolute circular lunacy of what Biden has created, which will inevitably end in chaos:

Consider Friday’s shocking US payrolls number, which came in at only 266K when the market had expected 1,000K, with March revised down from 916K to 770K. Obviously this release blew market bets about Fed tapering and inflation out of the water. Indeed, there is now a stronger view that central banks can carry on pumping asset markets and commodity prices –and so headline CPI– in the hope this will magically generate wage inflation. It’s either an amazing fumble or hustle: opinions vary. Meanwhile, from a US Treasury Secretary who knows that (long) game well, the message is that the bad payrolls number means a need for more federal social spending.

The problem is that there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that the reason more people are not returning to the jobs that have re-opened for them is not “fear”, but that the combination of welfare packages they are currently on pay more than their old jobs did. If so, what we are seeing in real time is the impact of a high level Universal Basic Income (UBI) – and how is that working out for the economy? About as well as Dogecoin over the weekend.

Which brings us to Every’s 100% spot on conclusion:

Firms aren’t going to raise wages when they know the stimulus checks run out soon (and as labor generally has no bargaining power): but they can’t re-open until the workers come back. Yet if the government believes the lack of re-opening requires extended stimulus, then theoretically we can all sit like this for a long time… It’s ironic that just as central banks can’t see their miserly policy towards labour doesn’t work, Keynesianism Redux can’t see its generous policy maybe doesn’t always work either.

Who could have possibly foreseen that attempts to transform the US into a socialist nation would have an unhappy ending.

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/shocking-chart-shows-most-workers-now-make-more-unemployment-their-jobs?