Author Steve Pomper joins Joe to discuss his new book;
THE OBAMA GANG, a new book by retired Seattle police officer Steve Pomper, outlines the roots of the current war on law enforcement in cities across America. As cities burn among the cries to “defund the police”, Pomper, a retired Seattle police officer who watched in disgust as the infamous “CHAZ” zone was overtaken in the summer of 2020 by left-wing extremists, gives a comprehensive overview of the roots of the increasingly hostile attitudes towards law enforcement.
The book details comprehensive overview of the attempt to destroy American law enforcement. It explains roots of the anti-police movement; Sources of funding; and the dangerous tactics being used to fundamentally change law enforcement as we know it.
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The powerful teachers union’s full-court press preceded the federal agency putting the brakes on a full re-opening of in-person classrooms, emails between top CDC, AFT and White House officials show.
The emails were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative watchdog group Americans for Public Trust and provided to The Post.
The documents show a flurry of activity between CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, her top advisors and union officials — with Biden brass being looped in at the White House — in the days before the highly-anticipated Feb. 12 announcement on school-reopening guidelines.
“Thank you again for Friday’s rich discussion about forthcoming CDC guidance and for your openness to the suggestions made by our president, Randi Weingarten, and the AFT,” wrote AFT senior director for health issues Kelly Trautner in a Feb 1 email — which described the union as the CDC’s “thought partner.”
“We were able to review a copy of the draft guidance document over the weekend and were able to provide some initial feedback to several staff this morning about possible ways to strengthen the document,” Trautner continued. “… We believe our experiences on the ground can inform and enrich thinking around what is practicable and prudent in future guidance documents.”
Walensky wasn’t on the Feb 1 email, but it was forwarded to her by Carole Johnson, the White House coronavirus testing coordinator. Many emails included Will McIntee, an associate director of public engagement at The White House.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said the adverse effects on children conducting virtual learning outstrip the threat of transmitting the virus during in-school learning, but the agency is not demanding that schools reopen.
“Schools can be reopened safely prior to all teachers being vaccinated,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
“There is more spread that is happening in the community when schools are not open than when schools are open,” the CDC Director told reporters, adding that if schools are closed there are lots of other risks such as lack of education, food insecurity and milestones being missed.
The CDC issued new school reopening guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, reassuring schools that they are not demanding they reopen but are instead providing roadmaps on how to do so safely.
“I understand that this may be one of the hardest decisions you’ve had to make since the pandemic began,” Walensky said Friday, outlining how to get kids back into classrooms nationwide. “I want to ensure you that our operational strategy is science-based.”
The Department of Education has partnered with the CDC to release the first of several expected handbooks on how schools should implement mitigation strategies to help safely reopen in-person teaching — including guidance on masks, cleanliness, ventilation, social distancing, weekly testing and the potential for pod-based learning when possible.
In a city where dancing is forbidden, not even a teenager with a rebellious spirit can save D.C. couples reeling from the capital’s latest COVID guidelines.
Seemingly ripped straight from the plot of “Footloose,” Washington, D.C.’s, new social distancing rules ban standing and dancing at weddings. The sudden announcement, made just as wedding season kicks off, has blindsided couples getting ready to tie the knot.
“It’s insane, it’s been an absolute roller coaster,” says Stephanie Sadowski, a D.C. wedding planner and owner of SRS Events.
Sadowski says couples are being forced to move their weddings outside of the nation’s capital with just one or two week’s notice.
“They want to have a party. Planning their wedding, they’ve made concessions along the way, they’ve reduced, reduced and reduced their guest count in Washington, D.C,” she says.
According to the latest D.C. order, indoor and outdoor weddings are capped at 25% capacity. A waiver is required for more than 250 people.
In a statement to local affiliate Fox 5 DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said it has the dancing ban in place as an extra layer of safety to reduce the spread of COVID-19 because when people stand and dance their behavior changes. For example, people are more likely to get close and touch each other.
“It’s very confusing why Washington, D.C., is singling that out,” says Sadowski.
D.C. is not the only state evacuating the dance floor – Illinois and Michigan have similar bans. New York and New Jersey just recently eased their restrictions on dancing.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping personally directed the communist regime to focus its efforts to control the global internet, displacing the influential role of the United States, according to internal government documents recently obtained by The Epoch Times.
In a January 2017 speech, Xi said the “power to control the internet” had become the “new focal point of [China’s] national strategic contest,” and singled out the United States as a “rival force” standing in the way of the regime’s ambitions.
The ultimate goal was for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to control all content on the global internet, so the regime could wield what Xi described as “discourse power” over communications and discussions on the world stage.
Xi articulated a vision of “using technology to rule the internet” to achieve total control over every part of the online ecosystem—over applications, content, quality, capital, and manpower.
His remarks were made at the fourth leadership meeting of the regime’s top internet regulator, the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, in Beijing on Jan. 4, 2017, and detailed in internal documents issued by the Liaoning Provincial Government in China’s northeast.
The statements confirm efforts made by Beijing in the past few years to promote its own authoritarian version of the internet as a model for the world.
In another speech given in April 2016, detailed in an internal document by the Anshan City Government in Liaoning Province, Xi confidently proclaimed that in the “struggle” to control the internet, the CCP has transformed from playing “passive defense” to playing both “attack and defense” at the same time.
Having successfully built the world’s most sprawling and sophisticated online censorship and surveillance apparatus, known as the Great Firewall, the CCP under Xi is turning outwards, championing a Chinese internet whose values run counter to the open model advocated by the West. Rather than prioritizing the free flow of information, the CCP’s system centers on giving the state the ability to censor, spy on, and control internet data.
CHICAGO — At least seven people were killed and 46 others were injured over the weekend in Chicago.
Police said one of the latest shootings happened just after 11 p.m. Sunday near the United Center at Adams and Seeley. Five people, all between ages 20 and 32-years-old, were shot as they stood outside.
According to police, a grey Audi SUV, with three people inside, drove past the crowd and began shooting. One of the victims was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.
In another shooting just before 3 p.m. Sunday, two men were shot in the 800 block of North Ridgeway. A 40-year-old survived, but a 34-year-old man was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.
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The Biden administration has already been hit with a number of lawsuits in 2021. Many of these suits involve the ongoing border situation, as southern states have called out Biden’s lack of support.
But that isn’t the only problem Republicans have with the President’s agenda. They’ve also taken issue with Biden’s relief package, which has faced heavy criticism.
Now, one state is alleging discrimination — and they want Biden’s team to be held accountable.
This lawsuit comes courtesy of Republican Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller: he’s saying Biden’s COVID relief plan doesn’t embrace equality.
Miller and the America First Legal Foundation are alleging the “racial exclusion” of white farmers and ranchers in the state. It seems non-white workers in the industry are in line for more benefits.
While it’s destined to create backlash from the left, these Texas officials are tired of dealing with the “woke” administration.
And they’re not afraid to call out racism where they see it (via The Daily Wire):
Via The Daily Wire:
“The lawsuit says the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed by Congress last month includes provisions for the forgiveness of loans to ‘socially disadvantaged’ farmers or ranchers of up to 120% of the value of the loan. It claims other federal laws limit help for white farmers and ranchers, including the Agriculture Department being required to give preference to grant applications filed by ‘socially disadvantaged’ farmers or ranchers.”
The complaint doesn’t hold back.
It goes on to say that these “racial exclusions are patently unconstitutional” and shouldn’t be upheld by the court.
Progressives on Wednesday viewed President Biden‘s latest spending plan on families as a good start, but said the $1.8 trillion proposal is still too small to provide a necessary safety net for the American public.
Biden’s tax and spending plan makes major new investments in education, child care and paid family leave and is funded by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. But the plan didn’t go far enough on universal child care, free college tuition, health care and child tax credits, according to some Democrats who wanted a more sweeping proposal.
New York Democratic Rep. Ritchie Torres, a major backer of the expanded child tax credit, said Biden’s proposal fell short because he failed to permanently extend the payments to parents.
“The American Families Plan is incomplete without a permanent child tax credit,” Torres told Fox News Wednesday. “We are in the midst of an FDR moment, which comes only once a century. If we let our FDR moment pass us by, without making the child tax credit permanent, we will live to regret it.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the House Progressive Caucus, had previously led an effort with more than 80 House Democrats to urge Biden to include an expansion of Medicare in his family-focused spending proposal. But Biden’s plan didn’t do anything to lower the Medicare eligibility age as they requested, and Jayapal said that’s the “wrong approach.”
“The proposed plan has many first good steps — but now is the time to go BIG and BOLD,” Jayapal tweeted. “Let’s deliver for people across America.”
UN Watch is calling on U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and EU states to condemn the UN’s election of Iran to a 4-year term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the “principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
The vote yesterday by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, reported first by UN Watch, sparked outrage among human rights activists. “Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, the Geneva-based human rights group. “It’s absurd — and morally reprehensible. This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights,” said Neuer.
At Least 4 EU & Western Democracies Backed Iran
Though the ballot was secret, UN Watch has determined that at least four of the 15 EU and Western Group democracies on ECOSOC—which include Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Latvia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—voted for Iran.
UN Watch called on lawmakers to demand that their governments reveal how they voted.
In 2017, after a similar secret ballot for the same UN women’s rights commission, a UN Watch campaign led to Belgium’s admission that it voted to elect Saudi Arabia, and to the revelation that the the Belgian government made sure to tell the Saudis that they voted for them.
Iranian Activists, Victims, Decry ‘Surreal’ Vote
“This is surreal,” tweeted Iranian women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad. “A regime that treats women as second class citizens, jails them for not wearing the compulsory hijab, bans them from singing, bars them from stadiums and doesn’t let them travel abroad without the permission of their husbands gets elected to the UN’s top women’s rights body.”
Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the Australian academic held hostage in Iran for 804 days, expressed astonishment at the election of her oppressor.
Facebook, Google and Blue Shield of California are among the companies that contributed $226 million to government causes on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s behalf last year, an unprecedented level of spending that is raising alarms about the influence large corporations are amassing in Sacramento.
State records reviewed by The Times show that so-called “behested payments” surged in 2020 compared with the year prior, when companies gifted $12.1 million on Newsom’s behalf. The governor’s haul last year during the COVID-19 pandemic was six times as much as that reported by the preceding governor, Jerry Brown, during his final eight years in office combined.
Liberal critics were predictably silent on social media in response to Vice President Kamala Harris’ suggestion that America is not “racist” Thursday morning, despite ripping Republican Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) for making the same claim only hours before.
Progressive commentators on Twitter — as if trying to prove racism still exists — launched a racially charged offensive against the Republican lawmaker Wednesday night after he declared “America is not a racist country” while responding to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress
The critics referred to “Uncle Tim” so many times that it started trending on Twitter, prompting the social media company to have to block the trend.
In response, Scott called the attacks against him “upsetting” and “so disappointing” during a Thursday morning appearance on Fox News, adding that leftists “are literally attacking the color of my skin.”
“The left has doubled down,” he said. “You cannot step down out of your lane, according to the liberal elite left.”
CRUZ: I think it’s disgusting. I think Tim gave a fantastic speech. Tim is a good friend, and he understands the miracle of opportunity that is America, that there’s no nation in the history of the world that has enabled so many people to start with nothing and achieve the American dream.
That’s why Tim is a conservative. That’s why I’m a conservative. And, you know, and I think it was particularly important that Tim made the point, which is right, that America is not a racist country. And in fact, we have an incredible legacy of fighting for the equal rights of all. It hasn’t been a perfect journey, but no journey is.
After Republican Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) delivered an impassioned rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, declaring that despite the president’s claims, “America is not a racist country,” liberals on Twitter immediately tried to discredit his claims by launching racial epithets at him.
In the speech, Scott acknowledged that while America’s racial “healing” remains an unfinished task, no amount of divisive rhetoric from Democratic politicians and progressive media figures could diminish the progress the country has made toward racial equality.
Such progress is powerfully embodied in his own family’s history, Scott suggested, pointing out that his family has gone from “cotton to Congress” in the span of one lifetime — a fact which, egregiously, was called into question by liberal Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler last week.
The South Carolina lawmaker went on to note that, in many cases, Democrats are the ones who exhibit racism in their politics and policy.
He recalled that last year, after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, he built a police reform bill to address concerns over unchecked instances of police brutality in America. But Democrats blocked the bill from ever being debated in Congress by using a political tactic they now insist is racist — the filibuster.
“My friends across the aisle seemed to want the issue more than they wanted a solution,” he charged.
McConnell and more than 30 of his GOP colleagues penned a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona blasting the new proposed priorities for American history and civics teaching as “divisive nonsense.”
“Americans do not need or want their tax dollars diverted from promoting the principles that unite our nation toward promoting radical ideologies meant to divide us,” McConnell wrote.
However, the headline published by Reuters read, “Republicans ask Biden to withdraw ‘divisive’ proposal to teach more Black history,” skewing the complaint brought by the McConnell-led group.
A British Vogue article caught the ire of the internet for asking the question, “Is having a baby in 2021 pure environmental vandalism?” The author suggested that people should consider the “current climate emergency” before procreating, despite that she had already given birth to a baby and saying that she would gladly bring another human being into the world.
“For the scientifically-engaged person, there are few questions more troubling when looking at the current climate emergency than that of having a baby,” Nell Frizzell wrote in the fashion magazine. “Whether your body throbs to reproduce, you passively believe that it is on the cards for you one day, or you actively seek to remain child-free, the declining health of the planet cannot help but factor in your thinking.”
Frizzell claimed that before she got pregnant that she “worried feverishly about the strain on the earth’s resources that another Western child would add,” including the food he ate and the electricity the baby would use. The writer also panicked over a possible dystopian future on a planet with no water and crops that her son would live in decades from now when he is an elderly man.
Despite her professed overwhelming fears, Frizzell got pregnant and brought another person into the world.
“And yet, like millions of others, I did it anyway,” Frizzell said. “I had a baby. I’d have another if my partner agreed.”
Frizzell attempted to justify her decision to have a child by stating that everyone who has a baby needs to be “learning to live within our environmental means, of turning away from the fever of consumerism and overturning a political system that rewards a tiny rich minority at the expense of everyone else.”
Frizzell’s Malthusian argument was challenged by Human Progress, an organization that presents evidence from individual scholars, academic institutions, and international organizations to show “dramatic improvements in human well-being throughout much of the world.”
The Biden administration announced its intention Thursday to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, including menthol.
“Banning menthol—the last allowable flavor—in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products. With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities experienced by communities of color, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals, all of whom are far more likely to use these tobacco products,” Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D., said in a statement.
Woodcock expressed the hope and belief that these bans would “launch us on a trajectory toward ending tobacco-related disease and death in the U.S.”
The FDA pointed to studies suggesting that a menthol ban would help people quit smoking, noting that menthol makes tobacco more palatable and “facilitates progression to regular smoking, particularly among youth and young adults.”
“One study suggests that banning menthol cigarettes in the U.S. would lead an additional 923,000 smokers to quit, including 230,000 African Americans in the first 13 to 17 months after a ban goes into effect,” the FDA statement said.
Thursday was court-imposed deadline for the FDA to respond to a 2013 citizen petition advocating the ban.
The NBC sketch comedy show confirmed on social media last week that the Tesla CEO and pop star will be appearing on the late-night show on May 8. However, the announcement didn’t sit well with fans of the NBC show as several took to Twitter to argue billionaires like Musk don’t belong in entertainment.
The backlash continued on Wednesday when a fan tweeted a Photoshopped image of Musk’s face over a screenshot from Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music video.
“I came in like a big steel ball I never hit so hard before,” text over the image reads.
Musk got a kick out of the tweet, writing, “Might be something here haha” and tagged Cyrus in the post. The pop star then responded, “@elonmusk I’m down if you are! #MileyAndMusk to the moon!”
Fans were none too pleased to see Cyrus’ chummy response to Musk online.
“Delete this we will pretend that we didn’t see,” one fan replied to the stars.
“Miley please you don’t have to pretend to like him,” another wrote.
“No thanks we only want miley,” another said, criticizing Musk’s upcoming appearance.
CNN political analyst Gloria Borger falsely said Wednesday that Operation Warp Speed occurred under President Biden, and no one on CNN’s panel corrected her in real time.
Borger criticized Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., for saying in his rebuttal to Biden’s congressional address that the country had already rounded the corner on coronavirus when Biden took office. Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership under the Trump administration to accelerate vaccine development for the deadly virus, helped produce multiple vaccines in record time.
“Everybody understands that Operation Warp Speed happened under Joe Biden, but getting vaccines into arms was a Biden operation,” Borger said.
Her cadence suggested it was an honest mistake, but she didn’t correct herself in the moment, nor did anyone else on the panel.