In The News: Congress Reaches Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

FeaturedIn The News: Congress Reaches Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Joe Biden and Republicans in Congress have reached an agreement on a watered down infrastructure bill. It would provide 93 billion over five years – 1.2 trillion over eight years – and would be used for rebuilding roads, bridges, transit, and other infrastructure.

From the White House, Biden said, “The investments we’ll be making as a result of this deal are long over-due. They’ll put Americans to work in good paying jobs, repairing our roads, and our bridges. They’ll deliver high speed internet to every home, bringing down the price that people pay now for internet service. And they’ll close the American digital divide that has been driven home by every mother and father with a child at home during the COVID crisis, that is, thank God, abating, and kids not being able to be in school…

This deal makes key investments to put people to work all across the country, building transmission lines, upgrading the power grid to be more energy efficient and resilient in extreme weather, to be able to sustain extreme weather and the climate crisis. It also builds our natural infrastructure, our coastlines and our levees to be more resilient as well. American workers will be installing electric vehicle charging stations and undertaking critical environmental cleanups.”

The deal, reached Thursday, was led by Republican Rep. Rob Portman, and Democrat Rep. Kristen Sinema, including other lawmakers, some of whom are alleged of going against their party line.

Senators’ Joint statement & framework on bipartisan infrastructure deal:

“Today we’re proud to advance this bipartisan proposal to make a historic investment in America’s critical infrastructure needs, advance cleaner technologies, create jobs, and strengthen American competivness, without raising taxes. This agreement shows that the two parties can still come together, find common ground, and get things done that matter to everyday Americans. We are happy to have president Biden’s support, and will now get to work together enlisting the support of colleagues on both sides of the isle.”

“You know there are many who say bipartisanship is dead in Washington,” Sinema said. “We can use bipartisanship to solve these challenges.”

Republican Rep. Susan Collins said, “It sends an important message to the world as well that America can function, can get things done.”

Sources: The Week, Associated Press, the rev, Portman.senate.gov.

In The News: Mike Pence Heckled As A ‘Traitor’ During Speech At Republican Conference

FeaturedIn The News: Mike Pence Heckled As A ‘Traitor’ During Speech At Republican Conference

The Hill has reported that former vice president Mike Pence was heckled during a speech at the Faith And Freedom conference last Friday.

“It’s great to be back with so many patriots dedicated to faith and freedom,” Pence said, ironically unaware that many in the audience were anything but patriotic – “and the road to the majority. I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican in that order.”

Then the cries of “traitor” began from the patriots in the audience, who obviously believed it would have been easier had Pence given in to the whim of Donald Trump, and just accepted the fact that Caspar The Friendly Ghost possessed Joe Biden and George Soros from beyond the grave to manipulate every voting apparatus in America. If he had, they never would have threatened to hang him outside the Capitol.

Pence claims both he and Trump have spoken since the embarrassing incident. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day, but I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.”

The two accomplished absolutely nothing – at least nothing to be proud of – in four years. Nothing but one scandal, and one national embarasment after another. Not to mention the fact that some of the so-called “patriots” who broke into the Capitol building couldn’t resist using it as a toilet.

Pence is rumored to be eyeing a run for the presidency in 2024. Should he do so, he just may find himself in a primary race with some bats**t crazy competition with Republican lawmakers – Josh Hawley, and Ted Cruz – who also objected to the electoral results because they too believe it was influenced by the evil spirit of Caspar The Friendly Ghost.

Source: The Hill.

In The News: CDC Director Says Delta Variant May Soon Become Dominant Strain In The States

FeaturedIn The News: CDC Director Says Delta Variant May Soon Become Dominant Strain In The States

According to CDC director Rochelle Walenksy, a highly-contagious variant of the coronavirus known as the delta Variant, could very well become a dominant strain in the United States.

The variant, according to the World Health Organization, was identified last October in India, and is reported to be present in approximately eighty countries world-wide. It’s alleged to have now been discovered in forty-one states in the U.S..

The variant has been classified as a “variant of concern,” by WHO. This week the CDC upgraded its classification from “variant of interest,” to “variant of concern.”

“When these viruses mutate,” Walensky told ABC News, “they do so with some advantage to the virus. In this case, it’s more transmissible. It’s more transmissible than the alpha variant, or the U.K. variant, that we have here. We saw that quickly become the dominant strain in a period of one or two months, and I anticipate that is going to be what happens with the delta strain here.”

CDC health officials say they are concerned that the delta strain may mutate to a point where it can evade the existing COVID vaccines.

“That’s what we’re actively trying to prevent,” Walensky said. “Which is why we’re really encouraging people to get vaccinated. I will say, as worrisome as this delta strain is with regard to its hyper-transmissibility, our vaccines work. Right now, they are working, and they require actually two doses or to be fully-vaccinated to work. So I would encourage all Americans to get your first shot, and when you get your second shot, you’ll be protected against this delta variant.”

According to Dr. Ashish Jha, the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, the delta variant is “far more contagious than any variant we have seen throughout this entire pandemic.”

As more Americans continue to get vaccinated, and cases decline, close to 600,OOO have perished from COVID-19.

Source: ABC News.

In the News: Florida Republican Alleges Violence Against Primary Opponent

FeaturedIn the News: Florida Republican Alleges Violence Against Primary Opponent

William Braddock, a GOP Candidate running for a Congressional seat in Florida, was secretly recorded threatening a Republican opponent in a primary. Braddock is alleged of threatening to dispatch a “Russian and Ukrainian hit squad” on Anna Paulina Luna, who is running for the same seat.

Was he serious, or was he just f**king with her? Who knows?

Apparently, Braddock was recorded threatening Luna during a telephone interview with a conservative activist, Erin Olszewski, which took place prior to him becoming a candidate. Luna is also running for the same seat which is soon to be vacated by Rep. Democrat Charlie Christ, who is running for governor.

During the recording, which was obtained by Politico, Braddock said at one point during the interview, “I really don’t want to have to end anybody’s life for the good of the American people of the United States. That will break my heart. But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done. Luna is a f***ing speed bump in the road. She’s a dead squirrel you run over everyday when you leave the neighborhood.”

Early in the interview, Braddock also said, “I have access to a hit squad, too, Ukrainians and Russians. Don’t get caught up out in public supporting Luna… Luna’s gonna go down and I hope it’s by herself.”

Braddock refused to confirm whether he had made any threats toward Luna during the interview. He also refused to admit saying anything about a hit squad. He did add that it was “allegedly him, but there is no proof of that.” He also claimed the recording may have been edited or altered.

“This is a dirty political tactic that has caused a lot of people a lot of stress and is completely unnecessary,” he said.

Braddock is also alleged to have said during the interview, “My polling people are going to charge me 20,000 to do a poll right before the primary. And if the poll says Luna’s gonna win, she’s gonna be gone. She’s gonna disappear. And you better not tell anybody that. For the good of our country, we have to sacrifice the few. For the better or good of the majority of the people, we’ve got to sacrifice the few.”

Olszewski asked Braddock what would happen if Luna were to win, and Braddock answered, “She’s gonna be gone. Period. End of discussion. Luna is not an issue.”

Olszewski said threats like this shouldn’t be taken lightly. “Normal people don’t say these things,” she said.

Olszewski contacted the authorities, but Braddock has refused to talk, and instead has played victim and has threaten to sue Olszewski.

Sources: The Week, Politico.

In The News: Juneteenth Becomes Federally Recognized Holiday; Republicans Not Happy About It

FeaturedIn The News: Juneteenth Becomes Federally Recognized Holiday; Republicans Not Happy About It

Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the emancipation or the end of slavery, has become a federally recognized holiday. The bill, which had Bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, was signed into law on Thursday after being passed by Congress on Wednesday.

From a White House press conference, Biden said, “June 19th, 1865, the major general of the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Americans in Texas from bondage. That day, as you all know, I’m going to repeat some of what was said, became known as Juneteenth. You all know that…

“This is a day in profound, in my view, profound weight and profound power. A day in which we remember the moral stain, the terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take. What I’ve long called America’s original sin…

Today, we consecrate Juneteenth for what it out to be, what it must be. A national holiday…”

Despite bipartisan support, the bill had it’s dissenters, with fourteen Republicans in the House voting against it.

Among the House Republicans who voted against the bill, were Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, who said, “I fully support creating a day to celebrate the abolition of slavery, , a dark portion of our nation’s history. However, naming this day, ‘National Independence Day,” will create confusion and push Americans to pick one of those two days as their independence day based on their racial identity.”

According to Massive, black Americans celebrating a day to commemorate an end to the slavery of their ancestors, is nothing more than playing racial identity politics.

Texas Rep. Chip Roy said,”I believe it’s often referred to in our history as ‘Jubilee Day,’ as ‘Emancipation Day,’ as Freedom Day’ – I would be amendable to any of those names. I don’t believe that the title ‘National Independence Day’ works, and I would prefer that we just have a debate on that.”

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar – who has some serious issues dealing with race – said in a written statement:

“Our country is divided, and cultural and political Marxists are continuing their efforts to divide this country further.

“Juneteenth is more debunked Critical Race Theory in action. I reject racism. I reject the racial division people are promoting. I voted no because this proposed holiday does not bring us together, it tears us apart.

I cannot support efforts that furthers racial divisions in this country. We have one Independence Day, and it applies to all people of all races.”

For someone who has no problem cozying up to white nationalists like Nick Fuentes – who is an actual Nazi – Gosar’s statement is not just ironic, but downright absurd.

It’s ironic and absurd that Gosar would claim that it’s cultural Marxists that are dividing the country, when just five months ago, Gosar and a majority of his party supported and lied about not only the election being stolen from Trump, but the insurrection at the Capitol.

The Republican party is the main reason America is so divided They’ve been promoting division for decades. They did it for eight years, portraying a centrist black president as a radical extremist Marxist, communist, socialist who was out to subvert democracy; they’ve done it continuously with Black Lives Matter, claiming it is a race war against white people; they’ve done it with immigration; they’ve done it with prioritizing policing and downplaying racism and violence against black people and other minorities; they’re currently doing it with the creation of voter suppression legislation to prevent black voters from voting Democrat; and they’re promoting division with their hysterical opposition to CRT.

Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale’s statement is just as absurd:

“Let’s call an ace an ace. This is an effort by the Left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics as part of its larger efforts to make Critical Race Theory the reigning ideology of our country. Since I believe treating everyone equally, regardless of race, and that we should be focused on what unites us rather than our differences.

“The Left has made up what was primarily a Texas holiday, which they are now acting like they recently discovered, in order to continually make Americans feel bad and convince them that our country is evil. The vast majority of Americans are good and this country is great, although there are certainly imperfections in our history, as there are with any country.

This isn’t an effort to commemorate emancipation, it’s very clearly tied to the larger hard-left agenda to enshrine the racial history of this country as the prime aspect of our national story. They do not want to highlight all the good this country has brought to the world – flight, the Constitution, the defeat of communism and Nazism, the internet – but instead our racial sins. America is good, and efforts to cast the country as otherwise should be opposed.”

Unfortunately, the intention of the legislation is not to appease the precious feelings of conservatives who would rather not face and accept the fact that their version of America is anything less than perfect.

Get over it. Grow up. Move on. Be an adult about it, and accept reality.

Sources: The Week, NPR, Rosendal.House.gov., Gosar.House.gov, rev.com.

In The News: Coronavirus Deaths Near 600,000 In U.S.

FeaturedIn The News: Coronavirus Deaths Near 600,000 In U.S.

According to CDC data, nearly 600,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. That includes mother’s, father’s, children, sons, daughters, grandparents, cousins, teachers and friends. Millions of Americans have been affected by the pandemic, whether directly, or indirectly.

During yesterday’s press conference at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, president Biden said:

“We’ve made enormous progress in the United States. Much of the country is returning to normal. And our economic growth is leading the world, and the number of cases and deaths are dropping dramatically, but there’s still too many lives being lost. We’re still averaging in the last even days the loss of 370 deaths per day. That’s significantly lower than at the peak of this crises. But it’s still a tragedy. We’re approaching a sad milestone, almost 600,000 lost lives because of COVID-19 in America. My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one.

That’s why I continue to say, America, if you have not been vaccinated, get vaccinated. Get vaccinated as soon as possible, We have plenty of vaccines. Plenty of sites. We have more work to do to beat this virus, and now’s not the time to let our guard down. Please get vaccinated. There’s been enough pain.

Sources: The Week, Reuters, CDC.gov.

In The News: Texas State Bar InvestigatingĀ  Attorney General’s Frivolous Lawsuit

FeaturedIn The News: Texas State Bar InvestigatingĀ  Attorney General’s Frivolous Lawsuit

Texas state Attorney General, Kenneth Paxton, is under investigation by the State Bar to determine “whether his lawsuit to overturn Biden’s electoral win was frivolous, unethical, and filed in bad faith.”

Initially, the Bar refused to take the complaint seriously. The complaint filed by Kevin Moran, the president of the Galveston Island Democrats, has shared the complaint with AP News, with letters from the State Bar, and the Board of Disciplinary Appeals to confirm the investigation. He told AP that Paxton should lose his license for attempting to disenfranchise voters in several states.

“He wanted to disenfranchise voters in four other states,” he told the AP. “It’s just crazy. He wasted my taxpayer money.”

The investigation is the least of Paxton’s troubles. He has found himself facing criminal and ethics charges in the past, which include allegations of using his office and position to help donors, “six- figure contributions to his legal defense fund that he insists do not violate Texas’ anti-bribery laws, and an indictment for felony securities fraud that hasn’t gone to trial in five years. Charges whch did not prevent him from being re-elected in 2018.

“I’ve been troubled from the beginning,” former Texas Attorney General, and current Senator John Cornyn told Austin TV station KXAN last year. “It’s pretty dramatic when his senior staff walk out and basically file a complaint against him. That’s really unprecedented.”

The Bar has given Paxton until the end of the month to respond to the complaint, to prove that the lawsuit was legitimate, rather than filed in bad faith based on lies of a stolen election.

Paxton’s office has not responded to requests for comment.

Sources: The Week, AP News, Texas Tribune.

In The News: Biden Administration Buying Millions Of Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine To Distribute To The World

FeaturedIn The News: Biden Administration Buying Millions Of Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine To Distribute To The World

According to White House sources, The Biden Administration is purchasing up to 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for distribution to other nations that need it. 200 million of those doses will be donated sometime this year, and the remaining 300 million in the first half of 2022.

The doses of the vaccine will be shared by COVAX, a W.H.O backed initiative to share and distribute to third-world countries in need of the vaccines. Pfizer is providing the vaccine doses to the U.S. at an alleged “not for profit” price.

The president is expected to announce the plan during the annual Group of Seven meeting – AKA the G7 summit – in Britain this week, which would likely include Pfizer’s CEO, Albert Bourla.

Some public health officials have praised the decision. “It’s an extraordinary development,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, who is an epidemiologist and senior scholar at John Hopkins Center for Health Security. “It sends a profound signal in terms of U.S. commitment to global health security and willingness to help end this pandemic for the world and the United States.”

According to Thomas Bollyky, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who is also the director of its global health program, the decision “is meaningful, but not sufficient on its own.”

These Pfizer doses will go to many countries,” he said. “The big question is, in what order and what amount? That will have a significant bearing on what the public health impact of the commitment will be.”

We won’t end this global pandemic anywhere unless we beat it everywhere,'” says Tom Hart, who is acting CEO of the One Campaign, an org to bring an end to global poverty and disease. “Donating doses to COVAX will save lives, reduce the spread of variants, and help reopen global economy. We urge other G-7 countries to follow the U.S. and donate more doses to COVAX. If there was ever a time for global ambition and action to end the pandemic, it’s now.”

Sources: The Week, Washington Post.

In The News: Joe Manchin Says He Will Vote Against ‘For The People Act’

In The News: Joe Manchin Says He Will Vote Against ‘For The People Act’

Conservative-leaning Senator, Joe Manchin, has vowed to vote against For The People Act. The bill, H.R. 1, would expand voting rights, which includes early voting, strengthening ethics rules for public servants , prevent partisan gerrymandering, and reduce or limit influence of money in politics.

The bill, which was introduced in 2019, is up for a vote later this month as a test to see how Senators vote on the issue. Democrats have used the legislation as an attempt to push back against new restrictive voting laws that have recently passed in certain states, in response to “the big lie” that Democrats had cheated Donald Trump of his rightful inheritance.

In an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Manchin did a poor job of explaining why he does not support the bill.

“As such, Congressional action on federal voting rights legislation must be the result of both Democrats and Republicans coming together to find a pathway forward or we risk further dividing and destroying the republic we swore to protect and defend as elected officials.

( Someone should explain to the Senator that the party he is so eager to work with, is bent on destroying democracy, not preserving or defending it ).

This is baffling, coming from a Senator who has said of Republicans, “If they think they’re going to win by subverting and oppressing people from voting, they’re going to lose. I assure you they are going to lose.”

On the one hand, he acknowledges that Republicans are attempting to stifle the voting rights of Americans, and yet on the other hand, he wants to work with them, holding hands, tip-toeing through the tulips as Tiny Tim strums the eukelele while singing in his girly voice.

Mondaire Jones, a progressive Democrat accused the conservative Senator of voting to preserve Jim Crow. “Manchin’s op-ed might as well have been titled ,”Why I’ll vote to preserve Jim Crow,” he tweeted. He later appeared on MSNBC and pointed out that Manchin’s dreams of bipartisanship is at odds with a party that is “actively working to dismantle our democracy.”

What Manchin fails to acknowledge or understand, is that Republicans are not interested in “coming together,” especially when it comes to voting rights. Republicans don’t believe every American should have the right to vote. They care more about restricting voting rights. They are against democracy, plain and simple. We saw overwhelming evidence of that recently, back in January. And anyone in Congress who is willing to work with a party, who’s majority of members despise the electoral process, must also be against democracy.

Sources: Associated Press, The Week, Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Pro Second Amendment Judge Compares Assault Weapons To Swiss Army Knives, And Swiss Miss Cocoa

FeaturedPro Second Amendment Judge Compares Assault Weapons To Swiss Army Knives, And Swiss Miss Cocoa

California’s assault weapons ban, which has been in effect for thirty-two years, has just been overturned. A federal judge overturned that prohibition on Friday, which he referred to as “a failed experiment because it didn’t include bazookas, howitzers, machine guns, Swiss Army knives, and Swiss Miss cocoa.”

The last time the law was challenged was 2019 by James Miller, a California resident, and the San Diego County Gun Owners, which is a political action committee.

The federal judge, Roger Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California said that the state’s penal code which defined assault weapons were unconstitutional and would be enjoined. He said the case was about “what should be a muscular Constitutional right and whether a state can force a gun policy choice that impinges on the right of “thirsty American citizens who want their guns and their Swiss Miss cocoa.”

“It should be an easy question and answer,” he said. “Government is not free to impose its own new policy choices on American citizens where Constitutional rights are concerned.”

The ridiculous judge said that none of the weapons banned under state law were “bazookas, howitzers, or machine guns, but “fairly ordinary, popular, modern rifles.”

California’s governor Gavin Newsom, criticized the ruling as a “direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians.”

He also criticized the opening lines of Benitez’s decision in which the judge claimed that like the Swiss Army knife – and a cup of Swiss Miss Cocoa – “the AR-15 is the perfect defense combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. As soon as you finish that first cup of Swiss Miss – like Folgers in your cup – you can whip out that Swiss Miss Army knife, and your AR-15, and you’re ready to blow away that liberal p***y who’s trying to break into your house to steal your guns. Then you can cut his heart out with your Swiss Miss Army knife and hang it on your mantle as a trophy. And when you’re done, you can celebrate with another hot, sweet cup of Swiss Miss.”

During a press conference Friday, Governor Newsome said, “Comparing an AR-15 to a Swiss Miss Army knife and a cup of Swiss Miss Cocoa, undermines the credibility of this decision, and frankly makes the honorable judge sound like a f***ing loon. Please excuse my French.

“It’s also a slap in the face to the families who have lost loved ones to this weapon – not to mention the millions of gallons of that God-awful cocoa they consumed.”

California’s Attorney General, Rob Bonta, also criticized Friday’s ruling in a written statement.

Today’s decision is fundamentally flawed and we will be appealing it. There is no sound basis in law, fact, or common sense, for equating assault rifles with Swiss Army Knives or Swiss Miss hot chocolate, for that matter – especially on Gun Violence Awareness Day, and the recent shootings in California communities. It wasn’t Swiss Miss chocolate that killed those people, it was an ***hole with an AR-15. Please excuse my French.”

Second amendment fanatics all over California celebrated by buying tons of Swiss Army knives and Swiss Miss cocoa. In a matter of days, every store and supply chain that carried the two products , were sold out.

Sources: The Week, NY Times.