Wednesday, October 20, 2021

NY Officials Vote to Scrap City Hall's Thomas Jefferson Statue

A statue of Thomas Jefferson that has watched over the New York City Council in its chambers for more than a century will be removed after city leaders voted unanimously to get rid of the monument.

The vote means that the likeness of America's third president — one that's been in city council chambers since 1915 — will be relocated by the New York Historical Society to a museum where more "context" can be added to the display.

According to members of the council's Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus who'd pushed for the statue's removal, Jefferson's presence in the chamber was "a constant reminder of the injustices that have plagued communities of color since the inception of our country."

For these social justice warriors, statues of the men who created our revolutionary system of government are "disturbing images" and erasing their visages is the "right step" to take.

For his part, Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to defend the statue in the days before the vote and said he assumed that the statue would be removed by officials.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis — a Republican who represents portions of New York City — called out New York's leaders for trying to remove not just the likeness of Jefferson from City Hall, but seeking to remove his values from city government.

The warning from Rep. Malliotakis follows a prescient prediction from then-President Donald Trump in 2017 who warned the left's erasure of history would not stop when the mob got to America's founders such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Trump was widely mocked by the mainstream media at the time, but the New York City Council has again proven his worry over American history was justified.

Signe Nielsen, the individual overseeing statues and other art in properties owned by New York City added another warning in a hearing before the city council voted to remove the Jefferson statue: "There are 700 pieces of art under our jurisdiction, we cannot make a rash decision that will set a precedent for the other 699 pieces of artwork that may also have challenges from people or other groups of people."

For the woke New York City Council, it doesn't matter that Jefferson played a pivotal role in American — and world — history, nor that his belief in universal innate equality proved to be the intellectual root of the abolition of slavery in the United States. For them, as Malliotakis pointed out, removing founders' statues is about getting rid of touchstones that might evoke ideals of liberty.


Anti-Semitic DC Councilman Who Thought Jews Control the Weather Is Running for Mayor

I mean, this probably isn’t shocking. Washington DC has had its fair share of terrible people running for mayor. They’ve had terrible people occupying that office. The late Marion Barry was elected to the office, went to jail for smoking crack, got out, ran again—and won. So, when an anti-Semitic DC council member decided that he’s going to run for mayor—should we really be surprised? Trayon White was engulfed in controversy in 2018 for saying that Jewish people controlled the weather. He did some penance by attending a tour of the Holocaust Museum, but he reportedly left early. He survived this public relations fiasco of course—it’s DC. It’s the most Democratic of cities (via Fox News):

A D.C. Council member who made national headlines in 2018 after suggesting that Jewish financiers control the weather is now running for mayor in the district.

Ward 8 Council member Trayon White Sr., a Democrat, is throwing his hat in the ring to possibly unseat Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has not yet announced whether she intends to seek another term.

"He has a tremendous amount of support coming his way because he is willing to speak out for and advocate for those who need the leadership the most," an adviser for White told local media Wednesday.


Trayon White sparked a firestorm in March of 2018 after he filmed himself driving through downtown Washington as snowflakes fell on his windshield and ranted about "climate manipulation."

"And D.C. keep talking about, ‘We’re a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man," he said in the now-deleted video. "Be careful."

In any other situation, this would be a disqualifying incident. Actually, any other people would probably be forced to resign or be outright fired, but this is Washington DC. Say something stupid, act like you didn’t know what you said was horrible, and then bank on the media to not really care after a couple days.

The Rothschilds reference is a dead giveaway that he probably knew what he was saying was anti-Semitic and wrong. That’s a very specific swipe at this group of people. At any rate, anyone who gets elected or re-elected to this office is going to be garbage, so I’m just glad I don’t live in that hell hole.


'The World Has Gone Mad': Bari Weiss Tells Brian Stelter How CNN and MSM Perpetuate Cancel Culture

Substack writer Bari Weiss explained to CNN host Brian Stelter on Sunday how the mainstream media, like CNN, helps perpetuate the worst aspects of cancel culture.

Stelter asked why Weiss thinks the "world has gone mad."

“Well, you know, when you have the chief reporter on the beat of COVID for The New York Times talking about how questioning or pursuing the question of the lab leak is racist, the world has gone mad. When you’re not able to say out loud and in public that there are differences between men and women, the world has gone mad. When we’re not allowed to acknowledge that rioting is rioting, and it is bad, and that silence is not violence, but violence is violence, the world has gone mad," Weiss said.

"You say we’re not allowed, we’re not able. Who’s the people stopping the conversation? Who are they?" Stelter asked.

"People that work at networks, frankly, like the one I’m speaking on right now, who try and claim that you know, it was — it was racist to investigate the lab leak theory," Weiss replied.

"But I’m just saying though when you say allowed, I just think it’s a provocative thing you say —you say — you say we’re not allowed to talk about these things," Stelter said. "But they’re all over the Internet. I can Google them and I can find them everywhere. I’ve heard about every story you mentioned.”

Weiss noted many subjects have become "third rail" issues where even hinting at the notion of not believing what the vast majority believe can be detrimental to one's career or professional life. She used the example of Dorian Abbott, a geophysicist at the University of Chicago, who had a lecture canceled from MIT after an online mob voiced outrage over his argument "that people should be hired on the basis of their merit and their individual — you know, in their individuality, not based on their identity as a group."

"Now, you can say to me, 'Oh, that’s cherry-picking; oh, that’s a one-off.' What are the downstream effects of an example like that? Every other scientist, every other academic who’s watching that is saying, 'Wait, hold on. If he’s being canceled for that, what does that mean for me? I might as well shut up. I might as well practice double-think in the freest society in the history of the world,'" Weiss said.


Biden Called Trump’s Remain in Mexico Policy ‘Inhumane’; Now He’s Begging to Reinstate It

On the 2020 campaign trail, President Joe Biden repeatedly demonized then-President Donald Trump for his treatment of immigrants. Now that he is in office, Biden is realizing that securing the border is a lot harder than he predicted.

On Thursday, the Biden administration told courts it was planning to reinstate Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, The Hill reported.

The policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, required asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while awaiting their case determinations instead of living in the United States.

It is the exact same policy Biden called “inhumane” and “dangerous” just a year and a half ago.
According to CNN, Biden initially kept his campaign promise and officially ended the policy on June 1 of this year.

Now, as record numbers of illegal immigrants flood the U.S. border, the Biden administration has been reduced to begging Mexico for the policy’s reinstatement.

In April, the states of Missouri and Texas sued the Department of Homeland Security for suspending the policy. They won the suit at the district court level, as wells as appeals to both the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, Fox News reported.

If Mexico agrees to terms, the DHS must take action to reimplement the policy. But thanks to the Biden administration, that is a big “if.”

After the president ended the policy, Mexico apparently decided they were not so fond of it either.

DHS filings from Thursday said, “Mexico has made clear that it has concerns about aspects of how MPP was previously implemented, and that without certain improvements to the program, it will not decide to accept MPP enrollees.”

Since the individuals would be sent to their country, Mexico has a good bit of leverage in negotiations about the policy.

According to the filings, Mexico’s proposed changes to the policy include the U.S. promising to rule on all asylum cases in six months, as well as increased protections against sending “particularly vulnerable populations” to Mexico.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt accused the DHS of dragging out the process in a statement obtained by Fox News.

“In April, we sued the Biden Administration over their cancellation of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and won at the district court, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and at the United States Supreme Court, requiring the Biden Administration to reimplement the policy,” he said.

“Despite multiple courts ordering the Biden Administration to reimplement the policy, they have repeatedly slow-walked that reimplementation. The ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy should be implemented today, especially as the crisis at the border continues to worsen every single day. We have taken concrete action to secure the border, it’s time for the Biden Administration to do the same.”




Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Rioters tore through Portland causing more than $500,000 worth of damage - but cops did NOTHING because woke new law stops them using pepper spray or tear gas

At least 100 self-proclaimed anarchists tore through Portland, setting dumpsters aflame, smashing windows and causing $500,000 in damage, but police stood idle because of a new state law that restricts how law enforcement can respond to riots.

The city just reached the 'grim' milestone of 1,000 shootings through 2021 in what has been a year of destructive protests, violent street clashes and a police staffing crisis.

Now police say a recently passed law ties their hands even further as it prohibits police from using crowd control techniques like pepper spray or tear gas. Instead, law enforcement agencies are told to rely on follow-up investigations to hold rioters accountable.

Portland's latest round of violence broke out after a memorial for Sean Kealiher, an Antifa activist who was struck and killed by an SUV in October 2019 after getting in a fight with the driver at a bar earlier that night.

Police have not made any arrests in connection to Kealiher's death, though his mother Laura believes they have identified the culprits, according to the Oregonian/Oregon Live. She organized last Tuesday's protest on Twitter, writing that it was 'not a peaceful event' and dubbing it 'a night of rage and anger.'

She delivered on her promise as police say 35 separate locations were targeted - including banks, retail stores, coffee shops, and government buildings.

Beginning at 10pm, the mob ran amok through the streets and shattered windows, setting fires, spraying graffiti messages like 'anarchy means attack,' 'riots work,' and 'breaking windows is good.'

'The reason that we did not intervene goes back to what we talked about last month with House Bill 2928 and the restrictions placed on us in a crowd control environment,' Portland Police Lt. Jake Jensen said in a Pearl District Neighborhood Association meeting, as reported by KOIN. 'That's the way the legislature said we need to operate in a crowd control environment so that's how we're going to act in a crowd control environment.'

House Bill 2928, whose chief sponsors are Democratic Representative Janelle Bynum and Republican Representative Ronald Noble, bans police from using force to respond to riots and charges any violations as second degree official misconduct.

Jensen said, 'The fact of the matter is without being able to use pepper spray, without being able to use our 40 millimeter less lethal devices in that kind of environment really prevents us from having access to the tools that we need in large part to keep us safe.'

Jensen added that the issue wouldn't be solved by adding officers, as many officers were at the scene of the riots last Tuesday and could not intervene.

Residents frustrated by the violence last Tuesday questioned whether that meant anything goes now in Portland.

'Does that mean we are now like a lawless city? Anybody could come in and just bash around and do all the damage that they want without any repercussions whatsoever?' Linda Witt asked during the meeting with police.

Jensen explained that rioters could only facer consequences retroactively and said, 'Well certainly not without any repercussions, the consequences are gonna come not on the night of, but through follow up investigation.'

He added that they're looking for ways around the issue like using shields.

'The law clearly allows Portland Police to use effective tools necessary to control violent crowds,' House Minority Leader Christine Drazan told The Associated Press on Friday. 'However, activist attorneys are deliberately misinterpreting legislation to prevent police from intervening. They have no business putting law enforcement and community safety at risk.'

The exception to the new law is when the circumstances constitute a riot and if the officer using the chemical incapacitant reasonably believes its use is necessary to stop and prevent more destructive behavior.

Portland Police Sgt. Kevin Allen told the Associated Press that officers have been made aware of the 'potential implications' of the legislation and that it´s being analyzed by the city attorney´s office.

'Until we have some clarity on the bill we have to follow the most restrictive interpretation of it,' Allen said.

Authorities say although police did not directly intervene, officers did give direction to disperse over a loudspeaker and a Mobile Field Force moved in, at which point the crowd splintered.

Portland has seen ongoing, often violent protests since the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Some activists have complained that the police have been heavy handed in their response.

In August, Mayor Ted Wheeler ordered local police officers to not intervene unless civilians were seriously getting hurt or a 'life safety emergency' occurred.

This saw members aligned with the Proud Boys and Antifa fighting each other with paintball guns, bats and chemical sprays. One of the most intense of the frays centered on a conservative rally called the Summer of Love, where police ended up getting involved when the groups exchanged gunfire.

Just two months earlier, Portland's 50-person riot squad resigned in response to the indictment of member Corey Budworth for assault during an incident in which he allegedly struck photographer Teri Jacobs in the head during a riot in August 2020.

Jacobs says she was attacked despite carrying a press card. She was not charged with any crime, and received a $50,000 settlement from the City of Portland as a result of the baton strike. Cops have continued to insist she was part of a violent protest at the time in which rioters set a government building alight with a petrol bomb.

In December 2020, Portland was also home to an 'autonomous zone', known as the 'Red House occupation' due to its location in a red foreclosed home, that had been been built by Antifa activists and other criminal agitators in North Portland.

Similar to Seattle's 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone' (CHAZ), the Red House occupation scaled about two and a half blocks in which activists set up homemade booby traps, including spike strips, to keep police vehicles out from the area.

There were stockpiles of weapons, Portland Police reported, and strategically placed piles of rocks around the interior and exterior for activists to use as weapons should police make an attempt at entry. There were guards protecting the zone, a stocked kitchen serving two free meals a day, and a nearby coffee shop supportive of the movement providing free coffee, Fox News reported.

Numerous attempts from police to barge into the house proved to be unsuccessful, but the autonomous zone had been dismantled after Portland's mayor brokered a deal with protesters — and apologized to them.

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office confirmed a deal had been struck, though it was not clear if the house was ever sold back to the Kinneys, the family that was evicted after defaulting on a second mortgage taken out to pay a relative’s legal fees in a criminal case, according to the Red House on Mississippi, a group of social justice activists.

Mayor Ted Wheeler did not publicly address Tuesday's violence.

Among the damaged buildings was locally-owned Elephants Delicatessen. Anne Weaver and her husband have owned the metro area's seven Elephants Deli locations for a couple of decades. Their location at SW 1st and Salmon opened just before the start of the 2020 riots and pandemic and had never been vandalized before now, according to KOIN.

Weaver told the news outlet, 'We always try to be the business for the force of good. We're a B Corp and we strongly believe in equity and social justice… We provide meals to shelters and homeless and partner with all kinds of organizations all the time, even through COVID.'

Weaver said one of their managers at the World Trade Center location told them Wednesday morning that five huge windows had been broken.

'Just immense sadness, you know, here we were thinking we had maybe turned the corner of this really, really arduous hard time we've all endured coming on two years now,' she said.

Weaver said the deli will close early starting this week and that, despite the damage, she still has hope the city can recover.

She said, 'I'm still optimistic that we're going to get this thing figured out and that they'll be some healing and growth and beautiful Portland again, I believe it in my soul. The cup's always half full with Elephants — we're always eternally optimistic.'

Chief Chuck Lovell told KOIN, 'I'm concerned about the brazen criminal acts that took place downtown last night. I want to assure those who were victimized that investigations are underway, and we will do whatever we can to identify and arrest those who were responsible. We ask that anyone with information please reach out to us. Thank you to all the officers who responded to a challenging situation.'

On Saturday, Lovell posted a series of tweets regarding the city's gun violence issues. His first read, 'This week we passed a grim milestone. @PortlandPolice has now documented over 1,000 shootings this year. Too many have prematurely ended lives and caused injury. But all shootings cause trauma to our community.'

He added, 'I'm happy to work with our partners addressing this terrible problem and do our part. The Enhanced Community Safety Team is working hard to investigate these cases, and I call on the community to share information with them so we can arrest those committing gun crimes.'

'We're also working hard at building the Focused Intervention Team, which has a goal to deescalate and lower the tensions in the community that are feeding the contagious gun violence crisis. I'm looking forward to making more announcements about that soon.'

'Thank you to our officers, sergeants, criminalists, and detectives who have responded to every one of these shootings, performing trauma first aid and comforting victims, and gathering critical evidence. This crisis affects you too and your efforts are deeply appreciated.'

Meanwhile, a Portland gun violence unit has been having trouble recruiting new officers after it was dismantled during last year's calls to defund the police and brought back when gun violence shot up this year.

Since May, only four people have applied to 14 spots on the Portland Police Department's new Focused Intervention Team.

The original Gun Violence Reduction Team was shut down after the Portland City Council voted to cut $15 million from the police budget and eliminate 84 sworn positions last June.

In August, Lovell told KPTV that he's not sure how he's going to fill the remaining positions on the new anti-gun violence team.

'I'm not 100 percent sure yet where those officers will come from,' Lovell said. 'We're to the point now, staffing-wise, where being able to do this means greatly impacting our ability to do something else.'

Last year's cuts included the gun violence team, which was singled out because 52 percent of its stops in 2019 were of Black people, who make up just 5.8 percent of the city's population, according to the Wall Street Journal


Sir Henry Morton Stanley statue subjected to vote on whether to toppled amid BLM protests

The bronze bust of Sir Henry Morton Stanley - who is best known for the famous line: "Dr Livingstone, I presume?" - has been stood for a decade in his Welsh town of Denbigh. However, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, the statue could be torn down.

Chairman of Denbigh town councillor Rhys Thomas said: "I need to keep neutral on all of this.

"I think it's been active on Facebook, but there we are. "It is something a few people are quite interested in on either side."

Councillor Glen Swingler said: "I think the feeling in town is very mixed. "I've noticed on social media over the last couple of days that those coming out against it, they've got a bit more vociferous. "It's not getting nasty. I wouldn't like to guess which way any sort of vote would go, but then again, I don't know how many people are actually going to go out and vote."

He added: "I will vote, yes. I've got my own opinions, but I will vote as it is my right."


UK: Dominic Raab attacks 'nonsense' of Human Rights Act

Legal experts have responded with alarm to suggestions from justice secretary Dominic Raab that he will legislate to “correct” court judgments in human rights cases that go against the government.

The former head of the government’s legal service, Jonathan Jones, branded the deputy prime minister’s proposals “muddled”, while a professor of public law at Cambridge University said they were “deeply troubling” and that they threatened to undermine basic standards of good governance.

Mr Raab announced plans to “overhaul” the Human Rights Act to reduce the influence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester earlier this month.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he said that he was devising a mechanism to allow ministers to introduce ad hoc legislation to “correct” court judgments, whether passed by the ECHR in Strasbourg or by UK judges, which he regards as creating new law through “judicial legislation” rather than the decisions of elected politicians.

“We will get into the habit of legislating on a more periodic basis and thinking about the mechanism for that,” he said. “Where there have been judgments that – albeit properly and duly delivered by the courts – we think are wrong, the right thing is for parliament to legislate to correct them.”

Mr Raab said it was wrong for the European judges to “dictate” to the UK on how its armed forces, police, welfare system and health service should operate. “We want the Supreme Court to have a last word on interpreting the laws of the land, not the Strasbourg court,” he said.

“We also want to protect and preserve the prerogatives of parliament from being whittled away by judicial legislation, abroad or indeed at home.”

Human rights lawyer Jessica Simor QC, of Matrix Chambers, said that Mr Raab was peddling a “false narrative” that foreign judges were ruling over the UK court system, when in fact the Human Rights Act was introduced specifically to ensure that British people were able to have their rights upheld in a domestic court rather than having to go to the ECHR.

Watering down its provisions would simply mean more complaints going to Strasbourg and more rulings against the UK, unless the government intended to pull Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights altogether, which would be “a step into a dark place for this country and the world”, warned Ms Simor.

Mr Jones – who quit as the government’s top lawyer in 2020 in protest at Boris Johnson’s plans to breach international law in the row over the post-Brexit Irish border – said there was “lots of muddle” in Mr Raab’s proposals.

As parliament is already able to legislate to correct flaws in the law, it appeared Mr Raab was trying to use a new mechanism to allow ministers to take this step without obtaining MPs’ approval, he said.

“We’ve had (Brexit minister) Lord Frost proposing a ‘tailored mechanism’ for accelerating changes to retained EU law,” said Mr Jones.

“Now Mr Raab suggests a mechanism for ‘correcting’ court judgments. What can such mechanisms mean other than more hasty policy, less scrutiny, a reduced role for parliament?”

Cambridge professor of public law Mark Elliott pointed to a recent Supreme Court ruling, saying that allowing a minister to overrule a decision of the judiciary simply because he did not agree with it would cut across “principles that are fundamental components of the rule of law”.

Mr Raab appeared to be suggesting changes that would give the government the power to correct court decisions through secondary legislation, which does not have to be subjected to scrutiny or votes in parliament.

“If that is what is in contemplation, then that is profoundly problematic,” said Prof Elliott. “Indeed it turns constitutional principle on its head.

“Ministerial power to do this would itself be deeply troubling. It would reassign a basic judicial role – interpreting the law – to ministers.

“Ultimately, this all strikes me as part of a project to enhance executive supremacy by treating courts, whether foreign or domestic, as unwelcome interlopers.

“And yet all of this masquerades as an attempt to protect parliament. The reality of this executive power project, as we might call it, is that it will be the executive that is the principal beneficiary of such changes, and the loser will be basic standards of good governance.”


Chicago Mayor Creates Her Own Science, Proclaims Vaccinated People Cannot Carry COVID-19 Virus in Effort to Rebuke Police Officers

Remember the baseline: In order to retain their Marxist ideological objectives, radical leftists must always pretend not to know things. Part of the process of ‘not knowing’ is making up things that are exactly the opposite….

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a press conference today as hundreds of police officers will likely be fired effective tomorrow for not taking the mandated COVID vaccine. At the beginning of the video segment below, in an effort to explain her position, Mayor Lightfoot claims that vaccinated people in Chicago cannot carry and/or transmit the COVID-19 virus. WATCH (first two minutes):

The policy of the mayor is grounded in a claim that is totally and utterly refuted by all science. Vaccinated people carry, transmit and shed the SARS-CoV-2 virus just like non-vaccinated people. Actually, there is scientific evidence that vaccinated people who contract the virus (so called “breakthrough cases”) factually end up with a much higher viral load, and shed the virus at a much higher rate than non-vaccinated persons.




Monday, October 18, 2021

Jussie Smollett's Last-Ditch Effort to Dismiss Criminal Trial Ends in Failure as Judge Delivers a Reality Check

image from

They tried to get him off lightly for his false racism claim but it won't wash

Jussie Smollett will finally face a trial for his 2019 stunt in which he claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago.

On Friday, Judge James Linn rejected arguments from the actor’s lawyer that the charges against him should be dismissed, according to Fox News.

The claim being made was that under a deal with Cook County prosecutors in which charges were dropped without a trial taking place, Smollett performed community service and forfeited a $10,000 bond.

However, amid a firestorm of controversy over the deal, a special prosecutor was appointed who levied additional charges of lying to police against Smollett. On Friday, Smollett’s attorney sought to wriggle out from under those.

To have Smollett “hauled back into court again” would violate Smollett’s due process rights, attorney Nenye Uche said, according to USA Today. “It’s as clear as day – this case should be dismissed because of an immunity agreement,” Uche said. “A deal is a deal. That’s ancient principle.”

Sean Wieber, an attorney with the special prosecutor’s office, said the claim should be “summarily dismissed.”

“We have already dealt with this before,” he said. “Nothing we’ve heard today changes one iota (of the case). This can be comfortably denied.”

Linn said that he had heard it all before and dismissed those claims, saying he would not change now. “I’m denying the motion to dismiss,” he said.

In a July hearing, Linn explained his reasoning. “There was no trial in this case, there was no jury empaneled, no witnesses were sworn, no evidence was heard, no guilty pleas were ever entered … nothing like that [ever] happened,” Linn said of the case, according to WGN-TV. “There was no adjudication of this case,” he said then.

Smollett’s trial will begin on Nov. 29.

Smollett claimed two masked men approached him as he was walking home on Jan. 29, 2019, and “made racist and homophobic insults, beat him and looped a noose around his neck before fleeing,” Fox News reported. However, the account has since been discredited by the two men Smollett reportedly paid to conduct the “racist and homophobic” assault — Abel and Ola Osundario.

The two men alleged that Smollett transferred the sum of $3,500 to them in exchange for the jumping, hoping to “raise his profile,” according to Fox News.

The actor called the charges brought against him a “dog and pony show,” the outlet reported.


Biden Supreme Court commission opposes adding justices

The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court released its first report Thursday, suggesting that an expansion of the court would be unlikely to achieve balance and instead recommending the rotation of justices.

"There are also reasons to doubt that Court expansion necessarily would produce benefits in terms of diversity of efficiency," the Commission said in the report. "There is no guarantee that a larger Court would be drawn from a more diverse group of individuals. And a larger court may be less efficient than the current complement of justices."

The report comes after some congressional Democrats earlier this year called for an expansion to the Supreme Court, arguing that Republicans had unfairly obtained a conservative majority after former President Donald Trump was able to fill three vacancies during his single term.

President Biden, who in the past had expressed opposition to the idea of expanding the court, responded to the calls by forming the commission to study court expansion and reform.

But the commission pointed to other risks to expanding the court, including recent polling that indicates the public does not favor court expansion, while noting that expanding the court could lead to a "continuous cycle of future expansions."

"To be sure, any Supreme Court Reform would likely require unified government," the report says. "Nevertheless, we believe it is important to recognize the risk. According to one [purportedly modest] estimate of the consequences of expansion as parties gain Senate majorities and add Justices, the Supreme Court could expand to twenty-three or twenty-nine Justices in the next fifty years, and thirty-nine or possibly sixty-three Justices over the next century."

One idea floated by the commission as an alternative to expansion is a rotation system, which would see judges rotate between service on the Supreme Court and in lower federal courts.

But the report also notes that such a reform could face a "constitutional obstacle," noting that Article III, Section 1, of the Constitution states that "the judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such interior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

The report adds that there are also potential drawbacks to a rotation system even if they were deemed legal, including that such a system could "introduce inefficiencies into the court's work."


Christopher Columbus's Forgotten Crusade Against Jihad

Another Columbus Day has come and gone. Although it was “celebrated” with the usual denunciations and outraged wokeism concerning the Italian explorer’s alleged “genocide” against the natives, one influential voice came to Columbus’s defense: On October 11, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation, an excerpt of which follows:

Columbus stands a singular figure in Western Civilization, who exemplified courage, risk-taking, and heroism in the face of enormous odds; as a visionary who saw the possibilities of exploration beyond Europe; and as a founding father who laid the foundation for what would one day become the United States of America, which would commemorate Columbus by naming its federal district after him.

While all this is true, Columbus stands for and is a reminder of something else that is now little known if not completely forgotten: He was, first and foremost, a crusader—an avowed enemy of the jihad; his expeditions were, first and foremost, about circumventing and ultimately retaliating against the Islamic sultanates surrounding and terrorizing Europe—not just finding spices.

When he was born, the then more than 800-year-old war with Islam—or rather defense against jihad—was at an all-time high. In 1453, when Columbus was 2-years-old, the Turks finally sacked Constantinople, an atrocity-laden event that rocked Christendom to its core.

Over the following years, the Muslims continued making inroads deep into the Balkans, leaving much death and destruction in their wake, with millions of Slavs enslaved. (Yes, the two words are etymologically connected, and for this very reason.)

In 1480, when he was 29, the Turks even managed to invade Columbus’s native Italy, where, in the city of Otranto, they ritually beheaded 800 Christians—and sawed their archbishop in half—for refusing to embrace Islam.

It was in this context that Spain’s monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella—themselves avowed crusaders, especially the queen, who concluded the centuries-long Reconquista of Spain by liberating Granada of Islam in 1492—took Columbus into their service.

They funded his ambitious voyage in an effort to launch, in the words of historian Louis Bertrand, “a final and definite Crusade against Islam by way of the Indies.” (It, of course, went awry and culminated in the incidental founding of the New World.)

Many Europeans were convinced that if only they could reach the peoples east of Islam—who if not Christian were at least “not as yet infected by the Mahometan plague,” to quote Pope Nicholas V (d.1455)—together they could crush Islam between them. (The plan was centuries old and connected to the legend of Prester John, a supposedly great Christian monarch reigning in the East who would one day march westward and avenge Christendom by destroying Islam.)

All this comes out clearly in Columbus’s own letters: In one he refers to Ferdinand and Isabella as “enemies of the wretched sect of Mohammet” who are “resolve[d] to send me to the regions of the Indies, to see [how the people thereof can help in the war effort].” In another written to the monarchs after he reached the New World, Columbus offers to raise an army “for the war and conquest of Jerusalem.”

Nor were Spain and Columbus the first to implement this strategy; once Portugal was cleared of Islam in 1249, its military orders launched into Muslim Africa. “The great and overriding motivation behind [Prince] Henry the Navigator’s [b. 1394] explosive energy and expansive intellect,” writes historian George Grant, “was the simple desire to take the cross—to carry the crusading sword over to Africa and thus to open a new chapter in Christendom’s holy war against Islam.” He launched all those discovery voyages because “he sought to know if there were in those parts any Christian princes,” who “would aid him against the enemies of the faith,” wrote a contemporary.

Does all this make Columbus and by extension Ferdinand and Isabella—not to mention the whole of Christendom—“Islamophobes,” as those few modern critics who mention the Islamic backdrop of Columbus’s voyage often accuse?

The answer is yes—but not in the way that word is used today. While the Greek word phobos has always meant “fear,” its usage today implies “irrational fear.” However, considering that for nearly a thousand years before Columbus, Islam had repeatedly attacked Christendom to the point of swallowing up three-quarters of its original territory, including for centuries Spain; that Islam’s latest iteration, in the guise of the Ottoman Turks, was during Columbus’s era devastating the Balkans and Mediterranean; and that, even centuries after Columbus, Islam was still terrorizing the West—marching onto Vienna with 200,000 jihadis in 1683 and provoking America into its first war as a nation—the very suggestion that historic Christian fears of Islam were “irrational” is itself the height of irrationalism.


Texas Senate passes bill requiring students to play on sports teams corresponding with biological sex

The Texas Senate passed legislation Friday that requires students to compete on school sports teams that correspond with the biological sex listed on their birth certificate.

House Bill 25, which passed the Texas House of Representatives by a vote of 76-54 on Thursday, was introduced by Republican state Rep. Valoree Swanson and heads next to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

The only modified birth certificate allowed is that which has been amended "to correct a clerical error," according to the bill.

"This is all about girls and protecting them in our [University Interscholastic League] sports," Swanson said in support of her bill, according to CBS News. "I'm excited that we have the opportunity today to stand up for our daughters, granddaughters, and all our Texas girls."

Human Rights Campaign Texas State Director Rebecca Marques denounced the bill after the Texas House passed it, saying, "Texas legislators seem to take pride in passing discriminatory bills without any concern for the impact on Texans and the state’s growing negative national reputation."

"Transgender young people deserve the opportunity to play sports with their friends like any kid," Marques added, going on to allege that, "Texas legislators are putting the second-largest LGBTQ+ population in the country at significant health and safety risk.

"Radical policies like the anti-transgender sports ban bill that target children for no reason other than to score political points, making the state less safe and desirable for families to live and work, putting businesses in the state at a competitive disadvantage," Marques continued.




Sunday, October 17, 2021

Former bishop converts to Catholicism after slating woke Church of England

The bishop has the misfortune to be a genuine believer -- rare in the church of England

THE FORMER Bishop of Rochester has converted to Catholicism, leaving behind the Anglican Church to join "a church where there is clear teaching for the faithful."

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, who was the Bishop of Rochester from 1994 until 2009, said that he had considered making the switch “for some years.” Dr Nazir-Ali, 72, has previously accused the Church of England of “jumping onto every faddish bandwagon about identity politics, cultural correctness and mea culpas about Britain’s imperial past.”

During his time as Bishop of Rochester, Dr Nazir-Ali was one of the Anglican Church’s most high-profile bishops.

He is expected to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Ordinariate. This may happen as early as next month, according to The Spectator.

However, because Dr Nazir-Ali is married, he cannot be ordained as a Catholic bishop.

The Catholic Ordinariate was established by Pope Benedict XVI ten years ago, with the aim of inducting Anglicans into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Dr Nazir-Ali said: “I believe that the Anglican desire to adhere to apostolic, patristic and conciliar teaching can now best be maintained in the Ordinariate.

“Provisions there to safeguard legitimate Anglican patrimony are very encouraging and, I believe, that such patrimony in its Liturgy, approaches to biblical study, pastoral commitment to the community, methods of moral theology and much else besides has a great deal to offer the wider Church.

“I am looking forward to receiving from the riches of other parts of the Church, while perhaps making a modest contribution to the maintenance and enhancement of Anglican patrimony within the wider fellowship.


POLAND is planning to build a wall on its border with Belarus, defying warnings from Brussels not to engage in illegal pushbacks of migrants

The wall is expected to cost over 1.6 billion zlotys (£300 million), according to a draft bill Poland's MPs discussed yesterday. It is seen as a possible solution to stemming the flow of migrants trying to cross.

The announcement came as German police reported an upsurge in the number of migrants illegally entering Germany - the most popular final destination among asylum seekers - after first crossing the Belarus-Polish border and making their way westwards across Poland.

Poland began building a barbed wire fence along its border with Belarus in August to curb the illegal border crossings - despite criticism that some migrants were being treated inhumanely.

The new wall, equipped with a system of motion sensors and cameras, would further bolster border security.

Poland and fellow EU countries Lithuania and Latvia have reported sharp increases in migrants - from countries such as Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq - crossing their borders from Belarus.

"Despite the fact that the Polish-Belarusian section of the state border has been set up with barbed wire and a concertina-type wire fence, the number of attempts to cross the border is not decreasing, but is growing," said the justification of the bill posted on the parliament's website.

From the start of January until the end of September, it said, the Border Guard prevented 9,287 attempts to cross the frontier from Belarus into Poland, and of those around 8,000 took place in the last two months alone.

Poland, which is the EU's largest eastern member and has one of Europe's biggest border guard services, has for some time sought to invest in new technology to better monitor the border.

It has faced criticism for what many NGOs call illegal pushbacks when it comes to migrants entering Poland from Belarus and for not providing adequate shelter and support for those already in Poland.


Marine Who Criticized Disastrous Afghanistan Exit Has Been Handed His Sentence

After pleading guilty to all six charges against him relating to his public criticism of top military leaders amid the Afghanistan withdrawal, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. has been handed his sentence.

The judge issued a letter of reprimand and Scheller was ordered to forfeit $5,000 of one month’s pay, which would’ve been a two-month forfeiture of pay had he not already been in the brig for nine days for breaking a gag order.

The judge said he does not condone Scheller’s offenses, but noted his 17 year USMC career, saying that prior to his social media incident, he was an officer with an outstanding record – a record, he said, he weighed heavily.

The letter of reprimand was much less than what was recommended. The prosecution recommended a forfeiture of $5,000 of pay for 6 months and a letter of reprimand. The maximum penalty could have been forfeiture of 2/3 monthly pay for 12 months and a letter of reprimand. (Fox News)

Scheller first made waves when he posted a video in uniform the day of the Kabul terror attack that killed 13 U.S. service members and 170 Afghans.

“I’m not saying we’ve got to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did any of you throw your rank on the table and say ‘hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone,’” Scheller said in the video, which was posted on social media.

“Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say ‘we completely messed this up.’”

"I’m not saying we can take back what has been done. All I asked for was accountability, for people to comment on what I said and to say, ‘Yes. Mistakes were made,’ he added. “And had they done that I would've gone back into rank and file, submitted, and accomplished what I wanted."




It's great to see Jordan Peterson back in form

His illness really knocked him around but he now at last seems as sharp as ever. The episode below was recorded on September 9th.

Psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson and John Anderson exchange ideas about individual freedom, lockdowns and mandatory vaccines in Australia. Dr. Jordan shares his experience with policies while Anderson discusses why Australians have accepted severe restrictions fairly willingly.

John Anderson is a sixth-generation farmer and grazier from New South Wales, who spent 19 years in the Australian Parliament, partly as a National Party deputy Prime Minister

Protest comes to Brisbane

See below: The Covid restrictions have long been very mild in Brisbane -- not remotely as severe as what the people of NSW and Victoria have had to suffer. So protests been muted so far. But, as Peterson and Anderson discuss in the video above, the instinct for freedom has not been suppressed among Australians. So it is heartening to see anti-lockdon protests rising up despite much official and Leftist opposition.

I have myself been vaccinated some time ago but I think compelled medical treatment of any sort stinks to high heaven. Governments have frequently got health policies wrong so they should never be allowed to enforce their ideas

A great example of that is the case of Jehovah's Witnesses who would not let their children have blood transfusions. So laws were passed to compel transfusions anong children. But a study of adult survival after heart surgery showed that no Jehovah's Witness died of it but many others did. They have certainly had the last laugh -- and in consequence blood transfusions are now much more sparingly prescribed than they once were. Transfusions are themselves stressors to the body

Conflicting beliefs on the Covid vaccine have attracted thousands of people into Brisbane’s CBD as pro-vaccine protesters gathered near an anti-vaccine World Wide Freedom Day rally.

The pro-vaccine group stood at the front of Brisbane Botanical Gardens wearing masks and chanting “pro vax, pro health, anti fascist” and “anti vaxxers you can’t hide, you’ve got Nazis on your side”.

Anti-vaccine protesters stood behind a barricade of police officers. One anti-vaccine protester yelled back at the opposing side “the government is the real disease”.

Around 1500 showed up to the anti-vaccine rally along with a strong police presence.

T-shirt stalls were set up around the rally selling merchandise with slogans like “realise, real eyes, real lies”.

Anti-vaccine group The People’s Revolution ran the rally.

The group marched from QUT gardens about 1.30pm, down George St through the city to eventually loop back. Streets in the CBD were temporarily shut down by police for the march.

Friday, October 15, 2021

BBC dubbed 'lazy and inaccurate' over French Jew accused of spying

This is an egregious departure from well-known historical fact. It is very likely antisemitism

In a description for a new BBC Four drama Paris Police 1900, the broadcaster referred to Captain Alfred Dreyfus – who became the centre of the Dreyfus Affair – in a way that “implies he was actually a spy when he wasn’t”, according to Jewish News web editor Jack Mendel.

The Dreyfus Affair was largely seen as a notable example of antisemitism and miscarriage of justice, as Captain Dreyfus was wrongly accused of selling military secrets to the Germans.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Mendel called it "lazy and inaccurate", and explained that a more accurate description of him would have been “the accused Jewish spy”.

Mr Mendel added that “from what I’ve heard, the series is excellent”, but that he felt like “this is clumsy, out-of-context language”.

“I really like the BBC, and think sometimes carelessness can be perceived as spite or deliberate attempts to offend,” he said. “This isn't that.”


UK’s ‘strictest’ headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh made social mobility chief

The headteacher of a school dubbed the strictest in Britain who has attacked “woke culture” has been appointed as the government’s new Social Mobility Commissioner.

Katharine Birbalsingh rose to prominence at the Tory party conference in 2010 with a speech about Britain’s “broken” education system.

Birbalsingh was applauded for claiming that underachievement by black pupils was due partly to “the chaos of our classrooms, and, in part, to the accusation of racism [against teachers]”.

Following a political row after the speech, she lost her job. But in 2014, she founded the Michaela free school close to Wembley stadium in north-west London, which has a “no excuses” behaviour policy. Pupils were given demerits or detention for forgetting to bring a pencil or pen, or for talking in corridors between lessons. The school has been described as “outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted inspectors. In 2019, more than half of all GCSE grades were level 7 or above.

Boris Johnson’s senior advisers, the husband-and-wife team Dougie Smith and Munira Mirza, who are leading the Downing Street culture wars, have been reported to be fans of Birbalsingh, who describes herself as holding “small ‘c’ conservative values”.

When the government-commissioned Sewell report on race and ethnic disparities was widely criticised as divisive, inaccurate and having played down racism, Birbalsingh tweeted: “It is always acceptable in our woke culture of 2021 to mercilessly attack black conservatives. They have ‘betrayed’ their leftist masters by daring to think for themselves, when they should be grateful. THAT is institutionalised/cultural racism. And it is everywhere.”

The Social Mobility Commission has been led by the interim co-chairs Sandra Wallace and Steven Cooper since July 2020, after the resignation of the previous chair, Dame Martina Milburn.

Birbalsingh said she was looking forward to taking up the role when “improving social mobility is more vital than ever”. She added: “On the one hand, I want to inspire real action that will encourage people to seize the opportunities available to them and, on the other, I want to ensure that the government and other public bodies are delivering on their commitments to providing such opportunities, so that we really can ‘level up’ every region of the UK.”

Liz Truss, the minister for women and equalities, said she wanted Birbalsingh to focus on “education, enterprise and employment”.

Truss, who has herself criticised “woke orthdoxy”, said: “Our equality work will address the worries that keep people up at night – like having a good job and getting their child a good education – not tokenistic issues divorced from their everyday concerns.”


LAPD Investigating Apparent Vandalism of Italian Catholic Church by Far-Left Activists

St. Peter’s Italian Catholic Church in Los Angeles was found vandalized on Monday, seemingly in protest of Columbus Day and the opening of the Americas to European colonization.

The vandalism is being investigated by officials as a “hate crime,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Photographs show splotches of red paint on the front steps and facade of the church.

The words “Land Back” and “Stolen Land” were spray-painted on the sidewalk in front of the house of worship, according to the Times. A banner reading “Stop Colonizing Our Land” was also found outside the church.

“I think it’s all related to Columbus Day,” said Arturo Martinez, who said he noticed the vandalism on Monday morning.

“We know the history of Columbus, so they have taken a direct hit to Italy and what Columbus represents.”

“We pray for all the people who suffer discrimination and isolation, so that they can find peace in their hearts, and we can live in harmony and peace,” St. Peter’s said in a statement, according to KTLA-TV.

“Our parish is a home of prayer and encounter, where everyone is welcome to find GOD. We forgive and look forward to having the strength to do GOD’s will.”

“As a community of faith, we offer our prayers for those who felt compelled to express their concerns in this way,” Archdiocese of Los Angeles spokeswoman Carolina Guevara said. “We also pray for the parish community as they work to clean up the damage.”

Councilman Joe Buscaino condemned the vandalism in a post on Facebook.

“I am saddened by the act of vandalism today against St. Peter’s Italian Catholic Church near downtown LA,” Buscaino, who is running for mayor, said. “I am hopeful that those who committed these acts to a sacred place of worship will be found and prosecuted.”

“Today should be about celebrating our diversity and contributions to society, without the need for hatred or violence. We all need to work together, not breed division and hate with one another. I pray that our city can truly embrace and be proud of our diversity.”

Martinez echoed the sentiment, saying, “There’s a right way to make a protest, and this is not it, obviously.”

No suspects have yet been identified.

In 2017, the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

“This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends,” Councilman Mike Bonin said at the time.


UK baker’s plight over ‘illegal sprinkles’ ban erupts online

If the stuff is OK in some foods, why not in all foods?

A small bakery in UK has become the centre of global attention after authorities banned its famous sprinkles, leaving many in disbelief.

Or more specifically, a baker who had his shop raided after someone tipped him off to authorities for using – wait for it – “illegal sprinkles”.

For the last 48 hours, a ticked-off baker’s plight for sprinkles-related justice from the English city of Leeds has gripped the UK.

And now it’s gone global after the “ridiculous” ban spilt online.

It all started when Get Baked’s boss Richard Myers was paid a visit by Trading Standards, a UK government body designed to investigate illegal sales activity, earlier this month.

“[The inspector] said they’d had reports of us using illegal sprinkles and I actually laughed by mistake, then realised he was being serious,” Mr Myers told the BBC.

Get Baked’s sprinkles are from the United States and used on several products, including the bakery’s best-selling raspberry glazed doughnut cookies and Birthday Bruce cake.

The sprinkles contained E127 food colouring, which is only approved for use in cocktail or candied cherries in the UK.

It has been linked to possible hyperactivity in children, while a study on rats found it increased the risk of thyroid cancer.

Mr Myers, who sourced the apparently illegal sprinkles from a UK wholesaler said he used the US sprinkles as they were better than local versions.

“British sprinkles are rubbish,” he told the BBC.

“They run and aren’t bake-stable. The colours aren’t vibrant and they just don’t look very good.”

Fuming over the situation, Mr Myers posted about the ban on Get Baked’s Facebook page several times.

“To whoever reported us to Trading Standards, (Dan?) all I have to say is, dear lord, what a sad little life Jane,” he said in one post.

“My daughter, who is now seven months, has to live with the fact that Daddy can’t take her to Disneyland, because man can’t sell any f***ing cookies.”

People were (understandably) outraged – as well as a little confused – that something as innocent as sprinkles could cause such a headache.

Some on Instagram asked if they could still have the “havoc-wreaking” sprinkles as long as they “sign a waiver”.

“Illegal sprinkles look much nicer than legal sprinkles,” one person commented.

“I’m losing sleep wondering how to get them now,” another said.

Mr Myers told The Sun the situation was a “total farce” which also had the potential to impact him financially.

“It’s ridiculous, given that kids are allowed to buy cans of Coca-Cola, which are full of caffeine,” he said.

“We’re just an independent business and this is going to affect our trade and my livelihood quite dramatically.”

But despite the social media uproar, authorities are holding strong over their decision to ban the sprinkles.

“We can confirm that we have advised the business concerned the use of E127 is not permitted in this type of confectionery item,” West Yorkshire Trading Standards said in a statement.

“We stand by this advice and would urge all food business operators, when seeking to use imported foods containing additives, to check that they are permitted for use in the UK.”




Thursday, October 14, 2021

Tesla Announces Relocating Headquarters from ‘Fascist’ Democrat-Run California to Red TX

Elon Musk announced Friday that Tesla’s headquarters will move from California to Texas, where much of the electric car maker’s production has already been relocated.

Musk made waves when lashed out at lawmakers in the Golden State in April 2020. The Tesla CEO called them “fascist” over state and local COVID regulations. The company later relocated production to Austin, Texas. Musk himself also made the move to the Lone Star State after years of calling California home.

KXAN-TV reported that during an earnings call on Thursday with Tesla investors, the billionaire announced the company will now be headquartered in Austin, and no longer in Palo Alto, California. He clarified that a facility in Fremont, California, will remain open, and would actually increase production.

“I’m excited to announce we are moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,” he said. “Our factory is five minutes from the airport, 15 minutes from downtown, and we’re going to create an ecological paradise, because we’re right on the Colorado River. It’s going to be great.”

“To be clear, we will be continuing to expand our activities in California,” Musk said on the call, CNBC reported. “Our intention is to increase output from Fremont and Giga Nevada by 50 percent. If you go to our Fremont factory it’s jammed.”

Speaking to CNBC, business attorney Domenic Romano said the move makes a lot of sense.

“From a legal perspective, there’s less of a regulatory burden in Texas,” he said. “It’s a more business- and employer-friendly state in many ways. You have to jump through far fewer hoops in Texas or Florida as an employer than you do in California in terms of reporting requirements and more.”


How can it be TABOO to advise girls to plan to be mothers?


Over more than 30 years as a television journalist, I have worked on countless controversial programmes; secretly filming MPs, going undercover to expose extremist preachers, examining Tony Blair’s finances.

But this week I caused controversy by saying something which many might imagine was not in the least contentious: that girls and young women should be given more information about fertility.

In my new role as President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, I wanted to remind female students not to lose sight of their fertility.

This has long been a taboo subject for some — but the vitriolic response on Twitter and in the media took me by surprise. Some called my comments reductive, saying that educated women should not be browbeaten about fertility. Others said there are more important issues to tackle first — maternity rights and childcare, for example. But I stand by my point that it’s perfectly reasonable to emphasise biological truths.

It’s my own experiences of very nearly missing out on motherhood that drive me to speak out. It was only when a relationship ended when I was 42 that I realised I’d forgotten to have a baby.

When I started to look into my fertility, I was surprised to discover that if I had embarked on the journey two or three years earlier, I would have had around double the statistical chances of falling pregnant.

Many young women may think they can fall back on IVF, but it’s not the silver bullet everyone seems to think it is — age very much determines success rate.

In 2018, according to the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA), birth rates for patients younger than 35 were 31 per cent per embryo transferred, compared to below 5 per cent for patients aged 43 and above when using their own eggs.

I don’t believe that children are essential for happiness and quite a number of my friends never wanted children. But I have several friends who always just assumed they would have children one day and never did for a variety of reasons. Some are fine about it and some are sad. They succeeded in their jobs but feel they missed the joys of parenthood and, as we get older, miss having grandchildren.

All of us older adults should be encouraging young people we know to think not just about educational and professional success, but also about what they feel will make them happy in life. I wish someone had done that for me.

I moved blithely through my 30s and through an exciting career, travelling widely on the investigative ITV programme World In Action, where I became a producer, before being appointed editor of ITV’s The Big Story. I had relationships, but nothing that lasted. My job was all-consuming.

By the time I realised I wanted a child, I had to do it on my own, using a sperm donor. If it didn’t work, maybe I would adopt or foster, but I knew if I didn’t try I would always regret it.

I found out that I could have gone to my GP much earlier to have a basic test of my fertility, and that more complex tests were also available. Luckily, my fertility was pretty good for my age but it took two years to become pregnant. I didn’t have to use IVF but I needed expensive drugs to boost my fertility.

Aged nearly 45, I had a baby. And I was lucky — really lucky. By her mid-40s, a woman’s chances of falling pregnant stand at a mere 3 per cent to 4 per cent. I tried briefly to have another child but it was clear I had left it too late.

Of course, most people know the basic fact that fertility deteriorates with age and, indeed, some young women say they get annoyed by being bombarded with ominous warnings about their biological clocks.

However, there is a big difference between general understanding and specific knowledge on which a person can act. Many don’t realise there is a significant difference between trying to fall pregnant at 38 to 40 and between 41 and 42.

I would never urge anyone to have a test or even suggest it to them. What each person does is up to them and I am not going to start setting myself up as an expert in reproductive health. But giving people the opportunity to have the facts is important.

Young women have told me confidentially that they don’t dare to let their line managers know they are even thinking of having a baby because they are worried they will not be promoted. This is scandalous. Ultimately, society has to change. Employers have to become less prejudiced towards those who leave the workplace for a time to have children and towards those who want to return part-time or work flexibly.

When I was considering having a baby, I was a freelance editor of a television current affairs programme. The amount of statutory maternity pay I would have received would not have covered my mortgage. I worked out that the only way I could have a baby was to go back to work after six weeks.

I was lucky that the birth of my daughter was easy, so I was fit and well enough to do so. I could afford a live-in nanny. So, while leaving my daughter each day was a terrible wrench, I could manage physically and financially.

Some days, I missed her so overwhelmingly that I’d ask the nanny to bring her to the office. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

That said, plenty of women I knew in television with less well-paid positions gave up on motherhood entirely. Today, about 10 per cent of British people say they are remaining childless because of the costs and lifestyle changes which would be involved in parenthood.

There is concern that the birth rate has fallen from 1.92 children per woman in England and Wales in 2011 to 1.53 this year. This is not the Soviet Union or communist Romania; it is not the personal duty of young women to populate our islands.

But if the Government wants to encourage women to have children, it needs to do a lot more to help them. It’s wrong that some women feel they have to choose between having children and a successful career. But it’s also important they understand the limits of their biology before they even reach that point.

I would hate for my daughter — or indeed any young woman — to miss out on motherhood through lack of information.

That is why I have always talked to her about fertility. Now 24, she works in television production and has a boyfriend. She is clear she doesn’t want to follow my example and wait until she’s 45 to have a baby.


Now moccasins are racist! Minnetonka APOLOGIZES for making the traditional shoes for 75 YEARS because it is NOT a Native American-owned business

A Minnesota-based shoe firm has apologized for making moccasins because it is not owned by Native Americans, who pioneered the design of the traditional footwear.

Popular brand Minnetonka issued a statement Monday admitting the company had made money through 'appropriation' of Native American culture over the last 75 years.

'We deeply and meaningfully apologize for having benefited from selling Native-inspired designs without directly honoring Native culture or communities,' the statement read.

Minnetonka, which has been making its popular shoes since 1964, timed the apology to coincide with Indigenous Peoples' Day.

CEO David Miller said was issuing the statement to acknowledge that the company is not a Native-owned business, and said he promised to do more to support Indigenous communities in the future.

Miller explained that the company first publicly conceded its use of Native culture in the summer of 2020, and added that he now wanted to make a public apology.

Cultural appropriation is the term used to describe when person or group adopts visual elements of an often-persecuted ethnicity's identity without acknowledging it. It has become a hot-button issue in recent years.

White people wearing traditionally-black hairstyles like cornrow braids, or people dressing in Native American headgear, or as Mexican Dia De Muertos figures for Halloween have all sparked anger.

Critics of that outrage say people accused of cultural appropriation are often 'appreciating' other aspects of a culture, and not mocking it.

'We first publicly acknowledged our appropriation in the summer of 2020, but it was long overdue,' Miller said in his apology. 'While Minnetonka has evolved beyond our original product set, moccasins remain a core part of our brand, and in 2020 we began to step up our commitment to the culture to which we owe so much. 'We are dedicated to honoring our commitment to Native American communities with our actions going forward.'

Minnetoka announced that it had also hired 'reconciliation advisor' Adrienne Benjamin to help with its outreach to Native American people. She is a Minnesotan, Anishinaabe, and a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe - a federally-recognized American Indian tribe based in east-central Minnesota.

The shoe firm went on to say that it is boosting its 'diversity, equity and inclusion' efforts in a bid to ensure minority groups are better represented.

And it says it plans to partner with Native American artists to try and bring a more authentic slants to future collections.


Australia: Voluntary assisted dying [euthanasia] bill draws multiparty support across NSW Parliament

Twenty-eight MPs from across the NSW Parliament will support new legislation to legalise voluntary euthanasia, the highest number of co-sponsors to a bill in the history of any Australian parliament.

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill is the first major parliamentary test for new Premier Dominic Perrottet, who has promised to allow a conscience vote on the issue which is likely to be highly divisive within the Liberal Party.

Neither Mr Perrottet nor Labor Opposition Leader Chris Minns support the bill.

The proposed law, which has the support of government MPs, Labor, Greens and assorted members of the crossbench, will give terminally ill people the option to end their lives at a time and place of their choosing.

On Tuesday, the independent member for Sydney Alex Greenwich, who will introduce the bill this week, delivered a petition of more than 100,000 signatures to the State Parliament supporting the legislation.

“This year, we have all heard the calls from the community, that people with a terminal illness in NSW deserve the choice of having a peaceful end of life, rather than a cruel and painful one,” he said.

Mr Greenwich said he hoped the multi-partisan support would ensure respectful debate of the bill through the parliament by the end of the year.

“There will be members who are obviously going to be opposing this reform, and they will come from a really genuine position, a faith position, no doubt,” he said.

“I want to work with them and see if we can address any of their concerns... if a member does have a concern that they feel can be addressed through an amendment then that amendment will be seriously considered”.

Should the legislation pass, Mr Greenwich said it would not be enacted for 18 months, to ensure the right policy settings can be in place.

Liberal MPs Lee Evans, Felicity Wilson, Leslie Williams and Nationals MP Trevor Khan are among the 28 co-sponsors of the bill.

Labor MPs co-sponsoring the bill include Jo Haylen, Jenny Aitchison, David Meehan, Jodie Harrison, Trish Doyle, Sonia Hornery, Leisl Tesch, Kate Washington, Tim Crakanthorp, Adam Searle, John Graham and Anthony D’Adam.

The bill also has the support of Greens MPs David Shoebridge, Abigail Boyd, Jamie Parker, Cate Faerhmann, Jenny Leong and Tamara Smith.

Opposition leader Chris Minns on Tuesday said he would not support the bill, but added he believed his view was in the minority within the NSW Labor party.

“I don’t think that you can codify the risks for a vulnerable person who’s in the latter stages of their life who may feel that they’re a burden on their family or their loved ones,” Mr Minns said.

“I think that’s a real concern and I don’t think it can be dealt with as per the writing of the bill.”

Mr Minns said he hoped the passage of the bill would be smooth. “Look I’m not hoping for problems I’m hoping that it’s dealt with,” he said.

Mr Greenwich acknowledged the concerns raised by Mr Minns, but countered that the legislation would create criminal offences to target coercion and require doctors be specifically trained to identify if someone is under any pressure.

“NSW will be the last state to legislate for voluntary assisted dying. That means we have been able to learn from the legislation and every other jurisdiction to make sure that we have the strongest safeguards,” Mr Greenwich said.

Fellow independents Greg Piper and Justin Field will also co-sponsor the voluntary assisted dying bill, as will members of the Animal Justice Party and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A TikToker has claimed that interracial relationships, particularly between white men and Asian women, are a by-product of American imperialism and the United States' roles in wars

This guy needs to get a grip. The reason why Asian women in Western countries often marry Western men has nothing to do with history. It is that, like all women, they like their men to be tall and well-built. And most such men in Western countries are Caucasian. There are plenty of Chinese men around but they are mostly physically slight.

And if the lady sets her sights on a Caucasian man, she often gets him. Why? Mainly because she is very obliging to him and does not spout feminist nonsense

The American TikToker, who goes by username @youngqim and is known as Young Kim on Instagram, argued women were not easily granted access to the US under strict immigration rules as the US didn't want 'Asian people to start families here'.

Young, who says he is a history student, said this changed in the 20th century when women were exempt from restrictions if they were married to an American soldier, which he said led to interracial relationships and Asian women being 'fetishized'.

He went on to claim that the Korean War and the Vietnam War then prolonged global conflicts, leading to more interracial relationships, when American soldiers married Asian women after serving on the frontlines and brought them back to the US.

His video started with a short clip from TikToker @virtualflop, also known as Elise, who mouthed to along to a voiceover about interracial relationships, which poster Elise said she had used as a 'joke'.

The voiceover said: 'Interracial relationships are not natural. 'Y'all are gonna [sic] hate me for this one, but I don't give a f**k. It's the truth.'

Alongside the comments, reads the caption: 'Writing my paper about how romantic relationships between yt [sic] males and Asian females wouldn't be as common in society if it weren't for US involvement in wars.'

Responding to the TikTok, Young says that he is going to 'elaborate' on Elise's claims by talking about federal laws that restricted immigration from Asian countries, which he claimed saw hardly any Asian women moving to the United States.

He claims: 'Throughout most of American history, immigration from Asia had been limited to exclusively men.

'The biggest reason for that was they didn't want Asian people to start families here. We were considered an "undesirable element".'

In the 1850s, young single men were recruited as laborers and the Chinese made up 20 per cent of California's labour force by 1870, but were only 0.002 per cent of the entire US population, according to Asia Society.

Young goes on to talk about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which was a federal law signed by President Chester Arthur barring the immigration of Chinese laborers to the United States


There is nothing the woke Left won't regulate or try to control

The Woke crowd never rests. They are engaged in round-the-clock efforts to seize more and more control over our society, via a combination of bullying and governmental regulation. They count on scared silence from opponents, ruthlessly enforced through aggressive demonization tactics against anyone who speaks out – no matter how mainstream the objection may be. The radical few are strong-arming society in ways large and small. This has been a problem on college campuses for quite some time, and the worst excesses have been exported throughout American life. What happens in academic doesn't stay in academia. Not anymore.

For two examples, read these recent developments out of MIT and the University of Michigan, respectively:

Dorian Abbot: "On August 12, a colleague and I wrote an op-ed in Newsweek in which we argued that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as it currently is implemented on campus “violates the ethical and legal principle of equal treatment” and “treats persons as merely means to an end, giving primacy to a statistic over the individuality of a human being.” We proposed instead “an alternative framework called Merit, Fairness, and Equality (MFE) whereby university applicants are treated as individuals and evaluated through a rigorous and unbiased process based on their merit and qualifications alone.” We noted that this would mean an end to legacy and athletic admission advantages, which significantly favor white applicants.

Shortly thereafter, my detractors developed a new strategy to try to isolate me and intimidate everyone else into silence: They argued on Twitter that I should not be invited to give science seminars at other universities and coordinated replacement speakers. This is an effective and increasingly common way to ratchet up the cost of dissenting because disseminating new work to colleagues is an important part of the scientific endeavor. Sure enough, this strategy was employed when I was chosen to give the Carlson Lecture at MIT — a major honor in my field. It is an annual public talk given to a large audience and my topic was “climate and the potential for life on other planets.”

On September 22, a new Twitter mob, composed of a group of MIT students, postdocs, and recent alumni, demanded that I be uninvited. It worked. And quickly. On September 30 the department chair at MIT called to tell me that they would be cancelling the Carlson lecture this year in order to avoid controversy.

When Bright Sheng was a child in Mao's China, the Red Guard took away his piano. Nevertheless, he became a celebrated and award winning composer. What the University of Michigan has done to this great man is contemptible. Please read and share:

What was Sheng's transgression? He screened the 1965 version of Shakespeare's Othello in class as part of a lesson about how the play was adapted for the opera. This version stars Laurence Olivier, a white actor, who wore blackface to portray the protagonist Othello, a Moor...It's not clear whether Sheng, who was born and raised in China, understood blackface's specifically American legacy, and why such a portrayal is considered offensive. But he swiftly apologized for screening this version of the film. "I thought (that) in most cases, the casting principle was based on the music quality of the singers," Sheng told The Michigan Daily. "Of course, time (sic) has changed, and I made a mistake in showing this film. It was insensitive of me, and I am very sorry."

His apology ought to have been more than sufficient, but his students were not appeased. Indeed, they reacted as if they had been traumatized by the experience...Other students signed an open letter calling on Sheng to be removed from his teaching position for failing to "create a safe environment." ...A significant number of Sheng's students, former students, and colleagues have denounced him as a racist. And the administration is taking the matter seriously:

The music department released a statement saying that "Sheng's actions do not align with our School's commitment to anti-racist action, diversity, equity and inclusion." The university's Office of Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX has received a complaint about the incident.

"Sheng has stepped down from teaching the class for the time being. He has apologized profusely for making his students feel wronged, though many have loudly rejected his apology," writes Robby Soave. Sheng "received a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship in 2001, and has twice been a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in music. His undergraduate students should certainly count themselves lucky to be able to learn from him. Instead, they are demanding the university fire him for rendering the classroom an unsafe space." And so it goes.

Meanwhile, here's what the government of California is up to. Forget the massive homelessness problem, the crime sprees, the unaffordability of housing, the out-flow of residents, etc. They've got their eyes on the prize:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Saturday a bill requiring large retailers to provide gender-neutral toy sections, per the Los Angeles Times. California is the first state to adopt such a law. LGBTQ advocates have pointed out that marketing methods using pink and blue hues "pressure children to conform to gender stereotypes," AP notes...The law states that retail stores with 500 or more workers must sell toys and child care products (excluding clothes) in a gender-neutral section that's "labeled at the discretion of the retailer ... regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys." Companies that fail to comply with the new law could face a civil penalty of $250 for a first violation and $500 for any subsequent violations.

There is nothing they won't regulate or try to control – and the more woke and signaling the action, the better, especially because such endeavors serve as self-congratulatory and self-righteous distractions from the many real problems plaguing the state. Meanwhile, across the pond, we have this madness:

What percentage of British Airways passengers are cisgender? 98-99 percent? And what percentage of trans people would actually be offended by being referred to as a lady or gentleman, based on their own preferences? I'd wager very few. Institutions are making decisions to ban inoffensive words and phrases, and to alter the plain meaning of words, due to the ever-changing whims and demands of a remote fringe of activists. It's crazy.

As I've written before, we can be kind to people and do our best to accommodate people's identities without engaging in mass erasure of concepts like womanhood, and without taking a hatchet to our language. But as long as these tactics keep working, the fringe will keep exploiting fear and weakness – and they'll keep "winning." Are we willing to cede our society and culture to a relative handful of broken-brain weirdos like this?


‘Transgender’ Experts Silenced by Rainbow Mafia

The New York Times refused an op-ed from experts who don’t toe the line on gender dysphoric children.

“All the news that’s fit to print”? Hardly. Every conservative knows The New York Times doesn’t actually abide by its longtime motto, and we all have a good chuckle whenever reminded of it. The paper’s selective and activist journalism now includes having recently chosen to reject an op-ed written by two “transgender” experts, both doctors, who warned against the growing reckless use of puberty blockers on children. Will anyone stand against this growing fad of child abuse? Not the intrepid “journalists” at the Times.

The two doctors contend that “transgender” activism has essentially silenced any genuine examination of often-promoted claims that it is completely safe for children to go on puberty blockers in part because doing so is “fully reversible” should they decided against “transitioning.” Thou shalt not question The Narrative™.

Indeed, the Times’s decision seems only to further underscore this new leftist-created alternate reality. Abigail Shrier’s 2020 book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters was temporarily banned by Amazon due to opposition from “transgender” activists, so she knows about this sort of censorship. She interviewed the doctors and observed, “For nearly a decade, the vanguard of the transgender-rights movement — doctors, activists, celebrities and transgender influencers — has defined the boundaries of the new orthodoxy surrounding transgender medical care: What’s true, what’s false, which questions can and cannot be asked.”

Meanwhile, the Times had no qualms regarding running a recent op-ed by a “transgender” runner, nor another article fully affirming a “transgender” person and lamenting the “discrimination, delays and systemic hurdles [that] prevent young trans people from reaching the care they need.” On the other hand, the findings, data, and professional opinions espoused by longtime experts in the same field is no good if it dares question the “transgender” dogma.

Dr. Marci Bowers, one of the article’s writers, observed something that happens far too often these days: “When you have a female-assigned person and she’s feeling dysphoric … and then they see you for one visit, and then they recommend testosterone — red flag!”

These doctors come from the very heart of this movement. Bowers’s op-ed partner is, Shrier explains, “Erica Anderson, a clinical psychologist at the University of California San Francisco’s Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic.” Bowers herself is “a world-renowned vaginoplasty specialist who operated on reality-television star Jazz Jennings,” a young boy who’s spent many years flaunting his “transition to female” before the whole world.

The story Bowers tells regarding the horrific abuse perpetrated on Jennings will turn your stomach, break your heart, and blow your mind.

Anyone should know that getting a second opinion, especially regarding a serious health-related issue, is recommended. Not all doctors see everything the same way or have all the answers. The notion that daring to question a child or teenager struggling with identity issues is to somehow do them harm is nonsense, and yet the Rainbow Mafia has so thoroughly succeeded in scaring doctors, scientists, and journalists that even to question a child’s gender dysphoric claim is to supposedly engage in hate and malfeasance. The tragic result of such thinking and fear is growing numbers of youth being subjected to medical abuse, doing permanent damage to their bodies and minds.

Anderson put it far too mildly, saying: “It is my considered opinion that due to some of the — let’s see, how to say it? what word to choose? — due to some of the, I’ll call it just ‘sloppy,’ sloppy healthcare work, that we’re going to have more young adults who will regret having gone through this process. And that is going to earn me a lot of criticism from some colleagues, but given what I see — and I’m sorry, but it’s my actual experience as a psychologist treating gender variant youth — I’m worried that decisions will be made that will later be regretted by those making them.”

That’s only the beginning of the societal consequences.


Superman comes out as bisexual: DC Comics reveals woke superhero son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane will start a romance with a male best friend

How to lose a large part of your audience

Superman is set to come out as bisexual and begin a romantic relationship with his male best friend, DC Comics revealed on Monday - just two months after the company announced that iconic Batman sidekick Robin was dating a man.

The news marks what DC has branded a 'bold new direction' for the legendary superhero - a move that began in July, when the company debuted a woke new series of comics about the character, featuring Clark Kent and Lois Lane's son Jonathan, who inherited the role from his cape-wearing father.

In the months since the Superman: Son of Kal-El series made its debut, 17-year-old Jon has taken on several hot-button issues, including high school shootings, climate change, and the deportation of refugees - all of which are a world away from the sinister supervillains that the Man of Steel once fought.

The character will now take yet another big step to separate himself from the much-loved original Superman storyline by dating his close male friend - with the romance set to take center stage in an upcoming issue of the comic, due to be released on November 9.

However, the same-sex relationship was inspired by the iconic romance between Clark and Lois, with DC revealing that the new Superman's partner, refugee 'hacktivist' Jay Nakamura, is also a reporter - just like the young superhero's parents.

'Just like his father before him, Jon Kent has fallen for a reporter,' the company said in a press release.

However, series writer Tom Taylor said that this is where the similarities end - explaining that Jay will not play the same 'damsel role' to Jon as Lois did to Clark, but rather feature as something of a sidekick for the superhero.

'Jay has his own fight,' Taylor told IGN, revealing that Jay will also soon learn that he has his own set of superpowers. 'He’s obviously an effective journalist, and Lois Lane is his hero.

'But Jay is also a refugee from [the fictional island nation of] Gamorra, so his experience also reflects Clark’s. While this has fortunately changed over the years, historically, Lois has often fulfilled a damsel role. Jay Nakamura will never be that. He and Jon will tackle many things side-by-side.'

Although all of the details about Jon and Jay's relationship have not yet been revealed, DC did offer a sneak peek at how their romance began - explaining that the pair will begin dating after Superman suffers from 'mental and physical burn out'.

'After initially striking up a friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura, he and Jon become romantically involved,' the company said.

'Following a scene where Superman mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can, Jay is there to care for the Man of Steel.'

It continues: 'Faster than fate. As powerful as hope. Able to lift us all. For all his great power, Jon Kent can’t save everyone, but that won’t stop him from trying. How much can Earth’s new Superman do before this Man of Steel buckles? And when he does, who swoops in to save Superman?'

Images from the upcoming comic, which is the fifth issue in the new series, show Jon and Jay kissing and embracing, with Superman clad in his iconic blue-and-red uniform, while his pink-haired partner is seen wearing an orange hoodie, white T-shirt and purple glasses.

Jay will also be introduced to Clark and Lois in the new issue of the comic - with a sneak peek revealing that the reporter is left dumbstruck with nerves upon meeting his partner's mother for the first time.

Speaking about the decision to give Superman an LGBTQ+ storyline, series writer Tom Taylor told the New York Times that he wanted the new version of the character to be relevant for a modern audience - insisting that it would have felt like a 'missed opportunity' to once again portray the superhero as a 'straight white savior'.

'The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity,' Taylor said.

'[A] new Superman had to have new fights — real world problems — that he could stand up to as one of the most powerful people in the world.'

He added to IGN: 'I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.'

This same thinking applies to the enemies that the modern-day Superman tackles, which have shifted from the traditional supervillain and now include societal issues like global warming, the border crisis, and gun control.

'The question for Jon (and for our creative team) is, what should a new Superman fight for today?' Taylor continued. 'Can a 17-year-old Superman battle giant robots while ignoring the climate crisis? Of course not. Can someone with super sight and super hearing ignore injustices beyond his borders? Can he ignore the plight of asylum seekers?'

The news about Superman's LGBTQ+ relationship comes just two months after DC Comics announced that another of its legendary characters - Batman sidekick Robin - was also set to come out as bisexual and begin a relationship with a man.

In August, the comic book company revealed that the Caped Crusader's longtime sidekick Robin, a.k.a Tim Drake, would accept a date with a male character called Bernard Dowd in a new issue of the series Batman: Urban Legends.

Robin was described as having a 'lightbulb moment' when fighting alongside Bernard during a brawl, eventually rescuing Bernard in the process.

Fans of the comic welcomed the revelation saying they suspected Drake may be bisexual or gay for years.

In March, Marvel revealed their first openly-gay Captain America character, Aaron Fischer, which is debuted during Pride Month this past year.

Fischer is a youth advocate that was included in the 'United States of Captain America' comic book miniseries which was released on June 2.

'Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life,' creator Aaron Trujillo told Entertainment Weekly.

'He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten,' Trujillo added. 'I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.'

In addition to Fischer, Ayo (Black Panther), Valkyrie (Thor: Ragnarok) and Harley Quinn are superhero characters apart of the LGBTQ community.