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SKYE’S LINKS 05/02/24

I find myself feeling very grateful for the SCOTUS that we have right now. The majority seems to be working hard to conserve the Constitution-as-intended. They have more, and harder, cases coming up, so prayer is appropriate. The Lawfare against Trump and the lawfare against the J6 patriots seem to be forming a vortex that may blow the Leftist Luftwaffe into a tailspin. Woot!  Meanwhile, the Left seem to be setting up fearmongering for the next Pandemic (but who’s really afraid of bird flu?) Still, take note and prepare yourself.

There is rational concern about the preparedness of the Military when a Navy Captain doesn’t know which way a scope should be aimed, and Liberal Courts are putting on their own circuses; but Israel has shown bully Iran – and the whole world – that Iran is all hat and no saddle, while Israel can shoot their b***s off when and where they want to, so that’s always good. And though the economy isn’t looking good, it’s not like we’re not prepared for it, and knowledge is power, right?  And you’ll be grateful to know that a banana will protect you (or your kids) against the anarchists trying to take over our country’s universities!  Let’s get to it!

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SCOTUS will be making a decision for the ages:

Justice Kavanaugh Warns Of Vicious Cycle Of Malicious Prosecutions That Could End Presidency

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A SHOCKING SIGN OF PUTIN’S RUSSIA IN DEEP DECLINE

Last week was full of shocks for Moscow. The United States finally approved $61 billion of aid to Ukraine, the European Parliament passed a resolution rejecting the legitimacy of Russia’s March presidential elections, and Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov was arrested in Moscow on accusations of bribery.

The last event was the most astounding, as there have been practically no significant corruption cases in Russia since the war in Ukraine began (The Moscow Times, April 25). Ivanov has been a prominent figure in Moscow’s high society and has ties to Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, and Sergei Kiriyenko, the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration (The Moscow Times, April 25).

More than that, Ivanov was the prime protégé of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.  That he was arrested for bribery corruption when corruption is the organizing principle of Putin’s rigid autocracy is being seen by Russia’s elites that Putin’s rule is in decline.

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CHINA’S MILITARY DEVELOPING SPACE ASSETS AT “BREATHTAKING SPEED”

chin-satelliteGen. Stephen Whiting, commander of U.S. Space Command, recently warned about China’s “breathtakingly fast” development of space military capabilities following his trips to South Korea and Japan.

“We are seriously focused at U.S. Space Command on our pacing challenge, which is the People’s Republic of China,” Gen. Whiting told reporters during a call from Japan on April 24.

“The People’s Republic of China is moving at breathtaking speed in space, and they are rapidly developing a range of counter-space weapons to hold at risk our space capabilities.

They’re also using space to make their terrestrial forces—their army, their navy, their marine corps, their air force—more precise, more lethal, and more far-ranging.”

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WHERE DID ALL THE STOCKS GO?

black-hole-of-stocksThe number of public companies has fallen fast.

Since the late 1990s, the number of US publicly traded companies has plunged from about 8K in 1996 to about 4.6K in 2022. (It’s bounced back a bit more recently.)

How come?

There’s no shortage of theories about why this has occurred.

A favorite, among American executives, is that new regulations that followed fraud and accounting scandals of the early 2000s (best embodied by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) simply made going public too costly, especially for smaller companies.

The self-serving conclusion that such inconveniences ought to be done away with is heavily implied.

This doesn’t make much sense, as the number of public companies had been tumbling for years before those new rules came into existence, much less went into force.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/26/24

Losing Control

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In the heart of a democratic society, the power of knowledge and information must be firmly in the hands of the people. By having the freedom to access accurate and diverse information, individuals can make informed decisions that shape their lives and hold their elected officials accountable. This fosters a deep connection between the people and their government, ensuring that the needs and desires of the citizens are heard and addressed. Moreover, the free flow of information nurtures transparency and openness, vital elements that uphold the foundation of our democratic societies. When information is controlled by governments or other powerful entities, it can be manipulated to sway public opinion, silence dissenting voices, and maintain a stranglehold on power. This dark path can lead to corruption, abuse of power, and countless other negative consequences. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for free men to seize control of their own information, guarding the health and well-being of our democracy.

Come on over to the HFR, a new age is dawning, and the old ways just cant seem to cope.

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SKYE’S LINKS 04/25/24

I hope you’ve taken your heart medicine because the RNC seems to be doing something useful at last – complete shocker. Truth is being spoken more often and louder by conservatives, SCOTUS has handed down another rational decision, and the ‘Crats are beginning to experience some good pushback. Anti-semite lefties are already planning social rioting after the election (though that’s nothing new), and calls for information are getting louder and more demanding of information from Fauci and the NIH.

Set some time aside to read what The Mises Institute has provided: First, a nice summary of Mises’ Six Lessons on Economic Policy, and then a free pdf of his whole book. This will come in handy because we’re facing a worsening economy, but you’ll forget that when you read Biden’s claim that his Uncle Bosie, in spite of what the military records say,

was a man of good taste. Dive in!

Finally, it looks as if the RNC is doing something useful:

Trump Campaign and RNC Reveal Massive Election Integrity Program

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WHEN “DIVIDE AND CONQUER” UNITES AND ENRAGES

divideconquerIn two previous essays, I have discussed popular nullification in the context of the American people rejecting the State’s propaganda and withdrawing their respect for the rule of law.

As the U.S. and other Western governments continue to engage in a cognitive war against their own citizens, an increasing share of Western populations will conclude that their own institutions have been secretly targeting them as enemies.

Because the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and other globalist bodies have chosen to spread falsehoods (first they panicked about “global cooling” before pushing the more terrifying “global boiling,” after all) in a calculated campaign to sow public fear and drive public policy, authority figures have forfeited the public’s trust.  As Western governments and their international coalitions (e.g., the World Health Organization) respond to the public’s rejection of their authority by imposing new censorship and surveillance rules on society, the fracture separating the governing from the governed will widen into an unbridgeable crevasse.

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THE HONEST PRO-ABORTION ARGUMENT

On the HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher,” guests Piers Morgan and Gillian Tett were discussing a 15-week abortion ban as an unofficial American standard and comparing it to the rest of the world. By the way, the U.S. remains one of only seven nations in the world permitting abortion all the way through pregnancy — China, Vietnam, and North Korea among the others.

Predictably, Tett went to the usual leftist tactic by asking why we even care, adding that it’s outdated and strange that people do. This is where host and comedian Bill Maher chimed in, giving a refreshingly honest — if also rather horrifying — take on the pro-choice argument. He started out by addressing Tett’s conviction that focusing on the abortion issue is strange, saying, “Not if you think it’s murder.”

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FOR THE CHILDREN, HUH?

deuces-wildOne of the more insidious psy-ops that the Left has employed—at times, with the acquiescence of the political Right—is their use of “children” as props to get their way on things.

They realize that among normal people, protection of children and families rings loudly, so they seek to co-opt that language to get their way on things.

And per the Charlie Brown and Lucy Football Paradigm, many on the Right never seem to learn.  They are not called out nearly enough.

A casual examination of standard liberal shibboleths and best practices reveals that once the rubber meets the proverbial runway, they don’t appear to have much use for either children or their welfare.

So let’s start calling them out!

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THE WORLD IS PAYING A DEADLY PRICE FOR BARACK OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY LEGACY

bo-foreign-policy-todayIf a belligerent state launched 185 explosive drones, 36 cruise missiles and 110 surface-to-surface missiles from three fronts against civilian targets within the United States, would President Joe Biden call it a “win”?

Would the president tell us that the best thing we can do now is show “restraint”? What if that same terror state’s proxy armies had recently helped murder, rape and kidnap more than 1,000 American men, women and children? What if this terror state were trying to obtain nuclear weapons so it could continue to agitate without any consequences?

This is what Biden and the Barack Obama acolytes, Iranian dupes and Israel antagonists he’s surrounded himself with demand of the Jewish state.

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SKYE’S LINKS 04/18/24

iran-firedThis week has much more good news than last week. Israel magnificently held off Iran’s first direct attack, SCOTUS comes through for both the Fifth Amendment and for Property Rights. Another state ends sales taxes on precious metals, and NASA has found aliens…or has it?

Though inflation is still ugly, at least Powell is doing the right thing. Even some lefties are coming to realize how bad Leftist policies are. And while jocks aren’t normally known for their economic prowess, a winning UFC fighter certainly knows his stuff and isn’t afraid to f’ing say it! [profanity alert]

Very impressive! Great accomplishment!

IDF: 'Significant Strategic Achievement' as Israel Stopped 99% of Iran's Missiles, Drones

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DISMANTLING THE “TRANSGENDER” NARRATIVE

gender-types-todayCommon sense and the realization that trans activism is the tyranny of the few are starting to make public opinion swing back to sanity.

Science continues to prove common sense on the gender front. A new study has reaffirmed what has already been posited: that most children who struggle with gender confusion grow out of it by adulthood.

This study comes from the Netherlands. Over the span of 15 years, researchers followed 2,700 children. Starting at age 11, they asked the participants every three years whether or not they felt confused about their gender. The results are what one might expect.

Discomfort in their own bodies began to manifest at around age 11 (the onset of puberty). Girls were more prone to this feeling of gender discontent than boys. But by age 25, a significant majority of these children — 96%, in fact — no longer felt discomfort with their biological sex.

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CCP GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER IN PLAIN SIGHT

ccp-maskWASHINGTON—The Chinese Communist Party is “getting away with murder” as it expands its tentacles in international bodies like the United Nations to shun criticism, according to Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

“They are getting away with, literally, murder in plain sight, and too many countries are acquiescing or running, sadly, away from the issues that China is notoriously known for,” he told The Epoch Times, citing the regime’s repression of religious freedom and pervasive use of torture.

“Everywhere you look, it is bad and getting worse, and they are doing a full court press at the United Nations to cover it up.”

Mr. Smith, who chairs the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, on April 10 presided over a hearing examining Beijing’s decades-long effort to subvert the United Nations system.

The United States remains the largest funder to the United Nations, contributing as much as $18 billion in 2022—the latest year with full data available.

Despite its outsized payments, the United States’ generosity hasn’t translated to commensurate influence at the United Nations when compared to China.

Chinese officials headed four of 15 U.N. specialized agencies, with deputies in nine others as of 2020. Leadership roles at the U.N. system prove a handy tool for Beijing when its interests are on the line.

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IRAN ATTACKS ISRAEL (AGAIN)

bibi-wave“Don’t.” That was Joe Biden’s one-word tough-guy warning on more than one occasion regarding whether Iran would strike Israel. It blew up in his face over the weekend as Iran launched hundreds of drones and ballistic missiles at civilian targets in Israel — the first time Iran struck Israel from its own soil, largely skipping using proxies like Hamas. Fortunately, Israel was ready and, along with U.S., British, and Jordanian assistance, foiled nearly all of the incoming fire.

“Well, he said ‘Don’t’ multiple times,” said former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “and ‘Don’t’ isn’t a national security policy. It’s not even a deterrent.”

It’s practically an invitation from this president. In fact, the Biden administration reportedly conveyed to Iran through Turkey that its action against Israel must be “within certain limits.”

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DEI CRONYISM AND WOKE GRIFTERS

die-cultureWhen ideology replaces meritocracy or provides immunity from the consequences of illegal behavior, systemic mediocrity follows.

Under toxic National Socialism, Stalinism, and Maoism, millions of cronies and grifters mouthed party lines in hopes that their approved ideology would allow them to advance their careers and excuse their lawbreaking.

The same thing has happened with the woke movement and the now-huge Diversity/Equity/Inclusion conglomerate.

Grifters and opportunists mask their selfish agendas under the cloak of neo-Marxist care for the underprivileged or victimized minorities. Meanwhile, they seek to profit illegally as if they were old-fashioned crony capitalists.

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SKYE’S LINKS 04/11/24

spying-thru-constitution

There’s not a whole lot of good news in Dodge this week, at least concerning the economy or Key Spy Powers Reform. The new Speaker seems to have lost his bearings in regards to the FBI, while the Left continues to blow smoke about inflation. Gold’s up, the dollar’s down, but there’s a new eclipse on the horizon!

They are trashing the Constitution, and it’s bipartisan:

Conservatives Enraged by Speaker Johnson Move to Scuttle Key Spy Powers Reform

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JURY NULLIFICATION: AN ESSENTIAL SUBJECT

deuces-wildOur legal system is out of control.  The arguments over how we got here are the stuff of chickens versus eggs, but regardless – today, lawyers and judges run the United States as a command bureaucracy; paralyzing any and all parts of the institutions when things do not go their way.

Most of them have forgotten whom they work for and shamelessly stymie the people out of running their country as they would prefer.  That is not even a democracy, let alone the Republic we are actually supposed to be.

Whether civil or criminal, the process is a punishment demanding huge sums of money and work to prevail through, and in both cases, the lawyer class is empowered.

We have a “lawyer” branch of government that is almost the whole.  The other two branches, which are also littered with lawyers, are playing minor supporting roles in the American act.

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CHINA’S DEMOGRAPHIC COSTS OF A WAR OVER TAIWAN

taiwan-not-chinaTaiwan is now a geopolitical hotspot. Bloomberg Economics assesses the global economic impact of a war over Taiwan at $10 trillion – dwarfing the blow from the war in Ukraine or the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some nations are trying economically and militarily to deter China from reunifying Taiwan by force. In fact, the best deterrent is to make China aware of the potentially unbearable demographic consequences of war.

On February 29, China’s National Bureau of Statistics released population figures for 2023, with only 9.02 million births and a fertility rate of only 1.0, far less than the official forecast of 15.5 million and the fewest births since 1762, when the total population was just 200 million.

Last year, China officially acknowledged that its population shrank in 2022 for the first time in 60 years, nine years earlier than government projections had anticipated.

The implications of these datapoints are hard to overstate. This means that China’s demographic crisis is far worse than expected. As a result, all of China’s economic, foreign, and defense policies are based on faulty demographic data.

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IS THE GREAT WOKE ILLUSION IN RUINS?

fight-systemic-wokenessIn 2021, Joe Biden was elected after a bitterly fought campaign that deposed the incumbent Donald Trump. Democrats eventually captured, for a time, both the House and Senate, ensuring the most left-wing government in modern American history.

Americans were then set to witness a great experi-ment. For the first time in their lives, a truly radical socialist program would supposedly fundamentally transform the way America dealt with the border, immigration, the economy, race relations, foreign policy, energy, law enforcement, crime, education, and social questions such as religion, gender, abortion, and schooling.

In a sense, we were all to be lab rats of sorts, to be experimented on by the radical left and their various critical theories. Now in the last year of the Biden term, we can see the results of that experiment—and the unfortunate disasters that followed.

But first, how was such a radical move to the left even possible in a center-right America?

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MUSLIMS SHOW THEIR TRUE COLORS IN MICHIGAN

Dearborn, Michigan is the Muslim capital of America. When Rep. Rashida Tlaib won her election to the House, she didn’t celebrate America. She celebrated “Palestine,” her true country.

That was subtle compared to her constituents this weekend, who took to the streets screaming “Death to America. Death to Israel.” By allowing the non-assimilation of people whose values are antithetical to the Constitution and our nation, the viper we have nurtured to our bosom will kill us as surely as the asp that killed Cleopatra…and Biden is already sacrificing Israel on its altar.

To appreciate fully what took place in Dearborn, you need to know that Al-Quds is the Muslim word for “Jerusalem,” the ancient Jewish capital that King David founded (circa 1,000 B.C.), and that Mohamed never visited but nevertheless claimed for his own. (Mohamed and his Muslims subscribe to the toddler’s creed.)

Al-Quds Day, which Ayatollah Khomenei started in 1979, is the day on which Muslims gather to demand the slaughter of Jews and a Muslim takeover of Jerusalem.

Muslims really, really, genocidally, deeply, in a sadistic torture-them-before-you-kill-them” way, hate the Jews. But they also hate America.

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SKYE’S LINKS 04/04/24

fed-hmwrkToday we’ve got good news and bad news.  The good news is sales of guns are up, and a judge has ruled against the ATF about the Pistol Brace Rule. A nuclear power plant is coming back online in SW Michigan, and Pennsylvania has ruled for signature verification of mail-in ballots. A talking head from CNN seems to be wandering off the official narrative and even Bill Maher is making some sense. The economy is the fly in our ointment, but facts are facts and must be faced. Information can help us to prepare. Welcome to Skye’s Links!

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GAZA – TRUTHS BEHIND ALL THE LIES

hams-hostagesPrior to Oct. 7, there were roughly two million Arab citizens of Israel but no Jewish citizens in Gaza. Gazans in 2006 voted in Hamas to rule them.

It summarily executed its Palestinian Authority rivals. Hamas canceled all future scheduled elections.

It established a dictatorship and diverted hundreds of billions of dollars in international aid to build a vast underground labyrinth of military installations.

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THE THREAT OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM TO PUTIN

shocked-putn-attackThe Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) terrorist attack outside of Moscow was an abject failure of the Russian intelligence services, leading officials to push conspiracy theories claiming that Ukraine and the West were involved.

Compounding this,  Moscow’s exploitation of Islamic Tajik immigrants, who perform the hardest, lowest-paying jobs in Russia and whom the police regularly mistreat, only exacerbates domestic tensions and creates a potential recruitment pool for ISKP.

Result: Russia’s anti-terrorism policies to isolate and blame the West for the attack block any possibility of restoring counterterrorism cooperation as Moscow’s influence in the Middle East wanes due, in part, to cordial ties with Hamas.

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THE UNHOLY LIE OF TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY

eat-this-and-be-a-woman “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” —Genesis 1:27

Whether or not you subscribe to the biblical account of creation, that sentence says something that humanity has understood for all of its history until a few short years ago — that there are two sexes, male and female.

Sunday, March 31, was Easter in 2024, Resurrection Day, the holiest day on the Christian calendar. Christ died to pay for sin, not to celebrate it. To borrow a favorite word of the Left, He came to heal the marginalized, not to leave them unchanged.

That makes Easter Sunday this year also tragic, as people who ungratefully reject God’s created order celebrated “Transgender Visibility Day.” As if this tiny fraction of the population isn’t already the most “visible” — in your face — segment in the country.

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JONATHAN DILLER’S MURDER SYMBOLIZES THE LEFT’S WAR ON LAW AND ORDER

Often, massive historic events are triggered by a single iconic moment. People who have put up with chronic repression will seize upon a single iconic moment to push back.

Britain had been heavily taxing the American colonies for quite a while, but it was the tax on tea that got ordinary people, not ideologues, angry.

In 1963, when Thích Quảng Đức set himself on fire in Saigon to protest Ngô Đình Diệm’s Roman Catholic-based persecution against Buddhists, the photo of that moment led to a coup against Diệm, triggering the decade-long Vietnam war.

The dislocations of the Arab Spring started the same way, in 2010, when Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian, self-immolated to protest government harassment.

What may prove to be a turning point in 2024 is the murder of 31-year-old NYPD officer Jonathan Diller. That’s because his tragic death operates at the intersection of so many Democrat party policies and values, exposing the rot behind all of them.

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SKYE’S LINKS 03/28/24

exclusions-to-free-speech Plenty of serious stuff today, from Censorship to Lawfare and the train wreck that is Social Security. Plus Harvard showing students the best places for domestic ecoterrorism and how to do it, not to mention lunacy in the “Intelligence” Service, the coming Election, the Economy, and DEI. Buckle up, here we go.

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THE ELEPHANT IN THE UVALDE CLASSROOM

deuces-wildPolicing has changed.

Police officers were once expected to be firm but fair, and decisive in action.  This was taught in police academy and reinforced in policy and roll calls put on by thick-necked sergeants.  Policing was a calling.  We had a mission and believed in it.

Discourtesy wasn’t condoned, but there were limits to being nice. When I show up at your door, you are having a bad day.  You are not happy to see me.  Whether you love or hate cops, something bad has happened and I have to do my job—which may not be what you want.

If I was a business no one in their right mind would want what I sell. The customer is not always right—in fact, they are usually wrong.  We allowed for people not always being at their best, but business was business.

“Reasonable and Courteous” didn’t come at the expense of the mission; when the cop said, “Stop, or else,” the fun ended.  Many crooks declined to fight the police knowing this.

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HOW MANY ILLEGALS DO THE DEMS NEED TO DESTROY AMERICA?

illegals-crossingI entered duty with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1995, back when there were only 5,000 people (Agents and support personnel) in all of the USBP. I was the Director of the Aircraft Maintenance Facility in Del Rio, Texas in the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector

My guys maintained Piper Super Cubs and Aerospatiale A-Star AS-350 helicopters for our cadre of pilots. Back then, the Chief Pilot and I collected daily Air Operations performance data.

The pilots annotated (after flight) on their flight logs how many aerial-assisted apprehensions (APPs) they performed as well as the number of GOT AWAYs pilots counted from the air.

Border Patrol Agents performing flying duties would detect and follow tracks in the desert, (called “cutting sign”) and when those tracks stopped or disappeared, such as at a paved road where groups of illegal aliens were picked up, those tracks left in the desert were counted as GOT AWAYs.

The Chief Patrol Agent of Air Operations at El Paso collected the data from each of the ten Border Patrol Sectors’ Air Operations and published the data as “Measures of Performance” as required by the Government Accountability Office.

Monthly and annual reports went to Congress, the Chief of the Border Patrol, the INS Commissioner, and because the Border Patrol was part of the DOJ at the time, the Attorney General.

The annual report was fairly uniform across all of Border Patrol Air Ops – Border Patrol Pilots conducted about a million aerial-assisted apprehensions per year and counted, across all Sectors, about two million GOT AWAYs.

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DOJ GUN CONTROL OVEREACH TO TAKE FIREARMS

commignctrolPresident Joe Biden’s Department of Justice announced on Saturday the launch of the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center — to the surprise of some congressional Republicans.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a Saturday press release that the new national resource center “will provide our partners across the country with valuable resources to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others.”

Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), commonly referred to as “red flag” laws, allow authorities to confiscate firearms from a person whom a court deems to be a risk to himself or others. ERPOs also prevent a person from buying or possessing a gun for the duration of the order.

“The establishment of the Center is the latest example of the Justice Department’s work to use every tool provided by the landmark Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to protect communities from gun violence,” Garland said.

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OUTSQUATTING THE SQUATTERS

bidens-american-justice[TTP:  It’s delightful to see Americans taking steps to protect their own property and rights in the face of Judicial refusal to do their proper duty. Inertia (and feeling powerless) resists action, but every person who stands up and takes action encourages more people to do the same. Americans are waking up and gathering new self-determination!]

Landlords are now beating squatters at their own game. They are learning how to turn the tables by squatting on the squatters.

This concept of invading the homes of the squatters was made very public by Mr. Flash Shelton: He became a national inspiration to landlords when he employed bold strategies to evict a mother-daughter grifter team from his mother’s family home.

The dramatic event was recorded by Mr. Shelton and uploaded on YouTube.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/22/24

Holy Week 2024

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Censorship is falling upon the world like a gloomy darkness, from coordinated Lawfare at the highest levels of government used to destroy political opposition to the electronic control of an individual's emotions. Unelected powers demand complete control of the political narrative and threaten arbitrary, extrajudicial power over life and death.

We have seen deep states come and go throughout history and watched them become tyrannical when the people resisted. Deep states do deep-state things.

Welcome to Holy Week 2024: This is the most important time of the year for Christians, starting with Palm Sunday on March 24, 2024, and proceeding through Easter on March 31. We look at the deep state then and the deep state today. While the banal nature of today's events cannot, in any way, stand as significant as those from two millennia ago, there are some commonalities behind the motivations of the bureaucratic state.

Let's have a look…

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SKYE’S LINKS 03/21/24

political-news-trashWe all suffer from Political Overload at times, but we cannot afford to poke our heads in the sand hoping it will go away! Here are links to what’s happening at the border; Congressional votes on social media; malfeasance by the CIA, Boeing, and Hamas (I’m sure that will surprise you – sarcasm font); the usual DC insanity; plus the economy. The best news is that we’re all here together!

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HOW COVID WRECKED SCIENCE AND STOMPED LIBERTY

science-silencedWe remember four years ago like it was yesterday. We remember how the COVID curtain came down, how the lockdowns were ordered, how the masking and the mandates were enforced, how our speech was curtailed, how our liberties were usurped. We remember how the lab-leaked China virus took control of our lives. And we wonder: Did we really learn our lessons?

Oh, sure, there's a general consensus that lockdowns are a bad idea and that vaccine mandates are unethical. But when the next pandemic comes around, will science once again give way to hysteria? Will Liberty take a backseat to tyranny?

One of the most important columns we've ever written, sadly, wasn't among our most well-read pieces. It was published on October 8, 2020, and it covered Donald Trump's brief battle with COVID. We remember the message he tweeted as he left Walter Reed Medical Center: "Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life." He was onto something.

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THAT PESKY FIRST AMENDMENT

against-govt-uncensorshipIn 2001, Barack Obama said something interesting about the Constitution. It was, he said, “a charter of negative liberties” setting out what the government cannot do. That’s a very peculiar formulation because, rather than seeing the Constitution from the people’s viewpoint as a leash on tyranny, he saw it from the government’s viewpoint as an irritating restraint on its power. Today, when the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a pivotal free speech case arising from the government’s pressure on social media during COVID, Ketanji Brown Jackson made the same point, only more explicitly. These people really hate that you have the right to talk back.

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TRUMP THREATENS NUCLEAR WAR, STATING ‘THIS GUAC IS THE B*MB!’

guacbmbU.S. — After former President Trump declared his freshly-made guacamole "the bomb", media outlets across the nation announced that Trump had threatened to drop a nuclear bomb if he were to lose the election.

"This is a clear call to civil war," cried MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough as video played of Trump eating chips. "You heard the words 'the bomb' from his very own lips. Is there nothing this madman won't do?"

Several media outlets reported that Trump's threat of nuclear war came immediately on the heels of Trump vowing to demolish democracy when he claimed he was "about to demolish" some tortilla chips. "We are sickened to hear such vile threats from former President Trump," said Scarborough. "Watch as Trump openly says he's about to 'slice and dice' tomatoes. Slice and dice? Trump is literally saying he plans to cut every one of his opponents into tiny pieces with a knife. Horrific!"

According to sources, the comments came after Trump served up his world-famous guacamole during fajita night at Mar-a-Lago. The guacamole, a family recipe for generations, was made tableside by Trump himself and described as "absolute dynamite" in addition to many other violent and obviously pro-insurrection phrases.

At publishing time, MSNBC had reported that Trump also planned to burn Democrats alive after revealing that Trump described the fajitas as "sizzling."   - Babylon Bee reporting

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PROPHECY ONLY HELPS IF YOU HEED IT

before-after-lockdown-lookYears before Covid, the scientist credited with eradicating smallpox warned against shutting down the world to combat an epidemic.

In 2006, ten years before his death at the age of 87, the legendary epidemiologist D.A. Henderson laid out a plan for how public health officials should respond to a major influenza pandemic. It was published in a small journal that focused mainly on bioterrorism—and was quickly forgotten.

As it turns out, that paper, titled “Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza,” was Henderson’s prescient bequest to the future. If we had followed his advice, our country—indeed, our world—could have avoided its disastrous response to Covid.

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THE EXISTENTIAL SLAP

israelvictims[The Existential Slap is what Dr. Nessa Coyle calls, “That moment “when a dying person first comprehends, on a gut level, that death is imminent. It changes everything. It is what Israel received on October 7, 2023, and America would be wise to wake up to that Slap, as well.

I beg your pardon for this graphic picture, but this is not a Hollywood shot. This is real. It happened. And it could happen here. **SLAP**]

 

On the morning of October 7, ordinary Israelis left their offices, closed their laptops, and abandoned their fields to pick up weapons, in many cases without waiting for instructions from the state or its army.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/15/24

The Irish Story

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It is hard to believe that St. Patrick's Day is upon us again. My great-grandfather from Cashel, in County Tipperary, left home at 15 after hearing that gold had been discovered near San Francisco. He secured work on a cargo ship bound for Halifax, where he again signed onto the crew of another vessel bound for California. This second vessel was a clipper with a long and narrow design, sporting a copper-clad hull and a high ratio of sail-to-weight.

In exchange for passage, he served as a deckhand, sail handler, or general sailor and arrived in San Francisco quite penniless. He found work as a wheelwright and later as a livery driver when he was fortunate enough to transport baggage for Ellen Ewing Sherman, wife of the later famous Civil War general, on her way to the wharf.

That was over 170 years ago. An Irish man could find work if he encountered the right employer. But for many, perhaps most, it was an era of No Irish Need Apply. We want to think that those days are gone, yet we have discovered the federal country club locking arms and chanting No MAGA Vote needs to Be Counted.

The attitude is the same, and the solutions are the same. As in my great-grandfathers' era, evil must be confronted and defeated. There is no choice.

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SKYE’S LINKS 03/14/24

Try to contain your excitement, but a Nobel Prize-winning Leftist economist has finally realized that mass migration may not be such a great idea after all! Plus, more proof of malfeasance by Fauci and Liz Cheney; spying by the PTB (powers that be); continued Lawfare; and Chinese sabotage in our ports – reality is making itself felt. Pop some corn and sit back. But first, let’s start with some humor, shall we?

kerry-praises-cannibalsJohn Kerry Praises Haitian Cannibals’ Efforts to Reduce Humanity’s Carbon Footprint

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THE ANTI-DEMOCRATIC DEMOCRATIC LEFT

lawunfareJoe Biden has claimed that his opponents are assaulting democracy on the basis of the January 6, 2021, buffoonish riot.

But sometimes storming the Capitol Rotunda is deemed permissible—as in the recent pro-Hamas takeover of it.

And sometimes disrupting a federal government proceeding is deemed exempt—as in the recent pro-Hamas throng that blocked the route of the presidential motorcade and thus delayed the State of the Union address to the nation by 26 minutes.

So who really is attacking democracy?

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