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New public report to blame Saudi crown prince for 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi

The Biden administration will release an intelligence report Thursday that concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, three U.S. officials familiar with the matter said.

The intelligence assessment, based largely on work by the CIA, is not new; NBC News was among the organizations that confirmed it in 2018.

But its public release will mark a significant new chapter in the U.S.-Saudi relationship and a clear break by President Joe Biden with former President Donald Trump's policy of equivocating about the Saudi state's role in a brutal murder that was widely condemned by members of Congress, journalists and a U.N. investigator.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/new-public-report-blame-saudi-crown-prince-2018-killing-jamal-n1258800

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Standing by for: Kremlin says there will be consequences if one more Black dies in police shooting

Looks like the stars are aligning for you Deicer and your life long dreams might soon be realized. Enjoy my friend! I will be disappearing into our beautiful northern wilderness as nothing I think abo

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Really bad when your own party is worried about you. Competence?

 

“ REDUCING ‘REAL RISKS’: Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Monday called on Biden to relinquish his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, in the latest appeal to reform the command-and-control structure so that no single person can initiate a nuclear war. 

“...Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks,” states the letter spearheaded by Rep. Jimmy Panetta of California. “Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.“ 

“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so,” the letter adds. “The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”

They offer a number of alternatives, including requiring other officials in the line of succession, such as the vice president and the speaker of the House — “neither of whom can be removed by the president if they disagree — to concur with a launch order.””

 

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-defense/2021/02/23/tester-outlines-defense-budget-strategy-793538?cid=su_tw_md

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“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so,” the letter adds. “The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”

They offer a number of alternatives, including requiring other officials in the line of succession, such as the vice president and the speaker of the House — “neither of whom can be removed by the president if they disagree — to concur with a launch order.””

 

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-defense/2021/02/23/tester-outlines-defense-budget-strategy-793538?cid=su_tw_md

 

And in the midst of an attack I guess unless they would gather up the members for a vote, there would be no nuclear retaliation from the US.  Hmmmmm  ......... 

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1 minute ago, Kargokings said:

And in the midst of an attack I guess unless they would gather up the members for a vote, there would be no nuclear retaliation from the US.  Hmmmmm  ......... 

Let’s hope Nancy Pelosi is not getting her hair done....:whistling:

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Hypocrisy flies on swift wings.

it seems like only yesterday that "Syria was a sovereign country" and "the president had no legal authority for airstrikes."

And who was it that said this: 

This afternoon, I'll be discussing Donald Trump's recent actions in Syria and how his erratic, impulsive decisions endanger our troops and make us all less safe. 

US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militias

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Gawd I hope they keep up with this utter stupidity.
 

With 17,000,000+ Americans out of work, Democrats passed the Equality Act , which would eliminate the legal definition of biological sex and cater to gender ideology, and

“ designate protection for the unborn as

pregnancy discrimination “


 

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It's piling up on them a bit now. I don't know anyone who doesn't role their eyes at this stuff.... and we are talking hundreds of people. 

Right now most folks are ambivalent about it all. Create a few high profile cases of buffoonery leading to injury/harm/suicide etc though and it will create the sort of backlash that always follows the good idea fairy.

The inability to anticipate the downside and refusal to pay the price demanded is a huge flaw in liberal thinking and policy development. 

I look forward to seeing the effects of all this on a woke military; we are moving in that direction now. Our potential adversaries aren't doing that... seems a bit unfair eh?  

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Tolerant Democrats have a plan — and it's coming for you

Conservatives live in a culture today that increasingly requires them not simply to tolerate what they do not like, but to embrace what their conscience tells them is wrong and affirm what ordinary people know to be false.

 

Worse is on the way. Near the top of the Democratic priority list is passage of the Equality Act, which would deploy federal government power to impose false and extreme — frankly, mad — orthodoxies about sex and gender throughout the land. 

The Pelosi crowd presents this legislation as an innocuous tidying-up operation to give substance to the 2020 Supreme Court decision extending employment protections to gay and transgender people. But it would actually replace biological sex entirely with gender identity as the criterion for legal decisions. 

 

Mandates from Washington will give biological men the right to compete in all women’s sports, use facilities intended for women, and apply for jobs, scholarships, and other opportunities reserved for women. In the name of sexual equality, women will be displaced. The message to young women striving for college sports scholarships is to give up. To girls who simply want to get changed in a locker room without a naked guy watching them, it’s “Too bad for you, sister — get used to it.”

The Equality Act allows no exceptions for traditional faith and doctrine; indeed, it explicitly rejects them. Freedom of religion, of conscience, and of association are to be null and void. In the name of tolerance, you will obey.

This cultural revolution may soon be enforced by an army of juvenile Blue Guards. Stanley Kurtz writes a superb expose of Democratic efforts to turn high school children into left-wing community organizers through “action civics,” another radical travesty hiding behind an innocuous name. Students will be indoctrinated by their teachers and earn academic credits not for learning how government works but for taking part in protests and demonstrations intended to bend government to their will. The same people pushing this monstrous idea are campaigning in parallel to lower the voting age to 17 or even 16. Chairman Pelosi thinks this is just swell.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/tolerant-democrats-have-a-plan-and-its-coming-for-you

 

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1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

To girls who simply want to get changed in a locker room without a naked guy watching them, it’s “Too bad for you, sister — get used to it.”

 

Since young liberal women played a big part in moving this agenda forward, and since they were condescending and obnoxious to anyone who pointed out the obvious pitfalls and how it would affect them, I say too bad....  so ya, get used to it.

No sympathy from me.

As is always the case with raving liberals, they utterly failed to look around the corners, anticipate the unintended consequences, and now they don't want to pay for what they (themselves) ordered from the menu. 

IMO, this is part of the problem with delayed consequences, people forget the circumstances, they deflect the causes, and they attribute it other things. The old learning principal of "intensity" has been largely removed from daily life allowing too many people the luxury of failing to consider the downside of their actions. It all comes down to helmet and seatbelt laws.

 

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Senate Democrats to Drop Minimum Wage From Relief Package

After last week’s ruling from the Senate parliamentarian blocked lawmakers from passing President Joe Biden’s $15 minimum wage proposal through the budget reconciliation process, Democrats are dropping plans to raise the federal minimum wage in the Covid-19 relief bill.

  • Senate Democrats will drop a plan to introduce an amendment to the Senate stimulus bill that would have used tax penalties and incentives to raise wagesfor the lowest-paid workers at big companies. 
  • Lawmakers are aiming to the pass the relief package before federal unemployment benefits run out on March 14. That was too tight of a time frame to try to use the tax code to raise wages, according to sources The Wall Street Journal spoke with.
  • Raising the minimum wage to $15 was a priority for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, led by Senate Budget Committee chair Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) who proposed the amendment. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki on Sundaytold Fox News that President Biden “supports exactly what Sen. Sanders does, which is increasing the minimum wage for the American people.”

What’s Next: The president has also voiced support for a stand-alone bill on minimum wage. While he supports a $15 federal minimum wage, some members of the party have not yet said whether they think it’s the right level. Passing any change to the federal minimum wage would require Senate Democrats to reach an agreement on that

https://www.barrons.com/articles/why-the-stock-market-is-bouncing-back-after-a-brutal-week-51614604894

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On 2/27/2021 at 8:10 AM, Wolfhunter said:

this is part of the problem with delayed consequences, people forget the circumstances, they deflect the causes, and they attribute it other things.

 

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They are both right !


Texas governor fires back at Biden: Releasing migrants with COVID is ‘Neanderthal thinking’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott fired back at President Biden on Thursday for accusing him and other red-state leaders of “Neanderthal thinking” for lifting COVID-19 mask mandates — insisting it is the president who has primitive policy logic.

In an interview with “Fox and Friends,” Abbott took a swing at Biden after more than 100 illegal immigrants who tested positive for the coronavirus were released by the Border Patrol into the Lone Star State.

First, it obviously is not the type of thing that the president should be saying,” Abbott said on the show. “But, second, he kind of said it on the worst day he could have, because the same day he said that in Texas, the Biden administration was releasing illegal immigrants into our communities who had COVID.” He added, “The Biden administration was exposing Texans to COVID. That is a Neanderthal-type approach to dealing with the COVID situation.

 

Abbott blamed the Biden administration’s “lack of constraint of testing and quarantining people who come across the border illegally.”

Felipe Romero, a spokesman for the border city of Brownsville, told Fox News Wednesday that the Border Patrol is telling the migrants who tested positive to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to quarantine and maintain social distance, but that Brownsville doesn’t have the authority to stop them from traveling to the rest of the country.

The fiery back-and-forth came after Biden slammed the “Neanderthal thinking” of Republican governors who lifted COVID-19 mask mandates in Texas and Mississippi on Wednesday.

“The last thing, the last thing you need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything is fine, take off your mask,” he told reporters.

But on Thursday, Abbott  defended the move, telling CNBC that Texans already know that “the safe standard, among other things, is to wear a mask.”

“Do they really need the state to tell them what they already know for their own personal behavior?” Abbott said.

https://nypost.com/2021/03/04/texas-gov-greg-abbott-fires-back-at-biden-for-neanderthal-remark/?utm_campaign=applenews&utm_medium=inline&utm_source=applenews

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Have they been taking advice from Justin??
 

Do the Math...“The annual cost of one spot in one site is 2½ times the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.


San Francisco Doles out $16.1M to Provide 262 Tents for Homeless Residents

San Francisco is dealing with its homeless epidemic by spending $16.1 million for 262 tents — an investment that breaks down to $190 a night or $61,000 per tent per year. The tents will be placed in empty lots around the city, creating what officials are calling “safe sleeping villages.” The city will also provide food and other services.

City leaders are under enormous pressure to address the city’s swelling homeless population, which has become more worrisome and visible amid the pandemic as traditional shelters have had to cut their capacity and other services have been disrupted. But several officials said Wednesday that the tent program — which is not eligible for federal reimbursement — is staggeringly expensive and must be re-examined, especially amid the $650 million budget deficit that San Francisco projects over the next two years.

The $16.1 million allocated for the safe sleeping program in the current budget is a fraction of the more than $300 million spent annually on homeless services. A 2018 ballot measure will probably raise an additional $250 million to $300 million per year. 

Abigail Stewart-Kahn is interim director of the city’s homeless department.

Stewart-Kahn noted that the city had to scramble to create other options for the homeless as indoor shelters were closing early in the pandemic. She said officials did not have time to do a more thorough contract bidding process, which may have lowered operating costs. The sites are also on empty lots around the city — including outside of City Hall and at a City College parking lot South of Market — which required water and electrical hookups, along with around-the-clock security.

“It’s eye-popping, and we need to understand why that is,” San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who proposed legislation last fall to create more shelter options like safe sleeping villages, said. “We have to find a way to have exits from the streets. But we need them to be more cost-effective than the safe sleeping program that the city has been running.”

Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the city’s Coalition on Homelessness, said the tents are a good option during the coronavirus pandemic because they help prevent spread and provide more privacy than a cot in a shelter.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/article/S-F-pays-61-000-a-year-for-one-tent-to-house-16001074.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headlines&utm_campaign=sfc_morningfix&sid=5d54065e91d15c7b08162233&fbclid=IwAR0PN2mKwUeT4fYwrMoU8w2ehHWfWrW3bvQw78gucocrlfdwlV2ANvwvBGg

 

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11 hours ago, Jaydee said:

Do the Math...

From top to bottom it makes no sense to me and all of it begs the question why. The why question in immigration (run amok) has much in common with the simple Paris Accord question of "where does the 80 megatons of carbon come from? Even though why and how are cousins, no answer will be forthcoming. 

If the southern border crises (from which all of this hails) is simply about increasing the tax base and/or Democratic voters, it's been tried before... in the latter stages of Rome with devastating results.  

So try this at home... simply explain the US southern border situation and the New York Covid LTC debacle (in general terms) to any 10 year old you are acquainted with, ask what they think of the actions taken and what they would do about it were they the King/Queen. 

The Republican war room doesn't need much of a strategy anymore, they can simply capitalize on the old theory of "never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake."

 

 

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The Republican war room doesn't need much of a strategy anymore, they can simply capitalize on the old theory of "never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake.

While I fully agree with this statement, we were all saying the same thing before the last US election.  YET...here we are, a senile Joe Biden is President and Pelosi controls the House and a split Senate which Kamala is the kingmaker.

‘Looks to me like the US is getting exactly what they ordered up. I am so glad I had a chance to see that country when I worked as every day it looks that experience may be in the rear view mirror going forward.

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While I fully agree with this statement, we were all saying the same thing before the last US election.

The vote was close and IMO, there is a huge lesson in it. Even though lot of people simply didn't like Trump it was danger close. In the end, the country voted on personality rather than policy and likely now have buyers remorse.

The choices are/were stark... Trump was offensive in every way possible but the policies were relatively benign and mostly pretty reasonable; nothing dangerous with long term implications even though the media framed them as such. No need for specifics here, the current "policy hypocrisy" speaks for itself and the "kids in cages" comes instantly to mind.

In Biden we see the polar opposite, people find him more palatable and presidential but there are some awful long term consequences associated with the policies and a supportive media that willfully ignores the downside (or even existence) of horribly bad ideas.

Look no further than the Luv Gov. All of us here knew what was going on with the Covid numbers because it was obvious.... Democrats and the media contained all of that until after the election; a pretty significant effort BTW. We didn't know about the misconduct aspect, but you certainly know the DNC did... you can't hide that internally. It only serves to make the deception worse and it fools no one. 

In the final analysis though, I guess it's safe to say that if any society is motivated to seek its own demise (like Rome), there is no way to stop it. It was always envisioned that the US would never fall to foreign enemies but would collapse under its own weight. If history truly repeats itself, it seems that outcome is assured

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Further to the above, it would be easy to assert that US voters got exactly what they asked for.... but I don't think that's the case.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dhs-chief-volunteers-southern-border-migrant-surge

The WH is in a bind here and it's self inflicted. This is very likely the leading edge of a huge tsunami at the southern border.

As always, my fear is the backlash that always accompanies poorly thought out liberal ideas. Republicans will gleefully point out the obvious here but it's a WTFDYTWGTH scenario that any 10 year old could anticipate. The equally obvious, but more disturbing effect will be the draconian measures required to curb it with all the attendant hostility and lack of compassion that goes with it. 

Liberal progressives are simply dangerous, they get people hurt, they don't pay their bills or honour their commitments. Honour, integrity, loyalty and courage are universally held as admirable qualities... I see none of those qualities on display here and I would settle for only one of them.

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