Monthly Archives: May 2021

May 29, 2021

Rand Paul brings colorful props to Senate floor to call out wasteful research: ‘Lizards on a Treadmill’ (Video)

Kentucky senator opposes borrowing money from China to fund ‘ridiculous’ research

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., arrived on the Senate floor Friday morning accompanied by a stack of colorful poster boards to rail against “ridiculous” taxpayer-funded research at the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies.

Paul, a fiscal conservative, delivered a 32-minute speech Friday morning to oppose the bipartisan Endless Frontier Act that would expand science and technology research that proponents say will help the U.S. counter China. Paul warned of the $28 trillion national debt and said the U.S. should be reining in wasteful spending and not borrowing more money from China to fund such legislation. 

“I don’t think this bill makes us stronger. In fact, I think the Chinese sit back … and laugh at America thinking we’re going to be stronger by borrowing more money from China,” Paul said. “So I just don’t think it makes us any stronger at all. I think it makes us weaker. It would be one thing if it weren’t being so horribly wasted.”

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Princeton implements ‘supplier diversity action plan’

Princeton University will seek to ‘establish a more diverse supplier base’ as part of its work to ‘address systemic racism.’ The plan will ensure that the university includes ‘more businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by people of color, women, veterans or members of the LGBTQ+ community.’

Princeton University will seek to “establish a more diverse supplier base” and will try to “include more businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by people of color, women, veterans or members of the LGBTQ+ community.”

In an update about the Ivy League school’s “ongoing efforts to address systemic racism,” Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber announced that the university’s Office of Finance and Treasury “has adopted a multi-year supplier diversity action plan.”

According to the update, the plan “aims to establish a more diverse supplier base for the University that will broaden the pool of supplier expertise, capabilities and perspectives, and include more businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by people of color, women, veterans or members of the LGBTQ+ community.”

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Marine’s Turn

“Le Pen is being taken very seriously by a nervous establishment before the 2022 election, and her popularity is a litmus test for European politics.”

What appalled the American deep state and its media courtiers about Donald Trump’s election victory in 2016 may have been dressed up as an ad hominem attack, but it had more to do with the fact that he did not come up through channels approved by America’s political class. Now France’s état profond is equally disturbed that another blond maverick—albeit blonde—has a good shot at the French presidential elections next year, but for different reasons. Politically, she makes Trump look tame.

Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen’s name is easier on the ear than “Donald John Trump,” although the feisty 52-year-old from the fashionable Neuilly-sur-Seine district of Paris is known as “Marine.” Her background as a lawyer suggests a standard-issue European politician, but European lawyers rarely join (although they often represent) organizations such as the Front National, as Marine Le Pen did at age 18. At that time her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was party leader, and was on record as saying that HIV sufferers should be segregated from society, President Chirac was being bankrolled by B’nai B’rith, and the French soccer team didn’t represent the nation as it contained too many black players. In offense terms, and to borrow a term from the French card game baccarat, this was une maison pleine. Full house. He left out only Muslims, and his daughter would more than make up for that oversight.

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May 28, 2021

Complete Classic Movie: Daylight (1996)

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman, Sylvester Stallone. Trouble strikes when runaway robbers in a getaway car hit truck full of explosives in the tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey. Survivors are left in a weakened tunnel blocked at both exits. As Kit Latura approaches the tunnel, he sees the impact and knows he gotta take action. With time running out, he enters the tunnel through a system of maintenance walkways. Can he get the survivors out before the tunnel fills up?

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Complete Classic Movie: The Vault (2021)

Starring: Liam Cunningham, Freddie Highmore, Famke Janssen. Thom, a genius engineering graduate is interested in the Bank of Spain’s safe. The Bank building is more than 100 years old, with no building blueprints available and a security system that includes an underground river that will flood the safe room if their walls are breached. As soon as Thom learns that a legendary lost treasure is going to be held at the bank’s safe for just 10 days, he devises, together with charismatic art dealer Walter “Cunningham” a detailed plan to breaking in.

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WATCH: Stanford students host protest, proclaim that they want ‘cops off earth’

A student group entitled Abolish Stanford rallied against campus police, announcing that they want “cops off earth.”During its month of heightened activism, the group posted a meme depicting a squashed police officer alongside the caption “flatten the cops.”

Stanford University student activists protested against police, proclaiming that they want “cops off earth.”

Abolish Stanford — “an autonomous formation fighting for police abolition and total liberation at Stanford University” — organized a rally attended by over 100 students, according to the group’s own projections.

Throughout the event, Abolish Stanford projected slogans on a brick wall behind various speakers. Among other phrases, the group broadcasted “end police union contracts,” “no cops in mental health responses,” “cops off campus,” and “cops off earth.”

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Daily Caller News Foundation Sues Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot For Refusing Interview With White Reporter

“Racial discrimination has no place in America, especially in the halls of government,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “Mayor Lightfoot’s admitted policy of race-based discrimination is flagrantly illegal and immoral. Simply put, we’re asking the court to find Mayor Lightfoot’s racist abuse unlawful.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday over the mayor’s refusal to grant Thomas Catenacci, a white reporter, an interview.

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, alleges that Lightfoot’s denial violates the DCNF and Catenacci’s First Amendment rights and Catenacci’s right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.

“It’s absurd that an elected official believes she can discriminate on the basis of race,” DCNF Editor-in-Chief Ethan Barton said. “Mayor Lightfoot’s decision is clearly blocking press freedom through racial discrimination.”

Lightfoot announced earlier this month that she would grant one-on-one interviews “only to black or brown journalists.” Since then, the Chicago Democrat has not granted interview requests to any white reporters.

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Religion professors argue evangelical Christians are white racists who ‘may end up killing us all’

‘If evangelicals don’t change, they pose an existential crisis to us all … their racism, their sexism, their homophobia, their lack of belief in science, lack of belief and common sense may end up killing us all’

Racism and the lost cause of the Confederacy is alive and thriving among today’s white evangelical Christians, argued three religion professors featured on a recent panel hosted by the University of Virginia titled “White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America.”

“I think that a strong and compelling argument can be made that it’s not just this lost cause narrative that still animates white evangelical Christianity wherever it exists, whether it’s on the West Coast, in the south,” said Larycia Hawkins, assistant professor of politics and religious studies at UVA.

“I lived in Chicago for 10 years and I came away telling my friends, upon reflection… the Midwest is Confederate. In fact, America is Confederate,” Hawkins said during the event.

“So deeply does white evangelicalism WASP religion penetrate the ethos and mythos of the United States. The lost cause is alive and well, not just in the folks who stormed the capital, not just in the folks who showed up in Charlottesville in the summer of 2016,” she said.

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Indoctrination As Intervention

The Biden administration encourages school districts to conduct “antiracist therapy.”

Congress has allocated nearly $200 billion in Covid-19 relief funds for K-12 schools over the past year. While this money was intended to help re-open schools and mitigate learning loss, President Biden’s Department of Education is encouraging school districts to spend some of it for a different purpose: providing “free, antiracist therapy for White educators.”

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) requires school districts to reserve 20 percent of funds for “evidence-based” interventions that “respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs”—a very sensible charge. But the devil is in the definition, and the administration’s guidance booklet for spending ARP funds suggests that students’ social and emotional needs include the disruption of “whiteness” and the propagation of Critical Race Theory (CRT) ideology. The “Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs” explains that “schools are microcosms of society,” and that therefore “intentional conversations related to race and social emotional learning . . . are the foundation for participating in a democracy and should be anchor tenets in building a schoolwide system of educational opportunity.”

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May 27, 2021

Complete Classic Movie: Blood Diamond (2008)

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman’s son conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed countrywide.

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