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Academic Study Shows That Being A Leftist Drives You Mad, Makes You Crazy

Geller Report - Mon, 05/29/2023 - 17:00

How did they ever get this through? Our nation’s colleges and universities today are radioactive wastelands of far-Left indoctrination. Demonization and defamation of patriots and others who tell truths about issues Leftists cover with lies is common to the point of being routine and taken for granted. A central element of this propaganda is bogus psychoanalysis purporting to show that to stand for freedom and love America is a clear sign of derangement, while believing that men can become women and that socialism is a viable political system are healthy indications of sanity. In that atmosphere, it’s astounding that this academic study was published at all. But it was, and it shows the truth: Leftism is driving people nuts. Literally.

The Left has been weaponizing psychology against patriots for decades. As far back as 1964, a magazine that called itself Fact but was actually unacquainted with anything deserving of the name published a cover story entitled “1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit To Be President!” Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater sued for libel and won, as none of the psychiatrists involved in the article had ever actually met him; they were all diagnosing him from a distance based on their political proclivities. This new study of the psychology of Leftism, however, is nothing like such political manipulation and hackery; it’s a genuine examination of the effect that Leftism has on a healthy mind.

The New York Post reported Thursday that “Left-wing extremism is linked to toxic, psychopathic tendencies and narcissism, according to a new study published to the peer-reviewed journal Current Psychology.” Anyone on the Right could have told you that after even the most cursory contact with Leftists, but its confirmation in an academic study is a major surprise. The study’s authors state: “Based on existing research, we expected individuals with higher levels of left-wing authoritarianism to also report higher levels of narcissism.” Of course. What else is it but narcissism to think that one is sufficiently knowledgeable and wise to dictate to others how they live, and control their choices so that they do not stray beyond what the Leftist authoritarians consider to be acceptable bounds?

Study authors Ann Krispenz and Alex Bertrams call this Leftist narcissism the “dark-ego-vehicle principle” and explain: “According to this principle, individuals with dark personalities — such as high narcissistic and psychopathic traits — are attracted to certain forms of political and social activism which they can use as a vehicle to satisfy their own ego-focused needs instead of actually aiming at social justice and equality.” What? You mean Leftists aren’t really interested in social justice and equality at all, but simply use such rhetoric to fool the uninformed, while actually pursuing their own “ego-focused needs”? Of course. Any examination of the Soviet Union or any other Marxist state, with its wealthy elites proclaiming themselves the vanguard of the proletariat and living high on the backs of the poor while proclaiming themselves their saviors from economic injustice, makes that abundantly clear.

The study adds that “certain forms of activism might provide them with opportunities for positive self-presentation and displays of moral superiority, to gain social status, to dominate others, and to engage in social conflicts and aggression to satisfy their need for thrill seeking.” Right, that’s an academic way to say that Leftists love to engage in hypocritical virtue-signaling in order to manipulate others.

And the hypocrisy is indeed heavy: “Social justice is often used as a guise for these activists to behave unhinged, the research noted.” What’s more, a Leftist activist “might declare anyone to be ‘old fashioned’ who is opposing their own ‘progressive values,’ strive to suppress free speech to regulate the expression of right-wing beliefs in educational institutions, and even endorse the use of violence to reach their own political goals.” Of course. Because they think they know better, and must impose their superior knowledge upon the racist, redneck, right-wing yahoos who have the temerity to resist their wisdom and prefer their own stupidity.

This study doesn’t tell patriots anything they didn’t know already, but it is remarkable for its singularity, and for the very fact that it exists, and was able to be published in today’s academic environment. It could conceivably even represent a crack in the edifice, and evidence that the kneejerk Leftism that dominates American academia is finally beginning to recede. But for that, we’ll have to see how many years it will be before a similar study is published.

BRUTAL: Biden Regime To Reach a Deal ‘Soon’ To Release Iran’s Frozen Funds As Public Executions Rise

Geller Report - Mon, 05/29/2023 - 16:00

As the mullah’s brutality grows more gruesome and widespread, Biden moves to reward the villiany.

The Biden Administration continues it’s immoral appeasement of Iran. They are apparently close to authorizing a deal that would release billions of dollars of Iran’s frozen assets in Iraq and South Korea. Once recieved by Iran’s leaders, this money will be used to modernize Iran’s military, fund more terrorism, and dominate it’s people even more. How long before Israel is forced to take military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities? The Biden Administration is a total disgrace.

The Biden administration only has one Iran policy – to support the regime in its effort to become a nuclear power and a regional hegemon. Everything else is a deliberate distraction. https://t.co/BRPEo7Th7e

— Caroline Glick (@CarolineGlick) May 27, 2023

Monireh Noori-Kia was hanged this morning in Mashhad Central Prison, northeast #Iran

The regime has executed at least 150 prisoners, including 3 women, since April 21.

Monireh was the 212th woman to be executed in Iran since 2007.#StopExecutionsInIranhttps://t.co/jOQx5J2Q9G

— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) May 28, 2023

Iranian-born model Mahlagha Jaberi arrived to Cannes Film Festival wearing a dress that resembled a noose – to draw attention to awful executions taking place in Iran.

More than 200 people were executed in Iran this year alone.

Another brave woman. Maybe if women were the… pic.twitter.com/K3znZya8o0

— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) May 28, 2023

#Iran’s Regime’s New Hijab Bill Seeks to Silence Women

This bill is among a wide range of measures the regime has taken to crack down on women, who have played a leading role in nationwide protests in recent years.https://t.co/jXSSnshj63

— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) May 28, 2023

US And Iran Can Reach A Deal ‘Soon’ On Release Of Frozen Funds

By Iran International, May 27th, 2023

Talks between Iran and the US on the release of Tehran’s frozen assets could result in a deal soon, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told Iran International.

Apparently, the talks that have made progress focused on Iranian funds held in Iraq and South Korea. The money in Iraqi banks could be as much as $10 billion or more by most recent estimates mentioned by Iranian officials. Iraq imports natural gas and electricity from Iran but is barred by US sanctions to make dollar transfers to Tehran.

South Korea holds $7 billion, which it owes for importing Iranian oil prior to full US sanctions imposed in May 2019.

Palestinian Prime Minister: ‘We do not need to give proof of us being the original owners of the land’

Geller Report - Mon, 05/29/2023 - 15:00

Because facts are hate speech. And evidence is the enemy.

The Palestinian Arabs repeatedly attempt to deny the Jews their history in the land of Israel. Details on this effort can be found here:

“[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said in a speech he gave on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas…: ‘The struggle, which was created with the start of the colonialism, is not just over the history of Palestine, but also over the history of the Palestinians in Palestine, the people, and the land, because Israel, which has claimed that Palestine is the promised land, comes and says that this is disputed land. The occupation has utilized all the forms of oppression, and implemented a racist policy against our people, particularly against our people in Jerusalem. They have treated them as if they are [only] staying there and not native residents.’

We know all about the birth of the “Palestinians.” The “Palestinian people” were never mentioned in world history until the mid-1960s, when the phrase first appeared, fewer than a dozen times before June 1967. But after the Six-Day war, suddenly the “Palestinian people” were on the lips of every Arab propagandist. The Palestinian Zuheir Mohsen, leader of the terror group As Saiqa, explained in a moment of candor to an interviewer in 1970 that “The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons.”

With Israel’s spectacular victory over the armies of three Arab states, it was clear to the Arabs that before attempting to again assault Israel militarily, it made sense to engage in a propaganda campaign that would force Israel to be squeezed back within the 1949 armistice lines. And that is why the “Palestinian people” were born.

The prime minister added: ‘We do not need to give proof of us being the original owners of the land, but we are taking action to clarify the truth, so that others will not be deceived by the Zionist lie.’ …Israel is a colonialist and settler entity that is settling [settlers]… Shtayyeh noted: ‘The content of the [Palestinian] declaration of independence… confirms that the land of Palestine is the land of the divine messengers, [and that] the Palestinian Arab people was born, blossomed, and developed [in it] (sic.)… This means that the Palestinian Arab people has been in this land since the period of its Canaanite ancestors (sic., the Palestinians have no connection to the Canaanites).This people has dealt with all the invasions and all the colonialist periods, that last of which began with the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of Palestine in 1948.’

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 19, 2023]

Shtayyeh insists that “we [the Palestinians] don’t need to give “proof” of “being the original owners of the land.” He’s quite wrong. Of course he must. And so far, neither he, nor any other Palestinian, has presented a shred of evidence that Muslim Arabs were those “original owners” of the land. Where are the thousands of “Palestinian” archeological sites, and the tens of thousands of artifacts — pottery, coins, oil lamps, knives, utensils, keys to doors, tools — that would prove that they had been the original inhabitants of what the Jews call the Land of Israel? There are none. There is no evidence of Muslim Arabs, or any Arabs, in the Land of Israel (a.k.a. Palestine) existing in the area before the seventh century which is when, after all, Islam itself was invented.

But this does not stop the Palestinians from continuing to deny the proof that Israeli archeologists have provided in such abundance.

Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash [said that] in 100 years of excavations and archaeological research in the entire land of Palestine, they have not succeeded in finding one [piece of] evidence proving that the occupiers have a right to this land (sic., an abundance of evidence proves Jewish history in Israel); on the contrary, it has been proven that the continuous truth in this land is the Palestinian people, whose Canaanite ancestors lived in it more than 5,000 years ago, and which has continued to live in it without a break until this very day… He noted that this land is ours, and that despite all the lies and falsifications that colonialism has fabricated to steal Palestine, it will not succeed in erasing the truth, as true history is not like invented history, and the truth is not defeated by illusions and fables, regardless of how much time passes. He also said that this occupation will pass sooner or later.”

[WAFA, official PA news agency, March 20, 2023]

Mahmoud Al-Habbash wants to convince the world that the thousands of Jewish archeological sites, including synagogues, mikvehs, and artifacts of every kind, some dating back even before 2000 B.C., simply do not exist: “they have not succeeded in finding one [piece of] evidence proving that the occupiers have a right to this land.” An absurdity, a flat out lie, that ignores nearly a century of archeological digs throughout the land. But minds on Islam are ready to believe such stuff. And they assume others will be just as credulous.

Remembering Those Who Gave All, America’s Incredible Heroes

Geller Report - Mon, 05/29/2023 - 14:00

We owe them a debt we cannot pay, but we must stand up for the freedoms and rights they fought and died for.

Remembering America’s Incredible Heroes

In which we offer for Memorial Day a sampler of editorials about those who rose to glory.

By; NY Sun, May 29, 2023:

The New Names for Glory

The honorees the base renaming commission has come up with are so admirable that it’s hard not to savor the idea of bringing in some new names for our most famous forts.

James Stockdale

On the morning of the day he died, it has been said of a few individuals over the years, he was the greatest man alive, and among Americans this could well be said of Admiral James Stockdale.

Jeremiah Denton 

Jeremiah Denton will be remembered this day by hundreds of thousands, many of whom will watch the video of him — as a prisoner of war in Hanoi — secretly alerting American intelligence to communist war crimes.

‘Misty 01’

Colonel George ‘Bud’ Day was leading a group of POWs in forbidden Christian prayer when a North Vietnamese jailor burst in and put a rifle to Misty’s forehead. He started singing the Star Spangled Banner.

The Even Greater

In which ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’ is taken to a new level.

An Incredible Man

‘Let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds and care for him who shall have borne the battle,’ said President Biden, quoting Lincoln, as he prepared to bestow the Medal of Honor on Colonel Paris Davis, who 58 years earlier, in the thick of an attack by the Viet Cong, had stayed behind to save, among others, a wounded medic. Asked the wounded soldier: “Am I going to die?” Replied Davis: “Not before me.”

Birdsong of Peace

One of the astonishing things about World War I is that for generations to come we will be able to hear it end — which happened on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month, 1918. And then? Listen closely . . .

WATCH: Lululemon Fires Two Employees FOR CALLING POLICE While Store Is Ransacked By Masked Thieves

Geller Report - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 15:00

What fresh hell is this? Why work? Why produce? Why obey any laws?

These corporations are going to be the death of us. This is how they thank us for their success. The normal people better get organized. We didn’t come this far in human history to hurl ourselves back to subsist in savage, uncivilized mayhem.
Watch this:

JUST IN: Lululemon employees confirm they were FIRED FOR CALLING THE POLICE on thieves ransacking store.

pic.twitter.com/2uRyS6mCYm

— Mike Sperrazza (@MikeASperrazza) May 26, 2023

Lululemon fired two employees that confronted masked robbers

By Katherine Donlevy, NY Post, May 27, 2023:

Two Georgia women — including an assistant manager — are blasting Lululemon for sacking them from their jobs after they called the police while three masked men pillaged the store.

Shocking video shows the brazen thieves burst into the Peachtree Corners store in metro Atlanta earlier this month to grab as many fistfuls of athletic clothing as possible.

“No, no, no, you can march back out,” former assistant manager Jennifer Ferguson can be heard saying.

The looters — who had allegedly struck the store nearly a dozen times prior — momentarily stood in the store doorway and stared at the women before jumping back inside to snatch several more pairs of leggings.

“Seriously? Get out,” the frustrated retail worker says to the men.

“Chill, b–tch, shut your ass up,” one of the thieves can be heard responding.

The women follow the group outside and watch as they pile into their getaway car, but notably do not try to physically stop the thieves — which has caused workers to lose their jobs or face charges in the past.

Instead, they reported the robbery to the Gwinnett Police Department, who later tracked down the thieves and charged them with felony robbery charges.

The move, however, cost them their jobs, they claim.

“We are not supposed to get in the way. You kind of clear path for whatever they’re going to do,” Ferguson told 11Alive.

“And then, after it’s over, you scan a QR code. And that’s that. We’ve been told not to put it in any notes, because that might scare other people. We’re not supposed to call the police, not really supposed to talk about it.”

Ferguson and five-year team member Rachel Rogers — who captured the robbery on camera — said they were openly questioned by a regional manager on their decision to call the police before they were fired from the store.

Ferguson’s husband, Jason, took to Facebook to commend the women and slam Lululemon for punishing their brave

Keep reading……

UConn Now Requires Anti-Black Racism Course for All Undergraduate Students

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 14:30
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The University of Connecticut (UConn), which has embraced inviting radicals to campus like Linda Sarsour who called for jihad against President Trump, will now officially make an “Anti-Black Racism” (ABR) course mandatory for all undergraduate students.

Provost Anne D’Alleva announced in a letter:

Dear colleagues,

On May 1, the University Senate voted to take the important step of creating a social justice requirement within UConn’s curriculum.  The new social justice requirement focuses on the one-credit “Anti-Black Racism” course (ABR) that has been offered as an elective since fall 2021.

I want to recognize the students who demonstrated strong leadership in moving this proposal forward and advocating for educating to end racism and all forms of discrimination; the faculty who developed this course and proposed requirement; and the senators who engaged in a thoughtful discussion of the issues.

Because the new requirement passed after the catalogue deadline for the 2023-24 academic year, it will go into effect in 2024-25. This allows time to plan for its implementation.  As the discussion in the senate demonstrated, there are still a number of questions that need to be settled regarding the new requirement.  Questions raised included how the course will be situated within the new Common Curriculum, especially in relation to the three-credit diversity requirement; the impact of the new requirement on high-credit majors; and questions of logistics and funding. Several senators also spoke to the possibility of offering multiple courses to fulfill the social justice requirement.  ABR has already inspired and provided a template for other pop-up courses, including “Why the Jews? Confronting Antisemitism” and “Confronting Anti-Asian Racism.” All of these have the potential to build on and extend the foundation established by the ABR course and help us as a community to strive for a more equitable and inclusive university and broader society.

The Senate’s Common Curriculum Committee is working with the Provost’s Office to form an implementation subcommittee for the new requirement, to address these and other issues, beginning in fall 2023.  During the fall 2023-24 academic year, I will continue to fund ABR and other pop-up courses, which have proved to be highly popular electives taken by thousands of students.

UConn stands strong in opposing racism and all forms of discrimination.  An education at our university must provide many opportunities to confront the history and current reality of injustice and human rights abuses, and we expect our students to be leaders in creating a more just and equitable world. ABR and the curricular changes that are in development are a powerful point of departure from the status quo.

Sincerely,

Anne D’Alleva
Provost

Campus Reform reports, “According to UConn’s website, the fall 2022 version of the course was designed to instruct students about “foundational concepts related to Black consciousness, Black resistance, Black resilience, and intersectional solidarity.”

“Course objectives also included the ability to ‘[q]uestion the consequences of anti-Black racism in areas such as Black health and wellness; Black agency and resilience; and/or anti-Blackness in higher education.’ Students were also informed on how to ‘[l]ocate valuable resources throughout the University of Connecticut that work to disrupt anti-Black racism for the collective good.'”

UConn seems to have no issues with hate speech on campus as long as it is directed at conservatives. A conservative speaker was shouted down, robbed and attacked when trying to give a speech on campus in 2017.

YAF reports on the strict rules and regulations UConn subjects conservative students to while allowing leftists free reign over their campus. “Professors and university centers dedicated to leftist ideas have all the freedom they want to bring in speakers who advance their leftist ideas but when a student group wants to bring in someone to articulate conservative ideas, university administrators do everything in their power, sometimes even crossing the line into unconstitutional territory, to stifle conservative expression.”

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Gov. Noem Calls For College Board to Prohibit Drag Shows and Remove References to Preferred Pronouns

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 14:15

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has called on the state’s Board of Regents to prohibit drag shows on college campuses and order the removal of all references to preferred pronouns in college materials.

In a letter sent to the board, Noem said that she wants South Dakota to be an example to the nation of what quality higher education should look like.

“Across the nation, higher education is in a state of crisis,” Noem said in a press release. “For the last several decades, many states have allowed liberal ideologies to poison their universities and colleges. Once a hotbed of ideological diversity, debate, and the pursuit of truth and discovery, many institutions have become one-sided, close-minded, and focused on feelings rather than facts. Professors have discarded reason and logic in favor of subjectivity and relativism. Higher education leaders have rejected universal truth and knowledge and replaced it with ‘individual truth.’”

Noem continued, “On campuses across the country, students have been taught the importance of diversity and equity and given access to ‘safe spaces’ instead of learning to tolerate the disagreement, discomfort, and dissent that they will experience in the real world. In many cases, students and their parents are not even aware of the damage these ideas have caused.”

“Less than half our students are even graduating, compared to 63% nationally. Students are also graduating with more debt and lower prospects at obtaining gainful employment. 43% of students who completed a college degree were underemployed after graduation. Countless students have been set up for failure – and charged tens of thousands of dollars for their trouble,” the governor said. “As a country, we should be ashamed of this. As a state, South Dakota can show the nation what quality higher education is supposed to look like.”

The governor explained that she is “charging the Board of Regents with the responsibility of revitalizing the institutions under its control and leading the nation by example.”

“We must work together to ensure that we are providing an education that truly prepares our kids for the world they are entering,” she wrote. “We must teach our kids a true and honest history of our great country. We must equip them with skills that will enable them to find meaningful, fulfilling careers. We must empower them to improve their communities, engage in the political process as well-educated citizens, and teach their kids to protect the gift we’ve all been given as citizens of the United States of America.”

In addition to tackling pronouns and drag shows, Noem also called for the board to remove any policy or procedure that prohibits students from exercising their right to free speech and require a course in American Government and a course in American history as part of the general education graduation requirements.

Earlier this year, Noem signed bills into law that prohibit sex changes for children and ban biological males from playing on girls’ sports teams.

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Obama-Linked GLSEN Organization Was Handing Out ‘Fisting Kits’ to Children at School Conference – Now Target Is Partnering with GLSEN in Promoting Gender Transition in Schools

Geller Report - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 14:00

This is what we are up against. The more egregious the actions of left-wing groups or organizations, the higher they climb in the most influential echelons of society. Even when caught, they hide behind their political allies and return a more deadly and potent force. So while it did not surprise me to learn that the organization who introduced “fist f*cking” to children back in 2009 under President Obama is still active in the twisted corruption of children and behind the Target trans fiasco.

—Target Shares Plummet Following Trans Push To Children, Posts 9 Billion Loss

Back in 2009 the President Obama has appointed Kevin Jennings,founder of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) — which sponsored a school conference that produced the
notorious “Fistgate” scandal (in which young teens were guided on how to perform dangerous
homosexual perversions including “fisting”) — to head up “Safe Schools” efforts
at the Department of Education.

Yes this goes back to Obama. This didn’t just happen. It was made to happen. It is by design.

Previously on Geller Report:

Obama-Linked GLSEN Organization Was Handing Out ‘Fisting Kits’ to Children at Public Conference – Now Target Is Partnering with GLSEN in Promoting Gender Transition in Schools

By Jim Hoft, TPG, May. 27, 2023:

Retail giant Target has partnered with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), a group that advocates policies that keep parents unaware of their child’s in-school gender transition, providing sexually explicit books to schools, and pushing gender ideology throughout public school curricula.

According to the report, GLSEN is a radical education group leading efforts to create ‘inclusive and anti-racist environments’ for LGBTQIA+ students.

“GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality,” the website reads.

Target Corporation has confirmed its collaboration with GLSEN and expressed pride in their decade-long partnership. The company has been making annual donations to GLSEN, emphasizing its support for the organization’s mission.

In March 2000 the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) organization of Massachusetts held its 10 Year Anniversary GLSEN/Boston conference at Tufts University. This conference was fully supported by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Safe Schools Program, the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and some of the presenters even received federal money. During the 2000 conference, workshop leaders led a “youth only, ages 14-21” session that offered lessons in “fisting” a dangerous sexual practice. During the same workshop an activist asked 14 year-old students, “Spit or swallow?… Is it rude?” The unbelievable audio clip is posted here. Barack Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings is the founder of GLSEN. He was paid $273,573.96 as its executive director in 2007. Jennings was the keynote speaker at the 2000 GLSEN conference.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against San Bernardino County, CA for Its Treatment of Children in Foster Care Following Sex Abuse Case

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 14:00

San Bernardino County in California is facing a class action lawsuit over its treatment of children in the foster care system.

The 68-page class action lawsuit, filed on May 25, was filed against the California Department of Social Services, CDSS Director Kim Johnson, Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Bernardino County, the county Board of Supervisors and Department of Children and Family Services and CFS Director Jeany Zepeda.

The lawsuit comes on the heals of a foster child sexual abuse case in September of 2022 the county settled for $7.8 million.

San Bernardino County child… by Beau Yarbrough

 

The suit alleges that Children and Family Services does not adequately screen would-be foster parents and does not monitor children properly once placed.

The suit also criticizes the workload of caseworkers which leads to poor planning, the inability to address short-term emergency housing needs, the inability to address healthcare needs and, most disturbingly, does not provide adequate protection for children who are mistreated while in care.

The suit alleges, “High caseloads prevent CFS’s caseworkers from adequately assessing a child’s safety or well-being, developing individualized case plans, facilitating reunification services, placing children in appropriate placements, or deciding when to petition to terminate parental rights, all of which are required under state and federal laws. Manageable caseloads can exist only when an agency develops and maintains an adequately funded and well-planned child welfare system that aggressively recruits, trains, and retains caseworkers.”

The San Bernardino Sun reports:

“Workers in San Bernardino County can’t possibly protect these children because of their high caseloads, no matter how hard they might try,” Marcia Robinson Lowry, director of A Better Childhood, the national nonprofit that brought the lawsuit, is quoted as saying in a news release issued Thursday.

“This is an ingrained system that ignores the needs of these children, and far too many children are suffering grievously because of it,” Lowry continued. “California should be doing far better for its most vulnerable children. Neither the state nor the county is stepping in to help these kids and reform is long overdue.”

San Bernardino County only learned of the lawsuit Thursday and did not immediately have a response, as officials were “still in the process of reviewing and evaluating the complaint,” according to spokesperson Martha Guzman-Hertado. Jason Montiel, a spokesperson for the California Department of Social Services, said the department does not comment on ongoing litigation.

A San Bernardino County grand jury issued a report in December calling the department “too broken to fix.” The report suggests the entire system should be “dismantled and replaced” for putting foster children in the county in danger.

San Bernardino County Grand… by Beau Yarbrough

 

The lawsuit requests the courts compel the county to:

  • Maintain caseloads for each caseworkers providing direct supervision and planning for children following the accepted professional standards as developed by either with either Council on Accreditation (COA) or Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).
  • Recruit and retain enough qualified employees to properly supervise children as set by COA or CWLA.
  • Ensure, within 60 days of entering care, an adequate individualized plan for all children placed in CFS’s care.
  • The requirement of a written plan for family reunification, adoption or another permanent family-like setting.
  • The requirement of a written plan for children whose cases include special treatment, services or safety concerns.
  • The requirement of an adequate short-term emergency housing options so foster children don’t have to sleep in the department’s offices.
  • The proper screening of all prospective foster homes.
  • Requirement of in-home visits at least once a month with a thorough home inspection and the interviewing of foster children separately from their foster parents.

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Climate Activists Arrested on Federal Conspiracy Charges for Damaging Degas Display at DC Museum

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 13:45
Image: @DecEmergency/Twitter

 

A pair of climate activists have been taken into custody following a federal indictment for conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and injury to a National Gallery of Art exhibit.

Timothy Martin of North Carolina, and Joanna Smith of New York, both 53, smeared black and red paint on the glass case and pedestal of Edgar Degas’ sculpture “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in April.

 

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Martin self-surrendered in Raleigh and Smith self-surrendered in DC on Friday.

The Department of Justice wrote in a press release, “According to the indictment, unsealed today, Martin and Smith smeared paint on the case and base of Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer, Age Fourteen, a priceless work of art which has drawn visitors for years to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Following the attack, a group called Declare Emergency claimed credit. Over the last year, in addition to this offense, Declare Emergency has blocked roadways around the Washington, D.C. area.”

“The indictment further alleges that Martin and Smith agreed, along with other currently uncharged co-conspirators, to enter the National Gallery of Art for the purpose of injuring the exhibit,” the DOJ continued. “Martin and Smith entered the National Gallery of Art armed with plastic water bottles filled with paint. Martin and Smith handed their phones to other conspirators and waited until patrons cleared the area in front of the Little Dancer. Martin and Smith proceeded to smear paint on the case and base of the exhibit, at times smacking the case with force.”

Before attacking the famed art piece, conspirators alerted the Washington Post, who sent two reporters to record and photograph the crime. Other “members of the conspiracy” also filmed and photographed the vandalism.

According to the DOJ, Smith and Martin caused approximately $2,400 in damage and caused the exhibit to be removed from public display for ten days so that it could be repaired.

The extremists are facing a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, specifically the FBI’s Art Crime Team, with assistance from the National Gallery of Art Police, and U.S. Park Police.

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While Illegals Have the Welcome Mat Extended, NYC Homeless Task Force to Help Americans a Total Failure

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 13:30
NYC Homeless Camp

 

While American citizens are suffering under the disastrous Biden administration’s porous border policy, illegals continue to receive better resources than many of our homeless veterans, children aging out of foster care and other Americans in need.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams bends over backwards to roll out the welcome mat for illegals. But a new analysis of NYC administration task force heralded as the solution for the numerous and dangerous homeless encampments plaguing the city has proven largely ineffective.

The New York Post reports, “From March 18, 2022, to April 30, 2023, just 166 people living in encampments — out of 3,408 “engagements” by the task force — were placed in shelters following sweeps.That’s less than 5%, according to data provided by City Hall.”

New Yorkers are suffering, but that hasn’t stopped Adams from offering illegals  free healthcare, housing, food, other supplies and even free phones.

More than 47,100 migrants have arrived in New York City because of Biden’s broken border.  Adams is bypassing standard government oversight procedures to help non-citizens by giving control of emergency relief operations for illegals to the city’s public hospital system.

An October 2022 agreement between the City and the New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation shares the process for “Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers” (HERRCs.)

The memo reveals the City’s commitment to reimburse H+H for the costs of building and operating the centers, a cost that is nearing $100M.

Adams also announced a mega-shelter at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to hold up to 1,000 single men and becomes the fifth such shelter to open recently opened as Biden’s porous border impacts the entire nation. But the illegals staying at the Watson Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen on the taxpayer dime don’t want to relocate to the mega-shelter.

 The Bowery Mission estimates that there are over  70,000 homeless men, women and children in the New York Metro area. Yet the Independent Budget Office projected the city will spend almost $600 million a year providing shelter, education, medical care and legal aid to illegals in the city.

The Adams administration is even putting illegals in at least six public elementary school gymnasiums in the city.

The New York Post reports:

City Hall bragged that the task force increased shelter placement six-fold in its first year compared to the period before the initiative began — but critics and homeless outreach groups aren’t impressed.

“The business community, the homeless advocates, and even two-thirds of street homeless, they don’t want to have homeless people living on the streets of New York,” said civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel, who helped establish a separate volunteer outreach program in July to place homeless individuals in shelters or hospitals.

One would hope that with that kind of common ground [the city] could do better,” he continued.

David Giffen, who heads the Coalition for the Homeless, slammed the city’s sweeps as “a ridiculous waste of time and effort that solve nothing.”

 

 

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Crime-Ridden Los Angeles Reinstates Controversial Zero Bail Policy, Claiming Bail Infringes Constitutional Rights

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 12:45
“Los Angeles Street exit US 101, Santa Ana Freeway” by vision63 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

The controversial zero bail policy in Los Angeles has been reinstated on the grounds that it violates the suspects’ constitutional rights.

The zero bail policy was reinstated following a ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Lawrence Riff, who granted a preliminary injunction that prohibits the city and county from requiring cash bail from individuals who have not yet been arraigned.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit titled Urquidi vs. Los Angeles, which seeks to put an end to the practice of cash bail.

“Being jailed for even short periods of time may cause them to lose their jobs, their housing, or custody of their children,” according to the lawsuit. “They suffer all the harms of confinement in a jail cell even though a large portion of them will never be formally charged with any crime, let alone convicted.”

Judge Riff, in his ruling, expressed concern that detaining individuals solely based on their inability to pay bail could potentially infringe upon their constitutional rights.

“Enforcing the secured money bail schedules against poor people who are detained in jail solely for the reason of their poverty is a clear, pervasive, and serious constitutional violation,” Riff said in his 64-page decision. “Pretrial detention of presumptively innocent people based upon their poverty is neither intended nor permitted to operate as a form of punishment, but that is, plaintiffs say, what is actually happening every day.”

KTLA reported:

Last week, a Superior Court judge issued the injunction in a class-action lawsuit brought by those who argue the current bail system inherently favors the wealthy.

Six plaintiffs claim they suffered negative consequences because they could not afford bail, including missed work, separation from their families and lapsed medical care.

It will remain in effect for 60 days to give the county and the city of Los Angeles time to develop what Riff called a “constitutionally sound, effective, concrete” plan to handle those who have been arrested for minor offenses such as shoplifting and vandalism.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department acknowledged the change in policy and said it would follow guidelines outlined in 2020’s “Third Los Angeles County Emergency Bail Scheduled Modification.”

Those arrested for most misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses “would be released on their recognizance or subject to non-monetary conditions,” the Department said.

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker Deploys Yellow-Vested ‘Peacekeepers’ to Chicago to Handle Memorial Day Weekend Crime

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 12:30

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has sent yellow-vested ‘peacekeepers’ to Chicago to respond to potential crime and violence over Memorial Day weekend.

This weekend, Chicagoans should expect to see yellow-vested Peacekeepers on the streets.

As part of the state’s anti-violence strategy with a community-focused approach, these outreach workers will help de-escalate and keep our neighborhoods safe. https://t.co/Qu1cquGaHB

— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) May 25, 2023

What could possibly go wrong?

This is what ‘defund the police’ looks like in real life. Someone has to try to keep the peace, and if there are not enough police, the task falls to ordinary citizens, despite the obvious danger.

CBS News reports:

Teams of ‘peacekeepers’ to be deployed around Chicago for Memorial Day weekend

The Governor’s Office is deploying anti-violence workers across Chicago ahead of the holiday weekend, calling them “peacekeepers.”

Gov. JB Pritzker’s program is modeled after two existing groups in the city. CBS 2’s Tara Molina spoke to a peacekeeper with one of those groups who’s been doing this kind of work for years.

While other types of operations in the city are based in neighborhoods, this new unit is going to be mobile and can respond to or work in other areas.

They’re trained to handle what police call “large group incidents,” which the city has already seen ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to summer.

Behind the fencing and security checkpoints surrounding Millennium Park, anyone under age 18 is required to have adult supervision after 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. If there are gatherings of unsupervised minors, that’s an example of one situation the governor’s new unit of about 30 peacekeepers is fully trained to handle and de-escalate.

Here’s a video report:

What happens if these people are attacked, injured, or even killed?

They supposedly went through a training program, but it was certainly not anything as extensive as police training.

Chicago has lost its mind.

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Teens Rob High-End Clothing Store in Lower Manhattan, Stealing $10,000 Worth of Merchandise

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 12:15

A group of six teenagers stormed into a high-end clothing store in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday, escaping with over $10,700 worth of merchandise.

The incident, which occurred around 5:10 p.m., left a female employee thrown to the ground as the perpetrators made their hasty exit, according to the police per AMNY.

The incident occurred on Wednesday around 5:10 p.m. at Ava Galerie – an upscale clothing store located at 161 Bowery – as the group ransacked the store, hastily removing clothing items from the racks.

However, their audacious attempt to make a quick getaway was intercepted when a courageous 24-year-old female employee confronted them.

A physical altercation ensued, resulting in the employee being forcefully tossed to the ground. Fortunately, she did not sustain any serious injuries and did not require medical attention.

One of the perpetrators, a 16-year-old male, was apprehended by authorities at the scene and subsequently charged with robbery.

Five of the teenagers managed to flee the scene. They were last seen sprinting southbound on Bowery, carrying the stolen clothing. They remain at large, and the police are actively pursuing leads to bring them to justice.

Law enforcement officials have released images of the wanted teenagers, captured after the incident from 153 Bowery.

Six teenagers burst into a high-end clothing store called Ava Galerie, located at 161 Bowery in Lower Manhattan, at around 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday and removed clothing off the racks.

They went to leave, but were intercepted by a 24-year-old female employee. A physical struggle… pic.twitter.com/KOtfm5OmZc

— Crime in NYC (@CrimeInNYC) May 27, 2023

The incident serves as a distressing reminder of the persistent challenges faced by retailers and law enforcement in combating theft and maintaining public safety.

The implementation of “no bail” reforms has generated significant debate in recent years. Critics argue that the reforms, by eliminating cash bail for a wide range of offenses, including robbery, have inadvertently contributed to a revolving door of offenders on the streets.

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Why Is the US Tipping Off Russia on the Ukrainian Spring Offensive?

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 12:00
Is Ukraine Babe Ruth, Billy Jack or Geraldo Rivera in Al Capone’s Vault?

We live in a bizarre time. Ukrainian and U.S. officials continue to issue public warnings/threats of a looming Ukrainian offensive intended to push Russia out of its recently acquired territories in the Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson. I cannot recall a single historical event when a military force was being steadily pushed back and decimated and the leaders and enablers of that army publicly announced what they were going to do.

If you have not read the latest contribution from Simplicius do yourself a favor and click on this link. It is not behind a paywall and is another superb piece. With respect to the impending Ukrainian offensive Simplicius takes note of Victoria Nuland’s deep dive into the crazy pond:

The final article, which brings us fully around to the Ukrainian offensive, represents a series of headlines driven by wicked witch of Maidan Victoria Nuland’s recent statements that “U.S. has been working with Ukraine on the counter-offensive for months”.

Not only does she make the aforementioned claim:

“Even as you plan for the counteroffensive, which we have been working on with you for some 4-5 months, we are already beginning our discussions with [the] Ukrainian government and with friends in Kiev – both on the civilian side and on the military side – about Ukraine’s long-term future,” Nuland told the Kiev Security Forum via video-link from the State Department.

But she let slip the following little tidbit:

She added that the attack will be “likely starting and moving concurrently” with events such as the NATO summit in Lithuania, scheduled for July 11.

Which confirms our previous theories on Ukraine’s large offensive possibly coinciding with the huge NATO airforce games—billed as ‘the largest in history—beginning in June, which dovetail into the NATO summit in July.

While I cannot recall any historical precedent for an army tipping its hand before launching an attack, there are a couple of iconic moments from popular culture. First up, Babe Ruth, who allegedly pointed to center field during the 1932 World Series with the Cubs and proceeded to blast a home run.

Maybe Ukraine thinks it is Billy Jack (a karate stud portrayed by Tom Laughlin in a popular film 50 years ago). When Billy takes off his boots and socks, watch out:

Alas, even the talented Billy Jack ended up taking a beating.

Maybe the Ukrainians are channeling a young Geraldo Rivera, who kept 30 million viewers spellbound for two hours as he promised to unveil the hidden treasures from Al Capone’s “secret” vault. When his crew finally punched through the concrete wall all they found was dirt and debris. All that build-up for nothing.

I apologize for ridiculing the long-promised Ukrainian offensive. Although the messaging from Zelensky and the likes of Nuland is pure buffoonery, the reality of what Ukraine may attempt is horrifying because of the number of Ukrainian soldiers who are being sent into a maelstrom of slaughter. Human sacrifice just to placate Western benefactors.

Pegging the Ukrainian offensive to the upcoming NATO exercise in June suggests the United States and NATO are hoping for a repeat of last year’s NATO exercise, which was used as cover to plant explosives on the Nordstream Pipeline. The Western leaders, both political and military, apparently never learned the popular refrain from World War II — “Loose lips sink ships.” “Loose lips” also lead to the massive destruction of Ukrainian forces, tanks, artillery and planes.

The madness displayed by Ukraine and the United States reminds me of this scene from Smiley’s People (a terrific BBC production). The head of British Intelligence asks George Smiley, “It isn’t some wicked Bolshi plot is it?”

Wicked Bolshi Plot?

Nope. It is sheer desperation. I find it hard to believe that Russia is lulled into a state of complacency or is consumed by premature celebration of certain victory. Russia’s continued onslaught of aerial bombs and missile strikes across Ukraine belies the claim that Russia is brimming with over confidence.

Western leaders do not grasp the fact that Ukraine, despite a numerical advantage, failed to take control of the Donbass during the eight year civil war that started in 2014. Russia did not deploy its troops, tanks and artillery to that conflict until it launched the Special Military Operation (SMO) in February 2022. If Ukraine could not dispatch the militias of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts during the last nine years, how are they expected to pull off a battlefield victory when the majority of Ukraine’s best soldiers have been killed and wounded during the course of Russia’s SMO?

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State Farm Will No Longer Accept New Applications for California Property Insurance Due to Wildfires, Inflation, Historic Construction Costs

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 02:45

State Farm will no longer accept new applications in California for property insurance due to wildfires, inflation and historic construction costs.

Wildfires = Poor forest management thanks to Democrat policies.

Inflation = Thanks to trillions in spending by Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress.

The new policy will not impact vehicles.

Existing California customers will still be serviced.

“State Farm General Insurance Company®, State Farm’s provider of homeowners insurance in California, will cease accepting new applications including all business and personal lines property and casualty insurance, effective May 27, 2023. This decision does not impact personal auto insurance. State Farm General Insurance Company made this decision due to historic increases in construction costs outpacing inflation, rapidly growing catastrophe exposure, and a challenging reinsurance market.” the company said in a press release.

The insurance giant said it had stop insuring California properties for financial reasons.

“We take seriously our responsibility to manage risk. We recognize the Governor’s administration, legislators, and the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for their wildfire loss mitigation efforts. We pledge to work constructively with the CDI and policymakers to help build market capacity in California. However, it’s necessary to take these actions now to improve the company’s financial strength. We will continue to evaluate our approach based on changing market conditions. State Farm® independent contractor agents licensed and authorized in California will continue to serve existing customers for these products and new customers for products not impacted by this decision.” State Farm said.

Last May a massive brushfire destroyed more than 20 homes in the coastal city of Laguna Niguel in Southern California.

Breaking: Officials say at least 20 homes lost in #coastalfire in Laguna Niguel. Fire still burning strong @cbsla #cbsla pic.twitter.com/9ub0JXGrtJ

— michele gile (@michelegiletv) May 12, 2022

200 acres burned and 20 homes were destroyed.

SoCal Edison said there was “circuit activity” around the time of the fire.

In 2021, California’s ‘Dixie Fire’ became the second largest in the state’s history.

The fire began on July 14, 2021 just northeast of Chico, California and grew to more than 460,000 acres.

Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom blamed climate change and poor forest management (thanks to Democrat policies) for the Dixie Fire.

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Biden Statement on Debt Ceiling Deal: “Protects My and Congressional Democrats’ Key Priorities and Legislative Accomplishments”

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 02:30

The White House released a statement Saturday night on the “agreement in principle” reached with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Biden called the deal a “compromise” but said it “protects my and Congressional Democrats’ key priorities and legislative accomplishments.”

Earlier this evening, Speaker McCarthy and I reached a budget agreement in principle.

It is an important step forward that reduces spending while protecting critical programs for working people and growing the economy for everyone. And, the agreement protects my and Congressional Democrats’ key priorities and legislative accomplishments.

The agreement represents a compromise, which means not everyone gets what they want. That’s the responsibility of governing.

And, this agreement is good news for the American people, because it prevents what could have been a catastrophic default and would have led to an economic recession, retirement accounts devastated, and millions of jobs lost.

Over the next day, our negotiating teams will finalize legislative text and the agreement will go to the United States House and Senate. I strongly urge both chambers to pass the agreement right away.

Earlier this evening, Speaker McCarthy and I reached a budget agreement in principle.

It is an important step forward that reduces spending while protecting critical programs for working people and growing the economy for everyone. And, the agreement protects my and…

— President Biden (@POTUS) May 28, 2023

Biden told reporters Friday he was “optimistic” about a deal as he headed for Camp David.

Biden: “With regard to debt limit things are looking good. Very optimistic. I hope we'll have some clear evidence tonight before the clock strikes 12 that we have a deal. Very close"
Plus: He's headed to Camp David, not Delaware, because Secret Service is bulletproofing his house pic.twitter.com/ZFePoM1UtF

— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) May 26, 2023

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REPORT: Tech Sector Layoffs Are Hitting People Hired to Fight ‘Misinformation’ and ‘Hate Speech’

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 02:15

During COVID, tech companies and social media outlets went on a hiring spree, appointing people to police so-called hate speech and misinformation.

Of course, this was all about politics. Hate speech is simply defined as speech that liberals don’t like, and misinformation is pretty much anything that hasn’t been approved by CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Now that Joe Biden’s awful economy is failing to deliver, many companies are deciding that they don’t really need these workers. What a shame.

CNBC reports:

Tech layoffs ravage the teams that fight online misinformation and hate speech

Toward the end of 2022, engineers on Meta’s team combating misinformation were ready to debut a key fact-checking tool that had taken half a year to build. The company needed all the reputational help it could get after a string of crises had badly damaged the credibility of Facebook and Instagram and given regulators additional ammunition to bear down on the platforms.

The new product would let third-party fact-checkers like The Associated Press and Reuters, as well as credible experts, add comments at the top of questionable articles on Facebook as a way to verify their trustworthiness.

But CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s commitment to make 2023 the “year of efficiency” spelled the end of the ambitious effort, according to three people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named due to confidentiality agreements.

Over multiple rounds of layoffs, Meta announced plans to eliminate roughly 21,000 jobs, a mass downsizing that had an outsized effect on the company’s trust and safety work. The fact-checking tool, which had initial buy-in from executives and was still in a testing phase early this year, was completely dissolved, the sources said…

Across the tech industry, as companies tighten their belts and impose hefty layoffs to address macroeconomic pressures and slowing revenue growth, wide swaths of people tasked with protecting the internet’s most-populous playgrounds are being shown the exits.

The left is outraged about this, naturally.

The fact that Mark Zuckerberg can afford a 5-house estate in San Francisco for $37,000,000 in the midst of historic Big Tech layoffs is all the proof we need that it’s time to rein in corporate greed and yes, tax the rich.

— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) May 25, 2023

Important story by @haydenfield and @JonathanVanian: "Meta, Amazon, Alphabet and Twitter have all drastically reduced the size of their teams focused on internet trust and safety as well as ethics as the companies focus on cost cuts." https://t.co/vB32QWuihb

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 26, 2023

Speech police is not a job that should have ever existed in the United States in the first place.

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McCarthy and Biden Reach “Agreement in Principle” on Debt Ceiling

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 02:00

Just before 9 p.m. EDT Saturday, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced an “agreement in principle” with Joe Biden on a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. McCarthy posted to Twitter, “I just got off the phone with the president a bit ago. After he wasted time and refused to negotiate for months, we’ve come to an agreement in principle that is worthy of the American people.” A vote in the House is expected Thursday, according to Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA).

I just got off the phone with the president a bit ago. After he wasted time and refused to negotiate for months, we've come to an agreement in principle that is worthy of the American people.

I'll deliver a statement at 9:10pm ET. Watch here:https://t.co/vmn31INPH5

— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) May 28, 2023

McCarthy spoke briefly at 9:10 p.m., saying the deal “has historic reductions in spending, consequential reforms that will lift people out of poverty into the workforce, rein in government overreach, there are no new taxes, no new government programs. There’s a lot more within the bill. We still have more work to do tonight to finish all the writing of it…”

House GOP Speaker Kevin McCarthy announces the debt ceiling deal will have "historic reductions in spending…no new taxes, no new government programs…" pic.twitter.com/7VWACUXrfI

— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) May 28, 2023

Biden and McCarthy reportedly spoke twice on Saturday, including for ninety minutes this evening.

White House says Biden spoke with McCarthy for about 90 minutes tonight. Says he also spoke with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries in separate calls earlier today.

— Cami Mondeaux (@cami_mondeaux) May 28, 2023

McCarthy is standing by the 72 hour rule, meaning a vote on the House will take place no earlier than Thursday as the bill still needs to be written. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Friday gave a new deadline of June 5, conveniently giving room for negotiations and time to pass the House and Senate.

So what is next?

– Legislation has to be written
– House members get 3 days to read before voting (looking at a potential Tuesday evening vote)
– If it passes the House, Senate has to vote on it

All of the above has to happen before June 5th.

— Cassie Semyon (@casssemyon) May 28, 2023

Reports on the bill and from McCarthy’s conference call with House Republicans posted to Twitter by Punchbowl News reporters:

“DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT, per source w/direct knowledge: —Two-year approps deal —No budget caps after 2025—Work requirements: no changes to Medicaid —Phases in & then sunsets (in 2030) SNAP time limits to people up to age 54 —WH pushed to reduce # of ppl subject to time limits…MORE … WHAT DEMS ARE SAYING: The deal keeps non-defense spending at around FY2023 levels. No budget caps after 2025.”

MORE … WHAT DEMS ARE SAYING: The deal keeps non-defense spending at around FY2023 levels. No budget caps after 2025.

— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) May 28, 2023

MCCARTHY said on the call with House Republicans he spoke to Biden TWICE today

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 28, 2023

McCarthy says the work requirements are "a little stronger" than what Republicans passed in the Limit, Save, Grow bill

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 28, 2023

SCALISE said members should plan to be back by Tuesday ahead of a Thursday vote

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 28, 2023

More to come…

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Seattle Struggles to Hire More Police Officers as 911 Response Times Increase

GatewayPundit - Sun, 05/28/2023 - 01:40

The city of Seattle is struggling to hire new police officers, which is bad news for the people who live there.

Response time on 911 calls is going up and in some parts of the city, crime is so bad that mail delivery has been paused at times.

This is what happens when law enforcement is demonized while far left radicals are allowed to operate with no fear.

My Northwwest/KTTH News reports:

Seattle Police recruitment falls short as response times increase

New numbers show that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) isn’t hiring as many officers as it had planned, despite an increased budget for recruitment.

According to a report being made to the Seattle City Council Tuesday, the department wanted to hire 31 officers in the first quarter of 2023 but only brought on 26.

Seattle Police consent decree set to end after more than a decade

Since 2020, the department has lost 515 officers and hired 190. Many have retired, but others said in exit interviews they did not feel supported by the city during the “defund the police” movement following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Staffer Greg Doss tells the city council about nine people are leaving the department every month, but he says that’s relatively good news because that number is down from about 13 to 16 in 2022.

The report goes on to say that highest priority 911 calls have an average wait time of 10 minutes.

Imagine being involved in a potentially violent and dangerous incident and being told to wait for 10 minutes.

Of course, it’s easy to understand why so few people would want this job.

How odd people aren't willing to work in a place where they're held in contempt. Must be racism.

"Seattle is still struggling to hire police officers as 911 response times go up" https://t.co/PkpjJh9pfQ

— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) May 27, 2023

So you call the police every rotten name in the book, vote to defund them, and tell them they're not needed. Then you wonder why nobody wants to be a cop in your city? WTF Seattle?#police #bluelivesmatter #news #thinbluelinehttps://t.co/ofj8qIyLf1

— Citizens Arrest (@CitizenArrest50) May 25, 2023

Things are going to get worse before they get better.

The city clearly needs better leadership.

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