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Iran Seizes Second Oil Tanker In a Week, US Navy Says

Wed, 05/03/2023 - 17:07

But the Biden Administration will continue to negotiate with Iran’s leaders on nukes. It’s no wonder the Gulf States are dumping America for China. Without American deterrence the stability of the world is not sustainable.

Related: Iran Seized Oil Tanker Headed for Texas, U.S. Navy Says

The U.S. Navy has published this video of the incident:

— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) May 3, 2023

It is time for the #BidenAdministration to end all negotiations with #Iran. #oiltanker

— Gordon G. Chang (@GordonGChang) May 3, 2023

Iran seizes second oil tanker in a week, US Navy says

Oil tanker Niovi, sailing under Panamanian flag, captured by Iran in Strait of Hormuz

By Fox News, May 3, 2023

Iranian forces captured a foreign vessel on Wednesday, the second ship to be harassed and seized by the Middle Eastern country in a week, the U.S. Navy said.

The Niovi, a commercial oil tanker flying the Panama flag, was passing through the Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman when it was overtaken by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN).


New York State To Ban Gas Stoves

Wed, 05/03/2023 - 15:00

Democrats hate you. Natural gas is one of the cleanest forms of energy. This is a deliberate attack on our very way of life.

The Democrats claim that it’s concerned about climate change. Of course, there is big money to be made in the government-mandated electrification of everything. Groups that push these mandates often stand to financially gain from gas stove bans, and in turn haul in taxpayer money thanks to Democrat-enacted schemes, according to Fox News.

Where do these morons think the electrical energy comes from?

National Grid proposes hefty 17% rate increase for NY customers, blaming climate change policies, inflation

NY State has Fallen – Gas Stoves & Peaker Plants Banned in Budget

By: Marcellus Drilling News, May 2023:

We’re not even sure how to process this, or where to begin. We previously warned MDN readers that New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, an extremist, is trying to ban natural gas hookups in every single new home and business across the “Empire” State (see NY Gov. Hochul Loses Her Mind – Wants to Ban Gas in New Buildings). She even wants to ban gas in existing homes, but that’s too much even for NY’s Democrats to stomach (see New York Legislators Block Hochul NatGas Ban for Existing Homes). As part of the 2023-2024 budget deal, Hochul got her way. Beginning in 2025, if you build a new home (or business) in New York State, you will not be allowed to connect it to an existing natural gas pipeline system. You will be banned from installing a gas (or propane) stove in the house. We now live in a Communist, non-free state. New York has fallen.

New York Would Ban Gas Stoves In New Buildings Under Potential Budget Deal

By Tim Meads • Apr 29, 2023 •

Remember a few months ago when Legacy Media and their Democrat allies called conservatives a bunch of crazy conspiracy theorists for warning that the Left wanted to ban gas stoves? That Democrat-Media Complex episode occurred despite numerous bureaucrats and liberal politicians advocating the ban of fossil fuel power appliances and more.

Well, now, New York is one step closer to banning gas stoves in new buildings. On Thursday, Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) announced that a budget deal had been reached that would prohibit gas hookups in new buildings. Existing buildings and gas stoves not be affected under this deal, it should be noted. According to Hohcul’s office, this would be an airtight ban as well.

Katy Zielinski, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said on Friday that no such measure was included in the deal.

“The new law will not have any loopholes that will undermine the intent of this measure,” Hochul’s spokeswoman Katy Zielinski told The New York Times. “There will not be any option for municipalities to opt out.”

The Democrats enthusiastically pummeling New York into the ground are about to pass a statewide ban of gas hookups on new construction. Such a terrible idea! Kathy Hochul and her cohorts are fast tracking the downward spiral of a once greatest state.

— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) April 27, 2023

This would obviously make future construction costs more expensive, as pointed out by New York Republican politician Lee Zeldin.

“The Democrats enthusiastically pummeling New York into the ground are about to pass a statewide ban of gas hookups on new construction,” he tweeted. “Such a terrible idea! Kathy Hochul and her cohorts are fast tracking the downward spiral of a once greatest state.”

Hochul isn’t alone. At the federal level, the Biden administration is considering a proposed energy efficiency rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) that could remove up to 50% of current gas stoves from the U.S. market if it is enacted. That means if you have a gas hookup in your building, buying a new stove down the road could be significantly more expensive.

INSANE: Biden Offers $500K to English Teachers in Pakistan That Focus on Transgender Youth

Tue, 05/02/2023 - 17:00

Apparently America is not enough, the Democrats are ruining the world with your hard earned taxpayer dollars.

You have to wonder how the Islamic regime in Pakistan will respond.

Biden offers $500K grant for English teachers in Pakistan that focus on transgender youth

Grant recipients will implement the program for transgender youth ages 13-25

By Patrick Hauf | Fox News May 2, 2023:

The Biden administration is offering a $500,000 grant to help teach the English language in Pakistan, in part by providing “intensive professional development courses for Pakistani transgender youth.”

The State Department grant said it is aimed at teaching English language skills to Pakistani youth so they can “better participate in the global community and prepare them for success in the workplace.” The grant aims to reach that goal by focusing on three components: “(1) Professional Development for English Language Teachers from Non-Mainstream Institutions; (2) Professional Development for novice Pakistani English language teachers; and (3) Professional Development for Transgender Youth and for Afghan Teachers, Students, and Young Professionals Residing in Pakistan.”

The Biden administration is offering a $500,000 grant to help teach the English language in Pakistan, in part by providing “intensive professional development courses for Pakistani transgender youth.”

The program component that includes a focus on transgender youth accepts proposals from applicants “for a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $75,000 to implement: (1) intensive professional development courses for Pakistani transgender youth from the ages of 13-25, and (2) and intensive professional development courses for Afghan teachers, students, and young professionals residing in Pakistan.”

These components aim to improve English language communication skills among trainees and connect them to a professional alumni network. Participating teachers will “share what they learned in these trainings with English-language professional colleagues, thereby influencing pedagogy in their schools and communities.”

Interested applications to the grant program are encouraged to address, “What is the most effective way to reach the greatest number of Pakistani transgender youth and Afghan teachers, students, and young professionals from diverse locations across Pakistan?”

A spokesperson for the State Department told Fox News Digital that the education project from the agency focuses on transgender youth as it often does with other “marginalized communities.” The spokesperson added that the grant funds will not be used for gender transitions.

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Google’s Godfather of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Abruptly Resigns, Warns of “Dangers”

Tue, 05/02/2023 - 14:00

Elon was right. He regrets the work his doing doing the technology. “Bad actors” who would try to use AI for “bad things”.

AI ‘godfather’ Geoffrey Hinton warns of dangers as he quits Google

By Zoe Kleinman & Chris Vallance: BBC, May 2, 2023:
Watch: AI ‘godfather’ Geoffrey Hinton tells the BBC of AI dangers as he quits Google

A man widely seen as the godfather of artificial intelligence (AI) has quit his job, warning about the growing dangers from developments in the field.

Geoffrey Hinton, 75, announced his resignation from Google in a statement to the New York Times, saying he now regretted his work.

He told the BBC some of the dangers of AI chatbots were “quite scary”.

“Right now, they’re not more intelligent than us, as far as I can tell. But I think they soon may be.”

Dr Hinton also accepted that his age had played into his decision to leave the tech giant, telling the BBC: “I’m 75, so it’s time to retire.”

Dr Hinton’s pioneering research on neural networks and deep learning has paved the way for current AI systems like ChatGPT.

In artificial intelligence, neural networks are systems that are similar to the human brain in the way they learn and process information. They enable AIs to learn from experience, as a person would. This is called deep learning.

The British-Canadian cognitive psychologist and computer scientist told the BBC that chatbots could soon overtake the level of information that a human brain holds.

“Right now, what we’re seeing is things like GPT-4 eclipses a person in the amount of general knowledge it has and it eclipses them by a long way. In terms of reasoning, it’s not as good, but it does already do simple reasoning,” he said.

“And given the rate of progress, we expect things to get better quite fast. So we need to worry about that.”

In the New York Times article, Dr Hinton referred to “bad actors” who would try to use AI for “bad things”.

When asked by the BBC to elaborate on this, he replied: “This is just a kind of worst-case scenario, kind of a nightmare scenario.

“You can imagine, for example, some bad actor like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin decided to give robots the ability to create their own sub-goals.”

The scientist warned that this eventually might “create sub-goals like ‘I need to get more power'”.

He added: “I’ve come to the conclusion that the kind of intelligence we’re developing is very different from the intelligence we have.

“We’re biological systems and these are digital systems. And the big difference is that with digital systems, you have many copies of the same set of weights, the same model of the world.

“And all these copies can learn separately but share their knowledge instantly. So it’s as if you had 10,000 people and whenever one person learnt something, everybody automatically knew it. And that’s how these chatbots can know so much more than any one person.”

Matt Clifford, the chairman of the UK’s Advanced Research and Invention Agency, speaking in a personal capacity, told the BBC that Dr Hinton’s announcement “underlines the rate at which AI capabilities are accelerating”.

“There’s an enormous upside from this technology, but it’s essential that the world invests heavily and urgently in AI safety and control,” he said.

Dr Hinton joins a growing number of experts who have expressed concerns about AI – both the speed at which it is developing and the direction in which it is going.
‘We need to take a step back’

In March, an open letter – co-signed by dozens of people in the AI field, including the tech billionaire Elon Musk – called for a pause on all developments more advanced than the current version of AI chatbot ChatGPT so robust safety measures could be designed and implemented.

Yoshua Bengio, another so-called godfather of AI, who along with Dr Hinton and Yann LeCun won the 2018 Turing Award for their work on deep learning, also signed the letter.

Mr Bengio wrote that it was because of the “unexpected acceleration” in AI systems that “we need to take a step back”.

But Dr Hinton told the BBC that “in the shorter term” he thought AI would deliver many more benefits than risks, “so I don’t think we should stop developing this stuff,” he added.

He also said that international competition would mean that a pause would be difficult. “Even if everybody in the US stopped developing it, China would just get a big lead,” he said.

Dr Hinton also said he was an expert on the science, not policy, and that it was the responsibility of government to ensure AI was developed “with a lot of thought into how to stop it going rogue”.

‘Responsible approach’

Dr Hinton stressed that he did not want to criticise Google and that the tech giant had been “very responsible”.

“I actually want to say some good things about Google. And they’re more credible if I don’t work for Google.”

In a statement, Google’s chief scientist Jeff Dean said: “We remain committed to a responsible approach to AI. We’re continually learning to understand emerging risks while also innovating boldly.”

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Biden Energy Secretary Doubles Down on Electrifying US Military’s Vehicle Fleet by 2030

Tue, 05/02/2023 - 13:00

Nuts! The United States will lose to China with this kind of idiotic, feckless and delusional leadership.

They are destroying EVERYTHING. When these morons plub in their vehicles, where do they think the energy comes from?

Biden demands electric  M-1 tanks and Howitzers in 7 years. Here’s the recruiting pitch: “Join the Army and pray you can find a charging station in combat.”

Our President has no idea what he is doing to our security and our servicemen.

— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) April 26, 2023

It would be really convenient if the Russians & the Chinese communists would erect charging stations every 100 miles for the Biden EV tanks….

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 26, 2023

Unintentionally hilarious and deeply worrying:

— Allison Pearson (@AllisonPearson) April 28, 2023

Biden energy secretary doubles down on electrifying US military’s vehicle fleet by 2030: ‘We can get there’

By Yahoo, April 30, 2023

Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday that she supports efforts from the Biden administration to require the U.S. military to implement an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2030, telling lawmakers that she believes “we can get there.”

Granholm’s remarks came during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing following questions from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who asked the Biden administration official whether she supports the military’s adoption of an “EV fleet by 2030.”

China is pushing ahead with a planned military base in the UAE in a clear snub to the US

Tue, 05/02/2023 - 11:56

Where is the pushback from the hapless Biden Administration? They are practically surrendering to China at this point. Under President Trump, the UAE normalized relations with Israel. Under President Biden, the UAE allows China to build a military base near Abu Dhabi.

Countries are running away from America. We’re off the rails – they don’t want to join us.

As #SaudiArabia goes, so goes the #Gulf region. This means the #BidenAdministration is losing not just #Riyadh; it is losing all the countries nearby.

— Gordon G. Chang (@GordonGChang) April 28, 2023

China is pushing ahead with a planned military base in the UAE in a clear snub to the US, leaked papers say

  • China has resumed the construction of a military base in the UAE, leaker papers show.
  • Plans for a Chinese base had earlier been halted amid US concerns.
  • China is riling the US by forming ties with its traditional allies in the region.

By The Insider, April 30, 2023.

China resumed construction of a military base in the United Arab Emirates, a move likely to alarm US officials and increase concerns that another US ally in the Middle East is drawing closer to China.

According to leaked US intelligence documents obtained by The Washington Post, construction has resumed at a Chinese military base just outside Abu Dhabi.

Illegal Immigrant Who Shot 5 Neighbors To Death in Texas Still at Large

Mon, 05/01/2023 - 19:00

Biden is bringing in an army of them. He’s literally cutting new paths for them.

Related: WATCH: Preparing for New Onslaught, Biden Regime CUTTING NEW PATHS For Migrants To Enter USA

Biden Admin To Start Processing Migrants In Latin America As Border Surge Continues: REPORT

Francisco Oropeza is a suspect in a mass shooting Friday in a rural Texas neighborhood. He is the next-door neighbor of his shooting victims. Oropeza shot four members of a family execution-style in their home. A fifth person, an 8-year-old child, was flown to a hospital and later died. As I write this on Sunday morning, the manhunt is still underway. San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said they were able to identify Oropeza through his Mexican consulate card and a doorbell camera. What isn’t being said in reporting is whether or not Oropeza is in this country legally. The consulate card indicates to me that he is still a Mexican citizen. Is there an elephant in the room here? The press has a bad habit of not giving the most basic of facts when it comes to legal and illegal immigration (HA).

Bill Melugin: Per ICE source, Francisco Oropesa, the Mexican national who police who say fatally shot 5 of his neighbors in TX, is in the U.S. illegally. I’m told he’s been previously deported, has “multiple” illegal re-entries on his record, and was last encountered by ICE in 2016 (Twitter).

Man who lost wife, son in Texas massacre called cops 5 times before rampage

By Jesse O’Neill and Ronny Reyes, NY Post, May 1, 2023:

The man who lost his wife and 9-year-old son in a Texas mass shooting called 911 five times before at-large fugitive Francisco Oropeza allegedly stormed his house and shot five people to death.

Wilson Garcia recalled at a Sunday night vigil how he and two neighbors had “respectfully” asked Oropeza to stop firing his gun in his yard late at night because his infant child was trying to sleep inside his home in the rural town of Cleveland.

When the gunman refused to comply, Garcia walked away and called cops five times. Between 10 and 20 minutes later, Garcia said, he saw Oropeza load his AR-style rifle as he ran toward his family’s house.

“I told my wife, ‘Get inside. This man has loaded his weapon,’” Garcia said. “My wife told me to go inside because ‘He won’t fire at me. I’m a woman.’”

During the massacre as the adult victims tried to protect the children inside the home, Garcia said one of the women demanded he jump out a window to escape the carnage.

The grieving father said the victim told him he needed to survive “because my children were without a mother and one of their parents had to stay alive to take care of them.”

Garcia said that even though the gunman tried shooting him, with bullets flying everywhere, he was somehow able to avoid getting hit.

Garcia’s wife, Sonia Guzman, 25, was the first person to be slain in the rampage.

His son Daniel Enrique Laso, 9, was also killed along with Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21, Julisa Molina Rivera, 31, and Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18, police said. All of the victims were believed to be from Honduras, and they were all shot above the neck, according to officials.

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Epstein’s Private Calendar Shows Meetings Obama Admin Officials, CIA Chief

Mon, 05/01/2023 - 18:00

The Biden regime is chasing grandmothers who went to the Capital on January 6th, but no one has been arrested in the Epstein mass child sex trafficking ring.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Appointment Calendar Shows Meetings with Current CIA Director, Other Prominent Government Officials

National Review: A review of the private calendar of Jeffrey Epstein has revealed that the convicted sex offender and financier had meetings not previously reported on with several prominent Americans, including the current CIA director. Epstein had meetings scheduled with now-director of the Central Intelligence Agency William Burns, President Barack Obama’s White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, Bard College president Leon Botstein, and Professor Noam Chomsky. None of the names the new documents have revealed appear in Epstein’s now-public “black book” of contacts or in the flight logs of passengers who traveled on his private jet (National Review).

Townhall: Three scheduled meetings were slated to occur after Epstein was jailed in 2008 in Washington D.C. and Epstein’s townhome in Manhattan, New York. However, it is unclear if each scheduled meeting took place or the purpose of the sessions. A CIA spokesperson claimed Burns had met with Epstein because, in 2014, the director wanted to leave his current government position (Townhall).

Epstein’s private calendar reveals planned meetings with Obama admin official, CIA chief

Jeffrey Epstein died in 2019 in New York City jail cell

By Emma Colton | Fox News

Jeffrey Epstein calendar reveals meetings with prominent figures

Fox News contributor Bill McGurn argues the prominent figures named in Epstein’s private calendar were likely trying to ‘extract’ money.

Jeffrey Epstein’s newly-revealed private calendar showed scheduled meetings with the current CIA director, a college president and attorney who served in the Obama administration, according to a report published Sunday.

New documents, which belonged to the rich convicted pedophile and were obtained by The Wall Street Journal, showed planned meetings with a slew of prominent individuals, including now-CIA Director William Burns, Bard College president Leon Botstein, Obama White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler and professor Noam Chomsky.

All the scheduled meetings were slated to take place after Epstein was jailed in 2008 on charges of solicitation, including soliciting a minor. WSJ could not prove each scheduled meeting actually took place, and the documents did not reveal the purpose for the meetings.

A spokesperson for Burns, who has taken the CIA’s helm since 2021 under the Biden administration, said the nation’s spy chief met with Epstein a decade ago when he was trying to leave the government.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors the Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising, at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005, in New York City. (Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

“Director Burns recalls being introduced by a mutual friend in Washington, DC, and then met with him once briefly in New York City, about a decade ago as the Director was preparing to leave government service,” CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp said in comment provided to Fox News Digital.

“The Director did not know anything about him, other than he was introduced as an expert in the financial services sector and offered general advice on transition to the private sector. The Director does not recall any further contact, including receiving a ride to the airport. They had no relationship.

Ruemmler had dozens of meetings with Epstein following her work for the Obama administration and before taking the reins as Goldman Sachs’ top lawyer in 2020, according to WSJ. The documents show Epstein was planning on Ruemmler joining him for a trip to Paris in 2015 and another visit to his private island in the Caribbean in 2017.

ALL Nine SCOTUS Justices Issue Rare Statement Rejecting Senate Democrats’ New “Ethics Oversight” Measures

Mon, 05/01/2023 - 17:00

Miracles really do happen.

All 9 Supreme Court Justices Issue Rare Statement After Leftist Attacks On Conservative Justices

By: Ryan Saavedra • Daily Wire Apr 30, 2023 •

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: United States Supreme Court (front row L-R) Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, (back row L-R) Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson pose for their official portrait at the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court building on October 7, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court has begun a new term after Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was officially added to the bench in September.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

All nine Supreme Court Justices issued a statement late last week pushing back on attempts from Senate Democrats to implement new ethics oversight measures over the nation’s highest court which comes after the political Left has tried to generate controversy surrounding three conservative justices in recent weeks.

The statement from the justices also included a letter from Chief Justice John Roberts to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-IL) saying that he will not attend a hearing that Senate Democrats want to hold.

“Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Chief Justice of the United States is exceedingly rare, as one might expect in light of separation of powers concerns and the importance of preserving judicial independence,” Roberts said.

The statement from the nine justices said that they wrote it to “provide new clarity to the bar and to the public on how the Justices address certain recurring issues, and also seeks to dispel some common misconceptions.”

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1 in 4 High School Students Identifies as LGBTQ

Mon, 05/01/2023 - 16:00

Up  from 10% just seven years ago. This speaks to the power of the culture (which the left has long known) and the importance of being “cool”, you know, ‘in’ with the ‘in crowd’.

This is just another powerful reason to keep her children out of public schools. Rear your own children.

1 in 4 high school students identifies as LGBTQ

By: Lexi Lonas, The Hill April 27, 2023: ,

About 1 in 4 high school students identifies as LGBTQ, according to a report the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Thursday, using data from 2021.

In 2021, 75.5 percent of high school students identified as heterosexual, the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) found.

Among high school students, 12.2 percent identified as bisexual, 5.2 percent as questioning, 3.9 percent as other, 3.2 percent as gay or lesbian and 1.8 percent said they didn’t understand the question.

The CDC says the number of LGBTQ students went from 11 percent in 2015 to 26 percent in 2021.

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Democrats Frequently Met With Alleged Chinese Police Station Director Arrested By The FBI, Photos Show

Mon, 05/01/2023 - 15:00

Newly released photos and videos show a suspect accused of running one of NYC’s secret Chinese police stations at fundraising events with the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Mayor Eric Adams.

WATCH: Suspect Accused of Running Secret Chinese Police Stations In America Seen Rubbing Elbows with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and NYC Mayor Eric Adams

— The Gateway Pundit (@gatewaypundit) April 25, 2023

Newly released photos and videos show a suspect accused of running one of NYC’s secret Chinese police stations at fundraising events with the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Mayor Eric Adams.

— Becker News (@NewsBecker) April 24, 2023

Dem Rep Frequently Met With Alleged Chinese Police Station Director Arrested By The FBI, Photos Show

Dem Rep Frequently Met With Alleged Chinese Police Station Director Arrested By The FBI, Photos Show

JPMorgan Chase To Buy First Republic After FDIC Seizure First Leaves Taxpayers Holding The Toxic Garbage

Mon, 05/01/2023 - 13:48

This is the third major bank failure under the fraudulent Biden regime and the second largest bank failure in U.S. history. Expect more bank failures to come in the wake of First Republic Bank, SVB, Signature bank, Credit Suisse bank failings. 

Federal Regulators Seize And Sell Major Bank To JPMorgan Chase

By: Jason Cohen on May 1, 2023:

Federal regulators took ownership of the First Republic Bank and sold it to JPMorgan Chase on Monday, marking the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history.

First Republic was the 14th largest commercial bank in the country, according to the Federal Reserve Board, and the third bank to fail in the past several months following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. Banking giant JPMorgan Chase acquired the vast majority of the failed lender’s assets and all of its deposits from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), according to a JPMorgan Chase press release.

Regulators seized the bank after it reported losing over $100 billion in deposits. Eleven of America’s largest lenders, including JPMorgan Chase, injected $30 billion into First Republic in an attempt to save it from collapse and prevent contagion on March 16.

“Our government invited us and others to step up, and we did,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase in the press release. “This acquisition modestly benefits our company overall, it is accretive to shareholders, it helps further advance our wealth strategy, and it is complementary to our existing franchise,” Dimon added.

First Republic’s 84 branches, spanning eight states, will reopen as JPMorgan Chase on Monday during regular business hours, according to an FDIC press release. Every depositor at the failed lender will be transferred to JPMorgan Chase Bank and have complete access to all their deposits.

The bank’s stock finished at $3.51 per share on Friday, compared to about $170 a year ago, according to the Associated Press.

First Republic Bank’s failure is the second-largest in U.S. history, behind the failure of Washington Mutual in 2008, and is the latest casualty in ongoing banking turmoil that began with the failure of Silicon Valley Bank. The Federal Reserve’s banking supervisors did not take sufficient action to handle Silicon Valley Bank’s vulnerabilities before its collapse in March, according to a report by the central bank released on Friday.

The U.S. economy’s annual growth rate slowed more than anticipated to 1.1% in the first quarter of 2023, according to GDP statistics published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on Thursday morning.

In the financial sector, there is broad agreement that the economy will continue encountering complications this year as over a dozen large banks forecast poor growth or a recession, according to Politico.

ABC Censors RFK

Sun, 04/30/2023 - 15:00

ABC heavily edited its interview with Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Thursday because it didn’t like what he said about vaccines. In doing this, ABC demonstrated that it thinks the people who are unfortunate enough to watch the network are too stupid to think for themselves or evaluate truth claims on their own. It also showed that it thinks Leftist “news” outlets properly have the authority to determine what the American people see and hear and what they do not. The Left is growing increasingly censorious and authoritarian; RFK Jr. is a lone voice on the Left standing against this trend, and so it’s no surprise that he would fall victim to it along with an increasing number of patriots.

ABC’s Linsey Davis poisoned the well from the start, introducing Kennedy as “one of the biggest voices pushing anti-vaccine rhetoric, regularly distributing misinformation and disinformation about vaccines, which scientific and medical experts overwhelmingly say are safe and effective based on rigorous scientific studies.” Then ABC cut Kennedy’s own words about the vaccines, not allowing him to make his case. The network did, however, did show a part of the interview where Kennedy was discussing opposition among his own family to his views on vaccines.

Davis was upfront about the network’s censorship of the video, explaining:

We should note that during our conversation, Kennedy made false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines. Data shows that the Covid-19 vaccine has prevented millions of hospitalizations and deaths from the disease. He also made misleading claims about the relationship between vaccination and autism. Research shows that vaccines and the ingredients used in the vaccines do not cause autism, including multiple studies involving more than a million children and major medical associations like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the advocacy group Autism Speaks.

Davis also said: “We’ve used our editorial judgment in not including extended portions of that exchange in our interview.” Yet Davis’ own claims were unproven. Kennedy’s own website, The Defender, features an April 14 article with the headline: “45 Times as Many Deaths After COVID Shots in Just 2 Years Compared With All Flu Vaccine-Related Deaths Since 1990, Data Show.” The subtitle: “The authors of a peer-reviewed meta-analysis of national and international COVID-19 vaccine adverse events during the first two years of the rollout said their findings highlight the importance of reevaluating public health policies that promote universal mass injection and multiple boosters for all demographic groups.” Did Davis offer any specific refutation of these claims? Of course not. ABC just did its best to ensure that the public didn’t hear about them at all.

In the portion of the interview that aired, according to a report in the Daily Caller Friday, Davis challenged Kennedy “over his claims that there is a correlation between vaccinations and autism.” Davis asserted that what Kennedy was saying had been “debunked.” Kennedy asked: “Wait a minute, who debunked it?” Davis replied: “We have not seen any kind of scientific connections from the CDC, the World Health Organization…” Kennedy said: “They’re captured agencies.” Indeed. They reflect the establishment line rather than letting the truth lead them where it may. For her part, Davis doesn’t seem to have bothered to refute that, either. Censorship is so much easier.

Kennedy charged that what ABC did was actually illegal:

47 USC 315 makes it illegal for TV networks to censor Presidential candidates but Thursday, ABC showed its contempt for the law, democracy, and its audience by cutting most of the content of my interview with host Linsey Davis leaving only cherry-picked snippets and a defamatory disclaimer. Offering no evidence, @ABC justified this act of censorship by falsely asserting that I made “false claims.” In truth, Davis engaged me in a lively, informative, and mutually respectful debate on the government’s Covid countermeasures. I’m happy to supply citations to support every statement I made during that exchange. I’m certain that ABC’s decision to censor came as a shock to Linsey as well. Instead of journalism, the public saw a hatchet job. Instead of information, they got defamation and unsheathed Pharma propaganda. Americans deserve to hear the full interview so they can make up their own minds. How can democracy function without a free and unbiased press? As President, I will free FCC from its corporate captors and force the agency to follow the law by revoking the licenses of networks that put the mercantile ambitions of advertisers ahead of the public interest. #Kennedy24

RFK’s confidence that Linsey Davis was herself shocked by the censorship was a trifle naïve. Censorship is the hallmark of the contemporary Left. But he is standing against it: “I don’t believe that we should be the party of war. I don’t believe that we should be the party of Wall Street. I don’t believe that we should let neocons dictate our foreign policy and I don’t believe in censorship, for starters.”

Sounds great. But will the Leftist media establishment let the American people hear him saying it?

WATCH: Preparing for New Onslaught, Biden Regime CUTTING NEW PATHS For Migrants To Enter USA

Sun, 04/30/2023 - 14:00

“Not only are they not closing the borders, or even making it more difficult, they’re CUTTING A NEW PATH to invite them in. Ben Bergquam – Real America’s Voice (RAV-TV) News


BOMBSHELL VIDEO: @RealAmVoice reporter captures Border Patrol on video CLEARING PATHS FOR ILLEGALS to enter the US.

BEN BERGQUAM: "Not only are they not closing the borders, or even making it more difficult, they’re CUTTING A NEW PATH to invite them

— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) April 29, 2023

US Preps for Increase in Migrant Crossings as Border Restrictions Set to End

By: America’s Voice, April 26, 2023

The Biden administration is devising a strategy for the possible arrival of tens of thousands more migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border after the anticipated end of COVID-19 restrictions next month, scrambling to find potential holding centers, speed up deportations and increase processing of refugees abroad.

The administration is expected to announce a package of new measures as soon as this week that would include stepping up the currently small number of Latin Americans admitted through the U.S. refugee settlement program, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

At the same time, U.S. officials are expanding holding capacity for migrants at the border while piloting faster asylum screenings. One yet-unreported option under discussion is to process migrants at Fort Bliss, a military base near El Paso, Texas, two U.S. officials and a third person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

White House spokesperson Abdullah Hasan denied the base was being considered and the Pentagon said it had not received a request to use it for migrant processing.

Democrat Minnesota Just Gave State Power To Take Kids Away If Parents Don’t Approve Gender Mutilation Surgery

Sun, 04/30/2023 - 13:00

They’re coning for our kids. Literally. The government is too big, over reaching and out of control. It is monstrous. You try to take a child from their parents to brainwash and mutilate them, you are braying for bloodshed. And that’s what they’ll get.

The state of MN gets to take custody of minor children from a parent because they won't give permission to cut off the kid's body parts.#mnleg

— Sean Nienow (@SNienow) April 27, 2023

Leftist Minnesota Just Gave State Power To Take Kids Away If Parents Don’t Approve Gender Surgery

By Hank Berrien • Apr 28, 2023 • •

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Thursday signed into law a bill making the state a “sanctuary” for children, including those from out of state, seeking gender-altering surgery without the consent of their parents.

The new law gives state courts temporary emergency jurisdiction over any child in Minnesota who has been abandoned, is in need of protection from abuse, or has “been unable to obtain gender-affirming health care.” The law defines such care as “medically necessary health care or mental health care that respects the gender identity of the patient, as experienced and defined by the patient” and specifically cites puberty blockers and chemical and surgical procedures “to align the patient’s appearance or physical body with the patient’s gender identity.”

“We just signed the Conversion Therapy Ban, Reproductive Freedom Defense Act, and Trans Refuge Bill into law,” said Democrat Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “In Minnesota, we’re building a state where everyone is safe to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence and discrimination.”

The state of MN gets to take custody of minor children from a parent because they won't give permission to cut off the kid's body parts.#mnleg

— Sean Nienow (@SNienow) April 27, 2023

Same author, different bill. Would've allowed pedophilia as a protected class. This was up for a final vote and we got it changed back just before passing. Fixed, for now.

— Sean Nienow (@SNienow) April 29, 2023

Biden/Harris 2024 Campaign Call Draws Only 1,800 Viewers

Sat, 04/29/2023 - 17:00

81 million votes, suckers!

Biden-Harris 2024 Disastrous Campaign Call Attracts Just 1,800 Viewers

This is the most popular president in history?

By: Jason Walsh, Bongino Report, April 28, 2023:

Throughout the video, Biden was fighting a losing battle with his teleprompter as Jill Biden helplessly stood by.

Dr. Jill looked visibly tense as Biden struggled to speak to his whole 1,800 ‘grassroots supporters.’

“Let’s finish the job,” Biden said.

“So, you know, you gotta let me tell you something because that’s so important because of all of you we will meet this moment,” Biden said.

Meanwhile, Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, also made an awkward appearance.

Doug Emhoff giggled as he informed the viewer, “I’m only here because I’m married to her.”

Emhoff is the same guy who complained about toxic masculinity.


Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff at the Biden-Harris 2024 grassroots kickoff: "I'm only here because I'm married to her"

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 27, 2023

As Bloomberg reported:

“Democrats are concerned that President Joe Biden hasn’t raised enough money from donors in the initial days since his Tuesday reelection announcement, potentially underscoring the perception that his run isn’t exciting voters.

The sluggish fundraising comes from a lack of outreach to major donors who can boost the early total by making big contributions to the Democratic Party, according to sources close to the campaign.”

According to the Financial Times, Biden’s announcement this week that he intends to run for a second term in 2024 allowed his campaign team to start fundraising in earnest.

Within hours of his declaration, they set about putting the finishing touches to a two-day event in Washington starting on Friday that will bring together Wall Street financiers and other backers, said people familiar with the matter.

The list of attendees at the event, where Biden and his wife Jill are expected to appear, includes many of those who helped fund his last campaign, the people said, including Blackstone’s Jon Gray, Evercore’s Roger Altman and Centerview’s Blair Effron.

TERROR TV: Bereaved Father, Husband Rabbi Leo Dee Accuses CNN of ‘Terror Journalism’

Sat, 04/29/2023 - 16:00

More vile and despicable ‘reporting’ from CNN!. The Der Stürmer of American media.

Watch below.

Rabbi Dee spoke on @CNN about losing his wife and 2 young daughters when #Palestinian terrorists targeted their car and shot them to death. Once he had gone, CNN shamefully framed the incident like this, drawing a false equivalence with this brutal, consistent terrorism.

— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) April 25, 2023

Bereaved father and husband Rabbi Leo Dee accuses CNN of ‘terror journalism’

By World Israel News, April 28, 2023

Rabbi Leo Dee, who lost his wife and two daughters in terrorist shooting attack, castigates CNN for comparing Israeli self-defense to Arab terror.

By World Israel News Staff

Rabbi Leo Dee, the bereaved father and husband who lost his wife and two daughters in a terror attack in the Jordan Valley earlier this month, excoriated CNN for drawing a moral equivalence between the murder of his wife and daughters on one hand and Israel’s acts of self-defense against Arab terrorists on the other.

Rabbi Dee accused CNN of engaging in “terror journalism” and perpetuating a false equivalency between Israel and its attackers.

GDP Shows Economy Slowing in First Quarter of 2023

Sat, 04/29/2023 - 15:00

Economic momentum is slowing, amid higher interest rates and a banking crisis, new gross domestic product report shows. The U.S. economy wobbled in the first months of 2023. But no worries, the Democrat media axis will cheer on these Biden ‘successes.’

There is very little growth in the Biden Administration’s putrid economy. The American economy grew at 1.1 percent in Q1 of 2023. By contrast, Communist China’s economy grew by 4 percent in the same period.

In early 2021, I could not imagine that Biden–or anyone–would deliberately destroy the Trump economy by levying onerous new taxes, raising energy costs, imposing stifling new regulations, and starting a new war.

It's worse than I ever imagined.

— StevenWMosher (@StevenWMosher) April 27, 2023

GDP growth shows slowing economy in the first quarter of 2023

By Fox News, April 28, 2023

Gross domestic product (GDP) increased in the first quarter of 2023, beating the odds of a recession yet again, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Real GDP increased at an annual rate of 1.1% in the first three months of this year, after rising 2.6% in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to the BEA’s advance estimate released on Thursday.

The increase in real GDP was driven by consumer spending, exports, federal government spending, state and local government spending, and nonresidential fixed investment, the BEA reported. Growth in the first quarter was offset by a slowdown in new single-family home construction and private inventory investment, the BEA said.


DUMPING THE DOLLAR: Argentina Abandons U.S. Dollar: Will Pay for China Imports in Yuan

Sat, 04/29/2023 - 14:00

No media coverage. The biggest stories of the day are censored from the American public, leading sheep to slaughter. The dollar as the main world currency is a pillar of our strength and power. More countries are mulling a similar move.

Another defeat for the Biden Administration by China. Little to no coverage on this story from the mainstream media, who continue to supress information about the Biden Administration’s incompetence. A vote for the Biden Administration in 2024 is a vote for China to rule the world, and to downgrade the United States into a second rate power like Britain & France.


“It’s a Bloodbath”: FOX Ratings Collapse, Loses Half It’s Audience, MSNBC Wins Demo Each Hour From 4-10 PM

Sat, 04/29/2023 - 13:00

The network is suffering without Tucker’s biting critiques of Democrats and establishment Republicans and people are tuning out in droves.

Every FOX show is taking a Tucker beating. Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham’s ratings are collapsing too.

Tucker had an average audience of 3.03 million people for all of 2022. It’s down two million and falling.

Meanwhile, Tucker’s latest video on twiter has been viewed over 77 million times.

Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who left the network in 2017, pointed out that the problem for Fox is even bigger than the drop-off from Carlson’s last show. She wrote. “It’s a bloodbath: they lost HALF their audience.”

“It’s a bloodbath”: Fox News loses more than half of audience after axing Tucker Carlson

Related: FIRST TIME EVER MSNBC Is No. 1 at 8 PM, Tucker-Less Fox Time Slot Down TWO MILLION

Fox Ratings WIPE-OUT! Tucker’s Time Slot Loses Another Million Viewers, While Tucker’s Twitter Video is Viewed 43 MILLION TIMES

According to Mediaite, Carlson’s Monday, April 17, show had 3.174 million total viewers, including 445,000 in the 25-54 demographic. Tuesday, April 18’s show drew even larger numbers, receiving 3.223 million total viewers and 481,000 in the demo.

Tucker garnered 3.05 million viewers last Wednesday — Fox lost 56% of that audience in a week.

It's an even worse drop-off in the demo, 65%.

— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) April 28, 2023

Most-Watched in Primetime; MSNBC Wins Demo Each Hour From 4-10 PM

By: A J Katz, Adweek, April 29, 2023:

Tuckered Out? Fox News’ Prime-Time Ratings Slump In Days Following Tucker Carlson’s Firing

Following prime-time host Tucker Carlson’s sudden departure from Fox News, the cable news giant’s ratings have dramatically decreased every night when compared with the prior week, industry news site TVNewser reported, indicating that Fox viewers are not happy with the decision and are taking their viewership elsewhere.

Since Carlson left, Fox News Tonight has filled the 8 p.m. hour with rotating Fox News personalities as hosts, including Brian Kilmeade.

Carlson’s final show—though that wasn’t known at the time—was on Friday, April 24, and drew 2.56 million viewers, which was double that of his competitor Chris Hayes at MSNBC.

TVNewser reported that about 1.7 million people tuned into Fox at 8 p.m. Tuesday, down from 3.3 million viewers four weeks earlier—a 48% decline—and while Fox still had the highest ratings of prime time that night among all viewers, it dropped behind CNN and MSNBC among adults 25 to 54, a key demographic.

For the first time in his hosting history, Hayes had the highest ratings Wednesday among adults 25 to 54 and total viewers, with 1.377 million viewers over the 1.332 million who tuned into Fox News Tonight and the 643,000 who watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
Key Background

Carlson held a prime-time slot on Fox from 2016, when he replaced Bill O’Reilly, and his show quickly became one of the most watched on cable TV and at Fox. Carlson was fired from Fox News with no named reason from the company, though reports speculate it could have been over a number of things, including the Murdochs’ growing irritation with the former host, Carlson’s 2021 documentary, Patriot Purge, promoting conspiracy theories about the January 6 riot on the Capitol, recent lawsuits involving Carlson and concerns about “managing risk versus reward,” per an anonymous news network executive who spoke with CNN.

Big Number

73.3 million. That’s how many views a video Carlson posted to Twitter Tuesday night has received, in which he broke his silence following his cable news departure. In the video, Carlson critiqued “American media,” saying they will not allow debates on what he views as “big topics.” He ended the video with the sign-off: “See you soon.”