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Tucker Carlson: Thanks To Gavin Newsom, America's Richest State Is Now Our Most Dysfunctional State

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 19:24
FNC's Tucker Carlson reacts to the environmental energy emergency playing out in California as the power grid overloads.

Obama to Biden: "The Country Is Better Off Than When You Took Office"

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 19:21
President Obama praised President Biden's job performance during a White House portrait unveiling ceremony on Wednesday. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Our family was lucky enough to have two wonderful dogs. I was even luckier to have a chance to spend eight years working day and night with a man who became a true partner and a true friend. Joe, it is now America's good fortune to have you as president. [cheering and applause] You have guided us through some perilous times. You have built on and gone beyond the work we all did together to expand health care, fight climate change, advance social justice, and promote economic fairness. Thanks to your decency and strength, maybe most of all, thanks to your faith in our democracy and the American people, the country is better off than when you took office. We should all be deeply grateful for that. Thank you so much. [applause] To all the former Obama-Biden staffers who are here in person (some of you are watching at home), thank you for being a part of this.

Jackson Hinkle: By The White House's Own Definition Joe Biden Is An Extremist

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 19:14
Jackson Hinkle told FOX News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday it is President Joe Biden and the political class in Washington, D.C. that are out of line with most Americans. "Only 38% of Americans -- if you believe the polls and what they tell us -- if you believe they are that high, 38% of Americans agree with Joe Biden. So by the White House's own definition that makes him an extremist," Hinkle said on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Maybe someone should have, in the opposition party, the one he's calling effectively illegal should've paused before funding this insanity in Ukraine, which is tanking our economy and making a mockery of democracy. Before signing off on it and before putting Ukrainian flag lapel pins on and nodding dutifully to Joe Biden. Why didn't anyone do that? JACKSON HINKLE, THE DIVE: You'd think that they'd do that but so many of the individuals in Washington, D.C., the neo-conservatives, the RINOs, and the entire Democratic party are beholden to the military-industrial complex. And that is extremely out of line with what average Americans need right now. We don't have clean drinking water in Jackson, Mississippi, yet we're sending $7 billion over to Ukraine, a country that I'm sure most of the congresspeople couldn't even point to on a map. It's insane. The White House this week came out and said that anyone who doesn't hold an opinion reflected by the majority of the American public is extreme and therefore an extremist. What does that make Joe Biden? Only 38% of Americans -- if you believe the polls and what they tell us -- if you believe they are that high 38% of Americans agree with Joe Biden. So by the White House's own definition that makes him an extremist.

Watch: White House Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre For 9/7/2022

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 16:32
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will speak to reporters on-camera around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday following a visit from former President Obama.

Biden Hosts Obama At White House For Presidential Portrait Unveiling

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 16:30
President Biden and the First Lady will host former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama for the unveiling of their official White House portraits on Wednesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m.

Midterm Elections: How The 1994 Midterms Triggered An Era Of Divisive Politics

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 16:26
Via Retro Report -- Midterm elections are often overlooked by voters because presidential candidates are not on the ballot. However, midterm elections are also viewed as a referendum vote on the first two years of a president's term. Two years into the presidency of Bill Clinton, the Republican Party used the 1994 elections as a referendum on Clinton, as public opposition mounted against his liberal policy efforts on healthcare, gun laws and gay people serving in the military. The conservative movement, fueled by talk radio, was harnessed by Newt Gingrich, architect of the Contract with America, a blueprint to shrink government and reign in spending. The Republicans used the Contract with America to nationalize the election, a change from the conventional focus on state and local issues. Gingrich assembled a slate of conservative Republicans who swept to victory in the 1994 elections, ending the four-decades-long Democratic majority in the House.

Charles Haywood: Foundationalism And "Politics Of Future Past"

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 16:16
Charles Haywood of The Worthy House" discusses Foundationalism with FNC's Tucker Carlson, a philosophy that draws upon universal truth and the "wisdom of the past" to guide future society. Read more: The Foundationalist Manifesto: The Politics of Future Past CHARLES HAYWOOD: Foundationalism is what I call the "politics of future past," which is the subhead of the website. By that, I mean that Foundationalism isn't meant to be an ideology. I'm not Karl Marx. I haven't discovered new laws of history that I am enunciating to people. The idea of Foundationalism is a set of principles that will allow a return to human flourishing that is not nostalgic. One of the things that people on the right fall into very easily is nostalgia. "It used to be so good in 2005, 1995, or 1925. If only we could go back to that!" This is a basic principle of human life, that you can't go back. But for some reason, people fall into this all the time. "We need to wind the clock back either partially or wholly to some earlier time." What I think we should do is adopt principles that have been proven over time, the wisdom of the past, implemented in a future state. ... The basic principle of Foundationalism is that autonomic individualism, the emancipation of people from unchosen bonds, is bad. That is, people shouldn't be allowed to choose whatever they want in life. There should be a very high role in society for stigma. "You shouldn't do that, we look down on you because you choose a career over family." Society should coerce to some degree people to choose the right roles. A man who fails in his responsibilities to provide for and defend his family should be socially shamed. We've been told for our whole lives that stigma is somehow bad. That the goal of society should be to remove stigma.

Joe Rogan: To Find Out That Alex Jones Was Right About Jeffrey Epstein Makes The U.S. Look Like A "Banana Republic"

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 15:59
Podcast host Joe Rogan said during an interview last month with Covid skeptic Alex Berenson that Alex Jones turning out to be "right" about Jeffrey Epstein's island makes the U.S. look like a "banana republic." JOE ROGAN: ["Infowars" host Alex Jones] had significant head trauma when he was younger, and I attribute some of the issues he has to that, and I think, to excess drinking. And also that he keeps finding things that are true. The problem is when you find something that is true, and you are alone. That is where I think Alex was, alone. Alex, when I met him, was a guy showing up at George W. Bush rallies and calling him a criminal, when Bush was running for president. I first met Alex when he was protesting what they were doing with the World Trade Organization, where they were stopping any kind of dissent... and he also was the first to expose the agents-provocateur [during the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle] where they used government agents to smash buildings and light things on fire, so they could say this is not a peaceful protest and go in with force to stop the protests. [Alex Jones] exposed a lot of things that are true. He told me about Epstein's island. I thought that was the craziest thing I've ever heard from him, and it is 100% true. When someone like [Alex Jones] tells you there is an island where they take influential people and they have sex with underage people, you'd be like, "WTF are you talking about?" And then to find out years later that the guy, Epstein, would later go to jail for that exact thing, having sex with underage people, and still be able to court people like Bill Gates, to travel with them and go places with them, and then years later he would be "suicided" in some way where all the cameras stopped rolling and no one was ever brought to justice for it in any significant way. And then years after that, Ghislaine Maxwell would be arrested, tried, and convicted, and the list of people who engaged in this illegal activity would never be released, I would say that is a banana republic bullshit thing that is not going to happen int he United States of America. People are going to be brought to justice, no matter how powerful they are. But that is not the case. ALEX BERENSON: That is basically accurate. JOE ROGAN: This is why Alex went crazy. ... ALEX BERENSON: You gotta know that stuff and still keep your bearings.

Rubio: Every Day, FBI Insiders Are Strategically And Selectively Leaking Information About Trump

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 15:19
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio commented on Wednesday's edition of "FOX & Friends" that "we really don't know" what the FBI seized at the former president's Mar-a-Lago resort/home last month. "Let's go back and understand that all of this information is coming from one side and one place, and that is sources with knowledge of the investigation. Well, who are the sources with knowledge of the investigation? The FBI and the Justice Department. And they are leaking to the media," Rubio said. "Generally, when there's an investigation by the FBI or the Justice Department, they're not even acknowledging there is an investigation, much less leaking. These people, every single day, are strategically leaking information that can't be rebutted or in any way analyzed, for a reason. And that [reason is] politics, to influence the narrative." The whole thing about 'only cabinet officials could know [what was in the documents],' that's not the way classification works. Classification is based on both the compartment, the way it's classified, at what level, and then the need-to-know basis," Rubio said. "As a member of the Gang of Eight, which is the eight officials in Congress with insight to intelligence, we run into all kinds of things all the time. Never once were we approached and told, 'There is this massive brewing counterintelligence threat to the United States, and we want to make you aware of it.' And finally, if you read the pleadings and the documents filed by the government themselves-and granted, they are heavily redacted, so not even have we seen what's in the redaction-but what you see in there is, very early on, the government sent a letter to Trump's lawyer saying, 'We think you are in possession of x number of boxes.' It didn't say, 'Immediately return those to us.' It said, 'Please store them somewhere where they're safe behind lock and key.' So if it was really that sort of an urgent problem, why didn't they immediately demand their return?" "Why didn't they come to the Gang of Eight or the Intelligence Committee heads and say we've got this major problem on our hands? Instead, what we get is these constant leaks, and the only reason to leak to the media is to influence the narrative. Which tells you this is being politicized, which is doing damage to the FBI, the Justice Department, to important institutions, to our country." "In this particular case, every single day someone in the Justice Department is leaking. Why would you leak? There's only one reason to leak this stuff, and that is to create a narrative. And why do you create a narrative? For political purpose. So every single day, they are politicizing this by what they are doing, as opposed to allowing the pleadings and the case to work its way through and speak for itself."

Tucker Carlson: Our Entire Country Will Become Memphis If We Don't Put A Stop To The Insanity

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 15:14
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: The most important thing to keep in mind in a period of intense change is that things are, in fact, changing. Things weren't always this way so memory, history, is your best defense against manipulation. When you remember the way things were, you can fight to preserve them. When you no longer remember what was always this way, then you're at their mercy. So, with that in mind, it's worth remembering that 100 years ago, Memphis was one of the richest, best organized cities in the country. It had a booming economy. It had beautiful municipal parks, a lot of them, more than 100. It had one of the most modern sanitation systems in the world, something we take for granted now. When yellow fever was real, no one took it for granted. Memphis was such a big deal that it in fact was the informal capital of an entire American region, the Mississippi Delta, but not anymore. In fact, by last year, if you went to Memphis, it was hard to believe that any of that had ever been true at any point, because by that point and now, Memphis had become a husk and a highly threatening one. In 2021, according to federal statistics, Memphis, Tennessee, was the most dangerous city in the United States. Last year, it recorded a total of 342 murders. Now, how many is that? Well, by comparison, San Antonio, Texas, which has more than twice the population, recorded fewer than half as many murders. So, by any measure at all, Memphis was absolutely falling apart, but Eliza Fletcher decided to make a life there anyway. After graduating from college, Fletcher moved back to Memphis. Both sides of the family had lived there for more than 100 years. She married a man she'd met in church. He grew up there too and they had two little boys. She began teaching pre-kindergarten at a local girls' school. Here's a video that she made for her students at the beginning of the COVID lockdowns. It's only 15 seconds long, but you can tell immediately what sort of person Eliza Fletcher was. ... "Hey, girls, it's Mrs. Fletcher. I miss you so much." So, every year on their wedding anniversary, Eliza Fletcher's husband wrote her a love note on Instagram. Reading them now will make you cry, but you can see why he felt that way. Her warmth and her decency shine through. Meanwhile, in Memphis, seven miles across the city, lived a man called Cleotha Abston. Like Eliza Fletcher, Abston also grew up in the city of Memphis, but he could not have been a more different sort of person. Judging from his long public record, Cleotha Abston devoted his life to preying on people weaker than he was. Cleotha Abston was a predator. He was an evil man. At a young age, Abston was arrested for, among many, many other things, stealing, aggravated assault weapons charges, carjacking and rape. In 2000, he was convicted of kidnapping a local attorney at gunpoint downtown and forcing him into the trunk of his own car. Crimes like that are now common in Memphis. Last year, the city reported more than 100 kidnappings, but like most lifelong criminals, Cleotha Abston was never fully punished for what he did. He was released years before the end of his prison sentence. Nor was he in any way sense reformed by his experience behind bars. Abston was well known in his apartment complex as of last week for his sexual aggression and his perversity. He terrified his neighbors, but no one from any part of the justice system seems to have intervened. Early last Friday morning, Eliza Fletcher and Cleotha Abston met for the first and last time.. As her husband and two young children slept at home, Eliza Fletcher went for an early morning run through her neighborhood. Cleotha Abston followed her, stalking her every move from a black SUV. According to the indictment, as Fletcher jogged by, Abston leapt out, beat her bloody, smashed her cell phone, then dragged her into his vehicle. Within an hour, Eliza Fletcher was dead. She'd been sexually assaulted and murdered. Police arrested Abston soon after based on surveillance video, but he refused to say what had happened to Eliza Fletcher, so her family waited in agony, but he didn't care. He never spoke. Yesterday, authorities finally found Eliza Fletcher's body. She'd been thrown like garbage behind an abandoned building in a key part of town. The whole story could not be more shocking or more horrible, but here's what may be the scariest part. Some people didn't seem particularly shocked or horrified by it. In the hours after Eliza Fletcher's disappearance, Biden voters on social media seemed to dismiss the crime on racial grounds. "Why are we paying so much attention to the kidnapping of an attractive, privileged White woman? That's racist." Others seem to blame Fletcher for the atrocity committed against her. "Why was she jogging at that hour, anyway? In Memphis? Come on." The point they're making was clear: "Everyone knows the rules. Eliza Fletcher violated those rules. You can't go outside his certain hours in certain places in America, obviously, and if you do, if you violate the rules, you run the risk of being raped and murdered. That's how things work in this country. So, adapt. Accept it. Move on.". To some extent, if we are being honest, all of us feel that way. Whether we articulated it or not, we know what the rules are. We know what we can and cannot do in modern America. Nothing is ever spelled out. Nothing can be spelled out at risk of punishment, but everyone knows what the parameters are. Cities like Memphis or Baltimore or Detroit or Montgomery or Gary, Indiana or Wilmington, Delaware, or a dozen other formerly prosperous, orderly, little cities across the country were destroyed forever by the rioting that accompanied our last progressive social revolution more than 50 years ago. Politicized criminals started breaking things, torching buildings, stealing and immediately anyone with a decent job just left. They pulled their kids out of school, sold the house or not, didn't matter, and they split for somewhere else and mostly they have never come back. That is true not simply in Memphis, but in places all over the country. So, it seems a little weird to a lot of people when someone like Eliza Fletcher, someone who could live anywhere, voluntarily moves back to a place like Memphis, not to some suburb of Memphis, but to the city of Memphis. That seems weird to people. but it's not weird. It's not at all when you think about it. Eliza Fletcher was from Memphis. She grew up there, and she had a right to come back. This was her country, too, just as it's your country too. An American citizen should be able to live or walk anywhere in America without being raped or murdered for it, period. That is the baseline requirement for civilization. It's called order. But increasingly, that is not what we have. What we have is a country where you just can't go some places. You're not wanted there and it's too dangerous for you to go. Most people accept this by default, but we should never accept this under any circumstances. To accept something is to concede that it is more or less normal. Once we acknowledge something as normal, whether it's children being castrated in the name of trans rights or women being murdered by rapists who should have been in prison but weren't because equity, once we accept that as normal, we are stuck with it forever. It is the new status quo. It will never change except to get worse. The good people who lived in Memphis a century ago would never believe what has happened to the city they built. They would weep if they saw it. That will be the experience of every American before long. Our entire country will be Memphis if we don't put a stop to this insanity right now with as much force as is required.

Superabundance: How Humans Hacked Nature

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 15:13
Via Kite & Key Media -- You've heard the concern: As the world's population grows, we will eventually run out of food and land. It'd be a terrifying scenario … if it were true. Our new video explains how humans have hacked nature and overcome many of the limits of natural resources. The planet only has so many natural resources. And the more people there are, the thinner those assets get stretched. That's an intuitive concept - and one that has haunted humans throughout their history. The good news: It's not necessarily true. In fact, one of the defining features of the past few centuries has been our ability to get more from less. Natural resources are limited, but innovation isn't. Take your smartphone, for example. It may be one of the most efficient technologies ever invented, replacing everything from alarm clocks to photo albums to cameras. One study estimated that the rise of smartphones has led to us using 100 times less energy and 300 times less material than we used to for the same tasks. You can see the same pattern in agriculture. Innovative farming techniques have empowered us to get more food from less land. In the 50 years between 1964 and 2014, the average amount of land needed to provide the same amount of food … fell by 2/3. We have reason to be optimistic about the future. As long as we preserve the factors that allow us to innovate, it's likely that our societies will continue to get healthier and more prosperous without running up against the limits of nature.

60 Minutes: Suicide, Depression, Anxiety Rates Rising Among Kids

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 13:44
PART 2: 60 Minutes Sharyn Alfonsi highlighted the mental health problems that children faced with school closings: SHARYN ALFONSI: The U.S. surgeon general has called it an 'urgent public health crisis' – a devastating decline in the mental health of kids across the country. According to the CDC, the rates of suicide, self-harm, anxiety and depression are up among adolescents – a trend that began before the pandemic. Tonight, we'll take you to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a community trying to help its kids navigate a mental health crisis. As we first reported in May, Wisconsin has the fifth highest increase of adolescent self-harm and attempted suicide In the country, with rates nearly doubling since before the pandemic. In the emergency room at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee, doctors like Michelle Pickett are seeing more kids desperate for mental health help. DR. MICHELLE PICKETT: We unfortunately see a lotta kids who have attempted suicide. That is something that we see I'd say at least once a shift. ALFONSI: Once a shift? PICKETT: Oh-- yes. Yes, Unfortunately. Dr. Pickett has worked in the ER for 9 years. ALFONSI: Is there any group that's not being impacted? PICKETT: No. We're seeing it all; kids, you know, who come from very well-off families; kids who don't; kids who are suburban; kids who are urban; kids who are rural. We're-- we're seein' it all. The surge of families needing help for their kids has revealed a deficit of people and places to treat them. Across the country, the average wait time to get an appointment with a therapist is 48 days – and for children it's often longer. ALFONSI: What does it say to you that the place they have to come to is the emergency room? PICKETT: That there's something wrong with our system. The emergency room should not be the place to go and get, you know, acute mental health care when you're in a crisis. We are not a nice, calm environment. ALFONSI: But they're desperate– PICKETT: Yeah, we're there and we see everybody. But I wish there were more places that kids could go to get the help that they need. To manage the mental health crisis and heavy caseload, Dr. Pickett introduced an iPad with a series of questions that screen the mental health of every child ten and older who comes to the ER for any reason. Among the questions: "have you been having thoughts about killing yourself," and "have you felt your family would be better off if you were dead." Harsh questions that can be lifesavers to the kids who answer them. PICKETT: We've had four kids that I know of personally that came in for a completely unrelated problem so, a broken arm or an earache or whatever it was and actually were acutely suicidal to the point where we needed to transfer them to inpatient-- facility right then and there. So, we're catchin' kids, you know, who are in very much crisis like that. But we're also catchin' the kids that just need help and don't know what to do, and haven't really talked about this. According to the CDC, hospital admissions data shows the number of teenage girls who have been suicidal has increased 50% nationwide since 2019. Sophia Jimenez was one of them. SOPHIA JIMENEZ: I remember crying every night and not knowing what was going on and I felt so alone. Sophia and her friend, Neenah Hughes, were in eighth grade, looking forward to high school when COVID turned their worlds upside down. NEENAH HUGHES: I've always been a super smart kid, and I've always had really good grades. And then as soon as the pandemic hit, I failed a class. When I was virtual I had no motivation to do anything. I would just sit in my room, never leave, and it was, like, obvious signs of depression. JIMENEZ: My mental health got really bad, especially my-- eating disorder. I was basically home alone all day. My parents-- well, they noticed that I wasn't eating. I would refuse to eat. So then they ended up taking me to the hospital. Sophia had to stay in the hospital for two weeks before a bed opened up at a psychiatric facility. ALFONSI: Your generation, like, got hit with this in what's supposed be kind of a fun, carefree time. What was lost? What did you guys lose during the pandemic? JIMENEZ: Myself. ALFONSI: Yourself. HUGHES: Yeah. I would definitely say there were big pieces of myself that I-- were definitely lost. I lost friends because we wouldn't see each other. we couldn't go to our first Homecoming, I couldn't have an eighth grade graduation. I know that doesn't sound like that big of a deal, but we were looking forward.... ALFONSI: But it is a big deal when you're in eighth grade. HUGHES: Yeah. I feel like if the pandemic hadn't happened at all, a lot of my, like, sadness and mental problems would not be as bad as they are. It just made everything worse. ALFONSI: Are we in crisis mode right now? TAMMY MAKHLOUF: We are. We are in crisis mode. And it's scary. Tammy Makhlouf has worked as a child therapist throughout Wisconsin for the last 25 years. ALFONSI: I think there was a hope that, you know, we're back in school, the kids are able to see their friends again, and play sports, that this would all go away. Has it? MAKHLOUF: No. No. I've noticed that the wait lists are longer, kids are struggling with more anxiety, more depression. So we were in a mental health crisis prior to the pandemic. ALFONSI: Did the pandemic accelerate it? MAKHLOUF: I believe so. We're coming out of the pandemic, but kids have still lost two years. Two years of socialization, two years of education, two years of their world kinda being shaken up. So as we get quote-unquote, 'back to normal,' I think kids are struggling. Even when the pandemic is over, this crisis isn't going to be over. CDC numbers show that even before the pandemic, the number of adolescents saying they felt persistently sad or hopeless was up 40% since 2009. There are lots of theories on why – social media, increased screen time and isolation, but the research isn't definitive. This past March, Tammy Makhlouf was tapped by Children's Hospital to run an urgent care walk-in clinic specifically opened to treat kid's mental health. Open seven days a week from 3 to 9:30, it is one of the first clinics of its kind in the country. MAKHLOUF: So when they come to our clinic, we assess them, and we provide them with a therapy session. So we give them some interventions. We give them a plan, an action plan. The plans are catered to each child's situation. Actionable things families and kids can do while they look for a doctor or facility to make room for them. ALFONSI: How long have the wait lists been to get help? MAKHLOUF: Normally you're put on you're scheduled an appointment within a few months. ALFONSI: Months? MAKHLOUF: Yeah. And then if you want a child psychiatrist you're looking at months to a year. ALFONSI: How important is it to get them help when they need it, immediately? MAKHLOUF: As days go on, the symptoms get worse. If you have a depressed child, you know, maybe they started out where they were feeling depressed, and then as the days goes on, they're suicidal. So it really-- you really do need to get that help and that support right away. Eleven-year-old Austin Bruenger desperately needed that support during the pandemic. He's a fifth grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Milwaukee. ALFONSI: how old were you when the pandemic hit? AUSTIN BRUENGER: I was nine. I was still going to school, but then I kept hearing on the news in the car, just like, pandemic, stay put, quarantine, 14 days. ALFONSI: When they first said, "Hey, you don't have to go to school," what was your reaction at that moment? BRUENGER: Heaven. But then I realized it's the complete opposite. Opposite because like millions of school age kids, Austin was forced into remote learning for more than a year and disconnected from friends. BRUENGER: I was like this shut in. The only way you could see people is through like, phones or your family that you live with. That isolation took a toll on Austin who was already struggling with news that his parents were getting a divorce. MELISSA BRENGER: And that's when I think everything just started to magnify. He, you know, he was always asking to see his friends. We couldn't. And I remember there was one moment that he was just on the floor, like, kicking and punching the air. Just-- but couldn't describe why he was upset. Unable to vent with friends, and without access to in-person therapy, Austin's mother Melissa says his world began closing in on him. M. BRUENGER: It felt like he was interacting less and just kinda withdrawing into himself and spending a lotta time by himself. And I went to go tuck him in and he said, "Mom, I'm having suicidal thoughts." ALFONSI: And he was how old? M. BRUENGER: He was nine. And, like, I was kinda like, I-- I didn't know what to say. I didn't know what to do. A. BRUENGER: I just imagined myself going through all these things like jumping from a building and taking a knife from my kitchen and ending my life. It was over 50 of them that just flooded my mind. I don't really know if it was from all the, like, anti-socialness and not being able – it also felt like with the divorce came a lot of yelling and it felt like my parents didn't need me anymore. It's just really hard to think about that moment. Desperate, Melissa called Austin's pediatrician who referred her to outpatient therapists and in-patient psychiatric programs – only to be told there were long waiting lists and no beds. M. BRUENGER: All this stuff is racing through my head. And then for them to say, "Well, there's no beds right now." And I'm like, "How am I going to keep him safe?" In an effort to try and keep kids safe, Wisconsin is trying another approach that's being adopted in other parts of the country. Seventeen pediatric clinics across southeastern Wisconsin have incorporated full-time therapists inside their offices. Offering mental health screenings and treatment as part of routine care. Dr. Brilliant Nimmer was the first pediatrician in Milwaukee to create a therapist's office inside her office. ALFONSI: You're saying, "We're here together, we're gonna all work on this together," not "We can't help you, go see somebody else." DR BRILLIANT NIMMER: Exactly. And so having the therapist in our clinic to really just have-- get a team together to discuss that patient and family together, to bounce ideas off of each other, 'cause we both know them so well-- is so much better for patient care. Dr. Nimmer's clinic treats an under-served community where families typically struggle to get mental health help. Therapists have treated more than 500 kids here since the pandemic started. DR. NIMMER: I think as pediatricians and primary care providers we can no longer just solely say, you know, 'Mental health providers, you're the only ones that are going to be taking care of our patients in regards to mental health.' This is now something that we need to be doing too. Austin Bruenger's pediatrician now has a therapist in her office too. Their family was fortunate to find regular outpatient therapy for his depression. ALFONSI: How do you feel now? A. BRUENGER: I don't know. It's much better than before. Everything's going up in my life, knowing that, like, I'm friends with everyone in my class, I'm building better, like, social life. It's fun to just know there's others that like the same things as me. ALFONSI: Austin, it's not an easy thing to talk about all this stuff. Why did you agree to tell us about what you've been through-- A. BRUENGER: Because the world needs to, the world needs to know. Mental health and stuff like that needs to be treated, or bad stuff could happen. if you're going through that by yourself, try and contact someone you know, like your friend, your family. ALFONSI: And talk about it. A. BRUENGER: Yeah.

Gutfeld: Is Trans Ideology A Disease Of First-World Luxury?

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 04:11
Greg Gutfeld on a teacher in Ireland jailed for not using a trans student's preferred pronoun: "Is it weird that this is happening in Western countries, but it's America, Canada, Ireland, England. But it's not happening in [other countries]. It's not happening in Russia, or Columbia. It's like is this a disease? Is this a psychological disease of people who now experience luxury? I call it a first-world problem." See: Irish teacher suspended from school, jailed over transgender pronouns flap

Piers Morgan: Liz Truss Portraying Herself As The Margaret Thatcher Of The Future, "I Have Serious Doubts"

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 03:48
Piers Morgan said the situation in Britain is "dire" and cast doubt on the premiership of newly-installed Prime Minister Liz Truss in an interview with FOX News host Martha MacCallum on Tuesday. PIERS MORGAN: Well, she certainly has been portraying herself as the Maggie Thatcher of the future. I have serious reservations that she is in the same league as Margaret Thatcher. But she is what she is. She is the prime minister. I wish her well. I want her to succeed. The problem, Martha, Britain right now is a basket case. We have multiple problems, massive, multiple problems. There is a war in Europe. There is a residual pandemic. There is a massive strain on NHS health system which is creaking at the seams. We have roaring nflation. Prices of food and energy going through the roof and people are poor, they are desperate, they are fearful, violent crime is surging and you put it all together and we even had a story last week that raw sewage is being pumped out into our coastal areas. As if we couldn't cope with anything worse than that. But we literally had excrement filling our country. And I did this monologue and it's really caught fire online. Several million people watch it because you capture the nerve and the nerve is Britain is in a shambolic state. And we need proper leadership and the question is is Liz Truss the right person? I have serious doubts, but we will see... She will not have much time and she will have to move very, very quickly to sort out these problems. And we don't know what can happen in Ukraine. That could get worse before it gets better. She is inheriting what we call in Britain a terrible hospital pass. But it's been entirely her own volition. She wanted this job. As I said in my monologue last night, if you want it and you promise you can fix it, you better damn well fix it because Britain needs you to do urgent surgery to heal the problems we have.

Bill Barr: To Trump, A RINO Is Anyone Who Doesn't Think The Election Was Stolen

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 02:42
Former Attorney General Bill Barr and author of 'One Damn Thing After Another' joins Martha MacCallum in-studio to give detailed analysis of the current state of the Trump raid 'special master' ruling on 'The Story.' MACCALLUM: So he came after you, of course, for saying what you said the other day. That they were jerking you around, called you a RINO, all kinds of (ph) --   (CROSSTALK)   BARR: Yes.   MACCALLUM: Do you care about any of that?   BARR: No, I mean I heard that -- I've heard that a lot.   (LAUGHTER)   MACCALLUM: You've gotten used to it.   (LAUGHTER)   BARR: But, you know, I -- you have to remember --   (CROSSTALK)   MACCALLUM: It's an old hat.   (CROSSTALK)   BARR: -- you know, a RINO for him is anyone who disagrees with him that the election was stolen, right. That's a RINO.   Now, you know, as someone who handed out Barry Goldwater literature when I was 14-years old on the Upper West Side, it's a little silly.

Libs Of TikTok: Media Not Reporting Babylon Bee's Seth Dillon's $20,000 Cash Reward For Person Who Threatened Children's Hospital

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 02:04

Washington Post doesn't care if the person who called in a bomb threat to a children's hospital is caught. They don't care to investigate elective surgeries being done on kids. They are more concerned with smearing me.

- Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) September 4, 2022

Roland Martin: Trump Voters Are Evil, "We Are At War With These People"

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 01:01
MSNBC commentator Roland Martin to MSNBC host Tiffany Cross: "This means war. That is where we are. We are at war with these people. These folks are evil. They have allowed evil into their house with Donald Trump. He has now dominated the party. This evil is spreading. And when you are in a war footing, you have to respond accordingly. It is about time Joe Biden got tough." (via Daily Caller)

Bill Barr: DOJ Should Appeal "Wrong" Decision To Appoint Special Master In Trump Case

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 21:02
Former Attorney General Bill Barr told FNC's Martha MacCallum Tuesday afternoon that the decision by a federal judge in Florida to appoint a "special master" to handle classified documents seized at the home of the former president is a "mistake" and will likely be overturned upon appeal. BILL BARR, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Well, I agree with Andy, who wrote an article in the "National Review" this morning, sort of dismantling the opinion. The opinion, I think, was wrong. And I think the government should appeal it. It's deeply flawed in a number of ways. I don't think the appointment of a special master is going to hold up. But even if it does, I don't see it fundamentally changing the trajectory. In other words, I don't think it changes the ballgame so much as maybe we'll have a rain delay for a couple of innings. But I think that the fundamental dynamics of the case are set, which is the government has very strong evidence of what it really needs to determine whether charge is appropriate, which is government documents were taken, classified information was taken and not handled appropriately. And they are looking into -- and there's some evidence to suggest that they were deceived. And none of that really relates to the content of documents. It relates to the fact that there were documents there, and the fact that they were classified and the fact that they were subpoenaed and never delivered. But they don't have to show the content -- you know, the specific advice given in the memo, for example -- in order to prevail in this case. So I think it's not really going to change the decision -- MARTHA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS: So you think the special master will be overturned on appeal by the DOJ? BARR: I think if DOJ appeals eventually, it'll be overturned. MACCALLUM: How long will that take? BARR: Well, that's why it could be delayed. I hope they expedite it, but it could take several months to get that straightened out.

DeSantis Ad Highlights Laissez-Faire Covid Policy: "They Tried To Shut Us Down... You Let Us Decide"

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 20:23
This ad from the re-election campaign of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis highlights his unorthodox Covid policy which saw the state remain mostly open during the entire pandemic.