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Friday June 24th, 2022

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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, allows states to ban abortions

                                A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The Supreme Court on Friday overruled the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which gave women a national right to an abortion up until viability, which was determined to be around 28 weeks.

The 6-3 ruling sends the issue of abortion back to the states.

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” wrote Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for the court’s majority.

Justice Alito said American law historically did not recognize a right to an abortion, and that the right found in Roe is nowhere explicit in the Constitution.

He said the right to privacy, which supported the prior abortion precedent, is different from other freedoms, such as the right to marry or the right to contraception, because a human life is involved.




N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul eyes special legislative session to respond to Supreme Court gun ruling

                     New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signs a package of bills to strengthen gun laws, June 6, 2022, in New York. The Supreme Court, Thursday, June 23, 2022, struck down a restrictive New York gun law in a major ruling for gun rights. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is eyeing a special session in July to pass legislative fixes to its gun laws after the Supreme Court ruled a state law requiring people to show “proper cause” to carry a firearm ran afoul of the Constitution.

Ms. Hochul, a Democrat, signaled she wants to add new requirements to permits, such as additional training in gun use and might expand the roster of “sensitive” locations where guns may be prohibited.

Those areas could include subways and perhaps a prohibition in private businesses unless the owner formally allows people to carry guns, the governor said.

The justices reviewed New York’s policy for granting a carry license after two applicants and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenged the state’s law requiring anyone who wants to carry a handgun outside the home to apply for a license and show “proper cause” for the need to carry the weapon.

The 6-3 ruling split the justices down ideological lines, with the court’s three liberal justices saying they would have upheld the law.



Biden snubs oil execs, glad-hands wind companies: ‘We’re about to build a better America’

                         President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022, with governors, labor leaders, and private companies launching the Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership. The new partnership focuses on boosting the offshore wind industry. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Biden met with offshore wind industry executives Thursday after snubbing oil executives summoned to Washington to come up with “concrete solutions” to combat skyrocketing gas prices.

Mr. Biden, who has committed to fighting climate change by steering the U.S. away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy, is now battling skyrocketing prices at the pump which critics say is partly due to his policies.

The wind energy rendezvous, which included senior administration officials, labor leaders, and several East Coast governors, marked the White House’s launch of a new federal-state offshore wind partnership meant to “jumpstart the American offshore wind industry.”



Justice Thomas says the Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception and same-sex marriage as the court overturns Roe v. Wade


The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, with Justice Samuel Alito penning an opinion in favor of Mississippi in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health.

The decision eliminates the standard set in Roe, which allowed abortion until about 24 weeks of pregnancy, otherwise known as viability, the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb.

In a concurring opinion written by Thomas, the conservative justice wrote that the court should also reconsider other cases that fall under the Court's previous due process precedents.



EU to Grant Ukraine Candidate Status as Donbas Battles Reach 'Fearsome Climax'


Ukraine will be accepted as a candidate to join the European Union on Thursday, a move that will boost the country's morale as the battle with Russian troops for two cities in the east reached what one official called a "fearsome climax."

Although the approval of the Kyiv government's application by EU leaders meeting in Brussels is just the start of what will be a years-long process, it marks a huge geopolitical shift and will anger Russia as it struggles to impose its will on Ukraine.

Friday will mark four months since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops across the border in what he calls a "special military operation" partly necessitated by Western encroachment into what Russia views as its sphere of influence.

The conflict, which the West sees as an unjustified war of aggression by Russia, has killed thousands, displaced millions and destroyed cities as well as having ramifications across much of the world as food and energy exports have been curtailed.



Ukraine gets EU invite, in rebuke to Putin

                     From right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and French President Emmanuel Macron address a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, June 23, 2022. The European Union's leaders have agreed to make Ukraine a candidate for EU membership, setting in motion a potentially years long process that could draw the embattled country further away from Russia's influence and bind it more closely to the West. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

The European Union on Thursday formally made Ukraine a candidate for membership in the 27-nation alliance, delivering what could be a major morale boost for Ukrainian troops while dealing a significant blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s drive to pull Kyiv away from the West.

As the Russian invasion marks its fourth month this week, EU nations voted unanimously in favor of Ukraine’s candidacy during a summit in Brussels, though the approval process is likely to take at least several years. The EU move is the latest unintended consequence of Mr. Putin‘s war in Ukraine. The Russian president hoped to spark a rapid collapse of the Western-backed government in Kyiv and crack EU and NATO solidarity.

Instead, the West has remained mostly unified in its opposition to Russia despite polling that suggests public opinion in some European countries now favors a cease-fire, even at the expense of some Ukrainian concessions to Moscow.

Still, the conflict has sparked rapid expansions of the alliances that Mr. Putin hoped to undermine.



1 month after Uvalde massacre, new revelations continue to compound community's grief


One month has passed since a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, and a series of new revelations about the May 24 shooting has done little to abate the frustrations of Uvalde's residents as they continue to heal.

State and local officials have spent weeks trying to reconcile incomplete and, at times, conflicting reports on the shooting and the questionable police response. And while multiple investigations remain ongoing -- including one being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice -- some critical facts remain elusive following one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation's history.

Some information emerged this week when Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, whose agency is conducting one of the probes, testified before the Texas state legislature. McCraw, who presented an updated timeline of events that he said was based on video surveillance and police communications, characterized the police response as an "abject failure," and offered what appeared to be the most complete account of what occurred during the deadly rampage.



Florida AG, Gov. DeSantis target migrant flights, border smugglers: 'Enough is enough'



Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody celebrated Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' latest pushback against the Biden administration's immigration policies. On "Fox & Friends First" Friday, Moody shared the goal of a new strike force to combat migrant flights illegally "smuggling" immigrants into Florida, as well as drug smuggling and human trafficking.

HUNDREDS OF MIGRANTS SEEN WANDERING ON SIDE OF ROAD IN TEXAS AMID ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SURGE

ASHLEY MOODY: It's a wonderful thing to work as an attorney general alongside a governor like Ron DeSantis, who doesn't ignore when criminal activities are going on and doesn't make decisions or policies that embolden criminal organizations. He actually watches very closely what is going on within our state, within our borders, and takes action to combat that. And we've received information that our law enforcement has routinely engaged those smuggling folks into our state, uncovering large amounts of drugs enough to kill thousands of Floridians. And enough is enough.

You can't have illegal activities going on right in front of you and pretend they're not happening. As executive officials, we have a duty to act. And so this is a really strong, bold step by Governor DeSantis to call upon our office to work with and impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate how organizations and folks are helping, aiding and abetting these criminal transnational organizations that are smuggling children in a very dangerous way.



Congressman out to defund John Kerry and his Climate Office


The proposed budget for John Kerry’s climate secretariat came in at $16.5 million and it was “probably more than that,” a Congressman who studied the line item says.

That figure, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said, is “10 times” more than what’s doled out to “elected officials,” but the details of Kerry’s office from his pay on down remain a secret.

Roy called Kerry’s stance on energy policies as gas prices soar “absolute absurdity” and added during an interview on the Howie Carr Show Thursday that he wants to defund the climate office and has filed a “No Taxpayer Funds for Czars Act.”

“We need to know what John Kerry is doing,” Roy added when asked what he thought of Kerry’s refusal to share with the Herald details of who is in his office.



DeSantis roasts the media, wonders if there'll be a 'mea culpa' for glorifying Andrew Gillum in 2018


Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a swipe at the media for the fawning coverage outlets had given to his former 2018 rival Andrew Gillum.

Gillum, once seen as a rising star among Democrats who was narrowly defeated in the gubernatorial race by DeSantis, was indicted on charges including conspiracy and 19 counts of wire fraud, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.


The former Tallahassee mayor is accused of acting in concert with associate Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks to solicit funds using false representations and promises.

"The Indictment further alleges the defendants used third parties to divert a portion of those funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently provided the funds, disguised as payroll payments, to Gillum for his personal use," the DOJ said in a press release.



Biden’s presidential notecard keeps it simple: ‘Say hello’

                          U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting about the Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House June 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. Joe Biden has been mocked for revealing the details of his notes during a meeting.

The White House on Thursday provided President Biden with a printed notecard detailing six bullet-pointed, highly specific instructions for how to handle himself during his meeting with off-shore wind executives — including a reminder to offer a presidential “hello” and then sit down.

“YOU enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants,” the first bullet point read, followed by a second bullet point that read “YOU take YOUR seat.”

Thursday’s White House meeting, which also included senior administration officials, labor leaders and several East Coast governors, marked the White House’s launch of a new federal-state offshore wind partnership meant to “jumpstart the American offshore wind industry.”



2024 poll: Only 9% of New Hampshire voters 'definitely' want Biden to run for president again

VP Harris' approval ratings are even worse than Biden's, according to the poll

In an attempt to expand her impressive resume of failure, Kamala Harris is taking on yet another role.

Only 9% of likely voters in New Hampshire "definitely" want President Biden to run again, while 20% said he should "probably" run, according to a poll of likely voters in the state that hosts the first primary in presidential elections.

The number of voters who definitely do not want Biden to run again increased from 43% in 2021 to 52% in 2022, according to the University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released Wednesday.

Among likely Democratic voters, just 54% said Biden should run again — a steep drop-off from the 74% of self-identified Democrats who said they wanted Biden to seek re-election in University of New Hampshire's 2021 survey.

Vice President Kamala Harris' approval rating in New Hampshire is well below President Biden's, according to a Wednesday poll measuring support for potential 2024 candidates.


More Top News



Hispanic voters break free of Democrats’ racist grip

Death of 'identity politics'

It’s the biggest “Big Lie” in politics today. And it is falling apart faster than President Biden riding a bicycle at the beach on a sunny afternoon.

A century and a half after the war that ended slavery in America and nearly 70 years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned itself and ruled school segregation unconstitutional, Democrat politicians in Washington still cling to the party’s dark past of segregating people by the color of their skin. Today, they call it “identity politics.”

It sounds just as harmless as the terms Democrats invented in the old days to justify their racism. “Separate but equal,” the Supreme Court ruled in its 1896 opinion Plessy v. Ferguson to enshrine racial segregation in our daily lives. It would take the High Court nearly 60 years to overturn itself and begin bleeding the poison from the Democratic Party’s segregation laws.



Why the left will cut Biden loose

Cognitive decline, rude outbursts, outrageous racial slurs, lies and cratering poll numbers

Republican pundits and conservative activists are debating whether they can win in 2024 with the successful Trump agenda but without the controversial former President Donald Trump as their nominee.

The Democrats have a similar, but far more serious dilemma with President Biden as the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2024.
Unlike the Trump administration’s successful four years, Mr. Biden’s tenure has been an utter disaster. There are no policy offsets to the personal liabilities and unpopularity of Mr. Biden himself.

Mr. Biden’s liabilities transcend his physical infirmities, his advanced age and his seeming geometric rather than an arithmetic rate of mental decline.

Mr. Biden, moreover, proves daily that he is not a nice guy. His excesses, past and present, are precisely those the left considers mortal sins.


" It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
     (1899-1973) British playwright

Medal of Honor
Bill Conveys Special Honor to Last WWII Medal of Honor Recipient ...
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
GeneTrerally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.

Since then there have been:  • 3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    • Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. 

Citation

Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army.


From the Archives

We Have Met the Enemy…

      
Geoff Metcalf
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
              
--Benjamin Franklin
“The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.”
              
--Louis Freeh
In the wake of the clamor over the most recent WikiLeaks data dump, ‘Vault 7’, ‘UMBRAGE’, et al, it should be noted this is not really anything new. What we are seeing here is simply the evolution of something that goes back to the late 50s (to the incomplete best knowledge I have).

It is kinda cool to finally see even The New York Times acknowledging material I was writing about in 1998.

In April of 1998 I wrote “Privacy has become an anachronism.” I was commenting on “a massive system designed to intercept all your e-mail, fax traffic and more.” I was explaining ‘Echelon’, the illegitimate offspring of a UKUSA Treaty signed by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Its purpose was, and is, to have a vast global intelligence monster, which allegedly shares common goals. The system was so “efficient” that reportedly National Security Agency folk from Fort Meade could work from Menwith Hill in England to intercept local communications without either nation having to burden themselves with the formality of seeking approval (a court order) or disclosing the operation. And this was all pre-9/11 and pre-the anti-constitutional  'Patriot Act'.

It is illegal (without a Judge’s signed permission) for the United States to spy on its citizens … kinda. The laws have long been circumvented by a mutual pact among five nations. Under the terms of UKUSA agreement, Britain spies on Americans and America spies on British citizens, and then the two conspirators trade data. A classic technical finesse. It is legal, but the intent to evade the spirit is inescapable.

I often fictionalized the genesis of ‘Echelon’ as an informal meeting of a group of post war American and British intelligence types drinking in some remote rustic bar. An imagined CIA type complains to his MI6 buddy about the hassles of US laws preventing US intelligence from surveillance of bad guys, and the Brit echoes the same complaint.

“Hey wait a moment mate,” says Nigel, the make-believe MI6 guy, “I can spy on your guys and you can spy on our bad players…why don’t we just come up with a mechanism whereby we spy on your villains, you spy on our villains, and we just ‘share’ the intel?”

This system was called ECHELON, and has been kicking around in some form longer than most of you. The result of the UKUSA treaty signed by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand was, and is, to have a vast global intelligence monster which allegedly shares common goals.

The report noted: “Within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted by the United States National Security Agency, transferring ll target information from the Eurv opean mainland via the strategic hub of London, then by satellite to Fort Meade in Maryland via the crucial hub at Menwith Hill, in the North York moors in th UK.

“The ECHELON system forms part of the UKUSA system but unlike many of the electronic spy systems developed during the Cold War, ECHELON was designed primarily for non-military targets: governments, organizations and businesses in virtually every country.”



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