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Safety nets for migrants repel Biden’s Black voters; support for border wall hits record high

                                                           President Joe Biden, second from left, looks toward a large "Welcome to Mexico" sign that is hung over the Bridge of the Americas as he tours the El Paso port of entry, a busy port of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, in El Paso Texas, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

The politics of immigration have shifted as chaos at the border persists, according to a pollster who says Black voters, in particular, are slipping away from President Biden over the issue.

Black men are drawn to former President Donald Trump. His critique that the surge of illegal immigrants is a drain on America rings true to them, said Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence and founder of its TIPP poll.

“Now what is happening is that the government resources that used to go to help them in cities, that is being diverted to migrants. They’re asking, ‘Hey, what’s happening? You guys are cutting this stuff, and you are spending it on migrants,’” Mr. Mayur told The Washington Times.



McConnell Urged to Seek Mayorkas Impeachment Trial

                                                                   
Some Senate conservatives are demanding that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., help push for a full impeachment trial for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Axios reported.

Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and 11 GOP colleagues on Tuesday planned to send a letter to McConnell to ask that the chamber "fully engage our Constitutional duty and hold a trial," Axios reported.

The U.S. House voted a week ago to impeach Mayorkas for failure to police the southern border amid a record-setting migrant crisis.

The Senate, unlike the House, is controlled by the Democrats.



US Only Vote Against UN Resolution (13-1) Calling for Gaza Cease-Fire

                                                                              Hamas-Israel War: What's Happening and Why

The United States vetoed an Arab-backed U.N. resolution Tuesday demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in the embattled Gaza Strip.

The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 13-1 with the United Kingdom abstaining, reflecting the wide global support for ending the more than four-month war that started with Hamas' surprise invasion of southern Israel that killed about 1,200 people and saw 250 others taken hostage. Since then, more than 29,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's military offensive, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which doesn't distinguish between civilians and combatants but says the majority are women and children.

It was the third U.S. veto of a Security Council resolution demanding a cease-fire in Gaza.

The Biden administration had said it would veto the resolution because of concerns it would interfere with efforts to arrange a deal between the warring parties aimed at bringing at least a six-week halt to hostilities and releasing all hostages.



Biden Administration ‘Extremely Upset’ at New York Times Coverage of President’s Age, Publisher Says

                                                              President Joe Biden speaks during a labor union event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa., June 17, 2023.

The Biden administration is not happy with how the New York Times is covering Joe Biden’s advanced age, publisher A.G. Sulzberger said Monday.

The Gray Lady is committed to covering both President Biden and Former president Donald Trump fairly, despite pushback from the White House, Sulzberger said in an interview with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

“We are going to continue to report fully and fairly, not just on Donald Trump but also on President Joe Biden,” Sulzberger said.

“He is a historically unpopular incumbent and the oldest man to ever hold this office. We’ve reported on both of those realities extensively, and the White House has been extremely upset about it,” he added.



White House Dismisses Speaker Mike Johnson’s Demand for Meeting on Ukraine Border

                                                             
The White House rejected Speaker Mike Johnson’s request for direct talks with President Joe Biden to address issues concerning border security and aid for Ukraine. Johnson insisted on personal negotiations with the president before allowing a House vote on a $95 billion bill for aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

The White House countered that Johnson’s stance on immigration and foreign aid has been inconsistent, making a meeting with the president unproductive.

The standoff clouds the path for passing Ukraine aid through the House. Kyiv is struggling to fend off Russian invaders without fresh supplies of weapons and ammunition from the U.S.



70% of largest U.S. cities lack cash to cover costs


In an eye-opening revelation from the latest city finance audits, an overwhelming majority of the United States’ largest cities faced a fiscal impasse in 2022, unable to settle their financial obligations with existing funds.

According to the eighth annual Financial State of the Cities report by Truth in Accounting (TIA), scrutiny of the 75 most populous cities laid bare a stark disparity — available assets totaling $307.4 billion were rendered insufficient against a towering debt of $595.3 billion.

New York City has the deepest taxpayer burden (-$61,800), followed by Chicago (-$42,900), Honolulu (-$24,200), Philadelphia (-$20,400), Portland (-$20,100), New Orleans (-$18,200), Miami (-$15,500), Milwaukee (-$15,300), Baltimore (-$14,100), and Pittsburgh (-$13,000).

Of the 10 cities with the greatest taxpayer burden, nine are run by Democrats.



Alexei Navalny's crestfallen wife lashes out at Vladimir Putin: 'He killed my husband'

Yulia Navalnaya has accused Russian authorities of using the extremely deadly Russian nerve agent novichok to kill her husband Alexei Navalny.

Alexei Navalny's widow has accused Russian authorities of killing her husband with the nerve agent novichok, famously used in the 2018 Salisbury attack in the UK.

In a video statement posted to YouTube, Yulia Navalnaya said her late husband's body is being hidden as Russian authorities wait for "traces of yet another of Putin's novichok to disappear."

"And as vile and cowardly they are now hiding his body, they are not showing it, not giving it to his mother, and they are pathetically lying and waiting for the traces of yet another of Putin's novichok to disappear there."



House Republicans still seeking to beat the unbeatable spending foe


House Republicans have made a lot of noise about breaking Washington’s habit of relying on an end-of-year, colossal catch-all spending bill to fund the government, but they have made little progress in finishing the work.

Now, after three stopgap bills to avert shutdowns and lingering disagreements over spending, passing all 12 of the annual spending bills one by one appears to be an impossible dream.

And yet, House Speaker Mike Johnson and his GOP conference’s band of archconservatives stand firmly in their quest. Complicating matters, the Republicans’ majority is down to two seats with the loss of a New York district in a special election last week.



‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary vows to never invest in ‘loser state’ New York after Trump verdict


If Donald Trump can’t do business in New York, then Kevin O’Leary won’t either.

In an interview Monday, the “Shark Tank” investor blasted last week’s $355 million verdict against the former president as a threat to all businesses that turns New York into a “loser state.”

“This award, I mean, just leaving the whole Trump thing out of it and seeing what occurred here … And I’m no different than any other investor, I’m shocked at this,” Mr. O’Leary told Fox News Channel. “I can’t even understand or fathom the decision at all. There’s no rationale for it.”

Mr. O’Leary said existing businesses and new ventures will now head for different states.



Fani Willis, Nathan Wade, euphemisms and telling the truth

Two of the Ten Commandments prohibit adultery and bearing false witness

During questioning of Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutor Nathan Wade about his relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis, there was a moment that cut through all the euphemisms we have become accustomed to when it comes to human behavior.

Steven Sadow, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, who is trying to get an indictment against Mr. Trump dismissed for Mr. Trump’s alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election, received an answer to a question that appeared to surprise him. Asked about his “relationship” with Ms. Willis, Mr. Wade said, “do you mean intercourse?” Mr. Sadow said he wasn’t going to use that word, but since Mr. Wade brought it up, then yes, that’s what he meant.

It was a classic example of how euphemisms are increasingly used to soften the meaning of questionable behavior.


Medal of Honor
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THOMAS JEROME HUDNER JR.

RANK: LIEUTENANT, J.G.
CONFLICT/ERA: KOREAN WAR

MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. NAVY
MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1950

MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION PLACE: CHOSIN RESERVOIR, KOREA
CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane, struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (j.g.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain, and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (j.g.) Hudner's exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


From the Archive....

            TO KILL OR FEED A MOCKINGBIRD
                 By Geoff Metcalf
                 July 29, 2002

            Two mutually exclusive and under reported stories have been troubling me.

               *   The apparent penchant for political operatives to leak classified information that jeopardizes national security.
               *   The generational control of information dissemination by powerful controllers.

            So we have another ‘Catch-22’.

            The complicity of the mainstream media to spin, cover, and obfuscate government abuse of power under the color of authority was not unique to the Clinton administration.  It may have been more ubiquitous, and at times even clumsy, but it was not unique.

            It has been reported that in June 1991 David Rockefeller allegedly told a Bilderberg meeting in Baden Baden German, "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years." He went on to explain: "It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."

            Some argue that quote is apocryphal urban legend.  However, although I have never been able to find three corroborating independent sources for it, it IS consistent in content and tone with other Bilderberg quotes I HAVE been able to confirm.

            “If we had been subjected to the light of publicity….” Indicates the one world, globalist, wannabe controllers were/are successful in managing the message.

            Operation ‘Mockingbird’ was a program supposedly conceived by a brilliant Machiavellian State Department official, Frank Wisner.  Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the Washington Post to manage the program.  According to Deborah Davis, author of ‘Katharine the Great’, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."

            Over twenty five major newspapers and wire services became willing house organs for the CIA media manipulation.

            Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD have been flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of  pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country.

            I know, this is the stuff of Ludlum novels conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982 did the ‘Company’ finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been case officers to field agents.

            I have too often observed, “Some people don’t like to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.”  I have also noted (and struggle to maintain) “It is not WHO is right or wrong…but WHAT is right or wrong.”

            Anyone with almost ‘any’ military experience has no doubt seen the once ubiquitous posters cautioning “Loose Lips Sink Ships”.  It is a left over phrase from WWII and among “lessons learned”.

            In the complex world of intelligence loose lips can and have cost lives.

            Once upon a time, not so long ago, Senator Patrick Leahy (currently the Senate Judiciary committee’s lead obstructionist) used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid 80s.  Leahy allegedly ‘inadvertently’ exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists.  That supposed slip of the tongue “cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.” http://www.newsmax.com/showinside.shtml?a=2001/1/31/85757

            Loose Lip Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press.   However today he lords his power over the Senate Judiciary committee.  Congress’ institutional memory must be as short as some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours.

            In our contemporary environment in which whistleblowers have become in many cases heroes it is important to make the distinctions between the appropriateness of corporate and political whistleblowers and the idiot or miscreant who leaks information with genuine national security implications.

            Currently the FBI is investigating national security leaks from specifically the House and Senate Select Intelligence committees.  This is serious stuff.

            Defenders of the indefensible will argue it is a political witch-hunt by politicians in a heavy C.Y.A. mode.  That is not true but a convenient political spin job.

            Sure it is true the white house is p.o.-ed over media reports that the National Security Agency had received but not acted on two early warning messages to 9/11.  Dick Cheney reportedly went ballistic and ripped congressional leaders.  Both House and Senate Select Intelligence committees asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation (and no doubt quietly prayed it would be botched).

            Justice said in a statement, “…the appropriate department officials will expeditiously review this matter and take any appropriate action.”  Not if congress has anything to say about it.  Don’t expect anything fast.  Remember Leahy resigned in disgrace 14 years ago and today has the chutzpah to pontificate ad nauseum to the Judiciary committee and stall any and all Bush judicial appointments.

            More on Operation Mockingbird http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/

            MOCK/mockingbird.html 

            http://www.grandconspiracy.com/library.html#operation

            2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

            Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers.  A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com