Black Lives Matter Group Marches to Rochester Store Shouting ‘We’re shutting s— down,’ Traps 100 Customers Inside

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On March 23, 2020, police in Rochester, NY, received a report that a naked man under the influence of PCP was running through town, shouting that he had the coronavirus. When police tried to subdue him, he spit on them which caused them to place a mesh hood, otherwise known as a “spit sock” over his head. The man, Daniel Prude, was placed on the pavement and subdued for two minutes by police.

Prude, who had a history of mental illness, was black.

After Prude became unresponsive, he was resuscitated and brought to a hospital where he died one week later.

“The Monroe County Office of the Medical Examiner ruled Mr. Prude’s death a homicide. The autopsy report concluded he died of asphyxiation ‘in the setting of physical restraint’ and acute intoxication with the hallucinogenic drug PCP,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

In February, a New York grand jury voted against indictment of any of the police officers involved in the case.

Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of this incident, and a group of approximately 200 members of Black Lives Matter gathered for a protest. As they marched toward Wegmans, a popular Rochester grocery store, they shouted, “We have a long walk today. We’re shutting s— down.”

The Washington Examiner reported that, as the group approached the store, the owner locked it down, trapping around 100 customers inside.

The group banged on the glass doors and repeatedly chanted, “Black Lives Matter.”

In a tweet, Rochester journalist and radio host Bob Lonsberry wrote, “Hundreds of people trapped in the East Avenue #ROC Wegmans by this mob, The Rochester Police Department is just watching and letting it happen. I guess fire codes and trespassing aren’t things in Rochester anymore. What an embarrassing day for the city and the PD.”

He continued in a second tweet. “Allowing the mob to shut down the East Ave [Wegmans], trapping at least a hundred people, is an immoral failing by the mayor at @CityRochesterNY and the @RochesterNYPD. To kiss the a– of the mob, the rights of others are trodden, and the city dies even more.”

Rochester based journalist Justin Murphy spoke to one of the BLM protestors who said, “We’re more than just taxpayers in their capitalist system; we’re human beings, and we demand to be treated as such.”

They’re taxpayers? I’ll bet most of them pay little or no taxes. They’re human beings, and they demand to be treated as such? Need I even respond to the irony in that remark?

In the tweet below, Monroe County legislator Rachel Barnhart makes an equally stupid comment. “Reasonable people can debate tactics and messaging. It’s normal to be annoyed or inconvenienced if the grocery store is blocked off by protesters. But I care more about Black lives than Wegmans. The protest will end. The store will reopen. The injustice will go on.”

Barnhart’s comment is even more egregious than Carson’s, if possible. One would expect such an inane remark from a member of BLM. I am not a lawyer, but here’s a county legislator who overlooks the obvious crimes being committed, entrapment and threatening, for starters.

And she views the shoppers trapped inside as being “annoyed or inconvenienced” rather than frightened. BLM has a long history of violence. Any reasonable person in that situation would feel some degree of fear.

America defeated Nazi Germany and Japan’s Imperial Army. How do we fight the enemy from within? Especially now that they control the presidency and both chambers of Congress. The Democratic Party is fast becoming the greatest foe this nation has ever faced.

The Democrats are trying to destroy America. It’s as if they’re in command of our ship and they’re aiming it right for an iceberg at flank speed.

Tell me again how Jan. 6 was the most shameful day in America’s history..

Top NATO Scientist Convicted of Spying for China

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The conviction of top NATO scientist Tarmo Kõuts in Estonia last week gives us an indication of just how far China’s tendrils reach.

Kõuts, highly respected for his work at the Tallinn Technical University’s Maritime Institute, a NATO facility which specializes in maritime and submarine research, was recruited as a spy by Chinese military intelligence (specifically China’s Intelligence Bureau of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission) in 2018, according to a report in The Daily Beast.

Aleksander Toots, the deputy director of Estonia’s counterintelligence service (KAPO) and the Baltic country’s top counterintelligence official, told the Daily Beast, that Kõuts and a colleague, who will be tried separately, were arrested on September 9, 2020. News of this arrest received no attention by the Estonian media, he noted.

The report said “Kõuts pleaded guilty to conducting intelligence activities against the Republic of Estonia on behalf of a foreign state. The charges were one stop short of treason. He was sentenced to three years in prison. … Kõuts was recruited on Chinese territory.”

Toots believes “he was motivated by traditional human weaknesses, such as money and need of recognition.”

According to Toots, “Kõuts received cash payments from his Chinese handlers as well as paid trips to various Asian countries, with luxury accommodations and dinners at Michelin star restaurants. The intelligence operatives handling him were operating under cover of a think tank. Inna Ombler, the prosecutor handling the case confirmed that Kõuts earned €17,000 — a little over $20,000 — for his espionage, which the Estonian government has since seized from him.”

Kõuts held both “a state secret permit as well as NATO security clearance dating back” to 2006 when he “became directly involved in the national defense sector,” Toots told the Daily Beast.

He added, “That he had such security clearances was one of the reasons we decided to put a stop to his collaboration [with the Chinese] so early.”

The report said, “His role at the NATO center gave Kõuts direct access to Estonia’s and NATO’s confidential military intelligence. In the three years Kõuts worked for Chinese military intelligence, confined his espionage to observations and anecdotes about his top-level work but did not, according to Toots, yet pass on any confidential military information.”

It’s odd that throughout three years of spying for the Chinese, Kõuts never provided them with any “state or NATO secrets.”

Toots explained that, had Kõuts done so, he would have been charged with treason, which carries a far stricter sentence.

KAPO has developed a reputation for catching insiders spying for Russia. The Daily Beast writes that “the biggest espionage breach NATO ever had was an Estonian one. … In 2008, KAPO arrested Herman Simm, the head of the Ministry of Defense’s Security Department. Simm’s job was to coordinate the protection of state secrets, issue security clearances and act as a liaison between the Estonian Ministry of Defense and NATO. He’d been working for Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, for the entirety of his tenure. Simm was sentenced to twelve and a half years imprisonment and he additionally needed to pay €1.3 million—$1.8 million in today’s dollar value—in damages. … Since that scandal, Estonia has become one of the foremost Russian spy-catchers.”

Few (outside of the Biden Administration) would question the fact that China poses the greatest threat to global security. KAPO recognizes the new world order and has “raised the alarm about the rising threat of Chinese espionage.”

Estonia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, Välisluureamet, issued an advisory to citizens traveling to China, cautioning them that they would be “susceptible to influence operations and recruitment.” Individuals most likely to be targeted included “politicians, public servants and scientists who hold political or defense-related clearances.”

An annual report released by the agency stated “To this end, Chinese special services may use various methods and pretexts, such as establishing first contact or job offers over the internet. At home, Chinese special services can operate almost risk-free.” The assessment also said the Chinese are especially looking for “decisions on global issues, be it the Arctic, climate or trade.”

The recent spate of arrests in the U.S. of academics from prestigious universities such as Harvard tells us this threat is for real. The Chinese as I wrote in a weekend post, are power hungry, determined, disciplined, patient and ruthless. As we witnessed repeatedly throughout last week’s U.S./China talks, the Chinese have also become more brazen since the departure of former President Donald Trump from the White House. Well aware that they face a far weaker foe in the Biden Administration, they’ve grown bolder in their criticism of the U.S. and more unwilling to conform to the “rules-based international order” which U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had hoped they might adopt.

Kõuts is but a grain of sand compared to the vast universe of men and women China might tap to obtain information they can leverage in their quest for power.

Government agencies, universities, and corporations of even the most seemingly insignificant countries must remain mindful of the threat this country poses and actively monitor their organizations for signs of potential espionage activity just as we might scan our computers for evidence of a virus.

No one can say they haven’t been warned.

Military Leaders Baffled, Upset that Many Soldiers Don’t See Capitol Riot as Being ‘Worse’ Than BLM Riots

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Chief Master Sergeant Ramón “CZ” Colón-López, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday and he was very concerned, according to Military.com’s Stephen Losey.

CZ told reporters that soldiers “from every echelon that we’re talking to” are equating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot with the BLM/Antifa riots that spread throughout the country last summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Troops have asked him, “How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?”

CZ is “concerned about the way that some people are looking at the current environment.”

He sees this “confusion,” especially prevalent among younger troops, as a reason “why the training sessions on extremism are needed.”

Losey writes that “Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the stand-down Feb. 5 and gave units across the military 60 days to discuss extremism in the ranks with troops. The military’s policies are clear, he said: Troops are not to advocate for, or participate in, supremacist, extremist or criminal gang doctrine, ideology or causes.”

It makes no difference “if an extremist group is far right or far left — both are off limits,” said the Chief Master Sergeant. He emphasized that the military remains an apolitical organization.

“If it’s an organization that is actually imposing harm, threat, destruction, criminal activity and so on, then we don’t condone that behavior,” he explained. “We’re focusing on letting people know exactly what the oath tells us to do when it comes to obeying lawful orders, remaining apolitical and basically being good stewards of society.”

Well, then why are military leaders condoning BLM’s behavior? Didn’t they impose harm, threat, destruction and conduct criminal activity hundreds of times last year? They caused billions of dollars worth of property damage, destroyed businesses, looted stores and injured hundreds of law enforcement officials.

Those leading the extremism training sessions which Austin had ordered wanted “to make sure that military members understand the difference between Seattle and [the Jan. 6 riot in] Washington, D.C. But some of our younger members are confused about this, so that’s what we need to go ahead and talk to them about and educate them on, to make sure that they know exactly what they can and cannot do.”

As if this were a difference between the riots themselves rather than the government’s response to them, CZ “noted the military was called to respond after the Capitol attacks, but was not called up to support law enforcement during the Seattle protests.”

Those who participated in last summer’s unrest were “lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights to protest … in support of racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. … There were people advocating [against] social injustice, racial injustice and everything else, and it is the right of citizens.”

These people were different from those “who “latched on” to the protests to loot, destroy property and commit other crimes.”

I would argue the same could be said about the Capitol riot. Hundreds of thousands of Americans came to lawfully exercise their First Amendment rights to protest what many Americans believe was a stolen election.

Anyway, CZ is worried that “younger troops see messages on TV that blur the lines between the two” and “we need to brainwash educate them.”

“What I am committed to is to make sure that our people understand right from wrong,” CZ informed the reporters. “That our people … are well-educated to be able to carry on, in an honorable fashion. And if they hear somebody saying the wrong things, that they’re quick to go ahead and correct them … without being confrontational.”

He said that “the military needs to be watchful of how service members carry themselves while on duty, and what troops’ friends say they are doing.”

He believes it is “too soon to tell whether extremist organizations are becoming more or less likely to recruit from among the military’s ranks. But the force is being made aware that such groups are actively recruiting service members, and we need to make sure that they stand clear from them.”

“It’s not good for the department, and it’s not good for the image of the military,”

As I see it, the military’s attempt to “root out extremism” within their ranks is the most woke rubbish I’ve heard since the Biden Administration named climate change a national security threat and tasked the Pentagon to address it.

The military’s willingness to promote this foolishness weakens the one organization which had remained (mostly) apolitical.

This stupidity will waste the military’s time and a portion of their finite resources, and will also create an unnecessary distraction from their primary focus which is to protect the American people from our enemies who would like to see us dead or under their control.

This will place an obstacle in their path and will ultimately reduce U.S. national security.

It’s time for the Biden Administration to remove their rose-colored glasses and take a look at the clear and present threats facing our country or they will fail in what is or what should be the primary responsibility of any government which is to keep its citizens safe.

“Wokeness” has no place in the U.S. military.

Top Chinese Diplomat Who Humiliated Blinken in Alaska Treated Mike Pompeo Far Differently [Photos, Video]

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In two previous posts, here and here, I discussed the failure of the meeting between top U.S. and Chinese diplomats held in Anchorage, Alaska last week. Specifically, it was made immediately and abundantly clear that Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi had neither fear, nor respect, for the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The situation with former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was 180 degrees different. In the photographs below, the same Yang who displayed such contempt for Blinken and to the United States of America, is shown smiling and bowing before Pompeo.

At one point during the contentious talks, the press was inexplicably dismissed from the room. This move was not lost on the combative Yang, who immediately pounced on his American counterpart. In the clip below, Yang asks Blinken, “Why is the U.S. afraid of the presence of reporters?  You don’t need to be afraid of the presence of reporters, do you? Didn’t you believe in democracy? You should give China the right to make two rounds of speeches just as the United States did. History will prove that if you use cutthroat competition to suppress China, you will be the one to suffer in the end.”

Yang was right. Unlike many Republicans who fold in the face of the left’s attempts at suppression, Yang was not about to let this slide. We would do well to take notice.

It must have stunned Biden officials to find that the obvious tactics they employ so liberally back in Washington were instantly detected by the Chinese.

Yang’s remarks were not reported by the U.S. media. The National Pulse’s Raheem Kassam posted a clip he’d found on China’s state-run media.

Here is a report of the incident from The South China Morning Post. (Emphasis added.)

“Because, Mr Secretary and NSA Sullivan, you have delivered some quite different opening remarks, mine will be slightly different as well,” Yang said.
The meeting was supposed to kick off with two minutes for opening remarks, agreed to by both sides. But Blinken and Sullivan spoke for about 10 minutes.

The Chinese delegation did not take well to Blinken and Sullivan’s opening salvo and hit back with a lengthy address almost 20 minutes long.

Yang’s address was so long he joked it was a test for the interpreter, to which Blinken countered that the interpreter should get a pay rise.

“I think we thought too well of the US. We thought the US side would follow the necessary diplomatic protocols. So for China it was necessary that we make our position clear,” Yang said at one point.

A tussle over the presence of journalists then ensued, turning what is usually a few minutes of opening remarks into an event lasting over an hour, according to press pool reports.

Handlers started to usher journalists out when Yang finished speaking but Blinken and Sullivan waved them back in to say more.

Blinken said he took from the Chinese comments satisfaction that the US was back and engaging in the world, but also deep concern. The United States “is not perfect” but has throughout its history dealt with its challenges openly, he said.

Sullivan added that America’s “secret sauce” was that it had looked hard at its own shortcomings and then worked to improve.

Once Blinken and Sullivan finished their comments, handlers again ushered reporters out but Yang told the press to “wait”, and raised a finger of admonishment. The Chinese diplomat accused the Americans of speaking to them in a condescending tone. He said the efforts to nudge the press out of the room was an example of how the US did not support democracy.

Afterwards, a senior US official speaking on background also accused the Chinese side of “violating protocol”, arriving intent on grandstanding and focusing on theatrics.

The public sparring followed days of posturing from the two countries, with Washington announcing this week it was imposing sanctions against Chinese officials because of Beijing’s overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system.

In the last high-level meeting between China and the US, occurring during the Trump administration in June last year, then-secretary of state Mike Pompeo spoke with Yang behind closed doors in Hawaii for around seven hours without showing the back and forth seen in Anchorage on Thursday.

Here are some of the replies from Twitter users to Kassam’s post:

  • Dems discover that manipulating other governments to sell their narrative is not as easy as manipulating our media to do the same.
  • Sounds like a man who knows he’s on the winning side.
  • People don’t realize how bad things are truly because of all the distractions in the media but this is very concerning what’s playing out between the US and China.
  • China says it will win at cut-throat competition. Is that a threat or challenge? A Great America would accept this challenge.
  • Can you imagine if Trump was in the room?
  • Somewhat of a disaster for us. Maybe Biden fell on purpose to take focus off the meeting.
  • Will the morons in this admin finally wake up when a delegate from China confronts them? What’s the over/under?
  • America has never been as weak as they are now against China & the Chinese know it.
  • Human Rights violator China instantly dog walking America under weak Biden Admin thanks to our very own vilifying our country everyday. Thanks big Media. Thanks big Tech. Thanks big Govt. Thanks big Corporations. Thanks Hollywood. Thanks woke liberal soldiers. Thank you.
  • The once country of might is slipping before are eyes.
  • Blinken and his team had initiated exchange by arrogant and out-of-protocol public hectoring of Chinese diplomats. It was irresponsible and invited retaliation. US diplomats could accomplish more by being, uh, diplomatic.
  • The Chinese pulled off a huge beat down on Winken and Blinken.
  • It’s embarrassing and disturbing at the same time.
  • The US Secretary of State started off by basically insulting China in front of reporters. This is our chief diplomat?
  • This is embarrassing AF. What the hell have liberals done to this country?
  • I’ve never felt embarrassed of how my country handled itself on the world stage until the Biden admin.
  • Wow brutal, We need new leadership… like yesterday!
  • They would not have done that to Mike Pompeo or he would have walked out.
  • Never in a million years would they have spoken to @mikepompeo like that. Weakness invites aggression.
  • This is getting real folks!
  • With this meeting, China just confirmed that they can now roll through Taiwan with no resistance from an impotent American leadership.
  • Utterly owned.
  • Sec of state and his team tried to get the press to bounce? Why, cause they didn’t want to be on film kneeling like bitches?
  • You had a good run America.

Chinese Official: ‘Trend that the East is rising while the West is declining has become very obvious’

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The former CCP leader of the Xinjiang region of China, Zhang Chunxian, spoke to a group of deputies from the National People’s Congress in Hubei earlier this month where he touted the country’s “extraordinary accomplishments” and said that 2020 had been a “watershed year.” He said, “Since no country could escape the major test of the pandemic last year, this trend that the East is rising while the West is declining has become very obvious,according to the South China Morning Post. He added that, “The phenomenon of China advancing and the US retreating has also been conspicuous.”

Conspicuous?

Zhang even cited a report from the French media which said the Chinese would soon have a higher average life expectancy than the U.S. “concluding that China’s rise was unstoppable.”

The sentiment among the Chinese of an ascendant China and a waning West has become quite prevalent among CCP leadership and nowhere was that more apparent than during the talks with U.S. diplomats this week in Alaska. In fact, one gets the distinct impression that the Chinese no longer feel equal to the U.S., but superior.

Separately, Guo Shengkun, party secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, told a group, “Chinese of all ethnic groups experienced the extraordinary accomplishments achieved by our party, the country and the public [last year]. This was especially seen in the striking contrast of the order in the East and chaos in the West, the rise of the East and decline of the West, and the ascendancy of China and fall of the U.S.”

The SCMP also cited an advisor to CCP leaders, Zheng Yongnian, who said “the US was ‘still developing but at a slower pace’ to other countries.”

Zheng did acknowledge that “the US was far ahead of other nations in some areas. ‘In areas like the economy, military, science and technology – and innovation – no other country can match it.” He also noted that “differences between the US and China were deeply rooted, and Beijing needed to ‘discard its unrealistic ideas and learn to live with the US.'”

He added that, “Realistically, China has risen to the point where it is regarded as a real threat by the US. The fact is, the US cannot contain China’s rise – but China cannot replace the US.”

The Chinese, at least among loyal members of the CCP, have a deep sense of national pride. They’ve clearly adopted a “China First” policy as every nation should.

China focuses intensely upon measurable economic goals. At the recently concluded U.S./China talks held in Alaska, Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi told the U.S. delegation that China had just “we adopted the outline for the 14th five-year economic and social development plan and the long-range objectives through the year 2035. … By the year 2035 China will surely achieve basic modernization. And by the year 2050, China will achieve full modernization.”

“China has made decisive achievements and important strategic gains in fighting COVID-19, and we have achieved a full victory in ending absolute poverty in China. China’s per-capita GDP is only one-fifth of that of the United States, but we have managed to end absolute poverty for all people in China. And we hope that other countries, especially the advanced countries, will make similar efforts in this regard,” Yang said.

They also focus intensely on their military goals which they track with the same precision as their economic objectives. According to an annual  Department of Defense report to Congress released in September, “China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has already surpassed the U.S. in missile development and its number of warships and air defense systems under the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to achieve dominance by 2049.”

The ultimate goal of the People’s Republic of China, or PRC, is to “develop a military by mid-Century that is equal to — or in some cases superior to — the U.S. military, or that of any other great power that the PRC views as a threat,” reports Military.com.

China is already ahead of the United States in certain areas” essential to its overall aim of progressing from homeland and periphery defense to global power projection.

The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines, including over 130 major surface combatants.

That’s compared to the U.S. Navy’s current battle force of 295 ships.

The PRC has more than 1,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBMs) and ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCMs) with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers,” while the U.S. currently fields one type of conventional GLBM with a range of 70 to 300 kilometers and no GLCMs.

In some respects, China is also ahead on integrated air defense systems with a mix of Russian-built and homegrown systems.

Despite the advances, the PLA “remains in a position of inferiority” to the U.S. in overall military strength…

The Military.com article quotes retired Marine officer Chad Sbragia, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for China, who said, “the report does not claim that China’s military is 10 feet tall,” but the Chinese Communist Party wants it to be, and has the plan and resources to reach that goal.”

Following a report earlier this month that China has allocated “$208.6 billion for military spending for 2022, a 6.8% increase” from 2021 and their concerns over China’s increased aggression in the South China Sea and elsewhere, eight Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee wrote a letter to Biden requesting he “increase next year’s defense budget by three to five percent.”

The lawmakers wrote:

“Years of Budget Control Act (BCA) related defense cuts undermined military readiness, set back efforts to modernize the force, and gave our adversaries the time necessary to gain significant advantages that now jeopardize our military superiority. … The Chinese Communist Party increased its defense spending by over 75 percent in the last decade. If we do nothing, over the next decade, China will fully modernize its military, potentially bringing it into parity with our own.”

The Chinese are power hungry, determined, disciplined, patient and ruthless. Biden Administration officials are power hungry, determined and ruthless, but they are undisciplined and impatient. And they’re starting to resemble the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

The near instant devolvement into acrimony that occurred between the U.S. and Chinese diplomats in Alaska this week highlighted one unmistakable fact: The Chinese neither respect nor fear the Biden Administration.

Rightly or wrongly, the Chinese related to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his delegation as if they were convinced they hold the upper hand. Their firm belief that ‘the East is rising while the West is declining’ was unmistakable. Their game plan is to simply stay the course and methodically move toward their goals.

Their unwillingness to make concessions or to yield to the U.S. even the slightest bit, will complicate future relations with the U.S. or may possibly prevent any meaningful dialog at all.

Regarding the tone set by the Chinese during the talks, Michael Pillsbury, a China expert at the Hudson Institute, told The Wall Street Journal, that “the thrust of Mr. Yang’s remarks presages difficult dealings ahead.”

Pillsbury said that “the tone seems to be different. Now China is not just equal to us, they are superior.” He added “the U.S. needs to find more leverage over China.”

And they better find it soon because, as I see it, China is starting to behave like Germany in the 1930s.

 

Decision to Name Climate Change a National Security Threat is Itself a National Security Threat

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As if Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III didn’t already have his hands full with designing maternity flight suits and making women in the military feel more respected and included, he has a new security threat to cope with – climate change. Yes, the Biden Administration has named climate change a national security threat.

The United States is in crisis. Our country is reeling from the effects of a deadly virus that has claimed the lives of over half a million Americans and devastated the livelihoods of millions more. This black swan event was thrust upon us by China, an enemy who seeks to either kill us or dominate us.

Efforts to deal with the pandemic have exploded our national debt to dangerous levels and there appears to be no end in sight to the current administration’s spending plans.

Additionally, the chicanery which took place during the 2020 presidential election process has left Americans more divided than we’ve been in over 150 years.

It is under these perilous circumstances that President Joe Biden’s handlers have tasked the Pentagon with the responsibility of protecting Americans against this new threat to our national security.

You needn’t worry though, because Austin, a political animal if there ever was one, is on it.

The Hill reported that on March 9, Austin sent a memo to senior Pentagon leadership announcing the formation of a “Climate Change Working Group.”

Climate change presents a growing threat to U.S. national security interests and defense objectives. The changing climate is altering the global security and operating environments, impacting our missions, plans and installations…

We will incorporate climate risk analysis into all of our work from installation planning; to modeling, simulation, and war gaming; to the National Defense Strategy and all other relevant strategy, planning, and programming documents and processes including those supporting decision making in the Military Departments.

Whether it is increasing platform efficiency to improve freedom of action in contested logistics environments, or deploying new energy solutions to strengthen resilience of key capabilities at installations, our mission objectives are well aligned with our climate goals.

Does Austin, or any other member of the Biden Administration, truly believe that our greatest geopolitical foes, China, Russia and Iran, are concerned about the effects of their carbon footprints as they formulate their strategies to take down the U.S.?

Earlier this month, Fox News reported that China has allocated “$208.6 billion for military spending for 2022, a 6.8% increase” from 2021. I wonder how much of that budget they will devote to addressing climate change.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced they will “focus on bolstering the People’s Liberation Army and advance scientific, technological and industrial defense efforts in China’s next fiscal year.”

Concerned over China’s plans and the country’s increased aggression in the South China Sea and elsewhere, eight Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee wrote a letter to Biden requesting he “increase next year’s defense budget by three to five percent.”

The lawmakers wrote:

“Years of Budget Control Act (BCA) related defense cuts undermined military readiness, set back efforts to modernize the force, and gave our adversaries the time necessary to gain significant advantages that now jeopardize our military superiority. … The Chinese Communist Party increased its defense spending by over 75 percent in the last decade. If we do nothing, over the next decade, China will fully modernize its military, potentially bringing it into parity with our own.”

Tucker Carlson provided a glimpse of China’s effort’s over the last year to masculinize their military.

 

Not only will the Chinese military not prioritize the environmental implications of their actions, their carbon footprint will not even make the list of their concerns.

As I see it, this stupidity will waste the military’s time and a portion of their finite resources, and will also create an unnecessary distraction from their primary focus which is to protect the American people from our enemies who would like to see us dead or under their control.

This will place an obstacle in their path and will ultimately reduce U.S. national security.

If the administration is so anxious to achieve their climate change goals, they should allow the private sector to address them which can do so far more efficiently. Why don’t we let them?

It’s time for the Biden Administration to remove their rose-colored glasses and take a look at the clear and present threats facing our country or they will fail in what is or should be the primary responsibility of any government which is to keep its citizens safe.

“Wokeness” has no place in the U.S. military.

Texas Sheriff Drops Biden Bomb: Feds Are Inviting Rejected Illegal Immigrants to Come Back

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The Trump Administration made the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws a priority.

In addition to putting an end to “catch and release,” former President Donald Trump forced concessions from the Mexican president. In addition, his administration built or replaced 450 miles of the border wall. He had to fight every step of the way for each gain, sometimes against members of his own party. However, by the time he left office, the “crisis” which had peaked in January 2019 was largely under control.

Sadly, once President Joe Biden took office, the Trump policies that were responsible for alleviating the crisis were immediately reversed. Now, nearly seven weeks into the new administration, the crisis at our southern border is worse than ever. Thousands of illegal immigrants wearing shirts emblazoned with the words, “Biden, please let us in” and adorned with a photo of the coronavirus, arrive at the border weekly.

Five-term Jackson County, Texas, sheriff AJ Louderback told The Epoch Times that the Biden Administration has “dismantled every piece of the Immigration Naturalization Act.”

“This is the first time in U.S. history where the federal government has gone back on rejected asylee applicants, in the last year or so, and they’re reaching out to them to bring them back into the United States,” he said.

Let that sink in. There must have been valid reasons why these applicants were rejected, but as far as Democrats are concerned the more potential voters they can bring into the country, the better.

He informed the Times that “Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector have seen roughly 1,000 people per day crossing into Texas from Mexico. One aspect of human trafficking involves cartels who claim territory, called ‘plazas,’ along the border who work with traffickers, called, ‘coyotes,’ who charge for passage.”

“If you want access to the border through the plazas, you will pay what’s called a peso to the Gulf Cartel in this area, and that peso averages at a low of about $250 per person. So [at] 1,000 [people crossing] a day, you’re looking at a quarter-million dollars a day coming in and funding the cartel for its future violence, and the future enhancement of all things criminal that go on here in Texas … in the United States,” Louderback explained.

The sheriff spoke about the “far-reaching impacts such an influx of illegal immigrants has on the communities through which they pass and settle.” He also explained how the “flow of people brings money and power that enriches the cartels that claim territories (squares) near the border, where their coyotes can gain access. These cartels are also known to smuggle narcotics and weapons across the border.”

“Biden’s policies are helping funnel people into this illegal trade,” Louderback said. “We are allowing the cartels to finance themselves, to enrich themselves at the expense of these people.”

He continued. “You know, in a likely situation where there is a mass of people entering a community, fresh and new, not knowing anyone or meeting very few people, what is going to happen to them? Many of them will be hired by the cartel.”

“So we are bringing wholesale people here to this country and clearly we have sent a message to the world that our borders are open today. And Texans will pay a price; Americans will pay a price for that.”

“Having a secure border defines us as a country,” concluded Louderback. “I think people should pay attention to that.”

Last month, Texas Rep. Chip Roy, along with 51 of his Republican colleagues, sent a letter to Biden pleading with him to address the coming catastrophe at the border.

The letter said, “the fundamental responsibility of the federal government is to protect America, not to ignore the law and to actively encourage, incentivize, and facilitate illegal migration in ways that empower cartels and endanger both American citizens and migrants wrongly being encouraged to succumb to the perilous journey.”

Notably, the Trump Administration’s policy to use 42 U.S. Code § 265 is perhaps now the only policy ensuring the southern border is not immediately rushed. Unfortunately, however, just last week, you signed another Executive Order threatening the longevity of this crucial policy. If title 42 is indeed rescinded, the daily illegal flow will become catastrophic overnight.

The group calls on Biden to instruct Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to brief Congress on the situation. They write that, “This is not a political game – we implore you not to let ideology blind your Administration to the need to secure the border, to defend Americans, and to prevent another cartel-empowering humanitarian crisis.”

Republican members of Congress must have been outraged to learn that, instead of looking for solutions to relieve the growing crisis at the border, the Biden administration is actively promoting more of the same behavior.

Why would the U.S. government encourage additional asylum seekers in the first place?

Why are they issuing invitations to previously rejected applicants? Are Democrats so desperate for votes that they need to recruit the most unsavory candidates of all?

Why would we do this when border facilities for children are at or near 100 percent capacity?

If one were trying to flood the US with illegals, this is what they would do. This may be the most naked attempt to import illegal voters yet. And that’s precisely what Biden and the Democrats want. This will help cement Democratic rule for years to come.

Capitol Police Announce Plans to Boost Security Based on New Threats; Legitimate or Gaslighting?

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U.S. Capitol Police announced plans to boost security on Tuesday evening after receiving “concerning information and intelligence pertaining to March 4th.”

Fox News’ Chad Pergram explained that March 4 was the original day on which the U.S. inaugurated presidents.

QAnon loyalists to former President Trump believe that the 45th commander in chief is slated to rally and return to the scene to be sworn in on March 4. … This alternative mythology is pushed by the sovereign citizen movement. Many don’t recognize American laws nor federal currency. There is also some chatter about March 20, the day the Republican party came to life in 1834. And, there’s even some noise about April 15: federal income tax day.

A memo obtained by Fox News from acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett indicates that some threat for March 4 has diminished.

In the tweet below, the agency wrote: “Based on the intelligence that we have, the Department has taken immediate steps to enhance our security posture and staffing for a number of days, to include March 4th.”

“Two sources” told FOX 5 that the Capitol Police “received an intelligence bulletin warning of a militia plot to breach the Capitol this Thursday, March 4…[I]t specifically names the militia group the Three Percenters. Members of the group are accused in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.”

Additionally, there is “some chatter about March 20, the day the Republican party came to life in 1834. And, there’s even some noise about April 15: federal income tax day.”

So, what’s this all about? Are these concerns legitimate or are Democrats trying to feed the narrative that Trump supporters are domestic terrorists who must be monitored?

This is coming from the same people who brought you the Russian collusion hoax and Ukrainegate.

Coincidentally, it also comes on the day that Rep. Mike Campbell (D-CA) reintroduced a gun control bill that would require background checks on all purchases of firearms. This bill passed the House in February 2019, but failed in the Senate.

And on Monday, Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) reintroduced a bill intended to “close what has become known as the ‘Charleston loophole.’ That loophole allowed Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine people in 2015 at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., to buy a handgun even though he should have been barred from purchasing the weapon. In a statement, Clyburn said that the House is expected to vote on that legislation next week.”

Remember that days before former President Trump’s second impeachment trial began, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arranged for Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died from as yet undisclosed injuries sustained on Jan. 6, to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

Tuesday’s announcement follows recent testimony from acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman. Last Thursday, she warned members of the House Appropriations Committee that militias tied to the Jan. 6 incursion “have stated their desire to blow up the Capitol” and kill as many people as possible when Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union Address.

She told lawmakers:

We know that members of the militia groups that were present on January 6th have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union – which we know that date has not been identified. So based on the information, we think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities moving forward.

If only law enforcement officials had been this vigilant prior to Jan. 6. But I suppose they didn’t have to justify the presence of a large number of National Guard troops or an eight-foot-tall, three-mile-long security fence complete with coils of concertina wire.

Suffice it to say, the latest warning from the Capitol Police is all about Pelosi fostering her latest narrative. It’s about optics. It always is.

 

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!

The Biden Administration Learns that Campaigning and Governing are Two Different Things; Especially When it Comes to Middle Eastern Crown Princes

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On October 2, 2018, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, to pick up documents required for his upcoming marriage.

That was the last time he was ever seen alive.

Khashoggi was brutally murdered and dismembered. A CIA intercept leaked two months after his death concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) had ordered/approved the operation that ended his life.

Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the Saudi government with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, had been banned from writing in the kingdom. He arrived in Virginia in 2017 and became a contributor to The Washington Post.

On December 1, 2018, two months after his murder, The Wall Street Journal reported that leaked CIA intercepts had revealed that MbS had sent 11 text messages to his closest advisor, Saud al-Qahtani, in the hours surrounding Khashoggi’s death. The CIA believed that al-Qahtani supervised the team which carried out the murder.

The intercept stated that in August 2017, MbS apparently wanted Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia and “had told associates that if his efforts to persuade Mr. Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia weren’t successful, ‘we could possibly lure him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements,’ a communication that it states “seems to foreshadow the Saudi operation launched against Khashoggi.”

According to the leaked document, the CIA had “medium-to-high confidence” that Prince Mohammed “personally targeted” Khashoggi and “probably ordered his death.” It added: “To be clear, we lack direct reporting of the Crown Prince issuing a kill order.”

The CIA assessment revealed that, in addition to keeping in touch with MbS in the hours before and after Khashoggi’s death, al Qahtani was in “direct communication with the team’s leader in Istanbul,” who was supervising the 15-man hit team.

The intercept confirmed a theory that had been adopted by a growing number of politicos weeks before; MbS was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder and should be held accountable.

“Defying intense pressure from U.S. lawmakers to impose tougher sanctions on Saudi Arabia, [then-President Donald] Trump also said he would not cancel military contracts with the kingdom,” according to a November 2018 report from Reuters. Additionally, “he said it would be a ‘foolish’ move that would only benefit Russia and China, competitors of the United States in the arms market.”

Trump and his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, refused to publicly declare that the Saudi Crown Prince was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. Questioned by reporters at the time, he said, “It’s all about, for me, very simple. It’s America first. I’m not going to destroy the world economy and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia.”

Asked by the media if MbS “had a hand in the murder,“ Trump replied, “Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t.”

The Trump Administration refused to release the final results of an intelligence report that implicated MbS in Khashoggi’s death.

Fast forward to the Biden Administration’s release of this report on Friday. The report can be viewed here.

According to The Washington Post, they will not hold MbS accountable either.

Realizing the consequences of doing so, Biden’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, told the press, “The relationship with Saudi Arabia is bigger than any one individual.”

The Post reports that Biden was asked about the U.S./Saudi relationship on the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s murder (October 2). The campaign issued a statement that said Biden would “reassess our relationship with the Kingdom, end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil.”

Blinken told reporters on Friday that “President Biden has moved toward a promised ‘recalibration’ of the U.S.-Saudi relationship,” with this move. It’s not clear that the Biden administration is doing any different than the Trump administration did which is why some are calling it “a continuation of President Donald Trump’s cozy relationship with the Saudi rulers.”

Biden officials are learning that campaigning and governing are two very separate things. Once a politician takes office, they learn pretty quickly why some of their campaign promises are not a good idea in practice.

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, was very vocal in his calls for this intelligence report to be released two years ago. He is currently demanding that MbS “should suffer sanctions, including financial, travel and legal — and the Saudi government should suffer grave consequences as long as he remains in government.”

“A senior administration official” spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity. The official said, “the U.S. as a matter of practice has not generally applied sanctions on the highest leadership’ of countries with which it has diplomatic relations.”

They added, “Having looked at this extremely closely, over the last five weeks or so, really, the unanimous conclusion is that there’s just another more effective means to dealing with these issues going forward.”

In other words, the cost of a breach is more than the Biden Administration wants to pay. Even though they criticized the Trump Administration for the same thing.

MbS, age 35, will soon take the place of his father, King Salman, age 85. According to the Post, he currently “serves as the de facto leader of the kingdom.”

Note: For information about U.S./Saudi relationship, please click here.

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!