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Hello all:

I will be merging my site with a new conservative blog called the American Free News Network –  americanfreenewsnetwork.org. It was started by a fellow RedState alum, retired Army Col. Mike Ford.

AFNN is a non-profit media platform conceived and created for the purpose of advancing the interests of American citizens who have been disenfranchised by the legacy media, Big Tech and politicians of both parties. AFNN is the brainchild of a group of American conservative writers from all walks of life, including the military and private industry. Being very concerned about the level of censorship and in some cases, outright legal and financial coercion of conservative media and in some cases, themselves personally, they decided to do something about it.

The site currently has 32 featured writers and invites “citizen writers” to comment on the news of the day.

I want to thank you all for your support of The American Crisis and I hope you will join me over at AFNN.

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San Jose Mayor Wants to Force Citizens to Pay Annual Fee to Own Guns

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Citing the mass shooting which left nine people dead at the San Jose, California, Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard two weeks ago, the city’s Democratic mayor, Sam Liccardo, has proposed measures that would require citizens who own guns to buy mandatory gun owners’ insurance and to pay an annual fee.

Liccardo spoke to reporters on Tuesday from the memorial set up at City Hall to honor the victims of the shooting. He said, “With council approval San Jose would become the first city in the United States to require every gun owner to have liability insurance coverage for their firearms. Second, San Jose would become the first U.S. city to require gun owners to pay a fee to compensate taxpayers for the public cost of responding to gun violence,” according to KPIX 5.

“And that way we can ensure that victims are compensated where there’s an insurable event,” Liccardo told those gathered. “And of course, insurance companies will help us make gun possession safer.”

The mayor did not specify the amount of the fee, but said he was working with a “team of experts” to determine what the right amount would be.

“We are cognizant, as the Second Amendment dictates, so that we will not be imposing fees that are so great as to be prohibitive to ownership. We want a fee that will compensate taxpayers for the cost of everything from emergency rooms to police response,” he added.

KPIX reports that there are several other proposals under consideration as well. These include:

Ghost Guns: San Jose would implement an ordinance to tighten loopholes in state law.

Video and audio recording of gun purchases: to reduce “straw purchases” where one party buys a firearm for another.

Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Public education campaign, and improved law enforcement training, and sponsoring state legislation.

“Looking Out for One Another”: Create a public campaign for community-based, crowd-sourced reporting of implied or explicit threats of violence.

Sam Paredes, Executive Director of Gun Owners of California, told KPIX that if Liccardo’s proposals are passed by the City Council, he will work with a coalition of gun rights supporters to fight it through the courts. He said, “I strongly believe that Mayor Sam Liccardo is trying to do things he has no authority to do.”

Paredes also noted that California has preemption laws in place to stop local governments from passing their own firearm laws.

The Giffords Law Center explains that “’Preemption’ occurs when a higher level of government [the state of California] removes regulatory power from a lower level of government [San Jose in this case].”

Paredes told KPIX, “Without that, various communities could sponsor their own laws governing firearms acquisition, sales, use and storage, and all of that. And law abiding citizens from other parts of the state would be breaking the law just by passing through some of these communities. That’s why no other city has successfully done what the mayor is proposing to do.”

“It is, we believe, very strongly unconstitutional for the government to require law-abiding citizens who are doing nothing more than exercising their Second Amendment rights to be required to have insurance, or to be taxed, while they are exercising that enumerated right,” he said.

The report said these measures will be presented to the Rules Committee next week. If they are approved by the Committee, “Liccardo’s proposal could move towards consideration before the full San Jose City Council before the end of June.”

KPIX noted that this is the second time Liccardo has put forward this proposal. The first occasion followed a shooting which killed three and wounded 17 people at the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival.

What this move boils down to is that Liccardo is trying to force San Jose residents to pay to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

It doesn’t say that if the mayor so chooses, he may force his constituents to pay for the privilege of exercising this right.

Gun owners in San Jose are right to be concerned about Liccardo’s proposal. They are not felons who have lost their right to gun ownership.

This is an example of government overreach. It is a power grab that amounts to tyranny.

Liccardo is putting his personal agenda before his constituents’ Constitutional freedoms.

In addition to this measure’s unconstitutionality, it is a nonstarter due to California’s preemption laws.

This mayor doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on. He does not have the authority to enforce these measures. And if the San Jose City Council passes this stupidity, they will soon find that out.

NYT Editorial Board Member Says She Was ‘Disturbed’ by the Number of American Flags She Saw on Long Island

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Apparently, the shows of patriotism and support for former President Donald Trump witnessed by The New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay on a weekend trip to Long Island were a little more than she could bear.

In a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Gay told the panel she was disturbed. “Really disturbed.”

The topic was an op-ed written by The Washington Post’s Max Boot entitled “Too many people are still underestimating the Trump Threat.”

“You know, it’s really concerning to me that the Democrats haven’t just gone ahead at this point and said, ‘We’re doing this on our own’ in terms of getting a commission together to explain to the American people how we allowed the insurrection to take place in the Capitol. I think that really needs to move forward swiftly,” Gay explained.

“The reality is here is that we have a large percentage of the American population, I don’t know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by the simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others. I think as long as they see Americanness the same as one with whiteness, this is going to continue.”

“We have to figure out how to get every American a place at the table in this democracy, but how to separate Americanness, America, from whiteness. Until we can confront that and talk about that, this is really going to continue,” she cautioned.

“I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives [expletives] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing, because essentially the message was clear, ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.'”

“That is the real concern,” she said. “Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape.”

Brzezinski “totally” agreed.

I can understand how a Biden supporter would find the sight of a large number of Trump flags offensive. But the only reason why seeing dozens of American flags could be disturbing is if you hate America.

I find it odd that she reads so much into the sight of an American flag on a pickup truck. The message, Gay said, was clear. ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.’

When I see a flag on a pickup truck, I think, ‘Oh, there’s a fellow patriot.’ I smile and put up a hand. But when you hate America, I imagine it’s a different story altogether.

Gay believes the solution to our country’s woes is that we must separate “Americanness” from “whiteness.” I don’t see “Americanness” in terms of whiteness or blackness or brownness. Do you?

If you find it difficult to relate to Gay’s comments, you’re in good company. You won’t be surprised to hear that her remarks elicited a fair amount of criticism and derision online. But Gay was able to handle it.

A previous version of this article appeared on The Western Journal.

Young Woman Stomps All Over, Jumps Up and Down on, Then Sets Fire to Reparations; A Star Is Born

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First, I must credit RedState’s Mike Miller with discovering this little gem. You will never find a more rational, unassailable and succinct argument against reparations.

Listen to what this young woman has to say:

I’m seeing a lot of talk about reparations on Tik Tok, Twitter. There’s a pastor in Tulsa who says we cannot have true reconciliation and healing without reparations. I don’t agree with that. It’s 2021. How are we to determine who gets reparations and who doesn’t? Again, it’s 2021. Not every black person is the descendant of a slave and not every descendant of a slave is black. Not every person who was a slave was black.

And are we talking about slaves who were freed when the war ended or slaves who were freed maybe even decades after the first slave ships arrived? In a lot of the northern states, slavery ended just after the Revolutionary War. But I digress.

Reparations as a first step to healing. Uh, uh.

The first step to healing is forgiveness. If the first thing that comes out of your mouth is, ‘Well, they don’t deserve forgiveness,’ sit down, let me learn you a thing or two.

Time heals all wounds, but if you have a wound that hasn’t healed, it’s probably because you’re still picking at it. If you fill your heart with bitterness, there’s no room for joy, there’s no room for peace. Holding onto bitterness is bondage and many of you all have chained yourself to the dead. Even worse, some of you all have passed that bitterness down to your children. Forgiveness isn’t for that other person. It’s for you. It’s to set you free.

Calls for reparations have simmered in the U.S. for decades. But they’ve grown louder and more insistent since The New York Times’ deliberate political decision to rewrite history in August 2019 – the introduction of their controversial and absurd 1619 Project.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Their three-year-long full court press to portray President Donald Trump as an agent of Russia had just ended in the dumpster fire that was former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s disastrous July 2019 testimony before Congress.

Knowing the power and influence his newspaper had in steering American political discourse, Times’ editor Dean Baquet and his minions conceived a new plan. They would make race a central issue in the upcoming 2020 election and tie it around Trump’s neck.

Weeks after Mueller’s debacle, Baquet held a “crisis employee townhall” during which he issued his marching orders to the staff. (I posted about this meeting here.)

The death of George Floyd in May 2020 served as an accelerant to the false narrative the newspaper had tried so hard to thrust into the national conversation.

Suddenly, the idea that blacks are entitled to reparations because of slavery became a serious demand among Democrats.

There’s not much I can add to the very strong case against reparations made above. Although I agree that slavery was a terrible institution, I don’t feel any personal responsibility for it, nor any of the white guilt the left tells us we should feel.

Blacks have greater opportunities available to them in the U.S. than in any other country. I can’t think of a nation that works harder to address racism than America.

Democrats need to look at themselves. They want to keep blacks in a “dependent” state because it allows them to maintain power over a critical voting block. They’re setting the foundations to do the same thing to Latinos.

Why not introduce the idea of personal responsibility? Why not empower blacks to break out of the cycle that continues to keep them stuck? Incalculable numbers of blacks have found success in today’s America. They are the ones who don’t buy into the Democrats’ BS.

 

Related: Michelle Obama Gets it Terribly Wrong in Her Commencement Address and Exposes the Root of the Racial Divide

Experts: It Is Almost Impossible For COVID-19 To Have Occurred Naturally

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Dr. Steven Quay, founder of Atossa Therapeutics, and Richard Muller, emeritus professor of physics at the University of California Berkeley and a former senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, make the case in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, that it is almost impossible for COVID-19 to have occurred naturally.

The reason for this conclusion is that “the Covid-19 pathogen has a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.”

A vast amount of circumstantial evidence has come to light over the past few weeks which supports the theory that the coronavirus originated in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.

First, the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee released a report on May 19 which points to the lab leak theory. Four days later, The Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers from the Wuhan lab had fallen ill in November 2019 and were hospitalized “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.”

In addition, we’ve learned that gain-of-function research was being conducted with the pathogens that cause the coronavirus. And China’s refusal to provide information or access to the facility to outside scientists gives the impression that they’re trying to hide something.

It is highly doubtful that the Chinese government will ever admit the truth.

Quay and Muller, however, have studied the genome, which they define as a “blueprint for the factory of a cell to make proteins,” of CoV-2 and have concluded that the probability of this occurring in nature is almost nil.

A scientist can “increase the lethality of a coronavirus enormously by splicing a special sequence into its genome at a prime location. Doing this leaves no trace of manipulation. But it alters the virus spike protein, rendering it easier for the virus to inject genetic material into the victim cell,” they explain.

They note that this has been done 11 times since 1992 and each time, the result has been a supercharged virus.

Scientists often use the amino acid arginine to supercharge viruses. One of the “words” used to describe arginine is “CGG-CGG,” a combination they say has “never been found naturally …  in the entire class of coronaviruses that includes CoV-2.”

“Now the damning fact,” they explain. “It was this exact sequence that appears in CoV-2. Proponents of zoonotic origin must explain why the novel coronavirus, when it mutated or recombined, happened to pick its least favorite combination, the double CGG. Why did it replicate the choice the lab’s gain-of-function researchers would have made?”

“Yes, it could have happened randomly, through mutations,” they admit. “But do you believe that? At the minimum, this fact—that the coronavirus, with all its random possibilities, took the rare and unnatural combination used by human researchers—implies that the leading theory for the origin of the coronavirus must be laboratory escape.”

In February 2020, Shi Zhengli, the Chinese virologist who researches SARS-like coronaviruses of bat origin, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, published a paper with “the virus’s partial genome.” She left out “the special sequence that supercharges the virus or the rare double CGG section.”

Quay and Muller wrote that they were able to identify “the fingerprint” from other data in the report.

Several weeks later, virologist Bruno Coutard and his team discovered and published the sequence and the “double CGG is there; you only have to look. They comment in their paper that the protein that held it ‘may provide a gain-of-function’ capability to the virus, ‘for efficient spreading’ to humans.”

Moreover, they explain the differences between CoV2 and the coronaviruses that cause SARS and MERS, both of which have natural origins. SARS and MERS, because of their natural origins mutated quickly.

On the other hand, CoV2 “appeared in humans already adapted into an extremely contagious version. No serious viral ‘improvement’ took place until a minor variation occurred many months later in England.” That makes sense. Scientists were worried early on about mutations, but it wasn’t until December that we began hearing about variants in Britain and Africa and certain regions of the U.S.

They explain that “such early optimization is unprecedented, and it suggests a long period of adaptation that predated its public spread. Science knows of only one way that could be achieved: simulated natural evolution, growing the virus on human cells until the optimum is achieved. That is precisely what is done in gain-of-function research. Mice that are genetically modified to have the same coronavirus receptor as humans, called “humanized mice,” are repeatedly exposed to the virus to encourage adaptation.”

“The presence of the double CGG sequence is strong evidence of gene splicing, and the absence of diversity in the public outbreak suggests gain-of-function acceleration. The scientific evidence points to the conclusion that the virus was developed in a laboratory.”

Last week, we learned from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails that when Kristian G. Andersen, a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research Institute, first examined the genome, he noticed “unusual features” that made it “(potentially) look engineered.”

Andersen wrote: “The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered.”

“… I should mention that after discussions earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory. But we have to look at this much more closely and there are still further analyses to be done, so those opinions could still change.”

In a later paper, Andersen was on board with the “natural origin” theory.

The National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, a former assistant U.S. attorney, recently wrote an article entitled, “The Lab Leak Theory: Evidence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.” He said that “every good prosecutor will tell you that the best case is a strong circumstantial case — and that’s exactly what we have.”

Dr. Fauci and his colleagues need to be questioned under oath. They know what happened.

A version of this article was originally published by The Western Journal.

Major Win Against Vaccine Passports: Cruise Line Reverses Ruling After Gov DeSantis Lays Down The Law

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On May 3, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signed legislation that would ban vaccine passports in his state.

Upon signing, the Governor said, “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected, and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision,” NBC News reported.

According to The Miami Herald, under the new law, any companies, schools and government entities conducting business in the state will be fined $5,000 each time they ask a customer to furnish proof of vaccination. The law will go into effect on July 1.

In the meantime, Royal Caribbean International, a company that operates numerous cruises out of ports in Florida, announced they will resume service on July 2.

One of their requirements was that all passengers aged 18 or older must be vaccinated. “Guests are strongly recommended to set sail fully vaccinated, if they are eligible. Those who are unvaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing and follow other protocols, which will be announced at a later date.”

Obviously, this requirement runs afoul to the new law.

Royal Caribbean argued that, because such large numbers of people are confined to a limited space on cruises, it was only fair that they be granted an exception to this law.

DeSantis refused to back down. At a May 28 news conference, he told reporters, “We are going to enforce Florida law. You don’t say ‘pass laws’ and then not enforce it against giant corporations. That doesn’t work that way,” according to WPLG-TV.

Last week, the cruise line handed the governor a win. They agreed to comply with the law.

BREAKINGGovernor Ron Desantis WINS. Royal Caribbean caves, reverses course & won’t require cruise passengers to obtain vaccine passports. -Miami Herald

— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) June 4, 2021

“The about-face is an apparent submission to @GovRonDeSantis , who has insisted that there will be no exception made for cruise companies to a newly passed Florida law that fines companies $5,000 each time they ask a patron to provide proof of vaccination.” pic.twitter.com/ya3EfVAvKz

— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) June 5, 2021

In a Friday press release, Michael Bayley, the company’s president and CEO, said, “This is it. Vacationers can finally plan to take their precious time off this summer and truly get away after what has been a challenging time for everyone. I would like to sincerely thank our guests and travel partners for their incredible patience and understanding during this very difficult period. Thanks in large part to the successful rollout of vaccines, the world of adventure is beginning to open up, and we are all excited to start delivering great vacations to our guests, who have increasingly told us they are getting vaccinated.”

Bayley thanked DeSantis and several other county and local officials “for their steadfast support of our industry and for providing access to vaccines to the thousands of crew on our ships off the eastern seaboard. This act of understanding and humanity has been deeply appreciated, and we are grateful for their support, which is enabling the health and safety of our guests, crew members and the communities we visit.”

He said that “90% of all vacationers booking with Royal Caribbean are either vaccinated or planning to get vaccinated in time for their cruise.”

All crew members have been vaccinated, according to the Herald.

The Herald also reported that a Celebrity Cruises ship is scheduled to sail out of Port Everglades on June 26, five days before the Florida law takes effect. (Celebrity Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean International.)

Celebrity Cruises requires all passengers age 16 and older to be vaccinated. The Herald said the company plans to maintain this requirement on its seven-night Caribbean cruises that are restarting from Port Everglades on June 26.

That should be okay for the June 26 sailing, but after July 1, all bets are off.

It’s probably not a good idea to underestimate Gov. DeSantis. In fact, they may find it’s a very expensive idea.

Black Panther in Tulsa: ‘Because that time will come … black Americans will kill everything white in sight’

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May 31 marks 100 years since the atrocity known as the Tulsa Race Massacre occurred in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to History.com:

At the turn of the 20th century, African Americans founded and developed the Greenwood district in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Built on what had formerly been Indian Territory, the community grew and flourished as a Black economic and cultural mecca—until May 31, 1921.

That’s when a white mob began a rampage through some 35 square blocks, decimating the community known proudly as “Black Wall Street.” Armed rioters, many deputized by local police, looted and burned down businesses, homes, schools, churches, a hospital, hotel, public library, newspaper offices and more. While the official death toll of the Tulsa race massacre was 36, historians estimate it may have been as high as 300. As many as 10,000 people were left homeless.

The incident stands as one most horrific acts of racial violence, and domestic terrorism, ever committed on American soil.

The National Black Power Convention was held this weekend in Tulsa to mark this sad chapter in history. According to local media outlet KTUL, the theme of this year’s convention is “Reparations Now!”

The group held a Second Amendment March for Reparations on Saturday. Hundreds of armed black activists marched though the Greenwood neighborhood shouting “Black Power.”

The organizers of the event issued a news release which read: “The struggle for Reparations must be escalated. We must fight on every front to achieve redress and Reparations for the atrocities committed upon Tulsa Massacre descendants; and we must intensify the fight to achieve Reparations for all 40-million Blacks still grossly affected by racism, inequality, wealth disparity, police brutality and the like. Tulsa will mark a new beginning in the upgraded fight for Reparations for Black people.”

Nick Bezzel, one of the event organizers, said, “We have to take a much stronger approach toward Reparations. We are tired of begging. Our ancestors deserve nothing less than our strongest efforts.”

In the second video below, a speaker tells the crowd, “Because that time will come when there’s a rat-a-tat-tat … black Americans will kill everything white in sight.”

(Please scroll down to view videos of the event.)

Slavery was a horrendous institution and the events that took place 100 years ago in Tulsa were heinous. No one is denying that.

Throughout history, untold atrocities have occurred and countless groups from all races have been wrongly and unfairly persecuted. Many people alive today have been touched by mindless violence and brutality. The Jews, perhaps most of all. But I don’t hear them demanding reparations from Germany for the Holocaust.

In February, members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, met to consider H.R. 40, a bill introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

The purpose of this legislation, according to Lee, is to establish a commission “to study and develop reparations proposals” for African-Americans.

“This commission will probe into the facts of the long-standing impact, the disparities that slavery brought about in this country. We still experience them today,” Jackson Lee told her colleagues. “The government sanctioned slavery and that is why we need a reckoning, a healing, reparative justice. We need to bring our nation together.”

The commission will also determine “if a national apology for slavery is in order.”

Radio host and conservative commentator Larry Elder and former NFL great Herschel Walker, both of whom oppose reparations, appeared as witnesses for the Republicans. Both made strong arguments against them. (Video below)

Walker told the committee, “America is the greatest country in the world for me, a melting pot of a lot of great races, a lot of great minds that have come together with different ideas to make Americans the greatest country on Earth. Many have died trying to get into America. No one is dying trying to get out.”

“Reparations, where does the money come from?” he asked. “Does it come from all the other races except the black taxpayers? Who is black? What percentage of black must you be to receive reparations? Do you go to 23 and Me or a DNA test to determine the percentage of blackness? Some American ancestors just came to this country 80 years ago, their ancestors wasn’t even here during slavery. Some black immigrants weren’t here during slavery, nor their ancestors. Some states didn’t even have slavery.”

“I asked my mom, who’s in her mid-80s, her thoughts on the issue prior to the hearing,” Walker said. “Her words: I do not believe in reparations. Who is the money gonna go to? Has anyone thought about paying the families who lost someone in the Civil War, who fought for their freedom? … If you give a man a fish, you feed him a day. You teach him to fish, you feed him a lifetime.”

The Black Panthers need to open their eyes and see that America has evolved over the last century. Frankly, I can’t think of another country in the world where blacks are presented with more opportunities for success. If they can, they ought to move there.

The greatest barrier to their success is their insistence that they are oppressed. Democrats have perpetuated this decades-old myth to keep blacks dependent upon them for their every need. In return for their “largesse” toward blacks, Democrats can count on their support at the ballot box.

Through their actions and words, Democrats have instilled in blacks the notion that they are helpless, and that the odds are stacked against them. Like all of the Democrat’s lies, it’s been repeated so often, many blacks firmly believe that no matter how hard they work, the system is rigged against them, and they will never get ahead.

It is this deeply ingrained belief that stands at the center of the racial divide in America today.

If a parent or a mentor tells a child, continually, that even if they persevere, it will make little difference, the child will have very little incentive to do so. And if that parent or mentor takes it further and says, “But don’t worry. I’ll always make sure you have everything you need,” what little motivation the child may have had will evaporate.

I posted about this in March after watching a powerful discussion between Fox News’ Mark Levin and Shelby Steele, a senior fellow at The Hoover Institution, who is black. Steele’s interview can be viewed here: Michelle Obama Gets it Terribly Wrong in Her Commencement Address and Exposes the Root of the Racial Divide.

Rather than dwelling on the atrocities of the past which keeps them stuck in permanent victimhood, blacks ought to remove their blinders so they might see the opportunities that are there for the taking.

KTUL reported that the following groups are leading the effort:

  • The Huey P Newton Gun Club (HPNGC)
  • The Elmer Geronimo Pratt Gun Club (EGPGC)
  • The New Black Panther Party for Self- Defense (NBPP)
  • The Fred Hampton Gun Club (FHGC)
  • The New Black Liberation Militia (NBLM)
  • The Panther Special Operations Command (PANSOC)
  • ANUBIS
  • Multiple other groups and private gun owners

Report: Fauci Argued Gain of Function Research Worth Risk of Pandemic; Hid Important Information From Trump Officials

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“It’s a nasty virus if you’re a mouse,” said Emory University virologist John Steel in a November 2014 interview with Science Magazine.

Steel was referring to PRS, a strain of influenza that he and his team had been studying until an order from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) interrupted their work.

Concerned that gain-of-function research, the process of altering a pathogen to make it more lethal and more easily transmissible in order to develop vaccines and other remedies to eradicate it, was too risky, the NIH placed a moratorium on the practice in October 2014. Federal funding would no longer be available for research “involving influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.”

In December 2017, the NIH announced they were lifting the Obama-era ban on the use of federal funds for gain-of-function research. The organization issued a statement which stated: “GOF research is important in helping us identify, understand, and develop strategies and effective countermeasures against rapidly evolving pathogens that pose a threat to public health.”

Sky News Australia’s Sharri Markson, the author of a forthcoming book entitled, “What Really Happened In Wuhan,” has been following the COVID story closely.

She reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), failed to notify the appropriate Trump Administration officials of this development. Markson wrote: “An investigation by The Weekend Australian has also confirmed Dr Fauci … did not alert senior White House officials before lifting the ban on gain-of-function research in 2017.”

 

The Weekend Australian spoke to “multiple” Trump Administration insiders who confirmed that Fauci had not briefed them on the NIH decision to restore funding for gain-of-function research.

“It kind of just got rammed through,” one official told the publication. “I think there’s truth in the narrative that the (National Security Council) staff, the president, the White House chief-of-staff, those people were in the dark that he was switching back on the research.”

According to the report, the paper “also confirmed that neither Mike Pompeo, the then-director of the Central Intelligence Agency, nor National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger, was briefed.”

Markson also discovered a paper Fauci had published in the American Society for Microbiology in October 2012 in which he expressed his support for gain-of-function research. He considered that the benefits exceeded the risk of a pandemic.

Fauci wrote, “In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic? Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario – however remote – should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?

“Scientists working in this field might say – as indeed I have said – that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks.”

“We cannot expect those who have these concerns to simply take us, the scientific community, at our word that the benefits of this work outweigh the risks, nor can we ignore their calls for greater transparency, their concerns about conflicts of interest, and their efforts to engage in a dialog about whether these experiments should have been performed in the first place.”

“Those of us in the scientific community who believe in the merits of this work have the responsibility to address these concerns thoughtfully and respectfully,” he added.

Up until two weeks ago, Fauci has insisted that COVID had a natural origin, that it jumped from an animal to a human. He now admits that it may have escaped from a lab.

During a Senate Health Committee hearing held in early May, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky asked Fauci if NIAID funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which Fauci categorically denied.

“Yet papers published as late as last year in American peer-­reviewed academic journals that include WIV researchers – including its prominent virologist Shi Zhengli – disclose that work on coronaviruses had been funded by at least three NIH grants,” according to report in the Australian.

The NIH did provide a grant (or a series of grants) to a nonprofit called EcoHealth Alliance which was connected to the WIV. EcoHealth, in turn, provided funding to the WIV.

The fiery exchange between Fauci and Paul can be viewed in the video below.

The video immediately went viral which quickly drew intense media attention to both Fauci himself and the question of whether or not the U.S. funded gain-of-function research at the WIV.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported on a State Department document which revealed that three researchers from the Wuhan lab had fallen ill in November 2019 and were hospitalized “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.”

The statement had been issued by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Jan. 15. There were two additional interesting pieces of information in the document.

The first item concerned “WIV Research on “RaTG13” and “gain of function”: “Starting in at least 2016, WIV researchers studied RaTG13, the bat coronavirus identified by the WIV in January 2020 as its closest sample to SARS-CoV-2 (96.2% similar). Since the outbreak, the WIV has not been transparent nor consistent about its work with RaTG13 or other similar viruses, including possible “gain of function” experiments to enhance transmissibility or lethality.

And the second involved WIV’s “secret links” to Military Research: “Despite the WIV presenting itself as a civilian institution, the WIV has collaborated on publications and secret projects with China’s military. The WIV has engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017.”

Hmmm.

Straight Down the Leash

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Ah yes, the coveted ‘day off’ – no labor in the garden plot of the fourth first, no books to balance, no yardwork and my new cat has just re-entered her daily, 22-hour period of slumber.

It’s “Richard Edward time” now; coffee and a slow, steady ingestion of the news, punctuated by quick trips to the fridge to steal another piece of my only culinary triumph; a home-marinade, grass-fed, dehydrated-in-my-very own-oven beef jerky. All while the fourth first is occupied on a call to her sister in Ukraine.

News intake routine activated? Yes. Initial news scan results? Yes, the news is as annoying today as it is on any other day – and as horrifyingly predictable … or is it predictably horrifying. One article in and I am already running from an avalanche of stupid.

Our friends at Fox News tell us that “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) led a group of her House Democratic colleagues in a letter to federal immigration officials demanding an overhaul of immigration policies and objecting to gang members in the country illegally being targeted for deportation.”

The group further posits that:

The lawmakers claim an interim enforcement memo issued by ICE “does not adequately protect the liberty interests of asylum seekers” and presumes an illegal migrant — including those convicted of aggravated felonies — to be a “border security and enforcement and removal priority.”

“It is well documented that law enforcement’s practices of labelling people as gang-involved is often faulty, based on arbitrary and racist factors, and not subject to due process,” the lawmakers claimed.

“We are in a moment of racial reckoning in this country, with communities across the country calling for an end to mass incarceration and racist policing,” the group continued. “It is time to end the carceral approach to immigration, which relies on these same flawed systems.”

What in the blazes? Dems don’t want illegal gang members to be deported? Did I read that right? Border patrol and ICE personnel aren’t capable of identifying the MS-13 gang tattoo on some illegal’s neck and forehead anymore? Is this insanity or some twisted ploy to distract from a more nefarious plot to destroy —

Mr. Narrator (interrupts): “Richard Edward you did read that ‘right’ and you read it correctly, too. The Squad and many other social justice Democrats are concerned that illegals who have been convicted of aggravated felonies are presumed, by DHS, to be a ‘border security and enforcement and removal priority’; a DHS priority that they opine is trampling all over those poor dear’s rights.”

Richard Edward: “This is crazy talk, reflecting crazy thinking. This isn’t difficult. Even I can determine the difference between a young, central American male covered in gang tattoos from one with crazy Nancy’s ‘spark of divinity’ on his face. Who is the leader of this particular social justice cult that is telling the American people that wrong is right, bad is good, hoodlums are choirboys, and that seasoned law enforcement officers only super-power is one that always ends in the mis-identification of ‘good’ criminal illegals for ‘bad’ criminal illegals?”

Mr. Narrator: “Think about if for a minute, Richard Edward. Think about the groupthink of those 35 Democrats and their rote quotation of their social justice catechism. What do you really hear? Where do you think it begins? How uniform does their litany seem to be and who may have trained these mongrels, the ones who howl at the moon of laws and righteousness? Use your knower, try hard to remember.”

Richard Edward: “Yes, I remember now. Back in the day I used to say I could match any of my squadron’s working dogs with their handlers by simply observing the handler’s behavior. I believed then, and still do, that the personality of the handler goes right down the leash! Tactical training is critical; but the subtle attitudes, approach and response to situations that complete the effectiveness and credibility of the unit start with the attitude and personality of the handler.”

Mr. Narrator: “I knew you’d remember Richard Edward! Now, think a little harder – who is the ‘handler’ for the social justice Democrats?  Who holds the leash? Who dictates the training? Who gives the commands? Who issues the talking points and sets the goals for the group? I’ll help you Richard Edward. It’s not AOC. She is a parrot and a mixologist, not a handler. Think further up the leash.”

Richard Edward: “It can’t be Joey Robinette, Mr. Narrator. He is far too muddled in his thinking to come up with such a preposterous perversion of professional policing and border control. Joey wouldn’t be able to hold even an incoherent thought long enough to come up with this kind of woke poop.”

Mr. Narrator: “I’ll give you one last hint, Richard Edward. It’s got to be someone with a more sinister thought process, someone who was trained year after year in the dark arts of Marxism, someone who embraces Cloward-Piven strategy as the ‘final solution’ to America’s wonderful culture and history’s best-ever living experiment. It’s someone who must still remember his Muslim roots, who believes that America owes the world an apology for its racist, colonial behavior and that an individual’s wealth is something to be re-distributed to those who didn’t labor to earn it.”

Richard Edward: “Okay, I get it. But how can Obama be the handler? He isn’t in office anymore.”

Mr. Narrator: “Richard Edward, you are so naïve. He has to do something while he waits for the ocean to rise and engulf his new house on Martha’s Vineyard. Don’t you remember, he (joked?) stated in an interview on the CBC how wonderful a third term would be if he could sit in his jammies in his basement and pull the strings of government to someone sitting in the White House, communicating via an earpiece? Why do you think Biden says he’ll be in trouble if he answers press questions? In trouble with who, perhaps his old boss?”

Richard Edward: “Okay, you are spot on. Look at Obama’s personality and his attitude towards America; then look at what Biden and the social justice Dems say and do. I was also correct. It goes right down the leash, after all.”

If you think that dozens of American legislators responding to a hidden handler’s commands can lead to a crisis, please leave a comment and let Mr. Narrator and Richard Edward know your thoughts.

—  Richard Edward Tracy

Arizona Election Auditors Accuse Maricopa County Board of Deleting Voting Machine Databases

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The Maricopa County, Arizona audit team discovered on Wednesday that “a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle” had been deleted days before county election officials were scheduled to hand over the election equipment for forensic review. They posted the following tweet to break the news saying that this was “spoliation of evidence.”

The screenshot below shows that all of the data had been “modified” on April 12.

The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft has been following this story closely. Last week, Hoft reported that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, who have been trying to stop this audit from the start, informed the auditors they were unable to provide passwords or access to the routers which had been requested.

After the team discovered that “‘the entire database’ for the 2020 General election, showing the ‘Results Tally and Reporting,'” had been deleted, Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona state Senate send a letter to the Chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, Jack Sellers, demanding some answers.

Here are several excerpts from Fann’s letter:

“We have recently discovered that the entire “Database” directory from the D drive of the machine “EMSPrimary” has been deleted.

“This removes election related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena. In addition, the main database for the Election Management System (EMS) Software, “Results Tally and Reporting,” is not located anywhere on the EMSPrimary machine, even though all of the EMS Clients reference that machine as the location of the database. This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed. Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?

“To date, attorneys for Maricopa County have refused to produce virtual images of routers used in connection with the general election, relying on a conclusory and unsupported assertion that providing the routers would somehow “endanger the lives of law enforcement officers, their operations, or the protected health information and personal data of Maricopa County’s citizens.” If true, the fact that Maricopa County stores on its routers substantial quantities of citizens’ and employees’ highly sensitive personal information is an alarming indictment of the County’s lax data security practices, rather than of the legislative subpoenas.

“Similarly, the County’s assertion that producing the internet routers for inspection would cost up to $6,000,000 seems at odds with Deputy County Attorney Joseph La Rue’s prior representation to Audit Liaison Ken Bennett that the routers already had been disconnected from the County’s network and were prepared for imminent delivery to the Senate.

“Nevertheless, in an effort to resolve the dispute regarding production of the routers, we propose that agents of CyFIR, an experienced digital forensics firm and subcontractor of Cyber Ninjas, review virtual images of the relevant routers in Maricopa County facilities and in the presence of representatives of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Such an arrangement would permit Maricopa County to retain custody and monitor the review of router data, while ensuring that the Senate may access the information it requires—and to which it is constitutionally entitled—to successfully complete its audit. The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election.

“Separately, Maricopa County has refused to provide the passwords necessary to access vote tabulation devices. Its attorneys’ insistence that the County does not have custody or control of this information is belied by the County’s conduct of its own audits, which, if they were as comprehensive as they purported to be, almost certainly would have entailed use of the passwords to examine the tabulation devices, and it strains credulity to posit that the County has no contractual right to obtain (i.e., control of) password information from Dominion.

“As the audit has progressed, the Senate’s contractors have become aware of apparent omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies relating to Maricopa County’s handling, organization, and storage of ballots,

Fann’s complete letter, including all exhibits can be viewed in the Scribd file below.

Exclusive Letter to Maricop… by Jim Hoft

 

On Wednesday night, Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward weighed in on the latest development in this saga.

Dr. Ward has been providing regular video updates on the team’s progress. In a message delivered earlier on Wednesday (before news of the deleted material was known), she said this audit has sent the Democrats “into a total frenzy.” That is not an overstatement.

“There is new information coming to light nearly every day as to how poorly the election in November was supervised in Maricopa County and in our state.”

“Election officials say they didn’t have access to passwords that are critical .. critical equipment. But outside vendors like Dominion did. Routers weren’t secure and may have been used to allow access to a network of county offices.”

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. So stay focused, there is plenty, plenty more news to come.”