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May 27th 2022


McConnell tells me he met this morning with Texas Sen. John Cornyn after he returned from Texas and encouraged him to begin discussions with Dems including Sens. Murphy and Sinema to see if they can find a consensus on some legislation to respond to the shooting in Texas.

“I’ve encouraged him to talk to Sinema, Murphy and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that’s directly related to the problem,” McConnell said. “I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution that’s directly related to the facts of this awful massacre.”

 

“I’m going to start having conversations again with colleagues on both sides of the aisle,” Sinema told reporters. “If there is a chance for us to do something to help make it safer for kids in this country, we owe it to the country to do it for real, not just talking points.”

 

Murphy told CNN he believes universal background checks and banning rifles should occur. “Voters get to decide this. Ask your candidates this fall: ‘Are you supportive of universal background checks? Do you think that 18-year-olds should have access to military-style assault weapons?’ And if they say yes, if they support the current law and don’t support reform, then don’t send them back to Congress,” he said.

 

Any sort of gun-related legislation would need 60 votes to pass the Senate. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would have created new federal offices focused on domestic terrorism.

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The Geezer-in-Chief came back to the United States to demand more gun laws after an 18-year-old transvestite broke numerous federal gun laws as he shot and killed 21 people, 18 of whom were schoolchildren.

Biden said it was time to act. Just what new gun laws he has in mind, he did not say. 

However, he did say it was time to stand up to the gun lobby.

 

Biden said, “As a nation, we have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”

 

That's cute.

And also out of touch.

81.4 million Americans own a gun. That's 100,000 more people than voted for Biden.

44% of Americans live in a household that has a gun.

Only 42% of Americans identify as a Democrat.

We're Americans. We own guns. Not everyone, but just enough to make criminals think twice. That is why crime is so high in gun-free zones such as Chicago, New York and Baltimore.

Ben Shapiro tweeted, "The Texas shooter violated a multiplicity of gun laws. The suggestion that more gun laws would have prevented this act of unspeakable evil is unsupported, and the implication that those who oppose such laws are somehow in favor of mass shootings is morally reprehensible."

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Victor Escalon, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said he couldn’t say why no one stopped the now deceased gunman, 18 year-old Salvador Ramos, from entering the school during that time Tuesday. Most of the shots Ramos fired came during the first several minutes when he entered the school, Mr. Escalon said.

DPS officials previously said an armed school officer confronted Ramos as he arrived at the school. Mr. Escalon said Thursday that information was incorrect and no one encountered Ramos as he arrived at the school. “There was not an officer readily available and armed,” Mr. Escalon said.

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After it was revealed on Thursday that not only did police delay their response to sending tactical teams into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex. amid a school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead but prevented parents from entering, the Wall Street Journal reported that one mother sprinted into the school to get her children, over objections from law enforcement.

Angeli Rose Gomez drove 40 miles to the school upon hearing of the shooting, and she arrived, said "The police were doing nothing. They were just standing outside the fence. They weren't going in there or running anywhere."

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New economic numbers show during the first quarter of the year, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product shrank by 1.5 percent. “Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2022 (table 1), according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis,” the BEA released Thursday morning. The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the “advance” estimate issued last month.  In the advance estimate, the decrease in real GDP was 1.4 percent. The update primarily reflects downward revisions to private inventory investment and residential investment that were partly offset by an upward revision to consumer spending.” “The decrease in real GDP reflected decreases in private inventory investment, exports, federal government spending.

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Chicago police are looking for a man who took photo-bombing to the next level on Wednesday morning as a local Fox affiliate aired the quite aspirationally-titled “Good Day Chicago.”  

During a live shot from the corner of Clark and Hubbard Streets in downtown, a man crossed behind reporter Joanie Lum and pointed a gun over her shoulder at the crew. 

Video then shows him pointing the gun across the street before merrily skipping away down the sidewalk. 

So far, there’s no media framing of the incident as an example of black-on-Asian violence.

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Italy says it's working to intervene diplomatically with Russia to allow Ukrainian ports to open amid a growing global wheat and food supply crisis, given some 30% of the world's wheat comes from war-ravaged Ukraine and Russia. 

This culminated in a Thursday phone call between Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, wherein the Italian leader is believed to have pressed Putin to order his military to unblock Black Sea ports.

A statement from the Kremlin following the call said"Vladimir Putin emphasizes that the Russian Federation is ready to make a significant contribution to overcoming the food crisis through the export of grain and fertilizer, subject to the lifting of politically motivated restrictions by the West."

Putin's office confirmed he spoke about "steps taken to ensure the safety of navigation, including the daily opening of humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilian ships from the ports of the Azov and the Black Sea, which is impeded by the Ukrainian side."

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The trucking sector’s most important statistic in the weekly Energy Information Administration statistical report wasn’t a good one. But a lot of others were.

With so much focus on the diesel market on the East Coast, the level of inventories has been the key data point to determine whether any easing of the squeeze in supplies is in sight. 

The information in the weekly report was not positive for the trucking industry. Inventories of ultra low sulfur diesel in the region that the EIA calls PADD 1, which contains the key East Coast markets, declined to 19.375 million barrels from 20.4 million barrels a week before.

Comparisons of how low these figures are relative to historical figures are difficult in that ULSD has only been the standard diesel product for roughly 10 years. But the latest figures are some of the lowest of the past five to eight years.  

Last week’s figure was encouraging, because it marked the first time in several weeks that East Coast ULSD stocks had risen. It raised the possibility that inventories were headed up. And while the latest report is still more than the PADD 1 inventories of 19.19 million barrels from two weeks ago, the fact that stocks went down again was a surprise.

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The cost of electric vehicle batteries is set to soar amid the ongoing Russia–Ukraine conflict and supply chain disruptions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Monday.

While electric vehicle sales have remained strong so far this year with 2 million electric cars sold worldwide in the first quarter, IEA said that further efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supplies are needed to reduce the risks of bottlenecks and increased prices going forward.

A growing number of countries and carmakers across the globe have set out ambitious vehicle electrification targets for the coming decades amid a push to address climate change.

However, IEA warned that soaring prices for some critical minerals essential for battery manufacturing, supply chain disruptions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in China, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine remain the greatest obstacles to strong electric vehicle sales.

The biggest battery manufacturer in the world is China and more than half of all lithium, cobalt, and graphite processing and refining capacity is located in China.

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From the world’s largest gathering of hypocrites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, we have learned that a personal carbon footprint tracker is in the works. In the wrong hands, it would be the equivalent of the ankle monitors used to ensure that criminal offenders don’t escape their house arrest.

“We’re developing, through technology, an ability for consumers to measure their whole carbon footprint,” J. Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group USA, said Tuesday while on a panel discussion on responsible consumption. “What does that mean? Where they are traveling. How they are traveling. What are they eating. What they are consuming on the platform.”

This will excite the virtue signalers who will be happy to post their carbon footprint scores on social media. But for the rest of us, those still wishing to live freely, who don’t want elites establishing the limits of “responsible consumption,” it’s deeply troubling.

Evans described the tracker as if it were just another way for people to keep up with their activities – like a smart watch that monitors health.

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Ed Dowd joins Steve Bannon again with some hair-raising financial bombshells about the imminent end of the monetary system as we know it.

He says credit markets and equity markets are unhinged and it’s going to accelerate: “We’re going into a recession and we’re going in hard.”

He sees the rise in the commodities market as not wholly a monetary phenomenon and mostly an energy policy phenomenon, with the Biden Regime’s stoppage of US energy independence, the EU’s Green policies and China’s port closures causing much of the current problem.

“It’s a supply chain issue, it’s an energy policy issue, it’s this ESG nonsense…I think we’re going to see an absolute collapse of credit and the economy…the tyranny of the bond math is such that they can’t raise interest rates without collapsing the whole system.”

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Residential electricity rates have been surging for months and are poised to climb even higher this summer on a combination of tight supplies of natural gas and coal [thanks to Biden], an unrelenting droughtin the Western US, and a nationwide forecast for extreme heat, according to Bloomberg.

Barclays Plc calculates that monthly bills will be more than 40% higher than last year’s, and projections from the US Energy Information Administration show this year’s retail residential rates rising the most since 2008.

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Only about one-third of Americans approve of President Biden's job performance, according to polls, but the percentage who believe the nation is on the right path under his leadership is even lower.

Just 16% are happy with the current path the United States is on, according to a Gallup survey, with 83% saying they are dissatisfied.

A Quinnipiac University poll last month had Biden’s approval rating at 33%, an all-time low in that survey. The latest Reuters-Ipsos has his approval at 36%.

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Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is Monday. What's in store for the upcoming season of beach days and barbecues in Southern California?

 

To start with, it will be dry. That's not just because California's Mediterranean climate means rain mostly falls during a few wet winter months, but because the state is in its third year of drought.

This year, after an unusually wet December, California experienced the driest January, February and March on record — some of the very months when the state expects to get almost all of its precipitation. California's precipitation typically comes in a handful of winter storms. The state averages seven strong atmospheric rivers during the October-to-September water year, according to the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. The state kicked off the 2021-22 water year with an exceptional atmospheric river on Oct. 28, but then ended up with only five strong ones for the whole winter, making it the third straight water year with below-normal atmospheric river activity.

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The observational study – “The Foegen Effect: A Mechanism by Which Facemasks Contribute to the COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate” – was published in Medicine in February 2022, authored by German doctor Zacharias Fögen.

The paper analyzed “whether mandatory mask use influenced the case fatality rate in Kansas” during the time period of August 1st, 2020 to October 15th.Kansas was used for comparison because the state allowed each of its 105 counties to decide whether or not to implement mask mandates, with 81 counties deciding against the measure.

“The most important finding from this study is that contrary to the accepted thought that fewer people are dying because infection rates are reduced by masks, this was not the case,” summarized the paper.

“Results from this study strongly suggest that mask mandates actually caused about 1.5 times the number of deaths or ∼50% more deaths compared to no mask mandates.”

The study also posited a potential reason for the disparity in risk ratio (RR) for dying from COVID-19.

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A new survey yields some concerning findings on evangelism in the modern era. The study, conducted by Lifeway Research and commissioned by Evangelism Explosion, found that, while Christians express a willingness and even a desire to share faith, few have conveyed to others how to become a believer.

The first statistic that stands out surrounds the proportion of self-identified Christians who have shared a Bible verse or Bible story with a non-Christian loved one sometime over the past six months.

Just 46% have shared a verse or story, and 43% have invited a non-Christian loved one to church services or a church program.

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Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, known affectionately as “Psycho Bill” by Louisiana conservative radio host Moon Griffon, has not been winning the hearts and minds of conservatives back home.

 
 

The state Republican Party has spoken out about his vote to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6 riot and his support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill — a bill he famously defended without knowing what was in it — and his dismissive attitude about high maternal mortality among the black community has earned him no new fans on either side of the aisle.

Nonetheless, the rumors across Louisiana rage on — Cassidy is considering a run for Governor in 2023.

The current governor, Democrat John Bel Edwards, is term-limited, and the Democrats have no heir apparent to his administration. Meanwhile, Republicans have several contenders coming forwards, almost all of whom are vastly more conservative than Cassidy.

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The new CBO numbers portend of a future of bloated government, crushing federal debts, and mounting burdens forced onto American families.

The dramatic differences between this update and the CBO’s last report 10 months ago highlight the economic issues that have visited every American household. For example, the CBO is expecting the economy this year to be $4,700 smaller per household.

That gap widens to more than $13,300 in lost personal purchasing power per household through 2031. In just 10 months, the CBO’s estimate of the financial health of America has deteriorated that much. Almost as quickly as Americans earn it, the federal government finds a way to spend it.

 

Worse, the CBO is now expecting price levels will be another 5.5% higher through 2031 than their estimate just 10 months ago. Forget President Joe Biden’s empty promises, the CBO thinks the current scourge of inflation will continue to haunt us for many years to come.

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Mass shootings in the United States have increased dramatically over the last few decades. Those trying to explain the phenomenon have blamed gun laws, social media, white nationalism, extremist politics, pandemic policies—the list goes on. But what if there’s another factor at work here?

 
 

Guess what else has soared in the last few decades? The use of anti-depression medication, especially SSRIs. It was in 1987 that the first selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, commonly known as an SSRI, was developed and it quickly became the standard. You’ve probably heard its name–Prozac. Other SSRIs were soon produced, and SSRIs are now the most prescribed antidepressant in the US.

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The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of military fire arms for the criminals to use. This is intended to foster a sense of insecurity, which would lead the American people to Disarm themselves by passing, laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated be desire in these people to open fire on schoolyards and thus inflame the antigun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly.

The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd amendment.

-Behold A Pale Horse 

 

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