Reader’s Links for February 3rd, 2023

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  1. Local Election Officials in Oakland, CA Ignore Judge’s Order – Muck Around with Ballots Before Auditors Show Up for Onsite to Review
    By Joe Hoft
    Published February 3, 2023 at 8:45am

    Here we go – more corrupt acts by election officials in Alameda County, California.

    On the eve of the 2022 election in November last year, a number of election issues were identified in Alameda County, California (where Oakland is located).

    The situation was so bad that in early January a group of concerned citizens called for a recount of the recent Mayoral race.


    The California Globe reported on this on January 4.

    The Oakland NAACP is demanding a manual recount in the Mayor’s race “due to a razor-thin margin of victory of 677 votes, an unusually high number of disqualified votes, and widespread confusion surrounding ranked-choice voting (RCV).”

  2. Hungarian Opposition Was Given More Illegal US Funds than Previously Reported – Weeks After Group’s Leader Koranyi Met with Alex Soros
    By Jim Hoft
    Published February 3, 2023 at 7:45am

    The globalist left is on a mission to stamp out any nationalist or populist movement in the Western World. It is much more difficult to control people who love their country, respect their faith, and value their culture.

    For years the globalist left has attacked Hungary’s Viktor Orban, the highly successful and love Eastern European leader.

    In a new report, Hungarian officials are now blaming US Democrats for attempting to influence their national elections.

    The report accuses US Democrats of donating more illegal funds than previously reported to the Hungarian opposition.

  3. Sturm Und Drang and Chinese Balloons
    By Larry Johnson
    Published February 3, 2023 at 7:30am

    U.S military commands NORAD and NORTHCOM have been soiling themselves during the last 48 hours because a Chinese spy balloon is flying over the United States mainland. The U.S. military initially recommended a shoot down and Joe Biden gave the green light. But cooler heads prevailed, in part because there was concern expressed within the military chain of command that falling debris could kill Americans on the ground, and the U.S. opted to let it fly.

    The war party in the United States is apoplectic. The media is reporting that the military ignored Biden’s order. Jesse Waters on Fox News — he normally is a strident Biden critic — is openly siding with Biden and condemning the military for not popping that balloon.

    This is madness. The countries with military satellites circling the globe do not have a formal agreement under international law defining where earth’s atmosphere ends and space begins. (More about that in a bit.)

    Let me start with this question — what is the difference between a Chinese spy balloon flying at 55 miles above the earth collecting intelligence via sensors and cameras and Chinese spy satellite flying at 70 miles above the earth collecting intelligence with sensors and cameras? Simply a matter of altitude.

    Currently, there is a de facto assumption by most nations that the line dividing earth atmosphere from space is 60 miles above the earth:

  4. REPORT: FBI Planning to Build New Headquarters Building TWICE THE SIZE of Pentagon – Republicans Need to Stop This
    By Mike LaChance
    Published February 3, 2023 at 12:50am

    The FBI is expanding.

    The bureau is reportedly planning to build a new headquarters which will be twice the size of the Pentagon.

    This raises a few obvious questions. Why do they need such a massive building? Are they increasing the size of their ranks to fill it? Should the American people be concerned about this?

    In recent years, millions of Americans have come to see the FBI as a politicized agency which does the bidding of the Democrat party.

    From American Greatness:

    Planned New FBI HQ Is Twice the Size of the Pentagon

    The federal government is proceeding with plans to build a new FBI headquarters complex twice the size of the Pentagon building.

    Riveted into the colossal new project are woke regulations to ensure that the FBI center will comply with diversity, equity, LGBTQ+, and climate change political goals.

    The plan, unveiled last September, has received little attention. For years the FBI has sought to vacate its present headquarters, a brutalist concrete bunker on stilts and occupying two city blocks between the White House and the Capitol.

    Plans for the new FBI headquarters specify that it will be built on one of three sites in suburban Virginia and Maryland. Those sites are large parcels of 58, 61, and 80 acres.

    That means, at minimum, the new FBI headquarters complex would be twice the size of the Pentagon building. Covering about 29 acres plus a five-acre courtyard, the Pentagon, until recently, was the largest office building on earth.

    The Kremlin in Moscow?—a walled fortress containing the administrative offices of the Russian central government, the official presidential residence, massive auditoriums, an arsenal, a museum, four palaces, three cathedrals and several churches—is just over 66 acres in area.

    This news is more than a little creepy.

    The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building. This will be bigger. And they’ll be watching you.

    The Republicans in Congress may be able to stop this project. American Greatness explains how:

    The House can exercise power of the purse to stop this semi-stealth FBI expansion and force the bureau to cooperate fully with Congress. How?

    First, allow no funds to purchase, lease, or develop land not presently owned by the federal government. That would eliminate the two proposed sites in Maryland.

    Second, allow no funds to design, develop, or construct federal property bound to diversity, equity, and inclusion agendas or any programs that promote or enforce cultural Marxism with tax dollars.

    Third, conduct lengthy, open hearings and a broad public debate about why the FBI needs a headquarters superplex that’s twice the size, or more, of the Pentagon.

    Finally, don’t appropriate or authorize a penny until the FBI cooperates fully with Congress to identify and hold individuals accountable for political abuses of power and criminal activity within the bureau. It’s as simple as that.

    The American people deserve transparency on this. The bureau functions with their tax dollars.

  5. Daddy Was About to Send that Guy Billions of Our Dollars in a Massive Money Laundering Scheme” OAN’s Dan Ball with TGP’s Joe Hoft Discussing Zelensky and Hunter in Ukraine (VIDEO)
    By Joe Hoft
    Published February 3, 2023 at 9:00am

    TGP’s Joe Hoft joined Dan Ball on One America News Network last night to discuss the Hunter Biden laptop and recent articles from The Gateway Pundit showing numerous crimes and corruption related to Hunter and the Biden crime family.

    In the segment below, Dan Ball does another excellent job going over the recent information reported by TGP that is summarized in the article below.

    Dan Ball focused on the events surrounding Metabiota, the firm that Hunter invested in that had a Biolab in Ukraine. As reported by TGP, when the Russians invaded Ukraine, President Zelensky released a decree to the country to destroy all documents related to Metabiota.

    Ball goes on to read part of Zelensky’s memo:

    Zelensky obviously was trying to erase all documents associated to Hunter’s company that he was connected to before the war, just in case that would get into the wrong hands. Why would they not want that in the wrong hands?

  6. NM’s Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Paid NM Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto Nearly $1 Million in Taxpayer Money When She Was a County Clerk – Why?
    By Joe Hoft
    Published February 3, 2023 at 9:15am

    Daniel Ivey-Soto, New Mexico’s most corrupt senator and his shell game played with taxpayer dollars.

    Guest post by the Editor of Estancia News

    As revealed in Part 1 of this series, Daniel Ivey-Soto is a New Mexico Senator who also runs a non-profit called Vandelay Solutions which advises county clerks on technical matters related to elections and other duties.

    This article will focus on partisan activities pursued by Ivey-Soto and the fact that he has received at least $925,000 in taxpayer dollars for consultation and assistance in drafting, promoting, and voting on legislation that directly benefits his clients and friends, but hurts the public.

    Vandelay Solutions was previously known as “NM Clerks,” but that company was dissolved and rebranded as Vandelay Solutions in 2019 after some clerks complained that the original name could mislead people into thinking Ivey-Soto’s company was a government agency. Ivey-Soto admitted as much in a recorded conversation that election workers were concerned that he was “running the clerks.” Instead of clearly communicating his company is not a government agency, Ivey-Soto still uses the “NM Clerks” brand for the email list serve he runs with all 33 county clerks, according to public documents obtained by Estancia News.

  7. Hunter Biden Sent Letter to Delaware AG Who Has a Long History with the Biden Crime Family
    By Joe Hoft
    Published February 3, 2023 at 9:45am

    Hunter Biden’s attorney sent letters to three entities on Wednesday night to encourage them to investigate individuals who were sharing information from this laptop. Two of these entities report to his father Joe Biden as part of the Executive Branch. The third entity was the Delaware Attorney General, a friend of the Biden crime family.

    TGP reported on the story as soon as the news broke that Hunter Biden’s attorney sent letters to three individuals and entities to request that they investigate those who were sharing information from his laptop.

    Of course, Hunter would like the US government and taxpayers to cover the costs of investigating the individuals who shared the corrupt and criminal acts of the Biden crime family that were found on his laptop.

  8. La Presse – QUEBEC – Passeports vaccinaux frauduleux

    Quand une fonctionnaire joue les superdétectives

    Travaillant jusqu’à 80 heures par semaine, souvent pendant ses temps libres, sans qu’on lui ait demandé quoi que ce soit, une fonctionnaire affectée à la campagne de vaccination contre la COVID-19 a découvert à elle seule plus de 10 000 faux passeports vaccinaux à travers le Québec. Contre vents et marées, elle a forcé Québec à mettre de l’ordre dans ce fouillis.

    […]Elle était maintenant une femme avec une mission. « Je travaillais tout le temps, facilement 80 heures par semaine. Je n’étais pas payée pour faire ça, mais c’était comme une drogue », raconte-t-elle. Tôt le matin ou tard le soir, elle se perdait dans les colonnes interminables de données et identifiait les cas suspects ainsi que les grandes tendances en matière de fraudes, sur tout le territoire.


    • CBC – Quebec-based COVID-19 vaccine maker Medicago to shut down

      Mitsubishi Chemical Group is shutting down Medicago, a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer with its headquarters in Quebec City, blaming the decision on ‘significant changes’ to the vaccine market.

  9. WEF just issued their biggest CRISIS warning yet

    The World Economic Forum has a new word called “Polycrisis”.

    These globalists now tell us that we are about to face multiple massive crisis at the same time.

    Is this fear mongering at a level 10? We’ll show you and you decide for yourself.

  10. CBC – Estonia confident Western partners will send Ukraine fighter jets: foreign minister

    Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu joined Power & Politics to discuss Ukraine’s request for fighter jets to use in the battle against Russia.

    ‘This is not escalative,’ Reinsalu said. ‘Russia is now planning a large-scale counter-offensive and it means that it needs to be balanced … in a way that makes a difference.’

    • BBC – Ukraine’s EU membership to be discussed at summit in Kiev –

      An EU-Ukraine summit between top officials is due to take place today to discuss Ukraine’s ambitions of joining the European Union.

      Ahead of the meeting, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine had set what he called an “ambitious goal” of joining the EU in two years.

      Ukraine’s President Volodymy Zelensky said ahead of the summit that it would be a week of European integration, and Kyiv was expecting decisions from its EU partners.

      However, few within Brussels see a two-year goal as a realistic aim, with concerns that the buoyant messaging from some senior figures within the EU could lead to disillusionment down the line.

    • BBC – How is power restored in Ukraine after Russian attacks?

      Ukraine’s engineers have been in constant battle for heat and light, racing to restore electricity and end the energy war after Russia’s attacks on the country’s grid.

      Since October, when temperatures began to plummet, Russia has been using strikes on Ukraine’s power grid to force the civilian population into submission.

      For two weeks, the BBC watched engineers and technicians who run the network racing to repair the damage and keep electricity flowing across the country.

    • europravda – Kiev hopes new weaponry can tip the balance in Bakhmut

      The newly elected Czech president, a former NATO general, is calling on Ukraine’s allies to do more. And now the question of sending fighter jets has entered the debate.

    • CNN – CIA chief says Putin ‘thinking he can grind down Ukrainians’

      CIA Director William Burns says the agency’s assessment is that the next six months will be crucial in the war in Ukraine.

      • NEWSWEEK – White House Denies Joe Biden Offered to Give Ukrainian Territory to Putin

        he White House has denied a report that CIA Director William Burns offered Russian President Vladimir Putin one-fifth of Ukraine’s territory to end the ongoing war as part of a peace plan drawn up on behalf of President Joe Biden.

        Sean Savett, the deputy spokesperson at the White House’s National Security Council, told Newsweek that a report from the Swiss-German newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) is “not accurate,” and that the CIA would say the same.

        […]According to the newspaper, the proposal offered “around 20 percent of Ukraine’s territory”—about the size of Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

        […]A CIA official told Newsweek that claims in the NZZ report that Burns took a secret trip to Moscow in January and that there was a peace proposal put forward by the director on behalf of the White House were “completely false.”

        Last month, Burns traveled in secret to meet and brief Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, the Washington Post reported.

        […]Kiev and Moscow reportedly rejected the proposal. Ukraine shut down the proposal “because they are not willing to have their territory divided” while Russian officials said they “will win the war in the long run anyway,” NZZ reported.

    • zero hedge – Germany Open To Idea West Behind Nord Stream Sabotage With “Aim Of Blaming It On Russia”

      […]The most important twist to the West’s narrative that is featured in the Times report concerns Germany. Its officials say they are now “open to theories” that the sabotage attack was conducted by a Western country “with the aim of blaming it on Russia.”

      […]Further, the report indicated, “Some went so far as to say they didn’t think Russia was responsible. Others who still consider Russia a prime suspect said positively attributing the attack — to any country — may be impossible.”

      Likely, that prior WaPo report, as well as Nuland’s bizarre ‘confession’ of sorts, has allowed the German investigators to be more open in expressing their view that it could have been a Western power behind the sabotage, with the aim of a ‘false flag’ operation.
      FRANCE PR4VD4 – US envoy to EU ‘convinced’ Ukraine will win ‘with the weapons we’re providing’

      Talking Europe hosts Mark Gitenstein, the US ambassador to the EU and a close confidant of President Joe Biden since the 1970s.

      Gitenstein took up his position in Brussels a year ago, and it proved to be a baptism of fire, with the war in Ukraine starting just a few weeks into his job.

      We ask him about transatlantic cooperation on Ukraine and the recent tensions between Brussels and Washington in the light of the US Inflation Reduction Act, which the EU fears will put European companies at a competitive disadvantage.

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – How the GLSDB long range weapons system could change the war in Ukraine

      The United States is expected to send a new longer-range weapon to Ukraine. The Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb can send missiles more than 150 kilometers – roughly double the range of Ukraine’s current longest-range weapon.

      That would enable the Ukrainian army to attack Russian forces from a greater distance AND far behind enemy lines.

      The weapon is made jointly by the American aerospace company, Boeing and Sweden’s SAAB.

      Meanwhile Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky has said his country deserves to start talks on joining the European Union “this year.”

      The comments in his nightly address followed initial meetings with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, ahead of a joint EU-Ukraine summit due later in Kiev.

    • sky news australia – Zelensky a ‘pawn’ in a ‘bigger man’s game’

      ( 2 min 34 )

      Liz Storer says Zelensky is a pawn in a “bigger man’s game” amid a war that is never-ending.

      “We have a President who is happy to make PR trips to the US, he is happy to pose on the front cover of Vogue, he is happy to receive countless of move stars visiting him and posting on Instagram,” she said.

      + comments on the YT page


      Ukraine’s head of intelligence says Crimea will be retaken by Ukraine.

      Colonel Douglas MacGregor joins Clayton Morris to talk about the latest developments.

    • Petraeus on if Ukraine can retake Crimea

      “If you can isolate Crimea fully and if you then have the precision munitions with greater range and can start picking off the Black Sea fleet headquarters, the various airbases, various seaports…

      It is not inconceivable…

      But again, so much of this is so dependent on… the ability to generate additional forces and capabilities in the next few months.” – Gen. David H. Petraeus

      + comments on the YT page

  11. Today we see carnage in precious metals as they plunge. Why?

    Today’s jobs report shows far greater employment gains than expected, that’s why. This signals to the Fed that the economy is great despite rising interest rates. This in turn tells them they will be able to raise rates even further in their battle against inflation. This tells Mr. Market to dump precious metals which are rate sensitive.

    The only problem is that none of this jobs info is quite true and that Mr. Market is stupid in the short term (almost always). Expect a dramatic reversal once Mr. Market gets it.

  12. CBC – MPs want Ottawa to bring 10,000 displaced Uyghurs to Canada

    Liberal MP Sameer Zuberi joined Power & Politics to discuss his motion that calls on Ottawa to start a refugee program to resettle 10,000 Uyghurs fleeing persecution in China.

    ‘1,574 Uyghur people have been detained or deported at the behest of China from third countries, that’s why this motion is so important,’ Zuberi said.

  13. europravda – This French village enjoys ‘no bills’ after building wind turbines and solar panels

    The small town has built three turbines on its river, insulated its municipal buildings and installed photovoltaic solar panels on the roofs of several buildings.

  14. Baby it’s cold outside – warmed up a little just 14 below zero now it the sun is shining. Looks pretty but it not not take long to freeze your skin. Beware of Climate Clowns.

  15. Forecast: Air Currents to Take China Spy Balloon Over US Heartland, Key Naval Base; Biden Refuses to Shoot It Down
    By Kristinn Taylor
    Published February 3, 2023 at 11:20am

    A NOAA air current model shows the China spy balloon is expected to traverse the United States heartland through the Midwest and Southern states on Friday before heading out to the Atlantic Ocean passing over the U.S. Navy base at Newport News, Virginia. Joe Biden refused to shoot down the balloon, however Secretary of State Antony Blinken cancelled a planned trip to Beijing in protest.

    The NOAA HYSPLIT* model was used to reverse track the balloon from China. The balloon flew over the Aleutian Islands, then into Canada air space before crossing into U.S. airspace over Montana and a U.S. nuclear missile base on Wednesday.

    Forecasting shows it continuing across the U.S. on Friday:

  16. EXCLUSIVE: 37 Marxist Arizona State University Honors Faculty Members Sign Petition Against Robert Kiyosaki, Dennis Prager, And Charlie Kirk Speaking On Campus – PETITION AND NAMES INCLUDED
    By Jordan Conradson
    Published February 3, 2023 at 11:40am

    Members of the radical left faculty at Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College have organized a petition against an event featuring Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author and PragerU founder Dennis Prager, and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.

    The event is scheduled to be hosted on February 8 at the ASU Gammage Auditorium and will feature a panel discussion surrounding “solutions to the human pursuit of health, wealth, and happiness.”

    Tickets for this event are available online!

    Students will receive free admission at the box office upon presenting their high school, college, trade school, or community college student ID.

  17. Leftist ‘Agitators’ Behind the Scenes in NYC Illegal Hotel Standoff
    By Margaret Flavin
    Published February 3, 2023 at 10:30am

    The Gateway Pundit reported on the standoff at the Watson Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen NYC where hundreds of illegals, housed on the American taxpayer’s dime, are refusing to relocate to Mayor Eric Adams’s mega-shelter at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

    City officials initiated the relocation to move single adult men from the hotel to the mega-shelter to make room for women and families at the hotel location

    Efforts to frame the protest as an “organic uprising: fail to acknowledge that the usual suspects, leftist “professional agitators,” are in the background of the standoff

    The New York Post reports:

    The activists who city officials blamed for helping fuel the migrant standoff outside Manhattan’s Watson Hotel included a “community organizer” from California and a New York writer who sparked controversy with an open letter that got her fired by Yelp

    At least one person in the group also apparently distributed an anti-cop leaflet produced by an anarchist organization that bills itself as a “rebel alliance” dedicated to “action against all the forces that threaten your freedom.”

    On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Adams blasted the activists as “agitators that just really, I think, are doing a disservice to migrants and doing a disservice to the children and families we’re moving to hotels.”

    City Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Manuel Castro also accused the rabble rousers of outright lying to migrants, telling Univision that they “seek some political motive.”

    “They are telling them that we are establishing detention centers, which is incorrect,” Castro said.

  18. Biden Turns His Back on Reporters, Refuses to Answer Questions About the Chinese Spy Balloon Making Its Way Across US (VIDEO)
    By Cristina Laila
    Published February 3, 2023 at 12:15pm

    Joe Biden on Friday delivered remarks on the January jobs report from his fake White House set in the South Court Auditorium.

    Biden answered some questions after his remarks.

    One reporter asked Biden about the Chinese spy balloon and he turned around and walked away.

    The Pentagon is tracking a Chinese spy balloon that was spotted over Billings, Montana on Wednesday.
    According to reports, the high-altitude surveillance balloon flew over the Aleutian Islands, through Canada and ended up in Montana.

    The balloon is expected to make its way across the US.

    As TGP’s Kristinn Taylor reported, a NOAA air current model shows the China spy balloon is expected to make its way across the United States before heading out to the Atlantic Ocean passing over the U.S. Navy base at Newport News, Virginia.

  19. Teen Students Savagely Beat 9-Year-Old Girl on School Bus; Parents Pressing Charges After School Refuses to Take Action (VIDEO)
    By Cristina Laila
    Published February 3, 2023 at 2:00pm

    This was truly horrifying.

    Homestead, Florida – Black teenage students in Florida were caught on video savagely beating a 9-year-old girl on a school bus.

    The disturbing video shows a giant black male and others repeatedly punching the small child in the face, head and neck while she was desperately trying to protect herself.

    The savage teens then began beating on the girl’s 10-year-old brother.

  20. House Republicans Pledge To Protect Women’s Sports From ‘Indecent Exposure’ And Being Hijacked By Men

    This is not a partisan issue, this is a fairness issue,’ House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said at a panel honoring women’s sports.

    Washington, D.C. — Protecting women’s sports is a top priority for House Republicans now that they’ve secured the majority, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said at a panel held in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the U.S. Capitol.

    “This is not a partisan issue, this is a fairness issue,” McCarthy said

    Included in the panel were the speaker, Rep. Jen Kiggans, R-Florida; former NCAA champion swimmer and Stand With Women spokeswoman Riley Gains; NCAA athlete and Young Women for America Ambassador Macy Petty; and former athlete Margo Knorr. A second panel hosted by Gains included Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, and Lisa McClain, R-Michigan.

    In the first panel, participants talked about their experience being sidelined by men in their respective sports and how they want to bring awareness to the issue so women’s sports can be protected.

  21. Gun Owners vs Banks: “I Don’t Want Government To Know If I Bought A Twinkie, Let Alone A Gun”
    Published on February 3, 2023February 3, 2023 in Guns/News/Legislature
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    By Mark Heinz, Outdoors Reporter

    A bill that would allow people to sue anyone or entity that releases information about their credit card gun purchases is necessary to uphold the Second Amendment rights of Wyoming residents, supporters say.

    But the measure as written could actually harm Wyoming banks and credit unions, opponents argue.

    “We now have a target, no pun intended, on our backs, for potential liability for something we have no control over,” said Scott Meier, president and CEO of the Wyoming Bankers Association.

    He was testifying Thursday for the Wyoming Senate Revenue Committee about Senate File 171, which supporters said is necessary to “push back” against national efforts to track firearms and ammunition purchases with credit cards.

    Committee member Sen. Stephan Pappas, R-Cheyenne, questioned how effective the measure would be given that credit card merchant codes are set at the federal level and therefore not subject to Wyoming law.

    He also called for an amendment to have the word “bank” removed from the bill and replaced with “financial institution” to offer some protection to Wyoming banks and credit unions. That amendment failed.

    The committee decided to forward SF 171 to the state Senate, with Pappas casting the sole vote against it.

    Yes votes also came from Sens. Tim French, R-Powell, Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, Troy McKeown, R-Gillette, and Bob Ide, R-Casper.

    Committee member Sen. Stephan Pappas, R-Cheyenne, questioned how effective the measure would be given that credit card merchant codes are set at the federal level and therefore not subject to Wyoming law.

    He also called for an amendment to have the word “bank” removed from the bill and replaced with “financial institution” to offer some protection to Wyoming banks and credit unions. That amendment failed.

    The committee decided to forward SF 171 to the state Senate, with Pappas casting the sole vote against it.

    Yes votes also came from Sens. Tim French, R-Powell, Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, Troy McKeown, R-Gillette, and Bob Ide, R-Casper.

    Government Tracking?

    Last year, major credit card networks announced they would assign a specific merchant category code to firearms and ammunition purchases, said the bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Dan Laursen, R-Powell.

    That was done under the auspices of aiding anti-terrorism efforts. However, it will make it easier for the government to pry into the privacy of law-abiding gun owners, Laursen said.

    “I definitely don’t want that information to be able to get to agencies or law enforcement without due cause,” he said.

    McKeown agreed.

    “I don’t want the government knowing I bought a Twinkie, let alone a gun,” he said.

    The bill would hold entities that release information about credit card firearms and ammunition purchases liable and possibly fined up to $30,000 for each

    Banks Caught In The Crossfire?

    Meier and others testifying for banks and credit unions said local branches have no authority over credit card processing and how the information might be used by larger organizations at the national level.

    Moreover, faced with liability complaints in the $30,000 range per instance, most banks would probably have to cave rather than face costly court battles, Meier said.

    “This stuff, in my opinion, is legalized extortion,” he said about SF 171.

    Has To Start Somewhere

    Testifying in favor of the bill, Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, said the network, from the local level all the way up to huge national credit card processors, is interconnected.

    “They’re all holding hands,” he said, adding that Wyoming needs to start pushing back against the erosion of Second Amendment rights.

    “If we don’t start here, where do we start?,” Bouchard said.

    Pappas said he was skeptical the bill could make any difference. Because Wyoming is such a small market, some large companies might just stop issuing credit cards to people here.

    “They’re not going to care what our law says. That’s what I’m getting at,” he said. “Now, they won’t issue these credit cards to Wyoming citizens.”

  22. The FBI Isn’t Hunting Down Public Enemy #1…The FBI’s Become Public Enemy #1” – Chanel Rion on OAN (VIDEO)
    By Joe Hoft
    Published February 3, 2023 at 4:30pm

    Chanel Rion at OAN discussed the FBI and how it has now become such a corrupt organization from the top down.

    TGP reported on January 23, that the former Special Agent in charge of counter-intelligence in the New York field office, Charles McGonigal, was arrested for conspiring with Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian Oligarch.

    Charles McGonigal was hit with a five-count indictment and charged with “violating and conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”) and with conspiring to commit money laundering and money laundering.”

    Chanel Rion on OAN provided a weekly briefing discussing this story.

    Rion says:

  23. The White Person’s Guide to Surviving Black History Month at Work
    It’s a short month—you got this.

    Peachy Keenan
    5 hr ago

    Identity groups are to the calendar what washed-up celebrities are to the Hollywood Walk of Fame: everybody is gifted a little piece of real estate.

    February, of course, is Black History Month; many blessings to all who celebrate!

    I know this because it popped up on my iPhone Calendar on February 1st, like all the new federal holidays you can’t delete.

    Although I bet Apple wishes it could delete it now. Here’s a fun Black History Month cautionary tale, told in 3 acts.

    And then, inevitably:

    My memory of the Before Times is hazy, but I seem to recall Black History Month celebrated almost exclusively in elementary schools. It was a perfectly fine addition to the regular school history curriculum. You’d learn about great Americans like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman and Jackie Robinson, you’d make crayon drawings, maybe even a paper maché bust, of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    You’d illustrate little books about how the Civil War was fought to free the slaves. On the cover, you’d draw an American flag.

    Remember those?

  24. DeSantis beats the devil
    Feb 2Lucifer woke up this morning with his head pounding and his ego deflated. He drank a gallon of Bloody Marys to stop the pain. Yesterday, that pipsqueak DeSantis beat the devil at his own game. Sure, Satan still has Biden in the White House, but to be beaten by a Florida Man truly hurts.

    Why can’t DeSantis just be a normal Florida Man content with bicycling backward down the Interstate?

    But DeSantis stared Satan down and got the College Board to kick Satan out of its advanced placement black studies course.

    John Sexton of Hot Air reported, “As is so often the case with media coverage of culture war/political topics, it can be difficult to discern what actually happened as opposed to what the various factions involved have decided is the most convenient and beneficial story to tell.

    At the bottom of this is the College Board’s revision of the curriculum. I don’t believe for a moment that the changes had nothing to do with the criticism from DeSantis. The Washington Post and the New York Times don’t believe it either.

    “But I do believe that the College Board decided it was a) wise to make the changes in light of the criticism from the right and b) also wise to deny that’s what was happening to avoid criticism from the left. I do believe it’s likely that actual students who were a part of their pilot tests were more interested in reading the first hand account of, say, Frederick Douglass (which really is compelling) than they were in wading through the leftist mind-thoughts of Kimberlé W. Crenshaw. So in this case it seems possible the College Board had a good reason for making some of the changes they were under pressure to make anyway. And of course they absolutely can’t admit that DeSantis had a point without setting people’s hair on fire.”

    The board capitulated on the first day of Black History Month. The College Board’s course as originally crafted was not about black people but about pushing Marxism and other evils. Good

  25. Mark Carney, Canadian, UN Special Envoy on Climate, Trustee of the world Economic Forum informal advisor to Justine Trudeau, sweet how it all fits together don’t cha think?

  26. Joe Biden Quietly Took Out $250,000 Line of Credit Against Rehoboth Beach Home in December Amid Documents Scandal
    By Cristina Laila
    Published February 3, 2023 at 5:46pm

    Why did Joe Biden secure a $250,000 home equity line of credit?

    Joe Biden quietly took out a $250,000 line of credit against his Rehoboth Beach home in December amid his classified documents scandal.

    Biden took the line of credit out while his son Hunter is under federal criminal investigation.

    President Biden secured a $250,000 line of credit against his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home as his son, Hunter Biden, faces an investigation into his tax affairs and amid his own classified documents scandal, records obtained by Fox News Digital shows.

    Biden acquired the six-figure home equity variable rate line of credit from M&T Bank on Dec. 5, 2022, Sussex County filings show. Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, initially purchased the residence in 2017 for $2.74 million, according to county records.

    It is unclear why Biden quietly secured the line of credit, which allows him to borrow up to a quarter of a million dollars against his home’s equity, and the White House did not respond to a Fox News Digital inquiry on the matter

  27. Joe Biden’s Brain Breaks During Remarks in Philly (VIDEO)
    By Cristina Laila
    Published February 3, 2023 at 5:20pm

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Friday delivered remarks on the US economy from the Belmont Water Treatment Center in Philadelphia.

    Biden was having trouble speaking during his remarks.
    His cognitive decline is rapidly accelerating.

    This is one of the many reasons China is currently flying a spy balloon over the United States without fear of reprisal.

    The Pentagon is refusing to shoot down the high-altitude surveillance balloon.

    Biden struggled to speak as he touted January’s cooked jobs numbers.

  28. February 4, 2022 VARES Report – Historically the VARES Report has reported at less than 1%.
    Vaccine injured 1,103,893
    Deaths 23,615
    Seriously Injured 188,135

    At less than 1%, can you even begin to imagine the true numbers of injuries and deaths a year later? Good luck finding any numbers today Friday. February 3, 2023.

  29. 153 Years Ago, the 15th Amendment Was Ratified Granting Black Males Right to Vote – Today Americans’ Votes Are Again Being Discounted
    By Joe Hoft
    Published February 3, 2023 at 8:30pm

    On February 3, 1870, the US Congress ratified the 15th Amendment that allowed black males the right to vote. Today Americans’ votes are again in jeopardy.

    The 15th Amendment was ratified over 150 years ago today.

    FOX News reports:

    On this day in history, Feb. 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified — granting African American men the right to vote

    The amendment declared that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
    As the U.S. National Archives notes, “Set free by the 13th Amendment [and] with citizenship guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, Black males were given the vote by the 15th Amendment.”
    Attorney Ron Coleman, partner at the Dhillon Law Group told Fox News Digital about the amendment’s ratification, “By guaranteeing the vote to former slaves and prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, the 15th Amendment was a major step toward fulfilling America’s destiny to be what Lincoln called ‘the last best hope of Earth.’”

    Americans’ votes seem to always be under attack. The individual vote is the bedrock of our constitutional republic which is why it is stolen, not counted or discounted by fraudulent votes.
    American black males were given the right to vote in 1870 but Americans today face a similar situation.


    The amendment declared that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
    As the U.S. National Archives notes, “Set free by the 13th Amendment [and] with citizenship guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, Black males were given the vote by the 15th Amendment.”
    Attorney Ron Coleman, partner at the Dhillon Law Group told Fox News Digital about the amendment’s ratification, “By guaranteeing the vote to former slaves and prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, the 15th Amendment was a major step toward fulfilling America’s destiny to be what Lincoln called ‘the last best hope of Earth.’”

    Americans’ votes seem to always be under attack. The individual vote is the bedrock of our constitutional republic which is why it is stolen, not counted or discounted by fraudulent votes.
    American black males were given the right to vote in 1870 but Americans today face a similar situation.

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