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Government forces target Zayzun power station in Ghab Plain, west of Hama
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Olympics To Kick Off With Ceremonial Lighting Of The American Flag
[Babylon Bee] TOKYO—The 2020 Olympic Games will be kicking off next month with the ceremonial lighting of the American flag, a beloved pastime where American athletes who were given every opportunity to succeed get to show how much they hate America.

"Before the Games, American athletes will get to show much they hate their country by taking the ceremonial torch and burning the flag," said one commentator on ESPN. "We always feel the importance and gravity of this moment at every Olympic Games. As the torchbearer approaches the flag and lights it up, solemnly declaring to everyone that the U.S. is a horribly racist and oppressive country, I can't help but shed a few tears."

"Stunning and, you guessed it, brave."

One Chinese gymnast suggested she would burn her own country's flag as well, since the government kidnapped her family and forced her to compete at gunpoint, but she has since disappeared.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 06:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under:

Gwen Berry- First in Line - Prime Example 4 Babylon Bee
Posted by: Chinter Thrailing9515 || 07/01/2021 8:18 Comments || Top||

#2  ..she came in third. The winner set a new record. Gets no public recognition other than standing on the highest elevation of the awards platform wearing gold.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2021 9:20 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Well we live in "civilization" where if you don't have an extreme talent for self-promotion (have any shame), you are trampled.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/01/2021 9:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Olympics? What Olympics?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/01/2021 12:05 Comments || Top||

#5  If I was on the Olympic committee, I'd ask that if any of these 'activist athletes' win a position on the winners podium, that the American flag is not raised for that position and that the anthem not be played. Use the Olympic flag and theme instead.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2021 13:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Endorsements! TV! Statuary!
"For you? Your big Karen ass scary!"
"At least say my name."
"That anonymous dame
Who once hammer-threw Gwendolyn Berry."
Posted by: Blossom Snoluck8293 || 07/01/2021 16:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Send fire-resistant flags which don't burn. F-k em!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/01/2021 18:43 Comments || Top||

Remembering the Epic Li'l Red Express Truck
[American Spectator] Government regulations are why we can’t have nice things.

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Posted by: Slomort Thuth4667 || 07/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:

My neighbor's son Bob Bailey had one of these, he used it at his father's fuel oil business to deliver equipment and parts to job sites.
On Saturday he would clean up the Li'l Red and take it out on his dates. Nice truck, I'd forgotten all about this thing until this article...Thanks for the rekindling of memories..good article.
Posted by: Jaing Pheatch5546 || 07/01/2021 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  ...True Story - during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, one of these things had somehow made it to Beirut, where it appeared in a bit of video.

Its new owners were, sadly, PLO...who had turned the L'RE into an improvised Katyushka, having dropped a multi-barrel rocket launcher in the bed and training it out about 90 degrees in the approximate direction of the infidels.

More than happy to do the test firing in front of the film crew,(who, interestingly, were actually some distance away from the truck and had zoomed in; an indication that they suspected what was coming next) the firing procedure was apparently to crank the launcher up to max elevation, then fire it - with a set of cables touched to what looked to be a boat battery. Unfortunately, as the PLO hearties were dragging the cables out behind the truck, they failed to notice that they hadn't set the elevation lock properly or at all - so just as the troop touches the cable to the battery, you see the launcher barrels drop majestically downwards and let the entire salvo loose into the ground...about 30 feet away. The 'gunner' comes hauling a$$ out of the cloud of dust and flame holding his hands over both ears, and the L'RE was blown onto its left side. Still apparently intact, however.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/01/2021 6:17 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Panic Porn Dressed Up As Science - Exposing The Truth About The Delta Variant
Zero Hedge has lots of useful graphs.
Posted by: Elmineger Pholunter3820 || 07/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It would be interesting to know if the Indian variant is most virulent above or below the malaria line on the subcontinent.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2021 4:48 Comments || Top||

#2  The 'Wet Market' cover story has fallen on hard times. A new diversion from the search for actual causes must be developed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 6:24 Comments || Top||

"...However, if people would actually look at the data, they'd realize that the Delta variant is actually less deadly. These headlines are able to gain momentum only because of the absurd public perception that somehow India got hit worse than the rest of the world. In reality, India has one-seventh the death rate per capita of the U.S.; it's just that India got the major winter wave later, when the Western countries were largely done with it, thereby giving the illusion that India somehow suffered worse...."

Many here on RANTBURG have been saying this for weeks now.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/01/2021 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  If you really wish to know what is going on within a secret society or participate in the process, you buy your way in. Of course such a membership requires that you maintain a loyal cadre of deniers and decoy men.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 10:51 Comments || Top||

#5  I think both fatalities and infections are under reported in India. By at least 50% and maybe 200%.

Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/01/2021 13:41 Comments || Top||

#6  The question of reporting in an enormous very rural country notwithstanding, how in the name of all that's Holy can the variant be LESS deadly? You mean more people survive than 99.8?
Posted by: Cesare || 07/01/2021 14:22 Comments || Top||

#7  5% of 1% > 0.1%
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/01/2021 14:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Spoke to an individual from Bangladesh having such a densely populated area one would expect huge numbers of the contagious diseased peoples. He said they are simply not reporting.
Posted by: Dale || 07/01/2021 15:23 Comments || Top||

#9  Dale, if Bangladesh were simply Not Reporting they wouldn't be showing large variances over time in the death rate. They could lie all the time instead of showing spikes in April and June.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/01/2021 17:37 Comments || Top||

#10  Last 7 days

# 2

-14% reduction in infections.
328,408 / 1,393,494,216
In India you have a 0.023567230938546 of 1% chance of being infected.

7,461 / 328,408 2.2718691383888% of dying if infected.


10% increase in infections.
93,732 / 332,934,343 population.
In the USA you have a 0.028153298682077% of 1% chance of being infected.

1,839 / 332,934,343 population
6 deaths per /1 Million (0.0006% of 1%)
IF infected you have a 1.9619766995263% chance of dying.

Infections in the USA have increased 10% but deaths are down 15%.
Infections in India have decreased and deaths down 26%.

If this an example of the infection rates ..... why the renewed panic?

Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/01/2021 19:25 Comments || Top||

#11  nn: I suggest looking at worldofmeters' data for Bangladesh. I tried to link it earlier but couldn't.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/01/2021 19:32 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Affirmative Action Is Discrimination
[Citizen Free Press]

If groups differ at the mean and the margin of selection is far in the right tail of an ability distribution, then defining "equity" as consisting in an approximate parity across groups of their presence among the selected is a statistical fool's errand. No good can come of that. pic.twitter.com/cccKD1pCvI

— Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) June 30, 2021

Dr. Glenn Loury has some thoughts on merit.

"Live a life of dignity" or suffer "a fundamental demoralization". It's our choice. That's my story and I'm stickin' with it at https://t.co/ZICguBef8A pic.twitter.com/F33d8mM7O8

— Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) June 30, 2021

Posted by: Chinter Thrailing9515 || 07/01/2021 07:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Affirmative Action has been in practice in the US for 50 years. Initially it was pretty useful, e.g., putting out flyers in black neighborhoods to inform people of municipal sponsored summer jobs.

Then it morphed, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, into quotas.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/01/2021 8:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Lets not forget who the main beneficiaries of affirmative action are.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/01/2021 8:52 Comments || Top||

#3  ..government bureaucrats and the uni-party.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2021 9:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Apologies to g(r)om for the above. His "Look at the schools" cmnt was spot on. USPS is yet another example.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  You talk about "systemic racism"...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/01/2021 12:09 Comments || Top||

#6  ^My whole point is that it's mostly systemic sexism.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/01/2021 12:20 Comments || Top||

#7  You don't think that the Left wants to eliminate racism, do you?
Posted by: Angstrom || 07/01/2021 12:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Affirmative Action? I want reparations for white people.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/01/2021 12:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Read the “Bell Curve” by Herrnstien and Murray. Businesses hire smart people because they are more efficient. Instead of college many people, of all races should take trade school classes. I did that and had a very successful career. About half way thru I went to college, with company.assistance,.
Posted by: Spusonter Elmusonter5916 || 07/01/2021 23:56 Comments || Top||

Boebert Delivers a 2A Fisking to Dems
[BizPac via Lucianne] "Madame Speaker, I want to begin this evening by thanking my Democrat colleagues for their outstanding work in encouraging millions of Americans to celebrate their Second Amendment rights by purchasing their first, second or even 100th firearm," Boebert said. "From the left’s riots in cities across America, to Biden’s threats to strip away our basic constitutional rights, Democrats are single-handedly responsible for the sale of tens of millions of firearms. Bravo. Well done."

— U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/01/2021 05:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under:

There's Something Odd About the NSA's Response to Tucker Carlson's Spying Allegations?
[Townhall] He dropped the allegation last night. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson says a whistleblower came forward to allege that he and some of his staff are being spied on by the National Security Agency. They’re monitoring their communications to find something, anything, to remove his show from the air. Now, there is no solid evidence to back this up, but there is history. The FBI did spy on the Trump campaign in 2016. The FBI did falsify documents to obtain spy warrants on Americans. There has been unmasking of Trump officials on NSA intelligence reports. They’ve done this before and now it seems they’ve restarted their dirty tricks campaign. What’s worse is that no one is really denying it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 02:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Those who look closely will see something else: that the NSA, while stating that Tucker “has never been an intelligence target,” does not categorically deny having his electronic communications.

Their "target" are his sources.

Carlson very likely has well placed US Government sources. Take away or neutralize his sources and he soon becomes redundant.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 2:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Defund the NSA.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/01/2021 13:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Five Eyes targeting someone proximate to Tucker or his sources and then information available on a shared classified system? All the "protections" met and yet, the net effect is indistinguishable from just plain monitoring. And who knows how much the other members in London were helped discern the threat to the UK from within the US that was proximate to Tucker for incidental collection?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/01/2021 13:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Ref #3: Exactly! I believe the term is.....incidental collection.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 15:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Ref #3: Exactly! I believe the term is.....incidental collection.

As I understand, once a judge signs your fishing permit, the Two Hops rule comes into play: you are allowed to surveil the target, anyone who talks to the target, PLUS anyone who talks to those guys. As NoMo says "the net effect is indistinguishable from just plain monitoring". All nice and legal.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2021 15:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Their basic response was "Yeah, and?"
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/01/2021 19:18 Comments || Top||

Who Killed Ashli Babbitt - A New Theory Emerges
[Spectator] Who shot Ashli Babbitt, the pro-Trump Air Force veteran who was killed by police during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol building? The American people were told that it was a Capitol Police officer who fired the fatal shot. But Cockburn has stumbled across some information that points to a different explanation.

Sources close to and within the intelligence community tell Cockburn that Babbitt was actually shot by a member of then-vice president Mike Pence’s protective detail. The VP’s detail, of course, is provided by US Secret Service, not the Capitol Police. One person asserted to Cockburn over drinks in DC that this is ’basically an open secret’ in the intelligence community.

Law enforcement sources suggested to Cockburn that the Capitol Police Department and Department of Justice have publicly identified the shooter as a Capitol Police officer in order to protect the reputation of the Secret Service. Cockburn also wonders if this isn’t an attempt to protect Pence from further anger or threats from Capitol rioters who wanted him to refuse to certify the results of the election on January
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Posted by: Glinetle Ebbaick4421 || 07/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [444 views] Top|| File under:

#1  publicly identified the shooter as a Capitol Police officer in order to protect the reputation of the Secret Service.

That seems a bit thin. The Secret Service, like many of our once respected institutions, does not have a stellar reputation at the moment.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2021 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe it was Codename 47?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/01/2021 1:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Had the Secret Service been briefed on a potential "insurrection" they would have taken steps to ensure VP Pence was NOT at the Capital building.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 7:05 Comments || Top||

#4  An embedded agent provocateur?
That's a surprise.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/01/2021 7:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Pence would make a good fall guy.

Jus' sayin'.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/01/2021 7:50 Comments || Top||

#6  regardless of who pulled the trigger, the fact that the government is choosing to not release the identity of one of its own employees should be disconcerting to EVERYONE.

that's not how 'muh democracy' should work. ever.
Posted by: Retard Strength || 07/01/2021 8:05 Comments || Top||

The longer the the truth is withheld, the more distrust and disgust the 'authorities' bring to themselves.

The hallmark of this administration.
Posted by: Flotle Spirt5039 || 07/01/2021 8:33 Comments || Top||

#8  The list of things our public servants do that we the public are not allowed to know about grows oppressively long.
Posted by: Matt || 07/01/2021 9:11 Comments || Top||

#9  I suspect this story is a false flag to pit conservatives against each other. I question the authors source and really ask why Spectator published it.
Pence's career is over, he and a few others just don't know it.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 07/01/2021 9:33 Comments || Top||

#10  Sounds like too much Budweiser.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/01/2021 11:19 Comments || Top||

#11  This sounds like denyable BS. A protection officer should be with his principal, not wandering around. They have plenty of cameras and guys on the roof for threat assessment.
"Basically an open secret" rhymes with "that's my story and I'm sticking to it".
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/01/2021 19:24 Comments || Top||

#12  There shit in the swamp an old egret,
A provocateur and intriguer, that
Stuck to its story!
"Smells fishy."
"Don't worry..."
It shifted, and squawked, "Open secret."
Posted by: Blossom Snoluck8293 || 07/01/2021 20:50 Comments || Top||

#13  Check out how this turd is dressed. His dress looks more like that of a pimp.

Posted by: Woodrow || 07/01/2021 22:03 Comments || Top||

#14  /\ Thanks for finding this story. I've posted it to tomorrow's Burg and credited you with the find. If this fellow is in fact the shooter, my guess he's an employee of a House member, NOT law enforcement.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 22:23 Comments || Top||

#15  I cannot tell what he has clutched so tightly in his left arm. He seems very protective of it.

I am wondering if he is some sort of made guy...
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2021 22:26 Comments || Top||

#16  I believe he's at a different barricade.
Posted by: KBK || 07/01/2021 22:28 Comments || Top||

#17  I would have called him a dandy, Woodrow, with that tie, coordinating rather than matching pocket square, and the cufflinks seen in the video taken from crowd in the hallway.. Definitely not what I would expect for the working uniform of either the Capitol police or a personal Secret Service bodyguard — certainly Vice President Pence was never so decorative, and his own bodyguard would want to blend in with his aesthetic.

Could he have been staff for one of the Democratic congresscritters, carrying his personal weapon where it ought not to have been, and using it in an untrained moment of overexcitement? That would explain why he is being protected, when they’ve never cared about building Security or Secret Service staffers before.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/01/2021 22:30 Comments || Top||

#18  Congressional staffer, very likely.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 22:32 Comments || Top||

#19  And now I see that Besoeker once again had the same thought more efficiently. Go Besoeker! ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/01/2021 22:33 Comments || Top||

#20  No firearms license. Stolen pistol. Clutching an illegal substance, or package of unmarked USD? Criminal record. Any bets ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 22:37 Comments || Top||

#21  I do think B* called it!
Which leaves us wondering, if a staffer, then whose?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2021 22:42 Comments || Top||

#22  A: Pol is high-rank Dem, strict anti-gun
B: Shooter has unregistered gun + misc legal problems

I kinda like B.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2021 22:44 Comments || Top||

#23  Question now is (among many others), how many of these SOB's do we have armed and wandering around The Hill? Capital Police know about these people? US Citizen? Special access, permits? Unauthorized private security ?

Little wonder no one wants to discuss it.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 22:47 Comments || Top||

#24  So much for my pet theory...

A Sampler, a Post, deep commitment!
A yogi. His guru, Chief Pittman.
"Shit, baby, they're through!
Pittie, what do I dooooo?"
"Up to you, Big Dog." [BANG] [click] Cue kitman.
Posted by: Blossom Snoluck8293 || 07/01/2021 23:44 Comments || Top||

Kira Davis: No More Dancing Around...It's Time to End Teachers Unions
[Red State] When I first started in school choice activism, the recommended approach was to never criticize the teachers unions. The union PR machine has been so effective over the decades that just to mention the roadblocks they routinely throw up in front of education progress was a third rail. It would earn you the label "union buster" among the very people you were trying to persuade. School choice is a bipartisan issue with plenty of Democrats in favor of it, but it was hard to enlist those Democrats to team up in the fight when it might seem like you’re asking them to denigrate the union system.

So we stayed away from it and made our arguments in other ways. There’s too much money and not enough accountability; stats show choice works; poor minority students benefit most from school choice; school choice creates competition which drives public schools to up their game. There’s a long list of persuasive arguments and in the interest of not creating an unnecessary divide in delicate alliances, we tiptoed around the union issue.

But I can no longer deny the biggest issue facing the success of our students. I can no longer pretend that the number one roadblock to providing the education our communities need is just a "side issue." I can no longer be a party to the perpetuation of greed in the name of "coming together." What has happened to our children during COVID has stripped away the last of my tolerance.

Teachers unions are a scourge and it is time to end them.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a student of history and I understand the power of collective bargaining and how it changed our society for the better during the industrial age. The wealthy and entrepreneurial industrialists pushed us into the era of American dominance and that is a good thing. There is no doubt that without being forced into accountability, many would have continued to abuse and overwork desperate employees and their children. Unionizing forced that accountability.

Power and greed are not exclusive to any one economic set, and unfortunately as unions began to increase in influence and dues money, they also increased their greed. Which is fine when a private company is negotiating with union bullies. That’s a transactional relationship and companies can be held accountable for their own terrible negotiations. I don’t like it, but it’s private business. Everyone can do what they want.

Public school teachers are paid by the taxpayers. When they unionize they do not do so against a large corporation like Ford or GE. They are necessarily unionizing against the taxpayer. Except the taxpayers have no say in negotiations. It’s a one-sided relationship, with unions having all the power and their bosses (we, the taxpayers) having no choice but to pray they negotiate themselves into actually serving our children.

So far they have failed miserably. It should be no surprise, given that they are unions for teachers, not students. It’s right there in the name. But it is shameful that people like Randi Weingarten keep using our children as shields for their greed, pretending that everything they do is for the students. Nothing they do is for children and I might not even mind that if they were honest about it.

The Weingartens of the world have no interest in making better opportunities for our children. The greedy underbelly of their noble exterior has been stripped away by COVID. While parents helplessly watched their children sink into isolation and depression and lose over a year of vital skills work, the teachers unions bullied local schools boards and muscled their way into the CDC — of all places — to enforce their desires on the COVID language coming out of the nation’s health entities.

It was supremely evil.

It is even more evil that Randi Weingarten — president of America’s most powerful teachers union and the head of the lone stumbling block preventing schools from returning to education — has been trying to gaslight Americans into believing that she’s been advocating to get kids back to school this whole time.
Posted by: Slomort Thuth4667 || 07/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Given that getting rid of the teachers unions is unrealistic it’s time to have a contract that holds them to student performance goals with incentives or penalties as the individual case may warrant.
Posted by: TZSenator || 07/01/2021 11:42 Comments || Top||

#2  It was time long ago.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/01/2021 12:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Given that getting rid of the teachers unions is unrealistic

In Wisconsin under the last governor — that mild-mannered former accountant who quickly gave up running for president thereafter — they passed a law making membership optional, and membership immediately fell precipitously, as I recall.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/01/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

The New Budweiser Commercial Goes Full Patriotic and It Uses the Greatest Speech In Movie History to do It
[Red State] Budweiser isn't my favorite beer company and it's done some woke nonsense in the past, but its recent commercial is a straight-up patriotic knock out of the park and it encourages us to celebrate our independence day with one of the most patriotic speeches ever made in cinema.

You probably know the one I'm talking about already, especially if you're in my age group, and in the interest of keeping to my tactic of rewarding a business when it does good and lambasting it when it does bad, let's check out this latest commercial.

I was but a lad when I sat down to watch the unbelievably amazing movie Independence Day in the movie theaters. That movie was pure genius with stellar acting, awesome visual effects, edge-of-your-seat action, and writing that allowed for levity and seriousness to coexist side by side. Thing is, one moment always sticks out from that movie, and it wasn't the White House blowing up.

Near the end of the movie, before the climax, President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) gave a speech that still gives out goosebumps to this day.

Well, we faced a different threat, and it wasn't aliens from outer space. The world was facing the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the spirit of the world fighting against a threat as one, Budweiser decided to seize on the moment and used this famous speech to encourage people to party harder during the 4th of July than ever before.

The cool part? They brought Bill Pullman back to give the speech again, and with a few alterations.


For the first time in 25 years, Bill Pullman is back with a new speech to celebrate Independence Day. Watch now and #GoFourthAmerica.

Join us in supporting vaccine access everywhere in partnership with @directrelief pic.twitter.com/yt6CmU9kSP

— Budweiser (@budweiserusa) June 30, 2021

It's odd that even as many leaders, media, and activists would still have people terrified of COVID, Budweiser is actually telling people to get out there and celebrate the 4th in style. You'll notice there wasn't any mask-wearing in the commercial either.

Good on Budweiser for this commercial. Not only did they knock it out of the park by utilizing the Whitemore speech, but they also shrugged off the hysteria that we're all still going to die tomorrow.

Go fourth, America.
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#1  I look forward to celebrating, as viewed from London, anti-government terrorists day.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2021 4:54 Comments || Top||

#2  I was thinking George C Scott and Patton.
Posted by: Croque Fliting8030 || 07/01/2021 6:49 Comments || Top||

#3  I always thought the movie Independence Day kind of corney.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 07/01/2021 9:28 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought that Independence Day was a rip off of "War of the Worlds."
Posted by: Woozle Theamble4130 || 07/01/2021 9:42 Comments || Top||

#5  I believe I’m going to start drinking Budweiser
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 07/01/2021 10:11 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ That really is as bold step SPOD. I commend you.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 10:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Hollywood hasn't had a new idea since the invention of "talkies" in 1928...the scripts/stories since then have been recasted, reconfigured, and replayed for each successive generation...consistently devolving into stories for the LoCoDIn (Lowest Common Denomination Intellilect) within the viewing public.
The locodin, whose warped minds then emulate the most despicable material presented in these torrid presentations in real life, are the murders, sex fiends, and miscreants we read about in the news.
This advertisement helps to camouflage INBEV, global owner of Budweiser, for its recent "woke" exploits, and 'plays' you by conning you into believing they support of traditional American values evoked by the 4th of July; What INBEV is suddenly "Not Woke" ?
Posted by: Omeater Spise8055 || 07/01/2021 10:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Budwieser, rat piss in a can.
Posted by: Winky Borgia9946 || 07/01/2021 10:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Bullshit.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/01/2021 10:44 Comments || Top||

#10  Omeater, Maybe INBEV thinks Bud is consumed (mostly) by Fly Over types and are trying to pander to their God and Country values. Lord knows the urban types have no love for the flag.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 07/01/2021 10:53 Comments || Top||

#11  Not gonna drink Buttwiper, but very happy they did this. Now if they made a beer worth drinking I would buy it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/01/2021 12:06 Comments || Top||

#12  #5 SPOD, I can't go that far.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/01/2021 12:53 Comments || Top||

#13  I always thought the movie Independence Day kind of corney.

I saw it in a theater. Everyone cheered when the White House was blown up. My personal fav part was when they disabled the alien ship by installing Windows 95.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2021 13:03 Comments || Top||

#14  The movie was left-wing Hollywood fantasy by a GERMAN hack director trying to strike a blow against American post-Comd War triumphalism.

It was so fucking stupid and ridiculous as to be camp: it even had a screaming dad performance by Harvey Fierstein, some obnoxious white asshole doing a bad Jesse Hackson imitation (!), and everyone's favorite plays-shirt slacker lovable slouch character Bill Pullman as a Clinton POTUS.

Literally everything about it was stupid and phony -- even Pullman's shitty Men's Wearhouse downmarket striped shirts. It even featured a cameo of Saddam, a clip doctored to show him joining forces with Bill Pullman against the pesky galactics.

I have to think Anheuser's got a Woke creative agency that's having fun at America's expense.

Next we'll see Bruce I mean Caitlyn Jenner dressed up as a prancing pink Clydesdale leading a team of 8 purple unicorns

Posted by: Omath de Medici6305 || 07/01/2021 22:55 Comments || Top||

#15  It was so fucking stupid and ridiculous as to be camp

I agree. It was campy sci-fi with stereotypical characters, some silly bits, and great effects. In short, perfect Saturday afternoon entertainment.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2021 23:11 Comments || Top||

The Top Ten Pending Eruptions
[AMERICANTHINKER] It’s shaping up to be a long, hot summer, one filled -- like Yellowstone Park -- with geysers and hot springs ready to blow at any moment. But these are political eruptions, not nature's fury. If I didn’t know that God has things under control I’d be terrified, but in the interest of keeping track of the truth let’s list the top 10 political eruptions we can expect to blow sometime soon.

10. Hunter Biden
......son of President Joe: cashiered from the Navy, a crackhead, wheeler dealer, leg humper, horn dog, and general all around ne'er do well. We're supposed to feel sorry for him.....
. He’s at the end of the list because what happens with him is not likely to directly impact any of us, but he’s such a shocking collection of immoralities and corruptions that we all know deep in our bones that such nastiness cannot be condoned in a reasonable, prosperous, free society. Hardly a week goes by without some new scandal surfacing, and each seems worse than the last. Now he’s selling "paintings" as a money-laundering scheme. He and his slimy doings are bad enough by themselves, but he’s the president’s son. Sooner or later something has to be done about him and about the part his father has played in all of it.
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#1  I'd add a couple to make an even dozen from the following: Corruption in government; this exists in the judiciary, legislature and executive branches. Weaponization of government against the people. Deep State problems that come about from a government that is too big and out of control.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/01/2021 12:41 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Hitler's tracks: Concentration camp in Dalnye Parks: Kursk region
Direct translation of the article via Google Translate. Edited. See the link for photos.
IA REGNUM continues to investigate the traces of Hitler's aggression and genocide on the territory of modern Russia. Our new step on this path is a series of essays on concentration, labor, transfer camps on the territory of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation within its current borders.

The project is being implemented jointly with the Alexander Pechersky Foundation
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Home Front: Politix
The incredible shrinking Kamala Harris
[American Thinker] Kamala Harris is creating a problem. That comes as a surprise. I figured she'd be president by now. The cognitive decline of the Elected Official Formerly Known as Joe Biden is plain to see. The old Joe was a glib glad-hander who played the game as well as anyone. He could explain without missing a beat his devout Catholicism and his simultaneous support for abortion on demand. He was also quite electable, to a point. SNL's Woody Harrelson mocked him gently: "I'm like plastic straws. I've been around forever. I've always worked. And now you're mad at me?"

The frail, wandering Biden who emerged from his basement for a mini-campaign sometimes resembled an audio-animatronic replica of the veteran pol. But few other candidates developed even momentary traction — certainly not Kamala Harris, the oddly off-putting junior senator from California, who checked several boxes but never contested a primary. When she was tapped as V.P., the outline of a scheme began to emerge. The mainstream media, propaganda arm of the Democrat Party, would haul Joe across the finish line by praising manufactured virtues and burying ugly truths. The loyal or clueless would pull the Biden lever. Dead people and photocopies would provide the winning margin. Then, after a dignified interval, he could "develop some disease and say he'd have to resign," as he told us plainly, on camera with Harris. That card could be played whenever needed. Let the con run too long, and the public would get wise. Joe was certainly not up to the task of his new office. When he repeated aloud the whispered directive from his earpiece to "salute the Marines" upon entering the White House on Inauguration Day, we knew that it wouldn't get better. Six months of word salads and vacant stares from the leader of the free world have removed any doubt.

The problem? V.P. Harris is not ready for prime time.
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#1  Harris will never be "ready for prime time."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2021 2:09 Comments || Top||

#2  She was a twofer: a box checked, and impeachment /forced retirement insurance.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/01/2021 13:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Harris will never be "ready for prime time."

There is an "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Mayor" joke in there, but it would not be in good taste.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2021 14:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Installed puppets for Obama 3.0 have begun to "not stay bought" and are increasingly wandering off the reservation. Dr. Jilly wants more time in place and more immersion in the pleasures of being powerful and feeling the tongue-bathing of fawning media and needy petitioners. Kamala is a prim-donna diva who knows she has a lock on the Presidency if she just waits and avoids anything serious responsibility. Finding ways to move Kamala aside point to those who don't like what the future utopian Marxist POC looks like with her in charge.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/01/2021 14:03 Comments || Top||

#5  There is an "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Mayor" joke in there, but it would not be in good taste.

That's what she said.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/01/2021 15:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Off the pile from t'other day, untouched by human hands, so help me dawg...

Oh baby! Rebirth of a nation
Sans sin and your earthy creation,
As history's erased...
Cuz we wokusts are chaste!
[frenzied critical race masturbati0n]
Posted by: Blossom Snoluck8293 || 07/01/2021 17:32 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm thinking of something happens to Joe, Kamala will become very dispondent - perhaps Suicidal....

Pelosi might fit some people better than Kamala.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/01/2021 18:41 Comments || Top||

‘Not a healthy environment': Kamala Harris' office rife with dissent
[Politico] When Vice President Kámala Harris
Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, now a senatrix from California former 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, then Joe Biden's wing nut...
finally made the decision to visit the Mexico border last week, people inside her own office were blindsided by the news.

For days, aides and outside allies had been calling and texting with each other about the political fallout that a potential trip would entail. But when it became known that she was going to El Paso, it left many scrambling, including officials who were responsible for making travel arrangements and others outside the VP’s office charged with crafting the messaging across the administration.

The handling of the border visit was the latest chaotic moment for a staff that’s quickly become mired in them. Harris’ team is experiencing low morale, porous lines of communication and diminished trust among aides and senior officials. Much of the frustration internally is directed at Tina Flournoy, Harris’ chief of staff, a veteran of Democratic politics who began working for her earlier this year.

In interviews, 22 current and former vice presidential aides, administration officials and associates of Harris and Biden described a tense and at times dour office atmosphere. Aides and allies said Flournoy, in an apparent effort to protect Harris, has instead created an insular environment where ideas are ignored or met with harsh dismissals and decisions are dragged out. Often, they said, she refuses to take responsibility for delicate issues and blames staffers for the negative results that ensue.

Another take:
Kamala Can't Run the Country Or Even Manage Her Own People

[FRONTPAGEMAG] Kámala Harris
Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, then a senatrix from California, former 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, and now Joe Biden's wing nut. She's displaying her level of competence in her hanling of the Biden Border Surge
is a the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
socialite who hooked up with the right people, but never picked up the right skills for the various jobs she managed to secure. Unlike Obama, she isn't the front face of an organized team. Kamalaworld is whoever drifted into her orbit.

Not only can't she run the country, let alone tackle any major problems, but she can't even manage her own people.

Her Veepness turns out to be an echo of the same mess as her campaign.

By then her campaign had broken out in spasms of vicious infighting between her sister Maya and campaign manager Juan Rodriguez who were only speaking to each through media leaks. Rodriguez had run Kamala’s Senate campaign and had the requisite skills to win elections in a corrupt one-party state. He was out of his depth competing in a national election and the dysfunctional campaign showed it.

Maya Harris had headed the ACLU in Northern Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, then had a plum spot at the Ford Foundation, before becoming a senior advisor to the Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away. Politix is not one of her talents, but it's something she keeps trying to do...
campaign in 2016, and then as campaign chair for her sister. "Hillary really trusted her instincts," John Podesta said of Maya. So did Kamala.

Kamala Harris for the People, the campaign brand, played off Kamala’s background as a prosecutor. But under Maya, that part of her resume, the biggest part that doesn’t involve Willie Brown, got buried. Maya pushed Kamala into the same radical policy space as Bernie Sanders
...The only first openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. He ran for the 2016 nomination for president, to be cheated out of it by Hillary Clinton, then went back to being an Independent socialist, waiting for 2020 to roll around...
and Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren
The Great White Squaw, Lizzie is the Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts. She traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. She has high cheekbones that stretch all the way to the top of her head. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless
while trying to compete for Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created ... by the — you know — you know, the thing...
’s black voters. But Kamala and Maya were too detached from the black community to realize that South Carolina black voters wanted a more conservative candidate.

Instead of winning over leftists and black voters, Kamala lost both.

It won't surprise you to learn that Kamala's people are fighting again.
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Olde Tyme Religion
Catholics Are Getting Smart About Responding to Gender Ideology
[American Spectator.org] Catholic parishes, schools, and dioceses have for years responded to transgenderism by simply ignoring the issue altogether. But that's starting to change, largely because the problem is getting too big for churches to ignore.

"My sense is that nearly every parish includes families with loved ones grappling with identity issues or gender dysphoria," Mary Rice Hasson told The American Spectator.

Hasson, who directs the Catholic Women's Forum at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, recently founded an initiative called the Person and Identity Project, which aims to equip Catholic parishes and schools with resources to combat gender ideology.
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#1  which aims to equip Catholic parishes and schools with resources to combat gender ideology.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/01/2021 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, Dron, a meeting with the Board of Education will smarten you up real quick.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/01/2021 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  There is no such thing as "gender dysphoria." Just depressed and confused kids. Now heavily influenced by deranged characters on social media.
Posted by: Ebbimp Peacock7632 || 07/01/2021 19:47 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
The Population Bomb Doomsday Scam
[SPECTATOR.ORG] It may be the most astonishing story of the year that no one is paying much attention to. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported on their front page, "Chinese officials are drawing up plans to further loosen birth restrictions and transition toward policies that explicitly encourage childbirth," (emphasis added).
My personal opinion is that population growth has probably peaked. Couples can limit the number of their children with just a little pill.
According to Chinese insiders, China, the most populous nation on the planet, is replacing its brutish childbirth restrictions with a program allowing, and even rewarding, couples for having kids. Beijing has announced that its demographic problem today is too few young people, not too many.

The New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

put the point even more emphatically in its coverage of this amazing twist of fate, by acknowledging in a headline that the dreaded "population bomb" of the 1960s and ’70s has turned into a global "population bust."

Let us put it even more concisely: the greatest environmental/demographic scare of the second half of the 20th century — overpopulation — is now officially conceded to have been a monumental fraud.

To appreciate what an embarrassing reversal this is for the green movement, consider that 40 to 50 years ago nearly all the scientists, policymakers, U.S. government agencies, and experts at the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
told us that rampaging population growth would lead to a Malthusian doomsday with the world in our lifetimes running out of food, energy, and nearly everything else. If ever there were an ironclad "scientific consensus," this was it.

In their 1967 book Famine 1975!, U.S. government agronomist William Paddock and Foreign Service officer Paul Paddock predicted that population growth would soon lead to such mass starvation in so many nations that triage would be required and that nations like India and Egypt should be written off as "can’t-be-saved."

Stanford scientist Paul Ehrlich became the most famous academic in the world with his mega-bestseller The Population Bomb and its widely quoted opening sentence: "The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now." Ehrlich was Al Gore
...Former Vice President, Nobel Prize winner, Global Warming prophet and speculator, and crazed sex poodle Al Gore...
before there was Al Gore.
there have always been charlatans and assholes. Gore was just a snotty liberal hypocrite that he made me wanna punch his fat face every time I saw him
It wasn’t just some academic kooks who were peddling these apocalyptic predictions. In 1975, a statement signed by such luminaries as soon-to-be National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, business titans J. Paul Getty and Henry Luce III, United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock, and others appeared on a full page of the Wall Street Journal with a similar forecast: "The world as we know it will likely be ruined before the year 2000," because "food production cannot keep pace with the galloping growth of population."

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#1  Heh heh! Paddock & Paddock,
writing off countries as gone.
Scaring up some book reviews
while munching GMO corn.

ha ha ha ha ha ha ahh...
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/01/2021 1:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Couples can limit the number of their children with just a little pill.

Before, after or with a visit to the ever convenient drive-up for a DNC.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/01/2021 7:44 Comments || Top||

#3  So we will die from population bomb and covid?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/01/2021 11:09 Comments || Top||

#4  As we have seen in country after country that becomes a 2nd or 1st world country, their population naturally declines. People like their pleasures, you don't need extra hands to help out around the house and kids are bloody expensive.

All that together makes richer countries naturally stop having kids and their replacement rate declines below replacement levels.

Get the world richer, they have less kids.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/01/2021 13:19 Comments || Top||

#5  The commandment to 'honor thy father and mother' was to insure they were taken care of in later life. Since they've moved that to the state, many in the 1st world don't believe in having kids around to do that. Given that the evil vile patriarchy spent a lot of effort in the early 20th century to reduce child mortality rates and fatal complications of birthing, the need to have many was also impacted.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2021 13:42 Comments || Top||

#6  I remember thinking at the time I was living in insane times, with the Club of Rome and all. How quaint.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/01/2021 14:27 Comments || Top||

#7  And yet, the pendulum is swinging back in some circles. In addition to the Jews and Christians of Israel, in upper middle class America Ivanka Trump with her three children is perfectly on trend, whether or not the wife is working. Both of Mr. Wife’s nieces went beyond two: the dentist has four and the nurse practitioner has three. One of my fosterlings has four; she may not be done yet, though she and her husband count as lower middle rather than upper middle class.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/01/2021 14:57 Comments || Top||

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